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Posts by Twotone

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  • Ted Cruz says Mueller right choice to lead Russia investigation

    03/17/2018 8:44:32 PM PDT · 9 of 41
    Twotone to Cen-Tejas

    You might ask what is the point of re-posting an article from last May.

    Pretty much everyone in DC respected Mueller & thought he would be an unbiased arbiter. They were wrong. All of them.

    Now can we quit the Cruz bashing?

  • Students asked if St. Pat's 'drinking holiday' is 'cultural appropriation' - reactions are priceless

    03/17/2018 2:22:23 PM PDT · 8 of 28
    Twotone to Zakeet

    We just need to tell them they’re saying it wrong. It’s not cultural appropriation. It’s cultural APPRECIATION!

    Let them stew on that for a minute.

  • A.I. spots thousands of unidentified craters on the moon

    03/17/2018 1:40:32 PM PDT · 10 of 29
    Twotone to Swordmaker

    “We created an A.I. powered method that autocratically identifies craters on the surface of the moon, and possibly other bodies...”

    Just what we need...Autocratic A.I.

  • German interior minister declares 'Islam does not belong' in the country

    03/17/2018 6:12:20 AM PDT · 20 of 32
    Twotone to BBell

    Well, the first statement was good & strong, but the follow-up...

    “Of course the Muslims who live with us belong in Germany. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our national traditions and customs.”

    ...was pretty weak.

    When he starts demanding that those who fail to ‘integrate’ into German culture get the boot we’ll know things are going to improve.

  • Terry Gilliam Says #MeToo Movement Has Transformed Into 'Mob Rule' [Film Director/Monty Python Guy]

    03/16/2018 2:36:05 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    Twotone to SoFloFreeper

    “Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay.”

    I wonder if men would speak so cavalierly if that was the price THEY had to pay for a job in Hollywood!

  • Who Are the Luckiest Jews, Blacks, and Latinos? (You'll find them in America)

    03/13/2018 8:39:43 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    Twotone to SeekAndFind

    Another excellent piece by Dennis Prager. It would do wonders for the attitudes of our snowflakes if we could send them to Venezuela, Cuba or any African state for a few months.

  • How One State Is Fixing Higher Education

    03/13/2018 6:41:30 AM PDT · 1 of 28
  • Can ‘Texas v. United States’ Set Us Free From Obamacare?

    03/12/2018 2:53:17 PM PDT · 1 of 8
  • Musings on Global Maneuvers: North Korea and Tsun Tsu's "Art of War"

    03/12/2018 6:53:09 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    Twotone to William of Barsoom

    “ an off-balance, isolated and insecure U.S. president.”?

    It’s also not smart to underestimate your opponent. Trump benefits from all those who think he CAN’T POSSIBLY...whatever.

  • Ghost Riders in the Sky

    03/11/2018 3:56:37 PM PDT · 1 of 19
  • The 64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's untethered Pennsylvania speech

    03/11/2018 11:23:26 AM PDT · 2 of 32
    Twotone to E. Pluribus Unum

    It IS amusing to see them with their panties all in a wad over absolutely EVERYTHING Trump says or does.

  • Amulets, White Noise, and Trump Reality

    03/11/2018 11:19:59 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    Twotone to Kaslin

    “That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse.”

    I have one, but it’s to stick pins in. :-)

  • We Never Could Have Imagined (Or Prepped For) What Actually Happened In Venezuela

    03/11/2018 11:01:43 AM PDT · 10 of 103
    Twotone to blam

    “An economic collapse this long seemed like something that was entirely out of the question. It was entirely unpredictable. I would have expected a pandemics or a coup d’etat long before this hungry zombie-like scenario.”

    It truly seems like an impossible scenario, what has happened in Venezuela. So much for those who say it can’t happen ‘here.’ It can happen. All it takes is the right sorts in charge.

  • The Blue Ripple

    03/10/2018 12:11:44 PM PST · 1 of 14
    Some very interesting polling numbers deep in the article...
  • George Soros Faces Hometown Exposure and Revolt

    03/09/2018 6:24:37 AM PST · 1 of 39
  • An Alternative Reality is Emerging on the Left

    03/06/2018 10:57:46 AM PST · 33 of 37
    Twotone to slumber1

    Here’s the article:

    I don’t see that it proves anything, aside from what lying liars the Dems are.

  • Hillary and Lamar: A Meeting of Minds on Russian Collusion

    03/06/2018 7:49:09 AM PST · 1 of 3
  • Texas police have rescued 341 children after anti-trafficking training. [truncated]

    03/06/2018 7:43:58 AM PST · 3 of 18
    Twotone to huldah1776

    Good for that deputy! I’ve been stunned by the numbers of sex traffickers that are out there. These guys are doing terrific work...

  • Singapore’s Lone Cat Museum Appeals for Support to Keep Going

    03/04/2018 7:24:13 PM PST · 17 of 18
    Twotone to patriot08

    “Beware of people who dislike cats. - Irish Proverb”

    Great proverb!

    A friend went back to college after coming home from Vietnam (a long-range recon guy & tough!). One of his psychology professors said the following to the women in the class:

    “Ladies, if you’re going with a guy who doesn’t like animals, dump him immediately. If he likes dogs, fine. But if a guy likes cats...stalk him!”

  • St. David's Day: Celebrating Arthur Machen, forgotten Welsh horror writer admired by Stephen King

    03/02/2018 4:40:24 PM PST · 5 of 11
    Twotone to onedoug

    You’re hijacking this thread. I’ll join you...

    27 Feb 18


    Owain Glyndwr has been called the “Welsh Braveheart,” because of the similarity of his life and mission to that of William Wallace of Scotland, a century earlier.

    Revered today throughout the UK as a great national hero, Owain was not loved by many of their ancestors at the end of the 14th Century!

    Like Wallace, Glyndwr led a successful (at least temporarily) rebellion in Wales against English incursion and influence into his native region. Several less successful rebellions had proceeded him!

    As with the spectacular Spartacan Rebellion against Imperial Rome in 70 BC, the Boudican Rebellion against Roman rule in England of 60AD, and the Boer Rebellion (led by Paul Kruger and others) against the British in South Africa in the early Twentieth Century, the ultimate outcome was never in doubt, but in our age we are fascinated and inspired by the tenacity, cleverness, audacity, and bravery of these brilliant and dauntless rebel leaders, righteously rising against notorious excesses of the established, ruling authority.

    In fact, during most of the American Revolutionary War, of 1775-1783 (actually, organized hostilities continued through 1818), the smart money was not on the Rebels. Ours was one of the few revolutions in world history that were permanently successful!

    Invading England from Gaul (France), Romans had considered the British Islands a “colony” since the First Century AD, in the process driving native Celtic tribes west, into Wales, and Scottish tribes north, into Scotland.

    Romans called Wales “Cambria,” and the Welsh “Cymru.”

    Curiously, there is little evidence that Romans ever set foot in Ireland, considering the island militarily insignificant. Even after Romans withdrew from England, remaining British would continue to express complete disinterest in Ireland for another six-hundred years!

    Halfway through the 5th Century, a durable and dedicated St Patrick “Christianized” Ireland, welcoming native pagans to the Roman Church. His success was astonishing, but it set the stage for bloody sectarian conflict, which has persisted into the present age.

    With the impending collapse of their continental Empire, Roman troops, and many Roman civilians (along with “Romanized” native civilians), withdrew from England, starting in the early 5th Century.

    With the resulting power vacuum, England was promptly invaded by foreign armies, mostly Saxons (Germans).

    Over the next few Centuries, there was a lively mixing of cultures, genetics, and language. As one might expect, armed conflict and territorial intrigue were more or less continuous!

    The Normans successfully invaded, of course, in 1066AD

    By the 14th Century, genetic Scots and Welsh were, once again, pushed to the margins, with political autonomy progressively slipping away. The seat of power was now firmly with English kings, all of whom called London home.

    Seeing their culture, native Celtic genetics, and language slowly dissipating, the Welsh rebelled, led by Glyndwr, appealing to the French for military aid. Welsh considered themselves (and still do) to be the only “authentic” English. Kings residing in London traced their genetics mostly to Germany, Spain, France, et al.

    By all accounts, Glyndwr, coming from a prominent and successful Welsh family, was highly educated, military astute, well respected, and otherwise had a promising career ahead of him.

    Glyndwr’s rebellion lasted only fifteen years (1400-1415), but caught the English off-guard, and was
    spectacularly successful, at least in the beginning. His uncanny ability to inspire, and persuade erstwhile feuding clans to work and fight together is matched by few others.

    Unhappily, France’s participation was half-hearted and short-lived. And, in 1413 a recently installed King Henry (the 5th), rather than continuing the hard line of his father, offered pardons to many Welsh rebel leaders, as well as other concessions.

    The Rebellion fizzled!

    Glyndwr vanished!

    Glyndwr never accepted a pardon, nor was the hefty price on his head ever collected. Unlike William Wallace, he was never captured. He was last seen, at least officially, in 1412.

    There are many theories, but Glyndwr was known to be a master in disguise, so he may have “re-invented himself” and vanished in plain sight.

    As part of his legacy, English Kings ever since have unfailingly started with the title “Prince of Wales,” in an effort to claim a connection with the Island’s original, Celtic genetics.

    Harlech Castle, built on the Welsh coast at end of the 13th Century by King Edward (the 1st), representing a bold attempt at the direct assertion of control over all of Wales by the British. It was an unwelcome symbol of repression for native Welsh for many decades.

    The Scotch equivalent was Stirling Castle. In Ireland, Carrickfergus Castle performed the identical function.

    In 1404, Glyndwr seized Harlech Castle after a brief siege. It became his headquarters until it was re-seized by the British in 1409.

    However, in the interim Harlech was recast as a symbol and rallying call for Welch pride and icy stubbornness, and eventually by extension, the pride of all of England.

    “Men of Harlech” has thus been used ever since to describe unyielding soldiers. Glyndwr surely set the example.

    Welshmen never yield!

    “Men of Harlech,” eventually became the title of song, once widely heard in Wales

    The stirring music and verse first appeared as “March of the Men of Harlech” in musical and poetic relics of Welsh legends.

    The song was first published in “Gems of Welsh Melody” in 1860. It was sung, with revised verse, as recently as 1964 in the feature film, “Zulu,” starring Stanley Baker and a young Michael Caine.

    “March ye men of Harlech bold,
    Unfurl your banners in the field,
    Be brave as were your sires of old,
    And like them, never yield!

    What tho’ evry hill and dale,
    Echoes now with war’s alarms,
    Celtic hearts can never quail,
    When Cambria calls to arms.

    By each lofty mountain,
    By each crystal fountain,
    By your homes where those you love
    Await your glad returning,

    Let each thought and action prove,
    True glory can the Cymru move,
    And as each blade gleams in the light,
    Pray ‘God defend the right!’

    Clans from Mona wending,
    Now with Arvon blending,
    Haste with rapid strides along
    The path that leads to glory,

    From Snowdon’s hills with harp and song,
    And Nantlle’s vale proceeds a throng,
    Whose ranks with yours shall proudly vie,
    ‘Nobly win or die!’

    March ye men of Harlech go,
    Lov’d Fatherland your duty claims,
    Onward comes the Saxon foe,
    His footsteps mark’d in flames;

    But his march breeds no dismay,
    Boasting taunts we meet with scorn,
    Craven like their hosts shall flee
    Like mists before the morn.

    On the foemen dashing,
    Swords and bucklers clashing;
    Smite with will their savage band
    Nor think of e’er retreating:

    But with a firm unflinching hand,
    In blood quench ev’ry burning brand,
    And for each roof tree cast away
    A Saxon life shall pay.

    Thus each bosom nerving,
    From no danger swerving,
    Soon shall the invader feel
    The doom of fate rewarding;

    They firmly grasp the flashing steel,
    And as ye strike for Cymru’s weal,
    Be this your cry, till life’s last breath -
    ‘Liberty or Death!’”

    This is my heritage. These are my ancestors.

    I love it!

    John Farnam