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  • Obama on Benghazi Capture: When Americans Are Attacked, ‘This Country Has Their Back’(VIDEO)

    06/17/2014 12:18:39 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 17 2014 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama delivered brief comments today on the capture of a man suspected to be involved in the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate. The president said the capture sends a clear message to the world that whenever an American is attacked, “no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.” Yesterday U.S. special forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala in a surprise raid. Khattala had previously denied in a number of interviews he gave that he had any direct involvement in the Benghazi attack. In his comments today, Obama praised the...
  • The Ultimate Self-Help Book: Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

    04/20/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    On the evening of Good Friday, a man on the run from a death sentence wakes up in a dark forest, lost, terrified and besieged by wild animals. He spends an infernal Easter week hiking through a dismal cave, climbing up a grueling mountain, and taking what you might call the long way home. It all works out for him, though. The traveler returns from his ordeal a better man, determined to help others learn from his experience. He writes a book about his to-hell-and-back trek, and it's an instant best-seller, making him beloved and famous. For 700 years, that...
  • What sort of Dantesque contrapasso does this uber-PC group deserve?

    03/15/2012 11:52:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | March 14, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You think you’ve heard nearly every stupid thing there is to hear and then someone even stupider comes along and lowers the bar again. From the Daily Telegraph:Dante’s Divine Comedy ‘offensive and should be banned’The classic work should be removed from school curricula, according to Gherush 92, a human rights organisation which acts as a consultant to UN bodies on racism and discrimination. [You just knew the UN would be mentioned, right?]Dante’s epic is “offensive and discriminatory” and has no place in a modern classroom, said Valentina Sereni, the group’s president.Divided into three parts – Hell, Purgatory and Heaven –...
  • EA (Games) Staged Dante's Inferno Protest

    06/06/2009 7:32:40 AM PDT · by Bull Man · 6 replies · 567+ views
    1up ^ | 06/05/2009 | Steve Watts
    The protesters railing against EA for the game Dante's Inferno were part of a marketing scheme, reports the Associated Press. A viral marketing agency hired by EA reportedly organized the stunt, and hired about 20 people to picket the game. After it was picked up by the blogs, several began to question whether the protest was legitimate based on an amateurish Web site and anonymous domain registration. EA spokesperson Holly Rockwood confirmed it today. (pic at site)
  • Could the Western World of today develop anything resembling a new renaissance?

    08/22/2008 9:38:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 299+ views
    08/22/2008 | WesternCulture
    - YES! To begin with, let's try and fully understand what Renaissance Florence actually has accomplished, apart from making tourists feel like this: "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear...
  • Get to know your fellow FReepers! [and cheese]

    02/24/2007 7:36:34 PM PST · by Fierce Allegiance · 764 replies · 5,885+ views
    today | FA
    How about telling us all your age, gender and location. Also, if you want, who you like in the upcoming presidential primary.
  • Scientists Recreate (Less Ugly) Face Of Dante

    01/11/2007 6:56:50 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 473+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-12-2007 | Malcom Moore
    Scientists recreate (less ugly) face of Dante By Malcolm Moore in Florence Last Updated: 2:26am GMT 12/01/2007 Dante Alighieri did not, after all, have bulging eyes or a pointed chin — but his enormous nose was true to life, according to scientists who have created a replica of the poet's face by measuring the remains of his skull. The 3D reconstruction, based on skull measurements, alongside Botticelli's portrait of Dante Alighieri The researchers at the University of Bologna have pieced together the "true face" of Florence's favourite son and discovered that it was very different from the portraits of him...
  • Catholic magazine in Prophet cartoon row (DANTE VS. MUHAMMAD ALERT)

    04/17/2006 12:32:02 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,085+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 17, 2006 | NICK PISA
    THE controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was reignited yesterday after an Italian Catholic magazine printed one on its front cover.Studi Cattolici carried a drawing of the Prophet in Hell, with the Italian writer Dante Alighieri asking the poet Virgil: "That man divided in two from his head to his feet - isn't that Muhammad?" Virgil replies: "Yes, it is him and he is in two because he has divided society - while the man next to him with his arms down represents Italian politics towards Islam." The cartoon is a play on Dante's Inferno - a similar scene...
  • Muslims Outraged By New Cartoon Of Prophet In Hell (Italy)

    04/16/2006 6:51:09 PM PDT · by blam · 86 replies · 3,100+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-17-2006 | Malcom Moore
    Muslims outraged by new cartoon of Prophet in Hell By Malcolm Moore in Rome (Filed: 17/04/2006) An Italian magazine has infuriated Muslims by publishing a cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed cut in half and burning in Hell. The drawing appears in Studi Cattolici, a monthly magazine with links to the ultra-conservative Roman Catholic group, Opus Dei. It shows the poets Virgil and Dante on the edge of a circle of flame looking down on Mohammed. "Isn't that man there, split in two from head to navel, Mohammed?" Dante asks Virgil. "Yes and he is cut in two because he has...
  • Which circle of Hell do You belong in?

    04/07/2006 8:55:55 AM PDT · by TradicalRC · 43 replies · 2,431+ views
    http://www.4degreez.com ^ | 13th Century | Dante Allighieri
    "Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way to the eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost. Justice urged on my high artificer; My maker was divine authority, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me nothing but eternal things were made, And I endure eternally. Abandon every hope, ye who enter here."
  • Benedict XVI's Love of Dante (the author's reversion story)

    02/10/2006 8:12:20 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 388+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 9, 2006 | Elizabeth Lev
    ROME, FEB. 9, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's new encyclical on love came as a surprise to most everyone. Some wags commented on the paradox of the "German Shepherd" exclaiming that God is Love. Others are amazed that the erstwhile watchdog of Church doctrine would choose to dedicate so much ink to social teachings. My surprise had nothing to do with this. I was floored when the Holy Father said he was inspired by Dante. During an audience with members of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" on Jan. 23, Benedict XVI introduced the new encyclical saying that the 14th-century Italian poet...
  • Why Does Dante Consider Sodomy Worse Than Homicide & Suicide?

    11/14/2005 12:17:11 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | September 2004 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    Dante's Divine Comedy, the most sublime religious poem the Christian West has produced in two thousand years, provides us to this day with profound insights into human nature. In the Inferno Dante provides us with a vivid, unforgettable image of what Christians have always believed about sodomites. He places them in the seventh circle of Hell, the fiery circle of the violent, far below the lustful heterosexuals of the second circle. Why this big separation? The answer is extremely important and revealing. Dante wants us to understand that homosexuals do not suffer in life from a deficiency of the will,...
  • Why Does Dante Consider Sodomy Worse Than Homicide & Suicide?

    11/13/2005 10:12:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 2,318+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | September 2004 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    Dante's Divine Comedy, the most sublime religious poem the Christian West has produced in two thousand years, provides us to this day with profound insights into human nature. In the Inferno Dante provides us with a vivid, unforgettable image of what Christians have always believed about sodomites. He places them in the seventh circle of Hell, the fiery circle of the violent, far below the lustful heterosexuals of the second circle. Why this big separation? The answer is extremely important and revealing. Dante wants us to understand that homosexuals do not suffer in life from a deficiency of the will,...
  • People Don't Write That Way Anymore [Freeper-run magazine article]

    02/07/2005 12:27:33 PM PST · by Antoninus · 39 replies · 949+ views
    The Tarpeian Rock ^ | February 2005 | Claudio R. Salvucci
        Tastes and interests change in literature. Different themes, different styles, indeed whole different genres come in and out of being depending on the spirit of the age.     Nevertheless, there is something to be said for a “classical” style—not in a restricted sense as the style of Greco-Roman antiquity, nor any later genre which took inspiration from it—but rather a super-cultural literary style that rises up above its own genre and belongs as much to the ages as its own time period.     This is the old concept of the “Republic of Letters”—a community not of time and space...
  • Discovering Dante's Damsel In Distress

    12/01/2003 1:16:10 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 267+ views
    Discovery.com ^ | 12-1-2003 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Discovering Dante's Damsel in Distress Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News A Majolica Jug: Missing Link? Dec. 1, 2003 — A 14th century jug unearthed in a Tuscan castle might shed new light on one of the most touching and mysterious female figures in Dante's Divine Comedy, according to Italian archaeologists. Legend has always linked Castel di Pietra, a castle near the village of Gavorrano in the Tuscan Maremma, with the sad fate of Pia dei Tolomei, a lady supposedly imprisoned there and then murdered by her jealous husband. "Do thou remember me who am the Pia/ Siena made me, unmade me...
  • Remember Limbo? the Pope Has Not Forgotten It

    10/08/2004 12:23:57 PM PDT · by Area Freeper · 110 replies · 1,101+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 7
    Remember limbo, that place where the Catholic Church teaches that babies go if they die before being baptized because they do not deserve either heaven or hell? Pope John Paul (news - web sites) showed on Thursday that he still muses about one of the more forgotten elements of Catholic theology commonly associated with medieval thinking. He asked theologians to think about it harder and come up with "a more coherent and enlightened way" of describing the fate of such innocents. According to Catholic teaching, baptism removes the original sin which has stained all souls since the fall from grace...
  • THE ONE GOOD THING TO DO WITH MONEY

    11/18/2003 7:00:39 PM PST · by cornelis · 4 replies · 166+ views
    University Bookman ^ | 2003 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    “THE ONE GOOD THING TO DO WITH MONEY” Collections of letters can be charming. One of the things I like best about them, and I like this about journals and essay collections also, is that they can be so random. One’s day is not usually an organized treatise in which one thing flows directly from another in some logical patter. I have nothing against logic or organization, but I rather like to live in a world in which I am not quite sure what will happen next. I like it when folks can just “drop by.” The end of my...
  • Muslim wins Italian court ban on crucifixes in classroom

    10/26/2003 6:33:33 PM PST · by yonif · 38 replies · 307+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday October 27, 2003 | Sophie Arie
    A Muslim rights advocate has scored a victory over the Catholic Church and conservative Italians, winning a court ruling that will remove crucifixes from the state primary school his children attend. "The presence of the symbol of the cross shows the will of the state to put Catholicism at the centre of the universe as the absolute truth," Judge Mario Montanaro ruled in the central town of L'Aquila. A concordat with the Vatican confirmed in 1984 that Catholicism was no longer the state religion. And laws introduced in 1920s fascist Italy, making crucifixes mandatory in classrooms, have been interpreted loosely...
  • Abandon every hope, ye who do not Homeschool!

    08/21/2003 5:27:04 PM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 57 replies · 705+ views
    The Divine Comedy ^ | 1314 | Dante Alighieri/ Vanity
    "Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way to the eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost. Justice urged on my high artificer; My maker was divine authority, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me nothing but eternal things were made, And I endure eternally. Abandon every hope, ye who enter here." While using the internet as a resource to develop a homeschool curriculum for my 12 year old, I stumbled across a wonderful resource that I feel I must share with my fellow Freepers found here. The author uses...
  • Original American Sin

    We wake up in the morning, and our evil deeds begin before we have time to curse the alarm. As we slept, our refrigerators were hard at work giving Chileans skin cancer. We turn on the air conditioner, and amphibians grow extra limbs. We breathe and contribute to global warming. We put on our clothes and cover the world with sweatshops. We slip on our athletic shoes and tie children to workbenches with the laces. We poison the soil by eating breakfast. We drive to work and drown Pacific Islanders. We go to the doctor and kill animals. We devastate...