So, the Last Three Weeks . . .

Pretty pictures!

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I was in a cool, damp place. Well, cooler than 104 F. And rather farther away from the war in Ukraine than I was in 2019. I started at Eboricum, Jorvik, then the Vallum Adrium, Vallum Antonini, Dun Add, Dun Edin, Dun Ollie, and Traprian Law. And a few other places.

The sky was a lot darker. And the wind was in my face at 35 MPH, with drizzle.

Like that. The first picture was from near the top of the Sill, shooting down. It’s a good place for a wall.

The trip began with Romans and Vikings. And discovering that walking on the treadmill at the gym, and lifting weights, are not a lot of help when scrambling up near-vertical steps and slopes in sideways misty rain, or carrying luggage up and down several flights of narrow stairs. Yes, once again I was well off the usual tourist map…

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Praise Be to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!


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And happy birthday to St. John the Baptist, who is probably leaping for joy again.

As an ex-fetus, I applaud the defense of my natural human rights, which were never abrogated by the US Constitution and never can be — and the Declaration of Independence has always said that I have a right to life.

Anyone defending the abortion of helpless baby humans hates his past baby self, or is in denial.

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Dominican Linguistics Translation Sister

So far beyond me it’s not even funny, but looks interesting.

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“So yeah, I took Syriac just for funsies, years ago, and who knew that I’d actually use it professionally?”

Or words to that effect….

A new translation of the Book of Revelation into English, also showing five major ancient versions of the book in various languages, and with notes on the word choices. Translation by Sr. Mary Dominic Pitts, of the Nashville Dominicans.

This should be a lot of fun, because Revelation uses Greek in all sorts of supposedly ungrammatical or unliterary ways, which generally are direct quotes from the Septuagint version of the Old Testament. It’s a little more transparent about its poetic and prophetic references to other Bible books than you would think, if you look into it; but reference books make it a lot easier to understand the game being played.

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Agatha Christie Should Know!

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
― Agatha Christie

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“Most successes are unhappy. That’s why they are successes-they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice…. The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves that they don’t give a damn.”
― Agatha Christie

“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”
― Agatha Christie

“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
― Agatha Christie

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

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Signal boost: rebuttal to CNN report on death of Al-Jazeera reporter

Spin, strangeness, and charm

Contemptible News Network, a.k.a. Complete Narrative Network, lives up to its name with a new “report” trying to blame/frame Israel for the killing of Al-Jazeera’s Shirin Abu Akleh.

Read this rebuttal by NY Sun reporter Dovid Efune in a Tw*tter thread, which I’m echoing here in its entirety.


A new @CNN report is now claiming “evidence” that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in a “targeted attack” by Israeli forces.

It’s a wildly irresponsible report, reminiscent of the al-Durrah libel of 2000 that fueled the deadly 2nd Intifada. 

CNN’s claims defy logic and some are overtly false. The report also makes ample use of multiple discredited sources and uses word tricks to misdirect the reader.

Below is a partial breakdown of the deceitful account and the unanswered questions it leaves. 

CNN essentially offers 4 arguments to make its case. Each of them is problematic. Credit for…

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Dr. John Cheng, Hero

. The ideal of Mantis Fu is that a small preying mantis can defeat a much larger cicada. The name “Seven Star Preying Mantis” refers to the Big Dipper asterism, which is shown in artwork to look somewhat like a preying mantis. In general, the name is said to mean that students of the art should try to spread it all over the world, so that it will be seen everywhere.

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If we lived in a world with a news media that wasn’t corrupt, we’d be hearing about Dr. John Cheng every minute of the last week or so.

As terrible as the church shooting of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church folks was, Dr. Cheng acted heroically and sacrificially. He epitomized the best of being a doctor along with the best of being a martial arts master. He shone as both a great American and a man of all the virtues, both natural and Christian. And he saved his mother’s life by attacking the shooter and attempting to disarm him, which was an act of great filial love. Reports differ on what happened, but apparently Cheng served as enough of a distraction that other churchgoers were able to join in the attack, knock him down with a chair, and bind him with extension cords.

But a Taiwan Communist who had worked…

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You are not alone

Publishing Resources here– so you can keep the money from selling YOUR books!

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For those who don’t know, every Sunday I do a promo post. I will basically promote anyone who sends me their book. No, I don’t read them, because frankly, I wouldn’t have the time to read all of them and because although I read a lot, I read by taste, or for research, and if reading becomes a duty I’ll be out of a delightful relaxation.

Anyway, if you are interested in sending a book for promotion, just send me the Amazon link to bookpimping at outlook dot com.

I won’t say I promote every single book sent to me. Some of them are so strange or twisted that I do not think my blog readership is right for it, and even instapundit, where I put a link to the promo post every Sunday night, is not likely to find many readers. But l do promote most of them.


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