In a truly heartwarming story of rags to riches, a servant to Julius III was made a cardinal for doing great services to the peoples of Earth: he had once cared for the new Pope’s pet monkey.
Once again, this is why you do not want governmental power placed in the hands of unelected, unaccountable officials.‚ I feel like I may start to annoy my readers with my constant hammering in of the principles of small government, separation of church and state, and freedom for the people.‚ I don’t really care though, because I don’t want to get burnt at the stake for being a “werewolf” or have my governor be some high school buddy of the President or have the Mayor of Seattle get first rights to my newly married wife.‚ If I hammer to the point of annoying some folks, that’s okay.
The funny your mom demotivational poster below made me giggle. Giggle, gaggle, goggle, guggle.
Living up to his name, Ivan the Terrible was not a really fun guy to know.‚ In 1555, after the completion of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, he ordered that the architects be blinded so they could never design a prettier building.‚ That act was probably one of the nicest things that he ever did.‚ An enemy of Ivan the Terrible according to one chronicler was “was drawn upon a long sharp-made stake, which entered the lower part of his body and came out of his neck; upon which he languished a horrible pain for 15 hours alive, and spoke to his mother, brought to behold that woeful sight. And she was given to 100 gunners, who defiled her to death, and the Emperor’s hungry hounds devoured her flesh and bones”.‚ In a completely separate instance, Ivan the Terrible became suspicious that the citizens of a city named Novgorod were about to rebel against him and join the Poles.‚ So he had the Archbishop of their city sewn up in the skin of a bear and sent his hounds to chew him up.‚ Next he ordered that over 50,000 of Novgorod’s citizen’s be drowned in a nearby river.
Government officials today are much better at handling power than Ivan the Terrible, so why don’t we just give them them more and trust that they won’t abuse it?‚ The Founding Fathers of America were so silly in trying to keep the government as small as possible… wouldn’t it be nice if we had a much larger welfare state and the government determined the distribution of goods and services and probably the production too?
If you aren’t careful, you could end up like Tom Cruise’s wing man in Top Gun.‚ Shot down.
Don’t end up like the poor fat fellow in the wing man demotivational poster below.
Don Carlos died in 1568.‚ Who was this fellow?‚ He was heir to the Spanish throne and apparently was severely mentally challenged due to massive inbreeding in the Habsburg dynasty.‚ He had only 4 great- grandparents (most people have 8), only 6 great-great-grandparents (most people have 16).‚ Two of his great-grandmothers were sisters.‚ Sounds like some folks I know down in the American South…
Funny unprotected sex demotivational picture below for your fun and joy.
Dr. John Dee, a mathematician, astrologer & philosopher hired a man named Edward Kelley to help be an intermediary between himself and angels.‚ Through their contact with angels, several books were dictated and written down by Dee that were intended for the service of humanity.‚ The two men toured Europe with their newfound books and ideas for several years until an angel told Edward Kelley that they should share their wives.‚ Dr. John Dee apparently wasn’t such a big fan of swinging.