Obelisk return

NPR : Italy Set to Return Seized Obelisk to Ethiopia
After over a half century in Italian hands (following the war in 1938), Italy announced that it is returning an Ethiopian obelisk seized by Mussolini and erected in Rome. The obelisk, which dates back to the 4th century AD, will be returned to the city of Axum.
This was a clear pillage of the country by Mussolini, and the return is definitely applauded.I admit that its easier to return something like this, than, say, the Elgin Marbles, where the ethics and the rights are muddier.

Authority of the Government comes from the people.

Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal: Nino Scalia, by Grace of God Justice and Lord
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Read Brad’s entry on Justice Scalia, and his telling comments to the contrary. Unamerican, to begin with. I am not getting into the argument about the seperation of church and state, this is more fundamental.
America is a secular country, founded as a secular country. The fact that many people are religious or call themselves religious is beside the point and does not change the fact that this is a secular country.
Heinlein’s If this Goes On becomes less and less implausible. I still think its 10-1 odds against the country ever going down that road completely, but a decade ago, i’d have made 100-1 odds.

Ides of March

CAESAR
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
Soothsayer
Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
What man is that?
BRUTUS
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS
Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR
What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
Soothsayer
Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
Julius Ceasar, Act I Scene II

Lunchtime Poll #17: Built to Last

Ravings of a Textual Deviant � Lunchtime Poll #17: Long-Term, High-Yield
Li asks this week:
�New games are popping up all of the time, yet they don�t stay around very long at all anymore. Magic: The Gathering has lasted 10 years�The White Wolf �storytelling� system reached its apex at about 4 years old�the (*shudder*) Pokemon game lasted maybe two years�what�s going to last?�

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