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Dear Readers:  I wanted to thank Georgina Vargas and Oscar Mandagaran for their wonderful discussion of the art and history of Tango last night.  I am afraid my fast, mid-western dialect was a but much, but Silvio was the gracious translator and we had a ton of fun (click HERE for the show link).  Georgina has a CD she is working on, and we were treated to some of her incredible, passionate singing.

I came across some amusing, entertaining, and informative links that  wanted to share today.

The Pharaoh Island: 90 years after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, how Britain has embraced Egyptian architecture

There may not be a sphinx on every street corner in London or Manchester, but Egypt has had a bigger influence on British architecture than you would think.

From cinemas to supermarkets, factories to mausoleums, a new book has revealed the deep-seated influence the ancient territory has had on British building design for more than 200 years.

‘Egypt in England’ by Chris Elliott examines over 50 Egyptian sites in Britain, revealing the curious stories behind these unusual and often outlandish pieces of architecture and interior design.

For centuries the wonder of Ancient Egypt remained largely inaccessible to European travellers, until its ‘rediscovery’ in the 19th century.

During England’s Regency era (1811-1820) Egyptian style became the very height of fashion.

This ‘Egyptomania’ was fuelled by the British discovery, exactly 90 years ago this November, of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which gave the world some of its most iconic images of the ancient civilisation.

Sphinx in Britain

Part of the reason for Britain’s “Egyptomania” is that used the French Description de l’Egypte, with was a graphic illustration of the wonders discovered by Napoleon’s expedition into Egypt.

Which brings me to the subject of my next post, Word Warrior’s piece — DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR TOTAL VICTORY – that likens Obama to Napoleon.

It appears as if President Obama and the Democrats are taking a page from Napoleon’s playbook. Smelling blood in the water, they seek to turn a slender tactical victory on election night into a strategic political victory. Pursuing a relentlessly partisan, populist approach the President seeks to pursue the disordered and demoralized Republicans off the looming “fiscal cliff”.

After 3 weeks of leaving them hanging, the President has contemptuously placed before the Republicans an offer that is little more than insulting: a tax hike of $1.6 trillion; in return for an ephemeral promise of addressing essential entitlement cuts sometime in the future.

http://www.websophist.com/Obama_NapoleonBellyHandCrM.jpg

I am tired of Obama being compared to Roman Emperors, so this was a very refreshing take! The entire piece is a must-read, so please head on over.  In a related piece, Lonely Conservative note: Americans’ Net Worth Drops To 43 Year Low

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As a side note, I will be chatting with Aaron Clarey, Captain Capitalism this Wednesday on Canto Talk.  He has a wonderful analysis about our current batch of college students:  The Pathetic Conformity of Young “Rebels”

As a student I remember my teachers and I were sworn enemies.  It was never stated, but it was obvious through actions and behaviors, and as quickly as the first week of kindergarten, that teachers were not there to help the students, but to take advantage of them.  I do not mean in a “physical” or “sexually abusive” way, but in a financial and psychological way.  It was very apparent to me at the age of 5 that the teachers were not there to help `us, they were there for ulterior motives, and me and my peers would be the victims in this racket.

Obviously I could not articulate this at that time.  I didn’t have the vocabulary, the thought, let alone the context.  But now in hindsight and knowing the racket education is, I can identify precisely what was going on.  Young adults, too lazy to find real work, used “educating the children” as an excuse to avoid math, rigor or any career endeavor that required effort.  And so, for 13 years, me and millions of other youth had to suffer at the hands of overpaid, overglorified, inferior-human, baby sitters, and though we couldn’t articulate the argument above, we intuitively KNEW IT becuase of the day in, day out hell these morons forced upon us.  It was WAR.  And it was between the innocent students and the people posing as teachers (why else would “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” be so popular?).

Fast forward to today and times have definitely changed.  And changed for the worse.

Finally, check out College Insurrection friend, American Glob’s piece on the 5 People Fox News should kick to the curb and see if you agree!

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