Happy Fourth of July, I think to celebrate the today with the hero who make it happen: George Washington.
July 4, 2014
July 2, 2014
Background History to Spartacus - The Servile Wars (Slave Uprisings)
Spartacus and the band of gladiators were soon joined by large numbers of slaves. Spartacus was soon at the head of a formidable army. The desolation of the Social and Civil Wars had depopulated Italy, while the service of slave labor furnished Spartacus with an endless supply of soldiers. The runaway slaves included old people, women and children who camped with the gladiators in the crater of Mount Vesuvius. The small group of gladiators plunders and pillage around the area and are quickly joined by large numbers of runaway slaves. This triggers the Third Servile War.
At Picenum in central Italy Spartacus defeated the consular armies, then pushed north and defeated the proconsul of Cisalpine Gaul at Mutina. The Alps were now open to the rebels, but again the Gauls and Germans refused to go, so Spartacus returned to southern Italy, perhaps intending to ship to Sicily.
Crassus was given six new legions plus the four consular legions. When one of Crassus' legates attacked Spartacus with two legions, against orders, Spartacus roundly defeated them. Crassus decimated the most cowardly cohort, and then used his combined forces to defeat Spartacus, who retreated to Rhegium, in the toe of Italy. Spartacus tried to cross the straits into Sicily, but the Cilician pirates betrayed him.
July 1, 2014
I am so sorry for not posting anything for the month of June. I had been busy with a new job and moving to a homes. Now that is settle I am post theme of July which is Types of Rebellion and the Deities rule over it.
Rebellion, uprising, or insurrection is a refusal of obedience or order. It may seen as covering a range of behaviors aimed at destroying or taking over the position of an established authority such as a government, political leader, financial institution, or person in charge. On the one hand the forms of behavior can include non-violent methods such as the wonders of civil disobedience, civil resistance and nonviolent resistance. On the other hand it may cover violent campaigns. Those who participate in rebellions, especially if they are armed rebellions, are known as "rebels".
There are a number of terms that are associated with rebel and rebellion. They range from those with positive connotations to those with negative connotations. Examples include:
Civil resistance , civil disobedience, and nonviolent resistance which do not include violence or paramilitary force.
Mutiny, which is carried out by military or security forces against their commanders
Armed resistance movement, which is carried out by freedom fighters, often against an occupying foreign power.
Revolt, a term that is sometimes used for a more localized rebellions rather than a general uprising.
Revolution, which is carried out by radicals, usually meant to overthrow the current government
Subversion, which is non-obvious attempts at sabotaging a government, carried out by spies or other subversives.
Terrorism, which is carried out by different kinds of political, economic or religious militant individuals or groups.
May 26, 2014
I am the Great Patron of Rome. I am the God of Martial Might used for a virtuous and just cause. I protect the legions and its allies. I am happy to crush my enemies with great fury, but I do not fight without good cause.
Mars was seen as supreme warrior god over the other war gods and was extensively respected by the legionaries, compared to his hated Greek Ares. Mars focuses on martial victory rather than sheer conflict. Mars is a devoted and brilliant tactician and dislikes unnecessary bloodshed in stark contrast to Ares, his true Greek form, whom loves the idea of combat, endless carnage and violence. Mars is born of Juno alone. The Romans considered Mars Ultor, meaning, "Mars the Avenger", to be the greatest of the gods after Jupiter. The planet Mars named after him.
Children of Mars
Mars grants his children and their descendants with the following abilities:
- They all have enhanced strength, stamina, endurance, speed, and combat skills.
- All children of Mars are naturals at using every weapon known to mankind.
- They are experts in war strategies and tactics.
- They have the ability to curse the weapons of their opponents
- Mars' Blessing: this blessing gives the person blessed near invulnerability. He gives his blessing to people who show tactics and leadership than just sole battle skills.
War is a duty; the only real choice is whether you accept it, and what you fight for.
Those who could be children of Mars
Scipio Africanus (Publius Cornelius Scipio)
He managed this victory against a substantial numerical superiority: 43,000 Romans versus 64,000 Carthaginians (and allies) supplemented by 80 war elephants. Hannibal ordered the elephants to charge first, and then intended his infantry to follow them into the holes they trampled in the Roman lines.
In Africa fighting Jugurtha and in the north fighting the German tribes: the Teutones and the Cimbri, and then later during the Socii War, Marius' tactics and strategies were not only sound, but often brilliant. Marius (despite having unprecedented terms as consul) made political errors which led to his downfall as the Rise of Sulla.
The politics involved in the opening of hostilities between Caesar’s legions and Vercingetorix’s armies are very complicated, and Rome and Gaul are both to blame. But Caesar considered and announced that Gaul had become a serious threat to Roman safety by 58 BC, and so he invaded with the intent to destroy and annex the entire territory.
George S. Patton
He is now famous for using the Nazis’ own patented tactic against them: blitzkrieg. A “lightning war” is generally thought of as one which concentrates all available men and material into the enemy lines, breaking them, then pressing forward without first defending one’s flanks. To defend one’s flanks gives the enemy valuable time to bring up reserves or prepare its own defenses.
Currently; Mars is the Patron God of the US Military and her allies. His appearance of late:
Mars has a flat-top hair cut. His face is covered with old knife scars and he wears night-vision goggles that glow from the inside or sun glasses. Mars wears military combat uniforms of various countries (currently USA).
May 21, 2014
Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better. For those of you who have lived in Texas, you know how true this is.
Texans have a Chili Cook-off multiple times a year. This case. it was about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the San Antonio City Park.
Frank: 'Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge 3.'
Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
CHILI # 1 - MIKE'S MANIAC MONSTER CHILI
Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy crap, what's in this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.
CHILI # 2 - AUSTIN 'S AFTERBURNER CHILI
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.
CHILI # 3 - FRED'S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILI
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting crap-faced from all of the beer.
CHILI # 4 - BUBBA'S BLACK MAGIC
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300 lb. woman is starting to look HOT .. just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?
CHILI # 5 - LISA'S LEGAL LIP REMOVER
Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.
CHILI # 6 - VERA' S VERY VEGETARIAN VARIETY
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I crapped on myself when I farted, and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.
CHILI # 7 - SUSAN'S SCREAMING SENSATION CHILI
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.
CHILI # 8 - BIG TOM'S TOENAIL CURLING CHILI
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor feller, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge # 3 - No Report