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Friday, August 18, 2017

When life imitates art

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Which takes precedence - “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or total eclipse of the sun? After reading today’s news, you might think the former.

Nicholas Hautman reports that Bonnie Tyler is slated to perform her hit song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” during next week’s solar event.  She will be aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the
Seas ship, which “departs from Orlando for the Caribbean on Sunday, August 20.”

Remaining in silent awe of this heavenly display seems entirely appropriate.  Folks will instead be rocking out to Tyler’s earthbound lyrics.


Copyright August 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Confederate monuments: Addition or division?

Lee at 43   (Public Domain)
Some Americans feel that Confederate monuments add to the country’s treasures.  Robert E. Lee felt otherwise:  that such monuments would only serve to divide.

Biographer Jonathan Horn explains that after the Civil War, Lee outright rejected attempts to erect Confederate statues, including one of his beloved “Stonewall” Jackson.  While president of Washington
College, Lee disapproved of Confederate flags flying there.  During his 1870 funeral, these “divisive symbols” were “notably absent from the procession.“  He was not buried in military garb.

Lee strongly believed that countries which “erased visible signs of civil war recovered from conflicts quicker.”  Those who now perpetrate violence in his name might wish to chew on this for a while.


Copyright August 17, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MMA: Deadly stakes

Take that, you winner you!   (Photo by MatthiasKabel)
The old expression, "I'm gonna knock some sense into you,” doesn’t always ring true.  It’s quite likely that the senses will instead be knocked right out of such victims.

A 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter died recently from a “technical knockout.”  That’s a polite way of saying he was beaten to death. Although authorities are allegedly looking into this, Rondel Clark will still be dead when their investigation ends.

MMA is a throwback to the bad old days of gladiator-type sports.  Its roots are in ancient Greek pankration (translation: pretty much anything goes).  Arrhichon of Phiglia, a top Olympic pankratiast of his day, was killed in 564 BC while defending two previous titles.  His opponent suffocated Arrhichon by squeezing his neck.

Never fear, Arrhichon won anyway.  Clark, too, may have gained a legacy. Nevertheless, posthumous awards are highly overrated.


Copyright August 16, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved