Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Capitulates to Bullies, Will Not Attend Palmetto Event in His Honor

Dabo Swinney, coach of Clemson University's football team, will not attend an award ceremony next week honoring him for his support of religious freedom.The Palmetto Family Council, a South Carolina nonprofit organization, planned to honor Swinney as a "defender of religious liberty" in the "Celebrating Families 2015" event at the beautiful Seibels House and Garden in Columbia, SC, on June 2.  In choosing Coach Swinney as this year's recipient, the Palmetto Family Council praised hi … [Read more...]

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The Uniform of the Swiss Guard: A 100-Year-Old Tradition

Were the uniforms of the Swiss Guard designed by Michelangelo?  I've always heard that; but today I read--on the Vatican's own website--that Michelangelo had nothing to do with it!  Instead, it was Commandant Jules Repond, inspired by the frescoes of Raffaello, who had the inspiration for the iconic uniforms which are worn by guards in Vatican City and at papal events. In any case,  they are lovely, aren't they?  The bold blue, red and yellow stripes, the white of the collar and glov … [Read more...]

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Vegemite and Hot Cross Buns: A Rose By Any Other Name

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. --Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Today, my friends, two stories from the Land Down Under.In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two young teenagers—Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—meet and fall in love.   Their relationship is doomed from the start, since their families are enemies. Juliet tells her beloved Romeo that names are meaningless—that she loves the person who is called “Montague” and not his name and not … [Read more...]

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