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CNN’s Stelter: Americans Will Look Back on the Trump Presidency ‘With Shame’

Tuesday on CNN International, network host Brian Stelter predicted Americans were going to “look back at this period with shame” while discussing the back and forth between President Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault-Newman. While react to Trump’s tweet referring to Manigault-Newman as a “dog,” Stelter said, “Journalists should stand up for decency. Decency is non-partisan.” When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 “This is another example of a man who should know better acting just plain indecent,” he continued. “This tweet about Omarosa, no matter what you think about Omarosa, this is the leader of the free world calling someone ‘a dog,’ in this case an African-American woman a dog. You think about dog whistles, the idea of racial signals being sent through a dog whistle. He’s literally using the dog in this case, also calling her a crazed crying low life. All of those words are dehumanizing. absolutely dehumanizing.” He added, “I think that’s why Americans are gonna look back at this period with

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CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’

Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as “bigots” — which, according to the network’s editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

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Four Mosques Have Burned In Seven Weeks Leaving Many …

On Jan. 7, the Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Austin, which had been under construction, caught on fire. A week later, on Jan. 14, the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue, Washington, burned.

Two weeks after that, on Jan. 28, several hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas.

Then, this past Friday, Feb. 24, a small blaze broke out at the front entrance of the Daarus Salaam Mosque near Tampa.

Authorities have ruled that three of the four fires were caused by arson. An official at the Travis County Fire Marshal told BuzzFeed News that the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis remains open.

Weve never seen four mosques burned within seven weeks of each other, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups around the country. Its part of a whole series of dramatic attacks on Muslims.

The mosque fires come amid increased fear about hate crimes against minority religious groups. In recent weeks, scores of bomb threats were called into Jewish community centers and schools around the country and graveyards in Jewish cemeteries in three states were vandalized. On Sunday, somebody threw a rock through a window of the Masjid Abu Bakr mosque in Denver. In Redmond, Washington, vandals destroyed the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosques entrance sign on two occasions within two months of the election. Two days after the inauguration, a woman shattered the windows of the Davis Islamic Center in California, and left strips of raw bacon on a door handle. In January, a white nationalist fatally shot six people at a mosque in Qubec City. Last week, a white man shot two Indian men, one fatally, at a Kansas bar after making racial slurs, questioning their immigration status, and shouting, “Get out of my country.”

“The short answer is we havent seen anything like this in the past, Potok said, referring to the overall surge in reported hate crimes across the country. “This is my 18th year here and I havent seen anything remotely like this.”

To have three mosque fires ruled arson within six weeks is highly unusual, said Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In normal times, I will see one to two mosque incidents of any type per month, and rarely is it arson, he said. I can tell you for sure I have not seen levels of violence like this since I started tracking this stuff in 2009.

The fire at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis which nearly two months later is still under investigation destroyed the partially constructed frame. Community members began raising funds for the building four years earlier.

There are a lot more people who are in support of us building this back again than people who oppose us but it takes one crazy guy to do something, Shakeel Rashed, an executive board member of the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, told the Texas Tribune in January.

Everybody believes we need to be more vigilant. When we start reconstruction we definitely want to plan the security of the place better, have more cameras, Rashed said.

In Bellevue, Washington, six days before the inauguration, surveillance cameras caught a man walking toward the Islamic Center of Eastside while carrying a backpack and a gallon jug shortly before 2:45 a.m., the Seattle Times reported. Less than a minute later, the mosque was on fire. Investigators at the scene found a melted gallon jug and a gas can. Officers arrested Isaac Wayne Wilson, who remained at the scene, smelled of gasoline, and confessed to setting the blaze, according to police. Authorities said there was no evidence it was a hate crime. Six months earlier, Wilson, who has a history of mental illness, had been convicted of misdemeanor assault after an incident at the mosque.

Hours after President Donald Trump signed the controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, someone intentionally set fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas in the middle of the night, according to investigators, who have yet to identify a suspect. The blaze caused more than $500,000 in damage, and completely destroyed the 16-year-old mosque, shaking the Muslim American community in south Texas. The mosque’s president, Dr. Shahid Hashmi, told the Texas Tribune his community would forgive whoever set the fire, but added, “theres no way we can forget. Theres no way our children can forget.

The fire at the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Florida, on Friday was at least the third time in seven months that a mosque in the Tampa area had been set on fire, following incidents at the Islamic Education Center in July and the Masjid Omar mosque in August.

Firefighters responded to the Feb. 24 fire shortly after 2 a.m. four hours before congregants planned to gather for the early Friday morning prayer session, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Within hours, authorities announced that arson had caused the fire, though they did not specify what evidence led them to that conclusion. At a press conference, Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn called the fire no different than the wave of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish community centers and synagogues and bomb threats that have been called in all across the country.

“Whoever did this maybe intended to discourage us not to be part of this community,” Mazen Bondogji, a member of the mosques board, said at a press conference. “We are part of this community and we will stay.”

The number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes had already been on the rise before the presidential campaign picked up steam in 2016. According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic relations, there were 78 instances of mosques being targeted counting arson, vandalism, and other destruction in 2015. By comparison, 2014 saw just 20 such incidents. A report released last year by Georgetown Universitys Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding found that in 2015 there were eight instances of arson that targeted mosques, businesses, or homes associated with Muslims.

FBI data shows that the number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes surged by 67% from 2014 to 2015 (2016 data is not yet available).

But in more recent months, the SPLC reported a rise in reported hate crimes following the election of Trump, who campaigned on promises to significantly reduce the number of Muslim immigrants allowed into the country.

“Donald Trump’s campaign and victory has emboldened people on the radical right or people who simply hate certain minority groups to act, Potok said. They feel that their views have been legitimized by the man who is president of the United States.”

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GSDHJA Members and Trainers | Greater San Diego Hunter …

Following is a current list of all GSDHJA members sorted by head trainer for the 2018 show year. Barn names in blue are links to the trainer’s website. Scroll down to the bottom to see membersfor the next show year (2019).

Remember: All TRAINERS, HORSE OWNERS, and RIDERS must be members for points to count in ALL CLASSES. When entering a show, make sure the listed horse owner is a member. Trainersshown below in red have not yet paid their membership. If that is yourtrainer, you may want to bug them about that.

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Confederate flag rally tests a diminished Ku Klux Klan | MSNBC

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan calls itself the largest Klan group in America. But it doesnt take much these days to claim that mark.

The Knights, who on Saturday will rally at the steps of the South Carolina Capitol to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag, claims a few thousand active members nationwide, a figure that researchers say is exaggerated but remains a tiny fraction of the 5 million Americans who were on the rolls of Klan chapters 90 years ago.

Now the Loyal White Knights says the Klan is poised for a return from the extreme fringe of American culture.

The group is trying to tap into anger among many Southern whites over a backlash against the flag that followed the killing of nine black church parishioners by a white man last month. The Klan says the reaction was excessive, and has fueled a broader feeling of dispossession among those who believe their country is abandoning white heritage.

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If thats true, then the rally in Columbia, South Carolina, will be a pivotal test for todays KKK, which is less a cohesive organization than a collection of disjointed mini-Klans that pop up and die off.

The Klan, which has historically relied on public displays of violence and intimidation, is struggling to find its place within the contemporary white supremacist movements think tank-style organizations and sophisticated-looking websites that argue for white civil rights. The groups advocate for complete separation of the races Jews included and a return to white-dominated communities where separatist symbols like the Confederate flag continue to fly.

The KKK has publicly denounced the Charleston, South Carolina, church killings, allegedly carried out by a young man who visited white supremacist websites, posted photos online of himself posing with the Confederate flagand is believed to have written a manifestothat griped about the weakened state of the white supremacist movement, including what he described as no real KKK and no one doing anything but talking on the Internet.

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But the Klan became enraged when the state legislature reacted to the killings byremoving the Confederate battle flagfrom the front of the State House.

They cannot punish everyone for what one man did, Amanda Barker, Imperial Officer of the Pelham, North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights, told NBC News.

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She says the Loyal White Knights has also gotten thousands of calls in support of Saturdays march.

But in its application to hold a rally on the Capitol grounds, the group said it expected only 100 to 200 to participate. And a few dozen of the marchers will be members not of the Klan but of the National Socialist Movement, a Michigan-based group that calls itself a white civil rights political action organization.

Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, said it was difficult to predict how many would show up. Thats why we are called the Invisible Empire, Quigg said.

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Gov. Nikki Haley,who led the effort to take down the flag, has urged people to stay away from Saturdays rally. Authorities are beefing up security for the event, which will coincide with a march in support of the flags removal, raising concerns of a violent clash.

Black Educators for Justice, a Florida organization with links to the New Black Panther Party, will hold a rally nearby on the Capitol grounds to urge for more action beyond the removal of the flag. A leader of that group, James Mohammed, said members of the New Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam and Black Lawyers for Justice also will attend.

He said the black groups were not expecting violence. But if any person of color is harmed in any way we have no choice, obviously, but to defend ourselves and to expose who are under those hoods, Mohammed told NBC News.

The Klan remains a secretive organization, allowing it to make unverifiable claims about its size. Leading Klan researchers say the groups claims of membership and influence are overstated.

The Klan today is weak, poorly led, divided internally and without any political support whatsoever, so it is radically different from the Klan of history, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has used legal maneuvers to win crippling monetary awards from KKK chapters around the South.

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The Klan, formed in the wake of the Civil War, has seen several brief surges in popularity in recent decades: the period of anti-immigrant fervor of the 1920s, the Civil Rights era of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and a modest resurgence in the 1970s, in reaction to freedoms won by blacks.

But over the long term, the Klan has been steadily losing members.

From its peak of 5 million in 1925, national membership dropped to 42,000 in 1965, and hit 11,000 in 1981, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, Potok said, there are fewer than 4,000 members of the Klan nationwide, divided into 23 bickering groups that all claim to be the one true Klan and clamber for attention.

Potok estimated that the Loyal White Knights has fewer than 100 members and accused them of simply injecting themselves into the conversation because they know they will get national an even international publicity, and they are right about that.

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Donald Green, a political science professor at Columbia University who researches hate crimes, argued that the backlash against the Confederate battle flag has actually hurt the Klan, because it has shown that the groups ideals are far out of touch from public opinion. Green said hed seen no evidence that KKK activity or membership were on the rise.

The Confederate flag is one of the foremost symbols of their ideological outlook. So the idea that they can muster fewer than 200 people is an indication of how far their membership has dwindled, Green said.

At the same time, researchers have documented as many as 90 pro-flag rallies around the South in recent weeks, some held by Klan chapters, some by other white supremacist groups.

I suspect we are on the precipice of a new wave of Klan activity, said Leonard Zeskin, who runs the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Zeskin cautioned anyone from dismissing the Klan as out-of-touch goons. As the makeup of American society, and the arc of political opinion, moves further away from white dominance, the Klan will seek ways to turn it to their advantage, he said.

We are moving toward a turning point in American history, toward a demographic transformation in which white people will become minorities, Zeskind said. Every one of the racist organizations knows that date is coming. They talk about it and they strategize about it, and they hope that the battles of 2035 are sharper than the battles of today.

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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard …

Cimmeria

Written in Mission, Texas, February, 1932; suggested by the memory of the hill-country above Fredericksburg seen in a mist of winter rain.

Robert E. Howard

Cimmeria

I remember

The dark woods, masking slopes of sombre hills;

The grey clouds’ leaden everlasting arch;

The dusky streams that flowed without a sound,

And the lone winds that whispered down the passes.

Vista on vista marching, hills on hills,

Slope beyond slope, each dark with sullen trees,

Our gaunt land lay. So when a man climbed up

A rugged peak and gazed, his shaded eye

Saw but the endless vista – hill on hill,

Slope beyond slope, each hooded like its brothers.

It was a gloomy land that seemed to hold

All winds and clouds and dreams that shun the sun,

With bare boughs rattling in the lonesome winds,

And the dark woodlands brooding over all,

Not even lightened by the rare dim sun

Which made squat shadows out of men; they called it

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and deep Night.

It was so long ago and far away

I have forgot the very name men called me.

The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream,

And hunts and wars are shadows. I recall

Only the stillness of that sombre land;

The clouds that piled forever on the hills,

The dimness of the everlasting woods.

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.

Oh, soul of mine, born out of shadowed hills,

To clouds and winds and ghosts that shun the sun,

How many deaths shall serve to break at last

This heritage which wraps me in the grey

Apparel of ghosts? I search my heart and find

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.

The Phoenix on the Sword

The Phoenix on the Sword

“Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars – Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”

– The Nemedian Chronicles.

Over shadowy spires and gleaming towers lay the ghostly darkness and silence that runs before dawn. Into a dim alley, one of a veritable labyrinth of mysterious winding ways, four masked figures came hurriedly from a door which a dusky hand furtively opened. They spoke not but went swiftly into the gloom, cloaks wrapped closely about them; as silently as the ghosts of murdered men they disappeared in the darkness. Behind them a sardonic countenance was framed in the partly opened door; a pair of evil eyes glittered malevolently in the gloom.

“Go into the night, creatures of the night,” a voice mocked. “Oh, fools, your doom hounds your heels like a blind dog, and you know it not.”

The speaker closed the door and bolted it, then turned and went up the corridor, candle in hand. He was a somber giant, whose dusky skin revealed his Stygian blood. He came into an inner chamber, where a tall, lean man in worn velvet lounged like a great lazy cat on a silken couch, sipping wine from a huge golden goblet.

“Well, Ascalante,” said the Stygian, setting down the candle, “your dupes have slunk into the streets like rats from their burrows. You work with strange tools.”

“Tools?” replied Ascalante. “Why, they consider me that. For months now, ever since the Rebel Four summoned me from the southern desert, I have been living in the very heart of my enemies, hiding by day in this obscure house, skulking through dark alleys and darker corridors at night. And I have accomplished what those rebellious nobles could not. Working through them, and through other agents, many of whom have never seen my face, I have honeycombed the empire with sedition and unrest. In short I, working in the shadows, have paved the downfall of the king who sits throned in the sun. By Mitra, I was a statesman before I was an outlaw.”

“And these dupes who deem themselves your masters?”

“They will continue to think that I serve them, until our present task is completed. Who are they to match wits with Ascalante? Volmana, the dwarfish count of Karaban; Gromel, the giant commander of the Black Legion; Dion, the fat baron of Attalus; Rinaldo, the hare-brained minstrel. I am the force which has welded together the steel in each, and by the clay in each, I will crush them when the time comes. But that lies in the future; tonight the king dies.”

“Days ago I saw the imperial squadrons ride from the city,” said the Stygian.

“They rode to the frontier which the heathen Picts assail – thanks to the strong liquor which I’ve smuggled over the borders to madden them. Dion’s great wealth made that possible. And Volmana made it possible to dispose of the rest of the imperial troops which remained in the city. Through his princely kin in Nemedia, it was easy to persuade King Numa to request the presence of Count Trocero of Poitain, seneschal of Aquilonia; and of course, to do him honor, he’ll be accompanied by an imperial escort, as well as his own troops, and Prospero, King Conan’s right-hand man. That leaves only the king’s personal bodyguard in the citybesides the Black Legion. Through Gromel I’ve corrupted a spendthrift officer of that guard, and bribed him to lead his men away from the king’s door at midnight.

“Then, with sixteen desperate rogues of mine, we enter the palace by a secret tunnel. After the deed is done, even if the people do not rise to welcome us, Gromel’s Black Legion will be sufficient to hold the city and the crown.”

“And Dion thinks that crown will be given to him?”

“Yes. The fat fool claims it by reason of a trace of royal blood. Conan makes a bad mistake in letting men live who still boast descent from the old dynasty, from which he tore the crown of Aquilonia.

“Volmana wishes to be reinstated in royal favor as he was under the old regime, so that he may lift his poverty-ridden estates to their former grandeur. Gromel hates Pallantides, commander of the Black Dragons, and desires the command of the whole army, with all the stubbornness of the Bossonian. Alone of us all, Rinaldo has no personal ambition. He sees in Conan a red-handed, rough-footed barbarian who came out of the north to plunder a civilized land. He idealizes the king whom Conan killed to get the crown, remembering only that he occasionally patronized the arts, and forgetting the evils of his reign, and he is making the people forget. Already they openly sing The Lament for the King in which Rinaldo lauds the sainted villain and denounces Conan as ‘that black-hearted savage from the abyss.’ Conan laughs, but the people snarl.”

“Why does he hate Conan?”

“Poets always hate those in power. To them perfection is always just behind the last corner, or beyond the next. They escape the present in dreams of the past and future. Rinaldo is a flaming torch of idealism, rising, as he thinks, to overthrow a tyrant and liberate the people. As for me – well, a few months ago I had lost all ambition but to raid the caravans for the rest of my life; now old dreams stir. Conan will die; Dion will mount the throne. Then he, too, will die. One by one, all who oppose me will die – by fire, or steel, or those deadly wines you know so well how to brew. Ascalante, king of Aquilonia! How like you the sound of it?”

The Stygian shrugged his broad shoulders.

“There was a time,” he said with unconcealed bitterness, “when I, too, had my ambitions, beside which yours seem tawdry and childish. To what a state I have fallen! My old-time peers and rivals would stare indeed could they see Thoth-amon of the Ring serving as the slave of an outlander, and an outlaw at that; and aiding in the petty ambitions of barons and kings!”

“You laid your trust in magic and mummery,” answered Ascalante carelessly. “I trust my wits and my sword.”

“Wits and swords are as straws against the wisdom of the Darkness,” growled the Stygian, his dark eyes flickering with menacing lights and shadows. “Had I not lost the Ring, our positions might be reversed.”

“Nevertheless,” answered the outlaw impatiently, “you wear the stripes of my whip on your back, and are likely to continue to wear them.”

“Be not so sure!” the fiendish hatred of the Stygian glittered for an instant redly in his eyes. “Some day, somehow, I will find the Ring again, and when I do, by the serpent-fangs of Set, you shall pay -“

The hot-tempered Aquilonian started up and struck him heavily across the mouth. Thoth reeled back, blood starting from his lips.

“You grow over-bold, dog,” growled the outlaw. “Have a care; I am still your master who knows your dark secret. Go upon the housetops and shout that Ascalante is in the city plotting against the king – if you dare.”

“I dare not,” muttered the Stygian, wiping the blood from his lips.

“No, you do not dare,” Ascalante grinned bleakly. “For if I die by your stealth or treachery, a hermit priest in the southern desert will know of it, and will break the seal of a manuscript I left in his hands. And having read, a word will be whispered in Stygia, and a wind will creep up from the south by midnight. And where will you hide your head, Thoth-amon?”

The slave shuddered and his dusky face went ashen.

“Enough!” Ascalante changed his tone peremptorily. “I have work for you. I do not trust Dion. I bade him ride to his country estate and remain there until the work tonight is done. The fat fool could never conceal his nervousness before the king today. Ride after him, and if you do not overtake him on the road, proceed to his estate and remain with him until we send for him. Don’t let him out of your sight. He is mazed with fear, and might bolt – might even rush to Conan in a panic, and reveal the whole plot, hoping thus to save his own hide. Go!”

The slave bowed, hiding the hate in his eyes, and did as he was bidden. Ascalante turned again to his wine. Over the jeweled spires was rising a dawn crimson as blood.

II

When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,

The people scattered gold-dust before my horse’s feet;

But now I am a great king, the people hound my track

With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

– The Road of Kings.

The room was large and ornate, with rich tapestries on the polished-panelled walls, deep rugs on the ivory floor, and with the lofty ceiling adorned with intricate carvings and silver scrollwork. Behind an ivory, gold-inlaid writing-table sat a man whose broad shoulders and sun-browned skin seemed out of place among those luxuriant surroundings. He seemed more a part of the sun and winds and high places of the outlands. His slightest movement spoke of steel-spring muscles knit to a keen brain with the co-ordination of a born fighting-man. There was nothing deliberate or measured about his actions. Either he was perfectly at rest – still as a bronze statue – or else he was in motion, not with the jerky quickness of over-tense

nerves, but with a cat-like speed that blurred the sight which tried to follow him.

His garments were of rich fabric, but simply made. He wore no ring or ornaments, and his square-cut black mane was confined merely by a cloth-of-silver band about his head.

Now he laid down the golden stylus with which he had been laboriously scrawling on waxed papyrus, rested his chin on his fist, and fixed his smoldering blue eyes enviously on the man who stood before him. This person was occupied in his own affairs at the moment, for he was taking up the laces of his gold-chased armor, and abstractedly whistling – a rather unconventional performance, considering that he was in the presence of a king.

“Prospero,” said the man at the table, “these matters of statecraft weary me as all the fighting I have done never did.”

“All part of the game, Conan,” answered the dark-eyed Poitainian. “You are king – you must play the part.”

“I wish I might ride with you to Nemedia,” said Conan enviously. “It seems ages since I had a horse between my knees – but Publius says that affairs in the city require my presence. Curse him!

“When I overthrew the old dynasty,” he continued, speaking with the easy familiarity which existed only between the Poitainian and himself, “it was easy enough, though it seemed bitter hard at the time. Looking back now over the wild path I followed, all those days of toil, intrigue, slaughter and tribulation seem like a dream.

“I did not dream far enough, Prospero. When King Numedides lay dead at my feet and I tore the crown from his gory head and set it on my own, I had reached the ultimate border of my dreams. I had prepared myself to take the crown, not to hold it. In the old free days all I wanted was a sharp sword and a straight path to my enemies. Now no paths are straight and my sword is useless.

“When I overthrew Numedides, then I was the Liberator – now they spit at my shadow. They have put a statue of that swine in the temple of Mitra, and people go and wail before it, hailing it as the holy effigy of a saintly monarch who was done to death by a red-handed barbarian. When I led her armies to victory as a mercenary, Aquilonia overlooked the fact that I was a foreigner, but now she can not forgive me.

“Now in Mitra’s temple there come to burn incense to Numedides’ memory, men whom his hangmen maimed and blinded, men whose sons died in his dungeons, whose wives and daughters were dragged into his seraglio. The fickle fools!”

“Rinaldo is largely responsible,” answered Prospero, drawing up his sword-belt another notch. “He sings songs that make men mad. Hang him in his jester’s garb to the highest tower in the city. Let him make rimes for the vultures.”

Conan shook his lion head. “No, Prospero, he’s beyond my reach. A great poet is greater than any king. His songs are mightier than my scepter; for he has near ripped the heart from my breast when he chose to sing for me. I shall die and be forgotten, but Rinaldo’s songs will live for ever.

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When Victor came to the U.S. from Guatemala, he was eager to attend high school so he could study his favorite subjects science and math and prepare for a career in engineering, technology, medicine, or some other field where he could make good use of his talents.

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Driver’s Eye View – Tito’s Blue Train – Lapovo to Belgrade …

Cab ride Serbia Travel with the driver of J class 441 (441-753) at the head of Titos famous Blue Train from Lapovo () to the outskirts of Belgrade. Thank you to the driver for allowing me to place a small GoPro camera in his cab to record this video. For more information about our locomotive please click on this link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%BD…For those who enjoy following the route, I have listed the stations. Please copy and paste your chosen station into Google Earth and click search. This video was filmed as part of a tour with the Railway Touring Company on 13th June 2017. The line is standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in).00:18 Lapovo ()02:11 Lapovo Ranirna04:46 Lapovo Varos10:47 13:49 Novo Selo – 17:50 Staro Selo – 22:12 Velika Plana27:38 Veliko Orasje33:59 Krnjevo-Trnove41:26 Lozovik-Saraorci – (-)45:24 Saraorci48:31 (Lugavina)49:54 (Osipaonica)51:04 Osipaonica53:13 Skobalj56:54 Mala Krsna1:10:09 1:19:21 Vodanj 1:33:50 Umari ()1:41:54 – (Draanj-epin)1:44:23 (Mali Poarevac)1:55:12 Mala Ivana2:03:32 Lipe2:09:51 Kasapovac2:14:34 Vrin2:23:55 Zuce2:29:05 Beli Potok2:45:09 Jajinci ()2:54:51 Rakovica ()2:56:07 Topider ()

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In what ways is the movie ‘Frozen River’ the same as the …

More or less, everything in the book is the same as the film apart from a few things: .The book is set in England . There is no doll in the book . Although the Other Mother in the book becomes more scarier, she does not transform to the extent of what she does in the film. . The Other Father does not turn into a pumpkin, instead Coraline finds him in the basement transformed into a grub like creature. . In the book, you do not get to see the mouse circus . The biggest change in the book..THERE IS NO WYBIE! . Coraline defeats the Other Mother’s hand on her own, with her own wit. . Coraline apparently doesn’t have blue hair in the book. . Some events in the film happen before/after events in the book. . The first marble is found in a toy box in the book, whereas in the film, the Other Father has it in the garden. . Coraline doesn’t visit the other world as much in the book as the film. . In the book the Other Father pretends to work on the computer, liker her Father works at home, unlike the film where the Other Father can play the piano. . An interesting final note would be the little song her Father sings (quite badly) in the film at the real world dinner scene, is actually the song Coraline sings in the book to calm her nerves when the other mother hand is preparing to attack, both in the film and book this song is linked to her father.

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CNN’s Stelter: Americans Will Look Back on the Trump Presidency ‘With Shame’

Tuesday on CNN International, network host Brian Stelter predicted Americans were going to “look back at this period with shame” while discussing the back and forth between President Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault-Newman. While react to Trump’s tweet referring to Manigault-Newman as a “dog,” Stelter said, “Journalists should stand up for decency. Decency is non-partisan.” When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 “This is another example of a man who should know better acting just plain indecent,” he continued. “This tweet about Omarosa, no matter what you think about Omarosa, this is the leader of the free world calling someone ‘a dog,’ in this case an African-American woman a dog. You think about dog whistles, the idea of racial signals being sent through a dog whistle. He’s literally using the dog in this case, also calling her a crazed crying low life. All of those words are dehumanizing. absolutely dehumanizing.” He added, “I think that’s why Americans are gonna look back at this period with

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CNN: Antifa’s Violence Against ‘Bigots’ Is ‘Right’

Chris Cuomo announced Monday night that CNN will not condemn but instead justify political violence against anyone it defines as “bigots” — which, according to the network’s editorial tone over the past two years, signals open season on all Trump supporters for violent activists like Antifa and the Black Bloc.

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Four Mosques Have Burned In Seven Weeks Leaving Many …

On Jan. 7, the Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Austin, which had been under construction, caught on fire. A week later, on Jan. 14, the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue, Washington, burned. Two weeks after that, on Jan. 28, several hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas. Then, this past Friday, Feb. 24, a small blaze broke out at the front entrance of the Daarus Salaam Mosque near Tampa. Authorities have ruled that three of the four fires were caused by arson. An official at the Travis County Fire Marshal told BuzzFeed News that the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis remains open. Weve never seen four mosques burned within seven weeks of each other, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups around the country. Its part of a whole series of dramatic attacks on Muslims. The mosque fires come amid increased fear about hate crimes against minority religious groups. In recent weeks, scores of bomb threats were called into Jewish community centers and schools around the country and graveyards in Jewish cemeteries in three states were vandalized. On Sunday, somebody threw a rock through a window of the Masjid Abu Bakr mosque in Denver. In Redmond, Washington, vandals destroyed the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosques entrance sign on two occasions within two months of the election. Two days after the inauguration, a woman shattered the windows of the Davis Islamic Center in California, and left strips of raw bacon on a door handle. In January, a white nationalist fatally shot six people at a mosque in Qubec City. Last week, a white man shot two Indian men, one fatally, at a Kansas bar after making racial slurs, questioning their immigration status, and shouting, “Get out of my country.” “The short answer is we havent seen anything like this in the past, Potok said, referring to the overall surge in reported hate crimes across the country. “This is my 18th year here and I havent seen anything remotely like this.” To have three mosque fires ruled arson within six weeks is highly unusual, said Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In normal times, I will see one to two mosque incidents of any type per month, and rarely is it arson, he said. I can tell you for sure I have not seen levels of violence like this since I started tracking this stuff in 2009. The fire at the Islamic Center of Lake Travis which nearly two months later is still under investigation destroyed the partially constructed frame. Community members began raising funds for the building four years earlier. There are a lot more people who are in support of us building this back again than people who oppose us but it takes one crazy guy to do something, Shakeel Rashed, an executive board member of the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, told the Texas Tribune in January. Everybody believes we need to be more vigilant. When we start reconstruction we definitely want to plan the security of the place better, have more cameras, Rashed said. In Bellevue, Washington, six days before the inauguration, surveillance cameras caught a man walking toward the Islamic Center of Eastside while carrying a backpack and a gallon jug shortly before 2:45 a.m., the Seattle Times reported. Less than a minute later, the mosque was on fire. Investigators at the scene found a melted gallon jug and a gas can. Officers arrested Isaac Wayne Wilson, who remained at the scene, smelled of gasoline, and confessed to setting the blaze, according to police. Authorities said there was no evidence it was a hate crime. Six months earlier, Wilson, who has a history of mental illness, had been convicted of misdemeanor assault after an incident at the mosque. Hours after President Donald Trump signed the controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, someone intentionally set fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas in the middle of the night, according to investigators, who have yet to identify a suspect. The blaze caused more than $500,000 in damage, and completely destroyed the 16-year-old mosque, shaking the Muslim American community in south Texas. The mosque’s president, Dr. Shahid Hashmi, told the Texas Tribune his community would forgive whoever set the fire, but added, “theres no way we can forget. Theres no way our children can forget. The fire at the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Florida, on Friday was at least the third time in seven months that a mosque in the Tampa area had been set on fire, following incidents at the Islamic Education Center in July and the Masjid Omar mosque in August. Firefighters responded to the Feb. 24 fire shortly after 2 a.m. four hours before congregants planned to gather for the early Friday morning prayer session, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Within hours, authorities announced that arson had caused the fire, though they did not specify what evidence led them to that conclusion. At a press conference, Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn called the fire no different than the wave of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish community centers and synagogues and bomb threats that have been called in all across the country. “Whoever did this maybe intended to discourage us not to be part of this community,” Mazen Bondogji, a member of the mosques board, said at a press conference. “We are part of this community and we will stay.” The number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes had already been on the rise before the presidential campaign picked up steam in 2016. According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic relations, there were 78 instances of mosques being targeted counting arson, vandalism, and other destruction in 2015. By comparison, 2014 saw just 20 such incidents. A report released last year by Georgetown Universitys Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding found that in 2015 there were eight instances of arson that targeted mosques, businesses, or homes associated with Muslims. FBI data shows that the number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes surged by 67% from 2014 to 2015 (2016 data is not yet available). But in more recent months, the SPLC reported a rise in reported hate crimes following the election of Trump, who campaigned on promises to significantly reduce the number of Muslim immigrants allowed into the country. “Donald Trump’s campaign and victory has emboldened people on the radical right or people who simply hate certain minority groups to act, Potok said. They feel that their views have been legitimized by the man who is president of the United States.” Have you been the victim of a hate crime? Tell us about it so we can investigate.

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GSDHJA Members and Trainers | Greater San Diego Hunter …

Following is a current list of all GSDHJA members sorted by head trainer for the 2018 show year. Barn names in blue are links to the trainer’s website. Scroll down to the bottom to see membersfor the next show year (2019). Remember: All TRAINERS, HORSE OWNERS, and RIDERS must be members for points to count in ALL CLASSES. When entering a show, make sure the listed horse owner is a member. Trainersshown below in red have not yet paid their membership. If that is yourtrainer, you may want to bug them about that.

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Confederate flag rally tests a diminished Ku Klux Klan | MSNBC

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan calls itself the largest Klan group in America. But it doesnt take much these days to claim that mark. The Knights, who on Saturday will rally at the steps of the South Carolina Capitol to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag, claims a few thousand active members nationwide, a figure that researchers say is exaggerated but remains a tiny fraction of the 5 million Americans who were on the rolls of Klan chapters 90 years ago. Now the Loyal White Knights says the Klan is poised for a return from the extreme fringe of American culture. The group is trying to tap into anger among many Southern whites over a backlash against the flag that followed the killing of nine black church parishioners by a white man last month. The Klan says the reaction was excessive, and has fueled a broader feeling of dispossession among those who believe their country is abandoning white heritage. RELATED:President Obama greeted by Confederate flags in Oklahoma If thats true, then the rally in Columbia, South Carolina, will be a pivotal test for todays KKK, which is less a cohesive organization than a collection of disjointed mini-Klans that pop up and die off. The Klan, which has historically relied on public displays of violence and intimidation, is struggling to find its place within the contemporary white supremacist movements think tank-style organizations and sophisticated-looking websites that argue for white civil rights. The groups advocate for complete separation of the races Jews included and a return to white-dominated communities where separatist symbols like the Confederate flag continue to fly. The KKK has publicly denounced the Charleston, South Carolina, church killings, allegedly carried out by a young man who visited white supremacist websites, posted photos online of himself posing with the Confederate flagand is believed to have written a manifestothat griped about the weakened state of the white supremacist movement, including what he described as no real KKK and no one doing anything but talking on the Internet. RELATED:Tom Petty: My past use of Confederate flag was downright stupid But the Klan became enraged when the state legislature reacted to the killings byremoving the Confederate battle flagfrom the front of the State House. They cannot punish everyone for what one man did, Amanda Barker, Imperial Officer of the Pelham, North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights, told NBC News. UP, 7/12/15, 8:32 AM ET As the south changes, are the politics keeping up? Katon Dawson, former Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Bob Herbert of Demos discuss the significance of the Confederate flag debate. She says the Loyal White Knights has also gotten thousands of calls in support of Saturdays march. But in its application to hold a rally on the Capitol grounds, the group said it expected only 100 to 200 to participate. And a few dozen of the marchers will be members not of the Klan but of the National Socialist Movement, a Michigan-based group that calls itself a white civil rights political action organization. Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, said it was difficult to predict how many would show up. Thats why we are called the Invisible Empire, Quigg said. RELATED:The true story of the South Carolina Confederate flag debate Gov. Nikki Haley,who led the effort to take down the flag, has urged people to stay away from Saturdays rally. Authorities are beefing up security for the event, which will coincide with a march in support of the flags removal, raising concerns of a violent clash. Black Educators for Justice, a Florida organization with links to the New Black Panther Party, will hold a rally nearby on the Capitol grounds to urge for more action beyond the removal of the flag. A leader of that group, James Mohammed, said members of the New Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam and Black Lawyers for Justice also will attend. He said the black groups were not expecting violence. But if any person of color is harmed in any way we have no choice, obviously, but to defend ourselves and to expose who are under those hoods, Mohammed told NBC News. The Klan remains a secretive organization, allowing it to make unverifiable claims about its size. Leading Klan researchers say the groups claims of membership and influence are overstated. The Klan today is weak, poorly led, divided internally and without any political support whatsoever, so it is radically different from the Klan of history, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has used legal maneuvers to win crippling monetary awards from KKK chapters around the South. RELATED:NAACP votes to end South Carolina boycott after Confederate flag comes down The Klan, formed in the wake of the Civil War, has seen several brief surges in popularity in recent decades: the period of anti-immigrant fervor of the 1920s, the Civil Rights era of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and a modest resurgence in the 1970s, in reaction to freedoms won by blacks. But over the long term, the Klan has been steadily losing members. From its peak of 5 million in 1925, national membership dropped to 42,000 in 1965, and hit 11,000 in 1981, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, Potok said, there are fewer than 4,000 members of the Klan nationwide, divided into 23 bickering groups that all claim to be the one true Klan and clamber for attention. Potok estimated that the Loyal White Knights has fewer than 100 members and accused them of simply injecting themselves into the conversation because they know they will get national an even international publicity, and they are right about that. WATCH:Do symbols like the Confederate flag matter? Donald Green, a political science professor at Columbia University who researches hate crimes, argued that the backlash against the Confederate battle flag has actually hurt the Klan, because it has shown that the groups ideals are far out of touch from public opinion. Green said hed seen no evidence that KKK activity or membership were on the rise. The Confederate flag is one of the foremost symbols of their ideological outlook. So the idea that they can muster fewer than 200 people is an indication of how far their membership has dwindled, Green said. At the same time, researchers have documented as many as 90 pro-flag rallies around the South in recent weeks, some held by Klan chapters, some by other white supremacist groups. I suspect we are on the precipice of a new wave of Klan activity, said Leonard Zeskin, who runs the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream. Zeskin cautioned anyone from dismissing the Klan as out-of-touch goons. As the makeup of American society, and the arc of political opinion, moves further away from white dominance, the Klan will seek ways to turn it to their advantage, he said. We are moving toward a turning point in American history, toward a demographic transformation in which white people will become minorities, Zeskind said. Every one of the racist organizations knows that date is coming. They talk about it and they strategize about it, and they hope that the battles of 2035 are sharper than the battles of today. This article first appeared at NBCNews.com

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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard …

Cimmeria Written in Mission, Texas, February, 1932; suggested by the memory of the hill-country above Fredericksburg seen in a mist of winter rain. Robert E. Howard Cimmeria I remember The dark woods, masking slopes of sombre hills; The grey clouds’ leaden everlasting arch; The dusky streams that flowed without a sound, And the lone winds that whispered down the passes. Vista on vista marching, hills on hills, Slope beyond slope, each dark with sullen trees, Our gaunt land lay. So when a man climbed up A rugged peak and gazed, his shaded eye Saw but the endless vista – hill on hill, Slope beyond slope, each hooded like its brothers. It was a gloomy land that seemed to hold All winds and clouds and dreams that shun the sun, With bare boughs rattling in the lonesome winds, And the dark woodlands brooding over all, Not even lightened by the rare dim sun Which made squat shadows out of men; they called it Cimmeria, land of Darkness and deep Night. It was so long ago and far away I have forgot the very name men called me. The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream, And hunts and wars are shadows. I recall Only the stillness of that sombre land; The clouds that piled forever on the hills, The dimness of the everlasting woods. Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night. Oh, soul of mine, born out of shadowed hills, To clouds and winds and ghosts that shun the sun, How many deaths shall serve to break at last This heritage which wraps me in the grey Apparel of ghosts? I search my heart and find Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night. The Phoenix on the Sword The Phoenix on the Sword “Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars – Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.” – The Nemedian Chronicles. Over shadowy spires and gleaming towers lay the ghostly darkness and silence that runs before dawn. Into a dim alley, one of a veritable labyrinth of mysterious winding ways, four masked figures came hurriedly from a door which a dusky hand furtively opened. They spoke not but went swiftly into the gloom, cloaks wrapped closely about them; as silently as the ghosts of murdered men they disappeared in the darkness. Behind them a sardonic countenance was framed in the partly opened door; a pair of evil eyes glittered malevolently in the gloom. “Go into the night, creatures of the night,” a voice mocked. “Oh, fools, your doom hounds your heels like a blind dog, and you know it not.” The speaker closed the door and bolted it, then turned and went up the corridor, candle in hand. He was a somber giant, whose dusky skin revealed his Stygian blood. He came into an inner chamber, where a tall, lean man in worn velvet lounged like a great lazy cat on a silken couch, sipping wine from a huge golden goblet. “Well, Ascalante,” said the Stygian, setting down the candle, “your dupes have slunk into the streets like rats from their burrows. You work with strange tools.” “Tools?” replied Ascalante. “Why, they consider me that. For months now, ever since the Rebel Four summoned me from the southern desert, I have been living in the very heart of my enemies, hiding by day in this obscure house, skulking through dark alleys and darker corridors at night. And I have accomplished what those rebellious nobles could not. Working through them, and through other agents, many of whom have never seen my face, I have honeycombed the empire with sedition and unrest. In short I, working in the shadows, have paved the downfall of the king who sits throned in the sun. By Mitra, I was a statesman before I was an outlaw.” “And these dupes who deem themselves your masters?” “They will continue to think that I serve them, until our present task is completed. Who are they to match wits with Ascalante? Volmana, the dwarfish count of Karaban; Gromel, the giant commander of the Black Legion; Dion, the fat baron of Attalus; Rinaldo, the hare-brained minstrel. I am the force which has welded together the steel in each, and by the clay in each, I will crush them when the time comes. But that lies in the future; tonight the king dies.” “Days ago I saw the imperial squadrons ride from the city,” said the Stygian. “They rode to the frontier which the heathen Picts assail – thanks to the strong liquor which I’ve smuggled over the borders to madden them. Dion’s great wealth made that possible. And Volmana made it possible to dispose of the rest of the imperial troops which remained in the city. Through his princely kin in Nemedia, it was easy to persuade King Numa to request the presence of Count Trocero of Poitain, seneschal of Aquilonia; and of course, to do him honor, he’ll be accompanied by an imperial escort, as well as his own troops, and Prospero, King Conan’s right-hand man. That leaves only the king’s personal bodyguard in the citybesides the Black Legion. Through Gromel I’ve corrupted a spendthrift officer of that guard, and bribed him to lead his men away from the king’s door at midnight. “Then, with sixteen desperate rogues of mine, we enter the palace by a secret tunnel. After the deed is done, even if the people do not rise to welcome us, Gromel’s Black Legion will be sufficient to hold the city and the crown.” “And Dion thinks that crown will be given to him?” “Yes. The fat fool claims it by reason of a trace of royal blood. Conan makes a bad mistake in letting men live who still boast descent from the old dynasty, from which he tore the crown of Aquilonia. “Volmana wishes to be reinstated in royal favor as he was under the old regime, so that he may lift his poverty-ridden estates to their former grandeur. Gromel hates Pallantides, commander of the Black Dragons, and desires the command of the whole army, with all the stubbornness of the Bossonian. Alone of us all, Rinaldo has no personal ambition. He sees in Conan a red-handed, rough-footed barbarian who came out of the north to plunder a civilized land. He idealizes the king whom Conan killed to get the crown, remembering only that he occasionally patronized the arts, and forgetting the evils of his reign, and he is making the people forget. Already they openly sing The Lament for the King in which Rinaldo lauds the sainted villain and denounces Conan as ‘that black-hearted savage from the abyss.’ Conan laughs, but the people snarl.” “Why does he hate Conan?” “Poets always hate those in power. To them perfection is always just behind the last corner, or beyond the next. They escape the present in dreams of the past and future. Rinaldo is a flaming torch of idealism, rising, as he thinks, to overthrow a tyrant and liberate the people. As for me – well, a few months ago I had lost all ambition but to raid the caravans for the rest of my life; now old dreams stir. Conan will die; Dion will mount the throne. Then he, too, will die. One by one, all who oppose me will die – by fire, or steel, or those deadly wines you know so well how to brew. Ascalante, king of Aquilonia! How like you the sound of it?” The Stygian shrugged his broad shoulders. “There was a time,” he said with unconcealed bitterness, “when I, too, had my ambitions, beside which yours seem tawdry and childish. To what a state I have fallen! My old-time peers and rivals would stare indeed could they see Thoth-amon of the Ring serving as the slave of an outlander, and an outlaw at that; and aiding in the petty ambitions of barons and kings!” “You laid your trust in magic and mummery,” answered Ascalante carelessly. “I trust my wits and my sword.” “Wits and swords are as straws against the wisdom of the Darkness,” growled the Stygian, his dark eyes flickering with menacing lights and shadows. “Had I not lost the Ring, our positions might be reversed.” “Nevertheless,” answered the outlaw impatiently, “you wear the stripes of my whip on your back, and are likely to continue to wear them.” “Be not so sure!” the fiendish hatred of the Stygian glittered for an instant redly in his eyes. “Some day, somehow, I will find the Ring again, and when I do, by the serpent-fangs of Set, you shall pay -” The hot-tempered Aquilonian started up and struck him heavily across the mouth. Thoth reeled back, blood starting from his lips. “You grow over-bold, dog,” growled the outlaw. “Have a care; I am still your master who knows your dark secret. Go upon the housetops and shout that Ascalante is in the city plotting against the king – if you dare.” “I dare not,” muttered the Stygian, wiping the blood from his lips. “No, you do not dare,” Ascalante grinned bleakly. “For if I die by your stealth or treachery, a hermit priest in the southern desert will know of it, and will break the seal of a manuscript I left in his hands. And having read, a word will be whispered in Stygia, and a wind will creep up from the south by midnight. And where will you hide your head, Thoth-amon?” The slave shuddered and his dusky face went ashen. “Enough!” Ascalante changed his tone peremptorily. “I have work for you. I do not trust Dion. I bade him ride to his country estate and remain there until the work tonight is done. The fat fool could never conceal his nervousness before the king today. Ride after him, and if you do not overtake him on the road, proceed to his estate and remain with him until we send for him. Don’t let him out of your sight. He is mazed with fear, and might bolt – might even rush to Conan in a panic, and reveal the whole plot, hoping thus to save his own hide. Go!” The slave bowed, hiding the hate in his eyes, and did as he was bidden. Ascalante turned again to his wine. Over the jeweled spires was rising a dawn crimson as blood. II When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat, The people scattered gold-dust before my horse’s feet; But now I am a great king, the people hound my track With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back. – The Road of Kings. The room was large and ornate, with rich tapestries on the polished-panelled walls, deep rugs on the ivory floor, and with the lofty ceiling adorned with intricate carvings and silver scrollwork. Behind an ivory, gold-inlaid writing-table sat a man whose broad shoulders and sun-browned skin seemed out of place among those luxuriant surroundings. He seemed more a part of the sun and winds and high places of the outlands. His slightest movement spoke of steel-spring muscles knit to a keen brain with the co-ordination of a born fighting-man. There was nothing deliberate or measured about his actions. Either he was perfectly at rest – still as a bronze statue – or else he was in motion, not with the jerky quickness of over-tense nerves, but with a cat-like speed that blurred the sight which tried to follow him. His garments were of rich fabric, but simply made. He wore no ring or ornaments, and his square-cut black mane was confined merely by a cloth-of-silver band about his head. Now he laid down the golden stylus with which he had been laboriously scrawling on waxed papyrus, rested his chin on his fist, and fixed his smoldering blue eyes enviously on the man who stood before him. This person was occupied in his own affairs at the moment, for he was taking up the laces of his gold-chased armor, and abstractedly whistling – a rather unconventional performance, considering that he was in the presence of a king. “Prospero,” said the man at the table, “these matters of statecraft weary me as all the fighting I have done never did.” “All part of the game, Conan,” answered the dark-eyed Poitainian. “You are king – you must play the part.” “I wish I might ride with you to Nemedia,” said Conan enviously. “It seems ages since I had a horse between my knees – but Publius says that affairs in the city require my presence. Curse him! “When I overthrew the old dynasty,” he continued, speaking with the easy familiarity which existed only between the Poitainian and himself, “it was easy enough, though it seemed bitter hard at the time. Looking back now over the wild path I followed, all those days of toil, intrigue, slaughter and tribulation seem like a dream. “I did not dream far enough, Prospero. When King Numedides lay dead at my feet and I tore the crown from his gory head and set it on my own, I had reached the ultimate border of my dreams. I had prepared myself to take the crown, not to hold it. In the old free days all I wanted was a sharp sword and a straight path to my enemies. Now no paths are straight and my sword is useless. “When I overthrew Numedides, then I was the Liberator – now they spit at my shadow. They have put a statue of that swine in the temple of Mitra, and people go and wail before it, hailing it as the holy effigy of a saintly monarch who was done to death by a red-handed barbarian. When I led her armies to victory as a mercenary, Aquilonia overlooked the fact that I was a foreigner, but now she can not forgive me. “Now in Mitra’s temple there come to burn incense to Numedides’ memory, men whom his hangmen maimed and blinded, men whose sons died in his dungeons, whose wives and daughters were dragged into his seraglio. The fickle fools!” “Rinaldo is largely responsible,” answered Prospero, drawing up his sword-belt another notch. “He sings songs that make men mad. Hang him in his jester’s garb to the highest tower in the city. Let him make rimes for the vultures.” Conan shook his lion head. “No, Prospero, he’s beyond my reach. A great poet is greater than any king. His songs are mightier than my scepter; for he has near ripped the heart from my breast when he chose to sing for me. I shall die and be forgotten, but Rinaldo’s songs will live for ever.

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When Victor came to the U.S. from Guatemala, he was eager to attend high school so he could study his favorite subjects science and math and prepare for a career in engineering, technology, medicine, or some other field where he could make good use of his talents.

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Driver’s Eye View – Tito’s Blue Train – Lapovo to Belgrade …

Cab ride Serbia Travel with the driver of J class 441 (441-753) at the head of Titos famous Blue Train from Lapovo () to the outskirts of Belgrade. Thank you to the driver for allowing me to place a small GoPro camera in his cab to record this video. For more information about our locomotive please click on this link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%BD…For those who enjoy following the route, I have listed the stations. Please copy and paste your chosen station into Google Earth and click search. This video was filmed as part of a tour with the Railway Touring Company on 13th June 2017. The line is standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in).00:18 Lapovo ()02:11 Lapovo Ranirna04:46 Lapovo Varos10:47 13:49 Novo Selo – 17:50 Staro Selo – 22:12 Velika Plana27:38 Veliko Orasje33:59 Krnjevo-Trnove41:26 Lozovik-Saraorci – (-)45:24 Saraorci48:31 (Lugavina)49:54 (Osipaonica)51:04 Osipaonica53:13 Skobalj56:54 Mala Krsna1:10:09 1:19:21 Vodanj 1:33:50 Umari ()1:41:54 – (Draanj-epin)1:44:23 (Mali Poarevac)1:55:12 Mala Ivana2:03:32 Lipe2:09:51 Kasapovac2:14:34 Vrin2:23:55 Zuce2:29:05 Beli Potok2:45:09 Jajinci ()2:54:51 Rakovica ()2:56:07 Topider ()

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In what ways is the movie ‘Frozen River’ the same as the …

More or less, everything in the book is the same as the film apart from a few things: .The book is set in England . There is no doll in the book . Although the Other Mother in the book becomes more scarier, she does not transform to the extent of what she does in the film. . The Other Father does not turn into a pumpkin, instead Coraline finds him in the basement transformed into a grub like creature. . In the book, you do not get to see the mouse circus . The biggest change in the book..THERE IS NO WYBIE! . Coraline defeats the Other Mother’s hand on her own, with her own wit. . Coraline apparently doesn’t have blue hair in the book. . Some events in the film happen before/after events in the book. . The first marble is found in a toy box in the book, whereas in the film, the Other Father has it in the garden. . Coraline doesn’t visit the other world as much in the book as the film. . In the book the Other Father pretends to work on the computer, liker her Father works at home, unlike the film where the Other Father can play the piano. . An interesting final note would be the little song her Father sings (quite badly) in the film at the real world dinner scene, is actually the song Coraline sings in the book to calm her nerves when the other mother hand is preparing to attack, both in the film and book this song is linked to her father.

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