Vandals and other Barbarians


ABC 30 Action News Fresno:


Merced County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the vandalism of a World War II memorial.

Photos show black writing all over the memorial at Courthouse Park. It’s located within Merced city limits at 21st and N Streets, but it’s on county property. The World War I Memorial in this same park was vandalized back in 2009.

It’s not clear when this latest case of graffiti happened, but someone had already started to clean it up by Saturday afternoon.

This wasn’t a political statement. It was simple vandalism.

The original Vandals were Germanic tribes that wandered around western Europe during the 5th Century.

Renaissance and Early Modern writers characterized the Vandals as barbarians, “sacking and looting” Rome. This led to the use of the term vandalism, to describe any senseless destruction, particularly the barbarian defacing of artworks. However, modern historians tend to regard the Vandals during the transitional period (from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages) as perpetuators, not destroyers, of Roman culture.

As a student of history I find the destruction of art, monuments and other human artifacts to be abhorrent. To me it’s even worse than burning books, because books are inherently less permanent in nature. We have barbarians wandering in our streets. They aren’t as savage as the barbarians of the Islamic State, but they have just as little respect for history, civilization and the rights of others.

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36 Responses to Vandals and other Barbarians


    This is priceless:

    You don’t have journalists over there [in America] anymore, what they have is public relations people. That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    holder was a no show at the rally supposed to be at a meeting. NO American representation at rally

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Litterbox Diary:

    Does anyone else have cats that like to share the potty experience? I’m used to cats that won’t leave me alone in the bathroom, but these boys save their shit for me.

    They see me sitting on the toilet and it’s like “Finally! I’ve been holding this all day!” Then I get to share the ambiance with them. They don’t seem to be the least bit bothered by what I do in there, and seem rather proud of the olfactory offensiveness they produce.

    And these boys are diggers. I put a deep litterbox in there to help keep the litter in the box. This allows me to also pour a deeper layer of the expensive dirt they piss and poop in. Well these boys want to dig all the way down to the plastic before they start. But first they have to dig 2-3 exploratory holes before they find one they like. Then after they do their business they spend about a half hour totally rearranging the contents of box.

    Thankfully they no longer try to all use the same box at the same time. But while one goes, the other two stand outside the box watching in fascination and and giving advice.

    I don’t care how many times they have pooped and peed that day, if I change the litter by dumping everything and replacing it with fresh clean litter (instead of just scooping out the lumps) then at least one of them must immediately christen the clean clay.

    So how is your day going?

  4. HELENK3 says:

    there is a part of me, due to the ignorance of the backtrack bunch no having any representation in Paris today, that wishes the world leaders would give backtrack a big FU and not show up for this

  5. SHV says:

    An automatic cleaning box will help, especially with multiple cats.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I’ll put that on my Christmas list.

    • Somebody says:

      They make several different kinds including one called the cat genie that hooks to the sewer system and “flushes” after the cat goes.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        So will your husband deliver and install it? If it works really good I might use it too.

        • Somebody says:

          Nope my husband went on a no more honey-do strike about six months post retirement. He doesn’t install anything, which is fine if he’d let me hire someone to do things, but he’s not there yet……men!

          In fact he starts a contract job tomorrow so he won’t be around……I guess that means the man cave is now mine!!

          My son has one of those cat genie litter boxes and he loves it. This is his second one, the first one lasted about 3 or 4 years and croaked. He had a real issue with his cats using the same litter box… in they wouldn’t. They will both use the cat genie. You have to have electricity and a drain, my son put his in the laundry room and simply ran it into the big drain for the washer, hooked it up in two minutes.

      • SHV says:

        Multiple cats, probably best bet is a LitterMaid Mega with a additional High-Capacity litter disposal system.

  6. 1539days says:

    You should see the vandalism in Europe done by Muslim immigrants.

  7. Myiq2xu says:

    My Prodigal Cat who was lost is now found!

    I let three kittens/cat out in my back yard. I did not think they could escape. A while later I opened the door and two of them ran in. No Taggart.

    I waited and checked again, no Taggart.

    I looked around the back and called him. No Taggart.

    I waited, then tried again. No Taggart.

    I put on shoes and walked around the cul-de-sac looking and calling him. No Taggart.

    I walked around the corner and came down the path next to the creek behind my house, looking and calling for him. No Taggart.

    I came back around and rang the doorbell of the old widow next door. No answer.

    I still couldn’t figure out how he got out of the back yard so I went out back and started a thorough search of every nook and cranny. I looked over the old widow’s fence and saw her working in her back yard. I asked if she had seen him. No Taggart.

    I continued the thorough search of the back yard. I had blocked a hole in the corner of the fence that animals use to go from the front yard to the back with a a metal grill. I could see that it was still in place and there was no room to squeeze thru. To hold it in place I had placed an old computer tower against it. Then I remembered that the access panel of the tower was missing. I had placed the open side next to the fence. I went over and peeked behind it.

    Found Taggart curled up inside.

  8. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from No Quarter.

    Clint Eastwood was right

  9. HELENK3 says:

    doing the Mummer’s strut for Marge

    Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys 26 to 21 to advance to NFC Championship game versus Seattle Seahawks – live broadcast

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Watching the Pre-Game Show Red Carpet for the Golden Globes, do the time zones get this in real time or tape delay ? If you don’t want spoilers, stay off twitter too 😀

    • leslie says:

      I must have turned a bad corner because I found this year’s Golden Globes a bore. Tina and Amy were boring, the presenters were boring (except the thought that JLo might lose her own globes in front of the cameras and watching Jeremy Renner lose his brains standing next to her. I stopped paying attention and did chores and read the synopsis of Downton Abbey Season 4. It must be getting close to the end of the program. Gwyneth Paltrow is speaking. I’m going to bed.
      Oh, I did hear George Clooney proclaim “Je Suis Charlie” there may have been someone earlier who did as well. But I have not been paying close attention.

  11. 49erDweet says:

    I started watching this awhile ago and woke up the whole house, laughing so hard. Sorry, just in a silly mood I guess.

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