Israeli Spies Falsifying History to Show Jews Built Pyramids


Well, well, well.  A few times in the past I have reported here about the crazy crackpot ideas that have come out of the Islamic world, especially Egypt.  See my messages from June 13, 2007 and April 30, 2012 for a few examples.  Now the article I just linked to shows us that the Moslem Brotherhood may no longer be in power, but Egypt is still producing more than its share of anti-Semites and conspiracy theories.  This one comes from the same guy who tried to sue Israel for inflicting the Ten Plagues on Egypt, without saying a word about the enslavement of Israelites that started the whole affair.

With the latest claim I would point out, for a start, that the theory suggesting that Pharaoh Sheshonq I = Shishak is not a recent Israeli invention.  Some European reading hieroglyphics at the temple of Karnak, nearly two hundred years ago, came up with that idea.  Perhaps Mr. Gamal would prefer David Rohl’s theory, that Shishak is none other than Ramses the Great?  And as for the treasures found in the tombs of the pharaohs at Tanis, I can make a case that they were stolen from earlier pharaohs like Amenhotep III, not from the Israelites.

Published in: on September 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  


With me too busy in the real world to write whatever comes to mind for at least half of every week, it looks like this blog is going back to the original function I had in mind for it, to announce updates to The Xenophile Historian.  Here’s one that’s different – it has a new Internet address.  Sometime back I bought the domain name; I figured that those who know me in the real world will find it easier to type that into the address bar of a browser (and find it easier to remember) than .  I would have preferred a better known suffix, like or, but those were already taken.  Still, since the purpose of this website is to share information, .info will do.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning to get rid of anytime soon.  It is the first URL the site had that made any sense.  You should have seen what I was using before I moved the site to its present host, in September 2000.  On Geocites, for instance, the URL was ; that doesn’t tell you anything about the site, does it?

If you’re used to the old Xenohistorian URL, or bookmarked it on your computer, it will still work for you.  I started the job of associating the new URL with the old one last Saturday, and today is the first day that it worked, so give it a try.  Two URLs for the price of one!

Published in: on August 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

It Was a Short Summer

July is ending as I write this, and for the past week it has looked like summer has passed its peak already.  We had a few days in July where the temperature got to 90 degrees or more (it was 93 degrees on the hottest day, 7/13), or as one local weatherman calls those days, “the muggies.”  But most of the time it was in the 80s or even 70s, and for much of this week it was in the 50s at night (it got down to a record 51 on Tuesday morning!).

Overall the average temperature for central Kentucky in July was a degree and a half below what we got in June.  It has been eight years since Leive and I moved to Kentucky, and in none of the other years was June hotter than July.  August was hotter than June, too, but so far there are no heat waves in sight; the forecast over the first week of August is for highs in the 80s.  Of course the weatherman could be wrong and it can get hot again in August; again, I haven’t figured out how Kentucky weather works, and old-timers tell me it can’t be done.  In Florida we at least had rules, like a thunderstorm just about every afternoon from June to September.

Published in: on July 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

What Civilization Suits You Best?

I came across this quiz over the weekend.  Just answer a few questions and it will tell you which civilization best suits your personality.  Will you get along best with the Romans or the Vikings?  Or someone else?

I got the Greeks.  That’s a good answer, in view of how much the Greeks achieved, but I was a bit surprised.  For the first question, “Where will you settle your people?”  I picked the desert, because most of the earliest civilizations, like Egypt and Mesopotamia, got started there.  However, I also know for a fact that the Greeks prefer living on a seacoast, because they do a lot of sailing and fishing, and the coast was another possible answer.

Anyway, check it out and have fun!

Published in: on July 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Summer, Canadian Style

The last five days, Tuesday through Saturday, were unusually cool.  A cold front passed through on Monday the 14th, bringing some needed rain (there had not been any rain for the previous two weeks), and then after that came the chillier days.  Temperatures each day got up into the 70s (only 72 degrees on Thursday), and at night they went down in the 50s a couple of times.  I can’t remember another time when I experienced a July that felt like a May or September; somebody on the radio called it a Canadian-style summer.  We even slept with the windows open for at least half the time.  Today it finally reached the low 80s again, and we’re supposed to go back to the usual summertime 90s tomorrow.

The cool snap was well-timed for us, too, because we had three guests in the house last week.  My brother Chris came up from Florida last Sunday and stayed with us until Saturday morning.  Then on Wednesday Leive’s cousin Sonny and his wife Mencie stopped here, on their way to Michigan, and spent two nights here so they could see both of us (I was in bed when they arrived).  They are supposed to come by again tomorrow, on their way back to Georgia.

In other news there has been a virus infection on my computer for the past week and a half; only today can I declare the last of the viruses gone. And since I last wrote here there have been two birthdays in the family, Leive and Brin-Brin.  Or maybe in Brin-Brin’s case I should call it an anniversary.  Last Tuesday marked seven years since we got Brin-Brin from a bird show in Bardstown, KY.  It’s hard to believe it has been that many years, though parrots do have quite a long lifespan.  It also means he is eighteen years old, but he still acts more like a kid than an adult.  We were amused to find he liked Mencie while the folks were here, and let her carry him around the house.  Well, Brin-Brin always had a thing for Asian women, except for Leive’s niece Rezia, who married his worst enemy.  Maybe I will share the pictures of Brin-Brin and Mencie here, if I can get copies of them.

Tomorrow marks three months since I started the job in Richmond.  Boy, where did all the time go?

Published in: on July 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Movin’ On

June has been a time of transition for us, in at least two ways.  First, our church has moved to a new building.  The congregation Leive and I have attended since 2006 has never owned its own building.  Instead, they have shared space with another congregation, and held their services on Saturday night, instead of Sunday morning, so they won’t get in the way.  Myself, I liked going on Saturday night, because it is always easier to get Leive out of the house in the evening than it is in the morning!

Now the building has been sold, so both we and the other congregation had to get out.  The church had been meeting there since July 2000, almost fourteen years.  We had our last service in there on June 7.  This group picture was taken on that night; it’s probably the last picture anyone in the congregation took in that building.  I’m on the left in the pinkish white shirt, while Leive is wearing red and purple.


Fortunately our pastor had known since January that we would be leaving.  Around May he found out that the Assembly of God church on the north side of Lexington would be willing to share space with us.  Thus, we had our first service in the new place the next Saturday, June 14.  So far we have gotten along great with the other church; their pastor spoke at our June 21 service, and we are planning to meet together on July 6 to hear our local congressman.  My pastor is even starting to talk about their congregation merging with ours, after he retires.

For Leive and I it is a longer drive -– six miles instead of two and a half miles.  Still, because the new location is just off New Circle Rd., we can usually get there in fifteen minutes.

The other move is work-related.  Yes, I have been at my new job for just over two months, so it looks like I’m going to succeed there.  Two weeks ago, my supervisor decided he wanted all technical writers in the same office where he resides, an unmarked building at the Richmond Mall.  So last Wednesday, the 25th, I moved from the office outside the entrance to the Blue Grass Army Depot, into the Mall.

They have a funny tax structure in Madison County.  I have learned that the county income tax is 2 percent in the city of Richmond, and 1 percent in rural areas; I don’t know what they charge in Berea, the county’s other significant community.  That means they will be taking a bit more out of my paycheck every time.  I hope I have enough in tax breaks elsewhere to get it back as a refund next spring.  By contrast, when I worked in Florida, there were no state, county or local income taxes – but the sales tax was higher, and it varied from county to county.

So far I have found two advantages to the new location.  First, it is two miles closer to my house; with all the driving I have to do every day, that matters.  Second, there is a Wal-Mart Supercenter on one end of the Mall, and a Kroger on the other end.  At least once each week, Leive sends me on an errand to get something at one or the other of those stores.  Now if I run over there after work, I won’t be going out of my way!

Published in: on June 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diamonds Are a Slaver’s Best Friend

To the spammer who has posted 260+ ads for diamond jewelry on this blog over the past two days . . .


They remind me of a picture I saw on over the weekend.  How many Africans did you exploit or even kill, to get the product you’re selling?

Published in: on June 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Friday the 13th Full Moon

If you’re superstitious, get ready for a wild night.  This is the last time we’ll have a full moon on Friday the 13th until 2049, so catch it while you can.

Superstitions Collide:  Full Moon Rises on Friday the 13th

Published in: on June 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

LegalShield Works for Traffic Cases!

I haven’t talked about LegalShield here since the beginning of the year, mainly because I put my LegalShield business on hold last fall, to concentrate my efforts on getting a job.  Well now I have used it for a service all LegalShield Associates talk about – traffic tickets.  It all started at the beginning of May, but I waited until it was over so I could share how it turned out.

At least half of the commute to my new job is on Interstate 75, and the part of 75 between Lexington and the Kentucky River has been under repairs/resurfacing since I started.  On May 1 they got the first lanes finished, so drivers don’t have to dodge the potholes anymore.  The drive that morning was so smooth, it was delightful.  I didn’t realize how fast I was going until an unmarked car came up behind me and started flashing blue lights.

I guess I had it too easy when commuting to last last two jobs.  Going to L-3 Communications meant driving through the countryside past horse farms; you’re not likely to find many cops or state troopers there.  At DRS in Danbury, CT, I only had to go two and a half miles from my apartment to work, and it was bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way, so I couldn’t really get in trouble there before I reached my destination.  Now I have to watch for the cops again, for the first time since moving to Kentucky.  The good news is that if the road construction crew had been there that early in the morning, my fine would have been much worse.

Actually, I have a reputation for being the slowest driver in the family.  The last time I got a speeding ticket was in 1986.  When I told Leive about this one, she didn’t know I had it in me!

Anyway, I did what LegalShield told me to do; I faxed the ticket to our provider law firm in Louisville, and they promised to send a local attorney to court in my place.  I was introduced to the attorney by phone of May 30, and the court appointment was at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, June 3.  Eleven minutes later I got an e-mail from him; he got the ticket dismissed with a warning.  For me that is a best case scenario.  No fine, no points on my record.  Aside from being late to work on May 1, it was like I never got the ticket at all.  And there’s the power you have in your hands when LegalShield makes attorneys affordable to the common man!

Published in: on June 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

D-Day Plus 70

You’ve probably heard that today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the key World War II battle that marked the beginning of the liberation of France, and the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.  For me it’s hard to believe that many years have gone by; for today’s school kids, World War II is further into the past than the Spanish-American War is for me.  Here are two articles to commemorate this day:


A tribute to the soldiers who fought on that fateful day.


A heartwarming story about a British D-Day veteran who sneaked out of his nursing home and went over to France so he could take part in what may be his last D-Day ceremony.

Published in: on June 6, 2014 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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