John Kerry Never Heard of Titus: John Kerry, in an attempt to rankle the incoming President Elect Donald Trump, issued one of the most uneducated, unconsidered statements that I have ever heard a politician make in this country when he said that Israel can’t be both Jewish and Democratic at the same time. It shows that he has never heard of the Emperor Titus.
I would agree that the Jews probably couldn’t practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense if they had never run into the son of Vespasian, one of the three Flavian Emperors of the first century B.C. But in 70 B.C. Titus, then yet to become Emperor, went into the Jewish city and sacked the Temple in the Siege of Jerusalem. This led to the Diaspora, sending the Jews out into the Empire either as slaves or to fend for themselves. After centuries of this experience the Jews became more westernized and Europeanized than their Arab counterparts. That is why in the twentieth century they were able to recreated the state of Israel after almost 2000 years. They can now practice their religion and act democratic in the western sense because of their centuries long experience. The Arabs never experienced such a Diaspora. They are the ones who cannot deal with the westernization experience and all the modern thoughts and idea such as democracy. They are the terrorists. The Jews are not. John Kerry should realize this.
Titus is a character in the upcoming Cheops Books LLC historical thriller about Roman times called the Vesuvius Plot.

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William Shakespeare is not only the most famous English writer of all times, he is frequently considered to be the greatest writer who ever existed in the whole world. But did he really exist? Was his name really William Shakespeare? Or was Shakespeare merely a pen name to conceal his real identity? There was a William Shakespeare who was a businessman at the time, who bought New Place at Stratford upon Avon. But was he a patron of the artists or a writer? Did the real writer just borrow his name? And why did he want to conceal himself? In the past people have suggested that he might have been close to the royal court and thus wanted not to be known for political reasons. But whoever he was the mystery he leaves behind is intriguing and has become the subject of the upcoming Edward Ware Thrillers novel, Murder at Hamlet’s Castle.

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Reaction to University of Pennsylvania Removal of Shakespeare Portrait: Supposedly the students at the University of Pennsylvania removed Shakespeare’s portrait from the hallway of the Fisher-Bennett Hall in the name of diversity and replaced it with a photo of a black gay poet, Audre Lorde. If I were running the department, I would remove the students first. They don’t seem to be worthy to graduate from a one-time prestigious institution.

What is wrong with what they did? First of all, Shakespeare is a well-established writer to say the least. “Modern and diverse” is not important. What is important is what has survived the test of the ages, or rather history. If you want to celebrate a black poet, put up a portrait or a bust of Pushkin, the very famous Russian writer. If you want a Lesbian poet, take the most famous of all —- Sappho from ancient Greece. They have survived the test of time. Audre Lorde has not.
This emphasis nowadays on what is contemporary is anti-intellectual and anti-scholarly, and that is what universities are supposed to be about.

Cheops Books LLC will publish an upcoming novel about Shakespeare, Murder in Hamlet’s Castle.

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Why Did the Yarrowdale Men Not Mutiny?`The prize crew of Germans was only eighteen men. The prize crew was selected from among the crew of the Moewe and their commander from the German navy was Lieutenant Badewitz. There were over 460 captured seamen from various British steamers and Noreweigian ships. You had a mix of French, American, British, and Norweigian and other nationalities aboard the Yarrowdale being taken back to Germany.
So how did 18 men control 460 seamen? They placed explosive charges in the engine room, on the bridge, and other places on the ship. They warned the seamen that they would blow up the ship if they mutinied. The ploy worked.

Lieutenant Badewitz was a Captain Bligh like character. Everyone aboard the ship feared him. He was lionized in Germany for bringing the ship full of prisoners back to port. The picture the author, Gary Cargill, displays here is a postcard that was sent around for publicity purposes. It helped to raise morale.

In another Cheops Books LLC publication, Key to Lawrence Special Edition, Dora had to deal with a similar situation aboard the Lusitania. The Arab saboteur threatened to blow up the ship if she did not hand over the Lawrence maps.

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One hundred years ago on December 13 1916 Gary’s great-uncle Francis Sulley along with about 460 other officers and seamen captured or detained off the merchant vessels that had been sunk by the German raider, were all transferred from the hold of the German raider to the hold and cabins of the SS Yarrowdale. They were to number among the many prisoners captured during World War 1. The Yarrowdale was another captured British merchant vessel, taken by the Moewe, the German raider. The reason they did not sink the Yarrowdale and instead put a German prize crew aboard led by a Lieutenant Badewitz was because the Yarrowdale was carrying too valuable a cargo to have it sunk. They had over 100 Ford trucks aboard and they had ingots of steel. The idea was that the prize crew was going to take the ship back to Germany while the Moewe continued to raid. So the Yarrowdale took the prisoners back to Germany by the end of December after having successfully run the British blockade and avoided other hazards in the middle of the winter in the North Atlantic.
We are including a German propaganda film from the time period. It shows both the capture and sinking of the Georgic and also the transfer of the seamen to the Yarrowdale. Is Gary’s great uncle visible among the prisoners? Maybe. Gary doesn’t even have a picture of his great uncle. The is the result of the vagaries of history. All he can do is assume he looks like his grandfather. He was his brother.

Dora Benley could have been lost, too, when she was taken prisoner on May 7, 1915. But she was lucky enough to row ashore to Queenstown, Ireland and get rescued by Edward Ware.

You can watch archival footage of the Yarrowdale from the U.S. National Archive.

 

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Gary’s great uncle Francis Sulley who was nineteen years old at the time was captured off the SS Georgic, a British armed merchantman, yesterday one hundred years ago December 10, 1916. The ship was captured and sunk by the German surface raider, SMS Moewe (The Seagull). After he was captured, he and all the other able seamen taken off the Georgic were placed in the Moewe’s hold. The Moewe before the war had been a banana boat and had been called the Pungo, and transported fruit from the German African colonies to Germany. The officers of the ship were put in cabins aboard the Moewe. They were to stay in the hull until December 13. More in the next post.
 
Life imitates art. Dora was imprisoned aboard the Lusitania until it was torpedoed on May 7, 1915.
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One hundred years ago today Gary Cargill’s great uncle Francis Sulley was captured and detained along with the rest of the crew of the SS Georgic by the German surface raider SMS Moewe (the Seagull). This took place in the middle of the North Atlantic. This began an episode where he was taken to Germany and held as a prisoner of war for 2 to 3 months and released BEFORE the US entered the war on April 6, 1917. So we were really in the war sooner than we thought!

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Dora Benley’s father, Winthrop Benley, was a Pittsburgh Industrialist one hundred years ago and also a good friend of Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Rider. In those days he never thought that America should involve itself much in European affairs. They should stay to themselves. He did not even approve of World War 1, let alone the Second World War. He was an American First advocate. He would never have believed that China should make goods that America imports while it closes down its own industrial plants. He would have thought that America would have the commonsense not to favor such a policy. He would say look what happened to England during the First World War. They were importing all their food and when they couldn’t do that because of war conditions almost starved to death. Winthrop Benley would think the same about industrial production, steel, raw materials, etc. You don’t want to depend on anybody who could end up pointing a gun at you. He and Teddy Roosevelt would have agreed with Trump.

See Cheops Books LLC’s upcoming interview with Winthrop Benley.

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Donald Trump should take a tip from his ancient forebearer, Marcus Licinius Crassus, the billionaire real estate tycoon of Late Republican Rome. Instead of having his picture taken or even painted as more modern Presidents did, he should have his bust at least sculpted in marble. Like Marcus Crassus and his political associate, Julius Caesar, Donald Trump’s very serious, not joking posture, bearing, and way of speaking show evidence of what Romans would call auctoritas, or authority. Nothing shows this better than solid marble. The buildings of Washington DC are built of marble, so should his portrait be.

Look forward to more about Trump gratis Cheops Books, LLC.

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Donald Trump is supposed to be German on his father’s side and Scottish on his mother’s side. the Germans repelled the Romans in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9AD. The Romans never reached Scotland. But still Marcus Crassus, the financier of Julius Caesar, and Donald Trump, the President elect, look like twins.
Not only were both real estate investors and billionaire investors in their respective countries, but to judge by the statue of Marcus Licinius Crassus below and the photo of Donald Trump right beside it, both seem to take themselves seriously and project very sober looks. They purse their lips just so. They both possess long, aquiline, aristocratic noses of distinction. Both faces draw attention to their imposing eyebrows. Their jowls look formidable. You wouldn’t want to mess with them! The only feature that looks different is Donald Trump’s signature hairdo while Marcus Crassus preferred a more traditional cut. That just shows that Donald Trump is from nowadays and Crassus is from 2000 years ago. But still history seems to be repeating itself in having a businessman come to the fore of politics.

It almost seems like the two of them are destined to end up in an Edward Ware Thrillers at War novel!

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