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As I write in my book, The Fiery Angel, "Homer has more to teach us about governance than Harvard, and always will." And he's been doing it for a lot longer than Harvard has, too:

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the oldest known inscription of Homer’s epic poem “Odyssey.” The poem was engraved on a clay plaque found in the ancient Greek city of Olympia, a sanctuary on the Peloponnese peninsula and the original site of the Olympic Games, Reuters reports. Researchers have dated the plaque to the Roman times, likely before before the 3rd century AD, the Greek culture ministry said on Tuesday.

While the exact date of the tablet awaits determination, the ministry called the finding “a great archaeological, epigraphic, literary and historical exhibit.” The plaque depicts 13 verses from Homer’s 12,100-line epic poem.

We have so much still to learn from the Greeks and Romans -- so read them and learn.



Speaking of Democrats, the New York Times is the leading indicator of coming Leftist talking points. Note the glee with which the Times notes that (gasp!) the largely rural New England states of Vermont and New Hampshire are... mostly white:

Catalina Celentano used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic. When she moved to New Hampshire, she suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum.

“I went from being able to speak Spanish every day to not speaking Spanish at all because there wasn’t anybody to speak Spanish to,” said Mrs. Celentano, who was born in Colombia to a Colombian mother and Hungarian father. “The only person I spoke Spanish with was a cleaning lady and she moved back to Colombia.”

New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.

Boo hoo. I would guess most native-born residents of upper New England would have hard times finding folks who speak English in rural Colombia. But the Times couldn't care less about them -- out with the old and in with the new. Because, the future!

It has also posed problems for employers in these states, who find that their homogeneity can be a barrier to recruiting and retaining workers of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The issue prompted about 100 business leaders, government officials and members of nonprofit organizations to meet Thursday to search for ways that New Hampshire — which is 94 percent white — might lure other racial and ethnic groups, as well as younger people.

Will Arvelo, New Hampshire’s director of economic development, said the gathering appeared to be the first broad-based effort in New England, if not the country, to focus on how to diversify an entire state.

"Diversity" is rapidly replacing environmentalism as the atheist Left's new religion, an all-purpose battering ram designed to destroy the country as founded, and replace it with... Colombia. Enjoy.


Democrats -- some voters will never learn:

His constituents are complaining about the state's crumbling transit system. His own party wants to strip him of gubernatorial powers. The soccer team he owns is living in dire conditions, and one of his sons has been in trouble with the law. What's a newly elected governor with no experience in elected office to do? He takes a vacation far, far away.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy raised eyebrows last week as he embarked on a swanky 11-day trip to Italy, where he owns a $7 million home he bought during his 23-year stint at Goldman Sachs. The trip comes just six months after Murphy -- a Democrat and former diplomat under President Barack Obama -- was elected to the top job in the state.

Six months on the job and he's already on vacation? You'd think New Jersey would have learned its lesson from another Goldman Sachs governor, but no.

The governor’s office initially declined the reveal where Murphy was going for his holiday, but solved the mystery and reported that Italy was the destination. The state’s taxpayers will pick up the tab for protecting the governor while he’s on vacation, with the tab reaching as much as $100,000.

Do governors have body guards now? The story goes on to list all the messes Murphy has already made, and he's just getting started.

Don't do this at home. Or on the street. Or anywhere else.

This is awesome:

Good doggies!