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King Philip the Fair and the IRS Scandal

Last year King Philip the Fair of France sent his minister to take Pope Boniface VIII prisoner. The King's minister accused the Pope of terrible religious crimes, vigorously tried him (quite vigorously) and let him go. Pope Boniface dropped dead on the way home. Now after 8 months Pope Benedict XI is dead... suddenly. If you read into these events you will suspect not only the murder of two Popes by agents of the King of France but the subjugation of the papal office itself. Soon Pope Clement the V will move the Papal Palace to France and allow the King to seize the vast assets of the Knights Templar. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
King Philip the Fair is a sincere guy, very brave but not too smart. He is being run by his ministers and the French bureaucracy is FAMOUS for destroying their adversaries by first TELLING A BIG LIE, then USING THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND REGULATIONS so that by the time all the issues are resolved, their adversaries are destroyed EVEN IF THEY ARE FOUND INNOCENT. (Sound familiar?) Today, the IRS Scandal is part and parcel of a bureaucracy designed to destroy the political enemies of the current government. They did is for President Nixon and his "Enemies List". They are doing it now for President Obama against the Tea Party and anyone whose organization has the word "patriot" in the name. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Braveheart and Donald Rumsfeld

With the fall of Stirling Castle, the Guardian of Scotland, John III Comyn, "bends the knee" and sues for terms. King Edward I of England is willing to give terms... for a price. Comyn must deliver up Sir William "Braveheart" Wallace by a date certain or the lot of them will be exiled from Scotland. Comyn agrees but he can't seems to find Wallace. It is not clear if Comyn is stalling or Wallace is that clever but he can't come up with Wallace. Yet, because he sued for peace Comyn is the goat and Wallace will be known as the man who stood unflinchingly for Scotland. Braveheart's days are numbered, though. [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is difficult to tell fact from fiction but one thing is clear: King Edward wants Wallace so bad that he's willing to give Scotland a break. Comyn is making the best of a bad situation but politically speaking, Wallace looks good because the leadership tried to sideline Wallace earlier. Now, when the bad news hits, Wallace is not associated with it. Wallace could have been the worst general is Scottish history but because he didn't surrender, he gets all the movie rights and an Academy Award. Donald Rumsfeld was similarly sidelined in the Nixon Administration. They shipped him off to NATO in Europe... dropping him off the radar screen entirely... just as the Watergate scandal hit hard. When you think of Watergate, do you think of Donald Rumsfeld? 'Nuf said. [20]

A Softer More Cuddly Mongol... Compared to the Mamluks

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, they get really, really strange. After the death of Kublai Khan in 1294, the Mongols broke into four feuding factions. While they were beating each other up they had less time to beat up on Europe and others. The most aggressive and closest faction to Europe was the Golden Horde led by Mahmud Ghazan but after his failure to wrest Syria from the hands of the Mamluks, he drops dead at 33 years old. With his passing, the factions unite under Kublai Khan's grandson, Temür Khan. This confederation will last only a few years. [21] [22] [23]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
According to J.J. Saunders the loss of Mahmud Ghazan marks the beginning of the disintegration of the Mongol Empire. The reasoning is logical: The Mongols choose leaders based on a hereditary line whose competency is hit-or-miss. Currently it's "miss." The Egyptian Mamluks choose leaders based on strength. That doesn't make the Mongols soft and cuddly. It makes the Mamluks better led. When you hear of the Muslims following "The stronger horse" you now see they have been following this policy for a very long time.

See Also


  1. Cantor, Norman F., The Civilization of the Middle Ages, Harper Perennial, August 3, 1994, pp. 492-497. (BOOK)
  2. Durant, Will and Durant, Ariel. The Story Of Civilization, Volume 5, The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.. 1953. p.71-72. (BOOK)
  3. Holier than Thou? Boniface VIII by Claire Suddath, Time.com, 2010-Apr-14.
  4. Boniface VIII and Philip IV, Our Lady of the Rosary Old Roman Catholic Church, adapted from the Web-monk's M.A. thesis, Boniface VIII and the Decline of Papal Power (Web-Monk is the Webmaster for the aforementioned church).
  5. Pope Boniface VIII: Conflicts with King Philip IV of France, Gerhart B. Ladner, Encyclopedia Britannica, 2013-11-26
  6. Boniface VIII and Philip IV: Conflict Between Church and State by Mark Lowry, Western Oregon University: Senior Seminar Thesis, 2008-June-6 (PDF)
  7. Oestereich, Thomas. "Pope Boniface VIII." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907.
  8. Shahan, Thomas. "Pope Benedict XI" The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908.
  9. IRS-Targeted Scandal Victims Will Not Be Silenced, Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation, 2014-Feb-10. (VIDEO)
  10. IRS scandal merely tip of iceberg of agency's problems, Veronique de Rugy, 2014-Feb-13. (OPINION)
  11. IRS scandal -- time for a special counsel, Jay Sekulow, Fox News.com, 2014-Feb-13 (OPINION)
  12. 2013 IRS Scandal, Wikipedia
  13. Murison, Alexander Falconer, Sir William Wallace, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898, pp. 132-133. (BOOK)
  14. Murison, Alexander Falconer, King Robert the Bruce, Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1899. p. 24. (BOOK)
  15. William Wallace - Fight for Independence, Biography, A+E Television Networks, LLC. 2014.
  16. William "Braveheart" Wallace, Wikipedia
  17. Siege Engine, Wikipedia
  18. The Siege of Stirling Castle, Wikipedia
  19. John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch: Defiance and surrender, Wikipedia
  20. Rumsfeld, Donald. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. New York: Penguin Group , 2011. pp. 145-146, 156-158 .
  21. Saunders, John Joseph. The History of the Mongol Conquests. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. pp. 138-140. (BOOK)
  22. Ghazan , Wikipedia
  23. Mongol Empire: Disintegration into Competing Entities, Wikipedia

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