We now have one portrait of William Shakespeare that was painted from the living subject, age 44. I guess the artists of the age had much greater historical characters to immortalize, and just had to squeeze The Bard in between other sittings. I find it interesting. It is from the BBC if anyone cares.
I had a thought that 2009 will be the year that the United States suffers another major terrorist act, and Al Qaeda will have nothing to do with it. Mark my word that some deranged ass will walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic in a major city and set off a suicide bomb. The far right of the anti abortion movement has a serious case of commitment envy when they look upon the radical Islamists. I have heard a Klansman say on the History Channel that he admired the spirit of the September 11th highjackers. The deluded sheep of far-far right Christianity would feel privileged to die for Jesus and the unborn. The sheep would be ecstatic to die for their beliefs. A little push from a whack job preacher is all it would take, and I believe that that preacher walks among us today. Perhaps a "traditional" Catholic priest. Perhaps a unreconstructed snake handler. Who knows, but they are out there and every bit as dangerous as Ben Laden. They are here, don't have beards or funny accents and Homeland Security doesn't watch them.