Still Alive and Well


I shut down this blog thirteen years ago. The reason was due to its popularity and the great deal of attention it earned. Not all of the attention was desired, of course. It seems I made plenty of enemies in some places that I cannot really mention. I know who they are, they know who they are, they know I know who they are, and on and on into the rabbit hole. To avoid a no-knock from a three-letter I closed Scipio. One of these sent Esquire Magazine to Oklahoma City to interview me.

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As I was teaching at that time, some of my colleagues and parents were outraged that any man—especially a teacher—could possibly hold the views I held and indeed still hold. There was a group of colleagues and parents who organized a letter campaign to get me fired. It tremendously backfired, as another and much larger group of parents organized a letter campaign to keep me on as their children’s teacher. Naturally, there was quite a lot of disruption at the school. I was told by the school superintendent that I could either blog or teach—not both. Ok then.

I happily retired from teaching in June of 2019. I have never felt so free: to go, to say, to do and to write whatever I damn well want. And I do. And I would rather gaze daily into a wall-sized picture of Hillary Clinton than ever enter into another classroom. Twenty-seven years of teaching in three countries is enough. I have paid my dues. That part of my life is over and done.

I have no intention of starting another blog like The Return of Scipio. I will write here at Scipio from time to time to record random thoughts about this, about that and about the other. I also will post here comments I have made across the web. These will be mainly for my own amusement.

I regularly update my website at I am also developing another website where I can post videos and photos of all my bikepacking and backpacking journeys I have done since 2015. At my site of, because of the security protocols of its host, I can no longer post photos without going through a tedious process involving an FTP manager. I will avoid all of this at my new domain and host manager. I will be using WordPress. I should have it up and running in mid-February of 2023, right before I leave for the jungles of northern Guatemala. I will be able to load photos and commentary from any computer in the world.

Target Practice

Have you heard the news?

“World Economic Forum’s Davos Set for ‘Record Participation’ as 52 Heads of State to Attend Globalist Summit”

Well now, it seems that the movers and shakers behind every problem on earth will be in one place for a spell. Very convenient I would say. Very convenient indeed.

Imagine a world without these vermin, these wretches, these utter degenerates, these depraved psychopaths, these God-haters and fellators of Lucifer.

What a wonderful world it would be.

Drama Queens

At last the globalist, adulterous, corrupt, Ukraine loving and wholly bought and paid for Kevin McCarthy has been elected Speaker of the House. Good for him! What has not been discussed is why this greasy plutocrat would put himself through all the embarrassment and humiliation to achieve that position. Allow me to take a wild leap here and state that it was not for the people. The answer is easy and obvious: McCarthy will use it to propel himself into the White House. As Speaker he is now the third in line to the presidency. Moloch forbid if anything were to happen to Biden and Harris—natural or otherwise. And McCarthy is the perfect Republican anti-Trump. He can now celebrate with his well-fed roommate Frank Luntz. A romantic dinner between the two seems in order.

As for the Democrats: What remains of Biden’s mind—truth be told, there was never much there to begin with—has declined to the point where even constructing a simple sentence has become difficult in the extreme. No matter the drugs shoved into his body, no matter the pleas from his handlers, no matter what the voices in his earpiece tell him to say, he can in no way engage in open debate in preparation for another presidential run. He would make John Fetterman sound like Demosthenes. His senility is known to everyone on earth, even—especially—to little girls. So who will the Democrats run in 2024?

And we can forget Kamala. Not even a political party as demented and perverted as the Democrats would consider an absurd wretch like Harris. She could have a fine career at OnlyFans after being gently—or not so gently—pushed out of the vice-presidency. It looks like Michelle “Big Mike” Obama will be the last man standing—literally.

So we can look forward to another dog and pony show which is what American elections really are. It matters not at all who squats in the White House. McCarthy or Obama—or for that matter, Hillary. What, Me worry? No politician of either party will do a thing about our borders, about inflation, about energy independence, about our decrepit cities, about crime—no matter their promises and no matter the wishes of those suckers who voted them into office. But Ukraine will get billions—until the moment when Russia stomps out that annoying little carbuncle and makes a lampshade out of that gasbag parasite Zelenskyy. Globalists will weep bitter tears, but no one else will except the bank accounts of Romney, Pelosi, Kerry and Biden.

But what about the elephant in the room, ex-president Trump? No chance whatsoever. Something dreadful has happened to him. Somebody has something on him. Somebody has threatened him and his family. Take a guess. In the past few weeks he has bowed down to sodomites, to Israel, to globalists and to abortionists. Trump has morphed into a clone of Kevin McCarthy, whom he has supported from the beginning, and for whom he fought like Hell. And as yet another January 6th has passed, Trump mentioned nothing about those still held in prison for the heinous crime of supporting him. Not one damn word.

Thanks Donald. Ashli Babbitt says hello.


Nations are not overthrown by spontaneous riots or “insurrections”. It took one hundred years (133 – 30 BC) for the ruling elites of the Roman Republic to finally go down to defeat and annihilation. These were a group of men who remarkably resembled our own greasy and corrupt ruling class in Washington DC.

I see no Sulla or Caesar on our horizon, which means that our “system” cannot fix itself. It will take some external disaster of immense proportions—a terrible military defeat could not be hidden, and it would suffice—to at last put “paid” to this pedophile, warmongering and bankrupt government that claims to rule over us. The depredations of the Athenian Empire—an empire that acted just like the American Empire acts today—were finally ended by its defeat in the Peloponnesian War (431 – 404 BC).

It was not pretty for the Athenians. It will not be pretty for us.

El Petén 

The Fate of All Elites

Our elites are positioning themselves as did the elites of France (1789), as did the elites of Cuba (1959) and as did the elites of Russia (1917), They thought of themselves as all-powerful, invincible even, but one day their power and status and wealth vanished overnight. Then off they went to the guillotine, to the camps, and to midnight rendezvous in forest graves.

The present American elites are the same type of men who killed Jack and Bobby. Such creatures are still in power in Washington. They attempt to control all that we see and hear. They do as they desire, murder whom they wish, ruin whom they please. They make war as easily as normal men make breakfast. There is no stopping them, for all who try end up destroyed. They answer to no one but themselves. They cannot be stopped because there is no mechanism to stop them.

They believe they will live forever. They have been misinformed.

Short Takes

In 1914, the following happened: There is a political crisis in Serbia; Western Europe issues an ultimatum; Serbia calls up her military; Russia vows to support Serbia.

These same things occurred two days ago. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Or as Bismarck said, “One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” I would add, “again”.


Kwanzaa is a completely confected “holiday” celebrated by a few white fools among the elite—such as Biden and his tablecloth-wearing wife. Fake holiday. Fake president. Fake government. Fake elections. Fake men. Fake women. Fake pandemic. Fake vaccines. Fake Constitution. Fake law. Fake Congress. Fake media. Fake justice. Fake elite.

“What is truth?”, asked Pilate. What indeed. Don’t look for it on the Potomac.

Why the South Lost

The South lost because:

1. The strategic incompetence of Jefferson Davis and his inability to manage effectively the war and his administration.

2. The South fought an offensive war when a defensive war might have succeeded. The Southern mentality could never allow this, and so it decided unknowingly at the onset of the war to commit suicide.

3. The narrow-mindedness and strategic blindness of Robert E. Lee. He never understood the absolute importance of the West and so allowed Grant to sweep all before him and cut the Confederacy in two by 1863.

4. The low-quality generals appointed by Davis to defend the West. Losers every one.

5. The necessity of the South to achieve diplomatic recognition by either France or England.

6. The South’s reliance on a one-crop economy to fight a modern war.

7. Lee’s decision to invade the North (1862 and 1863) led to defeat and the near-destruction of his armies.

8. The South lacked generals who could operate on a strategic level. The North had Sherman, Grant, Sheridan and Thomas.

9. Sherman’s invasion of the South (1864 – 1865) absolutely destroyed its ability to defend itself and feed itself, and cut the South into 3 parts.

10. The brilliance and strategic understanding of Lincoln.

11. The Emancipation Proclamation (1863).

12. Lee’s insistence in the primacy of the Virginia theater of operations over the rest of the Confederacy. This forced him into a sanguinary war of attrition that the the South could not win.

Northern resources compared with Southern resources actually mattered very little. History is full of examples of smaller nations defeating vaster larger ones. The Northern blockade hardly made a difference until late 1863 when the South had already suffered tremendous defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg (1863). The South was extremely effective at “blockade running” and commerce raiding. The CSS Alabama was a special annoyance until its sinking in 1864. The war at sea really was just a side-show and had very little strategic importance.

After July 1863 it was obvious to all that the war was unwinnable by the South. But it still fought on until its extinction. Heroic, yes—but astoundingly stupid and suicidal.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Some guy on some blog was boasting that “he had never paid for sex”. He was bragging that he never needed to engage the services of a prostitute—probably because he was so handsome, so charming, so witty and so wealthy. And so on. He also mentioned that he was now married. Well then.

The only man who has never paid for sex is a man who has never been with a woman and who has never desired to be with a woman. Every man, whether single, married or a confirmed bachelor, pays for sex. The single man pays for endless dinners, movies, gifts and so on for his dates—and all of this applies to the confirmed bachelor as well. The married man not only pays for his dates until he meets “the right girl”, he must also pay for a mortgage, children, insurance and on and on—and usually he pays for these for the rest of his life. And if he gets “divorce raped”? More money paid out for sex even though that spigot has been turned off. He now must pay not only for any sex he might have, but for the sex his ex-wife is having with other men. Quite the deal!

All men pay for sex. They might not put it in those terms, but that is exactly what they are doing. If you think otherwise, then consider a man who marries but then never has sex with his wife. Trust me when I say that such a thing is impossible. No man would marry a woman who told him they would never have sex. Sex is part of the deal. That deal—marriage—would not exist otherwise.

Where you find sex, you find money. Sometimes lots of it. Money that is.

Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola (1532 – 1625) was a Renaissance painter of renown. It is very cool that her family took Carthaginian names. Her father’s name, Amilcare, comes from the Carthaginian name Hamilcar, who was the father of Hannibal—yes, that Hannibal, elephants, the Alps and all. Her brother was named Asdrubale, from the Carthaginian Hasdrubal. a name that was as common in Carthage as Bill is in the US.

Incidentally, Hamilcar’s full name was Hamilcar Barca (275 – 228 BC), “barca” meaning lightning. The Barca family founded Barcelona (c. 230 BC) while it was engaged in conquering Spain. Wikipedia says that this is only a romantic tradition. But then, Wikipedia is not known for having an imagination.

Hannibal himself was at the Battle of Trebia (218 BC) where his army killed 20,000 Romans. Hannibal went on and fought the Romans again at the Battle of Trasimene (217 BC), killing another 15,000. The next year Hannibal again fought Rome at the Battle of Cannae (216 BC), a battle that is studied in every military institution on earth and has been for 2000 years. He killed 70,000 Romans at Cannae—in four hours. In other words, Hannibal killed in a little over one year 100,000 Roman legionaries in their own homeland of Italy. Compare that with the 10,000 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 20 years of war. Hannibal himself rests among the pantheon of Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon.

The name Sofonisba resonates with historians of the 2nd Punic War (218 – 201 BC). Sofonisba herself has a biography that can titillate even staid and boring historians of the ancient world. Of course it involves sex. Surprised?

The original Sofonisba was a daughter of the Carthaginian Hasdrubal—there’s that name again—Gisco (d. 202 BC). She was a beautiful and an extremely sexual creature like Catherine the Great and Cleopatra. She used her physical talents in service to Carthage. She was a femme fatale in the manner of Mata Hari. During the 2nd Punic War (218 – 201 BC) she tried to get the peoples of north Africa—the Numidians—to side with Carthage in her war with Rome. She succeeded by marrying a Numidian chieftain named Syphax (206 BC). After a great many political and sexual maneuvers Sofonisba took poison to avoid the humiliation of being sent to Rome after the defeat of Carthage by Scipio Africanus (201 BC).

For 700 years many powerful women in Carthage chose a dramatic suicide. Dido, the founder and queen of Carthage, burned herself to death (c. 800 BC). The last Carthaginian ruler was named—wait for it—Hasdrubal, and when he surrendered to the Romans (146 BC) his wife was so outraged that she grabbed their children and rushed into the flames of burning Carthage.

Sofonisba Anguissola wisely chose another path than that taken by her namesake—the better for her, the better for the world.

China and Western Culture

The Chinese have no understanding of Western Civilization, and they are in no way a part of it. Their attempts to ape it are robotic and soulless. They cannot create anything that reimagines or carries on its traditions and culture. As I have written countless times, this is why there is no Hobbes, no Socrates and no Jefferson in all of 5000 years of Chinese history. There are though plenty of slaves, billions of them save for an infinitesimally small sliver of a ruling elite. These fine Mandarins have always treated the vast majority of their own people as cattle, mere helots to be moved around and slaughtered at the whim of the ruling class. Witness how Xi and his fellow Politburo members have locked down and continue to lock down vast swathes of Chinese, treating them like the slaves they are and have always been. After 5000 years, these barbarians have not learned a damn thing, rather like the Bourbons of old.

For a Chinaman to attempt to copy an artifact of Western Civilization is like a camel attaching a fake elephant trunk to his head. Should I take a huge leap and claim that the camel is still a camel? The Chinaman can only mimic a cultural creation he can neither understand nor appreciate, rather like a parrot singing an aria.

The Chinese should stick with what they are past masters of: mass murder, genocide and kicking to death babies in the streets.