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No Hat, No Cattle…

Dallas, January 1978 (a club once owned by Jack Ruby)

From The Selvedge Yard, a blog that your correspondent regularly enjoys, “Vicious White Kids– the Sex Pistols Take on Rock ‘N Roll & the South.”

Read the entire instructive tale, see other photos, and check out the live Dallas performance footage here.

As tap our toes to “Anarchy in the U.K.,” we might recall that it was on this date in 321 that Roman Emperor Constantine I decreed:

On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.

… and dies Solis— day of the sun, “Sunday”– became the day of rest throughout the Roman Empire… and ultimately, the West.

Constantine (Capitoline Museums)

Just kidding…

Every National Lampoon cover. (Thanks, Boing Boing)

As we ponder parody, we might recall (in keeping with the theme of the issue illustrated above) that today is the Feast Day of  St. Artemius Megalomartyr (AKA, Artemios of Antioch, Artemois the Greatmartyr, and Shallita).  Artemius was one of  Emperor Constantine the Great’s generals. During the reign of Julian the Apostate he became a fanatical Arian heretic, hunting and persecuting monks, nuns and bishops, including St. Athanasius…  But Artmius had a revelatory experience, converted to orthodox Christianity– and turned on the pagans who’d previously been his allies.  Captured and accused by “heathens” of destroying idols, he met a tortured end– which may well have involved boiling oil– in 363.


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