“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”

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When I was in college, I had an acquaintance who was telling a group of us the following story: When he first got to college, he had a black roommate. Both he, the white story teller, and the black roommate did poorly that first semester.

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President Donald Trump survived an assassination attempt on Saturday, taking a grazing bullet wound in the ear. He responded with bravura, pumping his fist at the crowd and telling them to “fight” as the Secret Service tried to hustle him off.