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From The New-York Weekly, or Miscellaneous Repository, June 21, 1797:
But we, in addition to the homage we offer to the Common Ruler of all men, acknowledge and praise that being, whosoever he is, who has been the wonderful guide of our childhood, who in all other matters has been in time past my beneficent tutor and guardian. For this office of tutor and guardian is one which evidently can suit neither me nor any of my friends and kindred; for we are all blind, and see nothing of what is before us, so as to be able to judge of what is right and fitting; but it can suit only him who sees beforehand all that is for the good of our soul: that angel, I say, who still at this present time sustains, and instructs, and conducts me; and who, in addition to all these other benefits, has brought me into connection with this man, which, in truth, is the most important of all the services done me. And this, too, he has effected for me, although between myself and that man of whom I discourse there was no kinship of race or blood, nor any other tie, nor any relationship in neighbourhood or country whatsoever; things which are made the ground of friendship and union among the majority of men. But to speak in brief, in the exercise of a truly divine and wise forethought he brought us together, who were unknown to each other, and strangers, and foreigners, separated as thoroughly from each other as intervening nations, and mountains, and rivers can divide man from man, and thus he made good this meeting which has been full of profit to me, having, as I judge, provided beforehand this blessing for me from above from my very birth and earliest upbringing...
~Gregory Thaumaturgus (213-270), Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen
I think I may perhaps have come up with THE irrefutable argument to quash once and for all practically every and all the religious claims or impositions of authoritarian criminal spirit people or their zombie followers. It is this.
Now if you have the least familiarity with how some of these sorts typically think, you will know one of their most favorite rebuttals or grounds of refusal to any and anything you might constructively suggest; and no matter how genuinely helpful to them your suggestion might be, is: "Absolutely not! I do it MY way -- not YOUR way," and this oft times with a sneer implying they don't think you are SO great as to do anything YOU think (i.e., such that they somehow, to their great insult and dishonor, MUST listen to you.)
So let's say then you have one of them telling you that you must listen to and answer to the ghoul (he, the greatest of all their gods; this slang name being an allusion to this ten mile long criminal record.) What do you do? You say in response:
"Oh no...oh NO! YOU listen and answer to the ghoul! I do not! And do you know why? Because I do things MY way, not YOUR way!"
(AND it REALLY works! Try it, you'll see. They are soundly trounced by their own self-pitying, haughty and implacable reasoning.)
Oh, but the cruelest cut of all! Face Book "they" now say lacks moral character and is morally bankrupt!
Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots: THE MOVIE
B: Why all the secrecy?
A: The answer to that is obvious, isn't it? Because even though what we are doing is right, let's face it, we'd get in trouble for it.
B: What are you some kind of globalist fanatic?
A: We need a global government.
B: Oh, and why?
A: It's the only way to stop the climate crisis, covid, prejudice against LBGTQ... all those kinds of things.... you know!
B: All right, all right. But I do have one question. How come you don't ever protest or call into question biological warfare and biological warfare development, and or call for an international moratorium against THAT?
A: Well, would it be right, would you call into question a nation's right to defend itself? Besides, I am entitled to make a living too, aren't I?
There is one God, the Father of the living Word, who is His subsistent Wisdom and Power and Eternal Image: perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten, Father of the only-begotten Son. There is one Lord, Only of the Only, God of God, Image and Likeness of Deity, Efficient Word, Wisdom comprehensive of the constitution of all things, and Power formative of the whole creation, true Son of true Father, Invisible of Invisible, and Incorruptible of Incorruptible, and Immortal of Immortal and Eternal of Eternal. And there is One Holy Spirit, having His subsistence from God, and being made manifest by the Son, to wit to men: Image of the Son, Perfect Image of the Perfect; Life, the Cause of the living; Holy Fount; Sanctity, the Supplier, or Leader, of Sanctification; in whom is manifested God the Father, who is above all and in all, and God the Son, who is through all. There is a perfect Trinity, in glory and eternity and sovereignty, neither divided nor estranged. Wherefore there is nothing either created or in servitude in the Trinity; nor anything superinduced, as if at some former period it was non-existent, and at some later period it was introduced. And thus neither was the Son ever wanting to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son; but without variation and without change, the same Trinity abides ever.
~Gregory Thaumaturgus (213-270), "A Declaration of Faith"
[Posted at the Lee's Legion page on Face Book]
OF MURDER AND MURDERERS
Outside of Mexico and California, it would seem most tend to think of the European exploration and settlement of North America as largely an Anglo-American affair. But in truth the vast majority of the original inroads into the continental United States were made by the French and Spanish. On the Eastern seaboard, yes it was the English, Dutch, Americans that reigned supreme. But with regard to everything else (including Canada), it was the French and Spanish: the English and Americans only later stepping in to take up what the French and Spanish had already got well started.
The subject matter is a good century before "our" time (i.e., the Rev War-early 19th century), but for any looking for a rip-roaring good read (or audio book) this Autumn-Winter, La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West (1869) by Francis Parkman is (at least most of it) a thrilling page turner. And in fact others in his seven volume France and England in North America (1865–1892) epic are likewise that way or else have much to recommend them as "edutainment," but "edutainment" that is grounded in in-depth research and solid scholarship; though granted and allowing for our not perhaps always concurring with Parkman's interpretation of persons and events.
La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West (1869) is essentially divided into two great adventures: a) the explorations of the upper Great Lakes regions and subsequently the Mississippi river by La Salle and his both loyal and disloyal companions, and b) the follow-up attempt to found New Orleans but which resulted in the disastrous colonization of Fort St. Louis at Metagorda Bay on the coast of Texas; which latter to me is one of the saddest and, when it comes to the colonists themselves, most heart breaking stories I have ever heard. An engrossing yet crazy sub-plot at the end of the La Salle saga concerns his assassination, and which needs to be read to be believed. Attached is a .pdf with excerpts from the Journal of Henri Joutel that, among other sources, Parkman draws on. As much as I like Parkman, the original is even better and so I would direct you to it here.
Parkman's books and the full text of Joutel's Journal can readily be found else by way of a Google search and or amazon.com, etc.; depending on your preferred reading format. See also YouTube for audio-book versions of Parkman.
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Adventures in predictive programming, part II, here from 1966. Now some gotta love this one. Who do the hoodlum hippies remind you of? (One guess per viewer, please.)
["Run for Your Life, ep. "Hoodlums on Wheels," Feb 21, 1966"]
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Predictive programming 1963? (For what it is worth.)
[See attached download of .jpgs.]