Wednesday, March 25, 2015

People who live in Glass houses...

So, when I mention a glass house, what is the obvious obtuse choice?

Well, Carter Glass was an unreconstructed rebel.

He was on the cover of TIME (June 9, 1924)

An obvious Southern Democrat (now a Republican ideologue), he was weaned on a pickle! He was "the Senate's last surviving member born in the antebellum South, Glass unapologetically fought to retain a society in which property-owning, white males sat at the top of the pyramid."

Carter Glass earned his fame by pursuing his ultimately successful goal of denying the right to vote to as many black Virginia as possible. As he told one reporter, “Discrimination! Why that is exactly what we propose. To remove every negro voter who can be gotten rid of, legally, without materially impairing the numerical strength of the white electorate.”

Runs on the banks were threatening the inherited wealth of the landed gentry! FDIC ended that! He's the Glass in the Glass–Steagall Act!

And his much coveted "Glass" mansion is where Jerry Fall-well died. (and his fatness is buried in the front yard)

We can't fault him for having fat friends...

This $100,000 gold certificate is "chump change."

Glass appears on the half-valued $50,000 Treasury note!

And now you know why the Xtian fat-man wanted to live in a Glass house!

People who live in Glass houses should not stow thrones!

"In one of those truly bizarre things that you really have to see to believe, multimillionaire “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon was crowned messiah on March 13, 2004 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. Attending the ceremony were apparently seventy-one congressmen, including two senators, dozens of ambassadors to the United States, and various other figures from the religious and political establishments of the nation."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hat in the Ring?

So, todays snews (it's neither news nor an ice cube's chance in hell) is that one-term Senator (and log cabin tea bagger) Ted Cruz in running for president.

He made his announcement at seriously dead the Fall-well . . . ah . . . created (pun) . . . '©Liberty University©.'

If you don't have something GOOD to say about Fall-well then...

Let me say this about Moral Majority wordsmith Fall-well: " . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "

THAT having been said...

Canadian Born Senator Ted Cruz is running for President. A great moment in the annals of birtherism took place at Xtian® '©Liberty University©.' The Right-wingnuts invested heavily in the argument that Barack Obama lacked constitutional qualification to be our Commander In Chief due to his allegedly* foreign birth. It turns out that Tea Party Tea Party hero Cruz is in precisely THAT circumstance.

Ted Cruz was born (under the Canadian socialized health care) in Calgary, Canada, the son of an American mother and a Cuban father. He is foreign born as the son of a father who was a citizen of a foreign land.

Birther Hypocrisy? - The Right Wing Has No Problem with Birther Hypocrisy!

Let me repeat that:

Birther Hypocrisy? - The Right Wing Has No Problem with Birther Hypocrisy!

It's not a hat in the ring, it's another turd in the septic tank!

These people would willingly bear false witness against their neighbor(s).

*This is but one example.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Rigors of Academic Scrutiny

NOTE: Rigors is a plural. There is NOT one rigor of academic scrutiny, there are MANY RIGORS.

One RIGOR doth not a bozon make...

"More testing needed..."

So, the identical nature of the birth narrative of Sargon of Agade with that of Moses of Egypt (according to ANE Folklore) does not a copy make.

Whether Genesis was borrowed from Egypt or Sumer - or both - makes no difference. THIS website assumes, correctly, that Hebrew was NOT the 'mother tongue.' Some influence of Akkadian and Kashmiri is evident. The Kashmiri language is one of the 22 common languages of India.

That "scriptures" (including Buddhist) are collections of 'bits and pieces' from bygone eras is of little or no doubt.

What makes such collections interesting is the later work of copyists, redactors, and embellishers who endeavor to harmonize things that most obviously neither fit together nor form any semblance of a 'harmonious composition.'

The resulting patchwork may be a thing of beauty or a collection of rags - or something else - in the deeply flawed and biased perception of the observer (yes, that includes you and I).

But, whatever it is, it does NOT accurately display the intention of the stamp maker.
saying it is not seeing it

seeing a representation

is not observing the thing

the symbol

is not the apparent slow rotation of the Northern Sky (actually the earth is rotating and any stellar motions once took centuries to detect). Sky motion - in general - is below the threshold of perception.

Swastika Source HERE
Be well.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How many gods are there?

You mean this week? I don't know, but PLENTY. reports 22 "Major Religions" - each with half a million followers (or more) - throughout the world.

However, these 22 include secularism, atheism, and agnostics as "one group" and there may be no "god" in some segments. Buddhism also has no "god" in the western notion os the word (e.g. we are all gods or there is not a god that can be known to the vast majority of people).

Neo-paganism, as a group, is used to incorporate a large group of modern revivals of ancient religions. Most Neo-pagans would have multiple gods and/or goddesses thereby making counting gods nebulous.

Shinto has a multitude of gods - research that one yourself. Rei Hino is a Shinto priestess (Miko) who transforms into Sailor Mars...

Another problem comes from Hinduism which, according the their scriptures, has 333 million gods.

Some Hindu's will say there is only one god with 333 million avatars or manifestations, but enough believe in the 333,000,000 total that the total number of gods would be well over 330,000,000 gods. Others go for just 33,000,000. Yet others say 3003... or 33 Celestial gods?

Steve Jobs had some interest in aspects of Hinduism. We know he (Steve Jobs) eventually adopted ZEN BUDDHISM as a spiritual path.

Somewhere, there is a bottom line.

See also: HERE

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Buy Silver, Sell God.

People are often EMOTIONALLY involved with religion so REASONING with them is completely off the table.

5 years ago, in a Comparative Religions class (Calif. Secondary School) I said: "There is but one god - Aten - and Akhenaten is his prophet."

Of course, that was a setup for: "There is but one god - Allah - and Muhammad is his prophet" mentioned later in the course (and about 1500 years later in history).

BTW, do not confuse the issue: Akhenaten influenced the Levant and not the other way about. Some say Akhenaten and Moses were one and the same man!

God was added to American coinage during the Civil War.

"God" was "a device" that was useful in keeping the union from falling apart.

Then, by 1956, SILVER no longer backed paper money. If you can't trust paper currency that is backed by SILVER, then what do you "sell' to the populace as backing paper? GOD is the emotional answer.

HERE is an 1866 50¢ coin without the MOTTO.

and here is a worthless $100 bill - backed by God!

You have been sold a bill - with no goods behind it!


Later, the SILVER was removed from coins! All that remains is an illusion!