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Note. This will be my last CAS article for a while, as I will be spending some time updating my Calendar & Record of the Revy. War in the South: 1780-81 -- including adding an index.
Occasionally, if not more frequently, when someone likes you, you assume it is for such and such reason; only to later find, or else perhaps never find, that is not the actual reason at all.
What is thought of as "Satan" may indeed and strictly speaking be rather a position, seat of power, throne, or "principality" rather than a person per se; with such person who sits in that seat being denoted by that designation. So for instance and similarly, someone might be the sitting monarch or president of "Xenobia," but the position might well be held by someone completely different than he or she who presently occupies it. So if, etymologically speaking, "Satan" is "The Adversary" any number of person might play or perform that role differently from how another treats it. Just as we might say, this is a worthy king, queen, prime minister, bishop, or pope, or this an unworthy one -- but the office is the same. Professional and the more intelligent devils are aware of this phenomena or principle and will not hesitate to use it to usurp power and authority where and when they can. But by the same token, so might good people concievably dethrone, say, "Satan," and replace him with an "adversary" more to their or our own liking.
In a Hobbesian, fascist, or communistic world there are no leaders because in such states there is, aside from a figurehead, only one leader -- and he is not human but rather a spirit person. People understandably villify Hitler, yet the more I read about the origins and lead up to World War II, the more apparent it becomes that Hitler, while a talented and clever person, had no where near the intelligence to have conquered Germany by his intellectual lonesome. In Lynn Montross' War Through the Ages, he suggests that it was the German officer class from World War I that, in effect, turned Germany upside down and thus brought him into power. And yet how then was Hitler able to oust them from political importance afterward -- and why? Likewise, if what Montross asserts as to Hitler's pre-war economic and cultural invasions of neighboring countries are correct as to fact, it seems incredible that Hitler could alone envision and carry out so elaborate a scheme by himself, with such as Himmler and some banker or financier to aid him, without anybody noticing what was going on.
Later. Nor is it to Montross' or other (and would be) historians' credit, by the way, to be using statements like:
"Brutality is respected. Brutality and physical strength. The plain man in the street respects nothing but brutal strength and ruthlessness - women and children too. The people need wholesome fear. They want to fear something. They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive. Haven't you seen everywhere that after the beerhall battles those who have been beaten are the first to join the party as new members? Why babble about brutality and get indignant about tortures? The masses want them. They need something that will give them a thrill of horror."
-- to condemn Hitler when, on further research, it turns out they are founded on hearsay. My goodness, if scholars can't find public statements or first hand documents -- from such a one as rabble-rousing Hitler no less -- to make this kind of case or argument, they ought not be adopting such an approach to begin with, or at the very least they could clearly identify and demark hearsay for what it is.
More Brenda Lee...
["Brenda Lee - Somewhere (1966)"]
This week's CAS article is “A POLITICAL REVERIE” (Jan. 1774) by Mercy Otis Warren, for which in in pdf, see: http://www.gunjones.com/Mercy-Otis-Warren.pdf
Here's another version of a song we posted a while back with Roy Orbison singing. (Volume tab on the far left.)
[Brenda Lee -- "More" (1964)]
"Look, mister, what it all comes down to frankly is this. You don't play ball with Steve and the Ghoul, you don't do business (get the picture?)"
The teeming masses are either leaves of grass or soylent green -- with the choice of which being up to you the People.
Even if, for the sake of argument, you reject formal Christianity and or formal religion, how can you possibly argue against the basic good sense of the following words of Cypran's from section 16 of his Treatise IV:
 Moreover, we ask that the will of God may be done both in heaven and in earth, each of which things pertains to the fulfilment of our safety and salvation. For since we possess the body from the earth and the spirit from heaven, we ourselves are earth and heaven; and in both— that is, both in body and spirit— we pray that God's will may be done. For between the flesh and spirit there is a struggle; and there is a daily strife as they disagree one with the other, so that we cannot do those very things that we would, in that the spirit seeks heavenly and divine things, while the flesh lusts after earthly and temporal things; and therefore we ask that, by the help and assistance of God, agreement may be made between these two natures, so that while the will of God is done both in the spirit and in the flesh, the soul which is new-born by Him may be preserved. This is what the Apostle Paul openly and manifestly declares by his words: “The flesh,” says he, “lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: for these are contrary the one to the other; so that you cannot do the things that you would. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adulteries, fornications, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, murders, hatred, variance, emulations, wraths, strife, seditions, dissensions, heresies, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, magnanimity, goodness, faith, gentleness, continence, chastity.” [Galatians 5:17-22] And therefore we make it our prayer in daily, yea, in continual supplications, that the will of God concerning us should be done both in heaven and in earth; because this is the will of God, that earthly things should give place to heavenly, and that spiritual and divine things should prevail.
...But if in the Holy Scriptures the true sun and the true day is Christ, there is no hour excepted for Christians wherein God ought not frequently and always to be worshipped; so that we who are in Christ— that is, in the true Sun and the true Day— should be instant throughout the entire day in petitions, and should pray; and when, by the law of the world, the revolving night, recurring in its alternate changes, succeeds, there can be no harm arising from the darkness of night to those who pray, because the children of light have the day even in the night. For when is he without light who has light in his heart? Or when has not he the sun and the day, whose Sun and Day is Christ?...
~St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (?-258 A.D.), Treatise IV, 16 & 35.
So that on the face of it, this life and this world it would seem is somehow divided (like spirit and flesh described above) between (essentially) two opposing parties; who both desire to have it very royally (so to speak) their own way; and with, as a result, ultimately not all that much left for those remaining (i.e., here in ths world) in between.
Note. The Christian view is not that flesh of itself is bad, but that it should not rule spirit. Instead, right spirit rather should rule over flesh.
If you haven't secured a copy yet, run, don't walk, to get the just released 6 DVD set of the "Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show." Aside from being so much better than having to sign up for an expensive subscription that comes in monthly installments, as you had to do previously, these shows are of themselves priceless. If you like the decade, this (at least when a particular number) is the 60's at some of its very, very best (though admittedly in the case of many of the comedy sketches, also at its very worst.) At times, again when it comes to the music numbers, it will put you on cloud nine. My biggest gripe is that the series entire is still not available; when, after all, it ought to be. Oh well, maybe some day.
At least one episode has Jack Jones singing -- and what a marvellously stunning voice! This clip is not from the D.M. show -- but is altogether much similar to the sort of thing you see there.
["Jack Jones sings "Shadow of Your Smile" & "What Now My Love""]
With all those millions and billions in the hands of such savvy captains of industry and grass roots entrepeneurs, who says the economy's going bust? With that in mind -- which of these innovative Recession-Busters best works for you?
* MORE Comic book super hero movies
* Movie trailers that go "thump-thump-thump"
* Advertising on Kindle
* A drastically downgraded Face Book
* Dover Mathematics and Science catalog -- IN COLOR!
* Chocolate Cheerios
* Mini-Pop Tarts*
* Paying for tire air
* HDTV -- and Blue Ray!
* However, as I was subsequently forced to admit to my friend Louis Chirllo -- "steer clear of those new Mini-Pop Tarts. It was murder trying to get them out of the toaster afterwards..."
To the degree man is not honest and rational, he is correspondingly childish and immature. And when honesty and right reason are abandoned, these are invariably supplanted by and substituted with the authority of spirit people. Indeed, the latter can and do become the permission and license for the worst evil. Why then wonder any longer at the tragedies of history?
Though naturally most of us from childhood learn and grow intellectually as we get older -- not even the wisest or most educated ever ceases from suffering some substantial degree of un-knowing. Or to put it differently and despite what we think, there is incalculably so much more that we don't know (than we think we do.) For to believe otherwise would be to think we could comprehend the infinite. And yet, strangely enough, many adults do, in effect, come to think that, in their so many years of living, they have successfully grasped the infinite. As a result, they come to believe that learning, reading, and studying are only for children or young people going to school, and that they themselves have no real need for such things.
For the new edition to the CAS, "ROYALL TYLER & THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN STAGE COMEDY (1787), see "http://www.gunjones.com/Royall-Tyler.pdf
His Famous Last Words.
"Take my word for it. Never accept an I.O.U. from a ghost. (I had to learn the hard way.)"
What do you call it when a 30+ sec video posted on YouTube, and which shows a baby's utterly horrifying birth defects (in this case from ichthyosis congenita), receives 2,109,314 viewings? As far as I am concerned and from what I know about dealng with these kind of people first hand, this is witchcraft culture -- the same or related that dominates filmdom and other areas of the mass media. Moreover, and for the same reason, it would come as no surpise whatsover to me that some birth defects actually are the result of certain incomprehensibly sadistic spirit people's gruesome and deliberate intention to cause inhuman suffering and degradation. Yet, as some would argue, if such cruel methods, and literal fiends as criminals who carry them out, make it possble for someone to procure a million or even still a billion dollars -- isn't it all worth it?
So you see all this talk about fighting terrorism is in fact a lot of red-herring, malarkey -- for here is real evil for all to see who would but take the trouble to be honest, investigate and look into these kinds of things for themselves.