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13. But it is not enough that you limit the gods by forms: you even confine them to the human figure, and with even less decency enclose them in earthly bodies. What shall we say then? That the gods have a head modelled with perfect symmetry, bound fast by sinews to the back and breast, and that, to allow the necessary bending of the neck, it is supported by combinations of vertebrae, and by an osseous foundation? But if we believe this to be true, it follows that they have ears also, pierced by crooked windings; rolling eyeballs, overshadowed by the edges of the eyebrows; a nose, placed as a channel, through which waste fluids and a current of air might easily pass; teeth to masticate food, of three kinds, and adapted to three services; hands to do their work, moving easily by means of joints, fingers, and flexible elbows; feet to support their bodies, regulate their steps, and prompt the first motions in walking. But if the gods bear these things which are seen, it is fitting that they should bear those also which the skin conceals under the framework of the ribs, and the membranes enclosing the viscera; windpipes, stomachs, spleens, lungs, bladders, livers, the long-entwined intestines, and the veins of purple blood, joined with the air-passages, coursing through the whole viscera.
~ Arnobius of Sicca (?-c. 330 A.D.), Against the Heathen, Book 3

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In all seriousness, who frightens or disturbs you more? Alleged Middle East terrorists? Or the people who make films like "Killer Elite"?

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["Killer Elite (2011) Movie Theatrical Trailer HD - Robert De Niro Clive Owen Jason Statham"]

Later Note. You see the one to go after on this point really are the spirit people. They are the real big shots in all this, but who are permitted to remain concealed behind some dummy (like, for example, the producer/director of "Killer Elite"); while declared to be immune to investigation and prosecution, supposedly, by and on the basis of divine and benevolent religion. This is why, you understand, that of late I call the creator and or lord of spirit people "Statham" -- that is, one big, untouchable tough guy (and who feigns superiority and supreme indifference.) "But must not the creator of such spirit people be God Himself?" I for my part fail to see why it is necessary to assume such a thing; anymore than it is necessary to assume "God" concocted "The Great Train Robbery" or the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

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Slime (formerly "Time") Magazine kicks some terrorist butt...

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I never cease to be dazzled by the sixties (and equally and no less appalled at how wretched and miserable the present decade comes across by comparison.) Even when the script is bad, the acting less-than, the songs mediocre, or the jokes terrible, the decade seemed to gild with heaven almost everyone and everything it touched -- at least for and during those years. Take for example the Disney film "Happiest Millionaire" (1967). Although the performances, dancing, and cinematography are good, just about everything else isn't. Yet to watch clips of this film -- just look how it glows! This scene, with Lesely Ann Warren and John Davidson, is, reportedly by some, the best number in the picture. The song itself is pretty so-so. But it has a very nice look, don't you think?


["John Davidson & Lesley Ann Warren - 'Bout Time"]

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For "AMERICAN MUSIC: Remembering Samuel Woodworth," the latest in the "Continental Army series," see: http://www.gunjones.com/Woodworth.pdf

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["Count Basie - Splanky"]

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He who gets a girl with a demon gets a demon with the girl (with never a moment's real privacy.)

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Abuse and mistreatment of animals comes from and originates with spirit people's abuse and mistreatment of regular (flesh and blood) people, and which spirit people say "do not question what we do -- for God's (or god's) view of things is much grander than what you are capable of conceiving." Likewise "Wait on God's greater reward" he declares -- while rifling through your things and filling his pockets with them now. This is what the philosophes would sometimes protest as being wrong with religion, but of course it wasn't actually religion that was at fault but rather spirit people telling people that they (i.e., the spirit person) knew God (and Heaven) or were themselves authorized representatives religion.

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A word of explanation: "Jerry Seinfeld" is "Speelburg's" idea of the magician being funny. So that when and if Seinfeld is mentioned, it is not Jerry Seinfeld really that is being referred to, but the magician (being "funny.")

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["Duke Ellington Orchestra, in "Afro Bossa", Tv Show, 1965."]

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It is not possible to be shamed by people who cannot even face you. (So don't be.)

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Right (or honest and rational) religion, among its other benefits that might be enumerated, gives us, when sensibly practiced and loyally adhered to over time, a proper focus for devotion, and in the process develops and enhances our powers of devotion to their potentially highest pitch or peak. This is no small blessing; because devotion, as in say steadfast love, conscientious caring, and self-discipline, can and do apply to family, friendship, community, country, work, one's profession -- and the more a person devotedly loves in these areas, the more dramatically improved and strengthened will be the individual and collective quality of life in all of them.

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"I don't want to be alone, Sherman, and you can't make me!"

This is why, in other words, he does and has to do the "wrong thing" so badly, and why it is inecessary for him to be a million-billionaire. (It's so stupid it's unbelievable.)

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(Upon reading The Age of Voltaire and Rousseau and Revolution) Egotistical romance and women and sex at all cost are inexcusably childish and immature sorts of attitudes, and are what, on reflection and in retrospect, made much of the French Enlightenment so shallow, sophomoric, and hypocritical.

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"Sure, it was easy enough for Jesus to suffer and go through those things. After all his Father was God."

Yes, but as God's son, at least his word and promise is good.

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You cannot say that God created the Frankenstein monster -- therefore God did not create everything.

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