Yes~Just~Why do intellectuals hate democracy? Let’s have a think~

Septem Artes Liberales, by Herrad of Landsberg (1180 AD).

 The classical liberal arts are seven in number and were the basic skills believed necessary for success in philosophical and theological studies. We can examine them using the 12th century monastery painting above. 

 PHILOSOPHY

 In the center of the painting above, we find lady Philosophy, to whom all the arts give service.  She sits as queen of the arts, with the philosophers Socrates and Plato under her feet.  In the upper right corner, we read,

“Seven fountains of wisdom flow from Philosophy which are called the seven liberal arts.  The Holy Spirit is the inventor of the seven liberal arts, which are: Grammar, Rhetoric, Dialectic, Music, Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy.”

It is important to note that the seven liberal arts were held to be invented by the Holy Spirit.  It seems unlikely that the Holy Spirit would invent an educational system that was inferior to that invented by modern “expert”.  The changes in education that took place in the early 20th century were errors, not improvements.  Until we restore true education, we will not cease to reproduce the results.  We will consider the seven liberal arts surrounding philosophy beginning at the top.

 GRAMMAR

 Grammar was called by the ancients the Janua Artium, the “gateway of the arts”.  Grammar holds a book and a rod (scopae) probably for punishing young students.  Above Grammar, we read,

 Per me quivis discit, vox, littera, syllaba quid est..

By me does anyone learn what is the voice, the letter and the syllable.

 RHETORIC

 Moving clockwise from Grammar, we find Rhetoric, holding a tablet and stilus.  Rhetoric is the art of finding the means of persuading an audience.  Above her we read,

 Causarum vires per me, rhetor alme, requires.

By me, kind Rhetorician, you will seek the force of motives/cases.

 St. Augustine addressed the importance of Rhetoric best:

“Who will dare to say that truth is to take its stand unarmed against falsehood.  Since the faculty of eloquence is available for both sides…why do not good men study to engage it on the side of truth?”      

                                         -On Christian Doctrine, book IV

DIALECTIC

 Next we find Dialectic, or Logic holding a dog’s head.  Some believe the dog to be used in opposition to the wolf typically associated with heresy.  Above Dialectic it is written

 Argumenta sino concurrere more canino.

I allow arguments to battle in the manner of a dog.

 MUSIC

 Fourth is Music, playing the cithara, lyre and organistrum.  Above her, we read,

 Musica sum late doctrix artis variatae.

I am Music far and wide the teacher of the arts of variation.

 ARITHMETIC

 Fourth is Arithmetic, the art of counting objects at rest.  Here she is seen counting beads on a rope.  Her banner reads,

 Ex numeris consto, quorum discrimina monstro.

From the numbers I exist, of which I teach the differences.

 GEOMETRY

 Sixth is Geometry, the art of measuring objects at rest rightly.  Geometry is seen measuring the earth with a compass.  Over Geometry we read,

 Terrae mensuras per multas dirigo curas.

By many pains, I direct the measurements of the earth.

 ASTRONOMY

 Last is Astronomy, holding a bushel basket and numbering the stars.  The art of astronomy considers the relation between numbers and the laws of motion.  Above Astronomy we read,

 Ex astris nomen traho, per quae discitur omen.

I draw my name from the stars, by which the omen is learned.

 Lastly, what makes the classical liberal arts Christian is the spirit in which St. Augustine advised that they be pursued:

“It is well to warn studious and able young men, who fear God and are seeking for happiness in life, not to venture heedlessly upon the branches of learning beyond the pale of the Church of Christ as if these could secure for them the happiness they seek.”

I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~praise Jesus~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~is anyone not~in an absolute sense~I am a Catholic Royalist~in a practical sense~I am a Classical Liberal~a Gaullist~a Rockefeller Republican~in either sense~my head is soon for the chopping block~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~I here transmit a note taken from~what I am told is an abrogately enemy publication called Daily Beast~I’ll not here remark what that name conjures to the Italian mind~but I will say that what I transmit is today startling~in this city of the terminally brain dead~I transmit to you~A Very well~done article about a talented and intelligent man~when was the last time you listened to one of them? I think intelligent men are even rarer than Classical Liberals~Rockefeller Republicans~Gaullists~or my most dear~Catholic Royalists~~

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The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

by  Oct 10, 2013 7:21 AM EDT

Why do intellectuals hate democracy? Was Borges a fascist? The contentious 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Michael Moynihan about the big questions in literature and and politics.

      Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian novelist and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, is considered a political novelist because his politics aren’t the politics of most novelists. In the pantheon of modern Spanish-language fiction you’ll find a surplus of writers informed by radical thought—think Jose Saramago, Roberto Bolaño, Eduardo Galeano, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But Vargas Llosa is an outlier, an apostate from radicalism turned habitué of the classical liberal world, a former supporter of the Cuban Revolution transformed into an evangelist for free markets and free trade. And in a literary milieu charged by ideology, this

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    It is difficult to separate Vargas Llosa’s politics from his fiction writing—the attentive reader will divine much about his worldview from his novels. But one needn’t read tea leaves because he is an unapologetically political figure. In 1990, Vargas Llosa embarked on a brief, ambitious, and ill-fated political career, running for president of Peru, an election he lost to the corrupt and thuggish Alberto Fujimori. These day he engages the political world with tub-thumping opinion columns in the Spanish daily El Pais.

    Back in May, I sat down with Vargas Llosa at Oslo’s Grand Hotel after he delivered a coruscating speech to the Oslo Freedom Forum on “literature, freedom, and power.” He speaks in heavily-accented English, but fluidly and lyrically, with both force and deliberation. He is thoughtful on topical political matters (“The idea of Europe is a great idea; it deserves to succeed…a counterpoint to the monsters; the United States and now China”) but expansive and polemical when discussing the intersection of politics and literature.

    The following is an edited and slightly condensed transcript of our conversation.

    You said in your Oslo Freedom Forum lecture that “good literature is always subversive.” It reminded me of Orwell’s essay “The Prevention of Literature,” where he attacked those writers in thrall to Soviet communism.

    You don’t perceive the subversiveness of literature when you live in a free society. When you live in a free society you have the feeling that literature is just entertainment. But when democracy disappears, when a totalitarian regime replaces democracy, you feel immediately how literature becomes a very important vehicle to say what you cannot say otherwise. And it’s an instrument to resist what you are facing. Authors are sometimes not aware of what they are accomplishing in an authoritarian society. Literature is a living demonstration that things are not going well in an authoritarian society.

    But this isn’t an advocation of didactic fiction.

    No, not at all. You can make experimental literature and have this subversive effect. And that is the reason why all dictatorships are so suspicious of literature. Otherwise, they would let literature flourish. No, they are always very worried; they want to control it, they establish censorship. On this, there is no exception. Fascist or communist, it is exactly the same. Control literature because there is some kind of danger there. And I think there is some kind of danger, even if it is not immediately identifiable. 

    What about the middle way between authoritarianism and dictatorship? I know you have written about Hugo Chavez, for instance, and one can get Mario Vargas Llosa’s books in Caracas.

    Oh, but with great difficulty. It is because in Caracas you still have a margin of freedom. But in Cuba—ask that Cuban journalist that is here [at the Oslo Freedom Forum]. He was telling me the way in which I am read in Cuba. It’s fantastic, you know? There are lists of people who want to read a certain book. Some times they are rented, sometimes it’s like a library, from individuals. [Dissident writer] Yoani Sanchez told me that she met her husband because she discovered that he had a novel of mine, The War of the End of the World. So she called him and said, “Is it true that you have a novel by Vargas Llosa?” He said, “Yes, but there is a list. But we can meet.” And they got married. I saw her recently and I said, “Is this story true?” She said, “Of course it is true. Thats why I am interested in what you are writing now. My sentimental future depends on it.”

    In open societies you have the impression that you are just enjoying literature, that it won’t have any affect on your life. But literature always has an affect on life, even if it’s not so visible. But when you have a dictatorship, this is so immediately visible. Literature becomes an instrument to resist, to communicate things. And this is so in right-wing dictatorships and in left-wing dictatorships. It becomes a non-conformist activity, reading becomes a risk. It’s very, very important to keep alive this thing that can’t be controlled, because literature can never be totally controlled. Television can. Cinema can.

    Why have so many novelists been swayed by dictatorship? From Gabriel Garcia Marquez to, say, the reaction of many French intellectuals to Solzhenitsyn.

    You remember what Camus wrote, that a very intelligent man in some areas can be stupid in others. In politics, intellectuals have been very stupid in many, many cases. They don’t like mediocrity. And democracy is an indication of mediocrity; democracy is to accept that perfection doesn’t exist in political reality. Everybody must make concessions in order to coexist peacefully and the result of this is mediocrity. But this mediocrity, history has demonstrated, is the most peaceful way to progress, prosperity, and to reduce violence. And intellectuals are much more prone to utopias.

    In politics, intellectuals have been very stupid in many, many cases. They don’t like mediocrity.

    After the collapse of communism, what is the utopian instinct amongst intellectuals and writers now?

    There is none. That is why they are so desperate and confused. You remember Foucault—who was one of the best thinkers of his generation—he supported Ayatollah Khomeini! He was so disappointed with communism that he decided that the Khomeini utopia was the right one! That gives you, I think, a very vivid example of the way in which some intellectuals detest democracy.

    In your case, I have seen more references to your politics—classical liberalism—than I have for many other novelists.

    But the reason is because I am an exception. There are so few writers and intellectuals who are classical liberals without any kind of shame [about their politics].

    Borges didn’t get the Nobel Prize because of his support for Pinochet. Were your politics an issue when you won the Literature Prize?

    Borges unfortunately did wrong things. He accepted the invitation to be decorated by Pinochet, which was a very big mistake. He did it not to make a kind of solidarity, a gesture for the dictatorship; he did it because he despised politics so much that he was prepared to….[trails off]. But I think it was a very, very bad mistake. He was very courageous during the Second World War when Argentina was in favor of fascism. He was a deep defender of the Allies.

    He detested Peronism in such a way that he became so infatuated with the military, which I think was also wrong. But he wasn’t a fascist. He was a conservative. But I don’t think his work is contaminated by these attitudes.

    Should it affect how we read his books, in the way it does with [Norwegian Nobel laureate and Nazi sympathizer] Knut Hamsun or Ezra Pound?

    Oh no, not at all. The literature of Borges is great literature that overcomes all types of political prejudices. He is one of the greatest writers of our times, one of the most original. And from the point of view of language, he has changed the Spanish literary language in the way that only writers like Cervantes have. It’s extraordinary because it’s a language in which emotions, sensations were much more important than ideas. For a long time, there was no writer in the Spanish-speaking world for whom ideas became as important as in Borges’s writing. He was an exception to a very strong tradition—precision, rationality. All this is new.

    What are you working on now?

    I finished a novel, El héroe discrete, that will be published in September in Spanish. It’s a novel set in contemporary Peru. It’s about the changes in Peru over the last ten years which are very, very important. A new middle class. All the new, successful entrepreneurs in Peru come from very poor, poor families—even peasant families. This is the background of the novel.

    Are you glad you didn’t win the Peruvian presidency?

    Now I am glad. I wasn’t when I lost. But I am very lucky. I wouldn’t have survived [had I won]. Certainly not. But it was a very interesting experience. It was pedagogical. I discovered how difficult it was to be honest and coherent in politics.

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    I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~praise Jesus~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~in an absolute sense~I am a Catholic Royalist~in a practical sense~I am a Classical Liberal~a Rockefeller Republican~in either sense~my head is soon for the chopping block~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~I here transmit a note taken from~what I am told is an abrogately enemy publication called Daily Kos~I’ll not here remark what that name conjures to the Italian mind~but I will say that what I transmit is today startling~in this city of the terminally brain dead~I transmit to you~A Very well~done article about a talented and intelligent man~when was the last time you listened to one of them? I think intelligent men are even rarer than Classical Liberals~Rockefeller Republicans or~my most dear~Catholic Royalists~

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    I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~praise Jesus~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~is anyone not~in an absolute sense~I am a Catholic Royalist~in a practical sense~I am a Classical Liberal~a Gaullist~a Rockefeller Republican~in either sense~my head is soon for the chopping block~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~I here transmit a note taken from~what I am told is an abrogately enemy publication called Daily Beast~I’ll not here remark what that name conjures to the Italian mind~but I will say that what I transmit is today startling~in this city of the terminally brain dead~I transmit to you~A Very well~done article about a talented and intelligent man~when was the last time you listened to one of them? I think intelligent men are even rarer than Classical Liberals~Rockefeller Republicans~Gaullist~or my most dear~Catholic Royalists~


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    I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~I write night and day~yet~while impecunious~I am vastly overpaid~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~to my employer~in a fair system~under such circumstances~I should pay him~not he me~

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    Breathtaking~~There have been likely more than 200 governments rise and fall in Italy since the War~~who the devil cares~~?

    NAT KING COLE LYRICS

    “Sweet Lorraine”

    (originally by Rudy Vallee)

    Just found joy
    I’m as happy as a baby boy, baby boy
    With another brand new choo-choo choy
    When I met my sweet Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorraine.

    A pair of eyes
    That are brighter than the summer sky
    When you see them, you’ll realize
    Why I love my sweet Lorraine.

    Now when it’s rainin’,8 Natalie Caldonazzo

    I don’t miss the sun
    Because it’s in my baby’s smile, whoa ho
    And to think that I’m the lucky one
    That will lead her down the aisle, whoa ho ho

    Each night I pray
    That no one will steal her heart away
    I can’t wait until that lucky day
    When I marry sweet Lorraine.

    Now when it’s rainin’
    I don’t miss the sun
    Because it’s in my baby’s smile, whoa ho
    And to think that I’m the lucky one
    That will lead her down the aisle, whoa ho ho

    Each night I pray
    That no one will steal her heart away
    I can’t wait until that lucky day
    When I marry sweet Lorraine.

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    Thank you, Nat~~

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    Enchanting~~I found her altogether indifferent to talk of government shutdowns~~either here at Washington~~or back home in Italia~~

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    “It doesn’t mean anything, beauty. I mean, if I see a beautiful man, maybe I am surprised for three seconds, but then if I speak with him and he’s completely stupid, I don’t see his beauty anymore.”
     
    – Monica Bellucci
     
    Washington, Aug 25 : Italian actress Monica Bellucci admits that she is tired of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour.

    The 44-year-old model insists that she’s tired of parties, and thus prefers to be at home with her four-year-old daughter and actor husband Vincent Cassel.

    “I am at a stage in my life where I if I don”t go out, I don”t feel I”m missing something. I get bored surrounded by people smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol,” Contactmusic quoted her as saying.

     Monica-Bellucci

    ~~ Monica Bellucci~~Always on Sunday~~

    Buona domenica a tutti!!

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    Je suis~toujours pret~pour l’amour~The vainqueur, c’est l’impossibilité de gouverner~or so say the nice Italian girls I know here at Washington.  I know this~but~who cares if the city is governable~~I ask instead~~is Love, not government, possible~here among the ruins of the city of the dead ones? Just now, this early morning~I discovered that OH~~mais oui~c’est possible que..trouver l’amour~~Je ne sais pas comment ça s’est retrouvé là.~~nicole-minetti
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    Rejoice and Glad!!

    
    

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    ~~Good Morning~~Italia~~I so hate to watch you leave~~

    Je suis~~toujours pret~pour l’amour~~The vainqueur, c’est l’impossibilité de gouverner~~or so say the nice Italian girls I know here at Washington.  I know this~~but~~who cares if the city is ungovernable~~I ask instead~~is Love, not government, possible~~here among the ruins of the city of the dead ones? Just now, this early morning~~I discovered again that OH~~mais oui~~c’est possible que..trouver l’amour~~je ne sais pas comment ça s’est retrouvé là.

    ~~Good Morning~~Italia~~sweetest of dreams~~

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    Punt, Pass or Kick~Mitch McConnell and RG3~two Washington quarterbacks and their two, divergent, visions of the playing field~when pinned down in a deep swampland~facing enemy alligators~some boys run like the wind while~others choose to punt~the ball~away~***Memo to Mitchell~I am sure that RG3 can advise you that~when the other bench is applauding for you~you are playing a losing game***

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    Robert Griffin III was willing to run against the Cowboys. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

    Griffin: Return to running ways was ‘what I had to do’

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    This inclination on the part of RG3 to run~~as that is what he had to do~~is called by psychologists~~and other pinheaded types~~reverting to kind~~of which~~Mitch~~who~~in doing what he best does~~and had to do~~reverts to kind~~and tells us that is~~”called a punt.”

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    McConnell says his ability to cut a deal wasn’t hamstrung by his campaign. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

    Using a football analogy, McConnell said he got the ball on his own two-yard-line with a “shaky” offensive line and had to cut a last-ditch deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to end the crisis, no matter how unappealing to many in his party. Despite acting as a chief deal-maker in recent years during government crises, it was unclear the role McConnell would play until the final days of the bitter fight.

    “Given the card I was dealt at that point, what I had hoped to have achieved was to punt the ball to a better place on the field without raising taxes or busting the [spending] caps,” McConnell told POLITICO in a phone interview Thursday.

    “We got off track with a tactical error earlier starting in July and August that diverted our attention away from what was achievable,” McConnell said bluntly of the defund Obamacare push. “And so we’ll be back at it in January and February, which is why the best you can say is, ‘It’s a punt.’”

    Asked about Cruz’s contention Wednesday that had 46 Republican senators remained united they would have won the fight, McConnell said: “It’s pretty clear that 54 is more than 46 and the president of the United States thinks [Obamacare is] his greatest accomplishment.”

    “It was not a smart play. It had no chance of success,” McConnell said of the defund Obamacare push.

    In the interview, McConnell said his ability to cut a deal wasn’t hamstrung by his campaign; argued he would dig-in to ensure the next fiscal fight didn’t exceed the spending limits set forth in the 2011 Budget Control Act; and stated bluntly that shutting down the government won’t change Obamacare if Democrats continue to control the Senate and White House.

    As a leader of the party experiencing historic lows in the polls, with tea party activists unhappy with his deal and as he faces a potentially tough Democratic opponent in a state where he’s still unpopular, the shutdown fight could still haunt McConnell next year.

    But McConnell insisted any political pain for the GOP will be “short-term.” And he took a whack at his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, saying there was “no chance” a freshman senator could craft the same kind of bargain the two leaders reached to bring an end to the shutdown and lifted the debt ceiling.

    McConnell’s handling of the fiscal crisis underscores the tricky political position he constantly found himself in throughout this fight: He couldn’t be seen as undercutting the conservatives in the House, even as he opposed their strategy of using the shutdown as leverage to defund Obamacare.

    Asked if the deal would hurt his chances in a primary against conservative businessman Matt Bevin, McConnell declined to comment on his primary. But he offered up a stinging analysis of his Democratic opponent, Grimes.

    “What happened yesterday completely steps on the whole rationale for her candidacy, which is that somehow I’m part of what she calls the dysfunction in Washington,” McConnell said. “Look, I demonstrated on four occasions — including yesterday the most recent occasion, yesterday — that when the country is in crisis and something needs to be done on a bipartisan basis, I can step forward and get an agreement.”

    Grimes, McConnell said, has had a “pretty bad 24 hours.”

    Grimes has tried to make the case that McConnell is too politically motivated to lead in Washington, instead only worried about his reelection at the expense of the country, saying he “hid in the shadows.”

    “Sen. McConnell is taking credit for one of the greatest embarrassments in our nation’s history,” said Grimes senior adviser Jonathan Hurst. “It is like an arsonist congratulating himself for putting out the fire he helped start.”

    Grimes declined several interview requests this week on McConnell.

    The final deal reached between McConnell and Reid includes virtually none of the demands that House Republicans made at the onset of the fight — and little for even Senate conservatives, 18 of whom voted against it. While it passed easily in both chambers Wednesday night, Democrats were united behind the deal, while the GOP was split.

    It only makes minor changes to Obamacare. It raises the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, and allows the Treasury Department to extend that deadline if it employs “extraordinary measures.” It doesn’t make large-scale budget cuts, instead calling on a House-Senate conference committee to try to reach such an elusive deal by Dec. 13. And it doesn’t lock-in lower $967-billion spending levels in 2014 called for by the 2011 Budget Control Act, instead punting that fight until Jan. 15, the next time government funding lapses.

    Some conservative groups are already accusing McConnell of surrendering, and he’s being attacked for seeking a carve-out for a Kentucky lock-and-dam project, though he vigorously defends that as a money-saving program that was sought by two other senators.

    Bevin said in a video released by his campaign Thursday that McConnell has “cut and run from yet another fight. Making deals with Washington Democrats like Harry Reid to raise the debt limit without consideration for defunding or even delaying Obamacare.”

    To his critics, McConnell seemed too worried about stepping into the fight until the very end, when the polls showed that his party was getting slammed for the shutdown. He didn’t offer sharp public rebukes on Cruz’s strategy until late September. He didn’t appear publicly with Boehner after a White House meeting with congressional leaders. And he didn’t talk to Reid until late in the process.

    McConnell argued it was natural for him to take a backseat role to Boehner, who controls a House majority, while he controls a Senate minority. But when Boehner couldn’t pass legislation, he had to step up to cut a deal.

    McConnell said it was a “false narrative” to suggest he was “hiding out.”

    “The reason why I ended up having to play the prominent role that I did was the same reason I had to in December 2010 and August 2011 and December of 2012 and again yesterday was the House could not send something over,” McConnell said. “It was between the speaker and the Democrats until the House couldn’t send anything.

    With McConnell’s emergence as a deal-cutter in this latest dispute, Democratic leaders, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have been full of praise for McConnell in the last couple days. Durbin said McConnell is the lone Republican who Democrats can count on in high-stakes talks.

    “He has been a very positive force in these negotiations,” Durbin said.

    Burgess Everett contributed to this story.

    ***Memo to Mitchell~~I am sure that RG3 can advise you that~~when the other bench is applauding for you~~you are playing a losing game***

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/mitch-mcconnell-senate-deal-obamacare-government-shutdown-98496_Page2.html#ixzz2i1IqHh11

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    Punt, Pass or Kick~~Mitch McConnell and RG3~~two Washington quarterbacks and their two~~divergent~~visions of the playing field~~when pinned down in a deep swampland~~facing enemy alligators~~some boys run like the wind while~others choose to punt~~the ball~~away~~

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    Out of the huddle and on to the field~~some of Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell, Jr.’s boys don’t seem to be too happy about punting from their own one yard line~~perhaps realizing that what advantage attends such plays respecting field position~~invariably favors the~~OTHER team~~not their own~~

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    RG3 showcases his skills but the talented rookie still has plenty of work to do. (AP)

    Meanwhile, RG3 doesn’t mind a little roughhouse~~or a little bruisin’~~to improve his field position~~

    Punt, Pass or Kick~~Mitch McConnell and RG3~two Washington quarterbacks and their two~~divergent~~visions of the playing field~~when pinned down in a deep swampland~~facing enemy alligators~~some boys run like the wind~~ while~~others choose to punt~~the ball~away~~

    ***Memo to Mitchell~~I am sure that RG3 can advise you that~~when the other bench is applauding for you~~you are playing a losing game***

    Smoke gets in our eyes~my dears~you are forgiven for not remembering just what was being discussed at Washington~but you can be assured that your interests were carefully attended to and be relived to know that the news girls say that~whatever it was that was being discussed has been most amicably resolved~all in your favor~

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    My dears~~you are forgiven for not remembering just what was being discussed at Washington~~but you can be assured that your interests were carefully attended to and be relived to know that the news girls say that~~whatever it was that was being discussed has been most amicably resolved~~all in your favor~~

    Still~~Smoke gets in our eyes~~

    The Republican Party’s conviction that it has the God-given right to legislate the morality of all Americans runs right back to Civil War. The GOP has never quite forgotten it was the party that God anointed with victory. Henry Wilson, the dedicated abolitionist who headed the important Senate committee on military affairs during the war and was later vice president under Grant, declared the Republican Party had been “created by no man or set of men but brought into being by almighty God himself … and endowed by the creator with all political power and every office under Heaven.”

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    My dears~~you are forgiven for not remembering just what was being discussed at Washington~~but you can be assured that your interests were carefully attended to and be relived to know that the news girls say that~~whatever it was that was being discussed has been most amicably resolved~~all in your favor~~

    Still~~More~~Smoke gets in our eyes~~

    The Republican Party’s conviction that it has the God-given right to legislate the morality of all Americans runs right back to Civil War. The GOP has never quite forgotten it was the party that God anointed with victory. Henry Wilson, the dedicated abolitionist who headed the important Senate committee on military affairs during the war and was later vice president under Grant, declared the Republican Party had been “created by no man or set of men but brought into being by almighty God himself … and endowed by the creator with all political power and every office under Heaven.”

    When I was not yet old~I knew a young girl~Wendy~yes, that was it~Wendy~fair girl, Nordic, I think~quietly pretty, hard to get to know~who one day said to me~”your very words wear spats, John Begg”~I thought~”what a remarkably peculiar thing to say to a fella~I’m wondering~is this girl saying she likes me~or maybe that she doesn’t”~many years later, I wrote a little note~a little movie review really~to benefit a charity~and while I wrote~I thought of this young girl Wendy~and her comment about spats~

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    A Film Review Of~~

    “A Good Pair Of Shoes”

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    JOHN DANIEL BEGG

    Special to The Volunteers Of America Gazette

    May, 1995

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    “We are honored tonight by the presence of a gentleman”  In such a manner was Mr. Wilde’s lead character introduced by the proprietor to  the denizens of a down at the heels nightclub in Wilde’s cautionary novella~~The Picture of Dorian Gray.

     
    An unnecessary introduction.  One hundred years ago, any man who could afford evening clothes was rich by any and all comparative measure, if not a gentleman by any or all moral measure.
     
     

    You and I,  my dears, are asked to resolve these issues in our lives:
    What is timeless?
     
     
     
    What endures?
     
     
     
    Very little we soon enough learn~~endures.
     
     
     
    Nothing except certain, ephemeral, virtues.
     
     
     
    Certain ageless conflicts.
     
     
     
    Evil and Good.
     
     
     
    Wealth and Poverty.
     
     
     
    The desire to be respected and loved.
     
     
     
    The extent to which man will go to be respected and loved.
     
     
     
    The extent to which we all~~in our own ways~~chase ceaselessly after the wrong dreams.
     
     
     
     
    What to do about these vexing questions that follow us around all our life long as though a dog not wanted?
     
     
     
     
    Are there answers to life’s most nettlesome and vexing questions?
     
     
     
    More specifically, are there answers that are immutable?
     
     
     
    Always correct for all of God’s Children?
     
     
     
    Timeless?
     
     
     
    A Good Pair of Shoes” was narrated and produced by Major William G. Boswell.  Major Boswell took over the reins as Volunteer in charge of the Detroit post in 1946.
     
     
     
    The Volunteers Of America are a sort of Salvation Army, street-front social worker derivative group~~manned~~as are all other such groups~~by those who have endless patience for utterly thankless avocations.
     
     
     
    We are admonished that such men will get their reward in heaven and I~~for one~~hope very much that that is so~~don’t you, dear?
     
     
     
    The Detroit post of the Volunteers had previously been led most ably by Adjutant and Mrs. William J. Kelly since 1918.  The post had established a reputation as a bell weather of American religious volunteer work under Adjutant and Mrs. Kelly~~most particularly so during the desperately harrowing times of what is now called The American Great Depression of the 1930’s.
     
     
     
    Detroit, so heavily mechanized, was most particularly and brutally hit by the Depression and the Volunteers worked tirelessly to ease the burdens that sad time imposed upon the citizens of Detroit.
     
     
     
    The Volunteers also discovered in the course of their work in that sad decade that there was a direct correlation between truancy and absenteeism in the Detroit public schools and the manifest lack of suitable clothing available for children of school age.
     
    Children skipped school then, as now, for many reasons of course.  But among the reasons the Volunteers discovered during Depression era Detroit was as simple a thing as not having a presentable pair of shoes to wear to school.
     
    From this realization derives Major Boswell’s charming film “A Good Pair Of Shoes.“~~
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    Some current day suggestions for the Detroit public schools lads~~to take a bit of a sting out of the~~present~~ Depression~~in that sad little hamlet~~
    All this fuss over shoes might strike the modern reader as quaint~~after all~~there are not many students~~or adults either~~who would pass for fashion plates today.
     
     
     
    In our time, for the very first time in history, clothes do not make the man~~at least not always.
     
     
     
    Ours is a modern~day in which the rich frequently seek to wear rags and the mostly badly dressed boy at school might well be the son of the richest man in town.
     
     
     
    This turnabout in fashion sense is a most recent and most assuredly, and blessedly, transient state of affairs~~but for now~~well then~~there it is~~
     
     
     
    Certainly in the 1950’s, when Major Boswell got ’round to putting together his film “A Good Pair of Shoes,” it was not the case that children were proud to wear rags.
     
     
     
    There was a great deal of embarrassment attendant upon not having presentable clothes for school and Major Boswell made good use of that theme in his little film.
     
     
    In that film, the desire of the school boys to have appropriate clothes and nice shoes does not strike the viewer as quaint at all~~even through the prism of our, own, shabby, modern epoch.
     
     
     
    Major Boswell introduces us to “Johnny, ” the protagonist of “A Good pair of Shoes. ”  A victim of cruel, grating poverty, and societal indifference and neglect,  Johnny steals shoes from a store to replace the charity case hand-me-downs that have caused him to become the butt of jokes and the subject of that unique strain of cruelty found only among school children.
     
     
     
    The cast-offs shoes have also driven a wedge between Johnny and his girlfriend.  Johnny’s mother laments that she is not capable of understanding how Johnny had come to be arrested for this theft as her son “already had a nice pair of shoes~~from The Christmas.”
     
     
     
    Mom cannot make out how this year~~the charity of Christmas had brought her Johnny boy not a Noel Blessing but rather a curse to wear upon his feet.  Mom cries bitterly and prays to an, apparently disinterested or pre-occupied, God, for guidance and resolution.
     
     
     
    For those who have an interest in such matters,  Johnny’s shoes were spats, or, more aptly and accurately, spatterdash leggings, and, while in good condition and likely once quite pricey, spats, by 1950’s Detroit, were a curiosity children could simply not appreciate.
     
     
     
    Johnny’s theft was a clumsy, boyish, attempt to set right his embarrassment over having to wear Christmas spats~~ignorant~~as were the others~~that he wore high fashion upon his feet~~
     
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    Johnny’s Christmas spats were to him a curse~~when~~paradoxically~~they had once been~~when first bought by a long~forgotten owner~~the very height of fashion~~
     
     
     
    Major Boswell uses his saga of Johnny as a springboard to letting the viewer know that The Volunteers Of America had in place for sometime in Detroit~~at least since the Depression era 1930’s~~a concerted program that would have obviated against Johnny’s having to stoop to petty theft to assuage his boyish embarrassment.
     
     
     
    In conjunction with the Detroit school system and with the able assistance of the Detroit Council of Churches, The Volunteers Of America expanded an existing city~wide clothing drive that, in its first year of operation, helped to clothe 9,000 school children and in its second year 20,000.  The need was very great~~poverty was massive~~but equally so was the outpouring of alms and other aid~~freely given~~from the citizens of Detroit.
     
     
     
    The Volunteers Of America have been a positive, helpful presence and guiding hand to the misbegotten in the Motor City for more than 100 years.  In September 1897, Captain N. M. Cook organized the Detroit post.  By the time Major Boswell took over the post, its exploits in the hands~on dispensation of charity to the poor were already the stuff of legend. 
     
     
     
     
    Major Boswell’s film, “A Good Pair Of Shoes,” is an attempt to dramatize on the screen the often~hidden demon of poverty and her twin sisters~~shame and crime.
     
     
     
    Does Boswell’s movie work in that context~~that is~~does it satisfy its predicate goals?  Does the viewer come away with an understanding of poverty and of the programs that The Volunteers of America have set in place to alleviate it?  As with any film, we must ask~~is this movie watchable?  Interesting?  Provoking?
     
     
     
    I must say that Boswell is a clever producer in this sense.  He had a very modest budget and had to make do as needs must.  As the film’s narrator, he asks these very questions of his audience before they can even posit them on their own~~does this story I now tell interest you?  Grab your attention?  Stir your emotions?
     
     
     
    That asked~~the answer is~~the film is an all ’round winner because it does arrestingly address universal concepts~~one of the predicate conditions any film or book or painting must meet to be worthwhile.
     
     
     
    Anyone can understand the concepts of poverty, loneliness, shame, isolation, greed, envy, cruelty and~~reciprocally~~their antithesis~~goodness, kindness~~a helping hand~~freely given.
     
     
     
     
    Another predicate condition of the film’s viability~~the compellingness of Johnny and the other characters, also brings Boswell’s work home  a fleet, keen winner.  We all can, beginning to end, easily grasp the conceptual framework into which Boswell places his protagonist and likewise, we are all moved by the role renditions of Johnny and the other characters.
     
     
     
     
    So, then, what of this little movie?
     
     
     
    It is difficult for the reviewer to summon cogent opinions of any movie without making comparative observations.
     
     
     
     
    That said, given the utter dearth in recent years of anything even remotely watchable, universal, compelling or thought~provoking emanating from any of the major commercial movie houses, this little moral play, brought to us on a frayed shoe~string, is well worth the viewing.
     
     
     
     
    Everyone can find something to like in “a Good Pair Of Shoes.”
     
     
     
     
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    "Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he's the only one who's sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probablythe only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own."~~
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    A little girl with a direct point of view~Roman Catholic Dragon Lady~Madame Nhu~

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    Mme. Nhu gets to the point with no sequestration or government shutdowns~~

    When I was a boy~~I much admired those who killed communists not simply for the self~apparent moral reason that to kill them pleases Jesus~~but likewise for the sport of it~~the sheer exhilaration and fun of it~~I still am so admiring, but on hearing late that Mme Nhu~~ardent Roman Catholic~~has now gone to her heavenly reward, I cannot think of any other Roman Catholic dragon girls to admire~~the world has become a gray, colorless place today~

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    Trần Lệ Xuân (22 August 1924 – 24 April 2011), popularly known as Madame Nhu, was the de facto First Lady of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1963.

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    Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, R.I.P.

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    Madame Nhu, South Vietnam’s unofficial “first lady” during the administration of Ngo Dinh Diem, passed into eternal life on Easter Sunday at age 87 — just six days before the 36th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30.

    Tran LeXuan was born in the line of Vietnamese royalty, descended from the ninth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Her life would prove to be tragic in many respects. Raised a Buddhist, she converted to Christianity upon her marriage and remained a devout Catholic for the rest of her life. Strikingly beautiful, glamorous and intelligent, she had a tempestuous personality and blunt manner of expression. She became bitterly estranged from her parents for political reasons during the Diem years. Her husband was murdered along with President Diem by American-backed assassins in 1963. After this stinging betrayal, she spent her remaining years in exile in Italy and France, living in seclusion. Her oldest daughter died in an automobile accident in 1967. In 1986 her deranged brother was charged with murdering her elderly parents, with whom she had partially reconciled.

    Madame Nhu was permitted to influence public policy in the Diem administration. According to this interesting biography, her reforms were not always well received:

    She played a leading role in the moral reform President Diem instituted in South Vietnam, closing down brothels, opium dens and gambling houses. She was at the front of imposing what was known as the “campaign for public morality” on South Vietnam, which included the abolition of divorce, contraceptives and abortion. Nightclubs and ball rooms were also often targets. Even beauty pageants were halted as Madame Nhu believed they simply contributed to the objectification of women. This campaign of decency, while admirable, was met with a great deal of hostility by those who did not share Madame Nhu’s view of ethics.

    Mme. Nhu gets to the point with no sequestration or government shutdowns~~when I was a boy~~I much admired those who killed communists not simply for the self~apparent moral reason that to kill them pleases Jesus~~but likewise for the sport of it~~the sheer exhilaration and fun of it~~I still am so admiring, but on hearing late that Mme Nhu~~ardent Roman Catholic~~has now gone to her heavenly reward, I cannot think of any other Roman Catholic dragon girls to admire~~the world has become a gray, colorless place today~

    There is~~indisputably~~something very arousing about a hot, tiny, Asian girl~~who is Roman Catholic and~~likewise knows how to handle a gun well~~

    NATIONALISM APPROACHES ON LITTLE CAT’S FEET~The Battle of France has only just begun~nothing will ever be the same again~the decayed conservative and liberal parties of the west have failed the people and are in terminus~Globalization is in terminus~

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    Front National candidate Laurent Lopez waves to supporters as he arrives with party deputy Marion Marechal-Le Pen after winning the second round of the local by-election in Brignoles. Photo: AFP

    France’s far-right National Front has won a bellwether local byelection in the country’s south, riding on discontent with Francois Hollande’s Socialist presidency and disarray in the opposition UMP party to a victory it believes will be a springboard towards the political mainstream.

    Laurent Lopez, the clean-cut 48-year-old candidate for the Provence town of Brignoles, scored 54 per cent of the vote to the centre-right UMP’s 46 per cent in the second-round run-off.

    Marine Le Pen, who took over the National Front leadership from her father and party founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, said after the result was announced on Sunday night it was a ”beautiful victory” that showed ”when united, the French are invincible”. ”It shows a willingness for change among the French,” she said.

    Brignoles attracted national interest when Mr Lopez knocked out left-wing rivals in the first-round vote and took twice as many votes as the UMP, the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

    The October 6 first-round vote sent shock waves through France and prompted calls by the ruling left for a ”republican front” to stem the party’s progress.

    The National Front, which took 6.4 million votes in last year’s presidential vote, is normally a magnet for protest votes. Miss Le Pen, however, has tried to change its image as a movement of racists and anti-Semites, increasingly reaching out to disgruntled mainstream voters with tough talk on crime and immigration, as well as capitalising on the struggling economy.

    Miss Le Pen was recently placed joint third in a table of politicians the French want to see more of in the future.

    The unpopular Socialist government and the deeply divided UMP are alarmed by the rise of the National Front, whose next major political test will be municipal elections in March in which Miss Le Pen hopes to build a strong local base by winning seats on local councils.

    Telegraph, London; AFP

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/le-pen-party-rides-home-discontent-in-byelection-20131014-2vik1.html#ixzz2hiYHXpe8

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    Marine Le Pen (French pronunciation: ​[ma.ʁin lə.pɛn]; born Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen; 5 August 1968) is a French political leader, who is a lawyer by profession, a French politician and the president of the Front National (FN), the third-largest political party in France, since 16 January 2011. She is the youngest daughter of the French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, former president of the FN and currently its honorary chairman. She is the aunt of Marion Maréchal-Le Pen.

    She joined the FN in 1986, its Executive Committee in 2000 and was a vice-president of the FN for eight years (2003–2011). She currently is an ex officio member of the FN Executive Office, Executive Committee and Central Committee.

    She has been a regional councillor since 1998 (Île-de-France: 2004–2010, Nord-Pas-de-Calais: 1998–2004, 2010–present), a Member of the European Parliament since 2004 (Île-de-France: 2004–2009, North-West France: 2009–present) and was a municipal councillor in Hénin-Beaumont, Pas-de-Calais for three years (2008–2011).

    In 2010, she was a candidate for the leadership of the FN set up by Jean-Marie Le Pen on 5 October 1972.[1][2][3][4] She successfully succeeded him during the FN congress in Tours, Indre-et-Loire.[5][6][7] On 16 January 2011, she was elected with 67.65% (11,546 votes) as the second president of the Front National.[8]

    She is described as a significantly more democratic and republican presence than her nationalist father; she wants to considerably reduce immigration, while her father wanted to abolish it. However, like her father, she strongly opposes same-sex marriage andeuthanasia.

    On 21 April 2011, she was ranked 71 in the most influential person in the 2011 Time 100.[9]

    She was a candidate in the 2012 French presidential election.[10] On 22 April 2012, she polled 17.90% (6,421,426 votes) in the first round and finished in third position behind François Hollande and incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy.[11][12][13]

    Marine Le Pen represented the FN as the FN leader at the legislative election in Pas-de-Calais’ 11th constituency, on 14 May 2012.[14]She lost the race by about 100 votes.[15]

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    “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~French actor Alain Delon

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    French far-right Front National party President Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen acknowledge the audience at the party's summer congress on September 15, 2013 in Marseille, southern France
    French far-right Front National party President Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen acknowledge the audience at the party’s summer congress on September 15, 2013 in Marseille, southern France
    Bruno Gollnisch, Front National far-right party candidate for the municipal elections in Hyeres, France, poses on October 14, 2013
    Bruno Gollnisch, Front National far-right party candidate for the municipal elections in Hyeres, France, poses on October 14, 2013
    Marine Le Pen, president of the French far-right Front National party, delivers a speech on October 12, 2013 in Paris
    Marine Le Pen, president of the French far-right Front National party, delivers a speech on October 12, 2013 in Paris

    AFP – France’s mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.

    The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity.

    A poll published last week suggested the FN could emerge as the best-supported party in the European elections with 24 percent of those asked declaring themselves ready to back the party led by Marine Le Pen, the daughter of FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

    That shock survey was followed on Sunday by a spectacular victory for the FN in a local by-election in Brignoles, where FN candidate Laurent Lopez claimed 53.9 percent of the vote in a run-off against the UMP candidate.

    “The left and the mainstream right are blaming each other for what is happening, but the reality is they’ve both been knocked sideways,” said Nonna Mayer, the Research Director at the National Research Centre CNRS. “Neither of them know what to do.”

    There were particular, local factors in Brignoles which influenced the outcome of a vote being held for the third time, the result having been judged too close to stand on two previous occasions, when the run-off was between the FN and the Communist Party.

    The southeastern town has struggled with high unemployment since the closure of local aluminium mines in the 1990s and the gloomy economic backdrop has exacerbated tensions between established residents and a large community of North African immigrants, creating fertile ground for the FN in a region where it traditionally does better than elsewhere in France.

    But the scale of the victory for Lopez was nevertheless widely interpreted as an indicator of how the FN is capitalising on current voter concerns to appeal to a broader slice of the electorate than ever before.

    A smartly-dressed former businessman, Lopez, 48, is the perfect embodiment of the more voter-friendly image that the FN has projected since Marine Le Pen took over from her controversial father at the head of the party in 2011.

    Harder to treat as a pariah party

    The pledges to end net immigration, most controversially by ripping up family reunion rules, and to begin moves to pull France out of the European Union, remain in place.

    But the FN is now far from being a one-issue party, notably making its voice heard on education to the extent that it has recently been able to announce the creation of a network of supporters amongst teachers – an unthinkable development a decade ago.

    Marine Le Pen, has worked hard to dispel the image of the party as fundamentally racist.

    She has expelled activists who make bigoted public statements and the FN lists in next year’s municipal elections will include a handful of ethnic minority candidates.

    All of which is making it harder for the mainstream parties to prevent the FN from winning more than a handful of elected posts by treating it as a pariah party and urging their voters to cast their ballots tactically to keep them out of power, an approach referred to as the “Republican Front”.

    “I think we can safely say the Republican Front is now dead,” Marine Le Pen declared after Sunday’s triumph in Brignoles, and her opponents acknowledged that she was probably right.

    “It just doesn’t work, voters don’t like being told who to vote for,” said Thierry Mandon, the spokesman for the Socialists’ parliamentary party.

    Despite the current disarray of the mainstream parties, the CNRS’s Mayer still believes the recent upturn in the fortunes of the FN remains primarily a protest phenomenon.

    “The change of leadership has given the party a slightly slicker image, but for most French people, it remains an extreme right party founded on racist ideas which is incapable of governing,” Mayer told AFP.

    “Marine Le Pen does have a better image than her father. Unlike him she is not associated with the legacy of the second world war and anti-semitism.

    “Local factors played heavily in their favour in Brignoles. On a national level there is enormous disappointment after a year of the Socialists back in power, and the issues of crime and insecurity are beginning to weigh heavily in the national debate, which plays in the FN’s favour.

    “But don’t forget that, in the municipals, the FN will have candidates in one town in six at most. It is not as strong as it pretends to be.”

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    NATIONALISM APPROACHES ON LITTLE CAT’S FEET~The Battle of France has only just begun~nothing will ever be the same again~the decayed conservative and liberal parties of the west have failed the people and are in terminus~Globalization is in terminus~

    Following Sunday’s result, the FN issued a celebratory statement: “The FN has proved that it can rally its countrymen around its candidate, and that the mainstream parties have been completely shunned and defied by voters.”

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    NATIONALISM APPROACHES ON LITTLE CAT’S FEET~The Battle of France has only just begun~nothing will ever be the same again~the decayed conservative and liberal parties of the west have failed the people and are in terminus~Globalization is in terminus~

    “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~French actor Alain Delon

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    Abe Lincoln freed the slaves~~or so say the school teachers~~and Abe has perhaps the best reputation of any politician in American history, absent Mr. Jefferson~~slaveholder.  Does Abe deserve his reputation?  Let’s have a think~~

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    Abe Lincoln is today honored~~even venerated~~by both conservatives and liberals~~but the reality is that Abe~~in unleashing his “total war” upon the south in the American war of secession~~enslaved Americans who merely wanted to be free of the American United States~~and to live in peace on their own.~~
     
    While Abe has left for us a note that he was “engaged in a great civil war”~~he was there being duplicitous~~perhaps better~~diffident~~as~~the south simply wanted to leave the American Union and live by itself in peace~~which is secession~~not~~civil war.

     
    I can only conclude that while Abe freed some slaves, he imprisoned and enslaved his fellow American southern citizens and forced them~~at gun point~~to remain part of a nation they wanted to leave.

     
    Abe is~~invariably~~listed today as everybody’s American hero.
     
    Yet~~it is reasonable to ask~~just how heroic was Abe’s behaviour?
     
    Specifically~~How does Abe’s behaviour differ materially in substance and in kind from that of the English King George 111?
     
    King George~~called by American school teachers all~~a tyrant and a rough and a rogue~~rained down violence on the infant Americans~~
     
    As Abe spoke at Gettysburg~~”Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
     
    ~~Abe there referred to the infant Americans fighting King George 111~~because they did not want to be part of George’s Empire and, instead, to live in freedom and peace on their own.~~
     
    King George 111 fought bloodily~~savagely~~to force the infant American United States~~at gunpoint~~to remain a part of the English Empire~~when the infant Americans simply wanted to leave King George’s Empire and be left alone in peace~~
     
    That all said~~Does Abe really deserve his near~universal veneration today~~and deserve to have his face on an American fin?
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    Abe was a Republican and George a Royalist~~yet they shared an odd fondness for~~Dieu et mon droit~~God and MY right~~and a self-perceived divine ordinance to force men to knell before the thrones of their respective central governments~~and remain in bondage to Kings and Presidents~~when the people seek to live at peace and in freedom on their own~~knelling before no man~~
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    While Abe was no day at the beach to look at, he had other, admirable qualities~~at least if they are tempered with some moderation~~I am most admirerous of good writing and speaking~~just a sucker born for both those talents, I am.  I will concede that~~from a writing standpoint~~Abe could bring what we used to call in my craft~~a “barn burner.”

     
    I hear from school teachers that Abe not only wrote pretty~~but also spoke pretty~~a nettlesome combination in a political man~~as we all well know at Washington~~Abe’s speech at Gettysburg is an artwork and topped off by its being~~so~~blessedly~~brief~~modern political man~~make good note of that last bit~~brevity~~
    Abe’s Gettysburg Address follows on now~~

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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    It was a great speech~~one of the best~~but I was always in trouble at school because Lincoln is a sacred cow~~you can not even ask questions about him~~you simply must quietly make~~deep genuflection~~before him~~but to the southerners of my family Lincoln was no different from George 111~~both forced different generations and regions of the Americans to do what they did not want to do~~at the point of a gun~~

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    In Memoriam~~

    Abe Lincoln freed the slaves~~or so say the school teachers~~and Abe has perhaps the best reputation of any politician in American history, absent Mr. Jefferson~~slaveholder.  Does Abe deserve his reputation?  Let’s have a think~~

    I can only conclude that while Abe freed some slaves, he imprisoned and enslaved his fellow American southern citizens and forced them~~at gun point~~to remain part of a nation they wanted to leave.

    That all said~~Does Abe really deserve his near~universal veneration today~~and deserve to have his face on an American fin~~when his behaviour during the American war of secession constituted his turning his back on his fellow citizens of the south~~and enslaving them in a Union they no longer wanted to live in?

    Aristotle had no watch to wind or to mind~but he gave us our concept of the preciousness of time~and of how man’s precious time makes him~in turn~God’s most precious creature of all~

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     Vacheron Constantin makes the finest watches in the world~~they are not free~~but then~~they ought not to be free~~as it is in the capacity to discern time properly that makes human souls superior to all others and permits man to put a brake on desire in deference to proper reason.   Attend then~~closely to your time and timepieces, my dears~~watch and wind them well~~

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    It is helpful, dears, to absent ourselves from the daily mundanities and to think on our brother Aristotle who cautions us to remember that our souls are the superior souls as human souls only can discern a notion of time~~a capacity that permits us to separate the momentary desire from the constraints of proper reason~~As a recognition of time belongs alone to human souls~~let us use our time wisely and recognize that it is so very precious~~

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    Aristotle never wore a watch~~but he was first to note that Man alone of all God’s creatures can discern time~~and it is that capacity that makes man superior above all other souls~~and his time so precious~~make my dears~~every tick of your time~~so very precious~~as~~there is so precious little of it~~

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    The Peripatetics were a school of philosophy in ancient Greece. Their teachings derived from that of their founder, Aristotle.

    Aristotle founded the Peripatetic school in 335 BC when he first opened his philosophical school at the Lyceum in Athens. The name of the school derives from the Greek word for walking: either from covered walkways at the Lyceum known as peripatoi, or Aristotle’s penchant for walking while he lectured.

    The most prominent member of the Peripatetic school after Aristotle was Strato of Lampsacus, who increased the naturalistic elements of Aristotle’s philosophy and embraced a form of atheism.

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    Aristotle (384-322) was born in a small Greek colony in Thrace called Stagira.  His father was a physician and served the grandfather of Alexander the Great.  Presumably, it was his father who taught him to take an interest in the details of natural life.

    He was Plato’s prize student, even though he disagreed with him on many points.  When Plato died, Aristotle stayed for a while with another student of Plato, who had made himself a dictator in northern Asia Minor.  He married the dictator’s daughter, Pythias.  They moved to Lesbos, where Pythias died giving birth to their only child, a daughter.  Although he married again, his love for Pythias never died, and he requested that they be buried side by side.

    For four years, Aristotle served as the teacher of a thirteen year old Alexander, son of Philip of Macedon.  In 334, he returned to Athens and established his school of philosophy in a set of buildings called the Lyceum (from a name for Apollo, “the shepherd”).  The beautiful grounds and covered walkways were conducive to leisurely walking discussions, so the students were known as peripatoi (“covered walkways”).

    First, we must point out that Aristotle was as much a scientist as a philosopher.  He was endlessly fascinated with nature, and went a long way towards classifying the plants and animals of Greece.  He was equally interested in studying the anatomies of animals and their behavior in the wild.

    Aristotle also pretty much invented modern logic.  Except for its symbolic form, it is essentially the same today.

    Let’s begin with metaphysics:  While Plato separates the ever-changing phenomenal world from the true and eternal ideal reality, Aristotle suggests that the ideal is found “inside” the phenomena, the universals “inside” the particulars.

    What Plato called idea or ideal, Aristotle called essence, and its opposite, he referred to as matter.  Matter is without shape or form or purpose.  It is just “stuff.” pure potential, no actuality.  Essence is what provides the shape or form or purpose to matter.  Essence is “perfect,” “complete,” but it has no substance, no solidity.  Essence and matter need each other!

    Essence realizes (“makes real”) matter.  This process, the movement from formless stuff to complete being, is called entelechy, which some translate as actualization.

    There are four causes that contribute to the movement of entelechy.  They are answers to the question “why?” or “what is the explanation of this?”

    1.  The material cause: what something is made of.
    2.  The efficient cause: the motion or energy that changes matter.
    3.  The formal cause: the thing’s shape, form, or essence; its definition.
    4.  The final cause: its reason, its purpose, the intention behind it.

    1.  The material cause:  The thing’s matter or substance.  Why a bronze statue?  The metal it is made of.  Today, we find an emphasis on material causation in reductionism, explaining, for example, thoughts in terms of neural activity, feelings in terms of hormones, etc.  We often go down a “level” because we can’t explain something at the level it’s at.

    2.  The efficient cause:  The motion or energy that changes matter.  Why the statue?  The forces necessary to work the bronze, the hammer, the heat, the energy….  This is what modern science focuses on, to the point where this is what cause now tends to mean, exclusively.  Note that modern psychology usually relies on reductionism in order to find efficient causes.  But it isn’t always so:  Freud, for example, talked about psychosexual energy and Skinner talked about stimulus and response.

    3.  The formal cause:  The thing’s shape, form, definition, or essence.  Why the statue?  Because of the plan the sculptor had for the bronze, it’s shape or form, the non-random ordering of it’s matter.  In psychology, we see some theorists focus on structure — Piaget and his schema, for example.  Others talk about the structure inherent in the genetic code, or about cognitive scripts.

    4.  The final cause:  The end, the purpose, the teleology of the thing.  Why the statue?  The purpose of it, the intention behind making it.  This was popular with medieval scholars:  They searched for the ultimate final cause, the ultimate purpose of all existence, which they of course labeled God! Note that, outside of the hard sciences, this is often the kind of cause we are most interested in:  Why did he do it, what was his purpose or intention?  E.g. in law, the bullet may have been the “efficient” cause of death, but the intent of the person pulling the trigger is what we are concerned with.  When we talk about intentions, goals, values, and so on, we are talking about final causes.

    Aristotle wrote the first book on psychology (as a separate topic from the rest of philosophy).  It was called, appropriately, Para Psyche, Greek for “about the mind or soul.”  It is better known in the Latin form, De Anima.  In this book, we find the first mentions of many ideas that are basic to psychology today, such as the laws of association.

    In it, he says the mind or soul is the “first entelechy” of the body, the “cause and principle” of the body, the realization of the body.  We might put it like this: The mind is the purposeful functioning of the nervous system.

    Like Plato, he postulates three kinds of souls, although slightly differently defined.  There is a plant soul, the essence of which is nutrition.  Then there is an animal soul, which contains the basic sensations, desire, pain and pleasure, and the ability to cause motion.  Last, but not least, is the human soul.  The essence of the human soul is, of course, reason.  He suggests that, perhaps, this last soul is capable of existence apart from the body.

    He foreshadowed many of the concepts that would become popular only two thousand years later.  Libido, for example:  “In all animals… it is the most natural function to beget another being similar to itself… in order that they attain as far as possible, the immortal and divine….  This is the final cause of every creatures natural life.”

    And the struggle of the id and ego: “There are two powers in the soul which appear to be moving forces — desire and reason.  But desire prompts actions in violation of reason… desire… may be wrong.”

    And the pleasure principle and reality principle:  “Although desires arise which are opposed to each other, as is the case when reason and appetite are opposed, it happens only in creatures endowed with a sense of time. For reason, on account of the future, bids us resist, while desire regards the present; the momentarily pleasant appears to it as the absolutely pleasant and the absolutely good, because it does not see the future.”

    And finally, self-actualization:  We begin as unformed matter in the womb, and through years of development and learning, we become mature adults, always reaching for perfection. “So the good has been well explained as that at which all things aim.”

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    I do very much thank Mr. George Boeree for his very useful research in furtherance of our missive this night.  We look forward to visiting him again soon for more about the philosophers and about how man came to think of himself in the way that he now does~~All research note~~© Copyright 2000, 2009, C. George Boeree.

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    Vacheron Constantin makes the finest watches in the world~~they are not free~~but then~~they ought not to be free~~as it is in the capacity to discern time properly that makes human souls superior to all others and permits man to put a brake on desire in deference to proper reason.   Attend then~~closely to your time and timepieces, my dears~~watch and wind them well~~

     

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    My uncle used to say~”Johnnie~Money is not the most important thing in life~no, sir, not at all, sir. The most important thing in the world is MY MONEY”~

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    Press Release – April 24, 2013

    For Immediate Release
    April 24, 2013

    Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

    The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

    The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

    For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.

    New C-note: A new high-tech $100 bill — designed to thwart counterfeiters — is scheduled for release on Tuesday.

    The Federal Reserve will start delivering the new bills, which took more than a decade to develop and have been delayed for nearly three years, The Associated Press reported.

    “We have 3.5 billion of these notes which we think will be more than ample to meet domestic and international demands,” said Sonja Danburg, program manager for U.S. currency education at the Fed.

    This is the first time since 1996 that the $100 has undergone a redesign. Don’t worry, Benjamin Franklin is still on the front, and Philadelphia’s Independence Hall is on the back.

    It also also have a number of cool new features, such as a disappearing Liberty Bell in an ink well and a bright blue three-dimensional security ribbon with images that move in the opposite direction from the way the bill is being tilted.

    “The 3-D security ribbon is magic. It is made up of hundreds of thousands of micro-lenses in each note,” said Larry Felix, the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. “This is the most complex note the United States has ever produced.”

    The Fed has a website at www.newmoney.gov.

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    Press Release – April 24, 2013

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    Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

    The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

    The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

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    My uncle used to say~”Johnnie~Money is not the most important thing in life~no, sir, not at all, sir. The most important thing in the world is MY MONEY”~

    Cease fire at Paris~Madmoiselle Treve Triomphe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ello, ello Paris~2013~Allons-y, L’enfants~A bebe fillie brings us armistice and calm~

    French jockey Thierry Jarnet riding Treve crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe horse race at the Longchamp race track, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Race favorite Orfevre finished a distant second, followed by Intello and Kizuna in the world’s richest turf contest. Photo: Francois Mori

    Treve demolished her rivals on the home straight to win the Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe © A

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    Treve Triomphe!!!!  Bringing with her Calmness and a cease fire~~and armistice

    Allons-y, enfants~~

    Regarder pourquoi qui~~ Regarder~~~

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    Poetry in motion

    Avant du jour~~

    Treve (FR)Race record

    Flat placings 1-111

    LIFETIME RECORD STARTS WINS 2NDS 3RDS WINNINGS EARNINGS BEST TS BEST RPR OR†
    Flat Turf 4 4 0 0 £650,967 £650,967 115 120
    Stakes 2 2 0 0 £627,146 £627,146 115 120
    Rules Races 4 4 0 0 £650,967 £650,967
    DATE RACE CONDITIONS WGT RACE OUTCOME JOCKEY OR TS RPR
    No Video 15Sep13 Lon 12Sft G1 162K 8-8 1/10 (1¾L Wild Coco 9-2) 11/10F Frankie Dettori * *
    No Video 16Jun13 Cha 11Gd 3yG1 464K 9-0 1/11 (4L Chicquita 9-0) 11/1 Thierry Jarnet * *
    No Video 15May13 Sai 8Gd 3y 13K 9-0 1/5 (3½L Charming Touch 8-10) 33/10 Thierry Jarnet * *
    No Video 22Sep12 Lon 8GS 2y 10K 9-0 1/10 (1½L Holy Salt 9-0) 53/10 Thierry Jarnet * *
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    Mamas et Papas~~

    Pedigree of Treve, bay filly, 2010[8]
    Sire Motivator (GB) b. 2002 Montjeu (IRE) b. 1996 Sadler’s Wells b. 1981 Northern Dancer*
    Fairy Bridge
    Floripedes b. 1985 Top Ville
    Toute Cy
    Out West b. 1994 Gone West b. 1984 Mr. Prospector
    Secrettame
    Chellingoua b. 1983 Sharpen Up
    Uncommitted
    Dam Trevise (FR) b. 2000 Anabaa (USA) b. 1992 Danzig b. 1977 Northern Dancer*
    Pas de Nom
    Balbonella b. 1984 Gay Mecene
    Bamieres
    Trevillari b. 1987 Riverman b. 1969 Never Bend
    River Lady
    Trevilla b. 1981 Lyphard
    Trillion

    Note: b. = Bay * Treve is inbred 4×4 to Northern Dancer, meaning that the stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.

     

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    A Longchamps a Paris~~The most beautiful race course in the world~~the perfect place to find both excitement and also treve~~calmness~~

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    French jockey Thierry Jarnet riding Treve, center,  holds his trophy on the podium after winning the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse race at the Longchamp race track, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. From left, coach Criquette Head Maarek, French actor Christophe Lambert, Jockey Thierry Jarnet, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, President of France Galop Bertrand Belinguier, and Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar with his two sons Tamim Bin Joaan Al Thani, left bottom and Hamad Bin Joaan Al Thani, right bottom. Photo: Francois Mori
    • French jockey Thierry Jarnet riding Treve, center, holds his trophy on the podium after winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe horse race at the Longchamp race track, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. From left, coach Criquette Head Maarek, French actor Christophe Lambert, Jockey Thierry Jarnet, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, President of France Galop Bertrand Belinguier, and Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar with his two sons Tamim Bin Joaan Al Thani, left bottom and Hamad Bin Joaan Al Thani, right bottom. Photo: Francois Mori

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    Muhammadanism may very well be the New World Order~

     Huge gathering: Muslim pilgrims perform their evening prayers in the Grand Mosque on Monday. The annual haj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam

    Huge gathering: Muslim pilgrims perform their evening prayers in the Grand Mosque on Monday. The annual haj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam~~

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221739/Extraordinary-photos-millions-joyful-Muslims-descending-Mecca-haj-pilgrimage.html#ixzz2giEICUBg
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    Credits~~By DAILY MAIL REPORTER~~PUBLISHED: 23:49 EST, 22 October 2012 | UPDATED: 04:19 EST, 23 October 2012

    Muhammadans at prayer~~at their Holy City~~in their Holy Season~~

    Hajj is a Islamic worship performed by millions of Muslims every year in Makkah.

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    Could we, of the West, be missing the boat altogether respecting of the coming of The New World Order~~of The New World Empire?  Could that New Order, that New Empire, have naught to do with us at all?

    Consider carefully, my dears~~

    Is demographics dynasty?

    Is fervour dynasty~~

    Perhaps the two of them together equal dynasty?

    Let’s give this a think~~

    Muhammadanism may very well be the New World Order~~1.6 billions of fervent adherents~~and growing~~rapidly~~

    Muhammadanism has much to offer Her adherents that the materialistic West has abandoned and discarded as old-fashioned. 

    Muhammadanism offers Her adherents:

    A God

    A Book

    A Brotherhood

    A Mission

    A Reward

    What do the decayed, Godless, societies of the West offer their peoples in counterpoint?

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    Today, I very much thank The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and The Agence France-Presse for this quick demographic snapshot of present day religious affiliations~~I here commence to quote them~~Likewise~~Daily Mail At London is thanked here throughout for snaps and cut lines~~

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    Christians are the world’s biggest religious group, numbering some 2.2 billion people, according to a study released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

    Pew assembled data on the size and geographic distribution of eight major religious groups, including non-believers, according to Agence France-Presse.

    It found that Christians make up about 32 percent of the world’s population, followed by Muslims, the second largest group, with 1.6 billion adherents (23 percent). Hindus were the third largest group, numbering about one billion (15 percent), followed by Buddhists, at 500 million (7 percent) and Jews, who number 14 million (0.2 percent.) The Pew Forum also found that roughly one-in-six people around the globe (16 percent) have “no religious affiliation.”

    Christians ‘dispersed’

    The geographic distribution of religious groups varies considerably. Several religious groups are heavily concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, including the vast majority of Hindus, Buddhists and adherents of folk or traditional religions. Of the major religious groups covered in this study, Christians are the most evenly dispersed. Roughly equal numbers of Christians live in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. The Asia-Pacific region also is home to most of the world’s Muslims, at 62 percent of the region’s population. The worldwide demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories found that more than eight in 10 people identify with a religious group. The Pew Forum said that the study, in which religious affiliation was based on self-identification, did not attempt to measure the degree to which practitioners observe their faiths.

    Pew’s data also show that nearly 73 percent of the world’s people live in countries in which their religious group makes up a majority of the population. Only about 27 percent of all people live as religious minorities. Overwhelmingly, Hindus and Christians tend to live in countries where they are in the majority.

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    Beginning: Wednesday is the first official day of the pilgrimage, with Muslims following a set form of rites laid out by the Prophet, and it culminates on Friday

    Beginning: Wednesday is the first official day of the pilgrimage, with Muslims following a set form of rites laid out by the Prophet, and it culminates on Friday

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    Today, I very much thank The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and The Agence France-Presse for this quick demographic snapshot of present day religious affiliations~~I here cease to quote them~~Likewise~~Daily Mail At London is thanked here throughout for snaps and cut lines~~

    Muhammadanism may very well be the New World Order~~1.6 billions of fervent adherents~~and growing~~rapidly~~

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    All together: Haj must be performed at least once in their lifetime by all Muslims capable of making the expensive, difficult journey

    All together: Haj must be performed at least once in their lifetime by all Muslims capable of making the expensive, difficult journey~~

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221739/Extraordinary-photos-millions-joyful-Muslims-descending-Mecca-haj-pilgrimage.html#ixzz2gi6pd0FA
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    ~~Daily Mail At London is thanked here throughout for snaps and cut lines~~

    Muhammadanism may very well be The New World Order~~1.6 billions of fervent adherents~~and growing~~rapidly~~

     Muhammadanism has much to offer Her adherents that the materialistic West has abandoned and discarded as old-fashioned. 

    Muhammadanism offers Her adherents:

    A God

    A Book

    A Brotherhood

    A Mission

    A Reward

    What do the decayed, Godless, societies of the West offer their peoples in counterpoint?