When the War Comes Home

Reblogged from Mike the Mad Biologist (that is, cut & pasted, because it’s political & WP doesn’t let us reblog political stuff)

here’s the link:  https://mikethemadbiologist.com/2019/07/21/when-the-war-comes-home

IMHO, the war came home A LONG TIME AGO but most affluent Americans never noticed it or they just don’t care or they’re in denial.

Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden

Mythology Matters

Hebrew Bible scholars have long recognized that the writer who penned the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and much other narrative in the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible (called the Pentateuch, or Torah) had a distinctly anti-Canaanite agenda, and that his anti-Canaanite polemic started in his Eden story. Focusing on this helps us to decipher the meaning of that story, as I have stressed in my new book, The Mythology of Eden, and in talks that I’ve given on the subject at scholarly conferences.

This author, known as the Yahwist (because he was the first author of the Hebrew Bible to use the name Yahweh for God), most clearly set out his anti-Canaanite views at the beginning of his version of the Ten Commandments, in Exodus 34:12-15, where Yahweh warns the Hebrews against associating with the Canaanites, intermarrying with them, and worshipping their…

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act of writing

Peedeel's Blog

Writing is a body-intensive activity, totally. Absolutely, totally. The whole body is engaged in the act of writing, whether it’s on the computer, or with using a pen in the hands. The breath is involved in all activities.

Maggie O’ Sullivan
Close Listening conversation recorded on October 11, 2007

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walls of words

Peedeel's Blog

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.

Roger Zelazny
Nine Princes in Amber

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The painting of Washington crossing the Delaware

I’ve seen this picture forever & never knew a thing about it.

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Washington crossing the Delaware.  Please click to enlarge.

A German-American painter named Emanuel Leutze made his famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware in 1850 to encourage freedom-loving Germans after the defeat of democratic revolutions in 1848.

The original remained in Germany and did not survive World War Two, but Leutze made a copy that survives today in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Although the accuracy of some details has been question, historian David Hackett Fischer, in his book, Washington’s Crossing, gives Leutze credit for showing what a great feat it was to cross the Delaware River on Christmas Day, 1776.

The crossing succeeded partly for the same reason that General MacArthur’s Inchon landing succeeded during the Korean Conflict.  It was so difficult a feat that the enemy didn’t consider it as a possibility.

Fischer also gave Leutze credit for recognizing the diversity and individuality of the American troops…

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The Truth about Trump’s devoted supporters

A “cut & paste” reblog from On The Fence Voters … since the reblog button isn’t working … here’s the link:

The Truth about Trump’s devoted supporters

I feel the same way but I don’t have any problem cutting ties with friends who are devoted to Trump.  The way I see it … hanging out & partying together thirty or forty years ago is something I did with a whole lot of people & doesn’t really mean that we were close friends.  The fact that ANYONE could be a devoted supporter of Trump shows that we have absolutely nothing in common on a philosophical & spiritual level and that’s what means the most to me.  The ONLY people that are not in this category are the members of my immediate family.  & I mean immediate family.  I will cut some slack for my mother, my brothers & my sisters but they are the only ones.  There are cousins I no longer care to speak to.  Oh … if we meet at a wedding or a funeral or some other reunion, I’ll be polite & all.  But that’s as far as that goes.

As this country descends further into chaos & crapola, I don’t feel the need to remain friends with people who are part of the problem & indeed, are cheering on this descent.

Thanks to Jill Dennison at Filosofa’s World for turning me onto this great blog!