A Review on Dr. Martin Luther’s ” Bondage of the Will”

Dr. Martin Luther’s ” The Bondage of the Will,” or ” De Servo Arbitrio,” as it was originally entitled, was written as a rebuke. As a result of increasing pressure from the papacy to condemn Luther’s writing, Erasmus wrote a book called ” The Freedom of the Will,” or ” De Libero Arbitrio,” to affirm his obedience to papal authority and to attack the Reformation that Luther launched in 1517 with his posting of the Ninety- Five Thesis at the Castle Church and his affirmation of his writings at the 1521 Diet of Worms.  Erasmus, a man of the Northern Renaissance, was a humanist who actually championed the same sorts of ecclesiastical reforms that Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists and others all over Europe were then currently militating for. The difference was that Erasmus wanted to move at a more conservative pace and within the boundaries placed by the Roman Curia, […]

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The United States of America, An Overview

The United States of America has got to be the world’s model for the most disparate social, economic and ethnic groups working together for the good of a common homeland. Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants and those who fail to appreciate the opportunities that presents may easily find another place to live without fear of pursuit, capture and repatriation. However, for those of us who do appreciate the many blessings that this country provides, the possibilities are endless. Americans are people who descend from the earliest colonists from Britain, France and Spain, who descend from those indigenous peoples who have dwelt in this land since the dawn of history, who descend from the Great Migrations of the mid- 1800s and who descend from enslaved Africans. Americans descend from people who came out from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam for California’s Gold Rush and as refugees from war. Americans […]

July 4

Ruminations on Independence Day

Our country turns 243 years old today. Today, I’ll celebrate Independence Day in the fashion that is most appropriate for me: I’ll consider our history and write about it’s influence on our country today. Preface In 1607, long before the American Revolution, King James I sponsored a settlement of Englishmen along the banks of a river that would later be called the James River. This settlement would become known as Jamestown, the historical starting point for all of the North American Anglosphere https://www.history.com/topics/colonial-america/jamestown. The territory claimed by ” Great Britain” ( the new name of the politically united Kingdoms of England, Wales and Scotland) north of Spanish- held Florida was named for King James’ predecessor, the ” Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I. That name was Virginia, a name still carried by a historically significant state in the American Union http://www.theus50.com/virginia/history.php. In 1620, as the English and Scottish planters and indentured servants […]

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America Started It! Devolution.

It all started in the 1760s, when Great Britain decided to end its policy of ” salutary neglect” in the American Colonies at the end of the Seven Years War https://historyofmassachusetts.org/what-was-the-british-policy-of-salutary-neglect/. Now, this policy was one where the Colonial Americans pretty much had leeway to govern themselves by their own laws, while being nominally under the control of the British Crown https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Salutary_Neglect#start_entry. This idea of popular sovereignty https://www.heritage.org/american-founders/report/why-does-sovereignty-matter-america not only pushed the American Colonists to open warfare for independence, but it also serves as an inspiration today in Europe itself for separatist parties in Scotland, Wales, Brittany, the Basque Country, Catalonia,  and ( interestingly) England itself https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-35559447, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/04/basque-secessionists-follow-catalans-in-push-for-independence, https://www.languagesoftheworld.info/geography/brittany-another-independence-seeking-european-region.html. The aftermath of the Battle of Culloden in 1746 sent several Highland Scots into exile and when the American Revolution broke out, some of them ( oddly, not all, or even most, but some) joined the Colonial cause with the ideals […]

Death of a Pet

When an animal who has been a literal part of your family dies, a part of you dies with him or her. The grieving process is largely the same for an animal as it is for a human: denial, bargaining, anger and acceptance. These four stages accompany the most difficult fact of life that we mortals have to deal with: the fact of death. The body is finite and mortal. It breathes, digests food, sees, hears, engages in physical activity and after a certain period of time, one of those seeds of death we have embedded in our DNA will subtly sprout up. We won’t notice it. Even the organism in question won’t really notice it, until it’s sapped every ounce of his/ her energy and they begin to wait for death. My personal belief, which is not shared by the leadership of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, is that […]

Suicide

Suicide among White Men.

It’s not easy being history’s supervillain. In fact, in recent years, suicide rates have spiked among white men between the ages of 35 and 65 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201305/white-middle-age-suicide-in-america-skyrockets . This is going to be a composition that will include our people’s history in Europe, our lines of descent and how we got to the place where we are today. It all started 45, 000 years ago, as the last ice sheets were receding and hunter- gatherers spread throughout Europe. These indigenous hunters were of swarthy complexion and many were blue eyed, as well. Around  7,000 years ago, there was a movement of people from the Middle East, who introduced farming into Europe and were apparently of fair complexion.  At last, from the steppes of Siberia, came ( to borrow a phrase from Mr. George R.R. Martin) horselords who effectively conquered Europe and introduced a patrilineal society around 4,000 years ago, with the […]

Logikblog – March 8, 2019

Another hour lost, Spring getting closer, but it still feels like Winter.  We will start keeping track of these disasters as they are costing us dearly.  Still transitioning a little bit.  ‘Jekyll Island’ will be up in its entirety.  We’ll also add some new real-life crime stories, relative dramas of the day, stock talk, and, a solid, strong effort to keep up on the Watches and headlines and Journal.  Getting there….,getting there….Have A Good Weekend.

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February 28, 2018

Last day of Black History Month. This is using the medium to promote the politics of division. It’s plain and simple. It’s always worth noting to me because we would be so well past this point if not for the promoters of race. Yes, promoting in the schools, the churches, the communities and on and on. And on and on. Using Hollyweird as a race promoter in the television shows, commercials, news and movies. Now tokenism has a different meaning between black folks and myself. Tokenism, to me, means that people of color are being put in numerous situations that put them in the public’s attention. But, these people are hand chosen by the demons and put in white peoples’ face to piss them off every time they hear about how racist they are. For black people, they see a solitary black person, or maybe two, and say, “oh, one […]

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Quick and simple thoughts:  Gambling – Savor that one win. Two losses, back out.  It seems more often that you can’t take a few days without blowing off a few appts.  Colton’s as close to a virgin as I am to a Triathlete.  The meeting of the family is a dumb aspect of that type of show.  Cohen and Mueller are distractions and not newsworthy one iota.  People who don’t believe in man-made climate change should pay my insurance premiums.  If I see an ad without music, I’ll buy two. That’s all for now. It’s only Tuesday. Be good . Don’t get blown away.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

On this day, something happened, but who cares?   Trump in Korea, Cohen in Washington, Whoopi in New York, Who cares?  What we care about is the blog, helping you make informed decisions, keeping up on the media, and getting things in order.  Some older stuff will be coming down so the whole Jekyll Island book can be put in place.  You can listen to it without thinking about it and you’ll still be mad by the end of the book.  You bin had.   So whatcha gonna do?   New Yorker, and WSJ updated, market updated during the day.  More goodies coming.  Thank you.

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Republican, Democrat, Green, Socialist, blah, blah, blah.

February 13, 2019 Another great post by Monique LaBarr on the environment and healthy living.  We all need that this year.  Think healthy!  Think smart. Another great one by Andrew Gooding. Why so great? Andrew has undertaken an analysis of the book ‘The 5000 year Leap.’ Are our Republican politicians acting like Republicans? Are our Democrat politicians acting like Democrats? I’d say more like Stalinist Russia. They flipped their friggin’ minds. The new party is the Constitutional Party and I am a Constitutionalist. That’s a new word, add it to your dictionary. We have to go back to the core document, the very core. The perfect document. Then we must start to review each and every amendment, law, ambiguity and department because there have been traitors all along the way. That’s why there was such a need to get rid of Andrew Jackson. The American Revolution is not over. What […]

Principle 18: A Written Constitution vs. An Unwritten Common Law

This Principle, written by W. Cleon Skousen in his The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World ( pp. 217- 221) explores how the English people gradually came upon the realization that entrusting one’s rights to tradition was insufficient, especially in the wake of the Norman Conquest and in the rise of the notion of the Divine Right of Kings ( Skousen, W. Cleon. ” The 5000 Year Leap,” pp. 217-18). The Anglo- Norman nobility, of course, was the first group to directly demand certain protections and concessions from their King John, in 1215. Under some certain duress, King John signed into law the Magna Carta and ” in that same century, the ‘ Model Parliament’ came into being, which compelled the King to acknowledge the principle of no taxation withut representation” ( p.218). In truth, these were some very important concessions that the later Colonial Americans built […]