The ennobling belief in God is not universal with man; and the belief in spiritual agencies naturally follows from other mental powers. The moral sense perhaps affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals; but I need say nothing on this head, as I have so lately endeavoured to shew that the social instincts,--the prime principle of man's moral constitution--with the aid of active intellectual powers and the effects of habit, naturally lead to the golden rule, "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye to them likewise;" and this lies at the foundation of morality.
When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spent millions of dollars on renovations to his golf course in Sterling, Virginia, perhaps his most off-the-wall addition was a historical marker commemorating a Civil War battle on site. But historians told The New York Times for a story published Tuesday that the battle Trump memorialized never happened.
After Trump bought the golf course, which the Times described as a "fixer-upper," he chopped down trees so golfers could see more of the Potomac River and graced the course with his brand name. But it apparently wasn't enough for the real estate mogul: he gave it a place in American history by installing a marker between the 14th and 15th holes with a plaque dubbing the spot "The River of Blood," according to the report.
“Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription read, according to the Times. “The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’”
Trump told a Times reporter that there were "numerous historians" who told him the golf course was called "The River of Blood," even though he couldn't remember their names.
Multiple historians told the Times that the marker was inconsistent with historical record. While Civil War battles did take place several miles away from Trump's golf course, none occurred on site, the historians said.
If only Shelby Foote and Brian Pohanka were still alive...
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said in an interview that aired Sunday that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Constitution. But in reality, the founding father was the lead author of the Declaration of Independence.
It's not the first time Carson has gotten United States history wrong. As The Wall Street Journal previously flagged, Carson erroneously said the founding fathers had "no elected office experience."
Yes, I've long been interested in separating Carson's conjoined twins of fact and fiction. But he's not alone in conflating the Declaration with our Constitution, nor in suggesting our Founders lacked experience.
After a brief moment near the top of the Republican field, Ben Carson’s numbers have been on the decline. Clearly feeling the pressure to say something crazy enough to outdo professional lunatic Donald Trump, Carson just went full-fascist. And you never go full-fascist.
Having already admitted that he likes the idea of keeping American Muslims (and foreigners) in databases to be watched, Carson seems to be warming to expanding that surveillance to other groups he doesn’t like. At a rally in Columbia, South Carolina, Carson dropped the bombshell that he believes any “anti-American” group should be monitored.
“What I have said is that I would be in favor of monitoring a mosque or any church or any organization or any school or any press corps where there was a lot of radicalization and things that were anti-American.”
... As recently as October, Carson was suggesting that there needs to be a ban on “liberal” speech on college campuses.
“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson remarked. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
His own supporters told him that was dangerously close to censorship, so he assured them that he didn’t mean right-wing speech, he was talking about liberalism.
Don't forget to monitor Quakers. Those fucking Quakers. Anyway, brings to mind Milton's Areopagitica, published on this date in 1644:
We can grow ignorant again, brutish, formal and slavish...Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
"I grant you ample leave To use the hoary formula 'I am' Naming the emptiness where thought is not; But fill the void with definition, 'I' Will be no more a datum than the words You link false inference with, the 'Since' & 'so' That, true or not, make up the atom-whirl. Resolve your 'Ego', it is all one web With vibrant ether clotted into worlds: Your subject, self, or self-assertive 'I' Turns nought but object, melts to molecules, Is stripped from naked Being with the rest Of those rag-garments named the Universe. Or if, in strife to keep your 'Ego' strong You make it weaver of the etherial light, Space, motion, solids & the dream of Time — Why, still 'tis Being looking from the dark, The core, the centre of your consciousness, That notes your bubble-world: sense, pleasure, pain, What are they but a shifting otherness, Phantasmal flux of moments? —"
Yes, I'm sure the NSA has absolutely no ability to decrypt messages because Obama gutted their supercomputer budget. So be very afraid, citizen, and don't worry about the snooping on our own territory...
Be it enacted by the Council and General Assembly of this State, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the following Articles, proposed by Congress, in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the United States,
[Here follow, verbatim, the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth Articles of the said Amendments proposed by Congress to the Legislatures of the several States.]
Be, and the same are hereby, ratified and adopted by the State of New Jersey.
And to think it only took two more years to codify the Right To Keep And Bear Arms, after which tyranny was finally held at bay forever and always...