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December 30th, 2015, 09:30 AM

Man's genius often sounds elevated, but here is just a small sample of evidence that even the most respected men in business and science are...um...less than perfect :

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson, President of IBM (1943)
{Supposedly, IBM also informed Xerox about 15 years later that there was a world market for maybe 5,000 copy machines}

"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." - Daryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox (1946)

"Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years."
- Alex Lewyt, president of Lewyt vacuum company (1955)

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
- Ken Olsen, Founder of DEC (1977)

"Two years from now, spam will be solved."
- Bill Gates (2004)

"Fooling around with alternating current is a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever."
- Thomas Edison (1889)
{Edison had already come up with DC years before Nikolai Tesla - who worked with Edison briefly after coming to the US - discovered AC. They would champion their own systems until the 1893 Worlds Fair when they bid against each other - Westinghouse backing Tesla and JP Morgan backing Edison - for the right to power the fair. Tesla won and the rest is history (though he died basically penniless).}

“A rocket will never be able to leave Earth’s atmosphere.”
- New York Times (1936)

“The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”
- Michigan Savings Banker to Henry Ford's lawyer (1903)

"We can close the books on infections diseases."
- US Surgeon General William H. Stewart (1969)

And how's this for irony :

"It will be years - not in my time - before a woman becomes Prime Minister"
- Margaret Thatcher (1969)





If God promises life, He slayeth first; when He builds, He casteth all down first. God is no patcher; He cannot build on another's foundation. - William Tyndale
   
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January 9th, 2016, 04:51 AM

"From the hell to which we condemn him, Jesus returns to break bread."

-Rowan Williams





"By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:78-79)

The Light Eternal, breaking through,
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January 10th, 2016, 09:09 PM

What I’m saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967



   
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January 22nd, 2016, 06:50 PM

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

Isaac Asimov





"There was so much handwriting on the wall that even the wall fell down"

"In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education." – Alfred Whitney, Essays on Education

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January 22nd, 2016, 07:53 PM

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"Tolerance is only another name for indifference" ~ William Somerset Maugham
Do you know when or where Somerset Maugham said or wrote this?

It does not seem to me to be something he would say. He preached tolerance and would be insulting himself with this quote. He was not a very tolerant guy himself, in-fact he was a real jerk. He could be super mean to anyone who crossed him. He was a guy who could use tolerance due to his homosexuality not someone who would claim tolerance was a cop-out and the refuge of cowards. Although I know he is widely credited with the quote and he himself took credit for it in his writers notebook. He claimed he said it in 1892 but gave no citation.

In any case I like the way Chesterton expressed the same sentiments. He said:
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. [“Puritan and Anglican,” The Speaker, December 15, 1900. Reprinted in The Chesterton Review, vol.9, no. 4]





From whence came hydrogen?

"Not everyone who runs around in a red coat is a solider in King George’s army."

Respect for God is the begining of wisdom and pride comes before a fall.

"Let all the babies be born; then let us drown the ones we do not like" - G.K. Chesterton
   
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January 22nd, 2016, 08:04 PM

Chesterton had a way of bringing a point home, very much like the skill Ben Franklin had. On abortion, which Chesterton vehemently opposed as an assault on the family, he demonstrated the absurdity of killing babies in the womb by comparing abortion to the way humans treat unwanted kittens.
He pointed out that we don't kill kittens before they are born so why should we kill babies before birth? Why not wait until after they are born in-case we happen to like one of them?
So one of my favorite quotes and one of my favorite examples of Chestertonian wit is:

"Let all the babies be born; then let us kill the ones we do not like"





From whence came hydrogen?

"Not everyone who runs around in a red coat is a solider in King George’s army."

Respect for God is the begining of wisdom and pride comes before a fall.

"Let all the babies be born; then let us drown the ones we do not like" - G.K. Chesterton
   
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January 22nd, 2016, 08:16 PM

As I mentioned above Chesterton opposed abortion as a direct assault on the family. He also condemned homosexuality (which he called "Highly Civilized Sin" when it was practiced by the elite of society like his contemporaries, Oscar Wilde and W. Somerset Maugham) and birth control for the same reasons. One of my favorite Chesterton quotes because of it's prophetic nature is:

“This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”





From whence came hydrogen?

"Not everyone who runs around in a red coat is a solider in King George’s army."

Respect for God is the begining of wisdom and pride comes before a fall.

"Let all the babies be born; then let us drown the ones we do not like" - G.K. Chesterton
   
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January 22nd, 2016, 08:21 PM

Called it!

“The next great heresy will be an attack on morality, especially sexual morality.” - G.K. Chesterton 1926





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"Not everyone who runs around in a red coat is a solider in King George’s army."

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"Let all the babies be born; then let us drown the ones we do not like" - G.K. Chesterton
   
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January 22nd, 2016, 08:27 PM

People tried to discredit Chesterton and Christianity by pointing out that conventional wisdom said there was no such thing as ghosts. As usual Chesterton has a snappy answer to a stupid question.

A false ghost disproves the reality of ghosts exactly as much as a forged banknote disproves the existence of the Bank of England -- if anything, it proves its existence. - G.K. Chesterton 1925





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January 22nd, 2016, 08:31 PM

" About the time of the end , a body of men will be raised up , who will turn their attention to the prophecies and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition." - Sir Isaac Newton





From whence came hydrogen?

"Not everyone who runs around in a red coat is a solider in King George’s army."

Respect for God is the begining of wisdom and pride comes before a fall.

"Let all the babies be born; then let us drown the ones we do not like" - G.K. Chesterton
   
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January 25th, 2016, 07:34 PM

On the evening when I left the factory for the last time, I heard in the streets the usual cry of murders, accidents and suicides: the mental food of the overworked. It is Saturday night. I mingle with a crowd of labourers homeward bound, and with women and girls returning from a Saturday sale in the big shops. They hurry along delighted at the cheapness of a bargain, little dreaming of the human effort that has produced it, the cost of life and energy it represents. As they pass, they draw their skirts aside from us, the labourers who have made their bargains cheap; from us, the cooperators who enable them to have the luxuries they do; from us, the multitude who stand between them and the monster Toil that must be fed with human lives. Think of us, as we herd to our work in the winter dawn; think of us as we bend over our task all the daylight without rest; think of us at the end of the day as we resume suffering and anxiety in homes of squalour and ugliness; think of us as we make our wretched try for merriment; think of us as we stand protectors between you and the labour that must be done to satisfy your material demands; think of us—be merciful.

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February 7th, 2016, 05:53 AM

"The cross reveals that understanding the phenomenon of sin solely as individual self-relatedness and individual self-glorification dangerously downplays it, since it is on the cross that the ghastly violence of the powers of the world is revealed , powers that compromise religion, law, politics, and public morality and opinion in opposing and even veiling God's presence. It becomes clear in light of the cross of Jesus Christ that even God's "good law" can turn into an instrument of lies and deception under the power of sin. Jesus Christ in crucified in the name of religion, of global power politics, with reference to both Jewish and Roman law, and with the approval or even under the pressure of public opinion. [...] The cross reveals how human beings distance themselves both individually and collectively from God's loving presence, or even oppose that presence with violence while yet giving the appearance of justice, being pleasing to God, political necessity, and public consensus."

-Michael Welker

Some words on the power of sin that the "Judge Dredd Christians" needs to take to heart.





"By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:78-79)

The Light Eternal, breaking through,
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"The cross reveals that understanding the phenomenon of sin solely as individual self-relatedness and individual self-glorification dangerously downplays it, since it is on the cross that the ghastly violence of the powers of the world is revealed , powers that compromise religion, law, politics, and public morality and opinion in opposing and even veiling God's presence. It becomes clear in light of the cross of Jesus Christ that even God's "good law" can turn into an instrument of lies and deception under the power of sin. Jesus Christ in crucified in the name of religion, of global power politics, with reference to both Jewish and Roman law, and with the approval or even under the pressure of public opinion. [...] The cross reveals how human beings distance themselves both individually and collectively from God's loving presence, or even oppose that presence with violence while yet giving the appearance of justice, being pleasing to God, political necessity, and public consensus."

-Michael Welker

Some words on the power of sin that the "Judge Dredd Christians" needs to take to heart.
Heart- breakingly true! I think of Billy Budd.



   
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February 7th, 2016, 08:19 AM

"Of the traits of the brotherhood of writers, savants, musicians, inventors, and artists, nothing is finer than silent defiance advancing from new free forms. In the need of poems, philosophy, politics, mechanism, science behavior, the craft of art, an appropriate native grand-opera, shipcraft, or any craft, he is greatest forever and forever who contributes the greatest original practical example. The cleanest expression is that which finds no sphere worthy of itself and makes one."
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


“When people tell us to be quiet and accept the conventional answers we’ve been given in the past, many of us groan like the ancient Hebrews when they were forced to produce bricks without straw.”
-Brian McLaren





“In many ways the evidence of our faith is found in our ability to control our tongue (or our keyboard)."
-Adam Hamilton

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
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