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Something sailed in from Sancho Panza yesterday. He just happens to be a retired Lucent Technologies scientist. An American citizen, native to Dominican Republic, fluent in Spanish, English, French, probably Italian and Latin, maybe Portuguese, and for all I know, German, Martian, Venusian, Vulcan, Romulun and Klingon. He lives in NY City, he says. I don’t now recall how we met online, probably circa 2002. Probably some Internet political forum I snuck into, and out of.
Sancho wrote and sent:
Don Q, isn’t it amazing how crazy we are… dividing the World into little black and white pieces? ….. and like children, playing ball, crying foul and posturing to get the “official” to give the nod… oh, the power of authority, POTUS signs an order, and hellfire rains on Taliban’s and other assorted rag heads! he, he, he! The Pope is the big kahuna of the Christian zombie brigade(1 billion strong)… speaks directly to GOD, so the Israelis are crying foul! After all, Jesus was a Jew?! *:D big grin
“Israel has grown increasingly alarmed about the increased international acceptance of Palestine as a state since the United Nations upgraded the Palestinian delegation’s status in 2012 to that of a nonmember observer state. A number of European countries have also signaled their acceptance of Palestinian statehood.”
A true lover of wisdom has hands too busy to hold on to anything! He learns by doing and every pebble in the path becomes her teacher! Oink
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: NYTimes. com News Alert <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:04 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:03 AM EDT
Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty
The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step that was bound to be welcomed by many Palestinians but was likely to cause deep concern for the Israeli government.
Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Israel has grown increasingly alarmed about the increased international acceptance of Palestine as a state since the United Nations upgraded the Palestinian delegation’s status in 2012 to that of a nonmember observer state. A number of European countries have also signaled their acceptance of Palestinian statehood.
Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics, has long signaled his wish for a Palestinian state. For the past year, the Vatican had informally referred to the country as “state of Palestine,” in its yearbook as well as in its program for Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land.
A statement from a joint commission of Vatican and Palestinian diplomatic officials, posted on the Vatican news website, said “the work of the Commission on the text of the agreement has been concluded,” and that it will be submitted for formal approval and for signing “in the near future.”
I don’t suppose the Jews who first settled in the newly created Israel objected to it having been carved out of Islam land, without Islam’s okay. When the Jews lived there during the time of Jesus, Palestine was a Roman state. Before that, wasn’t it a Greek state? And before that? I suppose at some point in time, Palestine belonged to the dinosaurs. I wonder if they split up and had turf wars over it? Maybe that’s what turned that region into mostly desert and killed the Dead Sea, so it was dead. I do believe, though, that the pope is right to recognize Palestine as a separate state, nation. Didn’t an earlier pope recognize Israel as a separate state, nation? After all, all three religions descended from Abraham, they are brothers. Maybe more later, I’m trying not nod off, fall asleep, and miss the bus back up to Cudjoe Key. What a wonderful launch of my presidential campaign, I’m homeless, not sure I even have a country, not convinced I’m even from this planet :-). Don Q
P.S. I think Islam is a bit more than 1 billion strong.
Sancho replied this morning:
Islam and Christendom! Yeah, those two have given us Hell and Heaven as the carrot and stick (and I mean it in that order) we all got e-raised with and turned into whatever it is we are these days! Hey, I was wondering… why don’t you run for a Public Advocate office there in Florida or Alabama… or anywhere in the Bible Belt for that matter…. I think you stand a pretty good chance of making a splash… with your record of angelic visitation and all! You are the ultimate incorruptible, figleafless freaking fool! The FFF candidate… he, he, he!
he, he, he, the angels have me run for that office wherever I am :-), one FFF mission after another :-), currently aiming at the sin capitol of America, aka Washington, D.C. :-), like America’s shit don’t never stink, it being one nation, under God, it says, but there are those who disagree, which is the theme of today’s post at goodmorningkeywest. com, to which I will insert this here between us below yours and mine of yesterday :-), you provocateur, you
Well, God did tell Abraham, in Genesis, that Ishmael’s seed would become a great nation, and would cause Isaac’s seed trouble. Given that’s in the Jews and the Christians’ own bibles, it’s kinda hard to argue that the alleged seat of the Jews and the Christians alleged homeland doesn’t deserve an Islamic representative state in its midst, let’s not forget the Crusades and how long Islam’s memory is, as well. Ta, ta.
More locally related,
Deer Ed, publishes bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph readers blog, which not long ago went off the air, then more recently returned once a week, Sunday but sometimes another day.
Deer Ed built goodmorningkeywest.com, and showed me how to use it. I paid him to publish on the Coconut Telegraph links to my daily ravings, which attracted a hard core posse of Sloan-bashers, which Deer Ed seemed to enjoy having around. He told me many times he loved controversy on the Coconut Telegraph, and he never would change his longstanding policy of promoting anonymous submissions and not publishing any submitter’ name, but sometimes a submitter’s email address, if the submission attacked someone else. I stopped participating on the Coconut Telegraph because Deer Ed encouraged anonymous cheap shots, Ed also encouraged another fellow, who went by the anonymous handle FTR and paid Deer Ed the same fee I paid, to have anonymous daily right-wing Republican column on the Coconut Telegraph, until it went out of business earlier this year. Temporarily.
I submitted yesterday to Deer Ed:
Saw these two posts down below in your 19 April issue. Looks to me FTR learned what you kept sacred and I kept preaching on the CT: if people have to put their real name on what they post to the CT, FB, etc., it reduces what you hate being submitted to the CT. Wonder why it took FTR so long to figure that out? Glad he finally came out of the chicken coop, hope he’s doing okay. Don’t think he’s gonna like how things go in USA, regardless of which elephant or donkey ass gets elected next into the Oral Orifice. I saw a more recent from FTR on the CT, explaining Florida’s closed primaries keep Independents from being able to vote in partisan primaries, and FTR urged CT readers to enlist in one or the other animal rear peep holes, so they can made a difference – LOL (lots of luck, laugh out loud, you pick.) When pigs fly works about as good. A few days ago, I announced my candidacy for that exalted high end position, no political party affiliation, although this here you made up once might do :-). Hope you are doing okay.
|Just for the record. First: I did not choose the “handle” FTR. I believe it was our Deer Ed or one of the readers who invented it. It is the acronym for “From the Right”. I did not invent that “handle” either, although I do wish I had invented both handles. Once again it was either the invention of Deer Ed or readers. I like both handles.Second: anonymity was not my idea, it is the ground rule of the CT, and it is ironic that yesterday’s bitcher is also anonymous.Third: I did not ask our Deer Ed to label me “one of the leading conservatives of our time.” I’m flattered that he thinks that is so, but he is wrong.Fourth: As much as I would have liked to continue posting on CT, our Deer Ed decided to change the format. That is his right, and I wish him well in the new format.Fifth: I have moved the flag to Facebook. I’m learning the medium and enjoying it immensely. I urge my critics to come and do battle, to come and defend their beliefs; but they won’t, they simply do not have the stones to step out of the cloak of anonymity. They are back shooters. Oh well, hopefully some folks who are interested in truth will come over and join the dialog. You can find me on Facebook at Walt Lagraves. All the best to the CT community. Walt Lagraves|
|Deer Ed, we who enjoyed the old CT with all the political and local static wonder how you are healing after your castration? Who cut them off the local power boyz or the sewer rats? The new world order CT is nothing but a sissified patch of useless electrons. We also wonder what our freedom of the press and speech will be like with people like you cutting off all our sacks? Things change and usually not for the better! (Formerly Ed: This poster has been banned. This is the kind of crap I hate.)|
At FTR’s request, maybe in 2010, or in 2011, when I, Sloan, lived on Little Torch Key, and was by then branded by the Sloan-bashers, The fool on Little Torch (FOLT), Deer Ed invited me to join him and FTR and Mrs. FTR for dinner in a Big Pine Key restaurant. We had a lovely evening. I liked Mr. And Mrs. FTR. I did not bite either one of them, even though they were right-wing Republicans. Maybe I didn’t bite them because they did not seem to be right-wing Christians. In fact, they did not seem to want to talk about God. Dear Ed gave FTR and me awards of merit, for excellent writing and public service. Deer Ed sometimes told me, and even told his readers on the Coconut Telegraph, that he wished he had more writers like FTR and me. I imagine I was the only person using the Coconut Telegraph who knew who FTR was, and I never let out a peep who he was, although I told Coconut Telegraph readers about the dinner with Deer Ed and Mr. and Mrs. FTR.
Sanples recent stuff on FTR’s Facebook page:
Obama’s home state is preparing to dump Obamacare. Hawaii is a solidly Democrat state. It has a Democrat Governor, a Democrat House, and a Democrat Senate. Its US Senators are both Democrat, and its members of the US House of Representatives are Democrat.
Nonetheless, Hawaii is dumping its Obamacare exchange. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the Hawaii Health Connector (Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange) will stop taking new enrollees on Friday and plans to begin migrating to the federally run Healthcare.gov.Outreach services will end by May 31, all technology will be transferred to the state by September 30, and its workforce will be eliminated by February 28.
Its failure is not for want of tax dollars, the exchange has received over $205 million of your tax dollars, and still it has failed to work. The reason? Despite high pressure pitches to the general public there have been extraordinarily low enrollment numbers. Its website will soon close.
While the exchange has struggled since its creation, it is not for lack of funding. Since 2011 Hawaii has received a total of $205,342,270 in federal grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, HHS provided nearly $4.5 billion to Hawaii and other state exchanges, with little federal oversight and virtually no strings attached. Now there are over 37,000 individuals who are enrolled in Hawaii’s exchange – well below the estimated 70,000 enrollees that is required to make the website financially viable. Unfortunately, taxpayers will have to hand out an additional $30 million so that Hawaii can migrate to the federal system.
Hawaii joins several other states whose exchanges have failed. Those epic failures have cost you and I hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Hawaii now joins Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico, and Nevada as cautionary tales in Democrat government central planning. That huge sucking sound you hear is your tax dollars being sucked down the Obamacare drain.
Yesterday CBS/The New York Times released a fascinating new poll concerning race relations. Essentially the poll revealed that we Americans believe that race relations are at their worst in many years.
The poll said that a majority of us (61%) now characterize race relations as “bad.” That majority includes both black and white Americans.
A total of 79 percent of African-Americans believe police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than against a white person, while 53 percent of whites believe race does not play a role, the survey said. This was also the first time since 1997 that majorities of both white and black Americans believe race relations in the U.S. are poor, the poll said. Opinions among white Americans have grown sharply more negative in the poll even compared with earlier this year.
The mention of 1997 is of particular interest. Bubba Clinton was then President. Democrats preen with the notion that their philosophy of governance is unifying. Bubba proudly accepted the accolade of being America’s first “Black President.” And yet, it appears that 1997 was a low point in race relations.
Apparently race relations improved during the GWB admin and with a Republican Congress, then it appears that race relations have been in decline during the course of Democrat governance, until reaching the most recent nadir.
Maybe, just maybe, there is a lesson to be learned from the poll. Certainly it proves that Mr. Obama and his policies have done nothing to improve race relations.
Walt’s just getting started on Facebook. Send in a friend request, if you want to read and comment on how President Obama and the Democrats have fucked up, and are still fucking up, America in all ways imaginable and unimaginable, while you never read one word from FTR about how the Republicans have done, and are doing, the very same thing.
If you buy into that Republican propaganda,
then you are
If you buy into the Democrats’ similar propaganda about the Republican Party,
then you are
That’s what political parties are:
Do you think the Founding Fathers knew that about political parties?
Did the Founding Fathers know bears crap in the woods?
Amendment I, United States Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Why do you think Amendment I was passed?
If you don’t know,
then you are
Amendment I was passed because the Founding Fathers knew how awful things had gotten in England and Europe, when Christian sects ran national governments; the Founding Fathers never wanted to see that happen in America. Ever.
I once read, when Virginia was passing its own state constitution, Christians tried to make Christianity the state religion in the Virginia Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, author if the American Declaration of Independence, the signings of which by the Founding Fathers started the American Revolutionary War, led the charge in Virginia to keep Christianity from being Virginia’s state religion. Jefferson, a Deist, not a Christian, prevailed. I have read in Jefferson’s writings that he detested Christianity, but liked Jesus. I have read his own version of Jesus, which he cut out of a Bible and pasted into this own bible. I learned of that from Todd German, who is a big fan of Thomas Jefferson.
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In the Declaration of Independence are five different references to a deity, none of which resemble anything in the Bible. So, the Founding Fathers were keenly aware of the Almighty, but they were not keen about relgion and government being merged. They knew there is a vast difference between religion and God.
God is God. God is unfathomable. Religion tries to make God into religion’s own image, fathomable. That is idol worship. It is blasphemy. And it leads to all manner of atrocities.
The Bible is a great guide for trying to walk with God. The Bible is not God, though. God is not bound by any book. God is not even bound by God, as Jonah certainly learned when God reneged and did not kill everyone in Nivea, as God had told Jonah was going to happen because they were so evil. The people of Nivea repented, changed their ways. But Jonah still wanted God to kill them all, because that’s what God had said was going to happen.
Didn’t seem to me that Jonah ever got over God not killing all the people in Nivea. Religion is like Jonah. Rigid. Frozen. Stuck. Dead, spiritually.
The current pope seems a bit different from past popes. He seems okay with things changing, new perspectives. Won’t surprise me if he is killed. Religion does not like change. It likes itself just the way it is, for ever and ever, amen. Religion flat hates, God’s will, not mine, be done; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth …
God is boundless, unrestrained, evolving, changing – oops, sorry, that was not meant to be Darwinian. It was meant to explain the difference between God and religion. That’s why religion should have no control over government. That’s why I hope God will take control over the American government, and over each American. I see no other way to straighten America out. Same hope and prescription for humanity.
That’s my story, er, platform, and I’m sticking to it. America boasts it is “one nation, under God,” so let’s see if God will make it so, not a boast. Oh, what a glorious day that will be. Oh, will religion not like it. Not one little bit.
After I wrote that last night, my gracious host Todd German came home.
He said said my lawyer and my friend Sam Kaufman (who is Jewish) and he had talked about me earlier in the day. Sam is running for retiring Key Commissioner Mark Rossi’s seat this year. Sam reads my daily posts at goodmorningkeywest.com.
Sam, left, Father Stephen Braddock. right; Sam is Chairman of the Board, Steve is CEO and President of Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, which gives down and out men and women a chance to come inside and turn their lives around, if they give up their narcotic of choice
Todd said Sam mentioned the flack Sloan catches for saying he is led by angels, but a lot of people around here swoon over people in the Bible who had regular dealings with angels. I laughed, said I say the same thing from time to time.
I have heard Christians say God stopped talking with people after the Bible was written; The Bible became how people heard from God, and that’s how it will be until the Rapture, or whatever.
The angels told me, regarding Revelation at the end of the New Testament, that the man it came through didn’t know what Revelation meant, so how could people today know what it means?
The angels never told me what Revelation means. They told me to live each day, do what is in front of me, in keeping with how they trained me and their ongoing advisories and corrections, and that is my spiritual path and salvation.
That also was Jesus’ spiritual path, and his salvation, in the Gospels. It’s right there, plain as day, in the Gospels.
Take no thought for the morrow, because each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Put your faith in God, and God will provide you with what you need.
Interesting advice, from a homeless man.
As was other advice he gave, in the Gospels:
Give up and eye for and eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
Resist not one who does evil.
Turn the other cheek.
Do good to and pray for those who persecute you.
First, take the beam out of your own eye.
Judge not, and be not judged in kind, by God.
If a man takes your goods, ask not for them back.
If a man asks for your shirt, offer him also your coat.
If a man asks you to walk a mile with him, walk more miles with him.
If a man takes you to court, settle with him along the way, lest the judge throws you in prison.
As you do to, for, the least of people, you do also unto me.
Those who hear my sayings and do them are like the wise man who built his house on a rock, and when the flood came, the house stood fast; but those who hear my sayings and do not do them, are like a foolish man who built his house on sand, and when the flood came, the house fell down, and the fall was great.
But Jesus’ way was too hard, so a cheap salvation formula was invented to make Christianity popular, easy, compared to Jesus’ way. If America were a Jesus nation, very different from being a Christian nation, America would be very different.
Whether American Christians like it or not, claiming Jesus saved them, puts them to live as he lived and taught. That’s really tough going, but it is the standard Jesus set, in the Gospels.
I told Todd yesterday morning, the masses have always been wrong, and that’s not going to change.
Although down through the ages, a few people in Christendom did follow Jesus, and in that way were saved, in the main, Jesus’ way was rejected by Christendom. In the main, Jesus’ way is rejected by American Christians today.
So, I am proposing a different way, not out of any disrespect to Jesus, but because his way, in the main, was, and is, rejected. I am proposing a candidate for the US Presidency, myself, who is run by Jesus, Archangel Michael and Magdalene Melchizedek, with whom I have dealings ongoing, at their behest, going back to early 1987, when, in desperation, I prayed to God for help and offered my life to human service.
Jesus and Michael then came in the nighttime and woke me up. I saw them, hovering above me in the darkness. Luminous, supernatural. No wings visible.
I heard, “This will push you to your limits, but you asked for it, and we are going to give it to you.”
I remembered the prayer I had made. I then was struck by three successive bolts of lightning. I saw the flashes. I felt the electricity in my body, which lurched with each strike. I understood it was spiritual lightning, The two faded out.
The changes started. Later I became aware of the third angel’s presence.
They are real beings. Just as, if not more real, than I, or any person I know. They have nothing to do with religion. They existed before this planet was created. Before its religions came into being.
I am proposing, and praying for, a Divine Intervention into America, which is similar to what those three have done, and are doing, to and with me. I am offering myself as a living example of what that Divine Intervention is for me. It might not be like that for anyone else, but for anyone else it would be very different from what now is happening, unless it is already happening, which is the case for a very few people relative to the total American population, including immigrants and visitors, who are not yet American citizens.
I am the One Nation, Under God candidate. Is that what Americans really want? To be one nation, under God? Be careful what you ask for, Americans. You just might get it. And then you very well might come to wish you’d never even heard of God, nor of angels.