Republics & the Death of Democracy Drowning in Corruption


COMMENT: Martin, The Death of Democracy is alive and well here in Seattle. A statewide initiative I-976 to limit Washington car tabs to $30 has just passed with a large majority. In less than 24 hours Seattle’s mayor Jenny Durkan has already announced a lawsuit against it with support from King County Executive Dow Constantine. Washington governor and former presidential candidate Jay Inslee has also chimed in and halted all statewide transportation projects not underway. Amazing how an initiative that limits the government’s tax revenue is resisted by the government in full force within 24 hours.

The impetus of this initiative was the discovery that our local transportation agency Sound Transit has been illegally collecting excessive taxes through a vehicle valuation depreciation schedule that was more conservative than the one that was listed on the initiative which passed in 1996. In other words, they have been collecting “extra” taxes for more than 20 years and a recent lawsuit against the agency finally brought this fact to light.

I guess if the government steals money from us that’s ok, but when the people pass an initiative to simply stop the crime it is resisted with every resource government has available

Thank You,

Alex

REPLY: This is the problem with career politicians. This is what has to change. We really need term limits, for ONLY then will we achieve a true government for and by the people. Virtually every Republic has mired and drowned to death in their own corruption. The only form of a republic that seemed to work for a while was that of the Republic of Genoa,which was one of the Italian Maritime Republics. The Doge (President) rotated among the top rich families for a period of one year following the ancient Roman tradition of an annual consul. There was no class warfare and they ran the government more like a corporation to compete with Venice and Florence as well as the Republic of Pisa and Amalfi  in the south. During the late Middle Ages, Genoa was one of the major commercial powers of the time and it became a center for merchant banking during the 16th and 17th centuries, which also made it a major financial center in Europe until the Spanish defaults. Christopher Columbus was from Genoa. He donated one-tenth of his income from the discovery of the Americas to Spain to the Bank of Saint George in Genoa for the relief of taxation on foods. There is a splendid monument to Columbus in Genoa even though they refused to fund his voyage.

When the presidency rotated annually, nobody would ever pass a law that would punish themselves when they left the office and returned to private life the following year. This is what we so desperately need to restore. Only because the Doge rotated annually did Genoa truly prosper. Venice also had a Doge but he was appointed for life and the city owned all the ships.

Often the Insanity of Trying to Draft Laws


The legal scandal in Spain after a court acquitted five men of raping (sexual assault) a 14-year old girl because she was unconscious has sparked international outrage and local protests. It is not that the men were freed. Since the girl was unconscious, technically she was not raped since she did not resist. Because she was in an “unconscious state,” the accused would not have had to use force to “rape” the girl even though she was a minor. According to Spanish law, one could only charge sexual assault (rape) if the victim is physically or psychologically forced to perform the sexual act. She did not resist because she had passed out because of alcohol and drugs.

The protesters were carrying signs “No Es No,” which translates to “No means no.” This is where the rule of law comes into play. What they did was obviously wrong on many levels. What if someone was drunk while driving and killed a pedestrian? Is that then murder with intent to kill? Law can be a fine line. Here the court acquitted the men of “rape” (sexual assault) and reduced the charge to sexual abuse. They were still sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison. A conviction for sexual assault would have carried a prison sentence between 15 and 20 years.

This is the problem with writing laws. There is always something that it does not quite fit. If you limited murder to people living together, qualifying that they must be a spouse, then are you innocent of murder because you were not married? In this case, there is no presumption that a minor cannot consent as there is in the United States. If the girl was 14 and agreed to have sex with all five, it would still be charged as if she did not give consent. Yet, it would not be regarded as a violent rape, but a statutory rape implying the minor cannot give consent legally being under age, which has been the case often with teachers. This has even resulted in varied prosecutions where the question then arises whether two minors can even have consensual sex if legally they are presumed not to be able to consent? A 15-year-old girl was raped by two 13-year-old boys. They were given 6 months probation because of this problem of consent being impossible for minors.

The rule of law is often not perfect. There are exceptions under the strict reading of the law, which can result in legal persecution or injustice in some cases

The Second Sunday Of Advent


Believe-Sign-RSGospel Mt 3:1-12

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Conspiracy Against Trump


QUESTION: Are you familiar with Qanon and if so what are your thoughts.
KJF

ANSWER: No I do not believe it. That is a conspiracy theory that there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything. They control politicians, and they control the media. They control Hollywood, and they cover up their existence, essentially. And they would have continued ruling the world, were it not for the election of President Donald Trump. I do not agree with this idea. I think it goes way over the top.

This is again using labels very loosely. Pedophilia is a sexual attraction to prepubescent children. Ephebophilia is the primary sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 13 to 17 post-puberty. Jeffrey Epstein was engaged in Ephebophilia but perhaps for reasons people have overlooked. He seems to have ensnared famous people into this act for the reason of having power over them in terms of blackmail. If he were truly a pure Ephebophilia for himself,  it is unlikely he would have been so open about it bringing in people like Bill Clinton and other high profile people.

Epstein is dead BECAUSE he would have implicated so many people and most likely the prosecutor did not understand what he was stepping into. Being a simple Ephebophilia in al single personal context would have been a feather in the prosecutor’s cap. The law does not distinguish between Pedophilia and Ephebophilia. However, Epstein had way too many blackmail cards in his deck he believed provided him with protection. They came back on him for there was no way to bargain his way out after being publicly charged in such a manner. The government could NEVER put him on trial so he just had to go.

From this perspective, the plot to power is still that of an individual – Epstein. I have never encountered any group with designs of controlling the world. That is the stuff for megalomania characters in fictional action movies. So why do they have to be Satan-worshiping pedophiles is beyond me. That seems to be just a tactic to dehumanize the people they are talking about.

Pedophiles tend to be sick people, to begin with to the point I seriously doubt they would be able to even fathom controlling the world. Underage post-puberty girls/boys does not involve pedophiles – that is children like 5 to 10-year-old children. That is more of a mental disorder. I believe Epstein was probably into blackmail more than anything else for strategic reasons. I seriously doubt that if Epstein was engaged in pedophilia he would have had as many people joining him. For strategic blackmail reasons, he merely sought to get people involved in Ephebophilia and then used that perhaps to get favors and money. I seriously doubt that many can tell the difference between at 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old just looking at them these days. So I would think he was deliberately trying to get girls under 18 to provide the means for blackmail.

I think this Qanon conspiracy is just spinning things too far. There are people out to get Trump, absolutely. But I do not see them as Satan-worshiping pedophiles, just power corrupt individuals.

 

The First Sunday Of Advent


Believe-Sign-RSFirst Sunday of Advent

Reading 1 Is 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

advent wreathThe word advent is derived from the Latin word for coming. During this season churches emphasize the history of God’s people, painting a backdrop against the birth of the Christ child, the fulfillment of the prophesies and promises foretold in the Old Testament scriptures. There is a duality about the season. While we joyously anticipate the birth of Mary’s baby, the Incarnate Son Of God, we are reminded by the readings and traditions of the season that we also prepare for and anticipate the return of the Lord in his glory.

We wish you the most joyous of holiday seasons, and hope that you and your loved ones find time to share the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.

ESP & the Government’s Experiments


 

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We give thanks to God for the blessings he has given us, including giving us President Trump


George Washington’s Thanksgiving Prayer!


The Prayer at Valley Forge, engraving by John McCrae

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

His prayer rings true today- Happy Thanksgiving to our fellow Americans!

 

Happy Thanksgiving….


From our hearts to your homes, may your Thanksgiving celebration bring joy and abundance….

Replacing Judges with AI


The corruption in the Rule of Law is the #1 cause of the decline and fall of nations. One major step would be to replace judges with AI. Lawyers already use AI to research legal positions that junior staff once did. It is only a matter of time before courts can be replaced with AI, which would then ensure that judges will not rule in favor of the bankers or governments. Prosecutors make the decision as to who should be indicted and that too is entirely discretionary. The FBI, which never exonerates anyone, just did so claiming Hillary did not intentionally violate the law. That was clearly an intentional effort to boost her for running in 2020. When the Rule of Law is controlled politically, that is when governments begin to decline and eventually collapse. It is the Rule of Law that enables civilization to form. Without the Rule of Law, you end up with total chaos. It is about time we move toward something that is desperately needed to save society.