Jefferson Was Correct

The Road Less Traveled

Jefferson’s Final Warnings (He was right)

In his last years – after a lifetime of learning and experience, Jefferson had one thing preeminently on his mind: the principle of decentralized government.

Rather than saying “centralization,” Jefferson used the word “consolidation,” but they mean the same thing. Here’s his core statement on the subject, from his autobiography, written in 1821:

It is not by the consolidation, or concentration, of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected.

This statement put Jefferson at odds with the political leaders of his time and raised difficulties for him, as he writes in a letter to Judge William Johnson in 1823:

I have been blamed for saying, that a prevalence of the doctrines of consolidation would one day call for reformation or revolution.

For the following passage – a letter to William Johnson, written in 1822 – Jefferson’s words are set in italics…

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Australia says China transfers writer Yang to detention in Beijing — National Post

MELBOURNE — China has moved Australian writer Yang Hengjun to a detention center in the capital, Beijing, Australia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, just as a measure to detain him without legal representation was set to expire. Read More

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What Is Required In Order To Pray — SaintlySages

Father Girardey discusses what is, and what is not, required of a person who wishes to pray. He writes: “To pray to God we are not required to be in good health, to be strong, rich, powerful, talented, learned or smart, to belong to a select or influential class, to wear fine clothes or costly […]

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Young ‘Bruce Lee’ of African Chess set for Mexico.

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Leeroy Mpala a young chess prodigy from Kweke is set to embark on a journey to test his chess reflexes as well as to represent Africa as a whole, in the upcoming World Amateurs Chess tournament to be held in Colima ,Mexico from the 29 June-7july.

Leeroy Mpala ,The Camelot School’s lower six studentwho is a product of Willineta school of Chess under the turtorlage of Wilfred Sithole. Mpala won the golden ticket to represent Africa in Mexico after continuous success which began in 2015 when he participated in Botswana in Africa Schools Individual Chess Championship as well as in 2017 when he represented Zimbabwe in the same Championship held in Harare .

It is undoubted that the above tournaments gave him a strong reflex, which guaranteed a first place in Namibia in 2018 championship , propelling his grip in representing Africa in Mexico.On an online conversation Leeroy…

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Trump’s ‘ideology is racism’: Former Texas judge leaves Republican Party — FOX2now.com

A former Texas judge and longtime Republican announced this week she has left the Republican Party, denouncing President Donald Trump’s “ideology” of “racism” on the heels of Trump’s racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color. “President Trump is the worst president in the history of this country,” Elsa Alcala wrote in a Monday Facebook post, saying…

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Netanyahu’s Son Defends Jesus’ Jewishness: It’s in the Bible! — Welcome to Hummingbird027’s page

What Israel’s enemies intended for evil has sparked a serious discussion about Jesus in the Jewish state Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s elder son, Yair, responded fervently last week when a Palestinian-American provocateur repeated on Twitter the silly claim that Jesus was a son of Palestine. During what appeared to be a rather long Twitter discussion […]

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The 3 Best Restaurants in Vinales, Cuba

The Eating Spree

When we were planning our trip to Cuba there was no question that we were going to be spending some time in the mountains. And so we opted to go to the most popular, granted, but equally part of the most stunning of Cuba’s natural splendour: Vinales. The valley of Vinales lies a 4 hour bus ride west of Havana and is one of the most popular day trips from the city. You can understand why – within a few hours it feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. Rolling hills of green and endless fields of tobacco and coffee plantations stretch out before you as far as the eye can see. Horse and ox-drawn carts are as numerous on the road as cars and bikes, and the people are softened in their manner the way only country folk tend to be.

We chose to stay in a casa…

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do you think of me? (A POEM)

Katie Kay!

i think of you when
the clouds cry drops
of tears like my own,
each one a reminder
that you left, that you’re gone.

i think of you when
the sun bleeds me dry,
the rays a cosmic force
bent on burning my
cells to iron smithereens.

i think of you when
the wind picks up speed
and each gale weathers
my wet, burnt skin
with your memory.

i think of you often,
every thought like a
teardrop from the sky.
do you think of me,
or have i passed you by?


EXPLANATION?

With most poems I prefer to write some explanatory notes on why I chose my subject matter and whatnot. With this poem, I think I’d like to keep the backstory personal, and let you take away what you’d like from it.

I’ll leave it at that for today.

Until next time,

-A cryptic K.

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“Μέλη Του Ρόταρυ Είναι Στελέχη Του Τεκτονισμού”…! (Photo)

DER KAMERAD

Ροταριανοὶ συνηντήθησαν μετὰ τοῦ Σεβ. Λαρίσης

Τοῦ κ. Παναγιώτου Κατραμάδου

Ὁ νέος Μητροπολίτης Λαρίσης ἐκκίνησε μὲ τὰς καλυτέρας προϋποθέσεις. Ἄνθρωπος ὑψη­λῆς μορφώσεως ἐξελέγη ἀπὸ τὴν Ἱεραρχίαν, ὥστε νὰ ἀνταποκριθῆ εἰς τὸν ἑνωτικὸν ρόλον ποὺ ἀπῄτουν αἱ συνθῆκαι τῆς Ἱ. Μ. Λαρίσης πρὸς ἀποκατάστασιν τῆς κανονικῆς τάξεως καὶ ζωῆς τῆς ἐκεῖ Ἐκκλησίας.

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thoughts on religion and humans

larrysmusings

Christianity is under constant attack these days in the secular society.  This is true in North America, Europe, and in Oceania.  (As well, there are persecutions of Christians in other lands due to religious, sectarian, and ideological antagonisms and hatred.)  But, the Christian principles are not at fault here.  Abuses committed by Christians, both in the past and in the present, are an indictment of those individuals, who although professing to be Christian, failed to live out the Christian principles in their lives.

Today, so many folks parse Scripture passages, and take these often out of proper context so as to make Scripture say anything that they want it to say.  Consider that at last count there were approximately 33,000 denominations, really permutations, within Christendom.  It is amazing how many ways the teachings of Christ can be sliced and diced, so to speak.

There is so much spiritual and moral…

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