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Thursday, December 14, 2017

where is America's first female President

where is America's first female President

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edward w pritchard

Where and when comes to the rescue of shrinking American ideals our first female President?

I was rooting for Hilary Clinton but alas it wasn't to be. Our current President I will comment not towards other than he hasn't surprised me in office having once myself watched his TV show for a minute or two entitled,  I think,  " your fired" a running gag that kept the show in the top of the charts for several years I understand.

In an effort to predict where our country's first female President will come from I have turned into my mind filled with many delusions and just simple lack of reasonable judgments and come up with what I think is a likely scenario for where and maybe when our first women President will come from. Naively, I hope a woman President will be the philosopher King the country has been waiting for who will put truth ahead of materialism and gain and justice ahead of sectionalism and party interest.

Bear with me for this is convulsed and wishful thinking:

1. In about 1757 future British author Edward Gibbon, who wrote three large volumes on " the rise and fall of the roman empire"  met and fell in Love with a French girl by the name of Suzanne Curchold and was unable to marry her because of his wish to obey his stern but dictatorial father. The couple apparently had no offspring. Miss Curchold later married famous French economist and genius Jacques Necker and they had a genius daughter Madame de/Stahl famous for being witty and urbane and founding several Parisian intellectual salons.

2. In 1776 with  French help fledgling Americans waged war on Britain to start their own Country. Successful around 1790 Americans began to have Presidents a new one elected every four to eight years. To present date there has never been an American women President.

3. Meanwhile, throughout history,  Great Britian, India, Egypt,  Germany and many other countries have had a woman President, queen or ruler often very successful at her job.

4. If Edward Gibbon historical genius and Suzanne Curchold great beauty and a Mother of a genius daughter had had children, and if said child had migrated to the Untied States and that child's eventual relatives, a  great great great [etc.]  grand daughter had ran for American President some time after 1980 [ say ] then America would have had a women President by now

and our Country now, wouldn't be in quite the mess we are in today or headed for it, it would seem, despite the large gain in stock prices, growth growth growth, and huge looming tax cuts for the wealthy [ the old regime].

and the nagging fears that many of us secretly have about our Country's political future would subside.

therefore, less us pray, pray for the wisdom of our leaders in office now, us needing divine intervention into our politics, since British historian Edward Gibbon never followed his heart and produced a daughter with Suzanne Curchold who would be the one to teach and inspire her daughters daughters to teach their offspring to be modern and wise and produce and accept a woman as American President.  '

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Faust the ambitious American male

Faust the ambitious American male

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edward w pritchard


The madness of crowds of mass delusion has descended on America again here in our time in the form of middle age women revealing that a successful and powerful American male of some renown previously made unwelcome advances sexually towards her when she was younger, alluringly attractive, irresistible and pure and quite naive. Now said maiden is pointing the finger at said wealthy and pompous arrogant horses-assed  males to bring cosmic revenge for her and others like her. All in the name of Justice not just revenge or even setting the record straight.

Faust, the ambitious american male meanwhile strains to remember was it real or just one of his delusions. Did such happen in fact. For surveying this present day Gretchen [1] of his youth how could he have and why would he? How much have they both changed and in fact he has forgotten why the fuss about sex when money and power are now so much more captivating.

Ladies you are setting back feminism a few dozen years. As your Father taught you when you were twelve and teaching you to fight " keep your guard up at all times and always shield your mid section" Or as grand Mother said avoid intimate situations with Men unless you can control the tempo of the dance.

Here in our time in america the battle of the sexes has become a farce. Traditional male female in-fighting has morphed into male-male, female female, second sex no sex and I would rather be alone
solitaire.

Sex and power its so passe. Men apologize and donate money to build a temple to shelter the poor. Women sorry about that men are animals it seems.

[1] Author is remembering Goethe's " Faust" part one and two that no American has ever read. Faust was the male lead and Gretchen his innocent and luscious, as I imagined having never seen the play, "victim" happily both end up in heaven at the end of act one [ I think].

Goethe treats the subject of male female in fighting much better " in the sorrows of young Werther " which is also much more readable than Faust and justice be, Werther the confused young man kills himself at the end.

to my critic- remember Chaucer said " we mustn't take the game too seriously"

pound for pound

pound for pound

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edward w pritchard

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Like between people sometimes relationships between Countries have a tendency to be somewhat one-sided leading to turmoil and disrespect over long periods of time. Such has become the relationship between the United States and Iran. Mostly, I say sadly, the fault is on the part of the United States who seem to have historically a vague disrespect and ignorance of one of the great cultures on Earth.

Ask the man on the street in an American State about Iran and the pat answer for the attitude here against Iran will have something to do with the foreignness Americans feel against all Muslim countries. Something about any place that has a call to prayer five times a day starting at 4:30 Am does not seem reasonable and seems out of balance to American sensibilities. Additionally nearly all Americans have secret fears about the fervor of Jihad and aggrandizement that seem to be at odds to the quaint American sense of fair play. Americans have guilt towards our own Country's history of conquest and dislike being confronted by same historically here or elsewhere.

Pound for pound so to speak Iran is one of the most important cultures on Earth. To improve relationships between Iran and America I suggest that more emphasis be put on children in America while in school spending  a little more time learning the pre-Muslim culture of Iran and the Arab world. Having taught History in American classrooms it saddens me to see how little time is spent on the curriculum of history in our schools. In the case of Muslim countries being studied by American students the problem is intensified by our teacher's fears of teaching religion in school.

We should include Iranian history during pre-Muslim times in American schools by using Sassanian art as the medium to teach American students respect for the rich history of the Country of Iran. As we will recall the Sassanian empire in Iran and the nearby environs was the  last period of Persian empire in Iran before Muslim culture there, circa 660,  and it's relationships with Rome, China and India was centered on the politics and strategic warfare of the times. Additionally Sassanian art was and is highly respected in China and India  and Sassanian art is accessible to Americans in our great art museums.

Lastly there is something profound in viewing Sassanian art that has always made me curious about Iran, Zoroasterism- which is a religion slowly and sadly vanishing, and the History of the [nearby to Iran], Arab world in particular. Curiosity leads to knowledge which leads to respect for our fellow citizens of the vast cultures of the world.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

putting words in the mouth of mouth of

putting words in the mouth of

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edward w pritchard

I reread recently British author David Hume, enlightenment scholar's, treatise " On Miracles" which is actually if you will remember a curt summary of logically and convincingly reasons against anything actually ever being a miracle throughout history, then and now and why someone would propagate stories of miraculous happenings for their own purposes and gain.

In my opinion based on my readings and somewhat on feelings from my heart Jesus was a teacher, and a Jewish scholar who spoke Aramaic and was charismatic enough to attract large crowds, probably measured in up to a few hundreds, and had a message that resonated with the common people of his times. Probably he attracted a few extra devout and dedicated followers who wished to honor him with stories of his remembrance after he was gone, silenced by the powers that be of his times for his subversive messages of peace and comfort to the poor and suffering.

Rome at the time of Jesus was a superpower in the Mediterranean region a police state the likes of which the world has never seen since. What was the power of Jesus' verbal message that for the next three hundred years slowly and inevitably it seems to us looking back, a few parables and homey sayings in Aramaic could challenge the Majesty, order and structure of the Latin world of one of the strongest civilizations of all time? Made the more remarkable by the fact that neither Jesus or any of his earlier devoutest followers spoke or wrote the exalted Greek language, in all probability, of the learned and well positioned intellectuals of the times.

Most scholars will dismiss such questions blithely with a point to Paul of Tarsus and or John of wherever who were the great synthesizers of the gospels who quietly put words as appropriate into the mouth of Jesus and others that morphed into a concise earth shattering message at the time of Constantine and the council of Nicea.

Would that David Hume were wrong. Would that miraculously we could extract the echo's of the vibrations of Jesus' actual voice from the stones of Judea in the years around 20 to 30  CE. Maybe if the science is found to do such a thing it won't seem a miracle to the people of the future to use such a scientific tool to let ordinary people hear the actual and verified voice of Jesus preaching. No that wouldn't be a miracle but it would be worth a few hours of anyone's time to hear among the many offerings and messages on a future you tube channel.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

reluctantly I must censure one of my favorite American authors

reluctantly I must censure one of my favorite American authors

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edward w pritchard

Reluctantly I must censure one of my favorite American authors Bill Bryson over negative comments in his books he has made against two of my favorite celebrities, intellectuals and media personalities

I say Reluctantly because I have read most of Bill Bryson's books, watched exerts of his travel videos of you tube and watched his book made into a movie " A walk in the woods " twice. Additionally I have given as gifts most of his books to members of my family, in hard back I might add Bill. Lastly, I watched and enjoyed in video the very short commencement speech Mr. Bryson made at a University in Great Britain entitled " seven rules to a good life" and admired same. Mostly however I enjoy Bill Bryson's writing very much.

Reluctantly I must censure Bill Bryson for comments he made in one of earlier books that I read about a dozen years ago about another writer I admire Paul Theroux. As I recall, Mr. Bryson was very catty in his comments about Mr. Theroux relating to how when Paul Theroux sits in a seat on a train around Britain or to the far East to a place he will write a book about Paul always manages to randomly pick a seat next to about half a dozen extremely interesting and articulate persons who share funny and insightful paragraph after paragraphs and comments that will soon fill Paul Theroux's next best seller. At the time I held my tongue chalking Bryson's comments up to a mild case of professional jealousy by the younger author against a rival writer working the same genre as himself.

Now in Mr. Bryson latest book I am reading " the road to little Dribbing" an update to his earlier " Notes from a small island" I find I must speak up as Bill Bryson has damned with faint praise ex Politician and travel host who I thoroughly enjoy his travel videos Michael Portillo. Portillo is a charming and sincere man who travels about Great Britain and the world by train and has or had a show about it on the BBC. On page 95 of " the road to little Dribbling while traveling into the forest with friends Bryson can find nothing on the BBC at the hotel to watch on TV except Portillo's show "Great British railway journeys" and Bill knocks Portillo's overly zealous taste in colored suits and here's the part that I must speak out against Bill insinuates that the subject matter of Portillo's show is inane as are the guests on the railway journeys travel show.

Bill Bryson I read all your books and I like Michael Portillo. As proof of my good taste after I finish " the road to little Dribbling" I plan on reading next your book which I bought in paperback " One Summer, America 1927 which looks interesting.

I am not really upset with you Bill Bryson and hope you continue to write and publish and continue to take me with you as a guest on your travels. From a fan/ed

eyes downtrodden gazing forward in silence

eyes downtrodden gazing forward in silence

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edward w pritchard

Go to any great museum and Egyptian statues of famous emperor-Kings loom in ageless granite and marble ten thousand times larger than millions of faceless peasants who did the work of empire. At the same museum see the miniature clumps of clay formed into crude images of ordinary Mesopotamian citizens and Kings gazing fearfully skyward dreading what came next.

Egyptian Kings were confident of the future, Mesopotamian peoples and rulers living not far away from Egypt lived fearful in this life and the next eyes downtrodden gazing forward  in anxious silence.

Sustenance in this life and the next achieved by following a few rules sent from on high to the ruler for everyone to follow. Was that it were that simple to achieve. That would be the good news. 

many layers of myth

many layers of myth

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edward w pritchard

Awaking on a dark cold winter's night, one with no stars, moon or sunrise anywhere visual, many many layers of myth sent to me from generation after generation of my ancient relatives and ancestors are stacked like paper thin sheets of valuable gold somewhere in the recesses of my brain urging me in dreams to remember the importance of warmth and stores of foodstuff for the next four lean months.

Wood and foodstuff were life itself  in the fearful freezing winter cold months to our ancient surviving ancestors and they were resourceful, hard working  and lucky to be alive as they sent hardwired to our brains inclinations that we all carry now that insure our success in life today even in a world of vast material resources and confidence about our future stretching forward uninterrupted in our lives for tens and twenties of prosperous years.

In our time even the elderly are confident about the looming future.

Hear the howling winter winds driving us to arise early, tramp over the frozen ground gathering small clumps of wood for fires and to steal nuts and edibles from the squirrels and small rodents for today's sustenance.

Start your day there in the early morning darkness with a plea-ful prayer to the hidden nameless God who if appeased will send Spring in four long months to allow food to grow and water to thaw.