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How to remember the names of the Supreme Court Justices

Here is a mnemonic for remembering the Supreme Court Justices:

First I picture a seesaw with the 4 justices appointed by Republican Presidents on the right, and 4 justices (3 gals, 1 guy) appointed by Democrats on the left. Nobody’s feet is on the ground, and if anyone gets off or gets on they all topple.

Robert Kennedy Takes Altoids

  • John G. Roberts    (Robert’s brother is John F Kennedy, Gee!)
  • Anthony Kennedy  (Anthony Kennedy is a Ronald Reagan appointee, A for being the most senior member of the Supreme Court)
  • Clarence Thomas (Clarence Thomas is an HW Bush appointee, Anita Hill was opposed to his nomination)
  • Samuel A Alito Jr. (Sam I Am Altoids)

And now the ones on the left:

Singing Gals Bring Krispy Kremes

  • Sonia Sotomayor   (so-so mayor)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)
  • Stephen Breyer    (not Adam and Steve but Adam and Eve, He breys about how the second amendment is not about the right of a private citizen to have a gun by his bed, but the right of states to be able to arm a state militia).
  • Elena Kagan    (an Obama appointee who was the first female Solicitor General – the one who argues the government’s case in front of the Supreme Court)

Extra Credit: name who was in the vacant seat but died in February 2016.

  • Antonin Scalia (died of old age on 2/13/2016)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Last 10 verses in the Bible

This is how the Bible ends, if you want to skip to the end of the Bible to see how it all turns out. Jesus is speaking, or will be speaking. “Whoever will, let him (or her) take the water of life freely”. Have you taken the water of life? Open the floodgates of heaven! Let it rain! This is the KJV from Revelation 22, the last chapter.

 

Jesus says:

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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10K Men in Unity

10K Men in Unity

Source: 10K Men in Unity

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8 reasons against using Drones (and 2 for using Drones)

 Here are 8 reasons to morally oppose President Obama’s Counterterrorism strategy of using drones (remote controlled robots) to target and kill people.

  1. Violates International Law which prohibits targeted assassinations outside of a legally declared war.
  2. Violates other Country’s Sovereignty. Pakistan has asked us nicely to cut it out.
  3. Little transparency or accountability. Attacks are remotely controlled by the CIA in Air Force bases in the United States.
  4. Sets a dangerous precedent. “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword” principle
  5. Perpetuates constant warfare.  No risk of troop loss makes it easier to use violent force to respond to conflict like in episode 23 of Star Trek “A Taste for Armageddon”.
  6. Kills innocents.  Hundreds of innocent people have already died in drone attacks even though they are alleged to be very precise.
  7. Promotes the idea of the global battlefield. A borderless battlefield renders just war meaningless and exit strategies impossible
  8. Creates anger “Al Qaeda’s best recruiting tool”

 

2 reasons to use drones:

  1. Defense against monster aliens – If monster aliens attack the Eastern Rim we will be prepared to fight them with giant robot clones.
  2. Keeps terrorists on their toes and watching their backs instead of preparing new terrorist attacks. 

Notes: the 8 points are from an article from Duane Shanks (p 19 Sojourners July 2013) which I thought were worth memorizing in my own words. The 2 counter points are by me.

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9)

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Abraham Lincoln’s Historic Gettysburg Address updated

Abraham Lincoln Statue at the Gettysburg Visitor Center

Abraham Lincoln Statue at the Gettysburg Visitor Center

150 + four score and seven years ago some of our parents brought forth to North America, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.

Now we are engaged in the 150th anniversary of that great civil war, that tested whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war (Gettysburg). We have come to re-dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this, although a little redundant-

Since, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, now all dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will  long remember what Abraham Lincoln said here, just like it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living in 2013, rather, to be dedicated  to the unfinished work which they who fought in Gettysburg have nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

by To The Moon and Abraham Lincoln

The  un-updated Nov 19, 1863 Version

 

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The 4 Toms of Pennsylvania

1. Thomas Mifflin – first governor of Pennsylvania, 1 of the 39 signers of the Declaration of Independence, expelled from the Quakers for being an officer in the Revolutionary War and became a Lutheran, famous portrait with his wife Sarah, spent all of his money and buried at government expense in Lancaster, PA (b. 1744 d. 1800, gov 1790-1799)

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2. Thomas McKean – 2nd governor of PA, 1 of the 39 signers of the Declaration of Independence, first chief justice of PA, father of 10 children, buried in the Laurel Hill cemetery in Philadelphia (b 1734 d. 1817, gov 1799-1808)

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3. Tom Ridge – 43rd governor of PA, did not sign the Declaration of Independence, Republican, appointed first Secretary of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush (b. 1945, Gov 1995-2001)

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4. Tom Corbett – current governor of PA (46th), did not sign the declaration of independence, Republican, and not doing a very good job. (b 1949 gov 2011-now)

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Charlotte’s Poem

Charlotte, my niece,  wrote and delivered this very great poem at my father’s memorial service!

Poem for my Grandfather’s Memorial Service

http://ashlockcharlotte.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/poem-for-my-grandfathers-memorial-service/

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May 26, 2013 · 8:58 pm