Merry Christmas

John 1English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Merry Christmas all My Friends

Nativity picture was taken by me at The Grotto, Portland Oregon 2015.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

 

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 shewn 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 encrease 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.

Go: Washington

21 October 2015

21 October 2015 I am writing this on my PC and will post this on my face book and Word press blog via a 56000000 bit cable modem connection and will read any replies on my Windows tablet via 4g / Wi-Fi hotspot, all never predicted in Back to the Future II. Sadly I will not be watching Jaws 19, fly in a car or visit and 80’s café. Even though the Cubs have a chance at the World series.
Recently I was listening to SFF audio podcast of Robert Bloth, written in 1958 dealing with over population and some time ago watching Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds are Go and now going though Space 1999. I amused by how the writer in the past thought of the future. I also looked back to my late childhood as one born in 1960. I remember being ether we be zip along in care at 150mph wearing unisex clothing or chocking on pollution in a overcrowded world. Neither can to be real in 2015. This leads me to a principle I hold looking at speculative fiction: that predictions of the future are written through the lens of the writers present. There are only a few science fiction writers who can write about the future without falling back to the world of their present, therefore we have stories about computer big as a living room with lots of buttons in the year 2000.

Well enough ranting for the day Happy Back to the Future Day and I send a copy of this post from a pubic fax booth, while eating rehydrated pizza hut pizza.

Viva Sad Puppies

Viva   Sad  Puppies

I love it when  a group of non liberal malcontents pull on over  the liberal elite. That is what the group  Sad Puppies  have done. Not only submitting  the awards nominations but exposing  the hypocritical  intolerance of the media and the left wing  bias of Science Fiction  and Fantasy  liberal establishment.  The  result on the left  is pretty predictable:

Salon:     “Sci-fi’s right-wing backlash: Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards)”

The there Irene Gallo

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