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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

By Special Request: Doc Watson, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

You don’t have to ask me twice to post this one! Erlene only had to ask once–What a Friend We Have in Jesus, sung by Doc Watson. How many times do you suppose he’s sung this hymn? And it still chokes him up. Well, he’s not the only one, that’s for sure. Take it to the Lord in prayer–amen!


‘No Women’ at the Last Supper?

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Was it the only table in the room?

A Chilean cardinal, appointed by the Pope to clean up the Roman Catholic Church’s image in that country after a massive sex scandal, is now in hot water for declaring there were “no women” at the Last Supper and that “there was a reason for it,” although he didn’t say what that “reason” might be (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/15/chile-bishop-resigns-after-suggesting-there-is-a-reason-the-last-supper-had-no-women).

But the first question should have been, “Is that true?”

In the New Testament, the Greek word “mathetes” is translated as “disciples” and used to denote, collectively, all of Jesus’ followers. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word means a learner or a pupil. We know Jesus had many disciples, some of whom were women–like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Martha, etc.

But there are in the Gospels only 12 “apostles,” from the Greek word meaning a “delegate” or a “commissioner” for Jesus Christ.

So let’s see what the Scripture says.

Matthew 26:19–“they [“his disciples”] made ready the passover”

Matthew 26:20–“he sat down with the twelve”

Mark 14:16–same as Matthew 26:19

Mark 14:17–“in the evening he cometh with the twelve”

Luke 22:14–“he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.”

We are not told that this was the only table in the room; nor are we told whether there was anyone else in the room not seated at that table. We can be sure the 12 apostles were seated with Jesus because they were His apostles, His delegates–and starting that very night, they would have a special role to play in history.

Were none of the ordinary “disciples,” men or women, present? Maybe, maybe not: the Scripture doesn’t say. Personally, I believe the women in Christ’s following would have had very much to do with preparing the Passover dinner.

Anyway, the cardinal would have been well-advised to tread more carefully. We discover in the Book of Acts, and in Paul’s epistles, that women like Priscilla and Phebe were key figures in the growth of the early Church. Christ did not reject their service.

All we know is that only the 12 apostles sat with Jesus at His table. It does not permit us to state that other disciples, men and women, were excluded from the room. But if they were, it could only have been because the 12 apostles were special and Jesus was preparing them to play a special role.


What’s with the Doctors?

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My wife needs medical treatment; but before you can get it, you’ve got to have a diagnosis. And that’s just what she hasn’t been able to get! Half a dozen tests, half a dozen lab reports, half a dozen visits to the doctor–and no diagnosis, no treatment plan. Just a lot of wasted time and money, and endless frustration.

We thought it might be just our doctor; but we have since heard from others (including Erlene, right here on this forum) that their doctors seem strangely averse to offering a diagnosis. And then, going online, we find the problem widespread throughout the country–you just can’t get a diagnosis! For example:

https://www.healthboards.com/boards/thyroid-disorders/449843-why-drs-so-reluctant-diagnose.html

Go ahead. Search “Why won’t doctors diagnose” this or that disease? You’ll get so many hits, it’ll make your head spin.

Some of us are old enough to remember how, when you got sick, the doctor would come to your home (Doh! Really? The doctor came to see you?), looked you over carefully (pulse, stethoscope, eyes and ears, feel your joints), asked you what you were feeling–and then told you what was wrong with you, and what to do about it! And most of the time, he was right. That’s because doctors had plenty of experience, and because they knew how to listen to their patients. They didn’t just rely on tests and lab reports.

Something screwy’s going on in medicine. Maybe the medical schools aren’t teaching as they should. Maybe there’s way too much reliance on computers. Maybe there are too many lawsuits over wrong diagnoses. Or maybe the government has just plain meddled too much with healthcare. Or a combination of all those things.

A few years ago I had a doctor who knew how to do all those old-fashioned things, and did them–she called herself a “Swiss army knife-type doctor”–but she suddenly retired and now I wonder if she was the last one left.


Tell Me About Your Censorship Experience

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Come on! This really needs to be dragged out into broad daylight–this whole business of the social media censoring conservatives while giving Far Left a free pass.

The Chalcedon Foundation has been targeted as a “hate group,” and I know some of you have been suspended or banned or censored as “haters.” And when do they ever give you the opportunity to defend yourself? They skip the trial and go right to “guilty.” More often than not, they don’t even tell you why they’ve censored you. Or else it’s because of a false accusation that they never let you answer–and never investigate to make sure that it’s true.

We want a stop put to this! But the first step has to be to expose it, to let everybody know about it, and to get the conversation started.

I’m collecting information for an article, and I’d love to hear from you!

 

 


‘Collidge Students Mistake Priest for Klansman’

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I think at this point we are entitled, if not obliged, to ask, “Just was is college supposed to do for students?” I mean, they call it “higher education,” but who’s getting educated?

And so, because they’re ignorant, foolish, and flighty, they panic when they see a Catholic priest and think it’s a Ku Klux Klan guy.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/04/07/collidge-students-mistake-priest-for-klansman/

Can you imagine going into World War II with these? The D-Day invasion would have pulled up lame at Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Again, what are all those colleges supposed to do?

Search me!


‘This Is My Father’s World’

I’ve always loved this hymn, This Is My Father’s World. I guess because I love beautiful places. There are those who don’t. But we are here today to celebrate God’s handiwork. Fernando Ortega sings. The beauty whispers, “God is nigh!”


Sleeping in Style (Cat Style, That Is)

It’s a gift. Cats can sleep practically anywhere, in just about any position you can imagine–and some you can’t. It’s like they don’t have bones.

Our cat Peep likes to sleep face-down on the sofa. For the life of me, I can’t tell how she breathes. You’ll see what I mean if you try it yourself.


Court Socks it to College–$44 Million!

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Guilty as charged!

Looks like they might have to raise the tuition and fees at Oberlin College, Ohio.

A court has ordered the college to pay a total of $44 million dollars to a family-owned bakery which the college libeled as “racist,” etc.–$11 million for the libel, and another $33 million in punitive damages (https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13332).

We rejoice.

In 2016 a “minority” student was caught shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery. When Mr. Gibson followed the thief out the door, the thief’s playmates jumped him and beat him up. To college authorities this was a clear indication that Mr. Gibson and his whole family were a nest of racists who needed to be publicly, loudly, and frequently denounced by the gang at Oberlin.

That’ll be $44 million, please!

Our leftist-saturated colleges have been getting away with stuff like this for far too long. I guess it’s to be expected from yoinks who “teach” that there’s no such thing as truth or facts, only “constructs,” “your truth,” “my truth,” blah-blah-blah. Smackdowns like the judge just administered to Oberlin are very sorely needed.

If we can’t reform them, we can at least teach them that the tuition for libel is going up.


No Moar Consurfatives aloud In collidge!!

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{this it is us out-syde The Dene’s Ofise!}

Wood yiu beleave it?? Fore or Five Racist Biggits thay got tagether “and” caled thareselfs “Yung Amarickens Four Freeedem”” and “thay” aksed the Collidge to give themb Offisule Reckonition!!!

Well naturely The Collidge thay sayed No we woont!! Of coarse not!!! Becose jist havving “consurfatives” arownd it wood “be” Vilence aginst Mynaritty Stodents and it wood doo themb reely Bad Emocionel Harm”!! Woops i hased a Typo in thare somwear but now i cant Fynde it! If Hillery she was pressadint insted of Donold Trumpt thare woodnt “be” no Typoes!!!

This gived us a reely good idear So we whent to the Dene and de-manded “that” themb Racist Biggits thay shood “be” Eckspellled!!! thare shoodnt be none “Of” those consurfatives in Collidge anyhow becose it Makes emocianel Harm jist to has themb thare!!! Jist fore themb To Ecksist it “is” Vilence!!!!!! and The Dene he agreeed whith Us and he done it tooo,, rite Affter we toled him we wood key his Car iff he diddnt!!!

So nhow thare isnt No Consurfatives alloud heer At All!! And yiu know watt?? that is ecksackly how yiu Get Socile Jutstus!!! And aslo Divvercity!!! somboddy he sayed themb YAFF Biggits thay was goingto Sue the Collidge so we toled themb that iff thay did We wood give thare Names and Dresses to Antifa and then wood “they” “be” Sorry!!!!!!


‘Urine Therapy’???

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No, I don’t want to illustrate this stuff. Here’s a nice basking painted turtle instead.

Here we go again with Colorado. They must be trying to catch up to California as the looniest state in the union.

A bunch of Colorado kooks now claims that “urine therapy” is good for what ails you (https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/this-works-group-says-drinking-your-own-pee-good-for-you/). You can drink it, rub it on your skin, or even put it in your eyes. It says so in Healing Water from Within by… Brother Sage. From Boulder. That’s where “Urine Therapy of Colorado” has its regular meetup. What would you pay to be excused from that?

Don’t look now, but our culture’s melting down by inches. Satan’s servants work at it tirelessly.

They’re working toward that point where the whole thing just falls down.

Which is why we should be working to advance Christ’s Kingdom.

 


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