Lee the Seer

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I like to think of how much it hurt to publish that.

Move over, Nostradamus! Dig this line I wrote and published on June 4, 2016:

This is why Donald Trump is going to be our next president.

And how many highly-paid pundits were writing that, back then?

(I must be feeling better. Well, I am! Thanks, everybody, for your prayers.)

Here’s the post in which I wrote that deathless line.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/06/04/the-worst-lady/

“The Worst Lady” was about the Obamas and Hillary Clinton and other Democrat schmendricks wining about what tough lives they have. Donald Trump, also fabulously wealthy, at least spent his own money, not ours.


I’m Sick (but Here’s Some Settled Science!)

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Behold Nebraska Man in all his glory! Formal scientific name, Hesperopithecus haroldcookii.

Yes, I’m sick. Allergy attack, meaning two to three days of hell. I won’t make it to the store today, or even try to write a Newwithviews column. I feel horrible.

But at least I’m still here, if only just barely–which is more than can be said for Nebraska Man.

Harold Cook found a fossil tooth in 1917–just a few years after (heh-heh) Piltdown Man was discovered in England–held on to it for a while, then passed it on to Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History. In 1922 Osborn announced that the tooth had belonged to a manlike ape. Given Osborn’s lofty reputation in the scientific world, a star was born: Hesperopithecus, “Western ape,” on its way to becoming human.

Actually it was on its way to the junkyard. The tooth turned out to belong to a fossil pig. In fairness to Osborn, he consulted with several leading scientists before making the announcement, and they all concurred with it. And he did not like the illustration (shown above), deeming it a pure figment of the artist’s imagination.

Nebraska Man didn’t stay settled for long. In 1927 Osborn retracted his findings and that was all she wrote for Hesperopithecus: just five years in the limelight, and then out. He coulda been a contender–if only they hadn’t found the rest of the fossilized pig (all right, it was an extinct peccary–and I do know the difference).

Across the Atlantic, Piltdown Man–which was a deliberate hoax that fooled Britain’s whole scientific establishment–hung in there for 50 years. They really hated to give it up. Osborn at least threw in the towel without making a fuss.

We credit Osborn with an honest mistake. But I shudder to think how the story would have played out if it had happened today. Jail for persons guilty of Nebraska Man Denial? Neil DeGrasse Tyson writing off all the doubters as backward religious fanatics? Nebraska Man action figures?

I’m thankful it was a hundred years ago.


‘Canada’s Thought Police’ (2013)

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Careful, sunshine, it’ll be your turn next.

Live by Diversity, die by Diversity.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/08/15/canadas-thought-police/

That’s what happened to a rabbi in York, who had a nice spot as a consultant to the special police Dept. of Inclusion and Diversity Etc., helping the cops decide who ought to be gagged and stifled for being politically incorrect. But it turned around and bit him when they told him he’d lose his consultancy unless he stopped a speaker at his own temple.

If your town, city, county or state has any government agency with the words “Diversity” or “Inclusion” in it, your town, city, county, or state has way too much money and needs its budget cut way back.


‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’

I don’t know if I’ll be good for much today–allergies are killing me. Well, there’s always the archive.

Today’s hymn is Sweet Hour of Prayer. I don’t know who’s singing it; but I do know whose hand framed the scenery.


Aiding and Abetting Cat Delinquency

All right, Einstein, you’ve got your cat on Youtube, all he had to do was open your refrigerator while you filmed it. Next question: what if Kitty does this while you’re not home? Or in the middle of the night when the whole family’s asleep and won’t be up for hours. Do you expect a cat to close the fridge after he raids it? Did you explain to him about electric bills?

“Oh, anything to get my video on Youtube!”

Bad idea, sunshine. Bad idea.


A Traveling Salesman Calls (‘Oy, Rodney’)

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Now out on bail, Violet Crepuscular introduces Chapter CCCI of her epic romance, Oy, Rodney:

“Dear readers, I am out of durance vile by virtue of my editor, who paid $900 bail just before the publisher fired him. The judge ate one of my toothpaste rolls and is not only still alive, but has also expressed doubt that I have poisoned anyone on purpose. This has enabled me to continue my novel in peace!”

In this chapter, a traveling salesman named Elston The Traveling Salesman, finding Scurveyshire added to his route, visits The Lying Tart. Mr. Elston sells paper cutlery. He used to sell ordinary steel cutlery, but found that to be unworthy of his talents as a salesman. He relishes the challenge of selling paper knives and forks. His wife and children are starving, but he is unaware of that.

Having stood a round of drinks, Mr. Elston proceeds to sell several sets of deluxe paper cutlery. The locals, meanwhile, bring him up to date on Scurveyshire’s current troubles. People are still rather miffed about all those peasants being sucked under the wading pool in the vicar’s back yard.

“But this is absurd!” remarks the salesman. “Why, it would be the easiest thing in the world for all of you to get together and simply drag the pool away!”

This strikes most of the customers as a most irresponsible saying, probably motivated by an evil quirk in Mr. Elston’s character.

“That’s exactly the sort of thing a witch would say!” exclaims a jolly toper named Ernest Phinrod. In no time at all the entire company is convinced that Mr. Elston is a witch, in league with the spirit of the medieval sorcerer, Black Rodney. An impromptu taproom court immediately sentences Mr. Elston to death.

“You must not judge them too harshly,” Ms. Crepuscular admonishes her readers. “The good people of Scurveyshire do the best they can in spite of their massive ignorance. Most traveling salesmen do get out of Scurveyshire alive. Mr. Elston was merely one of the unfortunate few.”

As Scurveyshire’s Justice of the Peace, Lord Jeremy Coldsore is not informed of the incident until after it has been concluded.

“There’s likely to be a spot of trouble over this!” he muses fretfully.


Another Fantastic Gag That Didn’t Work

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Comic books in the 1950s advertised for all sorts of incredibly cool things you could send away for–X-ray glasses, Sea Monkeys, this little doohickey you could put in your mouth that would let you throw your voice like a professional ventriloquist… genuine authentic foot-locker full of these pitiful flat plastic soldiers…

And the Joy Buzzer.

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This little treasure, you wound it up and hid it in the palm of your hands, and when your victim shook hands with you, he’d get a loud buzzing shock that’d make him jump a foot in the air. We thought it might’ve been electric, but when my brother and I got our Joy Buzzers, we quickly discovered there was no electricity involved. In fact there wasn’t much of anything involved. If you and the victim really tried on purpose, you could get it to buzz. But usually nothing happened.

At least these things weren’t expensive.

To this day I remain skeptical of the worth of goods and services advertised in comic books.


John 14:6 KJV and more Blessings!!

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”  from Kristi Ann’s Haven

 

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John 14:6 KJV ) “Jesus-Yeshua Saith unto him, I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man ( or anyone ) Cometh unto the FATHER, but by ME.”!!

Philippians 2:10-11 KJV ) “That at the Name of Jesus Christ-MESSIAH – Yeshua HaMashiach-MESSIAH every Knee should Bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; And that every Tongue should Confess that Jesus-Yeshua Christ is LORD, to the Glory of GOD the FATHER.”!!

Romans 14:11 KJV ) “For it is Written, As I live, Saith the LORD, every Knee shall Bow to ME, and every Tongue Shall Confess to GOD.”!!

Hebrews 12:2 KJV ) “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith; who for the Joy that was set before Him Endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is Set Down at the Right Hand of the Throne of GOD.”!!

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Mr. Nature: Lightning Bugs are Back

Up here in Outer Jersey we’ve had a dark, cold, rainy spring, and I had begun to worry that maybe this time our lightning bugs would sit it out. But this past week they have returned.

Jambo, Mr. Nature here, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like seeing fireflies light up a spring or summer night. As kids we used to catch them in jars and put them in our bedrooms at night, only to find them dead in the morning.

A few facts: they’re not flies or bugs, but soft-shelled beetles. Only the males fly around, flashing on and off to attract potential mates. The females remain mostly in safe places on the shrubbery or grass, signaling back. There are thousands of species of lightning bugs around the world, but they all do pretty much the same thing.

More of God’s stuff–and He has outdone Himself this time, creating beauty.

A world without these creatures would be very poor indeed.


‘Jesus Said, “It Is Not For You to Know”‘ (2016)

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One sure-fire way to identify false prophets: their prophecies don’t come true. Like the “lady” who got her name in the news by prophesying that New York City was going to be nuked to stop that night’s presidential debate.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/09/26/jesus-said-it-is-not-for-you-to-know/

Remember Y2K? “Sell everything you own, convert it into cash, and hide in the deepest mine-shaft you can find!” Uh, what were you going to buy with your cash, after the world ended? Someone didn’t think this through.

Some of the people in Jesus’ time thought He was all about “restoring the kingdom to Israel,” and they wanted God’s timetable. God does not give out that information, Jesus taught us. Unambiguously. God does not experience time as we experience it. He is not subject to it.

Which makes it very hard for us, prisoners of time, to second-guess Him.


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