Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

09 May — Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation, by the unfriendly disposition, conduct and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow citizens, while engaged in their lawful business on the seas: —Under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country, demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants. I HAVE therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming: That all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before GOD the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation; beseeching him, at the same time, of his infinite Grace, through the Redeemer of the world, freely to remit all our offences, and to incline us, by his holy spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; That it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication, that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate, and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence, and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished, and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages: That the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts and manufactures be blessed and prospered: That the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens; and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion, may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth. And finally I recommend, that on the said day; the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent Thanksgiving to the bestower of every good gift, not only for having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favours conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation. Given under my hand and seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the said States the twenty-second. John AdamsJohn Adams proclaimed a day of “Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer” in 1798, and given the obvious hard times we have coming — everything from widespread corruption, to foreign-bought politicians, from 30 million unemployed to the obvious favor shown to illegal-aliens — it is obvious that we need help. And only Divine help will do.

So, here is my prayer, short and simple:

Father God, please care for us, provide our food and clothes; assist us in putting into positions of authority those who will do Justly, who love mercy, and who walk humbly with you — not because of who we are, but because of who You are, and who you’ve shown yourself to be by the work accomplished on the Cross — Amen.

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Economic oddity: Stocks versus Employment

Stocks vs the EconomyOver the past several weeks, we have seen the economic shutdown of much of the United States due to the Covid–19 virus and associated panics, from things like the ridiculous toilet-paper shortages to the initial 6 million initial unemployment claims that have risen to more than 20 million now.

All of that does raise concern, given that the 22 million is in excess of 12% of the working population of the US, and would lead one to think that massive stock drop-offs would follow… instead they have risen. Why?

The reason is simple: greed and corruption.

The initial round of firings mean that companies are no longer paying their pay and other payroll-related expenses, furthermore the government’s stimulus means that instead of making money off of some product or service they’re making money of merely existing. Moreover, as we see more and more of the results of the expedited CARES Act being revealed it becomes more and more apparent that instead of these monies going to actual small businesses, the funds are being directed by the banks to larger businesses that are heavily indebted to the banks themselves — in other words, the banks are bailing out the people who owe them money so that they can get that selfsame money instead of those companies having to go through bankruptcy.

What does this mean for you? I’m not an economist, nor am I particularly experienced in the wide world of business… but I can tell you that this seems to me like it will be, in reality, the reduction of a vast majority of people to a meager existence, depleting savings and undercutting wages while those who are connected reap the profits. I anticipate ever more manipulation of things like stock values as they become more and more divorced from reality. And, atop all of this, I anticipate more pushes for H1B (and similar) labor despite the existence of more than 12% of the labor-force being unemployed means that ‘STEM shortage’ claims are beyond ridiculous.

Petition Regarding the Dual-Citizenship of Public Officials

Russian Dual CitizensFor the past few years the mainstream media has been relating how Russia influenced the elections in favor of Donald Trump, costing Hillary the election, and while I have my own doubts as to the veracity of this narration it does bring up a valid point: foreign-influence on our elections is unacceptable. Indeed, foreign influence in our government itself should be highly scrutinized because of compromised loyalties.

Here’s a petition regarding dual-citizens within government, which is actually rather important. Important enough that the Constitution put an explicit requirement on the office of the President — “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President” — the reasoning here is obvious and, just as Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.

The threat they were concerned with, in particular, was someone with foreign loyalty obtaining the Constitutional appointment of the President to the role of Commander in Chief, and thus able to command the armies and navies in suppressing the people themselves. During the constitutional conventions they were debating on how to do this until John Jay sent a letter suggesting that “natural born Citizen” be the qualification for President.

Now, if this was (and still is) a concern for the President, an argument could be made that there is some concern to be had for the Congress and Judiciary as well — especially considering how much money is given to foreign nations while we are more than $20 Trillion in debt for the former, and how the latter seems rather antagonistic towards border sovereignty.

Here is the text of the petition:

Whereas dual citizenship introduces the possibility of divided loyalties we request that the citizenship statuses, current and past, of all Legislators, Executive Appointees, and Federal Judges be made public — all of whom are public officials, and whose day-to-day duties impact the People of the United States and all corporations in the United States.

Moreover, the “Emoluments Clause” (Art 1, Sec 9, Cl 8) clearly prohibits acceptance of presents or emoluments by foreign states to Officers of Profit or Trust, which all the aforementioned are, and the advantages conferred by foreign citizenship may well violate this clause, the purpose of which is clearly anti-corruption, and therefore should be available to public scrutiny to ensure such corruption does not exist.

And here is the link:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/dual-citizenship-public-officials-creates-conflicts-interest

Israel Dual CitizensThere’s an article I came across, with the mind-bendingly stupid title of “In Praise Of Dual Loyalty” (archived) which lauds fractured loyalties, claiming that it’s time to celebrate “the complexity of 21ST century identity” and conflates ‘loyalty’ and ‘love’ — ignoring that you can love someone and still dislike, even hate, them (anyone with siblings will understand) — trying to square the circle saying of a hypothetical Israeli-American war: “I would work for a moral resolution, whatever that means, whether by the victory of whichever side is right or by negotiation.”

While that sounds good, it is a blatant falsehood: no man can serve two masters. In that case the author would hold to one, and not the other, and likely in an emotional judgment side with whichever had its story out first. As Proverbs 18:17 says: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” — But in such a case would the other side even get the chance to state their case? — Obviously one side or the other will strive to control the story and, if they assume control of the proverbial airways, will strive to prevent ‘the other’ from said cross-examination.

In any case, the question stands: Who are our leaders loyal to?

 

Edward Fish For Senate

Edward Fish For Senate

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I have recently decided to run for one of New Mexico’s seats in the US Congress.

Why should I be interested in supporting you?
My platform is very simple, consisting of only two or three* points:

  1. Constitutionalism: The Constitution for the United States should be treated as the supreme law of the land.
  2. Justice: Having a Just government is imperative not only to the peace and stability of the country, but to the legitimacy of the government itself.
  3. Anti-Corruption: It seems to me that a great many of our laws are optimized to foster and facilitate corruption (especially tax- and campaign-laws).

For these reasons my goals in the District of Columbia are to repeal and simplify many of the current Federal laws; to reign in abusive and out-of-control agencies like the NSA and their blatantly unconstitutional domestic espionage program; and to propose these constitutional amendments.**

Are you a Democrat or a Republican?
Both the Republican- and the Democrat-Party are all-talk and no action.

The Republican party bills itself as for government accountability and fiscal responsibility… yet what did they do in response to the NSA’s espionage program? Nothing. And when the Debt ceiling was reached, did they as-a-party push for expenditures to be cut rather than the debt ceiling to be increased? Nope.

Likewise the Democrat party bills itself as for the working-man… but did the Democrat party push against the H1B visa fraud scams that are so prevalent in the technology industry? Nope. And let’s not forget the collusion and conspiracy the party did to promote Hillary Clinton above Bernie Sanders.

So, which party are you running under?

I’ll run under whichever party will take me. — Given my platform I don’t imagine I’ll “make friends” in the Senate, precisely because a lot of people, even in the Senate, are benefiting from the current culture of corruption.



* — Justice and Anti-corruption could be considered the same thing.
** — Tax reform, balanced budget, term-limits, etc.

Architecture Design Facilitating a Command-line Interface

I’ve decided to put down some of my thoughts on how to better design the architecture that underlies a command-line interface. Given that the CLI systems we have now are horribly designed and force a lot more work onto utility programmers. (These deficiencies can be easily traced to the OS and how little it provides to actually facilitate a good solution to these problems.)

The short version is that the IPC should be done using streams of typed values, and that user-commands (of utilities) should be handled discretely and independent of the data-stream.

American Castes

Earlier (in 2014) I had the idea that the current ‘push’ being engineered was towards a sort of de facto caste system where the traditional Rights of the Englishman and, as the foundations for American citizen’s rights, the traditional Rights that Americans have enjoyed.

We see this more and more as the government “picks winners and losers” by deciding to bail out businesses that would otherwise fail at the expense of taxpayers, ignoring every taxpayer who says “enough is enough” and continuing to sell its Citizens into a real slavery — $20 Trillion, and more, which is secured by the promise of the Citizen’s future earnings (i.e. the income tax) with no intention of ever paying it back is nothing less.

As this continues we will see more and more codification of exemptions from the law to government agents, from the President down to the street-cop, to city employees to Congressmen. This is the world that they want: to be at the top, crushing down on the insignificant (you and I), lording their positions and power over us.