Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words: "How long will you simpletons love naivet�? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If only you will respond to my rebuke, then I will pour out my thoughts to you and I will make my words known to you. However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one paid attention, because you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke, so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you. I will mock when what you dread comes, when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you. Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me. Since they hated moral knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they did not comply with my advice and they spurned all my rebuke -- Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel. For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. However, the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm."

My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for discernment � raise your voice for understanding � if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.** Proverbs 1:20-33, 2:1-6

<---- Worshiping the idol Molech

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

by Rudyard Kipling - Born December 30, 1865; Died January 17, 1936 (* see note)

Jesus casting out the "money changers" ---->

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Marketplace.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them nourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Marketplace;
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its ice field, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch.
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch.
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had wings.
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbor and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die !!"

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four ----
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man ---
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began ----
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

* Note: Published in October 1919 when the poet was 53 years old, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" has proved enduringly popular, despite the fact that copybooks disappeared from schoolrooms in Britain and America during, or shortly after, World War 2. A copybook was an exercise book used to practice one's handwriting in. The pages were blank except for horizontal rulings and a printed specimen of perfect handwriting at the top. You were supposed to copy this specimen all down the page. The specimens were proverbs or quotations, or little commonplace hortatory or admonitory sayings — the ones in the poem illustrate the kind of thing. These were the copybook headings.

** Some more notes: "They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch" - Stilton is a British cheese. The Dutch are famous for their cheeses. "The Cambrian measures" are a part of the ocean off Britain that now separates it from Europe. "Feminian Sandstones" are a building material used to construct medieval churches and, earlier, pagan temples. "The Carboniferous Epoch" is an era of geological change that formed many of the mountain ranges of the world.

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This parable was first written by me shortly after the coronation of "Emperor Clinton". Now, with the coronation of our NEW "Emperor Biden", the time seems right to reprint it !!

A few hundred years ago, Hans Christian Anderson wrote a child's fable called, "The Emperor's New Clothes". Though written for "Children", and a "Fable??", as is often the case, it contains more truth and wisdom than many of today's "Official Proclamations"!!

The story centers on a fabled Emperor -- a very pompous, vain, "Jackass" of an Emperor. Being much into himself, his clothes and the "Elegance of his Countenance", he was to have a new Suite of Clothes made for himself, the Splendor of which had never before been seen by mortal eyes (or so said his tailor). Not only that, but they would be a constant test of those who served under him. It seems (so said the tailor, again), that these clothes were to be made of such an extraordinary cloth, that it could ONLY be seen by the wisest and most astute of men (and woman). Fools, and those unfit for their position, would NOT be able to see anything.

Now this delighted the Emperor to NO END, for HE considered himself a VERY Wise and Astute man indeed!! Price was to be of NO concern (as is USUALLY the case with Emperors and other political figures)!! Now the tailor (who REALLY WAS quite wise and astute, and quite a con man) labored over this suite for many months. All who saw it, including the Emperor, raved to each other that they had never before in all of their lives seen anything to compare with this Suit. It was a Wonder to Behold, and so VERY Politically Correct !!

Finally, the much awaited day arrived!! Encouraged by the massive Press and Media Coverage, ALL in the land, from the Smallest to the Greatest turned out, and a great parade and press conference were held in the Emperor's honor. As he paraded down Main Street in full sight of all of his subjects, everyone -- young and old, man and woman -- screamed, cheered and shouted. Truly, never before had such a sight been seen!!

Suddenly, the voice of a Small, Innocent, Politically INcorrect Little Child arose above the din of the crowd, "Mommy, the Emperor doesn't have ANY clothes on !!" The Emperor turned VERY Red, and no doubt MANY Politically Correct Heads were lost that day.
By the way, rumor has it that the tailor was spotted many years later as the Master of a great Villa in Southern California.

"In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lions, and a little child will lead them all". **** Isaiah 11:6

Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter into the kingdom of heaven -- only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?" Then I will declare to them, "I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!"
Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed! **** Matthew 7:21-27

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the Emperor's horses and all the Emperor's men, couldn't put Humpty together again !!

Question: How many Washington Financial Consultants does it take to change a light bulb ??

Answer: We may NEVER know -- They haven't even found the burned out bulb yet, let alone figure out how to replace it !!

I heard a funny story the other day. It seems that these two international business tycoons were talking:
  • Number 1, "I have figured out a new business model that is going to make billions for me."
  • Number 2, "Tell me more !!"
  • Number 1, "I am going to manufacture widgets at a cost of 50 cents each and sell them for 25 cents apiece."
  • Number 2, "That's insane. How is losing 25 cents on each widget that you manufacture going to make you billions ??"
  • Number 1, "Elementary "Washington Economics" -- MASS PRODUCTION. What I lose in individual sales I will recover in the total quantity manufactured and sold!!"

It seems that "Obama Economics" has taken its que from this story. Apparently, by surrounding himself with massive numbers of the same incompetents that destroyed this nation's economy in the first place, he hopes to find "Wisdom in the Quantity". TRUE - the QUALITY may be poor - but there is certainally no lack of QUANTITY of incompetents in Washington !!

"An Ode to Money and Wealth"
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from the book, "Atlas Shrugged",
by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957

Rat's Fairy Tale O' Fairness and Justice

from: Pearls Before Swine
by: Stephan Pastis

As a result, Mr. Bank C.E.O. made $50,000,000 in bonuses and stock options.

But then the loans went bad !!!!
And the bank's shareholders lost their money.

And the homeowners lost their homes.

And taxpayers with NO connection to the bank had to pay ALL of the money to fix it.

And Mr. Bank C.E.O. got to keep $50,000,000 and live happily ever after in his Connecticut mansion !!.

The Beauty of the Law is that it promises equal Rights and Justice to both the poor and the rich -- without Partiality !! Both have the Right to beg in the street if they can't get a job. Both have the Right to sleep under an overpass or in an alley if they don't have a home. Both have the Right to die in the gutter if society no longer has any place or concern for them. In addition, the Law will protect the Right of BOTH groups to do these things. Ah-h-h, BLESSED EQUALITY !!