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December 20, 2012


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Beautiful essay. Humanity cannot stand too much reality. No truer words were spoken. Our fictions are about over, I'd say, John. We either get used to the darkness, or strike a match and light a candle. Woe to them who call darkness light.
I am reminded of an episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, where Captain Picard is being tortured by a Cardassian interrogator and all he wants from Picard is this: Simply agree that there are 5 lights shining above him. Picard can't and won't, because he knows there are only four lights.
Every time he states that there are only four lights, he is inflicted with enormous pain from across the desk with the flick of a button. Nice and sterile. Usually how evil is, isn't it. Clean and neat.
There are only four lights now, and they are all starting to dim.

john jay


wonderful to hear from you.

yes, agreed on all points. and, i remember the episode w/ picard very well.

truth is truth. no matter how damned inconvenient it is.

and, yes, the essay by john eldredge is wonderfully crafter, and g.k. chesterton was apparently no slouch at exposition as well.

chop down the trees to stop the wind, indeed.

good to hear from you, jewel. have a merry christmas, and god's speed and protection. that may be of some importance in the days to come.

i am afraid that obama and ilk are tree cutters. and tongue cutters, as well, to be done with those who try to quash their plans.

we'll see.



JJ -
I tried posting a few thoughts to your previous notes of yesterday. None of the four attempts at posting remained after I logged off. I suspect some new filters of censorship by TypePad or other entity. I fear that we may be headed towards an unavoidable confrontation with our elected but miss-guided federal govenment.

I will try again with some newer information. This is in circulation after the fact. It pretty much parallels your post.


Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On
Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the
Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited
to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he
said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress
was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he
was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every
parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every
psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words
spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply
personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying
in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both
good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the
seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my
wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic
teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain.
Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of
violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The
villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the
National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason
for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the
days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how
quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am
not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun.
I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't
believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore
I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they
had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not
just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us
to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in
this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the
accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that
expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our
And precious children die.
You seek for answers
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate
restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail
to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and
women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and
spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up,
we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in
and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our
educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our
major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical
fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor
God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And
when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs --
politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They
immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to
erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more
restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by
metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends
months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within
our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the
school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very
eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or
politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in
America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999,
at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do
not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare
to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for
legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with
Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I

give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart
before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be
in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to
- Darrell Scott

john jay


no blocks here, anything like that.

i suspect it is because your notes sometimes run to some length.

you may be getting spammed. i don't know if you get "saved" if you are spammed or not.

i will check.


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