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Elihu Palmer

was born 245 years ago today, in Connecticut, U.S.A.,
a lawyer, he was a writer & lecturer in favor of deism as well

“Another important doctrine of the Christian religion, is the atonement supposed to have been made by the death and sufferings of the pretended Saviour of the world; and this is grounded upon principles as regardless of justice as the doctrine of original sin. It exhibits a spectacle truly distressing to the feelings of the benevolent mind, it calls innocence and virtue into a scene of suffering, and reputed guilt, in order to destroy the injurious effects of real vice. It pretends to free the world from the fatal effects of a primary apostacy, by the sacrifice of an innocent being. Evil has already been introduced into the world, and in order to remove it, a fresh accumulation of crimes becomes necessary. In plain terms, to destroy one evil, another must be committed.”

“Deism declares, that the practice of a pure, natural, and uncorrupted virtue, is the essential duty, and constitutes the highest dignity of man; that the powers of man are competent to all the great purposes of human existence; that science, virtue, and happiness are the great objects which ought to awake the mental energies, and draw forth the moral affections of the human race.”

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Ismael Jaffree

was born 65 years ago today, an agnostic, a lawyer, a father of 6 children

he was part of the Wallace v. Jaffree case which eventually reached the U.S.A. Supreme Court in 1985, and was ruled in his favor, helping keep religion out of public schools, he was awarded “Freethinker Of The Year” by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (also in 1985)


Abraham Lincoln

was born 200 years ago today

in Kentucky, U.S.A.

he was the 16th president of the U.S.A., serving from March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865 as such, & as a politician for the Republican Party (& briefly, National Union Party)

the U.S.A. endured it’s Civil War during his term

he had the nickname “Honest Abe” and was also a lawyer, he had also served in the House Of Representatives in Congress

he was the first U.S.A. President to be assassinated, and he was assassinated while in office by John Wilkes Booth while at Ford’s Theatre, attending a performance of Our American Cousin
on a sidenote, there had been a plot at the time to assassinate several high ranking politicians in the U.S.A., carried out by different people, but this was the only part of the plan that seems to have prevailed

it is the profile of Abraham Lincoln that is on the front of the penny of U.S.A. currency, and if a person looks really close at the back, one can see the statue of him between the columns of the Lincoln Memorial which is detailed on that side of the coin


Benjamin Harrison

was born 175 years ago today

he was the 23rd president of the U.S.A., serving from March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893 as such, & as a politician for the Republican Party
he was one of the presidents who were elected by the electoral college, but not the popular vote 

he was also known as “Little Ben” sometimes, as well as the “centennial president” cuz’ of the 100 years passed since the first U.S.A. President, George Washington had been inaugurated, at the time of Benjamin Harrison’s inauguration

he was born in Ohio, & passed away in Indiana, he was a lawyer, a Presbyterian, reporter (for the Indiana Supreme Court), a brevetted brigadier general, a (Republican) (Indiana) senator, & who knows what other things


Backwater

by Joan Bauer, 1999, 185 pages

finished reading it yesterday

fictional story of mid-teen years of main character Ivy Breedlove, (best friend Octavia Harrison (who is into sociology), pet dog Genghis, & Jack Lowden (wilderness-guide-to-be & who winds up being her current “interest”/boyfriend))
Ivy is into the family stories of the Breedloves (ancestory, etc.) & history in general
with the support of her Aunt Tib, she spends the the duration of the book collecting information for a Breelove history book of sorts, (while her Aunt Fiona would rather do a quick & shallow version of the family history), Ivy being an only child, Egan, a cousin once-removed, is a fellow family member close to her age that pops into the story at regular intervals,  many of the Breedloves are/were lawyers (on her Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Millard Breedlove’s, gravestone, it is etched “O, wouldst that all my sons be lawyers / Lest my heart break with the anguish / That they have become lesser men“), as the book unravels though, Ivy relates to her estranged Aunt Josephine in being different then the lawyers in the family, & the plot develops as quest for her to find her Aunt Josephine (with the help of Wilderness Guide Mountain Mama) & then spend time/get to know Josephine (“Jo”), who lives up in the mountains, lives with & cares for many many many birds, & has a pet wolf, Malachi, as well as reintroduce “Jo” to the family of Breedloves (& vice versa)…

other characters: Dan Breedlove (Ivy Breedlove’s father) Uncle Archie, William Wasington “Iron Will” Breedlove (Ivy Breedlove’s grandfather) (gravestone read: “Justice was his chief end.”) G. Preston Roblick (Headmaster of Long Wharf Academy (school Ivy Breedlove attends)),  Claude (ex-boyfriend), Mrs. Englebert (neighbor)

I agree with the themes that history is important, that researching ones roots definitely gives one a better sense of self, & that loners deserve respect & acceptance like anybody else… found it to be a semi-worthy read.

page 3

“I love to stand on the porch and gaze at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the oldest mountains in the United States.

Mountains draw you to a deeper place in yourself.”

page 18

“I’ve got the two things a good interviewer needs: curiosity and patience.”

page 28

“…stuck in the backwater. “Backwater” means an isolated or backward place or condition; it had become a favorite Breedlove expression..”

page 185

“You can’t pursue history without finding hope.”


Clarence Darrow

it’s been 150 years since Clarence Darrow was born, here’s to him..

  • “Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”
  • “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
  • “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”
  • “As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
  • “To think is to differ.”
  • “No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.”
  • “History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.”
  • “The pursuit of truth shall set you free – even if you never catch up with it.”
  • “There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil.”
  • “You can protect your liberties in this world only be protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”
  • “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”