My dentist and held a brief discussion of politics. Brief, because it’s hard for me to talk with a drill, a water spray, and a heavy-duty suction tube in my mouth. I told her that as a scientist who specialized in nuclear physics, and having worked in the USAF and Joint Staff nuclear war operations for all of my 20 years active duty, Mr. Trump was the second-to-last person I wanted to have access to the US nuclear launch codes. (The last person would be Trump’s putative buddy, Vladimir Putin.) I told her that I thought Mrs. Clinton was arrogant and that she had escaped criminal prosecution through nefarious methods and connections.
My dentist asked me if I planned to vote for Gary Johnson. I know he is the Libertarian candidate, and said that, yes, I planned to vote for him.
I have spoken to several people who say they don’t plan to vote. I’ve encouraged them to vote for Gary Johnson. It’s more than a protest, it’s a signal to both major parties that they have lost their way and need to find it.
The events in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparked by a shooting near UNC-Charlotte are the result of a deplorable synergy of people who have been subjected to institutional racism for decades, centuries, really; plus instant communication of text, video, narration on social media; plus 24-hour news channels competing for viewers and the advertising revenues that ratings bring. All these things created an explosive mixture. Given Trump's mindset and mouth, can you imagine how much worse it would be if he were elected?
Do we need the Ten Commandments? Are they “good law”? Let’s take a look at one commonly listed as Number 2: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
In addition to graven images appearing on The List, there’s at least an entire chapter of Deuteronomy given over to graven images. I’ve redacted Deuteronomy Chapter 4:15—26 from the King James Version without, however, changing the meaning.
“Take ye therefore good heed . . . Lest you corrupt yourselves and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure . . . the likeness of any fish [emphasis added] that is in the waters beneath the earth . . . Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy god has forbidden thee . . . you shall utterly be destroyed.”
This, of course, led me to look at the graven images of fish, including the ones so often seen on automobiles of people I assume are believers.
The message, of course, is that the rule against graven images is largely ignored.
So, there’s at least one of the original 10 that can safely be tossed.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.