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Frontiersman, January 2009
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Negative Nothing
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBack in December of 2007, I heard a stupid statement on the television.  I sat right down and wrote an article but, what with one thing and another, I never got around to using it.  So, here's the article, freshly polished and ready to read.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe stupid statement was made during an advertisement for PAM, that spray stuff that women use to keep the food from sticking to the pots and pans.  The statement proclaimed that, when PAM is used, "Food sticks to nothing!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe statement describes the impossible.  Consider it logically.  The first part of the statement is a positive assertion that the food sticks to something.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Food sticks to...."
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe remainder of the sentence reveals the thing to which the food sticks.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image15x5 Page Background GIF Image"...nothing!"
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIf the statement was true, then the lovely little ladies would be able to spray the food with PAM, hold the food up in the air, turn loose of it, and have it remain floating in midair, stuck to nothing.  The advertisement should have said, "Food doesn't stick to anything!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe usage isn't new.  I've heard it many times.  Another example is a similar bit of nonsense that I heard in the documentary series Victory at Sea, which was released way back in 1952.  Speaking of the Japanese in the South Pacific, the bombastic narrator declared, "The enemy could be allowed to go no further!"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageImagine that.  The enemy was going to be allowed (a positive assertion of the intention to allow the enemy to do something) to go no further (what the enemy was going to be allowed to do).  Apparently, the enemy didn't want to go any further and the U.S. forces were going to sit passively and allow it.  That's what the narrator said.  What the narrator actually meant was that the enemy could not be allowed to go any further, which is a completely different statement.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe sad aspect of the stupid usage is the large number of people who have to be willing to accept such a stupid statement in order for it to happen.  The writers, the people who review the scripts, the producers and directors, the actors, and — worst of all — the listeners all have to be willing to ignore the stupidity of the statement.  I'll admit that this is a strange language but there should be some limits.  Sloppy language promotes sloppy thinking, and vice versa.  No wonder we don't have no success at not misunderstanding nobody about nothing. 10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun

Travel Plans
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Don G.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRecently, I called to make reservations on a small charter plane that departs from Teterboro airport, in New Jersey.  I knew that I'd be flying in a small plane, so I wasn't surprised when the clerk said, "The plane is very full with baggage and passengers.  How much do you weigh, sir?"
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNot thinking clearly, I answered, "With or without clothes?"
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Well," said the clerk, "how do you intend to travel?"10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

Stray Thoughts
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageStrange Language — Why isn't inhibit the opposite of exhibit?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBitter Pill — What doesn't kill me will make me stronger, or make me weaker, or make me mad, or maybe not have much of an effect on me at all.  Whatever else it does or doesn't do to me, it will probably make me dirty.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTerminology as a Tool of Repressive Evangelism — What they call sex addiction I call normal human behavior.  What they call normal human behavior I call repressed sexuality.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


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Creation Dilemma
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn the June 2003 issue of this newsletter, I published an article titled Creation Lesson.  In that article, I speculated that, according to the creation story as told in the Holy Bible, either Adam's family engaged in incest or the Holy Bible is wrong about Adam and his family being the only people in the world at that time.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn the next issue, I published a letter to the editor from one of my Christian subscribers.  He acknowledged that the creation story, as presented in the Holy Bible, is incomplete and maybe even allegorical.  If those things are true, then it's a problem for advocates of the Holy Bible.  That's because those same things might also be true for the rest of the Holy Bible.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI've heard another answer to the incest problem.  According to that answer, Adam and Eve weren't really the first people on the planet.  They were just the first ones with souls.  That is, when God "created" Adam and Eve, He "created man" above the lower animals by giving souls to previously existing people who didn't have them.  There are at least two problems with that explanation.  The first problem is with regard to the previously existing people.  Since they hadn't yet been "created" as men, they were other than, and less than, real humans.  They were probably the equivalent of gorillas, or chimpanzees, or some such thing as that.  Thus, if Adam's children avoided incest by breeding with those other people instead of breeding with Eve, then they committed the abomination of bestiality instead of committing the abomination of incest.1  It's a tough choice for Christians.  Here's the second problem with the explanation.  It claims that animals don't have souls.  Thus, poor ol' Grandma won't find her dear dead little Fluffy waiting for her in Heaven after all.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDuring October of 2008, I came across some interesting scripture in The First Book of Adam and Eve, a book of The Forgotten Books of Eden.2  According to that account of the creation, Cain had a twin sister named Luluwa.  Abel had a twin sister named Aklemia or Aklia, depending upon which text you read.  Here are some excerpts from The First Book of Adam and Eve.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThen Adam said to Eve, "Behold the children are grown up;  we must think of finding wives for them."
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThen Adam said to her, "We will join Abel's sister in marriage to Cain, and Cain's sister to Abel."
—Chapter LXXVIII, verses 1-3 (page 56)
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMeanwhile Satan came to Cain in the figure of a man of the field,3 and said to him, "Behold Adam and Eve have taken counsel together about the marriage of you two;  and they have agreed to marry Abel's sister to thee, and thy sister to him."
—Chapter LXXVIII, verse 6 (page 56)
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo, it was incest, not bestiality.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageEven the simplest of research4 reveals that different factions of Christianity have different bibles.  Whichever version you consider, it's inaccurate.5  At least some of it is allegorical, in spite of the Christians' insistence upon interpreting it literally when it suits them.  Of course, they're happy to interpret it symbolically when they don't like the literal interpretation.  Such selective interpretations make the Holy Bible a dandy tool of repression.  Christians can use whatever interpretation they like to influence legislation, the cops, the courts, and the prisons.  They can force the rest of us to behave according to their wishes.  However, if we want to read pornography or visit prostitutes or commit adultery or even (gasp!) incest, then it shouldn't be any of their business.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHow can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?  You hypocrite!  Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;  then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.
—Luke 6:42
New American Bible
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageEvery time that I see America's Funniest Home Videos "fuzz out" the genitals of a child (an immature child, for Pete's sake!), I get angry all over again at the arrogant, aggressive, and repressive evangelism of the Christians.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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bestiality ... 3.  Sexual relations between a human being and an animal.
—The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 1992
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The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, http://lostbooksofthebible.ismywebsite.com
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Why would Cain be unsurprised to see another man in the field?  There must have been other people in the world.
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Wikipedia article Bible,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible
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More Ravings of a Mad Man - or - Diatribe Doesn't Mean Two Groups of Indians Living Together, an essay by Sam Aurelius Milam III, http://pharos.my3website.net/Ravings_Essays/More_Ravings/More_Ravings.html

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Civics Lesson
Original Source and Actual Date Unknown.  Forwarded by Steve, of Fremont, California.  Attributed to a teacher in Nashville, Tennessee.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWe are worried about the cow when it is all about the ice cream.  The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while I was teaching third grade last year.  The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.  I decided we would have an election for a class president.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWe would choose our nominees.  They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.  To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members.  We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have.  We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe children had done a great job in their selections.  Both candidates were good kids.  I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.  I had never seen Olivia's mother.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe day arrived when they were to make their speeches.  Jamie went first.  He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place.  He ended by promising to do his very best.  Everyone applauded.  He sat down and Olivia came to the podium.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHer speech was concise.  She said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream."  She sat down.  The children went wild.  "Yes!  Yes!  We want ice cream."
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageShe surely would say more.  She did not have to.  A discussion followed.  How did she plan to pay for the ice cream?  She wasn't sure.  Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it?  She didn't know.  The children really didn't care.  All they were thinking about was ice cream.  Jamie was forgotten and Olivia won by a landslide.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
Democracy
Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish economist, 1776
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageA democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.  The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years.  These nations have progressed through this sequence:  From bondage to spiritual faith;  From spiritual faith to great courage;   From courage to liberty;  From liberty to abundance;  From abundance to selfishness;  From selfishness to complacency;  From complacency to apathy;  From apathy to dependence;  From dependence back into bondage.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol
A White Man's Notes
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSexist Sows — I recently saw an advertisement for a documentary about the female survivors of Hurricane Katrina.  If somebody tried to make a documentary about the male survivors of Hurricane Katrina, then the feminists would hound him into oblivion, calling him a sexist pig.  Of course, it's entirely acceptable for somebody to make a documentary about the female survivors of Hurricane Katrina.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageMale Symbol

Daffynitions
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Don G.
•Beauty Parlor — A place where women go to curl up and dye
•Committee — A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours
•Gossip — A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage
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Moth
Original Source Unknown.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageA man walked into an all-night gas station late one night.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Can I help you?" asked the attendant.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Well, no," replied the man.  "My problem is that I have a delusion that I'm a moth."
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"You need a psychiatrist," commented the attendant.
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Yeah, I know." replied the man.  "I just came in because your light is on."10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol


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The objective of a teacher should always be that one day his student will surpass him.
—February 14, 1995
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Acknowledgments
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy thanks to the following:  SantaClara Bob;  Lady Jan the Voluptuous;  my mother;  Dewey and Betty;  and Sir Donald the Elusive.
— editor
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Court Quotes
From Humor in the Court and More Humor in the Court, by Mary Louise Gilman, editor of the National Shorthand Reporter.  Forwarded by Don G.
QWhat is the meaning of sperm being present?
AIt indicates intercourse.
QMale sperm?
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Definitions
Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Don G.
•Polynomial — don't feed the parrot
•Celtics — what tick vendors do
•Adverse — a commercial in rhyme
•Ecstatic — your former partner is not moving
•Cargo — green traffic light
•Beacon — become a prisoner
•Bipolar — farewell to the Arctic
•Balderdash — a short race for a guy with thin hair
•Drug Store — a really big heroin stash
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