Still the Best Medicine
Sam Aurelius Milam III
I'll admit that I'm not an archaeologist. However, I have a lifelong interest in a lot of things, including archaeology. From an early age, I sat up late at night with Poppa and had intriguing conversations across the kitchen table. We discussed angels, ghosts, extraterrestrials, lost continents, ancient cultures, astronomy, science fiction, Oak Island, the Mary Celeste, the Bermuda Triangle, and many other such fascinating topics. Over the years, I've read a good many books and articles about such things, and watched a lot of documentaries. I believe that such a lifelong interest counts for at least a little bit of credibility. In addition to that, I have the ability to think for myself and to recognize nonsense when I'm confronted with it. In that regard, I'm skeptical of the credibility that allegedly follows from the formal "educations" and professional standings of the mainstream scientists.
I've encountered some pretty stupid ideas that were put forth by "educated" scientists, who should have known better. They're particularly bad about ignoring or denying evidence from the distant past that's contrary to their accepted ideas. Their attempted refutations of such evidence can cast a lot of doubt on their credibility . For example, contrary to the proclamations of mainstream archeologists, the tiny models of delta-winged aircraft from excavations of ancient sites are not models of birds. It's obvious that birds don't have rear vertical stabilizers, two pairs of wings, and front delta wings in a low-wing configuration. Those things are models of aircraft, from thousands of years ago. That isn't the only evidence that challenges the credibility of the professionals. There are also the hieroglyphs at Abydos and Karnak that appear to depict modern aircraft. Egyptologists claim otherwise but the images are difficult to refute.
Many images have come down to us from ancient cultures. Some of them depict some very strange things. Many of them appear to depict mythological creatures, human-alien or human-animal hybrids, humans or aliens in space suits, stylized humans, deformed humans, or technological artifacts. There's endless debate about what might have inspired such images. People have made entire careers out of such speculations. I have my own theory about the possible purpose of some of those images.
One consideration seems to be missing from the debate about the possible meanings of the ancient images. That consideration is the possibility that people 5000 years ago might not have been very much different from people today. They might have had pretty much the same attitudes, desires, and expectations that we have. They might have had pretty much the same kinds of personalities. They might have had their cops, their evangelists, their ne'er-do-wells, their bullies, their comedians, and so forth. They might have had their theaters and their sporting events. Maybe those pleasure seekers were entertained by the same kinds of things that we appreciate today. Maybe the ancient sense of humor wasn't so different from ours. Maybe they even had Blonde Jokes and That's What She Said Jokes.
So, consider the petroglyph from Colombia and the cartoon clip from the B.C. comic strip, from The Times Comics. You might even see a certain likeness between them. Then suppose that, 5000 years from now, an archeologist comes upon the B.C. clip. To us, the intent of the comic strip would be obvious. But, suppose that the future archeologist views the B.C. clip completely out of context and evaluates it based only on the fragmentary misconceptions and preconceived notions that he learned in school about those ancient and mysterious dawn people, the Americans. How would he explain the strange human-like creature, the disk that it's holding, and the forked structure?
Granted, some of the ancient images might be depictions of imagined gods, religious symbols, alien spacecraft, or almost anything else. On the other hand, some of those ancient images might be nothing more than some ancient society's version of The Times Comics.
Letters to the Editor
Just a comment on the Mormon religion (brought up in "Miss Me With All That"):
I should mention that I married into the Mormon faith, but remained an Atheist. My daughter, who accepted that religion, expressed displeasure at the fact that I had not read the Book of Mormon (as if reading it would lead to my accepting it as truth). So when I had an extended period of time (while incarcerated) I read it from cover to cover.
I think that Joseph Smith really did find those tablets, but instead of just presenting them as an archeological find he wanted to have them be the start of a religion. And he was convinced that people wouldn't buy into that religion unless it was somehow connected to the Christian religion. So he added a chapter where Christ, after he had arisen, came down from the sky in north America and granted everyone a wish. Okay, since he added a chapter he couldn't allow anyone else to transcribe those tablets since they wouldn't find the added chapter. So he then destroyed the tablets to prevent anyone else from transcribing them. So he then had to come up with a phoney excuse for why they no longer existed: "The angel came and took them away." Yeah right.
The Book of Mormon is simply an ongoing record of the notes of the succession of leaders of that one tribe/nation. It's like if each president of the USA added his notes of highlights of his term in office to an ongoing historical record. One portion stands out.
This is like if I killed all the people that paid their taxes since they were helping the enemy of freedom. This is clearly stark evil and even a War Crime, yet the leader during this event covered it with a single line. He was clearly doing an "Ends Justifying the Means" act that he was not proud of. He was hoping it would be ignored in this historical document. Remember this was supposed to be a tribe/nation that
|was being led by God. NOT!
While this one line was evidence that most of the Book of Mormon is probably legitimate, it also shows that it was NOT being led by a righteous God or his teachings.
Sir John the Generous
... let me suggest this if you need to see a physician for some serious health matter [referring to comments in Undocumented Sovereign Americans, in the August issue]: try a Jehovah's Witness M.D. or other J.W. health practitioner. They are sticklers about obeying the mandates of gov't (unfortunately), but they also believe in the Acts 5:29 position "we must obey (God=YHWH) rather than men" when there is a conflict of both. I have spent a lot of X w J.W.s & as a group I find them to be the most remarkable, unique & reliable (unto death) to live what they profess to believe in i.e., their integrity is the most solid as a group. (There will always be rare exceptions). I also know them to be ones who freely give of their expertise, resources, $, time, etc to help others in need first fellow J.W.s, but then all others. They really care about people. And they do not "hound" people to proselytize, as rumored. They offer w/exceptional diligence: but do not "push" or "expect" from anyone. So, I think they would help you medically in your need if/when it arises. May take trying a few different ones. You might start now inquiring w/some, so when the time may be suddenly at hand, you'll have a potential arrangement ready. (You can tell them all I said here). They are also trailblazers & so may find a way around the usual gov't control of M.D.s that might otherwise hamper their desire to help you. Please take all of this very seriously. Look them up online for some of what they achieve in helping others (Start w/disaster relief, which includes helping the wounded, needy, etc & how they provide & build houses for others like worker bees & ants truly remarkable).
In the same Aug Frontiersman where U expressed concern for medical access blockage, your lead article, Undocumented Sovereign Americans was a good refresher cram course. I agree w/your position on all stated, of course. I would like to read your pieces entitled Abandonment; Cancellation of SSN; (The Sovereigns Library); Cancellation of Driver's License; Homegrown Birth Cert; The Chains That Bind You. I have reservations about your cost of printing & mailing those to me, but my own postage stamps resources/access is the worst it's ever been. Almost every person who used to send me no longer does about 5 have died.... So, if you can comfortably send them to me, pls do; if not, I'll survive anyway. I especially enjoyed the Frontiersman more like the vintage old days. Tho I get value from & do enjoy every one. And thanks for the inclusion of FL in your "thank" [Acknowledgments in the August issue] for my 2 mites.
Sister Harriet's Confession
As retold by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Three nuns, Sister Martha, Sister Gladys, and Sister Harriet, were sitting on the bench behind the convent, resting.
Sister Martha said, "You'll never guess what I found in the back of the center drawer of Father Flannigan's desk."
"What?" asked Sister Gladys.
"No!" gasped Sister Gladys. "What did you do with them?"
Sister Martha replied, "I tore out the pictures and burned them."
The three nuns sat for a few minutes.
Then, Sister Gladys said, "You'll never guess what I found in the back of the bottom, right-hand drawer of Father Flannigan's desk."
Sister Martha replied, "What?"
"Condoms," said Sister Gladys.
"Oh, no!" exclaimed Sister Martha. "What did you do with them?"
"I took a pin and poked a hole in each and every one of them!"
Sister Harriet, who'd been silent until then, beat her fist on her leg and yelled, "Damn! Damn! Damn!"
Divide and Control: A Speculation
My thanks to the following: SantaClara Bob; Lady Jan the Voluptuous; my mother; Dewey and Betty; and Tom, of Redwood City, California.
Sam Aurelius Milam III
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