Opinion | What many commentators describe as an addiction is actually a powerful social norm at work. The distinction matters.
“Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yie…
Once upon a time, Aristotle taught Alexander that he should restrain himself from frequently approaching his wife, who was very beautiful, lest he should impede his spirit from seeking the general good. Alexander acquiesced to him. The queen, when she perceived this and was upset, began to draw Aristotle to love her. Many times she crossed paths with him alone, with bare feet and disheveled hair, so that she might entice him.#HansBaldungGrien #Phyllis #Aristotle #AlexandertheGreat #philosophy #fun #myth #art
At last, being enticed, he began to solicit her carnally. She says,
“This I will certainly not do, unless I see a sign of love, lest you be testing me. Therefore, come to my chamber crawling on hand and foot, in order to carry me like a horse. Then I’ll know that you aren’t deluding me.”
When he had consented to that condition, she secretly told the matter to Alexander, who lying in wait apprehended him carrying the queen. When Alexander wished to kill Aristotle, in order to excuse himself, Aristotle says,
“If thus it happened to me, an old man most wise, that I was deceived by a woman, you can see that I taught you well, that it could happen to you, a young man.”
Hearing that, the king spared him, and made progress in Aristotle’s teachings.
“The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.”
“I know of no greater plague than this race, which on account of its deceit, usury and avarice is driving my subjects into beggary.”
“And they are the masters of the world and we are their servants – yea, their cattle! I maintain that in three fables of Aesop there is more wisdom to be found than in all the books of the Talmudists and rabbis and more than ever could come into the hearts of the Jews… Should someone think I am saying too much – I am saying much too little! For I see in [their]writings how they curse us Goyim and wish as all evil in their schools and prayers. They rob us of our money through usury, and wherever they are able, they play us all manner of mean tricks…”
“In history, therefore, they [jews]are often accused of poisoning wells, stealing children and mutilating them; as in Trent, Weszensee and the like. Of course they deny this. Be it so or not, however, I know full well that the ready will is not lacking with them if they could only transform it into deeds, in secret or openly.”
“They [jews]are the real liars and bloodhounds, who have not only perverted and falsified the entire Scriptures from beginning to end and without ceasing with their interpretations.”
Jews were “one exploiting sect, one people of leeches, one single devouring parasite closely and intimately bound together not only across national boundaries, but also across all divergences of political opinion … [Jews have] that mercantile passion which constitutes one of the principle traits of their national character”
“Know that wherever there is money, there is the Jew”
[Jews]“have long since risen against humanity itself. They are men who have devised a misanthropic life, who share neither food nor drink with others.”
“Connected amongst themselves by the most obstinate faith, the Jews extend their charity to all of their own persuasion, while toward the rest of mankind they nourish a sullen and inveterate hatred.”
“Jewish ceremonies were idle….mummeries…of no effect towards producing the social utilities which constitute the essence of virtue….The fumes of the most discorded imaginations were recorded in their religious code, as special communications of the Deity…..vague rhapsodies…..tricks upon words….Jesus had to walk upon the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to right or left might place Him within the grasp of the priests of the [jewish]superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the Being whom they represented as the family of the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares to entangle Him (Jesus) in the web of the law.”
”They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair. I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race…”
”You seem to me to be the maddest of the lot. The Kaffirs, the Hottentots, and the Negroes of Guinea are much more reasonable and more honest people than your ancestors, the Jews. You have surpassed all nations in impertinent fables in bad conduct and in barbarism. You deserve to be punished, for this is your destiny.”
“The Jewish nation dares to display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, and revolts against all masters; always superstitious, always greedy for the well-being enjoyed by others, always barbarous — cringing in misfortune and insolent in prosperity.”
“I know that there are some Jews in the English colonies. These marranos go wherever there is money to be made… But whether these circumcised who sell old clothes claim that they are of the tribe of Naphtali or Issachar is not of the slightest importance. They are, simply, the biggest scoundrels who have ever dirtied the face of the earth.”
“You know, it is really unbelievable that it was possible to preach this insanity of internationalism to millions of people and people believed in this idea; incredible that the Jew who has been in our midst for thousands of years and yet remained a Jew, has managed to persuade millions of us that race is completely unimportant, and yet for him race is all-important.”
“Who hold the balance of the world? Who reign o’er Congress, whether royalist or liberal? Who keep the world, both old and new, in pain or pleasure? Who makes politics run glibber all? The shade of Bonaparte’s noble daring? Jew Rothschild and his fellow Christian Baring.”
“The jews in their depravity, their usury, their inherited lack of courage, which springs from usury, are a stain upon humanity.”
“Nothing frightens the ‘Jews’ more than a perfect unity in others: the unity of feeling in a movement, in a people. That is why they will always be for ‘democracy’ which has but one advantage, and that one for the nation’s enemy. For democracy will break up the unity and spirit of a people…”
“Thus the jews in Europe, and the Armenians in the East, have a peculiar character; and the former are as much noted for fraud as the latter for probity [honesty].”
Germany cannot assimilate the Jews because the Jews live an “animal existence that can only be secured at someone else’s expense.” ……. “Spirit alone recognizes spirit. They [the Jews] saw in Jesus only the man … for He was only one like themselves, and they felt themselves to be nothing. The Jewish multitude was bound to wreck His attempt to give them the consciousness of something divine, for faith in something divine, something great, cannot make its home in a dunghill.”
“The murder of Ernst von Rath did not slow legal measures aimed at solving the Jewish Problem, but rather sped them up. The Jews living in Germany had to pay a fine of a billion marks to discourage them from repeating the cowardly murder. Jewish-democratic voices abroad complained about the “poor” Jews. Yet after six years of a National Socialist government, the 700,000 Jews in Germany were worth 8 billion marks, while the nearly 80 million German citizens were worth only 200 billion marks. Each Jew on average had 4.57, or four-and-a-half times, as much as the average German. Jewish net worth, which had been 4 billion marks in 1918, had doubled, at the expense of the German people. Jews also owned substantial property (for example, more than half — about 60% — of Berlin belonged to the Jews, although they were only 3.8% of the population). That proves the extent to which Jewish parasites had exploited the German people. Truly, it is only a small bill that the National Socialist leadership of the German people gave to the Jews. The series of laws and regulations laid out on the following pages bring us nearer to a solution of the Jewish Question in Germany in every regard.”
“Yes, Europe is on the eve of a terrible disaster….all those Bismarks, Beaconfields, Gambettas and others, all of them are for me only a shadow….Their master, the lord of all the rest and the whole of Europe, is the jew and his bank….. Judaism and the banks now rule over everything, over Europe as well as over socialism, in fact in a special way over socialism, for by its help Judaism will tear up Christianisty by the roots and destroy Christian culture. And even if nothing but anarchy is the consequence, the jew will be found in control. For, though he preaches socialism, nevertheless he remains outside socialism with his fellow jews, so that when all the wealth of Europe shall have been ravaged, the Jewish bank alone will remain…. The jews will compass the ruin of Russia.”
“Brutish people, vile and vulgar men”
“The euthanasia of Judaism is the pure moral religion.”
“Every coward is a liar; Jews for example, not only in business, but also in common life.”
“The Jews still cannot claim any true genius, any truly great man. All their talents and skills revolve around stratagems and low cunning…They are a nation of swindlers.”
The Jews are by nature “sharp dealers” who are “bound together by superstition.” Their “immoral and vile” behavior in commerce shows that they “do not aspire to civic virtue,” for “the spirit of usury holds sway amongst them.” They are “a nation of swindlers” who benefit only “from deceiving their host’s culture.”
“The Palestinians [Jews thought to have originated in Palestine] living among us have, for the most part, earned a not unfounded reputation for being cheaters, because of their spirit of usury since their exile. Certainly, it seems strange to conceive of a nation of cheaters; but it is just as odd to think of a nation of merchants, the great majority of whom, bound by an ancient superstition that is recognized by the State they live in, seek no civil dignity and try to make up for this loss by the advantage of duping the people among whom they find refuge, and even one another. The situation could not be otherwise, given a whole nation of merchants, as non-productive members of society (for example, the Jews in Poland). So their constitution, which is sanctioned by ancient precepts and even by the people among whom they live (since we have certain sacred writings in common with them), cannot consistently be abolished — even though the supreme principle of their morality in trading with us is “Let the buyer beware.” I shall not engage in the futile undertaking of lecturing to these people, in terms of morality, about cheating and honesty. Instead, I shall present my conjectures about the origin of this peculiar constitution (the constitution, namely, of a nation of merchants).”
Billie Wayne Coble received lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the August 1989 shooting deaths of Robert and Zelda Vicha and their son, Bobby Vicha, at separate homes in Axtell, northeast of Waco.
In Coble’s clemency petition to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, Ellis said his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his time as a Marine during the Vietnam War and was convicted, in part, due to misleading testimony from two prosecution expert witnesses on whether he would be a future danger.
“Every time I run into somebody that knew (his father and grandparents), it’s a good feeling. And when I hear stories about them, it still makes it feel like they’re kinda still here,” Vicha said.
Vernon Madison murdered an Alabama police officer in 1985. After several mistrials on constitutional grounds, he was convicted in 1998 and pursued federal habeas relief until 2015. Meanwhile, Madison’s health collapsed. After a series of strokes, he is now unable to walk, and is also incontinent and legally blind. He cannot recite the alphabet or rephrase a simple sentence. Perhaps most important legally, he can no longer remember the crime he committed.
What matters, Kagan wrote, is whether the prisoner has a “rational understanding” of what is happening to him and why, “not whether he has any particular memory or any particular mental illness.”
The Madison dissent says that Madison should face execution because the questions presented in his petition to the Court don’t meet Alito’s standards. As a reason for signing a death warrant, that seems—to be charitable—a bit strained. That Thomas and Gorsuch joined such an opinion is also troubling.