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Showing posts with label James Madison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label James Madison. Show all posts

Nov 26, 2022

A Chuckle for America's First Ladies!

If you've so far managed to miss Drunk History's America's First Ladies where among others, our nation's first female president Edith Wilson takes a bow, please remedy the oversight as soon as possible. For as many people know, the more We the People ridicule and parody US politicians and the misruling class, the better for our collective sanity.

My motto? Never allow a corrupt politician to escape an abundance of well-earned mockery! And include their donors and other enablers however and whenever you can.

After all, once a politician's exalted ego seeks the limelight and microphone, he or she morphs into a public figure - and therefore they belong to us to toy with as we please! And whatever propped up facade or mask of disguise they hide behind, it must be punctured so that reality sets in and our country's problems can be honestly addressed, even solved.

Now, just for you, here's a public domain photo of a young Edith Wilson lifted from wikimedia commons, the wife who stepped in and ran the country after husband Woodrow's debilitating stroke on October 3, 1919:

And check out Edith Bolling Wilson's natal horoscope (RR: B) if you wish, where you'll find that Edith's Mars-Midheaven conjunction was perfectly capable of running the show!

Dec 27, 2013

Is the Bill of Rights dissolving before our very eyes?

Well, dear reader, perhaps you received a coffee or tea mug as a gift this week but if so, did it look anything like these?

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The US Bill of Rights was introduced as legislative articles to the First US Congress by author James Madison (March 5, 1751 11:59 pm LMT Port Conway, VA; Sun 26Pis16, Moon 23Sco09, ASC 7Sag46 with Pluto rising @6Sag43 Rx--check out his chart/details here).

They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789, formally proposed by a joint resolution of Congress on September 25, 1789, and ratified by 3/4 of the states on December 15, 1791, as detailed here.

Their purpose? To assure certain "...personal freedoms, limit the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and to the public." As you can see, the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution, turned 222 years old on December 15, 2013, just passed.

So if you watch the brief video embedded above, you'll be watching a physical representation of their purpose dissolving before your very eyes.

Welcome to 2014, America. Are you certain you want to keep quiet while this travesty against the Bill of Rights continues to happen?

Jan 17, 2012

Tell Scott Walker: America founded as a Union!

January 17, 2012 8:15 pm est near Athens, Georgia

The following words are posted here using my own italics and BOLD in order to make the point of this particular entry for I am lazy--actually, just busy with a major undertaking that now demands my close attention. Even so, my prayers remain with our America this night and I believe that we may benefit by exalting our traditional Spirit of Endeavor within us against challenges from those who work as you read to undermine our sovereign nation:


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"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."


View a linked and searchable U.S. Constitution (1791 -- ) while we still have it, tattered by enemies from without and within as it may be.

At least outer enemies are usually easier to identify as what they really are, aren't they?


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If you're game, here's a brief astro-peek at James Madison, known as the Architect of the US Constitution.

And speaking of unions, I wonder how Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recall count is going for the anti-unionist? You might also mention the Concept of Perpetual Union just to get his goat.

Nov 20, 2011

Keiser Report: Bankers' Big Lie and MF Global (video)




Here's Max Keiser and guests discussing financial topics such as John Corzine's MF Global scandal of major proportions and the Big Lie that 'bankers are not responsible for Financial Crash 2008'...puh! How gullible do they think we are?

Well, the Federal Reserve central banking (extortion-laundering-manipulating) system of the US (tied at the navel with Britain's: turns out Alexander Hamilton bested Thomas Jefferson after all with George Washington's collusion, imho; check out the staged *Surrender of Cornwallis at a moment in time chosen by leading Freemason Washington, the General. The hour was elected, as it's termed in Astrology, which resembles the Sacred Geometry of the Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and other secret societies that have often joined forces, parted, and reconnected through the centuries while vying for ever-extending control.


For as founding father James Madison tells us:

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance."


And their "violent means" includes police actions against peaceful Occupiers.


So if I had to name one entity behind the machinations designed to collapse civilization while pretending that an Ideal Society--a "Utopia", a 'back to The Garden of Eden' vision is achievable simply by way of man's reasoning ability (which is God-provided, btw), I would say from my various reading that the House of Rothschild takes almost every cake in this regard.

Is global domination only a Jewish conspiracy? Other of my reading asserts that originally, the Rothschild ('Red Shield', but actually the Bauers) family were not Jews or of the Hebraic race but were of a different breed altogether, as Daryl Bradford Smith details.

Yes, it seems to benefit the global Rothschild Banking Syndicate (central banking cartel) to keep the 'Jewish conspiracy to control the world through money' myth going, not because there is no such conspiracy at all but because it diverts public attention from the top culprits while casting aspersions upon the Hebrew race which thus continues certain related myths and ruses of History. (No, I'm not denying the Holocaust--attendant myths, I should say and archetypes/stereotypes of old such as the Money Lender oppressing others and enriching himself by way of usury interest rates--like money changers polluting The Temple. It's corruption and rot fit to topple the world financial system 2 centuries later.)

Now this is the point in the narrative which diverged for the reigning Rothschild of that moment (Amschel Mayer) when he realized that much much more money is made by extending loans to Governments and Monarchs than to puny little individuals. Click the above link for a better explanation than you're getting from me here--my Internet connection is still squirrelly so I'm trying to type like the wind which has a typo-inducing effect.)

Now it's 2011, and we see where money lenders--their agents and all who worship gold--have lead global societies: to civilization's potential collapse. Even the sad scandal at the University of Pennsylvania may be seen as part of the Great Ruse for it adds to the **undermining of America's educational system. I hope those who will act upon its prosecution and resulting fall-out will tread gingerly for the sake of the State of Pennsylvania and for the United States of America for this puts a serious limp in our step similar to how codified Religion has been wounded by pedophile priest scandals--or I should say, by church men's perverted crimes against children and the scandals caused therefrom.

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*Surrender of Cornwallis horoscope is shown with brief details; Barack Obama's Inauguration 2009 planetary positions are entered around the chart for your consideration.

**Think how undermining to the US government many presidential scandals have been: Bill Clinton caught on tape deposing himself into impeachment, George Bush circumventing while intimidating the US Congress to go along with his illegal war determination thereby undermining Congress as well. And don't get me started on December 2000 and the corrupt, farcical SCOTUS decision for Bush.

Right there, we have rot injected into all three branches of our government: the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

Super Congress to the Rescue? Or Are Their Capes at the Cleaners'?

Now with current impasses, stalemates, and snits of miffdom playing out at the Capitol Hill Theater for public consumption, we're meant to say, The US government doesn't function at all anymore, let's toss it out. The rest of the sentence would then be--unbeknownst to many--let's beg the neofascists to impose a military dictatorship on the American people.

Yeah, that'll solve all our problems fer shure. Puh! It's all a big ruse to facilitate a complete take-over of this country from the ripples of the false-flag ops of 9/11/01. 9/11's void-of-course (unstoppable events set in motion) Moon (we-the-people) @ '28Gem' = "A Man Declared Bankrupt" but we may have to replace "man" with "nation" if these radical Utopian anarchists have their illuminized way for much longer.

No one can fight demons unless said demons and monsters are honestly identified first for well-aimed punches are necessary. But name change or no, what are the chances? How long can our time-and-money-wasting shadow boxing continue? And who's pulling the marionette strings of the Supercommittee whose Rs and Ds can't even step into the same room together?

Some say the 'Deficit' 'Super' Committee will admit defeat by Monday though John Kyl seemed to push any chance of resolution over a cliff on today's Meet the Press (video of Kyl-Kerry segment with David Gregory) with John Kerry providing some small measure of Democratic balast.

Up-in-polls candidate Newt Gingrich's cold hearted remarks about Occupiers (many of whom are--or are the offspring of--people Newt hopes will vote for him in 2012--oops!) are included along with Kyl's expressed support of the Newtian take-a-bath attitude. Note that Rs seldom if ever discuss publicly the real issues the Occupiers raise.

Now here's some info on the GOP's Toomey plan which sounds more like a 'Doom-y plan' to me, a discouragement which may be part of their intended goal.

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Do you appreciate the 99% Movement, aka, the Occupiers? I do, because for one thing, victory for Machiavellian politics is always temporary and they don't stand a chance against honest discussion of America's financial lacks and social ills which are long overdue for redressing and rebalancing.

Here's a video featuring economist Michael Hudson which I first posted here in December 2010 under the title, Shrinking the US economy IS the point:





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As always, I'm just one non-corporate blogger here and cannot vouch for all video or article content provided for your consideration on this or my other blogs. Read and watch with your personal discrimination meter set on High to Middling as you wish! jc

May 15, 2010

Uranus to AP = the White House's current midlife crisis!

The Horoscope of Summer Solstice 2010 has been published @ SO'W since April so with the start of summer drawing nearer by the minute I took another look at the chart, and you know what?

Transiting Uranus to AP, along with tr Jupiter to AP, form oppositions to the White House's natal Uranus 00Lib01 which means that Summer Solstice 2010 occurs during the White House's midlife crisis as marked by tr Uranus opposite natal Uranus!

(Yes, Uranus has opposed n Uranus in the past, and would be worth checking out for historic dates and corresponding events to be compared with the current transit affecting the World Point axis.)

November 1, 1800 dawns...is everything packed?

Ahh, the White House! So young and impressionable at birth, the chart for which is dated by President James and wife Dolly Madison moving in to inhabit the joint on Nov 1, 1800 (NS.) 'Noon' is the time I use though one assumes that the Madisons' official moving day began hours or days earlier. With the Sun repping for the nation's 'ruler' in a mundane chart, the noon hour gives Sun 9Sco04 near Midheaven 13Sco12 (which places US Inaugural ASCs on Jan 20 @ noon in DC - since 1933 - conjunct the W-H's noon IC 13Tau12, the Foundation or Basis of the Matter - in a word, the President's Oath for entering the Oval Office (Venus) in the White Lodge we've been taught to call the White House.

(The words horoscope and chart are used interchangeably here for variety's sake, while some folk use map for the same purpose. And of course, the words natal, radix, and radical all refer to birth charts of persons, events, or entities.)

Moon 10Tau39 in 4th house, showing fluctuations or changes in residence...moving day.

So...I suppose props could be given to SCOTUS for ruling against the everyday voter and making the concept that 'corporations are people, too' a viable excuse for my interpreting the White House's midlife crisis, the precise point in the zodiac when Uranus comes along to exactly oppose its position at birth. Any aspects to the W-H's natal Uranus are naturally subject to review by opposition 2010 as well, so please consider the following:

In the case of the White House, natal Uranus on Nov 1, 1800 clocks in @ 00Lib01 (in 8th house of the noon chart, and conjunct US n Midheaven in the Sibly chart = Mc 00Lib43 to 1Lib+; I use 00:43); the Aquarian-vibed planet with its quirky independent spirit and flashes of ideas is tied in with other W-H energies by 3 applying aspects and one separating sextile:

1. Uranus semi-square Neptune (generational; describes mild irritations between Uranian intuitions and creative genius vs Neptunian inspirations and ideals; mild confusion is in the air concerning social movements, and political and occult associations.

(Perhaps by 1800, a small scuffle had broken out or simmered between the Freemasons, Rosicrucians, and the Illuminati, hmmm? America was interlaced with Masonic lodges and temples in olden days and lodge membership was, and is, one of the ways to get ahead in life. Then as now, status-holders or the spectacularly intelligent were boosted into prominence, usually by recruitment during their school days with entering politics being a typical reward for service; lucrative pocket-lining to follow.)

2. Uranus inconjunct Pluto 2Pis18 Rx: also generational, and showing that the W-H's group relationships and plans for progress were and are subject to deep adjustments bwo of catalyst, Pluto, planet of secret hand fame, publishing empires, extremely wealthy treasure troves, saboteurs and assassins, and/or psychologists-psychiatrists (or, in 1800, their soon-to-be forerunners, the Mesmers, and other mind manipulators.)

Doubtlessly, you may easily think of several other connotations for Pluto, god of the Underworld, including crime organizations and spying factions. Uranus can signify political operatives, political, scientific, or philosophical inspirers, or radicals who desire strong reforms at any cost to themselves or to others.

3. Uranus sextile Chiron 26Sco36 (3A25); Chiron is in the noon chart's 10th h = being on a 'sacred quest', with reputation, authority, status, and achievement the main focuses (Nolle.) This describes people who are obsessed with transformation (see Pluto, above - Mr. Hades is obsessed, too), and they tend to be very energetic and opinionated (Clow.)

In fact, 'transformation' is the challenge for wounded healer Chiron when in Scorpio, and I once heard the placement described at a UAC seminar as a challenge to 'forgive the unforgivable'. Wish I could recall who said it...Demetra George, perhaps?

Richard Nolle says a Chiron/Uranus sextile indicates people with 'personal crusades for self-assertion and transcendence' that "meet with opportunities in the social environment, giving rise to the potential for great influence over other Seekers." Sounds a mite mystical, yes?

The waning aspect Uranus makes in the White House natal chart is a sextile (60 degr) with Venus 2Sag11 in 10th house (2S10); Venus (which deposits n Uranus in Libra and rules the noon chart's 4th house along with all US Inaugural ASCs since 1933) trines Jupiter 3Leo51 in 7th h (1A39.)

Venus/Jupiter contacts show the sense of good fortune that accompanies a residency in the White House...or should, if one's perfidies can remain veiled well enough to bluff through a term or two. Yet one does receive a lot of help and protection from powerful forces unless one becomes completely unhinged like Richard Nixon, or threatens to monkey with the way world banks do business as JFK and Lincoln did. And the Utopians' Manifest Destiny leanings are guided by occult perceptions which are never discussed or admitted to, of course. But don't you love it when Astrology says, peep-eye!?


Now we know that separating/waning aspects may be said to represent unconscious energies and interactions within the psyche; or, when seeing planets as actors in a mystery play, waning aspects signify contacts met or made in the past with the degree and minute cluing us in to how long ago...1S30 can indicate 1 1/2 seconds-minutes-hours-days-weeks-or-months, etc...but you know such Horary principles better than I do so why am I typing this at you? ;p

At any rate, the White House's Venus/Uranus waning sextile works on on unconscious level and thus is ripe for self-undoing purposes, when karma comes back around to take a big bite out of one's garbanza and we - yes, even the White House - must invariably reap what was sown. And since the W-H has always tended to rep itself as upstanding, do-gooding, and deserving of the world's admiration and/or fealty, I fret that America's downfall in the karma department will be all the more crashing with a super-sized helping of eat-crow on the side.

So in what departments (chart houses) of life may this Venusian/Uranian karma return most demonstrably to the White House and to our long-misruled nation?

In the W-H natal chart set for noon, as noted, Venus in in 10th and rules 4th and 9th houses; Uranus is in 8th house and, in a Placidus house system, is somewhat stypmied with Aquarius intercepted in 1st house; critical or crisis degree 20Cap07 rises and is ruled by Saturn; US n Saturn '14Lib' sits upon 9th cusp.

In politics and business, Venus/Uranus = a treasury which shows unexpected rises and falls in its valuation; rulers using unusual means to develop plant or tree resources available (Teddy comes to mind!); a strange appreciation for financial assets or planning; ruling bodies that are unable to cope with sudden infusions or lacks of financial resources; distinctive settings that are suddenly exploited for development; indiscetions; unpredictable vanity shown by leaders or executives.

(Munkasey, Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets.)

Meanwhile, Reinhold Ebertin gives the Venus/Uranus combination of energies as: a self-willed, obstinate disposition (heard this one? yes, he's stubborn but at least we know where he stands); strange urges and inclinations; an uncompromising nature; moody, nervous, sensitive, ruled by feelings, inconstancy in relationships, and/or extravagant people, or those who are erratic with money.

(Any, all, or none may apply, as with midpoint pictures.)

And btw: the W-H chart contains a Mars/Neptune opposition (2A23) which echoes the Mars/Neptune square in the US natal chart...so it's inspired, confused, or deceptive motivations and actions all around, I'd say. Wouldn't you?

Another factor worth mentioning in the White House's natal chart...and it was in effect that day no matter the hour...involves authoritative Saturn as focal (apex) planet in a Fixed T-Square; as noted, Saturn is chart-ruler at noon, is in 'natural leader' Leo, and makes no applying aspects in the chart at all. Thus his position by sign, degree, and house are strengthened due to lack of modification from any major Ptolemaic aspects from other planetary energies; the US presidency's reputed 'sense of isolation' is partly described by this Saturn's lonely condition.

However, Saturn does form 3 separating aspects: squares to Mercury, Mars, and Chiron. The Fixed squares/blockages were met on Saturn's path prior to noon so in the 'real world' of Nov 1, 1800, may I hazard a guess: difficult, restricted, or delayed (Saturn) transport (Mercury/Mars) - perhaps the Madisons or their belongings encountered a bit o'mud on their way to the White House?

(Controversies, debates, and lawsuits are also provinces of Mercury/Mars.)

Now here's the T-SQ's midpoint picture

Mercury/Mars = Saturn 23Leo00 (in noon chart's 8th h): deep thinking; a powerful concentration; inhibited powers of decision; slow or sluggish thinking; the desire to harm others, or to bring harm to oneself by exaggerating; quarrels cause separations; the tendency to say bad things about others; avoiding discussion of force or might; old arguments are debated; loud, long term negotiations.

So with Saturn as apex planet in a Fixed T-SQ, what sort of manager are we cyclically and typically 'stuck with' as he bully-pulpits, bull-horns, or YouTubes at us from the exalted environs of the White House?

Well, you know how inflexible and rigid Fixed energy is, so there's that. Plus, old man Saturn prefers Cardinal energy through which he can work best (Cap), but here our Old Man senex has to settle for being 'the point man' in a Fixed T-SQ.

This Saturn indicates a person (or people, or entity) acting wilfully unyielding to the nth degree; rigidly organized, disciplined, and intensely purposeful and driven, apex Saturn here suggests a compulsion to establish long term security and safety by exercising tight control over people, events, and situations. Ruthless and dogged in securing power, apex Saturn does not share authority easily, if at all, and deeply resents any challenges to his indomitable will.

(So much for Eisenhower's warning of a government take-over by the 'military industrial complex' - since US Mars turned Rx by progresssion in n 10th house, 'the military moves into the White House' is indicated. At least since our Mars changed directions in 2006 @ '19Libra' = "A Gang of Robbers in Hiding"...GROUP PROTEST...keynote: Protest against disharmonic social privilege. (One might) think of Robin Hood and his band, or early Bolsheviks in Russia robbing banks to finance the revolution...Individuals alone are impotent in producing actual changes in social consciousness. A "group" must be formed. (Rudhyar.)

Back to apex Saturn...

Saturn here is one-pointedly determined to preserve the structure (Mars Rx in Taurus, 4th house = false flag ops on US soil and other methods of subversive action that divert improvements of any real merit on behalf of we-the-people? jc) and the order that the establishment values (no matter how murky and hidden their true motives are as true faces are kept from public view.)

However, if well-managed and fairly motivated, this apex Saturn can come to represent a 'reliable fortress' for others during crises (which is an easier role to play if you're forewarned, well-prepared, and read your script) and will seldom back down from what he sees as his duty. Building permanent foundations (as would our Freemason presidents) is one of his primary duties; working long and hard toward an ultimate goal brings tangible results for long term efforts.

Yet defensive inhibitions draw him into unrewarding, stifling, or ill-conceived alliances which create karmic conditions. Saturn is considered a karmic planet since he naturally reminds us of our pasts and former actions - and the way we did or did not maturely handle responsibilities - when he comes a-knockin' on the do' in his role as Mr. Grim Reality.

Uranus' trail of quirks, bumps, and shocks: circa 1800 fast-forwarded to 2010

Aka, the White House's midlife crisis...

Uranus-opposite-Uranus is a period of time when generations clash and no one wants to give up their unique ways of behaving. Little meeting of the minds (or of tastes) occurs with one generation behaving (Uranus) in Libran fashion and those just 'passed by' in Uranus' 84-year cycle toddling around acting like a bunch of critical, science-minded Virgoans, the dedicated workers among us.

Plus, a 'new wave' of whippersnappers and upstarts suddenly comes along behaving like those of a pioneering Aries persuasion, all activistic and riled up and all. With the W-H's natal Mars Rx there's been a reactionary vibe in the White House from Day One; plus, Mars is in Taurus, one of the money signs...the Taurean shadow side: intolerance, selfishness, and greed. (And a Mercury/Mars opposition is always restless to show its competence in all things, isn't it? Illusions of infallibility show a certain weakness in the W-H's character, not strength, imho.)

And you know, Jupiter opposing natal Uranus is no picnic either since business matters, financial and fund-raising efforts, and groups projects may come to a screeching halt under its influence; everyone seems to go off in different directions or come to alternate conclusions with too much conflict with one's network makes group activities hard to manage, if not impossible.

Well, Blogger just 'ate' the most recent draft of this post, so a bunch of it is now MIA so I shall close for now after spending all day typing it. Hope this post is not too much of a mish mash for you to get something out of. Wordpress gremlin'd away an entire post the other day about Elena Kagan's natal chart, and frankly, I'm too put out to think about politics anymore this evening. I shall retire to my cave of inspiration.

Yet I do wonder if the White House can ignore a strong urge to have itself painted red, the color of the fast sports car so indicative of a midlife crisis. Suckily, the probable equivalent to rocking a shiny new car would be instigating a new war. But that's not the White House behaving differently at midlife crisis, is it?

No, it's only the same tiresome and costly, jingoism of Uranian world revolution and chaos in order to gain more power and control (Pluto) for the imperialist victimizers in their ivory towers and bank vaults who use innocent people as 'human shields' and chattel in their game of win-at-any-cost one-world-government.

Mar 17, 2010

Remembering James Madison, March 16, 1751

March 16 is the birthdate of the Architect of the US Constitution James Madison so this is a belated birthday post in his honor.

Madison was born March 16, 1751 (NS) in Port Conway, Virginia @ 11:59 pm (RR: B) and you may view his natal chart here though I published it in 2006 before I began scribbling notes all over charts (which may seem an improvement to you but the chart looks rather forlorn and empty to me.)

Even so, you'll see his Sagittarian Ascendant with Pluto Rx rising, his Sun in Pisces/Moon in Scorpio (Water-Water, an intuitive and emotional fellow), and his sparkling mental brilliance mirrored in a Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aquarius.

The Sun Pisc/Moon Scorpio blend is shared natally by author John Steinbeck who could not possibly have been thinking of America's current reforms now in grand struggles to be born when he wrote, "It is the nature of man as he grows older...to protest against change, particularly change for the better."

Saturn and North Node in Sag are rising in 1st and speak of Madison's taking on obligations easily, having a sense of pride, an air of authority, and of honoring long-standing ties to old friends. Serious meetings are part of Saturn/NN as well and he certainly enjoined his share of those.

A focused-energy Mars in Capricorn, sign of law, government, and business is there, too, with Jupiter in Taurus giving him a fortunate-for-endeavors Mars/Jupiter trine, so check out President Madison, if you wish.

Nowadays, most Americans remember the Constitution fondly, shredded and tattered as it's become in recent decades with a big boost given to its undermining by eight years of Bush-Cheney, featuring the 'Patriot' Act, undeclared and illegal war, and, prior and subsequent to all that, a private central bank, unfondly known as the Fed, printing and minting currency and coins it has no constitutional right to print or distribute.

And that's only the short list of attacks upon our cherished-by-the-people Constitution, written to protect us from tyrants - and thus precisely one of the documents that certain entities are determined to destroy.

You'll note that Senator Chris Dodd's financial 'reform' bill announced on Monday is said to give more power to the Fed when more power to the Constitution is what we need. And that would make the Fed moot or illegal at best.

James Madison is also known for being the first US President to actually live in the White House; he moved in on November 1, 1800. No, it wasn't ideal but Dolly made do and livened up Washington considerably while making it do.

Now here is a SO'W post from 2007 with a few words from the man himself, including his last words to the American people. It's entitled James Madison on tyranny so you know right away that we need to hear from the birthday boy in 2010 in spite of his well-advanced age.

So thank you, Mr. Madison, for all your work on behalf of America's founding, and I'm very sorry that usurpers have royally screwed things up so badly. I only wish more Americans had paid much closer attention to the termites in the woodwork a lot sooner than 2010.



Since 2005: Stars Over Washington...astrological comments on America, on Washington DC, and on the politicians who infest them.

Oct 25, 2007

do we bask in the moonshine of war?

On their march to the sea, Sherman's Army burned many towns in Georgia, towns already suffering horribly from the loss of war. So I guess Sherman's opinion on the subject carries weight even from the mists of time, for war doesn't change, just our misconceptions and the lies that take us into it:

"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. Some of these young men think that war is all glory but let me say war is all hell."

--William Tecumseh Sherman

Some old men in the White House who never served pretend to think highly of war, too. Profits, you know.

Well, here's a website about the town of Madison, Ga where some of my ancestors lived out their lives. Named in honor of President James Madison, the town was spared destruction because a pro-Union Senator lived there, Joshua Hill (and some say an old girlfriend of Sherman lived nearby.)

From experience I can tell you that visiting Madison, Georgia is like taking a stroll back into a charming and gentler time. That's what a lack of war can do.

Jun 23, 2007

James Madison on tyranny

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."

-James Madison, 4th US president and Architect of the Constitution (1751-1836)

Here is Madison's natal chart with the last message he penned to America.


And here are a few of his words about war which continue to be instructive. Will they ever learn?