D is the Favorite Chord

D is the most common guitar chord in newspaper photos, at least today. 2 out of 2 in today’s WSJ. Sample size may be a bit small.

Questions Put by Jesus

Questions Put by Jesus


Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?

Is not the life more than meat and the body than raiment?

Are ye not much better than they (the fowls of the air)?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Shall he not clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Why do ye not consider the beam that is in thine own eye?

What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Is it easier to say “Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?”

Believe ye that I am able to do this (cure blindness)?

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Asked about John the Baptist, he said, “But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? A prophet?”

Whereunto shall I liken this generation?

Will a man not get his sheep out of a pit on the Sabbath? “How much better is a man better than a sheep?”

Paraphrasing: How can a kingdom divided against itself stand?

How can an evil man speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

Have ye understood all these things?

Are ye also yet without understanding?

How many loaves have ye?

Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? Whom say ye that I am?

What is a man profited , if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?

What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do kings of the earth take custom or tribute, of their own children, or of strangers?

How think ye?…

Have ye not read how man and wife are one flesh?

Why callest thou me good?

What wilt thou?

What will ye that I should do unto you?

Haven’t you read about babes perfecting praise?

He answered chief priests who questioned where he got his authority with a question: The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or of men?

Which of the two sons did the will of his father?

Did you never read in the scriptures about the rejected stone becoming the cornerstone?

Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

Whose is this image and superscription?

To the Pharisees: What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?

How can ye vipers escape the damnation of hell?

Why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me.

What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me?


These are most of Jesus’ teaching questions found in the book of Matthew.

The Spirit of Laws

The Spirit of Laws

By Montesquieu


Finished for the second time, March 12, 2014


That last 100 pages of fiefs, fredum, vassals, lords, counts, mayors and allodial estates was a chore but the rest of the book was good reading.


Now that I’ve read Livy and Gibbon, my second reading was much more enjoyable than the first. He scans human behavior and laws in a very interesting way. His analysis of despotism seems applicable to Mr. Obama’s lawless re-writing of his own health law of recent days. Arbitrary government is eschewed by Montesquieu.


I have hundreds of underlinings and I’m reviewing them before shelving the book.


This book from the mid 17th century was known to the founders of this country and influenced them with its ideas of good government.


I’m sure I will come back to this book.

Events in Ukraine Call for Reading Old Books

Now is a good time to read On the Causes of WarThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Crowds and Power. Also The Gulag Archipelago, Herodotus, Livy, and Thucydides.

Delaying Obamacare

Mr. Obama may end up delaying the full implementation of his popular health care law until the year 3000.



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