"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Friday, April 07, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by the American Senate as U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed by the American Senate as U.S. Supreme Court Justice, filling the seat vacated by the passing in 2016 of Justice Antonin Scalia.

See inter alia:
Gorsuch has an outstanding legal track record and was rightly confirmed -- in our opinion, although we disagree with Gorsuch on some fundamental issues of jurisprudence -- especially his adherence to the artificial dogma-like "crutch" of originalism.

Judges cannot be merely "parrots of the past". More is required.

Henry Ford would today not build a car the exact same way he did in the original days of the automobile. Things do change over time. Nothing stays the same. Law is no different. Law is a seamless "living" web that accommodates itself to the changing world as required.

There is no doubt that Gorsuch is well-qualified as a judge per se, so that we hope that his Supreme Court job responsibilities will lead him to adopt a broader view of the U.S. Constitution as he matures in his Supreme Court seat.

Gorsuch will turn only 50 on August 29, so he may have many years of judging ahead of him yet. Perhaps he will surprise us positively as time goes on.
 
Senate Republicans and three moderate Democratic Senators voted in favor of Gorsuch:

Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and
Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.

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Sky Earth Native America

Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.

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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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