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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

I have a few comments on Mr. Sonin's remarks.

William Blake was perspicacious, but not American. (Johnny Depp is American, however.)

The full quote, from "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" is "The Giants who formed this world into its sensual existence and now seem to live in it in chains, are in truth the causes of its life and the sources of all activity, but the chains are the cunning of weak and tame minds."

Written 200 years ago, it is just as relevant today. Poetry is news that never grows old.

IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin primarily because of increased religious sentiment during the Civil War. Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, approved a law passed by the 84th Congress declaring IN GOD WE TRUST as the national motto. (see http://www.ustreas.gov/opc/opc0111.html)

It was not a multi-cultural or politically correct expression, as pleasant as that historical revision is to contemplate. They pretty much had Jehovah exclusively in mind.

Schizophrenia is an organic brain disorder. Symptoms of schizophrenia can (theoretically) be induced by the president, but it's not the same thing.

Uninvited turnip squeezing may be illegal under state law.

Nobody survives the economy.

Michael Christenson

Juneau



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