2 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Alan M. Gottlieb

  1. Ah yes, the Parable of the Seed! Quite good! I didn’t realize that Gottlieb was a student of the Bible. And since no one else wanted to take a whack at that T-ball;
    The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. Much people were come to him out of every city; so that he entered into a ship, and sat. The multitude stood on the shore. And Jesus spake many things unto them in parables, saying,

    “Hearken: Behold, a sower went forth to sow his seed: and it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
    Some seed fell on stony ground where it had not much earth: and immediately it sprang up, because it had not much deepness of earth: but when the sun was up, because it had no depth of earth, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

    And some fell upon a rock: as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

    And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

    But other fell into good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up, and increased; and bare fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold.

    He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

    When he was alone, his disciples came and said unto Jesus, Why speakest thou in parables? He answered,

    “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given but in parables: unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.
    For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

    Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

    And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them, and their sins should be forgiven them.

    But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”

    And he said unto them,

    “Know ye not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables?
    Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Now the parable is this:

    The seed is the word of God. The sower soweth the word. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh immediately Satan the wicked one, and catcheth away that word, which was sown in his heart: the devil taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. This is he which received seed by the way side, where the word is sown.
    They on the rock received seed into stony places: these are they who when they have heard the word, anon with joy receive it, and for a while believe; yet have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time; and in time of temptation fall away: for afterward, when affliction or tribulation or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

    And they which received the seed among thorns, are they, which, when they have heard the word, go forth, and are choked with the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and the pleasures of this life; and bring no fruit to perfection: the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

    But he that received the seed into the good ground is he that in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, understandeth it, and keepeth it, and beareth fruit with patience, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

    That’s the gist of it, but It goes on;

  2. Sometimes court victories for 2A rights serve as precedents….but that is rare.
    Whenever possible cowardly judges craft their opinions as narrowly as possible so that the underlying issues are not actually addressed. Very often such decisions in 2A cases are SO narrow they apply ONLY to the person named in the decision. Such is the case with the recent court decision regarding the SAFE Act in New York. As some lawyers are very fond of stating most judges would FAR rather rule on the technicalities of an issue rather than the constitutionality of the issue. Doing so essentially allows them to kick the can down the road and not upset the political apple cart.

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