OT: Embezzler's EPs
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Not meant to be a shot at anyone who collects easton press books (I have some and the served as my gateway drug into other things) but I couldn't help notice the shelves behind a college president accused of some pretty shady actions when I read this article:
I wonder if there is a correlation between genres/authors read and types of crimes? I'd think the more well read you are the more likely to get away with nefarious deeds. I see the EP Confessions of Saint Augustine and Paradise Lost and have to wonder if President Paris read these, did he pick up anything from them?
There is a dilemma for Christians who peruse literature with criminous intent: if you succeed in learning how to do bad things and get away with it, you know that if you actually do a bad thing and don't get away with it you will be in deep doo-doo, unable to rely on an Isaiah 54.17 defense even if your friends and family have invoked it on your behalf, as President Oren Paris's supporters have on his (follow link in asburytr's post above):
"‘No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their righteousness is from Me. This is the Lord’s declaration."
Oren Paris is, of course, at present only an alleged wrongdoer and clearly believed by his supporters to be a righteous servant; and I have no reason to think otherwise. But if I were he, I could not help wishing, as I prepared to appear in court, that my parents had not called me by a name so obviously an anagram of
>2 featherwate: His parents must have asked God how to name their son. I must say that I like God's humour - almost like if Thomas Mann had written about it. (I recall Potifar's parents in one of the Joseph books.)
How on earth did you spot that anagram?
Haha, nicely done. That also settles the free will debate, btw.
"How on earth did you spot that anagram?"
Thanks to a lifelong addiction to crosswords. The article asburytr linked to provided the context - descriptions of alleged illegal shenanigans - that presumably prompted my subconscious to spot the prisoner hiding in Oren Paris...
But I'm sorry to de-rail discussion of your original interesting proposition (that the more well read you are the more likely to get away with nefarious deeds).
Maybe he read this Easton Press book but lacked the necessary patience?
Edit: I like the phrase "original hand-signed signature" - unfortunately it was originally printed in machine-printed printing and not in hand-written writing...
Edit2: I have heard about hand-signed paintings, but never before about hand-signed signatures.
>11 perpetuum: That's because the autopen has been in existence for centuries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopen
Admittedly esoteric, it's still an issue for autograph collectors. But we're already an esoteric lot as-is. It's mainly known to have been used by multiple US Presidents, going back to Jefferson. There's a difference and a premium for autographs that are actually hand-signed rather than having been signed by autopen. Here's an article describing some of the history as well: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/president-obamas-autopen-when-is-an-a...
>12 nicklong: I know about the autopen. Maybe it's a language problem since English isn't my mother tongue, but "hand-signed signature" makes me visualize a picture of a signature that has been signed in its turn, ie two signatures.
I would have had no problem with "hand-written signature".
>13 perpetuum: That double signature would actually be referred to as a "shadow signature". I think they purposefully picked "hand-signed" because you can legally still claim it's "hand-written" with an autopen. It's a bit awkward to be sure, but it's worded that way to confirm it's an actual signature written by that person's hand.
For reference - a shadow signature would be something like this: http://68.media.tumblr.com/533cea48585181289ef1b5646a783248/tumblr_nwxz1somZS1r3...
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