Daily Archives: 11 Dec 2011

Everyone Has Contempt, For Congress

The majority of Americans just aren’t smart enough to know that THEIR Congressman is part of the problem too.  Which is why the contemptible imps remain in office election after election.

Another day, another record low for Congress: Just 20% of respondents in the latest Gallup poll believe most members should be reelected. And a record high, too: The poll also finds that 76% don’t believe most representatives should be reelected. That’s the highest number since Gallup started asking the question 19 years ago, and six points higher than it was in August, the Los Angeles Times reports. “If voters’ current sentiments toward Congress prevail through next November’s election, it is possible that control of the House would flip back to the Democrats,” writes the editor in chief of the poll. Of course, 53% of respondents say they’ll reelect their own representatives. “Most voters believe Washington is broken because other people’s congressman broke it,” notes an analyst.

Smarten up America!  You can’t honestly be THAT dumb.  If you are, and if you vote for anyone in office, you deserve the disaster you’re going to get.  In spades.

On the ‘Invented’ Palestinian People

Omar Rahman’s essay is must reading.  In part

First there was Mike Huckabee, who came out in support of the building of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Then there was Rick Santorum’s statement that there were no Palestinians in the West Bank, only Israelis, and that the entire land belonged to Israel (more on this later). Then there was Herman Cain, well, Herman Cain’s statements were so inane they are not worth describing. Finally, we have Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed ‘historian’ who has stated that Palestinians are a fictitious peopleand that they are all just ‘terrorists’ anyway.

In what has become a ritual for American politicians to outdo each other over who can be the most pro-Israel, the journey for national public office clearly runs through the Holy Land, or at least its Washington address at the AIPAC/WINEP headquarters. This is obviously nothing new; Israel has been a domestic issue in American politics—like the economy, healthcare, education, etc.—for decades.

What is shameless and worrisome are the depths that candidates are now willing to go to in their public statements, sounding more like neo-Nazi demagogues as they deny an entire people’s place in the world than politicians trying to get elected by playing up to an important domestic constituency.

Sometimes what politicians say is so embarrassing one blushes. Recent statements vis-a-vis the Palestinians are a prime case in point.  Read the whole enthralling piece.

If You Aren’t Following Phil Long on the Twitter, You Should Be

From moments ago-

Freshman Paper Badness: “Cain was a manly man, who would always go out and hunt and gather food for his family.” #WhyIShouldQuitMyJob

I love the #.  I feel your pain Phil, I really do.  It’s like plowing the sea, isn’t it…

Phil’s at @Plong42.

Occupy Amazon: Count me in Phil

Phil Long writes

…[So] here is my person[al] form of protest against Amazon.  I am going to browse Amazon, read their reviews (for free) and use their tools (for free), then I am going to go to The Bookstore, Baker Books, or Schuler Booksin Grand Rapids, Michigan and buy the book.  Call it a reverse price check.  Needless to say I am not going to buy the Kindle version (although I might get a used copy, in hardback of course!).  Join me in my version of the Occupy Amazon movement and buy your books locally.

Count me in.  Amazon for finding things and then buying them, or ordering them from the local bookseller.  That’s the ticket.

11 December

English: Huldrych Zwingli Deutsch: Ulrich Zwingli

Zwingli wrote a lot.  And he published a lot.  Turns out that 11 December was a productive one for him, numerous of his works having appeared on that date.  For example-

Nr. 71ii Entwurf zur Antwort auf des Papsts Schreiben vom 11. Dez. 1525, (Ende 1525/Anfang 1526).

Nr. 110 Bittschrift an den Rat, daß man Zwingli selbst und andere Gelehrte an die Disputation zu Bern senden möge, Zwischen 7. und 11. Dezember 1527.

Nr. 111 Ratschlag der 4 Verordneten und 3 Leutpriester wegen der Disputation zu Bern, Zwischen 7. und 11. Dezember 1527.

Nr. 152 Entwurf einer Einleitung zu den von Zürich und Glarus den Gotteshausleuten von St. Gallen zu Wil am 11. Dezember 1529 vorgelegten Artikeln, Vor dem 8. Dezember 1529.

The documents from the Bern Disputation are astonishing in their clarity and simplicity.  Must reading for anyone interested in engaging Zwingli’s thought.

So, what have you published lately?

What Saddleback Church Taught Their Community Today

When it decided to cancel their worship services Saddleback taught the community a valuable lesson:  ‘God matters less than your stomach does.  Your stomach is the god we strive to serve.’

Is it important that Christians lend aid?  Certainly.  But it isn’t more important than Christians gathered in community to worship the Lord they claim to love.

Is it important that Christians feed the hungry?  Certainly.  But there are 6 other days and even other times during the day of worship when that can be done.

What Saddleback said today when it canceled its services is ‘you matter more to us than God does’.  They may be ‘loving their neighbor as themselves’ (which they ought to do) but they’ve failed to ‘love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength’.

When the author of Hebrews adjures readers not to ‘forsake the assembly’ he doesn’t say ‘unless you want to seem compassionate to the needy’.  God takes priority over everything.  ‘You shall have no other gods before me’ still holds.

Doubtless folk at Saddleback, wanting to seem cool and in touch and relevant and all of the other things which so many strive to be think that they’ve done something grand and awesome.  ‘Look how much we love you!’ they hope the community hears them say.  Alas, what the community really hears is ‘See how much more we love you than God.  We’re willing to abandon Him to do something for you that we could do any other hour of the week.  Aren’t we special.’

Jesus commands us to go and make disciples.  He doesn’t command us to go make friends.

Even the Liberal Mayor of Portland Has no Use for Occupy

Said the Mayor

“I am a liberal progressive, but I also get to have an opinion on the movement, and I’m going to put it out there,” Adams told Reuters. “Because any good movement has to be nimble, and this one so far hasn’t been.”  The mayor said he has watched the nationwide Occupy protests “devolve to fighting with liberal mayors in liberal cities.”

And

Adams at one point used Twitter to call an Occupy event a “dance party in a public space.” The mayor said he has been encouraging protesters to aim their ire away from local governments and instead pursue a national grass-roots effort focused on changing national policies.

And

Rory Cooper, a spokesman for the conservative Heritage Foundation, said liberal and conservative mayors alike have faced the same problem with Occupy demonstrators.  “The mayors tolerated the lawlessness for a while, until they could no longer put up with vandalized buildings and harassed residents,” he said.

When the openly gay far left liberal mayor of Portland thinks the Occupy folk are off, you know they’re really off.

Newt Gingrich: Invented Historian

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has branded the Palestinian leadership terrorists and remarked that the people are a false nationality during recent campaign speeches.

On Friday, during an interview with the US’ Jewish Channel, he branded Palestinians an “invented” people, causing outrage amongst the Diaspora and his critics.

He later clarified his comments, stating that as a historian he was referring to the emergence of the Jewish state out of the collapsed Ottoman empire which had ruled the area for centuries, and that as recently as 100 years ago, there was no notion of Palestine as a state.

He went on to say that there was no historical precedence for any “right of return” for displaced peoples, and that the aim of the Palestinian state was the destruction of Israel, not the return of the Palestinian people.

Gingrich isn’t just a wretched politician, he’s a worse historian.  The Palestinians don’t want Israel destroyed, they want to be able to live their lives in peace on land their families have owned for generations.

To be sure there are radicals among Israelis and Palestinians (and idiotic Christian Zionists and American politicians) who don’t desire peace and instead wish for a bloodbath.  But they are a tiny moronic minority.  Thank God.

[Interestingly that minority seems to be the group Gingrich is pandering to.  Figures- witless birds of a feather flock and vote together].

God Changes You…

First he changes your outlook:

Lu 1:46 Mary said, “ With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored 49 because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. 50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God.

Then he changes your circumstances:

51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. 54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 55 just as he promised to our ancestors,to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever. ” (CEB)

God changes lives by first changing outlooks.  Assuming, of course, that you trust him.  Rebel, and he will change your life as well- but in a direction you don’t anticipate.