I am often so disgusted with my fellow Christians that I think I ought to become a Jew.
But, I know the last thing my Jewish friends want is another Jew for Jesus, so I refrain from my inclination.
My opinion is, Yeshua was Moshiach (the Messiah and King, the wonderful counselor, the Prince of Peace). His name and being were prophesied in the book of Zechariah. I don' understand how the world has missed that fact, but even Christians don't realize it.
1Then he showed me Joshua (in the Hebrew, this name is Yeshua) the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.
2The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"
3Now Joshua (Yeshua) was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel.
4He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, "Remove the filthy garments from him " Again he said to him, "See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes."
5Then I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the LORD was standing by.
6And the angel of the LORD admonished Joshua (Yeshua), saying,
7"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.
8'Now listen, Joshua (Yeshua) the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you--indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch.
9'For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua (Yeshua); on one stone are seven eyes Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
10'In that day,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.'"
11"Take silver and gold, make an ornate crown and set it on the head of Joshua (Yeshua) the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12"Then say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of the LORD.
13"Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices."'
14"Now the crown will become a reminder in the temple of the LORD to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen the son of Zephaniah.
15"Those who are far off will come and build the temple of the LORD " Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you And it will take place if you completely obey the LORD your God.
G-d, long ago, separated the offices of Priest and King.
The only person who could be both Priest and King is the Restorer, Moshiac, Yeshua.
Sorry to preach, but this is what I believe. I've got to tell you.
I often wonder at what a jerk I am, or perhaps I should say, at what a jerk I have become.
On 9/11, I told my wife that the world was going to change; we were now clearly at war, and I might end up being called into the military. To my amazement, and my disgust, our country never truly realized the threat we face, and I was, obviously not called into service.
However, as I told my wife, I have one talent in life, and that is the ability to write, and thus, this is what I do.
We need to win this war, my friends. If not, our children are going to live a life of horror unlike any nightmare that we have ever had.
I will do whatever it takes to win.
I will not succumb to the idea that our enemy is our friend because he knows how to speak kind words periodically. I will not succumb to the idea that Islamofascism is a law enforcement problem. I will not succumb to the fatalist Christian idea that we are in the End Times.
I will continue to fight as long as G-d grants me breath in my lungs.
But, as Nietzsche said, be careful that you do not become the monster whom you fight. I sometimes fear that I am becoming a monster. And sometimes, I fear that my fear of becoming a monster might just be the weakening of my resolve.
I am on a road, my path of destiny, and there is no turning back.
If I make mistakes, I pray that G-d will forgive me.
Here is a letter I wrote to my blog partner Publius 2000 last night. I go to church with Publius and I have immense respect for both his intelligence and his decency.
This might just be me exhibiting my insecurities, but one thing I really like about the idea of having you on the show is to demonstrate the kind of ideology I am grounded in.
As you and I and Ronit have discussed from the very beginning of our endeaovors, I am a consistent and passionate mouthpiece, but I am also a jerk. I come off as a bit of a loon. The thing is, I am not a loon, but there is something about the way I represent myself that puts across that idea.
You, in particular, and Ronit as well, come across as more reasonable people than I.
I may be a good mouthpiece, because I am willling to speak out ALL THE TIME, but I think I need help.
I have friends in the blog world who are like you. Baron and Dymphna at Gates of Vienna are similar to you. They are both professorial types who have a lot of respect for what I do.
I see myself as a Thomas Paine type of person. I am an agitator. I am a troublemaker at heart, but/and that kind of thing is needed in times like we are living in.
I am not the bad guy I often represent myself as. I am not just a sloganeer. You know me. I am a person with an appreciation for subtelties and nuances. If I weren't that, I wouldn't be friends with people like you and Ronit.
But, the fact remains, that I am willing to cut through subtelty and nuance more often than most. I am more than willing to summarize complicated ideas into cheapassed slogans for the masses. I think this kind of thing is needed during time of war.
I have developed a very specific strategy to what I am doing (which I choose not to share with anyone).
I believe that I am sacrificing myself for a greater good. I believe I am doing something on a macro-level which is for the best, but if looked at from an individual standpoint, I'm just being an asshole.
You said to me something to the effect of, "Well, if you are ok with what you are doing spiritually, then good for you ...."
Well, like I said, I'm not totally ok with what I'm doing.
But, I'm doing what I'm doing with a bigger strategy.
I'm a propagandist.
I told my wife on 9/11 that this was a talent I have. I have been in advertising all of my adult life. I have an ability to condense and codify complicated ideas. I think I need to do this, and I need to do it for the complicated demographics and psychographics of Western Civilization. We are a very complicated cultue. We are not multicultral, as our leaders would like us to believe, but instead, as free people, we have chosen, many different lifestyles, as is our right.
I am trying to give voice and celebrate that freedom, and that right.
I believe I am doing a good job.
More and more, I recognize that I am in exile from the people that I admire and love. I think you might be one of the few people who has the historical understanding to know that there is precendent for what I do.
Or, maybe, I really am just a jerk.
I don't know.
But, I am trying to do my best to give voice to the concerns of our team. I am trying to make sure that our team (the West) speaks of victory, and not of defeat.
I hope this makes sense to you.
I have no idea how he will respond, and in a sense in doesn't matter, because as I said, this is my destined path.
I would like my Christian friends to understand, but I don't think they will.
I am an asshole. I am a jerk. I am becoming a person that I never anticipated that I would become. I have been a peaceful person all my life. I am a lifelong registered Democrat. I was, basically, a Pacifist and a leftie, but I can not stand by and watch our leaders hand over the keys to Western Civilization to the enemies of freedom.
I love my family, and I love my friends with more tenderness every day of my life, because I am realizing more and more how precious our beautiful lives are here in America. But, there are entire swaths of the world that are completely dominated by hatred and insanity.
We need to put a stop to that, my friends, or it will put a stop to us!
He was a star of Major league baseball, a ferocious pitcher, a supporter of Israel, and seemingly, a truly decent guy, although he was plagued with human frailty.
A three-time All-Star who saved 286 games, Beck was known for his bushy mustache and gregarious personality. His family and friends remembered him as an intimidating competitor who was a soft touch away from the field - and as a man who devoted time and money to helping children with AIDS.
"At his core, he was determination," his wife, Stacey, said in remarks during the service. "He never quit. That doesn't mean he never failed. He just kept trying."
A portrait of Beck, his hair flapping as he fired a pitch in a Giants uniform, was placed above the closed casket. The Giants plan to honor Stacey and Rod Beck at their annual "Until There's a Cure Day" event, scheduled for July 27 at AT&T Park. The event raises funds for AIDS education and research.
"He stepped up and gave a face to those with AIDS," Stacey said. "He hugged and kissed children others were afraid to touch. He convinced others to do the same. He helped eradicate shame and ignorance."
Beck was found dead in his northeast Phoenix home Saturday. He was 38. He is survived by Stacey and their two daughters.
G-d Bless Rod Beck and his family. He was the baseball equivalent of a warrior; willing to do what it takes to win.
We need more men like him.
Achilles Last Stand
It was an April morning when they told us we should know ...
Murderous Suicide Bombing Is "Resistance"
That's like saying it's a sexual proposition when I stick my cock up your ass uninvited.
Fuck you, world's media. Woe to him who would call good evl, and evil
good:Rice calls Hamas 'resistance movement' WND Daily hat tip eretzBut unscripted remarks about terror group not published by paperJERUSALEM – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice referred to Hamas as a "resistance movement" during a meeting with reporters from the New York Daily News earlier this month, but the newspaper did not report her remarks, WND has learned.
Rice's interview is transcribed in full on the State Department website. Rice's statements mark the second documented time in recent months she called Hamas a "resistance movement" during unscripted chats with journalists. Hamas is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shooting attacks and rocket firings. It's classified by the State Department as a terror organization. The group's official charter calls for the murder of Jews and quotes widely from the anti-Semitic creed, the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." During the interview June 8 with the editorial board of the Daily News, Rice was asked about the recent history of democratic elections in the Middle East resulting in the rise to power of terror groups, such as Hamas.Rice told the paper it was "very interesting to see Hamas trying to come to terms with no longer being really a resistance movement, but having to deal with politics." Rice then referred to Hamas as a resistance movement a second time during then interview.
"A moderate Palestinian friend of mine said, 'You know, they (Hamas) used to be the great resistance, running the streets with their faces covered and going after Israel. And now, they look like a bunch of politicians who also can't make the sewer system work.'"
Love the qualifier -"moderate."She went on to reference Hamas' terror cells, calling them the group's "military wing," which regularly carries out terror attacks, including shootings and firing of rockets into Jewish population centers. "And they're (Hamas) clearly uncomfortable in that framework, which is part of why I think you see the military wing of Hamas trying to make this again about Israel and the Palestinians, not about the contestation of politics inside the Palestinian territories," Rice said. Rice's remarks were not challenged by the Daily News editors. Much of the interview was conducted by Daily News Chairman Mort Zuckerman, who is also a prominent Jewish leader.
Oh puhleeze, Zuckerman is such a schmuck.UPDATE: Perhaps the RJC ought to ask that Condi be removed as well;Washington, DC... The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) today sent a letter signed by six former U.S. ambassadors to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, asking him to remove former President Jimmy Carter from his position as Honorary Chairman of Democrats Abroad, an arm of the DNC. The letter comes in response to statements by Carter which call into doubt his suitability as a representative of the United States abroad. Recently, he criticized the U.S. government for withholding direct aid to Hamas, describing this policy as "criminal."
Read the letter here.UPDATE: Gaza - Year Zero By Jonathan Spyer , The Guardian, June 22, 2007
The Hamas coup that took place in Gaza last week is an event of historic importance. For the first time in the region, Islamist fighters took on the internationally recognised forces of a western-subsidised Arab nationalist client - and beat them hands down. Fatah was revealed to be the empty, corrupted shell that most Palestinians and many observers of Palestinian politics have known it to be for a long time. The implications of the bloody putsch in tiny, crowded Gaza have not yet presented themselves in full. But it is already possible to make a number of observations, and draw some tentative conclusions.Three observations: Firstly, the coup is the latest victory to be added to the considerable list of gains made by the Iranian-Syrian alliance in the last four years. Following on from what looks like the successful undermining of western policy in Iraq, the ongoing Syrian attempt at re-encroachment in Lebanon, the electoral triumph of Hamas in 2006, and the holding by Hezbollah of Israel to a bloody stalemate in 2006, the latest events will be a further indication to the Iran-led bloc that their way - the way of 'muqawama' (resistance) is the road to victory.[...]Secondly, Arab political establishments are aware of what is happening, are frightened by it, but have not yet developed a coherent response. Given their track record in responding decisively on other matters of import, optimism would be misplaced.[...]Thirdly -the regime Hamas is creating in Gaza will be one of prayer, poverty and bloody repression. Read all of it here.
Nothing is more depressing me than the books of Daniel, Isaiah, and Revelation.
God created human beings to have will.
What are we gonna do about this mess we're in? We are accountalbe to the heavens.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paris Hilton got out of jail Tuesday and immediately got back to being Paris Hilton, summoning a hair-salon van and, by her mere presence, creating a huge traffic jam that angered the neighbors.
It appeared that Hilton's plans to serve God in some way, perhaps by creating a halfway house for former ex-convicts like herself, would have to wait at least a day as she readjusted to the simple life of fame and celebrity.
"There's not going to be a press conference today. I just spoke to Mr. Hilton. They have no plans to make any statement," police Sgt. B. Anthony Roberts told reporters assembled outside the front gate of her grandparents' estate as the newly freed heiress kept a low profile inside.
Although Hilton kept out of sight, her presence was still palpable up and down the block, from the TV satellite vans that took up so much room on the narrow street that cars couldn't pass one another to the fast-food luncheon that was passed along to the assembled masses outside.
Many conservatives do not like Joeseph Campbell, but what would we do if we didn't have Medussa to talk about?