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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So, Jesus needs a place to sit, see...

One of the very few agreeable things President O'bama has done has been to distance us and our foreign policy from Israel and the Zionist lobby. For decades, our dealings with Israel have been...close, with rich Uncle Sam delivering the shekels and armaments to help maintain Israeli security. In return, Israel has been our buddy in the Middle East, while spying on us, and shooting one of our ships. The Evangelical Christian Right has been behind much of this, because from reading Scofield's notes, The Late Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind series, as well as watching practically any popular preacher on telly,  they have gotten it into their noddles that if we do not support Israel with our tax dollars, then we as a nation will be Perdition-bound, because the Bible says

 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country,
your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
 2 “I will make you into a great nation,
   and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
   and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
   and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
   will be blessed through you.”
(Genesis 12:1-3)
CLEARLY God is saying that if you bless or curse Israel, then you will be blessed or cursed.

Hmmm. As Daffy Duck says, "Pronoun trouble". To whom is Yahweh speaking? Does Israel even exist yet? Who will the LORD bless? Whose name make great? Through whom will all peoples be blessed?

How long is a piece of string?

"But, but..." cogently asserts Rev. Strawman, cleverly identifying "Israel" as the culprit. Rev, if you read your New Testament, you will find that the inspired writer correctly collars the miscreant: Jesus.

 7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. ...15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.

Read Galatians to get a feel for it. The nation of Israel existed for a single glorious reason: to provide a conduit through which Messiah could come with healing in his wings, to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father.

The idea that Jesus requires Israel to exist so He can have a throne from whence to reign is a major reason for the immense fortune of American largesse that has been poured into Israel's capacious maw. I find it correctly ironic that a nominal believer in something-or-other has had to helm the Presidency to get this at least partially right.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Grads not being given management positions upon graduation. Film at 11.

Yahoo News

1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

Hyping college as the Golden Ticket is yet another way for the Government to enslave you. The high cost of college practically makes student loans a requirement, and the Givement kindly offers student loans that can have you on the hook for decades after. 

These kids have not been taught critical thinking (or even The Way Things Work), and so do not realise that after their 4+ years of "hard work in college", upon graduation, they have arrived at the coveted "Entry Level" in the marketplace. 

This quote slew me. People do not hear what they are saying as they speak!

"I don't even know what I'm looking for," says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree.

Initially hopeful that his college education would create opportunities, Bledsoe languished for three months before finally taking a job as a barista, a position he has held for the last two years. In the beginning he sent three or four resumes day. But, Bledsoe said, employers questioned his lack of experience or the practical worth of his major. Now he sends a resume once every two weeks or so.

Bledsoe, currently making just above minimum wage, says he got financial help from his parents to help pay off student loans. He is now mulling whether to go to graduate school, seeing few other options to advance his career. "There is not much out there, it seems," he said.

 (I know this sounds like I'm on my front porch shaking my cane, but, referencing the picture at the top of the article, I'm sorry, the piercings and the gauges don't help, either, unless you want to remain a Starbucks barista. Not being prejudiced - I know and love some delightful Illustrated People - but I also know how the business world works and thinks.) This jobs climate is not the time to make it any harder for people to look beyond the superficial and see your glowing personal worth.


Just to be clear, a liberal arts major ostensibly exists to teach one HOW to think; in practise, it exists to make you interesting to talk with at parties. English major?  PAH hahahahahahahaha. You want extra foam?