Are there 7000 left?

Reading an interesting book at the moment –
The Making of the American Conservative Mind — National Review And Its Times.  What has struck me at the moment is the discussion of Utopian-ism versus Pragmatism.  (Why one requires a hyphen and the other doesn’t is another story.)

I was trained to be a pastor.  As such, I was schooled in the very depths of my religion, the terminus of which is Utopia.  At the same time,  I was trained to understand that, while one should not compromise one’s beliefs in the mean time, one also shouldn’t be expecting to be liked or appreciated for being uncompromising.  We spoke at length of the church militant and the church triumphant.

As I have transitioned away from the sacred arena and into the political theater, and, at the same time, had to deal with the practical matters of putting bread on the table and keeping the fire going, I have found it quite difficult to find the pragmatism that the secular world requires.  I am not Jesus, after all.  I want to feed the 5000, but I can’t multiply loaves and fish.

Perhaps there is nothing more difficult than to have proverbially been to the transfiguration mount and then to have to plummet back to the gloom and grind that is daily life.  One day, you have a captive audience to hang on your words, follow your lead, supply you with daily bread (a nice salary, or at least one to live on and enough side benefits) and a sure purpose for getting up every morning.  The next day you find yourself just one of many voices, having no more or less authority than the next, and little to say to the world, much less any value given to it that you can eat with.

That was some 26 years ago for me.  Since then I have kicked around for a new career, eventually found one, threw caution to the winds in an attempt to grab the brass ring (became materialist), and discovered too late that sure things only are sure if the timing is right and your chosen investment area doesn’t have a complete meltdown.

Some time ago, I started working with ex-cons.  I have discovered that ex-cons and ex-pastors have a lot in common.  You never get over the stigma of what you once were.  Once a criminal, always a criminal.  After all, only some people make mistakes bad enough to land them in prison, so they must be less trustworthy, more hotheaded, or something than those who didn’t land there.  In the same way, an ex-pastor has to have something wrong with him to be an ex-pastor.  After all, that’s what he trained for all those years.  If he couldn’t cut it in his field, he certainly can’t be trusted in a field for which he has no training.  Besides, he’s probably a little too honest for this sales job, or too high and mighty to be happy with this low level job, or too stupid for this technical career.

On the bright side, Jezebel has not threatened to kill me before the day is out.  My only threat is from financial swords.  I’m hemorrhaging badly.  So I find myself, on this day, wanting to run and hide, wanting to admit defeat, throw in the towel, wait for the world to finish crashing in and just get it over with already.

I feel like Elijah.  He ran far away from Jezebel and hid in a cave.  I am running and hiding in plain sight, but I am still hiding.   God gave Elijah a few days to pout and consider his terrible lot and what a failure he was.  Then he told him to prepare for his coming.  First God sent winds and earthquakes and all kinds of apocalyptic signs.  But God didn’t come in those signs.  He came in a gentle whisper.  And he told Elijah, “Get back to Israel, because there are 7000 there who still believe in me and need a leader.”

I don’t know that God will ever call me again in the way he called Elijah.  I don’t know that I will ever find myself leading a congregation, expounding the truths of God from a pulpit.  By I do know that I am called to be a priest.  I have a purpose on this planet, even on the days when I seem like a total failure and have no idea what to do next.   And so I am listening for a gentle whisper.  That gentle whisper will come to me as I dig into the fifteen centuries of his revelation of himself and his plan as recorded in the Bible.  I will not wake up tomorrow with all the answers.  But I will wake up with the answers that matter–God still loves me, he still has a plan for me.  And even if he never makes it plain to me what my purpose is, I can believe that he will accomplish it.

I am a weak human being.  Each year that passes, I am a little weaker  It takes more effort to harness my energy to accomplish something.  At the same time, each year that passes, I am a little wiser.  It takes me less time to figure out that he is the power that makes my feeble efforts accomplish something.  This little blog is evidence of that.  Maybe it will never mean much to you, but it means something to me.  You see, any preacher worth his salt always preachers to himself first.

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VIDEO New World Disorder – MH17 Social Media ‘Evidence’ – ‘Evidence’ Against Russia Debunked – Air Traffic Control Censor

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My own sources in Russia confirm that ethnic cleansing of Russians is being carried out in eastern Ukraine, and that this is why the ethnic Russians in Ukraine are fighting–to defend themselves. As this blog pointed out, a fact so quickly forgotten by most, the present Ukrainian government is not the elected government, but brought to power by a coup which was orchestrated by an alliance of Muslim rebels and America Neocons. The stated intent was to lead Ukraine to sever ties with it’s friendly Russian neighbors in exchange for closer ties with the European union. At issue, of course, is a lot of oil revenue. Oil that would have flowed from Russian will now have to be supplied by other means, which will benefit Iraq, Canada, and others players in the oil market.

Americans are quick to swallow whatever the media feeds them, especially when “bipartisan” task forces are involved. This is how we have found ourselves in one disastrous conflict after another beginning with Iraq, to the tune of at least three trillion dollars in added deficits and the resulting dollar devaluation and domestic economic depression. But someone gets rich off that money. No wonder mercenaries of both parties are so quick to jump on the anti-Russian bandwagon.

Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

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-New World Disorder: Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos
-U.S. Admits Its MH17 ‘Evidence’ is Based on YouTube Clips & Social Media Posts
-Key Piece of Video “Evidence” for Russian Responsibility for Malaysian Plane Shootdown Debunked
-Kiev Censors MH17 Air Traffic Control Recordings
-Establishment media criticizes Ron Paul for failing to attack Russia

In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity
New World Disorder: Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos
July 22, 2014 by Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse |

In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. The opening up of relations with China and the “end of the Cold War” resulted in an extended period of cooperation between east and west that was truly…

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Survey Sez! “Putin’s the World’s Foremost Villain!”

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Ethnic Russians in former Soviet Union states in 1994 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My sources in Russia explain to me the Russian side of the story of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine is trying to drive ethnic Russians out of Ukraine–ethnic cleansing, if you will. Whether her assertions are the whole story is another matter. I have heard from other sources that the Russian rebels may be trying equally as hard to drive out Ukrainians and annex the territory to Russian, much as the Crimea. Since Sevastopol, the major Crimean port, was always, as a Russian military port, decidedly pro-Russia, and as the city population skewed the vote in Russia’s favor, it is hard to know what the Tatar and Ukrainian minorities really felt about the annexation. In the same way, there may be two sides in the wrong in the civil war that rages on. Yet, we are quick to label the one group “rebels”. Perhaps they just fight to survive.

The mistake that is the Malaysian plane downing belongs among all other mistakes with tragic, life-ending consequences. We should take steps to insure it doesn’t happen again. But, just as mistakes take 1000 lives per day in American hospitals and 100 lives per day on American roads, we should not be too quick to cry murder and exact revenge. It was also a mistake for the plane to be where it was after it was warned to avoid the airspace. There are innocent victims, to be sure. But death comes in many forms and no one is ever sure to survive the day. It is to their credit that the fighters in the region are respecting the bodies and doing what can be done to help us bury our dead and move on with our lives.

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It appears that Vladimir Putin may be blamed for all things bad–including the loss of President Obama’s real birth certificate.  Based on the events surrounding the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, Putin may be about to become the world’s foremost villain–a distinction previously held by Saddam Hussein (who died an early and violent death) and Muammar Gaddafi (who also died an early and violent death).

However, so far as I know, the only thing the public knows for sure is that Flight MH 17 crashed.  That crash was probably caused by an explosive device. Although that explosive device might’ve been a bomb planted on the airplane before it left Amsterdam, there is widespread consensus that the plane was shot out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile (SAM).

If the plane was brought down by a SAM, I don’t see how it could yet be known…

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9 illegal alien facts

Originally posted on Resist Tyranny:

food stampsWe hear a lot about how the United States owes something to illegal aliens – not the least of which is amnesty.

Ever wonder how we already contribute to illegals?

  1. Over 43% of all food stamps are given to illegals.
  2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles, California are for illegals.
  3. Less then 2% of illegals are picking crops. But 41% are on welfare.
  4. More than 66% of all births in California are to illegals on MediCal, paid for by US taxpayers.
  5. Nearly 60% of occupants of Housing and Urban Development properties across the country are illegals.
  6. More than 39% of California students in grades K-12 are illegals.
  7. 75% of Los Angeles, California’s “most wanted” are illegals.
  8. More than half of all gang members in the United States are illegals.
  9. US companies usin illegals in 2005 profited more than $2.35 trillion.

Our thanks to Kelly @KLSouth for the original inspiration.

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Once Pro Nuke, But No More

English: Active nuclear power plants in Japan....

English: Active nuclear power plants in Japan. Deutsch: In Betrieb befindliche Atomkraftwerke in Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am quick to call a lot of people environmentalist wackos for what I determine is much ado about insignificant risk.  Once upon a time, I would have considered nuclear power plants as one such insignificant risk.  But I don’t think anyone can look at the developments in Japan and come to that conclusion any longer.  Much as we all fear nuclear war, it seems that what may be our demise, or at least, in the short run, one of the plagues of the Apocalypse, is a peacetime “benefit” from nuclear research.

Japan Doctor: “Tokyo should no longer be inhabited”

Others have warned that Japan still faces the inevitability of a total core meltdown except for the very unlikely possibility that the exposed rods can be dealt with safely,  Such meltdown is likely to cause the nearby plants to also melt down, which would practically destroy Japan, and the fallout from which will undoubtedly drift eastward and contaminate most of the North American west coast.  Now come reports that even the lower levels of radiation already released during the earthquake and tsunami have likely already caused irreversible contamination to half of Japan’s population and likely made half the land less than safe to inhabit.  This likely mimics the affects of a total meltdown on the western US.  More or less, this is where our focus as a human race should be at this moment, over all the sectarian unrest in the world.  We are talking trillions of dollars in economic setbacks and hundreds of millions of displaced people.  We may be also talking about tens of millions of short term deaths and a hundred million longer term ones.  And there will be, of course, the long-term affects of contaminated land the would have produced much of the world’s food.

I’m not an alarmist.  At the same time, I can’t believe that we are playing the ostrich game!  Perhaps it is because we are all already feeling the squeeze from the world’s financial melt down that we all feel the need to rein in spending.  But, we seem to have enough money to waste trillions on modern weapons with which to terrorize the world.  There is no way of really knowing where the fallout will land, so everyone has skin in this game.

As for Iran and North Korea, as well as Pakistan and every other country capable of making the big bomb,  accidents happen all over.  Perhaps your enriched uranium will be the next to escape containment.  Would be nice to know that someone would step in to help you from being obliterated by your own lust for power.

We know the alternatives are out there–cheaper alternatives abound.  And there are even cheaper alternatives with no environmental side effects that are lying in someone’s vault until such time as they can create a strategy to corner the market and take all the profit for themselves.   It’s about time to spend less time thinking about how to make more money than you could ever spend and to spend a little more time making sure you can be around to spend it.

 

 

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Pakistan — Explosive Country

This article from the Washington Post describes the work of Shafqat Malik, head of bomb disposal in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, a master bomb tech fights a new kind of war

I have a feeling that we are conditioned by media, in our “war against terror”, to look at countries like Pakistan as the enemy and every person living there as a potential terrorist. That versus inited states military operatives, who are all anti-terrorist. But the reality is not always so cut and dried.

Pakistan is a country filled with people who are struggling to help her survive and to become an orderly, law-abiding country. Unfortunately, it is also a country filled with the remnants of the freedom fighters who helped Afghanistan free itself from the Soviet Union. Many of these remnants now run schools for training jihadists who now focus their efforts against the United States and other western countries. And most of these remnants use know-how given to them by the CIA and other US groups in covert efforts against soviet troups, efforts that go back as far as the Carter presidency, efforts that could have sparked a US – Soviet war if they had been known.

Pakistan is one of those countries that has been caught in the middle for a long time. Having established independence from India to the south, it has had to be vigilant against all out attacks from India. Border skirmishes are a daily occurrence. The Kashmir remains in constant dispute between the two countries.

To the north, there is the porous border with Afghanistan, another country long caught in the middle for centuries. Her opium not only made her valuable to the British, during her days of empire, as a cash crop with which to conquer China, but also as an overland route to India, her prized Asian colony. Even as the feudal warlords of Afghanistan have gained for her a measure of independence, so also her feudal tendencies have thwarted attempts for a strong national identity that can ward off outside interference. As in the Middle East, feudal allegiances spill over the border into Pakistan and are stronger, many times, than any nationalist emotions.

So, Pakistan, and those in her who relish a modern democratic, orderly society, has its hands full. We in the US would like to make blanket assumptions about her commitment to being allies of the “free” West. However, we might do well to examine her plight. For, more and more rapidly, the US itself is descending into a society of covert allegiances and divided loyalties. It is becoming impossible to tell who, in our own governance, is really committed to the ideals that they expect from others, and who are merely using the facade of the America heritage to achieve their own devious agendas. We might do well to give the good citizens of Pakistan more encouragement and to learn from their vigilance.

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Roundup

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So much said in so little space.

Originally posted on Eternity Matters:

“Recycled” hard drive at the FEC too? – And of course, the employee at the Federal Election Commission accused of partisan political activities is a former co-worker of former IRS chief Lois Lerner. Getting rid of email trails isn’t something one person can do. This has to be a wide-scale conspiracy that dwarfs anything Nixon did. And they are doing it in such a ridiculous in-your-face way, because they know the media won’t call them on it. That will only embolden them.

Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decadeIf there was a mutual fund of tattoo-removal companies I would definitely invest in it. Nothing says, “I can’t think 15 minutes into the future,” to potential employers like visible and often inappropriate tattoos.

Bible Hub – This is a great site for quick searches or deep study. It is easy to drill into the Greek or Hebrew for…

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