Archive for April, 2012

The “Jesus Discovery”

April 29, 2012
Resurrection of Christ

Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CRITICISMS OF “THE JESUS DISCOVERY” DESERVE THEIR OWN CRITICISM

Convoluted is the denial. I haven’t seen Jacobovici’s The Jesus Discovery, but Chris Evans’ “refutation” is none at all. His article at Huffington Post lacks the specifics that would make the case, instead using props for credibility, like a critic‘s reputation.

The critics admit it resembles a fish, but in their retort that there are other ossuaries with the same kind of object shaped like a fish, they actually strengthen Jacobivici’s observations.

I have no opinion at all on the book, having only the article so far from Chris Evans, and I’d say it’s a good bet that Jacobivici offered his own disclaimers to the effect that it’s not “proven” beyond reasonable doubt that he found “Jesus'” tomb. But the “doubters” are not convincing either.

That said, Chris Evans has apparently documented elsewhere the archaeological evidence for a very real Jesus Christ, which says something about our times more than anything else. That is, That someone has to document the obvious.

Apparently Simcha Jacobivici is not making any more claim than that it’s just evidence of earliest Christianity. That makes the critics’ criticisms even more suspect, as if that were what they were trying to deny. Their biggest problem is probably with the Resurrection itself and the reference to the fish.

I have learned something else from all this. I had always considered the early Christians‘ use of the fish as a symbol as a reference to Jesus’ call to Peter and James that he would make them “fishers of men”. Now I see that it likely served a double reference, the other being to the Resurrection.

 

Uncanny detailed predictions from Ron Paul speech in 2002

April 29, 2012

Ron Paul’s predictions, spot on, from 2002, about what would happen in the US, the Middle East, and at home:

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/content.php?1531-Ron-Paul-Wins-20-Out-Of-24-Congressional-Delegates-From-The-State-Of-Minnesota

Let it not be said, that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and our wealth are in jeapardy. – Ron Paul

“Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”

Prison Planet.com » 25 Horrible Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Barack Ob ama Does Not Want You To Know

April 29, 2012

An excellent compilation of the ways the policies in play since 2008 have hurt the economy:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/25-horrible-statistics-about-the-u-s-economy-that-barack-obama-does-not-want-you-to-know.html

Not only that, my (step)son that works at Miami International Airport and follows airline news a lot, says that the buzz is that Continental and United coordinated in some way to hurt American. Maybe but it’s not the whole story and not the biggest. The biggest item about American is that the federal government offered them money to help them supposedly avoid bankruptcy and they told the feds what they could do with it and preferred to go to the courts.

Occupy THIS!

April 28, 2012

http://www.space.com/14444-alien-planet-super-earth-habitable-zone.htm

It’s in the Goldilocks zone and they’re saying the temperature would be in range for liquid water, and they’re saying it has water. And “only” four times Earth gravity.

MSN declares outright that it’s “habitable”, but space.com is not so certain. After all, astronomers have caught themselves naked with this declaration before.

They only have a few more zillion-to-one odds to knock down before they can actually make the claim of course, as Guillermo Gonzalez pointed out in his book “Privileged Planet”.

Jules Verne talked about Moon Men, H. G. Wells had aliens coming from Mars, then we got life starting in comets, now there’s the extrasolar planets. But Drake’s equation bites the dust.

Oops it’s a triple-star system. Better a sun and a moon. A BIG moon.

USA Today Scrubs Headline: ‘PayPal founder gives $1.7M to Ron Paul super PAC’

April 28, 2012
Ron Paul, member of the United States House of...

Ron Paul, member of the United States House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/02/20/usa-today-buries-story-paypal-founder-17m-ron-paul-super-pac-85161/

Another in the list of things we would never have known if not for the alternative media.

There is screen-shot proof at the link above that the powerful plutocrats at entrenched Establishment media have blacklisted Ron Paul.

This campaign by Big Crony Corporate Media reminds me of an old Jefferson Airplane song with a title about finding somebody to love.

There is a line in there which I will paraphrase:

(My own version:)

“When the [media’s] truth is known.. To be lies…”

Then you are waking up! Wake up America!

Helping Koreans in the North

April 28, 2012
Topographic map of North Korea. Created with G...

Topographic map of North Korea. Created with GMT from SRTM data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Economist has an article advocating meaningful action to help the North Koreans, especially from China, still oppressed by a brutal dictatorship:

http://www.economist.com/node/21553029

But would they omit the effective and well-known work of Helping Hands Korea, led by Tim Peters, missionary and father married to a Korean national?

http://www.helpinghandskorea.org/

He works with refugees from the North, works with North Koreans still in the North, and regards his advocacy activities as a mission field, just as William Wilberforce in 18th and 19th century Britain made of abolishing slavery. He helps to organize a new “Underground Railroad” to help their escape to freedom, supports those who decide to go back into North Korea with the politically liberating message of the Gospel, and testifies before the U.S. Congress, European parliamentary bodies and United Nations agencies to encourage more action.

Ron Paul IS BEATING Romney/ The media LIES! Watch This! – YouTube

April 26, 2012

Rumors of the demise of Ron Paul campaign blown away by Ron Paul gains in reality

April 23, 2012

URGENT – Rule 40 Explains Ron Paul and Voter Fraud! – YouTube

You cannot believe what the Old Media tells you about the Republican nomination campaign or Ron Paul.

Like Josh says, if Ron Paul didn’t have any chance, they would not be talking about him.

The Daily Bell – Zimmerman’s Apology?

April 23, 2012

Good point:

http://www.thedailybell.com/3817/Tibor-Machan-Zimmermans-Apology

Nyet.

Apology it was not. An apology is saying “I’m sorry for what I did”.

Here was a good observation by Tibor Machan in the article on why the lockstep conformist reporters called it an “apology”:

But by characterizing it as an apology, news reporters implicate Mr. Zimmerman in confessing to murder, which he certainly didn’t do.

I have no stake in this at all. I don’t know if Mr. Zimmerman is guilty of manslaughter, murder, negligent homicide, or killing someone in self defense. What I do know is that what he said in court on Friday does not amount to a confession. Let’s get this straight.*

* I develop the thesis here more fully in “Should You Apologize?” a chapter of my book Libertarianism Defended (Ashgate, 2006)

It’s maybe a bit subtle, almost subliminal, but any psychologist will tell you the selection of what words you use makes a difference in the hearer’s ears. Salesman study it, a real phenomenon.

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CBS Caught Lying About Results of Colorado Caucus!

April 23, 2012

Mat Larson exposes another mainstream media lie about Ron Paul:
http://libertyvlogger.com/mainstream-media/ron-paul-cbs-caught-lying-about-results-of-colorado-caucus/

Romney gets to look increasingly like a throwaway candidate. He’s avoiding talking about his Massachusetts health care law, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance, because Americans hate hate hate the Obama nationalization of the medical industry and its co-ownership with Big Pharma and the semi-socialist AMA (which gets 70% of its funding from the federal government). They hate it at the rate of 70% to this day.

But even if he is a throwaway, Obama’s sponsors will not find much difference. Romney won’t throw out the Unaffordable Health Care Act, he’ll keep it and pretend to change something big by changing something meaningless. Romney will continue the endless Bush-Obama wars. Romney would continue to throw goodies to his Wall Street sponsors while criticizing them, just like Obama has done. Romney will continue the attacks on our freedoms, expanding on the most abominable and unconstitutional parts of the Patriot Act, NDAA, ACTA, police state power for federal agents to write their own secret warrants to search anywhere they feel like it, and to detain anybody the president deems a threat (where is that automatic signature machine?).

Make no mistake: Romney would also continue whatever efforts they’re doing under the radar to form a national civil federal police force akin to Hitler’s Brownshirts.

So Romney will avoid it, and Obama campaign will avoid it, but if -IF- Romney gets the nomination –and despite the spin, it is NOT settled yet– you can bet it will be a debate question and Romney will get plastered on it! “It was your idea, Romney!” And when they ask Romney what he’d do different, his answer will show his hem haw position straddles both sides of the fence and expose him as the same thing.

Romney’s corporate raids and offshore holdings will also kill him.

Neither of them can criticize their backers, both of them have Goldman Sachs and Wall Street in the list of their topmost supporters. Obama formed a PAC to answer the Republicans he said, but the media is covering by telling us Obama’s not getting the money the Republicans are. But what they don’t tell you is that Obama is going to get trillions worth of campaign donations “in kind”, in their own media reports.

But ever more people are waking up. You meet ex-Romney supporters, ex-Santorum supporters, ex-Gingrich supporters, ex-Obama supporters, but an ex-Ron Paul supporter is more rare than skin on a hen’s teeth!

Look at this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/us/massachusetts-health-insurance-mandate-stirs-dissent.html?pagewanted=all

Roughly 48,000 people in the state were subject to penalties for not having coverage in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, down from 67,000 in 2007. The maximum penalties range from $228 to $1,212 a year, depending largely on income. (Anyone with an annual income of less than 150% of the federal poverty line pays no penalty.) The penalties are paid on state tax returns.

Guess who isn’t getting Big Bank donations?