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Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Few Feral Freaks For Jesus


DC TALK: Jesus Freak
ALICE COOPER:
Alice Cooper goes with God
'Shock-rock' pioneer now 'dedicated to follow Christ'

Songs on Cooper's more recent recordings have hinted at his change of heart. He sees his stage persona now as "the prophet of doom," telling people: "'Be careful! Satan is not a myth. Don't sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke.' I think my job is to warn about Satan."


ALICE COOPER Cleansed By Fire







SYLVESTER STALLONE:

Hollywood filmmaker SYLVESTER STALLONE created the character of boxer ROCKY BALBOA to reflect JESUS CHRIST. Stallone was an unknown actor when he wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie ROCKY. And he has now revealed the reasoning behind the film's opening shot of a painting of Jesus Christ looking down at Rocky fighting in a gym.


The 60-year-old says it's like he was being chosen. If you look to God, you can overcome your past




ROCKY II
YO! Be youse as little children!



DION DiMUCCI:




Faith changed my life, keeps me on track, Catholic pop star says



"I had a powerful religious experience," he said.

"It changed my life and I have never been the same since."


DION ~ King of the NY Streets




DAVE MUSTAINE:


Dave Mustaine: Why I Won't Share A Stage With Satanists

J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?



MEGADETH: Peace Sells


Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk.



BRIAN WELCH:








Brian Welch of Korn discusses his conversion





LENNY KRAVITZ:



His 1993 hit "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" was apparently sung from Christ's perspective, and his 1995 album Circus included songs that would be at home on most modern worship recordings. Check out Spiritual Journeys and The Rock & Roll Rebellion for other examples
of Kravitz's Christian beliefs.




LINK



Lenny Kravitz
Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Missing Links in the Land of Never More

An international conference taking place in Berlin on Tuesday aims to secure tens of millions of dollars for the Palestinians to build new, improved police and judiciary systems.

LOL. What a load of bullshit.

Support for Palestinian institutions of security and justice "is essential to achieving our vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the conference on Tuesday.





“Radical leftists bash Rep. Virgil Goode’s (R-VA) views on Muslim immigration” Really!








'NEOEUGENICS" Web Site
.....but this shit is not happening today, and I am a crazy woman, right So-Smarts?








Scientists should unite against threat from religion
By Dawkin's pal: Sam Harris
Ya. OK. But it's still me that's crazy.
If my GOD is not real, you tell me, scientist: WTF is there to be threatened by?








Virtual Jihad

Anybody that allows these MFers to have a website should be tried for treason.








Hizballah in Venezuela







Centrists Get Behind Obama
LOL - I say "GET THEE BEHIND ME, OBAMA!






Majority of Indonesians support establishing Islamic law.....







Kofi calls for "Climate Justice"

Maybe the MFer can find a way to head a "carbon credits for food" scam




Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution


I wonder if half these so-smarts even realize they are supporting anarchists

The conception of struggle for existence as a factor of evolution, introduced into science by Darwin and Wallace, has permitted us to embrace an immensely wide range of phenomena in one single generalization, which soon became the very basis of our philosophical, biological, and sociological speculations




It's a fucking religion, you morons

For all your BS about separating church and state... you can not see the church OF the state, can you?
Bela H. Banathy, author of Guided Evolution of Society, offers this understanding of what Conscious Evolution is:

"It is a process by which we can individually and collectively take responsibility for our future.

It is a process of giving direction to the evolution of human systems by purposeful action.

And, most importantly, Conscious Evolution enables us, if we take responsibility for it, to use our creative power to guide our own lives and the evolution of the systems and the communities in which we live and work. It is a process by which individuals and groups, families, organizations, and societies can envision and create images of what should be, and bring those images to life by design."

Conscious Evolution is at the core a spiritually-motivated endeavor. Its precepts reside at the heart of every great faith, affirming that humans have the potential of being cocreators with Spirit, with the deeper patterns of nature and universal design.

Conscious Evolution is a social movement, a call to action that offers real hope for the world. In fact, it is a "movement of movements." It connects positive, life-enhancing initiatives and insights in every field leading toward a higher level of cooperative action. It stimulates learning, personal mastery and systems theory applied to social change. Above all, it brings forth practical visions of hope and fulfillment of humanity's most profound aspirations.

Conscious Evolution as a new world view is a context for a meta-discipline composed of the growing edge of all disciplines seen as parts of a living whole. It may even set the framework for a “meta-religio,” an all-inclusive space in which the great faiths and wisdom traditions can contribute their unique gifts to the conscious evolution of humanity.

The promise of Conscious Evolution is nothing less than the emergence of a universal humanity capable of co-evolution with nature and cocreation with Spirit.



Barbara Marx Hubbard has proven through the years that she has powerful connections in the world. Working closely with New Age activists like Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and countless others, Hubbard has been carefully positioned to play a key role in the emerging New Age/New Spirituality—particularly in the field of spiritual politics. As Hubbard and her New Age colleagues continue to gain credibility in the world, they will do everything in their power to popularize, politicize and ultimately legalize the ideas and teachings of their New Age “God” and “Christ.”




Humanity Ascending Series ~ Barbara Marx Hubbard

The Untold History of Humanity As Seen Through Evolutionary Eyes



UN-FREAKIN REAL , MAH FERALS!





Hubbard's "Christ Consciousness"
Unholy Shit.

New Age leader, Barbara Marx Hubbard has staled, "people will either change or die," for "that is the choice." According to those who would concur with Hubbard, Christians will need to be more open minded so they too can receive the mark of the Antichrist. If they will not join with the global community and its agenda, they will be killed by the "opened minded" New Agers. She states that, "This act is as horrible as killing a cancer cell. It must be done (or the sake of the future of the whole. So be it; be prepared for the selection process which is now beginning. We, the elders, have been patiently waiting until the very last moment before the quantum transformation, to take action to cut out this corrupted and corrupting element in the body of humanity



Decoding the transformational meta-patterns inherent in the evolutionary process

Whatever the fuck THAT means!


In 1966, Hubbard was a founding member of the 'World Future Society'; she subsequently co-founded the 'Society For The Universal Human', and the 'Foundation For Conscious Evolution'. In the 1970s, Hubbard organized and co-produced twenty-five 'Syncons' ('synergistic conferences'), and the multimedia 'Theater For The Future'. In 1984, Hubbard made political history when her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of America.




During the Armageddon-obsessed 1980s (signified by Reagan's 'Strategic Defence Initiative'), Hubbard developed and co-chaired US-Soviet citizen summits. She hosted 'Potentials: Envisioning The New Millennium', a stunning television series which featured Gene Roddenberry, Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller, Toni and John Lilly, Jerry Pournelle, and Ray Bradbury as guests. Space migration, life extension, and macropolitical models are just some of the memes that Hubbard has promoted over more than thirty years of advocacy.




In 'Happy Birthday Planet Earth: The Instant Of Co-Operation' (Ocean Tree Books, 1986), Hubbard examined Spaceship Earth as a vast holistic system, exalting our power as co-creators over acquiescence (the 'Age of Aquarius' impulse now grown up). 'The Revelation: A Message Of Hope For The New Millennium' (New World Library, 1995) re-framed the Biblical 'Book of Revelations' cultural script (the foundational mindset of Evangelical Christianity and the Nation of Islam) as a 'Solar Consciousness' reminder of the need to integrate scientific and technological advances with humanism, spirituality, and stewardship. 'Conscious Evolution: Awakening The Power Of Our Social Potential' (New World Library, 1998) was a truly provocative and sweeping millennium manifesto.




By decoding the transformational meta-patterns inherent in the evolutionary process, we are able to discover new choices to imminent and threatening crises. But these choices must be grounded in a pragmatic holistic worldview, because humanity now possesses the power for co-evolution and co-destruction.



The Next Thousand Years Television Series Participating Scholars

Initial Scholar List

To date the following scholars have agreed to participate in the development of The Next Thousand Years television series. Some of these scholars will serve on The Next Thousand Years Scholar Advisory Board and most of them will serve as consulting scholars on individual programs.

WELL LOOKIE HEYA:

Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Professor, Oxford University, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, England



Barbara Marx Hubbard, President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Santa Barbara, CA USA

YA



Poe's "The Raven"
read by Christopher Walken




Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. `'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more.'


Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore - For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore - Nameless here for evermore.



And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating `'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door - Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; - This it is, and nothing more,'



Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, `Sir,' said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you' - here I opened wide the door; - Darkness there, and nothing more.



Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!' This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!' Merely this and nothing more.



Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before. `Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice; Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore - Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; - 'Tis the wind and nothing more!'


Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore. Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door - Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door - Perched, and sat, and nothing more.


Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, `Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven. Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore - Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'


Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door - Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as `Nevermore.'


But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only, That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered - Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before - On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.' Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'


Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, `Doubtless,' said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store, Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore - Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore Of "Never-nevermore."'


But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore - What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking `Nevermore.'



This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er, But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er, She shall press, ah, nevermore!



Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. `Wretch,' I cried, `thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent thee Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'



`Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! - Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted - On this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore - Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'


`Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore - Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore - Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'


`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked upstarting - `Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'


And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted - nevermore!

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Missing Links & the Meaning of Freedom


CREAM: I FEEL FREE





YO Feralmanity ~

Freedom is defined by the secularists as:

LACK OF CONSEQUENCES.

This translates subconsciously in the psyche as
"I am inconsequential"

Which explains why they are perpetually unhappy, and why they are so easily duped and conquered by totalitarian ideologies.
Biblical freedom, on the other hand is not so malleable. Which is why there is even one Jew left on this planet today.
From Moses to Nakba we are FREE. America was founded on these JEWISH ideals.

Christians are set free by the blood and the name of a JEWISH man, a Jewish messiah.
Freedom Belongs to the GOD of Abraham and to those in covenant with the GOD of Abraham, no matter what they call themselves.



Which is why the other side is so desperate to destroy it.
It's been over 4,000 years and no one has been able to kill it yet.

Bring it, MFers. We're standing here.



YO.....CLICK ME



2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.



MC HAMMER: Can't Touch This!





A Religious Idea Called "America"

How Puritanism Created It, What It Means, Why It Matters





THE CHRISTIAN ROOTS OF AMERICA LIBERTY



Jewish Life in America



Freedom and Torah Supremacy




The Challenge of True Freedom







In "the country wherein it hath pleased the divine providence to appoint our lot,"
Early American Jews Found Freedom to Celebrate Autumn's High Holy Days




Topical Bible References: "Freedom"


CLICK ME!



"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible"
~ George Washington




"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society..."
~ John Quincy Adams




"That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests"
~ Andrew Jackson




"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong"
~ Abraham Lincoln




President Lincoln was also noted as saying: "It is the duty of nations as well as men to recognize the truth announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all of history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

"Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book are we indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a 2 reproach to any people"
~ Ulysses S. Grant




"If you take out of your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?" ~Benjamin Harrison




"Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which our people are proud, almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible" ~Theodore Roosevelt




"We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government ... not in the Constitution... (but) upon the capacity of each and every one of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments"
~ James Madison




"The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of the law for the virtues of men"
~ Calvin Coolidge

CLICK ME & BE FREE


Exodus 6:6

"Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.





Galatians 4:26

But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.






1 Peter 2:16

Live as
free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.





James 2:12

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives
freedom,




Galatians 5:1

[
Freedom in Messiah ] It is for freedom that Moshiach has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.




Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the
free gift of the water of life.



STAND: Marvin Wynans & Donnie McClurkin
Memorial Service for Bishop GE Patterson, 2007


Happy Fourth, Feralmanity!

The Bible verse that always sticks in my mind is Ephesians 2:11-22:

http://www.biblegateway.com/pass...20;&version=31;

It describes the spiritual kinship of Jews and Gentiles, how through Jesus they have been brought together. The walls that separated them are torn down through the shedding of His Blood.

Verse 19 is fascinating -- the terms used are peroikoi and xenoi. The first means "resident alien" and was a Greek legal distinction for those who lived in a community but were not full legal members. The second likewise had a legal, but also a moral significance as "outsider," someone with no place in the community.

Ferals, in other words.

Within the church those distinctions make no difference; we are all fellow citizens in the "polity" - the city -- of God.

In that city, we are ruled by His law, and what I always explain to my students is that His law is the foundation of freedom. Freedom from bondage to the will of any man; freedom from arbitrary justice; freedomm from fear; freedom from want; freedom of conscience; freedom even from death, which holds no terror for the righteous.

The law of freedom is the right to stand before our Creator and Lawgiver as free men and women, and not be in thrall to anyone.


Have You Forgotten?


Fireworks 7/4/07 NYC



HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?




Darryl Worley - Have You Forgotten?



I hear people sayin'. We Don't need this war.
I say there's some things worth fightin' for.
What about our freedom, and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backin' down.
They say we don't realize the mess we're gettin' in
Before you start preachin' let me ask you this my friend.


Have you forgotten, how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten, when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin through a livin hell
And you say we shouldn't worry bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

You took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbin for you and me
It'll just breed anger is what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it everyday
Some say this country just out lookin' for a fight
Well after 9/11 man I'd have to say right.


Have you forgotten, how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell
We had neighbors still inside goin' through a livin' hell
And we vow to get the ones behind Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
you can bet they remember just what they're fightin' for

Have you forgotten
All the people killed
Yes some went down like heroes
In that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten
About our Pentagon
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden

Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?!


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Freedom is not Free ~ Happy 4th


Ray Charles: America The Beautiful



America needs a July Fourth Seder

Posted: July 3, 2007
By Dennis Prager


Perhaps the major reason Jews have been able to keep their national identity alive for 3,000 years, the last 2,000 of which were nearly all spent dispersed among other nations, is ritual. No national or cultural identity can survive without ritual, even if the group remains in its own country.


Americans knew this until the era of anti-wisdom was ushered in by the baby boomer generation in the 1960s and '70s. We always had national holidays that celebrated something meaningful.


When I was in elementary school, every year we would put on a play about Abraham Lincoln to commemorate Lincoln's Birthday and a play about George Washington to commemorate Washington's Birthday. Unfortunately, Congress made a particularly foolish decision to abolish the two greatest presidents' birthdays as national holidays and substituted the meaningless Presidents Day. Beyond having a three-day weekend and department store sales, the day means nothing.


Columbus Day is rarely celebrated since the European founding of European civilization on American soil is not politically correct.


Christmas has become less nationally meaningful as exemplified by the substitution of "Happy Holidays" for "Merry Christmas."


Memorial Day should be a solemn day on which Americans take time to honor those Americans who fought and died for America and for liberty. But, again, fewer and fewer Americans visit military cemeteries just as fewer communities have Memorial Day festivities.


We come, finally, to tomorrow, the mother of American holidays, July Fourth, the day America was born. This day has a long history of vibrant and meaningful celebrations. But it, too, is rapidly losing its meaning. For example, look around tomorrow – especially if you live in a large urban area – and see how few homes display the American flag. For most Americans it appears that the Fourth has become merely a day to take off from work and enjoy hot dogs with friends.


Our national holidays were established to commemorate the most significant national events and individuals in our history; they now exist primarily to provide us with a day off. This was reinforced by the nation's decision to shift some of the holidays to a Monday – thereby losing the meaning of the specific date to give us a three-day weekend.


National memory dies without national ritual. And without a national memory, a nation dies. That is the secret at the heart of the Jewish people's survival that the American people must learn if they are to survive.


When Jews gather at the Passover Seder – and this is the most widely observed Jewish holiday – they recount the exodus from Egypt, an event that occurred 3,200 years ago. We Americans have difficulty keeping alive the memory of events that happened 231 years ago.


How have the Jews accomplished this? By the ritual of the Passover Seder. Jews spend the evening recounting the Exodus from Egypt – and as if it happened to them. In the words of the Passover Haggadah – the Passover Seder book – "every person is obligated to regard himself as if he himself left Egypt." The story is retold in detail, and it is told as if it happened to those present at the Seder, not only to those who lived it 3,200 years ago.
That has to be the motto of the July Fourth Seder. We all have to retell the story in as much detail as possible and to regard ourselves as if we – no matter when we or our ancestors came to America – were present at the nation's founding in 1776.


The Seder achieves the feat not only through detailed recitation of the story, but through engaging the interest of the youngest of those at the table (indeed, they are its primary focus), through special food, through song and through relevant prayer. Obviously, just as secular Jews tend to avoid the prayer part of the Haggadah, so, too, secular Americans are free to avoid the prayer part of an American Seder Book.


But someone – or many someones – must come up with a July Fourth Seder. A generation of Americans with little American identity – emanating from little American memory – has already grown into adulthood. The nation whose founders regarded itself as the Second Israel must now learn how to survive from the First.




Independence Day Messages From John Adams

By Michael Medved



On July 2, 1776, after long and wrenching debate, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the Mother Country and the next night John Adams went back to his rooming house in sweltering, sticky Philadelphia to write, by candlelight, two of the most famous letters in American history. Addressing his beloved wife Abigail in far-away Boston, he exulted in the birth of a new nation: The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.



It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not… It may be the will of Heaven that America will suffer calamities still more wasting, and distress yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect at least.



It will inspire us with many virtues which we have not, and correct many errors, follies and vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us. The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in States as well as individuals...But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe. The prophetic nature of his vision still makes the heart race and takes the breath away, some 231 years later. Predicting “illuminations” (the 18th Century term for fireworks!) to celebrate Independence Day from “one end of the continent to the other” remains almost freakishly prescient. When Adams wrote those words, the colonies occupied only a narrow, intermittent strip of settlements along the eastern seaboard; the very notion of a true continental nation looked wildly implausible, all but unimaginable.



The one mistake in Adams’ view of the future involved his assumption that future generations would celebrate the Second of July (the date of the adoption of the resolution for Independence) rather than the Fourth of July (the date Congress approved the specific wording of the Declaration which Adams had helped his friend Thomas Jefferson to write. In any event, those who insist on dismissing or denying the nation’s deeply religious heritage should ponder the words of this “Atlas of Independence.” Adams expects that we will celebrate the nation’s founding through “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty” (don’t tell the ACLU!). After bitter, exhausting political battles in Philadelphia (corresponding to simultaneous -- disastrous -- military battles conducted by Washington’s army in New York) he recognized the role of Providence in the ongoing struggle and, at a moment of exultation, proved himself not just a far-seeing leader, but a prophet.



In a prior letter to Abigail (in 1775), Adams went even further in emphasizing the association of patriotism and religiosity – a connection maintained with interruption from his time to our own. “Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but is Religion and Morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand,” he wrote. “A patriot must be a religious man.” With his words in mind, it makes sense for so many churches to sponsor special July 4th programs, and to emphasize the always appropriate messages of “God bless America” and “America, America, God shed his grace on thee.” The last verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” contains the lines – “And triumph we must/As our cause it is just/And this may our motto/”In God is our trust.” May we observe our nation’s founding in the spirit of our founders – combining celebration with solemnity, and expressing our devotion to God and to country. Happy Independence Day!














Thursday, July 3, 2008

3 Wood: EU Healthcare-O-Rama


Van Halen: Somebody Get Me a Doctor
US Festival, 1983


Shalom, Feral Nation!

Today's topic is the EU healthcare-o-rama and why you should care.


I strongly advise that voters in the US pay careful attention to what is going on with the socialized medical care system in the EU, cause that is very likely what you will get if Obama ends up in the White House.


Therefore, the latest in the EU is this:
In an effort to shift around the service delivery problems inherent in a socialized medical care delivery system, the EU is now going to allow medical care tourism.



"The European Commission is poised to unveil a healthcare package that could give patients new rights to seek medical treatment elsewhere in the EU.

Patients would not have to get their doctor's approval for non-hospital care abroad, officials are quoted as saying."



Bottom line is, if the que by you is too long, you can go elsewhere for treatment. Of course, the real issue boils down to payment.

"Only costs similar to those in a patient's home state would be covered. About 1% of operations performed in the EU involve people from other countries.

Non-hospital care would be reimbursed by the home state up to the level the patient could expect at home, according to reports.

But the state would not reimburse expensive treatment received abroad that was unavailable in the patient's home country."

So what you will have is people shifting to service delivery areas that run more efficiently and probably overwhelming it. Then when the service delivery site goes to get paid the problems will occur. I expect that the service delivery site will either get stiffed and eventually cut services offered or will go after the patient for the difference.

Again, keep an eye on this situation folks, this is what many politicians have in mind for the US.

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I assure you by the regard I have in you for your fellowship and union with Moshiach Yeshua that I die daily- every day I face death, and die to self

What do I gain if merely from the human point of view, I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised at all , let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.

Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships, communions & associations corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

Awake from your drunken stupor and return to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God , you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God's presence and all true knowledge of Him. I say this to your shame.

But someone will say, How can the dead be raised? With what kind of body will they come forth?

You foolish man! Every time you plant seed, you sow something that does not come to life, germinating, springing up, and growing unless it dies first.

Nor is the seed you sow then the body which it is going to have later, but it is a naked kernel, perhaps of wheat or some of the rest of the grains.

But God gives to it the body that He plans and sees fit, and to each kind of seed a body of its own.

For all flesh is not the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for birds, and another for fish.

There are heavenly bodies (sun, moon, and stars) and there are earthly bodies (men, animals, and plants), but the beauty and glory of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, while the beauty and glory of earthly bodies is a different kind.

The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are glorious in their own distinctive way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable and decays, but the body that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). )

It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power.

It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.

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1 Corinthians 15 31:44



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For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die;
but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
~ Romans 8:13

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