Hottest Year Evuh!!!! So Far!!!!

So, NASA and the other group of lunatics contend this year’s Jan – April is the hottest ever!  Indeed, here’s a quasi-famous lunatic blog heralding such stupidity ……

You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records

Yeh, it’s funny how the lunatics only note records they wish to note …  Here’s some records of some empirical data … our North Hemisphere snow extent …..

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Well, that’s strange!!!  Over the last 30 years I can see where there’s been less snow on the ground in the North Hemisphere at least 11 years!!!  Weird!!!  Well, the hot is probably focused on the Southern Hemisphere …..right?

Apparently, more snow on the ground and more ice in the sea is a symptom of a warmer planet.

Source for snow graph source for the ice graph.

 

At this point, no one with a viable brain can possibley believe the last four months have been the “hottest ever”. 

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The Adriatic? Puhhlease!!!! Croatia Faces Hard False Choice!!!!!

Good heavens the lunatics are everywhere! 

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The picture above is, of course, a faked picture.  Oil rigs don’t hang out near a beach. If the oil were that close, the drillers would “horizontal” drill from dry land.

This brings me to this idiotic AP article ……

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

With Croatia announcing it will allow oil drilling in the Adriatic sea, the 60-year-old German businessman is having second thoughts about his loyalty to this Mediterranean tourist haven known for glorious sunsets over sparkling seas and white pebble beaches shadowed by thick pine forests.

That picture-perfect image, he fears, could soon change with the construction of giant offshore oil rigs on the horizon.

“This is a high-risk problem,” Fries said in a warm breeze that stirred the sea’s mirrored surface. “No one wants to swim or dive in a sea with pipelines, oil platforms and tankers.”

Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe’s fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state’s poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies.

The decision has deeply split the European Union’s newest member state of some 4.3 million, a country still scarred by the 1990s Balkans wars and where the untouched beauty of the Adriatic is a matter of national pride.

Opponents warn that besides damaging the spectacular scenery, offshore drilling represents a grave environmental hazard, raising the risk of oil spills that could wreck tourism — the country’s main source of income.

Supporters say pumping oil could bring billions of dollars to Croatia’s troubled economy, which has been in recession for years. They add that drilling could ultimately help Europe reduce its reliance on Russian energy imports.

“This is an existential matter that will bring a better life to Croatian citizens,” Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak told The Associated Press. …….

….. There is little doubt that there are oil and gas reserves in the area. In neighboring Italy, dozens of offshore platforms currently operate, some syphoning crude. There are also 18 rigs on the Croatian side of the Adriatic that extract only gas, which is considered a much smaller environmental risk than oil.

There’s so much idiocy to all of this ….  There are already oil rigs in the Adriatic.  Did Italy’s tourism die?  No?  Well, it prolly will for Croatia, amirite? 

Tourism, the country’s main source of income ……. has left them in a perpetual state of recession.  Prolly time to try something different, no? 

Lastly, I’ve been to the Adriatic ….. pristine isn’t the word I’d use for it.  When I visited it, it was a fairly rough sea compared to the other side of Italy.  Perhaps things have changed.  But, even then, the beaches were rocky, not sandy.  The article describes them as “pebbles” ….

Look, drill your own energy, or import it and squander your wealth.   

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$8 Billion? Phhhtttt!!!! Just Give It To Them And Then Walk Away!!!! —- Greece Again!!!

This is a hoot! 

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So, we’ve more drama from the drama queens, Greece, the IMF, and Europe.  Today, we learn they can bundle their repayments to the IMF to the end of the month, as they have multiple scheduled repayments next month. 

Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for “bundled” repayments next month. ….

… He said Athens hadn’t made a request to combine repayments, adding that the last country to do so was Zambia three decades ago.

Greece has warned it may be unable to repay an IMF loan due on June 5 unless it reaches a deal with emergency creditors to unlock remaining bailout funds. It has four IMF repayments due next month, through June 19. ….

…. “It is based on very specific facts,” government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said. “We are going into these negotiations with the aim to have an agreement with our partners by Sunday.”

Murray refused to comment on when a deal could be struck, insisting “work still needs to be done” — a note of caution echoed in Brussels. ….

…. Tsipras’ government, elected in January on an anti-austerity platform, has been in talks for four months on what reforms it should make to get the final bailout installment of 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) from fellow eurozone states and the IMF.

Creditors insist Athens must take more long-term measures to ensure its economy is reformed and doesn’t slip back into the bad habits of the past, with reckless borrowing and a large and inefficient public sector…..

…. Greece’s conservative opposition criticized the government’s handling of the negotiation.

“It is obvious that the government is at a dead-end,” New Democracy party spokesman Kostas Karagounis said.

“It announces deals that don’t exist, it presents its own positions as agreements, it is refuted by all foreign officials and meanwhile time has run out and the money has been exhausted.”

Final bailout installment of $8 billion?  $8 billion or 7.2 billion Euros won’t get Greece through the next quarter.

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Graph is in Euros.

Considering all of the money they’ve been given/loaned …. last I looked it was something like 1/4 $trillion what difference does $8 billion make? 

If this is to be the “final” installment, then, never mind, they’re not going to make it.  It’s already over, it’s done.  All of this is harping about nothing.  Even if they were to suddenly clamp down on their spending to lower than the last 12 quarters, they’re still going to running a deficit. 

So, all of this drama is meaningless …….. that is, unless Europe and the IMF intend on setting up another bailout package.  It would probably all be easier if Greece simply admits that they’re worthless and must become wards of the greater state.  Which is what I predict will happen, in essence. 

Of course, there’s always another alternative.  The people of Greece could decide to live within their means, exit the EU, tell the IMF and Europe that they’ll catch up with them later to pay them back and stand on their own two feet.  But, given the government they recently elected, they’ve no knowledge as, how, exactly, to accomplish such a Herculean feat.   

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Cartoon Of The Day!

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I’ve honestly lost count.  Kasich is expected to announce soon and Pataki has announced.  Both will hurt Christie and perhaps Walker more than they will Cruz or Paul.  I’ve no idea why Kasich is running, but, Pataki could be a formidable candidate, and will definitely compete with Christie for the NE Repub vote.

Now, mind you, I’m all about choices, but, this is getting ridiculous.  And, it’s going to be harmful.  

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Gems 2015 — May 28 Scripture Selection: Job 13-15

 

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 28 Scripture Selection: Job 13-15

Food for Thought: Job 14

Poor Job had several misconceptions expressed in chapter 14 which left him at a disadvantage, though he was right about a few things, as well.

For one thing, he was definitely right in his perception of the length of time of a life. In verse 2, referring to man, he says, “He comes forth like a flower and fades away.” That is similar to how I Peter 1: 24 expresses the length of a man’s days: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away.” Life in the flesh is, indeed short. That is why it is necessary for us to be born of “incorruptible seed” for eternal life (I Pet. 1:23), something Job could not have known about, and do it quickly before time runs out.

Since Job doesn’t have the whole picture, he has no place from which to derive hope. In verses 7-10, he says, “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?” This is like many people who think that once you die, it’s over. But it is not over!

Job continues with that thought and rhetorically asks, “If a man dies, shall he live again? (vs. 14),” implying that that would be impossible. However, in many places in the Bible it tells us of eternal life in Him, even after we leave our earthly “tents.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 through 5:1, 2 expresses this beautifully: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.”

Job gets closer to the truth in verse 17 when he says, “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You cover my iniquity.” For him, it was true because of his constant sacrifices offered; however, we can gladly declare now that our transgressions are not just sealed up in a bag to maybe be held over our heads at a later date. Now they have been completely erased by the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no record of them ever having occurred. Similarly, the iniquities are not just covered; they, too, have been removed. (See Heb. 9:15; I Cor. 6:11; II Cor. 5:17; Rev. 1:5)

Because we enjoy the benefits of having been washed completely clean, we know that Job’s assertion that God destroys the hope of man (vs. 19c) is untrue. On the contrary, because of what we know about Jesus, we can surmise that the Lord desires that we have hope. Hope for today, and hope for eternity.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Remember When More Atmospheric CO2 Was Suppose To Cause More And Worse Forest Fires?

I always thought this notion was most exemplary of the climate lunatics and their stupidity.  You see, it’s easy to make a claim without having to worry about the actual cause and effect. 

The thing which causes, sets the table, for more forest fires?  Nature.  It is true, humans can start them, and they do start them with a regularity.  Mostly because there are many people on this earth as stupid as climate alarmists.  But, it is nature which sets the table and makes it an eventuality.  Periodic wild fires are good for the land …. not so good for the people and critters in them. 

People can lower the frequency and severity of wild fires, but, that prevention has nothing, not a damned thing, to do with coal plants or driving SUVs, or atmospheric CO2 levels.  It’s insipidly stupid to believe such a notion.  Even if one has the faith that atmospheric CO2 causes the globe to warm, that a warming world would cause more wild fires is still insipidly stupid.  Our planet is mostly water.  A warmer world would be a wetter world, both on the ground, and in the air.  It would be a more humid, not more arid, world.

Now then, we are told that this century has seen the hottingest years the world has ever seen!!!  And, the lunatics claim pretty much the same for the US, as well.  So, how has this idiotic notion about warming causing more and worse wildfires turned out for the lunatics?

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It’s a like the lunatics are holding two separate, incompatible beliefs at the same time. 

Acreage is the left axis, count of wildfires is the right axis.  Source.

Anyone still believing the climate nonsense has not only ignored actual science, but, real world data for more than a decade.  The data is there, all one has to do is go look for it.  All of their religious beliefs are contradicted by data and actual science.

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An Unindicted Co-conspirator?

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Oh snap!!!!

Clinton Foundation Received Donations from FIFA, Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee

It seems that to donate to the Clinton Foundation, one must be a moderndaysuper villain.

Following the indictment of FIFA officials on corruption charges, it wasrevealed that the organization, along with Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Committee, were both Clinton Foundation donors. While exact donation amounts were unclear, FIFA donated between $50,000-$100,000, and Qatar’s World Cup Committee donated between $250,000 and 500,000.

FIFA officials allegedly accepted bribes to chose Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar has come under numerous human rights abuse accusations due to the high death toll of workers constructing the stadia to host the games. Qatar’s harsh summer climate has also necessitated adjusting the game schedule to winter, not summer.

FIFA has continually said that there will not be a re-vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia.

Corruption and FIFA have a long history together.

Is there anyone the Clinton Foundation wouldn’t accept money from?

I know!!!  I’m as shocked as you are!!!  

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What Socialism Can Do For You!!!! Venezuela!!!!!

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Billboard translation ….. “a better world is possible, if it is socialist”. 

Well, I really can’t add much to what Zerohedge had to say …..

Venezuela Solves Toilet Paper Shortage As Inflation Surpasses 100%

There are no longer words to summarize the utter devastation taking place in Venezuela’s ‘socialist paradise’ economy, but one can try. 

Unfortunately for residents of the Latin American country, what had been predicted on these pages for the past several years is finally coming to pass, as is Venezuela’s official currency: the bolivar fell 25 percent on the black market last week to 423 per dollar. As the unofficial Venezuela currency has weakened 80% in street markets in the past year, it is now worth about 66 times less than the primary official rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar.

According to Bloomberg, the bolivar’s dwindling value leaves many Venezuelans stuffing their pockets with wads of cash, since stacks of bills are often required for a routine trip to a restaurant or supermarket.

Asdrubal Oliveros, director of the Caracas-based consultancy Econanalitica, put it rather succinctly:  “You want to buy a car? There aren’t any. You want to buy an apartment? You can’t afford one. Basic products aren’t available,” he said. “The only refuge that people have is buying dollars, and because of that, the demand doesn’t stop.”

Since unlike the “developed” world where the debt slaves are misled to believe they too can experience the “wealth effect” by dumping their disposable income in the stock market, people here are buying dollars because of a scarcity of hard goods that could serve as a store of value, according to Oliveros.

And what hard goods can be found can no longer be afforded by anyone.

In fact, Venezuela is gripped in the worst case of hyperinflation currently on earth. According to Bank of America “April inflation reached 100.7% year-on-year and that monthly inflation averaged 8.5% in the first four months of the year.” And that is what total economic collapse looks like.

From BofA:

Venezuela’s central bank has not published the Consumer Price Index series since December 2014. Given the rate of observed money creation, the instability in the parallel market and the large local currency financing needs, there are reasons to be concerned that prices could be accelerating very rapidly.

In Caracas, not even quadruple seasonally-adjusted prices can either soothe these concerns, or fool any more of the people, any of the time.

Our estimate indicates that inflation accelerated in year-on-year terms and reached 100.7% in April (Table 2). Monthly inflation peaked at 12.4% in January yet remains high and came in at 6.6% in the most recent print. The average monthly inflation rate observed during the first four months of the year was 8.5%, which would correspond to an annualized rate of 165.9%.

Chart 1 shows the confidence intervals for our year-on-year inflation rates derived from considering the predictions of the 5th and 95th percentile of our forecast distribution. In the most conservative estimate within this range, inflation reached 88.1% in April and averaged 6.7% monthly (118% annualized). In our least conservative estimate, it reached 110.8% in April and averaged 9.8% monthly (208% annualized). Chart 2 displays the distribution of all of our April estimates and shows that they overwhelmingly point to price acceleration.

The good news, according to BofA, is that hyperinflation is good for you: just ask any Keynesian tenured economist and every central banker who is desperate to recreate the Venezuela case study at a global level. After all that $200 trillion in global debt won’t hyperinflate itself away.

There is overwhelming evidence that the end of hyperinflations is expansionary and tends to bring political benefits to the governments that ultimately stabilize the economy. This raises the incentives for both the current and a potential future administration to implement the price adjustments that, up until now, have been deemed too politically costly by the authorities

Curiously, on the question of what happens to the government that leads the country into hyperinflation and presides while society tears itself apart, Bank of America had nothing to say about that.

It also had nothing to say about how Venezuela just solved its toilet paper shortage.

As for the best one sentence summary of current events in Venezuela, the following may suffice:

Wu-Tang Financial @Wu_Tang_Finance

The Venezuelan Bolivar is worth more functioning as toilet paper than as actual currency #Faded #Drank #Socialism

12:09 PM – 27 May 2015

Like all socialist experiments, it goes poorly for the populace. 

I said I couldn’t add much, but, I will try to expand, just a bit on the this part of the post ……

The good news, according to BofA, is that hyperinflation is good for you: just ask any Keynesian tenured economist and every central banker who is desperate to recreate the Venezuela case study at a global level. After all that $200 trillion in global debt won’t hyperinflate itself away.

There is overwhelming evidence that the end of hyperinflations is expansionary and tends to bring political benefits to the governments that ultimately stabilize the economy. This raises the incentives for both the current and a potential future administration to implement the price adjustments that, up until now, have been deemed too politically costly by the authorities

Curiously, on the question of what happens to the government that leads the country into hyperinflation and presides while society tears itself apart, Bank of America had nothing to say about that.

Yes, from ashes, things spring.  In the meantime, death, disease, and violent turmoil is in store for the people of Venezuela. 

There is no need for poverty in Venezuela.  They’re not like the Mid-East nations which land only has oil.  Venezuela is a resource rich nation.  They have lots of trees for criminey sakes!!!!  There’s no reason on earth as to why they can’t make their own toilet paper! …… That is, except, it is a socialist nation.  Large swaths of their land is very fertile.  There’s no reason on earth why basic products are unavailable!  That is, except, it is a socialist nation.

This is a lesson for all of us. 

Socialists will willingly watch their own countrymen, women, and children die, rather than confront their own delusions. 

 

h/t Dirk and Bruce

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Paul, Jindal, And A Beached Whale ……. Knives Are Already Out!!!!

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Well, this is a discussion the entire nation needs to have, but, certainly, the Republican party needs to have, sooner better than later.  Sadly, the tone and the temperament of the discussion is set, and it ain’t pretty!

So, Rand Paul has made some news, recently.  And, he’s right, partly right, and wrong.  Other Repub presidential hopefuls have opined on Paul’s stances, most notable, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal.  However, the issues Christie and Jindal chimed in on are separate, but, somewhat related issues. 

To catch the readers up, Paul has been open about his disdain for the Patriot Act.  Thus, this article from Fox ….. be sure to read the emboldened quotes ……

Christie accuses Paul, Lee of siding with ‘criminal’ Snowden on NSA

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, over their efforts to block the renewal of the Patriot Act.

Christie, a fellow Republican and likely presidential candidate who backs the Patriot Act, accused Lee and Paul of “siding with” NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

“He’s a criminal, he’s a criminal and he’s hiding in Russia, and he’s lecturing to us about the evils of authoritarian government, while he lives under the protective umbrella of Vladimir Putin,” Christie said. “That’s who Mike Lee and Rand Paul are siding with – with Edward Snowden? Come on.”

The beef between the senators and Christie has been growing for some time. Christie had told supporters in New Hampshire that “you can’t enjoy our civil liberties if you’re in a coffin.”

Lee later told CNN he found the remark “really disappointing” and it reflected “governing by fear and governing by false choice.” He also said Christie should be ashamed of himself.

The feud with Lee and Paul, a declared presidential candidate, comes as Congress is stuck on what to do about expiring NSA surveillance programs. 

Lee backs an alternative to the Patriot Act called the USA Freedom Act. The House-passed bill aims to limit bulk collection of metadata on American citizens. But neither that, nor a straight, short-term extension of the Patriot Act, was able to advance in the Senate before lawmakers left on the holiday break. The data collection program is set to expire at the end of the month. 

During his interview on Fox News, Christie also blasted President Obama’s strategy in the Middle East – citing the Islamic State’s growing influence, as well as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s.

“If a President Christie had drawn a red line in Syria,” the United Sates would have gone after Assad as promised, he said.

Christie also criticized Obama for not being aggressive enough bringing together allies in the Middle East.

“They need American support and American leadership and American strategic vision, this president hasn’t put it out there, this is the guy who called them the JV,” Christie said. “Now, all of a sudden. He’s got a strategy that’s successful? It’s been disappointing to watch it.”

Well, from that, I know all I need to know about Christie and how he would conduct his foreign policy ….. with little thought.  I would also note that he’s unfamiliar with Franklin’s thoughts about people who would give up liberties for some security. 

I could be that Christie is simply an unimaginative clod who can’t think of a better way to keep Americans safe than spying on them 24/7.  Senator Lee (one of my favorites) was entirely correct, it’s a false choice.  I would suggest that our government can keep the American citizenry safe without spying on us 24/7.  I would also suggest that part of our government’s job, along with keeping the citizenry safe, is to ensure our liberties are safeguarded.  That’s the job, those two tasks are the only jobs of the US government, at its base.  (The commerce clause is part of our liberties.)  So, if you can’t ensure our liberties while keeping us safe, then you are uniquely unqualified for the job of heading our government. 

The last quote of Christie takes us to the next part of this post ….

“If a President Christie had drawn a red line in Syria,” the United Sates would have gone after Assad as promised, he said.

You see, Paul gave an interview on such things …..

Responding to the oft-repeated charge that non-interventionist libertarians are somehow responsible for the rise of ISIS, the Kentucky senator flipped that accusation on its head Wednesday morning, laying the blame squarely instead on the shoulders of his accusers (via TWS):

“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’s job even easier. They created these people.”

Well, no.  Yes, but, no.  The lunatics (Obama, McCain, Graham …. ) did indeed indiscriminately hand out arms.  They’re morons.  Who does that in the Mid East? ….  I mean, who does that without knowing, absolutely knowing, that the arms will come into hands of people who hate the US? 

Yes, this did strengthen ISIS.  But, it did not create those lunatics.  But, then, I’ll let Jindal have a say on this matter ….

Jindal, who is almost certainly running for president in 2016, blasted the Kentucky senator in a statement for adopting what he uncharitably described as both “illogical” and “liberal” arguments.

“This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” he declared. “We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position.”

“We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it,” he added. “American weakness, not American strength, emboldens our enemies. Senator Paul’s illogical argument clouds a situation that should provide pure moral clarity. Islam has a problem. ISIS is its current manifestation. And the next President’s job is to have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth. It has become impossible to imagine a President Paul defeating radical Islam and it’s time for the rest of us to say it.”

Ouch!!!! 

But, then, Jindal is correct.  I wished Jindal would have been more charitable to Paul, but, Jindal is probably going to run, as well, so he’s not going to hold back against a guy who will compete with him for the base. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like Rand Paul.  And, I’ll certainly vote for him before I will Christie.  And, I like Jindal.  To be honest, I like Paul’s non-interventionism.  But, he made a very poor choice of words when he tried to defend his non-intervention stances, and through innuendo, he also made a false choice.  But, it goes beyond that.  Non-intervention is fantastic for future events.  But, the statements Paul made doesn’t deal with the ‘here and now’.  ISIS is a problem.  It needs destroyed …. now.  If it isn’t wholly and utterly destroyed, it will only grow stronger, and the threat will be a problem for the entire world, not just the Mid-East. 

Jindal is also correct, this is an Islam problem.  I think any rational person can see this isn’t just a problem of a select few crazies, religious nuts, perpetrating all of these problems.  Islam …. take your pick of what flavor, has constantly, continually, generated some inhuman, degenerate, SOBs;  each iteration more degenerate than the last.  And, it’s well past time for the rest of us to say it. 

Those are my takes on these rigmaroles.  What say you?

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Gems 2015 — May 27 Scripture Selection: Job 10-12

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 27 Scripture Selection: Job 10-12

Food for Thought: Job 10:1, 18, 19

“I hate my life.” “I wish I had never been born.” Job is not the only one to have ever uttered these pitiful words. While they may seem justifiable, it is not helpful to do as Job does here when he says, “I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” Even more harmful is to remain stuck there in those words of misery, day after day, year after year. Yes, if you must, express them to someone in a position to help (not like Job’s so-called friends who never really offered any relief or practical solution), but all the better, look beyond your condition and begin to speak of hope for the future—even and especially when there appears to be none. (See Ps. 40 for David’s response under very difficult circumstances.)

The Bible presents several cases of people who for various reasons had lived lives of great suffering but were eventually given brand new lives when the Lord intervened. Joseph was thrown into a pit in the desert and then sold into slavery by his own brothers whose relationship with him had always been hostile (Gen. 37:23-28). Noemi, living in a strange land, found herself widowed and grieving not only the loss of her husband, but also the deaths of her two sons (which in those days meant great hardship in store for the widow) (Ruth 1:1-13). Consider also the four lepers and the inhabitants of Samaria who endured horrendous conditions as the Syrians besieged Samaria and planned to starve them out (II Kings 6, 7). And what about Mary Magdalene who had been constantly harassed by the seven demons who possessed her (Mark 16:9)? The man whom the Lord set free from a legion of demons was in an even worse state (Mark 5:1-15). The woman with the issue of blood was also quite miserable as she suffered from her physical condition and also from extreme poverty and isolation from her people for twelve long years (Mark 5:25-29).

They all had one thing in common: their situation changed completely, and their end was much better than their beginning. Dwelling on the severe conditions and painful past or present will not bring about change, but remembering the faithfulness of God and speaking about it will be most encouraging and begin to turn things around. The reference in Romans 4:17, 18 of the fulfillment of God’s promise to make Abraham a father of many nations reveals two very helpful keys. First, regarding God, it says, “(as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” Second, regarding Abraham’s part, it says in verse 18, “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, …” We, too, can do as God does. He calls the things that are not as though they were, and He speaks them into existence. And we can follow Abraham’s example, as well, and believe in hope, even when the circumstances do not appear at all hopeful, and give God a chance to do a great work in our lives.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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