Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OK, here goes. A little background first. I served two governors on staff--extended staff in the only executive agency of the Office of Governor. I served the second governor as personal, senior staff and ran a state agency, all of which was over a 10 year period. Secondly, I served as personal, special assistant to a Member of Congress who served on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee. Thirdly, I served in the capacity of government relations for a period of 13 years in Washington, DC--that would be as a "Lobbyist" and manager of lobbyists. All total, I have 25 years of service at the seat of state government, federal government and have spent time in the White House, "lobbying" if you will. The above is from someone who has no such background and has missed the problem 100%. This "bought" Congress was elected by those who took the time to vote and even more importantly, those who sat home instead on their dead collective ass.When you see polling on how effective Congress is, you see a number of about 15% and it has been that way for decades. However, when you see the same pollster, asking those same polled, how they rate their individual Congressman, they poll at about 75%. We love our own Congressman but hate Congress. If Congress is comprised of idiots and "bought" individuals, just try to keep in mind who elected them. The person in the WH and the persons in Congress were elected, largely by idiots, about 50% of whom are bought and paid for, i.e. "Free Stuff". Of the other 50%, they are largely comprised of uneducated individuals who have no earthly clue what it is they would like the WH or Congress to do. In my 25 years of service, I have never seen any legislator, governor, congressman or president bought by anyone, certainly not by corporate interests anyway. Corporate participation is a brand new phenomenon. No one in office presently was elected under this new scheme. Nor have any of you who are reading this now. Number 1: GO VOTE OR STFU. Number 2: Educate yourself and vote for what is best for your locale, state, country, not what lines your own pockets, speaking of "bought and paid for." The gentleman you see in the clip above has absolutely no clue. I would take that to its logical conclusion. Any MSNBC "Contributor" is clueless as well. Thank God the Supreme Court is not elected!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I have spent days in the former WTC; in both my Oklahoma industrial development days, as well as a lobbyist in New York. A number of times, I stayed in the Westin Hotel in one of the towers. I also attended a number of functions in Windows on the World [Pictured below], as well as sitting down in that restaurant. I resent and will never forget that it became a hole in the ground, although this is an impressive memorial. I will neither forget nor forgive until the forces of evil that caused this are erased from history and memory.
If allah and G-d are one in the same, then consider me an atheist.
If allah and G-d are one in the same, then consider me an atheist.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
One of the great mysteries of the early Christian Era [C.E.] is where did Paul, “the Apostle”, go. That follows one of the other great mysteries of the time—Why was he called an “Apostle” and by whose authority, independently verified other than by Paul’s own stipulation.
The “Acts of the Apostles”, purportedly authored by Luke, a scribe of Paul, begs the question of the final disposition of Paul. Paul, after a long evangelistic mission abroad, has AGAIN been summoned to Jerusalem by James [The Just] and the irate hierarchy [The Disciples, as named by Christ and are independently verified, by and amongst themselves] for preaching a false message. This summons was the final of many known summons of Paul for taking license with the actual sayings of Christ--Christ was clear in his reinforcing the Law.
Sensing trouble, Paul’s followers admonished him not to answer the summons. Paul however, relents and appears. Meeting with James and other members of the leadership, Paul is again castigated for laxity in his observation of the Law. Acts does not record Paul’s response [Most likely excised] to these charges but it would appear from what follows that he perjures himself, denying the accusations, which his own Letters reveal to have been justified. See 1 Corinthians 9:19-27.
Paul then submits to a compromise – a 7-day “purification” procedure. Despite his “self-purification”, Paul continues to inspire enmity in those “zealous for the Law” and a few days later, Paul is attacked in the Temple. “This, they proclaim, is the man who preaches to everyone everywhere against the Law” [Acts 21:28]. The ensuing riot is no minor disturbance:
“This roused the whole city: people came running from all sides; they seized Paul and dragged him out of the Temple, and the gates were closed behind them. They would have killed him if a report had not reached the tribune of the cohort that there was rioting all over Jerusalem [Acts 21: 30-31].”
The cohort is called out, 600 men [Roman soldiers], and Paul is rescued. Having rescued Paul, he is arrested and marched off to prison, asking permission to make an exculpatory speech. Inexplicably, he is allowed make his case, serving only to further incense those in attendance. Paul is then carried off for torture and/ or interrogation. Paul is then removed, under escort, out of Jerusalem to Caesarea, where he invokes his right, as a Roman citizen, to make a personal appeal to the emperor. It is in his exculpatory speech that he admits to his leading role in the stoning to death of Stephen, a named Disciple of Christ by Jesus himself.
It is in Caesarea that he spends time, in a congenial and intimate fashion, with the Roman procurator, Antonius Felix and his brother-in-law, Herod Agrippa II and the King’s sister, later the mistress of Titus, the Roman commander who will destroy Jerusalem and eventually become Emperor. In addition, Acts 13:1 refers to one of Paul’s companions in Antioch as Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch and in Romans 16:1, Paul speaks of a companion named, Herodian.
What is most striking of all however is that, following his sojourn in luxury at Caesarea, he mysteriously and utterly disappears from the stage of history? The Acts of the Apostles ends abruptly without any further word on Paul. In fact, there is no further record in any writing, canonization writings or non-canonized writings, regarding Paul. Number one, it is simply not plausible that Acts would end in such a manner. Number two, for someone who is singularly responsible for establishing what I call the Pauline Church to disappear without any further trace is just not possible. Did the Acts end like the Gospel of Mark, with part of it excised and a new and different ending spuriously added?
Another great question that might be posited here is why was Paul called on the carpet by James, who was in fact one of the 12 named Disciples? That answer is clearly laid out, in the words of Christ just before his departure, in the Gospel of Thomas, saying # 12: “No matter where you are, you are to go to James the Just.” This was in response to a query by the Disciples while in their audience prior to the Crucifixion. Paul was clearly proselytizing a false and unauthorized message and was called on the carpet by none other than the afore-named successor and brother of Christ, James the Just. James was the recognized head of the new church in Jerusalem until he personally suffered a great attack in AD 62.
In finality, where did Paul go and what did he do after his mysterious disappearance from the face of the earth? A better question might be posited: Who was this Paul? Or, by what/ whose authority was he proselytizing ANY message on behalf of the Christ? He was a Roman citizen, unlike the Disciples. He was a very wealthy man, unlike the Disciples. He was well known to the Herodian line, which brought down the early church, the Temple and finally, the battle and mass suicide at Masada, certainly unlike the Disciples.
Why was it that the letters and other writings, attributed to Paul, were canonized and books attributed to actual Disciples were pronounced “heretical” and were omitted from the canonization? That to me is the central question--and, by what/whose authority? No living person, at the time of the canonization had the authority to decide for anyone, what was the inspired Word of God and what was not. Absolutely, NO ONE!
Pursuant to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 52 texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, it is clear the canonization was a farce and a fraud. These recently discovered texts are in the actual language of the inhabitants of the Holy Land, not the Greek translations, but in Old Hebrew, Coptic and Aramaic, the language of Christ and the Disciples. Fortunately, these texts, hidden from mankind for two millennia, had not been edited, adulterated, or tampered with by any “heretical” hand. They are the pure inspired Words we were meant to be given in perpetuity.
The 52 texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, although found in 1947, were only recently removed from the clutches of the church and made public. They have been translated and are now available to anyone who wishes to study them, as it should be. It is up to us, as Christians, to discern that, which is the inspired Word of God, not men in a “smoke-filled” room, dedicated to some contrived dogma, having nothing to do with the Word of God. It is especially egregious to declare “heretical” the Gospel of Thomas, which contains 114 quotes from Jesus Christ. I have as much authority to decide for myself, what is the truth of the matter and what may be “heretical”, no one else.
It is clear to me that the real fate of Paul was excised from the written Word, in time for the canonization. It is also clear that he had been castigated, exposed, shunned, discredited and removed by those who were authorized, as the Disciples of Christ, led by James the Just.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I just heard a thoughtful characterization of something I have long felt. Somewhere along the way, and it has been gradual and insidious, we in America have politicized theology. There are a number of "political" issues that, in my opinion were formerly only questions of theology, not to be politicized. Theology has gradually been hijacked/ politicized. I have resented it all along but this is the first time on TV that I have heard it articulated in the manner just heard. For some reason[s], since the '50s, the political agenda and discourse have drastically changed. I'm not sure the tipping point or the catalyst but I am sure that it has been partly cause and effect as to why we now seem to be dysfunctional, politically and otherwise. It is the political system that has hijacked theology and not the reverse, quite the opposite of Jefferson's fear. Theology, in my opinion, is hands off, especially with respect to the federal government. Being Jeffersonian, I believe in a distinct separation of church and state. "Church", in Jefferson's mind [and mine], had nothing to do with religion or religionists. It had to do with Theology -- the domain of the Creator, something for which we mortals have NO qualifications. I would assume the "political" issues of which I speak would be obvious. However, with the lack of a moral compass extant, seemingly, I probably should not even assume that. Just some thoughts...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If you watch any news at all you will likely hear the words, "Immigration Reform". Usually, you also hear that the majority of Americans are for it but you NEVER hear the details of what that "reform" would constitute. Keep in mind, we are NOT a homogeneous society--Japan is. Thus, "reform" is in the eye of the beholder [Interest Group, class, ethnicity, etc.] If your poll got into specifics, which would likely be impractical, what would you think reform would be to the average citizen? My 37 years of political life say that 99% of polls are useless, useful only in tracking trends - that is it! My experience also tells me also that 99% of those polled, who are for "reform", have NOT a clue what they would be reforming--they have NO idea what is in the present law [INA]. It too has also been my experience that, although Congress polls quite low in Popularity Polls, that to a man/ woman, these Members of Congress fairly and accurately reflect their constituencies. Thus, if you don't like Congress, walk over to the nearest mirror and smile like a monkey eatin' bumblebees. Here is a link to a pretty good summary of the INA. Ask yourself, rhetorically of course, what is it in the present law that you would "reform". Having a pretty good idea what is in the INA, I will just tell you I would not "reform" but one thing. Some A$$HOLE has a job to do--enforce it! Until such time, I'd just soon not hear that damn word again--REFORM! Unless and until we, the constituents, can find our respective butt with both hands, please do not expect Congress to do the same.