Category: Culture

Gravitation toward exlusiveness

 Arthur C. Clarke came to mind when reading your post.  Whether or not this has anything to do with your thesis is probably open to debate, but I think you will find Clarke’s comments entertaining if not enlightening…

The quote that made me think of Sir Clarke:  “Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.”

Of UFOs:  “They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in … [more]

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Secular Islam

 Randi Rhodes keeps harping on the idea that there’s a warped misogynistic, sado-masochistic, repressed-homosexuality theme running through a lot of what’s going on today in the Republican party and in our military fiasco in Iraq — phone sex with congressional pages, torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and black prisons, and of course, the wild popularity of shows like “24.”

Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: Secular Islam

The brief declaration of these secular “Islamists” is reasonable, but … [more]

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Faux news

 You’re taking the Washington Times to task for helping smear Valerie Plame?  That’s like chastising the New York Post for helping Israel attack Jimmy Carter, or Faux News for helping keep George Bush’s insanity hidden from his shrinking pool of doting admirers.  In the interest of triangulating the truth from multiple “news” sources, you have to occasionally sip the poison cool-aid that these propagandists dispense, but their “signal” is at best vague and distorted by static.  Honing in on the … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2007/03/17/faux-news/

Flying spittle

 I can imagine that in Mr. Greenberg’s mind, any modern comparison to the Holocaust is tantamount to its diminution/dilution and therefore an insult to the Jews’ well-documented suffering.  Also well-documented is the rage provoked by exposing the hypocrisy of Jewish nationalists.  Just ask Jesus…

If Greenberg didn’t like your comments, I’m sure he’s thrilled with fellow Jew Norman Finkelstein, who equates the Holocaust with an “industry” designed to rake in billions of dollars in perpetuity.  Arabs are supposed to get … [more]

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Rushdoony

 Yesterday, Monroe asked me:

Aren’t there people in the USA who call themselves Christians who truly want a Theocracy here – somewhat like the Taliban described below?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IC14Df03.html

Absolutely. The scariest of the bunch (in my opinion) are the ones who follow and expand upon the teachings of Rousas John Rushdoony (1916 – 2001). He was educated in your backyard (Berkeley) and wrote the highly influential “Institutes of Biblical Law” which argues that Old Testament law should be applied to … [more]

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War’s price tag

 Pretend for a moment the war is occurring in a vacuum and we’re not even considering the cost to Iraq and its neighbors.  According to an article published today in New Statesman, the cost for the war and for caring for our wounded and for the tangential impacts, such as the cost of oil, will eventually cost the United States $2.5 trillion!  That’s a lot of cheeseburgers.  The article goes on to suggest that the numbers of wounded flowing through … [more]

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Baptists in Levantium

 Interesting history.  Thank you very much.  I’m curious, because it wasn’t mentioned in the article and perhaps wasn’t germane, but how much Baptist work in Israel/Palestine is with Jewish (secular and confessing) persons and how much is with non-Jewish (i.e., Arab Christians and Muslims and non-Arab visiting pilgrims/tourists) persons?  What are the ratios?  Maybe I’ve been misinformed, but I thought evangelical outreach to Jews was verboten in Israel.

Actually, I was a bit surprised that the Jerusalem Post even published … [more]

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