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President James Abram Garfield, our 20th President, had previously been Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and was an expert on fiscal matters. (Upon his election, among other things, he appointed an unpopular collector of customs at New York, whereupon the two Senators from New York--Roscoe Conkling and Thomas Platt--resigned their seats.)
President Garfield openly declared that whoever controls the supply of currency would control the business and activities of all the people. After only four months in office, President Garfield was shot at a railroad station on July 2, 1881. Another coincidence.
I'll let the Romans completely off when proof is provided that the soldiers who wielded the cat o' nine, drove the nails, cast lots over the robe, and pierced His side with the spear were paid by pharisees rather than Rome.
But Pilate may not have been any more brutal than other governors of Judea, because harsh measures were often necessary to keep the province under control. Most of the population felt an intense hatred for the Romans, and any small dispute could quickly develop into a riot or uprising. Trouble was especially likely during the annual Passover festival, when people from all over the country gathered in Jerusalem. For that reason, Roman governors always made it a point to be in the city at that time.
It was during one such Passover festival that Jesus was brought before Pilate.
These leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus because many people believed that he was the Messiah, and this made him a threat to their religious authority. But they didn't want the general public to blame them for his death, so when morning arrived they took him to Pilate and accused him of claiming to be a king. Under Roman law, this was equivalent to rebelling against the emperor, an offense punishable by death.
The gospels make it clear that Pilate didn't want to give a death sentence, and repeatedly tried to find ways to avoid it. For example, when he was reminded that it was customary to free a prisoner during the festival, he tried to use this as an excuse to release Jesus. But an unruly crowd in the courtyard shouted for the freedom of a prisoner named Barabbas instead.
John 19:1-16 says that Pilate continued to look for a way to save Jesus, but finally gave up when the Jewish leaders threatened to report him to the emperor for not enforcing the laws against rebellion. Even then, according to Matthew 27:24, he washed his hands in front of the crowd in an effort to disassociate himself from any responsibility for the decision.
wiki/Keystone_Pipeline - Political_issues
Landowners in the path of the pipeline have complained about threats by TransCanada to confiscate private land and lawsuits to allow the "pipeline on their property even though the controversial project has yet to receive federal approval." As of 17 October 2011, TransCanada had "34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas" and "22 in South Dakota." Some of those landowners gave testimony for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in May 2011.
Due to an exemption the state gave TransCanada, the local authorities would lose $50 million public revenue from property taxes for a decade.
In the foreword, it was stated that there were seven reasons to abolish the Federal Reserve System. It is time to repeat them:
It is incapable of accomplishing its stated objectives.
It is a cartel operating against the public interest.
It is the supreme instrument of usury.
It generates our most unfair tax.
It encourages war.
It destabilizes the economy.
It is an instrument of totalitarianism.
The purpose of this book has been to demonstrate the accuracy of those assertions.
WOULD JESUS BE IN THE 99%?
December 25, 2011
The Power and the Glory
Look, I’m just as sick as other people are of seeing the word “Occupy” appropriated for everything from partisan politics to self-promotion. But it’s hard to describe Jesus’ action against the moneychangers in today’s terms without calling it “Occupy the Temple.”
By riding into Jerusalem on a donkey accompanied only by his ragged followers, Jesus was proclaiming a spiritual insurrection of the poor and common people – the 99%, if you prefer – against the wealthy and privileged. When he came to the Temple he overturned the moneychangers’ tables and drove them from sacred ground with a “whip of cords.”
Sun, 25 Dec 2011
Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
The darkly cloaked phantom fills Scrooge with gloom and dread. Scrooge won't get any warm fuzzies from this guy; his transformation is not done. Until now, he still has a shallow understanding of what he has become and how his actions hurt good people.
He has no clue what people will actually say or think when he is gone. That his body will be dumped in some crude, unkempt grave with no one at the funeral. That young Tim's early death will result from his own cruelty. Life will go on, apathetically, without him. His life made no difference at all; in fact, it only brought pain and disgust, but happiness upon death.
He gets to see his lonely, last breaths and hear about his hired help looting his now dispossessed treasures.
'Spirit!' he cried, clutching tight at its robe, 'hear me. I am not the man I was! I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse! Why show me this, if I am past all hope?'
For the first time the hand appeared to shake.
'Good Spirit!' he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it: 'Your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!...I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!'
It doesn't take the grim reaper to see where our path leads. At any time, we can look around and honestly assess how actions (or lack thereof) will affect others. No one is beyond hope, every day is a another chance.
And Ebenezer got that chance when he awoke, truly awakened.
'I don't know what to do!' cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings. 'I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy! I am as giddy as a drunken man! A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!'
He is not just grateful to be alive, he is reborn. He is healed. He has love and generosity to give freely now. Many welcome his permanent change, but others thought he was crazy and laughed at him.
...but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway...
His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.