Month: December 2009

Greet the New Year … Same as the Old Year?

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Celebrating January 1st as New Year’s Day…
…but not always

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was an improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was lunar-based and had become inaccurate over the years. A lunar-based calendar is founded on the cycles of the moon – the synodic period. However, there is variation in the precise time for a specific lunation – the time between successive new moons – from 29 days, 6 hours, 35 minutes to 29 days, 19 hours, 55 minutes. Therefore, cumulatively, any lunar-based calendar will be “adding” time over any prolonged period. The Julian calendar, named for Julius Caesar, decreed that the new year would occur on January 1st. Julius wanted the year to begin in January since it celebrated the beginning of the civil year and the festival of the god of gates and, eventually, the god of all beginnings, Janus, after whom it was named. Combining these two celebrations joined the civil and the religious/pagan fetis, the genesis of the word festival.

Romans traditionally exchanged gifts – strenae – of good omen on January 1, the Kalends (root of the word calendar) of January. These gifts included sweet dates, honey and coins. In addition, it was the beginning of the one year term for the consuls, who had a procession on January 1 and, also, wanted a good omen for their tenure.

With Constantine (274-337 A.D.), the first Christian Roman emperor, New Year’s
evolved into a day of fasting rather than feasting, as had become the custom to celebrate Janus.

In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered to have become pagan and unChristian. In 567, the Roman Catholic church, at the Second Council of Tours in France, abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year. Thereafter, at different times and in various places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25, the birth of Jesus; March 1; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter, which continues to be based on the lunar calendar.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII re-established January 1 as new year’s day with calendar reform. Today the Gregorian calendar has become the international standard for civil use. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries, who didn’t recognize the Pope as their ecclesiastical leader. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire, and its’ colonies, continued to celebrate the new year in March. In the beginning years of British America, Puritans disavowed any new year observances at all. Still associating any celebrations with pagan traditions, Puritans wouldn’t speak the word “January,” calling it “The First Month” because of the association with the pagan god, Janus.

Given the various measures of time and the influence of power and the persistence of belief, the history of new year has been determined by shifts in liturgical, civic, religious, lunar, solar and seasonal variations. However, by all accounts, celebrating New Year’s has been, and continues to be, a time of rejuvenation and renewal, whether reflected upon quietly, with piousness or with days of feasting and frivolity. (source}

I’ve been listening to “What About Me” since 1970. It’s one of my favorites and like it as a New Year’s song. The scenario described never changes.

Lyrics

Happy New Year …

End of Year Insanity

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Insanity by Wladyslaw Podkowinski

Insanity is not delineated by numbers on a calender. It carries over day to day, year to year.

Of course the ‘crotch bomber’ story is the pinnacle of engineered insanity for this end of year and it’s well covered elsewhere so we’ll take a look at some other American and world oddities.

Rick Warren is whining and begging for money to keep his empire and lifestyle going. That big electric bill is eating away at the bucks for the food pantry and charities.

Lake Forest megachurch calls on followers to donate almost $1 million in 48 hours

Pastor Rick Warren, the Orange County evangelist who generated controversy for giving the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration, has called on followers to donate nearly $1 million in the next two days to make up for a shortfall in donations.

Late Wednesday night, Warren posted a letter on his Saddleback Church website telling congregants that Christmas offerings were far less than anticipated.

“This is an urgent letter unlike any I’ve written in 30 years,” Warren wrote. “On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive — leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and tomorrow.”

No discussion of insanity would be complete without a ‘what the hell is Israel doing?’

Irish4Palestine has continuing updates on the siege of Gaza and the attempts to end the blockade.

Barak enjoys classical music and killing Gaza children

Israeli settlers uproot trees and destroy natural water spring in northern West Bank

uruknet always fills in the Israeli insanity blanks.

Yemen, Yemen, Yemen

Obama administration prepares public opinion for attack on Yemen

The CIA/Mossad front IntelCenter is selling Al-Qaeda Activity in Yemen Wall Chart v1.3 and a Book Covering All Al-Qaeda Affiliated Attacks in Yemen Between 2000-2007 and the most useful Jihadi Logo Identification Wall Chart V1.1 and Mujahideen Youth Movement Leadership Breakout Wall Chart V1.0

If you hurry before they are sold out you can put these charts up on your living room wall and have a neighborhood watch meeting. You never know, the kids next door could be inspired to blow their balls off and take you with them.

Speaking of the CIA … the real terrorists get a taste of their own medicine.

The CIA said seven of its employees were killed and six others wounded in Wednesday’s suicide bombing at a base in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan. One of them was the chief of the CIA’s post there.

You might think Blackwater would be a target. Aren’t they terrorists too?

Blackwater Eyes Afghan Contractor Surge

As the United States builds up its military presence in Afghanistan, private contractors mercenaries are flocking there in even greater numbers. And Xe, the company formerly known as Blackwater, is in the hunt to get a share of the new work. According to a report last week from the Congressional Research Service, there were about 64,000 uniformed U.S. troops in Afghanistan in September and 104,101 military contractors — 62 percent of the Defense Department work force there. The Obama administration’s planned deployment of 30,000 more troops in the coming months could require as many as 56,000 more contractors, the report estimated

What kind of insane ‘journalist’ puts a camera or microphone in the face of deranged traitor Dick Cheney, one of the perps of 9/11, who never met a false flag terrorist attack on America he didn’t love.

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war,” Cheney told Politico. “He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.”

Of course Cheney is just playing the game. He knows Obama is following in his footsteps when it comes to war.

Ben Bernanke is still the head of the Federal Reserve, Tim Geithner is still Treasury Secretary and Rahm Emanuel still pulls the strings of his puppet president. That proves insanity and criminality rules.

And how do pollsters find the most insane of Americans to participate in their social engineering games.

President Obama is the man Americans admired most in 2009, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are virtually tied as the most-admired woman.

The poll of 1,025 adults, taken Dec. 11-13, has a margin of error of +/–4 percentage points. {see the complete chart}

That’s a small sample. Who did they poll, members of Congress and their families? I call BS on this one.

Did Obama elevate an international police force above American law?

Interpol given free hand in U.S.

No presidential statement or White House press briefing was held on it. In fact, all that can be found about it on the official White House Web site is the Dec. 17 announcement and one-paragraph text of President Obama’s Executive Order 12425, with this innocuous headline: “Amending Executive Order 12425 Designating Interpol as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities.”In fact, this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties. No wonder the White House said as little as possible about it.

Insanity is not just for politics. It happens every day on the local level.

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives arrested the three men Wednesday night that they think are responsible for a vicious home invasion attack on an elderly couple, Cecil Story, 86-years-old, and his 93-year-old wife, Edna Story, were beaten with bare hands, bound at the wrists and ankles, and robbed of less than $100.

There are plenty of voices of reason in this insane world. I’ll end with one.

While it is true that government is incurably incompetent with respect to any genuinely worthwhile productive enterprise, it is an astonishingly efficient engine of plunder and destruction. However useless the CIA and its kindred agencies may be in collecting and analyzing reliable intelligence, they display considerable gifts when it comes to arranging politically useful mischief. Will Grigg

$16 Billion pledged by U.S. to train, equip Afghan army not enough says Defense Ministry

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“We want a bigger cut of the $1 trillion heroin market. The central banks and the CIA need to share more.”

Defense Ministry spokesman Zaher Azimy …





The United States has pledged $16 billion to spend on training and equipping Afghanistan’s army and air force, but the country needs more to build a force that can guarantee stability, an Afghan army official said on Wednesday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Zaher Azimy said Kabul hoped a donor conference in London next month would provide cash and supplies needed for ambitious plans to expand the army to 240,000 soldiers, from over 100,000 at present.

“For the expansion process of the army, the United States has pledged $16 billion,” Azimi said, adding that the cash would be spread out over the period needed to scale up the army, currently estimated at around four years.

This is not enough by any means and we are hopeful to receive more assistance in London conference (from other NATO allies).”

He was speaking at a joint news conference with a spokesman for NATO-led forces, who did not dispute the $16 billion figure. {more}


Meanwhile, 8 Americans, reportedly civilians, have been killed at a U.S. military base in south eastern Afghanistan proving that security needs a boost.



Unconfirmed reports are that Israel, upon hearing of the $16 billion for Afghanistan, is demanding more than the measly $5 billion we give them each year … or else …

Meanwhile, an unknown number, maybe 20 + million Americans are unemployed.

Lie of the Year

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There were so many lies told in 2009 that to compile a list of all of them would be exhausting. A few websites have tried to pick the best of the worst such as PolitiFact, who seems to have gotten the most publicity with their Sara Palin’s ‘Death Panels’ number 1. That’s the best the deaf, dumb and blind kids of the left could come up with? Pathetic … not a single mention of any of the war lies.

The right wing press is no better. They keep pounding away at the lies of the Democratic administration and congress but with one exception. They still love all of the war lies.

There’s a Wall Street’s 10 Greatest Lies of 2009 that covers the basics in that hell hole of deceit and FactCheck show us some Whoppers of 2009 but with no hint of the lying foreign policy.

Those lists barely scratch the surface and the use of the word ‘whopper’ is like calling a cold blooded killer a naughty boy. No need to go into the lies left out, you know what they are.

My pick for the number 1 lie of the year was easy. It’s been the same one each year since 2001. The lie of the decade. It’s the root of all U.S. foreign policy, the jumping off point for the ever escalating Middle East wars and countless deaths. It’s still being repeated relentlessly by those whose task it is to perpetuate ‘the big lie.’

Obama has repeated the lie many times. He stressed it lately at West Point in front of some who will die because of it.

“We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women and children without regard to their faith or race or station. Were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers on board one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.
“As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda – a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents…”

Ben Stein calls Ron Paul Antisemitic on Larry King

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Ron Paul appeared on Larry King Live on CNN this evening (12-28-09) along with Ben Stein and Sheila Jackson Lee to discuss the recent thwarted terrorist attack. After Paul gives his now famous view that they “attack us because we are over there” Ben Stein calls Paul antisemitic which solicits a demand for an apology by Paul. Paul characterizes it as a “vicious attack”

from Daily Paul

also see:
Christmas Jet bomb, Bernard Lewis & The Clash of Civilisations

Powerful Stuff?

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ABC News is hyping the 80 gram PETN underwear bomb photo and how previous government tests showed what only 50 grams would do to a plane.

Perhaps there are some explosive experts out there who could confirm or contradict what the government mouthpieces are saying.

A reply from willyloman …

ABC’s “50 gms of PETN” Video is Propaganda and I Have the Proof

The strength to survive

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Gaza shows us what Israel and their willing allies would gladly do to you and I, if it suits their purpose and if they think they can get by with it. No one is safe as long as the psychopaths run the asylum.

By our lack of action, we become enablers.

Israel’s contempt for innocent life, for the international community, and for international law is perhaps matched only by the U.S. willingness to support Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

Simply stated, without U.S. support, none of this could go on.