Uh, yeah…

 

Bullet Points:

* JUST IN: Senate Votes 70-25 to Advance $1.7 Trillion Schumer-Pelosi Omnibus Spending Bill – Here Are the Republicans Who Voted for this abomination: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/just-senate-votes-70-25-advance-1-7-trillion-omnibus-spending-bill/

Inflationary?  Who thinks that a mere $1.7 trillion will trigger more inflation?

* Musk:  “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” Musk tweeted. “After that, I will just run the software & servers team.”

* From The American Thinker: Why did the FBI want Pedo Joe to become President –  “Please remember that oath as we now talk about the latest development in the ongoing saga known as Hunter Biden laptop information found in The Twitter Files. If you haven’t been following the Twitter Files information drops before now, you need to start immediately.  The latest release curated by Michael Shellenberger is absolutely stunning. The quick summary is that the FBI does not look good. They look terrible. In fact, they look like criminals. The FBI has been operating a lot more like a crime syndicate than federal law enforcement, and they have been keenly interested in suppressing free speech on social media. Words such as “infuriating” are entirely inadequate to convey the feelings of outrage and anger I’m experiencing right now.”

* LSP Speaks: Now we really hate you…He asks,  “What is it about this simpering, hypocritical, private jet flying, money-grubbing, attention seeking, whining, crawled outta the LA ghetto?” 

 

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Frank has a Christmas offering for Beans:  (h/t Frank)

 

8 Crazy Nights

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.  Since it’s that time of year, let’s review the account.

The story of Hanukkah is preserved in the books of the First and Second Maccabees, which describe in detail the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the lighting of the menorah. The books of Maccabees were included among the deuterocanonical books added to the Septuagint, a Jewish scholarly Greek-language translation of the Hebrew Bible originally compiled in the mid-3rd century AD. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches consider the books of Maccabees as a canonical part of the Old Testament.

An Unwanted Commentary

1 Maccabees: Have you been looking for an unbiased, emotionless, 100% historically accurate history of the beginning of the Hasmonean Dynasty? Well you won’t find any of that here! This is 100% pure, adulterated propaganda baby! Reading this you will find that Judas Maccabeus was a noble, holy, enlightened, faithful priest of the highest order who valiantly fought against the Godless heathens who did terrible things like… take a bath (gasp!), got a haircut (clutches pearls), and didn’t believe in killing heretics! (faints) You will find a complete history of how Judas, his brothers, and nephews, violently defeated the nasty imperial army by valiantly running away. Many times. They were so successful at defeating the imperial armies that they only had to definitively defeat them 7 or 8 times and drive them from the land forever. Until they came back. Again. Hey once they even won a battle! You will learn how Judas nobly “stuck it to the man” by robbing poor defenseless villages, I mean putting down hotbeds of insurrection. And how Judas reminded all Jews to be faithful to God by personally killing Jews traveling to Jerusalem who didn’t show him proper respect by voluntarily “donating” all their worldly possessions to their noble cause. Additionally, you will learn how it is evil and an affront to God to buy the position of “high priest” (unless you are personally related to Judas Maccabeus, then it is a smart move and shows how intelligent you are). There will be many other important tidbits such as, let’s play the game guess who is secretly Jewish! The Romans! Who knew? They are the lost ten tribes or something. We invited them to come to visit Jerusalem and see what a great place it is. I’m sure they’ll be great friends and allies in the future. (Ominous foreshadowing)

2 Maccabees: On a serious note, this is perhaps the most “modern” of all the books in the Bible. It comes with an introduction by the author. He identifies himself, states his experience and credentials, and explains his sources. He identifies potential biases and discusses the difficulty of writing accurate history and the reliability of sources. Everyone should read the first chapter of 2 Maccabees because it explains many of the things about how scripture is written but is never actually explicitly talked about anywhere else.

Addendum: A note about 1 and 2 Maccabees. They are written to support the Hasmonean Dynasty. They controlled Jerusalem shortly before the Romans took control (and the Hasmoneans were the ones who allied themselves with the Romans, and we know how that turned out). Herod the Great (the one that killed all the babies in Bethlehem, that Herod) married the last princess of the Hasmonean Dynasty. If there was any single group of people responsible for the state of society at the time of Jesus, the Hasmoneans are the number one culprits. They are responsible for the formation of both the Sadducees and Pharisees (there was a civil war between different parts of the royal family, and those who became the Sadducees supported one side, and those who would become Pharisees supported the other side). They laid the groundwork for the conditions that would result in the assassination of Jesus.

2 Maccabees is still heavily pro-Hasmonean, the author was being paid by them to write their history after all, but it presents a more historical picture than 1 Maccabees. 1 Maccabees is pure propaganda. If you read through 1 Maccabees and think “Hey I like these guys. They are valiant defenders of the faith and scripture.” You really, really need to rethink your approach to religion. The way of thinking on display in 1 Maccabees is the same way of thinking that Jesus later condemned as hypocrisy, and the same thinking was used to justify killing him. Basically, if you take everything taught in 1 Maccabees and do the exact opposite then you should be good.

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    • There are always power struggles, money is always an issue, and in the case of Herod – rumors of a messiah, meant that you have to kill all the babies, etc.

  1. The drunk cowboy trick has already been done. Lee Marvin absolutely killed it in Cat Balou. Shame he was too drunk to shoot Hanoi Jane when he had the opportunity.

    • If he’d done a Baldwin, he would have become a true legend and would never have been able to buy a drink in a bar for the rest of his days.

  2. No comment on the rest of it, but the FBI has ALWAYS been a governmentally supported mafia syndicate. That they get their shakedown money via taxes and not personally visiting business to advertise their protection does not mean they aren’t the sixth family. Blackmail and other criminal acts have been with them since J. Edgar set the tone.
    They ARE a subsidized crime syndicate.

  3. I’ve been fighting the public celebration of Chanukah at the same time as Christmas since … well, not forever … but at least 1979 when the pResident (the one with brains the size of a peanut) was talked into lighting a public menorah set up by American Friends of Chabad-Lubavitch, a group which has tried, somewhat successfully, I afraid, to imitate Rome (for the less-than-lettered Jews). Up to that point, those of us who were no longer young, impressionable children and able to delve into/interested in the history of the period, felt that the commercial interests (mostly Jewish, I’m sorry to say) had taken over a comparatively unimportant holiday that had previously emphasized: 1. the 1st and 2nd Commandments, 2. the “miracle of one day’s oil burning for eight days and turned it into something … I don’t want to say … it’s not fit for a “family publication.”
    Very Unimportantly: when I was a kid (before the end of WWII) we learned the name of Maccabean leader as Judah, not Judas; even my very good friend Ricky Murphy knew it as Judah. If I remember correctly (and this is questionable) the first time I ever heard him referred to as Judas Maccabee was in the early ’60s by the same guys who called me a “matsu cristu.” (Yes, we did straighten that one out rather quickly).
    More than ever, I now become more and more opposed to celebrating anything other than the birth of a nice Jewish boy at this time of year.

    • Chanukah is not Rosh HaShanah (“Jewish New Year”) and Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”)… Competing with a commercialized Christmas doesn’t make sense to me. But it happens. I’m not Jewish so I don’t have standing. Chabad-Lubavich…an interesting group that some Jews I know refer to as a cult. I leave it to others to draw those conclusions if they want to.

      • “Competing with a commercialized Christmas doesn’t make sense”
        Maybe it’s not about money but rather about occupying “mind space” as a competing narrative. Kwanzaa was explicitly created for such a reason. Christmas is so important to the “dominant culture”? Well, we have an answer to that!

        So Angelina has a big movie premiere? Good for her, right? But Jen shows up unexpectedly in a scandalous dress with a notorious beau on her arm. Suddenly the big news isn’t Angie’s movie any more. Maybe that’s the reason for elevating a previously relatively obscure holiday.

        On the other hand, while the standard narrative is all “risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors” (always with the oppression) maybe the significance isn’t so much about oppressor vs Jew as it was about integration (in this case becoming Hellenized) vs remaining “a people apart”. Hellenization lost. And that IS significant.

        • Credit where it is due: the conflict between Hellenization (integration) and “separation” was how my childhood best friend’s Saturday School teacher framed the events. Namely as primarily an internal struggle between different Jewish factions rather than resistance of external oppressors. But David’s temple was on the bleeding edge of Reform (and shared space with Episcopalians so that the building was one thing Saturday and another thing Sunday), so when I was old enough to understand the context I took it with a grain of salt [1]. But subsequently I heard the same thing from other Jewish guys. I have no idea what is “ground truth” if any in this situation, but it does seem to make some sense.

          [1] David’s Saturday School teacher also taught the kids (we were 9 or 10 at the time) to answer the phone with “Westside Abortion Center: You rape ’em we scrape ’em. No fetus can beat us” which we young idiots repeated while snickering at how deliciously scandalous it was. Which is another reason I was a little skeptical about things the guy said.

          • You had an interesting youth.

            We did the mortuary answer: Jack-man’s Mortuary, you kill ’em, we chill ’em — you stab ’em, we slab ’em. Some go to heaven, some go to Hell – o may, I help you.

            As PaulM observes, 8th Grade has a lot to offer the world.

    • There may be good reason to believe that Jesus was born on Hanukkah/Festival of Lights/Feast of Dedication (of the Temple).
      Fulfillment of prophecy on Jewish feast days is a regular thing.
      The Angels announced his birth filling the sky with light.
      He became the Living Temple of God, thus the Feast of Dedication is appropriate.
      John 10:22And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
      Was He there to celebrate His birthday? 🙂

  4. Okay, ya really want to celebrate Chanukah the right way? Get besieged and hold out on limited supplies for 8 days, then kick the asses of the guys besieging you. Happy Chanukah!

    Appropriate gifts are edged and blunt weaponry, long-term storage food, lamp oil and other appropriate siege-based gifts.

    That’s it. That’s the wonder of Chanukah. Siege the Day!

    Unfortunately, non-religious Jews have perverted the holiday just like they’ve perverted the Jewish religion.

    Just like non-religious Christians have perverted the Christian religion.

    Bleh.

    Siege the Day!!!

      • Kwanzaa is one of those culturally important holidays – It’s up there with Festivus (observed tomorrow). Kwanzaa was created by a professor at Cal-State Long Beach and Festivus was created by the writers of the Seinfeld show. Which is more relevant?

        I lean toward Festivus. There is the fetching aluminum pole, spaghetti dinner, discussion of personal prowess, and a manly display of feats of strength. There is good spaghetti and bad spaghetti (noodles with catsup or Campbell’s tomato soup concentrate dribbled on them). If it’s bad spaghetti, I’ll opt for the traditional fried chicken of Kwanzaa.

        • Hey, don’t knock Tomato Soup Spagetti. With some ground beef, it’s great for when one has a weak stomach from being ill. Noodles, tomato soup and some protein. And it tastes better than some people’s spaghetti (not fondly remembering the greasy concoction that my mother-in-law used to make. Bleh.)

          As to Communist Congo Christmas, I won’t acknowledge its existence. Nope. Fake celebration, fake crap, fake off.

  5. Omnibus Bill- Treasonous bums. The hangings should start at dawn. Actually, and taking a lead from Clarkson’s Markle quip (who was making a joke using the GoT scene), maybe we could parade them down the street IN the arctic blast weather and toss manure at them (less directly offensive than excrement and frozen horse apples are easier to throw with accuracy).

    Sulu, like most Lefties who employ feelings over substance, hasn’t really thought that one through. If he actually had an AR in hand he’d likely shoot his own foot.

    I want the pan…cool.

  6. As far as the Twitter revelations go, I’ll quote the Chupacabra: “At this point, what difference does it make.” Not a bit. The FBI will continue as if nothing happened and laugh in the faces of Americans. The infection has taken hold and is so deeply rooted, it is unstoppable….and they know it.

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