* 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?”
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.