Then there is his substance: He has none. His entire political philosophy is a wink and a nod, a spit and a polish, a footprint in the sand, a library full of bromides, platitudes and shibboleths that can all be summed up into a few stale, hoary chestnuts: Rich people are greedy and evil; there's such a thing as a free lunch; there's no problem that can't be solved by throwing money at it
The following is an anonymous comment that once appeared below a spectator.org article titled The Growing Bipartisan Consensus on Obama By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. on "The Spectator" website. It was sent to me with the following comment attached:
I think it is the first comment I've ever read that was better than the article itself
How could one NOT applaud this writers skill!
Comment by: Grzmlyk - 8.11.11 @ 12:34PM
While I agree with Nancy in NC that, in a sane country, Obama's approval rating would be far lower, the reason his approval ratings remain relatively high is that Obama is an absolutely perfect reflection of liberalism itself.
Obama is a black man palatable to liberal sensibilities - sure, he belongs to the most prestigious victim group a person can belong to - he's black (even though he has a white mother).
That alone puts him at the front of the line for sainthood (and he has been so anointed by the mainstream media). But what's even better is that he's TOLERABLY black for the liberal fashion: He doesn't have an extreme appearance; he has close-cropped hair, an acceptably light skin color and facial features that are more racially neutral than, say, a Mike Tyson. He looks good in a suit. He can inflect his speech exactly as a white person would, but can also slide effortlessly into hip hop chic when it serves him. In other words, he can "pass" on the vast white planation known as "the left."
Then there is his substance: He has none. His entire political philosophy is a wink and a nod, a spit and a polish, a footprint in the sand, a library full of bromides, platitudes and shibboleths that can all be summed up into a few stale, hoary chestnuts: Rich people are greedy and evil; there's such a thing as a free lunch; there's no problem that can't be solved by throwing money at it; government's job is to take care of its subjects; all money is the government's first; America is an evil oppressor; all animals on the animal farm are equal, but some are more equal than others. Demand-side Keynesian economics stimulates the economy. You really can pull a rabbit out of your hat if you have all of the right attitudes.
That is Obama, and that is liberalism. There are those who believe it, those who want to believe it, those who use the belief as an instrument of revenge and those who exploit the believers to cash in with either money or power or both.
Liberalism is a mirage that presents us with a picture of a pristine, fertile, soothing oasis only from a great distance; upon arriving at what was perceived to be a copse of shade trees, an abundance of succulent fruits and the bubbling brook of delicious, cool, life-sustaining water, one finds only desert. But even as the empty sand runs through the liberal's fingers, he casts his gaze upward - and invariably spies another oasis just on the horizon and heads for it with zealous passion, uneducated and undaunted by the reality he is about to abandon in favor of Hope.
Obama is the man who wasn't there; he has no character save political expediency; no morals save getting even with perceived enemies who've denied him what he believes he deserves; no values save self-aggrandizement; no ethics save the exploitation of one group at the expense of another; no soul save that empty reflection of what others want to see in him; no joy except the grim gratification of an endlessly voracious and eternally empty spirit; no intelligence save a vacuous glibness; no curiosity save the desire to know how others perceive him; no knowledge save that which the media bestows upon him; no honor except that which he squanders on villains, fools, knaves and despots; no life except that with which credulous fawners and cynical felons inflate him.
He IS liberalism. An empty promise, a malevolent force in the universe, a black hole that can only suck matter and light in, whence it is never seen again.
Liberals are loath to become disenchanted with the Great Enchanter because that would be a tacit admission that they themselves are empty frauds.
Because every single one of them IS Obama, and he IS them, and that singular triumph of the false over the real, of vanity over ethos, of resentment over industriousness, has brought America to her knees.
Despite all the hysterical accusations made by the sociopathic ideologues, the reality is that REAL everyday Muslims who have left their homelands to settle in democracy loving western lands DON’T WANT to be controlled by Islamists. They more than anyone else know what living under Islamic (theocratic) political and social control means.
I cry for America for two reasons. The first is that the light of honesty and decency – the hallmarks of democracy – are being extinguished by puerile and apparently sociopathic people. But perhaps the more important reason for my tears is that I believe that what we are seeing now is the death throes of the American Republic. If America falls, then so too does democracy, and if democracy falls, what hope do any of the peoples of the world have?
This article relates to the issue of the 480 years quoted in 1 Kings 6:1 in relation to the Mosaic Exodus and the building of Solomon’s Temple. It is in fact an ‘excerpt’ from Chapter 14 of the King’s Calendar. According to the authorised version, 1 King’s 6:1, tells us that Solomon’s 4th year is the 480th year since the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt. The Septuagint however tells us that it is the 440 th. year.
Using Solar Year Calculations to synchronise Biblical Data is insufficient to understand Biblical and Extra Biblical Chronology and Historical Narrative, and contradicts known history....The two great significances of the secular academic approach is that 701 BC which is supposed to be Hezekiah’s 14th year, is plainly not; and 740 BC becomes Ahaz’ 1st year which completely messes up all Biblical chronology in relation to Uzziah, Jotham, Menehem and Pekah. When working in Solar years counting down from the accepted date for the commencement of the reigns of Jehu (Israel) and Athaliah [Judah], that is, from 841 BC to 701 BC, the results are also alarming. The Significance of these figures, is that they throw all the Biblical data out the window and contradict known history. In order to get around this problem, historians have to reject what the Bible says.
Anti-Vilification laws which were supposed to protect or at least provide redress to those who have been abused or attacked on the basis of their ‘difference,’ are constantly used to punish ordinary people who exercise their democratic right to freedome of thought, opinion and speech.
Just as iPatriot has done its share to spread the word of conservatism and oppose the fanatics trying to destroy our world with their totalitarian doctrines, the two organizations which wrote to me are seeking to do their own bit. Both are currently running crowdfunding campaigns.
On this page today, I have collated from the articles listed below, a few photographs which I have tried to present sequentially as a trip from Yichang up to Sanxia. Each has a little commentary which might only make sense if you actually read the articles or eventually buy the book.
On this page today I want to bring to your attention three videos that relate to the negative effect of Islam on Western Democracies. Before the Far Left Liberal Progressives start screaming and shouting, let me just tell you that the American brand of Leftist Liberal Progressivism is precisely what the first speaker – a Muslim – indicates is the problem in America.
The first seven photographs are from two different articles about West Lake or Xihu in Hangzhou. The following two photographs are from Shaoxing which is just an hour by bus from West Lake, and the last two are from Ningbo a town I visited many years ago as part of a school outing but this weekend Nov 11-13, 2016 I am back there visiting with a foreign friend who is there on business.
Notice that I did not say that the 'immigrants' demand that we change. I didn't say that because for the most part it just isn't true! It has been the godless totalitarian PC sociopaths (activists) who have demanded that we change, and they started first with the claim that nativity scenes in shop windows offended non-Christians. For those who don't know, Evangelical Christians traditionally don't believe in icons and depictions of God or Jesus because it is akin to idolatry. If there were any who might have been offended, it was surely the fundamentalist Christians. Certainly the Buddhists and Hindus aren't offended by nativity scenes, and if you think about it, have you ever heard a Muslim, a Jew or an Evangelical Christian complain about Nativity Scenes?
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]