Japanese Politicians Take Over Friday Linkage

Ichiro Ozawa, possible Prime Minister of Japan, thinks Americans are “simple-minded”. His words reminded me of a description of Americans given by a fictitious Japanese Prime Minister,

They have the most violent culture in the world, yet they worship justice. They venerate making money, but their roots are found in ideals.

While we’re talking about Japanese politicos (real or imagined), Kazutaka Sangen, mayor of Taiji, has spoken out against certain people whose sole desire is to see Japanese whale hunts (like Taiji’s dolphin hunts) end.  His words seem to eliminate any room for discussion,

We will pass down the history of our ancestors to the next generation, preserve it. We have a strong sense of pride about this. So we are not going to change our plans for the town based on the criticism of foreigners.

Game. Set. Match. Way to stick up for multiculturalism Mayor Kazutaka.  Though “foreigners” doesn’t quite do justice to the word which you probably said:  gaijin.

On to the linkage…

About as a heart-warming story as you’re going to read…I understood why Bengals wideout Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco (Chad Eight Five), 85 is his number after all. You’d think with how tech-savvy Chad is, he could have plugged in “eighty-five” into Google Translate and found out that the correct Spanish translation is ochenta y cinco, not ochocinco. Oh well, at least he has his own cereal, mistranslated name and all… Mohler demolishes so-called theistic evolution…Jennifer Aniston’s latest offering flops at the box office, big surprise since she seems to want to resurrect the chest-clutching Rachel Green character in every one of her movies… Jim Furyk gets DQ’d from a PGA tournament because his cell phone alarm doesn’t go off, oops…Ever watch that Tea Party Scene in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland? The masterminds who orchestrated it were the March Hare and the Mad Hatter (below). Perhaps that’s what we can call these 2 billionaires who are the masterminds behind the populist Tea Party movement…

[Photo credit:  Disney]

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John Redcorn Soothes Mother Earth

I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in a dorm room watching the series premiere of “King of the Hill” and Joseph Gribble’s first appearance. The punchline of course was his appearance, nothing like perceived father Dale but closely resembling that of his mom’s “friend”, John Redcorn.

At that point I don’t think I had laughed harder at anything I had watched on television. Chris Rock’s “Bigger and Blacker” topped it a couple years later.

At any rate, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently said that God was “Bolivarian” (As in Simon Bolivar not Bolivia but who’s counting?)

Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, recently attended the aftershock-tinged inauguration of Chile’s new President.

Here’s a shot from the ceremony (photo credit: Claudio Santana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images),

As seen in the pic, Evo Morales (left) appears to be manipulating the aftershocks.

God may not be “Bolivarian” but the luminaries in attendance should thank Him that Evo seemingly has things under control.

Somewhere, Tim LaHaye Raises an O’Doul’s

In the company of John Hagee no doubt.

The following headline merely states what these 2 prophecy savants have been pitching, for great profit (insert joke here), to evangelicals for decades,

Chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth says Devil is in the Vatican

Look, if Father Gabe says the Devil is not in the details but rather in the Holy See so be it. He’s an exorcist so he MUST know. What exorcism has to do with how Jesus or some of His apostles cast out demons in the New Testament I do not know.

One thing is clear, the current Pope… well, just take a look:

On a related note, this week’s great moments in theology brought to you by Hugo Chavez,

Chavez trusts God and nature in power crisis

Sgt. Murtaugh joins the 700 Club

I’d like nothing more than to pen a missive against Pat Robertson’s “brilliant analysis”, but as chronicled here, this man is a false prophet and well, the Scripture is clear as to what our response to such people should be: Hit that big ‘ol “Ignore” button.

However, this screed, if it can be called that, is directed at the newest member of the “700 Club”, actor/activist/community organizer (why not?) Danny Glover, below.

The venerable Sgt. Murtaugh swapped deities with Robertson and attributed the Haitian earthquake to the wrath of an righteously angry Mother Nature.

Pact with Gaia

The reason for her anger? Well because of the inability of the Copenhagen summit to act in regards to anthropomorphic global warming, naturally (no pun intended).

You’d think that at least he’d get his “theology” right. Gaia, as I understand the idol, is impersonal and as such, she (or he or it) doesn’t get angry or sad or happy or glad.

Mr. Glover, thoroughly enjoyed your work in the Lethal Weapon series, but when it comes to (“The-planet-has-a-fever”)ology, you should probably leave it to the experts, such as Captain Planet, below showing us what this “fever” has done for his personal wealth.

Moratorium

On using out-of-context Biblical passages or events to bash or deify President Obama.

Enough already.

This might unsettle the throngs of Left Behind devotees, but POTUS is not the rider of the white horse in Rev 6, though Anna (below) might be.


“I can even save Charlie Weis’ job”

Nor is President Obama the rider of a different white horse in Rev 19, I’m looking at you Spike Lee. This does raise the question: If POTUS got inked up, what would he go with?

Psalm 2:1-2?

Liberty

I’m currently reading and enjoying Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic, Democracy in America. Yesterday morning was a good a time as any to continue on this quest, seeming how I had some hours to burn at the DPS.

In Chapter 2 (“Origin of the Anglo-Americans, and its Importance in Relation to their Future Condition”) Tocqueville quotes John Winthrop’s (below) “fine definition of liberty”

Winthrop
Liberty is being secure enough to wear a ‘roided up doily around my neck.

Concerning liberty, I observe a great mistake in the country about that. There is a twofold liberty, natural (I mean as our nature is now corrupt) and civil or federal.

The first is common to man with beasts and other creatures. By this, man, as he stands in relation to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists; it is a liberty to evil as well as to good. This liberty is incompatible and inconsistent with authority, and cannot endure the least restraint of the most just authority. The exercise and maintaining of this liberty makes men grow more evil, and in time to be worse than brute beasts: omnes sumus licentia deteriores. This is that great enemy of truth and peace, that wild beast, which all the ordinances of God are bent against, to restrain and subdue it.

The other kind of liberty I call civil or federal; it may also be termed moral, in reference to the covenant between God and man, in the moral law, and the politic covenants and constitutions, among men themselves. This liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is a liberty to that only which is good, just, and honest. This liberty you are to stand for, with the hazard not only of your goods, but of your lives, if need be.

Whatsoever crosseth this, is not authority, but a distemper thereof. This liberty is maintained and exercised in a way of subjection to . authority; it is of the same kind of liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

Indeed.

Good Summary on Mark Driscoll

The man, the legend, Tim Ellsworth wrote a good and blessedly fair piece on the man hated by some, loved by others, the inimitable Mark Driscoll (below on the right).

mark-driscoll-and-john-piper

No worries, Piper is about to turn the other cheek

A good excerpt from Tim’s post:

As an aside, the condemnation of Driscoll for his cussing is especially despicable. Driscoll has publicly repented of his former propensity to use vulgar language. If God can cast those transgressions as far as the east is from the west and remember them no more, what does it say about us when we insist on taking sins for which Christ died and of which Driscoll has repented and keep throwing them in his face?