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  • Idris Elba Responds to James Bond Casting Rumors, Questions If He's Handsome Enough for the Job

    12/27/2014 7:09:31 PM PST · 2 of 60
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to E. Pluribus Unum

    And Moneypenny can be a transvestite Palestinian.

  • Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out

    12/26/2014 4:57:39 PM PST · 5 of 40
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to SeekAndFind

    Dang! If there was one movie I would want the North Koreans to see that best represent American society, it would not be the “Interview,” even with the killing of Kim Jong Un. Well, it’s better than nothing, maybe?

  • 'Interstellar,' 'The Interview,' And The Most Disappointing Films Of 2014

    12/26/2014 12:20:14 PM PST · 56 of 85
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Greetings_Puny_Humans; EveningStar

    Whoops! I said “the preview... preview,” I meant “The movie... preview.” The preview for the gambler made the movie look like a freaking action drama. Even had music for it. The entire mood of the movie encouraged contemplation, actually.

  • 'Interstellar,' 'The Interview,' And The Most Disappointing Films Of 2014

    12/26/2014 11:57:56 AM PST · 55 of 85
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to EveningStar

    I saw the Gambler. Didn’t like the excessive profanity. It could have delved into sex and nudity, but chose not to, except for one very brief scene of a stripper, which had a purpose other than to show strippers.

    The preview was the exact opposite of what the previews suggested. I was expecting like Oceans 11 or a gangster movie. Nah, it was about whether a seriously depressed dirtbag with a gambling problem could change and avoid being cut to pieces by all the people he owes money too.

    It was a great film

  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 12:29:35 PM PST · 272 of 393
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Eccl 10:2
    There is no artistic or cinematic reason James Bond couldn’t be black. To suggest otherwise opens the door to being accused of racism, and rightfully so.

    You must be joking. Why stop at just black? Let's make Bond a Palestinian transvestite.

  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/25/2014 12:10:11 PM PST · 43 of 45
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to coincheck
    Excellent explanation, but it took awhile to read.

    Brevity is the soul of wit, but for this topic, I felt the need to be extra thorough. (And yet there's still a lot more I could post on it!)

  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/24/2014 11:47:50 PM PST · 40 of 45
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to shineon
    I believe that it is a line God will not cross. His love for us gives us the complete freedom to do as we please.

    While the power of sin is in our hands, it is not possible that anything can come to pass but what God has ordained. Otherwise it is not true that God "orders the steps of man," or that the Jews crucified Christ as they were "ordained" to do, or that what men "meant for evil," God does for good, or that "all things work together for good" for the elect, since these actions are not under God's control, but man's only. Furthermore, if you have the complete freedom to do as you please, then it follows that the verses "no one can call Christ lord but by the Holy Ghost" and others like it are false, since you should have the power to believe in God at any time, even without the Holy Ghost, or without the "granting of the Father", as in John 6.

    Men are by nature dead in sin, born in it and are its sworn servants. It is our hearts that are all in the wrong, and even without the providence of God, man would only choose to do more and more sin.

  • Was St. Louis cop AMBUSHED?

    12/24/2014 8:08:02 PM PST · 28 of 48
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Eagles6
    grandma doesn’t believe 3 different videos of her precious grandson pulling a gun on the officer.

    Grandma is a liar claiming her grandson was "getting up" and then getting shot at as trying to flee. That whole "community" is filled with liars and thugs.

  • Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

    12/24/2014 8:08:02 PM PST · 17 of 21
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to SeekAndFind
    Another difficulty, one frequently raised by friends and foes alike of biblical religion, is how we can line up the violence and bloodshed of the Old Testament, sanctioned supposedly by God himself, with the message of Jesus, who preaches non-violence and love of one’s enemies, in the New Testament. A fundamentalist will have many unconvincing ways to hold such things together, never admitting that they simply can’t be held together in any rational fashion (and, if pushed, a thoroughgoing fundamentalist may go so far as to deny the value of “human reason” itself in this matter).

    So, on a practical level, what he means by not being a "Biblicist" is that we shouldn't believe the Bible.

  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/24/2014 8:08:01 PM PST · 31 of 45
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to SeekAndFind; SoothingDave; Bloody Sam Roberts; Alex Murphy; ExGeeEye; Roman_War_Criminal; ...
    I'm trying to sort out the matter of free will and God's foreknowledge, and I've come to understand that there is no contradiction between God's foreknowing a free choice, and that choice being truly free. Foreknowing doesn't equal determining.

    What's strange about the question and answer is that there are no scriptural references whatsoever. No actual delving into the verses to see what they say, and what they say is that God both "foreknows" and "determines" what will come to pass. For God is not a Creator who refuses to govern His creation, but, in fact, rules over everything, even the smallest action or the life and death of the smallest animal. This is one of the strongest doctrines in all of scripture.

    God rules over all matters of "chance," such as the casting of lots:

    Pro_16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

    This includes even the "chance" actions of men that results in a loss of life, despite their not planning to kill (see Deut 19:5 for an example of an "accidental" killing):

    "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee." (Exo 21:12-13)

    Or the "chance" doings of evil men, such as invading at the best moment to rescue David:

    1Sa 23:27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.

    God moves the heart of the King however He desires:

    Pro_21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

    Even the words from our lips cannot utter forth but by God's permission:

    “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord,” (Prov. 16:1)

    The man does not determine His own steps, but it is God who directs him:

    "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." (Jer 10:23)

    "Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?" (Pro 20:24)

    Man's life is not his own in any way, but it is God who has absolutely established the time of his birth and death:

    Job_14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

    We are God's hirelings, our life is in His hands:

    "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1)

    This is true even of the smallest and most insignificant animals:

    Mat_10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

    He grants food to all flesh, and determines when it shall rain or when it will not, when the grass shall grow and when it will not; the withholding of it is His doing:

    "Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry." (Psa 147:8-9)

    "There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth." (Psa 104:26-30)

    The same is true of men, for whom no good thing can come unless it is granted from heaven:

    Joh_3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

    He determines who will be promoted and who will not, who will be rich and who will be poor:

    “Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down ones and setteth up another,” (Ps. 75:6, 7)

    Good and "evil" things come from the Lord. The loss of our jobs, our spouses, tragedies (upon first glance) on friends and family, all these things are from the Lord, though what seems evil to us is really for God's own good purpose.

    For example, the selling of Joseph into slavery by his brothers:

    Gen_50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

    The tragedies that befell Job:

    Job_1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

    The evil acts of spirits ordained by God. Compare these two verses:

    1Ch_21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel./2Sa 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

    Another example:

    "And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so." (1Ki 22:20-22)

    How does God remain clean of the evil deeds of evil spirits and of men, and yet be the first cause of it? Because what they mean for evil, God does for righteous and holy ends. It is a question of motivations. For example, 1) The devil wants to destroy, and thus he tempts wicked men; 2) men do evil, perhaps, because of jealousy and wickedness, and thus they willingly go forth when pricked; 3) but God works all for holy ends. Thus the former remain dead in their guilt, but God reigns supreme over all acts. Hence we read that the men who crucified Christ did so as they were both "foreknown" and "ordained" to do so, and yet are counted as "wicked":

    Act_2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

    "For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done." (Act 4:27-28)

    I like the way Augustine explains this also. From Chapter 33 of his book On the Predestination of the Saints, the chapter is titled "It is in the Power of Evil Men to Sin; But to Do This or That by Means of that Wickedness is in God's Power Alone."

    "What is the meaning of, as concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sake, but that their enmity wherewith they put Christ to death was, without doubt, as we see, an advantage to the gospel? And he shows that this came about by God's ordering, who knew how to make a good use even of evil things; not that the vessels of wrath might be of advantage to Him, but that by His own good use of them they might be of advantage to the vessels of mercy. For what could be said more plainly than what is actually said, As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sakes? It is, therefore, in the power of the wicked to sin; but that in sinning they should do this or that by that wickedness is not in their power, but in God's, who divides the darkness and regulates it; so that hence even what they do contrary to God's will is not fulfilled except it be God's will. We read in the Acts of the Apostles that when the apostles had been sent away by the Jews, and had come to their own friends, and shown them what great things the priests and elders said to them, they all with one consent lifted up their voices to the Lord and said, Lord, you are God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein; who, by the mouth of our father David, your holy servant, hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes were gathered together against the Lord, and against His Christ. For in truth, there have assembled together in this city against Your holy child Jesus, whom You have anointed, Herod and Pilate, and the people of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and counsel predestinated to be done. See what is said: As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sakes. Because God's hand and counsel predestinated such things to be done by the hostile Jews as were necessary for the gospel, for our sakes."

    All events, therefore, are for "our sakes," since they are under the control of God in order to work together for the good of God's elect. If any events are random, then, so also is their consequence, but the scripture dismisses this:

    Rom_8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Even the good actions of men come from the Lord, of which many examples abound in scripture, but I will focus on the most important of all: Conversion! And not because He foreknew we would believe if given the chance, but because salvation is impossible for us who are dead in sin, and thus God must give us life so that we may believe in the first place:

    Eph_2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

    Joh_8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

    God grants us a new heart and moves us to obey His commandments:

    "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." (Eze 36:27)

    Joh_15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

    Php_2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    Eph_2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    Unless the Father gives you to the Son, you cannot believe or be saved:

    Joh_6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

    Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

    "'But there are some of you who do not believe.' (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, 'This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.' (Joh 6:64-65)

    Note that in verse 64-65, Christ is explaining the unbelief of the Jews. He does not explain to them "because you refused," or "because you are so evil," but "Some of you do not believe. THAT is why I told you, no man can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." The reason for their unbelief is that it was not given to them to believe.

    Hence Augustine concludes upon reading this:

    "Noble excellence of grace! No man comes unless drawn. There is whom He draws, and there is whom He draws not; why He draws one and draws not another, do not desire to judge, if you desire not to err.” (Augustine, Tractate 26)

    More verses:

    1Co_12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    Mat_16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    Thus salvation is entirely of the LORD, and not by our own willing and working:

    Rom_9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

    Why does God choose one over another to save? It is His business, not yours:

    "Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Rom 9:19-21)

  • Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York

    12/24/2014 2:09:35 PM PST · 57 of 62
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    It’s important that us FReepers understand just who today’s “Communists” are. They are basically college Humanities majors, who live on campus, and who need to feel important. AND THEY ARE WHITE, for the most part. These are the SAME PEOPLE that gave us Occupy Wall Street. Some of them, almost for certain, are the children of FReepers that pay much of their way for college, but prefer to look the other way at their majors and their after-class activities.

    I disagree with you somewhat. These people are useful idiots and are members of Communist controlled organizations with close ties to known front groups for the KGB. The "killer tomatoes," the real dangerous Commies who pull the string, they don't look like commies. There is one in Moscow right now, posing as an "Orthodox Christian," but is a former chief of the FSB with control over agents in America still spreading anti-American Communist propaganda (such as with the "Ghost Stories" spy-ring with the pretty red-head. One of the "spies" was a "journalist" for a spanish language Far-left paper in New York).

  • Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York

    12/24/2014 3:21:30 AM PST · 49 of 62
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Forgotten Amendments; All
    Cop lovers are not conservative. This country became a police state long ago, and some of you don’t know/don’t care.

    My dad is a cop. Very conservative too. Most cops, I find, are. I'm friends with the former sheriff too. Conservative? Definitely.

    Are cops evil? Nope. The number who do bad stuff represent just a fraction of all the cops out there.

    Without respect for authority and our institutions, the Republic can't survive. I suggest you re-evaluate your cop hate. It's dangerous to America.

  • Former President George HW Bush Hospitalized

    12/23/2014 8:55:56 PM PST · 20 of 50
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to llevrok

    George HW Bush is a good man. So is the son, even if you disagree with his politics. It is a family of class acts that we should be proud of as a nation.

  • Bruce Willis' Favorite Russian Bank Collapses

    12/23/2014 8:55:56 PM PST · 12 of 19
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to The Ghost of FReepers Past
    What would we do if another Country set out to bring down our economy and you found your current assets largely worthless?

    Stop raping and pillaging Canada and hand back Quebec?

  • From Jesuit to Jesus

    12/23/2014 5:22:37 PM PST · 99 of 100
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to daniel1212

    Thanks!

  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/23/2014 1:20:29 PM PST · 64 of 65
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to HLPhat
    In Russia, human nature, it is normal,

    Russia is the end result of human nature under Communism.

  • Establishmentum: Several potential Rubio, Christie backers already defecting to Jeb Bush

    12/23/2014 1:20:29 PM PST · 28 of 30
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to entropy12
    Best post ever on immigration policy on this forum! Congrats for your logical and rational and intelligent observations.

    Yes, I am pretty awesome. And humble too.

  • Belarus Refuses to Trade With Russia in Roubles

    12/23/2014 3:17:24 AM PST · 7 of 8
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to elhombrelibre
    By the way, remember how the Putinistas told us that once Winter hit the Ukranians would have to do whatever Putin’s latest ukase was to survive. Seems even mother nature isn’t on Putin’s side either this year.

    God, who orders all human affairs and natural events, is not on Putin's side. It is difficult to discern the plan of God here, but it's clear that part of it is to: make Ukraine a nation; drive the Russkies to despair, as none of their best laid plans work out as they expected.

  • Why Dish Network has decided to black out Fox News

    12/23/2014 1:37:54 AM PST · 13 of 31
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to LeoWindhorse

    And here I was thinking about switching to Dish.

  • Saudi Oil Minister Says Russia Doesn't 'Deserve Market Share'

    12/23/2014 12:37:56 AM PST · 38 of 42
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to PGR88
    What happens when they can’t make welfare payments to the majority of their population that don’t work?

    The Russkies are in the same predicament, maybe even worse. It's only a question of who is more prepared to handle the change in oil prices the longest. It seems like the Saudis are confident that they can.

    From a useful article on Russia written by a noble Russian:

    "In simple terms, Russia is a mafia state. All the way from Moscow to regions and to small towns, everything is controlled by various mafia gangs. Police and judiciary are parts of most powerful gangs. They usually assist in extortion or theft of property earned by local small and medium size businessmen. Big business is subject to federal mafia clan wars. The mafia-state formation is logical consequence of Russian economy: it is totally dominated by oil and gas revenues. Oil, gas and derivatives provide meaningful employment to about 1M people. Russian population is about 150M. How do they survive? The majority depends on various forms of government handouts. With russian-style oil production you don’t have to think, innovate or even hire smart people. All you have to do is to cash the check. Gazprom is ranked as one of the most grossly inefficient enterprises in the world. So what happens when a small, totally incompetent minority controls country-wide oil rent while the rest of 149 million people are a burden? The answer is obvious: that 1M would create a mafia state to keep the rest of 149M in check by means of police and judiciary abuse and mass propaganda."

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3189416/posts

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/23/2014 12:37:56 AM PST · 121 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    So now I’m a troll...I guess next week I’ll be a Commie.

    We'll have to wait and see!

  • Establishmentum: Several potential Rubio, Christie backers already defecting to Jeb Bush

    12/23/2014 12:37:56 AM PST · 20 of 30
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to 2ndDivisionVet
    If Bush ran in 2016, I assumed, he’d run as a loud and proud fan of immigration reform, vowing to give the GOP’s wealthy business class all the cheap, legal labor it could handle. Rubio joining the Gang of Eight suddenly meant that there would be two candidates in the race who could fill that niche

    What I've always found totally bizarre about these amnesty pimps is that they have a focus on, basically, useless and low-paid labor coming over to the United States, even though there are plenty of Americans without jobs... but, yet, immigration policy for people with actual skills is terrible.

    My degree also includes a TESOL certificate, so, consequently, I've been working with a lot of students who are still learning English. People from all over the world coming over from their countries to get advanced degrees in engineering or business, and they're generally hard workers (except for the insanely rich Chinese kids, who don't seem to care about their grades). Most students in our universities, I have found, are horribly lazy. Drug use is common among them, even here in Texas. They lack basic skills or, if they have them, don't really have the motivation to use them. Liberalism is also plentiful among them-- yet, I sat there and lectured a Chinese student about Reaganomics, and he replied, very pleased, "I agree with this completely!" So a student from a bloody Communist country has more sense than the average American young adult! But to get to my point--- it seems as if our immigration "policy" (or lack thereof) is entirely backward. We want hordes of people with no skills, the people that even their own countries do not want (Mexico purposely encourages its masses to come to America-- a little bit like international welfare), and these scumbags in the GOPe and Democratic party tell us we are OBLIGATED to take them. But then the people who might be proud to become Americans have so much paperwork and restrictions placed on them, most will have to leave the country within a year if they can't get a high paying job in their field.

    A rational immigration policy would be: We should only accept the people we need, who have real skills and a chance of assimilating among us. As a country, we have a right to regulate the flow of immigrants, but even the GOPe is obsessed with undermining this right, and forcing us to become the welfare tit for all the world! I for one will NOT support ANY candidate who supports amnesty, thus rewarding people with no respect for our laws, no matter how long they've been in hiding in America.

  • Saudi Oil Minister Says Russia Doesn't 'Deserve Market Share'

    12/22/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · 13 of 42
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to TigerLikesRooster

    Gazprom is one of the most corrupt and inefficient companies on the planet! It is no wonder that their whole system collapses almost right away.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · 118 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to steve86; Jan_Sobieski
    You aren’t guaranteed anything, particularly as a protestant.

    Salvation is a matter of grace. Tis God that guarantees it-- He grants faith, and preserves the elect to the end, without failure. He works in us "both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Our righteousness and our faith is not our own, but the result of grace entirely. Or as Augustine puts it:

    "... the human will does not obtain grace by freedom, but obtains freedom by grace; when the feeling of delight has been imparted through. the same grace, the human will is formed to endure; it is strengthened with unconquerable fortitude; controlled by grace, it never will perish, but, if grace forsake it, it will straightway fall; by the Lord's free mercy it is converted to good, and once converted it perseveres in good; the direction of the human will toward good, and after direction its continuation in good, depend solely upon God's will, not upon any merit of man. Thus there is left to man such free will, if we please so to call it, as he elsewhere describes: that except through grace the will can neither be converted to God nor abide in God; and whatever it can do it is able to do only through grace. "(Augustine, Aurelius. Augustine's Writings on Grace and Free WIll (Kindle Locations 45-46). Monergism Books. Kindle Edition.)

    It is true that one should not be presumptuous. However, if you have all the fruits of the spirit, you can certainly rest secure that you are in the faith.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · 117 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to HLPhat
    The Oprichniki were the Secret Police of the Tzar’s Orthodox State Establishment... (Or was it the Orthodox State-establishment’s Tzar?)

    You make a good point, but you did say "KGB." Obviously, the Russians did not need to work very hard to adapt to a Soviet style of government. It was more like a logical progression for a people used to Oriental Despotism.

  • MEGAN KELLY ON FIRE AGAINST SHARPTON, DE BLASIO AND OBAMA [Why No Boycott of MSNBC Sponsors?]

    12/22/2014 7:33:37 PM PST · 35 of 45
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to JudyinCanada

    Yes, I’ve seen him in a number of interviews. He has also been on air defending gun rights as well. Another Allen West type of guy.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 6:49:53 PM PST · 108 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to HLPhat
    What’s the KGB’s historical relationship with the Russian Orthodox state-establishment?

    Infiltration and subversion. The current patriarch is a "former" KGB agent.

  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/22/2014 6:04:26 PM PST · 59 of 65
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to HLPhat

    Zerohedge? Reality land? They’ve been predicting doomsday for years, and their comments section is a cesspool of loons.

    Either way, I’m not sure how this makes the United States more evil than Russia.

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/22/2014 4:59:41 PM PST · 35 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to juliosevero
    Billy Graham said, “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah.” And often he mentions, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

    Billy Graham wasn't paying attention to the 20 to 60 million people murdered in Russia, on top of a regime that was the first (and still is) capital of abortion.

  • Attack Is Suspected as North Korean Internet Collapses

    12/22/2014 4:16:50 PM PST · 8 of 62
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to 2ndDivisionVet

    So all 20 of North Korea’s internet users are out of luck.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 4:02:01 PM PST · 103 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    .stop trying to make it about me, I know that tactic.

    Previously you weren't on my radar for Putinist trolls. Considering you just said "I know that tactic," could be I'll need to pay more attention to your posts in the future, as the Putinists hate my guts and fear me. I will certainly make it about you if I discover you're in love with Putin's pecks.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 3:59:49 PM PST · 101 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to caww; metmom; All
    I said the new sanctions would go after Crimea....and dnagerous that Obama did that....I’m convinced Obama doesn’t care if what he says or does is dangerous or how it affects people...he’s operating with the globalist agenda and they don’t care what the collateral damage is along the way, just in keeping it under control as much as possible in order to keep an outcry from citizens as limited as possible.

    IOW, the best thing to do is look the other way when it comes to Russia's wars of conquest, despite the fact you recognize Russia as an evil empire that will be the future leader of a genocidal Islamist coalition (possibly sooner rather than later). So when Russia invades Crimea and starts dragging dissidents off into the woods for torture and murder, or later starts going after other countries, it's "Obama's fault" because we provoked them with sanctions.

    You slimy lizard! You are a loathsome thing.

    Watch now as a so called named “Russian Spring” develops with protests in the streets. Our teams were sent there directly after Ukraine’s Gov. fell...so they’ve been organizing it for some time...

    You're a filthy liar who never gets tired of claiming the CIA is trying to take over the Ukraine, and, from your past history, claiming that it is in control of "Nazi organizations" to horribly keep Russia from its birthright of NovoRussiya.

    ust like they took out Saddam, MuBarrack, Gadaffi and working at Assad.....all nations who would not play according to the Globalist agenda have gone down.

    What great countries those were. Saddam was torturing children to death, but he was an "anti-globalist" at least, an anti-globalist who had a regime that was created and modeled after the KGB, that had Russians at the last moment before the invasion burning documents and erasing evidence of Russian complicity in their WMD program. But, really, it's because Saddam didn't want to join up with the U.S. led New World Order that we had to take them out?

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 3:53:34 PM PST · 99 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    Except that Israel had to agree to it. Give it up.

    You should give it up. Suggesting that Russia and Israel are great pals because of this is unconvincing. You have to ignore so much else going on between those two countries to believe it.

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/22/2014 3:40:45 PM PST · 32 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to 4rcane
    KGB is like CIA. Its impossible to have leftist in Capitalist America CIA? Of course its possible.

    You're comparing one of the worst criminal organizations in the history of the world, a group that is responsible for the deaths of millions of people, to the CIA?

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/22/2014 3:38:50 PM PST · 31 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to juliosevero; Krosan
    The contrast is: Russia is an oligarchy with no love for Islam or homosexual activism.

    That's ridiculous. In Russia, youngish looking conscripts are raped by their officers and often blackmailed and sold into sexual slavery, and this protected by the regime. As for Islam, this absurdity has already been well covered in other posts.

    You are trying to compare the United States, a country in the middle of a culture war, with Russia, that started the culture war to begin with, and is a country worse than Sodom.

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/22/2014 3:35:32 PM PST · 30 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to juliosevero

    It’s a stretch to claim that the United States somehow supports terrorism through Saudi Arabia. We look the other way with them, but we’re not supporting their machinations. It’s also a stretch to blame everything on the Saudis. According to KGB/FSB defectors, the Muscovites even have their paws into Al-Qaeda and many other terrorist organizatiosn across the world. It is the Russians actively supporting and even creating terrorism. From a previous post of mine:

    From Alexander Litvinenko, FSB defector who was poisoned with Polonium 210 awhile back in London. His poisoner is still at large. The Russians refuse to extradite the only suspect. He talks about international terrorism, including the claim that Al-Qaeda’s number 2 (now number 1, with Osama’s death) is an agent of the FSB:

    A. Litvinenko: The bloodiest terrorists in the world were or are agents of the KGB-FSB. These are well-known, like Carlos Ilyich Ramiros, nicknamed “the Jackal,” the late Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Adjalan (he is condemned in Turkey), Wadi Haddad, the head of the service of external operations of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hauyi, the head of the communist party of Lebanon, Mr. Papaionnu from the Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others. All of them were trained by the KGB, received money from there, weapons and explosives, counterfeit documents and a communication equipment for carrying out of acts of terrorism worldwide.

    FAKT: Some may object that each of the listed figures, and the forces supporting them, were engaged in solving their own political problems.

    A. Litvinenko: Certainly, all these figures and movements operated under their own slogans; however, none of them especially hid their “intimate” ... relationship with the Kremlin and Lubyanka. There is a simple question: whether the Russian special services would train and finance people and groups that were not supervised by Lubyanka and did not serve the interests of the Kremlin? You understand perfectly, they would not. Each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out as an assignment and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR. And [the terrorism] ... is not casual after the disintegration of the USSR and [reform of the KGB]....

    FAKT: Every terrorist you have named is from ‘the old staff’ of the KGB. Could you name someone from recent history?

    A. Litvinenko: Certainly, here it is. The number two person in the terrorist organization al Qaeda, who they are crediting with the series of explosions in London, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an old agent of the FSB. Being sentenced to death in Egypt for terrorism and hunted by Interpol, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 1998, was in the territory of Dagestan, where for half a year he received special training at one of the educational bases of the FSB. After this training he was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once ... penetrated the milieu of bin Laden and soon became his assistant in al Qaeda.

    FAKT: Could you hint at least, where this data comes from?

    A. Litvinenko: I can. During my service in one of the most secret departments of the FSB, top officials from the UFSB of Dagestan, who had directly worked with Ayman al-Zawahiri ... were called to Moscow and received high posts.”

    http://www.jrnyquist.com/nyquist_2005_0813.htm

    From Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, highest ranking defector to ever come over to the west. Confirms Russia’s role in world wide Islamic terrorism. Click link to know more:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/a-brand-new-cold-war/#xlJa1vQ9XhuPd84d.99

    More from Pacepa:

    http://pamelageller.com/2007/08/how-the-kgb-cre.html/#sthash.NYLkqtDR.dpuf

    From KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn and an anecdote from General Alexander Sakharovsky, same topic as the previous. See link:

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/13069-russian-red-jihad

    Finally, modern use of terrorism in Russia against Russian citizens. The apartment bombings mentioned in Nyquist’s article:

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/nov/22/finally-we-know-about-moscow-bombings/

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/22/2014 3:00:52 PM PST · 97 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    But note from the article that there is VISA-FREE travel between Israel and Russia.

    Seems like a good way to stuff as many Russian agents into Israel as possible.

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/21/2014 10:18:18 PM PST · 13 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to 4rcane
    US right wing hatred of Putin is misplaced. Putin is NO COMMUNIST. He’s far right

    That's silly. See my other post and then see if you can say that again.

  • Germans Protest Islam, Leftwing Media Denounces Putin

    12/21/2014 10:16:24 PM PST · 12 of 35
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to juliosevero; All
    The pro-Russian alliance that Hitler entered into was with an atheist and communist who had absolutely nothing in common with Putin, who promotes Orthodox Christianity, and was not even a Russian (Stalin was Georgian)! The utter irony of this is that the most dangerous alliance in the world today by far is US-NATO-EU. So far the EU has taken over over 28 countries and absorbed them. That’s not expansionism?

    This is typical propaganda from Russian agents of influence. Putin is no "Christian," and actively persecutes Christians in Russia and in East Ukraine and Cimrea, though the ones in the latter locations have it worse, as it is open season to kill them there. See this thread which discusses the systematic targeting of Protestants and their businesses and churches in East Ukrain:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3234770/posts

    See post 36 in this thread for a quick example of Russian persecution of Christians on Russian territory:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3119253/posts?page=36#36

    See these two threads on Russian moral degeneracy and mass corruption, even worse than Americans can imagine:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3236334/posts

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3189416/posts

    If you can read these and still believe Russia is a "Christian" country, then you need a brain transplant. Yours would be proven to be clearly broken.

    I will also add that Islamic terrorism itself has its roots with the KGB, and it is not a coincidence that Russia's allies in the middle east-- Syria and Iran-- hate Israel and the United States and support terrorism against us and them.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 9:45:07 PM PST · 21 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    I simply don’t take the Administration and our puppet media at face value.

    Then take Israeli missiles and Russkie crying at face value:

    "The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded "explanations" from Israel, following reports that the Israeli Air Force allegedly bombed several targets on Syrian territory, including some in the vicinity of the Damascus international airport.

    Moscow sent an official letter of complaint to the UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon, citing "Israeli aggression" and calling not to permit such actions in the future.

    According to a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, "Moscow is gravely concerned about this dangerous turn of events, the circumstances of which require explanations. In any case, there is no doubt that the use of force in international affairs is unacceptable and deserves to be condemned."

    "It is important not to allow further destabilization of the already tense situation in Syria and the Middle East region as a whole," the statement said.

    Vladimir Putin remains one of the only international allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Israel said Monday it will not allow "sophisticated weapons" to fall into the hands of its enemies, after furious claims from Syria that Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes near Damascus."

    http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/53697-141207-israeli-warplanes-attack-ammo-depots-near-damascus-syrian-state-tv

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 9:35:48 PM PST · 18 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to House Atreides; KarlInOhio

    You both should listen to the Canada Song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RHVoFpncgA

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 9:34:18 PM PST · 17 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    That may be what you THINK is going on, based on Obama Administration and US media propaganda, but the FACTS on the ground speak for themselves.

    Russkies living in Israel? And? It doesn't change the actions of the Russian government and its propaganda against Israel and the United States. It is not a matter of "Obama... and US media propaganda," which does not exist when it comes to Russia.

  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 9:06:15 PM PST · 4 of 123
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to BobL
    They might want to check-in with Russia’s relationship towards Israel these days, it is MUCH BETTER than our relationship with Israel.

    Russkie state controlled propaganda, and their actions within the UN, would indicate hostility towards Israel. All these terrorist organizations in the first place also have the KGB to thank for their existence in the first place.

  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/21/2014 4:29:23 PM PST · 56 of 65
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to HLPhat
    If not, then evidently some folks are working really hard at catching up.

    Key word: "Some." In Russia, it is normal, and the "some" are the Russians who usually get out of that country first chance they get.

  • From Jesuit to Jesus

    12/21/2014 2:59:32 PM PST · 97 of 100
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Springfield Reformer; Petrosius; daniel1212; BlueDragon
    Yet as you point out we do have Augustine talking elsewhere in what seems to be more realistic language. As with Martyr and Theodoret (and many others of the period), Augustine's "realism" is not the strong, materialistic realism of Aristotle, but the Platonic model of real connection between type and archetype, between a perfect ideal and some imperfect material manifestation of that ideal.

    I haven't studied the Platonic influence on Eucharistic theology, but you are quite correct to see that Augustine did not believe in transubstantiation. There is no question that Augustine believed in a "real presence" of Christ in the Eucharist, but this is in the faith of the believer, and not in any of the physical elements of the material itself. This understanding of the Lord's Supper was transferred to the Reformed faith through John Calvin and is known as "Suprasubstantiation," understood in this way:

    "Christ is present in heaven but by virtue of the Holy Spirit our souls are lifted to partake the flesh and blood of our Lord. Our mouth eats the sign (bread and wine) whereas the mouth of faith eats that which the sign signifies, namely, Christ and the benefits of the covenant of grace" (Hyde, Daniel. In Living Color: Images of Christ and the Means of Grace. p. 154. Grandville: Reformed Fellowship, 2009.).

    In other words, eating with teeth and stomach effects nothing, but it is a spiritual act that is performed through faith. Augustine frequently speaks using "realistic" language, but, in the same writings, makes it clear that he is speaking spiritually, and not materially. Note the following quotes which reflect the position of the quote above:

    “They said therefore unto Him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” For He had said to them, “Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto eternal life.” “What shall we do?” they ask; by observing what, shall we be able to fulfill this precept? “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He has sent.” This is then to eat the meat, not that which perisheth, but that which endureth unto eternal life. To what purpose dost thou make ready teeth and stomach? Believe, and thou hast eaten already. (Augustine, Tractate 25)

    Believe, says Augustine, and "thou hast eaten already," also from his commentary on John chapter 6. In the next chapter of his Tractates on John:

    “Wherefore, the Lord, about to give the Holy Spirit, said that Himself was the bread that came down from heaven, exhorting us to believe in Him. For to believe in Him is to eat the living bread. He that believes eats; he is sated invisibly, because invisibly is he born again. A babe within, a new man within. Where he is made new, there he is satisfied with food. (12) What then did the Lord answer to such murmurers? Murmur not among yourselves. As if He said, I know why you are not hungry, and do not understand nor seek after this bread. Murmur not among yourselves: no man can come unto me, except the Father that sent me draw him. Noble excellence of grace! No man comes unless drawn. There is whom He draws, and there is whom He draws not; why He draws one and draws not another, do not desire to judge, if you desire not to err.” (Augustine, Tractate 26)

    To believe on Christ, says Augustine, is to eat the living Christ.

    In another quote, the Eucharist, which symbolizes both the entire church and Christ, “not really consumed.” The Eucharist signifies an invisible reality, and is not that reality. Christians should take the spiritual lesson of unity from the Lord’s supper.

    “What you can see passes away, but the invisible reality signified does not pass away, but remains. Look, it’s received, it’s eaten, it’s consumed. Is the body of Christ consumed, is the Church of Christ consumed, are the members of Christ consumed? Perish the thought! Here they are being purified, there they will be crowned with the victor’s laurels. So what is signified will remain eternally, although the thing that signifies it seems to pass away. So receive the sacrament in such a way that you think about yourselves, that you retain unity in your hearts, that you always fix your hearts up above. Don’t let your hope be placed on earth, but in heaven. Let your faith be firm in God, let it be acceptable to God. Because what you don’t see now, but believe, you are going to see there, where you will have joy without end.” (Augustine, Ser. 227)

    The body of Christ not held by any believer, even in the sacrament. Christ is held in the heart, and not in the hand. This cannot be so if transubstantation is true.

    “Let them come to the church and hear where Christ is, and take Him. They may hear it from us, they may hear it from the gospel. He was slain by their forefathers, He was buried, He rose again, He was recognized by the disciples, He ascended before their eyes into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of the Father; and He who was judged is yet to come as Judge of all: let them hear, and hold fast. Do they reply, How shall I take hold of the absent? how shall I stretch up my hand into heaven, and take hold of one who is sitting there? Stretch up thy faith, and thou hast got hold. Thy forefathers held by the flesh, hold thou with the heart; for the absent Christ is also present. But for His presence, we ourselves were unable to hold Him.” (Augustine, Tractate 50)

    One final quote for now. Augustine speaks of the use of "common parlance" (iow, "realistic language) such as saying that Christ is raised tomorrow "On Easter," though not literally, and that the bread is the body of Christ, in the same sense as the Easter example:

    “You know that in ordinary parlance we often say, when Easter is approaching, Tomorrow or the day after is the Lord’s Passion, although He suffered so many years ago, and His passion was endured once for all time. In like manner, on Easter Sunday, we say, This day the Lord rose from the dead, although so many years have passed since His resurrection. But no one is so foolish as to accuse us of falsehood when we use these phrases, for this reason, that we give such names to these days on the ground of a likeness between them and the days on which the events referred to actually transpired, the day being called the day of that event, although it is not the very day on which the event took place, but one corresponding to it by the revolution of the same time of the year, and the event itself being said to take place on that day, because, although it really took place long before, it is on that day sacramentally celebrated. Was not Christ once for all offered up in His own person as a sacrifice? And yet, is He not likewise offered up in the sacrament as a sacrifice, not only in the special solemnities of Easter, but also daily among our congregations; so that the man who, being questioned, answers that He is offered as a sacrifice in that ordinance, declares what is strictly true? For if sacraments had not some points of real resemblance to the things of which they are the sacraments, they would not be sacraments at all. In most cases, moreover, they do in virtue of this likeness bear the names of the realities which they resemble. As, therefore, in a certain manner the sacrament of Christ’s body is Christ’s body, and the sacrament of Christ’s blood is Christ’s blood.” (Augustine, Letters 98)

    There are many more quotes that establish Augustine's position on the matter. It is clear that Augustine did not hold to transubstantiation, but to what the Reformed know as "Suprasubstantiation."

  • Poll: 80 Percent Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    12/20/2014 7:39:28 PM PST · 74 of 77
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to nathanbedford

    Thanks for your post! Very interesting

  • Poll: 80 Percent Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    12/20/2014 7:35:54 PM PST · 73 of 77
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to Freelance Warrior
    This would be true if the USA were Israel.

    The United States does indeed parallel Israel. Actually, the KGB created middle east terrorism in the first place, and that is why the propaganda of the terrorists always depicts Israel as a great evil, and only second in its evil to the United States. If Russia and its terrorist allies had the opportunity, they would certainly inflict a holocaust on both us and our ally Israel. Russian propaganda is entirely in the language of holocaust, or the lead up to it, where the "final solution" for American "Imperialism" will be mass murder.

    But that proposal can’t stand a rendez-vous with reality. I can offer a concurrent version – Russians view Americans as people who managed to set their fiat currency as the world one and that’s why they don’t have to work now. All they need is just printing more paper. The Black American Democrat is a Russian role model for the American worker.

    I'm not sure what you're saying here. For the comment about getting our " fiat currency as the world one," if Russia was not a third world country masquerading as a world power, and if it was economically successful, and produced things other than just cheap vodka and crime to supplement the sale of their natural resources, then maybe they might have a currency that could be trusted. If the Russkies merely see us as unfairly being so successful, then this only confirms what I was saying earlier: that the Russians are the product of Communist social engineering, and thus see the world in envious terms. This is why they cheat, steal, rape and murder, because that is what an envious world view leads to.

    But Putin have little significance in this theme.

    Putin has little significance as he is merely the face of Russia and the face of the underground soviet system that was never dismantled after the perestroika deception (had it been real, then Russia should have been De-Sovietized in the same way Germany was De-Nazified). If I went to Moscow tomorrow and stuck his head on a pike, some other "former" Communist goon would take his place.

    Why would a perfectly free and self-sufficient people want not to take a province from a neighboring nation or something like that?

    The "not" negation confuses me. Also, who is the perfectly free and self-sufficient people you are speaking of? It can't be the Russians, but only us Americans.

  • Putin’s New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 6:04:28 PM PST · 7 of 28
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to SevenofNine
    One of MY PBS station used Russia today then I got bored start watching Al Jazeera English news turn Al Jazeera America

    Man, next logical step is Iranian state television. Leave off the foreign news and stick with Fox, which isn't perfect, but you can always supplement with FR.

  • Putin’s New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 6:03:25 PM PST · 6 of 28
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to EagleUSA
    All this is happening for ONE reason. Thank you again, Congress.

    For not impeaching Obozo?

  • Putin’s New Propaganda Invades Upper West Side (But At Least My Kids Speak Russian)

    12/19/2014 5:57:48 PM PST · 1 of 28
    Greetings_Puny_Humans
    RT also fields all sorts of ugly anti-American conspiracy theories, such as claims that the United States was secretly behind Al-Qaeda and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is not a recent phenomena because of Ukraine, but has been going on for many years.