Category Archives: Snark

True Believer Syndrome

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I’m going to start with a tale from about 180 years ago. In the early 1840s, a religious leader named William Miller believed the second coming of Jesus was foretold in the Bible with mathematical accuracy, and using a myriad of verses and tidbits from the Bible, he sought to compute as closely as possible when exactly J.C. was going to come back.

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At first, he didn’t offer anything very exact:

Using an interpretive principle known as the day-year principle, Miller, along with others, interpreted a prophetic “day” to read not as a 24-hour period, but rather as a calendar year. Miller became convinced that the 2,300-day period started in 457 B.C. with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem by Artaxerxes I of Persia. His interpretation led him to believe and promote the year 1843. Despite the urging of his supporters, Miller never announced an exact date for the expected Second Advent. But he did narrow the time period to sometime in the Jewish year 5604, stating: “My principles in brief, are, that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse, purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.” (more…)

Getting Our Arms Around the Big Issues

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Since everyone’s obsessed with the potential shutdown, let’s reflect a moment of the engines of government working right now. For instance – – although a $21 trillion debt and its suffocating interest is going utterly and completely ignored by every politician in the country………(and that doesn’t include unfunded liabilities):

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We here in California at least benefit from bold leadership on the big issues.

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The Great Recession=A Blip

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“The most massive financial crisis since the Great Depression.” How many times did we hear that? A savage mauling of worldwide markets, meant to humble and teach us. Uh-huh. Keep it in context, folks. Take a good, hard look at the entirety – – the whole thing – – of the global financial crisis. Use a magnifying glass if you must. Puny, isn’t it? Once the pumpers were let back in the door, it got smaller and smaller………and, I assure you, the world didn’t learn a thing.

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