In his sermon Archbishop Welby is expected to describe Isil as “a Herod of today”. Using the word “apocalypse” in the original Greek meaning - as an unveiling or revelation – he contrasts the message of hope summed up by the angels announcing the birth of Jesus with the deadly vision put forward by Jihadists and other religious extremists. “Today, across the Middle East, close to the area in which the angels announced God’s apocalypse, Isis and others claim that this is the time of an apocalypse - an unveiling created of their own terrible ideas, one which is igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression.Who was Herod? A governor of a Roman colony. Who is Miss Justine? A governor of a Roman colony, totally obedient to EU, the new Rome. If you read the actual laws of God and Nature as documented in the Old Testament, there's no doubt that ISIS is acting as God's Hand. The reference manual gives us several helpful illustrations of God's Hand destroying evil nations. We were supposed to learn from those examples. ISIS wasn't intended as God's Hand; it was designed by USA STRONG as an agent provocateur to make Islam look horrible. But it cut loose from the original remit, and started enforcing Natural Law with extreme force. The only problem is that ISIS is mainly acting in places that are still fairly close to Natural Law. It hasn't yet penetrated deeply into places where the extremity of evil would require an extremity of restoration. You want to talk about slaughtering innocents, Herod? You started it. And I started it too, since I was an active part of the neocon horde in 2001. (I've tried to reform, not that it matters. The blood is still on my hands.) You and I, Welby, have helped to slaughter at least a million Muslims. ISIS hasn't come REMOTELY close to matching our record in response. When ISIS attacks the lands of Satan, it's appropriate to defend the land. Self-defense is always appropriate. But we need to KNOW WHAT WE'RE DEFENDING before we try to invoke religious metaphors. We shouldn't compound our evils by reading the text backwards. Or, putting the whole mess in simple secular terms: When an evil empire starts to fall apart, radical violence is one of the symptoms. USA STRONG sees the violence as justification for even STRONGER evil. A sane man sees fever and puking and DT's as Nature's feedback, telling him to stop drinking. A STRONG man sees fever and puking and DT's as an instruction to drink even more. We'll switch from whiskey to Everclear, by God! Then wood alcohol! Then antifreeze! That'll cure it!
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.