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How Big IS a Hippo’s Tail, Exactly?

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‘Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.  Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.  He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.  His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron.  “He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!”’  ~ Job 40:15-19 

I am not quixotic by nature, though I am no pessimist, either.  I don’t believe in fairies or boogey-men, though I do believe in the supernatural—as acts of God.  That being said, I have to admit to some, let’s say, ‘kooky’ beliefs—or, at least, near beliefs.

Take, for example, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.  I am completely open to the facts of their possible existence, though I do not believe that they are anything out of the ‘ordinary’ per se.  It is within the realm of possibility, or even probability, that some previously unknown species of animal—not monsters—exist in the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest or the deep, cold waters of Scotland.  In fact, in this Age of Information in which most folks think we have everything figured out, scientists are discovering previously unknown species of animals on a fairly regular basis.

Such ‘unsolved mysteries’ hold a great deal of attraction for me.  I used to relish watching the Leonard Nimoy-narrated ‘In Search Of’ programme as a child, reading everything on the Kennedy Assassination I could get my hands on, and trying to figure out the great unsolved capers of our times. 

One such caper, in particular, has always fascinated me—that of D. B. (Dan) Cooper.  Somehow he managed to hijack a passenger airplane, obtain $200,000 ransom, parachute from the rear of the craft over the dense forests of Washington State—during a storm at night—and disappear without a trace!  Did he die before he reached the ground?  Perhaps he was killed upon the landing?  Still, the authorities never found parachute, much less his body.However, they case may be on the cusp of being solved.  A very intriguing article may provide answers to the 36 year-old crime mystery. 

Yes, I knew the culprit personally,” Lyle [Christiansen] wrote one day. “He was my brother.” 


I have often wondered what impact we, as Christians, could have if we simply stopped feeding the Beast 


Here is the reality. Iran has an economy the size of Finland’s and an annual defense budget of around $4.8 billion. It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century. The United States has a GDP that is 68 times larger and defense expenditures that are 110 times greater. Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are quietly or actively allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on?


If it pleases God to move in them, nobody is beyond redemption.  [NB: I do not support the ‘out of body’ claims, among other certain points in the article.]


The second thing we can take away from this event is that Fox News is scared to death of Ron Paul. Not because he can beat the other Republicans but because he can beat Hillary.


Ron Paul wins Christian Conservative Poll!!


‘”We’ll renew the [American] base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami—an Ecuadorean base,” [Ecuador’s President] Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.

“If there’s no problem having foreign soldiers on a country’s soil, surely they’ll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States.”’ 


Written by ninepoundhammer

October 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm

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  1. I love your RP enthusiast, but after watching him at the last “debate” he has no chance. I like some of his domestic ideas, but his Buchana-esk isolationism will no fly. Americans want to win the war in Iraq, not pull out.

    The second factor is that he doesnt sell well on TV. He comes across as a screaming loon. Say what you want (and I don’t have much nice to say) about Bill C., he understood the modern media and it’s roll in elections.

    Sadly we are beyond the era of people debating solely on ideas. Weather it be he ignorance of the American public, or the methods in which elections are run. To win today, you have to boil down the ideas and do a good job of pitching it. Everything is consumerism these day, or at least that is what the seeker-friendly churches think.


    October 25, 2007 at 9:26 am

  2. Brandon:
    First, I would question your definition of ‘isolationism.’ That is the popular (and grossly inaccurate) buzzword of the day, but Dr Paul’s foreign policy is accurately described as ‘non-interventionist’ and it is the same as that advocated by no less than George Washington. Dr Paul does not advocate a Fortress America; rather, he believes in free trade and friendly diplomatic relations based on mutual assistance–not warfare.

    Secondly, I would ask how you define ‘winning’ the war in Iraq. For those of us who see it as an immoral and unjust war to begin with, ‘victory’ would be to not have waged it at all. Barring the invention of a Way Back Machine, I agree with Dr Paul that getting our military out of there and back within our own borders (and that goes for those stationed elsewhere around the globe) is the best policy to advance our national security and the stability of the world.

    Thirdly, I think you are still missing my point. I don’t support a candidate based on their ‘likelihood’ of winning. I support him based upon my core beliefs and how they match up to his. Again, if I wanted to place my vote with the candidate ‘most likely to win,’ I would support Hillary!© In my book, that’s ‘Seeker-Friendly Politics.’

    However the election shakes out, it will be only as according to God’s Providence. We should accept the results without animus nor trepidation–it will be His will for His creation.


    October 25, 2007 at 10:02 am

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