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Belshezzar’s Feast



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Jeez, we have some smart readers:

Mr. Goldberg,

I just saw the Rembrandt painting “Belshazzar’s Feast” in London at the National Gallery on Tuesday. Unfortunately, being able to read the Aramaic (Daniel 2:5 – 7 is in Aramaic) made me aware that Rembrandt may have painted the last letter of the last word incorrectly. It looks like a zayin instead of a nun. The National Gallery’s caption points out this possible mistake as well. I hope this doesn’t lessen for you the powerful effects of this masterful painting. It was on my mind as well when studying the book of Daniel in seminary, and the parallels between that event and now are eerily similar in some very striking ways. One aspect of the end of Belshazzar’s rule (his father Nabonidus was actually the king, but was often away in Harran worshipping the moon god Sin) that will (hopefully) soon have a modern parallel was his death at the hands of the invading army of Cyrus the Great in the otherwise mostly peaceful takeover of Babylon. Apparently, the Babylonians weren’t too sorry to see Belshazzar go, a gross understatement when it comes to the Iraqi people and Saddam Hussein.

Uni-What?



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Someone explain how this constitutes unilateral.

UPDATE: I just fixed this link, if you were confused.

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More On Nuke Plant Story



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Web Briefing: January 27, 2015

Funny....



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How our coalition — now 40 strong — keeps growing. I guess it’s the smell of victory.

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Arizona Nuke Plant Threat Probed



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Liberation



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The Daily Telegraph has this report of a British officer speaking to his troops. Here’s an extract:
“We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory. If someone surrenders, ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please…As for ourselves, let’s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there. Our business now is north.”

Refugees Fleeing to Jordan



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I Totally



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Did not just hear Jonah sad he was alone in The Corner.

Alert



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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The FBI issued a worldwide alert Thursday for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a Saudi national believed to be plotting terrorist attacks as part of al-Qaida.

The FBI is asking for help from law enforcement officials as well as the public in locating El Shukrijumah, who officials say may have been last seen in Miami before he disappeared. His current whereabouts are unknown.

“El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al-Qaida terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide,” the FBI said in a statement.

Nice Reality-Check From Jed



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“This is certainly a proud day for America, because we are standing up for ourselves, our nation and our culture. But it is also a somber and serious day. Good young men and women are in action, risking their lives for us. It’s not a time to be dancing in the streets.”

Guys...



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I’ve got to write a syndicated column. Will somebody please join in here?

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye!



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Hilarious, yet touching, story about Optimus Prime. A must read.

Speak For Yourselves



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Okay, Okay



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It’s true about Jamesons. Stop rubbing it in. Please.

Ted Kennedy



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Bombed.

Saddam’s Family Home



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Bombed.

My Favorite Moment So Far



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For those of you without TV. Earlier today one of the CNN correspondents embedded with the Marines reported back to (I think) Paula Zahn something to the effect of: “Paula, Iraq has made a grave tactical error. When they launched a scud missile at this camp, they clearly hoped to deter the Marines. Instead, Paula, they’ve made them very, very angry.”

Captured



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Kuwaiti news reporting that the Iraqi town of Umm Qasr captured.

New Drinking Game



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Every time Shep Smith of Fox says “embedded” you take a drink. Every time he says, “I’m not sure I’m pronouncing this correctly” you finish the beer.

Lies!!



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I’m being told that Jameson’s is French owned. I refuse to believe this.

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