Links: | Photo 8-21 | AP 8-22 | AP 8-22 | AP | Video | AP |August 26 (Day 238, Dying in the Wilderness): Angels are great cartoonists. The latest SPC Storm graphic is a good example. It's a picture of a lawn mower being cranked. The mower is over the US Gulf States. The handle stretches to the Dakotas. And the pull-chord reaches to Oregon. This is an angelic metaphor of President Bush's latest tour to beat the war drums.
The cranking of the lawn mower began in Crawford, Texas on August 21st when Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld joined the President for a news conference. They talked about not talking about Iraq. The news conference was about what they didn't talk about.
The President then went to Oregon where he blamed the forest fires this summer on the Democratic opposition to logging. Never mind the irrationality. Politicians are not rational, and the President is a good politician. But as the President toured the US this summer, he began to talk about getting rid of Saddam Hussein. Oregon is the region of Benjamin, which represents the spoils of victory. Spoils of victory are from war. In Oregon the President met fierce protests from environmental activists and those opposed to war with Iraq.
Yesterday, former Secretary of State James Baker joined the Iraq debate. And today Vice President, Dick Cheney, presented the case for military action against Iraq at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He said the US needs to prevent Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction. He sounded good, but presented no factual evidence.
The pull-chord of the lawn mower in the severe weather graphic reached to Oregon where the anti-war protests started. The engine of the lawn mower was over Tennessee and West Virginia. Cheney was in Tennessee today. Tennessee represents the criminal justice system, which corresponds to the internal gates of the nation - not the external gates of the military. The lawn mower is all about domestic policy - not foreign policy. West Virginian represents the prison system. And the Gulf States of Mississippi and Alabama along with neighboring Georgia represent law enforcement security. These states have nothing to do with foreign policy either. The front left corner of the lawn mower did extend into South Carolina, which represents the external gates of the military. South Carolina was where the War Between the States started; so its a controversial symbol of the military. The lawn mower is the ultimate symbol of suburban domestic policy. The handle of the lawn mower reached to the Dakotas in the region that represents the federal judiciary.
So, from the news conference with Rumsfeld on the Texas prairie to the golf course interviews with President Bush and Cheney's VFW convention in Nashville, with the possible exception of South Carolina, the symbolism was domestic, not foreign policy. The President's war talk has been but an echo of the suburban lawn mower. In spite of the best laid plans of mice and men, the President has not prepared a nation for war. He has cranked a lawn mower instead. He tried to push the lawn mower into military confrontation with Iraq but only got to South Carolina.
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Links: Weather Links |Tropical Storm Alika is in the central Pacific south of Hawaii. It is moving west northwest with 35 knot winds. Alika is Hawaiian for Alice, which is a form of Adelaide, meaning noble kind, or type.
Links: Weather Links |Tropical Storm Fausto was is in the Pacific off Mexico. It is moving northwest with 45 knot winds. Fausto is Spanish for Faustus, the Roman cognomen meaning auspicious or lucky in Latin.
Links: Weather Links |Typhoon Rusa is in the northwest Pacific. It formed the image of a roaring lion today. It is moving northwest with 115 knot winds. Rusa is the Malaysian name for the sambar deer.
The lawn mower engine was over Tennessee and West Virginia. Tennessee represents the criminal justice system and West Virginia represents the prison system. Today a Michigan man was released from prison after serving 17 years for a crime he didn't commit. Vice President Cheney, who failed in the Middle East to stir up support for a war with Iraq, tried today to make the case at a VFW convention in Nashville. In spite of the best efforts of the Bush Administration to stir up support for a war with Iraq, all it has succeeded in doing is cranking a lawn mower according to the weather angels.
Typhoon Rusa in the northwest Pacific in the region of Cosmic Babylon formed the image of a roaring lion, which represents Satan seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Rusa is the name of the sambar deer. A deer is the symbol of Naphtali and peace, which corresponds to the Middle East peace process. Tropical Storm Fausto, the auspicious sign, is off Mexico in the Pacific in the region of Ecumenical Babylon. It is joined by Tropical Storm Alika, which corresponds to the Right Woman.
Today was August 26th, for Political Babylon. US foreign policy is captive to Political Babylon. And it was Day 238, for dying in the wilderness.
Jesus Christ spoke the simple truth on earth. Those who believed in Him were saved. They were delivered from their life of Spiritual death into the kingdom of Eternal Life. Everyone born into this life is born with the sin of Adam. That sin is passed down through the male sperm. A person is born physically alive but spiritually dead. He is cut off from God in darkness. He cannot understand spiritual things without a spirit. Spiritual regeneration is necessary to know God. Anyone can know God who is willing to follow God's procedure for Salvation, which is:
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). "Everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life" (John 3:16b).Belief in Jesus Christ can be expressed in the privacy of the soul to God the Father: "Father, I believe in Jesus Christ." God will honor any request for Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.