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The Man Without a Face Vladimir Putin

“The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” is available on Amazon

The name Vladimir Putin comes up again and again in news headlines with his confrontation of Obama over Syria and now with the ongoing Ukranian crisis.  Yet how much does the average American (or Westerner) know about this Russian President?  This book is a biography about Putin written by a Russian female journalist who worked for US News and World Report.  She has lost colleagues and friends involved in investigative journalism in Russia which faded her early optimism for Russia.  Readers should appreciate what the author is up against when she wrote this book.

The book covers Putin’s early years growing up in St. Petersburg and his youthful infatuation with the KGB.  It also discusses how Putin portrays himself including the stories he like to tell of him fighting people as a youth.  Putin’s desire to enter the KGB made him desire to go to college to the surprise of some.  Surprisingly this fighter went on to complete a doctoral degree later in life but according to the author much of Putin’s thesis was plagiarized.

The author’s coverage of Putin in the KGB is quite informative especially his days working in East Germany.  Although the author insists that Putin was merely a low level KGB officer, I think one must not forget that he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He resigned from the KGB in 1991 during the KGB’s failed coup.

The most intriguing part of the book was on Putin’s rise to power, beginning with Putin’s entry as a low level official in the city of St. Petersburg and moving upward towards Moscow.  The book discusses about how some wanted to take credit for Putin’s rise to power but we must not miss how Putin is an ambitious man and not just a crony to be manipulated by others.  Yet it is this perception of Putin as a yes man with no personality that led Boris Yeltsin to appoint Putin to become the acting president of Russia when he stepped down.

The book also talks about plots, corruption and killing by those around Putin.  Most heart breaking was the book’s discussion of the disaster of the Russian submarine Kursk and how he handled it poorly.  Specifically, Putin would rather let those men die than allow other nations to help rescue those men for the sake of national honor.  The hostage situation in a school in Belsan was also covered, with Putin’s disregard for the lives of the hostages.

This book is an important read because it gives a little window into the life and thinking of Putin.  I hope there will be more works like this in order for the West to understand more accurately who this man really is in light of current affairs.

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Wikileaks David Leigh

(Available on Amazon)

In today’s “selfie” age, it’s not enough that the news is news but the process of getting the news has become news itself. But as fast as something has gone viral just as instantly does something fade away in the midst of the next information tid bit. Case in point: Wikileaks. This book is about Julian Assange the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks. The book is written by a journalist from the Guardian an established English newspaper company that cooperated with Wikileaks to publicize some of the US secret cables Wikileaks released. He writes from the third person and it was odd to see instances in the book where David Leigh came up in the third person instead of “I.”
What’s Good:
• Interesting background information behind Wikileaks including the motive and ideology that drove Assange and Private Manning.
• Reveals the back story of the relationship of the mainstream media with Wikileaks
• Honesty of the author’s portrait of Assange, warts and all. One gets the sense that this guy is an egomanic, self-important, undisciplined, unhygienic, paranoid man yet an opportunist, tries to speak out against oppressors, etc.
• Gives us more background to the rape accusation against Assange and also his reluctant confession that it was not a CIA love nest sting.
What’s Bad:
• Sometimes the book overstretch its claim of US military wrong doing in Iraq and Afghanistan uncovered by Wikileaks and at the end of the day, it definitely was not the bombshell that some were expecting it to be.
• Anti-climatic ending of the major news organizations who secretly cooperated with Wikileaks rushing to published stories from the cables. It was so anti-climatic to an interesting topic.
• Redundant feel when the book summarizes something and then quotes the document or online chat using the same words and phrase.
Reflection
I believe our current government has too many secrets and a healthy republic require a more transparent and open government if it’s going to ever be accountable to the people. To that end, I sympathize with Wikileaks even though we are probably coming from a different political spectrum. I’m surprised at how immature both Manning and Assange could get and yet one gets the feeling that one has met such characters before in one’s own life people like Manning and Assange. They are more of a cross section of guys in this generation more than perhaps the author realized. I find Assange as a person to be quite repulsive: the author did a good job filling in the details of one of the accuser against Assange for being sexually wronged by him. Assange is a guy that doesn’t know how to handle women and handle them roughly. I thought the book in telling the story of Assange and Manning could have noted more explicitly the blatant ironies of the two of them. For instance, Assange is strongly for all information to be public—yet ironically, he react strongly against certain information about himself being made public. He says there’s people out there who are ought to smear him from the US government but he goes ahead and smears the women’s reputation and deliberately lies about them and their ideology. Assange runs an organization that has the name “leak” in it but strongly disapproves and threatens editors of the press for acquiring leaks from his own Wikileaks. He even said leaks of the stolen US government cables from Wikileaks is criminal. Oh the irony. It’s very hard to live a consistent worldview that’s reductionistic.

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Note: Pray for this post as I am pondering if I should forward this to Anthony Weiner on Twitter.

Anthony Weiner

Some people don’t know how to blush and have shame, you have to blush and be ashamed for them.  Another sign of the times.

The disgraced former Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is currently a candidate for the major of New York and has issues with sending pictures of himself to women online, has just engaged in a shameful shouting match with a Jewish Voter.

You can see it here:

What disturbs me is the fact that he can go up to a law abiding citizen who voices his concern with Anthony Weiner and he can go on to scream and yell at this voter.

Most disturbing of all is the fact that Anthony Weiner keeps on repeating “Who are you to judge?”  Four things needed to be said about this video.

(1) Let’s start off politically in evaluating his statements in light of the political system of this country.  As a person running for office, voters have the responsibility and the duty to “judge” and make sure they pick the right candidate for office.  That’s the job of the voter!  This is something Weiner needs to understand:  Politicians are accountable to the people.  And if a politician thinks the people does not have a right or basis to judge their elected officials, that is pretty scary; there’s no telling what this kind of dangerous mentality of someone office will do.  I don’t think anyone should vote for him to be governor on this point alone.

(2) Moreover, according to the Jewish Scripture, we see what happens when those in political authority such as the Judges end up being immoral in their life and subscribe to relativism.  The book of Judges is an indicting work of the chaos that follows.  Again and again the book of Judges states this line: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”  It is frightening to think that Weiner’s form of ethics is one that he could do whatever he want as he sees fit.  In terms of the Jewish Scripture, this is definitely something God does not approve of.   We know where sexual immorality took Judges, Kings and leaders of Israel so Weiner and those who believe in the Scripture should be warned of it’s consequences.

(3) The Jewish guy’s comment about Anthony being a bad example is right on in terms of the Jewish Scripture.  Proverbs 22:24-25 states: “Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25 Or you will learn his ways And [a]find a snare for yourself.”  While this passage talks about not associating with one who is hot tempered, I think it makes the point that the purpose of this is so that  you will not learn his way (see verse 25).  How much more so you don’t want to put someone in a position of leadership or a pedal-stool that’s angry, because others will follow.

(4) I don’t want this to be political since I’m more concern about Weiner’s guilt before God.  Is Weiner aware of the Ten Commandments: ““You shall not commit adultery.”  Anthony Weiner, before the sight of God, have you committed adultery before?  If so, what does that make you?  I imagine Weiner will probably say to me the same thing he said to this Jewish man: “Go talk to your Rabbi.”  Weiner said more than once about asking your Rabbi.  My Rabbi once said,

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you [w]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [x]to lose one of the parts of your body, [y]than for your whole body to be thrown into [z]hell. 30 If your right hand makes you [aa]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [ab]to lose one of the parts of your body, [ac]than for your whole body to go into [ad]hell.

(Reference: Matthew 5:27-30)

As He said, there’s consequences of hell.  It’s even better to pluck out our eyes (v.29) but we can keep lusting in our minds.

What we really need is to confess our guilt before God, and trust in Jesus and His Work on the Cross by dying for our sin, and our place of punishment.  Jesus is the Lord and Savior for Jews and Gentiles!  Confess, Repent, and Trust that God can forgive our sins by His Grace Alone In Christ Alone Through faith alone.

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Apparently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors supported the idea of naming a Navy vessel by consulting with a spirit using the ouija board!

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Where is rationality? Where is science? Where is the ACLU?

The Word of the Lord is still true.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe (1 Cor 1:18-21)

 

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Juan Williams, a former NPR political analyst was fired for his comments on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. The President and CEO of NPR (National Public Radio) stated that Williams was not fired for that particular incident, but for offering his controversial opinions on several occasions, which she deemed a breach of journalistic ethics for an NPR analyst. Schiller intensified the existing controversy over Williams’ dismissal when she added that Williams should have kept his Muslim comments between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist—take your pick.”

Ron Schiller, the man in the video who is the Vice-President of one NPR’s department voiced his true beliefs about Christians, Tea Party, Republicans, America, Jews and Islam. The video is part of an undercover operation where Ron Schiller was recorded heavily criticizing Conservative groups such as the Tea Party movement, describing them as “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamentally Christian—I wouldn’t even call it Christian…basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people”. He also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding”, defended the firing of Juan Williams, and criticized “anti-intellectual” elements within the Republican Party.

Should they re-hire Juan Williams back now?

Nothing is neutral, not even news. Everyone has a bias.

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For those of you who have been hearing left wing liberals rhethorics that the responsibility of the tragic shooting at Tuscon lies with Conservative political rhetorics, it’s a sad cheap shot ploy to learn that a suspect can be innocent before proven guilty and yet some can make a leap in their conclusion to blame those on the other side of the political paradigm for being responsible for the shooting.  Never mind that the guy Jared Lee Lougner is a Statist (definitely not a Conservative value) whose list of favorite book includes the Communist Manifesto.  For the record, I don’t blame any Democrats, I think the guy is just a nut.

Over at the Christian worldview ministry of American Vision, there has been an interesting turn of events.

On January 14th, one of their writers wrote a piece responding to the slanderous lies of the left leaning Mother Jones, which has published an erroneous piece against their organization.

What I thought was ironic was how the Left gives rhetoric that the promotion of fears and lies by Conservatives are evil but don’t reprimand their own for doing it.

This hypocrisy and the problem of the Leftist argument was then pointed out in a piece by Gary DeMar on January 17th.

The next day, January 18th, American Vision got in the mail a letter with a threat and white powder.

Using the same line of reasoning that the Left use against the Right, is the Left’s rhetoric of fear and lies now make them responsible for their spew of hate?

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