Clark Mountain Musings: January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7 (NIV)
Here's another view of the Cappadocia landscape, central Anatolia, "land of the beautiful horses"
Time to celebrate the enlightened... shoe?

Very strange, to be so passionate about one single smelly shoe. Maybe it's a relic of some sort.
Turkey's prime minister walks out of Davos in a snit


Thursday, January 29, 2009

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)
The famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.
Erdogan keeps showing his stripes... time to redefine "terror"

"President Obama must redefine terror and terrorist organizations in the Middle East, and based on this new definition, a new American policy must be deployed in the Middle East," Erdogan told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The Turkish leader appeared to be referring to the US position toward Hamas and Hizbullah, which the United States considers terrorist organizations"

Then the AP goes on to report this "news"

"As a secular Muslim country that belongs to NATO and is seeking membership in the European Union, Turkey has been a bridge to Hamas and Hizbullah."

Okay that comment makes a load of sense... A Secular Muslim country is a "bridge" the the avowed anti-secular parties of the Muslim Brotherhood Hamas and the Islamic Revolution Hizbullah.... that makes sense.. RATHER it is that the Islamist-Anti Secular AKP is more aligned with Hamas and Hizbullah than it is the West and has a natural brotherhood.



Next up... disqualify bus bombings/suiciders as terrorist acts? You see it's really that terrorism perpetrated against Israeli Jews is not terrorism.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
Here's Goreme, this little town in Cappadocia looks a whole lot like Bedrock from the Flintstones, no?
Oh how the Islamic Republic can age a President...

Preparing the way of the Mahdi is tough work these days. Mahmoud shows the ravages.
Luchadore smuggling for Hamas in Gaza?
Whuu? Guess wrestlers have an offseason?
Iranian college students chant "Death to Israel" get bagged lunches
Guess they need to motivate those insolent collegians somehow and I'm guessing beer wouldn't work with the mullahs so... bagged lunches.

Monday, January 19, 2009

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."

Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
Here's a view of Mount Hasan, one of the two strato-volcanoes which formed the ash tuff landscape of Cappadoccia

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
Mount Ericyes, one of the two mighty volcanoes which spread ash over Cappadocia, near Kayseri in central Anatolia
Israeli soldier gives water to would be suicide bomber

Want truth? This is the truth about the Israelis, they practice true religion, by seeking peace when its there and helping even their enemies. Would this act of kindness had been reciprocated? Not likely.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yes LORD, walking in the ways of your laws, we will wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our hearts.

Isaiah 26:8
Fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. The light colored stuff is ash-tuff and the dark colored rock at the top is basalt. What a place.
The Chiefs are coming to St. Joe

Can we call them the St. Joseph-Kansas City Chiefs?  Thank you.

"St. Joseph: Consider the I’s and T in “Chiefs training camp” dotted and crossed.It’s official.The $25 million tax credit proposal that enables the Kansas City Chiefs to relocate their summer training camp to St. Joseph cleared its final state hurdle, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Monday."

Blago gets his man, and his horses in the Senate do his bidding

Remember Harry Reid saying "he'll never seat" a Blago appointment.  Well Durbin and Reid have served Blago well by driving his sleigh all the way to D.C.  Well done leadership. Ha!

Turkish man set himself alight in protest to Israel’s Gaza offensive
ATurkish man set himself alight on Tuesday in Istanbul's Taksim in protest to the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Turkish man set himself alight in protest to Israel’s Gaza offensive

Police used a fire extinguisher taken from a passing bus to put out the flames on Ibrahim Ulusan, 63, Dogan News Agency reported.


"Palestine has burned! I will burn too!" Ulusan was quoted by the agency as shouting as he was taken to away by police.


He was rushed by police to a nearby hospital for treatment. 


Ulusan, a retired bus driver, came to Istanbul from the northeastern province from Gumushane to carry out the protest, the agency said


Thursday, January 08, 2009

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."

Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, crazy tuff formations, Flintstones. What a place.
Iran bans it's "Activists" from fighting Israel

Shocking... they "sign up" thousands to be suicide bombers and then don't give them assignments? Guess Arabs do the jobs that Persians won't do.  
The Revolutionary Guards commander could do with a good "Shaving Jihad".. looking scruffy there pal.

The Top 10 Pro-Abortion moments of 2008

Number 1
“Look, I got two daughters  – 9 years old and 6 years old,” he said. “I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”
Our President-elect

Charlie Shields takes top state senate spot

Great News for Republicans... sigh.. 

Kit Bond is retiring and won't run again in 2010.  Wow, it's really shaping up to be a great time for Republicans in the Senate.

Speculation on who will run?  I'm sure we'll see lots of the Carnahans...  maybe Talent will run again?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)

Aghtamar Island, Lake Van Turkey
From a Gaza protest today in Tehran.  
2 Trumpeter swans spotted on our neighborhood lake today

Very beautiful and regal creatures.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)

Here's Aghtamar Island, the Church of The Holy Cross in Lake Van, Turkey. In the background is snow covered Mount Artos.
"From Imam Hussein to Barack Hussein"...

Look... I think it's stupid to throw around "Barack HUSSEIN Obama", he's a Christian okay. However it does present an interesting situation when the hardline Islamic Republic of Iran's official English rag Iran-Daily features an editorial headlined

"A great service will have been done to the cause of global peace and humanity if Barack Hussein also makes a reference to Imam Hussein and his value systems during his inauguration address."

"The world expects Barack Hussein to break his silence and support the oppressed. "

I thought his middle name was off limits?  Not to Iran-Daily.

Harry Reid = Real First Class Jerk

On so many levels.  Dude has diarrhea of the mouth and he's well just not nice.

Politico reports

“Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate,” Reid told Politico’s Manu Raju. “He lost the election. He can stall things, but he'll never serve in the Senate.”
Hear that.. .NEVER EVER NEVER EVER again.. So there!

So much for the vaunted decorum in the US Senate.... 
"Turkey" chooses sides

Or actually the Islamist government chooses sides.  The AKP is a disaster for Turkey and secularism in the Islamic world.  What's sad is that the west has coddled and exalted the "Justice and Development" party.  

Editorial in the JPOST

Turkish President Abdullah Gul adds: "What Israel has done is nothing but atrocity."

Erdogan can find absolutely nothing wrong with anything Hamas has done since it grabbed power in Gaza.

Over the years, tens of thousands of people have been killed as the radical PKK pursues its campaign for autonomy from Turkey.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22 (NIV)

The Church of the Holy Cross, Aghtamar Island, a beautiful Armenian church in the middle of Lake Van, Eastern Anatolia. Oh yeah this is an Armenian church... remember the Armenians of eastern Anatolia? You should... and maybe Prime Minister Erdogan needs to remember that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Minnesota, the tradition continues.... the pantheon of great political heavyweights...

You recall the Great triumvirate of the US Senate.. Calhoun, Clay, Webster... = Gravitas

Minnesota's continuing on a different course, who will finish this Triumvirate?  The ball's in your court again Gophers.... Janos (Ventura by trade), Franken (Smalley by minded),  and ? = big
fat joke!
Cuz looks like it's Franken to the Senate????  I don't get it.

In other "news"... 

the world yawns....

What he wants?  Would he say it?  Maybe he has
Turkey's "moderately Islamist" Prime Minister sees Israel's "self-destruction"

Okay Erdogan is the guy that foreign policy types like to refer to as "similar to the Christian Democrats/Socialists of Europe". Well guess what he had to say about Israel's war with Hamas... channeling Ahmadinejad here...

"perpetrating inhuman actions which would bring it to self-destruction. Allah will sooner or later punish those who transgress the rights of innocents"

JPOST link

so... what's the difference between Ahmadinejad and Erdogan?  A tie...     and about a foot of height, what a shrimp Mahmoud is.