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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The new Babel

Famously, Nimrod, the hunter-king demonstrated his hubris to the Creator by ordering that the tower of Babel be built to place men into the very sky; the Creator rewarded them for their arrogance by scrambling their languages and scattering them far and wide.

Last weekend, on the plane home, I had an interesting little revelation: The schism in the Church- and all the little schisms that have occurred since the original one-may well be the new Babel. There is no question that- like Nimrod, the church leadership grew arrogant and proclaimed itself to be the equal of G-d, and it is also no surprise that G-d decided he’d had enough of that crap and left the Church fragmented and it continues to fragement.  Note that in neither case did G-d actively punish individuals, he just prevented them from acting in directions that displeased Him. This has a lot of parallels in the current Republican party as well.

It certainly seems as if the Creator is active in thwarting the plans of the hubristic. Do you think he has something special planned for the left? it’s almost fascinating to watch.

Quote of the day:

From a co-worker.

” I dance as though I’m being shot at”

I may never wash that hand again

I have long been a fan of Harry Pope, from the moments I read the stories by Lucian Carey in the old Gun Digests of my youth.

 never in my wildest dreams did I expect to hold one of his rifles in my hands.


Click to embiggenate.


THe rifle on top is the one I liked the most. Here’s the hangtag for it:


I would have bet cash that I would never have a chance at touching one of these. And there it was, in my hands, a rifle with the meticulously made barrel of Harry Pope, when he was making barrels for Stevens, a bespoke gun which would have cost a months wages for a well paid man when new. I would need a lotto win to afford it, but for a moment I looked down in my hands and saw that “H.M.POPE” stamped on the barrel.  Yeah, yeah, fanbois squee.