French Word of the Day - Torréfaction Foncée

Monday, September 1, 2014

It means "dark roast". As in coffee. I have no idea how to pronounce it but the torréfaction foncée blend has a rich flavour profile.

Here's how Tim Horton's rolled out their new blend.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mr Bean you've got a lovely daughtah...

An opal that looks like the ocean

mmmm...meat-coated skeleton...

Israel God's Chosen People - Oh Really?

Are you any religion other than Christian? Then this post does not apply to you. 

Is any other book besides the Bible your holy book? If so, this post does not apply to you. 

Do you hold that the bible is your holy book, the word of God, and do you follow Christ as your prophet/messiah and believe that Israel is the chosen people of God? This is for you because I'm basing the personal opinion contained in this post on the contents of your Holy Book.

Everyone else can move along or browse some of my art posts in the archives. 

First, I am anti-killing period. In my opinion, all killing of humans and all war is morally wrong. Defending one's self should result in death as a last resort. That is my personal opinion. Second and related to that, I am not disseminating a pro-Gaza or pro-modern Israel position. I am also not appointing myself a scholar of the bible and I accept that what follows here is my interpretation. What I am addressing is this misguided belief that because Israel once held the position of God's chosen people, they must still be God's chosen people and as such entitled to special treatment like getting land appropriated for them.

God's chosen people? Nope. There is no literal chosen people of God anywhere.

First, why were they considered God's chosen people in the Bible in the first place? Because they were super faithful and loyal? No. Because they worked all their lives for the enrichment of others? Seriously, have you read the bible? That's a hell no. 

The only reason the ancient nation of Israel enjoyed this lofty status was because God loved Abraham so much he promised to make his offspring a nation and that ended up being Israel. Abraham's firstborn son (with Sarah) was Isaac, who had Jacob whose name was later changed to Israel. Those Israelites were described by God himself as a "stubborn and rebellious" in Exodus 32:9 (New Living Translation). The context of this scripture has God continuing his conversation with Moses by suggesting he was willing to kill Israel off and start all over with Moses and his offspring. ("...that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.") Moses would have none of it. Not to put too fine a point on it, God wouldn't have done it, he was just expressing the depth of his disappointment there.

Unfortunately for God and fortunately for the Israelites, promises were made. 

The Messiah would come through Abraham and Sarah's lineage. Yada yada, in no particular order Israel is captive/free, gets relegated to the Wilderness for forty years, is helped to be victorious over other nations - as long as they were doing what they were supposed to be doing - on and on until Jesus is born, and fulfills over 200 prophesies pointing to who would be the Messiah. 

It was Jesus himself who prophesied that Jerusalem the city would be destroyed, Israel would lose their chosen status, and he gave instructions to look for a specific set of signs and when they were observed, get thee the hell out of Dodge. 

Prophesies in the bible, especially big ones like this, had a short term fulfillment and a future long term fulfillment. A regional current one and a future global one. In setting up the scenario for his disciples to be watchful, he was also setting up the foreshadowing of a future fulfillment.

Did you know the Roman government official Pontius Pilot, could not find anything wrong with Jesus warranting a death sentence. In fact he did not want to kill him and offered a compromise. Who veto'd this compromise? Now being referred to in the bible as Jews, it was they who demanded his death. I'm not one to believe that the sins of one's forefathers ought to be visited upon their subsequent generations but it was prophesied that it would happen just this way. 

In Jesus' words:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate.'
For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, 'Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'"
As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. But he responded, "Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!" - Matthew 23:37 - 24:2 (New Living Bible)

That's it. Basically, you will be fighting for a spot on the globe from now on. They didn't like JC in the first place because they had been expecting the messiah to establish for them a literal kingdom on earth - as they still are - and he was all yeah, the kingdom of God is within you. It will not literally be here *points to the dirt*. Not part of The Plan. Sorry, not sorry. And they were all "Damn you...!" And JC tsk'd at them for that. At least that's how I imagine it going. 

Did he say anything about Jews being the butt of racism, persecution or that a heinous genocide would be deserving? No. Basically he said they would be a nation without a land, or always fighting for it, a nation with a house abandoned and desolate and that's it. Homeless. They are neither special nor are they worthy of vilification just like any other ordinary nation. The bible does say: "Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples" it doesn't say that's necessarily what should happen or that it is God's will. It just says it will be.

So, if you're in support of Israel destroying Gaza just because, this post was not for you and I have no opinion on that. If you're basing your support of Israel, and therefore your tacit support of their attacks on Gaza believing they're entitled based on what you were taught the bible said, free yourself of this mind set. Then look at this objectively.

Why are Western or generally Christian nations really supporting Israel? There is always an agenda and the relentless propaganda being foisted on us by some in advocacy of God's 'chosen people' is most definitely not on that agenda. It's a justification for something far less noble.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hello and how is everyone? It's been a hectic few months. My place of employment saw a management change and my role was redefined to include a lot more responsibility and far higher expectations than I had. It's been a challenge, at times stressful, but mostly good. I'm happy.

Spring took its time arriving. I waited until the summer to post one of the pictures below. I didn't want to jinx anything. Our growing season, short at the best of times, is three weeks behind so no veggie garden for me. I barely have the motivation to do flowers. Speaking of which I just remembered I have gerbera daisies on the deck I haven't put in a pot yet...yikes!

Better get on that.

Wait...what? My tongue is sitting comfortably in my mouth. I don't get it.

This explains the turd ruler/wet nap set on sale in the gift shop...

Google Doodle - Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Audrey Hepburn died January 20, 1993, in Tolochenaz, Switzerland. She was 63 years old. No question she was a quality person, I read her biography, I've seen her movies. She was beautiful. She ate tulip bulbs during the war. She studied ballet dancing. She worked to support the Dutch resistance during WWII raising money by ballet performances and acting as a courier. She was a humanitarian. She was worthy of admiration.

What difference does it make if she would have been 85 today, she's dead and she isn't 85. These things creep me out. Like we're tallying someone's years of life long after they cease to live. She would have been 85, yes, but she's not alive so...why do we need to know this? I know I see things pragmatically and I think I sound harsh, I don't mean to, but I truly don't understand this thing we do. What am I missing?

Now that's what I call beautiful!

Random Piano in a Railway Station.

A man walks into a London railway station and sees a random piano. Magic ensues because it's not just any man. It's Henri Herbert, pianist, and he knows how to play pretty decently. 

How were they not dancing??

k-os - Crabbuckit

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bass fiddle, sax, catchy beat, video filmed on the streets of Toronto, crabs, what's not to love? You can't listen to it and not want to dance.

The title takes its name from the crab in the bucket syndrome where a group of crabs will pull down any crab that tries to escape, thereby ensuring their collective demise. I got that from Wiki. So you know it's true. 

My Old Fanny Farmer Get's a Scullion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recently, I wrote a post about an old Fanny Farmer cookbook I own. The one I really learned to cook with. The one that I bought in 1983 and cherish more than my Larousse Gastronomique or my Pastry Chef textbook. Or any other book, are you getting the picture? I lamented how it was feeling its age and well used status.

I found its twin on eBay. Same edition. Same introduction by James Beard. It has its dust jacket. SCORE!! Dance with me, the dance of joyful discovery!

Dust jacket

Yorkshire pudding and corn bread pages

Bam! Brand spanking new.

A pristine and perfect replacement waits in the wings should I ever need it (but I won't). I'm going to go leave some happy feedback for the seller! She even refunded some of the shipping. Great day.