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What Sin A Name?

happy jebusDoes is seem odd to anyone that Western societies refer to the Xtian deity as plain old "God"? It's a ludicrously simple appellation especially for someone who supposedly wields supreme power.

Even Superman gets three syllables.

The ironic truth is that the word "god" has pagan roots, coming as it does from the ancient Germanic word for "good". When the Bible was translated from Hebrew and Greek they substituted freely using common colloquial language rather than stick with the original Baal or El or YHWH or Fred or what-have-you.

In a sense, it was all about marketing.

The one-syllable version has its advantages as even a baby can pronounce it. It probably doesn't hurt that we reflexively call it out during sex, too. Think how much Coca-Cola would pay for that kind of advertising.

Oddest thing, though, is that God speaks in the megalomaniacal third person and we think nothing of it. What would have been so wrong with a little first-person prose, especially in Genesis? You know, "I built the light and it was most awesome, dude!"

This is, incidentally, a very simplistic overview of the divine nomenclature regarding the Great Cosmic Muppet. If you're interested you can go into deeper detail here.


Speaking of marketing, it also explains Jesus. Consider trying to sell the Old Testament to ancient peoples. There's a whole lot of stick to that story but meager carrot. The OT God was generally rancorous and liable to do just about anything, much of which could ruin your whole day. Just ask the folks in Gomorrah.

It's clear that the religious powers-that-be needed a sure-fire way to squeeze some shekels out of the yokels, and what better way than the promise of eternal paradise... for free! So they borrowed the idea of virgin birth, as it had worked so often in the past, and suddenly it's "All aboard the Soul Train!". Anyone could get into Heaven with the right password. Just be careful of the third act.

And the soft-sell continues as present-day portraits of the Littlest Redeemer looks more like the guy who dispenses Denver's medical marijuana than Osama bin Laden.


And now our "Chart of the Day":

2012 federal budget
Click here for a larger version.

As retiring Congressman Barney Frank says "We could easily defend this country on a measly $400 billion per year and still use the other $200 billion for schools and job creation."

Gonna miss that guy.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #115 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(115) 11-30-2011: The House did nothing today except postpone votes on suspension bills. Atta boy, GOP!

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're still trying to blame Barney Frank for the housing crisis.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Today's Google Chow.

Book editor, to God:

Editor: "In the beginning Myron Schmecklestein created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; And Myron Schmecklestein said, Let there be light: and there was light. And Myron Schmecklestein saw the light, that it was good. "

Editor: "Not bad. Not bad, but I'm gonna make ONE little suggestion."