Psalm 27: a psalm for “interesting times”

The ancient Chinese curse went: “may you live in interesting times”. We truly are living in such times — in “times that try man’s souls”, as Thomas Paine so memorably put it.

Psalm 27 was King David’s way of responding to such times. The Hebrew words deeply move me every time I recite it. Below is my translation — trying to retain as much of the meaning of the original as I can manage. Some of the Hebrew words have multiple meanings that can fit the context — this creates some room for creativity in interpretation and translation.

Never forget: “G-d listens to all who sincerely call upon him.”

27:1 A Song of David. The L-rd is my light and my salvation; by whom would I be overawed? The L-rd is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
27:2 When evil-doers will come upon me to eat up my flesh — my adversaries and my foes — they will stumble and fall.
27:3 If an army will encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; even if war will break out against me, in this I shall trust.
27:4 One thing have I asked of the L-rd, and that I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the L-rd all the days of my life, to envision the pleasantness of the L-rd, and to inquire in His palace.
27:5 For He will conceal me in His pavilion in the day of evil; He will hide me in the secrecy of His tent; and He will lift me up onto a rock.
27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with shofar blasts; I will chant and will sing unto the L-rd.
27:7 Hear, O L-rd, when my voice will call out — be gracious unto me, and answer me.
27:8 Unto Thee my heart said: ‘Seek ye My face’; Thy face, the L-rd, will I seek.
27:9 Do not hide Thy face from me; do not rebuff Thy servant in anger. My succor hast Thou been. Do not cast me off, nor forsake me, O G-d of my salvation.
27:10 For even if my father and my mother were to forsake me, the L-rd would pick me up.
27:11 Teach me Thy way, O L-rd; and lead me in an even path, because of those lying in wait for me.
27:12 Do not hand me over unto the will of my pursuers; for false witnesses stood up against me, breathing out violence.
27:13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of the L-rd in the land of the living!
27:14 Set your hopes onto the L-rd, and your heart will be strong and find courage — Set your hopes onto the L-rd.

ClimateGate roundup: last calls for 2009

I’ve stopped daily updates, hut there’s some good stuff I should blog. (Several hat tips to Pi Guy, JCM, and other C2 people.)

  • ClimateAudit discusses here and here the ridiculous claim (parroted by Nature, a scientific journal that has become increasingly politicized in recent years, including over the Arab-Israeli conflict) that Freedom of Information requests to scientists about their raw data represent an undue burden or some sort of harassment or ‘spamming’ by ‘deniers’ (a word that, as a Jew, makes my blood boil). Well, if you’re insisting that we have to cripple our economy and spend trillions of dollars to ‘save Gaia’, you’d better get your act together folks…
  • “Screaming protest” against AGW canceled due to snow and ice
  • Watts Up With That is posting “G. P. Bear goes to Washington” in 12 installments (one on each of the “12 days of Xmas”): here are part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4part 5, and part 6.
  • noted Pastafarian “snork”, my favorite Blogmocracy poster, has several good ones up: Willis Eschenbach on complexity. Nature magazine against open science, and you too can be an eco-nazi. I personally avoid Godwinizing by terms like “eco-Nazi” (as much as their use of ‘denier’ begs for retaliation in kind) and prefer ‘enviropsycho’ or buzzsawmonkey’s priceless ‘environmentalcase’.
  • CO2 levels in the last 150 years — Hmmm
  • ClimateGate interview at
  • As posted below, French court declares carbon tax/cap and trade/krep and tax unconstitutional. In related news, Senate Democrats to White House: dump cap and trade. This issue is creating some mighty strange bedfellows.
  • And not strictly speaking AGW-related, but: San Francisco newspaper admonishes hunters to stop killling animals, and buy their meat at a store instead, “where no animals were harmed”. UPDATE: Zombie (see comments) points out that it’s actually from the Kankakee, IL Daily Journal, in a “Readers, have your say” type sections. Still wondering if somebody was “taking the p*ss”  there, as no-one can possibly be this cartoonishly shtoopid — then again, we see refutations of this latter statement every day…
  • Paying people to grow trees instead of food — what could go wrong? (H/t: Robomonkey.) Somehow I am reminded of the parents of Major Major in “catch-22”, who were paid by the government not to grow food, and kept increasing the supply of land on which not to grow…
  • More updates will follow if I see anything else before “Das alte Jahr vergangen ist

<– Link to last ClimateGate roundup, Dec. 23 —

— ClimateGate: are we approaching a tipping point? –>

Looking around, Dec. 31 edition

  1. 13 AGs threaten suit over health care | KOMO News – Breaking News, Sports, Traffic and Weather – Seattle, Washington…

  2. Victor Davis Hanson » President Humpty-Dumpty and his Humpty-Dumpty View of the World –

  3. Fouad Ajami: A Cold-Blooded Foreign Policy – –

  4. And I Thought I Was a Comedian: “Dems claim 0bama tougher on alQaeda than Bush 43” « Robomonkey’s Blog – about

  5. Facebook as a narcissist’s best friend? Rachel Marsden: Technology and the New ‘Me’ Generation – –

  6. Terror Crackdown … On Bloggers –

  7. Shelby Steele: Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem – –

  8. This is so over the top, it almost has to be a hoax: To All You Hunters « Joy, Nikki, Sue, Laura & Pam~Our Views –

  9. The Green Religion and ClimateGate: Interview With Steven Mosher – Big Government –

  10. | BlogCentral | Rosner’s Domain | Saying no to Obama is no drama [while Bush was crazy like a fox?] –

  11. [What is she smoking?!] Napolitano wants to unionize TSA employees despite safety concerns | Washington Examiner –

  12. iowahawk: Man, Do I Hate Holiday Travel by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [satire alert] –

  13. The Volokh Conspiracy: $150K Settlement for Black Public School Students Harassed by Other Blacks for “Acting White” …

  14. | Shmuel Rosner | Hannah Rosenthal’s new problem –

  15. Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency | Washington Examiner –

  16. Thomas Sowell: “Unhealthy Arrogance” (RealClearPolitics)

  17. First case of highly drug-resistant TB found in US (H/T: Syrah) – Yahoo! News –

  18. Rosner’s Domain | “Anti-antisemitism czar” Hannah Rosenthal is officially more burden than help –

  19. Paying people to grow trees instead of food — gee, what could go wrong? (H/t Robomonkey) – Washington Times –

  20. (H/t Insty) Medical tourism — the new growth industry?

  21. Last but not least (H/t: “goddessoftheclassroom”): in Close to the Edge, Christopher Johnson administers a well-deserved fisking to an anti-Israel Anglican “theologian” moonbat

Rush Limbaugh: SSC wishes you well

Pundits like Ann Coulter or Glenn Beck aren’t my cup of tea, although the way they drive some parts of the blogosphere batty has always greatly amused me.

Rush Limbaugh is often lumped in with these two and their imitators, but I admit to the guilty pleasure of reading his site. He’s a much sharper analyst than many people give him credit for, and has his finger very much on the pulse of Middle America. It’s possible to disagree with him on some issues and still learn something.

Now he has been admitted to a hospital in Hawaii with chest pain and, as expected, the loonbats and pond scum at DU et al. have been sending the expected “die mother[bleep]ing pig!” type of civilized discourse. (H/t: Pi Guy) Ann Althouse notes that these are the very same people who want to control your healthcare.

Contrast this with the story of how Rush reached out to a (compared to him fairly obscure) blogger to help him avoid painkiller addiction.

The latest rumor is that it was the side effect of a painkiller he is taking for his back. I wish you well, Rush, and may you drive loonbats and worshippers of 0baal crazy for many years to come. Meanwhile, Walter Williams is filling in as guest host. Free audio stream here (h/t: JCM).

Neologism: “nom de bloguerre”

Over at C2, we had a discussion about Facebook, and I blurted out in passing that I did not do Facebook, neither under my real name nor under my “nom de bloguerre”.

“kenneth” and “Lucius Septimius” on the thread seemed to like this spur-of-the-moment neologism. It is really a portmanteau word of “nom de blog” (an established derivative of “nom de plume”, i.e., pen name) and “nom de guerre” (battle name). The main reason why the portmanteau works so well in this case is that “bloguerre” sounds like how a Frenchman would mispronounce “blogger” 🙂

I was sure many others had beaten me to it, but a Google search only revealed three hits on “nom de bloguerre”….

In case you are wondering why I have two “noms de bloguerre”: on C2 I registered as Finally Free, which I picked after joining the Lizard Diaspora. But after I registered this blog, it turned out there already was a “Finally Free” on, with a Christian-themed blog. Thus I became “New Class Traitor”, itself a portmanteau of “New Class” and “class traitor“.