September 25: Psalm 23

PSALM TWENTY-THREE

 

(A psalm by David.)

The Good Shepherd

 

1 You are my shepherd, Lord, and I

Will never be in need.

2 You let me rest in grassy fields,

 

You lead me by still waters; you

Refresh my life; to your own name

You’re true, and you lead me along

 

Right paths. 4 Though I may walk through valleys

As dark as death, I won’t be scared:

You are with me; your shepherd’s rod

 

Makes me feel safe. 5 You treat me to

A feast while my foes watch; you honor

Me; as your guest, you fill my cup

 

Until it overflows. 6 Your love

And kindness will be with me always

Every day of my life, and, Lord,

 

I’ll live in your house evermore.

 

(Rendered in iambic tetrameter, with an end-rhyme, by Day Williams.)

S.D.G.

 

 

Hebrews Chapter Seven

HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN

1 For this Melchizedek was Salem’s king,

Priest of God Most High, who met Abraham

When he returned from the defeat of kings,

 

And blessed him, 2 on whom Abraham conferred

A tenth of everything. First, his name means

“The king of righteousness”; then also, “king

 

Of Salem” means “the king of peace.” 3 Without

A father or a mother, or descent,

And having no beginning of his days

 

Or end of life, but like the Son of God

He stays a priest forever. 4 You see, then,

How great he was, that Abraham the first

And the most honored man among all of

God’s chosen people, gave to him one tenth

Of all his spoils of battle. 5 Now the law

 

Requires Levitical descendants who

Are members of the priesthood to collect

A tenth from their own countrymen, that is,

 

Their brothers, even though their brothers are

Descended too from Abraham. 6 This man,

Melchizedek, was not from Levi’s line,

 

And yet he took a tenth from Abraham

And blessed him who received God’s promises.

7 There is no doubt the one who blesses is

 

Greater than any person who is blessed.

8 The Jewish priests, though mortal, took in tithes,

But with Melchizedek, they were received

 

By him who is declared to be alive,

9 And you might say when Abraham paid him

The tenth, 10 that Levi, whose descendants take

 

The tenth, paid it too. He was not yet born

But in a sense was in the body of

His ancestor when this Melchizedek

 

Met Abraham. 11 Now if perfection could

Have been attained through Jewish priests and laws

(The law was given to the people on

 

The basis of the Levite’s priesthood), why

Was there a need for yet another priest

To come− and not in Aaron’s order but

 

One in the order of Melchizedek?

12 For when the priesthood has a change, the law

Must also change. 13 Our Lord, of whom these things

 

Are said, was in another tribe; none

Belonging to that tribe has ever served

As altar priest, 14 for it is clear our Lord

 

Was born in Judah’s tribe, and Moses did

Not mention Judah when he spoke of priests;

15 And what we’ve said is even clearer if

 

Another priest, one like Melchizedek,

Appears, 16 one not made priest by human rules

But on the basis of the power which

 

Is flowing from an endless life, 17 for it’s

Declared, “You are a priest forever in

The order of Melchizedek.” 18 Because

 

The former rule was weak and useless 19 (for

The law made nothing perfect), it is set

Aside. But now we have a better hope

 

By which we may draw near to God, 20 and it

Was not without an oath. 21 God took an oath

That Christ would always be a priest, although

 

He never said that of the other priests.

Only to Christ he said, “The Lord has sworn

And never will he change his mind: You are

 

A priest forever in the order of

Melchizedek.” 22 Because of God’s oath, Christ

Can guarantee forever the success

 

Of this new covenant. 23 Those other priests

Were many, for they died and could not stay

In office for their work, 24 but Jesus lives

 

Forever and continues as a priest,

So no one else is needed. 25 He can save

Completely all who come to God through him,

 

Because he lives to intercede for them.

                  26 Such a high priest does meet our need—one who

Is holy, blameless, pure, set off from sinners,

 

Lifted above the heavens. 27 Unlike other

High priests, he need not offer sacrifices

Day after day, first for his own sins, and

 

Then for the people’s sins. He sacrificed

For their sins once and for all when he offered

Himself, 28 because the law appoints as high

 

Priests men in all their weakness; but the oath,

Which was made later than the law, decreed

The Son, who’s been perfected endlessly.

 

S.D.G.

 

Columbo: Case of Vince Foster’s “Suicide”: Murder Will Out

Vince Foster Murder Cover-up

***

Proof of the FBI and OIC cover-up was published in a 538-page book Failure of the Public Trust (2006 ed.) available to download here.

Corresponding exhibits of documents to footnotes in the book are available here.

Ken Starr cover-up Vince Foster Murder
Vince Foster friend of Hillary Clinton

The Starr Report on the Death of Vincent W. Foster includes evidence of the cover-up by the Independent Counsel.

Did Kenneth Starr lead the criminal cover-up inside the Office of Independent Counsel?

Hillary Clinton “was in complete shock and disbelief at the thought of Foster committing suicide.”

Attorney John H. Clarke, grand jury witness Patrick Knowlton, and researcher Hugh Turley co-authored the final twenty pages of Ken Starr’s Report on the Death of Vincent W. Foster, Jr.  

FOSTER’S GHOST

As Foster’s ghost
Haunts clinton halls,
Survivors toast
Themselves at balls.

~Day

 O Blessed God, Who art so true and deep!
Lo, how Thou dost turn murder out alway!
Murder will out, we see it every day.
Murder’s so hateful and abominable
To God, Who is so just and reasonable,
That He’ll not suffer that it hidden be;
Though it may skulk a year, or two, or three,
Murder will out, and I conclude thereon.
~Chaucer

Laissez Faire Electronic Times ^ | January 2, 1998 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted by PJ-Comix

(President Clinton is sitting at his desk in the Oval Office. A voice is heard on his intercom. It is his secretary.)

SECRETARY: Mr. President, Lieutenant Columbo is here to see you.

(The Oval Office door opens a bit. Columbo peeks in tentatively.)

COLUMBO: I hope I’m not disturbing you, Mr. President.

CLINTON (smiling broadly): Not at all! I heard that you were visiting the White House. That’s why I had my people take you off the tour line to see me. I’ve always been a big fan of yours.

(Columbo, puffing on a cigar and wearing a wrinkled raincoat, walks in a slouching manner up to Clinton. A beaming Clinton stands up from behind his desk and heartily shakes Columbo’s hand.)

COLUMBO: Mr. President, this is indeed an honor. Let me tell you, my wife is a big fan of yours. Sir, I don’t mean to impose but do you think you can autograph a photo for my wife?

CLINTON: Heck, that’s no problem. I’ll be happy to oblige.

(Clinton pulls a photo of himself from his desk, signs it, and hands it to Columbo.)

COLUMBO: This is terrific! You don’t know what this will mean to my wife. Uhh, before I go, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?

CLINTON: Huh? Okay, sure.

COLUMBO: Could you tell me how much you paid for your suit? I really admire the material.

CLINTON: I, umm, think it cost about $500.

COLUMBO: And so clean too. With a suit like that you must send it out to the cleaners after each time you wear it.

CLINTON: Of course.

COLUMBO: Well, this is what’s bothering me. I heard that your good friend, the late Vincent Foster, was also a nice dresser yet there were carpet fibers discovered all over his suit when they found him after his tragic suicide in Fort Marcy Park.

(Clinton’s smile turns a bit tense.)

CLINTON: So?

COLUMBO: So it seems like a mystery how all these fibers ended up on his suit. You might pick up a few carpet fibers around the bottom of the pants but not all over the suit.

CLINTON: I think the FBI determined that the carpet fibers probably came from his home.

COLUMBO: That is only an assumption because the FBI never actually took samples from the carpet fibers at his home. With all those fibers on his suit, you would think that they would make a comparison.

CLINTON (Slightly exasperated): Look, Lieutenant Columbo, there have already been three investigations into this matter and they all ruled that Vince Foster committed suicide.

COLUMBO: Oh, I’m not questioning the investigations. I’m sure Mr. Foster died just the way they said but there are still a few loose ends.

CLINTON: Such as?

COLUMBO: Such as the autopsy X-rays.

CLINTON: What about the X-rays?

COLUMBO: Dr. James Beyer, the Deputy Medical Examiner for Northern Virginia, conducted the autopsy but no X-rays were taken.

CLINTON: No X-rays were taken? That’s absurd! They must have been taken in a case of this importance.

COLUMBO: Dr. Beyer checked off a box on the autopsy report stating that he took X-rays yet he later claimed the X-ray machine was inoperable.

CLINTON: Aren’t you forgetting the suicide note that Foster left behind?

COLUMBO (slaps forehead with his hand): That’s right! The suicide note! Obviously, it must have been suicide if Foster left behind a suicide note.

(Clinton looks cheerful again.)

CLINTON: I guess that closes the case then.

COLUMBO: It sure does! Mr. President, you don’t know how relieved this makes me feel. I’m sorry to have taken up your time with this matter.

CLINTON: Think nothing of it.

(Columbo leaves through the door and Clinton returns to his desk. A few moments later the door opens again and Columbo leans just inside the doorway.)

COLUMBO: Uhh, there’s just one little point that I overlooked.

CLINTON (looking irritated): What is it, Lieutenant Columbo?

COLUMBO: How do we know that the suicide note was actually written by Mr. Foster?

CLINTON: The suicide note’s handwriting was analyzed and judged to be authentic.

COLUMBO: Yes, by a Capitol police sergeant who only studied handwriting as a hobby. The fact of the matter is that three renowned handwriting experts including Reginald Alton of Oxford University determined that the note, supposedly written by Mr. Foster, was an obvious forgery.

CLINTON: Lieutenant Columbo, are you one of those conspiracy kooks? The autopsy report, even without the X-rays, proved it was a suicide.

(Columbo reaches inside his raincoat and pulls out a couple of sheets of paper.)

COLUMBO: The strange thing is that the official finding says it was a mouth-to-head wound yet take a look at the report of the Fairfax County Medical Examiner, Dr. Haut. It came from the National Archives and was placed on the Internet from where I downloaded it.

(Columbo hands the papers to Clinton.)

Clinton: Hmm . . . It says that the wound was “mouth-head” just like the official report.

COLUMBO: Yes, but look at the word “head.” It’s obvious that was typed in after another word just to its left was whited out. Then if you look on the second page of Haut’s report it actually says the wounds were “mouth to neck.” I submit, sir, that the first page was altered to change the wound location.

CLINTON: The bottom line is that, despite these discrepancies, the investigators have determined that Vince Foster committed suicide in Fort Marcy Park.

COLUMBO: Oh, sir. I’m not disputing their expertise. It’s just that professional police officers are trained to treat every death as a homicide until suicide is proven. In this case, however, Cheryl Braun, the senior Park Police Officer, testified that they determined that Foster had committed suicide before they had even inspected the body.

CLINTON: This is all very interesting theory but the fact is that the Foster case has been ruled a suicide. Case closed.

COLUMBO: I’m sure you’re right about that. After all, if those in authority say it was a suicide, then it must be so. Well, good day, Mr. President. Sorry for troubling you about details that must have some logical explanation.

CLINTON: Thank you for visiting, Lieutenant Columbo, and goodbye.

(Columbo leaves the room. Clinton returns to his desk and begins writing on some papers. A little while later we see Columbo looking from the outside into the Oval Office through a window just behind Clinton. Columbo begins tapping on the window. At first Clinton doesn’t hear him. Then he turns around and opens the window.)

CLINTON: Columbo! What is your problem?

(Columbo bends over and then stands back up again holding his shoes.)

COLUMBO: See all that dirt on the soles of my shoes?

CLINTON: Okay, they’re dirty. So what?

COLUMBO: It’s just like when my cousin Guido visits me. He likes working in my yard which is great but my wife throws a fit when Guido tries to walk into the house because of all the dirt on his shoes.

CLINTON: Will you please get to the point, Columbo!

COLUMBO: Well, the FBI scraped Mr. Foster’s shoes thoroughly but found no traces of soil. Everybody else who walked in the area of Fort Marcy Park where Foster was found came away with lots of dirt on their shoes.

CLINTON: You’re wrong, Columbo. A forensic expert found soil on Foster’s shoes.

COLUMBO: Oh yes. Henry Lee thought he found microscopic quantities of the soil on the shoes long after the FBI carefully went over them. Lee was the same fellow who determined that OJ Simpson must have been innocent because he thought he saw another footprint which never existed at the murder scene. Somehow I don’t think Mr. Lee is the most reliable expert in this regard.

CLINTON: Are you trying to say that Foster did not commit suicide in Fort Marcy Park?

COLUMBO: I think that could be a distinct possibility, sir. I’m sure that you, having been a friend of Mr. Foster, would want to leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this matter.

CLINTON: Just what do you expect me to do?

COLUMBO: It would be helpful if you could make the videotape from the White House parking lot surveillance camera available. We need to see Mr. Foster entering his car on the day he died.

CLINTON: That tape is missing from the White House vault where it was stored.

COLUMBO: Then how about the videotape from the vault surveillance camera? Maybe we can find out who removed the parking lot video from the vault.

CLINTON: The vault video is missing too. Perhaps the parking lot camera never caught Foster entering his car?

COLUMBO: At the most guarded building in the world? Not likely. As a matter of fact I’m sure that cameras are watching me right now and that Secret Service guards should be apprehending me at any moment.

(Suddenly several uniformed guards grab Columbo and haul him away.)

COLUMBO (shouting from the distance): This has been a really enlightening conversation, Mr. President! I hope we can pick up where we left off in the near future!

(Clinton slams the window shut.)

***

Vincent Walker “Vince” Foster, Jr. (January 15, 1945 – July 20, 1993) was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of President Bill Clinton‘s administration.

~Wikipedia

 

Vince Foster

Vince Foster, man I never knew, I ask:
Into what pit of secrets did you fall?
Now that you’re dead, I wonder what dark task
Caused you to earn a bullet in your skull.

Ever a conscientious man, the mask
Washington made you wear along the Mall
Aggravated the doubts– and in that flask,
Soiled worldly power, they made you guzzle, crawled

Known venom, closer, closer to the blood
In line of fire, until your heart was numbed
Like Arctic toes and fingers. So the mud,
Like flooded cities, swirled and squished the scum

Ever nearer to those you thought were friends . . .
Dust you are, Vince, and they’ll make no amends.

~Day Williams

Vince Foster II
What did Foster do,

That he should end up dead?
Was it some person that he knew
Or something that he read?
What did Foster do,
That he should end up dead?
~Day

I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.

~Isaiah 13:11 (ESV)

Everywhere Hillary goes, evidence goes missing.

Hebrews Chapter Six

HEBREWS CHAPTER SIX

1 So let us leave the elementary
Doctrine of Christ. Instead, let us go on
To be mature in understanding, as

Strong Christians ought to be. We do not need
To speak again about repentance from
The acts that lead to death, of faith in God,

2 Of baptisms and laying on of hands,
The resurrection of the dead, and of
Eternal judgment; 3 and, God willing, we

Will now go on to other things. 4 It is
Impossible for those who have once been
Enlightened, who have tasted for themselves

The gifts of heaven and experienced
The Holy Spirit, 5 and who know how good
The Word of God is and the powers of

The coming age, 6 if they have turned on God,
To have renewal in repentance, for
To their own loss they’ve nailed the Son of God

Onto the cross again and held him up
To ridicule, disgrace, and public shame,
7 For when a farmer’s land has had much rain

Fall on it and good crops come up, it has received
God’s blessing, 8 but if it keeps having crops
Of thorns and thistles, it’s considered no

Good, near to being cursed, and in the end
It will be burned. 9 Dear friends, though I may talk
Like this, I’m confident of better things

With you, that you’re producing the good fruit
That comes along with your salvation. 10 God
Is not unfair: He won’t forget your work

For him, or how you showed your love for him,
By your assistance to his people. 11 We
Want each of you to show this diligence

As long as life endures, so you’ll receive
Your full reward. 12 We do not want you to
Become lethargic but to imitate

Those who receive all God has promised them
Because of their strong faith and patience. 13 When
God promised Abraham, since there was none

Greater for him to swear by, he swore by
Himself and said, 14 “I’ll surely bless you and
Give you a son and give you numerous

Descendants,” 15 so after patiently waiting,
Abraham received what was promised. 16 When
Men take oaths, they swear by someone greater

Than themselves, and the oath confirms what is
Stated and finishes all argument.
17 God also bound himself when he confirmed

It with an oath, so that those to whom
He promised help would understand God’s purpose
Would never change. 18 He’s given us his promise

And oath, two things that we can fully count
On, for it is impossible for God
To tell a lie. 19 We who have fled to take

Hold of the hope that’s offered us may be
Greatly encouraged for we have this hope
As our soul’s anchor, firm and safe, which

Connects us with the inner shrine behind
The veil, 20 where Jesus went ahead of us
To plead for us from his eternal place

As our High Priest, with the high rank and respect
After the order of Melchizedek.
S.D.G.

Hebrews Chapter Five

HEBREWS CHAPTER FIVE

1 For every high priest taken from among
Men is ordained to speak for other men
In things concerning God, to offer gifts

And sacrifices as a covering
For sins. 2 He’s able to deal gently with
The foolish and the ignorant because

He too is weak. 3 That’s why he has
To offer sacrifices for his own
Sins as well as the people’s sins. 4 No one

Can take this honor on himself; he must
Be called by God, as Aaron was. 5 So Christ
Too did not take such honor on himself,

The honor of becoming the High Priest.
Instead, God said to him, “You are my Son,”
Today I have become your Father.” 6 He

Says too: “You are a priest forever in
The order of Melchizedek.” 7 While Christ
Was here on earth, he pled with God and prayed

With tears and agony of soul to God,
Who could save him from death, and he was heard
Because he wanted to obey the Lord,

8 But even though he was God’s Son he learned
To be obedient through suffering,
9 And, once made perfect, he became the source

Of a perpetual salvation to
All who obey him, 10 and then God declared
He was to have the office of high priest,

And in the order of Melchizedek.
11 I have much more I’d like to say along
These lines, but you don’t seem to listen, so

It’s hard to make you understand. 12 In fact,
You have been Christians for a long time now,
And should be teaching others but instead

You still need someone to instruct you in
The basic principles in God’s Word all
Over again. 13 You are like babies who

Still live on milk, not being old enough
For solid food; that is, experience
To learn what’s right and wrong, 14 but solid food

Is for mature believers, who have learned
Through use how good and evil are discerned.

 

S.D.G.

 

Hebrews Chapter Four

HEBREWS CHAPTER FOUR

1 Although God’s promise stands−his promise we
May enter in his place of rest−we should
Be careful so that none of us seem to

Have fallen short of it, 2 for we have had
The gospel preached to us, just as it was
To those who lived in Moses’ time.

The message which they heard did them no good,
Because it did not meet with faith in those
Who heard. 3 We who believe can enter in

That rest, as God has said, “So I declared
On oath in anger, ‘They will never come
Into my place of rest.’” And yet his work

Has been completed since he made the world.
4 For he has spoken of the seventh day
Somewhere as follows: “On the seventh day

God rested, having finished all he planned
To make.” 5 Again in the same place he says,
“They’ll never enter in my rest.” 6 It still

Remains that some will enter in that place
Of rest, and those who had the gospel preached
To them before, did not go in because

Of disobedience; 7 but he has set
Another time for going in− that time
Is now. God told of this much later when

He spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you should hear his voice, do not
Harden your hearts.” 8 For this new place of rest

He talks about does not suggest the land
Of Israel that Joshua led them to.
9 If God had meant that, he would not have said

Long afterwards there was a Sabbath-rest
For us, God’s people, 10 for whoever comes
Into God’s rest rests also from his own

Work, just as God did rest from his. 11 Let us,
Then, do our best to enter in that place
Of rest so none will fall by the same sort

Of disobedience. 12 For what God says
To us is full of living power: it
Is sharper than a two-edged sword, and it

Cuts down deep even to dividing soul
And spirit, joints and marrow, judging thoughts
And attitudes of hearts, 13 for nothing in

Creation is concealed from God. All things
Are open and laid bare before the eyes
Of him to whom we must give an account.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has
Passed through the heavens, Jesus, who’s the Son
Of God, let us hold firmly to the faith

Which we profess. For we have no high priest
Who cannot sympathize with weaknesses
In us. 15 Instead, we have a high priest who’s

Been tempted every way, just as we are−
Yet never once gave way to them and sinned,
16 So let us then approach the throne of God

With confidence, so that we may receive
His mercy and find grace so we’ll proceed
With Jesus’ help when we have times of need.

S.D.G.

 

September 20: Shakespeare: “All the World’s a Stage”

All the World’s a Stage

As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world’s a stage]

William Shakespeare1564 – 1616

Jaques to Duke Senior

 All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
 At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
 And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow.
 Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth.
 And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.
 The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.
 Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Hebrews Chapter Three

HEBREWS CHAPTER THREE

1 So, holy brothers, set apart to God

Himself and called from heaven, fix your thoughts

On Jesus, the apostle and high priest

 

Whom we confess, 2 for he was faithful to

The One appointing him High Priest, the way

That Moses too was faithful in God’s house,

 

3 For he was counted worthy to receive

More glory than did Moses, just as he

Who builds a house has greater honor than

 

The house itself, 4 for every house is built

By someone, but he who built everything

Is God, 5 and Moses did a faithful job

 

Working in God’s house as a servant, for

A testimony to the things to come;

6 But Christ, God’s faithful Son, is in complete

 

Command of God’s house, and we are his house,

If we keep up our courage and the hope

Of which we boast. And since Christ is so much

 

Superior, 7 the Holy Spirit warns,

“Today, be careful that you hear his voice,

8 And do not let your hearts be set against

 

Him as you did in the rebellion, 9 as

Your fathers did in time of testing in

The desert, trying God for forty years.”

 

But God was patient with them. Though they tried

His patience, he kept on performing his

Great miracles for them to see. 10 “But,” God

 

Says, “That is why I was so angry with

That generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts

Were always looking somewhere else instead

 

Of up to me. They haven’t known my ways.’“

11 So I declared on oath in anger, ‘They

Will never reach my place of rest.’” 12 See to

 

It, brothers, lest there be in you a heart

Of sin and unbelief that leads you from

The living God. 13 As long as it is called

 

Today, encourage one another each

And every day, so none of you become

Hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We’ve come

 

To share in Christ if we hold firmly till

The end the confidence we had at first.

15 As it was said, “Today, if you should heart

 

God’s voice, don’t walk with hardened hearts, as you

Did during the rebellion.” 16 Who were they

Who heard God’s voice but then rebelled against

 

Him? Were they not all those whom Moses led

Out of the land of Egypt? 17 And with whom

Was God enraged for forty years? With those

 

Who sinned and died within the wilderness.

Again, 18 to whom did God swear that they would

Never come in the promised land, if not

 

To those who disobeyed? 19 We see, in brief,

Why they could not go in: unbelief.