Pagan-Roots-Of Christmas-Bob Davis Podcast 887

Christmas Is Indeed A Pagan Holiday

I know there are religious people who don’t want to hear this but Christmas is a pagan holiday. These days we’re disconnected from history and our ancestors. I’ll explain in Pagan-Roots-Of Christmas-Bob Davis Podcast 887.

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is especially relevant here. The shortest day in the northern hemisphere. December 21st. The next day the sun starts its journey back toward us and the days will start getting longer.

A Time To Rest, Repair And Recharge

Second people have taken this time to hunker down, rest and prepare for the coming brighter and warmer months. This goes back millennia.

The Shortest Darkest Days

In contrast to those in warmer and brighter places those of us who live in the far northern reaches of North America and Northern Europe know only too well how dark it gets. Even more how long those dark and cold nights can be.

Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th

We are told Jesus Christ the bringer of light, was born in December. Truth is the bible doesn’t say when the savior was born.

The Bringer Of Light Was A Summer Baby

Moreover astronomers believe Christ was probably born in the summer, or fall somewhere between 6 or 7 BC, and 3 or 2 BC.

Rome and Saturnalia

Finally it was the Roman Catholic Church that set Christ’s birth on December 25th. Oddly enough, the new celebration would coincide with the celebration of the Roman God Saturn.

Santa IS A Pagan Symbol

Even more, Santa’s origins are rooted both in a Greek Saint in about 300 AD, and the Norse god Odin. Above all once Artist Norman Rockwell and the advertising industry shaped and advanced the idea of Saint Nick as a rosy cheeked white bearded grandfatherly symbol. Our modern Santa. For more on Odin, click here.

Holiday Season

This year I spent a little time and thought about our Winter Holiday Season, which starts with the celebration of the harvest on Thanksgiving, includes a parade of totems in New York City, and ends with New Year’s.

Natural Rhythms

Are we immune to natural human rhythms? Were our ancestors dumb? How has commerce and communication in the modern age obscured the pagan roots of Christmas, and New Year’s? Does this change the nature of Christmas for the faithful? I don’t think so.

Happy Holidays

And of course, Merry Christmas

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Trump-Republicans-Spending-Debt-Bob Davis Podcast 850

Another Trillion Dollars

This week the president’s budget deal adds a trillion dollars to the National Debt. These days it’s depressing when so called conservatives say, “Deficits Don’t Matter“. Learn more in Trump-Republicans-Spending-Debt-Bob Davis Podcast 850.

Trump Republicans Spending and More Debt

Above all, Trump’s spending is on pace with Obama first term red ink.

I’ll Pay Off The Deficit In Eight Years

Moreover campaigning in 2016, Trump said he’d pay off the deficit in just eight years. In those days the deficit was 20 trillion. It’s now almost 23 trillion.

Current Federal Debt Is Unsustainable? Bring It on!

As the president began his second year in office, the General Accounting Office released a report on the national debt. The current Federal Fiscal Situation is unsustainable, it said. More in Trump-Republicans-Spending-Debt-Bob Davis Podcast 850.

Republicans Addition To Debt Peaks In 2030

In fact, the GAO report showed US debt beginning to rise and peak in 2030, long after Trump has left the White House.

American Cities Are Broke Again

Over 70 US cities are in deep financial trouble. New York City is broke. Los Angeles isn’t far behind. Chicago is in a tailspin. I’ll explain it in Trump-Republicans-Spending-Debt-Bob Davis Podcast 850.

The Amount of Spending And Debt Is Shocking

When it comes to cities, counties and states investigators have to use forensic accounting to find out what’s going on. Even in small towns and counties across the country those investigations are uncovering a shocking amount of spending and debt.

Bonding On Bonding

Even more, states use bonding bills to get around balancing budgets. Therefore creating more debt through bonding.

Corporate Debt Binge

US corporations are on a debt binge too. Corporate debt is skyrocketing. It’s now 45 percent of our GDP. Much higher than during the 2008 crisis and dotcom bubble.

Americans Saved The Economy In The 2nd Quarter With More Debt

In addition Americans are more indebted than they were before 2008. US Household debt is 13.3 trillion in the second quarter. Much of it auto loans. Certainly Americans don’t save enough.

Conservatives Say Don’t Worry

Republicans say debt doesn’t matter and democrats have a new monetary theory. There’s nothing to worry about. Right? The US can “print” as much money as it needs as long as it prints US dollars.

Politicians Handing Out Goodies

Goodies like free college, single payer health, a green new deal, a higher minimum wage and guaranteed full employment are just around the corner. Just simply print money.

[Editor’s Note: In this podcast I used a quote from President Trump saying that he said, “No politician has ever been thrown out of office for not spending money. In fact he is reported to have told Senator McConnell, “No politician has ever lost his job for SPENDING money.”)

Forget Rome, England, Spain, Germany, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

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Super-Blood-Wolf-Moon-Eclipse-Endgame USA-Podcast 797

First of all they say an eclipse brings change. Do you think we need change or have we had enough? Learn more in Super-Blood-Wolf-Moon-Eclipse-Endgame USA-Podcast 797.

Shouting Across the Aisle

These days all you hear about is the latest insult. What one is doing to the other. What the other said about the one. Meanwhile there are lessons to be learned from the longest ‘government shut down in history’, even if it is over by the time you listen to this podcast.

Feds Furloughed. What About The Rest Of The Country?

As federal workers head into their second pay period with no paycheck, certainly they have concerns about the future. What about the rest of the country?

US Federal Government. Too Big To Fail?

In contrast to the furloughed feds, the rest of us are learning just how important the federal government is to the overall US Economy. In my state the federal government is one of the top five employers. The same is true to varying degrees in most other states. Find out more in Super-Blood-Wolf-Moon-Eclipse-Endgame USA-Podcast 797.

Fruits Of Government Not Labor

Consequently all the talking heads seem to be focused on the fruits of the government, and what happens when those fruits are taken away.

While the rest of the world bemoans the state of the federal employee, what about the impact of government spending? It’s all in Super-Blood-Wolf-Moon-Eclipse-Endgame USA-Podcast 797.

New Theory Spend, Borrow, Print

A new modern monetary theory everyone in Washington is taking about says it doesn’t matter how much we borrow and spend. Or tax. All we have to do is print more money. There’s no sunset to the wonderful things we can do for Americans and the rest of the world. Rome had the same idea.

We’re All Globalists Now

Furthermore younger demographics don’t have a problem with the supreme sovereignty of the state or spending. And there is a fair amount of support in younger demographics for globalism, despite Brexit and the Yellow Vest Protests.

Republicans want to borrow for things they want, and so do democrats!

Spending and Borrowing? Both Political Parties Are Bankrupt

When it comes to spending it doesn’t matter whether there is a R or a D in front of a name. For example, what’s the argument against borrow and spend when you spend and borrow?

Pass Me The Soma!

Finally one thing about an eclipse. We get to see just how fast things are moving. As the soma from our biggest satellite faded from the sky recently, one wonders how long it will be before the benefits of individual sovereignty and freedom fade also.

Out With The Old…

In conclusion, isn’t that what an eclipse is all about? Out with the old…In with the new. ( Editor’s Note: That fantastic picture of the blood moon Sunday, January 21st was taken by Mitch Rossow, of Mitch Rossow Photography, from his roof in Uptown Minneapolis.)

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