Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bison Win

27-21 Bison.
The game was more lopsided then the score shows.  This is the first time that the Bison have beat the Gophers since 1894 or some such.
Good game, but now I have things to do.

BOO HISS Gophers Score

Now the score is 14-21 Gophers. We need some runs, or whatever.

This must be blamed on George Bush. I have no idea.

Come-on herd. You can do this.

3rd Quarter is almost over.

Tyler Roehl. The commentators call him Role. If they were Germans from ND they would call him Rail. Proper pronunciation aus Deutchland.

But they're from MN. Probably liberals.

Live Blogging Bison Gopher Football

Somebody gave the Gophers vitamins.  They are playing better after the half.  5 minutes in and momentum is moving towards MN.
I wonder if that young man Roehl from West Fargo knows how much impact he is making?

Live Blogging Bison Gophers

The guys from the big ten network are so pro Minnesota it's irritating.
BUT, the good news is it's half time, Bison are ahead.
I'm a lousy prophet I guess.  I said they would be up by a TD at the half.  But, nope.  Just a field goal.
Minnesota  is pitiful.
I am going to have to wait to see if I get any inspiration before the end of the game.
Go Herd.

Live-blogging Bison Gophers

 I'm watching the game on TV.  It's a Bison game even if the score is 14 all.
Bison are the better team by far.
Not that I'm all that unbiased.
6 minutes to half time.  I'm prophesying one more touchdown for the Bison before the half.

Like a Playground Bully

Iran to fire '11,000 rockets in minute' if attacked

What a bunch of empty bluster. IF, the USA and Israel decide to take on Iran NONE of those missles get off the ground.

It's like the big tough guy blustering on the playground.

Don't fear, do the right thing. They got NOTHING.

The problem is their new best friend V. Putin can help them get something. Let's cut the head off the snake before it develops real venom.

I'm acting like my father

My dad loved to go to auctions and buy "Stuff". When he died there was a warehouse the upstairs of which had lots of stuff. Most of which was thrown away.

I didn't go to an auction, but I did end up with a lot of stuff, I'll post a picture. This is amusing.

Is there a scavenger gene in Gene. Or a Reclaiming one in Ralph and Ralph.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Where the Global Baloney will take us

We need electricity.

We have a lot of coal.

People are going to have to go without.

Because of THIS.

Algore’s Nobel Prize for Globaloney


The Nobel Peace Prize has tuned into one of those toy prizes you would find in a McDonalds Happy Meal.

Whatever credibility the nobel committee had at one time, evaporated into nothingness a long time ago. The committee has become a politically correct, agenda driven bunch. The joke continues.

So, Gore joins the pantheon of poseurs, terrorists and idiots who have been awarded this so-called prize. He'll now stand proud and tall with Yasser Arafat, Roberta Menchu, and Jimmy Carter.

Any day now, they'll be giving the prize to Bill Clinton or Nancy Pelosi.

But what's most astounding - Gore's strident enviro-wackism has nothing to do with peace!

It's a feel good prize for feel-goodism. Let's all give ourselves 2 gold stars.

I'm going to make my own peace prize out of dryer lint. It will be more valuable than one from Norway. I've done more for peace than Gore by not yelling at coworkers for being liberal.

"... the entire GLOBE has accepted it as scientific fact ...".

More lies from the outrageously stupid. As a matter of fact, no, the entire GLOBE hasn't accepted it as a scientific fact. Pretty much ... because ... is hasn't yet to be proven as scientific fact. I listened to your ilk back in 1973 when it was scientific fact that we were now entering into the next ice age. So tell me, what is it??????


PEGGY NOONAN - Sex and the Presidency

Being a woman is Mrs. Clinton's biggest asset--and she's trying to seem like one.

Where do things stand now with Hillary Clinton? What is her trajectory almost a year since it became clear she was running for the presidency?

Some time back I said she doesn't have to prove she is a man, she has to prove she is a woman. Her problem is not her sex, as she and her campaign pretend. That she is a woman is a boon to her, a source of latent power. But to make it work, she has to seem like a woman.

No one doubts Mrs. Clinton's ability to make war. No close or longtime observer has ever been quoted as saying that she may be too soft for the job. Instead one worries about what has always seemed her characterological bellicosity. She invented the War Room, listened in on the wiretaps, brought into the White House the man who got the private FBI files of the Clintons' perceived enemies.

This is not a woman who has to prove she's tough enough and mean enough; she is more like a bulldozer who has to prove she won't always be in high gear and ready to flatten you. In private, her friends say--and I have seen it to be true--that she is humorous, bright, interested in the lives of others. But as a matter of political temperament and habit of mind, she is neither patient, high minded nor forbearing. Those who know Mrs. Clinton well, and my world is thick with them, have qualms about her toughness, not doubts.

But she is making progress. She is trying every day to change her image, and I suspect it's working. One senses not that she has become more authentic, but that she has gone beyond her own discomfort at her lack of authenticity. I am not saying she has learned to be herself. I think after a year on the trail she's learned how to not be herself, how to comfortably adopt a skin and play a part.

Her real self is a person who wants to run things, to assert authority, to create systems and have people conform to them. She is not a natural at the outsized warmth politics demands. But she is moving beyond--forgive me--the vacant eyes of the power zombie, like the Tilda Swinton character in "Michael Clayton." The Boston Globe, dateline Manchester, N.H.: "Clinton is increasingly portraying herself more as motherly and traditional than as trailblazing and feminist." In a week of "Women Changing America" events Mrs. Clinton has shared tales of Chelsea's childhood and made teasing references to those who are preoccupied by her hairstyles and fashion choices. On "The View" she joked of her male rivals, "Well, look how much longer it takes me to get ready." This was a steal from JFK's joke about Jackie when she was late for an appearance: "It takes her longer to get ready, but then she looks so much better."

Her fund-raising emails have subject lines like, "Wow!" and "Let's make some popcorn!" Her grin is broad and fixed. She is the smile on the Halloween pumpkin that knows the harvest is coming. She's even putting a light inside.

In New York this week she told a women's lunch that "we face a new question--a lot of people are asking whether America is ready to elect a woman to the highest office in our land." She suggested her campaign will "prove that America is indeed ready." She also quoted Eleanor Roosevelt: "Women are like tea bags--you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water."

Mrs. Clinton is the tea bag that brings the boiling water with her. It's always high drama with her, always a cauldron--secret Web sites put up by unnamed operatives smearing Barack Obama in the tones of Tokyo Rose, Chinese businessmen having breakdowns on trains after the campaign cash is traced back, secret deals. It's always flying monkeys. One always wants to ask: Why? What is this?

The question, actually, is not whether America is "ready" for a woman. It's whether it's ready for Hillary. And surely as savvy a campaign vet as Mrs. Clinton knows this.

Who, of all the powerful women in American politics right now, has inspired the unease, dismay and frank dislike that she has? Condi Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein? These are serious women who are making crucial decisions about our national life every day. They inspire agreement and disagreement; they fight and are fought with. But they do not inspire repugnance. Nobody hates Barbara Mikulski, Elizabeth Dole or Kay Bailey Hutchison; everyone respects Ms. Rice and Ms. Feinstein.

Hillary's problem is not that she's a woman; it's that unlike these women--all of whom have come under intense scrutiny, each of whom has real partisan foes--she has a history that lends itself to the kind of doubts that end in fearfulness. It is an unease and dismay based not on gender stereotypes but on personal history.

But here's why I mentioned earlier the latent power inherent in the fact that Hillary is a woman.

It is true that 54% of the electorate is composed of women, and that what feminist sympathies they have may be especially enlivened this year by a strong appeal. It is not true that women in general vote in anything like a bloc, but it is probably true--I think it is true--that they share in a general way some rough and broad sympathies.

One has to do with what it is to be a woman in the world. To be active on any level in the life of the nation is to be immersed in controversy. If you are a woman, the to and fro, the fights you're in, will to some extent be sharpened or shaped by what used to called sexism. There isn't a woman in America who hasn't been patronized--or worse--for being a woman, at least to some degree, and I mean all women, from the nun patronized by the bullying bishop to the congresswoman not taken seriously by the policy intellectual to the school teacher browbeaten by the school board chairman to the fare collector corrected by the huffy businessman. It happens to every woman.

Conservative women tend not to talk about it except to each other, and those conversations are voluble and pointed. They don't go public with their complaints because they're afraid it will encourage liberals to pass a law, and if you wanted more laws, or thought laws could reform human nature and make us all nice, you wouldn't be a conservative. Their problem is sharpened by the fact that some conservative men are boorish and ungentlemanly to show how liberated they are. But I digress.

Or rather I don't. The point is there are many women who will on some level be inclined to view Mrs. Clinton's candidacy through the lens of their experience as women, and there is real latent sympathy there if she could tap it, which is what she's trying to do.

But first, or more important, she will have to credibly and persuasively address what it is in her history--in her--that inspires such visceral opposition. That would be quite something if she did, or even tried.

Friday, October 19, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

Global Warming and the Bible

Ron McKenzie in his blog Blessed Economist continues his series on Global Warming from a biblical standpoint. I will admit I don't agree with his theology completely, but he is a good student of the Word of God and I want to offer his unedited view of what we see around us. I may make a comment when the series is complete. Part one is here, part two here. We had just seen at the end of part two the roiling of the seas and oceans. Then fresh water is affected. Ron's words follow:

When the third trumpets sounds the rivers and springs will be affected.

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter (Rev 8:10,11).

A blazing star falls from the sky onto the rivers and springs. This problem, like the weather, came out of the atmosphere. Blazing like a torch suggests excessive heat, which points to global warming. This change from the atmosphere causes much of the water on earth to be undrinkable.

The fourth trumpet affects the sun, the moon and the stars.

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night (Rev 8:12).

This is another change from the atmosphere. However John is not referring to a literal darkening of the sun, moon and stars. For the Old Testament prophets, the heavenly bodies represent kings and political rulers. The sun and moon being darkened symbolised the collapse of a king or emperor. One example is in Ezekiel 32:7,

When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light.

Ezekiel is speaking about the defeat of Egypt by Babylon. His words give a graphic description of the collapse of Egypt before a greater power. They were not fulfilled literally, but in a prophetic sense they were fulfilled.

The fourth trumpet is a warning that global warming will cause enormous problems for political rulers. Some kings and governments will collapse under stresses that overwhelm them. All the stars will be turned to darkness at the same time. This suggests that all the local government will also be seriously affected by global climate change. City, county and regional councils will struggle to deal with the problems caused by changes in global weather patterns. National and local politicians who have been elected because they promised to solve all problems will prove to be powerless.

The first four trumpets in Revelation 8 parallel the four angels with power to harm the land in sea described in Revelation 7. Together they describe the catastrophic effect of global climate change. The next important question is when these things happen.

We need to be clear about one issue. Global warming is not a sign of the second coming. The book of revelation is not a book of signs for the second coming. The book is a description of the rise and fall human kingdoms and the advance of the Kingdom of God. A key step towards the Kingdom of God is the Calling of the Jews. This is the next major event in human history. The release of the four angels is a sign that the Calling of the Jews is near. It is not a sign of the second coming.

There are two indications of when these things will take place. Firstly, the seven trumpets are listed after the seven seals. The two series of events are not necessarily sequential. The seven trumpets may start before the seven seals are complete, but the trumpets cannot not start sounding before at least some of the seven seals have been opened.

I believe that we have already seen the first two of the seven seals opened: Islamic revival and ethnic wars. We may be close to the third seal: economic crisis. As we progress through the seven seals, the first of the seven trumpets will sound. This indicates that the time for angels of global climate change is getting close.

Rivers and Springs
Governments and Counsels

Shut the HELL Up

A couple days ago I wrote about the rumormongering going on right now in the larger Body of Christ. It's out of hand.

Even in our little church there is a great deal of talk talk talk without understanding of the impact it is having. I'm very concerned.

I think it's safe to say that God hates gossiping. Scripture is clear about the extent to which the Lord is grieved by it.

Some may subconsciously shrug off the admonition not to engage in the seemingly innocuous pastime, thinking that it's simply a "natural" human tendency. But, according to new research that backs up God's case against gossip, it is anything but harmless. Arguably, it is the source of many a conspiracy theory circulating the globe. It can also, indeed, have deadly consequences.

God hates rumormongering, tale bearing and gossip. He punishes it pretty severely when he does punish. The problem with gossip is it's affect on people. Pastor Dan Rothwell once had to take the church in Fargo on when it begin to spin out of control from gossip. He preached on tale bearing and asked people to confess the sin. The altar was packed.

Now science has shown that gossip is more powerful than the truth. We knew it destroys. It's actually worse than that. It supplants truth that exists.

Gossip and talebearing come from the pit of Hell. James, the brother of Jesus and head of the church in Jerusalem must have been dealing with loose tounged people in the Holy City. In his book written to the church he says this James 3:
1 My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.2 We all make many mistakes. If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too.3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can control their whole bodies.4 Also a ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship, making it go wherever the pilot wants.5 It is the same with the tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it brags about great things.

A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame.6 And the tongue is like a fire. It is a whole world of evil among the parts of our bodies. The tongue spreads its evil through the whole body. The tongue is set on fire by hell, and it starts a fire that influences all of life. People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them,8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison.9 We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself.10 Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen.11 Do good and bad water flow from the same spring?12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water.

I am aware that from time to time I have been sharp tonged on my blog. When I read other blogs sometimes the anger and meanness bothers me. One can disagree with vigor and not be angry. Be ye angry and sin NOT.

I wish I could take some gossips aside and set them down to help them understand the eternal consequence of the actions they are taking. The hell in out mouth need to be shut up. The word says that the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against us. Let's hope. Gossip is very damaging.

LIke Hotcakes

A cartoon I was amused by and wish I could find again was of a man behind the counter of a Hotcakes stand (like at a state fair). A man walks up to the counter and queries, "How are they selling?".

Yuk Yuk Yuk.

Rush Limbaugh has acquired a letter written by Harry Reid, signed by 40+ democrats and sent to Clear Channel Radio Corporation demanding that Clear Channel fire Limbaugh.

The Rushmeister put it up for sale. The bidding for that letter is over two million dollars.
The letter is selling like Hotcakes.

Of course the letter isn't worth that much, the money will be used for a charity. The "buyer" will get a charitable deduction.

Rush has a way of taking bad things and turning them for good. He represents what is good a about America.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I like Mike

I wish he could win. I really like Mike Huckabee. For lots of reasons. My very conservative friends don't think he's a true conservative because he wants to outlaw smoking nationwide.

OK. A bit over the top there Mike.

But, Dick Morris who is a more astute observer of the Body Politic than I, says MIKE HAS A CHANCE.

If he became the nominee I would vote for and support him fully. I just don't know if he can beat Hillary. But, Jimmy Carter became President not for better but worse. If Jimmy can do it, maybe Mike.................

Democrat North Dakota House Seat for Sale

We need election reform in this country. This is the George Soros effect. All the democrats money can buy. And by this from Matt, they are for sale:

We still have 13 months to go before the 2008 election, yet Earl Pomeroy has already stockpiled a staggering $1,057,433 for his re-election bid. Where is all of this money coming from, you might ask? Well, of the $921,000 that he has raised this year, nearly 80% of it has come from out of state special interest groups. Only $189,015 has been raised from individuals, and only $4,900 of that has come from North Dakota individuals. In other words, 99.5% of Pomeroy’s cash so far has come from out of state. To be fair, that percentage will decrease as more North Dakotans get involved in the election, but it won’t decrease dramatically. But when a candidate is taking in 99.5% of his contributions from interest groups, you have to wonder who’s interests he is really representing. How are the other members of our delegation faring? Conrad is looking pretty content with his stockpile of nearly $2 Million, as is Dorgan with his $1 Million. Conrad is five years away from re-election, Dorgan is three away. These incumbents will be incredibly difficult to defeat, but it can be done, and every North Dakotan needs to realize that.

Roar from the Sky

Weather can be a fearful thing. That's why the ancients worshiped earth based things. Storms were seen as punishments, droughts, and such.

Well today a very intense front is moving thru. The sky is roaring. WIND. Big wind. It's warm. Humid. Leaves coming off the trees. It's supposed to hail, rain and tornadoes this afternoon.

And -

I just picked the last rose of summer. A yellow one.

Peggy just left for North Dakota on family business. I don't know how long she'll be gone.

All in all kind of a blue day with a yellow rose. I miss her already.

Yellow roses are her favorite.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ann Coulter rides again

I love the fact that dear Ann never gives quarter. She doesn't again.

Ride on Ann. Give em heck and let them believe it's hell.

Another Liberal Noose-ance
by Ann Coulter

Liberals are so invigorated by the story about a noose being found on an obscure Columbia University professor's door that now nooses are popping up all over New York City. Liberals love to make believe the Night Riders are constantly at their doors.

I'll be shocked by a noose appearing on a college campus the day an actual racist does it.

Could Columbia at least produce one student or professor who supports racism before holding another "rally against racism"? Every concrete example of the racism allegedly sweeping the nation's campuses keeps turning out to be a fraud. Far from "institutional racism," there is "institutional racial hoaxism" run amok in this country. Will anyone rally against that?

Out of legions, here are just a few hoax hate crimes on college campuses.
-- In 1997, at Duke University, a black doll was found hanging by a noose from a tree at the precise spot where the Black Student Alliance was to be holding a rally against racism. Two black students later admitted they were the culprits and were immediately praised for bringing attention to the problem of racism on campus. Indeed, four years later the president of Duke gave a baccalaureate address nostalgically describing the hoax as a "protest" against racism. Next stop: the Nobel Peace Prize.

-- In 2003, vile racial epithets were scrawled on the dorm room doors at Ole Miss, producing mass protests and a "Say No to Racism" march. And then it turned out the graffiti had been written by black students, against whom no charges were brought. A "Say Yes to Racism" rally at Ole Miss was later canceled due to lack of interest.

-- In 2005, obscenity-laced racist and anti-Semitic messages appeared on dormitory walls at the College of Wooster in Ohio. The fliers were instantly blamed on "typical white males," even though all the letter I's in the epithets were dotted with little hearts. Breadcrumbs left by the culprits included the message "Vote Goldwater" among the obscenities. The matter was dropped and flushed down the memory hole when the perpetrators turned out to be a group of leftist students led by a black studies major.

-- Just this year, anti-Muslim fliers were put out on the George Washington University campus -- by leftists, including a member of "Iraq Veterans Against War." When it was thought the leaflets were from the conservative group Young Americans For Freedom, the dean called for the expulsion of the culprits and the university demanded that YAF officers sign a statement disavowing "hate speech." But when it turned out leftists had distributed the fliers, the matter was dropped faster than Larry Craig was dropped from Mitt Romney's campaign.

The one real example of racism on a college campus in recent memory was perpetrated against white men of the Duke lacrosse team. As that injustice was being perpetrated, gender and ethnic professors at Duke kept droning on about the "racism and sexism" students "live with every day" -- as the professors put it in an open letter that falsely presumed the players were guilty of rape. We don't expect a rally against the prejudiced professors, but an apology might be nice.

Playing the game of He Who Is Offended First Wins, Americans seek status not by claiming to be rich or of royal lineage, but by portraying themselves as victims. In one recent hoax hate crime, a white woman professor at Claremont McKenna College said her car had been vandalized with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, with the words "Shut Up!" spray-painted on the hood of her car.

She was not black or Jewish, but had recently converted to Judaism and spoke out against racism. So she was a victim! After the vandalism of her car, she promptly became Queen for a Day. Far from "silenced," this anonymous mountebank was given a national microphone to bore us with her race-gender-culture theories. The campus was shut down for a day for anti-racism rallies in the charlatan's honor. Then eyewitnesses identified her as the one who had spray-painted her own car, and the pity party was over.

These liberal racism-hunters are like dirty old men who spend their days poring through pornography in order to better denounce it -- but enough about the Warren court.

Assuming against all reason and experience that the Columbia noose is not another hoax by a high-status victim, how is it that a pimply adolescent can cause such tumult in liberal New York City?

Liberals claim to believe the Klan has established a beachhead at Columbia University, Bill O'Reilly is head of the Manhattan branch, Rush Limbaugh despises the troops, I'm planning a pogrom from the heart of Manhattan, and George Bush is establishing fascism in America.

Some anonymous liberal hag on Air America Radio, which no one knew was still on the air, fell down outside her Park Avenue apartment this week, and her liberal colleagues were claiming it was Kristallnacht.

If it rains after a liberal washes his car, they say it's a right-wing dirty trick.
Liberals love nothing more than these constant self-righteous-athons -- as if they would ever have the courage to stand up for any cause not universally supported by everyone around them.

Stupid is as Stupid does

A few days ago I accused James Dobson of electing Hillary Clinton.

Here's why.

Why is this a surprise - Hitler did a lot of GOOD THINGS

When we lived in Germany and got to know our German friends well, there was the statement that after a while would come out. Hitler hat recht. Hitler was right about a lot of things.

The first time I was shocked, but as I saw the Auto Bahn, and other public works he did it became clear that there were things Hitler did that the German people admired.

And there was order. Alles in ordnung.

So, when I read this newspiece that 25% of Germans think the Nazis got a lot right it's not shock to me. I'm actually surprised it's as low as it is.

Is there no fear of God left on the earth?

I have unbelieving and lost friends and correspondents. I don't expect them to exhibit much of a fear of God. They don't know Him to fear Him. They are like the Philistines who handled the Ark of the Covenant yet did not die. Oh, they got hemorrhoids and had a bad mice infestation that ate their crops.

When they figured it out and got rid of the Ark and things went better for them.

God judges unbelievers different from believers. Unbelievers are judged for their lack of obedience to the call of the Holy Spirit. The consequence for that is a Hell of one nature or another. Not a popular doctrine, but there is a hell of Few Stripes and of many Stripes. It all has to do with the unforgivable sin rejecting the Tug of the Holy Spirit. That is a long topic which not of this post.

Believers judged at the Bema Seat are much more seriously judged. If you knew to do right and didn't do it to you it is sin. Not a sin that sends you to hell, a sin that costs you reward. And it is an eternal judgment. It should strike fear in the hearts of believers. It doesn't for some reason.

Like few and many stripes in hell, there are partial and full rewards in heaven.

Yet I see unthinking reckless statements about Christian leaders made by people who apparently fear neither God nor Man. They talk about these people in degrading terminology that should only be reserved for rapists and despots.

My concern here is the lack of the fear of God among HIS PEOPLE.

There will be an accounting. We will all stand before a Holy God and give an account for every one of our actions. That is a fearful thing to consider.

It appears that in the greater body of Christ there is little real fear of God. We gossip and spread half truths without any consideration for the consequence of it all.

I won't tell you what brought all this on, it would be continuing to spread the lies. It's just enough to say that if you know someone is in error your job is not to trumpet it in front of unbelievers causing them to stumble, your job is to go to the offending party one way or another and confront them directly. The world will bring judgment without any help from the Body of Christ.

The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom. Some so called Christians are unwise in the way they deal with other Christians. If they were wise they would shut the HELL UP.

That is a theologically correct admonition. I'll let you think about it. OK, here is the hell to be shut up.

Just in, Bush didn't do it, Randi Rhodes Mugged by John Barleycorn

I'm so sorry for getting it wrong. I was a victim of the left wing inaccurate media.

Randi Rhodes was mugged by John Barleycorn and his female assistant Bloody Mary.

Picture of the poor unfortunate woman shows the damage.

At least Bush is no longer to blame....... or is he?

News at 11.

An Evening with John Armstong and Friends

I have known John Armstrong for 8 years or so.  I like him because he's kind of a spiritual rebel.  He likes to poke and pull in areas that need it.  Still a little traditional but a good man. 
And his heart; he has a passion for Jesus that is hard to deny. 
He had an open house forum for friends of his and people who have supported his ministry in Wheaton IL last night.  I was there.  I thought I would probably be the token charismatic.  But, I discovered afterwards that there were a few of us there included in the 25 or so attendees.
John is an intellectual, reads lots of books and uses terminologies I don't understand.
I have wondered why I stay connected with him, why I read his blog, why I send him scathing emails from time to time and he scathes me back (we still love each other).   I think last night I started to understand the plan of God in all this.  His purpose in ministry is to begin and maintain viable dialogs with various Christian traditions and practices. He kept using the word dialogically and I didn't know what that meant until well into the evening when he used it and, I who am well trained in interpreting tongues, decided it meant to have a conversation which included dialog.  In fact there were lots of big theological buzzwords used that fell on less than academic ears and were lost. 
I'm a simple person theologically.  I don't read many Christian books any more.  I look to my left and there's a big black one I pretty much use as my theology textbook.  It's 66 books in one.
He is having these dialogical conversations with Catholics and Emergent church leaders. There is another facet of the body of Christ not yet engaged by reformed traditional Christians.  The Pentecostals.  Yet globally we are the fastest growing and most dominant expression of Christianity,  Particularly in South America, Africa and China. 
Pentecostals are as conservative in our views of social issues as any reformed, we are as passionate about the Gospel, we approach the Scriptures as inerrant, accurate and the living word of God.  We believe in the Godhead of Jesus. 
SO, we have more in common than not with our older brothers.  Yet, when I mentioned what must be the most important Pentecostal leader in all of the Chicagoland area he was barely familiar with him.  Those in the Pentecostal community see him as the overarching Apostle for the whole Chicagoland area.  There is a gulf.  Johns ministry is "dialogically" breaching gulfs.  This one needs breaching.
John's a good man, I appreciate him.  I hope to introduce him to other Pastor friends I have.  His message needs to be heard. 
I support him but I don't understand him much of the time.  I'm not sure many actually do.  Some of us are not seminary trained and don't speak the academic languages but we Love Jesus with all our heart.  You can baffle us with your lingo quickly. 
Maybe that's part of the gulf that needs breaching.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Spanish Inquisition in America

My son Kevin worked for Larry Summers when he worked at Harvard. He tells me he, Summers, was a nice man. He was the President of Harvard.

Until he said that women's math abilities were less than men's.

Then the perpetually appalled PC left wing has blackballed him. Kind of like a left wing Joe McCarthyism. I have a message:
Let's not give in to the "chronically appalled."

I get comments like the one I just got about the unemployment in IRAQ. Chronically appalled. This is not only tiresome, it's no longer even relevant. I had no intended reference to middle eastern people who work in 7-11's. It's just that C-Stores are the refuge for the unemployed. Chronically appalled.

This is a good article and worth the read. Larry Summers deserves better. And I'm defending a Clinton guy here. Who knows he might even like Al Gore and Jimmy Carter. Even if he did (and I'm not sure about that) he doesn't deserve the treatment he is getting from the academic Nazis who are blackballing him.

This is the edge of Evil.

Why Churches and Denominations Die

This article from the Wall Street Journal should be a warning (but it isn't) to liberal church leaders.

Here's the money quotes:
More than 100 religious organizations support IWJ financially, including the National Council of Churches of the USA (NCC), an umbrella organization of nearly 40 mainstream Christian denominations. The Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Episcopal Church are particularly active.
MY NOTES: NONE of these three church denominations in America is prospering. Only conservative bodies are growing.

For four decades, as the leadership of America's mainline churches has moved steadily leftward, those churches' memberships declined as a percentage of the U.S. population while the number of Christian evangelicals exploded. Left-wing clerics may be buying greater political influence with their alliance through organized labor, but the price may be further alienating their shrinking flock.

It can't happen too soon for me. I am ready to embrace the great divide between spectator Sunday only Christians and those who follow hard after Jesus. EMBRACE THE SPLIT.

The left wing clerics are the harbinger of the great WHORE CHURCH. She's here. She's not Christian except in name. CINO.

Please go away you liberal Church Misleaders. I can only complain, but there's blood on your hands. You WILL be held to account.

A left wing blogger proves the point.

What follows is a left wing bloggers sycophantic worship of Gore and examples of how petty and mean the right wing nasties are in talking about him. Guess what, I read all the evil mean and nasty comments about Gore from the right. I thank this lefty blogmeister. I agree with the Right Wing examples he cites.

From an Environmental Blog called Grist (never heard of it). Gee, what a shock. Environmental blog supporting Gore, like that's unbiased.

Grist says:

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize was met with howls of outrage and resentment from the right, which never met anything other than war that it couldn't drum up some howls of outrage and resentment about. The smear of choice was to mention Gore's name in the same sentence as a bunch of bad people. Or to say that the Nobel committee hates Bush. Pretty much how they deal with all critics, in other words. Here's a small sampling from the fever swamps:

Iain Murray of Planet Gore:

Who Else Should Al Gore Share the Prize With?

How about that well known peace campaigner Osama Bin Laden, who implicitly endorsed Gore's stance - and that of the Nobel committee - in his September rant from the cave

Rush Limbaugh:

So now 'Algore' will join Yasir Arafat among the list of noble Nobel peace laureates. ... I call on Albert Arnold 'Algore' to redirect his Nobel Peace Prize to genuine agents of peace. ... If there has ever been an engine of peace, it's the United States military.

New York Sun editor Seth Lipsky:

LIPSKY: I can't think of anything more directly responsive to the idealism of the Nobel Peace Prize itself than the kinds of liberation and peacekeeping that our G.I. Joe and G.I. Jane has had as a mission since World War II.

CAVUTO: So, you say Gen. Petraeus, not Al Gore?

LIPSKY: I say Gen. Petraeus, not Al Gore.

Cal Thomas:

People who genuinely labor for peace (read a partial list in the Oct. 13 Wall Street Journal lead editorial) are often ignored by the Nobel committee. Despite evidence from NASA and other scientific sources, which rebut Gore's claims of pending climate disaster, CGW members have the kind of blind faith displayed at a Benny Hinn healing service.

Czech president Vaclav Klaus:

The relationship between his activities and world peace is unclear and indistinct ... It rather seems that Gore's doubting of basic cornerstones of the current civilization does not contribute to peace.

Power Line:

When did the Nobel Peace Prize go off the tracks? Today's award to Al Gore and the IPCC ... fits in with a subset of cosmopolitan frauds, fakers, murderers, thieves, and no-accounts going back about twenty years.

Steve Hayward:

The Nobel will be one more quiver in Gore's arsenal of intransigent moral authority by which he refuses to debate any aspect of the subject and declares the entire matter 'settled.' It's never a good sign when politicians declare a scientific matter settled; we all remember how well that worked out for the Vatican when they told Galileo 400 years ago that astronomy was settled.

Meteorologist Bill Gray:

One of the world's foremost meteorologists Friday called the theory that helped Al Gore win a share of the Nobel Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works."


Gore hasn't brought us peace, but he's sure waging a fine war against capitalism. And if there's one thing a bunch of herring-stuffed Nordic socialists love, it's anybody who makes millions by attacking free markets.

Damian Thompson:

The former US Vice-President has already taken over from Michael Moore as the most sanctimonious lardbutt Yank on the planet. Can you imagine what he'll be like now that the Norwegian Nobel committee has given him the prize?

Gina Cobb:

So the Nobel Prize committee closes its eyes to the biggest source of violence against innocent civilians in the world today -- Islamic terrorism -- and instead goes searching for debatable problems that haven't necessarily killed anyone yet, but might someday.


There are cynical people, and you know who you are, who believe Al Gore has no business receiving a Nobel Peace Prize. They say he can't be trusted, hasn't advanced the cause of peace and really doesn't deserve anything more than to have his mouth taped shut with a racquetball inside.

Hot Air:

Look on the bright side: after Arafat, Carter, and Iranian marionette Mohammed ElBaradei, the award couldn't possibly be more degraded.

Unemployment in Iraq - It's all Bush's Fault

There are men out of work today in Iraq because of the policies of George Bush. They are ticked. This is one they can't seem to dig their way out of.

If this gets worse who knows what will happen.

Time to open a 7-11. There's jobs for all in those C-Stores.

Law and Order is Tops in New York

How dumb can you get and still breath?

Little girl arrested for drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.

Stop this insanity. I surprised they didn't hit her with a taser. That would have been right in line.

Pennies from Heaven and I'm not Snoring

Went to Verdi's La Traviata (the woman who strayed) last night.

Beautiful. Peggy and I held hands
thru the whole thing. When Alfredo sang those beautiful words to Violetta I whispered, DITTO. I'm such a romantic.

Nice night all together.

Coming home it rained. Hard.

Got to bed at
Midnight. Listened to it rain steady till 2AM. Nice rain. Heavy rain. Rain we really really needed. Almost 2 inches.

Pennies from Heaven my dad Earl used to say.

I didn't sleep. Just listened.

Great Sounds opera and rain.

Earn a quick hundred fifty grand courtesy the religion of peace

Just off this guy.

They should just admit what they really are. A gang. Thugs. Islamic Mafia. Turbaned Gangbangers. Outlaws. Cosa Nostra except meaner.

This isn't about war or religion. This is a bunch of gangsters and the quicker we start dealing with them thusly the better off we will be. Where's Elliot Ness when we need him?

Seen the Sopranos? I actually haven't. But, Whacking a few thousand of these guys would be a good start. I'll bet we could hire some of those guys to do the job if we just put a decent price on their offed heads.

Proving my Point

Radical Left Wing Air America Hostette Randi Rhodes who no one listens to or cares about here in Chicago was mugged.

Mugged. Hassled. Assaulted.

Who does they blame?

Drum roll please.


What a Shock.

It only proves my point.

Play the game.

Monday, October 15, 2007

This is Wrong

I'm not a fan of ISLAM.

But this decision is wrong.
If a Jewish boy wore a Yamika would that be OK? Or if my relatives who are pretty fundamentalist were to insist on wearing long sleves and pants, not shorts, is that OK?

Tolerance has to go all the way round unless it limits others.

This is a lack of tolerance.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bigoted Black Man

This is what happens when liberals try to reach out to the redneck factor. Their true colors come out. This is despicable.

NASCAR fans are used to taking some flak, but the latest insult is coming from Capitol Hill.Before a visit to the NASCAR race in Charlotte this weekend, the chair of the Homeland Security Committee sent a note to staffers advising them to get immunized against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza.The author of the warning, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said his committee aides were visiting health care centers, detention facilities and other operations where they could be exposed to communicable diseases. He said the immunizations were routine for health care workers."The very idea of immunization is laughable,'' responded Lowes Motor Speedway president and general manager H.A. "Humpy'' Wheeler. "It's like taping your ankles to go to the mailbox. This is not some third- or fourth-world country."As a matter of fact, never in the 50-plus years of NASCAR has there been an outbreak of any kind at an event, other than a few headaches because somebody's favorite driver ran out of gas -- or maybe a morning hangover.''North Carolina Congressman Robin Hayes reacted, saying NASCAR fans "don't pose any health hazard" to anyone.

Can you imagine the uproar if some white republican did this instead of this man?

Representative Bennie Thompson, DEMOCRAT Mississippi

You'll want to remember that next time some liberal trys to explain how tolerant and kind they are. BIGOTS is the word I would use.

The optimism of planting bulbs

Yesterday I spent the afternoon planting hundreds of various bulbs for spring.

Hyacinth, Tulips, Allium, Crocus, Narcissus, Daffodils, and a bunch of other things.

While I was doing this I thought a great deal about how much faith it takes to plant a flower bulb.

First, there's the chipmunks and squirrels. They love to eat bulbs. I try to plant late enough in the year that perhaps I'll get some root set and the rodentia are going to bed soon or have their

Second, I have to believe I will be here to enjoy them in the spring. I know there's no danger but I did think the thought.

Third, I have to believe that I will get to enjoy them because the make it.

Some years ago i planted several hundred bulbs in a garden I created. The first year I got half to come up. The second half again. Now perhaps 10% emerge in the spring.

It takes a lot of faith to plant flower bulbs.
bellies full.

More on Cheapskates

I blogged on Oprah Winfrey and her largesses. At least she has some. It appears most liberals don't.

The question was asked by a commenter, do I give my TIME to worthy causes. I give more of my time than of my money. I wish others would, but I lead by example.

Of course the commenter doesn't consider organizations that have any spiritual dimension a worthy cause. So, what's the point in arguing. I give time and money to lots of things, Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera, Channel 11, Churches, Missions, individuals, homeless people, Anti Liberal Causes like the NRA, Pro Life Groups, Prison Ministries. Things I am interested in.

What probably irritates me more than anything is the very people who try so hard to preach to the rest of us how much more we should care are the biggest cheapskates.

Always watch how people treat the little people. If they treat them like dirt it's who they really are.

Here's a list of famous cheapskates.
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Michael Moore
  • John Kerry
  • Jesse Jackson
  • John Edwards
  • Al Gore (the most generous of the Cheapskates)
  • Sean Penn

I wonder what they all have in common HMMMMMMM? They are all famous liberals.

Seems like lots of people don't tip (and my thesis is if you don't tip you don''t tithe or give to charities). I'm disturbed by the "fact" that Black people don't tip. I wonder if that's a black thing or a liberal thing. I'm guessing liberal entitlement mentality.

Is there a relationship between voling for and supporting liberal and democrat causes and being a cheapskate even in tipping? I'm just wondering.

In fairness, the list also is propertied to include George Bush and Dick Cheney although I looked around and didn't find the list mentioned.

More on Gore

So says this:

Gore's prize: A fraud on the people

Dr William Gray Says we are Brainwashing our Childrenat Al Gore's Insistence

Oprah's a Piker

I just sent in our taxes. I was a little shocked by the % we gave to charity. It's OK. It's Seed. But shocked. Things just loom in importance when they are black and white.

Last year Oprah Winfrey earned 233 million dollars. She gave away 40 million to a school in South Africa. I don't know if all that came from one year's earning. I'm guessing not. I think its good what Oprah did but she's a piker compared to our giving.

She needs to give away 53 million of her 233 every year she earns it to keep pace. The year before she earned 250 million. Let's see, she would have had to given away 62.5 million to keep up with the Redlins. I didn't see any press releases or media swoons over this so I'm guessing it didn't happen.

I'm happy that she gives money to worthy causes. I wish all people of huge means would. Very few do. Very few. What is interesting to me is how it relates to their world view. Most of those people talk big about being humanitarians but are cheapskates. It's like Ebeneezer Scrooge lecturing the world on taking care of the poor. Barbara Streisand's legendary cheapskateness is a great example of the level of hypocrisy.

I'll wait and see. I'm guessing things won't change. People don't put their money where their mouth is.