Saturday, February 09, 2008
This is more weird than you can imagine, worse this guy's website seems to be serious.
Wow, how far we have fallen.
I was had, read the comments. Turns out this is a parody. Really well done too. Christopher, my hat's off to you.
I get nervous when you see someone with the messianic appeal of an Obama.
There is no in between.
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Read this long article in the light of the current kefuffle in Republican Land and if you are an unmarriaed woman or man still looking, there might be a clue here too.
The Wall Street Journal in several places in Saturday's edition gives a well deserved spanking to the self important giant talking heads on talk radio and the conservative misleaders who have put us in a place where we don't have a candidate any of us loves much.
Surely Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter can agree that these challenges are terribly demanding and cannot be left to luck or divine providence. Finally, there is the cost of their extremist rhetoric to the Republican Party. As President Reagan once told me, "Going over the cliff, flags flying, is still going over the cliff."
On the other side they do. Obama will be the candidate. I didn't think so for a long time until I began to ask myself what it would take for him to lose. He can't.
They have a candidate they believe in and we have one that at best arouses tepid enthusiasm. Shades of Bob Dole.
But, he didn't cheat. McCain. He won fair and square. He needs to finish this deal out with grace and without gloating. The childlike idealism of the right has to come in line. That's what McCain said and guess what, he's right. Get in line.
There is too much at stake. Giving into radical Islam is suicide. There will be several (3 or 4) vacancies on the supreme court. Global failed states with nuclear weapons will mount a new threat that a happy fresh faced liberal will fall on.
So, it's time to get with it.
Pay attention, western civilization is at stake. Your ego isn't that important. The world is. We have to win this thing.
In case the poli Sci C students need a little education, Huckabee and Paul have to stay in this to the end. There must be debates, we must stay in the news. We have to have a forum that gets the message out. Staying in does that.
If they drop out, we drop off any page, particularly the front page. Do the real right thing. Get behind McCain. I hate it, I thought I never would, but it's time to stop Obama.
Clinton is over. She can't.
I will admit I have had my Eschatology cage rattled of late. Steve Scott has an interesting survey. The one thing I know for certain is no one knows anything. Those that do are fooling themselves. No one knows the day, the hour, the time, the season, the signs. We have clues from Jesus but what they mean and how they are applied is up for grabs.
But, like all struggles with certain passages of Scripture good comes from it. That has happened for me. I have come to the conclusion that we as the church have misapplied the long passages from the book of Revelation of Jesus.
I am convinced that we can take every chapter and read long passages from it in a public worship setting and all by itself they will reveal the victorious Jesus to us.
That light bulb going off in my head and spirit has caused me to reread the whole book as a worship liturgy.
Last night at the House of Prayer I read a long passage in public from Chapters 18 and 19. In it people were encouraged, I was encouraged, people's worship level went up, a long way. Suddenly the reality of Jesus was less distant.
Maybe that's what the book was written for. Maybe that's why as Christians we are told to read this. Maybe we have made a mistake using it for end times definition alone.
Don't get me wrong, I think there are end time issues in there. But, to use it only as a historical future look at Jesus work on the earth and in the heavens without the worship component misses the point.
But, I don't know any more than you do (and you don't know).
I'll be honest, I think this is an area where seminary in traditional denominations picks people's pockets. We need to let the richness back in. Quit walking a path that only allows for one view.
There's too much here not to ask the questions. Maybe your eschatological sacred cow needs to be barbecued. Mine was.
Friday, February 08, 2008
By Thomas Sowell:
My hope is that Economic Facts and Fallacies will expose some of the worst fallacies and leave readers sufficiently skeptical that they will take other political “solutions” with a grain of salt and stop to think before they join a stampede.
Fallacies can sound very plausible if you don’t stop to analyze what is being said and don’t bother to check out the facts.
Some of the fallacies examined in various chapters of Economic Facts and Fallacies include the following:
1. Government programs are needed to create “affordable housing.” (Actually, government intervention is what has made housing so unaffordable in places where even hovels are expensive.)
2. Employer discrimination is the main reason for differences in income between women and men. (Tons of evidence point in other directions.)
3. College tuition is going up so fast because of rising costs. (Only if you call voluntary increases in spending “rising costs.”)
4. Foreign aid helps poor countries become more prosperous. (Only if you don’t look at the evidence.)
5. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. (It all depends on whether you are talking about flesh and blood human beings or statistical brackets.)
Economic Facts and Fallacies is not just a demolition derby. It also brings out some facts that seldom get much attention in the media.
1. The poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994.
2. The average income of the elderly is several times their earnings, and their wealth is far higher than among younger people.
3. Just as blacks are turned down for mortgage loans more often than whites, so whites are turned down more often than Asian Americans. (What does that do to racism as an all-purpose explanation?)
I think Dr Sowell may have something to teach on. Lead on.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
It’s a piece from Freakonomics blog published in the New York Times. There, if that’s not convoluted enough, I don’t know what is.
The question is: What would you make the Motto of the USA in 6 words.
Here are some entries:
What can we screw up next?
Hubris: it’s not just for Greeks!
All your oil belong to us.
Equal Representation* *Offer void in D.C.
“God bless America! And nobody else!”
“The Orwellian Superpower with Christian Roots.”
Life’s fast, screw saving, spend faster.
“America: Because We Know Better Than You.”
Where’s the Free Stuff?? Vote Democrat!
Everyone hates US; immigration way up
Lawsuits, Mullets and All-you-can-eat Buffets: Awesome!
“No, we still don’t like soccer”
USA - “That hot girl who ignores you”
Bold Leadership for a Brighter Yesterday
America….at least we’re not Canada.
One Nation, Over Weight, Over Budget
Greed. Lust. Consumption. The American Dream!
“McDonalds! Walmart! Microsoft! Starbucks! Porn! Christmas!”
USA… Big Man On Campus… Once
God bless America! Starting with me!!
One Nation. One God. Screw You.
America: bombing you, suing each other.
Like Ancient Rome, with flush toilets.
And, if you read them all on both LGF and Freak you will see a trend. The USA sucks, but less than everywhere else.
I think the USA needs a hug.
I won’t blame Rush for this. Although..............
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Not a surprise.
Gas Prices are artificially high. There is no oil shortage. I should have put that on the things I don't believe in.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
This was from Fox News Channel with Brit Hume hosting, about an hour ago. Watch how fast Fox cuts out of John McCain's anemic 'we will bring the party together' speech and goes to Prince Barack. And this is supposed to be the conservatives' network. The funny thing is I don't blame them for making the switch. I would have, too.
Also notice the optics here. John McCain, flanked by his mother, his wife, grey-haired Charlie Crist, and Democrat Joe Lieberman. The cumulative age of all five in the shot is 332 years old.
Now go to the Barack shot. There is 13 people behind Barack. Average mean age? Twentysomething. If you add up the ages of all of them, it's still less than the five people in the John McCain shot.
Our side looked like a 60th high school reunion, and their side looks like the Peace Corps.
It's going to be a long nine months.
This is from a comment on a blog for Mike Huckabee. This passionate supporter says what I cannot say as well. People wonder why I went off so hard on Rush and the other giant talking heads. This guy says it better than I could. If we want to win in the Fall it must be Huck.
If McCain is nominated, he will get destroyed in Nov. McCain won some big states (NY, CA, and others), but those states will go to the Dems in Nov.
McCain is Bob Dole all over again. The GOP is committing political suicide. What is wrong with our party? Have they lost their mind?
Rush, Laura, Sean, etc., have caused all this and they are traitors to social / values conservatives. What they did to Mike in SC is horrible. In SC, they convinced many to support Fred and now they have ended up with McCain.
Last night in the GOP, many voted for McCain for the same reason they did Dole. They think McCain deserves to win because he is a war hero, and he is a long time serving Senator. That is not a reason to vote for a nominee. We need a leader, not a long time serving DC insider who has zero executive experience.
On the other hand, Romney has transferred himself into a conservative with a $100 Million dollar makeover. Remember, he was a MA liberal Governor.
I have listened to many conservative voices on radio, and they are all very much responsible for the demise of the GOP. They have tried to influence this party and it has all backfired.
The GOP has been given a great candidate with the most experience. He was a Governor for over 10 yrs. That is why Governors usually win the Presidency.
If this party does not wake-up now and vote for Mike, our Nation is finished. Many establishment GOP idiots are taking the GOP into a death spiral.
Most of McCain voters have not learned from history, and for that reason the GOP may be finished.
It will take a miracle now to save our party, and that miracle is Mike. It is time to act and we only have one choice, and that choice is Mike. If GOP voters make the wrong choice, then say hello to Obama or Clinton. Our nation will not survive these radical liberals (socialists) Dems.
The liberals have taken prayer out of schools, they have banned the Bible and the Ten Commandments. They will destroy marriage, and the family. The are forcing perversion on our children in the schools and in the Media.
It seems that Laura, Rush, Hannity, etc., are only concerned with their radio future. Well, our future is more than about just conservative radio, it is about whether America can survive. Most Conservatives missed the boat concerning Mike, but they had better get on board now, or it will be to late.
The Dems are destroying our very foundations, our Constitution, our families, etc.
God is watching, if we make the wrong choice, we will not survive.Mike is the only true conservative to save the GOP and our Nation. (One Nation under GOD)
Why I don't believe in Evolution, human caused global warming, and most junk science and DO believe in God
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
— Daniel J. Boorstin
I learned a long time ago, He knows more than I do. To think otherwise is ignorance.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Jesus, I trust in you. Our nation is overrun with noise, chatter and misdirection. It is not easy to discern the servants from the would-be masters, to know who wishes to serve the nation and who wishes to merely acquire power. Help us to see the way with clear eyes and an open mind. Help us to cultivate silence so that we might hear your voice. Grant us peace within the tumult of the world and the chatter of its princes. Grace us with the wisdom necessary to pierce through the confusion of this age, and the frantic exhortations of the world, to see your will. Keep us always mindful of your promise to touch us and guide us with “peace beyond all understanding.” Help us to be faithful and unafraid in a fearsome time. Amen.
Monday, February 04, 2008
That is the hairiest of all theologies but the best and most reassuring when we grasp it.
There is the revealed will of God. Things we know full well are always Gods will. In the Bible they are defined over and over again as: It is the will of God that---------------
Then there is the unfulfilled will of God thwarted by sin and the fallen nature of man. Death is the prime one of those. We were never supposed to die.
Don't want to go too far afield in that direction right here. But, sufficient to say, God has a will for us that we can in rebellion live outside of and therefore live without the Will of God being manifested in our lives or we can by faith live in the will of God. Now it gets interesting. I know all about perfect and permissive wills. But there is a revealed will that if we follow will allow for the other to take place.
Keith Green, not a theologian but a good man with wisdom said, "You keep doing your best and He'll take care of the rest".
I had a church I started over a decade ago fail. I know I heard from God to start that Church. I did my best. It still failed. So, the question is, was it God's will for that Church to fail? Or not? If I did in fact hear from God to do this and it didn't work out, how much of that is to my blame or credit. If it had become a super church with many members how much of that would have been to my credit.
If it had become a super church and I stood up one Sunday and said, "Look around you, I did this, This whole thing is because I worked hard and succeeded". If you were in my congregation at that time you should have picked up stones.
How is it any more spiritual to say, "I blew it, if I had just worked harder, hadn't been such a hard ass, had loved people more I would have succeeded"?
With the Patriots and the Giants, skill and ability had much to do with it. Even with the will of God I would have failed as the quarterback of the Giants. But there is the anointing factor that makes up the narrow difference. The last minute happened as it did. How much of that is Eli Manning and how much is God? He did his best, but sometimes things happen.
The problem is some people live in passivity saying "If God wants me to have this or that I'll have it". Those folks live in poverty. God's will is never manifested in a stationary vehicle. He expects our cooperation.
Better to live saying, "I'll do my best to serve God and Man and I'll do my best believing God has the best for me and perhaps he will allow superb victories in my life". And he does.
To do otherwise is to lapse into despair. Oh, I have failures. I get discouraged. But Like Keith Green said. I keep doing my best and let God take care of the rest.
It's an interesting piece of theology. To be an overcomer means we must have a proper mindset: God is for me and not against me Romans 8:31, I can do all things thru the anointed one and do them in his anointing, not mine. Philippians 4:13
Of course not everything works as we hope. Sometimes the wicked prosper. Psalm 73 But, God is always good and always had good intentions towards those that are His. I want to be on that side.
I have prayed and instructed God on how is supposed to bless me. He's always amused. Laughs out loud. He has a better plan and if I keep walking it out he will show it to me. It's never as I thought it would be.
IF I just take a hard shot at doing the best I know how according to the will of God I know about, He'll take care of the rest.
It's a pretty safe place. That is an example of how using just the Core Document clears so much up. Whole books have been written about finding the will of God in our lives. It's clear and there in black and white. So, as I said, I just say what God says and if I find a "Theologian" that wants to disagree with God, I smile, point him or her back to the Document and say, "read the text".
Life is easy that way. It also frustrates the heck out of people who want to argue Theology. Even well educated people.
Paul the apostle says this about theologians:
For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing. Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe( the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world's wisdom? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:19-20
and in 1 Corinthians 2: 13-14 Paul says this (amplified)
13And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].
14But the natural, nonspiritual man (even a very intelligent learned man) does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
So understanding the wisdom and will of God is really hard to do from reason. Without FAITH it is impossible. http://bible.cc/hebrews/11-6.htm
I know that's more about penguins than anyone wanted to know, but it is the one thing I do know a bit about and can run on and on and on and on....
I just did.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
THE BASTARDS - COLD BLOODED MURDER!
Scores of babies left to die after NHS abortions that go wrong:
Botched abortions mean that scores of babies are being born alive and left to die, an official report has revealed. A total of 66 infants survived NHS termination attempts in one year alone, it emerged.
Rather than dying at birth as was intended, they were able to breathe unaided. About half were alive for an hour, while one survived ten hours.
Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends babies over 22 weeks which survive abortion should have their hearts stopped by lethal injection but this can be a difficult procedure for doctors. (Oh yea, deliver them alive a then snuff out their lives by injection, very humane!)
Professor Stuart Campbell, an eminent obstetrician whose 3D scan images of babies “walking in the womb” have fueled the debate over late abortions, said: “It is a distressing situation when these babies are being born alive. (I am so sorry these health care professionals are distressed, cold-blooded murder can do that to sensitive, compassionate liberals)
A baby born alive after a botched abortion at 21 weeks is among the worst cases reported in the UK. The little girl, who had Down’s Syndrome, lived for three hours after being delivered. Her parents claim they were “coerced” into a termination by staff at Macclesfield District General Hospital. They were later told that their baby had not “really” been alive, even though she was clearly breathing. The couple, who do not wish to be named, already had a toddler, a teenager and a 12-year-old with learning difficulties and felt unable to cope with another special needs child.
The 44-year-old mother said: “If I had been given any idea that the baby would be born alive after an abortion I would never have gone through with it. They coerced me. “I have seen how society treats children with disabilities and it frightened me to bring another special needs child into the world, but somehow we would have coped with it.”
Two days before the abortion in March 2004, the woman was given tablets which she was told would kill the baby in the womb. But to their distress the baby was still clearly moving. They went back to hospital and were assured that the baby would die during labour. Soon after birth, however, both parents saw it gasping for air.
Regarding Rush Limbaugh, half of his brain is tied behind his back and the other half in front is completely exhausted. He doesn't realize that he needs to rotate it once in a while. As far as Ann Coulter is concerned, there is not much to say about her with her choice of Hillary. I rest my case.
UNLESS --------------- HUCK!
Mitt - If you love your country, back out now and endorse Huck. A tiny bit of your money and we can win this thing. I'm calling on St. Jude. The saint of Lost Causes. And I'm not even Catholic.