If nothing else, we now know what it takes to make a Democrat go nuts. One word: "appeasement."When the party's top four Democrats come roaring out of the blocks in unison, something has hit a nerve.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Yet when some peanut grinder car we are supposed to drive to save the planet now gets 30 MPG I'm supposed to be impressed.
Now, a note from a favorite website of mine, Car Lust about the old Geo Metro. A car that got 40 mpg or better all day long.
Why do I feel like some wool is being pulled over our collective eyes? What's wrong with this picture?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
That doesn't mean you'll never be sucked in by anthing else the left tries to put on you.
Try not to be so easy next time.
Now a NYT columnist is in favor of invading Burma to force them to take aid.
I am compassionate, but a few days ago I said that this tragedy had the earmarks of reform all over it. Forced compassion will not do anything. What must happen now is for the people and sponsors of this country (like China) to rise up against and overthrow this evil government.
Only then will this be the last time this kind of tragedy can happen. Remember the earthquake in 1976 in China. They wouldn't receive aid then. That was the beginning of faster and more aggressive reform going on to this day.
Let's hope and pray the same thing happens in Burma.
He didn’t and now the Convention will be brokered. Most who read this aren’t old enough to remember what happens at a brokered convention. I do. I actually remember my dad listening to the car radio in our straight eight Pontiac on the way to Watertown SD when the 1952 (I was 7) brokered convention was being broadcast live. He was riveted. OR, perhaps you remember 1976 when Ford and Reagan fought it out at the convention and neither had enough delegates to win the nomination. A near brokered convention.
How does it work?
After the first ballot, ALL delegates are released. That means they can vote for whomever they want to after that. That is when arm twisting and bribery come into play. In a party noted for it’s crooks and lairs, the Clintons have the power.
Both arm twisting, blackmail and bribery are protected by the 1st amendment when done by political parties at conventions, according to the Supreme Court. It’s that little word ‘expression’ that nobody except a Supreme can find in the Constitution.
No, the issue here will be how all the rabid moonbats and Obamanics will deal with getting raped by the RBC (Rules and Bylaws Committee).
Not sure if it will help the Republicans, but it will be a hoot to watch Code Pink and ANSWER duke it out on the streets of Denver. What was that Doors song? Peacefrog?
Denver is going to be a Rocky Mountain High, Colorado.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isa. 64:6)
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
They are suckered in by junk science, stupid political promises of utopia, conspiracy theories and all forms of other idiocy that allows the ruling class to roll over them, pick their pockets and create houses of cards that fall again and again.
There is a new book I haven't read, and probably won't, but the title is "The Dumbest Generation".
Sorry to say, it's closer to the truth than I wish it were. I very seldom can have a consequential conversation about politics or science or even religion with young people who really understand the situation at a level to even carry the discussion very far.
OH, they know who's winning American Idol.
But they are just plain dumb. I'm concerned about the American Future.
That's what happened last week in the liberal land of Minnesota. A man who has a service dog, like a seeing eye dog, was threatened by Muslims that they would kill the dog.
This is not what the promise of America is about. I think the airlines fly both ways. Perhaps we can help by helping them go the other way.
His sermon on Pentecost Sunday was exceptional. I listened to it last night after having read the text. He preaches better than he writes. I guess we all do.
But, if THIS SERMON were preached at any Pentecostal Church in America on Sunday it would have fit in just fine. It's that good. It's that Pentecostal. He says outright that First Lutheran Church needs to become a Pentecostal Church. ALL Churches need to become Pentecostal if you listen carefully to what he says. I might take it a step further. If a church is NOT Pentecostal It's NOT a Christian Church. What was born on Pentecost anyhow? Great Thesis Barry.
This give me hope that good men like Barry Kolb are moving forward with courage changing the face of a fellowship of Christians nationwide for the better.
If you love your cold dead traditional church, please don't listen to this sermon, if you want hope that life can come even to your church, listen and enjoy.
Disturb away Brother Barry..................I hope the devil hates you a lot.
Formerly I had said that I was pretty sure that the only purpose of those huge eyesores was to keep that little red light burning.
If wind power was sensible we wouldn't need to have massive foolish subidies to make it work.
From the Wall Street Journal. I couldn't find a link, just a reprint.
U.S. taxpayers subsidize every single energy source that generates electricity. Natural gas gets $0.25 per megawatt, but solar gets $24 bucks per, and wind rakes in $23 plus all the migrating birds it can kill
Congress seems ready to spend billions on a new "Manhattan Project" for green energy, or at least the political class really, really likes talking about one. But maybe we should look at what our energy subsidy dollars are buying now.
Some clarity comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an independent federal agency that tried to quantify government spending on energy production in 2007. The agency reports that the total taxpayer bill was $16.6 billion in direct subsidies, tax breaks, loan guarantees and the like. That's double in real dollars from eight years earlier, as you'd expect given all the money Congress is throwing at "renewables." Even more subsidies are set to pass this year.
An even better way to tell the story is by how much taxpayer money is dispensed per unit of energy, so the costs are standardized. For electricity generation, the EIA concludes that solar energy is subsidized to the tune of $24.34 per megawatt hour, wind $23.37 and "clean coal" $29.81. By contrast, normal coal receives 44 cents, natural gas a mere quarter, hydroelectric about 67 cents and nuclear power $1.59.
The wind and solar lobbies are currently moaning that they don't get their fair share of the subsidy pie. They also argue that subsidies per unit of energy are always higher at an early stage of development, before innovation makes large-scale production possible. But wind and solar have been on the subsidy take for years, and they still account for less than 1% of total net electricity generation. Would it make any difference if the federal subsidy for wind were $50 per megawatt hour, or even $100? Almost certainly not without a technological breakthrough.
By contrast, nuclear power provides 20% of U.S. base electricity production, yet it is subsidized about 15 times less than wind. We prefer an energy policy that lets markets determine which energy source dominates. But if you believe in subsidies, then nuclear power gets a lot more power for the buck than other "alternatives."
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I am in conversations with Christians of all kinds of ILK. Catholics with whom I have very little argument save a few things. I read Catholic Blogs, I correspond with Catholics and I listen to Catholic radio frequently.
I find them transparently devoted and genuine. I watch ETWN from time to time. I understand them even with the differences we have. There is a very low barrier between us.
Lutherans. Grew up one. Know the theology well. Can still quote much of the small Catechism thanks To John Bohlman. I love the very conservative nearly fundamental application of Scripture as is preached at LCMS churches. No watering down. I have many good friends, some of whom I get in to knock down drag out fights with theologically. Harold. But who are gracious and who when we talk about things are willing to engage man to man. I think there are less transparent theologians in the LCMS who see themselves as important even if I don't see them as important as they do.
Then there are my fellow Pentecostals and Charismatic's of all kinds of stripes. There are flows and streams that diverge us but we all speak the same language. The language of the Spirit and of Faith. I have a blog friend in New Zealand with whom from time to time I engage in "Spirited" discussion. I have read much of what he has written and find I agree with much of it. But there are areas we don't see eye to eye on. That doesn't make our discussions impossible, just impasse. But we understand each other in our arguments.
That brings me to the last group. Evangelicals. I would include in this people in Methodism, presbyterianism, Reformed and ELCA. People who approach faith with their heads and not their spirits. They must understand. They must debate at a high level. It gets pretty deep out there.
I have a friend who I love dearly who writes a wonderful blog. I often read comments on questions and issues about which he writes and upon which his commenter's comment. Frankly sometimes they say things that make absolutely no sense at all. They talk in code. Incomprehensible stuff. Highly pedantic. No issue seems to be without obscufication as the goal seemingly.
I quizzed my friend about this observation. He said that he understood the nature of the comments made on his blog. I didn't. This amazes me.
How can men and women who name the name of Jesus in Catholicism , Pentecostalism and even the LCMS talk a language that we all seem to understand yet to any of them I suspect the language in the blog I mentioned above would be as incomprehendable as I found it.
There seems to be a large stumbling block to evangelicals that Pentecostals, Charismatic Catholics (about 30% of regular attendees) and many among Conservative Lutherans (Like the pastor of the Largest LCMS Church in The USA). That stumbling block is that we speak in other tongues. We are filled with the Holy Ghost and do just what was reported for the 30 years in the book of Acts. I see no record of Tongues having ended. They will of course, some day when we have our heavenly language on the other side.
Evangelicals don't speak in Tongues. Or put another way, as soon as they do they cease being evangelicals. They become Pentecostals. Mutually exclusive territory.
The problem as I see it is Evangelicals seem to want to approach all of Gospel and spiritual experience with reason. Martin Luther said that Reason is the ENEMY of Faith. I agree with Martin Luther. If you have to understand it before you experience it you will never experience or understand it.
So, evangelicals according to the several evangelical blogs I read seem to speak in other tongues. Tongues of men and not angels. Tongues only comprehended by other evangelicals who have read the same books everyone else has read.
This in my opinion a high dividing wall between the major streams of faith expression in this nation. I have said before, and now will again. I have much more in common with Catholics than I do with most Evangelicals. Catholics believe in faith, Mystery and the Supernatural. Evangelicals are busy writing or reading books or attending conferences trying to explain it all away.
To those of us in the dominant Christian streams I have mentioned it seems to us that the Evangelical World speaks in an unknown tongue and doesn't know it, At least to us.
Of course that's my most humble opinion.
We "argue" about theology, but frankly this isn't a show stopper to me. We differ on almost NOTHING. He is my son and my brother. Raquella is my Daughter in Law and my sister. If you know me well, you know I don't hand out the appellation "Brother" to just everyone.
One thing I have always admired about UPC churches is the high quality of their worship. It's so passionate and wonderful. When I have attended some conferences with him and his family I have found the worship to be as intense and pleasurable in a God kind of way that when I heard the Indiana Bible College Choir do Kari Jobe's Revelation Song I wept.
Who can ever get enough of this kind of worship?
I made the Comment in the hearing of several people, "Global Warming ---- Phooey".
One man, a nice guy who I know, a guy who is a computer expert, said, "Just because it's cold it doesn't mean there isn't global warming. The cold could be caused by Global Warming".
I smiled. Looked at him. Thought, HUH?? And thought to myself, even in a good conservative Church people can buy a lie.
That is a pity.