Saturday, May 24, 2008

One of the most Interesting Things I have Listened to in a long time

If you are a little puzzled on how the sub prime mortgage crisis came to be or why it's such a problem today or what it all means, This American Life, an NPR program dealt with the whole thing.

This will take nearly an hour. You need to be in a place where you can just turn it on and let it run.

It's that good however. It's worth the time.

So, if you want to be accurately and completely informed as to how high finance works, do some other work while you play this.

You're Welcome

Grey Haired Wisdom

When I was 30 I didn't believe this. Now that I am over double that age I do believe it.

Older people are wise.

Alert the Media.

Crackpot Keith Olbermaniac goes Tilt AGAIN

Once more Olberman goes off on someone. This time going off on Hillary Clinton like she's a Republican.

I think I get it. This is now his Schtick. Act all crazy. Get ratings.

So, not to amplify the obvious. But, 40 years ago Robert F Kennedy was assassinated. He was the presumptive nominee for POTUS. She mentioned that. Horrors.

I don't know what was so wrong saying that. I've said that McCain might not make it. Where's Keith?

So, if you are at all interested in the ravings of a lunatic watch this.

Friday, May 23, 2008

One of these things is not like the other

Sesame Street had a song that was to teach kids differentiation. ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER. Then they would show three or four items and little kids would say, Same or Different.

Now big kids that grew up on Sesame Street are not able to play the same game. Even when we see a long term pattern of things being like each other, they don't know how to spot it. Note that the price of oil trails in patterns of Homebuilding and the Nasdaq.

Every other commodity is coming off their highs. I wish I was gutsy enough as I mentioned a few weeks ago to put twenty grand in a sell account on a market basket of grain commodities. I would have a hundred thousand today. But I didn't.

Now the opportunity is here once again. But, where's the top? Whens the turn? Those are the questions that make heroes or fools of us all.

This much I know for certain. The Oil Doomsayers are wrong. Oil is poised for a HUGE fall. When, I don't know. But soon.

When everyone agrees on everything that is the beginning of the end of the bull market.

Bulls will stampede from Oil. Look at this chart. Its part of a much more comprehensive analysis from this man.

Now go fill up your tank and relax.

I like the idea, I'm not sure of the reality of it all. I'll have to think about this

John McCain is more of the same from the last eight years

Not Bush.  I wish McCain could carry on four more years of Bush.
If only John McCain had the courage of convictions that George W Bush has.  He doesn't.  He takes a poll and does that.  Just like Clinton the male did. 
His latest is disavowing Rob Parsley and John Hagee for "Controversial" remarks was the last straw. I looked into what that controversy was.
Parsley said that the Allah of Islam is not the God of Christ Jesus.  Is he?
Hagee said that God allowed Hitler's Holocaust to drive people back to restore the Nation of Israel in fulfillment of Prophecy.  Didn't He?
The fact that McCain is so spineless makes me now believe that if Hillary Clinton doesn't get the nod that Obama and all the evil he will bring may be what our country deserves. Obama will be the worst possible case.  A thin skinned, connected with all kinds of evil, charming deceitful, amateur running the country. 
He'll make Carter look good.
My only hope now is that someone with a real spine would be ready to take over if something happened to McCain before the convention.  I can only hope.
We are so profoundly in trouble and it's all the fault of weak spineless republicans. 
The Anchoress has it right.  If the Republicans don't stand up and fight, I'm cutting and running.  To where I don't know.  I said I would only vote R.   I'm not even sure of that anymore.
I'm a little dispirited this morning.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Do NOT Read This if You have no sense of Humor because it's not funny.....Much

Little Golden Books that didn't make it.

Hat Tip to AJ who DOES have a sense of humor

Genuine Christian Maturity?

In the last few months in various settings I have been presented with a comment about those who are mature Christians.  In one case, the comment was that the speaker "Joking" said he hoped Pentecostals would "Grow Up" to full maturity.  Implied was that he was and they weren't.
Then, it is rumored about that one of our larger churches in America (used to be the largest but no longer holds that title) is going to stop it's seeker sensitive focus and begin to direct it's efforts toward Mature Christians with Hymns, Liturgy, Creeds and Scriptural Reading.
I have two concerns with this.  One is the superman costume syndrome.  If you buy a Superman Costume from the costume store the package comes with a warning that says, "Caution, wearing of this suit will not enable to wearer to fly". 
Why was that there?  Because a few kids jumped off roofs wearing one and believing they could fly. 
The same thing happens in music.   If I just had a better guitar I could play better.  No, if you had a better guitar you would play about as you do now, but you would have just spent money for something you are still bad at.
Or kids who play sports and if they just had the right bat, or shoes or golf clubs or golf balls they would play a much better game.  Tiger Woods would still beat them with a set of cheap clubs from Wal Mart and the poorest range balls with smiles and all.
It's not about trappings.  It's not about content.  It's about the people involved. This big church is about to find this out. 
I agree with the idea that a Church Service filled with very mature believers is electric.  I have been in Pastor's conferences where every man or woman was a Pastor.  The level of faith sometimes is so rich you can cut it.  The Level of worship and commitment is fabulous. 
I have been to conferences where those attending would only attend this if they were hungry, passionate and determined to meet with God.  Mature.  They have a richness about them that is hard to grasp unless you are there.
If you are a Pastor you wish every service could be just like that Pastor's conclave or that conference.  I was recently at a Conference in Kansas City that was so rich if the services were just singing hymns, rehearsing Creeds and liturgy the passion coming from that would have been incredible.  The problem is it didn't come from the superman suit, it didn't come from the better golf balls, it came because the ones who were there knew their God and loved him.
So, the big church's attempt will fail UNLESS they can populate their pews with people of personal passion.  If you impose Hymns, Creeds, Liturgy and Scripture Reading on immature Christians you will have a cold dead service and worse the immature Christians will think they actually did something.  They jumped thru some spiritual hoop.  Endured some weekly rite of passage good till the next week.  The problem is nothing happened.  Nothing changed, particularly their hearts.   I get the idea that a small percentage of the congregation will embrace these elements enthusiastically.  The problem is they think others will or will learn to.  So leadership decides, let's give the mature what they want and the rest will get on board. They won't. Immature will remain immature until they encounter Jesus for real.  That won't happen in Hymns, Creeds, Liturgy and Readings.  Let me take you to thousands of cold dead churches that follow this to the letter and are dying on the vine.
It's a superman suit.
So, what does Christian Maturity really look like.  It's like a marriage.  Maturity in Marriage.  That's what Jesus is coming for, a mature unwrinkled bride.  Mature.  That's why the bridal paradigm is all thru the New Testament.
Is a bride educated to become mature in marriage?  Can't hurt but a PhD in Marriage and Family is no insurance of happiness and maturity in marriage.  Let me point to those who make their living in writing books on marriage who are veterans of 4 divorces.  They have PhD's.
Is a bride who has a big well recognized (credentialed) wedding better at being a bride?  We have all known of the huge well attended wedding that resulted in a quiet divorce a few years later.  Sometimes the small inconspicuous weddings result in the most mature marriages.  I have a theory that the cost and elaboration of a wedding is inversely proportional to the probability of the marriage's success.
How about a bride who has many years of experience in marriage, is she mature?  How many times have you attended a twenty fifth or fiftieth anniversary while endurance and perseverance reigned, love did not.  I wouldn't consider that a mature bride no matter the years.  Long loveless marriages are legendary.
So, if Education, Recognition in credentials, or tenure of position are not measures of maturity, what is?
If I come to know a truly mature Christian there is only one thing that differentiates the mature, despite the other trappings, from the immature.  Mature Christians are those who KNOW their GOD.  Not know about Him, that's education, not know him because a seminary somewhere said they have a certificate that says they should know Him, Not know him because they hung around the house so long.  None of that is maturity.
When a bride marries a husband she wants to know what he likes, she wants to satisfy him, she wants to serve him, she irons his clothes, she wants to talk with him, she wants to get to know him, even intimately.  She wants to become what he wants her to become.  She is in love and will become intense about spending time with him.  She eventually according to studies will begin to look like him.  Whatever he likes, she will like, what he doesn't like she will not like.  She begins to resemble him.  She and her husband become one flesh.  That happens and in time as the marriage matures, they are inseparable.   She knows her husband.  She is mature in her relationship to him.  She knows what to expect from him.  She trusts him to do what she knows he will do.  She isn't very often disappointed because she knows who he is.
This is with a mortal man.  How much more as a person comes to know his God will he come to trust HIM and in every other way become  one with Him.  Mature.
Biblically, there are lots of admonitions to maturity thru knowing God.  Not education,  not credentials and not tenure.  Passionate pursuit until God is KNOWN as much as he can be.  That's maturity.  Few really get there.  I can be with a person for a while and get clues as to how mature they really are based on how they talk to and talk about the love of their life, JESUS.  Our most gracious high heavenly Father or Poppa.  Religious practices and traditions are evidence of Christian immaturity. 
Let's hear the Bible on this:
Daniel 11:32 says, "But those who know their God will be strong and do great exploits."  God is raising up a people who will know Him intimately, who will be transformed to His image by beholding Him, and who will demonstrate mighty acts to manifest His power for the glory of His Name. 

1 Corinthians 2:9 says that we've been given the Holy Spirit who searches out the deep things of God and reveals them to us:


"The ear cannot hear, the eye cannot see, the heart of man cannot know the things that God has prepared for those who love Him, but the Holy Spirit [the Revealer] searches out the deep things of God and reveals them to us.

Psalm 145 speaks of it but summarizes in Vs 11 and 12

They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
       and speak of your might,

 12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
       and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Paul the Apostle centuries ago prayed for YOUR Christian Maturity

Ephesians 1:17-19

"[I pray]... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power..."   

Before you can receive this realm, you must have a hunger to know Him like you have not yet known Him.  You must shake off complacency and get tired of the same old same old.  There's got to be a hunger that you don't want to be an echo of voices you've heard speaking about knowing Him, but you want to know Him yourself. 

The word "knowledge" there in Ephesians 1 literally means "to be thoroughly acquainted with; to know thoroughly." (Strongs root word in the Greek #1921)  Don't you want the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to be so strongly influencing  you that you thoroughly become acquainted with and thoroughly know God?  The word also literally means, "to know accurately, to know well, to recognize."  Don't you want to be able to recognize God?  How does one recognize something?  One recognizes by sight, by hearing and by perception; it's by understanding. 

Hebrews 5:14 says that it's those who get strong food and by reason of use are able to discern between what is God and what isn't God, and you discern Him by knowing Him; it says the mature actually have their senses awakened to who He is, between what's good and what's evil, what's God and what isn't God.  If you are like me, you are tired of shallow-water Christianity, and you want the deep things of God.

The fact is, as I have come to know and love many who would call themselves evangelicals, those who are staunch in denominations and those who would see themselves as mature Christians.  Unfortunately I don't see the evidence born of intimacy alive in their lives.  They don't worship in intimacy, they don't preach in intimacy, they don't pray intimately, they don't exhibit what maturity in intimacy looks like.  They despite the opinion they have of themselves are immature Christians.

I am afraid they don't know what maturity is at all and if they saw it they wouldn't recognize it.  They feed on Milk when they should have been weaned years ago.

True Christian Maturity comes from knowing God  INTIMATELY.  Everything flows out of that. 

Anything else is buying better golf balls to try to improve your game and donning a superman suit to try to fly.  Looks right, but is wrong.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Geeky Sexy Smart Women

On Jeopardy yesterday and today was a cute little gal who just waxed her competitors.

She's a little geeky like the girl who was a sort of love interest of Napoleon Dynamite. Geeky in a cute way.

I was in a shop this PM when jeopardy came on. A good looking tall young man was entranced by her. He said, "I love a smart geeky girl".

This should be good news to all geeks among us. Particularly the females of the species.

The guy on this blog is captivated by her. I am in agreement.

I hope Larissa Kelly of El Cerrito, CA sticks around for a while. I have a thing for really smart women. I think a lot of men find smart women very sexy.

Filing Chapter 11, Hebrews 11

One of the true prophets of God I trust most is Kim Clement. He has been a source of hope and encouragement. I am always filled with faith and hope when I read what he has said.

That is the purpose of the Prophetic, not always to correct, but to encourage and bring hope.

Of course, there is the potential that a false prophet can arise. Hannaniah rose up in Jeremiah's
day and for being a false Prophet was killed by God. I live in full conciseness of that. All people who are prophetic fear God because they know this reality.

Kim Clement has said this just recently and I wanted to encourage you in it:

  • You won't have to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy; you'll file Hebrews Chapter 11 and join those in the hall of fame!
  • 'There is no recession!' Why? For in one day I can change everything," says the Lord.
  • God's changing our whole structure, our whole economy. "There is an economy of grace. There's a whole new system that's been raised up," says the Spirit.
  • Your future is becoming the present right now. Take it, no matter how stupid it may seem, no matter what people say, you got it; fight with it, run with it. The sources of energy that are about to be released," God said, "I'm going to make billionaires out of My people because they're going to have an insight to what's going on and have wisdom."
  • I get scientists writing to me, "Tell us more about the vision that you've had," and God stops me and says, "You cannot share it before its time, because there are greedy men. But there are also righteous men, and I will do it at the right time and help them."
  • God doesn't get you out of the mess, He transforms the mess. And you may be in a mess today, and God's going to transform you in that mess. Don't ask to get out of it; be transformed and change it into a place of reign so you can do something with it!
Even if you are sceptical about the prophetic, is it harmful to hear hopeful faith filled words or is it harmful to hear words of doubt, faithlessness and fear. God may just be calling you, or me, or someone you know to a destiny beyond your greatest imagining. That is released in Prophetic Proclamation.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Worth a Thousand Words

Ten Things the Ultra Left Hopes we Forget About

This will shock you unless you have been alive for most of it as I have.

Giving to the needy without Charity

A couple days ago I wrote what appears to be a controversial concept. That we need to be careful in our dealing with people who are poor, who are homeless,who are always short of food. We need to be careful in how we give to others who have learned to work the Christian system.

What frankly surprises me is the lack of understanding of what Christian Charity is. Martin Luther wrote regarding the days when the Church was wealthy beyond comprehension and the poor were starving in the streets. He lambasted a society that was heartless. Somehow that message has been carried over into bad Sunday School lessons that we grow up thinking we should just throw money and goods at a person who is in trouble and never ask why and how can we avoid your going back into trouble.

In the USA and in the are we live there are few poor starving in the streets. Yet we foist attempts to aleve our guilt for our relative prosperity by giving without any thought to any who ask. It is a selfish act. It is a thoughtless act that only serves to make us feel good and might I say somewhat superior. We at the same time we give look down our noses at the recipient. We give without engagement.


I knew a man who used to go to the area under south Wacker Drive in Chicago and gave the homeless people there a hundred dollars each. He could and it made HIM feel good to do this.

I asked him if he saw the same men and women each time he went back as he did this a few times a year. Yes was his answer. Then I asked him, "By your unselfish gift are you helping them or yourself". He was pensive and said, "I don't know". He helped them that day, that hour, but his help was one of appeasement of his spirit. Those men and women had every opportunity to escape and enter society as the man or woman who crosses the border homeless and penniless from central America. Yet those people without food stamps, without welfare find the way to become a dominant economic force in the USA.

Your relatives and mine did the same when they came across the ocean in a boat penniless.

The solution to poverty is not generosity without consideration for what is appropriate but a change of heart for the person in need. You could give every poor person in Northern Illinois a hundred thousand dollars today and in 2 years those without a changed heart would be homeless, destitute and dependant once again.

As Christians in dealing with the poor we must be as concerned for the heart of a man we minister to with food as we are with their empty stomach. Feeding the body and ignoring the spirit is sin to those who have food for both. I mentioned in my prior post that the Salvation Army does this well and I endorse the approach. I wish other Christian Charities did as well.

My prime concern is we don't understand the way we should deal with the needy and so we do it sometimes in the most damaging way. The ministries who just provide food and shelter without question or intense discipleship do more damage than good. Jesus concern was with making disciples. If taking care of the needy results in discipleship we do well to do so. If taking care of the needy only results in our feeling better about ourselves we miss the point.

Paul writes to Timothy:
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8

In fact Paul instructs Timothy that if he puts men in charge of things of the Church they must be men who would manage affairs in line with how they manage their own life's: 1 Timothy 3:
1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseerhe desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.

Does that sound like a person who willy nilly just opens a food pantry, a homeless shelter, or goes under a viaduct and hands out hundred dollar bills without discrimination?

The key to Christian Charity is it starts at home. We must first take care of our own house including the household of faith. If we don't we are worse than infidels. No man, woman or child settled in the household of faith should be in need. That giving however should come with questions and counsel.

Then need beyond that to other households of faith.

Then to the truly hungry of the world. In particular Children. I endorse feeding hungry Children. It's the men and women who use homeless shelters and soup kitchens as permanent residences because it's an easy way to live. Just go work in any homeless shelter for 6 months, hear the stories of the residents, get into their lives (it won't be easy, they really want you to give them things without question) and begin to examine who they are. You will find that there are abusers of the good hearts of well meaning people without discernment.

Most of what people believe is Christian Charity isn't true charity.

I suggest that you read the excellent essay written by Ron McKenzie called Caring for the Poor. Ron writes an excellent blog called Blessed Economist. He is just wrapping up a series on healing. I agree with much of it.

I suggest you read it, I suspect you won't. If you like the good feeling that comes from giving money or goods away without thought or prayer then you go ahead and keep getting that rush of well being that comes from it. It's not fulfilling God's purposes on the earth, it just makes you feel good. A selfish act. It's a Christian Fix. I give to a poor person, It makes me feel good, I do it again, I feel good. Addiction.
I had thought about trying to answer the Biblical examples given in comments in the former post tit for tat but decided against it. If you have this mindset I won't change it. I suggest you search your own heart. I'm trying to stop the shipwreck that comes from reckless mercy and the victims, the recipients.

The only one I might answer will be the Rich Young Ruler. Jesus knew his heart. That wasn't about giving to the poor, that was about the spirit of Poverty that ruled the heart of a man that stopped him from following Jesus. Jesus was using that expression to reveal the man's heart. Its left in the Canon to teach us not about giving to the poor but about the nature of our heart.

In every single example of Christian Charity in the new testament, every one, (I challenge you to read it carefully and prove me wrong), NEVER ONCE were goods given to needy people without them being part of the household of faith or being discipled. This isn't about who is your neighbor or good samaritianship. Of course that's the merciful thing to do. That's not Charity. Using the question about who your neighbor is to give indiscrinatingly to the poor is a misapplication of the principle of rescue. We must rescue those broken along the Jericho Road. Charity the way it is practiced in Kane County Illinois is not rescue.

I would only ask that you consider carefully the last few times you gave to poor people or ministries serving the poor. Did you help or hinder the purposes of God in their lives? I would encourage you to engage at a personal level the people directly getting this help and ask some questions. Start to turn up your discerner. Then ask, if I provided for all his or her physical needs and nothing else changes will he or she? The answer will surprise you.

Too Good Not To copy verbatim

Over at Say Anything a Powerful Global Warming caused by Man Debunk has been posted. Read it all, but in particular read the list of those who are propounding the global warming caused by man. The top 70 who are endorsers of this bunch of hooey are at the bottom. A brilliant piece of work Anna.

Notable Global Warming Facts

This petition has been signed by American scientists.

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

The names of over 31,000 American scientists that reject the theory of anthropogenic global warming have been revealed

Here are just the A’s

Earl M. Aagaard, PhD, Charles W. Aami, Roger L. Aamodt, PhD, Wilbur A. Aanes, M. Robert Aaron, Ralph F. Abate, Hamed K. Abbas, PhD, Paul Abbett, Wyatt E. Abbitt III, Ursula K. Abbott, PhD, Bernaard J. Abbott, PhD, David M. Abbott Jr., Frank D. Abbott, Paul Abbott, Donald W. Abbott, Douglas R. Abbott, David J. Abbott, Eugene Abbott, Refaat A. Abdel-Malek, PhD, Riaz F. Abdulla, PhD, Albert S. Abdullah, DVM, Alan E. Abel, Jason Abel, Janis I. Abele, Joseph M. Abell, Robert E. Abell, Gene H. Abels, MD, Philip H. Abelson, PhD*, Wayne Aben, Jerrold Abernathy, Marshall W. Abernathy, Grady L. Ables, Earl Arthur Abrahamson, PhD, Robert C. Abrams, Carl M. Abrams, Alan V. Abrams, MD, Paul B. Abramson, PhD, Jose L. Abreu Jr., Joe L. Abriola Jr., Ahmed E. Aburahmah, PhD, Austin R. Ace, David A. Acerni, John W. Achee Sr., Billy R. Achmbaugh, Paul Achmidt, Daniel T. Achord, PhD, Ernest R. Achterberg, Ava V. Ackerman, DVM, William L. Ackerman, John R. Ackerman, Gene L. Ackerman, Richard E. Ackermann, Terry D. Ackman, Donald O. Acrey, Lee Actor, Humberto M. Acuna Jr., Robert K. Adair, PhD, William G. Adair Jr., Daniel Otis Adam, PhD, Brian D. Adam, PhD, Chris Adam, Anthony F. Adamo, George Baker Adams, PhD, Neil Adams, PhD, Leonard Caldwell Adams, PhD, Phillip Adams, PhD, Harold Elwood Adams, PhD, Gail D. Adams, PhD, Roy Melville Adams, PhD, Louis W. Adams, PhD, John Edgar Adams, PhD, Gerald J. Adams, PhD, Wilton T. Adams, PhD, William M. Adams, PhD, Brook W. Adams, Lewis R. Adams, William John Adams, Steven W. Adams, John Adams, William P. Adams, Dwight L. Adams, MD, Dell H. Adams, Ann S. Adams, Bryan C. Adams, Anthony W. Adams, MD, Richard L. Adams, William W. Adams, Eugene Adams, Walter F. Adams, Henry J. Adams, Richard Ernest Adams, Donald Adams, Opal Adams, Howard J. Adams, Richard W. Adams, MD, George F. Adams, Kent A. Adams, Daniel B. Adams Jr., N. Adams, Steve W. Adams, William D. Adams, Roy B. Adams, Jim D. Adams, William J. Adams Jr., Albert H. Adams, MD, James William Adams, Charles K. Adams, Wayne L. Adamson, Verne E. Adamson, Karlis JR Adamsons Jr., PhD, Rusty Adcock, MD, Robert E. Adcock, George Adcock, Lionel Paul Adda, PhD, Ben J. Addiego, William H. Addington, Tim Addington, Albert W. Addington, Paul Bradley Addis, PhD, Marshall B. Addison, PhD, Winford R. Addison, Joseph E. Adducci, MD, John K. Addy, PhD, Wayne F. Addy, C. William Ade, Albert H. Adelman, PhD, Barnet R. Adelman, Ronald R. Adkins, PhD, T. Adkins, L. A. Adkins, Gary N. Adkins, Wilder Adkins, Michael F. Adkins, Perry Lee Adkisson, PhD, Norman Adler, PhD, Jacques J.P. Adnet, Eric R. Adolphson, John H. Adrain, MD, Anthony J. Adrignolo, PhD, Harry Adrounie, PhD, V. Harry Adrounie, PhD, Richard A. Adsero, Steve E. Aeschbach, Stanley P. Aetrewicz, Stephen B. Affleck, PhD, Siegfried Aftergut, PhD, Jack G. Agan, Frederick A. Agdern, Larry Delmar Agenbroad, PhD, Sven Agerbek, David Agerton, PhD, George Aggen, PhD, Vincent Agnello, MD, Kenneth Agnes, Thomas I. Agnew, PhD, Mark R. Agnew, Robert F. Agnew, MD, M. C. Agress, John Aguilar, Jorge T. Aguinaldo, Aida M. Aguirre, Robert Aharonov, Richard Ahern, Phillip S. Ahlberg, Kevin Ahlborg, Mark Ahlert, Terry Ahlquist, Richard G. Ahlvin, Mumtaz Ahmed, PhD, Rafique Ahmed, PhD, Robert A. Ahokas, PhD, H. William Ahrenholz, Rolland W. Ahrens, PhD, Edward Ahrens, Robert M. Ahring, PhD, Joseph Aiello, MD, John J. Aiello, Robert P. Aillery, Brian R. Ainley, Oscar Richard Ainsworth, PhD, Alfred Ainsworth 3rd, Steven L. Ainsworth, Sol Aisenberg, PhD, John W. Ake, John Hvan Aken, Arthur W. Akers, Stuart R. Akers, David J. Akers, Gary L. Akerstrom, Wayne Henry Akeson, MD, Munawwar M. Akhtar, Frank Jerrel Akin, PhD, Thane Akins, Frederick I. Akiya, John S. Akiyama, M. H. Akram, PhD, Philip R. Akre, MD, Lloyd Alaback, G. James Alaback, John A. Alai, Robert J. Alaimo, PhD, Rogelio N. Alama, Greg Alan, Vincent M. Albanese, Henry Albaugh, Grant Alberich, Daniel C. Albers, Timothy A. Albers, Kenneth O. Albers, Arthur Edward Albert, PhD, Eric K. Albert, PhD, Edward Albert, Tom J. Albert, William L. Albert, James T. Albert, James L. Alberta, Leland C. Albertson, Roy A. Albertson, Frank Addison Albini, PhD, Rudolph C. Albrecht, Allan J. Albrecht, Robert M. Albrecht, Jay Donald Albright, PhD, James C. Albright, PhD, Robert Lee Albright, PhD, Fred Ronald Albright, PhD, William D. Albright, Marcus Albro, Allwyn Albuquerque, Evelyn A. Alcantara, PhD, Ernest Charles Alcaraz, PhD, Garrett D. Alcorn, John C. Alden, PhD, Frank J. Alder, Ronald Godshall Alderfer, PhD, Thomas Alderson, PhD, Ben Alderton, Franklin Dalton Aldrich, PhD, Samuel Roy Aldrich, PhD, Harl P. Aldrich, PhD, Richard John Aldrich, PhD, Reuben J. Aldrich, Robert Aldridge, Gabriel C. Aldulescu, MD, Perry Baldwin Alers, PhD, Alex F. Alessandrini, Steven J. Alessandro, Andrew J. Alessi, Stephen R. Alewine, Joseph J. Alex, Joe Alex, M. Dale Alexander, PhD, Michael L. Alexander, Ira H. Alexander, Dave Alexander, George C. Alexander, DVM, John C. Alexander, Harold R. Alexander, Danrick W. Alexander, Robert Alexander, Dennis J. Alexander, James F. Alexander Jr., Moorad Alexanian, PhD, Igor Alexeff, PhD, Charles D. Alexson, Rodolfo Q. Alfonso, Mary E. Alford, Jennifer M. Alford, Rex Alford, Robert L. Alford, Luis A. Algarra, Roger Casanova Alig, PhD, Casanova Alig, PhD, Mark J. Alkire, MD, R. Allahyari, PhD, Louis John Allamandola, PhD, C. Allard, Roger L. Allard, Joel W. Alldredge, Fred A. Allehoff, John F. Alleman, Eric R. Allen, PhD, Paul W. Allen, PhD, Roger B. Allen, PhD, Clayton H. Allen, PhD, Charles M. Allen, PhD, Emma Allen, PhD, Ben C. Allen, PhD, David Allen, PhD, James L. Allen, PhD, Thomas Hunter Allen, PhD, Robert K. Allen, MD, Levi D. Allen, Robert C. Allen, Pampselo Allen, Kimbol R. Allen, Joshua C. Allen, Madelyn H. Allen, DVM, Christopher G. Allen, Charles C. Allen, Robert G. Allen, DVM, Kenneth L. Allen, F. J. Allen, Stewart J. Allen, John L. Allen, Randall Allen, Marvin E. Allen, Merrill P. Allen, David M. Allen, Kristin L. Allen, William Allen Jr., Jason D. Allen, William W. Allen, Robert T. Van Aller, PhD, George L. Allerton, Carl J. Allesandro, Robert Q. Alleva, Jonathan Alley, MD, Ernest R. Alley, George L. Allgoever, Robert H. Allgood, Robert W. Allgood, Richard Alan Alliegro, Mike E. Alligood, Ronald C. Allison, MD, Gary L. Allison, Kevin R. Allison, Craig Allison, Randall W. Allison, Terry G. Allison, Kevin E. Allisonn, Charles E. Allman, George J. Allman, Philip D. Allmendinger, MD, John J. Allport, PhD, Victor Dean Allred, PhD, Albert L. Allred, PhD, Bruce W. Allred, Ivan D. Allred, Gary W. Allshouse, Arthur W. Allsop, Terry Alltson, Gary L. Allurg, MD, R. A. Allwein, Ronaldo A. Almero, Frank Murray Almeter, PhD, Kent A. Alms, Richard E. Almy, Ramon J. Alonso, PhD, Jorge L. Alonso, James A. Aloye, Ali Yulmaz Alper, Reevis Stancil Alphin, PhD, Zeki Al-Saigh, PhD, Allen A. Alsing, A. Frank Alsobrook, Robert C. Alson, Albert W. Alsop, PhD, John Henry Alsop, PhD, Randy J. Alstadt, Sally S. Alston, John Pruyn Van Alstyne, Charles Alt, Greg A. Altberg, Vincent O. Altemose, Nicholas A. Alten, Frederick C. Althaus, George A. Alther, Howard W. Althouse, Timothy L. Altier, Ashton Altieri, Martin E. Altis, David Altman, PhD, Melvyn R. Altman, PhD, Ronny G. Altman, Peter Christian Altner, MD, Herbert N. Altneu, Sidney J. Altschuler, Edward E. Altshuler, PhD, Burton Myron Altura, PhD, Patrick Aluotto, PhD, Frank M. Alustiza, Raul C. Alva, Anthony B. Alvarado, Raymond Angelo Alvarez Jr., PhD, Antonio R. Alvarez, Virgilio E. Alvarez, Dayton L. Alverson, PhD, Bryron Alvey, R. Byron Alvey, Stephen Edward Always, PhD, Vern J. Always, Zaynab Al-Yassin, PhD, James I. Alyea, Bradley A. Aman, Farouk Amanatullah, David Saint Amand, Larry C. Amans, James L. Amarel, Charles David Amata, PhD, Carmelo J. Amato, Paul Gerard Amazeen, PhD, Ronald F. Amberger, PhD, Leonard Amborski, PhD, Joseph R. Ambruster, Donald Ford Amend, PhD, Marvin Earl Ament, Richard Amerling, MD, Robert C. Amero, Lynford Lenhart Ames, PhD, Edward J. Ames III, Martin R. Ames, Donald R. Amett, Michael R. Amick, Wayne P. Amico, Dean P. Amidon, Pushpavati S. Amin, Duane R. Amlee, Kenneth S. Ammons, Moris Amon, PhD, Richard D. Amori, Dewey Harold Amos, PhD, Bonnie B. Amos, PhD, A. Amr, PhD, Fred Amsler, MD, Robert L. Amster, DVM, Thomas A. Amundsen, Adolph L. Amundson, James P. Amy, Barry M. Amyx, MD, Raymond J. Anater, Sal A. Anazalone, Kenneth L. Ancell, Melvin M. Anchell, MD, Ernest J. Andberg, Kenneth J. Anderer, G. Anderle, PhD, John P. Anders, MD, Wilford Hoyt Andersen, PhD, Torben B. Andersen, PhD, Donald A. Andersen, PhD, Terrell Neils Andersen, PhD, Lawrence D. Andersen, Donald R. Andersen Jr., Gene P. Andersen, George H. Andersen, Doug E. Andersen, D. Andersen, David W. Anderso, Robert W. Andersohn, Donald Anderson, PhD, John C. Anderson, PhD, Bernard Jeffrey Anderson, PhD, Arthur G. Anderson, PhD, Joy R. Anderson, PhD, Ross S. Anderson, PhD, Orson Lamar Anderson, PhD, David Anderson, PhD, Thomas F. Anderson, PhD, Julia W. Anderson, PhD, Amos Robert Anderson, PhD, Ingrid Anderson, PhD, Richard Alan Anderson, PhD, Corby G. Anderson, PhD, Leslie Anderson, PhD, Elmer A. Anderson, PhD, David Robert Anderson, PhD, Larry Anderson, PhD, Donald Heruin Anderson, PhD, David O. Anderson, PhD, David Anderson, Alan J. Anderson, Anita Teter Anderson, Chris Anderson, Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Jane E. Anderson, Roscoe B. Anderson, MD, Robert E. Anderson, Warren Ronald Anderson, Thomas P. Anderson, James Anderson, Walton O. Anderson, Glenn L. Anderson, Tom Anderson, James P. Anderson, Janis W. Anderson, David B. Anderson, Barry D. Anderson, Bruce Martin Anderson Jr., Mike E. Anderson, David A. Anderson, Joel Anderson, Thornton Anderson, William L. Anderson, Harrison Clarke Anderson, MD, Arthur E. Anderson, Roy E. Anderson, James R. Anderson, Leif H. Anderson, Professor Anderson, Craig A. Anderson, Jon C. Anderson, MD, Mitchell Anderson, R. L. Anderson, Ken Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Mary Anderson, Robert J. Anderson, MD, Lynn C. Anderson, DVM, H. C. Anderson, Randa;; H. Anderson, Christopher Anderson, James K. Anderson, Loran K. Anderson, Kenneth E. Anderson, Arvid Anderson, J. Hilbert Anderson, Douglas J. Anderson, MD, Albert S. Anderson, MD, Mark Anderson, Fred G. Anderson, MD, Richard C. Anderson, P. Jennings Anderson, Keith R. Anderson, Greg J. Anderson, Reece B. Anderson, C. M. Anderson Jr., Wilbert C. Anderson, John O. Anderson, Russell Anderson, Gerald L. Anderson, Theodore D. Anderson, Tom P. Anderson, Mark A. Anderson, Roger O. Anderson, Percy G. Anderson Jr., Lowell Ray Anderson, Karen Andersonnoeck, Charles S. Andes, Mark J. Andorka, John Robert Andrade, PhD, Manuel Andrade, John Andrako, PhD, Ivan J. Andrasik, Peter R. Andreana, PhD, Gilbert M. Andreen, Eva Andrei, PhD, George Andreiev, Richard M. Andres, PhD, Duane F. Andress, Douglas Andress, Steven M. Andreucci, James F. Andrew, PhD, James M. Andrew, Russell S. Andrews, PhD, John Stevens Andrews, PhD, Scott Andrews, PhD, Russell A. Andrews, Mel Andrews, Frederick T. Andrews, Felixe A. Andrews, Raynal W. Andrews, Harry N. Andrews, Marion L. Andrews, Timothy Andreychek, Lois Andros, M. B. Andrus, PhD, Walter S. Andrus, Edward A. Andrus, Robert E. Angel, Ernest F. Angelicola, Vincent Angelo, PhD, Francis M. Angeloni, PhD, T. Angelosaute, Steven T. Angely, Claude B. Anger, Robert H. Angevine, Ernest Angino, PhD, Walter C. Anglemeyer, Howard P. Angstadt, PhD, Micheal J. Anhorn, Kevin P. Ankenbrand, William D. Ankney, Stuart H. Anness, Stig A. Annestrand, B. M. Anose, PhD, Mohammed R. Ansari, Gregory W. Antal, Bradley C. Antanaitis, PhD, Bradley C. Anthanaitis, PhD, John Allen Anthes, PhD, Elizabeth Y. Anthony, PhD, Lee Saunders Anthony, PhD, Robert D. Anthony, Jack R. Anthony, Charles H. Antinori, PhD, Achilles P. Anton, MD, Herbert D. Anton, Nick J. Antonas, Dan Antonescu-Wolf, MD, Rolando A. Antonio, Wilfred L> Antonson, Stephen P. Antony, Walter Robert Van Antwerp, Mary J. Anzia, PhD, Clarence R. Apel, MD, Henry W. Apfelbach, MD, P. J. Apice, Carl Apicella, Bruce W. Apland, David R. Appel, Kenneth P. Apperson, Norman Apperson, W. H. Appich Jr., Lynn Apple, Robert Apple, Alan Appleby, PhD, Robert H. Appleby, James K. Applegate, PhD, Donald Applegate, DVM, Lowell N. Applegate, John K. Applegath, Herbert S. Appleman, Douglas E. Applequist, PhD, Morris Herman Aprison, PhD, Charles Apter, PhD, Richard Apuzzo II, J. B. Aquilla, MD, Arturo Q. Arabe, PhD, Ara Arabyan, PhD, Steven B. Aragon, Orlando A. Arana, Eric C. Araneta, Jonathan Arata, PhD, Howard Arbaugh, Anatoly L. Arber, PhD, Harry D. Arber, R. Kent Arblaster, Jaime Arbona-Fazzi, PhD, Earl F. Arbuckle 3rd, John Arcadi, James R. Arce, Antonio E. Arce, Ed Arce, Frank G. Arcella, PhD, Byron J. Arceneaux, Webster J. Arceneaux Jr., Leon M. Arceneaux, John Arch, William W. Archer, Donald Archer, Bill Archer, Diane Archer, Patrick J. Archey, Robert L. Archibald, Philip Archibald, John Archie, Angela N. Archon, Stephen A. Arcutt, William Bryant Ard, PhD, William Ard, Richard J. Ardine Arthur, Joe R. Arechavaleta, Christopher Arend, Robert W. Arends, Elton E. Arensman, Vittorio K. Argento, PhD, Harold V. Argo, PhD, Guvenc Argon, John W. Argue, Lawrence Ariano, MD, William J. Arion, PhD, Zaven S. Ariyan, PhD, Alfred Arkell, PhD, Giacomo Armand DI, PhD, Gertrude D. Armbruster, PhD, Thomas G. Armbuster, MD, Richard W. Armentrout, PhD, Lew Armer, J. S. Armijo, PhD, Ralph Elmer Armington, PhD, Bobby M. Armistead, William E. Armour, Robert L. Arms, Baxter H. Armstrong, PhD, Marvin D. Armstrong, PhD, Joseph Armstrong, PhD, Robert Lee Armstrong, PhD, Robert L. Armstrong, PhD, Desiree A. Armstrong, PhD, Lou Armstrong, Clifford B. Armstrong Jr., Mark Armstrong, James R. Armstrong, DVM, James E. Armstrong, Lowell Todd Armstrong, Glenn M. Armstrong, Melvin B. Armstrong, Robert Emile Arnal, PhD, Dana Arndt, Harold H. Arndt, Ross Harold Arnett, PhD, William S. Arnett, Jerome C. Arnett Jr., Charles Arney, T. Philip Arnhol, PhD, Philip John Arnholt, PhD, R. Arnold, PhD, Charles Arnold, PhD, William Archibald Arnold, PhD, Jack N. Arnold, Robert Arnold Jr., DVM, Marcia L. Arnold, Timothy D. Arnold, Randall W. Arnold, C. Arnold, Charles W. Arnold, Gregory B. Arnold, Edwin L. Arnold, Herbert K. Arnold, David Arnold, Lance L. Arnold, Lester C. Arnwine, James T. Arocho, MD, Sidney O. Arola, Seymour Aronson, PhD, Casper J. Aronson, George V. Aros Chilingarian, PhD, Joseph Bartholomew Arots, PhD, Adrian Arp, PhD, Charles Hammond Arrington, PhD, Dale E. Arrington, PhD, Donald R. Arrington, Clement R. Arrison, Rhea T. Van Arsdall, John V. Artale, James S. Arthur, PhD, Charles G. Artinian, MD, Max Artusy, PhD, Robert Artz, Jaime N. Aruguete, MD, Delano Z. Arvin, PhD, Joseph J. Arx, George J. Asanovich, Charles H. Asbill, Bob J. Ascherl, Willard Van Asdall, PhD, Alvin G. Ash, Michael W. Ashberry, Edward V. Ashburn, Joe E. Ashby, PhD, Randolph Ashby, PhD, Kenny Ashby, Charles R. Ashford, Holt Ashley, PhD, Doyle Allen Ashley, PhD, Warren Cotton Ashley, PhD, A. Ashley, PhD, William M. Ashley, Edward E. Ashley, Maynard B. Ashley, Wayne A. Ashley, Alvin Ashman, Jerome P. Ashman, Philip T. Ashton, Romney A. Ashton, MD, Walter R. Ashwil, Walter R. Ashwill, Jim F. Ashworth, Bob Ashworth, Monroe Ashworth, Robert S. Ashworth, Victor Asirvatham, PhD, Orv B. Askeland, Ann Askew, B. Askildsen, Charles W. Askins, Philip R. Askman, Tom Asmas, PhD, Robert C. Asmus, Erik Aspelin, Winifred Alice Asprey, PhD, Don O. Asquith, PhD, Mike Assad, Andrew P. Assenmacher, Orazio J. Astarita, Jacob F. Asti, Everett L. Astleford, Eugene Roy Astley, R. Lee Aston Esq, PhD, Raymond J. Astor Sr., Otilia J. Asuncion, MD, Charles E. Atchison, James Atchison, Curtis L. Atchley, Robert Aten, PhD, Greg J. Aten, James Athanasion, William J. Atherton, PhD, Michael J. Atherton, PhD, Robert D. Athey Jr., PhD, David C. Atkins, M. Atkins, Larry P. Atkins, Arthur C. Atkins, Larry N. Atkinson, Lynn Atkinson, Matt Atkinson, John P. Atkinson, John R. Atkinson, J. R. Atkinson, Stanley L. Atnipp, Richard Attig, Leonardo D. Attorre, William J. Attwooll, Jerry C. Atwell, Mark Atwood, PhD, Robert C. Atwood, Luben Atzeff, MD, Jerry Y. Au, Lester C. Auble, Darrel D. Auch, James C. Auckland, Walter Auclair, PhD, Daniel J. Aucutt, Bryan Audiffred, William H. Audley, Victor Hugo Auerbach, PhD, Louis A. Auerbach, Keith H. Aufderheide, PhD, William R. Aufricht, Dale A. Augenstein, PhD, Owen H. Auger, Dustin M. Aughenbaugh, Joe Augspurger, PhD, Mike August, James K. August, Brian Augustine, PhD, W. David Augustine, Frederick N. Aukeman, J. Todd Aukerman, C. Mark. Aulick, PhD, Luther Aull, PhD, Neil N. Ault, PhD, Bruce S. Ault, PhD, Kathi A. Aultman, MD, John B. Aultmann Jr., Thomas E. Aumock, Bob J. Aumueller, Henry Spiese Aurand, Richard A. Aurand, Richard Aurisano, PhD, Joeseph D. Aurizio, Brian E. Ausburn, Kenny Ausmus, Kurt L. Austad, Roger J. Austin, PhD, Alfred Ells Austin, PhD, Carl Fulton Austin, PhD, D. Austin, PhD, Del Austin, D. Austin, Michael N. Austin, Paul E. Austin, Robert L. Austin, Harold T. Austin, Ward H. Austin, Lloyd H. Austin, Carlton L. Austin, Edward T. Auth, Donald W. Autio, Amalia R. Auvigne, MD, Andrew B. Avalon, Canan D. Avela, William E. Avera, Mark Averett, Jon R. Averhoff, Frank Averill, PhD, Rosario D. Averion, Philip J. Avery, Donald Avery, Nathan M. Avery, Alex Avery, Kenneth Avicola, Luis A. Avila, Teresita D. Avila, MD, Arthur J. Avila, Joseph Avruch, Theodore C. Awartkruis, PhD, Steven G. Axen, M. Friedman Axler, PhD, William P. Aycock, Walton T. Ayer, Robert C. Ayers Jr., PhD, Bruce D. Ayres, PhD, T. G. Ayres, Dany Ayseur, Alison M. Azar, Max Azevedo, Azizollah Azhdam

Top 70 “Climatologists” who believe in man-made CO2 Doomsday
May 19, 2008 - 15:30 ET by PopularTech

Al Gore, B.A. Government (no science degree)
Alanis Morissette, High School Diploma
Bill Maher, B.A. English (no science degree)
Bono (Paul Hewson), High School Diploma
Daryl Hanna, B.F.A. Theater (no science degree)
Ed Begley Jr., High School Diploma
Jackson Browne, High School Diploma
Jon Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi), High School Diploma
Oprah Winfrey, B.A. Speech and Drama (no science degree)
Prince Charles of Whales, B.A. (no science degree)
Sheryl Crow, B.A. Music Education (no science degree)
Sienna Miller, High School Diploma

ABC - Sam Champion, B.A. Broadcast News (no science degree, not a meteorologist)
CBS - Harry Smith, B.A. Communications and Theater (no science degree)
CBS - Katie Couric, B.A. English (no science degree)
CBS - Scott Pelley, College Dropout
NBC - Ann Curry, B.A. Journalism (no science degree)
NBC - Anne Thompson, B.A. American studies (no science degree)
NBC - Matt Lauer. B.A. Communications (no science degree)
NBC - Meredith Vieira, B.A. English (no science degree)

Al Sharpton, College Dropout
Alicia Keys, College Dropout
Alicia Silverstone, High School Dropout
Art Bell, College Dropout
Ben Affleck, College Dropout
Ben Stiller, College Dropout
Billy Jean King, College Dropout
Brad Pitt, College Dropout
Britney Spears, High School Dropout
Bruce Springsteen, College Dropout
Cameron Diaz, High School Dropout
Cindy Crawford, College Dropout
Diane Keaton, College Dropout
Drew Barrymore, High School Dropout
George Clooney, College Dropout
Gwyneth Paltrow, College Dropout
Jason Biggs, College Dropout
Jennifer Connelly, College Dropout
Jessica Simpson, High School Dropout
John Travolta, High School Dropout
Joshua Jackson, High School Dropout
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, College Dropout
Julia Roberts, College Dropout
Kanye West, College Dropout
Keanu Reeves, High School Dropout
Kevin Bacon, High School Dropout
Kiefer Sutherland, High School Dropout
Leonardo DiCaprio, High School Dropout
Lindsay Lohan, High School Dropout
Ludacris (Christopher Bridges), College Dropout
Madonna (Madonna Ciccone), College Dropout
Matt Damon, College Dropout
Matthew Modine, College Dropout
Michael Moore, College Dropout
Nicole Richie, College Dropout
Neve Campbell, High School Dropout
Olivia Newton-John, High School Dropout
Orlando Bloom, High School Dropout
Paris Hilton, High School Dropout
Pierce Brosnan. High School Dropout
Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens), College Dropout
Richard Branson, High School Dropout
Robert Redford, College Dropout
Rosie O’Donnell, College Dropout
Sarah Silverman, College Dropout
Sean Penn, College Dropout
Ted Turner, College Dropout
Tommy Lee (Thomas Lee Bass), High School Dropout
Uma Thurman, High School Dropout
Willie Nelson, High School Dropout


H/T SondraK

Monday, May 19, 2008

China is in many ways the USA in 1895

I wasn't there despite my age. But I have been listening to and watching the reports about the aftermath of the Earthquake.

The response of the central government and the nobility of the people reminds me of what I imagine the USA was like during the turn of the last century.

I have admiration, not for all of what China is, but for it's noble people.

It gives me hope.

Some Days I Want so Much to do THIS

Reckless Mercy is God's business, not mine

I am always concerned with Christians trying to show mercy to people who should appropriately be able to help themselves.  I think  we as Christians make a huge mistake when we have the ability to give to help others and what we really do is keep them from reaching their destiny in God.  We become enablers.  We cushion them from a blow God was about to allow them to endure to help them come wholeheartedly to him.

There is a place for being discerning.  I'm not a big fan of helping those who are homeless by choice.  The hungry by neglect or laziness.  The destitute by dissipation.  Therefore I gladly put money in the Salvation Army canister at Christmas.  I am less charitable toward other do good reckless mercy houses.  We must not be reckless in Mercy, Only God is allowed that capacity.  He's reckless towards us, but we are to be wise.

I won't name names of suspect mercy and ministry efforts but we need to be accountable to God for our merciful acts.  We need to act toward others as we would have them act toward us.  Sometimes that means we let them figure it all out.  Sometimes a hard time heals.

I'm not mean.  I am concerned that we in our good Christian charity we have forgotten that Love is the root word in charity.  We have forgotten that God loved his chosen people so much that sometimes he allowed them to go into bondage so they would come back to him.  As it says in Hosea 6:1 and Job 5:18, "He wounds us but then he will bind us up again". (Gene's Revised Version)

Sometimes with all good intentions we try to bind up people God intentionally wounds to cause people to be broken enough to be restored to him.

This is wrong and we must stop it now.

Too often we get in the way of someone being broken by God so they can be restored to Him by restoring them without without the brokenness God was seeking.  In that we are sinning.
We in effect go to the Pig Pen to feed and clothe the prodigal before he's broken and is driven to return the the father.

This is most certainly wrong and this is most certainly true.  Let's cut it out.

It is too much to ask?

What Bush said in Israel:
Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
How is that wrong??

Victor David Hansen's analysis.

In short, nothing in the president’s speech was inaccurate, inflammatory, or hypocritical. Whether Barack Obama believes he was a target of the president’s rhetoric, or whether he would engage in appeasement, hinges on whether his overeagerness to talk without preconditions to the world’s thugs and rogues would persist in the face of unpleasant facts — and so make the likelihood of eventual military action more, rather than less, likely.

If you really want to see what he said, read this: Actual Text of the Speech Bush gave in Israel.

I would hope that Bush Haters would read the whole speech, but I frankly doubt it. Read Daily Kos and Huffington, or listen to Olbermanic, yea, there's real objectivity.

Never mind. I asked too much.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Common Sense on Global Warming Hype

A group of Christians have formed a coalition called, WE GET IT.

It propounds a biblical approach to Global Warming and the environment..

I'll be honest, I'm always suspect when someone says this or that is the Biblical way or Biblically correct. I find that many people who try to play that trump card are Biblically ignorant or misinformed.

So, when someone says something is the Biblical way I hang on to my hat.

This seems pretty good. I might sign up.


Courage by Gus Lee

  • Courage is principled conduct under pressure.
  • Face reality with courage.
  • Connect authentically with those around you.
  • Be oriented toward the truth.
  • Work in a way that get results and finishes well.
  • Be transcendent - A leader must realize that there are things bigger than self.
  • People want to be lead by a person not a corporate apparatchik.
  • Embrace, engage, and deal with the negative, instead of hoping it will go away.

Quotes to Live By

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.
- Helen Keller

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
--e.e Cummings

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but rising each time we fall.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets as Raphael painted pictures, sweep streets as Michelangelo carved marble, sweep streets as Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
-- Plato

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
-- Abigail Van Buren

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.
--Sara June Parker

31,072 Americans with university degrees in science - including 9,021 PhDs reject the Global Warming Hypothesis

People with actual degrees in Science from all across the USA have come out with a pretty clear opinion. Climate Change caused by Humans is Hooey.

Just thought you would want the truth.

The number on this bandwagon is growing every day. That's what happens when we trust politicians for scientific advice.

Let's trust politicians for what they can be trusted and science for what it can. It's a little asymmetrical but it's OK.

If Al Gore tells you how to run for office you can decide to take his advice. He had done so. If he tells you a theory on some Scientific matter, disregard it. He is without knowledge or understanding.

If a scientist tells you how to run for office you should ignore him or her as well.

But, when that same scientist or more important 31,000 of them say something is true it might serve you well to hear them out.

They have credentials.

Consider the source.