Saturday, December 06, 2008

9 Reasons Sarah Palin Should NEVER go on Oprah's TV Show

Oprah is all bent out of shape that Sarah Palin won't come on her program now. Whaaaaa. There are good reasons why she shouldn't ever. I hope she doesn't.

Never sanction actions you do not want repeated. Oprah wouldn't have her on during the campaign. She was on the wrong side, keeping silent while the leftards on the world slandered a True Feminist over and over again.

1. They made up lies about her baby actually being her teenage daughters.

2. They compared her looks to that of porno actresses.

3. They posted nude photos on the Internet and said it was Palin.

4. The said she was stupid.

5. They repeatedly portrayed her as stupid in TV skits.

6. They even made porno movies about her.

7. They accused her of cheating on her husband.

8. They tried to make her daughter’s pregnancy into a national scandal.

9. The continuously repeated the lie that she was some kind of book burner, even though that was proven a lie early on.

So, what benefit is there at any Level for Sarah to go on TV with Oprah and boost her ratings?

Oprah, you had your chance, what goes around comes around.

A Lutheran Pastor's Take on the World

A Lutheran Pastor writes a really good blog. It's called Dummie Funnies. He pokes fun at all things liberal and atheistic. So if you are either, this would be a clue not to subject yourself to serious ridicule by reading on.

For the rest of you, this is a great read. I have been following his blog for a while. His name is Charles Hendrickson.

You may be aware of the posters placed near the Christmas displays in the US Capital.

Rev Hendrickson decides to answer some atheists on another blog.

Funny stuff. OH, and in case you wonder if it's OK to make fun of anothers beliefs or lack thereof, see Elijah at Mount Carmel make fun of the Priests of Baal.

Seems like it's pretty OK with God. Fire from heaven and all.

I am NOT alone in Palin Admiration

Newsbusters is a conservative blog with hundreds of thousands of readers. I am ONE.

They just did a poll. Who do you want to run in 2012.

Sarah Palin got 41%. Bobby Jindal get's 20%. All others negligible.

So, for all the crepe hangers over Sarah's future in the party, she is back in Alaska and quiet (for now) but her day will come again.

Destiny is just such a pesky thing.

Friday, December 05, 2008

I thought I was the ONLY one upset about this guy

It turns out that I was far from the only one. Many many many conservative christian leaders are upset with this errant voice from a supposed evangelical. I think we need to call evil evil and good good. This man with his endorsements that makes him a media darling has called evil good. I will not embrace such a position. He must be rejected and renounced as a spokesman. I will go on record as saying that if he purports to represent evangelicals he would serve best by resigning today.

Evangelical leader supports 'gay' civil unions

Claims Christians should 'give biblical point of view a different slant'

Posted: December 05, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Richard Cizik (photo: National Association of Evangelicals)

An influential evangelical leader is coming under fire for saying in a National Public Radio interview he believes in homosexual civil unions on and declaring that Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and abortion may still find reasons to support Obama.

Richard Cizik is chief lobbyist and vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, representing 45,000 U.S. churches from 59 denominations. He told NPR Dec. 2 he is "shifting" on "gay" marriage, he has an aversion to Sarah Palin and that he voted for Obama in the Virginia primary, LifeNews reported.

"I happen to think in the primary he was the best choice," Cizik said.

Cizik refused to reveal which candidate received his vote in the general election but in a September interview with the Colorado Independent, Cizik expressed disapproval of John McCain's campaign. McCain "is not the John McCain of 2000. ... He seems to be waffling on issue after issue," he said.

Cizik told NPR a candidate's character and party values are more significant to him than specific issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

"It would be possible for evangelicals to disagree with Barack Obama on same sex marriage and abortion and yet vote for him."

Cizik, named one of Time's most influential people, called Palin's stance on the environment "ignorance." He also said she lacked humility, unlike Obama. Prior to the election, he told the Independent, "Not everyone in the evangelical movement is fawning over Sarah Palin."

When NPR asked Cizik about whether his views could change on "gay" marriage, he said, "I'm shifting I have to admit. In other words I would willingly say that I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think."

According to the report, Cizik suggested Christians should redirect their focus away from the debate about "gay" marriage.

"Maybe we need to reevaluate this and look at it a little differently," he told NPR. "I'm always looking for ways to reframe issues. Give the biblical point of view a different slant."

Ingrid Schlueter, co-host of Crosstalk Radio, said Cizik appears to be more concerned with appeasing NPR's listeners than supporting Christian principles.

"As an adoptive parent of two children given life by their birth mothers, I find it abhorrent that Mr. Cizik would sanction Christian support for the most radically pro-abortion president in the history of the nation," she said. "The moral anarchy in America worsens daily largely due to the refusal of evangelical Christians to stand for biblical truth in all areas of life. Those who are at war with God, the author of life, should be publicly confronted by evangelical Christians. Instead, they are aided and abetted in their evil by craven leaders like Cizik."

Why there's no speed limit on the Autobahn in Germany

OK, this is NOT Germany, but I saw this a lot when we lived there. The word for traffic like this in German is Stau.

An appropriate word.

The idea that you can drive as fast as you want is silly for the most part. Unless you can fly over the traffic. So far NOT.

Third Bush Term

They told me that if I voted for McCain I would get a third Bush term.

  • No new taxes.
  • Staying in Iraq.
  • A bad Economy.
  • Fear.
  • Same old Washington insiders in power.

Sure enough. I voted for McCain and they were right.

I feel better.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Done Decorating for the Season

I'm going minimalist this year.

When I think of this and it is lit up, I think of the old Carol (tear trickling down cheek):

The Race that Long in Darkness Pined
The race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious Light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In death’s surrounding night.

OK, I stole this, but too funny not to.

If you Don't Understand Christianity, You are Culturally Ignorant

The left in this country tries to marginalize Christians. That they are some outsider group. Even among Christians, the idea that we have to abandon some of our core convictions to have a hold on reaching our culture is error ridden.

The truth is, if you are going to have any understanding of the last few millennium of humanity you must have a clear and deep understanding of Christianity.

This from a man who went to see Shakespeare in Chicago again last night. It's more true than ever. Cultural ignorance is a disease propagated by a bad school system.

Joe Sobran has just written an article you MUST read.
It is a truth we must grasp. In it he says in part:

The whole history of Western Civilization is rooted in religion. Unless you understand Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, along with the rise of Islam, you don’t understand the events that shaped the modern world. The issues of the Reformation were still alive when the United States was founded, when slavery was debated, when the Civil War tore the country apart, when Prohibition was adopted, when Joe McCarthy assailed “godless Communism,” when John Kennedy became the first Catholic American president.

The Christian Right is closer to its own historic roots than most Americans, yet the media and the history textbooks treat it as a marginal, virtually un-American movement. This isn’t “multicultural”; it’s anti-cultural. It refuses to take America’s real origins seriously, adopting the Supreme Court’s shallow and ahistorical interpretation of the separation of church and state.

READ the whole thing, It's not that long.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Praying for Obama

There was a recent blog post on New Man. It asked men everywhere to pray for Obama. The results in the comment field were interesting.

I will pray for him, Like Paul Prayed for the Ephesians. You can read that for yourself.

Here are the comments:
God bless you, my brother. God is watching, and we are doing our part.
Via blog comment
Keep going, brother! You are right on. I just signed up for the Presidential Prayer Team this week. Everything changes when we have a fresh encounter with God's extraordinary love and mercy. There is just no telling what our prayers for such an experience will bring to pass in the life of our new president. If we don't pray for him, who will? Who can?
Via blog comment
Yes, we are to pray for our leaders, as written by the apostles. But exactly what do you think they themselves prayed for, towards those who killed their brethren? And it was the same Peter and John who also said that they would obey God rather than man.
What do you think the living God would have us to pray toward those who slaughter the unborn? What do you intend to pray for the Obamas of the world when and if they try to suppress the Word of God? If you truly want to pray for corrupt leaders, maybe we should look at how Jesus dealt with those (higher powers) in Matthew 23. I will pray for their salvation, but beyond that …?
Donald Moeser
Via blog comment
A few bloggers have suggested that Obama is only worthy of our prayers for salvation, no more. I'm curious, where does this idea about "salvation only" prayer originate? Wasn't it our Lord Jesus who instructed us to pray even for our enemies (Matt. 5:43-48)? And wasn't it again Jesus who prayed for people who were sick and under spiritual oppression? Did Jesus Christ, friend of sinners, only restrict his prayers to those who believed? If this were the case, no one ever would have received prayer to begin with.
I myself can testify that the Lord was very gracious to answer many of my prayers before I ever came to a place of surrender to Him. It was His tender mercies that drew me to Himself and now keep me drawing closer to Him. I have also as a Christian prayed for unbeliever’s needs and God has graciously answered those prayers. "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?" (Rom. 2:4)
"I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." (Gal. 2:21)
Pierre Eade
Via blog comment
Thanks for reminding us to uplift the president in our prayers so that God can lead him in His own ways. Ways of our Lord are straight and not crooked. Raise up ye men and women of prayer and fulfill your holy calling. Amen
Via blog comment
Yes we are to love and pray for even our enemies. But we must pray in God's will, in humility and in accordance with His Word. Ponder the meaning of Romans 13 more carefully. God doesn’t “ordain” evil or anyone who advocates evil! How are we to pray for people in authority who appear to be unbelievers?

As I study and pray on this, one thing becomes ever clear. We must pray for our nation as never before and stand in the full armor of God. And we are to seek discernment and the mind of the Lord, recognizing that we are in the last days and that evil shall rise up against us.

1. We are to be humble and pliable before the Lord, praying that His attitude be our attitude.
2. We pray for love for them in the same way that God loves them.
3. We are to pray for their salvation if the person in authority appears to be an unbeliever. And at the same time continue to praise the Lord that He is drawing them to him! Their salvation in Christ is more important than their actions today.
4. We are to rebuke Satan “In Jesus’ name” and stand in His way commanding Satan and his minions to cease and desist from using that person in authority for evil. The person in authority who does not appear to be walking in Christ is not the real problem. It is Satan!
5. We must pray in His will.
6. Recognize ( without being judgmental) that if the person is an unbeliever, the promises of the Word to born-again Christians that are living in Jesus do not automatically apply.
7. Thank and praise the Lord that He has promised to restore righteous leaders to our land.
8. Recognize that the blessing is given freely to all those who are born again into the New Covenant ... not to those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord!
9. Recognize that God can direct Obama and Pelosi and Reed even if they don’t want Him to do so. This is not the same as praying for them to “have wisdom.” In effect, we can pray that God will direct them and control them.
Via blog comment
I have been praying for our leaders and all of us. I have never seen so many Christians behave so badly. It has left me very distressed.
Via blog comment
Thanks for your article. Prayer changes things.
Via blog comment
John 15:12: “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you." That was the gospel Jesus Christ preached in the course of His earthly ministry. My heart bleeds when some people who should be followers Christ (i.e. Christians), exemplifying His teachings in deed, hide under the cloak of religion to judge others who do hold divergent views with them.

Christians are called into the ministry of watchmen over nations. Their obligation should keep them on their knees pleading with God until they effect positive changes in the world. In other words they are to engage in constructive and not destructive activity. Whoever is using the Word of God as a platform to justify his evil selfish motives must note that someday he will stand before God and account for his evil deeds.
Olusegun Olusayero
Via blog comment
Thank you for that article. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells that as believers we are to pray for all men and all leaders. Verse 2 answers that question by stating that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. This means the body of Christ has the mandate and the authority to bring about order in a nation and world, not a particular political party.
Pray for Soon to be President Obama - He will need it, so will YOU!

Benedict Arnold handing George Washington a battle plan to win the Revolution?

I've not always agreed with James Dobson, but on this he is on the money. I highlighted in RED the money quote from the article. The whole thing is worth reading.

Dr. Dobson: 'We Won’t Be Silenced'

Washington Post columnist says the Republican Party must ditch God in order to survive.

So, Kathleen Parker has determined that getting rid of social conservatives and shelving the values they fight for is the solution to what ails the Republican Party (“Giving Up on God,” Nov. 19). Isn’t that a little like Benedict Arnold handing George Washington a battle plan to win the Revolution?

Whatever she once was, Ms. Parker is certainly not a conservative anymore, having apparently realized it’s a lot easier to be popular among your journalistic peers when your keyboard tilts to the left. She writes that “armband religion” — those of us who “wear our faith on our sleeve,” I suppose, or is it meant to compare socially conservative Christians to Nazis? — is “killing the Republican Party.” Lest readers miss the point, she literally spells it out. The GOP’s big problem? G-O-D.


Ms. Parker cites the election of Barack Obama as evidence that Americans no longer care much about the moral-values issues that have historically driven conservative voters to the polls. The problem with that analysis is that it doesn’t hold up when you look at the results in the three states that voted on marriage-protection amendments Nov. 4. Residents of California, Florida and Arizona voted to define marriage in their constitutions as the union of one man and one woman — making traditional marriage 30-for-30 when the people are given the chance to decide the issue. That both Obama and marriage won in California and Florida makes it clear that many who pulled the lever for the “change” he espoused also pulled it for the stability provided by marriage as recognized for millennia in all civilized societies.

After a brief stop to take gratuitous swipes at Sarah Palin for her belief in and reliance on God — a mandatory practice for the mainstream media in these post-election days — Ms. Parker offers that it “isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square.” No, it is only necessary for Christians to stop letting our religious beliefs and values inform our political views and votes. Why? Because we live in a “diverse” nation that “is no longer predominantly white and Christian.”

No need to argue her implied statistics — a few minutes with Google prove how glaringly wrong they are. The accuracy of her numbers isn’t the point, anyway — it’s the notion that, because there are people of many faiths in the United States, those of the Christian faith must not think or act like Christians when engaging the public square. That is similar to something then-Sen. Obama said a couple of years ago, arguing in a speech before a gathering of liberal Christians that “democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.”

“It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason,” he added. “I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”

That is, as my theologian friend Al Mohler called it, “secularism with a smile” — offered in the form of an invitation for believers to show up, but then only to be allowed to make arguments that are not based in their deepest beliefs. Kathleen Parker has gone even one step further, though. She’s rescinding the invitation altogether.

Good thing, then, we don’t need an embossed note from Ms. Parker — or anyone else — to take part in the political dialogue — of either party. Our invitation to engage the process comes straight from our Founders. We will continue to stand up for the sanctity of human life, the sacredness of marriage and the right to have a say in the principles that will continue to guide this nation founded on biblical principles. Where Ms. Parker gets it most wrong is in writing that socially conservative Christians are an “element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.”

We’ve never been that marginalized in our culture and government — and won’t be anytime soon, the efforts and epithets of big media notwithstanding.

Seven Again

November numbers are in. The Iraq war is still in retreat. Seven of our brave soldiers were killed in November.

Same as October.

Here is a chart from a website tracking Iraq Casualties. Take the drop down and click on Hostile Deaths only.


Seven too many. But Seven. Compare with all the other months on that chart.

I'm glad Harry Reid was wrong AGAIN.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Honoring Moderates

This below came from a great Website. The People's Cube, (discover your inner comrade). You must visit them often. I posted this because you need to have a taste of how clever they really are.

By Groupthink
11/10/2008, 11:39 am

The recent election has left the GOP sharply divided. As caring and compassionate progressives, it is our duty to help their two fighting factions destroy each other as soon as possible. When the Republicans were in power we successfully manipulated their infighting with our planned long-term strategy. But now that the GOP is in shambles, we must quickly find a way to manipulate their rebuilding effort, making sure that the Moderate Republicans prevail over the Extreme Republicans. Once all conservatives are removed, the GOP will be nothing more than a puppet, kept only for the appearance of a two-party system.


Sen. Edward Kennedy: Rockefeller Republicans are perfect useful idiots. Like us, they have no principles and only care about power. Unlike us they are weak and spineless.
Sen. Charles Schumer:
Once all conservatives are removed, the Republican Party will be nothing more than a puppet, kept only for the appearance of a two-party system.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi:
The convergence of progressive forces is now complete. Next year will be devoted to the laborious task of stripping the Americans of their old values, which was the source of their powers. No longer will they be able to oppose Change!

Sen. Harry Reid:
Now that Obama has won, many of you would like to take a deserved R&R. But this is no time to rest. We must jump at this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity and achieve a total eradication of conservatism in America.
Commissar Maksim:
For years we have gained power with promises of free stuff, and when the unwashed had the audacity to demand it from us, we subdued them with trinkets, glass beads, and small pox blankets. So the "Order of Moderation" is relatively quite nice.
To this end The Peoples Cube presents the "Order of Republican Moderation" as a reward to those Moderate Republicans who show courage and bravery in ridding the world of conservatism, in the following categories:
  • Compassionate Backstabbers
  • Resolute Compromisers
  • Righteous Quitters
  • Reliable Deserters
  • Rugged Wimps

The first recipients of the "Order of Republican Moderation" are the nameless McCain campaign staffers who tried to damage Governor Palin's credentials, lending the mainstream media a hand in their battle against resurging conservatism. Progressive communities all over the world applaud their treachery and deceit. We haven't seen such brilliant scheming since the Clinton administration. Whoever they are, we predict a bright future for them in the coming Era of Obama.

The next award goes to Moderate Republican columnists Kathleen Parker and Peggy Noonan, both of whom trashed Sarah Palin in print at key moments in the campaign. Parker and Noonan are hereby invited to all the Beltway cocktail parties in the coming four to eight years, and have their seats reserved at Obama's presidential inauguration. They would do well to start shopping immediately at Saks and Neiman-Marcus for dresses and pant suits that compliment their new shiny "Order of Republican Moderation" medals.

The list of other Moderate Republican nominees who bravely fought on the side of socialist planning and wealth redistribution can be found on this subsidiary of the People's Cube:

If you hear of other Republicans who are battling against the reactionary individual rights and private property, let us know and we will add them to the list.

From the People's Glossary:

Moderate Republicans
Like all good progressives, Moderate Republicans accept the historical inevitability of socialist victory over capitalism, only they prefer the change to come in small, orderly steps, hoping to retain access to the public trough when the world plunges into the normalcy of collectivism. In other words, Moderate Republicans reject the dogma of "the fierce urgency of now" - a mild heresy inside the broader progressive movement; nothing we can't eradicate once our power is absolute.

Extreme Republicans
Bitter extremists who reject the notion that the future belongs to socialist governments that will redistribute wealth to the unwashed, sacrificing the successful on the altar of the Common Good. Despite all the evidence provided by progressive journalism, academia, and Hollywood, these scoundrels cling to an old-fashioned belief that individual liberties and capitalism are somehow the only way to grow wealth, increase productivity, and eliminate hunger, diseases, and wars. They must be discredited and discarded.

Exclusive reporting by Commissar Maksim and Red Square

A Visit with Doc after hearing Richard Chizik AGAIN on NPR

I had a nice visit with my Doctor today. Normal Oil Check. I'm a quart low.

She is a Pentecostal believer. So, our first line of defense is to Pray, then medicate.

After the dipstick was returned we talked a little politics. I had just listened on my way to the clinic to most of an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross (yes still that nasty old NPR). She now was interviewing Richard Chizik, VP of International Affairs for the NAE. Evangelicals.

He had been on Leanne Hansen a few days ago. You can hear both interviews here if you want.

Once more I came to the conclusion as I listened that he in no way speaks for me. What he is saying is compromise with the world. I do not belong to whatever it is he is proclaiming at any level.

I said to Doc, I feel like an outsider. Like I don't belong. She said, "You don't". She's right. I don't. I surely don't belong to whatever national religion Chizik is propounding. Going along to get along. I am NOT that person.

In going back over several of Lee Grady's posts recently I saw one that seems to fit right in with this. Did you know that there were African Americans who did NOT vote for Barack Obama? They felt that the stand he took on several issues was not a righteous stand and could not support him.

That supporting him simply because he was black was not the moral thing to do. As one said,
“I hear some black pastors saying from the pulpit, ‘Let’s thank God we’re going to have a black man in the White House.’ Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t think this is the right black man.”

And from Kimberly Daniels, founder of Spoken Word Ministries in Jacksonville, Fla.

As a child in the 1960s I rode in the back of the bus. I was at the front of the riot lines in the 1970s, when I hit white boys on the head with bricks and dragged white girls down sidewalks near my school. I also experienced serious racism when I was an athlete in college.

I have been called the "N" word many times. I was taught to hate white people, and some of my relatives still call white people names such as "honky" and "cracker." But after I found Jesus, I was delivered from racism. I am free indeed!

I would love to see a black brother in the White House—but not someone like Obama, who has embraced humanistic doctrines. Many white preachers are afraid to say this, and many black preachers won't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

I love Obama and pray for him and his family. But as Elijah troubled Ahab in Israel, I will challenge his views because they are dangerous to our religious liberties. It's time to draw the line.

Black Christians today need to put their faith first when they step into the voting booth. Does Obama represent godly values?

I know what I am saying is not popular, and some people will denounce me for it. But I believe it is time to draw a line.

Believers can no longer make excuses by pulling their race cards, leaning on their lukewarm denominational rules or hiding under the covering of a political party. If we want America to recover, we must repent. We must choose the right side.

We must stand strong for what we believe and hold our ground. We must declare, as Joshua did, "Whoever is on God's side ... stand with me!"

You will want to read the whole thing. These two are related in that they demonstrate a divide that is not healthy for the Kingdom nor for the Nation. If we are of Christ, we must be that, if we are of Mammon and the world system, we must be that.

I have a foot in both worlds I heard Stan Brown say. He is right. I can't help it. I must.

BUT, I must decide in the end who's side I am on. I'm sorry to say, it is NOT Richard Chizik's
side. His is a watered down Christianity that neither represents or stands for what I do.

I understand the reality of it all. I am a minority and may become even more so. I know that. But to go along to get along will reach no souls for Jesus, will raise no standard when the devil comes in like a flood, will have no benchmark for the world to respond to and will become even more inert in the World of Sin in which we live.

If you want evidence of the truth of my position, read the comments on the NPR Site. They aren't coming to Jesus any time soon. They are hostile to the things of God.

Where do we get off thinking that by moderating our views on Homosexual marriage and Abortion in favor of Global Warming prevention will have any positive effect on building the kingdom.

I depart from affiliation with a Lukewarm Gospel that stands for nothing. Having done all I will STAND:

To stand, despite the warfare; to stand, despite the resistance; to stand, despite the hassles; to stand, despite weariness; to stand, despite distresses; to stand, despite the temptations; to stand, despite personal failure and collapse; to stand, despite the grief; to stand, despite the loneliness; to stand, even when chained; just to stand!

To stand, because of the cross; to stand, because of the Lamb; to stand, because of His affections; to stand, because of His acceptance; to stand, because of His mighty power within; to stand, because of fountains of living water flowing from the innermost being; to stand, because of His surpassing beauty and greatness; to stand, because of His eternal purpose; to stand, because of His everlasting mercies; to stand, because of love!

The job description for the Levites is still applicable to us today: “At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless His name, to this day” (Deuteronomy 10:8). One of our prime responsibilities ( and privileges!) is to stand before the Lord to minister to Him. In the secret place, we simply stand. No great agenda, no mighty ambitions, no rush to move on to the next thing. We just stand before Him and love Him.

There are seasons when God calls us to simply stand. We might prefer the adrenalin of chasing down a great cause, but sometimes God calls us to stop all activity and just stand. Sometimes, He gives us no choice. Occasionally, circumstances will constrain us beyond our ability to steer a different course, and we become prisoners to the chains that bind us to God’s will. Incapable of extricating ourselves and moving on to the next thing, all we can do is stand and burn in holy love for our King.

Come and Stand for Jesus with me. It won't be popular, but it matters.

Moderation or Word Verification or Both?

As a blogger I use Moderation for comments. That means that before a comment is posted I read it first. I do so out of consideration for many who read this blog who attend one of the Church ventures I am part of and who might use it to lambaste someone. There are comments that do NOT make the cut.

On the other hand. I do NOT use Word Verification. Some blogs in order to keep automated spam out of their comment feeds use this. I guess it works.

I have two blogs I maintain every single day. I very seldom get any spam from blogbots.


If I do I can just tick them and push the delete tab and they are gone.

What I don't get is those who use both. Moderation seems the best course for me. The word verification thing I don't get. Why would anyone use that sort of control?

You do what you want, but it's a dumb thing IMHO.

Holiday Greeting - Merry Festivus

Glen Reynolds had a cute bit on Festivus. I clicked on the comments and laughed out loud. I have always enjoyed the concept. Thought you would too.....

Some Comments:

Mwalimu Daudi on December 2, 2008 at 9:24 am

I don’t give a hoot in Hades about Festivus, but if I vote “Present” often enough can I become the 45th President?

From Doug Santo on December 2, 2008 at 9:18 am.

We purchased a festivus pole last year, but ran out of money for food. So we cooked the festivus pole instead of a turkey. It was OK, but I would rather have a turkey.

Doug Santo

Pasadena, CA

From Typical White Person on December 2, 2008 at 9:15 am.

I bought a Festivus Pole and found my wife doing pole dancing with a neighbor. I sent it back and kept the pole

From farty on December 2, 2008 at 9:11 am.

I went out to get a pole but they were all already picked over!

the ones that were left were crooked and pretty ratty looking.

the kids were very disappointed..

From jen in pa on December 2, 2008 at 9:11 am.

“We won’t erect the pole, but there will definitely be an airing of grievances.”

he he, yeah same here.

From Rob on December 2, 2008 at 9:05 am.

We won’t erect the pole, but there will definitely be an airing of grievances.

From Peg C. on December 2, 2008 at 9:01 am.

We won’t but it is one of our fave Seinfeld episodes!

From Dan in Idaho on December 2, 2008 at 8:57 am.

I might celebrate Festivus if I had nothing better to do. But I already have plenty that’s better to do, like CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS

From exception on December 2, 2008 at 8:57 am.

I’m goimg green and using a more environmentally friendly steel pole.

From Anne in Florida on December 2, 2008 at 8:56 am.

We celebrated early at Thanksgiving. The “Airing of the Grievances” was quite lively, however the “Feats of Strength” was disappointing as everyone had something better to do

Merry Festivus

Palin's Prophetic Presence

In an email exchange with a good friend of mine I said of Sarah Palin that she may or may not ever become President. I hope she does.

But that her mere emergence on the scene is a benchmark, a flag, an Ebeneezer stone saying thus far the Lord has brought us in our world.

I believe God used her and uses her in that way. This is not a belief I have alone. Lee Grady spoke of this in September, before the election:

We need Palin’s perspective. Here’s a woman who didn’t sacrifice her family for her career and who didn’t abort her fifth child, Trig, when she found out he had Down’s syndrome. Here’s a woman who told the audience at the Republican Convention last week that Trig is “perfect”—and pledged to be an advocate for parents of special needs children. Here’s a woman who, when confronted with her 17-year-old daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, gracefully encouraged her to keep the baby and marry the father.

Talk about a role model. Palin’s life is a prophecy to America. She doesn’t have to preach against abortion. She and her family, even with their flaws, are the embodiment of the compassionate pro-life values America desperately needs to adopt.

When McCain announced that he had chosen Palin as his running mate, I was reminded of the biblical story of Deborah, the Old Testament prophet who rallied God’s people to victory at a time when ancient Israel was being terrorized by foreign invaders. Deborah’s gender didn’t stop her from amassing an army; she inspired the people in a way no man could. She and her defense minister, Barak, headed to the front lines and watched God do a miracle on the battlefield.

In her song in Judges 5:7, Deborah declares: “The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel” (NASB).

Sometimes it takes a true mother to rally the troops. I hope that Palin, a woman who believes in prayer and is filled with the Holy Ghost, will take her hockey stick and smash the glass ceiling in American politics once and for all.

I am hopeful that Sarah will NOT retire to Alaska. God didn't bring her this far to take her back again. If you have any spiritual discernment you will quickly see that her emergence and her dominance even yet is supernatural. It's a good time to heed Gamaliel's warning.

She isn't going away Rabbi.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Gentle Giant Trampled to Death in Wal-Mart Perhaps Shouldn't have been so Gentle

You know the news. 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour trampled to death by Wal Mart Shoppers.

What is familiar about this is that this young man was BIG. 270 pounds plus plus. Tall. Strong.

Many described him as a gentle giant.

So when he went down people thought it OK to step on him and abuse him. After all he's a big guy and can take care of himself. No underdog this guy in the eyes of the onrushing crowd.

I said this was familiar. I'm pretty big. Actually about his size. Tall, sizable, perceived strong. Sometimes that has caused others to treat me more brutally than they might have treated someone half my size.

Put another way, big guys are easy to beat up on because they can take it. Right?

Well, this young man didn't survive and neither do many others. I have learned to be strong and sometimes even aggressive in the face of aggression. It has become survival for me. I have overcome my gentle giant problem. Many big men never do. They were raised to be careful because they were big and therefore they were too careful. Meanwhile the little guys acted like bullies.

If that young man had a mean gene in his heart he would have pushed back, dealt with them like the oncoming line of a foot ball team. Pushed back and pushed down. He might have survived.

He also might have been fired or sued.

But he would be alive.

Sometimes you have to stand your ground and push back even if you were raised to be a gentle giant.

Confessions of a not too gentle "anymore" giant.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A story about nice people I know well

Tony Bender grew up in Fredrick South Dakota. 12 miles south of my old home town of Ellendale.

Wanda Meidinger and I met in a class in Bismarck some years back.

Tony is the editor of the Wishek Newspaper. Wishek is a really small town in North Dakota.

He also is an author of several books most of which I own.

I mention that because he just wrote a good and I know for sure a true story of life on the Prairie.

It's here
and if you read it you will get a grip on what it's like there. Not all sunshine and roses but a few.

It's a great story.

Who ARE these People??

I didn't think it would get this bad. I listened to Sunday Morning NPR Leanne Hansen. She interviews Richard Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals.

He waxed loquaciously about reworking, remodeling and castrating the Republican Party from any further effectiveness. WHAT? Who is this guy and why is he trying to speak for me? I am an unabashed christian conservative, but I must no longer be an evangelical. Not if he pretends to be a leader.

He was saying that I should as a christian be supporting cap and trade global warming politics.

I'll be frank. If he thinks his appeals makes any sense at all to those of us on the Christian Right he is sadly mistaken.

Obama got into office because of some mislead and confused Christians, Hispanic, Black and Yes evangelical right voters. God will forgive them. They have sinned. But stop this insanity of trying to find some lukewarm middle ground.

NOW, for those who don't do math well, OBAMA did NOT GET 48% of the votes in the USA. This was NOT a landslide. Stop pretending. He won, but not by a landslide. 48% didn't vote for him. Just trying to help you get over the hype.

We are a conservative country who has lost our way. Obama gets it and will govern from the center. Evangelicals have lost their way and it is being led by the likes of Mr Cizik.

Come on home to conservatism. This is pitiful.