Saturday, July 25, 2009
From a report I heard today:
What would you say about a health overhaul bill that promises to provide health insurance to virtually every American, to add not a single penny to the federal deficit and to claim supporters ranging from conservative Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire to liberal Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan?
On Capitol Hill, they’re saying it doesn’t have a chance.
That’s the dilemma faced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Bennett (R-UT), sponsors of the so-called Healthy Americans Act.
Despite being the darling of health policy bloggers and the first bill to be certified by the Congressional Budget Office as covering nearly everyone and fully paying for itself, the measure is being roundly ignored by those actually trying to put together a health overhaul measure on Capitol Hill and in the White House.
That’s frustrating for its sponsors, who spent years refining its finer points.
The concept is fairly simple. The plan would change the tax treatment of health insurance provided by employers in a way that would likely prompt many, if not most, to stop offering coverage. That appeals to Republicans, who say the current tax-free status of employer-provided insurance is unfair and encourages overuse of the health care system.
Of course this doesn’t allow Obama to take over his next industry so it is getting no traction. But it’s a good start and if our conservative Chattering Class would get behind this JUST MAYBE we could save this country from an almost inevitable destruction of our health care system. Hey Rush, Sean, Mark and Glen, how about getting behind something instead of just being against things. HUH?
I’m not hopeful, too much tunnel vision by the big talkers.
But, wait, Offensive Coordinater Rush says, we can win this thing. Coach Levin says, don’t forget the basics. Defensive Coordinator Steel says to Assistant Coach Hannity, let’s not lose our focus.
The clock ticks. The crowd roars.
The ball is snapped.
How do you think this game will end??
And that’s why today I am ashamed to be a Republican. We NEVER even got in the game. We never took part. The other team ran right over the top of us and we harped about it all to the reporter on the sidelines. Waaaaa
It’s over boys and girls. The game has been lost.
There were more important bowl games we could have played in where we might have won. Seems like we did OK with Cap and Trade. That minimum wage bowl was a loss. Stimulus bowl was a blowout and we got stomped.
So we lose and lose and lose. Not much of a team. Lousy coaches.
Just like the Cubbies. wait’ll next year. (election)
It’s just me and I’m no sports expert but just MAYBE we should start looking for new coaches. MAYBE we should start betting on the Jockey and not on the horses. Worked in the Triple Crown this year. We have no clear thinking leaders.
We have the primrose path laid out by the coaches. I’m not so sure I want to go down that one any more. It’s just lose lose lose. Not a great record.
So, now when you take your kid into Obamaclinc and they give him Nyquil for whooping cough and send you home (but it was free) think about who you will blame. Don’t blame Obama. He won.
It is the team that lost and the coaches therewith that I blame. The other side won and we lost. We are such doofuses.
Sometimes Republicans and many conservatives are absolutely tone deaf in the public forum.
Anyone who thinks David Brooks is a Conservative or even a Republican in the traditional sense must read this.... He's not!
By P.J. Gladnick
Almost every week at the New York Times, house "conservative" David Brooks and liberal columnist Gail Collins have a public conversation. This week Brooks made a startling admission in The Conversation which really wasn't so surprising when one actually reads his columns. Here is the money quote:
At the moment, I feel politically closer to Barack Obama than to House Minority Leader John Boehner (and that’s even while being greatly exercised about the current health care bills).
Wow! So how could anybody who calls himself conservative feel politically closer to Obama who is trying to ram big spending government programs through Congress than to Boehner who is trying to stop those programs? Simple. by being a pretend conservative known as a New York Times house conservative. This would mean that even David Gergen would qualify in that category.
In the process of making the admission of affinity with Obama, Brooks unwinds and gives us some psychological and political insight into the inner David:
Gail, you made a reference in last week’s conversation that caught me up short. You said something about how badly my guys, the Republicans, have been behaving during this whole health care thing.
It made me wonder, are they really my guys? Do I have guys anymore?
Does the Republican senator who had his hand on your inner thigh count as "your guy," David? But I digress:
Certainly in childhood I felt a strong affinity for the Democrats. Everybody I knew was one. The Democrats were obviously forces for justice and morality. Then sometime in adulthood I did come to naturally assume that the Republicans were the vehicles for the things I thought were best.
But you never know the workings of your own mind until you get an unexpected cold blast from somewhere deep inside. The thought that I’m part of the G.O.P.’s fan base sent such a blast, though it’s complicated.
David Brooks makes himself sound like a political ping pong ball, conveniently moving with the the prevalent social breeze. And now comes his money quote:
At the moment, I feel politically closer to Barack Obama than to House Minority Leader John Boehner (and that’s even while being greatly exercised about the current health care bills). On the other hand, I feel politically closer to Lindsey Graham than to Henry Waxman.
The latter actually does make some sense. I mean who would want the hand of Henry Waxman to rest on his inner thigh?
Brooks continues to apologize for even seeming like a conservative as he unravels from the doctor's couch:
I could draw a sort of hot and cold chart, with various people in my inner rings. In the Senate, I’d somehow cram Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Mark Warner and Ron Wyden into my ring of most admired, along with several others.
The first message is that the Republicans have disenchanted me a great deal over the past few years. I’m more likely to think of myself as a conservative independent.
Second, I’ve come to think that mentality is more important than ideology when judging a politician. The people on that list have styles that somehow appeal.
Ah! Appealing style which is so much more important than substance, especially if the person is a substantial conservative. Okay, back to David talking out loud from the couch:
Third, there is the repulsive force of teamism, which is the great corrupter in modern politics. It’s the way people crush their own personalities and views in order to fit in with the team.
And now David comes up with a great laugh line:
Fourth, there is journalism. Even those of us in the opinion business have a duty to stay aloof from the players on the field.
Yes, like the way the MSM (and especially David Brooks) has stayed "aloof" from their beloved Obama.
Should David Brooks unravel into complete incoherence, not to fear. The Times has a house conservative understudy ready to take his place in case of a Brooksian crackup. His name is Ross Who-That (or is it Douthat?) If you hadn't noticed Ross Who-That it is because since joining the Times a couple of months ago, he has made almost no impact as he managed to travel the road from obscurity to nonentity.
Perhaps now that David Brooks has made official his complete non-alignment with conservatism, Ross Who-That can take his place as their official house conservative with no-impact columns that immediately fade into the ether.
Friday, July 24, 2009
That popular support was for his commie ways.
Not so much.
Watch this and you will see the truth.
CNN and all the others just lie like a rug. Don't believe them.
He dismissed scientists’ predictions that Himalayan glaciers might disappear within 40 years as a result of global warming.
“We have to get out of the preconceived notion, which is based on western media, and invest our scientific research and other capacities to study Himalayan atmosphere,” he said.
“Science has its limitation. You cannot substitute the knowledge that has been gained by the people living in cold deserts through everyday experience.”
Mr Ramesh was also clear that India would not take on targets to cut its emissions, even though developed countries are asking only for curbs in the growth of emissions, rather than absolute cuts.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
By Church Growth calculations and scientific factors, the first disciples didn’t have the chance of being snowflakes in a furnace. They were lambs among wolves. But Christ invested His managers with a new potential. That potential must be reckoned on today, taken into account. It is the X factor, incalculable with results beyond natural expectations and normal statistics. I commend it as the new winning force; the only one there ever was or has been to change the world – the Holy Spirit!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Universal International News, in conjunction with the Obama administration, presents Government Newsreel number 903.
Under cover of darkness, GM's top secret new vehicle -- the 2012 Buick Bureaucrat -- arrives at the New York Auto Show. Powered entirely by green energy sources, this beautiful Buick turns heads as it hits a top speed of 200 feet per minute.
Not to be outdone, Chrysler's luxurious Dodge Deficit offers a unique eight-door design, which means your entire family will arrive in style at the soup kitchen.
Good news at the National Healthcare Service: President Obama has promised to airlift hundreds of doctors from Cuba later this month to address the long lines in hospitals. Government officials have also promised to remedy medical priorities that currently place undocumented citizens at the front of the line.
And more positive news on the economic front: the rate of unemployment increases has slowed, moving from 17.1% to 17.4%, a tenth-of-a-percent less than analysts had predicted! Proof positive that Stimulus Seven is working!
As for financing the $45 trillion national debt, great progress this week as leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China have agreed to meet next month in Beijing. Topic one will be answering President Obama's request to buy more Treasury Bills.
Blackouts continue to plague the industrial Northeast as wind production farms have missed their quotas for the third month in a row. The Department of Energy promises to find new green energy sources by 2013 that should help alleviate the troublesome outages.
The velvet cloak of night did not stop President Obama from introducing his new volunteer corp uniforms. The new cadre combines elements of ACORN, Organizing for America, Change.gov, the SEIU and Americorps into a single, cohesive unit! First job on the list: internal national security to ensure safety for all Americans!
Lastly, a well-deserved comeuppance for hate-speech specialists Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds. They were convicted last week of 800 counts of inciting hatred and sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth. Hate-mongers beware: expect internal security forces to be knocking on your doors shortly!
Join us next week for more approved news stories, only from Universal International News, the patriotic channel!
This is from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, here is a little background. At this point in the book much of the economy has collapsed due to government regulation and the teachings of the modern day. These are a set of directives ordered in the hope of stabilizing the economy. I'd like you to read this and as you go think as ruthlessly as you can and draw parallels to today's world and the laws that are being passed every day by your representatives I think you'll find it interesting.
"In the name of the general welfare," read Wesley Mouch, "to protect the people's security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that--
"Point One. All workers, wage earners and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change employment, under penalty of a term in jail. The penalty shall be determined by the Unification Board, such Board to be appointed by the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources. All persons reaching the age of twenty-one shall report to the Unification Board, which shall assign them to where, in its opinion, their services will best serve the interests of the nation.
"Point Two. All industrial, commercial, manufacturing and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit nor leave nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any and all of their property.
"Point Three. All patents and copyrights, pertaining to any devices, inventions, formulas, processes and works of any nature whatsoever, shall be turned over to the nation as a patriotic emergency gift by means of Gift Certificates to be signed voluntarily by the owners of all such patents and copyrights. The Unification Board shall then license the use of such patents and copyrights to all applicants, equally and without discrimination, for the purpose of eliminating monopolistic practices, discarding obsolete products and making the best available to the whole nation. No trademarks, brand names or copyrighted titles shall be used. Every formerly patented product shall be known by a new name and sold by all manufacturers under the same name, such name to be selected by the Unification Board. All private trademarks and brand names are hereby abolished.
"Point Four. No new devices, inventions, products, or goods of any nature whatsoever, not now on the market, shall be produced, invented, manufactured or sold after the date of this directive. The Office of Patents and Copyrights is hereby suspended.
"Point Five. Every establishment, concern, corporation or person engaged in production of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth produce the same amount of goods per year as it, they or he produced during the Basic Year, no more and no less. The year to be known as the Basic or Yardstick Year is to be the year ending on the date of this directive. Over or under production shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.
"Point Six. Every person of any age, sex, class or income, shall henceforth spend the same amount of money on the purchase of goods per year as he or she spent during the Basic Year, no more and no less. Over or under purchasing shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.
"Point Seven. All wages, prices, salaries, dividends, profits, interest rates and forms of income of any nature whatsoever, shall be frozen at their present figures, as of the date of this directive.
"Point Eight. All cases arising from and rules not specifically provided for in this directive, shall be settled and determined by the Unification Board, whose decisions will be final."
Ok that's all of it. Please sit and think about this and what it means.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely" (Judg 1:28-29).
Have you ever hired a contractor to do some work and ended up having to spend time and energy to get him back to finish the job? The small unfinished projects simply irritate you and create ill-will between you and your contractor. If you have been involved in a building project, you have surely had this experience.
God wanted his people to finish the job. He often told the Israelites to remove your enemies from the Promised Land. However, many times they would not finish the job and the remnant that was left would come back and create difficulties. In most cases, the people of Israel would intermarry which enticed them into their enemy's way of living. Other times they had to enslave them, which took time away from their mission.
Whenever we fail to complete a job it creates ill-will from those we are serving. It also violates a basic biblical mandate for every believer to do their work with excellence. The Bible says that Daniel and his friends did their work ten times better than anyone else. They were known for their excellence.
It is often said of American football that the hardest place to score from is the one yard line. That is because the defenses are greatest where there is the most resistance. Sometimes completing a job is like this.
Whenever you have a project to do make sure you complete the job fully. Go the extra distance to make sure your boss or your client is totally satisfied with your work. You may complete 95% of your work, but if it is not completed you will be known for what you did not finish, rather than for what you did finish.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
QUOTE: "I see the church derided with mockery and scorn. I see critics exaggerating her weaknesses and incapable of affirming any of her strengths. I see many leaving the church instead of loving her for better or for worse. I see lots of my peers who have 20/20 vision for the church's failings, but are nearsighted to their own pride, self-importance and mutual self-congratulation. … Increasingly, we hear glowing talk of a churchless Christianity. ...These days, spirituality is hot; religion is not. Community is hip, but the church is lame. [But] we don't want Christians to give up on the church." —Kevin DeYoung, pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., on why he and a member of his congregation decided to co-author the book Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion [christianpost.com, 7/20/09]
0 #7 Barbara Studer 2009-07-21 16:40 We belong to the "out of church" Christians. Not because we don't like church , but because we were members in 2 churches and abused in both of them. We were faithful givers, workers and so on. Our time and money went there and we were used and abused. So we left. One day the Lord told me, my biggest problem was , that I don't trust pastors anymore. And he is right off course. I refuse to subject myself to another pastor and be abused again. So we stay out of it. What we noticed and it hurt for a while, not anymore, is that when you leave a church, you loose all of your friends, one becomes an outcast. Even so that one worked right along them for years in the church. So, now we are happy just being saved and out of church Christians. Quote
0 #6 Milton Brock 2009-07-21 15:47 " Well as it is WRITTEN so shall it be DONE " !!! LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE " !!! " IT ALL BEGINS WITH YOU and ME " !!! MB Quote
0 #5 AL Silvestri 2009-07-21 15:45 When believers move beyond simple close physical proximity into active life together- joined and knit together by what every joint (unity in relationship-community) provides- is not giving up on church but becoming Church.
Pure and undefiled religion before God is caring for others, which goes far beyond passive listening. Without the common unity (did you hear community?) acting upon His Word, you only have an audience.
Koinonia means fellowship and also communion, from which comes community.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Love moves beyond ideals or emotions into action, or it isn't real. Without community we aren't loving the Lord 1 John 4:20.The strength of love shared shows the depth of our own love for God. The depth of community is the clearest expression of this.
Jesus said that by our love for one another all will know we are His disciples. Quote
0 #4 Joshua Ramon 2009-07-21 13:17 I believe God is using the church, as weak and crippled as she may be at times, to lead his people. Many people are seeking relationship in small gatherings outside of organized religion that center around Christ. It seems many of these gatherings become smaller versions of "church". I don't see this breaking off as forming any sort of answer. Breaking off by itself only causes more division.
E.M. Bounds said, "The church is looking for better methods. God is looking for better men."
This is what we need. Deeper commitments to Christ. More time among the poor, the downcast, the hurting. More Isaiah 61 style ministry. When we are among the marginalized, addicted, etc., we will realize our own ineffectiveness to save them with words or well-planned events. They need power. And most of all they need love. We all do. Quote
+1 #3 ROSEANN 2009-07-21 12:40 The church is the people. We meet in a building. Just keep looking for a group where God wants to plant you. We do need each other. Quote
0 #2 Lesley 2009-07-21 11:34 Oh I love the church. Its the place we believers can go to be fed, to nurture and love each other and to feel safe. Its a place to grow, to learn and to give and love as Jesus loves us. We need church, we need other believers to sometimes correct us and pull us into line when we step out of line, but done in love. If we go our own way we will be foolish and ignorant of the greater picture of what God wants to do in and through us. Church is a safe place for new and old believers to grow through their own personal experiences and to impact community and others. Its a place of worship to be built up to be part of the body, of which we all have an important part to play. You cannot be a part of the body on your own separated from the rest of the body…We need to work together as the whole body or part of Gods body, we are all important members, we all need each other. Its about relationship…and we cant have that on our own. God bless and would love to read the book. Quote
+6 #1 Shannon Bivens 2009-07-21 11:30 If the "Church" is the people, how can you leave it? I think people are leaving dated institutions that were created by and then inherited from European Modernity. Denominationalism, the church an an instituted organization, the people of God being "landowners" and overseeing buildings and bank accounts is hard to justify from the NT. People are looking and seeking for depth and authenticity. True spiritual life.
Often times people have come to the Church seeking god and have been given the world instead. Honestly…we are tired of it. Tired of the Board meetings, the programs, the artificial spirit of it all.
That's what they are leaving. In the NT the people ARE the church. Hence they aren't leaving "IT"…they are leaving a form of Godliness.
So, they create a systematic theology that explains away the creation and the God who created all things. It's all about humans and the supreme evolutionary pinnacle they believe they represent.
Man is born, grows up, develops and then dies. Evolution demands that animals and plants are evolved, grow into new forms and then many cease.
The same is about the origin of all species. There is this idea that beings became more than they are over time. They are not created, they evolve.
So using the model of themselves, the idea of pinnacle of creation, they believe in a systematic evolutionary theology that makes themselves Gods.
I am now more and more convinced that while we don't understand how it all happened or the timing of it all, the reality more and more is that this account is exactly true and complete:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day" and the darkness "night."
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them mark off the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
God did indeed create everything and evolution is a fraudulent religion. In 64 years and college degrees in Botany and Horticulture and lots and lots of genetic and origins education. What I know, believe and understand today is that it's all a religion that by design denies the existence of a creator God in Heaven who's name is JESUS.
"Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days" (John 11:6).
"Why doesn't God heal me? I have prayed and prayed and I am still sick. Do I not have enough faith? I am so tired of this," said my wife who had gone more than three years battling her illness.
Mary and Martha were very close to Jesus. The Bible says Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Mary was the woman who came and poured expensive perfume on Jesus and the disciples rebuked her. Lazarus, Mary and Martha's brother, had become terminally ill. Jesus was two miles away in Jerusalem during the time of Lazarus' illness.
After Jesus heard the news that Lazarus was ill, instead of running to the aid of Mary and Martha, Jesus waited several days. Lazarus died and was placed in a tomb. His response to the news was: "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it" (John 11:4). Jesus had to look beyond Mary and Martha's current grief in order to fulfill God's purpose for this sickness.
"When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home" (John 11:20-22). Mary was in deep mourning over the death of her brother. When she finally went to see Jesus, she immediately cried out to Him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." But there was a pre-ordained plan for the purpose of Lazarus' death. But only Jesus knew this. Jesus healed Lazarus that day.
When we experience sickness and do not see a breakthrough, we can only seek Jesus for our healing and leave the outcome to Him. We must trust that He knows the answer to our need and the timing for its solution. There are times when we experience supernatural healing and other times that we simply do not know why Jesus chooses not to heal. In either case, our devotion to Jesus must not change. God-delays are always pre-ordained for a greater purpose. If you find yourself in this place, bring your concerns to Jesus and leave them there. A day will come when Jesus will reveal His purposes in your situation.
Here's his prescription :
- Pray that God would supernaturally touch him. Love him. Bring him to Himself. A single touch from God can change everything. It did for me. It did for him, it can for his son.
- Do NOT confess his sin or wayward state before God in prayer. "Lord you know what a loser my son is, what a bad kid he is etc etc etc." Just pray for him. Love him like Jesus loves him.
- It's better to Pray in Tongues regarding him. English will cause you anguish. Pray in the Tongues and you will be less likely to confess negatively or speak curses over him. It's a safe place and the Spirit will pray thru you interceding for your son in ways you never could have.
- Trust God to fulfil his word concerning your son. Listen for a word from God. Trust the power of the Holy Spirit to bring it to pass. It's not about you, it's about him.
- Love him. Don't lose contact. Stay connected. You are the only father he knows now. Don't bail him out, just love him. Don't preach, God thru his Spirit will draw him.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here was a man, full of the Holy Ghost, did Miracles of Healing, Prophesied in the Power of the Spirit and flowed in all the giftedness we can imagine. YET, because he didn't jump thru the hoops the catholic church put in place he was never authorized to hear confessions or preach.
God took this simple man and from him created a powerhouse of a priest that touched hundreds of thousands of people. His life flowed with the grace and power of God.
He is in line to become a saint recognized by the Church. I wonder how many of those people who made the decision to call him "simplex priest" (essentially a second class priest) will be considered for sainthood.
In fact this goes wider. Most of religiosity considers those who are filled and flow in the Holy Ghost to be kind of weird, crazy and simplex. I wonder how many of those scholarly ivory tower sitters will be remembered in the exploits of heaven?
God's world view is upside down of the world's world view. Choosing the foolish things to confound the wise.
Father Solanus was one such. Foolish in the worlds eyes and soon if canonized he may become the first native-born American male saint. And, to top it off, he's from WISCONSIN. How can that be. Not even Ivy League.
Holy Ghost Harrumph.
Long gone are the days when economists thought deeply about how life actually works. Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Anne-Robert Turgot – the great "moral philosophers" – all died hundreds of years ago. Since then, the trade has gone bad. They're all numbers guys now. An economist, of the modern variety, is a statistician...an extrapolator...and a mountebank. If numbers go up two months in a row, he predicts they will go up another one. He rarely stops to ask whether his numbers really make any sense.Bill Bonner on Bubble Deniers.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I questioned because of the obituary of a 114 year old man who just died. I suspect in the next year the last of the Three Century people will pass from the scene.
I just think that's something to consider.