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‘For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being…’ ~ Romans 7:22

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One of my many–and, if I may say so, endearing–idiosyncrasies is that I pick out minutiae and mostly unnoticed aspects of movies and television shows. You know what I mean, I am the guy that points out the the glass the main character is holding is full, then empty, and then full again, exposing the continuity error in the editing process. (I find it fascinating. Ashlee tolerates it up to a point.)

 

Just such a moment occurred the other night as I watched an episode of ‘30 Rock‘ on DVD for the second time (Alec Baldwin is a comedy genius, by the way). In the scene in question, one of a group protesting outside the NBC studios was holding a sign reading, ‘Ecclesiastes 10:19’ and, indicative of my personality, I could not resist the urge to pause the disc and run to my copy of the ‘Reformation Study Bible,’ thumbing madly through the Psalms and Job until I read the referenced passage:

‘Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.’

 

Were the comedy writers making a cynical statement or had they merely chosen a passage at random? After all, seminary drop-outs wind up in the strangest places.

 

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‘Is Christianity just another special-interest group, clawing for political power? Or, even if Christians are acting as God’s spokesmen, must Christians always conduct themselves politically as if Christianity were just another special-interest group? Do Christians conduct evangelism this way? Do they believe that the gospel is just another competing worldview among many? That Jesus is just another Messiah competing among many? That the God of the Bible is just another divinity competing against many?’  ~ Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism, p. 99.

 

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I’m not of the mind that they were ever all that funny but I am officially declaring the joke over–the vehicle decal featuring the cartoon boy urinating on Ford, t.u., Osama bin Ladin, et al., is not funny! So let it be written–so let it be done!

 

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Once again, Joel Osteen demonstrates why he has absolutely no business filling a pulpit. While readily admitting his ignorance regarding the specific doctrines of Mormonism, he answers the question as to whether Mormons are orthodox Christians: “In my mind they are,” Osteen said. “Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his Savior, and that’s what I believe. I’m not the one to judge the little details of [Romney’s religion], so I believe [Mormons are Christians] and Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me and I don’t think anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.”

 

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‘The doctrine of a plurality of Gods is prominent in the Bible. The heads of the Gods appointed our God for us … you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves … the same as all Gods have done before you.’ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.370-372, 346).

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I can’t ascertain which is more unsettling: the fact that a young Fergie is the girl massacring a Lionel Richie classic, or the  creepy clown she’s singing to.

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Who would the world elect if they could vote for U.S. President? (I’ll give you one guess–as long as it’s Ron Paul.)

 

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‘The Christian must see the situation clearly. The choice between evolution and creation is at base religious. Nothing less is at stake than the charge of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator. An answer to origins weighs idolatry in the balance.’ ~ Greg Bahnsen

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Ron Paul wins another straw poll, this one in South Carolina.

 

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‘While it may be fairly said that Mr Lincoln entertained many Christian sentiments, it cannot be said that he was himself a Christian in faith or practise. He was no disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. He did not believe in His divinity and was not a member of His Church.

He was at first a writing Infidel of the school of Paine and Volney, and afterwards a talking Infidel of the school of Parker and Channing…

If the Churches had grown cold–if the Christians had taken a stand aloof–that instant the Union would have perished. Mr Lincoln regulated his religious manifestations accordingly. He declared frequently that he would do anything to save the Union, and among the many things he did was the partial concealment of his individual religious opinions. Is this a blot upon his fame? Or shall we all agree that it was a conscientious and patriotic sacrifice?’ ~ The New York World (ca. 1875), quoted in Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, pp. 138-139.

 

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Europe was, at one time, the centre of Christendom. It is difficult to imagine that it could be any further from its former glory when the Archbishop of Canterbury says such things as the following in his Christ-mas sermon: ‘The temptation to quote Richard Dawkins from the pulpit is irresistible; in this amazement and awe, if not in much else, he echoes the 16th century mystic.’

 

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I would give my entire net worth to see Ron Paul elected president,” a man holding a ‘Ron Paul ’08’ sign on the corner of Powell and Geary [in San Francisco] on Dec. 16 said. “I’ve never contributed to a candidate’s campaign in my life, but in the past months I’ve given about $600 or $700.”

 

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My dream for 2008:

 (Special thanks to Lew Rockwell.)

 

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From John Derbyshire at National Review Online: ‘If those people are crazy, though, I want to be crazy with them. I’m for liberty, too. That’s why I’m for Ron Paul. And why do we have 75,000 soldiers in Germany?’

 

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Fighting to drive the liberals from the temple, Scarborough was badly defeated for president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas while Huckabee embraced the liberal church establishment to become president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.’

 

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In what could prove to be the latest in a string of scholarly works to challenge the legends which pass for historical ‘fact’, a new book asks: Was Alexander Graham Bell a fraud?

 

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I am not going to talk about religious beliefs but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. I believe in my neighbors. I know their faults, and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults.

Take Father Michael down our road a piece. I’m not of his creed, but I know that his goodness and charity and loving kindness shine in his daily actions. I believe in Father Mike. If I’m in trouble, I’ll go to him. My next-door neighbor’s a veterinary doctor. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat – no fee, no prospect of a fee. I believe in Doc.

I believe in my townspeople. You can knock on any door in our town, say, “I’m hungry,” and you’ll be fed. Our town is no exception. I’ve found the same ready charity everywhere. For the one who says, “The heck with you, I’ve got mine,” there are a hundred, a thousand, who will say, “Sure, pal, sit down.” I know that despite all warnings against hitchhikers, I can step to the highway, thumb for a ride, and in a few minutes a car or a truck will stop and someone will say, “Climb in, Mack. How far you going?“’

 

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Written by ninepoundhammer

December 28, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Hey, Look Over There!

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 ‘They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.’  ~ Titus 1:16

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‘Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered.  There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension.  Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection.  It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you.  I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it now exists.  I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations and had never recanted them…’

~ Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

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Swear allegiance to the flag

Whatever flag they offer.

Never hint at what you really feel.

Teach the children quietly

For some day sons and daughters

Will rise up and fight while we stood still.

~ Mike and the Mechanics, Silent Running

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Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has the unmitigated gall to speak the truth!

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December 27, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Posted in Politics

Merry Christ-mas

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‘[Jesus] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’  ~ Philippians 2: 6-11

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December 24, 2007 at 9:05 am

Posted in Theology/ Doctrine

Electric Lunchladyland

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‘Owe no man anything…’ ~ Romans 13:8a  

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‘I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena.  In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Saviour, and I seek His guidance in all that I do.  I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God.  My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.’  ~ Ron Paul

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‘Christian financial counselor Dave Ramsey says the church in America could have more of an impact worldwide for Christ if believers weren’t slaves to debt.’

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I’ll have a blue Christ-mas without you …

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‘But most of all I was shocked by my shock.  I was shocked by the fact that a reasonable well-educated, well-informed man like me, who reads at least a dozen alternative news sites like this one daily, should have so many misconceptions in my head about Iran…without my even being aware they were there.  Like the notion that Iran is one big, brain-baking desert.  Or that Iran is hostile to Christians and women.’

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Oh, people–look around you

The signs are everywhere.

You’ve left it for somebody other than you

To be the one to care.

~ Jackson Browne, ‘Rock Me On the Water’ 

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‘Ron Paul’s commitment to the sanctity of human life goes beyond rhetoric.  He is the man who sponsored H. R. 776, entitled the “Sanctity of Life Act of 2005.”  Had it passed, H. R. 776 would have recognised the personhood of all unborn babies by declaring that “human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.”‘

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‘When not evolving his position on Darwinism, Huckabee insults gays [sic] by pointlessly citing the Bible’s rather pointed remarks about sodomy…fitting the MSM’s [Mainstream Media] image of evangelicals sitting around all day denouncing gays [sic].  (Which is just so unfair.  I’m usually done denouncing gays by 10:00 a.m., 11 tops.)  And yet, Huckabee has said he agrees with the Supreme Court’s lunatic opinion that sodomy is a constitutional right.’  ~ Ann Coulter

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It’s nice to meet you, Mary.  I’m E. Stirbunee.

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This story illustrates yet again why Christians must stand firm on the Creation account given in God’s Word.  It also sounds the call to insist that Christianity and science are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, it is just the opposite; they compliment each other–when each is interpreted correctly.

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Those crazy Lakota!  Don’t they know what happens to Secessionists?!

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One thing that tends to drive me somewhat insane is when someone who has been caught dead-to-rights lying looks you square in the face and says that they ‘did not mean to be misleading.’  Et tu, Lunch Lady?

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This is so COOL it is scary!  (Thanks to The Covenanticle)

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From Historia Ecclesiastica: ‘In Romans 12:3 the Apostle defines one aspect of humility: knowing one’s gifts and limitations and acting accordingly.  The constant temptation for God’s children is the one that came to Adam and Eve in the garden: we can be as God and know, and by implication do, all things.  But we cannot be as God–we all have limitations, we all have a place to fill that no other can fill.  One great task for all of us that call on the Lord Jesus is to determine where He would have us serve and do that to the best of our ability.’

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To-day’s Musical Gift is one of my favourite bluegrass numbers that sure will get your toes a-tappin’!  (You’re welcome!)

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December 20, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Some Morning Joe

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School is in Session

 

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December 19, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Don’t Stop Believin’ (But Believe What You Should)

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‘Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.’  ~ Acts 17:29   

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The man who coined the term dishes out some advice on how to successfully blog (via La Vie Quotidienne). 

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It seems that some Aussies are upset by a television commercial that flippantly uses the Nativity to feed their commercialism jones.  Likewise, some folks in Florida are up in arms at the prospect of being banned from fashioning the Creator of the Universe into a plastic baby for shoppers to gawk at. Perhaps they could gain from the collective, godly wisdom of the Westminster Divines:

Q. 109. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the second commandment are … the making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever…’  (Westminster Larger Catechism) 

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‘Just like on other days of the year, at Christ-mas time there will be Christians who perish in the death camps of North Korea.’ 

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‘Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.
~ Ronald Reagan 

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‘Just as there are in a military camp separate lines for each platoon and section, men are placed on the earth so that each nation may be content with its own boundaries. [In this manner,] God, by his providence reduces to order that which is confused.’ ~ John Calvin  

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The economic losses are gigantic and will grow. The trickle of bad news is going to become a flood over the next year. It will wear down the resistance of perma-bulls, who believe that the Federal Reserve can save the day and save the stock market. All over the world, the repercussions of bad loans, carry-trade leverage, and relatively tight money are going to be felt.’ 

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From Military Veterans for Ron Paul:

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In an effort to buoy Mitt Romney’s rapidly sinking candidacy, the LDS (Mormons) have responded to ‘21 Questions About the Mormon Faith.’  I use the word ‘responded’ because they certainly didn’t provide answers—not forthcoming ones, anyway.  Their responses were disingenuous (they are not Trinitarians, yet they worded their responses so as to imply they are) and they simply repeated the same, non-committal, vague responses to several questions. 

For an accurate understanding of exactly what it is the LDS believe, I would suggest a series of lectures by Dr Phil Fernandez of the Institute of Biblical Defence entitled, ‘Advanced Cults.’  They are very informative and engaging; I highly recommend them as a valuable resource. 

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‘These [the junior and senior leadership of the Nazi party] were concerned with more than power; many were out for more than advantages.  They wanted their life to have a new meaning, their existence in society a purpose; their value for their own people was the one thing that gave their careers on earth any value.  To many, and not always the worst among them, only faith in their fatherland had retained any meaning, their own nation had become God; if they hesitated openly to declare themselves religious unbelievers, Hitler had provided them with a suitable formula: “We know two Gods: one in heaven and another on earth; the second is Germany.”  But “we” are Germany, Hitler had said on another occasion, and “we” meant “I.”  And so there were people who prayed to Hitler, perhaps without realising it was prayer.’  ~ Konrad Heiden, Der Fuhrer: Hitler’s Rise to Power 

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Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda. As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children’s education.’ ~ Ron Paul

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Rick Saenz discusses Google’s answer to Wikipedia which, hopefully, will address many of the latter’s shortcomings. 

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You mean Rudy’s not inevitable?  Uh-oh. 

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Buttercup:  ‘Wesley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?’

Wesley:  ‘Rodents of Unusual Size?  I don’t think they exist.’

~ The Princess Bride

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Jon Anderson (and Journey):

 

Written by ninepoundhammer

December 19, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Posted in General

Zzzzzzzzzzz…..

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‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.’  ~  Romans 13:1

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There are many sources of wonderment and amazement in this world–the Great Pyramids, the Marfa Lights, and just how long a kid can go without sleep.  Take Gracie Mae for example; she has been awake since 2:00am and is still going strong.  And, as all of you parents know, ‘If baby ain’t sleeping, nobody’s sleeping.’

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Any Merle Haggard fan worth his salt has ‘Okie from Muskogee’ near the top of his list of favourite Hag songs. As a young(er) man, the lyrics always seemed to fill me with a sense of patriotism and pride coupled with a healthy dose of disdain for the Counter Culture (read ‘hippies).

At one time in my life, one line in particular always seemed to elicit a hearty (if inaudible) ‘Amen!’:

We don’t burn our draft cards down on Main Street

‘Cause we like living right and being free.

However, I have grown to dislike that lyric and all it implies; in fact, I usually skip the song altogether now or change the radio station so that I will not stew and bristle. The reason for my change of heart is the realisation that conscription into the armed forces–being compelled to kill and/ or die against your will–could not be further from the idea of ‘living right and being free’! As I have stated many times in the past, I am no pacifist. As the Bible tells us, there is a time for war. However, voluntarily taking up arms in defense of home and hearth is one thing. Being coerced to fight in a far away land in a war you didn’t initiate against those with whom you have no quarrel is quite another.
As the late, great Senator Robert A. Taft stated: ‘The power to take a boy from
his home and subject him to complete government discipline is the most
serious limitation on freedom that can be imagined.’

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‘Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda.  As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children’s education.’  ~ Ron Paul

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This reads like something Ron Paul would say: 

We shall always measure our foreign commitments so that they can be borne without endangering the economic health or sound finances of the United States. Stalin said that ‘the moment for the decisive blow’ would be when the free nations were isolated and were in a state of ‘practical bankruptcy.’ We shall not allow ourselves to be isolated and economically strangled, and we shall not let ourselves go bankrupt.

However, they are words taken directly from the 1952 Republican Party Platform.  (How far they have wandered!)

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Sadly, but one need read no further than the very first line of the ’52 GOP Platform to find trouble:

‘We maintain that man was not born to be ruled, but that he consented to be governed…’

 That passage is utterly contrary to Scripture.  From the Beginning, God has placed us under the authority of someone else (and always and ultimately under Him).  It is codified in the Law and we are admonished to to submit to the proper authorities inasmuch as they do not urge us to act immorally.  

 

Westminster Larger Catechism exposition on the Fifth Commandment: 

Q. 127. What is the honor that inferiors owe to their superiors?
A. The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense, and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.

Q. 128. What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
A. The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.

 That is one of the issues I take with the Constitution of the United States, as well.  The government does not derive its just powers from the consent of the governed.  Rather, it borrows those powers from God.

 

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The Ron Paul Blimp has finally taken to the sky!

 

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Written by ninepoundhammer

December 15, 2007 at 11:34 am

Posted in General