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



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.




‘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.




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!




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.”




‘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).



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.



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.)




‘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



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




‘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.





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.’





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.”





My dream for 2008:

 (Special thanks to Lew Rockwell.)





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?’




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.’






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?




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?“’




Written by ninepoundhammer

December 28, 2007 at 9:08 pm

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