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The Desert’s Quiet, Cleveland’s Cold

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‘It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.’  ~ Proverbs 25:24

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As a recovering militarist myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Merle Haggard has finally seen the light and eschewed the jingoism so rampant in our society for a sensible advocacy of peace and Mind-Our-Own-Business-ism. Like myself, he was once a cheerleader for the Military-Industrial Complex and the projection of American Military Strength, as witnessed by his ode to Big Stick Diplomacy, ‘Fighting Side of Me’:

I hear people talkin’ bad about the way we have to live here in this country,

Harpin’ on the wars we fight and gripin’ ’bout the way things oughtta be.

And I don’t mind ’em swithin’ sides and standing up for things they believe in.

When they’re running down the country, man

They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

 

Thankfully, it appears that Mr Haggard has had changed his point of view. His latest album features the song ‘Rebuild America First’ with the following lyrics:

Why don’t we liberate these United States

We’re the ones who need it the worst

Let the rest of the world help us for a change

And let’s rebuild America first.’

 

Come on it, Hag–the water’s warm.

 

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In the War on Christianity, two powerful lobby groups have learnt the importance of the age old maxim, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

 

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McCainiac's Campaign Summary

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When are there situations when loyalty to a nation-state comes into conflict with loyalty to the Kingdom of God?’

 

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Vox Day discusses his new book, ‘The Irrational Atheist’: ‘I suspect the reason [atheists are in such an uproar] is related to the current state of physics and the increasing uncertainty scientists feel about the universe based on the very, very low probability that the universe randomly happened to turn out the way it is now observed to be. Atheists have felt that science was on their side ever since the Enlightenment, and now they see it slipping away from them. So, this recent explosion of atheist books is not a sign of strength; it’s a sign of desperation ...’

 

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General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause … he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.

 

From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul …

 

Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. ~ Dwight Eisenhower

 

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When it comes to illegal immigration, Dr. Paul has a leg up – his is one of the best programs.’

 

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January 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Drink, Drank, Drunk

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‘Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.’  ~ Genesis 13:2

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‘What you [Ron Paul] said was, if we got rid of the income tax, the Government would still take about the same amount of money in as they had ten years ago. We looked into it and it’s accurate. Can you explain that and how do we get that message out to people?’ 

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Give Ireland back to the Irish

Don’t make them have to take it away

Give Ireland back to the Irish

Make Ireland Irish to-day

Great Britain you are tremendous

And nobody knows like me

But really what are you doin’

In the land across the sea?

~ Paul McCartney, Give Ireland Back to the Irish  

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I wish a buck was still silver and it was back when the country was strong.’ ~ Merle Haggard, Are the Good Times Really Over?

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Some 70 percent of economic growth over the past years was a result of consumption. Now that consumption is slowing down — with lower retail expenditure during the Christmas season and dropping charges to credit cards — a tax rebate will again fan consumption.

It will not do a thing to increase savings, from which future investments can be made, writes Wolfgag Grassl. We all know by now that the way out of a recession is through the building of capital goods, not through the temporary fattening up of American retailers and Chinese manufacturers.

Second, government can finance its largess only by either raising taxes — if for political reasons not now, then in future years — or by borrowing even more. Already today, total public debt amounts to over $9 trillion, or two thirds of annual GDP. About 44 percent of it is owed to foreign entities. It will have to be paid back — whether through years of lower consumption, or domestic inflation, or a reduction in the external value of the dollar.

 

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In the Internet Age, celebrities and media must be ever vigilant.  Things that were once brushfires to be stamped out with minimal embarrassment are now, with the advent of the blogosphere (ahem!), raging infernos that cannot be controlled.

ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson has learnt this lesson … and learnt it good.  However, it is much worse than this article lets on.  Not only was she swilling vodka and cussing like a sailor, she threw in a bit of blesphemy just for good measure.

Now, I believe she is genuinely contrite–not to mention embarrassed beyond measure–and I am quick to forgive her.  (After all, she is only acting according to her nature.)  However, I do think she should be held accountable for her actions.  After all, Don Imus lost his livelihood for less.  Ultimately, I hope God uses this incident to draw Mrs Jacobson to Himself.

 

Dana Jacobson at the Mike & Mike Roast.  (Instant Embarrassment–just add vodka.)

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‘Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.’  ~ H. L. Mencken

 

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A Coast Guardsman takes a brave stand against a vaccine derived from killing babies.

 

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Ron Paul was THE ONLY candidate at March for Life.

 

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It may be gross–but you have got to love their entrepreneurial spirit!

 

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A new report confirms what Christians in India already feared: 2007 was the worst year since their nation’s independence in 1947 for attacks on Christians.’

 

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Pat Robertson is beginning to sound increasingly like Joel Osteen.  I really used to respect him but I am very disappointed in the direction he has taken his ministry in recent years.

 

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Ron Paul Loves the Babes (The Infant Kind)

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After all, in his practise as a Ob./Gyn, he has delivered in excess of 4,000 of them.

This just in: It appears that Norma Leah McCorvey, better known as ‘Jane Roe’ in Roe v. Wade–and who now opposes abortion and is a major player in the Pro-Life movement–will mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abomination by holding a press conference to-morrow in which she will endorse Ron Paul’s candidacy for President of the United States. 

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you…’  ~ Jeremiah 1:5a

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January 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Good as Gold

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‘[W]hoever gathers money little by little will increase it.’  ~ Proverbs 13:11b

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The economy’s slide into recession continues to gain momentum, catching the Powers That Be by surprise, although Ron Paul and others have been sounding the warning of just such an eventuality for years.  The Federal Reserve must bear a large share of the blame due to it’s interference in the market through arbitrary manipulation of the interest rates and reckless and increasing infusions of fiat money which only devalues the dollar and results in inflation.

The Washington government’s solution is to borrow more money from China, Kuwait, and other foreign nations while turning the money printing presses up to 11.  This will have the opposite of the desired effect, being nothing more than hair of the dog that bit us.  The cheques they want to send out to taxpayers will only add to the multi-trillion (trillion with a ‘T’) federal debt and encourage the wanton spending by consumers which also fans the recession.

After all, if printing more money–which is no longer backed by anything of value–is the answer to our economic woes, why can’t we just reduce the tax burden to 0% and print ourselves into prosperity?

 Here is warning number 1,001: Get out of debt and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.  Regardless of what the misguided Keynesians will tell you, spending does not improve the economy–saving does.

Ron Paul–who has studied economics in excess of 40 years–is the only candidate who appears to understand what is needed to end the recession and ensure long-term fiscal stability: sound money, low taxes, renunciation of empire, and living within our means.

In this video, Dr Paul educates Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on sound economic policy:

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‘[President Johnson] took [Federal Reserve Chairman] Martin to his ranch and asked the Secret Service to leave the room. And he physically beat him, he slammed him against the wall, and said, “Martin, my boys are dying in Vietnam, and you won’t print the money I need.”‘

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At one time, Republicans could be counted on to protect the Second Amendment.  (I wonder which part of ‘shall not be infringed’ is so difficult to understand?)

Michael Kinsely (most certainly not a conservative) once made a very astute observation.  If liberals interpreted the Second Amendment as they do the First, it would be mandated by law that everyone carry a gun everywhere.

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Here is yet another example of a professing Christian with a low view of Scripture. I’m rendered speechless when someone says something as ridiculous as the following: ‘Over the years, though, [Dowd] said, a Passionist priest led him to find a more powerful narrative of God and discover a “God-glorifying, Christ-edifying view of evolution.”‘ Whaaa?

 

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A Scottish pastor has it partly correct in saying, ‘The definition of a Calvinist as being a person who is miserable at the thought that someone somewhere is actually enjoying themselves is sadly all too typical.’ However, methinks he flew too close to the sun in suggesting that the answer for the Scottish Presbyterians is to delve into the Harry Potter books.

 

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I sure am glad the U.S. spent so much in blood and treasure to ‘free’ Kosovo. Now they can enjoy the ‘Muslim [sic] terror campaign that has killed, raped and maimed countless Christians, burned down churches and ethnically cleansed the region in anticipation of statehood.’ This, as Ron Paul has been pointing out in the presidential campaign, is known as ‘blowback,’ or the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy.

 

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‘Let me see if I get this right. We need to borrow $10 billion from China, and then we give it to Musharraf, who is a military dictator, who overthrew an elected government. And then we go to war; we lose all these lives promoting democracy in Iraq. I mean, what’s going on here?“’ ~ Ron Paul

 

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To me, I confess, [countries] are pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a game for dominion of the world.’ ~ Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in reference to Afghanistan, 1898

 

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If you are going to promote tourism for your town, please ensure that you have a qualified copy editor proof-reading your materials.  (Notice the young girl in the centre of the photo.)

 

 

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January 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm

War 3:16

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 Languid eyes refuse to see

While wisdom falls to atrophy

Deafened tones of hymnody

And sentries bow to tragedy


Machinations thinly veiled

Yet our discernment clearly failed

He–for these very sins–was nailed

Agape writhes, thin and paled


Our bellies certain we to fill

And teach our children ‘tis blessed to kill

The blood of infidels we swill

Flesh into dirt we turn and till


Oh, Love for all—we sing thy praise

While warfare’s standard high we raise

Despising mercy, horror stays

With scythe we cut down in a craze


Gather at the tolling bell

And sing of God who loves us well

But those who cause our ire to swell

Shall swiftly find their way to Hell


Crowing so of peace and love

While raining havoc from above

In silence, darkness Death does move

On eagle’s wings and not the dove


Horsemen Four, arise and ride

With barren sheaths now at your side

It’s Them or Us he boldly lied

Mothers, your children cannot hide


Should we tell them of the Son?

Or wait until the war is won?

Will they to the true Word run?

Or move they only from the gun?


Foreign souls ours once to save

Lie out of reach once in the grave

In crimson flow our hands we lave

And with their bones our path we pave


Forbidden rest, denied safe haven

Feasted on by worm and raven


Why would they hold in reverent awe

A Gospel red in tooth and claw?

— R. M. Lee

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January 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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A Vertical Covenant

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‘Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; and Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab … ‘  ~ Matthew 1  

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If anything else, the Framers (I do not employ the term Founding Fathers out of respect for those who actually established American culture and society out of a forboding wilderness a century and a half before the Philadelphia Convention) most certainly were not shortsighted.  The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution bears witness to their foresight.  Sadly, it is quite easily missed–I failed to notice it until a few years back–but their concern for securing the blessings of liberty were not limited to themselves and their countrymen which surrounded them.  They specifically mentioned their posterity–their children and subsequent generations.  In essence, they were inking their concern for those, most of whom, they would never see.

Jon and I discussed this a bit as we slid a couple of greasy, 1/4 pound burgers down our throats at the Chicken Oil Company the other day.  Much like the society at large in which we must live, Christians often fail to look very far into the future.  Sadly, most of us pass away with very little to leave to our spouses or children.

That is something we should give a great deal of prayerful consideration to–but my hope is that we would not limit the scope of the benefits of the covenantal relationship.  God has called us to thoughtfully and lovingly consider our people not just in terms of children and grandchildren, but several generations down the line.  After all, He thought of us before Creation!

A good man leaves an inheritance to his chilren’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.  

There are many reasons to wisely shepherd the resources God has bestowed upon us.  Frugality and saving our money can assist us in weathering difficult economic times, providing adequately for our families’ needs, preparing for our own care once we are, due to age or infirmity, unable to care for ourselves, and sharing with and assisting others in need.  And importantly, wise financial dealings and savings can assist those who come after us in embarking upon their married life, purchasing a home, or meeting medical payments.

Leaving an inheritance for our children’s children–extending the vertical nature of the covenant family–is well worth considering.  As the old saying goes, ‘You can’t take it with you.’  But we don’t have to spend it all up before we go.

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In a recent USA To-day survey, 44% of the respondents agreed with the statement, ‘Christians get on my nerves.’ Wow, I didn’t realise that many people knew me!

 

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I’m voting for the Geek-in-Chief.

 

 

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For the first time in 550 years, Christianity inside Turkey is growing in numbers and influence. But its recent growth comes at a high price: since February 2006, radicalised Muslims [sic] have killed five Christians—the kind of cold-blooded martyrdom not seen in decades.’

 

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The War Party has a bit of egg on its face now that the official story regarding The Great Iranian Bass Boat Incident is beginning to unravel. The alarm should now be raised as to the danger posed by those who are clamoring rabidly for any excuse to rush headlong into yet another war.   It is more frightening when we consider that this sort of ploy has worked before.

 

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A slowdown in economic growth, coupled with higher inflation and unemployment and loans to people who have bad credit, will continue to plague companies this year, said Edgar Peters, who oversees $25 billion as chief investment officer of Boston-based PanAgora Asset Management.’

 

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The intellectual gymnastics and logical contortionism evolutionists put themselves through in their (futile) efforts to fit their square theory into a round hole never ceases to amaze me.

 

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[W]hat if Iranian ships were in the Gulf of Mexico, on some pretext or other – say, keeping the sea lanes open for the transport of material deemed necessary to Iran’s “national security” – how would we feel about it? What, we would want to know, are Iranian ships doing a few miles from American shores?’

 

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All I can say about this is, ‘A-haw-haw-haw-haw!  Have mercy

 

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I really like this song–but the video is an all-time classic! 

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January 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I Can’t Imagine Why Voters Are Cynical

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It appears that Ron Paul and Barack Obama may not have done as poorly in the New Hampshire Primary as first indicated.  Reports are coming out of the Granite State of widespread voter fraud.

 (Via Paul Wison, Prison Planet):

There were several major vote fraud issues to arise out of the New Hampshire primary revolving mainly around Ron Paul and Barack Obama, who were both seemingly cheated out of third and first places respectively as a result of rigged Diebold voting machines and deliberate malfeasance in the counting of hand-written paper ballots.

– Obama had a 13 to 15 point lead over Hillary Clinton heading into the primary. Nothing occured that boosted Hillary’s numbers immediately before the election, in fact immediately after the staged crying incident, many pundits argued it could only have harmed her chances. And yet Hillary somehow managed to instigate a near 20 point swing to defeat Obama by three per cent. If not for her 7% swing as a result of Diebold voting machines, Hillary would have lost to Obama. If Obama was struggling he would probably contest this bizarre outcome, but he is likely to accept the results simply to save face.

The New Hampshire town of Sutton admits that it voided every vote Ron Paul received. The Congressman got 31 votes and yet due to a “human error,” Sutton reported zero votes for Ron Paul. How “human error” can explain not counting 31 votes in succession for one single candidate is beyond the pale and Ron Paul’s campaign should ask for a recount across New Hampshire immediately.

– As soon as people went public with the fact that their votes in Sutton had not been counted, other districts where Paul had supposedly received zero votes, such as Greenville, suddenly changed their final tallies and attributed votes to the Congressman.

– Going into New Hampshire Ron Paul was polling in the early teens and was a strong bet to take third place behind McCain and Romney. Four days before the vote, Rasmussen had Paul at 14% – a significant lead over Huckabee on 11% and Giuliani on 8% – and yet Ron Paul finished with just 8%. Proof of clear vote fraud, allied with the fact that Paul’s numbers show a 6% swing from normally accurate pre-polling forecasts, clearly indicate chicanery was at hand, especially considering the fact that Paul lost those crucial few percentage points to Giuliani as a reuslt of electronic Diebold voting machines which are known to be wide open to tampering and fraud.

Going purely on hand-counts, which as we saw in Sutton were by no means angelic but at least harder to cheat on than Diebold voting machines without getting caught, Ron Paul would have won 15% of the vote and finished third. This figure would have more accurately correlated to the pre-primary polls rather than the ridiculous 8% he was eventually given.

Numerous districts reported totals of anything up to 22% for “other candidates”. What on earth does this black hole of “other candidates” mean? How can one vote for a candidate that is not on the ballot without spoiling the ballot paper? The district of Lisbon reported 22.5% votes for this mysterious “other” candidate, while in the large district of Londonderry, the “other” candidate received 10%. Many are now alleging that these “other” votes were merely siphoned from Ron Paul to keep his final number low.

– Rudy Giuliani, the 9/11 candidate who beat Ron Paul thanks to the aid of a 3% swing on Diebold voting machines, received 9.11% of the vote in three different towns. Coincidence or somebody’s idea of a sick joke?

 

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January 10, 2008 at 11:06 am