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‘The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.’  ~ Numbers 23:21b


  • My friends and family will be pleased to discover that the anniversary present my lovely wife gave me the other day displays both her thoughtfulness and her utilitarian mindedness—she gave me ‘Grilling for Dummies.’ (Hopefully, this means no more ‘blackened’ chicken.)




  • Albert Jay Nock wrote, “The only element in Judean society that was particularly worth bothering about was the Remnant. Isaiah seems finally to have got it through his head that if anything substantial were ever to be done in Judea, the Remnant would have to do it. This is a very striking and suggestive idea; but before going on to explore it, we need to be quite clear about our terms. What do we mean by the masses, and what by the Remnant?”’




Doc Holliday: ‘And you must be Ringo. Look, Darling, Johnny Ringo. The Deadliest pistolier since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?’


Big Nose Kate: ‘You don’t even know him.’


Doc: ‘Yes, but there’s just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don’t know, reminds me of… me. No. I’m sure of it, I hate him.’ ~ Tombstone




  • As farmers plant more corn to in order to take advantage of federal subsidies, they use more land, fertilizer and water, pushing up the prices of all other crops up as well. The government corruption of market prices signals – starting with corn subsidies – fans out through the economy, resulting in yet another terrible misallocation of resources. Corn is grown to burn as destitute peasants on the other side of the world starve to death. And why? Because powerful politicians pander to special interest groups that stand to reap huge benefits at the expense of the rest of us.’







  • Oh, Cana-duh! A prepubescent Quebecois has succeeded in having a judge overturn her father’s grounding of her from using the Internet. Parents in Canada beware—you’re country is crazy!




No. You know, I know, everybody watching this show knows that four years from today, whichever of them is elected, government will be bigger, more expensive, more obtrusive, and more oppressive. If you vote Republican or Democrat, you are giving up. You’re saying ‘I’m never going to be free. America will never be a free country again. I will never get smaller government. So I’m just going to vote for the one I think will take me to hell at the slowest-possible rate. ~ Harry Browne


To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Ferris Bueller (and the Beatles):



Written by ninepoundhammer

June 21, 2008 at 7:02 am

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  1. so an entirely different question is as Christians should we even care about politics. It seems like modern evangelicals look for salvation from the world and the flesh though the election of the right person, or some sort of political action group. It seems just like the Jews of old who were looking for the messiah to deliver them from the Romans and not themselves and sin. Although I prefer lower taxes and limited government, I am less and less interested. God is Sovereign and he will put into power whom He likes. I have come to believe our power to change comes from living the gospel steadfastly and with full focus, not through our involvement in society.


    June 23, 2008 at 6:14 pm

  2. I actually have a book around at my parents’ house all about Paul is Dead theories. It’s just one of the many remnants from my crazy Beatle years. He is most certainly not dead but I can give you “evidence” from Meet/With the Beatles to his wings stuff. I’m a little embarrassed to know that much. And by the way, I love Ashlee’s confidence in you! 😉

    Patricia Calderon

    June 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

  3. Patricia:
    I was a Beatles freak in high school, as well. Good music, weird personalities. I had always heard about the ‘Paul is dead’ nonsense but never thought much of it. I came across a book called ‘The Walrus Was Paul’ a few years ago that changed my view. OH, I still don’t believe that Paul died and was replaced by an imposter; however, I am as close to convinced as I can get that, if they didn’t start it, they at least played the rumours up in an effort to have a good laugh. There are just too many ‘coincidences’! And, quite frankly, I think it is hilarious.


    June 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm

  4. Jackasic:
    Welcome Back!!!!! I haven’t seen hide nor hair of you in quite a while. Now, as for politics, the Westminster Confession discusses how Christians may–and I would argue should–participate in politics/ civil government (WCF 23.2). It is not only prudent, in my view, to do so, it is another way in which we can serve others.

    That being said, I do wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments in regards to placing our hopes for mankind solely within the realm of electoral success. ‘Tis the Gospel, and not the ballot box, should be our aim!


    June 23, 2008 at 8:18 pm

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