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‘ May his days be few;may another take his office!’  ~ Psalm 109:8
  

 

 

One of my favourite bands in the 1980’s was Def Leppard.  They are still ‘rocking’ to-day; but I don’t know which is more embarrassing–singing rock ‘n roll in your 50’s, or placing the Stanley Cup upside down during a promotional hockey concert.  Yikes!

 

 

  

 

Unbelief, apostasy, and overt hostility toward religion in general (and Christianity in specific) are nothing new.  However, anti-Christianity has intensified in recent days from scoffing to blatant hostility.  The secular humanists have now undertaken to establish that Christians—or anyone with belief in a higher power—are mentally ill.  We ignore this campaign at our own peril.  If our faith continues to be classified as an aberrant behaviour, I can foresee the day when those of us who profess belief in Christ will be rounded up and placed in ‘institutions’ (whatever form they may take).

 

Illustrative of this assault against believers is Bill Maher’s newly-released documentary ‘Religulous.’  (You can see the trailer here.)  I really can’t overstate the importance of recognising what is going on here.

 

 

 

  • Who is responsible for the current ECONOMIC CRISIS (bwaa-haa-haa!)?  Thomas DiLorenzo (who I have met) says it is Alexander Hamilton. 

 

 

 

  • Just when you thought evolution propaganda couldn’t get any more ridiculous, you get this from the London Telegraph: ‘Health, birth control and the healing power of lust all conspire to tell us that, at least in the developed world, and at least for the time being, evolution is over. So, if you are worried about what Utopia is going to be like, cheer up – you are living in it now.’ 

 

‘In the past twenty years, Christians have complained about the pernicious and immoral influence the public schools have had on the social and cultural fabric of our youth. Yet, the idea persists that government schools can be reformed, or that Christians can somehow be an effective witness for Christ within the schools. Millions of Christian parents continue to leave their children in the public schools where, after twelve-plus years of indoctrination, entire generations are being lost and corrupted as too many children abandon the faith of their upbringing. 

 What are the ultimate presuppositions of education as God Himself declared it? As the Westminster Confession states, “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture” (Ch. 1, Sec. 6). Therefore, a compelling Christian argument cannot ignore the presupposition of all of God’s Word for all of life. Thus, when a Christian criticizes modern education, or any other sphere governed by humanism, does that criticism truly begin (literally) with the acknowledgement of Christ speaking infallibly in His Word?’

 

 

 

  • Peter Schiff, who (along with Ron Paul) was trying to warn of the current economic ‘issues’ we are dealing with for years, discusses why the Congressional ‘bailout’ will not only fail miserably, it will lengthen and deepen the economic woes (podcast).  Sadly, I would bet that 95% of my readers will not listen to this or any other warnings—until it is too late.  Buckle up—it’s going to be a bumpy ride. 

 

 

 

  • More from those ‘crazy secessionists’—in California and Oregon!  They want to form the new State of Jefferson. 

 

 

  • Professor Lonn caused quite a stink in her day, as one would expect. Not only did she document massive desertion in the Union army, but she also portrayed “the Southern cause as attempting to win independence from an oppressive, centralized government,” writes William Blair. Nevertheless, her book [‘Desertion During the Civil War’] was still very well received. Totalitarian political correctness had not yet infected all of American society as it does today.’ 

 

 

 

‘It is hard for us today to realise how much disunion and division of sentiment there was in the North during the war.’  ~ Professor Ella Lonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact many of today’s so-called conservatives seem to me to be liberals without knowing it, no matter how much they say they detest liberalism. Rush Limbaugh, to name only the most audible of them, seems to have no real philosophy, no awareness of conservative literature outside journalism. His premises are hard to distinguish from liberalism’s. Apparently he equates favoring war with conservatism. He likes big government just fine, as long as it’s shooting something. He says the Republican Party will save Social Security and Medicare, huge liberal programs which a real conservative thinks shouldn’t have existed in the first place. Sometimes, after listening to him for a half hour, I want to beg him, “Rush, how about equal time for real conservatism?”’ 

 

 

 

  • While Texas enjoys a $6 billion dollar budget surplus (see, it can be done!), other free-spending states such as California are hanging by a thread as their financial chickens come home to roost.  Many of the reasons are rampant deficit spending, enormous social programs, high taxation (which siphons off capital), mass emigration from the state by the upper classes (to avoid said taxation), and suffocating regulation.  However, unlike the Feds, the individual State governments cannot print their own money.  Panic has now set in as Gov. Schwarzenegger asks D.C. for cash…fast. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. 135. What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?

A. The duties required in the sixth commandment are all careful studies, and lawful endeavors, to preserve the life of ourselves and others …’  ~ Westminster Larger Catechism

 

 

 

 

  • The election of a Progressive like … Obama would deprive conservatives of power. The election of a Progressive like McCain would deprive conservatives of both the government and the means to resist Progressivism. Which is the lesser evil? 

 

 

 

  To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Genesis

 

 

 

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  1. Sounds like I left California just in time!

    Patricia Calderon

    October 11, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  2. I would move to the state of Jefferson. Beautiful country without a crazy government.

    I am not vouching for the majority of our public education system but I went through it and received a great education. I also had the exact right conditions. I say this just to point out that there still is a small percentage of it that is working. That said, I probably support homeschooling in most areas or at the very least, heavy educational supplements.

    Jacob

    October 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

  3. @Jacob: Others have made the same criticism of my jaundiced view of government schooling; and I will agree that I am verging on hyper-critical. As an explanation, I also went through The System (with the exception of grades 6-9) and, looking back, I can see where a great deal of damage–academically and morally–was done. I also realise that The System cannot be held totally responsible (parents and the individual are accountable, as well) but they bear a great deal of blame.

    The things I was exposed to–and indoctrinated with–are the things I feel as a father I am honour-bound and determined to protect my children from. The horror stories I hear from my in-laws, sister, and step-mother (all teachers) are enough to make your hair curl. There are great teachers, to be sure (including them)–but The System is set up to teach my children the exact opposite of my values.

    Add to that the vast dearth of actual learning that takes place for the most part and homeschooling appears to be the only way to both protect and adequately educate our children. Were it not for a personal propensity for autodidacticism, I doubt I would be where I am to-day because I simply wasn’t taught that much in school. (Texas A&M being chief among the offenders in that area.)

    OK, I’ll stop ranting on now. All of that is to say that you are correct: The System is not ALL bad and it is full of good schools and great teachers who care about both the moral and intellectual health of our children. There is just enough bad–and the fact that the government and NEA stand behind it all in all of their anti-Christian glory–that I cannot get on board.

    For me, it’s kind of like a bird dropping in my gallon of ice cream: There’s a LOT of good ice cream, but the amount of ‘bad’ in it means that I am not going to eat it.

    ninepoundhammer

    October 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

  4. Matt, by saying Texas A&M was the chief among the offenders that taught you nothing, you assume a homogeneity of all degree programs, faculty and courses. Also, if it was so bad, why not transfer or get your master’s elsewhere? This is just an idea but I would argue people in other programs that A&M specializes in would not agree with your assertion that you learn little at A&M. I just saw a ranking where A&M was ranked 73 in History Departments nationally. However, Mays is in the top 10 as are many other departments. In any event, these are just some ideas before a global assertion of the university is made.

    em

    October 13, 2008 at 3:55 pm

  5. @Eric: As I mentioned to you earlier, I wrote that I–I–didn’t learn much at A&M. I have spoken to many, many people who feel the same way (not that I didn’t learn anything but they THEY didn’t). My wife would second my assertion.

    To be more clear, I should revise my statement that I didn’t learn anything. I did learn things–but certainly not to the degree that I expected nor in a decent relation to the amount of money I paid for it.

    Keep in mind that I have also taught at the junior high, high school, junior college, and college levels. There were smart, intelligent, and educated kids–but they were the exception rather than the rule.

    I’ll be happy to relay some of my personal horror stories for you from both my student and teaching careers.

    [Necessary Emoticon] — 🙂

    ninepoundhammer

    October 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm

  6. thats ok matt…i have had good classes and bad…as for the knowledge per $ question, i would rate mine moderate
    it could be higher – but it could be a lot lower too (like when i was at my previous schools)

    em

    October 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm


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