Metallic Pea

Frustrating People Since 1971.

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‘If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.’ Deuteronomy 18:21-25


A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

-Attributed to Alexander Tyler [The quote above it searing and insightful; yet, sadly, it is apocryphal.]


A friend (who shall remain nameless) has lodged a legitimate complaint about the ‘punkin patch’ photos that some of us have utilised to create cuter-than-all-getout photos of our young’uns and that has, up ’til now, escaped me: They’re are not actually punkin patches.  Rather, they are gourd gathering places; in order to constitute a patch, there must be subterranean stem contact.  I reckon having fifty gross of punkins in various sizes and shapes strewn about a city park upon wooden pallets no more makes it a patch than shopping in the produce department at H.E.B. constitutes a walk in the garden.  (But they are dang cute pictures!)


  • As I’ve said before, there are always silver linings around the Grey Clouds of the Economy. While nearly all businesses are reporting slower sales and business than last year, pawn shops are seeing their business increase by 50% or more. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Remember, for every buggy whip salesman in the auto age there is a chainsaw owner after hurricanes!

What does this passage cause you to think of?

Thus says the LORD: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.’ Jeremiah 10:2-5

  • Indeed, the pro-life ploy is perfectly demonic: in holding out the illusionary possibility of destroying an evil an even greater evil is fed. But what can be more evil than killing babies? It is that which is the cause of this killing and myriad other evils. Indeed, as atrocious as abortion is, it is nonetheless a symptom. Our nation is not vicious because it allows abortion; rather it allows abortion because the nation is vicious.’

Searing insight on ‘Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils’:

Imagine a reckless teenager who constantly runs up his parents’ credit cards, smashes the family car every Friday night, is failing in school, and has serious drinking and drug problems. Now imagine that no matter how reckless and dangerous that teenager became, his parents believed his behavior was worth tolerating simply because he was “their” kid. No reasonable person would consider this good parenting.’

A true [evolutionary] transitional form would be something like a fish having part fins…part feet, or a bird having part scales…part feathers, partially one function, partially another with neither being complete or functional. Even the top experts of evolution theory have admitted that there are no indisputable transitional forms in the fossil record to support evolution across biological groups or kinds, although this news is rarely made public in the media or in textbooks.’


Southern Presbyterians in the War of Northern Aggression were among the most passionate advocates of the Confederate Cause.  According to Rev. Thomas Smyth, they fought for:

‘home and happiness, the purity of wives, and daughters, the sanctity of the fireside, the holiness and freedom of our altars, the security of peace, the prosperity of agriculture and commerce, the pursuit of happiness in the walks of science, and the groves of philosphy, and the studies and laboratories of art; above all, honour, principle, and the highest of all prerogatives–that of national sovereignty.’


  • If you thought the recent Supreme Court decision on the 2ndAmendment was a victory for gun rights, just remember: You can’t spell Heller without h-e-l-l.

  • Now, I am no friend of the credit card companies. Just like I am no friend of the local drug dealer. It is ultimately my choice as to whether I will indulge in either supplier, and my choices are informed by my faith. Therefore, if we perish, we perish for a lack of knowledge. Our antinomianism creates a vacuum for sin, and the way of the transgressor is hard.’

  • The world is moving into the greatest economic crisis of history. It is a religious crisis, the product of man’s efforts to play god and to control all things. For humanistic man, freedom is anathema, because it runs counter to scientific planning and control. The growing crisis is thus a religious one, and we must see it as God’s judgment on a false and rival order. The crisis must be seen as good news, as evidence that God is at war, that the wages of sin in any sphere are always death, and that every tower of Babel man erects has a common destiny, disaster and confusion. The Lord is at work; let the people rejoice.’ ~ R. J. Rushdoony, Roots of Reconstruction


Presbyterian minister Benjamin Palmer was valiant in his defence of Dixie during the Late Unpleasantness.  He was convinced that the struggle to prevent the Blue Hoard from subjugating the Southern people would be seen through the prism of history

‘as the movement which rescued the whole country just as it was slipping into an empire. … History has nowhere upon her records a more sublime example of moral heroism.’

Sadly, he was only correct as it regards Southern heroism.

  • [T]he number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up.




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  1. great post and blog. I am really enjoying your recent work.


    October 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm

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