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Found On Road Dead

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‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge.’  ~ Hosea 4:6a

  

I have often bemoaned the difficulty that our current generation has putting things into historical context.  It seems as if, for us, history began in 1990 (if not later).  With that in mind, I found the following quote extremely interesting:

‘Let them fail; let everybody fail! I made my fortune when I had nothing to start with, by myself and my own ideas. Let other people do the same thing. If I lose everything in the collapse of our financial structure, I will start in at the beginning and build it up again.’  ~ Henry Ford, 11 February 1934

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November 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato…Dang!!

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‘A man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.’  ~ Proverbs 28:3

 

The results (if they can be called such) are in and, not altogether unexpectedly, the GTE–the Great Tater Experiment for the great unwashed–is a complete failure.  Actually, ‘complete’ is a bit more pessimistic than what is call for; rather, ‘miserable’ failure is a more apt description.  After three-plus months and all the good will we could muster, our potato crop amounted to three-THREE!–golf ball-sized new potatoes at the very bottom of the bottom tire.  To say we are disappointed would be an understatement but, considering my penchant for not being able to grow just about anything from the ground, we were not all that surprised.  Oh well, there’s always the Spring garden to look forward too!

It’s a very good thing that you don’t have to plant chickens.

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November 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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Au 101

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‘The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.’  ~ Proverbs 21:5

  

If you are actually interested in how we reached our current economic condition–primarily the death sprial of the u.S. Dollar–watch this Youtube video of Ron Paul at the recent End the Federal Reserve rally in Houston.  The level of his economic and historical acumen in breathtaking–and extremely informative.  He explains succinctly how we got here and, perhaps more importantly, where we are going and how to protect yourself and your family.  (Make certain to watch all four parts.)

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November 26, 2008 at 10:11 am

BBQ and the Culture War

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‘No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’  ~ Matthew 6:24  

 

The most truly disadvantaged are those who are hated for their virtues, not their vices…’ ~ Wilmot Robertson, The Dispossessed Majority

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Another professing Christian company capitulates to Mammon and agrees to worship at the altar of Equality. The e-Harmony matchmaking site will now begin to include homosexuals in its listings following a lawsuit in New Jersey. You cannot serve two masters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can look back on campaigns in which I saw Republicans on the local level working their hearts out for a cause they believed to be just , only to realize, after is was all over, that the kingmakers had given them a candidate who would not campaign on the issues.’ ~ Phyllis Schlafly 1964

 

 

 

  • If it has not become increasingly clear to us by now, the current tactic in the culture war against Christians is to make us appear mentally ill. In this video, Joy Behar of ‘The View’ insists that homeschooled children are ‘demented.’

 

 

 

  • In discussions of Texas barbecue, the equivalent of Matt Damon and George Clooney and Brad Pitt would be establishments like Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market, in Lockhart; City Market, in Luling; and Louie Mueller Barbecue, in Taylor—places that reflect the barbecue tradition that developed during the nineteenth century out of German and Czech meat markets in the Hill Country of central Texas. (In fact, the title of Texas Monthly’s first article on barbecue—it was published in 1973, shortly after the magazine’s founding—was “The World’s Best Barbecue Is in Taylor, Texas. Or Is It Lockhart?”) Those restaurants, all of which had been in the top tier in 2003, were indeed there again in this summer’s survey. For the first time, though, a No. 1 had been named, and it was not one of the old familiars. “The best barbecue in Texas,” the article said, “is currently being served at Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington.”’   [Anyone up for a road trip?]

 

 

 

  • I’ve been waiting for this for SEVENTEEN YEARS!! Do you know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political leaders in our post-literate society no longer need to be competent, sincere or honest. They only need to appear to have these qualities. Most of all they need a story, a narrative. The reality of the narrative is irrelevant. It can be completely at odds with the facts. The consistency and emotional appeal of the story are paramount. The most essential skill in political theater and the consumer culture is artifice. Those who are best at artifice succeed. Those who have not mastered the art of artifice fail. In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek or want honesty. We ask to be indulged and entertained by clichés, stereotypes and mythic narratives that tell us we can be whomever we want to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities and that our glorious future is preordained, either because of our attributes as Americans or because we are blessed by God or both.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell which one is the artist?

 

  • Peter Schiff, one of the few men to try and warn us (unsuccessfully) of the coming economic meltdown, discusses what we can expect to see down the road. Some of his conclusions might surprise you. (Podcast.)

 

 

 

  • Unfortunately, as we moderns ascended the social heights, when we reached a new level we often kicked out the ladder we climbed to get there. And now when we find ourselves forced to reverse direction, we find that the things that allowed us to exist comfortably at lower levels are no longer available to us. Mother and Dad and that comfortable home equipped us to venture out into the wide world, but now that the wide world has turned us away we return to find that Mother and Dad and home are no longer there to welcome us back—and that it was our leaving that destroyed them.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Speaking of whether the u.S. Constitution still means anything, the controversy over President-elect Obama’s birth certificate continues to build.

 

 

 

  • [S]preading [the wealth] is mostly what Washington does. Here, the Constitution is an afterthought; the supreme law of the land is the principle of concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.’ ~ George Will []

 


Like my new ‘do?

 

 

  • Here is an example of just how corrupt Washington City can be: ‘Ted Stevens — the longest-serving Republican senator in history [who was recently convicted in a court of law for corruption] — bid farewell to the Senate on Thursday’ to a standing ovation.

 

 

 

  • Already, you can see that the political constellation is lining up in a way that is more friendly to the cause of liberty. The Democrats are up to their old tricks, which are transparently dumb and dated. The Republicans are responding with smart and sound criticisms. The government looks poised for a fantastic gridlock that will let the liquidation take place so that we can move toward a good recovery.

 

 

 

  • I’ve said it here before—and probably will again—but don’t expect u.S. foreign policy to change. In fact, you can expect an expansion of the GWOT©–you can bank on it—now that Obama has selected Hillary! to be Secretary of State. For all of her rhetoric and demagoguery, she is a neoconservative u.S. hegemonist of the highest order. The world should be very, very nervous right about now.

In honour of the long, long, long, LONG-anticipated release of their new album, to-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Guns ‘n Roses:

  

What a Pair!

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‘Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.’  ~ Proverbs 23:33

 

I sometimes find myself laughing under my breath at the strange–and sometimes disturbing–combinations folks (including myself) take to the check-out counter at the grocery store.  To-night, I paid for a sack of potatoes and a bottle of shower gel.  The strangest tandem I’ve ever purchased?  It has to be the time–and I am not making this up–I bought peanut butter and maxi-pads.  (What can I say?  I love my wife.  A lot.)

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November 18, 2008 at 11:21 pm

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Calling Caribou Barbie

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‘He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.’  ~ Genesis 10:9

  

As Art Linkletter might say, children, out of the abundance of their ignorance (in the truest sense of the word) and their innocence (in the colloquial sense) often say the darndest things.  My daughter is no exception–believe me.  Since she has begun to talk she has had us in stitches more often than not.  (The remainder of the time is usually spent in a combination of instruction and…more instruction.)

While I was preparing her breakfast this morning as we readied ourselves for worship services at church, the young lass pointed at my shotgun (don’t worry, safety is a watchword with us!) and asked, ‘What is that, Daddy?’  I told her what it was and that I use it to hunt squirrels (without success yesterday).  The look on her face–and the rapid-fire nature of her response–betrayed the real motive behind her interrogatory: ‘Will you buy me a pink one, Daddy?’  (Favourite recipe: Instant Grin, just add Gracie Mae.)

I answered her in the affirmative between chuckles and convulsions.  ‘Sure thing, honey!  I’ll buy you a pink shotgun when you are older and you can go squirrel hunting with me.’ (Tee-hee.  Ha-ha.)

Well, just for giggles I looked.  What to guess what I found?

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November 16, 2008 at 4:29 pm

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Plenty to Go Around

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‘But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.’  ~ Jeremiah 5:23

 

  • I am a bit confused. We (the taxpayers, anyway) are forced to bail out Wall Street and the banksters who made ill-advised and irresponsible loans to folks who could not afford them—at the government’s insistence, no less—yet the credit card companies are being forbidden to voluntarily forgive a portion of their debtors’ balances in efforts to prevent further losses? We truly have entered Bizzaro World.

 

 

  • A conservative Christian activist says it’s a sad omen for the Obama administration and the United States that Barack Obama has been seeking guidance from the Episcopal Church’s first openly homosexual bishop.

 

 

 

 

 

  • (Sarcasm Alert.)  Isn’t it great that the pro-homosexual activists are so full of love, tolerance, and understanding?: ‘On Sunday morning, amidst worshiping congregants and following unifying prayers that our President-elect be granted wisdom as he prepares to lead our nation through difficult global, social and economic challenges, the Michigan left declared open war on peaceful church goers. They did it with banners, chants, blasphemy, by storming the pulpit, by vandalizing the church facility, by potentially defiling the building with lewd, public, sex acts and by intentionally forcing physical confrontations with worshipers.’  

 

  • If the economy is truly slowing down (as I believe it is), someone needs to let Hank Steinbrenner know about it–quickly.  The New York Yankees have offered pitcher C. C. Sabathia a contract reportedly worth $140 MILLION!!  (If I were Sabathia, I would demand payment in gold…or Euros.)

 

  •  ‘Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting somethign that resembles meat on the table.  Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce.’  

 

  • ‘”God has vindicated the black folk,” the Rev. [sic] Shirley Caesar-Williams said as a member of her Raleigh congregation, Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, brandished a flag and another marched among the pews blowing a ram’s horn.’

 

  • It was decades later that the truth came out that the Soviets invaded [Afghanistan in 1979] only after being deliberately provoked by U.S. hawks [emphasis added]. One of them was Robert Gates, who worked for [Zbigniew] Brzezinski in the Carter administration and who is currently the Secretary of Defense, now being considered by President-elect Obama to retain that position. A 1996 press release promoting Gates’ memoir promised the revelation of “Carter’s never-before-revealed covert support to Afghan mujahedeen – six months before the Soviets invaded.  The Gates revelation prompted an interviewer for the French publication, Le Nouvel Observateur, to ask Brzezinski in a 1998 interview whether he regretted “having given arms and advice to future terrorists,” and Brzezinski replied: “Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? …. What is most important to the history of the world? … Some stirred up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”’ 

 

 

Oh, good heavens!  Let’s hope not!! 

 

We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish social justice, draw the fangs of privilege, effect the redistribution of property, remove the burden of liberty from ourselves and our posterity, and insure the continuance of the New Deal, do ordain and establish this Constitution.   ~ H. L. Mencken, ‘Constitution for the New Deal’ 

 

 

 

 

  • It what can only be described as absurd: ‘President George W. Bush today will urge leaders of the world’s biggest industrial and developing economies not to abandon principles of free-market capitalism as they seek an escape from the international financial crisis, calling it the “best system” for delivering growth.’  (Such as doing what—government taking ownership of banks and bailing out private institutions with taxpayer money?!)

 

If this is ‘nuetrality’, I would hate to see her acting as a partisan!  (Good ol’ guv’mint schools!)

   

 

 

  • ‘[Obama] even openly mocked the Bible, yet nearly every black American Christian voted for him anyway.  Hence, black Christians proved their allegiance is not to Christ first, but to the color of their skin.  And for this, they need to repent. … Meanwhile, white Christians lined up behind Sarah Palin–a woman–for high public office.  They ridiculed those who invoked Scripture to point out this was unbiblical.  It would have been one thing if the Christians supporting her simply admitted they knew it was unbiblical and contrary to Scripture for her to be in office, but the threat of an Obama presidency was so awful they felt compelled to vote for her anyway.  But that wasn’t the case.  They actually wanted to change 2000 years of biblical interpretation and declare that it was biblically right for her to be in public office.’  ~ Pastor Matt Trewhella, Mercy Seat Christian Church