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For No Particular Reason

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‘The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.’  ~ Zepheniah 3:5

Van Morrison – Brand New Day


When all the dark clouds roll away
And the sun begins to shine
I see my freedom from across the way
And it comes right in on time
Well it shines so bright and it gives so much light
And it comes from the sky above
Makes me feel so free makes me feel like me
And lights my life with love


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February 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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Jeopardy Lite

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‘I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is good and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? ‘  ~ II Samuel 19:35a


I’ll take ‘Ten Beers You Will Never See Me Drinking’ for $200, Alex.


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February 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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Atlas’ Shoulders

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 ‘So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.’  ~ Act 13:51




  • Here is a fascinating exposition on ‘What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce.’







  • Sgt. Chris Walker, a police officer in Petersburg, Va., grew up without ever meeting his biological father – until he suddenly discovered his own co-worker fit the description.’







  • What is life going to be like when we stop using dollars? Will we revert to bartering? Will we adopt euros or yen? Will we hoard gold? Or will we just roll wheelbarrows full of American currency to exchange for something more valuable — like toilet paper?’




  • Israeli archaeologists yesterday announced the discovery of a large building dating to the time of the First and Second Temples associated with Hezekiah, the King of Judah.’




The way you become wealthy is by producing more than you consume, not consuming more than you produce.’ ~ Doug Casey, The Daily Reckoning






Probably no event is more commonly cited as a Keynesian spending success story than World War II. Variants of this thesis can be found among across the political spectrum. On the right, neocon Conrad Black argues that World War II “had restored prosperity after the free market had failed.” On the left, Paul Krugman similarly writes: “There’s nothing magic about spending on tanks and bombs rather than roads and bridges. The reason World War II worked more effectively than the WPA [in terms of promoting economic growth] as that it was *bigger.*”




  • A Southern California counselor with nearly two decades of experience with foster children is challenging a decision that she be punished after four teens she took on an approved day-long outing encountered a beach festival – and heard Christian music.’




  • It is said that an ounce of gold bought 350 loaves of bread in the time of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who died in 562 BC which is roughly what it buys today, a stretch of 2,500 years, while the dollar, on the other hand, has lost 97% of its buying power since 1913, less than 100 years ago, when the detestable Federal Reserve was given its diabolical unholy control of the nation’s banks and money by a corrupt Congress and allowed by a corrupt Supreme Court.’


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February 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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Flat and Repentant

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‘Surely I am too stupid to be a man.   I have not the understanding of a man.’  ~ Proverbs 30:2

Many of you know that Clan Lee suffered the effects of a flat tire while en route to worship yesterday (at a cool 70 mph, no less).  Praise be to God that no one was injured, it wasn’t raining, and my children couldn’t hear me as I attempted in vain to remove the spare tire from the undercarriage of the truck.  For posterity’s sake, Ashlee was able to snap a photograph of my feeble attempt to get us back on the road:




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February 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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‘An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.’  ~ II Timothy 2:5

Due to the incessant (and celebrated) showboating and ‘All Eyes On Me’ mentality that plagues sports from Pop Warner football to the NBA, it is refreshing and heartening to read of honourable acts of sportsmanship.  Such was the case during a recent high school basketball game in Wisconsin recently:

Something else was on [Coach] Dave Rohlman’s mind when he asked for a volunteer to shoot two free throws awarded his team on a technical foul in the second quarter. His senior captain raised his hand, ready to go to the line as he had many times before.

Only this time it was different.

“You realize you’re going to miss them, don’t you?” Rohlman said.

Once upon a time, sporting activities were the means by which young men were taught chivalry, honour, and courage without needing to resort to actual combat in order to do so.  I pray that incidents of respect and sportsmanship once again become the norm in sports, rather than merely a refreshing exception–at all levels.

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February 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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‘The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.’  ~ Genesis 41:53, 54


While I am reluctant to perpetuate my reputation as the town Chicken Little and appear to have my hand in the perpetual grip of the Alarm Bell’s rope, I also stand firm in the notion that failing to warn people of potential danger is not only negligent but probably immoral.  (Whether my readers choose to heed my advice–or to ridicule me as a Nervous Nellie–is completely up to them.)

That being said, I have been advising folks that it would be wise to begin building a decent-sized store of foodstuffs for future consumption, and for two important reasons.  First, as the economy continues to worsen, significant increases in food costs are as certain as death and taxes.  In addition, the news regarding the future of world food production is a bit grim.  Drought conditions throughout the globe–including those regions which have historically carried the weight in crop production for decades–are threatening to considerably reduce or eradicate crops in frightening proportions.  In other words, forecasts indicate that many people (numbering in the millions) could face starvation in the near future.

We in Texas are not immune as any farmer or rancher in the Lone Star State will be quick to tell you.  Nathan Lewis discusses this on his ‘Global Research’ blog where he points out:

The Texan drought is reaching historic proportion . Dry conditions near Austin and San Antonio have been exceeded only once before—the drought of 1917-18. 88 percent of Texas is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, and 18 percent of the state is in either extreme or exceptional drought conditions. The drought areas have been expanding almost every month. Conditions in Texas are so bad cattle are keeling over in parched pastures and dying. Lack of rainfall has left pastures barren, and cattle producers have resorted to feeding animals hay. Irreversible damage has been done to winter wheat crops in Texas. Both short and long-term forecasts don’t call for much rain at all, which means the Texas drought is set to get worse.

Again, it is not my desire to spur a panic nor encourage anxiety; however, you cannot prevent an illness by ignoring the symptoms.  Often, the doctor’s examination results in a clean bill of health; yet, sometimes he finds a reason for concern.  Only then can treatment be undertaken. 

Besides, what would it hurt to buy a few extra cans of peas and a sack of rice or two for a rainy day (no pun intended)?  If forecasts are wrong you can always eat the extra food, right?


 Click here for more on the drought and its effects in our local economy.


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February 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

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The Libury

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‘Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some idols and installed one of his sons as his priest.’  ~ Judges 17:5


In keeping with my recent theme of self-deprecating humour, I offer you the following from Doonesbury:

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February 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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