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I Know You!

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‘And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.’  ~ Genesis 42:8

Ever since I met Ben Hailey I have been haunted by the feeling that he reminded me of someone.  (In fact, it has been silently driving me crazy!)  Serendipitously (in the Presbyterian sense of the word), I realised who it was as I was watching ‘The Little Rascals’ with Gracie Mae this evening:

[Update: After having been taken to the woodshed by Mrs. Hailey, allow me to clarify–I am NOT calling Ben ‘porky.’  The resemblance in the face is what I am referring to.  In fact, Porky wasn’t even porky–he was a normal-sized kid.  No offence intended, Ben!!]

Ben Hailey:


And Eugene ‘Porky’ Lee:


I love you, Ben–please don’t destroy me next time I see you!!!!!


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March 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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You Be the Judge

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 ‘Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.’  ~ Psalm 51:5

  • I am certain that it is due in no small part to my adherence to the Reformed Christian faith, but my initial response to the question, ‘Why don’t toddlers do what they’re told?’ is to answer (quickly): Because they’re sinners. An interesting new study seems to offer some insights into the mechanics of the Fall in our children.









  • Jimmy Carter may have been a horrible President but his commitment to peace is admirable, unassailable, and rare in a chief executive. He is one of the few Presidents to actually employ peace and negotiation as the primary option rather than the currently popular policy that holds war as the presupposition of foreign policy. Now he has really angered the court historians by recognising Abraham Lincoln for exactly what he was: an un-Christian warmonger.



Can I Get An A-M-E-N?! 





The US government just won’t allow the correction the economy needs.” [Ron Paul] cites the mini-depression of 1921, which lasted just a year largely because insolvent companies were allowed to fail. “No one remembers that one. They’ll remember this one, because it will last 15 years.”


Ron Paul speaks the truth to power:





  • This video is emblematic of why professional sports—actually, the athletes therein—can make my skin crawl. (Sadly, this sort of behaviour has infected athletics at all levels.)




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




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March 26, 2009 at 2:00 am

Это Не является английским

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‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home.’  ~ Leviticus 18:9

  • Among the features of WordPress that I enjoy is the ability to see where folks are visiting my blog from. Interestingly, 50% of my hits recently have come from an Internet forum in Russia—it could be Ukraine–all I can tell is that it is written in the Cyrillic Alphabet.




  • Companies that specialize in church mortgages report that foreclosures and delinquencies for congregations are on the rise as the tough economic times start to make their impact at the offering plate.’




  • A pro-life activist says Senator Sam Brownback’s decision to support pro-abortion Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services secretary shows that his commitment to the unborn is merely political rather than a core value.’



Look out your window, baby, there’s a scene you’d like to catch,
The band is playing ‘Dixie,’ a man got his hand outstretched.
Could be the Fuhrer.
Could be the local priest.
You know sometimes
Satan comes as a man of peace.
~ Bob Dylan, Man of Peace




  • As a father, it is a sad realisation for me that the actresses in pornographic movies/ photographs are ‘Somebody’s Daughter.’




  • The beginning of the 1980’s docudrama ‘Countdown to Looking Glass’ seem eerily prescient and as if they were ripped from the headlines yesterday. Watch the first five minutes and see whether the depiction seems familiar.




  • I can’t decide whether this is hysterical or highly irreverent.




  • More ‘security’ insanity: Mule-skinners must have background checks. (I don’t want to play anymore.)







  • It’s amazing how many things I take for granted. Imagine not being able to open you mouth more than one inch for eight years!




With the President’s efforts to enact public works programs all but accepted as efficacious economic policy, it would be worthwhile to consider the timeless discussions of Frederic Bastiat on such boondoggles in his essay What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen: ‘But is this all? Taken all together, does not the operation [of government works programmes] involve something else? At the moment when M. Dupin pronounces the sacramental words: “The Assembly has adopted, ….” do millions of [dollars] descend miraculously on a moonbeam into the coffers of M. Fould and M. Bineau? For the process to be complete, does not the state have to organize the collection of funds as well as their expenditure? Does it not have to get its tax collectors into the country and its taxpayers to make their contribution?’







  • As I have said many times, there is always a silver lining to an economic crisis. In this instance, the beneficiary is the reading public, as Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ has seen an enormous increase in sales.







I don’t care what the [Iraqi] status of forces agreement says: that document has more loopholes than the bank bailout bill’s provisions for paying back the American taxpayers. Those 50,000 “residual” occupiers will simply pull back into their permanent bases, which are even now being constructed throughout Iraq, to be called on when our sock-puppets find themselves unable to tamp down the growing spirit of rebellion.  

What kind of a “withdrawal” is this? It is one so burdened with contingencies, conditional footnotes, and amendatory clauses, that it falls beneath its own weight and collapses into a fair approximation of the status quo.’


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March 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

Panning for Bread

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‘Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”‘  ~ John 6:31

The short video below provides a snapshot into just how bad things have gotten in Zimbabwe due to the hyper-inflationary policies of their central bank.  The people there are suffering greatly and it is, simply, heartbreaking to watch their stories. 

That we should be prayerfully concerned for the people in Zimbabwe goes without saying; we should most certainly take heed of their predicament bacause our central bank (the Federal Reserve) is following a similar inflationary path down the road to economic perdition.


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March 17, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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Mute Monday

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‘Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!’  ~ Deuteronomy 5:29


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March 16, 2009 at 6:07 am

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A Birthday Message to Me From Ron Paul

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‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.’  ~ Matthew 5:9

Actually, I am confident that Ron Paul had absolutely no idea that yesterday was my birthday.  Still, I prefer to believe he was speaking directly to me and for my enjoyment.

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March 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

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My Wife Likes to Embarrass Me

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‘To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.’  ~ Genesis 3:16a

So, she submitted my photo to KBTX for the ‘Applause’ section in which they wish happy birthdays to local folks.  Well, not only was I featured in my 2.3 seconds of fame–but I won the drawing for the Chic-Fil-A party tray!  (Now Alexis Findley have something in common.)

You can actually see the (ahem) ‘excitement’ on the KBTX website here.

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March 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

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