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On Default Line

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‘…and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.’  I Thessalonians 4:11, 12





  • I always felt sorry for people who had children. I never wanted to have a child. I thought children were a terrible waste of time, energy, and money. I literally felt very sorry for people who had children. I was never going to do something so foolish. I was totally, unbelievably wrong. I am telling you, it is the best thing that has happened to me. If there is anybody watching this show who has not had children, I urge you to get home and get on with it. You take a day off if you have to. You don’t take a day off these days, go home for lunch. But you should definitely have children.’  (Legendary investor/ billionaire Jim Rogers) 



  • I don’t know what the Russians are worried about; essentially everything Americans currently think about World War II is false as it is



  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden rejected the Russian push for a sphere of influence over former Soviet nations, saying as he headed to Georgia on Wednesday that no nation could veto another country’s choices.’  (Does he really expect us to take them seriously?  We’ve been ‘vetoing’ other countries’ choices for decades!) 



  •  ‘Beginning in the 16th Century, Scottish Presbyterian churches began using communion tokens.  Before the celebration of communion, church’s [sic] elders would visit each member and examine his or her knowledge of the faith.  Those meeting elders’ approval were given a small lead (or other metal) token which permitted them to receive communion.  These tokens often would list the church, a year and the minister’s initials.  The use of such tokens continued when American Presbyterian churches were created.  By the early 20th Century, use of such tokens ceased as clergy and elders viewed communion as a means of grace, as opposed to a reward for knowledge and good behaviour.’ 



  •  ‘The attorney representing an Army major fighting deployment to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama is not legally his commander-in-chief is declaring victory after the Soldier’s orders were revoked yesterday.’ 







  •  ‘Only when at least one of these criminal gangs is dismembered will there ever be any “change” in Washington. With the Republicans out of the way and the Democrats completely discredited, the chance for a true revolution in Washington couldn’t be better. You may say I’m a dreamer, but life without Republicans should at least be considered. With the taste of Bush and Cheney fresh on our tongues, what do we have to lose?’ 



  •  ‘The business model is remarkably simple. So simple even a banker can get it. You borrow from depositors at one rate. And you lend to borrowers (who are also depositors, usually) at a higher rate. What could go wrong?  Well…that’s what makes bankers bankers. They manage to mess it up.’ 



  • By 2007, the world economy was taking curves far too fast. As we guessed, the stimulus didn’t stimulate nearly as well as the meddlers had hoped. Instead of increasing real output in the US, it lured Americans to spend and speculate…and drove Chinese entrepreneurs to put up new factories in order to give them something to buy. In America, debt grew 5 times faster than GDP; for each dollar of extra income, Americans added $5.50 to their debt.’ 


To-day’s 1980’s Moment: Glass Tiger – ‘Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone’


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July 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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They’ll Kill You–Then They’ll Eat You

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  ‘And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.’  ~ Genesis 2:12


  • In an embarrassing acknowledgment, the space agency said Thursday that it must have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape.’ Yeah, right—the ‘story’ just keeps getting better and better.




  • The present worldwide inflation has done, and will continue to do, immense harm. But it may eventually lead to one great achievement. It may make it possible to restore (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say to create) a full 100 percent gold standard.’




  • The Bubble Economy claims another victim: Crocs.







  • Want to see what State-Controlled, Centralised Environmental Planning actually gets you? A toxic desert, for one thing.




Sir Douglas Quintet, ‘Mendocino’







Have you ever wondered what The Beach Boys would sound like if they were members of the Church of Christ?




  • Faced with a “consensus” view which looks increasingly implausible, a fast-growing body of reputable scientists from many countries has been coming up with a ”counter-consensus”, which holds that their fellow scientists have been looking in wholly the wrong direction to explain what is happening to the world’s climate. The two factors which most plausibly explain what temperatures are actually doing are fluctuations in the radiation of the sun and the related shifting of ocean currents.’




  • Pastor Chuck Baldwin discusses Christian (dis)obedience to the government in light of Romans 13.  I am not certain that I agree entirely with his interpretation of that Scripture; however, I do agree that we must submit to the government—unless and until our leaders command us to act in a manner contrary to God’s Moral Law. 



  • The [Health Reform (sic)] bill lists eight specific ways that states may use federal grant money to carry out immunization-promoting “interventions.” Method “E” calls for “home visits” which can include “provision of immunizations.” In other words, whether you want your kids (or yourself) to receive certain vaccines, the state can forcibly administer them in your home.’


  • President Bush argued frequently and forcefully that his first job was to keep us safe. He was wrong. The Constitution tells us that his sole job was to enforce the Constitution; and that means keeping us free.’


  • As if the Military-Industrial Complex has not wreaked enough havoc on our Republic—and the world—we now have word of the latest and greatest invention of the War Machine: The Corpse-Eating Robot.



  • Allow me to translate for Hillary!™ Clinton: ‘Although none of us in the government will actually be getting our hands dirty, nor will we be doing any of the actual killing and/ or dying, we are fully prepared to send YOUR sons to their demise in order to achieve our geopolitical agenda.’



I have heard the song ‘Walkin’ On a Thin Line’ from Huey Lewis and the News scores of times in the past 25 years but I never realised (perhaps I wasn’t sufficiently paying attention) that it is an anti-Vietnam War song: 


Sometimes in my bed at night
I curse the dark and I pray for light.
And sometimes, the light’s no consolation.
Blinded by a memory
Afraid of what it might do to me.
And the tears and the sweat only mock my desperation.


 Don’t you know me? I’m the boy next door.
The one you find so easy to ignore
Is that what I was fighting for?
Walking on a thin line
Straight off the front line.
Labeled as freaks loose on the streets of the city.
Walking on a thin line.
Angry all the time.
Take a look at my face, see what its doing to me. 

 Taught me how to shoot to kill.
A specialist with a deadly skill.
A skill I needed to have to be a survivor.
Its over now or so they say.
Well, sometimes, it don’t turn out that way.
Cause you’re never the same when you’ve been under fire.






Paul McCartney: ‘Coming Up’


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July 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

A Goldman Opportunity

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‘And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…’ ~ Hebrews 9:27


  • ‘America’s media repeatedly claimed that Afghan women would be better off under the U.S.-supported Northern Alliance puppet government headed by Karzai than under the Taliban. But when I went to Afghanistan and asked women what they thought, they had a different story. The defeat of the Taliban brought about the collapse of law and order, making life even more dangerous, especially for women. “Under the Taliban,” a woman told me, “I watched rapists being executed. Now I see them in the government.”’ 




  • What happens when you give a 13 year-old a Sony Walkman and take away his ipod?  ‘Did my dad … really ever think this was a credible piece of technology?’ 




  • ‘It is well known that William F. Buckley spent some time in the CIA before he went on to start National Review.’ 




  • ‘What Heaven And Earth sets out to do is restore a sense of scientific perspective to a debate which has been hijacked by ‘politicians, environmental activists and opportunists’. It points out, for example, that polar ice has been present on earth for less than 20 per cent of geological time; that extinctions of life are normal; that climate changes are cyclical and random; that the CO2 in the atmosphere – to which human activity contributes the tiniest fraction – is only 0.001 per cent of the total CO2 held in the oceans, surface rocks, air, soils and life; that CO2 is not a pollutant but a plant food; that the earth’s warmer periods – such as when the Romans grew grapes and citrus trees as far north as Hadrian’s Wall – were times of wealth and plenty.’ 













  • ‘As consumers cut back, businesses are scrambling. 14 brands you know — from an NHL hockey team to Obama’s suit maker — that are hitting the skids’.’ 






  • ‘[Rick] Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls “the five global giants” of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.’  No mention of the Gospel here.  What exactly is the ‘purpose’ that drives Rick Warren’s life?  






“[T]he British Constitution is more like a republic than an empire. They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men. . . . An empire is a despotism, and an emperor is a despot, bound by no law or limitation but his own will; it is a stretch of tyranny beyond absolute monarchy. For, although the will of an absolute monarch is law, yet his edicts must be registered by parliaments. Even this formality is not necessary in an empire.” ~ John Adams, Novanglus Papers, 1775.





  • ‘In her opening address to the church’s General Conference in California, Jefferts Schori called that “the great Western heresy: that we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God.”’ 




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July 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Defending Your Name, Defending the Weak

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‘May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!’  ~ Psalm 72:4


It seems that the world to-day is conspicuously and sadly devoid of heroes–at least of the variety that receives not their accolades according to how well they catch a ball, drive a car repeatedly in circles, or carry a tune.  True heroes–true heroes–are to-day difficult to find.

This has not always been the case, of course; one may look back through the pages of history to find innumerable heroes to be admired and emulated.  Though many, if not most of them, are of the martial variety Christendom has been blessed with scores of contenders for the faith, defenders of the weak, and advocates for the poor–all heroic in varying degrees and manner.  Sadly, it seems I find myself looking into the past for heroes more often than I seem to find them amidst us.

I found one such hero yesterday where all modern heroes seem to reside in these advanced times of ours: Youtube.  I was a bit surprised to realise that I had not heard of George Galloway, MP (a member of the British House of Commons) nor his struggle to clear his name against spurrious and fabricated charges lodged against him by the U.S. Senate in their errant and Quixotic efforts to legitimise and justify the war against Iraq. 

Mr Galloway’s heroic and pointed defence of his reputation and courage in standing up to a body full of hubris and arrogance is not only refreshing but encouraging.  If only more men had the fortitude to contend for the TRUTH as does Mr Galloway!

I encourage you to watch all six portions of the following video of Mr Galloway’s testimony before  the Senate Homeland Security Sub-committee.  Then take heart–there are heroes among us!

[UPDATE: For some reason Part I of the video will not appear on the screen.  However, you may view it here.]

[UPDATE II: After researching Mr Galloway a bit more, I have determined that he is a strange bird with some even stranger ideals and beliefs.  That being said, the videos are still worth watching and he can be praised for this display of courage in particular, if not for much of anything else.]







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July 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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