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‘Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.’ ~ Titus 2:3-5

  • People jumped out of the Euro and into the Dollar. That’s like leaving the Titanic to take a ride on Lusitania. They’re both going down. There’s a global financial crisis going on,” said Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute.
  • If the Court Economists and Talking Heads are correct we could repair the economy simply by building pyramids.

‘Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.’ ~ G. K. Chesterton

  • When hyperinflation hits—and it will—folks will be amazed at how fast store shelves will empty.  You need to prepare yourself and your family.
  • ‘Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.’ ~ Voltaire
  • Good news!  Not only do airport scanners expose your naked body (and that of your wife and children)–but they may also give you cancer!

  • How the Television and Sports stole your children’s futures.

Sit On It, Ponzi

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‘…you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.’  ~ Dueteronomy 17:15




  • In related news: ‘The dollar fell to the lowest level this year against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners as speculation the global economy is emerging from the recession [sic] reduced demand for a refuge.’ 





  • Before you are forced, coerced, or even strongly urged to get the H1N1 ‘Swine Flu’ vaccination (or any other for that matter), have your doctor sign a Vaccination Warranty 







An Homage to the Great Spaghetti Harvest of 1957




  • Be that as it may, this incident throws the spotlight on a shadowy national network of domestic spies – in effect, Obama’s political police, who infiltrate dissident groups of whatever sort and send the information back to what are called “fusion centers,” part of the new “integrated” approach to fighting our eternal “war on terrorism” — a war that isn’t only being fought on the battlefields of Afghanistan.’  



  • Would you like to live longer (or at least healthier)? You should drink coffee daily 





  • The Federal Reserve — the quasi-autonomous body that controls the US’s money supply — is a “Ponzi scheme” that created “bubble after bubble” in the US economy and needs to be held accountable for its actions, says Eliot Spitzer, the former governor and attorney-general of New York.’  



  • For those who think we still live in a free country, the State of Texas has now legalised kidnapping: ‘A new state law will allow police to arrest people who don’t leave town under mandatory evacuation orders.’  



  • The Federal Government is threatening to use the military to enforce its vaccination programmes—whether you want it or not: ‘The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.’  



  • A very interesting article regarding a reporter who exercises her Second Amendment rights—in California.




  • But that’s how we’ll know when the [economic] correction is over – when people give up on the stock market…when they want nothing more to do with it. Judging by today’s news…we’re still a long way from there.’  



1980’s Moment: Sweethearts of the Rodeo 



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August 7, 2009 at 1:31 am

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

Milk Does the Body Politic No Good

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‘When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.’ ~ Leviticus 19: 33



Since […] the abolition of slavery never appeared in the platform of any great political party, since the only appeal ever made to the electorate on that issue was scornfully repulsed, since the spokesman of the Republicans emphatically declared that his party never intended to interfere with slavery in the states in any shape or form, it seems reasonable to assume that the institution of slavery was not the fundamental issue during the epoch preceding the bombardment of Fort Sumter.’




What do you do when you’ve been married for 62 years and you’re stuck in the waiting room at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida?



  • When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way,” Samuel told “I feel very thankful that I was in that picture.”’


  • Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated and destroyed to ensure that troops did not breach regulations which forbid proselytizing, a military spokeswoman said.’And who collected the Bibles and destroyed them? The chaplains. And here is another reason for Christians to not join or to get out of the military: “U.S. Central Command’s General Order Number 1 forbids troops on active duty–including all those based in Iraq and Afghanistan–from trying to convert people to another religion.” Since the Bible commands Christians to try to convert people, this means the U.S. military is anti-biblical. Christian soldiers, you should obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). If you can’t obey God in the military then get out.


  • I don’t really care for Trent Reznor nor his ‘industrial rock’ band Nine Inch Nails. However, you have to respect the man for calling a spade a spade and taking Wal-Mart to task:  I’ll voice the same issue I had with Wal-Mart years ago, which is a matter of consistency and hypocrisy. Wal-Mart went on a rampage years ago insisting all music they carry be censored of all profanity and ‘clean’ versions be made for them to carry. Bands (including Nirvana) tripped over themselves editing out words, changing album art, etc to meet Wal-Mart’s standards of decency–because Wal-Mart sells a lot of records. NIN refused, and you’ll notice a pretty empty NIN section at any Wal-Mart. My reasoning was this: I can understand if you want the moral posturing of not having any “indecent” material for sale–but you could literally turn around 180 degrees from where the NIN record would be and purchase the film ‘Scarface’ completely uncensored, or buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto where you can be rewarded for beating up prostitutes. How does that make sense?



  • A similar poll commissioned last year by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University reported that almost 60 percent of Southern evangelicals believed that torture was often or sometimes justified. When the Spanish did it, it was torture. When the Japanese did it, it was torture. When the Germans did it, it was torture. When the Khmer Rouge did it, it was torture. But when waterboarding was done by Americans under a Republican administration, it suddenly became an “enhanced interrogation technique.”


To-Day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Elvis Costello


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May 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Dollar for Dollar

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 ‘For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.’  ~ II Corinthians 2:12


The net effect of the recent surge in household debt is therefore to throw entire populations into financial dependency. The moral implications are clear. Towering debts are incompatible with financial self-reliance and thus they tend to weaken self-reliance also in all other spheres. The debt-ridden individual eventually adopts the habit of turning to others for help, rather than maturing into an economic and moral anchor of his family, and of his wider community. Wishful thinking and submissiveness replace soberness and independent judgement. And what about the many cases in which families can no longer shoulder the debt load? Then the result is either despair or, on the contrary, scorn for all standards of financial sanity.’ ~ Jörg Guido Hülsmann, The Cultural and Spiritual Legacy of Fiat Inflation




  • A book that was stolen from Washington College’s library by a Yankee invader 145 years ago has finally been returned to the university.




  • ‘Bad as they were, however, the Alien and Sedition Acts were only outward symptoms of a more dreaded disease, Hamiltonian Federalism, and its efforts underway since 1791 to Anglicize government in America and transform it from a republic to a monarchy patterned after the corrupt model of England. First there was the Hamiltonian fiscal system, that engine of oppression, with its paper money, debt, and patronage. Next came the threat of a standing army. . .  




President Obama’s toughest press conference to date:





The fact that President Obama, a (a-hem) professing Christian, had an image symbolising Jesus’ name obscured during a speech at Georgetown University is not, quite frankly, surprising to anyone who actually judges people by what they do and not merely by what they say. What is disturbing, however, is that Georgetown agreed with his request. I have long lamented that our society—including Christians—has deified the government in general and the presidency in specific. Now, it appears that we are prepared to allow the President to supplant the King of Kings altogether.

If we can’t take a stand against something such as this, what will be the response if and when we are commanded to bow down and worship the President or his image?







One of the best garage band songs of all time:  




At least one country has come to the conclusion—if begrudgingly so—that you cannot print yourself into prosperity:

Zimbabwe’s new coalition Government has decided to withdraw the country’s worthless currency from circulation for at least a year and rely exclusively on other hard currencies.’

Hopefully, the Powers That Be in the U.S. will come to a similar realisation. (We are not hopeful, however.)




This 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Keith Richards:


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April 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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