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It Rhymes With ‘Tullification’

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‘Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers.’  ~ Psalm 64:2

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. Always, there as been some terrible evil at home, or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.’ ~ General Douglas MacArthur

  • Is 2010 the year that it all comes crashing down?, or ‘I Heart Gerald Celente’.
  • The concept of nullification has a long and wonderful tradition in our body politic.
  • ‘The more a sound knowledge of law and economics decline in a society, the more radical will the decay of that society be.’
  • The ‘wars’ in Afghanistan and Iraq are bleeding us dry–literally and economically.

  • Time heals all wounds, right?  (It worked for Lincoln, why not Stalin?)

  • What do your savings account and the unicorn have in common?  Neither of them actually exist!  (The deception and fraud of fractional reserve banking.)
  • I will agree that many (most?) conspiracy theories have little basis in fact and that believing all of them betrays a sense of hyper-cynicism.  However, wouldn’t you agree that believing that NONE of them have any truth to them displays a dangerous naiveté–especially considering what we now know about the Kennedy assassinations and the Gulf of Tonkin (Non) Incident?  Here are 33 that appear to have at least some truth to them.
  • AuH2O!  His message is just as timely now as it was then.
  • How many acres does it take to grow 3,000+ pounds of food?  This family does it on 1/5th of an acre just outside of Pasadena, California!
  • Peter Schiff breaks down the latest numbers on the economy:
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Run, and You’ll Live. (At Least for a While.)

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‘And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.’  ~ Matthew 13:57

 

Careful!  He’s coming to destroy the Republic!

 

 

 

 

I admit that I have been vociferous in my opposition to support for Sarah Palin’s candidacy. However, she has many views for which she should be applauded, not the least among them, that she is a Bible-believing Christian who understands the truth about God’s role in Creation (which is, to say, He did it all!) Christians, I am afraid, don’t really understand the nature of the Creation/ Evolution battle. It has morphed from an intellectual discussion to an outright witch hunt. Make no mistake about it, the godless are out to make us appear ignorant at best and criminally insane at worst. We need to pay attention and start fighting back. To wit: Ronald Reagan, Jr. had this to say recently about Mrs. Palin’s belief in the Genesis account:

 

“It’s such a profoundly anti-intellectual, anti-science stance,” he asserted. “I don’t see how you can hold high office and believe something like that.”

They preach tolerance and acceptance but, make no mistake about it, they are coming for us and we need to be prepared and willing to take the fight to them.

 

 

‘I am William Wallace, and I stand here, in front of a whole army of my countrymen, in the defiance of tyranny. You came here as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?’

‘Against that? No, we will run, and we will live.’

‘Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you’ll live, at least for awhile. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing, to take all the days from this day till then, to come back here and tell our enemies, they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!’  ~ Braveheart 

 

 

  • ‘Violence by Hindus against Christians in India, especially in Orissa state, has been rocking the stability of the region, and now the Indian Supreme Court has ordered four more police battalions to protect the believers in the worst region, the Kandhamal district, according to a report.’

 

 

 

  • Which is the more significant defining fact about Sarah Palin’s priorities: The fact that she carried to term and gave birth to a lovely child with Down’s Syndrome; or the fact that she apparently encouraged her oldest son to enlist in the military to fight, and perhaps die, in an immoral war?’

 

 

 

  • Death by fire ants may seem difficult to believe, but the tiny insects killed the man in Chuluota, Florida as he walked his dog outside his home located just off Old Christmas Road. Apparently the man was swarmed when he stepped in an ant pile.’

 

 

 

  • I found it peculiar that John McCain continually praised Barack Obama during his nomination speech, yet Republican Congressman—REPUBLICAN—was ignored and not even allowed on the convention floor unescorted. But that was nothing new for the Republo-facsists.

 

 

 

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties. ~ George Wallace

 

 

 

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Is Milwaukee Still Famous?

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‘[Jesus] said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.’  ~ Luke 22:36

 

  • As time passes–and more evidence is unearthed–the Lone Gunman theory, which states that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone (if at all) unravels at an increasing pace.  I have been a student of the Kennedy assassination since my high school days and I never bought the Warren Commission’s ludicrous scenario.  I don’t presume to know exactly what did happen in Dallas in 1963 nor who was involved; I just knew the official story was so much malarkey.  Now we discover that Gerald Ford was an FBI mole during the ‘official’ investigation and may have (probably did?) manipulate the Commission to get the desired result. 

 

  • I am a bit surprised at the outrage many ‘conservatives’ are displaying regarding the report that authorities in Connecticut (the second c is silent!) are violating the Second Amendment rights of their citizens by confiscating their firearms because they feel they might pose a threat to themselves or other at some point in the future. There is no evidence that they are planning violent crimes—only that the authorities feel they may do so at some unknown time in the future! Those voicing opposition (rightly, I may add) to these unconstitutional acts are the very same folks who have vociferously—and viciously—defended the preemptive use of force against Iraq and urge the same course against Iran based on what those countries’ leaders might—might—do in the future. The hypocrisy is so thick you could cut it with a weapon that is not currently subject to being confiscated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aggressor is not necessarily the one who fires the first shot but often the one who causes the first shot to be fired.’

 

 

 

I don’t dispute Joel Osteen’s sincerity–I feel that he actually believes the Prosperity Gospel® he promulgates and truly wants to help others find happiness.  However, comments he made in a recent interview were very illustrative of why his message is erroneous–if not perfidious.  Here is the original quote given by Osteen when asked about the ‘value of his product’:

Very rarely will you find a company that produces a widget where everyone is mentally and spiritually into producing a better widget,” Osteen says. “There’s a purpose behind what we’re doing. We believe in our widget. We’re doing more than giving people a good time or a better toothbrush, because it’s hard to put in your heart and soul and sacrifice so much to make a better toothbrush.”

 

Now, if we replace ‘widget’ with what Osteen is supposedly ‘producing’, the danger is quite apparent:

“Very rarely will you find a company that produces a [Gospel] where everyone is mentally and spiritually into producing a better [Gospel],” Osteen says. “There’s a purpose behind what we’re doing. We believe in our [Gospel]. We’re doing more than giving people a good time or a better toothbrush, because it’s hard to put in your heart and soul and sacrifice so much to make a better [Gospel].”

 

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.’ ~ Galatians 1:8

 

 

 

  • A Nebraska State Senator is suing…God. He ‘blames God for causing “calamitous catastrophes resulting in the wide-spread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants including innocent babes, infants, children, the aged and infirm without mercy or distinction.”’ His lawsuit is certainly frivolous and ill-conceived, not to mention blasphemous (see the book of Job), but the centrality of his argument is, quite frankly, biblically correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report: An Idaho man has been sentenced to federal prison for supposedly polluting a stream—that doesn’t exist.

 

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Killer…

 

Commandments 10.1?

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‘For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being…’  ~ Romans 7:22

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Congratulations to the Andersons on the arrival of little Simeon Creed!

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Sobran poses this question: “But if Lincoln was so great, we must ask why nobody seems to have realized it while he was still alive?“’ 

 

 

 

  • ‘Two new studies show that Japanese children developed autism in direct proportion to the numbers vaccinated; and vaccinated baby monkeys developed autism-like neurological abnormalities.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor; I met a girl so fair.
    But Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.
     
    ~ Lez Zeppelin, Ramble On

 

 

 

  • ‘We can do better than the Ten Commandments because we have much more human experience on which to base our rules than did those very human beings who wrote the Bible … The farther away we have gotten from God’s law, the better the laws have gotten in regard to slavery, gender inequality, freedom, and justice.’  ~ Alan Dershowitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Milk Pushers Must Be Stopped

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‘My people— infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.’  ~ Isaiah 3:12

 

 

 

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.’  ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

  • ‘[Military] donors gave the largest amounts to Rep. Ron Paul, the long-shot Republican candidate from Texas who has acknowledged defeat in the nomination process but continues to campaign, and Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrat from Illinois.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Land of the Free Report: Storm State troopers arrest a Mennonite farmer for the heinous crime of selling raw milk. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Get Shorty

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‘May his days be few; may another take his office!’  ~ Psalm 109:8

 

It is not so unusual to be angered at a moment when you least expect it.  In fact, it is usually because we are not expecting it that we become angered so easily.  Still, there are moments we are caught unawares with anger resulting.

Such happened to me this afternoon as I prepared to substitute for Kevin at Covenant Kids.  The question for the evening begins the section regarding the Lord’s Prayer, more specifically, the first petition, ‘Hallowed by Thy name.’  [Update: It turns out that we studied the Lord’s Supper but I must have misheard Kevin on the phone.]  For those who know me, it will come as nothing new to learn that I thoroughly enjoy studying the catechisms.  (I am partial to the Westiminster Larger Catechism, but the Shorter and other Reformed catechisms are a joy as well.)  So, you can imagine my surprise when I came across the following commentary on the question and answer:

Let us illustrate [the point]: Shorty stands with silent respect before the great statue of Abraham Lincoln.  Why is this so?  There is a good reason.  He has studied American history.  He has learned much about this man.  The name itself would have no meaning for a child who knew no history.  But it has deep meaning for Shorty.

At this point, I was unsure whether to lose my lunch or cry.  (To be fair, I have no intention of defaming the catechisms.  The bone I have to pick is with G. I. Williamson’s commentary upon this particular question in the Shorter Catechism–which is a significant caveat!)  Forget the implied idolatry involved in revering any statue (much less that of a war criminal).  But the maddening aspect of such an errant example is that any child (or adult) who has studied history–really studied history and not the nonsense which is spoon-fed to most children based on myth and nationalistic agenda–should hold absolutely no reverence for the likes of Abraham Lincoln!

He destroyed the U.S. Constitution, waged an illegal war (against innocent non-combatants as well), and was hardly the Christian he is portrayed as having been.  Oh, yeah–and he did not free a single slave.  In fact, he advocated colonisation–sending all Negroes to Africa.

Sadly, a misplaced reverence for (Dis)Honest Abe is prevalent in our populace.  If folks really studied history–and were honest with the data–they would/ should have a radically different opinion of that man.  (DiLorenzo’s tour de force The Real Lincoln or his most recent treatment of the subject Lincoln Unmasked are great places to begin.)

I issue a challenge: Put forth a reason or reasons Lincoln should receive our approbation, and I will explain why I think the opposite is the case.  It is really not hard to do, actually.

 

Here is another example of what an errant–or ignorant–understanding of history can do.  ‘Gone With the Wind: The Musical.’  (The fact that they butchered one of the best novels ever written in this manner is a debate for another day.)  I was tempted to give them a bit of a pass; after all, they are Englishmen.  But then I read this miserable excuse for a synopsis from the playbill:

The story is set in 1860’s Atlanta, Georgia, in the period of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Period that followed. 17-year-old Scarlett, on the brink of womanhood, is the eldest of three daughters living a life of luxury on their father’s plantation Tara. President Lincoln demands the end of slavery in the South, and the Civil War begins. Scarlett’s journey through both the war and the following peace is mirrored in her turbulent relationship with Rhett Butler, whose actions always defy prediction.

Blech.

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April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

The Walk on By

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‘… terror and dread will fall upon them.  By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone … ‘  ~ Exodus 15:16a

  • I learnt a valuable lesson yesterday as it relates to grilling chicken outside in the face of a pretty good wind: It’s a fine line between burnt chicken and blackened chicken.  It’s mostly in the presentation–the former easily becomes the latter when you use a feaux Cajun accent as you put it on the table.
  • I am always pleased to come across stories such as the following; they serve as an inspiration—and really help me to put things into their proper perspective: ‘A Salt Lake City high school boy with one arm led his baseball team to the state title last year and now has risen, again, above all expectations becoming one of the high-scorers on his basketball team which made it to the state semifinals.’ 

   

   

   

   

   

   

  • The history of ill will between the U. S. And Iran stretches back decades (such as Operation Ajax).  It was only 20 years ago that the U.S.S. Vincennes shot down an civilian Iranian airlinerOne of the sailors aboard the U.S. Vincennes gave this account: ‘[W]hen they got on shore, a lot of the enlistees on the Aegis cruiser went and had T-shirts made, that they wore proudly, with a picture of an Iranian jetliner being shot down and lots of men, women, and children falling out. Ho, ho.’ 

   

   

  • In to-day’s Land of the Free Report: ‘Despite a congressional mandate banning the sale of common incandescent light bulbs by 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning that their compact fluorescent replacements are not safe to use everywhere.’ 

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March 3, 2008 at 12:23 pm