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‘And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.’  ~ Genesis 41:49

The Dollar is falling.

Do classic works of art betray the subjects’ and artists’ health maladies?

Peter Schiff explains why college tuition is so expensive.  (And why it shouldn’t be.)

(Yet another) homage to the beard.

How one man gained an education without losing his shirt.

While adhering to Biblical principles.

Robert L. Dabney on the nature of Christian unity.

The U.S. Government’s plan to provoke war with Cuba—it included hijacking and downing civilian airplanes.

But Time finally fells man who survived atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

NASA footage seems to demonstrate that, at the very least, some of the Moon Shot was staged.

Gerald Celente predicts the trends for 2010.

Is actually the garden of the past.

The best free documentary films online.

CHEAP AT $1,100
Gold, that is.

The war against Christianity continues.

Weather conditions and government policy conspire to leave millions hungry.

Politics make for strange bedfellows indeed.

It will soon join the others down the Memory Hole.

The secret Yale society auctions its macabre memorabilia.



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‘So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”‘ ~ II Samuel 10:4, 5


Last evening witnessed the inaugural meeting of what I have christened Luther’s League of Gentlemen, which consists primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) of WPC men spending time over a beer or two at a local pub discussing (or is it arguing?) life, football, politics, and religion–not necessarily in that order. I can’t decide which topic elicits greater passion–whether women should participate in political leadership or just how good the Dallas Cowboys are or aren’t this year.

As it was, we had a great time and look forward to reconvening the League on a monthly basis. Stand by.


‘I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26-29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it.’ ~ Martin Luther




  • As my daddy always said, ‘Free advice is worth what it costs.’ Still, we at Metallic Pea offer some of our own, which you may take or leave as is your wont: During these tumultuous economic times, it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case of a run on the banks or an Executive Order from the President temporarily halting withdrawal of funds from your bank (both scenarios have happened in the past). To be sure, we urge our friends not to panic–but we do urge you to be wise. Ask the folks at Indy Mac Bank who stood in line for days to get their money when that institution failed if they wished they had some ‘walking around’ money when it went down. We’re just saying.

  • A silver lining to the depreciation of the dollar—the drug pandemic declines in the U.S.: ‘The European cocaine market is even more attractive than the American one because of robust demand and a strong euro, said Russell Benson, the regional director of the DEA in Europe and Africa. The euro has gained 16 percent against the dollar in the past three years and one euro today buys more than $1.40.’

  • In the They Are Coming for Us Report: ‘A scientist who suggested creationism be discussed in school science classes as a “worldview” if students raise questions has been banished from his UK Royal Society job for advocating the open exchange of information.’

  • Unlike our political ‘leaders’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has offered to publicly debate the issues facing our respective countries before the media and the world at the next meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Our leaders refuse to talk with him but we have to ask—what is the harm in talking?

  • Two unknown fragments of music by Mozart are believed to have turned up in a library in Nantes in western France. If authenticated by musical scholars, at least one of the pieces may be performed in a festival in the city next year.’

  • An Oklahoma City mother was charged Monday with child neglect after neighbors found her 3-year-old son wandering around the parking lot of their apartment complex with beer in his bottle.’

  • So Chasin, along with six Muslims and Nazarene Christians, filed suit, charging that they should be [allowed to keep their beards] on grounds of religious freedom.’ [ed. – Ooh, snap!]


‘But He has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest – a sign of strength and rule.’ ~ Clement of Alex., 2.275


But White Wine Goes with Chicken

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‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!’  ~ Matthew 23:37


Due to the continuing rise in gasoline prices, I’m thinking about using this same method for transporting my chickens to town.





  • Another childhood memory bites the dust. I am very upset. I found out to-day that Iron Eyes Cody from the famous anti-pollution television ads was not really an Indian—he was Sicilian!




  • What folks don’t know is that the ‘alternative interrogation techniques’ (read, torture) used by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay were ‘copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.’ Lovely.




When I was a baby, I kept a diary. Recently, I was rereading it. It said, “Day 1–Still tired from the move.  Day 2–Everybody talks to me like I’m an idiot.”  ~ Stephen Wright  



  • The researchers carried out the study using computer technology to alter pictures of 15 men’s faces so that they displayed different degrees of hairiness. Five levels of facial hair were used – clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, light beard and full beard.’ (Curious about the results?)










  • So what does Paul say to his pluralistic, postmodern Greek listeners? He does not say, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” His approach is quite different than the simplistic seeker-friendly slogans of watery postmodern evangelicalism. Instead, Paul presents a gospel-oriented apologetical message anchored in a Biblical philosophy of history. He offers a comprehensive worldview, stressing the sovereignty of God, His total control of life, and His providential governance of history.’







  • Conservative Anglican churches in Virginia are celebrating a major legal victory. A Circuit Court judge in Fairfax County has ruled in favor of 11 breakaway congregations, who left the Episcopal Church over the denomination’s liberal policies.’

  • What is a washed-up Hair Band drummer turned animal rights activist to do when his tour manager books him for a rodeo? Perhaps the bigger question is: Was Merle Haggard busy?

  • Researchers at the Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, measured the amount of a toxic molecule called malondialdehyde that is produced in the stomach when heated meat frees iron to produce free radicals. The consumption of red meat increased malondialdehyde levels by 50%, but the addition of red wine to the meaty meal not only totally prevented the elevation of malondialdehyde in the blood plasma but even reduced it by 34% over pre-meal levels.’

Beautiful Red Wine


To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Merle Haggard and George Jones:

Relax–You’re Two Tents

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‘Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.’  ~ Proverbs 16:31


I have posted and commented a few times regarding the obligation we have been given to provide an inheritance for our children and to do our best to provide for their well-being after we are gone.

There is a flip-side to that coin, as well. In addition to looking ahead, we are called to look back, as it were, to those who first cared for us. It is an all too prevalent view in society to-day that our responsibilities to our parents end the day we depart from under the roof they have provided. However, according to Jesus, the opposite is true; it is incumbent upon us to see to our parents’ needs as they grey:


And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”‘ (that is, given to God)—then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”’ ~ Mark 7:9-13


The question, then, is how best to provide for our aged parents. I would think that, at the very least, we should lay aside treasure for their care as we would an inheritance for our children. The debate, however, is usually to be found regarding whether it is best to oversee their care personally or to subsidise it professionally. I tend to prefer the former after having seen loved ones in nursing homes—though I am not condemning the practise. There are many fine facilities with talented and caring professionals who provide wonderful care for our aged. Yet, when I recently visited Ashlee’s grandmother in an old folks home, I was seized by the conviction that I do not want to spend the balance of my old age in such a place. I pray that my children will take the burden upon themselves (and it most certainly can be burden, no matter how willing we may be to carry it) to care for me—and I pray all the more that God will grant me the ability and the desire to do the same for my and Ashlee’s folks should that become necessary.

‘But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for(A) members of his household, he has(B) denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’  ~ I Timothy 5:8




Here’s an interesting account for those lamenting the ‘inevitable’ nomination of John ‘100 Years in Iraq’ McCain:


One of the most interesting American political stories involves the nomination of Abraham Lincoln to be the Republican party’s candidate for President of the United States in 1860. This was the Republican party’s second presidential convention, and the man everyone expected to receive the nomination was the powerful and well-known William H. Seward of New York.

‘Abraham Lincoln, although having recently been introduced to eastern audiences through a series of political speeches in New England, and prior to that having gained some fame due to his participation in “the Great Debates” with Stephen A. Douglas, was not considered a serious contender for the appointment. How he and his political team brought him from “dark horse” contender to the victor is the subject of the following article.’





We don’t intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals of our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.’ ~ Ronald Reagan, 1964



A significant number of folks have inquired as to why I grew my beard.  My retort has often been to point out that, physiology being what it is, the question that really ought to be asked is why they shave theirs.

The short answer is that a few years ago I continued to be overcome by a feeling that God had given men the gift of growing a beard for a reason and, over the course of several months, I felt compelled to give in to the inward call and let my beard grow.  I now can’t imagine myself with out it!

How womanly it is for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, and to arrange his hair at the mirror, shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them!…For God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest–a sign of strength and rule.’  ~ St. Clement of Alexandria, 2.275




The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.’ ~ Joe Sobran




Keep in mind how we are lectured incessantly that the ‘Islamo-fascists’ (whatever that means) ‘hate us for our freedoms’ :

MR. [TIM] RUSSERT [‘MEET THE PRESS’]: ‘Why does [Osama bin Laden] hate us so much?’

VICE PRES. CHENEY: ‘It must have something to do with his background, his own upbringing. He’s the son of a prominent Saudi family, successful business group with significant wealth. He went and served in Afghanistan with the mujahedeen during the war against the Russians, and he has, for whatever reason, developed this intense hatred of everything that relates to the United States. And his objective, obviously, is to try to influence our behavior to force us to withdraw from that part of the world, and clearly he’s not going to be successful.’ [Emphasis mine.]  ~ September 16th, 2001




DALLAS — After more than 40 years under lock and key, a large collection of documents and items related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released by the Dallas County district attorney on Monday.’




The Government of the United States recently voiced support for the Kosovar declaration of independence from Serbia. Pardon me if I’m a bit confused but I thought the U. S. did not support secession—and 600,000 dead soldiers proved it. What’s with the change of heart?




 A recent study found that a significant number of restaurant lemons tested contained fecal bacteria!




One of the most intriguing mysteries about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, that darkest of American labyrinths, is why his brother Robert F. Kennedy apparently did nothing to investigate the crime.’




The question is: How can one promote legislation that “provides help for the poor” without at the same time violating his pledge to promote legislation that offers “hope for the oppressed”? The only way for government to give money or services to the poor is first to take the necessary funds from other citizens, i.e., to steal from them, which surely qualifies as oppression. Furthermore, if Campolo purposes to “promote legislation that turns biblical imperatives into social policy,” how can he support laws that blatantly violate Exodus 20:15 (“You shall not steal”)?’




 ‘Two senior Church of England Bishops have called on people to give up carbon rather than chocolate for Lent.’




To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Willie Nelson: