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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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The Gospel According to Kris Kristofferson

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‘But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.’  ~ Deuteronomy 29:4

 

Often when I hear a song with even a remote or pseudo-theological aspect to it I try to explain to myself (or anyone nearby willing to listen) why what the singer is or is not singing is biblical (or not).  One such song is that listed below; I ruminated on it off and on for many years with the following conclusions (my thoughts/ references are in red).

 

Why Me, Lord? – by Kris Kristofferson

 

Why me Lord?

So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. (Romans 9:18)

What have I ever done

Because it pleases God to call (or not) whomever he will–‘This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man…’ (Westminster Confession of Faith, 10.2)

To deserve even one

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Of the pleasures I’ve known?

[Jesus] I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  (John 10:10)

 

Tell me Lord,

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!  (Psalm 31:24)

What did I ever do

That was worth love from you

Or the kindness you’ve shown?

…though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—(Romans 9:11)

 

Lord, help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so

Help me Jesus I know what I am.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  (I Timothy 1:15)

Now that I know that I’ve needed you so

Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

 

Tell me Lord,

If you think there’s a way

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  (John 14:6)

I can try to repay

The Debtor’s Ethic: We will never get out of debt to grace. And so the thought of gratitude ethic as a kind of payback ethic is devastating to increasing the glory of God’s grace in our lives. We go deeper into debt in grace, not pay it off.  ~ John Piper

All I’ve taken from you

…What do you have that you did not receive?… (I Corinthians 4:7)

 

Maybe Lord,

I can show someone else

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (Matthew 28:19)

What I’ve been through myself

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,(Romans 3:23)

On my way back to you.

I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.  (Jeremiah 24:7)

 

 

 

  • Lesbian Feminist—and abortion zealot—Camille Paglia calls a spade a spade: ‘I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.’

 

 

 

  • This [economic] crisis is largely external to the current scope of American politics, so it isn’t something that George Bush, John McCain or Barack Obama can even theoretically fix; it’s quite clear that they don’t even begin to understand what is happening, much less why, to say nothing of how they should respond. The only presidential candidate who understood the situation – he has condemned it for decades – was the candidate that the vast majority of the American people thought was too outlandish and too out of touch to support, Dr. Ron Paul.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proper hermeneutics are very important. Otherwise, you get items like this from author Thomas Horn: ‘New experiments in genetic engineering could open the doors for the return of fearsome “giants” described in the Bible – the offspring of human women and fallen angels.’ [ed. – Riiiiight.]

 

The Largest Flag in the World (and Beautiful to Boot!)

  

Sphere, Sphere!

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‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  ~ Luke 18:13

 

Every now and again an invention comes along that causes me to think, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?!’  This is just such an invention: The Disappearing Car Door.  (Link via Lew Rockwell.)

 

 

‘Democracy is three wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for supper.’  ~ Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

As a certified Hair Band Freak back in the day, I cut my teeth on rock music from the likes of Poison.  Now comes the news (thanks, John Ferguson) that the band’s lead axe man, C. C. DeVille, has been converted to Christianity and is seeking and receiving pastoral care and guidance (from Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee).  After having shaken the shock of reading about such an unexpected turn of events, I have been hit by a couple of (hopefully) important thoughts.  The first is that I pray that God will use a man of such talents and popularity—who stands before myriad captive audiences almost nightly—to glorify and draw more people to Himself.  Secondly, I have to admit to being a bit humbled.  My first reaction was, with no small air of self-congratulation and magnanimity, to ‘cheer’ God’s ability and willingness to draw such a ‘sinner’ as DeVille out of the darkness.  ‘It just goes to show that God can save anybody!’ I thought to myself.  And then it hit me: I most certainly ain’t any better than your average hedonistic guitar playing rock and roller.  (Pharisee, meet Tax Collector.)   All praise be to God that He saved me in spite of myself.

 

 

 

  • A few weeks ago I commented upon why I no longer use Google; though there are many ideological reasons, my primary concern was that the monolithic search goliath records and stores your searches and provides them—no warrant needed—to police and government authorities.  However, let not your heart be troubled for there is now a viable alternative!  A few former Google engineers have launched their new—and vastly superior—search engine, Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’). 

 

 

 

  • I am a fervent advocate of the Biblical teaching regarding the spheres of influence among the individual, the family, the State, and the Church and where they should—and should not—overlap.  That is why I am so uncomfortable with the display of a U.S. or State flag (or any civil/ secular banner) within the walls of the church. 

 

 

 

‘The Christian family, church, state, and other spheres of human life should be independent but cooperative institutions–all Christian, all operating under God’s authority.’  ~ Andrew Sandlin

 

 

 

  • The next time you are having a bad day, read this story to remind you that it ain’t all that bad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Desensitisation to Violence + Voyeurism = War ‘Porn‘. 

 

 

 

  • Last week one of the world’s leading climate experts announced new research that could change our understanding of global warming and suggests we can stop worrying about climate change. Strangely, this wonderful development has been ignored by the media.’ 

 

 

 

  • The lack of historical perspective in society leaves us open to the dangers of both being surprised by and unprepared for cyclical events and, as George Santayana warned against, repeating the mistakes of the past.  As a student of history, this provides no small measure of frustration for me.  Emblematic of our historical shortsightedness is the article listing the Top 25 Political Speeches of All Time.  The choices provide no shortage of fodder for discussion—and disagreement—but the telling aspect of the selections is that they are, to the last, twentieth century orations.  The oldest was given by FDR in 1933. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Some folks are still under the illusion that we enjoy religious freedom in this country.  

You Gotta Have (A) Sole

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‘I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.’  ~ Psalm 120:70

  • The man who awarded my son’s namesake his nom de guerre died on yesterday’s date in 1861. 

 

 

 

  • How do some folks reconcile Christianity with such things as advocacy of abortion on demand?—with bad theology: ‘“Theologically, we believe that in the greatest decision of our entire lives – whether to follow God or not – God allows us to choose,” she said. “If God is big enough to allow that choice, then who are we to dictate choices to other people? Your choices have consequences, but you should be allowed to make those choices.”’  However, a proper understanding of the monergistic work of the Holy Ghost would show the fault in such reasoning. 

 

 

 

  • ‘One of history’s oldest copies of the Bible will be accessible to millions of people around the world soon – 1,600 years after it was first penned on calfskin parchment by early Christians in Egypt.’ 

 

CHOOSE WISELY!

  • We often hear folks around us mention (no doubt with a certain degree of hyperbole) how ‘poor’ they are when, in fact, they really mean that they don’t have as much money as they wish they had.  If you are interested to see what real poverty looks like, watch this

 

 

 

  • When you hear that one of the most shocking (and disgusting) rock ‘n rollers of all time—Alice Cooper—say something like this, ‘[T]he most rebellious thing I ever did was to become a Christian’, it is quite encouraging.  Yet, although he attends church and Bible study regularly, Cooper has not shed his horror show vocation.  This article brings to mind the important question raised by Frances Schaeffer: ‘How then should we live?

 

 

 

  • There is legitimate reason to believe that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama are constitutionally eligible to serve as President of the United States.  This raises a pivotal question: If a Constitutional requirement can be disregarded with such brazeness, are any of our rights enumerated in that document really protected?  And should we not be very concerned—or scared

 

 

 

  • ‘Politicians and celebrities with an urge to see black poverty only need to visit the Mississippi Delta or some of the neighborhoods in American cities. If they yearn for more exotic poverty, all they have to do is visit the Indian reservations that do not have casinos. Any disease they are hot to trot to cure can be found right here in the good old U.S.A.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Fashion experts [whatever that means, ed.] believe that the trend, which started on the catwalks and has now reached the high street, strengthens the theory that flush times mean higher hemlines, while the tightening of belts sends skirts to the floor.’ 

 

 

 

  • Had there been no World War II, thousands of Jewish lives probably would have been spared: ‘In February 1942, for example, Goebbels wrote in his diaries, “World Jewry will suffer a great catastrophe. … The Führer realizes the full implications of the great opportunity offered by this war.” A month later, after describing the deportations from Poland’s ghettos, Goebbels observed, “Fortunately, a whole series of possibilities presents itself for us in wartime that would be denied us in peacetime. We shall have to profit by this.”’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Can you tell that this motel is owned by one of the members of The B-52’s? 

You ever get the feeling somebody’s watching you?

The Invaders’ Greatest Hits

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‘Let me pass through your land. I will go only by the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left.’ ~ Deuteronomy 2:27  

 

Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:

  • chicken fried by john Anderson

  • malondialdehyde “heated meat”

  • sarah brosmer

  • obama scary

 

 

 

 

  • Robert Earl Keen, Jr. (Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1980) made the list of Top Ten Law Songs with his outlaw ballad, ‘The Road Goes On Forever.’ The complete list can be found here. (And to prove that all is right with the universe, Johnny Cash made the list, too.)

 

 

 

  • The next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees, according to a bipartisan study group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher.’ [Or, they could simply read the dang Constitution:]

 

Article I, Section 8: ‘The Congress shall have power … to declare war …’

 

 

 

  • I providentially ran across a fantastic (and free) online music service which allows you to build your own playlists.  The amazing thing is that it will suggest songs and albums based upon one band or song you enter.  I highly recommend it

 

 

 

  • “With one out in the seventh, [Ozzie Osbourne] tells [his wife] Sharon he needs to use the bathroom,” Rios said. “And I’m like, ‘He’s not going anywhere.’ So maybe that was part of it — maybe he was thinking about going to the bathroom.”’

 

 

 

  • Questions over a birth certificate for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama—the document that could prove his constitutional qualifications to assume the presidency—have been revived by a report from Israel Insider.’

 

 

 

Printing dollars over long periods of time may not immediately push prices up – yet in time it always does. Now we’re seeing catch-up for past inflating of the monetary supply. As bad as it is today with $4 a gallon gasoline, this is just the beginning. It’s a gross distraction to hound away at “drill, drill, drill” as a solution to the dollar crisis and high gasoline prices. It’s okay to let the market increase supplies and drill, but that issue is a gross distraction from the sins of deficits and Federal Reserve monetary shenanigans.’ ~ Ron Paul

 

 

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report: ‘The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”  Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?’

 

 

 

  • I knew there was something fishy about that news item reporting a “daring” rescue effort by the Colombian military of Colombian and U.S. hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and, as it turns out, the whole thing was an elaborate put-up job. According to a report by the Swiss radio outlet Suisse Romande, instead of “infiltrating” and fooling the FARC high command into handing over the hostages to Colombian military personnel, the Colombians paid a hefty ransom.’

 

 

 

  • A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin.’

 

 

 

  • The Reformers recognized transubstantiation for what it is—idolatry. Here is a story recounting what can happen as a logical extension of that belief.

 

For as we do not doubt that Christ’s body is limited by the general characteristics common to all human bodies, and is contained in heaven (where it was received once for all) until Christ return in judgment, so we deem it utterly unlawful to draw it back under these corruptible elements or to imagine it to be present everywhere. (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion 4:17:12)

 

 

 

  • The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.’ (Those silly Iraqis! What, do they think we came to give them Freedom them or something?)

 

How soft your fields so green

Can whisper tales of gore.

Of how we calmed the tides of war.

We are your Overlords!  ~ Led Zeppelin, Immigrant Song

Peek Earl

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‘You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.’  ~ Genesis 34:10

 

  • Apparently, these folks have never read Isaiah 53.  (Oh, the wisdom of men…)  A METRE-HIGH tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a stir in biblical and archaeological circles because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.  If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognised Jewish tradition at the time.’  (Really?!!  Next you’re going to tell me that the New Testament isn’t the first time Jesus was spoken about!)

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report: Save your home from being destroyed by fire—and go to jail. 

 

  • Ron Paul has been beating this drum for years but folks just didn’t want to hear it.  Now, they act as if it is newly discovered information: ‘The almighty U.S. dollar is mighty no more. It has been declining steadily for six years against other major currencies, undercutting its role as the leading international banking currency. The long slide is fanning inflation in the U.S. and playing a major role in the run-up of oil and gasoline prices everywhere.’ 

 

  • ‘In fact, not too long ago one family actually decided to flee Germany to Iran to home school their children, if you can believe a family fleeing Germany to Iran for freedom.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The War kills at home, too: ‘His internal terror got so bad that, in 2005, he shot up his El Paso, Texas, apartment and held police at bay for three hours with a 9-mm handgun, believing Iraqis were trying to get in.  Last month, on June 28, police in Pinehurst, N.C., who responded to Dwyer’s home, said the 31-year-old collapsed and died after abusing a computer cleaner aerosol. Dwyer had moved to North Carolina after living in Texas.’ 

 

 

  • ‘Put another way, if [Federal Reserve Chairman] Ben Bernanke thinks he has a problem now with crashing home prices, wait and see how scared he gets when commercial real estate blows apart. How likely is this? My colleagues and I think it’s pretty much a done deal. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.’  ~ Addison Wiggin

 

 

 

  • I discovered this great time saver from another blog: When is Good? 

 

 

 

  • ‘It turns out that much of what we think we know about one of the most studied episodes in modern history is either inaccurate or incomplete. Even more alarming, much of what Kennedy thought he knew about Soviet actions and motivations rested on flawed intelligence reports.’ 

 

 

 

Barr the Door, Margaret!

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‘And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.’  ~ Romans 8:28

 

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  • More funny search engine terms used to find my blog:

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  • ‘But where is the simple, straightforward study of autism in never-vaccinated U.S. children? Based on our admittedly anecdotal and limited reporting among the Amish, the home-schooled and now Chicago’s Homefirst, that may prove to be a significant omission.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The alarmists are alarmed, the panic mongers are panicking, the scare mongers are scared; the Gores are gored. Why? Because global warming stopped ten years ago; it hasn’t got warmer since 1998.’ 

 

 

 

Brackback Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In the continued assault on private property rights: ‘A roommate-finding site cannot require users to disclose their sexual orientation, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday, in the latest skirmish over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the Web.’ 

 

 

 

  • Ted Turner has, apparently, changed his views on religion.  This has only added to his confidence regarding his eternal destination because, as he says:  ‘I have a really hard time believing I’m going to Hell.’ 

 

 

 

  • Whether homosexuality is a trait some are born with is irrelevant and Christians should not be distracted by or lured into the debate on this point.  The fact of the matter is that God calls homosexuality sin; it is therefore irrelevant whether it is inherent.