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Two Arminians Walk Into a Bar…

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‘Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.’  ~ Proverbs 21:9

  • In the Land of the Free, however, you can have cops point guns at you for selling milk. Milk!
  • [U]ntil the debt is wrung out of the system, either through default or raging inflation – there’s no chance of it actually being paid in anything remotely resembling current dollars – the equivalent of an economic Black Death is going to plague the land.’
  • Many of the foods we eat are genetically modified to resist pesticides. The crops absorb the poison—and we eat it.
  • People’s willingness to hold money can change suddenly for a “psychological and spontaneous reason”, causing a spike in the velocity of money [i.e., hyperinflation]. It can occur at lightning speed, over a few weeks. The shift invariably catches economists by surprise. They wait too long to drain the excess money.’
  • Dying of Money’ available for download free of charge here. [UPDATE: Due to a surge in interest, the book is no longer free of charge.  However, a new copy may be obtained here for $34.95.]
  • Jules Dervaes explains why sustainable, local agriculture is vital to our freedom—and survival:

  • The plain truth is that [Abraham] Lincoln was deeply reviled by many who knew him personally, and by hundreds of thousands who only knew of him.’

It’s the $40 oil that is disappearing. There’s still plenty of $200
oil.’ ~ Rick Rule

  • It is now apparent also that the president himself, even before the attack, had intended to order the U.S. armed forces to make a pre-emptive strike against the Japanese in the southwest Pacific in order to assist the British in southeast Asia. But the Japanese “jumped the gun” on him by bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.’
  • Soccer players have lost altogether whatever remained of sportsmanship:

  • We demand that the states of the union shall be preserved in all their vigor and power. They constitute a bulwark against the centralizing and destructive tendencies of the republican party.’ ~ 1924 Democratic Party Platform
  • I forgive you, honey. Now, why don’t you just…go to sleep?
  • China is considering ending its policy of pegging their currency to the Dollar.
  • [O]ur ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government – meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves, to profit those who pay with political support for privileged jobs, contracts, etc.’
  • Lunacy in our government is not new—Hamilton exhibited extraordinary amounts of ridiculousness:

  • Many books have been written on the Calvinism/Arminianism debate. I do not know of any work that presents the debate and the outworking of the different tenets better than this series does. The script tellingly and incisively sets forth the errors of Arminianism, yet it does so compassionately.’
  • In the name of Christian charity, we are being asked nowadays to subsidize evil.’
  • Police State America: Talk About Jesus and Go to Jail.

Why MCA?

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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.

Dead Chickens Walking

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‘…I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.’  ~ John 17:9b

  • Remember that scene in ‘Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade’ when Indy stumbled upon a book-burning rally?

 

  • To-day marks the end of the line for my broilersAsk not for whom the bell tolls, chicken.  It tolls for thee.

 

  • As with all fallible men, I do not agree with everything Mark Driscoll has to say but, conversely, a great deal of what he espouses appeals to me (his devotion to sound doctrine is to be greatly admired).  For example, I am very much in step with his call for Christian men to return to a biblical masculinity; yet, I take issue with his worship style and his ’embracing’ of culture as necessary to spreading the gospel.  To be sure, he has no dearth of critics: ‘Mark Driscoll, the chest-thumping, LA-dressing, pastor of Mars Hill Church must be feeling the heat from the current of criticism that’s warming his backside.’

 

IF IT BE HERESY, LET US MAKE THE MOST OF IT!

Good as Gold

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‘[W]hoever gathers money little by little will increase it.’  ~ Proverbs 13:11b

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The economy’s slide into recession continues to gain momentum, catching the Powers That Be by surprise, although Ron Paul and others have been sounding the warning of just such an eventuality for years.  The Federal Reserve must bear a large share of the blame due to it’s interference in the market through arbitrary manipulation of the interest rates and reckless and increasing infusions of fiat money which only devalues the dollar and results in inflation.

The Washington government’s solution is to borrow more money from China, Kuwait, and other foreign nations while turning the money printing presses up to 11.  This will have the opposite of the desired effect, being nothing more than hair of the dog that bit us.  The cheques they want to send out to taxpayers will only add to the multi-trillion (trillion with a ‘T’) federal debt and encourage the wanton spending by consumers which also fans the recession.

After all, if printing more money–which is no longer backed by anything of value–is the answer to our economic woes, why can’t we just reduce the tax burden to 0% and print ourselves into prosperity?

 Here is warning number 1,001: Get out of debt and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.  Regardless of what the misguided Keynesians will tell you, spending does not improve the economy–saving does.

Ron Paul–who has studied economics in excess of 40 years–is the only candidate who appears to understand what is needed to end the recession and ensure long-term fiscal stability: sound money, low taxes, renunciation of empire, and living within our means.

In this video, Dr Paul educates Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on sound economic policy:

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‘[President Johnson] took [Federal Reserve Chairman] Martin to his ranch and asked the Secret Service to leave the room. And he physically beat him, he slammed him against the wall, and said, “Martin, my boys are dying in Vietnam, and you won’t print the money I need.”‘

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At one time, Republicans could be counted on to protect the Second Amendment.  (I wonder which part of ‘shall not be infringed’ is so difficult to understand?)

Michael Kinsely (most certainly not a conservative) once made a very astute observation.  If liberals interpreted the Second Amendment as they do the First, it would be mandated by law that everyone carry a gun everywhere.

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Here is yet another example of a professing Christian with a low view of Scripture. I’m rendered speechless when someone says something as ridiculous as the following: ‘Over the years, though, [Dowd] said, a Passionist priest led him to find a more powerful narrative of God and discover a “God-glorifying, Christ-edifying view of evolution.”‘ Whaaa?

 

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A Scottish pastor has it partly correct in saying, ‘The definition of a Calvinist as being a person who is miserable at the thought that someone somewhere is actually enjoying themselves is sadly all too typical.’ However, methinks he flew too close to the sun in suggesting that the answer for the Scottish Presbyterians is to delve into the Harry Potter books.

 

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I sure am glad the U.S. spent so much in blood and treasure to ‘free’ Kosovo. Now they can enjoy the ‘Muslim [sic] terror campaign that has killed, raped and maimed countless Christians, burned down churches and ethnically cleansed the region in anticipation of statehood.’ This, as Ron Paul has been pointing out in the presidential campaign, is known as ‘blowback,’ or the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy.

 

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‘Let me see if I get this right. We need to borrow $10 billion from China, and then we give it to Musharraf, who is a military dictator, who overthrew an elected government. And then we go to war; we lose all these lives promoting democracy in Iraq. I mean, what’s going on here?“’ ~ Ron Paul

 

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To me, I confess, [countries] are pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a game for dominion of the world.’ ~ Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in reference to Afghanistan, 1898

 

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If you are going to promote tourism for your town, please ensure that you have a qualified copy editor proof-reading your materials.  (Notice the young girl in the centre of the photo.)

 

 

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Debbie Gibson:

 

 

Written by ninepoundhammer

January 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm