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Of Wheat Harvests and Way-Back Machines

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‘And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them.’ ~ Acts 26:10


Here are some folks who understand the importance of gold:

  • Property rights were eradicated in the name of the Civil Rights (sic) crusade. Therefore, folks should not be surprised to discover that a woman is being brought up on civil rights violations for requesting a Christian roommate—in her own home.  [Update: The charges were later dropped.]
  • Sadly, I found out the hard way that this phone hasn’t been invented yet.
  • Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health.’
  • So, you have a rat and you have a land mine.  What to do?
  • The truth is that the US is insolvent and its policymakers will stop at nothing in order to avoid sovereign default. So, it should come as no surprise that at its latest meeting, the Federal Reserve downplayed the risk of inflation, thereby setting the stage for another round of money creation.’
  • In the waters off Tybee Island, Georgia, right at the Georgia/South Carolina border and not far from Savannah, buried in about 10 feet of silt is a hydrogen bomb. It’s been there for more than 50 years. . . The sad lesson is that we have less to fear from naked aggression than we do from incompetence and bad engineering.’
  • It wasn’t the New Deal that made folks fond of FDR—it was his push to repeal the 21st Amendment.

Industry Booms as States Vote Repeal of Prohibition’

  • The national security police state has been advancing for years but now that the true takeover of American society is in full swing, Americans are finally beginning to understand that everything supposedly aimed at terrorists is in fact directed towards them.’
  • Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods.’
  • The economic whizzing contests regarding currency devaluations currently underway (actually, they’ve been underway for quite some time) would be a thing of the past if countries simply backed their currencies with gold. That would mean that they would be forced to live within their means.

The economic storm is gathering.

  • A proper understanding of God’s Providence precludes any serious contemplation of ‘What If’ history, of course (Ephesians 1:11); however, it is sometimes an interesting exercise to imagine how one incident might have affected—and saved—millions of lives, had it occurred differently.
  • We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out, they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa, cos we’re the people.’
  • Decades from now, I fully expect to see an epidemic of deafness due to the amazing volumes at which folks listen to music. Likewise, we may not be surprised to find an alarming rise in the rate of brain cancer due to cell phones.



It’s All About Priorities…

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‘I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.”  ~ Luke 16:4


Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:


  • conspiracy short lifespan dog  [I think he acted alone…]

  • lytle management, sarah brosmer [Go byg, or go home!]

  • when you are dead lie down  [It makes the autopsy so much easier.]

  • august beer scientist  [Never drink in a month with an ‘r’ in it.]

  • possum in garbage can  [I’ll bring the beer and chips!]





  • Chicken Update: We now have two pullets laying eggs; the remaining ten should start laying this month (or else!). However, the Rhode Island Red has skipped a couple of days lately, which seems strange to me.




  • In the They’re Coming to Get Us File: According to a high-ranking member of the Hollywood Intelligentsia, Matt Damon, anyone who believes dinosaurs walked the earth as recently as 4,000 years ago is not qualified to be President. Mr Damon: Dropping out of Harvard does not mean that you are actually Will Hunting. There are many of us who believe dinosaurs were here fairly recently. In fact, it may be worth noting that that belief is nothing compared to our assent that—gasp!—God became man and was resurrected from the dead. Like most Hollyweird types, Mr Damon feels that Christians are good for only one thing: laying down good money to watch his movies and pay his disgustingly inflated salary. Perhaps we should be a bit more discriminating in our cinematic choices? Christians: Matt Damon is just one among a growing throng who would exclude Christians from participating in government. (Revoking our right to vote must not be far behind.) I urge us to seriously consider the ramifications of such thought becoming prevalent—or coercive.   

(One wonders where God and family fit into such a hierarchy.) 


  • If you have a tooth knocked out, the best course of action is to place it in a glass of milk in preparation for reimplantation. Here are some corrections to First Aid Myths  


  • Ron Paul predicted the housing market mess FIVE YEARS AGO: ‘When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing. Perhaps the Federal Reserve can stave off the day of reckoning by purchasing GSE debt and pumping liquidity into the housing market, but this cannot hold off the inevitable drop in the housing market forever.’ ~ Ron Paul, September 2003


  • TV journalist Alexander Minakov, who analyzed the coverage of the conflict by the Western media, particularly by US channels, said that Georgia’s war in South Ossetia had struck a catastrophic blow on their reputation. US TV channels cast a veil on events in an armed conflict and even fabricated their reports at times, like CNN did.’


  • From FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society, Democratic policies forced many free-market activists into the Republican fold. People like Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and of course Ron Paul, represent this free-market faction in the Republican Party. For example, free markets, deregulation, and balanced budgets became the Republican mantra (if not reality) during the Reagan administration. The orchestrated marginalization of Ron Paul is just one indicator that the free-market faction has been routed and that the mercantilists are firmly in control. In fact, as we endure the current economic malaise, we can note that the Republican-dominated Congress (1994–2006) and the administrations of George W. Bush have morphed Republican-style mercantilism into corporate socialism.’  


  • It’s nothing short of bizarre to think that courts would start protecting liberty because of brilliant libertarian legal arguments. To believe this, one would have to take the naive view — which, incidentally, animates much of the Cato Institute’s work — that government officials are really reasonable, serious people who are just waiting to have the right ideas put in front of them. But how silly is it to think you can make the government want liberty before many or most of the people want it?’


  • John Hanrahan writes that the moderators in the presidential debates need to ask a question like this one, first posed by reporter Charlie Savage: “Is there any executive power the Bush administration has claimed or exercised that you think is unconstitutional? Anything you simply think is a bad idea?” And they need to follow up so that the candidates answer it.’  


  • Following 9/11, our Mideast strategy became similarly irrational. [General] Odom noted that Saddam Hussein, a secular Arab nationalist, had for decades been the greatest regional enemy of both the Iranians and radical Islamists such as Osama bin Laden. Therefore, our Iraq War was serving the interests of these hostile, anti-American powers. And for several years now, it has been obvious that the single greatest reason America does not withdraw from Iraq is the fear of acknowledging our blunder.’



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(Vladimir) Putin on the Ritz

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‘A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’  ~ Proverbs 18:24

Two of my good friends—Kevin and Jon—took me out for lunch to celebrate my birthday on Tuesday and I really enjoyed it. Once I graduated from college I lost contact with pretty much all of my buddies and I had really been missing having guys to hang around with. That is one of the (many) reasons I love WPC—there is no shortage of godly men with whom to forge great relationships.

I wouldn’t want to understate how important those relationships are between men in the church; we need them for fellowship, discipleship, and accountability. I have been extremely blessed in having gotten to know the men of WPC through worship services, Covenant Kids, Sunday School, softball, and small group (not to mention their great families) and I encourage all the men to seek out and participate in the lives of each other. (Hint: The Men’s Retreat at the end of this month provides a fantastic opportunity!)

We are our brothers’ keeper.


  • Knowing full well that I am breaking with faux-holiday protocol, I would like to entreat all you lurkers out there to drop a comment or two so that I can get an idea of who all is visiting. (Don’t make me have to beg.)




  • As part of my blog subscription, I am able to get statistics regarding the number of daily hits to my blog, the page from which the visitor came to by blog, and search engine terms used to find my blog (among other things). Some of the search terms used make sense (‘metallic’ and/ or ‘pea’) while others leave me completely baffled. To-day, for example, one of the terms used to find my site was ‘parachute heather ferguson’. Hmmmm.


RP [Ron Paul] spoke today before the annual lobby day of the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association here on the Hill. They are the group that wants government to stay out of their business. It was an enormous success. It was standing room only, with Amish organic farmers sharing space with Capitol Hill staffers and local farm advocates. The room was full of local farm products and unpasteurised milk and milk products, delicious farm-made meats and sausages, artisan breads.

As soon as RP walked in, there was a hush across the crowd. He was introduced by the great local farm guru Joel Salatin to an enthusiastic standing ovation that was so ferocious that it surprised RP. He spoke near a large Ron Paul chocolate sculpture that an artisan chocolatier had crafted for the occasion. His speech was interrupted several times by loud applause and when he finished his message of self-reliance and government non-interference, there was another extended standing ovation.

Another Congressman followed him and remarked at how difficult it was to follow Ron Paul. You could tell: half the room cleared out when RP left. What is interesting about the speech of the Member who followed RP is that several times he emphasized that he was ‘just like Ron Paul’ on this or that issue. That would NEVER have happened before this past year’s events. Members would have gone out of their way to say how different they were from him. Now the opposite is true. And most of his applause lines were when he emphasized how like Ron Paul he is. What a great event! With gallons of that demon raw milk that the government doesn’t want you to have!’ (Courtesy of Lew Rockwell)


I figured that all of you Croc people I know would appreciate their cell phone case:

Croc Cell Case




  • The dollar’s plunge continued unabated Thursday, striking record lows after the European Central Bank kept its benchmark rate on hold and the U.S. released another batch of dour economic reports.’


  • John Eibner, who heads a worldwide Christian human rights group, says although the U.S.-led ‘military surge is reducing violence overall in Iraq, the situation for Christians is still tense and dangerous.’



Ashlee and I have been discussing plans for adding on to our house. 

Here is what we like thus far:





  • Meat for us is breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” says Mr. Hukura, the Katutura tour guide. “When I took some South Africans around, they were wondering how people ate that much kapana. But everyone knows themselves. We know what kind of stomachs we have.”


  • From a Ron Paul supporter in Colorado: ‘Here is why my hopes are up…As I sat there, I realized that most of the delegates in that room were Ron Paul supporters. We had pulled off what nobody yet realizes…we had the majority of delegates! I cannot wait for State and Congressional…and the National convention! If this is an indicator, we are in the calm before the storm. When the convention in Minneapolis happens, the world will be stunned. Why? Because we have quietly infiltrated the party and we are taking it over.







  • Shoppers in Zimbabwe no longer need worry about carrying their purchases home: the chances are that their groceries weigh less than the banknotes needed to buy them.’





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Take a Left on the FDR

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 ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?’ ~ John 2:20


Having failed to learn from FDR that Big Guvment work projects add to and prolong economic woes, Mike Huckabee recently proposed his own public works tar-baby, a plan to expand Interstate-95 along its entirety—from Maine to Florida! 

Apparently, Huckabee believes that such a boondoggle as this would aid the economy.  However, as Bastiat illustrated with his Broken Window Fallacy, the opposite tends to be the case.  Big (and Bigger) Government is not the answer—liberty and the free market are!

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February 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm