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I’m Not Really Angry–It Just Seems That Way

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‘But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.’  ~ Zechariah 9:8

  • Remember when we bombed Kosovo to thwart the ‘genocide’ of Mohammadans by those evil Serbians? Well, surprise, it never happened.
  • More with Peter Schiff on the economy and the falling Dollar:

  • ‘[Federal Reserve Chairman Ben] Bernanke faces the same dilemma, and like Herr Havenstein, he thinks he can save the economy by creating more currency.  Instead, the outcome will be hyperinflation, which not only destroys the currency but also the very economy he set out to save. ‘
  • Second Commandment Watch: Why do they always assert it is an image of Jesus? Having never seen Him face-to-face, how would they know?
  • Dr Tom Woods talks about the growing sentiment in favour of nullification:

The Crusades were not unprovoked. They were not the first round of European colonialism. They were not conducted for land, loot, or converts. The Crusaders were not barbarians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. They sincerely believed that they served in God’s battalions.’

Remember all that ‘freedom’ everybody was singing about a couple of weeks ago? ‘New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records–that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year–must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity.’

  • They’re still trying to gin up war for Israel with Iran.
  • I know you’re not comfortable with the word “empire,” especially just after the Fourth of July, but you are the Redcoats now.’
  • I know you, little libertine:

Plugging those kinds of gaps means getting creative with new forms of skullduggery. For instance, the State of New York, with its $9 billion budget deficit, is looking at a proposal to borrow $6 billion from its state pension fund in order to make a $6 billion payment due to that same pension fund. Yeah, you read that right.’

  • In a comical move even for a czar-happy president who has rewarded dozens of cronies with distinguished titles, the White House has named the Obamas’ personal Chicago cook as ‘Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives.’
  • Oh, the Glorous Drug War!! How many people must die before we admit that it is a fool’s errand?
  • It is a competition between ‘entitlement’ spending and military expenditures to determine which will bankrupt us first.


Au 101

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‘The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.’  ~ Proverbs 21:5


If you are actually interested in how we reached our current economic condition–primarily the death sprial of the u.S. Dollar–watch this Youtube video of Ron Paul at the recent End the Federal Reserve rally in Houston.  The level of his economic and historical acumen in breathtaking–and extremely informative.  He explains succinctly how we got here and, perhaps more importantly, where we are going and how to protect yourself and your family.  (Make certain to watch all four parts.)

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November 26, 2008 at 10:11 am

And Rosebud Is a Sled, or: Stating the Obvious

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‘By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.’  ~ I John 4:2  






I predicted some time ago (and have often repeated) that John McCain is going to get pummeled on Election Day.  However, I am seeing indicators around the union that seem to indicate that a massive upset is in the offing.  Many people who are in a position to know are confident that John McCain will not only win those States that have historically voted for Republicans but that he will carry—comfortably—many of the recent Democrat strongholds like Pennsylvania.  What does this portend?  I don’t know.  But I do know two things: 1) I am glad that I am not a gambler because I would have NO IDEA where to place my bets at this point and 2) I am utterly confounded by the American electorate.


Tuesday could be interesting.  Very interesting.








  • Finally, and after months of propagandised noise and disinformation, the media begin to acknowledge the truth about the Russo-Georgian conflict as the ‘BBC finally acknowledges Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia.’ 




  • Someone needs to inform this apostate priest that his heresy is not as cutting edge as he might think.  ‘For millions of people trying to make some kind of sense of the Christian religion … No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that.’  As the Preacher told us, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ 




I can be sure of one thing–when I finally get my fence built and put some goats on my place, it will NOT look like this:






Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.’  ~ Andrew Jackson










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The Bestest Buy

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‘There shall arise in his place one who imposes taxes on the glorious kingdom; but within a few days he shall be destroyed, but not in anger or in battle.’  ~ Daniel 11:20





If I am sitting pretty and you’ve got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it (the tax hikes) but she can’t, what’s the big deal for me to say I’m going to pay a little bit more. That is neighborliness.’ ~ Barack Obama [ed. – Actually, it sounds more like theft to me.]







  • When I was a child, my daddy had a bumper sticker on the rear of his (sweet) 1975 Ford Gran Torino (like the one in Starsky & Hutch–only brown) that read, ‘Christians Aren’t Perfect … Just Forgiven.’ It is somewhat clever (and probably trite) but a truism nonetheless. We must never forget that the enemy crouches at the gate like a lion and, though we (Christians) are free from the fear of eternal damnation, we are subject to falling into sin–even the most heinous of sins–while we remain on earth. The story that famed Christian singer Ray Boltz has publicly admitted to living a homosexual lifestyle brings this matter to the fore. I pray that God will deliver Mr Boltz from this season of sin and he will be restored to the Church poste haste.


Nevertheless [Christians] may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalancy of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their perseverance, fall into grievous sins; and for a time continue therein: whereby they incur God’s displeasure, and grieve his Holy Spirit; come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts; have their hearts hardened, and their consciences wounded; hurt and prevalancy others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.  ~ Westminster Confession of Faith, 17.3


  • Although the economy continues the slide into full-blown meltdown—a condition caused and fostered in no small part by Federal Reserve and U.S. Government policies—McCain’s ‘solution’ (which is virtually indistinguishable from Obama’s) is to strangle the economy with increased Federal regulation. Still, the electorate—hobbled by a sort of electoral Stockholm Syndrome—will dutifully march to the polls to elect politicians who are openly admitting that they will pursue failed policies injurious to our economic wellbeing and interests.




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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.’ 



  • 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?

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.’ 




Meine Unterkleidung Ist Wunderbar!!

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‘They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.’  ~ Leviticus 21:5


Good news!  The old crew chickens appear to be accepting the new chicks I introduced into the coop last week.  The latter have been able to negotiate the coop largely unmolested, though the larger birds tend to become aggressive whenever I enter to feed them.  (The get in such a fowl mood!)  I would love to post pictures (the Ameraucanas are absolutely beautiful) but the wife’s camera is behaving badly.  Stay tuned.


“I’ll meet you at the outdoor cafe.  (I’ll be wearing orange.)”  



  • By way of demonstrating how the biblical translation you employ can have a significant impact on your exegesis: Do you realise that the King James Version mentions unicorns?




  • South Korea currently ranks 12th in the world militarily, whereas North Korea is 18th. South Korea has twice as many men available to the military (24 million to 11 million) and roughly twice as many under arms (657,000 to 382,000). Economically the South ranks 13th in the world with a GDP of $982b (just above Australia), the North ranks 156th with $2b (just above Greenland). North Korea‘s gross national income was valued at $26.7 billion last year, with its per capita gross national income at $1,152, according to the Bank of Korea. By contrast, South Korea‘s $971 billion economy grew 5 percent last year, giving it a per capita income at $20,045.’  (So, remind me, why are we still in South Korea?)







  • As someone who would have lost my land to this New World Order boondoggle, I am very relieved to know that, in this instance anyway, the Powers That Be heeded the concerns of the little man.




  • Sedacca wrote that current financial-market conditions remind him of “someone standing on a lonely beach, armed with only a small bucket, trying to stop a rare tsunami that hits the shores. It is how I feel about our markets and the tools being utilized by the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and other regulatory bodies. They are overmatched for what they are facing and, worse yet, they helped create the mess in the first place by being far too easy with money and debt creation.”




  • By [current standards of] morality and logic, Germans at Nuremberg might have asserted a right to kill women and children because that is what the British were doing to [German] women and children.’






  • Maybe those folks in Taxachusetts aren’t so bad after all. A local school committee recently added Ron Paul’s book, ‘The Revolution: A Manifesto’ to its summer reading list.

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