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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.

Your Room Is Ready…

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‘Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.’  ~ John 4:35b


  • I have checked into the details and I was able to confirm that this incident did NOT occur at WPC: ‘Two people have been charged in a fight that broke out between neighbors attending a baby shower Sunday, during which a woman knocked another unconscious with a shovel and a man allegedly threatened a crowd with a shotgun.’ 

When Music is Lost in Translation




  • ‘In all that time, I was one of those atheists in the foxholes they say don’t exist. I could never have known that I’d find the faith to follow Christ and be baptized on Easter of my 56th year. But I did, even when I’d never grasped for spiritual reassurance as I slogged through the Central Highlands of Vietnam, leapt from airplanes into the night, or had helicopters shot out from under me. I’ve been taking up residence close to death for a long time. My faith isn’t about jumping over death. It’s about reconciling with God, who Jesus Christ showed us is Love.’ 


  • ‘Our political economy is rife with such catastrophes in waiting, yet the public always seems startled, and outraged, when the day of reckoning can no longer be deferred, and another apartment collapses in the state’s Hotel of Impossible Promises, loading onto the taxpayers more visibly the burden of sheltering the previous occupants. … If you think that Fannie and Freddie’s bust is a big deal, just wait until Medicare comes crashing down. Then, the wailing and gnashing of teeth will be truly unbearable. As that day rapidly approaches, however, you’ll notice that the politicians are doing utterly nothing to forestall it.’ 


  • ‘Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.’ 


  • ‘I also have to laugh – guffaw, really – at how easily conservatives have been taken in by the Palin choice. Why, it was only yesterday that the Right was breathing fire out of its nostrils and threatening to sit on its scaly wings come Election Day, what with the “maverick” (i.e., RINO) McCain at the top of the Republican ticket. Now even Rush Limbaugh – who was the loudest anti-McCainiac, if not the most articulate – is purring like the big tabby-cat he really is, sidling up to Palin and exhorting the party faithful to rally ’round the banner of Palinism. But what is Palinism, anyway?’ 






“[ABC News’ Charlie] GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

“[Sarah] PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.”

[ed. – Are you scared yet?]



One Sentence Movie Review: The Express

If white people would just go away, life would be great.


One Sentence Political Review:

If white people would just go away, Barack Obama would be the best President.  Ever.   


  • The federal government may seem like a financial knight on a white steed riding to the rescue of big companies in trouble. The irony is that Uncle Sam’s got enormous money problems of his own. The government is far deeper in debt than any of the companies it’s bailing out.’ 

It’s a Small Thing for You–But It’s Awful Bigamy!

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‘And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away…’  ~ Deuteronomy 17:17a  


  • I am not the only one who sees the inconsistencies inherent in what the author of this article calls ‘The Palin Predicament.’  



  • Heading home to Alaska to prepare for her interview with Charlie Gibson, [Sarah] Palin was escorted by Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s foreign policy guru and, until March, a hired agent of the Tbilisi [Georgia] regime. Scheunemann’s lobbying assignment: Bring Georgia into NATO, so U.S. troops, like 19-year-old Track Palin, will be required to fight Russia to defend a Saakashvili regime that has paid Randy and his partner $730,000.’  


  • The [economic] experts are scared.  I could see it as they faced the cameras.  They are seeing a meltdown.  Two icons of the industry died over the weekend.  A third is about to die. Then there is Washington Mutual.  It is close to the end. Its stock went under $2 yesterday.  It is almost a penny stock: below $1.  The 8th largest bank in the nation! It’s going to get much, much worse. Stay tuned.’   


  • With [the MPro110’s] composite video input, you can use it for presentations, playing games, or watching movies. You can even connect you iPod to the projector and watch movies on a table or wall.’ 




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September 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Be Vewy, Vewy, Qwyit!

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‘May his days be few; may another take his office!’ ~ Psalm 109:8



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  • There were exciting times to be had out at Covenanter Ranch this evening.  Just as my daughter and I were preparing to collect some grass clippings to feed to the chickens, we heard a tremulous racket from the yardbird’s shack.  I knew instinctively that something was afoot, so I had GM stand fast and I high-tailed it through the woods to the coop.  It was then I noticed the catalyst of the commotion: a bobcat.  He wanted in that coop something fierce and, as he paced frantically around the perimeter of the enclosure, the chickens were carrying on like it was Judgement Day.  I yelled at him loud enough to startle him and force him into the brush but, sadly, by the time I got back to the house and fetched my scattergun, he was nowhere to be seen.  Needless to say, the womenfolk won’t be meandering around the back five acres alone for a while.




  • In yet another of his persistent moments of profundity, Ron Paul raises a question that we should have been asking ourselves all along: In light of the 25th Amendment’s prescriptions for the presidential line of succession, shouldn’t we be concerned that the Vice President is chosen by one man?  After all, should something happen to the President, he is next in line.  Gerald Ford, for example, was not elected VP nor President. 




I remember when the incident described by the woman in this video happened–it was heartbreaking.  (I love the last line, in which she gestures to the Congressmen and tells them what the 2nd Amendment really protects us from.  Priceless!)





  • The opening of the center for surrogate mothers in Poland has sparked controversy. The Catholic Church stands strong against the initiative, although many Polish citizens support the opening of the first-ever center in the country. The center has already released the price list for its services and even obtained its first clients, the Noviye Izvestia newspaper reports.’    In other Poland news: The U.S. continues to antagonise the Russians. 




What better place than the Olympics—when the whole world is watching—

to make a Peace Statement?! 









  • Ahh, the Good Ole Days!  ‘With my redneck, white socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer.’ 




  • The stage is not adequately set for the highly publicized Ezekiel 38 and 39 Russian-Iranian nuclear-equipped consortia of nations to invade Israel. Psalm 83 comes first, and then Ezekiel 38 follows on its heels like a Goliath shadow. There are two distinct invasions of Israel, one building upon the other, with both occurring sequentially in the Middle East.’  (Whew!  I’m glad we got THAT straight.  I can stop worrying now.)
















  • ‘[T]here is nothing America can do to defend Georgia except threaten nuclear war. We could send in a small “tripwire” force of a battalion or two – God help us if we do – and dare the Russians to attack it. But if they called the bluff – and I think they would – what then? It is impossible for the United Statesto wage conventional war with Russia in her own backyard. We would have to go nuclear, or back down and accept defeat. It is all too easy to guess which alternative the Bush administration would select.’







  • The more that is revealed about the FBI’s still largely-secret case against Bruce Ivins, the more doubts that are raisedabout whether their accusations are true. A particularly vivid episode illustrating how shoddy the FBI’s case seems to be occurred in the last several days.’ 










Keep Your Hand to the Plow

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‘Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.’  ~ Proverbs 20:18






  • ‘Reveling in his status as an intimate of George Bush, Dick Cheney and John McCain, and America’s lone democratic ally in the Caucasus, [Georgian President] Saakashvili thought he could get away with a lightning coup and present the world with a fait accompli … American charges of Russian aggression ring hollow. Georgia started this fight – Russia finished it. People who start wars don’t get to decide how and when they end. ‘  ~ Pat Buchanan


A 12-year old girl from San Francisco tells Fox News what REALLY happened to her family while in South Ossetia when the war started:




  • The whole of Georgia talks about Russia’s bombing of Tskhinvali and South Ossetia. What are they talking about? One should not believe what the BBC or CNN said or what they will be saying,” he said. You may not be a professional, but a Western journalist must have at least an iota of honor and dignity. One should not lose their conscience and decency behind your profession, no matter whom you work for,” [President of North Ossetia, Sergei] Bagapsh said.’



(Image is purely–purely–intended to be tongue-in-cheek.  We at Metallic Pea enjoy beer like anybody else but we do not, of course, advocate nor participate in overindulging in alcoholic beverages.  Everything in moderation.

That is all.  Thank you.)






‘Americans have many fine qualities. A capacity to see ourselves as others see us is not high among them.’  ~ Pat Buchanan




  • This is the very real danger of socialized medicine: your legitimate medical problem can be legislated away just as easily as other medical problems can be legislated into existence, by people with absolutely no qualifications to diagnose you.’


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All We Are Saying…

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‘…[B]ecause they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.’  ~ Zephaniah 1:17b

  • We are in real danger of becoming a State which is perpetually at war.  Our hypocritical posturing over the conflict in Georgia is just the latest manifestation of our bellicosity.  As a citizen, this is frightening; as a Christian, it is revolting.  When are we going to give up our bloodlust and stop spreading destruction around the globe?  When will the Church say, ‘ENOUGH!’? 

    • The problem with this fairytale script [being promulgated by the U.S. government and media] that is being cut-and-pasted on to the horrendous massacres of people in South Ossetia and Georgia is that it is almost entirely wrong. Georgia is no free-spirited, democratic republic, but an increasingly authoritarian regime that bans overly critical media outlets and criminalises opposition parties. Russia is acting not from an imperialist, expansionist standpoint but out of desperation, behaving recklessly because it feels its sovereign authority challenged by numerous ex-Soviet republics.’ 

    • I think folks should read about events such as this one from a different point of view.  By reading the Russian and European papers (among others)–and you must sift through the propaganda and hyperbole there as well–you can at least get a better understanding of what their perceptions and points of view are.  Fox News and CNN–gasp–do not have a monopoly on the truth.

    Written by ninepoundhammer

    August 14, 2008 at 11:09 am