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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.

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‘So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”‘ ~ II Samuel 10:4, 5

 

Last evening witnessed the inaugural meeting of what I have christened Luther’s League of Gentlemen, which consists primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) of WPC men spending time over a beer or two at a local pub discussing (or is it arguing?) life, football, politics, and religion–not necessarily in that order. I can’t decide which topic elicits greater passion–whether women should participate in political leadership or just how good the Dallas Cowboys are or aren’t this year.

As it was, we had a great time and look forward to reconvening the League on a monthly basis. Stand by.

 

‘I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26-29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it.’ ~ Martin Luther

 

 

 

  • As my daddy always said, ‘Free advice is worth what it costs.’ Still, we at Metallic Pea offer some of our own, which you may take or leave as is your wont: During these tumultuous economic times, it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case of a run on the banks or an Executive Order from the President temporarily halting withdrawal of funds from your bank (both scenarios have happened in the past). To be sure, we urge our friends not to panic–but we do urge you to be wise. Ask the folks at Indy Mac Bank who stood in line for days to get their money when that institution failed if they wished they had some ‘walking around’ money when it went down. We’re just saying.

  • A silver lining to the depreciation of the dollar—the drug pandemic declines in the U.S.: ‘The European cocaine market is even more attractive than the American one because of robust demand and a strong euro, said Russell Benson, the regional director of the DEA in Europe and Africa. The euro has gained 16 percent against the dollar in the past three years and one euro today buys more than $1.40.’

  • In the They Are Coming for Us Report: ‘A scientist who suggested creationism be discussed in school science classes as a “worldview” if students raise questions has been banished from his UK Royal Society job for advocating the open exchange of information.’

  • Unlike our political ‘leaders’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has offered to publicly debate the issues facing our respective countries before the media and the world at the next meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Our leaders refuse to talk with him but we have to ask—what is the harm in talking?

  • Two unknown fragments of music by Mozart are believed to have turned up in a library in Nantes in western France. If authenticated by musical scholars, at least one of the pieces may be performed in a festival in the city next year.’

  • An Oklahoma City mother was charged Monday with child neglect after neighbors found her 3-year-old son wandering around the parking lot of their apartment complex with beer in his bottle.’

  • So Chasin, along with six Muslims and Nazarene Christians, filed suit, charging that they should be [allowed to keep their beards] on grounds of religious freedom.’ [ed. – Ooh, snap!]

 

‘But He has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest – a sign of strength and rule.’ ~ Clement of Alex., 2.275

 

You Have the Right–uh, Obligation–to Remain Seated…

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‘For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.’  ~ Exodus 20:11

 

 

 

One of the most maddening things about Evolution apologists’ arguments is their tendency to draw enormous and unwarranted inductive conclusions from little—or no—evidence whatsoever.  My charitable side would like nothing more than to forgive their transgressions by chalking the errors up being overeager or excited by new ‘discoveries.’  However, a larger part of me can’t help but feel that a significant number of their ‘conclusions’ are the result of outright and orchestrated deceptions.  Coupled with the fawning and cooperative press who report the ‘findings’ as fact without so much as a whisper of opposing viewpoints, it is little wonder that Darwin’s grand deception is accepted as fact by the general public and is the expected presupposition for discussion about the world and universe around us.

 

For example, there are many troubling aspects in this article which describes what is purported to be an archeological find in Germany that provides definitive ‘proof’ of the evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs:

 

         Although Evolution is promulgated as proven ‘fact’ by the vast majority of scientists (the question arises then why it remains the ‘Theory’ of Evolution and not a Law), the article itself describes how previous evolutionary dogma is, apparently, errant: ‘Scientists previously believed that dinosaurs evolved from smaller reptilians around 235 million years ago.’  So, we must wonder, if previously declared air-tight conclusions were wrong, how reliable are the current ‘facts’ we are given? 

         Further into the article we discover that the ‘amazing discovery’ of the supposed evolutionary link actually consists of mere ‘remnants’ of ‘bone fragments’.  There is no entire fossilised body, only ‘fragments.’  This is reminiscent of the Nebraska Man fossil which was supposed to prove the Missing Link Theory—only to be revealed as ONE TOOTH—one PIG’S tooth, actually.

         A few lines later the article let’s the cat out of the bag.  What is reported as an important evolutionary discovery is yet to be confirmed.  It is presented as fact yet it has not yet been verified!

         The article ends by presenting another piece of dubious information as if it were fact by referencing the Archaeopteryx as a proven link between birds and dinosaurs.  Thankfully, our friends over at Answers in Genesis long ago proved why that is not the case at all.

 

What can be taken away from this article (and others like it) is that Evolution is based upon hyper-inductive reasoning and extreme speculation, that it is stated as fact when that is simply not the case, and is believed with blind obedience by many folks who are either unwilling or unable to think about what is being shoved down our throats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We hear how the Republican Party (and the Democrats, to some extent) has been subverted and taken over by neoconservatives.  What exactly is neoconservatism?  Lew Rockwell explains here in a short podcast. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Thus, over the fate of an Abyssinian slave empire, Britain drove her faithful World War I ally into the arms of a Nazi dictator Mussolini loathed and had wished to confront beside Britain. And Abyssinia was overrun. Are we making the same mistake in the Caucasus? 

 

 

  • What we haven’t been told in the news: President Bush appears to be preparing the U.S. for war with Iran.  ‘Here is the basic story. Two aircraft carrier task forces, the Abraham Lincoln and the Peleliu, are already in the Persian Gulf. This is verifiable on the Websites of the carriers. A third task force, the Iwo Jima, was dispatched to the Gulf on August 22. This has been verified by a naval source. Two more – the Theodore Roosevelt and the Ronald Reagan – are said to be sailing to the Gulf, but I was unable to verify this from official sources. The Jerusalem Post reported this, as did at least one Egyptian newspaper cited by the Post. The Arab world is aware of all this. Western audiences are not.’ 

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August 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm

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

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  • 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

He’s Got Alabaster for a Face!

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‘Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”‘  ~ Exodus 8:19a  

 

Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:

  • i hate lake pointe church in rockwall

  • kyle the traffic cone

  • bible housing crisis

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  • Civilian deaths in the war in Afghanistan have increased 60% thus far this year.

 

 

 

  • I truly hope events do not actually mirror predictions; still, I would once again urge us to all get our financial houses in order—quickly: ‘Fortis expects a complete collapse of the US financial markets within a few days to weeks. That explains, according to Fortis, the series of interventions of last Thursday to retrieve € 8 billion. “We have been saved just in time. The situation in the US is much worse than we thought”, says Fortis chairman Maurice Lippens. Fortis expects bankruptcies amongst 6000 American banks which have a small coverage currently. But also Citigroup, General Motors, there is starting a complete meltdown in the US.”

 

 

 

  • Atheists are so tolerant and understanding: ‘It’s good that Christians homeschool. We need citizens to clean our toilets and mow our lawns. Perhaps some homeschooled Christians will be able to fill these types of jobs. The rest will be unemployable retards like their parents.’

 

 

 

  • I wholeheartedly believe that parents should be liberal with their support for and affirmation of their children. A great deal of the motivation behind a child’s efforts lies in his search for his parents’ approval and we should be quick to recognise and fulfill that need. However, it should also be tempered with a copious amount of realism and (if need be) infused humility. Cheering on your child for his effort and celebrating his success should not be confused with a need to tell your child he is the best at everything he does—especially if it is not actually the case. Just ask former Aggie basketball player Deandre Jordan. After being told he is the greatest player for so long, he believed it—and it probably cost him millions of dollars.

 

 

 

  • The first flashing red alert, however, did not appear when the writer portrayed “God the Father” as a black woman, and the “Holy Spirit” as an Asian woman.’

 

 

 

 

 

To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: The Police

 

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July 1, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Britches Full of Hay

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‘Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.’  ~ Proverbs 20:11

 

[Mea Culpa: Jon, I realise this is a long post but I just can’t help myself!]

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: The English Shin Kicking Championships

 

 

 

  • If my chickens will only lay eggs like this, I could retire in no time flat!

 

 

 

  • The Royal Bank of Scotland has advised clients to brace for a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets over the next three months as inflation paralyses the major central banks.’

 

 

 

  • Did you hear the one about the man who goes to buy a car in Moscow, pays for it, and is told by the salesman that he can collect it on a particular date in 10 years’ time. The buyer thinks for a moment and then asks: ‘Morning or afternoon?’ The salesman, astonished by the question, asks: ‘What difference does it make?’ And the buyer answers: ‘Well, the plumber is coming in the morning.’

 

 

 

  • A ‘RAND Corp. study, “Invisible Wounds of War — Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery,” justifies a tenfold jump in the U.S. casualty count versus the figure of 33,000 American dead and wounded used by the Pentagon.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • They say that the Internet was invented (or at least, conceived) in 1934. Yet, Al Gore was not born until 1948. I’m confused.

 

 

 

  • Will the Church stand in the breach and yell ‘HALT!’? Or, as in the past, will she allow the State to dictate how we shall practise our faith?  Sooner or later we will all be faced with a choice. We will be forced to stand and be counted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • It’s pretty rapidly running out of gas and it just seems like every day more and more people are coming out with the fact that [global warming is] pretty much a hoax. And these are Ph.D climatologists that are pretty much saying what I said all along.’

 

 

 

  • I remember my daddy trying the cloth diaper route years ago. (OK, I actually remember my daddy telling me about it.) It has its benefits but drawbacks are part of the deal, too. However, if you are so inclined, here is how to make your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Iranian scientists claim breakthroughs in nanotechnology, biological researchers are pushing the boundaries of stem cell research and the country’s car industry produces more cars than anywhere else in the region.’

 

 

 

  • Good news for those who love war and can’t get enough of it—the GWOT© is coming to Pakistan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pope Has Lost His Wallet!

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‘If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.’  ~ John 15:18

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • More funny search engine terms used to find my blog:
  1.  one two one two one one one one two three  [Is this thing on?]
  2.  how do you know you got worms  [Oh, you’ll know alright.]
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  • Got a strawberry and some baking soda?  Then you can have whiter teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.’  ~ Winston Churchill

 

 

 

  • There are times when I tend to lament my condition or feel sorry for myself—then I read about folks like the Clarks: “I have faith in each of my family members to accomplish whatever they set their minds on and I have that same faith in myself,” he said. “More importantly, I have faith in God that He will take care of me and lead me to where I’m supposed to be as long as I ask him to show me His will and I follow it. It sounds simple but, I just try to focus on each day as it comes because that is all we are promised.” 

 

 

 

  • At this point it is probably futile to try to reverse the deification of Abraham Lincoln. Next year, if I know my countrymen, the bicentennial of his birth will be marked by stupendously cloying anniversary observances, all of them affirming, if not his literal divinity, at least something mighty close to it. 

 

 

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report: ‘H.R. 3825 and S. 1858, soon to be rubber-stamped by [President Bush] unless there is a massive protest along with a miracle, gives the federal government authority over every newborn’s DNA, without parental consent.’ 

 

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report, Pt. II: A man has his child taken from him for buying his son a bottle of lemonade. 

 

 

 

  • It seems to be increasingly clear that U.S. companies do not really desire a free market but would rather have profits (and protection against risk) guaranteed through legislation—at the expense of the consumer.  ‘Executives from the companies that produce most U.S. television programs sent a letter to the FCC last week opposing any rule changes that would allow customers to pay only for the cable channels they want to watch.’ 

 

  • More evidence of this is available in the agriculture sector: ‘Farmers and food executives appealed fruitlessly to federal officials yesterday for regulatory steps to limit speculative buying that is helping to drive food prices higher.’  That’s hardly the Free Market Economy we boast of—it sounds more like socialism.

 

 

 

  • ‘Clearly, the U.S. and Britain are trying to trigger a new conflict with the most brazen provocations, and they don’t really care how it happens – only that it does.’ 

 

 

 

  • Jason Castro is my sentimental favourite contestant on American Idol, though he is clearly not the most talented of the contestants: ‘Mr. Castro has been on five mission trips to such places as Russia and South America, and he’s an active member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall. He said in a February telephone interview that he let his faith guide his decision to drop out of college and pursue American Idol.’ 

 

 

 

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May 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm