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‘ He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.’  ~ Ezekiel 37:2







  • As it turns out, weapons inspector Scott Ritter was right: ‘Time after time, I backed my opposition to the Bush administration’s “case” for war on Iraq with hard facts, citing evidence that could be readily checked by these erstwhile journalists had they been so inclined. Instead, my integrity and character were impugned by these simple recorders of “fact”, further enabling the fiction pushed by the administration into the mainstream, unchallenged and unquestioned, to be digested by the American public as truth.’ 




‘They who are shocked at a single murder on the highway, hear with indifference of the slaughter of a thousand on the field. They whom the idea of a single corpse would thrill with terror, contemplate that of heaps of human carcasses mangled by human hands, with frigid indifference.’  ~ Jonathan Dymond




  • ‘Full of fun and mischief, Josephine and Zac Onions are ordinary, healthy children.  But there is something extraordinary about Josephine, five, and her three-year-old little brother-they are both still breastfeeding.’ 




  • Whenever I hear the Beatles songs ‘Paperback Writer’ or ‘Penny Lane‘ I find myself back behind the wheel of the 1969 Ford Mustang I bought when I was 17.  (I must have burnt through three cassettes of their 20 Greatest Hits.)  Interestingly, a scientific research project is currently underway related to memories one has that are tied to the Beatles.  I’ve submitted my memory to the web site-have you? 




  • I’m thinking about getting these for Ashlee for her birthday.  What do you think?







  • ‘Secondly, liberalism was lulled to sleep with the seductive lure of evolutionism-the doctrine of Social Darwinism, which saw history as an ever-ascending spiral of progress. According to this theory, the triumph of liberty is inevitable because Reason, Science, and Enlightened Thinking are on our side. The history of the 20th century would soon refute this.’ 







Island + Rising = A Moveable Feast

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‘This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.’ ~ Romans 9:8




  • ‘[T]he war will soon assume a turn to extermination not of soldiers alone, that is the least part of the trouble, but the people . . . . There is a class of people, men, women, and children, who must be killed or banished.’  ~  Gen. William T. Sherman


  • ‘Time to listen to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the lone voice of reason in Congress today who’s got to feel like he’s shouting into a field of cotton with his repeated warnings about the dangers of a collapsing dollar, while the administration goes AWOL on the problem.’ 


  • A dying 10 year-old gets her wish to have her prisoner father released long enough to visit her on her deathbed: ‘Jayci, who cannot speak, move or eat, could sense that her father was next to her and feel his touch, because she began breathing more heavily during his visit, the family told FOX News.’ 


  • ‘Money with them [congressmen] is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.’  ~ Congressman Davey Crockett


  • There is good news to be had!  A recent study indicates that the traditional (and, I may add, Biblical) family model is making a resurgence. 


Oprah Winfrey identifies herself as a Christian. But she says that, when she was a young woman, she was disturbed by a pastor’s declaration that the God of the Bible is a jealous God. “And something about that didn’t feel right in my spirit because I believe that God is love and that God is in all things,” she told her television audience. “And, so, that’s when the, the, the search for something more than doctrine started to stir within me.”




  • The last French World War I veteran passed away recently at the age of 110.  ‘More than anything, he was appalled that he had been made to fire on people he didn’t know and to whom he, too, was a stranger. These were fathers of children. He had no quarrel with them. C’est complètement idiot la guerre. His Italian Alpine regiment had once stopped firing for three weeks on the Austrians, whose language many of them spoke; they had swapped loaves of bread for tobacco and taken pictures of each other. To the end of his life, Mr Ponticelli showed no interest in labelling anyone his enemy. He said he did not understand why on earth he, or they, had been fighting.’ 


  • Update:  New evidence has surfaced in the D. B. Cooper case.  The FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found buried by children in southwest Washington to determine whether it might have been used by famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, the agency said Tuesday.’ 


  • Marko Kulju, 26, faces seven years in prison and a fine of $19,100 if convicted of stealing pieces of the right earlobe from a Moai, one of numerous statues carved out of volcanic rock between 400 and 1,000 years ago to represent deceased ancestors.’ 


  • Andrew Sullivan explains ‘Why Ron Paul Still Scares the GOP’:  ‘When his fellow candidates denounced big government, Paul was there to remind them that President Bush and the G.O.P. Congress had shattered spending records and exploded the deficit.  When they hailed freedom, Paul asked why they all supported the Patriot Act and other expansions of executive power.  And when they called themselves conservatives, Paul asked what was so conservative about sending thousands of young Americans to try to transform the Middle East.’ 


  • ‘During a campaign stop yesterday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Senator Obama told the audience that he believes he “can have everlasting life” because Jesus Christ died for his sins. But he then told a questioner that he believes Jews and Muslims who live moral lives are just as much “children of God” as he is.’ 


  • ‘Skulls. Black cats. A naked woman riding a killer whale. Grim reapers. Snakes. Swords. Occult symbols. A wizard with a staff that shoots lightning bolts. Moons. Stars. A dragon holding the Earth in its claws.’ 

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‘Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.’  ~ Genesis 13:2


‘What you [Ron Paul] said was, if we got rid of the income tax, the Government would still take about the same amount of money in as they had ten years ago. We looked into it and it’s accurate. Can you explain that and how do we get that message out to people?’ 


Give Ireland back to the Irish

Don’t make them have to take it away

Give Ireland back to the Irish

Make Ireland Irish to-day

Great Britain you are tremendous

And nobody knows like me

But really what are you doin’

In the land across the sea?

~ Paul McCartney, Give Ireland Back to the Irish  


I wish a buck was still silver and it was back when the country was strong.’ ~ Merle Haggard, Are the Good Times Really Over?


Some 70 percent of economic growth over the past years was a result of consumption. Now that consumption is slowing down — with lower retail expenditure during the Christmas season and dropping charges to credit cards — a tax rebate will again fan consumption.

It will not do a thing to increase savings, from which future investments can be made, writes Wolfgag Grassl. We all know by now that the way out of a recession is through the building of capital goods, not through the temporary fattening up of American retailers and Chinese manufacturers.

Second, government can finance its largess only by either raising taxes — if for political reasons not now, then in future years — or by borrowing even more. Already today, total public debt amounts to over $9 trillion, or two thirds of annual GDP. About 44 percent of it is owed to foreign entities. It will have to be paid back — whether through years of lower consumption, or domestic inflation, or a reduction in the external value of the dollar.




In the Internet Age, celebrities and media must be ever vigilant.  Things that were once brushfires to be stamped out with minimal embarrassment are now, with the advent of the blogosphere (ahem!), raging infernos that cannot be controlled.

ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson has learnt this lesson … and learnt it good.  However, it is much worse than this article lets on.  Not only was she swilling vodka and cussing like a sailor, she threw in a bit of blesphemy just for good measure.

Now, I believe she is genuinely contrite–not to mention embarrassed beyond measure–and I am quick to forgive her.  (After all, she is only acting according to her nature.)  However, I do think she should be held accountable for her actions.  After all, Don Imus lost his livelihood for less.  Ultimately, I hope God uses this incident to draw Mrs Jacobson to Himself.


Dana Jacobson at the Mike & Mike Roast.  (Instant Embarrassment–just add vodka.)



‘Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.’  ~ H. L. Mencken




A Coast Guardsman takes a brave stand against a vaccine derived from killing babies.





Ron Paul was THE ONLY candidate at March for Life.





It may be gross–but you have got to love their entrepreneurial spirit!





A new report confirms what Christians in India already feared: 2007 was the worst year since their nation’s independence in 1947 for attacks on Christians.’




Pat Robertson is beginning to sound increasingly like Joel Osteen.  I really used to respect him but I am very disappointed in the direction he has taken his ministry in recent years.




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