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Is Milwaukee Still Famous?

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‘[Jesus] said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.’  ~ Luke 22:36

 

  • As time passes–and more evidence is unearthed–the Lone Gunman theory, which states that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone (if at all) unravels at an increasing pace.  I have been a student of the Kennedy assassination since my high school days and I never bought the Warren Commission’s ludicrous scenario.  I don’t presume to know exactly what did happen in Dallas in 1963 nor who was involved; I just knew the official story was so much malarkey.  Now we discover that Gerald Ford was an FBI mole during the ‘official’ investigation and may have (probably did?) manipulate the Commission to get the desired result. 

 

  • I am a bit surprised at the outrage many ‘conservatives’ are displaying regarding the report that authorities in Connecticut (the second c is silent!) are violating the Second Amendment rights of their citizens by confiscating their firearms because they feel they might pose a threat to themselves or other at some point in the future. There is no evidence that they are planning violent crimes—only that the authorities feel they may do so at some unknown time in the future! Those voicing opposition (rightly, I may add) to these unconstitutional acts are the very same folks who have vociferously—and viciously—defended the preemptive use of force against Iraq and urge the same course against Iran based on what those countries’ leaders might—might—do in the future. The hypocrisy is so thick you could cut it with a weapon that is not currently subject to being confiscated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aggressor is not necessarily the one who fires the first shot but often the one who causes the first shot to be fired.’

 

 

 

I don’t dispute Joel Osteen’s sincerity–I feel that he actually believes the Prosperity Gospel® he promulgates and truly wants to help others find happiness.  However, comments he made in a recent interview were very illustrative of why his message is erroneous–if not perfidious.  Here is the original quote given by Osteen when asked about the ‘value of his product’:

Very rarely will you find a company that produces a widget where everyone is mentally and spiritually into producing a better widget,” Osteen says. “There’s a purpose behind what we’re doing. We believe in our widget. We’re doing more than giving people a good time or a better toothbrush, because it’s hard to put in your heart and soul and sacrifice so much to make a better toothbrush.”

 

Now, if we replace ‘widget’ with what Osteen is supposedly ‘producing’, the danger is quite apparent:

“Very rarely will you find a company that produces a [Gospel] where everyone is mentally and spiritually into producing a better [Gospel],” Osteen says. “There’s a purpose behind what we’re doing. We believe in our [Gospel]. We’re doing more than giving people a good time or a better toothbrush, because it’s hard to put in your heart and soul and sacrifice so much to make a better [Gospel].”

 

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.’ ~ Galatians 1:8

 

 

 

  • A Nebraska State Senator is suing…God. He ‘blames God for causing “calamitous catastrophes resulting in the wide-spread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants including innocent babes, infants, children, the aged and infirm without mercy or distinction.”’ His lawsuit is certainly frivolous and ill-conceived, not to mention blasphemous (see the book of Job), but the centrality of his argument is, quite frankly, biblically correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In the Land of the Free Report: An Idaho man has been sentenced to federal prison for supposedly polluting a stream—that doesn’t exist.

 

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Killer…

 

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Drink, Drank, Drunk

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

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‘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?’ 

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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  

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

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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.

 

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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.)

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

 

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

 

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Ron Paul was THE ONLY candidate at March for Life.

 

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

 

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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.’

 

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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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Slowhand himself, Eric Clapton:

 

They Should Have Formed a Limited Partnership for Tax Purposes

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‘For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being…’ ~ Romans 7:22

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One of my many–and, if I may say so, endearing–idiosyncrasies is that I pick out minutiae and mostly unnoticed aspects of movies and television shows. You know what I mean, I am the guy that points out the the glass the main character is holding is full, then empty, and then full again, exposing the continuity error in the editing process. (I find it fascinating. Ashlee tolerates it up to a point.)

 

Just such a moment occurred the other night as I watched an episode of ‘30 Rock‘ on DVD for the second time (Alec Baldwin is a comedy genius, by the way). In the scene in question, one of a group protesting outside the NBC studios was holding a sign reading, ‘Ecclesiastes 10:19’ and, indicative of my personality, I could not resist the urge to pause the disc and run to my copy of the ‘Reformation Study Bible,’ thumbing madly through the Psalms and Job until I read the referenced passage:

‘Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.’

 

Were the comedy writers making a cynical statement or had they merely chosen a passage at random? After all, seminary drop-outs wind up in the strangest places.

 

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‘Is Christianity just another special-interest group, clawing for political power? Or, even if Christians are acting as God’s spokesmen, must Christians always conduct themselves politically as if Christianity were just another special-interest group? Do Christians conduct evangelism this way? Do they believe that the gospel is just another competing worldview among many? That Jesus is just another Messiah competing among many? That the God of the Bible is just another divinity competing against many?’  ~ Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism, p. 99.

 

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I’m not of the mind that they were ever all that funny but I am officially declaring the joke over–the vehicle decal featuring the cartoon boy urinating on Ford, t.u., Osama bin Ladin, et al., is not funny! So let it be written–so let it be done!

 

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Once again, Joel Osteen demonstrates why he has absolutely no business filling a pulpit. While readily admitting his ignorance regarding the specific doctrines of Mormonism, he answers the question as to whether Mormons are orthodox Christians: “In my mind they are,” Osteen said. “Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his Savior, and that’s what I believe. I’m not the one to judge the little details of [Romney’s religion], so I believe [Mormons are Christians] and Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me and I don’t think anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.”

 

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‘The doctrine of a plurality of Gods is prominent in the Bible. The heads of the Gods appointed our God for us … you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves … the same as all Gods have done before you.’ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.370-372, 346).

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I can’t ascertain which is more unsettling: the fact that a young Fergie is the girl massacring a Lionel Richie classic, or the  creepy clown she’s singing to.

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Who would the world elect if they could vote for U.S. President? (I’ll give you one guess–as long as it’s Ron Paul.)

 

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‘The Christian must see the situation clearly. The choice between evolution and creation is at base religious. Nothing less is at stake than the charge of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator. An answer to origins weighs idolatry in the balance.’ ~ Greg Bahnsen

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Ron Paul wins another straw poll, this one in South Carolina.

 

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‘While it may be fairly said that Mr Lincoln entertained many Christian sentiments, it cannot be said that he was himself a Christian in faith or practise. He was no disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. He did not believe in His divinity and was not a member of His Church.

He was at first a writing Infidel of the school of Paine and Volney, and afterwards a talking Infidel of the school of Parker and Channing…

If the Churches had grown cold–if the Christians had taken a stand aloof–that instant the Union would have perished. Mr Lincoln regulated his religious manifestations accordingly. He declared frequently that he would do anything to save the Union, and among the many things he did was the partial concealment of his individual religious opinions. Is this a blot upon his fame? Or shall we all agree that it was a conscientious and patriotic sacrifice?’ ~ The New York World (ca. 1875), quoted in Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, pp. 138-139.

 

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Europe was, at one time, the centre of Christendom. It is difficult to imagine that it could be any further from its former glory when the Archbishop of Canterbury says such things as the following in his Christ-mas sermon: ‘The temptation to quote Richard Dawkins from the pulpit is irresistible; in this amazement and awe, if not in much else, he echoes the 16th century mystic.’

 

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I would give my entire net worth to see Ron Paul elected president,” a man holding a ‘Ron Paul ’08’ sign on the corner of Powell and Geary [in San Francisco] on Dec. 16 said. “I’ve never contributed to a candidate’s campaign in my life, but in the past months I’ve given about $600 or $700.”

 

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My dream for 2008:

 (Special thanks to Lew Rockwell.)

 

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From John Derbyshire at National Review Online: ‘If those people are crazy, though, I want to be crazy with them. I’m for liberty, too. That’s why I’m for Ron Paul. And why do we have 75,000 soldiers in Germany?’

 

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Fighting to drive the liberals from the temple, Scarborough was badly defeated for president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas while Huckabee embraced the liberal church establishment to become president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.’

 

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In what could prove to be the latest in a string of scholarly works to challenge the legends which pass for historical ‘fact’, a new book asks: Was Alexander Graham Bell a fraud?

 

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I am not going to talk about religious beliefs but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. I believe in my neighbors. I know their faults, and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults.

Take Father Michael down our road a piece. I’m not of his creed, but I know that his goodness and charity and loving kindness shine in his daily actions. I believe in Father Mike. If I’m in trouble, I’ll go to him. My next-door neighbor’s a veterinary doctor. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat – no fee, no prospect of a fee. I believe in Doc.

I believe in my townspeople. You can knock on any door in our town, say, “I’m hungry,” and you’ll be fed. Our town is no exception. I’ve found the same ready charity everywhere. For the one who says, “The heck with you, I’ve got mine,” there are a hundred, a thousand, who will say, “Sure, pal, sit down.” I know that despite all warnings against hitchhikers, I can step to the highway, thumb for a ride, and in a few minutes a car or a truck will stop and someone will say, “Climb in, Mack. How far you going?“’

 

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Written by ninepoundhammer

December 28, 2007 at 9:08 pm