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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.

When Donkeys Fly

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‘When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying,  “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man.’  1 Kings 2:1, 2

  • One of the many ways to reduce our dependence on a food network that is tenuous at best is to raise a self-sustaining flock of chickens. ‘Sally’ has been perfecting this practise for 40 years.
  • I’ll take ‘The Best Way to Have Your Parental Rights Revoked’ for $200, Alex.
  • If the Republicans actually want to defeat Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court they could have done so. (But did they actually want to?)
  • What kind of a world do we live in when 120 Santa Clauses can’t agree on anything?
  • Even if the economy creates jobs from now on at a pace equal to the fastest four years of the early 2000s expansion, we will not return to the December 2007 level of employment until March 2014.’
  • ‘So when average and lower class men find themselves less and less able  to provide for even themselves, and end up relying on wives and  matriarchs who treat them like bad little children — yes, you are going  to start hearing rumblings that sound like trouble.’
  • Those silly Tea Party folks—they actually think we’re all playing by the same rules. The speed at which they genuflect to the Politically-Correct is but one example of why the movement is more than likely doomed to failure.
  • We already know that we need to eat plenty of leafy greens to stay healthy, but who knew that a salad spinner itself could help save lives?’
  • Ron Paul discusses the unconstitutional money [sic] creation of the U.S. Government:


  • ‘If one believes that government spending can create economic growth, then the answer should be simple: let’s have a huge pretend war that rivals the Second World War in size.  However, this time, let’s not kill anyone.’
  • One of the things you do not feed a baby—chili:
  • Lower-class whites prove to be all-around losers” at the elite schools. They are rarely accepted. Lower-class Hispanics and blacks are eight to 10 times more likely to get in with the same scores.’
  • They ought to fire the jackass who came up with this idea:

  • How a young man ultimately traded a 10 year-old cell phone for a Porsche.
  • Where else would a pregnant woman want to lay back and relax comfortably but in the crook of a tree?!

‘[T]he cult of [Martin Luther] King is intertwined with a political purpose, from which it cannot be dislodged. It is a replacement theology for a now mostly moribund Christianity, which incorporates certain older religious  themes but places them in a multicultural context. King is the  suffering Redeemer, whose birthday comes a few weeks after the  traditional date for celebrating the Christian Redeemer; and his death  was expiatory, like that of Christ, although, unlike Christ’s kingdom,  that of the black socialist savior is situated in this world. King’s mission began the process of cleansing white America of its original sin of racism. But this redemption did not work all at once when he died.  Further sacrifice is demanded of the sinner in the form of the demands that the fallen Redeemer laid upon us, that is, more socialism, more set-asides, more rites of atonement, etc. To try to change this powerful symbolism by reconstructing King into something he clearly was not, perhaps a precursor of Glenn Beck or David Horowitz, is a fool’s errand.  King was exactly what he was. That he has become the replacement Deity in a post-Christian public theology may strike some of us as laughable.  But that elevation is connected to what he said and did.’

  • The Asian Carp could ultimately cost thousands of folks in the Great Lakes area their livelihoods.
  • You can’t rush an important decision:

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

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.

 

 

 

1980’s Moment: Bruce Springsteen, My Hometown

 

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…

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‘One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.’  ~ Romans 14:5  

  • As I have mentioned many times, there are going to be a lot of surprised folks at the Republican National Convention this fall. The primaries/ caucuses are NOT the end of the process!  From Washington State: ‘While there are no hard figures yet, County GOP Chairman Chet Dow said it appears that Paul has received the majority of delegates who will be sent to the summer state convention in Spokane. From there, delegates will be selected for the national Convention.’  And in Missouri: ‘A Ron Paul volunteer and organizer in Kansas City confirms that the Jackson County Republican caucus elected a nearly-complete slate of Paul delegates at its convention Saturday.’

 

 

  • The R3VOLution spreads! Dr Paul’s influence has been felt and his ideas of liberty, peace, and financial responsibility are catching on. Even news outlets that wouldn’t give him the time of day are carrying his new weekly column.

 

 

 

  • My neighbor got a tattoo. After examining the bluish-green lizard on his teenage bicep, I said with my usual tact and sensitivity, “Hope you like it 30 years from now.’”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • To-day’s ‘Land of the Free’ Report: ‘Each year, federal agents peek at the financial transactions of millions of Americans — without their knowledge.’

 

 

 

  • Ninety percent of our students [at Patrick Henry College] come from homeschooling backgrounds, and are very motivated,” says Michael P. Farris, the founder and chancellor of the school.

 

 

 

Q. 14. What is sin?
A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God. (Westminster Shorter Catechism)

 

 

  • ‘Americans in general… [mistakenly believe] the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the German declaration of war on December 11, 1941… [are] dispositive evidence that Japan and Germany started the war that ensued between these nations and the United States.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Franc-ly My Dear…

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‘As they emptied their sacks, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack.  And when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid.’ ~ Genesis 42:35

  • ‘The dollar fell below parity with the Swiss franc for the first time on Friday as fears about more credit turmoil and a U.S. recession sparked broad selling of the U.S. currency. The dollar fell to an all-time low of 0.9987 Swiss francs, according to electronic trading platform EBS. It last traded at 1.0026 francs.’

So, tell me more about this ‘Money.’

Written by ninepoundhammer

March 15, 2008 at 7:05 am

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It Could Be A Drunk With a Traffic Cone

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‘But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.’   ~ Isaiah 53:5

Folks use some very funny search engine terms used to get to my blog.  Here are a few of the stranger ones:

  • ‘poopy babes’ (I am praying that is just a misspelling.)

  • katutura tour (?)

  • parachute heather ferguson  (Is this an adjective or a command?)

  • ron paul farmers  (Sound like my kind of guys!)

  • does hippo’s have a tail?  (Yes–and probably better grammar.)

  • it is better to live in the desert  (Probably a bedouin propagandist.)

 

 

 

  • I was telling Marian, Hannah, Ashlee, and Jamison about my idea for a reality show that would examine the plague of laziness in our culture.  I would call it, American Idle.

  • They say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but now I know that they mean Money. ~ Lord Byron

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stories such as the following will become increasingly common I am afraid as an inevitable result of the perversion of the definition of marriage. After all, if society insists that ‘love’ and consent are all that is required to constitute a legitimate marriage, where will it end?

 

At first sight they look like an ordinary couple, strolling through the park with their child and their dog. But when the two adults hug each other their physical similarities are unmistakable. They have the same pronounced nose, the same blue-green eyes, and the same thin lips. Patrick S. and Susan K. are brother and sister. They are an incestuous couple.’

 

 

 

 

 

  • A town in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a ‘creepy gnome’ that locals claim stalks the streets at night.’ I really don’t see the big deal here. Folks in Ireland have been dealing with this sort of thing for centuries.

Quebe Sisters – Goodbye to the Red River Valley

 

Q: ‘I’d like to follow up on their refusal to talk about the dollar, if I could. I mean, we’re in a kind of a bad situation here, when OPEC says the reason for $105 or $106 a barrel of oil is the falling value of the dollar — and you won’t address that issue. Where do we go to find out who is right?’

Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary: ‘Wendell, I’m under strict instructions, and have been from the beginning, to not talk about the dollar, and I’m not going to get fired to satisfy your question.’

  • Stryper is the only Christian heavy metal band that I know of to break through into the mainstream.  During my senior year of high school (1989) they were a staple on MTV–back when they actually played music videos.  I’m not sure whether they read the entire Bible, though.