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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.

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.

Church, Inc.

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‘… and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.’  ~ I Thessalonians 4:11, 12

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Uh-oh!  The Diebold electronic voting machines have inadvertently released the results of the 2008 presidential election—months ahead of schedule! 

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ATTENTION, BRIAN FRANKLIN!!:A 9-year-old girl has been banned from playing tennis by her local club because she grunts too loudly.’ 

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President Bush in his campaign for the troop surge in Iraq: ‘If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.’ 

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There is no doubt in our minds that no fewer than 14 shots were fired in the pantry on that evening and that Sirhan did not in fact kill Senator Kennedy,” said Robert Joling, a forensic scientist who has been involved with the Kennedy case for nearly 40 years. He and Van Praag have published a book on the killing this week entitled An Open and Shut Case.’    

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‘Modern “liberals” who advocate the view that government should provide us with the necessities or alleged necessities of life rarely appreciate that this assistance rests on a system of mass robbery and enslavement that is highly inimical to their professed belief in liberty. In fact, the advocates of such policies present them in quite the opposite light, as enhancing our liberty.’ 

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Iraq is Yugoslavia before the storm. It is a caldron of weapons, lawlessness, hate and criminality that is destined to implode. And the current U.S. policy, born of desperation and defeat, means that when Iraq goes up, the U.S. military will have to scurry like rats for cover.’    

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‘Americans, writes Muller, “find ethnonationalism discomfiting both intellectually and morally.  Social scientists go to great lengths to demonstrate that this is a product not of nature but of culture. … 

“But none of this will make ethnonationalism go away.”’ 

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‘At Abu Ghraib, the trial found, there was institutionalized contempt at every level. The prison guards understood that “this is the way to behave here.”’ 

   

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Sure, it’s a violation of the first two Commandments—but more importantly, how do they even know what He looks like? 

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 ‘Joseph Farah’s recent article “Repeal the Johnson Amendment” is right on the money. The Johnson Amendment is wrong and should be abolished. However, one thing Mr. Farah fails to address is the fact that churches bring these restrictions on themselves voluntarily. There is no law that says a church must seek or obtain 501(c)3 status to avoid a tax liability. In fact, by becoming 501(c)3 they subject themselves to such IRS regulation. When a church decides to operate as a “business” instead of a church, why should we be surprised that they are subject to public policy restrictions just like any other corporation?‘The church is a living organism; it is not an organization or corporation. A properly formed and functioning church is tax-free instead of tax-exempt. Tax-exemption means that there is an obligation to pay the tax but that obligation is set aside by legislation. Of course, that means that the exemption is subject to the rules of the entity granting the exemption and can be removed at any time. However, tax-free means that the church is not subject to the tax because there is no obligation for the tax in the first place. No obligation equals no liability. This is the lawful and historic character of a properly functioning church. The churches were duped and are still being duped into accepting 501(c)3 corporation status.‘Churches need to stop functioning as businesses and return to their roots of operating as the Body of Christ, not The Body of Christ, Inc.’

~ Wayne Mitchell   

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That Troublesome Priest (Reprise)

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‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?’  ~ Matthew 6:25  

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According to N. T. Wright (or is it N. T. ‘Wrong’?) Christians don’t go to heaven 

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 A high-school dropout at 16, Shaun taught himself painting, drawing, stone carving and several other techniques. Then, with the enthusiastic support of his family, he became an art criminal.’

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I’ve posted previously about my relatively new-found respect for Kirk Cameron.  At the apex of his television career he was converted to Christianity, immediately placing him outside the Hollywood mainstream.  Still, he stood firm in the faith in the face of terrible odds. 

Alas, as he is the first to admit, he did not handle his conversion in the best manner.  As many new Christians do, he alienated many who were close to him–and it nearly cost him his career.  He has since apologised for his immaturity in the faith to his ‘Growing Pains’ castmates and, to their credit, they were eager to forgive and forget–except for one troubled young lady who played his fiancee on the show.  She still holds a grudge:

‘[Kirk] thinks if I read science books that I’m going to hell. [I would] rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints … the sinners are much more fun. And a lot more interesting than some book-burner who is still having growing pains. I am at peace with God. Kirk thinks people like me are going to Hell, if I do then at least I’ll go well informed and well read.’

 

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Don’t let the first lines of this post scare you off–bear with it:

 In the end, the most compelling case for getting rid of child-labor laws comes down to one central issue: the freedom to make a choice. Those who think young teens should do nothing but languish in classrooms in the day and play Wii at night will be no worse off. But those who see that remunerative work is great experience for everyone will cheer to see this antique regulation toppled. Maybe then the kids of America can put their computer skills to use doing more than playing World of Warcraft.’

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Even a blind squirrel (in this case Rush Limbaugh) finds a nut now and then:

‘I think there’s starting to be in the Republican Party sort of an equivalence between blacks in the Democrat Party and evangelicals in the Republican Party in this sense.  Now, we’ve looked at blacks for 50 years.  They keep voting for Democrats. The Democrats do nothing but destroy their families. They do nothing to increase their economic circumstances. They do nothing to redress the grievances and yet the blacks keep voting for them on the basis of the promise and the notion that Republicans are racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, and are going to really make ’em be bad, so they keep hanging with Democrats, and nothing changes.  

Evangelicals, since 1973, have stuck with Republicans, basically on the promise, “We’re going to do something about abortion. We’re going to fix the cultural rot that’s going on in this country. We’re going to make sure there isn’t any gay marriage. We’re going to stop this overall lurch to depravity that’s occurring in our culture,” and the Republican candidates have all said, “I’m your man, we’re going to do that,” and they make the right speeches, but nothing’s really changing on it.’

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 Despite its reputation as one of the most vicious and lethal institutions in human history, the Spanish Inquisition was one of the most humane and decent of its time, and one could even argue the most reasonable, considering the circumstances.’

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This is just a heart-wrenching story no matter how you slice it.

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I’ll say it again—the Republican nomination is NOT decided by any means!! ‘Let’s remember that even now, no delegates have been chosen to attend the GOP’s national convention. If I’m not mistaken, the only delegates chosen so far are those elected at West Virginia’s state convention on Super Tuesday. And three of those, by a brokered deal, have been committed to Dr. Paul.’

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When people hold a low view of the glory of God—as well as a blatant disregard for the Second Commandment—can we expect anything less than this?

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‘[Ron Paul] is a potent force because his ideas have deep appeal. He has, in fact, in these later stages of the primary campaign, been the only candidate of ideas. While not very presentable by modern campaigner standards, lacking as he does the cheery wit of a Huckabee, the content-free eloquence of an Obama, and the steely unprincipled ruthlessness of a Clinton or McCain, Paul has had no real competition as a promoter of ideas.’

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Once I have chosen what I will do, those whispers should be treated as the sunk costs that they are. Whenever I have chosen the “wrong” option, I have already borne the cost. Fretting about it further is to compound the loss because of a failure of logic.’

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