Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let's frown to keep the bullies in check.

the Times said,

Administration energy spent clamoring for a bigger American military presence would be better directed at convincing Iraq's neighbors they have a stake in brokering peace and keeping Iraq whole....

And just how are they to do that?

My sixteen year old son provided an analogy that may fall apart in a couple of places but still makes sense. The USA is like the big guy who has stepped in to help a weak kid (the people of Iraq) against a bunch of bullies (the Jihadists). Now with the ISG (I'll Surrender Gladly) report, the USA is to tell the little guy, "Fend for yourself, I have too many owies! Oh! And you bullies, be nice, or I'll have to show you my stern face."

Now who is helping the Jihadists? At least two of Iraq's neighbors; Iran and Syria.

Is a stable Iraq in "their" best interests? How do we convince them that it is? Give them more money? Sure, that works for all of our problems. We just throw more money at it and it goes away- NOT.

I don't think the people of Iraq should count on Iran or Syria for anything. And now it looks like they can't count on the US of A either.

And the I think the Jihadist's are thinking "Today, Baghdad. Tomorrow, New York - again."

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Is that a threat or a promise?

When I tell a friend of mine, "I'll be back." he will quip, "Is that a threat or a promise?" Well! I guess that depends upon how one looks at it.

I was thinking of this recently when it was pointed out to me that we can consider God's prophecies as not just predictions, but promises.

  • God promised that He would send his Son.
  • God promised that His Son would pay the penalty for us.
  • God promises that He will be back.
Or to put it another way:
  • Christmas was a promise.
  • Easter was a promise.
  • Judgment IS a promise.
And to us Bible believing sinners saved by the Grace gift of God and called "Christians," that is a beautiful bunch of promises.

But to those that don't want to believe, even refuse to believe, it is a threat. It threatens their lifestyle. It threatens their future. Why it even threatens their reason for being. That's why many of these people want any visage, any evidence, of Christ removed from the public arena. Because if it's true, there will be HELL to pay.

How sad! Because salvation is soooo simple.
So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31 NKJV)
And that's a promise.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Sir John has spoken

Sir Elton John, speaking to the Observer Music Monthly Magazine, said religion lacked compassion and turned people into "hateful lemmings...I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays...From my point of view I would ban religion completely."

Interesting! He then says, "People were too busy blogging on the internet to go out onto the streets to stand up for what they believed in." Maybe he means stand up for what he believes in. Because didn’t he just say that he would want me to be banned for standing up for what I believe in? But I know of no biblical leader that preaches hatred against homosexuals. After all, Christ died for them also. It's the homosexuality that we have a problem with.

Let me quote one of these spiritual leaders:

The Apostle Paul says, "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:27 KJV)

Is this one of the leaders that Sir Elton John wants banned? Or how about this one:

"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20:13 KJV) Moses wrote this but he was quoting God. I think Sir Elton's title just got trumped.

Let me not leave it at that. While God calls for death, it is a warning to them that might practice it. He doesn’t call us to hate them. He later has Paul state the following:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 KJV)

God doesn’t want us to hate anybody that He loves.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pompous Donut Hole (Full of air, probably hot)

I believe the "good" Jr. Senator from Mass-Choose-itz (it's all about choice) when he says he botched the joke. After all, his humor record has been rather dismal. I do believe he meant that President Bush was stuck in Iraq. And he did follow up with something like he had been stuck in Vietnam. Though you don't hear much about that comment. It still shows an insensitivity towards those that wear the uniform today. It's Jr's apology that set me off.

We the people misinterpreted the poor maligned "Jr" Senator. Yes my fellow Americans, it's our fault. Don't we know a joke when we hear one? After all, he has shown so much respect for the troops in the past. Like when he came back from Vietnam. Like when he voted for the war then voted against the funding. Like when... well, I can't think of any others just now but there must be more because, after all, he is a Vet you know.

I too am a vet. I did meet some stupid people in the service but they were aberrations. I think there is a greater percentage of stupid people in Congress than there is in the military. (If they are in Congress and served in the military, do I count them once or twice?)

The Elite Senator thinks he speaks down to us from Mount Olympus. All I see is a ketchup bottle. And I'd like to give him a good Swift Boot off of it.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Is it 60 Minutes or 60's Minutes?

If the Sixties is considered a hey day for the left, then they should use the title. I think they had or feel they had a sense of power. And they still think they have it. Case in point is the article about a CBS "60 Minutes" piece that David Reinhard has in the Oregonian. Apparently, 60 Minutes interviewed a David Kuo (author of Tempting Faith) who advocates that Christians, especially Evangelical (read Bible oriented) Christians, "Fast" from the upcoming elections to avoid being manipulated.

Now why would 60 Minutes do that? Mr Kuo says that President Bush has NOT delivered everything that Christians should expect from him. Duh? With GW being a moderate in the first place, having to contend with a RINO Congress, a War on Terror, and a less then respectful Mainstream Media; what should we should we expect from him? Utopia? No, wait - that's Communism. Heaven? No Way, he's not God.

I think politics is a lot like gardening. Some plants produce good fruit. Some others are just plain old weeds. For some plants to produce good or better fruit, you must get rid of a lot of weeds. If you wait to do the weeding, it only gets worse. I think the "manipulators" have had their sixty minutes. Now it's our turn. Let's get out there and do some weeding.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Moral High Ground

Mary Katharine Ham over at Townhall.com had a great piece titled Chicks with Guns. She agrees that it's a good thing to arm more chicks and many of her readers agreed. However, one person felt that by arming yourself, you giving up the Moral High Ground. WHAT? My reply was:

Just because your hands are in the air doesn't mean you have the "Moral High ground." It more likely means that your going to end up on, or in the ground.
Clever? Well, maybe if you are easily amused like me. But the willingness to give up your own defense seems pretty stupid to me. And since when is stupidity equal to the Moral High Ground?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Religion of Peace my Donkey!

So President Bush has finally labeled the IslamoFascists as Islam Fascists. BZ!

How fast was it that the defenders of the Religion of Peace denounced him for associating these killers with Islam? But wait, don't these killers themselves CLAIM to be Muslim. Shouldn't the defenders of the Religion of Peace be denouncing them instead? If they truly wanted to defend their religion, they should be showing the world how these killers are perverting their religion and reveal to us the true nature of the peace of their relegion. Educate us! Don't castigate us for using the title they claim for themselves. Show us the difference. I don't see this happening.

Just another good reason to NOT vote for any donkeys on the left this fall.

Pavement is forever.

HA! Who ever said that must not have ever had to weed their yard. Or had to sit in traffic while WSDOT "repairs" the roadway. Or seen the ancient ruins of abondoned cities.

The tenacity of God's created plants is amazing.

It does make for a short bumper sticker.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Is it Bill Keller or Killer?

So Mr. Keller! You had been advised twice NOT to publish information that was illegally leaked to you (some traitor should hang for that). Yet you published the information both times? And you anguished over the decision? Was this over what it could do to your country? Or how it could effect your paper? It seems the decision was, "Damn the troops, presses to full $peed ahead (before LA beats us to it)."

Your arrogance is troubling. Were you elected or did you appoint your self as the Grand Potentate over Security issues? You are going to get somebody killed.

Monday, May 01, 2006

A Leason Learned

Mr. Horatio Bartholomew Smith (Bart to his friends) was dumbfounded. He put the paper down where he had found it on the bench next to him.

He was waiting for the train home for his weekly trek to see his family. Trains were back in vogue now that mandatory flight insurance was so high. Trains were relatively cheap. Oh, He had seen how it was heavily subsidized but that was out of his taxes and he didn’t see that anyway. Just one swipe of the debit card and if he forgot to record it, his budget wasn’t in that much trouble. Besides, they didn’t handcuff you “for your own safety” on the trains. He still didn’t see how putting handcuffs on every seat was cheaper then arming the pilot but that’s what they said.

He remembered when this all began, or at least for him. He had just purchased stock in “SixShooter,” one of the gun companies, when they started banning guns. He had even owned a gun once, though he had never really used it. He had inherited it. He didn’t even remember what kind it was. Grandpa had told him that one of their ancestors had used it at Lexington during the “War for Independence.” Grandpa always called it that. Grandpa would fire it off every Fourth of July with great care and ceremony. Bart’s dad was afraid of it so he discontinued that practice when he inherited it. Bart had dutifully turned it in when the government asked him to. He did get fifteen dollars for it. He thought of Grandpa as he watched them roll over it with that bulldozer.

Bart then sold his gun company stock but it was too late. He had waited until after all the lawsuits started. Unable to hold the perpetrators responsible (they had no money) the lawyers went after the manufacturers of the weapons. After all, individuals might make mistakes but corporations made “plans.” For the sake of a buck, the corporations would sell their wares to the victims of society, who would in turn, victimize others. This corporate greed was the root of the problem and had to be dealt with. Besides, lawyers had to make a living too.

Selling at a loss, he transferred everything to Sluggo Inc., the sports equipment company. A prosperous venture, until baseball bats became the next weapon of choice by the “victims of society” desiring to influence others to do things they might not otherwise want to do. When deaths by bats or hockey sticks exceeded gun deaths is when he should have sold that stock. But he didn’t.

Bart thought it odd, he remembered hearing stories of people defending themselves with guns but he could not recollect any account of a granny defending herself with a Sluggo.

Registration wasn’t so bad. Oh the professional players whined when they were limited to how many bats they could buy at a time but what’s “good for the goose is good for the gander” Bart always said. The mandatory turn in was harder. His son, Jimmy, cried the whole time watching the bulldozer roll over all of those bats with his in the middle. He did get fifteen bucks for it. Bart decided not to tell him how much Santa had paid for it.

The lawsuits were killing Sluggo Inc. Then Congress banned baseball and declared that Kickball was the new national sport. Sluggo Inc. did not make kickball’s. Selling at a loss, he transferred everything to Bristle Broom and Bathroom Inc.

Bart had decided to look for a safe industry to invest the last of his dwindling fortune in. Cleaning supplies made sense and Bristle Broom and Bathroom Inc. was the best. But now this; Bart reread the title, “Death by broomsticks and plungers on the rise. Lawyers target Bristle B & B.” Bart cried.

Is there a moral to this story? Of course; Diversify your funds. Don’t put all of your stock in one company.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Immigration: My 2¢ worth

Okay! So I have listened to the rhetoric and some of it doesn’t make sense to me (i.e. amnesty for illegals. And cut this nonsense about undocumented workers. Of course we didn’t document their entry. They broke the law by sneaking in Illegally.).

I think we should:

  1. Open up legal immigration. At least enough to replace the illegal aliens who will soon be without a job. We should have a liberal immigration policy, but only for those who are willing to obey the laws to get here.
  2. Build a wall and/or fence to stem the flow of aliens who willingly break our laws to get here.
  3. We will not be able to round up all of the aliens that have snuck in so far. But if they get caught breaking a second law, even if it’s jaywalking or a speeding ticket (wait a minute, what are they doing with a legal drives license? This has also got to stop) send them back to their country of origin.
  4. Increase and enforce the fines on employers for hiring illegal aliens. Make it a bad business decision to hire illegal aliens.
  5. Make English the national language. And require that all government business be conducted in English. All ballots and contracts should be in English. Businesses can cater to a language group but the government should not.

    Nuff said for now.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Hey Professor: Samson did grind.

I started this blog in order to respond to some of the idiocy that I have heard that I cannot directly respond to. Usually because it is not said to me or the one saying it is to high and mighty to have anything to do with me.

For example, a young man I know in college had his professor tell his class that when the Bible says that Samson "did grind in prison" it meant that he was raped. He further stated that "grind" in the Old Testament meant sex (or something to that effect). Besides, he said, "Who would buy ground wheat from a prison?"

Well! The professor said it so it must be true. I hope his class is smarter then that.

I went to my trusty e-Sword Bible Software and looked up a few things.

Jdg 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

The AMG International The Complete Word Study Dictionary lists “Grind” as H2912

ṭaḥan, ֹטֲחָנה
ṭōḥanāh: I. A verb meaning to mill, to grind, to crush. It indicates the labor of grinding at a mill (Jdg_16:21), but it is used in special cases too: the golden calf was ground up (Exo_32:20; Deu_9:21); the grinding or gritting of one's teeth (Ecc_12:3); the grinding of manna (Num_11:8). It is used figuratively and literally of Babylon's punishment and destruction as her daughters grind with millstones (Isa_47:2); and of the "grinding" of the faces of the poor (Isa_3:15). In a different context, it indicates serving a person (Job_31:10).
II. A feminine noun indicating a molar, a grinder. It is used to depict "grinders," that is, the teeth of older people, their molars, that are deteriorating (Ecc_12:3). Possibly it refers, instead, to female millers or grinders.

Hmmm! No reference to sex here. If it means to mill in all of these other verses, why should it mean rape in Judges 16:21?

In regards to his comment about “buying the grain from a prison” I don’t think they sold it. I think they baked bread for the King to further humiliate Samson.

Nuff said for now.