Thursday, January 31

Meet the Democratic candidates

From the latest debate at the Kodak Theatre in LA...

Clinton said the Republicans are "more of the same" and, gesturing toward Obama, she said, "We will change our country."
They get lovey now, after exchanging barbs for two weeks. Forget the convention. There need be no guessing. The Democratic ticket is formed. Folks, I believe you're looking at the 2008 Democratic nominees.

Wednesday, January 30

The Rocketown Experience

I've been to a lot of concert venues over the years. Concerts in cowfields, in old auditoriums and in arenas like the Astrodome in Houston. I've been through several airports and many other gatherings requiring ticketing. Never had I experienced a pat down to get in until yesterday at Rocketown in Nashville, TN.

As Cities Burn and Emery played. Glad I had earplugs. It was better than wasting the time on polyticks.

Monday, January 28

Stacking the deck

The AFA has a curious way of providing help "in making a decision in voting" with their voter guide.

Five Republican candidates are listed across the top of the chart. Eight issues are listed down the left, upon which these candidates' positions have been verified. And as fortune would have it only Huckabee is listed as being in the affirmative for all of them. Fancy that. It's obvious the direction toward which they would like to help me form an opinion.

From a popular Christian perspective, it would seemingly be a good thing. Certainly "Limit Taxes", "Moral Education" and "Gun Rights" are among the key issues of concern to Christian conservatives. Two issues on the chart from which I diverge in opinion with the CC crowd are the "Human Life Amendment" and "Traditional Marriage". Supporting the HLA and Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) would be a mistake of the worst kind. Would Christians swallow a government dictum defining God? Why, then, are they so willing to have government define for them something with such sanctity as marriage or life itself? It puzzles me.

I've taken myself off the AFA mailing list. They're no help.

Sunday, January 27

The reason I don't get my news from the MSM

The Leggett has posted an interesting piece in which he brings together singularly good reasons to turn Fox News off, called 6 Reasons to Ignore Mainstream Media, which happen to be equally good reasons to avoid the CNNNBCABCCBS cabal.

Considering that 99% of all homes in the USA have at least one television, the average home has the TV on for about 7 hours a day, and 66% of Americans watch TV while eating dinner...
Having worked in ISW with VzB has given me the opportunity to get a brief glimpse of how people live. Unquestionably, in virtually every instance of which I had occasion to enter a customer's home, the television forms the prominent altar of worship in their living space. I recall being in a very rural area West of Atlanta near Carrollton for a particular dispatch. I quickly realized this as the stereotypical redneck situation of a single-wide trailer with several dogs in the yard, strewn with a dozen or more vehicles in various states of disassembly. Upon entering the living room it became obvious what their favorite pastime was, and inasmuch as the vehicles seemed to beg for attention, this monolith would stand in their way. A gargantuan 50 something inch flat screen TV placed diagonally in the room left barely any room for maneuvering around the 6 recliners facing strategically in its direction, and certainly made ambulating about for yours truly to fix the phones more like an extreme sport.

But I digress, suffice it to say that modern television has become a vacuously passive time-waster. I do watch but am increasingly selective and the selection is dwindling as I write. As a news provider, television is down the familiar path. Follow their money trail and you'll end up far from the truth. I've written on this before but generally I don't trust anyone pursuing journalism as an enterprise because of the money involved. From local television radio to national, the bigger the enterprise the more corrupt, see 1 Timothy 6:10 for further clarification.

Although The Leggett's six reasons are particularly valid for Fox, they apply equally as well for the rest of the MSM.

Saturday, January 26

Jabberwocky

In case you may not know, it means "nonsense", and that's exactly what McCain's answer to Ron Paul's economic question was at the last Republican debate. Watch. It's hilarious and embarrassing at the same time. At least Miss Teen South Carolina is prettier. John McCain ain't much to look at.

Thursday, January 24

Don't act

Acting is a dangerous profession. People just don't seem aware of the terrible risks. True, there are professions which can be riskier but the dangers of acting creep upon the unsuspecting person. By pretending they're someone they're not they risk the danger of not knowing who they are. Lost in the terrible, insidious maze of personality amnesia.

To the people thinking about becoming an actor, I say "Don't!" And to those who're already taking steps becoming actors, I say "Be careful with whom you act. You may never get yourself back again."

Tuesday, January 22

The miracle worker

Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer is under investigation by the Law Society of British Columbia for allegedly overbilling one of her legal clients, including charging for 30 hours of work in a single day, CBC News has learned.

Jaffer has been called before the law society to account for more than $6 million in legal bills charged to her former client, a Catholic missionary order known as the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
In other news, the holy order of Brothers of the Barrister attempted to replicate the miracle of Joshua 10 by commanding the sun to stand still until their retainers were collected.

Speaking of "Views"


In a videotaped acceptance speech, Dr Meyer-Rochow said the research started in 1993 when he led the first (and only) Jamaican expedition to the Antarctic. Years later, while showing a group of students pictures of the faeces-lined nests where penguins lived, he was asked how the displays were created.
"They get up, move to the edge of the nest, turn around, bend over and shoot," he said. "The student who had asked the question, she blushed. The audience chuckled and we got the idea to calculate what pressure is produced by a penguin's poo."
I haven't mentioned this before but I've surreptitiously been interested in the defecation habits of penguins. One of my secret desires has been to film penguins "working" on their nests. There's no mention of a study on their aim but I suppose that another Jamaican expedition will be given a government grant after this one has had the chance to become popular in the halls of academia.

HT: Evangelical Outpost

Monday, January 21

I guess I don't have THE American View

One last parting shot across THE American View, which I apparently didn't share. A choice excerpt...

Elmo: God has ordained the authorities that be. It's the power which "we the people" give them on this issue that I dispute.

Centurion: The "power" to enforce God's Law? What exactly are you asserting here? Man has no "power" but that permitted or ordered by God.

Elmo: Use some reading comprehension for a change. I'm referring to the empowerment of the governing authorities by "we the people". Or have you forgotten the preamble to the Constitution? You really should stop being disingenuous. It's unbecoming.

Elmo: I am firmly, unequivocally, against abortion. It is murder and a sin against God. No question. Giving government authority to execute those who commit abortion is stooping to the level of the [abortionist], in my view.

Centurion: And that is the post-modern, antinomian view of morality, of civil ethics in the public square and elsewhere.

Elmo: Antinomian? Been called a few things, but antinomian? Not a bad try, but ridiculous. Punishments other than the death penalty exist, sir. When children are being executed for slapping their parents it might be time to leave the country.

Elmo: I believe that the Christian is under grace, not under the law.

Centurion: In the first place, the apostle is instructing believers in Rome on soteriology, not civil jurisprudence. Secondly, do you really believe that Christians are absolved from penal sanctions for crimes against the civil order; e.g., murder, rape, stealing, perjury, pedophelia, etc.?...Nice try, but neither does that verse (John 8:11) have anything whatever to do with the subject at hand, i.e., the murder of innocent, defensleless unborn children in their mothers' wombs. Neither was Jesus adjudicating a civil crime in the role of a civil magistrate.

Elmo: I was and am well aware of the contextual differences between the two. Firstly, get the facts straight. I said "the Christian" is under grace. I wasn't referring to an unbelieving abortionette. Secondly, Jesus position on the guilt of the woman caught in adultery was the moral issue, not a legal one. But when the opportunity for punishment was presented to Him, John 8:11 makes it perfectly clear that Jesus neither didn't nor would have condemned her to execution. Unless you think that either she wasn't guilty to begin with or He should have.

Centurion: Moving on; what do you do with these scriptures, my friend?

You shall not murder. Ex. 20:13

He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die. - Ex. 21:12-14

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. - Ps. 19:7-11

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. - Ps. 119:1

Elmo: What do I do with those scriptures? Apparently not as you would. I find it a curious thing that God, having the opportunity to exercise the Genesis 9:6 verse you conveniently quote (context?), not only allowed Cain to live rather than execute him after his murder of Abel, but also declared, "Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." (Genesis 4:15) How is it that David wasn't executed for Uriah's death? (2 Samuel 11:15) If you suppose me to be an antinomian then I assume you to be a legalist, and as a legalist you dot every "i" of the law and cross every "t" of it. Perhaps you believe sodomites should be executed (Lev. 20:13) along with the abortionettes? The Mosaic law is filled with death penalty punishments but just because the penalty exists doesn't mean it has to be enacted. Here, I bring you back to the John 8 Scripture. Or, try this on for size...

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. Matthew 5:21,22

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. - 1 John 3:15

So, addressing someone as an idiot (essentially the same as "Raca") is as severe. Or perhaps not.

Elmo: ...allowing capital punishment makes us no better than barbarians. I do fear God, but if I err then I err on the side of life and liberty.

Centurion: No, friend, you err/sin as a conscious accessory to murder -- let's say a "semi-barbarian" -- not an enviable role -- which is precisely why the genocide called "abortion" continues unabated. God will not be mocked, be sure, Elmo. He intends no "liberty" for murderers and their accomplices, despite your misplaced compassion.

Elmo: You really must calm down and use some reading comprehension to dispense with the ridiculous assertion of those you consider as "a conscious accessory to murder". All the compassion I've got is to keep capital punishment out of the purview of the civil government.


Then this...

OK, this is it for me and these boards. I'm a believer in Christ Jesus as the only hope for the salvation of mankind, but if people are going to make rash generalizations, not bother to clearly read, or misconstrue and misquote what I write, as well as address me with frenetic labels, then I'm outta here. I generally don't waste my time arguing with people such as "Centurion" and "Camp Director", who aren't looking for a sincere discussion of an issue, but in this case I've made a limited exception. Arguments are pointless. You'll continue to maintain your position as I will mine. It's OK if you think you got the "smackdown", boys, because I really don't care. There was only one of me and two of you. It was fun, but you'll no doubt continue to think I'm but a reprobate in spite of everything I've written here. I'll just leave you with this. Remember that God not only gave us the Scriptures but a brain to think and reason. They both go together, even if you are of the sort that believe that instincts are ungodly. Don't get me wrong. I'm not hopeful telling you that. Just stating the facts.

An "invitation" was made to my blog to visit these boards. I have. I'm going back where there is some sensibility.

Isaiah 60:19,

Elmo

Saturday, January 19

Cognitive Dissonance, part II

No matter how reasoned people try to be, no matter how hard we think, sometimes people just don't make sense.

I've been called some things in my lifetime, liar, cheat, and probably deservedly so, but being called an anarchist libertarian...

So what is direct-action libertarian anarchism? It is a form of both libertarianism and anarchism. In common with libertarianism, it advocates that people should be left alone to live both their personal and financial lives however they see fit. In common with anarchism, it is a form of complete opposition to the State. The “direct-action” component means resisting the acts of the State directly at the location where they happen, rather than trying to change the government through the ballot box.
...and a antinomian kind of reaches a high low point for me. Yeah, I have a link to Strike the Root which happens to have articles and editorials of interest to anarchist libertarians, but that doesn't make me one. I've heard of people considering themselves to be "recovering Republicans", which I take to mean having left the Republican party and moving toward a more faithful conservatism, but I don't have a clue what conservatism is anymore because the people who say they are have such varying views on common issues that it's a meaningless moniker.

I made the mistake of wading into an abortion issue at The American View boards. The question was, "Should women who have abortions be punished?" My response was, "Sterilize the woman who has had an abortion. If a woman doesn't want children, eliminate their ability to reproduce. Their "breed" would eventually die out leaving women with genuine maternal instincts to care for the children in society. Sterilization also has the side benefit of eliminating the issue of repeat abortions. It's always seemed like a practical solution to me." Then the fun began. Apparently these people have the idea that Old Testament law is God's mandate for civil government and advocate the death penalty for a woman who has an abortion. I, on the other hand, not being an anarchist of the extreme who would abandon punishment for the parties, rather see that capital punishment is the treacherous, opposite extreme in the hands of the state. I understand the immorality of abortion as a sin. But the original question, as I see it, is a legal one, not a moral one, and if abortion were to become illegal I don't see sterilization as unreasonable or even cruel and unusual punishment, particularly in light of the death penalty. The woman doesn't want a child so she aborts. Sterilize her so the privilege of child bearing is denied her. She keeps her life, the doctor is punished in whatever way short of execution there is and actually, this seems to dovetail with Exodus 21:22-27. Given their view of execution as God's law being part of the legal norm, perhaps the "Camp Director" and the "Centurion" would be of the opinion that Old Testament slavery and polygamy should be restored.

My thinking is that a pregnant woman who goes to a doctor to have an abortion is an accessory to murder. Her punishment should be less severe than the doctor who performs the abortion, or murder. I honestly don't know what a proper punishment for the doctor who commits an abortion should be, but I do know that unless God tells us to execute we should not have a legal system that allows such.

Friday, January 18

Wait for it, for it comes

United for urgent action, the White House and Congress raced toward emergency steps Thursday to rescue the national economy from a possible recession, including tax rebates of at least $300 a person—and maybe as much as $800. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endorsed the idea of putting money into the hands of those who would spend it quickly and boost the flagging economy.

All the talk of rescue efforts failed to soothe Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials plunged 306.95 points, underscoring deepening concern about the country's economic health.
How I delight to hear of the "flagging economy". The empire is imploding. Grasping at straws, giving their funny paper back to the masses in the hopes that people will continue to consume keep the charade and tread water for a little longer. How desperate they are.

Hear the death throes of the empire.

Tuesday, January 15

Speaking of Ron Paul and the economy...

Last week, Moody's warned that if the United States fails to rein in the soaring cost of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the nation's credit rating will be down-graded within a decade.

Our political parties seem oblivious. Republicans, save Ron Paul, are all promising to expand the U.S. military and maintain all of our worldwide commitments to defend and subsidize scores of nations.
So we keep spending billions on entitlements, special interests and the military while being oblivious to the warning signs. Gold is around $900/ounce. The US dollar is treading water against the Euro. The Fed just keeps lowering the interest rate and printing more money to keep the dollar afloat.
Wholesale inflation last year shot up by the largest amount in 26 years while retailers suffered their worst December shopping season in five years as mounting economic woes caused consumers to put away their wallets.

The Labor Department reported that wholesale inflation was up 6.3 percent for all of 2007, reflecting a huge increase for the year in various types of energy costs ranging from gasoline to home heating oil.
The huge increase in energy costs is due to the dollar failing on the oil exchange.

The dollar, once the mighty, now begins to crumble and commodities will be soaring in the months to come. It'll get really interesting when Hillary gets in office, to listen to her explanation of this economic trouble or that. Should've heeded the warnings.

Monday, January 14

I know a drummer like this

He's such an animal...

Lego Economics



When money becomes worthless, I'll go live in Legoworld.

HT: Buried Treasure

Saturday, January 12

The others on the dais are phonies

Asking Ron Paul about electability was a big mistake. Carl Cameron is a jerk making a subtle put-down. I'd like to wipe that smarmy smirk off his face. The laugh goes up and they get a big kick out of Paul's position in the polls. Paul won't get elected. I know. That doesn't make his message any less valid. But in America, it's all about winning, isn't it. Win or you're nothing. Win or we're not interested in you. It sickens me. Principles are expendable. Political expediency, what's happening now, is all that's important. I give us another 5 to maybe 10 years of this economic political expediency before the bottom drops out.

And Ron Paul is exactly right. What are we doing giving money to prop up foreign governments of one kind while spending money doing some nation building of another supposed kind? It's a farce. But so long as Mom and Dad Middleclass have gas in their cars and a roof over their heads they could care less.

Don't call me conservative. Frankly, I don't even know what it means anymore. Ron Paul is the real deal. The others are fakes. And Carl Cameron is still a jerk.

Thursday, January 10

The Lizard Queen rises

A woman has won a primary election for President of the United States. Shudder at the thought. Women voted for her in droves in New Hampshire after her not so triumphant showing in Iowa. Years ago, Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman candidate of a major party for the number two office, went down in flames. Barely anyone would have expected her to become VP.

Today is a different day, worse for the wear. Now another woman wants nothing less than the presidency from which to wield her angst. This one won't be wasting a moment baking cookies...

But Hillary herself, with her thin, spotty record, tangled psychological baggage, and maundering blowhard of a husband, is also a mighty big roll of the dice. She is a brittle, relentless manipulator with few stable core values who shuffles through useful personalities like a card shark ("Cue the tears!"). Forget all her little gold crosses: Hillary's real god is political expediency. Do Americans truly want this hard-bitten Machiavellian back in the White House? Day one will just be more of the same.
This is the woman Bush and his neocons have brought to the stage. Thank them for her during this campaign season. Remember them in the years to come after she has ascended the throne and worked her "magic". Had Bush governed fulfilling conservative expectations we'd be in a position similar to 1988, with Reagan leaving office and an expected legacy of similar governance to follow. Bush and company have instead opened the door for this ruthless woman.
The Clintons live to campaign. It's what holds them together and gives them a glowing sense of meaning and value. Their actual political accomplishments are fairly slight. The obsessive need to keep campaigning may mean a president Hillary would go right on spewing the bitterly partisan rhetoric that has already paralyzed Washington. Even if Hillary could be elected (which I'm skeptical about), how in tarnation could she ever govern?
Wait for it. Watch and see as she turns the Patriot Act on her enemies. Watch as the economic catastrophe that's around the corner will serve to display her "governing prowess".

Wednesday, January 9

What a novel idea!

Maybe us freedom lovers have just been going about it all wrong, trying to get the right people elected and all. Maybe we just need to sue the government into bankruptcy to get 'em off our backs. Oh, wait, we're the government, "we the people", ourselves.

Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering -- including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.

The total number -- $3,014,170,389,176,410 -- is the dollar figure so far sought from some 489,000 claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.

Of the total number of claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.

"That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.

For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007.
What kind of idiot lawyers think up a figure like 3 quadrillion? Hey, they'll probably settle for 900 billion or so. No big deal.

Tuesday, January 8

Plain spoken, Ron Paul

Ron Paul's problem, if one can call it such, is that he doesn't speak in sound bites or talking points. Just a well educated, plain spoken man with anti war policy, sound fiscal policy and all around common sense.

Self Destructin' Yankees

Fifteen people were arrested and several fires set around the Ohio State campus after the Buckeyes lost to LSU in the BCS championship game Monday night.

Most of the arrests were on charges of disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, though two were expected to be charged by arson investigations after trash bins were sit on fire, police spokeswoman Amanda Ford said Tuesday. Between 10 and 12 fires were reported.
This is how they react to LSU beatin' them 'eyes in da BCS. Shutter to think what they woulda done if they won.

But then there never was much chance of that. Them 'eyes couldna beat Ole Miss last night. They couldna beat any SEC team. Pity them boys just don't know how ta play football.

Geaux Tigers!

Monday, January 7

Hucksterism redux

A pastor from Texas was scheduled to deliver the sermon Sunday at a church here called the Crossing.

But instead this small evangelical congregation heard from a different special guest: Baptist minister and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who delivered a sermon of more than 20 minutes on how to be part of "God's Army" in the middle school cafeteria where the congregation meets.

"When we become believers, it's as if we have signed up to be part of God's Army, to be soldiers for Christ," Huckabee told the enthusiastic audience.

"If we know the Lord, there ought to be joy," Huckabee said.
And if we're part of God's Army, to follow the analogy out, then we follow His orders and stay in uniform. Huck has been doing a good job of distancing himself from identity with this "army" when it's convenient. I've seen a lot of Christian chameleons like him over the years and they all make my stomach turn.

I know joy because I've known the Lord. There isn't any of it in politics.

Deeper than politics

More South Australian teenagers had abortions than gave birth in 2006, Health Department figures show. The Pregnancy Outcomes report shows 982 women aged 15 to 19 had abortions, while 877 gave birth.

The 2006 statistics also show about one in three pregnancies in women aged between 20 and 24 was terminated.
The abortion issue in America has become just that, an issue, being punted around by politicians running for office, with no measure of the reality. Political expedience without consideration of the lives lost and damaged by this self-inflicted plague on humanity. Cruel irony it is that the candidates all speak of their positions on health care while the death toll from abortion continues to mount.

Abortion is evil. It is a sin against God. What sort of hypocrisy is it that we call ourselves a "civilization" and permit it to continue? I would that all the presidential candidates were clear as to the reason they take their positions.
Told that banning abortions would have him imposing his Christian faith on others, Huckabee responded.

"It's not a faith belief. It's deeper than that. It's a human belief," Huckabee explained. "It goes to the heart of who we are as a civilization."

He continued, "If I believe that your intrinsic worth is not changed by your ancestry, your last name, by your IQ, by your abilities or disabilities, if I value your life and respect it with dignity and worth because it is human, then that's what draws me to the inescapable conclusion that I should be for the sanctity of every and each human life."
Even though Mr. Huckabee's position may appear clear and seem like a true and faithful conviction against abortion, I'm doubtful of his articulation. I'm doubtful that human beings value human beings because they're human, or even that they should. I'm doubtful that human belief is deeper than faith.

Human belief changes, shifts and swings with the conditions. Faith in God is, or should be, the deepest conviction. Right is right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone's doing it. And the difference between the two is what God says it is. There's no politics involved in it.

Sunday, January 6

Book Review: Larceny in the Heart

Every so often I read a book which I think should be required for every Christian. Larceny in the Heart is such a book. Although there are parts which are slightly over my head as R.J. Rushdoony exposes the fallacies of modern economic thought, I found the book completely enlightening and fascinating.

Here is an audio of Rushdoony himself on some of what is in the book.


Any Christian believer reading this book will come to understand modern statism and its dangerously insidious nature in the society. Highly, highly recommended.

Christianity and government

Until truth and law are again located in the sovereign God of Scripture, and all regulation and predestination ascribed to God and His laws for men, until then we will continue to have the totalitarian regulatory state. - R. J. Rushdoony

Friday, January 4

Ron Paul and the so called "Civil War"

Rep. Paul is exactly right. Why did Lincoln choose to go to war? To assert federal government rule, promote central banking and maintain tariff control on the South. The war had nothing to do with slavery, except to the extent which Lincoln made it so to give the North some moral leverage, as the world watched. Great Britain had already resolved the issue of slavery, peacefully. Slavery was expensive and with the advent of the industrial age it would have withered on its own.

Public, government education has made historical imbeciles of the electorate.