Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Whatever it is, it is obvious that the Democrats are socialists. This is undeniable in the light of all the different things that have come to light recently. Look at all these different examples of socialist ideology that I've highlighted being propogated in the past two years:
The Newspaper as Socialist Advocate
Global Warming Alarmists are Socialists
Obama is Just Another Liberal
Socialism in the U.S. Congress
Obama is a Socialist
Monday, October 27, 2008
Needless to say, if this man becomes President, he will bring a Marxist agenda and our freedoms will be curtailed further, and we'll be in a bad way.
Hopefully in a couple weeks we can look back at this time and laugh. But right now, I'm more afraid than amused.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Obama is a radical, and if he becomes president, America will be at the mercy of a radical Marxist with willing accomplices in the House and Senate. In which case, our freedoms will be eroded even more rapidly than they are already.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Say what you will of Coulter, she's clearly got him nailed to the wall on these things--particularly the statement about Obama's willingness to negotiate with Iran without preconditions.
Here is an excerpt:
Biden also stoutly denied that Obama ever said he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Liberals find it hilarious that McCain can't use a computer keyboard on account of his war injuries, but Biden is apparently unaware of the Internet, because there are clips all over the Internet of Obama saying exactly that during the CNN/YouTube debate last year.
Biden might have remembered that debate since: (1) He was there, and (2) he later attacked Obama's answer, telling the National Press Club in August 2007: "Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was elected president? Absolutely, positively, no."
And that's still not all! Obama's own Web site says: "Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions."
Yeah, I still like Biden. But I would like him more if he wasn't in the Senate, and I'd like him a whole lot more if he could deal in truth.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A few days ago I read some notes that I'd taken during a Voddie Baucham lecture/sermon at the 2006 Desiring God Conference in Minneapolis. The lecture was regarding the Christian worldview in opposition to Secular Humanism. He stated that one of the problems that Secular Humanism sees in mankind is that we are "insufficiently governed." In other words, if we were better governed--and governed more--that we wouldn't be so bad. In fact things would and could be much better than they are now. This worldview, as Baucham explains, is in direct opposition to the Christian worldview which articulates the fallenness of humanity and its need for redemption through Christ.
The reason I bring this up now is that because last night's debate made it abundantly clear that our world is post-Christian one and Secular Humanism reigns. This isn't a new thought to most anyone. But the realization of this has made me finally accept that our world is changing and America in particular has long ago abandoned our democratic republic in favor of socialism.
No, we aren't as far along as many European countries, or even Canada. But we're on the same course and we're only picking up speed. Our society wants answers to all its problems to come from its politicians. Our government long ago abandoned the principles of our Constitution in favor of socialist pragmatism.
Our future is not yet settled--we can change our course, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to transform our culture and give better answers to our society's demands. Our media culture does not permit thoughtful criticism and arguments. Our media demands answers fit between commercial breaks and demands that the audience doesn't get bored. We need another Reagan (or two or three) before things begin to change. And if things don't change soon, get ready for all-out socialism by the end of this century.
Friday, October 03, 2008
I honestly don't understand the excitement over her. Why is she so exciting for the conservative base? She isn't a great speaker, she isn't ideologically conservative--at least not in the mold of Reagan. She is pro-life, but she didn't even raise the issue last night, though she raised many issues herself.
I was very disappointed at the way she handled the question early on about who is to blame for the mortgage crisis. She could have nailed the Obama-Biden coffin closed by demonstrating that Obama and his crony friends are up to their necks in the corruption that brought this on, as are most of the Democrats. But she didn't. She took cheap and baseless shots at the "greed and corruption on Wall Street."
She also has taken the bait on the so-called global warming crisis. Her resolutions to resolve the problem are slightly different from Obama-Biden, but she said definitively that she supports carbon emissions caps.
These are HUGE problems for me, at least, as a member of the conservative base. I'll be voting for McCain-Palin, but only because I'm voting against Barack Obama--the biggest threat to our national security since Al Qaeda.
Monday, September 29, 2008
As Rush Limbaugh has said, when a crisis like this goes down, and Democrats aren't blaming Republicans, you know you've got a problem and the Democratic Party is at the root of it.
Again, if you have any illusions that Barack Obama is a worthy presidential candidate, think again! The man is corrupt and self-serving.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This video is precisely the sort of thing that Romans Chapter 1 speaks of. Barack Obama's stance on live-birth abortion alone demonstrates his false confession of Christ's lordship.
Read these words before watching the video:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them...
...And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness.
HT: Denny Burk
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Obama clearly has a problem thinking and speaking truthfully.
Without further ado, here are the "Top 11 Other Things That Are Above Barack Obama's Pay Grade," brought to us again by Nihilist in Golf Pants:
11. Knowing how many states there are
10. Knowing what Senate committees he serves on
9. Being able to bowl
8. Approving of Michelle's public statements
7. Actually listening when Reverend Wright is delivering a sermon
6. Making value judgements about slumlords who offer bribes
5. Understanding how capital gains tax rates impact revenues
4. Stopping his surrogates from playing the race card
3. Wearing a flag pin
2. Making a moral judgment between Russia and Georgia
1. Being President of the United States
Friday, August 15, 2008
The Times article focuses on the abortion issue and the Republicans failure to deliver tangiblely on the issue.
The Post article takes a different angle looking at the general allure of Obama and the Democratic platform:
"There's a shift in issue focus," said Joshua DuBois, 25, who was associate pastor of a small evangelical church and is responsible for Obama's faith outreach. "I don't think any young evangelical is ignoring the traditional values issues, but they are adding other issues, including poverty and war, and they are also looking at integrity and family."
My response is the same for both articles: do not be deceived. Barack Obama exhibits no evidence that he is a born-again follower of Christ as many would have us believe. Obama also stands firmly against every every major issue that Christians should be primarily concerned about. He is probably the most pro-abortion candidate to ever run for President.
Read the full interview that Obama had with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani in 2004. Here are some excerpts that ought to throw-up red flags for evangelical voters:
"So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people."
"So that, one of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church."
GG:So you got yourself born again?
OBAMA:Yeah, although I don’t, I retain from my childhood and my experiences growing up a suspicion of dogma. And I’m not somebody who is always comfortable with language that implies I’ve got a monopoly on the truth, or that my faith is automatically transferable to others.
I’m a big believer in tolerance. I think that religion at it’s best comes with a big dose of doubt. I’m suspicious of too much certainty in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding.
I think that, particularly as somebody who’s now in the public realm and is a student of what brings people together and what drives them apart, there’s an enormous amount of damage done around the world in the name of religion and certainty.
GG:Do you have people in your life that you look to for guidance?
OBAMA:Well, my pastor is certainly someone who I have an enormous amount of respect for.
I have a number of friends who are ministers. Reverend Meeks is a close friend and colleague of mine in the state Senate. Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.
GG:Those two will keep you on your toes.
OBAMA:And theyr’e good friends. Because both of them are in the public eye, there are ways we can all reflect on what’s happening to each of us in ways that are useful.
I think they can help me, they can appreciate certain specific challenges that I go through as a public figure.
This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.
GG:You don’t believe that?
OBAMA:I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.
I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity.
That’s just not part of my religious makeup.
GG:Do you believe in heaven?
OBAMA:Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?
GG:A place spiritually you go to after you die?
OBAMA:What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.
GG:Do you believe in sin?
GG:What is sin?
OBAMA:Being out of alignment with my values.
GG:What happens if you have sin in your life?
OBAMA:I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I’m true to myself and my faith that that is its own reward, when I’m not true to it, it’s its own punishment.
---------These comments speak very well for themselves. I understand this is a candid interview and short in nature. But do these answer sound anything like the answers you would give or that your pastor would give? In short, Barack Obama does not sound or look like a follower of Christ. Do not let yourself be swayed by his rhetoric or what the media tells you.
If you don't believe me that Obama is an extreme pro-abortion candidate, see this post.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
According to reports, on his way out of town from a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser in Minneapolis, Barack Obama stopped by the Copper Dome restaurant in St. Paul for a few minutes to mix with the common folk. Some comments we suspect we would have overheard him say:
11) You want waffles? Let me show you my most recent policy positions.
10) If all American restaurants had their toasters properly tuned we wouldn't need any more nuclear power plants.
9) That man ordering "hash browns" is playing the race card.
8) How do I want my eggs? You must be a proxy for the McCain campaign.
7) I'd prefer a Danish or an English muffin to the American fries,
6) You ran out of bread? Bring that basket over here and let me see what I can do.
5) Tell Franken we'll leave him some leftovers out by the dumpster.
4) What do you mean by asking if I want my coffee "black"?
3) If Americans would harness the power of the breakfast burrito, we wouldn't have a gas crisis in this country.
2) We are the Eggs Benedict we've been waiting for.
1) Wait a minute, I thought this place was a mosque!?
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
He writes that much children's literature promotes the trivial, illegitimately extrapolates lessons, reads between the lines, miss important nuance, and focus on people rather than God. I encourage all parents and those that teach children to read Walton's article.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
"I tried to warn them, but the Elders of this planet would not listen," said Gore, who in 2000 was nearly banished to a featureless realm of nonexistence for promoting his unpopular message. "They called me foolish and laughed at my predictions. Yet even now, the Midwest is flooded, the ice caps are melting, and the cities are rocked with tremors, just as I foretold. Fools! Why didn't they heed me before it was too late?"
Friday, July 25, 2008
"And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness..."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
11. Doesn't anyone here speak English?
10. Is Afghanistan the 55th or 56th state?
9. What temperature should Americans set their thermostats to?
8. Sure, I’ll give you an autograph for your nephew – interesting that his name is also Brian Williams.
7. Hey, how about a shot of me driving that tank?
6. When do we go out looking for Osama?
5. Which way is Mecca, and where's my prayer mat?
4. You know, work really DOES make one free!
3. It is time for Americans to pursue a humble and peace-loving outlook, the kind of outlook the Germans have always had.
2. I would like to apologize for America’s roll in wrecking that nice wall you used to have here.
1. Ich bin ein appeaser.
I also like #12 left by commenter Terry_Jim: "Can I ,Uh, get me a terrorist huntin' license here?"
Monday, July 21, 2008
One must wonder if there is truly a crisis going on when proponents of the crisis aren't doing much of anything to change their own lifestyles and to sacrifice the way they are calling the rest of us to do.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
It so perfectly epitomizes the hatred that many Democrats have for Republicans. Stick with the video until the end. The esteemed Congressman from Massachusetts essentially dares Al Qaeda to kill Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I should be happy that the Supreme Court has struck down the District of Columbia's draconian gun control laws, which of course haven't actually controlled the guns in criminal hands, but insured that ordinary citizens would be defenseless.
I'm not though.
The ruling effectively demonstrates that the constitution is a meaningless document as far as guaranteeing our rights. The reality that any group can make a specious argument over what rights the constitutions actually guarantees and which it doesn't means only one thing--nine justices decide what rights we have or don't have, and that we are effectively rewriting our "constitution" with every presidential election.
If Obama wins, and appoints only one justice, the gun rights will be gone--just like that.
I must agree with Uncorrelated here. We've seen many Supreme Court Decisions over the past few years that have essentially thrown the Constitution out the window and replaced it with the mere opinions of the Justices. We have lost the desire, common sense, and integrity to look at the Constitution objectively and replaced it with relativism, populism and the whims or our judiciary.
Yes, we have managed to win a battle (this time for gun rights) but the war is slowly being lost. And there is nothing on the horizon to make me confident that we can turn the tide.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
There are two videos of Jay Smith in action at Speaker's Corner in London on YouTube. You can watch them here and here.
The Christianity Today article refers to videos produced by Smith on YouTube. The videos are located here. He is also a part of the website Answering Islam.
Here are some other lectures by Jay Smith on Islam:
Key Issues of Islam
The Real Problem with Islam
Now, obviously Metro Transit receives advertising revenue, but I am very interested to know how much we subsidize Metro Transit with tax dollars.
The Metro Transit website states, "Metro Transit currently collects roughly 35 percent of its budget from fareboxes, 60 percent comes from state appropriations and motor vehicle sales, and the remainder is from federal and self-generating sources."
The next time you see a bus drive by--remember that you are paying for that bus, whether you like it or not. And I bet you thought socialism was something that other countries did--not us.
In the speech Obama says, “Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?”
The Associated Press reports that Dobson will “aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy - chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
I don’t listen to Dobson or have much of an opinion of the man, but this is further evidence that Barack Obama’s “Christianity” is little more than a veneer. He reads his Bible flatly and has no real understanding as to what any of it means.
Do not be deceived by Barack Obama’s appeals to his faith—at least not with critically examining his beliefs. There is little evidence to demonstrate a true faith or a true understanding of the radically transforming worldview of the Christ of the Bible having any hold of his being.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Our first stop was Home Depot a couple weeks ago. We found a lamp that we liked suspended high up on display. We brought it home and left it unopened for a few days until I had some time to install it. One Sunday afternoon I opened it up and found four tiny little (E-17) 40 watt light bulbs. My first thought was, "Are you kidding me? A candle puts out as much light as this. Who in their right mind would make a fan with four 40 watt bulbs?"
I was angry, annoyed, and flustered. We'd been without a fan for a long time already and our room gets warm. I wanted a fan. A couple days ago we went to Menard's to see if we could find something we liked there. Every single fan we encountered had a similarly poor light output as the previous fan we'd purchased.
I told Naomi, "Not every fan is going to have these tiny bulbs." We kept looking and couldn't find anything that used a standard light bulb. NOTHING. I finally found an employee and asked him to help us find the ceiling fan that would put out the most light. I told him we are replacing a fan with four standard bulbs sockets--currently four 26 watt CFL's that put out a lot of light. I like light--and I hate living in the dark. I like to read--who can comfortably read in the dark?
"Good luck finding anything that will put out a similar amount of light," our salesman told us. He explained that every ceiling fan manufactured after January 1, 2007 had to meet energy star specifications--and that meant they must use candelabra light bulbs. Candelabra bulbs do not get any brighter than 60 watts. In fact the Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that ceiling fan light fixtures, "shall not be capable of operating with lamps that total more than 190 watts."
Compare that 190 watts to the 400 watts that our current ceiling fan light fixture can put out! That is an enormous loss of light in a large room. Now you can probably understand why I'm so angry. What makes me even more angry is the fact that the bill was passed primarily by republicans, and signed into law by George Bush.
What business does our government have in limiting the light output of my ceiling fan light fixture? How can such legislation be constitutionally supported? Where does our constitution give authority to our government over such matters?
I'm angry and I don't know what I'm going to do about it. At least John McCain (and many Democrats) voted against the bill, though I suspect he (and they) had ulterior motives. But men like Norm Coleman, who supported the bill, may lose my support over this.
Addendum: I suggest reading, or at least skimming through the rest of the bill. You'll be amazed to see how our government legislates so much more than just how much light a light fixture can put out. Our government is seriously off track and has been for a long time. We've let our government grab far too much power and the day will come when we will regret what we've become but it will be too late.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Barack Obama is a great threat to America--a remarkable statement considering he is a presidential nominee. We must not let this man become our next president.
There is more to the story than this, but ultimately this quote demonstrates McCain's moral failure:
"In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage."
There are some very unbecoming quotes in the article on McCain. I am disappointed even more with McCain, now that I know more of his background.
HT: Mark Horne
Friday, June 06, 2008
Clint Eastwood folds his gangly frame behind a clifftop table at the Hotel Du Cap, a few miles up the coast from Cannes, sighs deeply, and squints out over the Mediterranean. "Has he ever studied the history?" he asks, in that familiar near-whisper.
The "he" is Spike Lee, and the reason Eastwood is asking is because of something Lee had said about Eastwood's Iwo Jima movie Flags of Our Fathers, while promoting his own war movie, Miracle at St Anna, about a black US unit in the second world war. Lee had noted the lack of African-Americans in Eastwood's movie and told reporters: "That was his version. The negro version did not exist."
Eastwood has no time for Lee's gripes. "He was complaining when I did Bird [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker]. Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that's why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else." As for Flags of Our Fathers, he says, yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, "but they didn't raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn't do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate."
Lee shouldn't be demanding African-Americans in Eastwood's next picture, either. Changeling is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city's make-up was changed by the large black influx. "What are you going to do, you gonna tell a fuckin' story about that?" he growls. "Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90% black, like Bird, I use 90% black people."
Eastwood pauses, deliberately - once it would have provided him with the beat in which to spit out his cheroot before flinging back his poncho - and offers a last word of advice to the most influential black director in American movies. "A guy like him should shut his face."It is easy to sympathize with Eastwood on this point. Has Spike Lee studied the history of the period? Does he not know that there weren't blacks in these regiments? Does he really expect directors to recast historical films as ahistorical? Does political correctness go so far as to dismiss historical fact and portray events as they believe it should have happened?
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The Star Tribune has an interesting article on the increasing popularity of barber shop shaving. The straight razor shave at a barber shop is supposedly the best shave one can get. The article states that there is a barber school in northeast Minneapolis that only charges $4 for a shave--I might have to take them up on that some time.
Update: This is by far the most popular post. Those of you looking for information on how to get a good shave without skin irritation should also read this post.
Monday, June 02, 2008
- "We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in the church."
- "We also don't want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes."
Obama's entire response to the criticism that he has received over Trinity United Church of Christ has been disingenuous and very revealing. There is no way whatsoever that Barack Obama did not know what his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright believed or preached in the pulpit weekly. It is impossible for one to go to a church for "about 20 years" and not know what is going on theologically within the church--particularly when the senior pastor is your mentor.
For Obama to claim otherwise strains credulity. Does he really expect us to believe all this? How can he honestly attempt to court evangelical voters when his theological track record is full of deception, back-tracking, naivete, and obfuscation?
Of course the problem is that Barack Obama himself does not appear to actually be a Christian. Trinity United Church of Christ is not a Christian church. So of course Obama's "Christian testimony" is not going to resonate with evangelical voters. But you won't hear that in the media.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
A 1991 law entitled the Wetland Conservation Act evidently gives the DNR the ability to tell landowners what they can or can't do with their property. Chad Hunt hosted a mudder truck event on his land that tore up much of his property. The Star Tribune has the story including an aerial photograph taken by the DNR of the damage to Hunt's property.
The DNR says that Hunt has to restore his land and may even face fines and jail. There may be more to the story than the Star Tribune is reporting, but I am amazed that the state government can tell a landowner what he can or can't do with his private property.
This seems to me to be a prime example of something that is terribly wrong with our country when private property rights are being trampled upon so egregiously.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
It is evident that the media is in the tank for Obama, so it is not surprising to see these gaffes overlooked. But how can anyone legitimately argue there is no bias in the media with these kinds of examples so rampant?
The video is funny because of her Freudian slip, but frightening because of the ideology she espouses.
In case you can't watch the video, here is what she said,
"And, guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be about socializing... uh, will be about, basically taking over and the government running all of your companies."
We must rid Washington of the socialists and replace them with sensible and responsible policy makers.
HT: Gateway Pundit via Uncorrelated
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Star Tribune has an article on Fairbourne today that states that Fairbourne is one of over 31,000 scientists to have signed a petition for the U.S. government to reject the Kyoto protocol.
The petition states,
"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto ... and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."The same article states that KSTP meteorologist Dave Dahl is also a critic of man-made global warming science.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Hillary Clinton was lampooned when she "misspoke" regarding her memory of a visit to Bosnia, but now Barack Obama's "memory" has been brought into question as well. Watch this video and see Barack Obama lie like a Clinton.
But there is more to liberal politicians than lying. Here is a direct quote from Senator Obama,
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."
We all know that when a liberal invokes this kind of argument that governmental restriction on behaviors is what is under discussion. How exactly is Senator Obama going to ensure that we don't "drive our SUVs," "eat as much as we want," or "keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times?"
Senator Obama is a socialist through and through. He wants to decide how we live and what we can or can't do.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
But it certainly brings back some fond memories.
Do you remember these names:
Duke, Shipwreck, Gung Ho, Scarlett, Destro, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow?
The director is Stephen Sommers, who wrote and directed The Mummy series of movies. One of the screenwriters, Stuart Beattie, wrote the screenplays for the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
The most pressing question I have is, "Will anyone die in this movie?"
Friday, April 25, 2008
The Democratic party has been courting the evangelical Christian vote for some time now. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both attempted to use their supposed Christianity as a means of connecting with Christians in their campaigns.
Of course they haven't been able to gain any traction because it is so disingenuous and dishonest that the only sort of Christians they are courting are those just like themselves. Enter Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Ms. Pelosi has stated on at least two occasions, "To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship." Her most recent recitation of "scripture" included the lesson,
"On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children's children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature."
Bible scholars have been unable to determine what scripture Ms. Pelosi might be referring to. Claude Mariottini, a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary is quoted as saying, "It is not in the Bible," Mariottini said. "There is nothing that even approximates that."
In my years of reading the Bible I have never encountered a passage that could even be misconstrued as saying something remotely similar to what Ms. Pelosi claims to have read in her Bible. Naturally the question arises—where did this come from? Did she manufacture it in an attempt to strong arm Christians into buying into the Democrat’s environmental extremist agenda? Does Ms. Pelosi read her Bible? How often does she give God her own words?
Friday, April 04, 2008
Clinton defended herself by saying, "We have been going back and forth in this campaign of who said what to whom..." This is an accurate statement--there has been much going back and forth between the two candidates. In fact neither Clinton or Obama have dealt with the truth forthrightly and without deceptively molding others words to fit their own agendas.
Yet it is Senator Clinton that has boldly led the charge with her lies and then lying by saying she only "misspoke" or "misheard." We can trust nothing that this woman says. She is as bad as her husband in handling the truth. We must not deceive ourselves into thinking otherwise.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Posnanski recently wrote about why so many baseball writers, fans, and announcers are so critical of new statistics to value players.
The article is brilliant and demonstrates how quirky and imperfect the generally accepted statistics are.
Here is a great portion of the article:
Blogger: I have come up with a new statistic. It involves balls put in play. I call it batting average.
Establishment: Great! How’s it work?
B: See, what we’ll do is, we’ll take the number of hits that the batter has and divide it by the number of at-bats that he has in order to determine how often he gets a hit.
E: That sounds like on-base percentage. What’s the difference?
B: Well, it’s all in what you call “at-bats” For one thing, we don’t count walks.
E: What do you mean you don’t count walks?
B: They don’t count. We take plate appearances and subtract walks. They never happened.
E: How can a walk never happen?
B: It just doesn’t.
E: Aren’t walks good things? Like in Little League, we always say “Walk’s as good as a hit.”
B: I hate walks. They’re gone. So let’s say a guy comes to the plate 12 times, and he gets four hits and walks twice …
E: Right … that’s a .500 on-base percentage.
B: Exactly, but if you just subtract the walks, you will see that he has a .400 batting average.
E: Um, OK.
B: But there are other things. If you hit a fly ball, and someone tags up and scores a run, that does not count as an at-bat.
E: Why not?
B: Because you are sacrificing yourself for the betterment of the team? I call it a sacrifice fly. Get it?
E: Well, what are you sacrificing if it doesn’t even count against your stats?
B: You just are, OK?
E: What if you hit a ground ball and the runner scores.
B: How’s that?
E: Let’s say the infield’s back and a guy hits a ground ball to get the run in. How do you score that?
B: No, that’s not a sacrifice fly.
E Why not? Doesn’t that accomplish the same thing?
B: It just isn’t. Come on, pay attention. What’s it called. Sacrifice FLY? Hello! He didn’t hit a fly ball.
E: It just seems to me …
B: Sacrifice bunts also do not count as at-bats. And when you get hit by a pitch … doesn’t count.
E You don’t get any statistical notice for getting hit by a pitch?
B: Like it never happened.
E: I’m afraid to ask this: What happens if you reach on an error.
B: That’s the beauty of this system. According to my new batting average, you’re out.
E: But you’re not really out.
B: I know. Isn’t it great?
E: Why does this have to be so complicated?
B: It’s batting average! It will take over the world!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
So now you and I will pay $0.055 more per gallon beginning in the fall and then the increase will go up by another $0.03. But it gets better,
- "Under another provision, a quarter-cent sales tax increase would occur in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area without a referendum, with all proceeds going to transit projects."
- "The legislation also will increase license tab fees on vehicles, particularly luxury cars." (Though, "the tab fee increase will not affect vehicles previously registered in Minnesota.")
Friday, February 15, 2008
His conclusion goes against the general consensus and raises questions about MLB's regulatory oversight.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
HT: Mark Horne
Friday, February 08, 2008
His argument that, "Politics is the art of the possible, which require painful compromises," is a compelling argument, and one we must consider come November.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
The fact that a self-professing Christian leader would think, let alone make such a statement is frightening. This is the kind of accommodation that invites Islamic control and will ultimately lead to the annihilation of Christianity wherever Sharia is practiced.
Islam remains the greatest threat in this world and to accommodate it in any way will lead to our ultimate destruction. This fascist religion must be opposed wherever encountered and its members evangelized.
The fine line between tolerance and accommodation must not be crossed, lest we put ourselves in great peril.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Bush, the more conservative of the two did win the nomination, but in his two terms we have become well acquainted with the fact that George W. Bush is not a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. Many had their doubts early on, criticizing Bush for his "compassionate conservatism," but he received our support through two Presidential election cycles and the midterm elections of 2002.
The crack-up began in the 2006 election when Democrats regained the House and Senate and continues to this day. George W. Bush and the Republican Party continue to express support for many Republican-in-Name-Only candidates like Lincoln Chafee, Arlen Specter, and even John McCain himself.
With Mitt Romney out of the race, John McCain is going to be the Republican nominee for president. The choices are now between a liberal (John McCain), a socialist (Barack Obama), and Big Brother (Hillary Clinton).
The Democrats have the House of Representatives and the Senate. Should they gain the presidency as well, national health care is all but certain. We may pull out of Iraq sooner than we ought. Taxes will go up. The economy will go down. Islamic Extremists will gain traction and attack us again within the next four to six years. Iran and North Korea will work towards achieving nuclear status unabated. Global warming initiatives will be ratified and our economy will bear the burden of the consciences of environmental extremists. I could probably go on, but this is depressing enough...
Conservatives will face the choice of holding their noses while voting for McCain, or the prospect of the Democratic agenda. The choices are clear, the decision is not. We have seen what happens when Republican candidates do not have the support of the base, and it is difficult to imagine McCain bucking the trend.
The Republican Party must begin the task of grooming conservative candidates for the 2010 midterm elections. We must work toward a new Republican Revolution to rid Washington of the socialist agenda that will begin in January 2009.
We can no longer tolerate a Republican party that moderates liberal positions. We are in this situation now because for too long we have compromised our principles. Nationalized health care is our future now because the country has moved leftward because the Republican Party has moved left along with the Democratic Party.
I fear that Mick Stockinger's words at Uncorrelated are prophetic:
"Learn Spanish. Buy a bike. Get some sweaters."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
11. Their AA affiliate was desperate for pitching
10. Since they already got a publicly financed stadium, they felt no need to field a good team anymore
9. Afraid Hugo Chavez would nationalize him
8. Santana pitched in too many boring low scoring games
7. No space left in team trophy case to hold any more Cy Young Awards or World Series trophies
6. Didn't make enough money on $15 Joe Mauer autographs at Twins Fest
5. Got caught up in Barack Obama's hype about change
4. Felt peer pressured to give up the best player in the league by their buddies in the Vikings (Randy Moss) and Timberwolves (Kevin Garnett) back offices
3. Massive cost overruns from their architectural firms bar tab
2. Wanted to rehash the "Get To Know 'Em" ad campaign and needed some new unknowns
1. Carl Pohlad is a cheap bastard
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Dying and Death of Julie BrownJulie Brown sat in the front row of the church with a friend she had brought along. He had not been inside a house of worship for years and was an atheist. Julie, at least in recent weeks, had been attending one regularly: New Day Covenant Church in Boulder, Colorado. She had been camping out in the hills of Boulder, Colorado, for about a year, making do as one could—without any income or official social support. Then she developed a cough that would not go away. She came into town for help and received the dreaded diagnosis: cancer. After this, she attended a barbeque at New Day, and began attending there. During one service, she came forward, knelt before the large, striking, wooden cross at the front of the church and confessed her sins with Pastor Doug White, who knelt beside her. The church became her family.
That Sunday in September of 2007, she listened to every word of my sermon, “Finding Power Over Error,” which was derived from Acts 13:1-12. As I exposited several principles for extending the gospel and dealing with spiritual opposition, her gaze never faltered, her ears were open as wide as her eyes, and as wide as her heart.
After the message, she immediately greeted me and thanked me for making the message so clear. “I have never heard the gospel so clearly,” she told me with gratitude. During the Bible study that followed, Julie listened attentively to Pastor Doug White’s teaching on The Book of James. She asked good questions and making thoughtful comments. But she had no hair. Julie had donned a wig for the church service—in order to look respectable—but now it was gone. The chemotherapy had done its usual work. In a voice hoarse from treatments, and with few teeth left in her mouth, she participated in learning more of the gospel. She was an avid student of the Scriptures that morning.
I will never forget Julie Brown, although I met her for only a few hours one Sunday morning in a small church. I prayed for her often, and received updates from Pastor Doug on her condition. He told me that she brought many of her homeless friends to New Day. Julie fit the sociological category of being homeless, but she found a home in Christ and in his Church that meets at New Day. She indeed had more of a home than many who live in Christ-less mansions of mammon, as so many in Boulder do. She did her level best to evangelize her street friends. She remained cheerful and funny and brave to the end. She died under the loving care of a Christian community. Her cancer treatments and her hospital and hospice car were volunteered by kind souls. And in her dying, she gave life and grace to many—as several testified in my presence today at her funeral.
Julie’s funeral at New Day Church was not attended by any biological family members. Instead, her church family and many of her homeless friends sat and heard a brief and biblical message by Pastor Doug as well as testimonies by Julie’s friends. I spoke briefly on the theme that Julie had “ears to hear” the gospel. Jesus often concluded one of his teaching by saying, “Let everyone hear who has ears to hear.” Teachers need learners or we are not teachers at all. Julie was more alert and responsible to my message than many of my students at the theological graduate school where I have taught for fifteen years.
Yet how could I, a professional egghead, reach Julie--a rough and ready homeless woman--with the Message? It is simple: the World of God is living and active, breaking down barriers and building bridges through truth (Hebrews 4:15). Julie learned some lessons that day—and, more importantly, learned more about God through the messages she heard from Pastor Doug and through the love of his church. These were lessons that she did not forget. As Pastor Doug said in his message, “the eyes of her heart” were opened to see the glorious gospel of Christ (Ephesians 1:18).
Julie Brown, a woman only in her late forties, is dead. Our prayers for her physical healing were not answered. You will not read an other obituary about her. All her belongings are in a small back room at New Day Church. Her beloved dog, Baby, has a new master. But Julie has a new home—in heaven.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The novel is a semi-finalist in Amazon.com's unpublished novel contest. The first fifteen pages are available at Amazon.com to read for free. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. And if you enjoy it, please leave a review for author Nate Anderson.
Here is my review which I just submitted to Amazon.com:
Anderson’s “A Minor Talent” leaves the reader wishing for more. The prose captures both the drive and preoccupations of the male mind at work in protagonist Jeremiah Bingham—a witty character that one will easily sympathize with and cheer for even as his mind is absorbed with sex, robbery, and quest for tenure.
Yet Anderson is also able to give great energy and sincerity to his female lead, Chloe Bradwyn. Chloe, though seemingly a mere bee-keeper, knows enough to keep her literary prize from its suitors—knowing precisely what they would do with it. One ponders if she knows more than Bingham gives her credit for.
While the story line is enough to keep one reading, it is Anderson’s talent with prose that keeps the pages turning with writing like this:
“Even Dr. Vinay, attractive as she is at times, is buttoned down like the rest in her corduroy and tweed. Bright light gives her a rash. But not Chloe.”
“Much as I loathe the man and his Windsor-knotted ties, he has taught me one great lesson over the years: second place is for losers, and adjuncts. I will not be a loser again.”
Anderson sets the scene with Bingham, his surprisingly attractive victim, and his chief rival who is surely as cutthroat in his quest for the new Bradwyn manuscripts. Bingham has already established a relationship, and even sympathy with Chloe. What of McIntyre, his rival? What is he willing to do in order to capture the sought after prize? I hope we all find out soon…
One clue that Romney is our strongest candidate is the fact that Democrats keep viciously attacking him while expressing their deep respect for Mike Huckabee and John McCain.Coulter of course makes a good point. The same theory relates to why Al-Qaeda (not to mention most of the rest of the world) was hoping John Kerry would win the presidency in 2004. Sometimes it is helpful to listen to your enemies to gain some perspective.
This point was already extensively covered in Chapter 1 of "How To Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)": Never take advice from your political enemies.
Turn on any cable news show right now, and you will see Democratic pundits attacking Romney, calling him a "flip-flopper," and heaping praise on McCain and Huckleberry – almost as if they were reading some sort of "talking points."
Doesn't that raise the tiniest suspicions in any of you? Are you too busy boning up on Consumer Reports' reviews of microwave ovens to spend one day thinking about who should be the next leader of the free world? Are you familiar with our "no exchange/no return" policy on presidential candidates? Voting for McCain because he was a POW a quarter-century ago or Huckabee because he was a Baptist preacher is like buying a new car because you like the color.
The candidate Republicans should be clamoring for is the one liberals are feverishly denouncing. That is Mitt Romney by a landslide.
Mitt Romney is our man.
Friday, January 04, 2008
"Last week, Amanda Christianson was being dropped off at her home in Blaine by her friend Alyssa Smith of Fridley. Christianson's boyfriend, Alexander Wald, came out from the residence in the 9500 block of NE. Able Street and saw the two women hugging.
Thinking that his girlfriend was being affectionate with another man, he started punching Smith several times and threw her to the floor."Poor woman!