Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Looks like I was wrong, again. Good choice.
Still, the only two candidates left on the main page on InTrade, are Palin and my guess, Tom Ridge.
Fer better or worse, ya heard it here first:
Although I really would like to see Palin. Or Kasich.
Pawlenty is blah.
Crist is better, but still pretty blah.
KBH is risky and they don't like each other.
Leiberman is insane, but hey, this is McCrazy here.
If he picks Romney, his butt is toast. The un-likeablity factor there, will be insurmountable.
To edit this a little, I forgot my favorite candidate/TV preacher/Governor: Mike Huckabee.
The Huckster would be a breath of fresh air, bring crunchy-Cons into the fold, and be an enormous treat during the debates.
He hasn't got a prayer.
Well, looking at the stage design for tonight’s Demo Convention finale, I can’t decide whether it’s an old set from the TV Star Trek, or something they borrowed from The Scientology Convention.
I keep expecting David Miscavige, Tommy Cruise and Spock to walk out with Obamamania to the worship of an adoring crowd of blue-staters.
Maybe Nancy Pelosi can find a “virgin” - or at least an intern - somewhere in her delegation that they can sacrifice.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Only King
Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee; and let such as love thy salvation, say always, the LORD be praised. As for me, I am poor and needy; but the Lord careth for me. – Psalm 40:19-20
John Taylor of Caroline County, Virginia (1753-1824) was a political prophet. The historian William Appleman Williams said Taylor, “made the best case against empire as a way of life.” Taylor knew where collusion between elected government, central bankers and businessmen would lead. He had witnessed what had happened in England with its perpetual wars and overreaching colonization. He hoped the several American states would choose the quiet path of small commerce and local farming.
Empires are predicated on “creative destruction.” Their health depends on expansion which hinges on internal improvements, growth, and managed trade, all of which are debt-funded – the hidden tax from which some privileged enterprises profit. People follow their leaders. Americans are debtors as their government is in debt – just as the British fell into debt. This is empire as a way of life.
The Christian may find himself impoverished, but he possesses an inner joy that no man or government can take from him. He submits to the powers that be at every level and renders tribute as due; but his confidence ultimately is not in those earthly powers. He has no king but Jesus.
American Christians live in an empire whose leaders are populist demagogues. They are inundated by the same slick marketing techniques that sucker millions of unregenerate voters. Government is the messiah. Listen to the evening news: three quarters of the stories involve issues related to some government problem or proposed government solution. We are saturated with the notion that government ought to do something. This is empire as a way of life.
In John Taylor’s day there was no such thing as sacrosanct universal suffrage. Wise men once knew that great numbers of the populace did not have the understanding of competing philosophies to cast wise votes. A high school diploma or a baccalaureate degree does not a responsible citizen make. We Americans are generally well-trained but not all are well-educated. We vote for the best-looking and the most eloquent with the most promises.If ever there was a time in the nation’s history that people ought not to vote – especially Christians – that time is now. Taylor Somers wrote,
"...spend your time on election day doing something creative, productive, and useful, instead of wasting time at the ballot box. Paint a picture, write poetry, compose a song, learn economics or philosophy or literature; it’ll do so much more good than voting [which] thereby legitimizes the jokers who see fit to rule our lives."
We are not between the devil and the deep blue sea. Refusing to participate in media-rigged elections is not the shirking of one’s sacred civic responsibility – it is rather an eloquent protest. As Neil Peart wrote, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”For the Christian we might add to Somers’ list praying, worshiping, studying the Scriptures, and doing simple kindnesses for family, friends and neighbors. The choice is for community over empire; for King Jesus over of the latest, media-manufactured messiah.
If John Taylor were with us today he would no doubt agree.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Loved Ones, may you experience the Love of God and His Salvation through belief in Jesus, the Unique and Only Begotten Son of God, who shed His Blood for you, died on the Cross and rose again so that you may be Saved.
I pray always that we will meet in heaven.
Goodbye and hello as always.
Monday, August 18, 2008
It was a round-a-bout conversation, short sentences and even shorter opinions. Several Religions were mentioned: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and especially the various forms, both main-stream and fringe, of Protestantism.
At different times throughout the conversation the names Allah and Buddha were mentioned. I mentioned the name "Jesus", in a normal conversational voice, and volunteered that what I meant by "Christian" was that I believed that Jesus Christ had died for my sins, and that by accepting his gift of Salvation I believed that I had been given, though His Grace, eternal life.
All four people visibly flinched at the name "Jesus" -- before I mentioned my belief. The conversation quickly changed subject and soon ended.
I wonder what causes that? Guilt? Fear?
These people are my friends, but I have the feeling that if any one of them had to choose between having eternal life through the Grace of God in His Son Jesus and eternal death, they would and will choose death.
I was so sad.
Here's an article that explains the way that I feel and what I believe.
Name Above All Names - by Karen Hancock
Before I was saved, I didn't like to talk about Jesus. A believer friend recalled to me later our conversations about evolution and the Bible, and how the discussion would roll easily along until the moment he mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. Then I would close like a teapot lid slamming shut. He was right. I can still remember how uncomfortable it made me to speak or hear that name. Jesus Christ. No! I don't want to hear about Him. Let's talk about something else.
What is it about that name that it carries such power? It's okay to mention God, or Allah or Mohammed or Buddha -- but Jesus Christ makes people squirm, makes them want to mock and laugh, or get angry or talk of something else. And is there any other name quite so commonly used as an epithet? Did you ever wonder why?
Perhaps because His enemy has made such widespread attempt to belittle it, to degrade it, to make it seem like something silly, or stupid, something only the ignorant or the weak or the gullible are interested in. But maybe also because the name draws your thoughts to the person, and the person has a claim upon your life. The Bible tells us that God has placed the desire for eternal things in the heart of every man, and that in the end, every knee shall bow to the King of Kings. I believe that all of history revolves around this one Man, and that on some deep level, everyone knows it, either to embrace Him or reject Him.
So what do you think about Him? Just who do you think He is?
A famous historical personage? A good teacher? A Jewish holy man?
According to the Bible, we have all fallen short of God's righteousness. Few would argue that, for we all know our own failings. None of us is perfect. Except for God. And someone who is perfectly righteous can not fellowship with someone who is not. Like light and dark or gravity and anti-gravity, they cannot be together. If righteousness were to accept unrighteousness, it would no longer be righteousness. If justice were to accept injustice, it would no longer be justice.
But God loves us. He loved us in eternity past when he looked down the corridors of time and knew we would be sinners in need of deliverance from the darkness in which we dwelt. And so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, Lord General of the Armies of Heaven, ruler of stars and angels alike – to do something about it. And Jesus agreed to go, giving up the splendor and majesty and power of His divinity in the process. From His love and by His own choice, He became a man, experiencing the limitations and weaknesses of human flesh, and receiving the rejection, mockery and hatred of those He came to save. He allowed mere men to seize Him and beat Him and nail Him to a cross, though He could have taken the life of every one of His tormentors with a word. Instead He chose to allow the mistreatment, so that on the cross he could be judged for the sins of the world. Every sin that every person would ever commit, past, present and future. He took the punishment that each of us deserved.
Did you know that He thought about you, personally, when He decided to go to the cross? Did you know that He thought about you personally when He hung there and screamed as your sins were poured upon Him, the only perfect, sinless person ever to be born? He paid a grievous penalty that was rightfully yours so you could live with God forever. He did it because He loves you as no one else ever has or ever will.
It is His gift to you. And all you need do is receive it. If you have never done so, or even if you're not really sure if you have, you can do it right now. In the silence of your thoughts, you can tell God the Father that you recognize you are a sinner and are believing in His Son for eternal salvation. That is the moment you receive eternal life. Know that by that single, free will decision you have been born into the Royal Family of God, never to be removed, no matter what you do. There is not a sin that you can commit from here on that Jesus did not pay for.
You're going to heaven. Whether or not you'll receive reward when you get there, is another matter. Whether or not you'll ever know in this life the power you have just been given, is another matter. But if you have made the one crucial decision in the life of every person, the decision to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you can be certain you are saved and will be with Him in eternity, forever.
Jesus Christ. Son of God. Savior of the whole World. Name above all names.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." -- Romans 3:23
"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten (uniquely born) Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." -- John 3: 16 – 18
"And I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand." -- John 10:28
Thursday, August 14, 2008
But, I soon realized that there are literally thousands of videos showing angry, overweight, middle-aged (almost) men, throwing computers around offices and generally breaking out of their normal passive-agressive existence.
In related good news for my co-workers, I've decided NOT to bring my gun to work tomorrow.
I can't promise about next week, though....
(Now look here: if you are idiot enough to think I'm serious about the gun thang, then maybe you do need to be shot -- for the sake of humanity, whatever that is....)
ONE OF THE MOST persuasive arguments against reckless aggression in foreign policy, and mistreating enemy combatants, is that you risk squandering your own moral authority.
In the past week, we’ve seen the results of this twice in our country’s international affairs. First, we had the spectacle of President George W. Bush, the immoral authority behind Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and military kangaroo courts, scolding the Chinese on human rights.
Then, we had trigger-happy VP Dick Cheney lecturing the Russians about aggression in their own backyard. More than anyone else in the current administration, Cheney provided much of the energy behind our unilateral, poorly planned, bogusly justified invasion of Iraq.
Neither China nor Russia deserves a pass on human rights or aggression. I just wish our country could stand tall on these issues, and actually exert some credible influence. But without moral authority, that’s pretty hard to do.
ONCE AGAIN, WHERE foreign policy is concerned, the U.S. broadcast media aren’t covering themselves with distinction. In the days after the Russia-South Ossetia-Georgia conflict erupted, much of our TV news set aside the actual fact situation on the ground, and replaced it with a tidy plot that fits their preconceived notions of right and wrong in the world. As many of us know from watching the Iraq drama, the Bush administration works better when it can read from such a script.
Ask a dozen people on the street who shelled South Ossetia’s capital late last week, producing civilian casualties, and who sent its troops into the disputed republic. Eleven out of the 12 will probably quickly answer, “Russia.”
Then ask your dozen whether the people of South Ossetia want to be a part of Georgia, or prefer to be autonomous, with strong ties to Russia. Once again, most will probably get it wrong and assume that the South Ossetians are being subjugated by the Russian Bear. In reality, most South Ossetians fiercely prize their independence from Georgia, and rejoiced when Russia unceremoniously threw the Georgian military out of their territory.
But if you’ve been listening to Fox News, MSNBC or CNN over the past several days, you probably wouldn’t know any of this stuff. They might have mentioned it in passing, but for the most part their focus has been on the aggressive Russian response to the original Georgian attack.
So when Cheney, Bush and McCain get all hot and bothered about the Russians, they’re assuming that most Americans are unaware of the actual background and chronology of events. (Or maybe they really don’t know themselves.)
I’m not saying that the Russians are without guilt in this crisis — by their brutally disproportionate response to Georgia, they’re telling the world that they will no longer stand for anyone else asserting authority on their borders. But if we’re to respond credibly and productively to world crises, it would be nice if we address what actually happens, rather than whatever trumped-up television drama that our news media and leaders come up with.
Monday, August 11, 2008
She makes 81K/year as an administrator.
Which brings us to another item:
How much do OSHP Troopers make and are they worth it?
Ohio State Troopers Earn Salary in Speeding Tickets
The top state police officers in Ohio earn far more than their annual salary in traffic tickets issued.
At least 57 Ohio state troopers brought in six-figure revenue from speeding tickets last year.
According to a Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper analysis, the Ohio Highway Patrol issued 563,565 tickets in 2006. Fifty-seven troopers reached the magic "1000 ticket" mark by writing at least that many citations for a number of offenses -- most often for speeding.
The state's top trooper was responsible for writing a total of 1530 citations. With speeding tickets averaging between $100 to $500, that lawman single-handedly brought in between $153,000 and $765,000 in state and municipal revenue.
Although the Ohio Highway Patrol technically receives its funding from a transportation account funded by gas taxes, increased general revenue from tickets allows lawmakers to spend more on other priorities. These priorities sometimes include additional funding for new state police programs.
Friday, August 8, 2008
How low do you have to go to make a trial lawyer queasy?
Now we know.
And you just know the kid is his, too.
I can see it now: Trial Lawyers will sue him for defamation, and John-boy "Silky Pony" Edwards will volunteer to take the case... for his usual fee, of course.
And Jesse Jackson (Father to a couple recognized "illegitimate" children, himself.) will offer to "counsel" him, just like he did Prez BC.
Reposted from Hot Air (jeff_from_mpls); I thought this was appropriate:
"If the man himself doesn’t matter, but only his platform, his positions and his policies, then what’s the point of a democratic republic at all?
If the mob is really just voting for an outline of ideas, and not for the man with his judgment, his integrity, his trustworthiness, then we have a system where people are voting directly on legal proposals, like a referendum, instead of voting indirectly for a man whom we trust to judge the merits and faults of various proposals. A man who will be our moral proxy.
If the man himself is of no account, then let's cut the pretense and just vote for manila folders containing party platforms. It seems to me that’s what our politics have been reduced to; and I think a certain segment of the political spectrum is very pleased about this; they’re the ones screaming that character doesn’t matter.
We ought to be ashamed of ourselves for how superficial we are.”
No thanks to the Repub’ din-din and scam session. (And any Demo function, too.)
I’ll be at home watching another PBS program on the raping of the taxpayers by the corrupt US/Iraq Goverments and featuring cash payouts to terrorists, Kellog-Brown & Root and Halliburton and the search for the missing Billions-with-a-B of our/my money.
Oh, and while I’m watching PBS, I’ll be sitting naked in a leather chair, eating Cheetos, a’la Ron (Tater Salad) White.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Big mistake. The people who are impressed by these ads are already voting for him. The swing voters he is after will, for the most part, be turned off by this crap.
Obamamania can be stopped by focusing on the issues. Unfortunately McCrazy’s whole approach is unfocused and confused. He is letting Obamamania get away with the warm and fuzzy stuff and not addressing the particulars that will require pointed responses from Obamamania.
We have one candidate who wants to give away a gas tax holiday, and another who wants to give another stimulus/cash advance with nonexistant money.
They are hopeless and we are doomed either way.