Friday, November 19, 2010

Driving Life While Distracted

Have you ever looked at Statistics and Facts About Distracted Driving? According to distraction.gov "almost 20 percent of all crashes in the year 2008 involved some type of distraction" and "nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver." "More than half a million were injured." 


Picture via http://news.webshots.com/

Think about that for a moment.  Nearly SIX THOUSAND people died and more than half a million were injured because someone wasn't paying attention to the things that they should have been paying attention to.  It's a sobering thought.  

Why am I writing about this you ask?  Am I promoting a national campaign on Distracted Driving?  No I'm not.  While that would be a heroic endeavor, my thoughts are in a different vein. God has been challenging me live a LIFE that is not distracted.  When I live distracted from my calling as a Christ follower, husband, and father, people around me (usually those I love the most) get hurt emotionally and spiritually.  Did I intend to hurt them? Of course not!  But the hurt, pain, and scars, that my distracted living caused are real.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV) says this:
"Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall."
I am challenging myself to live a life that is focused on the things that are MOST important.  Let us all "take heed" lest the things we desire most slip away from us because we allowed ourselves to live distracted.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Facebook...



In case you haven't noticed I deleted my Facebook account for now.  I don't find anything particularly wrong with FB (in fact there are many good things about it) but I needed to do it.  I will miss the regular interaction with my FB friends, but I remain alive, well, and contactable via my email jetdienner at gmail.com, this blog, and my phone (if you have the number).  I have a feeling that since I'm not on FB any more I might just find time to blog again.

Blessings,
Jet

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hazardous Adoption

In our litigious age, adoption of the most needy can be dangerous.  William Anderson's latest blog post really got my attention.  Here is a quote from his post entitled "The Adoption that Did Not Happen: How the CAC and Prosecutors Make Adoptions Extremely Hazardous":

For the past two years, we have looked to adopt again, this time a girl anywhere from ages 9-13, and from the USA, and the process has been extremely difficult, and generally has involved pushing a rock to the top of a hill, only to see it roll to the bottom time after time. More than once, we have given up altogether, but still continue to pursue what might be an opportunity.

Last week, an organization contacted us to see if we were interested in adopting a 13-year-old girl who grew up in Russia, but was adopted here at age 9. The child has severe attachment problems, and huge amounts of anger directed at her adoptive mother due to things that happened to her in Russia.
Check out the whole post here. It breaks my heart that our society is not structured to be supportive of these worthy parents.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wendy's Commercial - Soviet Fashion Show

The Cold War made for some pretty entertaining pop culture. Like this Wendy's Commercial...



Via Victor Claar

Monday, August 9, 2010

Maddow Guest Lapses Into Inexplicable Candor on Abortion

 

MADDOW: So what would be the consequences of having a whole bunch of new sitting senators, elected to the US Senate, who are opposed to abortion not just in all regular cases but also cases in which the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest?

HARRIS-LACEWELL: Well, I mean, I think we've already seen the consequences of having a significant portion of even one party, even the party out of power, with a very strong anti-reproductive choice agenda. We saw it for example in the health care fight where somehow, you know, abortion became the central issue in a comprehensive health care reform bill, the central issue became controlling women's right to choose, controlling women's fertility, not giving women the ability to control their own, but having the government do it.

So, I think clearly every time we move more aggressively against women's reproductive rights, the more that we will see the consequences show up in everything from health care policy to, you know, potentially actually moving towards reducing the opportunities for women to, uh, you know, actually find healthy, safe termination services. [Emphasis added]
HT Newsbusters

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Epic and Honest Mobile Home Commercial

This commercial is a classic.  Check it out.





And here is "The Making Of The Commercial" video...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

"An Innocent Abroad"

It is said that real life stories are stranger than fiction because some real life stories are so bizarre that even the wildest Tale-Teller wouldn't dream of writing them down as fiction.  The following true story is an example of exactly that.  I obtained a copy of the memo from a former co-worker of the unfortunate Mr. P. (I removed his full name for the sake of privacy).


Friday, July 9, 2010

An Interesting Question

Andrew J. Bacevich (professor of history and international relations at Boston University) posed an interesting question in an article in The New Republic here.


The question demands to be asked: Who is more deserving of contempt? The commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause in which he manifestly does not believe and yet refuses to forsake?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rooted

Image from wikipedia.org
Have you ever pondered how deep your roots are, and what you are rooted in?  It is easy to focus on your fruits while forgetting your roots.  Fruits are important but they are simply a sign of who you are.  Roots are more important because they insure that you will endure.

Deep roots allow you to be chopped down, blown around, and burned up, yet you will grow, bloom, and produce fruit again.  It is critical that you prune "diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or unwanted," branches/areas of your life.  This allows you to grow deep roots. 
Preoccupation with appearances and a corresponding neglect of the out-of-sight root of the true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded. Tozer

Equally as important as deep roots is what you are rooted in.  What you are rooted in feeds/motivates and moves/shakes you.  If you are unsure what you are rooted in consider what shakes you.  For example, if anger wells up in your heart and you allow it to move you then you likely have a root in anger. 

If you are deeply rooted in love (as Paul encourages us to be in Ephesians 3:14-19) then you will not be shaken or moved by the cares of this world but will be filled with "all the fullness of God." 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Arrested For Praying On Public Property In Washington DC

Matt Lockett (Director of Bound4LIFE) posted a troubling blog about Reverend Patrick Mahoney being arrested for praying on Public Property in Washington DC.  Please read it here.

Many people have questioned whether the newly fenced area is indeed Public Property.  I did a quick search of the District of Columbia Zoning Map and found that the area in question is clearly designated as Public Right-Of-Way.  The Planned Murderhood (better known as Planned Parenthood) building is located right on the property line. Check out these screen shots:







I wonder who gave Planned Murderhood the right to post a "Private Property No Trespassing" sign on Public Property?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Morning Thought

An absence of purpose creates an absence of fulfillment.

Be a visionary for your generation today.

Where there is no vision, the people perish... Proverbs 29:18

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Freedom For Alim

As American Christians it is SO easy to take our freedom for granted.

Consider this story:
"Alimujiang Yimiti was born in June, 1973, in Hami, Xinjiang. In 1995, he converted from Islam to Christianity and became a house church leader.  On January 12, 2008, the Kashi Public Safety Department placed Alimujiang in criminal detention and accused him of 'jeopardizing national security and providing national secrets to foreign countries.'"

www.vocn.tv/vocntv/?q=vocn_testimony
www.freealim.com

A moving and challenging video by his wife:




I have difficulty comprehending the pain that Alim, let alone his wife and children, must be suffering.  

Monday, May 17, 2010

Morning Thought

The Lord inhabits praises, but He consumes sacrifices.

Be a living sacrifice today.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Romans 12:1

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Seal of Virginia

This past week, many media outlets and lefty blogs excoriated Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for "photoshopping," "tinkering," and "censoring," Virginia's "historic" state seal.  What they ignore is the fact that most of the "historic" versions of the seal that you can find are more like the AG's version than the new current 1930's standardized one.  Prior to the 1930's there were a lot of versions.  Most of them - including Thomas Jefferson's rendering here - were sporting a breastplate, long hair, a drawn sword, and an upright spear. (not an exposed breast, short hair, a sheathed sword, and a downward pointing spear).  The VA flag code (Ordinance No. 30, Adopted April 30, 1861) said nothing about a specific seal design other than this:

"Virtus, the genius of the commonwealth, dressed like an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand, and holding a sword in other, and treading on tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown fallen from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right. In the exergon the word Virginia over the head of Virtus, and underneath the words "Sic Semper Tyrannis."

If there had been a standardized version of the seal (as peddled by our AG haters) do you not think they would have mentioned that important bit of information when they wrote the code for our state flag?
I think the attempts to demonize Cuccinelli over the use of a historical seal in a lapel pin that he paid for are laughable. Those who want to mock him would do well to learn a little more history about our great state.

“Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.”  Edmund Burke

Here are some historic versions of the Virginia State Seal for reference.  Most of them are pre-civil-war.  A simple Google Image search will reveal many such seals.























Some source documents:

Seal of the commonwealth of Virginia, 1875
Source: Benson J. Lossing, An Outline History of the United States (New York: Sheldon; Company, 1878)77

Seal of the commonwealth of Virginia, 1904
Source: Wark's Modern Educator (New York: Henry Wark, 1904)202

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Presidential Proclamation

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

A PROCLAMATION
Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer.  In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
 On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation.  Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation.  Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
 We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences.  Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.
 Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid.  Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders.  Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place.  As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day.  Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness.  Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer.  I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA

Master of Business Card Throwing

Monday, April 26, 2010

Honoring Tyrants

If Daniel said this:
My lord, if only the dream [of debasement and ruin] applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! Daniel 4:19
to a pedophiliac tyrannical king who slaughtered his countryman...

And David said this:
I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD's anointed. 1 Samuel 24:10
about a king he was anointed to replace...

How much more should we be careful to honor those whom God has placed in leadership over us. 
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
While I believe it is our responsibility as Christians to stand for truth, righteousness, and the oppressed, I have all to often allowed myself to disparage leaders in an ungodly way.  God help me to speak the truth in love and honor.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tea Party Racism

There is an interesting article on the "Tea Partiers" in the Politico today. "Tea partiers in two camps: Sarah Palin vs. Ron Paul."  What caught my attention was the survey information at the end of the article:

The tea party activists on the Mall last week were better educated, more affluent and whiter than the country as a whole.

...12 percent voted for Obama.
Kinda flies in the face of the "ignorant" "racist" theme that is promoted by the Left doesn't it?


*Addendum video: hat tip A Conservative Blog For Peace.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oboma The Neo-Con-Lib

"Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen" linked here.
A must read by Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com.  Here is a portion of the article.
Today, both The New York Times and The Washington Post confirm that the Obama White House has now expressly authorized the CIA to kill al-Alwaki no matter where he is found, no matter his distance from a battlefield. I wrote at length about the extreme dangers and lawlessness of allowing the Executive Branch the power to murder U.S. citizens far away from a battlefield (i.e., while they're sleeping, at home, with their children, etc.) and with no due process of any kind. I won't repeat those arguments -- they're here and here -- but I do want to highlight how unbelievably Orwellian and tyrannical this is in light of these new articles today.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Susannah Wesley’s Rules for Raising Children

 This famous mother of nineteen, including Charles and John Wesley, set down these rules.

1. Allow no eating between meals.
2. Put all children to bed by 8 o’clock.
3. Require them to take medicine without complaining. (Those were the days of cod liver oil.)
4. Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul.
5. Teach each one to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Give them nothing that they cry for and only what they ask for politely.
7. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
8. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
9. Never punish a child twice for the same offense.
10. Commend and reward all good behavior.
11. Reserve property rights, even to the smallest matters.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
13. Strictly observe all promises.
14. Teach children to fear the rod.

I think the world could use a few more children raised like that.
h/t Worldview Warriors

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sorry About Your Wife and Kids. Here's $2,000...

Warning Graphic Story


Stories like this grieve my heart and make my blood run cold. Is this the way we want to reach the Muslim world for Jesus?  I understand and know about the atrocities of the Taliban & Al Qaeda.  That does not excuse these alleged actions by US troops.  "...He looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." Isaiah 5:7b
“The foreigners are always talking about human rights. But they don’t care about human rights,” said Gulalai’s father, Mohammed Tahir. “They teach us human rights then they kill a load of civilians. They didn’t come here to end terrorism. They are terrorists.”

"US special forces dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened...."

"The victims - two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother, those killed in the above mentioned February 12 raid. After initial lies and cover-up, NATO finally 'admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night,' yet continuing to deny a cover-up and saying no evidence showed inappropriate conduct."

"Local elders delivered $2,000 (£1,300) in compensation for each of the five victims to the head of the family, Haji Sharabuddin, after protests brought Gardez, the capital of Paktia, to a halt. 'I don’t want money. I want justice,' he said. 'All our family, we now don’t care about our lives. We will all do suicide attacks and [the whole province] will support us...' The family count seven deaths, not five, because the two women were pregnant."

You can read the articles here and here.  Ironically the "blood money" did not include a payoff for the two unborn children (the "uncivilized" Afghans recognize that the unborn children have value while the Americans don't?).  If we do not take responsibility for our actions and bring justice to this devastated family we have no business being there.

Other stories:

"Wikileaks Releases Video of US Choppers Slaying Reporters, Civilians" here (Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad).

"We're From the Government; We're Here to "Help" You to Death" here (Prairie Village, Kansas).

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010 Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite April Fools day 2010 pranks.

"Shocking news last night as former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced that she is following in the footsteps of the noble senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, and is switching parties to become a Democrat." here



Introducing the "Google Translate for Animals" Android app.



"McDonald's announced this morning that it would discontinue plans for a worldwide composting initiative after scientists confirmed that no item on the McDonald's menu is compostable." here

"Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka." here

"Dangerous PCs: Users Blame Sudden Acceleration for Recent Spate of Injuries
Emergency-room visits involving Windows-based computers mount, but industry sources point to user error as likely culprit." here

"Starbucks announced today the introduction of two new beverage sizes in stores in the U. S. and Canada this Fall. The announcement follows a year of research and direct customer feedback through MyStarbucksIdea.com requesting even more choice in beverage size." here
 

"PSS worked closely with 24 celebrities to create more than 250 different pre-recorded prompts for its Celebrity IVR Library." here
A few include:
* Randi Jackson: “Okay, dawg... check it out. I'm down with your selection, but are you down with your selection?”
* Paris Hillton: “You called us. That’s hot.”
* Sarahh Palin: “You betcha you can press 5.”
* Arnolde Schwarzenegger:  “Please hold. I’ll be baaack.” 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Jack Bauer School of Evangelism"

I found a new blog that makes me laugh. I encourage you to check them out here: The Sacred Sandwich. An "Illustrated Journal for Small Town Christians in a Big Bad World."  Here is a sample of their work:

Opening Soon: The Jack Bauer School of Persuasive Apologetics!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Debt Limit: Made Simple


This is a bit oversimplified (it doesn't account for inflation, money printing, etc) however, it is a good explanation of politics and the national debt.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Bottom Line Up Front"

I have never served in the military but I have a deep respect for those who put their lives -- and the "lives" of their families -- on the line to protect our freedom.  May we never take their sacrifice for granted.  The following is a brief clip of an article posted by John Hanson, SVP of Communications at the USO, on the real cost of the global expansion of war.
...at the USO we talk a lot about the difference between the price and the cost of war.  Discussions by the wise people in the media almost always focus on the price.  “Can we afford this?” “It’s driving up our deficit.”  “If it weren’t for the war, we’d be in better economic shape now.”

And other blah, blah, from the right and the left.

War has a price, and we can decide to pay it or not.  But, military service – especially war service – has a cost that goes on and on.  It’s a cost in human lives and suffering; it’s a price in rehabilitation from serious injuries that would not have been survived in earlier conflicts.  It’s also a cost in human – especially American – decency.  Our vocabulary is filled with trite over-worn quotes about honoring military service.  They’re often attributed to people who didn’t serve, but didn’t mind sending someone else to serve.

As far as I know, George Santayana never served in anyone’s military, but he left us with an important thought: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I lied earlier, there’s no real point here.  The struggle is in getting the message out that there are several hundred thousand of our neighbors doing some pretty tough work on our behalf.  Thinking that each of us does not have a stake in their wellbeing or in their successful return to our communities is worse than shortsighted…it’s potentially dangerous.

Because, Santayana also told us, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
There is much talk about freedom, liberty, and how we should protect it at all costs. The reality is that we live in a fragile moment in history where there is no war on American soil.  While our fellow countrymen are being
sent all over the globe to fight wars, we sit back and watch from the comfort of our living rooms. It was not

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Zac Smith, "God is in charge."

Don't watch this unless you want to cry. This video pretty much messed me up.  Thank you Zac for your testimony of God's goodness through the hardest of times.

The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

Government Sponsored Terrorism

"Christians in Karnataka state [India] are under an unprecedented wave of Christian persecution, having faced
more than 1,000 attacks in 500 days... Investigation concludes Hindu nationalist state government is responsible."

Check it out here.

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"USA: Broke and in Dangerous Decline"

An interesting blog post by Rod Dreher (linked here)

So foresees the Joint Operating Environment 2010 report released this week by the U.S. military, at least absent urgent and massive change. The JOE sees American government indebtedness, which is going to get far worse with the entitlements crisis on the near horizon, as putting our national security at serious risk. The report says that not even the most optimistic projections of economic growth can make up for the government's revenue needs in the coming years. Say the military analysts: "Projected revenues from taxation in most plausible economic scenarios are far below that which is necessary to meet current and assumed commitments by the federal government." What's more, the report warns, the deepening trade deficit only makes matters worse.
It's really interesting that the U.S. Military is saying that when you consider this (posted at Global Issues).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Modest Proposal

In honor of Saint Patrick's day I am posting one of my favorite "Juvenalian" satirical essay's.  If you have never read it I highly recommend you do so.  Dr. Swift attacks the known political injustices of the day head on.  For more information on the historical context of the essay research the "Great Irish Famine."

A MODEST PROPOSAL
posted at gutenberg.org

For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick.

by Dr. Jonathan Swift,  1729

It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabbin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags, and importuning every passenger for an alms. These mothers instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in stroling to beg sustenance for their helpless infants who, as they grow up, either turn thieves for want of work, or leave their dear native country, to fight for the Pretender in Spain, or sell themselves to the Barbadoes.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Slaughtering the Daughters of Glory

I am the proud (understatement of the decade) father of five beautiful daughters.  I have had copious demeaning/derogatory "wisecracks" made to me about the "suffering" I must face.  They bust on the amounts of estrogen, the emotions, the cost-of-future-weddings, etc.  The truth is I love having all girls!


These little girls dote on and "worship" me (in spite of my fumbling attempts at fatherhood) in a ways that never cease to amaze me.  One of my oft repeated sayings to the "doomsdayers" is: "There is more than one way to surround yourself with beautiful women. I chose the godly way."  But I digress from the purpose of this post.  These thoughtless "commenters" reveal a horrific cultural bias.  Our culture despises baby girls (and boys) when they get in the way of "MY-self-serving-rights."



Consider this article in "The Boston Globe," by Jeff Jacoby, entitled "100 Million ‘Missing’ Girls."  He describes how as many as a million baby girls are aborted in India each year due to "a fierce cultural preference for boys."

The "Blasted Avenues of Mogadishu"

 Peter Hitchens posted a good piece on societal decline at "Mail Online" (linked here). Having spent some time abroad in "Third World" countries I heartily agree with him.

In the Soviet suburbs of Hell and the blasted avenues of Mogadishu, I saw what our society could become. ...it convinced me that my own civilization was infinitely precious and utterly vulnerable, and that I was obliged to try to protect it.

When you have seen a place from which the whole apparatus of trust, civility and peace has been stripped, you are conscious as never before of the value of these things. And more curious than before about their origins, not in wealth or power but in the mind of Man and in the better angels of his nature.


As our government continues to "shape our souls" it is wise to consider the direction they are taking us.

"...Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good." Romans 12:9

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Regulated


I wake up in a regulated bed, on a regulated pillow.
To the tune of a regulated  radio station, on regulated airwaves.
I style my hair with regulated gel, Brush my teeth with regulated paste.
Put on regulated deodorant,  and a splash of regulated aftershave.


I don my regulated clothing, over regulated underwear.
I put on regulated foot-wear, over regulated socks.
I sport regulated eye-ware,  with regulated lenses.
I grab my regulated cell phone, swallow regulated meds.


I turn on regulated lights, in my regulated kitchen.
I brew some regulated coffee, eat some regulated cereal.
I sit in a regulated chair, reading a regulated newspaper.
I leave my regulated house,  climb in my regulated car.


I drive on regulated highways, powered by regulated fuel.
I drive at regulated speeds, and make regulated stops.
I drive through a regulated entrance, into a regulated parking lot.
Walk into a regulated park,  on a regulated trail.


And say, "It feels so good to be free!"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who gave this man the right to decide if a citizen lives or dies?

I recently read this article "Who gave this man the right to decide if a citizen lives or dies?" by Eamonn McCann, posted at www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

Here is a brief snippet:
"George Bush was denounced around the world for allowing his intelligence agencies to install wiretaps without warrants from the courts.  But Barack Obama authorizes the killing of citizens without any semblance of due process and there’s scarcely a whimper of protest." (Linked here)
It was disturbing to say the least. What are your thoughts?  I'm still processing...

h/t: http://twitter.com/Newfederalists

Monday, March 8, 2010

Better To

Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it.
E. Lutzer

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Are You Alive to Make Everyone Comfortable?

Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor shares her testimony at Queen's Hall, Parliament House, Victoria, Australia.

 She made a statement that really struck me: ""I didn't survive to make everyone comfortable." 


Part 1 of 2



Part 2 of 2


My question to you is this: are you alive to make everyone comfortable?

Posted at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TellTheTruthTV

Thursday, March 4, 2010

U.F.W.A. The "Unborn Future Workers of America" Union

Just a thought.  The Obama administration has been quite active in protecting Union's and their members.

A Union leader said that "The access and the responsiveness have just been phenomenal,"  "...the Obama administration is always willing to take advice from labor groups." (here)


Also "the Obama administration is threatening to rescind billions of dollars in federal stimulus money if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers..." (here)



If unborn children were Union Members, would President Obama protect them?

"Since Roe vs. Wade 1973 decision legalizing abortion America has lost 46 million Unborn Children, $35.2 trillion in Gross Domestic Product, and $13.8 trillion in Federal & State Tax Revenues." (here)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Simple, Constitutional, Health Care Solution

Much ado has been made over the recent Health Care Summit.  Democrats claim the Republicans are "The Party of No" (they are quite proud to finally shed this distinction post Bush years).  The White House claims that the obstructionism of the Republicans goes against the "Founders intent" (like they really care what the Founders intent was).  Pelosi claims that "...there is no federal funding of abortion in this bill" (liar, here and here).  Meanwhile the Republicans claim that the Democrats want to destroy our county via health care reform.  The audacity of the prattle and grandstanding was embarrassing to listen to.

Beyond "health-care-for-all" being a cushy campaign promise (which is broken by the way) the bottom line as stated by President Obama is this:
...the costs of Medicare and Medicaid are on an “unsustainable” trajectory and if there is no action taken to bring them down, “the federal government will go bankrupt... “Because if we don't do this, nobody argues with the fact that health care costs are going to consume the entire federal budget...” (linked here)
This is a fact that both parties agree upon.  If nothing is done then Medicare/Medicaid will eventually go bankrupt. In order to fix the problem (that the federal government created) both Democrats and Republicans claim that we need more regulation (ie; more federal control) the argument is simply what, and how much, to control.

I think both parties are on shaky ground.  If the Democrats really believed what they say they do (that everyone should have access to affordable health care) then they should push for a "robust public option" after which they should press for a similar global mandate in the UN (Hello, billions around the world do not have health care).  If Republicans really believed in limited government, then they should call for the abolition of Federal Medicare/Medicaid.

My simple (and Tenth Amendment friendly) proposition is this:

1. Congress would turn the control of Medicare/Medicaid  -- along with associated revenues received via FICA taxes -- over to the respective states.
2. Over a ten year period Congress would phase out the receipt, and payment, of all Medicare/Medicaid related FICA taxes.
3. If states wanted to maintain coverage of their citizens, they could ramp up their state taxes as the Federal Government taxes were phased out.

Nothing in the United States Constitution prohibits states from providing "socialized-medicine" to their citizens. If states want ramp up, or down, the health care coverage of their citizens they are free to do that on a local level.  This would allow everyone to get the type of local health-care coverage they want.  If people don't like the coverage in their state then they could move to a different state.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

* For additional information on this subject check out "Sorry, But The Problem With Medicare Is That It Is Un-Constitutional!" and "Health Care “Debate” A Total Scam, Phony War, As Demicans, Republicrats Ignore Most Important Questions"
** "Mandated Health Insurance Benefits and State Laws" at the "National Conference of State Legislatures" website.
*** This solution could also work for Social Security.

Summer's Almost Here

 Summer's almost here... I can see the deer moving around in the back yard.




Yep, won't be long.

*Sent to me via email.  It was too good not to post.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Time for Pajamas

It's time for pajamas, it's time for our bed
It's time for our pillows to cushion our head
It's time for the angels to come to our room
It's time for our Jesus to talk to us soon

This is a little bedtime poem that I made up for the girls a couple years ago.
My girls love bedtime routines. What are some things you do with your children?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pants-On-Fire Club V. 1.0


Republicans are "constitutional" "fiscal conservatives" who are against any "budget-breaking" health-care "take-over," while the Democrats are "for" the suppressed and dis-advantaged, right?
'The majority party was pushing the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society. The minority attempted byzantine legislative maneuvers to obstruct the vote. The majority never relented, even taking unprecedented action to ram the bill through Congress." (hat tip David Paul Kuhn, HERE)
You might be surprised who voted for, and against, one such Measure just seven years ago.

The Measure: H.R. 1  (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 )
Measure Title: An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary prescription drug benefit under the medicare program and to strengthen and improve the medicare program, and for other purposes.


Republican Yea's (current Senate members depicted in bold)

Alexander (R-TN) 
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R*-PA) *now a D
Stevens (R-AK)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)


Republican Nea's

Chafee (R-RI)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH) 
Hagel (R-NE)
Lott (R-MS)
McCain (R-AZ)
Sununu (R-NH)

See entire vote summary HERE.

It should be noted that the Democrats voted 35:11 against this measure (I thought they were for increased health-care coverage?).

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Spiritual Warfare" by Pastor Mark Driscoll

 I recently listened to this teaching series by Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church.  I highly recommend that anyone who is involved in ministry listen to it.  He applies a Bible based perspective to the topic of the Supernatural and the Demonic.

You can get more information at his website: www.marshillchurch.org

Spiritual Warfare
Part 1: Introduction to Spiritual Warfare




Spiritual Warfare
Part 2: The Devil




Spiritual Warfare
Part 3: Christus Victor





Spiritual Warfare
Part 4: Q&A


Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Loved

I am so loved, this how I know
By One who has made me, in flesh to grow
It's to this Love, that I must cling
While every day, my moods do swing

It's in His arms, that I can rest
He bids me come, and be His guest
I'm dressed in rags, so dirty and foul
On my haggard face, I wear a scowl
How could He love me? I fathom not
I'm wretched and poor, I fall a lot

But He holds me gently, in His hand
And shows me visions, oh so grand
He washes me clean, says that I am Loved
By The One who made, the heavens above
I lean in toward Him, and state uncertainly
Do You know the enormity, of my deformity?

I've slain my brothers, in words and deeds
I've walked in darkness, I'm so unclean
I love what's evil, and shun what's good
I find it impossible, to do what I should
I lower my eyes, hang my head in shame
How could this God, even speak my name?

He leans in gently, with a tear in His eye
It is I who formed you, don't you want to know why?
I cast you in weakness, in brokenness yes
I made you unable, to plot goodness in your flesh
I did this not, to leave you in decay
But through your weakness, My goodness to display
I love you my child, and I will make you shine
My glory will flow through you, though the end of time

You are The Loved, who causes angels to wonder
In awe of the glory, that I pour out with thunder
It's over you that I sing, its with you I talk
It's through you I touch, and with you I walk
My heart beats for you, and for you it stopped
My mouth pleads for you, around the clock
You are The Loved, walk away from the shame
You are The Loved, because I call your name

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Presidential Oath of Office *addendum

 In years past (and present) it has become increasingly obvious that the restraints -- as set forth in the "United States Constitution" -- have caused unnecessary hardship for our Presidents, causing them to break the "Presidential Oath of Office" within hours of taking said office.  I hereby proposed the following addendum to alleviate any superfluous moral/ethical repercussions  that might be caused by breaking said oath.

 
Oath:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.*"
Proposed Addendum: 
*Unless it pertains to: Contracts/Bankruptcy, Education, Environment, War, Tor-ture, or whatever else that may be deemed necessary (or not) as determined by me, my vice president, congress, my secretary of state, or...well anyone (because I won).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life



John Piper calls every young adult to make a radical decision now to pursue Christ as his/her greatest treasure as opposed to pursuing earthly comfort at the end of his/her life. There is too much ...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pro-Abortion is About Women's Rights, Right?

Most of the the pro-infanticide/abortion advocates proclaim that they are staunch advocates of womens rights.  They say that every woman deserves to make "the choice" for themselves; that no one else should try to tell someone else what to do with "their" body.   If that is true why did they vote to effectively kill this bill in the VA Senate Courts of Justice Committee?
SB 504 Abortion; any person who forces or coerces pregnant female to have is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor.
Forced or coerced abortion prohibited; penalty.  Provides that any person who forces or coerces a pregnant female of any age to have an abortion against her will is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, if such a violation is committed by the father or putative father of the unborn child when the pregnant female is less than 18 years of age and the father or putative father is 18 years of age or older, the father or putative father is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
 
D: For the purposes of the section, the term "forces or coerces" means any act or attempted act including a threat of physical, emotional, or psychological harm intended to compel a pregnant female to have an abortion performed in otherwise lawful circumstances but performed against her will.
  I read the bill (posted here) and I didn't any "hidden" agenda.  All I saw was more protection for vulnerable pregnant women.  My state Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) called them on their little game (see video below) but they sent it to committee to die anyway.  "Womens Rights" hypocrisy revealed.

Thanks to The Family Foundation for covering this.


These are the Senators who voted to kill it (all pro-abortion Dems).
Henry L. Marsh, III (D) (804) 698-7516
Richard L. Saslaw (D) (804) 698-7535
Janet D. Howell (D) (804) 698-7532
L. Louise Lucas (D) (804) 698-7518
R. Edward Houck (D) (804) 698-7517
Toddy Puller (D) (804) 698-7536
R. Creigh Deeds (D) (804) 698-7525
A. Donald McEachin (D) (804) 698-7509   
Chap Petersen (D) (804) 698-7534

STATE SENATE CONTACT LIST



Thursday, February 4, 2010

Silence is Golden

Words quickly spoken can quickly bring regret.

Show me a man who cannot be silent and I will show you a man who speaks nothing; at best.

Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
Proverbs 18:6-7
 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Proverbs 18:13

 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10:19
 
God help me to be a man of measured words.  How quickly I forget and use my tongue to bring death instead of life. Change my heart to be more like Yours.  Enable me to bring glory to Your name.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Haitian Orphan Rescue


This video made me weep.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

Friday, January 22, 2010

False Teeth


As advertised in National Geographic, Sep, 1941.

Are you sporting a shiny white pair of false teeth?  Before you tune me out I should mention that I not speaking literally but spiritually.  Consider this verse:
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)
In times of crisis it is crucial that you have a correct understanding of "the first principles of the oracles of God, " or who God is, what He does, and what He doesn't do.  If your view of the heavenly Father is skewed or incorrect you will find yourself struggling to explain the character of The Father to those around you who desperately need answers.  Crisis/hard situations requires real teeth to "chew through" and understand.  If you have not been "exercising your spiritual senses/teeth" you will find yourself turning to someone else to chew it for you (GROSS!) or perhaps buying spiritual false teeth (have fun with that).

Consider the recent tragedy in Haiti.  The responses by Christians to the earthquake has been all across the board.  It is really making me examine my theology.  Here are few of the camps:

1.  The Haitians are grievously sinful people and earthquake is judgment by God for their sin.

2.  God is love and would not cause harm. The Haitian nation is in spiritual bondage and demonic forces caused the earthquake.

3.  God is sovereign and in control.  He caused the earthquake not out of judgment, but with a "infinitely wise and good purpose." 

This is not an all inclusive list by any means and I'm sure there are other biblical views to consider as well. The point of me writing this is to make you (and me) THINK about it.  What exactly is it that you believe and why?  It's time to move beyond the milk, false teeth, and regurgitated food ("first principles") into the fullness of the deep principles of God.


Don't leave behind your principles or one day your principles will leave you behind.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nothing New Under The Sun

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
A little background history on this post: Several years ago I saw the last image in this set and I distinctly remember being rather surprised by it.  A few months ago I saw the next-to-last image in this set and immediately I remembered the first one.  The irony of the parallels here were too humorous for me to ignore.


This is the faked "Kenyan birth certificate" for President Barack H. Obama as promoted by Orly Taitz (see you in court Berg). 




This is part of the faked memo that formed the basis of now infamous CBS 60 Minutes report (see you in court Rather) that raised questions about President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service.






Here are Kenyan's wearing the face of President Barack Hussein Obama (image via Reuters)...

 


...and yes, here are Kenyan's clothed in the smiling mug of President George W. Bush (image via AP).



Other comparisons include but are not limited to: cranking up the war machine, bailing out the Wall Street crooks, increasing the federal government's control of education, promotion of the Patriot Act, etc.  There truly is very little "new under the sun."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Differences

Clyde N. Wilson recently published a brilliant article entitled "Differences."  "How much better off the American people would be if they could learn the difference between..."
investors and speculators

the Constitution ratified by the people of the States and the one promulgated by federal judges

a “conservative” and a conservative

public life informed by Christianity and politicized churchmen
etc...

Check it out here.  What are some things that you think Americans should know the difference between?

*WARNING the actual understanding of said differences as listed in the article may make standard "news" fare unpalatable.

Friday, January 8, 2010

What Would You Pay For Freedom?

Individual rights and liberty have been devalued in American society because most Americans have never personally experienced any real lack of them.  They foolishly assume that rights and liberty are easy to come by.  They have been willingly trading their liberty for illusions of security ( USA PATRIOT Act courtesy W. Bush,  Special Administrative Measures courtesy W. Clinton, etc) provided by a government that shows less and less regard for our Constitutional Republic.

What if you (an American citizen) were held in solitary confinement -- in America -- for over three years without ever seeing the evidence against you?  What if your access to attorneys, family and other prisoners was prevented or severely curtailed?  What if you were required to clean yourself and use toilet facilities on camera?  What if during that period you were only let out of solitary for one hour every 24 hours to exercise in a cage?  If all these things were being done to you what would you be willing to "pay" for freedom?


As you probably already guessed, this is happening --in America -- right now.  This is not the "...liberty and justice for all"  that we say we believe in.  According to Paul Craig Roberts,

Syed Fahad Hashmi is a U.S. citizen, but his government has violated every right guaranteed to him by the Constitution. The U.S. government, in violation of U.S. law, is also subjecting Hashmi to psychological torture known as extreme sensory deprivation. The bogus “evidence” against him is classified and denied to him. Like Joseph K. in Kafka’s The Trial, Hashmi is under arrest on secret evidence. As the case against him is unknown or nonexistent, defense is impossible.
I have at least a basic understanding of the threat of Radical Muslims and their stated purpose to destroy our country.  I have been to Africa.  I have seen the hatred for America ("The Great Satan") and the western world.  But while I believe that there is a physical and spiritual war of civilizations going on right now, I am compelled to stand for liberty and the oppressed. Thomas Paine rightly stated, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

John Adams defended his enemies and wrote in his diary: "The part I took in defense of captain Preston and the soldiers, procured me anxiety, and obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions of my whole life, and one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country. Judgment of death against those soldiers would have been as foul a stain upon this country as the executions of the Quakers or witches, anciently.”

May our generation stand up and be as "gallant, generous, manly and disinterested" as Adams was.  For if we do not stand for the principles of liberty and individual rights today, the generation following us may only dream of what we hold in our grasp.

Stand for liberty today. It's much cheaper than trying to buy it tomorrow.