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?