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.”