Where do people get the idea that Jesus is a socialist?
Stephanie insisted I call her this morning so she could relate a story. Apparently, last night her group went out on the town to eat. When they got back, they heard there was a dog loose on the property, or so they thought. It turns out it was a white lioness. It was wandering the camp grounds while people were milling about. She said they could have been eaten.
It's the kind of story you don't want to hear from your daughter when she's across the globe in Africa and you can't be there to protect her.
So, thanks for that, Steph. Come home, now.
Anyway, she sent me a couple of videos! (She sent the small 3GP-format versions, which I then had to convert to AVI for upload, so they're kinda grainy. I requested better quality vids for next time.)
For as long as music has existed, Godly men have had their opinions about it. Today, I hear opinions that music with a drum or a quick beat is from the bowels of hell. But that's all that is: an opinion. Malformed at that, for I can find no scriptural evidence that music should not have a drum track or a guitar or a bass or a rhythm or a beat.
I've never been a music snob (although I've riled against country and rap in my youth, which ended yesterday). Music snobs seem to think that their preference for music should be shared by all. I guess one understands with age (I have lots of age at this point) that everybody has different tastes, and opinions are not fact. Some people like Britney Spears, some like Barry Manilow, and some like Nine Inch Nails. Some listen to classical or opera and others listen to country and pop. Some like all of those, and some like none of them.
Then I hear it said that "Christian" rock music (their quotes) is an attempt by the armies of the underworld to lure its target audience away from God and into harder, more evil music. If that's the case, Satan is failing in that mission. (More...)
Stephanie needed some clothing items for her upcoming trip to Africa (starting November 6th!), so we headed out to REI, Ross, and Macy's. It was an interesting (and very expensive!) journey. Here are some highlights:
Look at this Santa clause. He's holding a tree. Santa must be very large and, if so, I wonder even more how he gets his fat butt down chimneys.
If I ever hang a stocking for Christmas again, I want it to be one of these:
Who's watching the watchers? Well, here I am watching the watcher who is watching the watchers:
(Yes, I need a haircut. Wow!)
This was an interesting t-shirt design. The skull didn't provide enough death imagery, so they had to throw in a tiger face (super-imposed on the skull) and an angry wolf:
Oh, and the swords! Don't forget the swords. I thought that was pretty funny. You mad, bro?!
I'm going to add this book to my to-be-read list:
Has anybody read it? If so, what did you think? I'd like to hear from the skeptics out there... :)
Do people really still believe evolution is a good theory? How many times does its predictions have to fail or its assumptions be falsified before we move on? Good God, if there was this much going against the validity of the Bible as an ancient document produced by the direction of God, I'd have to stop believing! :)
Cell biology needs evolution like a king needs a jester. The jester may not win wars or feed the peasants, but provides some comic relief, standing there juggling balls and telling jokes about where the leopard got its spots. Bring it on, Chuck: tell us how an unguided, purposeless process arranged twelve precisely-arranged intermembrane helices of amino acids into a cup shape, provided a precise pocket for a sodium ion, figured out how to invert the cup to the inside just long enough to recognize and bind a toxic molecule, and then flip over and shuttle it out, and do this 25 times a second. Did this all happen in a single chance miracle or a string of chance miracles? Tell us also how all the other tens of thousands of molecular machines essential for life “emerged,” like the topoisomerases that fold DNA into compact shapes and separate the chromosomes, the winches that pull chromosomes apart, the molecular highways that transport the good cargo all throughout the cell, the DNA repair molecules, and much, much more.
If 70% of Arizona citizens favor the new laws regarding illegal immigration, and President Obama thinks the law is misguided and irresponsible, it sounds like somebody needs to tell Obama to shut up.
I'm wondering these days if madness is an ocean to be waded into, or if it's a chasm into which we leap. Do I dip my toe into the waters for testing, or is it all or nothing? Whether it's an ocean or a chasm, is there any turning back?
What if all your telecommunications could be done for $14.95 per month? That's unlimited calling from any phone you have, or from your PC.
The company is Toktumi, and they provide unlimited calling and cheap international calls via Virtual PBX technology.
Did I mention no contracts, no hidden fees, and no equipment required? One low monthly price ($14.95) gets you everything.
They are offering a 30-day free trial, so click now and take it for a test drive. That's what I'm doing. Much to the chagrin of my cellphone company, I'm sure. :)
P.S. This service is great for small businesses. They have advanced call-handling features that are great for small businesses, all for the same $14.95 per month.
Thank God for year-end vacation time. Or thank the boss. Whatever! I'm just thankful.
It's the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. Did this year just race by anybody else? This was the quickest year on record!
What's to come in your 2010?
I would love to gradually leave the Internet. Not because it isn't fun or pleasurable, but because it is insignificant. It is inefficient. There's a job to do and, while it (the Internet) makes that job, at times, easier, it mostly just distracts. Can I do without? (More...)
A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical leaders is calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority — and even engage in civil disobedience — if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage, and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs.
There will be something that unites Catholic and Protestant faiths, and it will undoubtedly be the perceived immoralities of the secular population. On top of that, these perceived immoralities will be blamed for the significant problems we are facing today as a country.
The government faces a payment shock similar to those that sent legions of overstretched homeowners into default on their mortgages.
The potential for rapidly escalating interest payouts is just one of the wrenching challenges facing the United States after decades of living beyond its means.
So the U.S. is in a position to default on their debt. What happens when billions, even trillions, of dollars don't get paid back to countries around the world from whom we've borrowed to fund our idiotic economic recovery programs, unnecessary global military conflicts, unsustainable entitlement programs, and other wasteful programs such as the war on drugs?
Steph turned 17 today. She's not only 17, she's also pretty awesome!
Happy birthday Steph.
The Oath Keepers pledge to do their best to keep the US of A from becoming a dictatorship. Are their services needed?
What's interesting is how everybody who disagrees with Obama is "racist" or "a terrorist." Why is that? How clever it was for the elite to install a black man in the White House and then deflect criticism with accusations of "racism" or "disharmony." They think they can get away with anything, don't they?