Saturday, October 4, 2008

Good Word for the day

But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."

And seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, "I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"

And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued both of them and ovepowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified (Acts 19:13-17, NASB).

Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the LORD with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly (1 Chr 29:9, NASB).

Well said, well said!

BIGGUN6969 has a post up entitled "Cell phone vs. Bible.

I am shamelessly appropriating it for this blog; but you need to go see him anyway.

Cell phone vs. Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several time a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities.


posted by Biggun6969 at Thursday, October 02, 2008 0 Comments

No mas! no mas!

Ah, surprise, surprise, S.U.R.P.R.I.S.E.!

When we look at the results of the voting on the "bailout" package, is it not interesting to find that the two democrat senators from South Dakota both voted against the bill; yet the lone republicrat voted for it?

Actually, it did not come as a surprise.

You see, both of them are up for reelection this year.

Add to that, the fact that con-gress critter Johnson is recovering from a major stroke, or a brain aneurysm, that could be bringing his perceived worth to the state down a little.

I had to laugh at his current radio ad..."There are show horses and there are work horses. Senator Tim Johnson is a work horse."

He is, and always has been a bleeding spend and tax liberal. Whatever legislation he has been involved in getting passed has been to enhance his resume to keep him in the throne room of washington dc.

I was also amazed to read in the latest VFW magazine that the VFW supports Tim Johnson and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin for con-gress.

Well, it has taken me some time to get to know the VFW; I have been a life member since 1974.
I find the VFW is not much different than AARP (the old teachers union); both are interested in con-gress spending more and more money.

They are also interested in con-gress passing laws that give gummint more control over the citizenry.

But, back to the vote on the bailout...con-gress critter John Thune voted for the bailout, cuz, he is a representative of the class of liberal leaning conservatives that have come to power.

He is bought, and owned, by the ethanol crowd, and the corn farmers.

He has learned his lesson well, in his short time in DC. He went there to make a difference, and he is now different.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs, when elected "public officials" are more concerned in how much money they can squeeze out of the average citizen, so they can fill their own pockets.

How many con-gress critters have gone to DC, with not a lot of assets, or wealth, and are now millionaires, or multi-millionaires?

Where do they get all that wealth?

Yeah, from us, the genteel, public who want nothing more than to attain the American dream, raise a family, be the best they can be, and be left alone.

What a difference it would make, if every con-gress critter had to give up their ludicrous salary, their mega worth retirement fund, and their exalted position in society.

Why in the name of sanity, are we paying these megalomaniacs six figure salaries anyway?

They only write more, and more laws, many of which are already on the books. When has one con-gress critter done anything to remove any laws?

Uh, speaking of laws, they also have a propensity for writing laws, that impinge on older laws, in order to make sure they will get more votes by helping certain sections of society.

Guess why con-gress critters want a law that says felons who have paid for their crime should be allowed to vote?

Guess why con-gress critters want illegal alien amnesty, and legal rights for terrorists and criminals that are in this country illegally?

Then they look for ways to transfer wealth from those who work, to those who will not work: because, that gets them votes, which helps them stay in office.

As one of the comic critters used to say, "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"

Yeah, we feel good knowing our con-gress critter is bringing more money back to South Dakota than is paid in taxes. Yeah, we are really getting over on somebody.

B Hussein O has promised us change in our gummint, and our country if he is elected president. What kind of change does he have in mind?

Seems to me, he wants higher taxes, more money paid to the UN, no more limited immigration, no more only English spoken, no more desire for immigrants to adapt to us, no more individual property ownership.

He is a Marxist socialist clear through to his bone marrow. He wants this country to be totally run by the gummint. And sadly, too many of us agree with him, and think it would be a great idea if there was no longer any personal, private, property.

Too bad, that so many of us who want that kind of country, have never been to a country that is run that way.

When you see the poverty of the people who depend on the gummint, and you see the wealth of the "elite" in the sacred halls of gummint; you quickly get an abhorrence of that life.

Well, I guess this has been a lengthy diatribe...not sure where it all came from, other than I am really tired, yes, even retired about the way this country seems to be headed.

When are we gonna jerk our heads out of the sand, and read the writing on the wall?

When it is too late; it is too late...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Breda has posted a new meme...
"If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged! Post a photo of yourself as a baby or a small child.
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Hubba, hubba, hubba

Ah, the sweet Pamela at Atlas Shrugs has a really cute post up explaining why she is voting Dem...methinks, quite TIC.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mental fat I'm chewen

I have mentioned before that I grew up in an abusive home.

I have also mentioned that I was one of the "weenies" in school who seemed to attract all the bullies.

My senior year in high school brought the military recruiters in, and I was impressed with the Marine dress blues.

Having watched many episodes of "Victory at Sea" during early 50s, I was familiar with the services and their involvement in the battles of world war two.

I have also mentioned that the high school phys ed teacher, was a Marine who participated in the Korean conflict; and he was an enormous role model for me.

The Marine dress blues, and Mr Appuglise were prolly enuff to point me in the direction of joining the Marine Corps, but because of my abusive home life, and my being a "weenie" that got beat up all the time, I also had an ulterior motive of joining the Marine Corps that I might be able to kill people.

Unlike the kids that shot up the schools because of the abuse they received, I was so afraid of my dad, that I think I believed that if I did any thing like that, and killed myself, he would kill me again.

Anyway, the Marine Corps was really good for me. I learned pretty quickly, and I was already in pretty good shape.

The Marine Corps taught me respect, and loyalty, and yeah, it taught me how to kill people, with guns, knives and bare hands.

But along with that knowledge and skill came the understanding that I was responsible to use it appropriately.

I joined the Marine Corps shortly after receiving my high school diploma. I was seventeen, five foot nine, and 135 pounds of rompin stompin "chicken shit".

When I left boot camp, I was eighteen, five foot eleven and weighed 180 pounds.

Suffice it to say, my dad no longer threatened me, and I had no concern over the bullies I had known in school.

I guess, in a way, I was like the 500 pound canary that walks down dark alleys, at night, hollering, "Here kitty, kitty, kitty!"

I never looked for trouble, but I also no longer feared it.

I spent sixteen years in the Marine Corps, attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, spent one tour in Vietnam, but never got to kill anyone.

I have since learned that God knows where we are going, and what is important for us.

There but by the grace of God went I, and by the grace of God, I came back.

I don't understand it all; but I truly believe there is coming day when we will know, and understand.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lengthy diatribe, but somewhat cathartic

For many years, my email inbox seemed to be filled with a lot of junk.

Since I have been with Hotmail, and Google, I have not been aware of receiving very much spam.

Well, tonight, I am going through my inbox, and attempting to purge a lot of the stuff I don't think I need anymore.

I am seriously having a difficult time with some of the emails...

"My Heart on the Line By Frank Schaeffer The Washington Post

Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq , it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.

In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education- worshiping North Shore of Boston. I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.

It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University . John's enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, "So where is John going to college?" from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.

"But aren't the Marines terribly Southern?" asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. "What a waste, he was such a good student," said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should "carefully evaluate what went wrong."

When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3,000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.

We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab and African American and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles' names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John's private school a half-year before.

After graduation one new Marine told John, "Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would've probably killed you just because you were standing there." This was a serious statement from one of John's good friends, an African American ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, "would die for me now, just like I'd die for him."

My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.

Why were I and the other parents at my son's private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?

Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm's way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?

I feel shame because it took my son's joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future "greatest generation." As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. He is my heart."

Interesting article, if it is true, what does it say about the "elite" of this country who are proud of their snobbery toward our military?

Back in the 60s, I hated hearing that the country's best and brightest were not going to Vietnam because they were enrolled in college.

And today, these "best and brightest" make up a large percentage of what is sitting in the halls of academia and gummint.

My former sister-in-law sent me:

"Veterans Vs Civilian Friends

When a good Veteran leaves the “job” and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder.

We wonder if he knows what they are leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the Military life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore, and always will look at the rest of the Military world with a respect for what they do. . . only grown in a lifetime of knowing.

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the “job” and merely being allowed to leave “active” duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,” and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

Civilian Friends VS. Veteran Friends

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you’re too busy to talk to them for a week.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have cried with you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it’s yours.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that’s what the crowd is doing.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will kick the crowds’ ass that left you behind.

(Most) CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you’ve had enough.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the place and say, “You better drink the rest of that before you spill it!!” Then carry you home safely and put you to bed.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will talk crap to the person who talks crap about you.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will knock them the hell out OF THEM..... for using your name in vain.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.

VETERAN FRIENDS: Will forward this.

A veteran - Whether Active Duty, Retired, or National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.” It is an honor to be a Veteran!"

I was a Marine on active duty when we met: she became a very close friend, and was very instrumental in bringing me to Jesus Christ, and getting me sober.

Perhaps I am getting old and senile...I spent about half of my life on active duty in the armed forces of this great country, because I believe in this country.

I believe in what she stood for when she was founded; I believe in individual freedom; I believe in individual's owning private property; I believe the majority of the people in this country still hold to the ideals that formed this country.

I also believe that there are people who disdain individual freedom, and wish to lord it over everybody else.

I have spent time in many countries of this world...Philippines, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Australia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama, Guam, Singapore, Guyana, and though there was much beauty there, they still were not the country I volunteered my life to protect.

How truly sad, that we are willing to allow ourselves to be cast aside for the betterment of a class of elites.

Our ancestors left Europe (My dad's mother's parents were from Sweden. My dad's predecessor from England. My mother's dad, often told me he was French German extraction) to get away from gummint overeaching into individual's lives, from oppressive taxation, from Marxist-Lenninist governing.

And now, three, four or more generations later, we are in the throes of returning this great country to the mess they all escaped from.

I would demand Scotty beam me up, but I know it ain't gonna do no good!

A good part of what has brought us to this point in history has been the misfits that inhabit the halls of con-gress; and now all the candidates for the office of the President are members of that despicable gaggle of misfits.