Saturday, October 25, 2008

Polls, damn polls

This morning's fare on the front page of online Argus Leader definitely shows the bias of the left leaning mindset, with a poll that asks the question:

"Do you think a new president can turn the economy around?"

As per usual, the question is posed incorrectly... the question should be asked:

"Do you think a new president can have an affect on the economy?"

Think about it...

Ronald Reagan showed us how the economy could rebound by reducing taxes. Unfortunately, con-gress increased social spending to outstrip any benefit gained by the tax reduction, and today, President Reagan is reviled as having grown the deficit.

Jimmy Carter showed us how a president could affect the economy. If you lived through his presidency, you will remember well.

B Hussein O has promised to raise taxes, PERIOD!

He is on record as saying he would like gasoline to cost $5.00 a gallon at the pump.

He has put us on notice that he is inclined to redistribute wealth, so the non-producers have as much as the producers.

How long will it be, when O Hussein becomes president before those of us who do, decide not to do anymore?

Well, I guess the president has some impact on the economy, but the nasty little secret that no one wants to discuss is how much con-gress critters affect the economy.

In ten days we will learn how our future will be playing out.

Will we continue to be a country where everyone has the possibility of being the best they can be, and bettering themselves and their environment; or will we become another good idea that has become another layer on the ash heap of history?

Moment of reflection

Every now and then, I receive an excellent blessing through my morning Bible reading and devotions.

This morning is one of those days, and I would like to take the liberty of sharing what caught my attention today from Mrs. Chas E. Cowman's "Streams In The Desert, Vol 2", Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1966.

October 25

We believe and know that Jesus is the Christ. (John 6:68.)

Dr. W. B. HINSON speaks from one of his memorable sermons regarding the fact of Jesus in history.

"I seem to stand on the top of a hill up which I have been climbing all my life; and I seem to be about to tell you that which I have been all my life learning. He is a fact and not a fiction on the pages of history.

"Tacitus, a Roman historian in the first century, spoke of Jesus in this fashion: 'There appeared one Jesus.' He incidentally alluded to the Christ. But nineteen centuries have emphasized the adjective there, and they have spoken of one Jesus.

"In the second century, Lucius, a Greek satirist, gave his brief mention of Jesus when he satirically said - 'Jesus the Great.' But those same nineteen centuries have underscored again and again the adjective in that phrase, and they call Jesus the Great.

"And in century one, four men - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - wrote the story of Jesus, an altogether wonderful story. they tell of His birth, babyhood, boyhood, young manhood. They tell how He talked, indeed how He looked. They tell how He acted, walked, and gestured, sat down, stood up. They tell all about Him. It is the most intimate story of a life. They tell how He died, how He was buried and where, how He rose again, how He ascended to heaven. And the wonderful record of that life that occupies only one-fourth of my New Testament has done more in the world than all the other books that were ever written.

"The historian Lecky, certainly an unprejudiced man, has told how there has more good come from this story than from all the words ever spoken by all the others who ever talked. Those gospels are history.

"John Stuart Mill, of England, said, It is no use denying the historical Christ.' Not it is little use; but it is no use denying it. and the greatest of all French skeptics said, 'It would take a Jesus to forge a Jesus.'

The Apostle Paul has written some history about Jesus. We call them his Epistles. And he stands at the head of an army so large I cannot stop even to mention the names of its officer, who eulogize the Christ. For if you go to Shakespeare, who they say is the greatest uninspired man who ever lived, Shakespeare talks about 'the acres over which walked the blessed feet of Him who for our advantage was nailed to the bitter cross.'

"And if you listen to Gladstone he tells you how in the New Testament the soft note swells to a mighty paen affirming that Jesus is God's Son and the world's Saviour.

"And if you listen to the great German you will find him saying, 'Christ is the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy.'

"But most of all I think I love to remember Charles Lamb, the gentle and much afflicted soul. He said, 'Yes, if Shakespeare came in, we should all stand up, but if Jesus Christ came in we should all kneel.'

"Ah, yes, He is a fact. It does not matter what some little professor in some little school says to the contrary. He is a fact and not a fiction, on the pages of history!" (Adapted from "The Christ We Forget," by W. B. Hinson.)

Recently read

Last night I read Vince Flynn's latest book, "Extreme Measures".


I am a fan of Vince's but this tome has to be one of his very best.

It isn't nice, or right, to tell the story here, but I can guarantole you, if you read it, you gonna be enthused.

My favorite author in this genre is still Tom Clancy, tho I don't know if he has gone into retirement or not.

In "Extreme Measures" Vince Flynn takes an enormous step toward unseating Tom Clancy as my favorite author.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sometimes my mind does wander...

It would appear that summer is most likely over...

The past couple of days have been rain and 30 - 40 degree temperatures.

Latest word from the radio weather guessers is prolly some snow tonite or tomorrow, tho tomorrow's temp is sposed to be in the 40 - 50 range.

My thought was, hurray, the humiditty is gone, but then I realized, that rain is 100% humiditty...

Okay, so, there is a difference...specially when you realize that 89% humiditty and 95 degree temps spells humongous creature uncomfortableness, yeah, speaken for myself, here.

And so, life goes on, one season continues to follow another, and day continues to follow night, day after day, week after week, month after month, ad infinitum...

How interesting to wake up and realize, that next month I will be 63, and my baby, in another week will be 23...the old adage of failing to see the forest for the trees, seems to say something to me here.

Ah, well, just a little mind wandering to take a break from the cacophonous electioneering that has been banging on our sensibilities for the past eight, twelve years. Yeah, familiarity does breed contempt.

But, you know what?

Winter is again following autumn, and soon the spring rains and new life will begin sprouting, and we will again realize that our days are in God's hands.

It is the Almighty, who has created this world, created us, and all the creatures we are familiar with, and it is this same Creator God, that sustains this old creation day after day, week after week, month after month, ad infinitum.

I am reminded of the song that says:

There is peace in the midst of my storm tossed life;
There's an anchor, there's a rock to cast my faith upon...
Jesus rides in my vessel, so I'll feel no alarm,
He gives me peace in the midst of my storm.

Thank You Jesus, for the new life, and the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ranting n raving again

This morning's Argus online poll asks: "Do you support a second stimulus package?"

Here we go again...supposedly conservative South Dakota responds with (at 5:15 am) 62% yes; 38% no.

I really would like to find out just where these people think this money is coming from...


Even better yet, here is my idea of a "stimulus package".

Reduce taxes, immediately, by 35 to 50 percent. Let us have the money in our pocket, and that will stimulate the economy in more ways than one.

Reduce con-gressional pay by two-thirds, immediately. Why does a con-gress critter need that kind of money anyway?

Repeal con-gress' non-participatory retirement program. The founding Fathers never anticipated having career poli-tic-ians in the government.

Unfederalize department of education. This is supposed to be a state thing anyway.

Suspend all federal gummint social spending. Let the lobbyists depend on encouraging the people to support their programs and ideas, not the con-gress critters who have no qualms about giving away other people's money.

Do away with the National Endowment for the Arts as a budget line item. Let the people who wish to further the arts in this country support it.

Privatize NPR and PBS, allow them to be user supported like the rest of the air waves.

Privatize social security, take it completely out of the hands of gummint bureaucrats.

And, you know what would really be a stimulus?

Make the inheritance tax retroactive to when the federal gummint started. Yes, let's go and get our pound of flesh from the fat cats, whose families amassed their fortune before the socialist/communist taxation began.

And then, let's just let the American people do what they do best...take care of themselves, and those around them.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

An American Carol

Went to the theater last nite and watched "An American Carol".

What a HOOT!

Yeah, I laughed a lot...

but you know, I had a little trouble seeing the screen at one point, seems there was some fog, or moisture came up, and obscured the screen at one point.

Yeah, coulda ben my military mind reflecting on something personal.

Fun movie, think I am gonna have to go see it again.


I am Joe

No matter how we look at it...we are either JOE, or we are dingbat dimmocrats or RINOS who have lost sight of what is important in and to this country.

May Almighty God have mercy on our souls, as we allow this great nation to dissolve into nothingness like so many other great nations before it.

We have met the enemy, and he is us!

S.T.A.N.D. U.P. for the U. S. of A.!