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"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Saturday, November 29, 2003
THIS is what the blogosphere is all about! Unfiltered, firsthand, up close and personal, here is an Iraqi blogger telling the world what he thinks and feels about what is happening in Iraq. No media template, no media agenda, no one else to interpret his motives and tell us what to believe about the Iraqis.Comments
He talks about other Iraqis, their attitudes, his thoughts on the coalition, our soldiers, Saddam, etc. Well worth a read!
IRAQ THE MODEL
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Friday, November 28, 2003
If you think the movement to reform drug laws is merely about hippies getting their pot, you need to take a look at this story:A story for Thanksgiving (Isidro and Teresa Aviles)Comments
The abuses and corruption in law enforcement related to the drug war have gone far beyond most average people's awareness. And most people who come across snippets of info like this, simply shut out of their consciousness any thought other than, "druggies are just getting what they deserve!"
It's time to wake up.
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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Beast Technology Is Ready to InstallComments
Excite News: "NEW YORK (AP) - For the forgetful bionic man or woman in your life, here's a credit card they can't possibly leave home without: a microchip the size of a grain of rice implanted in the arm...
Now the chip's creator, Applied Digital Solutions Inc. (ADSX) of Palm Beach, Fla., is pitching it as a digital wallet that could automatically make purchases in stores...
But how does one install such a chip in a human? Easy, says Applied Digital:
'The standard location of the microchip is in the triceps area between the elbow and the shoulder of the right arm. The brief outpatient 'chipping' procedure lasts just a few minutes and involves only local anesthetic followed by quick, painless insertion of the VeriChip. Once inserted just under the skin, the VeriChip is inconspicuous to the naked eye. A small amount of radio frequency energy passes from the scanner energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the verification number.'"
For those who are watchful for the times and seasons, this will be setting off loud alarm bells. Basically the technology is now available to fulfill Revelations 13:16. This is the mark of the beast, which all will be compelled to receive when the beast comes to power. Does anyone really think this is too far-fetched, considering the current problems with identity theft, fraud, terrorist threats, the drug war, etc. etc.? How convenient, how perfectly sensible, logical and practical, that everyone should be able to be able to provide positive proof of their ID via this implant. Why, it would be "un-Patriotic" to suggest otherwise, wouldn't it?
How terrifying for Christians and Libertarians. Essentially you'd be selling yourself to the machine for a false promise of security.
Bible Gateway : REV 13:11-18: "Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed...
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666. "
Rev 14:9 "A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury,"
God help us in that day!
Rev 13:9 - "He who has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
new_opus_comic.jpg (JPEG Image, 1000x702 pixels)Comments
Now if we could just get a return performance by Milo, Binkley and Steve Dallas, we'd be getting somewhere. I mean, Simon and Garfunkel got back together, why not the meadow crowd?
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Via Mr Green from eyeontheleft.com, comes this funny pic:Comments
Civil Defense the Rumsfeld Way
Caution sensitive eyes: do not click!
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Many moons ago my dad came up with alternate words for this traditional thanksgiving song. I don't even know the real words to this song (thanks dad)... Those I can't remember from his version I added myself.
To the tune of "We Gather Together":
We gather together to eat a big turkey
With dressing and taters and gravy and yams!
We'll eat Grandma's pies, then we'll watch a little football.
Then take a nap and wake up and eat leftovers!
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Monday, November 24, 2003
I swear I have never read anyone funnier on the Internet--tears rolling down my cheeks!Comments
Primal Purge: Reaping what you sew I went into a knitting forum and found this whole different underground world of housewives flaming each other. On a knitting board! This Internet is better than teevee, I tell you.
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Big thanks to Vox Day for the link! My traffic is way up over the last couple of days. :)
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Sunday, November 23, 2003
Saint Nicholas ::: Feast of St. NicholasComments
I am really big on Christmas, especially so since moving to Arizona. At first it was difficult getting into the Christmas spirit with no snow. But then I realized that the Christmas spirit could be evoked with a small amount of effort, and ever since then, "Santa Claus" has staged a dramatic entry into my awareness every year as the season approaches.
Right now I am listening to one of Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas albums. "Already?!", you may ask. Traditionally Thanksgiving Day (or the day after) marks the beginning of the season, but for the last few years, the Spirit of Christmas has paid me an early visit sometime in the second or third week of November. To avoid offending sensibilities, I put off decorating until after Thanksgiving, but early last week, ol' St. Nick popped his head into my van as I was driving to work, winked at me, and left me with a case of Christmas mirth! So I have a single strand of red lights up in my cube at work already.
I have been advocating that the celebration of the Christmas season be spread out a bit in my household. It seems that when the entire season is wrapped up in one day that builds to an untenable climax of expectation, the deflation the day after is too depressing. So I have decided to include the Feast of St. Nicholas, December 6, as one of the holidays we will celebrate, with some of the gift-giving and celebration moved to this day. The link is to a site with a ton of info about celebrating the day. (Now I should note that I am not Catholic, but that doesn't stop me, nor should it any one else, except the terminally uptight. After all, Santa Claus serves Jesus.)
Plus, I have noticed in previous years that the spirit of St. Nick fades after about December 15th anyway. As it should, because Christmas Day should be about Christ.
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Friday, November 21, 2003
Congress.Org -- Issues and LegislationComments
Here's a good resource to keep tabs on those dogs in Washington.
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Keith Gottschalk: Talk Radio Refugee: "God, its so simple -- keep the violent offenders locked up, mandate treatment for the hard core drug addicted and fine the casual users (or better yet, legalize pot). With 2.1 MILLION Americans behind bars, some are wising up to the fact that you cannot solve these problems by locking people up, especially non-violent drug users. One thing we must do is get rid of the religious fervor for punishment that underlies so many of these mandatory minimum sentencing fiascos. What, indeed, would Jesus do with some of these people?"Comments
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Thursday, November 20, 2003
He cain't be a Christian, Mabel! He don' follow OUR rules!Comments
Bible Gateway : ROM 14:10-17 (New Living Translation);:
"So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say,
' `As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
`every knee will bow to me
and every tongue will confess allegiance to God.' '
Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. So don't condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian's path.
I know and am perfectly sure on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another Christian is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be condemned for doing something you know is all right.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Friends, read that whole section of Romans. God does not condemn a Christian for what he eats or drinks or otherwise consumes, whatever it is. Yes! Read it in the spirit in which it was intended. In Paul's day, the question centered on whether it was acceptable for a Christian to eat certain foods that were considered "unclean" by certain believers. Today, the question may be more focused on whether a Christian should consume alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or certain other psychoactive substances, whether prescription or non-prescription--these are the "unclean foods" of this era.
Maybe you have a friend who smokes or drinks. Because of it, do you think he is unfit for the Kingdom? As Christ himself said, it is not what goes into your body that makes you unclean, but an unclean heart is revealed by what comes out of you. And a tree is known by it's fruit.
Therefore, why do you condemn those who choose to consume what you do not choose to consume? Do you not reveal yourself therefore as weak in faith? Pray instead that God would increase your faith, so that you may reach out in love to those whom God wants to reach, and to embrace as brothers and sisters in Christ, those whom God himself has accepted.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
"I used to get high on life...until I realized that life was cut with morons!"Comments
(From a tagline on tokeup.com)
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Kim du Toit - Weekly Rant: " 'Bother!' thought Pooh, as he chambered another round..."Comments
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Thursday, November 13, 2003
IMAO: Frank Tips for Reasoning with Mindless Haters: "* Reason-Ray: I've been working on a new invention called the Reason-Ray that forcefully delivers reason to someone's brain through inundating one's head with special frequency rays. I tricked three hippies into being test subjects by giving them false promises of free pot, and the Reason-Ray in each case caused their heads to explode. Maybe I need to reduce the power so they don't have such a strong, allergic reaction to reason. Or I could just remarket the ray as a long distance burrito mircrowaver."Comments
Frank J is funny as always. But I noticed in his writing a certain assumption that is just plain incorrect. He is far from alone in this assumption, as I have noted previously I used to be subject to this incorrect assumption as well. He seems to equate hippies and pot-smokers. While I wouldn't be surprised to find that most hippies (ex or neo) smoke marijuana, and a sizable percentage of marijuana smokers are hippies, marijuana is enjoyed by far more people than those who could reasonably categorized as "hippies".
More disturbing to me is this irrational hatred of marijuana users that I detect in his writing. This is especially ironic, since it appears in a piece whose topic is the irrational hatred of Bush by the left. While he may be perfectly correct to characterize some of these people as irrational frothing mad dogs, he is probably blithely unaware of his own blind spot, and of the harmful stereotyping he is engaging in.
Not that, as a humor blogger, he should be too concerned about it, but I unfortunately see this same attitude expressed by too many people on a more serious note. Concern about the drug war, and the appropriateness of marijuana prohibition is not the exclusive realm of the left. The wider implications of the consequences of the drug war should be the concern of every God-fearing, liberty-loving conservative in this country. Instead we too often hear from knee-jerk yahoos, who want to pick and choose what liberties go to whom. Listen to Rush, willya?! You might not be a smoker, but by trashing smoker's rights, you are setting the stage for your rights to be trampled in the future. You may not drive an SUV, but how long before your pickup truck gets targeted? And you already see what the statists are trying to do to the second amendment.
Wake up, conservative libertarians! Take a clue from William F. Buckley, Jr. The drug war, in its present form, is not justifiable and is a direct threat to all of our freedoms. Wake up, Christian conservatives! How can you justify your hatred of drug users, when you claim to serve a Savior who spent his time in the midst of the very kinds of people you spit on today? I say this as a Christian conservative/libertarian myself, who used to have the same knee-jerk reaction.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003
First "winter rains" of the season are falling on Tucson yesterday and today. This is fairly early. Hoping it's a sign of a wet winter to come.Comments
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quizilla.com--sometimes dumb, almost always entertaining.Comments
Which biological molecule are you?
You are an enzyme. You are powerful, dark,
variable, and can change many things at your
whim...even when they're not supposed to be
changed. Bad you. You can be dangerous or
wonderful; it's your choice.
Which Biological Molecule Are You?
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Monday, November 10, 2003
New blog for the list, top quality writing. He is billed as a "Christian libertarian". Now there's a perspective I ought to have a lot in common with!
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Thursday, November 06, 2003
Another humor blog to keep an eye on.
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The Pussification Of The Western MaleComments
Kim du Toit - Daily Rant
Kim has a powerful piece here that has caused quite a splash--so much so in fact, that it has crashed his web host's server. Caution: For those of a sensitive disposition, this is a full rant--he uses strong language. Skip it if you don't want to see it.
I for one, am at least 90% in agreement with him on this one.
Here is one of many ongoing discussions of the essay.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Purchase Moon Land - Authorized Lunar Embassy AgentComments
Very intriguing. I might just buy me an acre, or a city-sized block...
Seriously though, I'd have to find out more about how enforceable the property rights would be in the future when/if moon colonization/exploitation occurs, before I'd be serious about anything more than a souvenir plot.
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Foxtrot for Bloggers!Comments
Foxtrot by Bill Amend
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Sunday, November 02, 2003
IMAO: In My World: The DemoncratComments
IMAO: In My World: The Demoncrat Part II
Ok, I know some of you have not yet checked out Frank J's humor. Here are links to a two-part piece. No nasty stuff, so click away!
Here is an excerpt:
"Why do I have to carry everything," Scott (McClellan) asked as he trekked in the snow behind Bush.
"Because you're the sherpa," Bush answered, poking Scott in the belly with his walking stick.
"Stop doing that!" Scott yelled, "And who is answering press questions while I'm gone?"
"I told Rumsfeld to cover for you."
* * * *
"Rarr!" Rumsfeld yelled as he strangled a reporter.
* * * *
"Are you sure that's a wise decision?" Scott asked.
Bush rolled his eyes. "When was the last time I made a wise decision?" He surveyed the landscape. "Now where is this hidden cave?"
* * * *
* * * *
"No more breathing for you!" Rumsfeld yelled as he squeezed the neck of a reporter.
"You can stop strangling people," Scott told Rumsfeld, "I'm taking back the press conferences."
"Fine," Rumsfeld said, releasing the reporter, "My arthritis is starting to act up."
"Any questions from anyone not strangled?" Scott asked as he took the podium.
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Primal Purge: Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is Finkle!, blogging about the "There's something about Miriam" flap.Comments
Steve (Dork)'s comment is hilarious: "I just feel eww-ish. *places exit only sign on rear door*" :D
Caution: DO NOT CLICK!"
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13-Year-Old Surfing Star Survives Attack by Shark
Well this hits close to home! I was at the Tunnels last January, conteplating whether to go snorkeling. As it turned out, the surf was too high, and I confined my snorkeling to the south side of the island. We were told that murky waters at the mouths of rivers and dusk, were the times and places to avoid, to avoid sharks. She was in clear water in the morning. Aiee!!
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