Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Friday, July 29, 2005Comments
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Referencing this post, I reread that piece by L. Ray Smith, and a couple of things jumped out at me in these verses:Comments
You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year. You shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
Veddy interestink! First of all, one's tithe was for one's own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the Levites and the less fortunate. Second, if one could not transport the tithe itself to the place of worship, one could convert it to money which was to be used to repurchase food, wine, other alcohol, or "anything you wish" to be consumed in celebration before the Lord.
Yes indeed! I'm quite certain this gives the "dry preachers" a bit of heartburn to try to explain away!
"No! You just send ME a check for your 'tithe'! You will NOT have a feast with good food and booze of all sorts in MY church!!"
Another passage, this from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians:
I suggest that you finish what you started a year ago, for you were the first to propose this idea, and you were the first to begin doing something about it. Now you should carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it. Give whatever you can according to what you have. If you are really eager to give, it isn't important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don't have. Of course, I don't mean you should give so much that you suffer from having too little. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help them. Then at some other time they can share with you when you need it. In this way, everyone's needs will be met. II Corinthians 8:10-14, New Living Translation
Hmm! This was written to believers under the New Covenant. It sounds very different from modern teaching on "tithing"! It doesn't sound like he was encouraging them to give to a particular ministry either. He was encouraging them to reach out to fellow believers in need. Nor was he encouraging them to tithe to the temple in Jerusalem, which was still standing and operating at that time. If they were obligated to tithe under the New Covenant, that is where the tithe would properly be celebrated for it to be a tithe at all.
In fact, there is no record of the tithe being required of New Covenant Gentile believers in the Bible. At the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), the Apostles considered what, if anything of the Old Covenant Law to recommend to Gentile believers. Some, called "Judaizers" were attempting to teach that new believers should be required to follow the Law of Moses. In response, the Apostles had only this to recommend:
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell. Acts 15:28-29 NASB
Read more about this here.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Time to take Miss Doozey for a little spin.Comments
See y'all Monday!
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Speaking of 'shooting out', I just shit one that had them running for high ground at the sewage plant again, I bet.
The guy they hired to watch the radar since the influx of the 'mystery missles' began some years ago screams "INCOMING" and slams his palm down hard on the alarm button and men grab gas masks and bail out of the pond area as the aooga horns and warning claxons began to bray...(continue)
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Monday, July 18, 2005
Battered but not destroyed. It looks like the worst damage is well to the south of Cancun, south of Cozumel. And even there the Yucatan coast was spared the worst of it when the storm weakened slightly before making landfall.Comments
World news from The Times and the Sunday Times - Times Online
With Cancun's huge tourism industry taking a blow, probably the best thing to do is go and spend money to help prop up and rebuild the local economy.
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
CBC News: Fight 'evil ideology' of extremists, Blair urges: "Comments
Sat, 16 Jul 2005 18:16:02 EDT--CBC News
Are we done with the sneering about the "War on a method" from certain quarters then?
This is, of course, good news that our leaders are willing to state publically that it is more than terrorist's methods that we are concerned about, but also the ideology that drives them. Maybe we'll see some more coherent action to shut down and deport the Imams and other ideologues who are the purveyors of hatred.
Think the left will permit the preaching of jihad to be classified as a hate crime?
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Reuters AlertNet - Powerful hurricane Emily tears toward MexicoComments
CANCUN, Mexico, July 17 (Reuters) - Mexico was braced for one of its worst storms in years as violent Hurricane Emily howled toward popular Caribbean resorts around Cancun on Sunday, packing winds of up to 155 mph (250 kph).
Is there going to be anything left when I get there in October?
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Friday, July 15, 2005
FOXNews.com - HealthComments
The question, researchers say, is whether the benefits of marijuana outweigh the risks of its negative side effects, or whether the maladies can be better treated by other drugs. That's the very question the FDA used to evaluate Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex, and one that researchers say the government won't let them answer about marijuana.
The reason is simple: Solid research into the medical benefits of marijuana would expose the decades of lies by the government. And the government just simply can't have that now...
The thing is, there's a virtual mandate out there for this research, and for permitting marijuana use for medical purposes. Even the older generation is highly supportive, based on this recent survey conducted by AARP: Poll: Most Older Americans Back Medical Pot.
Among the 1,706 adults polled in AARP's random telephone survey in November, opinions varied along regional and generational lines and among the 30 percent of respondents who said they have smoked pot. AARP members represented 37 percent of respondents.
As noted, these results are not an anomaly. This is consistent with poll after poll conducted over the last several years. So where are the politicians who ought to be ready to step up to the plate and listen to vox populi?
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Cop in shooting was on first dayComments
"Hey Ma! I got to shoot one o' them scumbag dope smoking hippies today on my first day on the job!"
Yes it's tragic. Another victim of the drug war.
My first reaction on reading the story in the link above, was that the kid got what he deserved, until I read more and realized it was probably a case of "suicide by cop". Reading further it becomes clear that much of the trouble he has been in is due to his use of marijuana and the alienation he felt from authority figures.
Yeah, that deserves a death sentence in some people's minds...
This happened no more than 1/4 mile from my house. I drive through that intersection every day. The way the lights are set up there is anomalous. Unlike the way the lights work in much of the rest of Tucson, the cycle starts with a green arrow at the left turn onto Miracle Mile, while the southbound traffic on Oracle Road still has a red light.
Did the police remember that fact?
And if his brother was out into the intersection a little way when the light turned yellow, he would have been perfectly within his rights to complete the U-turn. This smells to me like excessive zeal on the part of the police to make an unnecessary traffic stop in order to prod for further incriminating evidence. Without the War on (some) Drugs, that kind of stop would be considered absurd, and ordinary citizens would not long tolerate such heavy-handedness on the part of the police.
It was 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when police let Paul Albrecht go home after questioning. No charges were filed against him and they did not give him a ticket for running a red light, he said.
Unfortunately in this case the police found what they hoped to find, and ended up killing a kid. As it turns out, Matthew was still using and selling marijuana and had an arrest warrant out on him. But it sounds to me that all he wanted was to be left alone so he could get his life together and move on into adulthood.
Think about it Moms and Dads. You don't want your kids to use marijuana, even though you used it when you were a kid and turned out just fine. But is it because of the purported harms of marijuana use itself?
Or is it because in today's social climate, your kid is all too likely to be staring down the barrel of a police revolver while the State pumps him full of hot death?
So what then, is the real problem here?
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005Comments
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Picking up from where he left off last week regarding the drug war:Comments
How God is cleaning up 'worst city in world'
Do you want to change society? The answer is changed hearts, not changed laws. Utopians have been trying to create the perfect society for centuries, by imposing rigid standards of behavior and thought, from above and from the outside. They have been failing for centuries as well, frequently with spectacularly disastrous results for the millions of individuals caught in the utopian insanity.
This country was founded on the novel concept that the individual is the sovereign. Yes, that's right! That is what it means to be "endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights". We believe that our essential rights are not granted to us by any State, nor even by the Constitution. The Constitution merely enumerates these rights and prohibits the State from infringing upon them. Our rights are "natural" or "endowed by our Creator". That is what the phrase "under God" really means, and why it is so important. This is quite a different concept from the monarchial and authoritarian systems that came before and since!
If we are to continue under a system of government that recognizes this radically different order of things, then any "solutions" proposed for any "problem" in society must take this into account. Any proposed policy absolutely must acknowledge the fact that the individual is sovereign, and all powers of government are merely delegated sovereignty. That is why we have "representatives" and "public servants", not "lords" and "masters".
The city of Cali, Colombia was transformed, not because of some new infusion of money and troops from the War on (some) Drugs, nor by a new harsh crackdown by government forces, but because believing followers of Christ gathered together in earnest, fervent prayer, and the Spirit of God began to move in that city, transforming hearts and minds and lives.
The first part is our heritage as Americans. The second is our inheritance as Christ-followers. Let us never look to the State for answers!
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Are "liberals" no longer liberal? This liberal thinks so, as he muses on his reasons for leaving the political left. This is well worth reading, both for Democrats and liberals increasingly frustrated with the looniness that seems to be gripping their party, and for conservatives to get an inside picture of the transformation that is underway on the American left.Comments
Leaving the Left--Keith Thompson
Ironically, in many ways, today's "conservatives" are becoming the new liberals as the left slides inexorably into various forms of statism and totalitarianism.
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Monday, July 11, 2005Comments
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This is a long read, but it was well-worth reading to me. Something of an eye-opener too. I really need to learn to trust what the Spirit tells me, because I have not tithed for the last couple of years, and have not felt compelled to do so. I have, however, felt vaguely guilty about it, due to the previous false teaching I received on the subject of tithing.Comments
Guilt and condemnation are part of the Old Covenant, the law which leads to death. The "curses" of Malachi are most emphatically not applied to the New Covenant believer, and more importantly, L. Ray Smith makes clear how those particular verses are misinterpreted in the first place.
If you've ever sat through a sermon admonishing you to tithe ten percent of all your income, lest various curses befall you, then click, read, and be made free in Him Who sets you free.
L. Ray Smith - Tithing is Unscriptural Under the New Covenant
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Isaac Newton Had It RightComments
Vox muses on the dynamic nature of tax policy, and other action-reaction phenomena.
Vox Day: Dumbfounded Democrats
...liberal dogma insists that the public always has a static response to modifications in tax law and asserts that individuals simply do not change their behavior in reaction to changes in their taxes even if those changes will affect their economic well-being. This is why the liberal-dominated legacy media is always taken by surprise when tax increases fail to bring in the expected amount of revenue, as their faith in static tax models inevitably outweighs their willingness to remember what happened the last 10 times that taxes were increased.
Suh-prahz suh-prahz! Kind of amazing when you think about it. And in the same camp are those who still stubbornly refuse to see that cutting taxes stimulates economic growth, which in turn increases tax revenue.
Another mystery befuddling believers in paradise by politicians is the methamphetamine explosion. Why, one might ask, are drug users today so interested in smoking home-cooked battery acid that will rot their teeth faster than hot sauce from Taco Bell soaked in Pepsi when previous generations of druggies were content with natural opium and coca derivatives?
Right. Thanks, Drug Warriors. The harder you press, the worse it gets. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to 1972 when the drug "problem" consisted mostly of kids getting high on low-grade ditchweed? All this recent attention on the meth problem does is illustrates the abyssmal failure that is the War on (some) Drugs.
But has anyone got eyes to see?
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Friday, July 08, 2005
Still more evidence that the Bush Economic Recovery continues at a brisk pace:Comments
Dow Closes Up 147 Points on Jobs Report
As the jobless rate fell to 5 percent, employers added 146,000 new jobs in June--40,000 more than in May, the Labor Department reported.
This adds up to more than 3.7 million jobs created since May 2003, with more than one million of those jobs gained in the past six months. It's amazing how Democrats and the Partisan Media continue to spin this economy negatively.
In my case, it will mean marginally higher interest payments again next month. I have a commercial loan on my real estate endeavor, and every time Greenspan hiccups my payment goes up. (Confound it! Give the man a glass of water!) So personally I wouldn't mind a little recession about now. But this is great news for everyone else.
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Cycle-mania grips London in wake of blasts - Newindpress.comComments
Tim Davies who manages Cycle Surgery near Holborn said, "the shop is so close to where the bus got hit that we thought we'd be evacuated. But by 11 o'clock we were running around like crazy. We'd normally sell five to 10 bikes a day, but we sold at least double that in a few hours.
There's British stoicism in action.
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Thursday, July 07, 2005Comments
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The news outlets are mentioning this today:Comments
A Kidnapping-Murder Suspect Blogged About His Demons - New York Times
But those of us in the blogosphere itself already knew about this at least three days ago.
For the inevitable googlers, here is the link: Blogging The Fifth Nail
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7/07/2005 = 7+7+(2+5) = 7+7+7 = 21 = 3Comments
These hellhounds have the nerve to blow up London today. They think they're so clever with their numerology, claiming thereby to be acting in the name of God.
They are, in fact, the spawn of hell and are doing the bidding of the enemy of God and mankind.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
110 degrees today. Just about zero humidity.Comments
This...is DRY HEAT! ...like a blowtorch.
I love it!
Even now, well after dark, it's 101 degrees. I wanted to sit in my garden to watch the fountain trickle in the floodlight and listen to the geckos crrk!ing in the trees up amidst the miniature white lights. But it still felt like midday.
So I stripped to my skivvies and hosed everything down with water--trees, bushes, flowers, patio. That dropped it easily twenty degrees to a very comfortable level.
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From the home state of that erudite sophisticate, the JawjaComments
CNN.com - Bottle rocket hits driver; truck overturns - Jul 5, 2005
"ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A fuel tanker crashed and sprung a small leak early Tuesday after the driver was hit by a bottle rocket as he drove past a group of youths, authorities said.
They shore do breed 'em smart down thair.
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WorldNetDaily: Let's end the drug problem tomorrowComments
We now have a way to halt the illegal drug trade.
The author of this article is also the author of the book "Megashift," a book about the phenomenal growth of Christianity around the world through the house church movement. Now I can't wait to see the second half of his article next week.
dead mousie to Dadcat
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Monday, July 04, 2005
NASA's Deep Impact hits it's target. Click the image for more images and a couple of comet impact movie clips.Comments
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Friday, July 01, 2005
Sandra Day O'Connor announces retirementComments
Just when the dithering twit was starting to come down on the correct side of some of the most recent SC decisions, she up an' quits!
I'm sure you know what this means now--war!
Cats and Dogs!
Donkeys and Elephants!
It could get ugly, oh yes.
I for one am not so interested in seeing Bush put up a conservative SC nominee so much as I am interested in seeing a strict constructionist, a constitutional libertarian if you will. Someone who takes very seriously their job protecting the personal liberties and limits on the intrusion of government into the lives of it's sovereign citizens.
Dreamer? Ah...don't know. Janice Rodgers Brown sounded awfully good, so there are such judges out there. I'll be waiting with bated breath...
If we end up getting a justice who will help overturn Roe v. Wade too, that's fine by me (and I don't see that as a contradiction either). It was a lousy decision to begin with, and if the states want to keep abortion safe, legal, yadda, etc., I'm convinced they will anyway. But the faulty reasoning, the stretched logic, and the outright voodoo jurisprudence, including the infamous "emanations from the penumbra", justifies it being tossed out.
Time to beat the plowshares into swords.
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The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse is thatComments
you cannot post
"Thou Shalt Not Steal"
"Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery"
"Thou Shall Not Lie"
in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians.
It creates a hostile work environment!
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