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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Do you think that the homosexuals do not have an agenda against Christianity? They have a rage against Christianity and will not rest until they turn it into there own image. But will a man fight against God?

High school senior came 'out' - and was expelled: "His mom is outraged -- and sad that her son had to go through this. She and Jeffrey filed a lawsuit against the school Tuesday."
Lou Dobbs must be really getting old. He uses the same old and tired and exploded scare tactics of overpopulation to try to stampede us into giving government more control over our lives [translation: loss of liberty]. There is no overpopulation, of course, except where government controls economic activity.

The idea of overpopulation was exploded years ago, of course. R. J. Rushdoony's little booklet on The Myth of Overpopulation, if you can find it is a good first read. Liberals always think that problems can be solved by attacking the productive, the unborn, and the aged.

U.S. News: Lou Dobbs: The melting pot overflows(10/27/03): "As individuals and as a nation, we're defined by the choices we make. And too often, by the tough decisions we avoid. Most of us have avoided even thinking about how our rapidly growing population is affecting our quality of life and shaping our society."
If you understand this, then you will have a good understanding of the relevance of the UN in the post 9/11 world. Read the whole article, and weep if you have hope in the UN. On the other hand, if you are a Bible believer rejoice that Babylon is fallen.

OpinionJournal - Extra: "As a matter of civic education, everyone should have to read a U.N. Security Council resolution. Take number 1511 on Iraq, and begin with the obligatory last sentence 'DECIDES to remain seized of the matter.' The line is both arresting and baffling, and conjures an image of scores of goggle-eyed diplomats caught in a cataleptic fit as a result of wrestling with a knotty foreign policy problem. And it means nothing. Could one imagine the council declaring that it 'DECIDES this is the last time it will debate this tiresome issue'? Very few problems in international relations disappear, and neither, presumably, will the council and its deliberations."

Friday, October 24, 2003

Read this article whenever you think that the government should get more involved in the drug business. Canada is a lab that shows the failure of socialized medicine.
Sally C. Pipes on Canada & Drugs on National Review Online: "Those for hopping buses to Canada for discount drugs ought to talk to patients like Bill and Mary. They would discover that the system that produces cheap Zocor comes with a severe side effect: It prevents Canadians from taking better, modern drugs. "
William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn on Middle East on National Review Online: "It is long past time to forgo the notion that Israel is the obstacle to peace in the Middle East or the cause of terrorism there or here. Quite simply, democracies do not start wars with other democracies — nor do democracies support terrorism. When democracy takes hold in the nascent Palestinian state there will be peace; until then, there will be terrorism, and we should not be complicit in the creation of another terrorist state. By democracy, we do not mean one man, one vote, one time, but, rather, democracy defined by the rule of law, and by freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and freedom to be educated in schools that are not devoted to anti-Jewish and anti-Western propaganda. There is no need for another Syria or Iran — the world is surfeited with the difficulties they have wrought already."

As much as the modern world has chaffed over the conquest of Europe by Christian states in the years following the collapse of the Roman Empire, no one can argue that these conquests laid the foundation for the Christian Europe of the Reformation Age and the introduction of democracy and the freedoms listed in this article. Solomon said, "A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them." --Proverbs 20:26. The primitive and pagan kingdoms the conquered by the Christian states were not innocent, fun-loving, and sweet children of nature--they were vicious murderers, brutal rulers that held their people in abject bondage, just like Saddam and the petty Middle Eastern dictators.

A great book that realistically looks at the triumph of Christianity in Europe is The Barbarian Conversion, by Richard Fletcher. New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1997 ISBN 0-8050-2763-7. It can be ordered through Amazon.
Go to these three addresses to get three fine articles by Thomas Sowell on the bigotry of liberals in the confirmation of conservative judges.
This is the way modern lynching works to keep blacks on the liberal plantation.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Thursday, October 23, 2003

One thing is good. The U.N. is dead. Maybe the U.S. can get on with the purpose for which it exists. We came from Europe two centuries ago because we had given up on liberty and good sense within its confines. Maybe now there will be a new brith of liberty. Let them fornicate, sodomize, and blaspheme the God of Christianity. The world has left them behind in their sorry little boxes. - Iraqi official says limited German, French help won't be forgotten - Oct. 23, 2003: "Ayad Allawi, the current head of Iraq's U.S.-appointed governing council, said he hoped German and French officials would reconsider their decision not to boost their contributions beyond funds already pledged through the European Union. "
This should give the liberals fits. How Homeschoolers Are Doing as a Political Force: Hurrah!!
So now the Christian is "extreme and pernicious" "close-minded, zealous" to those whose minds are so empty the wind of every doctrine and vacuity blows through the vacant spaces. It is now "hatred" to confess faith in the Lord Jesus and His doctrine. Click on the link to read the whole article.

Larry Elder: The 'religious zealot' double standard: "Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Lieberman asked President Bush to denounce Boykin's 'hateful remarks,' adding, 'The war on terrorism is a war on terrorists, not religions. The Bush administration, which claims to understand that, needs to condemn anyone who says otherwise.' Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said, 'It is outrageous that someone who holds such extreme, close-minded, zealous views would be allowed such a prominent position in our military.' An editorial in Investor's Business Daily notes that 'A (Los Angeles) Times reporter called Boykin's comments 'extreme and pernicious.' NBC's Tom Brokaw termed them 'divisive.' ABC and CBS referred to him as a 'holy warrior.''"
Telegraph | News | European Union's elite are filthy pigs, says Bossi: "The European Union's elite are determined to destroy Europe's Christian heritage, Italy's reform minister, Umberto Bossi said yesterday."

From the top of the head to the soles of the feet there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrifying sores. --Isaiah 1 See the next article.
"The US is putting relatively little effort into a long-range plan, but we are putting a great deal of effort into trying to stop terrorists. The cost-benefit ratio is against us! Our cost is billions against the terrorists' costs of millions." --Rumsfeld Memo

Constantine was smart enough to see it at the beginning of the 4th Century. American leadership needs to see it now, instead of persecuting people who point it out. It is a religious war that we are in and denial will not make it go away. The Islamic militants know the nature of the war, and we cannot re-define it away. Islamists hate America and the West simply because of the liberty that is the heritage of Christianity. They cannot stand it that women go unveiled. They hate it that we have so many choices. They hate it when the Gospel is preached freely. They hate it when the nation does not acknowledge that there is no God but Allah. They are an 7th century religious faction with the potential of mobilizing millions of people.

What is the answer? Return to our heritage, the strength of self-aware Christianity--a robust Christianity that is not ashamed of the Bible or the truth claims of the Bible. Jesus Christ is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, according to I Cor. 1. General Boykin is right, you know. The God of the Bible is the living God; all the idols are dead Gods. We do not need to mistreat anyone who disagrees, but we need to stop pussy-footing around, trying to be all things to all people. There are millions of Americans who agree with General Boykin, but who have been intimidated into pretending that all religions worship the same God. George Washington prayed to Jesus Christ. Bibles were passed out to the soldiers during the War for Independence. God's word and His Son's name adorns the monuments of our nation as a witness against us.

It is folly that we wallow in our national guilt over slavery and segregation to the point that we forget that God forgives the sins of His people, through His Son Jesus Christ. Those who do not believe in Christ do not believe in the forgiveness of sins, and they will keep reminding us of them as long as we let them--as long as we cower in our collective guilt, and as long as they reap political benefits from reminding us of our guilt. Forgiveness of sins means that we don't have to listen to the blackmail anymore. We are so afraid of repeating the sins of discrimination that we treat a small boy on crutches from Iowa with the same scrutiny that we give to a twnety-two year old male from Arabia. Madness!! For the same reason we cower before the sodomite lobby, who would rather have their abominable, unspeakable lusts satisfied than see a vibrant and strong Christianity in their midst. We don't want to "discriminate" so we turn our military units into emasculated social experiments.

For the same reason we debase and corrupt the service academies, because we are not willing to admit the truth that a brave and righteous nation does not send its women to war. But the radical feminist lobby that puts its agenda before the good of the nation would rather see the military ruined rather than admit that their theories of emasculation and gender equality are bogus. There is a generation alive in America today that would rather see the nation destroyed than see it return to the Christian principles of faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ and the Bible. But they are becoming increasing irrelevant, because the great heartland of America sees the issues. These are not days for girlie men in touch with their feelings, but days for hard choices and heroic deeds.

The healthy part of American Society today is not in the sodomite community, the feminist anarchy, or the corrupt and immoral Hollywood crowd. They will fight for nothing except the right to indulge their own lusts and break every one of God's commandments. The health is in the millions of Bible-believing Christians, who know their God and believe the Bible. They do not need government programs or incentives to live their faith and contend for rightousness. They have lived their faith and confessed their Lord in spite of the organized effort to silence them in the public schools, the political arena, in liberal churches, and in entertainment They will live and die for their faith. But they will not fight for multiculturalism or moral relativity. They include whites, blacks, Hispanic, and many, many other races, and they will fight for their faith. Sound the trumpet of faith and America will rise again as she has so many times before. This was the message that came from President Bush in the days following 9-11 and it energized the nation, but now the sissy voices of accommodation and fear and compromise have dampened that spirit. We hear the whine of the weasel rather than the cry of the eagle.

This is what the sorry voices of liberal multi-culturalism fear more than anything, for they know the power of the faith of true Christians. They will do everything to keep that trumpet from being sounded. But it is the only way to overcome the terrible enemy that we face. As long as we trust our weapons, our wisdom, our diplomacy--all of which are important--and do not trust in the God and Father of Jesus Christ the Son of God, we wil continue to be confused, bewildered, hag-ridden, and guilt-ridden.

Get the girls out of the front lines; get the girls out the military academies; call for manly men again to defend their faith and their homes. You will be surprised at what you get. This is not protestants against Jews, nor catholics against protestants, nor even catholics against Mormons, nor even evangelicals against socinians, and it certainly isn't men against women. It is more basic than that. It faith vs. the infidel. It is an old, old battle, that Islam began in the 7th century against Christ and His church. If it is not so, then let Islam close down the hate schools, expel the radicals and terrorists from their midst. They will not do it because they cannot do it. We did not start this war, but we will finish it by the grace of God, but it will be a long and difficult journey. But after the Living God has chastened and refined us, we will come forth as gold.

There is no post-Christian era, because Christ rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God today. If you don't know what that means, I will be glad to explain it. You can begin by reading Ephesians 1.

Psalms 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Psalms 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

But what shall we do if we deny our God and He becomes our enemy? Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. God knows His enemies even if we do not.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Home US: "A senior Pentagon official on Wednesday insisted the US military was succeeding in Afghanistan and Iraq despite a private admission from Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, that both rebuilding efforts would be 'a long, hard slog'."

These lying reporters can't seem to get it right. "despite a private admission"? Only a paid liar could get it that wrong. Why can't the war against terrorism be succeeding and still be a "long, hard, slog"? Only the sissies who grew up in the sixties and seventies, the Clinton generation, demand instant gratification, from sex to war. They want it NOW. Let's hope none of them get in charge of the war on terrorism. They have no stomach for the "long, hard slog." The person who wrote this article has no moral fiber. You cannot trust such people even if they are on your side.

President Bush and all of his administration warned us that it would be a long struggle. But then, this reporter has a political agenda--to get Democrats elected, even if the nation goes to hell. There is no honor, no integrity, no honesty, and, yes, no patriotism. The hatred for Bush is palpable--by those who preach sweetness and light. No wonder these people are against the Ten Commandments--there is something there about the sin of lying, and they make their living at it. Shame, shame, shame. No wonder they want to redefine patriotism to mean lying about your leaders to get your own people elected. But the covers are too short and the bed is too narrow.
Few Viewers and Network Executives Scratch Their Heads: "As the ratings have rolled in for the first three weeks of the new television season, one question has dominated the conversations inside the industry's executive suites: what the heck is going on?"

Did you ever think that vulgarity, filth, gutter humor, and body parts are boring after awhile. Cheap laughs at the lowest common denominaton come back to bite you sooner or later.
What did I tell you! See two posts down. "Rumsfeld appeared calm later in the day when he and a top Pentagon official described the memo as an internal discussion paper, not an insight into the defense secretary's opinion about U.S. success in the global war on terror."
But what if it's the truth? Doesn't that matter?

Excite News: "Boykin came under criticism last week when reports surfaced of his comments during several speeches at evangelical Christian churches. Boykin said the enemy in the war on terrorism was Satan, that God had put Bush in the White House and called one Muslim Somali warlord an idol-worshipper."
There is nothing in the story about Rumsfeld "raising questions about the future of the war on terrorism." This is the writers own comment, but he pretends that it is news. One of the things I want to do in these blogs is point out the hyporcisy of the media. There is sure plenty of material. I suspect that the last thing Rumsfeld intended was to raise a question on the "future" of the war on terrorism. What a difference one little word makes. These lying scoundrals who call themselves reporters. Excite News: "WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States faces 'a long, hard slog' in the fight against al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a pointed memo raising questions about the future of the war on terrorism."
General Boykin is not the enemy--those denouncing him are.Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy: "Whatever one thinks of Gen. Boykin's obviously deeply held personal beliefs, he must be credited with one thing: He understands that Islamists have declared war on this country and that we have no alternative but to defeat them.
For stating this truth, the general has been roundly criticized by the Islamists' admirers and their friends. Notably, one of the most visible of the professional Muslim agitators - CAIR's executive director, Nihad Awad - has accused Gen. Boykin of 'ignorance,' having 'extremist views' and exhibiting sufficiently defective judgment as to require his reassignment."
A great article by Thomas Sowell on the abuses of the courts. Click on the link:
Thomas Sowell: A lynch mob gathers: Part II: "Liberal-left activist groups with pretty names like the People for the American Way, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People all understand that much of what they want cannot be enacted into law by legislators who have to face the voters at the next election. It can only be enacted into law from the judicial bench by judges with lifetime jobs, pretending to 'interpret' the law when in fact they are creating law."
Kathleen Parker: Free speech means sometimes saying you're sorry: "I'd rather that Boykin not be fired in order to prove to our enemies that we're not so thin-skinned after all, that by our governing laws we tolerate ideas not necessarily our own. That we are vigilant in protecting the thing that drives them wild - our freedom."

Right on, Ms. Parker. If we give up our freedoms in order to prove that we like our enemies, we will become like our enemies and they still won't like us, and we won't like ourselves either if we become too much like them.
Linda Chavez: Kobe: "There was a time when it would have been unthinkable for a decent woman to go to a man's hotel room, much less make out with him within minutes of meeting him. But feminism threw those rules out the window long ago. The changes in sexual mores have made the world a more dangerous place for both women and men. Women may have more freedom to be sexually provocative -- but they can't always control the consequences. And men may find themselves behind bars if they read women's cues incorrectly. "

Even if not quilty of rape, Kobe is a jerk. And the woman is a jerk. They both showed the moral sensibilites of rutting pigs. Throw the whole thing out of court, and throw them both out of decent society, if there is any such thing left in the new world produced by the sodomite, feminist, free-sex, hollywood, new-age agendas. A pox on all of their houses.

It was almost over for Israel when no one could blush at any behavior. A shameless society is a finished one.

15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

This is a most sober and challenging article from the Wall Street Journal. While the intelligencia in the West have been chasing the empty dream of multi-culturalism and moral relativisim, the enemies of morality and Christianity and freedom have been pursuing a very different dream. The question is this, in my view. Does the United States have the moral character to do what has to be done? There is no question that we have the material force to prevail, but do we have the moral character for the long haul? I think we do, but there may be a sifting out process first. But don't bet against Christianity. Not with Christ on the throne of glory. Click on the next link to read the whole story.

OpinionJournal - Extra: "Whatever the constraints on our resources, the challenge is unmistakable and cannot be dodged. The price of action is likely to be high, very high; the price of inaction is likely to be much higher. Courtesy of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, we have already had to relearn the lesson of Pearl Harbor in a second and more terrible form. In the age of terrorism and nuclear weapons, we cannot afford to relearn it a third time and a fourth."

Monday, October 20, 2003

What do you know? What a sweetheart deal. A UN commissioned report has found to be true what they said would be true if the US didn't do what the UN said was the true thing to do. It is truly amazing and a big surprise. Click here to read the whole story [story, as in lie.] After months and months, the UN couldn't find cause for war with Iraq, but they can find radicals at a sniff. Of course, it shouldn't be hard for radicals to find radicals. But terrorists? they are really had to identify. My Way - News: "The U.S.-led war on terror has radicalized more Arabs angry both with the West and their autocratic rulers who are bent on curbing their political rights, a U.N.-commissioned study released Monday showed."
Nuf The American Minute with Bill Federer: "During World War II, in a joint statement signed by such individuals as the widows of Presidents Coolidge, Roosevelt, Taft, Harrison, Cleveland, Herbert Hoover stated: 'Menaced by collectivist trends, we must seek revival of our strength in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of the religious conviction of the sacredness of every human life. On the religious side, its highest embodiment is The Bible; on the political side, the Constitution.'"
The whole nationalization of airline security was simply a "feelgood" exercise to gain political hay. What we have done was create a bureaucracy like the postal service. Security should have been contracted with private companies that could be fired if they didn't do the job. But it is too late now. Bush has not limited the growth of government. Excite News: "college student told federal authorities he placed box cutters and other banned items aboard two Southwest Airlines (LUV) planes nearly five weeks before they were found, according to an FBI affidavit."
Sports build character, you know. You have heard the mantra. What the American obsession with sports does is single out very gifted young men at and early age for privilege, money,and power. These young men are spoiled and coddled, rules don't apply to them, and their crimes and misdemeanors are covered up, for the sake of fame and money. It begins in grade school, continues through high school, intensifies in the high profile colleges, and blazes white hot for the few who make it to the pro's. The machine runs, and everyone knows how it runs, but everyone plays the pimp and gets his share of the money. It is a national scandal. The whole system from the top of the head to the soles of the feet is wounded and bruised. These young men are treated like gods, and it is no wonder that they think they can punch fans, choke coaches, assault old men, and spit in their oppenent's faces. I have always enjoyed sports, but I am getting turned off of the NBA in particular. The coaches and schools tolerate such because they pimp for the athletes, slap them on the wrist [in the name of redeeming them, of course. Or perhaps they "do not want to punish their teammates" who will miss the gifted athlete. Or__________] The fans excuse their own teams, of course, because they are fans, afterall, and behavior that they would not allow in their front yard or churches is excused on the playing field of their respective idolatries. Click on the following link:

Inside the NBA: Author Says Sex Assault Common: "Every year an estimated 250 professional athletes appear in American courts charged with crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to murder. Some 100 athletes per year -- both college and pro -- face charges of violence against women, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. The Portland Trailblazers of the NBA have even earned the unfortunate nickname of the Portland 'Jailblazers.'"
DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2003�: "The Pentagon will dispatch a team to investigate claims that hundreds of sick and wounded soldiers, including many who served in the Iraq war, are languishing -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. "

See blog below on Oct. 13.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

WORLD Oct. 25, 2003: 'We sinners': "News items about Mr. Limbaugh's fall should lead to more gospel, not more gossip. The fall of those who cast a large shadow should remind us of the shadows in our own lives and our dependence on God's grace every day. That consciousness should also free us from any tendency to demonize opponents. Satan is utterly evil and will remain that way, but we have no such knowledge about any human being."
At last, we know the real secret behind the Iraq war. It is not the greed of oil companies or Christian fundamentalists. It is the lawyers promoting the fast food industry. We knew the truth would come out at last. If we can get the Iraqis fat enough by selling them fast food, then the lawyers can sue Burger King and other fast food people and make millions.

U.S. Troops Order Comfort, With Fries on the Side ( "The former Saddam International Airport now houses Iraq's first Burger King. Part creature comfort, part therapy for homesick troops, its sales have reached the top 10 among all Burger King franchises on Earth in the five months since it opened. The shiny metal broiler spits out 5,000 patties a day."
"Three minutes' thought would suffice to find it out; but thought is irksome
and three minutes is a long time."
A. E. Housman

This article contains links to other articles. Very good, Matt. Clink on the next link.

Wheat and Chaff: "However, as time goes on it becomes increasingly clear that homosexuals are not going to be satisfied with simple tolerance. They and their political allies have promoted laws in a great many places to make it illegal for anyone to even speak against the lifestyle. They have promoted educational initiatives that encourage, not just tolerance of, but the practice of, a homosexual lifestyle. In some cities and other countries, these laws are reality. "
Paul Jacobs on the money. Click on the link.

Paul Jacob: Rush to Judge Rush Gives Critics a Rush: "Rush Limbaugh was never in the Calvinist mold of social critic. Does he pursue Excellence in Broadcasting? Yes. Is he bombastic? Yes. Does he speechify with deep and rolling voice? Yes. Is he ever at a loss for words? Rarely. Is he right-on in his critique of culture, society and politics? At least 55 percent of the time.

But he never claimed to be perfect. Never claimed to a 'moral paragon' or 'the epitome of virtue'--unless with a transparent, rollicking facetiousness that only someone deliberately attempting to misconstrue could misconstrue. The sad truth is that his foes not only want Rush to eat humble pie, they want to shove his face in it. They indict only themselves thereby, not Rush Limbaugh. "


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