Thursday, August 21, 2014

The train has left the station











“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Evil has a habit of distorting the truth and uses every disguise to persuade each of us to sign up for the "trip of a lifetime".  For all the allure of  obtaining "your best life now", deep  down we know it is a temporary restraining order.  Yet, we are drawn to these false preachers to satisfy that desire to make us comfortable and happy, if only we will "sow into their ministry".

Make no mistake about it, there are wolves in pulpits throughout the world placed there to devour people who do not know their Bibles.  They are drawn away from the truth by their own desires and are "stumbling toward death".  The way to determine a counterfeit is to carefully examine the real thing.  It takes time and resolve, but eternal life is in the balance.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Illegitimi non carborundum

PP Simmons: Are we really living in the Last Days?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Same Ole Story, Different Commodities

Please click on the link below for a very interesting and informative history lesson on greed, domination, and captivity. 

The Silver and Opium Wars

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Conspiracy?

The Internet is a double-edged sword. It is both a source of information and disinformation, among other things. Ultimately, it provides virtually everyone the ability to pry into the world and government constructs. This is the reason governments are very wary of the Internet, because they can no longer control information through the major networks such as CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the like.  Conspiracy theories abound, but how many of those are true?

Much of what we see in today's culture, is a challenge to our worldview and how we have been "sheltered" from both foreign and domestic ideologies that seek to press their worldview or will on us. Without becoming jaded, we have to be realistic about what this world is...really. It is easy to slip into a mind set that everything is a conspiracy. I choose to believe in the Bible as being the very Word of God the Maker of Heaven and Earth, i.e., Creator of all things. What Creator God says about man and the world is that it is hopeless without Him.  Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" In other words, we all have the capacity at despicable things whether they are intentional or just incidental to what we desire for ourselves.  Couple this truth with another truth in 1 John 5:19, "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." (emphasis mine) and we can quickly see that anything involving money and power has the capacity for misuse and abuse.  In essence, world governments, monetary institutions, and religions are prime targets for being manipulated to the peril of many.  You only have to look at history to see this proves true in every century...as it does today.

It should be pretty evident to anyone a culture that exalts self above anything else is a culture that is heading for chaos.  Certainly, we can see the affects of this "culture of death" in our world today.  We have elected officials that vote to their advantage and our peril, without a hint remorse.  We have a non-government entity called The Federal Reserve, driving the U.S. economy into utter bankruptcy, monetizing debt, printing fiat currency, without a hint of accountability.  We have religions represented by men who, at best, are "clouds without rain" or "springs without water for whom the gloom of outer darkest is reserved" as the Bible tells us.  Or at least as bad, religions that desire to deceive and murder to conquer the masses, without a hint of mercy. 

Whether or not you believe in any conspiracy model or believe the world is suffering from what maybe the largest conspiracy every propagated on mankind, you have to sense that our current course is not sustainable.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Is this an episode of the Twilight Zone?

Please watch this video from http://www.inflation.us/ .  Very sensible information on our government's handling of monetary policy and the impending failure of our economy.  Please watch the video that follows.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Got a problem with the Constitution?

Here is an insightful commentary that appeared in USA Today on January 3, 2011.  You can access the orignal article at the USA Today website by clicking on this link-http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-01-04-column04_ST_N.htm


Got a problem with the Constitution?

By Jonah Goldberg

On Wednesday, the 112th Congress will convene with the Republicans running the House for the first time since the dawn of the Obama era. According to many commentators, Speaker-to-Be John Boehner and his crew of zealots have some very scary ideas. Chief among them: They want to make some obscure, inscrutable tract from an ancient civilization the centerpiece of their legislative philosophy. Indeed, in a move generating consternation and exasperation at MSNBC and other bastions of right-thinking, these cultists will read their perversely sacred text at the opening of the legislative session, breaking with more than 200 years of precedent.

It gets even worse. If the ideologues have their way, they will include a reference to their sacred treatise in every piece of legislation, imposing their arcane ideas on the nation.

They call their sacred text: "the U.S. Constitution." It's a funny thing. You'd think that the Constitution — the document every elected official, significant government appointee, soldier and naturalized citizen swears to uphold — would be like hot dogs or apple pie in our political system. Who's against the Constitution? Yet at times, no subject seems to stew the bowels of liberals more than the idea that we should — or even can — be loyal to it.

Last week, Ezra Klein, a famously liberal Washington Post blogger, explained to MSNBC host Norah O'Donnell that the "gimmick" of reading the Constitution on the floor was ultimately silly because the Constitution was written "more than 100 years ago" and is, therefore, too confusing for everyone to understand. By that standard, Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare and the Bible are long past their expiration dates and, by implication, impossible to follow accurately. One might also point out that the recently minted phonebook-thick Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is a good deal harder to decipher than the U.S. Constitution.

Meanwhile, the GOP's promise to require that every legislation contain a clause citing the constitutional authority for it has sparked a riot of incredulity. A writer for U.S. News & World Report says the idea is "just plain wacky." Last September, Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell declared that "the litmus test by which I cast my vote for every piece of legislation" will be "whether or not it is constitutional." Dahlia Lithwick, Slate magazine's legal editor, responded, "How weird is that, I thought. Isn't it a court's job to determine whether or not something is, in fact, constitutional? And isn't that sort of provided for in, well, the Constitution?"

Leave aside the fact that it is not solely the job of the courts to determine what is constitutional. Forget that no such thing is provided for in the Constitution. You do have to wonder why senators and representatives bother swearing to "support and defend" the Constitution if that's not part of their job description. Surely, it would strike most citizens as bizarre to suggest that legislators shouldn't worry about whether their proposed legislation is constitutional. If on a field trip the Supreme Court goes off a cliff in a horrible bus accident, does that mean the Constitution goes with it?

Ever since the Progressive era, American liberals have been deeply troubled by the idea that the Constitution can prevent the government from doing anything the forces of progress desire. The annoying thing is they used to be honest about this. Woodrow Wilson openly expressed his contempt for fidelity to the Constitution, preferring a "living" Constitution that social planners can rewrite at a glance to fit the changing times. After his sinister court-packing scheme failed, FDR openly said we needed to supplant the "inadequate" Bill of Rights with a "second" or "economic Bill of Rights."

Audacity of retreat

But in recent years, liberals have retreated from admitting that the Constitution is inconvenient to arguing that it is either simply irrelevant or infinitely malleable. President Obama writes in The Audacity of Hope that the Constitution is not "static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world." On its face, this is not altogether implausible, but in reality what the living-Constitution crowd means is that when push comes to shove, we're going to do what we think is best and figure out the constitutional arguments later, if it all.

New values

This was clearly the mind-set of the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress. "Are you serious?" was Nancy Pelosi's response to a question over the constitutionality of health care reform. Third-ranking House Democrat Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina famously declared that "there's nothing in the Constitution that says that the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do." Rep. Phil Hare of Illinois, before he was defeated by a Tea Party-backed candidate, told a town hall meeting, "I don't worry about the Constitution" on health care reform.

Well, exactly.

Is reading the Constitution in its entirety at the opening of the session a gimmick? Well, sure. But it's also symbolic, signaling the new Congress' priorities and values. In short, it will be saying, "We worry about the Constitution." If they're sincere, that will be a welcome break with the past.

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Cost of Relativism

Ground Zero, September 11, 2001
"...one man's terrorist is another man's hero"... -Imam Rauf

Relativism is a slippery slope.  In our blissful passion to design our destiny in deference to the Maker of the Universe, we sometimes loose sight that we live in a world with other freewill beings of the same mind set.  That mind set being, "my life and my world is the one that must be exalted above all others." 

Now, the really "smart" people have used this as an argument for plying relativism even further into our culture with the political correctness movement.  Since it would be a grave error to judge others, or view them as different, or even be critical of a person's opinion, we have lost our ability to determine what is right and what is wrong.  Indeed, a PC person would never look at a thing as being right or wrong, as that would be a value judgement.  It may be right for that person or wrong for me, but either is acceptable really.  So, when the Imam leading the effort to construct an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero states in an interview with Barbara Walters that "one man's terrorist is another man's hero" he is not just stating his perspective as you might think when someone states "one man's junk is another man's treasure".  No, he is "banging the gavel" and passing judgement of his own worldview.  One might simply think this is Islamic theology.  However, this Imam understands, seemingly quite well, the audience he is addressing.  It is a deliberate message using a form of political correct double speak to persuade the those fully immersed in relativism to embrace the struggle of Islam.  After all, since there can be no "wrong" or "right" answer, shouldn't we be able to see that some sincere people are just labeled "terrorist" because we don't understand their plight. 

In essence, without absolute truth, there can be no moral imperatives.  Now that doesn't mean absolute truth doesn't exist, it just means that most people want to ignore the One and Only Creator God now, just as they always have. 
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools...                                                                                  Roman 1:20-22
 The Western culture has turned the corner of post modernism and is now headed at full throttle toward anarchy.  Here in the United States, our legal system is collapsing on itself from an avalanche of new laws trying to legislate morally on a population focused on pleasing themselves.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? -Jeremiah 17:9
Yet despite the obvious truth of God's Word and our country's troubled climate, we and others continue to exalt the new world religion of Political Correctness to our detriment.  Seems appropriate to quote Val Kilmer here as the Doc Holliday character of the movie Tombstone:

"I have not yet begun to defile myself" 




Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brush Fires

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."  -Samuel Adams

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Part Deux-Return of the Rufous

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It would appear that hummingbirds are rather impatient. While out running errands yesterday, the hummingbird feeder ran dry in my absence. Once I returned home, I refilled it immediately, but only a handful of the faithful came to imbibe. I was concerned the other hummingbirds had moved on to more "fruitful" grounds. Well, apparently word got out and today, the hummers returned to clean out our feeder before noon. So, after filling it up, we are able to offer this short video to document the return of the Rufous hummingbird!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Hummingbird Wars

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Long, long ago in a galaxy...er,not too far away. OK, so it was just this week off my deck in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado. Along with our bears, mountain goats, cougars, mule deer, elk, bobcats, bighorn sheep, golden and bald eagles, we have a few hummingbirds. What started out in late April with just one or two hummingsbirds has turned into a free-for-all with well over a dozen hummingbirds emptying our feeder in less than a day...everyday! If you look closely, you will see three orange-colored Rufous hummingbirds along with the other Broad-tailed hummers. I think there may also be a Black-throated hummer in there as well, but it is hard to determine since the Broad-tail's throats display black until the sun hits them, turning their throats into a brillant ruby color! Anyway, I soon got over buying the red colored syrup and just started feeding them sugar and water, and I think they like it better...not exactly natural, but well received. Of course, the hummingbirds love the Rocky Mountain Bee plants and penstemons that grow naturally here and are all over our property.
The diversity of God's creation is indeed amazing. To see these tiny creatures in such contrast to other birds and know their purpose beyond pollination is enriching our lives really demonstrates God's desire for His creation. Perhaps you are reading this blog and suffering some anger, disillusionment, or pain from life and wonder why an all-knowing/all- powerful creator God would allow pain and suffering in this world. Romans chapter 8 of God's revelation to His creation, states,
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."
So, enjoy the graceful good, lament the evil bad, and embrace the One that created and redemned.
You've got to give God His glory!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Age of Rage?

Recently, Financial Times historian Simon Schama stated "we might be on the threshold of an age of rage" referring to the economic struggles throughout the world.

As of 2010, the world has now spawned several generations indoctrinated into the misaligned evolutionary theory reducing the human race into a mere by-product of “primordial soup”. At best, we have been characterized as the “carbon unit” of Star Trek fame; at worst, we are a super virus encroaching on the natural resources of “mother earth”. After all the pseudo-intellectuals “disposed of God”, we find ourselves orphaned, with not a single substitution in the wings. Stephen Crane summed up our new enlightenment quite well.
“A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist.” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.”
Since we have no ultimate purpose for existing, we are told to “grab all the gusto you can because you only go around once”. Having taken this cliché as our esprit de corps, it appears modern man has "double-downed" in his quest to gain money, power, and pleasure. Of course, the primer for power and pleasure is usually tied to money, that has become the all- in-all. What we are now seeing is the fall out when all of our hopes and dreams are tied to personal prosperity.
Culturally, we have gone from social order around a framework of moral absolutes to disorder centered around personal preference and "survival of the fittest". The manifestation of this "Pseudo-Superman-New World Order" based on the hearts of men, "who did what is right is their own eyes",could be the dawning of a new Dark Age where we plunder one another for the right to survive.   Ah, the hope of humanity is reassuring.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Utopia or Bust!

People eventually run to God or run from God. Those that run from God will run to something else. Perhaps it is just an idea that suits their situation. Maybe its someone or something that is appealing to them at a particular point in time. I suppose Blaise Pascal had it right back in the 17th century when he said, “There is a God-shaped hole in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator.” It seems when we try to fill that hole with stuff that doesn't belong, we end up in a mess. Another way to put that is when we substitute the confidence we should have in our Creator God for confidence in anything else, particularly man, we will have a void in our very soul. Eventually, that void leads to insecurity, hopelessness, and fear, and that leads to desperation and despair. Yet, history is replete with people that turn their lives over to a man or men, believing in the rhetoric their ears desire to hear(it’s the whole “itchy ears” syndrome referenced in the Bible). People listen to what they want to hear and ignore what they don’t want to hear. So, when we hear we can "master our own destiny", be all we can be, and live the American dream, all in the setting of a utopian universe, we just don't ask the hard questions first.

Back in the early sixties when I was just a young thing, some of us were selected for testing to determine our aptitude and attitude. I remember one of those questions being, “Is man basically good?” Before my high school graduation, a specified group from my class was selected once again to take this exam, albeit a bit more involved, and the same question was offered to us in a variety of different ways. I later figured out these test (social barometers) were there to measure our level of assimilation into our culture. Social experimentation and engineering had been going on for some time by then. The idea that man holds the keys to his own utopian destiny were well documented before Marx, Lenin, Hitler or Friedrich Nietzsche’s declaration that “we have killed him—you and I” referring to God. Of course Nietzche is also famous for his "SuperMan” ideology which Hitler took to like a "duck on a June-bug" in his Mein Kampf rant. But I digress.

So, off we go, symbolically marching (evolving) toward utopia...envisioned, developed, and implemented by the smartest of the smart, the strongest of the strong, the most articulate and charismatic visionaries we can find. Some call this the "Escalator Myth", I will just refer to it as the "Great Falling Away".

There are many points of discussion here, but the specific point I wish to make is every generation listens to those "on the pedestal" during their generation. The one or ones on the pedestal(s) are there to articulate the vision, set expectations and confirm that utopia is just over the next rise. All that is required, is to stick together and be prepared to sacrifice for the utopian cause. You know, because "it's a big idea".

The “greater good” is the pièce de résistance of utopian speak. But for reasons seemingly beyond explanation, there are those of us who just don’t buy into the whole “heaven-on-earth gig”. For our benefit and that of the vacillating masses, a little coercion is sometimes required for the “greater good”. That is when those “owing the vision” must produce the necessary compelling events to ensure compliancy. In 1933 Germany, it was the Reichstag FireDecree that allowed Adolf Hitler the ability to rescind most civil liberties of his own people who feared a communist revolution. Once those laws were in place, it seemed good to Adolf to police the population and educate them about those in their midst that were disruptive, providing a vision of building a utopian race and culture. The rest, as they say, is history (not revisionist history). Look up autocracy, despot, dictator or tyrant and Germany's Hitler is sure to be found.

There are those now "on the pedestal" stating that our national sovereignty is incompatable with global governance and that the world must have global governance to ensure stability, peace, and prosperity. To put a finer point on that, we have members of our Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the United States government, sworn to protect the Constitution, moving us away from national sovereignty toward world totalitarianism at best or an oligarchy at worst. Either will be an abrupt end to our liberty.

Someone once said a gun or a bomb may kill a few people in one place and time; but an idea can murder millions for generations. Perhaps we need to re-examine the lens through which we see the world. We may want a mulligan.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rock-paper-scissors


We've all heard the proper technique of how to boil a live frog. If you just throw a live frog into boiling water, it will hop out immediately. However, if you put the frog in cool water, then turn up the heat, it will remain in the pot until it is boiling.
It appears the water is far past temperate and we Americans are in the pot. I am referring to our national and state governments.

For at least the past three administrations, and no doubt many more, our elected officials have purposefully ignored our Constitution, on which this country was founded. The U.S. government has enacted bills that infringe on our rights and trample the Constitution. Since we are a constitutional republic (not a democracy), this action should be repugnant to every American, and especially to every American that has defended the freedoms of this republic. Yet, instead, we seem to be very apathetic and indifferent as though the lump under our chin had just been described as a benign tumor.

In their 1999 book, How Now Shall We Live, Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey describes the unwinding of our western culture with insights from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. “Orwell warned of a communist government that would ban books; Huxley warned of a Western government that wouldn’t need to ban them—because no one would read serious books anymore. Orwell predicted a society deprived of information by government censors; Huxley predicted a society oversaturated by information from electronic media—until people lost the ability to analyze what they saw and heard. Huxley feared a system where people stopped caring about the truth and cared only about being entertained. Orwell described a world where people were controlled by inflicting pain; Huxley imagined a world where people were controlled by inflicting pleasure.” Perhaps there was a bit of truth in what both these men envisioned. Today, it appears the cost of liberty takes too much energy to maintain. After all, we have the “American Dream” to achieve, and that of itself is a full time job. It is enough that our government determine what is best for the people of this country, then just do what is necessary to see to it, regardless of the consequences. The ends justify the means.

Recently, a U.S. President referred to The Constitution of the United States as a piece of paper that needs to be a “living document” (interpret as changeable). I guess it should not surprise me that after decades of dumbing-down students in our public educational system, an elected official would play rock-paper-scissors with the cornerstone document of this country and it barely gets a whimper out of the media. Of course, I’m sure there is also a direct correlation to embracing relativism and discarding the whole idea of absolute truth in our culture today. With that whole ‘truth thing’ out of the way, anything goes.

While you are waiting patiently for my next blog, take a look in the rear view mirror to 1930’s Germany. Interesting…

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lone Survivor


Being the optimist that I am, I was a bit aggressive in planting my garden and flowers this spring. Last year, after finishing our off-the-grid cabin here in the mountains, I didn't plant until the "guaranteed" last frost date of June 5th. Which by the way, is not really a guarantee, since in 2007 the temperature dropped to 13 degrees here in the valley? Waiting until June 5th to plant seeds here in the mountains is only a guarantee of not producing anything. The only thing I got were some very green tomatoes the night before our first frost on the 17th of September.

With some advice from my sister, still living below the Mason-Dixon line, I decided I would construct a cold frame so I could get an early start on planting. At our altitude of 8600’, the sun can cook plants in a cold frame even when the temperature is below freezing. So, my first victims were seedlings cooked to a crisp. Not exactly what I was expecting from a cold frame.

Determined that I could resurrect my southern gardening heritage, I decided to plant after what I thought was the last snow of the year of April. As it turned out, it was not even close to the last snow or the last freeze. No, we had about three more snows in April and one in early May. Then the temperature continued to stay below freezing at night up through about the 18th of May. Needless to say, several plants suffered my ignorance, but that is only part of the story. You see when you build on top of a mountain between two mountain ranges with peaks exceeding 14,000’, the views are breath-taking, but the wind is a bit gusty. Yea, it is down right blustery. In addition to beating several replacement plants from the frost into rags, we also lost a pinion pine that was well over 100 years old. Some of the old timers here in the valley said the wind gusts were over 100 mph and many lost sheds, barns, roofs, and their sense of humor.

Once again, a trip into town to purchase some replacement plants for the wind this time. I found new confidence in the fact that the overnight temperature was staying in the low forties. At last I would be able to get those plants into the ground in time to produce fruit, flowers, and vegetables this summer. Have I mentioned how much I hate deer? As my wife’s former hairdresser once said, “I am way past the Bambi stage”. Like her, I long to see deer carcasses hung on my fence. Deer love flowers and gardens in general. Years ago, on our farm in Louisiana, I knew that. Those memories were suppressed under layers of sophistication necessary to ensure I would always buy my produce in well-lit and well-stocked supermarkets. The tune “Green Acres” comes to mind.

Today is May 28, 2010 and I am very proud to post a picture of the only surviving plant on top of Mt. JAG. Of course, I purchased this poppy plant with a bloom to ensure that I could post some evidence of my southern gardening heritage. More later on this adventure in the mountains, but I must leave now to have my tractor blade repaired after running down hill into a boulder.