Archive for September, 2011

Drudge–The Modern Day St. Jerome

September 30, 2011

Today’s the feast day of St. Jerome.

A doctor of the church and famous for his translation of the Bible into Latin.

In the 4th century, Jerome’s talents were endorsed by the Pope.

His works, resulting in what we call the Vulgate today, were paramount and unprecedented.

Latin was the educated people’s vernacular, through which history could be better comprehended in the Roman world, where Christianity was fastest growing.

Against the backdrop of a pagan country, Roman citizens could read the Gospels and New Testament and absorb the life of Christ and His Apostles.

Fast forward to today.

The liberal press is as pagan as it gets.

God and Jesus are to them–symbols of “hate.”

Hatred of Christians and Jews is a politically correct virtue.

Occasionally I write letters to the editor to our local pagan newspaper.

Not because I want to reach young people.

They don’t read it.

I do it for the older folks.

Those not part of the internet community and still getting news by inking their fingers.

The Truth, downplayed by the liberal press, like the outlets ignoring the Solyndra story, can always be found by clicking on the Drudge Report.

If you surf, like most of my readers, you know you’ll find articles on Drudge that won’t be found many other places.

Like St. Jerome, linking Truth to the language of the era–Latin, our fellow citizen, Matt Drudge, has talents endorsed by the Pontificating Pittsfielder–that’s me.

Good work my son, your work is helping young Americans see the conservative side of every story.

Enter into my kingdom.

Here’s the link….

Wild Card Watching from the Clouds

September 29, 2011

In Hebrews 12:1, we learn that we have a heavenly audience.

There’s even a sports reference.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Anyone watching the MLB channel last night must’ve felt like one of those celestial beings with a great view.

They were allowed to jump around from game to game, showing all the highlights to help fans see the drama of the final day of regular season baseball and the wild card playoff implications.

One announcer in particular, Harold Reynolds, seemed like he was on cloud 9 describing the night.

Since I’m a Red Sox fan I can’t retell everything, I’m too upset.

Let’s just say, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, deserves consideration as MVP of the league.

If you take Hebrews 12:1 and break it down, we see that every blessing is preordained–marked out.

We also learn that our sins hinder us from enjoying those blessings.

Right now, loved ones gone before us are cheering us on in the race of our lives.

They see those blessings ahead that we may not see.

They’re like the MLB TV staff with a view of every game.

Don’t worry if you seem to be down 7 runs in the 8th inning, or 9 games back in early September.

Just run the race and leave sin behind.

A huge celebration is waiting for you and through an obedient and holy life we get to the party a whole lot faster.

Experience is Like an Echo

September 28, 2011

The older I get, the more I realize how valuable my past troubles have been.

Hard times make us stronger, so that younger folks can look up to us for advice.

My dad was famous for his one-line sermons.

Here’s one I hear echoing in my head almost every day.

Don’t give me a lighter cross Lord; give me a stronger back.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus makes remarks to a few would-be followers that reinforce the lesson my Pop wanted people he lectured to hear.

Here’s the reading from Luke 9:57-62;

57As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

 58Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

 59He said to another man, “Follow me.”

   But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

 60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

 61Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus sees through big promises to Him.

He reminds us that life is worth living, even if hard times come our way.

When our Cross seems too heavy to bear, we’re not abandoned, but being sent back to Spiritual-school.

It’s not rejection, it’s experience you can share.

Can you hear the echo?

Preliminary Election in Pittsfield Today

September 27, 2011

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve probably noticed the title I use–Conservative, Christian, Citizen, has to do with what I write about each day.

In some cases the topic is just Conservative.

On other days it’s Christian.

On days like today,  it’s about being a good Citizen.

I can’t say there’s ever been a Mayoral candidate I thought was perfect for Pittsfield.

Probably because the “one” I think would be best has never run.

I’ll let you figure out who that “one” is for yourselves.

In spite of shortcomings of all five candidates in the race, there are only three who I feel are true contenders.

Sadly, one of them, who is qualified, chose to announce his candidacy by making a pathetic and prophetic, politically motivated statement about his personal life.

The Conservative in me had to put a big line through that guy’s name.

Another one of them is fairly new to politics and to be honest, is doing a great job.

It’s sad for the City, as I think he has the least chance of winning, and now he’ll be out of the arena for a while.

Finally, the candidate I’m pulling the lever for, is one I battled ten years ago over a certain direction our City should go.

The Christian in me has forgiven him enough to put that behind for the good of our future.

People change and attitudes evolve.

God wants us to be filled with His Holy Spirit, so that we don’t condemn folks for the wrong reasons.

Check out the Gospel reading from today’s Liturgy, Luke 9:51-56;

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

The best Conservatives, Christians and Citizens will always get out and vote.

Even if their favorite blogger’s not on the ballot.

Times Square and Maui in Northern New England

September 26, 2011

My wife and I are living the new Toyota Venza commercial.

Twenty something kids think their parents are boring, while the 50 somethings explore new adventures in their awesome wheels.

This weekend was no exception.

We found ourselves hand delivering a few things to Burlington, VT, that our youngest asked us to snail mail to him.

The evening we arrived, downtown Burlington, a.k.a. Church St., seemed like Times Square.

I’d never seen it so packed with people and energy, including street entertainers.

What was the reason?

Foliage.

The next morning we decided to drive east, over to New Hampshire and the town of Ossipee, past Lake Winnipesaukee.

By sheer accident, we drove through Cannon Mountain, near the site of the Old Man on the side of one.

The mountain gorge and low clouds that clutched the peak made us feel like we were back in Hawaii.

What made it better?

Foliage.

There will always be people who are smarter and more successful than us.

In my case, that’s most everyone I know…especially my readers.

But God has an interesting way of balancing things out.

The Times Square feeling I had in Burlington cost me a $3.75 parking garage pass.

Try doing that in the Big Apple.

The ride through Maui of the Granite State was only 200 miles from my front door.

The islands are halfway around the world.

The combined gifts and talents God gives us, that no other person can have in the same way, make us as unique as a snowflake or a fingerprint.

In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 9:46-50, a few things happen that remind us that our insignificant and outsider status does not offend or limit God.

46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

 49“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

   50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Who among us does not need to hear that?

Never fear moving forward with the vision God has put in your heart.

When the time comes, it will have a foliage-like beauty that will shock others as much as it does you.

Herman’s Monster Delivery

September 25, 2011

Here’s a headline that will cause The Left to scratch their head lines.

                   HERMAN CAIN WINS FLORIDA STRAW POLL

I’m not making this up.

Perry came in second–Romney third.

I never tried Godfather Pizza…a lot of folks in Florida just did.

Congratulations to the man with the spicy idea to help our economy.

The 9-9-9 tax restructuring plan, Herman’s monster concept, is about as opposite the President’s plan to over tax business owners, as Jesus is opposite the Anti-Christ.

Here’s another headline.

                                       9-9-9 VS. 6-6-6

Almost as good a ring to it as “The Thrilla in Manilla.”

To add joy to the moment, Herman slices the argument that Tea Party members hate minorities.

One by one the President’s class-warfare and race-baiting tactics are burning up in the heat of a country desperate to see him deliver his last pie-eyed speech.

Dear Mr. President,

You and your failed policies are falling like dominoes.

Signed,

The Customers

Solyndra Winds Quieting Down Hate Speach

September 24, 2011

I golf.

Don’t laugh…especially those of you who’ve golfed with me.

The wind–especially when it’s strong–does matter.

Shots I make, which on occasion go straight, hit directly into a stiff wind, lose distance.

That hurts my game.

Sometimes it means we change clubs…other times we hit in a different direction…to compensate.

That’s hard to do.

Sometimes–we just go home.

The President’s scandal, involving Solyndra, is a wind that’s growing stronger and more dangerous for his game.

Has anyone noticed how little rhetoric there’s been–from the President’s puppets, about how evil the Tea Party is–since this story broke?

Barry’s game was to keep the Tea Party–those evil haters guilty of wanting nothing but responsible government–on the front page.

I consider lies told about citizens “hate speech.”

It’s funny how the liberal haters try to turn the table on the citizens who are innocent.

Hey–maybe the Solyndra wind is so strong–they all went home.

Fore!

Liberal Bias Will Plead the 5’th on Solyndra Execs

September 23, 2011

I’m old enough to remember Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite frothing at the mouth over Richard Nixon’s connection to Watergate.

It was a feeding frenzy that ultimately brought down a conservative Republican President.

Folk songs about Nixon got automatic airplay, especially regarding his connection to the war in Viet Nam (a Democrat’s idea by the way–JFK).

Today, on Capitol Hill, executives from Solyndra, the recipient of the largest federal loan guarantee in our history, plan on smoothing things over with the taxpayers by pleading the 5’th amendment.

How exciting.

Here’s what the main stream liberal media will have to say about their soundless song.

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…    …   …

That’s not braille folks.

I’ll be calling my U.S. Congressman and both U.S. Senator’s today to register my complaint and insistence on full disclosure of this ludicrous loan.

The lobbyists that gained access to the White House on Solyndra’s behalf had no trouble speaking their mind when they wanted cash.

Demand the truth and hold the White House accountable on this issue.

If you don’t–only Fox News will.

Forget about the rest of them, they’re still drying out from Woodstock.

How to Get Out of a Spiritual Slump

September 22, 2011

Every baseball hitter goes through it.

Pitchers too.

It’s the time in their season when things don’t go right.

And…it lasts longer than a day.

For the player going through a slump, it seems like an eternity.

His fans too.

God’s people go through down periods.

Those times we find ourselves spiritually dry, is usually simultaneous with times we back-slide and disobey God’s Word and our good conscience.

Even if it’s just for a second or two.

Getting back on track takes patience and fundamentals.

I keep this Scripture on my desk and read it daily–Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We have so much less time here on earth than we think.

Our careers as Christians are short, like an athlete’s.

Fundamental Truth must be our foundation.

Without it, our All-Star votes diminish.

What’s great about God’s All-Star team is that humility and obedience trump popularity and flamboyance every time.

I met a cab driver this week who had the words “Wonderful Counsellor” on his dashboard.

Great pitch–home run–All Star behavior.

Be anxious for nothing…your slump is in your head.

Shoring Up the Wrong Base

September 21, 2011

Anyone following the Boston Red Sox, like me, knows this week we cheer for the enemy.

That’s right…Go Jeter!

Why?

The Sox are (5) games behind the Yankees for first place, but only (2) games up on the Tampa Bay Rays for the Wild Card, with just about a week to go  in the regular season.

You guessed it…the Yankees are playing the Rays this week.

Sometimes the planets line up in such a way, that the enemy of our enemy is our friend.

The President’s speeches lately are so infuriating, it makes me wish he’ll never shut up.

I  can hold my nose with the best of them.

The “base” that the President is shoring up, by doubling down on class warfare, is having a minor effect on liberals, but a fuse igniting impact on common sense conservatives and independents.

America needs jobs in  the free market.

The President thinks manipulating those markets can create them.

He just can’t seem to get it.

Even a laborer of the most humble station knows the poor don’t create wealth, only the wealthy.

He’s actually paddling backwards, yet somehow he seems to think, as long as he’s flailing his arms, his base must accept him for his sincerity.

Good idea.

Keep pointing your fingers at everyone Mr. President…you’re your own worst enemy.

Hey…I guess that makes you my friend.

Good Ole’ Obama…

Go B.O.–Go Cano–Go Mo!