Archive for March, 2012

Losing Lottery Tickets for Sale–No Yoke

March 31, 2012

If you’re reading this today, it’s likley you’re not driving to a lottery office in your home state with a winning ticket to redeem.

Like me, you have time to think rationally and do your normal routine.

I’m honored to be part of yours by the way.

From the day that both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, (Hobbits from the fictional novels by J.R.R. Tolkien) inherited “The Ring”—-the most powerful item in their world, its great value did nothing but bring them sorrow.

Until the end.

In many ways, winning a giant pile of money (yes I played $5) is a curse to those without the fortitude to handle success–and–even with those skills, like the little Hobbit ring-bearers, the weight of responsibility is still severe.

All but three have losing tickets for sale this morning–with no value at all.

We may have nonchalantly tossed a few bucks toward a ticket clerk and mused about the prospect of a windfall–I did.

In a rather ironic way, dollars we release to our Church, or other worthy causes, especially ones that benefit people who have no way of paying us back, never “ring-up” as a losing ticket.

Americans are the most generous people in the world.

In spite of those in power pretending to be atheists/secularists, so they can get even with the God who they know created them, the U.S. of A. remains king of the collection plate.

In all reality, our debt crisis can only be solved through our charity.

God will not turn His back on the righteous, no matter how evil our government may become.

FYI: If you happen to be a liberal or progressive reading this, higher taxes on the rich never were and never will be a form of charity.  Money that a government collects is considered to be in exchange for services rendered back to us, such as roads, bridges, public schools, police service, fire departments, etc…nothing more.

Jesus reminds us in John 11 of the following pledge:

Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Unlike the dreaded long-lost friends and relatives that lottery winners fear, Jesus, the wealthiest being in our universe, calls us to come to Him just as we are.

His promise to be yoked together, like oxen pulling a plow, is the smartest way we can “turn-over” the dirt and trials of our lives.

No powerful jewels, or winning numbers can equal that ticket.

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Forgotten Missions of Life–Summer Camp

March 30, 2012

When I was around 19 or 20 years old, I spent one week, two summers in a row, at a Christian Camp in Massachusetts, volunteering as a counselor.

I used my one week vacation from work making this little adventure.

The reason I was thinking about this is because my daughter is off again to Central America, on her fourth or fifth mission trip to help disadvantaged children.

The contrast between the two trips is interesting.

Since I didn’t own a pocket camera back then and hardly anyone else did either, I have no proof I even made this jaunt.

I have no solid memory of the name of the camp, it might have been Camp Life, no memory of any of the kids, except for one black child named Nicky, who had medical issues, but they did not hold back his starlike personality.

I have no memory of any other counselors, other than the camp director whose name was John.

I can’t remember much about the cabins we slept in, or the mess hall.

Without photos, like we have today, (my daughter always returns with over 50 shots of each trip) it’s nearly impossible for an old-timer like me to remember much more than a shadow of the events.

In Jeremiah 20 there’s a short little verse where the prophet says:

For to you Lord I have entrusted my cause.

The Lord has the photo album of our heart and motives saved in the Heavens for us (and Him) to hold and cherish forever.

Whatever we’ve done, in His name, even if it can’t be proven, still had just as much effect on souls we’ve touched here and on the crowns God Almighty has waiting for us on the other side–because we entrusted our cause to Him.

We counselors could’ve been at Daytona Beach, with the rest of the college co-eds our age, each of these two weeks.

So could my daughter.

I do remember a pond and a canoe, but the waves we made were just little ripples.

Good enough for God’s photo album.

On the Road to Cuba–The Pope–Not Bob Hope

March 29, 2012

For many years a great American comedian named Bob Hope made movies whose titles began with “On the Road to…” wherever he happened to be going.

Hope was always funny, he was tirelessly dedicated to visiting American troops overseas and never once did he have to tell a dirty joke to get a laugh.

His level of class was far superior to so many phony comedians today, who just wallow in the gutter because they’re either too lazy to think, or simply not smart enough to get laughs the hard way.

I could not help but marvel over the meeting between Pope Benedict and Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro earlier this week.

The Pope took his evangelization show on the road and surprisingly received a warm welcome from Fidel and brother Raul.

I found it interesting to see two giants in the world of ideology, coming face to face to discuss issues that almost seemed surreal, such as, the Pope asking Raul to make Good Friday a Holiday in Cuba.

Fidel reinstated Christmas in advance of Pope John Paul II’s visit in ’98, at the Pope’s request.

Who knew?

Ironically, I believe the Pontiff has a far greater chance of establishing a commemoration of Christ’s death in Havana than he does in D.C., with our prevailing anti Christ culture.

Jesus said in the scary version of 3:16, Revelation–“be ye hot or cold, but if you are luke warm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

Cuba is cold.

America is luke-warm.

That my dear friends is nothing to laugh about.

God help America to snap out of our politically correct, middle road on every issue–funk.

It takes courage to make a decision and take a stand.

The weakest minds just wallow in the filth of relative truth.

The Supreme Lecturer Gets Lectured

March 28, 2012

It wasn’t all that long ago that a U.S. President, for the first time in our history, publicly humiliated the Supreme Court Justices during a State of the Union Address.

Civil minded people all across this great land watched in shock as the Executive Branch of Government tried to drag the Judicial Branch down into the mud, where he regularly plays.

In case you’ve forgotten, check out this highlight reel…if you think the only consequence of this ill-advised lecture is that his daughters might not get summer internships at the Supreme Court–guess again.

The President now must try to defend the very thing he attacked when running against Hillary Clinton in 08.

Yes folks, it gets worse.

This new commercial below is just what the doctor ordered for those of us who still think the world is picking on Obama.

Next time you want to embarrass someone Mr. President, pick on someone your own size, like puny little me, who has a blog that’s being followed by my uncle in California and two or three others who accidentally stumble across it each day.

I can’t hurt you.

The Justices?…well…good luck with that mandate you’re defending.

CNN Black Anchor and America Question Panthers

March 27, 2012

It’s still hard for America to digest the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

Especially in light of the 911 calls where the police clearly told Zimmerman not to follow him.

I believe the truth of the event will finally play out and justice will be served.

Sometimes when tragedies happen, Americans become introspective and less reactionary.

Other times–the opposite.

Had this situation been reversed, George Zimmerman would not be described by the liberal news media as a White-Hispanic.

Does that mean they’ll now start describing Obama as a White-African-American?

If this situation were in reverse, would the Ku-Klux-Klan be allowed to put out a bounty for the capture of Trayvon Martin?

I don’ think so.

But, there’s hope.

In this media clip below…not from Fox News, but from CNN, you’ll see an African-American news anchor (I don’t know his name) questioning the Black Panthers about what they’ll do with Zimmerman if they apprehend him.

If CNN is questioning some of the tactics being  used, what does that say about the rest of America?

I’m fairly certain race riots aren’t going to help America grow through this tragedy.

What’s just as tragic is the death of hundreds of black men every year at the hands of their own people.

What’s causing so much violence I cannot say?

But that needs to be addressed, just as much as Trayvon’s death.

I respect President Obama for having the courage to run for office as an African-American.

There’s no doubt he inspired other young men and women of his community to do great things.

What I don’t see coming out of this are black leaders of America stepping up and saying “we need to clean up our own act and take the log out of our own eye before we take the spec out of someone else’s.”

Maybe this CNN reporter would like to run for office.

I like his courage to speak the truth and question the questionable.

Saving Paul Ryan

March 26, 2012

America’s federal spending habits have gotten so bad that it’s time to man the life boats.

Part of the reason I believe the President will not be re-elected is because he’s effectively done nothing to address our national debt.

In fact, he and his fellow liberals seem to have no problem with it.

The other day, when asked about fuel costs, his odd but predictable response was–“Do you think I like gas prices high during an election year?”

Wait a minute Mr. President, does that mean if it weren’t an election year you’d be OK with it?

It’s almost like asking the man caught cheating on his wife who says–“Do you think I want to ruin my marriage?”  In other words–“If I weren’t caught my marriage would be fine.”

Sorry Mr. President, in spite of you and your liberal friends dream for a debt-laden Ameritopia, your re-election is not the American people’s number one priority.

Actually the opposite may be .

Congressman Paul Ryan is truly one of America’s bravest politicians.

Unlike so many Republicans in name only, he actually did present a budget plan, which, over the next 10 years, brings our economy back from the brink of a Euro style melt-down.

Instead of praising Ryan, for manning the life boats, now the accusations from the left have begun.

In case you’re wondering what the President’s budget looked like, the only time he sent one forward, how does a Senate vote of 97-0 against help you visualize what it looked like?

It was a complete joke.

When a family is struggling for survival, every member has to pitch in a bit, not just the daddy.

In a diabolical attempt at trying to confuse the average American voter, the left will only have one solution for solvency, and that is to raise taxes on the rich.

As we’ve mentioned before, even if the left took every red cent from the rich in America, it would pay for our spending habits for less than a year…then what?

We conservatives need to start taking a stand for the Ryan plan and begin asking liberals how they feel about a federal deficit that has exceeded a trillion dollars every year since Obama got into office.

If you don’t understand the meaning of that word–“deficit”–it would be like you being in charge of paying the bills in your household and politely handing your spouse a credit card with a $1,000 limit–at the end of the year, without warning, you find out your spouse has charged $100,000.

There’s no legal authority for it to happen, it just did and now you’re on the hook and your spouse only has one thing to say–“Give me my credit card back so I can do it again next year.”

We love President Obama, he’s part of our family, but, he needs to become former President Obama, if we want to save the family farm.

The Obama Presidency was fun for about two minutes.

His popularity was a fad that wore off faster than the pet rock of the 80’s and now we must stop throwing rocks at real solutions.

We must protect and defend the Ryan plan.

It may be our best hope.

Atheists Steal from Handicapped Boy–Indirectly

March 25, 2012

Two news headlines involving school students have me shaking my head this morning.

Headline one:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/03/23/school-districts-ten-commandments-monument-stirring-controversy/

It seems the Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening a law suit against the Valley School District in New Kensington, PA for a monument of the 10 Commandments that’s on school property.

The complaint came from a student at another school. 

His parents must be so proud.

The monument has been there since 1957, but everyone’s friend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has made it their mission to correct this horrible wrong.

Headline two:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/23/1956007/a-handicapped-boy-fundraising.html#storylink=cpy

A 12-year-old handicapped boy, who wanted to bring his wheelchair basketball team to school, so his friends could learn more about the sport, was robbed as he went door-to-door selling water bottles to raise money to transport he and his friends to the gym.

A man simply walked up to the bucket of cash he was carrying, grabbed it and then calmly strode away, across the grass, where the boy could not go, leaving him with nothing but a broken heart.

Here’s my ultra-conservative-wacko idea on how we can resolve both of these cases at the same time.

Let’s catch the robber of the 12-year-old boy and as his punishment have him remove the monument and bring it to jail with him.

Seeing things like–“Thou Shall Not Steal”–in prison–just might be legal and could have a positive impact on him and his fellow jail-birds.

Wait…can I say “jail-bird” without being attacked by a community organizer?

Aren’t birds on some sort of endangered species list?

As for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, let’s ask them to send $1,000 to Cary, North Carolina, to pay for that wheelchair basketball game.

We all know how much they love children.

Since the monument is now removed and they don’t have to pay for a legal battle, they’ll have extra cash.

Another point to remember, since their atheist ancestors are partly responsable for thugs having no idea that stealing is wrong–and–if we must pay back other victim groups with retribution money who were indirectly hurt by our ancestors–why isn’t turn around fair play?

Sounds crazy right?

Sorry…

Common sense has no place in society today, ony the “utterly ridiculous” is considered for solutions to our problems.

Trayvon Martin–Rest in Peace–Through Bio-Metrics

March 24, 2012

The tragic death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the lack of an arrest of George Zimmerman, the confessed shooter, has taken over the headlines.

Most people who know the story have probably listened to all the 911 calls.

It’s the second round of calls that helped me realize how easy this case would be to solve.

I’m not a police officer, or an attorney, so I can’t say for sure if my ideas are admissible in court, but for Trayvon’s parents’ sake, I have to speak my mind.

In the newest released 911 call by a neighbor, whose building was next door to George and Trayvon, during the final moments of the fatal confrontation, you could easily hear the word “help” being screamed at the top of someone’s lungs in the background of the call.

The 911 dispatcher commented on the sounds she could hear.

Through the use of bio-metrics, a spectrogram/picture of that voice can be created that displays the time, vibration and frequency of vocal sounds and volume characteristics.

These are commonly called voiceprints.

Measurement of the time and frequency patterns make it possible to determine if two voice samples match.

In a matter of about 10 minutes, a re-enactment of those screams can be conducted, using the same telephone, from the same distance to the phone outside the caller’s window, dialing the same 911 phone line.

The missing piece is Trayvon’s voice.

But that doesn’t matter.

George Zimmerman claims that he was being attacked by Trayvon, therefore, by George’s story, it must be his voice that’s screaming for help, not Trayvon’s.

Aggressors don’t scream for help, their victims do.

So, why not have a judge force George to scream for help, then do a spectrogram of his voice, to see if it matches up with the voice on the 911 call?

If it turns out to be George’s voice that was screaming for help, that bolster’s George’s argument that he was being attacked.

If it doesn’t…well…may justice prevail.

Since every parent has numerous videos of their child these days, to make doubly sure of the value of the evidence, a spectrogram of Trayvon’s voice can be matched up with his cries for help.

The Raft, The Waterfall and the Missing Halo

March 23, 2012

One of the first things any Catholic learns as a child is that Saints have halos.

For my atheist friends, a halo is a brightly colored ring that hovers just a few inches above the holiest of our Church members, almost always in paintings and other art work.

At one point in Scripture, the halo, or glow around Jesus actually does happen.

It’s not a myth.

We call it The Transfiguration–Mark 9:3

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can whiten them.

The polls on the President’s approval rating seem to indicate he’s lost his halo politically.

I’m not comparing Jesus to Judas Iscariot, but the Bible teaches that Christ even gave the son of perdition the right to perform miracles, just as he did the other 11.

The President started his time in office with a promise of hope and change.

The only change now is what’s left in jars on our night stands and the only hope is on election day.

Whatever plan the Democrats had to attack their inevitable Republican opponent in November, for flip-flopping, has lost credibility after the President’s speech this week.

In one of the most bizarre moves by any U.S. President, Barrack traveled to Oklahoma to try and take credit for what amounts to just a few feet of the Keystone XL Pipeline-comparativley speaking.

Everyone knows that portion of the pipeline, which is to connect two border States, had already been approved by legal permitting and required no presidential intervention at all.

A week earlier he was lobbying Democrat Senators to vote against the Pipeline.

Did he finally see the waterfall? 

More on that in a minute.

I can’t even think of a historical analogy because it’s so 180 degrees opposite his position.

No normal politician would ever be so blatantly phony.

It’s almost like a hypothetical tyrant coming to your home town, making a speech that says  you now have permission to vote for your own elected officials and then trying to take credit for liberating your community, when just a week earlier he shot and killed half the city’s voters.

Even the most gullible of liberal disciples will see through this.

What’s happening hear folks is what we’ve all seen in the cartoons time and again.

The little raft he’s riding, our weak economy, is getting closer and closer to a giant deadly waterfall and there’s not much chance of stopping the inevitable.

Speech after speech, Obama’s trying to trick the American people into believing his opponents should be on that raft, not him.

Yesterday he even claimed that the Solyndra boondoggle was not his program “per se.”

Oy vay!

Mr. President, only a miracle can help you now.

You need a divine connection to try and get your halo back.

I suggest calling the Bishops and asking them to pray for you.

Good luck with that.

Those shiny round discs they’re about to chuck at you, like a frisbee, just might be blades from a table saw.

Bio-Ethicists Need New Name–Nazi

March 22, 2012

I’m not an expert on the Holocaust.

I do know one thing–Nazi scientists had no problem with experimenting on Jews, as if they were laboratory rats.

The atrocities are almost unspeakable.

We as a human culture swore we’d never let this happen again.

How well have we fared?

Check out this article by two “bio-ethicists” from Europe.

The word “ethicist” is in quotes because they’re anything but.

http://breakthematrix.com/freedom/bioethicists-propose-afterbirth-abortion-killing-newborns/

Here’s an excerpt.

Giubilini and Minerva wrote “when circumstances occur after birth that would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”

…“actual people’s well-being could be threatened by a newborn even if healthy child requiring energy, money and care which the family might happen to be in short supply of.”

It seems we’re coming around full circle doesn’t it?

Pro-Life Catholics and Christians are often ridiculed for calling abortion the new holocaust.

Looks to me–again–The Church had it right.

How’s that criticism working for ya’ now my dear progressive friends in the media?

Wait a minute.

It’s awful quiet.

Do you condone this theory?

Do you feel that after the birth of a baby, families can simply extinguish a human life, to save money and “energy”?

Other than this article I found on a conservative blog–where’s the outrage?

In a way, this revealing thesis, by the European “scientists,” is a good thing.

It gives us a glimpse at the root of the problem, i.e., an attitude of superiority over the weak and intolerance for any kind of inconvenience.

That was the attitude in Nazi Germany–that the Jews were costing them money…so…just label them, take away their humanity–make them go away.

Pro Choice soldier-ettes, screaming about women’s health issues–what’s your stance on this article?

Inquiring conservatives minds like mine want to know.

Your silence makes me think you too might be an “ethics” revolutionary.

Only the strong survive huh? 

What goes around comes around– especially on Judgement Day.