7/25/2016

Why Do We Fight Wars?

Why do we fight wars? Comments from my Dad's letter to Mom in ww2 tell it all.

Feb. 20, 1945  (Somewhere in France heading for Germany with the 14th Armored Division, from "Letters to Maryrose from Bob, a ww2 Veteran")

"The other day I met a refugee, a woman between 55 and 60. Such utter helplessness, I have never seen. She seemed to be in almost a state of shock... I'll never forget. Never! How some people can, in that pseudo-sophisticated manner which we were taught to acquire in college, say that wars are fought for the interests of the business class is more than I can see. It seems to me we are here to give back to that woman, and millions of others, that home which is gone. We can't bring back the sons, daughters and grandchildren she has lost... Too much were we taught to be skeptical of all things. If all of us ten years ago, - all of us - could have seen what I have seen in my short stay here I think we would have been better citizens of the world. This my dear might be sentiment but it isn't sentimentality."   

4/10/2016

Why Donald Trump is Winning. A Story of Evansville, Indiana

The "so called" establishment hates Donald Trump. Statements he makes like this drive them nuts: "I am all for free trade, but it's got to be fair. When Ford moves their massive plants to Mexico, we get nothing. I want them to stay in Michigan." (You can find this quote and others from the candidates here.)

On the other hand, millions of the common folk love Donald Trump. Following is a personal story from my family that helps explain why he is leading in the race to become the Republican candidate for president.

My wife's father worked for many years at Servel and later Whirlpool in Evansville, Indiana. The Whirlpool plant was closed and moved to Monterrey, Mexico in 2009. So sad. This is happening today all over the country. Read the full article titled "Whirlpool Rooted in Fabric of Community" in the Evansville Courier Press about it here.

A quote from the article: 
"When Whirlpool announced its intentions last August to go where labor is far cheaper, the industry giant — which 50 years ago helped stabilize the city's flagging economy — said it wasn't the fault of a "quality" work force (average age 52) and that the city couldn't have prevented it." 


There was even a PBS special report titled "Revisiting Evansville, Two Years After Whirlpool's Move South" about what happened in Evansville. You can watch the report by Judy Woodruff here.

NAFTA may sound good to those working in Mexico, but hurts American workers. They and Donald Trump know it.

Full disclosure - I an a Cruz guy, but I get what Trump is saying and understand why my wife and others are crazy about him. As Trump would say, "Hillary or Bernie would be a disaster!". 


2/27/2016

19 Trillion and Counting

I decided to reread Winston Churchill's excellent six volume account of World War 2. I remembered that there were quotes and ideas that were brilliant and timeless. However, I failed to write them down.

In my new adventure, I intend to record them and find nuggets of wisdom that apply today and post my thoughts. Such is the following.

The United States faces a 19 Trillion debt. ($19,000,000,000,000) Smart economists fear we will never be able to pay it off.

The Congress, the President and presidential candidates, promise to reduce the debt, while at the same time the public cries for more so called "free" things.

Winston Churchill in his book, The Gathering Storm, wrote of the reparations of World War 1 and how the people did not care about the dire consequences of bad policy.

"The multitudes remained plunged in ignorance of the simplest economic facts, and their leaders, seeking their votes, did not dare to undeceive them. The newspapers, after their fashion, reflected and emphasised the prevailing opinions."

Winston Churchill, The Gathering  Storm, p.7

I seems to me that is why we are in the pickle we are in today. What do you think?

A side note - If one wants to gain an in depth knowledge of World War 2, there is nothing better than what Churchill wrote. Not only is he a great historian, he is a great writer.

9/26/2015

"A Walk in the Woods" Movie Review

My friend Ed and I wanted to see the movie "A Walk in the Woods". It's about two old friends, Bill (Robert Redford) and Katz (Nick Nolte) who take a walk on the . Appalachian Trail. Bill's wife is played by Emma Thompson . It's based on a book with the same title by Bill Bryson and it's true story.

After we read a review with a warning about multiple instances of  bad language, we were not so sure about going. (The movie is R rated) Nevertheless,  with trepidation, we ventured on.  We were determined to write a review ourselves to test the accuracy of that review - at least that was our excuse.

As we watched the movie, I made an an attempt to record each untoward utterance of any kind. I tallied 16 with two instances of the Lord's name being used, but not in prayer. About half of the infractions, back in the day, would have warranted a kid having his or her mouth washed out with soap. Bill was almost blameless while Katz would have made a sailer blush.

I confess that based in my past walking in the woods long ago with friends, not a bad record. There must be something about being in the woods without women that brings the "wild" out in a man or a boy.

Did my friend and I miss something? Oh well, the elderly can get confused and often have a hard time hearing.

Leaving this all this aside, we loved the movie. The acting was superb, especially Emma Thomas who played Bill's wife. The dialog between the friends was hilarious. The cinematography was excellent. Now I want to walk the trail and see for myself. Perhaps the most redeeming feature were the moral messages.  Bill and Katz found grace and renewed a broken relationship. In addition, they found peace discovering that there is something out there that is bigger than themselves.

As a bonus, the messages of the movie gave me an insight into my fear of getting older and a possible solution. Hmmm, maybe find an old friend, head for the woods and start swearing. Just kidding.

My recommendation? Grab and an old friend and go see "A Walk in the Woods". Leave your wife at home. Afterwords, head for a coffee shop and start a serious conversation about what you saw and what you plan to do about it - then write a review yourself.

I give it all the four stars. See Ed's comments below.

Dan


Yes, some of the swearing was a bit abusive, but nothing other than one might hear on the street or on the golf course.  The action  was interesting and funny.  No crimes were committed and there were no bombs, guns, or flames.  I would recommend  that folks go see this movie if they want to enjoy an hour and fifty minutes of pure relaxation and humor.

Ed

12/12/2014

Panera and the War on Christmas. Do You Care?

It's Christmas time again. For us, it's time to decorate the leafless tree out front, buy and trim the fresh cut Christmas tree in the living room, watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music. 

In the past, Christmas followed us to the stores we shopped in and restaurants we ate in and coffee shops where we met and talked with our good friends. 

Christmas even followed us when we visited the town square where baby Jesus and His mother and father were among the animals in a manger.

But sadly, that's all changing. Yes Virginia, there is a war on Christmas.

Yesterday, when we once again met with friends at our neighborhood Panera, my wife noticed that Christmas decorations were missing. The softly playing music did not include familiar Christmas carols. 

Upset, my wife spoke to one of the workers and found out that "corporate" had changed the policy and Christmas was banned. The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge had struck.

I was appalled. Some friends were surprised, but anther friend told us that the policy had been changed last year. Somehow we missed the change.

I immediately sent out an alarm by tweet and email. I also posted to Facebook and sent my concerns to "corporate". To my dismay, my various alarms, which even included a #hashtag, barely caused a ripple. One "retweet", one "like", one positive comment and one negative and today a politically correct response from "corporate" which included "holiday" cheer.

Does anyone care? We care.

This morning a quote from the Bible came to mind.

"but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 10:33 (ESV)

For heavens sake, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birthday.

Do you care?

11/05/2014

It's a New Day - or is it?

This tells it all about last night's election

"Election night 2014 was like a tsunami, as Republicans wiped out Democrats to take control of the Senate and won governorships in states that easily re-elected President Obama."


I was surprised. I kept waiting for an "October Surprise" that didn't come. Yes, the stock market hit an all time high, the unemployment rate was lower and gas prices plummeted, but these factors didn't save the Democrats. They lost and they lost big.

The spin masters on both sides of the political spectrum either said the GOP takeovers were a rejection of incumbents or were a rejection of President Obama and his policies.

There may be some truth in both explanations, but I think the dramatic change in the mood of the country can be explained in a simpler way.

I remember as a kid when something bad happened in the playground or in the back yard, I ran to get an adult. Playing and having fun was great, but when I fell and broke my arm, Mom and Dad were called to the rescue. Then more adults at the hospital put a cast on my arm and it got better.

The moral of the story is that when the kids get in trouble, they call for adults to get them out of it.

I think that's what happened in the 2014 election. Freedom to marry who you want to, smoke pot or get free stuff from the government (aka other people) is fun, but when you see storm clouds gathering, it's time to run for safety. Even children have an inate survival instinct.

My wife always calls out to those in the family who head out the door. "Be careful, it's a jungle out there".

It's comforting to know where there is safety. Now we watch and hope that adults really will be in charge.

11/04/2014

Posting, Voting and Hoping

I haven't posted in a while. Frankly, I've had a "writers block". So many things have been happening in the world that are not good, I didn't know where to start. Reading, travelling and conversations with old friends have occupied much of my time.

So today, I got off the couch and voted. Hopefully the end of the day will see some men and women elected that will have answers to the seemingly overwhelming problems in the world. Perhaps some fresh faces and voices will emerge.

A new day? I hope so for the sake of our country and the world.

Back to when I voted. I stepped up to the the table where the election officials sat. I pulled my driver's license out and gave it the the official. I just got it renewed and it had an updated picture on it. He then asked me for my address. I asked him to use the one on my ID. He said by state law he couldn't use a photo ID for identification. I guess I kind of knew what would happen if I tried to use a photo ID but I wanted to see and hear it myself.

After that, my wife and I went to one of our favorite coffee shops. Now I wait for the late night election results - still hoping. If I get some fresh insights after the results come in, I'll post again in the morning.




8/25/2014

The War in Syria. As Yogi Berra said, "It's like déjà vu all over again."

Who says the history doesn't repeat?

I read an interesting article this morning in Red State.

The following quote, summarizes the article.

"Things seem to be on the verge of coming full circle in US relations with Syria. Early in the Obama administration, the ever sagacious Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to Syrian President Bahar al-Assad as a “reformer” before demanding his ouster. Now it seems that Obama has made the decision that the United States must cooperate with Syria in order to suppress ISIS/ISIL."

http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/24/bashar-al-assad-obamas-new-ally/

It reminded me of things that Rush Limbaugh has been talking about lately on his radio program. Rush, again, is ahead of the curve. Following is a quote from his August 11, 2014 program.

"RUSH:  Okay.  Here's me, folks, from this program on September 11th, 2013.  By the way, Koko, if you want to find the website history to link to what I originally said about this, find Spetember 2nd, 3rd, 4th, somewhere in there, my memory is. But this was September 11th of last year.

RUSH ARCHIVE:  Here we are 12 years later after 9/11, and think about it.  Twelve years later we are supporting Muslim terrorists in Syria. Muslim terrorists who are threatening to kill Syrian Christians if they don't convert to Islam.  That's who our allies are.  Those are the rebels that Bashar Assad is supposedly gassing.  So we're aligned with 'em because we're aligned against Assad.  They're threatening to kill Syrian Christians if they don't convert to Islam.

RUSH:  This was ISIS, folks, and we were anti-Assad."

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/08/11/huge_see_i_told_you_so_hillary_admits_we_backed_isis_in_syria

The bottom line is that ISIS/ISIL/IS (take your pick) may have made a big mistake by beheading an American. This despicable act may bring Obama and the USA into the battle in Syria in support of Syrian President Bahar al-Assad kicking and screaming. This is eerily similar to when Stalin flipped from being an enemy to a friend of the UK when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in ww2.
   
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the UK, summed up his feelings about Stalin and Hitler that may apply here.

“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons."

6/21/2014

Jersey Boys the Movie is a Big Hit

My wife and I went see Jersey Boys in a matinee showing on it's opening day. (Full disclosure, I was a fan of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons back in the day.) I was so excited when driving to the theater while trying my best to give a falsetto rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You".

The movie Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, is an adaptation of the Tony winning Broadway show of the same name. It's the story of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, one of the most popular groups of the 60's.

Expecting a small crowd, I was surprised when we entered the theater to see it more than half full. Usually when we go to a matinee during the week my wife and I share the theater with another couple or two.

I wasn't disappointed in Jersey Boys.  I loved loved it. The singing was suburb and the acting first class. The dialog fit the era that I grew up in. Some of the language was crude, but authentic.

Clint Eastwood got the feel of the 60's right. Frankie Valli and the other members of the 4 Seasons looked and dressed like the guys I hung around with and the scenes reminded me of what the 60's looked like.

At first I was distracted when the characters stepped aside and narrated the story. After getting used to that, I was so focused on the plot that I never took my customary mid-movie run for relief even though the movie ran an exceptionally long 134 minutes.

Jersey Boys will appeal most to those folks who, like me, grew up in the 60's but all will enjoy it. The iconic sound of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons is unique and will be timeless. I predict it will be a big hit.

6/13/2014

Alone Yet Not Alone Movie Review

It took some searching but we finally found a movie theater that was showing Alone Yet Not Alone. It tells the true story of a family that was separated during the French and Indian War. The Indians killed the father and his son and captured two of his daughters. To tell you more would spoil the ending.

Warning - you will see a family praying and the name Jesus is used several times, but not in vain.

The cinematography is excellent, the acting is superb and the music is captivating. I was pleasantly surprised in how good the movie was inspite of the meager budget and the limited release.

Last year a controversy erupted when the title song sung by Joni Eareckson Tada was nominated for an Oscar and then was later pulled by the Academy. Watch the Fox News interview with Joni about that here.
http://youtu.be/B3-rH-_MoVo

Watch and listen to the title song sung by Joni here.
http://youtu.be/BWVyVMbSzM4

If you can find Alone Yet Not Alone go see it, but be sure you take a box of tissues along with you. The story is gripping, but has a joyful ending. If you can't find a showing near you, call the theater chain and ask for it. Good clean family-friendly movies are hard to find these days - and this one has a timeless message that all should hear.

5/09/2014

Encore Presentation of the Movie Irreplaceable Scheduled

Good news. My wife got a call today from the district manager of STARPLEX theatres. They and other theatre chains will offer an encore presentation. Following is the information. 

"Many showings in the “one night only” event sold out – in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, St. Louis, and Fresno and Santa Monica, Calif.,  among other cities. As a result, dozens of theaters will offer an encore presentation Thursday, May 15, the Christian ministry said in an exclusive statement to The Foundry."

5/07/2014

Irreplaceable the Movie Controversy

My wife and I got to the theatre to see the movie Irreplaceable last night and it was sold out. Many more could not get in. I was shocked but encouraged. My wife was upset and she called the STARPLEX Corp. outside the theatre. They called back this morning and said they would look at the response and make a decision about showing it again.

Last night we persisted and were able to sit in the front row after the movie started because a few people didn't show up.

The movie is very well done. It calls each individual to respond to God's love. It's a much needed call to save the traditional family.

Irreplaceable has been controversial because the focus of the movie is on the traditional family. See the following link.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602507/New-documentary-argues-the-traditional-family-is-Irreplaceable

Following is a link to a positive article about Irreplaceable. 

5/03/2014

A Jubilee for the People

Every few years, the politicians in Washington come up with changes that they say will solve the immigration, Social Security, tax, welfare, pollution, etc. so called "problems".  Without fail, they start the process of change in laws again like the little boy who cried "wolf". The net result is chaos and confusion.

I say, just close down Congress for 49 years. Pay the pols to stay the out of Washington if need be. As new presidents are elected, send them on a continual world tour and ban them from coming into the country.  They can issue orders through e-mail, Twitter or Facebook from Air Force One.

On the 50th year, reelect an all new bunch and require them to take one year to analyze the state of the country and then make law changes before the end of the 50th year. The one stipulation would be that all tax rates would be set to zero and reenacted only if needed. After this, send Congress on another 49 year hiatus. Keep on refueling Air Force One.

Do you think this has merit?

For more information, click the link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_(Christianity)

3/04/2014

Pajama Boy and the Age of Seriousness

My Dad was a ww2 vet. He was an officer in the 14th Armored Division, a part of Patton's Third Army that went into Germany.  They had tanks, many of them, and heavy artillery. They helped liberate the infamous Dachau concentration camp as well as fighting the Nazis. He once told me he saw bodies piled like cord wood. He was a serious man.

Today, the military has only one armored division, and that one is not in Europe, and only 22 tanks in Europe. Add to this, the military now celebrates gay pride. I am sure Putin was aware of all this and saw it as weakness when he invaded Ukraine.

My Dad probably wouldn't believe what what the liberals have done to our country and our military.

This article entitled An Age of Seriousness Returns by Eric Erickson in RedState.com tells the tale well.

I pray serious people will soon again lead our country.

Do you think pajama boy sitting on his mama's couch playing games on his iPhone even knows what is happening in the Ukraine?

3/03/2014

Ukraine, NATO and the Russian Invasion

Russia has invaded Ukraine. NATO has an agreement with Ukraine. The United States is a member of NATO. 

The agreement reads in part:

NATO Allies will continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity, democratic development, economic prosperity and its status as a non-nuclear weapon state, and the principle of inviolability of frontiers, as key factors of stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe and in the continent as a whole.

Here is the link to the agreement.

NATO is just putting out hot air now while the world watches and more Russian troops pour into the Crimea. 

"There is, however, one helpful guide, namely, for a nation to keep its word and to act in accordance with its treaty obligations to allies. This guide is called honour." The Gathering Storm - Winston Churchill

History seems to be repeating. If we fail to support Ukraine now, NATO might as well recycle the paper their documents are printed on, close their doors and sell the building.

Sent from my iPad

2/26/2014

The Same-Sex Marriage Controversy. It's More than Baking Cakes.

All over the country, Christians who provide services for marriages are under legal attack for refusing to participate in same-sex marriages.

Here is an article about that.
http://www.redstate.com/2014/02/25/governor-jan-brewer-should-sign-the-religious-liberty-legislation/

The heart of the matter is the right to worship vs the right to practice religion. In repressive societies of the past, Christians were forced to the four walls of their churches to worship. Outside the church they could not practice their faith. Spain under the Moors is a good example of that. The USSR is another example. A present example is in England where lay street preachers are being jailed for reading the Bible aloud in public.

Christians being forced to participate in same sex marriage is a slippery slope. Should priests be forced to perform same sex marriages? Some would say so even though marriage between a man and a women is a sacrament In the Catholic Church.

As a society based on freedom, do we really want to jail those who simply refuse to participate in a ceremony based on the Bible and what Jesus clearly taught in Mathew 19:4-6?

4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV



12/19/2013

Phil Robertson: Where is a Christian Leader's Defense?

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, was suspended from future productions of their show over comments he made in a GQ article. There is outrage in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Other than Phil's very graphic account of his sexual preferences, following is the part of the story that got Phil in trouble. He was asked and gave this response:

Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right."'

Phil gave this statement early Wednesday morning:
 
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
"However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

You can read an article on foxnews.com about the controversy that has Phil's latest statement and a link to the GQ story here. The article in GQ is good, although it is pretty obvious that Phil was being set up.

Phil is a self-described "Bible-thumper". In fact, his views are based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and numerous other Old and New Testament Bible verses.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB)

Because of Phil's Biblical stance, I searched earlier today on the Internet to find any pastor, minister or religious leader who defends Phil Robertson. I found none.

The only defenses I could find from non-Christian leaders are from Sara Palin and Gov. Bobby Jindal. I am waiting for a comment from a Christian leader.

It is strange that the there is no Biblical defense from a Christian leader while there are very many attacks from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Could it be that Christian ministry leaders lack conviction or fear losing members?

Please post a link to any such Christian defense you find and/or your comments. A frank discussion is warranted.


Note - I predict that duck calls and gear from the Duck Commander store in West Monroe, LA will sell out fast. You can buy directly from their site here if you want to support the Robertson's. Full disclosure - I ran out yesterday and bought the Seasons 1-3 collector's set of DVDs.

11/30/2013

The Christmas Candle Movie: It's All About Jesus

Last night my wife and I went to see The Christmas Candle, a movie based on a book by Max Lucado. We loved it.

Set in late 19th century England, the cinematography was breathtaking, the acting was suburb and the message was inspirational.

I thought it was one of the best Christmas movies that I have ever seen. It had it all. A great story written by Max Lucado; singing and acting by Susan Boyle and a great cast which included Samantha Barks of Les Misérables fame.

But then I read the reviews this morning. To my surprise, many of the reviews were snarky and several were downright hostile. It didn't take me long to see a pattern developing. It seemed to be that it was the messenger, not the message, that the reviewers didn't like. Check out this diatribe from the Wonkette.

"It’s not enjoyably bad, like the stuff you’d find on MST3K, or offensively bad, like the guy in charge of making it, EchoLight Studios chief Rick Santorum; it’s just a great big pile of earnest Christmassy meh, which mostly serves to answer the question, Can Susan Boyle act? (She can’t, not even in a small role)."

Read more here.


I was disheartened. Where are we as a country that we can't even appreciate a sweet story that simply reminds us why we have Christmas? In case anyone forgot, it's all about Jesus and the Hope He brought and still brings to a chaotic world.

Then, this afternoon, I read a review I had missed from the liberal leaning Los Angeles Times. My jaw dropped.

In part:
"It's always nice to have an earnest little movie that reminds you of the true spirit of Christmas amid the overwhelming consumerism of holiday shopping. And in spite of its decidedly Christian theme, the film's overarching message about the power of community and faith should resonate across different denominations and beliefs."
Read more here.


Maybe we will see a Christmas miracle, and The Christmas Candle will become the Christmas blockbuster of the year.

Could an angel have touched this candle?

8/23/2013

Duck Dynasty Revival?


Great interview that was on today with Alan of #DuckDynasty

http://t.co/1BXDMYTxKs
Normal Quality

http://t.co/CAjPznU2Is
High Quality

8/22/2013

Madness in Illinois - You want more taxes for what?

Recently I found an article in The Pantagraph that made my jaw drop.

Sales tax sought for soccer complex, community center
 
"BLOOMINGTON — Community leaders are lobbying for a quarter-percent sales tax to fund a proposed soccer complex and separate community center, but they said they’re open to other financing options through Bloomington and Normal governments."
 
Read the full article here

I grew up in the 50s. Our soccer/football/baseball fields were the backyard, schoolyard or the street. Our community centers were our homes and our coaches were our Moms and Dads or our older sisters and brothers. Yes, we also had free lunches - whenever we wanted them, 7 days a week. My Mom made a great bowl of tomato soup with a toasted cheese sandwich. At school we learned to read and write and we were allowed to pray.  God help us in America for being so foolish.

For more information about the proposed sales tax increase and the madness in Illinois, check out these posts in the excellent blog BLNNews

It's just 1/4%

Pony fields built without taxpayer money! Soccer wants yours.


5/07/2013

Mark Sanford Deserves a Chance


I'll confess that I was glad that Mark Sanford won the special election for Congress. That's one less vote for Nancy Pelosi.

I am also disappointed that the national GOP leaders did not help him to get elected.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/05/07/mark-sanford-colbert-busch-congress-election-south-carolina/2140591/

Many are not happy that a man won that has had moral failures.

Actually, Mark Sanford is probably more morally fit than many of the people God worked with. King David comes to mind. Also, there is no doubt that he is more morally fit than many past and present politicians - including several presidents.

Jesus saved a woman from being stoned who was caught in adultery. He challenged her accusers by telling those without sin to cast the first stone. One by one the stones dropped. He then told the woman to go and sin no more.

Rep Sanford is a young guy and I have hopes he will serve well in Congress and live a life that he and the voters can be proud of.

5/03/2013

Christians and Politics

I've decided to start posting about politics strictly from a Christian perspective. I believe the Bible - both the Old Testament and the New Testament. I also believe what Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:16 (NIV)

The reason for this change in my posting is that I fear for my country. I see a decay in the culture which effects and is affected by government and I believe that the decline in the United States is because we have moved away from Christian values.

At the same time, politicians are running away from Christian values because they believe that they are not popular. It is ironic, in my view, that the only solution to the problem of decline is to restore Christian values.

I hope and pray that more Bible believing Christians, including pastors, will be involved in politics by speaking out, voting and even running for elected office. I intend to highlight those that take a stand for Jesus.

"Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain."

Psalm 127:1a (NIV)

10/31/2012

Politics and Religion

John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California, gave a sermon titled "Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality" on Sep 23, 2012. A portion of it was printed in Billy Graham's November 2012 Decision Magazine that we just received. I could not find a text version online. The following link of the video will lead to the entire sermon. It is long but worth taking the time to watch and listen.
 
http://vimeo.com/51787704

This is a link to a blog on MacArthur's Grace to You site.

http://www.gty.org/Blog/B121001








3/05/2012

Support for Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is under attack for recent comments he made about a young lady who wanted to advocate before Congress for free contraception under Catholic health insurance policies.

Click here for an overview of that story.

The point Rush was making was valid but his choice of words to describe the young lady were crude.

Now, the left is up in arms and are calling for advertisers to drop Rush's radio show. Many advertisers have already done that.

Many have set up web sites to that end. That is their right.

I searched the Internet for web sites that support Rush and found very few. I find that sad.

I find Rush Limbaugh to be a voice of reason in a world that has gone mad. I personally will not support advertisers who have dropped Rush's show.

I add this post so there will be one more place on the Internet that can be found that supports Rush Limbaugh.

12/21/2011

Attack on Social Security

Commentators and politicians of both parties keep on referring to a "payroll tax cut". This is extremely deceptive. Finally someone is telling the truth. Rush is right. It amazes me that seniors are not marching on Washington to stop the attack on Social Security and Medicare. Where is the AARP on this?


Amazing: Democrat President Demands Cut in Social Security Funding
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/12/20/amazing_democrat_president_demands_cut_in_social_security_funding

12/19/2011

Getting Elected 2012 Election Updates

I will be posting links to the top 2012 election stories here. The latest stories will be posted first. Keep checking Getting Elected Blogline for updates or sign-up for updates.

Jeb Bush in 2012?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203893404577100330414585006.html

12/18/2011 - Bachmann says Payroll-Social Security tax cut “blows a hole” in the Social Security trust fund
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/12/04/bachmann-to-oppose-renewal-of-payroll-tax-cut/

Sen. Orin Hatch agrees that Social Security tax cut is ‘Very Dangerous’
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/hatch-payroll-tax-extension-very-dangerous-social-security

12/17/2011 - Rick Santorum - Politicking the Old-Fashioned Way
“This country is based on a moral foundation...If we don’t get the moral issues right, we will never get the economic or foreign policy issues right.”
http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/17/santorum-pursues-iowa-crown-old-fashioned-way/

12/14/2011 - Ron Paul?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/14/us-usa-campaign-paul-idUSTRE7BD1TN20111214

12/11/2011 - Iowa Debate - Gingrich, Romney Take the Heat
http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/12/11/debate-gingrich-romney-take-most-of-debates-jabs/

12/10/2011 - Gingrich Is Inspiring—and Disturbing
http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html

12-08-2011 - A Critique of Pure Newt
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/12/a-critique-of-pure-newt.php

12/04/2011

Newt Gingrich - Breaking Eggs

Here we go again. Now that Herman Cain has pulled out of the Republican nomination race, Newt Gingrich is coming under attack. Senator Tom Coburn is in the news now with one of the first salvos.

Coburn told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace: "I'm not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich's having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership...I found it lacking often times." He went on: "There's all types of leaders. Leaders that instill confidence. Leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk. Leaders that have one standard for the people they are leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found that his leadership lacking."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/69731.html#ixzz1fa4bBoo1

Translated: "Newt is too mean". Chris Wallace summed up my feelings when interviewed later on Sunday Fox and Friends where he defended the former Speaker of the House: "Sometimes you have to break some eggs to make an omelet".

We've had enough of "weak-kneed" leaders. If we have any chance at all of turning the country around we need a leader who can lead.

10/28/2011

Newt Gingrich - Rising From the Ashes

Are the dry bones coming back to life?

Political pundits are taking notice of a recent bump former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is getting in the polls.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/a-newt-gingrich-boomlet/

I keep on hearing the talking heads say that Newt is the smartest candidate, but he has baggage. I remember what they are referring to, but I wonder how many others remember or even care in these times.

Is history repeating?

Winston Churchill sat as a non-paid "backbencher" in Parliament for years warning from the fringes of power about the rising Nazi threat. Nobody wanted to hear his pessimism and negativity.

When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 and WW2 started, Winston, then an old man, was pulled from the ashes and was given his old post from WW1 as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Then, the very day that Nazi tanks stormed into France in 1940, the King named Winston Churchill Prime Minister. It has been said that the only man Hitler feared in England was Winston Churchill.

When a building is burning and you know a man with a fire hose, you don't worry if he has "baggage" from the past.

Recent polls tell us that Americans most are very scared. The world economy is crashing and our enemies are growing in power. The wolves are at the door and the knees of our "so called" leaders are shaking.

Are more Americans waking up? When they watch and listen to the Republican debates, do they see a man who can stop wolves? Is that man Newt Gingrich?

I think so.

8/18/2011

Go Green or Face a Space Alien Attack?

I just read an article titled: "Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists".

The authors of the study written about are from Penn State and NASA. They suggest that aliens (not the illegal type coming from Mexico) might attack and destroy us because of global warming. A link to the full study follows.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1104/1104.4462.pdf

As an alum of Penn State, I am embarrassed about the Penn State connection, but not surprised. Global warming alamists will say anything to scare us into ruining our economy by regulating carbon dioxide.

I am more afraid of global warming alarmists like these authors and Al Gore than space aliens.

Don't hold your CO2-laced breath until ET arrives and is appointed by Obama to head the EPA. LOL.


UPDATE - One of the authors of the report is "affiliated" with NASA. The report is not a NASA report. Click here for more information.

8/08/2011

Rick Perry - Pious or Political?

I first though the following article in the Washington Post was tongue-in-cheek, but I finally concluded that the author was serious. Can you imagine that Gov. Perry called for a prayer event and missed the opportunity to be political? Or was he just very, very clever?

Click here to read an article titled "Piety is the policy at Rick Perry’s prayer rally". I especially like these quotes:

"Yet what Governor Perry did Saturday is unusual in the history of presidential campaigns, at least recent ones. He engaged in extended citation of passages from Joel, Isaiah and Ephesians. He would reel off immense chunks of Scripture--without any interpretation whatsoever, as if the verses were self-explanatory"

"If he intends on using the religion card effectively beyond the Iowa and South Carolina caucuses and primaries Governor Perry will have to come up with something more inclusive than this."

Is it possible that the good Governor called for the prayer event because he realized that America needs God?