Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Only the Willing Spirit Finds God

I've been reading the many excellent posts over at Vox Popoli deconstructing the rationale of atheism, along with most of the hundreds and hundreds of comments generated by the believers in one corner vs the unbelievers in the other corner. It's round #10gazillion and still no decision. This match is never-ending. No, actually, it will come to an end - when Jesus Himself delivers the knockout punch.

It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "
-- Romans 14:11

Until that day though, there is no logical proof that can be formulated to convince the unbeliever of the existence of God. God doesn't work this way. God is spirit. The knowledge of Him comes from a willing spirit, not through the neural networks of the mind. This is not to say that God is not logical but that there is no logic that will suffice as proof of God for one who has hardened his heart against Him. They are in danger of committing the unforgivable or unpardonable sin as described in Mark 3:28-29:

Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Jesus made this statement after the scribes accused him of casting out demons through the power of Satan. These guys would not acknowledge the miracles performed before their very eyes as proof of Jesus' divinity. Refusing to believe, they made ridiculous excuses for these powers, which Jesus quickly shot down with logic - as He always did. They couldn't win any argument against Him. But, instead of bowing before Jesus Christ, they crucified Him. Sound familiar? If you can't win an argument, attack the person. And attack they did, in the worst way. Of course, they could not possibly realize that this most profane of acts would bring about the most precious of gifts that God had planned for man - salvation and eternal life. He does indeed work in mysterious ways.

Fast forward to today and nothing has changed. There are those who willfully shut out the gentle urging of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the testimony of His Apostles, and any logical argument for God. They are either waiting for irrefutable proof or have said in their hearts that there is no God. Instead of trying to find Him they find every excuse to deny Him.

Why would someone willfully deny God? Because giving oneself over to the Holy Spirit and confessing that Jesus is Lord and Savior brings about a transformation. But they like being what they are and have no desire to change. Acknowledging no higher being to whom they must answer, they are unable to see themselves as fallen and in need of salvation. The very concept is contemptible to the unbeliever. Man's ego, as was in the beginning, is still what separates him from God. BTW, Satan has the same problem.

There is a saying, "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was." God seems to have this attitude about us. Unfortunately, if we will not be God's, we will be nothing because in the end His Creation is all there is. There is no place for those who willfully reject their Creator.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Blind Trust Can Get You Killed

Just driving back from the store a bit ago and I see something that always makes me shake my head, resisting the urge to stop, roll down my window and shout, "Hey, you're endangering your child, STUPID!" Diplomacy has never been my strong point. What would incite me to such an almost outburst? I will tell you in the hopes that perhaps someone will read this, recognize themselves or someone else and have their eyes opened to this unnecessary and stupid risk.

I have observed time and again a woman, a man, or a couple walking along the street, pushing a baby stroller with their backs to the oncoming traffic. How on earth can anyone be this ignorant, blindly trusting that everyone who is driving up behind them will not run them down? When I used to run on the streets I would always run against the oncoming traffic, even if I was on the sidewalk. This wasn't even something that I had to consider - it was common sense and basic survival instinct. I wanted to be aware of what was happening around me - especially with regard to cars.

Today's example of stupidity involved a mother and stroller. She was walking on the street pushing her baby in a stroller, her back to the traffic, talking on the cellphone. All it would take is one distracted driver, which with cellphones and other electronic devices on cars is more and more common today, to run them over and kill them. She would never know what hit her.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The XX-Files

An excerpt from a story on WND, Jealous? Could cost you 5 years in jail. In Mexico, you'd better talk to your wife, have sex with her:

Perez Duarte said the law would be a weapon that women could employ to level the playing field with abusive men. She said indifference, jealousy or lack of love were crimes against women just as much as physical violence.

"Jealousy produces a particular type of stress in the person that comes up against it," she said. "It is exactly the same. They are wounds, psychological scars identical to physical scars."

Another example of an action that would put men in breach of the new law is attempting to control how wives dress.

You can never be too thin, too rich, or too tyrannical.

So, after hubby completes his 5 years of timeout for hurting wifey's wittle feelings, he gets to go home and all will be well and everyone will be happy. Right? Problem solved. Never mind that she's been shacking up with another hombre in the meantime and there's no more marriage to come back to. Never mind that she could actually be a skank that caused her husband to treat her this way in the first place. No, the State must at all costs protect and support a woman's right to be whatever she wants, do whatever she wants and above all force men to accept it - using incarceration or lethal force, if necessary. Take your pick, man.

In effect this is divorce with a 5-year jail term added on for good measure - not for breaking any law but because the wife did not like the way her husband was treating her and can now destroy his life even more than she could just through divorce.

Friday, February 23, 2007

When Good Men Do Something vs Nothing

From U.S. Tourist in Costa Rica Kills Mugger:

A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said on Thursday.

One of the tourists, a retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70, put assailant Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves. The tourists then drove Segura to the Red Cross where the man was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.

This story made me wonder what this man would have done if he had been a passenger on any of those ill-fated flights on 9/11. The thought that able-bodied men just sat there and let those Muslim, sons of Satan, bastards armed only with box cutters take them to their deaths still makes me sick.

The events that unfolded on those airplanes are exactly what is happening today in Western countries. And I'm afraid there aren't enough good men like this 70-year old brave gentleman to save us from those whose only goal is our destruction.

Update: Here is an example of good men doing something. Gee, I wonder why I haven't heard of this before now? Filthy, traitorous MSM. Thanks for this email, Billy D.

USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Getting Down To It

I have been remiss in my blogging. This is because the yard and home have been requiring my attention and the weather is splendid for being outside. Eighty degrees is a welcome change from the frigid temperatures we've experienced this winter - 16 degrees just last week. I was beginning to get cabin fever.

Today's chore was one of those chores that you tend to put off but once you get into it you wonder why the heck you've put it off - as is true of many things in life. I had to get up on the roof to saw off some branches from a tree that overhangs the roof. I like being up on the roof - walking along the slopes and the view is kind of neat. I even stretched out a bit and took some sun while I was up there. One of the kitties followed me up, using the tree, not the ladder like I did. I could get up there using the tree too but not with the saw. The other kitty, a little too "round" to climb, walked around the house crying up at us, distraught that she was missing out on this exciting event.

The real accomplishment of these last few days was not tackling the chores but tackling the monumental inertia which has gripped my mind for so many months now. The main reason I could work on these things is because while I was doing the labor, my mind was busy thinking about the business that I'm in the process of starting. There are many details to work out yet. It is difficult for me to justify using my time to work on mundane matters when there are more important things to be done. This way though, I had my mind on important stuff while working on not so important stuff - an efficient use of my time.

When I finished outside, I went inside to get something to eat. Taking advantage of my momentum, I cleaned out the fridge. Yay! Finally! It has bugged me every single time I opened it but would not do anything about it. Now, its sparkling neatness is a joy to behold. Baby steps...

All in all, today has been a good one - so far. Made some calls and got some needed info for the business. Another good thing, which is indicative of the disordered state of my mind was that I discovered that today was NOT Friday. Ha! This came to my attention and surprise when I heard the garbage truck making its way down the alley on its Thursday run.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Blue Bunny Is Back

Billy D is back on the blogosphere with his new blog, The Prodigal Son. The blog title makes one wonder what he's been up to... Welcome back, Billy D. We need more of the good guys speaking their minds.

By the way, did you know that for a while your old blog turned into an X-rated site? I was a bit shocked when I went there and WHOA! a whole lot of skin...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

PCness Be Damned

Bravo, Tim Hardaway. We need more people to speak out like this man.

Now, watch the hysteria that ensues and how this honest man will be harassed and reviled even though he has not done one single thing except express his opinion on homosexuals.

These days it is an heroic act to publicly express opinions that are not politically correct. The tolerance movement will not tolerate this. It is verboten! I hope Mr. Hardaway sticks to his guns and does not allow the stone throwers to force him to back down and issue a public apology.

Tim Hardaway: 'I Hate Gay People'

(CBS4) MIAMI Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."

Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed by Dan Le Batard on 790 the Ticket Wednesday afternoon.

The five time All Star was asked how he would deal with a gay teammate.

"First of all I wouldn't want him on my team," said Hardaway. "Second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him because I don't think that's right and I don't think he should be in the locker room when we're in the locker room."

Le Batard took Hardaway to task, pointing out that his comments were 'flatly homophobic' and bigoted, but that only seemed to stir up the former point guard.

"Well, you know, I hate gay people," Hardaway said in response to Le Batard. "I let it be known I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. It shouldn't be in the world, in the United States, I don't like it."

Mr. Hardaway would be jailed for these comments if the thought control vermin had it their way. From WorldNetDaily Diss a 'gay'? Go to jail! Activists warn Christians targeted under new 'hate crimes' proposal

Monday, February 12, 2007

Too Horrible

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Be prepared for the photo. If you are easily disturbed do not look at it.

WARNING: Not for the squeamish!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hollow Points

Guns, and more specifically non-gun owners, have been the topic of late on several blogs. Res concedes that non-gun owners are not parasites. I agree that the term parasite is probably not the most accurate. I have my own thoughts on this.

There is one reason that I would accept as valid, if a little sad, that someone would not possess a firearm. I know a woman who simply does not trust herself to own a gun. She is 100% pro-gun but can get extremely nasty and violent if she has one too many drinks. She knows this about herself and would rather risk her own safety than someone else's at her own hands. And, she doesn't even drink that often, but knows that it would only take one time. Obviously, she has issues...

For the rest of us, I would say that choosing not to own a gun is at best illogical, at worst, cowardly, stupid and irresponsible, most especially if one is the head of a family.

If someone views a gun as dangerous, then I would also expect them to never, ever get into a vehicle and certainly not allow their children to get into one either. There are far more accidental deaths by automobiles than by guns. Of course, most non-gun owners do own vehicles or ride in them, which is why it's illogical to be against guns simply because they might pose a danger.

We risk injury or death in vehicles every day because transportation is necessary in order to conduct our lives. Owning a gun has far less risk, and when you consider that guns are the only means of self-defense that is real, effective and most importantly, timely, the risk is outweighed by the necessity - should it ever arise. Being prepared to protect your life and those of your loved ones is far more important than getting to point B and much less dangerous.

The cowardly part comes in because non-gun owners will hide behind someone else, expecting them to put their necks on the line to protect them and their families - when they could do it themselves were it not for their cowardice.

It is quite stupid in that expecting and relying on that same someone and their gun to be around at precisely the time they're needed could end up costing them and/or their family their lives. Often, danger requires immediate response. 911 is not immediate. To think that danger will wait or can be fended off until the hired help rolls up is stupid.

Finally, non-gun owners are irresponsible because they are not taking responsibility for defending their life and those whose lives are dependent on them. While the act of self-defense is not an everyday activity, being prepared for such is the responsible thing to do. Expecting someone else to do it is not responsible - especially when they are unreliable.

I might also add that non-gun owners are lazy because they will not take the time and effort to provide for THEIR OWN self-defense. We are often accustomed to having others do what we could do for ourselves. While in some cases, such as cleaning, yardwork, etc, this may be good in that it affords us more time to do other things, in the case of self-defense, there is no one else who can do this job. This is why it is called SELF-defense.

The main reason I think that people are anti-gun is because they have been brainwashed to believe that guns are dangerous, cause crime, and that people who do want to protect themselves with guns are uncultured Neanderthals. This is a perception - not reality - as all statistics prove them wrong. Yet, the brainwashing is so thorough that even in the face of reality all they see is

Most people who are against guns are the ones who live in relatively crime-free areas. They have an underlying "crimes happen to other people" attitude. I doubt they've ever faced a menacing figure in their doorway. If they do live in crime infested areas and are still against guns, then they are idiots who think anti-gun laws will prevent them from becoming victims of guns. Only another gun will help you from being the victim of a gun!

Perhaps anti-gun people are pacifists who think that by simply having a gun they are somehow condoning violence. This is very sad, because it is only when good, peaceful people own guns that violence can be contained. Criminals are violent and bad, but they're not THAT stupid - nor very brave.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Fine Friendly - Effing France

Caught the match today on TV. It was especially delightful to watch Argentina hand France a defeat right in très Gay Paree, played in front of a record French national team attendance of 79,862. Ha Ha!

Saviola strike shuts down France

Javier Saviola's first-half strike earned an accomplished Argentina a deserved friendly win over France in Paris.

The Barcelona forward smashed home a close-range finish in the 15th minute for the only goal of a game the South Americans mastered on the whole.

France hardly had a sniff at a packed Stade de France, with Argentina's defence - superbly marshalled by captain Roberto Ayala, making a record 107th appearance for his country - completely dominant.

The visitors' classy but hard-working central midfield of Fernando Gago and Esteban Cambiasso were also mightily impressive, giving Les Bleus' forward line no room to operate.

The hosts' only real chance fell to David Trezeguet in the first half, but he was unable to score against the country he grew up in, poking a weak finish straight at Argentina's under-used goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri.

With both sides so comfortable on the ball, it was no surprise that keeping possession was paramount in the first game between the two countries since 1986.

That was especially the case in a first half of decent quality but very few clear-cut chances.

Argentina quickly got used to the intensity of the game, with Gago and Cambiasso controlling the pace in central midfield.

The first half-chance of the game fell to France left-winger Florent Malouda, who snatched at a 20-yard shot with his wrong foot in the 12th minute and dragged the ball wide.

The visitors were ahead three minutes later thanks to the sprightly Saviola.

His back-flick sent Javier Zanetti clear down the right, and the Internazionale utility man's cut-back found Hernan Crespo.

The striker's shot was saved by Gregory Coupet, but the ball spilled out to the onrushing Saviola, who slammed home into an empty net from eight yards out.

The rest of the half saw France push on, but Argentina were comfortable at the back, Ayala and the magnificent Gabriel Milito excelling in central defence.

The hosts' only other real opportunity before the break fell to Trezeguet in the 41st minute, but after running onto a neat flick from Franck Ribery, the Juventus striker could only stab a weak shot straight at Abbondanzieri.

France coach Raymond Domenech brought on Lyon duo Vincent Clerc, who earned his first cap, and Sidney Govou for the second half.

But the game followed the same pattern as before the break, the Argentinian defence coping superbly with everything in front of them.

With left-back Gabriel Heinze dominating his battle with Ribery on France's right-wing, there was precious little service for Thierry Henry and Trezeguet.

At the other end, Coupet was called into action in the 56th minute, palming away a stinging Crespo shot from outside the area.

Real Madrid's Gago - making his debut for Argentina - continued to shine in the middle, and by the 65th minute, catcalls and whistles were heard from the home crowd as Les Bleus struggled to get the ball off the visitors.

The 71st-minute introduction of Nicolas Anelka for the anonymous Trezeguet brought more pace to the attack of France, who piled forward in the final quarter of an hour.

However, apart from a snap-shot from Ribery, Abbondanzieri was left untroubled, mainly thanks to the superb work of Ayala and Milito.

El Conejo (The Rabbit) Saviola's Goal - Argentine style
(you'll understand if I don't translate)

Saviola and other highlights in Portuguese

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The Food Also Rises

There is something about partaking nearly an entire 1.75 liter bottle of vodka that is not conducive to blogging. I've been wanting to write something, but my brain is not firing on all cylinders at the moment.

Cousin dropped by for a visit yesterday afternoon. We started out by sharing a maté as we always do. Then I suggested that perhaps a drink would take the edge off the pain that was making his handsome face wince. You see, he'd just had a colonoscopy in the morning, which thank God, showed no scary stuff, just some internal hemorrhoids which were the cause of the intermittent bleeding and the reason for the doctor's visit. The doctor assured him it was no big deal and he could either have surgery to remove them or live with it. He did snip one off right then and there, which I suspect was the cause of his serious discomfort.

Cousin took me up on the offer so I made him a vodka tonic. Being the hostess with the mostest, I couldn't let him drink alone so I joined him. Things were going merrily along. The remedy was working as Cousin was feeling no pain. I was feeling just dandy myself. This is why what happened next was so strange. I'm talking on the phone, when out of the blue, without the slightest warning, everything comes up. I fling down the cell phone and run to the bathroom. I didn't quite make it. This is a first for me. I have never, ever not known ahead of time when my body is about to return everything to back where it came from. Always ready for the inevitable, I will be kneeling there, waiting...

Now, I'm finally in position, kneeling, one hand holding my hair back, hurling into the toilet. Cousin is standing by, helpless to do anything for me. He's got the phone now and I hear him say to my friend who's still on the line, "What did you say to make Taylor throw up?" That struck me as funny. It is not easy to laugh and throw up at the same time.

This put an end to our night. I cleaned up everything, showered and put myself to bed. There was no way Cousin was going to drive so he stayed in the guest room.

I never once did feel bad. Very strange. Woke up this morning ravenous and a little dull-headed. When I saw that there were only two inches of vodka remaining in what had been a brand new huge bottle, I couldn't believe that I wasn't in severe hangover distress. Expensive alcohol is worth every extra dollar. Those two inches will remain in the bottle for a long time.


Monday, February 5, 2007

Global Warming Manipulation

From Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?:

Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Few listen, even though I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and that for 32 years I was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg. For some reason (actually for many), the World is not listening. Here is why.
No doubt passive acceptance yields less stress, fewer personal attacks and makes career progress easier. What I have experienced in my personal life during the last years makes me understand why most people choose not to speak out; job security and fear of reprisals. Even in University, where free speech and challenge to prevailing wisdoms are supposedly encouraged, academics remain silent.

I once received a three page letter that my lawyer defined as libelous, from an academic colleague, saying I had no right to say what I was saying, especially in public lectures. Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint.

Dr. Timothy Ball, Professor of Climatology for 32 years, must know how Galileo must have felt. To go from esteemed scientist to pariah because his expertise and extensive knowledge lead him to conclusions that conflict with the politically correct scientific view must just blow this poor man's mind. When scientists are being shouted down and harassed simply because they hold an opposing view, it is then beyond obvious that there is more than professional disagreement going on behind the scenes.

Facts are the enemies of politics, agendas, activism, that is, any effort which seeks to control and manipulate. Facts must be hidden, blurred, and countered with much louder anti-facts, over and over again, until the truth is either forgotten or viewed with contempt and ridicule.

In this day of technology and the Internet one would think that we would all be more informed. On the contrary, the inundation of information that floods our minds every day has in effect made any single piece of information much less meaningful, especially when so much of it is conflicting. We know that the truth must be in there somewhere but knowing what's bullshit, what's informed speculation, what's uninformed speculation, what's right on the money, what's agenda driven drivel and what are bald faced lies is becoming nearly impossible.

From what I've read and from what I know and from what I suspect, I have come to one conclusion. Man's activities do not cause Global Warming. Rather, is it Global Warming that is being used to control man's activities. An inconvenient truth indeed.

Update: Found this 115 minute video, Junk Science: Global Warming Myth Busted. Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth should be in the science fiction genre and Al Gore should be charged with fraud or malfeasance or something.