Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Fed courts agree; It's still Ok to kill babies.

Not one, but two Federal courts on the same day declared that abortionists can still partially deliver a live healthy baby feet first while leaving the baby's head inside the mother, jam scissors into the base of the skull, insert a tube and then suck out the brains of a perfectly healthy human.

Here's a diagram on the above description of a Partial birth abortion in case you can't even visualize such a thing would ever take place.

Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote, "We are reluctant to invalidate an entire statute," "However, after considering all of the obstacles to our devising a narrower remedy, we conclude that such is our obligation."

Yes, such is your obligation to continue to allow humans to practice infanticide legally. We know that you're reluctant, but its your obligation.

I would like to curse now.

@#$% *&^% @#$%& (*&^) @#%$& (*&()*_^^%^*

Dissenter Chester J. Straub said, "Allowing a physician to destroy a child as long as one toe remains within the mother would place society on the path towards condoning infanticide," he said. He added: "I find the current expansion of the right to terminate a pregnancy to cover a child in the process of being born morally, ethically and legally unacceptable."

On the path towards condoning infanticide? On the path???? How long must you walk down a path before you determine that your walking on it? If you haven't already made the determination that we have been walking on the path of condoning infanticide for thirty three years now, you will never see the asphalt for the road. Straub goes on to say that he "..finds the current expansion of the right to terminate a pregnancy. Morally, ethically and legally unacceptable." I can almost hear him saying, "..as long as you don't partially deliver the baby first, well then it's Ok with me, but this is just too much." It's the ole 'out of site out of mind' mentality. I probably shouldn't be so harsh with the only dissenter, but jeez.

God help us.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Winter Fishing

A close friend and I went fishing yesterday. It was the first time both of us have fished in Georgia in the winter time. It is winter in Georgia, but in season only. The temperatures have been more like early spring than middle winter. With a promised high of 59 degrees by the weather channel and winds less than 10 miles an hour, we set out by canoe to fish a decent size reservoir. My friends canoe has a electric trolling motor that gets us around the reservoir quite nicely. We hit all our usual spots early on and didn't do well at all. His fish finder was not finding any fish and we were starting to get the feeling that we were out there just to take in the scenery.

We decided to try a place we call the 'island' and see if that would change our luck. According to the lunar fish feeding time tables, we were at peak feeding time. After extensively using a couple of my favorite lures I decided to change it up and pop on a deeper running crank bait. On my first cast after retrieving the line a couple feet, I was reacquainted with that marvelous feeling of a hard hitting large mouth bass. I set the hook and began reeling in the first catch of the day. To my disappointment the fish had other ideas about becoming anybodies first catch of the day. After partially jumping from his environment in an attempt to dislodge what he must have thought was a cool, tasty looking little white bait fish, he managed to avoid making it all the way to the canoe for me to revel in that 'first catch' nana nana boo boo to my friend. My friend was not a good consoler either. I think he managed to say something like; too bad dawg.

Let's just say that my part of the fishing trip just went south from there. The new line I put on the night before decided over and over again to not stay on the reel. Sometimes coming off in little loops that were easily fixed and other times coming off in globs of twisted rope from the depths of Hades. I must have had to remove half the line from both reels that I was using that day. I blame this un-natural occurance and the fact I lost the first catch of the day, to the fact my friend half knocked over my tackle box right before we set sail. That, I believe, cursed me for the day.

And as for my friend, well, here is how he fared.........

He caught two largemouths.

And as for me..........

I got skunked

Sunday, January 22, 2006

34 years, 47 million killed.

A senseless anniversary takes place today and will actually be celebrated by some. January 22nd marks the 1973 anniversary of the day that the Supreme Court, in the minds of liberals and feminists and way too many republicans, wrote a new law giving women a 'right to privacy.'

No doubt, on television tomorrow, you will see this celebration of death. Men and women will be celebrating the 'right' to kill a baby. They will be marching. They will be giving long winded speeches. They will be laughing and shaking hands. They will be patting each others backs as they congratulate each other on a job well done in their efforts to keep abortion safe, legal and rare.

It is estimated that over 46 million babies have been murdered since Roe. Is this a number that one can really comprehend? That's a whole generation of humans who never had a chance to live their lives. And they are humans aren't they? Can anyone tell me that the picture I posted here of the baby in the womb would grow up to be anything but a human? No you can't. In fact, a few months later, this is what comes out of the womb.
Why, it's a baby! In fact, it's a human baby. It will never be anything else. Will never be an elephant, a reindeer or even a mouse. Always a human. And the saddest part of all is that we (yes, we) have grown cold to this tragedy. Tomorrow as this celebration of death plays out in the United States, 3829 more babies will be horrifically taken from the womb that sustains their life.

The biggest contributor to this culture of death is Planned Parenthood. According to the National Right to Life's fact sheet, Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading abortion performer and promoter. An actual Planned Parenthood advertisement from the same fact sheet says, "Babies are loud, smelly and expensive. Unless you want one." Rush Limbaugh has always said something like this; "If you want to find out the true motives of anyone, follow the money trail." According to the fact sheet, in 2002, Planned Parenthood took in more than $79 million dollars from abortion procedures. That represents about 1/3 of their total revenue from 2002. Abortion is big business. If the average cost of an abortion is $400, and there are approximately 1.3 million performed each year, then revenues from abortion are toppling over a half a billion dollars.

Still, sadly, few are genuinely outraged. More folks get upset when a snail darter is threatened in a small creek. The list of endangered species in this country is ever increasing. You can be punished severely for harming any creature on that list. The same liberals who protect these species are the same ones who want ensure that humans can kill their own.

I remember the outrage and emotion that followed the space shuttle Columbia re-entry accident. Yes, the accident was a tragedy. Seven astronauts lost their lives doing what they loved to do. Imagine a shuttle accident happening over 3800 times a day. Would the public get so used to these accidents that no one even paid attention to them anymore? Well that’s exactly what’s happened in this country regarding abortion. The public has become so accustomed to abortion as normal, that they turn a blind eye away from the fact that over 3800 babies are sacrificed on the alter of ‘pro-choice’ each day.

It does not have to continue. Roe must be overturned.

Join the National Right to Life and support them financially if you can. The republicans can no longer be trusted to end this travesty. Join a real Conservative party and vote. And I specifically mean the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the only political party out there that still cares for life in the womb.

Let's end this now.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

What ever happened to the world peace questions?

In preliminary interviewing questions at the Miss America pageant, Miss Nevada, Lena Wosik, was asked by a judge about the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Lena responded by saying, "it had to go someplace, and that was the best-built facility in the country."

Fair enough. It just may well be the best facility in the country to store nuclear waste. Better Nevada than in the north Georgia mountains. But the judge asks her then, "And if people die?" Lena responds by saying, "We just have to take one for the team."

The Miss America pageants used to be so simple. A little group dancing, walk around in bathing suits, walk around in evening gowns, do a little talent skit and finally answer a nice fluffy question about hair style or favorite color. Now they have dumped the talent portion and are giving them questions about nuclear waste storage areas. If we have to have Miss America pageants, let's go back to the basics and let the pageant girls just do what they do best; walk up and down the aisles, smile, look pretty and twirl some batons.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

News that make you go hmmmm

In cruising the web today I found some news stories that are out there. Here are some examples....


Man's pet bird tells on his lady by continually saying 'I love you, Gary'. Problem is that the bird owners name is not Gary, it's Chris. Gary turns out to be his girlfriends new lover. Well ole Chris confronts the girlfriend who admits it all and leaves Chris. Now Chris has no girlfriend, but he does have a bird who keeps saying 'I love you, Gary'. So Chris ups and sells the bird. I think Chris should have given her the bird. Literally and figuratively.


Well you can't have MLK day go by without someone saying something stupid. It seems New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, wants his city to be a chocolate city again. Nagin goes on to say that "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be." I thought it was Pat Robertson's job to tell everyone what God wants to do. But Nagin takes it a step further by saying, "God is mad at America, in part because he does not approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. He is sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it is destroying and putting stress on this country." Nagin not only knows what God wants to do, he also knows how God wants to punish the US for, in part, being in Iraq.


Note to self; never take hostages when you want to correct other problems. That's exactly how a couple of morons thought they could resolve an issue in which Robert Brower, who was one of the morons, had been convicted in a previous criminal case. It seems Brower was angry at his court-appointed attorney for failing to defend his innocence.


If it's not the first thing on the check list of things not to do, it should be. It seems a airline mechanic walked in front of a jet engine and was never seen again. Well, at least not in whole. Continental Airlines called the accident a "ground incident". Sounds a little more like a ground up incident to me.

Friday, January 13, 2006

When I survey

I thought about this hymn this morning for some reason. Maybe it was because I have not heard it in so long. Our church is an awesome church. The Gospel is proclaimed there with fervor and the Bible is taught with great passion. But I miss the old hymns that 'preach' Christ. Don't get me wrong, there are some new songs that we sing that I really like. There's just something about those old hymns though that the new songs just don't have. I believe that something is the preaching of the Gospel right there in the midst of the hymn itself. This hymn by Isaac Watts may be my favorite hymn. Every time I hear this hymn I break down and cry and thank God for the sacrifice He made on my behalf.

When I survey the wondrous cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did ere such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o' er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I'm still here

I have not had the time lately to post anything. It amazes me that people can post not only everyday, but sometimes multiple times a day. I have a lot to say, it's just I can't find time to say it. Well, at least write it.

A friend told me he had a topic for me to write about. Conservatism. More specifically how the republicans in the Congress and Senate are not conservatives any more. They have become RINO's. Republicans In Name Only. This topic will take up a lot of space if I get carried away with something (as I'm prone to do) that I'm passionate about. I think I will tackle this subject this upcoming weekend. I don't have that much time during the week nights to try to do that subject justice.

I will say this for now though;

Conservatism is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as follows:

1 capitalized a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party b : the Conservative party
2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change

The first definition is obvious. The second definition is where I'm going to spend some time. But, like I say, thats going to be a week-end thing to write about.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Perfume Bottles

Afternoon Shades

Light on Dresser

There he goes again...

If there was one guy I wish who would go out to pasture and live out his remaining years in solitude and quit speaking in public, it's Pat Robertson. Pat has found a very successful way of opening mouth and inserting foot without any contortion problems. Pat's latest open-mouth-insert-foot is the assertion that Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for 'dividing God's land' of Israel. Pat has a long history of making statements that seem to only further divide Christians and non-Christians.

Let's make one thing clear, Pat Robertson does not speak for all Christians. I'm not sure he even speaks for his own people anymore (whoever they are). I don't know anyone who is even remotely conservative who supports this man. He has no influence and he has seen his better days (if he ever had any) as a 'high' profile Christian conservative. I have read that the television program 'The 700 Club' stills pulls down a pretty decent airtime figures. According to Nielsen Media Research, CBN's 'The 700 Club' had an average of 863,000 viewers last year. That's a little better than CNN and MSNBC. Not too shabby. But are the viewers tuning in to see Pat or is the viewership focusing more on the son Gordon Robertson, the stories and the news by Lee Web. I would say it's not Pat their tuning in to.

Robertson, by making looney and off the wall statements, is not only making the gap between Christians and non-Christians grow but is also making it harder to reach non-Christians with the Gospel. If non-Christians are seeing Pat as one of our high profile leaders who represent the Christian community, we are in huge trouble.

It's time for Pat to step down and let Gordon take the reins and make CBN a respectable Christian network that Christians could be proud of and the rest of the world might tune in to for a glimpse of what Christianity looks like.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Must be that time of year...

Seems everyone at work is sick, just getting over being sick or starting to get sick. It's like trying to dodge a minefield of virus'.

We (the family) were at church last night and since my wife and I are in between Bible studies, we hung out with the teenagers while our son was in Awana's. The teens, around 50 or more, meet in the old Sanctuary and listen to a live teen Christian band. After 30 minutes or so they have some fellowship and play some games before the main speaker comes on. The speaker last night was the Sunday school director who's one of the most godly, intelligent, articulate and purpose driven Christian men I know. The only thing I could say against him would be that he bleeds a little too much orange. Tennessee orange that is. Here in the state where the Bulldogs rule he's ruffed up about that a lot. After a few minutes of kidding around with the teens he presented a very passionate lesson on not selling out when your Christianity is on the line. A very timely lesson for teenagers today who face a lot of peer pressure. The lesson was well received and a lot of teens were very moved by it. The Sunday school director gave a closing prayer and sat down. Without any alter call, or prompting by the director, kids started coming forward and burying their faces on the alter. It was a very moving scene to see that many kids come forward and pray at that alter. If one kid was by himself praying, it would only be for a moment as other teens would surround the one and embrace and pray with him. It was awesome to see God move on those teens. God bless 'em every one. And I praise God for sending godly men to our church that have a real passion for teaching and preaching the Word without compromise.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Other peoples blogs

I may have a slight addiction of hitting the 'next blog' button. In a way it's kinda cool because you don't know where your going to end up. You're hoping the button takes you to a neat site that someone has put some thought into whether its with words or pictures.

I like ending up on a page where there's a little of both. Some blogs are personal diaries while others are personal trash. And I do mean trash. Along with the anticipation of the 'next blog' button there is a certain apprehension that goes along with it. I kind of relate the apprehension to the yet unknown site as that feeling you get when you have to go into an unknown bathroom you have never been into before. You hope it's nice and clean where you can walk right in and feel free to engage the facility. Sometimes though you walk into that bathroom and turn right around because its too nasty to step a foot in. Some blogs are like that.

Some blogs never have comments from visitors and some blogs you feel like you just have to comment on their recent post. I have made a friend with a Pastor in Greensburg, PA. and debated with a Pastor on the use of his foul language somewhere else.

Who knows, blogging may just be a temporary fad for me or I might just post as long as its free to do so. Right now its fun to hop around and visit blogs. My wife has even sent me some blogs she thought I might find interesting. Just beware though, you never know what just may show up on your screen when you're randomly seeking blogs.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Stirred, not shaken

I prefer to be stirred and not shaken.

I have realized over the years that when I am shaken (either by an event, an objectionable conversation, a sudden burst of energy from children or simply an impromptu or unplanned lunch or walk around the neighborhood) I react with a sense of anxiety which leads to any number of things depending on what caused the shake.

If the shake was caused by a sudden outburst from children, (Large scale screaming or hollering) I might suddenly find the need to immediately vacate the area. If the shake comes from an objectionable conversation, I will probably say something I will regret saying. The shake sometimes is the simple act of my wife asking me to take a walk around the neighborhood or some friends at work inviting me to lunch right before they leave to go. I respond to both of these with the same response....'Can we plan on doing this tomorrow?'

I have always been this way and it's really hard to change being a planner. In 2006 I am seriously going to try be a little more spontaneous and maybe not freak out as bad when all the kids go up 20 octaves at the same time.

My other goal for 2006 is to be more godly. I have really fallen short with this over the last year and the Holy Spirit has been working on me about it. I came across a neat interpretation of Psalm 1 from http://chriswhitehead.blogspot.com. Chris is a Pastor at Charter Oak Church in Greensburg, PA.

Psalm 1

How well God must like you -
you don't hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don't slink along Dead-End Road,
you don't go to Smart-Mouth College.

Instead you thrill to God's Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You're a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

You're not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust -
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.

Chris goes on to say:

God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.

Psalm 1 is the beginning of this collection of prayers and songs. This is the beginning of the New Year. This Psalm says there is a difference between beginning with God and not. It is the difference between life and death.

People say they want the true life offered in God's word. We will make resolutions this week and keep them at least through next week. But that's not the life that is offered here. The Psalmist goes back to Eden, where the relationship between God and people was perfect. The life that lived was a oneness, an intimacy with God.

I actually memorized that verse a couple years ago, but reading his interpretation was very eye opening to me. I was shaken by that verse. And that's a good thing.

Thanks Pastor Chris.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Impeach Bush for spying?

I recently sent an e-mail to someone who insists that Bush should be impeached for non-warrant searches (spying to be precise) on Americans. Here is my e-mail back to that person (Edited for protection of the recipient).

...I completely disagree with your position on Bush and this Intel spying matter. I do have a disdain for Bush and all the promises he has failed to deliver to the citizens of the US. Big government is the call of the day (not a conservative idea) for Bush. He (and most all so called republicans) has failed miserably to stop abortions in this country. He has failed us at the borders. I could go on, but you know all this administration's failures.

However - We are at war. I don't think it's been all luck that we have not been attacked within our borders since 9/11. Being at war entails the government to do a few things. #1 - Protect the citizens. #2 - Kill first other people who are trying to kill you. #3 - Spy. Sometimes the result of spying on bad guys is that innocent people may be spied on. That is why war is war. I would prefer that we win against the bad guys, not the other way around. Sometimes extreme people (terrorists) need extreme measures (spying) taken against them.

I don't think Bush is spying on Grandma to see that secret recipe she has for her treasured Christmas cookies that all the relatives go bonkers over. No, Bush is spying on the people who want to kill Grandma and all she loves about America. This is one area (spying on bad guys) that I don't think violates anyone's civil liberties. And if an innocent person happens to be spied on while we are hard at work trying to prevent another 9/11, well too bad. I would much rather hear about someone crying that their civil liberties have been violated than hear that 500,000 folks just got incinerated in NYC from a suitcase nuke.

The 4th Amendment has been interpreted many ways over the decades. Here is an example that a property could be searched reasonably without a warrant because of circumstances that would lead authorities to believe that the owner of the property, although innocent himself, housed documents that were needed for prosecution of criminal activity.

From http://www.lectlaw.com/def/f081.htm

In Zurcher, the Supreme Court held that a search of the offices of a university newspaper, which was not involved in any criminal activity, for photographs of demonstrators who had assaulted police officers did not offend the Fourth Amendment's ban against unreasonable searches and seizures. The court concluded: '[T]he Amendment has not been a barrier to warrants to search property on which there is probable cause to believe that fruits, instrumentalities, or evidence of crime is located, whether or not the owner or possessor of the premises to be searched is himself reasonably suspected of complicity in the crime being investigated.' Zurcher v. Stanford Daily ('78) 436 U.S. 547, 549-50.

I think this ruling is a clear case for incidental spying on someone that may have some knowledge or possesion(s) of items that, although, said person may be innocent them self, may be a link to terrorist activity or planning. I know that power can and sometimes is abused. Where it is abused, actions should be taken. But in this case of Bush, the charges are non-sense. I think millions of Americans are alive because of activities like this. This is one area of the current administration that I support and would congratulate on being pro-active and not waiting for the next 9/11 to hit and then have everyone say 'What did you know and when did you know it?' Only to hear the Bush administration say 'Uh, we didn't know anything was going to happen. We were too afraid of violating a civil liberty.'

From the immortal words of Spock in 'The wrath of Kahn', "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."

Random Shots

The moment before they all fought each other.

Always ready with the perfect pose.

Look PawPaw, I found a Ladybug.

Monkeying around at the park.

The delivery of Poinsettia's to the neighbors.

The Ice man and Santa. Notice Santa is listening very carefully!