Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary's DNC Speech

Here are my thoughts while watching Hillary's speech: she's about control. She says she wants to see Barack sign into law every American having health care. Well, here's the problem with that! That means garnishing everyone's wages, and then placing controls on where and when people go to doctors. Control, control. More taxes are extracted, gas prices increase, all prices increase, and soon we have no more money. It's totally scary if you don't have much money. The people who don't mind are people with money.

She's for abortion, including partial birth abortion, same-sex marriage, and things that are just unacceptable. I understand that Democrats actually want her over Obama, but she is just as scary.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Michelle Obama's Speech

You can judge for yourself, but I was laughing at the women who were crying during it, and just thinking that I wasn't buying it. She is very gifted, and plenty of people are going to be won over by her, but not me!

Obama's little girls were cute, and the whole scene was captivating. Obama isn't evil, this great nemesis - he's just a buffoon. There's a difference. Unfortunately, a buffoon could be the cause of evil, inadvertently.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Prayer For Georgia...

to be free from the oppression of Russia. But I know that may be too much to ask, during these dark and terrifying times when Russia is rising up, fulfilling scriptural prophecy in Ezekiel that says that Russia will become strong and rise up and try to attack Israel. God will intervene, however, and save Israel. But I hate to think of those who have to be under the thumb of Russia. God, give the people of Russia and Georgia, who are under Putin's oppression, faith and strength and revelation in these times.

Obama's Troubling Internet Fundraising

This comes from my Uncle. He said it was from Maureen Dowd but later found it wasn't from her. Source unknown.


Certainly the most interesting and potentially devastating phone call I have received during this election cycle came this week from one of the Obama's campaign Internet geeks. These are the staffers who devised Obama's Internet fund raising campaign which raised in the neighborhood of $200 million so far. That is more then twice the total funds raised by any candidate in history - and this was all from the Internet campaign.

What I learned from this insider was shocking but I guess we shouldn't be surprised that when it comes to fund raising there simply are no rules that can't be broken and no ethics that prevail.

Obama's Internet campaign started out innocently enough with basic e-mail networking , lists saved from previous party campaigns and from supporters who visited any of the Obama campaign web sites.

Small contributions came in from these sources and the Internet campaign staff were more than pleased by the results.

Then, about two months into the campaign the daily contribution intake multiplied. Where was it coming from? One of the web site security monitors began to notice the bulk of the contributions were clearly coming in from overseas Internet service providers and at the rate and frequency of transmission it was clear these donations were 'programmed' by a very sophisticated user.

While the security people were not able to track most of the sources due to firewalls and other blocking devices put on these contributions they were able to collate the number of contributions that were coming in seemingly from individuals but the funds were from only a few credit card accounts and bank electronic funds transfers. The Internet service providers (ISP) they were able to trace were from Saudi Arabia , Iran , and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for fund transfers was also located in Saudi Arabia .

Another concentrated group of donations was traced to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges.

It became clear that these donations were very likely coming from sources other than American voters. This was discussed at length within the campaign and the decision was made that none of these donations violated campaign financing laws.

It was also decided that it was not the responsibility of the campaign to audit these millions of contributions as to the actual source (specific credit card number or bank transfer account numbers) to insure that none of these Internet contributors exceeded the legal maximum donation on a cumulative basis of many small donations. They also found the record keeping was not complete enough to do it anyway.

This is a shocking revelation.

We have been concerned about the legality of 'bundling' contributions after the recent exposure of illegal bundlers but now it appears we may have an even greater problem.

I guess we should have been somewhat suspicious when the numbers started to come out. We were told (no proof offered) that the Obama Internet contributions were from $10.00 to $25.00 or so.

If the $200,000,000 is right, and the average contribution was $15.00, that would mean over 13 million individuals made contributions? That would also be 13 million contributions would need to be processed. How did all that happen?

I believe the Obama campaign's Internet fund raising needs a serious, in depth investigation and audit. It also appears the whole question of Internet fund raising needs investigation by the legislature and perhaps new laws to insure it complies not only with the letter of these laws but the spirit as well.

See the correction to this posted here.

Conan to replace Leno


When I posted earlier on Conan being replaced by Jimmy Fallon, I didn't realize that he was soon to replace Leno! Duh! I was wondering why his great talent was just being ousted, and I didn't realize he was being promoted. Go here to vote on this.

Cindy McCain on the Tonight Show

Penny sent me this too. It reveals John and Cindy McCain lying to each other about their ages when they got married, Cindy hiding from John that she was learning to be a pilot, and also hiding from him that she is addicted to prescription drugs.

China's Closing Ceremony - Olympics

The closing ceremony made me think about how China is progressing, but at the same time how there is this veneer of being a humanitarian country, making this huge party of the Olympics - amazing opulence in both the opening and closing ceremonies, while in the background people are still persecuted and killed for their faith and animals were tortured in preparation for the Olympics (cats rounded up and put in camps.)

I'm sorry Penny but...

I just have to say this apart from writing to you (this is not an email to Penny.) I know that I can't say what I really think of Obama because you have your mind made up, like so many people. I can't even begin to say what I think. He spent twenty years listening to a poisonous man who damned America. He was raised going to a Muslim school. He actually blames white America for the blacks who are in prison. I don't want a racist black person in the White House. Ugh! Just when the threat of radical Islam is the gravest, we flirt with that danger by having a man with the middle name of Hussein who went to a Muslim school running for president?! Are we insane?

I just can't say enough about how I dread the thought of him being president. But I don't want to get into a conflict with someone who has her mind made up about certain aspects of his character, when I say that he isn't "clean." You say that you couldn't vote for him regarding his views on abortion, but in other statements you seem to view him as upright and honest, etc. and a better choice than the opponent.

Well, as much as I doubt McCain's character, I doubt Obama even more. Much more. So much more that I would vote for McCain over Obama, but I have to admit that my support for McCain is running thin. I appreciate that you have brought certain things to light about McCain.

I don't know if you're reading my blog. But if you read this, I hope you'll understand why I didn't send this to you. It's too hard to be direct with you just like it's hard to be direct with all the other folks who at least like Obama more than McCain.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

African American Atheletes Win For America

I couldn't help but notice that all but one of the athletes on the men's and women's 4X400 relay teams who won the gold were black, and it led me to think about the incredible athletic ability that is the legacy of black people in general. Now I know that there are a lot of black people who aren't athletic and may be out of shape, but when it comes to finding people who are capable in the athletic field, it's amazing how we find the most talented amongst African Americans, and how that talent runs strong in the black community. It's something to be proud of.

Responding yet again to Penny....

Thanks for the last email. Sorry if I'm not listening to the subtle things you're saying. I was surprised to hear you say that you really mean that Obama's views on abortion are enough to keep you from voting for him. That's the way I'm feeling too. There are certain things that just sour me on a candidate. Like McCain. If he is truly a racist and is against Martin Luther King Jr day, then I'm soured on him. Certain things are just unacceptable!

The problem with some of this is I'm not sure of what I'm hearing yet if it's true. Obama's stand on abortion he has made clear. The stuff on McCain is hearsay so far. It hasn't been broadcast to the general public, so you wonder why the general media hasn't picked it up and made a big deal out of it, like they always do.

My mother and I discuss the things that come out in the media and none of this stuff has come out. I have heard something about McCain's temper but nothing specific. Strange.

I guess time will tell.

In the mean time, I am definitely at a loss. I figure I'll just give McCain the benefit of the doubt and still end up voting for him, acknowledging that he is far from perfect.

But it's starting to depress me......

Penny writes yet again...

I am not at all decided... I am just weighing the pros and cons. I am not sure that I can vote for someone who is not opposed to partial birth abortion no matter how good the rest of their voting record is. That is the worst thing about Obama. The bible says "I knew you before you were formed in your mothers womb". For this reason I have a problem supporting Obama and I do not endorse or engage in any of his campaign and i do not think I could vote for him.

Apart from his liberal views in this and a few other areas, I find nothing at all sinister abut him as you have convinced yourself, but I find this live birth issue particularly egregious.

I have not decided anything, I just have the ability to be objective and see the positive and negative and also admit the ugly aspect of a situation.

This decision to vote or not vote at all is one i struggle with also. I have vote for men that were wicked and self serving in the past because I went on pubic opinion and the views of those I respected and trusted because I was too lazy to really look at the voting record, history, and character of the person on my own.

Clinton was a sleaze, Nixon & Reagan were racist (I have copies of excerpts from white house documents and tapes with dialog's of them in action).Bush means well but lets face it....he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Though Kennedy is seen as having been the most "For the People" president... most of what he did was prompted by political reasons other than character. Lyndon Johnson did more for African Americans without any political motivations or prompting for questionable reasons....NOT Clinton as many people think.

Obama will not do anything for black people either, but he will be best for most American people in general..(except innocent babies who have no rights). All we can ask is that a president be fair equitable. I would not want who is partial to any one group at the expense of another. Many of these black so called leaders are just snake oil salesmen like the white ones and I have no allegiance to any of them. I take each man on his own merit. I am sooo disappointed that Huckabee proved to be less than the man I thought he was that I dig deep now before being so sure of anybody. He would have been a real Christian president I thought naively, and I looked at all his 17 ethics violations and other things that pretty nasty and I was a bit hurt to be honest.


So all we can do is pray sweety... and follow our conscious and the leading of the Holy Spirit

Keen - product endorsement


I got this idea from Kingdavid! I have to recommend this amazing product. I hurt my foot badly in a car accident and have wanted miraculous healing from the Lord. I lost a joint from my foot, and my walking/running haven't been the same since. As a result, it has been imperative that I find something kind for my feet, that enables me to walk better. I found the perfect thing. Keens! They are like walking in heaven! When the Lord restores my foot I can walk on tiny little shoes with spike heels, but until then, I'll need Keens to get me through.

My Uncle was visiting us from Texas and brought his third wife with him. She wears Keens and introduced me to them. We went straightway and bought a pair. My feet haven't been the same since. After I bought a pair of sandals like the ones shown (Venice) I bought a pair of Keen tennis shoes and a pair of Mary Jane style Keens for winter. I wear those three pair of shoes interchangeably and hardly wear anything else.

They all have heavy treads on the bottom. The Venice sandals are waterproof and I just found out they can even be machine washed.

I wore them in Montana floating down the Madison river and when we got to the end of our trip and had to put our feet down and pull our inner tubes out of the water and pull ourselves out of the river, I had to walk over harsh rocks and boulders that were on the bottom of the river. If I didn't have my Keens on, what would I have done? They were the perfect thing with their heavy rubber bottoms.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Responding to Penny again...

I don't want to continue going back and forth about this. You seem to be pretty decided about Obama. Because of this stuff you have sent me, I know now that I don't support either one. I can believe that McCain is not in favor of Martin Luther King Jr Day because I've heard that Arizona was slow to adopt it as a holiday. McCain is starting to look pretty bad to me after seeing the stuff on YouTube. I think both sides are much less than adequate and I can't believe we are stuck with them. What are the next few years going to be like? I can see now why evangelical Christians have been reluctant to support McCain.

You don't need to try to convince me, however. I don't feel good about Obama and it's a gut level feeling. He's not a clean and godly type of man, I know that for sure. There's no fixing that in my mind.

I don't really know what to do now as far as voting responsibly. I need to pray on this. Pray for me.

The question left in my mind: how did we come up with these candidates?

Penny Writes Again....

I have not seen any evidence that Obama is a disaster in dealing with our enemies. He is the one who said 3yrs ago that we should be in Afghanistan not Iraq.

McCain embarrassed the nation on nationwide tv by not even knowing teh difference between a Sunni & a Shiite and we at war with these people. He also admitte don Tv he knows nothing about economics. He was in Israel on the news during the largest Jewish Holiday and when asked about it..he had no clue..he said it's like halloween. He can't even taje a consistant stand on the ONE thing he should be sure about
"the torture of prisoner or war" snowboarding...he has flip flooped on even that.

He turned on Bush like a pit bull..and I dont know why people think if he betrayed his 1st wife, kids, Bush, and the Republican party that he will be loyal to Americans of whom he does not even know. The man said Sunday at saddleback that he thinks rich is a person that has 5 million dollars or more. He can't even relate to the averege American. His mother was an oil heiress. You think he wants to decrease our dependency on oil as he says now... he initially vehemently opposed to offshore drilling... Obama supported it as a temporay solution as we develope alternative soultions. McCain has now flopped and supports it also.

Obama has been honest in things that he supports that are unpopular, andhe has been consistant in the things that people may not approve of. I can respect a man that is honest and upfront. At least you know what you are getting.

With McCain...no one knows who or what he really is...except maybe Cindy. He is running on the republican ticket yet he often betrays conservative ideals. He made some racist comments against Martin Luther Kings birthday being a holiday...yet showed up at the ceremony this year on the anniversary of Kings death and made an apology and said he was wrong. I would normally respect this and accept it as sincere except that it was only during this election that he did that.

The Reagans found a home for his 1st wife when he abandoned her...not McCain. They were close with him and they were totally caught off guard with his affair and marriage...and according to Arizona law...some in Arizona have said on blogs that his marriage to Cindy is not even legal...becaus ehe was married to Carol when he applied for marriage license to Cindy (but I dont know about this).

Any man that would call the mother of his children and wife of 25yrs a trollup and a cunt in full view of media and staff is a wolf in sheeps clothing and I shudder to think what he'd call a poor black woman like me who he does not not even know, or you or any other woman for that matter.

As scripture says "out of the mouth...come the things of the heart". That i sthe REAL MCCAIN....the one that slips out when he's angered or caught of guard.

Even though Cindy is worth over a hundred million dollars I feel sorry for her because she has the same basic needs as all of us....love, respect, dignity etc. and I think she was woed by this old cheating goat and he molded her into exactly what he wanted. A rich trophy wife that would be "seen and not heard".

Except a man be sincerly yielded to the Will of God, nor merely a professing Christian, or a babe in Christ...his worldview is not going to line up with that of an authentic mature Christian. If a man can attain the level of presidency in this world system which is at enmity with Christ...he cannot possibly be yielded as he goes into ofc, He could not get enough votes. There are not enough REAL Christians in the U.S. to elect him. iF an election is close Christians can make the difference though as seen in Bush's case.. that's why Christianity is being prostituted by so many today. Like the Black Vote for prostituted for so many years by the Democratic party...and like the Hispanic vote is now being prostituted.

Obama is Pro Choice....which kills innocent people....
McCan is Pro War,,,which kills innocent people....

I do think the Democratic party as a whole is weak on national security but the Republic is strong only as it serves their personal interests...mainly oil or world dominion. We went into this war half cocked, under manned, under financed, and under informed. We cut billions from the CIA's budget for ground intelligence and spent most of what was left on technology... technology is limited when your enemy is in caves that go thousands of miles in underground tunnels. We were scrambling to even find Arab speaking people for intelligence.....and mo eof our boys were killed and for what....we are at the same place we began...in Afghanistan with terroists in control.

McCain was in prison....not making decisions. I honor his sacrifice but the man has no more foreign experiance than a gazillion other military men.

A good leader is not an expert in everything...he is an expert at choosing the people who are best at whatever the task calls for. Obama is if nothing else a master organizer and adept at pulling people together from different sides of the fence.

His background which is not black or white, rich or poor, but multi-racial, multicultural, and having been poor and upper middle class, having been agnostic and now in a church make him at least in a position to see America from many angles and viewpoints. He is not perfect, but he reflects America better than some millionaire that does not even know how many houses he owns. Even in his immoral stance on abortion and civl unions for gays.... I must admit that best reflects the country..though not ME or my ideals. I don't put any trust in government....only God.

I am just praying that God will use whomever is elected to fulful his purposes. I don' think either candidate is all things to all people and i don't think either can fix all the ills of this wicked and perverse nation but for Women, Working People, Families, Healthcare, the Economy, and including the disenfranchised I have to weigh all this against gay rights and partial birth abortions. Since McCain says a pro life advocate would not eliminate a person from being his VP his stance is questionable in that area also.

Like you... I am tempted to to sit this one out...however too many of my ancestors suffered and paid too great a price for the privilege to vite for me to cower out like that.

So I pray...

I have not seen a shred of any truth to any of the allegations of him being anything except a gentleman and a scholar. I look at his record of the hundreds of bills that he authored and passed, and also of the ones he co authored. I look at his body of work in grass roots community organizing. I look at his ability to be more effective at passing legislation in a bi-partisan congress than anyone else. I look at his failures, and his strengths. It seems that because he is sooo squeaky clean his detractors have gone to great lengths to create a nasty image of him and they have been successful in that many people blindly accept it as fact because they need a legitimate reason to oppose him. It's often easier to hear what we want to hear rather the truth. Every credible and respectable political site along with most of the main stream media has finally acquiesced that the lies about him being sworn in on the Koran, refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag, being a Muslim, locking up his mother, being a terroist, etc. etc. etc. have been proven wrong. And most of the people who were caught initiating them were fired. But the bloggers once started dont take time to verify or confirm sources or information...and they rarely if ever go back and correct months of outragious propaganda, nor do they apoligize for defamimg a persons character after all this has been done.

Randi Rhodes on McCain's First Wife

Now I've taken to finding my own stuff on McCain on YouTube.

John McCain calling his wife bad words

This is a video of TYT talking about John McCain calling his wife a 'Cunt' and a 'Trollop.'

The Wife McCain Left Behind

This is an article Penny sent to me regarding McCain's first wife. It says that McCain was very callous in his manner of leaving her behind. It certainly does cast doubt about McCain's character.

Friday, August 22, 2008

MCain's 'Greatest Moral Failure'

Penny sent me this too. This is CNN's investigation of the details of McCain's divorce.

McCain's Broken Marriage and


fractured Reagan relationship. This is an article Penny sent me about this.

The Real McCain

Penny has sent me some enlightening material on McCain leading me to the obvious conclusion: our choices for a president totally suck! This article tells about a book that documents McCain's foul mouth.

Another response to Penny....

I got all the stuff you sent on McCain. Sorry for being so obtuse regarding your comments about Obama. I realize you are still deciding. I only meant that you said that you were leaning towards Obama. The things you have sent lead to the conclusion: our choices suck!

McCain is not a very righteous man, nor is Cindy. The facts, or questions surrounding them are not very pretty.

I wish I could just sit this out, you know? Be an ostrich.

Thanks for taking the time to write and to enlighten me. It really is an eye opener. I see now that the "cunt" thing is real. Lord, McCain's language is filthy. It makes me want to give up on him for sure. But I guess that we are stuck with him. That's kind of how I feel.

All things considered, I think McCain is the lesser of evils. I think we just don't have much choice, and we should get behind him so that he wins. Obama is bad news. He is a disaster in dealing with our enemies. His morals are worse, in spite of the fact that he has a steady relationship. I think you can have that and still be amoral.

Our country is in trouble. God help us.

We need to cling to Jesus more than ever.

Lots of love to you Penny,

Penny writes back..

I don't support Obama. I said it's a matter of the lesser of the two evils. What I said is that i am praying for guidance. I never said i supported Obama or McCain...read my email again. I do know that a lot of racist propaganda has been spread to undermine his campaign. I don't think the ones spreading it are racist--they are professionals who are proficient on playing on the emotions of people who are subject to believe anything they hear in the media.

My objections to Obama are based on facts...that he is pro abortion and pro civil unions (the next best thing to gay marriage). Obama has enough legitimate issues to look at rather than getting caught up in all the malicious untruth sin many of the blogs. Even the mainstream media and all of the top credible political blogs have disproved most of this "stuff" going around. It is basically fear mongering and promoting suspicion in the minds of those who are either too lazy or unwilling to verify the validity of this stuff.

Obama has enough legitimate faults in my mind without bloggers having to create or print unverified stuff.

My problem is not with Cindy..she is not running for president. My problem is that McCain abandoned his wife Carol and his children because when he came home from the war she was not the beautiful model he married, but due to having been thrown through the windshield of a car she was overweight, 3-4 inches shorter due to reconstructive surgery, and not so pretty anymore. My problem is that he was cheating with Cindy and living with Carol and married Cindy 5 weeks after his divorce was final. My problem is that he applied for a marriage license to Cindy even before his divorce was final and in his new book he fudged the dates and facts a but the media has caught it. For the most part the media doesn't touch it much because it was soooo long ago, and Obama has not stooped to the level of going there either. Also Carol his wife is a lady and will not speak bad of him as he is the father of her children. Only once did she speak of it publicly and that was to say he was 40 and acting 25. Also she herself is 70yrs old now.

All you have to do is google the words McCain's ex wife and you'll get 415,000 hits but nobody is as interested in his faults as they are in Obama. I think that because Obama is pretty much a family man, nerd and workaholic politician, there is not enough dirt to satisfy most people who dislike him so they pick up any little shred of rumor and run with it.

I looked at the bills that he authored and co-sponsored. I looked at the positions in which he supports and objects.

I did the same equal scrutiny with every presumptive nominee and candidates prior to this also.

McCain did not even know the difference between a Sunni & a Shiite Muslim and we at WAR with these people. (this on nationwide prime time news he showed) He admitted he knows little or nothing about economics. He has flip flopped and betrayed the Republican party on several issues and he has flip flopped on the one area he should be convicted about in one way or another "the torture OD prisoners".

Ha gee and Rod Parsley said they didn't come to McCain..he came to them asking for their endorsement and support. When this blew up McCain distanced himself from them (rightly so...I can't blame on that)

I am tired and weary of immoral politicians(Democrats) but I am also tired and weary of politicians (Republicans) prostituting Christianity for votes.

I don't see Obama as a demon as he is being made out to be, but I vehemently disagree with him on several issues. The difference between him and McCain is that with Obama is he openly speaks his support of the things I disagree with so with him at least I know what I am getting.

McCain is a liar and not only has a history of corruption with lobbyists while in congress, but 6 of his top men in his inner circle were lobbyists. Recently he had to fire 1or 2 due to media scrutiny and the reputation of these. He cannot even relate much less care about the poor, elderly, or middle class. Look at the dialog from the questions he and Obama answered at Rick Warrens church this past weekend. When asked what he considered wealthy in this country...he said 5 million dollars. So his frame of reference about the reality of the average American is skewed.

Any I've seen him loose his temper and get nasty with reporters on more than few occasions but him to call his wife and mother of his kids a "cunt" in front of staff, reporters etc. is a sign of a man with underlying rage. He was running for Senate then and on the campaign trail so it about 3yrs ago I think...but that did it for me. I would not vote for him for a dog catcher. If he calls his wife a "cunt" in the presence of others what would he call "me" I wonder? Even if he had said this in private it speaks to the mans real character. But few bloggers will mention that incident. No one is blogging about him having tried to influence the FCC for a favor for a lobbyist that was supporting him...even though the FCC released the letter to the press many months ago.

If you think there is nothing wrong with a 45yr old man cheating on his wife with a 20yr old while she has undergone the worst experience of her life...then perhaps the words "For better or for worse" have a different meaning to you...but I think if he's disloyal to his wife and children he will be the same as a leader..."all for himself"...

I am not loyal to any political figure or party and I have not decided as to who is the best candidate for me overall but I have decided that for America Obama is the candidate who is best for Americans in general...and that is not necessarily a good thing at all. If Obama choose Hillary (which is unlikely) as his V.P. I would not even consider him either. I find her and her husband particularly egregious .

As I said earlier I am praying for guidance on this one...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My response to Penny

I was thinking about what you wrote, and came up with a better reply.

I don't know why we haven't heard about what you said McCain said to his wife, if that's what he said. I have never heard anything like that come out about him before. I'm not saying that you're making that up, or lying, just that it isn't public knowledge.

I don't know the details about his marriage to Cindy, but I think it would be hard to judge the reasons for his marrying her, even if on the surface it looks like he married her because of her looks and her money. We don't know that. He said in the forum at Rick Warren's church where Rick questioned both men, that he felt his first marriage was his biggest failure. He has,after all, been married for 25 years. That says a lot.

I've read that Cindy is very generous with her money in giving to places in the world in need, such as Africa, and is involved in helping the poor and needy.

I was impressed by their adopting two girls from Bangladesh.

McCain doesn't seem like a puppet to me. He seems to make his own decisions.

But he isn't a man of God. He's not deeply involved in faith. We're in more of a secular vein with him.

Obama. I can't believe that you support him. Seems he has wrapped you around his smooth talking. He changes his mind, and changes his stand to please people.

He uses clever words and language to ultimately say nothing. His values are poor. I couldn't support him on those key issues. He's bad for the economy. Obama - no way! it has nothing to do with being black. There are black people I would much sooner support than him, such as Colin Powell or Condoleeza Rice.

His faith is certainly not credible. The church that he was involved with - unbelievable!

Well, hope that I haven't blown you away!

Your sister in Christ,

My Purpose

is outlined in Isaiah 61: verses 1 and 2
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

I was reading this today, pondering these words, asking God to use me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Blessing or Curse, You Can Choose by Derek Prince

"Freedom from pressures you thought you had to live with."
Here I've had this book in my profile as one of my favorites, and Ive never done a post about it. This book helped me so much. I was reading this book prior to going and getting deliverance at the church in Toronto.

Prince had some deep wisdom regarding many things pertaining to our spiritual well being. Christians are naive about the impact that many things can have, down the road, on their lives, such as dabbling in use of the Ouija board, or reading Harry Potter. Prince understands these things.

Here is the review found on Amazon:

Some people seem to get more than their share of success and fulfillment, while others suffer repeated failure and frustration. Why is this so?

With over 200,000 copies sold, Blessing or Curse has given thousands of believers a biblical understanding of two forces at work in every life: blessings and curses. Now with a new introduction by the author and a chapter-by-chapter study guide, this tenth-anniversary edition will enable many more to enjoy the benefits of God's blessings and protect themselves from curses that may have originated in a previous generation.

A curse, says Prince, is not an obsolete Old Testament concept. He draws on real-life experiences of believers-including himself-who realized that successions of misfortunes were not God's doing, or even happenstance, but resulted from a curse. The author helps readers determine if they could be under a curse, explores the many causes of a curse, and offers clear direction for applying God's remedy.

From the Back Cover
Are you continually frustrated by sickness, financial pressure, strained relationships? Or perhaps accidents happen to you or your family with perplexing regularity. Do you wonder why some people seem to get more than their share of success and fulfillment?

Derek Prince suggests that two forces are at work in every life: blessings and curses. One is beneficial, the other harmful. To enjoy the benefits of God's blessings and be protected from curses, we need to understand how these forces work.

Over 200,000 readers have found biblical understanding in Blessing or Curse. Now this special tenth anniversary edition adds a new introduction by the author and a chapter-by-chapter study guide.

Prince shows dramatically that a curse is not a superstition from the Dark Ages. He draws on real-life experiences of people who were astonished to discover that they were not the victims of blind chance-or even of heredity. Rather, the problem was a curse that might have originated in a previous generation. Most important, Prince shows you how to recognize a curse at work in your life and helps you find release and God's blessings.

Derek Prince is an internationally recognized Bible expositor with a worldwide radio ministry that reaches more than half the globe. He is the author of more than forty books, including Atonement, Your Appointment with God and Husbands and Fathers.

(End of review)actually, Prince is dead now - he died in his late 80s.

Penny on Obama and McCain


I wrote Penny asking her what she thinks about Obama. I told her I had some serious concerns about him becoming president. Here is her response:

I think that Obama and McCain are minimal or babes in Christ at best. I have some serious concerns about both candidates. My problem with Obama is and always been that he supports Gay civil unions and abortions. You cannot be a Democrat of any stature and not support these two issues.

My problem with McCain is that he is totally controlled by lobbyists. 6 of those in his inner circle were working lobbyists. McCain publicly speaks against abortions because you cannot be a member of the Republican Party of any stature and support gay marriage or abortions...(though that's changing). I have heard him questioned previously and he wavered on it. Once he was asked if he believe din abortions and he said No.... the he was asked what would do if his daughter got pregnant...he said he'd have to have a family meeting and when questioned farther about that he became irate.

They are both equal when it comes to morality and lack of Christian values....the only difference being Obama is at least honest about his beliefs. McCain says what he knows to be necessary. That's why many on the religious right do not trust him.

What bothers me most about McCain is that I think the man we see and the real man are two different people. His abusive temper with reporters is only a hint of the real character I think. His disrespect of women bothers me a great deal. For example: A few years ago while running for the Senate his wife Cindy was on the campaign trail with him and she playfully twirled his hair around her fingers saying "you're getting kinda thin up here"..to which he replied "At least I don't pile on a truckload of makeup like a trollop...you cunt" . This he said in the presence of everyone.....reporters, staff etc. If he will loos it and say something like that to the mother of his kids and 25yr companion he will turn on anybody. He has been nasty like this to more than a few reporters but not using sexist derogatory words like that.

Another thing...the way he treated his ex-wife. He was married to a beautiful model from Philadelphia named Carol. When he was a P.O.W. Carol was involved in a bad car accident where she was thrown through the windshield and seriously injured. Out of concern more for McCain she never allowed him to be told of her condition because she didn't want him to be worried about her while he was a P.O.W. himself. Well when he came home Carol was not quite the model he remembered...she was crippled, 3 inches shorter and overweight from her sustained injuries. McCain began partying at all the high society parties from coast to coast and he met Cindy a young beautiful woman 25yrs younger than him who was and is heir to one of the largest Anheiser Busch distributorships in the country. (young, beautiful and rich)

Long story short...he divorced Carol and married Cindy 5 weeks later. Carol's only comment publicly that I've seen is "he was 40 acting 25" or something like that. She was left with the kids and the $1,600 mth mortgage which he paid for her. Cindy is worth $125 million but has a tight pre-nup. Now I had tried to think...okay that was 25yrs ago...he has been faithfully married for 25yrs and seems to love Cindy... but I can't help but think of Carol sitting at home on a old couch watching him and his millionaire wife remembering when he cherished her like that when she was a beautiful model.

I think the democratic is sold out to special interests groups and the Republican Party is sold out to lobbyists and Big Business. Mitt Romney is a Mormon and the fact that he on McCain's list of possibly V.P. proves that he knows no more about Christianity than Obama does.

Obama was raised by a mother who did not believe in organized religion so he was exposed to every schism, ism, etc, , their library included books on Buddism etc. I think the organizations that have spent so much money undermining him and spewing out false information on him is unfortunate as many people actual believe it. I think he like many of us was at some point (professing Christianity and even believing we are but yet have not really had a true "yielding" to the Will of Jesus Christ.) He has been so busy the years sync he became a Christian that I think he showed up Sundays when in town but never had the time or inclination to really study scripture. Like Bush....when he said that "Muslims and Christians worship the same God"... I knew he had no clue.

I hate to quote Malcom X....but he once said "we have to choose the lesser of the two evils".

I am still praying about it.. but I sincerely think that Obama is the best for the country as a whole...even if not an ideal candidate for Christians. I think he is sincere in his desire to be fair to every American which is impossible. Its unfortunate that he is not black enough for some, and not white enough for others..which is a good thing I think....but hey..what do I know? Most of the rumors have been dismissed by the Media and anyone who took the time and energy to investigate on their own but unfortunately many Christians who believe the viscous emails and blogs have forwarded them to so many and they have hurt his image. And a radical group of Jews who fear him because of his middle name and pseudo Muslim father spread vicious emails and blogs also. He has enough valid faults and issues to address without making up bogus claims. I think he is definitely going to assist the "Gay Agenda" and "Pro-Choice" as well as he thinks like the world...not like a Christian. But then no one who was an authentic could even get enough support for a serious chance at the presidency.I pray that God will lead him to a church where he will be discipled by a Godly man who can correct his worldly ideology.

I was leaning towards Hucakby until I saw his ties to white racist supremacist group sin the South that he had been pandering to for support. And then I saw his 17+ ethics violations while governor and a lot of other ugly stuff.

Obama has the potential to be a wonderful president but he also has the potential to undo Row vs Wade....and give the homosexual agenda the power it has been working towards for years.

McCain on the other hand will be kept in check somewhat by the Republican Party conservatives...but their overall agenda serves nobody that is poor, elderly, middle class, or disenfranchised. I voted democratic most of my life and then began voting primarily Republican because I could barely find a democrat with a stance on anything moral. No I am just tire of Christians being pimped by a party that really only serves itself...

This may sound a bit crude...but just because McCain kisses us first does not mean he is not still screwing us.

I am just praying for guidance and discernment on these two. There are days I lean towards McCain and then there are days I despise him... Obama will never be all; things to all people but I think he is the best for the most people...even if that does not include me. It is I that will have to stand before God and be accountable for why I voted for a man that supports an agenda that makes a mockery of Godly union (man and woman). It is I that will have to account for an agenda that will allow millions of babies to be murdered. So I struggle deeply with this...and I am yet not 100% comfortable with either candidate. To be anti-abortion and pro-war is a contradiction....either way babies are being killed..so neither man fits my ideal so I am praying that God will work through this with me...

what do you think.....I know I was no help at all...and probably confused you even more,,,,

Sincerely...your sister in the Lord

Beijing Olympic Preview


Penny sent me this. It's by Voice Of The Martyrs and is a reminder of the persecution going on in China for the Christian faith behind the scenes.

Monday, August 18, 2008

When young People Get Excited by Dennis Prager

Here is a great article that talks about how young people often just don't know enough to make the right decisions, and their fervor can be dangerous, instead of refreshing. Some of us know that we didn't know squat until we were 40!

Things You Should Know But Probably Don't

My sister sent me this...

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

3. The dot over the letter 'I is called a 'tittle'.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small-sized dog

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16. Upper- and lower-case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the
Upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time, hence, multi-tasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original 'Halloween' was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

27. The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the
Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples.

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it. I NEED TO REMEMBER THIS.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart. 'Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her off to jail.'

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I heard that he just died but didn't hear how old he was. Oh, I looked it up in Wikipedia- he was 89! he was born in 1918. I remember reading his Harvard Address of 1978. Here is an article about his prophetic words, and how we can see now that he indeed could see many things that were on the horizon.

First Americans, First Ecologists? by Michael Medved

I had to draw attention to this because it verbalizes what I suspected was true all along about the Native Americans, who were, after all, savages.

The most disturbing portion is something I've heard before and makes me sick. I can't imagine the inhumane act of pushing buffalo off a cliff as a means of killing them for food. I can just hear them screaming out as they hit the ground! Horrible!

Here is the excerpt:

In fact, in their pursuit of succulent suppers, Indians did a great deal of collateral damage, even driving some species extinct. In 1998, our family accepted an invitation to spend a few days at an historic Wyoming ranch where the couple that owned it took us on an unforgettable tour of their property. They brought us to a red-earth outcropping that rose like a wedge from the surrounding terrain. "This was an Indian Buffalo Run," they explained. The local tribes developed a means to frighten huge herds of buffalo and to direct their stampede —right off the edge of the cliff into a heap of meat more than a hundred feet below. There, awaiting tribesmen could collect as much of the carcasses as they could eat and preserve. They left the rest to rot, creating a mountain of bones still visible (and formidable) below us.

Spinal Tap - favorite scene

At 4:30 in the morning, I went from thinking about Milli Vanilli to thinking about Spinal Tap, the movie. I was thinking about my favorite part of the movie:

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Epicenter - the DVD


I don't know why I didn't mention this sooner. This was excellent. Of course, I read the book first, but the interviews are awesome. Benjamin Netanyahu is an impressive man. Others were compelling to watch as well.

They are saying we don't have much time, and that an attack by radical Islamists is eminent. They are also saying that the West is asleep and that waking up people in the West may be impossible, or too late.

The documentary also shows that we are indeed living in the last days.

Here are a couple of reviews that I found on Amazon:

Negative:

The DVD makes a nice companion to the book for the person who has already read the book and/or is already convinced of Joel's argument ahead of time. The DVD alone is not a very convincing piece and would not make a useful tool for broaching the topic of Bible prophecy with non-believing friends and acquaintances (which is disappointing because this is the primary reason many people were looking forward to this DVD).

Overview:

Primarily, it is too short (58 minutes) to properly build its case, and apparently in making it so short Joel decided to focus on clips of interviews with people he mentions in his book, and does not provide a proper background and platform on which to build his case for accepting Ezekiel 38/39 as talking about a near-future war. By focusing on this one passage, it also lacks any attempt at providing a basis for why the Bible should be used as a 'third lens' through which to view history. One can say we should all one wants but if one doesn't provide reasons why, it's not very convincing. It never discusses the rest of the Bible, such as its overall purpose as the Word of God to mankind and what its real significance is for our lives. Without first establishing this, and the historical and archeological support for its veracity, there is little to no reason why a skeptic would bother to consider what Joel says.

Joel's Epicenter book does a slightly better job of building Joel's case and talks a little more about Scripture and the seemingly prescient writings in Joel's previous books, where as the DVD is more just a way to put faces and voices to the names and quotes in his book without ever really building a case for what Joel believes about Ezekiel 38/39.

Documentary issues:

The main feature of the DVD runs 58 minutes. At around 15 minutes into this (thus with about 43 minutes remaining) the voiceover says "for the next hour...". This immediately loses a lot of credibility with the audience, especially if you are hoping to use this as an evangelistic or discussion-broaching tool and thus is viewed by a hostile audience who will be looking for errors and reasons to ignore the argument Joel makes. Exaggeration of something as basic as the runtime only sets the stage for the skeptic to then suspect exaggeration in the documentary content itself.

Another very basic error is the showing of a clip of an approaching F/A-18 Hornet aircraft mixed in with footage supposedly of the '67 war. This plane was not even built during the 1960s, nor has it ever been owned or operated by any of the nations involved in that conflict. Its maiden flight was in 1978; it entered US service in 1983, and is now also flown only in limited numbers by Spain and Australia. This type of factual carelessness (or ignorance) also takes away from the credibility of the film for the discerning viewer.

Because of these items, it's very tough to rate this more than 3 stars. In comparison, I'd give the book a 4 because it contained some useful information, built a slightly better case for Joel's belief about Ezekiel 38/39, and was an entertaining read.

My rating is based on those facts.

Positive:

Epicenter is a wonderfully done documentary about how Jerusalem is the epicenter of Israel, which is the epicenter of the Middle East, which is the epicenter of the world. The interviewees, including Greg Laurie and Benjamin Netanyahu, are well-known and credible. I especially was inspired by an Iranian minister's interview. The bottom line of this documentary is that we ARE living in the "end times", as we see in the news that Iran wants to wipe out Israel and Russia allies with Iran. Bible prophecies ARE coming true and we are living to see them. My favorite part of the dvd is the "special features", which include footage of the full length interviews. For those wanting to be in the know about how the end times are unfolding, this is an excellent resource.


This video is a trailer for the DVD.

Milli Vanilli

So, it's 4:30 in the morning, and I wake up and I'm wide awake and all I can think about is, "who was Milli Vanilli, and what were they known for?" So, i went looking for them today and here's what I found. Here's what Wikipedia says about them:
Milli Vanilli were a pop and dance music project formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1988, fronted by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album achieved high sales internationally which earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990. The act sold over 30 million singles[citation needed], 14 million albums[citation needed] and became one of the most popular pop acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, their success turned to infamy when their Grammy was revoked after it was revealed that the actual vocals on the record were not the voices of Morvan and Pilatus. In 1998, ten years after Milli Vanilli's debut, Pilatus was found dead in a Frankfurt hotel of an apparent drug overdose.
They're not my cup of tea, but here they are anyway. At least I went back to sleep.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Obama's Hillbilly Half-Brother...


threatens to derail campaign. Read hilarious article in the Onion.

The Jihad Candidate by Rich Carroll

This comes from my uncle Jack



Conspiracy theories make for interesting novels when the storyline is not so absurd that it can grasp our attention. 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'Seven Days in May' are examples of plausible chains of events that captures the reader's imagination at best-seller le vel. 'What if' has always b been the solid grist of fiction.
Get yourself something cool to drink, find a relaxing position, but before you continue, visualize the television photos of two jet airliners smashing into the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan and remind yourself this cowardly act of Muslim terror was planned for eight years.

How long did it take Islam and their oil money to find a candidate for President of the United States ? As long as it took them to place a Senator from Illinois and Minnesota ? The same amount of time to create a large Muslim enclave in Detroit ? The time it took them to build over 2,000 mosques in America ? The same amount of time required to place radical wahabbist clerics in our military and prisons as 'chaplains'?

Find a candidate who can get away with lying about their father being a 'freedom fighter' when he was actually part of the most corrupt and violent government in Kenya 's history. Find a candidate with close ties to The Nation of Islam and the violent Muslim overthrow in Africa , a candidate who is educated among white infidel Americans but hides his bitterness and anger behind a superficial toothy smile. Find a candidate who changes his American name of Barry to the Muslim name of Barak Hussein Obama, and dares anyone to question his true ties under the banner of 'racism'. Nurture this candidate in an atmosphere of anti-white American teaching and surround him with Islamic teachers. Provide him with a bitter, racist , anti-white, anti-American wife, and supply him with Muslim middle east connections and Islamic monies. Allow him to be clever enough to get away with his anti-white rhetoric and proclaim he will give $834 billion taxpayer dollars to the Muslim controlled United Nations for use in Africa

Install your candidate in an atmosphere of deception because questioning him on any issue involving Africa or Islam would be seen as 'bigoted racism'; two words too powerful to allow the citizenry to be informed of facts. Allow your candidate to employ several black racist Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan followers as members of his Illinois Senatorial and campaign staffs.

Where is the bloodhound American 'free press' who doggedly overturned every stone in the Watergate case? Where are our nation's reporters that have placed every Presidential candidate under the microscope of detailed scrutiny; the same press who pursue Bush's 'Skull and Bones' club or ran other candidates off with persistent detective and research work? Why haven't 'newsmen' pursued the 65 blatant lies told by this candidate during the Presidential primaries? Where are the stories about this candidate's cousin and the Muslim butchery in Africa ? Since when did our national press corps become weak, timid, and silent? Why haven't they regaled us with the long list of socialists and communists who have surrounded this 'out of nowhere' Democrat candidate or that his church re-printed the Hamas Manifesto in their bulletin, and that his 'close pastor friend and mentor' met with Middle East terrorist Moammar Gaddafi, (Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)? Why isn't the American press telling us this candidate is supported by every Muslim organization in the world?

As an ultimate slap in the face, be blatant in the fact your candidate has ZERO interest in traditional American values and has the most liberal voting record in U.S. Senate history. Why has the American main stream media clammed-up on any negative reporting on Barak Hussein Obama? Why will they print Hillary Rodham Clinton's name but never write his middle name? Is it not his name? Why, suddenly, is ANY information about this candidate not coming from main stream media, but from the blogosphere by citizens seeking facts and the truth? Why isn't our media connecting the dots with Islam? Why do they focus on 'those bad American soldiers' while Islam slaughters non Muslims daily in 44 countries around the globe? Why does our media refer to Darfur as 'ethnic cleansing' instead of what it really is; Muslims killing non Muslims! There is enough strange, anti-American activity surrounding Barak Hussein Obama to peek the curiosity of any reporter. WHERE IS OUR INVESTIGATIVE MEDIA!?

A formal plan for targeting America was devised three years after the Iranian revolution in 1982. The plan was summarized in a 1991 memorandum by Mohamed Akram, an operative of the global Muslim Brotherhood. 'The process of settlement' of Muslims in America , Akram explained, 'is a civilization jihad process.' This means that members of the Brotherhood must understand that their work in 'America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and s abotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.'

There is terrorism we can see, smell and fear, but there is a new kind of terror invading The United States in the form of Sharia law and finance. Condoning it is civilization suicide. Middle East Muslims are coming to America in record numbers and building hate infidel mosques, buying our corporations, suing us for our traditions, but they and the whole subject of Islam is white noise leaving uninformed Americans about who and what is really peaceful. Where is our investigative press? Any criticism of Islam or their intentions, even though Islamic leader s state their intentions daily around the globe, brings-forth a volley of 'racist' from the left-wing Democrat crowd.

Lies and deception behind a master plan - the ingredients for 'The Manchurian Candidate' or the placement of an anti-American President in our nation's White House? Is it mere coincidence that an anti-capitalist run for President at the same time Islamic sharia finance and law is trying to make advancing strides into the United States ? Is it mere coincidence this same candidate wants to dis-arm our nuclear capability at a time when terrorist Muslim nations are expanding their nuclear weapons capability? Is it mere coincidence this candidate wants to reduce our military at a time of global jihad from Muslim nations?

Change for America ? What change? To become another 'nation of Islam'?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Kay Arthur's Correction

My friend just sent me this - something Kay Arthur said in response to the email that was being circulated.

Precept Ministries International has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the call to personal and national repentance Kay delivered at Deeper Still in Atlanta. However, we were forwarded an email that attributed “a revelation about famine” to Kay which was incorrect. Because Truth is paramount to all of us at Precept, we asked Kay to respond personally. Here is Kay’s response below:

Beloved of God,
I received a copy of an email from a precious woman who was so touched by the Lord through the message that she wanted to share it with others and call them to prayer for our nation. How I appreciate her listening heart and passion to live in obedience to the Word of God. However, one of her “quotes” of my message was not accurate and needs to be corrected. Her email said,



"She (referring to me) said that God had revealed to her that a literal famine is coming to America. Physical, not spiritual.”

Since I did not “have a revelation” and I am wary of such proclamations, I had LifeWay, the sponsors of Deeper Still, send me a CD of my message as I wanted to know exactly what I said. I said, “we (Americans) are set for famine.”

This was said in the context of my reference to Ezekiel 14. In other words, we are inviting a famine because famine is one of the Lord’s judgments on a nation that commits unfaithfulness (Ezekiel 14:12-20). I also mentioned that the sale of rice had recently been ‘rationed’ by Wal-Mart. (And while I did not mention it, the price of wheat had gone up significantly. We are having crop failures because of the weather and God is in charge of the weather. His sovereignty rules over all.)
As you can see there is a big difference between saying I had a revelation from God and what I actually said. I was simply teaching the Word.
I want to thank each and every one of you who want to know what I said and took the time to ask. Your desire for clarity and willingness to come directly to me means a great deal, especially in the light of my message on Truth. I do believe eventually this message (on Truth) will be made available by LifeWay. I will give it again in Las Vegas on the first Saturday of September. I desperately need your prayers that I will simply be His faithful teacher of His precious infallible Truth, the Word of God and fear only One, the One who alone is God.
The message I brought, although a hard one, is, I believe, greatly needed. The warfare in delivering it was terrific…but thanks to God who always causes us to triumph through His Son, the One who has overcome and sits at His right hand interceding for us…and waiting for His day! His strength is perfected in our weakness and I truly was weak.
Until then, may you and I prove ourselves “to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world holding fast the word of life…(Philippians 2:14-16)
Thank you all for your prayers for our nation. Repentance and righteousness are our only hope.
In His bonds of Calvary,

P.S. Please know Precept Ministries International exists as a ministry to help you (children, teens, adults) discover truth for yourself, go deeper and disciple. We are at work in nearly 150 countries and 70 languages and love the church. If we can serve you in any way please let us know. Nothing would give us greater pleasure than in fulfilling the reason God raised us up.
America is at the crossroads. Join Kay for a special 10-episode series on Precepts For Life, beginning September 8, 2008 to discover for yourself what the Bible says to Christians living in America today. Visit precept.org/America or call 1-800-763-8280 to learn more about this message, for station listings and more information about Kay Arthur and Precept Ministries International.

For a direct link to Kay's website and to read this correction, go here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lifehouse "Everything" Skit


I first saw this over at Scott Bonnell's blog. It brings tears to my eyes every time. I saw it again at the charismatic conference that I went to. It is such a cool representation of the forces that are tearing at the lives of young people to pull them away from Christ.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Someone's eating 12,000 calories a day....


to look like this. Michael Phelps, 23, is eating huge amounts of food and still looking fit and trim and it makes me green with envy. Oh to be so active and physically fit. This is why the Olympics are hard to watch. Hard to watch those active, alive bodies while you're just sitting there. Makes me want to be more active and more fit than ever.

Obama Cartoon

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What's been happening...


A cat who looks like Buddy.

The amazing swimmer - Phelps

The Olympics took off last Friday night, but I went to a Christian conference on the Holy Spirit that night, with lots of dancing and crazy charismatics worshiping.

I've always found it hard to be sitting and watching people do intense sports while I do nothing, but I realize the Olympics are worth watching. Better to watch them without the commercials on the internet, but my computer's operating system won't allow me.

Am staying with my cousin at his house, while my brother is in town visiting my parents with his two adopted daughters. My cousin is a doctor and intimidates me. He believes in fate, more or less, that diseases are an inevitable thing. Feel so intimidated by him that I have intense insomnia and have to take strong, psychotropic medication at night to sleep. I feel that he believes in bi-polar illness and not so much in the power of God to heal, therefore, I somehow am surrounded by that unbelief and it affects me. Thus, my insomnia. The medication knocks me out so much I can hardly function the next day.

Also, my old friend Dominick has taken to sitting with me in the cafe, and I can't get much done on the internet with him there.

Somehow, I'll be up and posting again soon.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

5 Lessons on how to treat people

This comes from my uncle Jack.


1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.


During my second month of college, our professor gave us a

pop quiz.

I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the

questions until I read the last one:


'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'


Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning

woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but


how would I know her name?



I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just

before class ended, one student asked if the last question would

count toward our quiz grade.


'Absolutely, ' said the professor.. 'In your careers, you

will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your

attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello.'


I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was

Dorothy.


2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain


One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was

standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a

lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately

needed a ride.


Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of

in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped


her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.



She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address

and thanked him.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his

surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

special note was attached.


It read:

'Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other

night.

The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then

you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's

bedside just before he passed away.. . God bless you for helping me

and unselfishly serving others.'


Sincerely,

Mrs Nat King Cole.


3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.


In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a

10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table A

waitress put a glass of water in front of him..


'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.


'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.


The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied

the coins in it.


'Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?' he inquired.


By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress

was growing impatient.


'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.


The little boy again counted his coins.


'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.


The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table

and walked away The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier
and

left.


When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wip ed

down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were

two nickels and five pennies..


You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to

have enough left to leave her a tip.


4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.


In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.


Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the
huge

rock.


Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and
simply

walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads

clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.


Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon

approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried


to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and

straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his

load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the

boulder had been..


The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King
& nbsp;
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the
boulder

from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never

understand!


Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.


5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...


Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I

got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from
a rare

and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to
be a

blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously

survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed
to

combat the illness..


The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and

asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to

his sister


I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep

breath and saying, 'Yes I'll do it if it will save her.'


As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his

sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning
to

her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.


He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice,

Will I start to die right away'.


Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he

thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in

order to save her.

Questions for Obama

This comes from my uncle Jack.
May 5, 2008 issue of Newsweek, 'Questions for Obama' by George F. Will


'Senator, concerning the criteria by which you will nominate judges, you said: 'We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old.' Such sensitivities might serve an admirable legislator, but what have they to do with judging? Should a judge side with whichever party in a controversy stirs his or her empathy? Is such personalization of the judicial function inimical to the rule of law?



. Voting against the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts, you said: Deciding 'truly difficult cases' should involve 'one's deepest values, one's core concerns, one's broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one's empathy.' Is that not essentially how Chief Justice Roger Taney decided the Dred Scott case? Should other factors-say, the language of the constitutional or statutory provision at issue-matter?



. You say, 'The insurance companies, the drug companies, they're not going to give up their profits easily when it comes to health care.' Why should they? Who will profit from making those industries unprofitable? When pharmaceutical companies have given up their profits, who will fund pharmaceutical innovations, without which there will be much preventable suffering and death? What other industries should 'give up their profits'?



. ExxonMobil's 2007 profit of $40.6 billion annoys you. Do you know that its profit, relative to its revenue, was smaller than Microsoft's and many other corporations'? And that reducing ExxonMobil's profits will injure people who participate in mutual funds, index funds and pension funds that own 52 percent of the company?



. You say John McCain is content to 'watch [Americans'] home prices decline.' So, government should prop up housing prices generally? How? Why? Were prices ideal before the bubble popped? How does a senator know ideal prices? Have you explained to young couples straining to buy their first house that declining prices are a misfortune?



. Telling young people 'don't go into corporate America ,' your wife, Michelle, urged them to become social workers or others in 'the helping industry,' not 'the moneymaking industry.' Given that the moneymakers pay for 100 percent of American jobs, in both public and private sectors, is it not helpful?



. Michelle, who was born in 1964, says that most Americans' lives have 'gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl.' Since 1960, real per capita income has increased 143 percent, life expectancy has increased by seven years, infant mortality has declined 74 percent, deaths from heart disease have been halved, childhood leukemia has stopped being a death sentence, depression has become a treatable disease, air and water pollution have been drastically reduced, the number of women earning a bachelor's degree has more than doubled, the rate of homeownership has increased 10.2 percent, the size of the average American home has doubled, the percentage of homes with air conditioning has risen from 12 to 77, the portion of Americans who own shares of stock has quintupled. Has your wife perhaps missed some pertinent developments in this country that she calls 'just downright mean'?



. You favor raising the capital gains tax rate to '20 percent or 25 percent.' You say this will not 'distort' economic decision making. Your tax returns on your 2007 income of $4.2 million show that you and Michelle own few stocks. Are you sure you understand how investors make decisions?



. During the ABC debate, you acknowledged that when the capital gains rate was dropped first to 20 percent, then to 15 percent, government revenues from the tax increased and they declined in the 1980s when it was increased to 28 percent. Nevertheless, you said you would consider raising the rate 'for purposes of fairness.' How does decreasing the government's financial resources and punishing investors promote fairness? Are you aware that 20 percent of taxpayers reporting capital gains in 2006 had incomes of less than $50,000?



. You favor eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax, which now covers only the first $102,000. A Chicago police officer married to a Chicago public-school teacher, each with 20 years on the job, have a household income of $147,501, so you would take another $5,642 from them. Are they undertaxed? Are they too rich?



. This November, electorates in four states will vote on essentially this language: 'The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.' Three states- California , Washington and Michigan -have enacted such language. You made a radio ad opposing the Michigan initiative. Why? Are those states' voters racists?



. You denounce President Bush for arrogance toward other nations. Yet you vow to use a metaphorical 'hammer' to force revisions of trade agreements unless certain weaker nations adjust their labor, environmental and other domestic policies to suit you. Can you define cognitive dissonance?



You want 'to reduce money in politics.' In February and March you raised $95 million. See prior question.

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Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling when a person begins to understand that something the person believes to be true is, in fact, not true. Similar to ambivalence, the term cognitive dissonance describes conflicting thoughts or beliefs (cognitions) that occur at the same time, or when engaged in behaviors that conflict with one's beliefs. In academic literature, the term refers to attempts to reduce the discomfort of conflicting thoughts, by performing actions that are opposite to one's beliefs.

Obama as Buffoon

I decided to try typing "Obama is a buffoon" into Google and came up with more than one article. Wow, "interesting that the word fits so well," I thought. Here is one of the articles I found: it's a post on someone's blog about Obama visiting the troops, and it says, 'Obama is a buffoon, a charlaton, a hindrance to their mission.'

You should try it. It's amazing how many other sources are cited using the word buffoon to describe Obama.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet


See Onion article. I had a huge guffaw over this one!

The Onion does it again!

The Onion had a headliner yesterday entitled "Nation To Try Its Luck Out West" talking about how all 300 million Americans were soon to move West seeking a better life. The article states "No matter how bad things get or how dark tomorrow may seem, the one thing Americans can always count on is the promise of a better life somewhere else."

The article concludes with: At press time, the approximately 2 million square miles of land that make up the American West are experiencing the most severe rash of wildfires and earthquakes in recent history.

Hysterical!

I can relate to the article, having once escaped to the West (Los Angeles, California) and because I am a lover of the West (Montana.) But I really don't have any illusions about how life is going to be so much better out West, quality of life wise. I just love mountains and dry air, is all.

Another Onion gem: see next post!

Monday, August 4, 2008

I can imagine doing that!

Israeli couple leaves child in airport! That reminds me of Home Alone! Only parents know how easy it can be to forget your child in the middle of all that hustle and bustle! I can't believe the police are investigating child abuse. Come on. It could happen to any parent.

Did You Know...?

As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view . it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!


DID YOU KNOW?

As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.



DID YOU KNOW?

As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall,
right above where the Supreme Court judges sit,
a display of the Ten Commandments!



DID YOU KNOW?

There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.


DID YOU KNOW?

James Madison, the fourth president, known as "The Father of Our Constitution" made the following statement:


" We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."


DID YOU KNOW?

Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said:


"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ".


DID YOU KNOW?


Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


DID YOU KNOW?


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.


DID YOU KNOW?

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law . an oligarchy .


the rule of few over many.


DID YOU KNOW?


The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said:

"Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."


How, then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

Lets put it around the world and let the world see and remember what this great country was built on.



Chamber, US House of Representatives

Saturday, August 2, 2008

David, the neighbor boy

This will be a prayer request for David. He's 14 (but he looks 10,) and he showed up at my house one day when I was mowing the lawn and requested to mow the lawn in my place. He said he needed the exercise and that sounded like a good idea. I asked my parents if it would be OK and my mom said I should just keep an eye on him. Well, right she was. He is this heavy, overweight kid who is just kind of slow. He couldn't mow right. He couldn't mow one row and then mow the next so that all the grass was cut. He left grass in between rows. It was a mess.

I had to direct him to go back over the missed grass. He was going to do the whole lawn, but got too tired. He asked to quit early and asked to be paid half the $10.00 that he'd asked for the whole job. He said he was going to use it to go have a coffee at a coffee shop. Man! If that's any indicator of what kids are like today! He said he's been drinking coffee since he was 8 or 9 because his dad got him started.

There's a lot of stuff out there about kids today, and concern over their development and their future. it's a little scary. On the other hand, it seems like it's designed to scare us, instead of focus on all the healthy kids out there, and all the healthy, natural instincts that kids have that will ultimately survive.

Please pray for David, that he will have a "future and a hope."

I ran into him again the other day walking down the street. I was in my car so it was a little awkward - an adult in a car pulling up next to a kid to say "hi." He was doing kid stuff. I asked him how he was and he said "not good." That was all.

Hopefully, he was just exaggerating in a child's way. Who knows?