Archive for June, 2004

Foot In Mouth

Yesterday the Evangelical Outpost had a great post listing several quotes by Michael Moore. It’s a fairly quick read, and worth it. This guy is such an ignoramus, I don’t understand how anyone could take him seriously. Well, correction, I have a wacky uncle that probably takes him seriously. I can’t see how anyone else takes him seriously though.

I haven’t yet seen “Fahrenheit 911”. I don’t plan to either. I wouldn’t want to risk giving this buffoon so much as a nickel. A few people told me I should see “Bowling for Columbine” when it was out, and when it hit DVD. I didn’t see that either. If someone loaned me a copy, I might sit through it; but like I said, I wouldn’t give that guy so much as a nickel, so I’ll never see either in the theater or rent the DVD.

On another note, yesterday Joe Soucheray, a local talk-show host, had an interesting silver lining in the cloud that is children seeing this movie. Because it’s rated R, they can’t get into it by themselves. What they are doing to get in is they are buying tickets to other movies and going into “Fahrenheit 911” when the theater employees aren’t looking. Well, he said that 90% of the ticket price goes to the production company, and only 10% stays at the theater. Because kids are buying tickets to other movies, Moore doesn’t see a nickel of their ticket price!

I think it’s funny that he was applauding himself for being the #1 movie last weekend. With Spiderman 2 opening today, Moore will be lucky to make much money at all this weekend.

I just wish the conservative media would shut up about him. They’re giving him more hype than he deserves, and getting more people to go to his movie out of curiosity than would otherwise go.

I Still Hate Granite City

25 minutes to drive 4 miles!!! Between a train that PARKED over several intersections and a city engineering department that couldn’t time a stoplight if their lives depended on it, my limited repsect for this town is waning. Traffic is one thing. Granite City traffic is quite another.

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Underground Church: Coming Soon?

Canada’s law that prohibits speaking aout against homosexuality seems to be coming to America. The article linked here describes liability insurance being offered to churches who fear being sued based on the new law. I have little doubt that the day is coming when the church will have to go underground. Our First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion has been, and continues to be, erroded away. I don’t think it will be long before it’s gone. I also think that time is coming sooner than many would think.

New Location

I got a new address for my blog yesterday. The new address is:

http://www.justavapor.com/

The old address will work for a while though.

The old address was set up as part of a personal website. When I started the blog, I never intended it to become as public as it is now. I hadn’t planned on getting links on other people’s websites or actual traffic. As long as I’m in The Alliance and part of the Ecosystem now, I thought I might as well get a more fitting URL.

My Utmost for His Highest

DO IT NOW
Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25

Jesus Christ is laying down this principle – Do what you know you
must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable
process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last
farthing in pain and agony and distress. God’s laws are unalterable;
there is no escape from them. The teaching of Jesus goes straight to
the way we are made up.

To see that my adversary gives me my rights is natural; but Jesus
says that it is a matter of eternal and imperative importance to me
that I pay my adversary what I owe him. From our Lord’s standpoint it
does not matter whether I am defrauded or not; what does matter is
that I do not defraud. Am I insisting on my rights, or am I paying
what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint?

Do the thing quickly, bring yourself to judgment now. In moral and
spiritual matters, you must do it at once; if you do not, the
inexorable process will begin to work. God is determined to have His
child as pure and clean and white as driven snow, and as long as
there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will prevent
none of the working of His spirit. Our insistence in proving that we
are right is nearly always an indication that there has been some
point of disobedience. No wonder the Spirit so strongly urges to keep
steadfastly in the light!

“Agree with thine adversary quickly.” Have you suddenly turned a
corner in any relationship and found that you had anger in your
heart? Confess it quickly, quickly put it right before God, be
reconciled to that one – do it now.

My Utmost for His Highest

DIRECTION OF DISCIPLINE
And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:30

Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off the right hand, but – If
your right hand offends you in your walk with Me, cut it off. There
are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going
to concentrate on God you cannot do them. Your right hand is one of
the best things you have, but, says Jesus, if it hinders you in
following His precepts, cut it off. This line of discipline is the
sternest one that ever struck mankind.

When God alters a man by regeneration, the characteristic of the life
to begin with is that it is maimed. There are a hundred and one
things you dare not do, things that to you and in the eyes of the
world that knows you are as your right hand and your eye, and the
unspiritual person says – Whatever is wrong in that? How absurd you
are! There never has been a saint yet who did not have to live a
maimed life to start with. But it is better to enter into life maimed
and lovely in God’s sight than to be lovely in man’s sight and lame
in God’s. In the beginning Jesus Christ by His Spirit has to check
you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for
everyone else but not right for you. See that you do not use your
limitations to criticize someone else.

It is a maimed life to begin with, but in v.48 Jesus gives the
picture of a perfectly full-orbed life – “Ye shall be perfect, as
your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The Ant & The Grasshopper

From who knows where (I found it via The Flannel Avenger):

OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome”. Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Tom Daschle and John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his “fair share”. Finally, Congress drafts the “Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act”, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government and rented out by a corporation which contributes heavily to the politicians who passed the “Economy Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act”. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case and must sell his food-which is bought by a corporation which contributes heavily to the politicians who passed the “Economy Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act” and sells the ant’s food to the grasshopper at a low price subsidized by taxpayer money. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Vote Republican!

Born to Ski

This weekend I met my girlfriend at her parents’ place to do some water skiing. She and her brother love to barefoot ski. I had never skied before at all, and thought I’d give it a shot. While summer hasn’t really arrived in Minnesota yet, the temps have been consistently in the 60’s & 70’s, the water in the shallow lake was comfortable. We headed out on Saturday afternoon after taking my pickup to her dad’s shop to fix the driver’s side power window (two of the four nuts holding the motor on had come off, allowing the motor to bounce on and off the track). It was a 20 minute fix, a real relief after having too many instances of much needed auto repair in the last year.

Once we got on the lake, I talked her into getting out on the skis first. Since she usually barefoots, she hadn’t been on a set of skis in years. She did well enough to show me how it’s done though, and when it was my turn, I got right up. I started on the boom, with no trouble. Then I tried skiing with a 5 foot rope attached to the boom. No problems with that either. They tried some barefooting, and then we headed in for a late lunch. We went back out, did some tubing (not my thing at all), and then back on the skis. Before we quit for the day, they put me on the long rope behind the boat. This is where they were sure I’d take a few spills before getting up. Nothing doing though, I got right up then too. I think I was just born to ski!!

Taboo!

I don’t remember how I found this (it was on someone’s blog, but I don’t remember who’s), but this is an interesting article about taboos entitled What You Can’t Say. It seems to me to be written objectively enough that I couldn’t tell what the author’s political ideology is. I suspected about half-way through reading it that he is left-leaning, but upon finishing the essay and reading some of the follow-up that he links to at the bottom, I suspect that he may be somewhat right-leaning. Either way, he did a good job. Although it’s a little long, I recommend that you read it.

Slammed

last night I got slammed by comment spam. Mt-Blacklist caught 20 of them and prevented them from being posted. Only one got through. It’s gone now though. If anyone reads the comments here and wanted to know where to go to play online poker, I’m sorry, the link is gone now.

Overall, I’m very happy with MT-Blacklist. Not only does it catch a lot of comment spam, but I have a feeling it keeps spammers away, as they know that their links get rejected. Why waste your time spamming me when you can spam someone who doesn’t have software to stop you?