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Thursday, July 30, 2009

God Is Great, Beer Is Good, And People Are Crazy

Author's note: I was having trouble thinking of a title for yesterday's post...until I found myself humming a country tune earlier this morning. I don't recommend Billy Currington's music, but its a dead ringer post title!

Nine days ago, on July 21st, Harvard professor Louis Gates Jr. was arrested by Cambridge policemen for disorderly conduct. To boil the story down, Gates had just returned home and found he couldn't open his front door. When a passerby noticed the door was knocked in, she called 911, thinking it was a break in. The officers arrived, led by Sgt. James Crowley, questioned Gates, and discovered that he was the homeowner. However, because of his belligerent attitude, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct. Oh yeah, and Gates is a black guy. (Like that makes any difference?)

Obama appeared on the air with this statement:


So, he thinks we should arrest the same ratio of whites, latinos, and africans? Or maybe that we shouldn't arrest any of them at all? What happened to "minister of God to punish evil"?

As I think all of y'all know by now, whenever politics gets involved in anything, it generally gets screwed up. This is a classic example.

And yet another example of Obama having to stick his foot in his mouth. Unbeknownst to Obama at the time, the Sgt. Crowley that had arrested Gates, with allegedly racial motives, was the same one that gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to Reggy Lewis, a famous black basketball player for the Boston Celtics. Crowley latter said:
"I wasn't working on Reggie Lewis the basketball star. I wasn't working on a black man. I was working on another human being." That sounds like a sheepdog to me.

What also sounds like a sheepdog is the actions of Lucia Whalen, the alert neighbor, who called 911. She is now receiving threats for having called the police. "People called me racist and said I caused all the turmoil that followed, and some even said threatening things that made me fear for my safety."
Only in the Northeast.

Sure, it was a mistake, Gates owned the home, so why is America getting so bent out of shape about it?

I was glad to see that Miss Whalen says she would call the police if she was placed in the same situation in the future. "If you're a concerned citizen, you should do the right thing if you're seeing something that seems suspicious."

Obama's solution? Have a summit at the White House and talk about it over a beer.
I guess there are worse ways to settle differences but I would like to protest Obama's blatant racism as evidenced in his choice of Bud Lite. Every white person I know that drinks beer absolutely abhors Bud Lite, so I think we should take Obama to task on this.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Opportunity To Hear Alabama Gubernatorial Candidates Speak

The 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidates will have their first face-to-face forum at St. Clair County High School in Odenville on August 11 at 6 p.m. So far, six GOP candidates have tossed their hat into the ring and five are confirmed to be at the St. Clair event.

-from the St. Clair News Aegis

Hope at least some of ya'll can make it. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear what the different candidates have to say. Judge Moore is the only one who has not yet confirmed that he will be there, but we hope he will make an appearance along with his bodygaurd, the legendary Leonard Holifield.

If you do decide to come, expect to see the entire Boyd Clan there.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Skirlings Of A Daft Limmer (and other stupid politicians)

(For those of you who are not acquainted with the Lowland Scots dialect, that is, the screechings of a crazy woman)

Here's what I have to say about Sonia Sotomayor.....Obamanation!

Completely forget, for a few moments, the fact that she's a woman and can't hold this office Biblically, and take a look at these problems:

Sotomayor on:

1.Guns- "The right to possess guns is clearly not a fundamental right" (United States v. Sanchez-Villar)

2.Sodomite "marriage"- She's undecided but keeping an "open mind" on this one.

3.Abortion- "Woman's right to terminate her pregnancy" (http://www.lifenews.com/nat5232.html)

The antithesis between us and her is amusing. She's a New York, Catholic, anti-everything-conservatives-believe-in. Despite what you hear in the media, etc., we are as much a divided country politically as we were in 1861.

The Republican party is reeling. Despite the good deeds of Gun Owners of America and other organizations, it's an uphill battle.
One thing to keep in mind, if anyone, republican or democrat, says "If you do.... then you will not have to worry about.... again", DON'T FALL FOR IT!!! They've got something up their sleeve. Never "forget" about any issue no matter how "under control" it is. We Alabamians learned that the hard way with Bob Riley, and I hope we don't forget.

And above all, trust in God and keep your powder dry.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

How The Mighty Have Fallen!



While the rest of the world is still recovering from the death of Michael Jackson, a far greater man slipped out of this world on June 17th, three days ago.

It is a widely known fact that Southern riflemen are the most formidable fighters in the world, bar none. They have been called bandits, barbarians, and mongrels, but they won our nation's independence, conquered the savage Indians, and died at the Alamo. They provided the Confederacy with the best fighting infantry the world had seen. Barefoot, clothed in rags, and half starved, they "responded magnificently to magnificent leadership" and almost won America's second war of independence. Down through the years, they have provided the majority of servicemen in the US Army.

Such a man was Darrell "Shifty" Powers, World War II veteran and sniper.
He was born in Clinchco, Virginia and spent much of his time in the woods hunting, developing skills that would prove invaluable later.
When World War II began, he became a member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Powers was considered the best shot in the company and he often got opportunities to use his skill. One of his closest friends, on viewing the body of a German sniper that had been eliminated by Powers with a single round to the head, said: "It just don't pay to cross Shifty when he's got a rifle in his hands".
He was held in such high esteem by his buddies that when the war in the European theater ended, they fixed a lottery, determining who would go home soonest, so he would win it.

He died of cancer three days ago.
His daughter later said of him:
“I loved everything about my daddy. He never bragged about what he did in the war. And for a lot of years, he never even talked much about what he did – unless someone asked him about it. But he truly was a hero to me,” she said. “Just like he’d been to the people who know him as a soldier in a [mini-series].”

I don't know if Mr. Powers was a Christian or not, but his example is certainly worth following.

The last thing seen by many German soldiers.
(Shifty Powers, as played by Peter Youngbloog Hills in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers)

'They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old;
age shall not wither them nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them''

- Tomb of the Scottish Unknown Soldier, Edinburgh

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Robert Heinlein

I ran across this interesting character, after having read several of his quotes and really enjoying them. Robert Heinlein reminds me a lot of Benjamin Franklin because he was not a Christian but some of his beliefs presupposed a Christian worldview. He served in the Navy for a period from the late 1920s to the early 1930s. He is most well known as a science fiction writer, though, and he was unfortunately a rather immoral person. It is not the purpose of this post to dwell on his personal life, but merely to give you an outline and share with you some of his sayings that have inspired me, and to show that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

On April 5, 1973, Robert Heinlein, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, delivered the James Forrestal Memorial Lecture to the Brigade of Midshipmen at his alma mater. The lecture in it's entirety can be found here, but I will put down here my favorite bits:

"Patriotism - An abstract word used to describe a type of behavior as harshly practical as good brakes and good tires. It means that you place the welfare of your nation ahead of your own even if it costs you your life. Men who go down to the sea in ships have long had another way of expressing the same moral behavior tagged by the abstract expression 'patriotism.' Spelled out in simple Anglo-Saxon words 'Patriotism' reads 'Women and children first!'

And that is the moral result of realizing a self-evident biological fact: Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on... as long as the women and children are saved. But if you fail to save the women and children, you've had it, you're done, you're THROUGH! You join tyrannosaurus rex, one more breed that bilged its final test...Nevertheless, as a mathematical proposition in the facts of biology, children, and women of child-bearing age, are the ultimate treasure that we must save. Every human culture is based on 'Women and children first' - and any attempt to do it any other way leads quickly to extinction."

Here are a few of my favorite quotes by him:

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.


The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.


When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Portrait Of A Man: John Calvin


John Calvin was born 500 years ago today, at a time when France still produced real men. He was originally a Catholic, having been sent to the finest universities to study with an intent on joining the priesthood. While completing his education, he was converted to Christianity through the work of his cousin, Olivetan, and his exposure to the teachings of Martin Luther. Like all church fathers, he was heavily influenced by those who had gone before him. Calvin's writings are filled with doctrines taught by Luther and especially Augustine.
In 1536, he sought to travel to Strasburg, France, but was forced to make a detour to avoid the armies of the Imperial and French forces which were maneuvering near there.
In God's providence, he ended up at Geneva, Switzerland. Calvin intended only to stay the night, but a friend of his, William Farel, implored Calvin in very forcible terms, to remain in Geneva.
He was eventually given the pulpit, and the great work of reforming the town began.
Unfortunately, the corrupt town leaders had Calvin and Farel thrown out after they refused to serve the Lord's table to unrepentant individuals.
Martin Bucer, another important reformer, asked Calvin to come preach in Strasbourg and after some argument, Calvin agreed.
Meanwhile, Geneva was in trouble.
A Catholic cardinal named Sadoleto had sent them an letter inviting them back to the Roman Catholic church. Sadoleto's letter was so eloquent that none of the leadership could refute him. So they called on Calvin to defend them. In return for his defense, they would allow him to establish the church unhindered.
After a series of letters, Sadoleto relented.
The work now began in earnest. Many reformed scholars from all over the world came to study under Calvin. John Knox later said that Geneva was the closest thing to the New Testament church that he had ever seen.
Throughout his life, John Calvin was a busy man, from writing books, his most well known Institutes of the Christian Religion was edited at least four times, to organizing missionary trips to Brazil. He has come under extreme ridicule regarding his actions in the execution of Michael Servetus. Servetus was a Roman Catholic who denied the doctrine of the Trinity and was promptly declared a heritic by both the Catholics and the Reformers. When Servetus suddenly dropped in on Geneva, he was instantly arrested. After a thourough trial, he was condemned to be burned at the stake. Contrary to popular belief, John Calvin not only refused to lead the trial, but he strongly dissaproved of burning Servetus at the stake.
After a lengthy illness, he died in Geneva on May 27th, 1564, after serving the Lord faithfully for many years.
He is one of the most influential men in the history of the world.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Farm Update, Part 2

Well, a lot of our produce in coming in now, we have beans coming out of our ears. The corn is tasseled, the squash and cucumbers are coming in, and the tomatoes are about to turn red.

(Those empty beds formerly had kale growing in them.)

Corn

Our mother rabbit had five more babies several weeks ago... it's amazing how fast those things produce!!!



Several weeks ago, we went fishing for the first time this year. The Lord blessed our efforts and we caught 12 Largemouth Bass and 1 Brim in about an hour and a half.






Fun Times!

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