Friday, November 30, 2007

Prayer for The Last Friday in the church year

From "The Lord Will Answer" for today, the Last Friday of the church year.

God, You are my Father. Lord, You are my Brother. Spirit, You gave me birth through my dear mother, the holy Christian church. Triune God, I did not discover these truths in solitude. I did not find them in the forests or the grassy fields. You called to me where eager children walk and sing and say "I believe." Make me a devout sibling in this communion of saints, through the forgiveness of sins, unto the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen. (EE)

(Most prayers in this book are attributed to various people, but some just say "EE" and I'm not really certain what that means. In any case, this is my prayer for today. Thanks be to God.)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Liverpool Cousins

I just got an email from a cousin in Liverpool, UK, Tony Rossiter. Family members here might enjoy this photo of the Rossiter clan back in the 1970's. :-)

Tony sent this identification of the folks in the photo:

thats me on Bella;s lap and my brother Aaron on Debbie's lap...Thats my mum standing next to Tony

So we have in the rear from left to right, the "English" Tony Rossiter's mom, "American" Tony Rossiter, front row from left to right, Debbie Rossiter with Aaron, Jimmy Rossiter, Bella Rossiter with English Tony Rossiter and Frankie Rossiter on the end. :-)

Enjoy:



Just to make us all feel really old here is a more recent photo from Bella, Frankie and Tony with their Dad Frank on the right :-)



Stem Cells

The Wall Street Journal has an opinion piece on the new stem cell research from Japan and what this says about the left wing pro-abortion crowd's take on science:


OPINIONJOURNAL FEDERATION

Trading Places
Will the secular left soon attack the religious right for being pro-science?

BY JOSEPH BOTTUM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST

If the news of major breakthroughs in cell research should turn out to be correct, we are about to witness something like victory in the fight over embryonic stem cells.

And that will open a nest of interesting questions, beginning with this one: All those editorialists and columnists who have, over the past 10 years, howled and howled about Luddites and religious fanatics thwarting science and frustrating medicine--were they really interested in technology and health, or were they just using all that as a handy stick with which to whack their political opponents?

Full Story is here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Toxic Corn Nuts

I just ate a 1.7 ounce bag of Ranch flavored Corn Nuts. I normally don't eat that sort of food anymore but someone gave us a box of them here at work and so I took a bag from the box and tried them. I ate the whole "single serving" bag. Of course these are extremely salty so you get thirsty, they were invented in Oakland as food to be served in taverns after all. They are also loaded with MSG.

So, now that I have consumed my 220 calories worth of MSG, salt and fat I feel horrible. My lips are sore from the salt, I have a headache, probably from the MSG, and I am famished even though I was not actually hungry before I ate the stupid things!

Snack foods are EVIL!

Die pigeons die!

The plague of flying rats just gets worse and worse...

TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL

Cities Tackle Surge in Global Pigeon Population

By David Crossland

Gray and inconspicuous they may be, but pigeons are highly adaptable and their numbers are surging around the world, heightening the risk of disease. Cities have resorted to imaginative techniques to kill the birds over the years, but the only effective curb is to stop feeding them, says a Swiss scientist.

Venice has the highest pigeon density at three pigeons per citizen.
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Venice has the highest pigeon density at three pigeons per citizen.

The pigeon is a heavenly symbol of peace, love and purity but it also produces 12 kilos of excrement a year and is widely decried as a flying rat that soils facades and spreads disease in cities all over the world.

Scientists, city officials and animal welfare activists met in the western German city of Essen on Tuesday for Germany's first Town Pigeon Conference to discuss how to deal with the growing pigeon population which is expected to rise by around 50 million to up to 400 million worldwide in the next 10 years as a result of growing urbanization. (Full Story here)

Ron Paul made the front page!

Ron Paul made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today! It wasn't that long ago that they managed to ignore him completely, they can't any more.

GO RON!

San Francisco Chronicle

CAMPAIGN 2008
RON WHO?

Longshot candidate from Texas, once an unknown, gains on GOP leaders and rakes in funds...

They were a lonely band of rebels until just a few weeks ago, backing the darkest of dark horse presidential candidates.

But with Republican Rep. Ron Paul's fundraising on the rise - $4.2 million raised on the Internet in one day this month - and his poll numbers jumping, the Texas congressman might no longer be a "who?" but a potential problem for leading Republican presidential candidates in key states such as New Hampshire.



Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Creation, evolution and Christianity

Now that my Thanksgiving dinner has at last fully digested I suppose I can get back to making the occasional post here on my blog.

For the last few months I have been investigating the claims made by what are called "Young Earth Creationists." I am not going to try and rehash the details here but thought I would update you on where I am on the subject these days.

Young Earth Creationists are folks who read Genesis 1 & 2 as a sort of science text and attempt to make sense of the world in light of this. They claim that the earth is, at most, 10,000 years old and that it was created in 6 literal days as described in Genesis.

My own church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, seems to hold this very view of things, though, as far as I know, it is not something that will get one tossed out on his ear if he doesn't buy it. At least I hope that is so. I'll let you know if I discover otherwise.

The Young Earth Creationists (YEC) endeavor to explain the geologic record, all of those layers of rocks and fossils, as being nothing more than a result of the worldwide flood that Noah and his family survived. They try to explain all of these hundreds (or is it thousands?) of layers of sediment, with fossils that seem to show an evolutionary history of descent with gradual change as simply an artifact of a single massive flood.

I read quite a few documents on the web that purported to be YEC science and it was all very weak as science, in fact in almost every case I laughed out loud at some point in my reading. None of it was remotely convincing and it all sounded sadly desperate to me.

YEC people have concluded, for some reason, that if this interpretation of Genesis falls then all of Christianity falls as well. The reasoning for this is actually a little better than their scientific reasoning but I still don't find it totally convincing.

A well known YEC organization is Answers in Genesis. AiG is devoted to spreading the word to the masses that mainstream science is all wrong. They have daily radio spots on Christian radio stations and huge multi-million dollar "Creation Museum"

Another famous YEC outfit is the Institute for Creation Research. ICR is dedicated to promoting scientific research that is aimed at demonstrating YEC.

I found the positions of the YEC crowd to be absurd in the end, simply not plausible in any way to one who has even the most rudimentary knowledge of science, unless one is willing to make the assumption that Genesis 1 & 2 are actually intended to be science and then is also willing to do the extreme mental and logical gymnastic twisting required to wedge the real world into that view. I can't do it.

Does this mean that I don't believe the bible to be the inerrant word of God? Nope, I do believe that. I have gone back to my previous position that God used the normal laws of the universe that he created in the big bang to bring about his perfect will.

I can't explain how it all works, and I probably never will. But I can say that my faith in God is not dependent upon making the Genesis account into science. I am a sinner and Jesus Christ died in my place to give me eternal life, that doesn't depend on the outcome of this debate I'm having with myself :-) (IMHO)

I am now reading up on what seem to me to be more reasonable attempts to read Genesis in the light of scientific knowledge. All of the following sites start with the assumption that God created the cosmos, and that science is a reasonable way of investigating God's creation. Among the sites I'm looking at now are Answers in Creation, Reasons to Believe and The American Scientific Affiliation. I'm also now participating, well lurking, on the ASA email list that discusses these issues. All three of these Christian science organizations present more plausible views than any of the YEC folks I've found.

A final note. It is my opinion, based on my own experience over the last few months, that YEC is actually dangerous to the faith of educated Christians. The claim is made that if YEC is not true then Christianity as a whole is a lie. When reasonable, educated people see that the YEC position is totally unable to account for real world observations they are confronted with the possibility that their very faith might be in vain. I know that some people I've talked to have gone from YEC to atheism, not realizing there are other more plausible accounts out there. YEC is absurd but very loud. That is unfortunate.

All of that being said I'm sure glad I didn't sell all of my science books, as I nearly did a few months ago :-). I still need to finish Stephen J. Gould's "The Structure of Evolutionary Theory" along with dozens of others I have on the shelf at home. I was feeling like I should get rid of them since they contradicted YEC in so many ways. Now I have decided that I can keep them and read them without risking my eternal soul ;-)

Thanks be to God.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Happy Thanksgiving Day

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lora, Serenity and I attended Thanksgiving Eve Vespers on Wednesday night at Messiah. Then on Thursday, after Lora got off of work at Starbucks, we went to Mountain House and shared a huge and delicious Thanksgiving Feast with Jon, Celeste, Jory, Derek, Hans, Ethan and Nicholas Domke.

There was turkey and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, salads, cranberries and so forth. Lora made an apple cobbler and her yummy broccoli and bacon salad. There was pumpkin bread, ginger bread, rolls and butter, pumpkin pecan pie, whipped cream and more at desert. Wine, beer a dozens sorts of soda pop to drink and coffee at the end.

We gave thanks to God for the abundance we are privileged with here in our land and we had a pleasant time of visiting relaxing. All told it was a wonderful day of feasting and fun. Serenity had a great time playing with the Domke children and today is sleeping in late to recover :-)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving as well!

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Clement of Rome, Pastor

Clement (ca. A.D. 35-100) is remembered for having established the pattern of apostolic authority that governed the Christian Church during the first and second centuries. He also insisted on keeping Christ at the center of the Church's worship and outreach. In a letter to the Christians at Corinth, he emphasized the centrality of Jesus' death and resurrection: "Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ, realizing how precious it is to His Father, since it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of repentance to the whole world" (1 Clement 6:31). Prior to suffering a martyr's death by drowning, he displayed a steadfast, Christ-like love for God's redeemed people, serving as an inspiration to future generations to continue to build the church on the foundation of the prophets and apostles, with Christ as the one and only cornerstone. [From "Commemorations Biographies," Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Glorious Pro-War Propaganda

Here is some "Glorious Pro-War Propaganda" that was sent to me by a family member. Click here if you don't see the video embedded below.

It came with this explanation, FYI it actually came out last year but is still making the rounds, nothing ever totally vanishes from the net:

This film was made by a 15 year old girl.
>
> The following is the hottest thing on the internet and on Fox News today.
>
> Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube program together is 15 years old. There
> have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning. In case you missed it,
> here
> it is.
>
> Watch all of it.......and, pass it on!!




I have a couple of comments to make about it.

1. This is a very nicely done and professional looking bit of propaganda.

2. It makes the claim, during the middle portions, that these people are fighting "for you." This is not true, they are fighting for an empire, they are fighting for Oil companies and they are fighting on behalf of Israel, none of these things has the slightest connection to "me."

3. The video shows only two options for these young men and women when they come home, either hale and well to happy families or in a casket to grieving families. Somehow the many tens of thousand of maimed and disabled vets were left out, I guess we would not want to look at their disfigured faces and missing limbs, that would be too disturbing to our warm and fuzzy propaganda aims. Go here, to Disabled American Veterans, to learn more about the real results of these wars, and to help out the victims, the wounded and disabled soldiers who will NEVER be whole again.

4. The video shows the troops serving and smiling in far off lands but does not give the slightest indication of the horrors they have brought to these nations that never did a thing to the United States of America, the hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed men, women and children, the destruction and terror they have made a seemingly permanent state as they obey the orders of those who have sent them there to enrich the corporate sponsors of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Nice video, evil deception.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stem Cell Research

Cool, stem cells without having to murder babies to get them!

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have transformed ordinary human skin cells into batches of cells that look and act like embryonic stem cells -- but without using cloning technology and without making embryos.

Their breakthroughs, reported on Tuesday, could make possible the long-sought goal of tailor-made medicine, but without the political, scientific and ethical roadblock of using human eggs or embryos. Full Story.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Today in History - November 19

Commemoration for today:

Elizabeth of Hungary

Born in Pressburg, Hungary, in 1207, Elizabeth was the daughter of King Andrew II and his wife Gertrude. Given as a bride in an arranged political marriage, Elizabeth became the wife of Louis of Thuringia in Germany at the age of 14. She had a spirit of Christian generosity and charity, and the home she established for her husband and three children in the Wartburg Castle at Eisenach was known for its hospitality and family love. Elizabeth often supervised the care of the sick and needy and even gave up her bed to a leper at one time. Widowed at the age of 20, she made provisions for her children and entered into an austere life as a nun in the Order of Saint Francis. Her self-denial led to failing health and an early death in 1231 at the age of 24. Remembered for her self-sacrificing ways, Elizabeth is commemorated through the many hospitals named for her around the world. [From "Commemorations Biographies," Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Turkey Stuffing

A Turkey Poem ;)

The turkey shot out of the oven
And rocketed into the air.
It knocked every plate off the table
And partly demolished a chair

It ricocheted into a corner
And burst with a deafening boom
Then splattered all over the kitchen
Completely obscuring the room

It stuck to the walls and the windows
It totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling,
Where there'd never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance
It smeared every saucer and bowl
There wasn't a way I could stop it,
That turkey was outta control.

I scraped and scrubbed with displeasure and
Thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I'd never again stuff a turkey
With popcorn that hasn't been popped!

Author unknown

Friday, November 16, 2007

The American Dictatorship Institute

Thomas DiLorenzo on the supreme soviet of neoconservatism.

"...The "National Continuity Policy" directive "concentrates power into the office of the president to coordinate any and all government and business activities" in the event of a "catastrophic emergency," writes the judge.

The problem this creates for the American public is that "the pliable language in the directive creates the ability for a vast scope of executive authority without the checks and balances of the other branches of government," writes Napolitano. It creates dictatorial powers, in other words.

"Catastrophic emergency" is defined so broadly that it could include an economic downturn, an environmental catastrophe, large-scale protests against the Iraq war, a power blackout, a bridge collapse such as the one on the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis last summer, a tsunami, a volcanic eruption such as Mount Saint Helen’s, and, says Napolitano, possibly even if "a plague of fire ants invades Crawford, Texas."

The president gets to decide what constitutes a "catastrophe" that allows him to enforce his own directive and assume dictatorial powers over the government and the economy. If the president does declare such an emergency, writes Napolitano, "he can take over all government functions including the Congress and the federal courts and direct all private sector activities." Moreover, "the emergency exists until the president decides it is over." The question is not, why was Ron Paul suspicious of the government "commission" that dreamed up this dictatorial nightmare, but why wasn’t every other member of Congress?..."

Be sure to read the whole article here.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer comes not from us, it comes from God, as was said by Pastor Drosendahl the other day:

"....likely, someone will ask also about the *power of prayer* (probably wanting to become a *prayer warrior* or some such non-biblical animal). The best response to this is gently, but firmly, to remind the folks that there is not much power in the pray-er, but almighty power in the Answerer of the prayers."

It's always good to keep the emphasis where it belongs. :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Justinian

Justinian, Christian Ruler and Confessor of Christ

Justinian was emperor of the East from A.D. 527 to 565 when the Roman Empire was in decline. With his beautiful and capable wife, Theodora, he restored splendor and majesty to the Byzantine court. During his reign the Empire experienced a renaissance, due in large part to his ambition, intelligence and strong religious convictions. Justinian also attempted to bring unity to a divided church. He was a champion of orthodox Christianity and sought agreement among the parties in the Christological controversies of the day who were disputing the relation between the divine and human natures in the person of Christ. The Fifth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople in A.D. 533 was held during his reign and addressed this dispute. Justinian died in his eighties, not accomplishing his desire for an empire that was firmly Christian and orthodox. [From "Commemorations Biographies," Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]

Monday, November 12, 2007

On the place of the catechism in the life of believers

We believe: The Law of the Ten Commandments, the Gospel of the Creed, and the petitions of the Lord's Prayer are the footsteps and breath of the Christian life. We daily breathe in the Gospel, we exhale the Our Father, and we walk in the Lord's Commandments.

From "The Lord will Answer" Third last Monday of the Church Year.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ron Paul vs. the Gatekeepers

by Gary North


I rarely discuss presidential politics in my reports, because I think a presidential election is a half-billion dollar Punch and Judy show whose practical outcome is orchestrated well in advance. The presidential campaign is held for tradition’s sake and for its entertainment value, the better to shill the voters. Let’s face reality: when the outcome of the 2004 presidential race had to be the election of a member of Skull and Bones, a Yale undergraduate secret society that initiates 15 students a year, the available two choices were not the result of the system we read about in our high school civics textbooks.

Ever since 1932, the presidential campaigns have been conducted between Council on Foreign Relations Team A vs. Council on Foreign Relations Team B. In 2004, the range of choices narrowed: Skull and Bones Team A vs. Skull and Bones Team B.

Phyllis Schafly complained in print back in 1964 about the orchestrated party primary system’s never allowing voters a choice rather than an echo. Her complaint is still valid.

These days, the choice is mainly between which Yale graduates you want: the two Clintons vs. the two Bushes, with Kerry thrown in for amusement value. It’s like one of those TV reality shows. "Which Yale graduate will be eliminated this time?" You might respond by saying that Gore was an exception. Good point! He graduated from Harvard. Then there was Dukakis, who graduated from the Harvard Law School. George W. Bush has been the most broadly based candidate we have had since 1984. He graduated from Yale and also the Harvard Business School. Do you feel reassured? Democracy marches on!

So, I have not written much about presidential campaigns since the fall of 1980, when Reagan accepted George H. W. Bush as his Vice Presidential candidate. He had promised his supporters that he would not do this. I wrote an issue of Remnant Review titled "The Fix Is In." It was. Bush’s right-hand man, James Baker, took over running the White House staff. All of the Reaganites at the White House – there were very few – departed within a year. If conservatives had been honest, their slogan would have been: "Let Reagan be Reagan . . . he’s the only Reaganite still there."

But I have decided to change my policy, briefly. Something happened this week that deserves comment, for it points to a change that is unprecedented.

GUY FAWKES DAY, 2007

On November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, a privately run Web site took in over $4 million for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. In one day. Dr. Paul had not organized this. This was 100% word of mouse.

The Establishment news media were stunned – almost speechless. This was impossible, as far as they were concerned. This was completely unprecedented in American political history.

They do not understand what is going on.

A revolution is going on.

Here is the rest of the article on LewRockwell.com

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ron Paul on Face the Nation

Dr. Paul will be interviewed Sunday morning (Nov. 11) on CBS News' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.

Shape Shifting on Veterans Day

by David W. Gorman

Washington Headquarters Executive Director, Disabled American Veterans

On Veterans Day, politicians will praise the 30,000 troops “officially wounded” in action in
Iraq and Afghanistan as if this “statistic” were some kind of “fact.” In doing so, they’ll harm the
men and women who carry the burden of our nation’s defense in today’s very dangerous world.
That 30,000 number is a fantasy.

Here’s the truth about the human cost borne by the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as shown
by data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Of the 1.5 million troops who
served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 720,000 (48%) are now veterans in the civilian population.
Of these, 202,000 have filed claims for VA disability benefits. The VA granted benefits in
more than 90% of the cases processed so far, and will grant more upon appeal or presentation of
additional evidence.

In other words, real statistics show that one out of four veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan
is disabled in military service. This should shock no one as troops return to the war zones for
their third, fourth, and now fifth tours of combat duty.

Of the 720,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, a quarter million have turned to the VA
for treatment – more than one out of every three veterans of the combat theaters.
The figures above don’t include troops still on active duty, many of whom remain in the
service after being harmed by war. They too must not be forgotten.

Yet that 30,000 figure keeps floating in political and media circles as if it had authority.
Well, it all depends on what you count. If you intentionally count to get a low number, you’ll get
a low number. Obviously, someone wants a low number. But what happens as a result?
For one thing, the scandal at Walter Reed Army Medical Center developed as Washington
officials dazzled each other with low “casualty counts,” but this was just the tip of an ugly
iceberg! Even as our troops shed their blood in Afghanistan and Iraq, health care and benefits for veterans have been decaying across the nation.

Our government tried to do war on the cheap, failing to recognize the back-end cost of
veterans with disabilities. True, it increased funding for VA programs each year – by amounts far below the rapidly increasing needs of our disabled heroes.

By using the tightest definition to minimize the casualty count, politicians deny reality,
preparing a ruinous future for all disabled veterans, especially our youngest generation. In no
way is America prepared to deal with the aftermath of today’s wars as it will be experienced by
veterans in the VA.

This is not meant as criticism of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to present a more
complete picture of the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.

Much is made of the idea that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan differ from past generations
of America’s defenders. Actually, that’s been true of every generation of veterans to date, and
the veterans’ movement has accommodated those differences.

But one thing will always be the same. Veterans age, and the costs of war last a lifetime.
A soldier who suffers a severe brain injury in Iraq today will still be a disabled veteran 60
years from now when reaching the age of today’s World War II veterans. Our nation will still
owe that veteran every care in the world.

We must not allow self-serving rhetoric to shortchange any American hero – not now, not
ever!

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Donate to DAV

Political advocacy in "Scientific" American

Several years ago I canceled my subscription to Scientific American magazine. I did this because I had noticed that they had gone from what seemed a pretty straight forward science magazine addressed to educated laymen to what was obviously political advocacy with "science" as a bludgeon used to force acceptance of their socialist ideology.

I pretty much just ignored them from then on, until a few days ago when I came across this story:

When the Psychiatric Cure Is the Disease

Apparently one of the agendas of Socialist American magazine now is to minimize and debunk the reality of child abuse.

I was very gratified to see that the Wall Street Journal has put up a blog where both sides have been able to address this issue. I urge anyone who has had the misfortune of stumbling across the Scientific American story and thought it might be science of some sort to read the many responses by clinicians and survivors debunking the debunking so to speak. My thanks to friend Jeannie for pointing me to this blog, it was very helpful! :-)

Friday, November 9, 2007

If you would like to help Disabled Veterans

Here is an email that has been going around the net for the last month or so:

This is a great idea!!



When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001


If you approve of the idea, please pass it on to your e-mail list. (Which I did) Hope you do also. These guys need all of the good cheers and will that we can give them.


This really sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? Well, it's not really. Sadly in this age of paranoia over terrorism things with addresses like this are not given to soldiers but are discarded by either the post office, or if it gets that far by the military hospital that receives it. Check out this story on Snopes for more details.

Then, after you look at Snopes get yourself right on over to DAV!



That is the Disabled American Veterans web site, they do great work for those who have been harmed in defending this country. No matter how disgusted I might be by the rulers of the empire I have nothing but respect and gratitude for those who serve in the military. Even if I do think that at this time it is really a mistake to be serving. Join me in supporting DAV on a regular basis, it's the right thing to do.

Martin Chemnitz, Pastor and Confessor

Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), born on this date, is regarded after Martin Luther as the most important theologian in the history of the Lutheran Church. Chemnitz combined a penetrating intellect and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Scripture and the church fathers with a genuine love for the church. When various doctrinal disagreements broke out after Martin Luther's death in 1546, Chemnitz determined to give himself fully to the restoration of unity in the Lutheran Church. He became the leading spirit and principal author of the 1577 Formula of Concord, which settled the doctrinal disputes on the basis of the Scriptures and largely succeeded in restoring unity among Lutherans. Chemnitz also authored the four-volume Examination of the Council of Trent (1565-1573), in which he rigorously subjected the teachings of this Roman Catholic council to the judgment of Scripture and the ancient church fathers. The Examination became the definitive Lutheran answer to the Council of Trent, as well as a thorough exposition of the faith of the Augsburg Confession. A theologian and a churchman, Chemnitz was truly a gift of God to the church. [From "Commemorations Biographies," Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I feel like I'm drowning here...




Here is another story about the scum Mukasey, dirt-bag water-boarding fan, the fellow the Democrats and Republicans who control congress figured would work out just fine as the "chief law enforcement official" of the Evil Amerikan Empire.

The Media’s Plan To Ambush Ron Paul

by Mike Whitney
by Mike Whitney

"The American Republic is in remnant status. The stage is set for our country to devolve into a military dictatorship, and few seem to care."

~ Rep. Ron Paul

First we stop the killing, and then we restore the Constitution. These are our two main priorities. And that’s why I’m voting for Ron Paul. He is the only candidate (with a chance to win) who’s promising to do both. And he’ll keep his word. That makes him the only truly American candidate running for president.

Paul is serious about withdrawing US troops from Iraq. He knows that the war was a mistake and believes that the American occupation must end. He has promised to stop the ongoing slaughter of Iraqi civilians. That should be the primary moral consideration for anyone casting a ballot on November 3.

Will you vote to stop the killing or not? It’s as simple as that.

Paul has also promised to restore the rule of law – to repeal the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act; to reinstate Posse Comitatus, due process, habeas corpus, and the "presumption of innocence." He’ll make sure that US prisoners – whether they be American citizens or foreign nationals – are treated in way that complies with our treaty obligations, the Geneva Conventions, the Bill of Rights, and the basic tenets of human decency.

Under Paul, the torture will stop. Period.

What other candidate will stop the torture of US prisoners? What other candidate will stop the government’s spying on the American people? What other candidate will challenge Bush’s claim that the president can arbitrarily cast an American citizen in prison and keep him there as long as he chooses without charging him with a crime?

Bush has abolished the basic safeguards which protect the citizen from the long-arm of the state. The legal system needs to be purged of his executive signing statements and presidential decrees. Only Paul promises to restore the Constitution. There is no second choice.

Paul is the only candidate who grasps the economic problems facing the nation from our massive deficit spending, the destruction of our manufacturing base, and the falling dollar. He may not be able to pull us back from the brink, but he will rebuild confidence in our currency, our markets, and our trade policies. That’s the best we can hope for given the mess that Bush has created.

On November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, the Paul campaign raised over $4.07 million in one day, mostly from private citizens. He surpassed all the other candidates except Hilary Clinton and has raised more than $6.84 million in the first five weeks of this quarter alone. Paul’s "purely" grassroots movement is energized by working class Americans who see his candidacy as a last-ditch effort to end the war in Iraq, reestablish fiscal sanity, and restore civil liberties.

Despite the fact that Paul has strong personal approval ratings and polls well against his competitors, the media has deliberately – and very successfully – kept him out of the public eye. That will be more difficult to do now that his campaign war-chest is bursting with contributions and his base of support is expanding across the country.

We expect the media to abandon its failed strategy of simply ignoring Paul and take the more aggressive approach of attacking him outright. Now that Paul has established himself as a credible threat to the warmongering, autocratic corporate elites, he will have to be discredited through a coordinated media-blitz which will target his voting record, his character, and any other personal foible which may incite public scorn.

He’s got a bull’s-eye on his back.

We’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? The politics of personal destruction organized and directed from the penthouse suites of the media’s corporate offices?

Perhaps, it will be a repeat of the "Dean Scream," where the voice of antiwar candidate Howard Dean was isolated from the crowd noise – and played on the mainstream media over 900 times in 48 hours – making Dean look like a maniac and torpedoing whatever chance he may have had of winning the Democratic nomination.

Or maybe it will be like John McCain’s "rumored" out-of-wedlock black baby in the South Carolina primary? Or the "Swift-boating" of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election? Or the attacks on Dan Rather following his report that the president was a slacker who vamoosed from the "Champagne Unit" of the Texas National Guard during wartime?

Whatever the plan may be, we should know by now that the media will continue to act as the chief adversary of the American people and the cause of liberty.

But don’t expect the Paul supporters to throw in the towel like the weak-kneed Dean throng. These guys are stubborn and resolute. And they won’t budge on matters of principle. They’re not taken in by the media’s cheesy smear-campaigns and they won’t jump off the bandwagon at the first sign of trouble.

The Paul crowd has some heavy artillery of their own, too – and they’re wheeling it into place right now. Their ranks are gradually swelling, the money is pouring in, and they are not going to give up their country without a fight.

This election is shaping up to be a clash of ideals between the people who still believe in freedom and those who don’t. It’s going to be hand-to-hand combat and it’ll probably crack the country in two.

Good. Let the battle begin. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Every generation needs a new revolution."

November 8, 2007

Mike Whitney's [send him mail] "stock-n-trade" is landscaping. He never even sat down at a computer keyboard until Bush gave his "axis of evil" speech. Then, he figured it was time to get to work.

Copyright © 2007 LewRockwell.com

"Think about these things"

For the last couple of weeks I was reading a dark fantasy series of books called "The Sword of Truth" by Terry Goodkind. This was not the first time I've read these books, I read most of them, all that had been produced at the time, several years ago.

I had forgotten just how very dark these books were. They are filled with images of torture, murder, rape, child abuse and war, good vs. evil. Disturbing to say the least. The story is gripping and pulled me in just as it had the first time I read it.

While most all of the horrors are committed by those on the "evil" side in the conflict I found that the images started to dominate my thinking even when I was not actually reading the book! Thoughts of torture and murder began to appear in my mind at odd times, and I found myself feeling anger, and even rage, more and more as the days went on and I continued to read.

Then on Monday, three days ago, it came to me that there might be a connection between my own dark thoughts and the books I was reading.

In fact I noted this in my journal on Monday:

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I’ve been reading The Sword of Truth, a dark fantasy series, and it has come to me in the night that perhaps this is not the best thing for me to be reading at this time. In fact I know that this is the case. I’m filling my mind with false ideas about how the universe could work, false ideas about death and the “afterlife.” Perhaps just as bad I’m filling my mind with dark images of torture and abuse. Is this really something that is good for me? I doubt it seriously.

If I stop reading it then what will I replace it with? Not the Word of God surely? That would just be boring. Ah, I see a problem with my priorities here, and I am dismayed to find that at this time of the morning I no longer feel the terror about reading those books as I did last night in my bed.

I don’t want to come off sounding like some sort of Puritan by not reading the books, that is sad, I don’t want to look Holy? OK, I’m thinking I have an attitude problem here...

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

That is what I should be doing, not reading this book that glories in death and torture so much that it has begun to cause me to reject God in favor of reading it! I cannot say that the book is evil, only that for me at this time it is not a good thing. I am going to remove it from my list of reading for the time being.

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I'm writing this here on my blog now just as a service to others, and to remind myself, that what we fill our minds with during our "leisure" time has an influence on our spirit just as the time we spend in reading the Word of God does. What we read, the TV shows we watch, the movies we go and see and the books we read, all of these things settle into our minds in ways we may not even notice or realize, but they are there nonetheless, so we need to keep in mind Philippians 4:8 and not fill ourselves with evil but with good.

Oh, and what did I replace it with? I picked up a book I was reading a year ago but dropped in the middle, "The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis" and have been reading in that instead, along with a restored focus on prayer and reading God's word the last couple of days. My spirit is lighter of late, the dark images have faded, the murderous fantasies have receded into the past and I feel much better now. Prayer, God's word and wholesome leisure activities, man that sounds boring, but really, it isn't :-)

Johann von Staupitz, Luther's Father Confessor

Johann von Staupitz (ca. 1469-1524), vicar-general of the Augustinian Order in Germany and friend of Martin Luther, was born in Saxony. He studied at the universities in Leipzig and Cologne and served on the faculty at Cologne. In 1503 he was called by Frederick the Wise to serve as dean of the theological faculty at the newly founded University of Wittenberg. There he encouraged Luther to attain a doctorate in theology and appointed Luther as his successor as professor of Bible. During Luther's early struggles to understand God's grace, it was Staupitz who counseled Luther to focus on Christ and not on himself. [From "Commemorations Biographies," Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]

Monday, November 5, 2007

Abraham Musharraf-Lincoln

So what American President do you quote when you abolish your government's constitution and impose direct military rule? Who do you quote when you "fire" the supreme court?

Why Abraham Lincoln of course! The first, and still most slavishly worshiped, total dictator of the American Empire, destroyer of liberty and freedom, the Emancipator of Slaves, Enslaver of Free Men as Hummel says.

Sort of makes a wanna-be totalitarian dictator like Bush all warm and fuzzy inside I'm sure.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Standard Time again


Thanks to the bozos in government we are now moving our clocks back an hour. A total waste of time actually. There is no real logical reason to shift the clocks around, especially since the country is more or less open 24/7 these days it makes little difference in energy consumption.

Check out the End Daylight Saving Time web site.

In any case, I finally get the hour back they stole from me before last spring, seems to me they should give me interest on it, maybe three or four hours paid absence from work for the whole country. Thieving government scum anyway...

One more reason not to shift the clocks back and forth is the increase in accidents at each shift, it confuses people, causes people to drive while drowsy... it's a stupid idea, thus the government loves it to no end!

Feinstein the Fascist

How lovely, the Senator from California doesn't care if people are tortured and murdered. The spineless Democratic party has once again shown they are unwilling to take any risk, and therefore have ensured the continuation of the erosion of respect for the United States around the world and the erosion of respect for the government here within the confines of the evil empire.

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Feinstein to support attorney general nomination Support of 2 Dems on Judiciary Committee virtually assures Mukasey of Senate backing

Saturday, November 3, 2007

(11-03) 04:00 PDT Washington - --

The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general appeared to be all but certain Friday after two key Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced they would support the nomination despite complaints over Mukasey's refusal to clarify his views on what amounts to torture.

The announcements by the senators, Dianne Feinstein of California and Chuck Schumer of New York, came after Schumer met with the nominee on Friday and said he had obtained Mukasey's promise to enforce laws that banned any of the harsh interrogation methods known to have been used on al Qaeda terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Initially welcomed by Democrats and Republicans alike when it was announced in September, Mukasey's nomination appeared close to being derailed this week over his repeated refusal to declare to senators that the interrogation technique known as waterboarding was torture. Waterboarding simulates drowning and is reported to have been used by the CIA against a few top leaders of al Qaeda.

Five Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including its chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., have announced their intention to oppose the nomination when it comes to a vote before the panel, now scheduled for Tuesday.

In declaring Friday that he would vote against Mukasey, Leahy said that "no American should need a classified briefing to determine whether waterboarding is torture."

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There is an article on Wikipedia about waterboarding but it seems that the Empire is attempting to have it watered down. I have reproduced it here in case you want to know the history of this torture technique, going back at least to the Spanish Inquisition, a torture technique that the United States prosecuted as a war crime after WWII when the Japanese used it. This technique is only one of many forms of torture our own beloved Evil Empire is using around the world to gain power and wealth for our elites, and the American people, the descendants of those who would not put up with the relatively benign rule of George III of England respond with a yawn. It is embarrassing to be called an American these days, in fact I consider it to be an insult and I correct people when they call me one, I'm a Californian and I want California out the United States, the Evil Empire will fall, I only hope it does not fall in a flaming disaster that takes out California with it.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

There is a bright spot though...

Well, not really a bright spot but at least it's not a dark pit sucking the light from the world.

I called the registrar of voters about the letter I had received stating I was not registered with a qualified party that I mentioned in a post the other day. There was a recording that came on as soon as they picked up the phone announcing they had sent out those letters by mistake, so I will get to vote for Ron Paul after all :-) I was right that they are incompetent in sending out the letter, but at least they were not so incompetent as to actually screw up my registration.

And so a dim flicker of hope is detected in my world...

The continuation of the commute from hell...

So the other day there was the suicide and the earthquake and all that. After I got off of the train that night I rode my bike home from the train station and on the bike path a huge black cat ran in front of me, stopped and glared at me from the side of the path and said "You are cursed!" :-) OK, so he didn't actually say anything, but he was thinking it!

How do I know? Well last night when I got off of the train I discovered that my bike had been stolen, from the inside of the BART station, in plain sight of the so-called station agents, those government thieves who serve no real purpose at the station other than to harass paying customers for petty infractions of random rules set up for no reason other than that they can.

Four years ago I had a bike stolen from the Lafayette BART station. At the time I suspected that the BART employees there had a hand in it, that they called in their buddies when they saw a nice bike to be ripped off for fun and profit. Now, having them steal a bike from within the paid area of the station, in plain view of the booth, I am totally convinced that it is the BART employees themselves who organize the bike thefts at their stations. I can't prove it of course and nothing will ever be done about it, but thanks to the BART Thieves, aka Station Agents, I'm back to driving my car all over town and to the BART station. Thanks BART employees for doing your part to increase global warming and increase bitterness and cynicism toward all government employees. You are doing a bang up job as poster children for what is wrong with government.