Monday, November 30, 2009


There is an old cliche' that says "Let's be reasonable. Do it my way."

There is another similar idea here. "All I want is peace so give in to every one of my demands and we can have peace, after all isn't that what we both want. Only a warmonger would resist me."

That's exactly what I hear when I hear a leftist or Jihadist talk about wanting peace. Their idea of peace is that we give up and let them walk on us. "Who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts." (Psalm 28: 3)

We could have had peace in the mid 20th Century. All we had to do is surrender to Hitler. (I know it's beating a dead horse, but I consider Hitler a leftist because he believed in a state-run economy and wealth redistribution.)

Those who want peace at any cost will be a terrible price for it, and then will probably not get it. Those who have a price they are unwilling to pay for peace will ultimately get it at a much lower price.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kind of Busy . . . Sort of

I am paying special attention to Revelation, Daniel, Zechariah, and Isaiah in a close study. I will share some thoughts shortly.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

These Guys (and Gals) Don't Scare Me

I certainly am not going to let this, admittedly propaganda, poster scare me.

Once again the Michigan Citizens' Militia is in the news. It seems they are growing again and that has some on the left worried. Should they be? That depends on their true intentions. The members of these groups were very critical of Bush for failing to secure the border and his failure to secure our national sovereignty. If they criticized a semi-conservative Bush for it will they let an out and out leftist get away with it?

If the Constitution and the entire Bill of Rights, not just the parts the left agrees with, are respected then they have nothing to fear. I know several men who belong to the local unit and the things that they are most concerned about America ceding its sovereignty to an international organization, Jihadists, and a Federal Government going amok. I don't know with any degree of certainty that the current administration is planning to put people in concentration camps or re-education centers, but there are people associated with him who have expressed a desire to do some things that have me concerned. I am not alone and even that (sarc on) extreme right wing(sarc off) network MTV has carried a few warnings, though I'm not sure who the enemy they fear actually is.

I will say this about the men I know who belong to this outfit. They are good friends, good co-workers, and good neighbors who have a live and let-live attitude and generally mind their own business. You can safely turn your back on them and not fear what they will do. And they definitely are not racists, unless you define a racist as anyone who questions strict leftist orthodoxy, or unless you consider militant Islam a race. Actually they seem more concerned about international organizations and our failure to take the home Jihadists seriously than they are about Obama; they are not fond of him but consider him to be a puppet and are more concerned about his puppet-master.

Now the militia does contain a number of groups and some of them are a little strange, such as one that a few years ago was trying to take elected officials to court for failing to uphold the State Constitution (they considered the Federal Constitution dead) and were trying to put liens on the officials houses to force them into court. This appears to have been a small group and it does not seem to be around anymore.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How One Talks and Writes

This post is because of a comment I read at another blog.

When I was graduating from High School we had our Senior Giftatory where we were given gag gifts by a committee of classmates that reflected our personalities. One guy who always fell asleep in class was given a box of NoDoze. Another deluded young lady who openly believed she was high society was shocked to receive a bottle of HiKlas soft drink. A kid who missed a lot classes was given a map that showed where the school was. I was one of about three who got a dictionary of words of three or fewer syllables.

It was a bad habit that I had. My mother would constantly rebuke me for using "big words" and friends would sometimes ask me to "Say it in normal words."

A couple of things started me thinking. One was in Mad Magazine's regular feature of The Lighter Side . . . by Dave Berg, which many of us may remember as some of the most true to life comic strips ever. This one showed an obvious repairman working on a TV set in a home and the customer was asking "Can you fix it?" and the repairman said "You had the primary source of power uncoupled from the main load. I simply re coupled it and it should work fine." or words to that effect. The customer is thrilled and the repairman is thinking "He would refuse to pay me if I told him that I just plugged it in." His response contained no advanced vocabulary but it fits the same pattern.

The other was a base newspaper when I was in the Navy where they were asking the opinions of several random sailors and Waves about a topic of interest. One was by a Wave Lieutenant who gave several sentences of polysyllabic terminology (big words) and catch phrases as her answer, as opposed to the enlisted personnel who gave simple concise answers. I had to reread her answer a couple of times before I realized that her answer could be summed up as "There is so much involved that I can't giver an answer that will please everyone and I'm not so sure I know the answer." She felt that she had to sound highly intelligent while saying "I don't know."

What struck me in both of these examples was that the speech was not to communicate to a listener/reader but to befuddle them. The repairman didn't want the customer to know how simple the repair job really was. The Officer couldn't simply acknowledge that she either hadn't thought about the question, had conflicting thoughts on it, or simply didn't know; her need to be seen as one with all the answers did not allow for it, so she had to hide her ignorance or unthinkingness behind an empty but high-sounding answer.

In college I took a course called Homiletics, which is the science and art of sermon preparation and delivery. I was one of several of whom our professor said needed to simplify their language. It was his friendly rebuke that got me to really try to stop using high language. He quoted some scripture to us in regard to what he called a bad habit.

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (I Corinthian 2: 1 & 2)

One who speaks in a tongue edifies (i.e. builds up) himself but the one who prophesies (i.e. preaches) edifies the church. I Corinthians 14:4 which is technically about speaking in tongues, but as our good professor pointed out, the same principle still applies. " What good is it to preach if no one understands you? " "You are not in the pulpit to show off your vocabulary but to deliver a message to anyone who is willing to listen and you are responsible to make it understandable." "You're not lawyers trying to confuse a jury but messengers delivering a message to all."

I'm not sure but I think it was Isaac Asimov (a man I loathe to quote) who said that a true sign of genius is to make complex concepts easy to understand. He was wrong on so many things but he got that one right.

Of course there is always technical language and that is fine, but a good doctor will discuss a case in technical terms with another doctor and use ordinary language with the patient.

Equally important is not talking down to or patronizing those with "less education". They may not quote the classics or know the big words, but their "simple wisdom" is often more profound than some of the most learned books in history. Respect their innate intelligence and speak respectfully to them in a manner that they will understand. If you must use a technical term then take the time to explain it to those who don't understand.

I used to know a young man who was taking a course in Philosophy at Michigan State and he gave me one of his papers to proofread. His grammar and spelling were impeccable but I couldn't follow his logic at all. I told him that the paper, in spite of its high language and multiple catch-phrases, made no sense at all and he responded "I know! Professor ______ likes that because he is skeptical of all answers." I could only groan.

Yesterday I was reading another blog when I came to comment that was an incredible pile of words that I spent several minutes untangling before I realized that the commenter was simply telling the poster how stupid and unenlightened he was without giving any concrete evidence whatsoever. Why couldn't he have simply said "You're wrong and here's why." Instead the commenter barraged the blogger with several paragraphs that said absolutely nothing but sounded intelligent.

I still use big words from time to time, but hopefully I speak clearly to those who are listening.

Monday, November 09, 2009

To The Honorable Senator

Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said that "if the public option plan is in there, as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote because I believe the debt can break America and send us into a recession that's worse than the one we're fighting our way out of today."

Senator Lieberman

Thank you for having the courage to stand up to your former party mates and speak out against the monstrosity that they are trying to force down our throats. I don't always agree with you but you are a rare man, a man of principle and one of the few of those in Washington. I wish more conservative Republicans had your backbone.

I hope you have the courage to continue to stand against those who hate what America is and are trying to remold us into an America they can love, a sickly, dying banana republic. Please, for America's sake, continue to stand in the breach.

and don't ever insult your good name by attaching a (D) to it again. They don't deserve you.

And by the way, thank you also for having the courage to tell the truth about the terrorist activities of a certain Jihadist at Fort Hood.

Friday, November 06, 2009

In The Hands of a Good Person

One woman with a gun stopped the massacre. The fact that she was a police officer was secondary. Would Columbine been different if there had been a couple of armed teachers there? Would Virginia Tech had gone a little differently if there had been a few armed people near the shooter? Most likely. People would have died but not as many.

A gun is in and of itself a morally neutral thing whose actions reflect the morality and sanity of the person holding it. It the hands of an evil or crazy person it becomes an item of destruction and murder. In the hands a heroic person it can stop an evil or crazy person from harming others.

It is a great equalizer. It is as effective in the hands of a 100 pound woman as it is in the hands of a 200 pound body builder.

One of the few true things that Chairman Mao said is that all political power comes out of the barrel of a gun. For the people to have the power the guns must be in the hands of the people. An armed population is a free population.

Legal or not, criminals will always have guns. No law will disarm those who intend to break the law. Disarm the honest citizen and he will be the prey of both kinds of criminals, outlaws and autocratic lawmakers.

And those who want to leave the law-abiding citizens as helpless victims are not giving up.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Got my computer hooked to the net again, but am having trouble with my E-mail and Facebook. I guess you gotta solve your problems one at a time.

Here is an interesting political cartoon blog. Give it a peek.

UPDATE: Got my E-mail accounts and Facebook going again. Now I just got one more thing to figure out and I am back to normal.

Monday, November 02, 2009

What's Happening With Me

I, for the first time in days, am able to access the net through a library computer.

Events of the last few days.

Last Sunday my computer gave me its first clue that something was going wrong when it started to reset itself regularly (ie it would act as if someone had hit the reset button that computers used to have.) It would suddenly turn off and start up again. I figured it was a power-supply problem and the computer was rather old (about 4 - 4 1/2 years) so I started arranging to get another one.

I believe that it was Monday that I posted that I was experiencing problems and that it may be a while without a posting. That afternoon I had purchased a laptop that is fine, but I was not set up to get it on the net. Tuesday I completely lost my old computer just as I was transferring files to a disc. It's power supply was dead, dead . . . dead.

Wednesday and Thursday I was up in Bay City visiting my parents, who don't have net access.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday I work a lot of hours and my hours did not allow me to use the library.

I want to keep my old IPS (along with its benefits) so I have declined to go wireless at this time, until my provider starts offering it. I am having trouble connecting my new system to the net so I will be paying for a service call in a day or two. Until then it's Library Computer time. I did purchase a used computer tower and had my old drive installed as a slave drive on it, so I am able to rescue old files, and, for now, I intend to use it rather than the laptop as my main internet connection, but right now it doesn't seem to want to connect.