Sunday, August 29, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1920s, 30s 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses full of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese & tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took on those home made ski jumps.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
A trip to the beach on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the stream and NOT from a bottle.
There was no fast foods, fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Taco joints.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and only opened for a few hours on weekends but not on Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy bubble gum, candy and some firecrackers to blow up things with.
We ate biscuits, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because.....
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No mobile phones - no one was able to reach us all day.
And we were always O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in streams with matchbox cars and toy soldiers and cowboys and Indians.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on Cable, no video tape or DVD movies, no surround sound, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms .....we listened to plays on the radio while sitting around the fire. No central heating!
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
Pre late 1950s we had NO TV, and no Fridges - imagine that!
And linolium on the bedroom floors - no carpets!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We got BB guns for our birthdays and even got to shoot Dad's rifle once or twice.
Some of us drank milk from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them from the street!
Mom didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
Mom and Dad didn't need Brandy, Whiskey, or whatever when they came in from work! A glass of lemonade, ice tea, or cornbread and milk was enough.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
Our teachers used to give SWATS with big paddles and bully's always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. (KJV)
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered
what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining
silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment
to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason
for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over
the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed
to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were
hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then
she thought again about the verse that says:
'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there
in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.
The man answered that yes,he not only had to sit there holding
the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time
it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the
flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith,
'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'
He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy --when I see my
image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God
has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His
image in you.
And, whatever you're going through, you'll be a better person
in the end.
'Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only
spend it once.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The taxpayer-supported survey from 2008 found that around 70 percent of parents and their teenagers believed that teens should wait until marriage to have sex. Despite release of the study's summary and its highlight at two major public health conferences last year, the Department of Health and Human Services is withholding the full results according to Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Foundation.
"When a researcher [Dr. Lisa Rue] asked the HHS for the full results, she [was told it] is not public information and it has not been released to the public and so you don't have access to it," relates Huber. "[I find that] a little incredulous since it was shared publicly at two different venues."
Valerie Huber questions the motivation of the Obama administration, noting that "as of this past fiscal year, President Obama specifically put in his budget a desire to end all funding for abstinence education."
She hopes a change will be made soon. "We think that an administration that wants things to be open and clear should certainly do something different than the decision that is currently being exercised," Huber remarks.
In a short article [PDF] about her efforts to obtain a copy of the "National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents" (conducted by Abt Associates), Dr. Rue says that having been denied access twice by the Obama administration "leaves me to reflect on the role of cultural values with regard to prevention science."
Dr. Lisa Rue (Univ. of No. Colorado)The University of Northern Colorado assistant professor continues: "If we are truly interested in learning how to prevent two critical epidemics currently devastating our country (out-of-wedlock child bearing and sexually transmitted infections), then the nationally representative findings provide momentum and support for accessing cultural values of parents and children which promote optimal health choices for adolescents."
Echoing Huber's concern, Rue concludes with this statement: "...At this point in time, we must ask ourselves: Is this valuable process being suppressed by those who wish to repress American values in an effort to exert control over sex education offered in the United States?"
Huber is encouraging abstinence supporters to hold the Obama administration accountable by asking for the full report through a Freedom of Information Act request, which is available at the website for the National Abstinence Education Foundation.
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate.. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can't figure out what country you are the president of.
You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We're no longer a Christian nation"
" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even
announced to the world," America is mean-
spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching
that nonsense to 23 generations of our
war dead buried all over the globe who
died for no other reason than to free a
whole lot of strangers from tyranny and
I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."
Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom..
I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat.. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle...
Harold B. Estes
Snopes confirms as true: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp
When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can.
Monday, August 16, 2010
As the debate over ObamaCare raged, President Obama strenuously denied the charge that the mandate (requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine) was a tax during an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Now that several states, including Virginia and Missouri, are fighting back, however, the Obama administration has changed its tune in court.
According to The New York Times, "In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is 'a valid exercise' of Congress's power to impose taxes."1
Finally, the administration has conceded what the freedom movement has been warning Americans about all along: the mandate is nothing more than another way to reach into our pockets.
ObamaCare wasn't about reforming health care... it was about grabbing even more POWER and forcing us to submit to their agenda.
Big Government will grow even bigger as the IRS alone could hire thousands of new employees to "ensure compliance" with the mandate.
Even worse, the IRS may diminish or completely withhold your tax refund unless you either carry Obama-approved health insurance or pony up more of your money to cover the fine.
And the power of politicians and bureaucrats will expand dramatically as they FORCE U.S. citizens to buy insurance as a condition of citizenship and seize unprecedented control over American health care and businesses of every size.
That is... unless everyone who loves liberty stands up and FIGHTS BACK.
Once again, the Champion of the Constitution is leading the way.
To combat this new tax and defend our health freedoms, Congressman Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 4995, the End the Mandate Act, which would completely REPEAL ObamaCare's mandate on citizens and businesses.
Failing to carry Obama-approved health insurance could cost households and businesses thousands of dollars.
If you agree that we can't let this stand, won't you please sign the first page of Congressman Ron Paul's END THE MANDATE Act (H.R. 4995?)
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
A Los Angeles broadcaster, Dave Anthony, said it all...
"Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas,
and oil, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. We apologize
for the inconvenience."
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Election 2010 Short List"
These are the seven "must-do" tasks for every concerned
American. Plus, 12 states are holding primaries in August.
We've included that information as well. Go here for our
"Seven for 2010":
I've already voted by absentee ballot in the Washington State Primary Election. The election day for the primary is next Tuesday. If you have not yet voted, please listen to the radio interview HERE and consider if this candidate makes enough sense to earn your vote.
The greatest threat to your freedom and your family is coming
from the Oval Office, and as Grassfire researchers have
recently discovered the next two years of President
Obama's reign will be unlike anything we've ever seen...
Click here now for more information.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and
said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.' 'You don't know? You, a Christian man, Do not know what is on the other side?' The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death's door, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough.'
Saturday, August 07, 2010
The Washington Post babbled again about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough ... A lot of people swallow this nonsense. So once more, a short civics lesson and a look at what has happened with the budget in recent Fiscal Years.
Budgets are not controlled by the White House. They are controlled by Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.
And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (see chart above) Let these FACTS about the deficit sink in.
Everyone enjoyed the First Friday of the Month Fellowship meeting at TLBC last night. I sang a special message in song with the guitar and preached an evangelical sermon. You may do a search for our church page "The Lord's Baptist Church" on Facebook. for info on the meeting.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker Nan ,
I do not like this 'YES, WE CAN'.
I do not like this spending spree---
I'm smart, I know that nothing's free.
I do not like your smug replies,
when I complain about your lies.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it.
Nope, nope, nope!
Go green... recycle Congress in 2010!
Monday, August 02, 2010
INFORMATION.....UNLESS THEY DON'T MIND SHARING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY WITH
FOREIGN WORKERS WHO DIDN'T PAY A DIME INTO IT.
Now, the following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens
Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state. If a state is
not listed, there was no voting representative.
Alaska : Stevens (R)
Arizona : McCain (R)
Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado : Salazar (D)
Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)
Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida : Martinez (R)
Hawaii : Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana: Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa: Harkin (D)
Kansas: Brownback (R)
Louisiana: Landrieu (D)
Maryland: Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana: Baucus (D)
Nebraska: Hagel (R)
Nevada: Reid (D)
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico: Bingaman (D)
New York: Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota : Dorgan (D)
Ohio : DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)
Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania : Specter (D)
Rhode Island : Chafee (R) Reed (D)
South Carolina : Graham (R)
South Dakota : Johnson (D)
Vermont : Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia : Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting
Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D)
Sunday, August 01, 2010
According to The Hill: "Democratic leaders plan to open debate on the Kagan nomination late Tuesday or Wednesday, which would allow just three days of debate — or possibly less, if senators hope to leave on Thursday night, as they typically do." The Hill is being generous. In actuality, according to our math, opening debate on Tuesday afternoon will only permit two days of debate, at best, if the Senate adjourns on Thursday as planned.
So... why is Harry Reid trying to rush Kagan's confirmation through the Senate? Senator Jeff Sessions told The Hill that Reid's rush tactic "may be an attempt to compact the nomination so the American people aren’t as able to be attuned to what’s occurring. The nominee isn’t particularly popular with the American people. So maybe they want to force it through. It’s not good.” Make no mistake, as you read this urgent appeal, Harry Reid is sweating bullets over Kagan’s confirmation. He knows full well that Elena Kagan is one of the least popular Supreme Court nominees in recent memory... And, he knows that if he cannot FORCE a vote on her confirmation prior to the August recess – before the American people have a chance to express their opposition – Kagan’s support in the Senate could crumble. In fact, some moderate Democrat Senators may already be wavering. Senator Sessions recently told Jason Mattera with Human Events that "a number of Democrats" are "uneasy" about the Kagan nomination and that some of them can be picked off.
You and other concerned Americans have the means to STOP the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court... but we must act quickly. Given Reid’s plan to ram her confirmation through the Senate, there is literally no time to lose.
Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent and personalized Blast Fax messages to each and every one of the 41 Republican Member of the United States Senate and a handful of Democratic Members of the Senate who are from red states, are facing tough re-elections and/or who may be swayable (Bennet, Boxer, Murray, Feingold, Lincoln, Tester, Begich, Webb, Baucus, Landrieu, Burris, Bayh, Dodd and Specter). Or alternately, you can send your urgent and personalized Blast Faxes to ALL of the Members of the United States Senate. Tell them, in no uncertain terms, that Elena Kagan's writings and professional history call into question her ability to serve impartially on the U.S. Supreme Court. Tell them that she may be someone unable and unwilling to set aside her far-left political views. Remind them that the United States is a nation of laws, not of men and that they have a Constitutional duty to not simply rubber-stamp Elena Kagan to a lifetime appointment on the High Court. please use this hyperlink.
CELL PHONE VS. BIBLE
Do you have a cell phone? Do you have a Bible?
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible
like we treat our cell phone.
What if we carried it around all the time?
What if we used it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to our kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go... .hmm.. .where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone,
we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected
because Jesus already paid the Bill.
And no dropped calls!