Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I guess pinning the hopes of the human race on a White woman just couldn't be stomached.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Children are a blessing, but so is chocolate and you can obviously get too much of a good thing.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
In an advertisement for a History Channel special about the Mayflower titled "Desperate Crossing", a child is depicted at a school pageant elaborating the misdeeds of the Pilgrims.
If such a documentary is to be justified on the grounds of historical accuracy and disclosure, which is not necessarily a bad thing if viewers are presented with a complete picture with both warts and triumphs, does this mean that come Martin Luther King Day that the History Channel will air a special detailing the marital infidelities and Communist associations of the famed civil rights leader?
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Though the sermon “Long Range New Covenant Thinking: Early Marriage” by Ovid Need available at SermonAudio.com does a commendable job of explicating the passages regarding dominion over creation and of expounding the need to train children for family life, it uses these passages as cover to impose personal opinion as revealed doctrine.
According to Need, the sincere Christian desiring to fulfill God’s will weds at an early age. As proof, Need cites the passage in Proverbs 5:18 saying, “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth” and notes that in Bible times often people were married by the age of eighteen for boys and sometimes as young as thirteen for girls (he conveniently fails to point out the abysmally low life expectancy prevalent in ancient times).
Part of the reason for this decree in favor of adolescent matrimony (perhaps not that young but one must wonder if Need is going to suggest we slavishly adhere to ancient Judaic practices and in his own comments insinuates 30 is too old to have not yet wed) is to curb the evil tendency in the male towards (ominous drum roll, please) --- INDEPENDENCE. Heaven forbid one enjoy a period in life without nagging.
In the sermon, Need criticizes those with a more “dispensationalist” perspective for overlooking those passages of Scripture that do not mesh with their own diminished theologies. One might argue he himself is guilty of the same shortcoming he warns against.
For while there are passages mentioning marriage in youth, there are just as many examples of those in the Bible marrying in “old age” (as Need might categorize the period in the figure’s existential chronology in which the figure entered matrimony) or outright warnings against marriage. For example, Isaac was forty when he married and Boaz insinuates that he is no spring chicken when Ruth comes onto him.
Other passages indicate one is better off remaining single than to marry the wrong person and end up with a shrew of a mate. Both Proverbs 21:9 and Proverbs 25:24 (thus indicating the importance of the warning if God is going to take His time and mention it twice in the pages of holy writ) intone it is better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house with a brawling wife (and it is just as true with such a husband).
Yet another interesting passage can be found in Matthew 24 which extols, “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” While no man knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return, only a fool would deny that things are not waxing worse and worse in accord with II Timothy 3:13, thus making it so difficult to raise a family in such a setting that it might be best if people not marry all together if they believe that to be the prudent course of action.
However, as a Postmillenialist, Rev Need cannot afford to admit that things are getting worse as his eschatological hermeneutic compels him to believe that things will be getting better and better as Christ cannot return until after the Church ushers in the Kingdom of God here on earth. Frankly, such a development would itself be a nightmare as mankind is not able of implementing a perfect anything; the best we can hope for is a setting that attempts to create an equilibrium between individual privacy and the common good with the realization that the institutions used to uphold the common good are capable of undermining the very liberties they were intended to uphold.
by Frederick Meekins
Friday, November 17, 2006
It seems the wife of Senator Collins from the drama "Vanished" is not the only thing that has disappeared.
Those looking forward to the thriller will be disappointed to learn that the remaining episodes have been quietly shunted to the program’s MySpace.com page.
Frankly, who wants to watch TV over the Internet?
Though it was rumored about that the show would be ending in a few weeks, I guess the past few episodes were more than the powers that be were willing to tolerate.
Two weeks ago, one of the conspirators (who just happened to play a similar role on "John Doe" several years ago before that show was suspiciously cancelled after only one season for getting to close to the truth) slit his own throat as FBI agents closed in around him and last week Masonic operatives with RFID identification chips were depicted trying to decipher a secret code contained within one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Are network executives really going to keep a straight face as they tell us that a two-hour block of Trading Spouses makes for much more compelling television?
By Frederick Meekins
An interesting discussion on "Issues Etc."
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
While this pissant got what he deserved, the real tragedy is that British taxpayers will probably have to pick up the medical bill.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Coupled with the win of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, it seems with the Democratic victory that the world may be falling into a new Bolshevist Dark Age.
Some might argue the above characterization as a bit harsh, but it is entirely accurate.
According to WorldNetDaily.com article titled “Meet The New Speaker“, Speaker-apparent Nancy Pelosi has had ties to the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives.
At one time on the organization's website were song lyrics reveling in the fact that when the Communist Revolution came, guns and knives would be used against the "Bourgeoisie", a Marxist blanket term invoked to confiscate the property and savings of the middle class.
I hope those voting for the Democrats will enjoy the higher taxes, the swarms of immigrants pouring into their neighborhoods, the slaughter of innocent children in the name of ghoulish experimentation, and the increased regulation of their private economic affairs (in other words, things will continue pretty much as they were before only at an accelerated rate).
We will have to wait and see if their hatred of Bush will outweigh their love of big government in relation to the Real ID Act and the North American Union, pet projects of the President but ones inimical to human liberty with which the Democrats don't have much of a problem with.
Maybe if Republicans had acted like Republicans, they would have kept control of both houses of Congress.
But regardless of who's in control, this country is headed down to the trashpile of history anyway.
by Frederick Meekins
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
In many Evangelical Christian circles, the time of the Puritans is looked back upon almost as a golden age in American History. However, upon reading Puritan Adventure by Lois Lenski, most will conclude that, while the period might be a nice place to visit, they wouldn’t want to live there.
Puritan Adventure centers around the widowed Charity Cummings coming to the Massachusetts Bay Colony to live with her sister’s family. Unaccustomed to the more austere New England life, she serves as a colorful foil through which to view the nuances and complexities of colonial Puritan existence.
Noted for speaking her mind and for what to the Puritans seems her flamboyant mode of dress, Charity becomes a bit of a thorn in the side of community authorities. Charity’s more easy-going nature is contrasted throughout the story with the sterner outlook of a number of the Puritan settlers, particularly the so-called “Tithing Men” charged with the business of getting into other people’s business in the name of proper behavior and decorum.
While many Evangelicals today pine away claiming they long for the kind of close-knit sense of community characterizing Puritan life, from the incidents depicted in this researched narrative, it is doubtful few of us would find their way of life all that enjoyable. For example, town officials enforce the ban on Christmas and the Tithing Men chastise children along the street daring to whistle because, “Knowest thou not that running will scandalize good folk (104)?”
Some will probably think Lenski fabricated her depiction of the Puritans from her own imagination. However, in the forward she carefully documents that much of her story is based upon assorted original sources and she includes an ample bibliography at the end.
Of her sources, Lenski writes, “I have incorporated in my story many quotations taken from early New England writers. It is these phrases, so rich and suggestive, in the original sources, which give this long-past age a glow of reality and truth. In them we hear our founders speak, think, and act. They are the rightful heritage of American children (page XI).” Lenski also does a service to history by pointing out that, while the Puritans seem unduly harsh to us, in their time Christmas was marked by drunken bawdiness and in terms of severity Puritans were “soft” on crime as they had only ten crimes punishable by death whereas England had nearly thirty.
In her trial before town authorities for introducing the children to Christmas, Shrovetide, and May Day, in her defense Charity Cummings says, “We came to this fair land to build a new world, a New England. If I then look back to the Old, if I remind you of the life we lived there, ‘tis because I wish to preserve the best in the old ways for a goodly heritage. So away with Old England’s wrongs, I beg you, but hold fast to its good, and make your new world the richer (215-216).” Likewise, we as their descendants should not dismiss the Puritans in their entirety but rather retain from them those dispositions that have withstood the test of time while guarding against those darker tendencies that in various forms have plagued mankind throughout all of recorded history and not just among the Puritans.
Taken by itself, Puritan Adventure does not paint a complete picture of the pivotal contributions to the American way of life made by this sect. However, when studied alongside other introductory sources such as Pilgrims & Puritans by James and Lincoln Collier, the reader will have a good understanding of these complicated Forefathers.
by Frederick Meekins
Homeschool Advocate Claims You Are An Existential Materialist If Your Are Not A Baby Machine Pumping Out More Than Three Kids
While the movement claims to support individuality, one of its leaders, Kevin Swanson, claims you are an materialistic existentialist if one does not follow his exact life-path and produce more than three children.
If it is selfish not to have kids, why isn't it selfish to expect everyone else to take care of your offspring?
He claims Hispanics have an above average birthrate since they have not been exposed as long to the American public school system. I wonder if this demographic would be as fecund if they were not given all manner of handouts such as WIC and free emergency medical care.
Quite easy to be a breeding sow when Uncle Sam plays the farmer.
By Frederick Meekins
Prepare for more coffee bars, electric guitars, and tattooed pastors with rings in their noses in a pulpit near you.
From this article on the blog at Light House Publishing, the new head of this organization (Leith Anderson) might talk tolerance, but his minions are anything but as they prevented New Age expert Brian Flynn from discussing a number of mystical practices infiltrating the church.
by Frederick Meekins
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Dr. Stan of Radio Liberty conducts an informative discussion with RFID expert Katherine Albrecht.
According to Dr. Albrecht the plan is essentially a food registration act that will permit the government near total control over the food supply and make it easier to drive the small farmer out of business.
Big shots that usually dismiss such concerns who have so much extra money on their hands that they own horses might change their tune upon learning that there are provisions in these regulations that one must inform bureaucrats each time you take Trigger off your property.
Furthermore, it is pointed out that those with registered animals will be required to keep a log of all visitors to their property to be turned over to the government encase of "disease outbreak".
Why don't you enact a bowel movement and flatulence registration act while you are at it since toxins can be released into the atmosphere through this manner as well.
by Frederick Meekins