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Saturday, December 24, 2011

So, Why Jesus?

Many people question Christianity, as well they should.  It’s good to be an informed believer.  I welcome questions from skeptics, especially since I was one.
So, could anyone with enough will power, determination and some special effects have pulled off the claim to the title of Messiah?  Let’s look at that.
There were thousands of prophecies that the Messiah needed to fulfill.   Many of the prophecies no one could control.
One is that the Messiah needed to be a descendent of King David.   

Jesus would have had a claim to the throne in 2 ways.   His step father Joseph was a descendant through the main line that had the direct heir lineage.   Also, His Mother Mary was descended via a different line.  This was important because the direct line of heirs was told by God that they would never rule again.   Joseph was descended from Jechonias, Jesus could not rightly claim the throne (see Jeremiah 22:30) had he been Joseph’s natural son, but through His mothers line there was no such problem.  Jesus, would have been King had the rule continued.

Here are eight examples of prophecies that were out of human control (by Jesus):
1.  Place of Birth (Mic 5:2), 
2.  Time of Birth (Dan 9:25; Gen 49:10),
3.  Manner of Birth (Isa 7:14),
4.  Betrayal (Ps 41:9; 55:13), 
5.  Manner of Death (Ps 22:16),
6.  The reactions of people (mocking, spitting, etc),
7.  Piercing (Zech 12:10),
8.  Burial (Isa 53:9)

Peter Stoner explains how the science of probability rules out coincidence in his book "Science Speaks." The chance of someone else meeting just these 8 requirements is 10^17.  Stoner gave this illustration:

If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of getting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They'll cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would've had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom (Idem, 106-107).

To add to the problem of manipulation, there are 456 characteristics that the Messiah had to have.  It not only impossible to fake, it shows us God is in control. 

My friends, you may not want to believe in or understand why God has made the decisions that He has, but He is real and He has provided us the bail for our offenses to Him.   He loves us.

Now let’s thank Him.

Monday, November 7, 2011

God vs. Aliens

There are incredibly complex circumstances that provide life for us here, add to that the common design and the programming involved in DNA, you would need to come to the conclusion of a Creator. The Bible has an explanation for aliens or the false gods of other religions. They are called the Nephilim.

The religions of the world have common themes. As men spread out from their origin, they took the information with them. Those that didn't stay in communion with God lost parts of the truth. Kinda like when you line up kids and have them pass a secret down the line. However, God kept a lineage supplied with the truth and kept contact with them. So, world religions all have SOME truth, but the Bible is the line of prophets and people with whom He continued to supply knowledge.  The others have filled in the blanks with the wisdom of man.  Some better than others.  Some received knowledge from other sources and lead you away and to destruction

The Universe had a beginning. Space and Time had a beginning. Everything is wearing down. The laws and constants of the Universe have been fine tuned for human life. There is digital code embedded in the DNA molecule in every cell. It could not develop on it's own and aliens would ALSO require DNA which could not develop on it's own.

SETI spent MILLIONS of dollars and years listening for ET. At one time, they had heard a simple radio emission from a pulsar and thought it was some kind of intelligence. It turned out to be just one of the natural radio waves that pulsars produce.  The earth produces these as well.  You can hear some samples on the site of NASA.

Billions of years? That doesn't match up with the evidence. The fact that we still have comets, we haven't lost the moon which drifts about 2in away every year, or the sun as it is shrinking at a rate that makes billions of years impossible.

Just these few general ideas should make you question the currently accepted theories as well as the more spacey ones.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


HELP THE RICH.............. by allowing more to join them. Vote Conservative and watch the numbers grow. When we hear the pay doesn't go up at this level, but it does for another, I say, "DUH!" You work your way up.  Don't stay at THAT level. You increase your value with education and/or good work record. AND, you stop those that are stepping on the throat of the economy. As the economy grows, so does opportunity.  You remove the barriers and people move up the levels.

We've seen it work, time and time again.  You take the brakes off the economy and get out of the way! We got out of the Great Depression when WWII suspended the New Deal and Conservatives implemented a series of tax cuts after 1945.  We got out of the Carter Recession/Depression/Malaise with the 1983 tax cuts. At the end of Clinton term when the Tech Bubble burst, Bush tried the liberal version of a tax cut.  This was sending rebates. Did NOT work.  In 2003 Bush finally got tax CUTS passed. From 2004 to 2007, federal tax revenues increased by $785 billion, the largest four-year increase in American history according to the Treasury Department.  CUT TAXES AND THERE WILL BE MORE REVENUE.

Bush didn't control the budget when we went into the next recession. Dems took control of the house and senate Jan 1st, 2007. The recession started in the last quarter of 08. They controlled the purse strings for almost 2yrs. Of course, there were many factors both Global and domestic, but the Mortgage crisis cemented  us in.   The Dems created the circumstances and have blocked all attempts to stop it.

The Community Redevelopment Act and Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae, started the process of adding value to worthless paper. Back in 2004, Congress was told that FM/FM was in trouble. The Dems blocked all efforts to make the necessary changes. Bush tried 11 times to pass real reform.

Clinton pumped up the Community Redevelopment Act, a well-intended Carter-era law designed to encourage minority home-ownership.  This created the market for the risky subprime loans. Dodd and Frank led the continued protection and expansion by the Dems.  They continue today.  

Greed and over-leveraging did fuel the secondary market for sub-primes, as in mortgaged-backed securities traded on Wall Street. They will always try to take advantage of what they are given. However, it started with Clinton and his social engineers building on Carter's policy.

They also forced banks to give loans to people who could not afford them.  When the weight of those mortgages became too much & the borrowers had to succumb to them and go into foreclosure.   Thus, becoming a burden on the system, which eventually became too much for Companies that did not foresee the collapse.

One argument I hear from the Left quite often is that the repeal of The Glass-Stea­gall Act by Gramm-Leach-Bliley was the cause. The fact is that it has actually eased the blow to taxpayers by allowing commercial banks to take over trouble investment firms. Glass-Steagal was passed to protect commercial banks from failure by forbidding them from investment bank practices like trading in securities and underwriting stocks and bonds. 

None of the failed institutions are commercial banks that got in trouble through risky investment banking. It was the commercial banks that provided some stability to the system by purchasing troubled investment banks. Without Gramm-Leach-Bliley they would not even be allowed to technically do this.

Bear Stearns was an investment bank before it was sold to JP Morgan Chase (which includes a commercial bank).

Fannie Mae were Freddie Mac were government sponsored entities before becoming fully owned by government.

Lehman Brothers was an investment bank before it want bankrupt.

Merrill Lynch was an investment bank befor it was sold to Bank of America (which is a commercial bank).

AIG is an insurance company with no commercial banking division.

No, it was the CRA.  Since 1995, Fannie and Freddie have been buying subprime securities to help meet government-directed affordable housing goals. By 2004 Fannie and Freddie bought 44% of the entire subprime market. Their biggest customer was Countrywide Financial, who failed to perform due diligence before issuing the loans that their subprime securities were based on. When states like Georgia tried to tighten mortgage lending standards, FM/FM threatened to stop doing business there.

"Obsessed with multiculturalism, that dictated where mortgage lenders could lend, and originally helped create the market for the high-risk subprime loans now infecting like a retrovirus the balance sheets of many of Wall Street's most revered institutions. Tough new regulations forced lenders into high-risk areas where they had no choice but to lower lending standards to make the loans that sound business practices had previously guarded against making.....It was either that or face stiff government penalties."- Robert B. Reich 

We need to clean house.  We need Conservative policies built on Conservative priciples.  They work EVERYTIME they are tried.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This One Thing

One thing that I've learned with certainty:     Never, Ever, Ever pray to get what you deserve.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Us Against Them

My faith still lies in the democratic republic system that we have, thanks to the founders and the great philosophers whose ideas were borrowed to lend to a system that truly worked.

The conservative movement that is happening right now is SO important. There are elitists in BOTH parties. The elites are the ones that think they should make ALL of the decisions. Some have this idea based on their education and some by status of birth. They don't believe the common man capable of taking care of themselves, making their own decisions. With each generation we become more dependent, thereby being closer to acting in the manner the elites believed.

The elites in the Republican Party gave us candidates like Bush the elder, Bob Dole, McCain. However, they are not the majority in our country or in the Republican Party. Conservatives make up the largest segment of the population. The last poll had them at 43%(not all Repb.).

The conservative movement is REtaking the Republican Party. I don't follow personalities. I believe in principles. If you follow great leaders, they will always let you down. They are only one, JC.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Forgotten Promises Give Me Gas

The title really needs punctuation as "Forgotten Promises" is what happened with the stated convictions of Nancy Pelosi from a smidge over 4 years ago. "Give Me Gas" is what the nation is screaming right now as we reach the tipping point.

While Obama was never too upset about skyrocketing oil/gas prices, before the Democrats took back the Senate, Pelosi said, “With record gas prices, record CEO pay packages, and record oil company profits, Speaker Hastert and the Majority Congress continue to give the American people empty rhetoric rather than join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now.

“Democrats have a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price gouging, rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies, and increasing production of alternative fuels.”

Not only did the Dems do nothing about the prices, they are doubling down on Green Tech banter. Obama thinks that skyrocketing gas prices will force us to go all in on supposedly green alternatives.

So, America will get hybrid and electric cars shoved down our throats. We will continue to turn food into fuel as the world food shortage is killing people. Even though, to turn food into fuel, you must use other fuels.

Let the madness continue and promises fade only to be replaced with more promises.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Is the Bible Relevant Today?

The Alpha and the Omega, our God is AT the beginning and the end and ALL that is in between as he is outside of the timeline. He has given us this manual for living. In it's pages you find advice on dealing with others, dealing with money, proper thinking, and motivation.

The history contained in the Bible shows us examples and informs us how things came to be. For generations people have attempted to disprove the Bible and in doing so have added to the evidence that supports it. French philosopher Voltaire bragged that within a hundred years the Bible would have passed into the mists of history as people became more liberated and enlightened. That time has come and gone while most have forgotten him and the Bible has continued to inspire.

It is a book that not only tells us what happened, but what WILL happen. Even today, prophesies are fulfilled. Who would have believed Israel would become a nation once more after being dispersed throughout the world. Who believes that the Temple will be rebuilt? It will. We don't know how yet, but it will. What does the future hold for us? It is all foretold as it now unveils in front of us. What book could be MORE relevant?

Deep Thoughts in Random Succession

The following are points cast out through my Facebook Status or in response to others.

-When OPM runs out, cuts need to be made.

-Ultimately, the government CANNOT fix the economy, only hinder. It is up to the people to find a way. America is where the most creative people have gathered for just this opportunity.

-If someone is allowed a privilege for a long enough period of time, then they seem to start thinking the PRIVILEGE is a RIGHT.

-No, I would NOT nuke the moon while punching a hippie. We clearly need the moon.

-In 1980, the last year before the tax cuts, tax revenues were $956 billion (in constant 1996 dollars). Revenues exceeded that 1980 level in eight of the next 10 years. Annual revenues over the next decade averaged $102 billion above their 1980 level (in constant 1996 dollars). Any increase in budget deficits was therefore the result of spending increases rather than tax cut-induced revenue decreases.

-When you vote for someone to represent you in government, it means he/she is there taking you place and negotiating on your behalf. If you then support collective bargaining, then you are now supporting the group that you (your rep) is negotiating against. You have in essence nullified your own interests.

-Have you considered the possibility Obama WANTS to bring financial collapse? He didn't teach the Constitution per say, he taught Alinski and the Clowerd and Piven Strategy for how to implement Alinski's plan.

-God, family, the Constitution, fiscal responsibility. When did these become "extreme"?? If you have a yard sale that makes over $600, then you are required by law to report it to the IRS (in Obamacare). Now THAT'S what I call extreme. If you don't see how far left we've been thrown, then you are more out of the loop than a blind Chicago cab driver.

- President Obama was complicit as a senator in blocking reform needed to reel in Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, which led to the housing and mortgage collapse and ushered in the recession.

- You've given this Pres the ability to take over any financial company he wants through the guise of reform.

-"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~Thomas Edison

- We denounce Drilling and then give 2 Billion to the Billionaire George Soros' BRAZILIAN Company for offshore drilling. North Korea and the Chi-coms are on the list of countries drilling in the Gulf, but WE won't let OUR companies. Meanwhile, we head into a global food crisis while we continue to put our crops into the gas tank. Come ON! WTF?

- The founders wanted Christian influence on the government, but no government influence on the church.

- The Bible teaches that we should be charitable, but it's one thing for you to give out of compassion to someone who's less fortunate. It’s an entirely different thing for the government to confiscate your property and give it to someone else. It is because of our government being based on Christian principles that other religions have flourished here. See if you feel the same in Islamic countries.

-One of the problems with Conservative ideas is that the make sense, but they take power away from the bureaucrats. The ideas are usually shouted down. People hardly ever get a complete explanation.

-"The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom." - Milton Friedman. People do more when they have incentives. It is human nature. Capitalism rewards your efforts.

-If you are an employee that feels slighted in wages, then you have the right to go to another employer.

-If libs believe cigarette taxes will discourage smoking, they should also expect high investment taxes to discourage investment and income taxes to discourage work. Lowering taxes encourages people to engage in the given behavior, which expands the base and replenishes some of the lost revenue. This is the "feedback effect" of a tax cut. Smaller percentage of a larger pie.

-They're not media. They're propagandists, partisan political operatives, part of the Democrat political complex. We still call 'em the media, which is a gross mischaracterization of who these people are.

-Today, in America, we have the freedom to follow our beliefs BECAUSE we were founded on Christian principals. Try moving to a Muslim run country. See how much freedom you have there.

- Of course there is greed, but you can't brush with such broad strokes. Calling all successful people greedy is ridiculous. Do you think pro athletes are just being greedy? Obviously, to some extent, but they also know that their talent brings in money.

-The salaries of executives are negotiated amounts. These are the people that make the decisions and are paid accordingly. They were hired by the owners or representatives of the stockholders (board of directors). In the business world there are pros that command salaries like pro athletes enjoy. Like an athlete that doesn't perform well, they can be replaced, but the company may have to pay off the contract. Many of the bonuses that you've heard execs being paid are written into their contracts for personal performance and may not determined by how well the company does. If you are a non-decision making employee, then you are being paid a time for money wage that you agreed to. If you want make more, then you need to increase your value to the company and renegotiate your position.

- In the Bible, on Joseph's suggestion (Gen 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the 'seven years of plenty' and the 'Earth brought forth in heaps.' (Gen. 41:47)

-Assess politicians on their record, not their rhetoric.

-Reagan approved the last amnesty, but the decision to pass it hinged on sealing the borders to stop the mass flow. That never happened. The "Tequila Party" wants to continue bringing Undocumented Democrats.

-Historically the REVENUE is an average of 18.5% of GDP, no matter how much you tax. The "RICH" do not have their money laying around the house. It is invested in the economy. If you overtax them, then you are taking money out of the economy, thereby insuring it's continued stalling. It will come back, but it's being pulled under by this current.

-Well, I'm officially against the DREAM Act. I'm reading through it now. It is NOT as advertised. It also provides a substantial amount of Federal funds for illegals in a time that our govt is broke.

-Do Liberals believe that some day they will be judged by the how much good they did with OTHER PEOPLES MONEY?? - Me

-Taxes are the government taking money out of the economy. Regardless of how much the person at the point of withdrawal is making, they have their money in the economy (unless they keep it under their mattress).

-A big problem with Liberals is that they either don't know or don't care that increasing taxes doesn't increase revenue. It seems to be more a matter of punishing people they deem to have too much. - Me

- I don't consider diamonds a safe investment, unless you realize that you may at some point need to cut yourself free from your glass house. - Me

-Bush didn't control the budget when we went into recession. Dems took control of the house and senate Jan 1st, 2007. The recession started in the last quarter of 08. They controlled the purse strings for almost 2yrs. Now, it WAS the housing and loan crisis that was the main reason for the recession start. It was the Dem policies that created that circumstance.

-Zeitgeist creator Peter Joseph Merola and his brother Eric also worked on Michael Moore's movie: Capitalism a Love Story.

-Bernanke launched a second round of Quantitative Easing (QE2) in October which drove up commodity food prices around the world. Add to that the fact that Ethanol drove up the price of corn.

-Reagan was a real President. He is missed by many, Maligned by others and his name dropped by the same to win the votes of the uninformed.

-Hypocrisy can be a good thing. If we only followed example, we'd be doomed. ****There are, of course, true examples to follow, but they are few.

-If we put personalities over policy, then we will continuously be disappointed.

-God will not be impressed when you tell Him you don't believe in hell.

-One thing we must do is cap welfare spending. It's now reaching $1 trillion across all levels of government. Congress should consider all 71 means-tested welfare programs as a whole, eliminating redundant programs and capping annual increases in welfare spending at the rate of inflation.

-You been listening to NPR and getting all riled up? "Egypt! Egyyyyypt! Whew, fight the power..... that uh pays us.....whew.......okay please?" So, now public employees are asked to make a small 5.8% pension contribution, which is about the national average, and 12.6% health insurance contribution, which is about half the national average. WHOA! Let's riot.

-"The evil Corporations are trying to control everything!" Oh, you mean the evil corporations that your pensions are invested in, Dumbass? I hope they are trying to get a fair shake after all the plundering that Dem Leaders attempt via legislation.

- Obama's "Laser-like Focus" on jobs may explain the pile of ashes where jobs used to be.

- Our Governor is trying to uphold the law and fix the economy. For that, people say "Recall." Meanwhile, we have a President that ignores the Constitution, ignores the rulings of FEDERAL JUDGES, and puts us in unimaginable DEBT. Yet where are these wimps gonna focus??? "Oh evil budget balancer, ooooooo!"

-Ignorance is like a golf score. You shouldn't strive for the higher amount.

-Remember when your parents finally told you that they can't keep bailing you out, so make do with your own income. Conservatism is kinda like that.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Punishing Success

Historically, REVENUE has been an average of 18.5% of GDP, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU TAX!!! So, why keep raising taxes when it is the economy that really controls the amount of revenue government collects. We have long ago passed the equilibrium.

What REALLY determines how much revenue taxes bring in is the economy. There is no reason to raise income tax rates on ANYONE. Taxes are a percentage, NOT a fixed number. Milton Friedman spoke of this as taking a smaller percentage of a bigger pie.

When you raise taxes, then you are taking more money directly out of the economy. No matter who you are taxing, everyone's money is in the economy until the government takes it. So, taxing puts a drag on the economy. It makes recovery slower. The belief that taking money out of the economy is the key to fixing it is just legendary stupid.

When you cut taxes, you are not giving people a gift, you are allowing them to KEEP the money they have made in the economy.

Our market system has room for as many millionaires as there are people. Punishing people for being successful only means less will make it.

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. "

-Sir Winston Churchill

Income taxes are supposed to be for the purpose of funding government, but it has changed to a means of hindering people from becoming wealthy. If you already are successful and headed upward then they will take more and more of the money that YOU have earned and give it to those that have not.

REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH....... Socialism......... This has become the purpose of taxes.

The people that are being called the rich are not the mega rich that people are imagining. These are investors and business operators that are the ones that can drive the growth of the economy.

The really rich are living off the interest of their amassed fortunes and won't be terribly hurt by the taxes. We've recently seen some of the Mega Rich come out and say tax them more because they can take it. Yet, all they really need do is fill in the little box on their income tax form that says they would like to pay more and how much they want to contribute. What do they do in reality?? THEY PUT THEIR MONEY AWAY IN AS MANY PLACES AS THEY CAN FIND THAT WON'T BE TAXED.

We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Cut spending, cut taxes and the economy will grow and thereby increasing the revenue.

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