Not in a Blogging Mood!

Some of you may have realized that my blogging quotient has really decreased lately. I must confess… I’m really not in a blogging mood here lately. There are so many things to comment upon, but none of them have risen to a level that would inspire me to post upon them, or write about them, or think more upon them, other than… “man, the world is really in a hand basket!”

So alas… Could just be that I’ve run out of things to say. Imagine that! There are others who say much greater things… like the apostle John.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.


Judeo-Christian Principles

One Representative, Randy Forbes, speaks out against Obama saying we are no longer a Judeo-Christian nation.

Latest Scams

According to

Here’s a list of nine of the nastiest scams in the business — some you’ve heard of, some you haven’t — but none that you can afford to be in the dark about.

1. Asian Invasion: The “Asian Extortion Scam” targets business owners, mostly of Asian decent, with death threats and other violence. Scammers pluck personal information about their targets from online searches and use the sensitive data to make victims feel vulnerable. The extortionists, who appear to be calling from outside the U.S., generally demand between $10,000 and $30,000 — though the FBI says there have been no reports of actual violence stemming from the schemes.

2. Mystery Shopping Scam: Some companies pay “mystery shoppers” to act as sample customers and test out the service at stores, banks and restaurants. But scammers are now targeting stay-at-home moms with “opportunities” to be defrauded of thousands of dollars. Victims receive a letter in the mail from a company offering about $400 for shopping at a few stores, along with a check for thousands of dollars to fund the purchases. The victim deposits the check into their back account, stops by a few stores and is then asked to wire about $2,000 back to the company. But when the original check bounces, victims are out the $2,000 they wired back — plus all the money they spent to go shopping.

3. Hit Man Scam: In the Hit Man e-mail scheme, scammers send letters claiming that the boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse of the recipient has arranged for their death. “It would say something like, ‘Your boyfriend paid $30,000 to have you killed, but if you pay me $15,000 it won’t happen,'” Kolko told Another version says a loved one will be kidnapped unless an advance ransom is paid out immediately, naming specific relatives (information found courtesy of — you guessed it — more online searches). Kolko said some recipients feel anxious when the sender names their loved ones, which can make them more apt to believe the threat is authentic.

4. Million Dollar Scam: If you’re offered a shot on the “Oprah Millionaire Contest Show,” you’re not going to be the lucky winner of $1 million — you’re the target of a new scam. In order to participate, recipients of the scam e-mail must first send their contact information and are required to buy airfare and a ticket to the show in advance. Victims are later asked to fill out questionnaires seeking detailed personal information, which can put them at risk for identity theft. Other scammers have been mailing counterfeit checks with a letter that claims recipients they have won the “Oprah Show Summer Sweepstakes” — a contest that ended in 2006.

5. Grandparents Scam: “Hi grandma, it’s your favorite grandson,” says a scammer on the line. “Tommy, is that you?” “Yes, grandma, it’s Tommy. Listen, my wallet was just stolen and I’ve lost all of my money. Do you think you could send me some to make it through the end of the month?” Unsuspecting victims, momentarily confused or suffering from hearing loss, go along with the story and wire money out — up to $15,000 in the case of one giving grandmother who thought she was sending $15,000 to help cover an auto accident, according to the Better Business Bureau.

6. Military Wheels: People posing as U.S. troops have been posting to classifieds Web sites offering cars on the cheap that they have to sell quickly before being deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. The scams typically claim there is a third-party protection program to ensure a safe transaction, but when payments are sent to the “secure” service, victims either don’t receive the car, or get stolen vehicles or ones with a salvaged title.

7. Jury Scam: Victims of the Jury Scam get an e-mail containing a fake subpoena ordering recipients to testify before a grand jury, complete with seemingly genuine details like your name, a case number and court seal. But the e-mails contain malware that can ruin a computer. Another version of the scam involves a phone call in which the caller claims to be a jury coordinator and intimidates victims into revealing personal information. Once the caller gets a victim’s Social Security Number and birth date, it’s all over.

8. Border Bust: Spam claiming to be from a former assistant commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says a foreign diplomat has been stopped with a consignment of thousands or even millions of dollars, which was found to be an inheritance for the recipient. Victims who get drawn in receive more e-mails claiming it is a crime to carry the consignment into the U.S., and demands personal information and a $250 fee to prove the recipient was not involved in a terrorist act. If they fail to do so, the spammers tell their victims they are proving they intended to smuggle the money into the U.S., which is a federal offense. Victims never receive a dime but will continue to get e-mails demanding more money for fees in connection with getting their “inheritance.”

9. FBI Scams: The FBI says there have been “tons of complaints” about e-mails from people claiming to be FBI agents. Some appear to be from the Internet Crime Complaint Center and say the recipient has extorted money and must refund the money or face prosecution. Others, from the non-existent Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, inform recipients that they are the beneficiary of millions in inheritance. To claim the money, recipients must supply their full name, address and bank account number. Scammers even incorporate the names of top FBI executives into their e-mails by reading authentic FBI press releases, lending an air of credibility.

The Reason We Are Called

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,a]”>[a] leaving usb]”>[b] an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 “ Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;c]”>[c]
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.

Bill Cosby and Dentists

I feel that it is most necessary for anyone who has ever been too, or will go to a dentist to watch this instructive video on dentist by the classy comedian Bill Cosby. ON the Laugh-O-Meter, it’s a good solid 10! Enjoy. Hattip: Gayle.

Mingle Gratitude in Prayer

Charles Spurgeon writes:

“I do believe that ingratitude seals blessings. When we do not praise God for what we have received from him, it seems to me but just that he should say, ‘I am not going to cast my pearls before swine. I shall not give my precious things to those who set no value upon them.'”

I think he has hit upon a great truth here. When we are not grateful for what He has already blessed us with, then why should He bless us with more. Gratitude for the blessings He has already showered upon us should be shared with the LORD in every prayer we make to Him when asking for more.

I’ve found that sometimes when I pray this way, my asking for more falls by the wayside, because I’m reminded of the richness of what He has already done in my life and through me. It would do us good to think about the application of this truth for a while and in different avenues.

One way this truth hit me immediately is for those who take a step towards Christ, but then begin to reject the truth of Christ found in the Word of God. It’s like they refuse to trust God with the tiny bit of truth He has already given them. Since they reject the deeper things, He veils it to them, and blinds their eyes to it.

One passage that seems to corroborate this truth is 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

They do not accept the truth given to them, and they become blinded and fail to see the greater truths of Scripture. Therefore, we need to be grateful for what He has opened our eyes to. Remember that only through the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit can we understand the truth He is given us. We must submit even in the growing process as believers. So let us be grateful for what He has already given us.

“Go back in grateful praise to God for what he has done for you in days gone by, and then get a spring for your leap for a future blessings, or a present blessing. Mingle gratitude with all your prayers.”

Capitalism at its Best

Yes, this is the latest super yacht developed in Germany. It comes equipped with a helo-pad and a missile defense system and is 557 feet long. Who is buying this wonder piece of luxury? Not an American. A Russian!

Roman Abramovich is adding it to his fleet of yachts. He already has three other big yachts, and I’m hoping he will donate one of the smaller ones to me (along with the funds to run it and take care of it).

Here is part of the story.

To keep the oligarch safe, the Eclipse has a military-grade missile defence system, armour-plating around Abramovich’s master suite and bullet-proof windows.

Roman Abramovich is building a yacht that will become the largest privately owned yacht in the world

Eyeing record: Roman Abramovich is building a yacht that will become the largest privately owned yacht in the world

There is also a private submarine, which doubles as an escape pod.

The project has been shrouded in such secrecy that at one point the shipbuilders would only say that a yacht called Eclipse was being built somewhere in Germany. Needless to say, they would not confirm who had bought it.

But there is little doubt that 40-year-old Abramovich who already owns four luxury vessels, is the proud owner.

According to industry experts, the Eclipse has been specifically designed to overshadow the world’s current largest private yacht, a 525-footer owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Abramovich’s new toy is due to be delivered in 2010 and will join the rest of his fleet. None of his ships – the Pelorus (377ft), the Ecstasea ( 282ft) and the Sussurro (161ft) – are insubstantial but the Eclipse will dwarf them all.

O that we had a capitalist system in America!

Preparing Our Children for the Apocalypse

I’m truly a strong advocate to the reality, since it is Biblical, that it’s a parents responsibility to train up our children. While we may turn to the state for help, or others for help, as in private schools, the burden of responsibility rests squarely on our shoulders. Given that, very few of us probably have ever thought of giving our children apocalypse training. We need to! Please watch the following video for more instruction:

Hattip: Edgar!