Political Comics Round Up

Because pictures help say it all…

Yes, the IRS is now responsible for seeing if we have health coverage or not. Gee, what sadistic Congressman came up with that idea. That is like placing Hanibal the Cannibal in charge of the local ER.

I won’t say much about this, but merely point out that celibacy is not a requirement for a pastor. This is the end result for all that.

Obama’s foreign policy is horrible. I hope terrorists do not take advantage of it.

And finally, my favorite. The smoker mandating the health-industry take over, as if he were a model of health.


Good Friday is Back on the Calendar

Yes, some politically correct city official in Davenport, Iowa decided to remove the name of the holiday and make it “Spring Holiday!” Taking the advice of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, city administrator Craig Malin made the change. There was his first mistake. The last place you want to turn for advice is a bunch of libs on something called the Civil Rights Commission.
His second mistake was not telling the city council about his decision. Yup, it blind sided the council members as the phone started ringing off the wall.

“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.
It didn’t take long for the city the resurrect the name Good Friday. Malin was overruled today and the words “Spring Holiday” disappeared.
Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus was crucified and died. Christians celebrate his resurrection the following Sunday, Easter.


The Civil Rights Commission said it recommended changing the name to better reflect the city’s diversity and maintain a separation of church and state when it came to official municipal holidays.
“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Tim Hart, the commission’s chairman. “Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change.” 

Poor Tim Hart. The separation of church and state does not mean that the state ignores the religious holiday. It simply means it doesn’t force the holiday on those who do not believe in it. That is the problem with civil rights commission’s, they try to white-wash everything and remove the significance from it. Hopefully Tim will learn a lesson about what he thinks the Constitution says.
Personally I hope the city disbands the civil rights commissions. We need to get rid of yahoots like this and take away any advice or power they may have.

New Kid in the Army

I know this has probably been floating around the internet for a while, but I found it rather humorous.

FARM KID  in the ARMY..
 Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well.  Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Army beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things.  No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water.  Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc.., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried egg plant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food,  plus yours,  holds you until noon  when you get fed again.

We go on ‘route marches,’ which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us.  If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different.  A ‘route march’ is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.


This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.  I keep getting medals for shooting.   I don’t know why.  The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.  All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it.  You don’t even load your own cartridges They come in boxes..

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training.  You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. 

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter ,


Facts About the Resurrection

Since this is the passion week, I thought I would do a post on a few facts about the resurrection, just to clear up our concept of what took place.
First of all, Jesus did not come back as an angel of light. Remember that Mel Gibson movie a few years ago that evangelicals were screaming would change America? At the end, there was Jesus, awash in all that light, shining like the sun. But alas, He did not come out of the tomb as an angel of light at all. The angel of light is … well, Satan, not Jesus.

According to the authorities on the subject of the resurrection, Jesus looked like a gardener. John 20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”  She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 
Where was the light, and the feminine looking fella used in all the Jesus pictures? Not there at all. Just a man that looked like a gardener.  Not very Hollywood like at all. In fact Jesus refused to play into the Hollywood mode all together. Whenever He healed someone, He never did it with lightning bolts, or great incantations, but simply used the words necessary to bring about the miracle, like, “Lazarus, come out!”
The power was always in the person speaking, not the words said.
Another fact we can see from John 20:15, it that it debunks the swoon theory. Remember that theory? It was put forth that Jesus did not die on the cross, but simply swooned, or passed out making all those around Him think He was dead (never mind the fact that the Romans were experts on killing people). How does John 20:15 debunk the swoon theory? If He merely swooned, He would still be bloody, beat up and scourged. In fact, that was probably what Mary Magdalene was expecting to see, yet, the gardener had none of those traits. She goes on to ask Jesus where the body was.
It was not until He speaks her name that she recognizes Jesus. The same was true when He appeared to the disciples. They did not recognize Him at first either, because He no longer had the beat -up look to Him. The reality was that He was healed, and looked like an ordinary Jew. He would later be glorified, but that would not take place until after the ascension. As for what He looks like then, the only reference we have is what John gives us in the book of Revelation 1.

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

Given than John is trying to describe the indescribable, I don’t think it wise to try and figure out exactly what He looks like, for we would never do Him justice. I don’t think Hollywood could do Him justice either. But what we do need to realize is that on this side of His ascension, there were no great beams of light indicating who He was. He revealed Himself to those whom He chose. There was nothing fancy or miraculous about what He did, other than the miracle of being hidden and then seen. But the miracle lacked the whistles and bells so often attributed to the resurrection.

The Negro Project

Another sickening reality of abortion. Black babies are far more likely to be aborted than any other race. This was the intent of Margaret Sanger, who was behind Planned Parenthood. She hated blacks, and knew that if she could get the black pastors on board, she could help wipe them out.

 Guy-Sheftall’s comment is a tragic sign of what has happened to black people in America. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children. Hosea 4:6

Churches are silent either because they have been convinced by white liberals that abortion is nothing more than a political football issue churches shouldn’t be concerned about. But the shedding of innocent blood is an abomination. And so is silence about it.

Read more here at the Gay Christian Movement Watch blog… the piece about the Negro Project. It is really sad. Hattip: Neil.

I think the saddest aspect of all of this is the fact that there are churches that sanction abortion. What part of “the least of these” don’t these churches understand? What are these pastors thinking? Better yet, are they thinking?

24 Is Only Lasting 8 Days!

Yes, the announcement is official. The television show 24, is coming to an end after this season. Apparently, the viewing audience can only stand Jack Bauer screaming into the face of the bad guys for so long. The man needs some rehab. Hopefully Bauer will retire from CTU, move to some out of the way location, like a beach in Tahiti, and spend his days watching the waves roll in from the BIG BLUE. 
Quite frankly, I feel sorry for Jack. Nobody trusts him and how many times has he saved the world? Reminds me of that line from The Incredibles where Mr. Incredible says, “Sometimes I wish the world would just stay saved for a while.” 
Think about it. Bauer has already saved is so many times… He has to be tired of the job. Well, perhaps so. But the real reason cited for the end of the show is decreased viewership along with creative fatigue.

Then there’s the show’s creative struggle. How many times have “24” characters declared that a looming crisis will be addressed “within the hour,” or has Bauer struggled to gain the respect of the latest CTU chief? Gordon says the show’s writers felt they had exhausted the real-time possibilities for Bauer and never came up with a truly compelling idea for Day 9.
“If one of the writers came up with a good idea, I’d happily pitch it to Kiefer and then happily pitch to a network, whether Fox or someone else,” Gordon said. “We just don’t have that idea, and that’s where everything has to start.”

I like the show and a I didn’t like the show. It was hard to watch all 24 episodes in a season because there was never any real let down or moment to relax in those episodes. That is what made the show great, but I think, what also doomed it. I mean, there was never a chance for Jack just to sit down with the villains and talk about their families over a bologna sandwich. There was talk of families, but it was mostly reduced to: “You touch my family and I will chop your head off, and put it on goal post!” Or the threat of terrorists killing Jack’s family. I haven’t seen any episodes since season 3, or day 3, but does he have any family left? They killed off his wife in season one and his daughter was getting into trouble in season 2… maybe I didn’t see season 3.
But alas, I will have to rent them on Netflix the next time I need to sit for hours with a constant adrenalin rush. So long 24. So long Jack Bauer. Have some fun and relax on those beaches in Tahiti.

IF by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

A Long Time Ago!

Andy: “I’ve seen this movie before…”

Me: “No, you haven’t son.”

Andy: “Yes, I have, a long time ago!”

Me: “Andy, there is no such thing as ‘a long time ago’ for you. You are only 5!”
The movie: To Catch a Thief

Kingdom Growth

It’s been a while since I said anything about our situation here in Jackson. I really am excited about some of the things that are happening. When I arrived, there seemed to be a lot of spiritual disappointment among those in the congregation. That seems to be changing. The sentiment was that the church should merge with our sister church across town. That may still happen, but there is now a willingness to persevere to see if the Lord would have us continue on alone. We even had a consultant come in and do an assessment of the church. His advice was to work towards merging. Yet, we know that once that takes place, the congregation cannot continue to seek God’s will. If we merge, effectively, the congregation of Grace ceases to exist.
The difference now is that members of the leadership are beginning to focus on Kingdom growth, as opposed to church growth. This means that we are focusing on what we can do for the King and His Kingdom, instead of what we can do for ourselves. We do not need to worry about our congregation. Yes, it is small, but the Lord is mighty. In view of that, our goal is now: “how can we serve Him?
Any church that desires to be healthy, must make this shift in their view and understand of service. We are not placed on this earth to see what we can get out of it, but to serve the King. The results of our service are His work, not ours. (So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.) Yes, we do want to see our congregation grow. I’m not saying that desire is not there. But our greater desire is to serve the King and be faithful to Him.
In view of that, we have started asking what it is that we can do. What is our reputation in the community, is one way we began to think about this? Do we want to be seen as simply a Reformed Presbyterian outpost, or a church that is here to serve?
One way that I think we will end up serving the community is by providing land for community gardens. Our property is about 9 acres, and most of it is grass. While I love long stretches of green grass (known as a golf course), I think the best use of our land is helping those who want to grow their own food. I know if we go this route, you can count on yours truly planting one of the gardens for my family. We also want to teach those who take advantage of our land how to can their veggies in the fall. We have other ideas for helping the community to, but this seems to be the one at the forefront of our desires.

I’m hoping that we help the community in this way, and in so many other ways. It’s a delight to think of all the possibilities. May His Kingdom truly grow through us as we serve Him. How are you serving the King today?

Famous Atheist’s Brother is a Professing Christian

I found this via Andy Webb on Facebook. It’s the wonderful article of Peter Hitchens, the less-known brother of Peter Hitchens, the atheist. The article gives his testimony of how he came back to Christ, after running for years. It also shows the long-standing feud that he and his brother had, even before Peter became a Christian.
Here are few quotes from the article:
Why is there such a fury against religion now? Because religion is the one reliable force that stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. The one reliable force that forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law.

The one reliable force that restrains the hand of the man of power. In an age of powerworship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.

One of the problems atheists have is the unbelievers’ assertion that it is possible to determine what is right and what is wrong without God. They have a fundamental inability to concede that to be effectively absolute a moral code needs to be beyond human power to alter.
On this misunderstanding is based my brother Christopher’s supposed conundrum about whether there is any good deed that could be done only by a religious person, and not done by a Godless one. Like all such questions, this contains another question: what is good, and who is to decide what is good?
Left to himself, Man can in a matter of minutes justify the incineration of populated cities; the deportation, slaughter, disease and starvation of inconvenient people and the mass murder of the unborn.
I have heard people who believe themselves to be good, defend all these things, and convince themselves as well as others. Quite often the same people will condemn similar actions committed by different countries, often with great vigour.
For a moral code to be effective, it must be attributed to, and vested in, a non-human source. It must be beyond the power of humanity to change it to suit itself.
Its most powerful expression is summed up in the words ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’.

Read more here: PETER-HITCHENS

The Constitution Today!

Again, as I said before, I hope this leads to an overthrow of the Dems in November, or the states pulling away from these socialist Libs. They rule without any regard to the Constitution, and given that they do so, what is going to keep them from holding onto their positions even if they lose in November? OK, there is a lot of fear in that, but alas. It’s 2 a.m., I can’t sleep, and thinking about my country causes me to flee to Christ. His Kingdom is true. His Kingdom will not go against His word. His Kingdom will last. Ours… well, it’s on its way out.

Senator Tom Coburn Stands Strong

I love this video because it makes it clear that the Republicans in the Senate will take notice to what takes place in the House concerning the health-care power grab. Coburn warns those in the house, that if their vote is sold, it will be made public. I hope this helps those in the House vote “no” and to not be coerced by the President and Pelosi.
I think what is so sickening by this entire process is the Dems latter contempt for the will of the people AND, more importantly, the Constitution. They are pulling every trick imaginable for this power grab. I know that it will back fire on them in November, but if they manage to schinnizle their way into passing it, I hope it leads to the jettison of D.C. all together, and the starting of a new union among the states. A more perfect union that truly is under God, the Christian God, and one in which we are not ashamed of our past, our achievements and our greatness.
If this bill passes… we’ll just be a larger version of the Soviet Union. “But Timothy, the Soviet Union no longer exists!” Exactly.

Liberal Contempt and Texas History Books!!!

Liberal Contempt
I was reading a Rush Limbaugh’s site how one caller got through to their Senator and Congresswoman and how he was treated with utter contempt.  I think the basic problem these people have in Washington is that they are the ultimate en-titlists. They believe they should be treated as royalty, but they should be the ultimate servants. We are not sending these boneheads to Washington in order to make them kings. They are to be OUR servants. You can see this royalty problem especially on the left. To even question them brings out their ire, as if, “how dare we question the left and their motives!” Remember Joe the Plumber when he asked Obama about his intentions as president?
Here is the conversation from Rush’s show yesterday:
RUSH: Jim in Rapids City, South Dakota, you’re next on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush, I was able to get through to my Democrat Senator, Tim Johnson, yesterday, as well as our Democrat only congresswoman, Herseth Sandlin, and in both cases I was treated to a little contemptuous, young intern who’s basically talking from talking points and trying to school me as to what I should be saying and what I should be doing.  It was amazing.  And I’m an RN, I’m someone who’s been in the field and I was able to rebuff every one of their talking points.  One of the talking points from Johnson’s aide was, “It’s no different than buying car insurance.”  And I said, “Excuse me, I don’t have to buy a car, I’m being forced to buy health insurance if I move or change my position.”  And his point was, “Well, you know, that’s the way it is.”  And I said, “Tim Johnson bills himself as a moderate, fiscal conservative.  What is fiscally conservative about this health care, Obamacare?  I don’t understand it.”  And I raised this question as I left.  “We will boot both of these people out as being frauds.  They bill themselves as Blue Dog Democrat centrist fiscal conservatives.  There is nothing fiscally conservative or constitutional about what these people are doing.  They’ve tied their boat to this radical administration and I seriously have doubts.  This vote is taking them far, far to the left, and they’re afraid to do anything.  And I only say, hey, get some religion and jump ship and admit you’re wrong.”  And that was kind of where I left it.  But I was treated with such contempt.  And here I’m a guy who’s been in nursing —

RUSH:  Well, you know what?  I’m glad it happened to you because you’re looked at with contempt by these people every day, and you finally got to experience it firsthand.

CALLER:  We’re all going to experience it firsthand.  If we get treated to health care the way we get treated to the DMV and post office, wake up America, this is not —

RUSH:  America has awakened.

CALLER:  Well, I don’t know what to say. I’m at a loss for words because I’m so frustrated, Rush, and I’m sure you are, too, and you do a great job of maintaining your composure —

RUSH:  Well, yeah, we’re all frustrated, but I’m glad you had the experience.  By the way, I need to ask you a question.  Are you saying Ken or Tim Johnson?
CALLER:  Tim Johnson.  He’s the fellow who, sadly, had a stroke and —

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah.  You didn’t talk to him, right?

CALLER:  No, I talked to his aide.

RUSH:  Yeah, you talked to some intern who’s got talking points front of him, and if they’re still using this auto insurance argument, those are requirements from state to state to state.  It is not a federal government requirement.  If that’s what they’re using — and they’ve tried using that as an analogy for months on this now — it’s empty; it’s full of holes; it’s specious.  You’re right to have told this guy, “What you’re doing is unconstitutional.”  There is no allowance for the federal government to mandate that any citizen buy anything and then fine them and put them in jail if they don’t buy it, which is what this bill does along with many other disastrous things. 

I’m so mad about this that if someone said we should throw them out using force, I would be willing to support it. The left is totally ignoring the Constitution. To pass this bill without the votes in completely un-Constitutional. No, I don’t want to trust in the Supreme Court to overthrow this bill. I would rather see our state legislatures vote to remove us from the union, and start over with the same Constitution and punt D.C.
Texas Textbooks
BTW, did you see that the board of education in Texas voted to actually have history books that included men like John Calvin, Thomas Aquinas and even Jonathan Edwards. Edwards has been featured in the past. But we were only given his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and told that this was the warp and woof of the Puritan tradition, along with the Salem Witch Trials. Never were we given any view of he Puritans other than the fact that they were harsh on sinners, and were all unacceptable.
It wasn’t until I was in seminary that I actually began to read the Puritans. They truly have a lot of offer despite my former seminary professor’s claim: “I love the Puritans, but they have very little to offer to today’s culture.” That is a quote from Lanier Burns. Sadly, all I can say is that Burns has never read the Puritans if that is his assessment of them. Many of them wrote about Biblical truth. Biblical truth is relevant in all cultures because it is biblical truth. We do not make it relevant for our culture, it’s relevant because it’s God’s word.
I also never heard of Thomas Aquinas until I got to seminary. But then he only warranted a brief mention. Yet, his thought, from what I understand, helped form our government as well. It’s good to know that the people of Texas are fighting back against the liberal high jacking of our school systems. It has taken far too long, but I’m glad it has finally come to pass.
I liked what Chuck Norris had to add… 

Noah Webster, the “Father of American Scholarship and Education,” stated, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed. … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

In 1789, during the same time when the First Amendment was written, then-President George Washington signed into law the Northwest Ordinance, which states, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Does anyone not know what the term “forever” means? Can any member of the SBOE or any other state board of education be penalized for agreeing with America’s Founding Fathers?

Maybe we should require our students to actually read the Constitution, and pass tests concerning it’s content, along with what the framers wrote about it. I know I couldn’t pass a test on it right now, given our deficient educational system. But I guarantee, grade me on the curve with the rest of the citizens of our public education and I would score in the upper percentile. 
Norris closes out his article with the following:

My personal warning to educational tyranny and tyrants is this: It’s best not to test or mess with Texas. If you thought we fought hard for the Alamo, wait until you see what we can do for the right to educate our children. You can hide behind your No. 2 pencils, but our branding irons will find your tail sides.

Amen, and amen!

Girl Scout Cookies? Do The Girls a Favor, Don’t Buy Them.

For years the truth about the Girl Scouts has been circulating in certain circles, that somehow, they are being influenced by Planned Parenthood. Now that association has taken on greater magnitude as Planned Parenthood is now going to help the girls learn how to be hot! Just what we need in this oversexed culture of ours. The abortion industry will teach our girls how to… attract those men even more so they can get pregnant and have more abortions. Is it just me, or does anyone else see the stupidity in this?
The organization is putting out a brochure called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” in conjunction with the United Nations. Here is what the brochure reads… CAUTION…  graphic sex described.

The brochure targets young people and contains graphic details on sex. It also encourages casual sex in many forms.

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“Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”

It then makes some specific suggestions to “talk dirty.”
“Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them,” it suggests.
The international organization boasts it reaches 10 million girls in 145 countries. And not only does it provide suggestions for promiscuous sex, it also defines as acceptable sex while high or drunk.

Now, shouldn’t NOW be getting involved in this? After all, they are encouraging young women to get drunk and be taken advantage of by … men. OK, I’m not buying any more cookies. I can’t support this group in good conscious.
Read the rest of the article here.
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Can’t Pass a Law Legally? Just Use Obscure Rules! UPDATE

Yes, the Dems are really trying to pass health care legislation any way possible. Now Pelosi is resorting to an obscure rule that would allow them to pass the Senate legislation without actually voting on it. It isn’t clear if the process is actually constitutional or not. I would think it would be clear. You have to vote on the legislation in order to pass it, parliamentary rules be damned… and are.
The only reason Pelosi would resort to such a tactic is that she doesn’t have the votes to pass it and wants the power the new legislation offers her and her party. This will be the death of America as we know it. When a vast majority of the people in America do not want this legislation, and there is not the necessary 216 votes in Congress to pass it, yet they pass it anyway… that says we are done. Rule no longer matter. Simple party power is all that will be important and this will lead to tyranny on one side or the other.
We need to give Pelosi and her colleagues a vacation in November. I like what IBD is saying about it:

Just when you thought Washington couldn’t get more corrupt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week seems intent on trampling representative government itself. Unable to get the votes to pass their U.S. health care revolution, she and her fellow Democratic leaders have figured out a way to pass it without a vote.
The “self-executing rule” has been “used to adopt concurrent resolutions correcting the enrollment of measures or to make other technical changes to legislation,” according to the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.
It’s “a two-for-one procedure,” as the CRS describes it, because the House of Representatives always must pass a rule, written by the House Rules Committee (where Democrats hold a 9-to-4 majority), setting the terms of debate on a particular piece of legislation. In this case, it’s been rigged so that if the rule passes, the legislation passes too.
The trick has been used before, as cited by the CRS, on obscure measures like the prohibition of smoking on airline flights in 1989, an employee verification program regarding illegal aliens in 1996, the blocking of the use of statistical sampling for the 2000 census until federal courts could determine its constitutionality, and an IRS overhaul in 1997.
But never on anything approaching such landmark legislation.

 Hopefully, someone will knock some sense in Pelosi and she will do the honorable thing and let the legislation die. BTW, here is what the Constitution says about passing legislation: Indeed, Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution couldn’t be clearer: “The votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.”

Perfect Quote for the Funeral of a Believer

I found this wonderful quote reading from J.C. Ryle’s Practical Religion. I think it would be wonderful to place it in the bulletins at the funerals of saints as a reminder of where are brothers and sisters are who go on to glory before we do.

“Some of God’s family are safe in heaven. They are at rest in that place which the Lord Jesus expressly calls ‘Paradise’ (Luke 23:43) They have finished their course. They have fought their battle. They have done their appointed work. They have learned their lessons. They have carried their cross. They have passed through the waves of this troublesome world and reached the harbor. Little as we know about them, we know that they are happy. They are no longer troubled by sin and temptation. They have said good-bye for ever to poverty and anxiety, to pain and sickness, to sorrow and tears. They are with Christ Himself, who loved them and gave Himself for them, and in His company they must needs be happy (Phil 1:23).  They have nothing to fear in looking back to the past. They have nothing to dread in looking forward to things to come. Three things only are the lacking to make their happiness complete. These three are the second advent of Christ in glory, the resurrection of their own bodies, and the gathering together of all believers. And of these three things they are sure.”

This quote by Ryle is a good reminder of just how blessed those are who are in Christ. The comfort and satisfaction that they experience is wonderful. I was also really drawn to sentence where Ryle says that the sains have done “their appointed work.” That is comforting to know because when God calls us home, no matter in youth, middle or old age, that IS our time appointed by God. We have completed what He wanted us to complete. We have finished the race that He wanted us to finish. Regardless of what we want to accomplish in life, on that day, we have done all and gone through all that He wanted to go through. No longer are the concerns of family and friends and the world, our business. We must ultimately submit to His sovereign will. All the things of this earth that we love and hold dear, are left in His hands and we no longer live with the pretension that all these things are in our care. That is the day that we truly let go, and come under His easy and wonderful yoke.
It is up to us to remain obedient until that day. To do so, will lead us to hear those wonderful words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Joey Time

Now that Andy is in school,  Joey and I get to spend a lot of time together. I watch him while I work around the house and work on sermons, etc. It’s been quite a wonderful time, but also a challenge. There are days where he demands  a lot of my attention.
But most days, he is happy once I set up the track for Thomas the Tank Engine. Maybe I should post some pictures of my master pieces. We have a lot of track, which really gives me lots of options when I put one together for him. He can play with them for hours and really loves connecting all the cars together and getting them around the track. On the good days, the track stays together all day. On other days… well, I spend a lot of time fixing it.
Today he is happy watching the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I think it’s his favorite movie. Something about Pooh that the boy just loves. I’m glad because picking out a movie can be quite a challenge. Even at 2 years of age, he is really picky when it comes to movies.
He also has his moods. This morning, he has gone into his room and wants me to leave him alone. I didn’t think that started until he was 13, or so. But for some reason, he quit watching Pooh, and charged into his room. I will have to give him a few zerberts when he comes out of his cave.