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Please, Make It Stop!

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File it under “TMI,” I’m sure.

Son & Heir’s (otherwise _perfect_ pooch) just filled the room with a “gaseous aroma” that is several orders of magnitude worse than a cat dead three days, left out in the sun to rot. After recovery and airing the room out, I’m still almost afraid to breathe. . .

The “You” You Speak of Is Not Me

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Ed Driscoll frequently makes some pretty sound observations, but Everything You Know About the 20th Century is Wrong struck me as twaddle, especially since each of his cherry-picked examples of what I (he did say “you,” didn’t he, and aren’t I, as the reader a part of the “you”?) know about the 20th Century that is wrong held no news for me, since I was well-aware of the facts of those examples long, long before he sought to “correct” my views.

Now, while many, if not most, might hold false memes about the cherry-picked examples Driscoll cites, perhaps even most folks, “you” is far too sweeping a generalization and shows that Driscoll, at least, holds some false views of his own.

Just sayin’.

Thomas Sowell for Emperor?

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I’d vote for Thomas Sowell for Emperor, but his character has something missing from King Putz and his ilk: One of the prerequisites for a GOOD “emperor”– that if offered the gig, he’d turn it down, legitimately do everything he could do to avoid having “imperial” powers, instead of, like modern pseudo kings, assume illegitimate power over others.

Yeh, Thomas Sowell would make a better emperor than Marcus Aurelius, at least partially because he has no desire at all for the job.

Liberty, A to Z

Goats in Sheep’s Clothing

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Earlier today, while reading an interesting article on church planting, I ran across this statement:

“Millions of people in the United States do not know Jesus and millions more claim to know him but have no connection to a healthy local church.”

While the first part is an undeniably true and important, it was the second part of the sentence that caught me. Just how many UNhealthy churches have I known? No, not “imperfect churches striving to follow Christ,” but unhealthy, even toxic churches? More than I care to dwell on: personality cults, Clique Clubs, “business churches” (moneymakers for the “in” group), etc. Goats dominating the sheep and misleading them is more common than it ought to be (heck, one case is too common, IMO).

But one case stands out. Oh, about 30 years ago or so, I knew of a church that was in turmoil. It seems their pastor–well-liked by almost everyone, “productive” in church growth, a “pack the pews” preacher–had admitted that by the church’s–and his own–standards, by any biblical standard, he wasn’t a Christian, did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God or had worked redemption for man, had doubts, even, that God existed, etc.

Let that sink in a bit. Accepted as pastor of a supposedly Christian church but did not believe anything that would define him as a Christian.

I suspect there are more churches in this position than are known. And, from my experience, even more with other toxic circumstances that lead many astray.

Crucial: if one is going to share one’s Christian faith, and Christians are enjoined to do so, being a part of a healthy body that is pursuing the doing of His will, with sound biblical grounding, and a clear lookout for subversion of biblical truth, is pretty darned important. If that group is just a dedicated group of “laymen” studying the Bible and praying, approaching the throne of grace in a proper attitude of humility, then that is better than becoming a part of a toxic social club or a personality cult.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Yep.

Cliff Notes Lives

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It’s really sad to hear people talk about how they “grew up with The Jungle Book” and realize they’re talking about an animated (or, perhaps an earlier live action) movie they recall from their childhood, NOT the book (or the sequel). The best of the movies were derived from just three Mowgli stories taken from the book. All the rest of the riches the book offers? Lost to these folks. Sad. New “Jungle Book” movie is being produced by one of these “Cliff Notes” kids. (But I’m almost certain I slander Cliff Notes summations, since I’m sure Cliff Notes dealt with the whole book.)

A Tale of Two Cities? I’m sure however many folks still relate to Dicken’s tale, most have never read the book, and most of those either read a Cliff Notes (or, if they’re old enough, a Classics Illustrated comic version) summary or sat through the late 50s movie with Dirk Bogarde that featured a Reader’s Digest version of the book. LOADS missing.

And so it goes. If it’s not a recent crappy Hollyweird movie, chances are it’s terra incognita/ignota to most folks. That’s just sad.


May I? Please?

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May I dope slap someone for using “abit” to stand in for “a bit”? Please? Pretty please with sugar on top? Would it help my case if I told you the same folks used the adjective “backdoor” when they meant “back door”? Hmm?

[excessively polite mini-rant /off]

A Brief Explanation

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I frequently refer to “Hillary Clintoon” as The Queenie Cacklepants Cylon. “Queenie” cos it acts as though it were entitled to royal treatment and privileges. “Cacklepants” cos it cackles out its ass. “Cylon” because, well, evil android that cannot yet pass a Turing Test.

That is all.

Well, no. Also, remember: Never mess with a chipmunk’s nuts. (No reason. I just despaired of ever having the opportunity to insert that into a text in a context that fit it.)

Long Ago. . .

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. . . there was a prescription for dealing with false prophets. Nowadays? Notsomuch.

18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970

*sigh*

Earth Day: the Cult of Anthropogenic Climate Alarmism’s pagan holiday. I expected lots of CACA and it was delivered.

Blood Sacrifice

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While God long ago settled the blood sacrifice issue in His payment for our sins, the evil little “gremlins of handymannery” still exact bloody tribute, as my hands can attest.

That is all.