Monday, April 30, 2007

....but they do believe in global warming and the easter bunny!

I don't know how we are supposed to take the Democrat Party seriously when half of their 2008 presidential candidates don't believe that there is any such thing as a global war on terror. Good grief! That's some serious denial right there!

the steady march to socialism continues

"an appeal for courage," from lt. jason nichols

acts 14

1-3 When they got to Iconium they went, as they always did, to the meeting place of the Jews and gave their message. The Message convinced both Jews and non-Jews—and not just a few, either. But the unbelieving Jews worked up a whispering campaign against Paul and Barnabas, sowing mistrust and suspicion in the minds of the people in the street. The two apostles were there a long time, speaking freely, openly, and confidently as they presented the clear evidence of God's gifts, God corroborating their work with miracles and wonders.
4-7 But then there was a split in public opinion, some siding with the Jews, some with the apostles. One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organized by their leaders to beat them up, they escaped as best they could to the next towns—Lyconia, Lystra, Derbe, and that neighborhood—but then were right back at it again, getting out the Message.
8-10 There was a man in Lystra who couldn't walk. He sat there, crippled since the day of his birth. He heard Paul talking, and Paul, looking him in the eye, saw that he was ripe for God's work, ready to believe. So he said, loud enough for everyone to hear, "Up on your feet!" The man was up in a flash—jumped up and walked around as if he'd been walking all his life.
11-13 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they went wild, calling out in their Lyconian dialect, "The gods have come down! These men are gods!" They called Barnabas "Zeus" and Paul "Hermes" (since Paul did most of the speaking). The priest of the local Zeus shrine got up a parade—bulls and banners and people lined right up to the gates, ready for the ritual of sacrifice. 14-15 When Barnabas and Paul finally realized what was going on, they stopped them. Waving their arms, they interrupted the parade, calling out, "What do you think you're doing! We're not gods! We are men just like you, and we're here to bring you the Message, to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God himself, the living God. We don't make God; he makes us, and all of this—sky, earth, sea, and everything in them.
16-18 "In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. But even then he didn't leave them without a clue, for he made a good creation, poured down rain and gave bumper crops. When your bellies were full and your hearts happy, there was evidence of good beyond your doing." Talking fast and hard like this, they prevented them from carrying out the sacrifice that would have honored them as gods—but just barely.
19-20 Then some Jews from Antioch and Iconium caught up with them and turned the fickle crowd against them. They beat Paul unconscious, dragged him outside the town and left him for dead. But as the disciples gathered around him, he came to and got up. He went back into town and the next day left with Barnabas for Derbe.
21-22 After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn't be easy: "Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times."
23-26 Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying— their prayers intensified by fasting—they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives. Working their way back through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia and preached in Perga. Finally, they made it to Attalia and caught a ship back to Antioch, where it had all started—launched by God's grace and now safely home by God's grace. A good piece of work.
27-28 On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in. Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples.

exodus 11

1 God said to Moses: "I'm going to hit Pharaoh and Egypt one final time, and then he'll let you go. When he releases you, that will be the end of Egypt for you; he won't be able to get rid of you fast enough.
2-3 "So here's what you do. Tell the people to ask, each man from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor, for things made of silver and gold." God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people. Also, Moses was greatly admired by the Egyptians, a respected public figure among both Pharaoh's servants and the people at large.
4-7 Then Moses confronted Pharaoh: "God's Message: 'At midnight I will go through Egypt and every firstborn child in Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl working at her hand mill. Also the firstborn of animals. Widespread wailing will erupt all over the country, lament such as has never been and never will be again. But against the Israelites—man, woman, or animal—there won't be so much as a dog's bark, so that you'll know that God makes a clear distinction between Egypt and Israel.'
8 "Then all these servants of yours will go to their knees, begging me to leave, 'Leave! You and all the people who follow you!' And I will most certainly leave."
Moses, seething with anger, left Pharaoh.
9 God said to Moses, "Pharaoh's not going to listen to a thing you say so that the signs of my presence and work are going to multiply in the land of Egypt."
10 Moses and Aaron had performed all these signs in Pharaoh's presence, but God turned Pharaoh more stubborn than ever—yet again he refused to release the Israelites from his land.

our american government might be terminal from the cancer of liberalism

The following story comes from a weekly email newsletter I receive from Newt Gingrich's "Winning the Future" group. It just makes me shake my head in disgust and wonder if there's any hope at all for America.

The Salvation Army operates thrift stores across the United States. In keeping with its mission to help the less fortunate, these stores both cater to lower income customers and often employ people who might have difficulty finding work elsewhere.
The Salvation Army has a policy that requires its employees to speak English on the job. In a 2003 opinion, a federal judge in Boston approved of the policy as a legitimate business practice. The next year, a Salvation Army store in Framingham, Mass., did what I think most of us would agree was the right thing to do: It gave two of its employees who spoke very little English a year to achieve a level of English proficiency required to do the job.
It's important to note that the Salvation Army didn't summarily fire these two employees. Quite the opposite. Counting the five years they had already worked there, the employees had a total of six years to learn English. But when they had failed to do so by 2005, they were let go.
That's when the U.S. government sued.
That's right. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a taxpayer-funded government commission, is suing the Salvation Army, a private, charitable, religious, non-profit group. The government is alleging that the Salvation Army discriminated against the two employees by requiring them to speak English on the job, thus inflicting "emotional pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, embarrassment, humiliation and inconvenience."
Now ask yourself two things: Why is the government undermining the efforts of charities to encourage people to learn English? And doesn't it have better things to do with our tax dollars?

a serious response to a serious liberaliar

HeeHaw has posted a comment to my post the truth only hurts when it should. His comments raise some very important points, and, quite unintentionally I'm sure, he has provided us with a very clear illustration of the dishonesty that is inherent in the liberal worldview. His comments deserve a serious response.

HeeHaw says that setting a timetable for withdrawal in Iraq is not surrender. That's a lie. Setting a timetable for withdrawal is surrender because it doesn't provide for victory. We can't leave Iraq before we win. Leaving before we win, by definition, is surrender.

HeeHaw says we need to set an exit plan. He's wrong. We need to set a victory plan. Do you notice how liberals absolutely refuse to discuss victory? It almost makes you think that they're rooting for the terrorists!

HeeHaw says we can't stay in Iraq forever. I agree. If the Congressional Liberaliars would quit undermining the war effort, we could win, secure the peace and get out.

HeeHaw goes into a somewhat incoherent rant about the terms "offense" and "defense." As a certifiable liberaliar, he clearly doesn't understand that, by going on the offensive and taking the fight to the enemy where they live, we are defending our homeland and preventing bloodshed on our soil. Anyone who is actually seeking victory will have no trouble understanding that very simple concept.

HeeHaw says that serious discussion gets lost in all of the political polarization. I agree. I hope he will join me in asking liberaliars all across America to stop the political shenanigans and unite with conservatives in seeking victory.

HeeHaw gets mad when conservatives use the word "treason" to describe America's traitorous liberaliars. What other word would be more appropriate to describe people who are hell bent on securing America's defeat? How should I describe the people who are rooting for the terrorists to win and who are undermining our troops?

HeeHaw criticizes my use of the word "liberaliar." Well, HeeHaw, your posted comment was chock full of lies and you're a liberal, so what should I call you? The liberals in Congress say they support the troops, but their actions show deliberate intent to undermine those same troops, so, by definition, they are Liberal Liars. American liberals want our troops to be defeated in order to hurt the GOP at the polls in 2008, but they don't want to "own" that defeat. That's why Congressional Pelosi-Crats won't defund the war. They will, however, use every deceitful trick in the book to ensure that our troops are defeated. Their public displays of deceit show them to be liars.

You, HeeHaw, are the very definition of a liberaliar, and so are the rest of your cohorts in the Treason Party.

this is what the word "liberaliar" means

Saturday, April 28, 2007

duncan hunter in 2008

jim gilmore makes it official for 2008

I like what I read about Jim Gilmore, but he would certainly have to be considered a long shot at this point. It doesn't appear that he has the organization or the funding to "run with the big dogs." Although Mr. Gilmore calls himself the only real conservative among all of the 2008 candidates, he was not very well received at CPAC 2007 (the nation's largest and most prestigious gathering of conservatives). His speech there last month drew very little applause and he did poorly in the straw poll, but we shall see. Following are some interesting articles about Gilmore, as well as his website.

acts 13

1-2 The congregation in Antioch was blessed with a number of prophet-preachers and teachers: Barnabas, Simon, nicknamed Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, an advisor to the ruler Herod, Saul.One day as they were worshiping God—they were also fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke: "Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called them to do."
3 So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off.
4-5 Sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went down to Seleucia and caught a ship for Cyprus. The first thing they did when they put in at Salamis was preach God's Word in the Jewish meeting places. They had John along to help out as needed.
6-7 They traveled the length of the island, and at Paphos came upon a Jewish wizard who had worked himself into the confidence of the governor, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man not easily taken in by charlatans. The wizard's name was Bar-Jesus. He was as crooked as a corkscrew.
7-11 The governor invited Barnabas and Saul in, wanting to hear God's Word firsthand from them. But Dr. Know-It-All (that's the wizard's name in plain English) stirred up a ruckus, trying to divert the governor from becoming a believer. But Saul (or Paul), full of the Holy Spirit and looking him straight in the eye, said, "You bag of wind, you parody of a devil—why, you stay up nights inventing schemes to cheat people out of God. But now you've come up against God himself, and your game is up. You're about to go blind—no sunlight for you for a good long stretch." He was plunged immediately into a shadowy mist and stumbled around, begging people to take his hand and show him the way.
12 When the governor saw what happened, he became a believer, full of enthusiasm over what they were saying about the Master.
13-14 From Paphos, Paul and company put out to sea, sailing on to Perga in Pamphylia. That's where John called it quits and went back to Jerusalem. From Perga the rest of them traveled on to Antioch in Pisidia.
14-15 On the Sabbath they went to the meeting place and took their places. After the reading of the Scriptures—God's Law and the Prophets—the president of the meeting asked them, "Friends, do you have anything you want to say? A word of encouragement, perhaps?"
16-20 Paul stood up, paused and took a deep breath, then said, "Fellow Israelites and friends of God, listen. God took a special interest in our ancestors, pulled our people who were beaten down in Egyptian exile to their feet, and led them out of there in grand style. He took good care of them for nearly forty years in that godforsaken wilderness and then, having wiped out seven enemies who stood in the way, gave them the land of Canaan for their very own—a span in all of about 450 years.
20-22 "Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: 'I've searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He's a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.'
23-25 "From out of David's descendants God produced a Savior for Israel, Jesus, exactly as he promised—but only after John had thoroughly alerted the people to his arrival by preparing them for a total life-change. As John was finishing up his work, he said, 'Did you think I was the One? No, I'm not the One. But the One you've been waiting for all these years is just around the corner, about to appear. And I'm about to disappear.'
26-29 "Dear brothers and sisters, children of Abraham, and friends of God, this message of salvation has been precisely targeted to you. The citizens and rulers in Jerusalem didn't recognize who he was and condemned him to death. They couldn't find a good reason, but demanded that Pilate execute him anyway. They did just what the prophets said they would do, but had no idea they were following to the letter the script of the prophets, even though those same prophets are read every Sabbath in their meeting places.
29-31 "After they had done everything the prophets said they would do, they took him down from the cross and buried him. And then God raised him from death. There is no disputing that—he appeared over and over again many times and places to those who had known him well in the Galilean years, and these same people continue to give witness that he is alive.
32-35 "And we're here today bringing you good news: the Message that what God promised the fathers has come true for the children—for us! He raised Jesus, exactly as described in the second Psalm: My Son! My very own Son! Today I celebrate you!"When he raised him from the dead, he did it for good—no going back to that rot and decay for him. That's why Isaiah said, 'I'll give to all of you David's guaranteed blessings.' So also the psalmist's prayer: 'You'll never let your Holy One see death's rot and decay.'
36-39 "David, of course, having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now. But the One God raised up—no dust and ashes for him! I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God.
40-41 "Don't take this lightly. You don't want the prophet's sermon to describe you: Watch out, cynics; Look hard—watch your world fall to pieces. I'm doing something right before your eyes That you won't believe, though it's staring you in the face."
42-43 When the service was over, Paul and Barnabas were invited back to preach again the next Sabbath. As the meeting broke up, a good many Jews and converts to Judaism went along with Paul and Barnabas, who urged them in long conversations to stick with what they'd started, this living in and by God's grace.
44-45 When the next Sabbath came around, practically the whole city showed up to hear the Word of God. Some of the Jews, seeing the crowds, went wild with jealousy and tore into Paul, contradicting everything he was saying, making an ugly scene.
46-47 But Paul and Barnabas didn't back down. Standing their ground they said, "It was required that God's Word be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it—you've made it quite clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life—the door is open to all the outsiders. And we're on our way through it, following orders, doing what God commanded when he said, I've set you up as light to all nations. You'll proclaim salvation to the four winds and seven seas!"
48-49 When the non-Jewish outsiders heard this, they could hardly believe their good fortune. All who were marked out for real life put their trust in God—they honored God's Word by receiving that life. And this Message of salvation spread like wildfire all through the region.
50-52 Some of the Jews convinced the most respected women and leading men of the town that their precious way of life was about to be destroyed. Alarmed, they turned on Paul and Barnabas and forced them to leave. Paul and Barnabas shrugged their shoulders and went on to the next town, Iconium, brimming with joy and the Holy Spirit, two happy disciples.

exodus 10

1-2 God said to Moses: "Go to Pharaoh. I've made him stubborn, him and his servants, so that I can force him to look at these signs and so you'll be able to tell your children and grandchildren how I toyed with the Egyptians, like a cat with a mouse; you'll tell them the stories of the signs that I brought down on them, so that you'll all know that I am God."
3-6 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "God, the God of the Hebrews, says, 'How long are you going to refuse to knuckle under? Release my people so that they can worship me. If you refuse to release my people, watch out; tomorrow I'm bringing locusts into your country. They'll cover every square inch of ground; no one will be able to see the ground. They'll devour everything left over from the hailstorm, even the saplings out in the fields—they'll clear-cut the trees. And they'll invade your houses, filling the houses of your servants, filling every house in Egypt. Nobody will have ever seen anything like this, from the time your ancestors first set foot on this soil until today.'"
Then he turned on his heel and left Pharaoh.
7 Pharaoh's servants said to him, "How long are you going to let this man harass us? Let these people go and worship their God. Can't you see that Egypt is on its last legs?"
8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. He said to them, "Go ahead then. Go worship your God. But just who exactly is going with you?"
9 Moses said, "We're taking young and old, sons and daughters, flocks and herds—this is our worship-celebration of God."
10-11 He said, "I'd sooner send you off with God's blessings than let you go with your children. Look, you're up to no good—it's written all over your faces. Nothing doing. Just the men are going—go ahead and worship God. That's what you want so badly." And they were thrown out of Pharaoh's presence.
12 God said to Moses: "Stretch your hand over Egypt and signal the locusts to cover the land of Egypt, devouring every blade of grass in the country, everything that the hail didn't get."
13 Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt. God let loose an east wind. It blew that day and night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.
14-15 The locusts covered the country of Egypt, settling over every square inch of Egypt; the place was thick with locusts. There never was an invasion of locusts like it in the past, and never will be again. The ground was completely covered, black with locusts. They ate everything, every blade of grass, every piece of fruit, anything that the hail didn't get. Nothing left but bare trees and bare fields—not a sign of green in the whole land of Egypt.
16-17 Pharaoh had Moses and Aaron back in no time. He said, "I've sinned against your God and against you. Overlook my sin one more time. Pray to your God to get me out of this—get death out of here!"
18-19 Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to God. God reversed the wind—a powerful west wind took the locusts and dumped them into the Red Sea. There wasn't a single locust left in the whole country of Egypt.
20 But God made Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He still didn't release the Israelites.
Strike Nine: Darkness21 God said to Moses: "Stretch your hand to the skies. Let darkness descend on the land of Egypt—a darkness so dark you can touch it."
22-23 Moses stretched out his hand to the skies. Thick darkness descended on the land of Egypt for three days. Nobody could see anybody. For three days no one could so much as move. Except for the Israelites: they had light where they were living.
24 Pharaoh called in Moses: "Go and worship God. Leave your flocks and herds behind. But go ahead and take your children."
25-26 But Moses said, "You have to let us take our sacrificial animals and offerings with us so we can sacrifice them in worship to our God. Our livestock has to go with us with not a hoof left behind; they are part of the worship of our God. And we don't know just what will be needed until we get there."
27 But God kept Pharaoh stubborn as ever. He wouldn't agree to release them.
28 Pharaoh said to Moses: "Get out of my sight! And watch your step. I don't want to ever see you again. If I lay eyes on you again, you're dead."
29 Moses said, "Have it your way. You won't see my face again."

the club for growth

The Club For Growth is an advocacy group representing the interests of fiscal conservatives. From their website:

Club for Growth is a national network of thousands of Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. We work to promote public policies that promote economic growth primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity.
The primary tactic of the separate Club for Growth PAC is to provide financial support from Club members to viable pro-growth candidates to Congress, particularly in Republican primaries.
Club for Growth Policy Goals:
1. Making the Bush tax cuts permanent
2. Death tax repeal
3. Cutting and limiting government spending
4. Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts
5. Expanding free trade
6. Legal reform to end abusive lawsuits
7. Replacing the current tax code
8. School choice
9. Regulatory reform and deregulation

All of the above, plus more, can be found at

The Club For Growth has put together position papers on the economic records of three of the GOP presidential candidates: John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Sam Brownback. It makes for interesting reading. I'll provide the links and you can read for yourself. Enjoy.
the_clubs_2006_congressional_s_1.php This is their 2006 Congressional Scorecard, rating all members of the House and Senate.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

the truth only hurts when it should

On Tursday, April 19, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on he told President George W. Bush the Iraq war was lost and the recent U.S. troop increase had accomplished nothing.

"This is the message I took to the president," Reid said at a news conference.
"Now I believe myself . . . that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday," said Reid, of Nevada.

"I know I was like the odd guy out yesterday at the White House, but at least I told him what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear," he added.

You can read the entire account of Reid's comments at

On April 24, at the Rockingham County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Manchester, NH, Rudy Giuliani said the following:

"This war ends when they stop planning to come here and kill us, but until then, if I have anything to say about it, the lesson that I learned coming out of September 11, 2001, is: never, ever again will this country be on defense waiting for them to attack us. (applause) The United States of America will be on offense (applause) and make no mistake about it, the Democrats want to put us back on defense."
"The Democrats -- and I could make a lot of other points about this -- do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorists' war against us. But I listened a little bit to the Democratic debates and I think I could be slightly wrong about this, but I think this is almost correct. If one of them gets elected it's almost like we're going on defense, where we've got a timetable for withdrawal of Iraq. We're going to wave the white flag there. We're going to try to cut back on the Patriot Act. We're going to cut back on electronic surveillance. We're going to cut back on interrogation. We're going to cut back, cut back, cut back -- and we'll be back in our pre-September 11 mentality of being on defense."

You can read the full account of Giuliani's comments, along with insightful analysis from El Rushbo, at

Yesterday, the Democratic presidential pretenders all weighed in on Giuliani's remarks:

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said Giuliani, who was in office on Sept. 11, 2001, should not be making the terrorist threat into "the punchline of another political attack."
"Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics," Obama said in a statement.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said Giuliani knows better than to suggest there is a "superior Republican way to fight terrorism." Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said protecting the country from terrorism "shouldn't be a political football."
"It should be a solemn responsibility that all of us pledge to fulfill regardless of what party we're in," she said when asked about her fellow New Yorker's comment at a Capitol Hill news conference.

Giuliani responded:

Giuliani stood by his comments Wednesday, saying Democrats don't understand the threat posed by terrorists.
"They do not seem to get the fact that there are people, terrorists in this world, really dangerous people that want to come here and kill us," Giuliani said on "The Sean Hannity Show," according to a transcript distributed by his campaign. "They want to take us back to not being as alert which to me will just extend this war much, much longer."

Read the full account at

My grandfather told me once that the truth only hurts when it should, and we are seeing very clear proof of that truism here. The Congressional Liberaliars are doing everything in their power to undermine our troops and to sabatoge the war effort. They want America to lose because they believe that we the people will reward the liberaliars with more power of a GOP Commander-In-Chief loses this war. America's liberaliars don't give two hoots about our troops or about national security, because they are in denial about the threat posed to the world by Islamofascism. They are clueless.

Will the Democrat treason strategy work? There is already evidence that it will not. Look at

This is a losing strategy for the liberaliars---one more fact they are in denial about.

why liberaliars refuse to admit the reality of islamofascism

Rabbi Aryeh Spero writes like I wish I could! His writings are like knives that cut away all of the spin and the liberal lies to expose the truth and reality that is so often ignored. His latest article, linked above, is outstanding. Enjoy!

acts 12

1-4 That's when King Herod got it into his head to go after some of the church members. He murdered James, John's brother. When he saw how much it raised his popularity ratings with the Jews, he arrested Peter—all this during Passover Week, mind you—and had him thrown in jail, putting four squads of four soldiers each to guard him. He was planning a public lynching after Passover.
5 All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously.
6 Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances!
7-9 Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: "Hurry!" The handcuffs fell off his wrists. The angel said, "Get dressed. Put on your shoes." Peter did it. Then, "Grab your coat and let's get out of here." Peter followed him, but didn't believe it was really an angel—he thought he was dreaming.
10-11 Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze. At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way. That's when Peter realized it was no dream. "I can't believe it—this really happened! The Master sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's vicious little production and the spectacle the Jewish mob was looking forward to."
12-14 Still shaking his head, amazed, he went to Mary's house, the Mary who was John Mark's mother. The house was packed with praying friends. When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was. But when she recognized his voice—Peter's voice!—she was so excited and eager to tell everyone Peter was there that she forgot to open the door and left him standing in the street.
15-16 But they wouldn't believe her, dismissing her, dismissing her report. "You're crazy," they said. She stuck by her story, insisting. They still wouldn't believe her and said, "It must be his angel." All this time poor Peter was standing out in the street, knocking away.
16-17 Finally they opened up and saw him—and went wild! Peter put his hands up and calmed them down. He described how the Master had gotten him out of jail, then said, "Tell James and the brothers what's happened." He left them and went off to another place.
18-19 At daybreak the jail was in an uproar. "Where is Peter? What's happened to Peter?" When Herod sent for him and they could neither produce him nor explain why not, he ordered their execution: "Off with their heads!" Fed up with Judea and Jews, he went for a vacation to Caesarea.
20-22 But things went from bad to worse for Herod. Now people from Tyre and Sidon put him on the warpath. But they got Blastus, King Herod's right-hand man, to put in a good word for them and got a delegation together to iron things out. Because they were dependent on Judea for food supplies, they couldn't afford to let this go on too long. On the day set for their meeting, Herod, robed in pomposity, took his place on the throne and regaled them with a lot of hot air. The people played their part to the hilt and shouted flatteries: "The voice of God! The voice of God!"
23 That was the last straw. God had had enough of Herod's arrogance and sent an angel to strike him down. Herod had given God no credit for anything. Down he went. Rotten to the core, a maggoty old man if there ever was one, he died.
24 Meanwhile, the ministry of God's Word grew by leaps and bounds.
25 Barnabas and Saul, once they had delivered the relief offering to the church in Jerusalem, went back to Antioch. This time they took John with them, the one they called Mark.

exodus 9

1-4 God said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and tell him, 'God, the God of the Hebrews, says: Release my people so they can worship me. If you refuse to release them and continue to hold on to them, I'm giving you fair warning: God will come down hard on your livestock out in the fields—horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep—striking them with a severe disease. God will draw a sharp line between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. Not one animal that belongs to the Israelites will die.'"
5 Then God set the time: "Tomorrow God will do this thing."
6-7 And the next day God did it. All the livestock of Egypt died, but not one animal of the Israelites died. Pharaoh sent men to find out what had happened and there it was: none of the livestock of the Israelites had died—not one death. But Pharaoh stayed stubborn. He wouldn't release the people.
8-11 God said to Moses and Aaron, "Take fistfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses throw it into the air right before Pharaoh's eyes; it will become a film of fine dust all over Egypt and cause sores, an eruption of boils on people and animals throughout Egypt." So they took soot from a furnace, stood in front of Pharaoh, and threw it up into the air. It caused boils to erupt on people and animals. The magicians weren't able to compete with Moses this time because of the boils—they were covered with boils just like everyone else in Egypt.
12 God hardened Pharaoh in his stubbornness. He wouldn't listen, just as God had said to Moses.
13-19 God said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh. Tell him, 'God, the God of the Hebrews, says: Release my people so they can worship me. This time I am going to strike you and your servants and your people with the full force of my power so you'll get it into your head that there's no one like me anywhere in all the Earth. You know that by now I could have struck you and your people with deadly disease and there would be nothing left of you, not a trace. But for one reason only I've kept you on your feet: To make you recognize my power so that my reputation spreads in all the Earth. You are still building yourself up at my people's expense. You are not letting them go. So here's what's going to happen: At this time tomorrow I'm sending a terrific hailstorm—there's never been a storm like this in Egypt from the day of its founding until now. So get your livestock under roof—everything exposed in the open fields, people and animals, will die when the hail comes down.'"
20-21 All of Pharaoh's servants who had respect for God's word got their workers and animals under cover as fast as they could, but those who didn't take God's word seriously left their workers and animals out in the field.
22 God said to Moses: "Stretch your hands to the skies. Signal the hail to fall all over Egypt on people and animals and crops exposed in the fields of Egypt."
23-26 Moses lifted his staff to the skies and God sent peals of thunder and hail shot through with lightning strikes. God rained hail down on the land of Egypt. The hail came, hail and lightning—a fierce hailstorm. There had been nothing like it in Egypt in its entire history. The hail hit hard all over Egypt. Everything exposed out in the fields, people and animals and crops, was smashed. Even the trees in the fields were shattered. Except for Goshen where the Israelites lived; there was no hail in Goshen.
27-28 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. He said, "I've sinned for sure this time—God is in the right and I and my people are in the wrong. Pray to God. We've had enough of God's thunder and hail. I'll let you go. The sooner you're out of here the better."
29-30 Moses said, "As soon as I'm out of the city, I'll stretch out my arms to God. The thunder will stop and the hail end so you'll know that the land is God's land. Still, I know that you and your servants have no respect for God."
31-32 (The flax and the barley were ruined, for they were just ripening, but the wheat and spelt weren't hurt—they ripen later.)
33 Moses left Pharaoh and the city and stretched out his arms to God. The thunder and hail stopped; the storm cleared.
34-35 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he kept right on sinning, stubborn as ever, both he and his servants. Pharaoh's heart turned rock-hard. He refused to release the Israelites, as God had ordered through Moses.

deaniac reveals the true agenda of the liberaliars

The head of the Democratic Party said Wednesday that the best way to get presidential candidates to talk frankly about issues is to lock out the media.
During the Mortgage Bankers Association conference, a banker expressed frustration with candidates who only talk in sound bites and wondered how that could be changed. Howard Dean, once a presidential candidate, offered a simple solution.
"I suggest you have candidates in to meetings like this and bar the press," Dean said.
The Democratic National Committee chairman criticized media coverage, arguing that networks such as CBS used to put content first and didn't mind losing money for the prestige of delivering a quality news report. Dean said the days of Walter Cronkite are gone and the corporatization of the media has led to a desire to boost profits.

"The media has been reduced to info-tainment," Dean said. "Info-tainment sells, the problem is they reach the lowest common denominator instead of forcing a little education down our throats, which we are probably in need of from time to time."

Those are the words of Howard Dean in an excerpt from the article I linked to above. There are several lessons we can learn from that excerpt:

1. For all their gaseous blather about being defenders of the Bill of Rights, the cold light of harsh reality illuminates the truth for us. And what is that truth? Liberaliars don't believe in freedom of the press.
2. Liberaliars long for the "good old days," when America's Leading Socialist--Walter Cronkite--could "force a little education down our throats" and never be challenged. Of course, back in the day, there was no such thing as conservative talk radio, FOX News, or the conservative blogosphere, so good little socialists like Cronkite could force-feed his Marxist beliefs to a captive audience and not have to worry about competing ideas. Keep this very simple truth in mind as Democrats start talking about the Fairness Doctrine.
3. Do you remember my post from a couple of days ago concerning the latest issue of Newsweek? I talked about how an article in that rag, supposedly covering the Imus mess, contained a chart which referred to all of the leading conservative talk radio hosts as "shock jocks." I also talked about how the chart speculated that "The Big 3"--Limbaugh, Hannity and Savage--were already being targeted by the same people who went after Imus. Think about that as you read the article I linked to above. Does anyone honestly think that Dean is thinking about any of the old reliable liberaliar news outlets as he talks about exclusion? Of course not! The truth is that the Deaniacs are intent on silencing all opinion and speech that isn't favorable to the liberaliar, socialist agenda.
4. One final truth--Howard Dean is still bitter over the media reaction to his maniacal ranting after finishing third in the 2004 Iowa caucus. He wants to have the power to "edit" the news. I have a suggestion. Mr. Dean, if you truly don't want the world to view you as a demented lunatic, you should ask your physician for different meds. The old meds ain't workin'!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

spartanburg, sc in the news

This is the biggest thing to hit Spartanburg since The Marshall Tucker Band and Henry Martin!

Seriously, the news in the above article proves something I have said for a long time. Mike Huckabee is a Christian conservative and, although he has some explaining to do on his tax policies, he is rock solid conservative on the social side. The pundits say a guy like that can't get votes. The truth is very different.

this is what i'm talking about when i speak of liberal fascism

acts 11

1-3 The news traveled fast and in no time the leaders and friends back in Jerusalem heard about it—heard that the non-Jewish "outsiders" were now "in." When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: "What do you think you're doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?"
4-6 So Peter, starting from the beginning, laid it out for them step-by-step: "Recently I was in the town of Joppa praying. I fell into a trance and saw a vision: Something like a huge blanket, lowered by ropes at its four corners, came down out of heaven and settled on the ground in front of me. Milling around on the blanket were farm animals, wild animals, reptiles, birds—you name it, it was there. Fascinated, I took it all in.
7-10 "Then I heard a voice: 'Go to it, Peter—kill and eat.' I said, 'Oh, no, Master. I've never so much as tasted food that wasn't kosher.' The voice spoke again: 'If God says it's okay, it's okay.' This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the sky.
11-14 "Just then three men showed up at the house where I was staying, sent from Caesarea to get me. The Spirit told me to go with them, no questions asked. So I went with them, I and six friends, to the man who had sent for me. He told us how he had seen an angel right in his own house, real as his next-door neighbor, saying, 'Send to Joppa and get Simon, the one they call Peter. He'll tell you something that will save your life—in fact, you and everyone you care for.'
15-17 "So I started in, talking. Before I'd spoken half a dozen sentences, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as he did on us the first time. I remembered Jesus' words: 'John baptized with water; you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' So I ask you: If God gave the same exact gift to them as to us when we believed in the Master Jesus Christ, how could I object to God?"
18 Hearing it all laid out like that, they quieted down. And then, as it sank in, they started praising God. "It's really happened! God has broken through to the other nations, opened them up to Life!"
19-21 Those who had been scattered by the persecution triggered by Stephen's death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, but they were still only speaking and dealing with their fellow Jews. Then some of the men from Cyprus and Cyrene who had come to Antioch started talking to Greeks, giving them the Message of the Master Jesus. God was pleased with what they were doing and put his stamp of approval on it—quite a number of the Greeks believed and turned to the Master.
22-24 When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. As soon as he arrived, he saw that God was behind and in it all. He threw himself in with them, got behind them, urging them to stay with it the rest of their lives. He was a good man that way, enthusiastic and confident in the Holy Spirit's ways. The community grew large and strong in the Master.
25-26 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. He found him and brought him back to Antioch. They were there a whole year, meeting with the church and teaching a lot of people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were for the first time called Christians.
27-30 It was about this same time that some prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem. One of them named Agabus stood up one day and, prompted by the Spirit, warned that a severe famine was about to devastate the country. (The famine eventually came during the rule of Claudius.) So the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea to help out. They sent Barnabas and Saul to deliver the collection to the leaders in Jerusalem.

exodus 8

1-4 God said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and tell him, 'God's Message: Release my people so they can worship me. If you refuse to release them, I'm warning you, I'll hit the whole country with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs—they'll come up into your houses, into your bedrooms and into your beds, into your servants' quarters, among the people, into your ovens and pots and pans. They'll be all over you, all over everyone—frogs everywhere, on and in everything!'"
5 God said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Wave your staff over the rivers and canals and ponds. Bring up frogs on the land of Egypt.'"
6 Aaron stretched his staff over the waters of Egypt and a mob of frogs came up and covered the country.
7 But again the magicians did the same thing using their incantations— they also produced frogs in Egypt.
8 Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to God to rid us of these frogs. I'll release the people so that they can make their sacrifices and worship God."
9 Moses said to Pharaoh, "Certainly. Set the time. When do you want the frogs out of here, away from your servants and people and out of your houses? You'll be rid of frogs except for those in the Nile."
10-11 "Make it tomorrow."
Moses said, "Tomorrow it is—so you'll realize that there is no God like our God. The frogs will be gone. You and your houses and your servants and your people, free of frogs. The only frogs left will be the ones in the Nile."
12-14 Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, and Moses prayed to God about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. God responded to Moses' prayer: The frogs died off—houses, courtyards, fields, all free of frogs. They piled the frogs in heaps. The country reeked of dead frogs.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that he had some breathing room, he got stubborn again and wouldn't listen to Moses and Aaron. Just as God had said.
Strike Three: Gnats16 God said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and strike the dust. The dust will turn into gnats all over Egypt.'"
17 He did it. Aaron grabbed his staff and struck the dust of the Earth; it turned into gnats, gnats all over people and animals. All the dust of the Earth turned into gnats, gnats everywhere in Egypt.
18 The magicians tried to produce gnats with their incantations but this time they couldn't do it. There were gnats everywhere, all over people and animals.
19 The magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is God's doing." But Pharaoh was stubborn and wouldn't listen. Just as God had said.
20-23 God said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes down to the water. Tell him, 'God's Message: Release my people so they can worship me. If you don't release my people, I'll release swarms of flies on you, your servants, your people, and your homes. The houses of the Egyptians and even the ground under their feet will be thick with flies. But when it happens, I'll set Goshen where my people live aside as a sanctuary—no flies in Goshen. That will show you that I am God in this land. I'll make a sharp distinction between your people and mine. This sign will occur tomorrow.'"
24 And God did just that. Thick swarms of flies in Pharaoh's palace and the houses of his servants. All over Egypt, the country ruined by flies.
25 Pharaoh called in Moses and Aaron and said, "Go ahead. Sacrifice to your God—but do it here in this country."
26-27 Moses said, "That would not be wise. What we sacrifice to our God would give great offense to Egyptians. If we openly sacrifice what is so deeply offensive to Egyptians, they'll kill us. Let us go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to our God, just as he instructed us."
28 Pharaoh said, "All right. I'll release you to go and sacrifice to your God in the wilderness. Only don't go too far. Now pray for me."
29 Moses said, "As soon as I leave here, I will pray to God that tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh, his servants, and his people. But don't play games with us and change your mind about releasing us to sacrifice to God."
30-32 Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to God. God did what Moses asked. He got rid of the flies from Pharaoh and his servants and his people. There wasn't a fly left. But Pharaoh became stubborn once again and wouldn't release the people.

eight lessons learned from duke case, plus one

I would add one more lesson to the 8 that Dennis Prager has listed in his column. Lesson #9 is that the modern liberaliar will stop at nothing to advance their socialistic, atheistic agenda. Truth, justice and the American way are the first 3 casualties of the liberal jihad. If innocent people get rolled up by the liberaliar machine, that's just too bad. Collateral damage is inevitable in any war. Liberaliars don't care about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence. Those are antiquated documents written by dead white guys, and they are no longer relevant in a "progressive" society. They don't care about the truths and teachings found in the Bible. Those are myths written by and for a superstitious people who aren't sophisticated enough to worship at the altar of secular humanism. The modern liberaliar cannot tell the difference between good and evil, fact and fiction, or justice and injustice. All the liberaliar knows is that socialism, within the framework of secular humanism and under the complete control of like-minded liberaliars, must become the law of the land whether we the people like it or not. And they will do or say absolutely anything to accomplish that goal.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

newsweek, april 23, 2007

If you are a parent or a grandparent, you have an absolute responsibility to read the latest Newsweek, dated April 23, 2007. This issue of the weekly magazine is a textbook containing very clear illustrations of the damage being done to America by the liberaliar jihad. I'll summarize some of the more telling items from the magazine, but please, go to the library and read the issue yourself. At the risk of sounding crazy (many of you already think I'm crazy, so I guess it doesn't matter) I'm telling you right now that America is at a crossroads today. The forces of modern liberalism, populated by the ideological descendants of Karl Marx and Chairman Mao, have declared war against the America of our Fathers. They are intent on destroying the old culture, the old customs, the old ideas and the old habits of America, and they will use any means necessary to accomplish their goals. I promise you that, unless the silent majority speaks out, rises up, and kneels in prayer, our children will become adults in a country where a radical leftist Cultural Revolution will be launched from our public schools and our colleges and universities, and America will become much like the China of the 1960's. It will happen unless we stand up against it.

Now, for the articles in the magazine:

1. That Night at Duke (page 40)-- This article gives a factual, almost minute-by-minute account of the entire Duke episode, including the actual events of the night in question. If you are the parent of a college student, you should be very scared. Those lacrosse players were guilty of nothing more than stupidity, immaturity, and sinfulness (which liberals tell us is not a crime) but they were railroaded anyway. Why? Because liberals don't care about justice; all they care about is advancing the liberal agenda by any means necessary. Check out this actual quote from the article:

For young men accustomed to success--to getting what they wanted by hard work, as well as by privilege--the powerlessness was lonely, isolating. It was also maturing.

Well, so long as the wrongful prosecution and the unconstitutional deprivation of their basic, unalienable human rights made them better people, I guess it's all cool! Thanks be to liberaliars for improving us! And you wonder why I detest liberalism!

As you read through the article, it becomes very clear that the two strumpets who "performed" for the lacrosse players were drunk and/or stoned out of their minds. It's also clear that they were angered by racist comments made by the players, so they cooked up a story to hurt the players. A rogue prosecutor, a college faculty composed primarily of liberaliars, and a dishonest, amoral, liberal drive-by media all conspired to illegally and unconstitutionally deprive the accused players of life, liberty and property without due process of law. Truly, this is one of the most shameful episodes in American history.

2. What Will We Learn? (page 35)--The topic is Imus. The following quote is from Rhyming Rev. Al:
"(Imus) can say he wants to be forgiven....But we cannot afford a precedent established that the airwaves can commercialize....sexism and racism."

Wow! That's quite a statement from a man who has gotten rich by spewing racism and sexism towards every functioning microphone he has ever seen! It's also quite a statement from a guy who has never done any more than pay lip service to the damage gangsta rap has done to our culture. What a hypocrite Sharpton is!

Of course, the good rhymin' reverend doesn't give two hoots about Imus, or anything Imus said. The same is true of all of the other liberaliars who feined such shock over the comments made by the I-Man. With liberaliars, the issue is never the issue.

In the days following Imus' comments, I have seen him described 3 different times in the press as, not a "shock-jock" (which he is) but as a "conservative talk radio host" (which he isn't). There is nothing conservative about Don Imus, and you're a liar if you say there is. Imus is a liberal. That's why all of the members of the Beltway liberal intelligentsia were so anxious to sit down with him on his show. But now, he is being labeled as a conservative. Why?

In the Newsweek article, there is a chart labeled "Leading Shock Jocks." The chart purports to show who the leading shock jocks are nationwide, and which of them will be targeted next for filthy, racist, sexist language. Now, when I hear the term "shock jock," the first name that pops into my mind is Howard Stern. A shock jock is a radio guy who makes his living getting just as dirty and raunchy as he possibly can on the radio in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator. There's a market for sleaze. Do you know who the top ten "shock jocks" were on that chart by Newsweek? In order, they were Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Dr. Laura, Laura Inghram, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Bill O'Reilley, Michael Medved, and Don Imus. Those are shock jocks??

It is all so clear to me now. America's leading liberaliars intend to use the Imus situation to destroy conservative talk radio. They don't care about sexism and racism on the air. If they did, they would go after gangsta rap. They don't care about women being victimized. If they did, we would hear more liberal sympathy for the women of Va Tech who were victimized by an evil monster, instead of the sickening sympathy being displayed for the shooter. They don't care about justice. If they did, we would hear liberal outrage over the Duke lacrosse case. They don't care about racism. If they did, we would see liberals screaming for school choice and against the abortion holocaust of black babies. But liberaliars don't care. They are liars.

What they do care about is their atheistic, socialist worldview, and their ability to force we the people to submit to their worldview. This requires that all dissent be stifled and destroyed, and that all who would stand up against the liberaliar jihad be intimidated into silence. The Imus case will give liberaliars the opportunity to declare war on all conservative thought and opinion, and that includes on college campuses. If you are a parent or a grandparent, you need to be aware of the reality of this war. To do otherwise would be irresponsible.

there's nothing new today; in 2007 they are called the "green guard"

In 1966 they were called the "Red Guard." Today, they could be called the "Green Guard." I call them Liberaliars, and they are part of the 2007 version of liberal fascism.

The following is an excerpt from an article called "China's Cultural Revolution." It was written by Jim Yardley and it appeared in the December 11, 2006 version of "Upfront Magazine," published by The New York Times. As you read this excerpt, ask yourself one very important question--Are there any differences at all between the 21st Century radical left, as represented by people like Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, etc., and the Cultural Revolution of Mao Zedung?

By the afternoon of May 25, 1966, a group of radical professors at Peking University had finally finished drafting a large political poster. They took it to a campus commons area, hung it outside, and waited for a reaction. It would not take long.
The poster was a blistering attack against university administrators for failing to obey a new political campaign by China's paramount leader, Mao Zedong.
Mao was ordering a new revolution in China--one targeting the "bourgeoisie," capitalists, and authority figures in general--and he expected the masses to revolt. The poster at Peking University became the spark Mao was hoping for. Masses of students began protesting on campus in support of the revolution.
Mao ordered that the poster's message be broadcast nationally on the radio and published in newspapers. Soon the whole country was swept up in the furor.
The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, as the government called it, plunged China into a decade of chaos that brought the nation of 750 million people close to anarchy and civil war......
Students attacked teachers and teenagers attacked their parents in the name of heeding Mao's revolutionary call. People hung posters denouncing their neighbors. College and high school students across China formed groups called Red Guards that became the shock troops of the movement.
"To rebel is justified!" declared a famous slogan of the era.
Mao held massive rallies of Red Guards and called on students to destroy the so-called Four Olds: old culture, old customs, old ideas, and old habits. It was a rallying cry that unleashed the young against the old.

acts 10

1-3 There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there. He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer. One day about three o'clock in the afternoon he had a vision. An angel of God, as real as his next-door neighbor, came in and said, "Cornelius."
4-6 Cornelius stared hard, wondering if he was seeing things. Then he said, "What do you want, sir?"
The angel said, "Your prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God's attention. Here's what you are to do. Send men to Joppa to get Simon, the one everyone calls Peter. He is staying with Simon the Tanner, whose house is down by the sea."
7-8 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two servants and one particularly devout soldier from the guard. He went over with them in great detail everything that had just happened, and then sent them off to Joppa.
9-13 The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray. It was about noon. Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up. Something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: "Go to it, Peter—kill and eat."
14 Peter said, "Oh, no, Lord. I've never so much as tasted food that was not kosher."
15 The voice came a second time: "If God says it's okay, it's okay."
16 This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies.
17-20 As Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant, the men sent by Cornelius showed up at Simon's front door. They called in, asking if there was a Simon, also called Peter, staying there. Peter, lost in thought, didn't hear them, so the Spirit whispered to him, "Three men are knocking at the door looking for you. Get down there and go with them. Don't ask any questions. I sent them to get you."
21 Peter went down and said to the men, "I think I'm the man you're looking for. What's up?"
22-23 They said, "Captain Cornelius, a God-fearing man well-known for his fair play—ask any Jew in this part of the country—was commanded by a holy angel to get you and bring you to his house so he could hear what you had to say." Peter invited them in and made them feel at home. 23-26 The next morning he got up and went with them. Some of his friends from Joppa went along. A day later they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had his relatives and close friends waiting with him. The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him—and then down on his face worshiping him! Peter pulled him up and said, "None of that—I'm a man and only a man, no different from you."
27-29 Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, "You know, I'm sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don't do this—visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other. So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I'd like to know why you sent for me."
30-32 Cornelius said, "Four days ago at about this time, midafternoon, I was home praying. Suddenly there was a man right in front of me, flooding the room with light. He said, 'Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God's attention. I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He's staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.'
33 "So I did it—I sent for you. And you've been good enough to come. And now we're all here in God's presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us."
34-36 Peter fairly exploded with his good news: "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you're from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he's doing it everywhere, among everyone.
37-38 "You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change. Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.
39-43 "And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross. But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen. Not everyone saw him—he wasn't put on public display. Witnesses had been carefully handpicked by God beforehand—us! We were the ones, there to eat and drink with him after he came back from the dead. He commissioned us to announce this in public, to bear solemn witness that he is in fact the One whom God destined as Judge of the living and dead. But we're not alone in this. Our witness that he is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets."
44-46 No sooner were these words out of Peter's mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn't believe it, couldn't believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on "outsider" non-Jews, but there it was—they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God.
46-48 Then Peter said, "Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They've received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did." Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days.

exodus 7

1-5 God told Moses, "Look at me. I'll make you as a god to Pharaoh and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to speak everything I command you, and your brother Aaron will tell it to Pharaoh. Then he will release the Israelites from his land. At the same time I am going to put Pharaoh's back up and follow it up by filling Egypt with signs and wonders. Pharaoh is not going to listen to you, but I will have my way against Egypt and bring out my soldiers, my people the Israelites, from Egypt by mighty acts of judgment. The Egyptians will realize that I am God when I step in and take the Israelites out of their country."
6-7 Moses and Aaron did exactly what God commanded. Moses was eighty and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8-9 Then God spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, "When Pharaoh speaks to you and says, 'Prove yourselves. Perform a miracle,' then tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh: It will turn into a snake.'"
10 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did what God commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his servants, and it turned into a snake.
11-12 Pharaoh called in his wise men and sorcerers. The magicians of Egypt did the same thing by their incantations: each man threw down his staff and they all turned into snakes. But then Aaron's staff swallowed their staffs.
13 Yet Pharaoh was as stubborn as ever—he wouldn't listen to them, just as God had said.
14-18 God said to Moses: "Pharaoh is a stubborn man. He refuses to release the people. First thing in the morning, go and meet Pharaoh as he goes down to the river. At the shore of the Nile take the staff that turned into a snake and say to him, 'God, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you with this message, "Release my people so that they can worship me in the wilderness." So far you haven't listened. This is how you'll know that I am God. I am going to take this staff that I'm holding and strike this Nile River water: The water will turn to blood; the fish in the Nile will die; the Nile will stink; and the Egyptians won't be able to drink the Nile water.'"
19 God said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and wave it over the waters of Egypt—over its rivers, its canals, its ponds, all its bodies of water—so that they turn to blood.' There'll be blood everywhere in Egypt—even in the pots and pans."
20-21 Moses and Aaron did exactly as God commanded them. Aaron raised his staff and hit the water in the Nile with Pharaoh and his servants watching. All the water in the Nile turned into blood. The fish in the Nile died; the Nile stank; and the Egyptians couldn't drink the Nile water. The blood was everywhere in Egypt.
22-25 But the magicians of Egypt did the same thing with their incantations. Still Pharaoh remained stubborn. He wouldn't listen to them as God had said. He turned on his heel and went home, never giving it a second thought. But all the Egyptians had to dig inland from the river for water because they couldn't drink the Nile water.
Seven days went by after God had struck the Nile.

Monday, April 23, 2007

comments from huckabee

Although there are candidates that I like better than Mike Huckabee (Tom Tancredo springs to mind) and although there are "ghost candidates" that I like better than Huckabee (like Fred Thompson), I believe that Huckabee would be way better than the "Rudy McRomney" triumverate currently being touted by the press. The link above takes you to Huckabee in his own words. Enjoy!

the new "potty patrol"

Over the course of the last 75 years or so, liberaliars have decided that they need to regulate the terms and conditions of our ability to worship publically. They have decided to regulate who private businesses may and may not hire and fire. The liberaliar has become "The Decider" on issues like where you send your kids to school, and what you do with your private property, and how much freedom of speech you are entitled to, and the limits on all of the amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

Today, liberalism wants to step into your bathroom.

This is not a complete surprise, because the modern liberaliar already gets to decide what kind of toilet you are allowed to use in your home, but now they want to regulate the amount of toilet paper you "use" in an effort to "Save Planet Earth."

You have got to be kidding me!

Sheryl Crow actually said the following (and I promise I'm not making this up!) :

"I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming," Crow wrote.
"Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating.
"I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting."


That's all I can think of to say. I have lots of comments floating around in my head, but they would ruin the "G" rating of a Christian conservative blog, so I'll just stick with, "Wow!"

acts 9

1-2 All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master's disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.
3-4 He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: "Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?"
5-6 He said, "Who are you, Master?"
"I am Jesus, the One you're hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you'll be told what to do next."
7-9 His companions stood there dumbstruck—they could hear the sound, but couldn't see anyone—while Saul, picking himself up off the ground, found himself stone-blind. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. He continued blind for three days. He ate nothing, drank nothing.
10 There was a disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision: "Ananias."
"Yes, Master?" he answered.
11-12 "Get up and go over to Straight Avenue. Ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus. His name is Saul. He's there praying. He has just had a dream in which he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again."
13-14 Ananias protested, "Master, you can't be serious. Everybody's talking about this man and the terrible things he's been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he's shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us." 15-16 But the Master said, "Don't argue. Go! I have picked him as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews. And now I'm about to show him what he's in for—the hard suffering that goes with this job."
17-19 So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, "Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul's eyes—he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.
19-21 Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples, but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, "Isn't this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn't he come here to do the same thing—arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?"
22 But their suspicions didn't slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah.
23-25 After this had gone on quite a long time, some Jews conspired to kill him, but Saul got wind of it. They were watching the city gates around the clock so they could kill him. Then one night the disciples engineered his escape by lowering him over the wall in a basket.
26-27 Back in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn't trust him one bit. Then Barnabas took him under his wing. He introduced him to the apostles and stood up for him, told them how Saul had seen and spoken to the Master on the Damascus Road and how in Damascus itself he had laid his life on the line with his bold preaching in Jesus' name.
28-30 After that he was accepted as one of them, going in and out of Jerusalem with no questions asked, uninhibited as he preached in the Master's name. But then he ran afoul of a group called Hellenists—he had been engaged in a running argument with them—who plotted his murder. When his friends learned of the plot, they got him out of town, took him to Caesarea, and then shipped him off to Tarsus.
31 Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country—Judea, Samaria, Galilee—the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully.
32-35 Peter went off on a mission to visit all the churches. In the course of his travels he arrived in Lydda and met with the believers there. He came across a man—his name was Aeneas—who had been in bed eight years paralyzed. Peter said, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" And he did it—jumped right out of bed. Everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him walking around and woke up to the fact that God was alive and active among them.
36-37 Down the road a way in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, "Gazelle" in our language. She was well-known for doing good and helping out. During the time Peter was in the area she became sick and died. Her friends prepared her body for burial and put her in a cool room.
38-40 Some of the disciples had heard that Peter was visiting in nearby Lydda and sent two men to ask if he would be so kind as to come over. Peter got right up and went with them. They took him into the room where Tabitha's body was laid out. Her old friends, most of them widows, were in the room mourning. They showed Peter pieces of clothing the Gazelle had made while she was with them. Peter put the widows all out of the room. He knelt and prayed. Then he spoke directly to the body: "Tabitha, get up."
40-41 She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up. He took her hand and helped her up. Then he called in the believers and widows, and presented her to them alive.
42-43 When this became known all over Joppa, many put their trust in the Master. Peter stayed on a long time in Joppa as a guest of Simon the Tanner.

exodus 6

1 God said to Moses, "Now you'll see what I'll do to Pharaoh: With a strong hand he'll send them out free; with a strong hand he'll drive them out of his land."
2-6 God continued speaking to Moses, reassuring him, "I am God. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as The Strong God, but by my name God (I-Am-Present) I was not known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the country in which they lived as sojourners. But now I've heard the groanings of the Israelites whom the Egyptians continue to enslave and I've remembered my covenant. Therefore tell the Israelites:
6-8 "I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I'll take you as my own people and I'll be God to you. You'll know that I am God, your God who brings you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I'll bring you into the land that I promised to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and give it to you as your own country. I AM God."
9 But when Moses delivered this message to the Israelites, they didn't even hear him—they were that beaten down in spirit by the harsh slave conditions.
10-11 Then God said to Moses, "Go and speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt so that he will release the Israelites from his land."
12 Moses answered God, "Look—the Israelites won't even listen to me. How do you expect Pharaoh to? And besides, I stutter."
13 But God again laid out the facts to Moses and Aaron regarding the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he again commanded them to lead the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.
14 These are the heads of the tribes:
The sons of Reuben, Israel's firstborn: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi—these are the families of Reuben.
15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar, and Saul, the son of a Canaanite woman—these are the families of Simeon.
16 These are the names of the sons of Levi in the order of their birth: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
17 The sons of Gershon by family: Libni and Shimei.
18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Kohath lived to be 133.
19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.
These are the sons of Levi in the order of their birth.
20 Amram married his aunt Jochebed and she had Aaron and Moses. Amram lived to be 137.
21 The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zicri.
22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri.
23 Aaron married Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she had Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
24 The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph. These are the families of the Korahites.
25 Aaron's son Eleazar married one of the daughters of Putiel and she had Phinehas.
These are the heads of the Levite families, family by family.
26-27 This is the Aaron and Moses whom God ordered: "Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt clan by clan." These are the men, Moses and Aaron, who told Pharaoh king of Egypt to release the Israelites from Egypt.
28 And that's how things stood when God next spoke to Moses in Egypt.
29 God addressed Moses, saying, "I am God. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I say to you."
30 And Moses answered, "Look at me. I stutter. Why would Pharaoh listen to me?"

christian conservatism works where liberalism fails, and lives are saved as a result

Henry Martin has an outstanding post on his blog, Thoughts From Upstate South Carolina, that very clearly illustrates the completely different thought processes between the modern liberal and the principled Christian conservative. His post concerns a news article about infant mortality rates in the South, and how a Christian organization is making a difference in an area where liberal, secular government programs have completely failed. The truth is right there for all to see. All you have to do is open your eyes.

even some liberals get it!

By the week's end, even the Canadian commentariat was acknowledging by its silence that it could neither explain the tragedy nor convincingly blame anybody.
But this is most distressing for them, because along with their new secular society comes the implicit offer: "We will keep you safe in this brave new world, and all social problems will be solved." At Virginia Tech, they didn't, and they weren't. Nor, barring a massive change in societal attitudes, does it ever seem likely.
This thesis was lucidly set forth by a single commentator, and a most improbable one. The experts of our technologically advanced society, he wrote, have proven "ineffective in the crucial task of protecting the community from danger, compared to less professional players of earlier eras: family, friends, community, religion. These societies seemed better than ours at containing the violent, archaic impulses of individuals."
Their control "was based on an entire social fabric that was hierarchical and patriarchal. It included a religion institutionalized in churches and a moral code that tolerated sex within narrow limits. Parental authority was backed by religion (honor thy parents) and by sanctions such as the threat of hell."
"All this was internalized in a sense of guilt and shame over violations. There was reverence for country and a sense of debt to those who died in war 'for us.' There was a penal code that didn't stand much tinkering in the name of civil rights." Great wars provided an outlet for suppressed violence. Lynching was "institutionalized." Even "dissenters – artists, rebels, etc. – could feel a certain security that their acts would not lead to total social breakdown and chaos, frightening even to themselves."
That by-gone society, without doubt, would have blamed Cho himself for the slaughter, attributing it to a single cause: human evil. And that society "worked." What we're doing now may not.
And who was this singular spokesman? Not some rabid, rightwing traditionalist (like, say, me), but none other than Globe and Mail columnist Rick Salutin: ex-Marxist labor union leader and long-time voice of the left. What strange bedfellows these tragic and changing times do make.

The above commentary comes from a column written by Ted Byfield, and can be found at

It's always thrilling to me when a liberal is able to see a glimmer of truth.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

outstanding commentary on liberal duplicity

laurie david is a real genius!

Laurie David is the producer of Brother Gore's sci-fi flick, and she, along with Sheryl Crow and others, has joined the Travelin' Salvation Show.

Last week, I saw a news clip showing Mrs. David telling a group pf high school students that global warming doesn't just mean that the earth will get warmer.


She said that global warming can cause the earth to get warmer, but that it can also cause the earth to get colder sometimes. Global warming can cause blizzards and arctic temperatures, as well as flooding from melting ice caps and tropical temperatures.

I say again---Huh?

Really now, when the dim bulbs of the global warming circus start saying silly stuff like that, just how do you expect those of us who are actually sane to take them seriously?

this is why liberaliars are so dangerous!

So extreme and inflexible is the Ginsburg position on a woman's right to control her own destiny that she writes, "the notion that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act furthers any legitimate governmental interest is, quite simply, irrational."
Oh? So it is irrational to contend that the government has a legitimate interest in protecting the life of an unborn human being?
Talk about the language (and logic) being turned inside out!

I would add to that last remark by David Limbaugh that it is also morality that is being turned inside out.

read this, and just try to tell me that hillary isn't more offensive than imus!

interesting stories from accuracy in media How Hillary's Hit Man Got Imus NBC: The Al-Jazeera of Psychotic Killers

let's play the "what if" game

What if.....a college student stalked female students, and sexually threatened them? What if this same college student wrote poetry and "creative writing" stories depicting unspeakable violence against women? What if this same student made all of the female students in his creative writing class feel so unsafe that they all stopped attending class? What is these were not isolated incidents? What if, instead, they were part of a pattern that the campus administration, campus police, faculty, students, and the local law enforcement were all aware of? In other words, what if everybody knew about the behavior of this college student? How would they respond?

What if.....a college student, attending a college where it was illegal to carry a concealed weapon, suddenly decided that he was going to break the law and start carrying a gun. What if that college student was caught, and then told police that he was scared for his safety in the wake of the Va Tech massacre and that he wanted to protect himself? What if that college student told the police that he didn't care what the law said, that he was going to carry a gun anyway because he just didn't trust campus officials to protect him? How would the authorities respond?

Question---What would happen to each of these two students? Another way of asking the question---Which of the two students would go to jail?

Last question--based on your honest answer to the above questions, just how screwed up is our society?

pointless liberal navel gazing

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The student slouched into his chair, his face wrapped in sunglasses, the brim of his baseball cap pulled down low over his eyes. The Virginia Tech professor who took a seat across from him did so because there didn't really seem to be any other option.
But in three hourlong talks that began that October day, Lucinda Roy edged away from the lesson plan for her class of one, moving beyond poetry and drawing the darkly troubled student, Seung-Hui Cho, into a tortured and all-too-brief conversation about the human need for friendship and the pain of being trapped inside oneself.
Looking back, it may have been the closest anyone ever came to reaching the brooding loner before he metamorphosed into the gunman responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
But soon after their meetings in 2005, Roy -- who alerted university officials with her fears about the student and tried to get him into counseling -- lost touch with Cho. The semester ended. She went on leave. They exchanged e-mails once or twice. Then nothing.
It is only now that she asks herself: What if . . . ?
Roy has wrestled with that question endlessly in the past few days. And it is a variation of the one that now haunts this quarrystone campus and mountain town, an aching doubt that grows with each new revelation of missed signals and miscalculations, twists of fate and legal loopholes, and what appear increasingly like a series of lost opportunities to avert tragedy.
"That's a question I'll probably be asking myself the rest of my life," Roy said. "What else could I have done? Could I have done more? I think probably all of us could have done more."

Lucinda Roy has been quoted frequently in the news about the Va Tech Monster. Quite inadvertently, I'm sure, she has given us a very clear picture of the liberal mindset. Let's first look at the facts that we can all agree on.

1. In all of the interviews that Roy has given, she has never used the word "evil" to describe the killer. She has talked about him being "lonely" and "aggressive" and "isolated" and "edgy" and "darkly troubled," but she has never used the word "evil."
2. When Cho was in Roy's class, he wrote poems that were sexually explicit and aggressive, and he directed them at female students in his class. He also used his cell phone camera to take "private parts" photos of those female students from under his desk. All of the female students in that class felt so violated, and so endangered, that they stopped coming to class.

Those are the facts. Now, how did Roy respond? First, she notified her department head. Second, she expelled Cho from her class. Third, she notified the campus cops. Fourth, she began meeting with Cho one-on-one in an attempt to "engage" him and to make him feel less isolated. Fifth, she "lost touch" with Cho because, well, she went on leave and he didn't respond to her e-mails, and she had stuff going on, on.

I'm a teacher, so I feel somewhat qualified to evaluate Roy's response to the situation. Let me tell you how I would have responded.

I would have immediately notified the Blacksburg Police Dept. I would have told them that I had a student in class who had sexually threatened female students in my class, and that I wanted him arrested. If the police were anything less than rigorous in their handling of the situation, I would have then gone straight to the police chief and the mayor to vigorously voice my concerns. I would have made it abundantly clear that the student was dangerous and that anything less than an arrest and incarceration for the "darkly troubled" lad would result in me going to the press to complain about violent, sexual threats against college coeds being ignored by the police. Understand, Cho wrote in his poems about tearing their bras and panties, and looking at their skin, and other sick stuff. Don't forget that all of the girls in that class stopped attending the class that they had paid money for, because they believed that they were being threatened. The police should have arrested Cho and he should have been prosecuted. When the police refused to do that, Roy should have raised hell until the police did their job.

One other thing--I promise you that I wouldn't have tried to "reach' the kid with one-on-one "mentoring" sessions. You see, as a Christian conservative, I understand the concept of "evil." I know that evil exists in this world, and that it is impossible to reason with or to "engage" evil in "meaningful dialogue." Evil must be recognized for what it is, it must be forcefully confronted, and it must be eliminated by any means necessary. Conservatives understand this. Liberals don't. That is why massacres like this happen in "zones of liberalism"--like colleges and public schools.

acts 8

1-2 That set off a terrific persecution of the church in Jerusalem. The believers were all scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. All, that is, but the apostles. Good and brave men buried Stephen, giving him a solemn funeral—not many dry eyes that day!
3-8 And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God's action, they hung on his every word. Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. And what joy in the city!
9-11 Previous to Philip's arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him "the Great Wizard." He had been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him.
12-13 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God's kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip's shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn't leave Philip's side.
14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God's Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn't yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.
18-19 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, "Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!"
20-23 Peter said, "To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that's unthinkable—trying to buy God's gift! You'll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust."
24 "Oh!" said Simon, "pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!"
25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God's salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return to Jerusalem.
26-28 Later God's angel spoke to Philip: "At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza." He got up and went. He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
29-30 The Spirit told Philip, "Climb into the chariot." Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, "Do you understand what you're reading?"
31-33 He answered, "How can I without some help?" and invited Philip into the chariot with him. The passage he was reading was this: As a sheep led to slaughter, and quiet as a lamb being sheared, He was silent, saying nothing. He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial. But who now can count his kin since he's been taken from the earth?
34-35 The eunuch said, "Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?" Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him.
36-39 As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, "Here's water. Why can't I be baptized?" He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be.
40 Philip showed up in Azotus and continued north, preaching the Message in all the villages along that route until he arrived at Caesarea.
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