Friday, June 29, 2007

Competition: That is what it is about

Liberals are out to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine. It is not really fairness they are after but the shutting up of the conservatives that are speaking up and being noticed when it comes to issues that the general public is concerned about. Most of the issues are brought up by the liberals (i.e. Democrats), and they don’t want to be hit by competition from the conservatives. And, to stop that, they’ll have to shut up the conservative talk show hosts. Then, will they go after the bloggers who oppose them or conservative television?

It boils down to the fact that the liberals do not want any competition. They want to be able to voice their opinions and keep the public in the dark about the real truths surrounding certain issues. The media is mostly liberal and they keep the liberal point of view in the eye of the public. So, if conservative radio talk show hosts such as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham are shut up, then the liberals have gotten what they want. No longer will you hear two sides of the issue, but a biased account. And, that is what they are striving for when they try to resurrect the defunct Fairness Doctrine.

The Fairness Doctrine was abolished by the FCC in 1987. Congress tried to resurrect it two other times: once under Ronald Reagan but it was vetoed, and again in 1991, but George H.W. Bush threatened to veto it.

Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have announced their support of legislation which would reverse the 1987 FCC decision and restore the Fairness Doctrine.

This proposed legislation has been routinely criticized by both conservatives and liberals in the media as a means of keeping their views from being expressed or of deliberately cutting their available air time in half. Conservatives specifically claim that liberals already dominate Hollywood, academia and much of the mainstream media, which would not be subject to the regulations required by The Fairness Doctrine. Liberals specifically claim that conservatives already dominate talk radio, which is broadcast on public airwaves.

As Daddypundit says in his post, the public no longer has to rely on access to a balanced radio show to hear both sides of an issue. We now have the Talk radio shows, Cable news, blogs, and the Internet. And talk radio hosts allow both sides to express their opinions. None of these avenues had come along when the Fairness Doctrine came into play.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Little Inconveniences

We had a thunderstorm this afternoon with some pretty high winds. Somewhere along the line, a tree fell, knocking out our power about 5PM and it is still off. So, here we are, sitting in the dark without television or use of the Internet. Oh, I have a laptop with a two hour battery which will be gone perhaps before the electricity comes on. The power company said it would be back on around 10 or 11PM. We will see.

To us, this is just an inconvenience, one we have to put up with every once in awhile. But, our 13 year old grandson is here, so he has nothing to do except play the guitar in the dark. We do have a few candles sitting around and an oil lamp, but that doesn’t make for reading, and it doesn’t take care of watching television or being on MySpace.

I remember when I was a very young child. We had only one light stringing from the ceiling in each room. Candles were in use lots around our house. We didn’t have a television until I was in the 9th grade. We didn’t have a telephone until I was about 12. The existence of games was a monopoly game, checkers, and the like. We didn’t have anything like Playstation or Nintendo. There were no iPods or DVD players or PSP’s. We played outside lots with horse shoes or washers and they were the ‘real thing’, not those that now come from the stores. Basketball was very in back then, also.

I can’t remember ever thinking that these were inconveniences. It was just the way of life back then. We didn’t feel poor or like we were doing without. We didn’t know there were other things. In fact, there wasn’t where I lived. I even remember the day they paved our road by our house in the little town I lived in. Now, we think it’s terrible when a hole comes in one of the big Interstates. In my earlier days, we had no idea that an Interstate would ever exist. We were used to two lane roads running across country, and then came a few four lanes to take the heavier traffic. Now, it’s an inconvenience to be going to work even on a six or eight lane highway with traffic so heavy you come to a standstill before you make it into downtown.

Man has definitely become spoiled! And, when these little things come our way every now and then, it upsets us to have to do without for a few hours. And, as I wrote that last sentence, the lights came back on. I was praising the Lord! We have to admit we are very thankful for those things we have to occasionally do without. We need to thank the Lord more for those conveniences, things are forefathers never had. One set of my grandparents never had a bathroom in their home. And, I don’t know how we would do without the ones we have! They first had well water, but did finally get running water in their home before they died. And, I never once heard them complain.

Senate Cloture Vote Failed

(June 28) The Senate, by a 46 to 53 margin, voted down the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1639, the so-called "grand bargain" on immigration.

HT: Don Surber

This is good news!

$3 Worth of God

"I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please, not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please."

-Wilbur Rees

I found this over at Biscotti Brain while reading on blogs this morning. Made me stop and think - just how many of us are 'playing Christian' these days?

Oh, we make it up on time for Church on Sunday morning, but we seldom dart in the doors any other time. Hey, I've been guilty with the best of them, at times! Our Bible is only opened when we manage to take it to Church. We never 'study' the Word in order to get it down in our hearts in order for it to come out when we need it. And, we need it every day to face the world.

We believe, if we 'know God' just enough, we will make it to Heaven and skip Hell. But, do we really 'know' Him as we should? Do we trust Him with every aspect of our lives every minute of every day? Or, do we trust Him when we can't find someone else to help us out - when we are in trouble, or have a sickness the doctors are confounded with? Proverbs 3:5 tells us to 'trust the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding'. Too often we lose sight of that fact. We end up wanting only a little part of Him - that which keeps us safe, out of trouble, and healthy. And, it doesn't work like that. We either take God completely, or we don't take Him at all. Can you imagine only going home when you need to get something to eat to keep from starving? You do without food until your body feels like it is going to cave in, then you go home. That is how we sometimes treat God. We want to say we put our faith in God; yet, we only use Him when it is convenient with us. As the saying goes, 'we put him in a box and only take him out when needed.' Sounds like the average game we play!

We need to realize that God lives within us, if we are a Christian. He wants us to use His power every day in every situation, not just for convenience. Convenience is the hot water to take a bath, the pre-cooked food that only needs to be microwaved, the car outside your door, the computer we 'play' on daily, and many other things that we have at our fingertips to keep us happy. Those things quickly pass away; He will be there forever. Our true happiness is in God, whether we want to admit it or not.

God is like our parents when we are young - ever there for us, always loving regardless of how we treat Him or His Son. He will 'never leave or forsake' us according to Hebrews 13:5. He gives us the opportunity to have 'all of Him'; why take only $3 worth?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Makes sense to me!

If I were to vote for the blog entry of the day, I'd have to give my vote to Dr. Sanity! His blog entry, entitled "Congress to withdraw from Washington" just touched my funny bone!

We hear about the low approval rating of President Bush being at an all-time low, but what about the approval rating of our Congress? Seems it is at it's lowest, according to the Gallup Poll.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Hand-written Bible a labor of love

Vernon Henson, now 71, had never read the Bible through when he joined the Army. He had been taught to not engage in dances and movies, so he kept himself busy studying the Bible. He began to use a fountain pen to script the NT on lined notebook paper, along with the Psalms and Proverbs. As he studied, he wrote and memorized passages. It took him 11 years to accomplish that. He had the NT bound for $4.50.

Thirty years later, at midnight, he finished the OT and had it bound in 5 volumes. It was truly a 40 year 'labor of love' for Henson.

He was working in a Funeral home, and singing with a quartet and making pies to stay busy. His close friend, Della Nelson, and her husband,said she never knew about the handwritten King James version until he brought the volumes to church. She and her husband had befriended him as a teenager and had been friends ever since.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

We are having a heat wave!

The temperatures have been in the 90's for a good while. There is hardly any air stirring, which makes it extremely hot. I was at my Mother's today, and it was 96 under her carport. Out in the hot sun, it registered 102! She had guessed 100.

The heat is enough to make you want to stay in the house constantly. And, I do stay in most of the time. But, there comes a time when you need to go to the store or go out for other things. And, you are in an air-conditioned car, feeling really good, only to have to step out into the sweltering heat of the day. It is enough to make you sick. I can remember a time when we didn't have an air-conditioned car and we thought nothing of it. My husband and I dated in a 1957 Impala Chevrolet with no air-conditioning. We just rolled down the windows (it was a hardtop) and let the hair blow. And, we bought a 1967 Pontiac GTO in 1967 in Texas before he got out of the Air Force. And, it had black leather seats - and no air-conditioning. I don't know what we were thinking!

My children or grandchildren will never know what it is to be without air-conditioning, with the exception of a unit burning out. Then, you would think they are dying! When I was growing up, nobody had air-conditioning in their homes or cars. We had only one oscillating fan in our home and we made do. We opened our bedroom windows at night and let the cool breeze blow. Now days there seems to be no cool breezes blowing. Besides, I'd be afraid to open my windows because of the crime rate in our nation. You never know who is lurking outside in the dark.

I know that we are experiencing a heat wave, but think about how much worse the alternative to heaven is going to be like! I don't understand why anyone would not want to live for the Lord and go to heaven instead of living a 'good life' for the devil and going to hell. It apparently hasn't registered with them just how hot it is going to be. For me to burn a finger taking something out of the oven is hot enough for me! Just being next to an open fire makes you hot. So why would a person want to expose themselves for eternity to hell fire?

Some think that this is it - this life on earth will end and that will be the end of us. The Bible does not bear that out. The very first verse in the Bible says 'In the beginning God created heaven and earth'.(Genesis 1:1) If He had not meant to have His people join Him in heaven, why would He create heaven?

I leave you with the following verses of Truth from His Word:

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Marriage Bliss

Visiting over at Barb’s A Chelsea Morning, you could not miss that there is a wedding about to take place. Barb’s daughter, Mandy, is getting married this coming Saturday. And, Barb is up to her eyeballs (almost literally) in preparations. She is also hosting a Sunday brunch for about 40 guests the morning after the wedding. I have been through this before,(the wedding, not the brunch) and it’s a lot of work!

No matter how much you try to make things perfect, something always goes wrong. It might be something very trivial as not enough food being prepared for the reception. Or, it could be something as bad as the lights being turned off during the ceremony, ruining the taping of the wedding (happened at my daughter’s wedding). You can do without food, but, when the wedding tape does not turn out correctly, that’s a disaster. Hopefully, nothing past trivial will take place at their wedding. We want Barb to enjoy this wedding without any problems. After all, her little Chelsea was clipped by her groomer and, according to Barb and her picture, they are both embarrassed. This is all the trouble Barb needs before the wedding!

Weddings are wonderful. It does not matter where they take place, whether in a church, at home, Justice of the Peace, or in a Judge’s office - just that both are ready for this marriage. Why would I know? Well, on July 6th, my husband I will have been married for 43 years. We did not have a big, expensive wedding. There were no bridesmaids or grooms, no best man; in fact, nobody was at our wedding, with the exception of the Judge’s secretary. Yes, we got married in the office of the Probate Judge in a downtown Courthouse. My soon-to-be husband was in his Air Force dress uniform and I was in a blue shantung dress. He was on leave for our wedding. Looking back, I would not change a thing, other than for my Mother and Daddy to have been there. But, they understood. After all, my Mother said she was not losing a daughter, but gaining a son.

When I was young, I always imagined having a large church wedding. But, it did not work out that way, and it has never bothered me. I see all the money spent on big weddings that could be spent on other things. Guess I’m just conservative. I understand lots of brides save for their wedding day and they want to splurge. My daughter did that, and it lasted nine years. Oh, she would have stayed married forever, but it takes two to make a marriage of bliss.

But, I digress. Marriage is something to take very seriously. We should marry someone of our own faith, although most do not. We fall in love and don’t give a thought to having a spiritually strong marriage. And, this will be the downfall of lots of marriages. Not all fail, but things would be better if both husband and wife were of the same faith, and Christians. When Jesus is the center of your marriage, then you have a better chance of surviving and really enjoying true marriage bliss.

To Mandy and her future husband, Aaron, I wish the best. May God be the center of your life always. And, may your marriage be steeped in extreme happiness! And, may your honeymoon be delightful!

Barb, I already see a proud Mother and mother-in-law. I know you feel like my Mom did – you and your husband are gaining a son in your family!
And, I know you already love your future son-in-law. Having been ‘watching’ you and the preparations you have been involved in for this wedding, I know you are enjoying this tremendously. As this day comes to pass, may God bless each of you with love, joy, peace, and happiness. I know it’s going to be an exciting time around your house!

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ruth Graham - Reaching Heaven

With the passing of Ruth Bell Graham this week, I asked permission to use the following poem as a tribute to her reaching that final reward.

When I Get Home to Heaven

When I get home to Heaven,
there'll be so much to see,
I'll stand and gaze for ages
at wonders all 'round me.

But this one thing I long to do
as soon as e'er I can:
I want to look on Jesus--
His head, His feet,His hands.

I want to see the nailprints
my Savior bore for me;
His precious flesh, so torn and scarred-
Those scars that set me free.

I would not ask to touch them,
or even to presume
That I, one so unworthy,
should brush those holy wounds.

I wish that I, like Mary,
might fall before Him there.
And wash His feet with teardrops,
And dry them with my hair.

Not having costly perfume
to lavish on Him, then
I'd simply pour out all my love,
and kneel and worship Him.

I'd look into His tender eyes,
His gentle smile to see.
I'd whisper how I love Him
for all He's done for me.

And then throughout Forever,
I"ll sing about His Love,
And tell the wondrous story
in Heavenly courts above.

Copyright Ruth Martin October 2001

Can you imagine the look on her eyes as Ruth gazed upon the beauty awaiting her as she reached those golden shores! When she entered the heavenly portals, the greatest gift all was her ability to look upon the face of Jesus, the one she had so willingly served most of her life. She no longer had to read about Him; she was with him for eternity!

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ruth Bell Graham dead at age 87

Ruth Graham went to be with the Lord at 5:05 Thursday afternoon. She was at home in Little Piney Cove, NC, with her husband, Billy Graham, and all 5 of her children surrounding her bed.

"Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team," Billy Graham said in a statement. "No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support.

Ruth met Billy at Wheaton College. He courted her and, after their graduation in 1943, they were married. Billy began his evangelistic service, going away from home for extended visits, and Ruth once said, "I'd rather have a little of Billy than a lot of any other man."

They had originally moved in a house in North Carolina across the street from her parents. But, in 1956, they needed privacy from gawkers, so they designed a cabin in the mountains in the small town of Little Piney Cove, and built it from old cabin wood. Billy often used it for a retreat from the evangelistic field.
Though the wife of a famous Baptist minister, the independent-minded Ruth Graham declined to undergo baptism by immersion and remained a loyal, lifelong Presbyterian. When in Montreat, a town built around a Presbyterian conference center, Billy Graham would attend the local Presbyterian church where his wife often taught the college-age Sunday School class.

Along with her 14 books, Ruth Graham wrote an autobiographical "Footprints of a Pilgrim".

Earlier this week, Billy Graham said that his wife was "close to going home to Heaven." Tonight, she has gone on to her Heavenly reward.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ruth Graham in a coma

Photo AP-Chris O'Meara Ruth Graham - photo AP by Chris O'Meara
Life on this earth seems to be coming to a close for Ruth Graham, wife of Billy Graham,who is known as America's pastor. She has been suffering from pneumonia lately, and slipped into a coma. Her husband and children are by her side.

Ruth Graham may not have been as visible in public as her husband, but she is well known. She has raised her children to know the Lord. Each of her 2 sons and 3 daughters are in ministry work. And, Ruth is the author of 14 books, including It's My Turn. She and her husband were also recipients of the US Congressional Gold Medal in 1996 for their "outstanding and lasting contributions to morality, racial equality, family,
philanthropy, and religion." (Congressional Gold Medal Recipients)

Rev. Graham will not be the same without his beloved wife of 64 years.

"Ruth is my soul mate and best friend, and I cannot imagine living a single day without her by my side. I am more in love with her today than when we first met over 65 years ago as students at Wheaton College."

Mrs. Graham turned 87 last Sunday. She received several visitors, but slipped into a coma yesterday. Earlier in the week, they decided to withdraw solids and liquids from her feeding tube, okayed by her doctors, because she was slipping in and out of consciousness. Earlier, she had been asking for Coca-Cola, chocolate, and gravy.

Mrs. Graham will buried in Charlotte, NC, at the site of Billy Graham's library, and not in the mountains where she had originally asked to be buried.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #35

Thirteen Things I did today

1. Got up earlier than usual – I’m a late sleeper and a night owl!
2. Did my Mother’s hair and fixed her medication for next week.
3. Took my Mother for her check up at the Drs.
4. Took Mother to eat at Cracker Barrel and had deep-fried Catfish! Yummy!
5. Picked up a few odds and ends at Wal Mart. Never can go near that store without having to go in and buy something!
6. Picked up one of my grandson’s a chicken sandwich at McDonald’s.
7. Washed 2 loads of clothes.
8. Filled my dishwasher and washed the dishes.
9. Took some pictures of the sunset this afternoon for a Flickr challenge. Mine aren’t all that good. But, some of the others really outdid themselves! My sky didn’t co-operate.
10. Watched the Country Music Awards with my husband. My favorite country singer, George Strait, won best song of the year. He should have been best Entertainer and best album. But, guess some of the others needed the win more.
11. Looked at flowers and longed to buy some for my pots outside. But I decided it was too hot right now to plant flowers. Besides, we’ve not had any rain in weeks! There’s going to be a water shortage and why pay for flowers you may not be able to keep alive
12. Emailed friends after getting on the computer. I’m actually ON my laptop, and my grandsons aren’t for a change. My daughter’s two younger boys are here – ages 11 & 13, and they love my laptop.
13. Stayed up too long tonight (I'm addicted to this laptop!)! I must get in the bed. My husband was off today and he will be off tomorrow. So, I need to get in bed – morning comes EARLY with him.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Soldier urges media to shift news to successes in Iraq

Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Jim Funk, from Iowa, recently sent family and friends back here in the United States a letter. He discussed how things were going in Iraq. And, he feels tired and disgusted.

When they watch the news there, they never see the successes that they are having there in Iraq. It is always what has gone wrong, how many soldiers have been killed, etc, but never about what has gone right. In other words, they keep up their own morale. It's not because they are encouraged by the news they hear from home. He says how can the public and media be supporting the troops, if they are not supporting the missions they are on.

Here is part of the letter that found it's way to the journalist who reported this:

"Hello media, do you know you indirectly kill American soldiers every day? You inspire and report the enemy's objective every day. You are the enemy's greatest weapon. The enemy cannot beat us on the battlefield so all he does is try to wreak enough havoc and have you report it every day. With you and the enemy using each other, you continually break the will of the American public and American government.

"We go out daily and bust and kill the enemy, uncover and destroy huge weapons caches and continue to establish infrastructure. So daily we put a whoopin on the enemy, but all the enemy has to do is turn on the TV and get re-inspired. He gets to see his daily roadside bomb, truck bomb, suicide bomber or mortar attack. He doesn't see any accomplishments of the U.S. military (FOX, you're not exempt, you suck also).
Funk says:
"We, the soldiers, keep breaking the back of the enemy. You, the media, keep rejuvenating the enemy.
I don't blame this soldier and many like him who are disgusted with the news shown on the television every single day. I have always felt this is a one-sided love affair, so to speak. The media loves to give the public the news, but only one side - their side. Why not try and build up the morale of those soldiers who are fighting this war, who are giving their lives for our country? Why show all the destruction caused by the insurgents? Instead, show the good our military has done and is doing every day there? Why not show the pictures on the news of the soldiers befriending the Iraqi's, and the Iraqi's who are happy to have our military over there? Stop enabling the enemy!

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

The "Me, Myself, and I" mentality

I recently received a newsletter from a pastor’s wife. The topic was ‘Me, Myself, and I’. Her husband had read an article about ‘Children’s Laws’ in an email about how they always have me, myself, or I connected to anything they do or say.

I went through this with my two children as they grew up. Our son was the oldest by almost 3 years. He had always been the center of attention, and every thing in sight was his, or so he thought. So, when his baby sister came along and got to the age she could sort of play with him, he took control. He took his place of authority; his mentality was, ‘every thing I have is mine – keep your hands off. And, every thing you have is mine – so give it to me.’ Often, we were stepping between the two because of this strong-willed child. He was never mean to her – just possessive of his/her things.

As little children, we learn to take control. We put our wants first, regardless of how it hurts someone else. Seldom do we find a child giving into another child until after a first encounter. Children have friends, but do not let a friend cross over the threshold of ‘my property’! The mentality is, “if I want you to play/hold/touch my things, I’ll let you know; otherwise, hands off!”

In our Christian walk, we sometimes treat God with this same mentality. You would have thought, through the years we would have learned a few lessons of ‘me, myself, and I’, and how it sometimes got us into trouble we could have otherwise avoided.

We all know the number one commandment from God: Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Do we love God with all our heart? Or, do we just think we do? Love should never cease. In other words, God should be in our heart and minds continually. But, we, as humans, constantly put ‘me, myself, or I’ before God with our actions. Christianity isn’t a religion, but a relationship with God. It should be our desire to always be in communication with God. But, as I said, we are humans, and we make mistakes. We get in a rush and the ‘me, myself, and I’ mentality gets hold of us and we decide we can ‘do it on our own volition.’

The POWER is all ours – after all, God gave us humans ‘free will’. But, when we leave Him out of our plans/our daily lives, we must accept the consequences of our actions. Sometimes those consequences are too hard to bear, and we have to come back to God – His Love is always there, whether we give him our full, undivided attention/love or not. I John 4:8 says that ‘God is love’. After all, He gave His only Begotten Son to die for all our sins. He knew that man would fail in his obedience to Him and His commandments. Jesus Christ became our advocate (I John 2:2) with the Father. The next time this mentality strikes you, remember God was never selfish. Think back to what He has done for us: He shared His Son with us, and He loves us. If we would develop His traits, just think what we could do for ourselves, our families, and for the world. Selfishness is not a trait that endears us to anyone, but having the spirit of love and compassion will.

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