Nov 11, 2011


Today being a special day for our country’s veterans, I have had something on my mind that just won’t go away. A thought that seems appropriate for this day of remembrance of the service of our country’s hero’s.

This country was founded and lead by men of integrity, men who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in.
Men that fought and died for this country. Men that left their families in order to protect their freedom and their future. Men that sacrificed themselves for the good of their country.

Throughout this country’s history, men and women have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives to serve this country. They have left behind wives, husbands, children; even unborn children; babies that they would not get to hold until their service was over.

Some would never come home again…….

It seems to me that while there are still many that appreciate, with great gratitude, the sacrifices made by our military men and women, the rest of the country looks upon military service as a burden, not to be tried.

They protest and want to bring our troops home, which I am not condemning, but to do so at the price of our country’s security.

They have no loyalty to God or country. They try to undermine our nation’s morals and foundation.

Now, to the crux of the matter, the original thought in my mind;

I think when we choose leaders in this country, especially for the office of President, why would we not want someone whom served in this country’s military?

If a person is so much in love with their country, that they would risk their life to protect it’s people and freedoms, why shouldn’t they be appreciated enough to get your vote?

Of course there are a few factors that go along with the reasoning behind this, such as the respect and dignity of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We can’t let service to the country over-ride the life issues.

While I don’t want to belittle this great Veterans Day, I wonder why we ever elected a President that has no loyalty to this nation, whom went abroad to bash this nation, and whom has never served this country (or stuck his neck out) to show his pride in this country.

I hope we do a better choice of selecting future leaders for the greatest nation in the world,




Nov 8, 2011

The Screwtape Letters (part VI)

18) The Enemy's demand on humans takes the form of a dilemma; either complete abstinence or unmitigated monogamy. Ever since our Father's first great victory, we have rendered the former very difficult to them. The latter, for the last few centuries, we have been closing as a way of escape. We have done this through the poets and novelists by persuading the humans that a curious, and usually short-lived, experience which they call "being in love" is the only respectable ground for marriage; that marriage can, and ought to, render this excitement permanent; and that a marriage which does not do so is no longer binding. This idea is our parody of an idea that came from the Enemy (God).

Now, more than ever, music, books, movies; all the forms of communication, have a huge influence upon our culture. As mass communication grows, so does the evil of decadence.

While poetry, books and music can certainly lift our hearts and minds to the Divine, it can also lead us down the road to destruction. Satan once again is out to confuse the good with the bad.

Today's modern poets and writers spew nothing but illicit and explicit garbage in their works.

Have you listened to what is on the radio these days?
Have you seen the popular movies and television shows airing these days?
Have you glanced over at the magazine rack in the store lately?

You will be hard pressed to find any of these that do not reference something sensual or offensive. Most of the time, you will find it hard to see anything that isn't offensive to anyone with morals.

Now imagine our youth (as well as the rest of us) being bombarded by all these images, these idea's, these
false ways to happiness, to love.

No wonder there are so many broken marriages, unhappy people, depressed children. People now-a-days
try to live their lives according to what they see in all this media.
But, what they fail to see, is the lives behind the music, videos, actors and actresses. Those peoples lives are in shambles and those who idolize them, who try to live the lives they see, are going to go the way of the current. Dead bodies (and souls) float downstream.

The attack of Satan on sacrament of marriage has taken on many forms, especially in our recent times.
Satan has turned "love" into just a fleeting moment or word instead of the eternal "love" that God speaks of throughout the Scriptures.

Love is a word meant to be descriptive for us in relationship; relationship with God, with our spouses, with our children and with our fellow mankind.

Now, once again, Satan has taken something good and turned it into a catch phrase; we "love" our pet, we "love" our house, we "love" our favorite TV program; we "love" to do this and that.
We cannot have a relationship with our car, home, or I-POD.

Modern culture has rendered the word "love" meaningless; so meaningless, that our youth has no idea what love actually means. The sacrificial aspect of love is lost. The very cause of love (God) is forgotten.

So, as Screwtape points out, when all the meaningless "feelings" of love is gone, so does the marriage.
Satan has convinced the culture that "love" is nothing more than a word or a feeling, so people have no idea what the basis of their marriage is for other than feeling good and having fun together.

Without the foundational, sacramental basis of marriage, which is God, your marriage will have a hard time surviving the non-fun, non-exciting times and days of our lives.

There is so much more I could comment on this, but just be aware of what you are committing yourself to when you make a covenant with the Lord. It is binding forever.

There is also something that most people don't think about when it comes to marriage;

Most people scoff at the thought of becoming a priest or religious because "there is no way they can be abstinent"; that is just not normal.
Of course they are talking about cultural "normality" and not "normal" according to Gods plan.

So what does abstinence have to do with marriage?
Is that normal?

It may not be "normal" since we are called to give all of ourselves in marriage, but there are times when we can or even are hurled into it.

Abstinence in marriage can occur if you use NFP for your family planning.
Abstinence can also be sacrificial if agreed upon by husband and wife for a kind of fasting (for lack of better terminology).

There is another reason for abstinence in marriage, which Satan will test your "being in love".
The unplanned abstinence brought about by an accident, physical or mental situation or disease.
This is when a husband and wife find out truly how much they are in love; how much they are loved; how well the foundation of their marriage actually is.

Most younger couples never think about that since it seems they have their whole lives ahead, but it could happen at any time; and this is probably one of the most thought provoking situations that one should think of when contemplating marriage. The true test of your love is, if you are willing to sacrifice the pleasures of the flesh and live Gods covenant through the wandering in the desert to the valley of death.

Nov 1, 2011

Occupy jobs, the other percent

I will try to be charitable as I delve into the “fashionable” new cult known as “Occupy Wallstreet”, but this situation really “burns my britches”.
While I am sure that there are a few people that are actually sincerely concerned with the issues that this latest ploy of the leftist has brought forward; but, for the most part, the rest of the cohort are just paid political activists or blind sheep being lead to the slaughter.

I used to get mad at seeing large corporations that would lay off thousands of people only to see the guys at the top of the ladder getting unfathomable bonuses at the end of it all.

That is not right. I agree. No argument there.

My beef is the fact that these “occupiers” are not protesting in front of any of the other
“1 Percenters”.

Where are the protests in front of all the pop stars and athletes homes such as Forbes wealthiest celebrities?

1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Tiger Woods
3. Madonna
4. Rolling Stones
5. Brad Pitt
6. Johnny Depp
7. Elton John
8. Tom Cruise
9. Jay-Z
10. Steven Spielberg
11. Tom Hanks
12. Grey's Anatomy Cast (what the heck is this about?)
13. Howard Stern
14. Angelina Jolie
15. David Beckham
16. Phil Mickelson
17. David Letterman
18. Bon Jovi
19. Donald Trump
20. Celine Dion

We have a whole athletic league (NBA) shut down because they want to make more money as if millions a year isn’t enough.

I haven’t heard a word about George Soro’s, Planned Parenthood, Solyndra or any other person or business associated with the far left. It’s alright for them to have money or waste millions of tax dollars, right?

A large number of those from the “occupiers” that I have seen interviewed are college, or post college students looking for a free ride.

We have raised a nation of ENTITLEMENT babies, who are afraid of a little hard work and want everything handed to them. They think the rest of us owe them something.

I say WORK FOR YOUR MONEY. That is the way it has always been.

We should always help the most vulnerable and poor, but we shouldn’t have carry the burden of ignorant people that would rather sit in a park, smoke pot and be intimate with whomever, wherever they can.

I have to get up very early in the morning and work a job that isn’t exciting, isn’t appreciated and doesn’t pay me what I would like, but it does put a roof over our heads and food on the table for my family and that makes it all worth while.
Maybe the “occupiers” should OCCUPY JOBS (even if they are below their expectations) and work their way to the top instead of expecting to be entitled to something the rest of us has worked our lives for.

I can assure you that I am not anywhere close to being a 1 percenter, but I can assure you that if the “occupiers” are the 99%, I’m not in that percentile either.

So, where do the rest of us fit?

Uncle Sam fits us into the 15% (what I pay in taxes) that is actually funding this country (and the “free riders” ).
Here’s the new slogan for the “fifteen percenters”: OCCUPY JOBS!