Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
“Many people think that the Social Security taxes they pay are held in interest-bearing accounts earmarked for their own future retirement needs. The fact is that Social Security is a pay-as-you-go retirement system—the Social Security taxes paid by today’s workers and their employers are used to pay the benefits for today’s retirees and other beneficiaries.Social Security is now taking in more money than it pays out in benefits, and the remaining money goes to the program’s trust funds. There are now large “reserves” in the trust funds, but even this money is small compared to future scheduled benefit payments. In 2017 benefits owed will be more than taxes collect ed, and Social Security will need to begin tapping the trust funds to pay benefits. The trust funds will be exhausted in 2041. At that time, Social Security will not be able to meet all of its benefit obligations if no changes are made.”
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Many of you might remember that when
I snapped this picture sometime in January, 2009. Wow! Gas for $1.36/gallon. People may have been out of work, the banks may have been struggling, foreclosures may have been skyrocketing, but gas prices had fallen to the lowest I remember them being in nearly 10 years. Today, people are still out of work, the banks are still struggling, homes are still being foreclosed, and now gas is $2.79/gallon.
As we stand on the brink of passing the most intrusive piece of legislation since the New Deal, I wonder what the President and Congress have been doing for the past year. For months the debate has been about some imaginary “health care crisis.” I hate to break it to the President and his cohorts in congress but there is a real job, housing, and energy crisis going on out there and I don’t see them doing anything about it.
Oh sure, there was the $700 billion “stimulus” package passed last year but even now most of the money earmarked for stimulus STILL hasn't been spent. Doesn’t the President have any idea on how to help bring energy costs down beyond the cap-and-trade bill which was kicked around for a while in congress? I guess there’s also Obama’s incessant apologizing and butt-kissing to the Arab nations but that hasn’t seemed to accomplish anything.
What is it with this guy? He’s supposed to be the leader of the country. He was supposed to help bring change to
The die is already cast. Democrats have already lost congress because of health care reform – we’re just waiting for the election to make it official. Mr. Obama, it’s the economy, stupid!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
“Gruesome as it is, Judas’ dead body hung in the hot sun of Jerusalem, and the bacteria inside his body would have been actively breaking down tissues and cells. A byproduct of bacterial metabolism is often gas. The pressure created by the gas forces fluid out of the cells and tissues and into the body cavities. The body becomes bloated as a result. In addition, tissue decomposition occurs compromising the integrity of the skin. Judas’ body was similar to an overinflated balloon, and as he hit the ground (due to the branch he hung on or the rope itself breaking) the skin easily broke and he burst open with his internal organs spilling out.”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
“Show me your God!” the doubter cries.
I point him to the smiling skies;
I show him all the woodland greens;
I show him peaceful sylvan scenes;
I show him winter snows and frost;
I show him waters tempest-tossed;
I show him hills rock-ribbed and strong;
I bid him hear the thrush’s song;
I show him flowers in the close -
The lily, violet and rose;
I show him rivers babbling streams;
I show him youthful hopes and dreams;
I show him maids with eager hearts;
I show him toilers in the marts;
I show him stars, the moon, the sun;
I show him deeds of kindness done;
I show him joy; I show him care,
And still he holds his doubting air,
And faithless goes his way, for he
Is blind of soul, and cannot see!
by John Kendrick Bangs