Friday, September 30, 2005

Scientific Breakthrough

Some people still think the mainstream media does not have a liberal agenda.

Bullshit!

This article, which has received very little attention, proves otherwise.

For those that might just be passing by and have not really paid attention to what is going on - all the breakthroughs made in stem-cell research to date have been from adult stem cells. Absolutely nothing from embryonic stem cells.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

I hate computers

Last night I was visiting blogs on my housemate's computer. She needed to use the computer for homework so I minimized IE and vacated the computer. When I came back several hours later, I was able to move the mouse icon, minimize and maximize the IE window, but I could not load any other pages or even programs. It wasn't exactly frozen, but it certainly wasn't working. i turned it off - turned it back on - and was presented with a screen prompting me to install windows 98. (Her operating system.) Now my housemate thinks we broke her computer, because we use it more frequently than she does. (Nevermind that she was the last one to use the computer prior to those problems appearing.)

I was hoping one of y'all that knows more about computers than I do might be able to suggest some possibilities as to what could have caused this. My housemate thinks our internet usage procured a virus. This is entirely possible, as she uses Windows 98, has a cable internet connection and absolutely no virus protection. However, my limited searching on Google leads me to believe that it is more likely to be a problem with Windows 98 or the age of my housemate's computer. It seemed more like a software or hardware problem to me rather than the effects of a virus, but again, my knowledge is very limited.

Any ideas? I'd prefer not to be blamed for this. =P

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My geek is showing...

I can't help it. This is cool. =)

Not to sound maudlin

I just wanted to thank all of you that continue to read and comment here. I don't have many friends outside my family that have an active relationship with YHWH. It means a lot to me to have found this community of people that love and seek Him. You have no idea what a constant source of encouragement you all are to me.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Adultery

That's one of those words that catches people's attention, isn't it?

Today I was reading a discussion on Keer "Unplugged" regarding a book by author Debi Pearl, written as a supposedly Biblical guide for how a woman should behave in her marriage. From everything I have read, the book is legalistic and twists the scriptures, so I have no intention of reading it myself. The topic has had me thinking for the last hour regarding certain aspects of the book which were mentioned.

One was adultery. Apparently, the council in this book is that if your husband cheats on you, you need to make yourself more appealing to your husband, whether through changing your attitude or physical appearance, then you are to try and win him away from the other woman.

That is a load of bullshit.

It seemed wrong as soon as I looked at it, though I couldn't immediately put my finger on why it seemed so wrong. After all, we are supposed to be loving and forgiving. So why did that advice just taste and smell like sour milk to me? It seems very sad and pathetic to think of some poor woman having to compete in order to keep her husband's attention. It certainly is not something I would wish to do myself. After all, wouldn't that mean that she would be setting a bad precedent? She would spend the rest of her life in competition, trying to be more attractive to her husband than any other woman in his life. What would happen when she grew old, and had no chance of being more physically attractive than women many years her junior?

I realized that perhaps I was approaching the subject using feelings instead of Biblical precedent. So what did the Bible say about adultery? The first thing that came to mind was that divorce was allowed if the spouse had been unfaithful. The second was a helter-skelter rush of information regarding the most frequently mentioned Adulteress in the Bible - Israel. How did YHWH treat Israel when she was unfaithful to Him and played the harlot with other gods?

He cut her off.

He most certainly did not make Himself over in order to be more appealing and attractive to Israel. He did not compete with the false gods Israel worshipped. He allowed her to stew in the consequences of her unfaithfulness, until in her pain and distress she repented and asked for forgiveness. There was no reconciliation until there was repentance. Then He would take her back to Himself and love her once more.

I don't think there is any better example to follow than the one set by YHWH.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I shouldn't have laughed...

...but I just couldn't help it! This story evoked a very comical mental image. Now I feel like a bad person for laughing.

I have to ask though - why in the world wasn't the car in park?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Elaborating on the previous post...

Lycan and Flicka, thank you for weighing in. However, I must respectfully disagree.

YHWH is outside of time. He certainly knew what the future of humanity looked like and how global our awareness would become. He also knew that His Word would be looked to in our time as much as in Biblical times. He still chose to use the term neighbor. Yeshua still offered a parable in which the 'neighbor' was someone one came across while doing what one normally does.

Flicka, let me ask you something (no need to answer here, it's just something to think about). I'm certain you were aware of the plight of the black Christians and Muslims in Rwanda. Over 800,000 were murdered, many more suffered terribly. Did you donate any money to assist them? Did you donate food or clothing? Did you donate time? Did you feel you needed to do any of the above?

Even in Biblical times, people were aware of regions far outside their own. There were messengers that passed regularly between regions. Yet we see no commandments for people to set aside their daily lives in response to suffering they had simply 'heard of'.

Yeshua is a good example to look to. He certainly relieved a lot of suffering in His time on earth, however, he did not seek it out. The suffering came to Him. He knew what He was on earth to do, and that did not include relieving all the suffering of everyone within His reach.

I believe a few special people are chosen to spend their lives in service to others on a large, even global scale. One such person was Mother Theresa. I also believe it is fairly apparent in the Scriptures that not everyone was expected to live their life in this fashion. We see the apostles moving from town to town and region to region, but the people they converted stayed behind, in their own communities, continuing in their everyday duties. And that is where most of us are expected to serve - in our homes and our communities.

I have duties to my husband and to my son that supersede any potential duty to strangers. The only thing I can offer for the victims of Hurricane Katrina are prayers and money, and quite frankly, they're already receiving plenty of money.

I also do not feel that the victims of Hurricane Katrina have truly suffered. (With the exception of those that lost family members, or were raped, or seriously ill, which are a very small percentage of the millions that were affected by the hurricane.)

Americans, on average, own more than the Egyptian Pharaohs did! The residents of the Gulf coast were almost all fabulously wealthy by the standards of a large percentage of the globe. They should be grateful they had a chance to experience such luxury - why should they expect to be immediately restored to such a luxurious standard of living? If they have clothing, food and shelter they have more than millions across the globe.

If you still feel that I am wrong, please study the Scriptures and let me know what you find on the subject. I've already heard weep with those that weep and I believe the key word there is with. If we are not actually in contact with someone, we are simply weeping for them, which is very different and largely pointless. If we wept for everyone we knew to be suffering, we would spend most of our lives in tears.

Monday, September 19, 2005

To whom am I a neighbor?

This was a question recently posed by Justine. After being scolded for my hardhearted response towards Katrina's victims, I found myself pondering this same question. This is the conclusion I have come to on the matter, please feel free to pick it apart. As iron sharpens iron, after all.

Katrina's victims are not my neighbors, unless they move within feasible reach of my assistance. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, everyone involved was physically able to offer assistance, though only the Samaritan chose to. YHWH commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. He could have commanded us to love everyone, yet He did not. He chose the term neighbor for a reason. Yeshua, with the parable of the Good Samaritan, broadened the range of neighbor beyond that of those living next to us to those who are suffering on the road we travel.

YHWH did not burden us with impossible commands. Quite frankly, I'm incapable of feeling pity, compassion and love for every suffering human being on the globe. There are billions of them and only one of me. YHWH is the only being capable of loving and being compassionate towards anyone and everyone everywhere.

So again, my conclusion is that my neighbor is someone that falls within my physical sphere of influence, someone that I can help and provide for within the scope of my daily existence.

I do not place the Redeemed within the catagory of neighbor. They are my family. (Even when we're at odds with one another.)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I am responsible for Big Government

...because I do not give money to a church.

I tell you what, that book sounds like a huge pile of steaming cow dung.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Madness of Cindy Sheehan

For the most part, I try to stay away from blogging about this nutjob. Her latest quote on Drudge (pointed out by Andrea)* was too good to pass up though.

CINDY SHEEHAN CALLS FOR U.S TO 'PULL OUR TROOPS OUT OF OCCUPIED NEW ORLEANS'Mon Sep 12 2005 12:42:11 ET

Celebrity anti-war protester, fresh off inking a lucrative deal with Speaker's Bureau, has demanded at the HUFFINGTON POST and MICHAEL MOORE'S website that the United States military must immediately leave 'occupied' New Orleans. "I don't care if a human being is black, brown, white, yellow or pink. I don't care if a human being is Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or pagan. I don't care what flag a person salutes: if a human being is hungry, then it is up to another human being to feed him/her. George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power. The only way America will become more secure is if we have a new administration that cares about Americans even if they don't fall into the top two percent of the wealthiest."Sheehan is in the middle of a bus trip across America in support of her cause. Developing...

Apparently, our troops are not human.

And wasn't Ms. Sheehan the one talking down about the Jews, in favor of the Palestinians?

"His self" oh, how that makes me cringe!

*I'm too lazy for links. Andrea and Drudge are both in the sidebar.

The Bottomless Pit...

...is located in my son's stomach. For lunch he had one medium banana, four ounces of applesauce and one fried egg. He only weighs twenty pounds and his stomach is supposedly only the size of his fist!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A life more passionate (and less logical)

In day to day life, one sees a fairly even split between liberals and conservatives. Yet among the ranks of actors, musicians and artists, the closest thing to a conservative seems to be Governer Schwarzenegger, the RINO. What are the reasons for this disparity?

One reason, I am sure, is that all these groups are encouraged to live a life based around passion and feelings, for the sake of their 'art'. They embrace a life centered around emotional responses, a life with little room left to view anything with dispassionate logic. If it feels good, do it, whether it is drugs, alcohol, promiscuity or socialist politics.

Unfortunately, feelings are frequently deceptive, and as these celebrities rush into a life of selfish hedonism they embrace that deception. Truth becomes something to be fled from, mocked, derided, dismissed.

When I was a child I thought wistfully of being famous. Now I am grateful for a life of quiet simplicity and the ability to learn and know truth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tooting my own horn

I made a truly excellent casserole last night. My own concoction, from ingredients I had around the house. I liked it so much, I figured I'd share it.

Arielle's Mexican Casserole


1lb ground beef, ground turkey or shredded chicken (I used ground turkey)
12-16oz package of pasta (I used ziti)
1 can corn
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes
2 tbsp butter
1 packet taco seasonings
1-2 cups sour cream
shredded cheese (how much you add depends on how much of a cheese fiend you are!)
Crushed red pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, etc.

Brown the meat, add taco seasonings according to directions on packet
Boil the pasta, drain water, add butter and stir until evenly coated

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly stir together meat, pasta, corn, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese and spices.

You can serve this casserole with or without baking it first, it is good either way. If you do bake it, make sure it has enough liquid that it will not dry out. After baking 15 minutes @ 350, remove, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake an additional 5 minutes.

This kind of casserole is easy to modify. Kidney beans or onions might make a good addition. You could add a mixture of guacamole, sour cream and chives as a topping. Anyway, should you choose to make this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Prom + Duct Tape

This site is easily the most bizarre and yet strangely fascinating site I've seen all year.

First seen on a random blog.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A sad, sad night

Tonight my husband was having problems with the computer. In the process of trying to correct them, he accidently re-formatted the hard-drive. We lost everything. We had recently placed my hard-drive in his computer and combined all our files onto the primary hard-drive. We were careless and did not bother to make a back-up of our files.

So, all his documents are gone, some of which he put a lot of time into.
All my documents are gone, including numerous short stories, mostly unfinished.
The 1,000+ songs that we had downloaded over the last four years are gone.

Saddest of all, the 250 pictures of my son and my family that we had just downloaded onto the computer are gone. They covered a span of six months, which doesn't seem like that long. Babies change so fast though! Many of those pictures were incredibly sweet and all were irreplaceable. My husband feels terrible. Not only did it occur when he was trying to fix a problem, but he caused the problem in the first place by being lazy and shutting down the computer from the box instead of going through the shut-down process.

I'm not feeling as bad as I did when he first told me what happened though. A few minutes later, I remembered that I can't take any of it with me when I die.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Deamonte Love

"In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard, this group of refugees stood out: a 6-year-old boy walking down the road, holding a 5-month-old, surrounded by five toddlers who followed him around as if he were their leader. They were holding hands. Three of the children were about 2 years old, and one was wearing only diapers. A 3-year-old girl, who wore colorful barrettes on the ends of her braids, had her 14-month-old brother in tow. The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he told rescuers his name was Deamonte Love."

After first reading about this six-year-old on another blog, I did a search to find more information. I was surprised when the top ten search results included talkleft.com, Michael Moore's website and several other liberal web pages. What was it about this story that had so captured the attention of the liberals? Then it came to me - feelings! This story provokes a very emotional response, and liberals are emotion junkies. (Perhaps we could coin a new phrase - Emojunks!)

Why?

A few days ago Vox posted a segment from a liberal woman's blog:

One thing I vow here and now--you [profanity] who want to ban birth control will never sleep. I will [have sex] without making children day in and out and you will know it and you won't be able to stop it.

This is the kind of thing that really makes me scratch my head and go "Huh?"

Does she really think opponents of birth control lose sleep over it?

Does she really think they're going to lose sleep over the fact that she's having sex while on birth control?

Does she really think that opponents of birth control oppose it because they're uptight control freaks that just can't stand the thought of women not having children?

I know several people that have chosen not to use birth control and believe that fertility is best left in the hands of YHWH. I number among those people. I have to say, whether or not birth control is legal is non-existent on my care-o-meter. If there were no condoms, diaphrams or pills, people would still practice the pull-out method (which, incidentally, actually has a slightly higher success rate than diaphrams).

It amazes me that people with a liberal mindset simply cannot fathom a conservative's reasons for wanting to put a stop to abortion (or certain forms of birth control). They cannot understand that we oppose abortion and the morning-after pill because they end life. They have so firmly convinced themselves that the 'fetus' is not a living being that they have to come up with some other reason for our opposition, which is apparently that conservatives are so anal and dog-in-the-mangerish that we oppose anything that liberals consider 'fun'.

When the courts actually work

This article details a Muslim woman's struggle to be allowed to have her face covered by a veil in her driver's license photo. Fortunately, she lost the original civil case and the appeals case.

A driver's license is optional. If you're unwilling to comply with the laws required to get one, go without. It's that simple.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Selected!

The police department called today and let my husband know that he has been selected for the next police academy - pending the results of his polygraph, physical and psych exams, which he'll take within a week. Thanks for your prayers everyone!

Monday, September 05, 2005

More about New Orleans

I perused Johnny Gazelle's blog. He was very angry about the attitude that many people have taken towards the destruction of New Orleans.

I'm sorry for the children. I'm sorry for the elderly. I'm sorry for the weak and the helpless.

I am NOT sorry for the able-bodied adults that sit around and whine, waiting for the government to bail them out of their trouble. The able-bodied adults that are clearly standing by while evil people do what they will.

Help is a gift, not a right. The citizens of New Orleans are LUCKY to live in America, where they have a government that will help them, and fellow citizens that will help them. They could be in a country where they are being slaughtered by the government and their fellow citizens. They could be in a country so poor that when disaster strikes, the government can do nothing.

If you want people to help, you can do two things - you can help them help you and you can show some gratitude!

Quite frankly, it makes me angry to be told I suck at being a Christian because I'm not saying what happened to New Orleans was terrible. I'm not any sorrier about it than I would be if I saw a murderer get hit by a car while crossing the street.

If the same thing happened where I live right now, I wouldn't be sorry about that, either!

Johnny Gazelle comments

I'll bet that abortion takes place in your city. While you may not like it or have an abortion yourself you still sit at home and allow it to happen. By your definition your own city deserves to be wiped off the map with you left there to be raped and beaten by some of the lowlifes that inhabit every town.

Matthew 7:5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.


As it so happens, Johnny, I agree with you. My city does deserve to be wiped off the map, along with the rest of humanity, myself included. We are a desperately wicked race. If it were not for Father's loving mercy, we as a people would have ceased to exist long ago. It is only by grace that I am saved.

In the Old Testament, YHWH ordered the destruction of entire civilizations, down to the last man, woman and child, for sacrificing their children to Moloch, among other abhorrent behaviors. In the New Testament, He killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying.

YHWH is merciful, but He is also the Judge. You will have a very warped view of Him if you dismiss either of these aspects.

As to Katrina being a direct judgement from God - well, I can't say one way or another. But I do believe in an established, divine rule - sow the wind, reap the whirl-wind.


Friday, September 02, 2005

Everything works together...

...for good, for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Today, while perusing this site (specifically this section), I came across a prophecy regarding the land of the Philistines - which is modern-day Gaza.

Zephaniah 2:5

Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
The nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the LORD is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines;
And I will destroy you
So that there will be no inhabitant.


It came to me quite suddenly that perhaps YHWH allowed His people to be removed from Gaza so that they would not be there when its inhabitants are destroyed. Zephaniah continues in verses 6-7:

So the seacoast will be pastures,
With caves for shepherds and folds for flocks.
And the coast will be
For the remnant of the house of Judah,
They will pasture on it
In the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down at evening;
For the LORD their God will care for them
And restore their fortune.


It was good to be reminded that just because our prayers are not answered the way we wished or expected them to be, that does not mean He was not listening, or that He was powerless.

I have to say, I used to find prophecies rather frightening - now, I'm actually getting excited about seeing them fulfilled!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sin City

My oldest sister called me last night. She was talking about the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and how sorry she felt for the people of New Orleans. She also spoke of how she thought it was a shame that a city with such historical value had been so damaged. I listened and offered the expected platitudes, but I had a guilty secret - I didn't care. I couldn't really care that historical buildings had been damaged. They're just buildings. I had a slight amount of compassion for the people trapped inside New Orleans, but really I was just grateful that I wasn't in their shoes.

New Orleans is a city infamous for debauchery, lasciviousness, witchcraft and drunkeness. It even has the nickname "Sin City". Now, I understand that not all the residents participate in these activities. However, they obviously allow these things to happen in their city. If the residents wanted to, they could have put a halt to the debauchery. That debauchery brought the city wealth though.

Does it make me cold and unfeeling to feel that New Orleans deserved to be washed away?

Tonight, when I first went online, I clicked on an article about New Orleans. Surprise, surprise - Sin City has slipped into anarchy.

NEW ORLEANS - Storm victims were raped and beaten, fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as parts of hurricane-flooded New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. “This is a desperate SOS,” Mayor Ray Nagin said.

A military helicopter tried to land at the convention center several times to drop off food and water. But the rushing crowd forced the choppers to back off. Troopers then tossed the supplies to the crowd from 10 feet off the ground and flew away.

But across the city, rescuers themselves came under attack from storm victims.

“At every one of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are shooting at them. There are people just taking potshots at police and at helicopters, telling them, ‘You better come get my family,”’ Ben-Iesan said.

An old man lay dead on a chaise longue as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket. Another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.
“I don’t treat my dog like that,” 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. “I buried my dog.” He added: “You can do everything for other countries, but you can’t do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military, but you can’t get them down here.”


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Wow. What a lot of ungrateful bastards. People are trying to help, and what do they get for their trouble? They get SHOT AT. Then the citizens wonder why no one is coming to help them? My favorite part was where people were shooting at the helicopters in order to convince them to rescue their families. Haha! Yeah, that'll work! Ungrateful and STUPID. Whatever compassion I felt has been quickly evaporating after reading that article.

Alright, I do feel bad for the little children and the babies. I do have to wonder why they aren't evacuating children and the elderly first. Seems like that should be standard procedure.


(For the complete article, go here.)