Friday, March 19, 2010

Hither and thither 3/19/10

Well, let's see how you all are at "subtle." Today marks the date, twenty-one years ago, on which this didn't happen:
  • And relatedly, my dear and only, precious, irreplaceable gift-from God wife sent me a number of good cartoons. Here's one we chuckled at:
  • Well well well. President The One says that he will not campaign for any Dem who doesn't vote for putting your healthcare under government control. Odd; he says that like it'd be a bad thing. Given the recent elections he's "helped," I would think this would make opposition well-nigh irresistible.
  • President The One's approval ratings continue to sink gently.
  • Will it surprise you to learn that he approves a plan to reward lawbreakers with citizenship? Of course not. Natural Dem constituency.
  • But that is just part of The Obama Way: reward those who threaten and harm us, alienate our friends. I remarked on this long ago. Take the president's approach to Israel as an example.Obama flatters our enemies, gaining nothing; and harshly attacks, condemns and criticizes our ally, Israel. It is increasingly alarming.
  • But then, Democrat administrations have often been "iffy" (at best) "friends" to Israel. Raising the bafflement of overwhelming American Jewish support for Democrats. I can seldom bear to listen long to Dennis Prager; too many first-person singular pronouns per second. But he shared once how, in his never-ending exploration of himself, he once "broke kosher," just to see if it was really his conviction. And he said that was far easier to do than was his first Republican vote — it's that ingrained among many Jewish voters, according to Prager.
  • One last and sober Obamanote. In a hard-hitting essay for the Washington Times, Jeffrey T. Kuhner says:
Mr. Obama is imposing a leftist revolution. Since coming to office, he has behaved without any constitutional restraints. The power of the federal government has exploded. He has de facto nationalized key sectors of American life - the big banks, financial institutions, the automakers, large tracts of energy-rich land from Montana to New Mexico. ...The most troubling aspect of the Obamacare debate, however, is ...the lengths to which the Democrats are willing to go to achieve their progressive, anti-capitalist agenda. ...Mr. Obama is willing to devour his presidency, his party's congressional majority and - most disturbing - our democratic institutional safeguards to enact it. He is a reckless ideologue who is willing to sacrifice the country's stability in pursuit of a socialist utopia. The Slaughter Solution is a poisoned chalice. By drinking from it, the Democrats would not only commit political suicide. They would guarantee that any bill signed by Mr. Obama is illegitimate, illegal and blatantly unconstitutional. It would be worse than a strategic blunder; it would be a crime - a moral crime against the American people and a direct abrogation of the Constitution and our very democracy. It would open Mr. Obama, as well as key congressional leaders such as Mrs. Pelosi, to impeachment. The Slaughter Solution would replace the rule of law with arbitrary one-party rule. It violates the entire basis of our constitutional government - meeting the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors." If it's enacted, Republicans should campaign for the November elections not only on repealing Obamacare, but on removing Mr. Obama and his gang of leftist thugs from office. It is time Americans drew a line in the sand. Mr. Obama crosses it at his peril.
  • Mm. Says here that women prefer metrosexual Johnny Depp types to masculine Sean Connery types. Something tells me my readers on the distaff side of the equation will want to weigh in on that one.
  • QED.
  • Logos is having its March madness, in case you want to participate. I've voted!
  • When political correctness goes absolutely nuts, you get things like this: official apology issued for offending a member of the Jedi religion, by asking him to lower his hood. No, I am not kidding. In fact, with some 390,000 members, it is the fourth-largest "belief" in Britain. What I don't understand is why he didn't just wave his hand and say, "The hood is no big deal, I can leave it up"?
  • Hulk... er, that is, Invisible Hulk smash?

  • Dang! Why can't Senator Tom "I Play Hardball" Coburn be my senator? I'm stuck with Boxer and Feinstein. Grr.
  • ...aaand now comes a trailer for Terminator...from Pixar.
  • DAOD points us to an article indicating (—by Science!) that faithful men tend to have a higher IQ (and vice-versa). Before you get too excited and put it in your church bulletin, you should note: (A) it's all about evolution; and both (B) conservatives and (C) religious people also test out with lower IQs.
  • Do IQ tests factor in Proverbs 1:7? I'm thinking no.
  • This week's Romans 1:22 Award goes to the very-deserving David Attenborough. Here we see Attenborough denying the nose on his own face. Count the "ifs" and "could haves," and note the teleological language. Can't stop the signal.
  • Courtesy of reader Justin Durst, Jr. — Death Star Melons!

  • Reader Pastor John sent me this. If I am hearing him right, Randy Alcorn believes in the resurrection of the body... of our pets.
  • Maybe not this one, though.
  • I don't know this is true; but I do suspect it.

  • For you who feel this blog is too cat-friendly (from this site - but be warned of bad language):

  • Then there's all this:


Fred Butler said...

I had some guy tell me recently that Alcorn's views of resurrected pets is all the more the reason to reject premillennialism. geesh.

DJP said...

Well, at least he's thinking it through Biblically and responsi --

< coffee spray >


Fred Butler said...

Ah, I forgot to add my come back: preterist postmiller BAM man himself entertains pets being in the New Heaven and Earth.

No response from my premillennial detractor.

DJP said...

Yeah, when I have a Biblical conundrum, Haank Haaanegraaaaaf is pretty much the first place I turn.

< /blistering sarcasm >

Frank Turk said...

Obligatory quarterly comment after realizing what happened to Sheldon. Awesome.

Michael said...

I generally enjoy H&T (which means I am about to say something negative) but might need to check some of the links, the one to the Jedi religion (ableit funny) has some rather inapproprate side-bar stuff (right there when trying to read the article).

Just FYI, and it may change or rotate out, I don't know.

Tom Chantry said...

Fred - Speaking as a non-pre-millenialist: I hate stuff like that.

1. Disagree with an opinion.

2. Find anyone anywhere who holds that opinion, and also holds some obviously nutty, non-biblical opinion.

3. Link the two together, and then say, "See!"

Honestly, is that the best we can do as Christian brothers? I've had dispensationalists do that to me because I'm amilenial. I've had Presbyterians do that to me because I'm Baptist. I've had Arminians do that to me because I'm Reformed. For that matter, I've had liberals do that to me because I'm evangelical, and I've heard of atheists doing it to anyone who's a Christian.

So when we argue this way, are we merely in the world, or are we demonstrating that we are really of it?

Rabbit said...

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips.

Replace the cats in the bed with a dog - under the covers - and you've got Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit.

This administration's loathing of Israel - now they're diverting promised weapons from Israel to Diego Garcia - is just appalling. Rep. Tom McClintock also spoke out about it in the House.

From the distaff side: Sean Connery. No question. Johnny Depp needs a long soak in hot water mixed with Clorox before I'd even take a second glance.

March Madness has been ruint for me - The One predicted the two teams from my home state, one of which is my alma mater, to do well and picked one of them to win it all. Great. We're hosed.

Barbara said...

A man who remembers his anniversary. Seems there oughta be a medal in there somewhere... ;)

Barbara said...

Oh - and on the Depp vs. Connery question: neither. Connery was always a bit too "feminine" and "cosmpolitan" for me too.

DJP said...

LOL, Barbara. Well, then....


Missy said...

Eh, maybe it's the age difference but I prefer Depp. Although I like him a lot less than I used to. You know how it is with Hollywood types... the more they open their mouths, well.

I am no expert on Randy Alcorn but I have listened to "Heaven" (or some spinoff version) on audiobook. He was very hesitant to use the word resurrection in referring to pets. He was gently postulating that what if God decided to "reanimate" our pets, could God not do that? He based it on the Scripture, "Behold, I make all things new." But he was in no way dogmatic (BAHAHAHAHA!) about that.

DJP said...

Oh but my gosh, it's just so slushy. He loses focus and talks in these gauzy terms. I think part of it is "in Heaven," which isn't the way the Bible generally puts it. So that's why I think it more useful to say, "will be resurrected."

IOW, if someone asks, "Will my Mopsy be in Heaven," I would (tactfully) say, "So what you're asking is, 'Will God resurrect Mopsy with a glorified body to inhabit the Millennial Kingdom?'"

If so, on what grounds would a pet be resurrected? Pets of believers, like the infant baptism fiction of inherited spirituality? If not, then that should mean that ALL animals will be resurrected... and then yikes, that's a lot of animals!

DJP said...

BTW - "dogmatic."



Anonymous said...

Happy wedded bliss celebration day to you & the missus, Dan. May there be many more and may your tribe increase.

And as a male, I have no opinion (that I will publicly share) reagrding the whole Depp/Connery thing. Besides, I'm still mourning this week's passing of Peter Graves...

And I have to stop reading H&Ts at work. The comics and pictures tend to make me snort obnoxiously and disturb my sleeping colleagues in the next cube.

JTW said...

Pet issue aside, I've certainly benefited from Randy Alcorn's writings. His emphasis on having an eternal perspective is an important reminder for the church.

Rachael Starke said...

Re: Johnny Depp, when the article says "women", do they really mean women who went all gooey over him in jr. high when he was all skinny and cheek-boney on 21 Jump Street in the early eighties and have never let that go? Now he's forty-something and lives permanently in France, where he has adopted all of France's most undearing habits, like not bathing. Nuff said.

I'm with Barbara on Connery too. Now Patrick Stewart, OTOH....

But Mike Rowe could pulverize them both with his voice alone...

I skimmed the Alcorn book just because I was impressed by its size - approximately ten times the size of the original letter he's supposedly commentating on. Not Bibley enough for me...

candy said...

Neither Johhny Depp or Sean Connery...I think I will mention my favorite all time character instead. Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I'd rather mull over that question than focus on the fact that our country will radically change after Sunday.

Happy Anniversary!

The Squirrel said...

Happy Anniversary, Dan. And my condolences, Mrs Phillips :o)

And Obama makes me very glad that I believe in a sovereign God, who's got everything under control.


The Squirrel said...

Okay, this is just too funny. This was in the comments section under the Jedi bit...

"The jedi requires moments of solitary contemplation he does.
without the hood, look mystical he doesnt.- mmmmm?
Jedi mind trick it is.
mmmm dark soldiers of the sith empire unmasked must be. Force the dark side to apologise must he.
Strayed from the way of the force have you Colin.
- Yoda, tatooine, 18/3/2010 15:06

Doesn't look like our Jedi friend is getting much respect...



Read more:

CR said...

Barbara and Rachael,

But first Barbara - Connery a bit feminine???? (coffee spray also and chocking on mini-donut!!!)

What in the name of all that is good and beautiful are you ladies talking about Connery. You're both joking, right, you forgot to put the sarcasm remark, right? If not, Barbara, you're probably confusing Connery with Roger Moore. Connery was and is a man's man. Hands down.

Johnny Depp - yes, now that I think of it, he's metrosexual. Nothing wrong with that per se. Great actor? yes (but I have no plans to watch Alice in Wonderland).

Rachael Starke said...

"Connery was, and is, a man's man."

And therein lies your answer.

Given that Barbara and I are....not men.


DJP said...

Walked right into that, bro.

Mesa Mike said...

Ah, I get it now. The hood must be the Jedi equivalent of the phylactery. A pious Jedi he is, hmmm?

Fred Butler said...

btw, I thought I would see that cat scratching picture in here this week.

bugblaster said...

When I was a little guy I once considered a house fly to be my pet. I will be happy to see him or her again.

There was an earwig in the back yard I liked a lot too.

CR said...

Rachael - Oh, oh, looks like Rachael has the 'Obama pronounce corpsman as "corpse man " syndrome'. :=)

Def'n of man's man - "a man noted or admired for traditionally masculine interests and activities"

Note the not anything about about femininity and cosmopolitan.

What kind of...never mind. :=)

DJP - You were saying...?

SolaMommy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

I have never, for a second, been attracted to Johnny Depp. Sean Connery is way to old to be on my radar. However, Matthew McConaughey...

CR said...

DJP: President The One's approval ratings continue to sink gently.

I have to chuckle at the sinking ratings now. These people who disapprove of the President - too late now, you dipsticks. What did you think he was going to do?

And the way our elections work, Congressman serve two years, Senators, six and Presidents, four. Can't change much now, elections have consequences. Thanks for nothing.

threegirldad said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife!

JackW said...

Hey, looks like your marriage just might work out after all. She must be an awesome woman. ;)

March Madness; have any favorites that you would like me to vote on for you? The Martyn Lloyd-Jones one might be interesting, but other than that I'm not sure what to vote for so any help would ... you know, be helpful.

Paula said...

Replace the cats in the bed with a dog - under the covers - and you've got Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit.

Replace with a 15 lb. hunk of furry schnitzel and you've got our house! Happy Anniversary!

I'm stuck with Boxer and Feinstein.

I've got the John Boccieri, who is getting his 15 minutes of fame today for "flipping" on Obamacare. He tries to sell himself as a moderate, but votes with Pelosi across the board. I sure hope he got something for his vote, like one of the Manning brothers for the Browns or maybe Duane Wade for the Cavs.

Last night DS and I went to a debate for this district (hosted by a Christian group) and our favorite candidate asked the audience to raise their hands if they were fearful of the government's actions. Of course, most of the hands went up.

He said, "We've come to a horrible place when people are afraid of their government that is supposed to be 'of the people, by the people, and for the people.'" The room full of (mostly Christians) got eerily quiet for a moment. He put into words something we've all been feeling on some level but perhaps didn't articulate. The scope and enormity of that statement is stunning.

Mark Levin has already drafted a federal lawsuit, ready to file if/when this Obamacare scam passes. Read it here. It names Obama, Geitner, Holder, and Sebelius. It reveals exactly what's at stake:

The courts risk much in not acting in this case....After
all, if the House can pass a rule that “deems approved” one measure on adoption of a separate
measure and keep that maneuver from judicial scrutiny, then it, and its companion Chamber the
Senate, can do anything. There can be no doubt that the day after a ruling in this case that no
judicial review is permitted, the House and Senate would be free to adopt as procedures a lineitem
veto through use of multiple enrollments of unitary appropriations bills, deeming every item
in the bill as a separate bill.

In other words, say goodbye to the balance of powers that the founders so wisely wrote into our Constitution.

Mesa Mike said...

Here's an article on how railroad tank cars can be imploded, including a YouTube video. Apparently the tank was being steam cleaned, but quitting time came before the job was done and the worker just turned off the steam and closed the valve....

Sir Aaron said...

Is it possible with a new heaven and new earth that their could be new animals? Also keep in mind that if you believe every infant or child under the age of accountability goes to heaven (like MacArthur) then you will have a lot of people in heaven too.

Barbara said...

Returning late to this party...

Thank you, Rachel, and exactly.

One would be hard-pressed to confuse Sean Connery with Roger Moore. But a true "man's man" is by definition also a "ladies' man". And once you look past the show they put on, "ladies' men" are a frightening category in and of themselves (and I know a little something about this firsthand). Plus they just tend to be too - ah, shall we say - well-acquainted with the ways of the ladies. Very often they tend to be a bit "precious" themselves. I can't count the number of times I've remarked about some "ladies man" type of guy, "He's worse than any woman I know." Or how many bite marks I've put on my tongue as I refrained from offering them a Midol.

Pre-conversion, of course.

Barbara said...

Oh -

Instead of Connery...

Vincent D'Onofrio. Had a major crush on him and his "Detective Goren" character for years.

Guess I'm just not all that "evolved".

(disclaimer - above link is mine pre-conversion, but clean and at least halfway joking)

Paula said...

But a true "man's man" is by definition also a "ladies' man". And once you look past the show they put on, "ladies' men" are a frightening category in and of themselves (and I know a little something about this firsthand). Plus they just tend to be too - ah, shall we say - well-acquainted with the ways of the ladies. Very often they tend to be a bit "precious" themselves

Rejoining the party to agree with Rachael and Barbara. Can't you just see Connery sitting on a fine, Corinthian leather sofa, legs crossed, just so, silk scarf around his neck, sipping a brandy? Not exactly not my idea of a manly man!

Which of course brings to mind TOM JONES!! My mother used to SWOON over his swaying hips, tight pants and deep-V shirts that exposed his manly, hairy chest & gold chains. Back in the day, he was considered a manly man.

History has perhaps not been so kind to poor Tom. Our beloved Mark Steyn posted Delilah as his song of the week recently. Oy, yoy yoy! Besides the fact the song is about stalking and cold blooded murder, let's face it, Tom Jones was a GIRLY man!! sequins? (Warning: swaying hips, gyrating, and tight pants in this video!) My teen boys about died laughing at this one! How did we ever survive the 70's?

Gilbert said...

"Boxer and Feinstein"

Yeah, but WE here in Illinois gave you Obama, had Obama before he was "The One", and he and the liberal Democrats shafted this state into the ground faster than I could imagine possible. Obama's record makes Harry Reid's look like Rush Limbaugh's.

If you have any more coffee to spew, point out a window as you ponder that!

P.D. Nelson said...

Fred that is without a doubt the most ridiculous reason to reject premillennialism. Now John Hagee...

Kidding, just kidding!

Sir Aaron said...

I finally got to read HH's explanation. I was really scratching my head after that one. He references Gen. 1:20, 24; Rev. 8:9 to show animals may have souls. Talk about reading into the text.

His strongest reference is Isaiah 11:6-9. But I mean that relatively speaking, of course.

Sir Aaron said...


I find myself a bit amused too. Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do. In fact, we're fortunate that things aren't worse already.

IMHO, pastors spent too much time on the worthless Manhatten Declaration and not enough time in their pulpits telling Christians that they can't align themselves with the Democrat party and still call themselves Christian.

Rita Martinez said...

1 - Congrats on your anniversary!! :D May God continue to bless your marriage! :)
- The Jedi thing: it's ridiculous. There has to be a line, if not, anyone will make up any religion they want in which they're allowed to do who knows what and then no one will be able to say anything agaisn't it...but whatever..

- Sean Connery vs Johnny Depp: neither! Johnny Depp is weird he's not metrosexual...or at least not anymore

- The pictures were way funny! especially the one with the twins and the last one...poor cat...

- Pets in Heaven? comeee onnnn Heaven is going to be soooo amazingg, incredible, astounding, awe-inspiring, we're going to be too busy rejoicing in worshiping the Lord to even think some pet!

- By the way what is it with people hating cats o much?

Susan said...

Subtle?? You call that subtle?? Everybody knows you didn't own a computer 21 years ago!!

(J/K. Happy Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Phillips!)

CR said...

Sir Aaron: IMHO, pastors spent too much time on the worthless Manhatten Declaration and not enough time in their pulpits telling Christians that they can't align themselves with the Democrat party and still call themselves Christian.

Couldn't agree with you more, Sir Aaron. I'm not even asking for enough time, how about just one sermon?

Susan said...

"Dogmatic catechisms", Dan. :)

DJP said...

Susan - LOL!

CR - yeah, or maybe mention in one pre-election sermon that abortion is an important issue. Wouldn't that have been timely?

CR said...

Pre-election sermons would certainly have been timely, Dan.

SolaMommy said...

Apparently the post I posted yesterday didn't post.

Let's try again...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Johnny Depp is gross and incredibly creepy and Sean Connery is old...I'm not sure I've ever seen a movie he starred in. I personally think Matthew McConaughey is manlier :-)

DJP said...

Don't know why it didn't post. Some snagging. Up now.

As to... what?! Matthew McC....?

This cannot stand. Maybe I have to make it a blog decree, or rule, or something. SEAN CONNERY is the man.

In a totally ungodly way.

Sir Aaron said...

I always assumed the obsession with Sean Connery was his accent.

And in my experience, who women say they like and who they want to marry are two different creatures. I mean I don't imagine Johnny Depp ever getting up early to replace the toilet seat, do you?

JR said...

Coburn is my Senator.


DJP said...

Must be nice.


Paula said...

I personally have a congressman crush on Paul Ryan (to go with my Rush-sub crush on Mark Steyn).

And Matthew Mc? Puh! He doesn't wear deodorant, the smelly environmentalist! Rubs some sort of rock under his manly arm!

CR said, Pre-election sermons would certainly have been timely,Dan?

Can a Calvinist even preach a pre-election sermon?

SolaMommy said...

OK, I just mean he looks manly in the movies, I don't follow his personal life. Johnny Depp looks nasty all the time.

SolaMommy said...

Dan, what is your DAOD's opinion on Depp vs. Connery?

Barbara said...

All my dad's Air Force pictures from when I was only a glint in his eye through my infancy, he looked like Matthew Mc, but without the curls.

greglong said...

I don't know whether whether we'll find pets in heaven, but I do not where they won't be found (overnight)--in the bed my wife and I share.

Isn't the whole "lion lying down the lamb" thing solved pretty easily if you're a premillennialist? And I still don't get what that has to do with God resurrecting our pets, anyway...

(I'm hoping Sophie the Beagle isn't reading this.)

CR said...

Paula: Can a Calvinist even preach a pre-election sermon?

Women are on a roll in this meta, first, the man's man and now they get me on the pre-election sermon. :=)

DJP said...

SolaMom, I clearly failed in certain critical aspects of upbringing, because my DAOD is not familiar with Connery. I blame myself.

[An aside: what Connery movies could one show a family for Burger Nights? Darby O'Gill is pretty young, and I think we've done it. But not the Bond movies, not Marnie, not Untouchables, certainly not Zardoz or Outland or The Molly Maguires....]

She likes Depp, but mainly because of the interesting characters he plays. I'll second that; he has cut a broad swatch.

Mesa Mike said...

Ah, Dan.... Your poor kids. See what happens when you home school them and they don't get socialized?

CR said...

Hunt for Red October is a movie that could be shown for movie nights, no?

Depp is a very good actor, hands down, again, I stipulate, I have no plans to watch Alice in Wonderland at the movie theaters.

Susan said...

1. Sir Aaron: "And in my experience, who women say they like and who they want to marry are two different creatures."

Same could be said of some men, no? :)

2. Man's man--interesting. If I only had those two to pick from, I'd pick Connery (in his younger days). Otherwise, I'd pick Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, George Clooney and the like. Something about metrosexual males just doesn't sit right with me--well, at least I really can't think of one off the top of my head that I'd consider a manly man.

Sir Aaron said...


I'd say not to the same extent. But there is a song which offers excellent advice.

Sir Aaron said...

Finding Forrester, First Knight, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Rising Sun?

candy said...

Please do your part to get Boxer out of office!

I have Harry Reid in NV. Pray for us!!!

I have to confess that I was much happier years ago when I had no TV and no computer and had no idea what was happening politically.

Today is a bummer day politically. I am so thankful that I belong to a sovereign God. We heard a message today that talked about the passive wrath of God who lets people do whatever they want as a part of his judgement. I would say that is a good indicator of what is happening. What irks me is the possibility of seeing an arrogant, insufferable President who will be gloating all over the mainstream news. I won't watch the MSM news at all. Sorry...I am ranting.

Sir Aaron said...

Good Grief, health care bill passed. I wonder how much the stock market drops Monday.

DJP said...

So much for "There's not a dime's worth of a difference between the parties," or "I vote for the individual, not the party," eh?

CR said...

DJP: So much for "There's not a dime's worth of a difference between the parties," or "I vote for the individual, not the party," eh?

Oh, you wait, when you start doing your election stuff, they'll be people that will still vote for third parties.

DJP said...

Yes, well all those third-party congressmen did a bang-up job of fighting the ascension of Reid and Pelosi, didn't they? And steadfastly pulling together to block this horrid mess?

Oh wait, that was the GOP.

Look, I know you and I are pretty much of the same mind on this. We're not with the GOP because we're so taken with it. It's just that there are only two options, and the other one bitterly opposes every distinctly Christian value.

Sir Aaron said...

Since this topic is moved clearly into the political realm, I'm having this particular disagreement with many who think abandoning the federal government for local control is the path to correction. They think the Federal government is merely some nebulous entity made up of an elite ruling class from which the local people had no say.

Unfortunately, many local governments are far, far worse. There are currently human rights commissions in certain cities that make it illegal to refuse your business service to homosexual couples (a great difficulty if you are a Christian wedding photographer). There are places where it is against the city code to hold public Bible studies at your home. The problem is not the government, but rather with the electorate. And more specifically, I blame Christians who have for far too long allowed people to sit in the pews, call themselves Christians, and yet vote for everything antithetical to Christianity.

DJP said...

The problem is not the government, but rather with the electorate

Sad, sad, but true. The populace isn't what it was, ideologically, in 1776.

Susan said...

No joke, Sir Aaron, but I had a feeling that you were going to pick that song before I pasted your link into the browser!! :)