Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hither and thither 3/31/10 (early pre-Easter edition)

Surprise!

I have lined up a Maunday Thursday post, and Friday is Good Friday. So here is a shorter Hither and Thither. Enjoy.
  • Inhalable coffee? I... don't think so.
  • Another government healthcare horror story. Our future? Every Dem voter says "Oh yes, please!" I say, "Please God, no."
  • In a similar vein of "no": I hope Phil Johnson's right that this is an early April Fool's joke: Desiring God Conference to feature Rick Warren? The scariest thing, though, is that I don't think they have a sense of humor at DG. Yikes.
  • UPDATE: one of my favorite pastors, Chris Anderson, offers some characteristically solid thoughts on DG/Piper/Warren.
  • We fans received the bad news this week that "24" has been cancelled. In the wake of that announcement, American Thinker bids Farewell and Adieu, Jack Bauer; and Chris Yogerst argues that leftist politics is what killed the show.
  • MSM Dreaming: there's this constant buzz of Obama and company scoffing at those who call him a socialist. Is there not one single reporter with the guts and integrity to ask one simple question? The question: "President Obama, would you please define socialism, and explain how your trajectory is a different trajectory?" Then (as long as I'm dreaming), rinse and repeat for fascism. Can't just one MSM reporter do that?
  • Yeah yeah, I know: stupid question.
  • You know, when you're just like going along, minding your own business, and you turn around, and there's a lion, right there? Yeah. I hate that.
  • Nummy, heart-attack hamburgers. Dang, now I'm all hungry.

  • Threats of violence and the right. The MSM has a long and bespattered history of blaming everything on the right, regardless of the facts. So no surprise when WaPo's Eugene Robinson delivers himself of the idiotic statement that "The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right, not the left." How about this counter? "The danger of statist totalitarianism in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the left, not the right." What is the proper response to that? Voting, persuasion, protests, peaceful resistance. Prayer. But if the left continues its intrusive overreach into policing the thoughts and lives of Americans, more discussions will begin bringing up the topic of whether the Founding Fathers were right or wrong in what they did, and how their situation differs from ours.
  • Note that the previous paragraph featured no advocacy of violence or illegal actions. John Miller offers a softer response to Robinson, but still a good one.
  • In related news: hmm, a reason to consider "going Amish"?
  • Breaking news: there's a Matt who is dumber than Damon.
  • Is anyone surprised to learn that the Obama administration's politicization of the war on terror may be resulting in endangering the lives of undercover agents? Anyone? Bueller? Didn't think so.
  • Reader Tobekiwi noted some good news and some bad news. The good news: scientists are saying that... well, they're saying that they're saying that there is a scientific basis for the plagues of Egypt. The bad news is that they get it all wrong. First, they place it in the thirteenth century BC, not the Biblical date of the fifteenth century. Second, they mess with the details. Third, they attribute it to climate change and global warming, rather than the eyewitness attribution to the mighty hand of Yahweh
  • A Haitian man was rescued after being buried for 27 days. Pretty amazing story.
  • Then, these.














25 comments:

The Squirrel said...

Mrs Squirrel already accuses me of inhaling coffee...

~Squirrel

Trinian said...

This just in! Scientists say that Global Warming will kill your firstborn male children!

Fred Butler said...

Speaking of Right Wing Wackos, did you see this compare and contrast?

P.D. Nelson said...

I don't know Dan right now I've been told to get off coffee for my health's sake and inhaling coffee is looking pretty good right now.

DJP said...

Warning: bad word or two on Fred's link, thanks to the peace & love libs.

Fred Butler said...

As a disclaimer, I should say one photo from that lefty rally has a really bad curse word in it.

Brad Williams said...

I wonder if Matthew Modine saw the video where Bin Laden's fellows cut off that young construction worker's head. Yeah, let's sit down for a chat. Good idea.

Word Verfication: actor

DJP said...

If I did a list of "How to tell if you're an anti-American tool," one of my clues would be -

"You go to chat with Osama bin Laden...and he just chats, and lets you live."

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oooo! A Wednesday bonus!

But now I'm hungry. Do those burgers come with a home angioplasty kit?

Stan McCullars said...

Debt Star is brilliant!!!

Mark Patton said...

The lion and the bear made me snort (must be in a mood). Thanks for all the effort.

CR said...

There you go again, Dan, disrupting the space-time continuum by putting H&T on a day other than Friday.

I'm still mourning over the cancelling of '24.' Stupid liberals.

DJP said...

CR - "There you go again, Dan, disrupting the space-time continuum...."

It's what I do.

Gregg said...

So much to take in digest. Yikes... what is this world coming to?

DJP said...

...and you're just talking about the item concerning hamburgers, arencha?

trogdor said...

Interesting question about socialism and fascism. It really is a great accomplishment of liberals that so many people think of fascism and especially Nazism as far-right ideology. Sadly, if he did try to define fascism, it would probably sound like conservatism, and there wouldn't be many in the media or the general populace who would know any better. So great job by them, using the public 'education' system to spread propaganda and stifle critical thinking capabilities. It's worked spectacularly, much to our detriment.

Solameanie said...

If we keep making hamburgers and sandwiches like that, we're going to have to roll our children to bed instead of tucking them in.

Fred Butler said...

It really is a great accomplishment of liberals that so many people think of fascism and especially Nazism as far-right ideology.

Jonah Goldberg does a good study on the history of fascism in his book, Liberal Fascism. Worth the read to get a good history of the early 20th century.

jmb said...

"Hey, Bin, I'm cool with you believing in God and calling him Allah or whatever. Me, I'm not sure there is a God, so - AARRGGHH."

candy said...

Not only am I dismayed by Piper inviting Warren to speak at the DG conference, I am dismayed by listening to Piper's livestream interview, and hear him state a complementarian answer to the question of Beth Moore, but not say anything about Beth Moore's less than biblical stance on certain issues. Wow...I am concerned about the little fissure happening in Reformed Circles, and it reminds me of places like Harvard which started out by training up pastors, and within a period of time, becoming a liberal institution.

Stream of consciousness commenting here.

Logan Paschke said...

I always enjoy your "hither and thither" posts Dan, just wanted to say, keep doing them.

DJP said...

Thanks, Logan. That's encouraging.

(c:

Paula said...

If you're going to seriously consider going Amish, you're going to have to suffer some serious breaks from technology. For example, you'll have to ride in someone else's van for your weekly trip to Walmart (or tie your horse and buggy to the lamp post)(this is the oddest thing to see!). You'll have to use someone else's cell phone to make your calls. When working a construction job, you'll have to use your boss's power tools...you're not allowed to own them yourself. And you'll also have to bum a ride when you take your children to the high tech hospital in the big city. As long as you're consistent in your legalism...

On a more serious note, you do have to admire the extent to which the Amish have kept the world out of their church. While sadly, they're trapped under the yoke of legalism and are slaves to their ordinances, the American church could learn a thing or two about 'coming out from among them and being separate.'

In case you ever wondered, there are missionaries reaching out to the Amish. Mission to the Amish People is an Ohio ministry that our church supports and volunteers with.

CR said...

Well, just saw and commented on JT's blog on the video explanation also.

I too am surprised that Warren would take up reading Edwards and I too am frustrated by what he (Warren) has said and written over the years.

I've seen Warren preach on Fox News Channel Christmas service and from what I've remember he gives a very orthodox message.

Piper is right, Warren does seem pretty pragmatic and like I've said many times, being pragmatic in many areas of the physical world is good, not so in the spiritual world.

I am tempted to go to DG conference this year. To see what this is all about, also because I've never been to DG conference and also because who knows what Piper will do after his Leave of Absence. Don't know if I'll have accumulated the days off I need though, by then.

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Here's an eschatology video from Obama. He talks for about 1 minute 45 seconds about Armageddon.

Click here.