“Devil Music” Telling the Truth

Thanks to Rob for this: This isn’t news, but it still is incredibly appropriate today. But… Guns ‘N Roses is “devil music”, so why is this true? Did i perhaps get brainwashed by the tail end of the 80′s mental/metal vanguard, even after all those warnings in the christian school about the inherent evil? Am i too far gone because i suspect the roles have been reversed for the last play? And this is only one piece. from another song, Garden of Eden – “Most organized religions make a mockery of humanity, our governments are dangerous and out of control”. What the HELL? i can just see going back to that baptist church where as a child, they tried so hard to pre-brainwash me *against* the entire genre. Then i got thrown to the wolves in public schools (at almost exactly the same time as the song came out– even though i wouldn’t hear it for years or understand it for a decade). After everything, i can tell them how “our beloved, God-sponsored government” is evil, an overdose of religious freedom is poison, and, ironically, some heavy metal carries more truth about the actual world we live in. And they … Continue reading

I’m Not Alone In Thinking That “Ann Coulter is … sickening”

The independent-minded and not-entirely predictable Ed Howard, editor of the online Nebraska State Paper, has unburdened himself of a visceral reaction again. And, being often a wise and perceptive fellow, he agrees with my general take on this. (This is from Friday’s edition of the daily email of headlines I get from StatePaper.) Anne Coulter is a sick and sickening example of how politics and public discourse have been turned into a vulgar sideshow for morons without morals … Remember the 9/11 attacks? Remember the people who burned to death, jumped to their deaths, or were crushed? Do you remember that a few widows got together and singlehandedly pressured Congress for an independent investigation? Anne Coulter is an administration lapdog. She recently wrote that those widows are “harpies” and “witches.” She noted that the widows had often been on television, and said: “I’ve never seen people enjoy their husbands deaths so much.” When confronted at a book signing, what act of these widows did she cite as especially deserving of such disgusting and inappropriate mistreatment? Some of them appeared in a television ad for John Kerry in the last presidential campaign. Coulter is sick. People who will countenance what she … Continue reading

When The Money and the Power are One

I’m not an Ayn Rand fan, but you have to acknowledge some wisdom in this selection. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion, when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing, when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors, when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you, when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed. – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Author – Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco’s “Money Speech” From an older and very different kind of source – Every evil, harm and suffering in this life comes from the love of riches. – St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they … Continue reading

Lenny the Misfit

[Thanks to the Wizard of Ads for this story.] Caterina dumps baby Lenny on her boyfriend, then moves to town and gets married to someone else. Neither Lenny’s father nor his mother is willing to give Lenny their family name, so he is known only by the name of the mountain under whose shadow he was born: Lenny Albano. An unwanted child, Lenny grows up strangely in this remote, rural neighborhood without access to comic books or video games. Estranged parents. Odd relationships. A badly broken situation. But his imagination is intact. Is your imagination intact? Long walks in the hills surrounding Mount Albano cause Lenny to fall in love with animals. He loves them so much that he buys caged creatures just so he can set them free. How Lenny makes his money is unimportant. But how he spends it reveals his soul. How do you spend your money? People laugh when Lenny becomes a vegetarian. He doesn’t care. People have laughed at him since the day he was born. Lenny hides from them by taking journeys in his mind. He goes exploring, deep inside his own head. Lenny is amazed by the things he finds. Lenny scribbles his … Continue reading

Who Gives Stones Instead of Bread?

  What is hateful…is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men who, having the power to redress wrongs, refuse to listen to the petitioners that are sent to them; they are the men who, when they are asked for a loaf, give a stone. – Sir Wilfrid Laurier   This quote is from the daily email sent me by Information Clearing House. … Continue reading

Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer – And Some Good Values for the New Year

This prayer is online in a number of places. It was read in our church a couple of weeks ago by a professor of livestock management. (Yes, there really is such a discipline, and it takes some brains to master it.) Ok, I know. Enough with cowboy poetry; it’s not what this site’s really about. But it does give you a different perspective if you can just get into it for a minute or two – and some of that perspective is true and valuable. When this was read in church, in a very unromantic and unpretentious way as part of the advent candle-lighting, it was really quite a moving event. There are some quotes about S Omar Barker at cowboyminer.com, where you can also buy a book of Barker’s writing. They also provide this information: Omar was born in the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. S. Omar Barker was a rancher, high school teacher, college professor, forest ranger, soldier, outdoorsman, and legislator. He is best known, and rightly so, as one of the West’s best and most admired cowboy poets. He was named after his father Squire L. Barker but went by Omar. He often … Continue reading

The Unpleasantness of Paying Attention

Ed Howard is at it again, pointing out the obvious and the unpleasant (Nebr StatePaper.com email). I added the numbers and underlines: “We should do what can be done for our fellow Americans down there in Louisiana and Mississippi. We should also take note that, in a fell swoop and without anything resembling specific guidance for its use, Congress added $50 billion to the national debt when it approved the latest aid package. Let’s hope the Chinese and the Dutch and others remain in the mood to lend us more and more money. On the bright (?) side, Bangladesh has offered America $1 million in foreign aid. “ It seems to me that all four of his points are worth noticing. Living in society (i.e. living on this planet) with kazillions of other human beings is seldom simple and straightforward. The options, at least for Bible-believing Christians, probably do not include either a) opting out, checking out, ignoring what’s happening to others and to us, or b) hoping “they” all get somehow destroyed while we escape. We’re still under that incredibly pervading obligation to love. And, as Dallas Willard once wrote, “The first act of love is always the giving … Continue reading

Long-Distance Sin: Part II

Here’s a quote from the next page of Sin and Society. As society grows complex, it can be harmed in more ways. Those who rack and rend this social order do worse than hurt particular individuals; they wound society itself. The men who steal elections, who make merchandise of the law, who make justice a mockery, who pervert good custom, who foil the plain public intent, who pollute the wells of knowledge, who dim ideals for hire, -these are, in sober truth, the chiefest sinners. They are cutting the guy ropes that keep the big tent from collapsing on our heads. They should be the first to feel the rod. To spare them because such sins furnish no writhing victim to stir our indignation is as if a ship’s passengers should lynch pilferers, but release miscreants caught boring with augers in the vessel’s bottom. The book is online here. … Continue reading

“A Leader First Makes Himself Believe The Lie”

Here’s some of the dialog from Dilbert, from Sunday’s Omaha World Herald. Dilbert is questioning his boss about a project budget forecast: – Do leaders make deceptive forecasts and later act shocked when things don’t work out? – No. A leader first makes himself believe the lie, thus turning deception into an inspiring form of optimism. Observe. [He then squeezes his head with both hands while shouting "GAAA!!! BELIEVE! BELIEVE!" His head swells to twice its normal size.] The swelling will go down in a few hours. Then we’ll have a perfect budget. Of course that occurs in even the most mundane circumstances, but these days the parallels to real life on the national and international levels seem too obvious to bother commenting on. Unfortunately the leaders I’m thinking of seem impervious to the budget (or whatever) “not working out.” … Continue reading