Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Quick & Deliberate Thoughts

Yes, I'm not blogging like I used to. I began a new career as a contractor doing web site design and development. I'm extremely busy, which is a good thing. I still have dreams of owning a large parcel of land in the mountains, near a river or stream, and making it a children's home. But until then, off to work I go.

1. Ports & the UAB: Bad communications by President Bush and even worse rhetoric by the Liberals. Heck, Bill Clinton's been doing business with the UAB for years. Is this cause for concern? Yes, but China's been running two ports on both sides of our country for years as well. Maybe this trade thingy is getting a little out of hand...
2. Civil war in Iraq: Bound to happen with multiple-Muslim extremist groups wanting control of the country. They'll blow themselves up before peace will take place. I predict by the time we evacuate, the country will be torn apart and a nearby country will invade.
3. Iran: Remember what Reagan did to Libya? If the United Nations won't take a firm stand against them, I believe a nice, precise, military strike is in order: No more, no less. Besides, if Iran's President keeps shooting off his mouth, his residence will receive the same treatment.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Patriot Guard Riders

CNN.com: Bikers roll to military funerals to oppose anti-gay protests

Fred Phelps, fundamentalist minister, and his believers are protesting military funerals due to - get this - homosexuality in the United States.

"Phelps believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that he says harbors homosexuals. His protesters carry signs thanking God for so-called IEDs -- explosives that are a major killer of soldiers in Iraq."

Phelps, and his 'clan', don't understand the words "grace" and "forgiveness". All they do is show hatred and give Christians a bad name.

Praise to the Patriot Guard Riders who show the true spirit of our country and the respect they give to our soldiers fighting for freedom.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Movie Plug: The Second Chance

I caught this from Crosswalk.com:

The Second Chance starring Michael W. Smith and Jeff Obafemi Carr

I saw the two minute trailer with my wife and we were both in tears.

My question is: How many of you deep-hearted Christians, lay leaders, and ministers are going to see this movie and be moved by it? I don't just mean moved to tears...oh no. I mean MOVED by it! Moved by the Spirit to do something instead of wagging a finger or shaking your bobble-head.

Want to make an impact? Get your hands dirty and show Christ's love in the community.

It is so easy to become a member of country-club church. Just put some money in the basket, say a prayer, and all will be well. Heck, most of you have been living like that most of your God given lives. You belive someone else should be the servant; someone else can be the missionary.

Our culture is still a suit wearin', drive the best car, stock market, consumer driven culture. It's been that way now for over 50 years! Nothing's really changed. IPOD's? They were first the portable tape players back in the early 80's. Everyone had to have one. They came large or small; with or without radios; different headphones for different ears. You name it, everyone had to have one.

Get over it.

While many of you are contemplating overseas missions, contemplate this: As I am writing this, there are children in the United States who are going to bed hungry. There are the homeless. There are the poor. There are the foresaken. These are GOD's people.

You get the picture.

Watch the movie.
Get dirty.
Show Christ's love.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Katrina Report

This from Neal Boortz: Nealz Nuze dated 02/15/2006

According to the report, Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin waited until too late to evacuate the city. They had warnings 56 hours before landfall of what might happen, yet chose to wait until 19 hours before the hurricane hit to tell everybody to get out. So who deserves most of the blame?Blanco and Nagin.


First of all, because disaster response has traditionally been a state, not a federal matter. In 2004 there were about four hurricanes that hit Florida. Florida responded. That is as it should have been in Louisiana. Question: Did the failure to move trailers into the area immediately cause deaths? No. Did the failure to get food and supplies into the survivors within hours cause deaths? There's no evidence of that. The deaths were caused because people didn't get out. That's a local issue, not a federal one. Had the governor and mayor ordered the evacuation much earlier, many more people would have lived. Did anyone die because it took supplies longer to get there than it should have? Maybe a few. But nothing like the more than 1,300 people who are dead...mostly because they didn't leave the city.The media and the Democrats will push the lie that it was George Bush's fault that all those people died...but make no mistake, The lion's share of the blame rests on local politicians. That would be Blanco and Nagin.

Pointing the finger doesn't solve the problem. Sure, everyone's to blame. The real issue is what Ray Nagin, Kathleen Blanco, the politicians of Louisiana, and the Federal Government are going to do when a Category 5 or higher hurricane hits New Orleans again. Yes, again.

I've got a very bad feeling about all of this.

I've Been Tagged!

My friend, Kevin Bussey, over at Confessions of a Recovering Pharisee, tagged me. So in response, here are the answers to the posted questions:

4 jobs I have had in my life:
1. Security Guard
2. Bodyguard
3. Photographer
4. Systems Analyst

4 goals I have set for this year:
1. Find a job that allows me to be creative and happy
2. Live my calling
3. Explore more
4. Be compassionate

4 movies I could watch over and over:
1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - extended version
2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - extended version
3. The Incredibles
4. Saving Private Ryan

4 places I have lived:
1. Monroe, Wisconsin - My birth place!
2. Chicago, IL
3. Denton, TX
4. Atlanta, GA

4 TV shows I love to watch:
This may sound freaky, but I don't watch much TV. When I am, it's usually HGTV (with my wife) or ESPN Outdoors.

4 places I have been on vacation:
1. Charleston, SC
2. Chattanooga, TN
3. Destin, FL
4. Home - Yes, here in Atlanta.

4 websites I visit daily: (Not necessarily in this order)
1. Tim Ellsworth
2. Misawa's Musings
3. Confessions of a Recovering Pharisee
4. Joel Maners
5. Thanks for Noticing Me
(Yeah, I did more than 4...)

4 of my favorite foods: I am a heart attack waiting to happen!
2. Bratwurst soaked in beer and onions
3. Eggs and sausage
4. Cheeseburgers

4 places I would rather be right now:
1. Colorado Springs, CO - I would love nothing more than to meet John Eldredge and his great team.
2. Anywhere in the mountains where the air is fresh.
3. Anywhere near a trout stream for fishing.
4. Most importantly, anywhere with my family.

Try this out and see what answers you come up with.
Have fun!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mac Powell Article

From the Sporting News: Talking NASCAR, hardball and more with Mac Powell

It's really no secret: I'm a big Third Day fan. So anytime I see an article on one of the band members, I take time to read it.

In this article, writer Matt Crossman interviews Mac Powell and they cover everything from NASCAR and Atlanta sports to singing.


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Oh My Gosh!

Look at this picture. What are your thoughts?

I don't know whether to be hopeful that one day we can all look at one another, aside from our differences, and accomplish good for the people of this country OR get stuck on foolish pride.

You make the call...

Prayers Needed for Misawa

My very good friend, Misawa, was in a head-on collision this morning on his way to work. He apparently hit a patch of ice and swerved into the opposite lane. Praise God he's fine aside a jammed thumb and bruising. The person he hit was fine as well. Please keep him and his wife in your prayers as he recovers.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Super Bowl XL: Steelers win 21-10

By all means, the Steelers did not dominate the Super Bowl. Nor were they too tough for the Seahawks. The Steelers played hard and had the big plays when necessary; namely the biggest one between Antwaan Randle El and Hines Ward. Ward deserved every bit the MVP award.

Seattle was never in sync. Their receivers couldn't handle the ball and never gave Hasselbeck the chance to throw deep. Their play calling was also very poor.

Overall, I am very happy for Jerome Bettis and Coach Cowher. Bettis, who announced his retirement on national television, can rest easy knowing he went out on top.

Side Notes:
Roethlisberger's 1-yard touchdown run didn't happen. You can argue all you want, but the ball NEVER crossed the goal line.

Hasselbeck's post interception clipping penalty was another bad call. He clearly went for the tackle.

And what ever happened to the post game sportsmanship between the two coaches? I don't know about you, but I didn't see Mike Holmgren shaking Bill Cowher's hand in congratulations. Was it poor camera work or sportsmanship? Any information would be helpful.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Thoughts on Islam

CNN.com: Muslim anger over cartoon spreads

I'm disturbed by the outrage and violent protests the Muslim world is having over the cartoon depiction of their prophet Mohammed. If you view the protests, many are calling for the beheading of the writers (cartoon) or Europeans all together. Fires are burning and property is being destroyed over a cartoon.

Many of you may say, "Well those are the Muslim extremists. They don't all feel that way." And, you may be right. I am hopeful that moderate Muslims - ones who do not scorn - out number the extremists.

It is during times like these that I pray fervently for our Christian missionaries who are bravely spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May God's Hand protect our brothers and sisters in the field.

Check out Persecution.org to read the latest persecution stories.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Common Sense Thoughts

Quick little thoughts with tiny chunks of common sense:

1. State of the Union speech: Was there really anything out of the ordinary here? We're still battling terrorism; still battling gas and oil prices; and still battling the economy. Go figure.

2. Samuel Alito's confirmation: One now has to wonder about the minds of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Kennedy, Feingold, and the California Dems. What are you thinking?!? You call for a filibuster, knowing it would fail, then you vote against Alito on pure speculation that he alone is going to overturn Roe v. Wade. Is that what we American's really fear?

3. To impeach or not to impeach the President: From FoxNews.com: Left's Chorus Grows for Bush Impeachment
Notice what Representative Maxine Waters, D-CA, says:
"If a president's untruthfulness about sexual relationships is an impeachable offense, then surely spying on American citizens, undermining the Constitution and contravening current standing law are impeachable offenses," Waters said comparing Bush's alleged crimes to ones former President Clinton was tried for.

Well Ms. Waters, if you want to compare presidents we can do that, but, you'll lose. You see, the White House belongs to the people of these United States. And last I looked, President Bush did not commit an immoral act in the White House. He used the wiretapping for our safety; for our protection against foreign invaders. The murderers of 9/11 were on OUR soil and living in this country for some time. If the wiretapping saves our lives, then so be it. Besides Rep. Waters, what do you have to fear?