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Perhaps it’s Time the USDA Stopped Giving Us Nutrition Advice?

Something funny happened at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week. In an online newsletter to employees, published once a quarter, the advice dispensed was to embrace Meatless Mondays in USDA cafeterias

Is it possible — just possible — that part of the agency has outlived its usefulness? Maybe the beef industry can stand on its own. And is anyone going to argue that we’d be even more obese and out of shape as a country if not for the work of this agency?  Think of how much influence is bought and sold because of this agency.  Perhaps they should phase out and give the free market a chance.

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Obama keeps saying he has been quoted out of context, but the problem is that the larger the context you look at the more accurate the criticisms are.  Via A younger Obama considered his first employer, “the enemy”:

Obama was a low-level editor in Reference Services, working on reports describing economic conditions in various foreign countries. By all accounts, he disliked the work, not just because it was pedestrian and boring, but because it was in business.

“He calls it working for the enemy,” Obama’s mother, Ann, wrote after a phone conversation with her son, “because some of the reports are written for commercial firms that want to invest in [Third World] countries.”

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8 Ways Blacks Perpetuate Racism and the Only Way to Thwart It — “Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock are among the offenders.” — a great read.

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A good distinction that Pastor D.L. Foster noted on Facebook.  Keep this in mind the next time someone accuses you of judging (right after you point out that they are hypocrites for judging you for judging).

The bible tells us not to judge the wicked, but to warn them that their sins will draw the judgment of God. Warning and judging are not the same.

Warn: to give notice or bring attention to beforehand especially of danger to come

Judge: to pronounce sentence on another without the authority to do so.

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The President asks for a big round of applause for a king of gay p*rn.  He’ll do anything for those who give him money.

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The Colorado shooting tragedy could have been much less deadly if people had been armed.  There is a reason you probably haven’t heard about this shooting, where the number of dead was much lower.  Why?  Because a woman there was armed.

False teacher Chuck Currie up to his old tricks

False teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie took a break from taking little girls to gay pride parades to do hi usual “ask Caesar to take from neighbor A by force to “give” to neighbor B and credit Chuck for the generosity” in  Portland can do more to address its homeless problem | OregonLive.com.

What was amusing was this comment from Chuck, where he attacks people personally instead of responding to their arguments.

You’ll note that most of these folks won’t even use their names – preferring to hide behind masks where they cannot be held responsible for what they say.

Even more amusing is what a hypocritical fake Chuck is to use this routine.  He ignores the real arguments, makes false charges (usually he accuses people of being like the KKK, which he forgot this time), then if they use their real names he searches for them to find where they work and tries to out them to their employers (seriously — this is the “reverend” at work).  He was caught once before on one of his Oregon Live posts and they actually deleted one of his comments because of it!

So many conservative Olympic fans!

Willy Wonka Creepy - Dear liberal Jordyn Wieber fan, tell me all about how unfair quotas are.  and welcome to conservatism!

Lots of people are rightly irritated that Jordyn Wieber won’t be in the women’s all-around Olympic gymnastics competition.  How can the 4th place person not be considered one of the top 24 competitors?  Oh . . . because of a quota system.

I wonder if the author of Jordyn Wieber unfairly eliminated and all the other Wieber supporters are such staunch conservatives on other issues?

And, according to the official rule, only a maximum of two gymnasts from each country can advance to the finals.

Um, what?

Let’s get this straight. Wieber, who finished a mere 0.233 points behind Douglas, is punished because her country is too good at the sport?  . . . This is the Olympic Games we are talking about here. The goal is to bring together the best athletes in each sport and let them compete to bring pride to their respective nations. There should be no stipulations.

It should be the best in the world against the best in the world. Period.

Instead, this rule that limits only two gymnasts from each country completely prohibits that. The top countries that have worked to obtain a justifiable advantage are punished, and the competitive balance is ruined.

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It’s likely a bitter consolation prize for Wieber, who became the most recent victim of an unfathomable rule, but it will give the young American a chance to truly dominate and show the International Olympic Committee the error of its ways.

Quota systems are unfair to the following people (i.e., everyone):

  1. Wieber, who had the 4th best score but was essentially replaced by the person with the 25th best score.  Yes, she knew the rule, but it is an unfair rule.
  2. All the anonymous people who lose out on jobs after working hard and meeting the qualifications, only to lose the role to someone less qualified.
  3. All the anonymous people served by the lower performing people — especially if the quota system was for something like firefighters or medical personnel.
  4. All the deserving people whose accomplishments are tainted by quotas.  They worked hard and met the standards but people will assume that they were given the roles despite a lack of merit.  And they may wonder themselves if they truly deserved the roles.

Shouldn’t police, doctors and every other role also be about being the “best in the world?”  Or do fairness and talent only count in sports and entertainment?  All the arguments used to support quotas in every other field apply just as much to gymnastics, if not more so.

I hope Wieber has dominating performances in all her events to show the world how good she is and to debunk the myth that quotas are fair.

Welcome to conservatism, liberal sports fans!

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Great message about why we shouldn’t modify worship services to meet the alleged desires of the unsaved.

God was exposing a lie that had held us captive for years.  He was proving that his Word is fully sufficient, and that true converts thirst for it like a desert thirsts for rain.  Many who had grown up in the faith had hearts that were calloused toward the Truth.  Years of comfortable church had led them to hear the Word but excuse themselves from practicing it, steadily becoming self-deceived.  They projected this hard-heartedness onto newcomers, like the kids in the old Life Cereal commercials:  “Try teaching that to Mikey the Seeker – he HATES everything… Heyyyy…  Mikey LIKES it!”  Unfortunately, some never noticed or accepted that new believers were craving pure spiritual milk and even graduating to meat ahead of them.

The Sunday School class at the church we joined last year spent 3 years going verse by verse through 1 Peter.  A recipe for boredom and a shrinking class, right?  Hardly.  It grew like crazy, attracting high school kids (including my daughters) up to retired people.  Real believers want real Bible teaching.  You can tell how much confidence people have in the word of God and its power by how they treat it in sermons and lessons.

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The one-size-fits-all response to Obama and his supporters when they complain about the Republican House preventing them from doing something: “You had two years of a Congress with sizable Democratic majorities, plus the momentum from your election win.  If raising taxes [or whatever else they are complaining about] was so important, why didn’t you do it then?”

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Atheist Jerry Coyne was so quick to dismiss the fact that Darwinian philosophy was at the root of the Columbine shootings that he said this in light of the latest events in Colorado.

Of course there was no evidence at all that Darwinism or evolution had motivated the shooters. They were disaffected and troubled boys who, thanks to America’s lax gun laws, were able to acquire an arsenal of firearms.

But as the facts show, Coyne was completely wrong.  But he is totally accurate on all of his science and never lets his ideology get in the way, right?

It was amusing to read the anti-gun rhetoric of his followers.  The survival-of-the-fittest types can’t go three sentences without contradicting themselves.

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Does it bother any of Obama’s supporters that he has an enemies list and that at least one person on it is now under audit from the IRS and the Labor Department?

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Did the mainstream media tell you about the woman killed during an abortion at Planned Parenthood, along with her child?  “Safe and legal” only applies to the leaders of PP and their protection from accountability for countless acts of hiding statutory rape.

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I’ve yet to find one of the anti-gun politicians or false teachers who isn’t pro-legalized abortion.  And I’m pretty sure they are all pro-taxpayer-funded abortion, meaning that they think our country would be better if only more unwanted human beings were destroyed in the womb.

My question for them: Would they switch to opposing abortion if the “doctors” used guns instead of knives?

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The #1 thing to remember in the gun control debate: Criminals don’t obey gun control laws.

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Methodists in Northeast Approve Pro-Gay Resolution — The Methodist Church in the U.S. is doomed. The non-Christians outnumber the Christians in this conference. Worse yet, even in a conservative area like the Texas Conference the non-Christians are able to keep Bible-believing and Book of Disciple-following pastors from becoming Bishop — and solely because they hold a biblical view of homosexuality.

While I’d love to blame the non-Christians in the denomination for this, it is really the fault of the squishy Bible-believing leaders and members who didn’t have the faith and courage to exercise church discipline and remove false teachers. Appeasement is deadly, not loving.  Sadly, some Bible-believers have learned that the hard way.  Appeasing doesn’t increase your odds of getting promoted, it just makes it 100% likely that you’ve sacrificed your principles and stopped preaching the whole counsel of God.

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Leonard Pitts is a racist.  He thinks blacks and Hispanics are too helpless to obtain voter ID, even though they must provide identification for countless other daily activities.  And my guess is that he is pro-legalized abortion, which currently kills blacks at a rate 3x that of whites and Hispanics at a rate 2x that of whites. And those rates will increase as the Liberal dream of taxpayer-funded abortions increases.  Seems kinda racist to me.

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From John — The Occupiers vs. the TEA Party movement — save this list for when someone tries to tell you how radical those TEA Partiers are.

Sex assault at Zuccotti http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/11/02/man-arrested-in-sex-assaults-at-occupy-wall-street/

Drugs and vandalism in Boston http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_1023drug_vandalism_arrests_at_occupy_boston

Flier circulated giving guidelines on when it’s ok to shoot the police http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/28/flier-at-occupy-phoenix-asks-when-should-you-shoot-a-cop/

Occupy protesters arrested for possession of explosives http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/11/3_men_claiming_to_be_occupy_po.html

Vandalism and disorderly conduct http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/10/in_downtown_portland_police_re.html

public masturbation http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/news/article_3ae02a56-042d-11e1-aafa-001cc4c03286.html

defecating on residential doorsteps http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051718/Occupy-Wall-Street-Manhattan-residents-fury-protesters-defecating-doorsteps.html

assaulting news reporter http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/fox-5-news-reporter-assaulted-at-ows-20111028-KC

police shoved http://www.katu.com/news/local/133121368.html

prostitution, drugs, and alcohol abuse at KC http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/Man-said-he-witnessed-prostitution,-drug,-alcohol-abuse-at-Occupy-KC-protest

protester pimping teenager http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111028/NEWS03/710289961

assaulting police, disorderly conduct http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/01/68-occupy-wall-street-protesters-arrested-in-new-york-city/?test=latestnews

vandalism of businesses and cars http://missionlocal.org/2012/04/windows-and-cars-damaged-on-valencia-st-following-early-may-day-strike/

woman rapen at new haven occupy http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Woman-Raped-at-Occupy-New-Haven-Cops-142627056.html

woman raped at occupy philly http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/11/woman-raped-at-occupy-philadelphia/

woman stabbed in baltimore http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bal-woman-stabbed-at-occupy-baltimore-20111205,0,1089654.story

women forced to erect women only tent to prevent rapehttp://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/zuccotti_park_big_top_ilBy4VfYIwDGt2I1rM33vL

weapons cashe found at clean up Zuccotti http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/11/23/weapons-cache-found-during-zuccotti-park-clean-up-sources/?test=latestnews#ixzz1eZYLxETV

Occupiers splatter blood and urine on street vendors http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/11/07/socal-street-cart-vendors-hurting-after-occupy-group-splatters-blood-urine/

transgender occupier exposes genitals to 10 year-old http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_c8469b94-7fae-11e1-ba5f-001a4bcf887a.html

throws urine bombs on Denver police http://kdvr.com/2012/02/26/5-arrested-in-anti-police-protest-downtown/

SFPD officer slashed at protest http://kdvr.com/2012/02/26/5-arrested-in-anti-police-protest-downtown/

sex assault Hartford http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/crime/police-investigate-occupy-hartford-sex-assault

assaults police with frying pan http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-protesters-arrested-on-michigan-avenue-20120606,0,2576311.story

occupier dumps feces and urine on police http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Occupy-Wall-Street-Human-Waste-Urine-Feces-Public-Stairs-Chase-ATM-Vestibule-Arrest-143723706.html

urinating on police vehicle http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/occupy_bum_busted_for_peeing_on_0yHGf6v1Sye9rAWwCaWu2O?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=

2 occupiers attempt to pull officer from cruiser and threaten to kill him http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20168105/occupy-protester-accused-assaulting-denver-officer

occupiers arrested for sex in front of child and exposing himself to the child http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/occupy-la-five-charged-with-crimes.html

stabbing at occupy SF http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/man-stabbed-near-san-francisco-occupy-encampment/

shooting at occupy Oakland http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Man-shot-to-death-near-Occupy-Oakland-camp-2323585.php

occupier arrested for child porn http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/11/16/man-arrested-for-child-porn-no-longer-welcome-at-occupy-chicago/

Occupy vs. TEA Party

False teachers* were quick to bash the TEA Party yet to laud and literally bless the Occupy Movement as being Christian.  So, how’s that working out for the fakes who insist that Jesus just came to promote peace and wasn’t a divine sacrifice for our sins?

*False teachers include people like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie

Whoa — Pat Robertson gets one right!

wedding-rings2.jpgI do not care for Pat Robertson and his many false claims, but he is right on this one: Pat Robertson Tells Christian Viewer to Dump Muslim Girlfriend.

Even a non-religious person should see that couples should agree on the foundations of how they view the world. Do people think they can disagree on who God is, what happens when you die, how to be reconciled to God, etc., and that it won’t have a radical impact on them and their children? They plan to find agreement on where to live, how many kids to have, where to vacation, etc., but not on the key questions of life?

The message to their children will come through loud and clear: The concept of God is so unimportant to us and irrelevant to life that we didn’t find it necessary to agree on it before committing to spend our lives together.

More importantly, for Christians to marry non-Christians is forbidden in scripture.  2 Corinthians 6:14 is often cited (Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?) but you can also see all of 1 Corinthians 7.

And while God might ultimately bless the union in his radical grace, what makes anyone think He is obliged to bless a union entered into via disobedience?

Christians should not date non-Christians.  Satan has used this countless times to draw people away from God.  Heck, Muslims should not date non-Muslims, for that matter.  And so on.

Here’s an example offered by Dan:

I was speaking with a co-worker who was having problems in his marriage, and their future as a couple was not looking good at all.  It seems that him (a “Christian”) and his wife (a Jew) saw their religious “diversity” as a great positive going into marriage.  Why not?  It’s the craze of the age… right?   But then a child came into the picture and all of a sudden their diversity was an insurmountable mountain.  The religions that they had both subjected to the wisdom of a bunch of pointy-headed Utopians had suddenly risen from its bottom self status to supreme importance when it came to raising their son.  This fellow could see the writing on the wall.  He knew his choice was to raise their child a Jew, or be reduced to a weekend Dad by the courts.  A loving person could have told him this if he’d been curious or humble enough to seek council about it before hand.  Why does man insists on being so short sighted?

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OK, OK, I get the message!

Pearls Before Swine

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Boycott the Girl Scouts!  Those haters won’t let men be leaders and have unrestricted access while camping with young girls.  What could possibly go wrong if they changed their policy?

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Moral schizophrenia.

A simple test for sanity, courtesy of the Boy Scouts

Even a flaming Liberal should see that it just might be a bad idea to knowingly let homosexual men spend unsupervised time, including overnight camping trips, with boys.  If your legal counsel tells you otherwise you should fire them and hire someone who is competent.  Just consider how an institution like Penn State will lose many tens of millions of dollars and perhaps their entire football program over the actions of one man.

Just consider this parallel: Would you think it wise to let heterosexual men have the same kind of interaction with young girls?  Would it be hateful to oppose that?

So kudos to the Boy Scouts for doing the obvious thing (though there would be nothing wrong and everything right about them making proactive inquiries).  Via Boy Scouts Reaffirm Ban On Open Gays; Call It ‘Absolutely The Best Policy’:

While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.

Yet here we are, where most of the commenters at that NPR link thought the Boy Scouts were doing something evil.

The good news about the extreme depravity we find ourselves in is that people have no excuses for not being able to spot wolves in sheep’s clothing.  In fact, the wolves got warm and took off the sheep’s clothing a long time ago.  Consider the UCC/UMC false teaching “Reverend” Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie, who took a break from taking little girls to gay pride parades to bash the Boy Scouts:

Discrimination against people who are gay and lesbian is contrary to the Greatest Commandment.

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  The god of Currie & Co. is obviously Satan, the god of this world, so I’ll concede that he does obey that command.  And don’t you love sermons by “reverends” who take 6 yr. old girls to gay pride parades?  Oddly, Chuck & Co. and their mainstream media accomplices forgot to tell you about another gay rights leader who was busted for child porn.

But for Christians who love the real God, we would seek to obey his commands and to protect the weak.

Few would question the overall value of the Boy Scout program.  But if the Boy Scouts are going to maintain that discrimination is a morally valid practice it is time for our churches to determine if the mission of the Boy Scouts is still compatiable with the mission of our churches.

Again, there is a grain of truth there.  Their “churches” have an entirely different mission than the real church.

Praise God that He has made the fakes so easy to spot!  Again, even a LGBTQ lawyer should applaud the Scouts for their decision.

A pleasant dialogue with an atheist

A recent visitor asked some common questions. I appreciated his tone and his willingness to concede one of my points from the The “Bronze Age Mythology” fallacy post. Here are his comments and my responses.

LoneWolfArcher, your belief that there is an all-powerful creator who cares about the little details of our lives and your disbelief that we might actually just be here, without being created or having a bigger purpose — THAT is egoism at its finest.

Isn’t the real question whether or not it is true? If my kids felt that my wife and I created them, cared deeply about the details of their lives, sacrificed for them, had their long-term best interests at heart, etc., would they be unjustified in claiming it?

And under atheism, where would be the rationale that egoism is wrong? Wouldn’t that be expected? And where would be the grounding to criticize any behavior as universally wrong?

The core of my atheistic beliefs, and the core of many others, is the lack of any evidence of a creator or god.

Have you studied the cosmological, teleological, moral, etc. arguments for his existence? If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog — http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/ or especially Stand to Reason at http://www.str.org or http://www.pleaseconvinceme.com

Atheists who act well are actually more moral than the religious, since the religious are acting out of doctrine or fear of hell.

I concede that many atheists behave relatively well on human terms. But they have no philosophical grounding for universal morality.

In their nothingness to molecules to life to man view, my conversion from atheism to trusting in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is solely due to Darwinian evolution (or some such thing), so why would they criticize what their worldview created?

Also, in Christianity, we are not acting properly because we think it will gain us entrance into Heaven. No amount of good deeds can undo my countless sins against God. We act differently because God has changed us and out of gratitude for what Jesus did for us. We believe He is God in flesh and that we should see the world as He does and act accordingly.

Atheists acting well are doing it for exactly the right reasons — compassion, empathy, and knowing what is right with having it threatened into us with a big stick (hell etc.).

But on atheism you have no reason to say those are the “right” things.

Speaking of not having to answer for your actions: if you believe in a biblical god, you can be a ten time murderer and as long as you accept Jesus etc. you go to heaven. An atheist who murders no-one and acts charitably all their lives, but doesn’t accept Jesus or whatever nonsense it is, goes to hell. THAT is not having to account for your actions, or in fact, the very opposite. Your god is a sick joke and to dress it as morality is wrong wrong wrong.

Technically, you are right. Grace, by definition, isn’t fair. If you want fairness, you’ll get it. You will be punished in Hell for your sins. That is fair. If you want unfairness, then trust in Jesus and how He paid for your sins on the cross. Was that fair for him to pay the penalty I deserved? Not at all. But I’m eternally grateful for it.

If your god actually exists, then they’re welcome to actually show up and communicate with us. But if they exist and are doing an extremely good impression of not existing by hiding, then they might as well not exist at all at this point.

He did show up. We killed him.

He also reveals himself through the Bible. I highly encourage you to read it carefully, even if it is just so you can be more effective at criticizing us.

Something being right, or not wrong, in a book doesn’t make everything the book claims correct. Lots of stars, yes. Doesn’t prove that the bits about a god are true.

I agree. My claim wasn’t that one true statement makes everything in the book true. It was merely that this was a rather significant claim and one that, in my experience, is completely (and conveniently?) ignored by skeptics. Seems like in fairness they’d want to give some credit for it.

On the flip side, I assume you’d agree that even if a book contained errors that other parts could be true and would have to be evaluated as such. I believe in the inerrancy of the original writings of the Bible, but I don’t need to prove that to share the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with people. We have plenty of evidence to point to.

The point of this post is spot-on — it’s a good point which I hadn’t paid much attention to in the past. “Bronze-age” does seem like a lazy slur. The fact that it is used doesn’t mean the people who are using it are wrong, either, but yes, it’s lazy.

Thanks, I appreciate that. I don’t like when either side uses cheap sound bites to dismiss the others.

If there was a god defining good and evil, it’s just as arbitrary as man defining it. If there is some notion of good that is higher than a god, then god isn’t defining it. So which is it?

I think you may be referring to something known as the Euthryphro Dilemma (I’m sure I misspelled that!). The answer is that God doesn’t “make” good and He also doesn’t sit under “good” in the sense that He is under authority to some standard. Good is simply part of his essence.

Plus, christians regularly “redefine what is good” themselves, in theory, by overriding god/Jesus in the bible, by (rightly!) ignoring the morally repugnant parts of the bible. So is god actually god or not?

I look at it differently. God is good, all the time. It is part of his essence. In our fallen nature we may misunderstand him, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t good.

There are plenty of morally repugnant things in the Bible, as an overarching theme is that we are fallen sinners in desperate need of a Savior. The Bible records many such acts. But God is perfectly holy and sovereign and just, so He can punish as He sees fit.

Car buying tips

If you are in the market for a Honda in the Houston area, I highly recommend contacting Ali Fard at Russell & Smith Honda. We just replaced our 10 yr. old Honda Odyssey with a CRV and couldn’t be happier with it. I was dreading the car buying process because of all the games the salespeople typically play. I know how to get good deals but that doesn’t mean the process is enjoyable.

But this was different. Ali was extremely responsive, gave me a detailed drive-out quote via email with the best offer in town and took a lot of time to show us all the features of the new vehicle. It was, by far, the best car buying experience I’ve had.

The guy who did the paperwork didn’t try to high pressure me on any additions or extended warranties. I was in and out of his office in about 10 minutes.

Top three tips to get your best deal

1. Do your homework on Edmunds. They have great information on what people are really paying. The “True Market Value” prices are good to aim at and you can even beat them.

2. Go through the Internet salesperson at the dealership.

3. Be very clear about what you want. I always emphasize that all I care about is price (a Honda is a Honda, and I get my service done at Christian Brothers Automotive, not the dealership) and that I don’t like surprises. They are heavily rated and compensated based on customer satisfaction ratings so I make it clear that price and a lack of surprises will yield the highest satisfaction for me.

Some other things to think about

Unless your current car is costing too much in terms of repairs, seriously consider holding onto it.  It is the least expensive car you’ll ever own.

Consider getting your current car detailed.  For roughly $150 (typically much less than a monthly payment), it will look like new and help curb your craving for a new car.

Don’t just buy a new car to get better gas mileage.  Do a little math and you’ll find out that it will take years to pay back your investment.

Buy low maintenance cars and hold them a long time.  We aim at 10 years.

Check out Dealer Rater to understand who you’ll be dealing with.

Don’t buy high-tech extras like DVDs and GPS systems.  They cost 4-5 times what portable versions do and will be outdated quickly.  They cost a lot to fix if they break.  You also can’t transfer them to other vehicles.

Don’t look too eager when talking to a salesman.  You must be ready to walk away.  They get serious about negotiations when you are walking out.

Make your best deal on the price, then tell them you don’t like surprises and you’re sure that they won’t add in any charges such as “advertising fees” when they do the final paperwork.  Those should be part of the negotiated price, but they often sneak them in later.  A guy did that to me and I told him the deal was off unless he removed the $250 charge.  He did.

Don’t let them tell you they are “only” making $25 (or whatever) on the car.  That is a silly partial truth they use to describe the intercompany profit when one division of Honda, for example, sells to another division.  It is meaningless, especially when they try it on a CPA / finance executive with 25+ years of experience.

Go through the fleet dealer at the dealership if you can.  Most dealerships have a sub-group that sells to businesses who buy multiple cars.  Those buyers don’t have time for the gamesmanship of spending a whole day negotiating over each car.  The prices tend to be lower and non-negotiable.  Individuals obviously don’t buy a whole fleet of cars but sometimes a group like a credit union will combine the purchasing power to get fleet deals. You can submit what you want on the web and within an hour you’ll have lots of quotes.

Save up and pay cash.  When you tell them you’re ready to write a check when they agree to your price it gives you negotiating leverage.

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What?  Avacados are a fruit?  Whatever.  They are delicious and nutritious even if they had been vegetables.  Learn all about them.

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Authorities Ignore Violent Mob in Columbus — There seems to be at least one of these stories each week that don’t get reported in the mainstream media.

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Make no mistake: Whatever you think about what Penn State did in disregarding the welfare of children, what Planned Parenthood does regarding statutory rape (not to mention killing innocent but unwanted human beings) is 1,000 times worse.  Be sure to mention that anytime someone brings up Penn State.

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Want lower unemployment? Get a GOP Governor.

Political self-parody: Obama administration claimed 30 out of 32 months that it is important not to read too much into one jobs report.  Is it OK to read something into 30 jobs reports?

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Pastor Timothy whales on Lifeway Bookstores.  As he should.

Those in the Christian publishing industry know what a farce they are in their continue publication of cotton-candy theology and the mass produced Jesus junk they sell for a profit. Every time I go into one of these stores, I come out completely discouraged because the stuff the put forth is nothing more than Leave It to Beaver Humanism with a dash of Christianity to boot.

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Another Liberal learns what Islam is really about. She tried to help a Muslim woman and then . . .

The police were called. Britain being ruled by moonbats and Ms. Heathcote-Hyphen-Dreary being a Caucasian, she was arrested for racially aggravated assault.

Like all privileged special interest groups imported from abroad to displace the native population, the Muslims knew exactly how to play the system. Lying through their teeth, they accused Ms. H.-D. of calling them terrorists and welfare recipients. The police took no interest in her side of the story; that would have been racist.

The do-gooder gasps: “Before this, I believed that if you were innocent and told the truth, you would be protected by the system, but I’ve learned some very hard lessons.”

The main hard lesson: Multiculturalism does not mean the whole world holds hands and sings songs in praise of moonbat ideology. It means a tidal wave of Third World savagery washes away Western Civilization — and liberalism will go with it.

At least she was finally found innocent at trial. The same incident after Muslims achieve a majority in Britain will result in her being whipped if not decapitated.

Also see Jihad in Africa.  Islam is spreading widely and violently, often with your tax dollars.

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Welcome to America, where you must prove that you are insured but not that you are a citizen.

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More bad logic from Richard Dawkins.  I suppose it is possible that he knows something about science, but his reasoning skills are so poor that I can’t take him seriously.  He is a poster boy for the “There is no God and I really, really hate him” atheists.

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An Ex-Pentecostal Healer (pastor) Explains The Tricks Used to make people think they are healed.  Short version: Hypnosis and other manipulative tactics.  False teachers are physically and spiritually deadly.

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The rainbow is the new sheepskin

Pastor D.L. Foster made a good observation on Facebook:

I’ve noticed that homosexual clerics are always in “uniform”. Every picture they take they are frocked to the nines in clerical garb.

Yes, it is almost as if they think that people wouldn’t know they were ministers if they didn’t advertise it.  After all, their views are indistinguishable from the world’s.  The only good news is that their denominations are continually shrinking — especially the UCC’s (must be the ejector seats).

You can also see this with how they constantly refer to their titles.  For example, I note with amusement how false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie always refers to himself as “Reverend,” whether on his blog title, Twitter, etc.  He probably makes his kids call him that.  But real Reverends actually trust in Jesus and know He’s the only way to salvation.  No amount of titles or clerical garb change the truth about these wolves.

False teacher Chuck Currie’s Ongoing Racism Problem

Race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie took a break from taking little girls to gay pride parades to do some more hypocritical race-baiting (must have been on his DNC to-do list today) — via The Tea Party’s Ongoing Racism Problem.

Tea Party members in New Mexico attached a Confederate battle flag to their float in a local parade.  People of faith must continue to condemn this extremism and demand that no one use race or religion or sexual orientation as a tool to divide people.

Remember, Chuck is the guy who is so pro-abortion that he thinks the government should confiscate money from taxpayers to pay for abortions.  And he knows that will increase the ratio of black abortions to whites beyond the current 3-to-1 ratio.  If wanting more dead black babies isn’t racism, I don’t know what is.  In fact, I’m certain that those babies would be less offended by a flag than have their skulls crushed and their limbs ripped off.

But Chuck & Co. don’t care about real people, they care about scoring cheap political points.