Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday Morning Rant 126


The call came at about 7:30 am Sunday. “Just to let you know that church has been cancelled.” When I awoke at 9:15, I thought it strange that Granny hadn’t roused me sooner. As I looked out the window I saw the reason. Our complete snow cover had returned overnight. C’mon people, we live in the Ozarks—not a site famous for huge quantities of snowfall and its incumbent inconvenience.

Although I was deprived of one of Lee Parson’s fire breathing sermons and the fellowship afforded by the congregation, I found other things to amuse. My radar nosed dogs were seeking the treasures beneath the surface and doing their snowplow imitation. The birds attacked the feeders convinced that they were enjoying their last meal. The kitties, once outside, did their kabuki, shaking frozen bits off their paws. In the falling snow, the neighbor’s cows looked more like nobly bred Charolais than the motley collection in an odd lot herd. Regardless, it is refreshing to have fresh snow to hide the mud, spotty grass, and the unkempt look of winter.

Polar Ice Caps Melting!

Larrey Anderson

The Watts Up With That website has a scary story about our melting polar ice caps. John Lockwood from Washington D.C. found an interesting article from the Washington Post. Here are some excerpts:

“The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports ... all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto unheard of high temperatures in that part of the earth's surface.

Ice conditions were exceptional. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. Dr Hoel reports that he made a section of the Gulf Stream at 81 degrees north latitude and took soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters. These show the Gulf Stream very warm, and it could be traced as a surface current till beyond the 81st parallel.

Where formerly great masses of ice were found, there are now often moraines, accumulations of earth and stone. At many points where glaciers formerly extended far into the sea they have entirely disappeared.”

Oh, I almost forgot to add: The article was written in 1922. See the whole story here.

Hat tip: John McMahon

This article was taken in it’s entirety from the “The American Thinker” website. Do yourself a favor and check on a blog which strives to exceed the product of each day’s effort—and succeeds.

The Butt of the Joke

That would be us. Yeah, or any person who wants to go visit a distant relative or friend is included. To grab a seat on the next flight out, be prepared for yet one more bizarre “security” check to make sure you don’t have dynamite in your shorts. The next step for the ladies is that “D cup” look you’ve always wanted and couldn’t quite manage. That would bring the term “padded bra” well into the war on terror range. Just think of the storage issues your friendly flat-chested local bomber could solve with that capacity for concealed armaments.

All of this is turned into frivolity by the late night show hosts and other comics on the hustings. There is a measure of forgiveness in the humor (?) offered by the stand-up guys for a system gone mad. By trivializing the seriousness of the issue—thank you Secretary Janet Incompatano—they are making an allowance for continued clumsiness and stupidity by TSA in the ever longer and slower lines at check-in plus lack of restroom privileges an hour before landing. Some in Washington say that we should never waste a good crisis—or a punch line.

When some camel-jockey fries his privates in a thwarted lame attempt, it is funny only if the desired result is not accomplished. We cannot count on every jihadist to be an idiot. Those with a memory past the last “American Idol” fully realize that the Islamists have enjoyed some success with their attack on America. For the solution, scroll down to the previous post, give it some thought and don’t be the “butt of the next joke.” This is not an episode of “Jackass.”

A busy first day

In Genesis, 1:1, we find the story of creation. Here is chronicled earth without recognizable light or day. By the end of the first day God had separated them into two separate entities. How that was done is not specified in the King James Version. The next step was separating the waters from the land. This He did on the second day. The third day is the one which causes us to pause. Once the waters receded and dry land remained, he commanded “bring forth grains, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth and it was so.”

There is no question in my mind that God can and will do that which He pleases. There are several other notions which reside in the minds and hearts of men which I do question. First there is the matter of the universal darkness and the absence of definitional light. During historical explosions of volcanoes, meteorite strikes, and other natural phenomena, the earth has been plunged into darkness. Winds have circulated the debris world wide and clouded the sun unto absolute darkness. Capable scientists have provided many examples of just such happenings in the past. Deep core samples on soil and ice, railroad cuts, water cut canyons and other tools are used to expose lengthy records of past geological history. Whether a purely natural experience, or an act of God, depends largely on your personal belief.

There have been occurrences borne out by geological science to support the matter of filling large spaces on the crust of the earth to affect water levels worldwide. For example, when the cut at Gibraltar was first breeched, the on-rushing waters filling the Mediterranean no doubt affected the sea levels world wide as well as burying whole cities in its briny deep. Part of this could have well resulted in the exposure of huge land masses as well. The separation of the earth and the firmament were the second day.

Once these were accomplished, He then had provided the residual seeds to provide the replenishment of all the fruits and vegetables to nourish both man and beast. To some, it provokes the thought that perhaps a less satisfactory world had existed previously and was destroyed by the hand of the Almighty. With the onset of the return of animals of all types He of course knew that return to earth/seas and night/day would provide the ideal laboratory to provide the food for them. Further, He charged man with the dominion over each of these food stuffs to be consumed within each creatures needs.

How might this affect the affairs of men today? Given a repaired earth returned to its fullness by the hand of God, we have little reason to debate the date of actual creation. We would now be free to examine current man made in the image of God without the clutter of strange beasts and men enabled by evolution to walk the earth. There is no argument that some strange creatures have walked our planet before we did. The remaining issue is; were they destroyed in the cataclysmic end of a former world?

This would not be the first or the only time this has occurred. As far as man was concerned, the world was destroyed at least once more in the time of Noah. To take a break from politics, consider this and other things with more long-lasting effects.

And finally

The snow is now shoveled, the fire is lit, the boots are by the door, and only one game remains in the regular season. (Ed. note: For those of you who have lives outside the NFL, that would be FOOTBALL SEASON.) The forecast for tonight is 0º and a little more snow. My prayer is that you are as well prepared as we appear to be. Happy New Year!

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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