Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Morning Rant 139

Brother Jim Gray held forth this morning on the requirements from God. A noble effort and a genuine learning experience regarding some unfamiliar scriptures. It is a privilege to be in the presence of folks who believe in and actually think about the warmth of meanings printed in that cold type on the pages.

The flood waters are now receding and spring is in evidence everywhere. What a glorious time to go to Tulsa later this week and cheer on the Tea Party Express on their way to D.C. for Tax Day festivities. One can only hope that we might have a better turnout than tiny Searchlight, Nevada. Last September, I was in Washington to greet the Express when they arrived for the 9/12 protest and March on the capitol. For an overview of the route and where you might cheer them on, consult the "free republic" website for the map and schedule.

The lead-off with Sarah Palin and the other patriots started them with a bang. Check the schedule of the event in your area and plan to attend if possible. It is a huge tool to focus interest on the big event in Washington and deserves our support. If you are unable to participate in the Washington Protest on Tax Day, seek out the events in your locality to add your voice. Don’t listen to the left: they are scared to death of this citizen led effort. (Ed: for our old friends in the UP; there is a “whistle stop” in Ironwood at 6:30 pm, 4/8.)

More Grins at CNN”s Expense

As a former (twice) Clark County Nevada resident and extremely familiar with the area I laughed my tail off as I read this report. When you click the link you will find some pictures of the Tea Party Express visit to Searchlight. The most telling is the shot taken from a few miles north (on the Vegas side) of town on US 95. The curve at the lower border is at least 2.5 miles (13,200 feet) from the center of town. The backed-up traffic is bumper-to-bumper in a double lane going into town. 13,200 X 2 divided by 20’ per car equals 1320 cars at that point. With two persons per car, one finds verifiable evidence of 2640 people southbound into Searchlight going NOWHERE! The shot was taken one and a half hours after the party started! Note the numbers of cars parked on both sides whose occupants no doubt walked on in.

My earliest concern was where in the world would they find enough places in town to even park the cars necessary to support the projected crowd. Somewhere in your background you have familiarity with a crossroads community with a population of 576. Can you imagine how the town of your memory would ever be able to park that many cars? We shall not even speak of the horrors of supplying toilet facilities for a mob like that.

This is the event which CNN reported as “dozens” of people in attendance! Oh, I forgot, situated between Laughlin and Las Vegas, the mobs of visitors were no doubt at the town’s only casino exercising the one-armed bandits. Forgive me please as I am still laughing.

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?”

That is the opening verse of Psalm 2 (KJV) and is brought to mind after writing the previous entry. When God offered the early peoples everything, including dominion over their enemies, they continued to rage and intentionally misunderstand God’s message. One would think that confronted with the obvious omnipotence of God that they might be somewhat more compliant and anxious to do His will. Apparently that is where the vanity comes in.

People haven’t changed much over the millennia. Ignorant self-interest continues to rule the lives of men. Some are content to exchange short term gain for long term suffering and misery in the bowels of hell. They appease themselves with the assertion that hell is only a concept in a musty old book and is not real. We have huge blocs of our population who are comfortable in the denial of an afterlife; for good or ill. They then take that misconception as a license to lie, cheat, steal and do horrendous harm with their mistaken belief that they do so with impunity. I wish them well but fear hearing their anguished screams when they discover that their notion of eternity is in error.

God is merciful but reserves it largely for the repentant.

Maxine Speaks

I have an old boyhood friend in Austin, TX who keeps me up to date on the latest pronouncements from “Maxine.” This is latest:

“Let me get this straight. We’re going to be gifted with a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it; passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president who also hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, to be over seen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong?”

And Finally,

Friends, there is a lot going on in the world and especially in politics. In the ancient past—that would be pre-1960—we could measure the importance of a news item by its position on the page of a newspaper. In today’s fast breaking scene there is not enough room on that page to handle everything of importance. Add to that the faux stories which are included for their political relevance and propaganda usefulness and any measurements become immediately corrupt.

The most recent example is the president’s trip to observe the situation in Afghanistan. His only refuge from declining poll numbers and ever increasing disdain from the electorate is to associate with that group of government employees most beloved by the people--the military. He disposed of his normal distaste for these noble warriors and hopped over for a quick visit. Predictably, our ever fickle public responded with a minor up tick in the numbers. As a people, our strong suit is definitely not discernment and few will recognize his ingenuous efforts for what they actually represent. Yes, you are absolutely right—I am a cynic.

Meanwhile, the predicted high today is 70ยบ with bright sunshine and four similar days to come. Pray with me that it holds for the trip to Tulsa on Friday. The birds continue to gorge and preen on the deck near the feeders and life has taken a spring time turn in the Ozarks. God is good.

In His abiding, love,

Cecil Moon

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