Thursday, November 22, 2018

Golden Calves, Dolly Parton, and Manufactured Outrage Mississippi Style

Golden Calves-Vert:
I recollect hearing as far as back when I was a kid about the Israelites making a golden calf in order to worship it. The message was always that God had commanded that we should not worship any graven image. And then having the
idea reinforced by the Charlton Heston movie "Ten Commandments" which, back in the day was a yearly TV event usually played around Easter.

No big deal, on my part, as I always thought I would not ever see any logical reason to worship anything made out of any kind of metal. However, now in retrospect, I realize I have worshipped the "golden image" many times in my life. I was enlightened recently through a 1956 book I have in my personal library called "Bible Fires - Messages on Bible Characters" written by Robert G. Lee (Zondervan Press). At a closer look it does seem pretty odd that these people who had seen such great signs and miracles by God would suddenly dump Him in exchange for a golden calf. But...that was not the message. As Lee writes "Looking upon this golden calf the people said (shouting, I think): "These be thy gods, O Israel!" Rather, thy god....the golden calf gave them false and belittling ideas of God...and thus decreased their faith and hope in Him. .....God was still to be worshipped but in the form of a calf."
  Ouch. I have many times experienced the miracles and touch of God in my life...but when things got tough or God seemed far away....I have been very guilty of trading in the real God for an image that made more sense at the time. "So," continues Lee, "the sin of the people was not in a breach of the First but of the Second commandment." They did not wish to repudiate God but simply to worship Him under the similitude of a calf." It was through this initial effort that their morals began to crumble and they began a festival of celebration marked by adultery, drunkenness, and fornication (to name a few things) all while believing they were worshipping God when, in truth, they were worshipping an image of God they had created. It was only through the intervention and pleading of Moses to God on their behalf that He did not destroy them. Shortly after that Aaron's sons were killed for offering a strange fire to the Lord.  Aaron was complicit with the creation of the golden calf...and this was something his sons were likely to have been observing. The father is a powerful force and energy in any child's life.
   We all need to seek the God of creation, the God who's son is Jesus Christ, and the God who is really there, as opposed to the image many of us and many church people settle for.


Celebrity-Vert:
Dolly Parton once said "The Bible doesn't say 'Some things are possible. It says All things are possible.' I know in my heart that if I've got enough faith, grit and determination, that if there is anything in this business or world that I truly want to do, I can give it as good a shot as anybody else. I'll get it done." Let me add, however....and this is not a judgment of the spiritual life of Dolly Parton as that is a judgment best made by God alone.....but the preceding verse to "All things are Possible" had to do with the salvation of men and Jesus said very clearly that with men that is impossible but with God all thing are possible." Man, on his own, or even with just his modified version of who he thinks God CANNOT do all things. God can. If you are "with God" you can do everything He does if it is the course God created you to take. If it isn't...God is not going to be there to help you.

Things I Heard Downwind:
A great actor can bring tears to your eyes, but so can a car mechanic.

How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to assure us that everything possible is being done while the other screws the bulb into a water faucet.

Dear Lord, fill my mouth with meaningful stuff, and nudge me when I've said enough.

Lost. black retriever dog, answers to "Dinner's Ready!"

A generation ago most people who finished work needed rest...now they need exercise

Quote-Vert:
A modern society that outlaws the death penalty does not send a message of reverence for life, but a message of moral confusion. When we outlaw the death penalty, we tell the murderer that, no matter what he may do to innocent people in our custody and care, women, children, old people, his most treasured possession, his life, is secure. --Pat J Buchanan

Mississippi-Vert:
Mississippi's Senate Candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith has been asked by Walmart to return a $2000 donation to her campaign in light of her recent comments about surfacing about her being "on the front row of" a "public hanging" if she were invited. I was not a supporter of Hyde-Smith in the election Nov 6 but I don't see the comments she made...in the context of which she used them...as being racist. And not intentionally insensitive to the audience to whom she was speaking since it took a Louisiana blogger to dig up the soundbytes long after the event was a almost forgotten memory to those who were attending.  Walmarts request happened just a few hours before the Hyde-Smith vs Espy debate...so it appears Walmart wanted a front seat with the media to berate Hyde-Smith publicly.

But, then, in the age of Internet manufactured outrage it's the latest fad that will continue until a whole lot of people grow up. Her challenger in the run off is Mike Espy and, of course, anyone supporting Espy is sure that Hyde-Smith was racist when she said it and the comment, of course, is "highly offensive**" (** as stated by Bishop Ronnie Crudup, a senior pastor at a predominantly black church in Jackson.....and BTW is supporting Mike Espy). I know there are some Sen Chris McDaniel supporters (who lost the GOP race against Hyde-Smith) are pushing the "racist" idea also and I think that is sad, as well. As an Independent I do not intend to run out and campaign for Hyde-Smith even though I did support and vote for McDaniel over Hyde-Smith. Whether I vote for her remains to be seen as here in Mississippi Republican candidates are chosen by the Republican Party of Mississippi and NOT by citizens who might be registered as Republican.

Picayune Item Downwind:
According to wikipedia: Outbrain is an advertising company. It uses behavioral targeting to recommend articles, slide shows, blog posts, photos or videos to a reader, rather than relying on a more basic "related items" widget. The sites with the recommended articles pay Outbrain for this service, and Outbrain pays the site on which the links appear.
There is also a Hijacker called the Traffic.outbrain.com which if your anti-virus program does not stop then you will have to remove.
The Picayune Item has this Outbrain advertising on its website. It can also manifest some rather embarrassing photos which will show up right on the front page of the website newspaper. Not a good smell downwind.

Frankly, I don't know if they will survive.

     About two years ago I pretty much quit blogging. I also quit watching the news and quit following anything political.

I noticed something changing and was uncertain as to how or why and how to react to it. During that last presidential election it became clear that something was changing. I even wrote about it in January 2016  ("The Inevitable end of the American "Democracy."). It was clear that some long held paradigms were shifting. Not only in the USA but worldwide. I wrote that " The concepts of conservative, Republican, liberal, Democrat, socialist, left wing, right wing, and even establishment, etc are all starting to blur a bit. Frankly, I don't know if they will survive."
      And I believe the process is still changing things...though not complete. 
     
     But, in my time away I have reformed some thoughts and am beginning to look at all of it differently. The good news is that whatever happens or doesn't happen God remains in charge and complete control and it is that future I embrace. So, regardless of how the winds blow I hope to remain steadfast to that end. Politics is mostly a flesh and blood fight and not worth anything real in the end. It can produce some changes on the surface but it doesn't do it with or really for humanity. It does it in spite of (good or bad) because unless it touches the heart of a man it has not created anything that really lasts. That does not mean I am saying do not get involved or vote or something like that. If that is your calling than do it good and hit it hard. My activist days are pretty much behind me. I did my time in the trenches. No I'm going to do what I think I do best: observe.  
     

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Why Manufacture Rage When You have an "Off" Switch??

In 2018 America, if someone on the radio says something to offend you we are now living in a culture which, through its actions, says the best response is to take away their livelihood...., their income..their jobs.... by getting them fired or getting their advertisers to no longer advertise with them. Do they realize that some of these "jobs" may support a family or a host of other things a person uses their income to support?.......but that is seldom considered as if the "offending" person was not really a human being at all anymore....just a target of hatred and anger. 

We can also use social media to manufacture rage at someone or something...not because we may have such strong beliefs for or against it...but just because we can. We are beginning to forget that one of the basic tenets of our Constitutional freedom is the the right to free speech. There is NO Constitutional protection to keep me from hearing something that will offend me....and nor do I want such protection. Though I do read and listen to news from the far left all the way to the far right.....if I am offended then the "OFF" switch works just fine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Joe Nosef: "We all owe a debt of gratitude to our Governor for his public service and the results that have followed."

From Press Release:

JACKSON, MS — Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef released the following statement at the conclusion of Governor Phil Bryant’s sixth State of the State Address: 
 
"Tonight, Governor Bryant discussed his priorities and vision, but more importantly he talked about the results for our state. From education and the Frank Newman Award — the Heisman Trophy of Education achievement — to bold moves and innovative solutions to better protect our most vulnerable children. Regardless of political party, we all owe a debt of gratitude to our Governor for his public service and the results that have followed."

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Illegal Immigrants Pick & Choose Which Laws They Want to Obey

 But then, if you start out illegal, then why not?


A Yale student, Ramon Garibaldo, is an illegal immigrant who is part of  the college protest happening at some of the colleges across the USA. They are protesting president-elect Donal Trump's deportation plan. Gariboldo defiantly told an AP reporter: "My mom, my dad, they crossed the border for me to be here. So we aren't going to bow down to the orders of one man."

For an American this would be an act of treason. For a person who is defying the law and apparently feels it is his right to pick which laws he wants to follow and which not to follow this sets a very bad precedent,.

There are also some students who want to have the universities declare themselves a "sanctuary" so illegal immigrants can escape deportation. States need to pay attention to this and should any university set itself up to defy the law...it should lose funding. Trust me, they won't be declaring themselves "sanctuaries" if they don't have their government checks.

Students..and college students nonetheless...should have some understanding of how economics works. There's no such thing as "free money" for colleges...let alone "free college." Someone has to pay. Law biding citizens..who are paying taxes....should have the ear of the government on this issue and not noisy ones who may not even be paying any taxes at all.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jim Rockford (Rockford Files) Predicts Internet Privacy Issues In 1978

You CAN Change your early absentee vote in Mississippi

You just have to be here on Nov 8 to do it.


According to The Mississippi Secretary of State. Delbert Hosemann, an absentee vote can be cancelled if you show up at the polling precinct on election day (Nov 8) and vote. The precinct vote cancels out your absentee vote because you cannot vote twice.  So you can change your vote.
Also, voter ID laws  do not appear to have disenfranchised any voters. It's "actually enfranchised Mississippians," reported Hosemann

"Vote Trump" Mississippi: Where Childish Graffitti Becomes News

"Vote Trump" was painted on the remaining walls of a church which was burned in Greenville, Mississippi.
Obviously, if it were a real pro-Trump group they wouldn't have bothered leaving a graffiti calling-card.  That won't keep the media nuts who act as a pro-Hillary PAC from trying to twist it some way....but smart people are learning to ignore them.

This was a predominantly black church and this is Mississippi.  People who want to agitate LOVE to draw some kind of connection to the modern world and 1960s-Mississippi. (Including many dominant Mississippi columnists and editors).
   I hope they find the culprits because I would be interested in know how connected they are to pro-Hillary or just pure racist, race baiters...or all three.

It wasn't that long ago that some graffiti was pained on an abortion clinic in Jackson. "Graffiti" is news in Mississippi, apparently.

About 5.85% of Pascagoula Residents PASS a tax on prepared foods.

About 1,287 people from Pascagoula, Mississippi voted in favor of a 2% tax on prepared food. AP reported that the measure won by about 60% of the vote.

Only 2,145 people voted. I was not able to locate the number of registered voters in Pascagoula, but the population is 22,240 (last census).  Granted, that means a percentage of those are not eligible to vote....but 1,287 people made the decision to favor a 2% tax on prepared food on behalf of over 22,000 people. Very roughly. about 5.85% of Pascagoula Residents PASSED a tax on prepared foods.

That's one of many reasons why "Democracy" style governments inevitably fail.