Ok now that we were so up in arms about the Afghani Christian (Which we should have been, it might have been the only positive story about a Christian in decades the MSM has put out) being put to death which we should. There is a bigger threat to Christians in this world, at least China.
An American filmmaker went to China to make documentaries has been arrested. The Chinese won't release what the charges are, but he was working on a documentary on unregistered churches.
Unlike the US, China has no problem with the idea of torture. ALL the pastors he had contact with and ALL the parishioner are in danger if the Chinese decide to break up the meetings.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Those who are championing assisted suicide for humans are being a little disingenuous with whales that beach themselves. The researchers said there wasn't any causal link with sonar being used and they can't think of what else could have caused it.
My hypothesis they wanted to kill themselves. At least those who were in Oregon where it's legal to do so. I suppose those who were off the coast of North Carolina were just to despondent to make it all the way to Oregon.
We should just honor the fact that they wanted to die with dignity and sing "kombi', "Michael Row your Boat" and respect their wishes.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
A couple of weeks ago, there was this major leaguer whose manager wanted to shift him to left field. Well, this guy threw a fit until they threatened what they were paying him.
Here's the thing that professional athletes need to remember. There are literally tens of millions of men that would be glad to have half a chance to play major league baseball. I can understand wanting more money, I can understand wanting to participate in free agency. I have defended them making as much money as they can (being a laise faire capitalist).
But there comes a point that a professional athlete should be happy with they have to. The last strike that the NFL had the brought in replacement players. Didn't bug me. Might not be as polished as Jerry Rice or Brett Farve, but it was good football and the replacements played with more heart because they knew this was there one chance to carry out their dream. I know that they were panned as scabs, but the pros forgot the fans.
If I had a chance at playing for the Cowboys I would jump at it even if it was a replacement player (I have no respect for unions). The pro athletes need to remember this, and quit whining if they are benched, if they aren't getting more money, if the labor agreement isn't what they want.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 22:24
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I'll start this off this way, I hate wedding. I hate being reminded that I'm single and don't have someone to watch sports with. I'm not big on the idea of actually being married because I'm slightly selfish, but it would great to have someone else cook.
This week one of my outercircle friends called and asked if I was planning to come to the reception to the wedding of their daughter that I never met. I wasn't going to go until he called and I knew he was calling a few of my other friends so I said yes. Well, I called my buddy Garness this afternoon and after I talked to him I realized that I was the only guy going to this stupid thing, but I made a commitment to go.
As I watched the video waiting for the food they had the obligatory video of the two growing up and then as a couple. At least I got a good meal out of the deal, but after I got done eating I hit the door running.
The older I get the more I get convinced the things women claim they want and what they really want are two totally separate things. I know that I don't even fit into what women claim they want, but I have a buddy who makes a good living, has his own house, all the things that women claim they want. But because he isn't a 6' 2" greek god women tend to ignore him. We are told all the way growing up to believe in true love. Yeah that about as big a myth as the U. S. is a democracy (we were set up as a Federal Republic). Then even worse than that the way church is set up if you aren't married and have 52 children you are either over used or ignored (not by the pastor). So, I ask you why should I have faith in true love? I don't see any reason.
Weddings just make me more cynical about such things
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 22:41
Friday, March 24, 2006
Yesterday, the world's most important Senator claimed that Christ would be against any prevention of ILLEGAL immigration. Now she didn't offer any support for her new found position.
Here is my support Christ would oppose Illegal immigration.
First off, Christ said give to Caesers what is Caesers. He was saying that the governments laws shouldn't be ignored. Then Christ submitted Himself to Pilate, and accepted His execution.
Second, Christ drove out the money changers from the Temple. For a moment lets compare a coyote to a money changer. The money changer was charging exorbinate rates for their "service" cheating the people. Coyotes charge quite a bit of money to bring people across the border, some are murdered, some are robbed, and some are assaulted. Coyotes also bring across illicit drugs. In just this three of the Ten Commandment, four if you consider that God ordains government per Romans 13 and one of the main Commandments is honor your God. Christ opposes abuses of any kinds, Proverbs calls beer a brawler-the illicit drugs are vastly more damaging than alcohol (not that I don't oppose the use of alcohol). In short, the Coyotes cheat the people they "serve" just as much as the money changers Christ drove out.
In the Old Testament there is several places that God says He's a defender of the defenseless. This means God MUST, by His nature be a just God. God set forth law for man to follow. There is a law in this country on how a person may come to the US. It would be different if there wasn't a mechanism for legal immigration (not that it would change the fact that illegal immigrants shouldn't be prosecuted it's just different)
As I have made it clear before, I have a problem with criminals. I don't care if you steal, commit perjury, or come across a geographic border you are a criminal because you have broken a law. This argument that illegal immigrants only do jobs that Americans won't do, I've seen the list they have given and I have done most of them (Proudly never working foodservice though, I've only done men's since I was ten). I know that we have a bunch of wusses in this country, but I don't want to violate the rule of law just because some teenager would rather smoke pot than flip burgers.
So would Christ feel compassion for the criminal, yes. Would He condone illegal, thus immoral behavior, well He told several people to go and sin no more.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 04:05
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I have a lot of respect for this Christian in Afghanistan. This poor guy could be executed for his faith. While the government has been trying to come up with ways to avoid it, like saying he is mentally ill so they can't stone him. But from what I have heard about this guy he wouldn't accept this if it was offered.
It's easy for us to say we would die for our faith, but to go through a trial and allow the execution would be hard for me. It's in my nature to go down swinging, ie they wouldn't have had to arrest me, a body bag yes. I don't know that I would have the nerve to go through a trial and wait to see if the government would kill me. My prayers go out for him and all the Christians in all predominately anti-Christian nations
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 06:22
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
A newsstory asked how many people know the Star-Spangled Banner. I will grant that I might not know everyword, granted there are four verses. Two verses we never sing.
The reason that the Star-Spangled Banner holds relevence even today is because it talks about God's providence and protection of this country. I honestly believe if we ever change our National Antheme we might as well just throw the key in the water bucket and ride off because then we would have lost the last thing that makes us Americans.
Just in case you don't know the words Click on the Title for all four verses. rember those who are putting their lives on the line for the safety of this country. Remember ALL the blessing our Creator has given this nation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Click on title
For those of you who don't realize the importance North Dakota has in the history of this nation, I offer this article and my post. Lewis and Clark spent a couple of winters with the Mandan North of Bismarck. Ft Union was the a furtrading post where the nations and the furtrappers would come trade there goods just outside of the modern town of Williston, ND. Ft. Lincoln which was just over the river was where the 7th calvery was posted before they rode out to the Little Bighorn in Montana and into history. Then there's Fort Bufford.
Ft. Bufford is a few miles from where Ft. Union was. It was a military depot in the 1870's-1880's. This is the post that Sitting Bull finally surrendered after living in Canada. The post also had a contengent of Buffalo soldiers.
Also, those of you who were students of Dr. Martin will appriciate this. Teddy Roosevelt ran a herd in south west North Dakota. He had a cowpuncher make fun of his glasses one day and ended up beating the snot out of the cowpoke. He left North Dakota with the nickname "Old Four Eyes." Back in the Old days using the term old whatever was a sign of respect. Teddy Roosevelt and his ramrod also ran in four rustlers about fifty miles to Dickenson, North Dakota. Kinda hard to be a play boy when you run in four rustlers from that distance and you get that much respect that you had cowpoke volunteer ten years for duty with the Roughriders in Cuba.
Friday, March 17, 2006
I finally found something that the French will fight for: Not getting fired for no cause law. I'm glad to see that they are willing to fight, but first chocolate (Ivory Coast two years ago) and not getting fired doesn't seam to be good things to be fighting for so my motto for this report is
NO WAR FOR JOB FIRINGS
as reported by Foxnews
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I have gone to websites where those who whine about those who don't have health insurance and we really need to take care of people. I tell them two things: Check out the veteran's Administration, this would be the system we would have if we changed. And the other is based on their resentment on how the government responded to New Orleans. Asking them, "Would you really like your health care controlled by the government after the response to Katrina?" I don't get a response, because when you aren't consistent and you base everything on emotion you never have an answer, and they can't admit that they are wrong.
The article that I linked to talks about what happens when government throws money at a problem. It has a shotgun effect (for those who are wusses that means it goes all over the place) never going where it's supposed to.
Government is only efficient at protecting this nation, unless the Gorelic Wall is up, or the NSA isn't capturing calls from the monster. Government can't provide for peoples needs. The mentality that government can provide borders on the blasphemous, by the government providing everyone's needs it becomes a god.
This is America. People used to loose fortunes and rebuild without the government helping. So to those who want to be subservient to the government I offer this for your thought go to China, I want my freedom to choose how the doctors treat me, not some pencil pusher that has never met me
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I was listening to National Public Radio on Monday and heard the most interesting thing, China wants at least 400 million people to speak Manderin Chinese. China controls several terminals in this country. China has control of both sides of the Panama Canal. They have missile technology that was approved to be sold by the Clinton Whitehouse.
If we were serious about no country owning any terminals China never would have had control over any. I am not saying terrorism is not a threat and I'm definitely not saying China will attack us in any near or distant future, but there are somethings that we should be concerned about.
And for your perusal click on the title. Evidently, the UAE already runs a terminal in Miami, FL. They have no intention of selling that terminal any time soon. We never had control of what was loaded in other countries. I will admit my initial response was NEVER. I have made my position on trusting anyone in the Middle East other than Israel is foolish, but the more I looked into it, the deal made sense for everyone involved.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Cuba was slaughtered by Puerto Rico Friday night. WOW!!!
I saw a deal on crop circles today. My money is on the hoax/ slash God is having fun with us humans.
This morning I watched "thirdwatch" on A&E. It was the episodes that revolved around 9/11. It still hits me hard what those monsters did to us.
Whether or not someone does steroids doesn't bother me because I don't rely on sports stars or anyone on how I live my life. I watch sports as an escape. Now if they are breaking the law or the rules prosecute. But if it's just conjecture don't ruin someone's reputation just out of a false sense of superiority the way ESPN or the US Senate does.
Sad (not the right word but can't think of a better one) to see Abu Grahib close. The fear of pain is a great motivator to get someone to talk. The fear of death to those monsters mean nothing.
I can't figure out how serious this bird flu threat really is. To listen to the MSM it's the third sign of the apocalypse, but only 94 have died since this reared its head in 1995.
I was hoping to win the lottery; without buying a ticket because with Christ all things are possible. Well I would be irresponsible with that kind of
I'm glad at least a state has the guts to go up against Roe. Roe should have never existed because the Supreme Court usurped the legislative branch when they made the law. Congress should have removed it from the courts jurisdiction along time ago. Once it gets to the Supreme Court it will become a states rights issue, especially after that assisted suicide law went through. (At least it should the court didn't really care about states rights when it came to anti-sodomy laws)
I love watching liberals going of the deep end and trying to co-op some of our arguments.
Those who say that Iraq doesn't want freedom and are supporting the fighting why are there Iraqis mad about this American Peace Activist being murdered? I have a lot of respect for the Iraqi people because they have braved a lot. I am not convinced that Iraq will have a civil war, there are too many foreigners fighting the Iraqis and the US for it to fall into a civil war category.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 03:10
Friday, March 10, 2006
We have to stand for the hometeam the easterners won't
Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on in case
> this takes off.
> RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing
> Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used
> to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are
> voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.
> We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal
> media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.
> Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to
> recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our
> idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and
> respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until
> the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every
> red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear
> something red.
> By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every
> Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the
> bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this
> with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be
> long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know
> the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly
> more than the media lets on.
> The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make
> things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.
> Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example;
> and wear some thing red every Friday.
> THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! --- MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO
> BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.
> HAVE A GREAT DAY
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 22:37
Well a quick list.
The movie makers have forgotten that movies are mistake not political statements.
James Bond that can't drive a standard transmission and HATES firearms.
Comedians think they are funny because a. They cuss b. They are down on everything
Everyone is naked all the time.
They refuse the concept that people want decent movies to go to.
They make gay sheepherder movies
They focus on the negative of people instead of at the positive (goes back to the first)
Bad writing, nothing is original.
The heroes are the bad guys, that rapper half a dollar or whatever or suicide bombers
The cops are always corrupt and America is bad
So we are supposed to spend our money on this drival? I think I will go to the range in stead and exercise my Constitutional Right as an American and shoot Betsy, Sandy, Sally, and Granny.
I don't know if there's life out there, there is no proof or evidence either way. It might be kind of arrogant for us to think that we are alone, but yet there is no evidence God created anyone else either. Personally, I curious but I'm not going to fret and not going to accept everybody who's wearing a tinfoil hat that claim they have proof of life.
Well, NASA came out and said one of Saturn's moon is spouting water. And might have some form of primordial form of life. I thought science never made any claims it couldn't substantiate, well other than evolution. There is no evidence of life in the water from what we can see here.
My two cents on it there are rules of creation that God set down, while everything is possible it seams that God abides by these rules. Since Hydrogen and Oxygen are elements it's not hard to see how water can form on an extraterrestrial body. But that doesn't necessarily mean life. First, on moons there are no atmosphere for life to survive.
Nothing like getting the warp drive before the flying saucer.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
While this is wrong in so many ways, they have a point. In Michigan, there is a guy that got his girlfriend pregnat. His girlfriend said that she couldn't have kids and he told her that he never wanted children.
He is required to pay child support for a child he never said he wanted.
Women who don't like are saying: well he could abstain from sex, use contraceptives. Now this is part of my argument against abortion, but women have the "right to choose."
The argument that this guy is providing is under Roe his equal protection is not being provided.
It's kinda interesting when Christians use the argument feminists are using against this guy we can't legislate morality, but when it comes against what they want they reach for our arguments.
The major plus, it sticks it under liberal craws that and they have to use our arguments to fight off this guy's "rights." This guy should have to pay it but anything to chip at an illegal law and sticks it to liberals I'm all for.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 06:11
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
As all of you probably know, Kirby passed away.
Kirby, as I said was a family favorite. We as a family made several trips to see the Twins. Dad even took a picture of him (my dad) and I on the Jumbotron. My sister had a couple of pitchers throw her a couple of balls.
I remember watching Kirby play center. He was my sister's favorite player because he was always smiling always enjoyed the game, along the same vein of Ernie Banks' saying "Let's Play two." Dad and I would play catch listening to the twins game and we heard some of Kirby's greatest catches or some of his homeruns.
The loss of Kirby is to me is another loss of a connection to dad and who we were as a family. Another reason I hope there is a baseball diamond in Heaven (and no I am not going argue the Theology behind this) My prayers go out to his family.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 22:36
Sunday, March 05, 2006
This is going to be a great month for sports. The horrid Olympics are over, Spring training is in full swing and March Madness under way. I don't really follow basketball until this time of year, but the tourney is always good basketball, and vastly superior to the NBA due to the fact that there still exists an idea of teamwork in the college game.
I got to watch one of the Twins springtraining games against the Redsox. The Twins slaughtered them. But what I have been looking forward to is the World Baseball Classic. I can't believe I'm saying this but Cuba baseball is always exiting to watch. I am hoping that the US will pull out the championship, but I will be realistic, The Dominican Republic may actually knock us out of the Tournament. Japan is tough although right now they are getting defeated by Korea.
The difference with this and the Winter Olympics. I actually care about what they are covering.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 06:03
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Modern historians try and say that Col. Travis never drew a line in the sand, but I submit for your pondering the concept that through out military and sandlot football history leaders have sketched out plans on the ground with the tip of a sword or a bayonet.
If Col. Travis did pull all the inhabitants of the Alamo together and diagramed out their situation and gave them an option is it not feasible that he could have drawn a line in the sand saying something like if you want to stay and fight join me on this side, if not there's the gate.
Then there's still the old saying when the legend and fact come intertwined print the legend. Sometimes it's better to leave certain parts of our history alone. It is what makes us Americans.
Friday, March 03, 2006
President Bush is wanting to allow companies that produce ethanol to be allowed to produce more pollution. This is really going to mess with the treehuggers head.
Personally I don't know that we are going to make a dent in our energy need with ethanol. E-85 burns faster than regular gas. Our best option is to drill in ANWAR and the coasts. Granted Biodiesel is the only feasible alternative that I have read about. Electric cars will only work in city driving. I would never want to be caught in a three day blizzard with an electric car. The hydrogen fuel cells still needs hydrocarbons, in the form of coal, to produce the hydrogen for the cells. Hybrids can't really save that much gas unless you do a lot of stop and go driving. In North Dakota it would have little or no effect because you are still using gas as you drive.
But anyway I digress, I find it interesting that to get ethanol off the ground we may have to violate the clean air act.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
This is my two cents on the falling number of house and/or car sales. There are only so many people that are looking for certain items at a given time. Just because people are slowing on buying houses or vehicles doesn't necessarly have anything to do with the economy. The average person keeps their vehicle, say five years. Well with all the great deals on vehicles sales were very high so they will be out of the market for a vehicle for a while. I think the media is confounded that people aren't selling their SUV's in favor of yugos. (I will NEVER own anything smaller than a full size pick-up due to safety, my theory is if a person is dumb enough to drive a yugo then they need to be removed from society-well not really). Then with the housing market there is only so many people in the market for houses. Since the fed has allowed the interest rate to go up it has caused a slowing, but I'm not convinced that makes the economy bad. Every week here in town a new business is going up. Our economy is going like gangbusters, businesses are actually having trouble finding enough people to work for them.
So the bottom line is just because housing and vehicles sales are slowing doesn't mean the economy is going bad. Remember that economists that the main stream media uses marxists.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 03:45
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
My Cousin Holly wrote out a history of My Grandma Shook. It was amazing how my sister looked like great grandma Cornish, she even looks more like our Grandma Shook. (I look like everyone in Dad's family kinda weird how that works).
It got me to thinking about heritage and how as a person I feel the pressure to live up to my families expectations. Not so much what I do for a living but living up to the standards that my dad and my grandpas (which unfortunately dad didn't even get to meet Grandpa Shook, but that's another story). While I have learned a lot of lessons from forgiveness on, I have been struggling with the idea of how do you reach out to those who just don't care about. I am not talking homeless and I'm not talking mentally ill I mean those who have intentionally harmed someone.
The struggle comes from education, mindset due to education, crime scene photos, and the lack of people standing in defense of the victims. Pastor told me on Tuesday about a guy that actually apologized to our church because of his drug dealing and drug usage. He said thank you to those that pray for guys like him Now this guy that would fall into the category, whether good or bad, I would give up on or not even "waste my time on" .
Needless to say this kinda shook me. It bugs me that not that I don't pray for druggies or monsters (using my traditional labels), but rather that I just don't care, because of the swath of distruction they leave behind. Now this really isn't the way I was raised, and St. Paul wrote about I am all things to all people, meeting them where they live, I know that they need Jesus as much as I do daily.
I don't know where the line is, I don't know how to balance this with looking out for the weak. I honestly don't know if it's pride, or a wall I put up after everything I have seen. I don't know what the answer is because God is still a God of justice and there is a point where justice is demanded, but how do you temper it with mercy? With Grace? Those concepts I have unfortunately ignored for to long. I know God expects both of these but I have a hard time finding anything close to these for monsters, alckies, and druggies.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 00:16