My NFL Week 12 Picks

Thursday Nov 22

Houston @ Detroit - Houston
Washington @ Dallas - Washington
New England @ NY Jets - New England

Sunday Nov 25

Minnesota @ Chicago - Minnesota
Oakland @ Cincinnati - Cincinnati
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland - Pittsburgh
Buffalo @ Indianapolis - Indianapolis
Denver @ Kansas City - Denver
Seattle @ Miami - Seattle
Atlanta @ Tampa - Atlanta
Tennessee @ Jacksonville -Tennessee
Baltimore @ San Diego - Baltimore
St. Louis @ Arizona - Arizona
San Fransisco @ New Orleans - New Orleans
Green Bay @ NY Giants - NY Giants

Monday Nov 26

Carolina @ Philadelphia - Carolina

My NFL Week 11 Picks

Thursday Nov 15
Miami @ Buffalo - BUFFALO

Sunday Nov 18
Cleveland @ Dallas - DALLAS
Green Bay @ Detroit - GREEN BAY
Cincinnati @ Kansas City - CINCINNATI
Philadelphia @ Washington - WASHINGTON
Tampa Bay @ Carolina - TAMPA BAY
Jacksonville @ Houston - HOUSTON
NY Jets @ St. Louis - ST LOUIS
New Orleans @ Oakland - NEW ORLEANS
San Diego @ Denver - DENVER
Indianapolis @ New England - NEW ENGLAND
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh - PITTSBURGH

Monday Nov 19
Chicago @ San Fransisco - SAN FRANSISCO

How's Everyone Feeling?

It's be months since I have posted anything. Summer has come and gone, the election is over, hurricane Sandy wrecked the east coast, daylight hours are shrinking, and the cold is setting in. What's on your mind? The holidays? The fiscal cliff? NFL football? What would you like to talk about and what direction should this blog go? Or has it outlived it's usefulness? I'm waiting to hear from you.

Electric Drag Car

Obama says adding $4 Trillion in debt is unpatriotic

Guess what buddy? You've already added $5 trillion.

Gas Prices

Gas here has risen about 10 cents over the weekend. How long before it hits $4 if at all? What price will make you seriously change you habits? Remember, every time gas goes up, food goes up, beer goes up, the cost of construction goes up, the cost of war goes up, and just about anything that is delivered on a truck (which is just about everything) goes up. I know from my own experience that it is screwing with my budget. How about you?

Dems want to tax everybody...IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!

Gene Sperling, director of the White House's national economic council, said today at an official meeting that "we need a global minimum tax"

“He supports corporate tax reform that would reduce expenditures and loopholes, lower rates for people investing and creating jobs in the U.S., due so further for manufacturing, and that we need to, as we have the Buffett Rule and the individual tax reform, we need a global minimum tax so that people have the assurance that nobody is escaping doing their fair share as part of a race to the bottom or having our tax code actually subsidized and facilitate people moving their funds to tax havens," Sperling said. 

Uh seriously? Can we actually tax the rest of the world?

Drones In The U.S.? Don't Laugh, It's Going To Happen

What the heck is this? You thought Big Brother was bad? He's about to get a whole lot worse. Is this an invasion of privacy? Is this legal? I know it isn't fair. Or is this just the "price" we pay to live in a "free" country? This is bullshit and a waste of my taxpayer dollars.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

“There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is “concerned about the implications for surveillance by government agencies,” said attorney Jennifer Lynch.

The provision in the legislation is the fruit of “a huge push by lawmakers and the defense sector to expand the use of drones” in American airspace, she added.

The agency projects that 30,000 drones could be in the nation’s skies by 2020.

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Israel vs. Iran: How Worried Are You?

On a scale of 1 to 10 how likely do you think it is that Israel and Iran will go to war in the next 5 years?

On a scale of 1 to 10 how worried are you about the consequences and implications of such a war for life in the United States?

If a war does occur, who do you think will start it. Who do you see as the more likely aggressor?

Budget or Bust

Finally some legislation we can all support...or so you would think. Did you know it has been nearly three years (or the entirety of the Obama Presidency) since the Senate has passed a budget? Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) may have a bill that could solve this problem. It is known as Budget or Bust legislation, H.R. 3883. Here is what he had to say about it:

“Producing a budget is one of Congress’s most basic and most important responsibilities.  I firmly believe that if Members of Congress fail to fulfill our duties to the American people, we shouldn’t be getting paid.  My Budget or Bust Act forces the House and Senate to finally pass a budget, or else our salaries will be held as collateral until Congress can get its job done.

“Additionally, my bill returns the power of the purse to its rightful owner, which our Founding Fathers determined to be Congress, not the President.  The Budget or Bust Act repeals a requirement created in 1921 for the President to submit an annual budget – an act that both Houses of Congress have used as a crutch.  

“It is completely unacceptable that the last time the Senate passed a budget was more than 1,000 days ago.  Perhaps if we put Member’s paychecks on the line – we could get some work done in Washington.”

Rubio to the Rescue

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill that would allow all religious employers an exemption to a requirement that health care coverage include contraceptive services and abortions.

Well thank goodness. That didn't take long. Hopefully it passes, but for others who don't have the courage to take a stand, well, Barack has just unfairly forced his way upon this country.

Is Life Sacred?

Not according to the National Institute of Health. According to Franklin Miller, a senior faculty member in the NIH Department of Bioethics wrote in the magazine BioEdge:
“[I]f killing were wrong just because it is causing death or the loss of life, then the same principle would apply with the same strength to pulling weeds out of a garden. If it is not immoral to weed a garden, then life as such cannot really be sacred, and killing as such cannot be morally wrong.”
Wait...WHAT? Our national health equates human life with weeds in a garden?

The change is subtle and slow. Wake up and stand for what you believe in.

Google Privacy Policy...Are You Serious?

Is it just me or does anyone else think the reworking of Google's "privacy" policy is just a load of garbage? First of all, have you tried to actually read it as I have? You can't find word one where they actually TELL you what the new policy is. They tell you how great it will be but they don't tell you how bad it will be also. As if Google didn't already know everything about your online habits, it's just that now they are telling everyone that they are going to share that information with whom every they choose. Unless you go to a library or some other public computer terminal, there is virtually no chance anyone will have anonymity online ever again. Thank you Big Brother.

Swiss Kindergartners to be Taught About 'Pleasures of Sex' From a 'Sex Box'

Elementary school children, including kindergartners, in Basel, Switzerland, will reportedly be learning about the pleasures of sex [are you serious?!] through the use of toys made to look like male and female genitalia, according to reports from Swiss media.

The toys are part of a kit to be given to teachers that includes dolls, books, and wooden penises, among other things.

In an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick, Basel education minister Christoph Eymann revealed that officials had received more than 3,000 letters of complaint sent in by parents who think the sex education program goes too far [ya think?!].

Eymann said that, unfortunately, the education of children on the subject of sex had been left to the schools since parents were not doing their jobs at home [it isn't anyone's job to talk to a five year old about sex].

When asked about the program's aim of teaching children that "touch can be pleasurable," Eymann said the actual objective [then why not teach the "actual" objective?] was to help children differentiate between good and bad touches.

"It's about protecting the sexual integrity of children," [what in the heck does that even mean?] he said, adding that it was necessary for educators to do something to help prevent sexual violence against children by helping children protect themselves.

Eymann said that he was taking parents' complaints seriously and although the curriculum would be reviewed, the program would go forward.

As for the "sex box" teaching kit, Eymann said, “It was no doubt stupid to call it a ‘sex box’ – we will change that."

Have Your Opinion, Just Keep It To Yourself

A Florida high school has suspended its 2010 Teacher of the Year over Facebook comments he made against gay marriage.

Jerry Buell, who teaches social studies at Mount Dora High School, wrote on his personal Facebook page that same-sex unions are a sin, that he "almost threw up" over news about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and that gay marriages were part of a "cesspool," as reported by Orlando Sentinel.

The comments were brought to the attention of Lake County School District officials by a former student, according to WESH 2 News. The district has suspended Buell from the classroom and reassigned him to a clerical position at the district's administration building while an investigation is pending, the local news agency reported.

Buell told the Orlando Sentinel that "it wasn't out of hatred" that he made the posts. "It was about the way I interpret things."

Over the past year, district officials worked on putting together new guidelines on social networking. They were approved by Superintendent Susan Moxley earlier this year.

Part of the guidelines state, "If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it may not be the time to share your thoughts in a post – you should delay posting until you are calm and clearheaded. Always remember that no e-mail is ever fully deleted."

They also warn that use of social networking sites or blogs "creates the risk of affecting your professional career."

Former Mount Dora student Evan Holley told WESH 2 News that Buell would never try to offend anybody.

"I mean, he’s a really Christian guy and that’s his beliefs. I mean, it’s his personal Facebook," Holley stated.

A Facebook page called "Support Jerry Buell; Mount Dora High School Teacher of the Year suspended" was recently created, urging supporters to contact the school to help Buell get his job back.

Obama is about to lose a lot of votes with this one.

Prolonged detention? Because evidence is tainted? But the people "might" commit future crimes? This is dangerous stuff. Creating new "legal regimes" to detain someone without rights or due process? Yeah Obama, I doubt I'll be voting for you this time around. I guess that means I am a threat subject to detention? Though, for the record, I still think he'll win.

CD release and signing

Good day all.... I want to invite everyone out to our first official CD release and signing tomorrow at Common Grounds in Salisbury MD. The CD signing will be from 1-3pm with an acoustic set of our CD from 3:30-5pm. First 25 folks in that buys a CD will get a free T shirt. Come hang out with us.. Our CD dropped nationally August 2nd and now is available on Itunes, Zune, Amazon, Borders etc. Exciting stuff..... Hope to see you out there. Here's the info on Facebook

Defend Free Speech, Drop Political Correctness

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

Pride, Arrogance, or Human Nature?

Why is it that every generation, every age thinks they are the top banana? Pick a century, pick a time period and if you investigate you'll find a people which thinks that they are the pinnacle of civilization be it science, medicine, art, music, politics, fashion or culture. If we look back at nearly any period in time, I bet most would say how much better things are today.

But are they really? Are we more prosperous, intelligent, and creative than all the peoples that came before us? Is life better, less complicated and more fulfilling than ever before? What will they say about us 100 years from now? 500 years?

Finally, if you could live in any age, in any place, what would you choose?


The Christian response to immigrant communities in the United States cannot be “You kids get off of my lawn” in Spanish. While many Americans might disagree on the political specifics of achieving a just and compassionate immigration policy, our rhetoric must be informed by more than politics, but instead by gospel and mission.

This is a gospel issue. First of all, our Lord Jesus himself was a so-called “illegal immigrant.” Fleeing, like many of those in our country right now, a brutal political situation, our Lord’s parents sojourned with him in Egypt (Matt. 2:113-23). Jesus, who lived out his life for us, spent his childhood years in a foreign land away from his relatives among people speaking a different language with strange customs.

In so doing, our Lord Jesus was re-living the life of Israel, our ancestors in the faith, who were also immigrants and sojourners in Egypt (Exod. 1:1-14; 1 Chron. 16:19; Acts 7:6). It is this reality, the Bible tells us, that is to ground our response to those who sojourn among us (Exod. 22:21; Ps. 94:6; Jer.7:6; Ezek. 22:29; Zech. 7:10). God, the Bible says, “executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:18-19).

This is much more than a “political” issue, abstracted from our salvation. Jesus tells us that our response to the most vulnerable among us is a response to Jesus Himself (Matt. 25:40). God will judge those who exploit workers and mistreat the poor. No matter how invisible they seem to us now, God hears (Isa. 3:15; Amos 4:1; Jas.5:4).

This is also a question of our mission. There are upwards of 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country right now, and many more in the Latino community who came here legally. If our response to them is to absorb the nativism and bigotry of some elements of society around us, we are showing them a vision of what the Bible calls “the flesh” rather than the Spirit. If our churches ignore the nations around us who are living in our own communities, we will reflect 1970s Bible Belt America rather than the kingdom of God which is made up of those "from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language" (Rev. 7:9).

It is easy to lash out at undocumented immigrants as “law-breakers,” and to cite Romans 13 as reason to simply call for deportation and retribution. But this issue is far more complicated than that. Yes, undocumented immigrants are violating the law, but, first of all, most of them are doing so in order to provide a future for their families in flight from awful situations back home. Many of them are children (as our Lord Jesus was at the time of his immigration).

And, even given our nation’s Romans 13 responsibility to maintain secure borders, the message our nation sends to those across our borders isn’t clear and univocal. As Southern Baptist leader Richard Land puts it, there are two metaphorical signs on our border: “Keep out” and “Help wanted.”

This isn’t to say that there aren’t real political challenges here. I agree that the border should be secured. I support holding businesses accountable for hiring, especially since some of them use the threat of deportation as a way of exploiting these vulnerable workers. I support a realistic means of providing a way to legal status for the millions of immigrants already here. But there are many who disagree with me, and for valid reasons.

The larger issue is in how we talk about this issue, recognizing that this is not about “issues” or “culture wars” but about persons made in the image of God. Our churches must be the presence of Christ to all persons, regardless of country of origin or legal status. We need to stand against bigotry and harassment and exploitation, even when it’s politically profitable for those who stand with us on other issues.

And, most importantly, we must love our brothers and sisters in the immigrant communities. We must be the presence of Christ to and among them, even as we receive ministry from them. Our commitment to a multinational kingdom of God’s reconciliation in Christ must be evident in the verbal witness of our gospel and in the visible makeup of our congregations.

Immigration isn’t just an issue. It’s an opportunity to see that, as important as the United States of America is, there will be a day when the United States of America will no longer exist. And on that day, the sons and daughters of God will stand before the throne of a former undocumented immigrant. Some of them are migrant workers and hotel maids now. They will be kings and queens then. They are our brothers and sisters forever.

We might be natural-born Americans, but we’re all immigrants to the kingdom of God (Eph. 2:12-14). Whatever our disagreements on immigration as policy, we must not disagree on immigrants as persons. Our message to them, in every language and to every person, must be “Whosoever will may come.”

from The Christian Post