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The mainstream media and the liberals also talk about how much money will be lost if the tax rates remain the same. The money won't be lost by the government because it was never the government's in the first place.

The premise here is that all the money earned in this country belongs to the government and the government allows people to keep some of it. The money people earn belongs to the people who earned, it whether it is $10 an hour or $1 billion a year. The government takes some of it, but the government is taking it from the people who earned it, not the other way around.

An old hymn

Feb. 7th, 2010 02:31 am
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The Son of God goes forth to war
A kingly crown to gain
His blood red banner streams afar
Who follows in His train?
Who best can drink his cup of woe
Triumphant over pain
Who patient bears his cross below
He follows in His train

That martyr first, whose eagle eye
Could pierce beyond the grave
Who saw his Master in the sky
And called on Him to save
Like Him, with pardon on His tongue
In the midst of mortal pain
He prayed for them that did the wrong
Who follows in His train?

A glorious band, the chosen few
On whom the Spirit came
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew
And mocked the cross and flame
They met the tyrant’s brandished steel
The lion’s gory mane
They bowed their heads the death to feel
Who follows in their train?

A noble army, men and boys
The matron and the maid
Around the Savior’s throne rejoice
In robes of light arrayed
They climbed the steep ascent of Heav’n
Through peril, toil and pain
O God, to us may grace be given
To follow in their train

Reginald Heber, 1827


Jan. 10th, 2010 01:19 am
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We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:9-12


Mar. 8th, 2009 12:09 am
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Let it be known most assuredly that before God there is but one standard for right and wrong. And this standard is absolute, unchangeable, immovable. We shall all be judged according to this standard. Whatever we may say or feel or believe or surmise today, we will suffer loss on that day if what we do is not truly according to the will of God.

Watchman Nee in Spiritual Knowledge

Too true

Feb. 24th, 2009 10:39 pm
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In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
C.S. Lewis from The Abolition of Man
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Western society has given itself the organization best suited to its purposes, based, I would say, on the letter of the law. The limits of human rights and righteousness are determined by a system of laws; such limits are very broad. People in the West have acquired considerable skill in using, interpreting and manipulating law, even though laws tend to be too complicated for an average person to understand without the help of an expert. Any conflict is solved according to the letter of the law and this is considered to be the supreme solution. If one is right from a legal point of view, nothing more is required, nobody may mention that one could still not be entirely right, and urge self-restraint, a willingness to renounce such legal rights, sacrifice and selfless risk: it would sound simply absurd. One almost never sees voluntary self-restraint. Everybody operates at the extreme limit of those legal frames. An oil company is legally blameless when it purchases an invention of a new type of energy in order to prevent its use. A food product manufacturer is legally blameless when he poisons his produce to make it last longer: after all, people are free not to buy it.

I have spent all my life under a communist regime and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. A society which is based on the letter of the law and never reaches any higher is taking very scarce advantage of the high level of human possibilities. The letter of the law is too cold and formal to have a beneficial influence on society. Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legalistic relations, there is an atmosphere of moral mediocrity, paralyzing man's noblest impulses.

And it will be simply impossible to stand through the trials of this threatening century with only the support of a legalistic structure.

~Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his Harvard Address
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From this excellent article on multitasking:

In one of the many letters he wrote to his son in the 1740s, Lord Chesterfield offered the following advice: “There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” To Chesterfield, singular focus was not merely a practical way to structure one’s time; it was a mark of intelligence. “This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.”
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The founders really were exceptional in a lot of ways, and gave us an exceptional form of government. It was exceptional because they knew that Americans could not be trusted with power, not any more than anybody else in history could be, and consequently gave us a government of checks and balances. They did it like this, in Madison's words, because they knew that men are not angels. The men who were not angels included a bunch of Americans with that lean, hungry look. We needed to be restrained, and our founders gave us a form of government designed, in the first, second, and last place, to restrain Americans tempted by the corruptions of power. They did this because they already saw the lust in our eyes.

But gardens always have serpents in them, and
our serpent started up the myth of American innocence, an "exceptionalism" that is grounded in the bloom of youth on our idealistic cheeks, as we gazed out upon a world that needed saving. And it is this kind of crap that we hear non-stop in almost all our political speeches these days. And as soon as we accepted this version of exceptionalism, we became just like every other growing hegemonic collection of rationalizers, just as soon as the whiskey of empire got to the brain cells.
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All this change is the result of the sum total of our actions as individual humans, but there is no lawful decision-making apparatus available that will enable us to do the slightest thing about it. Any attempts to create such an apparatus will only create various despotisms, and will not achieve their declared aims. Imagine an agency created by the United Nations dedicated to solving the problem of the sun rising in the east -- the consensus among scientists these days being that it would be better to have it rise in the north. The end result of creating such an agency would not be a sun coming up over Canada, but it would result in a bunch of human beings regulated, enslaved and hassled to death. As C.S. Lewis notes somewhere, the power of men over nature is not really power over nature -- it is the power of some men over other men, with nature (or the name of "nature") as the instrument.
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From his book, The Weight of Glory:

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
That Religion should be relegated to solitude in such an age is, then, paradoxical. But it is also dangerous for two reasons. In the first place, when the modern world says to us aloud, "You may be religious when you are alone," it adds under its breath, "and I will see to it that you are never alone." To make Christianity a private affair while banishing all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow's end or the Greek calends.

Good stuff.
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From the random quote at the bottom of Slashdot:

Excellent day for putting Slinkies on an escalator.
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From an xkcd comment:

Fun game: try to post a YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: this is impossible)
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But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

2 Timothy 3
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I saw this post and just had to put it up.

"No doubt future social historians will find the contradiction between our concern about sexual abuse, on the one hand, and our connivance at and indifference to precocious sexual activity, on the other, as curious as we find the contrast between Victorian sexual prudery and the vast size of the Victorian demimonde"
(Theodore Dalrymple, Life at the Bottom, p. 193).
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"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6

“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber."
John 10:1

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
John 10:9

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10


Oct. 15th, 2007 09:18 am
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[An] old preacher received a letter with no sender or return address
on the envelope. When he opened it, he saw a single piece of
paper with only one word: “Fool!” He took it to the pulpit the next
Sunday, and said: “I received an unusual letter this week. Never
before have I received a letter where the writer signed his name,
but forgot to write anything else.”
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If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

C.S. Lewis


Aug. 13th, 2007 11:14 pm
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Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

- Mark Twain
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Second, to the extent that our remaining free markets might "destroy" something (my view of the mountain, say), we cannot legislate against it without destroying something far more precious (my freedom). When I was building my house about fifteen years ago, I was talking to a building inspector who came by to ask about my health. We were out in the country, on three acres, and had heard a rumor that a trailer park might be going in across the street. Not something Nancy and I had exactly been praying for, and so I asked about it. He said, yeah, that was in the works, but said that we could legally protest it. He did not know what to do when I said that I didn't have a basis for protesting it in that I did not own that piece of property. If I don't want neighborhood meetings trying to outlaw the color of my house, I better not go to any neighborhood meetings trying to outlaw the color of somebody else's house.
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Reader, If it be not strong upon thy heart to practise what thou readest, to what end dost thou read? To increase thy own condemnation? If thy light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing man thou art, the more miserable man thou wilt be in the day of recompense; thy light and knowledge will more torment thee than all the devils in hell. Thy knowledge will be that rod that will eternally lash thee, and that scorpion that will for ever bite thee, and that worm that will everlastingly gnaw thee; therefore read, and labour to know, that thou mayest do, or else thou art undone for ever. When Demosthenes was asked, what was the first part of an orator, what the second, what the third? he answered, Action; the same may I say. If any should ask me, what is the first, the second, the third part of a Christian? I must answer, Action; as that man that reads that he may know, and that labours to know that he may do, will have two heavens — a heaven of joy, peace and comfort on earth, and a heaven of glory and happiness after death.


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