Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The End Is Near 2.0

This is a relatively new series to my blog that you will hopefully enjoy.  The idea is to share five links to various sites that show evidence that we are living in the End Times.  You will quickly see that for every link that may lead you to a serious article or new coverage that looks to be straight out of Revelation, there will be several more that are just tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny.

 I am not a date setter. Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day. And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be. Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...


1.  The Machines are rising!  But until they take over, they are babysitting our pets.

2.  Political Correctness is out of control. Watch as the City Council in Chicago brings a boy to tears.

3.  This very attractive young lady is dating this socially awkward, flash-in-the-pan Meme.

4.  Blood appears in a River in Beirut.  Yes this is scary one of the bunch!

5.  Flying Beasts are "Now Available" for the discerning collector/dinopilot.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Today's Mailbag 15.0

Mental Hospital


I was walking past the mental hospital the other day and all the patients were shoutings, "13...13...13!"


The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks and looked through to see what was going on.


Some nut poked me in the eye with a stick.


Then they all started shouting, "14...14...14!"


 
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Do We Remember?

Finally! We are healthy again. After a week and a half of misery, we are out of the woods. Each of us caught this horrific illness at different times and responded to it in different ways but it was BAD at both the individual and group level. We were out of our routines, we were cranky and overly sensitive, we were sleep deprived, we were miserable lumps.

After countless tissues, visits to medical professionals, gallons of medicine, and lots of prayer we are officially on the mend. All that remains is a few hoarse voices and residual sniffling. We are fever free, mostly cough free, and our energy and appetites have returned. Perhaps I was guilty of the typical guy (over)reaction to this but I prayed quite often for healing and restoration. I knew it wasn't going to put any of us on a death bed but it really rocked our worlds in ways that I was not expecting. And there is nothing worse a parent can feel than helplessness when children are ill and there is nothing you can do.

I caught myself yesterday though. I was celebrating the victory and forgetting who deserved the glory. Granted the healing didn't happen on my timeline (which was immediate) but it did happen. And if I am going to spend that much time in prayer begging God to help us through all this, how thankless would I have to be when the requests are finally granted to fail in giving proper credit? I hate to say it, but that can be a typical response. We beg ourselves through life’s troubles and once we emerge on the other side we forget to say..."Hey God! Thanks for getting me through. What a crazy ride that was!"

I need to get better at this. I suspect you may need to as well!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 56

Category: Feeling Ill

Instructions: Vote on your favorite two photos. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed. Winner(s): Surgical Mask & WebMD

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Surgical mask

It's either allergies or cancer

Can't go to work today!

What is this thing you call a GYM?

Cupcake Apologies

Compassion or Honesty?

Can't Go On

Guess we should've listened!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How it "Ought" to be...

One thing that MOST people in every walk of life seem to agree on is the concept of this life NOT being a perfect one.  Atheist, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Agnostic, or New Age Space Rangers seem to have this internal sense of justice that isn't easily explained.

As you know from yesterday's post, my family is enduring a horrific cold and has been suffering through it for almost a full week now.  I have been personally dealing with thoughts of how this shouldn't be happening or "ought" not to be happening.   In my prayers I've asked for healing and restoration, if not for me personally (and I'd REALLY like that) then for my kids and wife PUHLEASE! 

I don't think I am unique in understanding that the world we live in is not ideal.  Christians call it "Fallen" because of Adam & Eve's sin against God.  What was ideal, pristine, utopia on a platter for mankind then became cursed and well...less than.  So the concept is easily explained when you come from my system of belief.  But how does the average atheist explain this concept of how things "ought" to be.  Says who?  What informs you of this?  How do you have any sense or internal justice or knowledge of a better way?

Just one of many concepts that make an atheist world view,  at least for me, quite impossible.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Girls Are Tougher

My entire family is ill right now.  All five of us have endured one of the worst colds complete with high fevers and gut wrenching coughs.  We are sore, we are achy, we are beaten down, we need rest, and restoration of our health. 

Being a blogger and always observing life as it unfolds, I've seen a definite difference in how the boys (myself included) verses the girls have handled this latest bout.  All of us have been knocked on our proverbial behinds, so none are unscathed and without scar tissue.  But I have to give credit to Mackenzie and Rachael for being much tougher than me or Michael.

Men can protect, we can fight, we can be both physically and emotionally tougher than most females.  But throw an illness in the mix and we become the three year olds buried deep within just wanting someone to take care of us.  I am sure there is some kind of connection to a woman's ability to be tough whilst sick and her ability to bring children into this world but who knows?

Here is to you ladies out there!  We salute you for being tougher than us with illness AND for taking care of us wimps in the meantime!

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Day At The E.R.

Some of you already know my son Michael was hospitalized for the better part of Saturday.  It would take a weeks worth of blog posts to tell you the entire story of how we got there, what happened while there, and ultimately what led doctors to conclude he could go home.  But I will spare you the LONG version and the multiple posts and tell you that he was quite ill.  Our first visit to his Pediatrician that morning had him diagnosed with RSV which is especially complicated for him since he is so prone to Bronchitis.  Michael is no stranger to the nubulizer.

I was fairly content with the diagnosis except he had been complaining of stomach pain and had already thrown up twice before this visit.  I asked the doctor what she made of that and she chalked it up to a weak gag reflex and lots of drainage in his tummy.  Two hours later my son was doubled over in pain, pointing to his lower right side, unable to straighten his torso or sit up on his own power.  Having had a roommate that several years earlier needed emergency surgery on his appendix I got worried and  called his doctor back. 

She was alarmed enough at this new development to send us to the ER.  I was not alone in my worries as every single symptom you would normally find in these cases was present and medical staff began encouraging me to take him to Medical City in Dallas.  They offered to test him with a sonogram, CT Scan, and X-rays but to be prepared to ride in an ambulance across town if they got confirmation of their worst fears.

Eight hours later...

We were discharged and told to follow up with his Pediatrician unable to tell us exactly what happened.  In some ways it was an answer to ALL our prayers.  In other ways it was frustrating to not really understand what happened.  Having the choice between what could have been and what became reality though...I will gladly take the pill that we were given.

Thanks to all who prayed and voiced compassionate concern!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 55

Category: EPICness

Instructions:  Vote on your favorite two photos. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed.  Winner: Door Handle

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Flinstone Fun

Trekkie Hopes

Landscaping Genius!

Vader Pimp

Invisible Backpack

Ladies Man

Cup Holder

State of the art door handle

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mars & Venus

Thanks to the popular book and our common sense its no surprise to us that men and women are so different from one another.  So much so that it seems appropriate to say we are from different planets.  That fact is often illustrated in my marriage and examples abound over the last ten years.  Additionally Rachael tends to be my opposite in personality and in her strengths.  We compliment one another quite well but it does and can make for some interesting and sometimes difficult moments as we make decisions and come to compromises.  The end result is usually a well balanced, healthy choice for the family.  Its just a matter of putting in the necessary work and using our opposite views to get there.

Case in point is our current desire for solar screens.  We contacted a local company, did some research, and had them measure our windows for a bid.  Twenty questions later and after negotiating a fair price the work will begin this Friday, much to my wife's elation.  Here are my reasons for purchasing these screens and consequently why I stamped my approval on the project:

  • 90% Solar Blockage
  • Blocks UV radiation to protect carpets, floors, and furniture
  • Keeps the home cooler and less strain on AC unit
  • Lowers utility costs of cooling the home
  • Rebates of 20-30% are available from utility company
  • Additional privacy
  • Easily removable for cleaning
  • Allows for exterior ventilation into the home
My wife's reason for the purchase and suggesting it in the first place?
  • They're pretty!
Most times she is the practical one!  I have to highlight those rare moments when the roles reverse.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Today's Mailbag 14.0

Now out in PAPERBACK!



I just HAVE to get this publication!



The book, "Understanding Women", has finally arrived in stores:






Order your copy now while supplies last!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Promise


2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind

Granted one might argue that the gentleman pictured above doesn't have a sound mind.  But I love the photo and the message it portrays.  We live in a shark eat dog world.  It knocks us down and takes bites out of us sometimes.  Yet we have a Father in Heaven that created us to get back up.  He does not want us to embrace fear and stay on the beach.  He goes so far as to tell us in this verse that fear is not given to us by Him.  I think we can rightly conclude if its not from Him, its not worth having.

Just wanted to start off your Monday with some encouragement!  Let go of worry, anxiety, and fear!  With God on your side...who can stand against you?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 54

Category: Can You See It?

Instructions:  These photos are a bit different from the normal posts.  Instead of inducing laughter these offer more of a challenge. Leave a comment with your answers to what is hidden in each photo and vote for your favorite TWO. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed.  Winner: Living Room

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Hamburger

Hallway
Foggy Street
Elephant
Basement
Clergy
Flood
Living Room

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Jim Vader-Skywalker

Being the Star Wars fan (cough NERD cough) that I am, finding out that Rachael was carrying twins in her first pregnancy was quite fun for me.  That is once the horror and shock of losing my life's freedom wore off.  Like Anakin Skywalker who you may know better as Darth Vader, I wanted to name the twins Luke and Leia.  If you think I am joking feel free to ask my wife.  Whether or not I would have gone through with it had she been agreeable is another question but one I never had to answer since she completely vetoed the idea.

Over the years I still get a kick out of some of the similarities to the Anakin character that I have and the photo above just made me revisit them and desire to share here.

Jim and Anakin both:

  • Fathered fraternal, opposite sex, twins
  • Married really hot women
  • Were once fallen, lost souls, that were redeemed by a Savior
  • Are very powerful (but that's rather obvious)!
  • Have challenges when it comes to parenting (see supporting photo)
  • Are heavy mouth breathers (especially at night when asleep)
  • In charge of large armies.  In Vader's case Storm Troopers and in Jim's case Temps but relatively the same thing.
  • (On a related note) Get easily frustrated with incompetence.
  • Were childhood superstars only to get old and slow in adulthood
  • Search their feelings and know it to be true
  • Wield a light-saber like nobodies business
  • Want to save their children from the Emperor/Obama but will probably get burnt in the process.
May the Force be with YOU!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The End Is Near 1.0

Before you get your feathers too ruffled let me put you at ease.  I am not a date setter.  Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day.  And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be.  But I don't ignore Revelation either.  Part of the Good News is that our Savior will one day return.  Granted that goes with a lot of interesting times, understated by the description, "labor pains", but I digress.

Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...

  • Roseanne Barr is running for President and its NOT a practical joke!
  • America sat captivated at Super Bowl halftime watching a 53 year old woman sing and dance suggestively.
  • The Machines are in training and getting smarter.  Terminator is upon us.
  • And if that doesn't convince you, maybe this will.
  • Last but not least, it looks like our only two FINAL choices for President will be Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.
Heaven Help Us!!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Today's Mailbag 13.0

Mexican Oysters

A big Texan stopped at a local restaurant following a day of roaming around Mexico.

While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful.

He asked the waiter, "What is that you just served?"

The waiter replied, "Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!"

The cowboy said, "What the heck, bring me an order."

The waiter replied, "I am sorry, senor.  There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning.  If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy."

The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day.  After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, "These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday?"

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, "Si, senor...

...sometimes the bull wins!"

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 53

Category: Bathroom Humor

Instructions: Vote on your favorite photos of these eight in the right margin of this page. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote closed.  Winner: Save the day
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Dry your hands...Save the day!

Pilots Instructions

Yell for HELP!

Accurate Bathroom Signs

No! Don't leave me!

A Friendly Reminder

Facebook Shower Curtain

Sophisticated Mirror

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Not So Advanced



Technology advances and gets better.  Knowledge grows as methods of sharing it multiply. What used to take me hours of research in the library now takes modern students a few minutes behind the proverbial wheel of Google's homepage.  These tools certainly make the modern man look smart, look advanced, and look much more accomplished than his ancestors.  But how far have we really come?

The photo above helps me illustrate my point.  Here you have two ladies in an office that are suffering through a computer malfunction.  They've had to resort to doing their daily tasks manually...which in this case is playing Solitaire.  It is actually much easier to get away with playing games on the computer than to have cards spread out all over your desk.  So in some ways I wonder if technology hasn't helped us to be lazier and less productive...less advanced?

I realize we have made decent strides in certain areas of culture.  Progress is certainly measurable and obvious.  But one good natural disaster could knock out the power grid and the true test of our advanced skills would begin.  As much as we could impress our ancestors by showing them a computer or a vehicle, we are dependant on the sources of power that make them work.  Those very resources are being depleted.  What then?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The RepubliCrats

Warning:  This post is filled with opinion fueled by passionate vitriol. Read at your own risk!


How in the world is Mitt Romney leading any polls in any State right now?  I've posted before about how broken our two party system is and I stand by that.  But I will go so far in this rant as to say there is NO two party system.  We have politicians that use different platforms with very different stances on issues to get elected.  Once elected they break half their campaign promises or cannot get their promises through legislation.  The rest of the time they spend serving those that helped them get elected and guess what?  That isn't YOU or ME...its the persons and corporations that funded them!

Please stop voting for the RepubliCrats people!  Perfect illustration of my point is Bush and Obama.  One is a supposedly staunch conservative and Christian and the other is supposedly a bleeding heart Liberal with ties to Christianity but most likely a Muslim.  Both passed legislation that none of us wanted, both sent our troops or continued to perpetuate war in the Middle East, both have increased the Nations debt, and both helped to bail out the people and companies that caused our economic crisis to begin with.  The list goes on and on but hopefully you get my point.  If Obama is all about Change as he promised in his campaign then why are we seeing so many similarities?

Fast forward to Mitt Romney.  Puhlease!  Does anyone think (a) he is any different from the same ole government politician that will usher in the kinds of changes this country needs to see in order to thrive again and (b) does anyone seriously think he will beat Obama even though his popularity is in severe decline?  I am no prophet but I can guarantee you something.  If Romney wins the nomination and somehow actually beats Obama...he will be NO different.  He will be another RepubliCrat that at best may take credit for an upswing that he did nothing to create or at worst continue to drive us into the dust of history.

The ONLY man running for office right now that is talking a different game is Ron Paul.  He may be lying through his teeth and he may be another RepubliCrat when all is said and done...BUT...he's a very good actor if that is the case.  The fact is his campaign isn't a bunch of new and fresh ideas like most think.  Its actually just a return to our roots and Constitutional heritage.  It has taken 235 years for us to lose focus and mess things up this bad.  I would rather it not take 235 more to realize that our Framers and Forefathers had it right and start running things again, as they would and as they taught.

Rant over!

Check out some of these videos on Ron Paul and see what you think: