August 12, 2019

A Look at the 4K YouTube to MP3 Downloader

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There is a scene in Young Frankenstein where Frederick, descendant of Victor Von Frankenstein finds a book titled How I Did It. I would like to make a video of How I Do It for some behind-the-scenes material for my work at The Question Evolution Project and the main site, Piltdown Superman, as well as some of my other sites.

One aspect of this is the posting of videos. I am reluctant to do like some other Pages and throw links at people without previewing the material. Since I have a day job doing data entry work, I do not have all that much time for watching videos and my eyes get mighty tired. Fortunately, I can listen to all sorts of audio material while working.

But what's this cowboy supposed to do with all those videos? Who wants to stare at a screen for a long interview, debate, or lecture? There are some online sites that convert them from video to MP3, but some of them no longer function and others will not convert anything of length. Then I happened across 4K Download while searching on the trail.

They have several products available, including a few methods of obtaining video and audio without installing anything. (One of these involves getting things from Instagram, but I do not have an account and no interest in getting one.) I didn't want the trouble of waiting for connections and such, so I downloaded the 4K YouTube to MP3 software. This was with great reluctance because I have been burned by free downloads in the past. However, they have not given me any problems and did not sound any alarms on my scanners.

This video-to-audio downloader is my primary tool for listening to video debates, lectures, and so forth before passing them on to other people. It seems to work quite well.

This company does something that I think is good marketing because they provide a free version as well as sell a license for all the functionality of the full version. I have been using the free version. The basic use is very simple. You can select which audio format you like and download locations as default (change them later if you wish). Head on over to the video in question, copy the link, then come back and click on the big green plus sign that says "Paste Link". It does that and begins the process. There are two passes, so don't get all excited too soon and wait for the message that it is completed before playing it.



There have been a couple of times where it has failed. Some videos just won't go. Other times I just paste again and usually get the download I'm after. They are surprisingly quick, but some of those two- or three-hour debates take a while. But that's to be expected. After I listen to the presentation, I can decide to post it, link to it, or even watch it anyway because I feel like I missed something by doing only the audio.

Also, the  4K YouTube to MP3 Downloader does more than just YouTube. I have used it for podcasts on Soundcloud as well as on other sites. If you use it, give it a try. You won't break anything, after all.

You may want to use this with a VPN. Although many lectures and such are intended to be freely available, YouTube gets on the prod about downloads. This downloader is targeted toward folks who want music and the full version will grab a full playlist. Funny that, as YouTube (owned by Google) licenses downloads for a price, but a great deal of the material on there is technically a violation of copyrights in the first place. (Mayhaps it's because a purchased download has higher quality than YouTube and such, I don't know.) I am not certain of the legalities of all this, but the 4K Download company doesn't seem to be having any problems.

Here is where I think I have to put in a caveat: I am supposed to get something for writing this here review for y'all and putting in this link (like I did earlier). It doesn't have to be a positive review, but they promised to give me a full version license for doing this. We'll see.

Anyhow, this is my primary tool for listening to videos and previewing them before I post links. Take a look-see at the company and the products in the links above and see what you think. What is Metacafe?


August 8, 2019

He is not Saying Trump Likes Nazis, but — Yes He Is Saying It

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen
Revised 8-10-2019

Leftists are running around saying that Donald Trump is a Nazi, calling him Hitler or fascist, saying he wants people dead, and other foul things. Hypocrites! Nazis are socialists, which is what many on the left are embracing. Try to get them to define fascist and you are unlikely to get an intelligent reply. They are like other people I could name, screaming something, no matter how stupid, just to provoke negative emotions in others.

Leftist propaganda is getting out of control. People who can spot bad reasoning can see through this kind of emotional manipulation.
Concentration camp image credit: Pixabay / Jacek Abramowicz
I keep saying that one reason I encourage spotting basic logical fallacies and engaging in critical thinking is not just for those of us who promote biblical creation science and apologetics. Rational thinking is applicable in many areas of life. Try it with politics. I've seen bad arguments on television between leftists and Conservatives and wanted to tell them both to shut up because they were doing it all wrong.

We can understand people doing the sour grape thing because Shrillary Clinton lost the election. But to fan the flames of hatred so much, even to the point of destroying the country? Leftists even want to dismantle the Constitution. Hatred begins with words, and when defamatory words by "journalists" on national television (and the world via the internet) are not only unchallenged but encouraged, we are in trouble.

Fortunately, a few sensible people are not going to put up with it and expose fools. One sidewinder on MSNBC said that August 8, which is 8-8, which is the eighth letter of the alphabet, which is H-H, which is heil Hitler, is Donald Trump's problem. But he's not saying that raising the flag back up on HH Day means Trump is a Nazi supporter, but yes, he is indeed saying that. He's manipulating you and playing with your heads. When I learned about the number eight business, I did a hurried but highly sarcastic post on Fazebook.

Here is a section of the Chris Plante Show where Derek Hunter was filling in. The part we want is at 1 hr. 39 min. 59 sec. Note that someone keeps referring to "the adversary". Who is that, people who disagree with leftists? You can click this link and it's supposed to take you right there. If you keep going, there are some excellent phone calls about not only this, but other numbers games such as Ronald Wilson Reagen =666=the Antichrist. Oh, boy. You may also like to read "8/8 = Hitler? ‘Remember, These Are the People Who Tell Us Trump Is Crazy’".

Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Santa has eight tiny reindeer. There were eight people on Noah's Ark, and is also the number used to represent new beginnings in the Bible. Stop signs in the US have eight sides. Reggie Jackson played for the New York Yankees and wore number 44, which is half of 88. See a pattern here? If you do, I wonder about your mental processes.

The next day, another guest host (Steve Malzberg) filled in for Chris and briefly covered the same subject. A caller said that he knows someone who has researched Neo-Nazis and had never heard of the 8-8 as H-H thing. I did a search, but could only find assertions making the same assertions, but I did not find any links to source documents or anything authoritative. Interesting that the "sources" seemed to all be leftists. I lack belief that this 88 business is anything more than an urban legend.

July 24, 2019

Celebrating Apollo 11 Splashdown 50th Anniversary

As a child, I was excited watching the Apollo 11 events. Of course, the details are fuzzy fifty years later, but I was excited to celebrate the anniversary. There are many details that the public did not know and I learned some of these just in the past few days. This helped me appreciate the events more fully, especially the skill of the crew and all the people involved that made it all happen.


Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 splashdown. Some interesting articles are linked.
NASA image modified through FotoSketcher
Can you believe some tinhorns (often flat-earthers) think that the whole thing was a fraud? Yeah, sure, as if all those thousands of people over all those years could keep the entire Apollo program a secret! Idiots. Many of these people (including astronauts) were Christians and creationists, by the way.

As a child playing with my space toys during the flight, landing, and so on, I was impatient. There were many details involved that needed to be performed with minute precision; it wasn't like they could do the equivalent of throw a saddle on a horse and ride off. Their lives were at risk most of the mission. This was back when NASA was doing real science, and not wasting time on evolution and astrobiology (or more accurately, bioastrology).

Answers in Genesis astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner remembers those days. He has written an excellent article about the mission and other events related to it. It take it mighty kindly if you'd read "Apollo 11: 50 Years Later".


July 13, 2019

Productivity with Free Software

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Although money makes the world go around (just check the tracking and advertising reports about major companies, for example) there are still some good-hearted and generous people around. Much of what gives voices to many is free or low-cost. Sometimes I return the favor by mentioning products or giving image credits, but I don't get one red grotzit for doing so.

Behind the scenes about my blogging and the free, legal use of images.
Left image: cropped from Freeimages / Leena Naidoo
The image on the right is the left image modifed with FotoSketcher
Sure, some companies and individuals will sell stuff at different levels such as the free, pay more for some features, pay a lot more for all the features. I use a wagon train-load of free materials (most notably Open Source and Freeware), but I admit that I've been burned by a few bad risks. To reduce these, I check reviews and if I download something, I can scan it with my free versions of Malwarebytes and the Avast! antivirus scanner — both of which were highly recommended.

Although it is nowhere near as effective as it should be (I believe that Google is more interested in finding ways of stuffing more money into their saddlebags that in putting quality in their services), this blogging platform is free, as are some versions of Wordpress and others. However, I pay for several domains. Some can be mighty pricey, but others are very low for an annual rate.

My most frequent weblog is Piltdown Superman. If you browse through the images, you'll see that they come from free sites where I obtained them in good faith. (I can pay for images, but they are a bit pricey for my budget.) I do some editing with Paint dot Net, which is also free. Although many free image sites do not require credit to the site and the photographers or artists, I want to help them out in some small way so I provide it. Others do require it, and I think some play a bit of a game. 

Wikimedia Commons requires credit and the Creative Commons or other license, but the US Government images that were made by employees and not licensed for the site from external sources are free and public domain. They want users to give credit and to say that the agency does not endorse the subject matter on the site. Mayhaps that's really the law, but I doubt it because they're already in the public domain by law, and other people don't follow the instructions. I'll allow that I'm partly motivated by being transparent and also by the desire to avoid antagonizing anyone in the government.

Just because an image is on the web doesn't mean it's free for everyone. In fact, it is automatically copyrighted whether it is registered or not. One sidewinder sought to humiliate me and stole one of my photos so I filed a DMCA takedown complaint. That really got him on the prod, so he uploaded a copyrighted image of an ugly alien and said it represented me. While his article was defamatory, I can do nothing about the other image per se; that's up to the movie studio — if they think it's worth the trouble. Also, I had a furious atheopath steal one of my images and post it on Facebook with a defamatory picture and called it Fair Use. That was in no wise Fair Use, but Fazebook sided with the atheist. They do that frequently, as we have seen.

There is a Fair Use policy that is used and abused, but the details are fuzzy. I don't want a courtroom battle, so I seldom invoke Fair Use if I have any doubt that I'm on solid ground. (A Fair Use disclaimer can be found on this page). Besides, other people are not likely to be financially damaged by the small, low-resolution images I use. Text on forums is public, and also screenshots of these easily fall under the Fair Use provisions.

Let's ride this trail a mite further. Original material that is under copyright can be used in a different way than Fair Use. I think some copyrights are lost because the original is scattered all over teh interwebs, such as on "meme" generators that are provided for everyone's use. (Careful, some are uploaded by individuals who have no right to make them public.) This other area is derivative.

As I understand it, if a copyrighted image has been modified a great deal, the derivative is unique and can even be copyrighted itself. The image at the top shows a free image that I modified with FotoSketcher. Maybe that is enough of a modification to be considered a derivative, but I'm on safe ground for my purposes anyway; it will appear in a new post on PDSM later.

I hope that people mildly curious about what goes on behind the scenes with my weblog work will like the article. Also, there are some links and insights that may prove useful to people. There's no need to steal, and all y'all can stay out of trouble by doing things legally. Christians take note! Do things above board so your testimony is not tarnished.

July 5, 2019

Hysteria Over Climate Change is Hysterical

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It is a fact that there are noticeable similarities in the bad reasoning and worse science used by flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, chemtrail conspiracies, and several other concepts that are insulting to thinking people. You can also find parallels between evolutionary thinking and global climate change alarmism. Should we laugh or cry about the climate change hysteria?

It is difficult to decide whether to laugh or cry about climate change hysteria. Here is another example of how its proponents can be galactically stupid.
Derived from an image at ESA / NASA / SOHO
Fake science "experts" have predicted the end of the world many times (especially in some sort of climate change), but though Algore and his followers then and now have been shown to be galactically wrong.  They're on the side of the angels, you know, and have to save us from ourselves. With what, denial of science, suppression of inconvenient facts, and calling our Creator a liar? Not bloody likely.

Here is a short video that I'd take mighty kindly if you'd give a listen. (Well, I have to use the video format because audio-only is not very conducive to sharing.) It will only take three minutes. Wait for it...


July 4, 2019

Liberty and Darwinism are Opposites

Since proponents of fish-to-firefighter evolution rely on a paradigm of naturalism, they have a heap of trouble explaining the experiences of life that are intangible. I heard a debate between a Christian and an atheist, and the atheist admitted that everything he knows could be wrong in his frame of empiricism. The Christian showed him that he could not account for such things as logic and his worldview is self-refuting. Even though the atheist could be wrong, his "reasoning" maintained that the Christian is also wrong. Such a worldview is unlivable, as things we experience every day, truths of life, cannot be tested and determined in a lab by material means. By what means to materialists determine the soul or free will? What or where is consciousness? They are not a part of the brain. There are some helpful links in "The Quantum Soul?"


Evolutionists cannot reconcile concepts like freedom and liberty with their materialistic worldview.
Declaration of Independence, John Trumbull, 1817-1819
Today, many Americans are celebrating Independence Day. Hopefully, we will reflect on the strong statements that were used by the Founding Fathers in this event. Darwin and his successors promoted natural selection, and had no use for things like love, compassion, human rights, liberty, and so forth. Yet we cherish such concepts, but they have no evolutionary, "scientific", or materialistic basis. In fact, they are contrary to such thinking. Our founders, and many Americans today, acknowledge that freedoms ultimately come from our Creator.

It amazes me that people hold very public protests, write letters, publish newspaper articles, and more to complain about the government. That's freedom of speech. They should learn how to use search engines and learn a bit about history, as there are countries now, and have been in the past, where such actions could get them imprisoned or killed.

We transfer power through our election processes. Other countries have violent overthrows and military actions. By the way, our government is far more stable than other countries. Do some research on how many governments Italy has had, for instance.

There are people in Britain and other places who rail against Americans as stupid and backward (even though we're the leaders in science and technology, as well as human rights). Is it because many of us reject their materialistic, Darwinian views? While many folks strive for political and other kinds of freedoms, the only true freedom is found in being reconciled with our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

I'm sending you to an article that was published on July 4, 2018, but I did not see it until later. This post is written on August 19, 2018. It will be interesting to see that what is expressed here, and in that article, are still relevant.
The Darwinian worldview that allegedly freed people from ‘religion’ actually enslaves them to the worst kind of tyranny.

In the United States today, Americans will celebrate Independence Day with parties, barbecues, and fireworks. Hopefully mixed in with the fun is some appreciation for the founding principles of America:
  • All men are created equal
  • Human rights
  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Liberty and justice for all
  • E pluribus unum (out of many, one)
  • In God we trust
  • The American dream
All of these ideals are profoundly anti-Darwinian. The secular worldview in vogue today, resting on Darwin’s advocacy of nature run by unguided natural processes, cannot derive any of these. In fact, the opposite is true: secularism undermines every one of these, and historically, has fought against them.
 I'd take it very kindly if you'd read the rest of this article. To do so, click on "Liberty Is an Anti-Darwinian Concept".



June 22, 2019

Modern Culture and Changing Morality

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This is one of those articles that will probably be outdated within days, but I am writing it because the time-sensitive examples should still be useful in support of the principles they underscore. As societies change, so do moral "standards" — unfortunately. There is an ultimate standard, but that is unwanted nowadays.


Kyle Kashuv and Lori Loughlin received harsh reprisals for their actions. The morality behind their punishments is inconsistent, showing how the morality in society keeps changing. There is an ultimate standard, but people reject it.
Credit: Unsplash / purplepic

Rescinding the Offer

Kyle Kashuv was a survivor of the Parkland school shooting by a leftist in 2018. He was admitted to Harvard, but people who disliked his pro-Second Amendment views dug up dirt on him, sent it to Harvard, and they rescinded their offer. Chris Stigall discussed this in his podcast at about the 37 minute mark. Apparently, even though Harvard, a bastion of anti-Christian and anti-Conservative thought (ironically, it was established on Christian principles) has decided that certain politically incorrect words deserve their harsh judgment.

Saying such things was not worthy of notice a few years ago. Also, most people have done something foolish in their youth. Do people change? You betcha. So do society's morals.

 

The Horror of Bribery

Speaking of colleges, Lori Loughlin was in the TV sitcom Full House and then Fuller House (on Netflix), and has starred in several movies on the Hallmark networks. She was caught in a college admissions scandal, and was fired from Fuller House and Hallmark. Interesting that this warranted such harsh reprisals, without conviction, but what is the moral standard? Where is the consistency? Not like she was a convicted axe murderer or something.


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When encountering atheists and such on social media and elsewhere, they get on the prod to ridicule and persecute Christians. Bigotry is acceptable against Christians and biblical creationists in modern society, and it is interesting that the accusers are using bigotry to deflect from their own. Sometimes you will hear or read that we "deserve" attacks. According to what standard? Personal whims.

It's Moral if it's Good for Us

The Company decided that they needed to step up the bullying. Mandatory overtime was implemented months ago, and with it, promises that the crisis will soon pass. (The crisis will pass when the incompetent upper management runs The Company into the ground.) A misconduct write-up? I think that is defamation toward the employee, Bubbles. Misconduct is when a chair is thrown through the window. Savvy the difference?

When people were hired, they were told the hours of the shift they were working, with occasional overtime on weekends. People planned accordingly, getting second jobs, arranging child care, adjusting themselves to deal with medical issues, and so on. No, whatever is desired by The Company is good and right (State Department of Labor penalties and class action lawsuits against 

The Company no withstanding), and they can change the rules as they see fit. Ironically, employees were required to renew training in ethics and integrity when the leadership (I use that term loosely) is severely deficient in both. Do they seriously expect high quality data entry work from people who have eye strain, are tired, in pain, courting carpal tunnel syndrome,  resentful? I may eventually change this to actually name The Company, who has a lousy reputation on the street and online. They've worked hard to earn their bad reputation and they apparently intend to keep it.

Because She Deserved It

A black man severely beat and raped a white woman and said she deserved it because of slavery. What, she owned him? Not a chance. This was just a pathetic attempt to justify his sinful urges in his own "morality". Maybe they'll use the detestable "black rage" defense. Chris Plante discusses it for a few minutes. The player is supposed to start at the 2 hr. 38 min. 10 sec. mark, or as close as I could get it. You can locate it yourself if this doesn't work correctly.



These examples show that morality changes based on whims and political correctness, and smack of postmodern relative morality. The only true foundation is revealed in the Bible, and we can see what happens when the truth provided by the Creator is suppressed in unrighteousness. People make mistakes, and they may change. The more permanent and positive changes come from repentance and humble faith in Jesus Christ.

June 15, 2019

Celebrity Fight Challenge and Logic

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A passel of people are bemused by the challenge made by singer Justin Bieber to actor Tom Cruise. He wants a fight. Not a barroom brawl, but a formal Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts event. Bieber taunted that if Cruise ignores the challenge, he is a coward.


Bieber challenges Cruise to a UFC fight. Big deal. Except that there are some things to learn about logic in this.
Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos facing off at UFC 131
Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Bad intentionz (CC by-SA 3.0)
Normally, my response would be, "That's silly. How long until it's time to clock out?" (In fact, I had to look up UFC, and I'm not sure I've ever heard a Bieber song. Saw a few movies with Cruise, though. Is it true that he does most of his own stunts?) What got my attention is the claim that if Tom ignored Justin's challenge, then Tom is a coward.


This is the kind of thing that other Christians and biblical creationists have to deal with frequently. We are bushwhacked with the obligatory ad hominems as well as straw man, red herring, and other fallacies. Here we can see both bifurcation (either you accept the challenge or you're a coward) and the appeal to motive fallacy (cowardice, in this case).

Why would Tom Cruise ignore the fight challenge from Justin Bieber?" I could give a better either/or option: either you get ready to slap leather with him, or you have other things to do. As for the claim that he's afraid, well, that's simply a childish taunt. Bieber has no way of knowing what's in Cruise's mind.

If I challenged Tom Cruise to a fight, I would be afraid that he might accept because he would clean my clock. Not a great feat because Bieber could, too.

I've had "debate" challenges that amount to, "I hate you. Come onto this forum run by atheists and other anti-creationists and debate me. But you won't because you're afraid!" (Very confused individual. He made me a BFF bracelet like Joe Biden made for B. Hussein Obama, and I understand that he keeps my picture on is icebox for his own Orwellian-style Two Minutes Hate.) I reject the challenge for many reasons, so we can dispense with the bifurcation part of his foolish challenge with other reasons:
  • I have run rings 'round him logically several times
  • His "arguments" are incoherent
  • He is a Sanballat, occasionally pretending to be reasonable but only means harm
  • My ego does not need to be bolstered in this way
  • It would not be a structured debate, but would more closely resemble a food fight
  • I have a job that takes up a lot of my time
  • Most importantly, I head up The Question Evolution Project, a biblical creation science ministry
  • His sense of humor is seriously impaired and he is probably fuming about the icebox and bracelet jokes (but the Two Minutes Hate thing may not be far off). Other than those things, he's doing fine.
Having dispensed with the bifurcation aspect, let's take a quick look at the appeal to motive part. Like Bieber, my challenger does not know what is in my mind. If I am afraid, perhaps I am afraid of causing him further humiliation. Well, it's a possibility, isn't it?


While I referenced a particularly vindictive individual in the above list, over the years I have had several who are like this. Also, I have observed or read accounts of atheists and anti-creationists on the prod. Their visceral, illogical attacks are very similar for the most part (although some try to pose as somewhat intellectual but can be dismantled). While critical thinking seems to be suppressed in modern educational systems, learning to spot simple logical fallacies is extremely helpful.

The appeal to motive fallacy is something that I loathe entirely. It is easy to find, frequently located in phrases like, "You are doing this because..." Christians and creationists, avoid this as an argument. Don't be like atheists and Darwin's disciples; we have to rise above that for the glory of God. You savvy?


June 11, 2019

Tilapia, Regeneration, and Degeneration

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

When a creationist submits an article to a major creation science ministry, there is no guarantee that they will put it into their corral. I've had some rejected and a couple that were published, but only after scrutiny from a scientist and other editors.


Tilapia skin has been successfully used for healing purposes. Unfortunately, excellent medical science has also used it to corrupt our Creator's plan for men and women.
Credit: Freeimages / Alex Ringer
When submitting for publication, there are formats and guidelines to follow. One outfit edited an article of mine so much, I barely recognized it. CMI was good to me on this.

After I wrote an article for Creation Ministries International about how tilapia is not only an excellent food source but the skin is also useful to treat burn victims, there was a similar development. There was no way I was going to try to have it added to my article.

God provided us all sorts of things in nature. We can use them for food, medicinal purposes, and find other ways of using them. Like many of God's gifts and provisions, these can be corrupted by degenerate minds. Ever heard of neovaginoplasty? Well, a man wanted to be a woman, and the transsexual surgery was botched. Surgeons gave him a new vagina made from tilapia skins.

It should not be a surprise based on cultural trends. I'll allow that medical science is impressive, but science is enabling people in their rebellion against God and advancing leftist causes — especially adding to the confusion between the two sexes. We have a Creator, and he made us in his image. He also makes the rules and has defined male, female, sex, marriage, and so on. My cheer for medical science is bridled by the way it is being misused.



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May 30, 2019

Social Media Speech Police

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It seems a mite ironic that I began using this platform back in 2007 so I could have my say on various topic, and today I am complaining that various social media outlets are becoming more and more opposed to free speech — at least, among Christians and Conservatives.


Social media are becoming more and more heavy-handed in anti-Christian and anti-Conservative discrimination. This affects free speech itself.
Made at Atom Smasher
Facebook is frequently in the news by alternative media for discrimination and censorship. Hate speech against Jews, Christians, and Conservatives is just fine, but the sidewinders in charge will shut down Pages and accounts by people who are not atheists, anti-creationists, terrorists, socialists, and the like. Reporting those for clear violations of Fazebook's alleged Terms of Service are usually worthless. Two standards, no waiting.



Used under Fair Use provisions for educational purposes (click for larger)

Aside from their lackadaisical approach and blatant hypocrisy on their ToS, Fazebook removes Christians, Conservatives, and supporters of Israel (I have had posts and accounts removed, reported that my personal information was published to no avail, and know other Christians who have met the same heavy-handed censorship). Candace Owens was suspended for a non-violation, but was reinstated after a tremendous outcry. Do a search for "Diamond and Silk" who were suspended and reinstated on social media as well. Other people have not been so fortunate.

Several people were banned from Fazebook, and most of them were labeled as "right wing" (which means people that do not follow the leftist worldviews of the platform owners). Some people are saying that such activity is illegal, but I am not convinced because things like Facebook, Twitter, and others can make their own rules to some extent. It would be helpful if they admitted that Bible-believing Christians and political Conservatives are unwelcome. I have commented to FB that they are not too big to fail, and they can become as relevant tomorrow as Myspace is today.

There are alternatives to Facebook being presented such as MeWe that promise free speech, and others are also trying to make themselves known. I do not know about an alternative to Twitter, which is unfortunate because Twitter is no better than FB. Apparently, it's okay for Twitter and Fazebook to engage in bigotry and bullying because they have the political and moral high ground: leftism and secularism.


Who watches the watchers? Facebook and Twitter do not support free speech despite their claims. Their censorship is based on personal leftist preferences, not standards. Don't be disunderstanding me now, I am not supporting all forms of free speech such as racism, threats of violence, and so forth. But supporting leftist political agendas and suppressing Christian and Conservative values are hostile to a free society.

There is an article by Dr. Albert Mohler that I would like to submit for your approval. See "The New Thought Police? Facebook's Evicted Seven And The Future of Free Speech".

April 21, 2019

The Busy but Empty Tomb of Jesus

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

People who reject the truth of the Bible resort to various rescuing devices such as saying Scripture has errors, does not mean what it says so we need help from atheistic interpretations of science, and outright ridicule. How many of these owlhoots have seriously read it?


The best-attested fact of ancient history is the empty tomb of Jesus. That first Easter morning was very busy at the empty tomb.
Credit: Pixabay / Jeff Jacobs
Christians frequently hear atheists refer to the Bible as "fairy tales". (One of the most absurd remarks is the claim that the Bible was written by illiterate goat herders. Not only does this reveal bigotry and prejudicial conjecture about the writers of the Bible, but it is self-refuting: how do illiterate people write books?) The fairy tale aspect is easily dismissed by comparing actual fairy tales with the Bible. You will find detailed, accurate history in the Bible and see that it reads quite differently from fairy tales.

In a similar way, myths and legends are usually vague and unbelievable; I wonder if people actually believed the tales of the Sumerian, Greek, Scandinavian, or other gods. Compare the Epic of Gilgamesh with the Genesis Flood account, for instance. Dr. Ben Scripture has a radio show and podcast where he and Scott Kump did a three-part series comparing the creation myths with the Genesis narrative, and you can easily spot the differences.

Now we come to the Easter part of this article, what with it being that time of year and all. Some of these things came to mind when I was listening to a series by Dr. John MacArthur on "The Empty Tomb" (free to download, read, or listen online). All four Gospels record the Resurrection, but have different perspectives. When investigators question witnesses, a strong indication that a story is concocted is if there are too many matching details. The Gospel writers emphasized different aspects of the Resurrection. Luke was a historian, not a witness, but he obviously conducted thorough interviews (Luke 1:1-4).

It has been stated that the Bible has the "ring of truth". That is clearly true, because we see the flaws in the followers of Jesus. He told some blunt truths and people actually turned away (John 6:66 is one example). We know about Peter's denial (Matt. 26:75), the family of Jesus thought he was plumb loco (Mark 3:21), the doubt of Thomas (John 20:24-25), and Judas' betrayal (Mark 14:44), but there are other areas where his followers were less than enthusiastic. If you were going to make up a religion, would you write in doubt and betrayal on the part of followers and other people? Me, neither.

An old effort to deny the bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the dead was the claim that people went to the wrong tomb.



Let's see... we had Roman guards, the man who originally purchased it and provided it for Jesus' burial (great deal, he got the tomb back later!), the women who went there previously, and all sorts of things happening. This wrong tomb idea may have worked if there were only a few people in the early dawn, but the traffic continued. Even the Romans testified that the tomb was empty. Nobody disagreed that it was empty. Instead, they wanted to explain it away.

 Excerpted from Dr. John MacArthur's sermon, "Witnessing Women and Doubting Disciples"

Note that another ring of truth aspect is that the women were not expecting his Resurrection (John 20:2). Nobody was, even though he had told them repeatedly (Luke 18:34). God told the women through angels that Jesus had risen (Matt. 28:5-6). They were unlikely messengers, because women were not exactly held in high regard in that society.

God's Word has many authenticating factors. Jesus was crucified for our sins (Phil. 2:8, 1 Peter 2:24, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23). He rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-8), and this is considered the best attested fact of ancient history. We can become children of the living God (John 1:12-13) by repenting and putting our faith in Christ alone (Luke 24:46-47). As Christians, we presuppose that the Bible is true, and it has many authenticating factors.

The tomb was empty. 

Unbelievers have to decide what they will do with Jesus, but everyone will stand before him — whether they like it or not (Phil. 2:9-11, Rev. 7:9-12, Rev. 20:11-15). You're reading this, so you still have time to repent and believe the good news, pilgrim.


April 1, 2019

Atheist "Gotcha" Question: Does God Kill People?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

For April 1, it is appropriate to examine how atheists try to trip up Christians with what some of us call "Gotcha!" questions and statements. Although they deny the existence of God, it is convenient for the God of the Bible to exist for them to hate him, the Bible, and his followers. They do know he exists, however, but unrighteously suppress the truth (Psalm 14:1, Romans 1:18-23).


Atheists and other unbelievers foolishly try to play "Gotcha!" games to denigrate the Bible and the character of God. One particular question about God killing people is examined.
Shattering atheism image courtesy of WHY?Outreach
Atheists are the MS-13 of rational discourse. I have seen atheistic "logic" work along the lines of, "I asked a question. The Christian could not answer it to my satisfaction. Therefore, the Bible is false and there is no God!" Mayhaps an atheist picked a professing Christian who is unskilled in apologetics or has not studied a particular question. If someone cannot answer a question it does not mean an answer is impossible, old son. I'll allow that there are some tricky areas that we struggle with, but they do not negate God's goodness or his existence. You savvy?

Many "Gotcha!" claims and questions involve efforts to discredit not only the veracity of the Bible, but the character of God. This is actually quite incoherent, similar to a child that cannot get someone to bow to his will, so he recruits others to unite in hate — but the child is still wrong. 



Dr. R. Albert Mohler has a message that deals with one of those hard questions in a straightforward way: Does God really kill people? He makes a few very important points. You can see the video or download the audio just below the video at "Does God Really Kill People?" Also for your consideration is the Veritas Domain collection of alleged contradictions that are refuted. To see those, click on "Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions". The truth is on our side, and those who engage in Olympic-style excuse making cannot change that fact. 

March 18, 2019

Climate Change and Child Sacrifice

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

It appears that the most helpless among us are the way to solve problems. Namely, child sacrifice. Fertility problems? Kill the kids you have. Bad harvest? Kill some more children. Unable to control your lust? Dismember and murder the unborn children. The weather is not to your liking or it just plain scares you? See above.


Ancient Peruvians had a massive ritual child sacrifice to combat climate change. With abortions and leftist climate change hysteria, are we headed in a similar direction?
Aztec child sacrifice ritual image by Diego Duran via Wikimedia Commons
A recent discovery reveals that Peruvians were on the prod about the climate, so they sacrificed about 140 children and over 200 llamas (or alpacas, either way it was the Camels of the Western Hemisphere). Wow, that was way back before massive use of fossil fuels, aerosols, and what not. Can't blame humans for that change. Too bad that couldn't consult with Bill Nye the Leftist Guy, since he's an expert on everything including abortion and climate change.


While atheists will undoubtedly claim, "See what religion does?", atheism is responsible for more murders in human history. Also, their darkness has nothing to do with the truth of God as revealed in the Bible. It is the result of pagan rebellion against their Creator. But I digress.

Here we are in our "civilized" countries killing unwanted children and then doing the Mattress Mambo and then executing the results of our lusts. But I also wonder if fanatical climate change cultists will have us go along a similar path. Leftist tinhorn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proposed the ridiculous Green New Deal to combat global warming, and says we should not even have children until it passes. She should go back to bar tending.

Dr. Albert Mohler has some comments that I'd like you to see in the March 14, 2019 edition of The Briefing. You can listen or read the transcript for the section, "‘We must change almost everything in our current societies’: 16-year-old Swedish girl explodes onto world stage as climate change advocate". 

Many climate change fanatics insist that their view is the only view; anyone who has contrary opinions and presents facts that are suppressed by the left are liars. Suppressing data and punishing naysayers is mighty Stalinist, pard. Here is an excerpt from the Chris Plante Show on the subject:



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February 18, 2019

James Watson gets the Cold Springs Shoulder

James Watson had his honorary titles removed because of his racist views, yet people do not distance themselves from Darwin and evolutionary racism. The answer does not lie in political correctness trends.
Credit: RGBStock/
Tomislav Alajbeg
by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Because this is a caustic subject, please read carefully so you do not misunderstand the points I am making.

Does Dr. James Watson wonder why the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory took away his titles? It's elementary, Watson: racist views are not cool any longer. Statues of Confederate army leaders are being torn down because the South wanted to keep slaves; other racists are in trouble (except for Democrats in good standing, like Sen. Robert Byrd and others). If you say something that even hints at racism, you can be in a heap of trouble.

Ken Ham pointed out that if these people who are upset about racism were consistent, they would disassociate themselves from Charles Darwin, who had blatantly racist views. The Bible tells us the opposite, that there are no "races", only ethnic people groups. That's right, "race" is not a biblical position. Although racism has been with us almost from the beginning, it went full gallop with evolutionary "scientific racism". Some examples of that can still be seen today, although evolutionists try to distance themselves from it.

In reality, the political correctness movement is not only used to suppress legitimate freedom of speech as well as genuine racism, PC is selective because of the greater leftist goals. For example, science and reason clearly show that there are differences between men and women, but the secular science industry has become involved in politically leftist activism. An appeal to "scientists say" (or worse, the "scientific consensus" fallacy) can change if something is not currently accepted by the powers that be.

 
Tearing down statues will not change the past; we are supposed to learn from it and move forward. Removing Watson's titles as a means of punishment does not negate his co-discovery of the DNA molecule. The lab issued strong statements condemning his racist views (I think it was partly to protect themselves from subsequent repercussions). Since he is an atheist, it would not be much of a stretch for weak thinkers to try and outlaw atheism as well. Interesting that the overwhelming majority of professing atheists are white males, though.

How about a bit of rational thinking instead of "thinking" with emotions? I don't know what good removing Watson's titles can accomplish (and I have no alternative suggestions for this touchy subject), but his punishment cannot negate his scientific work. The true answer to racism is not found in political correctness trends or from social justice warriors. It is found in the Word of God.

February 11, 2019

Religious Freedom, Free Speech, and Question Evolution Day

In these here United States and several other Western countries, people have the right to free speech. The US Constitution also guarantees freedom of religion. There are atheists and other anti-creationists who flat out lie, saying that Christians are violating the "Constitutional separation of church and state", but that only appeared in the Soviet Union documents.


Atheists and other anti-creationists try to stop freedoms of speech and religion, and hate Question Evolution Day as well as biblical creation itself. Christians do have rights and can stand up for them.
The Apostle Paul explains the tenets of faith in the presence of King Agrippa,
his sister Berenice, and the proconsul Festus
/Vasily Surikov, 1875
Atheists will lie and harass Christians who often have to take their case to court to fight for their rights. Unfortunately, some professing Christians have a wrong view, saying that it is "Christlike" to endure such persecution. That view is unbiblical.Some owlhoots may claim that since the term religious freedom is not in the Bible, it must not be true. It helps to know our rights, and yes, we can stand up for them. After all, if we sit back and let things happen, we will lose our rights even more quickly.

February 12 is Question Evolution Day, and some folks hate it. While anti-creationists will claim that they believe in free speech, they (like other leftists) only like the free speech that meets with their approval. Otherwise, biblical creation science must be stopped. Misrepresentation, defamation (here is one example), straw man arguments, and more are standard operating procedures for these sidewinders. I'll allow that nobody is shoving bamboo shoots up our fingernails, but they do persecute us in their efforts to silence the message. Despite opposition, we spread the message and endure persecution while we still can.


Atheists and other anti-creationists try to stop freedoms of speech and religion, and hate Question Evolution Day


Persecution is happening to many Christians around the world, and it is increasing in the West. Governments and court systems are increasingly secular, so there is no guarantee that Christians will prevail even when the truth is clearly on their side. The Apostle Paul is an example of both knowing and standing up for his rights in the Roman system.
Since religious freedom has been a hot-button social issue and is more and more frequently covered in secular and Christian news media outlets, we sometimes are asked these questions. Does the Bible address religious freedom, and, if so, what does it say and where?

The Apostle Paul (and his traveling companions on various mission trips) is perhaps the most notable example of a biblical figure who suffered religious persecution and also on occasion stood up for his religious liberty. It is interesting that Paul did so in a government that had some similarities to Western nations.
To read the rest, click on "Is Religious Freedom Addressed in Scripture?"



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