October 31, 2011

Video - Basement Cat for Halloween

Buon giorno. Although I've been making some videos, I still feel strange calling them "videos". They are modified slide shows, sometimes with scrolling text. Still, it's technically a video... Oh, well.

October 30, 2011

Still More Changed Lives

One of the strongest evidences that Christianity is true, that God is real and that Jesus is indeed alive is the fact that God changes lives. He changes the hardest of hearts, and he knows what it's like to hurt. God does not care about your religion, your "spirituality", your intellect, your preconceptions, your opinions or anything else. If you put aside your pride and come to him on his terms, you can be forgiven and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Here are three stories of hard-hearted atheists that came back to Christ.
Psychology professor Rich Suplita used to sit in the University of Georgia's Tate Plaza holding a handmade sign that read "Ask an atheist" any time a preacher came to campus to share the gospel. As the faculty sponsor of the school's atheist club, he was adept at explaining how to tackle the issues of life without God.
"Essentially what I was trying to do was offer an atheistic apologetic of how you can explain whatever happens to be true through the lens of atheism, and I think I was pretty good at that," Suplita said during a recent interview. 

He was so good, he almost convinced himself. But after six years denying God's existence, Suplita had a dramatic change of heart. When he visits Tate Plaza now, he's the one sharing the gospel.
Read the rest of "Ask a (Former) Atheist" here. And then...

Former atheist A.N. Wilson:
Excerpt where he describes his conversion to atheism:
…I realised that after a lifetime of churchgoing, the whole house of cards had collapsed for me – the sense of God’s presence in life, and the notion that there was any kind of God, let alone a merciful God, in this brutal, nasty world.
Yeah, that’s why I would never send my kids to church until they begged and pleaded to go, and knew why they were doing it. The problem of evil and suffering that he mentions is a solid argument against God, one well worth responding too, that I answer fully here.
But another cause of his atheism was peer pressure – the desire to want to be thought of as smarter than others, the desire to not be bound by morality, the desire for autonomy from the hard task of seeking after the Lord in study and service. (More on this below)
You can read the rest of "Ex-atheist A. N. Wilson’s reasons for returning to Christianity" here. And then finally...

Lacey (Mosley) Sturm, the lead singer of hard rock band "Flyleaf" was a suicidal atheist. Here is her story in text, and below is a video:

October 29, 2011

The Danger of Militant Atheists

Buon giorno. I have been challenged when I point out that militant atheists are a threat to Christians. Not only do they continually seek to take away our rights, but have shown a penchant toward violence. (I am including a failed actor who became a failed massage therapist that demanded to know my name and location, and another hateful atheist told him what he thought was the truth — the same one who told me to commit suicide. And the guy in school who raved that he wanted all Christians to be burned at the stake. And...)

They hate God (who only exists in their minds when they want to hate him), and they hate Christians. A few even pretend that they care about us, and want to "help" us away from our faith. A man with that attitude is a lousy excuse for a man!

Atheism was the driving force behind Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and other mass-murdering totalitarians.

"But Cowboy Bob! Atheism is currently defined as a lack of belief in gods. This had nothing to do with their murderous actions, or the compulsory atheist education in Communist countries, or the torture and murder of Christians and Jews throughout those countries —"

Oh, really?

The best part, however, is a post over at Wintry Knight. I challenge thinking people to read it.
I do want to make a distinction between ordinary individual atheists and militant atheists. This post is about militant atheists, the kind that organizes into groups and then exerts political power to try to trample the rights of religious people. This post is about that kind of atheist, not the ordinary kind that is honest and open to being convinced that God exists. If you are an atheist, and you don’t have any thoughts about silencing religious people, or making religious people deny their convictions, or taking away their rights to speak freely or assemble, then this post isn’t about you. But there is another group of atheists that does have these and other goals, and this post is an answer to them.
Consider this post on the American Atheists web site.

October 28, 2011

The Company You Keep

Buona sera. I am not a fan of "Guilt by Association" ("Islam is a religion. Some Muslims attacked us on 9/11 in the name of their God and their religion. Therefore religion is bad. Christianity is a religion. Therefore Christianity is bad." [1]) It's a cheap way to avoid intelligent discussion.

When bad associations accumulate, however, it should be a bit of a warning that something is seriously amiss. The rising tide of australopithecines that are doing the "Occupy Wall Street"-type fiascoes across the United States and in some other countries (I heard someone say it actually originated in Greece) are acting in a most appalling manner.

Riots, clashes with the police, public defecation (including on police cars), rape, antisemitism and other good times make this the happenin' place to be, Baby! Can you believe that some people think this is another version of the "Tea Party" movement? Ridiculous!  

But what for? Their alleged purpose is to protest the fact that corporations make money, and rich people are rich. This is just an outgrowth of B. Hussein Obama's socialistic redistribution of the wealth promises that he has not fulfilled to the satisfaction of the leftists. He supports this "Occupy Wall Street" crap.

Know who else supports "Occupy Wall Street"?
Wouldn't this make any self-respecting Democrat seriously re-evaluate their political allegiance? Hey, Democrat! Is this what you stand for? Is this what you want to be associate with? Really?

Of all the confusing twists, you won't believe who else supports this "movement". The financier of so many leftist pursuits, very rich guy George Soros supports it (there ya go, Norman, a news source of which you approve). Al Gore supports it, as does the irrational leftist Daily Kos. Yoko Ono (and the spirit of John Lennon, she says), as well as Michael Moore, Kanye West, Alec Baldwin, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Pelosi and others [2]. Of all the flaming hypocrisy! You would think that the people actually protesting the wealthy would have some qualms about their rich supporters. Ask, "Hey, have you ever had a job from a poor person?" No, never mind. I don't think these people understand "employment".

So, don't you dare equate the angry, riotous, racist, obscene "Occupy Wall Street" "movement" with the peaceful "Tea Party" movement. No, the OWS movement should be flushed, capice?

Those pseudo-hippie revolutionaries should listen to this song, then especially the last lyrics, about 7 minutes 50 seconds along:

Addendum:  Two bits of satire to illustrate the absurdity of the OWS "thinking". First, a friend of a friend on Facebook posted this:
I do not think it is fair that the Cardinals should be the only ones who get to win the World Series. The brewers did good too. The Rangers almost won. Lots of teams tried hard to win. Why should they be penalized just because the Cards scored more runs? I say we start an Occupy Baseball protest. Everyone should get a new pennant to hang in their stadium It is only right and fair.
Second, a picture that I found, also on Facebook:

Addendum 2:

October 27, 2011

Global Warming Rebellion is Growing

Just like evolution, Global Warming/Climate Change is supposed to be a "given", accepted at face value as unified, indisputable fact because "scientists say so". Fortunately for rational thinkers, the political and pseudo-religious agenda of Global Warming is being exposed. Some scientists have the courage to stand up and be counted, that this is a load of hooey. And the ranks are growing.
More than 1,000 dissenting scientists (updates previous 700 scientist report) from around the globe have now challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore. This new 2010 321-page Climate Depot Special Report -- updated from the 2007 groundbreaking U.S. Senate Report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming “consensus” -- features the skeptical voices of over 1,000 international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC. This updated 2010 report includes a dramatic increase of over 300 additional (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the last update in March 2009. This report's release coincides with the 2010 UN global warming summit in being held in Cancun.
Read the rest of the report here.

October 25, 2011

Global Warming as a Cult

Adherents of Global Warming/Global Climate Change tend to be irrational. That's right, I said it! They protect their viewpoints through intimidation, bullying, legislation, suppress contrary evidence, beg for money. (In fact, they use the same tactics as evolutionists — not surprising, because the political agenda of Global Warming activists is often similar to the "science" of evolutionism.)
Religious faith is a source of strength in many people's lives. But religious faith when taken too far can prove ludicrous -- or disastrous.
On Oct. 22, 1844, thousand of Millerites, having sold all their possessions, climbed to the top of hills in Upstate New York to await the return of Jesus and the end of the world. They suffered "the great disappointment" when it didn't happen.
In 1212, or so the legends go, thousands of Children's Crusaders set off from France and Germany expecting the sea to part so they could march peaceably and convert Muslims in the Holy Land. It didn't, and many were shipwrecked or sold into slavery.
In 1898, the cavalrymen of the Madhi, ruler of Sudan for 13 years, went into the Battle of Omdurman armed with swords, believing that they were impervious to bullets. They weren't, and they were mowed down by British Maxim guns.
A similar but more peaceable fate is befalling believers in what I think can be called the religion of the global warming alarmists.
 Read the rest of "Cult of Global Warming Is Losing Influence" here.

October 23, 2011

Ella? I'm Not Past That!

Buona sera. This hurts me more than it hurts you. Literally. Typing is painful right now, and I'm stopping frequently during typing. I had several things in mind to organize and begin writing over the weekend, but something stopped me: Pasteurella. Basement Cat got a little too excited the other night during our roughhousing, and she gave me a bite. Well, those almost-hypodermic syringe teeth got into two veins on the top of my hand. I rubbed alcohol lotion on it and went about my business.

I awakened at 02.00 in pain, and frankly, quite alarmed. There are infections that people can get from cats, and my tetanus shot was out of date.

The next morning, I went to the local urgent care facility (less expensive and less busy than a hospital emergency room, but not open 24/7). The medic told me that I had a pasteurella infection. Eighty percent of cat bites are likely to get infected, and mine was a deep one. Since I am not able to take penicillin, the preferred treatment, I am taking Ciprofloxacin (which is also prescribed for anthrax exposure). It messes with my concentration and has some other side effects that are not pleasing. But as Ernie the Gambler says, "Whatcha gonna do, eh?" Oh, and tetanus is not an issue; it's not like I was bitten by rusty nails.

So, don't expect my masterpieces of informative prose, satire and entertainment over the next few days. But I will try to do some links to articles of interest. Don't want to let my regular readers get bored, capice?

Learn from my experiences, OK? Animals are unpredictable. Especially Basement Cat. Bites are not to be ignored. My medic said so, and so does my swollen hand with joint pain.

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