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Saturday, July 28, 2012
another one from Julius Mickel:
(BE INFORMED...political history..hmm)
Do you know what political party…
Here are the answers:
- Was initially created as anti-slavery leaders broke away to establish a new political group to abolish slavery?
- Allowed black Americans to participate in the political process subsequent to slavery; resulting in hundreds of black men who were former slaves, becoming congressmen and prominent political leaders?
- Spearheaded the Dred Scott decision of 1857, delivered by a party-specific Supreme Court declaring blacks were not persons or citizens, but instead property with no rights?
- Repealed all civil rights laws in 1876 and instituted “Jim Crow” laws to deprive blacks of their voting and civil rights?
- Did not have a single one of its 56 Congressional members vote for the 15th amendment which supported granting explicit voting rights to black Americans?
- Formed the Ku Klux Klan in an effort to prevent African-American leaders from being elected to political office after slavery was abolished; and terrorized both black and white Americans who had a specific party affiliation?
- Had its key leaders vote against a bill called the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004; which would protect unborn children from assault and murder?
...No opinions, just facts, vote policies not color!
something i posted on facebook:
for all my christian friends (sad that it wont be passed around, everyone needs to read this and dwell on whether its describing them or not):
"One of the most troubling signs about (SOME...not all, just some) younger reformed brethren who consider themselves revolutionary or even better, 'reforming' is when they are more influenced by their peers then by older saints!
From yng women to yng men the scriptures are clear, they should first and foremost be seeking advice from an older generation, they should be learning about family about ministry about holiness about speech about attitude about modesty about respect etc from older godly influences.
Indeed it can't be ignored that there is a lack of older theologically sound people within most of our churches, but they can still be found even if that means from sermons, blogs, books etc and the qualifying factors shouldn't be how much they sound like younger groups ('relevant'), but that they display a maturity in truth and in godliness. What's frightening today is the rise of so many younger reformed folk that throw off an older generation, abandon any principles and godliness while pretending to know all their faults yet failing to display anything close to their passion for souls and intimacy with God rather they are more known by their entertainment choices, their boasting in liberties (and how quickly they can defend them if someone is offended, to which they can show why you're not 'really' offended, not in the biblical sense where they might have to actually limit themselves in anything), yes known for their 'honesty' (which means nothing is 'really' crude to them and they're being 'genuine' when they vent their anger at this or that)."
and then some other (unrelated) guy's status update just ugh, made me post this:
im sorry guys, but these "hyped up for Christ" movements are soo stupid and empty and useless.. how many times did you personally get all "hyped for Christ" and it had ZERO effect on your hatred for sin, your desire for holiness and zeal for evangelism? you just got that bit of shortness of breath (probably due to the jumping up and down to the tune of some contemporary "hit" with lyrics as empty as the center of a gumball) and "positive attitude".. but NONE of that is grounded in Scripture.. its all just manmade garbage.. and yet you love to eat that garbage.. having the delicious living Word of God at your disposal, for which so many saints and even courageous unsaved men spilled their blood to grant you the RIGHT to have it and even freely read it publicly.
stop your silliness and get down on your knees and weep bitterly over your sin.. repent, and glorify that Holy God in Heaven that created you.. and LEARN what it is He /actually/ said in His Word as to how to live your life.
what needs to be done to spur us deeper into holiness? deeper into diving head first with abandon into glorifying that Holy Living God who dwells in the heavens??
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Fifty Christians Burned Alive in Pastor's Home in Nigeria
As the attacks on Nigeria's Christians continued in full force this past week, a particularly grisly attack saw fifty believers burned to death at their pastor's home, where they had fled for refuge from a terrorist attack.
Reports disclosed that over 100 people were killed by armed terrorists this past week, who went on a 12-village killing spree in Nigeria's Plateau state. Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has once again taken responsibility for the assaults.
Different sources have shared various reports of the number of lost lives from last week's assault on Christians, which have been occurring on a weekly basis for many months in Nigeria. But a story last week by the Baptist Press confirmed that about 50 members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria in the village of Maseh were burned alive after they took refuge in their pastor's house following a terrorist raid.
"Fifty of our church members were killed in the church building where they had fled to take refuge. They were killed alongside the wife of the pastor and children," said the Rev. Dachollom Datiri, vice president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, in a July 11 interview.
Officials from the church confirmed that over 100 members were killed through various villages in Nigeria, which included Maseh, Ninchah, Kakkuruk, Kuzen, Negon, Pwabiduk, Kai, Ngyo, Kura Falls, Dogo, Kufang, and Ruk.
"Nigeria is truly becoming the new killing field for Christians. Hundreds of Christians have already been brutally murdered – including women and children – by the Boko Haram," said Open Doors, USA spokesman Jerry Dykst. "The Boko Haram earlier this week said that all Christians need to turn to Islam or 'they would never know peace again.' Their goal is make all of Nigeria a country run and dominated by Shariah law."
whoa.. this is crazy..
Koko the Gorilla Cries Over the Loss of a Kitten
This is old footage of Koko the gorilla loving and caring for a pet kitten...and then crying whenever she finds out the kitty died. If anyone says animals don't feel emotions, show them this.
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*roll eyes at what the evolutionists take on this could "possibly" be*
10 Abandoned Places Explained
From the mysterious to the bizarre, here's why these 10 notable places were abandoned.
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Top 10 Weird Houses
There's no place like home. At least, not like these ones.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Why Chick Fil A proves being Christian is Good for Business
Recently, people have been in an uproar, on the Internet and social sites,both in protest and in support of a resounding corporate ethos made by Chick-fil-A’s president and CEO, Dan Cathy to Baptist Press and the Ken Coleman Show.
When it comes to supporting traditional marriage Cathy replied, “Guilty as charged” and warned that gay marriage is “Inviting God’s judgment on our Nation.” Cathy went on to say: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’, I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
“We don’t claim to be a Christian business”, Cathy went on to tell Baptist Press. “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles, so that is what we claim to be. [Chick-fil-A] is based on biblical principle; asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”
Let’s look at this for a moment. Can a business operate on Biblical principles and still be profitable?
If you’re like me, you leave church on Sunday hungry. The wife and kids could be a little cranky because, well, they’re hungry too. As you survey the landscape of restaurants you inexplicably notice that Chick-fil-A is closed and you let out an, ‘if only’ sigh; knowing that you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to get that spicy chicken sandwich.
In continuing with its trend of strong sales performance, Chick-fil-A announced that it exceeded $4 billion in annual sales in 2011. This was a record for the Atlanta-based chain, representing a 13.08% increase over its 2010 sales performance. The company also generated a healthy 7% same-store sales increase and marked the 44th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.
Chick-fil-A operates more than 1600 stores in its chain, all of which close on Sunday in order to; ‘give its employees a day for family, worship, fellowship or rest’, according to Chick-fil-A’s website. Closing on Sunday costs Chick-fil-A an estimated $700,000,000 in sales a year or a conservative $210,000,000 in profits. Yet, Chick-fil-A remains the second largest quick-service restaurant chain in the nation based on annual sales, operating at an average of $2,500,000 in sales per unit.
Contrast Chick-fil-A’s sales figures with the largest of all fast-food restaurants, McDonald’s, which currently operates 34,000 stores, totaling $27,000,000,000 in sales, or $800,000 per unit. Chick-fil-A manages a three-fold increase in per store sales over McDonald’s, and they’re closed on one of the busiest days in fast food sales.
Obviously the answer to our previous question is yes. A business can not only operate on Biblical principles and make a profit; it can operate on Biblical principles and make more money than its secular counterpart.
In all things we do, we should do them with strategic Biblical precepts. God has dominion over all things, including our businesses. In light of this, shouldn’t we consider His principles over any humanist or secular agenda disguised as ‘equality’?
"There are no atheists in Hell."
"Wow look how classy that lady looks with all those tatoos!" Said, no one EVER!
i guess he didnt have enough faith? youd think he wouldve learned after his DAD died the same way..
Pastor Mark Wolford dies of snake bite
Now, you see what happens?
Mark Wolford, a Pentecostal pastor in West Virginia, was known for leading a church that speaks in tongues and handles snakes. In November last year he told the Washington Post, “Anybody can do it that believes it.”
Looks like that’s not quite true. On Sunday while leading a service, Wolford was bitten by one of his snakes and died.
About 30 minutes into the service, his sister said, Wolford passed a yellow timber rattlesnake to a church member and his mother.
“He laid it on the ground,” she said, “and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh.”
Of note: Wolford’s father was also a snake handler and also died of a snake bite in 1983. Is there something in the water?
Thursday, July 19, 2012
'Depression is not a sign of weakness but a reminder that we need God.'
- Mark Brown
Taiwan teen dies after 40 hour Diablo III marathon Online Video Games Reviews amp News News com au
A TAIWAN teenager has collapsed and died at an internet cafe after playing Diablo 3, a popular online video game, for 40 consecutive hours, local media say.
The 18-year-old identified by only his surname, Chuang, booked a private room at the cafe in Tainan, southern Taiwan, around noon on July 13 and played for nearly two days without eating, the United Daily News broadsheet reported on Tuesday.
On the morning of July 15, an attendant entered the room and found Chuang resting on a table. After the attendant woke him, he stood, took a few steps and then collapsed, the report said.
He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
Police were investigating the cause of death and an autopsy was being carried out, the newspaper reported.
They speculated that long hours in a sedentary position created cardiovascular problems for Chuang, the report said.
Blizzard, the game maker that produces Diablo III, says it's important people play in moderation.
"While we recognise that it's ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person's day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment," a spokesman said.
This is the second death in Taiwan from playing video games this year.
wait, what?? this is the second
death in taiwan from playing video games this year
??? what in the world is going on??
In February, a man in New Taipei was found dead, slumped in a chair facing a computer with his arms still reaching out for the keyboard after playing for 23 hours. The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest.
and nevermind that the name of the game is "diablo" (spanish for "devil"). yeah, nevermind that
part too.. my goodness.. have mercy on us oh Lord..
Communications Jargon: Roger / Wilco / Over / Out / Read / Copy
In the early days when most two-way radio communication used "Morse" code (radiotelegraph), operators used very short 'procedural' signals to save time. One such signal was the letter "R", which was sent to indicate that a message had been received in full. As operators changed over to voice operation (radiotelephone), they kept the same letter, but pronounced it with a phonetic alphabet in which "R" was spoken as "roger", still indicating that a message had been received.
Sometimes the radio operator is also the person addressed (for instance, perhaps an aircraft pilot). That person might add the response "Wilco", which is short for "will comply".
The term "over" is used with radio (or even telephone) connections when only one person can speak (successfully) at a time. It means "I have finished speaking for the moment, but am expecting your reply - go ahead". "Out" means "I have finished speaking, and the conversation is finished; don't reply". They are not properly used together.
Read, as in 'Do you read me", refers to hearing a signal clearly enough to be understood. Copy probably originally referred to writing or typing a received message, but now has is essentially the same as 'Read'.
got it? ok, over and out.. (teehee!)
wait, in case it was lost, the point is that it is wrong
to say "over and out".. its either over or out, but cant be both.. k, out.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
5,000 ducks go for a walk in china
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Air conditioner: 110 years later
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Monday, July 16, 2012
"Although these "ten points" are often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, these aphorisms are from the pen of Reverend William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962). And they are as true to today as they were a century and a half ago. The problem is that we've forgotten how true they are.
- You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
- You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
- You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
- You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.
- You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
- You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
- You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
- You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
from Jim McClarty
Thursday, July 12, 2012
, when you have a moment, can we watch this vid together and you explain all the parts to me? thanks.
11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee.
Started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay. (To replace my old engine, which had suffered catastrophic failure). The snaps were so that I remembered how everything went, so I could put it back together again.
Then I realised it'd be quite cool to make it an animation. found some suitable music, rekindled my ancient knowledge of Premiere, storyboarded it, shot it as I worked on the engine (my poor DSLR got covered in engine oil), this was the result.
The music is "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from Edvard Griegs "Peer Gynt Suite"
I own a suitable license for this piece of music, supplied by Chris Worth Productions
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after this weather report, i think i officially believe in global warming:
Hot Weather in Richmond this Weekend
On WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, VA, weatherman Aaron Justus provides the last weather forecast you'll ever need.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. "
How to dance to dubstep - Pentecostal edition
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"But all things should be done decently and in order."
1 Corinthians 14:40
"Christians die and become ANGELS? NO WAY!!! Sounds good until we look at the scripture, for it contains no such teaching, furthermore that's a whole lot less exciting then what we get......consider brethren that God is so glorious and so holy that despite the fact that Angels have no sin to repent of they still cover their faces with their wings before God, yet we because of our standing in Christ, because of His imputed righteousness to us, we shall behold Him with unveiled faces...how great a salvation indeed!"
i like especially the part where he says that the angels, having no sin, cover their faces, and because of the imputed righteousness we get in Christ, we get to see Him without a veil over our eyes.. wowsers.. thats awesome
Monday, July 9, 2012
Glaucus atlanticus sea slug
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
Saturday, July 7, 2012
GAH!!!!! *and general noises of desperation*
so, i was on facebook, typing up some really long responses to a
couple of threads ive been interacting with atheists and others on, (about, among other things: science, abortion, the new covenant, cults, creation, evolution and gay marriage.. yes, in just two threads all of these topics (and more!)) and..
GAHHHHH!!!! firefox crashed!! usually i dont care, cuz firefox is awesome, and the fact that its trucking along with more than 300+ tabs open is pretty awesome, and even when it crashes, it can restore ALL my tabs, AND the text i was typing in them.. "so why the 'GAH!!'?" you ask? well, because FACEBOOK decides that its too cool for school, and overwrites ALL the stuff i have written with the default text of "Write a comment..." GAH!! so, sure, firefox can
restore it.. err.. could
restore it.. but cant
because facebook overwrote it!! i refresh the page, try the back arrow, anything.. i smack my forehead a couple times, sweat a bit (its nice and hot these days) and then start despairing..
i hate technology.
so as i sat here wondering "oh man, is it that God didnt want me to post those responses? but they were all sound and respectful! i cant go back and retype all that stuff, im going to forget half of it! and alll the time its going to take!" in utter disbelief.. i began thinking.. what kind of ordeals have i been through with firefox that remind me of this? and then i began thinking about the actual system involved in keeping all my tabs after a crash.. the "session restore" system.
now, as you guys already know, when you are as good at getting into problems as me, you inevitably must become good at getting out of them.. so yeah, i sort of know where to go to attempt to solve this problem, and for your benefit, i will tell you here.
first, (do not
close firefox!!!) you must access your "sessionstore.bak
" file (not
the .js file, that one got overwritten by facebook, remember?) make sure to make a copy to work on, cuz if you trash this one, youre done. done like dinner.
the sessionstore.bak file is in your firefox profile which, is something like:
notice i tell you to copy this file.. because i tried to access it directly *looks away*.. i tried opening with "kwrite" first.. which hung.. just, ate up my processor at 100% until i just killed it.. then "gedit".. same thing.. also notice i tell you to copy the .bak file and not the .js file.. because i tried opening both at the same time.. so i figured this was caused by some strange loop or race condition in that firefox was trying to access the file at the same time, or had it locked or something (it wasnt a big file, so it made no sense to be processing this much).. in any case, i did a
killall -STOP firefox
to first stop firefox (so it wouldnt keep trying to write to the file, maybe that was the race condition)... and after i eventually managed to have one of the files start appearing in gedit, i was able to run a search for a term i knew occurred in one of the posts i was typing (which is what im trying to recover) BINGO! wait- wha--? lots of strange characters appear on the screen as if all the text is overlayed in a single line.. ok.. i guess somethings going on.. weird invalid characters.. gedit and kwrite dont likey.. so i guess i must open with a hex editor.. ran the search on both files, and BLAM! found the posts in the .bak file! wee! (this is why i could tell you from the beginning which file to access, and yeah, how to do it)..
so i used "ghex2" in case you were wondering.. which was really dumb at trying to select and copy the text.. but in any case, a bit of effort and it did the trick. copy paste into a new editor (yeah, gedit and kwrite are both fine to use.. heh) and then youll realize a bunch of strange extra characters are there.. namely:
these are called "escape characters" because they mean something else when treated in certain ways by programs.. so what you have to do is just do a search and replace for all, and the
you replace with a newline. in gedit you just type "\\n" in the search box and "\n" in the replace box.. (yeah, dont worry about this making sense.. "\n" just means "new line character" and the "\\n" is to escape the escape character itself. heh.)
you need to replace with a
and BOOM! back in business, baby!!
nono, i still hate technology.. i just like being able to solve some of these problems i have..
ill make sure to post some of those posts here.. they will prove to be quite edifying
Friday, July 6, 2012
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Thursday, July 5, 2012
heads up grillers (and my wife, who should officially make this for me):
Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Wiener - CHOW Tip
CHOW.com's Blake Smith shows how the simple technique of cutting a spiral pattern into your hot dog before grilling it will not only improve the wiener-eating experience, but will also transform the dog into a conversation starter.
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these look awesome:
*Looper* Official International Trailer (2012) [HD]
In Looper, time travel will be invented -- but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" -- a hired gun, like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) -- is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Willis) for assassination.
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Total Recall - Official Trailer #2 (HD)
Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world - Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.
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dreamt that i could jump really high (6 feet?) and was being threatened by the presence of a couple of gorillas..
dora the explorer - live action movie trailer
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
someone posted this riddle which totally stumped me (like a rubik's cube.. gah!) let me know if you can figure this out without looking it up (like i had to)
This problem can be solved by pre-school children in 5-10 minutes, by programer – in 1 hour, by people with higher education … well, check it yourself! :)
"People of whom the world is not worthy were burned to death so that I might have a Bible to carry in public."
a pro-evolution project to mock non-evolutionists who have been compiling a list of non-evolutionist scientists, ironically stated this in their description:
"We did not wish to mislead the public into thinking that scientific issues are decided by who has the longer list of scientists!"
haha, its funny how irony is not lost on this crowd..
on a picture someone posted on facebook:
"A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success."
dont know who the quote is by.. but its a good quote.
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