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A Beautiful Easter Day Musing From Bond Park

A Beautiful Easter Day Walk

Easter Day … Easter Sunday was a beautiful day. It was also Sophie’s birthday. She is now one year old. I decided to take her on a walk at Bond Park here in Cary. It is one of our favorite places to walk and practice her training regimens. We walked about four miles including the two-mile Lake Trail that circles Bond Lake.

Easter Day

As we walked, enjoying the sunshine and friendly passers-by (Sophie always garners plenty of attention), I began to ponder the Easter holiday and what it means to me. Beside eating jelly beans, I mean!

I am not sure what sparked it.

Perhaps it was the recent bit in the news about some Muslim guy claiming that Jesus was never crucified. I have heard claims such as this before. I have heard some argue that there is no proof that Jesus ever even existed  … outside of the Bible, of course.  From what I see, most of the people who make this claim never looked outside the Bible … or anywhere else for that matter!

For those who do dig a little deeper, you can find evidence from non-Christian sources that help point to who Jesus was and what happened to him. This proves that he existed and was indeed crucified, or at least makes a very strong case. Much of Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, was based on evidence of this type. This non-Christian evidence is often written by those who were hostile toward the early Christians, which makes it an interesting spin on things … at least to me. And, I have looked at much of it. There are records from Roman era historians such as Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, or Flavius Josephus, who are often ridiculing those early Christians and their crazy Messianic leader.

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is Historical Fact

Then there are those who like to argue that these Roman historians are all liars, or that somehow their works are all some kind of forgeries … they must be part of some kind of ancient right-wing pro-Christian conspiracy I guess! I must admit it …  I find this claim by those people even more fascinating.

Easter Day

Anyway, we continued on our walk and enjoying the beautiful Easter day.  I was busy watching Sophie enjoy all the sights and smells and chasing after bumble bees when I suddenly decided none of that really mattered much to me. What really matters is what you believe, and I do believe that one of Jesus’ primary  teachings,

Love your neighbor as yourself

is simply a pretty darn good rule to live by. Jesus stated this very same concept several times and in several different ways throughout his journey toward his death.

To me, arguing over whether Jesus was actually the Son of God or not, or whether he was crucified or not is pretty silly. It does not in anyway make this basic concept any less profound.

This is not a statement of faith for me.  My faith is very personal. I am not very evangelical. Sometimes, I will discuss my beliefs with a certain few people, but I will not argue about it with anyone. What I believe is my business. You can believe what you want to believe.

But, it does seem to me that if more people followed this simple “golden” rule, life would be much better for many of us!

I remember going to a J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award ceremony some years ago (during the mid-1990’s) in Knoxville, Tennessee when I was working as an Anderson County CASA volunteer. This same “Golden Rule” is found, perhaps worded a bit differently, in every major world religion: Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism (and Commonsenseism … kidding here). I found that to be really fascinating at the time.  A guest speaker read each version and stated the religion in which that version was based.

I also got to meet Jack Hanna there.  That was pretty cool too!

Sophie_Easter

So, anyway, Happy Easter to you all on this beautiful Easter Day … from me and Sophie!

Easter Day Musings

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day. It was also Sophie’s birthday. She is now one year old. I decided to take her on a walk at Bond Park here in Cary. It is one of our favorite places to walk and practice her training regimens. We walked about four miles including the two-mile Lake Trail that circles Bond Lake.

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As we walked, enjoying the sunshine and friendly passers-by (Sophie always garners plenty of attention), I began to ponder the Easter holiday and what it means to me. Beside eating jelly beans, I mean!

I am not sure what sparked it.

Perhaps it was the recent bit in the news about some Muslim guy claiming that Jesus was never crucified. I have heard claims such as this before. I have heard some argue that there is no proof that Jesus ever even existed  … outside from the Bible, of course.  From what I see, most of the people who make this claim never looked outside the Bible … or anywhere else for that matter!

For those who do dig a little deeper, you can find evidence from non-Christian sources that help point to who Jesus was and what happened to him. This is often held up as proof that he existed and was indeed crucified. Much of Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, was based on evidence of this type. This non-Christian evidence is often written by those who were hostile toward the early Christians, which makes it an interesting spin on things … at least to me. And, I have looked at much of it. There are records from Roman era historians such as Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, or Flavius Jospehus, who are often ridiculing those early Christians and their crazy Messianic leader.

Then there are those who like to argue that these Roman historians are all liars, or that somehow their works are all some kind of forgeries … they must be part of some kind of ancient right-wing pro-Christian conspiracy I guess! I must admit it …  I find this claim by those people even more fascinating.

IMG_0785

Anyway, we continued on our walk and enjoying the beautiful day.  I was busy watching Sophie enjoy all the sights and smells and chasing after bumble bees, when I suddenly decided none of that really mattered much to me. What really matters is what you believe, and I do believe that one of Jesus’ primary  teachings,

Love your neighbor as yourself,

is simply a pretty darn good rule to live by. Jesus stated this very same concept several times and in several different ways throughout his journey toward his death.

To me, arguing over whether Jesus was actually the Son of God or not, or whether he was crucified or not … does not in anyway make this basic concept any less profound.

This is not a statement of faith for me.  My faith is very personal. I am not very evangelical. I will discuss my beliefs with a certain few people, but I will not argue about it with anyone. I know what I believe. You can believe what you want to believe.

But, it does seem to me that if more people followed this simple “golden” rule, life would be much better for many of us!

I remember going to a J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award ceremony some years ago (during the mid-1990’s) in Knoxville, Tennessee when I was working as an Anderson County CASA volunteer. It seems this same “Golden Rule” can be found, perhaps worded a bit differently, in every major world religion: Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism (and Commonsenseism … kidding here). I found that to be really fascinating at the time.  A guest speaker read each version and stated the religion in which that version was based.

I also got to meet Jack Hanna there.  That was pretty cool to!

Sophie_Easter

So, anyway, Happy Easter to you all … from me and Sophie!

This Really Pisses Me Off ….

How long are we Americans going to stand by and watch while Obama and his team of liberal left-wing goonies fast-track our Country into a facist mockery of what this Nation, our Constitution, and our American ideals of liberty, freedom, justice, and rugged individualism once stood for.

It looks like Obama is destined to be a big hero in communist Russia.  He may single handedly bring about the demise of capitalism … at least according to Pravda.

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blinds the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.

Then came Barack Obama’s command that GM’s (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of “pure” free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions..

So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper…but a “freeman” whimper.

So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set “fair” maximum salaries, evaluate performance and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses? Senator Barney Franks, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort. He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive.

The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left.

The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

Stanislav Mishin

The article has been reprinted with the kind permission from the author and originally appears on his blog, Mat Rodina

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Maybe it is time for another AMERICAN REVOLUTION!

Is Obama Going To Be A Major League Flip Flopper Or A Liar?

Ok … Here we go again!

Stop Obama

So, Barack Obama is not a Muslim and points to his twenty-year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ as evidence of that.

Barack Obama called the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, his spiritual adviser, mentor, and friend. Rev. Wright performed the marriage ceremony at Barack and Michelle Obama’s wedding, and baptized the Obama children.

While on the campaign trail, Barack Obama certainly does not seem to come across as a white-hating, America-hating, ultra-liberal black radical. However, a man can be very often be understood by the company he chooses to keep.

And … Barack Obama has been keeping some mighty weird company.

Obama & Wright

Now, Obama has been called on to “denounce” the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for his rather anti-America, black separatist, Nation of Islam friendly statements and policies.

Here are some examples:

  • “Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people,” he then trumpeted. “Hillary [Clinton] can never know that.”
  • The Rev. Wright has stated, “Hillary ain’t never been called a n——er,”
  • Speaking at the Washington, D.C., school’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Wright said, “We started the AIDS virus. … We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.”
  • The pastor also stated, in a sermon just after 9/11, that, “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.”
  • In another sermon, Rev. Wright fumes that the 9/11 attacks were a consequence of using atomic weapons against Japan and for U.S. support of “state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans.”
  • In still another sermon, Wright is telling his congregation that the United States knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor before the Japanese struck.
  • Wright has stated, “We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing al-Qaida is doing under a different color flag … And guess what else. If they don’t find them some weapons of mass destruction, they going to do just like the LAPD and plant them some weapons of mass destruction.”
  • The Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Wright honored noted Jew hater Louis Farrakhan and even traveled with the Nation of Islam leader to visit with Libya’s Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi. You know who Qadhafi is … he’s the megalomaniac leader of Libya that instituted Sharia Law and expelled most the Jews from his country while simultaneously destroying all their cemeteries.

And here are just a few more Rev. Wright quotes to be clear on this issue!!

  • “We’ve got a paranoid group of patriots in power that now, in the interest of homeland stupidity – I mean homeland security …”
  • “The government lied about the Tuskegee experiment. They purposely infected African-American men with syphilis …”
  • “Fighting for peace is like raping for virginity.”
  • “… what’s going on in white America, U.S. of KKKA …”
  • “Black men turning on black men … that is fighting the wrong enemy. You both are the primary targets in an oppressive society that sees both of you as a dangerous threat.”
  • How about the Rev. Wright’s preaching, “God damn America … that’s in the Bible … for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human. God damn America …”

Now, it seems clear to me that, from his own words … his own “sermons”; the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is not preaching the word of God or any teachings of Jesus Christ, but is, in fact, preaching Black Separatism, Liberation Theology, and a very strong Anti-American message.

The “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright is as racist as they come and for him to be excused for the hateful, inflammatory stuff he says is incomprehensible. He is preaching hate from a church pulpit!

I find it highly unlikely that, in Obama’s 20 years of going to that church, he never personally heard his pastor say anything racist, controversial or ant-American. Do you really believe Obama just happened to be absent every time Wright made inflammatory, racist, or anti-American statements?

Please!!

Does Obama really think that the American people stupid? Well, maybe he does and … and sadly … maybe some of them are!

Bad Weather Ahead!

Left-wing liberals in this country have always had a big blind spot when it comes to the history of violence among their own radicals in the 1960s. Rather than seeing it for what it was … political terrorism … and rejecting it completely, they like to romanticize its use and rationalize its effects. Many of the left-wing liberal bomb-throwers have since repented their actions, but it seems not all have … and the two that remain staunchly unrepentant and are still proud of their terrorism are associated with none other than … Barack Obama!

Bill Ayers

Throughout the 1970’s, the Weather Underground was responsible for the bombings of the National Guard offices in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Capitol Building; the New York City Police Headquarters; and the Pentagon and other things.

In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of her district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local radical left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

While Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn may be regarded by liberals in Hyde Park as local left-wing activist heroes, but they are actually two of the most notorious … and rigidly unrepentant … figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s left-wing anti-war movement.

Unfortunately, due to illegal surveillance conducted by the FBI, Federal prosecutors were unable to put them on trial. Bernadine Dohrn did later serve almost a year in jail for contempt of court … after refusing to testify in the case of the Brinks armed robbery that left three dead … including two New York state troopers.

Now … on to the visit of Barack Obama and the apparent blessing he received from Ayers and Dohrn.

Does this mean that Barack Obama supports the kind of political violence used by the Weather Underground couple, … or that he participated in their violent left-wing bombings in the past?

Of course not … but it does show a serious lack of both judgment and backbone … in rejecting those that do. I mean, if Barack Obama can’t even stand up to two old discredited American terrorists in Chicago … ?

I wonder if the New York Times would have this story in a two-column, front-page spread right next to a unflattering picture of Barack Obama … if Barack Obama were a Republican candidate for president?

You bet they would!

Obama & Weather Underground

Now then, how about a just few Barack Obama quotes from his own books!!

  • From his book, Dreams of My Father, “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13 when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”
  • Also from Dreams of My Father, “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”
  • From his book, The Audacity of Hope, “Lolo [Obama’s stepfather] followed a brand of Islam ….I looked to Lolo for guidance.”
  • Also from The Audacity Of Hope, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

So this is the rock star of Hope, Change, and a New America! Be careful what you wish for, because I am sure that Barack Obama sincerely does want to bring hope … to bring change … to create a new America … one in which anti-Americans, radical Black separatists, and Muslim terrorists can feel much more more at home!!

I hope real Americans will wake up and go to the polls … before the real nightmare is unleashed on us all!

By the way:

It is clear from the facts that Barack Obama’s link to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is far, far closer than the silly link liberal democrats have been screaming about between John McCain and his anti-Catholic endorser, John Hagee.