Saturday, January 23, 2010
As usual, when an inexplicable horror such as the earthquake in Haiti befalls mankind, the debate on whether God exists floats to the top of the public discourse. How could a just and loving God allow such horrors to happen to His people?
I've always asked this question when terrible disasters strike and I've come to the conclusion that if you have faith in a higher power, you must believe in a chaotic universe that is allowed to run itself in what ever way it chooses. If that is the case, suffering and pain are inevitable and one can only rely on faith to sustain them.
Suffering is an invitation to embrace God for those who regard Him, as C.H. Lewis put it, "as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it."
In the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a renewal of faith was evident as churches and synagogues across the country reported record-high attendance rates; prayer vigils were held for the victims and their families. Members of Congress even spontaneously sang "God Bless America" on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol.
As we deal with Haiti and any natural disaster that comes to us, we should remember that faith is the real secret to survival in this world. Debate on God's existence or His plan for us is fine but in the end, the answer to sanity, goodness and staying alive for life's journey is faith.
Suffering and pain poses a central theological problem for many religions. The continuing anguish in Haiti may evoke more questions than answers but for all those who question their faith in times of torment, many more are reinforced in theirs
God's eternal love and the faith in Him exists amidst even the most inexplicable suffering. The hope of better things to come never dies.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.
When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year..
After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.
When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."
Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the "Medal of Honor" on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."
As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois)
Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!
I say dig him up and clone him!!
Watch Michelle Bachmann Describe Her Encounter With The Moron Arlen Spector:
Breitbart.tv » ‘He Turned on Me’: Bachmann Describes Specter Encounter to Hannity
From The Hope & Change Dept.-
Hill Democrats are demanding that Obama’s brain trust — especially senior adviser David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel — shelve their grand legislative ambitions to focus on the economic issues that will determine the fates of shaky Democratic majorities in both houses.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
U.S. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises.
1. They voted to not give you a S.S. Cost of living raise in 2010 and 2011.
2. Your Medicaid premiums will go up $285.60 for the 2-years and You will not get the 3% COLA: $660/yr. Your total 2-yr loss and cost is -$1,600 or -$3,200 for husband and wife.
3. Over 2-yrs they each get $10,000
4. Do you feel SCREWED?
5. Will they have your cost of drugs - doctor fees - local taxes - food, etc., increase? NO WAY . They have a raise and better benefits. Why care about you? You never did anything about it in the past. You obviously are too stupid or don't care.
6. Do you really think that Nancy, Harry, Chris, Charlie, Barney, et al, care about you? SEND THE MESSAGE--
IN 2010 YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET RID OF THE SITTING CONGRESS:
Up to 1/3 OF THE SENATE, AND 100% OF THE HOUSE.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE STILL MAD IN NOVEMBER 2010 AND REMIND THEIR REPLACEMENTS NOT TO SCREW UP.
Maybe it's time for the........
"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."
Let's get this idea spread around, folks - these people inWashington have brought this upon themselves!!!
It's time for retribution Let's take back America .