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Phelps' Cult Veers Into Further Irrationality

Authored by fmeekins on Mon, Aug 25 2008 - 03:54 PM

To those of us whose vocations consist largely of commenting on the momentous trends and events going on all around us, it can be easy to fall for the delusion that ultimately the world itself orbits those of us observing it.Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church has gained for himself and his congregation a degree of notoriety for his ...

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Highlander: The Source (No Wonder It Was Relegated To Saturday Night)

Authored by fmeekins on Sun, Feb 24 2008 - 04:41 AM

One of mankind’s fondest dreams is no doubt to live upon this earth in vitality and youth beyond the paltry 75 to 90-odd years the healthiest among us get to enjoy.  As such, one of contemporary fantasy’s most compelling franchises has had to have been Highlander.  The protagonist is himself immortal and gets to live indefinitely provided his head ...

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Pastor Sentenced To Chinese Labor Camp

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Jul 25 2008 - 07:06 PM

According to the China Aid Association, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese labor camp by Shandong Province authorities for participation in cultic activities.  To American ears, such allegations bring to mind images of passing around poisoned Kool-Aid or of adolescent brides forced to wed lecherous old men; however, ...

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More Things Change The More They Stay The Same In Leftist Suburb

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Feb 15 2008 - 03:29 PM

In some systems of Eastern thought, the doctrine of recurrence teaches that everything that has happened will happen again.  Western philosophy of history drawing inspiration from a Biblical understanding of the universe does not share in the same exact idea since the Judeo-Christian worldview sees history as moving towards its ultimate conclusion ...

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Are Some Forms Of Border Security More About Keeping People In Than Out?

Authored by fmeekins on Wed, Jan 09 2008 - 03:04 PM

Americans might be interested to know that to cross the Canadian border that the U.S. government will require them to be carrying a passport even if they have other legitimate forms of identification.  However, most recall precious little is being done to stop the flow over our own borders of those with no proper reason to be here with no ...

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Politically Correct To Alter Santa Out Of Existence

Authored by fmeekins on Wed, Dec 26 2007 - 04:09 PM

Over the course of the past decade or so, leftist malcontents have set their ideological sites against Christmas no doubt as the holiday points to the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ who can often help or motivate the individual to work through many of their own problems without an over reliance on government aide and because many of the ...

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Huckabee’s Fat Lip Yammering On About Your Gastronomic Business

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Jan 25 2008 - 02:43 PM

Throughout his time in the public limelight, Republican Mike Huckabee has made obesity awareness one of his pet issues having lost over 100 pounds himself.  However, as is typical of most fanatics having come to a realization or a cause a little later in the game than most, it is not enough for them to keep what they have learned to themselves but ...

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The Law & Gospel Dynamic

Authored by fmeekins on Wed, Nov 07 2007 - 04:01 PM

In classical Lutheran theology and homiletics, a two part approach is often taken referred to as Law and Gospel.  For it is through this dynamic duo that the individual is made to realize that he is a sinner in need of salvation and what the solution is for this vexing dilemma.     In old detective movies and police shows, when a suspect was ...

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Ought To Make A Watergate Conspirator Blush

Authored by fmeekins on Tue, Dec 11 2007 - 02:25 PM

In Matthew 10:16, Christians are admonished to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. Often though, Christian organizations and ministries are the ones at the forefront of propagating the expectation in the mind of their respective supporters that sincere believers are --- in the words of the Washington Post --- to be uneducated and ...

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Old Warhorse Losing His Kick

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Nov 02 2007 - 02:26 PM

As the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell at one time (whether deservedly or not) had a reputation as a voice of sober realism in the arena of American foreign policy.  However, as he ages and heads into his sunset years, he is so increasingly muttering to himself about assorted forms of appeasement that he is coming to ...

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Is Lutheran Polemicist Falling For The Early Marriage Racket?

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Oct 12 2007 - 06:56 AM

Despite their inherent stuffiness, one does not usually have to worry about conservative Lutherans such as those in the Missouri Synod falling for too many of the fads constantly popping up in the contemporary Protestant world.Though conducted in the form of an open discussion, one gets the impression that the idea gaining momentum in the ...

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Why Shouldn’t Hungerstrikers Be Allowed To Starve?

Authored by fmeekins on Sat, Oct 06 2007 - 07:40 PM

Often in the attempt to get their way, children threaten to hold their breath or refuse to eat until their parents agree to meet their demands. Usually, nothing much comes of it as most youngsters don’t have the will to resist the sway of their base appetites and most normally outgrow such juvenile displays as skills are acquired to navigate ...

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Will Leftist Evangelicals Demand Believers Get On Obama Bandwagon?

Authored by fmeekins on Thu, Apr 10 2008 - 03:13 PM

Just because some white liberals are going out of their way to vote for Barack Obama for no other reason than that he happens to be half-black, some within the Evangelical leadership are once again beating on their drums about congregations being too split along racial and ethnic lines. However, it they are the ones noticing this, isn’t that proof ...

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Americans Asking Critical Questions To Be Tased While Illegal Aliens Not

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Sep 21 2007 - 07:20 PM

Something sinister is afoot in the land when law enforcement is permitted to zap someone for merely asking inconvenient questions, one of which was what law did the victim actually break, while a new policy is being put into place in the U.S. prison system where jailers may taser incarcerated Americans with impunity while they are to refrain from ...

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Does Winfrey Ride The Beast?

Authored by fmeekins on Sat, Apr 26 2008 - 05:22 AM

At one point in her career, Oprah Winfrey  was pretty much seen as a harmless crank as to the casual viewer catching the show in passing assumed that the program dealt primarily with her seesawiing weight and whether or not her shackup might secretly prefer to be paid in three dollar bills.  However, as she has amassed considerable power and ...

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They Don’t Cast Space Tyrants Like They Use To

Authored by fmeekins on Mon, Sep 10 2007 - 04:36 PM

As a narrative form driven considerably by adversarial conflict, in science fiction a good story must have a villain just as interesting (sometimes even more so) than the primary hero or protagonist.  As one of the archetypes from which much popular  “space opera” is derived, Flash Gordon did much to perfect this template in the form of villains ...

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Census Bureau Pimps Turn The American People Into Information Whores

Authored by fmeekins on Fri, Aug 24 2007 - 07:12 PM

With all the fuss made over the 300 millionth American, the U.S. Census Bureau enjoyed an unaccustomed moment in the limelight as the work done by this government agency is seldom considered glamorous enough to warrant much coverage in the media.Article One, Section Two of the U.S. Constitution authorizes an enumeration of the population to be ...

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Apostates Urge Linguistic Surrender To Islam

Authored by fmeekins on Thu, Aug 16 2007 - 04:20 PM

Much to the chagrin of the Roman Catholic Church as well as Protestants for that matter, an outgoing bishop from the Netherlands is suggesting that Western theists should just go ahead and refer to God as “Allah” and Islamist front groups are applauding the suggestion.Christians in Arab countries might refer to God as "Allah", but ...

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New Flash Gordon Stinks

Authored by fmeekins on Tue, Aug 14 2007 - 02:16 PM

This show has to have been one of the biggest disappointments on TV that I can remember.That seems to be pretty much the prevailing opinion according to a story titled "Critics Share Their Take On Flash Gordon".Flash didn't even have a spaceship.Instead he traveled back and forth to Mongo through a hole in space.There ...

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Those Playing In Traffic Should Get Run Over

Authored by fmeekins on Wed, Aug 01 2007 - 02:01 PM

Commonsense teaches that, if one deliberately with aforethought puts oneself into oncoming traffic, one is going to get run over.  As such, that is what you deserve.To some, such a sentiment brings to mind elderly grandmothers crossing the street and young children absentmindedly chasing after an errant ball.  However, that is not what I am ...

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A Review Of “Dark Lord: The Rise Of Darth Vader” by James Luceno

Authored by fmeekins on Thu, Jul 26 2007 - 04:17 PM

“Dark Lord: The Rise Of Darth Vader” by James Luceno follows the exploits of the legendary Sith Lord as he hunts down a band of Jedi escaping the fate of their brethren as a result of a regiment of clonetroopers that refuse to implement order 66.Towards the end of “Return Of The Jedi”, Darth Vader turns on the Emperor and hefts the villain to his ...

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Dupes To Pay $3600 To Pick Up Trash

Authored by fmeekins on Tue, Jul 24 2007 - 01:39 PM

According to the Associated Pres, the government has decided to allow volunteers paying $3600 the opportunity to pick trash and remove invasive species off the island of Midway.Isn’t this a task people should be payed to do?Normally, only Native Hawaiians are allowed near the preserve to fish for “cultural purposes”.So if Whitey isn’t good enough ...

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Dark Ages Of Broadcasting Looms On The Horizon

Authored by fmeekins on Tue, Jul 17 2007 - 02:20 PM

Don Imus’ comments that the Rutger’s ladies basketball team were a bunch of tattooed nappy-headed hoes might not have been the kindest thing to say about these athletes, though one must note the claim has not been entirely refuted as interestingly in appearances before the press the players have decided to conceal themselves behind jumpsuits so ...

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Most Epistemologically Unprepared For Bioenhancement Nightmares

Authored by fmeekins on Sun, Jul 08 2007 - 06:02 AM

An old adage posits that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.  Whoever came up with that one obviously had little imagination to foresee the horrors about to be set loose upon the earth in the years and decades to come.In my column  “Scientists Suggest Bestiality”, I wrote about findings by MIT and Harvard researchers suggesting that millions of ...

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A Review Of The Deceived By Bill Myers

Authored by fmeekins on Sun, Jun 24 2007 - 05:15 AM

Matthew 24:24 warns “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect --- if that were possible.” With all the enticing messages trying to lead Christian young people astray, “The Forbidden Doors Series” by Bill Myers provides a bit of insight into the subtle temptations of mysticism ...

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