Frenetic Friday


Frenetic Friday now with even more irony!

First I’d like to applaud Micah over at Christian Manliness for coming out of the closet and revealing that he is polyamorous. It takes a brave man to reveal this. Read more about it here: Coming out of the closet: I’m polyamorous

So we are coming close to graduation season and typically schools bring in speakers for the commencement address.  One such commencement address was made by President Obama to the United States Coast Guard Academy.  In this the president said this:

Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.  So, increasingly, our military and our combatant commands, our services — including the Coast Guard — will need to factor climate change into plans and operations, because you need to be ready.  <source>

Cal Thomas having read this responded thusly:

Linking the rise of Islāmic terrorism to a warming planet, the president told the grads, “Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”

Really? Are young girls and women being raped and forced into slavery because religious fanatics can’t grow crops on arid land? Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, recently claimed that lack of jobs is what turns people into terrorists. Which is it?

If “climate change” made terrorism possible, how does the president explain violent jihadism dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, long before carbon was a concern, or even a footprint? If unemployment causes terrorism, millions of jobless Americans would be taking up arms.

No amount of evidence will dissuade a climate change cultist that he is wrong, but for students who might Google the subject for a term paper, let’s try.

Responding to the president’s address, Marc Morano, who runs climatedepot.com (with numerous links to scientific studies, including data from NASA, NOAA, and other credible sources) said this: “It is hard to even take today’s speech by Obama seriously on either a logical, scientific or political level. The speech was so farcical in its claims that it hardly merits a response. It is obvious that the climate establishment is seeking new talking points on ‘global warming’ to change the subject from the simple fact that global temperatures are not cooperating with their claims.” <source>

Recently a lot of people are claiming that Christianity is dying out.  Young people are leaving churches and there are more “nones” then ever before.  Well I think Adam4d actually explains it.

Speaking of young people leaving church here are two excellent posts from Fred Butler regarding young people leaving church:

Those Dastardly Young People Leaving Church

The Real Reasons Why Youth Are Leaving Church

And last but not least an update from our Robotic Over Lords!

Here we have a robot learning to shoot arrows.  You may scoff but how soon will it be before we see a real robot learning to fire a handgun.

Thanks and come back next week.

 

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Earworm Wednesday: Forever Young~Alphaville


You may blame three people for this earworm, and those three are Carl Truman, Todd Pruitt, and Aimee Byrd.  On the latest podcast of The Mortification of Spin (Forever Young) they had this song on the end of the podcast. And of course it stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Alphaville a German band became big during the eighties. However, this particular song never really hit number one. This particular video is from 2013 live performance in Moscow Russia.
And as you can see the group didn’t stay “Forever Young”.

Movie Review: American Sniper



Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Jason Hall, Chris Kyle, and others
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Luke Sunshine, Troy Vincent

It’s a heck of a thing to stop a beating heart.

Plot: Texas born Chris Kyle former rodeo rider joins the Navy Seals and becomes the deadliest sniper in American history credited with over 160 kills. After four tours in Iraq Chris finds it hard to leave the war behind and return to normal life.

American sniper is a hard movie to review.  Clint Eastwood has crafted a film that show both the man who had to put the skills he had learnede as a boy into the deadliest situation ever.  And doing things that for most people would be abhorrent, such as shooting a mother and child who were trying to kill marines with grenades.  Plus he also shows the toll that it takes on the man known as the “Legend” how post tramatic stress made Chris not want to come home to his wife and children, how loud noises would make him nervous and jittery.

Eastwood also portrays soldiers as they are in this war profane, rude, with a disdain for the enemy they are fighting because of how they use families and children as weapons.  I talked with a friend of mine a veteran of the Vietnam war and he said there were many things in the movie that reminded him of how things were during his tours.  So I think that Clint Eastwood has accurately portrayed the war as it was for Chris Kyle.

This movie is for adults, the profanity, the instances where Chris has to shoot children to protect the men  who are his brothers in arms is too intense for younger children.  This is a great movie but it is a movie that will affect you in one way or another not always for the good.  There are scenes that I couldn’t watch again especially when it involves children.

This movie gets four stars.

Catechism


Q. 25 Since there is but one God, why do you speak of three:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

A. Because that is how God has revealed himself in his Word these three distinct persons are one, true, eternal God.
Deut. 6:4; 1Cor. 8:4,6;
Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19-19; Luke 4:18 (Is a. 61:1); John 14:26; 15:26; 2Cor. 13:14;
Gal. 4:6; Tit. 3:5-6

Frenetic Friday


Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  This isn’t a trick question, welcome to Frenetic Friday.

So let’s start with the latest news sinners sin.    I know,  there I go being Captain Obvious again but here’s the reason: Josh Duggar has admitted that when he was fourteen years old that he inappropriately touched four of his sisters and one other female.  Now here is another obvious thing he wasn’t a Christian then.  Now everyone is up in arms, the Christians are up in arms because a fourteen year old boy who wasn’t a Christian acted like a sinner.  Sinners are up in arms because a fourteen year old boy who was raised in a Christian home acted like them.

So what does this mean?  It means that Christians are sinners saved by Christ.  He paid for Josh Duggar’s sin if Josh Duggar is trusting Christ to save him.  And this is the part that confounds sinners: Josh Duggar, right now, trusting in Christ, is not guilty of those sins any of his sins.

Let’s file this under you just can’t win.  So a Canadian Christian jeweler made two wedding rings for a lesbian couple.  They paid their money and went away happy.  They told their friends their friends went to the jeweler and found out that the jeweler had a sign supporting traditional marriage.

Well the lesbian couple blew a gasket they believe that the rings have been tainted and they want their money back.  Well initially the jeweler stood up for his rights, after all he didn’t discriminate they wanted rings he made them rings.  And that is when the online bullying and threats started.  So he gave them back their money.  So Christians what have you learned today.  You can make cakes or rings for those that oppose traditional marriage but if you don’t whole heartedly agree with them then you are still in the wrong.  See it isn’t about equal rights it is about Christians denying their faith and they won’t let up until that happens.  <source>

Well let’s go from Canada to the state of Arizona where a church feud is brewing.  Seems that eight churches, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Non-denominational have teamed up against a local Methodist church.  In a series of banners and sermons the various churches have thrown down the gauntlet against the Methodist church pastor’s teaching about Progressive Christianity. (click the link to learn what Progressive Christianity is).  The ministers that have aligned themselves against the Methodist pastor point out that it is matter of truth of the Bible which they say the Methodist minister denies. <source>

And last but not least you ever make cars out of Legos?  Well a Romanian teenager built a life-size car from regular Legos running on compressed air.  And here it is:

 

And that is Frenetic Friday.

 

 

Movie Review: Mr Pip



Producer:  Andrew Adamson, Robin Scholes, Leslie Urlang, Dean Vanech
Directors: Andrew Adamson
Writer: Andrew Adamson (screenplay) and Lloyd Jones (book)
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville, Kerry Fox,

Plot:

In Bougainville  Papua New Guinea a revolutionary war is going and Tom Watts (Hugh Laurie) is the only white man left on the island, he is still there because of the love he has for his native wife whom he won’t leave even though she is very sick.  While the war is going on Tom reopens the local school and starts reading to the children Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  Tom is an object of fun to the children because he likes to walk around the village with a red rubber clown nose on.  The children call him “Popeye”.  But when Tom reads to them about the English orphan Pip (Eka Darville) he captures their attention.  Especially the attention of Matilda (Xzannjah) a young teenage girl whose father fled the war and went to Australia leaving her and  her mother (Healesville Joel) behind because her mother refused to leave the village.

The tale of Pip so enamored Matilda that she writes his name in seashells and stones on the beach, which proves disastrous as the local army troop comes to the village and tear it apart looking for this “Pip” thinking he is a rebel and the village is hiding him.  Tom Watts tries to explain that “Pip” is a fictional character but the army leader doesn’t believe him.  He warns them that he must produce “Pip” next time or they will all pay.

Mr. Pip succeeds on multiple levels it demonstrates that good literature transcends culture and can inspire anyone.  Hugh Laurie is excellent as the teacher with feet of clay who inspires his students and tries to take their minds of the horrors going on around them because of the war.  It also succeeds in the costuming of the day-dream sequences where Matilda imagines herself in London with Pip but this isn’t the dour Victorian London no this London is a riot of color that is more in tune with colors of the islands clothing.  It also succeeds in depicting the horrors of war and how the innocent will be killed for no other reason than ignorance.  And finally it succeeds in depicting love, love for a student who love to learn.  For a teacher who sees a student who finally “sees” the world portrayed by Dickens.  And the self-sacrificing love of a mother who wants to protect her daughter.

This is rated PG-13 there is a scene where a man and woman are killed using machetes (off camera) and where a woman is shown bloody and on the ground with a man acting like he is about to rape her.  So no younger children.  I give this four stars out of five.

Catechism


Q. 23 What are these articles?
A. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Q. 24 How are these articles divided?
A. Into three parts: God the Father and our creation; God the Son and our deliverance; God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.