I Support Mississippi Amendment 26

I support Mississippi Amendment 26. I believe that human life begins at conception and that this life is sacred. I believe that abortion or contraceptives or any fertilization methods that intentionally destroys a living human zygote, embryo or fetus is morally wrong and should be illegal. Amendment 26 will establish the legal principle that lawmakers and courts can build upon to protect innocent human life.

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Obama’s Dirty-Mouthed Secretary

Hilda L. Solis, Labor Secretary. AP photo.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke to the Florida Democratic Convention this past Saturday in a campaign speech for her boss. She attacked the Tea Party and called them ‘teabaggers’. This really bothers me, that someone at this level of the administration would be permitted (once again) to use such a vulgar description for a group of American citizens. But what can you expect when your boss used the very same language and has permitted countless others to wage a war on the activists. For example:

On August 22, Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) told supporters in California (many dressed in purple SEIU t-shirts), “[As] far as I’m concerned, the ‘Tea Party’ can go straight to Hell.”

In August, Rep. Andre Carson (D., Ind.) told the Congressional Black Caucus, “Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me . . . hanging on a tree.”

Vice President Joe Biden went so far as to compare the Tea Party to terrorists, and at a Labor Day speech he told a union audience that they are “the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates.”

This is all from the very same people who call for ‘civility’ in public discourse. Apparently what they mean by civility is that people are not allowed to criticize their policies that are running this country into the ground while they can use any inflammatory language they desire to smear people’s character and incite hatred toward one or more groups.

I’m a fair guy and pretty thick-skinned. While I don’t agree with leftist policies, I welcome an honest and sincere debate on the issues. But this sort of tactic utilized by Obama and his minions is despicable and should be pointed out as such.

Presenting the New TruthDialogue

For the third time in as many years this website has undergone a significant overhaul. This year’s update makes some changes that I think have been overdue for some time. Let’s review:

  1. The high contrast white on black scheme was cheesy and hard to look at. This new interface is cleaner and simpler. ‘Nuff said.
  2. There used to be simply too much information across the entire site. The content has been greatly reduced this go-around, so hopefully everything that needs to be said is said and all the static is gone.
  3. The site is less specific in terms of intended audience, purpose and subject matter. Hopefully this will liberate me to speak on a wider set of topics to a wider potential audience. Hopefully…
  4. Lots of changes took place beneath the hood. Nerds will appreciate it more than non-nerds.
  5. There is significantly less cheese involved now.
So there you have it. I will continue to optimize and update over the coming days and weeks as I find time. My goal is to blog more often, but instead of the blog being focused on a very specific set of topics I plan on expanding its scope, but we’ll see. My hope is that you come along for the ride.

The Monks on Mt. Athos

60 Minutes recently did a documentary on the Orthodox monks living on Mt. Athos, a self-governing territory located on a Greek peninsula. Even those who find the Orthodox strange and/or irrelevant will most likely find the documentary to be fascinating for a host of reasons.

Unfortunately, embedding of the videos is prohibited, but I have supplied the relevant Youtube links below:

Main program, part 1
Main program, part 2
60 Minutes Extra: Life on Mt. Athos
60 Minutes Extra: Mt. Athos’ Autonomy
Behind the Scenes Travelogue

Be Still

“He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’” – Mark 4:39-40 (NRSV)

Jesus brings peace. His disciples had fear and angst, yet with a simple spoken word Jesus brought order to their chaos. How encouraging is that to you today? Who of us does not live a single day of life without some issue weighing on our soul? Who doesn’t have a fear, or some level of angst, about a particular circumstance in life? I know that, if not careful, I can become quite absorbed in the concerns of day to day life, to the point of downright despair. But the words of Jesus comfort my soul and give me hope.

“Peace. Be still.” And there was a dead calm.

What issue has you concerned today? Are you dealing with a financial burden? Do you have a relationship problem? Are you dealing with some form of emotional toil? Let me take it even deeper: Do you have sin in your life? Jesus can help with that too. After all, his words calm the fiercest storm that nature has to offer. His feet tread upon the raging waters. If he has such command over nature around us, can he not take control of your nature as well? If you don’t think so, consider his rebuke: Have you still no faith? The answer, if we live in sin, or fear, or angst, has to be, “No.”

Therefore I offer you this simple solution: Trust in Jesus. If you know him, great. Walk in the light that has been given you. If you do not know him, let him meet you. The story in Mark says that Jesus rode in their boat “as he was” (v. 36). There is no pretense with Jesus. He is who he is, and he wants you to know him and be known by him. Let him ride along in the boat of your life; let him bring peace to your storms.