Thursday, February 1, 2018

Episode 200, Something Will Happen

Yes, that's the famous band Timbuk3, most likely playing their biggest hit, the catchy, "Future So Bright" and the theme song for this show.

When it comes to America, our favorite nation, what a difference a year makes. Everything is looking up. The economy is roaring, by all accounts.  Unemployment is just over 4%, a level most economists consider full employment.  The Gross Domestic Product is up 3.2% on an annual basis.  New home sales are through the roof.  The stock market is up more than 30% (what?) from this time a year ago. The market is now double what it was six years ago.  The last official recession ended in 2009, eight years ago.

Things are going so well that the only gloomy people you can find these days are the progressive lefties in Congress and on CNN.  They just can’t believe what’s going on.  Why isn’t Trump wearing chains in a federal prison?  Instead he’s signing historic tax cuts, killing the Obamacare mandate, rolling back regulations, banning inbound travel from Muslim countries, putting conservative judges on the bench, cracking down on sanctuary cities, and otherwise undoing in one year just about everything Obama did over the course of eight years as President.  The much-feared “government shutdown” ended when the lefty democrats beat a hasty retreat upon realizing that a majority of the public actually doesn’t care all that much about the children (in some cases the adult children) of illegal aliens.

It’s a good time to ask a few questions about what’s going on.  Has Trump repealed the business cycle?  How strong is the economy really? What’s causing the turnaround from the relative gloom of the Obama years? Who is benefiting the most from the upturn?  And most importantly, how long will it last and what’s going to cause it to stop?

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Episode 199, Pagan Church Update

Ok, the church I belong to (for now) may not be purely pagan (American Pagan church image right), but a listener to my account of doings there has dubbed it "the pagan church".  So let's go with that.

Same sex marriage in our church sanctuary is the main issue, urged by our new pastor.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America says that each congregation can decide the matter, based on "conscience-bound belief".  How democratic of God to put His laws up to popular vote. (I wonder how He handles ties--is the devil the tie-breaker?)

It seems that our new pastor is bound and determined to push same-sex marriage all the way, even it it splits our church in two.  Maybe that's been the plan all along. Maybe there's something to the rumors that she's trying to establish the best little LGBT church in Arkansas.  Maybe those of us opposed should just shut up and accept our role as collateral damage.

In this episode I elaborate on recent developments, including the decision my wife and I have made to put and end to our support and move on and find a church that still believes in God, the Bible, Heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Episode 198, Addicted to Grievance

A useful explanation of the attitudes and behavior of some people, including many of the Progressive Left, is that they are addicted to grievance.

Normal people handle the normal events of life normally, including slights, unfair treatment, and plain old screwing over suffered at the hands of others. They ignore pinpricks, address minor wounds, and deal with larger injustices appropriately.  They fight fire with fire.

Grievance addicts do not. Everything that happens to a grievance addict is a catastrophic offense, a crime against humanity.  If a mosquito bites, clobber it with a sledgehammer.

GAs at best are a nuisance. At worst they use their grievances to accrue great power, which they wield to the serious detriment of millions. Grievance addictions explain much of the progressive left's actions, whether in or out of power.  Grievance is what they do best.

BTW, the bucolic setting pictured contains four objects with something in common.  The coffee table in the center is called out in the podcast.  Hint: They are made of wood from a special source, as described early in the show.  Give a listen and find out.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 197, Something to Live For

Too many people, in my view, go through life as a struggle against something.

Don't get me wrong--life IS a struggle at times, and you do need to fight your way through problems you encounter in your life.  But life should be more than a struggle against something. We shouldn't live strictly to avoid negative things. We should be striving for positive experiences, positive outcomes.

Preppers, some of them, make their lives nothing more than preparing for disaster.  Being prepared is prudent, but as the sole motivation for life it makes you dreary and one-dimensional. In this show, I explore the necessity of a more positive outlook on life, and the many benefits. And I talk about what it might mean to you and me to live positively.

Give this show a listen.  It will change your mood--positively!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Episode 196, The ABC Book of Thoughtcrimes

This show is my podcast version of the time-honored classic, the "ABC Book", assigned by school teachers to grade school children all across this great land of ours:
  • Pick a topic--how about "Black History"?
  • Staple together a book of 26 blank pages, plus a cover with a nice picture.
  • Think of something or someone that starts with the letter A, and put it on page 1.  I know...Muhammed Ali!  Write a few sentences about Mohammed Ali, and add a picture of him for good measure.
  • Think of something or someone that starts with the letter B, and put it on page 2.   I know...Brown v. Board of Education! Or maybe...the Black Panthers!  Add a few sentences and paste in a picture.
  • and on and on and on and on and on and on through the letter Z.
  • Isn't this fun, kids?  And CREATIVE too!
Thanks for the fantastic idea, Teach.

I think you'll find my version a little, shall we say, Orwellian?

Fun show, controversies galore, and just over 60 minutes.  Give it a listen!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Episode 195, The Church, Culture, and Same-Sex Marriage

What should be the role of "The Church" when it comes to culture?

(Note: "the Church" in my context means "Christianity/Christian churches", and "culture" is "American culture".)

Should the Church be a cultural vanguard, leading the charge?  Or should the church be shelter from the cultural storm?

That depends, I think, on what's happening with the culture.

If the culture is moving towards God and His Word, then the Church, if it's doing what it should be doing, will be right there as part of the vanguard. But if the culture is spiraling downward, out of control and away from God, then the Church should be an anchor point, a place of shelter from the cultural storm.

What should you do if you find yourself in a church that is considering the issue of same-sex marriage, led by a minister who favors it?  We talk about a real-life example in this episode.

What are the arguments for and against same-sex marriage?  What is God's law when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and how do we know that?


Monday, July 17, 2017

Episode 194, The Mandibles--Great Collapse Fiction

I recently came across an outstanding novel about economic collapse by Lionel Shriver, The Mandibles, A Family, 2029-2047.  (It's been out just over a year, but I'm a little slow, what can I say?)

I enjoyed The Mandibles so much that I've devoted the entire podcast to recounting the story and how it compares to "The Collapse" that so many of us have been anticipating (and talking about) for so long.

Lionel Shriver is a well-known award-winning author who turned her considerable literary talents not long ago to the unsustainable financial problems facing the U.S. and the rest of the world. The result is a supremely entertaining and realistic page-turner that immediately lept to the top of my list of favorite "collapse fiction", a genre which will some day be compared and contrasted to the real thing.

Well, we jump the comparison gun in this show, testing The Mandibles against various expectations we have for the upcoming real-world Collapse, including:

  • Stock market collapse
  • Demise of the dollar as the world's reserve currency
  • Repudiation of the US debt
  • Confiscation of gold
  • Hyperinflation (or will it be Deflation?)
  • Widespread civil unrest
  • Aftermath and recovery
I know I say this all the time, but this really IS a great show!  Give it a listen!

***WARNING!***  This podcast is loaded to the rafters with plot spoilers--but the book is such a good read that won't matter!