Pretty much everyone not in the employ of CNN or MSNBC now agrees that neither Donald Trump nor his campaign or transition people colluded with the Russians to throw the election. In fact, if anyone prominent did collude with Russia, it was Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
That’s not what this show is about. There is a much larger and more important collusion going on right now, a factual, actual collusion, with an army of important participants, and that is America’s ongoing collusion with catastrophe. It’s part political, part social, part economic, part ideological, and part psychological.
Unlike the Russians, catastrophe is an outcome, not an agent, so I’m playing a little fast and loose with the catch phrase Colluding with Catastrophe, something you can’t actually do. But colluding ON BEHALF OF catastrophe, or colluding IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE catastrophe don’t have the same ring as Colluding With Catastrophe, so let’s just go with it.
(BTW, that kitchen cart pictured was something I recently built from scratch, using reclaimed barn wood. Not perfect, but not bad. Two major mistakes, described in this show.)
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
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.
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.
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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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?
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