Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ike Has Left the State

Well, hurricane Ike has left the state. It did less damage than most people expected. Millions are left without electricity, but (thankfully) there were few deaths. There are also the more unusual problems like yachts blocking I-45. Oil refining is paused for the time being. And there are no more hurricanes in sight. So I say not too bad (for a hurricane).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike

It looks like rain and wind from Hurricane Ike are headed our way. I am thankful that for us it will only mean that our kids' baseball game might be canceled. Of course, for those on the coast, it is a different story and they are in my prayers. I am also thankful that it is only a category two. They had been predicting worse. I am also glad the vast majority of people had the sense to get out when the evacuations were ordered. I hope the whole thing won't be too bad (at least for a hurricane).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Re-thinking Pro-family

In my previous post about Gov. Palin, I said that I would vote for her if she were running for President.

Well, I have been thinking about that a lot since then. Then yesterday I read an article by Scott at Grace Alone that really solidified things for me. If Gov. Palin were my friend, I would have urged her not to be Mayor, Governor, or VP candidate. Why? Not because she is a woman, but because she is giving up the highest calling God gives women: being wives and mothers. I have posted before about how it is a mother's duty and privilege to take care of her children and not ditch them with daycares or nannies. (To read them you can use the "Search This Blog" function near the bottom of the page.) No career (even an important one) is worth sacrificing your children. (If you disagree that daycare is sacrificing your children, I suggest you visit The evidence is staggering.) So I cannot be excited about Palin sacrificing her family for her career.

Scott's post linked to one by Voddie Baucham that got me thinking even more. What would a true pro-family candidacy look like? Is being pro-life and for traditional marriage enough? To me, a pro-family candidate would look something like this:

1. Would encourage women to stay home with their children.
2. Would encourage parents to take responsibility for the education of their children. The ideal candidate would acknowledge parent's right to homeschool or private school
3. Would recognize parent's rights to raise children according to their values and faith as a fundamental right.
4. Would encourage fathers to take financial and spiritual responsibility for their families.
5. Would endorse only abstinence-based sex education for unmarried teens.
6. Would defend traditional marriage as between a man and a woman.
7. Would look for ways to overturn "no fault" divorce laws as these encourage fragmented families.
8. Would encourage the overturning of grandparents "rights" laws.
9. Would start a national propaganda campaign to promote the idea that ALL children are blessings.

There are probably more that I could add if I thought about it longer. The point is that being "pro-family" should mean a lot more than just anti-abortion and against homosexual "marriage".

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Baldwin Best Candidate on Illegal Immigration

According to NumbersUSA, Chuck Baldwin is the best candidate for those interested in stopping illegal immigration. I also got this in a press release today.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin ( will join former GOP presidential candidate Rep Ron Paul (R-Tex.) at a News Conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Baldwin, who joined other constitutionalists at Ron Paul’s “Shadow Convention” on September 2 in Minneapolis, will be joined by Monica Ramos, wife of imprisoned Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos. Baldwin has called for the immediate pardon and release of Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving 11 and 12 year sentences for attempting to uphold immigration law.

So here you have one more reason I will be supporting Chuck Baldwin in November. All of his NumbersUSA scores were excellent. Bob Barr came in second with generally good (though according to them he is pro-amnesty). Ralph Nader came in third with a generally poor overall rating, but a fair stance on amnesty). McCain and Obama are virtually tied (both being largely abysmal and bad) with McCain being slightly better. Both McCain and Obama got abysmal ratings on amnesty.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Oil From Anything?

Thanks to Needs to Be Said for pointing out this WorlNetDaily article.

A Georgia company looking to solve America's energy problem has finally teamed up with the federal government, hoping to make millions of barrels of oil every day from virtually anything that grows out of the Earth.

Bell Bio-Energy, Inc. says it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Defense Department to build seven test production plants, mostly on military bases, to quickly turn naturally grown material into fuel.

Bell, an agricultural researcher, confirmed he'd isolated and modified specific bacteria that will, on a very large scale, naturally and rapidly convert plant material – including the leftovers from food – into hydrocarbons to fuel cars and trucks.

That means trash like corn stalks and corn cobs – even the grass clippings from suburban lawns – can be turned into oil and gasoline to run trucks, buses and cars.

I think this is very cool. Bell claims to be able to create enough oil from biowaste to make America energy independent. The MSM has ignored this (are we really that surprised?), but I will look forward to hearing from bloggers and WND about the results from the first seven plants.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Voddie Baucham

I recently bought The Children of Caesar and Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham. Both were well worth the money. There were several things that made me think. Here are some of them in no particular order.

Why isn't this a commonly known fact?
There was a reference to the National Home Education Research Institute's findings that 94% of homeschooled grown-ups are adhering to their parents faith. In a time when most parents know that we are losing about 80% of our youth, why is this fact not commonly known? It seems like all parents would want to know this information.

Adam's curse
Voddie pointed out that women that try to "have it all" are taking on two curses: theirs and Adam's. I had never thought about it that way.

Why don't Christians view children as a blessing?
The Bible's teaching that children are blessings. So why do we treat people with more than 3 kids as weirdos? Why would many Christians laugh at the idea that raising a large family is a worthy calling?