Friday, September 3, 2010

Words of Wisdom (9/3)

God's church is not so weak that we have to partner with the theocratic agenda of a cult in order to accomplish God's will-if  indeed it is even God's will that we reclaim America. - Brannon S. Howse

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mike Whitney: Why Iran's Jews are Better Off Than Gaza's Palestinians

Bet you've never heard this:
25,000 Jews live in Iran. It's the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel. Iranian Jews are not persecuted or abused by the state, in fact, they are protected under Iran's constitution. They are free to practice their religion and to vote in elections. They are not stopped and searched at checkpoints, they are not brutalized by an occupying army, and they are not herded into a densely-populated penal colony (Gaza) where they are deprived of the basic means of survival. Iranian Jews live in dignity and enjoy the benefits of citizenship.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Do You Know THIS Jesus?

Great thoughts on the identity of Christ from  "Take Your Vitamin Z":
Most will say that they think he was an all around good guy who did some good stuff.  They are cool with Jesus.  But have they understood his claims? Most have not.

Don’t let them say that he is a good guy.  He is NOT a “good guy”.  Good guys don’t say things like "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me".  Roll that one around in your brain for a bit.

Do You Know THIS Jesus?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sound Money Policy From an Unexpected Source

One of the best explanations of sound money and the perils of fiat currency I've ever seen - and not an Ivy League economist in sight.

BTW, this kind of thing is illegal in the United States because of Legal Tender Laws through which the government has virtually eliminated monetary competition.  If competing currencies based in gold or silver were allowed to circulate along side federal reserve notes, the worthless paper would soon lose its appeal.  

This, of course, would lead to all manner of mayhem such as the elimination of inflation, reduction of people's dependence on Washington and stability of retirement savings - things the government cannot abide if they wish to maintain (or increase) their present level of control over people's lives.

HT: Lew Rockwell

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fear and Self-Loathing in Lausanne - Reformation21 Blog

Carl Trueman on the importance of polemics:
...let's bin this sad, misguided self-loathing on the polemic front. We must repent where necessary, where we have crossed the line; but, just as necessary, we must fight where we see the truth is at stake. We should be grateful for the truth that polemics have preserved so that we have a gospel to proclaim; and we should not allow a misguided commitment to being nice to allow us, in effect, to dump huge problems on the next generation by running up a massive theological and moral deficit in the church of the present.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

From the 'Why Don't We Ever Learn from History?' File:

"The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border (of Afghanistan), I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire."- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Monday, August 9, 2010

Preparing for Hyper-Inflation - Part I

Most students of history are aware of the runaway inflation that took place in Germany during the 1920's where a wheelbarrow full of German Marks was needed just to purchase a loaf of bread.  By the end of this nightmare it took 100,000,000 German Marks to buy one US dollar. More recently the African country of Zimbabwe has faced a similar situation.  The Zimbabwe dollar is literally not worth the paper its printed on. Shop keepers will no longer accept it as payment so people spend their days panning or digging for small bits of gold with which they can buy food.

Could this happen here?  Many people, myself included, feel its a real possibility. The National Inflation Association is predicting that America could be faced with hyper-inflation as soon as 2014 or even 2012. And they are not alone in this belief. If these predictions are correct, there are things you and I should be doing right now to prepare.

First of all, every family should begin immediately storing non-perishable food and water.  Find a spot in your basement, a closet, even under a bed if necessary and begin to sock away food items. This can be done by purchasing extra items each time you grocery shop or you can purchase items from any of several different disaster preparedness merchants who offer food specially packed for long-term storage.  I've used a company called Emergency Essentials several times and been very pleased with them. 

The items you'll want to consider are those that can be easily stored long-term, are filling and nutritious and that your family will eat (though what they are willing to eat may change in an emergency situation!).  The staple items in our food storage plan are rice, pasta and pasta sauce, canned meats and dried beans.  Beans and rice are especially easy to store in quantity. If you choose to store these out of the original packages (recommended) you will want to be sure the buckets or containers you use are safe for food. 

Conventional wisdom is that you should have enough food stored to feed your family for six months in case of emergency. So, if you don't have a food storage plan, you should start one immediately since building up to that level will take time.

Next time we'll talk about some other things you will want to do right away to prepare for a possible hyper-inflation scenario a few years down the road.

For more information on the basics of food storage, watch this short video from NIA: