What is a "tiehacker"?
Thursday, February 18, 2021
You all might be familiar with this:
|screenshot from YouTube "The 5 Points of Calvinism Song"|
But what is not so widely known are there are other versions as well, that tend to be a little more humorous. For example:
|Origin unknown, sent to me by a friend|
|also origin unknown|
I'm gonna admit that for years I have been a sorta-fan of Rush Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer yesterday, just a couple weeks after his 70th birthday. I didn't listen to his show often, mostly because I only listen to radio in the car, and since I retired that isn't a common occurrence. But when I did get a chance, he was always entertaining, even when he was spouting nonsense. I usually, but not always, agreed with him, at least in principle if not in specifics. Whether you loved him, hated him, or some combination of the two, it has to be conceded that he revolutionized talk-radio, and that he was a major player in defining the conservative movement in our generation. Was he a shill for the GOP? Yes. Did he sometimes spout bizarre conspiracy theories? Unfortunately, yes. But far more often, he spoke the truth in a blunt and uncompromising way. He will be missed by many, including me. But mostly, I suspect, by Tucker Carlson, because with Rush gone, Tucker will most likely become Number One on the list of people targeted by the far-left-wing-dominated Mainstream Media, such as NYT, WaPo, MSNBC, etc. Good luck, Tucker!
On to another thing. Check this out!
South Carolina passes heartbeat bill
As the article mentions, once it passes a mostly pro-forma procedural vote this week, "Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has promised to sign the bill quickly." It will probably get tied up in court battles almost immediately, but hopefully will make it the Supreme Court (before the Democrats figure out how to pack it), and the fairly conservative majority will allow it to stand. We can only hope and pray!
Well, enough for today. I'm sure you all have more on your plates than just following this little tiny blog. But I appreciate it if you do!
Ron and the Debster, signing off!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
NO politics today! Dealing with depression. Bicycle with giant circular-saw "wheels"! Surfing sea-lions! Growing algae on Mars?
|Bicycling on ice|
I'm so tired of politics. In fact, so tired of darn near everything. As I mentioned to a couple of my dearest friends, my "give-a-damn" is busted. One, who has experienced life-long serious chronic clinical depression, told me that I have to fight it. To pretend, if necessary, that my give-a-damn is not busted, and to force myself into this, that, and the other thing, until I come out of it. Essentially, fake-it-till-you-make-it. So, I'm trying. Started taking my meds again, which I'd neglected for several weeks. Started making attempts to do at least a few odds-and-ends that I'd been blowing off. Stuff like that.
At the same time, I got a message on Messenger from another dear old friend, wondering if I was alright, since I had not been heard from nor written a blog post in weeks. Her response, which I am going to partially quote was kinda similar, and ended this way:
Continuing routines even when I don’t feel like it kinda helps—but having brothers and sisters in Christ praying for me and encouraging me is better. 😀 Hopefully you’re getting some good reading in and can take a step or two each day to help you get back in a routine and lift your mood and refocus on Jesus. We’re here if you need anything!
Seriously, how do people go through life without such close and loving friends?
I think it is so important that these two friends are devout Christians, my brother and sister in the Lord. One has been a mentor to me since two weeks after I got saved, and has become my best friend. The other is a woman that I've known for a quarter of a century or so, we attended the same church for a long time, and I became close friends with both her and her husband-to-be, now her long-time husband. Great people. And great Christians. These are the kind of people that intelligent people want in their lives.
This is quite interesting. Blue-Green Algae Can Help Astronauts Survive on Mars.
This is amazing. The Ice Bike With Circular Saw Wheels.
This was fun to watch. Sea lions surf giant waves in ‘awesome’ display caught on video.
That's all for now, folks. Thanks for reading. Don't forget to comment, share, and subscribe!
Ron & the Debster, signing off!
* Photo from screenshot taken from https://kottke.org/21/02/the-ice-bike-with-circular-saw-wheels
Monday, January 25, 2021
Verse Of The Day,
Philippians 4:8 (NASB 1995)
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
Medal of Honor Monday
from Tara Ross
This Day in History: Four Vietnam Heroes receive the Medal of Honor
by Al Mohler
- PART I: 62 Million Babies Have Been Aborted in the U.S. in the 48 Years Since Roe v. Wade: How Did Abortion Become Thinkable in American Culture?
- PART II: President Biden Wants to Codify Roe v. Wade: Abortion as the Central Sacrament of Political Liberalism in the United States
- PART III: Liberal Catholicism in the White House? What Is the Connection Between Liberal Theology and Liberal Political Views?
Why is the West turning a blind eye to persecuted Christians in the global South?
If we ignore the violence in own back yard, how can we see it elsewhere?
by Madeleine Enzlberger
Longtime MLB home run king Hank Aaron dies at 86
My late father was an unabashed baseball junkie, so as a youngster and teenager, I grew up with baseball games on TV or the radio, the sports pages of both of our local daily newspapers, and the occasional magazine. Along with most of America, in 1973 and 1974, I was enthralled by the historic feats of "Hammerin' Hank of the Braves" chasing and then surpassing the career home run record owned by the late great the Sultan of Swat, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. I read Mr. Aaron's autobiography and was almost immeasurably impressed. The world has lost a great man, a member of not only the Baseball Hall of Fame, but of the elite number that have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed. Goodby Hank. You will be missed.
U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions
A couple of days ago, fighter-bombers from the Communist China mainland overflew Taiwanese airspace, escalating tension between China and Japan. Later that day, The US sent a strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt into the South China Sea, on a routine patrol “to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security”. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines all have claimed parts of the area as sovereign territory.
Coincidentally, I just finished reading the first four chapters of "2034: A Novel of the Next World War" by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis USN. "Wired" magazine's current print issue was devoted exclusively to excerpting these chapters. The book itself is due out in March. Here's the review published on Amazon:
"On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris "Wedge" Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt's destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenseless. In a single day, America's faith in its military's strategic pre-eminence is in tatters. A new, terrifying era is at hand.
"So begins a disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction, co-authored by an award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran and the former commander of NATO, a legendary admiral who has spent much of his career strategically out maneuvering America's most tenacious adversaries. Written with a powerful blend of geopolitical sophistication and literary, human empathy, 2034 takes us inside the minds of a global cast of characters--Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians--as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying international storm. In the end, China and the United States will have paid a staggering cost, one that forever alters the global balance of power.
"Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts on the ground combined with the authors' years working at the highest and most classified levels of national security. Sometimes it takes a brilliant work of fiction to illuminate the most dire of warnings: 2034 is all too close at hand, and this cautionary tale presents the reader a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid."
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The Old Fart and The Debster, checkin' out!
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Verse Of The Day,
"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted." Galatians 6:1 (NASB 1995)
This is short but to the point.
Sunday Firesides: Profanity Is Performative
by Brett and Kate McKay via The Art of Manliness
"British war veteran Sir Samuel Falle, one of 422 officers and sailors of the British Navy rescued by a Japanese warship during World War II, visited Japan and placed flowers on the grave of the ship’s commander ..."
Is God disciplining me? Short answer: I most certainly hope so!
Michael Kelly discusses this topic. (He came to the same conclusion that I did. Nice!)
Check out the 17th century minister William Bates also on this topic. Those old guys were quite wordy, but are worth more their weight in gold when it comes to wisdom and godliness.
One Surprising Mark of Spiritual Maturity
Here's another one from Michael Kelly, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers.
Growing in Maturity
Tom Ascol discusses a related topic in this post from Founders Ministries.
If any of you had been following me when I was still posting on Facebook*, you'd know that I've long been a strong advocate for being careful to speak only that which is true and edifying, and to stay as far away as possible from slandering and libeling people, from rabble-rousing, and from "sharing" things that are (probably) not true, or that serve only to shout into the echo chamber. Well,
Joel Arnold beats that same drum in this post.
* I deactivated my account a couple weeks ago, but I am still on Messenger, for the moment at least.
January 24, 1848 marks the beginning of the California Gold Rush. The inimitable Tara Ross has an article up today, "This Day in History: The California Gold Rush", that tells the tale of
"James W. Marshall was a carpenter who had been working with a local ranch owner to build a sawmill. When Marshall showed up at work on the morning of January 24, he saw something glittering in a water channel that he’d been creating under the mill wheel. It looked like gold."
That's all for now, folks. Love y'all!
The Tiehacker, and the Debster, signing off ...
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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Verse Of The Day,from BibleGateway.com.
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5 (NASB 1995)
So far, most conservative and/or Christian content has not been deplatformed. So, until that happens (may it never be!), check out these links. Presented randomly.
Anne Kennedy, one of my favorite bloggers, has a short article about reading devotional materials instead of the Bible. She doesn't disapprove of devotionals, she actually wrote one herself, but she is concerned about the number of people that consider devotional books the same as reading the Bible itself.
The next three links are from the January 23 edition of the "Front Porch Republic" weekly newsletter. I HIGHLY recommend subscribing to it it!
“The New National American Elite.” Michael Lind traces the nationalization of elite culture in America:
From the American Revolution until the late 20th century, the American elite was divided among regional oligarchies. It is only in the last generation that these regional patriciates have been absorbed into a single, increasingly homogeneous national oligarchy, with the same accent, manners, values, and educational backgrounds from Boston to Austin and San Francisco to New York and Atlanta. This is a truly epochal development.
“Everything Is Broken.” Alana Newhouse offers a sweeping diagnosis of a decadent culture and its institutions:
Th[e] disconnect between culturally mandated politics and the actual demonstrated preferences of most Americans has created an enormous reserve of unmet needs—and a generational opportunity. Build new things! Create great art! Understand and accept that sensory information is the brain’s food, and that Silicon Valley is systematically starving us of it. Avoid going entirely tree-blind. Make a friend and don’t talk politics with them. Do things that generate love and attention from three people you actually know instead of hundreds you don’t. Abandon the blighted Ivy League, please, I beg of you. Start a publishing house that puts out books that anger, surprise and delight people and which make them want to read. Be brave enough to make film and TV that appeals to actual audiences and not 14 people on Twitter. Establish a newspaper, one people can see themselves in and hold in their hands. Go back to a house of worship—every week. Give up on our current institutions; they already gave up on us.
This one is a little disturbing. “Our Manorial Elite.” Alan Jacobs draws some disturbing parallels between today’s tech capitalists and medieval economic structures. He concludes, “Call them warlords or the manorial elite, our massive transnational tech companies will protect us only when they believe it is in their interest to do so; and they will never offer us any protection from their own ever-increasing, ever-more-intrusive power.”
I always enjoy, and learn from, Tara Ross's "This Day In History" articles. Today's is even more exceptional than usual: "This Day in History: The pacifist who signed the Declaration"
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
What to write about today?
Not like there's nothing really important happening, after all. I mean, so there's some sort of whoop-ti-do happening in DC, right? A new President or something? It's not like that doesn't happen every few years, right?
Well, alright, if'n y'all insist. It's about 9AM Central as I write this; President Trump is either on his way to Florida, or already there. I'm not following the news that close, ya see. Unlike most every President in history, he has refused to attend the swearing-in of his successor. Kinda childish, if you ask me, but hey, who am I to judge?
President-Elect Biden will lose the "-Elect" part of the title in about two hours, in a Washington that is virtually shut down and militarized in a way not seen since probably 1864. For the first time in living memory the National Mall will not be filled with thousands upon thousands of spectators. Instead, it will be populated almost exclusively with tens of thousands of flags.
For the first time in history, a woman, and a black woman at that, and a black woman with Asian ancestry at THAT! will be sworn in as Vice-President. Can anyone say, "intersectionality"? Sure you can! Try it. Doesn't it just roll right off the tongue? Doesn't it just sing? Sure it does. Yeah. OK.
In about three or four hours, a dozen or so Executive Orders will be signed, rolling back many of the Executive Orders signed by the previous administration. Some of which had rolled back Executive Orders put in place by the administration prior to THAT. (An administration that had as second-in-command the new Elected Executive Dictator. But who's counting?)
Aaannnd ... the 2024 primary season begins. <Heavy sigh>
Well, The Debster and I have watched the first couple episodes of "All Things Great and Small". Gotta say, perhaps the best thing on television these days. Wholesome, some humor, beautiful countryside. Even just a little romance but not enough to gum up the thing. Check it out!
I've been reading "The Huegonot Chronicles: Books 1 - 3" by Paul C. R. Monk. Pretty good so far, not quite half-way through. Seems to be well-researched, with a lot of small historical details adding flavor. My one and only quibble so far is that the characters, though well-developed, are a bit too one-sided. The protagonists, French Huguenots Jacob Delpech and his wife Jeanne, with their family and friends, are so noble and good they make my teeth hurt, as someone once said. Whereas the antagonists, their Catholic persecutors, are completely bad people. There is very little nuance. This is why I'd rate it 4 stars rather than 5, at least so far. I'll give it a full review once I've completed the trilogy.
Well, that's enough for today. You go do your thing, and The Debster and I will do ours. See you next time! Love y'all!
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Saturday, January 16, 2021
... this attack occurred days after the so-called Jericho March, an event explicitly filled with Christian-nationalist rhetoric so unhinged that I warned on December 13 that it embodied “a form of fanaticism that can lead to deadly violence.”Are you still not convinced that it’s fair to call this a Christian insurrection? I would bet that most of my readers would instantly label the exact same event Islamic terrorism if Islamic symbols filled the crowd, if Islamic music played in the loudspeakers, and if members of the crowd shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they charged the Capitol.
The Church in America is going to go down in flames if Joe Biden wins? The very gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church, yet you're worried about some temporary political set-back? Since when did the church EVER put its trust in one man or one party other than in Jesus Christ? Never mind, don't answer that. It's too depressing.
- MORNING: "I will help thee, saith the Lord." - Isaiah 41:14
- EVENING: "The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself." - Daniel 9:26
Today in History, presented by Tara Ross
|Carole Lombard and her husband Clark Gable|
See ya Monday!
Friday, January 15, 2021
Discussing "The truth will make you free." Also, a little humor, Charles Spurgeon Morning and Evening, some neat links
On the Ark, Noah probably got milk from the cows.
What did he get from the ducks?
Here is a well-known, and oft-misused passage from the Gospel of John. "The truth shall set you free" is a phrase heard from countless politicians and other charlatans. Has been for years, probably for centuries. But, as the saying goes, "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" 😉
"Do as thou hast said."
2 Samuel 7:25
- Morning: "Do as thou hast said." 2 Samuel 7:25
- Evening: "But I give myself unto prayer." Psalm 109:4
- PART I Will the Biden Administration—As Promised—Be the Most LGBTQ-Friendly Administration in American History?
- PART II An Historic London Church Affirms Commitment to Scripture While New Church of England Document Undermines Historic Christian Teaching
- PART III Truth May Be Lonely But It Nonetheless Remains True: The Church of England Attempts to Hold Irreconcilable Positions on Sexuality Simultaneously
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Great reads on Christian websites: Christian history; "The 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus in 2021"; Bible engagement techniques
Professor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
CT reports on the most dangerous countries for Christians. “This year the top 10 worst persecutors are relatively unchanged. After North Korea is Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and India.”
BibleGateway.com's website helped me.
I especially recommend:
All of the different practices are great; the ones listed are the ones that most appealed to me.