Saturday, July 31, 2010

Where Have All the Nice People Gone?

I work in an industry where we spend our time trying to make customers feel appreciated. We are genuinely kind to them from the second they walk in the front door. The vast majority of the time this is not something we are doing because we are getting a paycheck, but because we like nice people, pleasantness, good conversation, and friendly interactions.

I have begun to notice a disturbing trend. Not just on my job, but at Walmart, at the mall, on the roads in our cars. The world went and got itself into one big hurry, and to top that off they became rude, and uncaring.

The sad thing is that there is no longer a progression. You see it used to take time to set people off. They'd come into the store with a problem with a product, you'd try to find a solution, and then there were always times when the customer could become impatient and tension would build.

No longer! Now they kick in the door with guns ablazin'. Shoot first, fire off blame, look for retribution from the get go. "How will you make this right with ME?" A lot of times they make unreasonable demands in a hateful manner. Often times it's in front of their own children. They are essentially throwing adult sized temper tantrums. I once said "I will try to solve the problem if you will calm down." This made the person furious. Now I usually just remain quiet until they are done.

Oh how fun it would be if after they throw the tantrum I could say "Does baby want his bottle?"

But such things are not possible.

All kidding aside. It makes me wonder.. Where do we go from here?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Joel Osteen...Just Can't Bring Himself To Say It

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
2 Peter 2:1 [NIV] But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Mr. Osteen, Why can't you acknowledge that NO MAN comes to the Father but by Jesus Christ?



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Postmodernism And The "New" Church

"When the tide is low, every shrimp has its own puddle." - Vance Havner

There is a new movement in the Church. Yes THAT church. The one founded on the shoulders of Peter as a directive from Jesus himself. The Bride of Christ!
It's called the postmodern church. It is an excuse to make church look like the rest of the world in order to attract the world. As, benign as that may seem, something dark sneaks in the back door.

Here is a definition of Postmodernism from answers.com
A philosophical stance which claims that it is impossible to make grand statements—meta-narratives—about the structures of society or about historic causation, because everything we perceive, express, and interpret is influenced by our gender, class, and culture; knowledge is partial and situated, and no one interpretation is superior to another.
Did you catch that? Basically Postmodernism is the unsustainable idea that there is no such thing as real truth. You are allowed to believe in truth, you just can't state that this truth is superior to that truth even if they are in direct contradiction.. thereby stripping truth of it's very definition. It basically tosses out the Law of Non-Contradiction, which is not actually possible. They take truth and dumb it down to an interpretation.

The postmodern or "emerging" church, also called "the seeker sensitive" movement takes theology and morphs it to fit culture.
I have major issues with this "New" church.
Two videos featuring R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, and Ravi Zacharias who sum it up best...


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Signs The Democrats Are Starting To Crack Up

* Obama put NASA in charge of cleaning up a two mile stretch of highway along I-70, and making sure that Eskimos and people from Finland feel good about themselves.

* Nancy Pelosi had her face reshaped to have a constant general look of malaise and concern.

* Obama is gathering engineers to put them in charge of creating a car that runs on oily sea water and dead pelicans.

* Harry Reid was found crying in bathroom stall at the capitol building.

* Obama now calling Canada to see if there is anything they have anything they would be willing give us so we can socialize it.

* Mexicans are returning to Mexico for their health care needs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fun Facts

* The Obama administration has a new campaign slogan: Yes We Did!. It sounds like the answer to a question. It's just too bad the question was: Did you just ruin our country?

* It seems ironic to me that in our society that the furthest thing from reality that we encounter on a daily basis is reality television. The only reality show with even a hint of reality left in it is COPS.

* Elderly people are attracted to "cafeteria" style restaurants. This is the kind of restaurant where you walk up to a lady wearing a hair net and tell her which kind of meat you want and she puts it on your tray with a pair of tongs.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm A Cracker

This week video surfaced of King Samir Shabazz, leader of the Philadelphia New Black Panther Party who said.. and I quote...
"I hate white people. All of them. Every last iota of a cracker I hate him. . . . . We didn’t come out here to play. There is to much serious business going on in your black community to be sliding through south street with white, dirty cracker whores on your arms. . . . . What’s a matter with you black man, you got a doomsday with a white woman on your arm. Your enemy can not make you free fool. You want freedom you’re going to have to kill some crackers. You’re going to have to kill some of their babies."


Of course the vast majority of the black community doesn't feel this way. And that's a good thing. But there is a segment of the black community that feels hatred for "whitey". A lot of the "news" stations were questioning whether this is reverse racism.

Really? Is there really such thing as "reverse racism"? I don't think so.. There is just racism. And these guys go way beyond that. They just plain hate, not just whites but Jews as well. And God only knows who else. I think they just hate everything. They are mean, nasty, and just not contributing anything but rage to our society. But check this out.. this is what it comes down to...MONEY!! I got this from newblackpanther.com: "WE THEREBY DEMAND THAT THE GUILTY PARTIES RELINQUISH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OWED IN FINANCE, LAND AND OTHER NECESSARY SUPPLIES, AS PARTIAL REPARATIONS, TO PARTIALLY COMPENSATE FOR OVER 400 YEARS SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM..."

Wow.. 400 years?? America is only 200 years old. Slaves did exist for some years before we became a country.. however they also existed all over the world, and were of all different nationalities.

Look, I never enslaved anyone, my dad never enslaved anyone, my grandfather never enslaved anyone. We must admit, Jim Crow laws were bad, very very bad, and they were absolutely wrong, and I regret that there was ever a time when blacks, and Asians were treated like less than a human in this country, or anywhere. But America woke up.. some progression is a good thing. We are in a new era where racism is all but dead. Sure we have idiots still who paint with a broad brush. But this is a small minority.
The point being.. when you believe that having a million dollars will make up for the enslavement of your great great grandfather... well you just got greedy.

The New Black Panther party is a joke. I can see the need for it maybe back in the Jim Crow days. But like all unions today, greed has steered them from something positive, and onto a path of actually dividing instead of uniting.

Now unfortunately we may have a president who is sympathetic to that type of division. Sad.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

7 Reasons Why I Am A Christian

(rerun)
1. The main reason I am a Christian is because Christ chose me to be His follower. The faith in my heart to believe in Him as savior comes from His pursuit of my life. Even though I choose to follow Him, He chose me first.

2. Grace. I can think of no other god who gives grace like Christ. Most other faiths involve trying to be good in order to gain favor. I couldn't possibly be good enough to gain anything from Him, I live only by His grace.

3. The stars. Have you ever laid down in a field outside the city lights and looked up into the sky? You can see God if you do, I promise. It will take your breath away. And then you stop to think that out there is endless space. We can't find the end of it. In fact all we see with our best telescopes are billions of galaxies that each have billions of stars in them. I can't even begin to fathom that. Even harder for me to fathom is how someone can look at that and see an accident.

4. The Bible. The past few years I have rediscovered the Bible. God didn't just leave us His Word, He left us a masterpiece. It is history, geography, songs, poems, guidance, prophecy, truth, and some of the greatest true stories ever written down. The Old Testament alone is better than any novel. The New Testament is the best icing on the cake I've ever tasted.

5. Church. Everyone loves to hate on church. In fact the new Christian movement is to try to make church feel like you are at a coffee shop. They disguise it to try to become like the world. But I go to church to step out of the world, if not only for a couple of hours. Church to me is home. And even though I miss a few Sundays here and there, I will never stop going. It's the start and finish to my week, it's where I worship, it's where my family and friends are.

6. Suffering. Joel Osteen wants you to have your best life now. However Christ is waiting to reward you with your greatest life later. Now is the time where we are invited, as a gift, yes I said gift, to suffer with Him so that we can show the world that even in our suffering the Lord is still first in our life. Too many Christians fall into the trap of believing that they somehow get a pass on hardship because they got on God's good side by believing in Him. When in fact He will put you through the fire, sometimes even worse, once you become a believer. If for a second you start to believe that being a Christian means you will live a rich, happy, fun, healthy good life.. please see Paul, Peter, Stephen, and John the Baptist and there you will find the answer. But remember to take heart, because in your suffering as a Christian you will find unspeakable joy and the peace that passes understanding.

7. The alternative is unlivable. If outspoken atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins are right then the only question I have is why haven't we all committed mass suicide. There is nothing, we are nothing, we pass into nothing. Keep in mind if that is true, then Hitler didn't really do anything. Klebold and Harris didn't do anything. Pol Pot didn't do anything. If we start out as nothing, and we end up as nothing, then you cannot say that for some reason the in between is something.
The God of the Bible IS the answer to why we are here, who we are, and where we are going. I am a Christian because I am something. And I am something because He made me that way. It's so simple that Dawkins and Hitchens wrote it off and inserted themselves as their own god. And what a lousy god at that.
We serve a great God. He was, He is, and He will be!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

My Conversation With Al Gore

I couldn't believe it happened. I had been calling Al Gore's publicist for weeks and had been ignored on all fronts. Then suddenly out of nowhere they granted me what so many others had been denied. I was going to interview Al Gore. I was told it would be brief. That was okay with me, because I really only had a few questions. He even agreed to travel to Wichita and me with me on my home turf. This interview came just as news broke that the Portland Oregon police were reopening his sexual assault case. We met at a Starbucks. I sat down at a table with Mr. Gore and his publicist/assistant Lance and I rolled tape..

The Life And Times: Hello Mr. Vice President. Can I get you anything to drink?

Al Gore: Just a black coffee would be fine.

TLAT: Venti?

Gore: Venti is fine. Thank you.

I return with the coffee. The interview begins.

TLAT: Ok let's get started. Mr. Gore, you have come under tremendous fire in the past couple of days. Allegations of sexual assault are swirling all over the news. Are you guilty of this crime?

Gore: Absolutely not. This is a bald-faced lie. I never had relations with that woman. I had a massage from a masseuse and nothing more. Her claims are baseless and I wasn't even in the room at the time...

TLAT: Wait a second, you just said that you did have a massage from a masseuse, how could you be "not in the room at the time"?

Gore: Who said I wasn't in the room?

TLAT: You just did.

Gore: When?

TLAT: Not ten seconds ago. I can play back the tape if you like. I mean did you get a massage or didn't you?

Gore: I did. But I was not in the room at the time she says the assault took place. I went down to fill up the ice bucket and get a Diet Mr. Pibb....

TLAT: And then the assault took place while you were gone?

Gore: Yes. Look, I was told by my publicist that this was a puff piece and we would be talking about the environment. Let's not get into who assaulted who?

TLAT: But I just have a few more...

Gore: Lance, get my things (Lance Germaine is his publicist).

TLAT: No sir.. I digress. I will talk about the environment.

Gore: Ok then, that's better. Remember I won a Nobel peace prize. You don't ambush a Nobel Peace Prize recipient with fairy tales about some made up massage and sexual assault. I have never even been IN a hotel before. The allegations are ridiculous. I am allergic to massages anyway. I break out in hives if anyone touches me, just ask Tipper. So this is just another republican trying to make a name for herself. Probably paid for by the people that want the globe to warm.

TLAT: Ok, I will leave it at that, although your story falls apart all over the place but..

Gore: Lance...

TLAT: Sorry.. Sorry I'll move on.

Gore: Alrighty then.

TLAT: Mr. Gore, You won a Nobel Peace Prize for a PowerPoint presentation you did about alleged man made global warming. How can you believe that mankind is causing the temperature of the earth to rise?

Gore: First of all we have to establish the fact that the temperature of the earth is rising. And it is.

TLAT: I agree with you there. There are ups and downs constantly over the years with the earth's...

Gore: Let me finish. The earth's temperature is rising at an alarming rate. Global temperatures are causing a number of catastrophic effects on our habitat. The heat is causing us to run our air conditioners which just exacerbates the problem. The polar ice caps have all but totally melted and polar bears are just about extinct. I checked the numbers a few hours ago and I think we are down to 12 of them. The remaining 12 found a piece of ice and are clinging for dear life on it while the world laughs. It's...

TLAT: Mr. Vice President if I may interrupt, that is ridiculous. The polar ice cap has a natural cycle of growth and shrinkage. And the notion that there are only 12 polar bears is patently absurd.

Gore: You can scoff all you want, but Lance has a guy who is up there everyday and he sends us the count on an hourly basis. Do you have a guy stationed in the Arctic counting bears for you?

TLAT: No I do not, but plenty of scientists are there and they....

Gore: Trust me, they don't count like our guy does. He is very good. But that's not the point. The point is we need everyone to buy carbon footprint offsets so that we can save our own lives.

TLAT: That was my next question. Are you not profiting from these offsets?

Gore: I don't take a dime of the money. I mean I do, but I take it and go do things that offset whatever the purchaser is doing to harm the environment.

TLAT: Could you explain please?

Gore: Well people go to algore.com and purchase a certain amount of offsets. For instance let's say that morning they released a gallon of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, they can then go purchase an offset for $4,800 dollars and feel better knowing that the harm they did to the environment is absolved, almost like a priest absolves sins.

TLAT: So how does giving you $4,800 offset a "gallon", as you say, of CO2?

Gore: Well then Lance and I will take that money and use it to do stuff that is positive for the environment. Why, just last week we went to the Cayman islands and picked up 24 Styrofoam cups off the beach. See most people don't realize that the best way we can offset this stuff is by picking up trash off of exotic islands. We then take the trash and place it into the proper receptacle.

TLAT: Wow..Exotic beaches huh?

Gore: Oh, I hear that tone in your voice. You think Lance and I are flying down there and having fun. Well you're just wrong. We hate it. It takes time to go pick up that stuff. And we don't even have a nail fastened onto the end of a stick to just poke at the trash, we actually lean over and pick it up. But it's what we do because we love our planet. And there is no greater feeling than looking around to see a pristine beach that is Styrofoam cup free. It's this peace of mind that let's you know that your $5,200 dollars is going to preserve life.

TLAT: I thought it was $4,800?

Gore: It was, but it just went up while we were talking. It varies from hour to hour, just depends on how the environment is doing.

Lance Germaine: 10!!!!

TLAT: Excuse me?

Lance: Doug, our guy in the Arctic just texted me. Two polar bears fell off the piece of ice. We are down to 10 polar bears.

Gore: Wow, this is a development we had not planned on...

TLAT: I just have a few more..

Gore: Nope, No can do. Duty calls. Lance and I need to catch the red eye down to Fiji. We are going to need to get a quick start in the morning. Lance, I reckon we need to clean off 2 miles of beach to offset those two polar bears. This is tragic. Sorry, Eric but I gotta cut this short on you.

TLAT: Well my name is not Eric, it's Aaron. But I understand that the globe comes first. But if I could just ask a...

Gore: Glad you understand.. and that's what I told Tipper. I said, 'Honey, don't listen to the media, our separation has nothing to do with this chick who gave me the massage, my only mistress is mother earth, and she is demanding'.

At this point both the former Vice President and Lance start hurriedly packing up their things.

Lance: Let's roll Al.

Gore: ten-four, Get me another venti to go, will ya?

Lance: Got it boss.

Gore: Eric, we must part ways now, but thank you for the oppurtunity. Remember, algore.com. We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diner's Club. Mother Earth will be saved with your help.

TLAT: Thank you Mr. Vice President. Would you mind throwing away this cup for me on your way out?

Gore: No time Eric.. Come on Lance, let's bounce.

As they faded off in the distance I heard Al mentioning to Lance his desire to stop at a Walgreen's to get some sunscreen. And then they disappeared out the door.

And so ended my interview with the former Vice President. He didn't really answer any of my questions, he was very short with me. And I think Lance stole a dollar off my table. But all in all I think it was one of the top 5 interviews out of the 6 I've done in the history of this website.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Marxism Debunked

This is brilliant. Marxism is throughly debunked. Therefore Obama is debunked. MUST WATCH....