Dec 26, 2009

Missionary Puts Faith and Life on the Line in North Korea

Robert Park, a 28-year-old Korean-American, crossed the border into North Korea from China on Christmas day, 2009. He brought a message to Kim Jong Il asking him to release the tens of thousands of political prisoners, many, if not most of whom are Christians, to shut down the concentration camps, and for the leader to step down from power.

Dec 20, 2009

The Dirty Little Secret of the NFL

NFL players are physically abused every time they step out on a football field to play the game. It's taken a toll on many that is higher than they ever imagined they'd pay. One such player is Dave Pear who, in an interview with Jeff Pearlman in a Sports Illustrated piece: said: "I wish I never played football. I wish that more than anything. Every single day, I want to take back those years of my life ..." Pearlman calls the former NFL Pro-Bowl star a "football-inflicted train wreck."

Dec 9, 2009

Adopt a Terrorist? For Prayer?

Adopt a terrorist for prayer? That is the proposition advanced by Dr. Thomas Bruce.

My first impulse was, I must confess, less than Christian. I have other ideas about how to treat a terrorist. My inclination is to pray the prayer that David prayed in Psalm 109.

But, I read the site. And, I was impressed. I could not get around some of the logic used, since it was straight from the pages of Scripture. I thought of Peter, who tried to cut off the head of a servant of a terrorist, but who abandoned his sword and his hatred, and would later would help shake a world for Christ.


ANOTHER SBCGLOBAL.NET EMAIL SCAM - BEWARE. They are trying to get your private information. Here's one I just got (in red)


Dear Sbcglobal Account User,

Because of the congestion of Sbcglobal Email Users, there will be closure of all routes Accounts You must verify your email account by completing your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

* User name:...................................
* Password:...................................
* Date of Birth:...................................
* Country or Territory:...........................

After following the instructions above, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as usual.

Thank you for your attention to this request. We apologies for any inconvenience.
Warning! Anyone who refuses to update his account after 7 days receiving this warning will lose his account permanently.

Copyright 2009 All rights reserved.
IP Policy - Sbcglobal Terms of Service - Guide to Online Security.

Warning !! Facebook Scam Emails

Been getting a lot of these scam emails allegedly from Facebook. These emails are designed to scam your private information. Do not respond to them. They all say similar things. Facebook isn't going to contact you in an e-mail like this. Here's a sample of what one said (in red):
[facebook logo]

Dear Facebook user,
In an effort to make your online experience safer and more enjoyable, Facebook will be implementing a new login system that will affect all Facebook users. These changes will offer new features and increased account security.
Before you are able to use the new login system, you will be required to update your account.
Click here to update your account online now.
If you have any questions, reference our New User Guide.
The Facebook Team

Update your Facebook account
This message was intended for [my email address]
Facebook's offices are located at 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Nov 20, 2009

The Chinese People and Christianity

I like the Chinese people.

The Chinese people are resilient. They seen brutal wars and seen destruction of their homes and cities in those wars. But, the Chinese people are also one of the most industrious people on the planet. No one can ever accuse the Chinese of being lazy. They are also vastly underpaid, as a labor force. But, ultimately it is this willingness to work hard and to produce a wide array of goods that has brought to the Chinese people great abundance. Capitalism is alive and well in China. May it continue to flourish.

Nov 4, 2009

BPA - a Serious Health Hazard to Infants & Adults

High levels of BPA exist in canned goods and even baby bottles. Tests have shown these levels have caused serious harm to animals.

Bisphenol A, a chemical used in producing hard plastics used in water and baby bottles was shown to be harmful to humans, causing abnormalities in reproductive systems, and causing breast and prostate cancer, diabetes and heart disease. As a result, people began tossing out their plastic bottles.
Now, the chemical has been found in various brand-named canned goods. 

Oct 30, 2009

Phishing Facebook emails - Beware

Been getting several emails purportedly from Facebook. They are obvious phishing emails designed to obtain your account info. BEWARE. The several I got all read as follows:

Dear Facebook user,

In an effort to make your online experience safer and more enjoyable, Facebook will be implementing a new login system that will affect all Facebook users. These changes will offer new features and increased account security.
Before you are able to use the new login system, you will be required to update your account.
Click here to update your account online now.
If you have any questions, reference our New User Guide.
The Facebook Team

Oct 1, 2009

Swallowing Big Pharma's Pills as Prescribed

The pharmaceutical industry is akin to a spouse who makes good money, provides a lot of necessities, but who has a psychotic side that causes him, now and then, to try to kill you. But, because of the great toys he brings home, the kids love him, and because of the new cars and super house, you stay with him.

Lately, the psychotic side of Big Pharma has dominated. It’s time for Americans to begin their divorce.

Sep 5, 2009

sbcglobal scam alert

Received this email today, and anyone who has an sbcglobal account needs to make sure they do not respond to it. It's a scam to get your password

Dear Account Owner,

This message is from messaging center to all email account owners. The Office of Information Technology is in the process of migrating
all email accounts to upgraded central e-mail services. We are deleting all unused email accounts to create more spaces for new accounts.
To prevent your account from being closed, you will have to provide the information below to update it so that we will be sure that your account is still
active presently.


E-mail Username : .......... .....
E-mail Password : ................
Location : ................

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her email account within 10days of receiving this warning will lose his or her email account permanently.
Thank you for using
Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ

Kind Regards, Webmaster.


Sep 3, 2009

Crime Where I Live - Lake County, Indiana

Crime is rising at an incredible rate where I live (Lake County, Indiana). As a former deputy prosecutor for the state of Indiana, I recall in the nineties watching the defendants come through the courts at a rising rate. I recall when a defendant appeared in court who was from Chicago and was recruiting gang members from Crown Point High School. It was a wake-up call. Following are some arbitrary clippings of headlines (30 of them) from a local newspaper (The Times of NW Indiana) taken from 8 (nonconsecutive) days. There was no effort to find high crime days. These days are typical. 

Aug 29, 2009

Crawfishing in Louisiana

When I was a barefoot kid growing up in rural Louisiana, I spent a lot of time crawfishing. (Any good Southern boy knows only Yankees call them “crayfish.”) We had ditches that ran along the roadside (dirt road) and those ditches were full of large, dark red crawfish. We’d never eat the small, pale, almost grey crawfish, and frankly, there didn’t seem to be that many. The ones we sought were the size of a small lobster, were of a deep, black and red hue, and had some real claws that could draw some blood.

Jul 28, 2009

Sand Art - Incredible Creativity

This video is amazing. The woman who does this is incredibility talented. This is a "must see" video.

Jul 20, 2009

Warning: Imaging Tests Can Damage Kidneys, Increase Stroke and Heart Attack Risk

We really do need to beware of the dangers of overexposing ourselves to xrays and the myriad of imaging tests done today. The article below is a wakeup call.

Warning: Imaging Tests Can Damage Kidneys, Increase Stroke and Heart Attack Risk

Jul 4, 2009

MEDICARE: Why it is going broke

I just emerged from the hospital. I came in with two primary complaints: atrial fibrillation and stomach pain, both of which came about after a vomiting session of about an hour. For nearly 3 days, I struggled to get the old body back on even keel, but it kept wobbling. Finally, I went into the emergency room. By this time, I was dehydrated. In a few hours, they'd stabilized me, then admitted me.

Jun 14, 2009

Mind Control in America

An interesting mind control war is going on in America, mostly in the deep South. Florida and Texas have been havens for the notorious fire-ants, vicious little creatures that have flooded the states and caused havoc and chaos to the natural environments they have invaded. Originally from South America, they have been steadily growing in numbers. Recently, scientists discovered a natural predator to the ant: parasitic phorid flies.

Jun 11, 2009

The Life of a Pastor Can Be Tough

I've been thinking, lately, about the life of a pastor. It can be a hectic one, very stressful, full of surprises, and full of dangers. It is not uncommon for pastors to suffer "burnout," where they are so stressed out and emotionally drained, that something within just shuts down, and they become listless, their energy declines, and sometimes, they are transformed from an energetic, zealous man of God, into a zombie-like robot, without feelings.

May 6, 2009

Interview: Adam Blumer's Fatal Illusions

I’m interviewing Adam Blumer, who lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia. Adam works full-time as a freelance writer and editor. A print journalism graduate of Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC), he served in editorial roles for fourteen years at Northland Baptist Bible College (Dunbar, WI) and Awana Clubs International Headquarters (Streamwood, IL). He has published numerous short stories and articles. Kregel Publications (Grand Rapids, MI) plans to release his first novel, Fatal Illusions, on March 31, 2009.

Apr 18, 2009

Internet Business: Making Money on the Web

Make money on the internet is a fascinating subject. Millions have leaped into the internet, putting up websites and waiting for the money to start rolling in...but it never does. They wonder why. Frankly, I never gave it much thought until a few years ago when I happened to represent a client who was making millions selling some very high-dollar products. I recall being stunned at the hundreds of phone calls that came into the office when I was there, all of them wanting to buy product. I even watched as one salesman sold $50,000.00 worth of product in a single day!

There are now many thousands of web profiteers making tons of money on the internet. But, it's not so simple as merely putting up a web site and waiting for the money to come rolling into one's bank account. It can be a rather sophisticated process. There's a lot of learning to the whole process.

I began to investigate the matter when I decided to revive my publishing company that had lain dormant for many years. It became clear to me that internet marketing skills were of absolute importance. So, I began a quest which consisted of subscribing to virtually every guru and web profiteer out there. Some of them were pretty high rollers. They were selling their services for a LOT of money, too steep for the average Jane or Joe. I'm not saying that a high-priced program that teaches you how to set up a successful internet business is wrong. Value is not necessarily in the complexity or the depth of a product, but rather in whether or not it succeeds in its purpose, and the value it brings to the customer. As a lawyer, I've saved clients a lot of money with just a few simple legal techniques. The charges I made to them were insignificant when compared to the savings. So, even though some of those guru's are charging a lot of money, I cannot say they are "overpriced," or outrageous. I can say that I have found some that are cheaper, and very, very good. One is the course by Derek Gehl (see the ad below). I have to say, it's the best I've found on the internet. Some may be better, but I've not seen one yet. If you've an interest in learning how to market on the internet, I highly recommend this course.

Mar 19, 2009

Pork and Paylean - Dangerous mix

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 by: Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor

(NaturalNews) Up until recently, U.S. pork producers were worried about tightening profit margins across their industry. Now many of them are smiling, and it's all because of Paylean, a drug that is netting them more cash for each hog they sell. Consumers of pork products may not be too happy though, since most of the pork products they buy at conventional grocery stores and restaurants are chocked full of Paylean, a chemical that has been shown to have the potential for causing cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Paylean is a conventional hog farmer's dream product

Paylean is a product of Elanco technology, a company owned by Eli Lilly. It was approved in 1999 for use on finishing swine, pigs that are being fed for market. Paylean directs nutrients away from the production of fat deposition toward the production of lean meat. According to Elanco's website, years of university and private research have shown that Paylean produces an increased rate of weight gain, improved efficiency, and increased carcass leanness in hogs ready for market.

Conventional hog producers love Paylean because it improves feed efficiency by 13 percent, and increases average daily gain in hogs by 10 percent. It reduces average daily feed intake by 6 percent, and increases lean gain by 25 to 37 percent according to research results. Use of Paylean can net a pork producer an additional $5 to10 per hog. A producer who runs a fairly large operation can increase profits by $320,000 a year or more by using Paylean.

No Paylean clearance period is required prior to slaughter

Pigs can be dining on Paylean laced feed right up until the time they enter the slaughtering process. There is no clearance period required. Other drugs used by producers require a clearance time of two weeks before the animal can be turned into food for the dinner table. Not so with Paylean, even though industry research has shown that it takes a full seven days for 97% of Paylean to be excreted following a one-time typical dose in pigs. This means that whether you are eating a hot dog at the ball park or your Christmas ham, you are consuming Paylean.

[entire article here]

Feb 15, 2009

America's Future: Are we doomed?

The future of America is an oft discussed topic. The prophets and prognosticators came out in full force in the wake of the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001. And, perhaps it is good they've come out with their predictions, because they've caused Americans, many for the first time, to begin to ask questions about the future of America. Uncertainty mingled with a very real and present danger has a way of giving us intellectual, if not spiritual, hiccups.

Jan 10, 2009

Cancer Cure: There really is a cure

A cure for cancer does exist.

No, it isn't found in a pill, and I don't know where the "too late" point is in one's cancer (as in "too late to cure").

There are studies showing the prevention of cancer, and the complete reversal of some cancers. These are professional, scientific, peer-reviewed studies funded (for over 27 years) in part, by the American Cancer Society and The American Institute for Cancer Research, that were done by medical and research scientists. The results were published in many of the top scientific journals.