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Monday, December 22, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Great Christmas Music

Sherri and I went to a Casting Crowns Christmas Concert recently, and two of their songs I could not get out of my head. Here they are:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Corporate Jets Are Necessary!

Bill Saporito's article in Time, "Why The Big 3 Should Fly Corporate Jets." gives some excellent arguments on why companies benefit from having a company airplane.

Here is a little bit of what was said, "The best thing about flying corporate isn't the comfy seats or the jumbo shrimp, or even the ego massage. The best thing about a corporate jet is that it's not a commercial-airline jet. The best thing is avoiding long airport-security lines and having to simultaneously untie your shoes, take off your coat, get a laptop out of a carefully packed bag and walk at the same time; it's avoiding the crummy, overpriced airport food, the packed planes, the overstuffed overhead bins and the frazzled, overworked crews. And being No. 175 for takeoff. When you fly corporate, you are driven up to the plane, you get in, and when everyone is ready, they tell the pilot to go. And then you do. That is real, unadulterated luxury.

Those complaining about the extravagant cost of winging CEOs around the world are also forgetting about the extravagant cost of CEOs. My own company, Time-Warner, at one time owned five G-5s, a couple of which were used to haul movie stars wherever it was they needed to be hauled to. They certainly were not for journalists; I've been on a company jet exactly once in the last 10 years. The shareholders paid Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes $19.6 million last year. Based on a 40-hour week (and he'd better be working more than that), his hourly cost is about $9,400 — I'm guessing that's beyond the hourly run rate of a G-5. Bewkes has actually been known to fly commercial to Los Angeles. If he takes United Flight 29, he's on time 70% of the time. If he's not on time, he's cooling his heels at JFK, burning the shareholders' money. My money. So take the corporate jet, Jeff. We're not paying you to sit around airports reading People.

As for the Detroit Three, they don't have a choice this week. The weenies at Ford announced they were selling two jets (meaning, of course, that lower-ranking execs will be flying Northwest to the plant in Valencia) and driving a Ford Escape hybrid to Washington. GM has caved completely and shut down its air force, throwing 50 people out of work. (Thanks, Congressman Ackerman!) Maybe the President should send his helicopter for the GM honchos. He doesn't really have use for it now. And when some truly desperate Americans need a dramatic rescue, sending in Marine One isn't a bad idea at all."

You can read the article in its entirety here.

"Beware Of The Doghouse..."

This Holiday Season!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Santa Christ?

A Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson article taken from his book In Christ Alone about our turning the real reason for the season into something much less. You can find the post here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Joke Of The Day

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, ‘If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?’

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, ‘Sure, Why not?’

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, ‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’

‘That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the Bud says to the young man, ‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, ‘Okay, why not?’

‘You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government’, says Bud.

‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’

‘No guessing required.’ answered the cowboy. ‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about cows. This is a herd of sheep. ”

“Now give me back my dog.”

HT: The Irvins

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Funnies-McCain Wins; Obama Struggles With Being Funny

No matter your politics this is funny. I thought McCain was very funny. Obama had his moments, but seemed to struggle at times with the punch line.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

There Is A First Time For Everything

This may be the only time I will ever agree with Obama.

"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls," Obama told liberal journalist Matt Bai. "[T]he way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latté-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?"

He is right. Who wants to vote for that? I don't, and I won't!

Thankfully there is one media outlet out there that has not been brainwashed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Right Man For The Job!!!

Who should you vote for president? Click here to find out!

That's right, he is the best one for the job. So on election day write his name down.

If you want to contribute to his campaign, send it right away, this grassroots advertising is very expensive. :-)

100th Post - A 100 Year Old Question, The Anwser Is Still The Same

About 100 years ago, a British paper invited many writers to answer the same question,
What’s Wrong With the World?
They extended the invitation to G. K. Chesterton who wrote back:

Dear Sirs;
I am.
G.K. Chesterton

Unless there is a Heart change, there will be no True change!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Disturbing Video? Maybe

This video did leave me a little nauseated. I do not think Obama is another Hitler, but he is way to liberal and inexperienced for me. Thankfully we leave in a democracy that gives us the freedom and right to vote for who we want to lead this country. 3 branches of government to spread the power around, and another presidental election in 4 more years if we do not like who wins November 4th.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Question Of The Day?

Who is two heartbeats away from the presidency?

We have heard the media lament for weeks that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, much less VP. Then they always make this comment, "She is only a heartbeat away from being POTUS!"

You can see here how Palin's qualifications stake up to Obama who wants to be the POTUS.

Bill Crystal defends her here.

Back to the question of the day, who is it, wait for it, let the suspense build: Nancy Pelosi. Ahhh!! Lord help us.

Thanks to Laughingbananas.com for the HT. More here.

The leader of the "Do Nothing Congress", with the lowest approval rating in history, is only two heartbeats away from the presidency!! As we now know Pelosi and her democratic posse have accomplished almost NOTHING during their reign in Congress. And to think, this could be the next president of the United States, but Sarah Palin just isn't up to par. Puuleeze.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Did You Grow Up In A IFB Church?

If you did, then this my bring back memories (good or bad). Read Dan Burrell's List of his favorite fundy traditions here.

Great list. I might add: Children's Church Programs; Bus Ministry; Harvest Party's during Halloween; and Rock Music destroying party's after a special speaker. Just a few more I can think of off the top of my head.

These bring back mostly good memories. These things have helped bring me to were I am today. I am glad I am no longer in a church like this, but I would not trade my childhood years for anything.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Transcript of Palin Interview With Gibson

I should not be surprised at how ABC edited the Sarah Palin interview. Very interesting the things that were edited out to make her look bad.

Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin (September 11, 2008)-THE BOLDED & UNDERLINED PARTS WERE EDITED OUT OF THE INTERVIEW

The transcript can be found here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Joe Cook's (Iraq War Vet) Personal Message To Obama

Wow! If this does not make you emotional, I will be amazed.

The part were Joe walks away, missing a leg, with "God Bless The USA" playing - POWERFUL!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What In The World!!!!

It is hard to believe that people actually believe these things that they are saying and writing.

"Canadian doctor warns Sarah Palin's decision to have Down baby could reduce abortions." - L.A. Times Blog

"Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman." - Wendy Doniger

"It's Like A Really Bad Disney Movie." - Actor Matt Damon Condemns Sarah Palin

"The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for." - The Guardian

"Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister just prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor." - Congressman Steve Cohen

I am almost speechless! I have had a little while to digest some of the things said in these articles, and I have gone through several emotions - anger, confusion, puzzlement, worry and thankfulness.

Make sure you read the comments made about these articles, which could make you even more speechless. If that is even possible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shocker! A Pastor Believes In Hell.

I received the current issue of NEWSWEEK yesterday, and of course Sarah Palin was on the cover, which I immediately began to read knowing that this would be a fair article. (OK you can spot rolling on the floor laughing)

A Religious-Right Revival by Lisa Miller caught my attention because of the sub-title, which said, "The senior pastor of Palin's church preaches hellfire for anyone who isn't saved by Jesus."

Shocking!!! Al Mohler thought so too. Most of the things mentioned in this article and the others in this issue seemed bent on trying to tarnish her name.

The feeding frenzy from the liberal Main Stream Media has been interesting. The backlash has been seen in the polls and the demoting of a few political talking heads.

I admit I was not to excited about voting for McCain until he picked Palin as his VP. None of the things that the media has been digging up has changed my mind about her character, trustworthiness, and faith.

P.S. I did not subscribe to Newsweek, it was a gift. :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday Funnies On Saturday

ABC's Terry Moran's flub about Obama's parents. Wow, and he doesn't even act like it was a mistake. This would be a nightmare for anyone in front of a camera.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My 20 Most Unforgettable Moments Of The Bejing Olympics

  1. The 2008 Drummers at the opening ceremonies
  2. The World’s Largest LED screen during the opening ceremonies
  3. The Moving Blocks during the opening ceremonies
  4. The Fireworks during the opening ceremonies
  5. The Lighting of the torch at the opening ceremonies
  6. The 4 by 100 men’s swimming relay gold by the USA
  7. Michael Phelps 100m butterfly win
  8. The 4 by 100m IM men’s swimming relay gold by the USA
  9. Michael Phelps
  10. The Men’s Volleyball Team
  11. Usain Bolt’s 100m dash world record
  12. Usain Bolt’s 200m world record
  13. Women’s Gymnastics
  14. The USA's Beach Volleyball Teams
  15. Michael Phelps, did I say that already? :)
  16. The 4 by 100m men’s relay gold by Jamaica
  17. The USA Men’s Basketball Team going for the gold
  18. The Lightning Bolt
  19. The Lack of freedom/IOC turning a deaf ear/China’s missed promises/NBC’s candy coated coverage (combined these since they are similar)
  20. Oh yeah, Michael Phelps!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Married A Coupon Queen! :-)

The husband of a couponaholic has described my situation perfectly. His cry for help can be found here. I laughed until I cried as I read what he goes through each week; boy can I relate.

I do have to say Sherri has saved us a lot of money since she faithfully started this past January using coupons, finding rebates, getting free samples, and shopping at CVS.

All money saving moms know about CVS and the extra care bucks (ECB). Pair these with coupons and you could get out of there with them owing you money.

Love you babe. Thanks for all your hard work.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

List, List, So Many List

Well here is one more.

A few blogs that I frequent recently have published list like here and here. There are some blogs like here that do list all the time. It got me to thinking about some of my favorite things. "What foods do I wish would be in Heaven?" or "What are my favorite restaurants?" or "What are my favorite fruits?" or "What are my favorite things about Hawaii?" and maybe "What are my favorite things about the 2008 Olympics?"

After taking some time to think about this here is my first list for the 20 foods that I hope are in Heaven. Now before I get any comments about what the bible says about food in Heaven. I know what it says. Just let me have a little fun and dream a little.

20 Foods I Hope Are In Heaven
  1. Cheerwine
  2. Dr. Pepper
  3. Sweet Tea


  1. M&M's (cold, right from the refrigerator)
  2. 5th Avenue Candy Bars
  3. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


  1. Fresh Pineapple from Hawaii
  2. Malassadas from Hawaii (Like doughnuts, but no holes)
  3. Hot Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  4. Blackberry Cobbler
  5. Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Ice Cream/Gelato/Custards (all kinds)

Main Dishes

  1. Steak
  2. Seafood (any kind; Lobster Rolls)
  3. Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
  4. Baked Mac and Cheese
  5. Johnny Cake from the Bahamas
  6. Pizza
  7. The Perfect Sub Sandwich
  8. Cheese (all kinds)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Christians On Good Morning America

Healing After Tragedy: The Chapmans cope with the lose of Maria.

Kirk Cameron: From Fame To Faith. He was there to talk about his new book, Still Growing.

Make sure you also watch the video that accompanies each article.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Friday Funnies

You have to wonder what they were thinking when they put the church sign here! How many seats do they have in that thing? :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wednesday Web Gem: Iron Man and Batman

I have not seen The Dark Knight, but I hope to soon. This video illustrates the hype this movie has received. Very funny parody.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

One Way To Use Your Master's Degree In Counseling

Afraid To Fly?
This article in USAToday By Harriet Baskas talks about this problem.

Below are a few excellent quotes from the article.

No matter what your pilot tells you, taking a plane trip these days could be irritating, uncomfortable and even maddening. For millions of people, it also is absolutely frightening. Despite statistics that show flying is one of the safest modes of travel, many people will only fly if they must. Others are so afraid of flying that they will never travel by air. And when people are too afraid to fly, they can ground not only themselves, but their families, their vacations and their careers. For years, Maria Smyth, 42, was one of those truly fearful fliers.

Fortunately, she found free monthly classes at the Phoenix airport. Taught by Ron Nielsen, a veteran airline pilot with a master's degree in counseling, the Cleared 4 Takeoff seminar is similar to various programs around the country. First, participants are encouraged to identify and talk about what scares them. "We educate people about flying and airplanes," Nielsen says. "We identify the noises and point out that most of them are routine."

In the past, many airlines offered their own fear-of-flying programs. Pan Am may have been the first, with a program that started back in 1975. Over the years, classes were offered by American Airlines, US Airways and Northwest Airlines (the WINGS programs), but like other passenger services, programs offered by domestic carriers have been dropped. Several international carriers still offer them. In Australia, a course offered in association with Qantas Airways includes classes, tours and a Qantas flight. In the U.K., Virgin Atlantic's one-day Flying Without Fear classes include 2000 Virgin Airmiles, a hot meal, a relaxation CD, insurance, a 45-minute flight and a certificate of achievement signed by Richard Branson.

Nielsen with the Cleared 4 Takeoff classes in Phoenix says that although air travel is definitely becoming more stressful, it's not really the long lines at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration or the threat of terrorism that makes people afraid to fly. Rather, "those are the triggers that release these little time bombs inside people who are already afraid to fly."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Snapshots-Life On The Edge

"This is bonifacio in corsica. this fragile looking citadel sits precariously above limestone cliffs which over the years have been battered by the mediterranean sea, a process which is apparent by both the piles of eroded stone at the base and the overhang of the cliff walls. how long before the next building gets swallowed?"

The qoute above and pictures below are found at the Deputy Dog Blog. Great blog if you are interested in the world's architecture.

Source for picture found here

Source for picture found here

Are Fundamental Churches Becoming Irrelevant?

Dan Burrell over at his Whirled Views blog gives 20 reasons why he thinks that they are becoming increasingly irrelevant. I agree wholeheartedly with his list. Make sure you read the comments as well.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Impossible To Get New Shoes

I Have Waited 20 Years For These Shoes! :-) But read here or below how hard they are to get. I guess I will have to wait a little longer. "MCFLY!" "Great Scott."

Walk a Mile in McFly's Shoesby Mike Krumboltz July 9, 2008 12:16 PM
1989 was a big year. The
Berlin Wall fell. The Exxon Valdez spilled its guts. And there were protests in China's Tiananmen Square. But those were just side attractions to the year's most memorable moment—the debut of Nike's "Air McFly" sneakers in "Back to the Future 2." The film, which largely took place in the year 2015, introduced viewers to many a futuristic wonder, but none were so iconic as the light blue high-tops worn by Michael J. Fox. Ever since the film premiered, folks have been begging Nike to produce the shoes for the masses. Now, Nike has finally obliged... sort of. The shoes were recently revealed at an event headlined by Kobe Bryant. Ever the showman, the hoopster even arrived in a DeLorean. Fans lined up way in advance, but according to Wired, many went home disappointed. Nike only made 350 pairs of the specially designed kicks, not nearly enough to satisfy the fans. The shoes were released in a very limited quantity, but for hardcore fans who were shut out, there's always the capitalist slaughterhouse that is eBay. Pairs are currently going for up to $1,000 (power laces not included).

Wednesday Web Gems

Legends of the Superheroes - Robin Crashes The Batmobile

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Interesting Stuff In The News This Week

Some TV evangelist are cooperating (like Meyers and Hinn), others are not (like Copelands and Dollar). Interesting update by the Senators office.
Senator Grassley updates on ministry responses, background questions and answers document sent to 6 TV preachers and their organizations.

I think these so called Atheist are confused. Personally I do not think there are any true atheist in this world. So it looks like some are actually been honest without realizing it.
21% of Atheist in America believe in some kind of God. What?

I am still trying to figure out why this discovery is a problem for Christianity. It was supposedly created before Christ birth. So! Do these people not realize the Old Testament spoke of the Messiah, suffering, and a resurrection years before this "Jesus Stone."
Tablet ignites debate on messiah and resurrection

Here is a Aviation story that I thought was interesting. Several passengers even complained in another article about being scared to death during this procedure. Well, I am sorry but would they rather survive or have an accident. This quote says it all, "Go-arounds haven't been blamed for any crashes or midair collisions involving commercial airliners over the past three decades, according to a review of National Transportation Safety Board records." Yes Runway Incursions are serious, but there may be other areas to be concerned with than this procedure that all pilots train very hard to perform correctly in an emergency situation.
Go-Arounds are a possible safety hazard

Friday, June 27, 2008

Why Jump From A Perfectly Good Airplane?

I have always thought about maybe someday skydiving, but I have never made the time. I was recently reminded of this again when a friend posted pictures of their skydiving moment.

Then I remember this quote, "Why would you jump from a perfectly good airplane?"

I recently came across these steps for a successful skydiving trip (Tongue fully planted in cheek)
5 Steps In Skydiving
P ray
L ean
A hhh
T ouchdown

Maybe someday I will get around to checking this off of my list.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Snap Shots

A few pics I found online this week that I had to pass along for your enjoyment.
And The Winner is? The Croc

Wipe Out-That Is Going To Hurt!

I Guess U-Haul Had Nothing Available On Moving Day

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saturday Evening Post

My wife and I were spending a couple of days away for our 6th wedding anniversary, and while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped at Mabry Mill. During our tour of the grounds we came across these millstones, and it reminded me of this verse:

Mark 9:42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea."

Makes you think!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Do You Have Trouble Getting Your Kids To Eat?

I know we do. Our son eats one good meal a day. We are never sure which meal that will be either. The list of things he will eat continues get smaller too.

Our daughter who just turned one will currently eat about anything, except baby food. We are wondering when she will start being like her brother.

This was an interesting article in the NY Times of two kids who will eat just about anything. How about scorpions for breakfast and snails for dinner?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Funny Flying Pictures On The Web

Two Names Being Swatted Around For This New Airplane:
Fly By Wire or Match Stick and Rudder :-)

I Think This Duck May Need Some More Training

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Father's Amazing Love For His Son & A Father And Son's Amazing Love For Their Children

I saw a video similar to this several years ago of Team Hoyt, and it is as touching now as it was then.

Several things come to mind when watching this very inspirational story:

Ashamed: Would I do this for my son if I was in a similar situation, and even now with a perfectly healthy son do I show him how much I love him.

Amazed: Dick and Rick Hoyt have been doing this for over 20 years. Dick is giving his son as much of a normal life has he can, and doing something that his son loves to do.

Awestruck: This love does not compare to God the Father's love for us. He loved us so much that He sent God the Son to die in our place. What Amazing Grace. It reminded me of a song written by Keith Getty-How Deep The Father's Love For Us.

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Here is a You Tube video of this song:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Very Funny Comic; I Could Not Wait Until Friday

Darby Conley draws one of my favorite comic strips. This one was in last Saturday's paper. Very funny.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Great Explaination Of One Of My Biggest Pet Peeves, And The Ignorance Of Others

Read the whole article here at Pulpit Magazine about Interracial Marriages. Here are a few quotes from the article I thought were great.

  • "Here’s the short answer: nothing in the New Testament prohibits interracial marriage. Christians are at liberty to marry whomever they wish—as long as the other person is also a Christian (1 Corinthians 7:39)."
  • "We should realize from the start that there is only one human race. Scripture clearly says we all descended from Adam and Eve (cf. Gen 1-2; Matthew 19:4; Romans 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22). And one important passage says that God made of one blood all nations (Acts 17:26)."
  • "Sadly, American society (even in some Christian circles) has historically looked narrowly on interracial marriages — but for cultural reasons, not biblical ones. In some places, such negative stereotypes still exist. Based on where people live, they or their children may face prejudice and even persecution from others. Such prejudice is absolutely wrong, and deserves our condemnation. Nonetheless, it is something that people should consider before seriously pursuing a romantic relationship."
  • "The primary marriage restriction given in the New Testament is that a believer should only marry another believer (cf. 1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14). So we believe that the most important issue in dating/courtship is to be fully convinced that the prospective partner is a true Christian who loves God (Mark 12:30)."

I grew up in North Carolina, so you can imagine what I heard, even from church people. I went to BJU and was there before and after they changed their dating policies. I lived in Hawaii for four summers, and saw were this was not and never will be an issue.

This issue ranks up there with some of my other pet peeves, like KJVOnlyism, Separating with others to the extreme, Legalism, Music preferences, and etc. This was a great article and Pulpit Magazine has written perfectly what I have thought for a long time. I hope you get the same blessing from it as I received. I will get off my pulpit now. :-)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The First Church Of Oprah! What???

Interesting. Many people take what she says as fact, but what she says here sounds more like heresy. What do you think?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Skybus-Third Airline This Week To Shutdown

I was hoping Skybus would make it, but it is almost impossible for start-ups in the Airline industry to make it these days. They were convenient for me, because they flew out of GSO.

I was able to fly on Skybus once, before the shutdown. I went to Burbank, CA from Greensboro, NC last month for less than $200 round-trip. Overall I was impressed. Other than the leg room which was extremely tight I had no other complaints.

It has been a tough industry for the last 15 years. I am glad I stayed in corporate aviation, and I have no desire to jump to the airlines.

Skybus, ATA, and Aloha airlines may you rest in peace!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Shepherds' Conference 2008

Grace Community Church, Sun Valley CA

13 Men From Twin City Baptist Church

GCC Choir and Orchestra

Dr. John Macarthur

Me Hiking Up Vasquez Rocks

I plan to blog about my week at the Shepherds' Confernce, but for now here are some pictures for your enjoyment.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Ever Try To Land In A Hurricane?

A Lufthansa Airbus 320 was caught on video trying to land in a strong crosswind. The winds were the result of Hurricane Emma. The plane was carrying 137 passengers. The flight had taken off from Munich, and was landing at Hamburg, Germany. The Hurricane winds were gusting to 155 mph at times. The pilot did make a successful landing the second time around.

The pilot made a good decision to go-around and try another landing. I have landed in some strong crosswinds, but nothing this strong.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Funnies-Seeker Sensitive Mega Church Guy

This is a very funny parody of a lot of the seeker sensitive churches, and their over emphasis on "gimmicks" at the expense of the truth. This is a play on the commercials that we saw several years ago from Budweiser. Here is an example of those very funny commercials. Sorry to all of the discount airline pilots out there. :-)

Quote Of The Day

“But there are some who say, “It is hard for God to choose some and leave others.” Now, I will ask you one question. Is there any one of you here this morning who wishes to be holy, who wishes to be regenerate, to leave their life of sin and walk in holiness? “Yes, there is,” says some one, “I do.” Then God has elected you. But another says, “No: I don’t want to be holy; I don’t want to give up my lusts and my vices.” Why should you grumble, then, that God has not elected you to it? For if you were elected you would not like it, according to your own confession. If God, this morning, had chosen you to holiness, you say you would not care for it. Do you not acknowledge that you prefer drunkenness to sobriety, dishonesty to honesty? You love this world’s pleasure better than religion; then why should you grumble that God has not chosen you to religion? If you love religion, He has chosen you to it. If you desire it, He has chosen you to it. If you do not, what right have you to say that God ought to have given you what you do not wish for?
Supposing I had in my hand something which you do not value, and I said I shall give it to such-and-such a person: you would have no right to grumble that I did not give it to you. You could not be so foolish as to grumble that the other has got what you did not care about. According to your own confession, many of you do not want religion, do not want a new heart and a right spirit, do not want the forgiveness of sins, do not want to be holy, you do not want to be elected to these things: then why should you grumble? You count these things as worthless, and why should you complain of God who has given them to those whom He has chosen?” - Charles Spurgeon.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday Funnies

Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know me?’ She responded, ‘Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.’

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?’

She again replied, ‘Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.’

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,‘If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.’

HT: The Irvins

Quote Of The Day

"Seeing that God has given us such a treasure and so inestimable a thing as His Word, we must employ ourselves as much as we can, that it may be kept safe and sound and not perish. And let every man be sure to lock it up securely in his own heart. But it is not enough to have an eye to his own salvation, but the knowledge of God must shine generally throughout the whole world."

To Find out who made this statement go here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Interesting Stuff On The Web

Check out this World Clock. It almost blows my mind seeing everything broken down into all of their different categories.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

This So Called Pastor Is Really Serious!!!

ALERT: This post is not intended to offend anyone, but this kind of crazy preaching needs to be "called on the carpet."

This is one of the things wrong with the extreme independent fundamental baptist KJV-only branch of Christianity. I did not know whether to laugh, cry, or scream at the computer screen.

I feel for the congregation that has to sit through this stuff every Sunday. I pray that God's grace still finds its way into the hearts of the people that hear this kind of nonsense.

If you want a better explaination of what this phrase means, you can read more about it here and here and here and here. Make sure you read the comment sections as well.

The pastor is Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona. The church has a website and he also has a blog. He has never been to college or seminary. He actually believes going to college is a SIN.

(I Sam 25:22, 34; I Kings 14:10; 16:11; 21:21; II Kings 9:8) 6 times this phrase is found in the KJV.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday Evening Post-It Must Be Nice!

HT-The Irvins

If Hillary wins in 2008 and Bill is ‘appointed’ to fill her Senate seat and either live to retire ‘they’ (together or alone) would get two US Presidential retirement checks, two US Senate retirement checks, and a retirement check from the State of Arkansas . About the only thing they MIGHT NOT get is a Social Security check….but I wouldn’t bet on it….

I understand ole Bill has earned $40,000,000 in the past six years.

What a guy!

AND THE REST OF THE STORY… Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a New York State Senator, now comes under the ‘Congressional Retirement and Staffing Plan,’ which means that even if she never gets reelected, she STILL receives her Congressional salary until she dies. (Would it not be nice if all Americans were pension eligible after only 4 years?)

If Bill outlives her, he then inherits HER salary until HE dies. He is already getting his residential salary until he dies. If Hillary outlives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she dies.

Guess who pays for that?

It’s common knowledge that in order for her to establish NY residency, they purchased a million dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua , New York .

Makes sense!

They are entitled to Secret Service protection for life.

Still makes sense.

Here is where it becomes interesting. Their mortgage payments hover at around $10,000 per month. BUT, an extra residence ‘had’ to be built within the acreage to house the Secret Service agents

The Clintons charge the Federal government $10,000 monthly rent for the use of that extra residence, which is about equal to their mortgage payment. This means that we, the taxpayers, are paying the Clinton ’s salary, mortgage, transportation, safety and security, as well as the salaries for their 12 man staff — and, this is all perfectly legal!

Friday, January 18, 2008

May Their Sacrifice Not Be In Vain!

May We Never Forget...

...And Remember Those Who They Left Behind.

If these pictures do not touch your heart, and bring you to tears, then I would have to ask what is wrong with you.

Go here and here to read and see more about these pictures.

HT: Dan Phillips

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Who Should Be The Next President?

If you are still having trouble deciding who too vote for, maybe this will help. Click here. I answered the questions and it said I should vote for 1)Rudy Gulliani, 2)Mike Huckabee, or 3)Mitt Romney. Some of the questions I maybe could have answered differently if I thought about them longer. One question that was missing was the abortion question.