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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Last Words Of Death Row Inmates

Last Words of death row inmates before they were executed-some sad, some funny, some strange, and some you could tell they were truly sorry for their crime. This article was in the NY Times op-ed section by Claire Cameron.

If you want a full listing you can go here

A few examples:
Go ahead?
Nothing I can say can change the past.
I done lost my voice.
I would like to say goodbye.
My heart is going ba bump ba bump ba bump.
Is the mike on?
I don’t have anything to say. I am just sorry about what I did.
I am nervous and it is hard to put my thoughts together. Sometimes you don’t know what to say.
Man, there is a lot of people here.
I have come here today to die, not make speeches.
I want to ask if it is in your heart to forgive me. You don’t have to.
I wish I could die more than once to tell you how sorry I am.
Could you please tell that lady right there — can I see her? She is not looking at me — I want you to understand something, hold no animosity toward me. I want you to understand. Please forgive me.
I don’t think the world will be a better or safer place without me.
I am sorry.
I want to tell my mom that I love her.
I am taking it like a man.
Kick the tires and light the fire. I am going home.
They may execute me but they can’t punish me because they can’t execute an innocent man.
I couldn’t do a life sentence.
I said I was going to tell a joke. Death has set me free. That’s the biggest joke.
To my sweet Claudia, I love you.
Cathy, you know I never meant to hurt you.
I love you, Irene.
Let my son know I love him.
Tell everyone I got full on chicken and pork chops.
I appreciate the hospitality that you guys have shown me and the respect, and the last meal was really good.
The reason it took them so long is because they couldn’t find a vein. You know how I hate needles. ... Tell the guys on Death Row that I’m not wearing a diaper.
Lord, I lift your name on high.
From Allah we came and to Allah we shall return.
For everybody incarcerated, keep your heads up.
Death row is full of isolated hearts and suppressed minds.
Mistakes are made, but with God all things are possible.
I am responsible for them losing their mother, their father and their grandmother. I never meant for them to be taken. I am sorry for what I did.
I can’t take it back.
Lord Jesus forgive of my sins. Please forgive me for the sins that I can't remember.
All my life I have been locked up.
Give me my rights. Give me my rights. Give me my rights. Give me my life back.
I am tired.
I deserve this.
A life for a life.
It’s my hour. It’s my hour.
I’m ready, Warden.

Tweeting On A Jet Plane

Making fun of my profession, but still funny. Not sure what the Northwest Pilots were doing in the cockpit for 3 hours without communicating with someone.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Picture Of The Day

A Soldier and his daughter-A picture of duty; sacrifice; family; and service.

A touching picture of a daughters love; and not wanting to see her father leave.

See the whole story here

Christian Schools and Legalism

Is it really that bad?

A series over at Sharper Iron by Mike Durning is discussing the issue of Legalism and the Christian School Movement. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

Those who commented made some great points like-

Joel Tetreau who said, "When conservative, fundamental and traditional leaders in churches and schools take man-made rules and equate them with Scripture....and hold young people accountable as if it was the same is wicked and idolatrous. When that happens you have pharisaism, legalism and eventually a false gospel.”

and Susan R who said about the, “Christian School Handbook-I have no objections whatsoever to rules and policies that schools put in place to keep order on campus. But when that rulebook dictates to the family where they can go, what they can wear, and how they are to spend their time, then Houston, I think we have a problem. What happens, in my experience, is that most parents don't believe that a school should be dictating their off-campus conduct, but they do want their child to have a 'Christian education'. So they sign off on the handbook, agree to the school's policies, write a check for the tuition, and then encourage their child to obey the rules while at school- but once they are home, all bets are off.”

and T Howard said, “Discussions like this one center on what we believe is more important when raising our children: moralism or true spirituality. Moralism views proper behavior as the ultimate goal; true spiritually views proper belief as the ultimate goal.Christian schools whose focus is heavy on behavior and light on belief, or who confuse the two, are teaching moralism instead of true spirituality.”

and Durning added this in the comments, “As for myself, I had no problem with the rules at any of my schools or colleges. The meaning given to the rules by some of my fellow students sickened me. And the value still given to the rules by some staff members terrifies me.”

These and many other comments expressed what I was thinking, of course much better than I could.

I was also reminded of this article by Al Molher on his website-Why Moralism is not the gospel and why so many Christians think it is

What do you think?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

An OLD Controversy Explained

I grew up hearing this misrepresentation of John Macarthur. Sad because I missed a lot of great teaching. Unfortunately this acusation is still heard every now and again. This answer should put it to rest.

HT: Reforming Baptist

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

As The Blog World Turns!

Dr. Awesome Does It Again!

40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing is July 20th. Here are some little known facts of that historical landing.

Simple chart of the Dem's Healthcare plan! Wow.

Pee Powered Prototype fueling the cars of the future?

That's A Croc. I like mine, but they have many designs that are very ugly.

Gail Riplinger's new book is out. I wouldn't buy it to prop up my uneven table. I am sure this one is as crazy at her first one.

"Allow the lunge, step aside, mayhem!" A Dan Phillips classic post over at Pyro

Want to watch and listen in real time to the Moon Landing go here. 40 years ago on July 16th was the launch, and July 20th was the day they landed. The site is giving it in real time all the way through Monday. Wow it is amazing.

Is Michael Jackson In Heaven? Jason Boyett writes about that here. We can only see the outside, but his lifestyle did not show it.

Favorite Blog of the Week: Stuff Fundies Like

Some Pics For Your Enjoyment:

I wonder if this kid has nightmares?

HT: Biblical Christianity, Challies, Thinklings, Pyro, Hip and Thigh

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Now This Is One Tough Laptop

"...As for our test laptop, it had been through enough. It was time to put the beast down. The Toughbook CF-30 is elephant- and tiger-resistant. It can take a .22 at close range and continue working. We needed something that would leave a bigger hole.
So we borrowed a Springfield 1911 in .45 ACP. Most cops use comparatively dinky 9-millimeter pistols. This classic 39-ounce piece is more hand cannon than handgun.
A shot with the 1911 from 15 yards took the Toughbook down. To be sure it didn't stagger back up, we followed up with a .44 magnum revolver and a solid lead slug from a 12-gauge shotgun. Then we packed up the Toughbook and sent it back to Panasonic."
Full Story here at Forbes.com

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wow This Is Sobering

Remembering is a great reminder of how much God is in control, and how we should not be playing God with unborn babies lives. This is a short, and below is part of the post from Beautiful Work-

"This month marks a strange anniversary of sorts for me. It was 2 years ago this month that I was sitting in a chair looking at my unborn baby in 4D. She was precious! We had previously found out that our baby had several “markers” for down syndrome and had enlarged kidneys which may have required surgery upon birth. Thus we were monitored more carefully and had a ton more ultrasound shots at a hospital...The specialist doctor called me in after the ultrasound to go over the findings. The first words out of his mouth to me were “Well you will have to come in tomorrow for your abortion because of how far along you are.” I was utterly shocked and devastated. All I could do was mutter “What??????”...As soon as I was able to speak again I called my doctor. He was able to calm me down and after talking to him I decided against the amnio to find out for sure and thus my pregnancy went on not knowing whether or not I was going to have a baby with down syndrome...I found that over 90% of babies that are diagnosed with down syndrome are aborted. Those words the doctor spoke to me were for a reason and out of his experience. This has chilled me to the bone. Another fact I found was that even if your baby is diagnosed with down syndrome there is no way to tell what function level the child will be at...But who are we to judge who lives and dies?

Our fourth daughter was born in August with no physical problems. Her kidneys were fine and she did not have down syndrome. What my heart went through in the months of not knowing I hope and pray will never leave me."
HT: Biblical Christianity and Challies

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Piper Vs. Obama

I wish Dr. Piper would have said this before November 4th of last year, maybe it would have changed a few votes, but God is sovereign, and His will is sure.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday Web Gems

This is so true.
"Idle hands are the devil's workshop."
Continuing to suck us dry.
HaHa very funny.
Thier new grilled chicken is pretty good.
Says so much in a one panel comic.
Got to love those apples. I sure could not live without my Itouch.
Compromising to make everyone happy; this is a funny comic nonetheless.

Wow I have found a lot over the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The First 100 Days

Newsmax list the many gaffes of President Obama and his staff during their first 100 days in office. Found here.

Also find a first 100 days recap here at Newsmax.com

Just think if a Republican had done these things in their first 100 days; the liberal biased media would have had a field day, but instead all I here is praise or silence.

Airplane Cliffhanger

Complete story of the incident here

Monday, March 30, 2009

Going Down In A "Glaze Of Glory"

We all like to give to charity, but this may be a little too sacrificial. The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a race at NC State University were the "runners" run 2 miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then run 2 miles back to the finish line-all for charity. Needless to say there are many who do not make it back to the finish line with all the doughnuts still in their stomach. :-) This year they raised $35,000. ESPN did a segment of this race here.

The male challenger won in 28 minutes and downed his dozen doughnuts in 5 minutes!
The female challenger won in 38 minutes and downed her dozen doughnuts in a little under 7 minutes!

I think I might start training for this race. Look for me at the starting line next year. :-0

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

FINALLY Some One Is Reporting This

Who is really behind the reason AIG was allowed to continue to give out the bonuses they were legally obligated to give to their employees? THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATOR CHRIS DODD FROM D-CONN.

These politician's sanctimonious outrage is sickening, because they new about this, allowed this, and are only now mad to save their own butts. I hope they all lose in their future reelections. Read the whole admission here at Newsmax.com.

As full disclosure I do not care about the bonuses given out. It was a contract they had to keep. I think a little discretion on their part might have been something they should have thought about though. Duh!!!!!

"Obama Wants To Disarm U.S. Pilots"

This story found at Newsmax.com

The Obama administration is taking steps quietly to shut down the program that qualifies commercial airline pilots to carry firearms in jetliner cockpits in order to ward off another 9/11-type attack.

The administration recently diverted $2 million from a program to train and certify pilots to carry firearms safely while on duty. Instead, it is using the money to hire additional field inspectors to help discipline pilots who step out of line, according to a report in Tuesday’s Washington Times.
I am not at all surprised by this move from a very liberal administration. You can find the rest of the story here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

So You Think Gasoline Is Expensive?

Diet Snapple 16oz for $1.29 = $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16oz for S1.19 = $9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20oz for $1.59 = $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16oz for $1.25 = $10.00 per gallon
Pint of milk 16oz for $1.59 = $12.72 per gallon
STP Brake Fluid 12oz for $3.15 = $33.60 per gallon
Vick's Nyquil 6oz for $8.35 = $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4oz for $3.85 = $123.20 per gallon
Whiteout .7oz for $1.39 = $124.54 per gallon
Scope 1.5oz for $0.99 = $84.48 per gallon

And this is the REAL KICKER......Evian water 9oz for $1.49 = $21.19 per gallon.....$21.19 FOR WATER!!

So next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on Nyquil, or Scope, or Whiteout!!!

This and more found at weirdfacts.com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Repainting A Jumbo Jet

My Dad worked for Piedmont Airlines/US Airways for over 20 years, and this was one of his jobs for a few of those years. Not a small job as you can see.

HT: Hip and Thigh
You can find out more here

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Focus Conference 2009-Day 2

Breakfast 7:15am - 8:15am

Third Session Peter Hubbard

A God Glorifying Mission - 1 Peter 2:9-12

Understanding Our Calling
1. Identity - Who are we?
-We are the people of God
a. a new identity
b. a plural identity
c. a distinct identity
2. Mission - What do we do?
-We are to make disciples of Jesus
3. Purpose - Why do we do it?
-We are to glorify God

Fourth Session Rick Holland

Jonathan Edwards: A Life Of No Regrets - Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

Resolution #2 - "Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things."

Pastor Rick gave a little background on King Solomon.

Resolution #17 - "Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die."

We Should Resolve to Redeem (enjoy) the Prime of our Life.
Life is described in verse 7 as sweet and good.
In verse 9 God commands us to love life and enjoy it.
There is a BUT though in that verse.

"Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."

You need to pursue your desires within the boundaries God has set up.

Resolution #52 - "I frequently hear persons in old age, say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age."

Resolution #9 - "Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death."

Skiing At Ski Beech

Beech Mountain Resort

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Focus Conference 2009-Day 1

What a great first day of the Focus Conference. Lifeway's Ridgecrest Conference Center is a perfect place to meet and the people have been more than helpful. So far we have had great times of worship through song and sessions from Rick Holland and Peter Hubbard. We also had a Shane and Shane Concert, which was an amazing time of music that exalted Christ.

The First Session

The first session Rick Holland preached a message entitled Sinners In The Pierced Hands Of An Angry God. He used Jonathan Edwards famous message as a bridge to his messege today. Romans 5:6-11 was today's text. After an introduction of some background on Edward's famous message, Pastor Rick asked this question-What is so great about the Gospel?

He gave us five reasons why the Gospel is Great.

1. The Gospel satisfies the greatest need. (v.6)
2. The Gospel demonstrates the greatest love. (v.7-8
"The Cross is Amazing. Are you Amazed?"
3. The Gospel extinguishes the greatest threat. (v.9)
We are saved from the wrath of God.
4. The Gospel mediates the greatest conflict. (v. 10)
It is between us and God.
5. The Gospel provokes the greatest response. (v. 11)
exult-overwhelming emotion

"And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl for vexation of spirit! How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people atSuffield, where they are flocking from day to day to Christ?" Jonathan Edwards-Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

The Second Session

The second session Peter Hubbard preached on Funneling Glory. Using Proverbs 25:27 as his text. In his introduction he talked about the All About Me syndrome! He showed a comedians video as an example of this problem.

What is glory? Hebrew word meaning heaviness, weightiness, and significant
Romans 1:18-23
How do we stop funneling glory?
1. Open your heart to the gospel 1 Cor. 1:26-31
2. Open your eyes to God's glory Ps. 19:1; 1 Cor. 10:31
3. Open your mouth to speak grace Eph 4:29

Shane and Shane Concert

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Where Does Your State Fall?

Following is Gallup's entire list of states, in order of what percentage of respondents said religion is "an important part" of their daily lives:

• Mississippi: 85%
• Alabama: 82%
• South Carolina: 80% (I Used To Live Here)
• Tennessee: 79%
• Louisiana: 78%
• Arkansas: 78%
• Georgia: 76%
• North Carolina: 76% (I Currently Live Here)
• Oklahoma: 75%
• Kentucky: 74%
• Texas: 74%
• West Virginia: 71%
• Kansas: 70%
• Utah: 69%
• Missouri: 68%
• Virginia: 68%
• South Dakota: 68%
• North Dakota: 68%
• Indiana: 68%
• Nebraska: 67%
• New Mexico: 66%
• Pennsylvania: 65%
• Florida: 65%
• Maryland: 65%
• Ohio: 65%
• Iowa: 64%
• Minnesota: 64%
• Illinois: 64%
• Michigan: 64%
• Delaware: 61%
• Wisconsin: 61%
• District of Columbia: 61%
• Idaho: 61%
• Arizona: 61%
• New Jersey: 60%
• Wyoming: 58%
• Colorado: 57%
• Hawaii: 57% (I Lived Here For 4 Summers)
• California: 57%
• Montana: 56%
• New York: 56%
• Connecticut: 55%
• Nevada: 54%
• Rhode Island: 53%
• Oregon: 53%
• Washington: 52%
• Alaska: 51%
• Massachusetts: 48%
• Maine: 48%
• New Hampshire: 46%
• Vermont: 42%

The entire article can be found here at USAToday.

Morgan Freeman Discusses Racism

Great answer. Common sense from someone in Hollywood is refreshing, plus leaving Mike Wallace speakless is a bonus.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Limbaugh's Stimulus Plan

Found here at the WSJ. Interesting idea, it will never happen, but interesting idea nonetheless.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cliff Jumping and Wing Suits-AWESOME

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

Watch this amazing video in full screen. There are no words that can fully describe how awesome this video is. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

HT: Hip and Thigh

Friday, January 16, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009