Sunday, March 30, 2008

And the disease spreads....

It appears that fellow blogger The Great Sly Pig has come down with a potentially serious case of HEV--that is, Human Entomology Virus. :-D

And if I have my way, he'll stay that way. *cue evil grin* Muhahahahahaaaa!!!!

So, tell me Nathan. WITHOUT looking it up (:-P), what order does this insect belong in?

Spencer

Calling all spiffy-dressed dudes

Am I the only one who hates wearing a tie? You have to take time out of your possibly rushed morning to tie something you did not want to buy but nevertheless had to spend hard-earned money on, and then it only succeeds in falling into the sink, your food, or get in your way in any way it possibly can. (And don't even think about it, pal--no one on this earth could ever get me to wear a bowtie either.) I think ties are officially pointless.

Well, here's a nice way to fix things up a little. If we can't get rid of ties altogether, lets change them! I bought a really really nice tie at the **** ****** gift shop yesterday (with fossils all over it and their generic names), and that reminded me that I'd been planning to search around online for some ties that were at least interesting to look at.

So last night I did. And look at these ties! Every tie you can possibly dream up. Dinosaur ties, Egpyt ties, Civil War, military, fish, insects, the Periodic Table of the Elements, even some Christian ones...what's not to want here? Who can't use a camouflage tie? Or a Chinese dragon, or a spider one? Or, for my job, one with dollar bills all over it?

I think I need some new ties. :-D

Spencer

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tae Kwon Do

For a couple of personal reasons, I am seriously considering quitting Tae Kwon Do. It's not because I don't like it (I do, I love it) but I still have my reasons. I'm probably going to leave.

What do you all think?

Spencer

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Re-hearing

On March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for rehearing in the 'In re Rachel L.' case--the controversial decision which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public schools.

The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties in the case.

The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups.


Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of organizations interesting in filing briefs to support the right of parents to homeschool their children in California.

"This is a great first step," said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. "We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be. This case remains our top priority," he added.


YEEESSS!!!!

But...it ain't over yet.

Spencer

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire

So it's only "misspeaking" when you forget that you weren't fired upon by snipers when you arrive in a foreign country?

Personally, I would normally call that a lie. Hmm....

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter

Today our Lord and Savior rose from the dead 2,000 years ago. He still lives to this day.

Happy Easter, everyone, and God bless you all!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Urgent message from daughter of Sam Golubchuk

Read this. Now.

...

Deploy.

Come on, people. We can do something. Let's make a difference in this world.

Spencer

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Discover Review

Discover magazine, "War: What is it Good For?" by John Horgan, April 2008, pp.24-27.

Any reader of science magazines is bound to be familiar with Discover. Combining all disciplines of science into one fascinating package, I've long been a reader of Discover. To be honest, though, I've always had a problem with their worldview; just as "Evolutionary" as the next, with all the accessory bits of liberal propaganda, humanism, feminism, and the like. Still, to access their common paleontology articles and things of that sort I continued reading, and even subscribed this year. It's things like this that make me remember why I begrudgingly handed out my money in the first place.

Along with other article teasers on the front cover are the words, "Could Iraq Be Our Last War?" Expecting the usual anti-war, pacifist, U.N., greenpeace, global citizen propaganda, I nonetheless checked the article out. Next I read it for myself. (I like to keep up on what those on the "other side" think and say.) What I found was worse than that.

The title page shows an uncredited Vietnam-esque photo with the giant words "WAR" in red and beige below it, and below that "WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?" in black. To the exact right of these words, we see the words "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Given adequate food, fuel and the equality of the sexes, studies say, war may disappear."

So here we haven't even started to read this piece of work yet and we're already getting pounded with feminist propaganda. (On another note, this "equality of the sexes," did feminism bring that? Does the modern culture of lasciviousness, pornography and prostitution somehow elevate the female "race" above the protected, valued "ladies" that they were under the American ideals of Christian chivalry?)

Turn the page, and we get an even better treat. At the very top, above a photo of bonoboes (a chimpanzee-like ape considered to be mankind's closest "relative"), "Bonobos have no deadly warfare, little hunting, no male dominance, and enormous amounts of sex." The words "little hunting, no male dominance" are highlighted in red. That's right. Red. (We will later read that these words come from the mouth of "primate researcher" Franz de Waal.) So those terrible male creatures and their brutal Bambi-hunting habits are causing the good citizens of the world to make war with each other? The female "race," led by some as of yet unseen feminist monarchy, must just be waiting for their chance to prove themselves and overthrow their inept and evil overlords and bring about a true utopia. Is that it?

And remember, we haven't even begun to actually read the article yet. Let's do so now, and see what's in store next, what do you say?

Basing these conclusions on studies of primates, author Horgan sets up the story on the first page, and then we begin to see punchlines. After de Waal's comment that is also placed on the top of the page, we read "Their promiscuity, he speculates, reduces violence both within and between bonobo troops, just as intermarriage does between human tribes. What may start out as a confrontation between two bonobo communities can turn into socializing, with sex between members, grooming, and play." Aw, how cute! Let's go play table tennis with terrorists, what do you say?

Soon we see that, due to observing primates, "de Waal sees promise in alliances, such as the European Union, that promote trade and travel, and hence interdependence." Uh-oh. There we go, that whole global economy/government/world thing again.

Can anyone guess what is coming next? What other thing that is just waiting to burst upon a waiting world may help usher in a period of beautiful peace and prosperity? Nothing other than women in the workforce! Of course, how silly could chauvinists like me be? We men have been cruelly keeping our women from realizing their true potential (outside of the home, mind you), remember?

Anthropologist Douglas Fry is our next scientist of interest. "Fry has sought to determine what distinguishes peaceful societies from more violent ones. One clue comes from his fieldwork among the Zapotec, peasant farmers descended from an ancient, warring civilization in Oaxaca, Mexico. There, Fry studied two Zapotec coommunities, which he labeled with the pseudonyms San Andreas and La Paz. San Andreas's rate of male-on-male violenece, spousal abuse, and child abuse are five times higher than in La Paz. The reason, Fry suspects, is that women in La Paz have long contributed to the income of their families by making and selling pottery, thus earning the respect of the males."

Eureka! It's all finally solved! If the chauvinists pigs (me logically being one of them) would just pull back and let women realize their life's worth in the corporate halls of the world, everything would be better for everyone! And the freeing cure of feminism will also quell "spousal abuse", is that right? So again it must have been us men and our chivalric doctrines of "Women and children first!" who caused all this in the first place, right?

But that's not all. Next we see that "Fry believes that empowering females may reduce the rate of violence committed within and by a nation..."'there are good reasons for having a balance of the more caring sex in government.'" Oh, we can call them the more caring sex, but not the weaker one, is that it?

Next up at the plate is anthropologist Richard Wrangham, who apparently wrote a book in 1996 called Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. I haven't read the book, but I'd guess it's all about the now seemingly demonic males who caused all human violence, starting from the first hormone-pumped male primate pounding his chest. "'Natural selection has favored combative, power-hungry males,' he contends..." (Now wait just a second, I thought "natural selection" was supposed to be a good thing?)

And here's another whopper right out of the feminism handbook. "[Wrangham] points out that as female education and economic oppurtunities rise, birthrates tend to fall. A stabilized population lessens demands on governmental and medical services and on natural resources; hence, the likelihood of social unrest also decreases." Gone are the days when children were viewed as blessings from a womb touched by the hand of God. Now, even they are unwitting causes of the world's many wars.

"Ideally, Wrangham says, these trends will propel more women into government. 'My little dream,' he confesses, 'is that all nations give equal decision-making power to two entities, 'a House of Men and a House of Women.'" We need that positive feminist influence to straighten out male corruptness, don't we now?

Moving forward, also note that although Wrangham and an archeologist by the name of Steven LeBlanc disagree with how far Fry carries his bonobo-born theories, they both still believe in this "peace"...propaganda. We've seen Wrangham, and LeBlanc, "when asked point-blank if humans can stop fighting wars, LeBlanc replies, 'Yes, I think it's completely possible." So the readers of Discover are cheated out of any opposing academic viewpoints, and, instead, are fed this.

LeBlanc "notes that many warlike societies--notably Nazi Germany and imperial Japan...have embraced peace." Yet you forget what a major validation point of their brutal campaigns of extermination was: Darwinism. And on the other hand, they didn't "embrace" peace either; it was forced on them by American and Allied bayonets. It was an accomplishment made by war, by the men (Yes, men! The horror!) who fought for their country and convictions. The history being touted by LeBlanc and Discover wasn't what I learned. Isn't this called re-writing history?

Oh, and another thing. "Two keys to peace, [LeBlanc] believes, are controlling population growth and finding cheap alternatives to fossil fuels." Wait just a minute, back the bonobo truck up here. Did he just say controlling population growth? Yes, he did. What, more Terri Schaivos, more persecuted people forced to have abortions such as the Chinese Christians?

And here's another kicker. A "major obstacle" to this peaceful utopian society is "religious fundamentalism". I completely agree, as long as we are talking about terrorists and Islamofascism. But as nice as it would be to believe that is what is being inferred, I don't buy it. They never say a word about Islamic terrorism. Instead, we get the catch phrase, "religious fundamentalism". And what other group is often placed under that label? Christians. That's right. Us. And I can see, that's where this is going.

So now we're a "major obstacle" to world peace? We're one of the causes of this planet's wars? Huh, if all this comes to pass (population control, attacks on "religious fundamentalism", and everything else they tout) they might just get what they're asking for.

Bioligist Edward O. Wilson says, "'Once we face the problems underlying the origins of...religious extremism...then we'll find a solution to those...in terms of an informed international negotiation system.'" I'm thinking that along with this nice little "informed international negotiation system" might come some Gestapo-like security force. Over my dead body.

So, in conclusion, all that mankind needs to do is return to the ways of the apes, our Evolutionary ancestors; engage in wild sex and everything promiscuous; control the population (Doesn't sex caus population growth?), end religious fundamentalism, destroy the power of the oppressive male race and elevate females.

How silly we have been! How ignorant! For all of our history as walking, talking, non-hunched-over humans, all we had to do to solve the world's problems is look to the apes! They had it right all along; we need to return to the ways of the great ape. We need to go back.

Hey, wait a minute. I thought Evolution was a force that was supposed to go forward?

Spencer

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supreme Court hears arguments on gun ownership

Pray.

Our very ability to defend our women and children hangs in the balance.

Spencer

Monday, March 17, 2008

Disabled girl's parents defend growth-stunting treatment

This is absolutely sickening.

Police search door to door in Lhasa

And we do nothing?

PSR: RedBox 72012 Korean Infantry

All right!

We need a holiday to celebrate South Korea. We've got one for Ireland. Call it Tae Guk day or something.

And why do this, you may ask? Because South Korea and Ireland are the two countries I love the most, after America.

Spencer

St. Patrick's Day

Top o' the mornin' to ya!

Ireland forever,

Spencer

P.S. I think it might be time for some Celtic Woman.... ;-P

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Big Surprise 2.0 Revealed

Well, no pictures yet, but, basically....

Vroom vroom!

;-)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Test of faith

MSNBC's homepage:

Thousands of Christians are fleeing northern Iraq amid persecution and increasingly brazen attacks by militants who are killing in the name of Islam.
If you have to, brothers....

Rise up. Rise up and fight. And God speed to you.

Oh, things are so bad right now. Christians are being attacked abroad: Iraq, Sudan. And we are even being attacked at home: California, and Tennesse.

I pray to God....

Spencer

Tennessee Bill Threatens Christian Schooling

It's happening everywhere....

You know, I would sooner rise up in rebellion than turn over the souls of my children to The Beast.

“California Exodus” Takes Aim at Public Schools

Job update!

Now my job updates can be good news. :-P

So, I've actually been enjoying some of our training lately. Today I got the fun task of actually going to my branch and "shadowing" (that is, watching other tellers do their job). I was amazed at how incredibly friendly everyone was. I got immediate self-introductions and handshakes (That used to hardly ever happen at my old job!). I think I'll really get along with the people there, or at least the ones I met today. I was told to "shadow" one guy and he showed me all sorts of stuff and was really nice about it all; I followed him and another girl around for most of the time. :-P

The branch itself is really really nice; it's in a ritzy area and is much closer to my house than I thought (Under 15 minutes away, woohoo!). You can also see the ocean from the inside of the bank, right at the teller windows. Boats pass by! I'm not a "beach" fan but yes I like the ocean community (there's a big difference between the surfer dude/beach babe culture and the ocean/nautical stuff) well enough, and the inside of the bank is made to look like a ship. I mean, the middle has a big mainmast in it with a sail! :-D

And, as it turns out, I really really liked the manager there too, which counts for a serious something. From past experiences I know not to be too impressed with a manager before I see them in action for a while, but my first impression was quite positive. Before the 3-hour session was over, we were speaking Japanese to each other. Yup. :-D Fellow fan of all things Japan. Actually knows who Ieyasu, Nobunaga, and Hideyoshi are. Now that you don't run into every day. 8-) On top of that, she offered to grab me a Starbuck's as she got some for other people, and also gave me a little Wells Fargo pen, which may not seem like much, but still, it actually came in handy when the guy I was shadowing couldn't find his. :-P

Spencer

P.S. Oh, and I rid the bank of a little Cheiracanthum spider that was unwelcome behind one banker's desk. :-P

EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH IN SUDAN

Email newsletter:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lokichoggio, Kenya

Dear Friend of the Persecuted Church in Sudan,

I found an internet connection that works, so I decided to write to you from our base camp a few miles south of the Sudan border with an urgent request for prayer and financial help.

Roads in war-torn Darfur are more deadly than ever. So far this year, 5 UN passenger vehicles and 45 trucks have been attacked. Food deliveries have slowed because truckers refuse to risk their lives.

Yesterday, in what it called "an unprecedented situation," the World Food Programme announced a 50 percent cut in food deliveries to families in Darfur—just when the need is about to increase by 50 percent, as we head into the rainy season. In addition, the WFP is grounding its humanitarian flights at the end of the month.

In other words, the world is pulling back from the crisis in Darfur. But we can not!

This morning, I watched a team led by Brad Phillips take off from Lokichoggio with a plane load of emergency relief supplies bound for Jach, a refugee camp on the border of Darfur in Southern Sudan.

We have scheduled more flights delivering tons of medicine, blankets, mosquito nets, Bibles and other relief items. Additionally, we will begin implementation of a sustainable agricultural program that, if successful, will provide vital food supplements to the community. And because we want to feed the soul as well as the body, we're bringing in pastors to add to our evangelistic outreaches to the Darfur Moslems living in Jach.

I'm asking you to do two things.

First, please pray!

· Frequent altercations between SPLA and GoS troops along the border near Jach are a constant security concern. Pray for protection for our team.

· The PPF warehouse here in Loki must be refilled and emptied repeatedly before the rains start. Pray for God's provision.

· During the few remaining weeks before the rainy season, we need to complete as many water wells as possible. Pray for good weather and minimal mechanical difficulties.

Second, please send a special gift to help us continue ministering to the persecuted in Jach. The world focuses on the genocide in Darfur in mainly physical terms. Little attention is paid to the "spiritual genocide" that comes when an area is cut off from the Gospel and the corresponding "living" faith of our actions.

God has entrusted this remote refugee community to our care. As Christians and Moslems live together in such close proximity, an important opportunity exists for us to be salt and light to people cut off from the liberating truth of Christ. The Moslem refugees know we're Christians. They gratefully accept our Arabic Bibles. They listen to our evangelists. They watch our actions. They see Christ in us and working through us.

In a time when the rest of the world is scaling back its efforts in Darfur, we desire to move ever forward. But we can do nothing apart from God, who has chosen to work through the faithful intercession of his people.

Please help us continue this important work in Jach. Please send an emergency gift right away.

Go here to give an online contribution:
https://secure.giftwrapplus.org/ppf/eu/contribute/

or

go here to mail or fax your contribution:
http://www.persecutionproject.org/contribute/donate/fax.aspx

Thank you. And may God bless you.


Matt Chancey

Director of Communications & Founding Board Member



Come on, let's get moving. If you were in trouble you'd want your brothers and sisters in the faith to help you, now wouldn't you?

Spencer

HSLDA Update

Excerpt from "California--Pro-Homeschool Anderson Resolution" email newsletter.

We need to send a strong message!
Call your State Assemblymember and State Senator as soon as possible.
(You can find your Assembly Member's Capitol phone and fax numbers,
and address by entering your 9-digit ZIP code in HSLDA's Legislative
Tool Box at http://www.capwiz.com/hslda, or by calling the office in
your county that handles voter registration. The Governor's office is
(916) 445-2841 or fax him at (916) 445-4633.)

Ask them to -
"Please support Assembly Member Anderson's ACR 115 by signing on as a
co-author. This Resolution calls for a reversal of a California
Appellate Court's misguided interpretation of the laws under which we
educate our children at home."

Notes:
* Because e-mails are usually ignored, letters and calls are
significantly more effective.
* Reprint or forward this to your friends, church, school, and group.
* Pray for a proper outcome.


Let's do it, people.

Spencer

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

ZZZZZZZZ....

This morning thing is painful. Ouch.

Anyways, training at WF is going good. I had fun yesterday and today, except for about four hours today where it was serious business, and all complicated. I can't complain though, we were duly warned by our trainer (Good thing, we've got a good trainer--whoo, that could've been close!).

Our group isn't too small, or too large; 12 people. Seeing as I haven't made any violent enemies yet, I'd guess I was doing pretty good. :-) But, of course, there's only twelve of them, and only about half are guys. I'll wait a while, until I get into the real branch, and then see what happens. :-P

Oh, and I've already been established as the go-to guy for "dinosaur facts."

Spencer

P.S. Oh, I almost forgot! The training center has an outside courtyard, and guess what? Lizards doth roam. Oh yeah. 8-D

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ah....

I'm back.

Had a good day. :-P

Brucerput Waynehamun

Behold, it is the mighty furry flying mammal god!

Doug's Blog: Homeschooling Rights in Jeopardy in California

Yes!!! He posted it!!!

...Dr. Dobson stated: “The court is guilty of an imperious assault on the rights of parents. How dare these judges have the audacity to label tens of thousands of parents criminals — the equivalent to drug dealers or pickpockets — because they want to raise and educate their children according to their deeply held values?”...


Spread the word, spread the word!

Paleo

I don't believe this....

It's still dark outside. This is ridiculous! All I wanted to do after getting up about a half hour ago was go right back to bed.

I hope this new job routine thingy works.

Spencer

BTW, today's my 1st day. Wish me Godspeed. ;-P

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Defending Homeschool Freedom in California

I just heard about this.

As you all well know, I rarely say this, but, this really does scare me.

It's time to take up "arms." Speak out. Speak out for your rights, the rights of your brethren. Fight for your rights.

At the very least, please sign the petition. Even if you weren't homeschooled or wouldn't homeschool your own children, does that mean others should not be allowed to if they so choose?

So, please. Do something. Please. And above all things...pray.

Spencer

P.S. I'd also like to ask anyone and everyone to spread the news far and wide. Everywhere.

Doug's Blog: New Book Release: Darwin’s Plantation

Here he goes again. Gotta love that guy; just gotta love him.

Go get 'em, Doug. :-D

Spencer

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's official

The truth is out.

You all knew it. It hasn't been a secret. Still, it was never official...until now.

Ladies and gentleman, Paleo is officially crazy.




(Yes, that is a squid hanging out of my mouth.)

Monday, March 03, 2008

Return to the battlefield!

I had a couple reasons to go today, so I did. I went back to Mervyn's....

That was fun. I wanna do that again. :-)

Spencer

Google Adsense

What does everyone know about it? Would it be worth it? What can any of you tell me about it?

Cheers,

Paleo

Sunday, March 02, 2008

CBS to air mixed martial arts events

Yeeeeaaahh. 8-D

Oh, and by the way, this reminds me, I tested for next belt...I need to post the pictures from the last one, don't I?

Spencer

P.S. My only hope is that whatever CBS airs won't turn into some WWF smackdown sort of thing. I want traditional martial arts!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

The End

Today is my very last day. Much of my farewell-ing has been done. Perhaps the worst is over, perhaps not; I'd say that it might be. We'll see how tonight goes.

Tonight I work my last shift. Bring it on.

Spencer