Friday, October 31, 2008

The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween

;-D

I always knew I was so very, very scary....

Spencer

Teh fluffehz must diez!!!!!

Behold, teh tree huggerz are in an uproars.

Eats dem now, we must! It is their timez!

From Phoenix Chronicles

But... It didn't really look like steak. And when I ate it, it didn't really feel like steak. In fact, it didn't really taste like steak.

But it was good.

Then I thought "what if it isn't steak?" What if it was some cuddly animal that wandered into their parking lot? Like a cat or something? D:

So I was thinking about that. While eating it.

...

And it didn't bother me too much. Why? Because it was tasty meat.

Meat is meant for eating.

I'm sorry, dear fluffy creatures, but you are made of meat. And if you are tasty to me, then I shall eat you. Granted, I probably wouldn't kill you myself and eat you. I'd have someone else to the dirty work. Buuuut.. It's a fallen world. Thus we must work the ground for our veggies, and kill our critters for our meat. D8

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ICR Email Update

OCTOBER 30, 2008

Dear Friends:


As we indicated to you on Tuesday, ICR’s special counsel, Jim Johnson, and I met with representatives from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in a pre-hearing mediation meeting on Wednesday. The mediation was conducted by an administrative law judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin.

ICR met with the THECB prior to an official administrative hearing, in hopes that our graduate school’s application for authority to grant Master of Science degrees in Texas might be settled prior to any further legal proceedings. ICR Graduate School (ICRGS) has been offering M.S. degrees from its California campus for 27 years and last year sought to move the school to Texas, where our research and communications work now reside.

However, this controversy was not resolved at the mediation meeting on Wednesday.

The primary dispute turns on the regulatory interpretation of the word “science,” with the THECB insisting that any science degree or science program must be evolution-based—without any mixture of “religion” in the program. The THECB went further to say that their board held ultimate responsibility to regulate any program that issued a “standard” degree (M.S., M.A., M.Ed., etc.). Thus it would not be possible for ICRGS to keep its current program even if we were to change the degree title to Master of Education, for example.

The five THECB representatives did concur, however, that a degree program in Christian education or apologetics was not within their jurisdiction, as long as the degree title was not “standard” nomenclature, such as an M.C.Ed. (Masters in Christian Education).

I want to thank you for praying for us during the meeting. The meeting was cordial and both sides were able to clarify certain misunderstandings regarding each other’s positions and reasons for the debate.

ICRGS will now continue the Texas administrative appeal process in order to secure the right to offer its Master of Science degree program in Texas, as it has been doing for 27 years in California.

Dr. Henry Morris III
Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Can we justify Batman?

This is a question that quite interests me. Please, I want everyone's views on this subject. So please comment.

What do you think?

WARSKYLMOOT: Vigilante
Christian Viglantism?
Was Ehud a Vigilante?

Monday, October 27, 2008

ICR News -- Prayer Alert for Graduate School

From an email alert:

Dear Friends of ICR,

Many of you have expressed interest in our dispute with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), which in April denied our application to allow the ICR Graduate School to move its 27-year-old degree program to Texas. ICR’s graduate school’s appeal and legal challenge has asserted various federal and state law violations to the THECB’s actions, and this challenge is set for a pre-litigation mediation proceeding on Wednesday of this week (October 29th).

ICR will meet with THECB representatives at the direction of a Mediator-Administrative Law Judge (who is assigned to ICR’s case by the State Office of Administrative Hearings) to discuss and further clarify our official appeal to their action of last April.

Please bring this matter before the Lord in prayer, especially on that day, that we may represent our positions in a manner that would please the Lord as we begin what could be a substantial and prolonged litigation process.

Dr. Henry Morris III
Chief Executive Officer

I'm excited!!

I saw a commercial for this moments ago. I'd heard a bit about some greatest hits album, and here it is!

Tracklist via Amazon:

1. The Call
2. Pie Jesu
3. Harry's Game
4. The Butterfly
5. The Voice
6. Danny Boy
7. Orinoco Flow
8. You Raise Me Up
9. Shenandoah The--Contradiction
10. The Isle of Inisfree
11. Dulamán
12. Green the Whole Year Round
13. Ave Maria
14. The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun
15. Somewhere
16. Beyond the Sea
17. Mo Ghile Mear (bonus track)
18. Spanish Lady (bonus track)


Most of the songs all true Celtic Woman fans already have, but we've got The Call and Pie Jesu (Ooh! I'm way excited about them doing that one.). The commercial claimed four new songs, and they fulfill the other two with Somewhere and Green the Whole Year Round. Somewhere was on both of the DVDs but none of the CDs, and the other song was on the Christmas DVD but not the Christmas CD.

Eh, not too shabby. I just have to have it though; I'm such a CW maniac (ahem, collector) that I'm musically talentless and still plan on buying the songbook. Now what does that tell you?

I'll sure miss Meav, though, and will feel the loss of the honorary Hayley as well. On the other hand I'm interested to hear Meav's replacement....

*iz skeptical*

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Music Review: Misery Business, by Paramore



Song: Misery Business
Artist: Paramore
Album: Riot!

With their exciting rock style, Paramore's music sometimes attracts me due to the sound. The song Misery Business was the first of theirs I ever heard, and after getting over the initial confusion over the lyrical meaning and story I found myself identifying with the nasty overtones (again).

The lyrics are as follows:


I'm in the business of misery, let's take it from the top
She's got a body like an hourglass that's ticking like a clock
It's just a matter of time before we all run out
But when I thought he was mine, she caught him by the mouth

I waited eight long months, she finally set him free
I told him I couldn't lie, he was the only one for me
Two weeks and we'd caught on fire
She's got it out for me, but I wear the biggest smile

Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now
But G** does it feel so good, 'cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause G** it just feels so...
It just feels so good

Second chances, they don't ever matter, people never change
Once a whore, you're nothing more, I'm sorry that'll never change
And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
Sorry honey, but I passed it up, now look this way

Well, there's a million other girls that do it just like you
Looking as innocent as possible to get to who they want and what they like
It's easy if you do it right
Well, I refuse, I refuse, I refuse!

Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now.
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now
But G** does it feel so good, 'cause I got him where I want him right now
If you could then you know you would
'Cause G** it just feels so...
It's just feels so good

I watched his wildest dreams come true
Not one of them involving you
Just watch my wildest dreams come true
Not one of them involving...

Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now
Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now
But G** does it feel so good, 'cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause G** it just feels so...
It's just feels so good



And before my biblically-grounded readers hang me due to the vain uses of the Lord's name , let me write the review, all right?

First of all, we see Hayley (Williams, lead singer of Paramore) singing about her guy, and how she almost lost him ("But when I thought he was mine, she caught him by the mouth"), and then when she gets him back and exults in her victory ("I waited eight long months, she finally set him free/I told him I couldn't lie, he was the only one for me/Two weeks and we'd caught on fire/She's got it out for me, but I wear the biggest smile").



But we also see her rival ("She's got it out for me"), her love's former flame. The song has a touch of cattiness and, like I said, nastiness here ("Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now/Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now/But G** does it feel so good, 'cause I got him where I want him now/And if you could then you know you would/'Cause G** it just feels so... /It just feels so good"), but the thing is that's my favorite aspect of the song (besides the sound). Due to past experiences I can definitely understand the idea of the feeling of "I beat you, my rival" and what it might be like. I definitely identify with it. Understandably, it's not exactly perfect, but with it's excellent grasp of the emotions of such a situation ("It's just feels so good", "but I wear the biggest smile") and the talented lyrical representation, it at least strikes a chord with me, and frankly I love that part of the song. ...and to be fair she does say that she "never meant to brag", right?

Her rivalry, naturally, devolves into more hateful conflict ("Second chances, they don't ever matter, people never change/Once a whore, you're nothing more, I'm sorry that'll never change" and "I watched his wildest dreams come true/Not one of them involving you/Just watch my wildest dreams come true/Not one of them involving..."). Again, not exactly kosher, but still to be expected. The "whore" part has to be the worst in this sequence; normally if a male singer/group used that word I'd be on the Reviewer's Rampage, but since it's a woman speaking of a fellow woman it's a little less horrible (although it's still not up my alley).



We do see something of Hayley's enemy in the music video, where in an apparent high school setting she knocks several cheerleaders to the ground, cuts a girl's braid off, shoves a guy into a wall, causing pain to his sling-clad arm, and also very sensuously kisses a stolen boyfriend in front of his distraught girlfriend. Hayley, however, does go so far as to seek revenge, as she and her band members suddenly appear. She horrible smudges the girl's make-up, as well as removing her, uhm, false...how do I say this...augmentation devices?

On the other hand, I see a very positive aspect when Hayley cries "Well, there's a million other girls that do it just like you/Looking as innocent as possible to get to who they want and what they like", which is possibly a reference, albeit a debatable one, to sexual intercourse and the like, but I actually found this "I won't stoop to that level" attitude very applaudable. Our singer refuses to behave in such a manner as her rival did/does ("Well, I refuse, I refuse, I refuse!"), instead choosing the relative moral high ground. But on another negative note, she sings "And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged/Sorry honey, but I passed it up, now look this way". So, forgetting about the mysterious nature of those words, "passing up" on forgiveness doesn't sound very applaudable to me. And the title is also another possible negative touch (Misery?).



With all this alone the song would get a mixed review but would possibly (or even likely) find itself onto my tracklist nonetheless, but it's the use of the Lord's name in vain that puts the nail in the coffin ("But G** does it feel so good...'Cause G** it just feels so..."). This is quite unnecessary, is not very artistic in my opinion, and easily could be fixed with the word "because" or something like it instead (Because it feels so good...Because it just feels so...").

I like what little I have heard of Paramore. I like the sound and much of the lyrics of Misery Business. But, using my God's name in such a manner is going too far.

Spencer

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hussein's Ties to Evil

A Muslim journalist wrote "With a nod and a wink Muslims work incognito for Obama, their perfect candidate"


Read section 10.

Hamas? Farrakhan? Qaddaffi?

Spencer

Thursday, October 23, 2008

WARSKYL: On the Horizon

You may usually ignore my posts such as these. This one, don't.

Pro-Choice...Pro-Rape?

Wow.

The best way I've seen it described yet!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

October 18th, 2008

To the bride and groom



God bless the happy couple! From the bottom of my heart, my best wishes and congratulations for the awesome groom, Jay, and my dearest friend in the whole world, Amy.

YOU'RE MARRIED!!!!!!!!! :-D

Spencer

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hurrah for Proposition 8!

I had fun messing around with these lyrics here. Translating it from the original to this "version" doesn't flow perfectly, but it somewhat conveys my enthusiasm right now. :-)


We are the band of faithful, and native to the soil,
Fighting for our liberty, with blessing, blood and toil,
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

As long as the politicians were faithful to their trust,
Like friends and like brethren, kind were we, and just,
But now, when homosexual treachery attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

First gallant pro-family pioneers nobly made the stand,
Then came more and more of them and took them by the hand,
Next, quickly Californians, and others from other states,
All raised on high Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Ye people of valor gather round the banner of the right,
The women and the children join us in the fight,
God, our loved father, and Jesus savior, are,
Now rally round Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Now here's to California, the old Golden State,
With Proposition 8 we hope has sealed her fate,
And spurred by her example, now other states prepare,
To hoist high Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise a joyous shout,
For the powerful and the mighty now have both gone out,
And let another rousing cheer for the active citizens be given,
The single Proposition 8 shall grow to be 50!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Then here's to Proposition 8, strong it is and bold,
Like Reformationists of old we'll fight, our families to save,
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer,
So cheer for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!

Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Prop 8, hurrah!
Hurrah for Proposition 8, that promotes the traditional family!



Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

OBAMA?

This poster is quite something.

Spencer

Monday, October 13, 2008

Music Review: God Help Me, by Rebecca St. James



Song: God Help Me
Artist: Rebecca St. James
Album: If I Had Once Chance to Tell You Something

Anyone who knows me will likely roll their eyes, knowing what my review will say. But, still, I want to review this song first (I want to at least have a positive view of the first reviewed song--it'd be pretty crummy to have to scream in a panic, "BEWARE!!!!!" on my first one, wouldn't it?), and I chose this one because I admit I love it and it's also slightly controversial, in a way (although it's an easier handle, as it's of the Christian genre). For further notice I won't be discussing the moral lessons of Mozart or Beethoven; I'll be hitting more, let's say reviewable material.

First, for the sake of my reader's I'll let them see the lyrics. Read them, examine them, and judge for yourself. (I don't think they are, but still forgive me if they're a tad off. I did them partially by ear.)

From the deep I cry
I am needing change in my life
I have let the cold creep in and lock my ability to feel (deeply)
Just now a shaft of light shot through my soul
Opening up the windows and the doors
Reaching to the corners and my flaws
Showing my need

I'm running out of time to live
Running out of love to give
Running out of life within
God help me

I don't care who stares
Never want to be what I've been again
Grace has taken over and drawn me in and I am embracing it
'Cause now I see Your light drawing me close
Overwhelming love I don't deserve
But I'll take the hope You bring, You hold it out to me
Without You

I'm running out of time to live
Running out of love to give
Running out of life within
God help me

God help me
Please help me
God help me

Running out of time to live
Running out of love to give
Running out of life within
God help me

I'm running out of time to live
Running out of love to give
Running out of life within
God help me

God help me



I'll admit it. I love the sound of this song. The hard, blasting electric guitar and the other elements suit my musical tastes perfectly. Gritty, nasty, dark and mean, this is right up my alley.

The average Christian listener may very well be caused to run in the opposite direction at those words, but let's wait a second here and take a closer look.

In the album's booklet, Rebecca St. James says of this song, "I wrote this song on my 27th birthday, after coming face to face with a fresh understanding of the brevity of life and my intense need for God." And that's a good description. One of the biggest reasons I've loved this song so much (besides its sound) was the dark tones of death ("I'm running out of time to live/Running out of love to give/Running out of life within/God help me"); they resonate with me quite a bit. But it's not a dangerous and suicidal obsession with death that so many non-Christian artists have. These lyrics have something. They're quite powerful, and they give the credit to the right source.

The singer cries out numerous times to God for help (I mean, that's the title of the song!), seeming to realize her unsaved folly ("From the deep I cry/I am needing change in my life/I have let the cold creep in and lock my ability to feel (deeply)"). But, thankfully, things don't end there, and there's something of a conversion scene in the song ("Just now a shaft of light shot through my soul/Opening up the windows and the doors/Reaching to the corners and my flaws/Showing my need"). We even see her new attitude ("I don't care who stares/Never want to be what I've been again") and is now following the path of Christ with strength, vigor, and tenacity ("Grace has taken over and drawn me in and I am embracing it/'Cause now I see Your light drawing me close/Overwhelming love I don't deserve/But I'll take the hope You bring, You hold it out to me").

Rebecca recognizes her time is short ("I'm running out of time to live"), and runs to the only one who can help her ("Running out of life within/God help me").

Rebecca St. James's music is in my opinion a high note amongst the genre (many "Christian" artist are not quite who they say they are); although I'm sure I'm more "conservative" than she is, her faith and her laudable views on the issues of relationships, chastity, etc. are something I can truly appreciate. Her courtship song Wait For Me comes to mind.

A note about this "[g]ritty, nasty, dark and mean" song. For years I've heard the idea from many Christians that all forms of rock, rap, metal, etc. music are evil and Satanic (they often claim that such forms of music come from pagan African roots), and while I respect their opinion completely (even struggling with the idea for a long time myself), I cannot accept it. For sure, I agree that almost all rap and metal is deplorable in content, and much of rock is as well, but that's beside the issue of sound or style. Is it the electric guitar, the drums, or a throbbing beat that makes a song "evil"? I do not see the scriptural basis for this. I simply cannot grip the philosophy that something can be morally wrong just because of its sound (Didn't God create sound and music anyhow?).

It's not that I take the view that we should conform our own styles of Christian music to those of other popular artist and their genres in order to "identify" with the unsaved in order to somehow help them (Am I the only one that finds this kind of logic strange?), something I also regard to be erroneous, even though well-intentioned. However, the fact that a song may sound like this song does is not grounds for me to declare it evil.

On the contrary, I find much to applaud in God Help Me. Good job, Rebecca.

Spencer

Paleo is trying something new!

My next post will be me trying something I've never done before. I've been contemplating it lately, and would like to at least try it out.

I'm going to start doing music reviews. No, not of a certain style, artist, or even an album, but just of individual songs. It'd be too involved, too time-consuming and too risky (I might miss something important) to do anything more. And yes, of course, the reviews will be based in my own worldview (and thus I'll usually examine the lyrics) and, I hope, will be culturally relevant in today's world.

I'd also like to toss out a disclaimer; seeing as music lyrics are often so subliminal and contain so many hidden meanings, and not being the most up-to-date person on crude references, I'd like to...well, put out this disclaimer! :-P

So, next up, we'll have a song review from yours truly.

Spencer

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Relief

I just wanted to let you all now that everything is okay. It's over, and I've been fully vindicated of all wrong-doing, and I am now safe. I was surprised to hear the news so early yesterday; it was a welcome weight removed when I finally knew, but the moments when I was trying to get the actual news itself, and the 23 hours or so before it, were not pleasant by any means.

I'm not out of the woods yet; the larger issue still must be resolved, but at least this is taken care of so I can free up my hands to fight. I'm still quite relieved, however. If I'd lost here I would have been severely tied, in more ways than one. Some of the final, last-ditch solutions that I was coming up with were extreme.

The immense power of collective prayer once again being shown to me, I should ask for more prayers as well. There's something else I want to do to help take care of this larger issue; I've succeeded in the majority of it (that's the success I mentioned in my last post) but I've still got more work to do. And, besides, as horrible as it sounds, getting this accomplished would also make me feel a whole lot better as a man. So, I need some more help. God knows what it is, even if you all don't. :-)

But, for now, I'm pretty happy. :-D

Although I can't see through the bank of fog just yet, I'm confident there will be mead hall at the end of it. ...but if Grendel waits for me in my path, well then, I'll just kill him. And then I'll go to the mead hall!

Spencer

P.S. Having said all that, even though I am using blogger right now (which just deleted my post and I had to write it again!) I've pretty much always been a hating enemy of technology. Well, now I'm basically a sworn blood enemy of it all. I'm quite feeling like I want to use my Estwing rock pick/hammer.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fellow Believers

Okay.

I'm going to tell you all something only a precious few know. Things have been bad lately. Very, very bad. I've been doing everything within my power to fix them, and recently I've met with success. I'm not out of the woods yet, but it was going to help.

Except tonight there's been a hitch. I won't lie; I've had one horrible night (the worst ever, as to what it concerns), and it could get very, very worse. If the worst thing that can happen does happen, I will be in deeper than...deep. I honestly don't know how everything will be okay if it does happen. If I really did screw up big time, then this may affect me and those around me so horribly that...well, I simply don't know.

What I need from my fellow believers is prayers. I really didn't want to talk about this, but opted for the side of extra prayers instead of indulging my own reservedness.

Ouch, I'm stressed right now. Honestly I'm worried so much it may even be near my breaking point.

So please, pray for me right now. I really need it, because if I lose this new fight, I very well may lose the larger one as well (not to mention one that I fought so hard many months ago on top of it). And that would be one of the worst things I can even conceive of right now. It would mean my failure as everything.

...

Spencer

(P.S. This isn't mortal, please no one worry like that. But I do need help. I don't really like going public like this, but still....)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

3 Man Killers: Sex

I'm beginning to love AoM more and more. This is quite a good one! (If there are any prudes our there don't worry; it doesn't get bad.)

Spencer

Thursday, October 02, 2008

God, why did you let all the dinosaurs die?

I know, I know. I crosspost all the time. Links perpetually adorn my blog. Yeah, trust me, I know it. I've always known it; it's not some OCD thing you all snickered about, while I was completely oblivious.

But seriously. This time? You just gotta take a look at this one. It just got the Paleo Stamp. Extra brownies for knowing Monolophosaurus.

Spencer

P.S. Makes me want to write up a post about the topic all on my own....

Whoooo!!!

It's almost out! Aaahh!!