Monday, April 27, 2009

Two 2A articles of vital importance

Congress Trying To Implement The Medical Records Gun Ban

...Congress is moving closer to a showdown over the largest expansion of government in modern U.S. history -- a bill which would require virtually every single American to buy government-approved health insurance, whether they wanted it or not. And, in the process, that bill would feed all of your most confidential medical data into an enormous database, which could be used to take away your guns.

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Now, the budget resolution has come back from conference, and guess what?

Budget Chairman Conrad stabbed us in the back, just as GOA thought he would. His actions meant that Senators didn't have to go on record voting for gun control the first time around.

The conference report gives Senate and House Republicans until September to cave in and agree to pass the anti-gun database and $10,000+ health mandate. And, if they do not, the Left Wing Democratic leadership will pass their own bill with 50 Senate votes -- and no Republicans.

And, incidentally, when we say "anti-gun database," we mean that everything your kid told his pediatrician about whether you have a gun collection will be searchable by the government. And people with Alzheimer's, ADHD, and other disorders will begin losing their gun rights just as quickly as veterans -- who have seen the ramifications of being on a government database....



Ignatius Piazza: Gun Control Has Killed 170 Million People

...WORLDWIDE HISTORY OF GUN CONFISCATION

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated…

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In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

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China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated....



Spencer

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Joker speaks about America

You may have heard about what is officially called the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) treaty. You have likely read about it here. Truly, we can see what it really is if it says "Against...Firearms, Ammunition..." in it. Yet another international treaty, hmm?

This is one of many issues facing us today. Increasing violation of the rights of the people are being enacted, attempted, etc. The media attempts to hide it, but there are those who speak.

These are nothing less than all-out attacks on our God-given, Constitutionally-recognized rights. They talk about human rights? Well, this is what I consider to be a human right. The 2nd Amendment, parental rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to educate one's child at home, and many, many other things are being threatened today.

Again, please see GOA's analysis here, as well as my last post. I don't like to be a broken record, but I sincerely believe it is time to "get active" for lack of a better term. It is time to stand up and say, "I refuse to allow my rights to be trampled. I refuse to be quiet, I refuse to back down. I claim the rights my God and my government has given me, and I refuse to do anything but oppose any and all direct assaults upon my rights as a free citizen of the United States of America."

Remember that scene in The Dark Knight, when the Joker says "If we don't deal with this now, little, uh, Gambol here, won't have a nickel for his Grandma!" Well, if we don't deal with all of this now, then what will our children have? What will happen to our great nation? Certainly, our future will not be bright.

But I'm sure that makes me a terrorist for saying that.

Spencer

Baldwin: Obama Positioning For Backdoor Gun Control

On his recent trip to Central America, President Barack Obama did more than cozy up to Marxist dictators; he also signed onto an international treaty that could, in effect, be used as backdoor gun control. It appears that Obama wants to use international treaties to do what congressional legislation is not able to do: further restrict the right of the American people to keep and bear arms.

Obama is using the oft-disproved contention that "90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States" as the stated basis of his support for the international treaty he is promoting. The treaty is formally known as the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) treaty. The Bill Clinton administration signed the treaty back in 1997, but the U.S. Senate has never ratified the treaty. Obama intends to change that.

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According to one senior Obama administration official, passing the treaty is a "high priority" for the President.

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For Obama to intimate that 90% of the firearms used by Mexican drug cartels come from the United States reveals either a truly dishonest and deceptive mind or a totally misinformed and naïve one. Many studies have thoroughly debunked the 90% myth, including one by William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott in a recent Fox News report. According to these researchers, the real number is closer to 17%.

According to La Jeunesse and Lott, Mexican drug cartels, which control billions of dollars, obtain the overwhelming majority of their guns from the Black Market, Russian crime syndicates, South America, China, Guatemala, and even from the Mexican army.



Spencer

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PRO Pres. Mike Farris on Fox News Network

Wish I had a dish right about now....

From PRO email message:

ParentalRights.org president Mike Farris will be a guest on the Mike Huckabee Show on Fox News Network this Saturday at 8 and 11 p.m. The show will also air Sunday at 2:00 a.m. Farris, who was rescheduled from an earlier date, will speak about the vital issue of parents' rights and the proposed Parental Rights Amendment. Supporters are urged to watch, and may want to record the segment to show to friends and family who are not yet convinced on the matter.


What a man, what a giant. God grant him success.

Spencer

The Left's Hypocrisy Over Secession

From Richard G. Williams of Old Virginia Blog comes another fantastic post. I read the whole thing, and think you should too. :-)

Spencer

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The international treaty scourges again. This time, reloading our guns might be illegal too?

I am so deeply disgusted that I have so much to say I can't even say it all. I'd have trouble just articulating.

From Gun Owners of America:

Less than 100 days into his administration, he’s never met a gun he didn’t hate.

A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn’t have the political power to take away our semi-automatics. Nevertheless, that didn’t keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun owners.

It’s called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really nasty piece of work.

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Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be “illicit manufacturing.” And, while it would be a stretch, assembling a firearm after cleaning it could, in any plain reading of the words, come within the screwy definition of “illicit manufacturing.”



This is abhorrent. I know I say this alot, but PLEASE just send the prefilled emails out at least...it's right in the link. All you have to do is fill out the info fields.

We must, must fight this. I'll be blasting my senators, as left as they are....

Spencer

I love this girl!

I'm pretty riled about the Miss California thing; did anyone hear about it?

April 20, 2009

Dear Friend,
It seems that there is no place left where gay activists won’t attempt to force their agenda onto the rest of society. Same-sex marriage, of course, is at the top of their list.

Last night during the Miss USA contest, one of the contest judges, gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton, asked Miss California Carrie Prejean that since Vermont has now legalized gay marriage shouldn’t every state follow suit? Ms. Prejean had the courage to express her views and said, “Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”

Ms. Prejean’s comments were cheered by the crowd, but a smattering of jeers could be heard in the background by a few who were incensed at her answer. According to FoxNEWS.com, arguments broke out in the lobby of the theater, with one gay man shouting, "I think it's ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are." Is there an unwritten rule that Miss USA contestants must hold values in agreement with homosexual activists?
For his own part, Hilton immediately cut a video blog where he ripped Ms. Prejean, calling her a “stupid b***h” and referring to her in language so vile that it can’t even be hinted at by its first letter.

Ms. Prejean was named runner-up in the contest and today there was considerable discussion in the blogosphere about whether her answer might have cost her the title. Prejean told FoxNEWS.com that she had “no regrets” and was happy with the answer she gave.

We’re very proud of Ms. Prejean for speaking her mind in support of traditional marriage. She represented the silent majority in America and expressed a point of view that over 7 million California voters also expressed just last November. In fact, in the history of this issue every single state that has voted on it has voted to affirm traditional marriage.

The outcry from some activists in the gay community over Ms. Prejean’s comments are indicative of how far they will go to force their same-sex marriage agenda on society. Miss California is vilified by Perez Hilton in a video blog for respectfully answering his question, and gay men are shouting against her in the theater lobby. Yet we are supposed to take homosexual leaders at face value that if same-sex marriage were legalized they would never force this teaching onto children in the schools.

Thank you, Miss California, for knowing the truth about marriage and standing up for it, even when you knew that your honest answer may hinder your chances for the crown of Miss USA.

Sincerely,
Ron Prentice
Chairman
ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8




Are you sure you're from California, Carrie? 'Cuz I live here too, just wondering.... No matter, I'm very pleased. Even if they were low enough to refrain from granting you the crown because of this, you won in my mind, and that's all that matters to me. I'm also pretty comfy with declaring you Miss Universe right here and now. :-D (Who'd a thunk Spencer would ever have a post about beauty pageants?)

Hey Hilton, you should stop by Cali, where the lady with honor whom you called a "stupid b****" hails from. I think we need to have a little chat--as you seem so fond of harsh language, I say we play a game. I'll declare you a Slimy on the "PH Scale" (Perez Hilton Scale?) and I'll make you cry before a minute's out.

Spencer

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Movie Review: Reign of Fire



First off, allow me to remind everyone that this is part three in a string of reviews. I know it's coming a little late, but this is Part 3 and There Will Be Blood and The Matrix were parts 1 and 2.

I must say that I personally love dragons, but I also must admit that this film simply did not do it for me. I didn't have too many problems with it, however, but you may be wondering why I would lump it in with other such films. Let's see....

First, a little history. Reign of Fire takes the position that dragons really did exist (similar to the much better film, Dragon's World .), but clearly humans no longer believe in their existence. They apparently caused the extinction of the dinosaurs (cue Evolutionist history of the Earth) and also were the cause of the Ice Age. Suspending my Creationist views for a moment, this made little sense to me as "THE Ice Age" most of us think of was, according to the Evolutionists, really just the last in a long series of them. Periods of extreme, uh, ice lasted for 100,000 approximately, and then were punctuated by 10,000 years of non-ice age conditions. (According to their framework we're due for another, by the way.) If the dragons caused the Ice Age, which one did they cause? I should say, however that my position is that of the general Creation science community--that there was one Ice Age (see the book Frozen in Time by Michael J. Oard). (It was the smoke and ash from their fire-breath, I should say.)

All right, back to the review here. In what amounted to a strange and ultimately poor explanation in my opinion, the dragons apparently survived (hibernated?) deep underground until being awakened in the opening sequence of the film. They come out and they come out hungry. They burn, destroy, and worse, they reproduce like rabbits.

Fast forward many years, and we have Christian Bale (yes, of Batman fame) playing the leader of a small band of humans holed up inside a castle in England (clearly an attempt to medieval-ize the film). Most of the world has been destroyed and the few remaining humans cling to life in small communities. Okay, fair enough.

As everything was burnt, blown out, demolished and destroyed, I kind of enjoyed this aspect as it reminded me of ApocaLego, and for fantasy I was at least able to accept it somewhat.

The dragons themselves were fairly impressive, although I felt that the viewer did not get to see them nearly enough. The explanation for their fire-breathing capabilities was admittedly convincing: two glands in the throat contain chemicals that, when combined, produce explosive flames. I did feel that these dragons seemed to have way too much to burn in the way that the poor humans had little chance, and from a purely entertainment point of view I much preferred the Dragon's World version, with the limited amounts of fire.

The dragons are pretty big, but one enormous male is the most impressive. Monstrous, ugly, hissing, burning, and demonic. Gnarly beastie. Something unique was the way the wings were done, instead of just being attached to the arms, the wing membranes stretched down onto the tail. (I wasn't too fond of the holes in the wings, though.) At the same time however, the membrane was completely removed from the hind limbs, being stretched behind the hip socket, freeing the legs up for other uses. You can kind of see this in images here, here, here, here, and here.

Anatomically interesting.

Besides all that, there is not really much else to go over. I will refrain from spoilers (but I will say that the way the last guy who dies goes down...wow), and I had nothing to object to. No sex, and little language. The movie, overall, was missing something and didn't really grab me, and as I said, I love dragons. Ermph. The most appealing scene in my opinion was the American dragon slayers--basically military men who risk their lives to take dragons down, one at a time. And they use a pretty sweet chopper to do it. Nice scene.

Okay, down to the overarching philosophy that I disagree with. Similar to what I said in my review of The Matrix, the whole idea that humans can be so threatened that they are near extinction is predominately Evolutionistic in my opinion, and is an unbiblical one at that. We are given the backdrop of Evolution to start with as Bale narrates, and then the rest of the film has the flavor of man vs. dragon, both embroiled in a struggle for survival. Survival of the fittest? I strongly disagree with these ideas, but to be fair, Reign of Fire was the best out of the three in this manner as it is intimated the the humans eventually win out, and to be 100% truthful, an apocalyptic event is not necessarily out of the question. While I seriously am unconvinced at anything of the nature of this film, if we change our outlook we would no longer see a survival of the fittest view, we would see something along the lines of a great catastrophe that, no matter how destructive, would never completely eradicate humanity. So, while this film's premise isn't entirely biblical in its approach, it at least isn't utterly "impossible" (in the sense of The Matrix--yes, I believe the events of Reign of Fire are impossible!). Although not having any "cool" fight sequences like The Matrix, this one is still undoubtedly the best of the three.

If you like dragons, you might want to check this one out. However, it is clear fantasy and isn't all that amazing either.

Spencer

For your consideration

A reading list for thee, my loyal readers. :-)

Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?

ADF attorney to argue Mont. parental rights case

Mike Johnson on Knowing the Truth: Homeland Security and Right Wing “Extremists”

Homeland Security Report equates ‘abortion opponents’ with white supremacists

US govt faces veteran anger at extremism report

Our President Yuks It Up With Leftist Thugs

Begg-ing the Question on Christian Politics

Patrick A. Trueman: Vermont’s proposed “sexting” remedy would make matters worse

Spencer

Friday, April 17, 2009

We knew there would be more

Says the Department of Homeland Security:
The DHS report warns law enforcement to be on guard against anyone who opposes illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, "free trade agreements," gun control, the "New World Order," "One World Government," the outsourcing of American jobs, the "perceived" threat to U.S. sovereignty by foreign powers, abortion, "declarations of martial law," "the creation of citizen detention camps," "suspension of the U.S. Constitution," or the abridgement of State authority. Also branded are people who believe in "end times" prophecies, and who "stockpile" food, ammunition, or firearms.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blog Crossposts

Some good stuff here. The first two I think you should read (make sure to check out the comments on the very first), and the third was very nice as well.

"If I Only Had a Propaganda Machine"
Governor Perry Says Texas Could Secede
To a Little Friend

Spencer

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tag: 15 Albums That Made An Impact On Your Life

Friend Lizzy Brown has tagged me! She has given me permission to attempt to murder her, but as that would be hard (traveling costs money) and also wrong, I have decided to fulfill the tag. One thing, though, I can't do albums that have "impacted" me so much as my favorites, so this will be more like Spencer's 15 Favorite Albums, k? I also like the idea of using 15 favorite songs...perhaps another post? Man, that'd be hard though...perhaps 25....and perhaps 10 favorite artists as well? Dunno....

What's great is that I just picked 15 and that was it...haha! In no particular order:


Celtic Woman
Celtic Woman

My favorite group of all time, this was CW's first album as well as my first introduction to them. A combination of Celtic and classical, their music is always well done and a step above everyone else's. Traditional Celtic songs like Isle of Inisfree, Siulil a Run, Danny Boy, and Si Do Mhaimeo I compliment the classical array with songs such as Ave Maria, Nella Fantasia, etc. Five amazing ladies bring their talent: Meav, Lisa, Orla, Chloe, and their fiddler, Mairead. We get solo songs with each as well as songs where more than one perform. One indicator of CW's glorious goodness is that CW & co. are about the only artists that make me want to listen to their slow songs! A much better version of Enya's Orinoco Flow is also a really fun song, but to be honest One World and Someday kinda creep me out. All in all, a glorious album, one of my forever favorites.


Celtic Woman: A New Journey
Celtic Woman

CW's second album, where the fan is treated to the new voice of the honorary Celtic Woman, Hayley Westenra of New Zealand. Very similar to their first album but with perhaps a slightly more fun flavor, Mairead wows us with Granuaile's Dance and The Pacific Slope, Hayley impresses her new audience (Laschia Chio Pianga!), Orla gives a very special, ancient feel to Newgrange, and Meav's Dulaman is enough to make you want to don Celtic war paint. My personal favorite of this album, one that took some time to defeat Dulaman but nevertheless remains, is The Voice. Lisa sings as Mairead fiddles, and boy is that an epic tune. Scarborough Fair and Beyond the Sea are both done better than ever, and At the Ceili and The Spanish Lady are just as much fun as the first album's Orinoco Flow! Feel your Irish pride glow! (To get all of these songs I insist upon the bonus track edition.)


Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
Celtic Woman

Much more traditional/classical than Celtic, this album is somewhat mellow but is a very fitting backdrop for the season. My personal favorite is the almost rock-like Carol of Bells by Mairead, which is very different than the rest of the songs. Ding Dong Merrily on High is nice and traditionally fun, and amazingly, the song that I have forever hated is one I love here in their medieval-esque rendition of The Little Drummer Boy. Let it Snow displeased me the first time I heard it, but when I saw the DVD concert Chloe stated before the song that it was different than their usual work but was "lots of fun" and if you watch them have so much fun, I can't not have fun anymore listening to it. A must for Christmas time! (Note: Meav painfully left the group sometime after this CD was recorded.)


Pure
Hayley Westenra

Released before the nigh-angelically-gifted New Zealander worked with Celtic Woman, this album is something along the lines of her international break-out. Filled with a mix of always beautiful songs, Hayley has a penchant for grabbing your emotions and connecting with her audience. Highlights include Pokarekare Ana, Never Say Goodbye, Across the Universe of Time, Heaven, Wuthering Heights, and, of course, the painful tearjerker Who Painted the Moon Black?, which is one of my favorite songs of all time. A hard thing about Hayley is that, as she is such an international success several different albums are released, often amounting to US, UK, NZ, Japan, and International editions. This edition is the US edition (somewhat stripped down).


Odyssey
Hayley Westenra

Hayley's second album, her voice is slightly matured but nothing is diminished. Again we get a great package of great songs done by the even greater Hayley, and had to get the Japanese edition to get The Mummer's Dance and the jaw-dropping Bachianas Brasileiras. My Heart Belongs to You is also one of her best songs ever.


Treasure
Hayley Westenra

Released under the title Celtic Treasure in the US, my edition is the International edition, and thus it provides a very interesting jewel case. Let Me Lie, Santa Lucia, Sonny, and Summer Fly are all spectacular, and Summer Rain is another one of my all-time favorite songs. However, if you do want her The Water is Wide you can't get it with the international edition. A very good, pretty, calming CD all around.


Hayley Sings Japanese Songs
Hayley Westenra

I had to go all the way to a supplier in Tokyo to get this album, and I paid over $40, too. My thoughts? More than worth it! Songs from Japan, often sung in Japanese--yes, apparently Hayley can sing in Japanese!--make up this CD, and it's well worth the westerner's trouble at tracking it down. Nada Sousou is the song I initially tracked this album down for (yes, I found a seller in Japan and chocked up over $40 dollars for one song), and I Believe, and Tsubasa Wo Kudasai are all great. Shiroi Iro Ha Koibito no Iro is my favorite, and we get both English and Japanese for this one. I prefer the Japanese edition. Don't miss out, peeps!


Raining Up
Mairead Nesbitt

A solo album from Celtic Woman's energetic fiddler, this album is more modernized Celtic than anything. If you're a traditionalist then you probably won't like this one, and it isn't very classical either. However, someone like me seriously enjoys this one. Her Raining Up, Captain H, and Tri Fhidili (Smash the Windows)/Prestons and Finan's Isle Suite: The Butterfly are all pumping, modern Celtic. The only song she's ever released that she has actually vocalized is the very strange An Raibh Tu Ag an Gcarraig?, replete with electronic voice manipulations, electric noises, and wood creaks. Very strange, I must admit but I love it because of it, however it may not please everyone. The best song of all, in my opinion her best ever and one of my top songs of eternity, is Skidoo. I can only describe it as Techno-Celtic, and it's amazingness is hard to describe to those who haven't heard it. It's a bit techno, almost rock-like, and very beat-y/pumping. Makes you have difficulty in choosing whether to dance, fiddle, or fight some imaginary foe. If you like this kind of music, there is nothing better than Skidoo!


Walking in the Air
Chloe Agnew

What some may find boring is what pleased this very picky guy who usually insists upon epic music. A soft, almost sleepy classical mix, Chloe does an amazing job at communicating to her audience with her beautiful voice. Her best is Vivaldi's Rain, which is better than the CW ANJ version, but her Walking in the Air was a little bit better in the CW debut album in my opinion. (For clarity's sake, no this is not the crazy Kerli song!) Going Home is very nice, as well as Brahm's Lullabye, Winter's Light, To Where You Are, Sigma and the ever-present favorite, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring. I recommend yet another CW-affiliated CD, what can I say?


Unearthed
E.S. Posthumus

Largely undiscovered, the amazing work of two German brothers provides a fan like me with some of the most epic music you could ever ask for. Often used for movie trailers and the like (Spider-Man trailer, NBC football, Cold Case theme), the soundtrack feel to E.S. Posthumus's music is combined with a very...shall I say ethnic flavor? Each song is titled after an ancient city, and we are treated to the correct feel with, say bagpipes or Middle Eastern sounds. Nara is very good (this is what the show Cold Case uses), as well as Nineveh and Tikal. Menouthis is utterly amazing and is nothing short of battle music (the ending in particular is some music good enough to die to), and even better is the E-P-I-C song Pompeii. If you like soundtracks, try this one out, or even if you just like epic music. It gets me in touch with my inner warrior, you could say....


If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
Rebecca St. James

While I don't love all of her songs, my purchase of this CD was nothing short of an unabashed attempt to get what you all probably know by now to be one of the best songs to ever grace human ears, God Help Me (it is hard rock, I should tell the possibly displeasured). Other good ones are Alive, Lest I Forget, Thank You (somewhat hip-hop), Beautiful Stranger, and You Are Loved. What's best, is her worldview: relentlessly Christian!


Batman Begins
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

Dark, gritty, intense, elemental, animal, suggested. What amounts to some of the best soundtrack sounds ever recorded, Zimmer outdoes even himself as he provides us with a fitting yet possible stand-alone score. The absolute best is Molossus, which is the Tumbler chase scene...yeah, take it from me, that's why you probably shouldn't drive and play this at the same time.... Antrozous is also amazingly epic, and Myotus, Vespertilio, Barbastella and Macrotus all have good parts. Unfortunately the good music found in some scenes, such as the Arkham and train fight scenes is not to be found! (But I have heard that there is a bonus expanded edition: is this true? If there is one, get outta my way....) Nonetheless, an amazing soundtrack that should never, ever be ignored. (Spencer was also very pleased when he discovered that the track names are bat genera. Ingenious!)


The Dark Knight
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

To graduate to this similar, yet very different soundtrack, one must first hear Batman Begins. When I watched The Dark Knight I thought the soundtrack was largely a remix of Batman Begins, but upon further dissection the listener is treated, and treated well. TDK drops the animal quality of BB and replaces it with an electrical, machine-like element. The screeching track Why So Serious? is hard to describe (basically, just use very word you might use for the Joker and you will describe it well--very skilled on the part of Zimmer), and other good ones include And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad, Agent of Chaos, and Introduce A Little Anarcy. The beginning and ending of Aggressive Expansion is epic and warlike, while Watch the World Burn is both beautiful and almost stressful at the same time (it's the scene with Two-Face and Gordon's family, of course it's stressful!). In I'm Not A Hero we get some of the music to a part in BB ("They will have to be large orders, to avoid suspicion." "How large?") One of the most epic and yet emotional songs I have ever heard in my entire life has to be Like A Dog Chasing Cars, and if you don't buy the whole soundtrack, at least get the MP3 of this. Utterly amazing. Some tracks are strange as in they stop and start so it makes it a little hard to listen to, but this is a result of the quick, edgy editing rather than anything detrimental on Zimmer's or Howard's part. You have to hear this one! (I do know that TDK has an expanded edition, but don't have it yet.)


The Last Samurai
Hans Zimmer

Another great one from Hans Zimmer. I had a few issues with the movie (primarily history and worldview slant), but this score is both epic and beautiful. We get good battle music with Spectres in the Fog, Ronin, Red Warrior (which actually has samurai shouts--EPIIIICCC!!!!!), and The Way of the Sword. We also get the good Tokyo arrival scene in Idyll's End, as well as lots of Asian-influenced music that is very calming. Very, very good!


Last of the Mohicans
Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

Not all of this score is spectacular, but some of it sure is. The Theme, Elk Hunt, and The Kiss are all very good (Elk Hunt is also impressive), and Promentory is epic as well, although sadly missing a portion of that scene in the film. The Courier is interesting, and Clannad's I Will Find You is great. A very, very good soundtrack over all with some songs you simply cannot miss.


Phew. That was long!

Now, with relentless brutality, I hath tagged ALL of my followers. That's right. If you're one of my followers, then you must fulfill this tag. Buhahahahaaa!!! :-D

Spencer

3 'phenomenal shots' ended pirate hostage crisis

Now here's something an American warrior can be proud about!

Although I'm wondering why it took so long, I still think this was the right choice. I am pleased with Obama's order, and how can a guy like me not feel proud when yet again our SEALS prove to be so efficient?

HUZZAH!!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Book Review: Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell



Clearly attracted to this sort of fiction, I decided to read this brand new book and then review it. I read an extremely short (say, several sentences) review in World Magazine, and although I am wary of this "Christian" magazine I wondered if they would have reviewing views in any way similar to my own. (Nothing against World Magazine or its readers, I myself read publications for certain reasons that I mostly or entirely dislike so do not condemn its readers at all.) When I finished Agincourt, I was left wondering why the folks at World gave it a good review.

This is my first encounter with Cornwell, and thus I compared him to two other historical fiction authors I have read: for subject matter, G.A. Henty, and for modern historical fiction, Jeff Shaara. Both of them win out over Cornwell, in my opinion.

First, I must admit that Cornwell's writing is interesting and his story compelling. The reader is treated to a few very detailed scenes such as one where a man draws a bow, a man selects a new bow, a primitive cannon is loaded and then fired, and a knight's suit of armor is donned. (One of my favorite parts of the book was actually the short Historical Note in the back, but that's just me.) The battle of Agincourt itself, long and detailed, was so compelling that I have absolutely nothing to say against this part. (The archery segments in particular are glorious. They made me want to take up archery again....) Intensely violent, yes. Perhaps the most violent fiction book I've read yet...but then again I read little fiction so that isn't saying much. The whole battle was epic but brutal at the same time, grand yet dirty. Men cut, stab, slash and hack. Blood spurts, bodies are cut apart, limbs are dismembered, throats are skewered. Corpses litter the ground, horse and man alike, as well as the feces of so many scared men. Very, very well done, very, very compelling.

Our "hero", Nicholas Hook, is not quite your usual hero, I have to admit. He engages in (apparently) thievery, promiscuity, and murder. However, I will mostly refrain from discussing Hook in detailed concentration; instead I will discuss several major issues I had with content.

First, though, I must state that as this book was so violent I would warn anyone who is uncomfortable with it. If you found yourself fast forwarding through the D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan and then also skipping the final battle, don't even try this one. It is filled with descriptive gore and violence, but that didn't bother me any. Cornwell seems to have the, uh, capability...skill ? to make men die in ingenious ways a bit, but I was not offended as this is war, and what's more you've got swords, and not bullets. Much more vicious.

But there's the issue of language. While, as I noted about Shaara's WWII series, language often does not bother me too much (please realize that I do condemn swearing, for the record), Cornwell's use is...well, profane. He uses foul words in, shall we say creative ways, as if he enjoys it. Everyone from priests to men-at-arms to knights curse blue streaks, and they could make merchant seamen blush. Foul all the way through, I found this language to be entirely unnecessary. It could not be excused as a tool to describe the military (as Shaara might argue), it was downright profane. How many different words and variations of words do we need for human excrement? I doubt some of the words used even existed in 1415....

And then there was another, even bigger issue: sexual content. (If my readers are cringing now, they know me well....) Hook adulterates with a married woman (wife of his superior, might I add), uses a prostitute, and also has intercourse with another woman (SPOILER: though they eventually marry). Thankfully none of these acts are actually described, but painfully we do get several depictions, sometimes a bit too detailed, of rape. Several rape scenes are found in the book, and these are somewhat disturbing, in a way. If you want your evil nemesis to be evil and you want him to be this bad, then so be it, I see no problem with that...but do you have to be so graphic? I would be afraid that this would be uncomfortable for ladies to read, or at least that's how I felt as I read those parts. Sexual language is also found, little bits of other things. I will decline from being too explicit as I have readers who are ladies and readers who are young. If you wish to know for "study" reasons (such as me reading the book and writing this review), you must be able to prove yourself a man of a certain age, and then we can talk, but in private. ;-D

Another point I strongly disliked, one I was waiting for an explanation until the very end of the book but never got one: Hook hears voices in his head. At first he thinks it may be God, then wonders if it may be the Devil, but soon we discover that they are in fact two saints, Saints Crispin and Crispinian. And they talk to him throughout the book, giving him much needed advice and guidance (sometimes in command-like fashion) as he goes through his eventful life. What?!? Saints? Yes, that's right. The reader is provided with no explanation! If you know me you will know that two subjects I have little tolerance for are sexual content and spiritual content of a false/unbiblical nature. So no we have popery in our story as well? Yes, the characters for the most part Catholic, practice Catholicism, and pray to saints, but that is historically-based. Talking dead priests in protagonist's head? Unwarranted! (And apparently even Saints can string curses together as well....)

May I also note that priests seem to be nasty in this book. One is a career rapist, and another one, one of the good guys, doesn't seem to be very Godly. I will say that yes, I am no Catholic but I was left to wonder if Cornwell had a dislike of religion as he didn't seem to be attempting to "expose" the Catholic church or anything. I will admit, he gets points for an at least slightly sympathetic scene where Lollards are burnt at the stake.

So you see, objectionable content was found throughout. Warning: SPOILERS! Going back to Hook again, due to a family feud he attempts to kill a man, fails, but gets his chance another time. This time, in my opinion, was different. Hook is then in love with a woman--as I said his future wife--and this family he is feuding with is intent on killing him, and then, at the very least, raping her. Long story short the man is stuck under something and will soon suffocate but strangely Hook pulls him out. He probably should have left him...but then he asks Crispinian/Crispin what to do, and they tell him to kill the man. Hook takes a crossbow bolt, clubs him over the head with it, and then, to make sure he is 110% dead, drives it into the eye socket until it grinds against the back of the man's skull, causing Hook's hand to be bloodied. Yes, the man was a horrible danger and I can understand Hook killing him...but why did he drag him out in the first place, only to then execute him methodically?

To give you another SPOILER, I must admit that Hook had at least one good quality about him. As I said before, Hook marries a girl, but how he finds her is a scene that made me want to cheer. In the beginning of the book, Hook tries to help a young Lollard girl who is about to be raped before being killed. He begins, but then stops after the stunning experience of having hit a priest (the career rapist of the book, who is also of the other family in the feud who wishes and attempts to rape Hook's wife--yes, it is a very satisfying scene when this priest is killed in a very appropriate manner). The girl is raped twice before having her throat slit, and Hook is wrought with guilt. (However, using ladies of the night a little while later does not seem to be very helpful.) Later he finds a chance to redeem himself--he rescues his future wife as she is on the brink of being raped herself, but only after passing up on rescuing several other women in the process of being raped (this is during a the sack of the city of Soissons) and also only after the saintly voices command him to act, just as they did the time, when he tried to help the Lollard girl. Even with those major issues there, his rescue of the girl and his constant watch over her for the rest of the novel was downright manly.

So, to end my unfortunately clumsy, strangely-written review I must say that, if you want good medieval novels, then please read the amazing works of G.A. Henty. If you want that modern historical fiction flavor (without what seemed to me to be the author's, in this case Cornwell's, attempts to impress modernity on his subject), then read Shaara's WWII series. I recommend that you pass on this one.

Done.

Spencer

"Urgent Action Needed To Help Save Marriage in Iowa"

Alert from Protectmarriage.com:

April 8, 2009

Dear Friend,

Following the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Friday that overturned state law protecting marriage as between a man and a woman, organizations across the country are urging ALL citizens to contact Iowa lawmakers. The Iowa House DOES have the ability to protect marriage by passing House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR 6), known as the Iowa Marriage Amendment.

HJR 6 is the first step toward giving Iowans the chance to vote to protect marriage, in response to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

In order to debate HJR 6, the House must force it out of committee with a procedural vote. The House Republicans are prepared to initiate this procedural vote, but to pass it they need your help!

Take Action

Please contact the House Democrats listed below, and ask them to vote to bring HJR 6 out of committee. These legislators have indicated they support traditional marriage and therefore, they SHOULD vote to bring the IMA out of committee.

Representative Brian Quirk – brian.quirk@legis.state.ia.us, 515.242.6436 (desk)

Representative Mike Reasoner – mike.reasoner@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.3238 (desk)

Representative Kurt Swaim – kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us, 515.242.6417 (desk)

Representative Larry Marek – larry.marek@legis.state.ia.us, 515.242.6442 (desk)

Representative Kerry Burt – kerry.burt@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.7342 (desk)

Representative Wayne Ford – wayne.ford@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.4061 (desk)

Representative Nathan Reichert – nathan.reichert@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.7332 (desk)

Representative Paul Shomshor – paul.shomshor@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.7325 (desk)

Representative Phyllis Thede – phyllis.thede@legis.state.ia.us, 515.281.7336 (desk)

Sincerely,

Ron Prentice
Chairman
ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8



I only wrote about three sentences...that was really quick and easy, actually....

Spencer

Friday, April 10, 2009

Links/Blogs Note

I've said this before but would like to reiterate it again. Any links on my blog, and blogs I follow, any comments I receive, and blogs I link to or host updates from, anyone that follows me--

I still am not responsible for their content and do not necessarily endorse their content. Remember that.

Spencer

I'm a Recruiter!

This past week, since Monday, I've been what Parentalrights.org calls a Phone Recruiter. Once just a 10-and-2 Representative, I know am a Recruiter too!

I was sorely disappointed, though, to hear that we only have about 47 Phone Volunteers period. Over 60 states, many, many millions of people, and we have 47? What's wrong with this picture?

I want you, my reader, to become a Recruiter.

It takes some effort, but it at least doesn't seem to be too hard. My job has been to call non-profit organizations and similar such groups that may have an interest (churches, youth centers, family organizations, volunteer coordination groups, etc.) and are in my area. If you live in, say Los Angeles, you would do something along the lines of this. (My PRO "supervisor" of sorts has been helping me tons.)

I basically need to get them to help me get volunteers, 10-and-2 Representatives (the same exact thing I've been doing, the same exact thing I've asked all of you to do).

A script you can use (slightly outdated):

"My name is ------- and I am calling on behalf of ParentalRights.org to see if you would like to get involved in our grassroots campaign to pass a constitutional amendment codifying parental rights.

-- With 66 co-sponsors in the House, the Parental Rights Amendment will be introduced by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) on March 31.

-- We are in need of 10,000 10-and-2 PRO-Active Representatives by May 15.

-- The role of a Representative is to get 10 petition signers, then recruit 2 more Representatives and encourage them as they do the same way. Working together, we can reach our goal of 3.2 million signatures by October. You can sign up at www.parentalrights.org by clicking on the tab "Join the Fight". (Or even better: You can sign up at www.parentalrights.org/join-the-fight.)"

I asked what to say, and was provided with this. I dunno, something in me doesn't mix well with this sort of thing, and it took some serious getting used to. But, after five days of doing it on my breaks and lunches in a back room at work, I finished off my call list, with only minutes to spare. I've got some fair leads and what to possibly hit on next week. True, I've had mostly unanswered messages, some direct turn-downs, no literal aid yet, but some interest. It's worth a try.

Is anyone willing to help me? Anything you have to say about earlier posts? Any help with Facebook? Anyone want to help and be my "2" volunteer as I mentioned a while back?

You may be upset by all of this, the loss of rights and freedoms, and rightfully so. They know what they are doing. Their attempts to destroy the family, which the UNCRC is merely one of, would be very effective if they were victorious. Homeschooling would likely be out, which would mean all our kids would to go government institutions for "schools". Anti-Christ, anti-conservative, anti-gun, anti-everything-good-and-just-and-right is the name of the game. Part of the strength of the Creationist movement is in the homeschool arena; that would also be a serious blow to us. Most children raised as Christians would fall away (Ken Ham has done some fantastic research on this) into lifestyles of Godlessness, sex, drugs, alcohol, and that's just to start. If you would put yourself in any of these categories, if you might call yourself a Christian, a Creationist, a homeschooler, a firearms enthusiast, any of these things, it would be wise for you to help us now. (Yes, my respect to those who disagree with my views, but let me speak as I will for now. I hope you can understand how important it is to me.) Work together, and we can win. Let them defeat us one by one, and we will face a fate much worse.

I'll close this out with some good stuff by Michael Farris about the amendment.

Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment
The CRC: International Law Invades Your Home

Spencer

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

PRO: Introducting Introduction Week!

From a Parentalrights.org email, with slight format editing by myself.


Introducing "Introduction Week"!

In honor of the introduction last Tuesday of H.J. Res. 42, The Parental Rights Amendmen, in the U.S. House of Representatives, we are having Introduction Week this week. Our aim is to use social networks to introduce as many new people as possible to the Parental Rights Amendment. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, or some other network, you have a presence there that you can use to promote the Parental Rights Amendment.
Links:
1. Click here

Here are a few ideas for Facebook users:

* Do a friend search for Parental Rights and become friends with us
(Introduce yourself!);
* Join the cause, Support the Parental Rights Amendment;
* Join a Parental Rights Group we suggest joining the largest one you
can find;
* Join the ParentalRights.org Fan page;
* Post Parental Rights Flair on your Flair board;
* Then, send invites of the same to all your Facebook friends,
introducing them to the Parental Rights Amendment!

Likewise, on MySpace, Twitter, or whatever network youre on, take a few minutes to find or create ways to network with other friends of Parental Rights (introduce yourself!), then send invites to your whole personal network introducing them to the cause. (Always look for existing groups before creating your own; one Group of 500,000 will have a greater impact than 100 Groups of 5,000.)

Not on a network?

* Consider joining one so you can link in with fellow laborers in the
Parental Rights movement; or
* Use the network you have, whether its your email address book, your
phone list, or your home school co-op or PTA.

You are linked in somewhere. Be creative and introduce the members of your network to the need to empower parents for the protection of our children!


I don't have accounts on any of these sites. Does anyone want to step up the plate and take my place? We REALLY need to get the word out, and as the world uses these sites so much and deems them so useful and important, this will be great...if we do something about it.

Anyone?

Spencer

World News

Destroyer arrives to assist hijacked U.S. freighter
Prayers people....

Iran charges U.S. journalist with spying
More prayers....

Seized Korean-American journalists become hostages in North Korea's military maneuvering
And even more.... We need some force here. If Reagan were president....

Gates announces major Pentagon priority shifts
I am very not-happy.

At least 150 killed in Italian earthquake, officials say
Preparedness, anyone?

Afghanistan 'rape' law puts women's rights front and center
What's to expect?

Authorities: Pilot of stolen plane captured after fleeing on foot
Turkey...?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

"I sincerely doubt you'll hear this on the news."

Another Intelligent Concerned American Blogging Award is passed out, this time to my sister.

Brava!

Spencer

Sunday, April 05, 2009

HSLDA: Introducing H.J. Res. 42

Please read this HSLDA newsletter, containing PRO and HSLDA founder Michael Farris's speech when the amendment was introduced last Wednesday. Let's also hear them and send it to our legislators!


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HSLDA: Introducing H.J. Res. 42

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in the U.S. Congress (H.J. Res. 42) was announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Below is the body of parentalrights.org president Michael Farris's powerful speech from that event. If your Congressman or Senator is not already onboard, we urge you to copy and paste that message into an email or letter to send to them, along with your own personal message. (Check the sponsors list http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6352 ; find contact info http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6353 .) This message clearly articulates the need for the Amendment; it is imperative that we get it into the hands of all of America's lawmakers.

Statement of Michael Farris
President of ParentalRights.org
March 31, 2009

On behalf of ParentalRights.org and the rapidly growing number of allied organizations, I want to thank Senator Jim DeMint, Congressman Pete Hoekstra, and my own Congressman Frank Wolf for their leadership on this important issue.

There are two basic reasons that the Constitution has been amended throughout our history. Sometimes the need is to preserve our law and traditions from potential threats and erosion of our rights. The Bill of Rights serves as the chief example of amendments designed to preserve the existing rights of the people.

At other times, it is absolutely necessary to change the existing law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were clearly necessary to end the evils of slavery and establish the principle of equal protection for all Americans.

The Parental Rights Amendment follows the pattern of the Bill of Rights--the goal of this Amendment is to preserve our existing law and traditions against judicial erosion and the ever-growing threat of international law.

Sections 1 and 2 of this Amendment do nothing more than restate the time-honored doctrines of the Supreme Court on parental rights. We are simply changing parental rights from an implied right based on judicial opinions to an express right based upon actual constitutional text.

Section 1 faithfully employs the words and phrasing of the Supreme Court's decision of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925), to declare that the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is a fundamental right.

Section 2 carefully follows the words of the Court in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), to declare that parental rights, while very important, have limits. The government may intervene when the interest is of the highest order and not otherwise served. This section is a correct statement of current law. Today, when the government has proper evidence of child abuse or neglect, it may and should prosecute a parent who is responsible for such behavior.

Section 2 ensures that this principle remains intact. Parental rights are fundamental, but they are not absolute.

Section 3 preserves the current principle that only American laws govern the relationship between parents and children in this country. The use of international law is a rapidly growing trend in our judicial system. One federal district judge in New York has on two separate occasions ruled that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child already binds the United States under the doctrine of customary international law. An Ohio court ruled on an obviously flawed premise that this treaty had already been ratified by the Senate, and therefore ordered parents to stop smoking because it harmed the health of their children.

Section 3 makes it clear that the only law which can be used in American courts regarding American families is the law made in America by our legislatures or the people themselves. The use of international law for domestic purposes is utterly contrary to the idea that this nation is a self-governing Republic.

This section is necessary especially in the context of international law. Under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, international legal obligations are of superior rank to national law--even if that law is from the national constitution. However, there is an exception. Article 46 of the VCLT says that when the national constitution makes an exception concerning the power to enter treaties, then the national law still triumphs even in the face of an inconsistent treaty
obligation.

Section 3 makes it unconstitutional for this nation to enter into a treaty that gives away our sovereignty on the subject of American parents and American children.

This should be a bi-partisan issue. President Obama recently declared, "In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father." Every member of Congress who agrees with the President on this principle should be in favor of this Amendment.

Every member of Congress who believes that Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925), was correctly decided should be in favor of Section 1.

Every member of Congress who believes that Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), was correctly decided should be in favor of Section 2.

And every member of Congress who believes that only American legislators should make public policy for American families should be in favor of Section 3.

On this last point, a post-election Zogby poll (sponsored by WorldNetDaily) makes it clear that virtually every sector of the American public agrees with this last proposition.

When asked if they wanted American judges to use American law alone or to also consider international law in making decisions, by an overwhelming margin, the American public rejected the idea of using international law for these purposes.

The majority of Republican voters reject international law.

So do the majority of Democratic voters.

Those who voted for McCain reject international law.

A majority of those who voted for Obama reject it as well.

Union members reject international law.

NRA members reject international law.

Every region of the nation rejects international law.

Every age group rejects international law.

Every racial group rejects international law.

This is a bipartisan issue in America among voters, and I truly hope and believe that it will become a bipartisan issue on the Hill. The gap between the values of Capitol Hill and the values of the American people has grown too large on too many issues. This is the very best place to show the American public that we all can work together for shared values.

Both political parties say they are for family values. And this will demonstrate meaningful support for the family.

This Amendment preserves two essential values: the value that good families, not government, have the right to make decisions for children; and that America, not the UN or any other nation, gets to make our public policy to govern the critical relationship between parents and children.

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Review: 2008 Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy



As y'all should know by now, I'm a serious supporter of Vision Forum, and this CD pack didn't diminish my enthusiasm. Taken from the 2008 Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy conference, it is simply packed with amazingness. 24 CDs, around twenty hours of firm biblical information dealing with the legal and moral issues of our day. Sounds like fun! :-D

The list:

Introduction to the Christian Foundations of Western Law, Parts 1 and 2, Douglas W. Phillips, Esq.
Christian Jurisprudence: Biblical Law, Natural Law, or Positive Law?, William O. Einwechter
What the Bible Says About Female Magistrates, William O. Einwechter
Symposium on the Reformation and Law, D. Phillips & W. Einwechter
Christianity and the Courts, Hon. Roy S. Moore
An Introduction to the Theology of Church and State, Douglas W. Phillips, Esq.
The Battle for Biblical Marriage, Jordan Lorence, Esq.
Defamation in the "Blogosphere", Josh Carden, Esq.
Biblical Law, Ethics, and Public Policy for Lawyers (+ Recap), Douglas W. Phillips, Esq.
The Significance of the Electoral College, Hon. Howard Phillips
Genesis & Geneva: The Emergence of Liberty in the West, Douglas W. Phillips
Spheres of Sovereignty: Church Discipline, Autonomy, and the State, Robert J. Renaud
The State of Parental Rights in Light of the Texas Polygamy Case, Don Hart, Esq.

Unfortunately I've only had the chance to listen to four lectures so far, but will try to hear the others soon. I will give short summaries/reviews of the four I listened to.


You May Not Take Our Guns
Larry Pratt

Speaker Pratt, of Gun Owners of America , gives what must be about the best summary of the subject I have ever heard. Pratt's lecture contained comments from Doug Phillips, and the two together were what I can only call a packin' tour-de-force. Doug starts us off with a fantastic review of our Biblical right to self-defense, and our literal duty as men to use lethal force when necessary. Pratt mostly discusses the legal issues of the current fights to preserve our "right to keep and bear arms" that is supposed to never be "infringed" (the 2nd Amendment). Overall, this could be called a legal and moral recommendation for the use of firearms. We learn why we shouldn't even have CCWs (concealed carry permits), why literally every man should use weapons if he is to fulfill his Christian duty, and why, Constitutionally, every American man should use an M-16. I knew that Doug & co. were strong supporters of guns, etc., but I had no idea that he was as "radical" as I am. I am well pleased! The price of the entire album would have been worth it for this one talk. I insist that you do not thwart thine own understanding; you must listen to this! (Don't miss the Q&A section, which actually has a nice little tidbit on the subject of the next talk I listened to.)


The State of Parental Rights in Light of the Texas Polygamy Case
Don Hart, Esq.

In light of my current work with the Parental Rights Amendment I had to prioritize this one highly. A very good summary of Parental Rights, the horrible threat presented by "social workers", the Warren Jeff's (Mormon, Texas Polygamy, whatever you want to call it) case, as well as a lesser-known but also horrific case back in the '80s. It didn't have any literal references to the Parental Rights Amendment movement, but nonetheless this a grave issue that we should all be concerned with. Those interested in my parental rights post of late would do well to check this one out.


Defamation in the "Blogosphere"
Josh Carden, Esq.

Perhaps a "lesser issue" in the eyes of many, Carden nonetheless gives us a good legal background about slander in general, as well as information about blogging slanderers amongst our very own church, spewing their caustic vitriole at many good men in the ministry. Commentator Doug also gives us a little bit of a step-by-step guide to finding the answer in a biblical manner if you are concerned about the oft-spoken nasty rumors about a ministry leader.


The Battle for Biblical Marriage
Jordan Lorence, Esq.

A very, very impressive talk on the evils of homosexuality and all such legal issues, including the debate on the government defining marriage. Filled with useful teaching points, facts and more, I highly recommend this to any concerned Christian. Lorence apparently is a warrior for Christ, battling the onslaught of the sodomite hordes with the Alliance Defense Fund (which, he said, will also try to help you if you are sued for "discrimination" against homosexual deviants, if you are, say, a business owner refusing service). Another must-hear!

Buy it at Vision Forum here.

Or, download it here at Behemoth.com, which is basically Vision Forum's version of iTunes, except it should be called iTalks, etc. Awesome!

Special thanks goes to the family of bloggers over at Horn Herald for the help their post was to me in writing this one. :-)

I look forward to listening to the rest!

Press on!

Spencer

Friday, April 03, 2009

News

As usual, I insist upon spreading the word about what I see as important...don't y'all love mah harping? :-)

Health Plan Could Feed Your Gun-related Data Into A National Database
Gah!

Survivor: 'I thought that my life was finished'
Ahem...you know, most people don't realize that a little lead between the eyes does wonders....

North Korea: 'Satellite will be launched soon'
Ooh, sanctions, oh no! So scary!

Man pleads not guilty to stalking 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant
I wish I was Bryan Mills....


Spencer

WildWeazel wants you to "Fight The UNCRC - Stand Up For Family Rights"

This is one of the best summaries I've seen from as of yet. Please read it, he clearly understands the issue.

Fourth Intelligent Concerned American Blogging Award goes to WildWeazel!

...yes, I wasn't joshing you when I said two months ago that I absolutely refused to shut up about this. When I mean something, I mean something, and I can tell you right now, I am deadly serious about this.

Spencer

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

H.J.Res. 42

The Parental Rights Amendment has been introduced! Now, we wait....

But of course, we cannot wait in idleness. If you haven't already, the time to act is NOW. I beg you, I implore you to help us now. What we need:

Here is what we need YOU to do TODAY:

1. Sign the petition at ParentalRights.org.

2. Sign up as a 10-and-2 Representative

Visit ParentalRights.org’s 10-and-2 page to download instructions and materials, then enlist 10 people to sign the online petition and recruit 2 more to serve as 10-and-2 Representatives after you.

3. Sign up as a 10-and-2 Recruiter

Email Rebekah@parentalrights.org to sign up and to answer any questions.
Recruiters enlist ten (10) or more people to be 10-and-2 Representatives.

4. Forward this email to everyone you can possibly think of!

Ideas include your entire email address book, blog lists, local radio stations, community, civic and church organizations, and the like.

5. Become a member of ParentalRights.org and post your decals

Anyone giving $25 or more at ParentalRights.org/donate becomes a member and will receive 2 window decals to post on your car, or next to your home front door.

6. Contact Congress

If your Representative is not on the list of supporters already, email or call them and ask, “Why aren’t you a cosponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment?” You can find their contact information by inputting your zip code at Congress.org.



Become a volunteer, sign the petition, contact your legislators, donate, all of it! Please, help us. I beg, I implore you to help us now.

If you care about America, the last great holdout in the world, if you care about your nation, that so many fought and died for, even lived for, and if you want a place to raise your children, then you will act now.

If you don't, then thy fate will be upon thine head.

God help us all.

Spencer