Thursday, November 26, 2015


First off, a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Now a recap of history.

So you're some white people.
You've recently arrived on the shores of this land, not where you thought you would..You're not gonna make it without some help.
Over half of you have died already.
You pray to your God for help.
A Native American walks out of the woods and asks in clear King's English:
"Can I help?", and proceeds to show you how to farm, fish, hunt, survive and serves as an ambassador to the native people.

Yea, there's a God, and He had a hand in founding this country.

Happy Thanksgiving.

If you read about Bradford below, which I of course recommend, Understand that they almost died because of a socialist philosophy. Bradford put an end to that, and they all prospered.

(I am truly thankful today that I could rip this off from )

William Bradford and the First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving by Brownscombe
Copyright 2001 by Pilgrim Hall Museum
As was the custom in England, the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a festival. The 50 remaining colonists and roughly 90 Wampanoag tribesmen attended the "First Thanksgiving."
The major similarity between the first Jamestown settlers and the first Plymouth settlers was great human suffering.
November was too late to plant crops. Many settlers died of scurvy and malnutrition during that horrible first winter. Of the 102 original Mayflower passengers, only 44 survived. Again like in Jamestown, the kindness of the local Native Americans saved them from a frosty death.
The Pilgrims' remarkable courage was displayed the following spring. When the Mayflower returned to Europe, not a single Pilgrim deserted Plymouth.

Helping Hands

Massasoit's treaty with the Pilgrams
Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag tribe, signed a treaty with the Pilgrams in 1621, that was never broken. As a result, the two groups enjoyed a peaceful coexistence.
By early 1621, the Pilgrims had built crude huts and a common house on the shores of Plymouth Bay. Soon neighboring Indians began to build relations with the Pilgrims. SQUANTO, a local Indian who had been kidnapped and taken to England nearly a decade before, served as an interpreter with the local tribes. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to fertilize the soil with dried fish remains to produce a stellar corn crop.
MASSASOIT, the chief of the nearby Wampanoags, signed a treaty of alliance with the Pilgrims in the summer. In exchange for assistance with defense against the feared Narragansett tribe, Massasoit supplemented the food supply of the Pilgrims for the first few years.

Governor Bradford

The modern conception of a Pilgrim might include a man in a black hat with a buckle, but not all of the original settlers of Plymouth County fit this description.
Successful colonies require successful leadership. The man to step forward in Plymouth colony was WILLIAM BRADFORD. After the first governor elected under the Mayflower Compact perished from the harsh winter, Bradford was elected governor for the next thirty years. In May of 1621, he performed the colony's first marriage ceremony.
Under Bradford's guidance, Plymouth suffered less hardship than their English compatriots in Virginia. Relations with the local natives remained relatively smooth in Plymouth and the food supply grew with each passing year.
By autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims had much for which to be thankful. After the harvest, Massasoit and about ninety other Indians joined the Pilgrims for the great English tradition of HARVEST FESTIVAL. The participants celebrated for several days, dining on venison, goose, duck, turkey, fish, and of course, cornbread, the result of a bountiful corn harvest. This tradition was repeated at harvest time in the following years.
It was President Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a national celebration in 1863. The Plymouth Pilgrims simply celebrated survival, as well as the hopes of good fortune in the years that lay ahead.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Stuff

When you are in God's neighborhood, your GPS is the bible, and the basic measurement is light years.
Recalculating Route....
Not your normal astronomy lecture.
Except when He get's "small" and talks molecular biology.

As suggested by Z, the accompanying song:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What CAN we do?

The "Nuke the Middle East" solution leaves operatives in the west.
Increasing State Security services limits our freedoms and protections (France is confiscating guns).

What can we do?
We can stop outsourcing our security.
No more gun free zones, no more gun free workplaces.
If I don't go berserker on the street, why would I in school or at work or in a Federal building?

Want to be secure?
Buy a gun, learn to use it, and encourage the one next to you to do the same.
It's not 100%, but what in life is?

Don't like guns, or are afraid to use one?
Don't stop me from protecting me or you because of your fear of me having a gun when you fear the terrorist having one.

The solution is to stop outsourcing our security. Gun up. Be situationally aware. Your odds of surviving are greater. And their odds of surviving are lower.

Defend yourself.

In fact, I am reminded of this:
Freedom's Safest Place.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

More on Mizzou

College is a nice place to go for certain careers.
I want a college educated doctor.

I've worked with lawyers that should have been welders, college didn't make them lawyers, just gave them approval of a poor choice of careers.
Some teachers also.

When this many people go to academia not knowing why they are there, just went because they could borrow the money to go and were told they should, this is what you get.
People where they are, trying to figure out why they are there.
Trying to find importance in their lives, because they have always been important. So the drama must increase.
Protesters finding meaning in protest because they have it nowhere else.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Today's Sunday School Lesson

We have a few common mental images of Jesus' human emotional expressions.
We know that the shortest Bible verse has a noun and a verb.
Jesus wept.

There is also a popular image of Jesus doing what many humans do, but is not depicted in Scripture.
Jesus laughed.

Today, I discovered a depiction of Jesus in Mark 7:34.

And looking up to heaven, he sighed.

We have this image of Jesus looking up to His Father for guidance.

In Mark 8:12, we read that He sighed deeply.

I think that a clear reading of the Greek is:
"And rolling His eyes, He sighed."

I could be wrong.

Monday, October 26, 2015


I have never before seen a movie like this.

I have seen inspirational films.
Christian films.
Football films.
Inspirational Christian Football Films.

If you saw this movie and didn't know it was a true story, you would swear it was the most contrived plot ever.

It is one of the most powerful films I have seen.

It is not Trufaut, or Kubrick, or Kurosawa or Eastwood.
It's not the Kendricks Bros.

It's the Erwin Bros. I never heard of  'em either.

Looking forward to their next one.