Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rashomon, Ferguson and the NLRB

I was on Bennett this morning.
I know, "What's new?".
Well, I'm pretty pleased with how it went, and if you're interested, you can listen.
First I remarked on Ferguson and the movie Rashomon.
In Ferguson, we hear many different tellings of the same tale.
Brown attacked the cop, the cop shot Brown, Brown was 30 feet away and undeserving of being shot, Brown was charging at the officer, many different points of view.
I was reminded of the movie Rashomon.

I'll save you the trouble: Rashomon.
It's a movie about four witnesses describing the same event differently.
The trick is who to believe.
I actually mis-remembered the plot, thinking that each character was correct in their description of what they saw, only from a different perspective.
Turns out I was wrong.
You heard it here first.
If Duck comments, he'll correct me.
The Rashomon segment.
BTW, Rashomon was remade as a Western, The Outrage, with Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson, and William Shatner.

At the end of that I wanted Bill to ask his next guest, Peter Kirsanow, who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board, to comment on the effects of the Supreme Court ruling (9-0) that Obama's recess appointment to that board was illegal and invalid.
Bill did, and Peter was glad he did.
More than I imagined, there were some major ramifications to that ruling that have not been reported.
The Kirsanow segment (in which I have no speaking role).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On Robin Williams (and suicide in general)

AOW has a post about Robin Williams, so I guess it's not too late to say something.

My wife was listening to a prominent Christian radio show the other day, as she does every day.
I don't have a link to a podcast of the show, but she says that she heard a therapist, who had been working with Williams shortly before his death, say that Williams had accepted Jesus as his Savior.
Twice.

Now, some of you may see a problem with that.
You only need to do it once.
And, I find it a little odd that a man would come out and reveal that about a client/patient when the patient didn't, but another side hopes it's true nonetheless.

Yet Robin killed himself.

Historically, suicide has been considered a sin, even a (pardon the pun) deadly sin.
Send you to hell type of sin.
There was quite some discussion about this while Kervorkian was active.
The reason, is that we get right with God through faith in His deliverance of us, and not our own works.
To say that you go to heaven on your own effort is to refuse the free gift of God (salvation).
to say that you must add your own works to the mix, is to denigrate God's free gift, saying it is not enough.

To not have faith is to condemn yourself.
The argument on suicide as spiritual suicide is to say that you have given up faith in God to deliver you.
But if delivery from sin is a spiritual issue, then what is delivery from physical pain?
Is it spiritual?

Had a talk with a couple guys at work today about this (who asked my opinion).
I told them:
If I knew I was going to die a painful death, and I did not expect God to deliver me from the pain:
If I killed myself having faith that Jesus died for my sins and broke the hold of hell on my life and that I'd be with Him, does my lack of faith in him to heal me physically, overcome my faith that he will welcome me to heaven?

I view (from the comfort of my relative good health) suicide as a form of desertion of my post.
Yet, what if a servant felt relieved of duty? Who am I to challenge that?

My dad longed for weeks for God to take him.
But he waited to be taken.
His widow feels the same way.
But she's waiting to be taken.

What of the person, so tormented, mentally or physically, that they are impatient and can't wait?
Is the impatience the sin?
We all have many sins.
Or at least some.
All are deadly.

The one that's deadliest is to refuse God's free gift.

I'd like to think that God (Who was merciful to us sinners to send His Son, "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life") is not as picky as we might think He is.
That if someone had a mental problem (Alzheimer's, depression, etc.) or an imprecise notion of theology, that He would still recognize their faith in Jesus as their Savior.

What say you?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Barkley

Most of you who frequent here (all 36 of you) probably know Brigit.
Half of you seem to know her.
If you like pictures of dogs, stories about dogs and dogs, you will like this book.
Brigit writes like I wish I could.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Comment

I posted the following as a comment at Mustang's A Montpelier View.
The post is

DANCE OF THE SCORPIONS

My comment is/was:
I firmly (laughably to some) believe that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle greater than that depicted in Lord of the Rings.
Yet while many would yearn for such an opportunity at such heroism, few grasp the reality we face.
There is a secret struggle for the souls of mankind.
It’s an open secret.
America has been a bastion of the free.
The enemy knows it must be destroyed.

The people do not know it must be defended.

Eph 5:14 Therefore He saith: “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”


We all have the opportunity to stand up to evil, to cry out against the tide that threatens to overwhelm our freedoms, our rights, our ability to set others free, whether politically, or spiritually, and the two often go hand in hand.

We might face Orcs or we might face ridicule, but we must be convinced that our cause is just and right.
And if we are convinced, then what precludes us from doing right?


Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Threat to Its Neighbors and Peaceful Coexistence.

There is a small piece of land.
It is not a nation state or a sovereign political entity.

It was created by it's neighbor for a specific purpose, and it is dependent on it neighbor.
And now it poses a major threat to those around it.

It is continually trying to destroy those on it's border, hurling destructive devices at it in a seemingly endless barrage.
It tries continually to bring harm.
It is occupied by a group, the majority of which is committed to the subjugation of it's neighbor.

It should be occupied and overthrown.
It's destructive powers removed and the practitioners of it's evil ideology destroyed.

And once the threat of Washington D.C. on the rest of the country is removed, perhaps we will be free to prosper again.
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Well, that was nice.

I often listen to The Inside Outside Guys.
I haven't talked to them in a year or so.
Today I dropped Scherie off at the dry cleaners and turned the radio on.
They started talking about a guy they know that owns and charters the largest catamaran on the Great Lakes, The Nauticat.
Two free tickets to go on it to the first caller who could tell them where the London Bridge is.
I have those tickets.
I did not have to google it.
We had a nice chat about my family room remodel, besides.
They wondered why I hadn't called in a while, thinking the IRS or the EPA or the NSA had gotten me.

So we get to ride on this:

After we spend the night here again:

Scherie and I stayed here once before (just before the crash) and the owners are wonderful people.
I am so looking forward to this.

Lake Havasu, Arizona, by the way.