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Friday, December 31, 2004

The Voice of Truth

Today I am reminded of the words of a song by Casting Crowns, in part;

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and Time again. ‘Boy, you’ll never win!’
‘You’ll never win!’

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, ‘Do not be afraid!’
The voice of truth says, ‘this is for my glory’
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth….


And to the victims left behind in South Asia, now
is the time to grab onto the cross and hold on tight.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Headlines Today...

Relief aid is in desperate need in South Asia. There is a rush of aid going on that is unprecedented, but it is bad, really bad out there. As one reporter put it:

"On India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, rescuers followed the stench of death to find rotting bodies in jungles, where as many as 10,000 uncounted bodies are believed to be buried in mud and thick vegetation....In Sri Lanka, where she is working....The situation is very dire...People are living in jungles. They're looking for shelter in anything from schools to churches to mosques. Anywhere they can sleep with some coverage and shelter until aid arrives....Survivors from the Indian islands told harrowing tales. Many had not eaten for two days and people had to contend with crocodiles that were washed ashore." .... “When I found my beloved sister's body, it was like someone drove a knife into my stomach,” bin Ahmed said. “I never knew such pain until the bodies of my brother and his wife were found. The whole day they were missing, I felt like a ghost.” “We have not found anyone yet, but I am sure we will because the smell is getting so strong,” bin Ahmed said. The men are armed with only their gloves, black plastic tarps and strong stomachs because the stench in some places seeps into the weave of a T-shirt or cap. “I know it is hard work and dangerous, too, because of the debris. But I know how it feels to be missing someone,” he said.“I hope if I can ease the pain for other people … the pain in my heart will stop.”

Samaritan's Purse headed up by Franklin Graham is a good steward and good place to donate online.

Soros, on the other hand, heads up an organization now charged with tax evasion.

"Group holds fast to Kerry cause with Beacon Hill vigil" caught my eye originally, but it's no "fast" in biblical sense, rather a stubborn unwillingness to let go in the humanist sense.

And finally, this headline "McDonald's Mulling More Humane Chicken Slaughter Methods." I love chicken, I have hunted and killed things that taste like chicken, but the phrase 'Humane Chicken Slaughter Method" strikes me as an oxymoron.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Around the World...

....today, former president Clinton (Bill that is) calls for a coordinated effort in providing aid to South Asia. Wish I'd have thought of that, dang, that guy is smart.

Bush named most admired man, four years running by Gallup. Canceling this resume item out: Hillary, most admired woman.

Retailers had solid growth this Christmas, the Lex Rex household last minute purchases adding 2.3%.

While at first calling US stingy, later in the day, Jan Egeland, United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, called the assistance pledged by the United States and Europe "very generous." "I have been misinterpreted when I yesterday said that my belief that rich countries in general can be more generous," he added. "This has nothing to do with any particular country or the response to this emergency in the early days. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive." I hear Mr. Egeland's chauffeured limo has 3 gears in reverse, and one forward.

This just in..."A leading European human rights watchdog has called on Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (BENCH CONFERENCE: Yanukovych comes up as anchovie in spell check...END CONFERENCE)to admit defeat as initial results showed his West-leaning rival Viktor Yushchenko winning the presidency. Although official confirmation could take several days, the results, with all the vote counted, gave Yushchenko 51.99 percent of the vote to the premier's 44.19 percent. However, Yanukovych has refused to concede defeat and is vowing to challenge the results in court. His camp says it has filed nearly 5,000 complaints about Sunday's balloting." Washington Governor elect Democrat Christine Gregoire, Al Gore, and John Kerry are dispatching campaign staff members to aid Yanukovych in his cause fraudule....

Athiests are now targeting recycling...complaining that Christmas tree recycling is unfair to non-Christians. Blue bags should be given to both groups. What I need is a barf bag. Not quite convinced that Christmas trees are limited to Christians, I'll have to look up that one on Lois Law. Remind me to tell my Jewish friends that they cannot recycle their trees.

And finally, the misleading headline of the day, "Ohio Recount Shows Slimmer Bush Lead." By 300 votes out of 118,000. Technically true, but as we say in the law profession, a distinction without a difference.


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Global Warming Causes Earthquake?

MSM (better labeled Old Media or OM) does not miss a chance to embarrass itself with such foolish assertions as this teaser: "Media Linking Killer Tsunami to Global Warming." The article goes on to actually link things like rising tides, pollution, and coral reef damage to tsunamis. OM would benefit from a short lesson. The word tsunami is of Japanese origin, made from combining the Japanese words for harbor, tsu, and wave, nami. A tsunami is literally a harbor wave. A tsunami is spawned when a deep undersea earthquake causes the floor of the ocean to shift rapidly. As the ocean floor falls or rises in response to tectonic activity in the earth's crust, the quake displaces vast amounts of water, millions of tons. As the titanic forces unleashed by the earth movement radiate and travel through the ocean they eventually run into shallow water. The energy displacement wave that is all but invisible in the open ocean is bunched up and the energy is forced towards the surface as the column of water available for it to travel through contracts with the receding depth. As the displacement wave zooms towards shore, a great pile of water is created by the force of the energy wave and it slams into beaches, often scouring coastlands clean and roaring many miles inland if the spawning earthquake was strong enough and the ocean floor dynamics channeled the energy wave to coastlands with the right topography. Basically a tsunami has two elements: an earthquake out at sea and coastlines that gradually slope into the sea.

Sir Isaac Newton summed it up in his third law, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." So where is Global Warming connected here? At least on the planet I live on, earthquakes have been around for awhile, the cause of which is not even remotely linked to global warming. The gradual sloping of coastlines I believe has always existed as well, sorry, still no connection. Sadly, like the Newman nemesis on Seinfeld, there are those that will read a headline like this and shake their head while mumbling, "Bush"....

Monday, December 27, 2004

ID: Re-Loaded

More ID debate over at John Mark Reynolds, Evangelical Outpost, and Hugh Hewitt. I previously commented here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Anti-Peace Activists

Robin Williams making the rounds entertaining the troops in Afghanistan recently. In one of the few lines that meets the lofty censorship standards at Lex Rex, Williams quipped, "it's a lot like Palm Springs, except for the mines and the small-weapons fire." Ok, funny enough, but how do we reconcile with Williams anti-war stance? Consider the following blistering attack on Bush, while, ironically enough, criticizing what he sees as his country's mixed messages when it comes to national security:
"America is broke, basically, but Bush wants to wage a war that costs pretty much a billion dollars a month...We have a president for whom English is a second language... He's like 'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself....In America, we have orange alert, but what the hell does that mean? We're supposed to be afraid of Krishna? Of orange sorbet? Then it's like, 'You can't go out and shop, it's too dangerous out there,' but if that happens then the economy falls. The message is so mixed: 'Be afraid, but not too afraid.'"
But it is Mr. Williams' message that is so mixed. Opposing the war (and the sitting president during war) while "supporting" the troops is as consistent as a pro-abortion celebrity donating money to National Right to Life. "I'm pro abortion but I support those fighting to eliminate it?" Uhmm, yeah, right. In the opinion of Lex Rex, entertainers like Williams are parasitical in that they seek to suck the life blood of their rather un noble cause from the very source that is the target of their cause. It allows them and others a photo op and a stage to repeat the mantra, "see, it is possible to oppose the war but support the troops." Why do we allow such things? Do we not have any say in who entertains the troops? During WWII, those that entertained the troops supported the war.

Steve Feinberg wrote: "The entertainers who flew around to boost the morale of the troops were as important as a fresh supply of ammo. Bob Hope's exploits are well-documented and legendary. Mickey Rooney -- a K-bar knife, hanging from his belt -- won the Bronze Star for insisting that his pilot fly him into a combat zone to give the troops a few laughs. Marlene Dietrich was often found at the front line, without fanfare, German 88's exploding close by, singing a song to the exhausted troops. In Hollywood and New York, troops could drop into the Stage Door Canteen and hobnob with and be entertained by celebrities there. The celebs were not serving up mac and cheese, and donuts and coffee, for a possible photo op, but because they loved America and what America was trying to do. They considered it doing their part. The celebrities of the day, for the most part, loved America."

There is little difference philosophically in what we face today in the present war. Had anti-WWII pacifism won the day, how many more would have died from this brand of "peace"? Just as Fox News were among the first to re-label "suicide bombers" to what they really are, homicide bombers, I think it is time we name anti-war activists for what they really are: anti-peace.


Monday, December 20, 2004

The Sailor's Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming,

Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small, In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give, And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see, No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand, On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.

They had medals and badges and awards of all kind, And a sober thought came into my mind.

For this place was different, so dark and so dreary, I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.

A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone, Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.

The face was so gentle, the room squared away, This was the United States Sailor today.

This was the hero I saw on TV,
Defending our country so we could be free.

I realized the families that I would visit this night, Owed their lives to these Sailors lay willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play, And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year, Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone, On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice, "Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice."

"Defending the seas all days of the year, So others may live and be free with no fear."

I thought for a moment, what a difficult road, To live a life guided by honor and code.

After all it's Christmas Eve and the ship's underway!
But freedom isn't free and it's sailors who pay.

The Sailor says to our country "be free and sleep tight, No harm will come, not on my watch and not on this night.

The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still, I watched as the Sailor shivered from the night's cold chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night, This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

The Sailor rolled over and with a voice strong and sure, Commanded, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas, and All is Secure!"

HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT

Friday, December 17, 2004

"Fetus" Becomes "Infant" and "Baby"

It pains me to lump Fox News in with MSM, but Fox must be conflicted when they have to start a story about a "fetus" when uncertain whether alive, when it is found alive it is then called an "infant", and finally in good health, end the story by calling the missing child a "baby". Which is it? That is the problem with pro-abortion forces is this statusing of children according to their location and health. That is why we should keep our sick children home; they otherwise will be at risk of being labeled a "fetus" and lose all God given rights.

UPDATE: MSM STILL CONFUSED...

"Police 'Confident' They Found Stolen Fetus
AP
Bobbi Jo Stinnett DNA Test Results Pending. Baby cut out of slain eight-months-pregnant woman found in good health in Kansas and will be reunited with father...cops say; two adults found with infant..."

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Wounded Soldiers In Need

Recently promoted by Hugh Hewitt and deserves repeating:

Please consider the following: The number ONE request at Walter Reed hospital is phone cards. The government doesn't pay long distance phone charges and these wounded soldiers are rationing their calls home. Many will be there throughout the holidays.

They say they need an "endless" supply of these -- any amount, even $5, is greatly appreciated. Wal-Mart has good prices on AT&T cards, Sam’s Club is even better, if you are a member. Send phone cards of any amount to:

Medical Family Assistance Center
Walter Reed Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Lex Rex Attacked!

The template of Lex Rex has been hacked, I will have re-link...

UPDATE: The hack necessitated an entire new template...Up and running for now, hopefully, this negative will ultimately prove to be a positive.

Reawakening Starting Now...

Lots of hot topics being discussed on Evangelical Outpost over the last few days, from intelligent design (ID) to stem cells, I see a renewed focus on issues that drive us to our core. Lex Rex has been busy at the garrison of the outpost. These deep issues always come down to one's will. Take for example ID. Joe Carter placed a simple proposition for the evolutionary biologists/scientists: If one creature is imported from Anartica and another is created in a lab by a mad scientist, how would they tell them apart? 160+ responses later, most examining from a scientific level, could not answer, not even for a bag of cash. My own take: With the DNA double helix discoveries, we now know that there is an intricate message written as a code to "instruct" the behavior of cells. We have now found the library where the secrets of life are held, only it is written in a language we cannot decipher. So we have commenced mapping the library, which is like the Dewey Decimal system that tells us where the books are, and the subject matter they are related to, but does not disclose the contents; we have not started reading the books. Well, logic would posit that these books necessarily must have an author. Pretty good evidence of ID, don't you think? The atheists can only help explain the chemical reactions caused in the transmission of the message, but do not have a clue what the message is, who wrote it, or how it got there. Another observation is that scientific study mandates reproducible events that can be observed. The problem with a scientific approach to creationism is that the books of life have already been written, it was a historical event. Evolution theory suffers from the same flaw; there does not seem to be a process we can re-produce and observe. Historical events do not lend themselves well to a scientific approach. For example, take the Kennedy assassination. To study this scientifically, we would have to bring him back to life along with Oswald and then travel back in time and observe the event. But we have film of the event, autopsy reports, first hand witnesses etc... to study this. So for historical events like creationism, we use primary and secondary sourcing like, well, books! So with the discovery of the double helix, we discovered a primary source, a library if you will, written by God himself, of how we were created! That is not to say that science plays no role in examining creation (another common misconception), just that we cannot prove the matter by a scientific approach. It is difficult to move scientists, especially atheistic scientists, away from evolution theory towards a historical examination of creation. But what I think is going on now is a sort of reawakening of an examination of spiritual issues. I take the heated debate as a good sign.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Few RSVPs for Old Media Dinner Party

I concur (not that this means anything with my vast audience) with Hugh Hewitt on Bill Bennett's excellent article, "Wither The Mainstream Media?". I recall a guest lecturer in my law school in 1992 who proclaimed how incredible the internet would become. At the time, by the end of 1991, the Internet had grown to include some 5,000 networks in over three dozen countries, serving over 700,000 host computers (now 200,000,000) used by over 4,000,000 people (about 10% or 600 million now) (interesting internet growth chart here.) How amazing it was, he mused, that sand on a beach would one day contribute to changing the way we get information forever. While MSM used to be able to control and send information with impunity to passive recipients, the internet and now the Blogosphere has provided a source for the thirsty and empowered them to actively seek out and process information on their own. In a sense, we are now "growing up" in that we no longer have to sit at the table of Old Media like prisoners gathered in the mess hall for unidentifiable grub. The Blogosphere is more akin to an upscale all-you-can-eat buffet and, naturally, information consumers are becoming better nourished. The bad news for the imploding democrats is that better informed (I didn't say educated) citizens tend towards conservatism. While I do know many intelligent liberals, I know of few wise ones. Indeed, misinformed and ignorant people make up their largest constituency. Recall, for example, Sean Hannity's man on the street interviews where the anti-Bush crowd threw their support for "Stu Pid" the democratic nominee for president.

There is a bit of irony in sand's contribution to the weakening of Old Media; the beach is where Dan Rather will likely be spending his retirement.

Monday, December 06, 2004

God's Protocol

Thanks to bloggers, there is much being written on the "Groningen Protocol" and this focus has stirred some emotion at Lex Rex.

A few years ago, my wife and I received news that there was something wrong with our baby. We were told of the "options" in which case we immediately explained to the doctor that we were pro life, and that in no case would we end this child's life. The big lie in such wicked counsel is that it is "less costly" (by what calculation?) and less stressful (what comfort is there in intentionally taking an innocent life?). Subsequent visits to specialists confirmed that our baby had Epstein's Anomaly, among other problems. The prognosis in our baby's case was fatal. We prayed that his life be spared. Our baby died shortly after birth. We were able to hold him for a while. He looked like he was sleeping and indeed he was; in the arms of Yeshua. We had a funeral. We mourned. My process was not much different from when my father died. So is our temporal existence on earth; some shorter than others, but an existence nonetheless.

Through all this, I recall a name, El-Shaddai. Some scholars say that the true Hebrew meaning of this name invokes the image of a powerful God who at times changes natural laws to fulfill His purpose. Fully translated, El-Shaddai means, "The Almighty God who pours out sustenance and blessing." Translated into Greek, El-Shaddai becomes "ikanos", which means God is "all-sufficient." "Sustenance and blessing"? "All-sufficient"? How can I associate this name with the death of a baby, this seemingly unanswered prayer, or the broader questions raised by euthanasia? Well, it is quite simple for me and I only have my own experience to attest. I do not have an answer why our baby was not healed on earth. But I do know that in all of this, God never left our side. He sustained us. He blessed us. He indeed is the only nourishment we needed. God's Protocol in these situations is simple; we rely on God alone to change natural laws, and in the event he chooses not to, He sustains us anyway. Not surprisingly, given where it comes from in the spiritual sense, the Groningen Protocol is a twist of God's Protocol. It is the ultimate human intervention in natural law, the consequence of which is no different from when the laws of gravity are ignored.

There is no doubt that the supporters of euthanasia are filled with emotion, a compassion if you will, to end their suffering the sight of a questioned existence. One of the great human frailties is one of pride based on pragmatic instrumentalism. Under the Groningen Protocol, supporters argue that the end of life itself justifies the means to end it. What horrible and cruel circular reasoning! But as for me and my house, we will follow God's Protocol, El-Shaddai.

Friday, December 03, 2004

The One Thing

I recall a movie, the name of which escapes me right now, wherein an old rugged cowboy turns to Billy Crystal and tells him that he must find "the one thing" in life in order for him to discover his purpose.

In today's devotional Greg Laurie asks what the purpose of our life is. What a fitting question as we approach Christmas. The Christ of Christmas came for one purpose; to save mankind for eternity! To that end, he has commanded his foot soldiers to spread the good news of hope, peace, and salvation in the name of one and only one, Yeshua. And if we took up only this one purpose in our short life here on earth, it will have been lived for Christ. We should all take up this one primary purpose during our lives, and the multitude of other perceived purposes will be sure to naturally flow.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Death by Committee

What the Groningen Protocol says about our world, and where it might lead next.
by Hugh Hewitt

WHEN NEWS of the Groningen Protocol surfaced in October, it was reported in the Grand Forks Herald,though I didn't read of it, nor apparently did many others. The Groningen Protocol could have been the stuff of a fine presidential debate question, or a series of questions, but I doubt if any of the debate moderators or either of the presidential candidates had heard of it either. It is an intriguing title, but it should enter the history books as shorthand for an appalling brutality, so appalling in fact, that "The Groningen Protocol" could have been an entry on the agenda at the Wannsee Conference.

The Groningen Protocol is the proposal of doctors in the Netherlands for the establishment of an "independent committee" charged with selecting babies and other severely handicapped or disabled people for euthanasia. The original article provides some of the key details:


Under the Groningen protocol, if doctors at the hospital think a child is suffering unbearably from a terminal condition, they have the authority to end the child's life. The protocol is likely to be used primarily for newborns, but it covers any child up to age 12.

The hospital, beyond confirming the protocol in general terms, refused to discuss its details.

"It is for very sad cases," said a hospital spokesman, who declined to be identified. "After years of discussions, we made our own protocol to cover the small number of infants born with such severe disabilities that doctors can see they have extreme pain and no
hope for life. Our estimate is that it will not be used but 10 to 15 times a year."

A parent's role is limited under the protocol. While experts and critics familiar with the policy said a parent's wishes to let a child live or die naturally most likely would be considered, they note that the decision must be professional, so rests with doctors.


On Tuesday the AP carried a second story, and Drudge broadcast the news to the cyber world: The protocol was already in effect, and at least four babies had been deemed disposable, and killed.

This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of "independent committees" to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible--simply impossible--to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme "reproductive rights" advocates have argued that the baby's natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther--much, much farther. If the "severely retarded" may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the "independent committee" deems as usefully dispatched.

Incredibly, the nation's elite media has turned a collective blind eye to this story, though the Los Angeles Times did, on the day following the Drudge headline, find time to put on the paper's front page, above the fold, the story that Salmon and Steelhead May Lose Protection, but not a column inch of ink for a radical leap past Kevorkian land into the regions of Mengele.

LAST WEEK I marveled at the casual manner with which the Target Corporation announced that the Salvation Army could no longer place its kettles and ring its bells outside the giant retailer's 1,500+ stores. It was a callous and Scrooge-like act, one that I and thousands of others found sufficiently appalling as to oblige us not to shop at the store this season. I noted the irony of a retailer grown fat on Christmas gift sales tossing the charity most closely aligned with the public's image of Christmas spirit.

How foolish to imagine that actions such as Target's would offend greatly when protocol's such as Groningen's pass without comment before the eyes of editorialists and talking heads. Four years into the new century, and one can only guess where it will end. I do not think it is safe to bet that these next 96 years will be less bloody that the years 1905 to 1999.