60 & beyond, October

October 1 – In the beginning, man was created to work the Garden and dominate the world, not to work his marriage and dominate his wife.  A Godly marriage takes love, not work and domination.  LOVE.

October 2 – The American Flag and The National Anthem are patriotic symbols of the greatest nation on earth, of all time.  One who protests these treasures protests freedom bought by the blood of warriors, liberty secured by the sweat of heroes, and peace guarded by the courage of good men.  Take the National Football League…  please, take it, and the NBA while you’re at it.  We don’t want them.  The USA doesn’t need a bunch of silly, prissy-footed, rich jackasses protesting the Flag or the Anthem because they got their feelings hurt.  That’s not patriotism, that’s dissension, and causing lots of it in communities around the country.  It is certainly not unifying.  If athletes (and I use that term loosely) want to protest, how about manning up and cleaning up the game:  No more head to head hits, or throwing a temper tantrum because you can’t get your own way, or showboating (I think those are called personal fouls and we get tired of seeing them). That would be an interesting protest at a post-game interview:  “I didn’t hit the guy in the head because I’m a decent man and there’s enough violence in the world without me doing something stupid like disrespecting my peer.”  THAT would go enormously far.  Protesting the Flag or the Anthem goes about as far as baby’s burp.  So athletes (and I use that term loosely), clean up your own ranks first.  Remove the beam out of your own eye before plucking the speck out of the public’s eye.  Try competing honestly rather than protesting childishly.  Honor the country and your fellow man (and woman).  Grow up and be a model of manhood, if you have the balls – and not just footballs.

October 3 – I seem to have been a little over the top yesterday.  Good.

October 4 – I recently went to one of the lousiest gun shows I’ve ever attended, for $14 at that.  It was officially billed as a Prepper/Gun Show but there was nothing prepperish nor gun showish about it.  There was so much junk that if it were to all just mercifully vanish, the entire lot of decent stuff could have been displayed in my garage.  In truth, I made this a people-watching excursion, although I will admit that I walked away with two new knives after having unloaded a day pack full of junk in trades.  The knives will go to grandkids.

October 5 – God is unspeakably rich, beyond measure.  I just want to be as poor in spirit as possible so I can inherit His wealth.  (Matthew 5:3)

October 6 – Our culture has such a devalued and cheapened sense of life and morality that it’s no wonder mass shootings take place (there, I said it), and mass drag queen readings are uttered to silly parents exposing naïve children to such whoredom.  Yeah…  there, I said it again.

October 7 – Well, I might as well continue to step in it from yesterday…  Liberalism and its partner, socialism, and their motivator, communism, have reduced human life to about the price of an abortion, either by a medical procedure, madman’s bullet, immoral wedding, or a maniac’s rant against conservative ideology and Biblical truth.  Clearly, abortion – which started the devaluing of human life a long time ago – doesn’t end at the birth canal.  One can be aborted from life at any stage, and from morality anywhere along the lifeline of human living.  This should matter because the next target is spirituality, which, by the way, has already received heavy collateral damage from the whoremongers.

October 8 – You’d think a flock of over one hundred white pelicans hanging out on a small island would be a beautiful sight.  It is, until you row close enough to see their boorish behavior up close.  I guess they can’t help how much they act like old men.  Or maybe old men can’t help how much they at like churlish pelicans.

October 9 – Mine is not to put salvation into the heart of people.  That’s the Holy Spirit’s work.  Mine is to put salvation into the head of people, and to appeal to their heart in the process.

October 10 – Choose the path that builds character and doesn’t tear it down.  At times, though, those two paths will cross.

October 11 – Men have quickly, if not conveniently, forgotten that we are made of dirt.  (Genesis 3:19)

October 12 -Here is the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  It abounds with commas but there is one in particular that gives the full breadth of meaning to this Right:  the comma between the word ‘State’ and ‘the’ – the second comma.  It gives the Second Amendment its purpose.  It recognizes in the first phrase that the militia is fully armed, as is necessary to our nation’s security.  To keep the militia in check, the second phrase – The Right of the people to keep and bear arms – makes sure that law-abiding American citizens shall also be armed, and that their arming shall not be undermined or compromised.  The Second Amendment – The Second Comma – The Second Phrase:  These have nothing to do with joining a militia, hunting, sport, self defense, or collecting.  These have everything to do with the patriot citizen being the first responder for his nation’s safety, security, and defense of freedom.  Thus armed, he IS the militia, he CAN hunt and enjoy sports, he WILL defend himself and his family, and he BETTER fight for his country.

October 13 – If you far enough up into the headwaters of a man-made lake, things become God-made.

October 14 – If you go far enough down to the tailwaters of a man-made lake, things become messed up.

October 15 – With every evil I hear about in this world, I clean my guns, sharpen my knives, and check my armory.  But above all, I make sure that my main weapon is thoroughly reviewed:  the Bible.

October 16 – I feel naked without my sarong.

October 17 – How to use an elevator:  When the door opens, get on or get out now.  Don’t just stand there looking stupid and in everyone’s way.

October 18 – Back to the elevator:  Men, when the door opens and a lady is either getting on or getting off, let her go first, or give her your place in a crowded elevator, or make room for her, or catch the door so she doesn’t get hit by it.  Not doing any of these?  Then you’re just a stupid, inconsiderate man.  Well, at least stupid and inconsiderate because you’re certainly not a man.

October 19 – A draw string pack is in reality just a purse for men.

October 20 – A racist is one who is simply niggardly in his discourse with others who are different that he, and very little of it has to do with race.

October 21 – Racism is a matter of the heart, not a matter of the color of one’s skin, or his ancestry, or his ethnicity.

October 22 – I was raised in a southern home located in the north where my dad moved the family in order to find work.  In addition to being rather poor at the time, and Christian, and of Appalachian decent, no one on either side of my family really had much of an academic education.  So we were humiliated, ostracized, snubbed, and the butt end of every offense and joke.  Oh, and we’re white.

October 23 – Racism:  a lousy excuse for being arrogant, conceited, and narcissistic.  Racist:  a contemptuous egomaniac.

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