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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Two for Christmas


We hope you're having a great Christmas! Today, we have two items for your entertainment and edification.

First, one of the best Christmas light shows I've ever seen. It is set to a version of "It's Called Christmas with a Capital C" by Go Fish, with commentary by comedian Brad Stine. Someone added a few sound effects. It's a foot-stomping great tune:


Next, there is something to read. Although it was inspired by Christmas, the main part of the article applies all the time. The first section gives links debunking the nonsense being spread that Christmas has pagan origins and symbols, and can be useful for reference when that stuff comes up again. Second, it's about Christians doing good deeds. We don't have to be forced by Obama's thugs who tax us into poverty so they can give the money to their political cronies or find other ways to make themselves look good. Followers of Jesus are, generally speaking, a giving people. We want to please God and be a blessing to mankind. What causes that?
In my own experience, we have an Axis of Christmas Evil: Atheists, cultists and sanctimonious Christians ridicule those of us who have the freedom to celebrate Christmas by using bad history and worse biblical exegesis. No, it is not based on the pagan holiday of Saturnalia. No, it is not loaded with pagan origins. No, Jeremiah 10.2-4 does not forbid Christmas trees (especially since the use of Christmas trees did not appear in history until about the 1500s). Yes, some pagan elements have crept in. Yes, secularism has helped take away the true meaning of Christmas, and Christians need to keep a proper perspective. There is a great deal of accurate historical research about these topics, so I do not need to discuss them any longer.
Further, we read: 
Some misotheists who visit The Question Evolution Project and other Christian places will say that we are motivated by fear of punishment to do good works. That is slander. A born-from-above Christian is a new creation (2 Cor. 5.17), and is to be filled with the Holy Spirit on an ongoing basis (Gal. 5.16), and the "fruit of the Spirit" is to show in our daily lives (Gal. 5.22-23). Our faith is shown by our works (James 2.18, James 2.26), which will justify us before men.
You can read the entire article, in context, at "Christianity is Faith in Action".
  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Using Evolutionist Pseudoscience to "Explain" Dinosaur Soft Tissues

The existence of blood cells and soft tissues in Tyrannosaurus rex and other fossils created quite a stir in the evolutionary camp. After all, by their way of reckoning, there is no way that blood and tissues can be preserved for sixty-five million years. (Biblical creationists did not have a problem with the discovery.) Some uninformed but enthusiastic cheerleaders for evolution tried to deny it, but the facts remain.

Now the discoverer of the first Tyrannosaurus rex tissues has released the results of some research. It appears that iron in blood has a key part in preservation. Unfortunately, the experiments were spurious because of human interference and implausible situations (such as the Miller-Urey experiment, where the trap was removed to keep amino acids that would be destroyed in the synthetic environment). The extrapolation from two years to multiple millions of years is also absurd. The "research" has some valid points, but overall, is worthy of the Nebraska Man and Piltdown Man fiascoes.
Researchers are now suggesting that iron embedded in blood proteins preserved the still-soft tissues, cells, and molecules discovered inside dinosaurs and other fossils after the creatures were buried in sediments. The ability to justify millions of years is at stake, and this study promises to do just that. What are its merits and demerits?
Publishing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Mary Schweitzer led a team that showed how iron atoms from blood adhere to and preserve blood vessels. The team placed ostrich bone blood vessels in water and watched them disintegrate in less than a week. They then treated another set of ostrich blood vessels with concentrated blood, and the treated blood vessels still looked fresh after two years of sitting on the lab bench.
They postulated that iron generates chemically reactive oxy radicals that help adjacent proteins bond, preserving their overall structure in a process called cross-linking. The way a fried egg resists rotting longer than a raw, cracked egg might illustrate this effect.
“Oxy radicals also facilitate protein cross-linking in a manner analogous to the actions of tissue fixatives (e.g. formaldehyde), thus increasing resistance of these ‘fixed’ biomolecules to enzymatic or microbial digestion,” according to Schweitzer and her colleagues.
These results are unique and compelling. But do they really justify the study authors’ claim that this iron preservation phenomenon explains how dinosaur tissues lasted for tens of millions of years?
Find out the analysis of the test at "Dinosaur Soft Tissue Preserved By Blood?"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Science" on the Left

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A while back, I asked Matt Slick of CARM if he agreed with my speculation that unbelievers tended to be politically on the left. He replied with a strong affirmative. There are a few atheists that are Conservatives, but they are few (S.E. Cupp is a Conservative, and has been maligned for not being vicious. Guess that's a part of the "No True Atheist" fallacy.) Many believe in "science" as the savior of the world. This is the religion of Scientism, and science itself has failings.

Political and religious leftists have many behavior patterns in common. Some of these include equivocating "evolution" and "global warming" with "science", attacking people who dare to show facts that dispute their views, using loaded terminology to demonize people they do not like, emotional manipulation, legislative manipulation, bullying in general and more. They also support their own kind, no matter how wicked or wrong they are. It's about the ideology, not about the true spirit of scientific inquiry nor about how to best serve their country.
The Union of Concerned Scientists’ list of champions only includes those who take far-left political stances on the issues.
Live Science republished a list from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Seth Shulman, one of their senior staff writers. Under the title, “Got Science? Champions Who Stood Up for Science in 2013,” the list is noteworthy for its extreme leftist bias. Even though his list of six champions promises to include those “from every political persuasion,” the two arguably conservative entrants were nevertheless praised for standing against other conservatives on political issues. The list appears to equate “science” with left-leaning political positions on each issue, such as:
Nope, sorry Bubbles, you have to read the list and commentary at "Got Scientism? Champions of “Science” All Leftists".

Sunday, December 08, 2013

The New Compromise Bible!!! Now you can have a Bible that is approved by both Dawkins and demons...Lucifer and Lenski..etc!

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati introduces a new Bible!!! Need I say more?

Did God really say?

Introducing the New Compromise Version!

Note: the following is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Or to be more precise, this article is theological satire, which has a long and noble history in the Bible itself and in the Church.
Wikipedia.org
Kenneth Miller
Kenneth Miller
We are asking you to imagine if a new English version of the Bible were to be released which would satisfy those who don’t accept Genesis at a straightforward reading. In the right-hand column of the following table we have tried to envisage how many of the well-known proponents of long-age and theistic evolutionary views might respond. I.e. the ‘expert’ sayings below are fictional, but actually not that far from what they really teach, as the links to their actual past quotes show.
Therefore, although this is satire, there is a serious teaching purpose of this article, as our conclusion will make clear. Note, too, that our heartfelt desire is that the individuals and Bible College institutions named here might view the following as a loving ‘wake-up call’ to re-think seriously their compromise position re Genesis. It is certainly not our desire that this very public article ‘lock’ these individuals and Bible colleges into these views. Rather, we do this in hope that they might realize that their compromise views are actuallydestroying their own foundation.
So, let’s begin:

You can read the article by clicking on the link above in "Did God Really say?"

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Low-Information Leadership...because of low information voters and government so-called education....

It is the sad-but-truth of American life.  Too many people do not think critically and many of the most liberal and arrogant of them do not even realize it!  My commenters (the troll sector) are smugly self-satisfied like the passengers on the Titanic when they first felt that sudden BUMP.  

After all, the ship (of state) could not sink, right?   Uh, you are not right.  Peggy Noonan, writing in the Wall Street Journal will try to get you thinking...



Low-Information Leadership


The president’s problem right now is that people think he’s smart. They think he’s in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities. That’s his reputation: He’s risen far on his brains. They think he is sophisticated.
That is his problem in the health insurance debacle.
You can read the rest of Peggy's article by clicking on the link in the big huge letters above.

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When the Clinton Administration left the White House, massive amounts of property had been stolen and lots of child-like graffiti and vandalism was perpetrated.   Typewriters and keyboards were missing the letter, "W" and trash was everywhere.   The service staff were nearly united in their delight that the pompous Clinton people were gone.   The Clintons did some bad and some good things, but the Obama Administration is already vandalizing the entire country and damaging our economy and poisoning the judges and agencies with crooks and Communists.  

Spiral Galaxies Testify of a Young Universe

Andromeda Galaxy / Wikimedia Commons / Adam Evans
Spiral galaxies are problematic for evolutionary cosmologists. They are dense with stars, but the "arms" should have lost their shape after the alleged billions of years of their existence. (For that matter, distant galaxies themselves create problems for cosmologists.) A number of failed explanations for the shape of the arms have been postulated, including dark matter. The best explanation would be found if cosmologists dropped their Big Bang presuppositions and realized that astronomy is best explained by biblical, young universe models.
Since they were first discovered, galaxies have been a source of wonder. Many are arranged into beautiful spirals. But if they’ve been spinning for billions of years, wouldn’t their arms lose their slender shape?
Large islands of stars, called “galaxies,” float in the inky blackness of space. The number of observable galaxies is estimated at 170 billion, each with billions or even trillions of individual stars. Such numbers fill an expanse we cannot even begin to fathom. When we behold these shimmering wonders, we naturally ask ourselves, “Where did all these gems come from?”
The first chapter of Genesis proclaims an unequivocal answer: on Day Four the Creator “made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16). The astronomers who reject God’s revealed history, however, are still struggling to find an alternative explanation.
One of their biggest challenges is the lovely spiral arms that grace so many galaxies. Simply put, these spirals should lose their shape in a very old universe. Indeed, the persistence of spiral arms suggests that the universe is very young.
To finish reading the article, click on "Galaxies — Unexplained Spirals".

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama - sneaking Communism across the threshold into our culture one tiny step at a time!

This is just very appropriate as various government agencies that are acting as tyrannical unregulated dictatorships.

Hillary, Obama And The Cult Of Alinsky
By Richard Poe
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Most Americansnever heard of Saul Alinsky. Yet his shadow darkens our coming election. Democrat frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both worship at the altar of Alinskyism .

In a 1971 book called Rules for Radicals, Alinsky scolded the Sixties Left for scaring off potential converts in Middle America. True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.

Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.

Read the rest by clicking on the link near the top.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Fundamentally Flawed Atheist Logic

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

We’re going to take a different approach on this article and ask you to do some of the work. I’ll ‘splain later, Loocy.

There are two segments in a broadcast of Chris Rosebrough’s “Fighting for the Faith” ("Comparing what people are saying in the name of God to the Word of God") with audio excerpts and comments to be downloaded or listened to at the site. In the first one, he discusses some comments and tactics by Laurence Krauss that are disingenuous and illogical. While Chris points out several problems with Krauss’ comments, players of “Spot the Fallacy” can see several more problems.



Just like when a materialist atheist demands “proof” of God’s existence he or she is committing a logical fallacy called the “Category Mistake” (or “Category Error”), it is also absurd to look upon scientists as experts in everything — including theology. In a similar manner, when people like Krauss or Clinton R. Dawkins discuss the nature or existence of God, they are going beyond their areas of expertise. Rosebrough uses an illustration of going to the proper specialist to deal with a sports injury.

The other segment is from an ongoing series where Chris takes on the so-called History Channel’s hit piece on the Bible, “Bible Secrets Revealed”. There are no secrets, they are not revealing anything that wasn’t known for a long time already, and they are using liberal “scholars” who do not believe that the Bible means what it says anyway.

OK, here’s the place where you need to pay attention. Go to “Fighting for the Faith”, “When Atheist Scientists Cheat”, and look for the links to listen online or the download. I recommend the download. The segments described here are consecutive on the show, and he has some humorous music to introduce each part.

The Laurence Krauss segment begins at 32 minutes 50 seconds through 50 minutes 58 seconds.
The section exposing the “Bible Secrets Revealed” stuff immediately follows at 51.00 minutes and goes through the 1 hour 12 minutes 29 seconds mark.

Bonus: Bob Enyart of “Real Science Radio” debated Krauss. I lost count of the fallacies (check for “elephant hurling”), and wearied of the man’s obnoxious and discourteous manner. Look for the links to listen or download near the top of each page, Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

This is well worth your time.

Piltdown Superman - Here he comes to save the day!!! Er, or is that Mighty Mouse?

Piltdown came softly to my blogspot today
makings things so easy as I find my way
out of  Obamacare prison where I don't want to stay
I think he will start really soon and it could be today

I have made my mind up he's staying for awhile I tell you right now
He will be good and I know it, so in awhile
I have made my mind up he's staying for awhile

you will get used to his prose and I know it
you'll like his style
he can be cool and I know it so in awhile
you'll be a fan or a troll and they both make me smile

I have made my mind up he's staying for awhile
he might make you smile
any trick in the book to show truth is  surely worthwhile

I have made my mind up he's staying for awhile

(Sung to the tune of "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan Leitch)