Up the creek, without a paddle

Volume 16, Issue 17

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All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Abraham Lincoln –1838
Appearing in
— Early Warning: The Continuing Need for National Defense,
Brian T. Kelly,
Imprimis, Hillsdale College

The above quote from Abraham Lincoln is one of his best and most famous, yet it is one of the most difficult to find online, perhaps because of its complexity, perhaps because it no longer fits within the narrative of the United States of America as an exceptional nation and world leader. Thus in an overly politically correct world it becomes important to spin Lincoln’s words in a more favorable way:

Lincoln’s words: If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher, simply no longer applies. While Abe may have been a great president, we have become much more evolved and progressive. America’s demise will never happen, now we know better, ‘this time is different.’

Actually, what really has changed since 1838 is the reality that freedom no longer is just an American problem. Around the world, our destiny must be the pursuit of individual freedom for all people. Therefore:
If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

The concluding words of Kelly’s Imprimis article are: As a nation of freemen today, we are courting suicide by ignoring clear and present dangers. Our elected representatives have eyes but do not see, and they have ears but do not hear. We must awaken ourselves, and then awaken them, before it is too late.

Yet it seems we are really up a creek without a paddle.
How did you get to this creek position?

  1. An expert told you, you wouldn’t need a paddle.
  2. An expert told you when you need a paddle one would be provided.
  3. An expert told you, when you go up the creek, you don’t need a canoe, so a paddle would be superfluous.
  4. An expert told you that there are all sorts of awful things that happen when you go up the creek, so the safe thing is to stay home.
  5. You needn’t care, for someone from the government will come to help you.
What do all these outcomes have in common?


Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, Easter, April 20, 2014


"That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death."
Hebrews 2:14

O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home--a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long shall that soul be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord." Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, "Peace, be still," and immediately it came to land. Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob's ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.


"Fight the Lord's battles."
1 Samuel 18:17

The sacramental host of God's elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, "Lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no man's heart fail him. It is true that just now in England the battle is turned against us, and unless the Lord Jesus shall lift his sword, we know not what may become of the church of God in this land; but let us be of good courage, and play the man. There never was a day when Protestantism seemed to tremble more in the scales than now that a fierce effort is making to restore the Romish antichrist to his ancient seat. We greatly want a bold voice and a strong hand to preach and publish the old gospel for which martyrs bled and confessors died. The Saviour is, by his Spirit, still on earth; let this cheer us. He is ever in the midst of the fight, and therefore the battle is not doubtful. And as the conflict rages, what a sweet satisfaction it is to know that the Lord Jesus, in his office as our great Intercessor, is prevalently pleading for his people! O anxious gazer, look not so much at the battle below, for there thou shalt be enshrouded in smoke, and amazed with garments rolled in blood; but lift thine eyes yonder where the Saviour lives and pleads, for while he intercedes, the cause of God is safe. Let us fight as if it all depended upon us, but let us look up and know that all depends upon him.

Now, by the lilies of Christian purity, and by the roses of the Saviour's atonement, by the roes and by the hinds of the field, we charge you who are lovers of Jesus, to do valiantly in the Holy War, for truth and righteousness, for the kingdom and crown jewels of your Master. Onward! "for the battle is not yours but God's."

Father Ray Kelly singing Hallelujah at an Irish wedding:

Brute' says the resurrected Jesus only asks people to "Follow Me!"


War on The West

Volume 16, Issue 16

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Warning this article contains materials and opinions that may upset the security mechanisms within the following phylogenesis class structures of the human species. Reader discretion is advised: Agnostics, Atheists, Bureaucrats, The Bourgeoisie, Cowboys, Eco-Squeaks, Educators, Foresters, Libertarians, Politicians, Pundits, Persons of Color, Persons of Pallor, Progressives, The Proletariat, The Religious, Speculators, Sports-Persons (hunters & fishers, as gender neutral personalities) Sod-Busters and Anyone else that may have been missed.

Your war on
The American West has been lost; you may think that is a good thing. It has taken over two hundred years, but you have failed and failed miserably. Get over it and move on! Some of you, across the political spectrum, may think that A Revolution is just about to begin, but this is not that time.

God has fought our battle and the victory is ours; just for humbling yourself through repentance. This humbling is why the very common, mostly mediocre Christian church will celebrate Easter this coming Sunday. Therefore choose your potential enemy from the above list and share a meal or two with them and a miracle will happen. Simply put you will find you have more in common with your enemies, than what separates you. This miracle transformed the known world in about a century, which began what we now call the “Christian Era.” With our current technology a similar peaceful global rejuvenation of fellowship can happen in less than a decade.

Some of you may think losing the War on
The West is no big deal, but really feeding the nation and the world in the twenty-first century is at stake. For all intents and purposes, you, the above self-righteous bigots of the various forms of human religious dogma, may find your existence outside the following description of The West at peril. Those of you who reside within the boundaries of this West, learn from what is described, for those who don’t believe in “family, guns and religion” remain a potent foe, until they will come like dogs begging for scraps from your bountiful table.

West by our Wonder Springs definition is: That portion of North America generally south of the Canadian Border and into Mexico, which lies approximately west of the one hundredth meridian, naturally containing short and tall grass prairies, forests, and deserts. Its begins 25 miles (40 km) east of the Pacific Coast; yet within a human “county” it always has an average human population of less than 1000 persons per square mile (250 ha); and does not border a navigable stream with and annual daily flow of less than 1000 cubic feet/second (30 cubic meters/second). In simple terms The West is western rural America beyond urban encumbrances on the left coast or located in major river valleys.

Let us begin with president Thomas Jefferson and his vision to complete the
Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Part of Jefferson’s purchase reasoning was to provide land for his vision of an American Yeoman Farmer. As that vision expanded over time we found scary indigenous people groups, frightening buffalo and a few fearsome grizzly bears inhabited The West.


Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014


"A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me." Song of Solomon 1:13

Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to "a bundle of myrrh"? First, for plenty. He is not a drop of it, he is a casket full. He is not a sprig or flower of it, but a whole bundle. There is enough in Christ for all my necessities; let me not be slow to avail myself of him. Our well-beloved is compared to a "bundle" again, for variety: for there is in Christ not only the one thing needful, but in "him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;" everything needful is in him. Take Jesus in his different characters, and you will see a marvellous variety--Prophet, Priest, King, Husband, Friend, Shepherd. Consider him in his life, death, resurrection, ascension, second advent; view him in his virtue, gentleness, courage, self-denial, love, faithfulness, truth, righteousness--everywhere he is a bundle of preciousness. He is a "bundle of myrrh" for preservation--not loose myrrh to be dropped on the floor or trodden on, but myrrh tied up, myrrh to be stored in a casket. We must value him as our best treasure; we must prize his words and his ordinances; and we must keep our thoughts of him and knowledge of him as under lock and key, lest the devil should steal anything from us. Moreover, Jesus is a "bundle of myrrh" for speciality; the emblem suggests the idea of distinguishing, discriminating grace. From before the foundation of the world, he was set apart for his people; and he gives forth his perfume only to those who understand how to enter into communion with him, to have close dealings with him. Oh! blessed people whom the Lord hath admitted into his secrets, and for whom he sets himself apart. Oh! choice and happy who are thus made to say, "A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me."


"And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him." Leviticus 1:4

Our Lord's being made "sin for us" is set forth here by the very significant transfer of sin to the bullock, which was made by the elders of the people. The laying of the hand was not a mere touch of contact, for in some other places of Scripture the original word has the meaning of leaning heavily, as in the expression, "thy wrath lieth hard upon me" (Psalm 88:7). Surely this is the very essence and nature of faith, which doth not only bring us into contact with the great Substitute, but teaches us to lean upon him with all the burden of our guilt. Jehovah made to meet upon the head of the Substitute all the offences of his covenant people, but each one of the chosen is brought personally to ratify this solemn covenant act, when by grace he is enabled by faith to lay his hand upon the head of the "Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world." Believer, do you remember that rapturous day when you first realized pardon through Jesus the sin-bearer? Can you not make glad confession, and join with the writer in saying, "My soul recalls her day of deliverance with delight. Laden with guilt and full of fears, I saw my Saviour as my Substitute, and I laid my hand upon him; oh! how timidly at first, but courage grew and confidence was confirmed until I leaned my soul entirely upon him; and now it is my unceasing joy to know that my sins are no longer imputed to me, but laid on him, and like the debts of the wounded traveller, Jesus, like the good Samaritan, has said of all my future sinfulness, Set that to my account.'" Blessed discovery! Eternal solace of a grateful heart!

"My numerous sins transferr'd to him,

Shall never more be found,

Lost in his blood's atoning stream,

Where every crime is drown'd!"

Brute' is rejoicing because of the Wall Street "CORRECTION"!


Build for 1000 years

Volume 16, Issue 15

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Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
Revelation 20:1-3

Adolph Miller, my grandfather on my mother’s side of the family was an avid fisherman. You don’t have to “go fishin” all that much until you understand that catching fish is a good thing, but being caught up in “fishing stories” is the real reason for the excursion to the lake or the stream.

It must have been in the early to mid 1970s when I had returned from my military active duty tour in Germany and my folks and my home of record was in Davenport, when grandpa, me and my dad went fishing at Fishtrap Lake about 30 miles south and slightly east of Reardan. Fishtrap is interesting because it is really just an isolated deep canyon in the basalt caused by a long past Ice Age flood. In essence the fish are trapped in a hole in the ground with really no exit to the real world beyond.

The story that I would like to relate must have occurred when grandpa was in his early eighties, and was slowly going blind from cataracts. He later had surgery to restore his sight, and he lived to see ninety. Anyway we were sitting in the boat, and as the sun was beginning to set behind the basalt cliffs, it was getting hard to see for all of us, but Adolph was really having trouble baiting his hook or whatever fishing task he was attempting.

When you live to go fishing and that joy becomes an endeavor, what in life is worth living for?

In that non sensory illumination he told the story about an acquaintance of his who he said had decided to retire at 35 and then when he had done all he wanted to do, he would go back to work at 65, using his life lessons learned, to really have something worthwhile to contribute during the rest of his life.


Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, April 6, 2014


"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp."
Hebrews 13:13

Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian's reason for leaving the camp of the world's sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was "not of the world:" his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. Never was such overflowing affection for men as you find in him; but still he was separate from sinners. In like manner Christ's people must "go forth unto him." They must take their position "without the camp," as witness-bearers for the truth. They must be prepared to tread the straight and narrow path. They must have bold, unflinching, lion-like hearts, loving Christ first, and his truth next, and Christ and his truth beyond all the world. Jesus would have his people "go forth without the camp" for their own sanctification. You cannot grow in grace to any high degree while you are conformed to the world. The life of separation may be a path of sorrow, but it is the highway of safety; and though the separated life may cost you many pangs, and make every day a battle, yet it is a happy life after all. No joy can excel that of the soldier of Christ: Jesus reveals himself so graciously, and gives such sweet refreshment, that the warrior feels more calm and peace in his daily strife than others in their hours of rest. The highway of holiness is the highway of communion. It is thus we shall hope to win the crown if we are enabled by divine grace faithfully to follow Christ "without the camp." The crown of glory will follow the cross of separation. A moment's shame will be well recompensed by eternal honour; a little while of witness-bearing will seem nothing when we are "forever with the Lord."


"In the name of the Lord I will destroy them."
Psalm 118:12

Our Lord Jesus, by his death, did not purchase a right to a part of us only, but to the entire man. He contemplated in his passion the sanctification of us wholly, spirit, soul, and body; that in this triple kingdom he himself might reign supreme without a rival. It is the business of the newborn nature which God has given to the regenerate to assert the rights of the Lord Jesus Christ. My soul, so far as thou art a child of God, thou must conquer all the rest of thyself which yet remains unblest; thou must subdue all thy powers and passions to the silver sceptre of Jesus' gracious reign, and thou must never be satisfied till he who is King by purchase becomes also King by gracious coronation, and reigns in thee supreme. Seeing, then, that sin has no right to any part of us, we go about a good and lawful warfare when we seek, in the name of God, to drive it out. O my body, thou art a member of Christ: shall I tolerate thy subjection to the prince of darkness? O my soul, Christ has suffered for thy sins, and redeemed thee with his most precious blood: shall I suffer thy memory to become a storehouse of evil, or thy passions to be firebrands of iniquity? Shall I surrender my judgment to be perverted by error, or my will to be led in fetters of iniquity? No, my soul, thou art Christ's, and sin hath no right to thee.

Be courageous concerning this, O Christian! be not dispirited, as though your spiritual enemies could never be destroyed. You are able to overcome them--not in your own strength--the weakest of them would be too much for you in that; but you can and shall overcome them through the blood of the Lamb. Do not ask, "How shall I dispossess them, for they are greater and mightier than I?" but go to the strong for strength, wait humbly upon God, and the mighty God of Jacob will surely come to the rescue, and you shall sing of victory through his grace.

Brute' blames Ft. Hood shootings on Prussian military models for troops and students.


Rejuvenating: Eats, Education, Energy

Volume 16, Issue 14

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Chicken Little likes to walk in the woods. She likes to look at the trees. She likes to smell the flowers. She likes to listen to the birds singing.
One day while she is walking an acorn falls from a tree, and hits the top of her little head.
My, oh, my, the sky is falling. I must run and tell the lion about it, - says Chicken Little and begins to run.
Chicken Little

Sunday, while a majority of the
world’s 2.18 billion Christians gathered on the Lord’s Day to in someway remember the reason for their religion, the planet’s most enthusiastic religious cult was releasing its latest translation of their gloom and doom report. According to the AP’s The Big Story, this was “not a modern day version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

That surely should qualify as the most profound understatement of the last two millennia, for that is the approximate genesis of the Book of Revelation’s Apocalypse, and within the Bible’s many small books the Four Horsemen are covered in about half a page of the Revelation’s twenty-one pages in my Large Print New King James Version. That whole Bible, Old and New Testaments, contains 1763 pages.

This new evolving religion and the corresponding biblical tome contains “32-volumes of 2,610 pages,” and has a lot of authors spanning the known world. Thus it must be a study bible, with lots of notes and other relevant enlightening details. If you haven’t guessed yet, or followed the above link, we are discussion the latest, UN report from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

I believe in climate change, for I don’t believe my ancestral Danes that named Greenland, were that into climate metaphor. After all, by size alone, the current Greenland would have forced them to rename Iceland. Furthermore, I spent Saturday wandering through Ice Age Flood remains in the Audubon Lake bird sanctuary, which borders Reardan’s north boundary.