Saturday, September 23, 2006

A Prayer

Please take a moment to relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read thisprayer. If we can take the time to read long jokes, stories, etc., we should give the same respect to this prayer. Friends, who pray together, stay together.

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example --to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who don't believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer.

In Jesus' Name,


Friday, September 22, 2006

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.

- Joe Weinstein

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Test Your Brain

Can you name the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?

How many still exist today? Which one(s)?
By Eric Pfeiffer


Pat Buchanan says illegal immigration from poor and developing countries will overwhelm the United States and other Western countries in the next 50 years unless something is done.

"We've already won the battle with the public," Mr. Buchanan tells The Washington Times. "The question is, when will the government respond?"

In his new book "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," the former presidential candidate and White House speechwriter examines immigration-related social problems and documents high levels of support among Hispanics for the so-called "Reconquista" of the U.S. Southwest.

Several authors have addressed the immigration issue in recent years, but Mr. Buchanan's book ? ranked No. 2 at yesterday ? proposes measures to address the "emergency" that are more far-reaching than any legislation advocated by conservatives in Congress.

His plan includes deporting illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds, a 10-year limit on legal immigration set between 150,000 and 200,000 persons per year, and a $10 billion, 2,000-mile security fence along the border of the United States and Mexico.

With an estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the United States, which now has about 34 million foreign-born residents, polls indicate most Americans share Mr. Buchanan's concerns. A 2003 survey found that 58 percent would prefer total annual immigration be reduced to below 300,000, a two-thirds reduction from current levels of 1 million per year.

Yet critics say a "get tough" approach is impractical.

"Even if Mr. Buchanan's proposals were put into place, we'd still have rising levels of immigration," says Daniel T. Griswold, a scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. "Frustration with the issue is rising. Congress has utterly failed to deal with the issue. But that doesn't necessarily point to Pat Buchanan's prescription."

Since 2000, more than 400,000 illegal aliens a year have entered the United States, the Department of Homeland Security recently estimated. Most of the illegals came from Mexico, DHS reported.

In his book, Mr. Buchanan says high levels of immigration threaten the future of American culture.

"As Rome passed away, so the West is passing away, from the same causes and in much the same way," Mr. Buchanan writes. "What the Danube and Rhine were to Rome, the Rio Grande and Mediterranean are to America and Europe, the frontiers of a civilization no longer defended."

Mr. Buchanan has long been seen as a polarizing figure in American politics ? he was castigated by some in the Republican Party for his 1992 Republican National Convention address, in which he spoke of a "cultural war ... for the soul of America." Many of Mr. Buchanan's critics view his immigration rhetoric as counterproductive.

"I don't know what kind of America he envisions, but I think that immigrants are strengthening America," said Mr. Griswold, director of Cato's Center for Trade Policy Studies.

But Mr. Buchanan says the immigration debate has shifted toward his position.

"In 1992, I was down in California calling for only 70 miles of border fencing," Mr. Buchanan said. "And I was called a lot of bad things. If I'm insensitive, then so are the 70 percent of Americans who agree with me on this issue."

Politically, neither Republicans nor Democrats have been able to gain an upper hand on the immigration issue, with a recent Newsweek poll showing 39 percent of Americans trust Democrats more to handle immigration, while 37 percent chose Republicans.

Mr. Buchanan has harsh words for Republicans in Congress. He denounces as "de facto amnesty" the Senate-passed bill sponsored by Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat. However, Mr. Buchanan adds that when he started writing his book, "I didn't know the House would push for such a strong bill," speaking of the enforcement-only measure passed by the House in December.

"Congress is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America," Mr. Buchanan says when asked why elected officials do not support more stringent restrictions on immigration. "Until they get it right, they should be defeated at the ballot box."

In his book, however, Mr. Buchanan saves his strongest criticism for President Bush, writing: "Concerned about his legacy, George W. Bush may yet live to see his name entered into the history of his country as the president who lost the American Southwest that James K. Polk won for the United States."


I'm not a big fan of Pat Buchanan's, but he offers some food for thought here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

These People Vote

I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I explained that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.

. . . . . . My friendALSO votes!

Monday, September 18, 2006

New Aromatic Supermarket

A new supermarket opened near my house and has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and witness the scent of fresh hay. When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

The veggie department features the smell of fresh buttered corn.

I don't buy toilet paper there any more.
An Ode to the IRS

(from email)

Tax his land, tax his bed,
Tax the table at which he's fed.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his ties, tax his shirt,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his cigars, tax his beers,
If he cries, then tax his tears.

Tax his car, tax his gas,
Find other ways to tax his ass.

Tax all he has then let him know
That you won't be done till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers, then tax him some more,
Tax him till he's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he's laid.

Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom."

When he's gone, do not relax,
Its time to apply the inheritance tax.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Answer to the Paul Harvey Riddle

What is greater than God,
More evil than the devil,
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
And if you eat it, you'll die?

Received in email. There is actually more to the email I received, but thought this was the more interesting part for this post. The email goes on to state that if you send it to at least ten people, then press the return key, you'll get the answer.

As a general rule, emails that state you'll get a picture, an answer, or whatever by forwarding a message are, well, full of it. You get nothing when you forward the message on. Well, in this case, that is the answer. Nothing.

Nothing is greater than God, nothing is more evil than the devil, the poor have nothing, the rich need nothing, and if you eat nothing, you will die.
Just Push

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. So, this the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."

That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.

True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done.

Now I, my friend, will move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong ... just P. U. S. H.

When the job gets you down . just P. U. S. H.

When people don't react the way you think they should .. just P. U. S.H.

When your money is gone and the bills are due .. just P. U. S. H.

When people just don't understand you ... just P.U.S.H.

P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens

Pass this on to all the loved ones and friends who may need it; they may get it just in time.