Archive for November, 2008

Because Public Schools Create Social Genuises…

November 13, 2008

Social Outcasts.

Oh yeah, my kids are gonna be homeschooled.

Nothing Obama can do about that.

Now back to my “abstaining” from the news.  It is a lot harder than it looks.

New Zealand

November 13, 2008

I have wanted to visit Down Under for years now.  Since I was a young child, in fact.  Recently I have been reading up on New Zealand.  Sure, it is well known that the land is beautiful.  Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy established that some years ago.  And beauty is exciting.

What I’ve been trying to find out is about their culture.  Sure, they are a mostly Caucasian society that speaks English, so they share some cultural similarities with America.  On the other hand, they only have 4 million inhabitants.  So while I understand they have some amount of socialism, it seems to be a lot smaller than the American version.

So maybe in the long term, my wife and I will consider New Zealand as a possible escape if America grows out of control.  I love America, but I have to do what is best for my wife and kids.  If that means packing it up and moving to a remote nation on the other side of the world, then that is what I’ll do.  In the meantime, I will try to make the best of the situation we are in and pray for God’s wisdom.

Pictures of Winter

November 12, 2008

Here’s a fine act out of my hometown area, Enfield, CT.

The video is kind of funny.  I think this band has a decent shot at going large if they keep it up.  You can check out more music at http://www.myspace.com/picturesofwinter.

With the amount of crap out there on the radio (cough K-rock cough), you can always turn to the local bands for something new and different.  POW seems to be inspired by the brutal Blood Has Been Shed, mixed in with some Zao, and the more melodic sounds of Shadows Fall.  This group is on the uprise, as they’ve improved musically since their first EP came out a couple years ago.

Remember, always support your local starving metal band!

The Death Penalty

November 11, 2008

As a former young Republican (not the club, but literally speaking), I used to support the death penalty.  Over time, I have had my doubts about the value of the death penalty.  My reasoning was that it may prevent some people from going over the top and committing a serious crime knowing that they may get a lethal injection as a result.  I think my analysis was wrong.

As a pro-lifer, I value life.  Be that a newborn baby, or a crook.  God sees value and potential in everyone, and who am I to decide whether or not someone should have their life terminated because they murdered someone?  The problem with the death penalty is that it relies on human instinct and knowledge.  There have been at least a handful of people who suffered the fate of the death penalty, only after they were killed did it come out that they were, in fact, innocent.

Maybe as a person with a more conservative stance, this seems odd.  Actually, for a conservative, it shouldn’t be.  Because of the amount of time spent on death row, it actually costs the state more than it would were we to place them in the normal prison population.

On the other hand, if I am in a situation where I need to protect my family, I will not hesitate to do so.  If that means the perp gets killed, then so be it.  There’s a huge difference between protecting my family and the government deciding whether or not someone is worthy enough to live.

Assisted suicide is another issue.  Sorry, I value life, and because someone is struggling with something, this does not give the doctor the right to play God.  Besides, who is to say some sort of cure won’t be developed the next day?

We all know that abortion is a death sentence.  The cruelest of sins that this nation has ever committed.  God will judge, and it will be judged mightily.  Because a child is deemed an inconvenience, Americans have the right to murder an unborn baby.

Husbands love your wives

November 10, 2008

A colleague and I had some lunch.  At lunch, we read through 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.  Basically there are two sections here, “Principles of Marriage” and “Keep Your Marriage Vows” (these are how my NKJV bible chooses to title them).

The first section seems to deal with the physical passions that are necessary in a marriage.  Don’t, as a husband, neglect her.  And vice versa.  It is interesting how Paul mentioned that those who have that desire and have a tough time controlling, should get married.  Paul was a very wise man indeed.

Also, to note, our the biblical roles.  God has ordained the man as the leader, and head of the household.  The wife, the helpmate.  No role is above the other, rather they are equal and perfect when attuned to God’s will!  We as men are not called to Lord it over our wives, and also, our wives should support us.

Marriage truly is two becoming one.  She is mine, and I am my wife’s.

I have been married almost eight years.  I really have forgotten what the single life is about.  Frankly, I don’t care much to go back to those days.  Unlike much of the world, I don’t feel locked down with a ball and chain when married to my wife.  You know why?  Because, also unlike the world, we realize our roles.  The world says we should have equal sharetime in our roles.  We should both be leaders and helpmates.  Right.  The world has also produced a + 50% divorce rate.  No thanks!  Too many chiefs and not enough indians, is what I say.

So, keep your marriage vows.  Know your roles.  Love each other and trust God.  I think you’ll be better in the long run.  And remember, it ain’t always a bed of roses.  It isn’t always peachy.

In which I take a sabbatical from the news.

November 9, 2008

Today I have decided to take a break from current events.  There is no doubt that I am a news junky and I believe that I can be prone to letting the day’s news effect my attitude.  Lately I have been asking God to show me ways in which I can improve myself.  I think He is asking me to just take a break from the news.

Easier said than done.  I won’t be able to avoid the office talk especially regarding the election, but I will be able to hold off on contributing.  So, if it gets a bit quiet over here at Arrogand New Englander, you’ll know why.

Is Conservatism Dead?

November 5, 2008

This may spell the death of the GOP as we know it.  For years, we have allowed the neoconservative movement run things, and frankly, people were fed up.  Since most of the left believes Bush is representative of true conservatism, they swung more socialist by electing the most liberal senator.

Congratulations, GOP, you may finally be on your way back to your libertarian roots.  It will take years of infighting and grassroots movements, but I hope and pray this spells the death of the neocon super power.

Am I worried about our president elect?  No, not really.  Sure, the man is for breaking the necks of newborn babies, but he will have to contend with God with his decisions.  I pray the man starts reading some non-socialist literature, embraces Austrian Economics, and shrinks the fed.  Fat chance.  Maybe after four years of an Obama presidency, Americans will tire of the liberal wings of the Republican and Democrat parties.

You see, we had our chance.  Ron Paul.  Here was a man of sound economic and diplomatic principals.  A man who warned us about Fannie and Freddie and the implications of government sponsored enterprises.  Unfortunately, the media stifled him, and the neoconservative establishment ridiculed him.

Fortunately, he’s not done.  Just go to http://campaignforliberty.com/ and sign up.  Start to bring real change to this country.

Walk at lunch

November 4, 2008

I took a walk at lunch today.  This really helped to clear my head.  I’m not too concerned about the election, because the two main candidates are not appealing to me.  I really hoped that by now, the Christian right would be through with the Republican party, but apparently they’re not.  I guess McCain knew what he was doing when he chose Palin.

I like Palin, but I don’t think she’ll be an influential VP.  She won’t be like Dick Cheney, that is for sure.

I ran into no lines this morning when going to vote.  The entire process was simple.  I wrote in Ron Paul.  Maybe we’ll see a man like Ron Paul in the White House years from now.  For now, I believe we’re in for some fun and socialistic times!