Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is “doggone offended” by the activists and voters standing between him and re-election, describing them as “radical libertarians.”Please bookmark!
Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976. This year, major conservative groups announced their intention of defeating Hatch — who they deemed too moderate. FreedomWorks has reportedly spent at least $670,000 attacking Hatch this cycle.
But the long-time senator isn’t sitting on his hands. Hatch told NPR’s Howard Berkes, “These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans.”
“They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended by it,” he said.
Hatch’s most prominent Republican challenger, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist, appears to be underperforming expectations in local caucuses thus far. He lost his home caucus last month.
“I despise these people,” Hatch added, “and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth.”
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
I read recently that the Republicans had offered up a budget plan written largely by Representative Paul Ryan. Shockingly, our Beloved Leader attacked it, warning the American people that this budget plan would cause cuts in student scholarships, services such as this and that and the other, and just in general destroy society as we know it. He stated that it was a form of “social Darwinism”.
I found that comment to be very interesting indeed. Those are two words that make my little antenna go up. What does “social Darwinism” mean? Why does our Beloved Leader make it sound so bad? If it is Darwinism, why is it just social, and not cultural or spiritual or anything like that? Is there a difference between social Darwinism and biological Darwinism? If so, what is it?
Here’s what I think social Darwinism means. Darwinism is the belief that the organism (and here I mean not just biological organisms, but any object that is subject to change and can be described as existing independent of other objects) best suited to adapt to a new environment will be the most likely organism to survive in that new environment. In other words, a tadpole that can fly will theoretically be better suited to survive in its new environment than other tadpoles that cannot do so.
Now, there are a lot of problems with Darwinism. The biggest problem is, how does an organism that evolves become evolved? What causes an organism to change, much less to change for the better? To say that an organism ‘just evolves’ is an incomplete answer, building that foundation on faith. Why do some of every kind evolve, but others of every kind don’t? What makes these adaptive organisms so special that they can go against the natural law of the universe? Because, in order for an organism to evolve, it must go against the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that every system begins in a certain ordered state and gradually becomes more chaotic with the passage of time unless acted upon by an outside force. Buildings crumble, bodies decay, plant life decays, fallen trees rot away, computers eventually fail, humans and animals gradually get old and die, stone formations are gradually eroded down.
If we were to somehow remove all of human life from Earth for just one hundred years, and then look at the state of the Earth at the end of that time, we would be amazed as to the change. It is only when somebody comes along and shores up a falling wall do buildings remain standing. It is only through preventive maintenance that computers continue running without running into the Blue Screen of Death. Humans and animals continue to get old and die, but exercise, proper diet, and regular doctors’ visits can stave off the effects for a little while. But in each case, if an outside force doesn’t act upon an object, then that object will become chaotic and eventually fail. That outside force, acting upon the original object, causes that object to become more ordered (or at least retain its original system order).
But wait! Can just any outside force cause another object to become more ordered just by acting on it? Logic tells us that the answer is no, otherwise everything that reacts with any other object would be constantly improving. Gears would never wear out, complicated machines would never need maintenance, animals would not need training, children would not need to be taught, gardens would not need to be weeded.
Obviously, an outside force that acts upon an organism in a positive way must be intelligent; otherwise the chances of that outside force increasing the order of the original organism are poor at best, and, I would judge, to be infinitesimally small except in the most extreme cases. Banging on the reluctant machine very rarely makes it work better. (By the way, ‘banging on the reluctant machine’ sounds vaguely naughty. It would also make an excellent album title.) I know that we see that kind of thing happen in movies, but that is a plot point determined by the writers and directors of the film. Interestingly, because we see that all of the time in the movies that we see, we have become conditioned in our expectations of that. In other words, because we have seen it so many times and it is a memorable plot device, we expect it to work in real life. Art influences life.
But I digress.
Obviously, an outside force that acts upon an organism that improves said organism must, at the very least, be directed by an intellect. To deny that there is an intellect behind an improvement in said organism is illogical. The only other choice besides an outside intellect is sheer chance. But sheer chance is not a good enough answer. Not only is it insufficient for a rational mind to believe that things get better simply because of the luck of the draw, the mathematics behind it is insufficient for a rational mind to believe, as well.
The chances of an random action improving the status of an organism are fairly small in and of itself, but the chances of a chain of random actions improving the status of an organism has to be astronomically small. How much smaller, then, are the odds of a string of random actions improving the status of a particular kind of organism? And how much smaller than that, then, are the odds of a string of random actions improving the status of different kinds of organisms? I’ll leave the actual computations to somebody who is willing to slog through all of the necessary research and formulas to come up with the exact odds, but I’m willing to bet that nobody would be willing to bet on those kinds of odds.
I’ve also seen the argument forwarded that there is no intelligent force needed to direct such improvement, that what propels the need for evolution is the sheer desire by either the individual or the entire species as a whole. That is to say, that the organism (or the organism’s species) evolves simply because it wishes to evolve. While this is a thinly plausible explanation for higher species (humans certainly, but also monkeys, birds, and anything that is animate), it falls short when it comes to the lower species (plants and vegetation) and ideas (such as the theory of evolution itself). The problem is especially glaring when it is realized that the only way that any desire to evolve must come from not only self-awareness, but from a form of consciousness that is not evident to any observations made by any person.
So what is left? We’ve eliminated the argument that there is no intelligent force as too unlikely, and revealed the argument that the intelligent changing force as coming from within the organism or species as too ridiculous to merit a response. The process of elimination tells us that there is only one answer that can satisfy the bare necessities of our requirements. That force must be outside of the organism, and able to act upon the organism in such a way that the organism improves because of the actions of that outside organism.
So how does this pertain to our observation by our President that Republicans are practicing “social Darwinism”? As I’ve demonstrated above and despite atheists’ claims to the contrary, evolution (and by extension, Darwinism) can only happen if there is an intelligent changing force that acts upon the organism to be evolved. So the question becomes, what is the intelligent changing force that is at work behind the organism known as social Darwinism?
Since the organism that we are talking about here involves humanity, there is the possibility that social Darwinism does not have an intelligent outside force acting upon it, but is instead directed from within. That is to say, there is the liklihood that the evolution of humans by social Darwinism comes from within and not from without. This, I think, is a special case, mainly because the organisms that are involved in social Darwinism involve exclusively humans and no other organisms.
Nonetheless, our Beloved Leader has stated that Republicans are practicing social Darwinism, with the connotation that this is a bad thing. Our next question is, is practicing social Darwinism a bad thing?
I think what President Subprime McDowngrade is insinuating is that Republicans want to use certain tools within society to push “others” down in a desperate bid to allow themselves better opportunities to survive. In this case, “others” is a rather amorphous idea, one that the audience is supposed to fill in emotionally themselves. “Others", in this case, being any kind of minority (perceived or otherwise), that the audience sees as being victimized by an oppressor. The specific “other” is not important, just the mere presence of the idea of others being oppressed is what is important.
Friday, April 13, 2012
North Korea's much-anticipated rocket launch ended quickly in failure early Friday, splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff.Please bookmark!
North Korea acknowledged in an announcement broadcast on state TV that a satellite launched hours earlier from the west coast failed to enter into orbit. The U.S. and South Korea also declared the launch a failure.
A senior U.S. official told Fox News the rocket broke apart between 90 seconds and 2 minutes after launching.
Data suggests the rocket broke up in mid-flight inside the Earth's atmosphere. Officials say the rocket did not fall into any populated areas, suggesting it fell into the ocean.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Hardly a right winged shrill.
I think it is way too early to make any determinations on guilt or innocence in this case since we have not seen the forensic evidence in this case. But charging Murder 2 seems like a stretch. Of course we don't know what they have. I would like to think that no prosecutor would bring charges they know to be false against any defendant. If they do, they can be disbarred. Zimmerman may even be able to sue for damages. But Dershowitz sure feels like Zimmerman has been overcharged.
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I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u?I can't speak for Ann Romney, but I can speak for myself. No most do not. Many choose to work. It is now the expected thing to do. The fall back position as it were.
Let's take some examples. You for instance. You stayed home for a period of time. But your former partner always had a very good career. You could have stayed home the entire time and didn't. I know, I know, you were saving the world by going after kids illegally downloading Miley Cyrus.
Soledad O'Brien has I believe three or four children. Her husband is a very successful investment banker. I think he could swing the expenses on his own.
Meghan Kelly is married to an executive of an Internet Security company and retained two residences when they began dating. I have this feeling that he could afford for his wife to stay home.
Barack Obama weighed on working mom's of late. About how Michelle had to work. Yet he was making a measly $167K when he was a US Senator and she still went to work. I guess living on that salary for a family of four is really impossible. The taxes in Illinois must even higher than I thought.
Paula Zahn's ex-husband was quite wealthy. She worked when her children were small.
I know plenty of women who could stay at home, but choose not to. I had one tell me that they couldn't afford to go to Europe every year if she didn't work. She might also have to forgo the new Coach handbag she got every season too.
When you work and are paying for daycare, transportation costs, a wardrobe for your job, possibly dry cleaning costs, lunches, snacks, and all kinds of other expenses, you will find that often it costs just as much to work. How much are you really making after paying all these additional expenses?
You can live without 300 channels on cable. You can live without the really fancy smart phone. You can live without the extra bathroom that you get with a bigger home, You don't have to go on expensive vacations.
It is called prioritizing. It is called budgeting.
I don't deny that some women have no choice but to work outside of the home. But there are plenty of women who don't. They have bought into this narrative that in order to be fulfilled you must have two degrees and a fancy office. That staying home and being the caretaker to your children somehow makes you less than. You are somehow not being the proper role model to your children.
I can guarantee you, your kids can live without the really expensive sneakers and the trip to Europe in return for you showing up at every school play, every ball game, and being there when they get home from school.
Every child wants to feel that they are most important thing in the world to you.
Hilary, the sad part of what you have done over your career is that you have actually limited women's choices, instead of expand them. Those are the words that you should rightly feel were poorly chosen. The ones you hurled at Ann Romney were meant. You see, you stayed home for a brief period of time. Ann made a life being a mother. Something that someone like you just can't understand.
There is a good King James word for politicians and government employees. The Democrats have historically applied it to themselves, and we would be remiss not to apply it to Republicans also. It is the great English word, ASS, and since it appears 154 times in the King James Bible, it seems most appropriate to use it here. A good unabridged copy of Aesop's Fables uses the word 55 times. Aesop actually uses the construction "poor ass" and "dead ass" but the signatory description goes the to KJV, with the phrase: "dumb ass." Most descriptive and most instructive, when we are referring, as we are now, to our government.
Noah Webster, in his 1828 edition dictionary, (Oh, I'm sorry kids, a dictionary is a book with paper pages made from wood and defines words, and 1828 was a year.) defines "ass" as a quadruped of the equine genus; implying positive attributes, definitely then not applied to modern government. The secondary definition says, "a dull, heavy, stupid fellow." And that would certainly apply. Noah's updated version says an ass is "a stupid or silly person," and that too will fit nicely into our parable here.
This is not to imply that there are not good people in government. There are, they are just few and far between, and they are usually villified, lied about, mocked and usually run out by the dolts waiting for their bi-weekly checks and guvment cheese. But I digress.
We are considering today the Department of Labor, DOL, if you will, or DOLTs, if you won't. These idiots, or asses, if you please have finally reached a tipping point, that is, in KJV speak, they are ready for the dung hill. Their latest asinine plot is now to prevent children from working on the family farm, and the manure stench from their stupidity reeks to heaven high.
It would be best to approach this subject in a peripatetically dilatory manner, since the dolts at the DOL won't be able to decipher the big words, like work, ethics, family, and that old standby, responsibility. These are things children learn from working, things they learn from their parents, things they glean from the family experience, things of course foreign to the dolts at the DOL, and to the foreigner in the big White House, which I think has a working garden, worked by someone other than his girls.
Some of the most idiotic rules for new kids down on the farm are as follows:
1. Can't work on anything over a six foot height. If we expand that to high school, they can't play basketball: the rim is too high; can't kick a football: the goal post is too high; can't play soccer: goal again is too high; can't play volleyball: net is too high; can't play baseball: line drives are over six feet high; no more high jump or pole vaulting-- it's just too high kids, you might get hurt. And forget all about the trampoline and gymnastics.
2. Can't work with any animal over 6 months old. Well, no more family pets. No riding or working with horses, cows, and llamas. Can't work with giraffes, but I guess that goes back to rule number one.
3. Can't use a pressurized garden hose. Great, can't even wash the family car or water the lawn or the garden.
4. Can't drive a tractor. Guess they'll have to pull a plow by themselves. Maybe they could get a team of kids together. Planting will be by hand. Can't drive a combine, so harvest will be somewhat difficult and take longer than the Amish. (see, they can't use or be on or around horses)
5. Can't work around manure pits. Guess the guvment needs a monoply on bull sh... I mean bull manure. They pass it around daily at the White House, Congress and Senate. Obama has the world record so far, with Biden not far behind.
All sardonic wit aside, what are these dumb asses at the DOL thinking with? Is this just another ploy to destroy the family, to get rid of family farms, to make sure we flood the no ID/Voting booths with enough migrant workers to make obama king for life? No, wait, it goes deeper than that. The bull-manure-passer-outer-in-chief is being very generous here. He is simply using the DOL to insure that modern country farm kids get a chance to have a childhood like he did. No work, no responsibility, no ethics, just smoke gonja, rabble-rouse, watch ESPN, shoot hoops, know-nothing, do nothing, then become a community organizer; and once again, rabble-rouse, smoke Mary Jane, do nothing, just organize other rabble rousers, but I repeat myself, then become president for life from a foreign country, you know, like Baby Doc.
Too bad Barry never worked on a farm. Baling hay, stacking it in a haymow, shoveling manure with a bent pitchfork, cleaning stables, plowing and harvesting might have taught him something besides lying, exaggerating, golfing and watching ESPN and gallavanting around the globe with our money.
The USGS has registered three earthquakes, one at magnitude-6.9, the other a 6.2. The earthquakes struck in a sequence of less than a half hour apart.Please bookmark!
The first quake struck at 11:48 p.m. This quake registered in at a magnitude-4.7. The next quake struck at 12:01 a.m., registering a 6.2-magnitude. The largest one so far struck at 12:15 a.m., registering at a whopping 6.9-magnitude.
The quakes appear to have struck along the North American and Pacific Plate Boundary in the Gulf of California. This is the same boundary responsible for California's San Andreas Fault.
Many large earthquakes have struck since the Earth was rattled by the Indonesian quake the other day. Residents along the plate boundary should remain earthquake prepared.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate François Hollande will face off in the second round of France's presidential election after edging out the far right's Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first round of voting.
Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.
Exit polls showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 18.5% of the vote. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.7%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.8%, the Ipsos polling agency said. While the tallies of the two leading candidates were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.
Marine Le Pen far exceeded her father’s shocking second-place 16.86% score in the 2002 presidential race.
'Twas reading the other day that Homeland Security has just ordered 450 million (million) rounds of .223 ammo. In addition to that paltry sum, they went ahead and ordered several hundred million (million) rounds of 9mm, possibly supposing that if they run out of rifle ammo, they can just take up pistols and finish the job at hand. Which job, you postulate? Well, it's not the army, so it is probably not for some foreign police action. Maybe they are expecting domestic problems?
Oh, and then I read yesterday about the camps for "belligerents," that the narcissistic nitwit residing in 1600 Pennsylvania avenue wants to build under the name of, get this, The National Defense Authorization Act, which being interpreted means: "detention and imprisonment of "belligerents and terrorists;" which again, being interpreted means any U.S. citizen who won't bow down to this pompous community organizer. (Btw, he hasn't seen community organizing until he sends his goons to round up those who don't bow down to him.)
I see immediate problems with these several scenarios. First of all, 650 million rounds of ammo is not going to be enough to subjugate any group of Americans who have enjoyed liberty for almost 400 years. Remember, 1620 is the target date, and for that long, we have been enjoying doing what we want, going where we please, without having to bow to a tyrant for the privilege. And oh, by the way, who is going to guard all that ammo? Where are they going to keep it? They think we don't know how to forage off the enemy? LOL, this is not our first rodeo.
Secondly, the interrment camps. Many problems exist here. Signed into "law" by the skinny golfer/basketball player/vacationing so called leader of the free world in December 2011, masquerading as NDAA 2012, the "law" has provisions which include building prisons for those who oppose the regime. Problems are many and immediate. Who will build them? Who will man them? Who will protect them? Who will keep family, friends and neighbors from tearing them down as they are being built? How will they feed the belligerent prisoners? How will they keep them from rising up and destroying them? But, the biggest problem I see is, Where will they build them?
Several suggestions come to mind. How about next to the fairgrounds in each county? You know, the fairgrounds where they hold the gun shows once a month. Great idea, that way, they could herd the "belligerents" directly from the gun show right smack into the interrment camps, and they could do it every month, till all of us were "rounded up." Because if there was ever a group of "belligerents" gathered together, it would be at one of our gun shows. Because at the gun show, if there is one name taken in vain, spat out, cursed and used in a derrogatory manner, it is that halfwit masquerading as our president, and almost everyone at the gun show feels the same way.
Oh wait, there might be a problem. The guns, I forgot about the guns. And the beliefs, I forgot about the beliefs. The beliefs you see, are more important than the guns. The beliefs mean that as free Americans, most of our immediate fathers, and their fathers and their fathers fought wars with guns, to insure that their children, that would be us, could live freely and do freely. And since we are fathers who fought wars with guns, and we now have children and grandchildren who we want to live free, we are not about to give up that freedom to anyone, foreign or domestic, oh wait, he's a foreigner. That would explain why he doesn't understand the old adage, Live Free or Die. But is the beliefs he should fear, not the guns. All the guns will do is lend credence to our firmly held belief that we will not be ruled over by a tyrant who wants to make us slaves.
Or, they could build the interrment camps next to a church. That's right, next to a church. Don't mean a mosque, I mean a church. You know, where "belligerents" gather together once a week to worship God freely, without fear of interference by any government radicals checking to see what they believe, or objecting to any interpretation of the Bible. Churches you see, are full of "belligerents." They are full of free Americans who bow only to God. Not to a man, not to a woman, not to a local, state or federal government, and certainly not to any earthly ruler. There is a higher law you see, and if that makes us "belligerents," then we are proud to be classed as a belligerent. Oh wait again, I forgot about the beliefs. And these beliefs which don't mean much to a foreigner, are deeper than the beliefs about the Second Amendment. And if the second ammendment beliefs are serious enough to die for, foreigners have no idea what we will do for our belief in a God who really rules the world.
Or, they could build the camps next to a high school. Then on Friday nights, at the ball games, football or basketball would be the nights when most of the "belligerents" gather, they could round up the usual "belligerents" and escort them directly to the temporary prison camps. But then, here is where the foreigners will really run into a problem. Because now, they won't just be dealing with men who carry guns. Now they will have to deal with mothers of children, mothers who believe in freedom just like their husbands do. And these mothers believe that anyone who touches their child deserves to die, immediately, and painfully. That battle will really make you-tube.
The truth is, the same men and women who go to the gun shows go to church, and they go to the high school ball games. It is the same crowd and they all feel the same way. Four hundred years of freedom, thirteen generations of free people, countless millions of free people for whom freedom is as natural as breathing -- that freedom is not about to be taken away just because some despotic government tinpot dictator decides it is time to enslave everyone, feed them government cheese, make them watch stupid sticoms with canned laughter and stupider national news with canned distress. We may be belligerent, but we are not that stupid.
So, you people at so-called Homeland Security might want to go ahead and double up on your ammuntion orders, and start looking for contractors to build your interrment camps. And you might want to start now to get some security to protect both the camps and the ammo dumps. This one may not be as easy as some of you pompous jackasses in D.C. are thinking. You can talk all you want about belling the cat, but when the day comes, it probably won't be as easy as you think. We may be belligerent, but we're not that dumbed down yet.
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.Please bookmark!
It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.
Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense. Police in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, did not charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law.
Corey told reporters Tuesday night that she would hold a news conference about the case within 72 hours. A news release from her office said the event will be held in Sanford or Jacksonville, Fla.
Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Martin family, said this week that Corey’s office had asked where Trayvon’s parents would be each day this week. They arrived Wednesday in Washington for a civil rights conference organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton, where they are scheduled to speak.
downgraded slightly to an 8.6.
Here are some photographs of the aftermath. More will be added as they become available:
downgraded slightly to an 8.6.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
downgraded slightly to an 8.6.
Here are some photographs of the aftermath. More will be added as they become available:
downgraded slightly to an 8.6.
downgraded slightly to an 8.6.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
"Isn't it just a horizontal windmill shattering rocks instead of birds"?"Well the greenies hate it because it works. ""I think someone must have pumped sand and water into Damon's head because he certainly exudes enough natural gas to power a small city."
The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.Please bookmark!
The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, she said.
The warships also patrol the Gulf's strategic oil routes that Iran has threatened to shut down in retaliation for economic sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic because of its nuclear program, which the West suspects aims to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran denies the allegations, and says its program is solely for peaceful purposes.
Not only are they rapidly increasing the death toll through violent assaults in various Syrian cities, but they have now violated the sovereignty of Turkey; spilling the blood of innocent refugees and ignoring the many calls, albeit spineless, of world leaders to stay their blades, and stop the unmerciful slaughter.
Turkey is rightfully enraged at the blatant lack of respect for their territorial boundry and the ongoing slaughter of Syria's civilians and the world seems to understand the U.N. plan for cease fire will most likely be ignored, thus leaving weeks of hard work to vain.
World leaders will once again go back to the drawing board, but I'm hoping the rage of Arabs will be so powerful that the only possible response is the immediate arming of the Syrian opposition, and the full weight of Arab-Western militaries coming down to bear on the dispicable Assad regime.
Enough is enough - no more talking with the butchers of Damascus; it's time to fight...
Sunday, April 8, 2012
What of wars and fightings in the world? What of man all over the planet, in each country seeking to rule his part of the paltry little kingdom he has forced into subjection by violence, hatred and tyranny?
What of famines, floods, fires, drought, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis and pestilence? What of kings, despots, prime ministers, congressmen and presidents who know no bounds in their desperate desire to rule over everyone?
What of sickness, death and destruction in every aspect of society, in our country as well as the lowest third world country on earth? What of the "deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry and selfishness?" What of sorrow, loss and death?
In all this, what is the message of Easter? Is it not that there is a great God who rules in the affairs of men, who puts one down and raises another up? It not the message of the resurrection that God has rule over all things, men and events in this world, and in the world to come?
In the words of Harriet Beecher Stowe,
"To him who strives in vain with the giant forces of evil, what calm in the thought of an overpowering Will, so that that Will be crowned with goodness. However grim to the distrusting looks this fortress in flowery times of ease, yet in times when the waters roar and are troubled, and the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, the Sovereign will of God has always been the refuge of God's people."HBS, Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, 1854
The great message of the resurrection is that God indeed rules the world and all things in it. He speaks and the wind and sea obey him. He says "Peace, be still," and all is calm. It is He who created all things and the rights of a Creator extend a sovereign will to his Divine Plan. And in "misery's every refuge, where vain man in his little brief authority has not made fast the door, and barred the Spirit out," there is the great blessing of the truth of the gospel: that is that the death and destruction known only to this world shall one day cease, and "one like unto the Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven, ...and there will be given to Him dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve Him, and His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is that which shall not be destroyed."
For thousands of years now, puny man has done his earthly best to silence the message of the resurrection, yet is has been all to no avail. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, the message of the risen Christ is shouted from the mountaintops, and echos through all time: "He is not here, He is risen, as He said."
Looking at the current news outlets; the rank, godless display of the goings on in our world, communicated through a mindset totally devoid of the righteousness of God, or any knowledge of God, one would think that there is no method to this madness of life. It is only the message that God is at work in the world, that Christ died and rose again to save sinners from eternal death, which gives hope and peace to our world.
There is a risen Christ, there is a divine plan of an almighty God, and the message of the resurrection is that in this confusing world we live in, those of us who believe in the resurrection can surrender wholly to the divine plan of God and trust his greatness, his goodness and his sovereignty to effect his will on this temporal earth, and in our individual lives. The risen Savior said it best, for all people and for all time. "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. He who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
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