Sunday, August 12, 2012

Medal Count

***Team USA ahead in Olympic medal count:

RankCountry GoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 442929102
2 38272287
3 28151962


***Tea Party groups enthused by Ryan pick. So am I! Romney needed to pick a solid conservative, and he did.

***Our Dishonorable President.

After the massacre in Tucson that saw six murdered and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 12 others wounded, President Obama gave a speech at the memorial where he called for raising the tone in politics. To honor the memory of those killed and wounded the president said:
The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives -- to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let's remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation in a way that would make them proud.
Moving words. Also a lie.
President Obama had no interest in having “more civility in our public discourse,” no concern for those grieving families. He said what was expected of him as president – touching, well-delivered words we now know had as much meaning to him as his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.
The president has stood silently while his supporters, surrogates and staff have engaged in some of the most transparently desperate and disgusting campaign rhetoric of the modern age.

His campaign is engaging in the most distorted, dishonest tactics I've ever seen. Mitt Romney responsible for a man's wife's death from cancer? Mitt Romney paid "no taxes" for 10 years? Total lies. This man is despicable, and it's a disgrace he has been elevated to such a position of power. We have to get him out of there.

***Dog has run-in with porcupine. Ouch.

Pretty sure the porcupine won that fight.

***From Through the Bible Daily Devotions:

Romans 6:21-23 (NIV) 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Every person has experienced what it is like to be a slave of sin. Some mask the treachery better than others, but whether you are an adulterer or someone who thinks hateful thoughts toward a person, you have experienced sin's control. Some of our choices under the dominion of sin were actually pleasurable for a time, but eventually we tasted of the death that came with them. The promise never measured up to the final experience, so we kept searching for something more, each thing leaving us, again, with the taste of death.
In Christ, we can break free from that cycle. We can choose the things of God that lead to life and fulfillment. Instead of ending with death, our actions can result in life. We want more and more, because we are increasingly blessed. We step into holiness and we desire more holiness. Unlike sin, the deeper you go, the more alive you are.
Here is the sum of the Apostle Paul's argument. A life enslaved to sin pays you with death. Work for the devil and you will get his reward. Your spirit will be void of life. Darkness and emptiness is what you will earn. But God freely gives life eternal in Christ Jesus our Lord. Earn death, or receive eternal life. Everyone must make the choice.
We make it once, but we also make it on a daily basis. Every day that Jesus is our Master (Lord), we experience eternal life. Every time we let sin control us, we experience death. Make the decision for life, but make it everyday also.
Prayer: Lord, be the Master of my thoughts, my actions, and my words. Help me walk in You, in life, today, that others might see You.


***The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. ~~ P.J. O'Rourke  

***Have a great day!

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