Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The REAL war on women













The Real War on Women
(by R.P.Edwards)

A war on women?
Yes, it's true!
For baby girls
Are women, too!
And these are slaughtered
Oft with glee
By bigger girls
Who chant
"I'm free!"
 


The professor--as the one hundred students (max capacity for this University side-cubby) argued, wildly gestured, nearly screamed at one another--simply stood near the entrance and pointed to the large placard above the polished maple door. Slowly, as eyes, two by two, gravitated towards the gray-maned leader of this political science class (101) and then up his arm to read the inscription [CHECK YOUR EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS AT THE DOOR], the freshmen, singularly and then in clumps, took their seats and waited for the next phrase from the "not PC" Professor Rhombus.

"As I was saying," said the casually dressed PHD (multiple) as he leaned against his cluttered desk, "the issue before us is not the benign euphemism 'Birth Control,' but rather the more accurate descriptive phrases...Conception Control versus...Life Control. To review; the owners of Hobby Lobby already offered, as part of their insurance package, the chemicals and devices needed to prevent...conception. In other words, if these "preventatives" (he used one hand to make the quote sign [a double dip]) are taken or used as directed, they will do just that..."prevent" conception. And, my fellow scholars, we honest inquisitors must acknowledge that when conception occurs...so too Life. Later on (he waved off the score of hands that shot up upon this last declaration) we'll look into the nature and worth of this undisputed "Life." Anyway, the four other chemicals or devices that the religious owners of Hobby Lobby objected to; these prevent implantation of the fertilized egg. This homeless entity is then expelled--"birthed" if you will--and dies. The Christian owners of the craft store equate this result with abortion; i.e. infanticide; i.e. murder.

Now, (the teacher stood up straight; put hands on hips and then arched backward to loosen the ligaments), Now (he repeated) if you want to discuss whether this "life" has worth; i.e. is human and worthy of human "rights," or is merely a thing to be discarded at will...we can go there. However (he slowly, purposely, walked over to the door and pointed above. Then, keeping his hand aloft, he pivoted for maximum eye-contact) with the discussion will come a side-bar on slavery and the evil of human ownership and exploitation. Are you ready for this?"

Two jocks on the back row leaned in towards one another (shielded by the forest of raised arms before them) and one said to the other, "How did this guy get a job at this ultra-left school?" 

The other responded, pulling an apple from a pocket; preparing to nibble, "They say he had a conversion experience after tenure was granted."

"Figures..."

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Religious liberty. Rather sad that the act of defending human life has to depend on a human court in order to find the adequate "excuse" for continuing the practice. Sadder still, the many who add "Christian" to their life Resume and yet, frankly, don't care what God thinks about the subject.

But, for now at least, a step in the right direction.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Corrupt Media Watchdogs





Watchdogs?
(by R.P.Edwards)

Lying in the corner
Chewing on a steak
Given by the robbers
This dog is on the take!
His job: to guard the mansion
Defend with bark and bite!
But now he lies contented
As intruders
Steal
The night



I suppose it's common knowledge: the--what used to be called--"Main stream media," has a liberal bias. No surprise there. Abortion, Gay rights, unleashed immigration, Pro-Union, Big government, etc....predictable prose and posturing. However, I recently heard the phrase, "corrupt media," used by a notable commentator and...I have to agree.  You see, it's one thing to lean that way, but it's quite another (especially if you're supposed to be an organ of revelation and truth-telling) to actively be...inactive.

Case in point: the IRS scandal. The targeting (alright, "alleged") of conservative groups in order to hinder their opposition to the person and policies of...President Obama. From what has been gleaned (not by the Majors, of course)...something obviously stinks. And, since EVERY tax-payer has a vested interest in the workings of the "audit-wielder," the media should be all over this thing: probing, prodding, pushing for answers. But are they? No. They turn their eyes; they walk on the other side (Good Samaritan story reference), they, en masse, betray our trust. They, by their purposeful silence (on this and MANY other distasteful doings) evidence not just simple journalistic preference (if it bleeds it leads) but, in their egregious omissions and inactivity they display a distasteful complicitness. I.e...corruption.

So, let me make a proposition; a suggestion."Ok, (I'm talking to the moguls), you helped your guy get reelected. Fine. But, don't you want his administration; the champion of your "causes," to be clean and free from corruption? Don't you want your "ideals" untethered from dirty dealings? Then, do your job! Root out the truth! Demand answers and, if they (as in, people) deserve the boot, or the bastille...so be it. Better to have the wrong righted and your reputation restored than to let the history books and your fellow Americans refer to you as the Corrupt media."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tyrants in training






We Tyrants
(by R.P.Edwards)

Don't say that it can't happen
That it can't happen...here
Tyrants wielding tyranny 
In America
Most dear
For evil seeds
Lie in each heart
And Power...makes them grow
And history's repleat
My friend
With wickedness
And woe




Perhaps you've seen the news (albeit few media outlets seemed overly interested) concerning Cliven Bundy, his Nevada ranch, his herd, Federal land and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Basically, he says he has a right to graze his cattle on the land; the Federal Gov says no (not without a fee, naturally). I won't go into the details, but here's a couple links if you're interested. From Fox news, and from the Washington Post. 

Anyway, the Feds showed up armed for bear, and the Bundys plight attracted not a few supports; apparently many willing to give their final measure to stave the encroachment of perceived tyranny.  In other words: willing to kill; willing to die.

Whoa...

Well, this little blog began with a poem concerning tyrants and how they become. And, sadly, it seems the essential element for tyranny on a grand scale...is power. And, sadly, our Federal government is drunk with it. Consider the IRS, the NSA, the BLM, etc, and, consider the individuals in each who, with the security of the nearly untouchable bureaucracy, advance their desires to the ill of the nation; to the decay of the Republic. Many people are upset. Many...are oblivious.

Well, let me broaden and then hone: Sorry secularists, but it is a Judeo-Christian belief that man's nature is fallen, debased, untrustworthy. That is why checks and balances are supposedly a part of our Constitutional makeup. And, history proves the premise. Evil is in us, and self judgment or external means are necessary to rein it in.  

However, let's personalize this: tyranny, the byproduct of unbridled power, is not only the inclination of the statesman. No, it walks among us, no matter our station or status. In the home, on the job, on the street. Wherever "power" is imparted, or assumed, it's potential is there. And, in my over five decades of observation I've seen it, or even leaned towards it (God forgive me). And, ironically, it is often veiled with declarations of Safety, or Security, or "it's for your own good," and, with these justifications in tow, if they, if WE are not careful; an arrogance will arise; an overlord will come out, a tyrant will be born.  And so...

Here's to the tyrants I will meet today. Hopefully one...will not be in the mirror.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Chick-Fil-A, Oy vey!





 
 
Saddens Me
(by R.P.Edwards)
 
It saddens me
When good men turn
Rethink their oaths
For others...yearn
 Shortsighted gain
A pleasured pause
Forsake the stone
Forget...the cause
It saddens me
When "I" am these
Who yield to fear
Some care to ease
Assuage the blast
Of battles beat
And choose the shade
And not the heat
Yes
It saddens me
Our cowards core
When now our need
For heroes...more
And so I pray
That "we" repent
And turn anew 
And not...relent
 
 
 
Some Dan T. Cathy quotes (CEO Chick-Fil-A) then, and now
 
 As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.
 
 “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,”
 
“Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,” Cathy told the AJC. “And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it."
 
 "I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he told the AJC. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine. ... I think that’s a political debate that’s going to rage on. And the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service.”
 
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Let me begin by saying that the impetus for this piece came from the recent watching of --I hope he's the next president-- the Huckabee show on Fox. As you recall, the former Arkansas governor called for all Traditional marriage supporters to counter the gay-backlash caused by the CEO of Chick-Fil-A's comments (a couple years back) concerning the institution that used to be a no-brainer as to its construct. Thousands upon thousands stood in line...to dine.

Well, it seems in recent days that Mr. Cathy has softened the stance and has tried to convey the sentiment that the restaurant chain is going to concentrate more on the fare, rather than the definition of family. In other words, it's the poultry, and not the politics.

Now, truthfully, I wanted to be majorly miffed.  How dare he, after all that support, do an apparent about face?! But, upon further research, I'm not nearly as riled. Sure, I think it's a bit of a sell-out; a coin-coveting move, but Chick-Fil-A seems to still have a lot going for it, and although I am less than thrilled at their withdrawal from such an important issue; I'll not hold them to the standard of a Pastor, or denomination. They're a chicken restaurant, after all.

However, one thing I noticed in my skipping about on the internet was the caustic language of the left on the subject. Indeed, when it came to those who hold to the Traditional, Biblical view of marriage; these were referred to as "Anti-gay," "homophobic," "anti-equality," "Bigots," "Haters:" Warring words, to be sure. But, if I may, if these "barbs" are aimed at those who simply want the traditional, Biblical view of the family to be maintained, then, really, these derisive terms are aimed at God Himself.  Not too wise, in my opinion. Perhaps we should ratchet back the rhetoric and talk civilly to one another. Perhaps over a chicken sandwich.


 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Climate Change this!!!







Climate this!
(by R.P.Edwards)

Clean the water
Clean the air
Check the food
For toxins there
But Climate change?!
No how!
No Way!
I've mouths to feed!
And bills to pay!


I sympathize with true believers. Those who hold on to the unholdable. Those whose belief reaches beyond sight. For me it's the Christian reaching; "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7), but for the "believers" at the U.N...it's climate change.

Listen, I just don't have time, and I surely don't want any more of my paycheck going for another's religion. I'll put my cash in my passed plate and you, sir, put ALL you want...in yours.

Conclusion: The causes and ramifications of "Climate Change" (formerly "global warming") are still in the realm of theory. Don't shove this down our collective throats. And WE, the American public, unless we want this pseudo-religion to reach into our collective pockets; "we" need to make sure candidates who are aligned with this frame of thought...don't hold elective office.


Real Climate Change
(by R.P.Edwards)

So concerned
With Climate Change
I find obsession
Rather strange
For soon we'll stand
Before HIS face
And THEN it's flames!
Or saving grace


P.S. The video bar (to your right) contains two "I try to be amusing videos" on the subject of global warming. "Global Warming and the Chicago Cubs," and "Cap n Charade."  Enjoy...
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stand Up!







Stand Up!
(by R.P.Edwards)

 Standing up
Is hard to do
When used to resting
In the pew
But when the culture
Comes with sin
It's time to stand
Arise!
Begin!


Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
(Ephesians 5:11)


And so, World Vision, a "Christian" charitable organization, has done an about face from it's two-day policy of willingly hiring "gay" married couples. Why? Because of the outcry of the contributors who think the Biblical standard of traditional, Bible-based marriage (between a he and she) should be followed. AND...if the "Christian" organization decides to rewrite the scripture...then their money flow will go elsewhere.

And so...they turn, or should I say "return?" Sincere? Don't know. And, as the many "champions" of "true" Christianity (they think) decry the leaders who dared to take WV to task (Franklin Graham a main target) I pray that MORE pulpiteers rise to the occasion and preach the seriousness of sin...THEN followed by the remedy of the cross. Some say that this isn't "love." But real love...is grounded in truth.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Bullies




Bullies
(by R.P.Edwards)

Bullies feed
Upon the weak
It's ever been
That way
And so it's best
To deal from strength
Before there's hell
To pay



 Flight 370 is missing. Somewhere in the Indian ocean, they say. Meanwhile, a man with empire aspirations starts gobbling up a sovereign nation (Ukraine). The plane...gets more play. The loss of life due to the wayward jet...is indeed unfortunate, heartbreaking, tragic. The potential loss of life due to blood-lust unleashed...is beyond words. 

Easily distracted are we. We like the manageable malady; the "have you heard?," facebook fodder. But dealing with a tyrant? That's hard. But, from experience, it will be harder...later. And, as we tend towards selfishness, we may leave this one (like our national debt) to our children. "Sorry kids. Do the best you can."



Distracted
(by R.P.Edwards)

So distracted
By the plane
Ignore the tyrant
And Ukraine
Until our children
Feel the pain
'cause we're distracted
By the plane

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