It’s Sunday Oct 24th, 2021

Have mercy, have mercy on me cried Bartimaeus the blind man as Jesus walked by. But some tried to keep the blind man quiet. Consequently he yelled even louder. Jesus finally heard him as he drew near and said to the others,”call him here!” Then Jesus asked the man, “what can I do for you?” The man said, “I want to regain my sight,” and Jesus replied, “go your faith has made you well.” What a nice story right, a Hallmark ending.

But I noticed something new from this old story today. The blind man did something we don’t see too often. He cried out for mercy. But why? I’m pretty sure Bartimaeus had not attended church, bible studies, seminary, or even met Jesus before. He hadn’t read articles or saw Jesus on the cover of Time Magazine. But he must have known that Jesus was capable of restoring to him his sight. He was simply begging for mercy, asking Jesus to do for him something that he could not do for himself.

If you are not a Christian already, haven’t you heard all your life about this man Jesus? This is America. You know way more about Jesus than this man did, what’s your excuse? You know Christians like me believe he was crucified and rose from the dead, I’ve not been shy about my faith. I said before that He healed the sick, restored the sight of the blind, raised the dead, and ascended to heaven. I know you have heard mercy is at the core of forgiveness and your life is far from glorious perfection, right? This Jesus guy said, if the blind will turn to me and have faith, they will be made to see. He said if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can move mountains. So why not cry out for mercy yourself? If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. Are you perishing? Or is Jesus calling you? I’m telling you He is nearby! So scream “Mercy.” Scream it till He hears you. Faith and mercy are at the core of receiving your sight and His eternal forgiveness.

Have a blessed sunday.

The Metaverse

The real world is nuts. But if you think things are bad in reality what about this “metaverse” every company is talking about?

Right now the metaverse is essentially a digital universe where people can buy clothes for the avatar they create. The idea is to create an alternative you to live in a world the imagination designs. It’s a place where you get to decide who you want to be. So if you want to be the good guy or the creep, it’s up to you. Sounds cool right? But what can be more sinister than letting you have your way?

They say the digital universe has no rules, right? How wrong you are! In the real world we have laws, a constitution, historical norms, biblical traditions. But in the metaverse corporations set the rules. They set the boundaries. This is why CEO’s are so excited. In this space they can shape your mind, distort your reality and totally get away with it. But I won’t blame them for all the worlds ills. In this space our own alter egos will allow us to be rapists or thieves, woke or conservative, Godly creatures or heathen devils. This makes the identity crisis of today like playing with Barbie dolls. The consequences of our actions in the metaverse will be “moderated” by corporations,  much like Facebook does today. Does this sound fun? Imagination will have the freedom to shape the digital world. Its morals, its margins, its beliefs, its ideals will be regulated and supervised by corporate elites. This is why Zuckerberg and others are pushing their companies toward the metaverse. In some cases the metaverse will just be like a fun video game, but if silicon valley builds it, it will likely be a place like Hell; a social experiment that has little upside.

I think about this stuff and I’m warning you, the real world has enough troubles of its own.

What Progressive Really Means

What is it to be a Progressive?  To me they are people with good but misdirected intentions and utopian ideals.


I used to think Utopia was the jargon of science fiction or more like a fairytale; a harmless intention of the imagination, but I was wrong. Peter Hitchens the British Journalist recently described the Utopian reality as something “that can only be approached over a sea of blood, and you never arrive.” And he said if you know your history all attempts at Utopian societies have in fact failed. I think this is partly true because they believe that Kings, social justice warriors,  and reconstructionists are solely accountable to mankind. And partly because they believe in what Hitchens and I call “Selfism.” These folks are too dim to understand the benefits of the ordered society they currently enjoy and too autonomous in their thinking to believe it’s not just your body, there is a baby inside, you cannot do with it whatever you want. Such progressives are schizophrenic. They wish to be both self governed and have community assigned limits over the rest of us. They want individual powers and authoritarian limits defined by the needs of the ‘community’ as embodied by the state.

Christianity takes a different path. To Christians, law (God’s law) is above all human power and the whole of christian thought is not to reform society but to reform the individual soul. Reform the individual soul and society will simply be better off. It takes a different way of thinking to understand this. The progressove left believes the endless interventions of an all powerful government will lead us to a moral utopian society. This is just not the case.

We have seen that the left (combine the progressive “left” with the loudest atheists, radicals, and unbelievers) in reality only obey the law when it suits them. This is perfectly plain to see in our present society. People only obey the temporal law when it is enforced. This is because people are flawed and they can be nothing else but flawed, or flawed and forgiven; and only Christ can forgive us. Immanuel Kant said, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made,” and he was right, this is why Christ came. This is what I firmly believe.

Further, the whole point of Christian law is to obey it if only God is watching. But the whole of Utopian law is to administer justice according to what the mob consents to, then crush all decent.

But I can hear some of you saying to have “progress” is to be progressive!  “Things are better today than they were a hundred years ago, right?” Here I must ask is it progress for liberal parents to oppose the spanking of children and feed them mind numbing drugs like Ridilin instead? Is it progress to stop funding the police and have crime and murders soar instead? Is it progress to own several cars, support a coal burning plant to power your Apple cell phone, own 22 pairs of shoes, and have Facebook to search out children to exploit?

Progress to many means they “like” more of the things that are happening today than they used to. If you say things are changing I’ll agree to that. But are they changing for the good? This is debatable! Things therefore are not necessarily better if we cease to be cruel in one way and become more so in another, that’s not progress. To the progressive the goal is not simply medical and scientific progress, but they also wish to slide the scales in favor of unlimited personal indulgence. Some say, “I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” This idealism is not necessarily good, as good is often the sister of evil. Look at divorce, this is a socially acceptable norn these days. The progressive left pushed for the “freedom” to divorce your spouse for no particular fault. What a disaster that created for society, but it is not even remotely argued against today. Even the church bought into the evil of it. Was this progress? Is the indescriminate killing of babies in the womb progress? Is trying out several boyfriends or girlfriends before marriage progress? The appeal of the progressive left is always to rid ourselves of the hornets nest by burning down the house. This happened with Covid for sure.

I could go on and on but for those of you who “think” I believe you might be getting bored, and for those of you who are progressives, you are likely getting steamed, so I’ll  stop. But I’ll leave you with this thought. The deep dive into truth is often the most frightening, but also the most enlightening. Take the time to consider what “progressive” really means. The jump off that train might hurt a little, but i believe you’ll be happier if you do!

A Sure Way to Get Banned On Facebook – Have an opinion they don’t like.

I know “wokeness” an “CRT” are the newest deceptions perpetuated by the left, but the transgender thing is back in our faces with the Olympic trials and upcoming Olympics. I say “deceptions” because the definition fits – “to cause someone to accept as true or valid what is false” is the definition of “deception.”

Now we all know they are the ideological liberal progressive institutions and aristocratic elites that are perpetuating the great LGBTQ++ lie. These so called tastes of a long established aristocracy is evidence that Satan has been at work for a long time. But the tastes of these deviants are now being accepted and mimicked by the bourgeoisie. People have always struggled with and often openly practiced lifestyles inconsistant to the laws God, but this current sense of community has not been present since the days of Rome and Sodom and Gomorrah. It is said that this is a move to a more socially “inclusive” society, when in truth it is a militant step backwards to a time when people of faith, conscience, and convictions were banned, torched, and crucified (we have so far only reached banned and imprisoned in North America).

The problem has always been that participants in these sins do not fully accept what is universally and eternally true. Living without reference to or dependence upon the temporal portions of reality they cannot see truth because they are blind and deceived. For example, this is a “man,” the one in the photo, the one who two weeks ago decided he is a woman, will be competing as a woman in the Olympics and no matter what he identifies himself to be and how flattering and supportive the, also deceived, announcers will be, he was born a man. Now to be clearer, I’m not saying he can’t love or be loved, I’m just saying he is being duped, defrauded, and swindled (or maybe we are being duped?). This by a “society” that bullies and/or deceives its victims. He and all those who support this deception sadly exemplify the level of deceit that has darkened a once brighter world.

So let us presently focus on us. What do we do if we will not conform to “community standards,” to societal pressure; if we refuse to buy into this lie and enthusiasticly root for all the women who will sadly have to compete against this behemoth; if we believe this is not a “transgender, blah, blah, blah, but a man who has been chemically and psychologically modified; if we say things like he is confused and has a dysfunctional image of himself?

For me to think and say things otherwise is to myself be deceived. To me he is a man, a son, a grandson. How do those pronouns sound? Pretty manly if you ask me. He may be kind, gentle, generous, and even display female tendencies. He may even like to wear dresses ( wierd but not necessarily deluded), but he is still a man. To believe otherwise is to subvert the beauty, function, and purpose of God’s image. To believe otherwise is to think of myself as something I’m not. The creation of man and woman is a holy thing I can love them and gently honor them both with high respect and great esteem. But I will not go along with and admit to myself that something is true when it is not.

Success meets opportunity

I constantly run into people who complain about their finances, and I often give them advice. My advice is simple, “always, take advantage of opportunities.” Whether they are educational opportunities, job opportunities, or investment opportunities, when you see something that interests you learn all about it and go for it! Most people however appear to wallow in their current situation, get frustrated, and never take steps to make their life better off (financially).

I must take a quick stop here to say the happiest people I know are poor people, so don’t go chasing wealth thinking more bucks are going to solve your problems (God and faith work here). But there is a financial number that works for each of us. For some it’s just getting by, for others it’s having toys, for most of us it’s not having to say, “I can’t afford things like an occasional steak, a dinner out, or getting our kid braces.” I remember the days when having a reliable car was everything. Just remember everything beyond the basics is luxury (most don’t see it my way).

I built it all by myself

Anyway, back to my advice. And I’ll be blunt. It’s actually quite easy to make a good living in America and we should be really happy it is. Now I cannot say much to those of you who have “jobs.” I had “jobs” early on and I hated them. All I can say here is find the job and wage you want, look at the qualifications and work your way towards those qualifications. And learn to communicate. That means stop everyone you meet and try your best to make them laugh, ask them questions, and sincerely try to get to know them. This is not like adding FB friends. It’s more like inviting someone to a party or helping them find a job. A good friend of mine has a saying, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”

So how does one make money if you are entrepreneurial in nature? The answer is quite simple. Stay focused! I stopped by a business the other day. I knew the owner and asked how’s it going? His answer was,”great!” I asked again. Great in what way, you making any money?”

“Oh ya,” he replied, “we’re killing it!”

So I asked, ” What’s your long term plans?”

“Interesting you asked. I just put the building up for sale, I want a slower pace. I’d be willing to train the new buyer if they want the business too,” He freely told me.

I then asked about his cash flow, his gross sales, expenses, and his net. He said his daily gross is $1,000 up to $2,700 on a good day and he nets $800/day for he and his wife. I then asked so what’s your selling price, he said $250k for the building, about $289k for the building and business.

Folks, that’s cheep! So where is this building and business you ask? Well, I’m not going to say! What I am going to tell you is there are hundreds of opportunities just like this in or around where you live. You may need to open your mouth, ask questions, learn about business, and understand a little about real estate. But most importantly you may need to be more inquisitive. And of course you’ll need a few bucks saved to jump on opportunities like this.

The sad news is, most of you would want to know what kind of business is this or think “that’s hard work.” Or maybe, “I could never live there the winters are too harsh.”

So we come back to the truth. Full circle if you will. You’d rather complain about not making money, you’d rather play video games and never talk to strangers or business owners, you’d rather wait for something to fall into your lap. Wait, wait, wait, till it’s too late.

Wake up this is still America, the land of opportunity. Stop listening to the politicians, you don’t absolutely need a college degree or get your start delivering packages for Amazon. If you need to work hourly to save a bunch of money do it! Believe me, you you can do things in fields you have not invested an interest in. And if you want to learn, communicate, and build a solid circle of friends you too can make a great living. Good luck.

About me: I’m a happily retired Christian and former small business owner who has made money in all sorts of ways. I’ve done things I didn’t necessarily like, bought and sold a few of my own businesses. I put a lot of sweat into my own homes and office buildings. I mowed the grass and took out the garbage. I learned about investing and the power of compounding interest and I’m not afraid to make friends, to learn, and ask stupid questions to make myself smarter and more successful. If you need more advice I’d be happy to help, I want you to be successful too!

We Should Hate Sin

First of all I must say that many Christians and many so called conservatives who don’t know Jesus are equally enraged about “the worries of life.” But no matter what conservatives think, it is important that Christians are not weighed down by the worlds recent descent into disillusionment.

We know the ungodly regularly decend into drunkenness, drug use, and sexual perversion when their hearts are weighed down. Let’s not join them. For we should not be surprised that such ungodly political things are happening. And the bible warns us to be on guard* that we should not be “suddenly trapped.” So our ignorance is not an excuse. We are to be well informed, alert, and praying that we may have the strength to escape the things that trouble our hearts. It takes effort to “stand before God.” And He will come sooner than you expect.

So you see one reason unbelievers hate you is because they are weighed down by sin. They do not recognize that the Kingdom of God is near. So they fear what man can do to them and they forget what God will do if they do not repent and believe. They fear not God’s imminent arrival, they fear the world and the politics of governments. While some political policies enjoy legitimate fears, we should not so much turn to politics but to God for relief. Strong Christians, the ones that I know, “keep on the alert at all times, praying that we may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, knowing we shall ultimately stand before the Son of Man, not man himself.*

So you might ask, “what does this have to do with “the liberal left?” It doesn’t! Except that it is the left that does not generally embrace Christ and Christian values. This is understood by the sheer numbers of Christians that voted for Trump, but this should also not be the standard. Currently the left’s political values publically trump Christian values. (no pun intended.) Now let’s be real, even biblical, “fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, gender perverters, homosexuals, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, swindlers, will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:10). Politics plays no role here except when the sinner also makes a claim of party affiliation and their beliefs do not impune their sins.

Let’s now look at another list of sins from Roman chapter 1 beginning in verse 28. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32, NASB).

Now think about these two lists of sins. These sins should be convicting in one way or another to believers and unbelievers, “for such are/were some of you.” But if you are a forgiven Christian, the consequences of these past sins have been dismissed. Just as if you went to court and the judge threw out the case against you. Your lawyer, Jesus, tells the judge, God, “Judge, my client should be justly sentenced to die on a cross for his sins, but I paid the cost of his disobedience, I died for his sins.” God, the judge, throws out your case and you can now enter heaven through the pearly gates.

Now let’s look at why unbelievers hate you, and it’s not because you love Trump. I suppose they either think it is unfair that Christians think people like Trump can have their sins forgiven just for believing in a divine fairy, or it may be that they love their own sins too much to quit them themselves and believe in redemption?

This so much resembles politics, right? Most people tend not to love and forgive the forgiven while living an unrighteous life themselves. Our political parties gives us moral cover because we truly believe “we’re not racist like those Republicans,  like Trump.” And Republicans likewise say, “we don’t believe in killing babies in the womb” therefore we are better than they are. Likewise, most of the christians I know only go to church, pray, and read their bibles on Easter and call themselves conservatives with less effort than calling themselves Christians. And both political parties get divorced at about the same rate and justify it for the same unbiblical reasons. It is sin that divides us.

You see, there are many reasons to “hate” the other side. I dare say we don’t really hate each other over universal health care or lower taxes. We hate each other over our sins! Our sins because we don’t want to give them up, their sins because they flaunt them and they tell us we can’t call them sins.

* “34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36, NASB)

Racism – My View, All Of It.

The article below broadly explains the race problem. Black people (most not all) perceive injustices that just are not there. At least not there in the eyes of white people.  Michelle Obama conflates two situations. She confuses rude behavior with racism. She forgets or is ignorant of the fact that we all have had people cut in line in front of us. That we have all been invisible to some.

Envy and pride seems to have gotten in the way in her second example. Because someone does not “recognize” your existence when petting your dog is not even rude, some people just like dogs more than humans! I think she is being racist here!

Many people confuse perceptions with reality and this new social gospel is making it harder to love one another. Maybe instead of looking at everything in racial terms Michelle could have simply introduced herself to the lady who cut in front of her? Was her experiment ill conceived? Maybe she went into it with preconceived racial bias? We will never know! I think Jesus would have said, “I’m sorry did you have a tough day, please, go ahead of us.” He would not for a moment think, ‘these white people don’t think I exist (even if He knew it to be true). He would especially not think there is a systematic problem here that can be fixed by government. Jesus came to fix our hearts, “all sins matter” to him! Was there envy in Michelle’s heart? Is it pride that one feels when someone cuts in front of us? “How can someone do this to me?” Was she being highminded? (I think so). You see these are sin issues, not race issues. Hers appears to be a social justice obsession.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/28/michelle-obama-describes-being-invisible-to-white-america/

Can you see that the heart is desperately wicked? Race is often the excuse one uses to say, “see, white people need to reform their way of thinking.” Or ,”those darn hillbillies,  always playing country music, I can’t stand country.” I say, “people of all color, race, and gender can do wicked things, and some play rap music. I hate rap.” But I would not even for a blinking moment think, “stupid black people!”  I would not for a moment confuse rudeness with one’s color.

Now I will speak to the “culture of race relations.” When one individual desires to have the same privileges, the same esteem, the same rights as another it is logical that they must conform to the society of which they wish to be apart. This quest in truth has nothing to do with skin color, it’s more about fitting in.

Think about the struggles of a conservative wanting to be treated as an equal at CNN. To “conform” would be the only hope they would have of advancement and why few conservatives apply for the job. In fact, the streets are littered with hopeful, but disillusioned, conservative employees of main stream media. And think about the lives of Christians in muslim counties. Unless a Christian should denounce their faith and embrace Islam it is likely they will be killed. In China if you don’t “fall inline” you are sent to re-education camps. Now let’s look at black culture. This is where some of you will get angry with me.

Black culture, in the eyes of most white people, is a far too radical departure from the white suburban lifestyle in which we all live. It’s just a fact! I will not make a complete list to be attacked, because we all know the cultural differences. Things like gangser rap objectifying women, pants down the knees, fatherless homes, highest abortion rates, slang english, you know the list. These are more the cultural differences that divide us, they have little to do with ones skin color.

What one may call injust in the black community the other may call normal. 

There are experiences that white folk have had that are equally frightening. I hear that black people are afraid when they see a policeman. Well, when I lived near Chicago and worked downtown it only took one drive through “the projects” to experience fear. On one late and steamy night, I drove for miles through gang infested neighborhoods, and at every stoplight, at every stop sign, there were groups of young black men on street corners staring me down, sometimes even approaching my car saying, “what you doing here whiteboy.” I learned quickly where the cultural lines were. If I were to avoid the fear violence or death I would need to stay clear of such areas. This is systemic too! We ask in every city we travel,  “where are the bad sections of town?”  Although I now live in Montana, this fear still lives in me. Should one travel though some Indian reservations at late hours there is alway the fear of falling into the self governed hands of an Indian tribe. One bad Crow of Blackfoot Indian cop could make your life a living hell. So we all drive not one mile per hour over the speed limit and only the brave stop into a tribal bar late at night to have a beer. Culture has nothing to do with skin color.


So when black people like LeBron James or Don Lemon demand social change, white people like me see one as an arrogant vulgar racist and the other as a self appointed  intellectual opposed and fighting for control of the status quo.  Cultural Marxists both are.

These and others are unwilling to submit to a privileged, white, male, cis gendered, ethnically european  culture. Is this racist? I don’t think so, I think it is more a struggle for power. In fact they, and sadly more and more young people, are at war with what has historically been the  hegemony of our nation and it’s founding fathers. Hegemeny means the “leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others.” It has little to do with race and more to do with money and culture.  This is why I call their quest and the social justice movement Marxist. They desire a change in the power structure of our nation. They are using race to accomplish it. Racial justice is the side show; and for people of color race is the red herring. The movement is Marxist because they will do anything to accomplish it. Even young, idealist Christians are mobilizing for a change they do not understand. They think it is for their friend who has had bad experiences. They don’t accept that liberal professors, judges, politicians,  and pastors are advocating for a power shift too. These “people in Robes, as Voddie Bachmann calls them, have taught us political correctness,  multiculturalism to further the cause, to help us view ourselves as oppressed subgroups. They cannot do it without us. They need us to comply. At the intersections between black and white, trans and cis, immigrant and native, male and female,  ugly and beautiful (yes beautiful matters), lies oppression. At least that is what they want you to believe. They will do, and have done, studies to show us the injustices. Get into a debate and you will be bombarded with these studies. They are teaching the young that white folks have historically oppressed, marginalized, disinfranchised, and left voiceless certain groups of people. Today in the USA they are the “Black Lives that matter.” In Scotland, Scottish lives matter, they too want a change in the hegemony. Scottish good, British bad. You see, they cannot use race to exit the dominant British because they are mostly white on both sides.

These are agendas not ideals. Racism today is mostly about culture and power, not color (how many times does it need to be said?). There is a sinister plot which has its end in real sin. It is not the current systems fault. Minorities are gaining power naturally, in a good way. It may be that black power is useful to democrats,  ya think?

I’m not saying brokenness and injustice within the system need not be addressed. There is much injustice going on everywhere. One cultural group removed and replaced by another does nothing toward solving the problems of the individual. In Christ we are neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male or female, we are one in Christ. If I am your brother in Christ I alone must go the extra mile to free you from the pain of oppression. Cultural Marxism dismisses personal responsibility. It puts the responsibility on the state. It’s all about distributive justice. It only transfers power from one group to another. It distributes oppression to one group as it removes it upon another. Black Lives Matter is not interested in social change for the good of mankind. It is interested in social power. It wants to dismantle cis gendered control. It wants to “free us from man centered leadership.” It is “queen affirming,” it does not like the hetrosexual male. It is anti Christian and it wishes to force me to lay down my conscience and tell the world, “I am a racist!” It tells me God has not blessed me. It demands me to admit all I have is the result of my “white priviledge.” It says, if I do not agree I am not empathetic and cancels me. It is pro hate, pro violence ( all this can be discovered on its website). It says to black people, “you are oppressed and the many of you don’t even know it.” They are partly right here, most don’t know it. They are my friends, we don’t see each other as white or black. They have even convinced the young that “you must be a black man to understand his struggle.” Jesus seemed to know the the struggles of the samaritian woman at the well, the struggle of the blind man, the tax collector. For God’s sake he was from Nazareth. Nazareth was considered a lowly, despised town in Galilee. “Does anything good come from Nazareth?” It may not be racism in modern terms, but I’m sure it feels like the same thing to me!

Jesus does speak about the one who oppresses the poor. It’s a stretch but the same principle applies to racial prejudice. And it should also not go unsaid, that the unjustified self-established superiority by one group leading to the oppression of another group is an affront to God. And so are mocking, belittling, not hiring an employee because she is ugly in the eyes of the world. “I’m sorry your not a good fit for our company” (In other words you’re a little too fat and your nose is awfuly large, you certainly won’t work as our receptionist). We must all be taught that God is no respecter of rank, status, importance, OR COLOR! This should be our systemic response. Not just the overthrow of “The Man.” Treat me, Bob Graham, a white, able bodied, heterosexual as an individual; not as a member of the hegemony. Tell me if you think I have wronged you! But don’t tell me I have wronged you because my great great grandfather owned slaves (he didn’t). Because my ancestors were white I’m white; somehow science all of a sudden does not matter if there is an agenda.

Racism and the poisen of cultural marxism “probabaly” killed George Floyd (the jury is still out). And the movements that followed that event and others tell the lie that acts like this is what happens every day. This does not happen every day, look up the facts. In fact more police officers are unjustly killed by black men than unarmed blacks are killed by police officers. More than 25 people have died AFTER George Floyds death, and more than 500 million in property damage in Minnesota alone. Tell me this is justice! The montra is to say, “you white’s need to do something for us. Fix this awful problem for us.” This will get me in trouble, but I say where is the black man’s pride? Are there not many things you as the black man can do for yourselves? The left and the black man’s leaders say they need to overthrow our culture. Can the black community not overcome racism? There are many black men who have already overcome it. Hershal Walker is a good example. But I personally know a multitude more. Don’t tell me the path has not already been trodden!

Black people are continually told about historical racism. I was told by a young person that blacks who did crack were more likely to do hard time than whites who did cocaine in the 1980’s. Thats true! But that young man was not taught that the Congressional Black Caucus demanded tougher laws for the usage of crack in the 1980’s. So much for that argument.

Can you see a theme? The media, the left, the elites, are demanding that we accept black culture, their values, their politics. Our natural reflex is not to think “damm black people!” It is to think “maybe the way they are going about it all wrong!” BML, Antifa, riots, stealing, burning, shooting, killing, only enhances the cultural divide. It says, “these people are crazy!” They want us to love this?

And when my liberal Christian friends side with the white priviledge argument, as if reparations would be a good substitute for the biblical teachings of Christ I really fear. They forget Christ alone breaks down the hostility that separates us from the love of God and each other. Galatians 3:29. Theirs is the language of law, ours the love for our neighbor.

So what is the answer to the divide? I think it is to treat all people of all colors the same. Cultural and social differences are constructs. These constructs can be deconstructed. We have removed Judeo Christian values from our country and replaced them with political strategies. Should we give people of color free stuff to right wrongs or should we teach from positions of power that doing good to our neighbors (whatever their color) is the right thing to do? Are “opportunity zones” and ” systemic judicial reforms good, then let the left say so. Can just one black republican not be called an Uncle Tom by the left? If a single black man’s story does not fit the worldview of the collective black man’s politics, it is disqualified. That’s not right! Treat me as an individual is what I hear the conservative black man or woman say. When they don’t acknowledge such things it puts us on groups, it divides us. Is it right to re-train hothead police officers or refrain from hiring some dude who just got back from Afghanistan? Of course, I want change too! We could use a few more Barney Fife’s and Andy Griffith’s (it an old tv show for you young folks). Government has taken from our police officers the gift of discretion. Think about this as you vote for Biden and Harris, I think our public prosecutors should never be eligible to run for public office. They are given the political incentive to incarcerate a nineteen year old for doing something stupid!  They do it to “look tough on crime” and be elected to the next higher office. So lets help, not defund the police. Give them the tool of necessary force. If a criminal resists arrest, they should be able to use it back justly. Justice is a judicial process granted by God, guilt and punishment should determined by our peers, not Twitter and a 30 second video clip.

In the end, there will always be a superior hegemony, one kind or another. I believe government, ruled by whites, blacks or browns is commissioned by God to punish crime and riotous behavior. That is its main function. It is my prayer that we would patiently elect and support good people of all races and creeds. That we would not tear down our systems but reform them when needed. We could all treat our neighbors kindly, graciously give opportunities to the lowly, and defend the oppressed. It is the Christian way.

Additional info:

Definitions:

Critical Race Theory is Rooted in Cultural Marxism

Marxism:

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/marx/

Nutty is Necessary

If today is like every other day I will think Jesus is coming, and coming soon! After I turn on the news or listen to one of the many conspiracy theories my friends will send me, I will know for sure! It is coming to that point, “Yep, today is the day,” I’ll say! But of course I’ll not have a clue, so the bible says.

Seriously, we all know it, even the fruitcakes in Portland and the devout in Wheaton know it, the world has gone nuts. And I believe a world gone nuts is exactly the kind of world that needs Christ. So maybe this is also the kind of world where people nutty for Jesus can have the biggest impact? What solutions are the politicians giving us? How about the Media? As far as I know Buddha and Mohammed haven’t said anything since they died. So, what about the scientists, they too seem to have everything wrong? They are more like historians, writing their prescriptions after the fact. And there haven’t been any serious philosophers since the enlightenment, so you can count those guys out! Who is there to turn to?

The people I know, the ones who are afraid and concerned about their futures are seeking answers. In that giant cesspool which millenials call “conscienceness,” the majority of people have not found their answers. “What’s wrong with us,” they ask? They rattle their brains and lurk around corners hoping to hear good news from “Q.” Or maybe they hide themselves in the confines of some app wishing it will all go away. No it’s not likely to go away, the world has changed forever, we all know it! So maybe it’s time for us nutty Christians to show the world we are looney too, but in a good sort of way?

Do you remember watching the movie “What about Bob?” Everyone loved Bob. Oblivious Bob, the patient, makes himself at home at the psychologist Dr. Marvin’s house and the doctor loses his professional composure as Bob is too much to handle. Before long the Doctor was ready for the looney bin himself. You see the world thinks like Doctor Martin, they think the patient (the Christian) is beneath them. What they fail to realize is we have been made different. We did not come to what they would call an enlightened state on our own. We have not beaten ourselves into submission or reasoned ourselves unto faith. This may be the time to reach out in love to a blind world. If Jesus does not return today, they may not think our ideas so strange? If He does return, boy will they will be in big trouble, so do it with the hope of their salvation.

It could also end that the world goes completely mad and everything works out for the persistent and faithful Christian; just like it did for Bob. Either way we will see, Jesus saves and there is the wide path where most will not be so fortunate. Therefore, whether today or tomorrow, if the world calls you nutty for believing Jesus rose from the grave to save sinners, ask them how insane is their world? Then tell them about Jesus. They might just find yours much more comforting!

Greed as a Strategy

Flattering speech is a pretext for greed and greed is evil. Even a Bernie Sanders fan understands this biblical principle. “Greed is the Religion of the billionaire class,” says The Angry One! Yet how Sanders knows this is a mystery to most of us. He never developed skills that would allow him to earn a living, and he has been basically inept at everything but convincing young minds full of mush that free stuff is good. But I mustn’t confuse you, the kind of greedy people Bernie likes to smear are his betters. So before you get bored, I’d like to say this is not a political post, it is more about about a greedy and likely devilish strategy.

First let’s just get this out there, there are many devilish strategies. This is just one that I have but recently discovered. I’ll show you how it is working. I’ll not argue it merits, but let’s use climate change for example. Here’s my hypothesis: Saving us all from ourselves is the reason given as justification for the proposed course of action, but this is not the real reason, greed is. And remember, “greed is evil.” Now I’ll show you an example.

Activists are modeling strategies that integrate devisive ideologies into business and politics. Some do this unknowingly,  others intentionally.  Incremental changes in our culture can be blamed for some of this, but recently much of it, I believe, is the work of Satan. Whether Satan’s tools can be identified as educators, ideologues, or billionares it makes no difference. I’m an investor, and this is what I’m seeing in climate change investing and corporate governance. There is a shift is taking place. And some say it is the customer that’s driving the shift. They say people want “renewable, sustainability products to invest in.” But is it so?  Investment companies like Blackrock were once passive investors, but under the leadership of the liberal Larry Fink and Blackrock has now taken to demanding social reforms through “stakeholder capitalism.” In other words companies are being forced to uphold the ethical standards of the mob. But is this really mob driven? Consider this, banks are denying capital to companies that don’t adhear to their social, financial, and political agenda. Of course we all know the foolishness surrounding the of firing Aunt Jemima? And we all saw the corporate rush to belly up to the bar and give money to “black” causes. The so called ethical rush reminded me of earth day, when companies began packaging environmental slogans and niche tree hugger products took root.  But this new approach is much more sinister. It smells more like Satan’s work than just man’s fallen nature. The world is changing faster than ever and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives have become code words for disrupting conservative moral values and pushing progressive academic theories. Believe me these sorts of programs are not organically spawned. There are hundreds of scholarly articles available only to think tanks and paying customers. Do you think George Soros thinks for himself? Strategies are calculated, tested, funded, and put into action after careful academic review; then the sheep are fed the poison with a coating of sugar.

So I know this all sounds conspiratorial, because it is! Only the blind cannot see how Lucifer works; his hellish forces have their assignments. Remember Christians, evil has always deceived us through trickery. We can only live our lives wisely aware of evil schemes and prepare ourselves by faithfully uniting in prayer and reading the scriptures.

“8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8-10)

The Crazy Mountains and Beyond

Last Wednesday, July 1st, we hit the road again and this time we were blessed to have nearly a week away without internet or phone service.

Our journey first took us from our home in Polebridge, Montana to West Glacier where we had a parting rendezvous with friends. A group of us were greatly surprised when our friend Duke and his lovely wife showed up for dinner at the Highlander. You see Duke is very ill, and he has been couped up in assisted living throughout the whole Coronavirus thing.  It was so nice to see him, no matter his condition. He was feeling pretty punk, but he basically said, “to hell with it, let’s go sit with our friends!” He really wanted to see us and it will likely be the last time all of us will together. I cannot say this more strongly, the people in our lives bring us our greatest blessings. And this is why I cannot exclude telling you about this brief stop as we headed out of town. We left West Glacier heading east at about 8:30 p.m..

Duke and Friends

 

We figured it was the fourth of July weekend coming up and we would not likely find any camping sites and would have to camp on some remote forest service road, but we were pleasantly surprised. Glacier Park Lodge and the east side of Glacer National Park is closed and this took the pressure off the camping in that direction. We stayed at Devil’s Creek campground. It is a small campground with maybe twelve sites and the creek running through it. It was only a pit stop for us. We stayed the night and headed out the next morning through East Glacier, Browning, and along the Rocky Mountain front to Great Falls. If you have never been out this way before Hwy 287 is a beautiful drive. The drive alone is worth the trip to Montana. We like it best when we take our old Volkswagon Cabrio convertible. We just turn up the tunes and enjoy the ride. But today our destination, in our 1961 International Metro Van, was the Crazy Mountains. We had the hammer down and were crusing right along at a whooping 60mph.

Our first stop, besides taking on gasoline, was Monarch, Montana. It was not a planned stop. There on Hwy 89, the King’s Hill Scenic Byway a sign read, “Fresh Pan Fried Walleye.” Well we don’t get much walleye on the west side of the divide so we couldn’t resist. Monarch is an unincorporated micro town, that means they have a restaurant and bar, nothing else but maybe a post office. We pulled into the Cougar Canyon Bar and Grill and split our Walleye dinner served with yummy mashed potatoes and asparagus,  just as it should be served. The old building and surroundings were typical of a small town restaurant and bar, but it had a quaint deck out back with lovely views. James was the bartender and server and he put to shame all the big city servers. He didn’t hesitate asking us our names, insisted we try a certain beer and told us we could bring our dog to the back deck, then he brought her some ice water. If you were wondering, sharing food is not my thing (I like to eat). But this time we were not the slightest bit hungry, yet how could we drive by a walleye dinner? It was a great stop, the food and service was excellent! We were gastronomically satisfied and we were enjoyed being our retired selves again.

So off we headed to the “Crazies.” They call them the Crazies I guess because an Indian woman lost her husband and family to settlers heading west. It is traditionally said, “she went Crazy” afterwards. The mountains were actually called by the Crow Indians the “Crazy Woman Mountains,” but some civilized, politically correct european changed the name to the Crazy Mountains.

Our 1st night in the Crazies

The drive south on Hwy 89 was quite spectacular. There are wide open spaces in Montana, bigger than can be imagined. The land in these parts is all pretty much privately owned by ranchers, mostly cattle ranches. The ranches are huge. Many are ten, twenty, and fifty thousand acre ranches. Much of the land was cleared years ago and it has mostly been in “the family” for generations, although that is changing rapidly. We were told the change has been a point of controversy for years. They say the ultra rich and silicon valley types are buying up land whenever they can; but it’s not all bad. Luckily for those of us who enjoy seeing ranch lands they are still leased out to local cow herd owners so the out of town owners can take advantage of lower taxes; rich folk are not fools with their money. Still, it is kinda sad when ranching land is passed on to people who only visit their thirty thousand acre properties for maybe a couple days or a months per year. Most use it just to entertain their citified friends. Often they stage hunting big game with their buddies or business clients, or sometimes it’s just the cowboy experience they share for a weekend. Don’t get me wrong, the old timers with huge ranches are not poor, but it’s a different vibe. When the old time rancher goes to town to eat, they look like hard working folks because they live here and do the “ranching” themselves! The “investors” or urban cowboys I like to call them, mostly buy their properties for show and tell. Most don’t fit in, and it just does not feel right when you see them out and about on their Escalade; and they tend to fight for all sorts of public land use restrictions on locals, and they disguise their legal battles as environmental concerns. But enough of politics. You can read about this in the media.

Shield’s River Road

What we experienced as we drove to the Shield’s River Campground was awe. The views are big screen material. Huge views of green grassy ranch land with well fed black angus and elk grazing. And the partly sunny views of snowy eleven thousand foot peaks made our day. We arrived late in the day and set up camp.

Cattle Land

The next morning we got up early, around 6 a.m. and soon after we walked up the road and into the mountains for a hike. There was a little bushwacking at first, but we finally got into the open spaces and headed upwards.  The fields were wet with the morning dew and the sun made the grass sparkle like it was adorning a million diamonds. As we gained elevation  we ran across an old unused logging road. Still ascending, I spotted an elk butt, then a second one. If you have never seen an elk butt once you have seen one you will never forget what they look like. The elk did, at first, not see us as we stood silently enjoying the moment. Our dog Ania was with us, but she was lower in the grass and could not see or smell the elk. We slowly made our way closer and eventually we all made our introductions. Surprisingly,  our dog pretended she was only curious as she looked upon the two wild beasts and they likewise at us. We decided to ease our way forward and get a few photos. Within about 50 yards the elk seemed to become a little concerned and slowly moved away uphill. Ania, off leash, was even closer. She kept looking back at us as if asking, “Do you you see these two things mom and dad, what am I supposed to do, they’re not deer, they’re not grizzlies?” The elk finally trotted uphill and out of site. Ania had some great smells when we reached where they had been. We continued a little farther and we got some great views of the mountains and wildflowers then started back down the mountain. This time down a gully and into a big natural field, then back to the road. That hike we figured was four plus miles. It wasn’t a hard hike by any means, but the unusual thing about it was the ground was just beaten up with uneven elk tracks. It has been a wet spring and when the herds come through it apparently they mess up the ground and make it difficult to walk. There seems to be a large herd of elk here.

Ania and Elk

When we got back to camp it was mid morning.  We had our tea (for me) and coffee (for Jackie). We ate our donuts and later we had lunch, took a nap, wandered about, and read a bit for the rest of the day. It was very peaceful. A bit later, I’d say about 5 p.m., a couple drove up to our campsite in a ATV asking the usual questions. What kind of vehicle is that? What was it used for, etc? But this time our guests turned from gawkers to unusual acquaintances. You see the whole reason we drove to the Crazies was to scope it out for bowhunting season. Jackie has a friend from high school who married a doctor in Washington state and he recently retired. He has been hunting the Crazies for quite a number of years. But he thinks he’s getting a bit old to be hunting such wild country all by himself so he asked me to hunt the Crazies with him this fall.

New Friends
Elk sausage, white cheddar, and cheep wine!

So back to our meeting the couple. They turned out to be ranchers leasing grasslands at the neighboring “rich girls” ranch. I call it “show and tell property.” Our friend in Washington also met the same couple some time ago and he has been driving over and helping them out for apparently years. He mends fencing, puts up hay, and does general ranch hand work. Our friend was a doctor, not a blue collar guy, and he just loves the hard work of being a ranch hand. So he drives over a couple times a year and helps the rancher out for free. He gets to work hard, ride horses, and accomplish things for others. People actually do this sort of thing! So now we also have met the rancher and his wife, and we had a nice chat.

Ther is always a bushwacking hike or it wouldn’t be exciting.

The next day we went for a ride in the van around a big forest service loop road. We crossed a stream and looped back to camp. We just hung out the rest of the day. The next next morning we drove back to Wilsall and had lunch at “The Bank.” A locally owned bar and restaurant. The owners are also cattle ranchers and the beef they serve comes from American Aberdeen and Angus cattle. They are grass fed, no hormones, and locally butchered at a certified USDA processor in Columbus, MT. So the whole process is under their watch. The owner and ranchers daughter was our server. She told us about her families Muddy Waters Ranch and the farm to table concept they followed at this little bar 40 miles from Livingston. The food was great!

The Bank Bar and Vault in Wilsall

Later that evening we again ran into our new friends and invited them to join us down by the river for some chilled wine which we has cooling off in the stream. They agreed. But to our surprise they brought their own and one upped us by bringing cheese, crackers, and elk sausage; and I might add processed and seasoned to perfection. We had a fire going in the fire pit but it started to sprinkle so we moved under a huge old pine tree by the stream. The tree kept us completely dry, it was a Montana sized spruce. The evening went on which chats about our mutual friends, ranching, and of course hunting and fishing. But what fascinated us most was the cattle ranching. These folks had 800 cattle and twenty two thousand acres and still needed to lease land to feed and hay their herd. They, as usual, said, ” we cannot find all the ranch hands we need for such operations, but we have one helper that has been with us for more than twenty years.” Ranch hands as part of their pay get a little cabin. Forman get a house on ranch property and decent pay. They said, ” you’ve got to realize a ranch hand may not get city folk wages, but they also don’t have the expenses or the time or opportunity to spend all that money. It’s a decent living!” I didn’t quite figure out how the money works but I did figure the owners occasionally sell a prize bull, their calves, and some steers go off to slaughter. It was very interesting learning about ranching, laying down fences in the fall, putting them back up again in the spring, and mending them to keep the cattle from escaping. They had just trucked all 800 cows in a couple days to the grass ranch. We ran into a part of the herd as we headed to town and watched the cattle for quite a while. There we a bunch of them crossing the road. They had never seen such a van before. In fact the ranchers said they had never seen many people before that day. They also said, “Every cow has it’s own personality,” God sure is an amazing God! The rancers wife said when they first move the herd from home to the spring grasses and let them out they tend to follow her around till they become comfortable in their new surroundings. She said, “It can be a little frightening with 800 cows following you around,” ya think?

Second campsite by the stream

Well, I can’t remember everything else we did but I do remember we saw a moose and took a lot a pictures. We wanted to capture the feeling. A very warm feeling at that.

After a few days a good hair wash is needed.

One more thing I personally contemplated. It’s a bit political but an interesting observation. Ranch land out here is generally not good farming land. If you look closely my photos show lots of green grass land. The ranch land is what makes the contrasting colors. On it there are vast opportunities for recreation, and the beautiful vistas for photography. I cannot imagine this land more beautiful. Just think about this, less ranch land and more wilderness is not always more beneficial. And if we were all vegans, well, we would at least need cows to create this kind of beauty. And finally, if cows create global warming, well for now that’s a trade off I cannot accept. This beauty is worth something.

Sweet Cows

Well, that’s it for the Crazy Mountain’s. We headed out and had breakfast back in Wilsall at a neat little restaurant located in a school bus. They called it “The Little LeBuski.” We had a breakfast burrito and a carmel roll. It was a decent breakfast.

Le Buski

On our way home we traveled through Townsend and Canyon Ferry Montana on Hwy 12 and stopped at the reservoir. When we got to Wolf Point I revealed my sneaky plan to my wife. Just up ahead was Craig Montana. It’s basically at the headwaters of the Missouri River and some of the states biggest fish are caught on the Missouri. We found an outfitter and scheduled a 1/2 day trip of fishing. She had no idea this was in my plans. She took it well. Unfortunately we could not go longer than a half day float because we were with Ania, our dog. She needed to stay in the van while we were out, so we found a shady campsite opened windows and the sun roof, put up our umbrella over the sunroof and headed out fishing the next morning.

Reservoir at Townsend

Neither one of us had ever nymph fished. Nor had we ever run into 24 inch plus rainbows. We learned a lot from our guide. I being the more experienced fishermen, caught one whitefish and one very nice rainbow. But several got away and two broke my line. They were very tough to get in the boat, and I had not enough experience with fish this size on a 5 weight fly rod. Jackie unfortunately got skunked, but I think she had a great time. She likewise had hooked a couple fish on her line, but the were so big and she so anxious to land them that they too broke her line too. Live and learn. We also both learned a lot about how to “mend” a line. It basically means making sure the line does not interfere with the fly. The fly and line need to float in a neutral position to make the presentation of the fly as natural as possible. It takes a lots of finesse to land big fish that a thousand other fishermen have tried to land.

Fishing the Missouri

We left Craig about 2 pm and headed home. The highlights here were the absolutely gorgeous ride home and the pizza we got at John Henry’s Bar and Pizza in Choteau Montana along Hwy 287. Note, I’ve mentioned Hwy 287 a couple of times. I did it for a reason.

HWY 287

Back in West Glacier we picked up a 26 yr old hitchhiker making his way to Polebridge to begin a solo hike to Seattle and the Pacific Trail. We wished him well, and we are hoping he won’t run into too many grizzlies and we don’t catch the Covid from him. So this trip was only a 6 days but full indeed. At about 8 p.m. Monday July 6th we arrived home. We saw our beautiful home and thought, we are certainly blessed. We have had a wonderful time together in the old van since we retired, this trip included. It is especially good when we are disconnected… And we are glad we can share these good times with you.

Hwy 287

 

Video of our journey