Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Fun


Again, very limited time today for blogging, but I offer up this little cartoon sent by a friend. It just about explains my feelings toward the excessive heat of late.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Democrats and Memory Holes


I have been neglecting this blog horribly, with a comment from a prior post yet to be answered. But with more health care stuff going on in the family tomorrow, it may take a bit longer to get back to my normal routine.

I couldn't let this story pass without comment, though. I was yelling at the television earlier when I saw the Democratic talking heads out there trying to use Ronald Reagan in the current budget impasse. "Reagan was willing to compromise and raise taxes."

Thank God for Michael Reagan, who (in the linked article) reminds us that the Democrats in Reagan's day reneged on spending cuts they had promised when Reagan was forced into the tax increases. The spending cuts never happened. We ought to remember that and shout it from the housetops.

Because they'll do it again. Count on it.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Control Screaming Kids?


Surely, you jest!

I had to chuckle grimly a bit over this little story. Apparently, a restaurant wants to ban the under-6 crowd from their establishment because older clientele complained about their "unruly" behavior.

I read with interest, because I've been greatly annoyed by trying to eat an expensive dinner in an upscale establishment, with a 5-year-old boy at the next table lying on the floor kicking and screaming, and his oblivious parents doing nothing about it. The article goes on to discuss the behavior of kids on airplanes, and the resultant furor.

But then, do parents dare do anything about their kids' tantrums in this Spockian statist day and age? These days, if a parent so much as says "boo" at their kid in a public place -- much less warm the brat's rear -- they get turned in to the child protection authorities and possibly arrested for abuse. Even though corporal punishment by parents is still legal in the U.S.

I'm not posting this to get into another knock down-drag out on the merits of corporal punishment. But I have to laugh at the complaints of society about bratty kids when society itself contributes to the problem by over-policing how parents correct their children.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Resting in God's Grace


Yes, folks . . . I'm still alive. And so is my mother, praise God.

It's been a pretty rough year, and things intensified beginning in February when Mom began developing heart trouble. Then skin cancer. And surgeries involving both. Tough, but God is faithful, as always, walking right through it with us.

Today, both Mom and I are feeling ill with a flu bug or something. In the midst of feeling miserable, Psalm 23 came to my mind, so I thought I'd post it today.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

That's a wonderful promise for those who trust in Him. And I need Him today.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day!


The Seventh Sola wishes everyone in the U.S. a very happy, blessed Independence Day. My hope is that we will all remember our history, and be thankful for the blessing of living in a free country. A freedom, by the way, that we are in great jeopardy of losing if we don't wake up.

My posting on The Seventh Sola has been much more sporadic than I would like, and this week will be no different. My mother is facing heart surgery, and at age 88, that is no light matter. I would appreciate everyone's prayers for her, and for our family. I probably won't be posting much this week, so I leave you in God's grace, and hope to be back here pontificating as usual very soon. There's a comment from an earlier meta that I haven't answered yet, but I will. Dungy, that's a promise. My apologies for neglecting you. My hands have been rather full of late!