Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Seventh Sola wishes one and all a most blessed, happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, and bless His name (Psalm 100:4).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harry Reid Will Rue the Day (Again)

It looks like Harry Reid, the Skeezix of the Senate and current Democratic Majority Leader, is at it again with dictatorial tactics to ramrod his will through the chamber in concert with Barack Obama. You'll get the gist of it here at FNC. The Washington Post and other media have articles about it also. Basically, Harry shredded long-standing Senate rules and tradition to ram through controversial nominees (or legislation) through the Senate by simple majority vote - 51 votes. In Washington-speak, this has always been called the "nuclear option." When Republicans had the majority and control of the Senate, they threatened this maneuver over constant Democratic obstruction, but never carried it out. They heeded concerns of cooler heads that this would ultimately be destructive to the Senate as a whole as it was intended to function - the "cooling pot" of legislation. It was intended to be slower and more ponderous than the House. In good compromise legislation, no side gets everything it wants, and the legislation can turn out much better for the country in the long run. No such luck this time.

With this sleazy move, Harry is getting his petulant way for now. But more moderate Democrats in the Senate such as Joe Manchin (D-WV) and others are warning that Harry will rue the day he did this. Sooner or later, the GOP will regain control of the Senate. And when they do, they will have every reason to use the tactics employed against them, although Democrats did plenty of hypocritical huffing and puffing when the GOP said they "MIGHT" adopt the tactic. They were all against it then. But most of them love it now. Obama, of course, applauds, because it helps throw the country into even more division and disarray.

End game: there will eventually be hell to pay for this. Blame Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and all the others who rammed this nonsense through. And as for complaints over Republican opposition, check your history and your Constitution. Senators who are in minority parties have been given certain rights to be sure that every voice is heard and taken into account.

I really grieve at the damage this group of clowns is doing to the nation. If the electorate returns control to this bunch in 2014, then I am afraid they deserve what lies ahead.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 2013: Illinois Tornado Record

Before the news gets too old, I wanted to post a story on the unusual tornado outbreak experienced in the Midwest yesterday. This ABC News story gives the lowdown on it.

In my corner of northwest Illinois, we escaped the devastation although we were under a tornado watch until mid afternoon. Although tornadoes in November do happen, having two EF-4 rated tornadoes in Illinois in November is a first. Our hearts go out to those whose homes have been destroyed—awful at any time of year but now at the doorstep of winter and near the holidays, it's especially difficult.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross will no doubt need donations to be able to assist the victims in the several states impacted—with Illinois being the hardest hit. And above all, pray, asking for God's comfort and provision in the difficult days ahead.

Finally, I want to share some analysis from Gino Izzi from the National Weather Service in Chicago, and Professor Victor Gensini of the College of DuPage on yesterday's record-setting weather:

A RARE NOVEMBER OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES OCCURRED IN ILLINOIS ON
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH. SURVEY TEAMS FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICES ACROSS THE STATE WILL BE OUT SURVEYING THE DAMAGE TODAY
WITH SOME RESULTS OF THESE SURVEYS AVAILABLE LATER TODAY. COLLEGE
OF DUPAGE METEOROLOGY PROFESSOR VICTOR GENSINI FOUND THE FOLLOWING
INTERESTING STATISTICS.

INCLUDING YESTERDAY...THERE HAVE BEEN 194 TORNADO WARNINGS ISSUED
IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN ILLINOIS DATING BACK TO 1986. OF
THOSE 194...101 OR 52 PERCENT WERE ISSUED DURING SUNDAYS TORNADO
OUTBREAK.

PRIOR TO YESTERDAY...LOOKING BACK TO 1950 THE STRONGEST NOVEMBER
TORNADO IN ILLINOIS WAS AN F-3. THAT OCCURRED EAST OF ST LOUIS
BACK ON NOVEMBER 15 1988. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE ST. LOUIS INDICATE THAT ONE OF THE TORNADOES
DOWNSTATE YESTERDAY WAS AN EF-4. IF THIS RATING BECOMES FINAL THEN
YESTERDAY'S TORNADO OUTBREAK WILL HAVE PRODUCED THE STRONGEST
ILLINOIS TORNADO IN NOVEMBER DATING BACK TO 1950.

I Spy, You Spy?

I must say—I think this is probably the longest time ever that I have gone without posting SOMETHING to the Seventh Sola. Profuse apologies offered, but the excuse is the same as always. A personal schedule that has been out of control, plus personal and family illness. I hope to be back to some semblance of normalcy now, for what falls under the category of normalcy with me of late.

What got my attention today was this story from FNC Looks like the Russians want to put up GPS monitoring sites up on U.S. soil. The State Department under John Kerry seems all for it, but our CIA and military are dead set against it, not surprisingly.

My comment? I've had a pretty dim view of the State Department for quite a while, no matter who sits in the Secretary position. Commentators galore have criticized State's policies and actions for many years. While noting the dedication and devotion to country of specific diplomats and even Secretaries, there has been ongoing concern about the bureaucracy and career staff that passes intact from Administration to Administration.

Have they completely lost their minds? I'd say yes.

And of course, this latest incident comes with all the other wreckage from the Obama Administration to date. What's next? Letting North Korea set up a shadow government in D.C.?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Illinois Joining the Lemmings

Today, the news broke that legislation to legalize homosexual marriage in Illinois had passed the Democratic controlled General Assembly. Democratic governor Pat Quinn says he's going to sign the bill. Illinois will then join the few other states that have passed such measures—largely blue states, but there are liberal Republicans who support it too.

I have been given permission by a gentleman and brother in the Lord named Ed Moore to post his comments made on Peter LaBarbara's page in response to this issue. When it comes to Illinois churches, I think he hits the nail on the head for a good chunk of of them, but I personally am not ready to declare ALL of the churches worthless yet. I honestly don't think Ed meant "all" of them either. But he's right to say that all churches and individual believers should have stood up to be counted on this.

Ed echoes a warning I've been making for some time. The day will come when churches will have to make the fateful choice to keep tax exempt status or to be faithful to the Lord. Today's events in Illinois may well put us closer to that day than ever. Here is Ed's take, to which I add a rueful "amen," subject to the proviso above.

Tonight I'm thinking of several,years ago when the attempt was made to put a referendum before the people of Illinois to define marriage in the Illinois constitution as between one man and one woman. We needed to collect something like 50,000 signatures to get this on the ballot. That's a lot. But it's not THAT daunting when you think about all the churches and all the Christians in the state. 

But we failed to get the 50,000. And we failed because the Church in this state is almost worthless. Church after church refused to let us in to collect signatures from their congregation. Nearly all of them said they supported the idea but they didn't want to get involved with politics or they were afraid of losing their tax exempt status. 

Well church in Illinois, how do you feel now that sodomy is enshrined in our legal fabric? I hope you're sick to your stomach. Because the blame for this is on YOU. You chose comfort over the lordship of Christ. You chose the state over the God of all creation. You chose money (tax exempt donations) over the Saviour Who died for your sins and rose from the dead to be Lord of All. 


You sold your soul and now you will reap unbelievable persecution and untold evil on your children and grandchildren. 

God forgive us for our weak and pitiful denial of your precious sacrifice.


Sunday, November 03, 2013

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Today—as well as next Sunday, November 10, as an alternate date—is set aside as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

In my view, this is one of the most underreported news stories out there. And even as we observe the Day of Prayer, we get this awful story out of Syria, where it appears there was a mass murder of Christians in the country's ongoing civil war.

Thousands of my fellow believers are persecuted, oppressed, or even martyred for their faith each year. We have little experience of this in America, but that may change, and much sooner than we think. I see the early signs of it now. We shouldn't be shocked by it. We ought to expect it since the Lord Himself warned us about it. But He also promised that He would be with us in the fire. We also know that the enemy might be able to destroy the body, but he cannot touch our souls committed to Christ.

So pray, fellow believers. Pray. We have brothers and sisters in need of our intercession.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Film Noir of the Week

Most readers know I am a film noir nut. This week's gem is "Between Midnight and Dawn" starring Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, and Mark Stevens. Here's a TCM overview of the film. 

Interesting plot as it involves two childhood friends who become policemen and are on patrol together. Both are attracted to Gale Page's character, and their relationship is weaved between chasing a gangster, the court, and the police station. And of course, it isn't long before there's a reference to the electric chair.

This one's from 1950, and the early 50s had some great noirs in it. But as time marched on and color film took over, movies billed as noirs really didn't quite do it, in my humble opinion. The stark black and white photography, often at night and in shadows, really conveyed visually the essence of film noir, which means "dark film." By 1955, it had really begun to wind down.

I wish they'd revive it. Given the level of interest in the genre, you'd think a studio would try it with some very big-name actors. And my hope would be that they'd follow the Production Code in making the film instead of overly sexing it up or peppering the dialogue with F-bombs every scene. One thing that the film noirs of the 40s and 50s accomplished was a clear demonstration that those elements are NOT needed for a good, taut, thrilling, and very engrossing picture.

C'mon, someone. Take the risk.