I am really looking forward to this movie. I'm making it a priority to be there for opening day April 18th.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
As I have written before, I do not farm for myself. Some of my frustration in the last post was job related, we'll leave it at that. If you are the praying type, would you consider praying for me? My goal was to farm for myself. When the kids came along, 3 in eighteen months, and a couple of flood years, I had to take a job to put bread on the table.
Enough about that, pray for me.
I'm more than a little put out by the political scene as well. Here in Iowa the Demoncrats control the governorship as well as both houses. In the last few weeks, they have killed a state Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, tried to pass a collective bargaining agreement which would pretty much make any union employee of any kind eligible for third party arbitration for not just salary, but job requirements, class room size, insurance package, retirement, even staffing levels. More here, The Taxpayers get Screwed
On the national scene, The Lizard Queen and Barack the Magic Negro seem to be doing an excellent job of tearing each other apart. With the help of the media, Hillary is once again proved to be a bald faced liar in relation to the "sniper" incident. With the Rev. Wright situation, even the liberal whites are mildly concerned about Barack's racist tendencies. All the while McMark-o-Cain sounds more and more liberal and less and less rational.
So, I've been thinking about it and I have a question, is it unBiblical for believers in Jesus Christ, worshipers of the God of Abram, Isaac and Jacob to pray that McMark-o-Cain would suddenly assume room temperature prior to his receiving the nomination? If we believe that the God of Heaven is actively involved in the affairs of men,
Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. This is repeated in verses 25, 32, and 5:21. In the middle of that passage are these verses.
34And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
35And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
36At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
37Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
If the God of the Universe controls who ruleth over men, is it not within His power to remove from positions of authority men who would deny Him or would act in ways contrary to God's revealed will? Since John McMark-o-Cain has not been and is not now a man of Godly character, having opportunity to elect someone else would be a good thing. That is possible only if McMark-o-Cain is no longer in a position to receive the nomination. So should we pray for his demise?
Read this article by someone strongly opposed to McMark-o-Cain.
8 reasons I won't vote for John McCain
There is another option though, The Constitution Party. Sounds like Alan Keyes, Judge Roy Moore, and Chuck Baldwin are mentioned as possible nominees.
Posted by farmer Tom at 7:52 PM
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Today is a day filled with hope. Our eternal life is dependent on a Risen Savior. What was it Paul said?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
And I believe that Christ rose again.
But for some reason today I'm feeling, well, in a funk. Seems like none of the things I would like to be doing are happening, finances are a continuing struggle, and I'm not looking forward to a new week of the same old, same old.
Sorry for the whining, I really don't have anything important to say, and if I talked about some of the garbage that is going on in our state politics/government, I'd probably get angry, so I think I'll avoid that as well.
So that's it. I got nothing and I'm not particularly in a good mood either.
Posted by farmer Tom at 8:16 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2008
From The Sunday Times (London)
March 16, 2008
Royal college warns abortions can lead to mental illness
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor
Women may be at risk of mental health breakdowns if they have abortions, a medical royal college has warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists says women should not be allowed to have an abortion until they are counselled on the possible risk to their mental health.
This overturns the consensus that has stood for decades that the risk to mental health of continuing with an unwanted pregnancy outweighs the risks of living with the possible regrets of having an abortion.
MPs will shortly vote on a proposal to reduce the upper time limit for abortions “for social reasons” from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, a move not backed by the government. A Sunday Times poll today shows 59% of women would support such a reduction, with only 28% backing the status quo. Taken together, just under half (48%) of men and women want a reduction to 20 weeks, while 35% want to retain 24 weeks.
Some MPs also want women to have a “cooling off” period in which they would be made aware of the possible consequences of the abortion, including the impact on their mental health, before they could go ahead.
* An embryonic disaster?
More than 90% of the 200,000 terminations in Britain every year are believed to be carried out because doctors believe that continuing with the pregnancy would cause greater mental strain.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends updating abortion information leaflets to include details of the risks of depression. “Consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information,” it says.
Several studies, including research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2006, concluded that abortion in young women might be associated with risks of mental health problems.
The controversy intensified earlier this year when an inquest in Cornwall heard that a talented artist hanged herself because she was overcome with grief after aborting her twins. Emma Beck, 30, left a note saying: “Living is hell for me. I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum. I want to be with my babies; they need me, no one else does.”
The college’s revised stance was welcomed by Nadine Dorries, a Conservative MP campaigning for a statutory cooling-off period: “For doctors to process a woman’s request for an abortion without providing the support, information and help women need at this time of crisis I regard almost as a form of abuse,” she said.
Dawn Primarolo, the health minister, will this week appeal to MPs to ignore attempts to reduce the time limit on abortion when new laws on fertility treatment and embryo research come before parliament.
Dr Peter Saunders, general secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: “How can a doctor now justify an abortion [on mental health grounds] if psychiatrists are questioning whether there is any clear evidence that continuing with the pregnancy leads to mental health problems.”
Posted by farmer Tom at 9:37 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Part of my wages each year is 2 hogs and a beef. We are talking USDA certified Grade A Black Angus corn-feed prime beef. The kind of beef that you would pay $35 or $40 dollars for at quality steakhouse. Well marbled, tender, succulent beef.
The steer is taken to a local locker to be processed, hangs in the cooler for about 10 to 15 days, and then cut, wrapped and packaged. Last week we got our 1/2 of a beef from the locker. We usually get a half a beef at a time cause we don't have freezer space for 800 to 900 lbs of frozen beef.
Now the locker where this is done is a private business which serves a local clientèle. Most of the animals he processes are directly off of the farm, done for the family that raised the animal. Sometimes he will process meat which a customer buys from the farmer. In any case, he works with quality meat, for customers who want the very best.
Be patient, I'm getting there.
Iowa is known for having some large deer, as well as a very large deer population. The first weekend in December often sounds like rural Iowa is a war zone with all the gunfire in the distance. If you don't hunt deer you're considered to be some sort of freak. A lazy worthless, good for nothing couch potato, who fails his civic duty to help lower the suicidal quadruped population. When the act of hunting has become a sporting event in which the goal is not really to kill something and eat it, rather to kill something and stop the long legged varmits from reproducing. What one does with the animal after successfully ventilating said animals hide, is a secondary question in many peoples thinking.
Their actions follow along this general train of thought. Kill Bambi = good. Less car accidents, less danger to mankind, fun activity to do only a Saturday, and also an excuse to get very drunk. Only after Bambi has assumed room temperature does the typical hunter consider what to do with the carcass. Some literally leave the animal lay in the woods, these are the type that consider anything that moves to be a fair target, and would never make the effort to do anything other than pull the trigger.
The second group like to eat venison, consider the opportunity to hunt, a way to put cheap meat on the table, and I might add would eat kangaroo and anything else that moves, if given the opportunity. These hearty types generally process the deer themselves, because as well as eating something like venison, they are also a little on the penny pincher side, in other words, their cheap. They would eat bad tasting venison even when they could go to the locker and buy some home raised beef, cause it's cheap.
The third group is where we get to the crux of the matter. Often times the third type, shoot the Bambi, then have a discussion with themselves about what to do with the thing. "Dude, I don't what to cut it up, you do it". Or "lets take it to the local locker and have a professional cut it up". So I have seen literally hundreds of deer carcasses piled up outside the locker.
The owner of our local locker does not appreciate this kind of customer. First they often really don't want the meat anyway, so they wind up giving the a meat to charity or some such thing. Second they sometimes do not pay the bill for processing Bambi. Leaving the locker owner with a pile of meat he can not sell. It is illegal to sell venison harvested in open season. And he used his valuable time cutting up Bambi instead of focusing on the normal customers who would not consider venison worth the time to eat, they want corn fed beef.
So in honor of his disdain for the deer hunter population, and the Bambi they bring to his shop to be processed, the local locker owner has placed in a prominent place, just inside the front door, this visual devise to show his contempt for Bambi.
Insert your own caption here.
Posted by farmer Tom at 9:37 PM