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Dick Lucas

Beware - Legislators with Buzzwords

July 22nd, 2011

Democrats are notorious for buzzwords. The latest awareness of that fact is being bantered about with the ‘debt ceiling’ talks.

Two, in particular, are ‘comprehensive’ and ‘compromise ‘.

Comprehensive means they haven’t a clue how to address a problem or how to prioritize issues. It is also a way to put off any solution indefinitely because of the complexity involved in achieving comprehensiveness. It also provides a way to sneak in solutions to problems that don’t exist and tie in monetary values that will rely in higher taxes and bigger government. They want a comprehensive immigration policy. Hell no, just close the damn border and see where we are. Then we can look at solutions for other immigration issues, like dealing with all the illegal immigrants. They say that we can’t just round them all up. Hogwash! Of course we can. And then we can address the problem of the Fourteenth Amendment that has been wrongly applied to all the ‘anchor babies’ and reject their citizenship.

Compromise is the other way liberals try to get their goofy positions into law. If one doesn’t compromise, then that group is labeled as extremist. Generally, the problem is with their position being so radical and socialist and the common sense side is labeled as the extremist. Compromise is the left’s way of sneaking in ideas that would never have passed the laugh test in times past. Socialism has no business in any ‘compromise’ decision. Marx and Lenin were wrong and the demise of the USSR should amply demonstrate the failure of forced sharing the wealth and government ownership over private ownership.

When it comes to principal, compromise is a bad thing. It is destructive to normal society. Doing nothing in most cases would be the best approach. I remember many times in my working career when management went off to some management conference or meeting. Things always ran smoother and more efficiently during their absence. I believe the same would hold true with our current government. Make them all leave DC for the better part of their session and mingle amongst the populace and quit doing stuff. Things would get rapidly better in a short amount of time.

Term limits would also do an immense amount of good by preventing the development of bureaucracies and ‘good-old-boy’ networks. Then cut their pensions and benefits and we would have left only those that have the good of the nation at heart. Two terms for the Senator and four terms for the House. We could cull the incompetent out regularly.

European Tour

July 18th, 2010

We are finishing up a two week jaunt around England and the northwestern edge of Europe. My, my is this what we have to look foward to with Obama in charge? These folks are weird. I’ve known it for a long time, but have been reminded in so many ways these last few days.

When was the last time you had to pay to use the toilet? Seriously, what value add is there? It still smells like an outhouse, for goodness sake. At least there were porcelain fixtures. And this tax system is just plain scary. 21% added into the price of an item. So, an item that cost 4.00 Euros really cost 3.31 with nearly .70 in tax. I think I got that right. Government nanny tax. I like it better when tax is openly on a product receipt. It doesn’t seem so sneaky to me.

Do these folks really like their bicycles or can they just not afford to buy a car and build a few roads and parking spaces. Almost felt like a good old fashioned third world country. Gas is so high it has to be sold in liter quantities so these folks won’t have a heart attack from sticker shock.

Our Socialist ‘friends’ in DC are trying their best to subjugate us like these poor suckers in Europe have been.

I sure will be glad to get home to Texas and some well grounded conservatives who know how stuff ought to be run.

I Don’t Trust Him

September 8th, 2009

Obama’s agenda is to ‘fundamentally change America’. Why on earth would I trust him to influence our most vulnerable resource, our schoolchildren?

Fortunately, one of his self-avowed communists just quit, hopefully more will be forced out as their far left-wing beliefs are exposed. We don’t need any more socialism in this country. We have plenty and it needs to be stopped and cut back.

The Socialists have found a home in the Democrat Party left-wing and are slowly gaining more power. They will destroy this country and turn it into something the Founding Fathers never imagined.

I want Obama to just shut up. I want to know what his speech today said before it was changed to what we heard. And what possible motive could have created a ‘lesson plan’ in the first place. Especially for elementary students. We all know that too many teachers are liberal (left-wing) in their beliefs to begin with. Where was the plan to have a balanced voice in the classroom setting? Certainly not from the students. They have grades to worry about.

Obama is not to be trusted to speak to our children.

I Think I’ll Start Again

July 12th, 2009

Well, folks are starting to annoy me again. I haven’t posted anything for over a year and the time has come to help my mental health.

Venting will cover my two most favorite topics: religion and politics. Most people haven’t the stomach for either topic, but I have always loved to get deep into both. There is no such thing as a separation of religion and politics, unless you are brain-dead, of course.

I firmly believe that politicians are strongly influenced by religious beliefs and deliberately follow their beliefs, or lack thereof, to form their political stand. Preachers also are intent on being politically correct and fearing to offend anyone or losing their tax-exempt status.

Since I’m not tax-exempt and couldn’t care less about stepping on anyone’s toes and since I believe that political beliefs cannot be separated from religious beliefs, I can and will spout off occasionally.

Parking Lot Vigilante

April 21st, 2008

Why is it that some people think they can take up multiple spaces in the parking lot? And then get their shorts wrapped around the axle when someone parks close to them like would happen if they had parked correctly in the first place.

Well, I am a parking lot vigilante and if you happen to take more space than necessary anywhere close to the rest of the parked cars, I will do my best to annoy the hell out of you. Same goes for those idiots that park their behemoths side by side with little to no room to walk between. Your mirrors are fair game. There are reserved parking spots in a lot of places that have folks assigned to them that drive these monsters and obviously have no concern for the rest of us poor smucks that have to get past them.

Of course, these spaces are generally assigned to those further up the food chain and they have obviously have no concern for anyone from the nether regions of the parking lot. Would it make sense to have the spot at the end of a sidewalk from a building to be a walkway into a parking lot or make it a parking space for some SUV? SUV wins, pedestrian loses.

Too many businesses have so little concern for the employee as to border on the absurd. What would make sense is to have access available to the least mobile of our brethren. But, no, let’s just screw them and make them park on the other side or other end of a building. It’s might only a minimum of a hundred yards further, shouldn’t be any problem for a healthy gimp in a wheelchair or on crutches.

If I had my way, all violators of regular parking etiquette would be banned from all parking lots and spaces, even those along the curb. Maybe it would make them a little more respectful of others. All violators of handicapped parking laws would spend at least a night in jail along with 40 hours of community service working with handicapped transportation and at least a work week confined to a wheelchair, non-motorized.

Wasted News Weekend

April 21st, 2008

I found out what the ‘C’ in all of the major news networks stands for. CATHOLIC!

My gosh, you’d think God himself had arrived with the Second Coming. Every time I turned on the TV for the news, all I got was Pope stuff. And talk about sucking up to the RCC! I am beginning to believe that all of the news people are Catholics. Such gushing made me want to ‘gush’ but in a different way. ‘…to emit in a copious free flow…’

These folks must have gone through tons of shop towels wiping up the drool. It was disgusting.

All the while, 400 plus kids are at the mercy of the state of Texas because they happen to belong to a religious group that doesn’t find favor like the RCC does. Forget the First Amendment, it only applies to ‘real’ churches. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It really means mostly mainstream religious groups, free exercise means unless we find it offensive to the mainstream, and assembly means only when it fits some idiot’s conception of ‘peaceably”.

Don’t forget, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas has already tried to get all of the twelve year old girls vaccinated because they all may get promiscuous and start having sex during recess. This is the same state that the hairball US Attorney put two Custom Agents in jail for going after a drug running illegal alien.

Realize, most of the above concepts come from the RCC not from the Bible. In fact, it is difficult to tell the difference between the RCC and many pagan religions of times past. BTW, RCC is the Roman Catholic Church, which is nominally Christain according to the Bible.


April 7th, 2008

Sad to say, but all of those well-intentioned folk who want to scare you out of ‘HELL’ have been lying to you. They are simply parroting the delusions of fiction writer Dante Alighieri who wrote good fiction, not biblical doctrine. In fact, it is very far removed from anything the bible teaches.

There is a biblical hell. All through the Old Testament, many are the references to ‘Hades’ or ‘sheol’, otherwise know as hell. It is merely the grave or a pit or a big hole in the ground. Check it out! Get a good software program with search capability and read the verses, in context, and without preconceived notions. You will be amazed.

Mostly in the New Testament, the references are to the trash dump fire in the Valley of Hinnom (Gehenna). Otherwise, references are, again, about the grave. Except for the parable about Lazarus and the Rich Man, which is apparently the crux of the ‘going to Hell’ doctrine. Generally, parables aren’t used to set doctrine, but since this one fit the preconceived idea, it had to be used. Problem is, there is no punctuation in the Greek and all other scenarios about what happens when we die are tossed by them and we end up with fable.

The really sad thing is that your preachers know the truth and have chosen to go the party line or be booted out.

Keep in mind that doctrines like ‘Heaven’, ‘Hell’, ‘Trinity’, Immortal Soul’, etc. ought to have multiple, irrefutable, obvious statements that leave no doubt as to their validity. Where is the statement that says you will ‘go to heaven’ if you are good? Or you will ‘go to hell’ if you are bad? Where are they? They don’t exist!

What we have are Greek philosophical musings taught as biblical doctrine. Sorry, but the Greeks weren’t God-fearin’ folk at the time, so why do they have so much say over what I am supposed to believe as a Christian?

What I am left with is a better understanding of the following from the version of your choice and a lack of fear for a bogus teaching propagated by a bunch of ne’er–do–well preachers.

The Holy Bible, New International Version
Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

The Holy Bible, King James Version
Colossians 2:8 (KJV)
8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

GUILT, GUILT, GUILT, … but whose?

April 7th, 2008

One of the most destructive actions that a Christian parent can take is the responsibility for their adult/semi-adult children’s actions.

Once a child reaches the ages of 14 - 17, parents who have done the best that they know how to rear the child, shouldn’t take the blame for decisions and actions of that child contrary to the teaching provided to that child.

This is not to say that teaching your child to be self-righteous, irresponsible, illogical, devious, etc., is not your responsibility, because that part is and you should feel guilty for that teaching. However, with as much information as there is about right behavior, most of the consequences of one’s actions should fall on that individual making the choices.

If my choice is to do the right thing and my child chooses to do the wrong thing, then the monkey belongs on the kid’s back, not mine. Your child’s monkey does not belong on your back.

If the kid doesn’t want to do what you want, then consider it a speck in their eye.

Realize they won’t reach adulthood until they are somewhere in the vicinity of 23 - 25 years of age. So, between 14 and 25, you’re out of luck thinking that you’re dealing with a logical thinking adult type. Adult body, thumb-sucking brain.

No, you don’t have to like it, but you do have to deal with it, watch it and endure it. Try it without that kid’s monkey and you will find it much easier.

Those of us who have been there won’t think badly of you. The ignorant might. Do you care what ignorant folks think? I sure don’t.


April 7th, 2008

At church, that is. Truly intelligent folks. Total disconnect.

For instance. Everyone knows the Christian Church’s teaching that one has an ‘immortal soul’. Right? Heard it all your life, no doubt.

I asked the question one day. Where does the Bible teach that one has an immoral soul? No hurry on the answer. I’ve never seen it and am curious where it comes from.

Several weeks later, the answer was arrived at that it made its way into Christian teaching from Plato, Aristotle, etc. What about Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Jesus, etc.? What about 1 Tim 6:15-16 …God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal… ?

I suppose the answer will be that, perhaps, God doesn’t have a soul that can be immortal. I think I will ask tomorrow night at Bible Study. Our Associate Pastor loves it when I ask questions. :)

Of course, this isn’t the only thing that makes my head puzzle. Sunday school class is always a source of amazement. I think I’ll start writing them down and see what I can do with them here.

The Bible doesn’t say it, but I believe it anyway!

April 7th, 2008

This has come up several times recently and really frustrates me. I sat and listened to some very well intentioned folks this last Sunday bemoaning the fact that so many folks don’t believe in a ‘devil’ and hence won’t let ‘Hell’ be scared out of them and get saved.

Well, there is only one minor problem with this doctrine of ‘Hell’, as well as several other doctrines, in that they are based on the vivid imaginations of past writers who have taken great license with scripture. Dante comes to mind.

It seems that most don’t believe that ‘Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’, but instead believe that death is really eternal life in ‘Hell’. Since when does death not mean death, except to scare someone into becoming a trophy save and satisfying some misguided internal idea that God can’t save anyone except they get in there and act as a mediator for Him. Last time I checked, Jesus is the mediator and doesn’t really need our ‘help’.

One would think that such an important concept as ‘burning in Hell forever’ would be a little more obvious. All that anyone seems to have to go on is innuendo and speculation. Of course there is an ‘eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’, but it never says that it is for any unrepentant humans to live forever in torment. It does say that there will be torment prior to one’s being tossed in and obviously consumed.

But, wait, in order for one to live forever there, one has to have an ‘immortal soul’, but, wait, that isn’t in there either! So, in an effort to prove the one, the other has to be true. As I understand it, the ‘immortal soul’ thing came from the pre-Christian teachings of folks like Plato and others.

I would love to see the source Biblical references that plainly teach these things. I don’t think they exist, but have an open Bible to use if anyone would like to show me.