December 20th is pay day. I can hardly wait. :)
Saturday, December 14, 2002
Also Don Cyphers failure to respond has upped the ante considerably as the state says that as he refused to respond to my complaint, he now owes me more than $3400. Read more here.
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Steven Curtis Chapman's CD "Speechless" was okay. It wasn't as good as some prior CDs such as "Greatest Hits" and "Heaven in the Real World. The first track, "Dive" sounded more like it was made for the music videos it spawned rather than with a real Spirit of praise. The title song is a bit of an oxymoron because Chapman sings a five minute song about he's speechless. His song, "Whatever", "The Change", and "Be Still and Know" stood out as exceptionally awesome.
Friday, November 29, 2002
Also bought 4 CDs from Sound-And-Spirit last pay period. Below are my reviews of two of them:
Bob Carlisle "Butterfly Kisses" CD is a great collection but didn't he put one out a few years ago? Particularly cool is a track where he, Bebe Winans, and Clay Crosse sang "I Will Follow Christ", "My Testimony", "Abba, Father" and the song I got the CD for in the first place, "You're Beautiful" was wonderful. The only song I didn't like was "The Truth" which was more of a biographical song for Bob Carlisle but didn't work for me.
I realized what the key element of Bob Carlisle's success is. His music is incredibly honest. He doesn't sing too many songs about the greatness of God as an isolated incident but rather in conjuction with his own weakness and failures. We can relate to what he's singing about because we've felt the same way at our failures, yet he always sings of hope and God's grace.
The Dove Hits 2001 was the CD I actually paid for as I actually got the other three free + shipping. I was pleasantly surprised by the CD. In most collections, I find two or three songs that I like, this one I only had one song I didn't like. Shaun Groves and Sarah Groves made a really positive impression on me.
Both of these CDs were awesome and I heartily reccomend them.
Also updated The Awards Showcase with a new award. The Awards thing has proven to be little more than a slight boost to my ego. I've gotten 4 awards and no linbacks yet from them.
Sunday, November 17, 2002
I personally hope he just pays me, but if he does insist on contesting this, I pray that he gets the penalty, he's put me through so much trouble just to get the money I earned. I just want to see this resolved quickly at this point. I could use the money that I earned for some vitally necessary expenses.
Also, I found out at work that I got my Pay for Performance at work. :)
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
We're going to see a philosophical revolution in the courts," said Bruce Fein, a Reagan administration lawyer. Though he said the courts will let stand the landmark Roe v. Wade decision because undoing it would be "too wrenching," he said Bush's nominees will impose a variety of new abortion restrictions.
Am I the only one who doesn't see how returning the abortion issue to the states would be wrenching at all? Regardless, federal judges unless they're Supreme Court Justices aren't going to be able to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Another thought occurred to me. Did you know that this Supreme Court has been together longer than the Backstreet Boys or N'Sync? They also survived the brief popularity of Hanson. They were together before Keenan and Kel of Nickelodeon fame got together. I'll have to do some research and find out how many courts have been together this long.
The White House line is that social conservatives must wait until later, while the Bush Administration advances other causes. Might, I ask a simple question. Why must social conservatives always be at the back of the bus? Why must the administration cater to the extreme homosexual lobby and the dying moderate wing of the Republican party while ignoring Christian Conservatives. If it weren't for abortion, where would Jim Talent be? Heck, Norm Coleman wouldn't even be a Republican if it weren't for the abortion issue.
Abortion was a winning issue for the GOP, yet the President is ready to spurn and delay our agenda in order to please the press and party moderates. The only way Christian Conservatives will ever get ahead in this party is if they take a firm stand and demand action on items of moral conscience, not in an unrealistic way but to get politicians to actually do what they're capable of. Until then, we'll constantly be this party's doormat.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
I've also completed most of the work on the e-book, I'll post a link soon but I want to wait until it's perfect which I hope will be soon. :)
Saturday, November 09, 2002
Then again, it could also be taken as a statement of the fact that people of all religions can be just as hypocritical as Christians are accused of being. It could also be trying to make the idea of the Southern preacher regional rather than theological.
Of course, the problem with this is that the stereotypical Southern preacher is also generally "Pentecostal". If you actually listen to ministers, you see there's a great difference in the way that Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal fundamentalists speak. The Pentecostals sound like the stereotypical Southern Preachers. It's a mystery why when Pentecostal preachers get excited they sound like they're from the Deep South even if they were born and raised in Nova Scotia and never been to the South. I find myself curious as to whether Pentecostals in Africa or Asia encounter this issue. :)
Of course, the generally negative portrayal underlies a truth that most minister (pentecostals or not) are doing the best they can serve the Lord despite their faults. That's one reason I really liked Robert Duvall's movie, "The Apostle". Despite it's faults, it portrayed someone who did his best to serve the Lord and his fellow man. Anyway, I'll end this post before this rant gets any longer.
It was such a red-herring. The author writes, "A lot of dumb stuff is going on with some of these latter-day female clergy coming out of the woodwork." Well duh (or dah as he later spells it in the article), and a lot of dumb stuff is going on with a lot of our male clergy. Every time I read an article about a minister performing a homosexual "marriage", it's generally a man who's doing it.
The author basically gives a couple of examples of some out of whack liberal feminist ministers and Covenant News turns it into a case against women in the clergy. For the reasons above, I think that case is unconvincing. You will find many well-trained, well-schooled and fairly sound women in the pulpit. There is a case that can be made against them but the one presented in Covenant News was just total bologna.
Covenant News on occassion provides links to some interesting articles, but they're a bit on the fringe and at times I worry that some ill-informed souls will read that and think that this page represents the mainstream of the Christian Conservative movement. They are not.
Also watched Cloud Ten Pictures movie, "Deceived". I've got to admit that Cloud Ten is producing some quality films. This is the first one that I saw in which they moved away from the end times genre and I hear they have another one and I'll want to see that. The only criticisms I have of the movie are: 1) I left not knowing what the exact purpose of the film was, and 2) most of the movie was shot underground and the actresses wore flashy nail polish which caused a lot of glare at times. Still, it wasn't like watching, TBN's "The Champion" which left me totally and utterly disappointed. (That movie was supposed to bring people to Christ how?)
I guess the overall message that a choice needed to be made was a lot stronger than the Champion which was basically a remake of Rocky with marginal Christian content. Bottom line is that if it is available, rent (or buy) "Deceived" today. And thus they get free advertising. Not that anyone ever reads this but... :)
Thursday, November 07, 2002
If you've got a few bucks, go and buy "Jesus Freaks" by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs. It's awesome (except for using the Message and CEV translations for some passages). I never used to be into Daily Devotionals but I needed something to do at work during the slow periods and found Promise Keepers "Men of Integrity" to be a great resource. After that one ran out and I don't have a subscription, I went ahead and bought this book so I'd have a devotional to read. I'm not sure if I'd consider it a devotional per se, though, more like an updated Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Still, it's easily worth the money.
Friday, November 01, 2002
BTW, I really believe in those Community Gift Paks. That made them really easy to sell. I bought myself a book this year and I've already already used the book more than I paid for it. Today alone, I used $31 worth. The book cost $40 and I'd had a ton of fun with it before. I've gotten introduced to some great businesses including my barber and I may use this new lube place for my lube jobs. Folks if anyone from American West Community Promotions calls selling Gift Books and you've got $40 lying around. Say, "Yes." You'll get so much use out of them in a year, it's unbelievable.
Thursday, October 31, 2002
Right now I'm also working on an E-book of poetry. While I'm somewhat reluctant about this whole e-book business, I don't believe there's much chance of selling a book of poetry any other way in this day and age.
Also considering what else to do with the site. I'm thinking of adding some commentaries on either Christian issues or Politics or both. I'm reluctant to do the self-publishing route though in either case. I spent a good 2 years self-publishing political articles and got amazingly few comments for my efforts. Then again, even though I'm on a cool site like fanstop.com, I haven't even gotten a piece of fan mail. I'd settle for hate mail, just to know I was getting some reaction.
If my wife and I had been born six years earlier, we could have jumped on the online bandwagon early like all the established sites (like commonconservative.com) but my last experience with a start-up was incredibly bad. Me and several writers were publishing on a pay-per-click web-server and a pay-per-click article server. Both went out of business and so ended my brief career in E-zines.
Self-promotion efforts haven't been too successful. I, think that most of the awards I've applied for have been down or something. Regardless, haven't heard a word from anybody.
I'll need to get a new picture for the front page, that one wasn't too great, plus I'm now sporting a beard and mustache (it'll keep my face warm during the Winter.).
I've filed some claims with the Labor Department on Don Cyphers. Haven't heard anything back yet. I'm hopeful though. A lady from there read the site and contacted me by e-mail and I called her. She seemed to think something could be done for me. I pray she's right.
Pray for Saturday's service, I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to preach but I know I'll sing, "I've Been Through the Water". I got it on a discount CD from Christian Book Supply and it's been stuck in my head ever since.
Saturday, October 26, 2002
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Tuesday, October 15, 2002
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Friday, October 11, 2002
Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Monday, October 07, 2002
Saturday, October 05, 2002
Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Now it's time to get work on those dishes. But I'd rather spend the whole day writing until its time for lunch with my wife. Oh well, can't everything I guess. On the bright side, it's only 43 years and 10 days until retirement. :)
Saturday, September 28, 2002
Friday, September 27, 2002
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Sunday, September 22, 2002
Thursday, September 19, 2002
I graduated today with a 100% score. I hope I'll be ready when I start work on Friday.
I missing my wife terribly.
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
I sometimes wonder whether I can really make it, here. Some days I feel like I'll be a Senior Tech in 3 months and others I wonder why I even bother. I don't have any choice but to make it. I just pray that God will give me the strength somehow.
Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Been spreading the word about Cypher's fraudulent actions to everyone who'll listen. Government's not much help, but then what else is knew? Contacted every Conservative activist, writer, not to mention every friend I know to get the word out. Hopefully, Cyphers will see this and make a decision.
Monday, September 16, 2002
Cyphers still hasn't come through with my money, not that I'm particularly expecting it. He's got 20 1/2 hours left to pay me before he has to face the consequences.
Saturday, September 14, 2002
So why do we gripe about the dress code which makes us look professional, which in turn allows us to be a successful business, which allows us to be paid more? Why do we want to cease looking like professionals on Friday, so we can dress like we work at a car wash. It doesn't make any sense to me. I wore a t-shirt to work. Why? I don't know.