Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RadioShack & Best Buy: Just Plain Bad

Best Buy - Radio ShackAs one who has been a Manager at both Radio Shack and Circuit City (may she rest in peace), I declare this potential merger to be bad for consumers and bad for the Retail Electronics sector. Let's hope anti-trust laws prevent this...
RadioShack & Best Buy: Marriage Made In Mobile Phone Heaven? - The Consumerist: "According to a recent report, the folks at RadioShack are looking to either sell themselves off to the highest bidder or find another retailer to merge with. Among the companies being discussed, the one getting the most attention is Best Buy."

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Book Review: Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Book ReviewErin Healy's second attempt at co-authoring a work of fiction with leading Christian author Ted Dekker is an undeniable success! In Burn, their follow up to the best-selling novel Kiss, Dekker and Healy weave a tale of suspense and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages long after you know you should be sleeping, or working, or whatever else it is that you steal time from to dig into this compellng tale.

Dekker's signature good versus evil story telling style is unmistakeable, but perfectly complemented by the softer side of the struggle that one assumes must be the work of Healy.

When a young half-Gypsy woman finds herself tempted by evil, dissapointed by her father, and betrayed by her sweetheart all at the same time, her life is thrown into utter turmoil. The tragedy that ensues leaves her with no family, no friends, no home, and little hope for the future.

When fifteen years later she finds that she didn't lose all that she thought she had, her life is turned upside down again. She finds herself in a struggle with that same evil again, and in an inner struggle between her own good and evil natures. When the two sides of her personality become manifest, is she losing her mind? Or is it Divine? And, when once again she faces the ultimate test of her heart, will she fail again? Or will she make it right by doing what is right.

Dekker is a master of his craft, and proves it once again in Burn. Healy seems to have been an attentive student. Together, they have done it again, with a fast-paced page turner that opens the heart and mind to new possibilities.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

We Good Europeans...

Mitch DanielsWhat's next for Indiana now that ObamaCare has become law? Some remarks from an incredible piece by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in the Wall Street Journal:
Check to see if Indiana should drop its health insurance plans and dump its government workers into the exchanges. Paying the new tax penalty might actually be cheaper for the state, as it will be for many private firms. I'm not certain the same rule applies to government as to business, but since no member of Congress read this entire bill before the vote, I don't feel embarrassed about not knowing.

Call the state's attorney general to see if we can join one of the lawsuits to overturn ObamaCare. Yes, it's a long shot. But why not try?

We may no longer need the Department of Insurance since insurers will now be operating as regulated utilities under the thumb of the federal government.

...for the moment, our federal overlords have ruled. We better start adjusting to our new status as good Europeans.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Help the Indiana GOP defeat Democrats who voted for healthcare reform

A message for the Indiana Republican Party Chairman, Murray Clark, forwarded without compensation or endorsement as a courtesy by Average Joe American. 


Dear Friends and Fellow Republicans,

Last night the House passed the Senate's health care reform bill by a slim 219-212 margin.  I don't have to tell you that this bill was an assault on the Republican principles of smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedoms.  I don't have to tell you that this bill has a price tag we can't afford.  I don't have to tell you about all the back room dealings and underhanded parlor tricks the Democrats used to get the bill passed.  You've heard about all of it for months now.

While we should still be telling our friends and neighbors why this bill was such a raw deal for Hoosiers, it's time to put our words into action.  We must work harder than ever to defeat those in Congress who voted in support of this bill.  Rep. Joe Donnelly was for this bill, then he was against it, and at the last minute yesterday he voted for it.  Rep. Baron Hill has played the same game at every step in the process: Pretend to have concerns and then ultimately vote for the bill.  Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who will be running for U.S. Senate this fall, tried to hide from the public as much as possible and avoided taking a stance for as long as he could.  He, too, voted to pass this bill multiple times.  And we all know that Reps. Andre Carson and Pete Visclosky are reliable liberal votes for the Obama and Pelosi agenda.

The Indiana Republican Party is committed to defeating all of them in November.  If you are as outraged as we are, help us send a message to these Congressmen that Hoosiers won't stand for their lack of leadership. 

There is a long way to go between now and November, but we won't forget that Joe Donnelly, Baron Hill and Brad Ellsworth turned their backs on Hoosiers last night.

Murray Clark
Indiana Republican Party

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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In Selecting Men For Office...

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect of the candidate -- look to his character ... It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective ways of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men "who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." -- Noah Webster
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Monday, March 15, 2010

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Not My Father's America

It's sad, really, what America has become since the time of my childhood. A once proud land of opportunity and "the American dream," where a man gave an honest days work for an honest days wage has become nothing more than a malingerer's haven where many people feel that their own sense of entitlement trumps the rights of everyone they encounter.

When did we create this widespread malaise? This feeling of being owed everything by everyone else, while we ourselves owe nothing in return? Where did we get the sense that Robin Hood is every other man, and that they should be taking from wherever and giving to us?

Who created this society? Who made it okay for a man to quit a job of his own free will, then to apply for and receive unemployment benefits from the last two or three companies that paid him a fair wage. Who made it okay to steal from an employer, a merchant, a friend or neighbor without fear of retribution? Who made it okay to contract with a company for a material or service, then to complain upon completion of the contracted service, demanding money back?

How did we get here, America? How did we become a country of people enjoying the freedom someone else fought and died for while refusing to take the same stand for someone else's freedom? Why should I have to pay for your groceries, your rent and utilities, and your healthcare after working sixty hours a week while you sit home eating chips and watching American Idol with the undisturbed Help Wanted ads lying beneath the comics and horoscope page beside you? All because you can't find a job paying what you were making before you got fired for poor performance, poor attendance, or a poor attitude.

This is not the America I was born in. This is not the America I signed up for. This is not the America I enlisted and served to defend. This is not my father's America!

This is your America, not mine. Your America, because this is what you made it. Your America, because with your votes you have given up your freedoms (and mind) for the promise of something that can never be fulfilled without robbing the rest of us of everything we've achieved.

This is your America, not mine, and I'd like to take my ball and go home.

But that's not what a real American does. A real American stands up and fights for what he believes. A real American crossed Valley Forge because it was what needed to be done to secure our freedom. A real American pitched all the tea into the Boston Harbor rather than pay unfair taxes on it because it needed to be done. A real American stood up to the civil uprising of the south to end slavery and preserve the Republic. A real American stormed the beaches of Normandy to stop a futhless dictator from his dreams of world dominion. A real American has fought for you almost every day of your life, and long before you were even the hope of a young woman's future -- in Viet Nam, Korea, Panama, and throughout the Middle East -- not because you are worth dying for, but because that's what Americans do: we fight for what's right, and we win.

A lot isn't right in America right now, but she's still worth fighting for. At the core she's still my father's America. She's still my America. And you better watch out, because I'm taking her back!
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Book Review: A Century Turns by William J. Bennett

In bestselling author Bill Bennett's follow up to America: The Last Best Hope, he picks up with the end of the Reagan presidency and carries us through twenty years of political controversy to the historical election of Barack H. Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.

In A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears, Bennett continues what has become for many a textbook of American history, told by one who has lived through much of the modern political scene; one who knows and understands the inner workings of American government.

Bennett shares in a colorful and authoritative, educational and informative way -- one that is totally unaffected by the media bias that most of us have filtered history through all of our lives. Bennett's tale if very open an honest, free of slant to one side or another (while his political leanings are obvious, he does not force his opinion on the reader as an opportunity to slam those with whom he disagrees politically, morally, or philosophically).

If you are a student of politics and history, much of what Bill Bennett shares in A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears will not be new to you -- only told without the filter of the mainstream media's liberal bias. He does, however, tell the story in a very entertaining and relaxing manner. You will very likely find yourself enriched after spending a few hours between the covers of A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

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Walking With God Part 3


SOAP {Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer}:

SCRIPTURE: 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. ... 3b ...this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. Job 1:1-3 [ESV]

OBSERVATION: Walking with God is not easy. Not today, and not ever. It wasn't easy for Noah as we've already seen; it likely wasn't easy for Enoch, though we aren't told much of his life; and it certainly wasn't easy for Job. But these men who walked with God received multiple blessings for their enduring faith.

APPLICATION: Like Noah, Job was blameless. He was favored by God for remaining ever faithful. But that didn't mean Job's life was easy.

Satan challenged God, accusing Him of buying Job's faith with His blessings. Knowing Job's heart, God permitted Satan to test Job. Job lost everything. 500 oxen and 500 donkeys, stolen; 7000 sheep, consumed by fire; 3000 camels, stolen; seven sons, three daughters, and almost all of his servants -- killed.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22 [ESV]

Job's faith was such that he praised God, even after losing everything. Satan went on to inflict physical pain and suffering on Job, but Job's faith did not falter. In fact, through all that Satan could throw at him, Job remained faithful and true to God. With God, Job defeated Satan, and God continued to bless Job.

12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. ... 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. ... 15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days. Job 42:12-17 [ESV]

Job lived a faithful life, full and blessed by God, and Job never faltered. Job was truly a man who walked with God.

PRAYER: Father, Your blessings are truly wonderful! You have blessed me beyond anything I could possibly deserve, and I certainly am not one like Noah, Enoch, or Job. Thank You, Lord, for Your blessings. Help me to grow ever more faithful and close to you.

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