Archive for January, 2009


V for Vendetta: A social commentary applicable today.

I watched the movie “V for Vendetta“, (required viewing for anyone who considers themselves an anarchist, even an non-violent one such as myself) and found it to be an excellent social commentary applicable today. If you are unaware of the story, V is is a graphic novel written in the ’80 as a challenge to “Thactherite Facism” in Britian. While the movie condenses the series down, the premise is that the government is essentially taken over by an extremist/fundamentalist/fascist/racist political party (conservatives) put into power by instilling fear in the people and promising peace. They obtain “peace” by crushing “inferior races, religions, homosexuals”, setting up cameras on every street corner “for your protection”, strict curfews…always for ‘the peace’. It also comes with a complicit media.
So while conservative governments are usually accused by the socialist of using fear to imitate and oppress the people, I don’t hear any of the caterwauling when the left does the same thing:

Worst Economy Since Great Depression

The Lie of Global Warming

Media Fear Mongering

Health care Crisis

And the list goes on: Smoking and other safety concerns, salt, ad infinitum.

So where is the outrage? I’ve listened to Obama: The only hope is government. While I am not a Bush Apologist, people exploded when he ran the bank bail out down our throats, so where is the disgust with the near trillion dollar spending bill Obama trying to get passed before anyone has a chance to see what it actual entails?

One of the great quotes from the move was, “People should not fear the Government. The Government should fear the people.” I expect the entity of government to steal from us (tax), oppress us in the name of protecting us, and try to control us in every way. That’s the nature of government. But people need to stop empowering the government to do so, and stop expecting the government to take care of us. With Godly wisdom and a strong community behind you, don’t sell yourselves into the slavery that the State offers.


Thank God for I-Pod!

A friend at work gave me an old mp3 player this last week, and it has been a true blessing. Instead of listening to music however, I have been loading up lectures, sermons, bible readings…It’s great! There are tons of college and university lecture series available out there, so everyday is like taking a class or two with out the pressure of homework. Coolness!


Timely Phone calls and Good friends

I have some friends, some folks I wish I could spend more time with but life and distance make it difficult. But I count he and his wife as a good friends non-the-less. At various times over the last few years, they have seemingly called ‘out of the blue’ to check up on my wife and I, and it always seems to happen at key times. When I struggled with depression a few years ago, his wife called, gave me a word of encouragement, and prayed for me. Once when my wife was out of work and and struggling: same thing. When I have struggled with church stuff, he was there, even just to listen to me vent. Kind, compassionate, carrying, always an ear to hear and a word of encouragement.

Tonight I was feeling some stress from the added responsibilities of church leadership, feeling a bit loaded down, when ‘out of the blue’, he called. While the reason he called was innocent enough, the timing was impeccable. With a listening ear and ready encouragement, my spirits where lifted.

Thanks John and Marjorie for being there over the last few years. Your friendship means more than I can express. Or have expressed.


Inauguration Theme Song:

Won’t Get Fooled Again!

One thing to remember: Whenever a politician says, “Sacrifice”, prepare for higher taxes.


Some thoughts to consider regarding debt…

We, The Wife and I, met with a friend of ours who happens to be a crisis financial counselor. Which is good as we are in what would be considered a financial crisis. Here are a couple things to think about, if your up the creek as we are:

1: $500 to Discover, or buy groceries without putting them on the Credit Card?
2: Car payment or House payment? (Does that car have a shower?)
3: MasterCard charges 30% interest. Is it immoral for you to quit paying that card to feed and house your family?
4: Does your self worth come from your credit rating or from your relationship with God?

What it boils down to is priorities. When the crap hits the fan, remember what the real priorities of life are. My credit rating and card balances aren’t as important as caring for the family.


Where is the money coming from?

Let me see if I understand this: The government wants to give the banks more money so they can lend more. This isn’t just the Bush bailout, it’s part of Obama’s as well. The government doesn’t actually have the money, so they have to borrow it. (My brain is hurting here. The concept defies logic.)

This can only work out one way: As the economy continues to collapse, people will subsidize their unemployment with credit. Gas and groceries, nothing tangible. People get deeper into debt to banks, and then government taxes the people heavier to pay off it’s debt. Eventually, this system will fail, because the people in the middle will have nothing, the government will keep going after bigger and bigger fish (businesses and the rich), until there is nothing left but the government and the banks.

Get out while you can.


When bad economics attack!

Well, my wife is out of a job. This is not a good thing. She has been the major bread winner in our home, and unemployment covers only a fraction of her previous income. While we have been diligent about getting out debt and simplifying our lives, this is a hit that we can’t, under our current plan, handle. If Ingrid can’t find work in the next few months, we are seriously looking looking at bankruptcy.

But what is interesting is that we are actually excited about the future. It is a new beginning. Once we learned not to attach our self-worth (which is a lie, by the way) to our bank account and credit score, life has become much easier and the future less fearful. Also, for right or for wrong, we have to remember not to take this personally. There are thousands of other families in the same boat right now, having the same discussions as we have, making the same choices. We will do what we can do: Talk to creditors, pay what we can, all that stuff. But if we have to file for bankruptcy, when it’s all said and done, I won’t lose sleep over it. It looks like the financial freedom we have been striving for may have been just forced upon us.

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