User Profile: Doug

Doug

Member Since: September 06, 2010

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  • [8] August 31, 2015 at 12:09pm

    Man that brings back memories… A few days after we lost our son (6) due to a teenager drifting out of the road my wife said the boy had, a few weeks earlier, stormed into the house. When asked she said some guy was taking his picture.

    I have never been in a fist fight. Never made sense.

    I found welling up from some deep deep place in my heart the notion that had someone deliberately killed my son – I would have killed them at the first chance I had. Still makes no sense but I do understand this dad’s reaction. I also had this eery sense of the loss of biological continuity. Many cultures treat homicide as though you not only kill the person but ALL of their potential progeny.

    Agree wholeheartedly with @paulwbrown that there will be no charges brought against the dad.

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  • [-2] August 31, 2015 at 1:07am

    That is like asking if light was around before light. They are the same.

    False premise in your question. Bzzzt.

  • [8] August 21, 2015 at 11:58am

    Have a friend > 20 years who decided he was a woman. Naturally I was stunned when he told me of his decision to change. Cross-dressing struggle his entire life; like an alcoholic with drinking. Lots of shame and guilt

    I replied I’d accept his decision (uncomfortably) but he had to reciprocate. “Sure”, he said.. He had helped me through the grief process after our son’s death – a GOOD friend. As a Christian I said there were other options (thinking Jesus of course). He was good with this. I wanted to talk WITH him, not AT him as so many do which only adds to the obvious pain these folks have. I have, and accept, this responsibility.

    A week or two later my friend suddenly raged at me; threw our friendship under the proverbial bus. I suspect lots of pent-up anger. He declared himself an atheist and continues on this path. On American Thinker a gay fellow wrote a very reasonable article about gay double standards. The short version of an email conversation with him was that he would receive the same response, even as a gay man, as I did. The hateful LGBT folks are just as bad as the hateful non-LGBT folks. Fear drives all sides here I’d say. Accept us, but we won’t accept you – so you change. They have decided for the fight side of the flight/fight fear response. Willful rage – their choice.

    The answer? 1 John 4:18 “Perfect love drives out all fear.” Truth & mercy meet at the cross. Pray, love – weep.

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  • [22] August 3, 2015 at 12:15am

    So, obvious question;…

    If Obama had a son, would he look like Tremaine Wilbourn?

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  • [8] July 29, 2015 at 12:10am

    Where do I vote!?!

    All in favor say, “Aye!”

    *g*

  • [2] July 16, 2015 at 11:32pm

    Left hook that looked like it was not the first time. *g*

  • July 16, 2015 at 10:16am

    We still laugh when we see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7clRrOCsEA

  • [1] July 16, 2015 at 10:15am

    I mean, to the officers the scenario didn’t make any scents

  • July 16, 2015 at 10:14am

    Was that funny? Who nose.

  • [2] July 16, 2015 at 10:13am

    I guess since I like puns and am a guy I could also be a pun-gent.

  • [1] July 16, 2015 at 10:12am

    And I’m really not being scentamental with the stories.

  • [1] July 16, 2015 at 10:11am

    That is, they could smell a rat. *g*

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  • [2] July 16, 2015 at 10:08am

    From 1970 – 1975/6 I helped run and ran some Christian (for lack of a better phrase) halfway homes. We’d take pretty much anyone in who indicated a willingness to change their lives. Naturally, given the nature of things this included regular attendance at church, Bible studies, commitment to work, pay off any debts, clean up inside & out and so forth. After the first three days we’d know how things were going to go.

    The things is is that anyone who has been on the street for the amount of time to truly qualify as homeless has a particular odor about them. They STINK! And the smell is pervasive. Had one fellow who showed up one day when we were having breakfast. Given the prevailing wind we literally could smell him at 20 yards away.. I gave him a complete new set of clothing, a brand new bar of soap, threw his old stuff away afterward and told him to go take a shower, the bathroom was all his, and to NOT come out until the bar of soap was gone. He did as I asked, put on the new clothing and still smelled.

    It takes a good week to go away for most.

    The policemen spend their days on the street and (pun intended) something just didn’t smell right. *s*

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  • [1] July 13, 2015 at 11:06pm

    I suppose it really is no surprise that so many news reporters are astonished that there are others smarter than they are that it warrants a comment.

    “Well, gosh George, he actually was able to do that without a teleprompter. I am SO amazed by this! This is going to be REAL TROUBLE for Hillary I think”

    “Yeah, but she sure is smart. And she has Bill t=in her back pocket. Walker can’t say that!”

    “Right, and she has so much experience with foreign leaders. I don’t think Walker can put that in his resume.”

    And he’s sure made the unions mad at him.”

    “Yah. he sure kicke….” [and now a word from our sponsor]

  • [4] July 13, 2015 at 9:27am

    zapparules,

    Reason, prayer, conversation, respect, the law (to the point of asking me to put something before Jesus) and so forth.

    The Bereans pretty much nailed it. ( http://biblehub.com/acts/17-11.htm ) in that they studied the matter and did their homework.

    We should do the same.

  • [5] July 13, 2015 at 9:24am

    I think you have a good point in bringing this up. No one should mindlessly obey. And, on the other hand, I would assert that we American Christians are pretty soft and could stand a little more intellectual rigor.

  • [3] July 13, 2015 at 9:22am

    galicant wiseword,

    I’d be interested in your suggestion(s). Who you think nails it. I’d agree there are boundaries (one of my sources would be John Locke) and there certainly many ethicists (pseudo or otherwise) who have thoughts on these issues. The statement referenced by pastor Jeffress probably sounded simplistic due to the constraints of television and the generally merciless nature of having to speak in soundbite (a language and secret code used by members of the fourth estate to maintain their perceived hegemony over the minds of their subj… viewers *g*)

    It is generally accepted philosophically that Jesus’ statement is the basis of the notion of separation of powers and church and state. Islam has no such separation – witness the religious brutality in the name of the Islamic State.

    My primary reason in asking, candidly, is to “fish out” whether you are just griping or actually have something to offer.

    Sorry if that sounds harsh – not meant in that fashion, but after almost 35 years online (yes, I started in 1980 +/-) I’ve found this sort of question has the potential of either elevating the conversation (my desire) or weeding the knuckleheads out more quickly (also my desire). Not that you are one but that’s your choice.

    Would love an intelligent respectful conversation on these issues.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 9:09am

    “I think we’re confusing realms here…”

    Bingo! Read John Locke again people!

  • [9] July 12, 2015 at 9:35pm

    He doesn’t need high end donors. Between his own pockets and what I’d think would be a flood of small ($25-$50 donors +/-) he’d be OK.

    Then, if he actually did get the nomination, after the RINOs had done all their dirty deeds to smear, lie and defame him they’d start kissing his backside for a very simple reason – their own self interest. Like Eli Turnbull in Coneheads, they’ll suck up to anyone to stay close to power.

    We have LONG AGO established that actual character is only a prop in DC.

    No opinion on Trump’s actual qualifications for the office as NO ONE, perhaps other than George Washington, is ever really qualified. But, he does know how to get things done. I thought Romney led with his emotions and that wasn’t the best approach. He had a real track record as a turnaround guy, kicked Obama’s butt in the first debate – and then the “leaders” and consultants got to him. His mistake – he listened. I do not yet have the impression Trump would do that.

    Speak the truth Mr. Trump. Let the chips fall where they may and let the cockroaches run where they may. Jesus sure did die for all of these folks but, man, are they disgusting at times. Their word is a lie and worthless. Time for someone to kick their butt regardless of intent.

  • July 10, 2015 at 12:05am

    Rws197, I think you are presuming the conclusion. That is inductive, not deductive, reasoning. If God is outside of space & time then He can insinuate Himself into it at will. We call it ‘miracle’ when it’s business as usual actually. In fact, miracles *should* happen if there is a god if you will.

    Basing one’s faith on miracles or ‘events’ that are essentially existential in nature is inductive as well. Feelings are fine but are trailing indicators, not predicate logic. “Faith by feelings” is irrational to me. Christianity provides proof when asked. On the ground, verifiable, fact-based and beyond doubt. The “trick” is not that people CAN NOT believe but they WILL NOT believe the evidence as given (with all challengers welcomed). At that point it’s a moral choice, not one born of reason; irrational. One can be morally dishonest as well as intellectually dishonest. I assert there are more facts FOR the claims of Christ than against. That is my assertion and should also be equally suspect until proven.

    I can show you a 45+ year old crocheted cross on my desk. I went to toss a closed box from one dumpster to another, heard a clear voice; “Open up the box.” I did and the cross was inside. The most reasonable and rational conclusion? God knew it was inside and told me. I sure didn’t. You now have a moral choice; am I telling you a fact? What does reason tell you is the most rational conclusion, presuming the facts I provided are genuine?

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