Spiritual Trends

I was listening today to the August 26 podcast from the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “He That Hath Ears” (it’s available on itunes).  He comments that in the 1930s, a spiritualist medium came to one of his services and was converted.  She said that she recognized in his service that there was spiritual power.  But unlike the powers she used or recognized as a medium, it was a clean power.  As our society moves away from Christianity, it will become increasingly irrational (see the transgender lunacy), conformist and intolerant.


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Say, Doncha Know me?

I just watched another Trump rally tonight.   The great thing about tnis week, our President out there, tirelessly rallying, is seeing our fellow Americans.   Hello Kansas, Arizona, Nevada!    I’ve never been in any of those states, but– these are our countrymen, from sea  to shining sea.

And Trump?  “Good morning, America! How are ya? Say, doncha know me? I’m your native son! ”   Yes I know Willie’s politics may not be in line with ours, but–he got it right with this line!... [Read More]


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Yeah, Too Bad He’s Dead, but, uh….

The Left has universally  hated  and reviked Ayaan Hirsi  Ali, a Muslim woman who says, in general, it’s better  not to live in a society that inisits in theocracy and encourages honor killings.

Why are they so hot about Kashoggi? ONE Muslim killed by other Muslims, when  the sectarian warfare within Islam results in a myriad of  Muslim-on-Muslim deaths  every week?... [Read More]


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What did you think of The Great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby (1974) is based on the book by the same name (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book is set in Long Island, in 1922, and is considered a masterpiece: beautiful use of the English language; strong characterizations; evocative creation of the place and times of the Roaring Twenties; strong messages full of symbolism. The story is around obsession with an image of the “good life”, the “American Dream”, and how that image is so flawed, and in the end so destructive. Gatsby is obsessed by his image of Daisy, who tells him that rich girls don’t marry poor boys. His obsession drives him to become materially rich, although emotionally so poor, and in the end his obsession leads to his death.

This film recreation of the book can be said to look beautiful. The direction by Jack Clayton is professional ; the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola is true to the voice of Fitzgerald; the cinematography conveys the mood of those times; the costumes are perfect; the music is lovely: altogether a gripping experience. My Film Group and I sat through the almost two and a half hours enthralled.... [Read More]


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Superiority

Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story in 1953, titled Superiority. This is a wonderful read, and quite short.
The US Air Force just lost a tenth of its hyper-sophisticated F-22 fleet in a hurricane.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.” — Washington Times... [Read More]


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TOTD 2018-10-18: Amazing Apps

I was a late adapter to a cell phone. I thought I didn’t need it. I could use one of the ubiquitous pay phones that were everywhere in Japan. Well, the pay phones are now an endangered species and I would feel naked without my cell phone. I call it a cell phone but it really is a small computer with a phone function. What amazes me is the wonderful apps you can download to make your life easier.

I will share two apps with you. One app I have used for years and a new one that came with iOS 12 on the iPhone. The first one is 駅Locky (Eki-Locky). Eki means station and Locky is added so it sounds like “clock” in Japanese. What this app does is gives me a countdown timer for when my train leaves the station. This is far better than just giving me the time when the train leaves. Looking down at a timer that says I have 5 minutes left gives me the information that I need. I can either run to the station or relax and take the next train. If I swipe left the application shows a countdown timer for the next train so it is easy peasy. ... [Read More]


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