Saturday, October 30

Old Enough to Drink Coffee

Although I am approaching the age that it is considered OK to drink coffee,
I still am often told that children should not drink coffee. Why is that?
Why can't kids drink it "black or with cream and sugar?"

I have asked several people to no avail. The best argument I have heard is
that they don't think kids should be addicted to the caffeine. But if that
were the case we should also keep kids off of hot chocolate and pop which
have as much or more caffeine than coffee.

Most kids don't push the coffee issue. I'll agree with their reason too: its
not all that great a stuff until you get accustomed to eating thinks like
cake with it. I also think it is a pure silly custom that we think we will
harm kids if we let them sip it and give them the coco instead. No campaign
will be started from my direction to remedy this inconsistency but until I
find a good reason (other than saving more of the latte for 'grownups') I
find no reason to frown upon a minor going for the coffee instead of the
coco.

Friday, October 29

Keep Barney in the Whitehouse

Thursday, October 28

If I Ran For Office--Health Care

First, notice the "if". I will not accept any speculation. I am only using this form to lay out the ideas of this year's election and how I think they should be dealt with in a practical, real life political race. In other words, I'm trying keep the ideal before me as I seek to present workable solution for today.

1. Health care
Ideally government should not be involved in health care at all. Period. It should really be the families, churches and private individuals who take care of this responsibility. But remember we are working with realities, government is expected to solve much of the health care problem. If I ran a campaign and said that I was killing health care tomorrow I would be misunderstood. I would be labeled uncompassionate, and uncaring if my opposing candidate was nice. That is not true, but in order to not be looked upon liked that I need to show that keeping government out of health care really IS more compassionate.

If I ran for office I would do this: I would boldly proclaim that I would not add to government health care and EVEN work to eliminate it. At the same time I would set up a private organization that linked members in need of help with health care to churches and other groups that help out the needy. Then I would put the phone number of my private linking organization on all of my campaign communication with an invitation for all those who have health care problems to call for help. Are you calling me uncaring now? No. Maybe you say it's unworkable though. True, it's ambitious, but I would limit the help to only my constituents. Furthermore, I am not funding all the health care problems myself, I am asking those who should be taking up the responsibility to do so. My job is to prod them to do it. There already is a free clinic in Menomonie for those who need help with health care. My idea is just to connect those people who need help to organizations like this free clinic.

Oh yeah, I shouldn't forget, I would cramp down on those frivolous lawsuits ASAP too. Along with decreased regulations, knocking out many of the lawsuit leech will drop the price of health care significantly. Health care would be a significant part of my campaign.

Calm Your Election Fried Nerves Here

Even tho I may not be the first person to want this election over, (hey, I'm still having some fun in the midst of the stress) I found Psalm 37 a soothing tonic in a stressful season. It was calming and quieting to know that God is and will be still in control whatever happens on election day.

Why don't you read it as well below if you are up to your ears in election happenings.

Psalm 37

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou
envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down
like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust
in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt
be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the
desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness
as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 ¶ Rest in the LORD, and
wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his
way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from
anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For
evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall
inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But
the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance
of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him
with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is
coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to
cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be
broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of
many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD
upholdeth the righteous.
18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and
their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the
wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs:
they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and
payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such
as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him
shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the LORD loveth
judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the
seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Old Enough to Drink Coffee

Although I am approaching the age that it is considered OK to drink coffee, I still am often told that children should not drink coffee. Why is that?Why aren't kids asked if they drink it "black or with cream and sugar?"

I have asked several people to no avail. The best argument I have heard is that they don't think kids should be addicted to the caffeine. But if that were the case we should also keep kids off of hot chocolate and pop which have as much or more caffeine than coffee.

Most kids don't push the coffee issue. I'll agree with their reason too: itsnot all that great a stuff until you get accustomed to eating thinks like cake with it. I also think it is a pure silly custom that we think we will harm kids if we let them sip it and give them the coco instead. No campaign will be started from my direction to remedy this inconsistency but until I find a good reason (other than saving more of the latte for 'grownups') I find no reason to frown upon a minor going for the coffee instead of the coco.

Educate Yourself on the Missing Explosive Myth

The missing explosives in Iraq is the big news right now. This close to the election with so much at stake you just must know why things don't add up and why there is a conflict of interest in the report. A good specific summery is here.

"Roe" Endorses Bush for President

Norma McCorvey, the former plantiff in the infamous Roe v. Wade descion hasendorsed President Bush in this election. Here are her words.

"In 2000, I voted for the first time, because I wanted to vote for PresidentBush," said McCorvey. "I am the former 'Jane Roe' of the Supreme Court'sabortion decision Roe vs. Wade, and I am writing this note in my personalcapacity, not as the representative of any organization. This year I amgoing to vote to re-elect President Bush, because he is committed to thecause of life and wants our nation to make room to welcome and protect everyunborn child. Unless we do that, we can never have a world of socialjustice."

She concluded, "I urge all my pro-life friends to likewise vote for thePresident."

Tuesday, October 26

Keep Tabs on the Press

Expect it. Count on it. From now until the election you can be sure the
press will try and bring out last minute stories that will not be favorable
for the President. The most recent one has been the supposed missing
stockpile of weapons in Iraq. The ins and outs are still developing, but it
looks like the stockpiles were missing when U.S. soldiers first got there,
not later after the troops had been in there for many months like most of
the media is reporting. Go to drudge report here
(http://www.drudgereport.com/nbcw.htm) for the developing scoop.

Monday, October 25

OK here are the long awaited pictures of the Bush event we went to. I know it is a little bit distant, but the lighting did not aford better. It sure was great to see our president. I almost got to shake his hand too, but didn't get up close enough soon enough. Next time...

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Here is a pic of the ticket. (That's me in the background)

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Another Misuse of Scripture by the Left

The left with Kerry and Ted Kennedy in lead, continue to use scripture out of context and improperly apply scripture to further their causes.
 
Kerry quoted the gospel of John's words about "Not being troubled nor being afraid" and misapplied and said not to be afraid of the those who want to scare America. Beyond just being untrue that there showing the reality of a world involved in terror is a scare tactic, to use these verses to say so is totally out of context.
 
Now for Kennedy's part. He did more of the classic quoting of scripture that calls us personally to care for the needed and project it as the government's responsibility. He used the words of Matthew 25 that describes how we are  accountable for how we treat those in need.  Keep the lines between government caring and personal care sir! Jesus was not teaching that the Romans should hand out food stamps to every needy person, he was telling you and me to get out there personally and take care of them.
 
Please Kerry and Kennedy, would you do me a favor and remake your stump speeches? If you can't use scripture properly please leave it out!
 
 

Friday, October 22

Latest in the Schultz v. Kind Race.


An interesting development in the Kind Schultz race here
http://www.dale-emmons.com/debate. It seems not only does Kind not want to
debate, but he doesn't want it recorded... hmmm....

Monday, October 18

Pryor In!

Ted Kennedy's lawsuit against Bill Pryor's appointment to the 11th circuit
failed. Here is why we need this guy as a judge: "Notable for his vocal
stance on abortion, Pryor told a Senate Judiciary Committee in June, 2003,
on the occasion of his nomination to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, that
abortion was "murder" and that the court case legalizing it was "the worst
abomination in the history of constitutional law," according to a Washington
Times report.

When asked if he stood by that comment Pryor responded, "I stand by that
comment. I believe that not only is [Roe] unsupported by the text and
structure of the Constitution, but it has led to a morally wrong result. It
has led to the slaughter of millions of innocent unborn children. That's my
personal belief."" (Lifesite.net)

Question: Did Pryor rule on his own case? I kinda doubt it.



Quick Update

Michels lit drop, rally, and debate on Saturday. (Go Tim!) Got tickets to go
see Bush on Wednesday. Andy Lamb party on Thursday. Two tests this week.
Busy, busy, busy....

Saturday, October 16

Feingold Michels debate

Just a quick note... We went to a debate today between Michels and Feingold.
Great time. We also did some lit drops before the event. I'm so thankful for
the pro-family stand that Michels has taken.

Sunday, October 10

Separation of School & State

I know I said that I was not going to blog for a bit, but this one was just too good to pass up. As this site says, it is time for a separation of school and state. We have right and proper separation of church and state, why shouldn't we have a separation of education and state? So many problems are centered in the schools, so it is time to dig at these problems deeply.

I will not tell you how much I agree with this site. You might think me way radical. But don't just react when you look at this site. Scratch your ideas about education clean, read the info provided and think again if government does the best job providing edu-welfare.

I can resist no longer. I will say it plainly even as I plainly signed the proclamation that says "I favor ending government involvement in education." I call for a separation of school and state!

Saturday, October 9

Blog Mothballing

I rite with sadness yet with a sense of duty to my readers, to report that I
will be suspending most of my blogging for the rest of the month of October.
I really would like to not but I must be realistic with my time. I have some
heavy courses, plus any extra time I would like to devote to helping out the
candidates in this election.

I am writing this so that you don't wonder why there are not new posts and
stop coming altogether, and come back in November when I start blogging
again. I will be back.

As a parting word I just want to encourage you to vote, to vote for the
candidates that support family values. The candidates that will continue the
American tradition of Life (think not abortion, and euthanasia), Liberty
(the ability to do what is right to build a strong community--think
marriage) and property (think businesses free to practice in a just
atmosphere). If you ever want to know which candidates support these values,
please don't hesitate to email me and I will do my best to find out.

With many regards to my readers,
Lucas Pillman

P.S. If you are at a lose of what to read while I am gone *smiles*, check
out worldmagblog.com

Garden Party VII (Final Report)

With countless help from my family and others the garden party last night
was a great success. Praise the Lord! There was no rain, no hitches with the
food, and most of the candidates or their representatives showed up. Dale
Schultz did not. Where were you Mr. Schultz?

I'm guessing there were about 50 people in total that attended. One of the
most interesting things about the representatives of the candidates was how
young they were. The campaign managers for both the Sheila Harsdorf campaign
and the Andy Lamb campaign were both in their mid twenties. Even more
interesting was that they were both homeschooled, and at least one if not
both of them were Christians as well. Fun to see. Fun to talk to. All
together, fun time. Thank you to the candidates and reps, those who came,
Immanuel Baptist Church for the tables and coffee maker, and of course my
family for the work they put into it.

Wednesday, October 6

OK I was getting some grief for not getting these up sooner. Here are the pics of the pumpkins. Come see them at the garden party!

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David's squash (front) and pumpkin (center) surrounded by the rest.

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I was so embarrassed with the size of this melon (even tho it took second) that this was the one and only picture I found of it.

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Tuesday, October 5

Juggling Makes You Smart?

It looks like a new research says that juggling can make certain parts of your brain to grow. I'm not sure if that should be good news or bad news for me. I juggle, but my brain doesn't nearly do as well as I would like it too. But on the other hand, I can just imagine how poorly I would do if I didn't juggle.

For you non jugglers out there tho, the news can only be good. Take up juggling and your brain will grow. Go for it!

Hat tip: Matthew

Theory of Revolution

When is it right rebel against government? Let's say that the US enacts an
amendment that requires China's one child policy be followed in the United
States. If you have more than one child and you are expecting another child,
the amendment says, you must have an abortion. So what are you going to do?
Does this give justification for an armed revolution....class="fullpost">against the established government by the people in order
to set up a new government that will more completely protect their life,
liberty, and happiness?

I would say it depends. Scripturally I see no justification for the people
themselves to rise up against their government. Does this mean I think that
the founders of this country were wrong in what they did in throwing off the
yoke of the Monarchists in England? No. The critical difference is that they
did not rebel against government, they worked through their colonial
governments to petition the English government for a redress of grievances
and in the end when it came down to it, to protect themselves and in the
very end set up a new government.

"Through government" are the critical words for revolution. Along with the
fact that a revolution must be for moral reasons, I believe there must be a
branch of legitimate government that I would be under if I participated in a
revolution. I could not just go out, round up a bunch of friends, (no matter
how large a majority we might be) and take on the government. I see no
scriptural basis for the people to rebel. Only through a government can we
form a revolution against another government.

The most legitimate government to rebel with in our example above would be
the states. If some states resisted the U.S. government on this law, I would
join. But what happens if there is no legitimate government, no state
government in our case, that resisted the federal government's 'one child
amendment'? Personally, the Bible seems fairly clear that we are not to
personally resist the government. It would probably be time for me to either
disobey the government's amendment, or leave the country.


771 Hits: Blogging Comments

Many of you have probably noticed some of the changes to my blog. Well here
is an overview of what has happened and how (for the dedicated faithful)
it... works for you as a reader.

The "Read More" button at the bottom of every post is to help out with
opening page clutter when I have a long post. Instead of seeing the whole
post on the opening page you see the start of it and then you can click if
you want to read the whole thing. You must realize tho, that this link pops
up under every post regardless of if it has additional material or not. Look
for an indication like ellipses or an unfinished sentence to indicate that
there is more to read.

There is also a new "email a friend" button located on the bottom left hand
corner of every post. Use this if you ever have an urge to send a link to
that post to a friend.

Pictures have also been improved. If you want to see a larger version of a
picture, click on it. Some pictures are also snapshots of a website. Click
on these to go to the site shown.

As you have seen, audio blogging has also appeared on this blog. As
surprising as it may seem, I actually post an audio blog via the telephone.
Just do what they say if you want to hear these posts--click.

Finally, there is a bar at the top of my blog. This is put there by blogger
instead of the ads that I used to have. You should be able to use the search
function on it to search just my blog, but so far, for reasons I don't know,
it does not work. I am still working on fixing this.

What ingrown talk I know. But remember, I warned you. You were the one that
wanted to "Read More" about it. :)

Note: All these functions are not retroactive. Most were implemented during
late September.


Garden Update VII

Good news and bad news. The good news is that it is looking like it will be
a fine sunny day for the party. The bad news is that Sheila Harsdorf is not
going to be able to make it. Thankfully her campaign manager is going to be
able to attend though instead. I also have received word that a
representative for the Tim Michels campaign will be able to attend.

Monday, October 4

A Democratic, Terror sponsoring Iraq?

Al sader, who has been causing much trouble in Iraq, is now saying that he will lay down his arms and enter democratic politics in Iraq instead. Good news or not? So now we don't have the violence, but if he and his people win the elections will we be much better off? He is a radical Islamic. He hates the U.S., and is willing to use force to get his message across. His presence as the head or in control of the country would only be problems for the world. Again, this is IF he gets in.

The moral of the story? Democracy will not solve all problems in Iraq. They need a base of unwavering principles, and checks on the whims of the people to keep their government strong. Democratic principles are not the only things that have made our nation a success. We have an undisputed foundation in our Constitution and a system of checks and balances the form vital protections in our government. Oh yes, and not to be forgotten, our nation has been influenced by Christians and Godly convictions that I unabashedly hold as the best foundation for any government.

These things are all necessary to form a good government. Will Iraq have them?

Sputtering Mt.

So Mt. St. Helens is giving us a bit of excitement it seems. Puffing a bit
of smoke and ash, it looks like a mini of the 1980 eruption. Go find my old
post on the subject below, click on the picture and it will take you to a
site that has a webcam trained on the event. It's an interesting diversion
to keep up on a volcano.

Saturday, October 2

Giant Gardening Results

My apologies first; no pictures right now. Here is a brief overview of how
things went.

David took two pumpkins and one squash down to Nekoosa. One pumpkin which
had a small hole, did not qualify. It weighed 762lbs. The other one came in
17th at 674lbs. The squash came in 4th at 598lbs. One of the interesting
things was that both came out lighter than the calculated weights. Usually
by measuring a pumpkin and referring to charts a very accurate idea of the
weight can be figured out. But this time they "weighed lite"

I was a bit embarrassed with my 77lb. watermelon. Other must have had
similar problems with the cold weather this year tho, because it came in
second! I couldn't believe it.

Jessica also got third place with a giant tomato, and Peter got fourth on
his long gourds (77.5in).

It was a very enjoyable time down at Nekoosa at the Pumpkin Fest, but the
cooler weather kept all the pumpkins and watermelons on the low side. The
biggest pumpkin this year was 1016lbs.

Reminder: If you want to see the pumpkins and watermelons, they will be
around the home at the Garden Party.

Friday, October 1

Vegetarians and Humanitarians

Joke of the day: If vegetarians eat only vegetables, what do humanitarians
eat?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables--Theme Song

Listen up brothers and sisters
Come here my desperate tale
I speak of our friends of nature
Trapped in the dirt like a jail
Vegtables live in oppression
Served on out tables each night
This killing of veggies is madness
I say we take up the fight
Salads are only for murderers
Cole Slaw's a fascist regime
Don't think that they don't have feelings
Just cause a radish can't scream

I've heard the screams of the vegetables
Watching theirs skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy..
How do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes muder..
Greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening
Let's call a spade a spade.

I saw a man eating celery
So I beat him black and blue
If he ever touches a sprout again
I'll bite him clean in two
I'm a political prisoner
Trapped in a windowless cage
Cause I stopped the slaughter of turnips
By killing five men in a rage
I told the judge when he sentenced me
This is my finest hour..
I'd kill those farmers again
Just to save one more cauliflower

I've heard the screams of the vegetables
Watching theirs skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy..
How do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes muder..
Greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening
Let's call a spade a spade.

How low as people do we dare to stoop
Making our brocolies bleed in the soup?
Untie your beans,
Uncage your tomatoes
Let potted plants free,
Don't mash that potato!
(Spare the spud, eat a cow instead!)

I've heard the screams of the vegetables
Watching theirs skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy..
How do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes murder..
Greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening
Let's call a spade a spade.

Mount St. Helens has been more active again since the last blow-up in 1980. Earthquakes have been reported around the mountain that could trigger a new eruption. Nothing imminent yet, but this site has a webcam set up to look at the mountain. Neat site.

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President Kerry Would be Unconstitutional

"OK" you're thinking, "you're just like the everyone else these days that
calls everything they don't like 'unconstitutional.'"

No I'm not. The XIV Amendment to the Constitution says "No person shall be a
Senator or Representative in Congress,...or hold any office,...[who] shall
have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against [the United States] or
given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."

Kerry agrees that he went over to France and tried to work out some peace
deal by himself with the leaders from North Vietnam. Kerry's words before
the Senate that accused his fellow citizens of war crimes also gave "aid or
comfort to the enemy." Because of these actions, it appears quite clearly
that Kerry cannot become president of the United States. He was a traitor to
our country giving help to the enemy, and the Constitution forbids traitors
from holding public office.

Hat tip to Kyle Wick from Con Law class and also to Dr. Farris (professor of
the class) for confirming the possibility of this being a genuine issue.

Debate Styles

They say that the actual words of those in the Presidential debates last
night is not as important as the style that they portray to the viewer. So
what was that style and who did a better job?

Kerry knows his stuff. He knows how to debate. I do not doubt that. But he
comes across as almost mechanic in his presentation. Like the computer
simulated speech, it feels like he's rolling out the words, with no heart
behind them.

Bush does not do so well on rolling out the words. He stops, he pauses, he
gathers his composure. But when he speaks he connects with the viewer. He
sounds genuine when he talks about crying with the wife of one of the
servicemen that was killed. He comes across as understanding, and sincerely
believing what he says. It is words from the heart.