Dr. Robert Sumner passed away in December 2016. The Biblical Evangelist newspaper is no longer being published and the ministry of Biblical Evangelism has ceased operation.

The remaining inventory of his books and gospel tracts was transferred to The Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles and may be ordered here.


Off the Cuff (Part 3)
Dr. Robert L. Sumner

THIS & THAT…

 

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Christopher Columbus, whom Americans honor at this season, exclaimed, “I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely.” But our school kids won’t hear that – in fact, they probably won’t hear about Columbus (unless its derogatory). So share the message about him in this issue…

We did not want to sully our tribute to Jerry Falwell so we waited until this issue to mention that the Fred Phelps/Westboro Baptist Church gang (Topeka, KS) showed up at his funeral, protesting. This seemingly insane, hate-filled group changed plans to picket a Texas soldier's funeral in order to picket Falwell's. (Jerry didn’t mind a bit!) Phelps' daughter, Shirley Roper, put it like this to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "You don't have a very high-profile, cowardly, lying false prophet like Falwell dying every day." So much for human decency, which that crowd seems to sorely lack...

Here's our 'Back to School' thought, from the pen of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt: “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Tell that to today’s liberals fighting to keep God and the Bible out of our schools and the education of our children...

In our last issue we quoted a couple of newspaper reviews of AiG’s new creation museum. Since then we read a major article – in fact, the cover story of City Beat, an Ohio weekly – entitled “Fantastic World, Creation Museum tells a Whopper of a tale, with a Literal Interpretation of Genesis Only the Beginning.” The front cover of the rag said: “Ignorance is a form of TERRORISM!’ The creation museum uses cute dinosaurs to assault science.” The article was written by Lew Moores (whom we don’t recall reading about in any Science Who’s Who). It was not a credible news story; it was a massive hatchet job! It quoted a number of evolutionists ridiculing creation. Not a one of the literally hundreds of top science educators on major university faculties with earned doctorates in science (who believe in 6-day literal creation) was quoted. Not that we were surprised. Oh, did we mention, City Beat had a full page of ads for sex joints?…

As for the Creation Museum, in less than two months after opening on May 28, 100,000 visitors had toured it. One of the most weird and wacky things so far is that a poll of 800 voters on religious subjects resulted in 54% saying the museum was “bizarre,” “biblically inaccurate” or “scientifically unsound” with only 17% saying it was the “literal word of God” or “biblically accurate.” As far as we know, none of the polled had visited it…

Speaking of bizarre, the sadistic case of dog fighting featuring Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons fits that bill. Losing dogs that didn’t expire in the ring were reportedly drowned, shot, hanged, electrocuted or killed by viciously slamming them on the ground. “Barbaric,” Senator Robert Byrd called it. People who treat animals thus are not apt to treat other people with respect. Perhaps parental failure caused sadism in the whole Vick family. His brother Marcus is the star college player cameras caught kicking a fallen rival player. Sadism (and dirty playing) must be a Vick family trait…

"The American people are not racists. They don't hate immigrants. They [just] believe in the rule of law."...

As you know, President Bush again vetoed a bill to fund embryonic stem cell research, saying it destroyed human life. Does it? Here is an illustration Baptist Press gave: Mike and Nicole Bell of Traverse City (MI) are proud parents of 17-month old twins, Michael and Paige. They were born via embryo adoption, using the stored frozen embryos from a lab (those the liberal left want to use for research). The next time you are in the Traverse City area, drop in and see the kids. You'll understand what our President is talking about when he says, "Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical”…

Research from extracting stem cells from sources like fat and bone marrow, placentas and umbilical cord blood (that destroys no life) has resulted in treatments for over 70 ailments – including lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia, and spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis. Research from stem cells taken from human embryos (which destroys life) has resulted in none…

Where have we heard this before? Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heatedly told the press at a news conference, “I don’t believe that the details of my personal life are relevant to my job as mayor.” Mayor Rudy Guliante? Bill Clinton? Tony was talking about walking away from his wife Corina and two young children for an immoral relationship with Mirthala Salinas, a Hispanic TV anchorwoman…

Samuel Adams – Puritan, Patriot and Founding Father of our Country – had this to say about the lives of leaders: "The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." Today's politicians cry: "Our private lives are none of the public's business." Perhaps one of the differences lies in the fact Adams had nothing to hide!...

Only in America? Perhaps you read or heard of the compulsory high school assembly in Boulder (CO) where the kids were encouraged to have promiscuous sex and do drugs. When sophomore Daphne White and her mother Priscilla went before the school board to complain, the mother started reading excerpts from the program and the president demanded she stop because the content was too graphic for their meeting. Mrs. White responded, "If [the kids] can listen to it, I think you can." At this writing, everyone at the school from superintendent to flunkies was defending the program and it has already been re-scheduled for next year...

Talk about whistling through the cemetery! The "Take Back America" conference of Democrats in Washington, D.C. announced to one and all that "the conservative era is dead" and "on the way out." Presidential wannabees Barack Obama, John Edwards and Bill Richardson were featured speakers...

Good Baptist (!) Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Presidential candidate John Edwards, said in San Francisco recently that, unlike her husband, she is “completely comfortable with gay marriage” (John only favors “civil unions”). She became the very first “presidential candidate or spouse” to take part in a “gay pride” parade. Shame on her!...

Dwight McKissic, the black Baptist preacher who has a 'tongues' prayer language and caused so much turmoil at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has resigned from that school's board...

Is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg going to run for President as an Independent? According to The Patriot, whose assessment we've learned to trust: "His positions on important issues would make even the most shameless of RINOs blush: He is pro-abortion, pro-homosexual 'marriage,' pro-property tax, anti-gun and anti-Christian." All bother us, but the last the most...

What did Edrica Goode (age 21) have in common with Holly Patterson (age 18) and Diana Lopez (age 25)? All three died at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in California. The butchers only intended to kill the babies, not the mothers, we are confident, but the women are all dead…

During the last time frame available (2005-2006), Planned Parenthood, according to its own figures, performed 5,095 abortions a week, 725 a day, 30 every hour around the clock. Income from donations and clinics fell by $1.5 million, but taxpayer-funded government subsidies totaled $205.3, a 12% increase...

Baptist Press reports that polls from Cornell University and Barna Research reveal only one out of 10 of today‘s children retain the faith and values of their parents. Most Dads and Moms are not doing their job, obviously...

Who has the right to educate children? Parents or Big Brother? In Maryland, the Board of Education thinks its power is greater than any Mom or Dad. It recently ruled that the parents’ “right is not absolute. It must bend to the State’s duty to educate its citizens.” The ruling, handed down from ‘above’ – really handed up from below – relates to teaching kids Sodomy, even with videos showing how to don condoms. Since it feels its power is absolute, the BoE refused to even hear objections of parents – or anyone – in the matter. Obviously they don’t fear answering to God…

Columnist Rebecca Hagelin commented on the above action: “As many parents know, most sex-ed classes are already candid enough ... The last thing we need is for anyone to spice them up or further complicate what should be a pretty simple subject. But that’s what schools in Montgomery County, Maryland plan to do by introducing lessons on homosexuality to 8th and 10th graders—lessons that serve to further the radical homosexual activist agenda ... We are teaching our children a lie – a lie that robs them of the joys of childhood and their best futures. Why shouldn’t we expect the very best from them? And why are we afraid to teach them the truth? We would never tell our little boys and girls to engage in ‘safe drug use’ or to ‘smoke responsibly.’ We don’t hesitate to put our foot down in other areas of life. So why should it be different when it comes to setting standards for sexual behavior?”…

Probably most are aware of the “sacred” river Ganges (“Ganga Ma,” Mother Ganges), called a goddess by Hindus and where bathing cleanses them from sin. Or so they think! Today it is “an island of garbage” and tons of chemicals are dumped into it, but the faithful still bathe in it to get sins washed away…

According to The Barna Group, even though the overwhelming majority of Americans say they believe in God, nearly one-third of the citizenry remain unchurched. Even worse, Barna referenced a book co-authored by a minister and an atheist, based on their visits to major churches: the unchurched aren’t wanted! Is that the impression visitors to your church receive?...

There hasn’t been much comment about it, but did you know there are big groups of folks who want global warming? It consists of leaders in Northern States hoping to stop the exodus of Snow Birds, Winter Texans and others migrating to warmer climates every winter…

Was she practicing for the Dayton 500? Alabama police pursued a driver after 10:30 p.m. for about 8 miles, lights on and sirens blaring, doing up to 100 mph. She eventually, after side-swiping another vehicle during the chase, flipped her vehicle and it ended up along the road upside down. Officers rushed the wreck with guns drawn and charged her with DUI, speeding, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident. They could have charged her with driving without a license and being out after curfew. The guilty girl was 11 years old! Which brings up her parents: should child welfare take the kid away from them and put her in a foster home where she can get loving care – and proper supervision?...

Then there was the 4-year-old in Illinois who called 911 nearly 300 times with fake reports. Authorities eventually offered to bring her some McDonald goodies if she’d give her address. She did. Big mistake. And they didn’t bring anything from Mac’s either. They lied…

After waiting several months, we still have no indication when the Discovery Channel (that gave us the fiction about Jesus, His wife and son) will produce a documentary on "the murderous exploits of the most Blessed Prophet Mohammed." Don’t hold your breath!...

Churches, check out the Child Guard Systems, Inc., with offices in Richardson (TX) and Oklahoma City (OK). They are specialists in keeping sexual predators of kids off both volunteer and staff church positions. The Texas office even has a toll free number: (877) 328-9990...

Commenting on one of Al Gore's rallies, Jonah Goldberg observed, about Modanna shouting at the London concert: “’If you want to save the planet, I want you to start jumping up and down ... If you want to save the planet, let me see you jump!’ You just can’t beat that. What else could capture the canned juvenilia of a 48-year-old centimillionaire – who owns nine homes and has a ‘carbon footprint’ nearly 100 times larger than the norm – hectoring a bunch of well-off aging hipsters to show their Earth-love by jumping up and down like children?”...

Albert Gore III (Al Gore's son) was arrested again, this time doing 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway. The arresting officer thought he smelled marijuana and so searched the car, finding, in addition to a small amount of the weed, Xanaz, Valium, Viodin and Adderall, for none of which he had a prescription. While daddy will lament Junior being caught with the narcotics (and probably get him off again), he should be pleased that he was driving a small 4-cylinder Toyota Prius, something within the ecology range to prevent global warming. But how he got that little car up to that speed we have no idea (maybe he ought to join NASCAR)...

Why wasn't the legal absurdity of "Judge" Roy Pearson, Jr. – suing hard-working 'mom and pop' dry cleaner owners for $54 million (he started by asking $67 million) over a pair of his britches he said they lost – tossed out of court the moment it hit the fan? Why the waste of time and money conducting such a frivolous suit? The trial found the Jin ans Soo Chung family innocent and Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff ordered Pearson to pay all court costs – but their legal fees total over $100,000, even though their lawyer was working at a reduced rate. And it is a reminder we need strict constitutional judges on our benches, not nuts...

To follow up a matter we briefly mentioned in the last issue, although like Amos I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, we predict the next major problem in the Southern Baptist Convention will be the Pentecostal tongues issue. It is a small step to go from private to public…

The Portland (OR) Tribune told about how a downtown church was thriving (1st Unitarian; Marilyn Sewell, pastor). She now has “the highest attendance of any Unitarian church in the country.” How did she do it? Preaching the Gospel, exalting Christ, expounding the Word? Not exactly! She says it was through the church’s political leanings (way, way to the left), guest speakers and educational programs. So why not just call it a civic club, not a church?...

There is no way evolution can stand on its own two feet. That is why every effort to present any other theory of science but it is totally rejected by its backers. The powers that be refuse to even bring something else up to refute, demanding a monopoly on the subject. If a bad word is said of it, expect a law suit – or worse! Here in Virginia, Caroline Crocker served as a biology professor at George Mason University. She said a good word for intelligent design – which is a long way from biblical creationism – and was immediately suspended. Her contract with the school was not renewed. Evolutionists take their exclusiveness seriously – and for good reason: evolution cannot stand where there is examination!...

Is the European educational system more "fair and balanced" than ours? Apparently. The Council of Europe agreed to allow the teaching to Intelligent Design in its schools. While, as noted above, ID is a long way from creationism, it is more than our school system will permit...

Can one be a minister and an idiot at the same time? Apparently you can! Ann Holmes Redding, a black Episcopal priest in the Pacific Northwest, says she is both a Muslim and a Christian. Redding, a ‘priest' for over two decades, is on the staff of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. In her personal and public ministry she can switch from Jehovah to Allah at the drop of a hat. She thinks "he" is the "same god."...

Since writing the above, the “Rt. Rev.” Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, another feminist preacher (who has authority over Redding because that is the diocese where she was ordained), notified Episcopal Church leaders everywhere that she had taken “the collar” from Sister Redding for one year (meaning she can’t function as a priest in any manner) so she could “reflect” on her dual allegiance. Redding said, "I understand she's holding it [the collar] as an indication that we're both in this together" (!)…

So it is “Rev.” (sic) Tori Spelling now, huh? Tori, daughter of Aaron (who cut her out of his $500,000,000 will) officiated at a Sodomite union recently at the bed-and-breakfast she runs. Ordained 7 hours earlier, she said the certificate was “in the mail.” Something tells me the marriage license will only be worth what it can bring on E-bay…

Editor of Misinformation: Presidential wannabe Barack Obama, former member of Islam: “There was a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich. I don’t know what Bible they’re reading, but it doesn’t jibe with my version." Maybe his version is still the Qu'ran!...

England, like our country, has anti-Christian bias in its schools. While the Millais School in Horsham (less than an hour’s drive south of London) permits Muslims to wear head scarves and Sikhs to wear steel bracelets, it forbade Lydia Playfoot wearing an abstinence ring (a narrow silver band with NT verses warning of sexual immorality). She and her parents have gone to court over the issue…

According to the latest Pew Poll (which seems biased in favor of homosexuals), more and more Americans are opposing Sodomite marriages and Sodomite civil unions. People are waking up!...

What's wrong with this statement: "Marriage is the foundation of the natural family and sustains family values." You don't see anything wrong with it? Neither do I! Alas, according to the Oakland (CA) government, it is “hate speech!” Some Christian black ladies, who organized as GNEA (Good News Employee Association) announced their group as "a forum for people of Faith to express their views on the contemporary issues of the day. With respect for the Natural Family, Marriage and Family Values." That's when the egg hit the fan. How dare these good ladies call Adam-and-Eve-style unions "natural" – as if Sodomites weren't! City officials called it "homophobic" and "disruptive." Really?...

"There are more Muslims in Europe than there are Protestant Christians." What an untapped mission field!...

History’s voice, Ex-President James Madison: "America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” Tell this to Harry, Nancy, et al

So far, only Massachusetts has legalized Sodomite marriage – and the issue was passed on orders of a few ungodly judges in that State. New York tried to become the second one in June, when its Assembly, acting on a bill proposed by Sodomite Daniel O'Donnell of Manhattan, brother of Sodomite Rosie O'Donnell, voted 85-61 to legalize it, but the Senate refused to bring it up for a vote and the measure died...

In the New York City “gay pride parade,” some of the men ‘gaily’ paraded naked. Yet one Sodomite excitedly trilled, “One of the most uplifting things about the parade … were all the children we saw.” If that isn’t sick, what is?...

What happens with “hate crimes” on the books? In Crystal Lake (IL) a 16-year-old girl handed out leaflets of two male students kissing that read, “God hates [she used a derogatory word for sodomites].” Tossed into the juvenile slammer for 20 days before being brought to court in shackles, the prosecuting attorney called it a “classic example” of the hate crime the law was designed to nab. Alas, he was wrong because the law was only directed at those committing “a criminal act with the intent to cause harm,” something not true here. (But she was wrong, too; God doesn’t hate sinners, He loves them. He only hates their sin!)…

Apparently you can't vote for a Democrat in ’08 without favoring financial handouts to Sodomites. All the Donkey candidates say they support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act as it relates to granting federal monetary benefits to same-sex couples. Kucinich, in fact, openly supports Sodomite marriages for everyone!...

What's wrong with Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush's nominee to be the 18th United States Surgeon General? A highly qualified cardiologist from the University of Kentucky medical center, Sodomites are fighting his nomination tooth and nail. You guess it! Back in 1991 he wrote a paper, "Pathophsiology of Male Sexuality," noting that Sodomy was unnatural [see Romans 1:26, 27 on this] and made the risk of contracting STDs and "injury" much more probable. That the facts are on his side doesn't deter the Sodomites in the slightest...

Do you remember when President Bill Clinton’s Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, spoke of “the un-Christian religious right, selling out our children in the name of religion”? Whereof did she speak? She was referencing the national outcry against her wholesale distribution of condoms to immature school children!...

Is marriage a gamble? It shouldn’t be, but couples lined up "ankle deep" to get married in the Las Vegas wedding chapels on July 7th (07/07/07). Silly superstition is not what makes a successful marriage...

Do the tax breaks passed through the efforts of President George W. Bush favor the wealthy (Democrats repeatedly call it “the Bush Tax Cut for the Rich”)? Let me give you the results found in A Congressional Budget Office paper, released in April 2004, the introduction of which reveals it was prepared at the request of Ranking Members of the Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Budget Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee – hardly a partisan crowd. It examines how effective federal tax rates will change over the coming decade under current law – that is, if the provisions of tax laws enacted in 2001, 2002, and 2003 phase in, phase out, and “sunset” as scheduled. We are told “The paper uses the same methodology that CBO employed in its earlier estimates of effective tax rates, most recently in Effective Federal Tax Rates, 1997 to 2000 (August 2003) and Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979-2001” Rather than being tax breaks for the wealthy, it concludes the opposite is true. But what would the Budget Office know, right?

Support your local sheriff? The top legal arm in Anderson County (SC), David Crenshaw, was caught driving around with an expired license (14 months outdated, in fact). While that was embarrassing, it was not so bad as when he took the driver’s exam to obtain a new one. He flunked it! (Not to worry, he passed the second time)...

Do you remember that show where one network had ladies pretend they were underage girls making appointments with dirty old (and young) men, then when the latter showed up for their dates they faced television cameras? It happened in Murphy, Texas (a Dallas suburb). They hauled in a mess of them (25 to be exact), including a prosecutor from another county! All charged were dropped because, the D.A. said, the cases were “tainted” from amateur involvement. What a pity! Or should we say, “what a joke”?...

We oppose bearing false witness (lying) of all forms and especially lying under oath (perjury). I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was found guilty of the latter and was on his way to a long stretch in the slammer (twice what sentencing guidelines called for) until Bush pardoned the prison part of his sentence. I am sure some reader will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the perjury for which he was condemned related to a faulty memory and if he had said repeatedly, a la Bill Clinton under oath, "I don't remember," instead of trying to recollect, he would be a free man today. No matter. But what about his accuser, Valerie Plame, who repeatedly under oath described herself as a CIA covert agent endangered by his statements? She is not now, never has been, and never will be a covert agent of the CIA. Is that kind of perjury okay?...

Did you hear the Democrats when Bush commuted the prison part of Scooter Libby's sentence? Hillary Clinton was the loudest, crying: "This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice ... [T]his is consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle.” Incredible! We wonder if she said it with a straight face since her husband, in the waning hours of his administration, passed out pardons to his cronies like they were cotton candy. One was, as James Tarantt noted, for his "own brother, a central figure in the Whitewater scandal, and two members of his own cabinet, one of whom, unlike Libby, actually faced charges of mishandling national secrets." Another was for a Mafia-like figure who fled the country and renounced American citizenship to escape the law. Hillary really does want to be President, doesn't she? She had better pray that voters have a bad memory…

The retail giant, Wal-Mart, has announced it will no longer support Sodomite groups. At the same time, it will not support its critics, saying its new policy will prevent "either supporting or opposing controversial issues."...

One of our early and great United States Supreme Court Justices, Joseph Story, put it like this: "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic."...

Okay, all you euthanasia lovers who think folks in a coma are ‘dead,’ put this in your glass and drink it: Back in 1988, Polish Jan Grzebski was injured in an accident and was in a coma. Doctors said he couldn't live more than three years. He not only lived, but after almost two decades he came out of the coma to find Poland had overthrown Communism, his four children were married and had sired 11 grandchildren. He even testified that he vaguely recalled times with his family, where they went when they took him from the hospital, and when his wife and kids talked to him, recalling parts of the conversation...

The "Unfairness Doctrine" (misnamed "Fairness Doctrine") is making comeback in Congress. Aimed at silencing conservative talk shows, it would not only do that – it would put them out of business. And all because Americans don't want to listen to liberals...

Revenge, how sweet it is! The Sandusky (OH) Register, calling it a public service, printed the names, ages and home counties of 2,700 holders of legal gun permits. In retaliation, the Buckeye Firearms Association published Managing Editor Matt Westerhold's personal information, including "phone numbers, automobile records, traffic-ticket records,” plus the address and mortgage information on the home he owns...

What’s the biggest problem in America today? Pornography! What’s the biggest problem in our churches today? Pornography! What’s the biggest problem among evangelical ministers today? Pornography! According to some of the latest polls, this deadly sin is eating the heart out of clergy and laity alike…

It never happened to me when I was working my way through school, but 20-year-old Jessica Osborne in Angola (IN), who had to drop out twice because of finances, got a “tip” to help her finish the third time. A waitress at the local Pizza Hut, regular patrons about to move away left her with a check for $10,000 (from an education fund they had established after a family death)…

While it didn’t make the splash in national news the above item did, one of Jerry Falwell’s last acts was to give a local waitress a free full-ride scholarship. She was waiting on him and his wife at the local Shaker’s not far from his school. When he learned of her troubles, he promised the scholarship – then died shortly afterward. In this case, his wife, Macel Falwell, saw to it that the commitment was fulfilled…

Do "the Simpsons" make good Sunday School teachers? Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and his Anglican counterparts evidently think so. They are using, as Sunday School lessons, a Simpson comic book that purportedly teaches "spiritual truth and moral values." Our reaction: they've got to be kidding!...

Both Republican and Democrat candidates seen sincere in wanting to protect the American citizenry. If we understand them, the former want to protect us from terrorists, especially the Islamic kind, and the latter want to protect us from global warming...

Hopefully, like me, you didn’t see any of Baptist Al Gore’s concerts. Michael Reagan summed them up like this: “America is facing an army of foul-mouthed, tattooed guttersnipes who have the gall to proclaim they want to save the planet by putting on performances laced with some of the foulest language ever heard from a stage.”…

Sudden thought: Did you ever why so many missing young women were “last seen” at a local bar?...

Ah, those "chickens" in Massachusetts! The legislature in that State leading the fight for liberty and self-government some 231 years ago, voted to deny the people there a voice on legal marriage, voting to keep a marriage amendment off the ballot the people wanted in the next election. As the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, Kris Mineau, put it: "The unprecedented pressure by leaders on Beacon Hill – the rumors of patronage jobs by Governor [Deval] Patrick and arm-twisting by House Speaker [Salvatore] DiMasi – derailed the largest initiative petition drive by citizens in the Commonwealth's history and this is a brutal loss for citizen-centered democracy." What a shame...

Remember the uproar and its consequent action of banning DDT caused by Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring? It resulted in the deaths of millions from mosquito-bred malaria. Maybe DDT wasn't so bad after all...

Hey, all you wine lovers: did you ever look on the label of your favorite brand for “ingredients”? For some reason, the laws about labeling don’t apply to “the grape” (just the amount of alcohol), but some of the stuff in the cheaper brands are chicken, fish, milk and wheat products. It may also include oak chips, tartaric acid, oak gall nuts, citric acid, dissolved oxygen, copper, water and an agent to color it (white, red, pink, purple, etc.)…

When we started preaching, one in 10 Americans was an alcoholic. We recently read that it is closer to one in three today. Many started downward with wine at dinner or beer at lunch…

The “Gipper” said it: "As a former Democrat, I can tell you [that]... back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his party was taking the party of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his party, and he never returned to the day he died, because to this day, the leadership of that party has been taking that party ... down the road in the image of the labor socialist party of England"…

Phillips Brooks, composer of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ summed it up well: "Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process"…

Character: the missing ingredient in today’s politics! Noah Webster of dictionary fame put it like this: “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character.” Ex-President Rutherford B. Hayes put it like this: "Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office seeking.” To which ex-President Martin Van Buren adds: “A man to be a sound politician and in any degree useful to the country must be governed by higher and steadier considerations than those of personal sympathy and private regard”…

We have mentioned the mental health of Cindy Sheehan before. Now she is trying to blackmail Nancy Peloski into doing her bidding or she will run for her seat in Congress! Cindy needs both sympathy and prayer…

Cindy brought her circus to Lynchburg and as it just got started the heavens opened with a vicious downpour that scattered and sent home everyone present! But it got worse; from here she went to Washington and got arrested for “trespassing” with 200 of her ilk in a Democrat Congressman’s office, refusing to leave...

Keith Ellison, the Muslim Minnesotans elected to Congress, has now compared President Bush to Hitler. He said, “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire ... After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.” He was comparing this to 9/11…

This sinner “pulled over” the wrong car! Robert Lane had lights flashing on the top of his SUV and he had a badge in his hand, but the driver he pulled over was a real cop, a police detective. Last we heard, he was in the slammer on charges of “criminal impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.” I guess they don’t want anyone ‘playing’ cops and robbers in Bohemia (NY)…

Advice from the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Jay: “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts”...

One thing we have always appreciated about Southern Baptists is the fact that, at their annual meetings (which many denominations/associations use for personal pleasures) they come early and do personal evangelism in the community. They call it "crossover." This year, at San Antonio, 6,913 worked at it, reaching 2,493 homes and seeing 959 first-time decisions for Christ. Other groups, "go thou and do likewise!"...

Jonah Goldberg observed: “Referring to opponents of the [Senate immigration] bill, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. No Catholics, no Jews, Irish, need apply. That’s not the America I want.’ One could get bogged down in pointing out that few people have problems with immigrants applying. It’s the part where they skip the application process and illegally jump the line that rankles.”…

Dinesh D'Souza said it well: "I've never understood all the nonsense about how we should be sympathetic toward illegals who came here to work and find a better life. We don't extend such sympathy to other people who routinely break the law. We aren't sympathetic, for instance, toward people who break into banks or hold up grocery stores in order to support their families and get a fresh start in life. We don't get teary-eyed about folks who engage in insider trading or bribery in order to send their kids to college and enjoy the American dream. We feel sorry for these lawbreakers, and than clap them into prison. I'm an immigrant myself, and I'm pro-immigration, but that means legal immigration. America can afford to take in a decent number of immigrants every year. We need workers in certain fields, and should admit those kinds of workers"...

Down in Panama City Beach (FL) police have a unique, sure-fire way of catching illegals. They pull up to construction sites in their big patrol cars and watch who runs. They grab them and charge them with some misdemeanor like trespassing (running through or hiding on another’s property), speeding or reckless driving. With those arrests they have the right to check with the U.S. immigration authorities. As the AP noted, “Illegal immigrants are leaving town!”…

How does Congress want to spend your money? Well, Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) tried to get passed a special grant of $2 million for the City College of New York. Believe it or not, it was to establish the "Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service." He sounds like Senator Robert Bird (D-WV), doesn’t he?

E-Harmony.com, a dating organization promising to match you with the love of your life, founded by Neil Clark Warren, an evangelical with ties to Dobson’s Focus on the Family, is being sued by Linda Carlson of Los Angeles, a female Sodomite who is suing because the dating service wouldn’t connect her with another woman. While the suit should be tossed as frivolous (there are plenty of Sodomite dating services out there), she’ll probably win in today’s courts…

In Canada, where secular officials have been really promoting Sodomite marriages, Anglicans bishops voted 21-19 against allowing even "blessing" ceremonies for Sodomite couples in its churches. Not exactly a landslide win, but a right start...

Newt Gingrich on immigration reform: "The announcement ... that the White House and a group of senators have reached an agreement on 'comprehensive immigration reform' should have the same effect that the word 'iceberg' had on the passengers and crew of the Titanic."...

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: This is important: "Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals – that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government – that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government."

 – Ayn Rand