Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do you trust your news?

Van Helsing pointed this out. Others have done the research and discovery. I'm just going to present the evidence to you.

This is to show media bias and how it can be carried out. Here's the news!!!!

Pantagraph.com | News | AP Poll: After Obama's 100 days, U.S. on right track
AP Poll: After Obama's 100 days, U.S. on right track
By Ron Fournier and Trevor Tompson
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Millions of people jobless. Billions of dollars in bailouts. Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt. And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track.

In a sign that Barack Obama has inspired hopes for a brighter future in the first 100 days of his presidency, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 48 percent of Americans believe the United States is headed in the right direction — compared with 44 percent who disagree.

The “right direction” number is up 8 points since February and a remarkable 31 points since October, the month before Obama’s election.

Not reported was the sample of people polled.

The total percentage of those self-identifying as Democrat= 36%
The total percentage of those self-identifying as Republican= 18%

So the poll shows that there are 2 Democrats for every 1 Republican in the survey.
Let's assume a sample size of 100 people to make the math clear.

That would be 66 Democrats to 33 Republicans. Even with 66 to 33 ratio, only 48% of those surveyed thought the country was going in the right direction.

Do the math. 66-48=18 Democrats ( 27 % of the Democrats surveyed)

The data implies that there were just as many Democrats that thought the country was going in the wrong direction as there were total Republicans surveyed.

Another implication of the data is that 100% of the Republicans thought the country was going in the wrong direction.

But the worst implication is that this is exactly why the AP slanted their data so strongly. They knew their story was a lie.

But that's not all. Because if 50 Republicans and 13 Democrats (in our extrapolated sample) thought the country was going in the wrong direction, that would mean that only 37 percent thought it was going in the right direction.

The graph the AP used to show progress on this issue suddenly becomes clear:

Instead of 48% we have 37%. That means the positive attitude actually lost ground since last month's survey (assuming they did an honest survey at that time....)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tea Party At Thief River Falls Today

We got there a bit early. The program was to start at 3pm. Doug Lindgren gave the welcome address. Diane Johnson sang the National Anthem. Doug led the Pledge of Allegiance. Barb Chervestad (the main organizer) gave an address titled "What's the Tea Party All About?" I read the Preamble and some of the Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Tom Schafer read a "Declaration of Grievances." There were several other scheduled speakers. There were also many who came to the open mike.

Mary made signs for our kids based on the Preamble.

"A more Perfect Union"
"class warfare"

"Establish Justice"
"Activist Judges"

"Domestic Tranquility"
"Global Appeasement"
"Provide for"
not "undercut"
"The Common Defense"
"Promote the General Welfare"
"Confiscating Wealth"

"Secure the Blessing of Liberty For"
not "Rob From"
"Our Posterity"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cimarron .357 Mag 5.5" SAA 1875 el Pistolero

According to Jeff Quinn of Gun-Blast.com Cimarron Firearms Co. of Fredericksburg, Texas makes some of the best and most consistently accurate historical reproductions of Colt revolvers.
I picked up a used 5.5" Single Army Action Colt pattens 1871, 1872, and 1875. The model name stamped on the barrel is "el Pistolero." Disassembly/reassembly and cleaning are very easy.

The metalwork and woodwork are beautiful. The case hardened frame fades in and out from blue to purple to gold. The brass lowers frame the rosewood(?) handle.

Here is a view with the loading port open.

This .357 mag can fire .38sp, .38sp+p, and .357mag. There is hardly any recoil with .38sp, very little recoil with .38sp+p. Recoil with the .357mag is pretty strong. You can check the differences in pressure on these loads at this site.

What a nicely made piece of history. I got it inexpensively enough that I could re-sell it right now for more than I spent. But I think I'll hold on to it for a while.

Fill in-Winkel Visits Hospital Services and a new Gun

I had 4 services last weekend. Last service at St. Petri. Tuesday we had Winkel at Ulen.
Pr. and Mrs. Dale fixed a really good lunch.

Our kids had fun together.

I presented on the texts for Easter 2 on the basis of the original languages.

Wed we had wed school. Wed eve and Thursday hospital visits, Marlow A was hospitalized this week with the Norovirus. She's doing better. Got to a few shut-ins.

And found a deal on a Cimarron SSA .357 mag 1875 Army revolver (el Pistolero). It matches my Winchester 94.

There was a .45 there too. But I chose this one because I can use .38 special, .38 spec +p, and .357 mag ammo in it (that, and as Matt says, the .45 was twice as expensive)

And on checking around on the net, it looks like I could sell it for more than I spent on it.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Odds and Ends


Laura D. I'm going to need some help learning how to cook the rice better and in spreading the rice on the kelp. It tasted good. Thank you.

What do you get when the Groucho glasses get torn apart by the two year old? Well, add an older brother, an infant sister, and a somewhat twisted father into the mix--this is what happens:

Cucumbers, peppers, garlic, dill, saltwater. Let sit on counter at room temp for 3 to 5 days. Eat or refrigerate. Keeps 6 months refrigerated.

For the pickled eggs, the after Easter sales provide a cheap source. Hard-boil the eggs, add some garlic, mustard seed, peppercorns, cover with white vinegar. Refrigerate, wait a week or better before eating. Keep 6 months in fridge.

A different kind of pickle:
Grandpa E. had eye surgery this week. He also has Atrial Fibrillation. Please keep him in your prayers. He needs to be still for 10 days while his eye heals. Not an easy thing for a man that has always been busy doing things.

The week before Holy Week: Sat 1 service, Sun 3 services; services, Bible Study, and Wed School from Tue, wed, thur, Funeral visitation prayer service on Friday; Sat regular worship, then funeral for Alverra O. (11 services 3 Bible Study, 1 WS) Holy Week I held 3 Palm Sunday services, 1 Wed. Service, 2 Holy Thursday services, 2 Good Friday Tenebrae services. 1 Holy Saturday service, 3 Easter Sunday services. (plus 12 Services, 1 WS) I also checked in on a few shut-ins during the week. It was pretty steady. I was getting a bit frazzled (28 regular/non shut-in preaching/teaching obligations in 15 days).

Mom and Dad came Friday in the afternoon, bringing Jeremy with. The little kids kept climbing all over their oldest brother. Monday morning, Mom, Dad, and Jeremy went back to Belview.

In the afternoon we left for the cabin. We stayed at the cabin until Wed. morning; and took a leisurely drive home through Park Rapids, Bemidji, Shevlin, Bagley, and Fosston. Louisa has some entries on it in her blog.

Thursday I took Matt to TRF so he could buy himself a bicycle. It had been stored in the basement of the Alamo.
Late Thurs eve and Friday, sermon work, lesson planning; writing; reading for work.

Happy Easter.

Short vacation

Monday we took off for a cabin by a lake.





Christ ist erstanden!

He is risen indeed!

Grandma, Grandpa, and Jeremy came for Easter.

During the prep for the candy hunt we had one child who sneaked to the top of the steps to spy on the prep.

We had the hunt downstairs.

Donna, can you find the purple eggs?

Here are the kids this Easter.

The Eagle

This Bald Eagle was sitting at the edge of our yard on Holy Saturday.


Happy Birthday to:

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Obama's Faith Choice

This is who Obama believes is best to represent religious faith.

CNSNews.com - Obama’s Christian Appointee to Faith-Based Program Says New Testament Teaching on Homosexuality Is ‘Not True’
Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Monday.

I can't imagine a more arrogant choice. But this is exactly what we should expect.

Romans 1
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Pointless, but funny

I'll try to do a catch-up post tomorrow. For now, enjoy the pointless video Ani Gummy-Bear (I'm a Gummy Bear)