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Another quick website

2014-12-23T11:00:02.216-06:00

Ok I know. This is a bit off the wall and a bit out of the way. But I'm helping out a friend here with a new website for her hearing aid business here in Cuenca Ecuador. They are a hardworking family and I have appreciated being able to get to know them.



Pillman Family Missionaries to Ecuador

2012-04-12T12:04:23.688-05:00

My brother and his wife have a website up for their ministry to Ecuador. You can see the Pillman Family updates on their ministry by clicking here. Supporting you all 100%, as you do God's work.

Plus they have this nice little video clip that highlights their work:

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U.S. History for Home Schoolers

2012-04-12T11:59:39.197-05:00

A good friend of mine has an online course for AP US History for home schoolers. I attended Patrick Henry College with Daniel Burns and can assure you that he has an excellent grasp on US History. If you are a home schooling parent and you are interested in having your kids pass an AP US history course I can assure you that you would be very pleased with this course. For that matter, Daniel Burns is also a missionary. By taking this course you are helping support his work in Mexico. You can sign up here.



I'm in Mexico

2012-02-27T21:56:25.570-06:00

And it is great here. 




Mitch Daniels on Faith

2010-07-08T12:06:48.610-05:00

A little candid opinion from Mitch Daniels this last Christmas on faith. HT: Hotair...but why in the world do they have "Heartache" next to the story headline and link? Inside atheists there? 


Mellinger: Is there part of you that is bothered by the aggressive atheism of a [Sam] Harris, a [Christopher] Hitchens, a [Richard] Dawkins? And what I mean is... this atheism is a little different than atheism has been in the past because it does seek to convert people. 
Daniels: I'm not sure it's all that new. People who reject the idea of a God -who think that we're just accidental protoplasm- have always been with us. What bothers me is the implications -which not all such folks have thought through- because really, if we are just accidental, if this life is all there is, if there is no eternal standard of right and wrong, then all that matters is power.And atheism leads to brutality. All the horrific crimes of the last century were committed by atheists -Stalin and Hitler and Mao and so forth- because it flows very naturally from an idea that there is no judgment and there is nothing other than the brief time we spend on this Earth.Everyone's certainly entitled in our country to equal treatment regardless of their opinion. But yes, I think that folks who believe they've come to that opinion ought to think very carefully, first of all, about how different it is from the American tradition; how it leads to a very different set of outcomes in the real world.  



More Strawberries

2010-06-11T13:56:08.000-05:00

Eau Claire Strawberries can also be found from Red Cedar Valley Farms in the Eau Claire . These strawberries are driven up fresh every day from Menomonie to various sites around Eau Claire. You can find out more at www.eauclairestrawberries.com



Strawberries in Menomonie

2010-06-11T13:51:28.222-05:00

Find your Menomonie Strawberries. We have worked at Red Cedar Valley Farms for many years and always have enjoyed and appreciated the farm and the great strawberries they produce in Menomonie. The season starts this Saturday, so make sure you stock up for the winter!



The Left Flunks Econ 101 (and you wonder why they haven't gotten us out of the depression)

2010-06-08T08:01:22.196-05:00

Here is the conclusion:

Yet on every question the left did much worse. On the monopoly question, the portion of progressive/very liberals answering incorrectly (31%) was more than twice that of conservatives (13%) and more than four times that of libertarians (7%). On the question about living standards, the portion of progressive/very liberals answering incorrectly (61%) was more than four times that of conservatives (13%) and almost three times that of libertarians (21%).

The survey also asked about party affiliation. Those responding Democratic averaged 4.59 incorrect answers. Republicans averaged 1.61 incorrect, and Libertarians 1.26 incorrect.

And we wonder why we are and continue to be stuck in a recession.



The Political Hoodwinking of My Generation

2010-05-13T16:06:03.108-05:00

Really we are sheep being led off to the slaughter. Everyone else looks at our generation and laughs. It's not that we are some sort of Woodstock generation. Indeed in many ways we have a responsible attitude when it comes to the world. But we have been used. 

Go back to the back to 2008. During the time I was living in Madison Wisconsin in the middle of thousands of kids my age or just a bit younger. Everyone was tripping over themselves trying to support Obama. In fact it was so accepted that everyone was an Obama fan that it wasn't even controversial. If you wanted to be a lefty radical you had to support Cynthia McKinney for President. (You know the one that hit the Capital Police). 

Now take a look at where we are at today. What did my generation get for its mass support of Obama? Well we got Obamacare. Like that works well for us. One of the key features of the bill was an individual mandate--forcing younger and healthier workers to pay for older citizens who normally have health issues. AARP and other groups successfully lobbied not only that everyone be forced to get insurance but that that insurers can only charge older less healthy people three times as much. The CBO readily admits that this rate forces the young to subsidize the older, less healthy individuals. And that is on top of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security liability younger workers must foot. (More on that in a bit). 

Next we got the bailouts. And we paid for it with more debt. Everyone agrees that the current debt load in unsustainable. When we have to go the way of Greece and start paying for that debt with less services and or higher taxes it will be my generation that foots the bill. 

Oh, and remember, those bailouts were suppose to help the economy and keep unemployment low. Guess what? Unemployment while terrible over-all is the some of the worst among the young. We didn't benefit when the gov't guarded those 401K plans but right now the unemployment rate among 20-24 year-olds stands at around 16%.

I'm not wanting another hand-out or more paid 'volunteers' at Americops. Can someone just stop the stealing and mismanagement? 

I would thank you. 

 



Two Questions on Elena Kagan

2010-05-11T13:32:12.625-05:00

First is her judicial philosophy. Does she agree with the Constitution? What standard does she use to understand this foundation of our government? Is she inclined to find penumbra (shadow) rights within the document? Does she try and understand the real and literal meaning of those who created it? These are legitimate questions of a justice. How well does she show that she is no respecter of people, only the law. 

Second, does she have the judicial temperament and ability to fill the role? Does she have the the knowledge and ability to parse exceedingly complex concepts and come to a just and equitable conclusion without any bias? A big part of this process is her interaction with the rest of the court. Even if she does not agree with them, can there be a level of respect for her from her fellow justices and those that come before her? Interestingly, that is the question that was asked by the left-leaning Salon magazine. They found Kagan to be sorely lacking in the ability to interact and persuade the Supreme Court in her appearances before it. It will be important for her to answer questions about how she can relate and persuade. 

Other concerns include her treatment of the law in the past. Harvard Law under her direction kept the Military off of their campus in spite of laws to the contrary because they disagreed with their position on homosexuals in the military. And now she is suppose to be someone who upholds the law? She should answer for her time at Harvard. 



At least Credit Bill Gates with Climate Honesty

2010-05-11T09:51:29.605-05:00

I have not been sold on the whole Global Warming deal, but if I were, Bill Gates and his cloud ships would be a great first thing to look at. After all, it is much cheaper than many of the extremely expensive energy taxes proposed by the left. 

Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, is funding research into machines to suck up ten tonnes of seawater every second and spray it upwards. This would seed vast banks of white clouds to reflect the Sun’s rays away from Earth.The British and American scientists involved do not intend to wait for international rules on technology that deliberately alters the climate. They believe that the weak outcome of December’s climate summit in Copenhagen means that emissions will continue to rise unchecked and that the world urgently needs an alternative strategy to protect itself from global warming.Many methods of cooling the planet, collectively known as geoengineering, have been proposed. They include rockets to deploy millions of mirrors in the stratosphere and artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide from the air. Most would be prohibitively expensive and could not be deployed for decades.However, a study last year calculated that a fleet of 1,900 ships costing £5 billion could arrest the rise in temperature by criss-crossing the oceans and spraying seawater from tall funnels to whiten clouds and increase their reflectivity.




Facebook Comments

2010-05-04T08:50:47.188-05:00

Have you seen the ability to use your facebook login to comment? I saw it on the CNN site the other day. This will be the wave of the future, since most users already have a facebook account and don't want to create a new account simply to post a comment. Lower the threshold and you will get much more interaction. I found I can even implement facebook comments with Joomla. The hitch? Right now the system is a bit fat. Pages take a bit long to load.



Donation and Tithing with Plastic

2010-05-04T08:46:03.057-05:00

Most people my age hate any money that is paper. Checks? You have to actually write out the amount you want to spend, and then balance a checkbook? And bills are only in possession in a straight line from ATM to merchant. But you still need the paper for small time purchases like farmers markets, donating to a candidate for a fundraiser or tithing at church. Not anymore. Check out squareus.com. They enable even a chalk painter in New York to swipe plastic and get a donation with an iPhone. Next up: persuade my churchwe need to strap a square enable iPhone to the offering plate. 



The right and technology

2010-04-27T07:55:55.614-05:00

Mary Katherine Ham does an excellent job engaging the issue of the right's use of new media.

A case
study of the Brown campaign’s social media presence by Word Stream
,
a search engine marketing company, actually identified Brown’s momentum
before polling or the political class did. Their final count found he
had a ten to one advantage in web traffic, ten to one in YouTube views,
three to one in Twitter followers, and four to one in Facebook
followers.

Perry proclaimed himself a “gadget guy” to a group of Austin
technologists over a beer at the Chili Parlor. “It’s a very normal thing
for me in my life to be using a GPS when they first came out, and LORAN
before that,” referring to the radio-based navigation system that was a
precursor of the modern GPS.

His staff says he often surprises people when they see him tweeting
on his mobile phone. “Governor Perry has made [technology] a priority in
his everyday life. It’s because he can change the way he interacts with
the people of Texas,” says Will Franklin, director of new media for the
campaign.









Fulsom: Supply Side Economics Not New Deal Broke Depression

2010-04-12T12:09:03.546-05:00

Well worth the read.

Congress—both chambers with Democratic majorities—responded by just
saying "no." No to the whole New Deal revival: no federal program for
health care, no full-employment act, only limited federal housing, and
no increase in minimum wage or Social Security benefits.


Instead, Congress reduced taxes. Income tax rates were cut across the
board. FDR's top marginal rate, 94% on all income over $200,000, was
cut to 86.45%. The lowest rate was cut to 19% from 23%, and with a
change in the amount of income exempt from taxation an estimated 12
million Americans were eliminated from the tax rolls entirely.


Corporate tax rates were trimmed and FDR's "excess profits" tax was
repealed, which meant that top marginal corporate tax rates effectively
went to 38% from 90% after 1945.


Georgia Sen. Walter George, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,
defended the Revenue Act of 1945 with arguments that today we would
call "supply-side economics." If the tax bill "has the effect which it
is hoped it will have," George said, "it will so stimulate the expansion
of business as to bring in a greater total revenue."


He was prophetic. By the late 1940s, a revived economy was generating
more annual federal revenue than the U.S. had received during the war
years, when tax rates were higher. Price controls from the war were also
eliminated by the end of 1946. The U.S. began running budget surpluses.




Double Standard of Abortion and Death Penalty

2010-04-07T08:57:54.953-05:00

RedState.com shows how the pro-life Nebraska bill demonstrates what a true liberal believes:

  • There should be zero chance of any suffering for even the most heinous criminals while they work toward the ultimate goal of having no executions.
  • There should be zero consideration of any suffering for babies in the womb while they work toward the ultimate goal of having no abortion restrictions.



Better Cheaper Band-Aids as Example for Healthcare Reform

2010-02-08T14:58:05.712-06:00

(image) What would it be like if band-aids were too expensive? What if the cost of our band-aid insurance had risen dramatically in the last few years? And that the cost of band-aid insurance was sapping wag increases? How should the government respond?

1. Obama Sheer Style
As in the sheer audacity of government take over. We could push for government band-aids to be sold next to the Johnson and Johnson brand at Wal-Mart. But since government can legislate everything from the cost of the petroleum to the cost of labor put into the band-aids and the advertisement J&J can run the result would most likely turn quickly into a government take over while the full cost of band-aids continued to rise. And don't forget that there would be band-aids for abortion, and a mandate that every American carry at least one band-aid in their wallet or purse or risk being fined.

2. Letting 3M and Sam Walton innovation work
If the comparison is between band-aids and health care/health insurance each band-aid would have to be sold in the state it was made in. No selling over state lines. Worse, the government would already be involved in half of the band-aids sold the poor while only paying the manufacturers 40% what it cost to make them with the difference being made up by every other American. Don't forget that the very stickiness of the bandage would be litigated into million dollar settlements by lawyers adding additional costs to those band-aids. Not that you would actually know the cost of those band-aids before you buy them. Cut your hand and must run to the store to stop the bleeding? Both Wal-Mart, Kmart and your local drugstore would all have the bandaid, but they would be unable/unwilling to tell you how much it cost until they send you a bill in the mail six months after swipe the plastic to wrap your oozing finger in protective sheer. 

Is it clear yet why your health insurance and healthcare are through the roof? If band-aids were sold as healthcare is now sold, I could guarantee you they would be irrationally expensive and complicated. 3M and Sam Walton innovation are left to work and bring down band-aid prices, there is no reason why our healthcare could not be brought some of the same reform.





Dream Car

2010-02-08T13:36:43.497-06:00

No comment on the ad, but this car is totally on my dream list. Not because it is "green" but because it drives like a sports car and sips gas like a compact with room enough for your camping trip. If only it would be easier on the wallet. :(

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"You want jobs? Pay Farmers."

2010-02-08T12:42:34.312-06:00

(image) That was the sentiment at a recent listening session that Sen. Feingold held in Bloomer Wisconsin.

Now, look. I don't have anything against farmers, having grown sweet corn and worked out at a strawberry farm for years, but this sort of entitlement is embarrassing.

You want jobs? Pay website designers. Goodness, let's just pay everyone government money. That's what you call redistributive socialism.  I say, "You want that sort of job? Move to Europe!"



Path to More Jobs: Cut Minimum Wage

2010-02-08T12:02:07.198-06:00

Of course cutting the minimum wage might not be popular, but it is very likely good economic policy especially in a recession. Labor like any freely traded commodity is subject to the laws of supply and demand. Right now there is a significantly weak demand for work and a large supply of people wanting it. What should happen? The price of labor (wages) should decrease. At one level we understand this: those multi-millionaire CEO should get a cut we all agree. But what about the rest of the workers? If a company had a choice between cutting a third of its workforce or cutting the wages by a third, would you rather be working for a third as much or not working at all? Interestingly, during one of the hardest depressions the United States ever faced during the 1920-1921 wages were allowed to fluctuate with the state of the economy. Although wages fell substantially along with the stock market and the rest of the economy, unemployment was quickly (in around a  year!) brought under control, and wages too quickly recovered. Indeed, probably the best synopsis of this success was written by none other than Ben Bernanke. On how bad it was: "In one crucial respect, the depression of 1920-21 was actually more severe than the Great Depression itself: there was a rapid decline in the price level of between forty and fifty percent within the course of a single year."On how employment reacted: "Employment and output were however not as severely affected as in the Great Depression. Of course precise unemployment data are not available for this period, but one representative estimate (Lebergott, 1957) puts civilian unemployment at 2.3% in 1919, 11.9% in 1921, and back to 3.2% in 1923."The reason? Wage flexibility: "As these stylized facts indicate, the second unusual feature of the depression of 1920-21 was the rapid recovery in employment and output, in sync with a swift adjustment of the real wage to its new equilibrium position."One of the unique differences between the depression of 1920 and 1929 was that wages were not allowed by the government to fluctuate in 1929 like they had in 1920. The result was that the depression of 1920 was over in a year (unemployment was at 3.2% in 1923!). While the 1929 depression lasted for over a decade with unemployment rates of over 10% until the 1940s!Now, remember those confusing employment numbers from January. How the unemployment rate fell but the job loss continued? The main reason this was possible is because of the increasing number of people who are self-employed according to reports. Self-employed people still respond to the actual market for labor much more closely than labor protected by union and government imposed wage restrictions. The result is that despite the government's attempt to continue to bungle the economy by keeping wages high, there remains enough freedom through avenues like self-employment for wages to fluctuate enough for the economy to recover. To let the economy (and jobs especially) recover faster we must let wages be flexible.Phone Card Search Engine[...]



Pepsi Responds

2010-02-02T20:10:18.780-06:00

(image) So Pepsi responds to my comment on facebook about the religious discrimination:

"We want to help clarify that projects may be carried out in association with religious organizations, so long as project activities do not involve religious advocacy or proselytizing – acts and intentions to advance a religious denomination or expand membership or encourage conversion: http://www.facebook.com/l/40867;www.refresheverything.com/official-application-guidelines."

Hope Gospel Mission is still a problem. They see a change of heart part of the solution instead of simply putting a band-aid on the physical. Again, I say let the voters--those who drink pepsi--decide if the cause merits the grant rather than getting pepsi mixed up in the middle. I wonder why they don't avoid politics too...



Mark Neumann Rips Obama?

2010-02-02T15:34:41.717-06:00

Is it only me or do Mark Neumann's campaign logos look a tad bit like Obama's?
Neumann's:
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Obama's/Organize for America
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Church In Second Life?

2010-02-02T11:11:25.859-06:00

In the virtual world of Second Life, there has been some work done to set up churches. Mark Brown (former head of the New Zealand Bible Society) was one of the founders and pastors of this Anglican Church. Nothing can compare with actual real life church, but just as we used to have bible studies by correspondence this is an area that missions should be exploring. Take a look at this video from their Easter Service:

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Also of note is the Bible Facebook page that simply posts and discusses portions of the Bible (again started by Mark Brown) It now has over 1.4 million fans. Incredible.

You try thinking of a church



Pepsi Social Media and Religious Discrimination

2010-02-02T10:06:42.774-06:00

Pepsi is on top of the new field of advertisement, but with an offensive twist. Bowing out of spending millions of dollars on the Super Bowl, Pepsi instead has decided to launch a social media advertisement campaign based on helping nonprofits while discriminating against any nonprofit that "involve religious advocacy."

The only other substantive qualifications deal with age, operating within the United States and that the project can be done on time. There is not even any of the classic concern about discrimination on the basis of race, origin, etc. That could have been more acceptable but then again, what if I want help Boy Scouts go camping? That would discriminate against girls. But if I want to help out the homeless with biblical principles of honesty and hard work--nope.

No, the best thing for Pepsi to do, is to ax the discrimination completely. They already are asking their customers to vote, why can't they decide as well if they want to support the Salvation Army or World Vision if they want to?

Go to Pepsi refresh now and comment on their wall. If social media works, we can show how this hurts some of our most valuable nonprofits.



Landmark Study Shows Abstinence Ed. Works

2010-02-01T17:30:09.382-06:00

A study (funded by the gov't no less) found that abstinence education worked better than comprehensive education. 

The scientific evidence:


Over the next two years, about 33 percent of the students who went through the abstinence program started having sex, compared to about 52 percent who were just taught safe sex. About 42 percent of the students who went through the comprehensive program started having sex, and about 47 percent of those who just learned about other ways to be healthy. The abstinence program had no negative effects on condom use, which has been a major criticism of the abstinence approach.


Question: does this mean Obama and the left will now support science or their own agenda?