December 24, 2009

It Only Takes One Person

An artificial Christmas tree.

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The Battle of the Christmas Tree

Irv Sutley lives in  Santa Rosa, California. He is a 65-year-old disabled veteran and is an atheist. He is known for opposing government  He saw a Christmas Tree on display in a county building. Among the decorations were angels and a star. Yes, a star. He complained that it endorsed Christianity and it was ordered to be removed.

Barry Collins is a trial lawyer in the same county. He is Jewish. He put up a Christmas Tree in his county office in protest. Among the decorations was a star. A star that he says “is symbolic of American tradition, like stars on the American flag.”

One Person

It took one person’s complaint to take down the tree.

It took one person to stand up in defense of the tree.

December 7, 2009

The Virgin Birth and The Komodo Dragon

Virgin Birth – Jesus Is Born

To the average skeptic, the story of the "Virgin Birth” of Jesus can seem foolish. How is it that a woman can get pregnant while remaining a virgin? We know, as scientific face, that in order for a woman to get pregnant, a man must be involved. Procreation is impossible with just one sex in a sexual animal. Is it possible for a female to bear a child without a male? Could it happen? Would it be a scientific anomaly?

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23

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Komodo Dragon

To the average person, the Komodo Dragon is an animal that reproduces sexually. That is, there is a male and female involved. To mention or hint at birth any other way may seem like the beginning of a joke. But it does happen naturally.

Gaia (GUY-uh), the 15 year-old female dragon, has previously produced offspring by parthenogenesis, a process whereby the eggs are never fertilized by a male, but instead duplicate the genetics of the mother.

Gaia was the first Komodo dragon documented to reproduce by parthenogenisis in North America.

Komodo dragons debut at the Phoenix Zoo
ABC15.com
November 10, 2009 

December 4, 2009

Comment Policy

It has become apparent that I need some sort of comment policy. It was my original hope to keep the comments open and free from censorship. But, as the story plays out, not everyone has respect for others. So, as the blog owner, administrator, contributor, editor, or author (hereafter referred to as “I” or “Me.”), I have the following right:

  1. to control content and comments.
  2. to edit comments.
  3. to censor comments.
  4. to delete comments.
  5. to prevent comments by specific persons or groups.

Please play nice and respect others.

If you leave a comment on this blog and it does not appear in a reasonable time period, and you know that it does not violate these Comment Policies, contact me at oscargecko@gmail.com.

Advertising

I do use ads on my blog. You may contact me at oscargecko@gmail.com to discuss the terms of ads on my blog.

I also use ads from sites such as EntreCard.com, Adgitize.com, and more. They may use things like tracking cookies, but I do not. If you become aware of any privacy concerns with them or me, please contact me directly at my email listed here. Privacy and spam are big concerns to me. I take them seriously.

You can advertize your blog here. I will allow only the ads that I approve. I will stop any ads for whatever reason I wish. Keep in mind, my blog has a general Christian niche. I will keep some flexibility.

In order to place an ad, I will need some basic information.

  1. Link of 125x125 ad image

  2. Link for the ad to direct users to

  3. The when and how of payment. Will it be by transferring EC? Right now, EC are the only method of payment. This will most likely have more options in the future.

I will post a link with more information. All of this information is subject to change without notice.

 

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December 3, 2009

Thursday Thoughts and Quotes

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God Given Unalienable Rights

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

United States Declaration of Independence

Religion and our government. There are those who think the two have no place together. They get offended with the mention of “GOD” by anyone employed by the government. School teachers are afraid to mention any deity. They take offense to our national motto of “IN GOD WE TRUST.” They are appalled because our pledge to the American Flag mentions “ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.”

Are they also offended
because our founding fathers
believed in a “Creator” that made us free?

November 19, 2009

Thursday Thoughts and Quotes

alba a settembre

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Sometimes your  medicine bottle has on it, "shake well before using." That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.

Vance Havner

It looks like you are going through hard times but really it is God shaking things up to make you look and realize. Hey get back on track with me and it will be good.

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November 2, 2009

Dirt Magnets

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The Mud

My son is a dirt magnet. He can take a bath in the morning and not look it by early afternoon without going outside. But kids will be kids. They will make mud pies. And they will find every last drop of mud.

One day, after a good rain, there was a puddle in my yard. It was in a place where very little grass grew. It was full of mud.

My son, and two of his sisters decided it would be fun to play in the mud. It wasn’t about the water… it was the mud. It wasn’t dirt, it was mud. Gooey and sloppy. That was all that counted. They were almost totally covered like chocolate covered candy.

I cannot imagine how much fun I was missing out on.

Not In My House

It came time for them to come inside. But not in my house. There was no way that three of the muddiest children in the county were going to just trample through the house and leave little muddy footprints all over the place. No way. Not in my house. Can you imagine the mess? How can the house stay clean with these messy, muddy monsters?

October 15, 2009

Avoiding My Computer Disaster

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My Danger Ahead

My computer has recently started acting funny. It would randomly take more time than normal to do average tasks such as opening a program. Programs would also stop working causing it to freeze and require rebooting in some cases.

I started getting a pop-up window notifying me of computer hard drive failures. It has been a good laptop. It has taken it’s fair share of abuse. I cannot count the number of times it fell to the floor. Thinking back, I am surprised that it lasted as long as it did.

But here lies my problem. With the cost of a new drive, and the cost of the other repairs needed, it is not worth fixing. Prices are at a low with the expectation of the new version of MS Windows coming out. So, I found a deal on a new laptop.

Now, I could simply transfer the files over with my computer skills. That would be a breeze for me. But, what if my hard drive was already dead? What would I do? How would I then get my files back?

My Disaster Recover Plan

Most business should have a Disaster Recover Plan. This plan is a simple outline, guideline or procedure for fixing or replacing computer failures. It can be complex for large businesses or simple for small ones.

I am not a business, but just an average guy with a blog. I have a simple Disaster Recovery Plan.

September 24, 2009

Thursday Thoughts and Quotes

C. S.
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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis

Does something have to be tangible to be real? Do you have to use any of your five senses to know God exists?

What proof would you accept to know God is real?

Or how would you know that God is real?

Why do you believe that God it real? Or why don’t you believe that God it real?

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September 16, 2009

The Meeting: Creation/Evolution Debate

Christian Atheism - Happiness in a bad world

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Introduction

Many people debate our origins. Evolution? Created by a god? To some, it doesn’t matter. But, with the answer lies the foundation to what many people place their every breath on.

The following story was adapted from a popular Muslim story about a debate between an atheist whom believes in Evolution and a wise religious leader, whom instead, believes in Creation.

Obviously, almost every atheist believes in Evolution. Just as obvious is that almost every Christian believes in Creation.

The Meeting

Long ago in a kingdom, there was an empire. On one side of the river were the churches and on the other side was the city. The Christians were gathered in the churches when an atheist scholar approached them. He said to them, “I don’t believe in God, there cannot be a God, you cannot hear Him or see Him, you’re wasting your time! Bring me your best debater and I will debate this issue with him.”

The best debater at the time was a simple man named David. A messenger from amongst the Christians was sent over the river to the city, where David was, in order to tell him about the atheist who was awaiting him. On crossing the river, the messenger conveyed the message to David saying, “Hey David, an atheist is waiting for you, to debate you, please come!”

David told the messenger that he would be on his way immediately.

September 7, 2009

Thank You Top Droppers

thank-you Wow, Has another month passed us by? Here are my most dedicated, and daily droppers.

Drop on by their blog and see what they have in store. While you are there, drop on them too… I am sure many of them would return the favor for you. Don’t forget to leave a comment… both on their blog or on mine.

  1. With 31 Drops
    Business Sphere Consulting
    A blog on business advice, entrepreneurship ideas and consulting for business.
  2. #2) fledgling blogger
    Awesome blogging experience!
  3. With 30 Drops
    Positive Men
    Being positive in all aspects of our lives can bring wonder to ourselves and others.
  4. Business Sphere
    a blog on real estate, investment tips on realty, business advice on real estate and everything about real estate services in the Philippines
  5. Family Health Avenue
    Health is The Family's Ultimate Wealth
  6. 60 Were Enough
    60 Were Enough blog about Music, Artists, Mp3 and 60 Were Enough News.
  7. Is a Man's World
    Blogging about Technology,Gadgets including Big Boys Toys and more..
  8. lunaticg banknote & coin
    Blog about antique coins, auction selling, banknotes, coin, coin collection, numismatic, selling coins,rare coins and coin dealer in Malaysia.
  9. Buy Tees
    All the latest on the best t-shirts on the planet. Reviews, news, bargains galore. Latest from independent graphic t-shirt designers! Not accepting paid ads.
  10. Symphony of Love
    blog Bringing you Love and Inspiration!

August 22, 2009

Smells Like Daniel

Religious Freedom StampReligious Freedom

Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman are both facing criminal contempt charges for a prayer offered at a Field House Luncheon.

Liberty Counsel Press Release

In our constitutional system, students and parents should have the right to practice their faith – or no faith at all – without school officials endorsing or promoting any particular religious viewpoints.

Daniel Mach
ACLU of Florida Press Release

“King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.

Daniel 6:6-9

It was a court order that said Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman could not say a prayer. The main question is this:

Was that court order constitutional?

August 20, 2009

I Got An Award :)

A bit thanks goes out to the fledgling blogger for giving me the following awards.

Thank You junezach for the awards.

 

 

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August 4, 2009

My Drop List

Drops Gaining

300 Per Day

My drops have recently peaked. I am consistently reaching my 300 per day limit. I am no longer able to reciprocate all the drops I receive. I wish I could.

I have noticed a couple of interesting things. First, there are those who drop daily and there are those whom drop every other day or so. And then there are those who drop once or twice. It doesn’t matter which you are, THANK YOU.

I Need Your Help

August 2, 2009

July's Top Droppers

EntreCardthank-you

Thanks to the EntreCard team for helping me with my “warning” about pop-ups. And also, thank you for all the comments to help my verify my lack of pop-ups. Check out those whom helped me on the bar to the right.

Top droppers on your blog

Here they are… Thanks again to many of you. My Top Ten…

Family Health Avenue
Health is The Family's Ultimate Wealth

60 Were Enough
60 Were Enough blog about Music, Artists, Mp3 and 60 Were Enough News.

My Bible Devotional
"Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health, and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation..." Have you given this a try? Now ...

Economics Idea
Economic data and charts are analyzed here..Easy to understand and interesting to understand.

Michelle's Furkids and Animal Rescue
I love animals and want to save as many as I can. I have several pets that I love to share stories about.

Momspective
Julie from Momspective as she reviews the latest products and entertainment to give you the low down on all things cool.

Beyond Left Field
Humorous and lighthearted events in and out of the news with an emphasis on morons.

asthecrackerheadcrumbles
The purpose of this blog is to help clear-up much of the confusion that now exists concerning our Heavenly Father and the righteousness of all of His most awesome ways.

Symphony of Love
Bringing you Love and Inspiration!

Beaded Tail
Antics of two cats and a dog! Plus, we make jewelry for animal lovers with proceeds benefiting animal charities! We're making tails wag one bead at a time!

In The Running

Did you make the list???

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July 29, 2009

Children: When I Grow Up

A New Series

This is the first of a series of posts looking into our relationship with God from the prospective of the Parent-Child view. It will be added to from time to time with no rhyme or reason. To view the complete series, click on the Category “Children of God.”

Father-Son Talk FathersHands

Son: Dad, when I grow up, will you miss me?

Dad: Yes. When you grow up and are on your own, I will miss you.

Son: And then will I have kids?

Dad: Yes, and they will be my grandkids.

Son: But first, I have to go to school.

Dad: Yes. That will help you when you get older.

Son: And then I will leave?`

Dad: If you want to.

Son: Dad, I don’t ever want to leave you. I want to stay with you forever.

July 26, 2009

EntreCard’s Early Test And My Free Ad Offer

The email EntreCard

Your account 'My Reflections and Impressions' on entrecard.com has been warned. The administrator provided the following message: Your site has a popup ad. This is against Entrecards TOS. Please remove this within 72 hours.

Thanks

Please contact support@entrecard.com if you have any questions regarding this warning.

PLEASE NOTE: You are expected to resolve this issue promptly. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your Entrecard account.

Where did I get a pop-up ad? 72 hours is not a lot of time, especially on a weekend where EntreCard support is very limited. So, my hunt began. I hate pop-ups, let alone being the cause of them. So, I turned off the pop-up blockers on my browser. No pop-ups here. I did this for three browsers, FireFox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome with no pop-ups.

I also tried the same on my wife’s computer. Same browsers… Same results… no pop-ups.

Free Ad Offer

Since I am in a time crunch, I am willing to give away some ad space on my blog. For ONE MONTH.

UnderNewManagementAn Early Test

It will be interesting to see how the “new” EntreCard team handles this problem. The old system was plagued with complaints of slow technical support. I have submitted a support ticket.

I am waiting.

I am being hopeful.

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July 25, 2009

God Is Good

What Is Your Testimony?God is Good

How has God been good in your life? Has he blessed you with something you never expected? Has he opened your eyes to truths that changed your life? Or how has He helped you in a daily struggle?

It would be great to hear some encouraging words from everyone. It would be great to hear your story. In fact, I would like to hear your story whether or not you have a blog… Blog owners and everyone else.

July 21, 2009

Update: My New Theme

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You may have noticed I did not post this past week. I have been searching… editing… and moving stuff around. The work is all but done.

At first, my widgets did not want to move over. (They did not play nicely with any theme tested.) I finally did what I dreaded the most… manually moving them over. But alas, most of my work is done for now. I will be doing some minor tweaks here and there.

Among some of the changes are the locations of the EntreCard, Adgetize and the introduction of “blog ads.” And check out the “Read More” link below…

I will post a link with more information. All of this information is subject to change without notice.

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July 8, 2009

Top EC Droppers: June 2009

Here It Is… My Top 10 thank-you

When I do my drops, I drop on my top 25 first. They have been my best and most loyal droppers, so I take care of them right away.

But these are not just ordinary droppers. They are dedicated droppers. They have sat in front of a hot glowing monitor, stopped by my blog and hunted for my EntreCard widget… It is not always an easy task.

So, I would like to give a big thanks to all those whom helped this blog grow.  You can show your support to them by dropping by their blog. Check them out to see what they are all about.

Thank you, I really do appreciate your dedication. I also appreciate you just stopping by to hear my rants.

Without any further ado…

June 30, 2009

In Contempt For Freedom

Brief Introduction

When talking with someone about “Freedom of Religion,” it is important to know all of the facts. It is so easy to be lead astray when you are introduced to new things when you have no time to prepare for them. Even our smartest, brightest and best of judges can overlook some of the details.

In this sample debate, I choose to use the “Atheist” and the “Christian” only because the names do give you some idea of their bias, and presumably, their motives. These two groups drastically oppose each other about their views. They provide a sharp contrast on the issues about the First Amendment of our US Constitution.

ConstitutionThe Debate

Atheist: Religion has no place in public schools, court houses or any other public/government property. It is against the law. The US Constitution forbids it.

Christian: Against what law? Where does the Constitution forbid it?

Atheist: Ever hear of “Separation of Church and State?” It is in the First Amendment.  It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…"

Christian: And it continues, "…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” And by the way, the words “Separation of Church and State” do not appear anywhere in the US Constitution.

Atheist: Thomas Jefferson was the first to use a term from which we derive “Separation of Church and State” in his letter written to the Danbury Baptist Association.

…legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Danbury Baptists Association
Jan. 1. 1802.