A Day Late

It appears that I haven’t posted to my blog in two weeks or so.  I believe that is a record.  I’m not sure, but what’s it mater, I’m posting now.  A lot has been going on over the past few days, so I have a reason (or do I?) for not posting.  At the beginning of this week, I had two papers to write (one I just edited, but it was still work).

On Thursday, I helped at church with building the little place where the computer is going to be located.  When I got home afterwards, the remaining parts of the church computer were waiting at the door.  Therefore, I took a while, built the computer, and installed everything it needed.  I have to admit, the parts that are in the computer – I have never worked with four of the pieces of hardware.  I built my computer with secondhand hardware about a year ago (in March 2005, I believe), and at that time, the Socket T (775) was not even out yet.  There was not anything different since I have installed countless Socket 478.

Continuing in the subject of computers, I have seemed to be working on increasingly more computers lately.  I enjoy working on them and helping people out.  I wish I could do a start up computer repair shop around here.  Never know, I guess, it could happen.  There seems to be more activity with working online with Internet work lately too, and it has helped monetarily.

I finished The Visitation last week.  Author Frank Peretti put a lot of work in creating a relatable story of an ex-pastor who had problems with the church – someone whom changes from more of a bitter person to one of humbleness and dependence on God at the end.  The main story incorporates another story of the ex-pastors younger life starting from his early days as a Christian up to college and meeting his wife all the way, up to where the story was to that point.  The ending was not exactly something expected either.

In class on Wednesday, we discussed a story that we read (actually I’m not entirely sure where we’re at on the syllabus, so I didn’t read it).  The story, Harrison Bergeron, is a great example of how lame the world would be if political correctness lead the American people.  As the story puts it, “everybody was finally equal”.  If someone did not have a handicap to make them equal, the government made sure you did (as not to corrupt the others).  Intelligence was like an ignorant bliss.  While I thought the story was not that tasteful, there is some truth in it.  Political correctness is one of the major terrorisms of our time.  Do not offend people?  If you offend someone it is like you are evil and looked down upon.  There are fine lines between intentionally offending someone, don’t get me wrong.  However, in life there are times when people are going to be offended (sometimes speaking out of love to someone about a problem they’re having that’s sinful could offend someone, for example).  The truth is, with political correctness there’s this false sense of “peace” – but there’s no peace.  Instead of overfeeding someone while they’re around, people just do it when they’re not around.

A few people out there would like to see just what America would look like if liberals ruled it (putting “ruled it” lightly).  This story by Kurt Vonnegut explains exactly what America would look like – an ignorant dictatorship ruled by rulers who control their subjects every move, idea, thought, feeling, emotion … put simply: their entire life.  Thankfully, I think a few people are seeing how they can pull their handicaps off and get out of the liberal mindset.  Unfortunately, there are still many people with their handicaps … and it seems like some enjoy theirs a little too much.  I just hope they’ll see the light one day …

Hanging by a Moment!

Christmas break is coming to a close. I go back to school tomorrow. I’ve spent the last day of my vacation reading “This Present Darkness“. I’ve liked all of Frank Perettis other books, but I never thought it’d be like this one. This book is awesome. I’m a slow reader so it takes me a while to read long books … I only got about 115 out of about 370 pages down, but the book is awesome. It’s making me think a little more about the importance of prayer in a way I’ve never thought about. I know prayer is important, but I guess I’ve never saw, thought, or know how important.

The past week or two has been awesome. I can’t explain why, because I don’t know why. I’m more content about things, purhaps. I’m not sure.

Living Water Worship Center made a reading list for the church of scriptures to read through each month so that, by the end of the year, all of the New Testement will be read. There are also two memory verses each month, of while I’ll be trying to memorize, but I’m bad at memorization. Maybe there’s no excuse though. I am trying though. Last night I read from Matthew 1 to 10, it was a great read. I highlight parts of the text I feel is good to re-read later … so last night I highlighted too much. Good read.

I’ve been trying to fix a few things with MinistryTalk.com as of the past few days. I got a little done, but I’m out of ideas for now, sadly. Hopefully I can figure something I can do with it. Hopefully Tim is able to help out some too.

So anywho … I leave everyone with this awesome video found over here. Enjoy.

Quick Post?

Christmas was great. I got some gifts, but overall I liked just spending time with family (at my home). Yesterday we all went to Montgomery and exchanged a few things (and this and that). There were few sales, that I saw, though. I got a Starbucks giftcard and used it, though. That was the quickest I had ever paid for something in my life.

Jonathan came over today and I checked out his new video iPod. Very nice. I put him some pictures and some music videos on it.

Last night I watched Minority Report. I had watched it before, it had just been a while. The movie has a good message to it, but I think the message is a little deep for some people who are not actually following the movie. Of course, like all movies, it has some negative aspects, but this one was well written. A good review can be found here.

Alright, for the past few days, I’ve been thinking about something that’s very interesting. I was watching the History Channel not too long ago about the American presidents. I found something very interesting about one of our Presidents. Andrew Jackson — the 17th president, also the founder of the Democratic Party. In this special on the History Channel, they stated that Jackson said he could never forgive some things that were said about his wife (something about her devorice from her other husband). I didn’t really think a lot about it, until I got to really thinking about how much the democratic party today is almost soley based upon that one item — unforgiveness. I’m not trying to be stereotypical, but I’ve found that those with more bitterness towards a certain people, race, agenda, or idea generally tends to be a part of the democratic party. Not all of the time, of course, but most of the time. What was said then about his wife probably shouldn’t have been said (which caused such bitterness), but it was. Past is past, and cannot be changed. It was the indirect (or possibly the direct) cause of the split between the then republican party to the democratic party. This is evident in many more ways that one. In the 2000 election President Bush won the majority of what he had to win (the electoral college). No matter how it was played — Bush won. The hatred for the President today has been a direct result of that. The Democrats believe they won and they’re bitter about it. Fully bitter. There are a lot of other examples that can be made here — from social groups, to racial groups, to any other group that votes democrat. The vast majority vote based on bitterness or unforgiveness. Forgiveness, as defined by the dictionary, is a pardon. Forgiveness hurts no one. Bitterness can literally torment a person until the day that they die. Jesus says in Mark 11:25 that “when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” It’s quite obvious if we can’t learn to forgive others, we can’t be forgiven. If we can’t be forgiven, then we still will be judged guilty on that day of judgement. There will be no pardon if we can’t pardon those who’ve done things against us.

Media Bias and How it Affects Us

I posted my final exam essay a few days ago, so now I’ve decided to post one of the best papers (I think) that I have ever written. I got an A+ on it, so obviously the teacher thought it was good too. For some reason when I closed it on the last edit, I forgot to save my edits. Thus, a few corrections were not included, so some stuff may not be perfect (I’ve attached an updated version). This was a documented essay, so I site my sources at the end. Here’s an excerpt:

The media affects our daily lives in numerous ways – from television to radio to print. Sometimes these media avenues persuade our opinions on certain issues – such as abortion, homosexuality, racism, and political. Numerous times throughout history the media has downplayed bias, which simply means prejudiced*.

Media bias dates back to the early days of the newspaper and continues to this present day*. There are many examples throughout history showing biased media. Benjamin Franklin wrote a great example of early media bias in 1728 when he wrote an article in favor of printing paper money. Franklin did not specify he would be one of the beneficiaries, in terms of business, in printing the money*. Sometimes such bias pushed the political leaders of the time to limit the freedom of press, as did Abraham Lincoln when he ordered many newspapers, in favor of the South during the American Civil War era, to shutdown operation*. There are countless times in history where the media has been bias towards one particular point of view.

Click here to download the PDF version of this document (rough draft). I’d love to see some comments on what others think about this! Documented areas in the excerpt was indicated with an asterisk (*).

I decided to go back and redo my corrections, so here is the final version (there may be some I overlooked, though): Media Bias and How it Affects Us (Final).

The Blurry Fading

So I got up, went to school, came home, went to my grand parents and grannys, then game back home. I did nothing of value today (or did I?). I did fix a bug or two with E-Blah I think. Today was cold and rainy. It wasn’t that fun. I like driving in the rain, it’s just that I don’t feel too comfortable using cruise control with it raining. Speaking of which, my cruise control has a mind of it’s own. It’ll all of a sudden just speed up and then forcefully kick itself off for no apparent reason. And then sometimes it just refuses to work. It’s not that bad, it’s just annoying, and without it I slowly creep up with my speed. I sure wouldn’t want to get pulled over and tell the officer my cruise control didn’t work that day. Haha.

Tomorrow is the last day of this week for school. Then it’s Thanksgiving time and then sales – friday (maybe Amazon and Newegg will have some sort of deals). I’ll probably go shopping with the family that day, although I’ll probably get nothing.

Ah, I know what I want for Christmas …

Tomorrow I turn in the first part of my math final [that took me hours to do]. I’m hoping to get an A on it. I looked back over it today and it looked like I did good on it. I think after a while of doing certain problems, some can be relooked over and figured out easier. The algebra is the toughest part of it all, but I think I learned more doing the final than I did in class when we were [quickly] going over the material. I’ve finally got certain things I didn’t get, so that’s good.

I played some Age of Empires 3 again tonight; it appears like ESO finally has fixed the servers. I’ve been getting disconnected a lot less frequently now, fortunatly. It’s understandable I suppose.

I’ve not been able to sleep good these past few nights for some reason (so right now I’m really tired). Maybe the chocolate I eat before bed sometimes keeps me up all night. I probably should eat it in the morning for it to be of more benifit to me. Chocolate is one of my favorite foods.

As I look over to my right I am reminded of our countries heritage — per my American Calendar. The bad part about it is that the picture has been up for the past two months. I change it like once every 3 months. Gotta love it.

Ah, this reminds me. I should haven’t thought about it, but I did. A guy today durring class presented his “project” for our music class. Now while he was reading it he was passively putting in his cheezy anti-American propaganda, but I was just listening. Before he played his “music” selection he gave a little speach about how we should “listen to the lyrics” of his anti-American hate song (it was an anti-war song speaking of how the government lies and how there’s blood all over the place). At first I was just mad. The song came on: I was ticked. I was extremely close to walking out. I’m sick of people sitting passively by while people degrade our military. I’m sick of people in the church sitting passively by when prayer is taken out of schools, when the ten commandments is stolen away from our court houses where they’ve been for hundreds of years (and yes, I am guilty too). I’m sick of it. I’m sick of people sitting there just watching like they’re doing something good in life by seeing our heritage stolen away. While I was mad, I also remember that I should pray for him. See, if I grew up in the back ground he has, I’m pretty sure I’d feel the same way about our military. What I prayed, though, was not just for him, but all of the anti-war people. I pray that the lies and distortion from the media be cut down. I prayed that it would come out to pass in a way so real that not one of the people in congress — even republicans — can refute the evidence for the president. I prayed that by the end of President Bush’s term he’ll come out the most liked president in all of American history. The media as we know it will change soon. A lot of peoples ticked off. The Anti-American and Anti-Christian hate speach filling the air waves of America will be undermised. They will be the underdog. The bitterness and hatered that has been rooted deep down in the media over President Bush’s win in Florida in 2000 will be the demise of the liberal media. Far out liberals will be defeated in their states. Those who stand for morals will stand strong (this does include a few democrats). This has got to the best Talking Points memo I’ve heard in a while.

I’m going to pray until it changes — it will change. It’s changing soon.

Wow, while I was writting this I was thinking about the song “Underdog” by Audio Adrenaline (and how I was gonna listen to it when I got done editing it). Right after I saved it (this is an edit), the song came on ChristianRock.net (which hasn’t came on in quite some time, as it’s an old song). Just thought that was a little too … coincidence.

And that’s my post. Time for bed!

Subscriptions and More

So life’s good.

I turned on the news and low and behold they know where Judge Alito stands on “abortion”. So they talk about it for a while, which was something written like 15 years ago, and then they get this woman who essentially says, “We’ve been able to legally kill our babies for the past 40 years, this judge can’t take away our women rights and let us stop this practice!” Now I’ve got to agree with her, they have been murdering their babies for a while. Actually she didn’t actually say that, but hey — that’s what they’re doing, and they do feel it’s a right to do so. Heck, just because my sin nature might like to do things that are not right, that doesn’t make it right. I guess it all goes back to what I’ve been talking about in other entries. Sadly, these women right people still either haven’t done their research or are living in denial too far for me to phatom. Wow … way out there.

The message last night at church was on when to confront things. One of the things that really stuck out that Chris said was that sacrifice isn’t (*gasp*) giving God your sin. Now for some reason I’ve heard all these people always saying (or maybe just alluding to) that giving a sacrifice to God is giving God your sin. So I thought about it for a few minutes, giving God a sacrifice can be pretty much anything. Giving God a habbit, making time for Him, giving God what’s his (10% — and yes, this is Biblical, and don’t try to justify that it’s not for you), or basically anything else. An awesome quote, that kind of fits along these lines, is by Yoda: “Let go of everything you fear to lose”. This is something we must do. We must be willing to give God everything — even things we may fear to lose. We should not be fearful of losing anything.

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Among other things, my cars sunroof is finally fixed. It’s good to have it working. My cruise control, though, has decided to work when it wants to. Sometimes it’ll work fine. Sometimes it won’t set at all. Sometimes when I set it, it keeps increasing speed until it literally forces itself off (it’s not the gradual letting off of the gas). Hopefully it’ll start working right soon.

It’s hard to imagine almost — another year almost come and gone. It seems just like yesterday that I graduated. Time really flys by as you get older. Thanksgiving will be here oh, so soon. Finals will be here soon (although I’m not really thinking much about those yet). While I just turned 19, it seems like it was just a months ago that I was 16 getting my drivers license. Tim posted this picture on his blog:

A picture of the 2005 Christmas countdown ...

Ah, a Christmas countdown, what we always needed.

Time for Bed …

So it’s time for bed and I check out the news. The news ticks me off sometimes. You know, we’re not supposed to be of this world. The Bible, well, my Bible says (I don’t have the erasable Bible) in Galations that we simple CAN’T be God’s servants if we’re trying to please people. I’m not politically correct sometimes, nor do I care. I’d rather offend someone than please everyone.

I’m out.