Friday, December 21, 2012

My Testimony (true story)











Look at the business card above. The moment that I snapped that picture with my phone, December 12, 2012 at 8:30am was a defining moment in my life. I want you to look closely at the date that is written in my dad's handwriting on the card. It is April 21, 1992, which arguably could be the real defining moment in my life. This card has traveled across time, twenty years, seven months, and twenty-one days to mark the end of time in my life that I will forever be grateful for, and to issue in the next great move of God in my life.
Though I was raised in a born-again Christian home, at some point I decided not to believe the stuff they were selling me in church. I still held a belief in God, but doubted the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. At times I even struggled with the existence of God, but never really went all the way with that belief. I continued to attend church on occasion, but mostly just for my family's benefit, NOT MINE! Needless to say, my faith was nearly non-existent, and my belief was disappearing quickly. As a result there was little joy in my life. Little did I know, but God was about to use circumstances that I created through bad decisions in my life combined with illness that happens to us naturally to bring me back asking for mercy and seeking His grace.
Let me take you back five months to July 2012. We are going to call July 2012 the start of this story, though I believe it goes back much farther than that, but I am going to try to give you the Readers Digest version.
In July 2012 I owned an 18 wheeler and had been going through some struggles with my business for a few months. From mechanical problems to family situations at home, I was really going through the wringer. In July I came down with walking pneumonia and the absolute worst and longest lasting case of gout I had ever had, all at the same time. The gout was so bad I was literally tempted to saw my foot off with a chainsaw. No Joke! For those of you who have had gout you know that I'm telling the truth, but to have it along with walking pneumonia was almost more than I could bare. While these illnesses were going on and me ending up in the ER once and a couple of visits to 24 clinics trying to get relief (and zero insurance) I was also battling truck repairs to the tune of $10000+ and had other problems mounting.
All of these problems metastasized to a point that I just snapped. I had maxed out every credit card on truck repairs and doctor bills. I had no money. I was, in my mind, BANKRUPT!
My beautiful wife Sylvia, who has never lost her faith in God and has always been there by my side no matter how much of a jerk I was, sat down with me and basically convinced me that everything was going to be okay because God had a plan in all of this. My attitude at this point was less than enthusiastic about 'letting go, and letting God' , but I really had no other way to turn. I was thinking that in 90 days I'd be going through bankruptcy court and we'd just start over. So I agreed to let it all go and give God a chance to work some miracles in our lives, though I still was doubting he was gonna do anything.
About a week after making this decision we were at this little country church called The Church House that she had been dragging me to for a few weeks and things started to happen. No one knew our situation because I was rather embarrassed about the whole thing, but we were given a gift of money by someone at The Church House. A rather large gift of money. It was actually given to my wife because I would have never taken it because of my pride. She didn't tell me until I got home. I was angry, embarrassed, grateful, and confused all at the same time. How's that for some mixed up emotions? I won't say how much it was but it was enough to meet our needs for awhile. Sylvia looked at me and said, "God is going to supply all of our needs. Just trust Him."
I'm not too proud to say that I got teary-eyed, and I do think a little bit of faith moved into my heart.
Over the next few days an acquaintance I had met at The Church House had suggested that I look into buying a tow truck and get into the towing business. You see I had told a few folks at The Church House that I was no longer interested in driving a truck or being gone from my family. This guy knew the business in and out, but the only problem was that my credit was maxed to the hilt, and I didn't see anyway anyone would give me a loan for the amount of money I was seeing tow trucks listed for. He told me that I just needed to pray about it and trust God. Inside I may have chuckled a little but told him I would and went home to tell Sylvia about our conversation.
In telling her about what this acquaintance had said to me, she asked me how I felt about it. I told her my thoughts and said I'd like to go for it. She said we needed to pray about it. Reluctantly I agreed. Funny thing was that after we prayed I really started having a good feeling about it and felt like things were starting to turn around.
I started making phone calls and researching all I could about the towing business. I found out that I would need to invest in an impound yard and that was going to cost some money. I didn't have money to do something like that. Sylvia said lets pray about it. Are you seeing the pattern here? I doubt, she wants to pray! I agreed to pray, and God showed me a couple of things that I could sell to come up with the funds to pay for the fence and signs for the impound yard. I already had the land, I only needed to fence which was gonna cost around $600. By this time I was willing to do whatever because my faith was growing little by little, but I still had the attitude of 'what the heck, I got nothing more to lose!'
Let me back up just a little and kind of explain where we are at in the whole scheme of things. The fence was going up around the early part of October. We had already run out of money a few times and God provided for every need in miraculous ways. Whether it was through people at The Church House (you would be amazed at how giving those people are...ALL OF THEM), family members (and I'm talking about some who had no idea we were in need), or checks that would come in the mail from sources unknown to us. I am very serious! We had one check from a very unexpected source for over $700. The more this happened the more my faith was being built. Sylvia would pray and tell me to just trust God and He would supply. This happened over a dozen times in the last five months. At some point in October I just gave in and admitted that God is God. I started to enjoy going to church, learning more about this God that was providing all my needs. I started having a family night with my wife and two girls, Faith and Emma. We would turn off the tv, read the bible to each other, play games, write down on paper what blessings God had supplied us with (you must do this. So much power in this), and just talk about Jesus. Through this family night I started to really grow my faith. I was becoming invincible! Then something happened.
All of this growing I was doing was about to be put to the test. It became evident that I was not going to be able to get a tow truck. Credit was a looming problem, high cost of tow trucks and equipment, unavailability of used tow trucks, and the list goes on. I got angry, and Sylvia said lets pray and trust.
We did, and I was still angry for a couple of days. Then something moved in me. Years ago before I started doubting Gods existence and had a slight relationship with Him, He had laid on my heart a ministry. It was simply giving food to the needy. After my second day of being angry God stirred this ministry in my heart again. I sent Sylvia a text message and told her we were going to start a ministry. She replied with 'Oh REALLY?!' I said yes and Feeding Hope Ministries named after a daughter (Hope) we lost due to being born premature, was conceived. We began work on December 1, 2012. To find out what this ministry is all about just check it out at www.FeedingHopeMinistries.org.
We quickly got busy trying to get canned food donations for our Christmas food drive and I was completely focused on that knowing now that God is going to provide ALL of our needs. Then on the night of December 5, 2012 around midnight a longtime close friend sent me a message on Facebook and said, "if you're still up and it's not too late, call me."
I got up from the computer, grabbed my phone and walked out on the front porch to call him. He told me that he had a friend who was getting out of the towing business because of some personal problems and that he had his truck for sale and priced extremely well! He gave me his number and the next day I called the guy.
He told me that he did have a truck for sale, but he had already promised it to someone else, but is that guy had not brought him the money by Friday he would let me buy it. I agreed and waited until Friday night to call him back.
I called him and he said the guy hasn't brought him the money and that he wanted to give him more time because he was a really good friend. I said ok and called him the next day which was Sunday. SAME STORY! He then said I'll just call you when I'm ready to sell it.
Well, I didn't get mad this time, but I said to God that if it was to be it was gonna be all Him that would make it happen.
I gave up and stopped pushing. I knew it wasn't meant to be and moved on.
Still working in the ministry, food donations coming in, volunteers volunteering and things in general are moving in a positive direction. Tuesday comes and my buddy that told me about the tow truck calls again and says that I can get in the repo business with him by making a few adjustment to my pick up truck. This sounded like something I could do, and keep committed to moving our ministry forward at the same time. So after praying about it and discussing it with Sylvia, she and I decided to do it. Then 15 minutes later the phone rings. It's the guy that wouldn't let me buy his tow truck, and now he wants to sell it to me. I told him that I was no longer interested because I was going a different direction now. I hung up and was so confused.
You see, the night before we had paid bills, and when we got done paying bills we were down to our last $100 again and still no regular income. Even though God was still providing our needs, it was easy to get nervous at that last few dollars.
I felt like we had been trusting God in everything and that I knew how he was leading in this new direction, but now this?! I was torn in an incredible way. Sylvia and I prayed again. I asked God to make it incredibly obvious that it was meant for me to buy the tow truck. I said that I would go look at it in the morning and that if my name was on it I would know that I was to buy it. This is called putting a fleece before The Lord and it is scriptural. Gideon did it. It is nothing more than asking God for some help with big decisions.
I get to the guys house around 8:25 and knock on the door. He is not there so I began looking over the truck. I want you to keep in mind that I do not know this man, and my family has never had any dealings with him. Also he lives over thirty miles from me. But as I walk around to the front of his truck I notice something under the grass that catches my eye and stuns me. It is my last name Vaughn. I kick a little grass off of the rest of what I now see to be a business card and it says Gardner! It was the business card in the picture at the top of this story. Folks my name is Brady GARDNER VAUGHN! My dad used to tune pianos in the area back in the eighties and nineties. When he would finish tuning one he would write the date on his business card and drop it into the piano so that the next guy to tune it would know how long it had been since the last tuning. Although my name wasn't exactly on the truck it was three feet in front of it. The hair stood up on my neck for the rest of the day. Later on while paying the guy for the tow truck I asked him if he owned a piano and he said yes. He had bought it from a church 9 years ago, and it has been in his house since then. God knew 20 years ago that I was gonna need His help today and He made a way!
It is only a God thing that that card got from their piano to the front of that truck and just happened to be there on the day I asked God for a little business advice. All I can say is that over the last five months He has been drawing me nearer and nearer to Him and helping me to learn to lean on Him for everything, and by learning to lean on Him I was able to recognize Him talking to me in a physical way with my dad's card. I am humbled and overwhelmed that the creator of the entire universe thought enough of me to bring me to such an awareness of Him.
These past five months have not happened just to bring me to this one moment that took place today, but they have happened to prepare me for a lifetime of moments like this, and my friends, this is only the first of many more testimonies of this nature because He has taught me to lean on Him. I encourage you to do the same. I am so excited that this is merely the beginning of His light shining through me.
AIN'T GOD GREAT!?!


-Brady Vaughn



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Blonde Joke:-D

Thanks Ruthie!
 
 
 
A blonde, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do.

"Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?"
The blonde said, "How about 50 dollars?" The man agreed and told her that the paint and ladders that she might need were in the garage. The man's wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, "Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?"
The man replied, "She should. She was standing on the porch."
...

A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.
"You're finished already?" he asked. "Yes," the blonde answered, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats. "Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50. "And by the way," the blonde added, "that's not a Porch, it's a Ferrari."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dear Conservative Politicians......




AND NOW IN OUR WHITE HOUSE







Dear Conservative Politicians,

Where have you all gone? Why are you believing the lies and the manipulations that the communist are telling you?
You may ask "what communist?"
The communist that are hiding behind the mask of liberal democrats, socialist(this term really puts a nice face on communism), and many other disguises designed to make you feel good when you say it.
You conservatives have lost your spines, you have become weak and have lost your ability to stand against communism effectively. This is a growing problem with the GOP. We have lost two presidential elections to a communist because conservatives have lost their way.
Republican voters are tired of the garbage that you keep nominating for Presidential Candidates. We are disgusted with your inability to debate properly because you have bought the LIE of political correctness. The only correctness that you should be worried with is BIBLICAL CORRECTNESS! Ronald Reagan was the last president this country had that did as the Bible tells us to do, and that is to CALL EVIL, EVIL! Quit worrying about what man thinks of you and your campaign and start worrying about what God Almighty thinks about you and your morals then maybe we can start trusting you and stop thinking of you as a bunch of weasels!
Communist have made it to the White House and have won it again. You republicans have sold out because you do not take a stand on the issues, and thinking conservatives and passionate christian conservatives will not throw away their vote on men who are intimidated by popular opinion.
The communist have almost accomplished everything in the Communist Manifesto. READ IT! Knowledge is power! Here is an excerpt from section II as it plainly details what is happening in our country today:

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.

Is this list not indicative of everything Communist Party Leader Barrack Obama stands for? Is this what America is becoming? YES!! Wake up! Grow a spine, Republicans, or lose my support! Send us Godly Christian men and women to vote for. The only Christian Conservative that was on the ballot had to run as a third party candidate because the GOP is afraid to make a Godly stand. And no, Mormons do not follow Christ as God, but as a man. This takes the main ingredient out of Christianity.
Republican Party, you had better get back to basics or you will only exists in history. What are the basics? I'll give you a list of a few in order of importance:

     1. GOD. Not Allah, nor Buddha, or any other worshipped being. GOD! The
     God of Israel. The God of Christianity. His name is Jehovah!
     2. COUNTRY. The USA. Not Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Mexico, or anyone else. AMERICA! We must be a Superpower again, and be proud to be one!
      3. FAMILY. One male husband and father, one female wife and mother,
      their children.
     4. Relentlessly attack the issues destroying the moral fiber of this country.
           a. Stop calling murder anything but what it is, MURDER! It is
           not abortion. It is murder! It is also Genocide, because we are
          murdering our own young! INSANE!!
          b. Homosexuality is a perversion of God's natural laws and
          cannot be allowed to pervert the sanctity of marriage or
         family(of which God created both).
         c. Stop the relentless attack on God in this nation. Put prayer
         back in our schools and fight fight fight for God, even if you
         can't win!

I make no apologies for offending women who have had someone murder their babies. It is murder! Even through rape that child deserves to live, but the man that raped must be brought to justice, if not death then unanesthetized castration. Brutal, but very effective. I make no other apologies either. I know what the word of God says, and there is healing and forgiveness if you ask.
It is vital that our leaders fear God, but they also need to ask Him for guidance. It seems that part of being a politician is having a huge ego. Conservatives, you MUST humble yourself and ask God for guidance. Pray that He guides your mouth, and your footsteps. Cry out to Him! Start leading this country having faith that The Creator is leading you because you ask Him for help. Quit trying to be politically correct and strive to be SPIRITUALLY CORRECT! Do this for GOD AND COUNTRY!
We have lost another presidential election to a communist because God is being ignored. He will bring this nation to its knees one way or another! Praise Him on your country's behalf. America needs leaders who are unafraid to lead Godly lives. Call evil, EVIL. Stand up against our enemies. Be strong! Be AMERICAN!!

God Bless America


Location:Mayo, LA

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Story of Balaam's Donkey




Does your donkey have to break your foot, then speak to you before you will open your eyes and ears to what God is trying to show you? Have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a silent donkey!

And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the Lord shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the Lord refuseth to give me leave to go with you. And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us. And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more. And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour? And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak. And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjath–huzoth. And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people. (Numbers 22:1-41 KJV)


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

To Christians....Before You Vote

If you walked into the voting booth today and there were no names to vote for, you knew nothing of the media bias for the candidates, and the only options were MUSLIM, MORMON, and BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN, which would you vote for?
Please pray for Gods guidance on Tuesday, and remember that your voice of a vote is never wasted when you vote for the person that best represents you. Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode is a born again Christian and is on the ballot. Www.constitutionparty.com

Homeless Savior

Homeless
Written by S Benner




“Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear Him at the temple.” (Luke 21:37-38)

Have you ever contemplated the homelessness of Jesus?

“Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’” (Matthew 8:20)

This is more than just a metaphorical picture. Jesus didn’t have a home. The Bible doesn’t mention Him owning anything. In the midst of recording Jesus’ teaching, Luke casually mentions that Jesus spent each night on the Mount of Olives, the hill outside Jerusalem.

Though the gospel writers give little attention to this fact, we dare not romanticize it. Surely Jesus did experience beautiful evenings in the olive grove, away from the crowds, with the stars shining overhead. But other nights it rained or even snowed. Sometimes cold winds blew. Jesus endured hard ground, darkness and loneliness.

How does Jesus’ homelessness impact us? Though not a command that we must follow, it does require us to pause and think. Too often the desire for comfort drives me. Luxury and convenience become needs rather than wants. Material possessions clutter my focus and prevent me from seeking God. I stress about many things. Jesus owned nothing, yet He didn’t worry about His next meal. He trusted God for everything He needed.

I also need to consider my attitudes toward others. Though Jesus likely trained as a carpenter, during the three years of His ministry He didn’t work to provide for Himself or for His mother. Did people look at Him and say, “Get a job”? Jesus can help me see differently, because He knows what it’s like to be homeless.

Holy God, open my eyes to what you want to teach me through these verses. I want to trust You and not worry, to seek You instead of my own comfort, to see every person through Your eyes. Amen

Questions: Does knowing Jesus was homeless change your perspective toward the homeless in your city? What is God nudging you to change as you consider Jesus’ homelessness?

Location:Alexandria Hwy,Leesville,United States

Friday, September 14, 2012




This was emailed to me by a friend, and though I've seen this before, it bares repeating. The truth is this current generation that is telling us how responsible we must all be is also the most wasteful in history. I think you'll agree once you read the following story.



Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f
or future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.


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Location:Being Green

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New York City on 09/11/2001




Photo credit: NASA

Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else," said Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists' attacks.

The following day, he posted a public letter that captured his initial thoughts of the events as they unfolded. "The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked."

Upon further reflection, Culbertson said, "It's horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are."

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Let Go of Your Day Before Tomorrow Comes!

When a day has passed in life, be done with it. It is important to live in each day as it comes, to the best of our ability, so that even when our mind attempts to wander and re-live the past, we know that there was no more that could be done for we gave everything we could have given in every moment.

Don't worry, just as you have made mistakes in the past, so will you in the future. Being perfect is one trait that no man can ever acquire. Instead of aiming to be perfect, we should instead aim to commit actions everyday that will help to tell the world who we really are. Be grateful and humble for every new day that you are given, and remember that after each day is over physically; it should also be over in your mind as much as it possibly can.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hidden Valley Popcorn!

Next time you pop some popcorn try this:
I pop my popcorn the old fashioned way. In a pot! I don't know the measurements, but I would say in a six quart pot use a little less than 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of popcorn. Put the lid on it and turn the heat on high. In my pot these measurements will just fill the pot to the lid. Once the popping slows to about 1 pop every other second, remove from the burner. When the popping stops remove the lid and dump popcorn into a very large mixing bowl. Place 1/4 to 1/2 stick of BUTTER, not margarine, in the hot pot and replace the lid. Do not put pot back on hit burner as this may scorch the butter. Pour the now melted butter over your popcorn. Open a 1oz package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (the powder stuff) and sprinkle the entire contents over the popcorn. Toss the popcorn lightly and ENJOY!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

IT'S WHAT YOU SCATTER






I received this as an email from my friend Tony Brooks. Thanks Tony!

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'
'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'
'Good. Anything I can help you with?'
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.

'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.

'Not zackley but almost.'

'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.

'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.

With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.

They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size.....they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ..'

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband... Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.


Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself...

An unexpected phone call from an old friend.... Green traffic lights on your way to work....

The fastest line at the grocery store....

A good sing-along song on the radio...

Your keys found right where you left them.


IT'S NOT WHAT YOU GATHER, BUT WHAT YOU SCATTER THAT TELLS WHAT KIND OF LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED!


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Whoever said that Obama hasn’t acomplished anything in his first term?





Stole this from my buddy James Griffin



WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS!…

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

First President to violate the War Powers Act.

First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party, a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.

First President to recommend changing our National Anthem as it portrays and promotes violence and is warlike in its theme.

First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer Breakfast and activities.

First President to initiate a Cash for Clunkers Program to clean up exhaust that adds to global warming, then extended it because it was so popular — wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

First President to bypass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

First President to demand a company hand over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company which state they are allowed to locate a factory in.

First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

First President to fire an inspector general of Americorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90 to date.

First President to pledge complete transparency while campaigning, then hide his medical, educational,and travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.

First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

First President to repeat the Holy Qur’an and tells us that the early morning Islamic call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider . . ..

At this time of year, this is worth seeing.

Show these pictures to your spouse, your kids, grand kids, and friends. It could save their lives. Remember what this Spider looks like and be careful while cleaning, as told below.


It's summertime & cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put your hands. They like dark spaces & woodpiles.

Also cool areas in the attic...........................................

This guy was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.



Day 3:

The following illustrates the
progression
of a brown recluse spider bite.
The affected skin actually dies on his body.


Day 5:

Some of the pictures towards the end are pretty nasty, but take a look at the last one -- it is a picture of the spider itself.




Day 6:
The Brown Recluse Spider is the most
dangerous spider that we have here in the USA.



Day 9: A person can die from it’s bite. We all should know what the spider looks like.



Day 10:

Send this around to people you love, because it is almost summer time.

People will be digging around, doing yard work, spring cleaning, and sometimes in their attics.



The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider

Please be careful.
Spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent and highly negative consequences.

They like the darkness and tend to live in storage sheds or attics or other areas that might not be frequented by people or light.

If you have a need to be in your attic, go up there and turn on a light and leave it on for about 30 minutes before you go in to do your work.






Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rare Photos....must see!!



VERY RARE PHOTOS



WONDER HOW SOME OF THESE PHOTOS WERE ACQUIRED???










Pope John Paul with the man that tried to kill him




The Titanic ship before sailing




Google in 1999, when they started; just a few folks!




The Beatles when they were adolescents




Wright Brothers




School grades of Albert Einstein




Martin Luther King's cadaver/body




Construction of the Empire State Building




Body of President Kennedy in November of 1963




First computer




Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi




Albert Einstein in Brasil





Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro




Black physicians treating a member of the Ku Kux Klan in the ER




Chuck Norris & Bruce Lee




Adolf Hitler as a child……..what happened along the way??




John Lennon , signing autograph right before his death




Evolution of the Coca Cola






Berlin wall being torn down







The Beatles before they became famous







Construction of Disney World







The Titanic at the bottom of the ocean






Osama Bin Laden Family. Osama is the one with red circle around his face…….who would have known at that time???




Pope Pio XII and Hitler




Sadam Hussein with the noose around the neck





Lady Diana accident scene





. The first McDonalds






Monday, April 30, 2012

Have You Been To Any Of These Places?

 
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone.
You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.


I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Getting in HEI Before The Split

Stock split alert! HEI 5 for 4 forward split. Do your own research before investing. I got my shares this morning.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Attack Of The Angry Birds Louisiana Style!!

Yesterday while driving home from town we saw an suv on the shoulder of the road with its flashers on, door open, and windshield smashed in so badly that it was laying partly on the dashboard. I turned around to go back and see if anyone was hurt. I fully expected to find people with cut up faces and glass in their eyes.
When I got there three women got out. They seemed okay and didn't have any cuts that I could see. I asked if they were okay and if they needed anything, and they said that they were fine and that help was on the way.
I noticed on the windshield that there were a couple of large black feathers. I asked the driver what had happened and she just looked at me and smiled as she said, "angry birds!" 
For those who haven't already guessed, a large buzzard (Louisiana's second state bird) had crashed into her windshield! 
Glad they were okay, and that she was able to find some humor in her dilemma. 
Keep smiling;-)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Attention Trucking Subscribers!!

When I first started this blog in February of 2011, it was a blog geared towards big truck owner-operators in order to give them real life information on what to expect from trucking companies that I contract with. Over the last year the content of this blog has changed.
I want my early subscribers to know that I have started a new blog that will stay on topic. I will be posting, IN REAL TIME, my daily loads and other info that I feel would be pertinent to helping you decide if my current contract(CRST Malone) is right for you. So please check it out @ http://10roger.blogspot.com or go straight to the feed @ http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/cidTG .
Peace out!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Obama Just Banned 1,000,000 Guns

From the desk of Rand Paul:

Dear fellow Patriot,

Nearly 1 million American rifles.

Banned by a stroke of Barack Obama’s pen.

In a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama Administration quietly banned the re-importation of nearly one million American made M1 Garand and Carbine rifles.

The M1 Garand, developed in the late 1930’s, carried the United States through World War II seeing action in every major battle.

General Patton at the time called the M1 Garand “the greatest battle implement ever devised.”

The rifle is largely credited with giving American soldiers the advantage and securing victory for the allies.

During the Korean War, nearly one million of these rifles were brought to South Korea and left with the South Korean government afterward.

Now, South Korea wants to give American gun collectors the chance to get their hands on this unique piece of history.

A piece of American history that Barack Obama would like to see go down the memory hole.

That’s why I want as many Americans as possible to put themselves on record opposing this gun ban by signing the Official Firearms Freedom Survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.

Will you please join me?



After World War II, the United States government sent millions of these rifles overseas to our allies and friends.

Over the past 50 years, many of the countries we lent them to returned them to America to be bought and sold by firearms collectors.

This is nothing new.

Make no mistake; these rifles were made in America, by Americans, for Americans, to defend freedom on foreign shores.

As a part of our history, they are greatly sought after by American shooters and collectors.

But according to Hillary Clinton’s State Department there is a danger they might “fall into the wrong hands.”

That they might, possibly, one day be used in a crime.

No mention of the hundreds of thousands of gun owners deprived of the opportunity to own an integral part of American history.

The State Department’s outrageous claims are nothing more than a thinly veiled ploy to distract from the real issue:

President Obama’s deep seated hatred for gun rights.

While his gun-grabbing base is giddy with praise at this back-door gun ban, law-abiding citizens across the United States are crying foul.

Let me be clear: at no time in U.S. history has the ownership of this firearm -- or any part of this firearm -- been illegal, restricted or banned.

Americans have collected World War II M1 Garand and Carbine rifles for decades.

Now they are sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

You can even purchase a newly manufactured model from Springfield Armory that was made just a month or two ago.

And the M1 Garand’s caliber or capacity is no more dangerous than the millions of modern firearms owned by Americans across the country today.

As you can see, there is absolutely no justification for this unconstitutional gun ban.



This is just the latest in a series of anti-gun schemes from the Obama Administration:
*** A new so-called “Assaults Weapon Ban" -- targeting ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns -- which, unlike the Clinton ban, would NEVER expire;

*** An outright BAN on “high capacity” magazines -- banning the sale and manufacture of magazines holding more than just a handful of rounds;

*** A National Concealed Carry “Standard” -- designed to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to carry a gun to protect themselves and their families from assault;

*** Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Catch-All Gun Control Scheme” -- to create a national “cannot buy registry,” allowing citizens to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights on a Justice Department whim, effectively banning all private gun sales.

That’s why it is essential that Americans like you and I take a stand against the M1 Garand gun ban!

It has been common practice since the end of World War II to re-import these American made rifles from the foreign allies they were lent to during the war.

But the Obama Administration departs radically from the American tradition.

In fact, on top of banning American citizens from owning these historic firearms, Obama’s State Department is arranging for the destruction of nearly one million of them -- ironically, at a time of ballooning federal deficits.

It’s an outrage!

These firearms -- truly pieces of American history -- rightly belong in the hands of U.S. citizens.

That’s why I was glad to hear that the National Association for Gun Rights is helping fight this power grab in the U.S. Senate.

Do you believe the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment are the supreme law of the land?

Do you believe that President Obama banning the re-importation of these historic firearms is an unprecedented and unconstitutional power grab?

Do you support Congress forcing President Obama to reverse his ban and save these American made rifles from destruction?

If you said “Yes” to these questions, please sign the Firearms Freedom Survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.

Your survey will put you squarely on the record AGAINST Barack Obama’s Rifle Ban.



And along with your signed survey, I hope you’ll send a generous contribution of $250, $100, $50 or even just $35 to help finance this battle.

With your generous contribution, the National Association for Gun Rights will continue contacting Second Amendment supporters to turn up the heat on targeted U.S. Senators.

Not only that, but they’re preparing a massive program to launch the designed to force President Obama to reverse this ban.

Direct mail.  Phones.  E-mail.  Blogs.  Guest editorials.  Press conferences.  Hard-hitting internet, newspaper, radio and even TV ads if funding permits.  The whole nine yards.

Of course, a program of this scale is only possible if the National Association for Gun Rights can raise the money.

But that’s not easy.

So please put yourself on record AGAINST Barack Obama’s Rifle Ban by signing NAGR’s Firearms Freedom Survey.

But along with your survey, please agree to make a generous contribution of $250, $100, $50 or even just $35.

And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, your help will still make a difference.

Thank you in advance for your time and money devoted to defending our Second Amendment rights.

For Freedom,

Rand Paul
United States Senator
P.S. In a move unprecedented in American history, Barack Obama secretly banned the re-importation of nearly a million American made M1 Garand and Carbine rifles.

The M1 Garand, developed in the 1930’s, carried the U.S. through World War II seeing action in every major battle.

So please put yourself on record AGAINST the Barack Obama’s Rifle Ban by signing NAGR’s Firearms Freedom Survey.

But along with your survey, please agree to make a generous contribution to the National Association for Gun Rights of $250, $100, $50 or even just $35.

And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, your help will still make a difference.


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The #1 Reason To Never Let The Liberals Have Your Weapons!

 
 

I borrowed this story from a friend on facebook, and thought it would be a great addition to this blog as I am a gun owner.


This is a true story and most people will never know it.

After the Japanese
decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941, they could have
sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to
... ... finish what they started.

They didn't. Why?

The prediction from our Chief of Staff
was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they
reached the Mississippi River . Remember, we had a 2 million man
army and war ships…...all fighting the Germans. So, why did they
not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and
admirals were asked that question. Their answer…...they knew that
almost every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.

The world's largest army... America's hunters!

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of
states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

Over the last several months, Wisconsin's hunters became the
eighth largest army in the world.
More men under arms than in Iran.
More than in France and Germany combined.

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of
Wisconsin.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state
to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the
woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan's 700,000 hunters,
All of whom have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it
literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four
states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that
kind of home-grown firepower.

Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a
matter of national security.

That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us
disarmed.

Food for thought when next one considers gun control.

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”
― Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

Friday, March 9, 2012

Stuff you didn't know you didn't know!! (emailed to me from a friend)

Men can read smaller
Print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: 

Alaska
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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
(now get this...)

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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:

$ 16,400
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The average number of people airborne over the U...S. In any given hour:

61,000
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne 

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession
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Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?

A. One thousand
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey

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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...'Goodnight , sleep tight'

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'

It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

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Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2012 when...

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.


~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to! 
Go lick your elbow.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Getting Out Of VRTX

If you bought VRTX as I suggested, and did on Feb 24th then you are in profit! I'm taking my gains. Maybe premature, but it's still profit.
I'm holding the others I suggested on that day for a few more days. Happy trading!

Public Prayer May Satisfy The Flesh, But Does It Satisy The Savior?

Matthew 6:5 - 7
 
5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 
Jesus says you must definitely not pray as the hypocrites pray.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Liberals LIE! Here Are A Few Facts That They Lie About!

I received the following via email. Please feel free to share!

Education of the masses will be the only way to win in November!  Please pass this on.  The last point is as powerful as the first.
 
 
 

There are actually two messages here.  The first is very interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding - and explains a lot.  
 
A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.  
 
 Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:  
 
               U.S.                    65%    
 
               England              46%  
 
               Canada               42%  
 
 Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:  
 
               U.S.                     93%  
 
               England              15%  
 
               Canada               43%  
 
 Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:  
     
               U.S.                     90%  
     
               England              15%  
     
               Canada               43%  
            
Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:  
     
               U.S.                     77%  
     
               England              40%  
     
               Canada               43%  
     
Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:  
     
               U.S.                     71  
     
               England              14  
     
               Canada               18  
     
Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":  
     
               U.S.                    12%  
     
               England               2%  
     
               Canada               6%  
     
And now for the last statistic:  
     
  National Health Insurance?  
     
               U.S.                     NO  
     
               England             YES  
     
               Canada              YES  
     
  Check this last set of statistics!!  
     
  The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked  
  in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet.  
  You know what the private business sector is a real-life business, not a  
  government job.  Here are the percentages.  
     
     
              T. Roosevelt.................... 38%  
     
              Taft.................................. 40%  
     
               Wilson ........................... 52%  
     
              Harding........................... 49%  
     
              Coolidge......................... 48%  
     
              Hoover ........................... 42%  
     
              F. Roosevelt................... 50%  
     
              Truman........................... 50%  
     
              Eisenhower................ .... 57%  
     
              Kennedy......................... 30%  
     
              Johnson.......................... 47%  
     
              Nixon.............................. 53%  
     
              Ford................................ 42%  
     
              Carter............................. 32%  
     
              Reagan........................... 56%  
     
              GH Bush......................... 51%  
     
               Clinton .......................... 39%  
     
              GW Bush........................ 55%  
     
              Obama..................... 8%  
     
     
  This helps to explain the incompetence of this administration:  
  only 8% of them have ever worked in private business!  
     
  That's right!  Only eight percent---the least, by far, of the  
  last 19 presidents!  And these people are trying to tell our big  
  corporations how to run their business?  
     
  How can the president of a major nation and society, the one  
  with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk  
  about business when he's never worked for one?  Or about jobs when he has   never really had one?  And when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff   and closest advisers?  They've spent most of their time in academia,   government and/or non-profit jobs or as "community organizers."  They should   have been in an employment line.  
     
  Pass this on because we'll NEVER see these facts in the main stream media.  

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Shotgun Wedding Supper of the Lamb!



First of all, I hope you recognize the sarcasm in the title for what it is. I in no way believe that scaring people into heaven by scaring the hell out of them is even remotely related to anything Jesus Christ told us to do!
Far too many times I have seen preachers and evangelists of all denominations using scare tactics to get people to the altar. Just turn on your television on Sunday morning and I bet you hear some of it. 
I think we all know the kind of preaching that I'm talking about. The kind of preaching that can be boiled down to one phrase, and that phrase is this, 'If you don't come down to this alter tonight and get yourself saved then you'll go to hell and burn forever! Don't put it off any longer!!'
I challenge any one of you reading this message to show me IN THE BIBLE where Jesus said to do this! It ain't there. 
Before we go any further, you need to understand that fear is a tool of Satan. It is my opinion that any preacher that is using fear in his sermons is being GREATLY used by Satan. You see, in order to be saved we must repent. Repentance requires sincerity, and being sincerely scared doesn't automatically mean that you are sincerely repentant. This is one of Satan's grandest schemes. He has lured you into a false sense of security about your salvation because you scared and manipulated into making a snap decision. This is what I refer to as 'the shotgun wedding supper of the Lamb!' people are being scared into making a commitment to someone that they really don't love! It never lasts! You must fall in love before you can make a commitment, not after. Even a relationship with Jesus needs time to grow. 
Jesus told us what to do. He told us to go out and preach the GOSPEL. What does that mean, you ask. Well, let's look at what Wikipedia calls gospel:

A gospel is an account, often written, that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth. According to the bible, the "Gospel", is also defined as the "Word" that comes from God. The First Epistle of Peter 1:25, references Isaiah 40:8. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:but the Word of our God shall stand forever. 1 Peter 1:25...the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Isaiah 39:8...Good is the word... Isaiah 40:5 ...for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Therefore, out of the mouth of God, is the good news, glad tidings, or what is also known as, the gospel. In a more general sense the term "gospel" may refer to the good news message of the New Testament. It is primarily used in reference to the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, the term is also used to refer to the apocryphal gospels, the non-canonical gospels, the Jewish gospels and the gnostic gospels.

So what is the 'Good News'? That God Almighty aka Jesus Christ, loves you without end!  That we can have eternal life with the creator of all the universe, and it's REAL easy! Believe that He was who He said He was, and that he defeated death, hell, and the grave. 
See Matthew 24:14. After Jesus rose from the dead, he commanded his disciples to share the Gospel. He said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creatures." See Mark 16:15. He did not say "go forth and scare the hell out of people until they repent!"
Where there is faith, fear cannot exist. Likewise where fear dwells, faith cannot be found. If someone is using even the most subtle fear tactics such as, 'you're gonna miss heaven if you ______!' , I would be very wary of all of their teachings. Fear only comes from one place! 
Please, if you are going to share the gospel with the world, just share the gospel. Do not share fear! Do not give Satan the glory. 
I realize that my message may not be popular, and you may think that I am totally wrong. That is ok. I have only shared what has been on my heart for some time. I welcome any comments or private messages at bradygvaughn@gmail.com

Thank you for reading!