Saturday, May 21, 2016

It's Just Sad, Man

I like the show well enough. It's been on for years, and the formula is fine-two guys criss-cross the country, looking for gold amongst the accumulated dross of earlier generations.
The guys, Frank and Mike, generally meet two main types-characters who have collected stuff during their lifetime, who now need to sell, or those related to a character who has passed on who now have to deal with their stuff.
So, what is sad?
The characters. The collectors who have filled their lives with stuff. The stuff itself, some of which has some value.
I have known people who have filled their lives with STUFF. None of it fits in a coffin.
Many of the 'characters' yuk it up for the camera, 'colorful old coots' (of both genders) who attempt
to extract top dollar from Mike and Frank, as if getting 30 dollars more for a coffee grinder from 1923 will somehow make them "Winners".
Full disclosure: I have Stuff which I value, especially items handed down from my family.
But I know that I will leave it all behind someday. My treasure is waiting in Heaven, where thief cannot break in nor moth destroy.
Mike and Frank could go through my house in two minutes, and then ask, "Do you have any more stuff?"
Somewhat related is the "Gold conundrum".
Invest in GOLD! Make it part of your portfolio!
So...let's play. I buy $5000.00 worth of Gold. Put it in the secret little door upstairs at my house.
What can I do with the Gold? Keep it? Sell it? If I keep it, I have now taken $5000.00 of my wealth out of circulation. If I sell it, I may get my money back, but then why buy the Gold in the first place?
Also, Gold does funny things to people. It might even lead some knucklehead to break in to my house, looking for it. Many have killed for less valued possessions.
Bottom line: your life is not defined by the stuff you have. None of it has eternal value. None.
But there is better than gold wealth available to all who cherish their lives. Eternally.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Doug's Mid-terms

Rather than showing a ver' young Doug to kick this off, I was approx 19 when I took this picture of a statue cat in Bergen, Norway. Most of my life was ahead of me then.
Up at the top of a hill/park that same day I found another cat posing on top of a little boat.
Mid-terms now, partway through my life...and life is good. I have a good house, a good job, nearly no debt-all from the hand of God, Who takes care of His children.
I'm not bragging. Every time I would start with the brag, God would humble me a little harder.
No, it's not brag-I'm Grateful. On this side of Eternity, God meets our needs and sometimes blesses us with our wants, just because He loves us.
On the other side of Eternity, Blessings upon blessing upon blessings, more than we can comprehend.
One of them is no sin staining us anymore. Another is our fellowship with our Creator throughout
eternity. If you've ever wanted to live in a perfect world, with zero fear, or crime or heartbreak...that world is ahead of us, though we can't see it from our mid-terms.
God still saves sinners, and that is the most amazing thing that we can comprehend. 

Sunday, May 08, 2016

So Much For The World

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

The richest man in the world will be a pauper when he dies. Not a cent will
carry over into Eternity. Graveyard cold tears empty pockets BROKE.

In part, that's why the world rejects/ignores Christianity-who wants to hear that their entire
existence will end in bankruptcy? That ALL apart from God is meaningless?

The verse above about 'What shall it profit' was weighing me down-when I was on the cusp
of accepting Christ, that verse burned in me. I knew that losing my soul was a distinct possibility.

You may not want to hear it, but God is real, Jesus Christ is True, and your soul, your life, all that you treasure is in danger.  May God Bless you today.


Saturday, May 07, 2016

America Should Be More Like Baseball

Been said before, but it's my turn at bat:

In Baseball, skill and ability are respected, and a players race never trumps the team colors.
That is loyalty. Baseball must be and is color-blind.

In Baseball, the Judiciary (Umpires) are strict Constitutionalists-they can not make up their own laws OR decide which rules are 'right' or 'wrong', to be enforced or ignored. 

In Baseball, Owners and Players (Senate and House) work together to protect and defend Baseball.
Each side doesn't spend billions of dollars to frustrate 'the other' side. 

In Baseball, the Commissioner does his job so well that you don't even know his name. He doesn't
hold 'beer summits' to try to enforce his personal agenda. 

Baseball is doing much right-they have 100% employment, year after year. AND NO DEBT!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Never Trump Yourself, Buddy

This is a simple/sweet call out to all of y'all out there who signed a pledge: "NEVER TRUMP".
If you are moral enough to sign such a pledge, this shouldn't be too hard:
Stay home. Don't vote.
Keep true to your pledge and, if the Donald IS elected President, and does run again in 2020...
stay home then, too. Please.
Hold your head high, keep your powder dry...and stay home.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016


First, the last from my recent post:
"Here’s the funny thing in this election: The REPUBLICANS are running Donald Trump, as godless as any
Democrat, full of pride and known to accept many of the Democrat positions over the years. He does not ‘kowtow’ to anyone, most especially the Religionists on the Right. 
Perfect candidate for 2016."
What motivates your politics/vote?
Are you 'thrilled' with your presumptive choice, or is it more like "Yeah, my team stinks, but the other side is worse!"?
Is it LOVE for Hillary
Hate for Trump that moves you?
It it LOVE for Trump
Hate for Hillary?
Everyone's minds should be made up by now-both candidates have been in the public eye for decades.
The next shout up in our national giggle-fort: who will be the Veeps?
I could see Donald Trump picking his daughter Ivanka.
I joked a while ago that John Kasich would say "YES! YES! A Thousand times YES!" if Hillary
offered him the job. He definitely needs a job.