Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Yes, you've married a major nerd. (LOL)

Saturday, August 27, 2005

It seems that my readership base is expanding. :-)
The dialog with the juror is online here. If you're wondering what the jury could possibly have been thinking, you can find the beginnings of an answer there. Hopefully the conversation will continue.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

It appears that one of Larken's jurors has joined in the post-verdict conversation.

As Drudge would say, "Developing..."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Score one for tyranny.

I've got more than a little to say about this, so grab a beverage and get comfy in your computer chair.

Now, first off, the obvious. This is a dark moment for Larken Rose, for the tax honesty movement, and for America. The jury's frivolous verdict will certainly be a setback for us. For the Rose family, this is likely the worst day (at least so far) in their lives.

However, since I'm pretty sure you'll hear plenty of all that sort of talk from multiple quarters, I'd like to focus your attention elsewhere. I want to explore the silver lining here -- and it is here.

First off, we don't know what plans God has for us exactly, in the short (by eternal standards) term. Is America doomed; about to be replaced? Is she going to be saved and see liberty rise again? Something else? We aren't privy. We can only trust the Lord to work out His plan His way on His time. And that is something beyond even the mighty hand of Floyd Miller to affect. Even with Mark Everson's help, he is unable to overturn the merest detail. He might as well be a mosquito trying to fly through the Hoover Dam. Not going to happen.

So we can rest on the assurance that today's verdict, disappointing though it is for us, is yet within God's plan. Perhaps, indeed, it might prompt us to reexamine our own perception of our understanding of that plan. In doing so, it is wise to examine history. I see that we have many examples in history of God using adversity, even among those otherwise within His favor, to accomplish some greater purpose. (Remember, the purpose of our lives here is not to BE happy and content and tranquil, but to SERVE THE LORD in WORKING OUT our salvation -- with fear and trembling, even!) Daniel met the lions. John was exiled. Lot was driven out. Stephen was stoned. Etc. etc. etc.... yet, through all of that, God had not abandoned those sufferers; He was always at work. In some cases, the sufferers were later delivered; other times, they were not. But, what is that to us? LIFE IS FATAL. So if our ultimate purpose is to preserve our lives, our cause is lost before it even begins. And if our very lives are not within our power to save, can our liberties be any more secure?

I am not at all suggesting we abandon our efforts to protect and preserve life and liberty (in fact, it would be a disservice to both our ancestors and progeny to do so). I'm just putting those efforts in their larger context.

So then, what should our purpose be? Some would say we need to have God on our side. I think, rather, that we should strive to put ourselves on God's side. That is our calling. But, every day we are assaulted by forces determined to compromise us. Larken is doing battle with those forces in a very visible way, but we all face them, all the time, if (usually) less dramatically. Even preachers and churches have compormised, by accepting and acquiescing to so much of the socialism strangling our God-given liberties. We should be able to get God's perspective from the pulpit, but it has become sadly evident that we can't rely on that right now.

So then how can we know where God's side is, in such a duplicitous, immoral, spiritually callous world? We will need Him to tell us. How does He do that? Certainly in the Bible. Are there additional ways? Of course; God is even more creative than we are. Could not one of those additional ways be suffering? I think we have ample evidence to indicate that very strongly. Today, we are suffering, and our sympathies are with Larken, Tessa, and their loved ones and friendly associates. Yet... what is God saying? We know what the government/mass media (is there even a distinction between the two any more?) is (corruptly) saying, and what the jurors (absurdly) said, and we heard what Larken (nobly) said; what is God saying? I'm not certain yet, but I'll bet He's got something to tell us right now, and it's probably ;-) important.

I'll leave you -- for now -- with this thought. Sometimes God lets bad things happen to good people in order to break through the apathy of those around them. What will people think about this whole issue, now? Some will, of course, "go back to sleep", assuming that this puts the 861 issue to bed (which it doesn't, since the jury obviously did not even try to seriously address it). But there are going to be others who will see this occurring and will take a closer look. What will they see when they hear Larken's words (and all of ours as well) and then compare them to the vicious personal smears coming from, say, Quatloos? We know what the Jay Adkissons and the David Cay Johnstons will say. What is up to us is what we will say -- and do -- in response. This is definitely not the end of the story, folks, so my suggestion is to adhere to principle, now more than ever; not because you feel like doing so, but exactly despite not feeling like doing so. This adversity gives us a significant opportunity to demonstrate the difference in character between ourselves and the evildoers. They are, already, showing their bad character; now, what will the world see when they look our way? That is our challenge now.

When what may have seemed to be a sure thing crumbles, seek foundational truth; seek bedrock. Rest there, and do not be afraid. Justice is coming. It is -- still -- only a question of when.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

GOP natives getting more restless. (It's about time they did, too!)

Friday, August 05, 2005

Well, well. Things may finally be heating up in "Plamegate"... or is it wider than that? Novak blows up on air (and is all but fired for it by CNN), and then there are the curious reports of secret indictments of Bush, Cheney, and pretty much everyone around them, with odd tendrils extending toward Mena, Arkansas as well as the recent Chicago subway non-bombing. Oh, and this follows close on the heels of Novak's assorted recent grumblings against various Plamegate-related individuals.

What in the world is going on here? Stay tuned....

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Every American should read the major new Vanity Fair article on Sibel Edmonds. (No, the link isn't "official"; in fact, for legal reasons, you may want to hurry -- or do what I'm about to and just buy an actual copy of VF.)

Update: Infowars.com now has this article in text format. Discussions about it here and here. (2nd link reproduces full text of article.)

FYI, I tried to buy a copy of this issue today but my local drugstore still has the August issue stocked.