Monday, March 16, 2009

Link Dump -- 3/16/09 The Its Been WAY Too Long Edition

Regan on Reading
William Young, Author of The Shack, Outright Denies the Penal Substitutionary Atonement
The Fetus as Organ Factory -- The Next Moral Frontier?
R.I.P. CBS' Doug Towey
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next
New Yankee Stadium Pictures
Old Hymns in New Ways
Four Myths about Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A Dozen Sayings of Jesus That Will Change the World—If Christians Ever Believe Them
Kyle Rae Sweet: 1956 - 2009
Tait to Front Newsboys
Random Thoughts on Reading
9-Year-Old's Abortion Draws Catholic Censure in Brazil
Over My Dead Body, Son
Lance Armstrong's Guide to Getting What You Want in Life
Stephen King, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie: What unbelievers are discovering about giving
Wasting Homeland Security Dollars
Ginsburg: Opening on Supreme Court to Come 'Soon'
Sears Tower to Be Renamed Willis Tower
Secret Message Found In Lincoln Pocket Watch
10 Church People You Shouldn't Trust
Thank you Paul Harvey
The Limbaughization of Evangelicals
52% NOW BACK FORCE TO STOP IRAN FROM GETTING “THE BOMB”: Meanwhile, Russia and China building closer ties with Iran
Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks
Parker brothers; good and loving
10 signs NOT to hire the person you're interviewing...
Hillsong London @ Granger Community
John Maxwell Arrested on Weapons Charges
What’s In The Economic Stimulus Package For You Other Than Cash?
Reality Weight Loss Lies - Biggest Loser Edition
Top 6 Reasons Why Using Cash-Only Rocks

How many Brackets Do you fill out?

Now that March Madness is upon us I have a couple questions:
1. How many brackets do you fill out for the NCAA mens tournament?
2. Do you fill them out the same for every pool you enter?
3. Do you fill out brackets for other tournaments (women, NIT, NAIA, etc.) ?
I think Im at 4 different brackets to fill out as of right now. Im sure they will all differ in some way. Let the games begin!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Something to Ponder ... Robertson Davies

"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past."
-- Robertson Davies

Friday, March 13, 2009

Something to Ponder ... Dorothy Sayers

The sin of our times is the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, and interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.

-- Dorothy Sayers

FDR on the Economy...

If one did not know any better you might think that these words were spoken today. They are in fact from FDR's first Fireside chat.
March 12, 1933
Address of President Roosevelt by radio, delivered from the President's Study in the White House at 10 PM today.

I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking -- with the comparatively few who understand the mechanics of banking but more particularly with the overwhelming majority who use banks for the making of deposits and the drawing of checks. I want to tell you what has been done in the last few days, why it was done, and what the next steps are going to be. I recognize that the many proclamations from State Capitols and from Washington, the legislation, the Treasury regulations, etc., couched for the most part in banking and legal terms should be explained for the benefit of the average citizen. I owe this in particular because of the fortitude and good temper with which everybody has accepted the inconvenience and hardships of the banking holiday. I know that when you understand what we in Washington have been about I shall continue to have your cooperation as fully as I have had your sympathy and help during the past week.
First of all let me state the simple fact that when you deposit money in a bank the bank does not put the money into a safe deposit vault. It invests your money in many different forms of credit-bonds, commercial paper, mortgages and many other kinds of loans. In other words, the bank puts your money to work to keep the wheels of industry and of agriculture turning around. A comparatively small part of the money you put into the bank is kept in currency -- an amount which in normal times is wholly sufficient to cover the cash needs of the average citizen. In other words the total amount of all the currency in the country is only a small fraction of the total deposits in all of the banks.
What, then, happened during the last few days of February and the first few days of March? Because of undermined confidence on the part of the public, there was a general rush by a large portion of our population to turn bank deposits into currency or gold. -- A rush so great that the soundest banks could not get enough currency to meet the demand. The reason for this was that on the spur of the moment it was, of course, impossible to sell perfectly sound assets of a bank and convert them into cash except at panic prices far below their real value.
By the afternoon of March 3 scarcely a bank in the country was open to do business. Proclamations temporarily closing them in whole or in part had been issued by the Governors in almost all the states.
It was then that I issued the proclamation providing for the nation-wide bank holiday, and this was the first step in the Government's reconstruction of our financial and economic fabric. The second step was the legislation promptly and patriotically passed by the Congress confirming my proclamation and broadening my powers so that it became possible in view of the requirement of time to entend (sic) the holiday and lift the ban of that holiday gradually. This law also gave authority to develop a program of rehabilitation of our banking facilities. I want to tell our citizens in every part of the Nation that the national Congress -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- showed by this action a devotion to public welfare and a realization of the emergency and the necessity for speed that it is difficult to match in our history.
The third stage has been the series of regulations permitting the banks to continue their functions to take care of the distribution of food and household necessities and the payment of payrolls.
This bank holiday while resulting in many cases in great inconvenience is affording us the opportunity to supply the currency necessary to meet the situation. No sound bank is a dollar worse off than it was when it closed its doors last Monday. Neither is any bank which may turn out not to be in a position for immediate opening. The new law allows the twelve Federal Reserve banks to issue additional currency on good assets and thus the banks that reopen will be able to meet every legitimate call. The new currency is being sent out by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in large volume to every part of the country. It is sound currency because it is backed by actual, good assets.
A question you will ask is this - why are all the banks not to be reopened at the same time? The answer is simple. Your Government does not intend that the history of the past few years shall be repeated. WE do not want and will not have another epidemic of bank failures.
As a result we start tomorrow, Monday, with the opening of banks in the twelve Federal Reserve Bank cities -- those banks which on first examination by the Treasury have already been found to be all right. This will be followed on Tuesday by the resumption of all their functions by banks already found to be sound in cities where there are recognized clearinghouses. That means about 250 cities of the United States.
On Wednesday and succeeding days banks in smaller places all through the country will resume business, subject, of course, to the Government's physical ability to complete its survey. It is necessary that the reopening of banks be extended over a period in order to permit the banks to make applications for necessary loans, to obtain currency needed to meet their requirements and to enable the Government to make common sense checkups.
Let me make it clear to you that if your bank does not open the first day you are by no means justified in believing that it will not open. A bank that opens on one of the subsequent days is in exactly the same status as the bank that opens tomorrow.
I know that many people are worrying about State banks not members of the Federal Reserve System. These banks can and will receive assistance from member banks and from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. These state banks are following the same course as the national banks except that they get their licenses to resume business from the state authorities, and these authorities have been asked by the Secretary of the Treasury to permit their good banks to open up on the same schedule as the national banks. I am confident that the state banking departments will be as careful as the National Government in the policy relating to the opening of banks and will follow the same broad policy.
It is possible that when the banks resume a very few people who have not recovered from their fear may again begin withdrawals. Let me make it clear that the banks will take care of all needs -- and it is my belief that hoarding during the past week has become an exceedingly unfashionable pastime. It needs no prophet to tell you that when the people find that they can get their money -- that they can get it when they want it for all legitimate purposes -- the phantom of fear will soon be laid. People will again be glad to have their money where it will be safely taken care of and where they can use it conveniently at any time. I can assure you that it is safer to keep your money in a reopened bank than under the mattress.
The success of our whole great national program depends, of course, upon the cooperation of the public -- on its intelligent support and use of a reliable system.
Remember that the essential accomplishment of the new legislation is that it makes it possible for banks more readily to convert their assets into cash than was the case before. More liberal provision has been made for banks to borrow on these assets at the Reserve Banks and more liberal provision has also been made for issuing currency on the security of those good assets. This currency is not fiat currency. It is issued only on adequate security -- and every good bank has an abundance of such security.
One more point before I close. There will be, of course, some banks unable to reopen without being reorganized. The new law allows the Government to assist in making these reorganizations quickly and effectively and even allows the Government to subscribe to at least a part of new capital which may be required.
I hope you can see from this elemental recital of what your government is doing that there is nothing complex, or radical in the process.
We had a bad banking situation. Some of our bankers had shown themselves either incompetent or dishonest in their handling of the people's funds. They had used the money entrusted to them in speculations and unwise loans. This was of course not true in the vast majority of our banks but it was true in enough of them to shock the people for a time into a sense of insecurity and to put them into a frame of mind where they did not differentiate, but seemed to assume that the acts of a comparative few had tainted them all. It was the Government's job to straighten out this situation and do it as quickly as possible -- and the job is being performed.
I do not promise you that every bank will be reopened or that individual losses will not be suffered, but there will be no losses that possibly could be avoided; and there would have been more and greater losses had we continued to drift. I can even promise you salvation for some at least of the sorely pressed banks. We shall be engaged not merely in reopening sound banks but in the creation of sound banks through reorganization. It has been wonderful to me to catch the note of confidence from all over the country. I can never be sufficiently grateful to the people for the loyal support they have given me in their acceptance of the judgment that has dictated our course, even though all of our processes may not have seemed clear to them.
After all there is an element in the readjustment of our financial system more important than currency, more important than gold, and that is the confidence of the people. Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan. You people must have faith; you must not be stampeded by rumors or guesses. Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system; it is up to you to support and make it work.
It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Something to Ponder ... Richard Needham

“When money is seen as a solution for every problem, money itself becomes the problem.“

- Richard Needham

I Just Have One Question ...

Many say that a President is defined by his first 100 days in office. Obama is just past the 50 day mark and has definately been busy. That said; I would like to ask the following question of those who voted for him last November:
Is this what you voted for ??

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fighter Pilot Funnies...

overheard on one of the air-traffic frequencies by a guy flying into Dubai:

Iranian Air Defense Radar: “Unknown aircraft, you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.”
Pilot: “This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.”
Air Defense Radar: “You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!”
Pilot: “This is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter. Send ’em up, I’ll wait!”
Air Defense Radar:(no response . . . total silence)

HT to: The Spyglass

Is Your Church a Family or a Social Club?

Something to Ponder ... Henry Ford

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
-- Henry Ford

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This and That...

Been a hectic couple of weeks in my world. Got fun stuff, serious stuff ,and who knows what else stuff. I'm blocking some time over the next few days to get things posted and future posted. It sure doesnt take long to get a discipline out of whack....

Hardest Hit Ever???

What Are Your Chances of Getting a Tapeworm?

What are your chances of getting a tapeworm?