Friday, April 18, 2014

From Pastor Eric Willoughby of Triedstone Christian Center of Blacksburg, Virginia to the congregation...

"I was pondering this statement after it was said on the Radio this morning; "It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus on the cross — but love."  

He voluntarily gave Himself up, becuase He loved you. 

As we go about our business this weekend, let us meditate on the question "What is so good about Good Friday?"  Jesus was beaten and tortured to the point where he was unrecognizable.  As John 19 says, "Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face.Pilate came out again and *said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.” Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate *said to them, “Behold, the Man!” So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate *said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”
Eternal life is available to us, if we ask Him.  In Him, we have victory because our Savior took all our pain, sorrow, shame, guilt and sin and buried it once and eternally.  Let us walk forward today reminded of the love He has for each of us.  Let us walk with confidence that we have a Risen Lord!  He has defeated death, sin and the grave.  So what is so good about Good Friday?  How has Jesus brought you out of darkness and into light?  Let us reflect on God's goodness today and how He has brought life into each of our own lives.  Jesus was a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3).  If you feel grief in your own life today, please be reminded that Jesus will never leave nor forsake you.  Let us look up and Praise the King of Kings as we go about our weekend, remembering what the true reason for this season is! "

May all who hear this be blessed, may those who do not know Him be stirred to reach out this weekend, and may those who do know Him be lead those who love and reach out to those who need His saving grace......

Monday, April 14, 2014

Russian Air force makes fools play with the US Navy.....and all the US can do is whine....

Article attached.............(Hat tip to Free North Carolina Blog Site)

The Russian Air Force made a number of fly-bys around the USS Donald Cook. They are doing the same thing I do when I tease my cats. See I know that no mater how much I tease them, I am bigger and I will always be the winner......they just get teased.

So the Russians did the same....they teased knowing that we could not respond. But we did whine...thats about all this government can do in the face of the Russians anyway.

Honestly, does any sane person think that the milk toast modern hollowed out military forces of the west can even start to win a old fashion loss taking slug match with an old fashion military doctrine like the Chinese or Russians. Whining and begging the other guy to stop is not a winning strategy (ask WWII Europeans defeated in early WWII) and beating a bunch of camel jocks who have no significant industry or air superiority in the desert is not a military feat....even that we don't do well (we are still in the sandbox)......the Russians and Chinese have actual industries and all the same toys we do, some of them paid for or developed by us.....

The succession of people elected to the yankee congresses and white house, with a special tip of the big red clown nose to the kenyan living there now has made a joke of the us. We have squandered our economic power and no owe our way of living to the very people who mock us. Daily the government takes a special opportunity to terrorize the people who live here.

And on the other hand, what do you think we would do if they sailed a warship in the Chesapeake Bay or Gulf of Mexico ......oh yeah.......whine about it and beg them to leave....

The ole' Confederate Solider in my heart laughs at this yankee governments failures, the Virginian in my heart bleeds for the waste and damage this yankee government creates around the world.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

 Communist Health Care.....Maryland looking to dump $125 million failed program....

For you that live in the peoples Soviet Socialist Dominion of is on top of the money  taken from us all in fed taxes and wasted by the feds on destroying and socializing health care...

Your state $125 million in state taxes an another $125 million taken from you by also being tossed into the dumper.....See this link....

And the reaction by the power elite in DC to your wasted funds....

and just think, many of you voted for this......and the damage continues....

Monday, March 3, 2014

The photo is of VA Techs new Center for the Performing Arts. It was a random photo selection based on it being a new building with a lot of glass and working on a LEED certification. I use it as an example of Virginia's state building program. Many governors back, the use of LEED building concepts were required by the governor. I have long believed, we waste a lot of money by paying for the certification while telling ourselves our buildings are more efficient. I have always doubted the meme. Only time and an honest appraisal will tell. 

Why did I go for glass? Well, glass is normally a pretty poor wall material for energy conservation when compared to other wall system.  They also often enclose an atrium, which are more expensive to heat and cool.

I watched as a huge array of solar panels were installed on several campuses in Virginia. In talking with those who knew the numbers for one, the payback was set at around 90 years. But that was defined as green or sustainable. 

Don't get me wrong, I know sometimes the concepts are workable. Why I even used solar in my horse barn because it was less expensive, all in, than running an underground line from my existing panel or the cost of a new service. On the other hand, I don't run my house on it.

But for government work, in the end, it all ends up in the tax rate.

Here is the link that resulted in this post. It seems that in DC, LEED buildings are energy consumers and not efficient at all. Here is the ...Link to the Daily Caller report

As a mechanical engineer over 50 years old with experience in power generation, building design, and construction, I am resisting the urge to say "I told you so"

Sunday, February 9, 2014

To use a term I learned from Bill Nye (I think I got the name right), we need to get our attention off the sparklies provided for us to address by those whom will us harm. For years now the governments and main stream media have created news and events to keep us busy. Meanwhile, under our feet the world was turned. Whether it is the resident in the White House saying saying he would work under the radar, or do his will with a pen and a phone, or the news using shootings, both large and small, to scream about registration, confiscation,, we can limit the Constitution, no we cant, maybe we should just dump the constitution....on and on, all designed to keep everyone in a dither ... sparklies.

Look around, speaking as a born Virginian, what we used to call carpet baggers and scalewags have largly destoyed our southern culture. Across the total breadth of the (less than) united states, progressives and liberals of all type are in full control of public, private, and military institutions and running them all to gorund, and this nation with them. And we have done nothing, for generations.....

It is time to take it all ......... back.It may be long past the road to civil war, but at least we can set up some of the terms....We need to stop allowing the enemy to set the terms of the conversation. We need to stop trying to be so civil. We need to be activist in all we do.

Stop and decide, here and now, will you or will you not make a difference. Today. Get grounded in God, in a deep faith that will take you through hard times for they are a coming. As men such as Jefferson understood, the bedrock of this society was founded in the tenets of Christian teachings. Stand for faith, for God, Christ and the church where there is a heaven and hell not just a "wishy washy" message of social goodness and relative humanism. Stand for personal soverignty, stand for the freedoms listed in the Declaration of Independence. Learn, preach, and live Jefferson style independence. Become a loud voice for the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursiut of happiness.

You can not watch the sparklies and let things happen. You will have to take stands, stands that many, including friends, folks at work and church, social friends, almost everyone will not understand or even like. Stop going to stores that support the enemy and tell other to do the same...I said tell, don't ask. Get involved in local groups and clubs and get them to walk away from the enemy facilities. And make sure the enemy knows you are working against them. Isolate them and isolate your resources. Get off the grid as much as possible to safeguard your assets. Stop playing the game by their rules.

And know that if you say yes to do this, you will quickly be on the front line. They will try to ridicule you and cut you from the heard. Turn on them, use ridicule to isolate them. They are killers, call them killers. They destroy lives by making slaves of people, call them out as slavers. Remember socialism/communism/big government kills people. Tell everyone of the deaths in the 20th century due to government. Work to win converts or at least make people pause before allowing that next TSA body scan, but don't try to change the liberal mind, it is a waste of your time and energy. Like pigs, they like wallowing in the mud slinging. With them, isolate them and change the conversation, it confuses them. 

It is long past time to get engaged. Find a like minded tribe and get on with it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Upcoming Events...Gen'ls Lee and Jackson Day

In Virginia, this Friday is Lee-Jackson Day. Some Virginians will have the day off, others will take the day off. Regardless, if you do nothing else, take a moment to recognize the achievements and stature of these two Virginia natives. They fought for the absolute bedrock principles of the original intent of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution. They fought for and believed in the sovereignty of the states from the federal government.....state sovereignty.

As for me, I will be headed for Lexington, Virginia, to join in the Lee-Jackson Symposium and weather permitting parade on Saturday.

In spite of revisionist history, neither of these men fought for or even owned slaves, and in fact for most on both sides, that was not the issue. The issue was who would hold the reigns of all powerful federal government or a lesser federal government contained by sovereign states. Power ......... the actual roots of all conflict.

The passage of history has proved these men right. The total power they saw would one day destroy the very homes they defended. Today the state governments are toadies for the federal government. Feds bark and states jump fearing the loss of funds. Federal regulators operate within staes like an occupying army. Here in Virginia, we have not had a truly native government since 1865. (And in Virginia, with the socialist-statist McAulliff and company in power, the next four years will prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt!)

In 1861, there were enough strong and independent Virginians who understood the impact of powerful government and were able to chose a new path. After the war, the Commonwealth was invaded by carpetbaggers and turncoats. As a result, today, the rules are very different. There are few Virginians who understand the original intent from the Revolutionary War, the danger of the all powerful federal government and who are independent enough to be able to see or chose real freedom, real personal, local, or state sovereignty.

As the federal government continues to show its hand, that may change. Domestic spying, internal graft, heavy handed regulation.....harsh truths that destroy the fairytale veneer of "land of the free".

So Friday, remember the two of Virginia's greatest leaders...General Lee and Gen Jackson. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Who's working, our recovery and what people fail to see....

(Please read the article at Zero Hedge here ( link to Zero Hedge ))
Today, I had a conversation with another engineer. We were discussing the potential to work on a new project. His comment was that he felt that things were finally picking up.....I smiled and said, that was doubtful.

While I expressed my doubt, he indicated that, not including the project I had mentioned, he had two other inquries about doing some engineering. My retort was to look at the funding, I bet it is government funding or speculation funding. First he said no, but then he paused.....then he remembered, one was a rescue squad bulding, one a hotel, and the third one a governement building renovation.........Nailed it......two of three are money from government sources and the other is a private company who I bet is speculating at best. I did not ask him where the hotel is, but if it is near DC, Richmond, or some large metro is living off a government sponsored bubble....still a false economy.

Until I pointed it out, he did not think about it, in the daily shuffle of family, work, and church it was lost. He lives in an area propped up by government money, an area with a large state university that gets millions in grants and funds for research from both state and federal sources. Even the private funds they get often has its origination back in one of the alphabet agencies. He is part of the city population within a bubble.

But with people falling out of the labor participation rate, how can there be any money to invest. People with no income can not spend or save, by definition. Without spending from the results of true production there is no short term recovery and without saving to create investment capital there can be no long term recovery. Without demand, there is no reason to have supply. No work. No recovery. So what money there is, is mostly being taxed from the productive class, mixed with printed money and then spent by the government. The local, state and federal governments fund wars, government functionaries, regulations, wasted programs, entitlements, little or nothing that creates long term or lasting wealth.

Often Karl Denniger will ask his readers when are going to step out of our slumber, when are we going to demand an end to militarism, cronyism, to graft, to legalized fraud. Based on what I see and hear around me, very few people see the economic, political, or legal facts in front of them. Few stand on the walls seeing the signs of failure of an epic proportion, and they are too often considered radical or  paranoid. We fail to teach history and demonstrate that nations and empires do fact that is the norm from Greece (ancient) to the Soviet Union, they have all failed. Many think things are bad, but all will be day soon. Many feel powerless to make any impact and have elected to try to "ride it out". Most of those seem to be ranchers, farmers, and my neighbors in the country! Will Virginians begin to look deeper and be motivated to action, either personal or public......only time will tell.

And that time will be sooner than later.....the curve above does not predict a healthy outcome.....