Archive for January, 2010

Remember this Chicken?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

White Leghorn

So the old man was walking along the sidewalk and saw a chicken on a stoop.

“My, what a beautiful bird you are. What are you called?”

“Why I am a White Leghorn” the bird said proudly. “What are you called?”

“Mr. Red Flower”, he said.

When the chicken heard this it made a mad dash past him. “Out of my way” it clucked with a ferocity not commonly known among chickens. A desperate need drove the white foul feathered fowl to disregard safety and its own personal dignity. It lowered its head to shoulder level and with neck stretched out to make a not so sleek profile, prepared to flee. With a steady gaze, not looking to the left or the right, the bird ran into the road and legs quickly pumping to an rock ‘n roll beat, made its way across the road. An approaching car slammed on its brakes narrowly avoiding this tufted bird. It quickly continued on its way and jumped onto the sidewalk and dashed between two houses closely spaced together. Cautiously, the chicken poked his head out. One well rounded eye, gold rimmed and coldly peering, looked at the man across the road. Ah the poor little thing was quaking as it struggled for its breath.

The man, puzzled, crossed the road and asked what was wrong. The chicken drew its head, beak and all, back out of sight. The man called quietly to the chicken. The bird would not reveal himself. Again the man spoke but this time cooed like a pigeon. “Cooooo… why are you so afraid?”

Tentatively the chicken poked its beak out and said “I am afraid of you.”

“Why” the man asked?

“You want to kill and eat me.”

“Nonsense” said the man, “why would you think that?”

“You hunt birds for a living” said the chicken.

The man laughed at the poor bird… “I said my name is Flower not Fowler.”

So now you know why the chicken crossed the road… it had dyslexic hearing.

How Long Oh Lord?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

13Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14“And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15“Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16“But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

So I had a small epiphany this afternoon. I was watching John Hagee on television. The subject doesn’t matter. What he quoted did. There is that passage above from Genesis 15 where God is talking to Abraham about the children of Israel going to spend 400 years in Egypt. What I found strange and did not understand was the use of the term “in the fourth generation” they will come out. It was one of those things I could not understand. A generation is 100 years long? It is one of those things that you read and put off understanding to the future.

Oh yes, the epiphany? It doesn’t matter why God calls it “the fourth generation.” It is that he does. It puts me in remembrance of what a writer of an epistle wrote “that one year is as a thousand and a thousand as one year.” Something is simply because God calls it that way.

So what does this have to do with anything for us today?

Remember that Jesus talking to his disciples on the night he was betrayed said to them that “this generation” that would see the signs he just talked about would not pass away till everything was fulfilled. I have seen many people try to figure out the length of this generation. Take all those listed in Matthew’s genealogy and divide that into the years that passed. Do the same for Luke’s genealogy. Or take three score and ten. Or?

The first use of time and generation is Genesis 15. Why not simply take what God has said and use that for the time scale. If Israel became a nation in 1948. If Jerusalem was taken back in the 1967. Using one of those dates as the start of the prophetic clock then Jesus could be returning anytime before 2048 or 2067. That certainly stretches out the clock.

So what does this mean? We could have a much longer time to wait for the appearing in the sky. The rapture could be after I die. Yet it is during this generation. Could be anytime soon…

So keep looking up.

Robert Downey Jr

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

It has been a rather quiet four months. Just recently I began posting to this blog. I also began sketching after a four month respite. Respite? Call it a bout of depression. Health and stuff… you know. So today I have finished a drawing of Robert Downey Jr. The source was the photo in the Hamilton Spectator, a shot from his role as Sherlock Holmes in the newly released movie. I already placed it on my sketches and drawing site. So I thought I may as well put a copy here. After all, it is a small turning point in my life.

Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

Terror Attacks, Fort Hood and the unfriendly skies.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

This isn’t new news. Let’s review…

A major in the US army, a psychiatrist, aiding military personnel undergoing hard times when returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. This person has contact with a radical Islamic terrorist. They correspond. He isn’t the brightest of the psych team. Someone you have to watch out for. He kills many and wounds many more who are under his care.

Some nutcase takes training in a country known for training terrorists. He is on the British no fly list. He is a known terrorist sympathizer. He is allowed to get on a US plane and only the bravery of the customers flying on the craft prevent a disaster.

Yep, Bush took a no nonsense approach to terrorism. He instituted some of the greatest and most sweeping reforms in the intelligence gathering community. Under his watch, after 9-11, not one attack was successfully carried out on US territory. Seven years of safety.

Now there is Obama. He is trying to make a lot of changes himself. Yet I do not see those changes resulting in a safer country or a safer sky. Yep, less than one year in office and two attacks are launched. One successful and the other thwarted by the public.

Obama certainly is changing the rules by which the US is going to play. Yet it has proven not to be a successful game play. Maybe people were too quick to smear Bush’s success. I wonder how long before Obama’s failures are judged.

Yep, send it to committee… call in the experts… but in the end the real problem is that Obama never had any experience making the hard decisions or leading in political office before becoming president. Yet he talks, so wonderfully… I guess Nero can also play the fiddle quite well when inspired on special occasions.