Quick hits (a handful of my tweets from the past 72 hours)

Either #fakenews is deliberately fake or grossly incompetent. And I don’t know which is worse.

Dear supporters, advocates & donors of @PPact, President Trump isn’t the one leading us toward genocide. You’ve already done that yourselves.

You might be a liberal if you believe letting Americans keep more of what they earn is evil, but the wanton killing of the unborn is just dandy.

You might be a liberal if you support wide-open abortion rights, but your response to every single piece of GOP legislation is, “People will die.”

I know “eta” is an acronym used in travel, but I always think of the Greek alphabet first. It goes back to Dynamic Meteorology in college, where equations are all Greek letters instead of actual numbers.

Saturday I had the pleasure of watching a college basketball game and the Army-Navy game back-to-back. The latter gave us a heavy dose of unfettered patriotism and a mighty good football game. The NFL cannot compete with this, so the TV was off Sunday.

Conservative ideology is rooted in the rights to life, liberty & pursuit of happiness. Yet our political opponents say we lack compassion. But conservatism is the very embodiment of compassion, because the opposite is death, bondage & despair.

Peter asked Jesus, “Where are we going to go?” He didn’t ask this because he lacked direction. He asked this because he knew we only have one option.

Isn’t it ironic that there is still so much racial agitation even after 8 years of the first black president? It’s almost as if reconciliation isn’t the objective. All they ever want is to be permanently outraged.

We have come half-circle. The supposed purveyors of civil rights have become the narrow-minded bigots previous generations of activists sought emancipation from. A complete reversal of roles.

Trump has already done more economically for persons of color than Obama ever hoped to.

A lot of Memphis fans are upset with Tubby & the program. I have no doubt he’s coaching the best he can. A lot of players transferred out after last season so he had to get players from somewhere. So this is what we are this year. Deal with it.

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The glorious unfolding (Ephesians 1:4-5)

Sometimes we read the Bible too fast and miss much of its detail. So it’s important to slow down and “marinate” in the word of God.

Don’t let us be distracted. Don’t let our spirits be troubled.

God sees everything about us. And no matter what happens in our lives, God is capable of putting everything together.

If God never does another thing for us, what He has already done is enough, and is way more than we deserve. The blessings of God are not material blessings, but spiritual blessings.

God has all power over heaven and earth; Satan only has some power here on earth. Yet we give the devil far too much credit.

Ultimately, the reason we live for God is not for ourselves or each other, but for God and His glory.

1. Our love for Christ is the deepest motivation to live a life of holiness and dedication. A lot of us serve the Lord with the wrong motivation. Sometimes we give only because we get. We don’t have to go to church; we get to go to church. The things we take for granted are actually privileges.

Genuine love for God will make us holy. When we were saved, God removed the person we used to be. We are therefore separate from this world. The world has an evil idea of anti-Christianity. We are to identify ourselves with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We all identify with something. Let us as believers identify with Christ and not the world.

Does the world know who we identify with by the way we dress and carry ourselves? Do we return to the very things God saved us from in the first place?

In verse 5, the text uses the word “predestinated.” This means whatever happens next is predestinated by God. He chose to adopt us into a family that we originally did not belong to,

2. Spiritual adoption is the definitive proof for God’s plan of salvation. God brought us into His family when we could not have gotten in by ourselves.

Those who have adopted children know what it’s like to bring an outsider into their family. Adoption is the most legally binding contract there is. That’s why when God adopts us from the devil’s family it cannot be undone. We belong to God and are privy to His inheritance.

We came forth from the devil’s womb speaking lies. We are all cursed by that sin nature. Then God walks into the orphanage of despair and adds us to His family. This is made by possible by the most historical event: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

God loves to be needed by His children. Because we are members of the family of God, we ought to act like family.

God made everything perfect and gave us the keys to the car and we drove it into the ditch. Sin is what results, yet God makes everything good.

3. The free will of man is limited and never greater than the ultimate pleasure of God. We can make some major choices in our lives, but our choices can never trump what God has predetermined.

God’s plan was to get Joseph into Egypt. It required the hardness of his brothers’ hearts to get him there. They tried to kill him but this was not part of God’s plan, so God’s plan trumped Joseph’s brothers’ free will.

Likewise, Jesus had to die the way He did because He was the chosen Lamb to be slain before the foundation of the world.

God will overwrite whatever we do in order to bring glory to Himself. He will even use the wrath of man to save others. We aren’t going to change the will of God.

Accessories not required

About a year ago, I purchased a Bluetooth keyboard, which I reviewed here. It was a good keyboard and I used it considerably. In the end, however, I realized that I can type more efficiently on an iPad than with the Bluetooth keyboard. And so I ditched the keyboard after a months-long experiment. iOS has a couple of built in features that make typing go faster: auto-correct and what I call “word guess,” where the software anticipates what you’re going to type next (and gets it right with surprising frequency). So I’m back to using my iOS devices with no accessories (other than headphones/AirPods). As is the case so often in life, simplest is best.

Facts about the weather

The weather is going to do what it wants to do when it wants to do it.

There are two underlying principles regarding hydrology: 1) water always flows downhill, and 2) when you get too much in one place it floods.

Wind is the result of a difference in atmospheric pressure between two points. The greater the difference in pressure, the greater the wind.

The sun is the source of all weather on earth.

Your body produces sweat in order to regulate its temperature. But it isn’t the sweat itself that produces a cooling effect, but the evaporation of sweat. On a dry day, sweat evaporates very efficiently from your skin. On a humid day, this process is much less efficient. That’s why you feel “sticky” on humid days.

The condensation you sometimes see on the outside part of your windows in summer occurs when the temperature inside your home is equal to or less than the dew point outside.

Because of the Coriolis Effect, which is the result of the earth spinning on its axis, wind travels in a curved path.

Atmospheric pressure always decreases with height above the ground. Temperature usually decreases with height, but not always.

In the Northern Hemisphere, air that circulates counter-clockwise is forced upward. Air that circulates clockwise is forced downward.

Sometimes water skips the liquid phase and changes from vapor directly into ice. This is called “deposition.” When it changes directly from ice to vapor, it is called “sublimation.” Thus, the six change-of-state processes are: condensation, freezing, melting, evaporation, deposition and sublimation.

In weather forecasting, accuracy decreases with increasing time. Thus, the forecast for tomorrow is going to be more accurate than the forecast three days from now, which is going to be more accurate than the forecast seven days from now. The farther out you go with numerical weather prediction, the closer to climatology the forecast becomes. In other words, you can produce a forecast so far out that it is nothing more than a reflection of climatological normals for a particular location, which really isn’t a forecast. Therefore, do not trust climate forecasts made years or decades in advance.

No person, entity, or government is modifying the weather. Weather modification, except on a very small scale (i.e., cloud seeding) is not possible. That’s why climate change is real, but man-made climate change is a hoax.

There are 4 methods of heat transfer: conduction (pot on a stove), convection (hot air rising), advection (cold air behind a front), and radiation (heating by the sun).

The total amount of water contained on the earth, in the ground, in the atmosphere, in oceans, lakes and rivers, and in living organisms never changes. That’s why we can never run out of water.

The difference between sleet and freezing rain is this: sleet is already frozen before it hits the ground; freezing rain falls as a liquid, then freezes on contact.

Does Obama want certain people to be victims of genocide?

Barack Obama is an angry person. He is aggrieved, vengeful, and diabolical to his core. He used the power granted to him by the American people and turned it against us for 8 years, all the while pretending to be compassionate and concerned.

The fact that Obama is watching President Trump unravel his miserable presidency while leading America to economic success we have not known in decades must further enrage the Obamessiah.

In Chicago just recently, Obama engaged in a bit of demagoguery that Adolph Hitler would have admired.

Obama said the danger is “grow(ing) complacent, we have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly.”

American democracy is fragile, and unless care is taken it could follow the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, he warned.

The article was written for Crain’s by political blogger, Greg Hinz.

“Sixty million people died…” he reports Obama said. “So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”

On Twitter, Hinz called Obama’s comments “remarkable.”

Obama ended by telling Americans to disarm. He said that his greatest “regret and disappointment” was the failure to enact strict gun control.

In reality, Obama and the Democrats resemble Hitler and the Nazis far more closely than President Trump. The Nazi Party was socialist. Its objectives included universal healthcare, a disarmed populace, and eugenics/genocide. So what we have here is a classic case of Obama engaging in liberal projection.

But think about this. If Obama genuinely believes we are on our way to some sort of genocide under President Trump — a statement which has about as much validity as “if you like your plan, you get to keep your plan” — he doesn’t want potential genocide victims to be able to defend themselves. His desire is that of most every liberal Democrat, and also the Nazis during Hitler. He wants us disarmed. One can only conclude that he wants whatever genocide we have coming to be successful.

Words

suffuse (v.) — gradually spread through or over

demarche (n.) — a political step or initiative

threnody (n.) — a lament

impolitic (adj.) — failing to possess or display prudence; unwise

neologism (n.) — a newly coined word or expression

lotusland (n.) — a place regarded as conducive to a carefree or idyllic lifestyle

obeisance (n.) — deferential respect

gossamer (n.) — a fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders seen especially in autumn

mensch (n.) — a person of integrity and honor

militiate (v.) — (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing

kibitz (v.) — look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game

matutinal (adj.) — of or occurring in the morning

tergiversation (n.) — conflicting or evasive statement

milliard (n.) — one thousand million

adamantine (adj.) — unbreakable

Wednesday quick hits

Table salt is made up of sodium and chlorine. Yet we always refer to it as “sodium.” How come we never refer to salt content as “high chlorine” or “low chlorine?”

While running in Memphis on Saturday, I passed the Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues, both currently embattled. I very discreetly waved to both.

The University of Memphis has signed football coach Mike Norvell to a 5-year, $13M contract extension that will pay him an average of $2.6M annually. I don’t know that he’ll still be here in 5 years, but it is a relief and a bit of a surprise that he’ll at least be back in 2018. Of course, this is by far the most we’ve ever paid a football coach. It may translate to higher ticket prices next season, which is fine. Success does come at a price. So be it.

Democrats are literally saying that GOP tax reform will result in people dying. This is how desperate they are to prevent you and me from keeping more of our own money.

People born in 1958 will turn 60 next year.

The Mueller investigation is unconstitutional in every way. It is nothing more than the swamp trying to overturn an election with which it does not agree. It’s about us as much as it’s about President Trump. After all, we’re the ones who elected him.

The best proposal I’ve come across for an 8-team college football playoff goes like this: all 5 power conference champions get in, plus the highest-ranked non-power 5 school, plus two wild cards. The lower seeds play at the home of the higher seeds in mid-December.

Is there anyone in the entertainment industry who is not a pervert, an adulterer, and/or a pedophile? Do you not laugh when they lecture us about morality?

According to Wikipedia, the largest city in the world is Chongqing, China, with a population of 30,165,000.

The full gay BLT acronym is now “LGBTQQIP2SAA.” It reminds me of a remark you can sometimes find in an official weather observation, which is “LGTICCCCG.” It stands for “lighting in cloud, cloud to cloud, cloud to ground.”