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Updated 21 October 2014

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Just Some Thoughts...

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From A Layman's THEOLOGY:Those who believe that God planned everything that would ever happen before the creation are forced to concede that God planned for Adam to fail. The illogic of such a thing is palpable. To assert that God knew in advance of Adam's failure but did not plan it and therefore should not be held accountable is to give assent to the notion that God was either not good since He not only did not help Adam but actually contributed to his misery or was powerless to conduct the affairs of His own creation. Either option should be totally unacceptable. To believe that such foreknowledge (actually foreordination) was operative on God's part is to believe that God intended for the devil to not only tempt but to overpower Adam, then consequently visit Adam's sinfulness upon all who would ever live. To believe this about God is indeed arrogant, at best, and totally disrespectful of God, at worst. Such a belief would be the very antithesis of worship.

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Clark's Corner -

Local Polling...Political Propaganda

The Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal and TV stations WKYT (Lexington) and WHAS (Louisville) have combined their efforts for polling purposes this year, having the polling outfit SurveyUSA conduct a number of polls regarding the Senate race between republican incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky State Secretary Alison Grimes. There have been a flurry of polls lately, SurveyUSA's results markedly different from highly acclaimed national polling organizations like the Rasmussen Reports and CBS/New York Times pollsters.

The media outlets commissioned a SurveyUSA poll (called the “Bluegrass Poll”) in February that showed Grimes ahead but not by much. They commissioned another “Bluegrass Poll” in late August but discovered to their horror that their own poll showed McConnell ahead by four points, at which point a Mellman Poll was hired by Grimes in early September that showed Grimes was ahead by two points. During that same period, the nationally highly regarded Rasmussen polling had McConnell ahead by five points.

Another poll was conducted by Mellman in September, with Grimes beating McConnell one or two points maybe because of one of her ads, as if anyone pays attention to those million-dollar sinkholes. During a late September poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS (both McConnell haters), McConnell was ahead by six points, perhaps pulling away.

At this point, desperation apparently set in at the Lexington and Louisville media-outlets-for-Grimes, so another “Blue Grass” poll was conducted by the same outfit as before, SurveyUSA, and, predictably, Grimes came out ahead by two points, despite the highly respected national polls showing the opposite. The highly respected national polling agencies have the advantage of being entirely objective, whereas local polling is purely subjective, reflecting agendas and not facts.

On 20 October, the results of yet another “Bluegrass Poll” were noted in the media with McConnell ahead but by only a point. On 17 October, Rasmussen reported its results, which had McConnell ahead 52%-44%...an eight-point bulge over the weekend? Of course not! The inordinate disparity in the polls is obvious. During polling from January through June this year, Gallup discovered citizens leaning republican as opposed to democrat 45%-39%. This margin, validating Rasmussen and covering a six-month period, has probably widened greatly.

Six years ago, McConnell defeated Bruce Lunsford to keep his seat. A look at that race in 2008 is instructive. On 21 October that year, Rasmussen had McConnell ahead 50%-43%, while SurveyUSA (Bluegrass Poll gang?) on 20 October called the race even, 48%-48%. That's a huge differential, well beyond believability.

On 29 October just before the 2008 election, Rasmussen had McConnell ahead by 51%-44% but, strangely, SurveyUSA also had McConnell ahead by an even greater face-saving margin, 53%-45%, indicating an eight-point swing in just nine days, a total departure from reality and reason to wonder how something that unbelievable could happen unless Lunsford maybe robbed a bank. He didn't. McConnell won the election by 53%-47%, vindicating Rasmussen but perhaps indicating skulduggery vis-a-vis SurveyUSA.

So...what's a citizen to do? Should the voter believe the nationally acclaimed polls or polls ginned up by local candidates and institutions having their own agendas? The media instigators of the “Bluegrass Poll” have a long history of McConnell-bashing and have been fervent in their opposition to him, even though he's been a Senate leader for many years and likely will become Majority Leader if republicans win back the Senate.

Grimes, apparently dissatisfied with disappointing “Bluegrass Poll” numbers, simply hired her own polling outfit, but what good is polling if it appears to be tainted and entirely bogus, as in this case? Her efforts seem to reek of desperation, but trying to fool the public, whether by polls or anything else, is not the way to go. That's an insult to Kentuckians, an elitist attitude remarking Kentuckians as so dumb they can't see through this subterfuge.

Using “fixed” polls, besides being dishonest and condescending, actually helps get out the republican vote on the chance that some repubs actually believe them. So, who's being gullible, the media perhaps? The next polls, if carried out, will be INTERESTING!

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

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A Hymn of Justice:

O God of Right (pdf).

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A Thought for the Day:

Gone Secular
[In your face, O God!]

The arguments fly back and forth about
The nation's sharply increased speed into
A secular society throughout –
Departure which some say that it will rue,
A spiral down from weird theology
At warp speed into hedonism's cant
That favors flagrant sensuality –
A sort of in-your-face-O-God recant.

Some claim the matter generational
From hippie-dippy sixties until Now...
A heady era dispensational,
Not tortured by some silly God-feared vow;
But others see a cultural correct
Like when stock market cycles down and out
In order some new scheming to inject
That guarantees no reason thence to doubt.

The simple people may come nearer truth
By noticing the take of Christ, St. Paul,
Who stated flatly Satan, though uncouth,
Was ruler of the world...his gall withal,
Thus toward destruction through the ages they
Have striven sometimes slowly, sometimes fast,
To get beyond the reach of God's foray
Into a life-style Satan would recast.

Throughout the epochs of world-history
There have been people, sometimes nations, too,
Advancing efforts to make Satan flee
The very task he sees as his purview...
That is, to inculcate perversion as the norm,
Degrade mankind to bestial instinct,
Reduce mankind to less than human form,
Make anything God-warranted extinct.

And so the nation teeters on the brink
Of slowing Satan's surge...or giving up...
Its churches, too, quagmired in Satan-think,
Its citizens to drink the bitter cup,
Whose courts have ruled that men may marry men,
That fetuses have no right to be born,
That family-destruction gains amen
From government from which its morals shorn.

A nation conquered bears its wounds in view
But not until it loses the good fight
And even holds some hope it will renew
Its place...through sacrifice, refurbished might;
But when a nation's mores turn to slime,
Its citizens inured to rotten core,
With writhing in carnality its rhyme,
The devil takes it home...it is no more.

So let the word go forth to one and all
As it already has throughout the world –
Like other nation-states that took the fall,
This nation's moral flag has now been furled;
Political correctness holds full sway...
And “If it feels good do it” means reform,
And that debauchery now rules the day –
A state gone secular is now the norm.

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GONE SECULAR & Other Poems is a fifth book of poetry, a genre not observed since the first volume, published eleven years ago, until 2012, this being the fourth since then and including a handful of verses from other volumes. The intervening years were devoted to prose of one kind or another…novels, short stories, satire, philosophy and, of course, Internet-driven blogs. Another poetic endeavor during that time was the writing of church hymns, both texts and music, and a book of commentaries concerning them. Though not by design, all the books in verse have had the element of time as a sort of anchor, perhaps because the writer is long-in-the-tooth. This volume has to do with a time-frame that might be called “secular.” All sorts of subjects are treated though this volume may be more politically prolific than the others; however, all have expressed concerns about governance, particularly in the United States. In the writer’s view, the nation, besides suffering under poor governance currently, is also suffering a moral emergency, with the government aiding and abetting – if not causing – a moral decline. While sin is defined by God, morals are determined by the individual and each is entitled to his own soapbox…or pulpit. Religion (including religious practices…or malpractices) is also an important subject handled in this offering, not surprising since the writer’s faith is of utmost importance. Also included are short vignette-like pictures in verse that tell a story, some of them from other eras of the nation's history. A number have to do with the threat of militant Islam, which is terrorizing huge populations of the world, particularly in the Middle East and much of sub-Sahara Africa. The writer hopes to at least provoke thought and prefers poems marked by rhyme and rhythm (discipline) rather than free verse, much if not most of which is in the form of short essays broken into segments, with or without punctuation.

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Battle of Perryville, Ky. - Civil War - 08 October 1862 - Saved Kentucky for the Union

[The price: North - 4,220 casualties; South - 3,401 casualties]

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