Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Music Monday” Countdown of Coldplay’s best albums (part 1)

I like this CD a lot mainly because of it rhythm and how it is the most relaxing of Coldplay’s albums. “YELLOW” “SHIVER” “DON’T PANIC” “TROUBLE” “SPARKS” are all great songs. I would have to say that Parachutes was a good song but it was too short. Altogether I would give this album a 9/10! However, this is the 5th best album of Coldplay. Next Monday I will reveal the 4th best album. Wilson Hatcher

Coldplay

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Is something spiritually going on with Coldplay? BTW Coldplay on Letterman tonight!

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Nihilism can be seen in Woody Allen’s latest film “Midnight in Paris”

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Brian Jones’ futile search for satisfaction (Part 3 of series on 27 Club)

Brian’s Blues, Brian Jones on guitar in the early stones years. unreleased track Brian Jones died at age 27 just like Amy Winehouse did. I remember like yesterday when I first heard the song “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. I immediately thought about Solomon’s search for satisfaction in the Book of […]

A Christian response to Papa Roach’s song “The Last Resort” (Part 1)

Papa Roach – Last Resort (Censored Version) Amy Winehouse died at the young age of 27 and she had lived a life filled with drug and alcohol addiction. This series on Papa Roach is meant to provide answers to those who feel trapped. Hopefully it will people to avoid  troubles like Amy Winehouse experienced.  Today I […]

Coldplay’s spiritual search continues with song “Major Minus” (Coldplay’s spiritual search Part 7)jh64

Elusive: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin in a rare shot together at a beach party in the Hamptons I was very interested in the first single that came out from Coldplay a few weeks ago, but this second single escaped my attention. Then this morning my son Hunter told me all about this second song […]

Arkansas can learn from Vols’ mistake in football recruiting

I have noticed that Arkansas never seems to have great recruiting years like Tennessee and Florida and Alabama do. However, the 2008 class that will graduate in 2012 for Arkansas included some great players like Joe Adams and has been re-ranked as the 5th best performing class. That class led Arkansas to a final ranking of #5.

Constrast the 2009 class at UT when Kiffin brought in the #10 class of the year with 23 players. Now only 9 players are left in the program and only one player has started over 10 times. THE LESSON IS CLEAR. SIGN BOTH FOR TALENT AND CHARACTER!!! Read on:

Former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin looks on during a 2009 game against Western  Kentucky in Knoxville, Tenn.

Former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin looks on during a 2009 game against Western Kentucky in Knoxville, Tenn.

Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
 
 

On Feb. 4, 2009, Lane Kiffin stepped to the podium and addressed what would be his only signing class as University of Tennessee football coach.

“Understand that this class is far below the standards that we have here and what we’ll need here in the future,” Kiffin said.

Who knew then just how precise he would be?

Kiffin and his staff of relentless recruiters had two months to scramble and assemble a class, and they were praised for compiling a crop that was strengthened with the late additions of safety Janzen Jackson, all-purpose back David Oku and tailback Bryce Brown, the nation’s No. 1 prospect. Rivals.com ranked Tennessee’s 23 signees 10th in the country, but only eight from that class are still with the program following a string of arrests and academic shortcomings.

Last summer, Rivals.com ranked Tennessee’s ’09 class as the most disappointing nationally in the past decade.

“I don’t care who you are or where you are, you cannot have a class like that,” longtime recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg said. “You can’t have a bunch of kids to where a year or two later most are gone. Your roster is going to be depleted, and that’s exactly one of the big reasons why Tennessee is in this situation right now.”

Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams runs back a punt for a touchdown against Tennessee at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br />

The Volunteers are 18-20 the past three years and went 5-7 this past season, losing seven league games for the first time in program history and finishing last in the SEC East for the first time as well.

Ed Orgeron, Lance Thompson and Eddie Gran were the heralded recruiters three years ago who helped Kiffin land five players in Rivals.com’s top 100 — Brown, Jackson (No. 17), receiver Nu’Keese Richardson (No. 68), linebacker Jerod Askew (No. 79) and Oku (No. 97). None of those five lasted more than two years with the Vols, with Brown transferring to Kansas State before his sophomore season and Jackson to McNeese State before his junior season.

Brown left Kansas State’s program last October after rushing three times for 16 yards and hasn’t spoken to the media since August. He and Jackson are bypassing the rest of their collegiate eligibility and have declared for April’s NFL draft.

There were 11 players remaining at UT from the ’09 class at the start of this month, but Vols third-year coach Derek Dooley recently announced the dismissals of defensive tackle Arthur Jeffery and linebacker Robert Nelson. Dooley also said guard JerQuari Schofield is not on the team for academic reasons but is still in school.

The only active member of Tennessee’s ’09 signing class with more than 10 career starts is cornerback Marsalis Teague, who has 16.

 

TEMPORARY ROLL

Before Tennessee’s additions of Jackson, Oku and Brown in ’09, the Vols were reveling in the signings of Richardson and Teague.

Those two had been committed to Florida, and snatching players from the Gators meant taking from the very best. Less than a month before that signing day, Florida won its second BCS title in three seasons under coach Urban Meyer.

“You can already see where we’re going to be very powerful in the state of Florida recruiting,” Orgeron boasted on signing day. “In order to beat the national champs on the field, you have to beat the national champs in recruiting, and we beat them twice.”

Kiffin wrongly accused Meyer of cheating during the recruitment of Richardson and was quickly reprimanded by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, but that hardly put a dent in Tennessee’s new momentum. The Vols had rebounded from their subpar 2008 class in Phillip Fulmer’s final year, a group that was headed by E.J. Abrams-Ward and the late Aaron Douglas and was rated 35th — unheard of by Tennessee standards — by Rivals.com.

Snagging Jackson gave the Vols another superstar safety alongside Eric Berry, and then there was the biggest catch of all, even to his fellow signees.

“I show up to a spring practice, and there is Bryce Brown, the No. 1 recruit in the country,” said Kevin Revis, the former Rhea County lineman who signed with the Vols in ’09 and transferred last year to UT-Chattanooga. “It was just a crazy time. You didn’t know who they were going to bring in.”

Kiffin’s one autumn in Knoxville yielded a 7-6 record, and there were notable moments compiled by the ’09 signees.

Brown rushed for 104 yards in the opening rout of Western Kentucky and finished with 460 yards as Montario Hardesty’s backup. Teague had two touchdown receptions and Richardson one, while Oku set the program’s single-season mark for kickoff returns (33) and kickoff-return yardage (863). Jackson amassed 37 tackles and an interception, and Greg King had 24 tackles and a pick.

But there would be far more lows than highs.

THE UNRAVELING

Tennessee’s ’09 class suffered its first setback when James Green, a promising receiver from Tallahassee, couldn’t get through the NCAA clearinghouse.

Then came the early morning hours of Nov. 12, when Jackson, Richardson and Mike Edwards were charged with attempted armed robbery at a Pilot convenience store on Cumberland Avenue. Richardson approached the driver’s side of a parked car wearing a hooded sweatshirt and holding an air-powered pellet pistol, and he instructed the people inside to “Give me everything you have.”

Edwards, approaching from the passenger side wearing a hooded sweatshirt, said, “Do what he says.”

Richardson and Edwards were dismissed from the program, and Jackson was suspended for two games. Charges against Jackson eventually were dismissed, but Richardson pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and Edwards pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless endangerment.

Kiffin bolted to Southern Cal three weeks before signing day in 2010, and the exodus of ’09 signees continued. Dooley announced on the first day of the 2010 spring practice that Brown had left the program for personal reasons, and safety Darren Myles was dismissed that July after being arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting and evading arrest following a Knoxville bar fight.

It was the second arrest for Myles in a three-month span.

“That’s why it really pays to rank these classes three, four or five years down the road,” Newberg said. “At the time Tennessee’s class looked awesome, especially the way they got some of those kids late in the game.”

Tennessee’s ’09 crop was not without concerns even before the defections. The Vols did not sign a quarterback that year, and Revis, Schofield and Daniel Hood were the only offensive linemen.

That left Tennessee inexperienced in each area during Dooley’s first season, when the Vols went 6-7.

Revis considers himself among the fortunate after transferring to the Mocs and starting 10 games this past season at right guard. He admits his one year with Kiffin, who has the Trojans poised to make a run at the 2012 BCS title, was entertaining but much prefers the stability of coach Russ Huesman’s program.

As for being a part of the most disappointing signing class of the past decade? Well, that’s just something he and 22 others will have to live with.

“No matter where you go, there is going to be some attrition, and I guess they had to get that class together so quickly,” Revis said. “I roomed with Naz Oliver and Arthur Jeffery and JerQuari Schofield, and I still talk to them all the time. People went their separate ways, but I still keep in touch with a lot of the guys.”

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SEC football recruiting update

It seems to me that there are a few surprises in the recruiting game this year. Below is a rivals article and the one below it is an article from 3 months ago. January 27, 2012 Rivals.com analyst Chris Neereviews recent rising and falling in the 2012 team rankings as National Signing Day nears. Five […]

Knoxville newspaper says Hogs, Bama and LSU will stay in top 10 in 2012

 

Nice to be feared: Knoxville news paper glad Vols don’t play hogs in 2012

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Sad for Hog and Tiger fans but Jarnell Stokes signs with Vols

Photo by Justin A. Shaw, Special to the News Sentinel Jarnell’s mother Shunta Stokes said his college decision was “solely up to him. I support his decision wholeheartedly, he’s the one that has to attend the school, not me. His dad and I are behind him 100%.” Yesterday when I got in the car at […]

Post on SNL skit of Tim Tebow draws reaction from Mormons and Skeptics

Recently I posted that I was saddened by the Saturday Night Live reckless skit on Tim Tebow that among other things  endorsed Mormonism. In response, I gave several evidences from archaeology that disproved the Book of Mormon. Then I included a five part video series that showed the archaeological evidence that supported the historical accuracy of  the Bible. (Archaeological […]

 

Why conservatives back Gingrich I will never know.

Newt is a poor excuse for a candidate and I have written those words before. Why so many Christians are supporting him is shocking to me. Tim LaHaye and Don Wildmon were best friends with the late Adrian Rogers of Memphis. In a very well known sermon Rogers noted these verses concerning our national leaders:

“It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness” (Prov. 16:12).

“I wisdom dwell with prudence. … By me [wisdom] kings reign and, princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth” (Prov. 8:12, 15-16).

Proverbs 17:7 tells us, “Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.” According to Proverbs 20:28, “Mercy and truth preserve the king.”

(Avoid bad counselors) Proverbs 29:12 says, “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.”

“The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings” (Prov. 31:1-3).

Then how can these gentlemen like Wildmon and LaHaye support Newt? I had a chance to correspond with LaHaye  back in the 1990’s concerning some bogus quotes that had been attributed to the Founding Fathers and I wrote an article concerning his response to me. Unfortunately around 30 religious right leaders had been using bad quotes and many of them did not take my correction very well and LaHaye was one of them. I have written about that before too. LaHaye is a man I really respect though and that is why it hurts so much to see him supporting Newt. Wildmon is another one of my heroes too.

Hopefully Newt will come crashing down soon. One can always hope.

Our giving federal government (“Where’s my payout?”)

Now the federal government spends over 25% of our total GDP. It seems everybody is getting money from the federal government except me. Boo Who!!!! Sometimes you just have to laugh at it all.

Arlo Sings Bailouts

Posted by David Boaz

Only days after the president declared, “No more bailouts, no more handoutss,” I see that Arlo Guthrie is touring the South in February and March. What’s the connection? If you have the good fortune to see him, be sure to ask for “I’m Changing My Name to Fannie Mae.” That 2008 song was itself a new version of Tom Paxton’s classic song “I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler,” sung here by Arlo: “When they hand a million grand out, I’ll be standing with my hand out….If you’re a corporate titanic and your failure is gigantic, Down in Congress there’s a safety net for you.”

The 2008 version is sung here by Arlo and here by Paxton. Besides the name of the company, they had to make a few other changes in the lyrics, like “When they hand a trillion grand out, I’ll be standing with my hand out.”

But that was October 2008. By the end of December, I was noting that it was a Merry Christmas for GMAC, which learned on Christmas Eve that the Federal Reserve had approved its application to become a bank holding company. That gave GMAC “access to new sources of funding, including a potential infusion of taxpayer dollars from the Treasury Department and loans from the Fed itself,” as the Washington Post explained. GMAC wasn’t the only company that suddenly became a “bank holding company” in order to cash in on the $700 billion financial bailout. Late one night in November, American Express was granted the same privilege, along with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and CIT. Which was why I suggested then that Tom and Arlo needed a new version: “I’m Changing My Name to Bank Holding Company.”

For now, enjoy “I’m Changing My Name to Fannie Mae”:

Uploaded by on Oct 12, 2008

Arlo “updates” Tom Paxton’s “I’m Changing My Name To Chrysler” for these times. Live at The Guthrie Center!

When Arlo performed “Fannie Mae” at Farm Aid, I got tons of requests to post it…

BTW,this is without drummer, Terry a la Berry. He had a gig in Texas.

Abe Guthrie, keyboards,
The Burns Sisters, (Marie, Annie & Jeannie),vocals, Jody Lampro, bass & Bobby Sweet, guitar!

Live at The Guthrie Center Church October 11, 2008.

Arlo is on tour now, titled “Lost World Tour” with this band and Terry a la Berry! Terry has played drums for Arlo for decades. For more information go to:

www.risingsonrecords.com

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Republican Florida Debate Part 2

Mitt Romney (left) speaks while Newt Gingrich listens during a Republican presidential debate in Florida. | AP Photo

Romney tried to prevent Gingrich from having one of his signature ‘moments.’ | AP Photo

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2) Gingrich was playing defense

This was an unusual role for Gingrich, who has traded barbs with his rivals in the past but has generally played the debate hall crowd like a fiddle, to great effect.

As Romney went at him, Gingrich generally tried to play the front-runner, looking to blunt the attacks or ignore them. There were plenty of opportunities to land haymakers on Romney, but Gingrich — other than reminding viewers of Romney’s attacks against John McCain and Mike Huckabee in 2008 — mostly took a pass.

At a few points, though, Romney really seemed to get under his skin, and Gingrich approached something a bit too close to anger.

He also made a fairly substantial unforced error when he volunteered, as Romney pressed him on his Freddie Mac contract, that he’d hired a “lobbying expert” who’d explain to his team what did and didn’t qualify as lobbying.

Yet Romney, midway through unleashing an opposition research dump, didn’t seem to pick up on it and left that mistake by Gingrich on the table.

The rest of the time, Gingrich was able to do what he does best — present a version of history that doesn’t always comport with the facts but that serves him well. He is able to deliver, with confidence, tailored versions of history. It’s something no one else on the debate stage can quite pull off, even if they wanted to. For instance, he was able to wax historical about his time in the conservative moment, an era that not all conservatives feel warmly about, but which no one else on the stage other than Rick Santorum could do.

In one of the non-Romney-related moments, Gingrich had the opportunity to suggest he didn’t need an endorsement from Ron Paul, but instead filibustered in a clear effort to avoid insulting the Texas congressman’s followers.

 

 

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Romney must embrace some of Ron Paul’s ideas or take Rand as VP

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Should we still be making horse-drawn buggies today instead of cars?

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Republican delegate count and future primaries

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Bain Capital record of Romney is excellent

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Robert Jeffress interviewed by Bill Maher

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Fellow admirer of Francis Schaeffer, Michele Bachmann quits presidential race

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Charles Murray: Do we need the Dept of Education? (Part 1)

Another great article from Hillsdale College. Today we look at the Dept of Education. This is a three part series from Charles Murray. Here is part one:

January 2012

Charles Murray
American Enterprise Institute

Do We Need the Department of Education?

Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He received his B.A. in history at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written for numerous newspapers and journals, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, and National Review. His books include Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980, What It Means to Be a Libertarian, and Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality. His new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, will be published at the end of January.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 28, 2011, at a conference on “Markets, Government, and the Common Good,” sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Center for the Study of Monetary Systems and Free Enterprise.

THE CASE FOR the Department of Education could rest on one or more of three legs: its constitutional appropriateness, the existence of serious problems in education that could be solved only at the federal level, and/or its track record since it came into being. Let us consider these in order.

(1) Is the Department of Education constitutional?

At the time the Constitution was written, education was not even considered a function of local government, let alone the federal government. But the shakiness of the Department of Education’s constitutionality goes beyond that. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution enumerates the things over which Congress has the power to legislate. Not only does the list not include education, there is no plausible rationale for squeezing education in under the commerce clause. I’m sure the Supreme Court found a rationale, but it cannot have been plausible.

On a more philosophical level, the framers of America’s limited government had a broad allegiance to what Catholics call the principle of subsidiarity. In the secular world, the principle of subsidiarity means that local government should do only those things that individuals cannot do for themselves, state government should do only those things that local governments cannot do, and the federal government should do only those things that the individual states cannot do. Education is something that individuals acting alone and cooperatively can do, let alone something local or state governments can do.

I should be explicit about my own animus in this regard. I don’t think the Department of Education is constitutionally legitimate, let alone appropriate. I would favor abolishing it even if, on a pragmatic level, it had improved American education. But I am in a small minority on that point, so let’s move on to the pragmatic questions.

Keith Green Story (Part 6)

The Keith Green Story pt 7/7

I remember when I first Keith Green. He had a great impact on me. Below are some quotes on Keith:

Quotes

 

“It’s time to quit playing church and start being the Church (Matt. 18:20)” — Keith Green, as quoted by Melody Green in the introduction to A Cry in the Wilderness, Sparrow Press, 1993.

“I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!” — Keith Green

“You shouldn’t go to college unless God has definitely called you to go.” — Keith Green, ‘Why YOU should go to the mission field’, 1982

“No Compromise is what the whole Gospel of Jesus is all about… ‘For I tell you…no man can serve two masters…’ (Matt. 6:24). In a day when believers seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord (which is an impossible thing), when people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer…Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him!” — Keith Green, No Compromise

No Compromise
No Compromise is the second album release by American pianist and gospel singer Keith Green, released in 1978.The album’s title derives from track #2, ‘Make My Life A Prayer To You’, which begins: “Make my life a prayer to You / I wanna do what You want me to / No empty words and no white lies / no…

 album, 1978.

“If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!!” — Keith Green

“The only music minister to whom the Lord will say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant,” is the one whose life proves what their lyrics are saying, and to whom music is the least important part of their life. Glorifying the only worthy One has to be a minister’s most important goal!!!” — Keith Green

“He, being dead, yet speaketh.”Leonard Ravenhill

Leonard Ravenhill
 

Leonard Ravenhill was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging the modern church to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts…

, Keith’s mentor, borrowing from Hebrews 11:4 (KJV) in his 1990 2-page Memories of Keith tribute from a computer file, part of the Enhanced CD

Enhanced CD
Enhanced CD, also known as CD Extra and CD Plus, is a certification mark of the Recording Industry Association of America for various technologies that combine audio and computer data for use in both Compact Disc and CD-ROM players….

 version of No Compromise by Melody Green with David Hazard.

 

Mainstream recordings

Besides the first disc release in May 1965 (pictured above), two more Decca disc releases occurred before Donny Osmond took the spotlight.

 

Christian recordings

  • For Him Who Has Ears to Hear
    For Him Who Has Ears to Hear
    For Him Who Has Ears To Hear is the debut release by piano, gospel singer Keith Green, It was released on May 20, 1977. The album photography was taken by Garry Heery with help from Max Blanc in the way of art direction…

    (May 20, 1977)

  • No Compromise
    No Compromise
    No Compromise is the second album release by American pianist and gospel singer Keith Green, released in 1978.The album’s title derives from track #2, ‘Make My Life A Prayer To You’, which begins: “Make my life a prayer to You / I wanna do what You want me to / No empty words and no white lies / no…

    (November 9, 1978)

  • So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt
    So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt
    So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt is the third album released by American piano, gospel singer Keith Green, It was released on May 7, 1980.The album was listed at #49 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music….

    (May 7, 1980)

  • The Keith Green Collection
    The Keith Green Collection
    The Keith Green Collection is the fourth album released by American piano, gospel singer Keith Green. It was released on August 11, 1981. This is also the only compilation album to be released during Green’s lifetime.-Making of the Album:…

    (August 11, 1981)

  • Songs For The Shepherd
    Songs For The Shepherd
    Songs for the Shepherd is the fifth album released by American piano, gospel singer Keith Green. It is the last album which had been completed prior to his death in a plane crash in July 1982…

    (April 12, 1982)

 

Christian recordings

  • I Only Want To See You There
    I Only Want to See You There
    I Only Want to See You There is a posthumous album by pianist and gospel singer Keith Green, released in 1983. It consists mostly of previously released material, though not necessarily Green’s “greatest hits” .-Track listing:# My Eyes are Dry – [Long Remix Version]# Trials Turned to Gold – [Album…

    (March 21, 1983)

  • The Prodigal Son (August 15, 1983)
  • Jesus Commands Us To Go (July 20, 1984)
  • The Ministry Years, Volume One (1977-1979) (1987)
  • The Ministry Years, Volume Two (1980-1982) (1988)
  • The Early Years (1996)
  • Best of Keith Green: Asleep in the Light (1996)
  • Because of You: Songs of Testimony (1998)
  • Here Am I, Send Me: Songs of Evangelism (1998)
  • Make My Life a Prayer to You: Songs of Devotion (1998)
  • Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful: Songs of Worship (1998)
  • The Ultimate Collection (DVD/CD Release)
    Ultimate Collection (Keith Green DVD)
    Keith Green – The Ultimate Collection is a 2-disc package released posthumously in 2002 containing a CD with 20 of Keith Green’s most influential songs, and an hour-long DVD documentary and biography entitled Your Love Broke Through: The Keith Green Story about his life as described by his wife,…

    (2002)

  • Live Experience (CD Release) (April 29, 2008)
  • Live Experience Special Edition (CD/DVD Release) (April 29, 2008)
  • Greatest Hits (April 29, 2008)
  • Happy Birthday to You Jesus (Nov 23, 2009)

 

Mainstream recordings

  • Keith Green Live (His Incredible Youth) (1995)
  • The Early Word (February 13, 2009)

 

Tribute albums

  • No Compromise: Remembering the Music of Keith Green (1993)
  • Start Right Here: Remembering the Life of Keith Green
    Start Right Here: Remembering the Life of Keith Green
    Start Right Here: Remembering the Life of Keith Green is a compilation album paying tribute to deceased gospel singer and preacher, Keith Green…

    (2001)

  • Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs Of Keith Green (2002)

 

External links

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 132)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

On May 11, 2011,  I emailed to this above address and I got this email back from Senator Pryor’s office:

Please note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns. If you would like a specific reply to your message, please visit http://pryor.senate.gov/contact. This system ensures that I will continue to keep Arkansas First by allowing me to better organize the thousands of emails I get from Arkansans each week and ensuring that I have all the information I need to respond to your particular communication in timely manner.  I appreciate you writing. I always welcome your input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you in the future.

Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself:

GUIDELINE #4: Terminate failed, outdated, and irrelevant programs.
President Ronald Reagan once pointed out that “a government bureau is the closest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on earth.” A large portion of the current federal bureaucracy was created during the 1900s, 1930s, and 1960s in attempts to solve the unique problems of those eras.
Instead of replacing the outdated programs of the past, however, each period of government activism has built new programs on top of them. Ford Motor Company would not waste money today by building outdated Model T’s alongside their current Mustangs and Explorers. However, in 2004, the federal government still refuses to close down old agencies such as the Rural Utilities Service (designed to bring phones to rural America) and the U.S. Geological Survey (created to explore and detail the nation’s geography).
Government must be made light and flexible, adaptable to the new challenges the country will face in the 21st century. Weeding out the failed and outdated bureaucracies of the past will free resources to modernize the government.
Status Quo Bias. Lawmakers often acknowledge that certain programs show no positive effects. Regrettably, they also refuse to terminate even the most irrelevant programs. The most obvious reason for this timidity is an aversion to fighting the special interests that refuse to let their pet programs end without a bloody fight.
A less obvious reason is that eliminating government programs seems reckless and bold to legislators who have never known a federal government without them. Although thousands of programs have come and gone in the nation’s 228-year history, virtually all current programs were created before most lawmakers came to Washington. For legislators who are charged with budgeting and implementing the same familiar programs year after year, a sense of permanency sets in, and termination seems unfathomable.7 No one even remembers when a non-government entity addressed the problems.
The Department of Energy, for example, has existed for just one-tenth of the country’s history, yet closing it down seems ridiculous to those who cannot remember the federal government before 1977 and for whom appropriating and overseeing the department has been an annual ritual for years. Lawmakers need a long-term perspective to assure them the sky does not fall when a program is terminated. For example, the Bureau of Mines and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, both closed in 1996, are barely remembered today.8
Instead of just assuming that whoever created the programs decades ago must have been filling some important need that probably exists today, lawmakers should focus on the future by asking themselves the following question: If this program did not exist, would I vote to create it? Because the answer for scores of programs would likely be “no,” Congress should:
  • Close down failed or outdated agencies, programs, and facilities, including:
  1. The U.S. Geological Survey9 (2004 spending: $841 million, discretionary);10
  2. The Maritime Administration ($633 million, discretionary);
  3. The International Trade Commission ($61 million, discretionary);
  4. The Economic Development Administration ($417 million, discretionary);
  5. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($1,892 million, discretionary);
  6. The Technology Opportunities Program ($12 million, discretionary);
  7. Obsolete military bases;
  8. The Appalachian Regional Commission ($94 million, discretionary);
  9. Obsolete Veterans Affairs facilities;
  10. The Rural Utilities Service (-$1,493 million,11 mandatory); and
  11. Repeal Public Law 480’s non-emergency international food programs ($127 million, discretionary)

This is how bad it is getting:

  • Discretionary spending is the portion of the annual budget that Congress actually determines.
  • Since 2000, discretionary outlays surged 79 percent faster than inflation, to $1,408 billion. The “stimulus” is responsible for $111 billion of 2010 discretionary spending.
  • Between 1990 and 2000, $80 billion annually in new domestic spending was more than fully offset by a $100 billion cut in annual defense and homeland security spending, leaving (inflation-adjusted) discretionary spending slightly lower.
  • Since 2000, all types of discretionary spending have grown rapidly.
  • Overall, since 1990, domestic discretionary spending has risen 104 percent faster than inflation and defense/security discretionary spending has risen 51 percent.

Nadal falls just short again

Nadal did very good the whole match by taking Novak to the 5th set. He had him beat when he was up 5-4 in the final set but then Novak began to play like he did at last years US OPEN. It got down to who had more left in them and it turned out being Djokovic.-Wilson Hatcher

Associated Press article gives the exciting details:

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovicripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, last-round knockout.

This was the final act in Djokovic’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final — a sweat-drenched, sneaker-squeaking 5 hour, 53-minute endurance contest that ended at 1:37 a.m. Monday morning in Melbourne.

Djokovic overcame a break in the fifth set to win his fifth Grand Slam tournament and third in a row. None, though, quite like this.

This one involved tears, sweat and, yes, even a little blood. It was the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of pro tennis and it came against Nadal, the player who built a career on his tenacity — on outlasting opponents in matches like these.

 

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• Top five Slam finals of the Open era

 

“It was obvious on the court for everybody who has watched the match that both of us, physically, we took the last drop of energy that we had from our bodies,” Djokovic said. “We made history tonight and unfortunately there couldn’t be two winners.”

When the drama was finally over at Rod Laver Arena, the 24-year-old Djokovic joined Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal as the only men who have won three consecutive majors since the Open Era began in 1968. Nadal was his vanquished opponent in all three.

Djokovic will go for the “Nole Slam” at Roland Garros in May.

As the players waited for the trophy presentation, Nadal leaned on the net, while Djokovic sat on his haunches. Eventually, a nearby official took pity and they were given chairs and bottles of water.

Nadal held his composure during the formalities, and even opened his speech with a lighthearted one-liner.

“Good morning, everybody,” he said.

A few minutes earlier, after hugging Nadal at the net, Djokovic tore off his sweat-soaked black shirt and headed toward his players’ box, pumping his arms repeatedly as he roared. He walked over to his girlfriend, his coach and the rest of his support team and banged on the advertising signs at the side of the court.

“I think it was just the matter of maybe luck in some moments and matter of wanting this more than maybe other player in the certain point,” Djokovic said. “It’s just incredible effort. You’re in pain, you’re suffer(ing). You’re trying to activate your legs. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.”

The match was full of long rallies and amazing gets. Djokovic finished with 57 winners, along with 69 unforced errors. Nadal had 44 winners against 71 unforced errors.

Laver was part of the 15,000-strong crowd when the players walked on at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to flip the coin and start the warmup. He was still there, along with most of the crowd, after 2 a.m. for the trophy presentations.

Djokovic called it the most special of his five Grand Slam wins.

“This one I think comes out on the top because just the fact that we played almost six hours is incredible, incredible,” he said. “I think it’s probably the longest finals in the history of all Grand Slams, and just to hear that fact is making me cry, really.

 

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Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic proved his 2011 season was anything but a mirage with his third Australian Open championship.

 

“I’m very proud just to be part of this history.”

It went so long because Nadal refused to yield. He was trying to avoid becoming the first man to lose three consecutive Grand Slam finals — and seeing his losing streak in finals stretch to seven against Djokovic, who beat him for the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and took his No. 1 ranking last year.

After a grueling four-set loss to Djokovic at Flushing Meadows last year, Nadal said that, indeed, he may have found a slight opening — a glimmer of hope for next time against the player who dominated the 2011 season and had dismantled him time and again over the year.

This one was, in fact, closer, though not necessarily because of any strategic changes, but rather, because Rafa summoned up the heart to take this one the distance.

Nadal stayed in the contest for almost every point, sprinting from one side of the court to the other, chasing down balls and making Djokovic work extra time for the victory. But in the end, the same man was holding the trophy.

Nadal thought his win in the 2008 final against Federer was the best match he’s played, but gave Sunday’s match a top place in his personal rankings nonetheless.

“This one was very special,” he said. “But I really understand that was a really special match, and probably a match that’s going to be in my mind not because I lost, no, because the way that we played.”

Djokovic had his off moments during this two-week tournament Down Under. He appeared to struggle for breath in his quarterfinal win over No. 5 David Ferrer and again during his five-set semifinal win over No. 4 Andy Murray. He blamed it on allergies, and he managed to control it better against Nadal.

Yet, at times in the final, he looked as if he couldn’t go on.

When Nadal fended off three break points at 4-4 in the fourth set to win the game, spectators jumped to their feet and chanted “Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa!” Djokovic had lost the momentum. Play was stopped moments later when rain started to fall and a suddenly animated Nadal threw his arms up in disbelief and walked slowly back to his chair. The stadium roof was then closed.

Djokovic picked up his game after a 10-minute break and his pockets of supporters waved their Serbian flags again and started their own competing chant of “Nole, Nole, Nole” — inserting Djokovic’s nickname where “Ole” belongs in the tune and rhythm of the Spanish soccer chant.

 

Complete results

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It wasn’t enough to get him through the tiebreaker in the fourth set, though, when Nadal won the last four points to finish it in 88 minutes. Nadal dropped to his knees on the baseline and pumped his arms at that point, celebrating as if he’d won the final. All he’d done was prolong it. This pair had never gone to five sets.

Just as he did during the first set, Djokovic took off a white shirt and replaced it with a black one.

It didn’t seem to help immediately as he went down a break and a defeat loomed.

The match clock hit 5 hours with the score 2-2 in the fifth. Nadal won the next point and Djokovic started to stumble slightly, unsteady on his feet.

Nadal held that game without losing a point and then broke Djokovic for a 4-2 lead.

The turning point came in the next game, when Nadal had an open court but knocked a backhand volley wide down the line. He challenged the call, but the ball was clearly out. Instead of being up 40-15 and one point from a 5-2 lead, the game score became 30-30.

Djokovic found energy again and got a break point with a backhand that forced an error from Nadal. He pounced on a Nadal second serve to convert the break as the match clock ticked to 5:15, confirming it as the longest match in the history of the Australian Open. Nadal had that record, at 5:14, in his five-set semifinal win over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in 2009.

This match had already long surpassed Mats Wilander’s win over Ivan Lendl at the 1988 U.S. Open, in 4:54, as the longest final in the terms of duration.

Djokovic started to look better physically and Nadal started to make some unforced errors, giving the Serbian some extra seconds between points to get his heavy breathing under control. After getting back on serve at 4-4, Djokovic kissed the crucifix around his neck twice.

With Nadal serving, the pair engaged in a 31-shot rally that Nadal finally won when Djokovic committed a backhand error. The Serb fell flat on his back on the court, fully stretched out, arms over his head, while Nadal doubled over on his side of the court, hands perched on his knees.

It appeared Djokovic was ready to throw in the towel, but he said he never thought about staying down.

“At that point I was just thinking of getting some air and trying to recover for next point,” he said. “Thousand thoughts going through the mind. Trying to separate the right from wrong. Trying to prioritize the next point. I’m playing against one of the best players ever — the player that is so mentally strong. He was going for everything or nothing.”

When Djokovic got the break to go up 5-4, the Serbian fans jumped up with their flags and screamed while the rest of the crowd sat in stony silence.

After kissing the crucifix around his neck repeatedly in the later games, Djokovic openly prayed out loud and looked upward as he got within points of sealing his victory.

“I was trying find every possible help and energy that I possibly can,” he said. “It paid off I guess.”

An open letter to President Obama

Barack Obama  (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

 Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980), episode 1 – Power of the Market. part 1

January 29, 2012

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

I am a firm believer in economic freedom and I have got most of my philosophy from Milton Friedman. In this article you will see that Friedman influenced Ronald Reagan more than any other president and his policies were good the long term.

  • OPINION
  • JANUARY 25, 2012, 8:49 A.M. ET

Economics for the Long Run

Individuals should be free to decide what to produce and consume, and their decisions should be made within a predictable policy framework based on the rule of law.

By JOHN B. TAYLOR

As this election year begins, a lot of people are wondering what we can do to restore America’s prosperity and create more jobs. Republican presidential candidates are offering their ideas, and at his State of the Union message on Tuesday President Obama presented his. I believe the fundamental answer is simple: Government policies must adhere more closely to the principles of economic freedom upon which the country was founded.

At their most basic level, these principles are that families, individuals and entrepreneurs must be free to decide what to produce, what to consume, what to buy and sell, and how to help others. Their decisions are to be made within a predictable government policy framework based on the rule of law, with strong incentives derived from the market system, and with a clearly limited role for government.

Getty ImagesRonald Reagan: He and advisers such as George Shultz shunned the idea of stimulus and agreed on the need for a long-term point of view.

The history of American economic policy displays major movements between more and less economic freedom, more and less emphasis on rules-based policy in fiscal and monetary affairs, more and less expansive roles for government, more and less reliance on markets and incentives. Each of these swings has had enormous consequences. Taken together, they make for a historical proving ground to determine which policy direction is better for restoring prosperity.

A big move toward more interventionist policies started in the mid-1960s, after more activist Keynesian economists came to town in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and it lasted through the 1970s in the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. We saw short-term stimulus packages, temporary tax rebates or surcharges, go-stop monetary policy with inflationary overexpansion followed by severe contraction, wage-and-price guidelines and controls. The eventual result was high unemployment, high inflation and slow economic growth.

This was followed by a shift toward more predictable policies and a more limited role for government starting in the Reagan administration and largely continuing into the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. The result was lower unemployment and higher economic growth with long expansions and few recessions.

More recently—beginning during the George W. Bush administration but really taking wings in the current Obama administration—policy has returned toward more and more government intervention, with results we are all experiencing.

How to move the country back toward the policies that sustain economic freedom and prosperity? To start, much can be learned from the stories of the politicians and economic officials who got us in and out of these messes, and remembering that the cast is bipartisan. Most pertinent to our current predicament is the story of how we got out of the economic mess of the late 1970s.

It’s difficult to recall now the seriousness of the U.S. economic slump at that time. Unemployment was high and persistent. Inflation had increased past the creeping stage to a trot. Confidence in U.S. economic leadership was plunging at home and abroad.

That changed when Ronald Reagan became president in 1981. Temporary, short-term Keynesian actions and interventions were out. Stable, permanent policy was in. Reagan proposed and Congress passed critical long-term reforms, especially across-the-board tax rate reductions.

The president was a firm believer in economic freedom, an avid reader and follower of economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. Between the time he failed to unseat President Gerald Ford in the 1976 Republican primaries and his announcement to run again in 1980, Reagan gave innumerable radio addresses putting forth his principles. He used down-home stories of economic freedom that he could tell in three minutes or less. There were no ghost writers—he wrote his stories in long hand on lined yellow paper as he traveled around the country. The failed policies of the 1970s made Reagan’s case appealing across the political spectrum. He based his winning election campaign on these principles.

Reagan appointed a large number of economic officials who also were firmly committed to moving away from interventionist policies. No members of the original Council of Economic Advisers under Reagan had come from the Keynesian school of thought, and most of them during the Reagan administrations were influenced by Milton Friedman.

In addition, the president appointed a group of outside economic advisers—originally including George Shultz, Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, Arthur Laffer, William Simon and Thomas Sowell—who helped him and others in the administration implement policies to move the country toward economic freedom and then stay the course.

As an example of Reagan’s firm commitment to principle, consider monetary policy. When he became president, Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, a Democrat appointed by President Carter, was determined to reduce inflation and end the go-stop interventions of the 1970s. That meant temporarily high interest rates, which contract the economy. One might have expected Reagan to pressure the Fed to lower interest rates to give a short-term boost to the economy. He did not, despite the political costs. In comparison with the political pressure put on Fed Chairman William McChesney Martin by the Johnson administration and on Arthur Burns by the Nixon administration to follow easy money policies, Reagan’s decision to support Mr. Volcker was remarkable.

The president’s economic strategy was ready to go as soon as the votes were counted in November 1980. That same month, George Shultz, along with many of the economists who had worked in the campaign, wrote an extraordinary memo to Reagan entitled “Economic Strategy for the Reagan Administration.” It began with a call for action: “Sharp change in present economic policy is an absolute necessity. The problems . . . an almost endless litany of economic ills, large and small, are severe. But they are not intractable. Having been produced by government policy, they can be redressed by a change in policy. . . . The need for a long-term point of view is essential to allow for the time, the coherence and the predictability so necessary for success.”

That predictable, long-term view continued well beyond the Reagan presidency, but it is no longer with us. The clear lesson is to find and select those leaders, regardless of political party, who along with their advisers are most firmly committed to the principles of economic freedom and who know how to implement and maintain them.

Mr. Taylor is a professor of economics at Stanford and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. This op-ed is adapted from “First Principles: Five Keys to Restoring American Prosperity,” published this week by W.W. Norton.

Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your committment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com