Friday, March 27, 2015

Does God really exist?

THE ISSUE: Can we know for sure that God really exists?
WHAT SKEPTICS SAY: It's foolish to believe in an invisible, impersonal God without empirical proof that He exists.
WHAT CHRISTIANS SAY: God's existence can't be proved. (At least scientifically.) Yet the weight of evidence not only makes it possible to believe in God's existence—it makes it very hard to ignore. The Holy Bible, as well as the accounts of reliable men and women through the ages, testify to the reality of God.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: "You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you" (Nehemiah 9:6).
While Christians can't give skeptics empirical proof of God's existence, we also can't prove the existence of some of our heavenly Father's more famous human creations—people like C.S. Lewis, George Washington or King Tut. Photographs, dollar bills and ancient artwork provide evidence that these humans existed—but not proof. Evidence points to fact. Proof asserts a fact irrefutably.
On the other hand, we can put a droplet of blood under a microscope and, through observation, give irrefutable proof (what scientists call empirical proof) of the identity of this fluid. We can even match it to a specific human or animal.
But we can't give empirical proof that C.S. Lewis, George Washington or King Tut ever existed. However, the weight of historical evidence indicates that they did exist.
The same is true of God. In fact, evidence exists in the records of all world civilizations. From prehistoric times, the idea of God has existed in the mind of humanity. Perhaps that's because, as author Bob Hostetler points out, "The idea of a Supreme Being who made the world makes sense. The concept of God is what scientists call a highly convenient hypothesis."
In other words, the concept of God fits—almost as if our minds have a feel for God. So much so, in fact, that when people reject God, they invariably substitute something else.
So, what should Christians say to a skeptic?
I doubt that all the arm-twisting or eloquent speeches can convince a nonbelieving friend that all of creation belongs to God. (In fact, arm-twisting and eloquent speeches aren't exactly God's style.) Transforming a hardened heart is actually the work of God himself. Besides, proving His existence isn't as important as telling the world what you know of His awesome nature:
  • God is the sovereign Lord of Scripture who speaks to men through His Word, acts in His creation and in history, and involves Himself in the lives of His people.
  • God is the Shepherd who guides (Genesis 48:15), the Lord who provides (Genesis 22:8), the Voice who brings peace during life's storms (Judges 6:24), the Physician who heals the sick (Exodus 15:26), and the Banner that guides the soldier (Exodus 17:8-16).
  • God is the Alpha and the Omega, "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 1:8).
  • God is Immanuel, "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14).
  • God is our Father (Isaiah 9:6).
  • God is holy (1 Samuel 2:2).
  • God is love (1 John 4:16).
  • God Is (Exodus 3:14).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

10 Fascinating Facts about the Wonderful Tarantula

Above is my very own grammastola rosea aka rose hair.  Everyone meet, Tiberius.

10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas

Most people would recognize a tarantula, but few know just what an interesting spider a tarantula can be. These big, beefy spiders strike fear in the hearts of arachnophobes everywhere, but in truth, tarantulas are some of the least aggressive and dangerous spiders around. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas will give you new respect for this amazing 

1. Female tarantulas can live 30 years or longer in the wild.  Female Tarantulas are famously long-lived. Even in captivity, they've been known to live for over 20 years. Males, on the other hand, don't make it much beyond reaching sexual maturity, with a life span of just 5-10 years on average. In fact, males don't even molt once they reach maturity.

2. The largest tarantulas have a leg span of nearly 10 inches, or about the size of a dinner plate.  Even spider lovers might have trouble sitting still with a 10-inch tarantula headed toward them. Movie directors love to feature tarantulas in their horror flicks, which has given these big, fuzzy spiders an undeserved bad rap.

3. Tarantulas are quite docile and rarely bite people.  
Many large predators would quickly make a meal of a tarantula, so they aren't too anxious to tangle with something as large as a person. And it wouldn't do a tarantula much good defensively to bite you, since its venom doesn't pack much of a punch. A tarantula bite is no worse than a bee sting in terms of toxicity.

4. Tarantulas defend themselves by throwing needle-like, barbed hairs at their attackers.  IF 
a tarantula does feel threatened, it uses its hind legs to scrape barbed hairs from its abdomen and flings them in the direction of the threat. You'll know it if they hit you, too, because they cause a nasty, irritating rash. Some people may even suffer a serious allergic reaction as a result. The tarantula pays a price, too – it winds up with a noticeable bald spot on its belly.

5. Tarantulas ambush small prey at night, stealthily sneaking up on a potential meal and then pouncing!  Tarantulas don't use webs to capture prey, they do it the hard way – hunting on foot. Smaller tarantulas eat insects, while some of the larger species will hunt frogs, mice, and even birds. Like other spiders, tarantulas paralyze their prey with venom, then use digestive enzymes to turn the meal into a soupy liquid. 

6. A fall can be fatal to a tarantula.  Tarantulas are rather thin-skinned creatures, particularly around the abdomen. Even a fall from a short height can cause a deadly rupture of the tarantula's exoskeleton. For this reason, handling a tarantula is never recommended. It's easy to get spooked, or even more likely, for the tarantula to get spooked. What would you do if a huge, hairy spider started squirming in your hand? You'd probably drop it, and quickly.

7. Tarantulas have retractable claws on each leg, like cats.
Since falls can be so dangerous for tarantulas, it's important for them to get a good grip when climbing. Though most tarantulas tend to stay on the ground, they sometimes climb trees or other objects. By extending special claws at the end of each leg, a tarantula can get a better grasp of whatever surface it is attempting to scale.

8. Though tarantulas don't spin webs, they do use silk.
Like all spiders, tarantulas produce silk, and they put this resource to use in clever ways. Females use silk to decorate the interiors of their burrows, which is thought to strengthen the earthen walls. Males weave a silken mat on which to lay their sperm. Females encase their eggs in a silken cocoon. Tarantulas also use silk trap lines near their burrows to alert them to potential prey, or to the approach of predators. Scientists recently discovered tarantulas can produce silk with their feet, in addition to using spinnerets as other spiders do.

9. Most tarantulas are seen wandering during the summer months, when males head out in search of females.
During the warmest months of the year, sexually mature males begin their quest to find a mate. Most tarantula encounters occur during this period, when males disregard their own safety and wander during daylight hours. Should he find a burrowing female, he'll tap the ground with his legs, politely announcing his presence. The courtship is quick, with the male quickly handing over his sperm and trying to escape. To the female, this suitor is a good source of much-needed protein; she'll often try to eat him once their marriage is consummated.

10. Tarantulas can regenerate lost legs.

Because tarantulas molt throughout their lives, replacing their exoskeletons as they grow, they have the ability to repair any damage they've sustained. Should a tarantula lose a leg, a new one will reappear as if by magic the next time it molts. Depending on the tarantula's age and the length of time before its next molt, the regenerated leg may not be quite as long as the one it lost. However, over successive molts the leg will gradually get longer until it reaches normal size again. Tarantulas will sometimes eat their detached legs as a way to recycle the protein.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lucille Ball in Lured.

This was such a FANTASTIC movie!

Plot:  Lucille Ball is an American girl working as a taxi dancer in London, who volunteers to work as a decoy for Scotland Yard to land a serial killer. Ball does a great job portraying a tough, smart gal and her rapport with some of the great character actors in the film is excellent. That's Boris Karloff as an insane dress designer and George Zucco as the cop assigned to watch out for Lucy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

UC Irvine's American Flag Ban Sparks Controversy, Possible Flag Amendment

This week, UC Irvine's student government made headlines when it created a resolution to ban the American flag, and all flags, from their building's lobby because they say it "triggers" negative feelings among illegal citizens, reports Breitbart
But R50-70, which was passed on Thursday in a 6-4 vote that included two abstentions, and was then overturned and vetoed on Saturday during a private meeting of the Associated Student's Executive Cabinet, has done more than spark debate among students at the school. GOP lawmakers are now working to amend California's constitution so that any school that bans the American flag can lose its public funding.
Janet Nguyen, a state representative from Garden Grove, issued the following statement after proposing the amendment, which is still in its early stages of development, reports Inquisitr
As an immigrant who came to the United States in search of freedom and democracy, I could not stand before you today as a state senator if it weren't for the ideals of that American flag and what it represents. 
The flag in question at UC Irvine reportedly hung on a wall in the student government suite. After the resolution passed, someone removed it and placed it on the desk of Reza Zomorrodian, council president and head of the executive cabinet, reports the Washington Post
Matthew Guevara, a member of the Associated Students of the University of California, wrote the resolution.
"The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism," part of the resolution reads. "Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism, but also construct cultural mythologies and narratives that in turn charge nationalist sentiments."
In a statement posted on UCI News, the ASUCI cabinet said the student government's position did not represent the majority of students:
This misguided legislation was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university.
Sources: BreitbartInquisitrWashington PostUCI News

Who gives a rats-ass, if an illegal or any other person is "offended" by the American flag.  This is America, love it or leave it. But don't complain about Americans  flying Old Glory and her beautiful colors.  Political correctness run amok.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Planet Fitness Cancels Woman's Membership After She Reports Transgender Woman In Locker Room

A woman in Midland County, Michigan, had her Planet Fitness membership canceled after she refused to stop telling other gym members that a “man” was using the facilities in the women’s locker room.
Yvette Cormier claims that when she went to exercise at her local Planet Fitness in Midland on Feb. 28, she came across a male gym-goer in the women’s locker room.
"I was blocked, because a man was standing there," Cormier told WNEM TV 5 in Saginaw, Michigan on Friday. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?"
Cormier complained to the front desk.
“This is very unprofessional. This is very scary,” Cormier added. “They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that’s the sex he wants to be.”
Cormier said she understood that some men identify as women and that some women identify as men but said the person had a very masculine appearance. The person has not been identified.
Planet Fitness is well-known for its “judgment-free policy” and a statement released by McCall Gosselin, public relations director for the popular chain of gyms, said that any member can use the locker room that corresponds with the gender a person identifies with.
“Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity,” the statement said. “The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled."
Meanwhile, Cormier believed the incident was “one-sided” and that she was “the only one being punished.” She also asked that Planet Fitness provide a third locker room for transgendered people.

So, this poor lady is minding her own business, getting dressed and like most women, felt safe that no person with anatomy that does not belong in there would be standing in front of her.  Of course, she would be afraid!  Who wouldn't?!

How is this fair?  From what I have learned, this man was only a guest of a friend, and the woman had a paid membership.  So, this was money out of their pocket, because they chose to be hateful to a woman who was afraid for her life.  How could she know this man was harmless?

Was she being unreasonable in asking that they not allow men in the women's locker room?  To those with wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, girlfriends, how would you react or feel if they told you a man walked in locker room while they were undressed?

This is a safety issue.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

ALERT: Muslims Threaten to BEHEAD Lawmaker Unless She Implements Shariah Law:

A Muslim who claimed to be with the Islamic State group threatened to behead an Australian senator unless she implemented Shariah law, a letter released to the press said on Sunday.

The letter threatened Tasman Sen. Jacquie Lambie with decapitation, saying that, “you are the enemy of Islamic State, therefore, I will take the honour in beheading you.”

The letter also included graphic images of beheading and claimed to be from the Adelaide Islamic State Mujahideen.

“Do not involve the police or media, shut you f—en mouth and do as I say or else the bloodshed will worsen,” the letter read. “I swear upon Allah’s will that death will be approaching to you.”

The threat was likely in response to Sen. Lambie’s outspoken stance on applying the death penalty to convicted terrorists.

While she described the letter as “disgusting,” the senator was completely unbowed in her campaign against Islamic terrorism.

“If you don’t like our Australian law or you don’t want to abide by our Australian Constitution then pack your bags and do what I have already asked — leave,” she told reporters. “Here is a reality check for Islamic terrorists living in Australia: we will never bow down to Shariah law.”

The letter also referenced a battle over a mosque being built in Adelaide and praised the actions of Man Haron Monis, the man responsible for the Islamist terrorism siege in Sydney this past December.

While some thought the letter might be a fake by opponents of the mosque, the Australian police are taking it seriously and those who oppose the mosque say such an action would be reprehensible, according to The Advertiser.

“My belief is there are very good arguments to why the mosque should not be built there, (but) I would not be involved with, nor am I aware of, anyone who would make such statements,” said one man who testified before the city council in opposition to the mosque.

Indeed, given the events that happened in Sydney and around the world in only the past few months, it’s reasonable to conclude that the letter was not a fake.

We can only offer our prayers for Sen. Lambie’s safety as she fights against the Islamists who have put democratic values under attack.

This is what true leadership looks like.  Strong people willing to take a stance and informing radical, Muslim terrorists, that they will NOT be bullied into bowing down to them, to their laws and/or to their false deity.

Shame on Texas for stepping aside and allowing this atrocity to occur.  We need true leaders in the United States.  Sharia Law does not belong here.