Thursday, November 25, 2010

To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Happy Thanksgiving!

Cool video! To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Happy Thanksgiving!

Monks sing

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to all of you who bother to check in to see what I am ranting about now. You mean a lot to me.

Thursday’s Forecast

Turkeys will thaw out in the morning, and then warm in the oven to 350o in the afternoon. The kitchen will become hot and humid and if you bother the cook there may be a squall. Later the cold front of the knife will slice through the turkey and cause it to accumulate one-to-three inches on plates. Cranberry sauce will create slippery spots on one side of the plate; mashed potatoes will drift across the other. Butter will spread across some sections. A weight watch and an indigestion warning are in effect for the entire country. Later this evening clean-up operations will begin and the turkey will diminish to sandwiches, which well become colder during the night inside the refrigerator. This weekend the turkey will taper off and end as leftovers. In some sections, of course, there will be a warming trend as soup develops.

Gary Banta

A day without the presence of God is a wasteful day. If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing. If you have missed some of my emails, you have missed a laugh. But, if you have missed knowing my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you have missed everything in the world. Have a wonderful day & may God bless you always!

Gary Banta

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Finished! It's Finished!

I finished the rough draft for my Comentary on the book of Genesis! Now I need to do the peliminary edit, get my proof and do the final edit, let my mom do the final proof read and it's ready to print! YEAH!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So bad I have to pass it along

Here are some of the winners in the International Pun Contest:

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, I’m sorry, sir, only one Carrion allowed per passenger.

2. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

3. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says I’ve lost my electron. The other says Are you sure? The first replies Yes, I’m positive.

4. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

5. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. But why? they asked, as they moved off. Because, he said, I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.

6. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him ….A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

7. There was the person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday to the Best Mom in the World.

Well, a new week.
We are taking this week off of school as usual and going camping the next week (death valley ya' all. Its 80 degrees there). My brother arrives at mom's tonight so we will be over there most of the week.

Thanksgiving will be my family, my brother's family, my parents (at their house) and several people from church. Should be fun.

I am working on my comentary on Genesis today (though I should be redoing the chores and school lists). I am researching dating and finding out such neat stuff. If you dump the "accepted" dating line (which is based on several false interpretations of the Bible) archeology and the Bible fall into perfect order! I'm doing Joseph whose name in Egyptian is evedintly Imhotep. So fun! Can't wait to get this book out!

No for a title. The leading sugestions are;
  1. First Things First: The Book of Genesis (from my Joy)
  2. Beginnings: The Book of Genesis
  3. Start Here: The Book of Genesis (from my mom)
What do you think?

I have also decided to go ahead and do the books of the Law. This has been an intemidating idea. I think I will make two books. One will be all the "stories" from Exodus through Deuteronomy or Joshua (depends on how much room it takes. The other will be the Mosaic Law. I will take each problem and discuss all the soulutions listed. So, for example, when I discuss adultry, I will list all the scriptures in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy that give penalties for this crime all together. This should be very interesting.

And while I do this, I am working on the minor prophets as our church studies them on Wednesday nights. We are up to Jonah.

When I ge to the historical books, I will combine Joshua (unless I put it with the Moses story), Judges, both Samuels, both Kings and both Chronicles together in one book in chronological order.

That will just leave the wisdom/poetry books. I wonder how I will treat those?

God is so good.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Clothes shopping for eight children...

(Some not so much children any more) can be stressful at best. Today mom and I took the girls with us to three thrift stores. Turns out my little girls like shopping for clothes (How in the world did that happen? They sure didn't get it from me!) God blessed abundantly. I need half a dozen pairs of sweat pants and new undies and I am completly done! (and at well under $100 to boot!)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Problems With Two-Income Marriages

Dr. Laura’s Blog » Problems With Two-Income Marriages

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread Recipe -

Can I store this link here until I need it Saturday or until i get to a printer?

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread Recipe -

Grieving June Cleaver

My 3yo told me last night "Your are my favorite favorite mother. I'm glad God gave me you ... and Jiffy" (the dog)

The other day I told my 6yo Jackie to go turn off the oven, only being mildly distracted (yeah that's my excuse) what I actually said was, "turn the heater off the onion." Her puzzled look alerted me to the need to review what I had just said and I fixed it while being soundly laughed at (deservedly!!!)

Today Jackie came and asked if she needed to turn the heater off the onion.

Then she wandered off laughing hystericly.

From an email forwarded by my mom from my aunt (don't know where she found it.)
"Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.

I asked for a half dozen nuggets.

'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter.

'You don't?' I replied.

'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply.

'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'

'That's right.'

So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets

(Unbelievable but sadly true...)"

Ok, my 9 YEAR OLD knew what a half dozen was! And people wonder why I homeschool.....

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dead Horse

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

However, in modern business (government, public schools, hospital birth, etc), because of the heavy investment factors to be taken into consideration, often other strategies have to be tried with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Threatening the horse with termination.

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

7. Appointing an intervention team to reanimate the dead horse.

8. Creating a training session to increase the riders load share.

9. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

10. Change the form so that it reads: "This horse is not dead."

11. Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.

13. Donate the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby deducting its full original cost.

14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.

15. Do a time management study to see if the lighter riders would improve productivity.

16. Purchase an after-market product to make dead horses run faster.

17. Declare that a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore performs better.

18. Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead horses.

19. Rewrite the expected performance requirements for horses.

20. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

From Clean joke for the day.

Monday, November 08, 2010

My 3yo Jane

... has taken to calling me Mamasiette (sp?) again. Silly girl,lol.

Full disclosure

An article on a ministorial blog I read suggested that everyone should disclose what they make through their various ministries. So here goes:

So far the ads on this blog have earned me $.37.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Rebekah's Diary

Nice day at church yesterday followed by celebrating our Bro Ron's birthday and Creation.

Read Rebekah's Diary. Was good.

Listening to "Honor thy Father and Mother" by Micheal Pearl.

knife and Tomahawk throwing

Watched Micheal Pearl's "knife and Tomahawk throwing" video. If you ever visit him and he says he is going to take your children out to throw knives, he means it! He is the world champion.

I have also watched "Child Training 101" VERY GOOD! HIGHLY recommended!

And "The Balanced Patriarch"
and listened to "Authority Praying", "honor Thy Father and Mother", "Born Again", "Except Ye Repent", "Am I Saved?" and Voddie Bauchman's Sermon to the baptist convention on children and youth ministries.

All good. All recommended.

Working on adding the new things The Betty's Books carries to the site. Then I need to work on my newest children's book if I have the time.

Thursday, November 04, 2010


Hard 2 B Blue
By John Wiltse
 (My brother:-)

Christian Blues including:
  1. Praisin' (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  2. Don't Wait (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  3. God of Little Things (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  4. Hard 2 B Blue (Additional lyrics adapted from "Have a Little Talk with Jesus" by Cleavant Derricks)
  5. Heartsong (Words by Charles Scott, Music by John Wiltse)
  6. His Love (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  7. How Blessed! (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  8. I Give You Praise (Words and Music by Cathy Wiltse)
  9. The Sin in Me (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  10. I Just Want to Worship You (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  11. He Lives In Me (Words and Music by John Wiltse)
  12. Yes (Words and Music by John Wiltse)

Coming Soon to

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Why I'm not excited about the Tea Party

I lean strongly towards the conservative end of politics, yet I am not impressed with the Tea Party movement. Why?
  1. I've seen it before when we called it "A contract with America" and it ended up doing more harm than good in the long run (think; "We won so now we can rest.") and
  2. Most of them just don't get it.
When a grass roots movement thinks they have elected people they agree with into office they quit paying attention and go about their lives. The result is that the moderates who call themselves Republicans continue to copromise with the liberals. This actually means they give in so they can have a photo shoot of everyone smiling and shaking hands. Hello! If I wanted peace in congress, If I wanted to "get something done" I'd vote for Democrats! If I elect someone from what is supposed to be a different party I WANT them to fight!

I don't really know what some think the two party system is supposed to be. There is very little difference between the two. What sums it up is my reason Obama beat McCain: Obama makes a better Liberal than McCain did and there was no Conservative running.

#2 A blog I frequent posted a copy of a bumper sticker that exemplifies this. It said "Keep the Governments Hands off My Medicare." Do these people really not understand that Medicare IS the government? And how selfish; "I have MY government health care but I don't want YOU to have it." sigh. (Note: I DON'T WANT government health care and i am one of those who has been without insurance for ten years the law is supposed to benefit.)

Here is how I see politics:

There is a line with slavery on one end and freedom on the other. Satan hates humans and wants the most hurtful, ungodly system to prevail. God loves humans and wants the best system for them. God set up the nation of Israel to be as free as possible with out becoming anarchists (which inevitably leads to slavery). There was no central government, no standing army, only a temple tax and a head tax, and the temple tax was not enforceable by any authority in the land. God did command compassion for the poor, but He gave no one the power to enforce it. He did give the government of each city the power to execute murderers and punish thieves. God placed Laws over the land that protected personal property rights and freedom from other humans, though not from Himself. So even though He knew about every type of government possible, He chose the one as opposite from socialism as possible for His people.

Socialism is tyranny by committee. It is one group of humans telling the rest of the country where to work, who to hire, where to worship (or usually forbidding it all together), how to educate their children, how much to give to charity and what those charities will be, In short, controlling every aspect of their lives. It is assumed that all things belong to the government (and thus to those in the government) including the people themselves.

So how do our current parties line up?
The official name of the Democrats is "The Socialist Democratic Party." Gee, is it any surprise that the only groups that are more socialist are the ones who are openly called communists? (Socialism and Communism differ only in name). If The Communist Party of America is 100% slave minded, then the Democrats are around 85%. The Green Party is between the two.

The Republicans? Moderates all the way. Well most of them. Let's give them a 50%.

Tea Partyers probably run 30-40%. It varies though. (Our own Sharon Angle was a 15-20, but I have seen ones higher)

American Independents about 30%.

Libertarians 10%.

Where most Tea Partiers fail is their disconnect between what programs the Dems are obviously trying to force on us now and the ones they forced on us in past decades. Many want to keep the status quo. And many fall for the propaganda technique called "either or." This is the fallacy that there are only two option, in this case, either the government pays for, say, education or no one will. (Other countries and history tells us that if the government doesn't pay for education, parents will find a way to do it themselves and that charities (mostly churches) will pickup the slack. Yet anyone against public school is "obviously against education.") Some Tea Partiers do get it, but most don't.

I won't believe you, Mr Politician, truly get this whole freedom thing until I see you campaign to get rid of:

  1. Public Schools, the first and most powerful socialist program in America.
  2. Social Security (should be phased out continuing to pay those who have paid into it all their lives and depend on it now while offering the middle agers to opt out and not offering it to the young adults.)
  3. Medicare (ditto the above)
  4. Farm subsidies
  5. Planned Parenthood
  6. NPR
  7. Corporate Bailouts (if they are too dumb to keep themselves out of bankruptcy, they are too dumb to be controlling that much of the economy.)
  8. BLM
  9. FDA
  10. All the welfare this and thats.
  11. About 90% of what's left
(I once looked at a pie chart of what government money goes where and if we eliminated all these unconstitutional programs we would have a balanced budget WITHOUT collecting another penny of FDIC (once our current elderly are paid off) or income taxes.)

Every government regulation, every government control is a step closer to slavery. Until I see evidence that the Tea Party understand this, I am less than enthusiastic.