Archive for July, 2012


July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

If your child was running headlong toward a precipice
Would you not cry out, “STOP!”
Run after him and save him? Read more…

A Penny?

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you know that it costs the Federal Government Counter-Cut2.41¢ to make a penny, and 11.18¢ to make a nickel?
IT REALLY DOES! Now just think about that a moment: Read more…

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July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

One fact is abundantly clear throughout The Bible:  The LORD is Holy, perfect, unchanging, and fully in control of history.

Another fact is abundantly clear:  The LORD loves Israel, is utterly faithful to her and comes to her aid repeatedly, but sooner or later He punishes her severely for her continuing sins and apostasy.  The fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 BC and to the Romans in 70 AD immediately come to mind.  But because of His unconditional covenants The LORD always leaves a faithful remnant of Israel to start over. Read more…

World’s Coolest Staircases

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Must see these!  Click on picture…

All staircases lead somewhere.  Where does the staircase of this life lead?  Heaven, Hell, or nowhere in particular?


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Speaking the Truth

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

You don’t have to agree with me.
You don’t have to like or love me.
All I ask is that you hear me out
And not shut the words up before they exit my mouth.

You always, always have the option to tune me out,
To ignore or walk away from me,
To argue with me,
To mock and ridicule me.

But here in America
You never had and never will have the right
To muzzle me, to silence me,
To kill me.

[This was written two years ago.
I wonder if the last stanza is still true today.]


©notasitlooks 2010

More Tall Ships

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Everybody loves tall ships!  Everybody loves pictures of tall ships.  I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures as well.

The pictures were taken as the tall ships were arriving into Boston Harbor to celebrate America’s victory in the War of 1812.

Naval legacy

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

This is a short photo essay of a visit to Boston’s historic harbor.  There, next to each other we get to experience some of this country’s greatest symbols.  The USS Constitution represents our historic naval legacy stretching all the way back to the Revolutionary War.  The USS Cassin Young (DD793) represents the historic legacy of “the greatest generation”, the generation that won WWII and freedom for millions and millions of people.  Enjoy the pictures.

USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is the world oldest commissioned warship afloat.  During its long careers the ship won 42 battles and lost none.  It was nicknamed “Old Ironsides.”

USS Cassin Young

USS Cassin Young (DD-793) was launched in 1943.  After serving in World War II, including the Battle of Leyte and the Battle of Okinawa, shecontinued in active service until 1960.


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The Amateur

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThis is a book review of “The Amateur – Barack Obama in the White House” by Edward Klein.
This book is a “must read” for every American voter.

The book is highly readable and difficult to put down once started.  You will read revelations you never expected and you will learn of facts suppressed by the mainstream media.  The only topic left untouched, as far as I could tell, is the birth-certificate issue.  Jeremiah Wright is interviewed at length about his relationship with Obama.  The University of Chicago years are examined in depth.  Major political infighting and backstabbing within the White House are explored in several aspects, including Obama’s war on the military leadership.  Obama’s personal relationships, such as his relationship to Oprah Winfrey, are explored in some detail.  The book paints a frightening picture of a

“man who is at bottom temperamentally unsuited to be the chief executive and commander in chief of the United States of America.   …  a president who is inept in the arts of management and governance, who doesn’t learn from his mistakes, … who blames all his problems on those with whom he disagrees, … who discards old friends and supporters when they are no longer useful, … and who is so thin-skinned that he constantly complains about what people say and write about him.”  (Loc 49)[1] Read more…

Eye to Eye (addendum)

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I was just studying Isaiah and came across the following passage.  These words, spoken by The LORD through His prophet Isaiah, emphatically reinforce the premise of the book  “Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel” by William Koenig.  (See book review.)
Isa 41:8-14, ESV translation, emphasis added:

“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.”

The last sentence is particularly illuminating.  It provides a God’s eye perspective of man and punctuates just how much greater God is than man.  We are but worms in His eyes, but He still loves us enough to sacrifice Himself to redeem us.  How amazing is that?

AMERICA, LISTEN UP!  Picking a fight with The LORD, the Creator of heaven and earth,  by forcing the Jews out of the promised land is a losing proposition.  All who do so shall surely perish.


Glimpse of Heaven

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutDr. Mary Neal, author of “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again,” was interviewed about her near-death experience recently on the Today Show.  She was pinned underwater unable to breathe for a minimum of 15 minutes, died, experienced Heaven, and came back.  Click here to enjoy the interview.


Her experience is not that unusual.  I’ve read numerous accounts of comparable experiences.  Pictures of signed official death certificates were included in some books; I recall a funeral photograph in one account! Read more…