Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Killing Dr Tiller

I watched a documentary last night on Netflix called the Assassination of  Dr. Tiller.

It seemed like a pretty "pro-choice" doc.  Dr Tiller was a Kansas Dr that performed abortions.  He was one of only 3 doctors in the U.S. at the time that specialized in late term, 2nd and 3rd trimester terminations.

Eventually a pro-life nut-case killed shot him dead with a Taurus .22.
While it is extremely tragic for the family of Dr. Tiller the fact that his clinic closed and Abortions were no longer available in that area for 200 miles seems like a pretty fair trade.

I'm not advocating killing an abortion doctor but I also can't be upset at a person who does.  They are unbalanced for sure but thats one less person killing babies.
As with the case in Wichita Dr Tiller's colleagues closed the clinic and shortly after for fear of more action by nut jobs the 2 other clinics closed in that area.

2 things about that story stuck in my head.

Number one is that the doctors collegues and a few patients were interviewed and several times they mentioned how the doctor performed a legal medical procedure. How much the procedure was needed to to help young women who were victims of rape or incest.

That is the big thing that people site as a "good" reason for abortion.

So I took to the web and according to many sites including the Washington Post and NY Times the percentage of abortions due to rape and incest is 1%.  So 99% of abortions are for selfish reasons alone.

Things like not being ready for a baby or having so much more stuff they want to do.  It shouldn't even be a question.
Abortions should be illegal but I understand they are not and may never be but there certainly should be some guidelines in place to stop people from having them for frivolous reasons. If you are mature enough to be careless and get pregnant or even accidentally get pregnant you should have to feel the weight of those decisions.  I don't buy the line that it was a hard decision but for the best.

At very least you should be surgically stopped from having kids after an abortion.

There was a lady interviewed who was told there was a high chance that the delivery would kill her so the woman chose to terminate the baby rather that possibly die herself.
I find that disgusting.  The idea that anyone would choose themselves over their child is beyond comprehension to me.

The second thing that just blew my mind was that Dr Tiller was shot in church. The face of late term abortion was a member of a congregation.

No wonder the body of Christ is so weak today.

Everyone should be welcomed at church but there needs to be repentance. If you are not repentent of your sins or continue to not see an issue with something God is so clearly against someone needs to confront you with the gospel

You can't allow someone to use your church as a social club or cover and hope eventually that something said from the pulpit effects them.  You must address the issue.

This man was aborting full grown babies, going to church every week and seeing nothing wrong with what he was doing and without remorse for what he had done.  His church dropped the ball.

It was more shocking to me than the murder of the Dr himself. 





Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Instagram

I had an instagram account but I closed it because I was following too many people I didn't really want to follow.
I didn't want to unfollow them because I didn't want to hurt their feelings or be rude. Which I know I'd ridiculous.
I get that way with a lot of social media. I dive in head first and follow back or friend people and then realize I don't really care.  Thank the good Lord that twitter has mute.

So rather than unfollow people I decided I would just start over.
I've had the account for about a month and I've posted 16 pics. As opposed to my old account where I posted almost everyday.

It was often time art or sketches I was working on.  Then I got the job working on the sketch card set.  It was a hundred cards. Penciled, inked and colored and I got it done in about 3 weeks.

Ever since I finished I just don't draw much recreationally. I work from home on my Mac designing t-shirts for a living so I still get to be creative. I just don't sit down after a day of designing and draw like I used to.
I think I burned myself out with those cards. They were a blast but I had 2 months to finish them and I just could't stop so i finished way early.  At the time I was having a blast, now however it's kinda caught up with me.

It used to be a novelty to sit and digitally sketch but since I am at the desk for 12-15 hours a day on average. Now when I'm at a stopping point then in front of the Mac is the last place I want to be.

I'm going to have to just force myself to do it. Maybe get a new moleskin, that seemed to invigorate a friend and personal inspiration of mine.

The reason I titled this post instagram is because thats where I got the majority of feedback. On instagram (in theory at least) people see your pics cuz they genuinely want to. Plus its all you can see there where as with twitter a "twitpic" can easily get lost in the shuffle of a days timeline.

So I guess part of me misses the validaton that comes with "likes" and part of me just likes the idea of getting stuff out there liked or not.

If that makes any sense.

Ok with that said I think I am going to grab some paper and draw some stuff.  Maybe some DC characters. I think I've had all the Marvel I can take for now.

Thanks for reading

Alan

Monday, October 15, 2012

Debate

I found myself in a sort of debate with an atheist today.

Its a guy I have known since high school and he runs a business next to the shop of one of my best friends.

He likes to argue with people, he's actually said that sentence before. "I like to argue with people." which should have tipped me off that I was in for an experience but I was too late.

We were discussing that space jump or skydive from a couple days ago. where a guy parachuted from 24 miles up.
R (the atheist) started talking about the height of the jump and seeing the curvature of the earth. Somehow segued that into the Bible saying the world is flat and if its wrong there then thats proof that it's probably wrong other places.

My good friend JJ behind the counter said the Bible doesn't say the earth is flat. It says things like "the ends of the earth" and "foundations of the earth".  Which doesn't necessarily mean the author is saying its flat. He is giving a description of length or depth as best he can about an unfathomable distance to him.
The earth is huge even if you talk about the circumference in miles its nearly impossible to really wrap your head around.

R was shocked to find out that JJ believes everything in the Bible.  I was backing upp JJ when get got a customer and R turned his full attention on me.

He said how can you believe in God when science has proven beyond a doubt that the big bang happened and that evolution is a fact.
I said we might not want to get into it because he obviously just wanted to argue and there was no way I was going to change his mind nor he mine.

He said ok then followed with "but just let me ask you one question"

The talk went on for about 45 minutes each stating our case and the other with contradictory "proof" via our smart phones.

I tried several times to walk away with the "Let's just not talk about it" line but each time it was met with "ok, but let me ask one more question".

I don't mind sharing my faith or Christ with a stranger or a friend, atheist or not but when you come across someone that just likes to argue and whose mind is that set against the Word of God it's fruitless.

Thats why I hate watching atheist debates on tv or online.

For EVERY "fact" an atheist or a secular scientist has there are Christian scientists that have a contradictory fact.

When 2 men at the top of their fields get together to argue the loser is always undoubtedly the audience.

It's like a sport, you go to root for whoever you already like or believe.

No one has ever went to a Cardinals game and came home a Cubs fan.

Eventually I had a legitimate reason to excuse myself and I did so.

It's just stuck with me all day because that is what we face everyday and it's just going to get worse.
Right now to the secular world we are the wakkos and not long from now we will be the enemy.



Monday, October 8, 2012

My Vote, My Choice

I vote usually straight republican. I've had people tell me in the past that I should look at the issues rather than the party.
For me however the issues people look at are so often world issues rather than biblical issues.

The 2 key things I look at in big elections (President, Governor, Senate) are

1) Abortion

2) Gay Marriage

I am a Christian man, I know what the bible says on both those issues so I vote for the person who reflects my beliefs the most.

Not all Republicans are pro-life but such a vast majority are. Especially in the big seats. If my local district commissioner or county clerk are pro-choice, I'll never know. It's not something that is covered in local elections and since they don't help shape policy I feel safe with straight Republican

For instance in the upcoming Presidential Election I feel that Romney mirrors my feelings on those 2 topics. Where as Obama is completely opposite.

This is what prochoiceamerica.org a leading Pro-Choice website has to say about Romney


  • In 2007, former Gov. Romney said, "I will be a pro-life president." 3
  • That same year he also said, "I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation…. I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong."4
  • When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, former Gov. Romney responded, "Absolutely." 5
  • Former Gov. Romney also said "absolutely" when asked, "Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?" 6
  • Vowing to defund Planned Parenthood, former Gov. Romney wrote that he would "eliminate Title X family planning programs," which includes federal funding for birth control and cancer screenings. 7
  • In discussing how he would address the country’s debt, former Gov. Romney responded, "Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one, but there are others," he said. "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."8
  • He even vowed to eliminate President Obama's policy ensuring that women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay. He called the policy "a violation of conscience." 9


So there you have it.  Obama is pro-choice so I will not vote for him.

I will never vote for an openly pro-choice President.

Same for gay marriage. Romney, while I definitely don't agree with his Mormon beliefs and never thought I would vote for a Mormon. He is the only choice in my opinion for someone that is for the conservation of marriage and Pro-life.

As far as foreign policy goes, that is going to be the same either way.  If the president mattered at all when it comes to that subject Obama would have done more to stem the tide rather than burgeon it.  I think the site StPeteforPeace.org has the best sheet on this.

So that doesn't matter either way. Bush got us in and Obama has left us there.

Not that im a hippie, I think we are fine over seas. While the death of a soldier is terrible it is the job they signed up for. God bless them for it

That is why I vote the way I do. Even when there is no chance for the guy I am going to vote for to win.
For instance in Missouri where I live the Senate race is down to Claire McCaskil and Todd Akin.  Todd made a statement a couple months ago that was mind numbingly dumb. After the statement he was asked by the GOP including Romney himself to drop out and he refused.

Todd is Pro-Life so Todd gets my vote. There is almost no chance for Todd to win the seat but I can't vote McCaskill a well documented pro-choice candidate and I will not just skip voting so Akin it is.

Thanks for reading

Christian Themed Movie

I love Christian Themed movies. The big budget ones like Fireproof or Passion of the Christ and low budget films like Unidentified and The Perfect Stranger.

When Mel Gibson's Passion came out in 04 it was very easy to find Christian movies everywhere and pretty cheap.

Now that its been a while since the last Christian hit the lower budget movies are just as good but harder to find.

When I do find one on Amazon for instance then it is usually $20 or better and may be total crap.  It's not like a regular direct to dvd movie even.  Where you can view multiple trailers and even pirate it if you want to check it out and see if its worth the money.

It's a total crap shoot.

One I take more often than I should.