Curtis Dahlgren
On Odds and ENDS and QBs; upon further review (this is a doozy)
By Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2010

"All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung — the iron lung of politics — and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe the same fresh air our constituents breathe." — John F. Kennedy

"Upon this battle depends the future of Christian civilization..." — Winston Churchill

"The function of liberal Republicans is to shoot the wounded after battle." — Eugene McCarthy

NO, I'M NOT GOING TO REFIGHT THE BATTLE OF GREEN BAY AND ARIZONA. OR THE CIVIL WAR. One bitter pill can teach more lessons than all the trick-or-treat candy in the world. In the last 12 months the American people have come to realize that some "victories" by sweetness-and-light were a bitter pill to swallow.

Radio and TV stations carried hours and hours of "analysis" of the Sunday football games, as did the Sunday morning shows on news, and still, no one but no one knows what's in the HELL-thcare "reform" bill. That's why I threw my TV set out into a snow bank years ago.

Winston Churchill was talking about the Battle of Britain, but we must not be distracted from the current battle to socialize America by bread and circuses, nor dazzling passing displays, however entertaining they may be...

Last week I excerpted highlights from my columns from the first half of 2009, and I intended to do more of the same for the last half of the year today, but there are "battles" so critical being fought this week that can we forget football for a moment or two? I just want to go back to a March 2009 column for one "divisive" excerpt.

"We will bury you." — Nikita Khrushchev (September 17, 1959)

"Behold, the people are one, and they have one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do [but] LET US go down and confound [them] . . So the Lord scattered them." — Genesis

WE ARE RELIVING THE TIMES OF THE TOWER OF BABEL. The people had lost faith in God. Much of the population of the globe is also now familiar with "one language" — English — not to mention Java script, DOS, etc.! Technology is "king" and the people imagine a vain thing — the New World Order — which will allow the "lame to walk and the blind to see."

But like a festering boil, something else is coming to a head. Most people can "sense" it. On the 49th anniversary of Khrushchev's 1959 prediction, there was a run on the banking systems of the world's Superpower. It seemed like an invisible Hand from nowhere, but in fact it came from somewhere (mostly from the debts with which we had buried ourselves).

The "September surprise" didn't surprise some of us... But now what?

The world didn't end at the tower of Babel, but it was turned up-side down, like our social standards and the economic situation. The people at Babel had become "scatter-brained" and "The Law of Nature, and of Ages, and of Nations" violated, had unintended unforeseen consequences (despite elitist attempts to form a one-world government).

As someone once said, "God forgives [for awhile]. Man sometimes forgives. Nature NEVER forgives." [end of excerpt]

Did you ever notice that the more "entitlements" the central government hands out, the less money we have in our pockets? If those consequences are bitter, just think how much MORE bitter would be the fruits of a one-world government. Not to blow my own horn, but just before the Copenhagen "climate" conference, this column said:

Thousands of years ago, King David of Israel wrote:"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed [saying] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords [purse strings] . .[er, rob them] . . .

"He Who sits in the Heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His [hot] displeasure." [unquote]

I saw a text message sent from Copenhagen during the conference. It said, "It is bitterly cold and snowy here." [sent by a former EPA regional director]

The third-worlders who had come expecting to go home with gold in their pockets instead got a lesson in COLD. Some "delegates" had trouble even getting home. Hundreds of Brits got stranded in France when microscopic fluffy snowflakes stopped the last train to Christmas. As Sarah Palin says, some of the national guardmen in Iraq came from a state where it was 150 degrees colder than when they got to the Middle East. Our President barely got home to Washington, due to the blizzard.

This week, Miami hit 37 degrees, and Tampa had a high in the 30s! On one day, the northwest corner of Arkansas was colder than the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Even the Bahamas have been setting record lows. Upper New York state got almost five feet of snow.

Would someone please tell Al Gore to put a cork in it? Mark Belling of WISN Milwaukee says:

"If you do not counter lies with truth, the lies become the de facto 'truth.'"

Mark has also said — on the air — that it's not hard to figure out what's going on if you read the Bible just a bit. If you don't want to believe me on "global warming," I suggest the January 2010 issue of TownHall magazine ("Hoax and Change"). That sounds like a Rush Limbaugh echo, but he doesn't mind that. As for the "seas are going to rise two feet," the Bible says:

"Fear ye not me? saith the Lord; will you not tremble at My presence, Who has placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it? And though the waves thereof toss themselves yet can they not prevail? Though they roar, yet they can not pass over it."

George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) said, way back in the 1800s, that "human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the [catch]phrases [and buzzwords] of current talk or even current philosophy [conventional wisdom of the 'elitists']." Famous quotations are the favorite parts of "my" columns, but I have been a bit remiss in using the most relevant and cogent quotes from the Bible, so here are a few more from Jeremiah:

"Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee . . .

"What iniquity have your fathers found in Me, that they are far gone from Me, and have walked after vanity, and have become vain? . . .

"The priests said not, Where is the Lord? And those who handle the Law knew Me not; the pastors also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophecied by Baal [paganism], and walked after things that do not
profit . . .

"Hath a nation changed their gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit . . .

"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land: the prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and My people love to have it so." And here's a more precise translation:

"An astonishing and filthy thing is committed in the lands... The prophets [pundits] tell lies, and the priests believe that the ends justify the means. The peoples love to have it so, [but] what will you do in the end thereof? . . .

"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the OLD paths, where the good way is, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls."

Perhaps that's one too many "thus saith the Lords," but I love "rambling," just to tweak the modern Sophists. Sophists — you know, the "smart" people who say that truth is relative ("It all depends how you look at it"). But there's only one "right way" to look through a pair of binoculars. Coming events cast very long shadows (if your eyes are open). Under inspiration, Jeremiah also wrote:

"When I had fed them to the full [to the point of 'obesity'], they committed adultery and they were as fed horses in the morning. Every man neighed after his neighbor's wife . . Shall not My soul be avenged on a nation such as this? . . .

"Neither say they in their heart, 'Let us now fear the Lord our God Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season; He reserves unto us the appointed weeks to the harvest.

"Your iniquities have ruined these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you."

Yes, as the waves crash into the sand, but cannot pass over the boundaries of the sea, the pundits and judges and U.S. Senators "roar" like the waves, but are headed for a crash! We should have known better. The God of Israel still controls the weather, and He had a lot to say about which ways "profit" and which "laws" DON'T.

Do you like the rising prices of gasoline and propane and electricity? Just wait. We ain't seen nothing yet, given the proposals of our "enlightened" and "progressive" leaders. They actually and literally promote more and more of the lawlessness, even writing a marriage penalty into the HELL-thcare "reform" (people who just shack up get a tax break). Isaiah said:

"To the law and to the [ancient] testimony: If they speak not according to those words, it's because there is no light in them . . . For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led of them are destroyed . . The ancient and the honourable, he is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail."

Don't think for one minute that Jeremiah and Isaiah were just talking to the ancient Jews, or even just the modern Jews. Jeremiah said, "For the house of Israel AND the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against Me . . .

"The prophets ['pundits'] have become wind, and the Word is not in them . . "

And don't think that this is just a warning for Judah and Britain and America. Yes, is it no coincidence that the Florida citrus crop is in danger, not to mention the whole economy, at a time of blatant and unblushing adulterous scandals (even in Florida)?

But the "Third World" nations also got a taste of God's "humor" at the cold conference in Copenhagen. Don't worry about the "rising seas." If you're wanting something to worry about, I'll show you something to worry about:

"They [lying leaders] have 'healed' also the hurt of the daughter of my people 'slightly,' saying 'Peace, peace' — WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE . . .

"Therefore hear, you NATIONS, and know, 'O congregation' what is among them."

IN OTHER WORDS: eat, drink, and be wary; be cognizant of the signs of the times!

Churchill wasn't exaggerating when he said that upon the Battle of Britain "depends the future of Christian civilization."

This week, today, we have our own inner demons and outside threats to our Life, limb, and Liberty. It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing our own 'Battle of Britain' all over again. The last thing we need is an uncertain Trumpet. May God approve this message (no public funds were used in this letter, nor were any animals harmed during the writing of it).

P.S. I admit to being guilty of wordiness, occasional typos, and omissions. For example, I recently wrote that high carbon dioxide levels preceded warmer periods of pre-history (of course I meant to say "high CO2 levels did NOT precede" the warmer periods, but may have been a result of the warming, not one of the causes)!

But "I'm not here to talk about the past," as Mark Maguire said. Dave Ross says that the next time you're pulled over for speeding, just tell the officer, "I'm not here to talk about the past." Which is like saying "There is no evidence of such-and-such." When a lawyer says "there is no evidence of," you can be sure that someone has done a good cover-up (as in no evidence of voter fraud, or no evidence of vote-buying in the U.S.Senate).

PPS: Sorry ma'am; I know you're busy, but "just one more thing," as Columbo used to say. For a little comic relief, go to for Lake Superior State's 2010 list of "un-friended" words. Last year their number one term for banishment (or at least "give it a rest") was "carbon credits"! Rather "prophetic," wasn't it?

This year's list includes transparancy, stimulus, shovel-ready, and "friend" as a verb.

Maybe Tiger Woods can just say, "I'm not here to talk about the past." It would be a "teachable moment," eh?

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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