Monthly Archives: March 2007

Book of Proverbs

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the bible. While there is mention of Solomon’s name in Proverbs 1:1, this does not mean that Solomon was the author. King Solomon was considered a very wise man. It could be that while he didn’t write the book, most of the proverbs could be attributed to him.

Proverbs is not a long book, especially when you break it down into its 31 chapters. It is interesting that many months contain 31 days.

Therefore many people read a chapter of proverbs every day. You just look at the calendar to see what chapter you read on any given day.

Since the chapters aren’t that long, on months with only 28, 29, or 30 days, you just read the extra chapters at the end of the book.

I prefer to read the King James Version of the bible, when reading Psalms and Proverbs. While some of the other translations are easier to read; the King James has a beauty that really stands out in Psalms and Proverbs.

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Lesson About Liberals

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Lesson About Liberals
by Reverdy Lewin Orrell, III
aka ‘The Depraved Brain’
(578 words)

Note: This article may be found in webpage format here, and in PDF format here.

Last Saturday, the Depraved Brain Grandpop gave Jackson a lesson about liberals.

“Grandpop, what have the liberals been doing lately?”

“Well Jackson, they’ve been busy. The Democratic presidential hopefuls have been running around the country making fools of themselves. Hillary & Obama have been going at each other’s throats. It’s been a lot of fun watching Hillary trying to talk like a black southern preacher and watching Obama try to shed his light skin and make himself more black.”

“Grandpop, what’s that all about. Isn’t Obama a colored person?”

“Jackson, they don’t like to be called ‘colored’ anymore. That’s politically incorrect.”

“Then why do we still have the NAACP? Isn’t that one of their top groups?”

“Yes it is, Jackson. But many get offended with that term.”

“Well isn’t Obama a Negro?”

“Jackson, many don’t like that term either.”

“Then why do we have the United Negro College Fund?”

“I don’t have the answer, Jackson.”

“OK, Grandpop, then what is Obama? Black, Black American, African-American? Which is it?”

“I’m not sure, Jackson. The politically correct description keeps changing every few years.”

“I’m confused, Grandpop.”

“No more than the rest of us, Jackson.”

“Grandpop, what’s this stuff about Sharpton?”

“Al ‘Sharp Tongue’ has just learned that his ancestors were slaves and that the family of a former southern senator, once owned his family.”

“Is that bad?”

“Slavery, while part of our history and part of the history of many nations around the world was very bad.”

“Grandpop, I saw on the news that Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. If Obama is – Grandpop, I don’t know what the right word to say here is – anyway, did people of Obama’s race also own slaves?”

“Yes, Jackson they did. In fact, the African Tribal Chiefs were one of the main reasons of slavery. They rounded their people up and sold them to the slave traders who brought them to America. Here, in America, many blacks owned slaves, but you shouldn’t talk about that. It’s improper. You can only degrade the whites who owned slaves. You can’t talk about the black slaveowners in America or the African Tribal Chiefs. Only the white people were bad. The other’s were just ‘victims’. Besides, Obama isn’t all black. His mother was white.”

“But Grandpop, I heard that Obama’s ancestors once owned slaves. Is that correct?”

“Yes they did, Jackson. But there’s something else. You and Obama are cousins.”

“You’re teasing me again, Grandpop!”

“No I’m not Jackson. I looked at Obama’s pedigree and have found the Cheney family in Maryland. As you know, we also descend from the Cheney family. You, Daddy, Me, and Obama all share a common ancestor in Richard Cheney.”

“Wow, Grandpop. But didn’t you say that we connect into the royal lines in England through Richard Cheney?”

“That’s correct, Jackson. Obama does too.”

“Grandpop, what does Al Sharpton think about Obama?”

“I don’t know everything, but I’ve heard that Sharpton doesn’t think Obama is black enough?”

“What does that mean, Grandpop?”

“Liberals, like Sharpton and others, only what to see a truly black candidate run for office. They’re looking for a candidate who has a dark skin color and who acts black in their talk and lifestyle.”

“So, if Obama doesn’t act black enough, liberals won’t support him? That doesn’t seem right. Isn’t Obama a very liberal senator?”

“Yes, he is, Jackson.”

“Grandpop, these liberals are driving me crazy. I’m starting to get a headache. Can I have a bottle to settle my nerves?”

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Jackson’s Lesson For Today – Talk Radio

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Lesson in Talk Radio
by Reverdy Lewin Orrell, III
aka ‘The Depraved Brain’
(548 words)
March, 2007

Note: This entry may also be found in webpage format here and PDF format here.

Yesterday, my Mom, Nora’s father, and Mr. & Mrs. Depraved Brain, traveled to PA to see Sara, Reb, and Jackson.

Jackson had been sick the previous week, but was just starting to feel better. Sara had hurt her knee about 10 days ago and also was sick, but was also starting to feel better. When we arrived Jackson was taking a nap.

When he awoke he quickly asked, “Grandpop, what are you going to teach me today?”

“Well, Jackson, I thought I’d teach you about talk radio today. Your Mom says you like the radio and listening to music, but there’s more than that on the airwaves.”

“Really, Grandpop? I thought there was only singing. I know there are different kinds. Daddy sometimes puts on classic rock from the 80’s, then switches to country music. I like both of them. One time we made a mistake and put on the wrong channel, then left the room without knowing it. I had to listen to something called ‘rap’ music. I screamed and screamed until he came back and changed the channel. It was horrible! Tell me about talk radio.”

“Well, Jackson, talk radio has been around for years. Basically, there is no music and people are talking all the time. The radio host brings up a topic, makes his comments, then listeners generally call in and talk about the current subject.”

“But, Grandpop, there are a lot of stupid people in the world. Do they sometimes call in?”

“Yes they do, Jackson. But as you know these stupid people are called liberals and most of the talk radio hosts are conservatives. They straighten them out quickly.”

“But, Daddy says liberals don’t know how to listen. That’s why they’re the way they are.”

“That’s true, Jackson. As Michael Savage says, ‘Liberalism is a mental disorder’.”

“Mommy sometimes says that Daddy has a mental disorder. That can’t be right. Daddy isn’t a liberal.”

“No, he’s not a liberal, Jackson. Mommy is only teasing Daddy. But true liberalism is really a mental disorder. Michael Savage wrote a book about it.”

“Really, Grandpop?” Can you bring it next time and read it to me? Mommy and Daddy read me books all the time. What do you like to read Grandpop? Mommy just read me ‘The 3 Little Pigs’.”

“Jackson, we now live in a politically correct world. It’s not nice to say ‘3 Little Pigs’; that’s been changed to ‘3 Little Puppies’ in England.”

“No, it hasn’t Grandpop. You’re just teasing me, aren’t you?”

“No, Jackson I’m not. It’s true and I’ll be writing about it in an upcoming article.”

“What talk radio shows do you like to listen to, Grandpop?”

“Well, Jackson there’s several – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Les Konsolving, Rick Roberts, G. Gordon Liddy, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage are my favorites.”

“Wow, that’s the second time you’ve mentioned Michael Savage, Grandpop. You must really like him. I see you have a ‘Savage Nation’ hat on.”

“Yes, Jackson, Michael Savage is my favorite. He’s a very smart man who tells it like it is. He has a way of breaking everything down so that anyone can easily understand what he says.”

“Grandpop, do they make a Savage Nation hat in my size?”

“Not yet, Jackson. But when they do, I’ll buy you one.”

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Useful Information

The following was sent in by Nora. Original source unknown.

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

1. Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112, and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you. Interestingly, this number, 112, can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

2. Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys in the car, and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, but if you can reach someone who has the other “remote” for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

3. Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve, and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell the next time.

4. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people’s stealing mobile phones.

5. Free Information Calls
Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

Men Of Intergrity.net

Christianity Today.com has a decent website. On their website is a page labeled Men of Intregrity.net. This week’s theme is ‘Discover the More in Less’ (Comparing and coveting crowds out contentment.)

Their prayer for the week is “Lord, keep me from accumulating things just to fill a void in my life that only You can fill.”

That is so very true. I have seen this in my own life, many times. I’ve gone out and bought many things I really didn’t need. Somehow I thought that buying new things would make me feel better, but that wasn’t the case. ‘New things’ took up my time and kept me from taking on the problems at hand. I used them as a distraction; instead of facing problems.

Information Overload

Note: This was originally posted on my personal blog in December, 2005.

In the computer age, bible study is no different than stock investing. There’s such a thing as ‘information overload’. Years ago you would have to go to the library, search through the Dewey decimal system, pull your books from the shelves, make photo copies of what you wanted, then gather everything together everything you wanted on a particular topic.

Computers and the internet have changed all of that. Years ago, men would sit down on a Saturday and literally graph out the stocks they were interested in. Image the time that would take to research ten stocks. Now, in less than a minute, I can pull up any stock I want, imput the parameters I want, refresh the screen, and print out the chart. There are tons of investing websites on the internet, all eagerly trying to get you to sign up for their monthly subscription.

With the internet, I can find books on any subject I want, and with a few clicks order them immediately. I can decide if I want a new or used selection or if I want paperback or hardbound. In a few days it magically appears at my doorstep.

The study of religion has its own share of information overload. There are many, many translations of the bible. I’m not talking about bibles in languages other than English. I’m talking about translations within the English language. Of course, you have the traditional King James Version, then there is the King James Version – 1611. From there you can go to the New King James Version (another one I like) and the New International Version (NIV). There are probably a hundred other translations, all claiming to be the most accurate one available. Naturally, they are all available on computer software packages, which is a whole other topic.

From there go investigate the various ministries around the world. Certainly everyone has heard of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham; but all of the radio and TV evangelists have their own website – all promoting their products. What to go to school – tons and I mean tons of either actual seminary, on line, or correspondence classes are available. Prices go all the way from free to thousands of dollars a year.

Want to study a particular theme, doctrine, or book of the bible? It’s easy to do once you decide if you want cassette, CD, DVD, or book version. Let’s not forget the mp3 versions. Many preachers are putting their sermons on the web for free download. Missed Charles Stanley’s Sunday sermon? No problem, just go to his website and watch it.

In all of this, it’s easy to get lost by wasting time exploring the internet.

The bottom line – grab one (or two) versions of the bible that you like, sit down, and read it. If you want, get a dry yellow highlighter (no not the regular kinds, but one made for thin paper such as bibles), a pad, and take some notes. A good commentary doesn’t help either as well as a bible dictionary and atlas. Turn off the radio, CD, TV, and computer.

That’s really all you need, along with the desire to study the bible. Just remember the KISS philosophy – Keep It Simple Stupid.

Read and meditate on the word. Read it again and again.

I’d like to comment some more on this topic, but right now the book of Acts is calling me.

YWCA – Off The Mark?

YWCA.jpgFirst, let me point out that I don’t want you to take this blog entry the wrong way. I know that the YWCA is a good organization, as is the YMCA. As a teenager I spent many hours at the Central Branch of the YMCA in downtown Baltimore, having a ‘student’ membership for several years.

It was a great place to go and work out in, before the day’s of the various health clubs. The central branch in Baltimore had a nice gym, indoor track, boxing/wrestling room, weight room, indoor pool and sauna.

I’m sure the YWCA is also a great place.

The other day when driving to the west side of Baltimore City, I passed the central branch of the YWCA. A banner hanging from the building caught my eye. It wasn’t exactly like the image that accompanies this blog entry, but the words ‘Fighting Racism’ was on the banner.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

However, I look at everything a little differently than most.

Since the YWCA stands for Young Womens Christian Association – I’m a little unsure why ‘racism’ is such a prominent theme on their banner.

Since it is a “Women’s” assocation, would a better banner read ‘Fight Sexism’? Or, wouldn’t something about fighting for women’s rights be headlined? Certainly, fighting against the battering of women would be appropriate.

Also, the word ‘Christian’ is in their title.

Wouldn’t something like ‘Fighting for Christians’, ‘Fighting For Biblical Rights’, or something like that be appropriate?

I quickly searched through several YWCA websites and did not see anything which promoted ‘Christianity’. Many organizations don’t promote Christianity; however, I would think if ‘Christian’ is in your title, your website would have that theme. It does not, which I find misleading.

Of course, the YWCA was organized in a different era. If they aren’t go to spearhead a battle to promote Christianity (as their title suggests), then they should drop the ‘Christian’ from their name.

Jackson Reverdy Orrell – U.S. Border Patrol

JacksonGrandpopBorderPatrol.2.jpgLast night Nora, my mother, and I travelled to Pennsylvania to see Reb, Sara, and Jackson.

The little guy is becoming much more alert, now almost 12 weeks old.

Sara has returned to work and Jackson is going day care.

Naturally, Grandpop had to spend some quiet time with him, teaching him various things. In the past we’ve discussed some genealogy. Today he was fasinated by my new hat, a U.S. Border Patrol hat I received for renewing my subscription to NewsMax.com magazine.

He quickly grabbed one of his hats and said he wanted to be like Grandpop.

The first thing he asked was whether I could get him a border patrol hat in his size. I told him I didn’t think they made them in his size. He asked me to keep looking for one.

He then asked me about the crazy Florida Senator who doesn’t like the term ‘alien’ and wants it banned from use in Florida.

I told him that I would research it and get back to him. He then asked me to write an article about it. I’ll try to do that this weekend.