Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Monday, April 30, 2012

Once You Go Black...

Dennis D. Dinktwigger says...

Here's a thought...
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

And then...
A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness.

Questioning Obama's Muslim Faith

I’m sure Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe the Plumber, is a nice man – a sincere guy.
He’s running for Congress this year, and I wish him the best of luck because he is running against Marcy Kaptur in an Ohio district, and she deserves to be retired by voters.
He told the Politico recently that Barack Obama is his Christian “brother,” and that the impostor in the White House is “blessed by God.”But I have a problem with his perception of reality and, shall we say, his spiritual discernment – and these kinds of answers aren’t going to help him win that seat.
What draws him to these conclusions?
“He became a Christian against all odds, and ultimately – I don’t know God’s will – but if you follow what God wants you to do, he will bless you. Barack Obama has been blessed by God, to become president,” Wurzelbacher said. “After Barack Hussein Obama suddenly cast-off his Muslim roots, rejected his mother’s disbelief in God, turned tail on the Islam of his early life and converted to Christianity – BLAM – he’s elected president,” he wrote in the letter to CBN. “Anyone who believes the two things are not connected is being disingenuous at best. I don’t know how or when it happened, whether when he was partying at college or five minutes before he first decided to run for office, but it doesn’t matter – he came to Christ and he is my brother.”
But what is the evidence of Obama’s Christian faith? His attendance for 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s schizoid, America-hating, Liberation Theology cult? What does this have to do the Jesus? Nothing.
Is this naiveté on Joe the Plumber’s part, or is this politics?
Where is the evidence that Jesus is the Lord of Barack Obama’s life? Calling oneself a Christian does not mean one is a Christian.
I would like to bring to Wurzelbacher’s attention a key passage from the book of Matthew Chapter 7:15-23 that may have eluded his notice:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
With regard to Obama, where is the good fruit? What kind of fruit has been produced? Has he done the will of the Father?
Wurzelbacher added that he’s proud of his faith and insisted the U.S. has always been a Judeo-Christian country.
“Our Founding Fathers, at one point in time, all pointed to God,” he said. “All 50 states, in all state constitutions, ask for God’s guidance. There’s no argument this is a Judeo-Christian country. For someone to say it’s not is absurd, because the facts are there.”
But who said just that? Barack Obama.
So we have a problem here.
Yet, Joe the Plumber insists he doesn’t question Obama’s faith.
“I don’t question his faith, and when I read or hear people claiming he’s not a Christian because of this or that, I don’t like it,” he wrote in his letter to CBN. “[But] Barack Obama once famously told me he just wanted to spread the wealth around and I take him at his word about that as well. After three years of watching the policies he’s put forth, the agenda he’s pushed and the detrimental effect it’s had on our country, I don’t question it one bit.”
How about this?
  • his support of same-sex marriage
  • his support of open homosexual activity in the military
  • his support of killing innocent babies in the womb
  • his support for withholding life support for survivors of abortion
  • his support for forcing those of Christian conscience to provide sterilization and abortion services to their employees through mandatory health-care programs
Barack Obama has been at war with God before he took office and ever since.
What am I missing here? And what is Joe the Plumber missing?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Mask of Prophesy

Who is he
Why does he/she hide behind the maskI see him everydayYou see him everydayLook harderSearch harder You’ll find himThe Masked ManWe all see himAll the timeHe see’s us every morningJust look deeperJust search harderHe is always with usI see him You see himHe cries all the timeWhere is heThe Masked ManLook inside Look into your soulYou’ll see everybody’s has a mask onI’m the masked manYou’re the mask manWe all live one big lie We are all the masked manThe Masked Man-Keith Young

Dennis D. Dinktwigger says...

Here's a thought...
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

And then...
My theory of evolution is that Charles Darwin was adopted by aliens.

God's Numbers..Again?

A business can run without profits for quite a while provided it has cash flow. However, the opposite is not true. Webvan wasted capital on huge infrastructure investments and Pets.com struggled to raise capital. Meanwhile, Amazon was generating sales and raising capital. Small business startups fail most frequently from lack of cash flow. Maintaining, and projecting cash flow is crucial. The tool for doing so is counting.
Whether you run a business, work in one or invest in one, you occasionally examine a balance sheet showing assets and liabilities. You also watch income statements which reveal profit and operating earnings figures. But more important, scrutinize the often neglected cash flow statements regularly as they show the cash coming into and flowing out of the coffers. Understanding numbers is a key life skill.
We are currently in the calendar period between Passover (Pesach) and Pentecost (Shavuot) when Jews count off each day. (Leviticus 23:15) This is called Counting the Omer. For instance, today, we formally note, is the 18th day of the Omer.
Hebrew associates counting with wisdom. The word SoFeR means both someone who counts and also a wise man. Wise people can convert complex circumstances into precise numbers which can then be easily compared and analyzed. Numbers can certainly be manipulated, but it is harder to mislead with numbers than with words. A torrent of words easily obscures simple facts and plays to the emotions. It is much easier to figure out the story from the numbers than it is to discover the numbers from the story.
For car enthusiasts like me, advertisements with performance figures are more useful than poetic paragraphs lauding the luxurious leather seating and the rapturous flowing lines of the Italian-designed bodywork. When studying a company’s annual report, the financials and footnotes are more important than photographs of corporate personalities and their headquarters. Revenue figures are more valuable than pages of propagandistic prose.
Jewish tradition is filled with numbers. We maintain and calculate a complex calendar whose months and days have not names but numbers. We count generations, we count money raised for the Tabernacle in Exodus and we count the dimensions of Noah’s Ark. We even like knowing how many letters there are in the Torah (304,805) as well as how many words (79,847) and verses (5,845).
Numbers convey meaning; often deep meaning. For instance, because the Torah is God’s message to mankind for all places and for all times, we should not be surprised by prophetic insights that flow from analyzing numbers.
For instance, the founding Israel in 1948 was a manifestation of God’s special relationship with the Jewish people. It would be surprising if the Torah contained no hint of that forthcoming event.
The civil year of 1948 corresponds to the Hebrew year, 5708. Let’s examine the 5,708th verse of the Torah:
The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it…
(Deuteronomy 30:5)
As the State of Israel celebrates its 64th birthday this week, it is worthwhile to remember that the land is continually earned through faithfulness to God.
Ancient Jewish Wisdom with Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin is on sale for a few days, making it an even friendlier individual, friend or family activity.I wish I could invite you all into my home to share more amazing truths which flow from Biblical numbers. I’m afraid that space would get a bit tight. But I am delighted that my wife and I can visit your homes through our television show, Ancient Jewish Wisdom. We have gathered four of our favorite shows on DVD, including The Importance of Numbers: Scripture is Full of Them. Why? You will greatly enjoy these shows with astonishing secrets embedded in Scripture. Imagine – TV shows the whole family can watch and discuss together!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

This is the FACE

Fill in the blank:
This is the face that will _____________ to  America (if he's elected to a second term)

Dennis D. Dinktwigger says...

Here's a thought...
Most basic truths sounded stupid and even insane the first time we heard them.

And then...
I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for yourselves or your material world, but to care about the improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. 

Anti-nukers kill fusion research

OK, now the plot is thickening. For a year now, I, Pat Boone – not a scientist, just an ordinary citizen who can sing and read and think for myself – have been here in this space, begging my countrymen and women to look at the obvious, most desirable and desperately needed answer to the energy needs of America and, in fact, the whole world.
It’s nuclear fusion – and I’m about to answer the rest of that question.You ask, “Well, Boone, if this answer, this God-gift, is so ‘obvious,’ why isn’t the scientific community all over it? Why aren’t scientists and physicists and even our Department of Energy doing whatever it takes to utilize it, to bring it to a world running out of answers? And what is this miracle energy source again?”
As the Cold War grew more and more ominous and tensions between the two world superpowers intensified, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union spent huge sums of money developing more-advanced thermonuclear weapons. The fear of the awesome power of nuclear weapons deepened, and virtually all this work was “classified” by the military in both countries. Though the general public knew little of it, feverish progress was being made toward harnessing nuclear power for destruction.
But physicist Edward Teller in this country had a different vision. Some have conjectured that he was the inspiration for Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” a maniac wanting to see demonic devastation unleashed on mankind, but nothing could be further from the truth.
In addition to his founding and leadership of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Teller also supported a laboratory on the campus of Princeton University to pursue non-military fusion research. Rather than pursuing man’s power to destroy through fission – he saw nuclearfusion as man’s hope for survival.
Again, let me emphasize that fission splits atoms, the very material of creation; fusion can combine elements, releasing virtually limitless energy, with negligible negative effects. The sun itself is a huge nuclear fusion reactor, energizing the whole solar system.
It’s a God thing.
At Princeton, a first effort toward peaceful use of this awesome energy was Project Matterhorn, out of which was born the Princeton Plasma Physics Labs (PPPL). Plasma is the term given to matter when heated to extremely high temperatures and can be harnessed to release huge amounts of energy. And PPPL was also utilizing concepts developed by Russian physicist Sakharov. While America and Russia were deadly enemies on one level, a couple of their leading scientists were trying to achieve peace through science on another.
It was a terribly daunting, near impossible goal. But so was developing machines and technology that could send human beings to walk on the moon. And that was moving forward, too.
In 1954 Teller made a memorable presentation at the “Gun Club” on the Princeton University campus. Addressing the problems associated with the fusion plasma instabilities at incredible thermonuclear temperatures, he said, “Trying to confine plasma with magnetic field lines is like trying to hold a blob of jelly with rubber bands.” And these comments stimulated a controlled-fusion giant, Lyman Spitzer, to invent the Stellarator approach to magnetic confinement – the necessity of containing and focusing unimaginable heat on the plasma. Princeton was making progress!
And at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, now home to the NIF project, scientists were developing Teller’s “magnetic mirrors” concept, another approach to intensifying and directing sun-like temperatures. The Magnetic Mirror Fusion Test Facility was designed and built at a cost of over $150 million. It was tremendously promising, exciting … so what happened next?
The project was canceled and shut down by the government the very week it was to “go live” and testing was to begin! Why?
Because, while exhilarating progress was being made toward fusion energy, there was also frightening progress being made toward nuclear weapons – and a growing “anti-nuclear” movement was spreading worldwide. Starting in the mid 1950s, after the Castle Bravo test and accelerating in reaction to various nuclear weapons tests conducted by both superpowers, tremendous political pressure created various nuclear test ban treaties beginning in 1963.
Once these treaties were in place, the U.S. could no longer actively test nuclear weapons above ground. And since that time, many incremental bans on nuclear testing have been put into place, including the beginning of the START process. And once an “anti-anything” movement gains power, it tends to grind anything remotely connected with it to a halt. Today, though much of Europe and the Far East are increasingly turning to nuclear fission for peaceful energy, the eruptions at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island and lately Fukushima have enflamed the anti-nuclear forces to new vehemence.
Our government’s response was to close down the Atomic Energy Commission, which previously ruled over all nuclear affairs, civilian and military, and in its place create at least three more regulatory authorities to, in various time-consuming ways, “collect, assemble, evaluate, and analyze energy.” Now the Department of Energy has nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship authority under its NNSA with a $9 billion budget just to maintain what we already have.
Get the picture?
The anti-nuclear group was successful at creating conditions that effectively quadrupled the costs associated with nuclear power, using lawsuits, public testimony and requirements for endless permits – to the point where atomic power in the United States has been at a standstill for the last 30 years.
Not so the semiconductor or cellular telephone or computer industries, all of which have flourishedunder the control of private enterprise. What a concept … private enterprise, private funding and huge benefits to all mankind!
This is really the point of all my writing on this vast, crucial subject.
If a government has virtually total control, and if it doesn’t want to pursue a goal, it will go nowhere. This administration in particular is openly committed to energy – but the scarce, ineffective and impractical kind. Meanwhile, new possibilities in fission power, like Thorium fuel rather than the more dangerous Uranium and Plutonium, have languished because private industry is intimidated and reluctant to fund it.
And guess what? China has already lifted its one-year hold on nuclear power, since the Fukushima disaster, and plans to graduate over 2,000 Ph.D.-level students to focus on fusion energy. Europe, India and Japan, along with Russia and China, are expensively working on a cooperative fusion reactor program – ITER – and American scientists are pleading for the funding to maintain our measly 9 percent of that project.
Just 9 percent! This unfortunately is what happens when a blind, politically driven government is in control.
Friend, our nation’s future hangs in the balance. The EPA is on record saying it wants to “crucify” our oil, gas and coal producers, while billions are squandered on hopeless projects like Solyndra and other solar, wind and algae fantasies. It’s a nightmare.
But in my third – and last – article on this subject, I urgently want to spur us to action, with hope for tomorrow.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dennis D. Dinktwigger says...Fool!

Here's a thought...
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

And then...
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.