Saturday, October 24, 2020

Puerto Rico: The US Constitution Does Not Apply

I know, technically speaking it does. Unfortunately, there is this thing called the Puerto Rican legal system that stands in the way of the US Constitution being enforced. Puerto Rico has this strange legal system where they have their own local, appellate and Puerto Rico Supreme Court. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court puts to shame the most liberal, Federal Appellate courts in the United States.

I can't give a specific example of how much of a clown show the Puerto Rico Supreme Court is. I just know what laws are currently in place in Puerto Rico which are clearly unconstitutional, that affect me personally.

Keep in mind that all the proceedings are in Spanish which only lowers the interest of outside observers who do not know Spanish fluently.

So, if you are like me and have some claims of violations of your First and Second Amendment rights, what are your options?

I have to literally go all the way to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, that I already know due to case law will shoot me down, and then HOPE that the US Supreme Court will consider my case.

And what is the likelihood that will happen?

Basically none.

At least on the issue of the 2nd Amendment case, we already know the Supreme Court regularly refuses to hear cases that could cause a national precedent and cause States to rebel. It is de-facto rule by the Appellate courts. In the case of Puerto Rico, it is de-facto rule by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

Yikes.

My only comfort is knowing that at any time I could hop on a plane and get all my 2nd Amendment rights once again. I am choosing to stay primarily for the tax benefits which are only possible because of the same family of "exceptions" I am bitching about.

Puerto Rico is one bizarre-o world of corruption and loopholes (thanks to its Territorial status).

I will actually be a little relieved to leave the island if they take away my tax benefits or do something so egregious to me that the tax benefits aren't even worth it. 

I'm anticipating on leaving anyway in about 8 years to start my Idaho homestead, but I'm not going to hide my absolute disgust at the state of Puerto Rico out of fear they revoke the tax benefits they are giving me which is the only reason why I'm staying.

I suppose it will suck for my children who will lose visitation with their father, because there is no way I'm going to stay on the island should they remove the monetary incentive for me to stay there.

But, in the end, it will be for the better because I will be able to prepare their way in advance on the Idaho homestead prior to 2033. It will be the fault of my ex for choosing to remain on that shit-hole of an island and alienate the kids from me simply because of her hatred. The children can find me after they are free of her control.

At a certain point, no amount of more saved money will help beyond 2033, and I'm better off focusing on building community. I say 8 years from now for timing issues on some long term investments, but if my short term gambles pay off, I may decide to leave much earlier. I already have a number in mind to hit when I finally decide to bail.

I was thinking that I am suffering on the island for my children's sake (so that they can have the inheritance of the tax savings), but there always reaches a point of diminishing returns.

Meaning, if I take a 30%-50% hit in taxes, but it allows me to start focusing on investing in Idaho years in advance, that may be worth the "fiat" loss.

The other view could be that I take all the tax savings and convert them into Silver or Gold, for which my children will be able to benefit post 2033.

Lots of unknown unknowns, but I still have lots of time. Coronavirus has really hurt all my investments, and abandoning my still, very young children to the whims of a foolish woman will be something I will have to weigh very heavily. The potential upside would have to be quite significant.

Puerto Rico is the front line for Civilizational Collapse

Maybe a non-functioning 911 system isn't really that bad when compared with the fact that Puerto Rico repeatedly loses power, which subsequently turns off the running water because the water pumps can't run without electricity (and they don't have backup generators).

The Secretary of Public Security made the announcement in brief expressions broadcast tonight.

“Tonight, a decision was made to close the 9-1-1 Emergency Systems Bureau Call Reception Centers (NSE911) after employees from both facilities reported positive results for COVID-19. To guarantee the continuity of operations and that emergencies are attended to correctly, the Office of the Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD) will be used, known as Central Control, which operates 24 hours with duly trained personnel ", he said. the official.

Janer maintained that, to report emergency situations, they should call 787-724-0124. The Dispatch staff will channel calls with the corresponding municipal or state response agencies for each emergency. Similarly, they can call 787-343-2020 to communicate directly with the Police.

Vox Day isn't being overly cute when he states that the decline of Civilization means the lack of a plumbing system. You need water to run it.

And if you want to get even more ridiculous, Puerto Rico regularly runs into DROUGHTS despite being a tropical island and is forced to turn off water or restrict usage on certain days.

The water and power inconsistency is so bad that most people have water cisterns and power generators. I certainly do. Going off-grid entirely is something I would do if I knew I wasn't headed to Idaho to ride out 2033.

My Very Confused Ethnic Identity (Korean, Hispanic, and White)

Like a fish trying to explain how it breathes in water, I have always been surrounded by Asians or Whites while growing up in Seattle. I never thought how strange I was being the only Asian. It had always been that way for me from a young age.

When my very White wife (now ex) would accompany me to the Korean restaurants in Orange County, California, it became much more obvious that she stood out especially from the stares. She would normally be the only White girl. For whatever reason, you usually see White men with Asian women, not the other way around.

When I was running hotels in Southern California, I would also be the only Asian among primarily Mexicans. I would also often be the only Asian hanging out with all the Indians at hotel meetings and conventions. None of this felt strange to me, probably because I was the boss with the Mexicans. I will admit it was a little weird with the Indians because they would sometimes mix in their language which I didn't understand.

While living in Puerto Rico, I am surrounded by Puerto Ricans and the only Asian in sight. When I flew to Colombia and Ecuador in search of a wife, I was the only Asian as well.

Right now, I am visiting Doral, Florida which is next to the Miami Airport. There are a shit load of Venezuelan and Colombians in this suburb.

I just went to a food truck that printed its receipt in Spanish.

Of course, I can speak pretty good Spanish. My wife, who is Colombian, cannot speak English, but can speak fluent Spanish.

So, the server speaks to me in English. I reply in Spanish. The server asks a question to my wife in English. She doesn't understand, so I translate into Spanish for her. She replies in Spanish. The server replies in Spanish, then asks me something in Spanish. I respond in English. And round and round we go.

Adios, America!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Reggaeton is Trash

Living in Puerto Rico, I'm constantly forced to listen to this trash in the various restaurants I eat. This entire genre has to be the best example of the bottom tier of musical talent being fed on a musically illiterate population eager to eat it up in their drunken, grind-fests. I have walked out of certain restaurants or asked them to change the music because I am so insulted to have to listen to talent-less phonies.

Vox Day mentioned in one of his Darkstreams how P-Diddy has no musical talent. I have to concur. While in high school, I had friends who thought they were so "cool" for listening and being able to recite his raps word-for-word. I was always a little confused. I was in a jazz and concert band and listened regularly to the technical greats in Classical and Jazz. I could tell their "popularity" wasn't for their technical skill, but more for their "image."

They took the ticket. Every Reggaeton trash artist has taken the ticket.

What's even more infuriating about Reggaeton being blasted throughout South American restaurants is that they have an entire catalog of Salsa artists. Some of which are alive today. Now those guys have talent.

Unfortunately, Salsa isn't conducive toward grinding, and requires a certain amount of technical skill to dance. So for the unwashed, musically illiterate masses, they push out Reggaeton on the Latin American population that don't know any better.

My wife tells me that every woman she knows has Instagram in Colombia.

"Image" becomes all the more important in this game of Influence peddling.

Also, with such a large Latin American population, you need Latin artists that are local to push their overly, computer-processed, auto-tunefest.

I wouldn't be surprised that if you were to track who actually produces and distributes this trash, it will be the same record labels that push out all the other talent-less music in the United States.

It's all one artificial cabal and none of it is organic.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tax Havens in Puerto Rico & the Federal Retaliation

It would be a very long article to try and unwind the Puerto Rico "loophole" as a tax haven for United States citizens. Also, it's not really that interesting unless you actually plan or are thinking of moving to Puerto Rico. I know that if I lived in Idaho, I wouldn't think about Puerto Rico. In fact, I pretty much did not even think about Puerto Rico my entire adult life until I seriously thought about moving there in 2016. But, I'll give it a shot.

First of all, the US Constitution does not fully function in Puerto Rico. Even though I was born in the States, an American Citizen, AND a United States Officer, I have had both my 1st Amendment rights and 2nd Amendment rights violated on multiple occurrences. If this occurred Stateside, I would have a legal case. But, because I am in Puerto Rico, the Insular Cases may apply.

Basically, the "Insular Cases" of the Supreme Court established in the early 1900s that the newly obtained territories from Spain (ie. Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico) did not have the same, full rights as on the mainland. If the territories had the same rights, then obviously the territories could not be as easily looted and exploited as Colonization dictates.

Somewhere down the line, it also established that residents of Puerto Rico do not have to pay Federal Income Tax (You don't enjoy the full rights. You also don't have to pay the taxes!). Puerto Rico has its own, tiered tax system like many States do, but tiers that are higher than Federal Income Tax brackets after a certain income level.

The IRS has specific communications about "Source of Income" specifically in regards to Puerto Rico. So, if I physically perform the work in Puerto Rico, which technology has made exceptionally easy, then that income is considered to be sourced from Puerto Rico.

It's also why movie stars who shoot in Hollywood, will have to pay California and Federal income taxes because the "Source" of their income was completed in California. Companies that end up editing the film, like in New Zealand or Ireland, will have their work taxed at their respective tax rates in their country because they physically do the work there. (Side note: California may still try and claim their share through various other laws they have depending on other factors).

Puerto Rico, due to their Federal Income tax exemption, has special tax programs to incentive companies to do their work physically on the island. The tax rate is 4% total. 50 cent realized it could be higher than 60% mainland. So, it's quite the savings.

But if you travel frequently between the mainland and Puerto Rico, and you act as a "consultant," then it becomes very sketchy on terms of "Source of Income." For example, let's say the consultant spends 5 months in the States, and 7 months in Puerto Rico. Maybe they do 50% of the work Stateside, and 50% in Puerto Rico. They should be paying Federal Income tax on the 50% they did Stateside because of "Source of Income" rules. Many "consultant" individuals create corporations in the respective states they practice in and "bill" the parent company with tax exemption to keep the "Source of Income" separate. Smart. Clean.

But, sometimes they don't. Sometimes you outright tell your CPA that you want to commit fraud(?) and charge 100% of the work to Puerto Rico (despite actually doing 50% of the work Stateside). I don't know if that's what happened in this situation. Maybe it was more egregious. I don't have access to the email history.

In December 2018, Hernández formed Company A under Puerto Rico law for an undercover special agent of the IRS-CI posing as a wealthy United States taxpayer from Arizona. In December 2019, Hernández caused to be prepared and filed a fraudulent tax-exemption application with the Office of Industrial Development and fraudulently obtained Act 20 tax exemption status for Company A.

In December 2019, Hernández also determined that Company A would report $500,000 in business earned income in Puerto Rico, which would reduce Company A’s federal taxes. Then in July 2020, Hernández caused a Puerto Rico corporate tax return for Company to be prepared and filed with the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury (Hacienda), falsely claiming that $500,000 was earned in Puerto Rico by Company A.

I have a good friend who was wrongfully, criminally prosecuted by this same office. We all know the DOJ is corrupt as fuck and many of their actions are done for political reasons. Is this another example of Entrapment?

I will be interested to read the emails that the undercover agent sent and their evidence if it ever goes public.

I know many CPAs right now are shaking in their boots for dealing with any Act 20 decree holders until they see to what degree the Fraud was.

Keep in mind, BDO is the same firm that was involved with a partner resigning after an indictment in a corruption scandal. Justice is political these days.

UPDATE: It could be entrapment, but if there is a way out (ie. the CPA could decline the client), then it's not a defense. Also, it is possible it was quite blatant. But we'll see if it goes to trial.

The Pope & His "Private Opinions"

Cardinal Raymond Burke provides some clarification on the Pope's comments on his support of gay, civil union:

First of all, the context and the occasion of such declarations make them devoid of any magisterial weight. They are rightly interpreted as simple private opinions of the person who made them. These declarations do not bind, in any manner, the consciences of the faithful who are rather obliged to adhere with religious submission to what Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the ordinary Magisterium of the Church teach on the matter in question.

I'm actually liking Catholics more now at least in comparison to Protestants. I cannot imagine an "Elder Board" being able to overrule like this their lead or preaching pastor. There is something comforting to know that even when the Pope himself goes contrary toward the Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and ordinary Magisterium of the Church, that the Pope himself will be called out for his "private opinions."

Most Protestant churches don't have so many controls which can countermand the false teachings of the "head" pastor.

The Latin Mass that is local to me in Puerto Rico posted the Archbishop Vigano's response prior to the cardinal's publication on their Facebook page:

It appears that Bergoglio is impudently trying to “raise the stakes” in a crescendo of heretical affirmations, in such a way that it will force the healthy part of the Church – which includes bishops, clergy, and faithful – to accuse him of heresy, in order to declare that healthy part of the Church schismatic and “the enemy of the Pope.”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is trying to force some Cardinals and Bishops to separate themselves from communion with him, obtaining as a result not his own deposition for heresy but rather the expulsion of Catholics who want to remain faithful to the perennial Magisterium of the Church. This trap would have the purpose – in the presumed intentions of Bergoglio and his “magic circle” – of consolidating his own power within a church that would only nominally be “Catholic” but in reality would be heretical and schismatic.

This deception draws on the support of the globalist élite, the mainstream media and the LGBT lobby, to which many clergy, bishops, and cardinals are no strangers. Furthermore, let us not forget that in many nations there are laws in force which criminally punish anyone who considers sodomy reprehensible and sinful or who does not approve of the legitimization of homosexual “matrimony” – even if they do so on the basis of their Creed. A pronouncement by the bishops against Bergoglio on a question like homosexuality could potentially lead civil authority to prosecute them criminally, with the approval of the Vatican.

Bergoglio would thus have on his side not only the “deep church” represented by rebels like Father James Martin, S.J., and those who promote the German “Synodal Path,” but also the “deep state.” It is not surprising that in the documentary there is also an endorsement of the Democratic candidate in the upcoming American presidential election, along with a disconcerting condemnation of the policy of the Trump Administration, which is accused of separating families that want to enter the United States illegally, while the reality is that the President is confronting human trafficking and the trafficking of minors.

What percent of Protestant pastors are this based?

Could you imagine if the entire Catholic clergy thought like this? I understand better why Satan wants to keep the Church converged. Seeing it mobilized in God's Will would be a terrifying and awesome sight to behold!

I look forward to the day when faithful Catholics retake the hierarchy. Deus Vult!

Vox Day is right: Europe is not overrun by Muslims

Thanks to cuckservatives and civic nationalist "right-wing" media, they try to portray places like France as "overrun" by Muslim radicals. It is a compelling narrative. Vox Day mentioned on one of his Darkstreams that the Muslim immigrants are concentrated in walled sections of cities that makes removing them easily when the time comes. Supporting Vox Day's observation is that France shut down over 70 mosques and expelled 231 radicals after a beheading:

“We must expel 231 foreigners from French territory, who are residing there illegally, and are being pursued on charges of extremism, including 180 in prison,” France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced in a recent press conference.

In a separate tweet, Darmanin wrote: “The fight against radical Islam: In the month of September, 12 places of radicalization have been shut (businesses, schools, culture centers…). That is 73 places closed down since the start of the year.”

I will note it is ironic for Americans, for which 40% are minorities, to be criticizing minority rule of a country like France (8.8% Muslim). Get the plank out of your own eye.

Also, could you imagine the US President closing down 231 mosques in the United States or any level of government over Islamic extremism? The expelling has only occurred because it's Donald Trump. But any other Cuckservative or Democrat would most likely never do so because of "Racism."

I would also observe that Europe has a much longer history of repelling Muslims with bloodshed than the United States has. At least for Florence, they have a long history of expelling their fellow Florentines. I don't think they'd have any problems eventually expelling any foreigners.

If the next crusade launches, it will be in Europe.



No one is having more fun than us

It was around 7th or 8th grade that I went to my first LAN party at a Wizards of the Coast in Seattle, Washington. We played Mech Warrior and Starcraft. Goldeneye 64 was a staple.

This was during a time when automatic assigning of IP addresses were not well used and we had to manually assign everyone an IP address on a whiteboard. CRT monitors were the norm.

Fast forward to today, and my children and I have a permanent setup for LAN parties. This is their wall of computers and for my wife as well. My computer is in a different part of the room. So we have at least 6 computers ready to go. I also have 5, VR Quest headsets that we sometimes play all at once together. though it is quite frustrating with the youngest who doesn't know how to read.

It's so much of a pain that we don't really want to play VR because none of us want to deal with the headache of trying to get him connected.

I have been gaming with my children since they were four years old. That seems to be about the age that they can manage playing an FPS with the standard WASD configuration. I played Minecraft survival with them quite a bit.

Today, Roblox is super hot.

The next generation of games involves using smart phones that focus on gameplay. These include Among Us and Jack Box. Last night, I was able to invite the children of my friend and we were able to play an 8 player game of Among Us. We would've had 9 players in the same game, but my friend's children were having difficulties logging in.

I also enabled web cams and headsets for each of my children so they could communicate directly with my friend's children when they were playing Roblox or whatever games they decided on.

While growing up, my family only had one computer that we all had to fight to use. I think there would had been a different level of bonding if I actively gamed with my siblings and father.

Certainly, I attribute the strength of my relationship with the children with the hundreds (if not thousands) of hours I've spent gaming with them.

Last weekend was the beginning of my 20% of time with my children. For more than a year and a half prior, I had only 8 hours of physical time with them when my ex-wife stole them from my household (Biblically speaking, not legally). Our gaming and pool time ensured that my children always looked forward to coming to the "fun" house.

Because my ex-wife has been on a continual campaign to alienate the children from me and absolutely can't stand spending any time with me, she has placed the children in a position where they will end up having to choose their father or their mother.

I say this because this is the position my father and mother placed me and my siblings in after their acrimonious divorce. The way my ex divorced me was even more egregious and acrimonious.

When my siblings and I spend time with one parent, we do not mention any enjoyable times we spent with the other parent. We understand enough that it would be too awkward. Sometimes we slip, and then we have to stop ourselves. Neither one of our parents really attempted to foster fun activities for all of us to share as a family. Thus, we don't really share many positive memories together to reminisce and bond over. We see mainly landmines.

In the case of my children, they will be having an avalanche of positive, fun experiences together that will not be able to be topped for their entire lives.

Group gaming has been the highlight of fun in my life, and I suspect it will be the same for my children. Once the youngest can finally read, I believe VR will be taking it to the next level. Other components will be camp-outs, Skiing trips, and European vacations.

My heart will always be to invite my ex to all the fun adventures and good times we'll be having, but I already know that she despises me and will refuse. She's entirely incapable of facilitating the level of fun & excitement I will be generating due to her own insecurities and fears. I had been trying to include her in all the fun activities I had with the children over our 12 years of marriage, but she absolutely hates losing or is too afraid. There is a certain amount of jealousy that she probably has toward me because of the "fun" gap.

If we assume she's projecting, then she's thinking I am giving the good times to my kids solely to "steal" them away from her. The problem with this logic is that I have been gaming with them, built the pool at our house, took them on a skiing trip, a 7-day Disney Cruise, and a 5-full-day trip to Disney World all before she stole the children from my household. I am only continuing all the fun things we were doing prior.

I now have a wife who is quite adventurous too, so this only motivates me to take us on more exciting trips together.

I do the fun things with my children because I personally enjoy them and because it brings me great pleasure to provide good things to my children and see the joy on their faces. There is perhaps added satisfaction in being able to share the joys I wish I was able to with my own father.

It is only through the perverted lens of Feminism, that me, being a good father, is seen as me being manipulative and hungry for power and control. My ex has turned spending quality time with the children into a zero-sum game.

Whether I want to admit it or not, it is now a competition. It is unlikely that she will ever be able to spend any prolonged amount of time with me again, let alone have fun. It is possible for divorced couples to divorce each other and not from the kids. My ex's best bet would had been to come along for the ride, but she has chosen her path.

But of all the parents I know, she chose the worst father to compete against when it comes to fun. And the competition to have fun, only pushes me harder to have even more fun.

The other great advantage I have is that my identity is not wrapped up with my children ultimately accepting me or not. The fun I have with my children does not come from a desperate place that they'll accept me, but from a heart that is already overflowing. I gain more pleasure the more pleasure my children experience.

Some of my children will go off the deep end no matter how perfect of a father I am. You see this time and time again in the Old Testament. If Jesus couldn't prevent the betrayal of Judas, certainly I won't be able to with my children. Plus, numbers help in spreading risk. God willing, I'll have six children. If I get three to stick, I'll consider myself a success.

I also have lots of money that I enjoy spending on my children's fun.

The Good. The Beautiful. And the True. 

No one is having more fun than us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Quick History of Women's Suffrage in the United States

John C. Wright reconsiders the benefits of the 19th Amendment. The top comment made by HMSLion summarizes the "fruits" of women's suffrage over the last 140 years in a nice summary for which I am too ignorant to confirm its accuracy (but seems about right):

The strongest argument for the prohibition of women's suffrage is the history of the last 140 years.

Let's review...when the United States was organized as an independent country, the vote was limited to free men, 21 or older, who possessed either land or other income. 40 acres was the normal threshold. That requirement disqualified about 30% of free adult men. There was a reason...owning property or having an income meant that you had a stake in the nation. Something to lose. Unfair? Maybe. But it produced leaders like Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison - outstanding men of great wisdom.

In the 1820s, the property requirement was abolished, the vote given to all free men 21 years of age. This produced leaders like Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, and Davis. Good men...but not nearly as wise as their forebears. Less inclined to compromise, more inclined to corruption.

Starting in the late 1800s, the vote was extended to women (the 19th Amendment merely standardized what most states had already done). The early experiments in the Western states worked...but what we ultimately got was Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. Would-be fascists pushing personality cults as they misgoverned the nation. Inflated the size and reach of the Federal Government, got the country into major wars on very unfavorable terms.

In the late 1950s, the vote was extended to 18-year olds. This worsened matters...the only competent Presidents since then being Reagan and Trump. The GOP produced a string of incompetents, the Democrats a succession of sociopathic criminals.

As an engineer, I am a practical man. I know that the old requirement of free, male, 21, and property owner worked. We can tweak the property requirement into a minimum tax requirement...pay a Share of tax (the Federal Government takes in roughly $6,000 per adult annually, I think that a good starting point), and cast your vote. I'd allow active military service to substitute. But you have to have skin in the game.

Now, if you wish to argue that women who pay their Share should be allowed to vote...I'll listen. It's a defensible argument.

Remember, the purpose of a system of government is not "to be fair". It is to provide wise governance to the state. And the Declaration of Independence makes the purpose of government also clear. "That to ensure these rights, Governments are instituted among men."

HMSLion adds:

I will add another remark. There is a difference between allowing someone to vote, and allowing someone to hold elective office. I could easily envision a system under which the franchise is limited to men...but women are perfectly able to hold office.  

I much more prefer an elite run "Golden Book" kind of society as you saw with the Venetians or Spartans, so I am even more strict than what the United States founding fathers envisioned.

"Skin in the game" is a great concept. In today's society, where travelling between borders is so easy, I believe the "Golden Book" exclusions becomes even more important in order to maintain Christian values. If not, you will find it quickly converged and rotted out by those who would like to "progress" or "liberalize" (see Satanize). You also need to protect from so called "Christians" which is why the "Golden Book" approach is even more valuable.

Perhaps even the Old Testament approach of not taking in foreign brides would need to be enforced due to their influence over the husband. Once you take a foreign wife, you are automatically removed from the "Golden Book." It could cause some other problems like marrying first cousins so I will need to analyze this concept some more. 

Writing 3-4 Posts a Day

Congratulations to Vox Popoli for reaching 200 Million Views:

First, it underlines the importance of consistency. If you're not going to post at least 3-4 times per day, you're much better off contributing regularly to a group site. Very, very few one-man blogs have survived the demise of what used to be known as the Blogosphere. 

In the case of Vox Day, he's not including his 150 IQ and his unique insights. 3-4 posts per day are not unheard of especially on Twitter and Facebook. I was easily reaching that amount on Facebook. I stopped posting on Facebook, which is a good thing, and now posting on my Blog. What a waste of insights on Facebook that I have since deleted.

Vox Day's shorter posts are an encouragement that you don't need to say much for an interesting post.

I don't think anyone I know anyone personally in Puerto Rico who actually reads my blog.

But so what? I write because I am compelled to and have been doing so since being a teen. I write for my children and grand children. I hope that they will learn from the mistakes and observations I have made. I may die before they reach an age where they can comprehend what I write.

And if it helps others along the way, that's a bonus.

The blogosphere/literature world is where I am one of the most ignorant and low IQ. And for that, it feels great to know how much I am learning from these giants around me and share what I have learned to those I care about. I am inferior.

There's so much more I can post about because there's still so much I have to learn, and for that I am so grateful that others much more insightful and intelligent share their knowledge with me.

I marvel how I have been transformed by Logos communicated by scribbles on a piece of paper.

Critical Race Theory - A 5-Minute Summary

William S. Lind provides a well summarized explanation of Critical Race Theory and it's relation to the Frankfurt School. I've heard these terms and understood how they related to one another, but I haven't seen all the key words and key concepts summarized in one, easy to read document. This will be my reference in explaining it to others:

To his great credit, President Trump recently ordered an end to “anti-racism” training for federal employees and contractors.  A number of articles discussing his actions have referred to “critical race theory”.  What is “critical race theory”?

Critical race theory is a subset of critical theory, which in turn is a central element in cultural Marxism.  Like the bulk of that hideous ideology, it was created by the Frankfurt School, formally the Institute for Social Research, a Marxist think-tank founded in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923 (it still exists).  When Hitler came to power, the Frankfurt School relocated to New York City, where it remained until 1947 when it returned to Frankfurt.

The Frankfurt School translated Marxism from economic into cultural terms.  The Frankfurt School’s primary goal was to destroy Western culture, which it defined as “oppressive”.  Critical theory is a tool to that end.

The term is something of a play on words.  What is the theory?  The theory is to criticize.  By submitting every aspect of Western culture to constant, unremitting criticism, it would be discredited to the point where people would abandon the ways of thinking and living it embodied.  What would replace them?  The Frankfurt School refused to answer that question, although one of its key members, Herbert Marcuse, promised a world of all play and no work.  In the 1960s, college students in large numbers believed that promise, which is the philosophical equivalent of buying the Brooklyn Bridge.

Critical theory now wells up around us in many different forms.  Feminism endlessly criticizes the family, marriage, and traditional definitions of men’s and women’s roles.  Education theory demands children be taught certain “attitudes”, including disrespect for parents and elders, rather than skills or facts.  Critical race theory says that all whites are inherently evil “racists” and “oppressors”, regardless of what individuals do.  It demands whites grovel at the feet of blacks, endlessly apologizing for “discrimination” and “white privilege”.  Even if whites do what it demands, critical race theory continues to denounce them.  Like the rest of critical theory, its demands can never be satisfied, because then the criticism would end.  Remember, the theory is to criticize, endlessly, relentlessly, until any defenders of Western culture or traditional ways of living are silenced, “cancelled” or liquidated.

Critical theory, in all its forms, says its goal is “equality”.  This goal can never be achieved, because nature has made people unequal.  So the criticism must go on forever.  But cultural Marxism’s desire for “equality” is also a lie.  What it actually seeks to do is invert all existing relationships, relationships that have evolved over many generations and reflect reality.  Inversion includes putting blacks over whites, women over men, and gays over straights.  That was exactly what the “anti-racism training” President Trump cancelled was about:  whites were to crawl on their bellies before blacks, submitting themselves to whatever demands blacks made of them.  Sometimes this was literal: showing that critical race theory had conquered him, the head of Chick-fil-a said every white man should shine a black man’s shoes, then he did exactly that, on camera.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten my last Chick-fil-a sandwich.

The essence of critical theory is that it can never be satisfied.  So why should we try?  If cultural Marxists denounce us as “racists”, “sexists”, or “homophobes”, who cares?  Their boogeyman words have no real power, and they are all lies.  Men and women are inherently different and their traditional social roles reflect their inborn differences.  There are differences among races and ethnic groups within races.  Does anyone think the Cleveland Cavaliers would have won the NBA championship if the team had been all-white?  Or that Sub-saharan Africa would be what it is today if it were inhabited by Chinese?  Who pretends there are no differences between, say, Irishmen and Russians?  How many people, looking for a good time on a Saturday night, go to a Russian bar?  And moral disapproval is not a “phobia”, an irrational fear.

President Trump showed courage in the face of cultural Marxism and we should do the same.  Break its rules, defy its commands, thumb your nose at its lies, and expose what it really is: a Marxist ideology no less totalitarian in its ambitions that was the economic Marxism of the Soviet Union.  As Rod Dreher wrote, live not by lies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Why I Moved to Puerto Rico

I'm not sure if 50 Cent noticed his tax rate was most likely around 54% while Obama was President. Don't forget the NIIT which adds on an additional 3.8%!

 

54% was enough for me to move my family to Puerto Rico. This was in 2016. It was a no-brainer. It was such a no-brainer that I supposedly threatened my wife I would take the kids with me to Puerto Rico unless she came along. I don't recall exactly, but I wouldn't be surprised if I had. She was paralyzed with fear. What did she care about having more than half of the money for the rest of my life stolen by the government? She was just a homemaker and hated looking at anything financial. Her opinion was correctly ignored.

I would do it all over again even knowing that she would eventually divorce me on the island.

The fact is that the tax savings and other investment opportunities were so large that when the asset rape finally settles, it'll most likely be about equal or less that the gains I have received by moving my family to Puerto Rico.

Then, from Puerto Rico, I was closer to Colombia than the States which is how I met my second wife. 

An alternate reality is that I cucked to my ex-wife, staying in California, and she would end up divorcing me anyway. I would still be asset raped (but much harsher by California Law), and all the excess gains thanks to living in Puerto Rico would had been unrealized. I would had been in a much worse situation had I kept our family in California.

Now, because of the gains made by living in Puerto Rico, I will be able to invest in a large Idaho homestead that should be ready in time for 2033 for my children to prosper in. If I had stayed in California, I would have only a fraction of what I will be having when I start buying land and constructing in the next five years.

CLARIFICATION: Act 20 provides me a 4% tax rate for my corporation (Puerto Rican income is exempt from Federal Income Tax), and Act 22 provides me 0% taxes for Capital Gains.

Florentine Histories: Guelfs vs Ghibellines

I just finished Book I of the Florentine Histories by Niccolo Machiavelli. I do recommend the New Translation by Banfield. It makes reading much more enjoyable.

Book I was primarily just a meta view of all the barbarians and changing of power within Italy. Toward the end of Book I, there was mention of a time when there were three competing Popes! Despite how crazy that sounds, it is nothing compared to Protestants, where essentially each Pastor is their own mini-Pope. I'll take three Popes any day versus the millions of mini-Popes of false teaching.

Speaking of which, I think it's time an anti-Pope arises to compete against the current Pope. I do not know how that would work exactly, but it would still be very entertaining to watch the anti-Pope call out the current Pope. 

Book II begins specifically with the history of Florence and its founding. The intense rivalry between the Guelfs and Ghibellines (each made up of numerous families), began with a slighted marriage proposal. Basically, the other family "stole" a betrothed from the other family with their exceptionally beautiful daughter. As revenge, the now-married husband, was murdered.

The constant back and forth between the sides, essentially kicking out the other party from the city was quite enlightening, including the various forms of government they would attempt. They would call outside help from the Pope and local Kings.

It's a big mess that I will not claim I follow along 100%. There are so many "characters" that it's hard to tell which ones are important later in the story.

Somewhere in all this are the "people" who are caught up in the middle of this blood feud.

It is unsettling to read the constant back and forth. It goes in stark contrast to the relative stability that has been seen in the United States. And the concerning part is that I don't think the Guelfs and Ghibellines saw each other as different races or cultures. They all considered themselves native to Florence.

Exile by race and nation seems to be what is in store for America's diverse cities. You definitely don't want to be living in any major cities, which will most likely turn into some sort of City State like Florentine once the Empire crumbles. 

How would City States of Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles be governed when they don't have a Federal Government keeping them in check? 

Mayors gone wild.

For certain cities that make up such a large section of the population of certain States, it is unlikely that Governors may have that much power. In more rural States, yes. But in States where the Mayors have much more power, you will most likely see that many National Guardsmen and State Troopers are entirely uninterested in risking their lives to bring back to order the cities.

At least in States like Washington, Oregon, and California, the rural parts have always been wanting to be independent from the cities which dictate State policy. They could finally be autonomous. I don't know why the rural portions would want to die to maintain a rotting, shit holes the cities will become.

If anything, people will be fleeing out of the cities into the rural areas just as we have seen with Coronavirus, but in a much larger degree. 

States that have more unity between the rural and city portions will see a more unified response with the National Guard.

For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

2 Timothy 3:3-9, ESV

I wonder what specific examples Apostle Paul was referring to when he referenced "those who creep into households and capture weak women."

What comes to mind are the lying, SJW Pastors (whom shall not be named) that aided the unbiblical divorce of my ex-wife and the theft of my children from my household. 

My ex-wife certainly was "burdened with sins and led astray by various passions" and the SJW Pastors are "always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth."

But, this is Protestantism. With all the flavors of "Christianity" being passed off by Churchians today, it was inevitable that my ex would had eventually found some male allies to support her claim that "emotional abuse" is a Biblical cause for divorce.

What does "creep" look like?

It looks like a wife hanging out with a wife's Pastor or women's group, telling her sob story, and then the Pastor hears about it. The Pastor lends a "compassionate" ear to the emotionally battered wife and offers her support. The battered wife doesn't want the Pastor to try and confront her husband because she is in fear of her life. So the Pastor simply takes her side of the story. Of course, she's the victim!

UPDATE: Today, you can see this "creep" in podcasts and web pages. Apostle Paul today would be losing his mind with the level of false teaching going on.

Watching Liars Lie

It is educational to watch convincing liars just so that when you are face-to-face with a liar, you can hopefully pick up on the same tells. Perhaps not consciously, but at least you will feel unsettled enough to keep asking questions.


I noticed the moral indignation. Or a slight whiff of "I'm too good to stoop to that level" kind of thing. Or exaggerated emotional reactions.

I recall that when I would lie as a child, I would start crying due to the fear of getting caught. I would then use that emotional energy to try and gain sympathy from the listener.

This is a similar reaction I have seen from numerous Protestant Pastors I have confronted over the course of my lifetime.

When you ask them why they are acting so emotional about the thing you are confronting them about, they will lie about the real cause. Obviously, they are hiding something.

This brings to mind:
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Amazon Order Confirmation Emails No Longer Show Product Description

I noticed perhaps a couple years or months ago that Amazon stopped including in their order confirmation emails the description of the products that you purchased. With pretty much every other e-tailer, I get a full description in the body of the email. It seems common sense.

I would not be surprised if Amazon did this on purpose because of how easy it is to scrape purchasing data off emails. I got this idea from this page (https://mjtsai.com/blog/2020/06/01/unhelpful-amazon-order-confirmation-e-mails/).

It is well known in stores like Target, Walmart, Costco, and even Amazon, that by seeing what the popular items are, they can easily create their own "in-store" branded items at cheaper prices than their competitors, eventually cannibalizing their sales.

With the lax security of probably most people on their smart devices, I'm sure Amazon realized that all the purchasing data could easily be "mined." Maybe by even Google themselves. Perhaps Google was gathering a huge database of frequent purchases or using it to map the behaviors of individuals. Considering the number of employees that travel between Google and Amazon, maybe an ex-Google employee that now works for Amazon informed them of the practices taking place. Perhaps Amazon knows the NSA and other intelligence agencies have been mining the data.

I recall reading that through purchasing analytics, stores are able to tell when you are pregnant with a high degree of accuracy. This is not too far fetched as purchasing newborn diapers and formula suddenly are pretty obvious signs.

If I were an intelligence agency that had access to "meta-data," I would absolutely try and gather the meta-purchasing habits from Gmail and other email accounts. Google already does this for its targeted ads.

I wonder if Google managed to target purchasing ads in the Gmail app to siphon sales away to its advertisers that normally went to Amazon. I'm not exactly sure how Amazon could measure that, but it could be a legitimate enough concern to unilaterally hide all the purchasing history behind a password system.

And, reading this additional article, it discusses it some more, but still everything is opaque, as usual, at Amazon.

"Seeker Friendly" Protestants and Perverting Truth

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

2 Corinthians 11:5-8, ESV

I wonder if Protestants, by their inherent rebellious nature, are predisposed to being liars. Or, if liars tend to be attracted toward Protestantism because they can get away with being liars much easier.

I'm guessing that is the case because of the lack of Church discipline. Liars can simply create their own church and continue their lying without anyone calling them out on it or knowing about their past. I'm guessing that in more hierarchical churches, like Catholicism, they would be at higher risk of getting kicked out.

If this is the case, then as I look back through the high concentration of lying "Pastors" I've experienced in my Protestant life, that I shouldn't necessarily be surprised. I shouldn't be surprised there is such a high concentration of intellectual dishonesty.

Also, if they are liars, then they clearly do not care about Scripture. I think the majority of Protestant Christians I have dealt with have been liars. But, this may be redundant, as most of the Protestants I have interacted with in my life have been intellectually ignorant.

With my latest confrontation with lying Christians that justify their actions because of my "emotional abuse," I have found myself comforted greatly by reading Scripture. I think that's what attracted me to Scripture at a young age. It is very clearly pro-Truth at any cost. Even unto death. 

While those who hate the Truth, want to silence Truth speakers by attempting to claim that the truth you're speaking is "unloving" or other fake morals created in their Church of Nice.

The liars want to separate Truth from Love. They will claim that if you cannot speak Truth in love, then you shouldn't speak at all. This is a complete distortion of the Bible. This is a lie.

Just off the top of my head, Jesus wasn't very "loving" when he called out the Pharisees. Job was not very "loving" when he called out Nineveh. He was quite pissed when they actually repented! Apostle Paul definitely wasn't very "loving" when he told the circumcision party to cut off their dicks.

In fact, I can't seem to find any verse in the Bible that commands that you you should "hide the light" or not speak the Truth because it may be "offensive" or is not "loving." Considering the level of indignation and anger Churchians react when you speak Truth, you would think they would have stronger Biblical justification than 1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Truth, to Churchians, is seen as being unkind, arrogant and rude. How convenient.

I recall a Pastor who used basically made this a motto of his church:

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Scripture is very clear you do not change or pervert Truth to make it more "seeker friendly":

And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Did Apostle Paul Improperly Call People Out?

By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy 1:19-20, ESV

Imagine being Hymenaeus and Alexander. Did Apostle Paul go through the appropriate steps as in Matthew 18:15-17?

How lawless and sinful of Apostle Paul to do so. Where is the due process before Apostle Paul slams these guys for all eternity?

Sometimes you have to call a snake a snake, especially if you are first hand witness. There isn't always an opportunity to go through Matthew 18:15-17. 

What if they refuse to talk to you?

I suppose in Apostle Paul's day, it would be even more impossible to "confront" many of these false teachers since modern communication wasn't readily available.

Koreans do not integrate

Steve Sailer shares an article of a Korean immigrant store owner getting looted by Blacks:

One of the more noticeable aspects of the media’s hyping of 2020’s Racial Reckoning is the need to not mention Asians. For example, you know and I know that high schools for the gifted like Manhattan’s Stuyvesant and the D.C. suburbs’ Thomas Jefferson are dominated by Asians. But that doesn’t fit the Narrative so it is seldom mentioned. Business journalists, however, have a harder time ignoring the Asian in the Living Room.

I have interacted with these Korean immigrants and their children all my life. I can assure you, they are NOT American and have zero interest in integration.

In fact, it's a mark of shame if you do integrate - a betrayal of your blood. I know this, because that's what I chose to do and grew up confused why other Koreans would try to "shame" me from integrating.

I could already tell from a young age that the culture of "Whites" in America was more preferable to my own Korean culture.

This may also have something to do with the fact that most Korean immigrants I interacted with had immigrated to the United States around the 1970s because they had zero economic opportunity or education in Korea. They are generally the less intelligent, red necks of South Korea from the more agricultural areas.

You could say the smart ones stayed in Korea and created the Samsungs, Kias, K-pops, and all the other high IQ businesses we are now seeing out of Korea today.

I have talked to Koreans who were raised in Korea, and are completely shocked at how the older, immigrant class of Korean-Americans are so backward and yockelish.

The children of these red-neck Koreans tend to embrace the Leftist propaganda from their public schools and Universities they attend. How could they know any differently when they don't at least have some grand parents or parents that remember a time prior to convergence of the education system and can provide a counter-narrative? The Koreans also tend to focus on the major cities where they started their small businesses.

Perhaps for me, my saving grace was the fact that I took to the Bible very early on and "took it too literally." I realize today, I did not take it literally enough.

Or probably a combination of a 130 IQ and a general "fuck you" attitude. While in college, I knew I was going into the Air Force ("C's get Degrees"), and knew I wasn't going to see most of these jokers after stationed at my first base. Then, just prior to entering the Air Force, I wanted to bail out to work with my mother in her hotel business, but was threatened with being force enlisted. So I joined to the headache of many supervisors over the two years of Active Duty I "served."

Refuse to enroll younger widows

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. For some have already strayed after Satan. If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

1 Timothy 5

If Apostle Paul was this strict about "young widows," then he probably is even more strict toward all those teen moms who have baby daddies still alive. I'm sure it's even worse for the single moms in their position because they divorced their Christian husbands. 

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Newly divorced single moms who live entirely off child support and welfare? Check.

Somewhere down the line in our culture, single moms became victims that Churchians must rescue from their own bad choices. Perhaps a bleed over from government programs and women's suffrage.

I am guessing that in Apostle Paul's day that there was no welfare, child support, and alimony payments. In this case, I think Apostle Paul would be even less sympathetic toward the plight of young widows and single moms of today.

It is quite impossible to tell a Churchian that they are only aiding the open rebellion and sin of many of these single moms and young widows.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

2 John 1:6, ESV

Sometimes you have to be mean in order to love God and obey his commandments. They seem to be one in the same.

The meanness you have to do is stated a couple verses later:

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

 

God Emperor Trump's Tweets are Preserved by the US National Archives

I was thinking about how I am able to read letters and words from 2,000 years ago and thinking about how I hope people could read Donald Trump's tweets 2,000 years from now.

I think that'd be really funny.

I can think of many historical figures I would've loved reading tweets of. 

I wonder how the National Archives preserves the tweets. Are they printed on archival paper? In color?

Could you imagine illuminated manuscripts of the tweets of Donald Trump?

What a time to be alive.

If they ever publish a book of his tweets, I will buy it in goat skin.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Lot of Wasted Time Reading Stupid, Pentecostal Books

From about mid 2002 to the end of 2003, I read about 20 books besides classes. This may had been around the peak of my Charismaniac phase. I wrote a journal of the various books I read and my thoughts on them.

The AFI had a top 100 films of all time that I had watched quite a few. I wish Goodreads was around so I could've focused on the quality books. I simply had bad direction on what were the books I "should" read as a Christian.

I recall reading some books based on the recommendation of my Charismatic pastor which is where most of these come from. I still have respect for his true belief, but his recommended reading list definitely steered me in the wrong direction.

If I still owned these books, I may do a ceremonial book burning based on how disgusted I am now looking back at this.

UPDATE: OK, some weren't complete loser books. The Case for Faith was very beneficial to me and the Case for Christ.



Annacondia, Carlos.  Listen to Me, Satan. 

           

            FINISHED:     March 15, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          Inspiring book to read about God’s deliverance of people and helped me to see even more the spiritual warfare that’s taking place in today.

 

 

Best, Harold.  Music Through The Eyes of Faith.

           

            FINISHED:     Never

            REVIEW:        Not Recommended

            NOTES:          The book is way too long winded.  It also didn’t tell me any information that was like “oh wow, amazing.”

 

 

Boom, Corrie Ten.  The Hiding Place.

 

            FINISHED:     Late 2002.

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Incredible story about forgiveness!  And a great adventure too!

 

 

Brother Andrew.  God’s Smuggler.

           

            FINISHED:     June 10, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          A book about extreme and radical faith.  Brother Andrew prayed and waited in expectancy for the Lord to answer.  This book challenged me in many ways on how I looked toward God’s action in a modern world.

 

 

Brother Yun.  The Heavenly Man

 

            FINISHED:     August, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          The amazing testimonies contained in this book will blow your mind.  If you don’t think miracles happen today, like ones that can’t be explained away, then read this book.

 

 

Fee, Gordon D.  Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God.

 

            FINISHED:     July 27, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          God used this book to teach me right after field training on the airplane about the fruits of the spirit being only possible by the spirit.  In other words, if I didn’t have the Spirit, then I wouldn’t be able to express those fruits.  The true joy and hope I experienced would not had been possible without the Spirit living within me.  Also, God used the book to teach me about self-control and hungering for the possibilities of the Spirit and necessity of the Spirit.

 

 

Foster, Richard J.  Celebration of Discipline

 

            FINISHED:     October 30, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          This book encouraged me and gave me hunger to seek after God.  It was through this book that I had a breakthrough with God while using my imagination in meditation which can be described in my “Thoughts” for the month of October.  Thanks to James Chi for letting me borrow this book.

 

 

Hinn, Benny.  The Blood. 

 

            FINISHED:     Early May 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          Very good basic doctrine emphasizing the incredible power that is

within the blood of Jesus Christ.  Don’t expect intellectual fulfillment from this.

 

 

Hughes, R. Kent.  The Sermon On the Mount:  The Message of the Kingdom.

           

            FINISHED:     December 14, 2002

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Great, solid teaching!  Like reading a really really good sermon that challenged me to look at my dependence and humbleness toward God.  Blessed are the meek, for theirs is the kingdom!  Amen!

 

 

Hunter, Charles & Frances.  How To Heal People.

           

            FINISHED:     December 20, 2002

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          This book has challenged me to start praying for the sick and truly believing with faith that God will heal them.

 

 

Lewis, C.S.  An Experiment in Criticism.

 

            FINISHED:     September 13, 2003

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          I skimmed through portions of this book because it didn’t interest me in terms of subject.  There were snippets however which I found very intriguing and great lessons in regarding that life is very different than a “fiction” book.  Where fiction is made up of highlights in a person’s life, real life is filled with many boring moments.  That’s the difficulty of life.

 

 

Olson, Bruce.  Bruchko.

 

            FINISHED:     September 14, 2003

            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

            NOTES:          Amazing story that gives many great insights on the practical impact Christ has on people in general.  Bruchko points out that Christ is not something to be told within one’s own cultural perspective, but from the perspective of the person being told to.  Trying to share Christ is not necessarily something you can do out of the cold to be effective, but must be done after gaining the trust of the individual and after long periods of seemingly boring activity.

 

 

Quinn, Daniel.  Ishmael.

 

            FINISHED:     September 4, 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          This book reaches the ultimate conclusion of the purpose of humanity if one were to have an atheist and macroevolution outlook toward life.  It’s reached through a dialogue between a man and a half-ton gorilla.

 

 

Sherrill, John L.  They Speak with Other Tongues.  New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964. 

 

FINISHED:     April 3, 2003

REVIEW:        Recommended

NOTES:          Very inspiring and informative reading about the experience of tongues.

 

 

Stanley, Andy.  Visioneering.

 

FINISHED:     October 21, 2002

REVIEW:        Okay

NOTES:          Good practical advice.  The main problem is that it doesn’t talk about how one would get a vision, because ultimately God is the only one who can give you a vision.  I already know what to do with it once I have it though!  This book, however, challenged me to look within and see if there was a vision within me that possibly died.

 

 

Strobel, Lee.  The Case for Faith.

 

            FINISHED:     November 5, 2003

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          This is my second time reading through, with the first time being in late 2001.  I found the second time not as fulfilling, but Strobel wrote this book well so it goes along like a story with dialogue.  There are some interesting things in here that I forgot, but I enjoyed how I recognized some of the authors that he mentions.

 

 

Unger, Merrill F.  New Testament Teaching on Tongues.  Grand Rapids: Kregal Publications, 1971. 

 

FINISHED:     April 5, 2003

REVIEW:        Not recommended

NOTES:          Against the belief of any miracles in modern days and the author seems to change his mind later in life by going to the charismatic “dark” side.

 

 

Watkins, Williams D.  The New Absolutes.

           

            FINISHED:     Summer 2002

            REVIEW:        Recommended

            NOTES:          This guy doesn’t mind calling what the degrading morality standards of America what they are.  Watkins makes bold statements about the breakdown of our society in relation to the breakdown of morality by pointing toward empirical evidence.  I was agreeing with him most of the way through.

 

 

Yancey, Philip.  What’s So Amazing About Grace?. 

           

            FINISHED:     March 24, 2003
            REVIEW:        Highly Recommended

NOTES:          Incredible book that teaches the incredible grace of God.  This should be mandatory for all Korean-Americans!!!  Also, this book taught about homosexuals a little bit and the love they deserve, and this hits home for my experiences.

 

 

Yoshikawa, Eiji.  Musashi. 

 

            FINISHED:     Page 493/970, September 2003

            REVIEW:        Okay

            NOTES:          Great picture of the human side of passion as an individual strives to be the best Samurai.  But I had to stop after I noticed the adult material in the book was steering my mind toward the rated “R” realm.  Plus, I was getting slightly bored, being driven to finish the book simply for the sake of finishing what I started.