John Robinson

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About John Robinson

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    my family, writing, film, politics, eschatology, classic rock

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  1. My late father served as a combat infantryman in the Army in WWII, and fought in the Pacific (if you've seen the movie Hacksaw Ridge, he was in on the real thing). For all his faults he was consummately honest, and he died an honorable man. That said, the son of his best friend--an Army colonel--worked as an analyst at the Pentagon, and was there on 9/11 when the airliner struck. He saw it roaring in, and just managed to get under his desk before it blew that portion of the E-ring to pieces. He managed to escape from the wreckage, but was horribly burned. Anytime I see someone parroting this "it's all fake!" argle-bargle, I would simply point to that man and say, "Really. Ask him if he thinks it was fake."
  2. Yeah, I saw that too. Liberals really do hate America, don't they?
  3. I have no idea what you're talking about. Zilch. Nada. Zed. All I see is a string of mystic koans with no discernible theme. Maybe I'm just dumb. I'll leave it to the those with the Big Crania to parse what it all means. Pax.
  4. FWIW, I was an atheist for many years, and since I became a Christian in 1973 I have no problem interacting with them as long as civility is maintained. And there's the rub. The atheist crowd I ran with in the late 60s is far different than today's crop. Back then it was simply mocking or ridicule. Now the chief tenant of a non-theistic worldview consists mainly of blind anger, bordering on rage. I have my own reasons why I think that is, but I won't bore anyone here with them. Suffice it to say that for this old soldier, the rules of engagement have morphed into something I now cannot fathom.
  5. Thanks, Gary, and my apologies. My doctor is changing up my meds (there's nothing like being a crazy man!) and my body is still adjusting. That said, it was no excuse for me to be peevish, and again, I'm sorry. And if you're looking for more Joe Box, the other two are also on Kindle, and are dirt cheap (I'm talking pennies, as both are OOP). Thanks again.
  6. To make it clear, I wasn't "flaunting" anything, just simply making an observation about a site function I was unaware of. See folks, here's the thing: last April I attempted suicide. The reasons are personal, but since then I've been making a conscious effort to remove as much stress as I can from my life. I was enjoying the political forum here, right up until the President took office on 20 January. I thought things were going to calm down then (naive, I know), only to find a small handful of posters doubling down on their slamming. So, as I said, with the ignore button I can silence those who are causing me to stumble. If that makes me a bad Christian, so be it. And, apropos of nothing, my wife (who's my co-writer) and I are putting the finishing touches on our new novel before sending it off to our agent. Prayers appreciated. Thanks!
  7. True, but it's probably as close as we're gonna get. What sold me is I won't have to see any anti-Trump screeds de jour coming from them. That's a win!
  8. ... I happened to discover the "ignore" button under a certain person's name. I clicked, and lo and behold it worked. I did the same for the three other liberal posters who seem to dominate the Politics page; and I believe I might just end up enjoying Worthy again. As they say on TV, "try it, it works!"
  9. Huh. It only took the OP 6 pages to make this tread's title come true. I wonder if that's an intertoobz record.
  10. Years ago I saw this with a very large church here in town. They ran a contest where the family that invited the most kids to Sunday School won a pony. It didn't sit right with me then, and still doesn't.
  11. Better than cow-tipping!
  12. The thing legalists cannot seem to understand is the Holy Spirit convicts each of us in different ways. Giller, if He's telling you to go full-tilt Judaism (unlikely, but who am I to say?), then obey that. The rest of us haven't gotten those orders. I guess what drives me battiest about legalists is they insist that God makes each and everyone of us toe the same line, and they don't get why we push back against that thinking. Oh well, not my circus, not my monkeys. Enjoy the thread, ya'll!
  13. Every time we get legalists here pushing their topic de jour (this time it's calendars, which is a new one; other topics are Easter, Christmas, pork, clothing ... the list is vast) there's always an unspoken subtext of superiority ("I can't convince you of my higher way, so obviously you're unteachable. Pity."). That's why I pay little attention to them. After a while they move on to presumably greener fields.
  14. Every year we get the "God hates Christmas and Easter" threads. You could almost set your watch by them. Pass ...