The Husband of Your Youth

From Proverbs 2:

 12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
       from men whose words are perverse,

 16 It will save you also from the adulteress,
       from the wayward wife with her seductive words,

 17 who has left the partner of her youth
       and ignored the covenant she made before God. [a]

 18 For her house leads down to death
       and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

 19 None who go to her return
       or attain the paths of life.

 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
       and keep to the paths of the righteous.

 21 For the upright will live in the land,
       and the blameless will remain in it;

 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
       and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

It would be interesting to hear a sermon, or two, about the wife who leaves the husband of her youth. There are many opportunities in our modern society for women, but unfaithful women, unfaithful WIVES, who leave the husband of their youth, have been around a long, long time.

Breitbart in Trouble

If Andrew Breitbart deliberately misrepresented Shirley Sherrod when he posted a partial video, then he ought to face personal liabilities to the extent that he has caused her harm. And I don’t say that just because his actions resulted in egg on my face.

That video snookered a few of us–like myself–and cost Sherrod her job (even though I believe she was offered her position back and received an apology from Obama).

OTOH, Michael Moore has made quite a killing from misrepresenting conservatives by showing partial videos out of context. Most politicians in America–liberal and conservative alike–have done a little of that in election seasons. I’m not saying that makes it right, but I can see Breitbart’s defense team using that line of defense.

But this time around, it resulted in someone getting an unfair smear, and cost her her job. And if Breitbart did that intentionally, then he should pay.

Quote of the Day

This by Bill Gross, hat tip to Denninger:

PIMCO’s continuing New Normal thesis of deleveraging, reregulation and deglobalization produces structural headwinds that lead to lower economic growth as well as half-sized asset returns when compared to historical averages. The New Normal will not be aided nor abetted by a slower-growing population nor by cyclical policy errors that thrust Keynesian consumption remedies on a declining consumer base.

He might become an Austrian before this is over.

Choices; One Moment in Time

I’ve been thinking lately about how our choices reflect our lives … and more poignantly, how one or two choices become the single reflection of our whole lives.

For example, if I say, “Sully,” most people here in the USA will immediately think of Captain Sullenberger and the remarkable landing he made saving 155 lives and loosing none.

If I say, “Let’s roll!” most people in the world will immediately think of Todd Beamer and his heroic choice, with the other passengers on Flight 93, to give up his life, crashing the plane, to save an untold number of other lives.

One moment, one choice, memorialized in all of time, defining one’s whole life.

These are the great choices. There are others who were not so wise. Lot’s wife, for one, will forever be remembered as the Pillar of Salt. And, Judas; the world over knows Judas.

These thoughts began rambling through my mind as I’ve pondered my ex-husband’s actions toward me. He intensely hates me. I’m not sure I know a word strong enough to describe the level of hate he has toward me. This has raised my curiosity from time-to-time over the years, and I wonder … does he see a reflection of his horrible choices every time he looks at me or deals with me?

When I was in therapy, my counselor often said, “Work through it, deal with it, make amends where necessary, then put it back on the timeline of your life where it belongs, and leave it there.” He said that applies to both when someone does something to us, and when we are the ones in the wrong.

Is there forgiveness for crimes and sins like those of my ex? Absolutely. There is forgiveness for ALL sin.

Take David, for example. David’s moment in time, his rendezvous with Bathsheba, will never be forgotten. Yet God said of David, he is a “man after my own heart.” Why? In 2 Samuel 12, when the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, David owned his sin and repented. Even though he and his household still bore the consequences of his sin, David blamed no one but himself, he owned his sin, and he repented. His broken heart loved God more than he loved himself and his pride. David, the adulterer and murderer, is the Man After God’s Own Heart.

Yes, we are sometimes remembered for our sin. But when we give our lives to God,  when we give our hearts to Him,  when we love God more than we love our pride and our reputation, when we bow before His holiness and surrender to His sword, God can lift us up and transform who and what we are  … and then also who and what we are known for.

Rahab  is referred to as, “Rahab the prostitute,” in the Bible. Although her sin was not erased, she was not known for her sin. Rahab the prostitute is known as the woman who hid the spies Joshua sent to Jericho, and because she did so, she saved not only her own life, but also the lives of her family, when all the others were destroyed. (Joshua 6)

When I see the evil in my ex’s eyes, all I see are the horrible sins he committed. How deeply sad. He will always be the man who made those choices. But he doesn’t have to be remembered that way. He can choose to repent and own up to his sin and to let God clean and heal and change his heart.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Housing Prices “Increase”

Denninger’s take on this is true, but amusing:

What a downright amusing screamer, er, headline – “S&P/Case-Schiller Home Prices Rise 4.6% .vs. Year Ago”

Hmmmm…… so let’s see, what’s $8,000 (the tax credit, which didn’t exist a year ago but did in May) of ~$180,000 (median home price, according to the NAR)

Oh wait, that’s 4.4%!

That’s a funny number, and a funny confluence. Is it really difficult for anyone to figure out what happened here, and why?

Well, you’d think not. In fact, sans the $8,000 credit, prices were down a couple of tenths.

Yeah.

So how’s it feel to be a sucker, if you bought in the first few months of this year? Doing good, are ‘ya? Overpaid, you did.

And isn’t it amusing how the government is so interested in intentionally disadvantaging you as a buyer of houses, in that with the credit now gone it is very likely you ate that entire $8,000 “credit” immediately (and maybe more) in the form of a price adjustment as soon as the credit expired.

Thank Congress for this one – and they didn’t give you any lube first.

Nor will they give you a pillow, handrails, gloves, or a “thank you”.

During April, we saw several homeowners put their homes up for sale. I mused that this was a very bad time to get into the game, because the time window for selling your house was basically two weeks, after which time prices would readjust by $8,000 once the tax credit expired.

Effectively, that is what is happening.

Yesterday, reports had June home sales up from May’s crash, even though June’s numbers were the worst ever recorded for that month.

In my development, some of those homes are “moving”. Buyers have snatched some up at what appear to be good prices. And the prices for the existing homes are starting to fall remarkably. Homes that would have sold in the high $140s a couple years ago are now clearing just south of $120K. I know at least one of them that–despite being aggressively priced to sell early–has had to drop $4,000 on the listing price.

But in Kentucky, there is a state tax credit that amounts to about $5,000. It is still in play.

And the fallout from that federal credit has not set in yet. This is because Congress has voted to extend the closing deadline for contracts that were signed in April, so that the tax credits could be applied.

That will be an out-and-out disaster.

Reason #15,918 Why the United Nations Sucks

While I laud Duch’s eventual embrace of Christianity, as well as his remorse expressed for his participation in one of the most brutal massacres in recent history, the U.N. tribunal is a bunch of idiots for only sentencing him to 19 years for these crimes.

I would have supported a death sentence, although that was not on the table in this case. At the very least, he should have received life. That should have been a no-brainer.