The Father of Lies and His Children


Did you by any chance read the Opinion Piece in the Wall Street Journal a few days back – the theme of which is that the Clinton’s – both Bill and Hillary – have been master liars for so long they not only are comfortable lying – they find their constituency of Democrats and The Left accept what they say without question. Even more unbelievable is that their hearers not only believe their lies but they become angry and hostile towards Republicans and The Right for not accepting what Hillary is lying about at the moment.

It just amazes me that so many people – perhaps the majority of American citizens could be so gullible, so willing to believe something that is not true and to be offended when someone from my side of the street disagrees.

I was pondering this conundrum when in our Daily Devotionals Marty and I came across the passage below from John – Chapter 8 – verses 41 to to 46.

We encourage you to read the entire chapter for yourself. To set the stage for the moment Christ was speaking to the people in the Temple at The Festival of Booths and a group of the Political Establishment of the day accused Him of being a liar. Not only that, as we know they were plotting to kill this voice from God. Picking up in the middle of the discourse:
“They replied, We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.” Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”

Christ says that lying as a tool of communication and manipulation has been around since the creation itself – it started with the devil and he lies – why – because it is consistent with his character.

Uncle Larry – not Christ – says to you: Hillary and many others that are cut from the same cloth frequently lie. Why? Because it is consistent with their character.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Blend Bistro – The most promising new small restaurant opening in North County in the 21st Century


Marty and I had time to kill before a movie at Downtown at The Gardens and we walked past a new place called The Blend Bistro. They have a menu posted on the front door and the food looked very interesting but then the phrase “Organic Food and Wine” caught my eye.

At seventy I’m not concerned about the effect of GMOs in food on my aging body and Organic anything isn’t in the top 10,000 things that I am concerned about in life.

When it comes to food I care about mouth feel and taste. Fast forward to our second meal at Blend and I am a convert. Their fresh organic foods taste better than it’s counterparts. Here’s a sampling of the items we have ordered and really enjoyed at Blend: Onion Soup Gratinee – very tasty. Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Grass-Fed Beef Meatballs – I’ll be asking Linda to cater them for our next Super Bowl Party. Roasted Stuffed Poblano Chile – there is no way something could be this flavorful and good for you at the same time.

Finally I saved the best for last – Blend’s two Flatbread offerings. Roasted Mushroom & Goat Cheese – Caramelized Eggplant & Brie. The folks at Buccan on Palm Beach would be proud to offer these two crispy, rich and delicious flatbreads.

For dessert the Fudge Cake brought smiles to Marty and our friend Emily – who with her husband Scott treated us for lunch.

We can safely say Blend serves excellent food for the health conscious diner and for us clean eating meat lovers.

Though we did not try any of them “Blend” has a wide-ranging variety of Smoothies and Fresh Press Juices. They serve wine, beer, Sangria and you may bring your own wine for a corkage fee of $15.

We met Linda, one of two owners and she humored an old man who is set in his ways and talked to us about the concept of “organic food.” Her perception of organic is two things: First – organic foods must not have any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). I sort of liken that process to Monsanto altering the DNA of our food for what I’m sure they feel are good reasons. Second – foods that are only served “within season.” If they are not being harvested now Blend isn’t serving them now. Hence, don’t get too attached to the current menu because as season changes so will the menu.

I may not understand what organic food and wines are but I can assure you the food and service is excellent at The Blend Bistro in Downtown at The Gardens. Also, believe it or not they offer a red and a white Sangria that are both excellent. I have never liked Sangria but it was light, crisp and had fresh organic apples bites floating on the top that were very tasty.

Blend’s pricing is very reasonable. “Small Plates” range from $8 to $14 – Salads $12 to $15 – Entrees from $15 to $18 with one Sirloin Steak at $28 – Smoothies are $9 and Juices are $7.

Here’s to healthy, happy and great tasting food! See below for three pictures of items we had Wednesday.

The Blend Bistro – 561-331-8766

Uncle Larry

Cinderella – We made it for 37 Anxious and Boring Minutes


This is it! Marty and I have been officially declared old and cranky!

Perhaps it is our reaching 70 this year. Maybe its living in Florida almost 19 years. What ever the cause – in a sparsely filled theater Marty and I did everything we could to find the entertainment value in the human version of Cinderella but the boredom and telegraphed lines and general corniness overcame us after 37 minutes.

We knew that if we could not find joy and happiness in this classic Disney tale it would officially mean we are now old and grumpy super seniors. We carefully prepared by having a late lunch/early dinner at an excellent new restaurant in Downtown at the Gardens – “Blend.” We shared a bottle of “organic” sparkling wine and very much enjoyed the rich and delicious flat bread and a gluten free and very tasty meatball appetizer.

Alas it just wasn’t enough to overcome the absolute sheer boredom and aggravation we felt watching Cinderella.

I don’t know who the cast is and as a real adult once said “Frankly my friends I don’t give a Damn!”

Great Grand Father Larry – the person formerly known as Uncle Larry

The Kingsmen: The (Really) Secret Service – Take equal parts of James Bond, MI-6 and Austin Powers – Stir Slowly and Serve Straight Up for Fun!


Marty and I loved “The Kingsmen: The Secret Service.” It was like going to a party that you weren’t sure you were going to like and if you didn’t take the other guests too seriously you really enjoyed the evening. Kingsmen is a delightful blend of Fun – Action – Comedy – Well Choreographed Violence – Humor – Adventure – Clever Dialogue and an Explosive Ending. If my description of the film seems balanced between fun and adventure that’s because it was. There was never a steady diet of one or the other.

While there is a strong ensemble cast the three stars of note are Colin Firth – Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine. If you are the kind of viewer who really pays attention try and pick out Mark Hamill. Hint – he isn’t carrying a Light Sabre.

The Screenwriter for Kingsmen should be nominated for all the big awards next year. His blend of almost self mocking humor – outstanding fighting sequences that left you feeling charged up – clever and subtle dialogue between Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson – a believable plot that allows you to develop empathy between the younger actors and a very strong and explosive ending made for an enjoyable evening.

I know it sounds odd to praise the fighting and violence but it was all so well technically produced and choreographed – with the good guys winning – it didn’t have any of the negative emotional feelings that violence can generate.

Marty and I think “The Kingsmen: The Secret Service” is a film you should see on the big screen. If you do – don’t get up out of your seat when the credits roll. We got almost out of the theater and the real ending began. In a James Bond flash back if you like well shaped pears you won’t want to miss it.

Larry

Every American sixteen and older should see American Sniper and it offers something for everyone.


Marty and I got to the theater for the 11:30am showing of American Sniper today (Saturday) at 10:55 and there was a line like I have never seen before. It snaked out into the walking areas of the Mall. Our theater was packed. I read later the film set a record for a Friday opening. If attendance means anything Clint and Brad have a real box office hit on their hands.

On the ride home Marty and I tried to verbalize our feelings about the film. Typically I have some strong emotional response to one part or another of a movie and its easy to write a review with catchy and memorable words. None came to mind. What is memorable is the whole movie – the entire body of work – from beginning to end.

American Sniper is significantly different from most of the movies we have seen about the wars in the Middle East. Yes, it has a lot of action scenes and coming from a Veteran I can tell you they were realistic, violent and not appropriate for children or people who are sensitive about hearing the sound of a bullet penetrating the human body. That said, the killing was not glorified and it was not puffed up with Hollywood style technology. In fact I felt the film underplayed the role of Military Technology and Fire Support. Under Clint’s steady hand they emphasized the role our young men play – putting their lives on the line daily – in this type of urban door to door warfare.

That said, the film and Bradley Cooper in particular – playing Chris Kyle – America’s most effective sniper – didn’t come across like an action adventure hero but a normal person with certain skills and human frailties. A large portion of the film delved into his life before the Military and after. Most important of all his wife – Taya Kyle – played by Sienna Miller – had a significant impact, disproportionate perhaps to the number of minutes she was on the screen. Marty related to the role she played as the woman who stands and worries and waits.

If you’ve read the book or seen reviews of the film you of course know how it ends and it left us with a heavy heart. There was no joy in the theater at the end of American Sniper but a feeling that somehow we got to know this man, his fellow soldiers, his wife and family and most important the horror of war and the significant impact it has on those young men and women who become the human instruments of defending our freedom.

Marty, Tony and I all highly recommend you see American Sniper. If you consider yourself a Patriot this is an absolute must see film on the big screen. I obviously don’t know what films we will see in 2015 but I am certain of this one thing – none of them will impact you and your feelings about our Soldiers – their families and these Wars than this one.

Larry

So where are all the protestors now?


Will someone please explain to President Obama, Eric Holder, The Very Not Right Reverends Sharpton and Jackson, The Moderate to Liberal Media and the African American’s and liberal whites who have filled our streets protesting of recent that when a Black Male with a rap sheet as long as an NBA Forward’s Arm aggressively approaches a Police Officer he is not coming to bring him a Christmas Card.

Whether the Officer be White, Oriental or Hispanic the Black Male is not coming to bring him a piece of home made pie or to thank the officer for working in the Black Male’s high crime neighborhood.

According to statistics from a study done by the Department of Justice from 1980 to 2008 53% of all offenders for violent crime are Black Males. The “offending rate” for Black Males is eight (8) times higher than Whites and the victim rate for Blacks is six times higher than Whites.

Please let that resonate with you. The odds are 8 to 1 that when someone is going to be victimized it is going to be by a Black Male and the odds are 6 to 1 that its going to be a Black on Black crime.

Yet Officers like the ones in Missouri, Chicago and the Oriental and Hispanic officers yesterday in NYC still go into high crime Black areas day and night to protect the poor minority in our nation that apparently doesn’t understand the problem nor are they thankful for the Police Officer’s Service.

Have you ever heard Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Sharpton, Jackson, the athletes that fill or sports teams, Black people who live in these areas and or the Media say: “It’s time for us to cut back on the Police Presence in our Black Neighborhoods!”

Or how about this one: Have you ever heard any of the above crowd suggest that only Black Officers be allowed to serve in these high crime areas? No you haven’t and you never will.

Yet when a questionable or even wrong incident by a Non Black Officer happens what do we see and hear? It’s all the White Man’s Fault.

I am White and I am proud to say that I have hard working and successful Black friends who are not a part of the problem. They are not living in the high crime areas because they take advantage of the opportunities in America to get an education and they work hard for what they have. They are thankful for the protection that our Nation’s Police Officers provide their homes and neighborhoods.

It’s my perception, therefore my reality, that the minority of Black Americans are those doing the crime and standing in the streets being whooped into a frenzy by the likes of our President, our Attorney General and rabble rousing Right Reverends who are always there when there is a camera and a microphone nearby. Mock them as I may we should never underestimate the effect this type of mob mentality will have on those who are prone to violence. If you want an example read the internet remarks of Ismaaiyl Brinsley who killed the two NYC Officers – that he vowed to do this to retaliate for Garner and Brown. These are his words not mine.

Sometimes I wonder if the time will ever come when the majority will rise up and say enough is enough! Then I also believe in Santa Claus and once thought that Obama was going to bring peaceful and constructive change in His Kingdom – make that America.

Exodus: Gods and Kings – Magnificent in Scale – Hugely Disappointing


Marty and I recently read the latest book by our friend John Maxwell and allow me to paraphrase one thought that really got my attention. God is never disappointed in us! Disappointment being the gap between expectation and reality – and since God knows all and sees all there is no gap from His perspective.

It is sadly a different analysis when Marty and I give you our opinion of Exodus: Gods and Kings! We could hardly wait to get to the theater to see it. We like the cast and the original screen play by God is fantastic. We had very high expectations! Needless to say we were very disappointed and do not recommend this movie for anyone.

I will comment on three aspects of the film: Scale – Pacing – Biblical Errancy.

The Scale of Exodus competes with anything we have seen in ten years. If you are into special effects and wide panoramic shots Exodus gets an A+.

The Pacing of the film is, however, a horse and chariot of another color. Exodus: Gods and Kings moved at the pace of an elderly Pachyderm with an ingrown toenail. I’ve seen less fits and starts when I was teaching Tony how to drive stick in my 1985 Targa. Several people left our showing and I would have taken a potty break but I was intent on seeing every minute.

Biblical Errancy. Exodus: Gods and Kings reminds me of a young script writer who rubs the brass lantern and ask the Genie for the perfect script. The Genie comes through and after reading the outstanding manuscript the young author decides to keep the overall theme of the book but rewrite the characters and scenes. Time and memory don’t allow me to list the numerous Scriptural inaccuracies which often led into the world of the unbelievable. Take for example the scene of the Burning Bush. As a young family man living in an oasis Moses is climbing the “Mountain of God” in defiance of the people’s view of God’s word and he is punished by being hit by a landslide and is buried in what looks like quick sand with only his face showing. The bush appears like an electric fire place in a condo and when Moses comes to he doesn’t see the Angel of God or hear God’s voice but has a conversation with an imaginary child.

Contrast this fictionary with Exodus 3: “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, Moses! Moses! And Moses said, Here I am. Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Then He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”

I could go on for three more pages because I love to read what I have written because like any blogger I am foolish enough to think you give to toot about what I have to say. That said, I’ll say this. The general theme of the Exodus was presented – there was no cursing and no sexuality – we both thought the actors did a good job and while the plagues were not Biblicaly presented, they, along with the parting of the Red Sea were visually very impressive.

Larry

The Question of the Day on E Bible is: What does the Bible say about the end of The World?


What would you say if one of your kids or a good friend asked you tomorrow: What does the Bible say about the End of The World.

One of E Bible’s more thoughtful contributors took a stab at answering it and I thought he did a good job considering that a full and complete answer of all the Biblical texts on the topic would fill several books and even then contain a fair amount of opinion. That said here’s Michael Houddman’s answer with one insert from yours truly.

The event usually referred to as “the end of the world” is described in 2 Peter 3:10: “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” This is the culmination of a series of events called “the day of the Lord,” the time when God will intervene in human history for the purpose of judgment. At that time, all that God has created, “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), He will destroy.

The timing of this event, according to most Bible scholars, is at the end of the 1000-year period called the Millennium. During these 1000 years, Christ will reign on earth as King in Jerusalem, sitting on the throne of David (Luke 1:32-33) and ruling in peace but with a “rod of iron” (Revelation 19:15).

Insert: Prior to the Millennial Kingdom the Bible teaches there will be two events here on the earth: The Tribulation and the Rapture. The Tribulation will be a time of suffering for all mankind as Evil rules the world. The later portion of The Tribulation will be particularly difficult on Christians as Satan will have placed himself on the Throne in the Temple in Jerusalem and will have free rule and reign on planet earth. Sometime – either before, during or after The Tribulation an event we call the Rapture will occur. Christ will appear and the dead in Christ will rise first to meet him in the air and then those of us who are alive and remain will go to be with them.

At the end of the 1000 years (The Millennium), Satan will be released, defeated again, and then cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10). Then, after a final judgment by God, the end of the world described in 2 Peter 3:10 occurs. The Bible tells us several things about this event.

First, it will be cataclysmic in scope. The “heavens” refers to the physical universe – the stars, planets, and galaxies-which will be consumed by some kind of tremendous explosion, possibly a nuclear or atomic reaction that will consume and obliterate all matter as we know it. All the elements that make up the universe will be melted in the “fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:12). This will also be a noisy event, described in different Bible versions as a “roar” (NIV), a “great noise” (KJV), a “loud noise” (CEV), and a “thunderous crash” (AMP). There will be no doubt as to what is happening. Everyone will see and hear it because we are also told that “the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”

Then God will create a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), which will include the “New Jerusalem” (v. 2), the capital city of heaven, a place of perfect holiness, which will come down from heaven to the new earth. This is the city where the saints-those whose names were written in the “Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 13:8)-will live forever. Peter refers to this new creation as “the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).

Perhaps the most important part of Peter’s description of that day is his question in verses 11-12: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” Christians know what is going to happen, and we should live in a way that reflects that understanding. This life is passing away, and our focus should be on the new heavens and earth to come. Our “holy and godly” lives should be a testimony to those who do not know the Savior, and we should tell others about Him so they can escape the terrible fate that awaits those who reject Him. We wait in eager anticipation for God’s “Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

Read more at https://ebible.com/questions/2022-what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-end-of-the-world#Lv0BHq1oQ4uhwVEl.99

Larry

Strap own your Blaster Pistols and get your LightSabers Ready – Star Wars VII Is Coming


Star Wars Fans Everywhere Rejoice. In just twelve and a half months (December 18, 2105) it will be time to venture into that Galaxy far, far away. As you can see from watching the official trailer below it’s time for you to look in your attics and basements and dust off your Millennium Falcon – ready your LightSabers and Blaster Pistols – and prepare to see your very OLD friend Hans Solo make some new friends.

While we can’t be sure – it seems the Galactic Empire has survived the explosion of the Death Star and the Storm Troopers are once again in the sands of planet Naboo. Its time for good children everywhere to think positive thoughts – read the “Principles of Yoda” written by Obi-Wan Kenobi and to get busy out back working on your LandSpeeders and PodRacers.

Back on Tatooine good Foster Parents like Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru try to shield their adopted son Luke from his Destiny in the Rebel Alliance where some of his friends will become pilots flying their X-1 Starfighters into certain death against the EVIL Tie Fighters and onto the Death Star itself. Luke learns he has been gifted with an over shadowing of The Force and will become a Jedi Knight – who only think good thoughts about saving innocent virgin Princesses – spend long hours in a damp cave learning mind tricks from a furry midget with pointed ears and practice for endless hours training with their personal LightSabers for an honorable death or victory in one on one LightSaber Fighting with a member of their immediate family.

Why? Because everyone knows the EVIL Sith have formed the Galactic Empire and what could be worse that an EVIL Sith Galactic Empire? What proof do we have? Their Spiritual Leader “The Emperor” and his Number Two man Darth Vader all dress in black and read books by Ron Hubbard. Their Senior Military officers wear grey flannel uniforms that itch their crotches in battle conditions resulting in their continual scowling as they go about looking to pillage the planets of the Galaxy and capture innocent virgin Princesses and enslave small and cuddly Droids like R2-D2 and C-3PO.

While the children of Tatooine are having fun with their PodRacers the dull witted among the EVIL Sith are spending endless days working out so their bodies will become shaped and perfectly formed to wear an all white plastic uniform that they only get to take off and shower once a month. No wonder they are Evil – the smell alone could turn the purest heart to stone. The elite and even more EVIL Sith who were educated on an Eastern Planet will become pilots of the Tie Fighters – officers on the Imperial Star Destroyers – or Broadcasters for the EVIL Galactic News Network (GNN) – which in headquartered on a Southern Planet.

And what of the children who have good hearts but show selfish tendencies? They will of course become Blockade Runners and be trained by Hans Solo and his faithful companion Chewbacca.

Relax, breathe, lower your Force Field and prepare your Escape Pods and soon it will be December 18, 2015.