Happy Birthday America

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration

Yes he said God, Guns and Illuminations

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I struck a blow for the free market and choice using Uber

You might have been reading the news how Portland city council begrudgingly gave in and allow Uber and Lyift to operate. I have often dealt with poor service and here are a examples: some time ago at 6th and Salmon on Sunday morning two months ago . The cabs in the queue ignored me for 15 minutes while I made it known I need a cab next in the queue. The smoke and joke break was more important. Three weeks ago I need to go on the east side, I told him he could take the Hawthorne bridge, instead he went the long way on the 405, I5. Then he got lost on the east side. He had no clue where to go. Luckily there was a Trimet bus that got me where I need to go.

Today I missed connection the 15 bus , so this I decided to take Uber from downtown to get to church at a reasonable time instead of going to the taxi queue on Salmon. I had to use a workaround for not having the Uber app, using the mobile webpage because I prefer to use my Windows table with a 4G internet than a smart phone. It took me eight minutes to call a car. The only glitch was the driver accidently put in SW then SE 60th. The car was clean, the driver was knowledgeable of the streets and it only cost me $13.00 compared to $16.50 by taxi (if the taxi driver drove honestly , most of the time they did not and I ended up paying more).
After years of having to dealing with poor service by cab companies Uber has won me over.

Update one of my Uber drivers was a former taxi driver. He just wanted to work for himself than a taxi company.

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Christ has Risen

1 Corinthians 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

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My problem with Obama’s SOTU Speech

They are more than a few problem with Obama speech. First I am tired of politician raising taxes on the rich under the guise of making them pay their fair share. The democrats  are moving  the goal post in defining what is a fair share. I thought the rational for raising taxes in the past was making the rich pay “fair share”. Logic says one a  tax Increase  enacted the rich should be paying their fair share.  Yet every year the Libra want to increases   taxes higher because the rich according  to their view are not paying  a fair share even after already passing a tax increase  on the rich. Second and more grievous is the money is supposed to (I don’t believe it) to help working families. like paying for child care. Wait  just a minute, there are millions middleclass workers like me who are single, or married with no children, or empty nester that will see all the pain of increasing taxes but little benefit. So what Obama  disingenuously  claims  to help  the middleclass by  assistance to only a small group of middleclass . Finally as a Christian I find the pitting of middle class against the rich a sin:


Exodus 20:17English Standard Version (ESV)


17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

How  should  we act

Leviticus 19:15English Standard Version (ESV)

15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

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