Formerly the Thinking Catholic Strategic Center
Biorseth, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Yep; I got caught up in all the hoopla of "work from home", and "earn money from your kitchen table", and "work wherever you can take your laptop" and all that, back when it was a really hot topic. It was quite a temptation to get away from long commutes, long hours in a cubicle, and essentially, not being your own boss. All the ads looked so promising; people were making thousands, thousands a month, working in their living room, or home office, or out on the deck, or in the kitchen or dining room. Without suiting-up; not even "business casual." If all these other people were doing it, why not us?
We already had a home office. I was on call at all hours of day and night when I wasn't at work. Any time my beeper went off, I was subject to rush to the home office from wherever I was, log on using the company laptop, and fix something. (I carried the company computer back and forth between work and home.) And, there were rare occasions when there was a doctor, dental or other appointment, when I actually worked from home for the major part of the day; but working from home was never a regular thing.
I think it was the images that hooked me. All those smiling, happy home-workers, making all that money, not in an office, but at home, or somewhere else they preferred to be. Moms with their kids; Dads with their kids; husbands and wives together. Making your own hours. And, perhaps especially, the prospect of getting out of bed only when you were all finished sleeping. Alas, nothing is ever what it seems to be. These days, even on our days off, we still rise quite early, out of force of habit. It turns out that we're finished sleeping, even on our days off, between 5:30 and 6:00 AM. Still, all those images were out there, beckoning, and it looked more attractive than commuting back and forth between home and cubicle.
So, we gave it a shot. My own career as a mainframe-computer COBOL dinosaur took quite a hit, after a high-point during the Y2K emergency when COBOL guys were so in demand that we became "Consultants" rather than mere Programmers. After the Y2K threat was neutralized, we suddenly found ourselves downgraded and competing for lower level jobs as old mainframe legacy-system maintenance programmers, with jobs highly subject to outsourcing to India. India got so many US mainframe legacy system maintenance jobs that new outsourcing markets opened up, outsourcing US jobs to Pakistan, at rates lower even than India, and even to China, at rates lower than Pakistan. The US mainframe job market was shrinking. We had a little money saved up, and the time seemed right to make a move.
Looking back, sometimes I could kick myself for it, and sometimes it makes me happy. Life is funny that way.
Coastal Vacations was the first one that hooked me. It was a home business that involved a ready-made website that you updated with a picture of yourself, and a little blurb about yourself, that essentially sold very attractive vacation-travel packages at a whopping discount. A huge number of multiple-day vacations, involving cruise ships, five-star hotels, exotic locations, luxurious resorts, air-fare and more, in three "levels." I have to go from memory here, and I'm sure the prices have changed over the years, but back when we were in it, the packages were like this:
Now, this sort of thing should be very attractive to anyone who had a lot of vacation time, no matter what kind of job or business they had. In fact, it could be quite useful to us. I think that was what got me. If it was something we might use, then it should be attractive to other people too.
Coastal Vacations had some kind of deal with cruise-lines, resorts, hotels, airlines, etc., to do this; all these coastal-vacation people showing up meant full or fuller airplanes, fuller cruise ships, occupied rooms and so forth. It gives them more of the appearance of success. (What I didn't think about at the time was, if everybody who showed up showed up for free, how would the resorts, airlines, etc., stay in business?)
I gleefully jumped in, with both feet. It involved a lot of phone usage, so we went to Vonage, the cheap internet-phone provider, with unlimited local and long distance calls. (This was in the days when cell phones were fairly expensive and relatively rare objects, and BlueTooth didn't exist yet.) I hooked up a headset with attached microphone to the computer for hands-free communication, went through the learning program and went into business.
This was my first experience with an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) enterprise. It's a pyramid, but not an illegal pyramid, like a Ponzi-Scheme. It's more like Tupperware or Shaklee, if you know anyone who sells that stuff. You get into an MLM by buying whatever the product is. In this case, you buy a Coastal Vacations package, and that gives you not only the package, but the ability to sell packages, and to receive a piece of the action from every one that you sell. Not only that, but anyone to whom you sold a package, can sell more packages, and you get some of those proceeds too. I don't remember how deep it goes, but perhaps it goes four or five deep.
What attracted me to Coastal Vacations, as a business, was the actual product, which looked to be an actual good buy, all by itself, even to someone who had no interest in selling it after buying it. It looked so attractive to me that I really thought it might sell like hot cakes.
Also, this was my first experience with sales. Let this be a warning to you: do not give up your day job to begin selling anything, if you have no sales experience, training or background.
I don't care what you're selling, If you never sold anything for a living before, be very, very cautious.
No cold calling. That was one of the big Coastal Vacations big selling points. Cold-calling is just calling people out of a phone book or off of some list, out of the blue, and trying to sell something to them. It is described as humbling to humiliating hours upon hours of being repeatedly politely refused, quickly rejected, sworn at, insulted and just rudely hung up on. Well, you don't have to do that, so they say. Your initial purchase provides you with a set number of "Leads," which are described as people who are pre-sold, who have responded positively to adds and are interested in the product, and want to learn more about it.
In my extreme, child-like, sales-related naivete, I believed that.
I thought, with that number of already interested leads, I would call them all, make some sales, and that they, through word of mouth, might generate even more sales, and we'd be on our way.
Selling is not easy.
I had a coach-trainer-advisor, a really nice Greek lady from the West Coast, with whom I was in near constant contact, by phone, email, live chat and live computer conference. We had regular very large group conference training calls, in which one or the other of us would make training calls and even live sales calls, while everyone else remained silent. It was all very psychologically uplifting and encouraging; but I wasn't making any sales. My coach, and even more, her sister, were very successful at this, and her sister was a major-league top seller in Coastal Vacations, to the point where she didn't make sales calls any more. Her "down-line" did all that, and she was raking it in from all their sales. She was just available now and then for consulting, and for conference calls.
The pre-sold leads, which prevented cold-calling? Well, to me, it was pretty much like their description of cold calling. "Who? Why are you calling? What the hell is Coastal Vacations? Don't call this number again!" That was a fairly frequent answer to one of my "pre-sold" non-cold, calls.
Guess what? There were available "packages" of "leads" for different prices. For price 1, you get 500 phone numbers of "pre-sold" prospects. For price 2, you get 250 really, really pre-sold prospects. For price 3, you get 100 randomly selected responses to a Coastal Vacations TV ad who dialed the 800 number given on the TV ad. For price 4, you get 20 of the "To buy now, dial this number" TV ads. Also, along with all of that, there were people who clicked on your personal website ad, indicating they wanted to talk to you about Coastal Vacations.
I tried them all. Sometimes with my coach on the line, sometimes with her doing most of the talking, most of the time with me doing it alone. No sales. This was getting expensive, because I wasn't bringing in any money, life goes on, and I was continuously spending money on more and more leads of various kinds. I saw a problem with the supplied personal website: there were a blue million of them out there that looked just like it, just with someone else's name and picture attached to it. For the length of time it was out there, I wasn't getting hardly any clicks. What would make my website stand out from the crowd of other Coastal Vacation websites?
It was a "store-bought" or pre-established website, a cookie-cutter thing, that I had no real control over. I looked around for website building knowledge; I had Microsoft Front Page, which can build a website, but I needed to know more about what makes one stand out form all the others. I saw that as my problem; simply creating a website was not enough. Coastal Vacations had already done that.
I found SBI (Site Build It) and looked at it very carefully. It, too, was a work from home sort of thing, but that was not why I was interested in it. I wanted to know how to build a website that would attract traffic. I already had (or thought I had) a work from home business; I wanted an extra website that would drive traffic to the Coastal Vacations website. I thought if I made a higher traffic website that had a link to my Coastal Vacations website, the higher traffic would get me more clicks to buy. I would let the website do the selling.
Through SBI, I learned a little bit about key words, and how they work on the internet. Websites that have traffic have key words in them that are searched for a lot. The basic key-word strategy is to find a word (or words) that everyone is looking for, and then combine it with another word (or words) to make it unique enough to stand out. You have to strike a balance between words that will come out on top of internet searches a lot, but also that lots of people are actually looking for in their internet searches. If nobody is searching for it, it doesn't matter if it comes out on top of the search.
With this modicum of new knowledge, I used SBI to build the www.Virtual-Home-Office.com WebSite, now long extinct and gone the way of the Dodo Bird. We already had a home office, so it was something I knew about. The site offered advice on building and running one; information on computers, software, on-line conferencing, printers, faxes, scanners, and all the stuff that goes along with working at home. I figured everyone looking for a work at home business would be interested in getting an on-line presence and thus a virtual home office. And it did get some traffic, and it did generate some clicks on the Coastal Vacation site. It was easy; the SBI toolset was very intuitive and the instructions were complete. It was considerably easier than Front Page. At the time, all that was needed was a modicum of knowledge of HTML to make things look nicer. Now, with the new version of BB2, you don't even need any HTML knowledge. It was easy before, but now, the new version is incredibly simple. You don't need any technical knowledge.
But for all that effort, all I got was one sale. It was to a fellow veteran, a retired Green Beret from the East Coast, who was working to remodel homes, cabinets, counters and sinks for wheelchair-bound veterans. That sale made me his coach, and besides doing my own prospecting calls, I was now regularly on line with him, first coaching and then assisting on his prospecting calls. Sometimes my coach was in on the calls, and sometimes her coach, too. And we all still met regularly on the larger Coastal Vacation on-line conferences, training sessions and calling sessions. But for all of that, I didn't get any more sales, and neither did my one and only customer.
After better than two years, even I, a famously stubborn Lithuanian, began to recognize that this was not a good path to be on. All I was doing was eating up our savings. I was looking for something, anything, I could do from home. (No, I don't know why I didn't look closer at SBI.)
It was a hard thing for me to give up on Coastal Vacations. I guess it was because I had invested so much time and energy into it, and I felt like I was throwing all that personal time and effort down the drain. Day after day, I would rise early and start calling, and I would spend nearly every waking moment making calls, coaching, being coached, polishing my technique and following the plan. It was a real disappointment.
The next thing I tried was YTB (Your Travel Business.) This one had a cookie-cutter website too, with your picture and your own few custom sentences. It was a travel-booking site, for hotel, air and general travel booking at a pretty good discount. The site was attractive and enabled people to book hotels and tickets right there, and you got your profit immediately. As it turned out, this one, too, was an MLM business, in which your original buy-in got you the ability to sell, and on, and on. But, it was only $35 to get in. After all I had spent on Coastal Vacations, why not?
I printed up a bunch of business cards on the computer and passed them out to friends and family for travel deals. But what started turning the whole deal sour was the first conversation with my new coach, who was the one who got the biggest pay from my purchase. Her first instruction was for me to "Make a list of everyone you know, and call me back."
Well, hell no.
There is no way I'm going to do sales calls to family, friends, neighbors and people at church. I made up my mind that, for $35, it was worth seeing if people would book travel on my site. I had no interest in doing any sales again, and I certainly did not want to antagonize or impose upon people I loved.
So, my Virtual Home Office website site linked to my YTB site, but, although I was getting traffic, I wasn't getting any money-making YTB clicks. Again, there were a blue million YTB sites out there, and mine looked just like all the others. But what really sealed it for me was when I found other big travel sites, not cookie-cutter, but big business, that had better travel deals than YTB. Why would anyone buy at my YTB site when they could get a better travel deal just by searching the internet for a better price?
The really odd thing is that, long after I dropped this YTB business, I had a few friends contact me because they were going on vacation, and couldn't find my YTB site to book travel and hotels. Too late, and really, it would have been too little, even if it had been done earlier.
Some time during all of this I began this website, but not as a business. For years, ever since I came home from Vietnam, I had been writing a book in my spare time, without really knowing how to write a book. It was pretty disorganized. I had sent manuscripts to several publishers but never got so much as a response from any but one, and that was a polite rejection. So I had this gigantic pile of paper, and a huge number of diskettes full of all of this stuff I had been trying to make into a book without really knowing how. And now, since I knew how to make a website using SBI, I got the idea of making a personal website for it instead of a book. It was a sideline, spare-time, hobby sort of thing. You're looking at the results. I can type pretty fast, so I made a bunch of pages pretty quickly. But that was always just a background activity.
Meanwhile, in the foreground, Marcie saw an ad for starting a medical billing home business, and we looked into it. That was our next big move, and it was quite a monetary investment, too. But it looked to be more "real" as a work from home opportunity. It meant doing work; not selling anything, but actually doing valuable computer work at home for client doctor's offices. Doing billing, collections and processing insurance claims. We investigated the hell out of this one, because there was no way in without a significant (for us) investment in highly specialized software, and, not incidentally, new hardware, because the database size and processing capabilities vastly exceeded our existing computing capacity. We're talking thousands of dollars here.
Medical Practice Management was our new startup corporation. I went through the extensive on-line training, took several different level tests, passed them, and took the plunge. So, we made new business cards, ran some ads, and started calling local (and even not local) doctor's offices, and going around to visit doctors to present our business model to them. And, of course, I immediately made a new SBI website for it, called www.Medical-Office-Management.com.
It was an invigorating change. Just getting up and putting on a suit and tie again made me feel more like I was actually going to work again. And I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with Doctors and business managers. Open dialogue and responding to questions is something I have always been quite comfortable with. And what I was offering was quite valuable.
Doctors deal with special medical codes - thousands and thousands of codes - that represent diagnostic procedures, treatments, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, - virtually every imaginable thing a doctor could do or prescribe is covered by a code. Where did these codes come from? Insurance companies. The complexity factor is in the stratosphere. And none of these codes are covered in medical school. Doctors learn how to practice medicine, not insurance. However, they are now increasingly trapped by the fact that, in almost every instance of a doctor doing work, he will be paid, or not paid, not by the patient, but by an insurance company. At first, this was just a mild surprise to me; but as time went on, it looked like insurance was driving the bus here, when the whole goal of the medical practice is supposed to be the practice of medicine.
Medical codes were so complex that, by this time, just about all medical practices had to hire a persons specializing in medical coding just to do that one thing. If the codes weren't right, whether through being a wrong code or a wrong sequence of codes, the claim would not be paid. Coders were constantly studying the constantly changing universe of medical codes, just to stay on top of them so the doctor would be paid. This is a fairly well paid non-medical employee, to add to the already significant personnel bill the doctor has to pay on a regular basis, provided he himself gets paid in a timely manner by insurance companies.
The advantage our business would provide to the practitioner is largely tied up in the database of medical codes, which are constantly updated on-line to keep up with the ongoing changes. I put in a treatment, it puts in a code. It red-flags incorrect sequences of codes, or recommends preceeding or following codes, based on insurance industry requirements, and the doctor is assured of timely claims payments. We offered paperless filing, in which we would periodically burn CDs with all his claims and billing and receipt records on them, to be pulled up on a computer screen any time he needed them. We had the capacity of maintaining thousands and thousands of detailed patient records in full compliance with HIPAA regulations, and, most importantly, getting doctors paid.
We would be off-site contractors, not employees, meaning he would not have to deal with payroll, taxes, benefits or anything. We could do his billing, including coding, his collections (into his office, not ours) and his record keeping, all electronically, with weekly meetings.
What I slowly picked up on from this experience - including the training, the software, the codes, and the deep conversations with doctors, was that, medical insurance, in and of itself, seemed to be, not so gradually, putting doctors out of business. Not that they couldn't be doctors any more, but they couldn't be private business men any more. Medicine has historically been a profession, which could be practiced anywhere the practitioner decided to practice it, which might be his home. Insurance, and the complexity of insurance codes, was changing all that. Doctors were now ever increasingly becoming mere paid employees, like most of the rest of us.
I wrote a couple of articles about it on the new business website, and I wound up copying them to this website, here and here, if you're interested. What was really galling was when I found out that Medicare was really the driving force behind medical codes, and that whatever Medicare did with code changes, the whole rest of the medical insurance industry just followed their lead.
The federal government was the keeper of the codes.
Exactly what does the federal government know about medical practice? I don't remember seeing either medicine, medical insurance or medical billing listed among the limited and enumerated powers of government in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.
Anyway, the bottom line here, we never got any client doctors. Close, but no cigar. No one would sign us up. Major disappointment number two.
Zaken QuickSell Associates was another one we tried for awhile, since, as I recall, it didn't cost us anything. It involved helping businesses get rid of outdated or unsold merchandise. For whatever reason, people wind up with a warehouse full of something they can't sell, and they need to get rid of it to make room for stuff that will sell.
I put a page up on this website for it, telling people we could quckly liquidate their inventory for cash, and I got a lot of hits. I could potentially make half of whatever deal Zaken would make with whoever he resold it to.
There was a formula involving the quantity, the wholesale price and the retail prices that always wound up with a ridiculously low-ball price (in my opinion) that usually made the businessman laugh and go away. The one time one of them accepted the low-ball price, when I faxed the offer sheet in to Zaken, after a couple of days they rejected it, because they couldn't find a buyer at whatever their price was. The poor businessman was so crushed when I told him that I was getting emotional. I just couldn't do that any more. Not my kind of business.
IncomeAtHome.com was another one we looked at, but didn't buy. The ads say "no selling soap" for some reason, and I suppose that's true. What you do sell is something called Herbal Life. Like Coastal Vacations, and like YTB, it's another MLM, and yes, you do have to sell, and yes, you do have to learn "scripts" for sales calls, and yes, sooner or later, you need to buy "leads."
Ultimately, before we became destitute from lack of income, I went out and got my CDL and started trucking, and put all that home business stuff behind me. But I kept this website, not as a business, but as a hobby. It's a catharsis, for me. It lets me blow off steam, and it allows me to write about things that interest me. It's a lot cheaper than fishing, or golf, or a million other recreational activities.
My advice on any MLM business is, don't get into it unless you have good, solid sales experience. Real salsemen can make a lot of money in an MLM. I strongly suspect that the biggest success stories in any MLM business are successful salesmen who previously had other MLM businesses in which they built up a strong "down line" of good salesmen. As soon as they start selling a promising new MLM product, they bring in all the most successful among their old down-line salesmen and get them into this one, too, and they all have another income stream. If you don't have sales experience, then your only real chance is if you luck out and get a get a really good salesman in your down-line.
Selling is not easy. Good salesmen earn whatever they get.
My advice on home medical billing business is, don't even get into it unless you already have at least one client doctor locked in. People already working in a doctor's office or who somehow already have a good business relationship with a doctor are the only ones who really have a chance of getting any clients. If you can't get a client, it's all for nothing.
Some of the things I tried with this website also went by the wayside. I had context-sensitive Google Ads, for instance. Google has robot-programs that look at your website content, and put supposedly related ads in the neighborhood of the related site content. That just didn't work out. First of all, I have webpages that deal with, for instance, our disgusting masturbation industry, and abortion, and the sexual revolution, and contraception and so forth.
So Google started putting ads on my site for Planned Parenthood, Condom manufacturers, "sexual aids," pornography, and all the things this site vehemently opposes. They had a "filter" system, where you could enter the list of firms you didn't want advertised on your site. But the list soon filled up; there was a limit of 250 filters, and there are literally millions and millions of porno and smut sites and immoral businesses out there. I ultimately had to just drop Goodgle ads, and not use any content or context-sensitive ads at all.
We really believe that Google would do business with Satan himself if they thought they could make a profit from it.
I used to have a lot of Amazon book ads all over this site. But then when visiting my sister in Michigan, when I saw how long it took for one of my pages to download onto her dial-up computer, I started thinking about those graphic ads. The pages with the book ads were the ones that took a huge amount of time to download. I even had a small Amazon Bookstore on this site.
When we got home, I checked the click through statistics, and I had a lot of clicks from my pages to the Amazon ads. Thousands and thousands of clicks. But I didn't have any money from Amazon. ??? So, I just dropped all the Amazon ads. What was the point? Whether they were selling any books or not, I don't know, but they certainly weren't making me any money, and they made my pages load slower.
So here we are. These days, I am self-employed as a contract-bound local delivery driver, and Marcie is still working too, although we're both on Social Security now. We sold our rental property some time back, and now, for the first time, in between writing new stuff here, I'm starting to think of the one thing I never put any time into on this site, and that is, monetizing it, as SBI says. Finding a way to make it make money. But now, there's no rush; there's no real sense of urgency.
Here's the interesting thing about it. Some people find out early in life what they love to do, and they go out and make a living by doing it. I wasn't lucky enough to do that. But I have found what I love to do, and it is all tied up in this website.
I just love to stir deep thought, in myself and in others, on important, substantive issues. I love to think, write, dialogue and argue about vital matters; matters of life and death, and matters of eternity, and matters pertaining to God. It's like alternating between wrestling with untruth, and wrestling with Truth.
Whether it ever pays off in a monetary sense or not, I'm going to keep on doing it. It is its own reward.
Seek the Truth; Find the Way; Live the Life; please God, and live forever!
Addendum July 16, 2013: Acting on the advice of Alice S. in the comments below, looked into and began putting affiliate ads on this site, and it seemed appropriate to update this page with what I've learned so far. If you have a website, you can find quite a lot of good, moral websites out there who want you to run their ads on your site in exchange for a cut of the action, any time anyone buys their product after linking-in from your website. Of course, you have to have a website or a blog of some kind. If you have a website or a blog, read on.
Begin the search by looking at sites you have purchased something from; look for something to click on that has the word "Affiliate" in it. If you find an affiliate program there, and you have happily done business with them before, apply to enter their affiliate program and find out how it works.
You can expand the search on-line. Put the name of the subject you're interested in along with the word "affiliate" into Bing (or whatever search engine you use) and you should get a lot of related websites that have an affiliate program. Check them out one at a time.
That's what I did, and I thought I ought to show the ones I chose, and see how they do over time. From time to time I will update this page with any affiliate programs I try, and ongoing results from the existing ones.
One of the first ones I found was the HillBilly Housewife, a wonderful, practical, down-to-earth site with a lot of recipes and housewife stuff, but also very good family emergency / disaster preparedness and stay-out-of-trouble advice. She sells E-books on all of this.
The St. Anne's Helper site sells a lot of Catholic goods and has possibilities. As does the Totally Catholic Store, a gigantic Catholic E-store. These are all hard goods, but I don't have to worry about that. If someone links to those sites from my site, and they buy something, I simply get a commission on the sale, completely behind the scene.
I found a self-defense teaching site that might be of vital importance to any cops or security personnel who, in the course of their work, place themselves in dangerous confrontational situations. It's called The Self Defense Company, and it offers some serious training in close-up combat. I don't know how many police or security guards are on my site, but this could be useful for anyone, including ladies, who want to be able to fend off a potential attacker. We'll see how this one does.
This site supports not only Catholicism, but what Benjamin Franklin called "Our American Religion," which is a blending of Catholicism, various non-Catholic Christian denominations, and Judaism. In accordance with the First Amendment of the Constitution, Franklin's "Our American Religion" acknowledges, but addresses only lightly those Commandments that address man's relationship with God, or his theology, and addressed quite heavily those Commandments that address man's relationship with his fellow man, or, his morality. This was treated in more detail in the ethos page. That part of this site that speaks to American principles and American politics treats all Judeo-Christian believers favorably. Judeo-Christian morality is the bedrock foundation for American civil law.
Recognizing all that, and recognizing how all Judeo-Christian believers and practitioners are opposed, in their very Scripture, to "Hooking-Up" and all the general un-chastity that is seemingly so common today, I looked for on-line matchmaking services for devout believers. The three best ones that I found were CatholicMatch.com for Catholic singles, ChristianMingle.com for non-Catholic Christian singles, and JewishMatch.com for Jewish singles. With these links, perhaps religious singles can broaden their search beyond their own Churches or Synagogues without resorting to the bar scene.
I would prefer, of course, that all Americans become Catholic, which would make everything much simpler; but I also recognize that's not going to happen any time soon. But my wish isn't purely theological in nature; it would also eventually make better fishermen out of all of us. We know today with ontological certitude that Catholics always make better fishermen. Any time any non-Catholic wants to go fishing, he always needs to take a Catholic along to show him how it's done. That's just the way it is; it's like a natural law.
If you have a CCW, which I believe all responsible adults of the proper disposition should have, you should also belong to the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association.) Especially today, after we've all seen what happened and is happening to George Zimmerman over a simple case of self defense that turned into a case of CCW Entrapment.
Sign up; if, God forbid, you are ever called to defend yourself with your weapon, you may later be called to legally defend yourself for having defended yourself. Seriously.
Of course, this being an SBI! site, and being an SBI! affiliate, I have the expected SBI! affiliate links, some of which are presented right here:
Of course, an affiliate business site would be a lot more successful if it had been designed from the beginning to be an affiliate business site. Here are a couple of SBI videos presented as intros into building an affiliate business on-line:
That's about it for now, but there are a few more irons in the fire and applications pending approval.
This page will be updated periodically. Stay tuned.
Addendum January 09, 2014:
Added a Paypal "Donate" button for non-deductible contributions into the right column of all pages. People can donate whatever they want to, as often as they want to, if they think the content on this website is worth it.
In other news, the affiliate ads may be going away soon. Most of them have to go through an intermediate "third party" between the advertisers and the websites. The biggest one is called Commission Junction; Commission Junction just sent me a notice that the ads on my site have not generated enough clicks to stay "viable" and so, in thirty days, if they don't get more clicks, the deal is off.
So what I'm going to do, when that time expires, is just drop all the affiliate ads and not fool with them any more.
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Date: Sat Apr 27 20:13:32 2013
What's the chances of selling a subscription to people like me who love your writing? I don't know how many there are but I certainly would be willing to pay a small amount like I do for 'Allrecipes' -like $10 or $20/year. Is that reasonable? It beats seeing creepy or offensive pop-ups & ads!
Date: Sun Apr 28 05:43:12 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
There are two things wrong with making this a "subscription" site.
First, if my main goal is supporting Truth in The Great Contest, an important part of that mission is to spread the argument for Truth as widely as possible, without restriction or limitation. In my mind, all anyone should ever have to do to find Truth is look for it.
Second, I don't think there is enough traffic yet for that sort of thing anyway, and I don't want to lose any potential new visitors. Right now, I only occasionally get over 1,000 visits on any given day. The average, at this moment, is 833. The numbers are going up, but, at any point, the only logical result of charging people would be to reduce traffic.
What I'm thinking about is charging monthly fees for ads. Now that the conversion to BB2 is done, I have the ability to put the same ad in the same spot, or two, on every single page on this site. I'm still wrestling with two things: exactly what to charge per month, and how to word my restriction requirements. I don't want any immoral ads on this site. Another worry is that someone may get a good, moral ad approved, and then later, what that ad links too becomes immoral. I want the ability to shut that down, even though advertising time has been paid for.
Whenever these things are resolved, I will probably begin running link ads in the right column, and maybe at the bottom of pages, for an introductory fee of $10 per month.
Something in me really resists charging people just to look at my site.
Date: Sun Apr 28 10:46:03 2013
From: Alice S.
Location: Shohola, PA
Please don't go the subscription route. If anything put affiliate links on your site and leave it at that.
Yes, I've seen all of these things you mentioned; like anything in life, if it sounds too good to be true, you know it is. Many things I thought would work for me, over the years, have left me standing in the dust, shaking my head and wondering why; I guess it's just God's plan for me.
Stay true to the Lord, and be a light in the darkness. He will guide your path, always. Even when the money seems bleak.
Date: Thu Apr 02 14:13:46 2013
Why don't you just go back to square one and start all over with SBI (not this website) and just go through the whole process step by step and make a business rather than just a website.
Date: Thu Apr 02 20:20:23 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
I wish I had done that at the beginning, as the first thing I tried. However, at this late date, and with the limited daily time I have, I prefer to spend my limited spare time writing about what I love to write about.
I've looked at some of the success stories, where people did the "brainstorming" and found such topics as kid's birthday parties, specialty balloons, etc., and made lucrative, high-traffic money-making websites out of them.
However, If I'm going to write webpages at all, in the limited early morning and sometimes limited evening hours, I'm going to write about important stuff that has my attention, and that I already love to write about, which is not necessarily stuff that home businesses are made of.
Once everything you have is paid for, you have no debt and you have a modest income, money just isn't all that important any more. Again, I wish that had been my first approach. If I had originally built a successful money making site, whatever the topic, I might now have a whole lot more time to write about what I love to write about.
You never know.
Thursday May 9, 2013
Updated site to include first Affiliate Ads in right column.
Saturday, May 18, 2013:
Just went through the whole site putting all the "orphan" pages into the General Commentary Pages grouping of right-column links, and was thereby reminded of a couple of other things I had tried.
I actually had an e-store number of pages added to this site, where I had a "shopping cart" ability to take orders for things, accept money and send the order on to the behind-the-scenes supplier, who would ship directly to the customer. I had some really neat looking stuff from an outfit in Israel. But, it was all too late in the game.
When I left for CDL training school, I had to shut those pages down, because I couldn't be here to take and process orders. Never got to see if it would work or not. Then, for multiple years, I was driving a truck over the road, with no ability to properly monitor such a business.
Even now I only work at this a pitifully few hours a day, so I'm not too enthusiastic about trying it again. But it had possibilities.
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
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Nationalizing Catholicism: Introducing the Democratholic Church of America. While we have been off worrying about our own government suppressing our religion, Party Politics has been quietly infiltrating the Church and turning it into a Government Agency.
Addressing Original Intent in Law, and Original Revelation's Intent in Doctrine. "Original Intent" is the intention of the authors when any Bill was signed into law. "Revealed Truth" is God's Law.
Satanic Unreason in Modern Liberal Thought. Satanic Unreason, Unreality and Insanity rule the Left, in philosophy, theology, material science, mathematics, politics, psychology, you name it.
Can we, in our majority, even recognize the diabolical any more? Are we all so busy and so hypnotized by the world that Satan and all his evil works are the absolute farthest things from our minds?
Real Truth Always Demands Division; Evil Always Demands Unity. It's Truth v Anti-Truth; Right v Wrong; Virtue v Vice; Life v Death. Gimme that old time Division.
Proselytizing v Evangelizing: What's the difference? Is there a difference? It's a very thin line between between Proselytizing and Evangelizing, so why is the one condemned and the other commended?
American Grounding: Citizen Equality, Life, Liberty, Property. Returning to our original American grounding means returning to the sure guidance of Natural Law and to our Judaeo-Christian social moral norms and civil law.
You can't keep Islamic Assassins out if they're already in. When suicidal Jihadists and Islamic assassins are already infiltrated into the ranks, the ranks are looking for terrorists in all the wrong places.
Obama Unleashed: Doing all the destabilization he can do. Trump's win upset Obama's global plan; Obama Unleashed is laying mines and firing torpedoes and missiles behind him on his way out the door.
Induced "Black Privilege" and Racist Anti-White Anti-Americanism. How Marxist-induced "Multiculturalism" actually alienates and splits us all apart while pretending to unite us all together.
The Latin Mass Readings for Midnight Mass. It is always good to meditate on the appropriate readings ahead of time, before praying the Mass.
The Anti-Authoritarian Rage at Losing Their Authoritarian Power. On the Authoritarian Rage of the Global Ruling Class upon being Over-Ruled: Pure Insanity, Pure Evil, or Both?
On the Unrecognized War being waged against Human Civilization. The Unrecognized War against Culture is not merely being waged against Nations, and not merely against Nature, but against God.
Godel's Incompleteness Theorem: Mathematizing Faith in God? Finding a rational and logical explanation for Natural Human Intuition. (Things we know but cannot prove.)
Shared Divinity? Can man somehow "share" divinity with God? This "Shared Divinity" concept might be way too big for my limited intellectual capacity, but my heart is trying it on for size.
The Religion-Political Parallels in America's rise, and in her decline. Boldly speaking about the taboo subjects of religion and politics is what this DIVISIVE and INTERACTIVE website was born to do.
Another Marxist "Catholic Spring"? Yawn. So what else is new? Breaking News: A Catholic Springtime of Revolution. Well, ho hum, heavy sigh and here we go again.
Political Parties = Political Denominationalism = Diversity in Patriotism. Denominationalism varies Revealed Truth; Political Parties vary Constitutional Meaning.
Join the Catholic Resistance, and wage Guerilla warfare against Evil. Catholic Resistance to Evil means personal sacrifice. It means continually evangelizing, even when and where evangelization is not welcome.
America's Chief Mortal Enemy: ISIS? Iran? N. Korea? Russia? China? No. America's Mortal Enemy Number 1 is Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) and his whole Marxocrat Party.
Holy Hatred: Can we hate evil and still be Christian? "Do you renounce Satan, and all his evil works?" That is a yes or no question.
Has George Soros now become a Pope Maker? Elizabeth Yore (at Remnant) unveils very strong connections between top George Soros surrogates and Pope Francis.
Is Practical Atheism leading us all into a New World Order? Practical Atheists, who are nominal or non-practicing "believers" who live lives exactly as if they were atheists, belong to Practical Atheism.
Feeding Racial Paranoia and Social Chaos for Pure Political Profit. Politically inflaming racial paranoia and blind hatred of whites and cops, solely for the political benefit of the REAL racist Party.
Saying it in pictures: When words alone cannot get through. We've been warning about anti-American politics for years in words; but there is now a rich library of internet graphics that may say it better, for some.
On the Managed Decline of Western Populations, and of the Church. The Contraceptive Mentality also brings about the Managed Decline of World Economies, because, only Free People produce New Wealth.
Banishment: Could it rid America of her domestic mortal enemies? On establishing Banishment as a penalty for working to destroy Constitutional America.
Making the Kill Shot, versus Hesitation: On winning or losing the battle. Hesitation at pulling the trigger means failing to make the kill shot, and each time, it may have been your last chance.
America's Deadly Dichotomy: Christian Virtue versus Political Corruption. Culture=Religion+Politics, true enough. But self-government demands high virtue, and politics are naturally corrupting.
Rigged Primaries, Rigged Election, Rigged Coverage, Rigged Political Parties. What should we expect, with an elitist "Establishment Club" running the News, running the Parties and running all three branches of government completely outside the Constitution?
Islamic American Constitutionalists? Who love America and hate Jihad? Really? Well, that's what they say. Maybe we should just wait and see if they kill any more of us.
Our American National Identity Crisis: Who Are We? First, You Must Address Your Personal Identity Crisis: Who Are You?
Progressive Evil: Bringing on Spiritual and Cultural Death, inch by inch. All Progressives, whether Marxist Progressives or mere dupes and tools of Marxism, advance evil at the expense of good.
The Marxocrat Party Media and Crazy Bernie, who was in on the scheme. Why all the surprise? Parties ALWAYS rig elections. And I knew the Marxocrat Party Media favored Communism over America way back in 1959.
Ad Orientum: Facing East, or, facing the New Altar? Liturgical battle lines. Originally, to be Oriented meant to be facing the Orient, to the East, toward Jerusalem. Today, Mass said ad orientum means facing the Tabernacle.
Who's in Heaven? Catholics. How do we know? The Bible says so. Scripture, Tradition and consistent Church teaching down through the ages confirms it: In Heaven, there are no non-Catholics.
Trafeze: Taking WebSite Business where Uber is taking the Taxi Business. Trafeze is now up and running. It solves the "Product/Market Fit" business problem for on-line solo entrepreneurs. This is made for us.
Religious Conversation in America, socially stifled and anathematized. Other than bland platitudes, "Moments Of Silence" and "Thoughts and Prayers", politicians, journalists, celebrities and everyone in the public eye avoids religion.
Sustainable, Shlamaimable. "Sustainability" is an unsustainable argument. We don't sustain the earth, or even ourselves. The only thing unsustainable is the sustainability premise itself.
Unforgivable Sin meets the Wideness of God's Mercy. What happens when laxity in the clergy and the whole culture "accommodates" even blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Ruling Class Liars: Marxist ends-justify-the-means liars using Taqiyya against us. Ruling Class Liars telling the world about the "Social Justice" of Marxism and the "Religion of Peace" of Islam.
The Individual Human Dignity of Christianity versus the Collectivism of Marxism. Is Individual Human Dignity justified? Is the Individual a God-Image, or just another utilitarian droplet in the Atheistic Marxist Revolutionary Wave?
Our Anti-American Government, defending our enemies, opposing us. The Obamunist Regime and the Marxocrat Party act like Defense Attorneys for Islam, Marxism and Immorality, and like Prosecuting Attorneys of White Christian Heterosexual Men.
The Great Global Deception: "Death of a thousand cuts" applied to Civilization. The Global Deception is Machiavellian-ism applied by inches, in which the "Revolution" never quite comes, because the Target Institution destroys itself.
Bible Christians: More Biblical than Catholics? No. Not by a long shot. Bible Christians all think their "church" is Bible-based; but the Bible is Catholic-based. The Word produced the Church, and then the Church produced the Bible.
On the Mythical Conservative Movement of the Republicrat Party. Conservative Movement? What Conservative Movement? There ain't no Conservative Movement.
Catholic Resistance: Church Militant's Grass Roots Movement. We've got to start somewhere. Join the Resistance, form your local units and lets get it on.
PC Speech Control Versus the Sin of Detraction. Calumny is harming someone via a lie. Detraction is harming someone via an unnecessarily spoken truth. PC Speech Control is the absolute elimination of free speech.
So, Trump is The Man, and Cruz is out. Now what? Trump's nomination to be the Republicrat Party Candidate appears to be sealed. So what's a Cruz supporter to do?
How Infected Evangelism Itself Helps to Destroy Christian Faith. When unrepentant active sinners and Protestants alike are welcomed into the Church, who is Evangelizing whom?
On Faith, Doubt, Skepticism, Cynicism and Evil. On the Skeptic's problem with faith, the Cynic's problem with Truth, and the logical problem with Boundless, Unlimited Mercy.
On the importance of real authority in the world; does culture need authority? It always turns out that those who are most publicly opposed to all authority secretly seek to become super-authoritarian themselves.
Suffering Computer Withdrawal is like withdrawal from any other addiction. When you are suddenly stopped from computer access, terrible chemical reactions overwhelm your psyche.
Conservatism is now so divided and splintered as to be a meaningless term. When everyone in America who is not a Marxist is a Conservative, there is no such thing as Conservatism.
How Evil and Godless Marxism promotes Universal Unification with Barbarity. Obamunism and Marxocrat Partyism and One-Big-Religionism would "Bring Us All Together", in a Universal Unification, with Satan.
Civil Jihad = War by Immigration; Cultural Marxism = Revolution by Education. Civil Jihad is like Cultural Marxism: Civil Jihad is War waged by Immigration, and Cultural Marxism is Revolution waged by Education.
It's 2016 Primary Voting Day; when the polls open I'll be there. I've made my picks and, for me, it's do-or-die day for the American Republic.
Authority never applied is assumed by others, as the Default Authority of Evil. Legitimate Authority Unexercised becomes the Illegitimate Default Authority of those Legitimately Subject to it.
How to Vote in the Primary to Avoid Holding Your Nose in the General. The Primary Election in Your State is your Only Opportunity to Vote Your Choice. Your Party would prefer that you vote THEIR Choice.
Millions are Converting to Scientism, the "IN" Religion of the 21st Century. Converting to Scientism, because, well, just thinking about all them there Absolute Facts We Wouldn't Even Know, if it wasn't for Scientism, will make you downright dizzy.
Billboard America v Real America, and Billboard Catholicism v Real Catholicism. Advertising is Propaganda. Political Advertising is conquering America, and now, it's conquering the Church, too.
Praying for a smaller, stronger, moral nation under our Unifying Constitution. After division and winnowing, a converted, committed American remnant may gather under our Unifying Constitution.
On Obama's Gun Grabbing Lies, supporting his destruction of the Constitution. Obama's Whoppers typify the Marxist rule for lies: Make the lie so big, shocking and unbelievable that it will actually be believed.
How Spineless Acquiescence to the sins of friends and family destroys us. Failure to oppose wrong gets harder and harder to do the longer it is not done. Spineless Acquiescence to Evil is smiling your way into hell.
"Secularized Reason" is Reason divorced from Faith, which is Amoral Nonsense. Secularized Reason is not merely Amoral, or simply Morally Neutral; it always comes to oppose all sense of any fixed cultural morality.
America's current Anti-Constitution Constitutional Government. All three current branches knowingly violate the Constitution that created them, provided their rules and set their limits.
Rethinking War on Islam: War on "parts" of Islam, or, Unlimited War. Rethinking War on Islam may mean a perpetual state of war, for Islam's evil cannot be separated out.
Reconciliation with God, through a good Confession with Absolution. Repentance, resolve, confession, absolution, penance, and uplifting, EXHILARATING Reconciliation.
Gay Marriage: What the hell is gay about it? It isn't Gay Marriage, it's Homosexual Marriage. If you surrender the language you lose.
"We are not the World Police" say the Lefties. So, if not us, then who? In the absence of Police, including World Police, what happens? The criminals come out to play.
Do we have an Anti-American President? A Pro-Islam, Anti-Christian,
Redistributionist, Utopian, Pro-Illegal Alien, quite consistently Anti-American, President Obama?
The Three Big Ideas competing in global geopolitics today. The Three Big Ideas, and a Fourth one: aggressive, militant atheism, or secularism.
World War III is beginning, and the Big News is the "News"? The world is tumbling into global war, but Journalism is all atwitter about Brian Williams. Go figure.
Babbling Christianity: The Loss of Unity in the Christian Message. Is some New Testament "Tower of Babble" moment behind babbling Christianity's ever increasing disunity?
Obama Lies Again. So what else is new? "My work is done here; Hi-Yo Silver, and Away!" ... Who was that Masked Marxist?
On the lost human virtue of Industry. From Industry to Indolence: how the most industrious nation in history has slipped into almost pure sloth.
Another Obama act of Treason? Well, ho-hum, heavy sigh and here we go again. He lives for Treason. Bringing Constitutional America down is his whole purpose for being.
All the anti Capitalist lies in Marxist propaganda. Most old Marxist anti-Capitalist lies are now common "academic truths" in formal education and news reporting.
Why is our whole culture going to pot? It's our morality, stupid. Every cultural thing - law, order, decency, indecency, salvation, damnation - hangs on a recognized cultural morality.
The Truth about Islam, finally, in a homily at Mass. You never hear the unvarnished truth about Islam, or other evils, from Catholic clerics. Maybe that's finally changing.
Presenting the Renamed Reintroduction of Thinking-Catholic-Strategic-Center. The conversion to the Catholic American Thinker name is now complete.
War Begets War: It's About Islam; It Always Was. Undoing Islamic Lies of "Peaceful" Moslem Propagandizers.
Undoing Evil: Unraveling the sly "Good Intentions" destroying the West. Undoing Evil means reversing Political Correctness and Amorality, and returning to Pure Meritocracy.
The argument within Islam, and about Islam, regarding the true nature of Islam. The true nature of Islam: Ron Paul, King Saud, Ali Khamenei, Comrade Obama, all have their versions.
Letter to an American Warrior, from an old American Citizen, with Love. An old man's advice to a young man, sent in a letter to an American Warrior.
All the Unintended Consequences: What makes us think they were unintended? If every single thing done by someone has unintended consequences, the consequences were intended.
The French Islamophobia: Was it real? Or is Islam really something to be feared? If the French Islamophobia turns out to have been warranted, what about ours?
You're gonna hold their feet to the fire? What fire? They're laughing at you. You can't hold Republicrat's feet to the fire. They are the fireproof new political nobility.
What would War on Islam look like? Would victory even be possible? With what successful overall strategy could we wage war on an ideology?
On the Anti-Church metastasizing within the Roman Catholic hierarchy. The anti-Church within the Church: the anti-Papal agenda advancing even in the Vatican itself.
The Required Radical American Re-Revolution. Or, Re-Constitution.It took 100+ years to radicalize Constitutional America. It will take a radical re-revolution to bring it back to sanity.
On the "inevitability" of a Perfect Global Government in a "New World Order". Is this "New World Order" idea divinely inspired, or is it the ongoing work of Satan?
The Judas Complex: How a traitor may not recognized his own treason. The Judas Complex explains how Judas Iscariot - like many a modern day Bishop - compromised with the world.
Christmas 2014: Hope is Reborn; Salvation has come into the world. The Christmas 2014 Turning Point: The Kingdom is upon us; our King is among us.
On Theory Dominating Substance, in science, religion, morality, and culture. Everywhere we look, we see the theoretical trumping the substantial, up and down the line.
A Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ deepens faith and faith commitment. A Personal Relationship with America deepens love of country and patriotic commitment.
The 2014 Mid-Term Elections Cometh: Here we go again. Next Tuesday, the 2014 Mid-Term Elections are upon us. What are we going to do about it?
Anathematizing anathema: the predictable result of the denial of evil. In a world that denies the existence of evil, anathematizing anathema itself is the only anathema allowed.
The Ebola Setup: Another possible trigger for the final revolution? The purposeful government infection of America, through the Ebola setup. Why?
Work at home jobs that have had me. A long, costly and unsuccessful run at work from home jobs that didn't work for us.
Truth versus Agenda addresses the simplest of problems greatly complexified. Truth versus Agenda examines the contest between reality and its opposition.
Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.
The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.
Indifferentism and Moral Relativism eats away at Catholic Culture. Catholicism stands against Indifferentism. Where do you stand?
My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judaeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.
A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.
Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.
How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?
Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia" and being "Slain in the Spirit", into Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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