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Trump Ain’t Jesus, Y’all

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Trump Ain’t Jesus, Y’all

Remember this?

Yeah.  I remember the howls of outrage when Jamie Foxx declared Obama to be Lord and Saviour back in 2012.  Hey, we at Honest Answer did some of he howling, ourselves.  Now check out this article at PJ Media, where an artist portrays Donald Trump in a similar fashion.  Read the article, and watch the video, embedded for your convenience below.

Folks, we can’t support this, not as Christians or even casual Conservatives.  Our howls of outrage over this painting should be every bit as loud as those over Jamie Foxx’s comments.  I’m just sayin’.

The Power of Christ to Overcome Abomination

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

The Power of Christ to Overcome Abomination

34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

36 And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;  Jeremiah 32: 34-36 KJV  (my emphasis)

In looking through the websites that I normally use to discover news stories, I came across this article at PJ Media.  This paragraph struck me:

Out Magazine is playing fast and loose with the term “snowflakes.” If the members of Abolish Human Abortion were truly snowflakes, they would be filing suit against Bedlam Coffee and Ben Borgman. Instead, they’ve expressed concern for Borgman’s eternal soul and have clearly stated that they do not want him to suffer any legal ramifications for his actions.

The story from today is a follow-up piece from this original article, which I did not publish because of the language used in the video at the bottom of the PJ Media post.  Please read both articles, and if you can stand some REALLY STRONG BLASPHEMY, watch the video.

If you don’t think that there is a link to Baal, Idolatry, and the practice of abortion in the United States, I urge you to watch the video immediately below.  More after the break.

Okay, y’all.  I’m sure that the Christians who read these pages have a foul taste in their mouths by now.  I understand.  I don’t want to leave you with that foul taste, not on a Friday.  There is some really good news, which you will find at this PJ Media page.  From the PJ Media Post:

This Sunday (October 15), Anna Hoduski will make her way to the Lincoln Memorial after an almost 3,000-mile journey from Kansas City that began July 23, 2016. Anna ran the first 1,700+ miles, biking the final 1,000+ miles due to a knee injury. Supported by her team of Sarah Hoduski and Megan Maier while sacrificing time, sweat, and her body, Anna has undertaken this effort in order to raise awareness about the evil named abortion and to call people to action.

Her endgame is to help ring the death knell signaling the final evil gasp of this country’s genocide of babies. In the words of Anna, “This Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, we hope to celebrate that there is hope. We want to let people know that they are not alone in the fight to end abortion. All across America, we have met pro-life people who are rising up. Abortion will end, and people are ready to unite and see it end.”

In the article, Miss Hoduski lets us know that God was with her on her journey across America.  Please read the whole article, and I think you will find some hope in the fight to end abortion in our nation.  I hope Anna’s efforts inspire the rest of us to DO SOMETHING to help.  Anna Hoduski is obviously familiar with the words of Paul in Romans 12.  I’ll just close with Paul’s words there:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Romans 12: 1-2

Going Where “Journalists” Won’t Go

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Going Where “Journalists” Won’t Go

Watch this fascinating video, embedded below, from Steven Crowder.  More after the break.

So, as Crowder pointed out in the video, why does it take a late-night, internet comedy duo to expose the tactics and organization behind Antifa?  I mean, the sinister machinations are an interesting story, no?  Mainstream outlets have far more money and resources than Steven Crowder and Not-Gay-Jared.  You only have ONE JOB, “journalists”…why aren’t you doing it?  Asking for a friend.

Show Note Supplemental

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Show Note Supplemental

I know that Marty and I introduced some heavy ideas in last night’s Live show.  Trust me, y’all, I know some of it sounded crazy.  I’m posting below two videos.  The first video is of Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on Jim Baker’s show.  The second video is from the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast back in January.

Do not place your trust in Jim Baker.  Do not place your trust in Jonathan Cahn; rather, be like the church in Berea when Paul came to preach Christ to them.  From Acts 17: 10,11:

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

I implore you to watch both videos, and then search the Scriptures.  In these matters above all others, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, and keep in mind Hosea 12: 10

10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

As Christians, Marty and I most emphatically do not believe in reincarnation, so we are not even coming close to suggesting that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are reincarnations of Ahab and Jezebel; they are, however, similitudinal of the latter.  I’m not sure that “similitudinal” is the right word, or even a word in English, but I think y’all get my point.  Watch the videos, and keep them in mind, because you WILL see this material again.

Live Show Update

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Live Show Update

There won’t be a live show tonight.  Sorry, y’all.  After putting in a lot of work in behind-the-covers technology, we haven’t yet reached the point where we can say that our independent broadcast platform is ready to work.  In short, everything won’t be ready before 6pm tonight.  We’ve actually got a few days of work to do.

We don’t want to step backwards and do another YouTube Live show.

We don’t want to step backwards and do another audio-only show, either.

So…..we’ll hold off tonight, and hopefully have things sorted out and ready to rock by next week’s show, by which I mean we will consult a WordPress guru, get our new features running and TESTED, and y’all will see the progress.

To be totally honest, I’m a little relieved that we aren’t going on the air tonight.  Real life has been busy for the last week, and I’m tired.  So is Marty.  Life is good, though.  REALLY good, but even good stuff can wear a good redneck out.  Our creative juices have been flowing, and as a team, Honest Answer has been incredibly busy and there have been some late-night works going on.  We are tired, but happy.

And….there are ACTUAL BANANAS on my banana tree in the yard.  That is not a metaphor.  Hopefully, I’ll take some pics in the next couple of days as proof.

So What Now, Honest Answer?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

So What Now, Honest Answer?

Well, it’s raining right now. Hard. The wind is blowing the (expletive deleted) bamboo in the yard all over the place. Y’all may have noticed that there is a hurricane named Irma that is beating up the southeastern United States. Here in northeast Bama, we are only feeling the slightest edge of the storm, but it’s still pretty impressive.

If the transmitters or any other equipment at the radio station where Marty is Chief Operator and Engineer even blinks, it’s likely that he’ll have to spend the night at the radio station to try to keep it on the air through the winds that we are expecting.

Regardless of wind or rain, The Honest Answer, live shows, blog, etc. must be maintained, too…maintained and improved.

As we discussed on last week’s show, we have moved our broadcast platform away from Spreaker. Spreaker has done nothing wrong; we ain’t mad. We promised at the beginning of the year that some positive changes were in the works, and so….

The changes will be coming faster and faster, from this point. This week’s show will be broadcast from our VERY OWN website, the usual Honest Answer Radio link. It ain’t YouTube Live…it’s Honest Answer live. A few days ago, Marty activated a script to run with our WordPress engine, and that’s just a beginning point. Soon we will offer others the opportunity to use our video broadcast platform to do their own thing, too, through our normal website. We are working on Terms of Service and that sort of thing at the moment; so there will be a slight delay before that feature becomes active.

Soon, (and very soon, actually) we will begin offering Premium content, that will require those who desire that content to pay us a small subscription fee. Everything about Honest Answer Radio that has always been free to access will remain free. Our live show and blog will continue to be free to access, in other words, so don’t worry about us getting too big for our britches.

The new Premium content will be additional video blogs from Marty and I, and maybe even Tina, when she feels like doing a little ranting. I have written a couple of novels, as well, which I’ve been meaning to publish through someplace like Amazon or Google Play….however, distrust of huge corporations has grown among the Honest Answer crew over the last couple of years, so I’ve been letting the novels sit idle. With Marty’s discovery of Linux K’ung Fu, and all that, our ability to set up a pay wall and serialize the novels has emerged, and so very soon, y’all will be able to read those novels. We have every intention of keeping the Premium price low; most likely it will be under five bucks per month, if we can swing that.

Why charge anything at all? That’s a question that deserves a very direct and honest answer. (see what I did there?) The script to run video from our own website costs us money to use, as will the pay wall, too. Our bandwidth use will probably go up, too, which means that we’ll have to pay the Internet Service Provider more money. In the past, we’ve carried all our costs ourselves, and only offered a small “Donate” button to help fund what we do. The thing is, though, that we want to do more than we have been doing, and it’s going to cost us more to produce content and post it on the website.

I’ve seen lots of pitches from others in the Conservative world, where content-producers talk about increasing production quality, and a lot of other things that don’t make sense to me. I don’t want a Patreon account, or a GoFundMe page, I really don’t. Marty and Tina and I have observed how those funding platforms have treated Conservatives lately, and we don’t want to mess around. Ours, and every other content-producer on YouTube’s content, is cheap to do. Our costs are relatively low, in the grand scheme of things, and pleading for donations while promising to increase production quality and stuff like that don’t make sense for us to do.

What we’ve decided to do is just offer more content, and ask a small amount of money for the additional content to cover some basic costs. We don’t even want to redesign the website, and so you won’t see much of a change there, either.

Ads are another thing that we don’t want to mess with. I like to do our internet show without commercials, and so do Marty and Tina. I don’t want ads popping up when people are trying to read the blog, either. We’ve kept that stuff to a minimum ever since we started the website, and have no intention of doing otherwise in the future.

We DO, however need to make a little money from what we do online. There are various reasons for this, which I will lay out for y’all. Since we began broadcasting on NowLive waaaaaay back in 2007, we’ve made less than 500 dollars from affiliate ads and donations. Neither Marty, Tina, or I have made one thin dime for our live shows, not even the ones we did on terrestrial radio. The last terrestrial gig that we did last year was supposed to generate revenue, but the radio station never sold a single ad for us, due to things that make me cuss and I won’t go into at this time.

Ever since 2007, we have made all kinds of investments in sound boards, computer upgrades, microphones, cables for the mics, cameras. We’ve also paid what I think are hideous fees to our internet provider(s) because, apparently, uploading content (the live shows, and any archived material) eats up more bandwidth than downloading movies, and we have been charged, at times, over 300 bucks per month to maintain internet service.

Doing our live show isn’t much of a problem, financially, but it does cost us some. In addition to paying for broadband internet, we also paid Spreaker 20 bucks/month, and our internet hosting fee for the Honest Answer website is 15 bucks/month. We are now doubling that last bit by offering video. You see, it isn’t as expensive to do what we do as some on the internet would have you believe, but there ARE costs involved.

On the home front, both Marty and Tina work full-time jobs outside the home. I stay here and do caregiver duties to my Mama, who has Alzheimer’s. This week, we’ve got a guy coming out to give us a quote on how much it’s gonna cost us to remove five large trees next to our house and power lines. The house in which we live is old. Half of the house was built just before WWII, and the other half was added on in 1971. There are some ISSUES with this old house that must be addressed, and done within a year or so.

In short, we need more revenue than we have. Okay. The only way that either Marty or Tina, or I, know to get more money is to do more work. That’s why we are going to do the Premium Content thing. This way, nobody who visits the blog or comes to the live show will be asked to pay for what we’ve already been doing for free all these years. The live show and the blog will always be free, period. The Honest Answer Crew are just working a little harder, now, and so the extra stuff is going to be our additional revenue stream. Details of how it will all work are being worked out already, and should be appearing soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Just To Show We’re Still Working

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Just To Show We’re Still Working

We’ve been hinting at trying our hands at this whole “video” thing. So, here is a first attempt. Camera angles will improve but this is the face God gave me. Let us know what you think in the comments, below

A Child of Same-Sex Marriage Tells Her Story

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

A Child of Same-Sex Marriage Tells Her Story

Last night, on the live show, we promised to provide the video below.  Miss Fontana tells a compelling story, and I hope y’all will give it a watch.

Letter from a War

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

Letter from a War

I’ve been putting this piece off for a few days, gathering perspective. Okay, that’s not the complete truth. The more truthful statement is that I’ve been putting it off because there is a certain amount of personal pain associated with this post. After reading further, I think y’all will understand.

I was cleaning out some cubical drawers last week, cubicles which have traveled with me, beginning in the late 1980’s, from Birmingham, to Memphis (and quite a few moves to different apartments in both of those cities) and eventually back here to the Walter Wellborn community in Calhoun County, AL. I needed to clear a drawer for recent correspondence, because the drawer in question contained mostly receipts from utility companies and rental agencies dating way, way, back in time.

In the very back of the drawer, wedged into a crack, I found a letter to me from my now-deceased older brother, Greg. The letter was dated:

LCPL Gregory C. Rollins

Btry L 4th BN 14th Marines

Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5090

2300hrs 3Feb 1991

At that time, I’m sure you will recall, George H. W. Bush had formed a coalition to get Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait. Greg’s Marine Reserve artillery unit, located, if memory serves, in Irondale AL, was activated and sent to the deserts of California to train; just in case the troops already beating the Iraquis like yard-dogs needed extra help. None of us, when Greg’s unit was activated, knew that the war would only last twenty minutes or so. When Lima Battery was loading their gear up on the buses to take them out to Pendleton, our family and those of all the other Marines in Greg’s unit were pretty sure that we were sending out loved ones to fight a war and risk their lives for raggedy-ass Kuwait, a country that some of us weren’t really sure we could point to on a map. Not to put too fine a point on it; but we (the families) were scared. Very scared.

I’m reproducing below an excerpted paragraph from the long-lost letter found in the back of my drawer. I have a few more things to say after the break.

I miss you a shitload little brother, and I look forward to seeing you again.  I’ve pretty much stayed away from serious drinking-not that I’m too busy-I’ve just got little to celebrate.  I probably should celebrate my occupation as a professional warrior but the destruction of life and human endeavor is seldom something to toast.  I have to, however, celebrate the comaraderie and love I feel for my fellow Marine.  We are an organization that puts great emphasis on the unit, the task at hand, and the “big picture”.  Each man here is made to feel essential whether you compute data, drive a truck, pull a lanyard or man a machine gun pit.  I have an assignment and no matter how trivial it may seem, it is treated as though the whole exercise depended on it.  There is boredom.  There is bullshit.  But so far it is a magnificently well run machine.  I have a pride now that I could not feel if I had chosen another service.

The reason that I’m writing this now, and reproducing that little excerpt, is that I’m wondering: How many of y’all have received letters like the one I just quoted?

I’m well aware that this isn’t Veteran’s Day, or Memorial Day. Some of y’all may think that the subject of this post would be better published on a holiday where our beloved Veteran’s are honored. I think not. See, to those of us who have family members who are honorably serving now, or served in the past; every day is Veteran’s day. Every day is Memorial Day. Thoughts of our loved ones, and their service to their country is present with us ALL THE TIME.

The same goes for the families of First-Responders. Every time their loved ones leave the house, there is a worry that their beloved will not come home at the end of their shift, or ever. I know, y’all. Odds are I’m “preaching to the choir”. I also know that I have friends who will very much appreciate the sentiments expressed here. May God Bless y’all.

A Little Perspective

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in The Blog | 0 comments

A Little Perspective

Just in case you though Marty and I were delusional on last week’s live show, take a look at this video from Lauren Southern.  When Lauren talks about her city’s Pride Parade, remember that Marty and I have been saying for years that the gay community needs better representation.  We’ve said FOR YEARS that if the gay community truly wants to be accepted by Middle America that they should STOP TRYING TO SCARE THE HELL OUT OF MIDDLE AMERICA.  In Miss Southern, we are happy to see that the younger generation feels the same way.