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Archive for October, 2006

Fall Revival Starts Today

Posted by joelbyer on October 31, 2006

We’re having Fall Revival at our church starting this evening. Nothing like starting Revival on Halloween. If you just happen to be driving by :-), come join us. Click here for more details. Pictured below is our evangelist.

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BBB Jack-o-lantern tips

Posted by joelbyer on October 28, 2006

If you’re like me (and you can be thankful you’re not), you’ve probably been spending all night scouring the Web for jack-o-lantern tips. OK, so I really haven’t been doing that (more like Sunday evening sermon preparation, but anyway)…here’s some great ideas I found from CBC. You’ll thank me later, trust me.

Here’s the first pumpkin, ladies and gentlemen, the vampire pumpkin.
And consider below, another fine sample.
But here is my personal favourite pumpkin design that just says “classy” to the tasteful fall decorator and that is the vomiting pumpkin.

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Are some Republicans hoping for a loss?

Posted by joelbyer on October 27, 2006

Read this interesting article by Peggy Noonan.

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A week of vacation

Posted by joelbyer on October 27, 2006

We just got back last evening from a week to my wife’s family’s place down in Pennsylvania. Here’s a few assorted pictures…

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The World’s Most Dangerous Man?

Posted by joelbyer on October 25, 2006

Here’s another political post. I find it incredible that so little attention is being given these days to Vladimir Putin. In a recent story, Putin states that he will continue to remain an influence after he leaves office in 2008, as required by the Russian constitution. Here is a man who has:
1) Pretty much shut down all mainstream, independant media
2) Heavily interfered with the lucrative oil industry (and note how everyone accuses Bush of invading Iraq for oil!)
3) Reduced political opposition to almost nil. The parliament, as I understand, as become little more than a rubbler-stamping committee.
4) Expressed regret over the demise of the Soviet Union.

This should be extremely alarming, yet almost no one seems to share any concern.

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HowManyOfMe.comThere are:3people with my namein th…

Posted by joelbyer on October 24, 2006
Logo There are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Hat tip to Jon Earls…

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More thoughts…

Posted by joelbyer on October 23, 2006

1) Thanks everyone for your comments on the below polictical post. I really think the Republicans need to do some serious house-cleaning and get back to their conservative values.

2) We continue to be on vacation here in PA. It’s been nice (really!) to be here with Jen’s family. It’s a pretty low-key relaxed time. Last evening, my wife and I sang a special in the evening service. We plan to return Thursday…

3) I would encourage everyone again to check out It’s a site with over 400 members now and features a lot of great debate over all kinds of issues…

4) Uh…that’s all for now! 🙂

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Thoughts on American Politics

Posted by joelbyer on October 21, 2006

As most of you know, I’m a keen follower of politics. In the US, it appears likely now that the Republicans will lose the House of Representatives and possibly even the Senate. I’m a staunch conservative politically, and I generally am much closer to Republicans on various issues, but over the last few years, the Republicans in my opinion have given weak and ineffective leadership. There has been:
1) Continued runaway spending
2) Failure to really acknowledge the Iraq problem
3) Disgusting Foley scandal and other character issues
4) Lack of clear vision and consistent conservative ideology

Now the alternatives will be probably be worse. Nancy Pelosi (click title above) is poised to become the next Speaker of the House. She is a staunch San Francisco liberal. However, while I would still grudgingly support the Republicans if I lived in the States, yet I feel that they will deserve what they get come Nov. 7.
Feel free to comment! And remember, these opinions are strictly mine…not related to any church or organization’s.

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We’re here

Posted by joelbyer on October 19, 2006

Just a quick note to let the millions (give or take) of BBB readers know that our family has safely arrived in PA.

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We’re off like a flock of turtles

Posted by joelbyer on October 19, 2006

Hiho! Hiho! It’s off to the mother-in-law’s we go…

Yes, our family is off to Pennsylvania this morning. Last evening at church Amber-Langstaff told me that this upcoming Sunday is Mother-in-law day. How timely…

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North Korean News

Posted by joelbyer on October 18, 2006

A while back, just for fun, I used to read the official North Korean News. It makes for great entertainment reading about the glorious Kim Jong Il. With N. Korea in the news again with its recent nuclear test, I checked it today, and the web site is filled with stuff like…

The successful nuclear test in the DPRK was an exercise of its independent and legitimate right as a sovereign state as it was a positive defensive countermeasure to protect the sovereignty of the country and life and security of the people from the U.S. escalated nuclear war threat and sanctions and pressure.
(I almost sense an anti-US bias here, but I could be wrong.)

General Secretary Kim Jong Il’s famous work “The Workers’ Party of Korea Is the Party of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung” was brought out in booklet by the Mongolia Mt. Paektu Association for Independent Development.
Obviously, a big best seller…love that captivating title!)

Floral baskets were laid before the statues of President Kim Il Sung in various parts of the country on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU)….…Seen before the statue was a floral basket sent by General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

As I said, great stuff 🙂

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What is a Succah?

Posted by joelbyer on October 17, 2006

Greg Wolfe – my friend from PVBI days who now lives in Israel – has just recently posted on his blog again. Of course due to the rarity of his posts, every one is cause for celebration :-). He has a picture of a succah (which of course we all know what that is) plus this paragraph.

We are (as usual) in the middle of the holidays right now. This year “the world’s largest succah” was erected in the square in front of City Hall, and inside was a display of variations on the theme of the succah. I thought this innovative approach was one of the most clever.Chag Sameach!

Obviously I understand exactly what he is talking about, but probably many of you don’t. So, perhaps some of you might want to enlighten the unlearned by leaving a comment.

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