Cuffy asked me, “Jazzy, I have heard a lot about undocumented workers lately and I was wondering, what would happen if an undocumented cat came into our house?” I responded with all my wisdom, “Cuffy, if an undocumented cat slipped past ole guard dog Chief while he was sleeping and came into our house, he would be an intruder. He would be in our home illegally and would have no standing or rights to anything in our home. We would throw a hissy fit and I am sure that WH and DH would soon realize the illegal cat was a constant source of agitation to us the legal cats. There are many dangers we would face from allowing illegal cats to come in without having them vaccinated and checked out by a Vet. Now I know WH and DH would show great compassion for an illegal cat by feeding it and trying to find it a proper home, but the bottom line would be that the illegal cat would be removed to preserve the domestic tranquility, and peace of our household.”
Friday, March 31
Thursday, March 30
Today’s photo is of a prayer by a group of men that have just finished a summer league soft ball game. What a great example of giving thanks to God for the wonderful gifts that he has bestowed upon this group of men. The list of things to thank and praise God for is too long to mention just in the blessings these men receive in playing a soft ball game. Praise God for all the prosperity and freedom that we have to enjoy a simple game of soft ball. Some of these men are even fortunate enough to have a feline to come home to.
Posted by jazzycat at 11:09 PM
Wednesday, March 29
Cuffy approaced Jazzy and said, “Jazzy, I read where the United Nations took the first of a series of steps that could lead to sanctions against Iran if they do not halt their nuclear program. Since we are feline activists…. and want to make the world a better place…. and just give peace a chance …. etc., etc; I think we ought to pass a feline resolution demanding that Iran stop their nuclear program. I bet we could get Ferdinand the conservative cat to join us in signing our resolution. What do you think of this idea?” I, Jazzy Cat, being by far the brightest feline in our household am always amazed at Cuffy when she stays awake from her naps long enough to have an idea. So, I replied, “Cuffy, I think we should go ahead with that resolution since it sure would send a message to Iran that felines everywhere are displeased with their actions. The good news is that our resolution will be just as effective as to whatever the U.N. finally does, it will be much sooner, and will be worded stronger. The bad news is that it will be just as worthless as the rehetoric of the U.N.”
Posted by jazzycat at 9:47 PM
Tuesday, March 28
Cuffy asked Jazzy, “Jazzy I noticed where the New Orleans School District has decided to attempt to sell it’s flooded, unsalvageable yellow school buses on e-Bay. What do you think about that?” I, your cool and unflappable Jazzycat, replied, “Cuffy It is amazing to think they would want to do something like this to highlight the fact that they allowed these 259 school buses to be flooded. What a shame it is for taxpayer money to literally be thrown away at all levels of government because there is no accountability for government property. Instead of having a system in place where government employees have an incentive to save money, property, and spend less than their budget allows, the incentive is to spend all of your budgeted funds so you can request an increase in the following year. If some government employees in New Orleans got bonus for protecting school property, then they would still have 259 school buses they no longer have. The cost of those buses would certainly be over ten million dollars maybe more.”
Posted by jazzycat at 9:18 PM
Monday, March 27
Cuffy and I gave our staff a day off for one of their photography trips. For the second time in a year they saw roosters in cages along their route. The picture above was taken last year in North Mississippi and shows a large number of roosters that apparently are used for cockfighting. I believe Louisiana and New Mexico are the only two states left where cockfighting is legal. However, the kind of people that enjoy this kind of barbaric activitiy probably would not have a big problem in doing it illegally.
Posted by jazzycat at 9:06 PM
Sunday, March 26
This promise of Jesus, from the Sermon on the Mount, is one of the most comforting in the entire Bible. When applied to spiritual matters and not worldly concerns, it is nothing less than a guarantee of finding a road map with the route marked to the destination of eternal life. This does not mean a works salvation through the law will be found, but rather by prayerfully and sincerely seeking God in his Word, HE promises that HE will be found…. “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”(Proverbs 8:17) and “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). This, of course, means that the gifts of faith and repentance will be given. In America, we have the following resources readily available to seek God: Bibles, study Bibles, religious television programs, video tapes, radio, audio tapes, internet resources, computer Bibles with study resources, and many churches. Additionally, we have the freedom to seek God without fear. For 21st century Americans to plead on judgment day, “Lord, I if I had only known,” will be a hopeless, pitiful attempt to excuse our own failure.
Posted by jazzycat at 12:41 PM
Saturday, March 25
I am just bushed from lounging in my window and watching WH work in the yard. It was really tiring watching him do all that mowing and trimming and stuff. Today, I think I will just post a photo showing how beautiful I am in case anyone has forgotten.
Posted by jazzycat at 4:22 PM
Friday, March 24
ttCuffy asked Jazzy Cat, “Jazzy, What do you think of the Miss. State baseball team being #1 in the nation and still being undefeated after 17 games?” I your huge feline baseball fan, Jazzycat, replied, “Cuffy, make that 18-0 as the Bulldogs defeated LSU 11-1 tonight in Baton Rouge. I must admit that I had mixed emotions since LSU honors the tiger as their mascot. But the MSU team is known as the bulldogs, so I guess ole guard dog chief is happy.”
Posted by jazzycat at 10:43 PM
Thursday, March 23
I just read on the Drudge Report about the peace kooks who were rescued from the terrorists in Iraq today. Coalition forces that put their lives on the line in the operation rescued them. These people immediately showed their lack of gratitude by blaming their abduction as hostages on their rescuers. Here is a direct quote, “We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.” In feline psychology, we call that biting the hand that feeds you and it will get a cat thrown out on the street in a New York minute. These goof balls don’t have a clue.
Posted by jazzycat at 3:44 PM
Wednesday, March 22
Cuffy said to Jazzy, “Jazzy, the latest poll numbers are in on your blog and once again your popularity has declined because you are so outspoken. Why don’t you take a moderate stance and try to have everybody like you? Take Hillary Clinton for example, she used to be on the board of directors at Wal-Mart and as late as two years ago spoke at a Wal-Mart function and bragged on the company. But now that Wal-Mart has fallen out of favor with liberal advocacy groups and democats, she has returned a campaign contribution citing concerns over company policy. She is playing it smart and that is what you ought to do.” I replied to Cuffy, “Cuffy, I am not going to compromise principles or abandon my friends just to please a greater number of people. Being an unprincipled phony like Hillary Clinton, may help my poll numbers, but it would not help my ability to sleep at night. I am amazed that more people do not see through those transparent unscrupulous Clintons.”
Posted by jazzycat at 5:15 PM
Tuesday, March 21
Cuffy asked Jazzy, “Jazzy, why do you always post a beautiful photo of yourself on this blog, but when you put my picture on it is of me sleeping or doing something stupid? It just isn’t fair and I resent it. Today is a perfect example of you putting a flattering photo of yourself on this blog.” I replied to my disgruntled sister, “While it is true that I am beautiful, smart and talented, I try to be humble and modest. Cuffy, if you will look at the title of this blog is should clear to you. Just like Dan Ratherlie put his imprint on the T. V. show 60 Minutes, I put my paw print on this blog. So, go sniff a little catnip and shut up.”
Posted by jazzycat at 4:22 PM
Monday, March 20
The above photo was taken March 18, 2006 at the Barnyard Opry near Brandon, Mississippi. Rodney and Barbara Joyner started the Barnyard Opry out of their love for country music. They fixed an old barn up to accommodate the increasing number of people who started coming to enjoy the music. They now pack in as many as 200 people the first and third Saturday of each month. It is really a unique story about people doing something they love from the ground up and providing a lot people some good entertainment and fellowship. Rodney closed the program with a good message about the wonderful amazing free gift of eternal life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. I would like to offer Cuffy and my services to Mr. Joyner if he ever needs a couple of barnyard cats to take care of mice eradication.
Posted by jazzycat at 3:29 PM
Sunday, March 19
God speaks to men through the Holy Bible:
The Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant word of God. It is the divine revelation of the creator of the universe…. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). Jesus validated the authority of the Old Testament in many passages…. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (Matthew 5:18). Everything necessary for man’s faith and practice is either explicitly clear or by logical deduction may be ascertained from The Holy Bible. The Bible is the only source for determining the counsel of God concerning faith and practice, and nothing is to be added whether by new revelation or by Church tradition or dogma…. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned (Gal. 1:8-9)! Scripture alone is to decide all disagreements or controversies within the Church ….And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe (1 Thess. 2:13). More than one false religion has been started by men who have adopted other books, which they claim to be of equal or greater authority than the Bible. This has even happened in the United States in our short history. To believe and affirm the truth contained in The Holy Bible does not leave any room for acknowledging any other way to approach God. To do so is to deny the clear teaching of the Holy Bible (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
Posted by jazzycat at 12:32 PM
Saturday, March 18
My sister Cuffy has this bad habit of opening all kinds drawers in the house and getting in them for one of her numerous daily naps. She has a huge problem with her nap addiction. Today’s photo is of her making herself at home, for a little shut-eye, in WH’s sock drawer after she had opened it on her own. One time a drawer got closed that she was in, and it took WH about an hour to find her. That cat is more trouble than she is worth. It is a good thing that I, your talented Jazzy Cat, am available to fill the gap so to speak.
Posted by jazzycat at 3:45 PM
Friday, March 17
W.H. was so inspired by my brilliant observation yesterday that he tested my point about the decline of public education in America. He found out the following from an 11th grade student:
1. California borders the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Mississippi has three United States senators (wrong answer even for # congressmen)
3. The Supreme Court has 13 justices
4. The moon is further from earth than mars
5. Dick Cheney is the Vice President
6. Alaska is the largest state in land area
7. Recently learned that we do not have 52 states
8. He/she feels really good about their book knowledge
All is not lost as he/she got two of these extremely difficult questions right and there is no problem with the ole self-esteem. Makes a cat wonder if they still use those huge maps of the world with that big ole blue Pacific Ocean covering most of the map and coming right up to the west coast. W.H. says he must have passed by those maps a thousand times in his elementary years alone and marveled at how big that ole Pacific Ocean was as it came right up to America’s western shore. How do you get to the 11th grade and miss that?
Posted by jazzycat at 5:16 PM
Thursday, March 16
I your humble and pro-education minded Jazzy Cat have been researching and meditating about the decline of public education in America. It is also a fact that home schooling is growing rapidly due to dissatisfaction with public education. Home-schooled students make significantly higher scores on their ACT than do public educated students. It seems that the promotion of politically correct agendas have become entrenched in public education. Multi-cultural training, sensitivity training, conflict resolution, self-esteem building, gay friendly classes, black history celebration, and one agenda after another has replaced much of the math, science, English, history, etc. that used to be taught. I heard Dr. Thomas Sowell ask the following question about all the things that have been added: What has been cut out to add these things? Either something has to be cut back or hours have to be added, and since hours have not been added, the answer is self-evident. The Colorado goof-ball teacher is just one example of the agenda based propaganda that is being taught in public schools.
Posted by jazzycat at 12:57 PM
Wednesday, March 15
W.H. took this photo of Cuffy and me this morning as I was enjoying a view of a beautiful spring morning in Mississippi, and Cuffy was lying on her back getting one of her many daily naps. I would like to make one final point on that ungrateful goofball Colorado teacher before we move on to more interesting topics. He should at least have gotten his facts straight if he was going to compare President Bush to Hitler. In his analysis of the President’s state of the union address, he made up statements that he said Bush gave in that address that President Bush did not say in any shape, form, or fashion. In short the statements he attributed to President Bush were never made, which means the teacher fabricated them out of his own deranged leftist imagination. The state of the union address is available on the Internet so there was ample opportunity to check facts, if facts had any importance in his teaching. The guy is a disgrace as a teacher and a citizen of this country. Freedom of speech does not mean that teachers in public schools have the right to intentionally falsify events for the purpose of propaganda of any kind.
Posted by jazzycat at 8:46 PM
Tuesday, March 14
Cuffy asked Jazzy, “Jazzy, why do you think there are so many people in America home schooling their children?” I, your superbly educated Jazzy Cat, replied, “Cuffy, the incident where that radical leftist anti-American high school teacher in Colorado said those outrageous thinks about his own country, people, and our economic system is just the latest in a long list of reasons why traditional Americans no longer trust the public school system in this country. The following is a list of three quotes this teacher (I use the term loosely) made to his class.”
1. Where in this definition does it say anything about capitalism is an economic system that will provide everybody in the world with the basic needs that they need? Is that part of the system? Do you see how this economic system is at odds with humanity, at odds with caring and compassion, it's at odds with human rights?
2. When Al-Qaeda attacked America on September 11th, in their view they're not attacking innocent people, okay? The CIA has an office in the World Trade Center. Pentagon is a military target. The White House was a military target. Congress is a military target.
3. To many Americans, that flag is no different than the Nazi flag or the Confederate flag it. It represents people that came and stole their land, lied, brought disease, rape, pillage, destruction, et cetera.
“These comments speak for themselves. It is bad enough for a goof-ball like Ward Churchhill to make such comments, but when a high school teacher makes them it is beyond unacceptable.”
Posted by jazzycat at 9:09 PM
Monday, March 13
The photo today is was taken by W.H. from the top of Handies Peak in Colorado near Lake City. The summit was a little over 14,000 feet and there are none in Colorado that are over 15,000 feet. W.H. prepared for that hike by wearing a pair of hiking boots with a steel plate in the sole, layered clothing, a backpack, thermal hat, and other emergency equipment. He was really feeling elated and like a real mountain climber, when about ½ up, a guy in shorts, t-shirt, jogging shoes with no socks, and dog jogged past him like he was standing still. Long before W.H. reached the top the same guy came jogging by again on the way down. It is good for humans to taste humble pie from time to time. You can only imagine how easy that would have been for Cuffy and me.
Posted by jazzycat at 10:51 PM
Sunday, March 12
Total depravity, or what would better be called radical corruption, is the condition that humans are born into due to original sin. This does not mean that humans are as bad as they could possibly be. The meaning of this doctrine is that human corruption due to the sinful nature is so great that the ability to choose God was lost when humanity fell in the garden of Eden. Man did not lose his freedom of the will at the fall, but the will became so enslaved by the sinful nature that the ability to choose God was lost. The Bible refers to this condition as spiritual death and Photo Mediation # 4 Spiritual Death gives more explanation.
Posted by jazzycat at 3:38 PM
Saturday, March 11
I have posted a photo today of WH’s sister’s hiking boots after she took her first hike near Telluride, Col. After about a 1000 feet elevation gain she noticed some pain sensations on the bottom of her feet as the path was rough and rocky. Cardboard, paper and everything was used to try to keep her feet from being chewed to a bloody pulp on the way down. The boots she had bought were very pretty and fashionable, but they blew out like an old dry rotted tire. We felines come equipped with our own God given pads on the bottom of our feet to avoid such disasters and I might add embarrassment as her husband and WH still ride her pretty good about her high fashion hiking boots.
Posted by jazzycat at 9:39 PM
Friday, March 10
The above photo is of Cuffy and me taking a well-deserved nap on our bed. We each have about 10 or 15 places where we like to nap. They all are so comfortable that we hate to give any of them up. Today WH bought us a new scratching post with perch that we can lounge on and monitor the outside and be sure that ole guard dog Chief is doing his job. Life is good when your 401-K is in order.
Posted by jazzycat at 10:22 PM
Thursday, March 9
Cuffy said, “Jazzy Cat, last night in the middle of the night, while I was sound asleep, DH startled me as she was turning over and I gently grabbed her by the hand with my mouth. Well, the next thing I know she slapped me and ran me out of the bed. How come you always seem to have our staff eating out of your hand, but when I try to exert control, I get slapped out of bed?” I replied with as much compassion as I could muster, “Cuffy, Cuffy, Cuffy, to properly exercise control over human staff, you must manipulate their heart strings through resourceful cunning. Have you not learned anything from watching me play them like a world class violin player plays his fiddle?”
Posted by jazzycat at 11:13 PM
Wednesday, March 8
A Christian blogger asked me for my explanation of some key Biblical doctrines and how they are inter-related. The following is my understanding:
Nearly All Christians agree on the following points:
1. God will save many but not all people that have and will live to eternal life.
2. God is sovereign and powerful enough to save 100% if he so desired.
3. Faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ is the method for saving sinners.
One view of how man comes to faith in Jesus Christ is that man, though a fallen sinner, has the ability to choose God with a will that is free. In this view Jesus Christ died a sacrificial death to make salvation a possibility for everyone but a certainty for no one. This view limits the power of the atonement since it would be possible that no one would be saved and Christ would have died in vain. This view ultimately depends on human decision. The circumstances of birth and length of life give advantages to some over others in this view.
The reformed view holds that man is spiritually dead due to the fall of Adam and has no ability to choose Jesus Christ in and of himself. In this view Jesus Christ died a sacrificial death to save many that God, through the Holy Spirit, regenerates and enables to freely come to faith in Christ. This view gives the atonement perfect power, but limits the scope to those that God predestines to graciously make alive from their spiritual death through rebirth. Those God saves will persevere through the power of God’s grace and will not be lost. This whole salvation process is through God’s grace from first to last, and does not depend on the effort of man or his decision. Unconditional election is by grace. The atonement is by grace and the preservation of the saints is by grace.
The following Photo Meditations give more explanation and supporting Bible verses: 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 33.
Posted by jazzycat at 10:39 PM
Tuesday, March 7
Cuffy asked Jazzy, “Jazzy Cat, I cannot believe that you are such a finicky eater. Why do you insist on turning your nose up to perfectly good food that our staff supplies for us? If that is not enough insult to them, you pretend to cover it up using our litter box maneuver.” I replied to my dull sister Cuffy, “Cuffy, to enjoy the lifestyle that we have become accustom to requires that we nourish our mystic. If you want to be taken for granted, just accept everything that is dished out and pretty soon you will be just like ole guard dog Chief. Being finicky is part of feline personality that provides our staff pleasure. I could enjoy any shaved smoked turkey for my snack. I could even enjoy unshaved smoke turkey and perhaps even plain ole turkey. However, when I insist on Oscar Mayer shaved smoked turkey, I send a very necessary message to staff. This message is pay close attention to details in providing our requirements. It develops discipline, respect and service.”
Posted by jazzycat at 9:08 PM
Monday, March 6
Today’s Bible lesson is on the doctrine of Eternal Security also known as once saved always saved. This is a very logical doctrine in reformed theology because it fits the entire system and makes it whole. Those, whom God regenerates with the power of the Holy Spirit, will come willingly to faith in Christ, and through his power will persevere to the end. It is logical, that if God saves sinners through his power and initiative, they will remain saved. There are many Scripture passages that verify this and Photo Meditation #33 Eternal Security gives more explanation on this doctrine.
Posted by jazzycat at 9:44 PM
Sunday, March 5
I have been wondering lately about the different theologies that hold that sinners come to faith in Christ through their own free will and then are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Free grace theology and Arminian theology hold to this view. My questions would be as follows: If a sinner comes to true faith by his own free will, why does he need to be regenerated? If he has been saved and secured in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, why does he need the further work of regeneration? What further benefit is conferred upon a saved sinner after salvation has been secured? This does not make sense. The Biblical and logical position is that regeneration from God occurs before sinners come to faith in Jesus Christ. See Photo Meditation #5 Born Again for more explanation on the doctrine of regeneration.
Posted by jazzycat at 1:36 PM
Saturday, March 4
Cuffy was upset as she asked Jazzy, “Jazzy Cat, we have been outside and rolled in the dirt for the last two beautiful days and both times we had to go straight to the shower for a bath when we came inside. Do you think there is any connection?” I replied, “Cuffy, well duh, I think so. However, we cannot be intimidated into changing our behavior to suit cleanliness freaks. Our instincts tell us that we must roll around in dirt so as to deceive our prey by disguising our scent. It allows us to sneak up on them undetected sort of like far left liberals when they cover-up their un-American activities with lies, distortions and propaganda. Examples would be Al Gore’s speech in Saudi Arabia, Cindy Sheehan, Ward Churchill, and the exposed high school teacher in Colorado just to name a few. I hate to admit it Cuffy, but we all get really dirty in our attempt to deceive. Thankfully, the bath that our staff gives us washes us clean. The dirt these kook liberals get on them is not removed quite as easily, and the odor is disgusting.”
Posted by jazzycat at 10:01 PM
Friday, March 3
Cuffy said, “Jazzy Cat, what do you think about the high school student in Colorado that tape recorded the classroom lecture by his geography teacher in which he ranted about Bush, America, and capitalism being evil?” I, Jazzy Cat, being a proud member of a capitalistic household replied, “Cuffy, the cat is out of the bag (pardon the pun) on the attempted manipulation and brain washing that is going on in schools across America. Maybe if schools taught more of the three r’s, instead of attempting to indoctrinate with left wing and PC propaganda, our students would be better prepared for the challenges they will face. See Feb. 24th Jazzy Cat post for an example. I would like to commend this student and his parents for exposing the ignorance and fraud that this teacher was engaged in. Thank God that we felines have such magnificent instincts that we do not need education at all.”
Posted by jazzycat at 10:41 PM
Thursday, March 2
Cuffy said, “Jazzy, I read where Supreme Court Justice Ruth Gader Ginsburg fell asleep during a Supreme Court session in which testimony was being given. It is very encouraging to see human beings make progress in adapting feline attributes. What do you think.” I, your alert and sober, Jazzy Cat, responded, “Cuffy, It is a good think she is not a conservative or a Republican appointee, because the MSM would have been up in arms. Dan Ratherlie would have expressed sincere righteous indignation and been applauded for his insightful journalism. Since she was appointed by Clinton and supported by the likes of Senator Needmo Integrity, she will get a free pass from the MSM. Can you imagine what would happen if Bush, Cheney or even a cabinet member fell asleep in an official meeting. They would be demanding resignations, hearings, and the left wing kook blogs would have a hate fest. We felines have no problem with anyone taking a little cat nap and only wish that Ms Ginsburg could sleep through all of the votes.”
Posted by jazzycat at 11:12 PM
Wednesday, March 1
Cuffy asked Jazzy, “Jazzy, what is this free grace theology you have been reading about on the internet?” I, your reformed Jazzy Cat, replied, “Cuffy, as near as I can determine the free grace theology is basically antinomianism theology that is sometimes referred to as the carnal Christian concept. It is a belief that faith does not result in a changed life that seeks to obey Jesus and follow him as Lord. It is unbiblical and the subject is covered in Photo Meditation #25. Simply click on the Photo Meditation link directly below. I believe the basic cause of this kind of thinking is a failure to understand two Biblical principles. First, there is a failure to understand the depravity of man and the extent of original sin. This leads to the second reason, which is a failure to understand the resulting change a person experiences when he is born again (Photo Med. #5) or regenerated by the Holy Spirit. In short, there is a failure to understand the depth of the fall and also the dramatic spiritual change of the rebirth.
Posted by jazzycat at 10:44 PM