Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Not a 666 post about the mark of the beast

This is the time for Mrs. Jim's annual performance evaluation.
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She was fairly spoiled from her generous supervisors at her work. She always got all the best marks, fives. Mrs. Jim is an excellent worker, I always award her with high marks.
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I come from industry, where things are dog-eat-dog. Really good evaluations are hard to come by. Everyone can't be superior.
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Take her (Mrs. Jim's) cooking. I haven't eaten so good since the hogs ate my little borther!
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Sister, Lois is about the only person I can think of who knows (or she should know) who would say that just to shock people. Yes, it was my dad (link).
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Dad did and said other silly things to catch people's attention. He would tell my mom that apples go best with a cigarette, yet he didn't smoke. Dad's favorite poem was "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Saddle the pig and we'll all get on." I think he liked pigs.
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I raised pigs two years for FFA. The first year I had a litter of eight, the second was nine. Bernie Lemaster used to teach us how to pick good breeding hogs.
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For sure we should count the t**s the boar hog had. This is a trait Bernie, our Ag teacher, said would carry over to the female pigs too. Most of the farmers those days raised their own sows, then bought or borrowed or rented a boar hog not related to be daddy.
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We can all think of the problems a moma hog would have with, say, only six milking spiggots and eight baby pigs to feed. Starvation by the numbers two. We won't go into the left hind t*t stuff, which is rumored to not be as bountiful as the rest.
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There is a saying that something or someone is usless as the t**s on a boar hog. Mr. Lemaster was just waiting for someone to say that in Ag class. Then we all would get a lecture on selection of boar hogs.
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Mr. Lemaster also taught us how to keep accurate records. We learned to assemble profit centers (if I remember the terminology correctly). He said the farmers raised grain, fed some to livestock and sold some, they raised hay and fed some and sold some. The same went for chickens. Some got sold as fryers, others were kept for egg production.
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A good farmer keeps records on the costs of the grain fed and other expenses. If the price of beef isn't high enough, it would be money ahead to just sell all the grain and forget the cattle or chickens. Also was there any more profit to be had by keeping chickens for laying eggs or just maybe it would be better to sell all them for fryers.
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Business people know their profit centers. Stores measure profit by the square foot, knowing which place in the store and for what items are the highest profit.
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Big business will sell off a subsidiary if it isn't making a big enough profit. Sometimes business will spin off a very profitable subsidiary just to raise more money than could be obtained by selling a dud.
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Bernie went to work in his later years for the bank. Mrs. Jim and I attended a Nebraska football game from a couple of his tickets once. He was a nice man, and a nice man to know for things like football tickets.
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Mr. Lemaster would get all fives on my evaluation. I won't be evaluating him though, he passed away some time ago.
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I have spent too much white space already on this blog today, I won't have time to report on Mrs. Jim's evaluation. Maybe someday I will come back and do that.

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In case you were interested in the 666 thing, here is the King James (real Bible) scripture for it.(link)
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Read it and then Google or search the papers to find out what is happening. You will find about the town of Hell, Michigan, where they will give I was in Hell certificates if you come visit tomorrow.
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One such 'informative' site is 666 Watch (link) by Dial-the-Truth Ministries (link). I won't vouch for its accuracy nor any other one. There are also a lot of 666 jokes (666, not sick sick sick, but it sounds like that) and superstitions. One ancient manuscript has the number to be 616.
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Nothing is said in the Bible about it being a day, just a mark.
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Revelation 13:11-18 says: (the number is in verse 18)(John is writing what has been revealed to him, hence the book title, Revelation.)
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11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

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So where's our update on your blood pressure, heart rate and goals?

We're monitoring you, you know.
 
Dad,

looking forward to the Mrs. Jim valuation. Maybe she can post one on you too?
 
I guess that you all liked pigs.

I hope Mrs Jims evaluation goes well as I am sure it will.

Take care
 
I don't believe in that 666 stuff. My 'boss' is way greater than that 666 guy any day.
 
Cheyenne, you said it right!

That's why my post wasn't about 666 (today, better check tomorrow--I don't want to be predictable).
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Interesting read on hog raisin'!
 
Looking forward to Mrs. Jim's evaluation! Let her evaluate you also!
 

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