Friday, March 31, 2006

Who says the Democrats cant be the party of national security?
The Dems congressional leadership is pitching a new plan
to the American people.
Finally being able to have a reasoned debate should be healthy for the republic

Operation Steel Gazelle:
A Smart,
Multi-Slide Plan For Toughening American
Security with Smartness

Peeps, Smoking



Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

There is nothing real about this photo.
fractals and digital enhancement.

Monday, March 27, 2006

J. R. Dunn’s three part series on
Jihadi strategic alternatives is must reading.
Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3 provide an
unequalled briefing on the future of our
Long War with Jihadi terrorists.

via American thinker

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Subject: Life span of a republic.......

About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in
1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some
2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts
from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes
for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,
with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose
fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations, from the
beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years,
these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage ."

Professor Joseph Olson, of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000
Presidential election:

Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million;

Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000

States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2 Bush:

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won
was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country.
Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in
government-owned tenements and living off government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of
democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having
reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

Why do I Suffer?

Psalm 6 1-3
O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

Lao Tzu, an ancient Doaist philosopher once said,
“Life is suffering.”

We all suffer in our lives. Is God Punishing us?
Is he a vengeful God?
I do not believe so.
Throughout my life my suffering has brought me closer to life, to God and to humanity. It connects me, makes me part of the whole.
Suffering without the presence of God disconnects us from the world. Alone, we loose hope and fade away, but with the presence of God in our lives this suffering allows us to be part of the world, connected to the human struggle. We are God’s children and as we grow and mature we must have growing pains, hard lessons learned. With each step we grow closer to God’s vision of the possibilities of humanity. Some people drown out their suffering with rationizations, drugs and avoidance, they drift out of life and in the end lose their humanity. They step off the path that is toward God’s hope for us. I have suffered a great deal in my life, but if I took away all the misery and pain then I would not be the person I am today. I would not be connected to God’s love for us or understand the pain of the people around me.
JOHN 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
How did God get through to us? How did we come to know that God is loving and not vengeful? Through the suffering of his only Son. He connected with us, became human and suffered. In this way he showed us that he is a loving God. Suffering is the human condition; we only have to decide if we learn to love through it or just fade away.

Father in heaven,
I am suffering,
Give me the faith to persevere,
Allow me to see the possibilities of your Love,
Ease my suffering.

Thursday, March 23, 2006



click here to see the clips

via conelrad.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The writing of a poem is like a child
throwing stones into a mineshaft.
You compose first,
then you listen for the reverberation.
-James Fenton,
A man, A jumpsuit and some horns.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's day

Thanks Grandma & Grampa!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I went to a funeral today.
A woman of regal stature,
and strong opinions which were always right,
The service was perfect,
one of the best I have ever attended,
Irma had arranged the whole thing,
from who played the organ and sang,
to what scripture and hymns were read,
and who read them.

The following words are from the hymn "Now the silence"
They are the perfect words for a funeral.

Now the silence, now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven, leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany;
Now the Father’s blessing,
Now, now, now.
Since the left wing media wing of the democratic party
do not want you to remember 9-11 or think that we have

a reason to fight terrorism.
I thought I would post this video so we will not forget.

Gotta see this mouse trick!

"A poet looks at the
world as a man looks at a woman. "

-Wallace Stevens,

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Monday, March 06, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006