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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Voting As A "Civic Duty"? Maybe NOT!

H/T: American Thinker

AT's Selwyn Duke has another take on our "civic duty" that complements a previous post.

How much to YOU, and I, myself, know about our potential leader as they vie for our votes?

*MY* current excuse is we "just moved" to our new residence.  That that action occurred twelve months ago is irrelevant!  Right?!  ;>) 
They'll tell us that walking into a polling place and pulling a lever is our civic duty, but this isn't true. Our civic duty is to cultivate wisdom in ourselves and become conversant with the issues; the walking and pulling part is just a natural byproduct of that.  (Emphasis added - Gene)
For me, I have poor excuses.  There.  I admitted it.  OTOH, they are all I have.!    ;>) 

What I *DO* have is the ability to do a better job.  It's not yet too late to educate myself concerning not just our major candidates, but at least the secondary layer.

Let's do it together.

God Bless Ya'll !

Who Does He Think He's Talking To?

H/T: American Thinker

Our possibly illegitimate president is still trying to dazzle us with Body Secretions and snow us with his lack-of-brilliance.  Check this out:
President Obama has taken to referencing the language of the Declaration of Independence while omitting key words. Although the practice has garnered attention of late, it dates back to the beginning of his presidency.
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In his inauguration speech, President Obama gave up "created," "Creator," and "Life." Is this true to our founding documents, or is it the work of a skilled rhetorician bent on the deconstruction of those documents by stealth? Is it a deliberate attempt to take the opportunity of a presidential inauguration to make major headway at deconstructing the Declaration in the minds of people, or was he just waxing eloquent, but inexactly? The recent speeches give powerful evidence that from the inauguration on, this has been deliberate and calculated.

This way, His Obamaness, gets to tell history his way, not the way it was written.

My question to you is:  Just who does he think he's talking to?  It is certainly not those of us who can still read the plain words of our fore-fathers!

God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let's Require Americans to Vote -- Or Pay the Price

H/T: FoxNews

Check this out for "progressive" thought! KT McFarland's idea just might be the one we need to adopt to return our country to Constitutional rule - or chaos.  But wait, aren't we just about to chaos already?
That’s the dirty little secret of modern campaigns – it’s all about turnout ...
~~~

Every year fewer of us vote. Good candidates don’t want to stand for office, for fear the snarling pack of dogs will tear apart their families and their good names. We elect leaders that few of us like, or agree with, or admire. We have to hold our noses when we pull the voting lever.
~~~
What if everybody had to vote on election day, or pay a fine if they didn’t?
She got *MY* attention with that last comment.  What a novel thought!

Yeah, yeah.  I know it is my duty to vote, but since when did that stop anyone from shirking their duty?

We've had manipulators paying some of us to vote for ... forever.  Let's try the other side of the coin.  Do your duty or it hurts your wallet!

Come to think of it, let's go one step further.  Let's make not-doing-your-duty a public fact.  Assess the small fine Ms. McFarland has in mind AND publish the names of those that don't pay up.  Pay the fine:  "Nobody" knows.  Don't pay the fine:  "Everybody" knows.

Watch' ya' think?


God Bless Ya'll !

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Random Thoughts

First, a hat tip to Stand Firm in Faith

It's amazing what a lil' illness might do for ya!

Over the last two months, have spent a few days in my favorite hospital.  It sucks to have to go there but the care and staff are superb.  At least I was able to walk in on my own two feet, unlike a previous visit! hehe

A little preoccupation with "other" things of life and a bit of focus on family and The Prince (grandson) and . . .    There goes the blogging.

I've been following the continuing political fallout of the TEo.  They continue to shoot themselves in the foot.  They only take time out to reload and switch feet.  Try this one:  “Seusscharist”.  Once I "thought" such a thing might be OK just to draw in the "seekers" that wouldn't come in for the bells and smells.  Now, I believe the holiness of the Eucharist should not be messed with.  Ai yi yi yi yi!

Then, there was this article from Stand Firm: Homosexual Couple MARRIED [Sic] In Episcopal Church.  Before anyone goes and gets their diapers in a wad, remember, the world-wide Anglican Church told the TEo to not go and do just that very thang!!  You tell me, what do you, as a parent, do with an unruly, uncooperative, unwilling-to-obey-anything-but-their-own-wants child?  I could tell you what my mother did to me, but then that might cause her body to be exhumed and charged with child abuse!  hehe


I've also been trying to stay abreast of Barry's Follies, otherwise known as His Incompetentness, the POTUS.

Furthermore, the illness issues are requiring a rethinking of some of my learned behaviors.  You know, those learned at my mother's knee.  Clean your plate.  Eat three square meals a  day.  Drink plenty of fluids.  A little flab isn't unhealthy.  Hummph!  That was easy for her to say! ;>)

Add to all this the need to increase traffic to our website, thus producing income to offset the medical bills, etc., and we get one busy man.  Or at least one not getting enough naps.  ;>)

Oh!  Did I mention the untimely death of the laptop?!  And the excruciating recovery process of recreating said laptop functions on an old WinXP desktop?  Yechh!

God Bless Ya'll !

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Liberty and Mission

H/T: Titus 1:9

Kendall Harmon over at Titus 1:9 noted this from Catholic Archbishop Chaput, Denver, Colorado which he presented in Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia.  The address was titled "Living Within the Truth: Religious Liberty and Catholic Mission in the New Order of the World.":

Notwithstanding the chatter of the “new atheists” there is no risk that Christianity will ever be forced upon people anywhere in the West. The only “confessional states” in the world today are those ruled by Islamist or atheist dictatorships -- regimes that have rejected the Christian West’s belief in individual rights and the balance of powers.(Emphasis added - Gene)~~~


. . .  the second big lie by which we live today -- the lie that there is no unchanging truth.
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In practice, however, we see that without a belief in fixed moral principles and transcendent truths, our political institutions and language become instruments in the service of a new barbarism. In the name of tolerance we come to tolerate the cruelest intolerance; respect for other cultures comes to dictate disparagement of our own; the teaching of “live and let live” justifies the strong living at the expense of the weak.(Emphasis added - Gene)
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First, because abortion, too, is about living within the truth. The right to life is the foundation of every other human right. If that right is not inviolate, then no right can be guaranteed.
(Emphasis added - Gene)
Or to put it more bluntly: Homicide is homicide, no matter how small the victim. (Emphasis added - Gene)
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If human rights do not come from God, then they devolve to the arbitrary conventions of men and women.  (Emphasis added - Gene)  The state exists to defend the rights of man and to promote his flourishing. The state can never be the source of those rights. When the state arrogates to itself that power, even a democracy can become totalitarian.
~~~
The Catholic beliefs that most deeply irritate the orthodoxies of the West are those concerning abortion, sexuality and the marriage of man and woman.  (Emphasis added - Gene)  This is no accident. These Christian beliefs express the truth about human fertility, meaning and destiny.
I usually don't pay much attention to Roman teachings.  I guess it's my Old Man (Southern Baptist, by way of charismatic, by way of Episcopalian, by way of Anglican!  [hehe]) coming out.  On the other hand, Archbishop Chaput's words struck several cords in my mind and my heart.

First of all, Liberty is founded on morality, the moral character of those liberated - by Christ.  Secondly, God-given rights are just that.  The "state" can no more permanently grant, or permanently withhold, them than it can "declare" peace without victory in the midst of armed conflict. 

Despots must fall.  Liberty will prevail because Jesus Christ will prevail.

God Bless Ya'll !

Blog Correction

Finally realized the "III" links at the bottom did not point to where they used to, nor to where I thought they should. Corrected things.

Gene
God Bless Ya'll !

Friday, August 27, 2010

Overthrow Obama? Not so 'crazy' as it sounds

H/T: WorldNetDaily


Jeff Knox's commentary brings up an interesting point.  What if some one chooses to resort to the Declaration of Independence (image) to correct the absurdities of the current political elite?  Eh? 
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
 Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
(Emphasis added - Gene)


Writing or talking like this might get one thrown in jail these days!  Look at the reaction Glenn Beck is already getting for his restoration of honor rally tomorrow.  You'd think he was the Great Satan come to Washington DC.  As it is, he is a rabble rouser - at worst.  He may even be a patriot andpotential leader of constitutional restoration.  Time and events will tell.
 

God Bless Ya'll !

More regulatory overreach at the EPA

H/T: The American Thinker Blog

I've heard it all my adult life.  As California goes, so goes the rest of the country.  Or some such tripe.

Now, even the EPA is trying to follow the socialist lemmings idiots off the cliff!
In yet another case of regulatory overreach, perfectly timed to further annoy the electorate, the EPA is considering a petition to completely ban lead hunting and target-shooting ammunition, under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
If the socialist can't disarm us one way, they'll try another.  We DID see this one coming!

God Bless Ya'll !

Obama, Black Liberation Theology and Karl Marx...Revisited

H/T: The American Thinker Blog

Big 'O' and the Big 'C'.  Obama and Socialism/Communism.  What's there not to dislike? 

The newest religion of the day?
It is somewhat difficult to imagine a more contorted blasphemy, with the single possible exception of Hitler himself claiming to be acting by divine decree in the interests of Christianity.  Which is precisely what Hitler did do, while hoodwinking the German people into electing him Chancellor.
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Having been a practicing Christian for more than 40 years now, and a practicing Catholic for 26 of those years, I have visited perhaps 100 various Christian bookstores, both Protestant and Catholic.  In all of those places, one thing tied together the books for sale:  Christianity.

Not so in Obama's church bookstore.
Aw, come on guys and gals.  Tell me ya' didn't see this coming.

God Bless Ya'll !

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"I think our country is in need of a revolution."

H/T: WorldNetDaily


No, yours truly did not say/write those words.  Ray Bradbury did as reported in Phil Elmore's Technocracy article.

Read it and see what you think.

God Bless Ya'll !

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What If?

A while back I got interested in alternative fiction.  It was something I had been introduced to as a mere youth by Sprague de Camp and others and then forgotten.

First, Eric Flint captured my attention with his 1632 and other stories.  More of late I've been reading some from Harry Turtledove.  All interesting stuff, if you like that kind of fiction.  Right now, I do.

However, I did find that Turtledove has published children's fiction, stacked right-smack-dab in the middle of the adult fiction at my local library.

I picked up one of his Crosstime Traffic books and found interesting if not a bit biased toward a younger mind set.  Oh well.  It was fun.

So, earlier this week I picked up, deliberately, another one.  The Gladiator:  A Novel of Crosstime Traffic.  Here, Turtledove asks:  What if the SOVIETS had won the cold war?

Ouch. It's made me think both about the what-if questions AND the what-now questions we face in this, all-to-real, time line.

Such things as the control of media, the double-speak of our "elite" class and the "elite" wannabes" makes me think we ought to be changing our thinking.

What do YOU think?

God Bless Ya'll !

Firearms and History Lessons Combined

H/T: Fox News Channel

Here is good positive reporting on firearms issues that you might be interested in.
"What we're interested in is climate change," Dailey said. "We want to change the people who vote -- the electorate. And the way we've chosen to do that is to try and put Americans back in touch with their heritage."
Wish I could go to one.  Certain things have to be accomplished/overcome first, though. 

God Bless Ya'll !
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Nostaglgia and Ham Radio. What's Not to Like?

H/T: Retrotechnologist

Dang!  Roberta sure knows how to make a guy feel OLD!  hehe

I actually remember being interested, slightly, in the 2m preamp article.  Can't seem to find the commercial equivalent today.  Of course, this kind of stuff is ALL over the internet.  If you look for it.

God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

History in the Making

First of all, I have been remiss in my duties here.  Mea culpa!

Secondly,  others haven't.  Once again, I recommend Brigid's Home on the Range

Like Thomas Paine of old, she can stir the rabble.  Ultimately, though her methods differ from Paine's, she will prove to be another voice for freedom and responsibility.  Read her current article and cogitate.

Then consider your next steps carefully.

God Bless Ya'll. !

Friday, June 11, 2010

The New "Red Dawn" Movie

H/T: WorldNet Daily

Just ran across this tidbit of "news" for the first time this morning.   I didn't see the original Red Dawn until  . . . sheesh, it must have been the mid-90s.  Anyway, I did see it, enjoyed it and moved on.  It didn't make me hate the Russians any more, or any less, than before.  It did remind me why I do hate Communism and its weak sister, Socialism.


As I understand things, those that most vehemently oppose the screening of this piece want to ban it rather than let the masses decide if it is worth their money.  Doesn't that remind you of the protagonists?  The bad guys?  Eh?

Let's see, we'll allow our socialist elite to control what put into our brains, and hearts, and then the output becomes whatever they want it to be.  Mush.   I'll pass, thank you.

I may, or may not, get around to seeing it.  But it'll be my choice.

God Bless Ya'll !

Are you prepared for technology to fail?

H/T: WorldNet Daily
 
Prepared for WHAT?
Mr. Kubicek quite rightly points out that when a major piece of our technological world goes awry, it can affect us to the point of destroying our jobs and our lives.

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 As we've learned only too well watching the devastation in the Gulf, however, technology can collapse at any moment, leaving us to discover just how dependent we have become in relying on something that is fundamentally not reliable.

Ever  had your cell phone freeze up when you wanted to call home for a dinner date with the spouse?  What about when you're calling from the scene of a wreck?  And you're the one in need of emergency service?  Technology, without adequate backup, can really mess up our day.

We go about trusting our lives to technology that is fundamentally not reliable.  Because it works so well AND as reliably as it does, we feel safe and secure in our ignorance.  So do I. 

Maybe we aren't as smart as we think we are.



God Bless Ya'll !

We Will NOT Submit!

H/T: American Thinker

A day late, a dollar short.  From the 5/22/10 American Thinker:
When the realization came that we were under attack, not from terrorists, or a foreign army rolling across America with tanks and infantry, not from bombs and missiles, but from traitorous treacherous Americans in business suites, in academia, the press, and Washington DC, I remember shouting from my rooftop, "I will not submit. I will not quit.  I will never give in, and they will destroy America over my dead body; over MY DEAD BODY!"
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. . .  I had no idea how I would go about doing this.
When cussin/discussin things with friends, we often wind up with Charlton Heston's quote: "From my cold dead hands!" as our parting shot.  Well, as one who is enjoying his life, what am I doing to prevent things from reaching the COLD, much less the DEAD hands point?

Maybe Welch has an idea, or two, for us in that article.
God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The sheepdog understands the wolf because ...

H/T: Xavier Thoughts

Xavier has posted another thought provoking essay on predators and our role in their lives. Note: We DO have a role in their lives whether we want to or not.

Read it all.

God Bless Ya'll !

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An unforeseen hazard of motorcycling

H/T: Bayou Renaissance Man

The previous post concerning God and Texas certainly made me smile. It was a bit wry considering the truth of the thought.

I've never ridden a full-blown motorcycle in my life though I suspect the times I borrowed by junior-high school friend's moped, contrary to parental instructions, really doesn't count for much. Here's a 'story just for the fun and laughter I think it might bring you! Follow the links to keep laughing. The mental images are just too much!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Texans will like this - Balance

By email from good friend HarryH:

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired, "Where have you been?"

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, “and I've put life on it... I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."

God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"That’s the State of Texas , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, beaches and plains. The people from the State of Texas are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance.”

God smiled, "There’s Washington DC . Wait till you see the idiots I put there."
Conservative or Liberal - I think you just might agree! hehe

God Bless Ya'll !

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What I Did During "Spring Break"

A blogger, even a sometimes blogger such as myself, always wonders just how much personal information to let out onto the 'net.

When something comes at you and changes your life as you know it, it is tempting to blog as though writing to a sympathetic audience of well wishers and well-do-ers. Then, you are reminded of the guy/gal that blogged about their struggle with depression/cancer/alcoholism/whatever and now find they can't get hired in a tight job market.  No one wants to take them on as a "liability."  It doesn't matter whether or not they've conquered that challenge or not.  They're marked for life by their own actions.

I've been thinking about whether or not to blog the events of the last three life-changing months or not.  Here goes.  I represents a kind of "spring break" in my life.

Last January I contracted bronchitis.  That's a fairly common situation in my life and I got in to the doctor's just as soon as I realized what I had.  By mid-February I was slowly getting better.  That means I was not into full-blown pneumonia, yet.

At this point, I woke up one Thursday morning with severe chest pains - angina pectoris.  Been there, done that.  Just never first thing in the morning!  Nitro didn't even begin phase it!  Austin FD/EMS delivered me to the hospital safe and quite sound - considering the shape I was in.  South Austin Hospital ER checked me out, ran me through a cardiac catheterization and pronounced me:
  1. In full-blown bronchitis and
  2. In full-blown congestive heart failure and
  3. In need of an urgent (not emergency) bypass.  At least three, probably four locations.
Following CABG (Pronounced just like you think:  cabbage.  Who says medical types don't have a sense of humor?  I felt like I'd been both sliced and diced!) they let me rest for a while.

Almost a month later, the next incident occurred.  Over the course of a weekend I became increasingly short-of-breath until one Monday night, about midnight, we decided things were going down-hill just too %^$&% fast for comfort. 

SWMBO! drove me back to South Austin Hospital - again.  I was still walking and talking when I checked in.  Again, they took me in, ran me through the screening process and got me on oxygen.  No, it wasn't congestion in or around the lungs.  I was done with the bronchitis by now.  Evidently one of the sites where the bypass veins were harvested from my left leg developed a clot and it broke free.  Lodged in my right lung - fortunately.  Getting caught in the brain could have been much worse.  Further more, the left lung was partially filled with unwanted fluid.  No wonder I couldn't breathe!

Finally, we come to today.  I've been home since the end of March.  My attitude has been observed to have "returned" and I'm physically (if not mentally) upright and on my feet when desired.  No strength.  Intermittently short of breath.  Oxygen kept withing grabbing distance, just in case.  A cane kept in the trunk of the car.  I don't need it around the apartment.

Well, that's what I did during my spring break.  Anybody else have as much fun?  ;>)


God Bless Ya'll !

Saturday, March 06, 2010

A Muslim Preacher Converts to Orthodoxy

H/T: Transfigurations

I found this at Pat Dague's blog this morning. Check it out. Will it make the media circuit?

Don't hold your breath!

" ... in the meantime I need to rebuild my life as an Orthodox Christian."

God Bless Ya'll !

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Animal Instincts

H/T: Home on the Range

Once again, Brigid has a word for us. Specifically the ladies among us.

Please read. Read it carefully and prayerfully. Guys too.

The thought of physical threats is never a pleasant one. Some people would just as soon close the blinds and pretend the danger does not exist.
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And even if you think you are big and strong, as a female, remember, mass is everything. A guy that outweighs you by even just 30 or 40 pounds of muscle or more can easily take you down.
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That type of violence doesn't just happen to the poor, the uneducated the needy.
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Use your strongest weapons against their weakest targets.
(Emphasis in the original. . . Gene)
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There are enough victims in this world. I don't wish to be another one.

Very well written. Please consider her words,

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Hallelujah Chorus by the Silent Monks

H/T: TitusOneNine

I just couldn't resist posting this one for your New Year's enjoyment!




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