Archive for January, 2005

Tears of Freedom

Monday, January 31st, 2005

This pic needs no words.
Tears of Freedom

The Mark of Freedom

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Wow. Over at Neurotic Iraqi Wife she proudly displays her inky finger where she voted. She calls it her “Mark of Freedom“. Just wow.

And in the comments some nit-wit left this. Let’s see…we have a new bride jonesing for her new husband while he is away working for his new country and you say rub her nose in the fact that both of them are in danger. Gee…first thing that pops into my mind is “Ya think?”…and then next is “You numb nut, have you no sense at all? Play nice or go home.”

God, Bless them and keep them all safe. Have your Angels put a hedge around them all so the Evil One cannot harm a hair on their heads. Frustrate their enemies with your Holiness and Righteousness. Touch them in a Powerful way so they may know you.

Freedom and Peace

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

I just finished reading through several of the speeches of Sir Winston Churchill. I was struck by the similiarity in sentiment of Churchill and our President George Bush as it relates to Bush’s Inaugural Address. Both men understood well the struggle they found themselves in and held firmly to the hand of an Almighty God to guide them.

Like many others, I have to wonder what the response would be of Bush’s detractors to Churchill’s words of the late 1930’s and 1940’s. I’ve read through the rhetorical blog-skirmish between Smash and Chris Alemany and can’t help but think Chris would have loved Neville Chamberlain’s response to Hitler’s first land grab. For the life of me I can’t understand how people think that Peace can be simply the absence of conflict. If we just empty our guns and dismantle our military the world will be safe from War. If we just hold hands and “talk” we can all come to a common understanding.

24 – Best show on the Telly

Monday, January 24th, 2005

‘scuze me whilst I catch my breath! Absolutely the best show on TV but before I get into it I have to say something about the pitiful excuse for TV that shows BEFORE it. Something called “Trading Spouses”…Fox network sometimes really confuses me. Best football coverage…some GREAT dramas…but then they have the most offensive stuff I’ve seen on ANY network. “Trading Spouses” is one of those. Like a train wreck but you don’t wanna look. Sad.

Now…on to the REAL show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

No spoilers here…just reactions.

1) Heller’s son is an idiot…much like the American Socialist Democrat party members. He doesn’t GET it….thinks his life is a spy novel. Get over it son or die in your blind Utopia.

2) Driscol is an ambitious woman and that’s not a good thing in service to one’s Country…think CUSTER.

3) Behrus…or however you spell his name…I think we’ve found our hero. I was cheering for him and you know you were too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Poor Chloe….I like cute and fiesty women and she was all that and some. I think we’ll see her again though.

24 is the only reason I was even CLOSE to happy today around the orifice. *shudder*…tomorrow is just 7hours away. Ah well…tomorrow will be made by God and if he gives me breath for the day I’ll serve Him as best I can.

I hope he was a Believer

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

Johnny Carson from IMDB

I first learned about Johnny Carson from my grandfather. If he was home, it didn’t matter what was going on around the house Papaw was going to watch Johnny Carson. Papaw died when I was 9 so all those years laying in the bed with him watching Johnny was just that to me…laying in bed with my grandfather watching TV. I had no idea what Johnny was and missed the point of all of his jokes. It was years before I even knew that the name of the show wasn’t “The Johnny Carson Show” but rather, the “Tonight Show”.

I continued the tradition of watching Johnny after Papaw went Home. The years adding to my knowledge and the wisdom of his comedy came within my reach. I cried on his last show just like much of America. Now I mourn his loss.

Papaw was the first person to expose me to the Faith. It was 20 years later before I accepted the Faith and I’m certian he was celebrating. I hope Johnny Carson was a believer…and if he wasn’t I pray that God gave him just one last chance although I know that’s not how this game is played. I hope Papaw gets to meet Johnny in Heaven. Papaw gets to laugh his infectious laugh again. Johnny gets to meet one of the greatest men who ever lived. Win. Win.

Powerline on Corzine

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I have often looked at the War on Terror and how we came to fight it as comparable to our American Civil War and how we came to fight that one. President Bush reminds me of the pious Lincoln…his matter of fact statements of policy…his no-nonsense approach…his sometimes entertaining turns of phrases(or mutilation of phrases). Lincoln was the right man at the right time for America in 1860 and President Bush is the right man at the right time in 2000 and 2004.

I didn’t watch the inaugural speech because I was doing the will of the people of the Commonwealth. I read it later and was both shocked and proud at the broad statements our President made. If indeed these are the goals of the second Bush Administration then we are in for a wild ride over the next four years. If the House and Senate can get behind these goals they may well become the official policy of the United States for years to come and that can’t be a bad thing.

Powerline has posted an article from the National Review where they show a possible response of Jon Corzine(D-NJ) to Lincoln’s second inaugural. Great stuff…go….read.

One Army trooper’s opinion

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Check out this entry on Blackfive’s site. It goes to show at least 1 troopers opinion of Senator Kerry…and probably 3 troopers opinion since the two guys with their backs to the viewer HAS to see that hand signal.

The real division in the US…

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

RedStates - BlueStates Questions?

Cultural Maturity

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Diplomad is at it again. Great stuff.

These phrases in the NYT’s story cited above sum it up well:

1) “We are abandoned.”

2) “[A] community meeting hall, but no one in the community has the keys . . ..”

3) “Mr. Cรƒยกceres said they finally got electricity six months ago. The United States Army Corps of Engineers installed a water system four months ago; it promptly broke down.”

4) “We have new houses, but all the rest is the same”

This sounds like a “waiting for the lottery” society.

Excellent summation of the situation not only in Honduras but in alot of other places on the planet…including here in my beloved Kentucky and other places in the US. I can’t remember what turned me on to the idea I’m about to spew out here but who ever it is…I hereby give them clear credit for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We look at various groups of people…not races or “ethnic groups”…but just groups of people and wonder why THEY seem to struggle while others, perhaps just across the path, do okay for themselves. I believe this is a cultural thing. Groups of people tend to develop little micro cultures based on their own belief systems(faith or lack thereof, work ethic, political, whatever). We see it the world over. Every town has a section and it’s usually on the “other side of the tracks”. These people may “struggle” for generations until a charismatic individual shows up with a vision and drive that can only come from the Angels. In the late 80’s / early 90’s we heard alot about these kinds of people revitalizing urban areas. Taking on the criminal element, changing the lives of the children, and dragging the adults along willingly or not. THAT is the beginning of the maturity process…showing the “down trodden” that there is a better way…teaching them to fish.

Smarting Up the Internet

Friday, January 14th, 2005

Ya know, we hear about how things are getting “dumbed down”. I’ve been griping about how PC users in general started getting dumbed down since the late 80’s with the first shipment of Windows 3.0. It’s been down hill ever since….but there appears to be a turn around in the works.

As folks get frustrated with their spam filled inboxes and spyware hobbled computers they are punting…removing that highspeed access, discontinuing that extra phone line, and cancelling their ISP accounts altogether. I say WOOHOO! If you can’t deal with the reality that YOU HELPED CREATE go back to your pencil and paper, your Corona typewriter, and your US Postmaster monitored mailbox….and leave my cyberspace.


Malware Technique

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

For a long long time it was the common mantra of Geeks that attachments
in email could not be automatically executed by simply handling the
email(opening, replying, forwarding). This hasn’t been the case for a while
now and this exploit/vulnerability amplifies the fact.

Abbas Wins! Hamas Celebrates!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Uh…or something. On the heels of the Palestinian Elections, Hamas holds rally remembering their fallen leaders Ahmed “70mm Rockets are NOT ADA compliant” Yassin, Abdel “Stop the car! There’s fireworks!” Aziz Rantisi, and Yehya “has anyone seen my cell phone” Ayyash.

The opening act was a boys choir singing:

“Oh suicide bomber, wrap yourself with an explosive belt and fill the scene with blood”

I’m sure it was touching.

Looks like Mahmoud Abbas has his hands full…or does he have a full hand…time will tell.

Best show on Television

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

24’s premiere episode is tonight…FABULOUS stuff, great dialogue and interesting ideas. So far the best line of the whole thing is SecDef Hellerd(sp?) telling his son who is a political protestor similiar, it would appear, to the folks who would support the Michael Moore of our world.

Angrilly he says, “I don’t have time for your 6th Grade Michael Moore logic!”

hehehe…I’ll have to remember that line.

Disputed State Senate Seat from Louisville

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

Let me give alittle background here for you non-Kentuckians that may be reading this. First, Kentucky is probably second only to Louisiana for our political mechinations. It’s not at all uncommon for votes to be bought with all manner of promises, contraband, and cash. It’s not at all uncommon for our Senate and House to be embroiled in various tempests. In the summer of 1999 Republicans took control of the State Senate for the first time ever in what some called a “bloodless coup”. Many trees were killed to print the rhetoric following that event. Ever since politics in Kentucky has been a rough and tumble game. In 2003 Kentucky elected Ernie Fletcher to be Governor ending 32 years of Democratic “rule” in the Commonwealth.

Now then…in the last election a Senate seat was up for grabs in Louisville. Two fine ladies ran for the office. The day before the election Democrat Virginia Woodward sues in Jefferson Circuit Court to disqualify Republican Dana Seum Stephenson; claiming Stephenson didn’t meet state residency requirements and the brawl began. Read the full story here. Meanwhile…my rant continues…