I wrote a while back on the circumstances I would agree to legalize marijuana
and this being New Years eve I thought I would give my solution to end all drunk driving.
1. Get caught one time you loose your licence FOREVER and have to spend 3 months in jail 3 months probation and pay a $2000 fine whether or not you can afford it.
2. Second time you loose your car and you go away for a year.
3. The third time there will be no forth and the alcky gets awful chummy with a tree.
4. If on the first or second time the booze hound looses all their possessions and their family can't even get food stamps also loose their house to the victim of their senseless crime.
5. The kill someone after conviction their estate goes to the family of their victim, their family has to live in the street without government intervention of any sort, and the murderer gets real chummy with a tree.
If this were done, 90% of these pieces of human debris wouldn't have the chance to kill innocents.
Monday, December 31, 2007
I wrote a while back on the circumstances I would agree to legalize marijuana
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
The Bismarck Tribune has an article about the Appollo 8 flight:
The handful there to see him go had — for a few shining moments — been in the breathing, clear-blue-eyed presence of history.
The 79-year-old man flying solo was Frank Borman.
He commanded the first space ship to orbit the moon, transmitting a message to people on Earth one Christmas Eve those many years ago.
He was in Hazen because a month ago he’d left his antique Cessna L-19 in the hands of Joe VanInwagen, an airplane painter whose national reputation for quality work had captured Borman’s attention.
VanInwagen stripped the original camouflaged Korean War-era reconnaissance plane and repainted it a glossy olive brown with bright red wing flaps and its old Air Force squadron number out on the tail.
On the nose were the words "Su Su III" for Borman’s wife, Susan, so called by their grandchildren and the third plane he’s named for her.
Borman was delighted.
“Does that look beautiful,” he said, strolling around the plane.
VanInwagen pasted a red Christmas bow on the side of the plane, which Borman said had looked “disreputable. Now it’s amazing.”
VanInwagen was a teen when Borman commanded Apollo 8. And his name, when Borman first called to schedule a paint job, just didn’t ring a bell.
The two men did business by phone and in person and it took one of VanInwagen’s friends to drop the dime after Borman dropped off his Cessna at Hazen, asking, “Do you know who Frank Borman is?”
Borman was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1968, along with his two co-astronauts, and his was a household name in those years when America romanced its pioneers of outer space.
To VanInwagen, who said it, and to others who met him Monday, “He’s just like a regular guy.”
Borman wrote out what one guesses was a generous check for the paint job. Then, with help, pushed the plane out of a hangar onto the airport apron. He climbed in, checked the controls, turned over the gutsy turbo engine and taxied to the runway.
In less than two hours he would land the plane in a meadow near his home in Big Horn, Mont., near Billings, where he’s lived for a decade and tinkered with collectible planes.
Borman circled low in farewell.
Those below waved to the slightly built pilot, a hero in the Cold War race to reach the moon before Russia did. These years later, his shoulders are still square in his green flight suit.
In the blink of an eye, the plane was a small metallic fleck in a soft blue December sky.
Thirty-nine years ago on Dec. 21, Borman was on board another metallic fleck in a December sky. Apollo 8 was a historic mission to set the stage for a manned lunar landing ahead of the Russians.
With more thrust than had ever before pushed man, Borman’s space ship traveled 250,000 miles one way. It broke Earth’s gravitational barrier, entered the moon’s gravity and then orbited the moon 10 times.
Borman and fellow astronauts James Lovell and William Anders were the first three humans to ever see the far, dark side of the moon.
Their photographs of the gray, crater-pocked lunar surface, taken from 70 miles above, and Anders’ famous “Earthrise” photo of this planet hanging suspended in space became America’s pride and proof of space exploration.
“It seems like forever ago,” said Borman, who sat in the hangar lounge to talk before leaving Hazen.
He said the Cold War was over the instant American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off Apollo 11’s lunar landing module onto the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969.
“We won,” Borman said.
His memories of his own glorious moment in history remain vivid.
The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to spend Christmas in space and the craft reached the moon and went into lunar orbit on Christmas Eve.
“I thought it was fantastic, looking back on Earth on Christmas Eve. Everything dear to me was down there on Earth, my wife, my children,” Borman said. “It was a very deep experience.”
The government was aware that that astronaut’s Christmas Eve transmission would attract the largest audience to ever listen to the human voice on that holy night. It’s been estimated 1 billion people all over the world listened to television or bent an ear toward their radio.
Borman said, as commander, his only instructions were to “say something appropriate.”
Had the Russians been first, their cosmonauts’ message would likely have been about Stalin and about the political superiority of Communism.
Had it been today, for an American, the message would have been vetted for political correctness and highly orchestrated.
With only vague instructions to guide him, Borman turned to his fundamental beliefs.
He and his co-astronauts read from the book of Genesis.
It was Christmas Eve 1968, and people around the planet heard the astronauts’ voices, reading from somewhere near the moon, how the Christian world began.
With the spectacle of Earth before them — half in sunlight, half in darkness — the words “And God called the light Day and the darkness Night” from Genesis had probably never been so purely understood.
“It was the most poignant moment of the flight,” Borman said.
Looking back, Borman said being allowed to decide what to say “was a real indication of what this country was about — absolute individual freedom.”
For all the divine beauty of space, Borman said Earth provides some comparable moments.
On the drive up to Hazen that morning, he enjoyed seeing the gray dawn sky all awash with a salmon and pink streaked sunrise.
“You don’t have to go to the moon to understand that God created some beautiful things,” he said.
(Apollo 8 returned to Earth and splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 27. It would not be until 1973 that astronauts were again in space on Christmas Eve, aboard Skylab 4.)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I've done some digging on the Lakota Secession movement. It seams like it's little more than Russel Means trying to get attention. Apparently, there have been no real debates on Pine Ridge, which is mainly Ogala and not Lakota. Mr. Means has no real popular support because he lost the tribal presidency election last year.
While there some valid points raised by this attempt, including the fact that Pine Ridge is still the poorest place in the US, There is just nothing down there. It seams as if there will be little or no difference with those that renounce their US Citizenship. There is no economic plan, no way to support the Lakota that Mr. Means has put forth either, thus making this even more symbolic rather than a valid attempt to help the Lakota.
I doubt any real international pressure is going to push this forward and I'm guessing it will whither away, hopefully with no bloodshed.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Fox News is reporting that the Lakota are seceding from the US. This could be interesting considering that the land includes Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming I don't know how it will really work. I'll admit I'm surprised that this attempt has taken this long since the the Lakota take over of Wounded Knee in 1974 and the rise of the Indian Casinos bringing in hope and an influx of capital. Something to remember is the Reservations are autonomous, but the Federal government still has some jurisdiction on the reservations as of right now... I don't know yet how this move will affect that.
Something that liberal historians ignore is the Lakota's homeland was in Minnesota, they defeated those that lived west of the Mississippi taking their land. The ancient right of victory gave them the Dakotas, Nebraska, and parts of Wyoming and Montana until the US defeated them.
While the US did break treaties, so did the Nations. The only thing that the US has to feel any shame of is the Indian Schools.
While I don't know what is going to occur this, but I don't see anyone packing up.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I love being a Dakotan. I hear stories about holiday tree and all that aclu garbage that has attempted to for stall Christianity from the public square and I'm thankful that we have kept those traitors at bay.
I was in the mall today and they were playing a mix of the Secular with the Sacred Christmas music. I walked over to the the Customer Service Desk to voice my support for the mall's decision to recognize the Christmas as the holiday is meant to be.
I know even schools here probably wouldn't be able to get away with having Christian themed Christmas Programs, but I remember having them as a kid 23 years ago.
Anyway, as I'm getting ready to make the pilgrimage down to mom's so we can celebrate our High Holy Day I'm reminded of who we are as a people the foundation laid down by President Washington and the other Founders. How the winter at Valley Forge drove the General Washington to his knees remembering this he set forth several Thanksgiving proclamations that fully gave credit to the Almighty.
I'm also reminded about how amazing it is that Christ would give up His position, to be born in a stable for me.
The bottom line is MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS
Saturday, December 15, 2007
December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights were ratified into the Constitution of the United States of America.
In honor of this Aniversery here's the Text of what was adopted:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
From the files I'm going to out live you all msnbc is reporting that saturated fat doesn't necessarily equal heart disease.
The more I hear that studies contradict each other the more I'm convinced that I should be left to my own devises and not give over more control of my life to doctors, women, or the government. If scientists can't make up their minds if coffee is bad for us, why should we trust they know anything about global warming--they couldn't get close to the number of hurricanes that they said we were going to get let alone it's cold here (and I think Hell, Michigan froze this week too).
Bottom line I'll live my life, you live your life and I'll be in Scotland before you.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Mrs. bill clinton's mother has done an ad saying that her daughter is a good person. My question is: 'isn't that the samething people say about serial killers when they are discovered?'
Fox and Friends is reporting that Sheriff Joe is having DUI's bury people that die from alcohol related deaths. That's a great start. After those criminals get out part of their parole they should have to also serve on ambulance crews to come face to face what they either have done or could do.
LES LEMM, dad's killer ended up having to do this. Unfortunately, it was to little for that murderer (he should have de facto lost his citizenship like we were told, and yes I'm bitter about it because he walked away scott free because it's my fault.) because we know he still drinks.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Davy Crockett's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson kills first bear
ESPN has an article about Tre Merritt, 10 generations from Davy Crockett. There are so many things that are great about this story from the reminder that the pioneer heritage still lives on to this day to this kid's family is raising him, instead of just letting him raise himself.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
If mrs. bill clinton is going to attack little barry obama's third grade ambition Senator barrak obama needs to question her on her cookie stance. This is an issue that Cookie Monster and I totally agree on and DEMAND answers
I have my issues with Governor Romney. Some of the things I know of Mormonism cause me to have even bigger issues with that faith. But his faith wouldn't keep me from voting for him it's his politics.
Yesterday, I questioned if making a speech on his faith was necessary. I was totally wrong. A politician that can explain who we are as Americans and what make us a great people demand respect...if for no other reason than we don't talk about the grandeur of this nation enough any more.
The respect I have for the Governor has grown today, even if I don't agree with him.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
The New York Times has an article that says influenza transmit more during cold weather because of the cold dry air.
This begs the question: if global warming is happening shouldn't we let it happen since so many die from the flu?
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
KXMB is reporting that Grand Forks, North Dakota has gotten 8.1 December 4 while Fargo, North Dakota has received 5.9 inches. The previous record dates back to 1926. As you can tell the weather is getting warmer the longer we are on this earth other wise we wouldn't be getting this much snow.
Does anyone know if Senator john edwards know anything about environmental law? We need to sue al gore.
Joke taken from Bloopers Jokes Quips &Quotes by Jim Kraus.
Pictures added for dramatic effect
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Since you have been running I have listened continually talk about how you wielded the constitution against the citizens of New York like William Wallace thrust his claymore through Scotland. And again during that worthless YouTube debate saying that the citizen's rights come from the constitution, thus the government. I think it is necessary to remind you what the Founders said. Thomas Jefferson wrote that human rights come from the Creator in this nation's founding document.
Then Thomas Jefferson had also wrote this:
"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press."
The way you approach government is just about as totalitarian as mrs. bill clinton and makes us hicks fairly nervous about the freedom that we would sacrifice would be equal to what the first clinton administration put us through during the 1990's.
I know you are a cityslicker, but I'm sure that you are able to go down to the local bookstore and purchase a copy of the Federalist Papers. If you want to be President, us hicks expect you to understand that the government exists at the consent of the governed not the other way around.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Flipping between the YouTube debate and Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel there was at least one intriguing question (if not short-sighted) about the death penalty and Christ.
What I find amazing coming from Christians is the total lack of belief in justice. While mercy is important there is no place in Scripture where it supplants justice...even at Calvery.
While the Bible never says directly what Christ says about the death penalty there are somethings we may infer from what the God the Father demanded.
First off, I believe God takes the execution of murderers pretty serious if it was one of the first Commandments God gave Noah when he disembarked. Not to mention all the crimes God said that the evil must be separated from the Israelites in Numbers and Deuteronomy.
I don't believe in an eye for an eye. I don't think that an executioner should take three days to execute someone like Jack the Ripper. Granted, I believe the sooner a monster is burning in hell the better off society is, but there again read Numbers and Deuteronomy.
We know that Christ said that he didn't come to negate the law, but fulfil it. Christ never intervened in an execution, He stopped a vigilante group from killing a woman. The only argument I hear from Christians that the death penalty shouldn't occur is because the condemned may become a Christian. An interesting thought at best, but if that was the case why didn't Christ get the two thieves off the cross. There was one that didn't repent, according to the thought that he may become a 'Christian' Christ would have gotten that thief off the cross. Even the thief that repented didn't receive an earthly pardon, he still paid for his crime.
What do I think Christ would do? I think He is grieved that it came to the place where a person needs to be strung up for destroying a human life, but at that point I'm not sure it fazes God. I think it reaches the point of the day of Judgement where we KNOW God will tell those that don't follow him "Get away from Me, I don't know you." Christ's responsibility is redemption and restoration, but I don't see anywhere in the Bible where Christ subverted justice.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
FoxNews has an article where Senator Thompson is critical of Mayor Giuliani's cityslicker ways on a trip to a New Hampshire gun shop.
Senator Thompson reminds the Easterners that us hicks don't trust some guy that acts like he has his fingers crossed when he talks about abortion or how the Mayor's conversion on firearms really is little more than smoke and mirrors.
I kinda suspect since the Mayor is a New Yorker, the talking heads in New York are drooling over the prospect of the political version of a subway series (the same reason espn seams to only carry Yankee's games all stinking summer, even if they stink worse than Notre Dame.)
Being a hick I resent the effort to force a couple of cityslickers on this nation that couldn't tell which end of a BULL to milk. With Senator Thompson, he talks about a limited government...the Mayor would increase spending and uncross his fingers if he would become President, not something that we really need to do.
The undersheriff in northern Michigan's Benzie County says he doesn't see how anyone
could confuse a 1,400-pound pregnant cow with a coyote, which typically weighs
between 20 and 45 pounds.
And anyway, shooting coyotes is illegal during
firearm deer season. Authorities asked the county prosecutor to bring charges
against the shooter.
A 42-year-old man told authorities he was out to shoot
coyotes near his Colfax Township home Saturday when he killed the cow,
Undersheriff Rory Heckman told the Traverse City Record-Eagle for a story
published Wednesday. Heckman said the man then tried to drag the cow home.
"The part of his story he his holding to is he shot at a coyote. I don't
know how he hit a several-thousand pound cow mistaking it for a coyote," Heckman
The cow was named Hannah and had wandered away from its farm, about
205 miles northwest of Detroit.
"My husband thought that he should go through
some therapy looking at repeated pictures of cows and coyotes because they look
nothing alike. It didn't make any sense to me," said owner DeAnn Mosher.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
One of the few artists that was the best at capturing who we are as Americans was Norman Rockwell. As Americans we have a lot to be thankful for. We've have had more opportunities to be self-determinate. We have the right to speak our mind. So, when we gather with our families through this holiday season from now through HANUKKAH and Christmas we must count our blessings.
"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence ofAlmighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,and humbly to implore his protection and favors."-- George Washington (Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
As I watch the fear and trepedation from the CBS about the District of Columbia v. Heller the graphic that was shown is GUN BATTLE in front of the Supreme Court. Someone that would have the sound turned down like I do may think that there is a coup going on in front of SCOTUS.
I have to be honest I'm a little nervous about DC v. Heller because there are a couple of justices that believe that following foreign law over the Federalist Papers and the Constitution. The Founders believed in self-reliance and distrust of tyrannical government. There was a reason they didn't want a standing army and believed the militia was necessary for the security of the state, but throughout the Constitution there are checks and balances. The Second Amendment is the ultimate control-alt-delete when it comes to unruly times.
The idea of the Founders never conceiving of a multiple round weapon is, well has no basis in fact. First off, a firearm is the natural evolution of projectile weapons from the crossbow which was derived from the bow which some ancient cave guy figured out he could get a projectile farther launching it than just heaving it by hand. The Chinese had a multi-round crossbow that works amazingly similar to a pump shotgun. Our Founders would have watched the Indians launching five or six arrows to two rounds from the Founders' flintlocks. Then we have to factor in Ben Franklin was in Europe for years. Since Da Vinci had a design for a multiple round gun I can't imagine that Ben Franklin wouldn't have tried to look at Da Vinci's Notebooks.
During the golden age of Piracy, Pirates would pair up pistols by tying them together and stringing them over their neck and carried as many as eight pistols during a battle. This has the same affect as a magazine in a semi-auto pistol. Also, looking at the battle tactics for a couple of hundred years before the Revolutionary War battle was designed to get multiple rounds down range, a machine gun is designed for putting multiple rounds downrange. The standard battle load during the Revolutionary War was Buck and Ball. The Buck round was about .69 caliber round and the ball would have been two rounds meant for a pistol. The current version of the M-16 A-2/M-4 A-2 is capable of semi-auto and a three round burst. People that say the Founders would never conceive of a semi-auto let alone full-auto weapon ignores what happens when the grunts have time to complain about their equipment and ignore the ingenuity of Americans. Those that say the Founders could Never conceive of a mini gun have no trouble telling us that the Constitution is a breathing document, that our Founders being fully cognisant that progress happens leaving a way to adapt the Constitution to our needs.
The 1939 case leaned towards a corporate right to own firearms, which doesn't make sense considering the whole tone of the Constitution and what the Founders put forth was limiting government, but when a marxist stacks the court the constitution gets violated
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
My sports teams are the Dallas Cowboys, The Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Nebraska Cornhusker football, UND Fighting Sioux. The reason I'm a Cowboys fan is because I read a Christian Comic book about Tom Landry when I was about seven. I inherited following the Broncos from my dad, ditto with the Twins. My favorite memories of my dad involve playing catch listening to the radio listening to either on of these teams playing catch. I follow the Reds because Johny Bench used to host a program called the "Baseball Bunch" where my beloved sister and I never missed an episode as kids. The older I got I started following the Cornhuskers also because of dad. I follow the Sioux because they are perennial college hockey powerhouse and they give my state some national name recognition. (I think this is part of the reason the ncaa wants them to change the name, because they sure don't care about the inherit slander of the Fighting Irish, or the OSU Cowboys).
After e-mailing smack back and forth to my buddy Feltzy about his Packers he told me he respected me because I'm not a bandwagon jumper. Which I can't stand fair-weather fans either. I may temporarily 'change' loyalties during a championships if one of my beloved teams don't make a championship so the event is more exciting if there is someone to cheer for. (With all we hear about how Yankees apparently hate the Red Sox, then Mayor Giuliani says he was cheering for the hated Red Sox during the playoffs...I don't really trust people that act like they have their fingers crossed behind their backs. If he can't be trusted to support his team, during a campaign, no one should support him.) The exchange I had with Feltzy got me wondering about those Cubs fans that keep supporting a team that can't or won't win a championship. Are they really fans? Are they optimists? Where do they get their loyalty? Is it misplaced? Honestly, supporting a team that perennially won't make the necessary moves to be a contender it seams like a person that votes for a party over and over again because of X issue and that party does nothing to fix X issue FOR FIFTY YEARS. Such loyalty is idiotic. It's one thing to be a fan because you love going to Wrigley Field, but to cheer for the Cubs because there is a belief that they will World Series, thus giving some legitimacy to the loyalty the fan thrust upon the team....makes a person look like they are from Rio Linda, California.
So, is a Cubs fan an idiot or just a loyal fan. Depends on how they perceive the team and their expectations and their griping about how pitiful the Cubs are. My thought if they just cheer for a team so they can gripe about how pitiful a team is, they aren't fans. If they cheer for a team because they love being in the sun and spending time with their kid that's a fan. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome....it's best to leave for Buster Keaton.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
New Jersey voted against borrowing money to fund stem cell research, but for some reason New Jersey's Democrats are going ahead with plans to build research facilities.
I guess in New Jersey it really isn't worth voting if the governor expects the voters to bend over and say, "thank you, can I have another."
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I have to admit first I've never seen Ellen Degeneres's talk show nor have I ever seen her show in the nineties, and I don't intend to change that anytime soon.
Yesterday morning Fox News did a story about Ellen Degeneres crossing the picket line for her fans. I was a little appalled at the hit she was taking for continuing the show just because she was willing to be faithful to the people that actually keep her on the air.
While the writers guild have a point I fail to see how this strike is necessary. I don't see why the writers can't when in negotiation to sell a script they don't add the royalties. And I have to admit I a little relieved they are on strike because it's getting old seeing stories about how horrible we are as Americans. If I wanted to see that I would just go to al-jazera.
I also have to be honest I think unions have no real benefit anymore. Back when industry didn't care about safety they were necessary, but with government over-regulation that part of what made unions valuable is gone. From what I see from unions they charge dues, and they get "represented" to management. Somehow the money disappears.
When Bobcat went on strike a year ago, the workers were out about a month and only got a 4% raise, of course because the strike hurt business a few hundred were laid off. A net loss for the union in the end.
The bottom line is in spite of not being a fan of Ms. DeGeneres I respect that she is loyal to those that enjoy what she does. Too many celebrities couldn't care less about their fans.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
While Reverend Roberts may be an Evangelical leader his endorsement of Mayor Giuliani doesn't really mean anything. Over the last few years it has been evident that Reverend Roberts influence has been decreasing among Christians.
The idea that we are supposed to sacrifice our beliefs to vote for someone that is acting like they have their fingers crossed is flat out wrong and intellectually dishonest.
It would be one thing if Mayor Giuliani only disagreed with one or two things that make a conservative, but over half of what he espouses isn't conservatism. If it was just gay rights alone (meaning true equality, not special rights I have no problem with that) I may be convinced it would be alright to vote for him if the only issue was abortion rights (because abortion isn't going anywhere in spite of Roe being incorrectly decided). But the problem is he's for both and has waffled more than mrs. bill clinton on the Iraq War.
Reverend Roberts blessing doesn't erase Mayor Giuliani's bragging about wielding the constitution against the citizens of New York City like William Wallace thrusting a claymore through Scotland. I don't trust politicians that refuse to recognize the founders intended the constitution as a limit on government, not the populace.
And Yes, I realize Senator Thompson is going no where. Mayor Giuliani's said that, "If you agree with 85% of what I stand for....I can't find 20% beyond chasing the monsters off and his tax policy. I'm not going to the Day of Judgement and explain why I voted for someone that I almost am diametrically opposed to, there's already enough stuff I'm not going to be able to talk myself out of. Reverend Roberts 'absolution' doesn't buy that much grace for me to vote for Mayor Giuliani.
The President needs to intervene only as far as the writers of 24 and The Unit are concerned.
I'm tired of the anti-American movies so the rest can stay out forever for all I care. Besides, if I get nostalgic for rendition I can just watch .
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Originally posted October 2006
I'm for everyone having a photo ID for voting. If I need a photo ID so I can drive a car, Register my pick-up so I can drive that vehicle, if I need ID so I can hunt for my food, if I need a photo ID and finger prints and a proficiency test to practice my Second Amendment rights-even though some how it doesn't fall under the full faith and credit clause. If Teenagers need a photo ID to get into an 'R' movie. An ID to write Checks. A special ID for my confiscated funds for my retirement known as Social Security. A Photo ID for my job. I have to buy a licence to get hitched (married for those of you in Rio Linda)
FOR THE LOVE OF LUCY PLEASE TELL ME WHY IT IS WRONG TO EXPECT THAT PEOPLE SHOULD PRODUCE A PHOTO ID TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP?
After watching the the Assassination of Jesse James, I have to admit it was better than what I was expecting. It really isn't a DVD purchase because it is only good for one viewing. There is some cussing and violence. The good thing about the Sexual content is they limited it to about five off color jokes and unlike most modern movies just insinuated at an encounter instead of showing the encounter.
As far as historical accuracy it is right on from the article and documentaries I've watched, but I do question their interpretation of what caused Jesse to take off his guns when he was killed.In short this is a rental without the kids around, but it isn't a very uplifting movie. It would be better to watch the 1957 3:10 to Yuma.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
In the interest of full disclosure, I could never support him for any public office. There are a ton of things that give me pause about his campaign from voting to prevent people the right of self-preservation to his unwilliness to show he would be the chief cheerlearder for this Great Nation. He may be a great guy to go get a burger with but even our Theologies not matching up I doubt he would want to get one with the likes of this hick.
I watched the Halloween clip from the 11/03/ Saturday Night Live bit with Senator Obama. The line where the Senator says' "Even on Halloween I want to be myself," earned a great deal of respect from me because he is who he is. I can respect his consistency, something that most of the other candidates lack.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
The AP is reporting that a couple of Democratic Senators are complaining about passport fees are exorbitant. While this maybe, never leaving the greatest nation on Earth beyond the International Peace Garden I don't know.
But this makes me wonder why do these same people want to raise taxes on the rich? I don't know many people that are in the same tax bracket as myself 'jetting off to Europe' that isn't on the GI plan.
This really seams to be a shell game, where our Government is hoping the crumbs they give us keep us satisfied that they are doing this job.
Unfortunately, it's both parties. While congress wants to give all sorts of breaks to law breakers it seams like they don't care about those of us that are stuck with the bill. It's like getting drug to a ballet and not getting any affection for the effort.
We may call and write letters to impart our views on criminal activity, then they try to blow smoke in our eyes with an amnesty bill called the 'Dream Act.'
Or sacrificing our sovereignty to the vikings, I mean the un with the Law of the Sea Treaty which would give control of the seas to the very people that raped and pillaged their way through Africa and stole oil from the people of Iraq (thus funding suicide bombings in Israel).
The Gunslinger opined that just blogging about such travesties doesn't get the job done when it comes to the deeds of those living in the swamp between Maryland and Virgina. The problem is there is only so much time people have to write letters call and have to spend on all the swamp gas from our elected leaders.
I get why people were concerned about the NSA phone captures, but what are we supposed to do when government won't do the ONE CONSTITUTIONAL JOB THEY WERE Given? Seventy people slaughtered on the border this year between coyotes and the Mexican Army is seventy people to many. I guess the President and Congress are alright with seventy Americans being killed so the US doesn't appear to be racist.
As I've written numerous times I know that the government can't protect everyone all the time, but if we don't have borders we don't have a country. While I do believe we need to be fighting Iraq (and Iran since we've been fighting them since we've been in Iraq.) we have to do something about the Americans being slaughter by a foreign force in our own country.
With important issues like this they bring up minor issues that make it look as if they are doing their job. It really is beginning to seam they ripped out a page from Fahrenheit 451 by trying to distract us with crumbs, rather than making us the best country we can be no matter what our political beliefs are and doing their dang job.
I don't know what the answer is to get ALL THOSE IN THAT DANG SWAMP to listen, but we are Americans we deserve better than what we are getting. Imagine complaining about a fee, when they want to raise taxes. They really must think we are idiots.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Yesterday morning I was listening to Glenn Beck in horror and great anger when he said GI JOE isn't GI JOE anymore. Mr. Beck reported that the 'Real American Hero' is going to become an international reactionary military force. I went for independent confirmation of this and found this article from IESB where it isn't just going to include the British Actionman but agents from around the world. While I can understand the concept of wanting a broader international appeal, but why not try to put out a better view of our country. The answer maybe because of the fear of being to Patriotic (see /films).
This begs the question: "What is wrong with being too Patriotic?" When has the freedoms that God granted us that we as Americans enjoy to the fullest extent that ANY NATION has had? When there is a natural disaster as private citizens we are the first to open our wallets. Our troops have gone world wide to save the lowest person on earth. We still have heroes buried in France, in Asia, and Africa. I'm not saying we haven't ever done anything wrong, but to not celebrate who we are as a people we are setting ourselves up to be over run by cutthroats crossing a border, because we don't want to look like 'we're evil' or not being willing to admit our troops have the enemy on the run in Iraq because some how a handful of criminal guards abused some monsters (never mind the guards were punished.)
We don't celebrate our advancement into space (even if we haven't done anything new in 20 years), or in medicine. I heard a Giuliani commercial where he said that in our medical system because it has some basis in the free market prostrate cancer has an 84% survivor rate compared to the much touted tax-payer socialist of Great Britain survivor rate is at 44%.
If it wasn't for the US women would be oppressed in Afghanistan.
While I know we aren't perfect, far from it. But when the communist system of Cuba is held up as an example where millions were slaughtered and telling ourselves we are a horrible people what do we gain?
What do we gain by changing our icons? If GI Joe answers to the un (an entity that couldn't fight it's way out of a paper sack, an entity that raped and pillaged the people they were sent to "protect" and amazingly barely if at all covered by those that whined for almost a year about abu grahib) Cobra would in reality would rule the world as the un would refuse to pass sanctions or may send in the blue helmets to watch as Cobra wrecked, ruined, and pillaged the earth.
With the un we get the oil for food scandal, with the US the world gets freedom when we don't run away because we defeat ourselves because we for some reason believe we are a bad people.
GI Joe for a couple of generations taught boys what was great about the US. To make GI Joe an international force answerable to the un is like saying John Wayne loved joe stalin. We need to quit trying to destroy our culture other wise there won't be a US.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
-- John Adams (letter to Count Sarsfield, 3 February 1786)Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, 264.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The AP is reporting:
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida sympathizers have unleashed a
torrent of anger against Al-Jazeera television, accusing it of misrepresenting
Osama bin Laden's latest audiotape by airing excerpts in which he criticizes
mistakes by insurgents in Iraq.
Users of a leading Islamic militant Web
forum posted thousands of insults against the pan-Arab station for focusing on
excerpts in which bin Laden criticizes insurgents, including his
Analysts said the reaction highlighted militants' surprise at bin
Laden's words, and their dismay at the deep divisions among al-Qaida and other
Iraqi militants that he appeared to be trying to heal.
"It's not about
Al-Jazeera, it's about their shock from bin Laden," said Diaa Rashwan, an
Egyptian expert on Islamic militant groups. "For the first time, bin Laden, who
used to be the spiritual leader who gives guidance, became a critic of al-Qaida
and is confessing mistakes. This is unusual."
"God fight Al-Jazeera," railed
one militant Web poster, calling the station a "collaborator with the Crusaders"
for suggesting the tape showed weakness in al-Qaida and featuring discussions of
how the tape reflected weaknesses and divisions among insurgents in Iraq.
recording aired Monday contained unusually strong criticism of insurgents in
Iraq from bin Laden, who urges them to admit mistakes and unify. Bin Laden even
acknowledges that he advises himself not to be "fanatical" in his
"Some of you have been lax in one duty, which is to unite your
ranks," bin Laden said. "Beware of division ... Muslims are waiting for you to
gather under a single banner to champion righteousness. Be keen to oblige with
"I advise myself, Muslims in general and brothers in al-Qaida
everywhere to avoid extremism among men and groups," he said.
The tape was
met with a cautiously positive response from at least one insurgent coalition
that has been opposed to al-Qaida.
But the Al-Fajr Media Center, which
usually posts al-Qaida video and audio tapes on the Web, accused Al-Jazeera of
"counterfeiting the facts" by making the speech appear as exclusively critical
"Al-Jazeera directors have shamefully chosen to back the
Crusaders' side, and the defenders of hypocrites and the thugs and traitors of
Iraq," Al-Fajr said in a statement posted on several Islamic Web
Another Web contributor even rattled off a five-stanza poem of rhymed
couplets, comparing the station to a "miserable fly in the garbage" and
concluding, "Your day will come, vile one. As long as we live, you won't be
Few of the thousands of messages posted by contributors on
the Web sites — who are only identified by usernames — called for direct
violence against Al-Jazeera. Most instead urged that the full bin Laden tape be
distributed as widely as possible on the Web to show its true message.
full 30-minute audio was posted on Islamic Web sites the day after excerpts were
aired by Al-Jazeera. It features long sections praising insurgents for their
"holy war" against U.S. and Iraqi troops and urging Iraqis to join them.
editor-in-chief of the Qatar-based station, Ahmed Sheik, refused to comment on
the criticism but said the tape had not been misrepresented.
"Every time, we
deal with their tapes same way we did last time," he told The Associated
Bin Laden's message came at a time of deepening splits in the Sunni
Arab insurgency in Iraq. Some insurgent groups have formed a coalition rivaling
one set up by al-Qaida in Iraq. Other factions have broken away and joined U.S.
troops in fighting al-Qaida. A group of Sunni Arab tribes in the western
province of Anbar also have campaigned against al-Qaida.
The splits are
believed to have been caused by anger over al-Qaida attempts to dominate the
insurgency as well as by its killings of Sunni tribal leaders and its attempts
to impose Taliban-like rules.
The spokesman of one coalition of insurgents
opposed to al-Qaida welcomed bin Laden's call and even left open the possibility
of working with al-Qaida if its mistakes were corrected.
"We don't want to
get ahead of ourselves ... but the subject is put forward before the council,"
Khattab Abdul-Rahman al-Jabbouri, spokesman of the Political Council of the
Iraqi Resistance, told Al-Jazeera in an interview.
He said al-Qaida in
Iraq's actions "damaged the social fabric of the Iraqi people." But "if someone
corrects their mistake, no matter who they are, then that is a good thing.
That's what we hope for today, so that we can end the mistakes and unify our
ranks so we can be a single line against the aggressor," he said.
Driggers, Mideast analyst for the Terrorism Research Center, said bin Laden's
criticisms of al-Qaida in Iraq and his rhetoric addressing all Iraqis —
including tribal leaders — "seems to have brought more authority to the request
(for unity) and the groups are taking it more seriously."
Rosenbach, a terror expert and executive director of research at Harvard
University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said the
splits will be difficult to mend, pointing out that Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq
view bin Laden as being as foreign as the Americans.
This makes me wonder when the daily kos is going to come out with the thought that Karl Rove captured bin ladin single handedly and had Jack Bauer torture him into making this latest tape.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Army Corps of Engineers have a way of doing some incredibly incompetent things. The states that have the Missouri River running through is well aware of how the Corps release so much water downriver-especially when there is no barge traffic on the Mississippi river (the stated reason they release so much water from the dams Sakakawea and Oahe.) A monument that was covered since 1954 was visible for the first time this Summer on Lake Sakakawea. It's an annual ordeal for our state to extend the boat ramp into the lake.
This is irksome enough, but when you see a state having to conserve water and even that isn't going to be enough because the Corps is 'obeying' the law to save some purple mussel over the lives of Americans one has got to wonder where the priorities are in this nation Human life must trump animal life. IF Darwin is to be believed then the mussels must either die or adapt.
IF our government is going to put, an endangered animal above the lives of our fellow citizens it is time to rethink trusting them for our security, end social security-because they can't be trusted with our money, and we should NEVER allow the government to run our health care.
But what do I know, I'm just a hick that has seen how poorly it has done running the Reservation system and the Veteran's Administration.
Friday, October 19, 2007
What does government attempted censorship cost? Beyond freedom the market place has decided that price is $2,100,100 + Rush Limbaugh's matching that price. No word if any of the Senators that violated their oath of office are going to match the winning bid. This doesn't include those of us that are only able to throw in a couple of bucks here and there to honor their legacy that have to live without our heroes.
Listening to Speaker pelosi's cry on S-CHIP being for the children honestly began to grate on me because every time the liberals want us mere mortals to swallow something that is extra-constitutional they utter this phrase. Until I saw what Rush Limbaugh was doing with the Senates letter to violate his 1st Amendment rights.
Rush has put the letter up on E-bay for auction with all proceeds going to the Marine Corps- Law Enforcement Foundation. This Foundation gives scholarships to children of military and federal law enforcement officers that die in the line of duty. There is little or no over head for this Foundation so ALL the money go to the children.
The next time a liberal ELLECTED official says it's for the children and has not contributed at least out of their own pocket $10,000 to this Foundation for the children they should be ignored because they aren't doing something for the children. No matter what people think about Rush this is a worthy charity that anything we give to this Foundation is a drop in the bucket for what we owe to those that picked up a rifle or put on a badge for this nation.
Reuters is reporting that an American Christian missionary has been taken hostage in Chad by a group that has connected itself al queda. The 'rebels' took Steve Godbold prisoner earlier this month. While negotiations are under way to get his release we need to be praying for his safety along with the others that are risking their life to spread the Gospel.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Bismarck Tribune has an article about a sixteen year old female driver that ran a stop light where she killed another driver. The intersection where this occurred she was at least going 50 mph when she ran the red light.
Unfortunately, the state has decided this should go through juvenile court, in spite a car has about a million times the foot pounds of force that my .45 has. This is ridiculous if she would have been standing on street corner shooting arrows she would have been charged as an adult with no less than a manslaughter charge. A vehicle is tool that can make a very capable weapon when wielded by someone that's irresponsible.
I will grant I don't believe in rehabilitation, I believe in punishment, I don't give a warm bucket of spit what happens to criminals (unless they don't receive the most severe punishment that the law allows). This was NOT an accident, she wantonly disregarded the safety of others and the punishment must meet the crime. A juvie rap sheet that will go away at age 18 will NOT bring Roy Roberts back to his family that WILL PAY EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES because of this crime.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
USA Today: Monday, October 15 Bismarck - The State Historical Society of North Dakota has taken possession of a Cold War artifact - an Air Force missile silo. Preservation advocates want to make the silo and a former control center near Cooperstown into a historic site and tourist attraction. The society has $500,000 in federal and state grants but needs to raise $1 million.
The nuclear missiles are an important part of our history as Dakotans and should be represented as a historical site. I'm hoping that we can raise the money to preserve this piece of our heritage.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Military Times has a video interview with a wounded soldier that had an RPG fired into him that didn't explode. There is no end of awe I have for all those that are serving this nation.
The bravery of the medical staff and the demolitions crew have my total respect.
Hat tip to Gunslinger
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Reuters is reporting that Will Smith is developing a sit-com based on the movie "Hitch." While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, which is rare for romantic comedies for me, if he's not going to star in it the draw to the show won't be as great for me because there are a few shows like 'Hitch' from 'two and half men' to 'How I met your mother.'
I'll probably check it out because I'm a huge Will Smith fan, but there again if he isn't starring in it I don't know if it will really break through.
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 06:07
Thursday, October 11, 2007
After I rolled out of bed and decided I needed some food, I hopped into Elly to head to a steakhouse for dinner. The radio was tuned to the Hannity show where he was interviewing Newt Gingrich. I was treated to the same old discourse that comes out of the Easterners mouth every election year and their complaint that Dr. Dobson said that if Rudy was to get the nomination he would run a third party candidate.
First off, Mrs. bill clinton is evil. No one would argue otherwise that has read the Communist Manefesto, Das Kapitol, 1984, and Animal Farm as long as they are intellectually honest. We know that statement that 'when clinton lied no one died' is false (see Branch Davidians, Blackhawk Down, and the Serbs). There is no dout that Echelon and Craig Livingston and the FBI files on thousands of Americans should terrify all those that complain about the NSA phone captures.
That been said, I'm tired of republicans using her as a the boogieman to get us to sacrifice our principle to support Rudy, Romney, or Huckabee. The concept that Rudy will only nominate 'strict constructionist' is hard for me to swallow knowing that he started the New York law suit aimed towards an American Industry, because it was 'responsible' for the deaths of New Yorkers. Even beyond this I listened in horror a couple of months ago when actually bragged about how he wielded the constitution against the populace...just as disgusting as if it came out of mrs. bill clinton's mouth. Or the debate where Governor Romney bragged about his state's gun control laws.
I have a buddy that says I should fall in lock step with Huckabee. The problem is he's for a nation wide ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, and in public. Not only making it impossible to support mrs. bill clinton's health care plan because people can't smoke, but I have been consistent on personal choice rights from seatbelts, helmet laws, and smoking. The founders intended that the individual right wasn't going to be trampled by tyrants...even if the swamp was just outside of Maryland and Virgina.
Newt's point about Chief Justice Roberts because President Bush was able to nominate him and get him passed the marxists and the RINOs in the Senate is a valid point on why supporting these three (which was weird considering Thompson is closing in on front runner Romney), It isn't enough reason why us conservatives should sacrifice our principles to vote for RINOs. I keep seeing stories about how the marxists are raising more money than the Repubs. If this is the case, maybe the Republicans need to realize that we are torqued, we worked hard for decades to get a Republican congress and they acted like wusses. They didn't demand a cop assault be prosecuted or a bribe case be filed. They didn't make any move to change Senate rules and they did nothing to secure the border. So, we get nothing from them except 'well either you vote for us or the boogieman becomes El Presidente for life.
They really have no vision for this country. I will grant Rudy will keep the monsters on the run, but at what price? I can't vote for them just because of Mrs. bill clinton, most people don't vote against someone they need a reason to vote for them.
I have a buddy that thinks I'm nuts for backing Fred, but he's the only one talking about federalism. (well that's not anti-Semitic). His articles that he wrote for townhall.com really spoke to my Federalist heart and I've checked out his voting record I can support him. Those three scare me just as much as Obama and Mrs. bill clinton. And yes it would be a mistake to run a third party, but there is no way I can vote for Rudy or Romney.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The AP is reporting that the President is trying to get Texas to stop an execution of an illegal alien from mexico that has been in the US for years. This monster was part of a gang that murdered and raped two teenage girls. The reason of this is because of a 1963 Viena treaty that somehow this monsters rights were supposedly ignored.
Bottom line this monster did the crime he should swing.
My traditional Pastors Appriciation month blog.
First of Paul wrote that those who are doing the Lord's Work deserve what they are paid. Which in some areas of this country is way less than teachers, especially if you factor in teachers hours and the two or three months they have off. Pastors are kinda like United States Presidents when it comes to vacation. They are always in contact with the body. My dad always left the phone number with a boardmember when we left for vacation. There were quite a few times when his one day off were taken up because someone was sick, needed prayer, or counseling. My dad also went into the public school when there were events in town if the kids needed someone to talk to. (something alot of pastors would do or are doing)I not saying a pastor minds. I know I have relayed this story before, but I think it bears repeating.The day before the wreck I was telling my dad about a hostage situation that my one of my college professors had told us about where there was a man had his family at the point of a gun and wanted a pastor, but none was found.Before I could fininsh my dad said I can't believe that because a true pastor with a pastor's heart will drop everything if they were needed.Less than twenty-four hours later dad was dead. BUT there was a Bapist Pastor on a Sunday Morning at 0400 hrs came to be with my family at the first hospital than traveled 40+ miles to visit mom in the next. Never met us, probably will never see him until we get home The Pastor that I currently have well I tease him about only working one day a week, but I know that he preaches at least one nursing home, meets with at least on accountability group, goes walking with on Tuesday (which I appreciate more than I can express because I miss being a pk and I enjoy his friendship).Low pay and long hours aren't the only hardship that pastors families endure. My dad had people call and complain about the music that my sister and I listened to. They complained because my sister found a nice coat that she had(a little coat of many colors jealousy I guess). And the bizarre expectation that we would be perfect. (well I was perfect at least).Finally, someone who is vital to the ministry of the pastor is the pastor's wife. My pastor and I have talked about it and I told him I think the most important person in our church is his wife, because I know Sheri helps him keep his schedule straight and keeps him grounded. He has said that she tells him that they need to get a gift for this person that is hurting or for this family that just had a kid.So this month that is Pastor Appreciation Month remember he works worse hours than you for a ton less money. He is human and so are his kids, so don't hold them to an inordinately high standard, a standard that you- yourself don't keep. And Remember how valuable He is and His wife because when trouble comes. He will be there to pray and to hold your hand, don't just honor them this month. And above all keep him and his family in your prayers.
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