Monday, December 31, 2007

My solution for those that insist on driving under the influence of anything

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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

"How many observe Christ's birth-day!  How few, his
precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

-- Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richards Almanack, 1743)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas From The Moon

The Bismarck Tribune has an article about the Appollo 8 flight:

HAZEN — A living legend flew from the airport at Hazen on Monday.

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

Christmas Terms-Noel

No·el [ nō él ] (plural No·els) or No·ël [ nō él ] (plural No·ëls)



Christmas: Christmas, especially in carols or greetings

[12th century. (dies) natalis "birth (day)" - nasci "be born"]

Friday, December 21, 2007

Some digging on the Lakota Secession movement

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

Lakota Secession

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.

NORAD tracking Santa again this year

Just so you can keep the kids busy NORAD is tracking Santa again this year

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merrry Christmas

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.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Bill of Rights Day

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:

Amendment I
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.

Amendment II
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.

Amendment III
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.

Amendment IV
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.

Amendment V
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.

Amendment VI
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.

Amendment VII
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.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
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.

I knew eating beef wasn't going to kill me

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

Didn't dahmer's mother say something like this about her son

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?'

I love Sheriff Joe Arpiho from Mericopa County

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

Christmas Traditions

Christianity Today's website has several Christmas posts that are well worth the read as we barrel towards one of the two greatest holidays in all Christendom.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Mrs. bill clinton's worst flip-flop

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

Now this is an American

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

Global Warming may save lives, because it will end influenza.

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.

Truth in humor

A little girl is watching the news with her dad when
the newscaster says, "More on candidates after this."

The little girl turns to her dad and asks,
" Can you call people morons on TV?"

Joke taken from Bloopers Jokes Quips &Quotes by Jim Kraus.

Pictures added for dramatic effect

Saturday, December 01, 2007

To Mayor Guilani: (an open letter)

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.