"[H]owever weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties."
-- Alexander Hamilton (Report on a National Bank, 13 December 1790) Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge,ed. (4)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
"[H]owever weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties."
I have frequently said that the law is the law and when I was in college I told my friends if it came down to it I would run in my own Grandma if she did anything wrong. I've said it in reference to illegal immigration, those that harm children, and admitted I don't believe in grace the way the modern Christian church preaches.
Well, two nights ago I had an accident where I hit another vehicle. I thought I stopped and I didn't feel anything. I offered to call the police department, but the recipient of my poor driving said to hold off.
This morning I received a call from the gentleman and the damage was at the level that the police report was required by North Dakota law. I called him back about an hour later and we agreed to meet down at the PD.
The guy felt bad I was getting a ticket, but the thing is I was wrong and I deserve the ticket. While I'm not "happy" about the ticket, I'm not complaining because if I'm going to be consistent on what I believe I have to accept the consequences. I only mention this so those that may claim I'm racist for expecting the law be obeyed can see I can accept the consequences of my actions and there is NO REASON that a criminal should get out of theirs, but I guess I shouldn't expect city slickers to understand consistency.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
but for some reason care about horses more. I knew that they were full of fertilizer I just didn't realize they were admires of it.
I'm not really an animal lover beyond the steak I threw on the grill tonight, but I do love horses and I cannot imagine horse owner spending millions of dollars on a thoroughbred horse and really do something that would harm the animal. Horses in todays world are nothing more than a money pit and horse owners have to love them to own them.
Now congress is worried about the lack of oversight in horse racing. How is this a congressional issue? It is stretching the interstate commerce clause incredibly thin and again congress is doing their traditional smoke and mirrors act to show that they are actually 'doing something when they get nothing that matters accomplished.'
At most if there was something nefarious ahoof, it would be up to each states racing commission. The federal government can't even give decent housing or medical care to our troops, and they are wasting forcing their way into something that is beyond their constitutional bounds.
To quote Harry Morgan from M.A.S.H., This is nothing but "Horse Hockey!"
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Can't really come up with a title for this post. After I heard Tim Russert died, my heart sank a little, maybe because he did remind me a bit of my Dad. With Mr. Russert's death it has sparked my thoughts of my Dad, which doesn't take to much because that night is always with me no matter what I do. I normally disappear on certain days of the year April 28th and Fathers Day are two of the most prevent because I miss Dad and I really don't want to deal with other people to bad.
Some of my greatest memories of my Dad are the times he would take his radio outside and we would play catch while listening to the Minnesota Twins. Dad never was to busy to talk to my Beloved Sister or me if we had a problem, or a question about the Sermon at the Sunday Dinner table after Church.
I really miss having the deep Theological, political, or life discussions that we had. I miss being able to stop into his Study and just talking or watching research the Sermon he was working on. To this day it amazes me to think that he would get up at 4 AM to pray for a church service that wouldn't start for another SEVEN hours. After we moved to North Dakota, Watford City had a retired Latin professor that was willing to give a refresher course for Pastors in the community. Dad eagerly took part because it was important to him to get to what God meant in the Bible so he could be the best Pastor he could be. Dad did a great job watching out for us when we had some busy body complain about what kind of music my Sister or I was listen to (granted 1950's music is the Devils music-forgive the sarcasm) or when my Sister bought a new jacket with her money after having to wear the same coat for three years (I only found out about the jacket complaint after Dad's death).
Dad taught us by living his life to the highest standard. He NEVER looked down on anyone and he never pushed his beliefs on anyone even though it was clear what he believed. I asked him once why he didn't preach about certain topics from the pulpit once. He said that he never wanted to be a stumbling block to others to come to Christ.
I hope some day I can live up to the example he put forth.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Foxnews.com is reporting that Senator chris dodd and Senator kent conrad (ND) both received sweetheart loans from Countrywide. I'll grant Senator mccain has the keating five, Senator obama has a whole herd of Anti-Americans, but the democrats took back congress after crying about a culture of corruption. I realize that liberals never see hypocrisy but the old cliche about those that living in glass houses not throwing stones would have been good to follow, even if they would have just ignored the Golden Rule.
I hope that North Dakotans take notice of the corruption that Senator conrad is involved with and remove this crook.
One last note, Senator conrad is the politician that my beloved Sister stumped and almost drove to tears when she was a Freshman in High School showing how big of putz he really is.
Friday, June 13, 2008
The Shooting Wire is reporting that North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is going to be hosting the National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Doug Wicklund June 28th and he will be appraising heirloom firearms. Mr. Wicklund has been on the History Channel several times being one of the major authorities on historic firearms.
This a joint effort between the NRA and the North Dakota Historical Society. The Hall of Fame is having an exhibition this summer dealing with historic North Dakota firearms including a rifle that was used at the Little Bighorn June 25, 1876, since he rode out of Ft. Abraham Lincoln, which was Southwest of Bismark, Dakota Territory it is an important piece of history to all Dakotans. The exhibition will also include one of Teddy Roosevelt's hunting rifles and other the firearms of our States' settlers.
This is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about who we are as Americans and Dakotans.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A Prayer Request.....
My sister lives in a suburb of Cedar Rapids. Her place is safe from flooding, but she has to enter town tomorrow to go to work. So, if people would pray for those in the path of the flooding in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, we would appriciate it
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 22:59
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The AP is reporting that the chinese hacked a couple of congressional computers presumably looking for information on dissidents.
I think someone must have forgotten to tell china that we aren't at war with them, but they sure are acting like they are at war with us.
Friday, June 06, 2008
The Bismarck Tribune reported June 4:
JAMESTOWN (AP) - A second white bison calf has been
born in a herd on the edge of Jamestown that already touts an adult albino bison
and her white offspring.Staff members of the National Buffalo Museum were
shocked to find the new white calf, born Saturday to a brown bison in the herd
of about 30."To say we're all surprised would be an understatement," said Nina Sneider, director of
Buffalo City Tourism.The new calf's gender is not known, because officials have
tried to avoid disturbing the new baby and its mother."They just kind of need to
be together," said Felicia Sargeant, the director of the National Buffalo Museum
in Jamestown."He has pink eyes. We can say with a pretty good percent of
accuracy that he is albino," Sargeant said of the calf. The staff did have
to remove a sign proclaiming the herd's nearly 12-year-old albino female, White
Cloud, and her calf, Dakota Miracle, as one in a billion. No one knows what
having three albino bison in such a small herd means genetically."Obviously,
we've got some luck going for us," said Dean Anderson, president of the museum
board. "At least now, people will have a better chance of seeing a white
buffalo."Dakota Thunder, one of three bulls in the herd, carries the albino gene
and is the father of the new calf, Sargeant said. There are no solid statistics on the
odds of having one albino - let alone three, she said. Dakota Miracle was born
last summer and came through the winter as a healthy, growing young buffalo.
He's nearly as tall as his mother and retains all the characteristics of an
said."He's going to be a big, beautiful bull," she said. He also will add to the
albino gene pool in the herd, she said.Billboards touting White Cloud and Dakota
Miracle are still up. It's too late to change the advertising for the summer
season about how rare they are."We're past the point that we can redo or
recreate them, so now it will be word of mouth, radio and television," Sneider said. "All you can
say is, 'Who would ever have thought this could happen?'"
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Let me be a free man-free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade, where i choose, free to choose my own teachers; free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself-and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe at Lincoln Hall, Washington D. C. January 14, 1879