Tuesday, January 31

The Audition

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. [Revelation 21:22-27]

A few nights ago my wife and I had occasion to go to a high school musical play. Brochures were handed out before the play began containing the cast members names and the roles they played. All their work came down to an evening's production. The cast members forgot some lines, singers ad-libbed song lyrics and even stage hands moved furniture at inappropriate times. Imperfect as it was, the story was intact and a wonder to behold.

I began to think of life on the other side of the curtain called death, once departed from this stage, with all its rehearsal opportunities. This is just the audition for the part, with all its miscues, forgotten lines, inappropriate props. Getting the lines right is a beautiful thing, like portraying character. It's been said that character is demonstrated by what is done when no one is around. Perhaps the only important audience is the one on the other side of the curtain. After all the rehearsals, this one audition is the chance to get our names in the "Lamb's Brochure" when the curtain will be drawn and the story of life begins.

Thursday, January 26

Government is not your friend

I'm reading other blogs that don't have a clue. Judge Napolitano in his new book, Constitutional Chaos, makes it very clear. What does it say of us if we allow government to lie, steal and otherwise malign in order to maintain law and order?

It doesn't matter what happened to Dylan Bortz, or even how badly the Bortz family handled this whole affair. What does matter is the fact that DFCS is not abiding by the rule of law and neither the governor nor the judge in question wants to do anything to reign them in. The Bortz family could be the worst of criminals and the the government is still bound by the law to follow it.

Of course, why should I think that DFCS would follow the law. Janet Reno didn't when she sent INS agents to seize Elian Gonzalez.

Monday, January 16

Save Jackson Bortz

Who is Jackson Bortz? He could be anyone's child in Georgia. For that matter, he could be any child in the police state we call America.

Two weeks ago, Rachel was holding Dylan in his baby seat and Jack ran past her in the kitchen. Rachel lost the grip on the baby seat and Dylan fell to the floor. Both my son Matthew and I were eye witnesses to this. Rachel and I quickly picked Dylan up and applied ice to his head. All he had was a tiny bruise under his eye and a slight puffiness on his eyelid. Five days later we found him in his bed not breathing. Sadly, the bump on his head from five days earlier caused his death and we are grieving beyond imagination.

Now DFCS (Department of Family and Children's Services) has stolen our grandson Jackson away for no cause. Last week, we had a hearing in front of a judge and the judge allowed Rachel and Don to have unlimited, unsupervised visits with their son Jackson at his paternal grandparents home. However, last night, DFCS showed up at the paternal grandparents' house at dinner and took poor 3-year old Jackson away in a police car. Their reason? DFCS states that Rachel and Don, Jackson's parents, could not be over to the house after dark; that while the court order does not specify this, they meant that visitation was only in DFCS supervision and only during daylight hours. *We have clarified with the judge that his recommendation was unsupervised and unlimited; he did not have a problem with them being with Jackson at any point, including overnight.*

Now DFCS tells us that they don't have to do what the judge said to do. And the judge told us that, in reality, he just gives advice to DFCS.
There will be a hearing on Jackson Wednesday, January 18th, at the Juvenile Court Building located at 395 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta. Any parent within reasonable driving distance ought to be there. This has got to stop. DFCS must be abolished, now. It is a state agency corrupt, with bureaucratic entanglements, and brazen enough to tell parents that they become the parents when they step in.

Abolish Georgia DFCS now!

Nestle's makes the very best

New Orleans Mayor Nagin says this and it makes news. Of course, the usual thing to say is if I, as a white guy, said that kinda thing I'd be called a racist. Havin' these battle flags 'round would make them think that substantiates their case, but I kinda like the term though. "Black" never had much pizazz; too quotidian and amorphous. "African-American" seemed schizophrenic. "Chocolate" really captures the true spirit and quality of the sub-culture. It makes the race sound tasty enough to want to join too.

By the way, I'm celebrating MLK day in my own way. I'm wearing black and eating black licorice.

Happy B-Day, Gen. Lee

...because character counts.

Character warrants honoring Lee

Wednesday, January 11

Sometimes ya just wanna....

I ran across this piece today on Doctor Recommended that struck a chord with me. Actually, it was more like I wanted to wrap a cord around a kid's hands and drag him behind my truck... Well, I must control myself because ya never know when some fed, cop or government spy yahoo is rummaging through the daily blogs looking for signs of child abuse and if I write something like this they would get the wrong idea...right. Sure.

What really set me off was this video of a supposed 9 year old arguing with his mother over chocolate milk while playing with his X-box. I say "supposed" because ya just never know about how these things can get made up, but I know kids like this and it just made me wanna take that kid and ....

CAUTION: Although this kid is supposedly only 9, he curses like a Navy Seal. So you're forewarned. Any kid that cursed at my wife, his mother, like that would have his chocolate milk given him...in an enema...with the worst lookin' garden hose I could find.

Video here

Tuesday, January 10

A balanced view

I found this and thought it a concise, balanced view. In the search for truth, I generally believe that it lies somewhere between the views extreme.

History has been unkind, to say it mildly, to the Confederate cause. It's important to study the cause of secession and war. 200,000 Southrons died in the war. We shame their memories if we forget their cause.

An Englishman's Take on the Confederate Flag

Dear Friends of the South,

As an Englishman, living in England, may I throw my hat into the ring also, in relation to the letter by the lady Prudence.

1) As you are all aware, the UK consists of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. (A mini US if you will, with England as the major partner) Should one of these countries wish total independence, I for one would not take up arms to retain it.

2) Had I been alive and in the American Colonies in 1776, I too would have fought for my right to independence and the creation of the United States.

3) Had I been alive and living in the south in 1861, I too would have fought for my right to independence and the creation of the Confederate States.

4)I would have owned NO slaves, just as 80% of those who fought for the Confederacy OWNED NO SLAVES !

5)Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves IN THE CONFEDERACY (the country he had no control over) All slaves in the north remained in bondage.

6) There were more slaves in Washington DC in 1861 than there were in Charleston SC.

7) When the proclamation was issued, the 6th Ohio put their guns down and went home.

8)My personal hero, Lt.Gen. A.P.Hill, felt slavery was evil and owned none.

9) In England, a bunch of low-life racist's use the Cross of St George as their flag, yet it can be seen flying everywhere because of the Queen's Jubilee.

10)The reference to the War for Southern Independence being a "White man's fight" was changed in the late 19th century from the original "Free man's fight", and all reference to the 60,000 brave gentlemen of colour who fought for the Confederacy (of their own free will) was all but wiped out, except for reference in English and French history books !!!!!!

11)Slave traders bought their slaves fron Africa, sold to them by Arabs on occasion, but mostly by other Black African's !!!!!

12)I am ashamed to say that Jews, who should have known better, also owned slaves and I AM A JEW!!! but I still do living history, dress as a Confederate soldier and tell the truth about what happened, warts and all and I proudly fly my Battle Flag !!!

Every nation must learn from its history and not be afraid to admit where it went wrong.

For The Confederacy to fight to retain its independence was RIGHT.

For The Confederacy to have slaves was WRONG.

But that is HISTORY.

Here in the UK, school children can read that we invented Concentration Camps during the Boer War, 50 years before Hitler. WE DON'T TRY TO COVER IT UP OR CHANGE IT BECAUSE IT MAY BE OFFENSIVE. We've made mistakes AND WE LIVE WITH THEM.

The War for Southern Independence was what it was, warts and all. Admit to the bad parts, but BE PROUD OF THE GOOD PARTS!!!!

Most of all, KEEP FLYING THE BATTLE FLAG AND BE PROUD OF IT !!!!

Norman Strongman

Monday, January 9

Another chair removed...

And so another round in the game is played. Another chair gets taken, the music begins again as the players march around, all the while keeping a strategic eye on the remaining empty chairs being ready to grab one when the music stops. And it will stop...and there won't be much for the last one with a chair.

Verizon Communications and MCI today closed their $8.5 billion merger transaction, with one of the first orders of business being the formation of a new operating unit encompassing enterprise and government customers, and related functions of the former MCI as well as similar activities from Verizon.
It probably was better that Verizon, rather than Qwest, bought MCI in the long run. Still, the number of telecom companies will become fewer, as will the number of telecom players, of which I am one.

I've been in telecom too long. It's a vocation that I'm not encouraging my kids to get into, unless they're prepared for a real game of musical chairs. To stay in it someone has to be ready for anything and any job within it. I'm really tired of it. I'll see how the Verizon merger plays out over the next few months. After that, I don't know.

Saturday, January 7

Just cause...I can

Friday, January 6

Da balls of da fedaril gubmint

Difster says that all government tends toward tyranny. He's right and it becomes more evident every day. Is there anything they won't touch?...

Congress certainly has had its plate full lately. Important things are going on in the nation and around the world. A New York Times report that President Bush signed a secret order authorizing the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without obtaining warrants has sparked controversy, Iraqis have had another national election, and a contentious World Trade Organization meeting has wrapped up in Hong Kong. Thus, it was only fitting that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce decided to conduct a hearing on ... college football?...The problem is not that Barton is wrong in the tournament-bowl–system debate; it is that the government has the power to do anything about college sports in the first place! What next? An inquiry into the merits of the off-sides rule in hockey? A congressional investigation of the selection and seeding process of the NCAA basketball tournament? If a good “mid-major” basketball team like Nevada gets a lower seed in the tournament this year because it plays an easier schedule than some of the major conference teams, will the state’s congressional delegation cry foul and call for another hearing or, worse yet, “corrective” legislation?
The gubmint is concerned about the "fairness" of the college Bowl Championship Series (BCS). What swell guys! Probably lost some money in that Texas upset.

Somehow I don't see ol' Jim Madison, Tom Jefferson or Alex Hamilton all that concerned 'bout Harvard or Dartmouth's bowl chances.

That's not Jesus

...And the skeptics wag their tongues and say
"There goes that Jesus again"
The story graced the TV
And the magazines too long

And if my heart ain't broken yet
There must be somethin' wrong
Because but for the grace of God
I know it could be me
And all that's left for me to do
Is to help the world to see
That's not Jesus, He doesn't carry on that way
Just some flesh and blood like you and me
Somehow gone astray
That's not Jesus, no, No matter what "they" say
He doesn't need me to defend Him
He just wants me to obey

- Wayne Watson, "That's Not Jesus"

US evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for "dividing God's land" of Israel, igniting his latest trademark controversy.

As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his "700 Club" television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

"The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, 'divide my land.' God considers this land to be his.
I consider myself a christian but consider Pat Robertson to be an embarrassment, to himself, his 700 club and the cause of Christ in general. He and his Zionist friends have completely distorted the message of the Gospel angering unbelievers and misleading believers.

I really don't know what Bible Pat's reading but it doesn't seem to be the same one I am. He speaks about God's retribution as if he's intimately acquainted with the Almighty. Perhaps he should read...

When the days were approaching for His (Jesus') ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem; and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him. But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."] And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51-56)

Pat Robertson should know, the politics, the government, the land, none of it is important because it isn't the point. It's about the lives of people, particularly Ariel Sharon's. Move on to the next village, Pat.

Wednesday, January 4

The Easter Bunny, Santa, Tooth Fairy....

An extraordinary burst of global warming that occurred around 55 million years ago dramatically reversed Earth's pattern of ocean currents, a finding that strengthens modern-day concern about climate change, a study says.

The big event, the Palaeocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), saw the planet's surface temperature rise by between five and eight degrees C (nine and 16.2 F) in a very short time, unleashing climate shifts that endured tens of thousands of years
Every time I see crap like this I can’t help thinking that these people must imagine we common folk to be beneath them. I’d like to see them take their studies out of the halls of academia and try to defend their “thesis” before angry shoppers at the after-Christmas sales.

55 million years ago? ...55 MILLION YEARS???? They can’t predict snow 7 days from now but they’ll try to tell me about a 5 to 8 degree shift in temperature that happened 55 MILLION YEARS ago and lasted TENS of THOUSANDS of years.

What surprises me is that these super educated idiots make these outrageous claims and no one calls them on it. People have just an inkling of what happened 2 thousand years ago but these yahoos make up, (excuse me, the scientific term is hypothesize) some event longer ago than anyone can imagine. I hope people really understand just how much 55 million is. It takes almost two years just to count to 55 million at one count a second. It’s about 785,714 times the average current human life span. You could drive a car 40,000 miles a year, assuming it wasn’t a Hyundai, you could afford to swap engines every three years and you didn’t have a life otherwise, and it would take over 1300 years to accumulate 55 million miles.

And God coming to earth as man, dying on a cross and being resurrected to life is farfetched? Please…

Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar [Romans 3:4]

Tuesday, January 3

A "misogynist" speaks

Heidi over at Pebblechaser described a revelation she had in her post Feelings, nothing more than feeeelings... as she points to an argument with the following exchange...

I pulled out the mental filing cabinet and rehashed all the evidence necessary to support my cause. When I finally looked up at him, with tears in my eyes no less, I was amazed to see a complete look of incredulity on his face...I was wounded, crushed. There was no sense of remorse, there was no comfort. I was left to blow my nose alone.

Then he said to me, in a calm and rational voice, "I have no idea where you got that. I don't believe that and I have never said that to you."

Now this next part is quite possibly on par with loaves and fishes or water to wine.(Italics mine)

I gasped. Stopped for a second. Started laughing. "You mean I made that up?" "Um, yeah. You did."

Talk about embarrassing. Exposed as a typical female!
Most, if not all, of the women I know aren't capable of having, let alone handling, this kind of epiphany. To a female, emotions=fact=evidence and that's all that's important to know. There is no logic formed which can discourage or dissuade a woman. Offer salient points and thereby engender feminine frustrations, but a woman will believe what she feels, unless and until mental breakthrough happens. I had been concerned that miracles of Heidi's kind, along with healing prayers for the sick and speaking with other tongues, passed with the dispensation of the apostles. I wish feminine realities played out like the pastoral settings of a Jane Austen movie. Truth is, I end up seeing “War of the Worlds” more often than I care to remember.

A recent anecdotal experience, one for which the protection of my own sanity will not allow me to explain here, dovetails into this line of thought. Suffice it to say that a New Year's evening quickly turned South, due South, and a few passing comments led, in the offing, to 2 1/2 hours of "discussion". I met and answered every objection to no avail. Sense makes sense to have. This didn't. I should've had a pocket voice recorder. It was a conversation I should be studying to decipher what happened and how I could've done better.

For my part, I'll learn to say little and speak little. I think I’ll never understand women but I do understand how old married men say so much while saying so little.