December 01, 2006
A Couple Of Days Off
Following the recent decision of my awesome blog friend(why don't we get to meet more such people in person!!!?) Atheling2's very good example, I'm taking a couple of days off.... from politics.
Things get so goldarned frustrating in these days of liberal political dominance that, well... I'm taking a couple of days off from it all. Tomorrow, I have a ton of stuff going on -- actually, as it's 1:16 AM, today is a bit more apt.
I have a red pasta sauce going in the kitchen, ground prime rib, chiante, 'shrooms (no, not that kind, Cheech!), peppers, lots of fresh garlic... I decided last night to go all out, and have much mellow ancient Jefferson Airplane music playing, stuff like DCBA 25, My Best Friend, Comin' Back To me, How Do You Feel?, etc. C'mon, if you wanna hear a guy who can sing Rock without raising his voice, Marty Balin's the one. (Of course I'm not ignoring Eric Clapton, gimme a break!) Yeah, yeah, I know it's zero dark hundred hours, but I'm one of those folks for whom the time of day (or night) is relative to my own activities rather than the other way around.
Or something like that... Hell you know what I mean, I hope.
I'm getting ready to rent out my house while I am engaged in earning my daily bread elsewhere, and tomorrow will be the day all the cosmetic things need to be done, along with realtor stuff. I love this house and I've poured time, work and money into making it and the 1/3rd acre of property as a whole into what I can only call my ultimate ideal for a home, so I'm gonna be all but oppressively discerning as to whom I lease it out to.
The realty guy is all cash business, hardcore bottom line, etc, so he's going to be at least a bit taken aback -- I'm going to rent the property expensively furnished and with every appliance and amenity known to man -- just bring clothes and a shower kit -- and be prepared to pay the utilities and so forth, and a monthly rent that is high for this part of the country but well worth it.
If I'd already figured out how to put pics in my blog, I'd show you what I mean, but doing so would require stuff that for now would require time and attention I simply don't have. So maybe later....
I finally just received a book I've been dying to read for awhile, Mark Steyn's America Alone, but I even have to place that in the second slot because I've promised to read a new book (I've received and begun reading an advance copy) and review it on this blog, a book about the valiant U.S. Marines 3rd Infantry, 1st Battalion and their taking of Fellujah. I've begun reading the book and find it rivetting, and look forward to finishing it and writing my review. To tell the truth, I'm both humbled and honored that the publisher asked me; It's the first time I've ever received a book in the mail that was "Advance Reading Copy.... Not For Sale". Wow!
Wow, indeed, we've moved into the excellent track by Quarterflash, Harden My Heart. I really like things mellow and relaxing, though I know a lot of younger conservative bloggers are enamoured of the blasting, screaming, heavy metal stuff.
While a recording like For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her is among my favorites, however, I also enjoy groups like Veruca Salt and Lacuna Coil. Look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's!
Am I drifting? Yeah, you're right, I am.
In the manuscript I'm working on (a novel) Travis James, a retired CIA paramilitary type has just met with DEA SAC (Chicago) Elena Munoz to discuss his helping her office in nailing a major drug ring in DeWitt County, Illinois run by local officials, but... at the same time, he's being called upon by the Agency to address a spectacular terrorist act destined(though there are no actual facts as to where at the time) to go down at and during a major global security conference (not attended by politicians, but by actual security experts) in a Nevada casino hotel... Needless to say, though it's a lot of work, I'm having tons of fun with that. If I ever get published, Travis James will appear in future novels, as will lead character security consultant Eric Thomas. If not, well... Que Serra Serra, they're enjoyable to work with....
In the meantime, I'll keep my trap shut re further details, until and if my book plans reach fruition.
Gotta go deal with the sauce, talk at you later....
November 24, 2006
So Let's Talk Liberal
Liberals are against any thought of religion as having any influence on the morality, beliefs or application of government. Well, good for them!
Do we know the Preambles for our states? Alabama 1901, Preamble . We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.
Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land...
Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.
Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.
Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictat es of their consciences.
Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...
Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe .. In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction ..
Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and
grateful for His goodness .. Establish this Constitution
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ...
Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty w hich He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty
New York 1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those
North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, gratefu l to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common
Oklahoma 1907, Preambl e. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing
South Carolina, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of the State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Cre ator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God .
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility
Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties ... establish this Constitution.
After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong! If you found this to be "Food for thought", send it to as many as you think will be enlightened, as I hope you were.
Please note that in none of the Preambles is anyone told they MUST worship God.
"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
H/T for above forward, BJS
March 26, 2006
The Boob Tube
A blog sister whose politics and worldview are on a par with mine recently told me that she didn't like television shows like 24, and it set me to thinking --
I'm not a T.V. person at all, even though I own high definition sets ranging from 37" to 62", and subscribe to DirecTV. I watch the movie channels and the news channels, C-Span, etc.
There are four shows I've watched faithfully, two being Sleeper Cell and The Shield. The other two are La Femme Nikita and 24. All of these programs follow a serialized format, one episode leading into the next, and I've learned one fact -- they're difficult to follow between the lengthy commercial breaks and the week's distance between episodes.
Where 24 and LaFemme Nikita are concerned, I found the best way to watch them and keep up without losing either perspective or interest: rent them by the season from Netflix and watch the episodes in commercial-free order.
My favorite television characters are Nikita, Jack Bauer and Vic Mackey. The latter two are very similar to one another, except that Vic is corrupt while Jack is a single minded patriot whose life and all personal considerations, to him, are secondary to his job at the Counter-Terrorist Unit. When you watch one in certain situations, you think of the other -- their expressions are even the same. But you can follow the story lines and the characters much better if you watch the episodes in order and in multi-episode viewings.
Sleeper Cell, a Showtime series, is great where T.V. is concerned. I highly recommend it to viewers who are into the gender of T.V. that deals with terrorism, homeland security and the technical details of both, served up in realistic fashion.
And that's my relationship with the boob tube.
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