Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quote for the Week

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.

George Washington

Friday, May 27, 2011

Strange Itch

Motorcycles have never drawn my attention before.  My experience with them so far has been limited.  I rode as a passenger one time.  On a professional level, I once represented a commercial vehicle driver who was charged in an accident that resulted in the death of someone on a motorcycle.  That's a story for another day.  Other than that, nothing.  No experience or opinion.

Well, recently, I've had the itch to get a motorcycle.  Not sure why...  Maybe it's the gas prices, maybe it's the trek between offices, maybe it's a pre-mid-life crisis.  Not sure what it is, but I now find myself looking at motorcycles online and researching everything about them.

Maybe I just need a trip to the gun range to relieve built-up stress

Monday, May 23, 2011

Human Determination

We can't always beat nature, but we can sure try!

Mississippi Floods--holding back the waters.

Monday

Woke up early this morning, tired from a long week and busy weekend.  At least, I thought, it's Sunday and I'll get to rest today.

Guess not.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Time for Celebration and Continued Prayer

I don't normally blog on Sundays.  Even the quote for the week is usually submitted the night before, timed to appear early in the morning.

But, this is cause for celebration.  This has been a subject of my prayers for a long time. 

Continue to pray for wisdom for the police, investigators, prosecutors, judge, and jury who may eventually hear this case.

And above all, pray for Bryan Stow and his family.  I don't know him, but that does not matter.  He did not deserve this.

Arresting these corwardly, spineless, pathetic wastes of oxygen is only the beginning.  Get them all and get them for good.

edit to add:  Here's the blog to follow the story.

Quote for the Week

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains [...]  But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark 13:8, 32

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rapture Tonight

I am a Christian.  To that end, I want to extend a helping hand to those who believe the rapture is tonight.  If you still have possessions or money in your bank account, it shows an alarming lack of faith in your leader's prophecy.

To that end, let me help you with your piety.  Please give me all your money and possessions.  I will use your stuff for my own heathen use and spend your money for you.  Since you will not be here tomorrow, you won't need it.

Please don't thank me.  It's a burden, for sure, but one I will gladly bear.


Oh yeah, and when you wake up tomorrow morning, do your best to stay out of sight.  We Christians are eminently capable of embarrassing ourselves.  Since you have just accomplished that, don't make it worse.

Prayer--Interrupted

I'm never going to finish praying if you keep interrupting!

Read the whole thing.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Reminder

I'm not 19 anymore.

Last Sunday, I decided to play basketball with some friends at the church picnic.  Shortly after starting the third game, I came down a little off balance and sprained my ankle.  For a brief moment I was able to see into the depths of the universe.  Or maybe it just felt that way.  I saw stars, the moon, and several other things I couldn't identify.

I hobbled off the court and limped back to the picnic tables.  Thankfully, nothing was broken, although it appears to have been a grade two sprain.  The ankle is still a bit tender, but most of the swelling has gone down.  I can't wait to get back to working out, but will now have to consider a brace that will handle all the bouncing and jumping around.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Conversation

Wife:  Do we have time to stop by the store on the way home from church?

Me:  I'm not sure, we have to go to the picnic.

Wife:  I'm not going to take long.  I'm just going to run in and buy a pair of sneakers.  You know me, when I set my mind to shop quickly, I do it fast.

Me:  Can I record you saying that?

Wife:  I don't think so.  You're not using that against me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Quote for the Week

The more sweat that is lost in training, the less blood that is lost in battle.

Dale Bronner

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Janitor or CEO?

Leadership principle from Steve Jobs.

"When you're the janitor, reasons matter[...] Somewhere between the janitor and the CEO, reasons stop mattering..."

As a leader, the reasons for failure do not matter to those I have failed.  So, when I look for leadership potential in employees or volunteers, an excellent indicator is when they stop giving reasons for failures and instead work to avoid or fix them.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wow...

Looks like Hero Builders has gone off the deep end. They have created an action figure of President Obama as a SEAL. A Team 6 SEAL.


This is a President that ran a campaign criticizing the military and its mission.

This is a President that has led a Justice Department bent on prosecuting American soldiers as war criminals.

This is a President that has demonstrated disdain for the Second Amendment.

Now, I understand that the President had nothing to do with the making of this doll (or at least I HOPE he didn’t), so I don’t direct this at him. But, really??!!

I mean, this action figure represents everything the President is not, and a lot of what he has opposed.

Heck, if he was handed the rifle, he likely wouldn’t know what to do with it, except try to ban it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Quote for the Week

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Different Perspective on The Pet Goat

I just read this article on former President Bush's reaction after learning of the September 11, 2001 attack.  As we know, he continued reading for the students, even after learning of the attack.  While most leaders would know not to panic an audience in an emergency, many criticized Bush for not reacting sooner.

Here's a different view, from those who were there.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Respect

If I could have your attention please!  I'd like to interrupt recent news of bin Laden's fatal lead allergy.  You can get back to your celebrations shortly.

While watching the marriage of people we will never meet, and celebrating the delivery of long-awaited justice, we missed this gem from the Journal of Animal Ethics (a joint waste of time, money, and resources put out by Oxford University's Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois Press):

[W]ords like “pests” and “vermin” should be dropped altogether and “pets” replaced by “companion animals”, while “wild animals” should be termed “free living or free ranging animals”.


So, my dog cares what I call her...hmmm...interesting...Really?

Actually, this is just another pile of bovine alimentary waste byproduct.  The idea that my dog (or any PET) cares what I call her is ludicrous.  It's as if some want to devalue humans, by insisting that we share the same level as animals. 

Well, that's not happening here.  I love and appreciate pets.  However, at home, they are at the bottom of the totem pole.  Our dog has a routine, there are places where her "business" is acceptable, and places where it is not.  There are behaviors that are tolerated, and those that are prohibited.  She's allowed in some places, and cannot enter others--even without a gate to stop her.  Rules for her are different than rules for us, and that's the way I like it.

Oh yeah... and what do I call her?

Mia, my hippie anorexic fleabag.

She just wags her tail.  You can take it up with her.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Quote for the Week

Patience is a secret weapon that forces deception to reveal itself.

Dale Bronner