Thursday, December 23, 2004

Walden Media - An Impressive Record

Walden Media is set to produce "The Giver."

According to their press release
"Jeff Bridges is attached to produce, and Todd Alcott is writing the screenplay based on the beloved and Newbery Medal-winning young adult science fiction novel by Lois Lowry. The Giver is the riveting story of Jonas, a 12-year-old boy living in an idyllic future society where all memory of human history has been erased. The sole keeper of the vast range of human emotions that are unknown to the larger community is the 'Giver,' a man chosen as an adviser, whose unique access to knowledge isolates him from the rest of society. Jonas' simple life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the Giver's dangerous yet prestigious role. Under the Giver's instruction, Jonas begins to learn increasingly chilling truths about the world he lives in. This growing knowledge sparks the flame of true rebellion in Jonas as he defies his society and risks his own life to save a child in jeopardy. "

Now This makes me pretty impressed with this company. Allow me explain why. First, I think that Young Adult books are perhaps one of our most important social assetts. This group needs stories that are entertaining and spiritually, socially, or politically challenging. Second, in this day and age of film, I think the greatest of these stories need to be told by great filmmakers.

So I present to you a list of the Top 10 Young Adult Books I have Read

1. The Giver - Lois Lowry
2. Magicians Nephew - C.S. Lewis
3. Lion Witch & Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
4. Johnny Tremaine - Esther Hoskins
5. When the Legends Die - Hal Borland
6. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkhban - J.K. Rowling
7. Holes - Louis Sachar
8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh - Robert C. O'Brien
9. A Sound of Thunder - Ray Bradburry
10. Harry Potter & The Sorcer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Now I present that same list as Movie by Production Company:

1. The Giver - Coming 2005 - Walden Media
2. Magicians Nephew - Coming Soon - Walden Media
3. Lion Witch & Wardrobe - Coming 2005 - Walden Media
4. Johnny Tremaine - No Movie Adaptation
5. When the Legends Die - No Movie Adaptation
6. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkhban - 2001 - Warner Brothers
7. Holes - 2003- Walden Media
8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh - 1982 - MGM
9. A Sound of Thunder - No Movie Adaptation
10. Harry Potter & The Sorcer's Stone - 2004 - Warner Brothers

A qucik survey shows their work on 4 out of 10 take out the 3 out of the 10 that have not been made and that puts them at nearly 60% of my list. Pretty Impressive Record if you ask me!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

As a special celebration of my 30th birthday, I have convinced Ms. Rowling to release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on July 16th of next year. Although at first she was reluctant to allow her release date to be exploited, eventually she decided for a friend as close as me, for an event as momentous as turning 30, she would make an exception. I could not have been more honored. I hope you all will venture out on the 16th of July in the year of 2005 both for the book, and for a birthday present for me. :-)

Chronicles of Narinia - First Peeks

The powers that be at Disney have released a Behind The Scenes documentary on the making of next Christmas' smash "The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe". The featurette focuses not on the role of Andrew Adamson director or Brian Cox the voice of Aslan and his team of fellow actors, but instead on the role of Richard Taylor and his astounding staff at Weta Workshop, of Lord of the Rings Fame. It is a visual treat, and sure to be only the first of many wonderful glimpses we will see of C.S. Lewis' famed work as it come to life this next year.

Monday, December 20, 2004

TiVo Vs. Cable DVR - A Comparison

In my ongoing quest to further the cause of TiVo usage everywhere I offer this friendly article on TiVo / Cable DVR comparisons.

Please Enjoy

Friday, December 17, 2004

The New Persecution

Christian Protestors Face 47 Years in Jail for Encounter at 'Gay Pride' Event after a federal judge refused to send a message to the Philledelphia DA's office that Freedom of Speech is granted to Christians the same as it is granted to those against Christianity.

I want to stress that this trial is a milestone in the growth of the church. Complacency and Apathy is the Hallmark of Christian Character today. In a time where Christian's are jailed for preaching the Bible: in a time when a student can be expelled for wearing a shirt that says "STRAIGHT": In a time where Christ has been LEGALLY removed from Christmas: In a time where the 10 commandments have been removed from the court room: and In a time where the declaration of independence has been deemed as "anti-American rhetoric" this attitude will be erradicated. Christianity is coming to a time of testing. We will lose jobs, homes, family members, and those who are uncommited to the faith they now claim.

Take heart in the words of Christ!

Matthew 5:10-12 - Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Luke 21:12-18 - “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.

John 15:18-21 - “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.

I encourage you to understand that when the law can no longer protect us from the strength of secularism we should welcome the "fire that refines" the church, and prepare ourselves for the day of trial.

Practical Steps -
1. Memorize Scripture - I think this is the first most important lesson, Bible's will be come scarce, implant as much of the word of God in your mind as possible.
2. Prepare Your Children - Make sure your children understand why we are different, why we are hated, and why we must stand firm.
3. Pray for Strength - The pain of the flesh must be subjected to the will of the Spirit. Pray for a prepared relationship with Christ, a dependence on the power of the comforter, and a fellowship with the father to withstand the suffering of the flesh.
4. Repent & Evangelize - We must clear out our own sin and weakness, and work to share the gospel with "as many as possible, as often as possible" to prepare for the impending day.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

So Why Keyhole is My Question...

I am thinking about this a lot -Why does Google want Keyhole? It's just a big computer, with a big index of Geographic locations and photos.
Locations and Photos... I focused on this for a long time.... Maps.Keyhole.Com does not seem like all that practical of a money maker... So what is the connection. Then is hit me...I am focusing on locations and photos when the key is "indexes" Everything has always been about getting a backrub from the indexes.
Combine geographic indexes, and web indexes and targeted advertising takes on a whole new power. It is the Yellow Pages taken to a whole new level


Imagine with me for a moment the power of Google's newKeyhole service combined with Rand McNally's Driving Directions power.
Here is what I am saying. Have you seen the turn by turn insets in Rand McNally maps?
Now imagine if I was looking at the REAL INTERSECTION with my turn overlaid. Now that is a subscription service I could sink my teeth into.
Combine this with Verizon's Cellular DSL and the power to fly along my path on my screen, with my turn by turn directions. Add GPS and we have a whole new power!!!
This could be cool!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: IDIOTIC CRYBABIES

T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: IDIOTIC CRYBABIES

TiVo vs. Microsoft vs. the Set-Top Box

After reading this article on the battle between Big Green, the little screen, and the cable companies I was also reminded I needed to check out Digital Joy which is an unbranded look at HP's digital media hubs that were being showcased at Woodfield Mall this past Saturday.
I think the analyst major flaw in awarding the win to MS is that to put programming in 2 rooms from HP/MS is $1700 and to put programming in 2 rooms from TiVo is as low as $160. Now even at the $20 a month difference to pay for programming on 2 units with TiVo that is over 6 years before the MS option has justified it's cost differential.
I am not buying electronics with a 6 year ROI.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

The Nature of Gambling

There are 2 great moral questions I have changed my position on in the last few years based on the expert logic, Biblical exposition, and sustained effort of people I respected greatly.

The first is the subject of abortion. 5 years ago I felt that abortion though morally wrong was a civil right in a free society since it "did no harm" the measure that should callibrate crime. Alan Keyes in his 2000 presidential run convinced me that in fact, it was a civil wrong, since it did do harm to the most basic and most innocent of mankind the unborn, and they like all people were "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" This guarntee was co-opted as an offering to the gods of vanity and convience against the most vulnerable of our society .

The second issue that I have changed my mind on is the issue of gambling. In the past, I did feel it was wrong for a Christian to gamble if it was a problem that caused him or her to shirk responsibilty for his or her family that was ordained by God. However Chuck Miller - our minister at the West Chicago church convinced me that the sin of gambling was that it was capitalized on our flesh using all three lies of Satan. This point was well illustrated in an Agape Press article I read today where the author points out, "Gambling is always sinful because it emanates from a spiritual motive God summarily rejects."
The basis of gambling is to "gather gain" by expoliting others who have experienced loss. The LOSS by others is the fundamental problem that can not be ignored. It is a violation of the command to "love one another" if we steal from those in need by means of gambling.

These sins are so much at the heart of the falling of this great nation. We as a people and a nation will pay the judgment for the ongoing growth of these exploitations. We are at a crux where our choice is only to tear down these "high places" of abortion and gambling and seek God's revival in our hearts and lives.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Teachers - Are They Pulling Their Investments Out of Public Education

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute published a paper noting the disporportional relationship between public educators and the general public in usage of private schools rather than government schools for their own children.

Here is the opening to the paper

Does it matter where public-school teachers send their own children to school? If so, how and why? What can we learn from them? What we are grappling with here is the question of connoisseurship. Stock analysts, for example, watch carefully when corporate directors buy or sell the stock of companies on whose boards they serve.
Similarly, we can assume that no one knows the condition and quality of public schools better than teachers who work in them every day. Teachers, it is reasonable to assume, care about education, are reasonably expert about it, and possess quite a lot of information about the schools in which they teach.
If these teachers are more likely than the general public (which may not have nearly as much information or expertise in these matters) to send their own daughters and sons to the public
schools in which they teach, it is a strong vote of confidence in those schools. If they do not, then we might reasonably conclude that those in the best position to know are signaling a trong “sell” about public education in their communities...

It is important to note that if those charged with education in this nation, do not trusts our government education systems, we as responsibile parents must find better educational solutions for our children. Whether that is home school or private school, this is another proof that government schools have failed.

TiVo - Should I Get One

In my entry last week Is TiVo the "Beta" of DVR I discussed the pundits opinion on how people would go the Comcast Route for their DVR rather than the TiVo route. I understand the dilemma and would rather pay an extra $10 a month myself than buy a piece of hardware, and still pay that fee, if I was not already vested into the equipment. The product is clearly inferior, but it does the job and get the TV shows recorded, so who can complain.

I was not expecting to see it so quickly. I have had my first coworker ask my opinion on the Comcast DVR. So I guess this puts us in the last days of the kingdom of TiVo.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Another Example of UN Corruption

The Washington Times in their House Republicans call for Annan to step down article today point out the U.N. lack of cooperation in the investigation into the Iraq Oil for Food scandal. When an international organization feels it is above investigation by a member nation, it is time for that member nation to get out.

We should leave Annan in power, but take our membership, military, and fiscal resources. The U.N. is bad for America, this defiance is just another example of why.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Is TiVo the "Beta" of DVR

I was quite saddened by Steve Johnson's assertion in the Chicago Tribune that TiVo may be to the Beta-Max of DVR technology. How can my beloved TiVo be the future loser to an inferior yet popular trend, the Comcast DVR. It is a real loss for the DVR world to see the potential for this pioneer to one day pack up and be replaced by the less powerful, less user friendly, cable provider system.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Aquarium in Nashville!

So here we are at the Aquarium in Nashville. You can look at like 30 species of fishes and sharks all while enjoying a slightly expensive meal that is only moderate in taste.But man, they must have a HUGE overhead. All in all it was an enjoyable sight and worth it to do at least once.

Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile. Edited on Blogger

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

In Service of the Savior

Starting next week in our Bible Study at Work we are going to be studying the book of Hebrews. We have just finished a 1.5 year study of Genesis through 2 Kings, and so I decided it would be the most appropriate time to look at my favorite book by Barnabas. I see Hebrews as one of the first "great theological works" of the church. The imagery and connection of the mosaic levitical traditions to the sacrifice of Christ is a basic primer for most understanding of the necessity and responsibilty to cherish the O.T. We need the Old Covenant as the schoolmaster to the New Covenant. Hebrews teaches us how our deep love of Christ and commitment to his service is the fulfilment for God's plan for mankind.

I have finsihed my study guide for the first 2 chapters. I will post the other 11 over the coming days and weeks.

Hebrews 1 - RTF - PDF

Hebrews 2 - RTF - PDF

Saturday, November 20, 2004

At the Picture People

Well here I am at my first official post from my blackbery.I have sent in a few that were more for the fun of it, but this one is an actual onsite post.

We are getting our pics taken for our Christmas Cards. We are in overalls and they look like they are going to be very cute. Which we can not say about the ones of the 2 of them.

Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile. - Edited Later Via Blogger

Friday, November 19, 2004

Lee Strobel - Faith Under Fire

Lee Strobel former Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and author of "The Case For Christ" - "The Case For Faith" and "The Case For a Creator" has a new show entiled "Faith Under Fire" which is a talking heads style opinion show that showcases issues close to the heart of people of all faiths and ideologies. It is being shown on Pax.

BlackBerry Test

This is a test of writing to my Blog from my blackberry.
Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile.

Congress wants to make me a Criminal

In the new Intellectual Property Protection Act (IPPA) which will be voted in this week's Lame Duck session.

The provision of this bill that most affects all of us a law abiding citizens is the part of the bill that makes it illegal to fast forward through commericals.

I believe in freedom of association. I believe in freedom of choice in the privacy of ones home. I do not believe the government should involve itself in matters that go on in the privacy of my home that hurt no one but me. I also do not think the government shoudl be involved in corporate welfare.

This is corporate welfare. If advertisers feel they are not getting a bang for buck, then find new ad streams. As much as I am annoyed at Tivo for their new technology to prevent me from ad skipping this is the route advertisers need to use, not legislation. This is an assualt on freedom.

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill
Why the Intellectual Property Protection Act is lame and what you can do about it - Engadget -
Is ‘Fair Use’ in Peril?
Senate may Vote on Copyright Bill

Warning - Is TiVo the new Benedict Arnold?

Several news outlets have reported yestersay that TiVo is Addressing Ad Skipping by allowing advertisers to pay for them to block the right of us the viewer to skip their ad.
With the new Microsoft DVR coming out I think this is a very bad move for TiVo. I love my TV on my schedule. Part of my schedule however is being able to fast forard the ads.
I would plead with TiVo not to betray us!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Ron Paul - The Middle East Quagmire

The Middle East Quagmire

I need to add and say so much. There is so little time. I agree 97.5% with what Dr. Paul says here.

Town Hall Conservatives - A Conversation On Secession


I liked the 3D map. Regardless, I was toying with the idea of discussingthe left's silly secession talk in a more serious manner. (serious from ascenario Point of View)Why not let the "blue Archipelago" secede? Not in a warlike manner, but ina negotiated settlement.1. Open borders and immigration for tourism & work.2. They keep their Federal tax dollars and do with it what they will3. The USA receives payment for joint defense4. They can place tolls on trade through their ports5. They become financially responsible for all their social pathologies &troubled population6. They get the 9th circuit and their own constitution.Tens of millions of liberal votes immediately lopped off the country.Let them see how their ideas play out, and we do the same.It's the reimposition of "federalism" by other means. It would take about2-5 years for both sides to decide "reunification" was in both ourinterests.



I began arguing for support of West Coast secession about 9 years ago now. I personally feel that it would be the first step to a return to federalism on multiple levels. First, we need a practical method for stopping judicial abuse of the constitution. I believe secession, gives us that in a practical methodology to hold the courts accountable for their actions. Secondly, I believe that states should be responsible for almost all spending and taxation, and I think that secession talk would redirect spending to more local levels.

I have always seen two BIG problems however, citizenry and existing debt. Does a person lose their U.S. Citizenship immediately because they happen to live along the west coast, or is there a 3 year joint citizenship to allow for job search and relocation. As far as existing debt goes, is the remainder of the nation stuck with all existing debt, though some if not much was spent on pork barreled legislation for these states?

In addition to my 2 problems, there are also issues of tolls and tariffs on our ports (even if land ports) from their nation, and the issue of how a joint defense would work.

Just my thoughts,
Kevin J. Bowman


I can appreciate your frustration, but our country was through this beforesome time ago, called the civil war. Even though it is a political war,well, I firmly believe more of we conservatives need to be taking back thecountry from the liberals or before it slips out of our control, however youwant to percieve it at this point. I still think that we have control forthe most part, but caution is advised because of all these liberal rulingsthat are coming out of California.It is discouraging, and unfortunately I don't have much influence out inCalifornia; however, being active in IL GOP and Cook County GOP and my localward organization makes me feel better about fighting the good fight.

Gary Karlin
Chicago, IL


We don't have to have a civil war; secession can be voluntary.


The problem with citing the Civil War is that it was not a result of secession, but instead it was the result of preventing secession. It was also the end of the federal republic. I know I will anger some people saying this here, but I am going forward anyway. The Civil War is the birth of our current liberal state because it resulted in a transition from a federal republic to a national democracy.

Look at the Amendments passed in the wake of the Civil War (ended 1865)
14th Amendment (1866)– Eliminated property ownership as a responsibility of voters and based voting on age alone.
15th Amendment (1869) – Centralized citizenship from a state responsibility to a national responsibility.
16th Amendment (1909) – Centralized ability of national government to levy taxes on all sources of income.
17th Amendment (1912) – Election of senators transfer from State Legislator to general population
Within 50 years this country was no longer a republic of states, it was a national democracy.

Allowing secession gives us the framework, as lovers of social and economic liberty, to reverse the tide, by undoing the Spirit of nationalism that the mandatory statehood resulted in. A nation without a working framework for secession, has no possibility of holding the national government liable.

Do not get me wrong, I love this country, all 50 states of it, as it exists today. That does not mean I condone the methods and resulting consequences of those methods that were used to maintain the union. I believe a free republic, the way our founding fathers saw it, would persevere in the long run if we allowed states the ability to test the waters outside of a national framework.

Kevin Bowman

I will include more as the conversation continues.

Messages edited to prevent publication of private email addresses

Skip The Theatre: & the 48-Hour DVD

Whether you know it yet or not the new holiday movie Noel which allows you to skip the theatre and buy the movie on it's release date from ushers in a tide that whispers , a ner era in movie distribution may be here. It is called Flexplay and it is the newest distribution of disposable CD's since the collapse of DIVX a few years ago.

I think this technology has only a little more hope than DIVX unless the manufacturer is able to capitalize on 2 potential usages of this technology. The movie night and the family trip.

MOVIE NIGHT: Movies are released like the Noel movie using Amazon or another online retailer for a price that cheaper than but competitve with 2 people going to a movie ($12-$15). The 2 considerstions is delivery must be exact. DVD must be delivered on opening day, not 1 before or 1 after! This allows me to save the money of a babysitter and still be ready to discuss the newest movie on Monday when I get back to work.

THE FAMILY TRIP: DVDs get ruined in my car. So on older movies, that have been released to DVD in other formats. I think a $3-$5 purchase of a DVD that is going to work for the life of trip, and then get thrown away with the McD's cups and crushed crayons when we get home is a well spent few dollars rather than ruining a $17 Disney movie. The drawback here is I need 72 hours so we get the whole weekend covered.

I wont be trading in my membership, but I will definitely be visiting Disney's EZ-D store before my next road trip.

Now about that 72 Hours...

Monday, November 15, 2004

Tickets Pleasse - The Polar Express Is Phenomnal

WOW is all I can say about The Polar Express the new movie by Robert Zemekis starring Tom Hanks as like 6 characters. It was FABULOS! I LOVED It. Definitely a 10. Cute retelling of the story, amazing animation, and a perfect dose of that warm holiday hot choclate feeling!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

November 11, 1992

On this date 12 years ago, in a lunchroom at Belleville East High School, I decided to discontinue my usage of speed and diet pills. 12 years it has been now. WOW!!!!

On a completely unrelated note - Happy Birthday Nate!

Big Green Takes On The Little Screen

In a predatory move that the Big Green has become famous for, Microsoft has decided to team up with Comcast to take a venture intoset top box technology, against TiVo the reigning DVR champion .
Now I love a good fight and this is the Iwo Jima of DVR contests. Tivo has the fortified bunkers, the top of the mountain, and the garrisons of soldiers. Microsoft has the air and naval power, the strength of the Allies, and the will to neutralize any enemy.

Time will tell if the Big Green can overtake the Little Screen.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The 2004 County Electoral Map

Here is the Purple Map for the 2004 Presidential election. - I believe it gives the most true picture of America.

Here are 2 Red Blue Maps
Election result maps

He-Man (2006)

Found this link to an upcoming He-Man (2006) movie while looking for links for my previous post!

Sport Billy did exist!

Last week I was having a conversation about the great cartoons of our childhood. On the list was of course Smurfs, He-Man, and Ghostbusters. I however, also icluded Sport Billy. Everyone in the room stared at me blankly. "I loved Sport Billy...You know USA Cartoon Express?" Still the blankly stared. Well thanks to the internet and the Television From The Eighties: Cartoons archive. I found my proof!

Another Sport Billy Link-

Friday, November 05, 2004

Friday Evening Plans

We are taking Ella to her first movie theatre movie in about a year. Out last movie was Spirit - Stallion of the Cinmaroon which came after Jonah - A Veggie Tales Movie and so this will make her third movie in the theatre, and it is The Incredibles. We were watching Trailers and Exclusive Scenes last night on Yahoo Movies. Ella is VERY excited and we will let you all know how it turns out! A year ago I said we would not be back to th e theatre for a while. So we will see if anything has changed in a year!

On A side note: Yahoo Movies has the new Ocean's Tweleve trailer

Thursday, November 04, 2004

2008 Democratic Presidential Classified

MSNBC - Democrats at crossroads after Kerry loss: "?Wanted: Articulate, vigorous and optimistic Democrat with impeccable national security/ anti-terrorism credentials. Also must possess a demonstrated capacity to win votes in Southern and border states. Any resemblance to Franklin Roosevelt would be highly advantageous.?"

Guess they are going to practice party nepotsim and choose Hillary, rather than a canidate that meets the qualifications of their Classified.

Do Moral issues drive voters?

I wonder what the consensus opinion will be in 2008 when Hillary wins the Oval office? I think people chose morallity, because the amoral representative in this election had no charisma to charm them. Unfortunately, the same will not be true in 2008 when it is Hillary versus Rudy.

WorldNetDaily: Moral issues drove voters

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

No Price For MediaShout

My Brother, recommended MediaShout: Worship and Event Presentation Software instead of Presentation Manager. Although I would agree it looks like a better program, with the abilty to use SWF files and play Audio and Video files both. My problem is if you don't want a price on your website, what does that say to me? VERY EXPENSIVE... I am just poor fellow who has to spend my own money...

California's - Stem cell research funding

USA TODAY. reports that Californians approve stem cell research funding by issuing a $3 Billion stem cell research bond.

Despite the fact that stem cell research is morally wrong and as Jill Stanek points out is a modern form of cannibalsim that is not the issue that most confounds me about this. I understand the American worship of narcism, that feeds this ideology that accepts human embryonic stem cell research.

What most confounds me is why we want the government, who will not get the profits from the victories, to fund it. California has approved corporate welfare for Merk, Baxter, and the rest of the pharmacutical companies.

When these pharmacuetical companies do get somewhere with this research we will only hear more about the rising cost of health care, and the need for a centralized health care system to pay for the exborant cost of costly medical procedure.

Make no mistake, this research will be on our backs both ways!

Argyle Me This Batman

So I was looking for a less common look, while I work on my long term look for the Blog. So here it is The Argyle design from somewhere out on the web. I dig it!

Bedtime 3:00ish

So last night it was about 3:30AM when Ella came in to climb up into our bed. I was watching NBC news who at that time still had Bush at 269 though both Ohio and New Mexico seemed to be his. I am assuming I had been asleep for 20-30 minutes because even though nothin g had changed, I could not remember the last few minutes. So I turned off the TV and finally went to bed.

Election night is so stressfull for me.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Bush - Keyes - Hyde

Well, I have done my part to fight the tide of liberalism. In my three federal races, I only voted for 1 RINO. Sorry Prez, but you are a tax and spend liberal as bad as any Dem who has sat in that chair.

In the whole scheme of things, I'd rather have a tax and spend liberal than a self-deprecating, America hating, international whore mongering communist. So the Prez got my ticket!

Presentation Manager - $275 of Kewlness

I want to get this Presentation Manager software. It allows you to overlay live or prerecorded video with worship or scripture. Now that is way Kewl!

Friday, October 29, 2004

Stupid People Should Not Voye

Now I think whoever is circulating this flyer is rude and using methods of voter influence that lack character. However Daily Kos tries to make the Republican party out to be evil becuase of it.

I have just a few comments on that issue.

1. If you are STUPID enough to believe this flier you are to stupid to make an informed vote anyway.
2. If you think that this makes the Republican evil while the AFL-CIO is hiring goons to raid Republican headquarters and that is ok you are to stupid to vote.
3. I personally feel this is the work of a jaded cynic rather than an organized effort by any political party or group (unlike the AFL-CIO goons)

I think that a true republic government that has no place for the voice of the stupid is would be a blessing!

ZD NET - 7 out of 10 for HD Tivo

The DirecTV's HD DVR: TiVo for HDTVgets a low rating from Extreme Tech over at Ziff Davis

Taboo and The Art of Societal Maintainance

Simon Heffer, of the British conserative news magazineThe Spectator points out in his Cover Story - What can you say? how society is being destroyed by the "fashion police" of tolerance (or secularism as it should more correctly be defined.)

It is strange how the secularist have managed to Co-opt not only religious and political discourse but also academic and scientifc discourse as well (though not discussed in this article).

A crystal ball into the future of American society needs only to look at how secularism is rotting France, Germany and yes even England from the insides out. We are only a few generations behind France and Germany, and probably only a single generation behind England. It is too late for the French and Germans. They will be athestic marxist states within 50-80 years. Ourselves and the English still have the ability and responsibilty to turn the tide back, and save ourselves from a Marxist destruction.

I do not believe it is going to happen. I believe that our Marxist future is a result of God's judgement, and it would require repentance and humilty to redeem this nation back. I think Americans lack the moral integrity and strength of character to resist the narcistic pleasure that secularism brings, and so we will follow the lead of our European friends, and find ourselves barrelling forward to the the "perfect Marxist society."

My Sick Family

So I feel I should give the run down on Illness for the week. Other than myself who has remained PERFECTLY (knock on wood) healthy, all other family members have suffered from a variety of amalaties.

Anna - Definitely the worst with a bad cold and lack of ability to sleep.

Ella - We are performing our own internal tests on her for a wheat allergy, right now it looks like she in fact has a wheat allergy.

Christi - Very run down (gee I wonder why) and suffering from a cold & headache herself. Drinking lots of FRESH orange juice.

So that is the summary of my sick family.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Advertisers- TiVo is not the enemy

Variety writes how a new series in Canada has become a Viable Tivo-Killer by forcing viewers to watch commericals for clues to the game. Much like that Push Nevada show on ABC a few years back only they have taken the game one step further by incorporating the clues into specialized commericals filmed speciffically for the series.

I think this is a GREAT concept for those who want to participate. My problem here is that Variety assumes that TiVo is the enemy. TiVo is not the enemy, bad commericals are. I own 3 TiVos (2 Production / 1 Test) and it is the ONLY way I watch television. I ALWAYS go back and watch a commerical that catches my eye as I am fast forwarding. If the advertiser does his job right, I see his commerical.

People also need to remember how ads started on Televison, placing the ad contextually within the show will ALWAYS be a more powerful means of advertising anyway. If all ads were product placed, then as I am watching 24 on DVD right now, I would still be seeing these ads. That would make the advertisers far more happy anyway.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

John Kerry Endorsements

I got this saying off a guy on but I did the layout so you can print it with an inkjet and make a T-Shirt. I think it is great!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Even a Socialist should not be spurned!

In our local race here, where the Honorable Henry Hyde is running for his congressional seat against a socialist supporter of globalization, infanticide, and federalized health care. However I have to say, I support Christine Cegelis in her fight in the "misplacement" of her name on the published sample ballott.

This is a joke, that if occuring by mistake should have been corrected IMMEDIATLY, but more to the point, seems to have been intentional fraud, in the press' unwillingness to reprint. I hope that Cegelis is able to get justice for this act of unreasonable agression against her campaign. Even a socialist should be given the fair protection of law!

Monday, October 18, 2004

Keyes, Independence, & Abortion

I am sitting at the Keyes Pro-Life rally in Arlington Heights, he has brought forth the Declaration of Independence, and the blessed endowment of our creator, he has mentioned the Pre Civil War view of the slave holder that said, "they (blacks) are not developed enough to be treated as humans" he has argued for the foundation of principle that must purge the attitude that allows the murder of unborn children on the same basis the black race was allowed to be enslaved.

PLEASE understand, there is no issue in this election, that will bring us into the judgement of God, that will result in vengenance, like this issue. God will call America into account for this issue and the lack of moral clarity that allows this position to be held.

Get the Code Amber Ticker

EVERYONE needs to add a Code Amber Ticker to their websites! This is the kind of usage that the internet is best designed for. What a GREAT blessing to all our children, knowing information like this can be so easily distributed!!!

Beautiful Spam Control With A Great Name

When I saw there was a new Spam solution namedElla for Spam Control, I could not help but give it a whirl. I am on about day 6 and might I say this is the BEST solution I have ever used. It is WELL WORTH the $30!!! I would highly reccomned Ella to anyone looking for a good Spam control program!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Columbus Day Retreat 2004

We had 66 campers attend our Columbus Day retreat at Rockford Christian Camp this weekend. It was my first time as the director. It was a great weekend. We had our counseling staff provided by York College, and our Worship Leader was Chris Shields from Rochester College, in Michigan.

We had a prayer walk on Friday Night. Where each of the teens walked to seven stations and prayed, and spent time in the word individually. This event ended with our communion service. Our communion service, was not as "flowing" and powerful as I would have liked; I believe this was partly because of half of the counselors I was sent from York, sat in the back and talked like junior high kids. I was SO UPSET!!!!

I talked to MANY of the campers about the counselors from York. Overall it was a pretty disppointing choice. As I said, they talked through our communion service, they were all gathered in a group,on more than one occassion, not even at the location we had the campers, and the kids complained that they felt like the Yorkies did not want to interact with them. There were a few exceptions, but for the most part, the college students were just VERY distant and VERY uninvolved.

On Sunday night, we had a Temptation Walk, and the kids I talked to, all loved it and had a blast while doing it. The York students were definitely a great assest in it, and did a good job of hamming up the role of the demons. In the Temptation Walk, the kids learned 7 verses, that they had to use as they encountered and figured out the type of demon that was tempting them along their walk.

All in all, I loved the session, and felt the kids did too.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

More GMail Suggestions

2 New Sugestions I offer to you all my friends and family who all have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Google:

1. POST TO BLOGGER - The ability to connect my Blogger account and GMail account so that I can post an email I recieve, or send directly to Blogger. I think it should be a small text box that allows me to add a comment and then post the text of the email directly to my Blog!

2. EXPANDED ARCHIVE - 1 GB is just not going to be enough! I am at 2 days and 8MB at that rate I will be out of archive space in less than 9 months. I am thinking $5 for each extra Gig per year. At that rate, In 10 years, I am only at $75 a year for EVERY email I have recieved. That is $6.25 a month well spent!

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Moore Foolishness from Flint, MI

"In a free society, which only survives if it has an enlightened electorate, information should be shared, not privately owned." - Michael Moore

On his misinformatizion blog today MM attacked yet another fundamental of American liberty. Private ownership and the patent system. MM propogates his continued hatred against personl freedom by clarifying his opinions against intellectual ownership.

Blue Collared workers everywhere should be VERY AFRAID of Mr. Moore and his ideas that will ensue a mass exodus of off shore labor by those who want to use their newly freed information to make products in nations all over the world that do not have Unions, Minimums Wages, and Social Security to pay. After all in a free and "Moore Perfect Society." Government will provide for all of us to live at his high class standard of living while our GNP is bottomed out by a combination of free information and non-socialist production.

Thank you Mr. Moore for yet another extremely intelligent idea!


I am hoping by this point you have read the previously refrenced blog article and realize I have villified Mr. Moore by taking a sentence ut of context and exploiting the literal words rather than the actual ideas he was propagating. I created the entire illusion of this attack by using one sentence without the remaining thoughts to contextualize and balance the statement.

Please remember as you listen to Michael Moore and those like him in the media how easy it is to use one sentence out of context to sink a canidate by misrepresntation that amounts to lies!

Disgusted By

I am repulsed by the "Parents Pick The President" page on I mean seriously they have offended me. This question (Q: If you were elected president, what would you do first?) has a list of answers that is so riddle with leftism it is literally an unpallatable show of ignorance toward the true roles and powers of government.

A: Good jobs for everybody - Government does not make jobs, businesses do and when Leftist ideas punish businesses for success while sending foreign aid and subsidies to business in nations across the world, they do only their small part to destroy jobs.

B: Lower health care costs - The idea that Government is responsible for the burden of care after a lifetime of irresponsible nutrional and physical choices is another example of the stupidfication of America..

C: End the war - They just keep getting better... Our enemies started this war, and victory is the means to the future of liberty for the genrations to come. Only a fool would surrender to these Islamic Jihadist for the sake of an illusion of peace.

D: Improve education - If they mean abolish the Department of Education and return responsiblity for the intellectual and moral upbringing of children to the God ordained structure of the family, then yes, I am all for improving education. However since we know they are much more about continuing the pocketboook padding principles of the current educations system this kind of improvement I can do without.

E: Make everybody safe - What does that mean? If any moron clicks that option they deserve to have their right to vote on account of an IQ too low to form cognent thought. THERE IS NO WAY IN THIS LIFE TO MAKE EVERYONE SAFE!

F: Better day care options - This is called commerce and responsibilty. You as a parent will have to take the RESPONSIBILTY to find a business that meets the needs you are looking for in a child care facilty. After all adding one more social program to our already over-bloated socialist state will do nothing but lower the standards of choices provided by daycares that choose to be competive for parents demanding quality.

G: Demand a recount! - I will demand a recount if any of the idiots who compiled this survey get elected!

If these are the only issues being considered by the vast majority of parents in America, then we are in even deeper trouble than I have previously imagined.

GMail is Google For My Email!

So I know that GMail has been out a while, and I even got my first GMail account a while back and just basically had not used it because it lacked some function I needed.

Now I have written MANY blog entries on my desire to have Google for my email. Knowing that GMail could give me this I still was not excited since I wanted my Outlook and I wanted all my plethora of email addresses.

Then today, needing some indexed information from an old email, I was drawn to consider the possibilty of G-Mail again. Then as I was looking around my settings in my G-Mail account I found "Forward Mail To" with "Move to G-Mail Archive" as a new feature from the G-Mail people. This would be great if it worked like a forwarder that had no bearing on the From field. So I did some test, and KAPOW!!! It did!!!

So I configured all my accounts to forward to G-Mail, then G-Mail forwards to a masked account, that my Outlook checks! When Outlook sends it uses the real address so replies go through G-Mail before they come back to me.

This is AWESOME!!!

A few suggestions if Google was asking my opinion.
1. Allow me to import my 3 years worth of deleted items into my archive. This way the power would be retroactive as well. They could configure to accept a PST file import.
2. Allow me to import my 3 years worth of sent items into my G-Mail sent folder.
3. Figure out an ON-Going way to continue monitoring my Sent folder.
4. Use their Spam filters so that they do not forward the Spam, and only forward the good stuff!

Just my few little suggestions.

UPDATE: If you agree with my suggestions make them here Saddam Possessed WMD

The website has published an article yesterday detailig the contents of 42 pages woth of memos from the Iraqi Intelligence Organization. If a member of the press establishment actually chooses to verify these findings, it will be a huge blow to the Kerry "wrong war, wrong place, wrong time" campaign.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

A "Miracle Drug"

I got a piece of Spam in my mail box for a new miracle drug. I followed it to the website and found a link to the research from BBC News. Now I don't believe for a second that a product being marketed via E-Mail Spam is the wonder of society. I am atleast mesmyrized by the idea of the news article.

Can Croc blood really have an affect on the himan immune system, seems intresting to me at least.

TiVo-Netflex Engagement - It's Official reports that Tivo and Netflix have made their trist offivial. Although no details of the pending marriage are available yet. CEO of TiVo Mike Ramsay has resigned effective immediately as a member of the NetFlix board of directors to put any rumors of this being a "family affair" to rest.

If you have not yet bought your TiVo, make sure you buy one soon. The future of entertainment is TiVo.

Columbus Day Shirt fpr RCC

Columbus Shirt 2004.pdf

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Maya Keyes - An Honest Answer & Analysis

I was contacted today by John Chase at the Tribune asking me about a post from the Keyes For Senate 2004 group on Yahoo Groups. I did verify the accuracy of the post, that I had infact met Maya Keyes at the Patriots Day event in Wheaton. He asked me many more questions about conversations, emails, etc. I had with her, and if we had discussed her sexuality. All other questions, and the contents of our conversations I refused to answer.

Personally I think that this is SUCH a non-issue anyway. The left will never be able to understand that truth is irrelevant to family opinion. Whether Dr. Keyes' daughter is a lesbian or not has no bearing on his statements against homosexual marriage. When one use the Bible as the basis of their moral code, rather than gallup polls and trend charts, their surroundings do not possess the ability to change their moral principle.

The next few days are going to be rough in the Keyes camp. I only hope that through this the press will be able to have a more full understanding of Dr. Keyes' basis of truth.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

A Blessing To Be With Youth

I have just returned from weekend with the Youth Group kids at Fallfest Chicago which is kind of Winterfest for dummies. It is a much smaller, much less flashy version of Winterfest right here in Chicago.
This is the first time since I left full time ministry I have spent a weekend w/ the kids without responsibilty. At camp I am too busy preparing things to make the camp a success to actually be with the kids. This weekend however, I was only there to be with the youth. This time with the teens was such a blessing. It made me miss youth ministry a lot. I love those kids, and I loved spending time with them. Wsat a blessing God blessed me with to alow me to be with the teens this weekend.

Friday, September 24, 2004

How To Build A Campaign Yard Sign

Step 1: Squeeze legs together so the top angles are at about 70 Degrees.
Step 2: Place sign frame in the ground.
Step 3: Place bag (actual sign) over frame.
Step 4: Staple top over frame making sure to push the back staple stop forward with your finger.
Step 5: Staple bottom of sign three times.
Step 6: Remove from ground and place in completed pile.

So last night I spent 4 hours with a group of other volunteers building yard signs for the Keyes for Senate campaign. As a group of about 8 people we assembled probably 300 signs in that time period. In the midst of that we aso had an enjoyable dialog with one of the hosts neighbors. Poor guy was WAY out classed in the debate. The actual host of the sign building event (his neighbor) had him for lunch, and in the occasional weak moment from her, there were 3 others of us waiting to back her up and take him. He did not stand a chance.
All together it was a fun evening!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Soph-Moore-ic and Tantalizing!

Michael : Put Away Your Hankies

Dan Rather and George Bush

Dan Rather, CBS News Anchor

given documents he thought were true
failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
when confronted with the facts, apologized and launched an investigation
number of Americans dead: 0
should be fired as CBS News Anchor

George W. Bush, President of the United States

given documents he thought were true
failed to thoroughly investigate the facts
reported documents to the American people as true to make his case
when confronted with the facts, continued to report untruth and stonewalled an investigation
number of Americans dead: 1100
should be given four more years as President of the United States
-Phil Short

It should be noted in the president’s defense. That given documents by the CIA an given documents by an unknown source should be judged a little differently.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not think Dan Rather needs to be fired. It was a mistake and it is self serving conservatives calling for his dismissal.

I also think though that the President needs to be defended in the war on terror. I believe very firmly in the Non-Aggression principle. This principle must be called into question when the security and soil of our nation is take. If we were automonous non-interventionist as we should be people would leave us alone. However as long as the LEFT wants us to be an ATM for developing nations, then the hatred against our nation is going to continue and we are going to need to defend our selves.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

A New Christmas Tradition

So we are talking about having a new gift exchange for our family (my parents) this Christmas. The idea is that everyone will be assigned one person and you just get a gift for that person. I have seen this done before and I think it is a great idea. I think the real fun is the challenge of finding that ONE PERFECT GIFT for the person whose name you draw. It just seems like a blast for the adults.

I think this is going to be a GREAT Christmas for Ella. I am very excited about that and about her age this year.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Alan Keyes Red Parade T-Shirts

I added a new Alan Keyes Red Parade T-Shirt to Ebay after many people requested it. I hope that all those who asked will be here to get a red one. Each time the commitee asks for volunteers for parades and gathering they request the wearing of red t-shirts. So I have provided them w/ the Senate 2004 logo on them.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

I Am

I was attempting to explain myself and myreligious/political views in an email today and I wrote the following sentence, and then after rereading thought it summarized me very well.

I am an evangelical Christian, fiscal conservative, and social libertarian.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


I read this article out of a newspaper up in Michigan today. ALAN KEYES IS RIGHT: JESUS WOULD NOT VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA

It sets the real context of liberty that anyone with a basic
understanding of God's will and God's purposes for man should be
able to simply understand. It is sadly apparent that Mr. Obama,
Mayor Daley, and Senator Kerry do not have that apprently BASIC
understanding of God

A Good Article Against Keyes

Now I would never stand against Keyes because I believe his pro-life stand is the most principled based opinion in existence and the only one that properly outlines the real issues of liberty at hand in a pro-life debate. This editorial however, though in opposition to Keyes in general, lays out well my feelings on the Federal Marriage Amendment. Kane on Keyes. Please read it for a great perspective on the difference between state and federal issues.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Meeting & Defending The Dr.

Well I SOOOOOOOO wanted to meet Dr. Keyes at the rally on Saturday, but alas I was unable to leave my pile of shirts for sale to stand in the shake hands with Dr. Keyes line. That was a bummer. I am STILL holding out to shake hands with him ONCE before November.

Sunday night after church I was defending Dr. Keyes to a member of our church who thought Dr. Keyes was a "Psycho" and yet supportted the Federal Marriage Amendment, his pro-life stand, and his fiscal policies. This means by my analysis this man is going to vote for Barak Obama on account of the liberal media's anti Keyes bias though he agrees with Keyes in principle on all major issues. Go figure. I disagree with Dr. Keyes on the Federal Marriage Amendment, and on some of his fiscal stands; he disagrees with Dr. Keyes on nothing and I am the one voting and campaigning for him, and he is supporting that socialist baby killer. OH Well, makes no sense to me.

Kerry's Lack Of Constitutional Understanding

In an : article today John Kerry showed his inability to lead this greatest nation on earth by revealing his total lack of understanding of the constiution. Kerry, while attacking the President for allowing the assault weapon ban to lapse states, ""Let me be very clear. I support the Second Amendment. I've been a hunter all my life," Kerry said." Let me be clear Senator, the second amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. It is designed to insure that the common people have access to the same weapons for use in a military operation against Tyranny. The Federal Assualt weapon ban was an attack on that insurance policy from despots & tyrants.

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Keyes Selfish Hedonist Mp3

It may have taken almost 2 weeks to find, but here is the UNcut - UNspun interview in MP3 format.

My T-Shirt is On Keyes Official campaign website

I'm So Excited... And I Just Can't Hide It.. I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!!!! I'm so Excited...

OK enough already! I am EXCITED to say that my ILLINOIS NEEDS ALAN KEYES t-shirt is being offered on the
Alan Keyes for Senate :: Official campaign website YIPEE!!!!

I love Dr. Keyes. I am SOOOOOO sad that I missed my oppurtunity to meet him last Saturday. (You see he and William Shatner were going to be hanging out at this Celebrity Paintball event. As part of my thank you for the GREAT price I gacve the charity on printing, I was supposed to get to meet William Shattner and Alan Keyes was going to be there at that time slot. But my kids were at camp and so sadly I missed my oppurtunity to meet Dr. Keyes to spend a weekend with the teens at camp. I love the teens, I love camp, and I have no regrets.... I am just a little sad.

Anyway, my shirts are up there... and I am going to try and meet him tommorow morning!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

$100 For Portable TV

ATI the people who gave us TV on your computer have done it again with their new All in Wonder USB 2.0 TV That is right for $99 you can record TV to your laptop while you are at home, and then watch it on the road, or on long flights. Now that is a great little invention!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

News: TiVo and Netflix to Team Up

I have sent a few emails to the good people at Tivo that they should offer me Movie downloads on my TiVo to save me trips to Blockbuster. Well I saw a news story today that said TiVo and Netflix to Team Up. THEY ARE LISTENING. Now I would have expected a teamup deal with Movielink but hey Netflix is fine if it means I can download movies.

If you have a home wireless network, and do not yet have a TiVo, you need to change, this makes it so there is no reason not to but a Tivo.

IT Labor Boomerangs Back Home

IT Labor Boomerangs Back Home

Saturday, September 04, 2004

The Froggy Was Poofed Into Cash

So my 3 year old is running around the house right now excited because her fairy doll poofed her pet frog into cash.

Allow me to explain. We were out at camp tonight and at about 7:30 PM I found a frog and allowed Ella to hold it. She held it and held it and held it until 9:40- when it was time to leave for home. Now I had no intention of her bringing a frog home and she had no intention of the frog staying at camp. She had become VERY attached and a fight somehow did not seem right.

So how to fix a perplexing problem we were faced with. The idea was suggested and implemented. I stole the frog from her backpack where she had placed it for a safe ride home. I replaced the froggy w/ a $1 dollar bill and rezipped the bag closed. When we arrived home and Ella looked inside the bag. There instead of a frog, was $1 for riding the rides at the mall. Excitement followed and Ella recieved a great present. Ella was quite excited by the niceness and care demonstrated by her fairy doll.

Of course, Ella being my little entrpenuer, is now determined to find MORE frogs, an entire froggy family that she can put in her bag and have turned into cash.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Labor Day Retreat

We are headed back and forth to camp this weekend for the Labor Day Retreat. It looks to be a great retreat. Pray for all the kids that God will move powerfully in their lives.

A Great Article on Secularism

I have posted a great article on the history of Eurpoean secularism and how it relates to the problem between the French and Islamic Jihadist. It is from tothesource an absolutely great resource for those with a Christian World View.

A Mr. Peanut Spoof Ad

I am Sure you have all seen theMr. Peanut Saturday Night Ad on the televison. So here is my idea. You grab the file, replace Mr. Peanut's body with John Kerry's head and change the words to election night. Then at the end of the ad you open his head and pour out the two peanuts.

Now that would be a funny, funny ad. Anybody want to start the "Move Peanut Head On" 527 with me!


I listended to 2 incredibly BORING speeches last night from the canidates for our presidency. George W. once again laid out an economic and education plan that proves what a RINO he is and John Kerry managed to make the night even more drab and tasteless with his socialist lies filled rhetoric in Ohio.

If I had been the republicans I'd put Senator Miller back on the platform again! If I'd have been the democrats I would have sent Mr. Peanut home.

Which brings me to another point if you put a top hat and an eye piece on Senator Kerry you could not tell a difference between his face and Mr. Peanut. My guess is the inside is about the same as well, peanuts for brains.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Senator Zell Miller Was ON FIRE!!!

There has not been the amount of wisdom and reslove demonstrated at the RNC convention thus far that was demonstrated bySenator Zell Miller, a Democrat from Georgia. His commitment to the safety and security of his family over his commitment to his party was a sign of character and integrity I have found in way too few canidates on either side of the aisle.

This man deserves truly deserves the title of Statesman. Thank you Mr. Miller!

A Selfsih Hedonist

Alan Keyes refered to Vice President Cheney's lesbian daughter as a "selfish hedonist" while being intervied by a gay/lesbian radio station earlier this week.

"OUCH!!!" I feel this accusation was inflamatory and would have been better left unspoken. Being a social conserative is not a license to be impolite. Stating truth that her decisions are sinful before God, defy the biological basis for life, and are a perversion of the beautiful gift of sexuality would have all been more appropriate statements that the words he chose to inflame the gay/lesbian community.

This does not change my feelings, my support, and my allegiance to Ambassador Keyes. I merely am stating that I believe as statement of fact, rather than a judgement of character would have been a more appropriate response in his situation.

ON THE FLIP SIDE HOWEVER - I feel Greta Van Sustren was VERY WRONG on her show last night when she stated that the no republican should vote for Dr. Keyes after a comment like that. PLEASE!!!! A canidate can claim the "I am a Gay American Defense" and be shrouded in a white cloak that shields the worlds eyes from their fraud and deception, but make a rude comment back the other direction and she contends you should be ostracized and removed from the ballot.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The Convention Is A Potemkin village

I heard Sean Hannity refer to the Democratic National Convention as a Potemkin village. Now Senator Clinton has made the same accusations of the republican convention.

Now perhaps I am revealing my own deplorable ignorance here, but I decided I needed to look up in the dictionary what a Potemkin village was that both sides wanted to go accusing the other of building one.

After a through reading of both the Ameircan Heritage and definition I have 1 word for both Mr. Hannity and Sen. Clinton, "DUH!!!!" I mean what is the convention if not the best sounding rhetoric of the party. Politics as a whole is a Potemkin village. This accusation does not carry much weight for me on either side.

Ben Stein's Final Thoughts

Ben Stein has written his final Monday Night at Morton's article for E-Online Magazine. After praising the soldiers in the war on terror, the police in South Central LA, the orderly performing triage, and more of the true "stars" of society he concluded with this analysis on life.

"We are not responsible for the operation of the universe, and what happens to us is not terribly important. God is real, not a fiction, and when we turn over our lives to Him, he takes far better care of us than we could ever do for ourselves.
In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him."

Monday, August 30, 2004

Ron Silver Was My Highight of The Evening

John McCain was better than I would have expected for a RINO, especially in his attack on Michael Moore. Gulliani was great from his opening till his close. I loved his "they hard from us" summaries. However the highlight of the night for me was Ron Silver. Ron Silver was eleoquent, concise and spoke to the true nature of this war we are in.

Some Highlights that touched me:
We will never forget
We never Forgive
We will never excuse

History shows we are not imperialist, but we are fighters for freedom and democracy.

General Dwight Eisenhower's statement if 6o years ago is true today, "United in this determination, and with unshakeable faith in the cause for which we fight, we will with God's help go forward to our greatest victory.

PS- I love TiVo

A Quick Layout Note

I am using a Blogger Template for a few days until I can work up a new template of my own. I decided I did not like to layout of my blog anymore so I am fixing it up. A personalized template will be back up shortly.

Terrorist Turn On France

MSNBC reports that Iraqi Terrorist have taken a French reporter hostage and are threating to behead him if France does not repeal a law that according to the Islamic Fundamentalist is a "an aggression on the Islamic religion and personal freedoms," A religion that will KILL and TORTURE their citizens for not praying in the appointed way would have the audacity to accuse France of assaulting personal freedom. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt there is no end to the accusations of assulting personal freedooms in France; however the hypocrisy of that coming from the mouth of Islamic Jihadist is unbelieveable.

I will say however as I see the Islamics turn on France, (Kevin' hangs his head in shame) "We are in the midst the third world war. I was wrong. Both the terrorist organizations and those nations which support terrorist organizations through funding or through the sale of arms are infact the enemies of this war. We must as in all times of war defeat these Islamic Jihadist for the sake of our future. We must not "depreacate agitation", but instead embrace the price of bloodshed necesary for the pursuit of freedom from tyranny. "

Friday, August 27, 2004

The 'I am a gay American' defense

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey's resignation statement was brilliant.

Threatened with a sexual harassment lawsuit by his alleged male lover, having appointed him, a thoroughly unqualified man, as homeland security advisor at a time when America, in particular, the New York metropolitan area, is threatened with horrific terror and with any number of other instances of corruption already revealed and more likely to come out, Governor McGreevey saw the future and realized he had to resign from office. -
Dennis Prager: The 'I am a gay American' defense

This like so many of Mr. Pragers articles is an absolutely fabulous attack on the liberal double minded lack of reason.

I agree with EVERYTHING Mr. Prager says in this article until the very last paragraph.

No politician should have to resign from office because he committed an infidelity. But gay politicians should be held to the same standards as straight ones. Otherwise, "I am a gay American" will continue be a great defense, even when it may not even be true.

All politicians who do not have the strngth of character to refrain from infedlity and fornication should be forecefully removed from office by constituents. If a man can not contain his will to fornicate, how can he be entrusted with any issure at the public's hand.

Alan Keyes On Foreign Policy

Those of you who have stumbled across my little neck of the woods from my brothers blog know his stand on framing all decisions of foreign policy in light of the the 3rd (or 4th) world war. In this transcript to Dr. Keyes' Foreign Policy speech he well outlines this perspective.

Right or Wrong, Dr. Keyes as always lays it out eloquently.

My Stand on Illegal Immigration

Here is a response I wrote on Illegal Immigration in the Keyes For Senate2004 in Yahoo Groups. If you think I am a horrid American for this stand engage me and I believe that I can show you more examples of how the existence of "illegal immigration" hurts the economy and security of our nation.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Eating By God's Design

Gensis 1:28-30 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God prescribes 3 items designed for food to mankind in the Garden. Seed Bearing Plants, Fruits, and Green Plants. This was God's design for diet before the Fall. God's will was a world without death, a land of peace, so all animals ate the way God designed their bodies to eat, Vegtables, Fruits, and Leaves. With time, death entered God's creation and the consumption of meat entered with it. Thi consumption went on from the Fall tothe Flood when God blessed the eating of meating.

One could argue however, that this is not what the body was made for. The body was made for eating fresh, raw, fruits vegetables and seeds. When we eat any other food we violate God's design for our body.

So then, am I saying that I believe it is wrong to eat meat? By no means. I am saying that it is a violation of God's design and therefore lacks VALUE. Only those things we designed to dine on can be a blessing to our bodies. I love meat as I also love potato chips. One has no problem understanding why the later is without value, but the meat too, since it is in violation of God's design is without positive value to the body.

So why Kevin are you on this tangent, you may be asking? The reason is I have had 2 encounters today that has reminded of our need to submit to God's dietary designs. 1st I was visited by my friend who is only 6 months older than me, yet he has been on Anti-Biotics for 14 months now with no plans to stop, and only dietary changes necessary to stop the pain. 2nd my brother left me a voice message about being diagnosed with a Gluten Allergy. As though of you know who know me I too am allergic to Gluten. I spent several months as a vegetarian. I juiced 3 times a day and ate olny salads and cooked vegetable in addition to that. That time brought GREAT healing to my body. When I gave the body the things God designed it to have, and eliminated the things that were luxuries and of no value. I was able to heal.

I can now tolerate small amounts of wheat with no affect. I beleieve, although I have lacked the disipline to practice my belief to this point, that with a longer period of healing foods, I could eliminate this sickness all together. Someday I will have the strangth to discover if that is the case.

Monday, August 23, 2004

No Child Left Behind

A friend and mentor of mine, who works for the State's School Sytems sent me a letter of even his disenchament with the stupidity of No Child Left Behind. This is my response against the program
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Of course you probably see the dangers with this kind of legislation mores so than I do, but I have been railing against this kind of Government Centric ideology for years. I am especially against NCLB, the DOE and all State (FEDERAL) Sponsorship of education. I live in Roselle, a town bragged on for it’s great schools. Yet the Feds (who have NO BUSINESS in education at all) have decided I live in a failing district.

The provision is problematic for administrators at Lake Park High School, a one-school district in Roselle. Classes started Wednesday, and if the school remains on the failing list, officials will have to negotiate an agreement with a neighboring district to provide students with a choice.

Lake Park District 108 administrators said they believe they were placed on the list because special-education and Latino students failed to meet state standards in math and science, but "we're still waiting" for official word from the state, said spokeswoman Terry Ryan. -Chicago Tribune

The foolishness of this is that it is the direct result of people allowing the decisions that most affect their lives to be made at the highest levels of government. In a free republic (which we are under the constitution) the weight of importance of a matter lowers the level of government of which decisions and funding should come. There is possibly NO issue more than important to the heart of a parent than education. My small house in Roselle, cost more than a house with about 800 – 1000 square feet more in Aurora mostly because of the reputation of the schools. People will pay to live in a district that they see will be the right choice for their child’s future. That is the way it should be.

Now I am MOST FEVERENTLY a supporter of Private or Home education. I believe that a parent should decide the type of education their child receives. I plan on using a combination of these two methodologies for my child. But the problem that allows for a program like NCLB to exist is that most parents do not want to spend the fiscal resources, or show the personal responsibility to make the best choice for their child’s education.

I hope the NCLB does crash from it’s own weight. I hope that more and more people remove their children from the States failed education systems. I hope that the responsibility of education returns where it belongs, to the home and to the community.

Just my rant!


PS – The crappy part is that the feds don’t send all that much money anyway to fund their ridiculous program.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

A Timely Prayer

I wanted to the record the prayer I wrote for the closing of our service today. I believe it is very appropraite and timely to the issues in my life personally and at the world around me. Please pray this prayer as you read it.

Father of Life
King of Peace
The creation is your glory.
Mankind your hands masterpiece.

We praise you Great Physician
For the healing of our bodies
and the bodies of those we love.

We praise you Mighty Counselor
For the healing of the nations.

You Oh Lord are the Giver of Grace
and neither death nor life
nor angels, nor rulers
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation
will seperate us from your love.

You Oh Lord are a Slave Master,
Yet You have offered Freedom and Adoption.

You Oh Lord come in Righteousness to Make War.
Your Robe is dipped in Blood!
A Sword comes from your mouth.
You will rule the nations with an Iron Rod.
You will crush the nations with Fury.
You are King og Kings and Lord of Lords.

And We, your church
We offer up our lives to you.
We offer up our friendships to you.
We offer up our nation to you.
We offer all to you.

For you are coming soon.
For you are the Great I AM.
For you are GOD!

Protect us.
Forgive us.
Refine us.
Redeem u.s

For yours is the Glory Forever

Friday, August 20, 2004

Bigger Government is Our Failure

Lorie Van Auken, who lost her husband at the World Trade Center, said Sept. 11 families also plan to keep up the pressure for change.
"We want everybody's attention to stay focused on the report and its recommendations because the status quo failed us," she said. -Assoc. Press

We were not failed on September 11th. We have been failed by those who have used the tragedy of that day as a means to steal the liberty of our people. In a free society those who wish to grow and prosper that society and those who wish to destroy must all be free together. We were not failed on September 11th.

We were not failed on September 11th. We have been failed by those who cried out against the liberties that allowed a tragedy like that to take place. We have been failed by those who see continued degrading of the second amendment as a way to protect America. We have been failed by those who feel more cabinets, more stafffs, and mopre government is needed because of that day. We were not failed on September 11th.

We were not failed on September 11th. The failure of America was in the apathy to the blood that must be shed in the name of liberty in the years and months before the tragedy. The failure was in the months and years since the tragedy where that apathetic surrender of liberty has pursued. That day America was angry, proud, valiant, and nobel. That day America was united one nation endowed by their creator. That day America was in her glory. We were not failed on September 11th.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Rushville, IL

We had a show this past weekend in Rushville, IL. This place is basically about 100 miles past absolutely nowhere. It was the abe solute desolation of society. I must say the people were wonderfully nice and it was a great show, but this place was so isolated they did not have cellular service. This place was so far removed from anything urban they did not have a Mc Donalds or a Walmart. This place was so emptied of civilizations convinences that ... OK I am out of mean things to say.

If you ever have nothing to do and want to visit nowhere, check out Rushville. Wonderful people in the middle of nowhere.

Randall and the 84 Olympic Games

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The MASH Quiz

So My brother had a link to this quiz up on his site. I was a little offended at who I turned out to be, but hey there is some element of truth in comedy I assume.

Click here to take the M*A*S*H quiz!

Why I Am Excited About Dr. Keyes

Many of my firends have been giving me a hard time about my excitement over Dr. Keyes after my many blasts and tyrates against the Republican Party of the last 2-3 years.

I want to address this so there are no questions about my loyalty to this campaign from any of them.

About 4 years I got out and there and worked the events, worked the streets, gathered names, handed out buttons, literature and bumper stickers during the primaries season. I was very upset with the lack of fiscal conserativeness I saw from the party. I was upset with the over whelming RINO nature of the party, and I was upset with the social policies being popularized by republicans claiming to be from the party of Lincoln. All in all I had lost all faith in moderates. So there I was working the primary campaign of the last vestibule of true conserative constitutional federalism I saw as a player in the party. I was campaigning for Dr. Keyes.

When the party saw fit to award the nomination to a moderate RINO I gave up on finding hope from within the halls of the GOP. So for the last four years I have considered myself more closely associated with the libertarians than with the National GOP RINOs.

I do believe that George W. Bush is BAD for our economy. I beleieve that under his presidency we have seen government grown as bad as under any Democrat president. He has allowed for the expansion of Clinton's socialist programs. He has signed further socialism into law.

In addition to my issues with his moderate concessions to socialism, I believe he also lost focus on the War on Terror. That is a war to bring down those who are actively working to endanger American lives.

The answer to Americas safety is not in spending money the federal government has stolen from my hardwork to build infrastructure throughout Iraq. It is to find find the antibiotic necessary to take down the entire structure of the terroris organizations.

But I digress.....

I am not back on board with the GOP. I am on board with Dr. Keyes. The GOP must see the only sustainable future this nation has is to embrace the principles of liberty that Jefferson, Madison, and yes Dr. Keyes stand for.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Alan Keyes Blog

Check out the Alan Keyes Blog for Update information on the campaign and apperances.


I am selling the Alan Keyes ALAN KEYES T-SHIRT T-Shirts we were out selling yesterday at the Rally. Please but one of these and wear it proudly.

I am making a donation back the campaign for every shirt I sell. If you are really a hardcore supporter of Mr. Keyes and want a shirt but can't afford the $10 drop me an email with Alan Keyes shirt in the subject line and we will see what we can do together.

Please buy one of these shirts and let the state know who our next Senator needs to be.


Christi and I went to the Alan Keyes Rally yesterday in Arlington Heights. It was awesome. He is such a talented speaker and so well thought out. He is truly the kind of leadership I hope the people of Illinois have the insight to send to Washington as our Senator.
He deftly answered his reasons for carpetbagging in Illinois with his moral obligation to oppose the murderous agenda of Barak Obama's love of full birth abortions. It is a shame that anyone would support the killing of a living human in the name of convience.
I hope the people of Illinois have the insight to elect Dr. Keyes as a wise social conserative, fiscal conserative, opponent of affirmative action, welfare, abortion, and the income tax. Illinois needs Alan Keyes.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Congrats To Nate and Jenni

I was unabe to mention when I found out that Nate and Jeni 2 of my best friends froms College have taken over the foster care of an 8 month and 2 1/2 year old. As the dad of a 3 year old and little one it is quite impressive to see anyone take over with out the warmup of having only one. I am so proud of them.

Nate is the co-founder of Sabyr Publishing a publishing company commited to resources that will activate your faith by empowering Christians to understand their gifts and their purpose in the Kingdom.

15 Days With Out A Post

So I am sorry I completely died there for a while as far as posting goes. It has just been very Crazy so let me tell you what has been going on in these missing 2 weeks.

First there was camp. We had about 70 litte munchkins at Junior week this year at Rockford Christian Camp. I had a staff of 5 people incuding myself running all the afternon and evening activities. It was A LOT of fun, and very energizing.

Anna and Ella both enjoyed their camp experiences as well. Of course Anna was our youngest camper of the week at 2 weeks old, but that is not the youngest camper I have ever seen there because Henry's niece came out to camp only a few days old if I remember correctly.

Ella was a walking collection of dirt. The highight of enterainment to me was while we were at lunch my mom commented she did not know how Ella got SOOOO much sand in her hair everyday, then no more than 10 minutes after lunch I saw Ella in the sandbox (A.k.a. Voleyball Court) rubbing the top of her head in the sand.

After camp we had about 2000 shirts to get done this week, so we were VERY busy in the T-Shirt Company as well. So here I am hopefully back and able to et back to posting.

P.S. Alan Keyes is running for the Republican Senate seat in IL. I am joining the campaign.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Orbitz: Major Airlines Match Southwest Sale

Orbitz: Major Airlines Match Southwest Sale
I am an extremely LOYAL southwest customer and fly theiur friendly skies any time I can becuase of their great deals and finacial commitment to not take government welfare after 9/11.

Kudos to them on the sale tactic the other carriers are using to promote their own federal fund sucking airlines.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

It's A Girl

11:05 - Annabelle Bowman has graced the world with a healthy delivery. - 7lbs 14 Ounces - 19 inches. Thank you for all thr prayers.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Wednesday, June 30, 2004