Have yet to find a philosophical somewhere I am content to call home. The closest I get to a creed these days is a quote by John Green. "Whether I believe in God isn’t really relevant. I do believe however tenuously in Mercy" Due to a lot of personal reasons encountered along this journey, I have mostly stepped away from writing for now. Still, sometimes something stirs me and I need space to hash out my thoughts. So welcome to my little space along the journey.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
The Convention Is A Potemkin village
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 dictionary.com 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
"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
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
Terrorist Turn On France
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
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
Right or Wrong, Dr. Keyes as always lays it out eloquently.
My Stand on Illegal Immigration
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Eating By God's Design
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
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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
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!
For yours is the Glory Forever
Friday, August 20, 2004
Bigger Government is Our Failure
"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
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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
The MASH Quiz
Why I Am Excited About Dr. Keyes
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
ALAN KEYES T-SHIRT
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.
Keyes For ILLINOIS
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
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
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.