Month: March 2007

Happy Birthday Texas

I just ran across this again (thanks Cindy Lester) — a really neat piece attributed to former Oilers head coach Bum Phillips. I’ve not found anything to say he didn’t really write it but if he did not, then I’ll just adopt it as my own. It says it all about Texas. Besides, since Texas and I share a birthday (the day, not the year you dope!), I especially like all the sentiments contained in the letter. p.s. I put this under the topic of God and Country because God loves and lives in the country of Texas. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEXAS — FROM BUM PHILLIPS Being Texan by Bum Phillips Dear Friends, Last year, I wrote a small piece about what it means to me to be a Texan. My friends know it means about damned near everything. Anyway, this fella asked me to reprint what I’d wrote and I didn’t have it. So I set out to think about rewriting something. I considered writing about all the great things I love about Texas. There are way too many things to list. I can’t even begin to do it justice. Lemme let you in on my short list. It starts with The Window at Big Bend, which in and of itself is proof of God. It goes to Lake Sam Rayburn where my Granddad taught me more about life...

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A “hot” news video on global warming .. says it ain’t so

An interesting BBC piece entitled “The Great Global Warming Swindle “ from Google Video . Jam-packed with facts and discussion by a number of apparently genuine scientists who absolutely do not concur at all that humans are causing any change in the climate. Have not gotten all the way through the video (runs over an hour) but it is already packed with solid refutation of the humans are killing the planet theory. Now I’ve discovered reference to Christopher C. Horner, an attorney in Washington D.C. specializing in environmental policy and regulation, particularly international agreements and “global warming”.He has written a book on the topic, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism). Here is a portion of his interview with FrontPageMag.com that intrigues me to believe that Horner knows what he is talking about: Quote: Horner: In January 2006 out of morbid fascination I subjected myself to Al Gore personally showing his Power Point at a weekly gathering I attend. It certainly was visually compelling, particularly, as one scientist in attendance noted, if the viewer had no understanding of the issue. But having spent a decade devoted professionally to almost nothing but the issues relevant to this subject, and despite his past record, I remained struck by the remarkable liberties Gore took to create a scientific, historical, and political mythology. Like any good climate geek I knew of...

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Stand up, Silent Majority

Stand up, Silent Majority. Take a moment and consider this, Lt. Landaker’s last flight. The following is the “punch line” from an excellent piece: Quote: February 7, 2007, Anbar Province , Iraq .  1st LT Jared Landaker United States Marine Corps, Hero, from Big Bear California, gave his live in service to his country.  Fatally wounded when his CH-46 helicopter was shot down by enemy fire, Jared and his crew all perished.  His life was the ultimate sacrifice of a grateful military family and nation.  His death occurred at the same time as Anna Nicole Smith, a drug using person with a 7th grade education of no pedigree who dominated our news for two weeks while Jared became a number on CNN.   And most unfortunately, Jared’s death underscores a fact that we are a military at war, not a nation at war.  Until we become a nation committed to winning the fight, and elect leaders with the spine to ask Americans to sacrifice in order to win, we shall remain committed to being a nation with a military at war, and nothing more.  (And possibly no funding if congress has their way!) Now go  and read the rest of it . Then visit his life story page. Stand up, silent majority. I originally wrote this piece in March, 2007. In February 2009 (the date I pulled this from my...

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Freedom isn’t free

Freedom isn’t free. Not now, never in the past, and never in the future. I grow increasingly weary of an ungrateful vocal minority hogging the media landscape in this time of our nation’s unique war against a faceless and stateless enemy that is already spread throughout the world and within our own borders and institutions. I tire of those who have never fought criticizing the fighter, and the disingenuous politicians with their pompous speeches, speaking of that about which they know nothing. I tire of the irrelevant factions of society — notably those self-aggrandizing parasites in Hollywood — attempting to seem relevant with their diatribes against those who gave them the right to be irrelevant, yet to speak. How many of these — the ungrateful minority — have done anything but be takers? When have they been givers? For how much longer will the givers outnumber the takers within our society? Freedom isn’t free and the ungrateful should not take it for granted. Disagreement is one thing, and a good thing, but the debate in America has turned uncivil on almost every front of the national discourse. Statesmanship has departed Washington and is waning in Austin. Civility among neighbors is strained to the breaking point and our leadership is letting/causing it to happen by example. And yet, those within those groups who have the freedom not only to dissent...

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Libertarian quotes

You don’t have to be a libertarian to appreciate most, if not all, of these quotes. This compilation is © Libertarian Party of Boulder County – 2004 and is taken in its entirety from http://www.lpboulder.org/quotes/ (accessed 3/4/07). I’ve taken the “liberty” of copying it in its entirety lest it one day disappear from the ‘net. It’s too good. [Back to LP of Boulder County home page] Libertarian Quotes (in no particular order) A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished. – Anonymous A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. – James Bovard War is just one more big government program. – Joseph Sobran Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1814) They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. – Thomas B. Reed (1886) If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger (1995) Giving money and power to government...

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