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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

MS Linux Interoperability

MS is trying another blackmail scheme with Linux developers by trying to force patent deals with various Linux distributors; but, it just isn't going to work. They, Microsoft, have allowed we Linux users/developers to practice our tactics with a low-level idiot in SCO and we now have our ducks in a row. We have a repository for various documentation and a meeting place to hash it all out in Groklaw. The companies who really understand Open Source like Red Hat, Mandriva, and Ubuntu will not fall for this crap. As a community we won't fall for this crap. I am not going to be using any distribution which has signed one of these extortion agreements with Microsoft. I am now using PCLINUXOS and can't say enough good things about it.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

10 April 2007

I really am struggling with my political independence and the stands I know I must take. We must be good stewards of all the good Lord has given us. We must help the less fortunate. We, as a body, haven't been doing that. Just my thoughts.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

07 April 2007

I just wanted to reflect a little on the gift Easter represents. I know I sometimes take for granted the wonderful love shown to me through the sacrifice of Christ. I am so thankful and grateful for the victory Christ attained that moment for me and anyone else who would accept the gift. If you haven't made that choice I ask you reconsider and take advantage of the present given that day. Happy Easter everyone!!!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A Change Of Direction

This journal is going to become more of a faith based journal and issues centered around that. I will look at politics and social issues but strictly through the lense of my faith. I am rearranging my schedule to allow me the opportunity to do more research and maybe provide a better narrative/reasoning concerning my positions.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

31 January 2007

Have been watching the various political shows and am more convinced than ever we are on the decline. I see us behaving as a society much in the way Rome did toward the end of its existence. We are a soft society without the intestinal fortitude to actual tackle the tough issues of our day. We want someone to give us something or make that easy money.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Politics and Faith

I cannot help but wonder how we as Christians can ensure we keep our faith and influence the world without compromising our faith to gain political power. What with Barak Obama speaking at Saddleback Church where Rick Warren who authored "The Purpose Driven Life" pastors, I am beginning to wonder how far we will go to gain that political power. I know I have come to the opinion that no Christian leader should endorse any political party. I would think people of our faith tradition would have learned that from our endorsement of the Republican party during the last decade. We were counted on for our votes but when issues we cared about were up for discussions they were not addressed with the same dedication as the need for our votes. I am a member of the Constitution Party because I feel it best reflects my own beliefs. I would encourage everyone to examine themselves and what they believe and vote accordingly. Don't allow anyone to talk you into compromising your faith for a vote. Also, don't compromise your faith to fit in with what the world seems to push as the norm. God is the standard setter, not our worldly companions.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Election

Well, it is over and it looks as if the Democrats will have control of the Congress. I don't like what I feel this portends for the country; but, maybe I will be wrong. I hope I am wrong anyway. It seems to prove what I have felt for a while; we have lost our edge as a nation. We have forgotten the principles we were founded on and are wandering down the path which will lead us in the wrong direction. I am going to have to find the time to work hard on getting the Constitution Party really up and running locally. We will need to field local candidates and build a reputation as responsive to constituents. I hope we can find some like-minded individuals to aid in this endeavour.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Political Discourse

I keep wanting to go back and take part in some political forums and went back to one I use to frequent before leaving in disgust. I didn't enter into any of the items to read comments because I knew what I would find there. I can only hope the people of this country can get together and get it together. I wish I weren't so cynical about it. I see this nasty discourse on television, hear it on radio, read on the internet and in newspapers. It is a very sorry state of affairs.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Elections on November 7, 2006

Please everyone go out and vote your conscience. Everyone needs to examine themselves and their beliefs and vote accordingly. I have already voted as we have early voting. Really examine the things you would like to see happen in this country and vote for the people you most believe would bring it about.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Torture

I don't really understand the discussion about torture. I figured it was pretty clear cut. Physical torture is something which consists of something like removing fingernails, beating, electric shock to sensitive areas of the body, or other such activities. Restricting diet isn't. Sleep deprivation isn't. Loud music isn't. Being made physically uncomfortable isn't. Just my thought. The critics do understand we and the Europeans are the only ones who actually follow these rules...right?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Islamic Fascist

Well, Muslims are upset with the term Islamic Fascist; well, oh well! If you would come out and take back your faith from the ones using it to perpetrate the needless taking of innocent lives for the furtherance of their political ends the term would go away. Until such time, the term will continue to be used to describe a movement based on a fundamental and literal reading of the Quran to establish a Muslim theocracy throughout the world. It is up to Muslims to end the use of the term.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Israel/Lebanon

Go, Israel, Go!!!! I can't say that enough. It is time we put an end to these terrorist organizations operating with impunity with the boundaries of sovereign nations and supported by other sovereign nations. We should step in and start flying aggressive air patrols along the Syria/Iraq border and looking for targets of opportunity and perform the necessary intelligence for possible action against that sponsor of terrrorism around the world. Just my two cents.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Ann Coulter

I haven't read Ann Coulter's book yet, but I have it in the house and will be reading it over the next week. I have a few books I have on my summer reading list and will let you all know what I think them.

Back to Ann. What I have read about varies things in the book or what she says in the press doesn't really upset me. It is the way Ann speaks. She enters a discussion with a desire to win at all cost and the weak of heart and faint of wit need not enter. Debating with Ms. Coulter is a full contact sport and what I really admire about her. She is who she is; no excuses. She says what we all want to say.

So, back off and let the lady talk. She hasn't said anything untruthful. If you don't like what she says, turn her out.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Immigration

Just because I am against illegal immigration doesn't mean I am against legal immigration. I believe in the rule of law and the rights guaranteed to me as a citizen of the United States in our national social contract, The Constitution of the United States of America.

If that contract, and the laws passed in concert with it by our elected legislators, are meaningless; then, my guaranteed rights are no longer guaranteed. Individuals who enter our country in contradiction of those laws, by that one act, show a disregard for this contract before getting here.

It also troubles me the people we elect to represent us have so little respect for the laws they or their predecessors passed. Of course this is obvious from the scandals coming to light in both major political parties.

It is also troubling the President of the United States, the chief law enforcement office of our country, has an even greater disdain for our country. I believe impeachment should be on the table because it is treasonous to leave our borders unsecure in a time of conflict. For him to have a greater loyalty to large corporations in lieu of fulfilling his duties to enforce our laws and protecting our country from enemies, foreign and domestic.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Loyalty

The reason I left the Republican Party is brought starkly into the light by the immigration debate. The loyalty of the President and the Senators is clearly with multinational corporations who have no allegiance to the United States of America, its people, or its sovereignty. They are the large donors to the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party for that matter, and the piper calls the tune. This issue alone could lead to civil war within the United States and rightly so.


We must secure our borders, north and south, before any talk of a "guest-worker program" can begin. The President and the Senators took oaths to protect our country, as embodied in the Constitution, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Those who would flout our laws and borders are definitely enemies. Especially if those governments have militarily violated borders 118 times. They are not our friends and we have no need to be concerned about their opinion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Citizen Betrayal

I can’t believe our government would report United States citizen locations to a foreign power. It boggles the mind after the flap over the NSA “domestic spying” crap. We truly have a government which has lost site of it responsibility to protect and defend the citizens of the United States; not some foreign government who routinely scoffs out our sovereignty and laws. It is just unimaginable that they have forgotten their duties under the Constitution of these United States. It is time to sweep both parties out of power as they have forgotten where they come from.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Price Of Oil

The price of oil is a fluctuating target because it is bid upon by every country in the world. We compete with China, Europe, Russia for each and every barrel of that black gold. This demand drives the price of a barrel of crude oil up as the demand increases. When demand goes down the price of a barrel of crude decreases.

I don’t know how much it costs to refine the crude oil into the various types of fuels and other petroleum based products, but you have to figure that into everything to come up with a break-even price. Then you figure in transportation costs, the amount a retailer needs to cover their costs and make a profit, and all the taxes and you have the price.

We, as individuals, control the price of gas according to how much we consume. We are suppose to be good stewards; the question in are we?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Generals Speaking Out

These retired generals have every right and an obligation to speak out on both sides of this undeclared war on terror.

We need someone with credible military experience and an understanding of military life to take the mantle of Col. David Hackworth. Someone with his integrity and heart; who will speak the truth in love.

No one is more qualified to speak on these issues than these officers whose breadth of knowledge is unrivaled. They have see the fad tactics and those which work on today's, and tomorrow's battlefield.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Questions For The Electorate

How long will it be before we finally stand up as Americans and leave the trappings of our former countries/ethnicity's behind and pull together? Those trappings are anchors which are keeping us bound to the past and hindering us from reaching the potential we bring to the project which is America. We should keep the parts of our cultural tradition which edify us and release those which hinder us. The patriotic symbols of those other cultures must diminish in our lives and we must grasp onto the things which makes us distinctively American. The patriotic symbols of our current country are what we should cling to and lift up. This will unite us and not allow those which profit from divisiveness and jealousy to succeed. I pray we finally do this. Let this day of rebirth allow us all to renew our commitment to being Americans and bring a rebirth to our country.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Patriotism Divisive?

Well, it has begun; the punishment of those who believe in the founding ideals of this country and choose to demonstrate that belief through wearing clothing which symbolises this feeling. Ask students in Oceanside, California; which particularly grieves me as a Marine no longer on active duty. Oceanside is one of the California towns which borders Camp Pendleton. The Marines which are stationed at Camp Pendleton should boycott Oceanside.

Why this is even a question displays how close to disintegration we are. We should all be American first because we all at some point in our familial history left the land of our origin for a better life. There is a reason we left. Our loyalties now belong to the land of our choice, not the land of our birth.

We need to enforce the laws we have on the books, not make new ones to totally ignore.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Religion Divisive?

Recently, spiritual guru Deepak Chopra stated it was a shame religion is so divisive; he’s right for so many reasons. Religion/Faith in a deity of whatever type requires recognition of something which is greater than yourself and requiring your obedience.

It also means, as part of that obedience, you relinquish living your life according to your rules and follow those set up by your religion/faith. You allow your god to control your life everyday to conform to the image required by your faith.

A natural by-product of this is the evangelization of other either through the results seen in your new life or by active recruitment by you. Part of that “sales pitch” is saying your path is better than others or is the only way to a wonderful afterlife.

Now my faith, Christianity, teaches an acceptance of Jesus Christ as saviour to make it into heaven. Christ Himself taught this. He taught we were to leave your genetic family behind and draw closer to Him. To conform to His teachings and His example.

So, yes, religion/faith is divisive and must needs be so.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A Winning Strategy

Our stated goal is to establish a constitutional democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan and use these as a starting point for spreading democracy throughout the Middle East. We are going about it the wrong way.

The first thing which needs to happen is a formal declaration of war against all terrorist groups and the nations which support them in a material way. If this doesn’t happen it doesn’t matter what else we do. If we don’t do this one thing, I don’t feel we have constitutional authority to do anything else.

We then clear Iraq and Afghanistan in a very forceful way of all private militias and foreign instigators. We exhibit an iron fist in a velvet glove approach. We have meetings with all domestic Iraqi and Afghani factions and tell them what is exactly acceptable and unacceptable behavior and then enforce those standards vigorously.

We then explain to the Iranians and Syrians what is and isn’t acceptable behavior and back it up. If you do this then this action will follow.

We tell our allies this is not a point of negotiation any longer. This is a national security matter and the military option will be used to its conclusion. Get on board or get out of the way.

Our diplomats must understand they implement the President’s policies not make policy. They are unelected civil servants and must understand their role and play it or get out of civil service.

Any leaks of classified information must be fully investigated and prosecuted. No exceptions and no taking into account the politics of who is involved. Everyone is to treated the same under the law; no special treatment.

Let the military have the ball and run with it. Let’s achieve a distinct and decisive military victory.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Cheney

The only thing Vice President Cheney is guilty of is making a hunting mistakes. If investigation proves other things are involved, and other laws are broken, he should be prosecuted fully. But the crying by media types over who was told and when is just childish. Get over yourselves. You are no more important or entitled than anyone else. Reporters are suppose to investigate and come up with sources on their own; not be spoon fed information like little babies. Grow up White House press corps.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A New Day

Well, it seems more and more people are realizing just how close the 2 parties are on most issues. I am hoping this will lead to a search for a new political voice and they will choose the Constitution Party. I hope this happens. Values do matter and point to the character of the individual seeking the office. I want someone I can trust in that chair making decisions.

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"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination." -- Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Border Securty

We have no border security as evidenced by the impunity with which the Mexican Army transgresses our border and fires upon our Border Patrol agents. Members of the Mexican Army have actually been detained; but, once the State Department was notified, the agents were told to immediately repatriate the captured invading soldiers. There is something terribly wrong when we can't even defend our borders.


In a time like now, protecting our borders is paramount. We are trying to secure the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan, but not our own. I just don't understand. We are setting ourselves up for another massive terrorist attack. WAKE UP!!!!!


Both Democrats and Republicans are catering to this particular voting block. Democrats because most of the ILLEGAL immigrants will need some type of government assistance and they are the party which has as its own claim to fame being increasing those at every opportunity. The Republicans cater to big business and want them to have cheap labor. They forget those employment costs are subsidized by the tax dollars taken out of our paychecks for the social services used.


I am tired of it. The rule of law is suppose to mean something in this country. Our elected representatives took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States; but, we know oaths mean nothing to them.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

An Attitude

I watched the DVD of "The Possession of Emily Rose" and overall was pleased with the movie and its portrayal of people of faith. Everything was presented an a very balanced way. There were none of the usual stereotypes.


My problem was with the character of the prosecuting attorney. It wasn't with the way he was portrayed; rather, that it was an accurate depiction of a sector of the Christian community. He has a faith and obviously lives it because of the way his fellow prosecutors talk about him. He is a man grounded in fact with an attitude of if I can't scientifically record that, it couldn't have happened; laying aside what has to happen with the acceptance of Christ as Savior.


Many within our community of believers don't want to accept the Biblical fact of angels, demons, and other supernatural phenomenon because it would lead those outside the community feeling we are all backwoods hicks with not an ounce of intelligence. It reminds me of a verse, 2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them" (NIV). He accepts the feeling of having accepted Christ as Savior, but not the miracle of the virgin birth, sinless life, physical death, and physical resurrection of Christ to obtain that salvation. That in and of itself is a supernatural event.


Another verse, John 14:12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (NIV). These are the words of Christ telling us what to expect we should be able to do once He was physically resurrected and the Holy Spirit was sent. How can a person accept the miracle of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit after the acceptance of Christ as Savior and deny the rest? I just don't understand.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


First I believe this means exactly what it says and no more.


It says that government should not pass a law to establish a state religion. In other words, the U.S. Government could not make the Southern Baptist Convention the official church of the United States. Other than that, government should stay out of it. Now I know our unelected courts have read much more than that into it. They are wrong very simply put.


It also says the government shouldn't prohibit the free exercise of a person's faith; whatever that faith should. If a judge would like to place the 10 commandments up in his court room; he should be allowed. Heck, if he wanted to put the Code of Hammurabi up it should be allowed. The State establishes nothing when a judge does that; the judge is expressing himself as that is his courtroom.


Yes, the judge is an official of the State; but, he is also an individual and his rights haven't suddenly been stripped from him because he dons a black robe. Our unelected courts have gone too far.


The freedom of the press is and should be inviolate; but remember, with this freedom comes responsibility. If and individual reporter writes an article and he begins to suffer the backlash from it; well, that is just part of having the freedom. Others have the exact same freedom to voice their displeasure with what you write.


Also remember, you aren't guaranteed an audience; just the right to speak your mind. If what you write doesn't attract a following it is a hint for you to examine what you are writing. You know, you could be wrong.


Now, if you break the law when you publish something; like publishing classified information obtained illegally, well you must be citizen enough to take the heat. If a source leaks the information by breaking an oath of non-disclosure, that source has to expect the consequences and reporters shouldn't whine about freedom of the press.


You have the freedom to publish whatever information you want; but, know the consequences going in. You must also get the story right.


I am going to stop there for now.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Spying And Immigration

The United States Constitution



Amendment IV


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.


I was listening to Rush Limbaugh yesterday talking about those of us against parts of The Patriot Act as being against the winning of the war on terrorism; nothing could be further from the truth. If you have read this blog at all you know I am all for winning the war on terrorism; I just don't want us to lose who we are in the process.


I don't believe a law enforcement agency should be able to write their own warrants; we have this called the U.S. Constitution which agrees with me. Until we actually have the guts to declare war, we aren't at war. We are in the middle of hostilities; but we haven't declared war. You know that process is in the Constitution also.


Now you know why I am a member of the Constitution Party.


I also read a news report on the anger of the Mexican government because of our desire to build a fence along our porous southern border to stop the flood of ILLEGAL immigrants. This should be a felony and to heck with any amnesty. I am tired of my tax dollars subsidizing businesses employment costs through the us of social service of illegal immigrants because they are not paid a living wage.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Israel

Why is there such support for the Palestinians and vitriol aimed at Israel? Especially in the United States which is a predominantly Christian country? Israel is the nation of the Jews, God's chosen people with whom He has not broken covenant. The Bible states nations who support Israel will be blessed.


Israel is not known as an abuser of human rights; rather, it is the one democracy in the whole region. All its citizens are allowed to vote in free and fair elections for candidates from across the political spectrum. This can't be said of Israel's neighbors.


Yet there are political factions in this country which support the terrorist governments of the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. I call all these nations terrorist states as they sponsor terrorist groups of varying stripes.


Why are there those who can't recognize those with whom we share common ideals? They seem to suffer from some sort of guilt for having grown up in a free country. I wish I could understand.


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Grace

In the great scheme of things one man's opinion doesn't seem to count for much; but, America was formed from individual men voicing their opinion. When this happens they find they're not alone and bind with people of similar belief to change their society. It is an opportunity we now have.


I am asking anyone who reads this to examine yourself and your ideals. Once you have done this examination, grab onto those ideals and live by them. I mean really put them into every aspect of our life. Treat those around you guided by them, vote according to them, and raise your children according to them. Be true to yourself.


After 41 years my measure of success has evolved to a single measure, am I living according to what I believe? The short answer is sometimes.


This type of behavior could be viewed as hypocritical, and by the strictest definition of the word it is true. At one time, and sometimes even now, I would have been racked by guilt over these inconsistencies; but, I have come to embrace the fallibility of my humanity.


I don't mean I have given myself license to engage in any type of behavior without self recrimination; rather, I realize I am going to make mistakes. I admit the mistake, ask God and the person I have wronged for forgiveness, and move on. The grace of God has guaranteed me forgiveness and if the person I have wronged won't forgive me I can't do anything about that. I just have to move one.


The point of all this is just follow and live by your convictions; that is all anyone can do.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Why?

Why must we descend from self-examination to self-loathing? It is the question I have to ask. I don't understand the desire to tear down your country for political gain. It doesn't make sense to cause the balkanization of the country you want to govern; but, that is what is happening.



Our political leaders have broken us down into our ethnic and religious and regional factions. They have prepared competing packages for each group; packages which often contradict each other available from the same party. I want someone to explain why we are so easily bamboozled.



Why don't we take the initiative to read the social contract, "The Constitution of the United States", and know what our country is based on? Why do we allow subversion of our Constitution by unelected fellow citizens in black robes? Why are we so very apathetic and pathetic? Why do we shirk our civic duty?



We don't seem to vote our consciences; rather, our wallets. This really bothers me. As a country, we have gained the world and lost our soul.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Iraq 2

One of the great statements being issued by opponents of the war in Iraq is there are now more terrorists in Iraq than when the war started. Well, that is the idea. Basic military strategy is to get your enemy onto a battlefield of your choosing and into a tactical situation of your choosing; this is what has happened. Intended or not.



Iraq is where our forces are mobilized and ready; so, we want to fight in that situation. We do not want to have them attack in the United States. Our borders are porous, unprotected and easily infiltrated. Once inside they, the prospective terrorist(s), can blend into their chosen ethnic population because we don't consider ourselves as Americans. Rather, our loyalties lie with our ethnic group instead of our country.



Luckily, I don't have the ability to identify with any one ethnic group because I am a hodge-podge of ethnic heritage. I like that idea as I don't have to look at myself as some sort of victim. I get to measure my success or failure on a scale of my choosing. But, that is an entry for another day.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Iraq

Okay, everyone I am going to lay this out real plain; disagree with the war, debate the war, but do not call each other liars, deceivers, misleaders, or any other ad hominem attack. This does indeed give aid and comfort to the enemy and will cause the American public to forget about the young men and women in harm's way in Iraq.


I am speaking to Republicans and Democrats and any other person of a different political persuasion. I am a member of the Constitution Party and the official party line is we shouldn't have gotten into the war. Well, we are there and I will not be like those in our populace who have lost the message of Vietnam for those of us not serving in the war zone; speak civilly and with a solution in mind or shut up.


If this kind of sniping had happened in World War II, and it could have, we would have lost that war. We did lose Vietnam because of it and there are members of the opposition who were doing then what they are doing now and I am ready for them to be charged with treason, sedition and giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Not because of an opposition to the war, or speaking out about that opposition; rather, for not giving a solution after identifying what they perceive as the problem. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. For calling those in positions of authority over policy liars; when the ones calling the names had the same position as those policy makers in the beginning with the same information.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Judge Alito

I wish everyone would take a step back and allow the vetting process to take place as to the nomination of Judge Alito as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I don't know what his judicial philosophy is and I don't have the time to go and read his opinions and I am not going to listen to special interest groups from either side to make my own judgment about him. Listening to special interest groups would be the worst mistake anyone could make.


These interest groups, whether I agree with them most of the time or not, have an ax to grind. They have an agenda to push and promote. They are not objective reporters; neither is the media in this country. Every American should wait and catch what they can of the hearings in the Senate and then contact their representative and voice their opinion. You know, use the democratic process. You elected these people to represent you, make them do their job.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

More On "Scooter"

Well, I was watching Russert on his show on CNBC with Pete Williams, Andrea Mitchell, and David Gregory and Mr. Russert says he didn't tell "Scooter" about Mrs. Wilson. Many other facts don't seem to add up for ole "Scooter"; so, he might be going down. We'll see as we let the justice system work. Mr. Libby probably has some money and can buy a little justice through the purchase of a professional liar (I mean attorney).

More On "Scooter" and the Indictment

I listened to the press conference given by Mr. Fitzgerald yesterday and here is what I gleaned from it all.


Prior to Mr. Libby talking with reporters, he had found out and conversed about the relationship of Ambassador and Mrs. Wilson. So, he knew she was a CIA agent and this was classified information which should not be divulged.


At some point Tim Russert called him and told him the word among the press was that Mrs. Wilson did indeed work for the CIA. Mr. Libby then told Mr. Russert that he didn't know that. So, at this point Mr. Libby had not compromised any classified information.


He then receives a call from other reporters who ask him about Mrs. Wilson and her relationship with the CIA and Mr. Libby told them Mr. Russert had told him she was, but he had no knowledge of it. So again, he isn't compromising any classified information as he pretends ignorance (which is what he is suppose to do) and says he is only hearing this gossip (my choice of words) from Mr. Russert. Up to this point I don't think he has broken any laws.


His problem is he didn't reveal all of this to the grand jury. This, if true, should be tackled to the greatest extent the law will allow.


My question is: Why was this pursued if Mrs. Wilson was no longer a COVERT CIA operative? The law which was investigated was if a COVERT agent had been compromised; Mrs. Wilson was not a COVERT agent.

Friday, October 28, 2005

"Scooter" Libby

If the indictment is true Mr. Libby should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The compromise of classified information cannot be tolerated.



As a Assistant Special Security Officer (ASSO) during my time in the Marine Corps, I am sick and tired of political appointees getting away with violations of law which I as a Marine would have been placed in the brig for committing. Politicians and political appointees shouldn't be treated any differently than a regular civil servant or military member. This is an issue which really chaps my rear end.



It is part of what is wrong with politics in our country. Politicians of all stripes feel they are above the law. We must, as regular citizens, hold the 100% accountable. The won't hold themselves accountable; so, we must.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hurricane Relief

I am all for hurricane relief for those who truly need it; but, we must find a way to pay for it. We must also do all we can to try to mitigate any problems caused by future hurricanes.


The Federal government is not our parent; it is there to provide certain services for the collective good individuals and state and other local governments can't provide for themselves. Now this includes coming up with a truly good disaster plan and then working that plan in the event of an emergency. This didn't happen in New Orleans or the state of Louisiana. The STATE Department of Homeland Security wouldn't let the Red Cross in, not the federal Department of Homeland Security.


We must help those less fortunate than ourselves as much as we can; but, the government must find a realistic way (besides increasing the deficit) to pay for it. Any money the federal government does spend must be spent wisely.


Just my two cents.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Back Again

So many things going on. I am a Constitution Party member and promoter and adherent to the party platform and couldn't think of anything more I can say. I am going to try to organize locally and see if we can come up with some candidates to run. Many issues which need to be addressed locally is the rising illegal immigrant population and the resulting problems associated with this growth. Namely, a lack of drivers license, vehicle registration, or insurance. No, I don't think issuing them licenses is the answer.

Monday, August 15, 2005

It has taken longer than expected, but here is a new entry. I am continually amazed at the grace of God. His hands on my life lately can't be missed. Though I am going through some difficult times right now, there is a peace which can only come from Him. His grace is truly sufficient. I am getting more and more excited by what He is doing and truly thankful for all He is doing in me to prepare me for the next phase of my life.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I have been absent due to a heavy workload in the family business, but things are starting to even out and I look forward to later today or tomorrow afternoon posting some thoughts I have had. I am really excited about getting this blog to be a voice for the Constitution Party which I am joining this weekend. I will concentrate on building a local infrastructure and local candidates. I hug uphill battle to get it together, find candidates and get ballot access.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Well, I am saying good-bye to voting for either a Republican or Democratic candidate ever again. The wimps on the Republican side who concocted this deal on the filibuster with the weasle Democrats have sealed their party's fate as far as my support. I am now firmly in the Constitution Party camp and will actively pursue ensuring their ballot access in Georgia and anywhere else I can be of assistance. I am committed to building a local party organization and fielding candidates for every office available to live up to the adage that all politics are local. If we get strong as a party at the local level, the national level will come.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

I watched "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on MSNBC last night and was glad to see even Chris Matthews understands the Democrats have picked this fight with the Republicans over the appointment of federal judges and the use of the filibuster.

They, the Democrats, have lost elections to the point where they can't pass their legislative agenda. The Democrats understand the only way to get their agenda through is to legislate from the bench; as the federal judge did in striking down the Nebraska law voted in to ban gay marriage.

I also love to see the traditional media get something wrong, but just can't take the criticism. Wow, what "girlie men".

Friday, May 13, 2005

Well, I am going to go into the Constitution and judges thing one more time. Judges, per the Constitution are not to legislate from the bench.....period. They are to interpret the legal document which is the Constitution as written and amended....period.
The Constitution and its amendments are the foundation of our republic. If you add to the structure without creating a firm foundation the building will eventually fall and that is what is happenning now. The courts have been legislating from the bench without the input of the governed and now wonder why there is this uproar; they are smart people and ought to be able to understand the feelings of the citizens. We elect people to legislate for us and they are not judges.
If the Constitution needs to be changed let us do it the legal way identified in the legal document which is the Constitution. The debate will clear the air and hopefully, we will come to a consensus.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Well, I haven't forgotten about my blog, just my ex had surgery and I have my 3 year old and haven't had a minute to get to my computer. I have been very busy researching and getting many articles together to file and to have stable of articles ready to go if this every happens again. Tomorrow should see some new musings posted.

Tom

Monday, May 02, 2005

Another Day

The reason for the hope I have in Christ; I am to be able to tell people about it. I do have a hope in Christ because of His work in my life and in the relationships He has healed. He works in my children, my immediate family, my church family, acquaintances, and in all areas of my life. I don't always realize it, but He is there.


He doesn't always do it in the way I want; in fact, most times it is in a completely opposite way from what I want. He seems to do it to ensure I know He is in charge. I tend to get a little prideful as I go through life and have some success and forget I must rely on Him and His guidance to do His will in and through my life. Pride is an area I really struggle with; I sometimes wish I could just test out of that area and move one.


The great thing is, God wants the best for me and learning to deal with the pride in my life is part of getting what is best for me. I realize it after I have been corrected by the circumstances brought about in my life through a poor decision. I come to realize God had placed all the information I needed to make the right decision before me; but, because I have to do things my way, I don't take the time to really analyze what is going on.


You could say I am just being too hasty, or use something other excuse to say God wasn't involved, but I know He cares enough about me to make sure I learn the lessons to be successful. He knows the number of all the hairs on my head. I just need to be more diligent about the decisions I make and really seek God's guidance through prayer and the study of His Word.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Religious Intolerance

I have watched the debate over the filibuster (the fake one we have now) in the Senate and the debate over the judicial appointments President Bush wants to make; there is only one conclusion, the Democrats are a party intolerant of any view except their own. What else could it be?

Their objections don't concern the reading into the Constitution what isn't there or some type of personal peccadillo which would preclude someone from taking the bench (most of these people have been confirmed before), rather it is based on a religious conviction the nominee holds. This is just wrong. If the nominee has accurately adjudicated in the past, there is no reason to exclude them from an up or down vote.

If the opposition wishes to filibuster the Senate have them do it in the old-fashioned way, take the floor and filibuster. Speak about whatever is closest to their heart, read from a good book, or just blather. There should be some physical and mental toll for doing this; especially, if it is something you really believe.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Christopher Hitchens Please

I was watching "Hardball" last night and happened to catch Christopher Hitchens talking about "Evangelical Christians" and I happen to be one. He understand the premillenial theology regarding the return of Christ, but makes assumption which are just wrong.


As a Christian I could never abuse the environment and remain a good steward of what God has given me. I must be a good steward in all which God provides. I don't want to see the earth destroyed through some kind of man-made atmospheric catastrophe; but, I haven't been convinced one is about to occur.


Please, Mr. Hitchens, don't lump us all together.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Why Not Do Your Job?

I wish the Senators elected by the country to do the country's business would just get on with it. The Democrats lost the election; they need to just deal with it. If they really want to filibuster they should do it the old fashioned way; on the floor of the Senate with oratory and have to deal with the physical discomfort and other baggage that would entail. Their current strategy is cowardly and just reinforces my perception of their party.


I know this is straying from the path of dealing with sin I had laid out, but I just can't deal with a group of people with no ideas of their own. Their only solution is to take their ball and go home because they can't get their way. I can only reason that is the Democrat strategy with shutting down the business they were elected to do. Quit being a bunch of crybabies and get back to work.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Dealing With Personal Sin

I can take this and run with it because I have to do this throughout every day of my life, I ask God in the name of Jesus for forgiveness. It is just that simple. The Bible say He will be faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


The difficult part of all this is realizing we have a need for forgiveness. We have to realize our state and the problems in our lives and know we need to repent and ask for forgiveness. This is the difficult thing because none of us want to face the faults within ourselves. We fear if we start we will never stop, because we are very aware of the most glaring problems.


As we spend time with God everyday, He will show us more and more areas of our lives we need to turn over to Him. As we progress down that road of greater communion with Him, we start looking with joy (instead of fear) of what He will show us. We know the examination can only help to draw us closer to Him and that is the goal.


As we draw closer to Him, the more of Him shines forth from our lives and will draw others to Him through us. This lifestyle evangelization is the goal of us all. The winning of souls to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives is what God wants. He wants all His estranged children to come to Him and accept the gift He made of Christ on the cross.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Dealing With Sin

One of the most difficult things to deal with is sin in ourselves, family, friends, the workplace, in the church, in our nation, and in the world. It is one of the most controversial topics an individual can approach.


Over the next few entries I will be addressing these issues. I am going to the Word exclusively. I may not be able to do it on consecutive days; so, this will be a work in progress.


I am going to work with a definition of sin being an intentional or unintentional transgression of God's law as set forth in the Christian Bible. Comments and suggestions are welcome. I am not a trained theologian and am just a layman trying to get my life in communion with God and His will for my life.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Dealing With Those Less Fortunate

I have decided to go further with my entry of yesterday and explore a topic based upon my stated standards as applied to dealing with those less fortunate than myself. There are people who are less fortunate and among those I include people without a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, those who have come upon hard economic times, those without a loving family, and those who are servants to some form of addiction.

For those who haven't come to accept Christ as Saviour I can only live my life as best I can according to His principles and, when given the chance, explain the hope I have in Christ. I don't want to alienate them or cause them harm; but, I do want them to know He is the way, the truth, and the life and no one gets to heaven without accepting Him (Jesus) as Saviour. There is no other way according to Christ Himself; so, there isn't any wiggle room on the procedure.

When someone is in an economic hard time I must help provide for their needs according to the abilities I have; whatever that may be. I can offer food, clothing, training, comfort, shelter depending upon what the need is. This is to be unconditional up to the point it is realized they aren't going to help themselves. If they aren't going to help themselves, then love dictates I leave them to their own devices. I say this not to be mean, but the individual must realize they must work and must come to a point where they can help someone themselves.

For someone without a loving family I must try to introduce them to the family of God through my interaction with them. They have a family through the adoption of each of us into God's family through the acceptance of Christ as Saviour. God is our Father and we are joint heirs with Christ. What greater family can there be?

If an individual suffers from some type of addiction we provide a listenning ear, a prayerful friend, and get them into some time of treatment for the addiction they have. They must however recognize there is a problem or we must leave them to their own devices; until they reach a point where there is a recognition of the problem, we can't provide any real help. All we will do is enable more slavery to the addiction

Just a few thoughts and hopefull I can get some response. I write this as a musing and investigation. I want to really understand what God wants of me and how to deal with these issues.

Friday, April 15, 2005

My Ethical And Moral Standard

When it comes to standards for morals and ethics, I have to say they are based on the two things which Christ said were the basis for the Ten Commandments; we are to worship God and Him only and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Do I always measure up to this standard? No. I have to depend on the mercy and grace of God forgiveness and redemption. This is the standard I attempt to live up to though I fail miserably.

There is a right and wrong. There is righteousness and evil. There is black and white answers to questions. I try to look and the problem, pray over it, search Scripture, and then apply the lense of those two principles to the question. The only time I run into trouble is when I stray from this procedure.

I know abortion is wrong. I know child abuse is wrong. I know euthenasia is wrong. I know making someone dependent on anything except the good Lord is wrong. Man isn't the answer to his problems, God is. If the answer involves turning your back on the recognition of God as the supreme ruler of our lives and universe, we have missed the boat.

I know a church doesn't hold the answer, because churches are made up of fallible human beings. The Church is there for correction, edification, and instruction. It also helps to hash out issues with fellow believers and hopefully understand an issue and Scripture better. We are there to build one another up and speak honestly with each other about personal challenges. The Church isn't to be a social club or business opportunity.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Courts

I keep hearing how Rep. Delay statements about the court are out of line, I don't think so. These sentiments have been felt by many of us for a very long time. I go to the ballot box to elect the individuals I want to legislate. I don't want unelected officials making law. The people on the court are to interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. The congress has the authority, per the Constitution, to oversee the court, to redraw districts and to remove from the jurisdiction of the courts certain laws. These are in our Constitution and if you don't know what is in there, read the document. It is what our government and its operations are based on. It is what every member of the military swears to defend from all enemies foreign and domestic. Please read the documents and understand them. Read The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Another Day

Well, it has been a couple of days since last I wrote in this blog. I was absent because I was helping my Mom and Step-dad in their store while she had her gallbladder removed. She is home and fine and I am back doing my normal everyday shuffle.
I am going to invite everyone to try the Linux operating system; it is what I use. I have found replacements for all the applications I used on my Windows (copyrighted and trademarked by Microsoft) machine. I use GNUCash for my business accounting, KMyMoney2 for my personal accounts, OpenOffice for my office suite, Firefox for my web browser, and Evolution for my PIM. It works great. Fedora 3 is the distribution I use on this machine. I like it because it works, can be downloaded for free, and has great user support.
I will answer any questions I can about Linux and if I can't I will try to point you in a direction to get your question answered.
Well, that's enough for today. God bless.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Hello

Well, a new venture for me to give a try at. It is something new and happenning all the and I hope to use it to express my thoughts on what is going on around me. I am just a guy who happens to be an American citizen, loves his country, served in the military, and still tries to carry out his oath. Hopefully, I won't sound too off the wall. I look forward to comments and suggestions.


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