Saturday, July 16, 2005

The following has been attributed to State Representataive Mitchell Aye of Georgia. I have no idea whether he penned it or not, but I likes it! In fact, I like it enough to make it part of my sidebar.

We The People..... Of The United States

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines....We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are so confused by the Bill of Rights that they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (lastly....) NOW..

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!!
Fair Tax Book

I've posted about the Fair Tax book written by talk show host and Fair Tax supporter Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder (R-Ga). It's been available for pre-order through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million for several weeks now. I have links to both Barnes and Noble and Amazon on the sidebar. I've ordered one book for us and I'm going to order two more here shortly for my brother and my in-laws

If you'd like to order, click on the link. Boortz is timing the posting of link to push sales up. I can't blame him in the least, being a capitalist at heart. But my goal and purpose is to provide links so that as many people who want can pre-order the book now or order it later, whichever is better for their pocketbooks.

I don't claim to be an expert on the book, far from it. I've had questions asked of me that I couldn't answer without going to my Fair Tax source. Sometimes I knew the answer but couldn't find the words to explain it so that the questioner would understand just why the Fair Tax was better than any other tax reform plan. That is my fault, not the fault of the Fair Tax.

For more information on the Fair Tax go to
Dylan Groene Laid To Rest

On what would have been his tenth birthday, Dylan Groene was buried with family and friends in attendance. Dylan's remains were found earlier this month in Montana. Dylan and his sister Shasta were apparently abducted by after their mother, brother and mother's boyfriend were murdered in their home.

Joseph Duncan has been charged with six counts of kidnapping and murder of the mother, brother and mother's boyfriend, and will be charged with the abduction of Shasta and Dylan and in Dylan's death.

After the services, attended by more than 700 people, hundreds of red and blue balloons were released into the air adding spots of color to an overcast sky. Paster Jim Putnam noted during the service that God is throwing a better party for Dylan than any of us could imagine.

Storm Center

It seems that even though we dodged Dennis and Emily seems to be headed for a Mexican vacation, we've had plenty of rain all week. I rather like the rain; it helps to keep the temperatures down. And that's a good thing in my book.

The downside is that summer rains usually bring summer humidity. Our humidity rarely drops below 75% in summer. For example, at 936 pm the humidity is 81%. Temperature is 70%. Feels liks temperature is 82%.

We had a heck of a storm this evening. Thunder and lightning booming and flashing all over. I think it was centered over my house. Poor Wyatt just wasn't sure what to make of everthing. I have to give him credit though, the only time he seemed concerned about the light and sound show was when I just about jumped out of my skin when a crack of lightning surprised me.

The storm knocked out our power a couple of times, but only for a few seconds. The Internet connection went out for maybe a half hour, but the modem reset itself and all was good. My gosh! We actually had to talk to each other for a little bit!
Harry Potter Rides Again!

Harry Potter mania is hitting bookstores all over America today. The latest release in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released in the US for sale.

Many people, of course, took advance of pre-sale purchases and reserved their copies early on. I understand some bookstores were open until after midnight, or maybe they opened at midnight, so to allow their customers to make their purchases as soon as the calendar turned to the 16th.

I might sound a little like I'm making fun of the Harry Potter mania, but I'm not. I can understand their feelings for the teenaged wizard and his friends. I didn't really think I would care for Harry Potter until I saw the first movie and then I had to see the next. I still haven't read the books, but I have both movies on DVD.

I know that there were, and probably still are, many people who think that Harry Potter is the next thing to the anti-Christ. He's a wizard and you know what the Bible says about the occult! Well, is Harry really much different from superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, or any of the Fantastic Four? They all have powers of some sort and they all use their powers to fight evil. I think those railing against Harry and his friends would be singing a different tune if Harry used his powers against Satan instead of users of the "dark arts". These same people who think that Harry is evil because he practices magic allow their kids to wear Superman jammies, or Spiderman Halloween costumes. They make sure the kids see the latest version of the movies or cartoons that come out. Isn't this being a bit hypocritical?

To show my support for Harry Potter I've added a link to the sidebar so that you can purchase your copy of the Half-Blood Prince if you haven't already. Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2005

Summer Fun Trivia Questions - Week 3

1. There's one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. At noon and midnight the hour and minute hands are exactly coincident with each other. How many other times between noon and midnight do the hour and minute hands cross?

5. What is the only sport in which the ball is always in the possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

6. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

7. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw." They are all common. Name two of them.

8. There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

9. It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?

10. Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet, that begin with the letter "s."

Answers to Week 2

1. The third. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead.

2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.

3. Freeze them first. Take them out of the jugs and put the ice in the barrel. You will be able to tell which water came from which jug.

4. Charcoal.

5. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

6. The letter "e", which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph.