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She Should Say No. -lauraw May 30, 2012

Posted by anycomments in News.
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Ridiculous.  Actors are ridiculous people.

And this is a bad portent for the marriage ahead, too. What happens when you marry this guy: PUBLIC DRAMA.

Look at all the other people he got involved in what (for most people) is a private moment. Not a good sign, in and of itself.

But also: how can she say ‘no’ now, even if she wanted to? He’s bullying her through social pressure.

I hope she knows she’s submitting to a control freak with no regard for her privacy.

Thanks to scottw, who proposed to me in total secrecy and darkness, as God intended.

Monasteries On High May 28, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.
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When you want to get away and engage in some quiet religious contemplation, you can’t do much better than these places:

The extraordinary hanging monasteries that cling to the sides of cliffs

Amazing photos at the link – here’s just one to whet your appetite:

Memorial Day and Survivor’s Guilt May 28, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Heroes, Honor, News, Philosophy, Religion.
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Every year my church has a tradition of having the veterans line up in front of the congregation on the Sunday preceding Memorial Day and every year I feel guilty because I feel like we’re stealing glory from those who didn’t survive.  We have Veterans Day. Memorial Day is about the dead, not the living, but in a way it’s not. Our pastor told us that we still remember the dead, but it’s too late to say thank you to them. It’s not too late to say thank you to the survivors so we continue the tradition. His words helped. Now I think that it’s more like a moment for us all to join together to remember our brothers and sisters that didn’t survive. People need a time to grieve together, a time of rememberance. It’s like bringing them back to life for a little while even if it’s only in our memories. Having talked to some of the other vets I know that’s what they’re thinking too. Some sadness, some guilt, but at the same time proud of those who gave all so that we could be standing there today. It felt like they were there with us.

When I first started thinking about this post I wanted to post the names of the 19 from my home state of Oklahoma that have died serving America since last Memorial Day, then in the middle of it I found out that a 20th had been killed. He was a Hospital Corpsman in his early 20’s, much like my own son, he was even serving in the same province when he was killed by an IED. His name was Eric D. Warren. His death was announced on Sunday.

Army 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy

Army Spc. Augustus J. Vicari

Army Staff Sgt. Kirk A. Owen

Army Sgt. Anthony Del Mar Peterson

Army Spc. Jordan M. Morris

Army 2nd Lt. Joe L. Cunningham

Army 1st Lt. Damon Leehan

Army Spc. Joshua M. Seals

Army Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower

Army Spc. Christopher D. Horton

Army Pfc. Tony J. Potter

Army Sgt. Mycal L. Prince

Army Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr.

Army Pfc. Sarina Butcher

Army Spc. Christopher Gailey

Marine Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman

Army Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr.

Army Spc. James E. Dutton

Army 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander

Navy HM Eric D. Warren

All of them from Oklahoma. The oldest was Army Staff Sgt. Kirk A. Owen at 37, the youngest was the only woman on the list Army Pfc. Sarina Butcher at just 19 years of age. The link goes to a gallery of their pictures.

Enjoy your BBQ, spend time with your families, maybe drink a few in memory of them, but please take a moment at least once today to think about how expensive our freedoms really are, and pray for the families that are still grieving.

God bless America.

What a Hero Looks Like May 28, 2012

Posted by BrewFan in Heroes, Personal Experiences.
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Update (BrewFan): I hope you all won’t mind if I bump this to the top again. God bless and have a great Memorial Day.

Billy and his family lived next door to us. Billy was 5 years older then me so we didn’t hang together but as so often happens he was one of the ‘older guys’ that us ‘younger guys’ like to admire. For good reason as it turns out.

Billy won the Silver Star for the actions that lead to his death. His unit was ambushed and despite being gravely wounded, he refused to leave his post. My understanding is he was manning a machine gun and his actions prevented his group from being overrun.

So, on this Memorial Day, I’d like you to meet Billy. He exemplifies everything good about the men and women produced by this country.

The stories of past courage… can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul. – John F. Kennedy

Happy Last Day of School! May 25, 2012

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Family, Travel.
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My daughter got a present for me. This is also the first photo my wife has ever sent me from a phone.

“Can I please take your car, Mom? I hate driving my friends in dad’s ugly car that no one would care if it got dinged.”

Assigning Blame for FY09 May 25, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.
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There’s a lot of Obamaphilic revisionism going on lately, with the President and his supporters claiming that he has had the smallest budget increases of any President in recent history. That claim comes from several weak assumptions, the foremost of which involves blaming President Bush for the spending in FY09. This is a bit of a toughie – Bush was President, but the Democratic Senate and House never gave him a budget to sign, so the budget, Stimulus, and Omnibus bills were all passed after President Obama took office.

But there is an easy way to decide how much blame to give Bush for the FY2009 spending – we can just look at his proposed budget to see what he was planning before the Dems got a hold of it.

President Bush proposed a $3.1 trillion budget in 2009, with a projected $400 billion deficit. The Dems added $400 billion, and the recession lowered the expected receipts of $2.7 trillion to a dismal $2.1 trillion.

So in the end it’s a tie:

  • Bush Share of Deficit: $400 billion
  • Obama Share of Deficit: $400 billion
  • Recession Share of Deficit: $600 billion

But despite the similarity of the numbers, there’s a huge difference in culpability. Bush’s budget was submitted before the troubles at Bear-Stearns became well known, and well before the collapse in late summer and fall of 2008.

President Obama, on the other hand, had full knowledge of these events. He knew what the original deficit was, he knew that the recession would make that deficit larger, and yet he still chose to pile on another $400 billion in spending. Where a rational budgeting process would have led to adjustment of spending to accommodate the changing circumstances, President Obama went the opposite direction. And that demonstrates that his decision-making ability is far inferior to his predecessor’s.

Finally, people who try to defend President Obama by comparing the similarities of his spending to President Bush’s forget one key fact:

Fiscal conservatives hated Bush’s spending.

Saying the President Obama’s spending isn’t much worse than Bush’s isn’t going to earn any applause from budget-conscious voters. Or votes, for that matter.

Sen. Sessions — How to Lose the Confidence of the American People May 23, 2012

Posted by Michael in News.
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Ever Wonder What Hip Hop Violin Looks Like? May 22, 2012

Posted by Michael in News.
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Wonder no more.

Here’s Lindsey at an NBA halftime show, with a dance team backing her.  It is an amazing performance.

How do you display such musicianship while dancing like that?  I can’t dance and drink a beer at the same time.

Thinking About Starting to Consider Planning a Vacation May 22, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.
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I was just thinking how much it might not suck to be floating without a care in the largest swimming pool in the world.

That’s a full kilometer of stress reduction right there. [Tons more envy-generating photos at the link]

Unusual Eclipse Photo May 20, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Science.
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Our friends in Utah, the Poultons, sent us this photograph of the shadow of a tree on the side of their house, during the eclipse.
The tiny spaces between the leaves acted as hundreds of pinhole cameras, projecting many images of the sun/moon on the wall.

Photo by C. Poulton (c)

Perception vs. Reality May 20, 2012

Posted by Michael in Religion, Science.
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Bill Whittle just consistently rocks your head.

 

 

Going Home May 20, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Family, Heroes, Honor.
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Last time I talked to little dbs he was in Kyrgyzstan in transit to come back home, or at least to Pendleton in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia. He’ll be out by the end of the year and his current plans are to go to school to become a Physicians Assistant. He’s the kid on the left end.

One of the kids near the middle went home with his skull fractured in six places. He’s going to recover, but eating isn’t much fun right now.

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