'Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the trails,
Every Bronco was stuck, their progress like snails.
They had no shovels, no rope and no winch,
No CB, no cell-phone, to get out of their pinch.
When out from a mud pit, there arose such a clatter;
All the 'wheelers came running to see what was the matter.
I saw some poor Bronco all covered in crud;
He had blown his motor trying to get free of the mud.
As he stood there I noticed his glowing red face,
And I knew in an instant, he wanted out of this place.
I glanced at his roof, it was all I could see;
He pleaded for help from my winch and from me.
So I sprang to the front of my trusty old Jeep,
Spooled out the winch cable, said "Hook up yer heap!"
He went for a swim in the watery drink,
I laughed as he turned brown, and started to stink.
He hooked up the cable to his buried front hook,
I put a coat on the line, like it says in the book.
I winched him out quickly, a very fast session;
And I charged him a C-note, To teach him a lesson.
I then drove my Jeep through the same mud muck;
No problem for me, 'cuz I have lockers on MY truck.
I wound down my window as I drove out of sight,
And smugly yelled "Next time stay home on Christmas night!"
... now, you - the one with the 4WD - go visit the VA Jeep TrailDogs!
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Enjoy the shopping. Or something. I'll be staying home, kthx.
Oh, and I thought I would share these Thanksgiving thoughts I, from a colleague at work:On a final note, every culture takes a moment to reflect on life’s abundances. While Thanksgiving as a commercial holiday is rather uniquely American, the idea is universal. Whether you’re having a huge family get together or going to a sports bar with a couple of people, take some time to reflect on the abundances in your life. We all tend to think more about the things we don’t have and want versus the things we do have. Think about the families in Bangladesh, the conditions of the institutionalized in Serbia, the orphans in Africa or even the hungry in America and give thanks for all that you do have.Indeed - if you can read this you have atleast a few things to be thankful for and are blessed beyond belief, whatever challenges you face daily.
A North Carolina school district is putting an end to the donations of Bibles to elementary school kids.
The Cumberland County school system says state law limits the practice strictly to high schools and has issued instructions banning it at 54 elementary schools in the metro Fayetteville area. The move comes after a parent complained about the stack of Bibles left in her son's classroom earlier this month. The same parent filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Fayetteville Observer said that while a 1998 court decision allows outside groups to make Bibles available to high school students, the ACLU contends it doesn't apply to elementary kids who might see the practice as promoting Christianity over other religions. The Bibles came from the Gideons, the group best known for supplying Bibles to hotel rooms. Gideons be warned. The ACLU are likely to jail you if you try to share the gospel to kids. What? You thought the Constitution protected freedom of religion? Not according to the ACLU's version. Maybe you should try pro-Palestian, or pro-Communist propaganda. Or maybe install some footbaths to accomadate Muslims. The ACLU seem to think these are protected speech.
The ACLU have a long history of going after the Gideons, but talk about splitting hairs. I thought their argument was based on public schools being government funded. Whats the difference between Elementary and High Schools on that basis? A biased loophole is all. Once again the ACLU lives up to its reputation as America's number one religious censor.Conservative Belle: I wonder if parents of an elementary school student in NC could sue the state now and claim there is age discrimination by only allowing Bibles for teenagers. They seemed to be the ones now discriminated against. The ACLU is once again picking and choosing their ridiculous battles.
Lobo emails this article on it as well and says: The ACLU also argued that the case did not support Bible distribution in elementary schools. "Those students are impressionable and would likely think that the school was promoting the Bible by making it available," said Katherine Lewis Parker, the legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina.
Is the ACLU admitting that students are "impressionable" when it comes to the Bible but NOT when it involves teaching and advocating Islam in our schools? Or homosexuality? (The ACLU scores really high on the hypocrisy scoreboard!)) The Cumberland County school system says state law limits the practice strictly to high schools and has issued instructions banning it at 54 elementary schools in the metro Fayetteville area. The move comes after a parent complained about the stack of Bibles left in her son's classroom earlier this month. The same parent filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. The Fayetteville Observer said that while a 1998 court decision allows outside groups to make Bibles available to high school students, the ACLU contends it doesn't apply to elementary kids who might see the practice as promoting Christianity over other religions. Again, the Bibles came from the Gideons, the group best known for supplying Bibles to hotel rooms.
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Being in San Antonio this week, I took a drive downtown to see the Alamo and to stroll down the "Riverwalk". Luckily, I managed to catch the verbal history of the Battle of the Alamo ... enthralling history, a source of inspiration and even very well told :).
Oh, and the "Riverwalk" is interesting and neat and all ... but aside form lots of potential drinking locations (which didn't do much for me as I had to drive back to my hotel), lots of retail stuff (that I couldn't care less about) and some neat mid-town-water-stuff (interesting from a "Hey, we don't have that in Northern Virginia", but not much for else, really) it was just 45 minutes of walking about.
I wanted to put something up for Labor Day here to get some inspirations sparked. For a while my priorities have been shifted. I want to announce that we will be more active in our original cause and want to thank everyone that has supported us thus far. To get our blogburst reinvigorated, I thought I'd pull out a classic...one that explains why we started and what we are all about...
Stop The ACLU was started on February 9th, 2004. We started with high hopes, and we realized we were facing a goliath. There were many reasons why we thought the ACLU needed to be countered, and they are numerous. We wanted to provide a way to inform the public of the ACLU's agenda, as the MSM sugar coated it. We wanted to be a central database for people to gather, exchange ideas, and get actively involved in real ways of stopping them. It is a monumental task, exhausting, time consuming, and often frustrating. But it is a fight worth fighting.
We would be nothing without our supporters. To all of you, we appreciate the continued support. We have called you to action and you have answered.
There are many reasons to stop the ACLU. For this blogburst I decided to list my top ten list.
10. The ACLU was founded by Communist, with communist ideals, communist goals, and they continue to impose a Communist like agenda on America daily. The founder of the ACLU, Roger Baldwin stated clearly...
My chief aversion is the system of greed, private profit, privilege and violence which makes up the control of the world today, and which has brought it to the tragic crisis of unprecedented hunger and unemployment�Therefore, I am for Socialism, disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the State itself�I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."
9. The ACLU does not believe in the Second Amendment.
ACLU POLICY �The ACLU agrees with the Supreme Court�s long-standing interpretation of the Second Amendment [as set forth in the 1939 case, U.S. v. Miller] that the individual�s right to bear arms applies only to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia. Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected. Therefore, there is no constitutional impediment to the regulation of firearms.�ACLU Policy #47
#8. Their outright hatred of the Boy Scouts. They are currently doing everything in their power to hurt this organization. They attacked their free speech right to exclude gays, and are threatening schools, and fighting in court to get their charters shut down. The oppose the military supporting them, and will sue the pants off any school that attempts to charter them.
#7. The ACLU are pro-death. Not only is the ACLU Pro-abortion, it's the ACLU's top priority. It most definitely takes a backseat to free speech for the ACLU. As a matter of fact, the ACLU has fought against the free speech rights of those that oppose it. If its abortion or euthanasia, as long as its pro-death you can count on the ACLU to support it. The only exception to the ACLU's pro-death stance, is if it is a convicted criminal; in this case they are against death.
#6. The ACLU advocate open borders. Not only have the ACLU opposed the Minute Men, a group who are simply exercising their freedom of speech, protesting and stepping up where the government is failing, but they have helped illegals cross the border.
#5. The ACLU is anti-Christian. The list is endless on this one. Under the guise of "separation of Church and State", the ACLU have made a name for their self on being rabidly anti-Christian. This is one area where they are most hypocritical. They oppose tax exemptions for all churches, but fight for them for Wiccans. They are against Christianity in school, but oddly remain silent as our children are taught to be Muslims. Whether its baby Jesus, ten commandments, or tiny crosses on county seals, the ACLU will be there to secularize America, and rewrite our history.
#4. The ACLU Opposes National Security. The ACLU have opposed almost every effort in the arena of national security. From the bird flu to bag searches, the ACLU have been against it. No matter what kind of search someone tries to do to protect people, the ACLU have proved they are against them across the board. Its kind of ironic that they don't practice the principles they preach.
Take a walk into the NYCLU�s Manhattan headquarters - which it shares with other organizations - and you�ll find a sign warning visitors that all bags are subject to search.
#3. The ACLU Defend the enemy. They have a long history of this one. They defended the P.L.O. in 1985. They defended Quadafi in the 1980's. And they continue today. They have told Gitmo detainees they have the right to remain silent, as in not talking to interrogators. One issue that really disturbs me is their refusal of funds from organizations such as the United Way that were concerned the money would be used to support terrorism.
In October of 2004, the ACLU turned down $1.15 million in funding from two of it�s most generous and loyal contributors, the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, saying new anti-terrorism restrictions demanded by the institutions make it unable to accept their funds.
�The Ford Foundation now bars recipients of its funds from engaging in any activity that �promotes violence, terrorism, bigotry, or the destruction of any state.�
The Rockefeller Foundation�s provisions state that recipients of its funds may not �directly or indirectly engage in, promote, or support other organizations or individuals who engage in or promote terrorist activity.�
#2. The ACLU supports child porn distribution and child molesters like NAMBLA.
As legislative counsel for the ACLU in 1985, Barry Lynn told the U.S. Attorney General�s Commission on Pornography (of which Focus on the Family President Dr. James C. Dobson was a member) that child pornography was protected by the First Amendment. While production of child porn could be prevented by law, he argued, its distribution could not be.
There is no doubt the The ACLU are perverting the Constitution.
#1. The ACLU fulfills its agenda using my tax money. What more can I say on this one?
There are countless reasons the ACLU needs to be stopped. So don't just stand by and complain, do something. Get involved. Here are some ways you can get involved to help us stop the ACLU.
Support and donate to organizations fighting them in Court. Here are the ones at the forefront.
Alliance Defense Fund
Thomas More Law Center
Join the Stop The ACLU Coalition
Help us write Churches to get involved.
Tell your Congress to support the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005. This legislation seeks to limit attorney's fees in Establishment Clause cases to injunctive relief only.
SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING OF THE ACLU
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The last two days have started to undo some of my previous rant's opinions ... namely, a very helpful person at a Post Office near Herndon told me everything I needed, gave me the right contact information for every piece of that, and - if my luck holds out - I'll be able to submit my passport application tomorrow, which is all I need to be able to head Northward to Canada ...
Disclaimer - please excuse the rant ...
OK, so the title is a bit strong. Not all government employees fail, in fact - maybe even the majority of them are fine, hard-working folks.
But why is it that some seem to go out of their way to give the rest of them such a bad wrap? Of course, at the state-level we have the ubiquitously terrible DMV waiting lines ... but I recently had the pleasure of attempting to get a passport.
Now, I admit it - I am trying to do this kinda' last minute ... as in I travel in 7 days. My bad; but bear with me here ... (and until today, I thought you didn't need a passport to go to Canada - then I read some things today that seemed to indicate I would need one ... and now I see I just need proof that I have applied for a Passport).
((First - don't get me started on the government making an increased requirement for passports (which I am all for!) but not staffing up on the relevant positions ... I am sure that is a large part of my complaint, and they certainly deserve a brow-beating for that!! What, if anything, were they thinking??? ))
So - I try to go to the Post Office to submit my application (Yes, I had it all completed & printed, and pictures, etc. - all set). The travel.state.gov site says they are open until 4PM, so I leave work very early (just after 2PM) and arrive there at 3:15PM ... they are "open", but not accepting further applications today. So, not only is the website misleading - but their answer to an increased work load is to simply stop accepting clients. I wish I could get away with that once in awhile! (Actually - no I don't, but that wouldn't sound as funny). Not like there won't be a line tomorrow to do this, so really - they are just piling up more and more later and later.
So having failed at that attempt, I try calling the "I waited until the last minute and need a passport fast", "automated scheduling hotline". Now it is bad enough that the "automated" hotline failed to connect my first 23 attempts, but when I did finally get through I get to listen to several minutes of overly pedantic instructions (no wonder the line is so busy!) ... and, if you are lucky, you get to choose AM or PM. I chose PM, and it tells me the next appointment is 14 days away.
* This is bad for several reasons - as I mentioned, I travel in 7.
* The hotline also does not allow you to say "Hm, ok - let's try AM instead" - nope, you get to try a bunch more times (only 9 for me this go-round!).
* Also, it is worth noting that the hotline is only usable by those who need to travel within 14 days ... Apparently, they think you can wait until the day of your flight for your passport (Hope you have a late/evening flight!).
In closing, I am lucky I am "only" going to Canada and I can get by without a passport just yet (pre-09.30.07, after which they will be required (again)) ... I do still potentially need one for future business trips, but those haven't been finalized yet. I hope they aren't for atleast several weeks!
PS - their web site admins fail also, as the "check my passport application status" page has an expired cert ... whoops!
From IMAO... and the list goes on, check it out!
HOW THINGS CAN GET WORSE
* We get socialized health care and waits for appointments become so bad that you'll be glad to see any doctor, even if he is an avowed terrorist.
* There really is a vast conspiracy of the Mexicans and Canadians to make a North American Union. First step, get rid of all the pesky Americans.
* World is plunged into ice age, but we're still not allowed to do anything that leaves a carbon footprint because, in Al Gore's words, "Global warming is going to come really, really soon. I'm super cereal!"
* Michael Moore grows in mass to the point he has an event horizon the size of Montana. Reviews of his new film constantly use the word "inescapable."
Just a quick note to everyone wishing you and your family a safe, fun and festive 4th of July!
Hmm - I hear N.Virginia is under a tornado warning ... that is not so good for lighting fireworks ... although I am ~9 hours away in Highlands, NC; so my fireworks will be just fine :)
Something you should read about the 4th of July, America and Americans.
Bambenek let's Phrack have it ... a nice, quick read if you are an Information Security type person :)"As an information security professional, lately I've become quite bored. The state of hacking today seems to be almost solely employed by the spammer-class of miscreants looking to make as much money as quickly as possible. It's big business now. As such, they continue to exploit the same weaknesses, again and again, and simply lack the spirit and ingenuity of previous generations of hackers. ..."
Read the whole thing here and Digg this story
So, I know I haven't really been posting all that much here - work has me jumping (was in Boston all this last week), and between work, moving and enjoying my Jeep I have just been outa' time.
Speaking of enjoying my Jeep ... went out wheelin' again this weekend:
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Excerpt:We all have been offered a golden chance to honor our soldiers - past and present - in person. We now have a chance to speak up louder than the liberals who would desecrate the memorials we hold sacred and send a message of hate to our troops. Make your voice heard on March 17th! Put your body between those that scorn our military and the memorials they intend to disrespect.
Let our troops know that we support them and WE WILL BE HEARD!
Think about this: If you don’t go, what will you say to yourself while listening to the evening news on March 19th?
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... going offroadin' with "VA Jeep Trail Dogs"
... good stuff, and no-one in our group got stuck or broke anything!
OH - and now it is snowing; awesome! Although I am supposed to teach class this week, I hope all the attendees can make it in!
Now = home.
BUT, all ext week = Seattle.
So ... Anything fun to do in Seattle?
... not including counting the Starbucks, that is.
... And something that is quick, since I will be quite busy while there - not much free time. :(
While you are here ... let's pause and reflect on Pelosi's most recent hypocrisy:After much noise about raising the minimum wage(cough)ill-advised(cough) "for all Americans" she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage
... the best representation money can buy ((hat tip to Ace!))!