Monday, December 29, 2008

Shameless Plug

Okay, I have always said we have become a nation of two year olds and everybody just wants a nannystate to take care of them...this book puts an exclamation point on the subject!

Here is the shameless plug pulled from WorldNetDaily...

Are you among the many Americans not surprised by the recent election results?

After all, you've been fed up for years with all the lazy, self-centered, whining, entitlement-minded young people in our country. You knew that at some point, these malcontents would eventually find their way to the polls and elect a leader fitting their mentality.

Well, now there's a book that proves you were correct in your suspicions, expressing the very thoughts that have been echoing in your mind.

It's called "Born Liberal, Raised Right: How to Rescue America from Moral Decline – One Family at a Time," and it's the latest release from WND Books.

Its author, Reb Bradley, an expert on child rearing, says Rush Limbaugh is right about liberals – they are turning America into a nation of victims, dependent, covetous and incapable of the kind of self-government the nation's founding fathers envisioned.

Author of the previous best-selling book, "Child Training Tips," Bradley recalls listening to Limbaugh more than a decade ago and having an epiphany about the societal impact of permissive and indulgent parenting.

"I noticed that all of the societal ills Rush talked about were really manifestations of people who really never grew up – never matured," he explains. "Ultimately, that is what the worldview of liberalism is all about. And we won't escape its dire ill effects until we learn how to parent."

America is increasingly lacking in-self control, explains Bradley. He says adults no longer restrain themselves from destructive actions and behaviors, because they have not been taught to do so as children.

"A few decades ago, people were just as human as we are in this decade," he writes. "Like us, they got angry, they lusted, they coveted, and they drowned their grief by one means or another. But in one important way, they were different from us – they had greater self-control. Because they were more self-restraining, they did not allow themselves to be ruled by their anger; hence the murder rate was markedly less. They lusted, but they had greater sexual self-restraint, so had sexual contact with fewer people and contracted fewer STDs. They coveted other people's money and possessions, but they had the ability to not act on their covetousness; hence fewer were compelled to steal. In the last 40 years we have lost the virtue of self-control. No longer is our society populated by individuals who can restrain or 'govern' themselves. To lack the capacity to control one's urges or passions is to lack what our nation's Founders called personal 'self-government.'"
Bradley contends that liberalism is the natural condition of the human heart and for people to be capable of self-government, they must be trained against their own nature.

"In this age of technology, one might say that liberalism is our 'default' operating condition," he writes. "Throughout our childhoods, our parents must work hard and change our settings to keep us from operating in our default mode. If parents are successful, we enter adulthood with our new settings fully locked in. Left untrained, all children would grow up liberal in their outlook."

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Listening to Rush Limbaugh describe what he saw as the traits of liberals led parenting expert Bradley to his conclusions that liberals were, in effect, children who never really grew up.

"Liberals are merely inadequately trained children who grew up and now lead using principles they gleaned from their upbringing," he says.

All people are born liberal, Bradley writes, meaning they are ruled first by their emotions and passions.

"We come into the world determined to survive, and we vehemently express ourselves to get what we need: 'Waaa!' and Momma feeds us," he writes. "'Waaa!' and our diaper is changed' 'Waaa!' and we are put down for a nap. As infants, our strong will can keep us comfortable and alive – the more outspoken we are, the more our needs are met. However, as we start to grow, we no longer cry for our necessities – we crave pleasure, too."

These ideas are not really new, explains Bradley. They are just in need of rediscovery. He points out that in 1926, Minnesota Gov. Theodore Christianson established a state crime commission. At the end of its research, the commission concluded that criminal tendencies were not the result of poverty, education or environment. Instead, it made the following observation: "Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered, he wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmate's toys, his uncle's watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He's dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to sat! isfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist."

Bottom line?

"Liberals are like teenagers whose will-to-be-gratified was never subdued, and now cannot grasp the simple logic of what is being said to them," Bradley writes. "They are so emotionally obsessed with getting what their hearts want that they are unwilling to listen to reason. That is why liberals resort to personal attacks, name-calling, accusing, yelling, discrediting, or changing the subject. And that is why they use inflammatory and emotionally charged words like 'intolerant,' 'hateful' and 'racist.' Desperation ensues when passion rules. When passion rules, blindness sets in."

As a result, Bradley says "America is being governed by adults still in their terrible twos."

"Barack Obama is our King Saul," Bradley continues. "Like Saul, he has fooled people on a base, emotional level. And when people can't see beyond their emotions, they are immature and incapable of the kind of self-government that has been the bedrock of America's freedom for the last two centuries."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Silent Night, Holy Night

I was asked to intro Silent Night at our Christmas Eve service. My pastor gave me the story of this historic song and told me to make it my own. Little did I know it was the closing song of the evening and the song used for the lighting of the Christmas candles by the entire church. It really is a cool story. My stately, old stone church never looked so beautiful.

Bill, I am posting this for you...

For many of us, music is very spiritual in nature. Music speaks to our souls in loud words or soft whispers. Music tells the story of our lives, our loves, our sadness and our joys. Songwriters and music makers have a very special gift and sometimes inspiration comes in many interesting forms. One of the most beloved Christmas Carols of all time has such a story. It truly gives a new meaning to divine providence.

The story begins on Christmas Eve, 1818 in Oberndorf Austria. A priest discovers that the church organ is broken. As any good leader would do, he came up with Plan B. He hurriedly wrote an appropriate poem and asked his friend to compose a tune for it. The two friends sang it together that Christmas Eve service with just a guitar as accompaniment. It was simple. It was gorgeous. Kind of reminds me of something Gail and Kaylene would do.

But the story doesn’t end here. From a tiny village that night, an unknown Christmas Carol began its worldwide journey. When an organ repairman came to the church a few days later, he discovered the song jotted down on a piece of paper. Asking if he could share it with others, it eventually got into the hands of a well-known singing family who included it in their concerts.

In 1849, 31 years after it was written and sang in that little Austrian church, Silent Night, Holy Night was published in English for the first time. And yes, it was in a Methodist hymnal. And tonight, 190 years later, we are still singing it. And that, as Paul Harvey says, is the rest of the story.

So this Christmas Eve let’s enjoy this beautiful song and remember that there are no coincidences in life and there are no small or insignificant efforts. We all make a difference in this world by being God’s servants. You just never know how much!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Fun Facts

I bet you didn't know this one...

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish.' (I did, thanks Stacey!)

Christmas Cheer

I swear I know these people...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Why Christmas Matters

Bill is on a rant about the recent bs in Washington state. He definitely has a point.

Why Christmas Matters
Bill O'Reilly
Saturday, December 20, 2008

In 1870, President Grant signed a law making Christmas Day a federal holiday, a national day of celebration. Congress overwhelmingly voted to make that happen, and Grant understood that this was not a trivial gesture. The nation remained deeply divided in the aftermath of the Civil War, and the federal government was looking for ways to reunite the people. Since Christmas was loved by almost everyone, the national holiday became a symbol of healing and unity.

Now America is divided again, this time over social behavior. Traditional Americans want to hold on to the beliefs and institutions that, they believe, have made this country great; while secular-progressives lobby for aggressive change -- things like redefining marriage to include homosexuals and other redefinitions of tradition.

Thus, deep divisions are growing in the United States, and somewhat shockingly, Christmas is right in the middle of it.

A few years ago some retail companies ordered their employees not to say the words "Merry Christmas" because they might offend people who do not celebrate the national holiday. That was insane. These companies were marketing the gift-giving season that accompanies Christmas, but refusing to utter the word. Please.

Once I and some other media people exposed this, millions of Americans decided not to spend money in the offending quarters and the banishment of Christmas quickly ceased. I guess making money trumps offending people all day long.

This year there is another Christmas controversy, this one engineered by some atheists who want to display signs on public property where Christmas or Hanukkah symbols are present. So far, only Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington State have caved in to the atheists, but it is just a matter of time before the nonbelievers come to a State House near you.

The problem with the atheistic displays in Washington and Wisconsin is that the message is hateful, an attack on religion rather than a positive message. In Madison, then-Gov. Tommy Thompson allowed an anti-religion sign, but posted it far away from the Nativity scene and the menorah.

But in Olympia, Gov. Christine Gregoire, a secular-progressive politician, has allowed a sign in the Capitol rotunda that says religion enslaves people -- among other not nice things -- to be placed within a few feet of Jesus in the manger. And peace on earth to you, too, Governor.

Gregoire did not have to do that. The legal settlement in Washington clearly states that any holiday display must be appropriate and reflect the decorum of the state Capitol building.

The atheist's anti-religion sign could have easily been rejected as being inappropriate. If the nonbelievers want a seasonal display, make it a positive thing. Put a picture of Charles Darwin and Bill Maher up there with the words: "These are our guys -- happy winter solstice!"

But no, the atheists have to attack the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the wise men and whoever else dropped by the Bethlehem birthplace.

Atheists well understand that Christmas is the most visible display of religion in the world, and any diminishment of it is a good thing to militant secularists. But it is inconceivable that Grant, believing he finally had a slam-dunk issue with which to unite a fractured country, could have foreseen the social civil war we have today.

Sadly, we are no longer one nation under God. But those of us who truly understand the spirit of Christmas -- the simple message of good will toward all mankind -- know that Grant was on to something. Christmas should be a time of peace and understanding. It's sad that we now have to defend that.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Management 101

Laugh for the day...thanks Steve!

5-Minute Management Course

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob , the next-door neighbor..

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands n aked in front of Bob , after a few seconds, Bob
hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbor,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a
position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:

A priest offered a Nun a lift.

She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.

The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears,=2 0he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you
will find glory.'

Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 3:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'
'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the
Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sa les rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an
endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'

Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch'

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 4

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'
The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and
ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 5

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'
'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients..'
T he turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there..

Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was!

The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your

3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep
your mouth shut!

Send this to bright, humorous people who have enough of a sense of humor to laugh at it!

Doing the right thing doesn't guarantee a perfect it anyway.

Lincoln Davis

One of the hardest things about being involved in the political system is having to choose sides. When you go to war for your country, it is important that you believe that your opponent is 100% wrong and you are 100% right...especially if you are going to have to kill them. When you go to war in politics, you are taught to believe the very same thing...especially if you have to go for the throat. Here lies my dilemma. I believe in going to war for just causes, but politically, I am just a doggone borderline pacifist. Ruining someone for the sake of winning a campaign is not something that I can do...especially if I like them.

I like Congressman Lincoln Davis. He is a conservative fellow brought up right with strong, solid foundations. He just happens to be a Democrat. I like his staff, they are one of the best ones in the entire United States. They return phone calls and they get stuff done. I generally like how Lincoln thinks, he has gone off the cracker a couple of times, but somehow he always manages to return to the basics and follow the needs and values of his constituents. That is exactly the kind of fella we need in Congress. My problem has always been his wacky, liberal leadership team.

Today, Lincoln came to the Grundy Rotary meeting. His explanation on the auto bridge loan was dead-on worthy of an attaboy. His focus was the 123 supply companies (and multi thousands of jobs) that would go out of business in his district if the Big 3 went thru bankruptcy. As the old saying goes...all politics are local. That explanation hit home.

I've known Lincoln since Spring '03 when we attended a dinner at the Icelandic Embassy in DC right after his election. Politics is a small world and I have learned to appreciate Lincoln as a person. And that will make it hard in 2010 if he decides to run for Governor. He is a good man.

So I guess the moral of the story is...don't ever get to know your opponent in war.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saving History

I live in a community very rich in history. Monteagle has been a famous southern resort town since the late 1800's. It was a hideout for Al Capone. There was a lucrative bootleg whiskey and moonshine business running out of various "joints" during and after prohibition. Highlander Folk School created enough interest to inspire people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt and enough controversy to have every local, state and federal government agency gunning for it. And then there is the rich educational history surrounding our famous neighbors University of the South and Sewanee Military Academy/St Andrews plus the prolific book writing and art creation that has been nurtured here in the glorious mountain paradise we call home.

But Monteagle is a strange little town. We can't decide who we really are or where we really come from, so we have a hodgepodge of historical preservation efforts by different interested parties with different viewpoints. It would be frustrating if it wasn't kind of comical. The other problem with Monteagle is that most of its history has gone up in smoke...literally.

So until we get our long range plan in place, a few of us insanely dedicated people find victory where we can get it. The most recent victory is saving the Monteagle Motel sign from the wrecking ball. This historic building has been vacant since the early 90's when one of our old summer family members (I think he is 4th or 5th generation) opened a cool jazz club in the main building that housed the old Diner.
Peter's father had designed the arch that connected the old sign to the main building so he had a special place in his heart for the it is right in the center of town!

Anyway, I digress. Those of us who had grandparents or parents that hung out at the old Diner, the place has very special memories and the cool, retro Monteagle Motel sign is just apart of the fabric of our community.

What are we going to do with it? Who the heck knows, but it has been saved for another day and another purpose. The old building is now rubble and we will have a fancy new CVS with a drive-thru pharmacy that many of our elderly citizens are looking forward to having here. I guess we have to make room for progress. But I just can't help but yearn for a simpler day and time. Saving History sure is bittersweet.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Econ 101

Government intervention into our economy scares the crap out of me. I know way too much about how things work to feel any sense of confidence in the solutions being offered up by our wiley Congress and economy chiefs. I like this article on the subject.

Econ 101: Financial Bailouts and the Rule of Law
Rule of law - not rule of men - is necessary for economic stability.

By Gary Wolfram
Business & Media Institute
12/4/2008 12:46:15 PM

Friedrich Hayek wrote of the importance of what he called the rule of law over the rule of man. His point was that in order to be free to act according to our own plans we must know what the rules of the game are, for what reason they are promulgated, under what conditions they will hold, and that these rules are the same for everyone.

This is consistent with James Madison’s comments in Federalist #62: “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of our own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that the cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”

If we are under the rule of man, such as a lord in the Middle Ages, the rule changes with the whim of the man who makes it. This allows for a coercive government and it severely constrains innovation and investment, since these require some certainty of the rules in order of estimate the payoff from undertaking risk.

One of the major difficulties with the recent actions of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury is that they appear much more to be the rule of men rather than the rule of law. Bear Stearns ran into financial problems when it relied upon risky and volatile short term borrowing to finance longer term higher yielding assets.

When rumors surfaced that Bear Stearns would run short of cash, the Federal Reserve invoked a clause of its charter that, according to Alan Greenspan, had last been used in the 1930s. The clause allowed the Fed to give JP Morgan a $29 billion non-recourse loan to help finance an emergency takeover of Bear Stearns that it had engineered along with Treasury.

AIG, then the world’s largest insurer, was given a loan of $85 billion on Sept. 16 and another $37.8 billion loan on Oct. 8, with further access to another $20.9 billion through the Fed’s commercial paper program. This was followed by a further restructuring of the bailout in November resulting in a total commitment of more than $150 billion.

On the other hand, Lehman Brothers was allowed to go into bankruptcy.

The Treasury within days of proposing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was given $700 billion to purchase troubled assets. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson later declared that Treasury would not use the $700 billion to buy troubled assets, but would instead use it to take equity positions in banks. Investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, were allowed to quickly become bank holding companies in order to be eligible for the TARP funds. Other financial institutions, such American Express, a credit card company, followed suit, with GMAC also applying. Citigroup was given more than $300 billion in loan guarantees.

The point is that this does not appear to be rule of law, but rule of men. This creates uncertainty in the markets in the short term as investors become uneasy about investing in a company because the next day some new rule may change the economic landscape. And in the long term, how long will the federal government own large shares in our financial institutions and will Congress begin to micro-manage the banking sector.

One reason that there is no rule of law during the current crisis may be that there is no economic theory that is generally agreed upon on how to restore credit markets while minimizing the transition costs of the de-leveraging that must occur in order to clear out the mortgage-based derivatives market.

Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be just making it up as they go along. If this is the case, then this is not likely to inspire confidence that government action is likely to get to the correct answer. If Paulson and Bernanke do have some theory behind their actions, then this should be made explicit so economic actors may make the best decisions possible for them given the rules.

To quote Alan Greenspan’s book The Age of Turbulence, “We need laws that specify and limit the conditions for bailouts—laws that authorize the Treasury to use taxpayer money to counter systemic financial breakdowns transparently and directly rather than circuitously through the central bank, as was done during the blow-up of Bear Stearns.” Without such laws and transparency market participants will be saddled with uncertainty and the transition to market equilibrium and renewal of economic growth will be delayed.

There is a long term danger in moving from rule of law to rule of men. Even if it were the best solution to our current economic problem, granting unrestrained and uncertain powers to the governmental authorities will damage both the economy and jeopardize out freedom. Hayek argued in his book, The Constitution of Liberty, that it would be better in the long run to abide by the constitution and fail to solve a particular economic problem than to allow government arbitrary power even under special circumstances. We may be setting a precedent that will be used in ten years in ways unimagined by the Congress that voted for the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 or the Troubled Asset Relief Act of 2008.

Gary Wolfram is the William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College and a Business & Media Institute adviser.

Born Yesterday 2

Okay, here is another good one.


15 BP 1003 Abj 15.cocody,
Cote Ivoire
West Africa.

Dear Sir,

Please permit me your attention to introduce to your organization a very lucrative business. I work as a junior executive in a consultancy firm. My name is MR.KEN My boss is in business with one of the greatest businessmen of all time.I am talking about Alhaji Buba Kofam.The president of Bubaco Farms.The owner of the biggest cattle farm in West Africa and The Biggest fish farmer.
This is the man they call the food basket of Africa.His cocoa and palm tree plantations are the biggest and his vegetable oil plants are located in the 16 West African countries.Now my boss supplies this Business magnet an essential vaccine at the price of US4,900. per carton, and sometimes we supply up to 2000 or 3000 cartons.
Briefly,I am contacting you because my boss traveled to china and he will be there for two month. Now,I received a letter from the Alhaji Bubaco Farms, requesting two thousand cartons supply of the vaccine.I have called back to the Bubaco Farms and informed them that my boss traveled,he will not be back soon and since they need the vaccine urgently,that I will introduce them directly to the Manufacturers of the vaccine from where my boss buy.
The President of the Bubaco Farms invited me to his Presence and I confirmed my word to him, and he promised me his confidence and to deal only with me if I can do this.HOWEVER I TOLD HIM THAT THE MANUFACTURERS RECEIVE 70%ADVANCE PAYMENT BEFORE THEY WILL SELL THE VACCINE.I know where my boss buy this vaccine in Europe. The Price of the vaccine is US$2000. per carton. I will need you to contact Alhaji Buba Kofam and Inform him that you are the manufacturer of the vaccine and that you will sell to him at the price of US$4,400 per carton. You will inform him to make 70% advance payment as is the Procedure.He will not hesitate to send the money immediately.If your organization is interested to be my partners in this transaction, please contact me immediately so that we can discuss on how to execute this lucrative bussiness. Plase you can write through my pravite yahoo box above.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Born Yesterday

I am sure most of you get these type requests in your email. There was a commercial that came out a year or two ago that keeps playing in my mind everytime I get one. It was very effective because I laugh and remember it when I read these things.

The commercial starts with a disheveled, well spoken guy on the back of a public bus holding a crumpled "cashiers check" from a foreign national he represents. He starts telling an unsuspecting soul this eloquent story that we have seen a thousand times (different variations) in our emails pleading that he needs to give this money away in return for using our bank account. The announcer says something profound that basically says "you are an idiot if you fall for this crap, don't do it!".

I have the greatest urge to email these people back and say "Do you think I was born yesterday". But I don't. That little rumpled fellow might follow me home.

Attention Please,

I crave your indulgence to kindly attend to this in good faith. I do not mean any disrespect approaching you through this medium, it is due to the time constrain of this matter, I write to inform you of my desire to acquire estates or landed properties in your country, believing that you are within the capacity to handle this project that involves the investment of large sum of money on real estates if you agree to be our over sea agent. Your area of specialization in the real estate market doesn?t matter in this transaction.

I am Tito Thambo, Deputy General Manager, (credit Controls) First National Bank. An American Citizen,Late Engr. Mark Stewart, a Geologist with the department of mining. Until his death in a car acciedent in 2005, operated a domiciliary account with us and had a closing balance as at the end of
September2005 amounting to millions of dollars, the bank now expects a next of kin and till date no body has come forward or put application for the claim. So I want to present you as his next of kin only if you are interested.

You are requested to communicate your acceptance of this proposal, through my private email :( after which we shall discuss in details the modalities for seeing this transaction through.To enable us commence, I will need your personal telephone/fax number.

Yours Faithfully,
Tito Thambo

Friday, December 5, 2008

Familiar Tune

Jan sent this to me and it is eerily beautiful. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died in 1997 of weight related respiratory problems (he weighed over 700 lbs when he died). Sarah and I had a discussion the other day about extraordinary musicians who died way to young but left behind a timeless body of work. Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley etc. They are like the beautiful butterfly. There life is so short but so poetic in nature.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gun Control

From the, thanks for sharing Bruce!

A Little Gun History Lesson

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953,

about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up

and exterminated.


In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5

million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and



Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total

of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were

rounded up and exterminated.


China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952,

some 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were

rounded up and exterminated.


Guatemala established gun control in 1964.. From 1964 to 1981, some

100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and


Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000

Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and



Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one

million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up

and exterminated.


Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century

because of gun control: 56 million.


It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by

new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their

own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500

million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent

Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300

percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in,

thecriminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in

armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the

past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is


There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of

the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public

safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was

expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The

Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians

disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,

gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him

of this history lesson.

With Guns.............We Are 'Citizens'.

Without Them........We Are 'Subjects'..

During W.W. II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they

knew most Americans were ARMED ! A Japanese officer had

attended Harvard Univ. 1919-1921 & was Naval Attache to the U. S. 1925-28.

Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been

deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.

It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl

Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that

he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fred's Holiday Wish

You know, I just realized I was going to give up talking about politics this holiday season...dang, there goes that one.


You know you live in paradise when you have to make a choice on attending a lecture by famed Reagan economist Arthur Laffer (Laffer Curve) or talking politics with your favorite state representative over at your favorite leaning blue restaurant.

This was truly a painful choice, but I knew my friends Scott and Rhonda had the Laffer lecture covered so I could hear a report later, but chatting with my dear friend Judd about the upcoming Republican majority legislative season was too tasty to pass up.

I have been fortunate to see the build up to this Republican majority since 2003. When I moved back home, I had just come off a state rep campaign in Illinois so I went looking for the same kind of solid, Reaganesque candidate here in Tennessee. I found Judd. He had just won a wildcard victory from an entrenched incumbent in 2002 and he was the only Republican state rep nearest to me (I live in a sea of Democrats).

Judd is a cagey fellow, honed by years in the military, police and private investigation arenas. You don't get into his inner circle very easily and I literally had to go thru Judd "bootcamp" to prove my loyalty to the cause. It is pretty comical in retrospect, I wore high heels to the first meeting and ended up in camoflage and carrying a Walther PPK. I never looked back.

The first year we started working on a TV show to bring Nashville politics back home to Judd's district. It was an interesting year to say the least. But I got a chance to see the good, the bad and the ugly in Nashville. I realized how truly broken the legislative system had become. Thug politics at its best, probably learned since birth from the small town thugs that permeate our mountains and valleys in Tennessee. There is a reason Tennessee is on the bottom rungs of every national indicator.

The subsequent years are a blur, Judd kept winning and fighting the "establishment" at every turn, I got involved in local politics and ended up running for state representative in my district in 2006. Although I had no chance whatsoever, the good guys needed help in Nashville and I knew I could stir it up around here by jumping in. When you are the underdog you work 100 times harder than the incumbent talking to people and doing grassroots politicking. That year, I learned a great deal about my district (4 rural counties, 1200 sq miles) and the needs of the people.

That is how I got involved in the OHV movement and the meat of yesterday's discussion with Judd. One of the biggest issues in my district was the quickly disappearing access to land by our Off-Highway Vehicles users. One fellow, Steve Melton, was so utterly passionate about the topic that I could not help but listen. And the more I found out, the more it pissed me off. So in 2007, I was hired by Southern Four Wheel Drive Assc to further the objectives of the 2004 Off Highway Vehicle Act which called for a statewide system of trails. The Act had effectively been circumvented and laid to death but for one project in East Tennessee. As I said earlier, the more you learn about government and politics, the more it pisses you off at how illogical and counterproductive it can be.

But I digress. Judd had carried my OHV legislation for the past 2 sessions and we were looking at next years agenda now that the political landscape had changed. Jason Mumpower had personally endorsed my legislation last year which means that Joe McCord and TWRA may not be able to stop it this year if Jason becomes Speaker. Jason is one of the good guys and one of the warriors, like Judd, who is passionate about good politics that benefit the citizens not the pockets of a few. My OHV legislation is just housecleaning and getting the program moving again. It is not rocket scientist stuff.

So my choice of hearing Arthur Laffer talk about how the "Redistributionists" are going to lead us straight to economic hell or talk about exciting opportunities that could exist in our newly empowered state legislature was one that was painful, but oh so sweet. I LOVE living here in paradise!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

God vs Science

This was a "Joke of the Week" listed on Stacey Campfield's blog, but let me tell you, if a joke explains things this well then maybe laughter is the best medicine for what ails us all.

God vs Science
A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the
students, "Let me explain the problem science has with religion." The
atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks
one of his new students to stand.

"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"

"Yes sir," the student says.

"So you believe in God?"


"Is God good?"

"Sure! God's good."

"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"


"Are you good or evil?"

"The Bible says I'm evil."

The professor grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!" He considers for a
moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over
here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would
you try?"

"Yes sir, I would."

"So you're good...!"

"I wouldn't say that."

"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you
could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. "He doesn't,
does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though
he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you
answer that one?"

The student remains silent.

"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes a sip of water
from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
"Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"

"Er...yes," the student says.

"Is Satan good?"

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. "No."

"Then where does Satan come from?"

The student falters. "From God"

"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil
in this world?"

"Yes, sir."

"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?"


"So who created evil?" The professor continued, "If God created
everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according
to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil."

Again, the student has no answer. "Is there sickness? Immorality?
Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this

The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."

"So who created them?"

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his
question. "Who created them?" There is still no answer. Suddenly the
lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is
mesmerized. "Tell me," he continues onto another student. "Do you
believe in Jesus Christ, son?"

The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor, I do."

The old man stops pacing. "Science says you have five senses you use
to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen

"No sir. I've never seen Him."

"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"

"No, sir, I have not."

"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your
Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or
God for that matter?"

"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."

"Yet you still believe in him?"


"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable
protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to
that, son?"

"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."

"Yes, faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the problem science
has with God. There is no evidence, only faith."

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of
His own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"

"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."

"And is there such a thing as cold?"

"Yes, son, there's cold too."

"No sir, there isn't."

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The
room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. "You
can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat,
unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't
have anything called 'cold'. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero,
which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no
such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the
lowest -458 degrees."

"Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or
transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or
transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat.
You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of
heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units
because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just
the absence of it."

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom,
sounding like a hammer.

"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"

"Yes," the professor replies without hesitation. "What is night if it
isn't darkness?"

"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the
absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright
light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have
nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use
to define the word."

"In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make
darkness darker, wouldn't you?"

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This
will be a good semester. "So what point are you making, young man?"

"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to
start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed."

The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. "Flawed? Can
you explain how?"

"You are working on the premise of duality," the student
explains. "You argue that there is life and then there's death; a
good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as
something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even
explain a thought."

"It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less
fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is
to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive
thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it."

"Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved
from a monkey?"

"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man,
yes, of course I do."

"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes
where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

"Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and
cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you
not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the
commotion has subsided.

"To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student,
let me give you an example of what I mean."

The student looks around the room. "Is there anyone in the class who
has ever seen the professor's brain?" The class breaks out into

"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt
the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one
appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of
empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have
no brain, with all due respect, sir."

"So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your
lectures, sir?"

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his
face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. "I guess
you'll have to take them on faith."

"Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with
life," the student continues. "Now, sir, is there such a thing as

Now uncertain, the professor responds, "Of course, there is. We see
it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man.
It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world.
These manifestations are nothing else but evil."

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it
does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is
just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe
the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of
what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart.
It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness
that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Growing up in Chicago, I have great snow memories of sledding, snowball fights, building snowmen and snow days. As an adult, I hated the snow. It was cold and wet, hard to drive in, a pain in the tail to shovel, it got dirty and yucky after the first day, I had to wear ugly boots and my clothes were worn for warmth not style most of the time, winter and snow seemed to last forever, and did I mention it was cold and wet?!

But snow here in the mountains of Tennessee is a different ballgame. Snow is peaceful and wondrous here in the woods. It makes every tree limb look like it was a part of a decorated winter wonderland. It is pretty snow, just like the first one of the season in Chicago. It is happy snow. And because we are on mountain time, snow adds a whole other dimension to the concept. Snow here will close schools, close businesses and keep people close to home.

I love the snow here because it is so rare and so special. Hmmm, that sounds like an object lesson to me.