Saturday, February 28, 2009

Paul Harvey has died.

Now he knows the rest of the story.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I am 57 years old and sometimes I think wow that is a long time. So, I resonate with C. S. Lewis, although I have lived in 2 centuries (as man marks them):

"I have lived nearly sixty years with myself and my own century and am not so enamoured of either as to desire no glimpse of a world beyond them." - C.S. Lewis

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I like poetry. I like the Puritans. Here is some Puritan poetry.

Ann Bradstreet's poem "To my Dear and Loving Husband "

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

So, you see, the Puritans were not passionless. This poem came from a passionate loving heart in a Godly relationship with another passionate loving heart.
Todd and Joanna, now that you know how we wash dishes, go here to see how we clean the comuter screen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don Surber reports that not everyone in the world has Obama Love Syndrome. Protesters turned out in Indonesia to heckle Hillary Clinton over America's ties to Israel. If you are Islamic, you hate Jews whether or not you are an Arab.

So much for the thought that the world would fall in love with us if a liberal Democrat became president.

Note to protesters: Zionist has a "t" in it.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my
father will die, and I'll inherit $200 million!"

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at financial planning than men!

Remember the web site of the president elect? when he called it the "office" of the president elect? Here is a prominent paragraph:

"End the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people's trust in their government by making government more open and transparent. Obama will work to reform congressional rules to require all legislative sessions, including committee mark-ups and conference committees, to be conducted in public. By making these practices public, the American people will be able to hold their leaders accountable for wasteful spending and lawmakers won't be able to slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last minute."

Remember that old song: but that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone.

Just a note for future biographers. The One did not make it a whole month without violating a major campaign promise.

I'm just sayin'.

I received an email purporting to be from the FBI, informing me of an identity theft and asking me to send banking information to receive a refund. You have to admire the person's stupidity to send an assistant district attorney and former white collar crime prosecutor a "nigerian scam" email to his work address.

But, if you are going to scam people, you might learn to spell. The email was from:
Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J. Edgar. Hoover Building, Washington D.C

I'm not sure what a "monitory crime" is. Is it having a bad monitor? failing to monitor? monitoring without a license?

You just can't fix stoopid.
Three Republicans in the Senate plan to vote for the stimulus plan, giving it enough votes to pass. Two of the three are from Maine and one is old Arlen Spectre from Pennsylvania. You have to wonder what they are getting out of this.

This just in!! Live footage of the vote on the stimulus plan.


The Senate can actually pass this doozy before the end of the day on a voice vote. They are on vacation next week, so heaven forbid they would read the thing before they vote on it. It is a bit over 1.000 pages long, so it is not likely to get read. Isn't that great? The biggest single monetary expense by government in a long time, and no one will actually know what is in the final version.

I love government "for the people".
No republicans voted for the bill in the House.

The House of Representatives just passed the compromise bill for the stimulus plan and sent it to the Senate. Rumor is the House is upset with the Senate.

I keep hearing this flushing sound in the background. What is that noise.

His problem is with the approach of the Southern Baptist Convention. No, Alvin, you are not the only one.

The recent SBC attacks on Mark Driscoll are the launching point for his problem. Alvin, the good news is, those attacks will just make him more popular with the people he reaches, for it proves he is not one of the good ole boys they are used to and don't like.

The ship is sinking. Those thrown overboard may be the only ones to survive.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


The President said there were no earmarks in the plan. Yet, in the final hours, the President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed an $8 billion pork chop to construct high-speed rail lines from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Reid is a senator from Nevada, of course. Is that not an earmark for a friend? Is that not a pork project, the intent of which is to make money for the gambling casinos in Sin City, which will in turn donate money to Senator Reid when he runs for office?

Is this change? It is not the kind of change the President promised. It is just a change of pockets at best.

So, all you Democrats out there that believe the Democrats are the champions of poor people, realize the fat cats are making money. People on Social Security will get a one time payment of (drum roll please, Todd)$250.00. Not enough to make their car payment or one month's rent. But the big corporations that own casinos will rake in billions both in government money, plus the increase in business.

Won't it be interesting to follow this one through and see how many times Senator Reid gets his hand into this pocket before it is all done?

The total of the "scaled down" package they are trying to rush through before you can read it is now $789 billion. Let's see if I can write that number: $789,000,000.00 I think.

I can tell you after watching some C-Span that even the Democrats don't have a clue what they are doing with this plan. Every speaker had a different idea of what they were doing. Mostly, every pet liberal project is in there under the guise of stimulating the economy.

Can I just tell you that giving money to local governmental units will not stimulate the economy by next year as the President is saying. Let me ask you, have you ever seen a governmental body plan and execute a construction project is 6 months? Answer: (waiting for gales of laughter to subside) nope.

How long have Metroplex citizens been waiting for the highway 121 extension? 15 years or so?

Let's take the idea of that high speed railway. First, someone has to map a route. So, you hire a firm of civil engineers. They come up with a plan. But, who gets to say it is the plan? Remember, two states are involved. Is the Federal government going to run the project? That would actually make sense because the Corps of Engineers could do the design and remove some of the bickering.

But, here is what happens. You design the route. That will take months to survey, consider the terrain, consult with high speed train guys to see what kind of route works best, talk to seismogolotists (or however you spell that) to avoid earthquake risks, etc. Then, two, count them, two states have to agree on the route. How long do you think that will take? A millenium?

Then, the route the propose will go through some rich guy's property, especially someone who donates to Reid, or Pelosi for example. Guess what happens next? The route gets changes and both states have to agree on it.

Then, you get the route. This has all taken a year. How much money has gone into stimulating the economy? Roughly zero. Only the engineering firm has made any money. The rest of it is sitting in some entity's account, assuming the don't spend it on trips to Las Vegas or invest it in their brother in laws investment scheme.

next, you have to obtain the property. This takes forever. First, you have to appraise it. Then you have to make offers to the landowners. They all hire lawyers and bargain with you for more money. Speculators find out the route and buy land and hold out for more. Some do not want to move off the land that has been in their family for generations so that you can build a filthy stinking railroad that will only make a bunch of rich guys richer and keep Reid and Obama in office longer. So, you go through eminent domain (condemnation) proceedings and some go to trial. Nothing goes to trial in less than a year. So, we are two years out and how much money has gone into the economy? Only engineering fees and appraisal fees. Then, some payments for the land and moving expenses.

Anyway this is making me tired, but you can see, although, in time, some fat cats will make huge amounts of money, the economy in the short run will get no benefit.

I can't decide if Congress is just this deceitful and thinks it can get away with it, or this stupid to think throwing money into the wind will cause it to land where it is needed.

I think it is some of both.
Great story of an autistic kid allowed to play in a basketball game and having a great one. What a guy the coach must be, in this era of win at all costs at every level, to let this kid come into the game and miss three shots before making one. That is a quality guy and I'm glad he got a big payoff by seeing the kid do really well.

The reaction of his team mates and the crowd is truly wonderful. It reminds me of the America of yesteryear, when no one liked anything better than seeing the under dog do well.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I was going to embed the video in the post, but Blogger is in one of its moods and wo't take it. Since it's free, I guess you cannot complain too much. But, it is finicky, as we used to say in West Texas.

Monday, February 09, 2009


"Holly Holy"
Written by: neil diamond

Holly holy eyes
Dream of only you
Where I am, what I am
What I believe in
Holly holy

Every now and then I hear an old song I liked and think "I should find that and download it". Back in the '60s, I did not think much about the lyrics. Now I tend to. So, I looked up the lyrics on the Internet. Then I thought "what exactly is Holly Holy?" It makes no sense.

Yet, there I was in the late '60s, riding around in the car singing along with ole Neil. In fact, I actually took the Little Woman to a Neil Diamond concert later when he was already old. We were the only Gentiles there.

If you know what this means, please leave a comment. I'm not going to sing it again until I know. I mean, it might be some kind of secret Kabbala thing, right? Maybe I should contact Madonna and see if she knows.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Harry & David sent me an email today entitled "The Way To A Man's Heart". When you open the email, it has a picture of a can of flavored popcorn.

Ladies, trust me on this, they are dead wrong. If you need an answer to the question, "what is the way to a man's heart", email me privately and I'll tell you.

But, yes, it is what you think.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Robert Earley is the new CEO of the Tarrant County Hospital District.
If you are the spammer that runs "Degrees4you" email campaign, or work for them, or pay them to advertise for you, please note that receiving multiple emails from these guys does not make me want to get a degree from you. In fact, I would not engage your services for any reason just because you spam me.

Get a clue.

Monday, February 02, 2009

This makes me feel better

John Calvin’s commentary on Isaiah 6:3: “The angels never cease from their melody in singing the praises of God, as the holiness of God supplies us with inexhaustible reasons for them.”

Since I don't intend to teach at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I can post this without fear of retribution.

At least for now.

An interesting read.

Of course, many think it is dead already, it just doesn't know it. Sort of like zombies. Or like a man on death row.

Yes, I'm feeling dramatic and pessimistic today.