27 Jul 2010 @ 10:32 PM 

“Canst thou by searching find out God”?

– Job 11:7

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 27 Jul 2010 @ 10:10 PM 

“Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow”!

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

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 27 Jul 2010 @ 1:32 AM 

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty”.

– Thomas Jefferson

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Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that… D

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 25 Jul 2010 @ 2:01 AM 

“There is danger from all men.  The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

John Adams

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Are you listening D.C.?

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 25 Jul 2010 @ 1:41 AM 

calendarI know, it has been a while since my last post but I’ve been busy.  My work schedule was changed shortly after my last post and it threw me all off.  Anyway I’m back. 

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Let’s see what has happened in the last 10 months (yeah, I know, 10 months), my wife and I bought a new car.  Well its new to us.  We bought a 2007 BMW 328i.  It only had 18000 miles when we bought it and a lot of the BMW bells and whistles.  We traded in my Sebring may it rest in peace.  It was a good car and saved my life and a friends life once when I got t-boned several years ago but as with all things its time had come.

I got back into playing guitar.  Actually I was more of a bassist and not a very good one.  But I enfoy it and I may get better.  I’m also getting into working on the hardware as well.  I have a couple of guitars I want to redesign and I’m working to get an individual sound by adjusting the guitar, pedals and amps.  I don’t plan to play anywhere I just enjoy it.  My wife Judy bought me a beautiful guitfiddle (that’s a guitar) for Christmas. 

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Judy and I went to Hawaii for a vacation.  We spent 3 days on Oahu and 4 on Maui.  We had a great time and I’ll devote an entire page to it soon.

I’m sure other things have happened but I can’t think of them now but as I do I’ll write them down.

Later,

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 16 Sep 2009 @ 9:59 AM 

Not too many people are aware that Benjamin Franklin wrote down 13 personal values in a little black book that he carried with him.  Also within this little black book he kept his goals and ideas.  But it is to these 13 values or virtues that Ben Franklin evaluated his life.  He believed them to be essential for day to day living and for growing as a human being.  He had a page dedicated to each value and he would evaluate his himself daily to these values.  He would also focus on one of them each week.  I should also mention that he wasn’t always successful.  Occasionally he would fall short.  But then again… he was only human.

Remember, if you think this is a good idea, that these are his values.  Yours may be different but they could be the same.  After all, he did pick some tasty values:

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Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

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 11 Sep 2009 @ 8:30 AM 

We must always look forward…

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But we must never forget lest we make the same mistakes…

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The price of freedom is vigilance.  Never forget how you felt that day and consider that more people were killed in this terrorist attack than at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 

Honor those who died and were injured only because they were Americans.

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 10 Sep 2009 @ 10:04 AM 

The Steelers beat the Titans 13 – 10 in overtime.  It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win!

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Here we go Steelers, here we go…

Next we take on the Bears in Chicago.

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 27 Aug 2009 @ 9:43 AM 

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I usually don’t talk about politics.  Talking about that and religion are the quickest ways of turning friends into distant acquaintances, acquaintances into enemies and family into… well, they’re still family, but family get-togethers turn into battlefields.  That’s because we’re passionate about our opinions and our opinions are usually shackled to our egos and to refute our opinion is a direct attack upon who we are.  And that just rubs us the wrong way.  Our opinions are also based on our direct life experiences and upbringing.  So, everybody’s opinion will be slightly different from everyone else’s.  If you are blessed enough to be a self-aware person then you don’t view a difference of opinion as a personal attack.  You just assume that the person who differs from you is misguided and in need your prayers and help.  Well, here I go with my opinion.  Please feel free to pray for me.  That will be help enough.

 

I’ve been watching the news and all I hear is how President Obama is pushing to get this legislation or that legislation passed as quickly as possible.  What I don’t get is why the rush?  When he was campaigning he promised (maybe that’s the problem, it was a politician’s promise) that his administration would be transparent.  Now, I’m not a genius, a rocket scientist or an Ivy School grad but I know to be transparent with information is to allow people enough time to take in and understand that information.  Otherwise it’s the same as keeping it a secret.  So what’s the real reason for the rush?  In my experience when someone tries to rush a decision it’s usually for personal reasons and their arguments don’t stand up to scrutiny or debate.  A confident person allows their ideas to be debated, investigated and run through the ringer.  A person that has the well being of others as his motive wants to know if the idea, plan or legislation is sound.  An unconfident person with ulterior motives will push an idea, plan or legislation quickly through the approval process to avoid scrutiny, criticism and suggestions for improvement.  Which one sounds like President Obama and his supporters in Washington?

 

What also doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy is when President Obama says “Let me be clear” and he isn’t.  I’m left thinking what did he say or what did he mean?  Also, I would have more respect and trust in him if he would have real news conferences.  Not the staged ones with the questions handed out in advance for which he has a well prepared response on the teleprompter.  If he believes his ideas are good, worthwhile and would truly help the country than he would be excited to present them and be intimately aware of their details and impact.  He wouldn’t need to say, “Let me be clear” because he would be.  He could provide examples of the legislations impact at many different levels.  He would also be able to interpret the affect on a situation presented to him. I understand that to be an effective and engaging leader you don’t need to be an expert on everything, but you better know where to get the answers.  That being said I would even like it if he would defer to an expert on his team that explained the impact on the example given.  If he was presented a problem or issue the current legislation couldn’t or didn’t address he could do wonders for the country if he would set the example for perseverance by addressing that issue.  So many people try, fail and then quit.  He could show them how to try, try, and try again.  Also, when President Obama is preaching bipartisanship don’t accuse everybody who disagrees with you as being partisan.  President Obama and the democrats have enough votes to pass basically anything they want.  They need to open themselves up to scrutiny and criticism from others to show they are honest and have everyone’s interest at heart.  Then if another idea comes to light that is acceptable and beneficial; embrace it and give the appropriate credit.  Remember, all legislation is to benefit all Americans not just a few.

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All elected officials need to remember that we’re a government of the people, by the people and for the people as the great President Lincoln said so eloquently in his Gettysburg Address.  In this modern age it isn’t difficult to find out what we think and what we want.  And never assume that we don’t know these things or that you know better.  Government should always take to heart and perform the will of the governed.  Remember it was due to the initial will of the governed that gave you your job.  And remember what the Declaration of Independence says regarding the peoples’ rights and duties, trumbull-large1“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”  Failure to remember these wise words will lead President Obama and other politicians into an early career of book writing and speaking engagements.

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 19 Aug 2009 @ 7:10 AM 

“That’s not my life!  What is that all about!?”

– Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in “The Producers”

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