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The Holiday Season

 

Clarksville's Christmas TreeThanksgiving has come and gone, quietly spent with family, the extended kind with children and grandchildren and stepchildren and their children. The dog that saved two of us from the fire that destroyed our home got the huge bone from the ham to gnaw on. Some of these grandchildren were among the brave who charged into stores full of deals for some early holiday shopping in the pre-dawn hours of the day after the feast. They’re braver than me; I would have been the person everyone else was trampling on in what has become an annual stampede at chain stores and malls across America. That’s not for me.

I hibernate after Thanksgiving, and I plan. I even start writing my Christmas cards, which I usually buy in July. Actually, I bought mine in July but they are crisply burnt now. «Read the rest of this article»

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Christmas Poetry

 

Christmas frog courtesy of http://www.animalden.com/Christ was born in a manger
He was sent from heaven
Rose from the grave on the third day
Instructed people on how they should live
Showed people how they should pray
The Son of God
Merciful to all
Ascended to His throne in heaven
Savior of all mankind

Three

Three magi searching for the Christ child
Bearing gifts of frankincense, and myrrh
Three in one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
On a lonely hill, three wooden crosses
Three men, two thieves and one of innocence
A nail for each hand and a nail for the feet, a total of three
Three days later, Christ rising from the grave
Faith, hope, and love – the way it had to be


New toy and a shocking discovery

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 digital cameraOn black Friday, like many other Clarksvillians, I was out and about very early. At exactly 5am I was pulling into the filled to capacity parking lot in front of Best Buy. I was there to check out some of the holiday sales.

I found a nice camera in my low price range. A Panasonic Lumix model DMC-LZ3 for $149.00. I saved roughly $30.00 on the camera which by it’s self wouldn’t have encourage me to buy that day. But Best Buy also had the SD memory cards on sale. I was able to find a 2 gig memory card for the camera for only $29, a savings of $50.00 or more. Not wanting to endure the huge line I returned the camera with plans to return in the afternoon to pick it up. «Read the rest of this article»

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Video: Why we fight

 

Why we fight cover artIs American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? What is the real reason we are in Iraq. Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki’s shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions

The American Documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to WHY WE FIGHT, written and directed by Eugene Jarecki. http://festival.sundance.org/2005/docs/05Awards.pdf

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine.

This is the next movie on my personal must purchase list! «Read the rest of this article»


Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving dinnerIt’s the yearly day of thanks. Not that I don’t give my personal thanks every day of the year, but on this special day we do it as a nation. We gather with family and friends and feast on turkey and other delicacies. There are always those who are unable to gather with their loved ones as much as they would like to be there. We should take a moment out of our day and remember them, pray for all of them all.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3346422489703378056

This is a classic butterball turkey commercial from way back in 1959, just a bit of turkey history to share with you all today.

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Charter sucks redux

 

Cable wireI apologize for the lack of updates to the site by me for the last 4 days. You see my cable service was down yet again. This time, it went down sometime very early Friday morning. Figuring it might be a Clarksville-wide issue, I waited until Friday evening before calling Charter on the off chance that the problem which would resolve it’s self.

I called, navigated the myriad options available with Charter’s automated phone system and finally reached a real person. I read the support agent my signals and was told yes, I had a problem, and that they would have to dispatch a technician to my house. But oh so sorry, the first available appointment was Tuesday, November 21st between 8am and 12pm. «Read the rest of this article»

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What do you see, funny joke or inhumane act?

 

Soldier in IraqI feel that the video below shows intentional cruelty by an officer and brings dishonor on the army, and every soldier fighting in Iraq. The man holding the bottle was a officer as indicated by the person doing the filming repeatedly referring to him as sir. The officer should be charged under the UCMJ with Conduct unbecoming of an officer, the enlisted man who was filming should be ashamed.

How are our soldiers susposed to win a war in a hostile country, when they do things like this which will prevent them from ever winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi population. This quite likely will end up being used by the insurgency as a very effective recruiting video. The video is below the fold…. «Read the rest of this article»

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Video: The god who wasn’t there

 

The God Who Wasn't ThereBowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.
Super Size Me did it to fast food.
Now The God Who Wasn’t There does it to religion.

Holding modern Christianity up to a bright spotlight, this bold and often hilarious new film asks the questions few dare to ask.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7498241687701731240

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Conservative terrorists?

 

The Logo of the Republican PartyWe already know the history of the Bush administration for using the threat of Terror attacks to manipulate their approval rating. We have seen Republican political campaigns attempt to terrorize Americans into voting for them. We know how the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were used by political opportunists to begin a wholesale theft of the civil liberties and the constitutional rights that made America the envy of the world.

When their sycophants are given an example of this nature, is it not common sense that they too might begin trying to terrorize those who oppose their political masters?

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Post election roundup

 

A Microvote Infinity voting machineI took the weekend off, I hope no one minded too much :)

A couple of election related things to talk about.

Automated phone calls for election purposes, these should be banned. Let living people call as much as they wish, provided they promptly honor requests from the phone customer to be removed from their list.

Deceptive campaign ads. These should never be tolerated. Once it’s proven that a clearly deceptive ad was issued by a candidate, whoever authorized them should be sent to jail. No if’s, but’s, or excuses. «Read the rest of this article»

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