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|Thursday, November 25th, 2010|
Two scholars have argued that the earliest attested "thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on the 8th of September in 1565 in what is now St Augustine, FL.
Psalm 100: 1
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and God bless :)
|Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010|
People should wait until they are ready to marry to consider a serious relationship. (Having sex, falling in love, getting engaged...any of these)
Often, IMHO, people are running away from something and get married to "start a new life, be a grown up..." Sometimes they are running away from parents, other times from a previous failed relationship. All people, but young people especially, need mature, reliable, trusted supporters who will be honest with them.
Young people need to understand first that they will never know for sure if their intended spouse is "right" for them at that time. Jesus is working on and changing each of us day to day. He makes us better, stronger and wiser all the time. The thing everyone needs to discover and understand is when they, themselves, are ready to marry.
Marrying someone is your own commitment. Are you ready to do whatever it takes forever to simply be a good spouse? Agreeing to marry another is about believing that they will do the same.
Cultivate trust among those who love you that they would know you as well as possible; that from their knowledge of you, they would form a reliable opinion about you and your intended spouse.
Having said that, marriage should be permanent but even the bible recognizes reasons for ending the union.
I object entirely to civil government establishing rules for marriage, marrying or "unmarrying" people and treating married and unmarried people different under the law.
Just some thoughts. :) Current Mood: calm
|Monday, March 1st, 2010|
|Writer's Block: Marital license
Do you think a marriage license should have a renewal or expiration date, just like a driver's license?
I don't think that you should need a license to get married at all.
Government needs to butt out of this issue, (and many others).
|Sunday, December 13th, 2009|
|Friday, November 20th, 2009|
A good day :-)
I'll be flying home tonight and I'm happy about that.
On this day 220 years ago, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
God bless you all :) Current Mood: happy
|Wednesday, November 11th, 2009|
|To the militia:
A grateful thank you to all.John F. Kennedy: "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
Amen to that. Current Mood: grateful
|Monday, November 9th, 2009|
For those who've been asking,
Our house in New Jersey :-) Current Mood: happy
|Saturday, July 4th, 2009|
|Happy Independence Day
Praise the Lord for our freedoms and liberties and thanks to those who've defended and worked for their furtherance and to the Lord by which they are founded and from Whom all good things come.
KJV Matthew 5:2
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,...
6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It is, after all righteous that all should be blessed with liberty and freedom.
"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen."
Thomas Ken: 1674
|Sunday, June 21st, 2009|
Just to highlight the slant of the media find this quote within the article on Brad Kasal:
"Despite everything that has happened to him, Kasal still believes America’s mission is Iraq is both important and terribly misconstrued. He harbors special venom for the so-called “mainstream” media reporters who portray the war as a failure and American policy as a gross mistake. He says he has heard reporters say their job is to make President George W. Bush and his policies seem a failure.
“The insurgents are oppressing normal people,” Kasal said. “The press never reports the good things.
When we open a school or fix a sewer, the things that make normal Iraqis happy, they never report it. There are plenty of Iraqis, thousands of them, who want to live normal lives. If we can help them it will be all right. The people just want peace and freedom.”" (Emphasis mine)
In spite of this I still believe in freedom of the press under the 1st, 9th & 10th Amendments.
I've been reading in the financial news that many major newspapers and news organizations are losing money, going bankrupt and dropping revenue. I can see why.
Brad Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross (next in precedence after the Medal of Honor.) I don't know about you but he doesn't seem like a liar to me.
The late David Hackworth organized Soldiers for the Truth
. Col. Hackworth doesn't seem
like a liar either.
Want to help the troops?
Ever heard stories about stuff people did to help during wartime awhile back?
Here's what you can do today--
Please contribute to:AmericanSnipersJacobsLightOperationHelmet
God bless :)
Independence Day is now less than two weeks away. It is a celebration of liberty. Liberty means a great deal. Just ask someone who doesn’t have enough. Ask those who have moved to the US and away from oppression. Some fled from civil oppression. Others sought economic freedom. Whatever the reason, many found a better place when reached America.
From the dictionary:
- The condition of being free from restriction or control.
- The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
- The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor.
From some smart folks:
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
( Read more...Collapse )
8th Of November" by Big and Rich.
Thanks to some heroes, I have liberty, today.
There are different kinds of heroes.
Lawrence Joel received the Medal of Honor (3447 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen... have received the Medal of Honor). There's a song about him called "
Brad Kasal received the Navy Cross.
Elizabeth Claypoole (aka Betsy Ross) Her first two husbands, John Ross and Joseph Ashburn, died during the war.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The Chaplains who received the Chaplain's Medal for Heroism.
God bless us all. God bless the US.
|Sunday, May 24th, 2009|
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery
Please join others in the...National Moment of Remembrance
We met Bill
before he enlisted. We will remember him. Current Mood: thankful
|Friday, April 10th, 2009|
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.
May the frost never afflict your spuds.
May your cabbage always be free from worms.
May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness.
From this day forward. Current Mood: hopeful
Good morning all.
Please pray for Capt. Richard Phillips. In an act of unselfish bravery Capt. Phillips surrendered himself to pirates off the coast of Somalia in order to safeguard his crew and in an effort to avoid their capture. The crew of the ship Maersk Alabama later retook the ship and captured one of the pirates. It's not clear if that effort was facilitated by the SEAL Team now aboard the ship.
The Maersk Alabama is carrying aid from the US.
Somali pirates have captured several ships in this area in recent days.
They have numerous hostages.
Captain Phillips was recaptured by the pirates after a failed escape attempt last night. He is being held in a lifeboat. US Naval forces are on the scene along with FBI negotiators.
Again, please pray that this situation will be resolved with minimal violence. Current Mood: hopeful
|Monday, February 9th, 2009|
|Writer's Block: Half a Glass
Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist?
I'm an optimist but also an engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, January 21st, 2009|
My wife frequently answers the writer’s block questions. I read what she wrote about for the last two days in response to those two issues and had some thoughts of my own.
For the first (Today marks the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Obama's campaign was built around a message of change. What changes would you most like to see in the next 4 years?):
>> What I would most like to see change is the idea that the government, the President and/or politicians have any really large role in the making the condition of the average man or woman better. The truth of the matter is that it is the American people who have their leaders, legislators and the nation, as a whole, ride on their coattails. It is not Uncle Sam who goes out and earns a good sum and then sends me a percentage but, rather, the other way round. I have heard of football that when the team wins it is the players who won and that when the team fails it is the coach who failed. A good coach knows when to get out of the way and let the players win. JFK was such a coach.
>> What I want to see next is to have people support laws for the benefit/toll on their rights rather than their wallets and candidates not for what they promise but for what they are. I have read for what must amount to weeks on some national issues that incorporate facts from the fields of diplomacy, economics, intelligence, equal rights and environmental protection. I could never hope to evaluate what qualities would best serve one elected for the job. The best I could do would be to choose one who sees the same problems that I see when I see the world. The best I choice I could make would be to choose one who believes in the same God that I believe in. The best I could hope for would be to choose a leader who would first protect our rights and second know when to leave everything alone.
For the second (It's the last day in office for George Bush. There's been a lot of talk in the media lately about Bush's legacy. What do you think he will be most remembered for?): >> I think what Mr. Bush will be most remembered for would vary from person to person. What I would hope is that Mr. Bush would be remembered as a president who, in this time of terrorism, hate and murder, preserved the safety of the country from September 12, 2001 to the close of his watch. I hope that from the vantage point of the future when both the incoming and outgoing presidents are remembered and judged that they will both be seen as leaders who defended their country and their citizen's rights and deferred war until the last possible point but not a moment later.
My prayers are with them both.
On another note, I hope that all Americans will be good stewards of God’s most recent gift to us all, today. Today is where each of us can do something a little difficult and make a better foundation for our children’s tomorrow. We can work a little harder and we can save not by austerity but through wisdom and investment. Current Mood: optimistic
|Monday, January 5th, 2009|
|Writer's Block: Church and State
Today in 1893 U.S. President Benjamin Harrison declared full amnesty for Mormon polygamists. Is it the government's place to define which marriages are valid and which are not?
Thousands of years ago governments were theocracies. While polygamy, IMHO, is wrong, I don't think there needs to be a law against it. Since we do have a law against it, those who practice it have, kind of 'gone underground'. These 'marriages' generally have the oversight of only small and frequently corrupt religious sects. Frequently they 'marry' girls as young as 13 to men in their 40s.
I think that having the government involved with the definition of marriage has indirectly contributed to child abuse.
I also think that the years when this country had prohibition that the government indirectly contributed to a lot of violence and murder.
|Saturday, September 8th, 2007|
Reading about your lives and praying for all your needs is important to me. Hope you are well.
We are all fine here. Lisa has a medical test on Monday that she is worried about. I ask for prayers for a favorable result and for her to remain calm.
Thank you friends, Rich Current Mood: nerdy
|Thursday, July 12th, 2007|
I love July.
Even though it is generally Philadelphia's hottest month and I really don't like heat, July is a month of victory. July 4th is Independence Day in the US. That was a week ago and has been going on for over 200 years since the Declaration was adopted in my home town.
Two years ago a man flew to Philadelphia to make an announcement that made today's news possible.
>> DUBLIN, Ireland -- Tens of thousands of Protestant hard-liners marched without trouble through Belfast and other Northern Ireland cities and towns Thursday in an annual event that used to involve conflict with Catholics but now shows the effects of a succeeding peace process.
The Orange Order marches each July 12 _ an official holiday in Northern Ireland called simply "The Twelfth" _ in commemoration of a 1690 victory by the forces of a Protestant king, William of Orange, over the Catholic he ousted from the English throne, James II. Catholics have long loathed the parades and said they were designed to intimidate them.
In the past decade, Catholics led by Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army-linked party, tried to block Orangemen from parading through or near Catholic districts, frequently triggering riots with both Protestants and British security forces.
But that problem has faded away since 2005 as the IRA disarmed and renounced violence so that Sinn Fein could take part in a new power-sharing government with Protestant leaders. <<
For the whole article << http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/12/AR2007071200845.html
By working together for peace instead of revenge and hate Irishmen have overcome a sad and deadly history that has been their burden for over four centuries.
I say bravo and well done. Current Mood: joyful
|Friday, March 9th, 2007|
|sitting on the porch, playing with grandchildren
Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu as an art has a direct lineage spanning over 900 years from the current Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi to its founding in ancient Japan. The creators of this art were inhabitants of the Iga region of Japan and the families that founded the art did so as a means to protect the members of their family, their friends, and their village from the oppression of the ruling Samurai class. The art includes components of unarmed fighting, called Taijutsu, as well as work with a variety of weapons. The sword normally associated with this tradition, the ninja-to, is a crude version of the katana used by the Samurai class since the Samurai class forbade the ownership of swords by anyone outside of their class. This seems to be the common, yet very effective, tactic of every ruling elite in the world.
Dr. Hatsumi was once asked to describe the essence of Ninpo and he replied that it was sitting on the porch of one's home and watching one's grandchildren play in the yard. That statement certainly doesn't seem to describe an art that is commonly portrayed as an assassin's art or at minimum a warrior tradition. Yet, it is the perfect statement to embody this and most martial arts. It is also the essence of why a firearm is not such a bad thing. In Ninpo one begins to change the world by first changing oneself. When I recognize the cause of suffering in my life and I follow the way to eliminate that suffering, I have taken the first step. However, I quickly discover that in order for me to be happy, I must help create a safe and happy environment for my wife and family. Then, I discover that in order for my family to be safe and happy I must work to ensure that my neighborhood is safe and happy. But in order to ensure that my neighborhood is safe and happy, I must work to ensure that my town is safe. This process of reasoning continues until I realize that the entire universe is connected and that my safety and happiness is inextricably intertwined with that of the other residents of the universe. Therefore, if I want to be able to peacefully sit on my porch and watch my grandchildren play I must ensure a safe world in which that may occur.
Many pacifists would argue at this point that I have made an excellent case for the total ban of weapons since that must surely be the best way to ensure the safety of the world. This is not the case. I recognize that when an individual decides to perpetrate a violent act upon others, he or she stops for only three reasons:
1. The person unilaterally decides to stop the violence.
2. The person becomes too tired or is otherwise unable to continue the violence.
3. Something or someone more powerful than that person intervenes to stop the violence.
As we have seen from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot to the minor league maniacs of Columbine, waiting for the person to decide to stop the violence comes at a very high price in human life. Training in the martial arts allows one to know how to intervene to stop the violence of others. Someone who has trained for a quarter of a century in various martial arts has said, “I would trade all of that training for the appropriate firearm if my family were threatened.” This is because the ability to accurately and effectively use a firearm is a force multiplier that far exceeds any amount of training in the martial arts. It is the means by which a 115-pound woman can stop the violence of a 250-pound criminal who is bent on committing mayhem. This is why Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu trains in the use of weapons including training in the use of firearms.
God bless all. Current Mood: defensive
|Monday, February 26th, 2007|
|A quote from Churchill
People need to be reminded of the cost of freedom. What has been paid in the past and what will be required in the future.
Many tyrants began the political careers with a popular election. Avoid those candidates who would steal your rights.
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."