Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
One of my favorite things about these Olympics has been watching our men’s hockey team assert itself as a true force. Heading into the semifinals, Team
Speaking of hockey -- and how much work lies ahead for Team
Speaking of hockey -- and how much work lies ahead for Team
And lastly, I have to say this because nobody else will: Apolo Anton Ohno is a bit overrated. I like him, and I do appreciate that he has won seven medals in his career, but I want to vomit when the eunuchs who now pass for sports journalists start getting gushy and calling him America’s “most decorated” Winter Olympian. He has won two gold medals in three Olympics. But Bonnie Bair won five golds in the same number of Olympics, and Eric Heiden won five golds in just one. Three other Americans participating this year -- Shaun White, Shani Davis, and Lindsey Vonn -- have appeared in fewer Olympics that Ohno but have already matched his number of golds, and two of those three (Davis and Vonn) also have non-golds on their resume.
There are a few more days to go. Let them be good, and may
Monday, February 22, 2010
He is called The Father of Our Country. Everybody knows the image of his face that was memorialized on the dollar bill, and everybody knows he was
Some 20 years before the Revolutionary War,
Based on his role as a brigadier general in the Monongahela Expedition of 1758, he is considered a major player in the founding of
Throughout the Revolutionary War his troops were greatly outnumbered and underequipped, and experienced defeat more often than triumph. But his intelligence, especially as manifested in his knack for trickery and espionage, led the way to ultimate victory. His crossing of the
Modern day America-bashers like to denigrate
In the interest of getting information “straight from the horse’s mouth,” here are some of the things he wrote and said during his time on earth:
The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army…We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all…
There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
I am embarked on a wide ocean, boundless in its prospects, and in which, perhaps, no safe harbor is to be found.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.
I look forward, with a kind of political faith, to scenes of national happiness, which have not heretofore been offered for the fruition of the most favored nations. The natural, political, and moral circumstances of our nascent empire justify the anticipation.
I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one’s life, the foundation of happiness or misery.
’Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.
My manner of living is plain, a glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of that are always welcome.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.
Note: This post is almost identical to the one published last year, and other than updating the number of years that have passed since Washington's birth, none of the changes have anything to do with the facts.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
...I gazed up at a skyscape that looked like it came straight out of Lord of the Rings. Just where the pinkish hue of the lower sky gave way to cobalt blue above, three figures were laid out beside each other like a celestial ellipsis, each of them icy white and starkly visible. On the left was the start of a distant contrail being formed as I watched, while Venus shone brightly in the middle and a waxing crescent moon hung suspended on the right...The only sound was that of the dawn wind blowing softly. I again found myself feeling sorry for those who don’t realize that similar moments are waiting to be had by them, every day, if only they would take time to notice the vast Creation in which we exist. (January 2008)
I didn’t have my camera with me to capture the image that morning, but I will never forget how the sky looked. I was hiking in the Cypress Creek Preserve north of
If you’ve read enough of this blog, you know I love to travel. As I see it, travel is composed of two aspects. On the one hand, there is the physical act of leaving home and going somewhere else. On the other, there is the mindset of letting go of your daily worries and immersing yourself in the beauties and joys of wherever you are in the world. The latter aspect is more important, because without it, all the physical traveling you do will be wasted.
So what does the sky have to do with all this elementary psychobabble? Simply put, it offers an instant vacation of the mind that is available to all of us at all times. The sky is stunning to look at and awesome to behold, yet people rarely pay attention to it. Check out the view below, which I captured on my iphone camera while driving to work one morning. Noticing it made me feel positive and less rushed, and the feeling lasted all day.
No matter how old we are, we tend to get stuck in the child’s way of thinking “the sky is blue.” But in reality, the sky is sometimes orange, sometimes filled with leaden clouds the color of coal, and when it is overcast, it might be ashen gray or pearly white.
At night the sky is black, and out in the country, away from city lights, a blizzard of stars punctures that blackness with innumerable points of light. When the moon is bright, the night sky serves as a dark canvas. Images in the foreground stand out against it, as did this forest when I camped on the border of
Even when the sky is the “usual” pale blue we immediately think of, it is still beautiful. I took the next picture in
To illustrate how much the sky changes based on the amount of moisture, and the angle of the sun’s rays, and the direction you are facing, consider the next two photos. They were both taken in
And do you notice how the second photo puts the lie to the notion that “sky blue” automatically means pale blue?
So again, where am I going with this? I just think that if people would take time to look up and appreciate the heavens, they would feel less stress no matter where they are or what they are doing. But instead, much like me in
If we would just remember to glance up and ponder it every day, we would get more good vibes and life itself might start to feel like a vacation. Call me crazy, but that’s what I believe.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Everybody I know above the age of 7 or 8 knows the word corps is pronounced “core.” Even if some of them haven’t heard the word corpsman, they would know it is pronounced “core-man” when they saw it print, especially when used in a military context. But the same is not true for the allegedly brilliant Barack Obama. During the National Prayer Breakfast last week, he pronounced it “corpse-man” -- twice! And the MSM said nothing about it. Do you think they would have stayed mum had it been a Republican that misspoke so badly? (You can watch it here.)
Until last week,
As you know, many in the MSM have their knickers in a twit over the Prius recall. On the one hand, I think
And lastly, a personal note. I got up from the computer last Saturday and sat down on the couch, where Sarah was watching a DVR’d movie from The Disney Channel. She moved over and grabbed my arm, then draped it around her and snuggled against my side, and we watched the rest of the movie together. That was a silent act that spoke volumes about priorities, and I will be sure to remember it.