Archive for January, 2006

On FightinG and FrogS

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Jus found out tonite one of our friends in the blogosphere was diagnosed with lung cancer. He says he will keep “fighting” and we are all praying for him.

It took my best friend from me a little over a year ago.
I was with him when his time came to “go Home”.
For some reason, it made me think of this parable. I’m not usually keen on the self-help, motivational little ditties…but this one…well excuse me..but I wanted to share it.

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs,…
… who arranged a running competition.

The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the
contestants…

The race began…

Honestly:

No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of
the tower.

You heard statements such as:

“Oh, WAY too difficult!”

“They will NEVER make it to the top.”

or:

“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one…

… Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and
higher…

The crowd continued to yell,

“It is too difficult- No one will make it!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…

…But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…

This one wouldn’t give up..

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one
tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top…

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog
managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed
and reach the goal?
It turned out…

That the winner was DEAF.

The wisdom of this story is:

Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be

negative or pessimistic…

…because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you —
the ones you have in your heart.

Always think of the power words have.

Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions.

Therefore:

ALWAYS be..

POSITIVE.

And above all:

Be DEAF when people tell you that you can not fulfill your dreams.

A MoraL VictorY

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

YaY!
It’s officially party time!.heh.

“Samuel A. Alito Jr., who was confirmed by the Senate on a 58-42 vote this morning, was quickly sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court today, completing a makeover that the Bush administration hopes will turn the nation’s highest court in a more conservative direction.”
Not a moment too soon!
Washington Post

Lets hope we see Mrs.Alito cry again…tears of JoY!

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and..
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HaterS

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

The Left has really cornered the market on hate. There are several organizations and efforts to get Americans not to tune in to President Bush’s State of The Union speech.They are scheduling their little hate fests instead, where they can freely condemn,bash and spew venom (poison secreted by snakes) toward the President of the United States of America.
For a complete schedule of the rage-aholics the anti Bush Regime crowd

Just to name drop..among those planning to participate in rallies and such are Cindy Sheehan, Al Sharpton, Bianca Jagger and Gore Vidal. Hmmm. Nuff said.

There was a time in our history when this was unheard of.
Are these protestations emanating from righteous, sincere town criers who are waging a true war for our nations’future? Do they seek to protect the very fiber of our republic?

If I believed for one moment that they were ..I would say More power to them..Go ahead..rekindle the revolutionary spirit of our founders.

What I see,however, predominantly in the Liberal community and most likely in those participating, are people who support a free press (cough cough), which has become nothing short of a propaganda machine, educational institutions which predicate themselves on the views of a Godless, secular state, entertainers and an entertainment industry which worships the almighty dollar and spreads promiscuity and decadence.

These same people have shown utter comtempt for our President as well as the legacy of freedom they inherited from our very first President. To me the vast majority of liberal thinkers represent the anithesis of everything for which our Founding Fathers fought and often died for.

Perhaps they got so caught up in pursuing “happiness”, they forgot about the “Life and Liberty” part.

As for me, I won’t abandon the legacy of my forefathers.
I don’t ride the wave of moral relativism.
I can hardly wait to hear what utterances come forth from a leader who proudly says :God bless America”..and actually means it.

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For more on this insanity: StopThe ACLU”

ZZZZZZZZZZZ’s

Monday, January 30th, 2006

More Teens Can Name the Three Stooges Than Can Name the Three Branches of Government.
More teens know the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air than know the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
More teens know which city has the zip code “90210″ than the city in which the US Constitution was written.
More teens know who starred in the motion picture “Titanic” than know the Vice President of the United States.

For the detailed study:
National Constitution Center Survey

Whoever hasn’t heard about the absolutely dismal performance records of American public high school students just hasn’t been paying very close attention.

Schools are no longer places of education; they are warehouses, detention centers and sophisticated day care centers.

And now ..thisssssssssssssssss…
USA today’s opinion of the day: Let high school kids sleep later. Start the school day later to accomodate the exhausted teens and wala!..their performance will rise!

No more falling asleep at their desks during morning class, more attention and concentration..just like that!
The details are at USAToday

Just what teens need more of these days: self indulgence and accomodation.
So when they go off to college (provided they can even read the entrance application), or when they enter the work force, they can just assume if they party till 2AM, the boss will just allow them to show up at work ..at say…noon?

If wev’e given up on providing an extensive education, the very least we can do is make a feeble attempt to build character. Lowering standards is not only scandalous..it’s downright shameful.

After all won’t the teens of today be governing themselves one day..not to mention some of them governing others as well?

On second thought – maybe they’ll just sleep in.”

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Linkss

Monday, January 30th, 2006

For a beautiful piece about “Decency” check out Middle Class Guy..kudos to the author!

Ballroom Dance: The NakeD TrutH

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Sexual explicitness has so become the norm that most don’t give it a second thought..or do they?

At the beginning of the 20th century, immodest images of women in public were virtually unheard of in this country.
Women ballroom dancers swept across the floor in elegant, floor length hemlines.
By the 1920′s, even displaying a woman’s knees was still considered taboo. By the 1950′s, petticoats and tulle were all the rage and hemlines became shorter. In the 1960′s chiffon and semi-sheer fabrics were introduced and even more of the ladies’ legs were visible.
Gradually dresses became shorter and shorter and more and more form fitting and snug owing to the introduction of stretchy fabrics.

In the ensuing decades, women were routinely dressed sexily and whether we choose to admit this or ourselves or not- fashions do dominate our perceptions of popular culture and in particular of women.
Dance movements have become overtly erotic,suggestive and at times simulate sex itself.

The Methodists may not have been too far off when they observed and actually offered warnings in the 18th century that dancing is “stylised sex.”

Prior to the 17th century, men and women danced alongside each other, not even face to face and the extent of the physical contact would be that they may have touched hands with arms outstretched.
Can you say “Wev’e come a long way Baby?”…Well that all depends on where we wanted to end up.

Nearly every experience we have in society- has become ‘sexualized’. Sexuality , we are told is “a natural characteristic” of which we should feel no shame..and certainly no modesty.

But I ask you, just because sexuality may be a natural desire, is it then legitimized in all contexts?..when going to a movie, is it approriate to view explicit sex scenes, when going to a concert, must the male and female background singers and dancers dance provocatively and in a way that encourages a sexual atmosphere?

It is a given that one criterion for a girl or woman to attain stardom in this century is that she not need have any particular talent, but she must be willing to sexualize herself.
What was once shocking in the pop industry, the flagrant promiscuity, the degradation of morality,the attire ..we have now come to expect.

Ballroom dance was once synonymous with the epitome of sophistication. In times past, ballroom dancing was the “social dancing” of privileged classes. The woman wore a stunning, flowing, long gown; the gentleman a suit or formalwear.
Latin and swing dancers wore shorter dresses or skirts but dresses nonetheless.

What passes for womens’dresses in Ballroom dance today does nothing but objectify women.
This “practically naked’ look, we are told is “empowering” to the woman dancer.
We all value her stunning, scantily clad form as she moves across the floor. Rrrright.

This exhibitionism will have one certain result: Every healthy male who watches this woman dance will think of her sexually.
He may not notice a single dance step but her half naked body will not escape him. The tacit message is being sent.

Distracting men with a half naked female body (and it IS a distraction) is the hallmark of the entire advertisement world. But… Turning girls and women into ‘eye candy’ actually contaminates the dance form and lowers it to some biological exhibitionism.

Dancing should be judged by relative merit..not how well the dancer appeared in her bikini top with the sheer sarong wrapped around her waist to make it appear as though she were actually dressed.

Who set this “new bar” for womens’ attire..or should I say “lack of attire” in Ballroom dance?
The objectification of women damages women emotionally as well..Yes, they may seem sexy and risque’..but notice..men are still dressed in a dignified manner, even if their costume is form fitting.
No one would mistaken him for being in his bedroom clothes. Not to mention that women don’t react to the physical the way men do…so seeing a man half naked doing ballroom dance is not a sight most women would even want!

What happened to “class”?
What happened to “grace”?

Must everything in the Culture be dominated by sex appeal?

I say: Women put back on your flowing gowns…Bring back the BeautY that is truly WomaN.

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Hat tip to Karl M for the inspiration.

Hyphenated AmericanS? I don’t think So

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Hmmm…I can hear the arguments already..Multi-culturalism is good for America.
Ethnic diversity and cultural differences should be celebrated!..Well before we break out into a “C’mon people now smile on yer brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now” fest…Let’s do the hard part: examine facts.

Once upon a time, immigrants actually came here um..“legally”..shocking, I know.
Not only that but they were law-abiding citizens who became self sufficient,(wouldn’t dare take hand outs or welfare due to their integrity and healthy sense of pride), worked hard, learned English and even Anglicized their names in some cases to become part of the larger American community.

I am not advocated name changes, but learning English should be mandatory not optional for immigrants. There are now thousands of foreign speaking immigrants (many ILLEGAL),and not only are they not all living together harmoniously – there are warring ethnic and racial groups.
The illegal aliens, HyphenateD Americans some of whom identify more with their own ethnic group than with American culture as a whole. Check the census bureau. There are close to 150,000 “Middle-Eastern Americans” in the U.S. illegally!

And that’s UnifyinG?

In many cities, the burden falls on taxpayers who must take up the slack for uninsured patients , who need housing,and soaring crime rates. Not to mention the drug culture.Oh sorry I just did.

Liberals say: Just legalize them all. Oh yes ..brilliant. Let us reward illegal activity and that will CURB immigrants from smuggling themselves and their methamphetamine into our borders?
Congress already tried that in 1986: millions of illegal immigrants were granted amnesty..and since then we have been bombarded with thousands more.

Times have changed, and not only are illegal immigrants a financial burden, some pose a national security threat. What if the “immigrants” who flew planes into the World Trade Center” had been denied visas..Hmmm.

“Al Qaeda sleeper cells are believed to be operating in 40 states, according to the FBI and other federal authorities, awaiting orders and funding for new attacks in the United States.”
The Washington Times

Nearly 100,000 illegal immigrants are criminals and have been convicted..that’s right I said convicted of rape, murder, drug dealing,and child molestation.
Whatever happened to good ole deportation? Not even for captured child molesters???

The United States does not have to apologize to liberals for its overly generous immigration policy which has admitted more legal immigrants than any other nation in the World.

Every homeowner has a right to have a fence, an alarm system, even bars and gates on their windows.Every nation has the same right. It is high time we go back to controlling our borders…before there aren’t any left to control.

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Check out Kender’s article:Guarding our Borders

Euphoric Reality has more info:Mexico Blames US

MozarT: Now thatS Music!

Saturday, January 28th, 2006


Happy Birthday Mozart! (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791)

Did you know that Mozart’s musical ability became obvious when he was 3 years old. Three.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an extraordinary composer. He wrote in almost every major genre that exists: symphony, opera, the solo concerto, chamber music including string quartet, string quintets, and the keyboard sonata. I can barely play rhythm on my acoustic guitar. Heh.

What some don’t know is that the piano concerto was almost single-handedly developed and popularized by Mozart. In addition, (as if the wasn’t enough)..he wrote religious music and composed dances.
Some say among his greatest gift was imitating the music he heard. As he travelled extensively, this enabled him to incorporate features of nearly all styles into his music.

It seems there is a lesson in there somewhere.

I know classical music may not appeal to all. Woody Allen once said:
“I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.”
Heh.

But trust me on this one:
My all time fave is Mozart’s 40th Symphony. If you haven’t experienced it yet..there’s no time like the present.

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And for more…with a bonus soundtrack!:Third World Country

YaY!

Friday, January 27th, 2006


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TrutH or ConsequenceS

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I guess the question really is How do YoU define “TrutH”?
There are some truths which are purely subjective and based on introspection : “I have a headache”, I feel it and that is my truth.
That is quite different from stating the TrutH that the earth is the third planet from the SuN. This TrutH is considered objective, and determined by a combination of shared observations, reasonings, and calculations…unless one has of course actually been on both planets and measured..Heh.

Metaphysical subjectivism holds that we all have some truths with which we are most intimately acquainted based on our own subjective experiences.

Objective truths, however are supposed to be independent of our subjective beliefs or tastes. Such truths exist not in the mind but in the external object.

Our entire judicial system relies on testimony.

Witnesses who swear under oath to testify truthfully in courts of law, are not expected to make completely true statements which are totally infallible, but to make an honest attempt to recount an observed event from their memory to provide testimony.
We have seen that oftentimes what one witness says may differ from true accounts of other witnesses when portraying the exact same event.
Juries and judges are then charged with the responsibility to determine the credibility or veracity of a witness’s testimony.

Which brings us to …James Frey.
Oprah tells Frey he betrayed readers
“A Million Little Pieces” was Frey’s alleged memoir of his addiction and recovery.
It came to light that Frey had fabricated parts of his book which his readers and his fellow addicts and recovering addicts took as gospel.
The book, which I have read, is intense. It is graphic. It is dramatic, descriptive and at times gory.

In it Frey describes a three-month jail sentence he now says he never even served. Perhaps you think that’s nit picking. Well,he described some combative scenes with fellow addicts in rehab which he now claims were somewhat exaggerated…Again that may not seem so unforgivable. But then there’s the most talked about episode wherein he describes in highly specific, gory, using expletives every other word detail- undergoing dental surgery, having 2 root canals, being strapped down without even a drop of Novocain, a story he now claims he “no longer clearly recalls.”
Or the fact that he recounts a friend’s hanging when in fact her suicide was caused by her slitting her wrists?

Does this sound like an author who is coming in good faith, making a sincere effort to recount events as they truly happened?
Let us put this in some kind of ethical perspective shall we.
This is no ordinary “memoir”.
This book had become somewhat of a modern day self-help,inspirational book for addicts and recovering addicts. His experiences which they claim to relate to as no other, his ‘mantras’, his excruciating,detailed recounting of events and happenings they could so relate to.
And now they discover that he too- lied to them.

It was heartbreaking watching him sit on the Oprah Winfrey show, his head and eyes cast downward- with Oprah practically putting the words in his mouth…Did you lie?
He stammers…and she repeats..but what is a LIE?…He eventually concedes.

The hallmark of Recovery from Addiction is living Truthfully, with integrity not shame…living life on life’s terms.
His defense was that he needed a more grandiose image as a coping skill.( Why was he ashamed of who he really was?) So he “embellished” his macho bravado.
Now, many don’t believe a word of the entire memoir.

It seems like the tragic case of the Little Addict who cried Wolf one too many times.

I am not here to kick Mr. Frey when he has already been humbled. I truly pray he gets the intervention and help he needs to continue on his JourneY of Recovery.
But if he thinks he can bypass “Truth” to get there…unfortunately for him ..his true sorrow has only just begun.

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