Thursday, March 02, 2006


More Or Less, Make Up You Mind

Recent polls and surveys (I don't trust either) say Americans want less government in their lives. Now comes a natural disaster of Biblical proportions, read Katrina. For several days prior to the arrival of this massive hurricane, the warnings went out. People, civilians, local, and state officials, ignored the possible impact. Public safety is the responsibility of (in this order): individuals, family, local law enforcement, local disaster management, state law enforcement, state disaster management, federal law enforcement, and finally, federal disaster management.

It's six ,months later, and we get the news that the president was briefed on the possible destruction a few hours before landfall. And the point is? The whiners want more government when it suits their needs and less when the government does things and takes action on issues that ought to be common sense (please don't construe this to suggest that everything the government does is in everyone's best interest). It reminds me of the story of the guy clinging to a life raft in the ocean praying for God to save him. A Coast Guard helicopter arrives; they drop a rescuer in a basket to the guy. He tells the rescuer "No thanks, God will save me". After repeated attemps to coax the soggy victim into the basket, the Coast Guard chopper left the scene. The guy was never heard from or seen again.

God helps those who help themselves. God also expects us to help our fellow man.

I believe in the power of prayer and I also believe a lot of people were praying before, during,and after Katrina. Those prayers were answered when hundreds and thousands of people had sense of enough to leave and to help others out of harms way. As soon as someone can prove to me that the president of the United States is more powerful than God, I'll start blaming him.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


John Wayne, on Brokeback Mountain

(in John Wayne voice) First, you tell me there ain't no s-a-n-t-a c-l-a-u-s. Now I'm supposed to believe that cowboys would rather get tangled up with each other than some pretty little gal over at the saloon? I guess next you'll try to make me believe that injuns are really a lost tribe of jews who are real handy with knives, bows, and arrows.

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