Monthly Archives: September 2011

the roar of the tiger


The Tiger Roars

Let’s take a break from politics today, shall we? There are times when politics must take a back seat to other endeavors if only to give the mind a breather. And the events of yesterday revealed one of those endeavors.

Yesterday was the last day of the regular season of baseball and what an ending it was. It was an ending that will be remembered for years to come. Six teams had something to play for. Four teams fighting for the wild card and two teams playing for home field advantage. And to add to this the outcome was decided in the ninth inning of a couple of games.

This will be a post season where, as far as I’m concerned, there can be no clear favorite to win the pennant. Every team playing is very strong. Of course I am biased in regards to this post season because the team I root for is among these six teams, the Detroit Tigers.

The fact of no clear favorite allows everyone to pick their favorite team and present a very good argument of why they will win the pennant. Every team has two or three players that scares the other team and can be the difference in any game. This is one year where it can be said that there is no real underdog to root for.

My argument for the Tigers to win is the fact they have the pitcher, Justin Verlander, who is a shoo in for the Cy Young Award this year after winning the triple crown of pitching. They also have the best or second best closer of this season, Jose Valverde, who saved a season high of 49 straight games during the regular season. Offensively they have one of the best hitters in baseball, Miquel Cabrera, who won the batting crown with a .345 batting average to go along with his 30 home runs this year.

Additionally, the Tigers aquired a pitcher, Doug Fister, who has shown his worth as being the second starter behind Verlander. Joaquin Benoit has been invaluable as a set up man in the eighth inning. This would declare that Detroit has a very good pitching staff that will match up with any of the contenders for baseball’s crown this year.

As for offense they have Victor Martinez to hit behind Cabrera and is in the top five of the league in hitting and was just behind Cabrera in rbi’s with over a hundred runs driven in. And hitting behind Martinez the Tigers have a young man who has excelled beyond expectations both at the plate as well as behind the plate by the name of Alex Avila.

While I have just spoken of the strengths of the Tigers I will admit that they are a team with weaknesses also. They could use a a batter at the top of their order that is a true lead off batter and they are a team without any real speed. Their defense leaves something to be desired also. This is most noticeable at second and third base.

In spite of all of this I will be a Tiger fan and root for them each and every game they play in their quest to win the World Series. And once that is over my loyalty will be converted to football and will root for the Detroit Lions which shows signs that Detroit will truly be called the sports capital of the world in this year of the roaring cats.

“GO, TIGERS!!!!!”

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a friend died and was buried without ceremony


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, his name be Wisdom. He has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:-Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm;- Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault.

Wisdom was a rich man by anyone’s standards but he lived by a simple, sound financial policy, don’t spend more than you can earn. and it was Wisdom who recognizes that adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Wisdom lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Wisdom lost the will to live as the churches were no longer seen as the guardians of morality; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Wisdom took a beating when your home was no longer seen as your castle and you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Wisdom finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Wisdom was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; Envy, Contempt, Greed, and a stepsister named Pity. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. He was given a pauper’s funeral so that he might still be among his friends, even in death.

If you still remember him, say a little prayer that he might be one of those resurrected from the dead so that he might continue to lead us, the faithful and the hopeful, down the path of life!!

another h/t to my niece, Lea

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history, its value to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.


Grandpa looked at me as I was doing my chores and asked, “What’s wrong, boy, you’ve been going around all day as if you’ve been carrying Bessie’s new-born calf on your shoulders the whole time?”

“It’s nothing, grandpa. Its just my American history class that is getting me down. I hate it.”

Grandpa just grinned and ruffled my hair as he said,

“Boy, as you have already know I am a man who advocates for free will. In order to be consistent in that principle I must concede that every man possesses that same attribute. Furthermore, if I am a man of free will in all of my deeds then I cannot envision a time or place that anyone else would not apply that same principle. Justice is without meaning or purpose with the concept of determinism.

That means only one thing. I cannot promote any principle that would require that another man abide by my will rather than their own. This applies to politics as well as our private lives. In other words, I cannot vote for someone seeking political office without recognizing that he will act in accordance to his own conscience when he casts a vote in regards to the laws to be enacted.

To declare otherwise is to be an advocate for determinism and that would make me look hypocritical. But more important is the fact that I would be advocating for a dictatorial government by its very concept. And to rid ourselves of this form of governing can be said as one of the reasons for seceding from the mother country in 1776.

One of the things we know of the founding fathers from the study of history is that they were very religious men. A person can see this throughout their correspondences with others. While I cannot prove it I’d say it could easily be assumed that they knew of and accepted the principle that the king ruled by divine right and to secede would be to go against the will of God unless secession could be justified. It would be from this that the founding fathers felt the need for a written Declaration of Independence.

It was within this document that the founding fathers declared their justification for secession It is in this document that the founding fathers declared that it was the king who was not abiding by the will of God, not the colonies. It is within this document we can find the foundational basis that man was created to govern himself with a free will.

Now, through the study of history we can see that not every man accepted this concept at the time. There were some who wanted to set up a government in the form of a monarchy. So, it can’t be said that the idea of a free will was universally accepted principle yet. This very fact leads us to believe this was a whole new way of understanding man and his place in society as well as a whole new understanding of God and His role in the lives of men.

When we look back into history we will see that a religion/state relationship of government in almost every sovereign State. And the choice of religion was determined by the monarch of that State at the time. With a given that each monarch had religious advisers at his command we can see that it created the impression that being in accordance to the will of the monarch was to be in accordance to the will of God. This, to me, was the whole purpose and intent of the religion/state relationship for governing.

Basically, to paraphrase President Lincoln, a religion/state relationship created a situation where the people had a government as determined of God, by God and for God. And to rebel against the State was perceived as rebelling against God. We can know from history that some States still abided by this principle by establishing a church/State relationship. So, we can reasonably assume that the founding fathers recognized that the laws of man did not supersede the laws of God but was meant to be subordinate to the laws of God. The problem lies in the authority of government to mandate.

This power to mandate has an effect on those that occupy the seats of governments. And whether we want it or not it is this power to mandate that leads to a corrupt government. And there is no one in government nor any form of government that is immune to this corruption. Monopoly power and authority to govern assures us of this. Political ideology is the mask that politicians use to hide their corrupt hearts and minds.

And it is from behind this mask of political ideology that politicians can corrupt the hearts and minds of the people, even a people who think that they are protected by the words of a constitution.
The easiest way to corrupt the hearts and minds of a people is to create an interpretation of their constitution that appears to be accordance to the intent of the writers of that constitution so as to allow change in the authority and powers of that government or, as in our case, governments.

This is why it is so important to understand the intent of the writers of that constitution and the limitations placed upon government. History is the best determinant of original intent. For if a people strays from the original intent then history will have a record of it. That is why history is such an important subject in school for without it constitutions are inevitably corrupted by those who seek to change it in order to gain unauthorized power.”

I just nodded and said, “I know, grandpa, but studying history in school is not as much fun as it is when you and I study it to learn what our founding fathers intended.”

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are we coddling our kids too much and stunting their growth as individuals?


“The phone rang, and my stomach clenched when I heard her voice. “Daddy? I want to go home,” said my 8-year-old daughter, Arden. Two hours earlier, I dropped Arden and her two siblings off at their new school in a squat building in a forest of Soviet-era apartment blocks on Krasnoarmeyskaya (Red Army) Street in Moscow. They hugged me goodbye, clinging a little too long, and as I rode the metro to my office, I said a kind of silent prayer to myself that they would get through the day without falling apart.

But Arden had just spent the minutes between class periods hiding in the bathroom so no one would see her crying. Finally, she composed herself, found her teacher and pantomimed that she needed to talk to me. “I don’t understand . . . anything,” she told me. I tried to respond with soothing words, but I had no idea what to do. You can tell your kid to tough it out when she transfers from one school to another in your hometown. This was different…”
Read more here

View the video at the beginning of this story too. It may give you thoughts that might frighten you about our educational system today.

UPDATE:
Here is a story of a scientific study on self-esteem that seems to contradict everything we are taught to practice in today’s society.
A study on self-esteem

UPDATE 2
Another story dealing with the idea of self-esteem.
School bans mirrors

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What say you?

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a little humor to start the week


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Political Hypocricy of governments


San Francisco,Oakland Bay Bridge

“Outsourcing jobs overseas is the newest trade controversy. With to-day’s technology,, goods are easily transported across oceans and information is carried across the seafloor at the speed of light through fiber optic cable. Meanwhile a debate rages throughout the country over the loss of mid-level white collar jobs to foreign countries.

At least 31 legislatures have introduced measures banning state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that would send those jobs outside the United States. The policy dilemma is equity. Is it right to spend taxpayer dollars overseas if it means savings to the states? Or is it the responsibility of lawmakers to ensure tax money stays in the United States?

Opponents of outsourcing believe that it is bad for states and bad for the American worker. Their primary argument is simple. Losing white-collar jobs to cheap overseas labor is bad for families and bad for states’ economies. And there is no proof that outsourcing results in the creation of higher level jobs for displaced workers.

According to MBG, a business information, analysis and forecasting firm based in Washington, D.C., the net private sector loss over the last three years is close to 3 million jobs. And the predictions for further job loss, especially in the service sector, are high. Forrester Research INc. predicts that domestic employers will move 3.3 million white collar service jobs overseas in the next 15 years. In the past, the economy typically shed jobs during a recession and rehired when the economy turned around. This was true when the United States had a very strong manufacturing sector. A factory would suffer slow periods, lay off a portion of its workforce and then rehire Re`hire´that workforce when production expanded. But, if job loss is the result of offshore, the people who have lost their jobs are not going to receive a call to come back to work. Those jobs are gone forever.”
more here.
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One thing that these politicians have in common is a political philosophy of Socialism, it seems. It appears that these politicians think it is better to support a socialistic form of economy even if it means outsourcing business than to support a capitalistic form of economy by awarding contracts to companies of this nation.

If outsourcing jobs is being unpatriotic by American businesses then how much greater is the lack of patriotism of those leaders of our nation that outsource business? I don’t see how you can protest one and support the other without being hypocritical.

Can someone help me in this dilemma?

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when a black man uses gun, he is protecting his manhood


Leonard Pitts, author

Javaris Crittenton, former Washington Wizard, was arrested for the shooting death of Julian Jones, a mother of four.

“The FBI’s reports that 9,775 arrests were made in 2009 for murder and nonnegligent homicide.

There is a reason people under 30 like Crittenton, accounted for about two-thirds of them: Young people tend to have poor impulse control.

There is a reason males, like Crittenton, accounted for about 90 percent of them; males tend to be more aggressive.

And there are multiple reasons young black men, like Crittenton, account for about half the arrests; one being that black men tend to be more hyper-vigilant about, and to guard more jealously against, perceived threats to their manhood.”

“At the very least, teach them that a gun is not a penis. It’s a tragedy that  Crittenton didn’t know that.

It’s a bigger tragedy that he’s not the only one. ”

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I don’t know about anyone else but the last time I heard when a man uses a gun it was considered as shooting someone not protecting his manhood.

Another thing; the only basis for a person to come to this conclusion is from a basis of amorality.

And the last time I heard amorality was an attribute of determinism.

Have we come so far in this society where amorality has replaced morality as a determinant of values?

Might add one more note here.  The tragedy is not in what these men knew or did not know.  The tragedy lies in the fact that four kids will grow up without the benefit of a mother.  Men like these can learn from their experience.  What lessons will these kids learn from a mother taken away from them?

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Poverty!!!!, What is Poverty?


Where did “piss poor” come from ?

Us older people need to learn something new every day..

just to keep the grey matter tuned up.

Where did “Piss Poor” come from?
Interesting History.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot

and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery…

if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”.
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But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot…

they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were the lowest of the low.
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The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature

isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s
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Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,

and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell,
brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
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Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,

then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.

Last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.

Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”
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Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals

(mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
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There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings

could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.

That’s how canopy beds came into existence.
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The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.”
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The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery

in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door,

it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.
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(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)
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In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.

Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables

and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers

in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the rhyme:

“Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old”.
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Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.

When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.”

They would cut off a little to share with guests

and would all sit around and chew the fat.
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Those with money had plates made of pewter.

Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,

causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes,

so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
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Bread was divided according to status.

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,

and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
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Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey.

The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.

They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around

and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom; “of holding a wake”.
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England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks

on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin

and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.)

to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be,

“saved by the bell” or was “considered a dead ringer”.

another h/t to dcat

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Is this consistant with the ethics of the right or the ethics of the left?


With their packs full, their canteens overflowing and their reserve bottles filled to the brim, outdoorsy Arizonans set out on foot this time of year under the scorching sun. But as they navigate the state’s picturesque trails, they face not only physical challenges but ethical ones, like how much water to share with strangers who have miles to go and not a drop to drink.

“If it came down to having enough for myself or helping someone, I’d have to drink my own water,” said Laura Craig.

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