This is a rather touching story, in the good news sort of way! It seems that a group of Iraqi Soldiers collected money for American Soldiers that had family in fire ravaged California. This is exactly opposite what you will hear on the regular news; this story won't even make Fox. It does not bleed, so it does not lead.
Friday, October 26, 2007
More good news you won't find in the regular media. The only article linked from Google on this was a UK Times online story…it figures. It seems that 24 tons of steel from the World Trade Center Buildings has been melted down to be used in three new American Warships. The USS New York, the USS Arlington, and the USS Somerset, all named for locations of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Gotta love America!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
More good news. Do a little research, dear reader(s). The Dream Act is nothing but a sham for amnesty and would give tuition breaks to illegal aliens that we as Americans do not enjoy. I found it interesting that Arlen Specter actually voted against his Democrat cronies on this one, I guess he needs to pretend he's a republican once in a while.
I am currently reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and The Crusades), by Robert Spencer. I link it cause I think everyone should buy it. No, you do not have to buy it from the site I linked, buy it on eBay, get it from your library, or heck, since I know all of my readers, borrow the darn thing from me!
It is one mans take, sure, but it is well documented, and painstakingly researched. It gives one some insight into what we in the West are facing from the rising Caliphate. Now, I am not in any way demeaning those Muslims that understand the Koran can be interpreted in a way that creates a peaceful religion, I am demeaning those that take the Koran to heart and desire the rest of us to either convert, submit, or die.
Read as much as you can, learn, and apply that learning to life. It is that simple really, but do not get blinded, either in worrying everyday about this, or ignoring it.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I watched the debate the other night on Fox…not bad, one of the better debates so far. Hunter impressed me as did Huckabee, and it seems that Rudy has it all sown up. But wait, Fred is planning to announce an immigration platform…I think I might like it. Yeah, I am still pulling for Fred, I would like to see his no-nonsense approach in the White House, but, I am willing to get on the Rudy bandwagon if need be.
McCain has lost me, he lost me with McCain-Feingold and his support of amnesty for the illegal's. Mitt just seems so darn fake, sure, he's a good looking guy and won the Governorship of Mass, but what part of his soul did he sell for that position? He flops more than Kerry, and I do not like that. Fred has been the only consistent candidate, in the top tier, and that is what we need. Ron Paul s a loop job, but some of his libertarian views I could go along with, it is the 9-11 troofer stuff that gets in the way of him being a serious player.
Giuliani/Hunter or Thompson/Hunter, either one of those would be fine with me!
Friday, October 19, 2007
As for the punishment of stoning a person to death, are we as Muslims supposed to also follow the rule of Jesus whom said "Only those of you who are sinless may cast the first stone". Or can someone who has sinned stone another person to death?
The Bible is replete with additions and inconsistencies. We are compelled to adhere to the Qur'aan and Hadith as our source of guidance and not the abrogated teachings of Eesa (Alayhis salaam).
I know, I said I was gonna be 'happy', but in my search for good things to write about the state of affairs, I found this site. I am slowly beginning to see the religion in a different light. As far as I know, this is a valid site, with many boring examples of religions edicts and advice. There are also many 'answers' that promote violent jihad, and this one, condoning the stoning of an adulteress…c'mon Hollywood, support this religion a little more!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
More hypocritical insanity from a school system. The 'zero-tolerance' nuts that will suspend a kid for having Ibuprofen in a backpack will now give birth control to 11 year old students. Here is the quote that drives me nuts:
Although students must have written parental permission to be treated at Portland's school-based health centers, state law allows them to seek confidential health care and to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive, Belanger said.
Gee, didn't anyone see this coming when they began the "practice of providing condoms as part of its reproductive health program…"? I know that kids will be kids, and experimentation will happen, but isn't this just another form of hiding from responsibility for actions? We should be teaching kids in health class just like science class, for each action, there is an equal and opposite action, in other words, there are consequences to decisions.
Oh, and let us not forget that parents are removed from this equation, just more of the 'village' mentality towards raising our children. I had an opportunity to move to Maine, I love the state, and will continue to visit, but they will not get my kids!
Wow, I have written before that we just can not understand the World if we continue to look at it from our own perspective. Take this quote to heart, dear readers, and imagine living like this. How would your view change, how would you perceive what we in America perceive to be normal day-to-day tasks?
…"2.6 billion people worldwide who lack toilets…"
The world number is just about 40%, considering a population of 6.6 billion.
The India number is 64% based on a population of 1.136 billion.
The article does not say how many in the United States are living without a toilet, but I would imagine the numbers do not even come close to these figures. Something we take for granted is a luxury for 40% of the world…rather interesting.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Well, I am sure that Nobel is spinning, spinning in his grave right now, if he has any energy left to spin after the list of insane peace prize winners in the past 15 years or so. That list includes a terrorist (Arafat), an idiot (Carter), a lying, conniving, nuclear watchdog (ElBaradei), last year's tree planting woman from Africa whose name no one will ever remember, and now, the one, the only, The Goracle. Yup, Al Gore has won the Nobel Prize for Peace for his unfailing work at making himself money. I have linked to so many debunking sites regarding Gorbal warming that this next one is simply icing on the cake. In the same week the leftists on the Nobel committee awarded the prize to the world's most hypocritical environmentalist a Judge in England has found that the 'award winning documentary' is so full of lies and half-truths that in order for it to be shown in schools it must be countered with honest science. So, who is right? Well, we are lucky to be able to live out the next twenty years till the environmentalists start whining about the next ice age again as they did back in the '70's.
Monday, October 8, 2007
For Rami Khader Ayyad
Faith is strong
Stronger than the immutable laws of physics
That bind our bodies to this earth
As faith binds our souls
For a short time
Then escapes the steely grip
Leaving behind a shell
For the quick to ponder
Rami Khader Ayyad was a Christian living in the Gaza Strip, a nightmare of a place in the Middle East. He was killed, stabbed and shot, most likely for not being muslim. I am not going to link the article as it is written by some Associated Press idiot that…well, I am not going to link the article.
Ya see, this morning I spent time in service, time I needed to spend, and it felt good. Then, I read an article that showed the spirit of the American Family, that is linked here. It is a Vanity Fair article, kinda tough to deal with the clicks, and I don't think anyone can read it without crying.
Then the article above, the one I will not link, Google it if you must, and someone on a blog answered a question like this:
That guy must have had a huge pair....
No, just Faith.
Which led to the above poem, good or bad, it happened and here it stays.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
It has been hard, this 'happy' way of dealing with what is going on. How can folks run around with their heads in the sand? I am trying to deal, day to day, and, on a small personal level, things are great. Had a good Saturday, we hit an auction with tools, a used book sale, interspersed with two little league games. Finished with a b-day party with family and friends which was great, then to bed as work called early today. I awoke around midnight in time for the Charlie Manuel " Gee, I guess we lost" press conference that ended the Phillies season, oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Then, this morning, on NPR is " Voices in the family" with three liberals doing the mental gymnastics needed to explain the massacres (this link will give you some of the details, but not all) in Burma (Myanmar). There is a military Junta in charge in that country, and I am having trouble locating the actual religion of that junta. The sate run newspaper has this quote from the article I linked: ""Monks must adhere to the laws of God and the government," the paper wrote. "If they violate those laws, action could be taken against them." This mention of God in the quote makes me wonder. Considering that Buddhists do not acknowledge "…the one true unchangable God…", what God is the article referring to? Further research shows that the Junta is mostly Buddhist as well, so this is a very strange situation. The mental contortions of the NPR folks trying to remove the religion from the story was my main point though, as they do that whenever Islam is involved as well. It seems the only time that NPR will mention the religion of someone particularly nasty is if that person is Jewish or Christian.
Then, when I get to work, the September copy of National Geographic is on the desk at work. The cover story is Islam's fault line: Pakistan. I pick it up to try to learn what is going on over there and guess what? It is all the fault of the United States! This, coupled with the news that the surge is working in Iraq, something you will not hear in the press, has me back on the political kick.
I am not going to be depressed though, I am going to find links to the good stories out of Iraq and try to link them, there are great Milblogs that can be linked, there are wonderful tales of the United States armed forces helping people in other parts of the world that we never hear about, I am going to try to find those stories, and I am going to scour the local news for positive signs.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I will try hard not to post the depressing stuff anymore, that does not mean that my head is in the sand though, I still visit the news sites, I will still visit, and post, on LGF, and I will continue to read as much as I can about all that is going on in the world. Occasionally I will post something about current events that scares me, but mostly I am going to try to find the positives, the displays of human kindness that still exist in this world. If you dropped in here hoping for some insight to current events, that is great, leave a comment and we can discuss whatever is on your mind, but if you want to get yourself inundated with the depressing stuff, the link to LGF is on the right side of the page. LGF is a great way to catch up on the news of the day, a wonderful blog with great members, and the only source, in my opinion, for what is happening regarding the Global War on Terror. Here, at Stonepoet, you are going to have to read many posts before I write about that stuff again at any length.
Hey now, I think I may have 4 readers now…too cool! Anyway, There is a lawsuit about to start that shouldn't even have been allowed to be filed. When will we, as a nation, stop allowing stupidity to clog the legal system? Quick question: if you eat undercooked meat, can you get sick? Yeah, I know, easy answer, but to some, I guess the idea of cooking meat is foreign. So now, there is a lawsuit pending because 25 people have become ill. I know, e coli is a bad thing, I test for it in the water every day at work, but, not cooking your meat, then suing the company that packaged that meat is insane. I could almost understand if, say, 1% of the population of a state, or of the US became ill, but 25 people? C'mon, more than that get sick at Church picnics every year, or at backyard barbeques. Now a business is going to have to spend money they could have spent on cleaning the processing plant of lawyers. Oh, I just hit on something, the only people that get any money out of a class action suit are the lawyers, so maybe, just maybe, some judge will come to the conclusion that these insane lawsuits should stop.
Rant mode off.
Reading one of the poetry books today was fun, interesting, and thought provoking. The other poetry book I bought, however, left quite a bit to be desired. A poem should be understandable after being read no more than twice, if one has to read it three or four times, the point is lost, and frustration sets in. Some of my poetry is for me only, I would never dream of publishing something that only I would understand, so why do other poets? I have always felt that it is a form of superiority complex, a 'look at me, I am smarter than you 'cause I wrote something you do not understand." Of course it then follows that those that claim to understand this poetry, or abstract art, are trying to make themselves feel that same superiority over those of us that realize that jumbles of words, or splotches of black paint actually mean nothing at all.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Staying in the 'happy' mode, I visited a used book store today. I love them, the shelves packed with musty old tomes, the aisles dangerously lined with tottering piles of printed knowledge. I hit the history and politics section and picked up a couple of oldies in the interest of learning more about the growing pains of America. Then, off to the poetry section where I found a nice first edition of Homeward to America, the first offering of poems by John Ciardi, published in 1940. Wow, great stuff in there, written by the son of Italian Imigrants. This foray into obscure poets always brings a smile to my face and thoughts to my cluttered mind, much needed thoughts. I love to find a gem of a line from a poet that no one knows. For instance: The spread maps leave no gap: it is done: / There are no Americas beyond this and Atlantis known / A graveyard from a poem entitled 'Continent's Edge'. Telling, this line, at least to me, and here we are, doing our best to squander what those before us have paid so dearly for.
What happened to the poets that loved this Country? That loved their fellow man, foibles and all? It seems now to be a celebrated poet one must complain about something or scream for the overthrow of the oppressive yoke of the American government. Of course, these poets are screaming while accepting money from the government they are debasing, money that the government has taken from hardworking Americans.
Grrrr, I started happy and now my head aches. Perhaps a walk in the waning moonlight with thoughts of the weekend, with a planned trip to an auction or two and the anticipation of finding more books!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Hmmm, I am tired of the negative stuff, tired of trying to make folks see the truth, fighting the Main Stream Media types who do nothing but parrot the Anti-American left. So, I am going to be happy for a while. No Gorbal warming, no terrorists, no Democrats, just me and a keyboard. Stick around if you want, but understand, I am not giving up on America, I am just going to post a little more positively; for my sanity as well as the sanity of my 3 readers!
For what it is worth, since my post regarding seat-belts, and the ensuing chastisement, I have worn the darn thing. I am now one of the legions of people who will get in your car and put my seat-belt on…it is a habit now, and I thank the one close to me who pointed out the irrationality of my feelings on this issue. I am wearing it for them, not for Pennsylvania though, that I stand by!
October in Philly, usually a time to begin watching the Flyers, think about the Eagles a little, and discuss the end of the Phillies season…not this year, this year we can continue to root our Phiting Phils on as they take on the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the National League Playoffs!!! So much excitement from a simple game, I enjoy the smiles this team has brought my family, and, even with the nail-biting last weekend, the baseball has been a treat to watch.
The trees are gonna turn real soon…this is my favorite time of year…until spring, when I post that that is my favorite time of year. I can be fickle, I know it, and I deal with it, so should you, dear reader(s). Crisp mornings, bright sunny warm afternoons, and the promise of stone walls…what more can a guy ask for?
Monday, October 1, 2007
Now…I posted below that there are moderates in the religion of Islam, but these two pictures just don't work. Both pictures are the end result of Muslim activity on a London bus. I really do not think that they should have chosen busses to try to get the message out….oh, and the message is not for other moderate Muslims, the message is for non- Muslims. Yeah…it is the non-Muslim that is wrong to be afraid of Islam…I can't figure out why!