Friday, March 31, 2006

Kids These Days

I am proof that people get old and turn into geezers. Everyday I look at these kids in middle school and high school and I wonder what happened. This is exactly what adults were saying when I was in high school about us...and the kids that are growing up now will say the same thing about the ones that come after them.

Here's what I think is a big problem. We are such an entitlement society these days...That goes for youth and adults alike. we somehow along the way came up the idea that we were owed something. Somehow living in the greatest nation on God's green earth isn't enough...Now we want the government, or our parents, or our neighbors to fit the bill for our lifestyle. We think we are owed a free lunch.

Generations before us built this nation with sweat and blood. We didn't whine our way into existence as a nation. For the past 200 years men and women fought for this ideal of freedom. And then came a depression and wars. And the greatest generation gave their lives so that we could live and live well.

Well, I think we squandered our gift and we are not paying it forward. It's sad. Why do you think we have liberals fighting military recruitment tables off of campuses around the nation? Do you actually believe that they have some moral problem with war? Of course they don't...They never said a word when Clinton was bombing Iraq. NO, they hate the military because they are selfish and unwilling to pay the cost to live this way.

I often worry about generations to come because if they are anything like the current one, then our nation is in trouble.

Dang whipper-snappers!

Monday, March 27, 2006

More Fun Facts

* There are more smashed squirrels on the streets of Wichita then there are people. I almost guarantee it. How dumb are these animals? They just saw their friend get turned into a pancake yet they think it'll never happen to them. On a side note... Do you know what they call a street full of smashed squirrels in Arkansas? ...A buffet.

* This week I've been working on some plumbing projects at my work. A urinal kept overflowing. I go to start fixing it and do you know what has happened to me twice this week already? You guessed it...A full on in-the-face spray of urinal water. It's gross but yet at the same time I've never felt more alive!

* Dr. Phil has athletes foot.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fun Facts

* I have no desire to ever go on a cruise. Todd Fineberg described that it's like going into a casino in Las Vegas with a bunch of people who you don't know and having the owner lock the doors for two weeks and start rocking the building back and forth. No thank you.

* Liberals keep saying that we need to stop spanking our children because it's child abuse, and that a better punishment is a time out. Liberals are wrong. I plan on spanking my child the day he/she is born just to let he/she know who the boss is and then I may spank other kids in the hallway on the way out of the hospital. Don't make me take off my belt! Kids need spankings these days worse than ever, it's a fact.

* It's getting boring in this country.. If I were president I would raise the fun levels to new highs. There would be mandatory bowling nights. Also, loud speakers would play carnival music in most major cities. On Tuesdays the speakers would play What I Like About You by The Romantics continuously. Richard Simmons would be my press more boring news conferences. And finally the State Of The Union address would be replaced by a 3 hour block of Seinfeld. Enjoy America!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Abstinence Is Harmful? News To Us

Crossposted From Stop The ACLU

Today the American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release which is featured on their website's "Newsroom" page that is titled, "ACLU Hails Rhode Island Department of Education Efforts to Stop the Use of Harmful "Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage" Curriculum in Public Schools". Only the ACLU and a liberal state like Rhode Island could find abstaining from sexual activity harmful.

The fact is that abstinence is the only form of birth control and STD prevention that works 100% that it is employed. By practicing the ultimate in safe sex, NO SEX, no children are unnecessarily slaughtered in the name of choice, no drugs are being used in order to prevent pregnancy for the sake of promiscuity, and no one will need to be treated for sexually transmitted diseases. So what is the ACLU's difficulty with teaching this effective form of birth control? Homosexuals in this nation cannot be married in any other state than Massachusetts. And no other state except Massachusetts recognizes marriages performed to same sex couples. If abstinence is taught as it should be, as the ONLY effective form of birth control and STD prevention, homosexuals will not be receiving the indoctrination that the ACLU believes that they should.

By accepting that teenagers are going to have sex before marriage and taking a position of defeatism in the war to prevent this from occurring, we are then telling teenagers to go ahead and have sex. This is akin to telling your child not to shop lift but if they are going to anyway to not get caught. Then teaching them methods on not getting caught as opposed to teaching them to just plain not do it.

Abstinence is not harmful, it is the only truly safe and healthy program out there. Condoms don't protect against Human Papilloma Virus or Herpes. Hormonal birth control don't protect against STDs and is only 92% effective (this means if you have sex 100 times, you have an 8% chance of getting pregnant even with the pill when taken as directed.). And we all know how many women forget to take the pills. Add to that the dangers when artificially changing the hormonal balance in a woman's system can lead to increased chances of cancer and heart disease.

Fact - Condoms break, leak, and do not protect against HPV or Herpes. Some people are have allergies to latex.

Fact - Birth Control Pills don't protect against STDs and mess with the hormonal balance in the woman's body.

Fact - Herpes is transmitted by skin contact and requires no fluid transfer.

Fact - A fetus is a living being called a baby not tissue or a parasite.

Fact - Abortion has been linked to increased occurrences of Breast Cancer.

Fact - Post abortive women experience a high rate of depression and repeat abortions.

Fact - Some risks associated with abortion include internal bleeding and infection.

Fact - The only way to avoid these complications is to not have sex and the ACLU calls teaching this fact harmful.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

There Is A God

It baffles my mind how anyone can be an agnostic in this world...
I went through some hard times recently. These were times that might cause someone to wonder whether or not there really is a God watching over us that cares about us and loves us. But the harder I hurt the more I am reminded that there is a standard. There is an ultimate good to which I measure my pain against.
I also realized that every time I get done with a storm in my life the light on the other side is so bright and peaceful. The storm makes the light more beautiful to look at.

So I decided to post on why I believe in God. There are many more reasons than I could possibly expand on here. But I'll scratch the surface on a few points. I think I will break this one up into a series. (That what I always say!)

Ok I believe in God because...

* To me it's obvious. Some pick up a clod of dirt and see chance and remnants from some accidental blast billions of years ago in the lonely expansion of space. But I see order and organization. There is such beauty in nature and in life. I mean the complexity of existence itself is beyond the microscope of any scientist. They can look at the 'what', but they have yet to explain the 'why'. And when I look at nature I am convinced that there is a reason why. I think we all have a purpose and purpose would indicate a purpose giver. I believe in God because it is so blaringly obvious that there is a reason for existence.

* 'Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit' is a simple phrase. It means, Out of nothing, nothing comes. You cannot get something from nothing. I saw an article in one of the science magazines where an astronomer and physicist tried to explain how something can come from nothing. Basically his point was this garbled mess of assumptions and his conclusion was basically that nothing is actually something. I remember just laughing out loud thinking...Dude, you are right back at the problem you started with. Every cause has to have an effect. The only way to get to have something to begin with. Granted, this is not proof of the Judeo-Christian God but it is proof of a being that holds the power of eternity within itself. I believe in God because I believe in logic and science. To assume something came from nothing is to toss out logic and science.

* Miracles. I believe that supernatural things occur in this life that are unexplainable by science and reason. This is not to say that water is being turned into wine on a daily basis or anything. But I hear stories of healings and people being saved from the brink of death without explanation. Also, I have heard many stories of people in the Muslim world coming to Christ after having visions and dreams of Him. To me, the number at which these visions are occurring make them hard to just explain away as coincidence. I believe in God because I believe in supernatural intervention, or miracles, that leave science and reason in the dust.

I think in my next part I will talk about how the life of Jesus makes the proof of God concrete.

I'd love to have some feedback.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Go Shockers!!!

Wichita Kansas is beaming with pride tonight. The little city by the river just made it to the Sweet Sixteen. Wichita State University hasn't been there since 1981. I was 3 years old back then.

So I just wanted to take this time to say...

Go Shockers!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Does Silence Equal Prayer?

Crossposted from Stop The ACLU

The ACLU has consistently opposed having prayer in public schools. But what truly constitutes prayer? How about a moment of silence where a student can say a Hail Mary or a small prayer, internally reflect, meditate, sleep, do homework, or just plain decompress and prepare for their day? Does this constitute prayer? I wouldn't think so.

Having a 2 -3 minute forced moment of silence at the beginning of the day to accommodate the personal religious convictions of children, or to allow them to do whatever they feel the need to do silently, is something that I think would be a good compromise to those who condemn the idea of prayer in schools.

Also keep in mind that the major objection to prayer in schools is the leftist idea of Separation of Church and State. There is NO mention of separation of church and state in the entire Constitution. It appears NO WHERE. And if you try to mention the establishment clause I'll slap your stupid ass. Pay attention to the wording. And don't you dare mention interpretation of anything, it's written in English for the Love of Mike.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I am convinced everyone who looks at that and thinks that a public school requiring children to stand for the pledge of alliegance and claims that this is a state endorsement of religion is on crack. Didn't anyone teach these people how to read?!?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Punctuation means something people. The founders didn't put that comma in there for it to look pretty. They also didn't mention Congress specifically in order apply this restriction to other governmental bodies. In the George Mason draft of the Bill of Rights, the establishment clause was better defined.

That Religion or the Duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by Reason and Conviction, not by Force or violence, and therefore all men have an equal, natural, and unalienable Right to the free Exercise of Religion according to the Dictates of Conscience, and that no particular religious Sect or Society of Christians ought to be favored or established by Law in preference to others.

To this point, no one arguing for the other side has successfully answered the question as to when a decision to allow a nativity scene in a public park or a school permitting a prayer at the opening of classes for the day constitutes action by the Congress. The Constitution specifically states that "Congress shall make no law...". It doesn't say that the Ashtabula City School District shall make no law or Millcreek Public School or the City of N. Platte, Nebraska, it says "Congress shall make no law... ".

So what constitutes prayer? I don't think a 2 -3 minute moment of silence or the Pledge of Allegiance are prayers.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I Am Becoming An Old Man...

It's true. Yes, I am only 27 years old, but my trip into older adulthood has began. Right now I am smack dab in the middle of my quarter life crisis. Everything is changing and it is kind of frightening. Did I mention that change is scary? But I'm learning and growing.

Here are the signs that I am becoming an old old man....

* Music -- Like most kids I was enamored with mainstream pop music. I had the same albums every kid had back then. I admit to owning all kinds of albums that would be embarrassing to disclose. This was true up until several years ago. Then in almost a prophetic situation I heard Sam Cooke sing "A Change Is Gonna Come." and I was never the same. So now I am hooked on good old fashioned soul music. Add to that my fascination with folk music and acoustic rock and you have the change that took me out of the mainstream and into a whole new musical realm. Sam Cooke of course was mainstream in his time...but these days most kids have no clue who he was. Otis Redding is virtually unknown as well...And don't get me started on Etta James and Percy Sledge. I catch myself saying things like 'these kids and their music these days...' Geezer-hood here I come!

* My Parents -- I think to an extent most kids eventually become like their parents no matter how hard they rebel against them. But I am moving there fast and I welcome it. My parents raised my sister and I without constant lectures and spankings (although I had my share of both). My parents raised us by doing what all parents should do. They taught us what was right...and then when necessary they used words. That's right... They loved each other and us and they showed us with action and not just words. They didn't force us to go to church...we wanted to go. They inspired us by living what they preached. There is nothing more satisfying to a kid then to go to sleep knowing that no matter how tough this world gets, there is love at home. My sister and I had about as perfect a home life as anyone could have and with all the problems and issues I have in this life I get on my knees every night and thank God that he allowed me to be raised like that. He knew what he was doing.
And I say all that to say that I want to be like my parents and I welcome any resemblance.

* My purchases -- We all know the cliche that men that are going through midlife crises' go out and buy sports cars...well...during my quarter life crisis I am doing similar things. I bought a PSP (Playstation Portable)..I mean I am 27 years of age, I should be done with the video game phase by now. And not even a month ago I went to the store and ended up in the toy section. I purchased, much to my girlfriend's shame...a slinky. A Slinky!?!? What is the deal with that? What in the world was I gonna do with a slinky? I sent it sailing down the staircase several times and now it is sitting over in the corner collecting dust. But somehow that piece of my childhood that lives inside me was afraid that it was losing to the man inside me so it forced me to buy a toy that took me back to those days....Trust me, you don't know how close I was, and still am, to buying a Slip'n'Slide with the banana sprinkler. Oh and I have dreams about my Speak'n'Spell.

This is Part 1 of my slip into becoming an old man. Stay tuned to more tales of a quarter life in crisis. Scary stuff!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Presidential Legacy

Democrats are obsessed with Bush. I am convinced that democrats like Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy actually have night terrors involving Bush's accomplishments.
If you look at the polls right now you'd think that Bush killed a kitten on live TV. A 34% approval rating is not exactly anything to brag about. Of course, from what I hear about that poll it is heavily skewed to the left. But my point here is the issue of presidential legacy. The 34% doesn't scare me. I am a Bush fan and I am a part of the 34%. I know that history won't be judged by poll numbers. Democrats repeat the number incessantly hoping to bring about a coup against Bush and destroy his support. They want to destroy his legacy.
Every president has a legacy. The legacy is generally a summary of what each president is best known for accomplishment wise. Lincoln for example has a legacy of freeing the slaves. Reagan ended the cold war. Clinton...well his legacy involves interns.
Clinton desperately is still searching for his legacy. I imagine him becoming frustrated that no matter what he does to steer the public away, he is now synonymous with infidelity and womanizing. Usually the libs try to toss in some reference to a budget surplus and vague economy achievements. But does anyone remember that? Or do they remember stained dresses and definitions of the word "is"?

What DID Clinton do that really changed the nation for the better? People forget that his entire administration was filled with continuous terrorist attacks on our nation and our troops from Osama Bin Laden. Each of these attacks were answered with a missile lobbed here and a missile lobbed there. Sometimes Aspirin factories in the Sudan have to pay for the sins of others...I guess that's just the way it is.

In otherwords, Clinton's legacy is that of weakness when it comes to keeping America safe and the fact that he wasn't man enough to keep it in his pants. That is, and will always be his legacy.

So what will Bush's legacy be?

It's too early to put a finger on exactly how we will remember Bush after his term is up. But Bush has had one of those presidencies like Reagan's. Reagan was hated during his terms. He was seen as a wreckless cowboy who shot at the hip and carelessly alienated other nations. Yet now he is consistently voted as one of the top 3 presidents of all time...often he is #1.
To me that is a good indication that Bush too will be seen as a hero later on in his life. He decided not to lob missiles. He decided to do some good in this world. Liberals like to believe that without Bush, the terrorists would be at home watching Desperate Housewives and not blowing stuff up. They completely neglect to remember the USS Cole, The embassy bombings, and the first attack on the WTC. Bush only did what Clinton didn't have the guts to do. I for one think it is amazing accomplishment that Afghanistan fell. And I find it quite amazing that one of the worst dictators of our time was taken alive and will now stand trial for his heinous crimes. That is no small feat. The U.S. military is the best in the world, and along with Bush they defeated tyrants.

These facts, along with the fact that no major attack has happened on the U.S. since 9-11 is huge. Add the fact that the economy is stable and even growing and you have a legacy in the making that will stick a sock in the mouth of every mindless liberal.

Bush will be remembered well. Maybe not tomorrow. But it will happen.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The World As I See It

I admit that my posts have lacked substance for a while. I haven't really weighed in on the real issues of the day for a while. I got distracted and sort of put politics to the side for a bit. But I still have opinions on the news of the day. I still think that the democrats are literally a non-functioning party. A party based on talking points and unprecedented hatred for anyone that doesn't toe the line.

So here is my one sentence takes on the news stories of the day...

* Cheney shot a guy -- It's a minor story and another failed attempt by the left to bring down a man that did nothing wrong.

* Dubai to take over ports -- I'm not sold on the idea that we should allow any country that has harbored terrorists to take over our vulnerable ports.

* The Oscars took place this weekend -- Nothing more pathetic than a bunch of liberal whack jobs spending millions of dollars to pat themselves on the back for making movies that only they think are good.

* Bush went to Pakistan and Afghanistan -- I don't care what you say about him, Bush going to Pakistan is like throwing rocks at a beehive. I like my president with some guts.

* Barbara Streisand wrote an essay about how Bush is a stupid 'C' average student and her whole essay was filled with spelling errors -- Does this surprise anybody? Every time she opens her mouth she slides into a bigger pile of dumb.

Man, I would make a great president!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Aaron's New Undeniable Truths

Time to speak some truth!!!

* There is a God and He is sovereign and in control.

* Modern liberalism is a mental disorder.

* Ronald Reagan is the greatest president of the 21st century.

* The law of non-contradiction apples to religion too. Exclusive claims cannot be true and not true at the same time.

* Summer, although hot and muggy, is the greatest season that God created. The others are great mainly because they make summer seem so much better.

* This fad of tattoos is annoying. You do realize that 65% of the population now has some Chinese letter on the small of their back.

* I like Walmart because as you know, the savings never stop.

* Cinnamon Rolls are glorious.

* Long John Silver's fish tastes basically just like the chicken.

* As a rule in Kansas, generally when you see a car parked on the lawn in front of someone's mobile home trailer, you can bet that one of the car windows is actually a trash bag held on with duct tape.

* If I ever start a bluegrass band the name of it would be The Cedar Hill Boys.

* I'll never start a bluegrass band.

* There is no greater feeling in this world than knowing that this world and this life is not how the story ends.

* Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!

* Captain Crunch cereal pulverizes the roof of your mouth.

* SNL should go off the air. It's stupid.

* Cheers is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

* Count me among the 16% that totally approves of Dick Cheney.

* Legally all commercials should be limited to 30 seconds.

* The greatest invention of the 21st century is a 3-way tie between The Clapper, Spray Easy Cheese, and The Flowbee.

* Snoop Dogg whitens his teeth with Bleeeeyatch.

Undeniable indeed!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New Invention Alert...

Finally! No more paying those fees at blockbuster for not rewinding.