Friday, April 28, 2006
Got a monkey on my back
his name is Ronald
A fast food monkey
and he just McTumbles me
Every day he
Going to his
happy shiny doors.
I'm a junk food whore.
Keeps me coming back for
"Special" sauce, wilted lettuce
"We're the Master, don't upset us!
We will continue to have it our way."
And, of course, I obey
There is no other way.
Must do as commercials say.
Got a monkey on my back.
Got a monkey on my back.
Got a monkey on my back.
Got a monkey
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Dan Cycling the Loveland Trail
Originally uploaded by paynehollow.
Our church youth group took a trip to Cincinnati, OH which is the southernmost point of a Rails to Trails bike/ped path that stretches from Cincy to Dayton.
Beautiful day, beautiful trail.
Friday, April 21, 2006
The Loveland Trail runs alonog the Little Miami River in Ohio, sort of from Cincinnati to Dayton, I believe. It is a Rails-to-Trails route, created along an old railroad track, and is reported to be quite scenic. Hopefully, I'll have some photos to post when I get back tomorrow.
In the meantime, here are some good bicycle quotes - get yours out and ready to enjoy this spring! (Get your bike out, that is, not your bike quotes...)
As a social revolutionizer, the bicycle has never had an equal. It has put the human race on wheels, and thus changed completely many of the most ordinary processes and methods of social life. It is the great leveler, for not till all Americans got on bicycles was the great American principle that every man is just as good as any other man fully realized. All are on equal terms, all are happier than ever before.
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.
Lord Charles Beresford
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.
Ever bike? Now that's something that makes life worth living! I take exercise every afternoon that way. Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you're going to smash up. Well now, that's something!
Wheel, kindly light, along life's cycle path, Wheel Thou on me! The road is rough, I have discerned Thy Wrath, But wheel me on!
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.
I'm gonna show you a hill that would choke a mule.
President G.W. Bush on his MTB moments before losing his front-wheel traction and flying over his bars down a steep dropoff
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them..." -Jesus
Cunning and wisdom without innocence and purity
Can leave us with
Profit-taking without re-investment
Industry without responsibility
Income without sustenance
And a mighty poor world where
Might makes right, but not righteous
And "The Ends justify the Means" is a moral certainty
Where The powerful, cruel and ruthless inherit a broken world
Until such time as they’re overthrown by those
More powerful, cruel and ruthless.
A race to the very bottom.
Hell on earth.
On the other hand, innocence and purity without cunning and wisdom
Can leave us with…
Pretty much the same results,
As the cruel and cunning will make the rules and
Set the standards and
Stomp the innocent in the mud as they do so.
But Jesus told us to be
Wise and cunning as serpents and pure and innocent as doves,
Which can leave us with
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth -
As it is in heaven
Friday, April 14, 2006
"...If you lessen your anger at the structures of power, you lower your love for the victims of power." William Sloan Coffin
I agree with this so very much. There are those Christian peacemakers who believe that nonviolence entails never getting angry. I think that’s a load of *&^%#@! and always have.
Jesus clearly got angry on several occasions. Paul tells us “in your anger, sin not.” And before anyone quotes Matt 5:21-26 at me, I remind you that Greek verb tense is a continual action so that a better translation would be, “[I]f you hold on to anger with your brother [or sister], you will be liable to judgment.” Nursing anger and resentment can lead to sin. That was God’s message to Cain—not that his anger was already sinful, but that it was an opportunity for sin, crouching like a lion, to have him. Cain failed to listen and murdered his brother, Abel. The sad story of the world continues on from there. The purpose of Matt. 5:21-26 is not to present a legalistic standard to which none can attain, refraining from all anger, but to present us with a working mechanism to keep this from becoming an opportunity for our own crouching lions—we go to the brother or sister and we talk—even interrupting worship to do so...
See Michael Westmoreland-White's full essay at the Jeff Street blog.
Saturday, April 8, 2006
Stepping out of character, I’d like to pause for a moment of support for our president. Back in 2003, he was in denial about the possibility of someone in his Whitehouse leaking information about Valerie Plame. If it did happen, he’d be outraged, he indicated, and there would be consequences – implying that people would be fired and possibly indicted.
I fully support our president in following through on that pledge. Here, courtesy of CNN, is a timeline of events:
January 28, 2003
With a U.S. invasion of Iraq looming, President Bush tells the nation in his State of the Union speech that, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Nearly three months after the fall of Baghdad, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson writes in The New York Times that he investigated the Niger uranium report for the CIA in 2002 and found it "highly doubtful" such a transaction could have occurred.
Bush approved the release of the information about Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, 10 days before the White House said the information was declassified.
Syndicated columnist and CNN "Crossfire" co-host Robert Novak writes that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA operative and suggested sending him to Niger. Novak cites "two senior administration officials" for the report.
McClellan told reporters "this information was just, as of today, officially declassified."
At the CIA's request, the Justice Department launches a criminal probe into the leak of Plame's identity. A 1982 law makes knowingly disclosing the identity of a covert agent a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Bush says he welcomes the investigation and is outraged that someone would leak information. Bush tells reporters, "I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take appropriate action."
October 28, 2005
Fitzgerald announces that he has indicted Libby on five counts: One of obstruction of justice, and two each of perjury and making false statements. Libby immediately resigns.
April 6, 2006
Mr. Bush, by all means, hold those guilty accountable. Fire them. Send them to jail. Live up to your word.
Everyone behind me in supporting the president in this matter of national security?
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.
But then some strange prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, "What have we here?"
Those prints are large and round and neat,
"But Lord, they are too big for feet."
"My child," He said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you along.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait."
"You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know,
So I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt."
"Because in life, there comes a time,
When one must fight, and one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave their butt prints in the sand."
-- author unknown
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
"I refuse to allow liberal Democrats an opportunity to steal this seat with a negative personal campaign," says DeLay." [Oh really! He's quitting because of liberals and not for his own crimes and misdemeanors?!]
Well, it's good to hear that he's owning up to his own crimes and shortcomings. Still, he's leaving and that's a fine thing.
I'm figuring with the current number of Representatives currently fixed at 435, add 100 Senators to that and a certain executive branch - I figure if we can just get another 500 or so (I'll allow that there are a handful of good representatives out there - Go Kooch!) to step down, be removed or plain voted out, we'll be sitting pretty.
Let the wave begin!