Friday, September 28, 2007
Anyway, I am just peachy, even though I have not been able to post as much as I would like to!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
-- George Washington (General Orders, 2 July 1776)
Monday, September 24, 2007
"The Cape Fear River is a 202-mile (325 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. It is the longest river entirely within North Carolina, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. It is formed at Haywood, near the county line between Lee and Chatham counties, by the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers just below Jordan Lake. It flows southeast past Lillington, Fayetteville, and Elizabethtown, then receives the Black River approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Wilmington. At Wilmington, it receives the Northeast Cape Fear River and turns south, widening as an estuary and entering the Atlantic approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Cape Fear. During the colonial era, the river provided a principal transportation route to the interior of North Carolina. Today the river is navigable as far as Fayetteville through a series of locks and dams. The estuary of the river furnishes a segment of the route of the Intracoastal Waterway."
Anyway, about being spoiled- here I am eating chocolate, perfectly healthy(until I finish this chocolate, anyway) having lived a comfortable life. I have never had to sacrifice anything great, never been hurt worse than a broken toe, never lacked food or a comfortable life.
But it's still so hard to give up my time, comfort and belongings to serve others!
What are some good sacrifice-related Bible verses to memorize?
Friday, September 21, 2007
From the Patriot Post:
Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, a Democrat, has just taken the frivolous lawsuit to a new level: He is suing God. Chambers' suit seeks an injunction against God for causing "fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues, ferocious famines,devastating droughts, genocidal wars, birth defects and the like." How about charging Chambers with asinine alliteration? His real reason for filing the suit, he says, is to prevent the state senate from passing bills aimed at limiting laughable lawsuits. "The Constitution requires that the courthouse doors be open, so you cannot prohibit the filing of suits,"chimes Chambers. "Anyone can sue anyone they choose, even God." Somehow,we don't think this proves him right. As The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto teased, "The good thing about suing God, too, is that you're unlikely to lose at trial. Eventually He always settles out of court."
This man is a thorn in Nebraska's side. He's been in the NE Senate since before I was born and is the reason that our politicians have just created term limits. Thankfully we won't have to put up with him much longer.
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
This post was a little bit of everything, I guess. I really can't post too much about what's going on here because if I do I will be invading Mrs. O's privacy. Everything else that happens here is just normal stuff, like laundry and making lunch and babysitting! Ugh, I did at least five loads of laundry yesterday- all the dirty stuff that piled up from our little vacation to the beach.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which can be deadly to people, especially young children. The toxicity of Oleander is considered extremely high and it has been reported that in some cases only a small amount had lethal or near lethal effects. The poison is "present in all parts of the plant, but are most concentrated in the sap." The entire plant including the milky white sap is toxic and any part can cause an adverse reaction. Oleander is also known to hold its toxicity even after drying. It is thought that a handful or 10-20 leaves consumed by an adult can cause an adverse reaction, and a single leaf could be lethal to an infant or child. There are innumerable reported suicidal cases of consuming mashed oleander seeds in South India.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
President Bush held a press conference this morning and was asked a question about the recent ad by MoveOn.org placed in the New York Times. As you may recall, the ad mocked General David Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq, calling him, “General Betray Us.” The president didn't pull his punches, saying:“I thought the ad was disgusting. I felt like the ad was an attack, not only on General Petraeus, but on the U.S. military. I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat Party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad, and that leads me to come to this kind of conclusion: That most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org – are more afraid of irritating them – than they are of irritating the United States military. That was a sorry deal. And (it’s) one thing to attack me. It’s another to attack somebody like General Petraeus.”
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
How are YOU ALL doing? I may not be a full fledged Yankee, but I will not turn Confederate!
I made it through Church again- every Sunday I feel like I am running the gauntlet when I meet people and they ask me questions. I am trying to remember people's names and recognize people, and they are asking me questions like "Where in NE are you from?" when the only city they know of in NE is Lincoln anyway so it does no good to explain that we live in the country outside of a town of 1300! The whole situation makes me so flustered that I leave in mortal terror of next week's torture session!
But I am doing well. I had baklava for the first time ever- that stuff sure is sweet. Yum!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
Does anybody else think that our government has stepped outside of their Constitutional boundaries? (Rhetorical question!!!)
The Patriot Post is a treasure trove of information. In my limited computer time, I try to read their newsletter and Gary Bauer. They are my only news source right now- Mrs. O, for obvious reasons, does not watch the news or listen to it on the radio.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Founders' Quote Daily
"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow."
-- Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (Federalist No. 62, 1788)
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
On political parties:
"The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss ridden and privilege controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day."
Monday, September 3, 2007
-Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 34, 4 January 1788)
Read The Patriot Post!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Anyway, the book I read is called:
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish shaped America, by James Webb.
I enjoyed learning more about Scottish history, about William Wallace and Bruce's brilliant victory at Bannockburn:
"As the English forces formed for battle, one of their knights provided Bruce what turned out to be a divine opportunity to motivate his army. Henry de Bohun rode forward in an apparent surprise move toward Stirling Castle and ended up challenging Bruce to individual combat. The knight charged him. In full view of his cheering army, Bruce turned his horse away from Bohun's lance and then smashed the knight's head apart with one blow of his battle-ax."
That story and others makes it seem like the Brits aren't the brightest of people. But we're allies now, so I'll refrain from saying more.
How the Scots participated in the Revolutionary War was very educational, especially the bit about the battle of King's Mountain, which some of my ancestors almost certainly fought in:
Major Patrick Ferguson, who lead the assault on King's Mountain, prepared for battle by insulting and threatening the Scots-Irish patriots. The patriots approach: "They dismounted, carefully forming into eight attacking sections, and encircled the mountain. And then they fought him Indian-style." Ferguson's battalion was "annihilated".
"Born Fighting" is very much a Southern book; I confess I just skim read the chapter on how the North failed in the "reconstruction" of the South after the civil war. Not because I hold strictly to the standard Northern view taught in textbooks, but because it was depressing! I confess I have deliberately avoided researching deeply the civil war and the "who was right, North or South?" questions. I am not sure that question can be answered one way or the other, and I dislike the harshness of the debate on this issue. Though that is really no excuse to avoid educating myself on an event that changed our Nation...
So, long story short, it was a good book but not good enough for me to pay full price for it.
The weather was perfect for a walk- cloudy and slightly breezy, so it wasn't too hot. Mrs. O took the kids out so I did a little cleaning and then wandered out on my own, onto one of the trails in the woods here on base. I enjoyed being away from houses, and seeing all the different plants, and just the peace and quiet, though I did see several people out walking and running.