Monday, September 29, 2008

Calvinus Beer


A pastor friend sent me a link to this website for Calvinus beer. By all means, take the time to watch the hilarious intro.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Staving off Judgment Day




Anatomy of a crisis


Economy: How Washington and Wall Street got into trouble Timothy Lamer

The current financial crisis gripping Wall Street is head-spinning in its complexity. But economists and analysts have been able to identify several steps along the way that helped lead the country to where it stood last week, on the brink of a massive government program to buy hundreds of billions worth of bad mortgages. Here are some of the steps:


Step 1: Trying to avoid a recession brought on by the bursting of the tech bubble and 9/11, the Federal Reserve under then-Chairman Alan Greenspan began aggressively easing monetary policy. From 2001 to 2003, the Fed Funds rate fell from 6 percent to 1 percent, a 45-year low.


Step 2: With interest rates low and money easy, mortgage lenders started marketing loans to people with questionable credit histories. These "subprime" loans often required no down payments, had adjustable interest rates, and featured exotic elements like "negative amortization" (in which "homeowners" would initially pay less than the interest owed each month, causing the loan's principal to grow with each "payment"). With these loans fueling demand, housing prices rose, prompting speculators to enter the market and "flip" houses (buying them with debt and then selling them quickly at higher prices). A speculative bubble began to inflate.


Step 3: Mortgage lenders sold their suspect loans to others, especially Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congress had over the years allowed the two government-sponsored enterprises to grow very large and become major players in the mortgage market, and in the name of increasing home ownership the two behemoths encouraged subprime lending. Fannie and Freddie packaged these loans into mortgage-backed securities and sold them to investors. The pair "fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime--mortgage pools," writes economist Kevin Hassett for the Bloomberg news service. "In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves. . . . Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home."


Step 4: With investment banks using these subprime assets to take on high levels of debt, the financial health of Wall Street became linked to the ability of people with poor (or no) credit histories to make monthly house payments.


Step 5: Interest rates couldn't remain at historic lows forever. As interest rates began to rise, housing demand fell and the bubble deflated. Subprime borrowers found interest rates on their mortgages adjusting upward at the same time as the value of their houses either fell or flattened. Unable to make payments, many defaulted. Investment banks on Wall Street were left holding the bag—the bag being debt backed by assets with falling values.


Step 6: Fearing a full-scale collapse and severe recession, the Bush administration began engineering bailouts of some of these firms and, finally, proposed a $700 billion macro-bailout. Under the proposal, the Treasury secretary will buy the bad assets from the banks and then sell them. (How much the government makes selling them will determine how much of the $700 billion the government will recoup.) "This staves off judgment day," Anthony Sabino, professor of law and business at St. John's University, told the Associated Press. "This is a detox for banks, and will help cleanse themselves of the bad mortgage securities, loans and everything else that has hurt them."


The plan gives the Treasury secretary (currently Henry Paulson, most likely someone else in January) enormous power, which prompted a debate last week in Washington about how much oversight he or she should come under and how much time he or she should have to get the government out of the real estate business.


The fundamental dynamic is this: Washington and Wall Street helped people buy houses they could not afford on such a massive scale that simply letting the lenders and debtors take their lumps would arguably do grave harm to the economy. They will take some lumps (Wall Street isn't exactly a hot job market right now), but most of the losses will be "socialized," or spread out among everyone who pays taxes. This includes those who exercised restraint during the bubble. That's how it is.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rant, Rave and Redneck Therapy


Allow me to rant a bit, this has been a frustrating week.

It began with my soccer team (I coach the Junior High/JV team at our school) losing two tough games on Monday and Tuesday. I also got out to hunt a couple mornings and didn't see a deer. One of the mornings I forgot my hunting boots so I slogged 1.5 miles in my indoor soccer shoes to get to my stand. I did have a shot at a coyote, but he caught me answering a text message right when I should have been at full draw ready to arrow his sorry hide. I forsee redneckery clashing with technology more and more.

The talk of the financial "bailout" reached a fever pitch a couple days ago (and continues at the time of this post) with all indicators pointing to the passage of some sort of disastrous appropriation to bail out reckless banks so Americans can continue to spend money they do not have and will not likely be able to repay. Careful consumers and companies be damned as reckless ones get rewarded for their carelessness and some made very rich. The constant fueling of our consumeristic excesses has riled me this week, I'll be honest. It won't be long before China owns our banks. Solomon wrote "the borrower is servant to the lender"-our current financial practices will bear that out in due time. just watch.

Then, last night, our church soccer team, RPC United, played one of our best games as a team only to be robbed by a blind referee. We came back from a three goal deficit, then scored what appeared to be the go ahead goal. After the ball hit the back of the goal (these indoor goals have a solid backstop only about 18 inches in to the goal itself) and came out. Everyone knew it went in, we started celebrating, the other team started walking back to center for kick-off and their goalie was sullen, yet the ref yelled "play on...no goal". We couldn't believe it. The game ended in a draw.

Tough week. Oh, my son also got his tonsils out this morning. Poor little guy. I hope the $100 worth of medicine the doctor made us buy helps him...

What's a guy to do when he's down? Well, that's easy- go to Cabela's! That's what I did after leaving Shari and Jordan at the hospital. I went and had an elk sandwich for lunch, looked over my sermon notes and took in the sights. What sights you ask? Well, this is NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway as the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman is in town. Cabela's is located across the street from the Speedway. The National Guard had all sorts of war machines on display in the parking lot to boot. You will never see a bigger gathering of rednecks than at a NASCAR event. The mixture of blackhawk helicopters, tanks, mullets, glasses of Bud, tight wranglers on fat guys, and steel tipped boots is a sight to behold for sure. In just 60 minutes at Cabela's I counted:

13 Mullets

2 Reverse mohawks

40-50 Varied NASCAR ball caps sporting favorite racers (including the long dead Dale Sr.)

15-20 Varied NASCAR t-shirts

Too much camo to count (and I'm not talking the merchandise on the racks)

4 Belt buckles big enough to fry an egg on

9 Pairs of cowboy boots
5 sleeveless t-shirts with accompanying "farmer's tans"

3-4 People wearing stone-washed jeans

4 Handlebar mustaches

8 Guys with a dip of chew ( I even watched one guy eat a burger with a dip of chew in his mouth...classic!)

Tons of tattoos, several with the Rebel (Confederate) flag


All of this was observed against the backdrop of various camo patterns, hunting paraphernalia, trophy mounts, racks of guns, rows of bows, and the sweet smell of cedar wood and Copenhagen.

For a brief moment I forgot the frustrating week this has been.

Observing redneck America is one of my favorite amusements. I call it Redneck Therapy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lame Bailout


I'm not an economist nor the son of an economist, but I say the proposed bail out of the housing market is ridiculous.

We're prolonging the inevitable recession by wasting tax payers money based on the word of a Secretary of the Treasury that hasn't made a good decision yet.

Of the $700 Billion that will likely be approved by the Congress and President (at the request of Sec. Paulson), much of it will prop up a bloated housing market and continue to skew what real house values are. There will also be billions of dollars earmarked for various political causes that have nothing to do with the current financial crisis. That's how all bills that go before Congress turn out. This will be a monstrosity of epic proportions and in the end, we'll still have a recession unless the energy situation is rectified, the war spending begins to go down, capital gains taxes are dropped, etc. etc. We have to stop spending money we don't have.

But what do I know?

He had it coming

Monday, September 22, 2008

Journalistic Hack Job by Hough and Reymond


This highly edited and misleading video was posted by Brian on The Graze so it demands an explanation.

The event in view is a contest at Horn Creek family camp this past summer where two people sit on a swinging log and try to knock each other off with a pillow. Being a loving, caring husband who wants to build up the esteem of his wife and make her feel good about herself- I feigned defeat. The slow-mo replay reveals the finishing blow was actually just a slight graze incapable of knocking someone of my physique off a log. Clearly I took a dive for the sake of marital peace and longevity.

Despite my good intentions and humble act on that fateful night, Bob "Geraldo" Reymond and Brian "tabloid" Hough have posted this video depicting me as a sniveling, wimpy, loser and my wife as a gladiatorial victor gloating over her vanquished foe. A crafty edit job for sure, but none the less apalling for those who care about truth and justice.

Well, I am confident that you, my faithful and intelligent readership, will see the truth despite the journalistic hack job done by Hough and Reymond.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

GOP is mishandling Palin's foreign policy deficiency


Whoever is advising Sarah Palin on answering questions about her foreign policy/national security credentials should be fired.

There is no reason for her obvious deficiency in these areas to be a major stumbling block for her viability as a VP candidate. It seems her defensive talking points concerning her foreign policy/national security are the following:

* She has extensive experience with energy (Oil/Natural Gas) industry. Energy is a national security issue.

* Alaska is in close proximity to Russia.

* She has commanded the Alaska National Guard for close to two years.

* Her eldest son has recently joined the Army and will be serving in Iraq for the next year.

These are weak primary credentials. She should stop using these talking points as they are giving new life to Tina Fey's SNL career and juicy fodder for Obama's attack dogs. Instead she should do two things:

1. Make clear she is not being chosen as the VP candidate to head up the national security/foreign policy effort of the executive branch. McCain has extensive experience in this arena and doesn't need an expert sidekick. McCain doesn't have tangible energy development/production experience (neither do Obama or Biden for that matter), Palin does, so she will focus on energy independence which is a vital part of the national security puzzle.

What if McCain dies or becomes incapacitated? No President makes national security/foreign policy decisions on his/her own. The cabinet McCain appoints will provide the philosophy and leadership necessary to get her up to speed should she need to become Commander and Chief. From the day she was chosen as McCain's running mate until the time she might have to step in to the presidential role she will have opportunity to study, observe, and be briefed on foreign affairs and national security. Sarah Palin is a very intelligent person who will not require much time to aquire the knowledge she will need to make decisions when they come.

This brings me to the second thing she must do-

2. Turn the focus on Barack Obama's paltry experience in the area of national security/foreign policy. Obama has served on the Foreign Relations committee for less than two years. Nine months ago he was appointed to the Homeland Security committee but has spent very little actual time serving this committee as he has been campaigning for the last 18 months. It seems obvious he was put on these committees by Democratic strategists to provide apparent credentials he lacked for a presidential run. I think Palin would be wise to point out how Obama has only a little more experience in these areas and he is running for President, not Vice President. More should be made of Obama's considerable deficiency in this area.

Therefore, her talking points in reaction to attacks on her readiness in these areas should be:

* John McCain has chosen me to exert leadership in the monumentally important area of U.S. energy independence. Of the 4 candidates, I am the only one with actual energy development and production experience. I have a clear plan for moving us toward swift energy independence, let me tell you what that looks like....

* I will be immersing myself in foreign relations study and national security matters so that I grow daily in my ability to handle any crisis that would arise should I have to become President in the next 4 years. I will be surrounded by experienced advisers from both parties and have no fear about making sound decisions for our country if called to do so. If Barack Obama is ready to lead the country with less than two years of listening to what his senate committee does, I am confident I can be as quick on the uptake in this area as I am already well-progressed in coming up to speed.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Davy Arnaud up for Goal of the Week


The Wizards played the Los Angeles Beckham's this past Saturday. Brian and I were at the game. KC won 2-0 with a spectacular rip from Davy Arnaud. The clip has the five best goals scored over the weekend in MLS, Arnaud's is the second on the reel.

Arnaud's shot is stellar, no doubt, however as a coach I can't help noticing the laziness of David Beckham that actually allowed the goal. He was far too casual in letting Arnaud dribble past him and in to space where he set up the 35 yard upper-90 shot. $15 million per year doesn't buy the effort it used to.

Beckham is WAY overrated.

A Pastor who knows his Flock



I was not familiar with E. Dewey Smith before seeing a clip over on Semper Reformanda . I don't know enough about Pastor Smith to give any kind of endorsement, however I found this particular clip to be very moving.

This is a pastor who knows the culture and his flock's challenge in the midst of it. While his comments are clearly toward fellow African American men, what he says has application to all men.

Monday, September 15, 2008

This says alot...

I'll let you decide what this says about the candidates:

Biden's Average Annual Charitable-Gift Total: $369
(The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Sept. 12, 2008)

Sen. Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have given an average of $369 per year to charities during the past decade, according to tax returns posted today to Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign Web site.

Senator Biden, the Democratic nominee for vice president, claimed $995 in charitable gifts in 2007 on the joint return with his wife. That figure is 0.3 percent of the couple’s claimed income of nearly $320,000.

The 2007 contributions were significantly higher than the couple’s gifts in previous years, which ranged from $120 to $380.

By comparison, Sen. John McCain, the Republican Presidential nominee, in 2007 reported $405,409 in total income and contributed $105,467, or 26 percent of his total income, to charity.
Sen. McCain files a separate return from his wife, Cindy. The totals do not include Ms. McCain’s income or charitable contributions.

Sen. Obama, and his wife, Michelle, donated $240,000 in 2007, or about 5.7 percent of the couple’s $4.2-million in reported income.

Mr. Biden has been rated as the least wealthy U.S. Senator.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Mr. McCain’s running mate, has not yet made public her tax returns.

— Peter Panepento

HT: Susannah

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Guy in a bear suit during Ike



In no way do I wish to make light of the huge hurricane (Ike) being experienced by those who live in the Houston/Galveston area, however, get a load of this joker in the bear suit while a news station gives a report of the worsening conditions.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Put on...


I memorized Colossians 3 a long time ago. I'm trying to re-memorize it in the ESV. Having preached through this wonderful epistle, I immediately recalled these verses and their meaning applied to myself. Notice the image used by Paul, that of "putting on" various behaviors because we are "chosen, holy, and beloved". In other words, because of God's grace shown to us, we can put on these traits. "Putting on" is what we do with clothes- We put them on. They are to adorn us. Our "clothes" should reflect who we are. For me, a redeemed sinner beloved by God because of Jesus, I must put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and forgiveness. Wow. "Putting on" can only be by grace, it's not in me naturally-

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

"Put on... Compassion": Literally the word is, "bowels of sympathy or mercy," that is, tender mercies. The ancients believed that the emotions originated in the bowels. We don't think that way, although we get close to it when we say, "I've got a gut feeling." Think for a moment, when you see someone’s hardship or plight, do you get a sick feeling in your stomach? This evidences compassion. Compassion is what we would call a "heart of pity." It is a sense of sympathy, of empathy with someone. Lord, help me to be compassionate!

"Put on... Kindness": Kindness is action that reveals compassion, action that arises out of a sense of sympathy. Kindness comes forth from compassion. It can take many different forms-a smile, a kind word, a pat on the shoulder, an invitation to lunch, an offer of help, the provision of a need. By God's grace, I must put on compassion and kindness.

"Put on... Humility": Having a humble opinion of one’s self; a deep sense of one’s moral littleness. Lowliness of mind. John Stott rightly calls humility "the rarest and fairest of all Christian virtues." The chief Christian virtue is humility because it is the exact opposite of the worst of sins, which is pride. I am to put on humility, to think humbly of myself. This has to be by God's grace because I am hideously prideful and arrogant. As the apostle puts it in another place, I am to "regard others as better than ourselves (myself)."

In this light, I think my favorite words of Paul are- "I am the least of the apostles." (1 Cor. 15:9), "I am the very least of all the saints". (Eph. 3:8), and "I am the chief of sinners." (1 Tim. 1:15).

"Put on... Meekness": Meekness basically means "gentleness”. Not weakness, meekness! Someone has rightly observed that meekness is "strength under control." Meekness is real strength, but it does not have to display itself or show off how strong it is. J.I. Packer says that "Meekness, for a child of God, means accepting uncomplainingly what comes, knowing that it comes from the hand of God who orders all things. What he sends, we accept in faith even if it hurts, knowing that it's for our and others' good."

"Put on... Patience and Forbearance": Patience is longsuffering, the enduring of another's exasperating conduct without flying into a rage. A slowness in avenging wrongs. It is holding back, restraining yourself from becoming upset or speaking sharply or shrilly to somebody by our mate, your child, whoever whose conduct you find difficult and exasperating. Forbearance means to "bear with one another." This is similar to longsuffering, but it is the positive side. Literally it is "to uphold and support" someone. Not only to restrain yourself but to support others, encourage them.

"Put on... Forgiveness": Forgiveness is not being offended and just ignoring it or letting it go.
Forgiveness is exercised or granted when a sin has been committed and there is confession and the seeking of forgiveness by the one who does the offending. In such cases, I am called to forgive my brothers and sisters. Forgiveness means that I do not keep bringing up what I have forgiven! Forgiveness also means is that I do not tell anybody else about a matter that is forgiven. I should not gossip about it to others. I consider the matter resolved.


Notice the importance of practicing forgiveness in verse 13-

... bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

The model for my forgiving others is the ultimate forgiver of all time- God, through Christ! A person who cannot or will not forgive has very likely NOT been forgiven of their own sins.
Putting on forgiveness absolutely requires that our sins be forgiven first, by God, through Christ. Since my sins have been forgiven, I must forgive others! We often think of the obligation of the offender, that he or she must seek forgiveness. Unrepentant offenders are certainly a blight to a community, but a great poison also is the person who refuses to forgive!

Finally-

"Put on... Love" The word here is AGAPE which means good will, benevolence toward others. It is rightly considered the highest form of love. In a way, practicing love will include all of the above traits. Putting on love will fuel compassion, kindness, meekness, patience, forgiveness, etc. This is why Paul says love “binds everything in perfect harmony”.

May the application of these verses be actualized in me and in you!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My new favorite site



Me, in 1970.
You have to check out Yearbook Yourself. Lots of fun. Check me out over the years-


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The Turtleman



Woody sent me this. I bet you won't be able to stop watching once you start. Everyone has a little bit of Turtleman in them....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Inexplicably interesting words VI


Here's another installment of "inexplicably interesting words."

I am not claiming this post to be very significant or even worth reading, so feel free to stop reading and "click on" somewhere else. You'll never get back the 15-25 seconds it takes you to read and think about this.There are several English words that I find intriguing . I always enjoy seeing how, when, and why they are used. Here are a few of those:

Centrifugal- moving or directed outward from the center; tending or directed away from centralization.

Diva-A celebrated female singer. The Italian term is used to describe a woman of rare, outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre and popular music. Has morphed to further denote a person who considers herself (or by extension himself) much more important than others, has high expectations of others and becomes angry when their standards or demands are not met.

Snub-To ignore or behave coldly toward; slight. To dismiss, turn down, or frustrate the expectations of.

Betwixt- Must be used with "between" as in "Betwixt and Between". In this format, it means an intermediate position; neither wholly one thing nor another.

Community Organizer- Sort of like a mayor, only without responsibilities.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hysterical Psuedo-religion




Wilson row over green 'alarmists'

The Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a "hysterical psuedo-religion".

In an article in the News Letter, Mr Wilson said he believed it occurred naturally and was not man-made. "Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it," said the minister.

Peter Doran of the Green Party said it was a "deeply irresponsible message." Mr Wilson said he refused to "blindly accept" the need to make significant changes to the economy to stop climate change. "The tactic used by the "green gang" is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact," he said. The minister said he accepted climate change can occur, but does not believe the cause has been identified.
"Reasoned debate must replace the scaremongering of the green climate alarmists." John Woods of Friends of the Earth said Mr Wilson was "like a cigarette salesman denying that smoking causes cancer". "Ironically, if we listen to him Northern Ireland will suffer economically as we are left behind by smarter regions who are embracing the low carbon economy of the future." It is the latest clash between Mr Wilson and green groups since his appointment as environment minister in June.
Go Sammy Go!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Americans vote based on their wallets


Palin delivered an excellent speech tonight, there is no doubt the woman can communicate. Very frankly, however, Obama delivered an effective speech last week also. John McCain cannot speak as well as Obama, so I understand the choice of Palin even more now. If the presidency is won on the basis of oratory skills, Obama has it in the bag.

Although American culture is characterized by shallowness and despite the passionate zeal Hollywood and the media are applying to get Obama elected, this election will not be decided on the basis of speaking skills. The candidate's stand on abortion, gay marriage, or other "culture war" issues won't be the basis for victory either. While fighting terrorism will be an important topic continually raised for the next two months, it will be seen in relationship to the ultimate deciding factor in the current race for President.

Palin's speech tonight made me believe that John McCain might actually come from behind and win the election. On what basis do I say this? Americans vote based on their wallets.

The election of Bill Clinton in 1992 following a Bush 41 recession and again 1996 were primarily based on the perception that his leadership was good for the economy. Debating what actually caused the "economic boom" of the 90's isn't my point here, but it proved the way Americans usually vote- based on their wallets. Now, in 2008, there is a clear perception the economy is in the toilet. George Bush gets most of the blame, however the Democrat controlled "do nothing" congress has not escaped the gaze of the American public sporting the worst approval rating in American History.

Understandably Obama will do his best to tie McCain to Bush economic practices and policies. This will certainly delight and solidify Obama devotees, but a large number of those who fault Bush's economic plan will see Obama's tax and spend medicine as worse than the disease. The next 60 days will feature rhetoric flying between Obama and McCain about how they each propose to stimulate the economy and bring the deficit under control, etc. etc. Immediately in view, however, there is one chief area that every American is being squeezed- at the gas pump. High gas prices affect every area of our lives and everyone knows and feels it. By and large Americans vote based on their wallets. The candidate who can convince the American public he will lower fuel/energy prices will win.

Now, because of Sarah Palin, John McCain has the edge in this area.

Palin knows fuel and energy issues in a very nuts and bolts sort of way. She's not some nerdy theorist sitting in an engineer's office four states removed, she strikes as a "get'r done", no-nonsense foreman pressuring the crew to get the drills going. When Obama and McCain talk about energy solutions they come off a little like Al Gore hypocrites who have been chauffeured everywhere they go and haven't filled up their own car with gas in years. When Palin speaks about energy matters, she comes off as someone who wants to quit groveling for oil at the feet of some Middle Eastern sultan, will fight for more American jobs and accomplish providing cheaper gas so she can cart her kids to hockey practice.

Americans vote based on their wallets and the inflated, unpredictable price of gas is messing American family budgets way up. My monthly gas bill is a full 30% higher than it was one year ago. Sorry Barack but developing alternative fuel sources is no immediate solution. Further, I'm not driving some lawn-mower sized "hybrid" Toyota just because it leaves less of an "environmental footprint". I'm no economist, but it's pretty obvious the price of gas will stay $3.65 (or more) per gallon until the market is stabilized with an influx of American oil. Watch how fast the Saudis lower their prices when they see we don't need them anymore- Economics 101.

Sure, alternative sources need to be developed for the next generation, but right now we need immediate production of more energy. Since Americans vote based on their wallets, at this point no reasonable person could think Obama-Biden have a better solution or credentials for our immediate gas price dilemma than McCain-Palin. Many people think Palin was chosen because she is a pro-life evangelical. I'm starting to think she was chosen because she is a credible force in the area of immediate concern- gas prices (our pocket books). Did you notice her speech was devoid sharp focus on the various "culture war" issues? Instead she spent a considerable amount of time talking about specific actions needed to solve the energy crisis and even went so far as to say a McCain/Palin administration would start laying pipe in January! Laying pipe means cheaper gas to most listeners. They obviously know something important about how to win an election- Americans vote based on their wallets.

A.J. Defeats Ganondorf in Twilight Princess

Quite some time ago I reported my son A.J.'s defeat of Ganondorf in Zelda (Ocarina of Time). Now I'm proud of him for persevering long enough to defeat the evil Ganondorf in "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess", the latest in the Zelda video game series.

Today's video games are too advanced for my simple mind, so I marvel at a 9-year old's ability to navigate various "levels" defeating boss after boss finally earning the chance to duel the formidable Ganondorf in an epic final battle.

Way to go A.J.!

We're getting close


I washed my early season hunting clothes today, doing my best to make them all smell like fresh dirt.

I'm taking my field tips off my arrows and replacing them with razor sharp broadheads this week.

I need to tweak my 30 yard pin.

I need to buy a new rattle bag.

I need to hang another tree stand or two.

We're getting close.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Kansas City unite against BBQ disrespect !




I'm sick of the consistent Southern practice of ignoring of the greatest BBQ on earth (as evidenced by this video recently posted by Semper Reformanda).

Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Carolinas (who cares which one, their basically the same), Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas...ya'll ain't got nothing on KC BBQ! Quit the hatin'!

We all know the only thing common about Southern BBQ is 'Possum!