AP notes, "The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report can be found at http://www.sigir.mil/ "
There are two basic reasons for the increased hostilities in Iraq from the insurgents. 1.) They are incredibly stupid in trying to force out the military by the December deadline. OR 2.) They are blind to the possibilities of an American-free Iraq.
All they have to do is sit tight for a few months, focus their terrorism in another place and do the slight of hand trick then Obama will look through the TV screen at millions of Americans saying, "I told you so." After December, they can overrun Iraq and take it back from the now freedom loving people of Iraq.
The plan is for the U.S. Embassy to take over training 400,000 Iraqi police after the military leaves. Hmmm, I wonder how that is going to work for them and for us. Not well, I'm positive.
If the Iraqi people truly want to continue with free elections, and live free then they need to hire some of the best S.W.A.T team trainers, and Special Forces black ops trainers to get serious about handcuffing insurgents from creating all this turmoil. It seems to me that 400,000 Navy SEALS and/or Army Rangers can whip the insurgents spoiling their most devious plans. The key, of course, is making sure the 400,000 are freedom lovers and not insurgent spies.
That's in an ideal world.
It seems the days of $900 toilet seats is still plaguing the U.S. Taxpayer in the form of a company called Anham, LLC who has charged the military $900 for a $7.05 switch; and charged $3,000 for a $183 circuit breaker. They say they have saved the federal government $132 million, but their contracts total in the billions. I'm definitely in the wrong business, how about you?
Stewardship falls on the shoulders of this Fat U.S. government, but he is so fat he can't bend over and tie his shoes. He's so fat, his waste is burying the taxpayer to the point of asphyxiation.
Q4You -- So, just for grins, what would your plan be for Iraq?
Today, I have the whole of the internet for my reading pleasure but I find it doesn't give me nearly the satisfaction that the books I used to read gave me. I have my Kindle and have downloaded all of Georgette Heyer's works that I can find in ebook format, even one that she had cancelled the publishing contract on Beauvalet.
The kinds of books ranged from drama, suspense, western, mystery, historical, romance, and a lot of the classics like Michael Strogoff, Jane Eyre, Tess of the du Bervilles, Madame Bovary, Ivanhoe, Scarlett Pimpernel to name just a few.
The quality was superb. I remained riveted to the pages until the wee hours of the mornings and sometimes I was still reading when the sun rose behind the trees outside my window. Enthralling and gripping are words that can only mildly describe stories like The Count of Monte Christo, and Gone With The Wind. Some might think those stories are far to advanced for a thirteen year old to read, but I do beg to differ on that score.
One only need read my blog Upon Reflection to recognize my disenchantment with most of the books being stacked on bookstore shelves these days. How is it that it is so difficult to acquire an agent, so nearly impossible to get a work published these days and still we consumers are offered things with barely a quarter of the quality of Pride and Prejudice? You do know that some enterprising young author updated that particular work of art, gave it a different name and attached his own to the manuscript sending it in with a kiss on the envelope. He received a note back saying the quality of the work was substandard and the storyline was unrealistic and unbelievable. I shudder.
I think it must be the fault of the consumer. If we would quit buying the unacceptable quality, then perhaps the publishers would get the message that we want more authors like Alexander Dumas to be published. Oh, they are out there. I've read good quality stuff on many blogs around the Net. Who is the next Charlotte Bronte? Where is the next Alistair McLean? I want more P.G. Wodehouse.
Q4You: What was your favorite book and why? And, is there a contemporary author that you think equals the quality of that old book?
One billion seconds is 33.3 years. One trillion seconds is 1,000 times that or 33,300 years.
Now that it's all in perspective... fast forward to 2011 and we can see things haven't changed much at all except Congress is now debating trillions of dollars instead of billions. I've posted this before, but I truly do not think anyone can possibly grasp how much $1 billion is much less $14.5 + trillion which happens to be our national debt at 10:19 pm on July 23, 2011.
It would take longer to count to 1 billion because most of the numbers take longer to say than one second. Perhaps about 95 years to count to one trillion... say 485,732,394,723 real fast, three times. That's only 485+ billion.
It would take three 18-wheeler trailers jam packed to the top to carry 1 billion dollars in $100 dollar bills.
Now, your great aunt Bertha died and left you $1 billion dollars but you must spend $1000 per day or you lose everything... do you have enough days left in your lifetime to spend it all? How long does it take to spend $1 billion dollars if you spend $1000 per day, which would be $30,000 + per month?
It would take 2,740 years to spend that much money.
But, our Legislators spend far more than that every day... they spend your entire inheritance PLUS some in one day. That's scary.
We live in the land of milk and honey and it is down right scary that Congress doesn't seem to bat an eyelash at the national debt. The day I graduated from college back in December '05, my part of the national debt was $26,000 ... just a year later it was $28,351. Today my part (and yours each) of the national debt is
The national debt is increasing $1.72 Billion per day. Kinda makes me sick at my stomach, actually.
One billion seconds ago, I had graduated from High School and was a freshman in college. The national debt was
In 2006 the national debt was
On July 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm the national debt is
$14,529,632,000,000 in less than a minute it jumped $500,000.
We are spending $500,000 per minute in this country of milk and honey. How long will it take for the cow to run dry and the bees can't make enough to satisfy even the leanest request for a taste?
What part of STOP SPENDING is not comprehensible?
The very name entitlement gets my bile rising. No one is entitled to anything unless they work for it. Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens is a must since they have paid all their lives into the fund. (Me included.) But there is enough fat on the steak it can be trimmed completely and we'll still have enough fat marbled in the muscle to show we're still not a lean, mean working machine.
That is a Biblical principle that worked well for Paul and the Apostles and it should work well for us. But, like the Romans, we've become too fat and lazy to work for our supper. We want to hold out our hands and expect the gold to fall into our palms. Unfortunately, if we are not careful, like the Romans, our money will begin to be monopoly money and the free wine and free bread along with the daily free ham will drain us all dry. Once the masses are deprived of their freebies, they get really nasty. I'm wondering if that isn't happening already. I haven't noticed any belt-cinching since the war in Iraq or since Katrina, but the money pool is not as full as it once was.
However, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and render to Uncle Sam what is Uncle Sam's and render to God what is God's. That has worked really well so far. God promises something beautiful when we bring the tithes into the storehouse. He wants us to test Him, try Him, prove Him and the blessings, unmeasured blessings He will pour out on us.
For if we willfully persist in sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins remains: only a terrifying expectation of judgment and a fierce fire which will consume God's enemies.
Insisting upon the crucifixion of Jesus even a second time is woefully a sin that bears unforgiveness. Jesus offered Himself once. It was a serious struggle for Him. So serious that He sweat drops of blood. He said, "Lord, take this cup...nevertheless, not My will, but Yours."
The real question becomes: How can a True Believer willfully persist in crucifying Jesus even a second time?
I tell you every time I read the account of His crucifixion or even think about it, tears pour down my cheeks.
Can you imagine what happened to Him? Never mind the betrayal and scattering of your closest friends. Can you feel those whips tipped with iron striking your back? Can you feel the ropes dig in to your wrists and feel the blood drip to the marble floor? Can you feel the rough hands of the soldiers pushing you, slapping you? Can you hear their taunts and feel their spittle as it mixes with your blood and slides down your face? Can you feel those thorns sinking into your scalp? Can you feel that robe being ripped off your back...the scabs of dried blood sticking to the robe and causing another river of blood to pour down your legs to the floor? Do you know what being beaten beyond recognition of even being a man looks like? Can you feel the weight of the rough wood on your lacerated back? No water, no sleep, no food for hours and hours. Can you hear the clang of iron against iron as the Roman Centurion hammers the nails into your feet and hands/wrists and then being jarred as the cross is set upright. You can't breathe unless you stand up on the nail in the flesh of your feet. Your chest is tight and you are so thirsty as the sun bakes the blood on your body. Dust swirls up your nostrils choking you as you try again to breathe. And then you cry out because your most loving Father turns His face away from you. You have completely been forsaken, rejected.
"4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Doesn't a True Believer repent of the deadness of former ways?
Isn't there a 180 degree turn around for a True Believer to Jesus and away from worldly ways?
The next question is: Does "receiving knowledge" equal to believing, understanding and drinking the living water that Jesus offered the woman at the well and anyone that believes in Him? Does "receiving knowledge", "have a taste of the heavenly gift" and "a share in the Holy Spirit" literally describe the Life Changing experience of being made a Brand New Creature in Christ?
I say, no. It does not equal having a truly circumcised heart. It is impossible for a True Believer to even think about asking Jesus to go through that day again. The thought makes me want to gag.
The basic question should be this. Does Jesus live in your heart? If He does, then He is part of you and you part of Him. How can a True Believer ask Him to do it all over again?
I find it quite humorous that five Democrat women stand up shoulder to shoulder to demand West's apology to Wasserman-Schultz. Really? I guess no one who is a Republican has the right of free speech or to form an independent opinion?
Bearing in mind that one of our forefathers cracked his cane over the head of another of our forefathers Charles Summers for insulting his uncle in his "Crime Against Kansas" speech in 1855. Summers was staunchly against slavery and made every chance to speak against it. Preston Brooks took great exception to the insults to his uncle the Senator from South Carolina and took the opportunity to literally beat Summers bloody while he sat at his desk in the Senate. No action was taken against either of them.
Politics has become one of the dirtiest games ever played. All manner of kicking, biting and scratching are always present in the thorny briers tossed about on the Senate and House floors, lies from the Presidential podium, and media gag orders. We've become immune to most of it. Demanding an apology is one of the most insincere, thin-skinned, paltry, whinny things to do. It reminds me of when Don Imus called a group of women "nappy-headed" and it caused them to be traumatized for life. Does anyone remember even one name of that group? How about where the group was? It was a flash in the pan from a shock jock. It was his job and he went too far. It was also his opinion. I never listened to him and don't listen today.
West's remarks are only what the media make them to be. If you want to be outraged, then by all means waste that energy. Another outrage will occur on the Senate and House floors tomorrow and again the next day and every day from now until the end of time. It is what men make it to be.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
6 Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
7 Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, As when one plows and breaks up the earth.
8 But my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; Do not leave my soul destitute.
9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, While I escape safely.
David was a really smart cookie... er, king. I try to always remember this particular Psalm as my prayer before I rise in the morning. Wise words are fruitful to the hearing soul.
One of the commentators on this story points out that birth control is already free and has been since the beginning to time. It's called abstinence. Another commentator states that since people are people and will never be celibate, then the IOM is correct in pushing for free birth control.
One of the things that sets humans apart from the baser animal kingdom is self-control, deductive reasoning, and planning. To be promiscuous as well as indiscriminate, a person is living a risk-filled lifestyle with probability of STDs and pregnancy. Birth control merely opens the door wider for health risks, rather than preventive medicine. The only 100% effective birth control is abstinence which I taught both my daughters.
Of course it is a shame babies are born without fathers in the home, and born to babies themselves. It isn't the child's fault, but the biological parents. How can we fix this? Our society is hell bent for leather to dispel self-control and have it your way, you deserve a break today, just do it. What comes into the home in the form of sexual commercials (whether explicit or innuendo), movies with sexual content, and an astonishing number of TV shows promoting loose morals and foul language on commercial TV, is just part of the problem.
The bulk of the fault lies within the realm of what parents teach their children. Willfulness of children isn't being reigned in any longer. Small children are throwing tantrums in public while parents just pat them on the head. The lack of self-control of the parents is the forerunner of wild teenagers. Disobedience is not being curtailed and leads to disrespect of society in general thus we have the lack of respect for the sanctity of life.
It is no more than what the Bible prophesies for the end times.
As for me and my house, I would that Christ shall find me bringing Him glory, working for Him and being ready for Him. I am celibate and proud of it. I pray all Christians will pray for more self-control and exhibit self-control. It is part of the Fruit of the Spirit so it is a gift from God.
Thank you to Ambro at Free Digital Photos for the photo.
Isn’t this the most fascinating thing… two studies tell us that the daily intake of a pill prevents HIV from infecting heterosexuals. That’s just grand. It’s like the morning after pill, right?
I’m wondering when are they going to invent a pill that gives you the same effect as having intercourse. Then we can all go around sucking on these pills and still be celibate – Thus, no HIV, no STDs, no horrible jealousies, actually no homosexual problems because it’ll come from a pill, nothing messy in our lives. Yet, we’ll all be walking around glowing and completely mellow.
Oh, wait! God has already done this for us. It is part of the Fruit of the Spirit and is called self-control. It’s right up there with kindness, mercy, gentleness, faith, meekness, love… there it is, self-control.
Some studies have shown that marriages between Christians are in just as much danger as marriages between atheists and agnostics, probably more so. It’s what the anti-God media would have us believe. (Another study showed 90% of all journalists did not believe in God. But, I wonder Who they pray to when trouble looms like a tornado in their lives.) When actually the percentage of divorces within the Evangelicals who attend church at least once a week is much lower than those who say they are Christian but are not affiliated with a denomination.
The point is we must look closer at the data sets. One study tells us coffee is bad, another study tells us that it is good for us. I’ll let you in on a secret. God did give us a pill that simulates sexual satisfaction. It is call chocolate. Google it and see if I’m not correct!
But it is dangerous when it breaks. It is dim when first turned on. It sometimes doesn't last for even 6 months, much less as long as the package states, and the store won’t take them back or exchange them.
Regardless, the government chose this curvaceous, long-lasting bulb for us to use for everything from a reading light to a zapping shadows. That, is the point. Who is this Big Brother leaning over our shoulders demanding obedience in how to use energy? Good intentions to the side. We’ve got a huge gorilla in the middle of the room and someone needs to go sit on him.
The House of Representatives is trying to do just that. It is a thankless job, however. Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess (I hope we’re related somewhere on the tree) have introduced a bill to save the old incandescent bulbs and to overturn the energy standards which will make them illegal in 2014. The old ones just misses the energy reduction mark.
The White House states these new bulbs and the energy standards will save $6 billion in 2015.
Really? Why isn’t the WH saving this much already? Saving who? Why is the gov’t so keen on energy savings when they can’t stop spending our hard-earned tax dollars? Why do they force us to buy health insurance and tell us which bulbs to buy and give us ultimatums on the kinds of electric plugs our houses can have (plugs that will regulate our energy usage)?
If this government wants us to believe it is interested in saving money in 2015, then it had better pass a balanced budget that has reasonable spending cuts, otherwise we’ll just have to quit feeding the gorilla.
WANTED: One fat lady to sing over the budget in Washington, D.C.
We had high corporate taxes back in Clinton's regime and it basically stunted domestic growth to something less than spectacular. Clinton was cruising on Reagan's economic train. When taxes were cut later in 1997, the economic boom began in earnest.
We are facing the exact same responses that European countries are facing right now. So many people have settled into the government handout hammock that they will react violently just as those in Spain and Greece and France have responded to domestic cuts in spending in order to get the debt under control. Americans agree something must be done about the debt and are for cuts, "but just don't cut my benefits and my handouts."
We are giving billions of dollars away to other countries around the world (check grants.gov to count the billions). It's time to count the eggs in the basket and determine how many we'll eat and how many we want to hatch.
Belt cinching is not a popular habit in America. No surprise there.
We had better get better at it, and we had better get the price of diesel under control otherwise our economy will collapse. Is that too shocking? Just look what has happened in the housing market. Suddenly, people who couldn't afford the house they bought were losing their houses to repossessions and to bankruptcy. Why do people over spend? over extend? buy even when their credit is maxed out? It has become the "Just do it" and "Have it my way" generation. Take it and don't worry about the consequences.
That is not at all what God teaches us.
Proverbs 6:6-8Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.
Proverbs 25:28He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken down city without a wall.
Proverbs 27:26The lambs are for your clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
Luke 14:28-30For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.
There are many more where these come from. Self-control in spending is something our legislators do not have. It would seem the democrats are just not listening because they didn't listen to us about the Obamacare, now they are not listening about the debt. Letters and phone calls are not getting through to them. What is a heterosexual, self-controlled, frugal, Christian, prayer warrior to do? Have you prayed about it? I am.
August 6th is the Day of Prayer for our nation and for everyone concerned about the state we are in, the state of our communities, the state of our military, the state of our debt, and the search for the brains of our legislators. Don't forget to pray!
I'm going to have to think about this for awhile. When the message said, "service unavailable at this time" I should have closed my browser and watched a movie or read a book. I have to write a review for Mark Bertrand's new mystery. Yeah... maybe I should do that.
Wait... do I hear the Twilight Zone music? Rod! Is that you!?!
I have to add my outrage against this jury's verdict. While there wasn't one single piece of evidence that flew in their faces screaming, "She's guilty!" there were so many pieces that fitted together which did scream it. Circumstantial evidence can convict a person if all other avenues of circumstances pointing to another person can be eliminated.
There weren't any footprints in blood, or fingerprints on the tape but the single evidence that points to her guilt for me was the fact she never reported her daughter missing. That tells me she knew where her daughter was.
There was a case in Baton Rouge where an 18-month old went missing. The babysitter was fixing his dinner and then he was gone. She claimed he opened the screen door and went out without her knowledge. When they found the baby's body, he'd been dead for longer than she had reported him missing. All said and done, the sitter's boyfriend had shaken him to death. Both of them tossed him in the creek behind the house where water ran over him for hours. Everyone, including the D.A. thought the babysitter had done it. But, she reported the baby missing. I held out judgment until the trial and there the attorneys made the boyfriend spill the beans about his own involvement.
Casey spends one more week in jail, and then she's free. Well, not exactly. She faces $4,000 in fines, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in investigation restitution. Her lies caused extra work, extra costs, extra testings which means she has to pay back all those costs plus court costs. She's looking at a minimum of $115,000 to pay up. For her skill sets, that might as well be $1 million. Although, the judge never said she couldn't financially benefit from the sale of her story. So be looking for her book to be published by Putnam or Simon & Schuster coming out soon to a bookstore near you.
Unless, of course, it runs in the same vein as O.J. Simpson's book. I would seriously look askance at any publisher that sells her story. I can tell you right now she'll be pointing fingers to everyone else but herself. She'll play the victim to the nth degree. All that book will do is give evidence she actually did kill her daughter, or give evidence to her supporters that some dark stranger abducted her daughter. The fact she didn't come up with that lie proves she isn't very bright.
Kudos to her attorneys! They did a marvelous job in putting reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors. I give all the jurors an "F" for failure to read evidence correctly. Casey Anthony was a very bad mother for not filing a missing person's report on her daughter. Thirty-one days go by before her mother becomes concerned enough to report it. That is the tell of guiltiness in my estimation.
However, God is the final judge when time has run out. If she never accepts Jesus as her savior, she'll have to give account for her actions back in June 2008. She won't get away with it. On the other hand, if she does accept Jesus as her savior, she's forgiven already. Praise God for that, because I have held hatred and anger in my heart against some of my brothers and sisters, and that makes me guilty of murder.
Question: Guilty or not guilty?
Only 4 crew members will make this historic last flight. I find it bittersweet, and yet so exciting. The new program will make way for deeper space missions such as to asteroids and to Mars. I'm wondering why not use some of the resources found on the moon? Why not utilize our oh so efficient advanced technology to invent new things which would give us the opportunity to use our moon to advance into deeper space?
We have definitely benefited from our space exploration through new products...
We have come such a long way in 42 years since July 20, 1969 because of the Space Race. We have
pens that don't use gravity to write
forehead thermometers (the really cool color temp gauge)
better baby food from algae experiments for long-term food usage closer to Mother's Milk than soy
Nitinol -- nickle/titanium alloy which has an unusual property. The NiTi wire will continually exert pressure on the braces with no need for wire tightening thus making the brace time shorter. Personally, when my wires were tightened, I couldn't eat anything for at least 3 days... wonder if this would be a good diet restricter, too.
Better pace makers
Scratch resistant glasses
Disposable diapers -- absorbent gelatin that maintained a thermal balance
Micro-chips -- leading to desk top computers, leading to laptops, cell phones
Advanced robotic missions to the moon and into deep space
Satellites -- leading to GPS, global telecommunications
Reusable shuttle for trips back and forth into space
We owe a great deal to the space exploration endeavor in that the inventions make our lives easier and more comfortable with better communications worldwide. I tip my hat to NASA -- job well done.
Question: Can you think of any other inventions that I've overlooked or left out?
When most of the movers and shakers in the CIA weren't so sure of who lived in the compound, "John" was, and pushed for an operation to take out Bin Laden. For months, Obama fretted over who or who was not in the compound, finally giving the go ahead in April. The CIA is being rightfully cautious in not revealing the names of those operatives involved in discovering the whereabouts of the murderer and assassin, bin Laden.
"John" toiled for ten years like a bloodhound on a fresh trail. His
I understand the prez's trepidation, but sometimes you just have to trust the person who has been dogging the trail of the most wanted man in the world. From September to April, the operation was grinding to a point of exposing the Islamic villain. "John" knew the courier would lead to the terrorist leader, and he kept updating the memo with fresh information. He finally had his man.
The fact that Pakistan was harboring the criminal is something that our country's heads of state should be deeply contemplating. This country has taken billions of dollars from us every year, and yet with the other hand has been doing some covering up of villainous acts and villainous people. In actual fact, that is an act of war. Yet, one of the most embarrassing presidents we've ever had is twiddling thumbs while Pakistan continues to accept billions of our tax payer dollars.
Yes, we need friends in that area of the world, but we need to be chary of friends with knives in their hands and fake smiles on their faces.
Whatever you want to say about the CIA and some of its more unsavory acts in times past, this agency did not just the United States but the whole world a great service in destroying the head of the snake called al-Qaeda.