Rest in Peace William F. Buckley, Jr.

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies."

"Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years."

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."

"Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security."

"Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive."

"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University."

"Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out."


The New Christian Beard & Hat

It has come to my attention that certain people groups or religions have very distinctive beard styles. It is easy to spot a man of Jewish faith or a man of Muslim faith by their beard. Feeling a bit left out I have attempted to come up with a beard to represent myself as distinctively Christian. With the help of Christian brothers everywhere the new Christian beard can thrive. Christian brothers stand united and start rockin' the christian beard!!!

Jake Long OT

I've been watching a little bit of the NFL combine the last couple of days. It's no secret that my Kansas City Chiefs are in desperate need of some help on their offensive line. I think this guy would help out nicely.

Jake Long OT:


Draft Scout Snapshot: 2007: Finished second in the voting for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy…Unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick and named the league's Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second-straight season…Added Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors… Hugh R. Rader Jr. Memorial Award recipient as Michigan's top offensive lineman and received the Mike Gittleson Award, given to the U-M player who exhibits a resolute work ethic and commitment to preparing for the game...Served as team captain for the second consecutive campaign, starting all thirteen games at left offensive tackle…Helped the team average 385.1 yards per game…The Wolverines amassed 1,251 of their 2,144 yards on the ground over Long's left tackle position, as he registered 119 knockdowns, including 18 touchdown-resulting blocks…Allowed only one quarterback sack on 423 pass plays and was penalized just once, finishing with an 87.85% grade for blocking consistency…Also recorded one solo tackle. All-American, started all 13 games at left tackle in '06. Missed time w/ankle injury. Played in final five games and started four games at left tackle in '05. All-Big Ten second team in '04. Did not see game action in '03.


Bass Pro Now Open in Independence

Last night our family braved the crowd and cold weather to attend the Grand Opening of the new Bass Pro shop in Independence, Missouri. I have never been in a store with that many people before in my entire life. The event was short but chock full. They opened at 6:30 PM and only stayed open until 9:00 PM. Once we found a parking spot on the street we made our way to the main entrance. Once inside we were greeted with a live band in the entrance way. The Bass Pro people went all out on this event. Inside they had Martin Truex (nascar), 2 Miss Missouri winners, Freddie Patek (KC Royals hall of famer), Frank White (KC Royals hall of famer), Brodie Croyle, Dwayne Bowe, and Eddie Kennison (KC Chiefs), The Black Widow (female pool shark), The Bass Pro Nascar car, the National Guard motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, and assorted fishing and hunting tv personalities. Downstairs there was another live band. Quite the little celebration! Today I went back there in the afternoon so I could actually see the store. The store itself is beautiful and well done. The gun counter is probably 80 feet long. All their ammo was 10% off so I got a few boxes. We'll certainly be back there once the initial crowds die down.


Thank You Hashem For Your Goodness

Genesis 1:14-19

14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.


Someone's Got Some Explaining To Do

“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”

To be fair, I would hope this is not what she meant to convey to people. Certainly she has been proud of our country at some point in the past 26 years since she was 18 years old. After all, much has happened since 1982. Statements like these should not be overlooked though. There is a stark difference between this statement and the non-verbal statement of giving one's life to serve in the military and spending 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton to defend our country out of love and pride for America. An exceedingly wise man once said "from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks."


Another Reason to Love Israel

The Desert Eagle is a large caliber gas-operated semi-automatic pistol manufactured primarily in Israel by IMI (Israel Military Industries) for Magnum Research, Inc. Magnum Research has also marketed various versions of the short recoil Jericho 941 pistol under similar names; these have no functional relationship to the magnum Desert Eagle and bear only a moderate cosmetic resemblance.

The Desert Eagle was originally designed by Bernard C. White of Magnum Research, who filed a patent on a mechanism for a gas-actuated pistol in January of 1983. This established the basic layout of the Desert Eagle. It consisted of a gas-operated mechanism normally found in rifles, as opposed to the short recoil or blow-back designs most commonly seen in semi-automatic pistols. A second patent was filed in December of 1985, after the basic design had been refined by IMI for production, and this is the form that went into production.
From a functional perspective, the Desert Eagle is more like a small rifle than a pistol. The Desert Eagle's rotating bolt strongly resembles that of the M16 series of rifles, while the fixed gas cylinder/moving piston resemble those of the Ruger Mini-14 carbine (the original patent used a captive piston similar to the M14 rifle). The advantage of the gas-operation is that it allows the use of far more powerful cartridges than traditional semi-automatic pistol designs, and it allows the Desert Eagle to compete in an area that had previously been dominated by magnum revolvers.


The Joys of Fatherhood!!!

As most of you already know I have the pleasure and joy of being called Papa by twin 4-year-old girls. Much like their Mama they are my closest friends and I covet spending time with them. Sometimes we play as cowboys, sometimes as hunters, sometimes as prince and princesses, sometimes as animals, and sometimes just as family. Today however they decided that daddy needed a little sprucing up and to be "made handsome." Being well versed in imagination and masters of carrying out that imagination they were quite thorough in my "transformation."

From my head:

To my toes:


It's About Time!!!

The Challenger will initially be offered only in the SRT8 trim level. These first car will begin production as early as March 2008 and will be sold as 2008 model year cars.
Shortly after that initial production run, Dodge will be offering three versions of the Challenger as 2009 models. The base model will be powered by a 3.5L V6 and will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5L will be replaced by Chrysler's upcoming 4.0L Phoenix V6, but probably not until the 2011 model year.
R/T models will come equipped with a 5.7L V8 and buyers will have the option of a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The SRT8 model adds a 6.1L V8 and can be mated to a five-speed auto or six-speed manual. A 6.4L could show up in the SRT model as soon as the 2010 model year.
As with most SRT8 applications, the 6.1L HEMI will kick out 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
A convertible is also expected to bow sometime in 2009 as a 2010 mode, with all three trim levels available.
Manual transmission cars will come with Chrysler's Hill Start Assist technology — as used in the Dodge Ram, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and the Liberty — which maintains brake pressure until throttle is applied.
Dodge will also offer a Trak Pack, which appears to be little more than a marketing name given to a specific package of transmission, shifter and gearing.

Although Dodge has yet to disclose performance numbers on lesser models, it did announce some performance numbers for the 2008 Challenger SRT8 equipped with an automatic transmission. 0-60 will only take 4.9 seconds with the car topping out at about 170 mph.
But in addition the the car's straight line performance, Dodge also emphasized the Challenger's braking and cornering abilities. Massive Brembo brakes squeezing slotted rotors and the car's wide tires — size 245 up front and 255 out back — bringing the Challenger from 60 to 0 in only 120 feet. Additionally, the car can go from 0-100-0 in 16.5 seconds.


Thank you Shuster for Calling a Spade a Spade!!!

In a conference call with reporters, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson on Friday excoriated MSNBC's David Shuster for suggesting the Clinton campaign had "pimped out" 27-year old Chelsea by having her place phone calls to celebrities and Democratic Party "superdelegates" on her mother's behalf.


Inner Struggle

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:12 - 18


Giving Becomes Our Delight

There sits Simon,
so foolishly wise
proudly he's tending his nets
Then Jesus calls,
and the boats drift away
all that he owns he forgets

More than the nets
he abandoned that day,
he found that his pride was soon drifting away
It's hard to imagine the freedom we find
from the things we leave behind

Matthew was mindful
of taking the tax,
pressing the people to pay
Hearing the call,
he responded in faith
followed the Light and the Way

Leaving the people
so puzzled he found,
the greed in his heart
was no longer around and
it's hard to imagine
the freedom we find
from the things
we leave behind

Every heart needs to be set free,
from posessions
that hold it so tight
'Cause freedom's not found in the things that we own,
It's the power
to do what is right
Jesus, our only posession,
giving becomes our delight
We can't imagine the freedom we find
from the things we leave behind

We show a love for the world in our lives
by worshipping goods we posess
Jesus has laid all our treasures aside
"love God above all the rest"

'Cause when we say 'no'
to the things of the world
we open our hearts
to the love of the Lord and
its hard to imagine
the freedom we find
from the things we leave behind

Oh, and it's hard to imagine
the freedom we find
from the things
we leave behind


An Opportunity!!!

I would like to give everyone an opportunity to help out someone in need. Please go to "Lion of Zion" on my blog brothers and sisters and do what you can to help out. I would greatly appreciate it and my friends would as well. Thank you!!!


A Bet Won -- I Think?!

Here is the result of our bet. I will not rub it in that I was right but I rather want to convey that I am proud to have a friend of such integrity and honor as to make good on his bet right away.


The Big Day is Upon Us!!!

The Giants are chompin' at the bit for another Super Bowl ring and they are about to get one. Many of you out there in the blogmosphere are delusional and believe that the Patriots are "destined" to make history. All I have to say is that cheaters never win. As for my friend Daniel and I, our bet will be revealed visually right here in the next week. Be sure and stay tuned. GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!