Well America, you have your king. Now what?

5 11 2008

“Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” -I Samuel 8:9

It is finished. For better or for worse, the election is over and we have to live with the results. What will happen? For now, only God knows. The cynical part of me says that in reality nothing will happen because government has a way of getting nothing done. And for some reason this election cycle, people seemed to foolishly forget that as they babbled on about change. That was the most ridiculous slogan because no matter who won change would occur.

However, there is a part of me that knows history and finds eerily similarities between now and the 1930s, not from an economic standpoint because we are in far better shape than our friends 70 years ago, but from political standpoint. People who blindly followed their emotions simply cast a protest vote this year, not a vote for change. It could have been Mickey Mouse running on the theme of change and he’d have been elected. Now we deal with results and look at the possibilities. Will the president-elect be like FDR and try to pull the nation to a socialist slant? Or will he be like Clinton and go middle of the road so he can stay in power? All I know is this guy claims he’ll give me a $1300.00 tax break and now I’m waiting for it. I’m also very fond of $1.80/gallon gas that we’re having lately and sure would like to keep that.

The real story of this election cycle is how the United States was lacking on political leadership. Were these the best candidates we could muster? My gosh that says a lot about our nation. Are the days of a Jefferson, TR, Eisenhower or Reagan behind us? Apparently so, for now.

It was brought to my attention that this election is reminding people of the book of I Samuel when the Isrealites rejected God and asked for a king. God gave them their king, but before he did, he warned them what misery it would bring. And it sure did bring them misery to the point that the nation was scattered, captured and enslaved.

So many people say the voted for our new president-elect because “he’s going to take care of me.” Personally, I don’t want a president that’s going to take care of me. I can take care of myself. But now I fear that will be difficult since my money could go to taking care of those millions that just soon not take care of themselves.

Well, you have your king.

I Samuel 8:14-18

He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.
He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

God bless America, please!

Bail me out of this bail out mess!

26 09 2008

It’s the 1930s all over again!  Tough economic times and men running for president who have no problem socialising private industry.

This bail is a joke, a waste of time and perpetuated by the most ignorant, foolish, and ridiculous group of men and women that exists in the world….Congress.  $700,000,000,000 to bail the cheaters, liars and thieves on Wall Street!?! Are you kidding me?  How about bailing out the men and women who have paid their mortgages on time…paid their car payments on time…paid their credit cards on time…have found a way to somehow make ends meet and be honest about at the same time.

The United States of America was not created for this.  How can Congress….which gets little to anything done be expected to save the economy of this nation?  The only thing we’ll get out of this is the satisfaction that any jackass can be in government.

Just wondering…

15 09 2008

Why is it that when the Associated Press runs a story about financial troubles they only ask Barack Obama for a statement and not also John McCain?

Oh that’s right, they don’t care about objectivity.  My bad.


5 06 2008

Yeah so I’ve been using Twitter again….more.  Randomly as it should be used, but that’s the beauty of it.  It’s the quickest way to get an idea online.

Check it out.

Okay folks…

1 06 2008

I’ve posted a bunch of photos from my trip to California. I’m in the process of putting more up, getting them loaded up to groups and geotagging them on my map. It’ll take a few days, but be sure to go see them. There are a lot!



31 05 2008

So I’ve been spending the week in San Diego, California.  Last week, Kevin Capehart and I flew out here to visit our friends Caleb and Carrie.  We’ve had a tremendous time here!  It’s beautiful out here and the people are great.  We’ve seen all sorts of sites and people, gone down to the Mexico border, was interviewed by Mexican reporters, and almost stepped on a rattlesnake! We got to see the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, and rode up to Los Angeles for a day where I met a cousin for the first time.  We did the stops at the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach.  At Venice Beach there were all sorts of odd folks.  The perfect spot for people watching.

The weather here is blissful, no humidity to speak of, temps from 65-75 degrees, and a nice breeze off the ocean. 

I’ve taken hundreds of pictures, many are on flickr now, but many many are not and will make their way on there when I get home.  The ones online have also been geotagged, so you can get an idea of where I’ve been.

We fly back tonight, our plane leaves at 8:50 pm (PDT) and we fly all night to New York where we connect for our flight back to Richmond.

I’m anxious to get home to see my family, I’ve missed them a lot and I’ve also missed my cats and my house.

It’s been great here though and we were extremely fortunate to have such good friends to be our hosts for the week.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

27 05 2008

One of the most highly anticipated movies for me this year was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  I’ve been waiting for this picture a long time….a long time.  Finally it has arrived!  I went to the midnight permeire of the film last Wednesday/Thursday and let me just tell you that I thought it was great.  Some critics didn’t care for it much, but you know what???? Too bad for them.  If you enjoy Indiana Jones then you’ll enjoy this film.  If you enjoy fun films, you’ll enjoy this film.  If you breathe oxygen…..you’ll enjoy this film.

Is the whole thing great?  No.  There are parts I could have done without (involvin swinging from branches), but the overall film was enjoyable.  I’ve come to the conclusion that one must not nitpick a film because you have to think about it like this:

Think of it as a person you’re close to.  Sure they’re good people, but there may be a few things you don’t like that they do.  But you’re not going to not like that person for those small, insignificant reasons.  So it is with Indiana Jones.  Don’t let the few slow, pointless scenes spoil the whole film.  Enjoy it! Have fun!  It’s freakin’ Indiana Jones for crying out loud and it’s been 19 years since the last one came out.

Go see it, many times.  You’ll be glad you did.

Mashup: Indiana Jones vs. Star Wars

12 04 2008

This guy did a decent job considering it was done in 2001 before LEGO Indiana Jones.

From YouTube…

Palms in London

15 03 2008

(c) Daily Mail - United Kingdom
street scene in London, UK. 

Peckham, an innercity neighborhood in London has planted palms and yuccas in the streets.  Outstanding!  These palms would do just fine here in Richmond as well.  Makes you think….

 well, it makes me think.

check out the article:

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a bird and a plane, quick! get the camera!

24 01 2008

So for one week now I’ve had my new camera and let me just tell you………………wow!

The Canon Rebel XTi is a fine piece of machinery.  Just in the few simple photos I’ve taken in the last week I can really tell this camera is awesome.  And it’s Canon’s more economical camera, so the awesome thing is as I learn more and feel comfortable dropping the mad money for the higher end models, there’ll be even more to enjoy!

Of course from day one I realized, “I gotta get another lens!”.

The man, the myth, the legend, Caleb Keiter was extremely generous to present me with a book helping me in my understanding of using a SLR and DSLR Cameras.  Even from reading the introduction of this book I learned so much.  Thanks buddy!