Clark Mountain Musings: August 2005

Friday, August 19, 2005

Taum Sauk Mountain panorama from the MDC fire tower.

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxedor regulated by any power on earth but our own."

-- Thomas Jefferson (Rights of British America, 1774)

Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Memorial Edition),Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 1:210.

TAKE THAT UN and all of the World Socialist bodies attempting to rob America the Free to feed Tyranny.

Looking SSW from the major Glade on Clark Mountain to Piedmont.

Small boulder from trail I've built on our property.

Elephant rocks on the summit of Clark Mountain, approximately 55 feet to the top.

Des Arc Mountain.

to the North with Des Arc Mountain in view (to the left of the shot) Des Arc Mountain towers over the town of... Des Arc Missouri.

Close up to the north.

Looking North-Northwest from Clark Mountain to the peaks of the St. Francois range.

Looking due East from the Mountain (Clark's).

A Clear beautiful morning to take a landscape shot looking south on the glade of Clark Mountain toward Piedmont and the Black River valley.

The Chocolate Chip cookie cake my lovely Beckita purchased for me. I do so love her (and very thoughtful of her... Mrs Paul's.) Yummy!

What a Happy Dog looks like when they see their Master home after 2 nights away at work. : )

Another shot of the Roadside Park near Taum Sauk Mountain and the Arcadia Valley. Beautiful, Rugged country.

View from Roadside Park on US-21 near Taum Sauk Mountain.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Clark Mountain under the clouds this morning.

McKenzie Creek falling.

Black Eyed Susan growing amongst the rock formations at Lon Sanders Canyon.

One of the large boulders on the summit of Clark Mountain.

Lizard eggs found outside our home.

Local History. Gads Hill Missouri.

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives."

-- John Adams (letter to Benjamin Rush, 18 April 1808)

Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (25)

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"It is an established rule of construction, where a phrase will bear either of two meanings to give it that which will allow some meaning to the other parts of the instrument, and not that which will render all the others useless. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given to them. It was intended to lace themup straitly with in the enumerated powers, and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect."

-- Thomas Jefferson (Opinion on a National Bank, 15 February 1791) Reference: Documents of American History, Commager, ed., vol. 1(190)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

New workplace (and a beautiful one at that)

Next week I'll begin working at Onandaga Cave State Park, Leasburg MO as a Park Naturalist. It should be fun and as can be seen in the photo, it is quite beautiful.
Islam’s Torture of Lebanon

"Frontpage Interview guest today is Brigitte Gabriel, a survivor of Islam's Jihad against Lebanese Christians. She is now an expert on the Middle East conflict who lectures nationally and internationally on the subject. She's the former news anchor of World News for Middle East television and the founder of"


This is important, please read.

Book I am reading

Reagan's Revoltion: The Untold Story of the Campaign that Started it All

Very humorous quote from Reagan on page 91 of the volume contained in this smalll snippet

"(Mike) Deaver also related the time when President REagan was due for a new official White House photo. Deaver was waiting in the Oval Office with the photographer when Reagan came in. According to Deaver, the President was wearing a tie that had seen better days. Deaver proudly showed REagan the new Hermes tie he was wearing and told Reagan he should go out and buy some like his. Reagan leaned into Deaver, looked at his tie, and sniffed, "But, Mike, I don't like your damn tie."

Reagan always underestimated

St. Clare of Assisi

Cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Clares, and first Abbess of San Damiano; born at Assisi, 16 July, 1194; died there 11 August, 1253.

The feast of St. Clare is celebrated throughout the Church on 12 August; the feast of her first translation is kept in the order on 3 October, and that of the finding of her body on 23 September.


From the Catholic calendar I received from my Grandma.

KC Wizards shock Chicago

While the Royals have lost 12 straight, the KC Wizards continue their winning ways. Nonetheless they remain in 4th place in the MLS Eastern Conference.


Go Wizards go, Stay Wizards stay!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are madeby 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, orundergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what thelaw is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow."

-- Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (Federalist No. 62, 1788)

Reference: The Federalist

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Betis wins!

1-0 over AS Monaco in Sevilla

Their first ever game in UEFA Champions League and a Win.

Goal by Edu in Injury time.

I Love Sport.

GeoCommunity's SpatialNews Daily - Aug 8, 2005

A daily compendium of the news in GIS Science.

Judging While Catholic--II Democrats attack Christian judges, defeat themselves.


The Left just cannot handle the Faithful being in public service. Just remember what they did to Ashcroft, that's what they want for Judge Roberts.

The Federalist PatriotFounders' Quote Daily

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness."

-- George Washington (Farewell Address, 19 September 1796)Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)

More Quotations
Five myths (that the world spreads) about Israel's security fence

From the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews you will encounter the truth about why Israel MUST build a fence to keep out the suicidal jihadists.


Elohim bless oh Israel


My favorite Euro-soccer team in the whole world, Real Betis Balompie de Sevilla Espana plays their first ever match in the UEFA Champions league against AS Monaco of the mighty French in the 1st leg of the 3rd qualifying round. The game will be occurring at Lopera stadium in "Seville".

I'm stoked, it will be happening at 3 PM and you can listen online HERE and follow the game HERE or HERE.

Betis on the Brink

The most Important game in Betis' history

So go Betis, verdiblancos then!

McKenzie Creek after a high water event.
Biblical Pool of Siloam Is Uncovered in Jerusalem


"Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports."

How amazingly cool!

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Right Stuff William F. Buckley, Jr., and the American Conservative Movement
An awesome Essay on Mr. Buckley

Glade on Clark Mountain looking to the south

Such a lovely pair.
Peter Jennings RIP

I can't say that I particulary enjoyed Peter Jennings while he was anchor of the ABC news, however I do respect him for rising in his profession and I am sorry to see that he has passed away. God bless him.

Wizards put down Revolution

The Kansas City Wizards picked up a much-needed win with a 2-1 victory against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.


Go Wizards go! Stay (in Kansas City) Wizards Stay!
Again — now it’s 10

On the other side of the State, KC Royals have lost 10 in a row.

"Someday, perhaps this week, maybe this month, possibly this year and probably this century, the Royals will win another game."

My sister can't be too happy about this.

Busch blowout sale offers Redbird relics

"In the market for a television large enough for an audience of 50,000? How about giving a Little League baseball team a big league scoreboard? Or perhaps it has been a lifelong dream to own a kosher hot dog stand. If so, this is the sale for you: the Busch Stadium blowout. Any offer considered, all sales final, everything must go."


Sounds like a garage sale even my brother Mark might like to go to... : )

Saudi Arabia seeks artificial rain

"He said more than 60 percent of the rain in Assir last year was artificially induced".


Friday, August 05, 2005

Pileated Woodpeckers

The Pileated Woodpeckers in our backyard

We are blessed to hear each morning and evening the calls of the Pileated woodpecker which nest on the lower slopes of Clark Mountain. So near to our house, so beautiful. Cornell Online Guide

Whip-poor-wills greet us as we meet the pillow. Listen to the call

Our Slinky, Our lives in perpetual motion (one way or another)


We released the ever lovable slinky down our stairs. As you can see it is moving with the most labored movement. Somewhat reminds me of a life well lived. Step by step by step goes the slinky. May that be the same with the life that I am living. I currently am in a new step of life. A new place, a new home, new opportunities. That is exciting.

Moral of the musing... don't let the new step dissuade you from it. Don't let it keep you from the next step and the next step.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Genealogy Stats and Ancestry stuff

I've been in the process of compiling my Genealogical record ( 2 week trial!!!). A few things I've found.

21st generation back (Mr Walter Fauntleroy and Mrs Juliana Thornhill Fauntelroy from 1300s England) (the furthest I have gone) contains 1,047,296 souls.

10 generations would be 512 souls who have contributed to Bradley Fisher and kin.

I discovered that I too have Native American roots, although I don't think I'm eligible for the roll of the Delaware of Oklahoma but thanks to Mrs. Bright Lightning Coleman in the mid 1600's I am 1/512 Delaware (which means my wife Becky and I might be related!!! arghhh)
An Abortion clinic "respects life"

How sad, how sad, how sad this post is from Until the whole world knows that every life is precious. I've never understood how it is possible to work in such a place, I'm even less sure after reading this (courtesty of the Corner on National Review Online)

"....our clinic is the kind of place where women can ask, as one did today, if we would bless and baptise her baby. i was able to do that for her. honoring her pregnancy as she herself chooses is part of what we hope to do for each woman. using water (she had planned to bring holy water with her but had at the last minute forgotten it) and saying the words i know from my catholic upbringing, i did as she asked. she had a name in mind for the baby, one that could work for either gender and i gave it that name.
we want to be a clinic that respects life, that honors women's choices. the two are compatible. believe me!"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

View from the Top of Missouri

Taum Sauk Mountain, 1772 Feet

To the North and Arcadia Valley

Visit it ASAP. Mina Sauk Falls is also great.

The St Francois Mountains are great (if you can ignore the French verbage).

Vindication for Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and Its Fans

"Professional" Ornithologists have to sit on it and must be enjoying the eggs on their faces. Yes the Ivory Bill really does exist. Sweet, sweet, sweet. And a pair?


Such a Beautiful creature

Sunrise this morning. Try and top this Artistes!

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Sun rises and the Mountain sleeps.

Wait till Autumn!

The "Shut-Ins" at Lon Sanders Canyon, Piedmont MO

Lon Sanders Canyon at McKenzie Creek this morning

A Beautiful Sunrise over Clark Mountain.