Clark Mountain Musings: September 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses.And he can double the reward on my head!"

-- John Hancock
(upon signing the Declaration of Independence,4 July 1776)

Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (29)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."--

Nathan Hale (before being hanged by the British, 22 September1776)

Reference: The Spirit of `Seventy-Six, Commager and Morris (476);
original General William Hull, Campbell (37-38)

Friday, September 16, 2005

Nutabaq the Alaskan Klee Kai and a friendly box turtle.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Portion of the Royal Gorge.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."

-- Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757)

Reference: Franklin: Writings, Lemay, ed., Library of America(1290)

Monday, September 05, 2005

Royal Gorge Scenic View.

Royal Gorge.

A portion of Royal Gorge Natural Area, parallel to MO highway 21.

Panorama of Buford Mountain, the beginnings of the St Francois Mountains. 15 miles south of Potosi, MO.

Looking to the southeast from Rocky Mountain.

Sharp valley on Rocky Mountain.

Large boulders on glade on Rocky Mountain (I love the name).

Talus slope on Rocky Mountain.

More boulders from Rocky Mountain. Notice the one in the upper center right portion. Looks like an Easter Island totem statue.

Looking south from Rocky Mountain to adjoining summit.

Boulders on the south slope of Rocky Mountain in Graves Mtn Conservation Area, Wayne County.
Muslims ransack Christian village



More from the Religion of Peace (my comments). Sad.... God help the Christians and Jews

Efforts were under way on Sunday to calm the situation in this Christian village east of Ramallah after an attack by hundreds of Muslim men from nearby villages left many houses and vehicles torched.
The incident began on Saturday night and lasted until early Sunday, when Palestinian Authority security forces interfered to disperse the attackers. Residents said several houses were looted and many families were forced to flee to Ramallah and other Christian villages, although no one was injured.
The attack on the village of 1,500 was triggered by the murder of a Muslim woman from the nearby village of Deir Jarir earlier this week. The 30-year-old woman, according to PA security sources, was apparently murdered by members of her family for having had a romance with a Christian man from Taiba.
"When her family discovered that she had been involved in a forbidden relationship with a Christian, they apparently forced her to drink poison," said one source. "Then they buried her without reporting her death to the relevant authorities."
When the PA security forces decided to launch an investigation into the woman's death, her familyprotested for fear that the relationship would be exposed. The family was further infuriated by the decision to exhume the body for autopsy.
The attack is one of the worst against Christians in the West Bank in many years. Residents said it took the PA security forces several hours to reach Taiba. Others complained that the IDF, which is in charge of overall security in the area, did not answer their desperate calls for immediate help.
"More than 500 Muslim men, chanting Allahu akbar [God is great], attacked us at night," said a Taiba resident. "They poured kerosene on many buildings and set them on fire. Many of the attackers broke into houses and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances."
With the exception of large numbers of PA policemen, the streets of Taiba were completely deserted on Sunday as the residents remained indoors. Many torched cars littered the streets. At least 16 houses had been gutted by fire and the assailants also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary.
"It was like a war, they arrived in groups, and many of them were holding clubs," said another resident.
"Some people saw them carrying weapons. They first attacked houses belonging to the Khoury family [looking for the man who had the affair with the women, not realizing he had already fled the village.] Then they went to their relatives. They entered the houses and destroyed everything there. Then they tried to enter the local beer factory, but were repelled by PA security agents. The fire engine arrived five hours later."
Col. Tayseer Mansour, commander of the PA police in the Ramallah area, said his men arrived late because of the need to coordinate their movements with the IDF. "The delay resulted in the torching of a number of houses and cars in the village," he said.
Taiba, the only West Bank village that is completely inhabited by Christians, is famous for its Taiba Beer factory, which was established by the Khoury family in 1994.
The residents are Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox or Greek Catholic. The village was originally called Ephraim, and is thought to be the city to which Jesus came with his disciples before his crucifixion: "Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim" (John 11:54).
According to some accounts, Salah a-Din, who led the war against the Crusaders, was responsible for the name change. He is said to have found the villagers there to be nice and kind – in Arabic, taybeen – and the name stuck, to become Taiba.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Large igneous glade on the south face of Clark Mountain.

Taken today.

What I consider one of the most disturbing photos of the New Orleans aftermath of Hurrican Katrina....

Here's a nice link JUNKYARD BLOG explaining to the New Orleans Emergency Director, how exactly these BUSes could have been used PRIOR to the Hurricane. So sad, over 200 buses, now useless. I think New Orleans' plan was "no plan".

God help the poor people.

A very sad photo....