Clark Mountain Musings: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."

Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV)

A deep pool in Mudlick Creek.
The Patriot PostFounders' Quote Daily

" unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rightsof man."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(letter to John Cartwright, 1824)

Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Lipscomb and Bergh,eds., 16:48.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

One of my favorite shots of falls on Mudlick Creek, Mudlick Hollow.
Bruce Arena, Our American World Cup Coach

"Bruce Arena is gruff, intimidating and sarcastic. He is smart, deliberative and incisive. And, above all, he is American.

"We belong to the greatest country in the world, men," he told players before their 2002 World Cup opener against Portugal. "Have a lot of pride."



Monday, May 29, 2006

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV)

Talus slope in Mudlick Hollow, Sam A Baker State Park. See any pika?
Learn about Jefferson Barracks

in St. Louis

via Gateway Pundit
A Blessed Memorial Day

Thank you Veterans.......

Via PoliSat
The Patriot PostFounders' Quote Daily

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)

Reference: Thomas Paine: Collected Writings , Foner ed., Libraryof America (91)

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)

Mudlick Creek, SABSP, Patterson MO.
Iran dominating southern Iraq with militias

"Southern Iraq, long touted as a peaceful region that's likely to be among the first areas returned to Iraqi control, is now dominated by Shiite Muslim warlords and militiamen who are laying the groundwork for an Islamic fundamentalist government, say senior British and Iraqi officials in the area.

The militias appear to be supported by Iranian intelligence or military units that are shipping weapons to the militias in Iraq and providing training for them in Iran."


Remember.....we need to offer the Iranian regime carrots in exchange for....... terrorism, Iraqi instability, holocaust denial, threats to wipe another country off the map, subjugation of its people, international definance.
Mugabe and Zimbabwe, not equitable

"For years, Zimbabwe's white farmers have felt the wrath of President Robert Mugabe as they have been thrown off their land to make way for soldiers and ruling party cronies.

Now, longstanding black farmers have also become the focus of Mr. Mugabe's unwelcome attentions."


Marxism, it's equity only for the Ruler. All Land is Mugabe's land.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Matthew 24:42-44 (NIV)

Deep pool in background, rocky Mudlick Creek.
White House: Illegal Immigration = Traffic Ticket

"The White House on Friday said a Senate bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants is analogous to a traffic law that allows a speeder to pay a fine and continue driving.

"If you had a traffic ticket and you paid it, you're not forever a speeder, are you?" White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said in response to questions from The Examiner."


They are VERY serious about the issue.... Business first.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21 (NIV)

nice shot of shut-ins on Mudlick Creek.
Senator Talent stands strong against Amnesty

Good Senator, Jim Talent

Gateway Pundit: Senator Talent (R-MO) Gives Floor Speech Opposing Amnesty
Who gives the suicide-bomber graduation Commencement?

I'm sure it would be an "inspirational" speech. What would the comments be..... "Oh I've been in your shoes before, but I decided I'd be the one to find suckers like you". "Don't forget how you got here and where you're going". Crazeeee stuff in Iran today.

Gateway Pundit calls it "a blast"

Gateway Pundit: It's Graduation Season in Iran
Bush's Immigration plan gets Jimmy Carter's endorsement

HA hahah. How sad is that....

"Former president Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of President Bush, sees eye-to-eye with him on immigration.

Carter on Wednesday called the Republican president's commitment to immigration reform "quite admirable," saying he agrees with Bush's support of a system that would eventually grant citizenship to some illegals."


It's like the kiss of a mob boss or something like that. Not exactly a powerful endorsement.
GOP Congress continues to define stupidity down.....

"Conservatives yesterday expressed confusion and outrage over House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's defense of a Democratic congressman whose Capitol Hill office was raided last weekend by the FBI."


Not a culture of corruption, but a culture of absolute political stupidity. Out of touch Hastert (and not exactly Mr. Charisma......)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

Rugged falls on Mudlick Creek.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

Jonah 2:8

Mudlick Creek.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9

Mudlick Creek, just before it outlets into Big Creek.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

Forest scene on Mudlick Mountain, Sam A Baker State Park.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1 (NIV)

A portion of the Llano Estacado in the Texas panhandle. Beautiful country.
Matt Blunt discusses Charlie Shields (R-St Joseph)

Q. There’s been a lot of tension between the House and the Senate in this past session. How would you rate your relationship with leaders in the Senate and in the House?

A. I think my relationship with leaders in the Senate and the House is excellent. (Sen.) Charlie Shields, I can’t say enough good things about that guy. He is a terrific leader of the Missouri Senate, and the productive nature of this Senate defies anybody’s expectations. Certainly as I talk to governors in other states and think about the past in Missouri, we’re very fortunate that we have a leader of Charlie Shields’ ability and those sorts of diplomatic skills to lead the Senate, and he’s doing a tremendous job.

Taking a Blunt Approach

Fred Barnes writes a profile of our Governor Matt Blunt,

"It turns out there is political life after spending cuts. Not only has Blunt's popularity risen, he has money to spend on schools and colleges and senior citizens.

His spending cuts helped produce a surplus ($80 million) this year. Along with sweeping tort reform and a crackdown on excesses in workman's compensation, his no-new-taxes approach improved the business climate and drove down unemployment."


A beautiful church in Kauai.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

"How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you."

2 Samuel 7:22

Falls on Mudlick Creek, Mudlick Hollow Natural Area, Sam A Baker State Park.
If you like dodecahedrons (And you know who you are...)

Check this out. Map projections (globes) which fold to dodecahedrons


Other polygonal map folding HERE
Persecution of Christians ongoing in Somalia

"Since U.S. and U.N. peacekeeping troops left in 1995, Islamic mobs have murdered more than 500 members of the persecuted church in Somalia. Militia groups were incited to kill Christians and Jews to gain the shortest route to heaven."

MORE at the Persecution Blog
Shocking...Marriage amendment was only a political stunt...

"President Bush's spokesman said the White House supports the constitutional amendment that passed a Senate committee Thursday to define marriage as between a man and a woman, but the spokesman would not call it a priority."


Politics schmolitics, it's too confusing. Campaign promises mean little (remember Campaign Finance reform and a promised veto?).

A Prayer

"I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load. I pray for strength and
fortitude to climb the rock strewn road. Give me such courage that I may scale
the hardest peaks alone, And transform every stumbling block into a stepping

-Gail Brook Burket

Friday, May 19, 2006

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)

Big Creek, Low Water Bridge, Sam A Baker State Park
Amhadinejad says US has Mental Problems?

"Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday mocked those opposed to the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program, saying they were suffering mental problems.

"Those who get upset at the happiness and progress of others are suffering from a mental problem and therefore should find a way to cure themselves," Ahmadinejad told a rally, according to the ISNA student news agency."


I think the comment speaks for itself.....
Check out the local Audubon Society

Went to an interesting presentation on travels in Australia in Farmington last night.

The East Ozark Audubon Society
Civil War in Gaza?

"Egyptian diplomats and security officials who are based in the Gaza Strip spent more than six hours on Wednesday night trying to persuade Hamas and Fatah leaders to work toward preventing an all-out confrontation between the two parties."


Thursday, May 18, 2006

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

Unnamed Creek, Mudlick Dellenite (rock), Sam A Baker State Park
Bummer... no new evidence of the Ivory Bill in Arkansas

"Search teams exploring an Arkansas swamp for better evidence of the ivory-billed woodpecker said Thursday they had no new confirmation of the bird's existence, and wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region.

"Certainly we're somewhat disappointed," said Ron Rohrbaugh of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. "We've had enough of these tantalizing sounds and we still have a lot of hope that there might be a pair, especially in the White River area."

"Mugabe and Chávez: God creates them and they get together" Animation

Thought it was time for another one of my ever lovely mocumentary-gifs, this time..... Mugabe and Chavez. Did you know.....the Zimbabwean economy just hit 1000% inflation. What does Chavez think of that "dreamy" scenario? Let's find out...... Roll 'em.

Background: from Venezuela Today

"Robert Mugabe, said the beaming Chávez, "is a true warrior of freedom."

Both have presided over.....

Economic Collapse
Agricultural Collapse via land "redistribution"
Created paramilitary bands of armed thugs
Same menacing attitude against private business
Blood on their hands
Both are signing an agreement for "economic" cooperation, a pathetic case of the blind leading the blind.

Beautiful together......God help the peoples of Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Trackbacked to Stop the ACLU, Michelle Malkin
Zimbabwe hits 1000 % Inflation

"Profligate printing of money by the government of President Robert Mugabe has driven inflation in Zimbabwe to an annual rate above 1,000 percent, adding to the misery of its already impoverished people."


MUGABE.......MUGABE.......GO...........MUGABE.......GO. Marxism NEVER works.....

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Proverbs 10:14 (NIV)
Senator Bond joins those who wipe out Enforcement first

"The Senate yesterday voted against securing the border before implementing provisions that would grant the right of citizenship to millions of illegal aliens and that would double the flow of legal immigration.


The amendment would have delayed the "amnesty" and guest-worker provisions in the Senate's comprehensive immigration-reform bill until the border had been sewn up successfully. The majority of Democrats, 36 of 44, were joined by 18 Republicans and the chamber's lone independent to kill the amendment on an 55-40 vote."

Including Senator Bond of Missouri! Business first, our country, salaries be damned. Republicans are Brilliant! Cuz you know like, they're going to receive 95% of the votes given by the new citizens! HaHa!

Chavez aligned with Terror groups

"Venezuela has allowed its intelligence service to become a clone of Cuba's while it shelters groups with ties to Middle East terrorists and allows weapons from its official stockpiles to reach Colombian guerrillas, a senior U.S. official said yesterday"


The Red-Green connection. DON'T buy Citgo gasoline!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

James 1:21 (NIV)

The 1st Hiking Shelter on the Mudlick Trail at Sam A Baker State Park.
193 million more immigrants by 2026?

"The Senate immigration reform bill would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants -- a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S. population -- in the next 20 years, according to a study released yesterday."


Try assimilating 193 million in 20 years.... Hard to believe.
President Bush and 6000 troops

"President Bush yesterday called for sending 6,000 National Guard troops to U.S. borders to back up the Border Patrol and also said state and local police officers should be allowed to help enforce federal immigration law."


Nice try.
Barry Bonds feels the wrath of the fans

The steroid scandal means something. Mark McGwire is also disparaged and his record chase means nothing now. Sorry Barry, but you cheated....

Gateway Pundit: No Love for Barry Bonds as He Moves In On the Babe's Record

Monday, May 15, 2006

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Daniel 4:37 (NIV)

Shut-Ins Cliff along Big Creek at Sam A Baker State Park.
Show-me ID to vote in Missouri?

Gasp.....How horrible, how insensitive, how....intolerant of voter mischief.

From the C-Log blog

"Lazy Missouri voters will be up in arms when it comes time to hit the polls this fall. They will have to punch ALL the holes and they have to bring a photo ID. Who knew democracy could be so burdensome?"
EU offers Holocaust denying, Israel threatening, terror masters Iran..... Great Incentives?

"Reuters: The European Union will make Iran a generous offer of technology, economic and other incentives for Iran to abandon sensitive nuclear activities, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday."


Okay makes sense so far.... and it certainly has been successful to this point. Give the EU credit, they have a never say die attitude.
Turkmenistan cracks down on House Church Christians

"Police in Turkmenistan’s capital city broke up a Christian house group meeting on Wednesday (May 3), confiscating personal belongings and subjecting the group to extensive interrogation.

More than 15 officials busted the unregistered gathering of 13 members of the Soygi (Love) Church in Ashgabat just hours after U.S. officials recommended that Turkmenistan be labelled one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom."


Pray for the persecuted church.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Titus 2:14 (NIV)

Rocky scene along Shut-Ins Trail at base of Mudlick Mountain at Sam A Baker State Park.
Our Energy policy being stolen before our eyes

Cuba can drill off of our coast, but we cannot. Great Leadership Republicans. Thank goodness for Larry Craig, the Idaho Senator who is carrying this story.

Gateway Pundit: It's Official, Cuba Hires China to Drill Oil Off Florida Coast
McCain begins the Period of Pander, Falwell is a dupe

"Sen. John McCain told graduates of Liberty University yesterday that Americans "have our disagreements," but "we are not enemies," during his commencement speech at the conservative school in Lynchburg, Va., home to his one-time political adversary the Rev. Jerry Falwell."


Myself, I don't forget.... and I don't support McCain.
Pope Benedict defends marriage

"Pope Benedict XVI renewed his attack on homosexual "marriage" yesterday, saying Christians must defend marriage as a "pillar of humanity" benefiting both believers and nonbelievers."


Saturday, May 13, 2006

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

Water tumbling rock, Sam A Baker State Park.
Talent leading McCaskill

Go Jim Go! Missouri knows Jim and likes him. Bye bye Claire, hopefully this retires her from future runs.

Gateway Pundit: Talent Up on McCaskill
US Taxpayers to subsidize Hamas government.....

"And so, the day after Ahmadinejad wrote his war letter to Bush, Rice was meeting with her associates figuring out a way to give the Hamas-led Palestinians millions of dollars of US taxpayers' money.

And yet, even as Hamas devotes all its energies to building up its arsenal and swelling the ranks of its jihadist forces, the US has answered the frenzied call for more aid to the Palestinian people sounded by the usual suspects in the EU, the UN, and (it must be said), the Israeli media."


This "War on Terror" monikor is starting to look ridiculous.....Sending monies to Hamas.
Palestinians vent on talk radio

"Talk radio has emerged as an increasingly influential weather vane as Palestinians cope with unpaid salaries resulting from an international embargo against their Hamas-led government.
"We have no money to pay our rent, or our store debts," complained a listener named Abul El Munid. "I ask this government to pay the salaries and if it can't pay the salaries, it must stand for another election."


Welcome to politics, Hamas.
UN finds Weapons Grade Uranium in Iran......Duh

"U.N. inspectors have found traces of highly enriched uranium on equipment from an Iranian research center linked to the military, diplomats said yesterday -- a revelation likely to strengthen U.S. arguments that Tehran wants to develop nuclear arms."


Friday, May 12, 2006

Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

Matthew 9:22 (NIV)

Waterfall, Shut-Ins Trail, Sam A Baker State Park.
Christie Whitman to "take back" the GOP for "Moderates"

"Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and one-time head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says she's proud of being a moderate Republican - and she wants moderates to take back control of the party.
Whitman, who supports abortion rights, has launched a Web site,, promoting a grassroots effort for the 2006 elections and beyond."


Take the party back to the good old days... A permanent minority party? She may get her wish in November.....
US tied up by Democrats regarding Energy Independence

NO, NO, NO, NO..... That's the answer to finding energy in this country.

Gateway Pundit: Thanks to Democratic "No Zones", the US Is in Grave Danger

Thursday, May 11, 2006

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. ... If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:44,46-47

Stony Battery Creek between Green Mountain and Rocky Mountain. This shut-in area known as Stony Battery was a major artery for Civil War troops moving north towards Fort Davidson.
Albright calls for Unilateralism on Iran

"The nation's military forces are overstretched and the U.S. should seek direct talks with Iran instead of making threats, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.

Albright also suggested that an official high in the Bush administration should give a speech in response to a letter that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent Monday to the president."


Always a muddled idea of foreign policy with these people. One day it's Multilateralism, Another day it's Unilateralism...
Putin warns Cold War not over?

President Vladimir Putin warned yesterday that the U.S.-Russian arms race is not over and called for a strengthening of his nation's nuclear and conventional forces so Moscow can better resist foreign pressure.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:18 (NIV)

Stony Battery Creek in northern Wayne County, Mudlick Dellenite is the Stony stuff.
The Trials and travails of UN Human Rights

Will they never end? A constant recycling of 3rd bit dictators. Nothing worse than Dead-enders on a UN Committee.

Gateway Pundit: Big Joke... UN Human Rights Council Gives Castro One Year
Ahmadinejad not welcome at World Cup

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won't be a welcome guest for June's World Cup soccer tournament, according to the prime minister of Germany's largest federal state.
"We don't want anybody to create trouble," Dr. Jurgen Ruttgers, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, said on Monday. "We want to have a nice and pleasant World Cup."

Israel saves Abbas' life

"In a dramatic role reversal, Israel may have just saved the life of a key Palestinian leader who was marked for death by extremists in Hamas, the terrorist group that was swept into power in January's upset election.

"We monitor every movement of Hamas in Gaza,” one Israeli source told the Times. "So when we learned that Abbas’s life was in danger, we made sure to inform him without delay.”


Wonder if there was a "thank you" involved. Probably not.
US Bends on Hamas

The United States agreed under pressure yesterday to the creation of a system to transfer funds for salaries and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians -- a softening of its unbending effort to isolate Hamas.


What I find funny is that Islamist Hamas denounces us and yet they beg us for monies, the decadent west is the money bag?
"There are many things in life that will catch your eye. But only a few will catch your heart."

Ben Crenshaw

Gag........err.... Ahhhhhhhh so sweet

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name."

Psalm 91:14 (NIV)

North from the Taum Sauk Fire Tower.
A Road Map to Civil War?

Looks to be headed in that direction in Gaza. Reap a wind.... Pray for Peace

Gateway Pundit: Hamas Attacks Funeral Procession as Gaza Violence Ramps Up
"I Won" Moussaoui wants a Do-Over

"Convicted al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui has told a federal judge that he wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the September 11 attacks and be granted a new trial because "I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial."


Zacarias was a wee-little man and a wee-little man was he.

Hey buddy, You Won right? I guess you didn't like what exactly you won.
Mahmoud sends letter to George

"Iran's president yesterday sent President Bush an unprecedented letter that his regime said could provide a "diplomatic opening" between the two countries, but the White House dismissed it as offering nothing new."


Letter received, loud laughter heard in White House...... Uhhh Mahmoud....this President is NOT Jimmy Carter....

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

View of Iron Mountain Lake from Taum Sauk.
25 More Years! 25 More Years!

They're chanting that in Venezuela for Comrade Hugo Chavez. That's what he'll give them, 25 more years of decrepit despotic dictatorship. He's promising to rule at least until 2031!

Good luck and give thanks to some of our Ultimate Useful Idiot Superheroes, like Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Cindy Sheehan, and the Ultimate Ultimo Jimmy Carter.

Marxism, what a great hope.

Gateway Pundit: Good News for Marxists! Hugo Chavez Ain't Going Nowhere
Missouri Legislative Session winds down

"The Missouri Legislature enters its home stretch this week with several important bills still on the table. Some are on the verge of passage, while others still have significant hurdles.

Still, as state Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, said Friday, “A week is a long time in this business.”

One bill still in play would impose a 10 percent mandate for ethanol in most Missouri gasoline. It’s cleared the House and Senate, which must now work out their differences. But that’s not going to be easy — a meeting of the conference committee Thursday night ended in a shouting match."

Last American Titanic survivor passes away

"Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died, a funeral home said Sunday. She was 99.

Miss Asplund was 5 when she lost her father and three brothers -- including a fraternal twin -- when the "practically unsinkable" ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.

Miss Asplund was the last Titanic survivor with actual memories of the sinking, but she shunned publicity and rarely spoke about the events."

GOP Candidates going Local

"Republican campaign officials are urging their candidates to focus on local issues to blunt what they think is a sour national mood that could cut deeply into House and Senate majorities in the November elections."


Leadership is what they need, the White House isn't providing it.....

Sunday, May 07, 2006

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 13:34-35

View from the Taum Sauk fire tower looking towards the west.
Missouri's Best to be celebrated

Jeff City
7-8 PM
Monday, 8 May 2006

Gateway Pundit: Missouri Will Honor Its Heroes on Monday at the State Capital
Our Justice System will not defeat the Radical Terrorists

Mark Steyn is on the money with this....

"America "lost" for a more basic reason: turning a war into a court case and upgrading the enemy to a defendant ensures you pretty much lose however it turns out. And the notion, peddled by some sappy member of the ghastly 9/11 Commission on one of the cable yakfests last week, that jihadists around the world are marveling at the fairness of the U.S. justice system, is preposterous.

The leisurely legal process Moussaoui enjoyed lasted longer than America's participation in the Second World War. Around the world, everybody's enjoying a grand old laugh at the U.S. justice system."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Romans 3:20 (NIV)

Taum Sauk Overlook to the north.
Search for Ivory-Bill restarts in Cuba

"Cuban ornithologists have received permission to search for the long-lost ivory-billed woodpecker in heavily wooded areas of the island that have been off-limits even to scientists since Fidel Castro seized power here almost 50 years ago. Backed by a grant from Birdlife International, a British conservation group, the search began in the pine forests of the Sierra Maestra mountains of eastern Cuba last week.

"I believe the bird is here," said Arturo Kirkconnell, co-author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba and one of the island's top researchers. "We have a chance now to go to areas never visited before. The habitat is ideal, and there has been no evidence that the woodpecker is not there."

It ain't easy being a Kennedy

Or something like that...

Gateway Pundit: I'll Take the Kennedy Option, Ociffer!
"Don't seek it, don't want it, don't chase it, don't go after it. Sit silently, doing nothing..."

- Tao

Friday, May 05, 2006

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

Glade on Taum Sauk. False garlic, Wild Hyacinth blooming, rhyolite stagnant.
Zarqawi and his minions

Where would he be without a bit of help. Gateway Pundit wonders if he might be a "good ol' boy". Anyway the video is amusing and the analysis of the video is also flat out humorous.

Gateway Pundit: Zarqawi Drives a White Pickup, Wears Sneakers to Work

Map image from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.
Danes show resolve and will stay in Iraq

"Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said yesterday that the furor over cartoons of the prophet Muhammad had "strengthened our resolve for the long haul" and that Danish troops would remain in Iraq.

In an interview with The Washington Times in his Copenhagen office, Mr. Rasmussen brushed off a Danish television report of plans to cut Denmark's 530-man deployment in Iraq by nearly one-fifth in July."


Thursday, May 04, 2006

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Psalm 62:7

Looking to the south and Hogan Mountain (Center), Ketcherside Mountain (Left) and the Mountains of Wayne County (Mid Left). Clark Mountain shows up in the middle of Hogan Mountain. From the Taum Sauk Mtn Fire Tower.
The Intolerance of the Tolerant

Displays its ugly face again. Pro-Life Displays have NO place on the Princeton U. Campus. Interesting that those who most proclaim tolerance show themselves to be the most intolerant.

Wretched actions.

Gateway Pundit: This Time a Pro-Life Display Is Trashed at Princeton
Jury finds Zacarias Moussaoui's childhood to be "mitigating"?

"Convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was spared death yesterday by a federal grand jury that recommended the September 11 hijacking conspirator should spend the rest of his life in prison rather than be executed.

"America, you lost ... I won," Moussaoui shouted as he was led away from the courtroom."

Gateway Pundit has more.


His Daddy yelled at him and that hurt his feelings and made him want to destroy America. What a bunch of wussies. I'm glad that our military isn't so concerned with feelings or people's childhood..

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

1 John 5:1 (NIV)

Looking to the west from Stegall Mountain.
The Patriot Post Founders' Quote Daily

"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to thevigilant, the active, the brave."

-- Patrick Henry (speech in the Virginia Convention, 23 March 1775)

Reference: American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations(130)
Zarqawi flees to Syria

Looks like Zarqawi has a soft spot for the Syrian Baathists and vice versa. Looks like someone needs to face some consequences.

Gateway Pundit: Zarqawi's Latest Action Flick Filmed in Syria
Missouri Senators urge action in waterways

"Sens. Christopher Bond and Jim Talent joined agriculture and labor groups Tuesday to urge action on modernizing Midwest waterways.Legislation sponsored by Mr. Bond, a Missouri Republican, would provide more than $11 billion in federal funding over the next 14 years to fix and expand failing locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers."

"Development" coming to Zamyn Uud, Mongolia

"Its proximity to a desert is about the only thing the Mongolian border town Zamyn Uud has in common with the gambling mecca of Las Vegas.

Last week, the government of Mongolia signed a contract that will put a little-known U.S. real estate company, Winwheel Bullion LLC, in charge of building a casino complex, with hotels, a convention center, shopping malls, banks and financial institutions -- and a modern airport to bring visitors the vast distances needed to reach Zamyn Uud."

Where in the World is......Louisiana???

"Despite wall-to-wall coverage of the damage from Hurricane Katrina, nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn't locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.

Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn't find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic.

47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia."


Oh.....where in the world is Kyrgistan? Don't know much about much.

Shooting Star.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

Psalm 33:18 (NIV)

View of the Summit glade at Stegall Mountain Natural Area.
Origin of "Gringo"....It's greek to me

"Word History: In Latin America the word gringo is an offensive term for a foreigner, particularly an American or English person. But the word existed in Spanish before this particular sense came into being. In fact, gringo may be an alteration of the word griego, the Spanish development of Latin Graecus, "Greek."

Griego first meant "Greek, Grecian," as an adjective and "Greek, Greek language," as a noun. The saying "It's Greek to me" exists in Spanish, as it does in English, and helps us understand why griego came to mean "unintelligible language" and perhaps, by further extension of this idea, "stranger, that is, one who speaks a foreign language."

The altered form gringo lost touch with Greek but has the senses "unintelligible language," "foreigner, especially an English person," and in Latin America, "North American or Britisher." Its first recorded English use (1849) is in John Woodhouse Audubon's Western Journal: "We were hooted and shouted at as we passed through, and called 'Gringoes."

Don't Buy Gringo, lose trabajos

Sorry folks, but this quote might help you out..... "A quarter of Mexico's formal private-sector jobs with regular pay are provided by U.S. firms".

The truth hurts....... Gringos pay people and buy things and pay people.

Gateway Pundit: Someone Help Me... Who's Calling the Shots Here?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV)

The summit glade and fire tower on Stegall Mountain.
Sweet Children protest for al Qaeda

Some disturbingly sad photos.

Gateway Pundit: Children Join "Bahrainis for Bin Laden" Protest
Iran has sent troops into Iraq

"Iran sent troops across the Iraqi border three miles towards Haj Oman nine days ago, where Kurdish opposition bases itself for its efforts to unseat the mullahcracy in Teheran:
Teheran has attacked an anti-Iranian Kurdish group based in Iraq, it emerged yesterday, raising fears that instability there could spill over into the rest of the region.
Iraq's defence ministry said more than 180 artillery shells were fired and Iranian troops crossed three miles into Iraqi territory before withdrawing."


Pines and Rhyolite on Stegall Mountain.
Brad Smith drafted by Jets

"Missouri’s Brad Smith is willing to budge a little. The New York Jets drafted him as a wide receiver Sunday in the fourth round of the NFL draft, but Smith still considers himself a quarterback. So after speaking with Jets officials, Smith reached a compromise. Just call him a Playmaker.

“I’m coming in as a team player and athlete,” Smith said from Youngstown, Ohio, where he watched the draft, went to church and began preparing for life as a … wide receiver/quarterback/running back/special-teams player."


Fire Pink and Rhyolite on Stegall Mountain glade.