Clark Mountain Musings: October 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The LORD is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

View of Stony Battery Creek.

Found this along the Stony Battery Civil War road. It's about 2.5 feet in diameter and almost looks like the metal casing of a wooden wagon wheel, except that it is missing a segment (rust?... maybe it's actually from a barrel?)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:16 (NIV)

Large pool and overhanging dolomite along Stony Battery Creek.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 150:6 (NIV)

The Creek flowing through the Civil War site "Stony Battery".

Saturday, October 28, 2006

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

1 John 2:12 (NIV)

View of the Stony Battery Creek as it flows between Green Mountain and unnamed peak. Rainy day yesterday.

Congrats to the Gateway City on the big win for Missouri. Now to the even bigger victory for Jim Talent!

"It's hard to explain, really, how a St. Louis Cardinals ballclub that by all rights shouldn't have even been playing in the first week of October (let alone the last) stormed the Busch Stadium infield last night in celebration of the franchise's first title in 24 years."


Friday, October 27, 2006

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life -- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

The shadow of Mudlick mountain looming over the east.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)

View of the High cliff along Big Creek in Sam Baker State park. Notice the face in the cliff?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)

Fall colors along Big Creek in Sam Baker State Park.
Welcome to Kurdistan

"It's not for the casual traveler. But if you are up for an adventure in a place that boasts peace, democracy and an experienced security force, a California marketing firm has a suggestion: Kurdistan.

"It has always been a tourist destination for Iraq and other parts of the Middle East," said Sal Russo, whose Sacramento, Calif., firm helped the Kurdistan Development Corp. create a television ad campaign for the autonomous three-province Kurdish region in northern Iraq, which is sometimes called Kurdistan. "Westerners walk around freely, and there is an active nightlife."


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

John 11:25-26 (NIV)

View of Lon Sanders Canyon.
25 Years ago today

October 24, 1981 "The Dark Night of the Scarecrow" aired on network television. I only write this because I remember watching as a 5 year old youth. Creepy movie... and it makes me feel a bit older thinking... 25 years ago seems like yesterday

MORE about the movie.
Enjoy some beautiful photos of Belarus (White Russia)

Senate GOP made up of a bunch of selfish selfish people

"Senate Republicans with enormous campaign war chests are refusing to transfer significant amounts of money to help fellow Republicans who are cash-strapped and face defeat in the final weeks of the campaign."


Shame on the senators who won't help their fellow Republicans. Question.... how much money was thrown into the defeat of Laffey in Rhode Island????

Monday, October 23, 2006

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

View of dellenite boulders along McKenzie Creek below the lower dam at Lon Sanders Canyon-Shut-In
CNN is a bunch of cowardly cowards

Gateway Pundit reveals how CNN makes certain to block out any of the muhammed cartoons and hides nothing in the viley anti-semitic cartoons from the Middle East. Could it be that they don't fear Jewish violence?.... Cowards!
GOP Senators demand "bilateral" talks with North Korea

"Two Republican senators, including the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday called for direct U.S.-North Korea talks over Pyongyang's nuclear program."


Look, we no doubt MUST take the lead. We seem to be sitting on the sidelines now for too many things. BUT, I do find it interesting that the SAME people who called for an end to unilateralism are calling for unilateralism. But I think, Bush must lead us, because the world will do what it always does... surrender.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 (NIV)

View of Clark Mountain as seen today in Autumnal glory.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18 (NIV)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

The beautiful northwest Wayne County countryside.
The 10 dumbest members of Congress

Talent up 50-47 with 17 days to go

Go Talent Go!

No partitian plan for Iraq

"The White House yesterday rejected partitioning Iraq into three sections based on ethnicity and religion and took issue with reports that President Bush now views the 3-1/2-year-old Iraq war as similar to the war in Vietnam."


These "partition-rights" activists need to be more clear... either they think we are colonizers or we are colonizers. Did we become the British empire... where we create "countries" out of the dust?


Cardinals are World Series bound. Way to go Cards! Even though I am the ultimate fairweather baseball fan.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless -- not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Titus 1:7-9 (NIV)

VIew of Graves mountain from the Mudlick Fire Tower.

Graves Mountain from the Brunot Topo quad.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)

Beginning of the sunset over the Wayne county mountains as seen from the Sam Baker Fire Tower.
Things are lining up in St. Louis...

and the McCaskill campaign is leading the way with their ACORN volunteers. Gateway Pundit is monitoring the situation.

Looks like voter fraud is the modus operendus. Registering voters while telling them who to vote for.

I know that no one is suprised, but it still is darn frustrating.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

John 14:21 (NIV)

View of the rugged topography west of Mudlick Mountain.
Missouri Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to show your ID

to................. vote! Aha! Sooo, why don't we eliminate any form of identification... obviously it places an unfair burden on people (deemed incapable of doing so...?) to drive an automobile, enter a drinking establishment, buy cigarettes... buy cigarettes!!!!.

Burdens.... let the voter fraud begin! St. Louis are you ready?


They struck down the Missouri law by 6-1 margin.
GOP can't fugget about New Jersey.... in the Senate race

"The same Democratic leaders who have long hoped to regain control of Congress by blasting a Republican "culture of corruption" are in danger of losing their shot at the Senate because of accusations of corruption against Sen. Robert Menendez."


I have some terrific New Jersey Wilderness for you if you think that the GOP has a chance this side of corruptionlandia of winning the New Jersey seat.. Fugget about it! (Actually there is some quasi-wilderness in New Jersey, the New Jersey Pine Barrens...)

Monday, October 16, 2006

You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

Romans 2:21-23 (NIV)

View of Logan Mountain, to the southeast of Mudlick Mountain. Logan Mtn is named for one of the original settlers of Wayne County, Missouri. Note the changing colors.
What does McCaskill really think about President Bush

Gateway Pundit lays out the case, that she is one mixed up lackey. In fact I find one of her recent radio commercials to be quite quite humorous... basically it accuses Talent of calling her "names"... like exposing her liberal views..

Doesn't it crack you up to realize that she calls Talent a "false patriot" and he merely points out her as a "liberal"... and Talent is the name caller?


A Logan Mountain USGS 24k representation.
Clinton tells Dems to win GOP voters... right...

"Former President Bill Clinton told Iowa Democrats that they should appeal to disaffected Republican voters in their efforts to win control of Congress. "We've got a big responsibility. Forget about 2008. Forget about the politics. Just go out and find somebody and look them dead in the eye and say, 'You know, this is not right,'?"


What's "not right".... making corrupt politicos resign? Although it is true that the GOP leadership in the house was beyond inept in dealing with Foley.. they did force him to quit. Soooo Clinton... you tell me what's "right and wrong"... We DON'T want to hear anything from you regarding us the "values voters"... Clear enough?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 (NIV)

View of Black Mountain as seen from the Mudlick Mountain fire tower.
UN "Insecurity" Council imposes trade "embargo" on Corea Norte

Here we go again... the sanctions route.

"The resolution bans the import or export of material and equipment that could be used to make nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles. It orders all countries to freeze the assets and ban travel for anyone engaged in supporting North Korea's weapons programs."


I smell "success" in the air.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him."

Luke 12:4-5 (NIV)

View overlooking the Black River valley to the west from the Vulcan Fire Tower.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:2 (NIV)

View of Taum Sauk reservoir (left), peaks, and Glover smelting plant as seen from the Vulcan fire tower.
US plays to Russia and China's demands

in hopes that they might reciprocate? Keep on waiting.... North Korea will be further and further along with their nuclear ambitions. Suckas.

"The United States yesterday watered down elements of its U.N. Security Council condemnation of North Korea to win crucial support from Russia and China, but appeared unlikely to get the vote it is seeking by today.

Washington wants a tough rebuke this week of Pyongyang's announcement of a nuclear test, as well as legally binding measures to close down the communist state's access to nuclear and military materiel and illicit sources of funding."

Face it... the Bush "doctrine" is dead.... nuclear weapons are no problem for the Axis of evil


Oh yeah and why are we playing nice with a regime like China... who hunts Tibetans like animals. God help the Tibetan people... more at Gateway Pundit.
You Tube continues to censure Conservative vid clips

NO comment... NO suprise.

Jimmy Carter... Gracas para Corea Norte!

At least they're happy with him in South Korea. Jimmy Carter's motto "Trust... Don't ask."


Censure Carter HERE

Thursday, October 12, 2006

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26 (NIV)

View of the mountains of northwest Wayne County, Mudlick, Des Arc, Frenchman Hill, Aley Mountain.
It's happening again... in St. Louis?

That darn suburb of ours to the north! Voter Registration goes awry? Or was there some malevolent intent happening with the ACORN grassrooters.

Looks like Gateway Pundit is rooting it out, check it out HERE

Elections and St. Louis are like bad news bears (couldn't think of a proper simile.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

John 15:12 (NIV)

Lots and lots of Lotus growing in the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge main pool.
Watch this video for Amendment 2 truth

Deception is being perpetrated upon the people of Missouri. An anti-cloning bill is actually a cloning bill.....

Be not deceived, people are not a means to an end!

CMM urges you to vote NO on Amendment 2

A Rovian plot? Ignore Illegal Immigration?

"Immigration is a dominant issue in congressional races from Arizona to Michigan to Pennsylvania -- just about everywhere but where President Bush is on the campaign trail.

After having pressed all year to get a broad immigration bill, including legal status for illegal aliens from Congress, Mr. Bush now ignores the issue at campaign events and fundraisers, and Vice President Dick Cheney has even dropped what used to be a regular reference to immigration from his campaign stump speech."


III Captain, its the triple I, Ignore Illegal Immigration... and maybe it will go away?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Galatians 6:8 (NIV)

View of a shrub swamp at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
Claire McCaskill says what about Clinton?

Something about she wouldn't allow her daughter anywhere near him... Funny, she gladly had him campaign for her. Ungrateful.

Aleut Village tells Chavez to keep his filthy petroleum

"A few of Alaska's native villages are refusing free heating oil from the petroleum company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, based on the patriotic principle that no foreigner has the right to call their president "the devil."

"As a citizen of this country, you can have your own opinion of our president and our country. But I don't want a foreigner coming in here and bashing us," said Justine Gunderson, administrator for the tribal council in the Aleut village of Nelson Lagoon."


How do you like that Chavie? Keep it! Oh yeah, Boycott CITGO
Our "intelligence" tells us North Korea set off tnt?

"U.S. intelligence agencies say, based on preliminary indications, that North Korea did not produce its first nuclear blast yesterday.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used to create a chain reaction in a plutonium-based device went off, but that the blast's readings were shy of a typical nuclear detonation."


Tell me... what is our "intelligence" actually worth? And why should we believe it? Show me!

Monday, October 09, 2006

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

John 3:16 (NIV)

Igneous outcrop at Funk Memorial Wildlife Area near Vulcan, MO.
Where are we going with North Korean "champion of the people"

A CMM Editorial

What is to be done? Those outside of the administration demand "talking, dialogue, one on one talks. talks. talks". Bush isn't a talker (thankfully), but what is to be done? Clark Mountain Musings demands a policy. The Bush administration has yet to exercise a policy on North Korea or Iran.

Errr wait a tick, the Bush administration HAS set a policy, it occured in the 2002 State of the Union address when President Bush promised that rogue states will not acquire weapons of mass destruction.... err. Looks like that promise has went by the wayside, with a 4.2 earthquake in the Korean peninsula.

Time of the Bush administration to reassess and take action, because the UN's idea is to send a "very angry letter"....
Chavez not as popular in Caracas as in Hollywood

What a suprise... the proletariat don't prefer their "comrad" as much as the left-coasts of America do. Mass protests rip the Venezuelan capital... Oh just another invention by those capitalist swine... eh Comrad Chavie?

MORE at St. Louis' own Gateway Pundit.

Let the people have their say ye "man of the people" Chavez. CMM proudly endorses the CIA-coup attempt in Venezuela ;-)
Ledeen says State Department seeks victory through Tehran's auspices

"On the other hand, the template of American foreign policy seems to dictate that we be saved by our enemies, and rarely through our own brilliance. It may seem paradoxical that our best hope lies with the fanatics in Tehran, but there you have it."


Seems like this whole "war on terror" thingy is definitely getting off the reservation. The likes of Nicholas Burns seek "stability" in the name of "security". Michael Ledeen is SOOOOOOO "write" on.
Talent cleans up opponent on Meet the Press

"Missouri Sen. Jim Talent tried to distance himself from President Bush yesterday in a nationally televised debate, during which he and his Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill, argued over Iraq and stem-cell research."


It's like, they make it seem as though Talent is running against President Bush... NOooooo, it's actually the liberal, pro-abortion politician he opposes.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

View of Clark Mountain as seen from the Northwest at the Vulcan Fire Tower.
Mizzou is 6-0

After a 38-21 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock, the Missouri Tigers now stand at 6-0 with a date looming at College Station, Texas. One game at a time, this season is looking great. Kansas lost yesterday, Missouri dominated, Missouri Western won, Northwest Missouri State won.

This season is not over, but I'm sure Oklahoma is sweating... they will arrive for Missouri's homecoming


Saturday, October 07, 2006

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NIV)

View of (L-R)... Clark Mountain, Gads Hill Quarry, Grassy Mountain, and Finley Mountain... as seen fromt the Vulcan fire tower.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9 (NIV)
Hamas-Fatah at a standoff?

"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared yesterday that talks on forming a unity government with Hamas are dead, and visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the focus now should be on improving humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories."

Blunt positions himself for Hastert's spot

"I think I could have given some good advice here, which is you have to be curious, you have to ask all the questions you can think of," Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri said yesterday about his party's muted handling of "over-friendly" e-mails that Mr. Foley wrote to former congressional pages. "


Interesting.... Why didn't you offer that "good advice" say about 5 or 6 months ago? Time for a cleanup of leadership after the election. Sorry Blunt, you were in the leadership and you did nothing earlier.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7 (NIV)

Tuesday, October 03, 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 (NIV)

Foggy Bottoms "confident" that Russia and China will join them against Iran....

"The United States is confident that Russia and China will join it in pushing for U.N. sanctions against Iran if it does not agree to suspend enriching uranium this week, a senior U.S. official said yesterday.

"For four months now, we've been waiting for an answer," Mr. Burns told editors and reporters at a luncheon at The Washington Times. "We've said, if they don't suspend enrichment, we'll take them to the Security Council and sanction them. We do believe we have Russian and Chinese support for that."


Sure.... bwhaahahaha. The US State Department is a whole lot of suckas. Burns "believes" that Russia and China will support... "believe"?

Myself, I have ZERO faith in Moscow or Beijing... for crying out loud... its their technology the Iranian regime is usings. Suckas!

Wash Times agrees with CMM that Hastert should resign.

"Red flags emerged in late 2005, perhaps even earlier, in suggestive and wholly inappropriate e-mail messages to underage congressional pages

House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign his speakership at once. Either he was grossly negligent for not taking the red flags fully into account and ordering a swift investigation, for not even remembering the order of events leading up to last week's revelations -- or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away.

He gave phony answers Friday to the old and ever-relevant questions of what did he know and when did he know it? Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance."


Monday, October 02, 2006

He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 10:18 (NIV)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead -- since he was about a hundred years old -- and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Romans 4:18-21 (NIV)
French teacher criticizes Islam and the Chirac govt abandons him to his fate

A French teacher hiding from Islamist death threats says he has been abandoned by the Education Ministry and has to arrange for his own safe houses when police bodyguards move him every two days.