Archive for ◊ October, 2006 ◊

Democrats and Middle East Policy
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 | Author:

According to our least favorite news and gossip source, CNN:

“Arab governments are looking for change in U.S. policy in the Middle East after the midterm elections… One thing they hope for is that a politically weakened President Bush would talk with Iran and Syria. They also hope he would show greater interest in the Palestinians and find a way out of the crisis in Iraq.”

So if you want a politically weakened president cutting deals with terror-sponsoring dictatorships, vote Democratic on Nov. 7.

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What is a “Progressive”?
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 | Author:

What do you think it means when a group of people elect to change their well-known moniker or label?  If you haven’t noticed, Democrats that heretofore were known as “Liberals” now refer to themselves as “Progressives”.   You can read about it in the Communist news site known as the Nation (trust me, any site that publishes ‘Rabbi’ Michael Lerner is Communist).  They want you to believe there is some distinction among the feathers of the left wing, however, it’s really just a recognition that Liberalism and most of the ideas that it represents is no longer well received by the American public.  Thus, they’ve decided to hide behind a label that sounds less outdated, and… well, more progressive.

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Blue Jackets – Video Highlights
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 | Author:

Hockey highlights from the 2005-2006 season [Click on image below to stream video].

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4 min 16 sec

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Mark Twain & The Jews
Monday, October 30th, 2006 | Author:

Mark Twain, the famous American writer from the 19th century, had some interesting comments that he made to Harper’s magazine in 1899:

“Jews constitute but 1 percent of the human race…Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of… His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine… are away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world… with his hands tied behind him… All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his Immortality?”

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House without Electricity
Sunday, October 29th, 2006 | Author:

We had an interesting weekend… we were at home late Saturday afternoon watching the Ohio State football game, when – poof – the electricity went out.  Since we were experiencing 40 mph winds during most of the day, I immediately assumed that this was a result of a tree toppling power lines.  Interestingly, we have at least eight Uninterruptible Power Supplies throughout the house that all play wonderful “tunes” to let us know that our computers, routers, fish tanks, etc., are operating on battery backup.

Since it was getting dark, we decided to have an early dinner, catch a movie, and hope that the electricity would be restored by the late evening.  Well, we drove back into our neighborhood at 9:00pm where we were greeted by an eerie darkness (our neighborhood normally has street lights).  Since our furnace is supplemented by electricity-driven fans, the house was very cold.  We decided to visit my father, and hope that the power would be returned before midnight…

Since Missy’s calls to DP&L led us to believe that the power would not be restored anytime soon, we decided to have a “slumber party” at my father’s house (my first time sleeping there in 25 years).

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Cat Humor
Sunday, October 29th, 2006 | Author:

Humorous images of cats, courtesy of brother Ronn…

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Congress from Hell
Saturday, October 28th, 2006 | Author:

An interesting viewpoint on the potential impact of Congress led by Democrats (click on the image below)….

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Family, Friends, & Hockey
Saturday, October 28th, 2006 | Author:

It was nice to connect with my brother Ronn, cousin Richard, and friend Marc in Columbus last night for dinner and an NHL hockey game.  We had dinner and beers at Gordon Biersch restaurant (I love their heifeweizen beer), and watched a great Blue Jackets 2 – 0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.  It was a remarkable victory for Columbus considering that they were outshot 38 to 14.

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Rocket Launches & Astronauts
Thursday, October 26th, 2006 | Author:

I just returned from an interesting business trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida for a meeting of the Aerospace Industries Association.  In addition to the useful gatherings with various folks involved in building airplanes and space vehicles, I got the chance to get an up-close look at the current status of the US space program.

During dinner Wednesday evening, we had a retired Space Shuttle astronaut as a guest speaker, sharing his experiences from three shuttle missions to space.  To cap things off, at the conclusion of his speech, everyone adjourned to the beach outside the hotel to watch a night-time rocket launch from Cape Canaveral… You can see the photo at the top left below (I apologize for the quality of the photos.  Since I didn’t have my camera, I had to use my Treo 650 for the photos).

Thursday afternoon, I was able to participate in a VIP tour at Cape Canaveral (Most people don’t know that the Cape is a base managed by the Air Force while the Kennedy Space Center is a separate campus managed by NASA).   As you can see from the photos below, we went into the midst of the Boeing and Lockheed facilities where they build and launch the rockets.  The photo at the top right is the actual Delta rocket launch pad that was used the night before.  The other two photos show close-ups of the build-up area for the Atlas rocket.

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All and all, it was a pretty comprehensive experience with the space program in a very short period of time.

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The Twelve Rules of Christmas
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 | Author:

With all of the controversy around separation of church and state, the Rutherford Institute has defined what they consider as the “Twelve Rules of Christmas” for what can or cannot be done in terms of celebrating the holiday:

1. Public school students’ written or spoken personal expressions concerning the religious significance of Christmas (e.g., T-shirts with the slogan, “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season”) may not be censored by school officials absent evidence that the speech would cause a substantial disruption.

2. So long as teachers are generally permitted to wear clothing or jewelry or have personal items expressing their views about the holidays, Christian teachers may not be prohibited from similarly expressing their views by wearing Christmas-related clothing or jewelry or carrying Christmas-related personal items.

3. Public schools may teach students about the Christmas holiday, including its religious significance, so long as it is taught objectively for secular purposes such as its historical or cultural importance, and not for the purpose of promoting Christianity.

4. Public school teachers may send Christmas cards to the families of their students so long as they do so on their own time, outside of school hours.

5. Public schools may include Christmas music, including those with religious themes, in their choral programs if the songs are included for a secular purpose such as their musical quality or cultural value or if the songs are part of an overall performance including other holiday songs relating to Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or other similar holidays.

6. Public schools may not require students to sing Christmas songs whose messages conflict with the students’ own religious or nonreligious beliefs.

7. Public school students may not be prohibited from distributing literature to fellow students concerning the Christmas holiday or invitations to church Christmas events on the same terms that they would be allowed to distribute other literature that is not related to schoolwork.

8. Private citizens or groups may display crèches or other Christmas symbols in public parks subject to the same reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions that would apply to other similar displays.

9. Government entities may erect and maintain celebrations of the Christmas holiday, such as Christmas trees and Christmas light displays, and may include crèches in their displays at least so long as the purpose for including the crèche is not to promote its religious content and it is placed in context with other symbols of the Holiday season as part of an effort to celebrate the public Christmas holiday through its traditional symbols.

10. Neither public nor private employers may prevent employees from decorating their offices for Christmas, playing Christmas music, or wearing clothing related to Christmas merely because of their religious content so long as these activities are not used to harass or intimidate others.

11. Public or private employees whose sincerely held religious beliefs require that they not work on Christmas must be reasonably accommodated by their employers unless granting the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

12. Government recognition of Christmas as a public holiday and granting government employees a paid holiday for Christmas does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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