Searching for a youth minister

I’ve been on the committee for six months now.

Good news. The guy I liked, that half the group didn’t, he got a job offer and turned it down. So maybe it wasn’t a bad thing we turned him down.

We have four good solid candidates right now. I am not sure how we are going to narrow the field. I am not sure we need to narrow the field. Maybe we should just have them all come in.

The committee could use prayers. There’s one guy, the guy in charge, who doesn’t like one of the candidates. The problem is that the particular candidate he doesn’t like is just about everyone else’s favorite. I would like the elders to be able to talk to him, but that may not happen since “the boss” doesn’t like him.

Autumn colors are late because of

A. global warming

B. higher carbon dioxide levels

The answer is A. Folks, I won’t say who, have mostly been saying it’s global warming. But it turns out that more carbon dioxide in the air keeps the trees green longer according to Live Science.

Don’t trees use carbon dioxide and make oxygen?

Maybe we’ve been cutting down too many trees.

Christmas is disappearing?

Ho ho ho has been disallowed in Adelaide, Australia.

Christmas trees are now family trees? The original print catalog for Lowe’s calls them family trees. But Lowe’s has taken it back. If you search their site, everything is “Holiday living something-something Christmsas.” So Christmas is still in there. It might have really been an accident, though I doubt it. But at least they pulled in their plans quickly.

Since at least 2004 Christmas carols have not been allowed at many schools, even full instrumental versions.

Too much Santa gets a school field trip canceled in Boston.

University sues to get rid of Indoctrinate U

I’m guessing it is one of the universities in the film.

Maloney found violent protests at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State, persecution of student members of a conservative club at Cal Poly and the University of Tennessee, divisive racial and ethnic politics at the University of Michigan and Yale, doctrinaire teaching at Duke and Columbia, and much more.

from Inside the Film

Go to Indoctrinate U’s site and get on their mailing list and to get a showing near you. I’m looking forward to it. I’m taking the boys.

Support those who support the soldiers. Shop at Sears.

Sears – Christmas shopping has already started

I know I needed this reminder since Sears isn’t always my first choice. Amazing when you think of how long the war has lasted and they haven’t withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.

I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.

Pass it on.

A friend decided to check this before she sent it forward. So she sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it’s cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:

Thank you for contacting Sears.The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback.

Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.

Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care
webcenter@sears.com

1-800-349-4358

Please pass this on to all your friends. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our military!!!

It’s Verified by Snopes.

Something you can do to stop the memorial to the terrorists

Support Tom Tancredo’s call to scrap the crescent memorial

The Park Service has a history of keeping the Secretary of the Interior in the dark about the decisions it makes in his name. It is likely that Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has never been told about the many warnings of Islamic symbolism in the planned Flight 93 Memorial. Please help bring Dirk into the loop by pasting the following letter (or one of your own) into an email for him.

Dear Secretary Kempthorne:

Please heed Congressman Tom Tancredo’s call to completely scrap the present design for the Flight 93 Memorial. The original Crescent of Embrace design would have planted a bare naked crescent and star flag on the crash site:

Crescent of Embrace and crescent and star

The memorial plaza that sits roughly in the position of the star on an Islamic flag marks the crash site. (Click pics for larger images.)

All the redesign did was add some trees to the west of the original crescent:

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Aside from the re-coloring of the site-plan image, the only actual change in the design is the additional arc of trees to the rear of a person facing into the original crescent.

The Park Service promised Congressman Tancredo in 2005 that Islamic iconography would be removed from the memorial. Instead, this iconography has only been very slightly disguised. Every particle of the original Crescent of Embrace design remains completely intact in the redesign.

The giant crescent points to Mecca

In September 2005, a half dozen different bloggers verified that a person facing directly into the original Crescent of Embrace would be facing almost exactly at Mecca. That makes the crescent a mihrab, the central feature around which every mosque is built.

Face into the crescent to face Mecca:

Cordoba mihrab and crescent orientation

Left: mihrab from the Great Mosque in Cordoba Spain. Right: Crescent of Embrace also faces Mecca. The green circle is from the Mecca-direction calculator at Islam.com. When it is placed over the original Crescent of Embrace site plan, the Mecca-direction line (the “qibla”) almost exactly bisects the crescent.

You can plant as many trees around a mosque as you want and it will still be a mosque. But this isn’t just the world’s largest mosque. The planned memorial is also full of terrorist memorializing features.

Please hear my voice along with those of Congressman Tancredo and Tom Burnett Sr., who is refusing to allow Tom Jr.’s name to be used in the crescent design. The memorial to Flight 93 should not be a terrorist memorial mosque.

Sincerely

Secretary Kempthorne’s phone number is 202-208-7351.

Snail-mail:

Hon. Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of Interior

Office of the Secretary

Rm. 6156, ms7229-MIB

1849 C St, NW

Washington, DC 20240-0001

Reasons to love the Marines

There were 232, but I picked the ones I understood, and liked the best.

1. Cpl. Jason Dunham. First Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since Vietnam. If jumping on a grenade to save a buddy isn’t worth the top of the list, nothing is.

29. Recruiting in Texas is like hunting at the zoo.

47. The occasional free beer. Wear your blues into a bar and see what happens.

54. Everyone at a high school reunion is obliged to justify his last 10 years, except the guy wearing alphas.

58. From “Aliens” to “Doom,” the future vision of warfare almost always includes Space Marines.

59. The Corps was formed in a bar.

60. Marines predicted the WWII campaigns in the Pacific years earlier and prepared for the inevitable. So when a Marine says, “Hey, I’ve been thinking…” perhaps you should take notes.

61. Give a Marine some free time, and he’ll rip down your dictator’s statue.

69. Gen. Peter Pace, the first Marine Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He left his four-star insignia with his fallen comrades at the Vietnam Wall when he retired. Classy move.

73. Bill Barnes. In June, the former Marine beat the crap out of a 27-year-old pickpocket who tried to make off with his dough. Oh yeah, he’s 72.

76. Tax-free combat pay. Doing what you signed up for and not having to give Uncle Sam a dime back.

77. Montford Point Marines. The first African-American Marines know a little something about honor, courage and commitment.

78. Front toward enemy. It’s not just a visual reference on a Claymore mine, it’s a Marine Corps way of life.

93. John Lovell. A 71-year-old former Marine is sitting in a Subway restaurant when two armed men try to rob the place. Lovell grabs his .45, kills one and wounds the other. No word on how Lovell’s sandwich fared.

110. Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl, the Corps’ first fighter ace. First Marine to fly a helicopter. Two Navy Crosses, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals. In 1998, the 82-year-old was killed during a home break-in when he jumped in front of a shotgun blast aimed at his longtime wife, Edna.

115. Having a WWII Marine say he’s proud of you. (I saw the picture just this weekend. It made me cry again.)

133. Riding a chartered Continental Airlines flight home from the war zone with assault weapons stuffed in all the overhead compartments.

150. John Philip Sousa. A Marine, the nation’s March King and composer of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Ooh-rah.

154. The slogans: “The Few, The Proud, The Marines.” “We’re Looking For a Few Good Men,” “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” “Tell that to the Marines.” If they could only purchase the rights to Hallmark’s “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best.”

163. Standards. The Corps doesn’t lower the bar when recruiting gets tough.

185. Col. John Ripley. Received the Navy Cross for the destruction of the Dong Ha bridge in Vietnam. The Corps takes care of its own. In 2002, with Ripley near death, doctors finally found a donated liver for his much-needed transplant. So the Marine Corps sent helicopters and Marines to Philadelphia to retrieve it, and they personally rushed it back to Washington in time to save his life.

195. Race as a nonissue. It wasn’t always the case, but three black Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps in a row show that the Corps has only one color: green.

204. Navy Lt. Vincent Capodanno, Medal of Honor recipient. If Marines have a hot line to heaven, Father Capodanno — aka the Grunt Padre — would take the call. His body peppered by shrapnel, his right hand nearly severed, the Navy chaplain and priest crisscrossed a Vietnam battlefield Sept. 4, 1967, to render last rites to his fallen Marines and corpsmen with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, until 27 rounds from an enemy machine gun took his life. Last year, the Vatican declared him a “servant of God.” Next step, sainthood?

223. Sgt. Rafael Peralta. Like Dunham, he hugged a grenade to save his buddies in Iraq. No Medal of Honor … yet. (I remember reading about him when he died. God bless his family.)

I got them from Blackfive. He got them from the Marine Corps Times.

Read the rest for your most touching…

Riding my bike

R was talking to Jason at work who is a bike enthusiast. R told him that I’ve been riding, that I got a new bike, and that I’m going to be doing a 32 mile ride this weekend. Jason asked him how fast I rode. He told him I average 10 mph. Jason said that was too slow. Then he asked what my max was. R didn’t know.

Of course, R told me this and I thought, “I’ve got to be faster.” So I rode this morning and averaged 12 mph. My max going uphill was 13.6 and my max going downhill was 20.5. But my average, on the straightaways and the greenbelt, was 12 mph.

I can ride forever at 10 mph. I can just keep going and going.

At 12 mph I can ride an hour, an hour and a half, and then I am exhausted.

Originally, when I first started riding, I could go about 2 miles and it took me 20 minutes. Obviously I’ve improved. But I’m not to 12 mph an hour forever. And I’m fairly sure Jason would say that is too slow too.

But I am not racing. I’m recreational riding. I am riding for fun. And I’m a newbie. I don’t want to work at it so hard that I hate it. I want to like riding.

Worst Natural Disasters

Live Science has the Top 10 Natural Disasters in the US, ranked according to death tolls. I have lived through three of them.

I remember number 6. I was living in West Texas. It was very hot. People were giving away fans and a/c units. The public service announcements told people not to mow their lawns, not to go outside if they didn’t have to, not to get overheated.

No one I personally know died in any of these disasters. But it makes you think.

I’ve never been so proud…

“And the digger (Australian soldier) fights for freedom in a war that must be won…”

I asked for this song for Christmas. It came only on a CD. My husband paid $35 for it because it was an import. It was worth it.