Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as we do when the baby gets hold of a hammer. It's just a question of how much damage he can do with it before you can take it away from him."
-Will Rogers

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Help Dave buy a new ride!

This is our buddy Dave! Dave has been a quadriplegic since 1965 but in the few short years we have known him, he has traveled more than most people we know (we have been to Mexico with him three times). He is able to do this with a combination of his motorized bed and his handicap-accessible van. His van is showing its age and Dave is looking for donations to help him get a new one. Please visit his website to learn more and to donate. Thanks!

My dog Reyna

Lori and I finally took the plunge into parenthood! This little angel is Reyna ("queen" in Spanish). She is a 3-month-old Schipperke. Never heard of a Schipperke? From the AKC:
The Schipperke originated in the Flemish regions of Belgium, bred down in size from a black sheepdog called the Leauvenaar. The breed worked as a companion of tradesmen as well as a watchdog and ratter on the river barges, which is where they got the name "Schipperke" since the Flemish word "schip" means boat. Another common nickname for the Schipperke is "Little Captain."
The small, foxlike Schipperke is known for its mischievous expression and distinctive black coat, which stands off from the body and is harsh to the touch. This enthusiastic, joyful, and sometimes willful dog has a thickset and cobby body, and lacks a tail. Although historically a watchdog and vermin hunter, today this ageless breed enjoys competing in conformation, agility and obedience, often well into its teens.
She is pretty much the best dog in the world!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions

Mandatory reading for all US residents but especially those living in the borderlands. His follow up is here. As one who has been harassed numerous times by the Border Patrol both at the border and within the US, this topic hits close to home.
Small except: But you do know, based on history and human nature, that a right undefended will shrivel and die. If you don’t fight for the small right, you won’t be in a position to assert the large right.

Moreover, the existence of the right of privacy is usually based on whether people have a current expectation of privacy in a certain situation. To the extent that people decline to assert their right of privacy, it slips away. Lack of vigilance by citizens begets more government power.

Monday, September 13, 2010

God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule

"Look, I don't know, maybe I haven't made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again," said the Lord, His divine face betraying visible emotion during a press conference near the site of the fallen Twin Towers. "Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbor. Well, I don't. And to be honest, I'm really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand."

"I don't care how holy somebody claims to be," God said. "If a person tells you it's My will that they kill someone, they're wrong. Got it? I don't care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else's, ever again."

"I tried to put it in the simplest possible terms for you people, so you'd get it straight, because I thought it was pretty important," said God, called Yahweh and Allah respectively in the Judaic and Muslim traditions. "I guess I figured I'd left no real room for confusion after putting it in a four-word sentence with one-syllable words, on the tablets I gave to Moses. How much more clear can I get?"

-excerpted from The Onion

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Quote of the Day

Interview with Deepak Chopra:

If someone asks you what religion you are, what do you say?
I say God gave humans the truth, and the Devil came and said, "Let's organize it, we'll call it religion."