Because Everybody Is Entitled To My Opinion

"O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, . . . in wrath remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2).
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Video Purportedly Showing Space Aliens Shown

A man has screened a 3 minute video purportedly showing space aliens to a press conference.

Jeff Peckman, who has proposed the city of Denver create an 18-member extraterrestrial affairs commission, screened the video for the media Friday at Metropolitan State College.
We are not alone as that grainy black-and-white video clearly shows. We are indeed surrounded by idiots. Extraterrestrial life landed in Nebraska and sought out our brightest minds. And then attempted to communicate using the universal language; Peek-A-Boo.
The video was taken on July 17, 2003, in Nebraska by Stan Romanek, according to Alejandro Rojas, the education director of the Mutual UFO Network, who spoke at Friday's press conference.

Rojas said Romanek set up the camera because he feared Peeping Toms were stalking his teen daughters, according to the Post.
And he was right! Peeping Toms from another world! Were these lonly E.T.s looking for some hot monkey love? An interstellar booty call perhaps? Or were they genuinely seeking to make first base contact and were mistakenly drawn to the second floor window by teen pheromones? With those big eyes it is possible they were simply drawn to the light like normal bug-eyed monsters.
Peckman did not release the video to FOX News.

"It's under agreement right now and negotiations are under way to create a documentary out of this for widespread use," Peckman said.
Ah now I see. The aliens brought us a message of peace. And these people are negotiating the film rights before the whole world can bask in the glory that is alien contact. Makes perfect sense to me.

Of course the whole thing smells like a hoax, not that I would have believed it were the video 3 hours long and shot in high definition color. Either the old man was right and some hot-blooded boys were trying to check out his daughters with a mock alien head, or the whole thing was staged so that people could make a buck. 
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Vets *for* Freedom

Here are a couple of internet ads done by the Vets for Freedom posing the question to Barack Obama; "Why won't you visit Iraq to see first hand the success our military is having?"

And a good question it is. Obama has said he would NOT visit Iraq and he has made no effort to meet with General Patreaus to be briefed. This is not the kind of behavior we should accept from a potential future CIC. There really is no excuse for not wanting to know what is going on in Iraq regardless of how you feel about the war. It looks bad, really really bad.

And apparently Obama knows this now. He has flip-flopped softened his position on visiting the troops and says he will consider a trip. How political of him.

Check out these videos and if you get a chance visit the VFF site.

(Hat Tip: David Drake)
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #80

Thursday Thirteen #80

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Memorial Day Memories

I had a wonderful Memorial Day so I thought I would share 13 highlights with you;

  1. Sleeping In All the way to 10:00. A pleasure I only get on holidays.

  2. Long Hot Shower The kids never sleep in so they were up at dawn's crack and long gone to terrorize the neighborhood by the time I got to the shower. Plenty of hot water and no rushing to be late for work.

  3. Blogging I am terrible about blogging on holidays especially ones that fall on Saturday or Sunday. I made an effort this year to post about Memorial Day. Especially after the great sermon Pastor preached Sunday morning about remembering.

  4. Rush to the Store The new Sav-A-Lot to get hot dog and hamburger buns. Plus I was having severe Coca Cola withdrawal symptoms.

  5. The Invitation A friend from church called and invited me to join him and his family at Progressive Field to watch the Cleveland Indians play. He had special tickets good for extra innings.

  6. The Preparation My step-dad had barbecued all day Sunday. My niece had been cooking Sunday and since 5:00am on Monday. She has announced that there will never bee another holiday cookout that she will be in charge of.

  7. The Meal There was steaks, pork chops, spare ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, pop, and cake.

  8. Nuclear Destruction of My Enemies I played a relaxing game of Supreme Commander which has more nuclear explosions than any computer game ever made.

  9. Rush to the Store The new Sav-A-Lot to get paper towels, paper napkins, and more charcoal before "they" arrived.

  10. The Family Faceless Hordes that Descended Like Locusts Upon My Home Oh they started coming and they just kept coming and coming and coming. Arrrgh!

  11. Hasty Retreat to the Environs of Garfield Heights With my exit strategy announced in advanced I drove off to where my friend and his family lives. From there it was just a quick 15 minute trip to downtown Cleveland and Progressive Field. Well a 30 minute trip since we had to turn around and go back and get the tickets that were still on the computer desk in his den.

  12. An Exciting Sports Spectacle Eleven innings of nail biting excitement as the Tribe led the game, let Chicago tie, then lost spectacularly in the twelfth inning by THREE runs. At least there were fireworks.

  13. Returning Home After Midnight I arrived to a quiet house, kids asleep. Good thing I had set aside a couple of pork chops and a burger, some mac and cheese and potato salad, because there was not a drop of food left in the pans. I resisted buying food at the stadium even though it was "Dollar Dog Night" and Sugardale sold over 37,000 hot dogs. I knew there would be a big plate of seconds for me carefully hidden in my office.

I had a great holiday which actually started Friday when I took an extra day off from work. We had a great Saturday preparing things and Sunday services were awesome! And I did take time to think about the men and women who sacrificed their lives so I could enjoy my long weekend in the greatest country on Earth! How was your holiday?

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Lest We Forget


I pray everyone has a safe and blessing filled Memorial Day. But also that everyone remembers the sacrifices made by others so that we might enjoy this day in freedom.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #79

Thursday Thirteen #79

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Songs by the iPod Mystery Artist

When I get buried at work like I have been lately, I like to listen to my MP3 player (since I don't really own an iPod). Well here are thirteen songs by the mystery artist(s). I am pretty sure you will have it figured out by number 13!

  1. Gloria

  2. So You Say

  3. Joy Spring

  4. Twilight Tone

    I never knew there was a video for this song. An absolute fav.

  5. Body and Soul

  6. Shaker Song

  7. Four Brothers

  8. Night in Tunisia

  9. Java Jive

  10. Operator

  11. Birdland

    This was such a find. There are only two acceptable versions of the song Birdland. The original by Weather Report and the version by the mystery artist. BOTH OF THEM PERFORM IN THIS VIDEO! How cool is that?

  12. Soul Food to Go

  13. Boy from New York City

    Okay if you don't know by now then this signature song should give it away.

Leave your guess in the comments.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Dems in a Tizzy Over Bush's Remarks

Bush talks to the Israeli parliament on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the nation of Israel. He said "Anyone who claims talking to terrorists will result in peace is suffering a foolish delusion."  The democrats got their collective shorts in a wad some claiming he specifically targeted Obama. White House Denies Bush Targeted Obama in Speech to Israeli Knesset
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is - the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history,” the president said.
Obama, Clinton and most of the Democratic rank and file dogpiled on Bush's statement claiming he was politicizing while attacking Obama's foreign policy plan for Iran. They claimed Bush's policies were ineffective and they even feigned moral outrage at being compared to Nazi appeasers.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino without having heard Obama or Clinton offered a very good perspective on the situation.
“I understand when you are running for office sometimes you think the world revolves around you. That is not always true and it is not true in this case. The president is president regardless of an election cycle and he is going to be president of the United States through January 20, 2009,” Perino said.

“We are not going to change policy based on the ‘08 election. We are not going to stop talking about the ideals of the United States because there is an ‘08 election. They can fight it out over there but this is not new policy."
And if things couldn't get stranger, Howard Dean called on John McCain to denounce Bush's statements. instead McCain questioned Obama's approach to foreign policy:
“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people,” he said while on a bus to the airport.

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”
So The Dems feel Bush was attacking Democrats in general and Obama specifically. I particularly like Howard Deans "Well if you were really presidential material John McCain, you'd denouce what Bush said" approch. Who  does he think he is?  The Dems never fail to amuse.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Real Life - No Thursday Thirteen

I apologize, I know this is the second week in a row I neglected my Thursday Thirteen. But I have been buried at work and home. Add to that a battery of medical tests and scans and I have not had the time or energy to put 13 coherent thoughts together.  I started my "gross" edition last week but never finished and I had hoped to get one in late today but fate had other plans.

Again I apologize and to make it up, I will give you a free McDonald's Chicken sandwich. Today only just rush over to Micky D's  before 7:00PM but you have to buy your own medium or large drink. Tell 'em Dane sent you. There. That should do it!
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Use the Force - to Avoid Jail

Only in Great Britain I guess. There is an official church that follows the percieved beliefs of the Jedi from the Star Was films. A man dressed as Darth Vader attacks two "Jedi" masters with a metal crutch. 'Darth Vader' spared jail in Jedi attacks - Criminal weirdness says:
Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones — aka Master Jonba Hehol — with a metal crutch, hitting him on the head, prosecutors told Holyhead Magistrates' Court.

He also whacked Jones' 18-year-old cousin, Michael Jones — known as Master Mormi Hehol — bruising his thigh in the March 25 incident, prosecutors said.
How did he get caught?
Unfortunately for Hughes, his March attack was recorded on a video camera that the cousins had set up to film themselves in a light saber battle.

Well there you have it. A church of the Jedi complete with ritual light saber duels. Can this world get any weirder? Maybe. The 2001 census in the UK say 390,000 people listed their religion as "Jedi".
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

McCain-Huckabee: Now that's the Ticket

Okay the rumor mill is running full tilt. Someone close to McCain has hinted that Mike Huckabee is on the short list for veep. That would be GREAT! Not that I have a strong opinion or anything. I think if McCain wants to be serious about energizing the conservative base, Huckabee's the man.

Huckabee was asked if he would accept the position. He effectively said he wouldn't reject the offer.

What is your dream Republican ticket for November?
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Bumper Sticker Rebuttal

I love good bumper Stickers. I have even posted some of my favorite sayings from bumper stickers here before. Normally I am very tolerant of bumper stickers that express views I don't hold or says something dumb. And these stickers are almost exclusively liberal in nature. Even so I don't get all worked up over anti-gun or anti-war stickers.  Usually I don't.

I saw a bumper sticker over the weekend that got me on a slow boil and I needed to say something about it. The sticker:
War is a poor chisel with which to carve out tomorrow.

Okay on the surface it is typical anti-war rhetoric but it really started to get to me on other levels. So war is a poor chisel, but it is a chisel none the less and when you think about it, it has been the most effectively used chisel. Good or bad, war has shaped our world. I would challenge the genius who came up with this bit of wisdumb to list what he/she thinks is a better chisel. Oh and before you answer "Peace", keep in mind that peace has never been an effective tool in our world history. In fact there has never been a generation of peace since Solomon's reign. So what chisel was this moonbat thinking about?

I was also upset because other implications of this statement were that the Revolutionary  War chisel which carved the tomorrow that is this nation, was a poor chisel, or the World War II chisel which carved the tomorrow that is a world free of Hitler's tyranny was a poor chisel. The mental midget who thought up this saying discounts the sacrifices and lives of all who fought for the freedom of others during these "poor chisels".

While I'm ranting I might as well take a shot at another popular moonbat sticker. It is one with "COEXIST" spelled out using the religious symbols from all the major religions. I would just like to point out to the Captain Oblivious who authored  that sticker, that  coexistence  is not possible when  doctrines of certain religions  call for the extermination  of  the others.  Get a clue. Or do moonbats really think that people with strongly held religious beliefs will simply put them aside to achieve the lovely dream state of "Coexistence"?

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What do you think?
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Friday, May 09, 2008

From the Inbox

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Okay you might accuse me of kicking her when she's down but I thought this was funny. I suspect, given the mathematical improbability of Hillary pulling enough delegates to get the nomination, that she will drag it to the convention and apply "Clintonian" pressure on the super delegates.

Obama is playing the confidence game, basically ignoring her and gearing up to face McCain. I wonder if the possibility exists of an Obama/Clinton ticket for the sake of the party. If so, and they win in November, I'd double up on the bullet proof vests if I were Barack.
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