Thursday, October 04, 2007

Oh Well I'm Tired And So Weary !!!

"Oh, well I'm tired and so weary"...this, of course, is the first line in that great old gospel classic, "Peace in the Valley". I am sure this line tells the story of many of our lives today. We live in a very troubled world, a fallen world, if you will. I know it tells me exactly how I feel. I know it also tells me it's time for a change.

When I started "Dougie Rants !!!" a few years ago, it was simply an e-mail letter I sent to friends, family, business aquaintances, and anyone else crazy enough to want to read it, that I thought might be interested whenever I felt strongly enough to 'rant' about a particular subject or event. The list grew into the hundreds (mostly by request). Then came the blog site and finally the column in the Rutherford Reader. It has been sent across the country, and even to friends in New Zealand. I am humbled by the reaction, which has been overwhelmingly positive, with the exception of a small handful of dissenters, which, by the way, made the endeavor even more satisfying because of the exchange of ideas and thoughts.

My thoughts at this time are that the 'rant' has run its course (as all things seem to do). I am burned out, and yearning to do something else. I am just plain tired of 'politics', and I feel I am simply re-hashing the same old issues and nothing really changes.

I have decided to stop doing the 'rant' as it now exists. I want to move into newer things, explore newer ideas, and leave the politics to those that CAN make a difference. It has been a good run, and I thank all those who supported the 'rant'. I will be back in due time with a new format. Until then...

"Oh, well I'm tired and so weary...
But I must go alone...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Just My Opinion !!!

Moveon.org! What a great idea! They should move on. And on, and on.....

Sure, they have every right to do what they do, and say what they say, but if anyone out there thinks for a minute they are providing an honest, constructive venue for ideas, they are sadly mistaken. They are extremely far-left wing, heavily financed by George Soros (so money is not an issue with them), and they will literally cut out your political heart if given the provocation to do so.

In case you didn't notice, none of the Democratic nominees for the presidency had the courage to denounce their full page ad in the New York Times. As ignorant as some of them sometimes sound, they are smart enough to know they will be vilified by the left-wing bloggers if they should take a stand against them. They are, in short, running scared. Just my opinion.

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My hat goes off to Tim Russert. He is an admitted Democrat, but when he goes to work he checks his politics at the door. He will ask the same tough questions to everyone, regardless of their politics. No holds barred.

He is certainly a breath of fresh air in an industry which has its stinky side. There should be more people in the business with his dignity and character. Just my opinion.
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If one listens closely to those on the far-right and to those on the far-left, it is fairly easy to conclude that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The middle is not nearly so agenda-driven.

Although I have been correctly accused of leaning to the right, I find myself as uncomfortable with the far-right as I do the far-left. I can be conservative in my political views without being radical. It's just that the far-left seems to me to have a much more vicious agenda. Just my opinion.

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Is it just me, or does it seem to you there is just no logic in our government anymore, on either side. With most of the Democrats and some of the Republicans calling for the imminent withdrawal of our troops from Iraq (and believe me, I would love nothing more than to see them come home), would it not make sense, in the natural order of things, to talk about bringing our troops home from Korea and Germany too? They have been there much, much longer, and we still have an active enemy to deal with in Iraq.

Are we going to bring them (the terrorists) here, too? Seriously, what happens if we indeed do bring our troops home and the terrorists decide to set up shop on our soil? I find this possibility very unsettling and not without merit. Just my opinion.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Funny E-mails !!!

As I have been traveling recently, I have not had the time to share my own thoughts on these pages (can you say 'blessing'?), so here are some randomly selected e-mails I have recently received that I find rather humorous. I am sure there are those of you out there who will not. Ain't this fun! And, no, I didn't verify any of this with Snopes. Let them come to me for a change.

Historical Events:
Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claimed that an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico.

This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and the federal government.

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, exactly nine months after that historic day, the following people were born:
Albert Arnold Gore Jr.
Hillary Rodham
John F. Kerry
William Jefferson Clinton
Howard Dean
Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer.

See what happens when aliens breed with sheep?

And then.....

Three things to think about!
1. COWS
2. THE CONSTITUTION
3. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

COWS: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington and they can track her calves to their stalls? But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION: They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq . Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore.

TEN COMMANDMENTS: The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse........ You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt N ot Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians -- it creates a hostile work environment.

And last, but certainly not least.....

A U.S. Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist, badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state.

The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.

The Marine reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road. I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scumbag who got what he deserved, and he yelled back that Ted Kennedy is a fat, good-for-nothing, left wing liberal drunk who doesn't know how to drive. So I said that Osama Bin Ladin dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian! He retaliated by yelling, "Oh yeah? Well, so does Hillary Clinton!"

"And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when a truck hit us."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm Tired

I rarely use material other than my own in my blog site, but this letter caught my eye and I felt compelled to share it. My personal thoughts are that this reflects the truth much more than does anything we get from the media.
Whether you agree or disagree with the content, this is a real letter and the writer deserves not only respect for his views, but much greater respect for his service to our country. Please refer to: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/repya.asp for a look at this man's military career. He certainly personifies the word 'hero', and we, as a nation, are blessed by his service.

"I'M TIRED"

Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad, and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:

I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who lack the courage, fortitude and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.

I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy overnight.

I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers, a family whose loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front-page news.

Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for victory.

Sincerely,
Joe Repya, Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army 101st Airborne Division

Monday, August 27, 2007

Kudzu !!!

Kudzu! That wild growing, virtually indestructible, mostly uncontrollable, mass of foliage that plagues many areas of the southeast United States.

Urban, or should I say suburban, legend has it that it was developed by one of the southern universities many years ago to control erosion and look nice along the highways and byways. If you are from Alabama, then the University of Georgia did the dastardly deed. If you are from Georgia, then the University of Alabama did it. Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, etc. Whatever. No one ever wants to take the blame for it. BUT, the bottom line is this: Kudzu was actually introduced in this country from Japan in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. I have done my homework. I have studied.

So why, you may be asking, am I so 'hung up' (so to speak) on Kudzu all of a sudden? Valid question, answer forthcoming.

A good friend of mine made a statement regarding Kudzu a few days ago, the implications of which could revolutionize the economic structure of the entire planet. I will share this with you, but first, I wish to expound on certain facts about this 'wascally weed' that most of us are unaware of. I believe it will help to enlighten us all as to the potential it holds.

Kudzu is a climbing perrenial vine capable of reaching heights to 100 feet in trees, but also scrambles extensively over lower vegetation. It grows an average of one foot per day, so long term production would not be a problem. The root system reaches depths of 12 feet.

The non-woody parts of the plant are edible. Young leaves can be used for salads or as a leaf vegetable. It is high in vitamins A and C as well as calcium and protein content. The roots are rich in starch and the blooms are an excellent source of honey (also allegedy delicious when battered and deep fried). We have wonderful un-tapped potential here. Unless I have missed something (entirely possible), I am totally unaware of the existence of a Kudzu industry.

There are medicinal possibilities, as well. It can reduce the effects of both hangovers and alcohol cravings. Harvard Medical School is currently doing a study on Kudzu on alcohol related problems. It also has tremendous value as an herb.

It is very effective for erosion control and improved quality of soil. It makes excellent forage for livestock.

The downside of Kudzu is a monumental cost of five hundred million dollars annually in lost cropland and growth control costs.

BUT! If Kudzu could become organized, controlled, managed, and otherwise put to use in a positive light, rather than allowed to run rampant over power poles and trees, the economic impact could be beyond belief.

Here is the BIGGY! This is what my friend has suggested: FIND A WAY TO REFINE KUDZU AS AN ALTERNATE SOURCE OF FUEL!!! Think of the financial implications here. We would no longer be dependent on the oil barons. Chances are we wouldn't need them at all. We could tell them all to pound salt! I am sure there would be an invironmental impact, also, but I have no data on that at this time.

The re-tooling that would be necessary to re-vamp our domestic fuel industry would be a real boon to our economy. New jobs! This is absolutely mind boggling!

We could then phase out the use of corn in the manufacture of Ethanol, thereby easing production pressures on our corn farmers, which would in turn, help to stabilize the price of corn. This would then stabilize the price of barley and hops which should, in turn, help to keep the price of beer affordable (would this be the true meaning of trickle-down economics?).

Don't you find economics simply fascinating? I certainly do.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fear !!!

"The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else" - Oswald Chambers.

There are those of you that will think this is a stretch, and that's okay, but does this not send a message to the secular progressive folks (and, they do indeed exist. Check out the agenda of the ACLU, George Soros, etc)? If they can, over time, erode Christianity from our society, they can change the face of this entire nation, ala western Europe. Quite simply, set out to rid our schools of anything Christian, but leave the other religions to do their thing. I do not make this stuff up, it's in the news on a daily basis.

Watered-down theology is running rampant in our churches. Entertainment value is replacing worship. Certain denominations are questioning the validity of the Virgin Birth and the Ressurection. They give thanks to Mother Jesus. Think I'm kidding? Check it out! I think it was also Oswald Chambers who once said, "Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man". Where has that gone in our daily lives?

I am sure I will get letters and e-mails calling me paranoid, but that's okay, too. This is not about paranoia, this is about someone who cares enough about the spiritual plight of our country to stand up and say, "Hey! We got trouble in River City! And it ain't spelled P-O-O-L. This is about someone who cares enough to be vocal about the changes he has seen over the past forty years, and the downward spiral this country seems to be in. Is it all bad? No, of course not. We are still the finest nation on planet Earth, no doubt about it. Has everything gone to "hell in a handbasket"? I don't think so. But, can we continue, as a culture, to do business the way we are doing it now? Once again, I don't think so.

My honest, non-paranoid view of things is this: Unless we return to the Christian values that made us the great nation we are, unless we dance with Who brung us, we will not survive over the long term.We need to begin fearing God in our lives. Think of the impact that would have on our terrorist enemies. How would they act and react if they knew that, in our heart of hearts, we held no fear for them, but only for our Lord and Savior? It could totally change the dynamics of this entire struggle.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear".

Monday, August 06, 2007

I Smell A Conspiracy !!!

I smell a conspiracy, and it's got me hoppin' mad (so to speak)! It seems that more and more of our corn production is being ear-marked to make Ethanol. You know, the alternate fuel. The story on the street is, the more Ethanol we can produce the less crude oil we will need to buy from our friends in the middle east and South America. You know, the old 'supply and demand' theory. We produce more corn, we buy less crude oil. Helps our economy, hurts theirs. Crude oil prices drop dramatically. Sounds good on paper, but.....

Let's look at the BIG picture here: Demand for corn continues to escalate, production begins to lag behind, some farmers actually have to start planting stuff again in order to make a living. Corn prices begin to rise as production continues to lag behind demand. Canned and frozen corn prices in our super markets spiral out of control, negating savings at the gas pump.

You may think I'm out of my mind, but stay with me here. I am on to something BIG! The huge shift in the corn market will cause a natural reaction in other areas of our economy: The food industry will be forced to look for substitute products to replace corn. Alternative marketing schemes will be developed to maintain fair market shares. Food executives will be keeping an 'ear' out (so to speak) for new avenues of revenue. Consequently, barley prices will sky-rocket, as will the price of hops.

Okay, I have given you the BIG picture: Can you imagine what this will do to the price of beer?

We need to organize. We need stop this conspiracy in its tracks. We need to tell these people, whoever they are, that we will not tolerate a continuation of this nonsense, and if necessary, we will call on our people in Washington to 'draft' legislation against it!

(Disclaimer: This was just for fun, okay?)