Onion Peeling Devices…

Hey John, I have five seconds. I’ve been reading travel blogs concerning our trip to Guatemala. All is go so far, passports in.

Happy weekend ahead and hope thoughts of our Mom’s were all upbeat. I know your Mom passed last year, just before we met, and this must be very hard time, but I know you well enough, now, to say,
“… be strong ol’ chap.” I’m sure your Mom is very proud of you, in the heaven where all our hearts are together. God Bless. I have been off the bloggy thing a bit. Too much out in the rain showers and late winter greyness, but Thursday is all sun day 82 in vain degrees, and maybe it will hold for a few. I don’t know…I don’t watch the weather.

Not exactly cold turkey, but tv go bye bye. maybe a couple times a week at home…on the other side of the wall. I liked this post(yours), of course…read a couple days ago. Gotta run ol’bean take care and we are fathers(of course)-with all the responsibility, there-in.

I’m keeping an eagle-eye…for daft changes of behavior. It is highly unlikely that things will not change. I wish I could go to bed at
midnight, so I will go finish loading the dishwasher and do just that. Nighty-nite…a.m.coffee and comments.

Your friend -still and always TR

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by trust the rust (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 3:05 AM   (del)

Hi TR. What an odd week! No one was around until just now. I’ve been busy too. Waiting now for Elizabeth to show up. We’ll go work hither and yon. Gee, I didn’t even think of Mom on Mother’s Day. I was looking at that house. On real holidays I think of her, Christmas particularly – that’s when about she died. But she’s just as much with me now as she was when she was living – the more so because she is no longer limited by the constraints of her body. I’ve never understood the logic of the protestant view which denies or otherwise downplays the communion of saints, when it is so plain to anyone who has family in Heaven (and that’s everyone) that they continue to pray for us there. It’s illogical also to believe in a God that created something out of nothing and then put all kinds of limitations on Him concerning what He can and cannot do. As I often say, God created us in His image and likeness and the first thing we do is turn around and try to recreate Him in our own. Protestants have half a faith – only the part that they can see, with the transcendent reality removed – and atheists have faith in money, sex, government, global warming, whatever. It’s all the same ego-driven effort to control God, or recreate Him in our image, according to our limited understanding, or in conformance with one of our hair-brained ever-changing philosophies. Did I spell that right? Who cares? Off to the salt mines we go… |<   <<   >>   >|

by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 8:48 AM

Hi Ron. Yes, landing can be painful. Actually, I’ve never had any difficulty with airplanes and mountains. Ladders bother me, though. |<   <<   >>   >|

by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 8:52 AM

Funny thing is to me that this ‘experiment’ reminds me much about Leonardo Da Vinci.
I know that he was a vegetarian, he loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.
So to prove that his parachute was safely bringing them to the ground, yet they ditched it just before the landing assuming (?) the landing is safe, just fit this scenerio in my twisted mind.
Or maybe it is too early for me to be connecting al the dots. But hey, if you are watching a show such as this, at least watching it in HD helps, if you want an extra bonus, my hubby purchased a 73 inch HD. Its like being there, well almost. (Yes, 73 inches and we sit 16 feet from it.)
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by Whispered Promise (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 8:53 AM

I suppose the old PBS program “This Old House” was Reality TV in its way, Sherry. But the way we would do it these days is to create a competition in which Bob Vila and Norm Abram would get teams of yuppies together to co-habitate in separate renovation projects, hopefully ending up sleeping together, of course, and have weekly assessments in which various team members would be executed with a Sawzall by popular vote, or traded from Bob’s team to Norm’s, or banished to HGTV, or what have you. The “science” programs are even more sickening because they pretend a legitimacy they can’t even spell. |<   <<   >>   >|

by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 9:03 AM

Well, the only people who are truly anti-war are those who understand the reality that peace comes only as the result of victory over Evil by the powers of Good. DaVinci knew this, Whispered Promise. The “new” anti-war movement has an agenda which doesn’t have much to do with peace. They do all they can to prevent it. |<   <<   >>   >|

by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 9:08 AM

I am in agreement John,
I also think that it should be absolutely necessary for our President to have served in the military.
I am not anti-war but I am certainly all for peace if it can be acheived without war. It is unrealistic to think we can live without protecting ourselves and sometimes defending others. Greed is too prevalent to think that is a possibility.
Its a shame, because Utopia is a nice place to be.
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by Whispered Promise (PM , CC ) on Wednesday May 14, 2008 @ 12:52 PM

I’m undecided about the prez-military requirement, Whispered Promise. It sounds quite practical, but to say that spending three years as a corporal in Germany (or something) gives a person educated military experience is obviously rather silly, and to require he or she come from a career military position smacks of Militarism. The decision to go to war is almost always objectively right or wrong, and our nation has a history of being always in the right. Anybody with an informed conscience can make that decision. Some great wartime presidents did not serve in the military, and of course our current president came in during a time in which no one seemed to believe war was on the horizon. Requiring military service is often used these days as a disingenuous criticism of him from folks who despise the military in the first place. Of course, the Framers envisioned the president should be chosen from amonst the people, and we are a divers lot, not all of us having served our country in that way. Such a requirement may seem to be pro-military, but of course we live in a democratic republic, not a military dictatorship, and it may too severely limit the field of potential candidates. The current Democratic candidates would be ineligible, for instance – not a bad thing in and of itself, (though I think Mrs. Clinton might have what it takes – historically, women usually do), and McCain’s experience – though we are thankful for his service – doesn’t seem to level his head when it comes to buying into the whole US torture myth, global warming, and other trendy fictions of mass hysteria. Leadership, on the other hand – that which is so severely lacking in any potential president this time around – is a quality that can be honed and developed in the corporate world, in one’s community, and so on. It’s not a quality which military service guarantees, and a stint in the military is not the only way in which one may acquire it. In fact, if they don’t have it by the time they’re of legal age to join the chances are they’ll never develop it.

So – sorry to go so long – there are arguments for and against. I’ve breezed through a few of the ones against. On this question, and on congressional term limits, I tend to swing back and forth a bit. When good cases may be made on both sides of a thing sometimes we end up trying it out eventually, depending on the will of the people. Perhaps we’ll live to see this idea tried.

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by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Thursday May 15, 2008 @ 6:44 AM

I too have swung on this myself but when in the war, I can’t help but know that when it comes to holding the title commander-in-chief of the armed forces,one can’t help but think, should he or she not know the job inside and out; shouldn’t he know where and what he is sending my boy out to do? I want him or her to KNOW what happens in war and to have been willing to take that stand themselves. I am an idealist though, and I agree this leans toward a militarian government, but I do believe there is some reasonable concern in this. Perhaps they should at least have a ‘tour of duty’ or some type of major understanding of it. To me it is like being an architect and not have any engineering knowledge.
Asfar asthe candidates in this race, I am really disappointed. This is an amazing race, having the first African-American and the first woman running candidate but truly we have a poor representative for each. But I have yet to have a confident vote, I always feel like I am compromising something everytime I walk into that booth.
Only the day will reveal my final choice.
Hilary has been here in NY and she has not made me happy or joyful with her. Obama does not have my trust at all, and McCain is part of the ‘good ole boys’ race.
So, My vote will go to the lesser of all evils I suppose.
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by Whispered Promise (PM , CC ) on Thursday May 15, 2008 @ 10:05 PM

Whispered Promise: I think it is a testament to the greatness of our civilization that there are so many of us who don’t have experience of war, and never will. At the time of our nation’s founding I don’t believe such a thing was imaginable. And of course, it wouldn’t be imaginable without the strength of our people, both military and not, and their willingness to defend the idealistic vision of freedom begun all those years ago and the reality of it we enjoy and so take for granted today. So I suppose that’s on the bright side of the issue. In most places in the world one needn’t join the military to have experience of war; it comes to you while you’re busy changing diapers.

On the forthcoming election, I often remind myself, as well as others, that the president is not a king, pope, or dictator. He (or she) can be extremely influential – or not – as the people will have it. We’re really in control – not him, or her. I know that frightens people who might rather be taken care of, or ruled by some higher authority. Actually, that goes to the heart of the matter: so many of us would now prefer to abdicate our liberty for the sake of a dreamed-of dictatorship in which government replaces and becomes a benevolent and generous God, providing for all. History informs us, however, that Socialism solves the problem of (for instance) hunger by killing half a country’s population, solves the problem of homelessness by sending death squads out to exterminate the homeless, solves the disparity between rich and poor by ensuring everybody is poor except the elites (like Obama) who are in charge, and then at last, after using up all its wealth without having any apparatus for the creation of more, collapses under its own absurdly bureaucratric weight. So many of us, unfortunately, live in an insane other-world in which this history simply isn’t taught. Ignorance is the greatest enemy, one which no amount of military experience or preparedness can face all by itself.

The least of evils? Well, that just the story of Humanity. There is no perfect leader except He who creates us. If we allow our hearts and minds to be ruled by God then what we come up with is exactly what our founding fathers envisioned for us.

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by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Friday May 16, 2008 @ 6:28 AM

You know what John the Squabbler, I think this has opened a smaller Pandora’s box for me. I have often skirted political views these last years and now I think I have discovered why.
I have lost faith in humanity in some degree. I have lost the innocence I once had in the governing structure through the judicial system. Its face is ugly and the system isn’t fool proof or even fair. I relied on its existence to even things out for me to back up my decision and to finally give due justice and instead I was stripped down and beaten.
It has changed me. I am jaded now and yet I have faith and love for individuals. I can see motives I didn’t know existed and most of them are geared toward self. I also am witnessing the removal of God from our government and am afraid of what decision scale we will then lean.
Once on here, when a blogger with a political edge to his agenda said he respected the decision to remove the Ten Commandments from the court and further claimed the forefathers did not base their judgments upon them, I then asked upon what do we base the law? What sliding scale do we use to measure where did the bases of law begin if not there? I did not receive an answer that was even remotely suitable for either side of the discussion.
I know the law is not cut and dry but it really is a shame it is built upon wealth and power, because it does make the undercarriage, the people, become self preservative and in essence self serving, and that is why political agendas become word and not actions, because they truly can’t deliver all that we want and all that we need.
I love democracy in its truest form, but it is diluted and obscure anymore and I don’t trust the people anymore.
If God were to anoint the head of a president, I then would be sure of my vote, but it is bigger than that for me isn’t it? We are at war but do we see it? Do we wake and think of it daily? Some of us do, but many of us do not. Why? That is what we have lost, the humanity. When there is a natural disaster, I can not structure our natural disaster response teams and go right to the source and start working, why? Because we can’t tell the looters from the heart of missions. That scares me.
That is who I trust as my decision for voting. The us in the world. Do I trust that there are more good than evil right now? I surely hope so.
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by Whispered Promise (PM , CC ) on Friday May 16, 2008 @ 7:35 AM

Hi Whispered Promise. You’re not alone. The ceaseless drumbeat of negativity from the media, academia, and other sources eventually has that affect on everybody. In fact, that’s the idea – if the people who spew all that garbage can be said to actually have one. The “high” culture always trickles down into the “low” culture eventually, and for over 40 years institutions of higher learning have been devoted to changing and/or obscuring historical fact in order to advance a particular philosophy which (ironically) really doesn’t qualify as one. Every fault in human nature they will blame on the “system,” or institution, or what have you, because they are influenced by two false ideas: determinism, which advances the notion that people are controlled entirely by socio-economic forces, and relativism, an absurd paradoxical suggestion that there is no objective or absolute truth EXCEPT the statement that there is no objective or absolute truth. Just idiotic. This weird conjoining of blabbering nonsensical rubbish has in time infected the entire culture. Ignorance is the real enemy, as I said earlier. That’s what you encountered with that blogger. Whether one chooses to believe in God, or not, the fact that Western Civilization is basically founded upon the Mosaic Law (The Ten Commandments) combined with the Hellenistic philosophy adopted and preserved by the early Roman Church is not really something one can reasonably make a case against. But, believe it or not, that blogger was probably college-uneducated. The more exact term is indoctrinated.

But, as for the rest of us backward hayseed yokels who cling to guns and religion because we’re embittered and powerless over the great socio-economic forces which make the world go ’round, our best bet is to remember that most of what we hear from TV, the Internet, movies, (if anybody still bothers to go), newspapers, (if anybody still bothers to read), and the college classroom is either a complete lie or an highly skewed agenda-driven fabrication of half truths and selectively hand-picked information. I tell everybody if you want to live longer, healthier lives turn off the damned TV.

Most of my “news” is good news. I think that’s true for most of us. Yet, the only good news offered by the culture through its media is in its advertisements – there’s a sale at Penny’s, you know. The only hope of our culture, according to the drooling imbeciles who provide these dubious entertainments, is buy buy buy until you die die die. Meanwhile, we are told corporations are evil, businessmen (like me) are evil, capitalism is evil, the United States is evil, Catholic priests are evil, and then somehow are asked to believe some politician or other is “good.” Rubbish.

I swell with pride and gratitude when I think of our industries, our corporations, our ability to create wealth through commerce – literally sharing, – the ingenuity and spirit of our people, our incredible compassion, and the limitless opportunities our way of life guarantees to everybody where no other even comes close. All of what I learned as a child about our nation is still true. I understand how dispiriting it is to find oneself suddenly in a minority with those ideas, and how masses of people can often seem bovine, so I seek out folks individually and I talk about these matters in the most positive way.

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by John, the Squabbler (PM , CC ) on Friday May 16, 2008 @ 1:41 PM

Yuh! That was a magnificent exchange.I gotta go, but Wow!, I like high horses that have giddy-up. Both of you represented well our plight and our fortune. Whispered Promise, Welcome to Johns place. I like it here.
Back outside, now. Was taking a short break…all morning. Sun and hot, today. record setting heat.

John, I thought you were at work. Bye for now. John, I got your write back_on my comment_Ditto. This is the life, and I look forward to your series…TR

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