Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mr. 300

The weather people are saying it is supposed to start raining tomorrow and then a cold front is moving in. I figured since that might happen I should get out tonight and find my 300th geocache while I could do so without freezing. This one was in a park and in the woods. I discovered there are more thorns at night than during the day, but other than that it wasn't too hard.

I will commemorate find #400, and for find #500, I am hoping to have all of the people who I have introduced to geocacing in the picture with me. Gotta love it.

More Bad News for Weird Al

"The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold is expected to ease in the coming days.

With a forecast low of -31C today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896." (read the rest of the story here).

Somebody tell Weird Al...another hole in his global warming "theory".

How the Imams Terrorized an Airliner

Read the Washington Times article for yourself on the suspicious activity of the imams on the U.S. Airways flight. Not quite the same white-washed story the mainline news media ran the day after.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Where Else But in Texas?

This is called a "microcache" or "micro" for short. Actually, this little cache is even smaller than a typical micro...and I found two of these today! I went out this afternoon in pursuit of cache find #300 and had to stop early because I found seven...my next one is #300 and I did not want to find it by myself. I've got to get GeoPunkin and Punkin's Momma out with me this week to find the next one.

As you can tell from the picture, I was out in my shirt sleeves this afternoon. Where else but in Texas can you geocache the Sunday after Thanksgiving in shirt sleeves, car window rolled down with Christmas music playing on the radio? Gotta love it!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Who Would YOU Rather Call "Grandma"?

The headline reads: Woman suicide bomber's family: We're very proud.

"I am very proud of what she did. Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)," one of her sons, Fuad, 31, told Reuters.

I guess if there are more Islamic terrorist grandmas out there, that's who we want staging these attacks...she failed! Three soldiers sustained "light injuries" but the terrorist was killed. "

Here in America, we have the Rappin' Granny. "Go Granny, it's your birthday. Go Granny, it's your birthday." Hezbollah has 'Lunatic, Suicidal, Failure Granny'. No wonder they don't like us.

Repeat after me class: Islam is a peaceful religion.

Who would you rather call "Grandma"?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkey Shoot

For those who have the want to but can't really shoot your own Thanksgiving bird. Click the picture to go huntin'.

Let The Celebration Begin

9:19 AM
Yes, I know it is Thanksgiving (and I'm thankful for it), but at the Hurt house, there is another celebration going on...it's Brooke's birthday!!!!! (This is a picture from her birthday last year)

Since today is Thanksgiving, we're also celebrating her birthday tomorrow. Rather than have a whole bunch of birthday posts, I'll just keep adding to this one today and tomorrow.


Here's how the birthday girl was awakened today:
  • Phone call from friend Meagan
  • Phone call from Daddy (he used a calling card to call, it showed up "No Name, No Number" on the caller ID so we didn't answer...and this was his happy birthday greeting)

10:18 AM - Amanda's birthday present to Mommy
7:03 PM - Guess who got the first bite of birthday cake...Boo!

Better Off Just Feeding the Ducks

Here's a picture of me feeding the ducks at the park with Amanda today. It was better day for feeding ducks than it was for geocaching. Here's my log from our third DNF (Did Not Find) today:

OK, I'm starting to develop a complex trying to find your caches! But then it may not be your cache this time...it was just not a good day for me.

First of all, went to a lot of work to hide a very creative cache yesterday only to find out I hid it almost on top of an existing cache! My pocket queries did not show unknown cache types, so I did not know the cache was there. Thought I'd go ahead and log the cache that was there while removing my cache and could not find it. STRIKE ONE.

Anyway, once I checked unknown cache types, this cache came up. I've never done a puzzle cache, but thought I'd give it a try. (To be honest, I did hesitate because you have gotten the better of me a few times in the past!) But I looked at the puzzle and got the first part (the pictures) without too much trouble. Once I got to the posted location, GeoPunkin and I were totally lost on the decoding key. Saw nothing that would help us. I will keep this one the car and try again when we are there another time and I don't have such a defeatest attitude. :) STRIKE TWO.

Then I took GeoPunkin with me to try to find a third cache (not one of yours) that I could not find on my own earlier this week. STRIKE THREE!

So we fed some ducks and came home. Will have to try again later. Thanks for your caches...they certainly keep me humble!

Does that thing on his head mean he graduated with honors?

Now THAT Was a Lot of Fun

In real life, it was the front tire on the driver's side.

Around 6:30pm tonight, we were just finishing up a Little Ceasar's pizza when Brooke noticed lights in the little half driveway at the other end of our front yard. We looked out the window and a lady was on the phone. I went out to see if everything was OK or if she needed help.

Well, she had a blowout and did need help. When I say blowout, that's what I mean. The tire had two HUGE holes on the whitewall area. The lady had nobody to help her, so I volunteered to change the tire. Wow...didn't realize what a big job that was going to be. For Jason's sake, I'll give you the SHORT version.
  • The car was on a downhill slant toward the driver's side
  • I looked hard to find a place on the frame of the SUV to place the jack. I found a spot I thought would work and jacked it up as far as I could. Not high enough.
  • Put 2x4 under jack so it would jack up higher. Still not high enough to put spare on.
  • Found out place I had put the jack was NOT a part off the frame. Bent up some stuff under there, but fortunately nothing of importance.
  • Tried to jack it up from the front. This time, the jack slipped and I thought the still-raised jack was going to ram through something as the truck came back to the ground.
  • Lady called Roadside Assistance on her cell (she already pays monthly for the service, so it would be a "free" visit). She was told another hour wait.
  • Moved jack to the front of the car. Still not high enough.
  • Moved jack and tried again. Finally, it looked high enough to get the old tire off and the full-size spare on.
  • OH....MY....GOODNESS. Thought I was going to throw out my back trying to loosen those lug nuts. I have NEVER seen anything tightened so tight. We were both praying I could break them loose. Finally did.
  • Tire off, new tire on, vehicle back on ground. Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention I was praying the whole time that the thing would not fall off the jack crushing me and hurting the SUV.
  • Hour and fifteen minutes later the {thankful} lady was on her way home.
Now THAT was a lot of fun!

A "Heads Up" for Weird Al

Sorry, I mean Weird Al Gore. I call him that because I think he may actually believe his lies about global warming. From CO2 Science:

Contrary to all the horror stories one hears about global warming-induced mass wastage of the Antarctic ice sheet leading to rising sea levels that gobble up coastal lowlands worldwide, the most recent decade of pertinent real-world data suggest that forces leading to just the opposite effect are apparently prevailing, even in the face of what climate alarmists typically describe as the greatest warming of the world in the past two millennia or more.

A Little Reading for Rangel and Kerry

Heritage Foundation research shows that average education in the US armed forces is actually slightly HIGHER than that of the general population. Just an FYI for Rangel and Kerry who are so concerned that our military is made up of uneducated people who had no other choice but to enlist. You, along with Rangel and Kerry, can read the whole thing here.

Addicting Little Game

You are piloting a missile through a number of tunnels and you move your mouse to control the missile. I wish they put a dot on the screen so you could tell where you were going, but I suppose it is more "realistic" (?) this way. These little circle things seen in the picture above kill me (literally).
Click on the picture to be taken to the game's page.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Muy Frustrating!

This is a picture of Wee Willy. He is a geocaching dog and he asked his owner, Hikeaday, to send this picture to GeoPunkin. GeoPunkin had seen pictures of Wee Willy in the geocaching.com logs and wanted to meet him, so Hikeaday brought him by the house when doing a nearby cache one day. GeoPunkin has been a Wee Willy fan ever since.

With Hikeaday's help, Wee Willy has hidden a number of caches in the area and they are always a lot of fun to do because he puts a lot of thought into them. Some people (like me, at times) just throw some sort of container out there and post it as a cache. Wee Willy's caches are well hidden and well thought out.

After doing six Wee Willy caches on Monday, I was inspired to come up with a quality hide. There is a small memorial park about 2.5 miles from the house that I have been thinking about hiding a cache in for a number of months now. I never actually checked to see if there was already a cache there, but I didn't remember seeing one show up on the geocaching.com maps, so I headed out there with GeoPunkin Monday afternoon. I found the perfect spot! There is a fence that goes around the small park, and as I checked, I found the cap to once fence post was was loose so I "borrowed" the cap for the night, brought it home and created my cache.

I got a piece of string and glued it to the bottom of the cap. From the string, I suspended a medicine bottle (drilled hole through lid and tied a knot in the string to hold it). I also glued two stacks of pennies together to serve as a weight. Today, I went with Punkin's Momma, lowered the pill bottle down into the fence post and put the cap back on top of the post. Looked 100% natural, but if an observant/curious geocacher were to lift the cap, they would see the string and be able to get the cache.

So I recorded the coordinates, rushed home and filled out the info to hide another in my BINY In My Life series of caches. I filled out all of the necessary information and sent in my request to have the cache listed at geocaching.com. I was thrilled to get a response in just 10 minutes...until I saw it was a rejection! The form e-mail said my cache could not be listed because it was too close to another cache...within "0 feet" it said!!! I am not a newbie to geocaching, but this was definitely a newbie mistake. You ALWAYS check to see how close other caches are to the area where you want to hide your cache. If they are not at least 1/10th of a mile away (approx. 528 feet), you can't hide a cache in that location. I checked, and sure enough, there has been a cache in the park where I was trying to hide mine (not in the fence post, but in the exact same location), and it had been there for year! All of that work, and now I have to do disassemble my masterpiece tomorrow. Muy frustrating! (that's Texican)

Now I must not only find a new location for my cache, but I will probably have to find a whole new way to hide it creatively. I'll still have to use this idea someplace...it is just too cool not to.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving Divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this," She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."

- Forwarded to me from Dawn Irons

The Truth About Muhammad

Click here to see video of author Robert Spencer and Laura Ingraham discuss difficult questions such as Why don’t moderate Muslims speak out more? Does the Koran preach violence?

Six Imams Pulled From Flight

Did you read about the six Muslim imams (mosque leaders) who were pulled from their flight after passenger concerns when they stood for their evening prayer? The Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a complaint, of course. Click here for a link to the original news story as well as what I believe to be a common sense response to the whole situation.

Can You See The Look In His Eyes?

The resolution on this picture is not real high so I don't know if you can see the look in this guy's eyes, but it ain't friendly. I went goecaching by myself today trying to get the last 14 I need to reach 300 finds before Christmas. I found six of those today, and this park is where I was looking for number seven. I did not find the cache, but I thought I'd at least take a picture since the area was pretty. I saw some ducks and then I saw these geese. The ducks were skiddish and, since I only had my low-resolution camera phone to take pictures with, I opted for the geese figuring I could get closer to them for a picture. Well, this guy here didn't mind getting close! As a matter of fact, as soon as he saw me walking his way, he dropped his head low to the ground and charged me. Having seen a number of scared kids "attacked" by geese in the past, I knew I had to stand my ground or else risk being nipped.

I think this guy was genuinely surprised that I did not take off running. He stopped short and told me what he thought of me (at least that's what it sounded like...he did not sound happy). I took a picture and then turned to go home. As soon as I turned my back, this guy dropped his head and came running at me again. I quickly turned back to face him and he halted the charge. We did this a few more times, but each time it seemed he was getting closer. I tried walking backwards to leave, but that, too, emboldened him. Finally I was close enough to take this picture, and after that, I walked toward him until he got in the water so that I could retreat without risking a nip in the backside.

So I was six for seven today and am now just eight caches away from the 300 mark. I told GeoPunkin about this one and asked for her help, so on Wednesday we are taking bread for the ducks (NOT the geese) and will hunt for this one again and feed the ducks.

Which Would You Rather Have...

...a PS3 or a lifetime supply of tacos from Taco Bell? If you would be willing to trade in your PS3, Taco Bell will give you $12,500 in Taco Bell Bucks. That's enough Bucks to get approximately 20,000 tacos which comes to one a day for about 54 years. Don't wait too long...you only have until December 1st to decide, and the offer is only good for the first person to take them up on the offer. Click the picture to read the whole story.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Good Show

Here I am, sitting at my computer, listening to smooth jazz on Sky.fm while a french vanilla candle burns in my office. That is how I like to relax (either sitting at the computer or reading a good book). I am on vacation for a week, and this is what I pictured myself doing, so I am happy. It happens to be about four and a half hours later than I expected to be doing this, but that's OK.

A group from the church made plans to see The Rockettes tonight at Nokia Theatre. I never had a desire to go, but Brooke was wanting to go. At one point, she asked for tickets for her birthday, but we worked out something else. But then somebody at church offered us tickets (all three of us). Brooke explained I was not too interested, but she and Amanda would love to go. So I intended to stay home by myself tonight with a candle burning and smooth jazz in the background. That changed when I had to fill in as bus driver last minute.

So I went to see The Rockettes with Brooke, Amanda and about 13 other people from church, and I've got to tell you, it was a good show. I really enjoyed the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers". But since I wasn't that excited about the program when I first got there, my original plan was to head out during the last scene and pull the bus around to pick up everybody at the front doors after the show was over.

That was before I saw what Scene 12 was going to be. It was called 'The Living Nativity and was described in the stagebill like this: "The presentation of 'The Living Nativity' upholds a tradition begun by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, and has been a revered part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1933." Wow, what looked to be a pretty outspoken, public presentation of the true meaning of Christmas...how could I miss that? And WOW, it was impressive! It was definitely my favorite scene of the night and it was incredible to sit there and hear Scripture read and the real Christmas story presented. There was a lot of applause afterwards. It made thankful that not all of America has become so open-minded that their brains have fallen out. That once scene alone made the whole night worth the trip.

It was a good show.

Make Him Go Away!

Let's connect the dots. First of all, we know Democratic Representative Charles Rangel from New York (what do you expect) already showed his stripes and intelligence by stating that it was discrimination to label Hezbollah an Islamic terror group. Now he's calling for the US to reinstate the draft because

"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way."

So much for a Democratic Congress claiming to work 'with' President Bush!

And here's another very telling statement from the Democratic fountain of wisdom:

"Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, has said the all-volunteer military disproportionately puts the burden of war on minorities and lower-income families."

Remember when John Kerry made his statement about going to college to get an education or else you'll end up in Iraq? And he claimed it was a 'botched joke'. In all fairness, I believe he did botch the joke...he doesn't have any problems showing disdain for the President of the United States and he is the kind of man that would make a joke about the leader of the greatest nation on earth being ignorant. But doesn't this statement by Rangel show that Democrats really do feel like those in the military are less educated? Isn't that what he means by "minorities and lower-income families"...those who can't afford college? Why is it so hard for Democrats in office to own up to who they really are? If they have all the answers for America like they claim, why do they keep trying to hide what they really think about America and the people they want to represent?

Could it be, that if America really understood how Democratic politicians felt about the people they want to represent that they would be run out of Washington (and, if we were lucky, chased into France or maybe even Iraq)?

I don't hate Democrats. I just hate ignorant thinking that tries to bring about things that are not good for our country. The thinking of people like Charles Rangel and John Kerry fit into this category.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Islamic Terrorists Are Not "Fringe"

The story about a North Carolina teacher giving his students a puzzle that contains phrases like "Allah help destroy this body of evil making humanity miserable" is copyrighted by WRAL TV, so click the picture above to read the whole story.

But my point is, I talk to many people who believe that terrorists are just those who are "misinterpreting" the Koran or that it is just a "fringe" that are dangereous. But look at this guy...he is not a terrorist strapping on a bomb. He's somebody living in our country who has gone to school and is teaching children. It is the teachings of Islam that are dangerous.

Mohammed Islam....What makes you think he might be a terrorist?

The Courier-Mail's headline for this one is "Terror link probed." Yes, that's right. By Greg Stolz and Paula Doneman in The Courier-Mail, with thanks to Warren:

A SELF-proclaimed British multi-millionaire named Mohammed Islam who was arrested on the Gold Coast with almost $120,000 in cash is under investigation as to whether he has terrorist connections. Queensland police yesterday refused to comment on their investigation into the man, 22, but at this stage there is reportedly no evidence to link him with terrorist activity.

Islam allegedly had $118,000 in $50 notes in a suitcase and a mobile phone concealed in his rectum when he was arrested at a Surfers Paradise bus station on Thursday night.

Give the man a break. Maybe he lost the belt clip for his phone.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Broke Back Deer Camp

The guys were all at deer camp. They had to bunk two to a room. No one wanted to room with Daryl because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn't fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns.

The first guy slept with Daryl and comes to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot.

They said, "Man, what happened to you?" He said, "Daryl snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night."

The next night it was a different guy's turn. In the morning, same thing--hair all standing up, eyes all blood-shot. They said, "Man, what happened to you? You look awful!" He said, "Man, that Daryl shakes the roof. I watched him all night."

The third night was Frank's turn. Frank was a big burly ex-football player; a man's man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright eyed and bushy tailed. "Good morning," he said.

They couldn't believe it! They said, "Man, what happened?" He said, "Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Daryl into bed and kissed him good night. He sat up and watched me all night long."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I Love My Job

A friend asked me tonight how my day was. My reply was what it often is when people ask, "Keeping busy. Not too much exciting going on." That's how I like it...always enough to do (for today AND tomorrow) and nothing too crazy going on.

I suppose my friend was asking about my life in general, but I was thinking about my job when I answered. I love my job. Here are a few reasons why

  • This picture, for instance. Pastor David took it (a LONG time ago). He also happens to be the same one who "edited" it so nicely. It's nice to have a boss who is fun. I like the fact that I can laugh with Pastor, play racquetball with him and even exchange paint balls (and the bruises that go with them). He's never had to say, "You do what I say because I'm the boss." He leads by example and is easy to follow. No matter how much I grow spiritually or in my job, he's always growing too, so I can always look up to him.
  • Our staff makes a great team. Different personalities, different gifts, one goal...to serve our church and reach people for Christ. Eva, who cleans the church, is the picture of steadfastness and a great example of standing firm in the midst of some of the worst stuff life can throw your way. Shaun, our youth pastor, is a great friend who has taught me a lot about what it means to love people. If you need help, Shaun will do anything to help you (even to his own hurt). Tammy is our church secretary and definitely one of the hardest workers on staff. Her job requires her to be involved in most every aspect of what goes on at the church, but when something needs to be done outside of her official job duties, nobody has to tell her what to do...she just jumps in and helps get it done. Stan is an associate pastor who will be planting his own church in just a few months. I enjoy having a friend like him I can be real with....about my personal life and the personal struggles in ministry. And then there's my other friend, Brad, who is our worship leader. I don't feel called to a speaking/traveling ministry, but if I ever did that, I would want to take Brad with me. He's anointed, he's real, he can make me laugh and he can take something simple and make me go "hhmmmmm" thinking about it much deeper than I would have before. Our newest staff member is Jason, and it's pretty cool working with him because he grew up in youth group when I was youth pastor. He is our audio/visual guy and he does a great job, but it's awesome getting to watch him step into ministry opportunities and grow in those areas as well. He has a real heart and passion for God that challenges and encourages me. And then there is our children's director, Brooke. She loves kids, loves having fun, loves making people happy and loves using exclamation marks whenever she writes anything!!!! She's just a bubbly, happy person who wants to make everybody else happy. And did I mention how cute she is? I hope you don't think it's inappropriate for me to say that...or think that it's inappropriate that I sneak over to her office and steal a quick kiss from time to time. (She's my wife if you didn't know.)
  • OK, my list is getting too long now. Brooke will accuse me of writing a book and Jason will not have time to read my whole post. I will end with this one last thing I like about my job. I like the fact that I have new opportunities to learn and grow. I don't like too much "adventure" in my life, but I like a challenge and an opportunity to grow. I don't so much like the things I learn while putting in my first toilet by myself and stuff like that, but I do appreciate the opportunities to grow working with people, taking on new responsibilities and learning how to improve on the things I am already doing. Staying busy and having a chance to grow...I like that.
So I'll quit here for now. I thank the Lord for my job and cannot think of anyplace else I would rather be going to work tomorrow or any other people I would rather be working with.

Mainstream Media Jihad Against Israel

Monday, November 13, 2006

Why John McCain is Not Good for Conservatives

Short version: because he is NOT a conservative, he and his pals have under-minded President Bush and now he is playing the chameleon and trying to look like a conservative in his 2008 run for the White House. Click picture for the full story.

Why Do We Treat China As A Friend?

The Washington Post reports that a Chinese submarine secretly stalked the USS Kitty Hawk battle group surfacing close enough to show it could have fired it's torpedoes successfully on the aircraft carrier. Click the photo above to read the whole story. This is just of MANY, MANY, MANY reasons why it is not a good idea for the U.S. to continue pretending that China is a friend.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Playing House

As soon as Amanda saw this computer box sitting around, she thought "play house". She asked Daddy for some help, and this is what we came up with. Mommy later helped "paint it" with some pink polka dots (literally).

16 Geocaches Today!

We went to a geocaching breakfast today and then headed out for Ft. Worth cache run today. This was one of the first ones we hit. This was an area in front of a courthouse that is a small garden-like area full of native Texas plants. As we drove up to the cache, we saw 6-7 ladies there who take care of the plants. I told Amanda we were not going to be able to get the cache because of the ladies there and the small size of the area. Amanda wanted to try being geo-sneaky, so we gave it a try. As we approached where the ladies were, the greeted us warmly and explained a little about the plants that were there. We thanked them and walked on, but one of the ladies followed us. She walked up to me and said, "we are not muggles". A "muggle" is a person us geocachers watch out for because they might see us grabbing a cache and then come mess with it not knowing what it is. She had seen my GPS and was telling me she was a fellow geocacher. As it turned out, she was the owner of the cache! She's the one who took this picture of us.

As I tell my friends that I introduce to geocaching...if there's an evergreen tree in the area, check there first!

When we saw the name of this cache (QT2), we knew we had to head that way. No, the cache was not at the actual QT store, but we did stop by there. We saw then Hummer limmo and snapped a quick picture.
This was our last cache for the day, and it was an "interesting" one. Here's our log:

OK Rob {cache owner}, I gotta tell ya...we didn't like this one! To be honest, we did NOT read the description and you did warn us but... Well here's the story.

GeoPunkin and I went to the geocaching breakfast in the area today (GCYEAA) and then headed out on a cache run. We had found 12 caches and GeoPunkin was about ready to call it a day. I told her 3 more and we could have 15. We visit our local QT at least once a day, so I told her we'd grab two more and then one at the QT (where we could also grab a drink). I saw QT and that was it. All my fault, but I did not read the cache description. I was thinking lamp post cache or something. Well, we got to QT, saw we still had nearly 1/4 mile to go and headed out after the cache. The plant growth was not really in bloom which helped, but it was thick and taller than GeoPunkin in some places! In all honesty, there is nothing wrong with this cache, we were just tired and this was the toughest one we did for the day. It really was a good place a good hide.

Thanks for all your caches...especially the ones we got to today.

Friday, November 10, 2006

First To Find

We ran to grab two new caches today before picking up Amanda from school. The one Brooke is holding was her first FTF (first to find)!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lost in the Land of Linux - November 9

Well, the quest continues. I am still lost a goose, but something about Linux has me hooked and I'm determined to give it a try. My friend Jason, ever so kindly, commented on my last blog and suggested that I look for "Linux for Dummies" at Barnes and Noble. Well, Jason, I'm even smarter than that...I looked for it at the library. It was not at my branch, so I settled for Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye. I got to start reading it already...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

After helping Amanda finish her homework tonight, I headed out with two cards...my library card and a $25 Best Buy gift card. I was going to the library to look for a Linux book and to Best Buy to see if I could find a wireless network card to that will work on a Linux laptop. Although I'm lost, I do have this Linux laptop up and running with Ubuntu, and I can stretch out the network cable and blog from this computer in my living room. I thought it might be nice to do my blogging or Linux Googling without being tied to the network cable, so I decided to look for the wireless network card. When I asked the guy at Best Buy about a card for a Linux laptop, his only answer was "Let's ask the Geek Squad" that is set up there at the store. They showed me to a Buffalo card they said would run on Linux even though the box did not mention it. The card was $29, so using my gift card, I only paid $7 with tax.

When I got home, the first thing I did was go to Buffalo's web site and see if the card did indeed run on Linux. I saw no mention of it, so I called the 24 hour support line. During the 45 minutes that I waited to speak to a person (!), I did some research online and determined that the card does run in Linux. I also had time to start reading my Linux library book.

At Best Buy and now at Buffalo tech support, I found out just what a small crowd this Linux group is. Tech support told me that the card would run in Linux, but they don't offer Linux support. As my friend Meagan would say, "Sorry for your luck!".

So I read what I could online, found nothing I could understand and finally decided to plug the thing in and just see what would happen. The short answer is NOTHING!! Right now, I can't even get the power light to come on the card, let alone try to figure out how to configure the thing. I'm not even sure if Ubuntu/Linux is reading my PCMCIA slot.

I've had about all of this I can take for the night, at least as far as the network card goes. I may read a bit more of Moving to Linux, but then I'm putting that down too and relaxing with A More Elite Soldier (a book my friend Stan bought me which I am enjoying and hope to finish this weekend). So I'm preparing to leave the Land of Linux and will keep you updated on my journey.

The Watchmaker

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Her Grief Has Knocked Her Off Her Rocker

Cindy Sheehan, sometimes given the title "Peace Mom" continues to stray further from what is best for America. As angry as she makes me sometimes, I can't minimize her loss. She lost a son in a war she feels we should not be fighting. Her loss is tragic (as is the loss of each and every American soldier), and I'm sure it is compounded by her belief we should not even be fighting this war. But I believe her grief has knocked her off her rocker...her attempts at "peace" would do nothing but erode our country's security and any chance for peace.

Case in point. She was just arrested in Washington DC trying to deliver petitions, supposedly signed by 80,000 Americans, opposed to the use of military force to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. I guess that she has not heard Iran say they are willing to share their missile systems with other nations, including those who would aniline the US if possible? Does she honestly think that her son, a member of the US armed forces, would support the US sitting this one out while Iran sells/gives this dangerous technology to terrorists?

NYC Wants to Choose: Boy or Girl

NEW YORK - The city wants to make it easier for transgender New Yorkers to switch the sex listed on their birth certificate even without undergoing sex-change surgery, putting the city at the forefront of efforts to redefine gender. Read all about this thinly-veiled step toward gay marriage. "Hey, my birth certificate says I'm a girl, therefore, you can't stop me from marrying this guy." Blucchk!

Professor Forces Students to Support Homosexual Adoption Class Project

The lawsuit, Brooker v. The Governors of Missouri State University (MSU), was filed on Oct. 30 by the Alliance Defend Fund on behalf of Emily Brooker, a student in the university's school of social work. The ADF, a Christian legal group that advocates religious freedom, accuses tax-funded MSU of retaliating against Brooker because she refused to sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption as part of a class project. Full story here.

Good Morning, America. Guess What?

What is more scary than losing the House of Representatives to the Democrats? How about Minnesota's 5th Congressional District electing a Muslim to the US House of Representatives? This is not a racial problem...it's an ideology problem. Islam, if followed as Mohammad taught it, is NOT a patriotic religion...unless the government is Islamic. The Koran teaches allegiance to Islam over country even if fellow Muslims are leading the government. Even if Keith Ellison is a secular Muslim, the Muslim "get out the vote" movement mentioned in the article is disturbing.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

This was Sunday afternoon. Amanda spent Saturday night and Sunday morning with GeaMa (pronounced Gee-Ma) and PaPa D. I picked her up after lunch and we went to Boulder Park to find a few caches.

The cammo shirt was new and Amanda thought it would be appropriate for geocaching.

Three finds in this park and they were all ammo boxes.
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So that was Sunday afternoon. We only got three caches (we found 3 out of 4 we were looking for), but we had a great time just being together. Not two minutes after we got back to the car it started raining.

I've been trying to figure out what to do with the turtles since the weather finally seems (er...seemed) to be turning cool. Little George has been dug in for almost a week, so I figured he may be ready to hibernate. Grumpy has been hiding under the log pile and Grace has been hiding in the hole in one of the cinder blocks. Since it is getting down into the 40's at night, I dug a little hole for Grumpy and another one for Grace, put them in it and covered their shells with a shallow layer of dirt. Since Little George was already dug in, I covered him with a rug from the garage and then put a larger one over the area where George and Grace were placed under the log pile.

Well, the warm weather Sunday and rain/thunderstorms Sunday night brought the turtles back out. On Monday I picked up up their carpet pieces and hung them out to dry. Amanda and I made a trip to the pet store to buy some fresh grub in case they were hungry. By the time I got around to feeding them, Little George had dug back in, Grumpy did not want to eat and Grace ate two night crawlers! I hope they know what they are doing as far as hibernating for the winter goes because I sure don't!

I'm busy at church with all the normal stuff, plus I'm beginning to get ready for our first in-house pictorial directory. Right now, I'm just inputting data. This time around I will learn how to use the photo directory software we got as well as some new PDF software we need to get so that the directory can be secure online. I also hope to learn how to put all of this info into Microsoft Access. I took a beginning Access class a couple years ago, but I never did anything with what I learned, so I forgot most all of it. I'm taking off the entire week of Thanksgiving, so I hope to spend some time then reacquainting myself with Access.

And then tonight I went for a swim...figuratively. Imagine not knowing how to swim and deciding to wade into a 3 ft. deep fountain to practice swimming. Now imagine just jumping off the diving board into the deep end. And now imagine being thrown from a ship into the middle of the ocean, the Artic ocean...during a storm no less, to learn how to swim! That's what I felt like tonight as I gave Linux another shot. I've got Ubuntu loaded onto the computer and so I can surf the web and use the office suite, but that's about it. I can't get media to play and I certainly can't install anything I download from the Internet. I felt like I was trying to learn to swim in the middle of a storm in the Artic Ocean. I've had about all I can take for now, so I'll let that computer sit for a while and then give it another try this weekend or something.

Amanda has a CD called Crazy Praise. It's got all kids of great kids' praise songs. Amanda loves them and I love them. I've got one of the songs stuck in my head, so I'll must make it my theme song for the day - Someone Around You:

Someone around you needs to know God's love
Someone around you needs to know God's love
Take it upon yourself to show God's love
Someone around you needs to know God's love

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Islam is NOT a Peaceful Religion, Part II

Dr. Tawfik Hamid says to the West in regards to militant Islamic terrorists, "Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They're slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can't you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want."

This medical doctor, author and activist once was a member of Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Arabic for "the Islamic Group"), a banned terrorist organization. He was trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri, the bearded jihadi who appears in Bin Laden's videos, telling the world that Islamic violence will stop only once we all become Muslims.

He goes on to say, "Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world."

Also quoted in this article: "Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe." {emphasis mine}

Read the entire article here

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Strange Feeling

So I mentioned a while back ago that I was trying out Unbutu, a Linux desktop operating system. I was looking for a computer that I could install the operating system on and try it out. Well, I have a computer a friend asked me to look at, but I am waiting for them to get me the original software before I can fix it, and they are using another system. So I've installed Ubuntu and trying to learn a little about Linux.

I got the new operating system installed and running. One of the first things I did was go online, and the browser they had installed was Firefox. Since I knew a newer version was available, I downloaded it and tried to install it. Two hours and MUCH Google-ing later, I still could not figure out how to install the file I had downloaded. I finally found an IRC chat channel where I could get help (for the uninitiated, IRC chat is similar to chat rooms where people gather to discuss various topics). I could not find anybody to help me with my Linux issues, but they did point me to a web page that helped me.

So now I've downloaded and installed two updates. I am still a major newbie, but I feel like I learned a few things tonight. But it was a strange feeling..I am the person most of my friends turn to when they have computer questions because I'm the computer geek. I guess Linux is the domain of the uber-geek!

Top House Democrat Defends Terrorists

Top House Democrat Charlie Rangel said Tuesday that it was an act of discrimination to label groups like Hezbollah "Islamic terrorists."

Rangel even questioned whether, in fact, a worldwide Islamic terrorist movement even existed...

You can read more about this ignorance here.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Islam is NOT a Peaceful Religion, Part I

I have a friend is is so against the war in Iraq that he can talk about little else. He believes if we just leave the terrorists alone (i.e. pull out of Afghanistan, Iraq, etc) they will "go back to killing each other like they have for hundreds of years and they will leave us alone."

What my friend does not understand is that Islam hates most everything the US stands for. Islam (as taught in the Koran, not just "radical Islamic fascists") is NOT a peaceful religion and will not leave the US (or any other non-Islamic state) alone. Islam is very 'evangelistic' and will not stop spreading Islam "by the sword" until every nation is an Islamic state (i.e. the government run and controlled by Islam).

Here is a story by Fox News about a documentary called "Obsession". If you think that we are "safe" after 9/11 and that Islam is through with its' plans for the US, please read this story. And be sure to watch the two clips from the DVD documentary that are available on this Fox news site as well.

Islam is NOT a peaceful religion.


USAF Settles With NJ Elementary School Accidentally Strafed by F-16
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