October 24, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • I have a question for everyone. Which do you think is more important in the implementation of your government; freedom or equality? #

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October 22, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • There is a new Watchmen trailer online….. OOOOOOHHHHH YAAAAAAHHHHHHH #

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October 20, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • corruptisima re publica plurimae leges (In the most corrupt state re the most laws) #
  • corruptisima re publica plurimae leges (In the most corrupt state re the most laws) —Tacitus, Anals III 27 #
  • Nothing infuriates me more than groups like Catholics United. I don’t have a problem with progressive Catholic Social Orgs but… #
  • watering down the abortion issue to make it more palatable to Catholic voters (especially when done by a Catholic) is immoral. #
  • The only thing that upsets me more is candidates who run on their “Catholic” credentials but have a consistent pro-abortion voting record! #

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October 16, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • @BrotherMagneto Thomas C. Jackson said, “Only the jester could safely speak truth to power” in a sermon on April 1, 2008. #
  • @BrotherMagneto I prefer another version found on a game forum. “The kingdom is lost if only the jester can tell the truths from the lies.” #
  • I just read in eWeek (Vol25,No28:Born To Run) that 80 percent of businesses allow their users to run with admin privileges. Dear GOD??!? #
  • I hate this election! #
  • @BrotherMagneto This made me think of you: http://www.explosm.net/db/files/Comics/Kris/parrot.png #

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October 10, 2008

The Days Tweets

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Three More for the Fox

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.

–John Kenneth Galbraith

Firefox is quickly becoming the one tool I cannot live without. While it works fine as a web browser, its plugin functionality has locked me in.  Now that I am using twitter fairly regularly, I wanted a quick and easy was to post tweets from within Firefox and, often, specifically related to the website I am visiting.  I found two:

  • TwitterFox – Is the most complete and easy to use twitter tool I have found.  Keyboard shortcuts for opening, viewing, and inserting URLs.  All URLs are auto-decoded and long URLs are automatically tinyURLed.  Even the pop-up box is attractive and unobtrusive.
  • TwitterBar — When you need an even faster way to tweet… simply type your tweet into the address bar of Firefox and put –post at the end.  POW, you have a new post.

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October 8, 2008

Random Excerpts from “Just Courage”

Some notes from the book “Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian” by Gary A. Haugen:

“The sin of injustice is defined in the Bible as the abuse of power – abusing power by taking from others the good things that God intended for them, namely, their life, liberty, dignity, or the fruits of their love or their labor.  In other words, when a stronger person abuses his or her power by taking from a weaker person what God alone has given the weaker person -…”

-Gary Haugen

“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker”

-Proverbs 14:31 NRSV

In-justice is a particularly egregious evil because the sufferer (the weaker person who is being acted on) isn’t suffering because of a random unfairness, an uncontrollable act of nature or bad luck; but because of the very intentional abuse and oppression of a stronger person.

“(caring for the poor of Africa…) is not a matter of charity; it’s a matter of justice”

-Bono

“…we can give all manner of goods and services to the poor, but if we do not restrain the hands of the bullies from taking it away, we will be disappointed in the long-term outcome of our efforts.”

-Gary Haugen

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Violence is just different. Violence is intentional. Violence is scary. And violence causes deep scars.

-Gary Haugen

Those who prey upon the poor are not brave. They only prey upon the poor when they think they can… Most fundamentally the predators (the instigators of injustice) are afraid of the truth.

-Gary Haugen

Justice is the aura of God. It is something every human understands, even from the time they are small children, but something that doesn’t exist as part of “the world.” In a universe that has absolutely no concept of fairness; every being on this planet, regardless of race, creed, or belief, screams out for justice. Those that pursue it are considered the greatest examples of mankind. Those who die for it are considered martyrs and saints. And those who stand in opposition to it will forever be judged on the wrong side of history.

“Ultimately we can choose to be safe or brave.  We cannot be both.”

-Gary Haugen

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October 2, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • For anyone who doesn’t know already; my wife and I will be having our third child in March. #

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I May have forgotten to mention

“The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”

–Sam Levenson

My beautiful wife and I will be having another child in early March. Thankfully all my previous children look like her and with God’s grace this child will be so fortunate. We are in the process of picking names, so if anyone has some suggestions (especially for boys names) feel free to post a comment.

I am Catholic and as such live by the rule of “whoever dies with the most kids win.”   So far, I am off to a good start!

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September 29, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • When was the last time Newt Gingrich and Michael Moore agreed on something? Well, they share an opinion on 700 billion somethings! #

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September 19, 2008

Favorite Axioms

From the book axiom by Bill Hybels:

  1. –Find Owners not Hirelings.
  2. –Build a Boiler Fund.
  3. –Vision Leaks.
  4. –There are Dangers in Incrementalism.
  5. –Institutionalize Key Values.
  6. –Get the Right People around the Table.
  7. –Know Who is Driving.
  8. –Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Team.
  9. –Deliver the Bad News First.
  10. –Leaders Call Fouls.
  11. –A Bias towards Action.
  12. –Sweat the Small Stuff
  13. –Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth.
  14. –Always Debrief.
  15. –Find Mentors, make Mentors (Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire)
  16. –What Life are You Waiting for?
  17. –Read All You Can.
  18. –Lead Something.
  19. –Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up.
  20. –Finish Well.

I probably need to make a small comment about each of these. Doing so will help me “flesh them out” for myself and clarify them for myself. Especially considering my view of these leadership ideas are not the same as Mr. Hybels.  Hopefully I will add to this post later.

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End of an Era

Pat Buchanan has an article titled “The Party’s Over” on Human Events. It is the best summary of the current financial crisis, its root cause, and its long term consequences. I am re-posting it here in its entirety for reference sake.

The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions of dollars of our people’s wealth, is, like the Crash of 1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset of another.

The new era will see a more sober and much diminished America. The “Omnipower” and “Indispensable Nation” we heard about in all the hubris and braggadocio following our Cold War victory is history.

Seizing on the crisis, the left says we are witnessing the failure of market economics, a failure of conservatism.

This is nonsense. What we are witnessing is the collapse of Gordon Gecko (“Greed Is Good!”) capitalism. What we are witnessing is what happens to a prodigal nation that ignores history, and forgets and abandons the philosophy and principles that made it great.

A true conservative cherishes prudence and believes in fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and a self-reliant republic. He believes in saving for retirement and a rainy day, in deferred gratification, in not buying on credit what you cannot afford, in living within your means.

Is that really what got Wall Street and us into this mess — that we followed too religiously the gospel of Robert Taft and Russell Kirk?

“Government must save us!” cries the left, as ever. Yet, who got us into this mess if not the government — the Fed with its easy money, Bush with his profligate spending, and Congress and the SEC by liberating Wall Street and failing to step in and stop the drunken orgy?

For years, we Americans have spent more than we earned. We save nothing. Credit card debt, consumer debt, auto debt, mortgage debt, corporate debt — all are at record levels. And with pensions and savings being wiped out, much of that debt will never be repaid.

Our standard of living is inevitably going to fall. For foreigners will not forever buy our bonds or lend us more money if they rightly fear that they will be paid back, if at all, in cheaper dollars.

We are going to have to learn to live again without our means.

The party’s over

Up through World War II, we followed the Hamiltonian idea that America must remain economically independent of the world in order to remain politically independent.

But this generation decided that was yesterday’s bromide and we must march bravely forward into a Global Economy, where we all depend on one another. American companies morphed into “global companies” and moved plants and factories to Mexico, Asia, China and India, and we began buying more cheaply from abroad what we used to make at home: shoes, clothes, bikes, cars, radios, TVs, planes, computers.

As the trade deficits began inexorably to rise to 6 percent of GDP, we began vast borrowing from abroad to continue buying from abroad.

At home, propelled by tax cuts, war in Iraq and an explosion in social spending, surpluses vanished and deficits reappeared and began to rise. The dollar began to sink, and gold began to soar.

Yet, still, the promises of the politicians come. Barack Obama will give us national health insurance and tax cuts for all but that 2 percent of the nation that already carries 50 percent of the federal income tax load.

John McCain is going to cut taxes, expand the military, move NATO into Georgia and Ukraine, confront Russia and force Iran to stop enriching uranium or “bomb, bomb, bomb,” with Joe Lieberman as wartime consigliere.

Who are we kidding?

What we are witnessing today is how empires end.

The Last Superpower is unable to defend its borders, protect its currency, win its wars or balance its budget. Medicare and Social Security are headed for the cliff with unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars.

What we are witnessing today is nothing less than a Katrina-like failure of government, of our political class, and of democracy itself, casting a cloud over the viability and longevity of the system.

Notice who is managing the crisis. Not our elected leaders. Nancy Pelosi says she had nothing to do with it. Congress is paralyzed and heading home. President Bush is nowhere to be seen.

Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs and Ben Bernanke of the Fed chose to bail out Bear Sterns but let Lehman go under. They decided to nationalize Fannie and Freddie at a cost to taxpayers of hundreds of billions, putting the U.S. government behind $5 trillion in mortgages. They decided to buy AIG with $85 billion rather than see the insurance giant sink beneath the waves.

An unelected financial elite is now entrusted with the assignment of getting us out of a disaster into which an unelected financial elite plunged the nation. We are just spectators.

What the Greatest Generation handed down to us — the richest, most powerful, most self-sufficient republic in history, with the highest standard of living any nation had ever achieved — the baby boomers, oblivious and self-indulgent to the end, have frittered away.

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September 18, 2008

Notes from Ted

If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never stand for or against. Struggle between “for” and “against” is the minds worst disease.

–Sent-ts’an

Some quick notes from Jonathan Haidt’s talk to Ted on the “The real difference between liberals and conservatives“.

Liberals are high on the personality trait of “openness to experience” whereby they crave novelty, verity, and diversity. Those who are low in the trait like things that are familiar, safe, and dependable. There is a juxtaposition here because being “open” primarily focuses on new experience but can often be hostile to the familiar.

Foundations of morality:

  1. Harm/Care
  2. Fairness/Reciprocity
  3. In-group/Loyalty
  4. Authority/Respect
  5. Purity/Sanctity

Liberals, in general, have a two channel morality and reject in-group, authority, and purity as foundations of morality.  Social entropy, order starts to decay, can be steamed with some kind of punishment (religion may act as such a anti-entropy.)  Additionally advanced social organization, such as creating the great piramids or going to the moon, require the use of all give moral channels.

  • Liberals speak for the weak and oppressed; want change and justice, even at the expense of chaos.
  • Conservatives speak for institutions and traditions; want order even at cost to those at the bottom.

In summary it would seem our minds were designed to 1) build us into teams, 2) separate us from other teams, and 3) blind us to the truth (of our/others teams.)

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September 15, 2008

Running on Empty

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

–George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Yesterday I completed the GEICO Race for Freedom 10K at Lake Hefner Park.   My goal was to finish without stopping at whatever was a comfortable pace. I completed the run without a problem although I had some concerns leading up to the race.  I evidently brused a tendon on my foot and was having trouble running on it around week 5 of the schedule.

To keep pressure off the foot I switched to biking both at home and at the gym.  Basically I took my running schedule, did the workout on my bike, but tripled the distance.  If I worked at a pace that kept my heart rate around the same as my jogging heart rate; the bike work would take about the same time as if I had run it.

For the 5K to 10K race I switched to a 7 week schedule.  I figured I had already gotten to mile 4 by the end of my 5K workout and 7 weeks seemed like plenty of time to 6.2 miles.  Additionally I included a couple hill workouts on my longer runs.  This helped improve my performance but ultimately didn’t matter much for the 10K which was a flat course.

Here is my training schedule for the 10K:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 Run 3 Miles Run 2 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 3.5 Miles
Week 2 Run 3 Miles Run 2 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 4 Miles
Week 3 Run 3 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 3.5 Miles Run 5 Miles
Week 4 Run 4 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 3.5 Miles Run 6 Miles
Week 5 Run 4 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 4 Miles Run 6 Miles
Week 6 Run 5 Miles Run 3 Miles Run 4 Miles Run 7 Miles
Week 7 Run 2 Miles Run 2 Miles Run/Walk 2 Miles Run 10K

The last two events have gone so well that I am thinking about doing a half marathon in about 10 weeks. It would be a much faster progression that I have attempted so far; but my thinking is that I am better off challenging myself.  The other option is spending 4-5 weeks working towards a 15K that I can probably do already.

What is more problematic is that the biking has gotten me thinking about a triathlon.

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September 9, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • When asked if I am ready for a woman command-in-chief; my response is usually Golda Meir, Indira Ghandi, and Margaret Thatcher. #

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September 8, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • I have spent the last 10 hours of my work-life with AT&T tech support. Remember when cell phones were easy to get working? #
  • I am showing someone how desktop twitter works. #

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September 2, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • Heather LOVES Thomas Kemper Ginger Ale soda. And Pops in Arcadia ROCKS!! #

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August 29, 2008

The Sun Also Rises

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

–Alexis de Tocqueville

While I disdain liberal politics, I have to say that it made be very proud to see the first black, major party, candidate for President get nominated yesterday. It was a great moment for our country. I wish that such a charismatic candidate was also a strident defender of the constitution, but unfortunately it will not be the case. My biggest beef with both our major party candidates is that they are basically identical on the issues.  From a foreign policy and domestic fiscal standpoint they are both exceedingly liberal (as is the current President.)

I heard a caller on NPR express an opinion that hit close to home for me. The basic summary of what he said was, “I really want to vote for Obama but I simply cannot stomach the idea voting for someone who is pro-choice.”  Obama is exciting, dynamic, and probably the most articulate candidate we have had  since Kennedy.  I want to vote for that kind of candidate.  But how can I vote for someone who stand so starkly on the wrong side of history when it comes to abortion.  There are lots and lots of things I can overlook when I vote for a candidate (how many of us had to hold our noise while we voted in the last election) but abortion is simply not one of them.

A hundred years from now, the great sin of American history will NOT be slavery.   Our great sin will be the institutionalized slaughter of millions of children.  It is a sad expression of irony that, as President, Barack Obama would easily be most ardent defender of abortion rights in the history of that office; supporting abortion through ALL 9 months, without parental consent regardless of age, and even refusing assistance to babies born accidentally during abortions.

I hate this election.  I hate it for getting my hopes up with the possibility of a Ron Paul President.  I hate it because I despise the current Republican presidential candidate (why bother being a Republican if your not going to be conservative/libertarian.)  I hate it because we FINALLY have a black presidential candidate (who is at least honest about being a liberal) that I cannot vote for.  I hate it because we finally have a candidate whose lofty oratory is reminiscent of Americas greatest (i.e. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln) but I cannot vote for him.

We have suffered through eight years of a fiscally liberal Republican President.  It just feels like a long night for lovers of liberty.

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August 1, 2008

The Days Tweets

  • The people standing next to me wanted to see what twitter was. #

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July 29, 2008

Oklahoma Primary Day

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

-John Quincy Adams

One of my life resolutions is to never again vote for a “settle-on” candidate and I don’t vote for progressive liberal candidates (mostly because I actually LIKE democracy.) Nationally, that means I can vote for Ron Paul, two guys from New Hampshire, and a bunch of dead founding fathers. Thankfully local elections still have significant importance to a community, albeit not for much longer, and locally there are some pretty good candidates.

Now if we could only find a way to keep Republicans and Democrats from shitting all over federalism; maybe there would be hope.  Sorry folks, but my mood gets this way when I think about November.

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