Reminder to 0bama and Holder Employees
COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.
(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.
(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
"(I)f the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American . . . .
There can be no divided allegiances here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag . . . .
(W)e have room for but one language here, and that is the English language . . . and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
- Teddy Roosevelt, 1907
Monday, November 28, 2005
A cute little black kitten, approximately six months old, showed up at work. I was able to catch her and took her home. Well, Casey loved on the kitten who was a bit skittish and scared of feet. I think she'd been kicked about a bit. I arranged for spaying here, but then was able to set up an appointment in L-A. So, I took the new kitten to my daughter's in Lower Alabama. She wasn't sure the cat would warm up to her or the kids, but she (cat) did by Sunday. Cat is renamed "Spooky" and has been spayed today. The 'free' cat cost me over $300 to two different Vets and a cat carrier and litter box. BUT, I couldn't just toss her out to be run over by a f'n-red-neck. (Excuse my French.) (Whether you agree or not, I am entitled to be angry at drivers who run over animals intentionally and/or don't stop to offer aid.)
While visiting my daughter and family, I cried every evening when I lay my head down to sleep. And last night (the last night I was there), I was stifling sobs. I had cried and sobbed a quarter of the way to Alabama (a seven hour drive) and I sobbed about a fifth of the way back. Sobs, not just tears.
I miss Crockett. I have a hole in my heart just his size. I cried thinking that he would not be home when I got back. I cried thinking that I'd be moving to Alabama and not be able to drive 20 minutes to his gravesite. I sobbed because I was driving "home" but not to pick him up and bring him home, too. I miss Crockett.
Yes, I have Casey and my family and my friends (my 'real and true' friends) all of whom I love and would do anything for. But I still mourn for Crockett. My love for him was more than just for a dog.
He was not 'just a dog.' He was my Crockett. He was my 'baby-boy.'
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I noticed something the other day while talking with one of my best friends. There is a line between a person being an acquaintance friend and a person being a true or best friend.
I don't quite know how to describe it. There's a transition with some people, but when there's not, two people might keep on trying to transition until one of them says something and then moves on.
I've had that happen in my life a few years ago. One of my friends emailed me and said something to the effect that our friendship wasn't working out, so goodbye. Well, at the time, I was just confused and thought to myself, "I still consider you my friend" and I tried to convey that in an email. But to no avail.
NOW, with the understanding of that 'fine line' I begin to see that there was some barrier to one of us (or both of us) being able to cross that line. What was it? Different culture? Different life goals? Different what? What WAS the difference between that person and the people I consider my best friends?
I have no ready answer. There IS a line, though, that once crossed, changes a friendship into a best-friendship. It's a 'familial' experience. Once the line is crossed that person becomes more like a trusted sister (or brother). Trust defines part of that thin line, I think. But what else? What changes when someone becomes a best friend?
Sunday, November 20, 2005
- War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
- All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Friday, November 18, 2005
Sometimes I shed a tear or two. Sometimes I can stuff them back in. All the time, I just wish I could relive that day or wake up from this nightmare or have my Crockett back.
I'm writing this here, on the blog, knowing that my friends and my family may read it at some point in time. I write as a cathartic: so I can read it later and not cry when reading it because I'm crying as I write it.
Every Friday and Saturday I have this deep sense of loss that maybe time will heal. But I can't say for sure. Maybe in a year I'll read this and think some crazy thought about myself crying over the loss of a dog I'd only known 22 months.
But no. You don't think some crazy thought when you've lost a baby or a husband you've only known 22 months. Crockett was the love of my life. I can't explain it. He was both my baby and my boyfriend. And it'll take more than a few months for the sense of emptiness I feel on Fridays and Saturdays to hurt less.
If it ever does. My friend, Jennifer, has lost dogs and she says you always mourn them when you've loved them as fiercely as I loved Crockett.
Always. I love Crockett always. And I miss him so very much. And always.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
When I know, I know. I usually don't argue the point, since it makes no sense to me to argue from the pinnacle of an issue, but rather I extend a hand and pull the other person up. Then it's up to that person to accept the hand up. Normally, if I comprehend that the person is slapping my hand away, I just leave the discussion and hope that the person has an experience which challenges their perceived point of view and allows them the opportunity to understand the issue more clearly.
There are quite a few people who would be the recipient of my temper if I decided to lash out. I see it as counter productive.
Tempers usually flare when someone is frustrated that the other person (or people) seem to be unwilling to accept verifiable proof and are ensconced in their own prejudices.
I figure that if I know I'm correct, it's best to let the Good Lord take over, rather than my temper. Because He will exact His judgment in His time.
Moral: Don't assume that God is on your side just because He doesn't strike you dead when you have an incorrect core belief. He gives you many many opportunities to educate yourself in the correct core beliefs.
Monday, November 14, 2005
By Doug Patton
June 6, 2005
First, Newsweek pulled a Dan Rather on us, running a fabricated story just because they wanted it to be true. They told the world that an American guard at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center had ripped pages from a prisoner's Koran and flushed it down a toilet. As a result, innocent people died when practitioners of Islam rioted in protest in Afghanistan.
Oops, said Newsweek, it seems we can't back up our story. Oh well, it's probably true; we just can't prove it. (Isn't it convenient for Newsweek that the media now have "Deep Throat" to talk about so they can revel in their glory days and divert our attention from their criminal negligence.)
The lie heard round the world about the flushed Koran has caused convulsions in the Bush Administration and forced the Pentagon to launch an investigation of unfounded allegations contained in an unsubstantiated story. The results of said investigation are now in, and it seems there are at least five incidents of "mishandling" of the Koran at Gitmo.
Well, guess what? I don't care!
Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning death that day, or didn't they?
And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don't care at all.
I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.
I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat.
I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.
I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.
I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.
I'll care when Clinton-appointed judges stop ordering my government to release photos of the abuses at Abu Ghraib, which are sure to set off the Islamic extremists just as Newsweek's lies did a few weeks ago.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.
When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured that I don't care.
When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care.
And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and -- you guessed it -- I don't care!
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist and political speechwriter who has worked for conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations at the federal, state and local levels. His weekly column can be read in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites. Readers can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmy Crack Corn: Beautiful corrugated gold leaves with piecrust edges and prominent veins. The leaves are held horizontally, forming a large, broad clump. Near white flowers. A H. “Piedmont Gold’ hybrid.
Jimmy crack corn and he don't care...i should say not if he looks like this. Rich gold probably glows in the dark. A large impressive hosta for the shade boasting deep vein texture and wavy edged leaves. A seedling of Piedmont Gold that blooms in white.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Bring Back Stigma by ROGER SCRUTON
Is Christian Morality Negative? by REV. JOHN R. WAISS
Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory? by FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
For more reading, click on the title of this post.
+Pace e Bene+
Monday, November 07, 2005
You are invited to check out the weblog Gates of Vienna. And especially Saturday, October 09, 2004
The Newest Phase of a Very Old War
You may think "get back to the poetry" or "why all the Islam information" or "what's with this blogger?"
Well, what's "with me" is what's going on all around me and you today. Like it or not, we are living in very insecure times. Look below at the map of Islam. Their stated goal is total control of the entire Earth!
But we, some of us, see this as a challenge to pray. Some will dance and say "the rapture is coming, the rapture is coming." But what if there is no rapture the way you've been taught? What if the things in the book of the Apocalypse have already taken place because they were written as an allegory and not for someone nearly 2000 years later to decipher into a dogma called "the rapture."
Want a few more examples of man's ability to deceive himself? Look at the hullabaloo around Dianetics? Look at the popularity of The DaVinci Code. Y'all, use the brains God gave you. THINK. Do some research. Don't be blind.
You want an even greater example of man's ability to deceive himself? Islam. Think about it.
The ONLY religion where man doesn't have to do anything to reach God is Christianity where God came down to earth to reach men.
John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. Douay-Rheims Bible
John 3: 16 sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam 17 non enim misit Deus Filium suum in mundum ut iudicet mundum sed ut salvetur mundus per ipsum Latin Vulgate Bible
Sunday, November 06, 2005
"Of course I pray for the dead. The action is so spontaneous, so all but inevitable, that only the most compulsive theological case against it would deter me. And I hardly know how the rest of my prayers would survive if those for the dead were forbidden. At our age, the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could I have if what I love best were unmentionable to him?
I believe in Purgatory.
Mind you, the Reformers had good reasons for throwing doubt on the 'Romish doctrine concerning Purgatory' as that Romish doctrine had then become.....
The right view returns magnificently in Newman's DREAM. There, if I remember it rightly, the saved soul, at the very foot of the throne, begs to be taken away and cleansed. It cannot bear for a moment longer 'With its darkness to affront that light'. Religion has claimed Purgatory.
Our souls demand Purgatory, don't they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, 'It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy?' Should we not reply, 'With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I'd rather be cleaned first.' 'It may hurt, you know' - 'Even so, sir.'
I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering. Partly from tradition; partly because most real good that has been done me in this life has involved it. But I don't think the suffering is the purpose of the purgation. I can well believe that people neither much worse nor much better than I will suffer less than I or more. . . . The treatment given will be the one required, whether it hurts little or much.
My favorite image on this matter comes from the dentist's chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn and I am 'coming round',' a voice will say, 'Rinse your mouth out with this.' This will be Purgatory. The rinsing may take longer than I can now imagine. The taste of this may be more fiery and astringent than my present sensibility could endure. But . . . it will [not] be disgusting and unhallowed."
- C.S.Lewis, Letters To Malcom: Chiefly on Prayer, chapter 20, paragraphs 7-10, pages 108-109
Also see The Guild of All Souls.
2) Other than the specific command to John to pen the Revelation, where did Jesus tell His apostles to write anything down and compile it into an authoritative book?
3) Where in the New Testament do the apostles tell future generations that the Christian faith will be based solely on a book?
4) If the meaning of the Bible is so clear—so easily interpreted—and if the Holy Spirit leads every Christian to interpret it for themselves, then why are there so many different Protestant denominations, and millions of individual Protestants, all interpreting the Bible differently?
5) How did the early Church evangelize and overthrow the Roman Empire, survive and prosper almost 350 years, without knowing for sure which books belong in the canon of Scripture?
6) Who in the Church had the authority to determine which books belonged in the New Testament canon and to make this decision binding on all Christians? If nobody has this authority, then can I remove or add books to the canon on my own authority?
7) Why do Protestant scholars recognize the early Church councils at Hippo and Carthage as the first instances in which the New Testament canon was officially ratified, but ignore the fact that those same councils ratified the Old Testament canon used by the Catholic Church today but abandoned by Protestants at the Reformation?
8) If the early Church believed in sola Scriptura, why do the creeds of the early Church always say “we believe in the Holy Catholic Church,” and not “we believe in Holy Scripture”?
9) The time interval between the Resurrection and the establishment of the New Testament canon in AD 382 is roughly the same as the interval between the arrival of the Mayflower in America and the present day. Therefore, since the early Christians had no defined New Testament for almost four hundred years, how did they practice sola Scriptura?
10) If Christianity is a “book religion,” how did it flourish during the first 1500 years of Church history when the vast majority of people were illiterate?
Please feel free to use the comments to answer any or all of the above questions.
+Pace e Bene+
It begins with the grace of God which touches a sinner's heart, and calls him to repentance. This grace cannot be merited; it proceeds solely from the love and mercy of God. Man may receive or reject this inspiration of God, he may turn to God or remain in sin. Grace does not constrain man's free will.
Thus assisted the sinner is disposed for salvation from sin; he believes in the revelation and promises of God, he fears God's justice, hopes in his mercy, trusts that God will be merciful to him for Christ's sake, begins to love God as the source of all justice, hates and detests his sins.
This disposition is followed by justification itself, which consists not in the mere remission of sins, but in the sanctification and renewal of the inner man by the voluntary reception of God's grace and gifts, whence a man becomes just instead of unjust, a friend instead of a foe and so an heir according to hope of eternal life. This change happens either by reason of a perfect act of charity elicited by a well disposed sinner or by virtue of the Sacrament either of Baptism or of Penance according to the condition of the respective subject laden with sin. The Council further indicates the causes of this change. By the merit of the Most Holy Passion through the Holy Spirit, the charity of God is shed abroad in the hearts of those who are justified.
Against the heretical tenets of various times and sects we must hold
· that the initial grace is truly gratuitous and supernatural;
· that the human will remains free under the influence of this grace;
· that man really cooperates in his personal salvation from sin;
· that by justification man is really made just, and not merely declared or reputed so;
· that justification and sanctification are only two aspects of the same thing, and not ontologically and chronologically distinct realities;
· that justification excludes all mortal sin from the soul, so that the just man is no way liable to the sentence of death at God's judgment-seat.
Other points involved in the foregoing process of personal salvation from sin are matters of discussion among Catholic theologians; such are, for instance,
· the precise nature of initial grace,
· the manner in which grace and free will work together,
· the precise nature of the fear and the love disposing the sinner for justification,
· the manner in which sacraments cause sanctifying grace.
But these questions are treated in other articles dealing ex professo with the respective subjects. The same is true of final perseverance without which personal salvation from sin is not permanently secured.
What has been said applies to the salvation of adults; children and those permanently deprived of their use of reason are saved by the Sacrament of Baptism.
Copyright The Catholic Encyclopedia.
As soon as I saw it, I knew in my soul (see the story of Friendship in September's posts to this blog) that was Crockett giving me a gentle kiss on the lips. His kisses were special times, because he didn't always give them. The last evening of his life, while driving home, I recall him kissing me three or four times. THAT was unusual for him. Maybe he knew that was his last night on earth. When I recognized the clouds as Crockett's kiss, tears rolled down my face. All I could do was thank God for the 'cloud kiss' from Crockett, two full months from the day of his death (9/3/05).
Later that evening, around 11:30 PM, I went to Crockett's gravesite and talked to him. Tears again flowed. Tears of "I miss you forever." And I do. I miss Crockett forever and I know that one day we'll be together. Because dogs DO go to heaven. And I'm headed there in about 38 years or so.
Heavenly Father, Help us remember
that the jerk who cut us off in traffic
last night is a single mother who
worked nine hours that day and
is rushing home to cook dinner,
help with homework,
do the laundry and spend a
few precious moments
with her children.
Help us to remember that the
pierced, tattooed, disinterested
young man who can't make
change correctly is a worried
19-year-old college student,
balancing his apprehension
over final exams with his
fear of not getting his
student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord,
that the scary looking bum,
begging for money in the same
spot every day (who really ought
to get a job!) is a slave to addictions
that we can only imagine in our
Help us to remember that the
old couple walking annoyingly
slow through the store aisles
and blocking our shopping
progress are savoring this
moment, knowing that,
based on the biopsy report
she got back last week, this
will be the last year that they
go shopping together.
remind us each day that,
of all the gifts you give us,
the greatest gift is love.
It is not enough to share
that love with those
we hold dear.
Open our hearts not to
just those who are
close to us,
but to all humanity.
Let us be slow to judge
and quick to forgive,
Saturday, November 05, 2005
you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq?
Did you know that the Iraqi current government employs 12 million Iraqi
Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under
rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools
have been built in Iraq?
Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20
Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all
Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in
January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?
Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational?! They have 5-
100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a navel infantry regiment.
Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational
squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport
aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night,
and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 bell jet rangers?
Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando
Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained
and equipped police officers?
Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over
3500 new officers each 8 weeks? !
Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq?
They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad
stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical
facilities Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have
received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary
school by mid October?
Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and
phone use has gone up 158%?
Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consist of 75 radio
stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a
televised debate recently?
OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!
WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW?-OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!
Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag
burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at
The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes. It is
intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus
minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American
---- Above facts are readily verifiable on the web.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Please reinstate the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001. As a Nation, we take pride in our National Treasures, among which are Roadless Areas that preserve the very core of the American Spirit. Not only do we, the people, need areas untouched and untrammeled by machinery, the eco-system needs these areas if we are to survive as a Nation. Backcountry areas revive the human spirit as much as they protect our physical environment.
I read of other Countries who have no conservation or preservation policies. Their population has decimated (and usually eaten) what we consider 'wildlife' (birds, mammals large and small). One of the strangest occurrences is to be in a Country where there are so few birds that hearing one sing is considered a special occasion. Hearing birds sing is a given in the United States. And it is due to habitat in Roadless Areas that promotes the continued propagation of birds by protecting flyways.
It makes me proud that in the United States, we have protected areas where our wildlife and our watersheds will not be disturbed. As a backpacker, I urge you to reinstate the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001 and to protect the Roadless Areas in perpetuity so that I and my grandchildren can enjoy a backcountry experience filled with the sights and sounds only available in such places.
Backpacker, Kayaker, Mother of two, Grandmother of six.
"We love death. The United States loves life. That is the big difference between us." – Osama bin Laden
"I have been made victorious through terror." Muhammad, founder of Muhammadism now called Islam (Submit or Die)