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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ronald Reagan quoteable

“As long as they continue to state that the only morality they view is what ever will further their cause, and they reserve under themselves the right to cheat, to lie, to commit any crime, and that is moral, not immoral, and we operate under a different set of standards than that.” *Ronald Reagan on the Soviet Union*

official Detroit Lions 2008 season schedule

Detroit Lions 2008 Schedule

** Dates and Times Subject to Change **


Preseason Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (ET)

Network

Thursday, August 7 NEW YORK GIANTS Ford Field 7:00 p.m.
WWJTV 62
Sunday, August 17 at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 7:30 p.m.
WWJTV 62
Saturday, August 23 CLEVELAND BROWNS Ford Field 4:00 p.m.
WWJTV 62
Thursday, August 28 at Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium 6:30 p.m.
WWJTV 62

Regular Season Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (ET)

Network

Sunday, September 7 at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, September 14 GREEN BAY PACKERS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, September 21 at San Francisco 49ers Monster Park 4:05 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, September 28 *** BYE WEEK ***
Sunday, October 5 CHICAGO BEARS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, October 12 at Minnesota Vikings The Metrodome 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, October 19 at Houston Texans Reliant Stadium 4:05 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, October 26 WASHINGTON REDSKINS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, November 2 at Chicago Bears Soldier Field 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Sunday, November 9 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.
CBS
Sunday, November 16 at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 1:00 p.m.*
FOX
Sunday, November 23 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.*
FOX
Thursday, November 27 TENNESSEE TITANS Ford Field 12:30 p.m.
CBS#
Sunday, December 7 MINNESOTA VIKINGS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.*
FOX
Sunday, December 14 at Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00 p.m.*
FOX
Sunday, December 21 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Ford Field 1:00 p.m.*
FOX
Sunday, December 28 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 1:00 p.m.*
FOX

Monday, April 21, 2008

the Red Baron died today

It was many years ago, in the first quarter of the 20th Century, 1917.

Remember.
Of the few who become fighter pilots, fewer still become aces. Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) had 80 kills, Propsby Mcguire of the United States Air Force had 38, Otto Kittle of the Luftwaffe had 267. All of these aces were successful because they applied tactics that were based on their strengths and their enemy’s weaknesses; they fought on their terms and took the battle to the enemy. They also all have one other thing in common; they were all killed before the wars end. You cannot afford to let your guard down, and you certainly can never go against your own advice.
Never forget.

Good advice.

Friday, April 11, 2008

who needs this prayer more?

Pope Ground Zero prayer seeks terrorists' redemption


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict will pray for the conversion to love "of those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred" when he visits New York's Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade towers destroyed on September 11, 2001.


source


Let's be honest: there's no point in a prayer to save the saved or find the found. We seek to save the lost?

Those furthest from Christ need redemption the most fervently. They may also be the most useful to reach and defend against the enemies of Western Civilization.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I swear less here than in real life

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The Founding Fathers on the Second Amendment

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/7209/

"No Freeman shall ever be disbarred from the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense." - John Adams.

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed with Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the Government are afraid to trust their people with arms." - James Madison.

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue if the law-abiding were deprived the use of private arms." - Thomas Payne.

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides from an unarmed man, may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson.

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves. They include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike how to use them." - Richard Henry Lee.

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." - Samuel Adams.

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason.

Monday, April 07, 2008

President Bush on Charlton Heston

President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of Charlton Heston

Laura and I are saddened by the death of our friend, Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston was one of the most successful actors in movie history and a strong advocate for liberty.

Widely acclaimed for his long, award-winning film career, he also had a profound impact off the screen. He served his country during World War II, marched in the civil rights movement, led a labor union, and vigorously defended Americans' Second Amendment rights. He was a man of character and integrity, with a big heart. For all these reasons, in 2003 I was proud to award Charlton Heston the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nations's highest civil honor.

Our prayers are with his wife Lydia and the entire Heston family during this difficult time.

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Tim Walberg on Charlton Heston

U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) today issued the following statement about the passing of Charlton Heston.

“Charlton Heston was a champion for millions of hard-working Americans who love their country and believe in the fundamental Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. He served America in the United States Army Air Force, was a leader in expanding civil rights to all Americans, and fought for our Constitutional liberties. As a sportsman, hunter and American, I honor Mr. Heston and thank him for being a defender of freedom and an inspiration for our country.”

Cedar Fest By the Numbers and Timeline of Events

by Michael Mach 1:48pm Sunday, Apr 6

The following was written/recounted/posted by Michael Mach as a Facebook note on Sunday afternoon, April 6th, regarding the Cedar Fest riots of Sunday morning.

By the numbers

3,000 to 4,000
Estimated size of the crowd at Cedar Fest

80
Total number of police officers and sheriff's deputies dispatched.

52
Number of arrests.

28
The number of MSU students arrested.

48
Number of tickets issued, of which half were given to MSU students.

13
Number of rounds of tear gas fired. In addition, officials fired 20 stingball grenades, 20 "flash bangs" and 24 smoke grenades.

4
Number of reported fires.

2
Number of damaged police vehicles. A windshield was smashed in one vehicle. The left rear window was smashed in another.

Timeline

Saturday
10:25 p.m. Crowd takes over roadway at Cedar Street and Waters Edge.

10:44 p.m. Officers put on helmets due to bottles being thrown.

Sunday
12:12 a.m. Officer hit by fireworks in the 200 block of Cedar.

1:23 a.m. Request for additional units at Cedar and Waters Edge, crowd has become violent.

1:27 a.m. Fire reported at River and Victor streets.

1:28 a.m. Request for even more units at Cedar and Waters Edge -- out of control.

1:32 a.m. Chief Wibert advises officers to put out and mobilize for dispersing the crowd.

1:39 a.m. Chief Wibert advises to give announcement to disperse.

1:46 a.m. Announcement to disperse read four times on loudspeaker on north side of crowd.

1:58 a.m. Announcement to disperse read at River and Waters Edge.

2:03 a.m. Announcement to disperse read twice at Cedar and Waters Edge. Windshield broken on East Lansing police truck.

2:07 a.m. Smoke and "flash bangs" launched. Little effect on the crowd.

2:09 a.m. Fire reported in dumpster at 1128 Victor St reet

2:16 a.m. First tear gas deployed.

2:51 a.m. Fire reported in dumpster at 251 River Street

3:11 a.m. All is quiet.

Source: East Lansing Police Department

REALITY - Plus Ça (Climate) Change

The following is something I found as someone's Facebook note here. I failed to identify who posted it and thus reprinted it. In that spirit I violate copyright and reprint it without permission so I may remember it. After that I searched for it and discovered the source here. Enjoy.

FROM THE OPINIONJOURNAL ARCHIVES
OUTSIDE THE BOX

Plus Ça (Climate) Change
The Earth was warming before global warming was cool.

by PETE DU PONT
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST


When Eric the Red led the Norwegian Vikings to Greenland in the late 900s, it was an ice-free farm country--grass for sheep and cattle, open water for fishing, a livable climate--so good a colony that by 1100 there were 3,000 people living there. Then came the Ice Age. By 1400, average temperatures had declined by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, the glaciers had crushed southward across the farmlands and harbors, and the Vikings did not survive.

Such global temperature fluctuations are not surprising, for looking back in history we see a regular pattern of warming and cooling. From 200 B.C. to A.D. 600 saw the Roman Warming period; from 600 to 900, the cold period of the Dark Ages; from 900 to 1300 was the Medieval warming period; and 1300 to 1850, the Little Ice Age.

During the 20th century the earth did indeed warm--by 1 degree Fahrenheit. But a look at the data shows that within the century temperatures varied with time: from 1900 to 1910 the world cooled; from 1910 to 1940 it warmed; from 1940 to the late 1970s it cooled again, and since then it has been warming. Today our climate is 1/20th of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than it was in 2001.




Many things are contributing to such global temperature changes. Solar radiation is one. Sunspot activity has reached a thousand-year high, according to European astronomy institutions. Solar radiation is reducing Mars's southern icecap, which has been shrinking for three summers despite the absence of SUVS and coal-fired electrical plants anywhere on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, a NASA study reports that solar radiation has increased in each of the past two decades, and environmental scholar Bjorn Lomborg, citing a 1997 atmosphere-ocean general circulation model, observes that "the increase in direct solar irradiation over the past 30 years is responsible for about 40 percent of the observed global warming."
Statistics suggest that while there has indeed been a slight warming in the past century, much of it was neither human-induced nor geographically uniform. Half of the past century's warming occurred before 1940, when the human population and its industrial base were far smaller than now. And while global temperatures are now slightly up, in some areas they are dramatically down. According to "Climate Change and Its Impacts," a study published last spring by the National Center for Policy Analysis, the ice mass in Greenland has grown, and "average summer temperatures at the summit of the Greenland ice sheet have decreased 4 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since the late 1980s." British environmental analyst Lord Christopher Monckton says that from 1993 through 2003 the Greenland ice sheet "grew an average extra thickness of 2 inches a year," and that in the past 30 years the mass of the Antarctic ice sheet has grown as well.




Earlier this month the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of its fourth five-year report. Although the full report won't be out until May, the summary has reinvigorated the global warming discussion.
While global warming alarmism has become a daily American press feature, the IPCC, in its new report, is backtracking on its warming predictions. While Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" warns of up to 20 feet of sea-level increase, the IPCC has halved its estimate of the rise in sea level by the end of this century, to 17 inches from 36. It has reduced its estimate of the impact of global greenhouse-gas emissions on global climate by more than one-third, because, it says, pollutant particles reflect sunlight back into space and this has a cooling effect.

The IPCC confirms its 2001 conclusion that global warming will have little effect on the number of typhoons or hurricanes the world will experience, but it does not note that there has been a steady decrease in the number of global hurricane days since 1970--from 600 to 400 days, according to Georgia Tech atmospheric scientist Peter Webster.

The IPCC does not explain why from 1940 to 1975, while carbon dioxide emissions were rising, global temperatures were falling, nor does it admit that its 2001 "hockey stick" graph showing a dramatic temperature increase beginning in 1970s had omitted the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warming temperature changes, apparently in order to make the new global warming increases appear more dramatic.




Sometimes the consequences of bad science can be serious. In a 2000 issue of Nature Medicine magazine, four international scientists observed that "in less than two decades, spraying of houses with DDT reduced Sri Lanka's malaria burden from 2.8 million cases and 7,000 deaths [in 1948] to 17 cases and no deaths" in 1963. Then came Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," invigorating environmentalism and leading to outright bans of DDT in some countries. When Sri Lanka ended the use of DDT in 1968, instead of 17 malaria cases it had 480,000.
Yet the Sierra Club in 1971 demanded "a ban, not just a curb," on the use of DDT "even in the tropical countries where DDT has kept malaria under control." International environmental controls were more important than the lives of human beings. For more than three decades this view prevailed, until the restrictions were finally lifted last September.

As we have seen since the beginning of time, and from the Vikings' experience in Greenland, our world experiences cyclical climate changes. America needs to understand clearly what is happening and why before we sign onto U.N. environmental agreements, shut down our industries and power plants, and limit our economic growth.

Mr. du Pont, a former governor of Delaware, is chairman of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. His column appears once a month.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Rest in Peace Charlton Heston

He died yesterday. I just found out.

There can be no better tribute than this:



At last we can retire his rifle. This is best.

Life and liberty.

Recognize the second "Legend": The Omega Man!


I don't have to write much about Charlton Heston, really. His actions spoke larger than my words.



I have a few other magnificent points to make. It wasn't merely Mr. Heston's strength of character that was wonderful, as that it is irrelevant here. But his own strength shines through in the delivery. That's why he was a political figure. That's why he was cast to play Moses. That's why he could read off the following and be fully credible.



I don't even believe in his Old Earth assertions, yet his expression carries weight on a scientific topic.

I haven't seen everything he made. I'm unfit to eulogize the man. I'm barely caught up with words and works for the National Rifle Association. Yet he was here and then his time has come.



mirror-posted/cross-posted here

France versus China

Sarkozy's government boycotts China's opening of the Olympics because of fresh violence in Tibet.

This current French leader is much more the champion of human decency than his evil predecessor.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

April Fool's Day is stupid

Aaron Poehler nails exactly why I don't care for April Fool's Day.

Despite that some people are genuinely creative.... sometimes the most inoffensive of jokes is simply someone taking time away from contribution and usefulness to spout off a joke or something is stupid.


Although the most outlandish fake news is not too bad. When Represenative Rick Jones declared he was challenging Tim Walberg for his 7th District US Congressional Seat I thought that was a funny combination of words, even if the delivery was rushed and I knew he wasn't going to do it.

But then that particular announcement was as incongruous as my reflections upon my illegitimate children.

find a job in Michigan

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http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs/0,1607,7-147-6876-182600--,00.html

http://web1mdcs.state.mi.us/vacancyweb/vacancyinq.asp
The Associated Students of Michigan State University
Constitutional Change and Membership Questions
Opens: 3/31/2008 8:00:00 AM, Closes: 4/4/2008 12:01:00 AM


Proposal I
Explanation:

The Spartan Armed Forces Council (SAFC) is a group designed to promote the needs of MSU Students who are returning veterans, are currently in the US armed forces, or those who help support our student soldiers. By adding SAFC as a COPS group, they would receive representation in ASMSU and would have greater access to existing ASMSU resources.

The change proposed will add the Spartan Armed Forces Council to Article II Section 2.B of the Associated Students of Michigan State University Constitution (see Article II Section 2.B below) as a Council of Progressive Students (COPS) group. To provide a more holistic representation of the MSU Community, ASMSU proposes that the Spartan Armed Forces Council be added as a COPS group. COPS groups are designed to represent their respective segments of the MSU community and are recognized by ASMSU as being the legitimate voice of their demographic.

Current Constitution
Article II Section 2.B reads:
The following racial, ethnic, and progressive student groups shall be represented:
  1. Asian Pacific American Student Organization
  2. Black Student Alliance
  3. Culturas de las Razas Unidas
  4. North American Indigenous Student Organization
  5. Alliance of Lesbian-Bi-Gay Transgender Students
  6. Council of Students with Disabilities
  7. Women's Council
  8. Arab Student Organization
  9. International Associations Council
  10. Jewish Student Union

Question: Do you agree that the Spartan Armed Forces Council shall be added as a COPS group?


Proposal II

Explanation:

The Campus Interfaith Council (CIC) is designed to be an umbrella organization for all religious registered student organizations. CIC is designed to bring all of the diverse religious groups at MSU together to promote collaboration, greater understanding, and representation for religious students of all backgrounds at MSU.

The change proposed will add the Campus Interfaith Council to Article II Section 2.B of the Associated Students of Michigan State University Constitution (see Article II Section 2.B below) as a Council of Progressive Students (COPS) group. To provide a more holistic representation of the MSU Community, ASMSU proposes that the Campus Interfaith Council be added as a COPS group. COPS groups are designed to represent their respective segments of the MSU community and are recognized by ASMSU as being the legitimate voice of their demographic.

Current Constitution

Article II Section 2.B reads:

The following racial, ethnic, and progressive student groups shall be represented:

  1. Asian Pacific American Student Organization
  2. Black Student Alliance
  3. Culturas de las Razas Unidas
  4. North American Indigenous Student Organization
  5. Alliance of Lesbian-Bi-Gay Transgender Students
  6. Council of Students with Disabilities
  7. Women's Council
  8. Arab Student Organization
  9. International Associations Council
  10. Jewish Student Union

Question:

Do you agree that the Campus Interfaith Council shall be added as a COPS group?




Proposal III
Explanation:

The change proposed will amend the Associated Students of Michigan State University Constitution so that Article II Section 2.B.8 which reads Arab Student Organization will be changed to Arab Cultural Society; and that Article II Section 2.B.9 which reads International Associations Council will be changed to International Student Association; and that Article II Section 2.C.5 which reads Inter-Cooperative Council will be changed to student Housing Cooperative. This amendment to the ASMSU Constitution will reflect name changes made by the groups.

Current Constitution
Article II Section 2.B.8 reads:
Arab Student Organization
Article II Section 2.B.9 reads:
International Associations Council
Article II Section 2.C.5 reads:
Inter-Cooperative Council (Student Housing Cooperative, proposed amendment by 43rd Session of Student Assembly; 43-41)

Question:

Do you agree that the constitution should be amended to accurately reflect the names of the groups ?

PARTICIPATING GROUPS AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

ASMSU – Associated Students of Michigan State University

ELECTIONS:

CRITERIA: From the ASMSU Elections Code:

Section 4. An eligible voter shall be any member of ASMSU as defined in Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution. In elections for college representatives, a voter may vote only in the college of their major(s) as defined by the MSU Office of the Registrar.

Section 2.

A. Voter: Any member of ASMSU as defined in Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution.
D. Qualified Voter: A Qualified Voter is a member of ASMSU who has a major in the same college as the Candidate, as defined by the Office of the Registrar, and could vote for a Candidate.

And from the ASMSU Constitution:

Article 1:

Section 1. A person shall be considered a member of ASMSU during a given semester if:
A. That person enrolled for classes as an undergraduate student for that semester or the previous semester; and
B. That person has paid the ASMSU tax and has not received a refund of that payment.