Wednesday, February 25, 2009

man versus melons

John Allwood broke a world record.
A man has broken a world record by smashing 47 watermelons with his head in 60 seconds.

John Allwood, 29, a melon picker, from Queensland, Australia, broke his own world record which he set during the 2007 festival, smashing 40 melons in a minute.

The Guinness Book of World Records has been forwarded footage and official timing of the event for it to be included in the next edition of the book.
I am impressed although I imagine superhuman powers of durability, or pain is the more likely experience.

Is self-sacrifice a virtuous sort of sacrifice if there is a belief in afterlife?

That is to ask, if one has deep faith that after he dies he will end up in an idyllic afterlife, then is his death for a cause really self-sacrifice?

That question is based on the idea that if an afterlife is more pleasant than life then an act which leads to that state is not sacrifice. One is not giving up anything because one is automatically embracing a larger and better state of being.

This is crap.

I am fairly certain that that is not fatalism or a form thereof but if one's own state of being in life comes with its own set of distinct obligations, duties, and pleasures unique to being alive and not at all associated with something before and after, then certainly a transformation to a different state of being, to a spiritual non-corporeal state of being would be shedding particular pressures and pleasures of corporeal life. If one is enjoying or appreciating an aspect of corporeal life that he knows, then it is a sacrifice to move on to the unknowable universe beyond.

hard to say what the last blog post will be before CPAC

oh well.

Get used to the uncertainty.

government threatens the Second Amendment? Big surprise there!

Anti-gun Land Bill Moving Again -- Gun control should be stripped from the legislation

Monday, February 23, 2009

An alert last week asked you to urge your representative to oppose a massive land bill that was scheduled to come before the full House at any time.

The good news is that opposition to the bill grew so loud that the leadership pulled it from the calendar so they would have more time to muster enough votes to pass it.

Well, that also gives you another chance to contact your own representative to tell him to OPPOSE the anti-Second Amendment Omnibus Land Act. The bill, S. 22, is now scheduled to be voted on this week.

S.22 is a mammoth bill comprised of over 190 separate pieces of legislation and will come to the floor with a rule that will not allow pro-gun representatives to offer amendments.

There are serious Second Amendment concerns with this legislation. S. 22 will greatly expand the amount of land controlled by the National Park Service (NPS). Because the rights of lawful gun owners are restricted on NPS land, the bill will create even more "anti-Second Amendment" zones.

In contrast to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service, which allow State and local laws to govern firearms possession, NPS land was until recently subject to a complete gun ban.

In the waning days of his administration, President Bush partially reversed the ban, but that half-way measure still leaves a significant portion of the gun prohibition in place. Gun Owners of America has fought for several years to fully repeal the NPS regulations, but those efforts have been hampered by the anti-gun leadership of both the House and Senate.

GOA opposes many parts of the bill that are controversial and have not been debated on their individual merits.

Consider just a few provisions of the 1,294-page bill:

* Section 2002 codifies the National Landscape Conservation System, which groups together 26 million acres of federal land and places it under one umbrella agency. The NLCS was created during the Clinton administration and run administratively since that time. S. 22 will make the system permanent, raising concerns for hunters and sportsmen. Much of this land is consolidated from the BLM and the Forest Service, which have always allowed hunting and recreational shooting. It is unclear what rules will be promulgated by the new agency and if gun owners' rights will be protected at all.

* Section 5204 of the bill establishes the Washington-Rochambeau Route as a Historic Trail. This dual trail begins in Rhode Island and travels 650 miles to Yorktown, Virginia. The trail includes parts of major thoroughfares on the east coast such as Interstate 95 and US Route 1, meaning the gun ban could effect hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting gun owners each day.

* Section 5301 authorizes the federal government to buy private land adjacent to national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by the NPS, and thus be subject to the agencies’ anti-gun regulations.

* Section 7002 makes the birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton a National Historic Site. Well, perhaps it's fitting that the legacy of former President Clinton, who was responsible for so many anti-Second Amendment laws, will include yet another "gun free" zone.

In all, the bill designates over 2 million acres of wilderness, establishes three new national parks, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, and four new national trails.

If there are parts of the bill that could stand on their own, they should be brought up separately and dealt with in an open and fair process -- and not used as bargaining chips in exchange for compromises of your Second Amendment rights.

Some people on Capitol Hill contend that all of these bills already passed the House anyway. In fact, no they haven't. More than 70 of these bills now before the House were only passed by the Senate. The House of Representatives never even held hearings or open debate on these measures.

Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) has indicated that he wants to at least have the opportunity to offer an amendment to ensure that the Second Amendment rights of all Americans are protected.

However, right now it looks as though the anti-gun House leadership will refuse to allow any amendments to the bill, in order to ensure that it goes straight to President Obama's desk.

There is a possibility that an amendment to protect only hunting and recreational shooting on federal land would be allowed. Such an amendment by itself is not sufficient and is clearly designed as a "cover" vote for gun rights compromisers.

Please contact your representative and urge him or her to insist that an amendment be allowed to protect ALL of your Second Amendment rights -- not just hunting and recreational shooting.

ACTION: Please urge your Representative oppose S. 22.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Michigan Republicans Marshalling Its Forces


Monday, February 23, 2009 (517) 487-5413

Michigan GOP Finalizes Leadership Positions

New Party Leaders Ready to Position Michigan GOP to Win in 2010

LANSINGThe Michigan Republican Party finalized its leadership positions at their state convention Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Delegates to the convention met in individual district caucuses and elected chairmen and vice chairmen for each of Michigan’s fifteen Congressional districts, as well as party state committee members.

“An important part of our plan is to invest in training, equipping, and supporting local Republicans,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser. “In order to win, Michigan Republicans must utilize our local leaders to engage and empower our local activists. I am excited about the terrific team that we have assembled and look forward to working closely with all of them to fix our state and reinvigorate our party.”

District chairs, vice chairs, and state committee members serve in their positions for two years until the party’s convention in the winter of 2011. A list of elected chairs, vice chairs, and state committee members is below. District chairs are automatically awarded a position on the party’s state committee. For your convenience a map of Michigan’s fifteen Congressional districts is attached.

District 1


Jeff Lamb

Vice Chairmen:

Adam Hume

Mary Ellen Tryban

Rita Hale

State Committee Members:

Linda Birgel

Beverly Bodem

John Haggard

John Niemela

Mary Sears

Anthony Stackpoole

District 2


Kurt Van Koevering

Vice Chairman:

Suzy Hughes

State Committee Members:

Jack Holmes

Paul Leidig

Janice McCraner

Juanita Pierman

Joan Runnels

Bob Springstead

District 3


Kim Yob

Vice Chairman:

Dan Koorndyk

State Committee Members:

Mandy Bolter

Andrew Emmitt

Richard Houskamp

Eileen McNeil

Bill Womer

Sharon Yentsch

District 4


Joan Jackson

Vice Chairman:

Steve Rudoni

State Committee Members:

Florence "Bobbie" Connelly

Kim Emmons

Micki McClelland

Steve Rudoni

Eric St. Onge

Gerald Wall

District 5


Lutullus Penton

Vice Chairman:

Amy Carl

State Committee Members:

Prudence Adam

Amy Carl

James Cowon

David Krueger

Patrick Portman

Christine Young

District 6


Joseph Haas

Vice Chairman:

Elizabeth Garey

State Committee Members:

Megan Buwalda

Joe Calvaruso

Paul DeYoung

Jennifer Schultz

Bob Sills

Joyce Watts

District 7


Wyckham Seelig

Vice Chairman:

Anne Norlander

State Committee Members:

Margo Aseltine

Michael Clark

Harry Fallon

Carol Greenwald

Lola Peterson

Chris Simmons

District 8


Allan Filip

Vice Chairman:

Michelle Hyne

State Committee Members:

Tom Leonard

Cindy Pine

JoAnn Sellers

Norm Shinkle

Linda Lee Tarver

Larry Ward

District 9


Glenn Clark

Vice Chairman:

Theresa Mungioli

State Committee Members:

Jim Duistermars

Barbara Harrell

Bob McCoy

Theresa Mungioli

Theresa Stayer

Justin Zatkoff

District 10


Randy St. Laurant

Vice Chairman:

Marianne Weisse

State Committee Members:

Lori Babcock

Ron Babin

Kathleen Berden

David Gillis

Teri Kowal

Paul Viar

District 11


Abe Munfakh

Vice Chairman:

Melissa Fazio

State Committee Members:

Paula Abbo

Sam Baki

Victor Cassis

Mark Garrison

Ida Shelly

Martha Snow

District 12


Janice Nearon

Vice Chairman:

David Maquera

State Committee Members:

Judy Buchholtz

Mary Kathryn DeCuir

Ron Michals

Linn Nichols

Victoria Rewiako-Smiley

Dan Tollis

District 13


Ed Joseph

Vice Chairman:

Krista Licata Haroutunian

State Committee Members:

David Dudenhoefer

Donzell Green

Jermain Lee Jones

Therese Joseph

Mary Treder Lang

Thomas McCleary

District 14


Bill Beddoes

Vice Chairman:

Margaret Logelin

State Committee Members:

Susan Licata Haroutunian

Rick Jarosz

Laurie McHugh

Scott Saionz

Darlyn Vigh

District 15


Margy Van Houten

Vice Chairman:

Bob Bykowski

State Committee Members:

James Altiere

Wendy Carter

Susan Chmielewski

Frankie Middleton

William Runco

Paul Sophiea

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