My Rule for Life

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The End of a Chapter

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

ABNPOPPA and ABNMOMMA'S Great Adventure began on April 22, 1977. From a very strong discussion about woman's lib in college to the red color she wanted to paint the living room. Always, always a great adventure. At the young age of 21 she took up the challenge of raising a six year son which she was not the birth mother. She blessed me with a daughter and second son, Jacob, the warrior paratrooper.

We honeymooned in a two man pup tent because we couldn't afford a motel and it rained four of the 5 days. Soaked sleeping bags, soaked clothes but never a complaint. Always a smile and it will be better the next time.

She nursed not only the children she raised but in her 32 years as a Registered Nurse gave only the best care she could give to thousands of patients both in the hospital and later as a nurse who went to the patients homes because they couldn't travel to the doctor's office or pay to stay in a nursing home. I had the honor of driving her thru snow and ice to visit patients when the Sheriff''s department said any one on the roads would be arrested because they were so bad. Her patients needed her service and she was going to see they got it. During one winter blizzard the local police department sent out a four wheel drive vehicle to see she got to where she had to go.

She nursed her patients and nursed her family spending hours and hours with her mother when she developed pancreatic cancer. She nursed ABNPOPPA when he had emergency surgery on Christmas eve and she nursed more neighborhood kids than you could count.

She was a nurse's nurse.

She was a mom, grandma and wife to me for the best years of my life. On Tuesday morning she left the world we lived in together for nearly 32 years after a heroic battle against lung cancer. She was 53 years old.

This is not the end to our Great Adventure, only the ending of a chapter in the book. She has gone on to map out our next chapter as she always did finding places to stay, usually with a beach and usually with some historic sites. I will only have to say as I always did, where are we going and when do we leave.

Let not your heart be troubled, she has gone on to prepare the way, the same as our Savior.

ABNMOMMA, I love you Tiger! Thanks for giving me the best years of my life.


Monday, March 23, 2009

A Questiion Unanswered

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

This is what greeted me as I opened up the Sunday morning bulletin at Greencastle Bible Church yesterday. Those of you who follow my blog regularly know I have said before this blog was very close to being called Conservative Christian Outrage. My first blog, Mark 1:11 was started because of my son, Jacob’s decision to enlist in the ARMY during a time of war. My reason to develop and post at Conservative Outrage was because I felt our country and our military was being short changed by many in Congress, the media and what has been come to be know as the far left.

You also know my tendency to be critical of President Obama, his appointments and policies. I specifically did not post some times because I didn’t want this blog to become a political blog. I try to keep it towards the Conservative side on a variety of topics. What has that got to do with Hebrews 12:14 and my attendance at services yesterday, let me tell you.

I take my Conservatism and my Christianity seriously. As is sometimes the case, and is now, they are on a collision course. President Obama reached out he other day to Iran. He basically got slapped down by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hebrews 12:14 says reach out to all people. He did. This is not the first time he has reached out to the Iranian people. My personal belief is like that of Ariel Sharon. To paraphrase, If a man looks you in the face and says he wants to kill you, you better believe him. Iran has totally denied that holocaust. They call America the Great Satan. Their leaders have many times stated Israel should be wiped off the map.

Last time I checked Christians and Jews both believed in the same God. I am sure there are people who will dispute that however, for the sake of discussion let’s presume Christian and Jews are in the same boat.

Where does that leave me? I believe we should follow the teachings of the Bible. I also believe that given the opportunity Iran will develop the Atomic bomb and use it in the name of their religion. Is not President Obama doing what Hebrews 12:14 says to do? I certainly don’t agree with him on much but……

I’ll post, you decide.

Friday, March 20, 2009

How About Some Good News!!

I am not copping out. I am just so tired of bad news which abounds with the current media and current congress and current President that I am going to print some good news. At least I consider it good news. So read away my fellow bloggers, read away.

Snowflake Babies,

I had never heard the term. Clik here.

Housing starts,

This is good 'cause Aaron, the elder, my son is a carpenter. Clik here.

Living longer,

I hope so. I got 11 grandkids and they are going to need a lot of guidance from and old guy. Clik Here

Good chocolate recipes.

If you can't find something good here, your heart ain't beatin!! Clik here

Have a great weekend and take some time to stop and smell the roses. It's good for you!

There's Mistakes & Then There is Just Plain Cruel

Forget about the AIG. Forget about the Trillion $ bailout. Forget about the incompetent Treasury Secretary, Tim, 1+1= ah.. ah....anybody got a calculator. You can even forget about the snubbing of a head of state. Yes, I am referring to the DVDS given to the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Hey, I can even forget about Joe Biden and his latest foul up:

March 13, 2009 5:40 PM

At an event at Union Station today where Vice President Joe Biden was heralding the $1.3 billion in investments in rebuilding train stations and passenger rails, a microphone picked up one of the former senator's myriad Senate colleagues addressing him, formally, as "Mr. Vice President."

That met with Vice President Biden's standard reply.

"Gimme a f*&$#ing break," he said, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.

What I can't forget or forgive is the demeaning of the office of the Presidency and the thousands of parents with children of Special Needs. It's not bad enough appearing on a comedy show after flying to visit with RINO Arnie after screaming we need to curb pollution. But when you make comments about bowling like a Special Olympics child. Mr. President you need a good old fashioned ASS WHOOPIN' !! Sorry ladies and Padres.

This is cruel to these Special Needs children and the parents and family who deal with them on a daily basis. Then the next day to have one of your lackeys give a half handed remark and no apology this is just unconscionable! Every day these parents and families wake up knowing their children are special and their needs are sometimes demanding, sometimes nearly unbearable but, often the most loving times a parent has. Giving to his/her child.

Personally I don't give a Big Rat's Behind about President Obama and how much he has done for Special Needs Children and Special Olympics. He is always talking about stepping up and responsibility well, how about a little of it from the boss at the top.

Where's the beef in this administration? Where is the apology President Obama?

No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a child.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March, 16,2009.

This is Fayville, right? I’ve logged so many miles and motels/hotels in the past two weeks I am not quite sure where I am. Ah, yes. It must be Fayville as I have a USA Today hanging on the door to my room. Now to start my day with my morning propaganda.

I am going to bypass the AIG stuff as everybody is talking about it and has their opinion. I am going straight to the good stuff. Again citing my source, USA Today March 16, 2009, page 9A, The Forum. By David P. Gushee” distinguished university professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and president of Evangelicals for Human Rights”.

Mr. Gushee starts of by saying, “It’s no secret that a group of self-identified centrist of moderate evangelicals built a friendly relationship with Barack Obama and rejected the Christian right’s vilification of him. I am in this group.” Now we know where Mr. Gushee is coming from. Mr. Gushee goes on to cite several reasons why he and his “moderate evangelicals” supported Barack Obama. Among those were, he reached out to us. Well duh, he IS a politician. He promised “transformational leadership” With all due respect. What the H___ is “transformational leadership” that could bridge the culture wars. Some body please define that for me. It’s ok to have a cultural war, a war on poverty, a war on the economy, a war on education, BUT NOT A WAR ON TERRORISM! Somebody please explain that to me. Well duh, he IS a politician. Finally, identification with issues such as torture, climate change (no longer global warming) health care (not promised in the Constitution) and Pro Life. Candidate Obama promised to reduce abortion. Now we get to the nitty gritty.

Pro Life. What does that mean. Pro Life in my book, The Bible, means what God has created.
L I F E. Not embryos, Not fetus, Not the unborn, Life! That happens when a man and a woman come together as God intended and create. Life! Call it what it is, Life regardless of it’s location, inside or outside the womb it is Life and God created it. It is NOT meant to be destroyed by man nor woman. PERIOD!

Mr. Gushee goes on in this rather lengthy article to break down President Obama’s promise to overturn President Bush’s order on funding abortion, the so called Mexico City policy. Then the nomination of Governor and supporter of the murder of the most innocent, the unborn, Kathleen Sebelius as head of Health and Human Services. And, of course, the promise to reduce abortions. Another promise. Words just words. Did I mention at that time he was a politician running for office. Well duh.

Mr. Gushee goes on to be quite intellectual and uses an analogy about getting close to Caesar and forgetting why you wanted to get there to start with to support a moderate position. Well I, in my limited education, would like to cite some ancient mythology. How about Icarus? He is the guy who’s dad made him wings with wax with which he could fly. He flew a little too close to the sun, the wax melted and the rest is history so to speak. RIP, Icarus.

Mr. Gusbee in his final remarks asks President Obama for more than lip service. My question is quite simple. What part of “he’s a politician don’t you understand?” He will say anything to get elected and then lie again. With all due respect to the so called moderated evangelicals failure to stay focused on the Bible and how the Bible examines every aspect of life and how life should be lived is beyond my comprehension. What don’t you understand about what was the most liberal senator in congress and now the President?

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and has feathers like a duck, it just might be a DUCK!

Monday, March 9, 2009

As if we Didn't Know

Just to cite my source up front. This comes from the Monday, March 9,2009 USA Today, Key West, Florida addition. My comments come from somewhere in the belief that there is a God and God will prevail over all. It is not up to me to understand His Plan but, merely to believe. I have only a layman's knowledge and in no way am a Biblical Scholar. Point: Please don't try to nickle-dime me to death of a small point.

USA Today, Cover Story:

Most religions are losing ground. Gee, those of us with some kind of brain and belief could have told you that! There in lies the sad part of this entire newspaper article. It appears all major religions are losing ground in this country. The 3rd largest number of polled persons stated "none" as their religion. Numbers are fine but like the mathematician said, Numbers can lie. I don't believe these numbers lie. They are what they are. In my opinion, sad.

After reading this lengthy article what struck me was a comment by a couple who reportedly "left behind their childhood religion". They had no religious ceremony at their wedding and failed to have their child baptized. Here is what is disturbing to me. The wife said,"we discussed Baptism, but we would only have done it for his mother and my father, so we decided no,". That's fine if you don't want to do it just to please another. I would almost call that commendable. But,


Morons! How about giving the child a fighting chance! I call it preparing for the future. Kind of like being a Boy Scout. Be Prepared. You may choose to live your life without God in it but, as this young child gets older at least give him a chance! Like your parents gave you the opportunity to make a choice, no matter how wrong. You made your choice.

Sad part number 2 on this is I work with so many young people that have no belief, no concept, or no understanding of what religion is all about. Regardless of the religion, they just don't care. It's ok if they live together, it's ok if children are born out of wedlock, it's ok if they cheat on a test. As long as it doesn't affect them. They say it's none of my business. Being a couple generations older than some of the people I work with I try to explain the concept. I fear more often than not it falls on deaf ears.

I will say one thing for me personally. My parents raised me in the church. I wandered away for several years and then came back. My wife and I gave our children a chance to decide. Does that make us good parents. I don't know, but we gave them a chance.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Abortion Action

This information is too important NOT to pass on!

Senate Bill Amdt Would Strip Tax Funds From Planned Parenthood Abortion BizWashington, DC ( -- Senator David Vitter is making good on his promise to continue his fight to prevent taxpayers from having their money sent from the federal government to the nation's biggest abortion business. When the Senate considers its spending bill this week, he will propose cutting Planned Parenthood funding. While the money Planned Parenthood receives from Title X funds doesn't pay for abortions directly, Vitter says it still helps the abortion business. Vitter says it is "outlandish" that current federal regulations do not make Planned Parenthood separate the federal funds it receives for family planning from its abortion business money. "This ambiguity has allowed organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, to receive large sums of federal funding for 'reproductive health activity' programs and often channel these federal dollars to clinics that perform abortions to pay for overhead expenses like electricity bills and office support staff -– freeing up other funds for abortions," he said. The last time the Senate voted on his amendment, it was defeated 52-41. ACTION: Contact your members of the Senate and urge strong support for the Wicker amendment to cut funding for the pro-abortion UNFPA. You can find contact information for any senator at / Full story at

For the sake of the the most innocent, the unborn, contact your Senator and tell him to stop these funds to Planned Parenthood. Funding abortion is truly a CONSERVATIVE OUTRAGE!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Key West & Stem Cell

Blogging from the city of the south, Key West, Florida. Retirement has it's rewards. Rest and relaxation.

I'm sitting in the lobby of a well know hotel chain where the television appears to be permanently tuned to the Clinton News Network. As I always do if and when I can give credit where credit is due. CNN has been running a segment for the past 30-40 minutes about how to improve your resume'. That's the good part, "WHERE THE JOBS ARE".

Unfortunately as with many left wing and liberal media outlets it is greatly overshatdowed by another much bigger aspect of their program. This I have seen twice in the hour I have been sitting here. The Clinton News Network has run a news piece stating the "unemployment & underemployment rate is nearly 15%. Then they flash in large bold numbers 14.6% after stating the rate as nearly 15 %. The small print underneath the numbers read unemployment/underemployment. Much smaller than the numbers.

What disturbs me about this factual statement is many people will only see the numbers. Then they will in the course of conversation or in their minds remember the numbers and relate unemployment with 14+%. Which, of course, is wrong. This is just a continuation of the media tryiing its liberal best to cconvience and scare people into President Obama's plans at any cost.

I will be the first to agree that the numbers are most like correct or CNN wouldn't use them. What I object to is the underhanded way they portray them. If you stop, look, and listen you grasp the complete concept. In our helter skelter world we many times only get the bits and pieces. Then the fear sets in. A tactic used exceptionally well by this administration during the campaign and now.

I on the other hand choose to look at it in a totally different manner. Yes, approximately 85% of the population have jobs. Approximately 92% have jobs they are somewhat comfortable with and don't feel they are working in a position they are over qualified for. Then there is the 2 to 4 percent hard core underemployed that wouldn't take a job if you gave it to them. That leaves approximately 3 to 4 percent of the population looking for a job in a serious way.

I just had a conversation with a young man here from San Diego, California. He, like Aaron, the eldest of our boys, is a union carpenter. He states he has been out of work for over 6 months and can't pay his union dues for the lack of money. During he course of conversation he told me he flew in late last night with his girlfriend to attend a wedding. He left shortly to pick up a rented motor scooter so often used here on the island for transportation. A nice pleasant young man to talk with. Having a union carpenter as a son I can somewhat relate. But,'s got to make you wonder about priorities.

Late breaking news. President Obama to continue his support to murdering the most innocent of our citizens, the unborn. It has just been reported on the Clinton News Network he will allow federal funding for stem cell research. Why should we believe any different of hm now. He should this card as a politician in Illinois. MORE AS THE STORY DEVELOPES.

Why does Sodom and Gomorrah keep comming to mind!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Is This Government Control or What!

A brief recap of today's headlines.

File this under, Government Control:

It has been reported President Obama in continuing his approval of murdering the most innocent of humans, the unborn, is prepared to "strike down" a rule issued by President Bush. The rule give physicians, nurses, and medical practitioners the "right" to refuse to perform abortions. Read the complete story Clik here.

Just an added hi-light to the above:

The regulation in question falls under the Department of Health and Human Services. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has a long history of supporting abortion rights, has been nominated to head up the department, *

File this under: Why can't we all be the same.

Let's ban Barbie. She's too good looking! A West Virginia legislator wants to ban the sale of Barbie dolls. Read the complete story here.**

File this under "Just what we need" in Washington another bureaucracy:

Senator Patrick Leahy wants a "truth commission to investigated President Bush.***Will it be the same commission that investigate President Clinton and Monica? Read the complete story here. ***

*Fox News



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Did He Just BLINK?

As most of my followers know I have not used CONSERVATIVE OUTRAGE to discuss President Obama's poor showing regarding the economy, military strategy, poor choices in selection of his cabinet, or his total and complete misunderstanding of foreign in affairs. I have posted about these areas of concern on occasion.

Today admittedly, from FOX NEWS.COM, I garnered this piece of information. Many 'ditto heads (I am not one) have heard from their leader, and others this administration is anti-capitalism. I do not have access to the White House corporate board room to either overrule nor sustain these statements. I do have a little Midwestern, good ol' boy common sense, I believe. I know that when my bank goes under it's probably because of poor management. Most businesses that go under are the subject of that malaise. Not all, but most. That my friends is a fact of life.

It seems to me that giving more money to bad businesses and bad managers is like ah.....let me clean this up....yes, pouring water down a rat hole. For some reason it just never fills up and pretty soon you run out of ....water. You now have a muddy hole in the ground and no water. This adds up to nothing. As I see it you give a bad bank and a bad banker money and shortly you wind up with a muddy hole in the ground no water, aka, a bad bank and no money!

Now that seems to be President Obama's idea. Have the government give more money to bad banks and bad managers. It's quite similar to our public school system, give more money to the worst schools and expect them to get better. Or like the social security system which I believe is to run out before I may collect my money. I am not that far away. Perhaps President Obama didn't quite understand basic economics in college. He does appear that way with his nomination of tax cheats leading up to his latest pick.

Checks and Balances President Obama, checks and balances. It is a relatively simple process. Capitalism is run on checks and balances. Not pouring water down a rat hole. Why go on about this you may say to yourself. Well, in my humble opinion, I think I just saw him blink. It begins with this remark.

The Obama team announced its intention to partner with the private sector to buy $500 billion to $1 trillion of distressed assets as part of its revamping of the $700 billion bank bailout last month.

I'll blog, you decide.

Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

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