First Day Of School

Today was my oldest daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. My wife stays home with both my daughters (ages 5 and 4) and has ever since they were born. Needless to say, she had mixed emotions today. Excited to see her baby take that next big step…and apprehensive and sad to see her baby take that next big step.

So we get to the school and escort my daughter to her room to make sure she gets settled in. The teacher (who we had met last week at “Meet The Teacher” night) was talking to a group of parents and said “I have to admit that I’m the teacher that you’ve heard about who accidentally let a student get on the bus when he was supposed to be picked up by his parents last year”. Uh…great…thanks for putting all of us first-timers at ease. But my daughter was in line and ready when we came to pick her up.

My wife said that today was the longest day of her life. We (me, my wife and my youngest daughter) ran some errands today and went to some fun places so that my youngest would have a special day too. Approximately every 15 minutes my wife would ask what time it was. But overall she handled the day pretty well.

The most touching part of the day happened this morning when we were walking up to the school. My youngest girl was having almost as hard a time as my wife. She and her older sister have spent pratically every day together for the last four years. We could tell she was going to miss her closest friend. As we walked across the lawn my youngest daughter spied a little patch of buttercups and went and picked two of them. She handed the shorter one to her sister and said “Here, you take the small one and it will remind you of me. I’ll keep the big one to remind me of you.”

Everyone together now. Awwwwwww…


A Nice Place To Live…

I just saw that the town I live in made number 7 on Money’s Best Places to Live 2009 list.


Happy Easter!

This link will take you to a story by Leo Thorsness about a church service that he and his fellow POWs had in the Hanoi Hilton in 1970. The story should give us a fresh perspective here in America as we dress up in our Sunday best and go to church, unhindered, to Easter service tomorrow. Let us be thankful for the freedoms we have as Americans. But more importantly, let us be thankful for the freedom that Christ’s death and ressurection has given us as Christians. Freedom from sin and hope for eternal life.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Salvation is of the Lord.
May your salvation O Lord be ever with us.

From St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Happy Easter everyone.

Magnificent Monday Quotes – G. K. Chesterton Edition

Chesterton is one of those authors that Conservatives are supposed to have read. I have not. I want to, I just haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, here are some thought provoking quotes from G. K.

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.'”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”

“There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.”

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”

“A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.”

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

“Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

“Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.”

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

“The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.”

“Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.”

This one is for “C” – “Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.”

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”

Multicultural Idiots

You may have heard the story today about the new law in Afghanistan that makes it illegal for a wife to refuse to have sex with her husband. The law also requires that a woman receive permission from her husband before she leaves her house. This law was passed by the government that the US helped put in place after unseating the Taliban after 9/11. I saw the story on CNN today and was, like most people, ouraged at the fact that we live in a world were uncivilized morons like this are allowed to govern, let alone live. Then they started putting up viewer emails and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The email that shocked me was off the screen so fast that I was sure I was mistaken about what it had said. But later I ran across the transcript on CNN’s Cafferty File political blog. And sure enough, there was the email from the viewer and it was as stupid as I originally thought. Here it is:

Dave writes:
It is not our place to tell other folks how to live! Yes, this is wrong in our eyes, but it was not that many years ago that a man in the U.S. could have never been arrested and prosecuted for the same crime.

The utter and complete nonsense of the statement just, well, makes my head explode. What it really does is point to the dangers that multiculturalism or cultural relativism breeds in a law abiding society. Nothing is right or wrong. There is no good. There is no evil. It’s all just differing paradigms and opinions. There’s a great video on YouTube of Mark Steyn addressing the problems with multiculturalism. It is well worth eight or so minutes of your time.

Shall We Play A Game?

Let’s all play a new game I’ve come up with called “Find The Incredibly Laughable Understatement”. It’s played like this. I’ll post the text of an article below and you find the incredibly laughable understatement. The prize for finding it will be your very own feeling of smug superiority.

From the…

Toddler married to dog in India to ‘ward off tiger’
Members of an Indian tribe have married off a toddler to a female dog in eastern India in a bid to prevent his predicted death at the hands of a tiger.

Last Updated: 11:15AM GMT 18 Feb 2009

The ceremony at a Hindu temple in Orissa state’s Jajpur district was conducted with all the rituals observed at traditional weddings, including a dowry for the bride – the village bitch.

The dog sported two silver rings and a silver chain, the UNI news agency reported.

Parents of the groom, one-and-a-half year old Sangula, were advised to arrange the marriage when they noticed a tooth growing from their infant son’s upper gum – considered a bad omen.

Community elders believed the growth would lead to the boy being killed in a tiger attack – a fate preventable, according to tribal tradition, by marrying a dog.

Sanrumula Munda, Sangula’s father, said the ceremony would not prevent him from marrying properly when he comes of age.

Superstition is still a potent force in tribal and remote communities of India.

A Good Start…

No, this isn’t a post about lawyers (you know the old saying: What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?) it’s about the North Dakota House passing a measure that gives a fertilized human egg all of the legal rights and protections of a person. The measure is being introduced specifically to challenge Roe v. Wade and it still has to get by the senate but hopefully we can look forward to a Supreme Court case in the next few years.