It was a historic event for the 29th Assembly district. We were told yesterday at the swearing in ceremony for Andy Lamb that not since 1981 had there been a Republican in the 29th district. Congratulations Andy! We look forward to having you represent us in Madison.
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Friday, December 31
It was a historic event for the 29th Assembly district. We were told yesterday at the swearing in ceremony for Andy Lamb that not since 1981 had there been a Republican in the 29th district. Congratulations Andy! We look forward to having you represent us in Madison.
By Lucas at 12:40 PM
2 at store arrested in killing of a cat--Associated Press Dec. 31....Read more
Two men were admonished by the police--no, they were fined--no they were charged with a misdomeaner--no, they were arrested on felony charges after they disposed of a stray cat that was living in a storage trailer at the back of a Wal-Mart. OK, they used a pelet gun that might not of taken the cat out of its misery immedaitely, but I don't think you want a rifle being fired at the back of a Wal-Mart. Shouldn't the judicial system be dealing with real criminals?
By Lucas at 8:05 AM
Thursday, December 30
I just got the most surprising email from the Leader-Telegram (a local paper) contacting me about my blog and asking me some questions about blogs in general.
Will keep you updated.
By Lucas at 5:09 PM
I recently read about an interesting exchange that happened between President Bush and a British news reporter during a visit to England several years ago. The reporter wondered if Bush thought that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Bush should have just said "I can't answer that. Separation of church and state." He didn't, but it serves a point.
Since Bush was serving in his roll as President, he should not have expressed a theological opinion. That is not the roll of the government. I would have no problem if Bush would have made clear that what he was saying was in his own personal capacity and not as President of the United States but such distinctions must be made clear. A person's religious beliefs will inevitably influence his public decisions and he should admit and stand by them (unlike Kerry did with the abortion issue) but in their capacity as public officials, politicians should not pass judgment on theological issues.
By Lucas at 5:04 PM
I hate to politicize the horrendous loss of life in the after math of the tidal wave, but it seems to be unavoidable. The The New York Times makes the charge that the US is stingy in the aid that it is sending over to the victims. It claims that we are only giving $35 million. Excuse me. Isn't that just what the government is giving? Why don't they mention what private individuals are giving? Why don't they ask private individuals to give instead of attempting to place the guilt on who the people voted for.
This article outlines quite nicely the growing affect of private US aid around the globe. It is hard to estimate exactly but Americans gave around $35 billion overseas in aid last year. This is more than the government gave, this is more than any other country gave. The US is not stingy. We just find the neighbor ourselves instead dumping it on Uncle Sam to do.
By Lucas at 4:32 PM
Wednesday, December 29
This blog has been hijacked! I just want to remind all the faithful readers to send birthday greetings to Lucas on the 30th. He will be turning 1/5th of a century.
Update: Well at least it was a friendly hack. I'll forgive you Justo this once for the hack, but in the future if it happens too much...I'll have to look at locking some things down. And I did have a wonderful birthday with many gifts to enhance my desk and hunting experience including some starbucks coffee and a coffee makers to help me stay awake when I need to.
By Lucas at 1:44 PM
52,000 may have died in the tidal waves that ripped into large areas of the other side of the world, but there are many more who have lost everything. Gov'ts are running to the relief. World Magazine Blog also reports on an organization called Kids for the Kingdom that is providing aid in the name of Christ. Marvin Olasky had some personal contact with this organization and was vouching for its proper use of funds.
Some called the U.S. gov't (which should probably not be involved in the aid at all) stingy. It made me guilty to realize what sort of stingy accusations they could produce against the Church that should really be doing the aid. When the church is stingy it is stingy not only with the funds but with our outreach capacity for the lives of men in the name of Christ.
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Tuesday, December 28
"We were looking for 40,000 loaves of bread at 2 o'clock this morning" That is the humorous note that a Fire chief found in the midst of fighting a blaze of butter that engulfed a butter plant in the Minneapolis area recently. It was reported by rumor that 1/10 of the nations butter sputtered out of existence when the factory blew up. The mess was terrible. Butter coated everything. The river even got a new shinny finish as fisherman pulled up their fish pre-buttered. All the fire fighting equipment was a half inch thicker in butter. Some even said that the fire trucks that got too close to the fire lost their ability to break after butter infected the breaks. Roads in the area were closed as well as the goo was attempted to be cleaned up.
The only good news was that the price of milk went up for the farmers??? Wrong! It stayed the same or went down. Go figure.
By Lucas at 9:25 PM
Monday, December 27
All the trappings of Christmas, those presents, decorations, eats and songs,
that so many people despise as the makings of a prime distraction from the
true meaning of Christmas I reveled in. I promoted them.There is good in the
trappings of Christmas. Think about other celebrationsclass="fullpost"> weddings, birthdays etc, do we find that the trappings
distract from those who we wish to honor? Not normally. Such decorations
normally honor the person we celebrate. I find the same true with Christmas.
The decorations make for a festive occasion to celebrate Jesus and His
Now to debunk the anti-present mentality. Presents make you think. They make
you think about the needs and wants of others. They give you an opportunity
to express your appreciation for others. Aren't these proper aims?
"But what about the businesses that try and capitalize on the season just to
make a buck?" you may complain. Look on the positive side again. As hard as
they try the secularists can't destroy Christmas. If they did the retailers
would all scream. Christmas is going to stay. Some may try and hide from the
true meaning of Christmas beneath a pile of trappings (both the secular and
the religious always will always hide from the Christ of Christmas in season
or out of season), but the indestructible celebration of Christmas presents
us with a golden opportunity to part the trappings and honor the One we are
celebrating. There is hardly a better opportunity in the calendar year.
So go on, buy some more bows and lights (there's still the twelve days of
Christmas that you can still celebrate) and honor the birthday Boy, and
unwrap the true meaning for those whose were attracted by the trappings of
Christmas but never found out the true meaning.
By Lucas at 2:07 PM
Fooling around with new perks I came across this polling service. Give it a whirl.
By Lucas at 1:37 PM
Is there a way to divide the Dems enough on a Supreme Court nominee that they would let through a pick by President Bush? In a word the article I linked says yes. The ones that would divide the Dem are not necessarily against life. The fact that these choices are black women, appellate judges have already been chosen by Bush and passed by the Senate, or the high standing they have in intellectual circles, might present some fissures in the filibuster.
By Lucas at 1:11 PM
The question continues to mount whether pro-life Tim Roemer is going to step up the nomination for DNC chairmanship. Brushing aside big tent style at their convince, Planned Parenthood have unsurprisingly come out strongly against Roemer. If a person were a republican he would back Dean to totally destroy the Dems. If you are more concerned about affecting our nation for life you would support Roemer.
By Lucas at 11:01 AM
Opinion Times noted that blogsphere is more phonetic then blogosphere. I agree and will thus use the more phonetic version.
By Lucas at 10:32 AM
Bush is at it again. Once again he is declaring that welfare is not so much a state problem but a personal and church one. Bush challenges Americans contrary to the gov't hand out mentality of previous generations to look at the problems of poverty and aid personally, and might I add, through the church.
"By volunteering our time and talents where they are needed most, we help heal the sick, comfort those who suffer, and bring hope to those who despair, one heart and one soul at a time."
By Lucas at 9:28 AM
Saturday, December 25
...we killed the roosters for Christmas dinner.
(Overheard in the kitchen as the rest butchered the Christmas goose and
By Lucas at 10:03 AM
Wednesday, December 22
Judge Roy Moore: Is looking at running for governor of Alabama. If he does so he would probably have to run against Riley who has not saidhttp://www.blogger.com/images/ftp.gif
http://www.blogger.com/images/ftp.gif yet, but is likely to run for a second term as governor. Riley agreed with the stand Moore took on the Ten Commandments until Moore refused to obey the federal judges order to remove the commandments. If the Ten Commandment issue was the only one on which you had to decide between these two men, who would you support?
By Lucas at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 21
MSN is now offering a blogging/personal web page. Not impressed. The personal web page is fine, but I don't know why anyone would use it as a blog except to blog about their own lives completly which I find to be rather self centered. MSN blogs is not a place to launch a general readership blog from. It is only a personal internet bio. View my unused MSN "space"here for a sample.
By Lucas at 11:52 AM
If you are looking at buying books over the internet BoookFinder4u is a good place to start. It searches used and new books sales around the web and gives you the best deal. I used it to buy my textbooks for the next semester and got used books for 1/3 to 1/4 the price of new books. And that's including shipping!
By Lucas at 8:52 AM
Tom Coburn and Sam Brownback have both been selected to help guide though Judicial nominees in the Judicial committee. There are no more prolife senators than these two. They should be excellent leaders in helping the Presidents picks make it through. When the pro-death side says that the threat has gone from orange to red with this anouncement you know you're on the right track.
By Lucas at 8:48 AM
Monday, December 20
There is hardly a season or celebration that I like more. Christmas is
wonderful, but waiting for such a great celebration is better yet. Our
family has the tradition of lighting an advent wreath each night, adding a
candle a week as we count down the days until Christmas. Every night we
sing, we read scripture, we relish the true celebration of Christmas.
"Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ the new born King!"
By Lucas at 6:19 PM
I knew about Firefox before but this article on the security defects of the IE program has persuaded me to drop it forever...well at least for now. IE updates seem tied to Windows updates, which at this time mean XP updates. I run 98. I will run Foxfire.
By Lucas at 1:56 PM
Since I posted last about the kittens, several have been adopted out. If you want one you'd better be quick!
(Is it deceptive not to say that none of the kittens were adopted out by Wild Wisconsin?)
By Lucas at 1:38 PM
Saturday, December 18
in the TTLB ecosystem. If I understand the site correctly that makes me the 1,613th highest blog in their record as recorded by hits and outside links.
By Lucas at 9:49 PM
"The...attitude toward the American occupation forces has swung from apathy and surface friendliness to active dislike. According to a military government
official, this is finding expression in the organization of numerous local anti-American organizations throughout the zone and in a rapid increase in the number of attacks on American soldiers."
Thought this was about Iraq? Nope. This is the ol' New York Times reporting about the American occupation of Germany after WWII. American occupations have had good outcomes (think Japan, and Philippines as well as Germany) but they have never been overnight.
By Lucas at 4:23 PM
A surprise! Maybe the results of the election did not miss the Dems completely. LifeNews is reporting that Tim Roemer a pro-life Dem. from the red state of Indiana has been endorsed by both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid if he decides to seek the DNC chair. With such endorsements he is considered one of the front runners for the position. During his time in Congress Roemer has compiled a 95% pro-life record.
I have always said, that the abortion industry is doomed when the Dems are forced to embrace a pro-life position. Keep praying! We may be closer to a breakthrough in this area than many think.
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Merry Christmas! Our family could not wait for Christmas day, so we opened up our presents early. Two 22's were the big attraction this year. Even more fun then all the gifts was the family traditions and excellent family time that we had last night. "Merry Christmas" was not just some greeting, it was reality.
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By Lucas at 12:05 PM
Friday, December 17
I just got myself signed up at Prolifeblogs.com. It looks like a positive community of prolife blogs. They also have feeds coming in from other prolife sites. The clean site always goes over well with me as well.
By Lucas at 4:56 PM
Wednesday, December 15
Here is a good article on how the blogs beat the Mr. Daschle out of a job. It also mentions how it put heat on the local papers. Good read.
By Lucas at 6:42 PM
Not less than 10 minutes ago I finished my school for the year. Yeah! It was
a good year, but it is also very nice to have it all under the belt.
By Lucas at 5:28 PM
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By Lucas at 10:21 AM
The case is finally over. Scott Peterson was given the death penalty as the
media whipped up another story to fill in the news gaps. This was hardly a
legitimate national news story, yet some significant developments occurred
During the trial it was hard to avoid the humanity of the unborn son Connor.
The MSM even gave up trying to call it a fetus or some other dehumanizing
term. Connor was called a child, a child even before he was born, and his
father Scott was given the death penalty because he killed two people, his
wife and child. Such designation of humanity on the life a preborn child
will never be good for the abortion industry that supports itself by denying
that there is any life before birth.
By Lucas at 9:11 AM
Tuesday, December 14
The Friar reports that Hewitt and others think that Rudy could be a great person for president in 2008. They say that he could avoid or plasate the abortion issue by saying that states should deal with the issue. I disagree.
Whereas many things (education, health care, poor aid, intrastate commerce, etc.) Constitutionally should be dealt with at the state level, abortion should never be. The 14th Amendment protects the right to life from any infringement by the states and thus it is the Federal gov't responsibility to protect life.
It may be that many conservatives are confused on this issue because of the many state rights that have been violated. I also can see many tempted (including myself)to use states rights on the issue to take steps in the right direction. But Constitutionally...this is not a state issue and I could never support Rudy if that was his view.
I could never vote for Rudy, nor do I think he would make a good candidate. He would be another worthless Dole.
Update: Fiar responds although I could not understand his position, and responded accordingly.
By Lucas at 1:19 PM
Monday, December 13
If it is so important to Kerry that every vote be counted (which I think is a valid goal) then why is he only concerned about Ohio? Is it only coincidence that the state that is closest and could change the outcome of the elections (Florida yesterday, Ohio today) is the only one that has voting problems?
By Lucas at 12:31 PM
Saturday, December 11
Doyle is talking about jacking up the price of deer hunting licenses. Republicans say they will resist and lower the hike.
By Lucas at 9:58 PM
Maathai got the Nobel PC Prize for hitting men...
"I believe that a great honor such as this bestowed on an African woman can only encourage and empower women, especially the African women. And it can only make men stand up and wonder what has hit them,'"
...and planting trees.
"Deforestation has been a major problem in Kenya, exposing millions of people to drought and poverty, and by planting trees, the Green Belt Movement has aimed to promote biodiversity, democracy, peace, human rights and giving women a stronger identity in society"
And I thought this was a prize given in the protection of humanity not plants. So if you want to be selected for next year's Nobel PC Prize, go hug a tree and drive an electric car.
I heard that Alfred Nobel is rolling in his grave so fast he needs ball bearings and frequent lubrication to keep him from overheating.
By Lucas at 5:26 PM
and hardly ever before has there been a more valid recipient. Arafat came
close when he received this same award for his work as the head of the
Palestinians. Who could be more PC then a man who stood up against the
Israeli state and fought suicide boomer and nail to hold on to power... I
mean form a Palestinian state? It is hard to imagine but the Nobel committee
almost got Arafat right: he was more about peace and not so PC--that is
after he died. Haven't you noticed how hopeful things are in the middle east
after this man was taken out of the picture? The Nobel PC Prize turned into
its real Nobel Peace Prize posthumously for all his work done posthumously.
How fortunate! Maybe they should try Osama for the next Peace prize. He
might really work for peace posthumously too!
U.N. general Kofi Anan was another excellent recipient of the Nobel PC
Prize. Black, African, an excellent dose of Clintonian evasiveness and the
darling advocate of all Liberal causes he was second only to this years
Nobel PC Prize recipient. How about his staunch opposition to taking out the
murderous Iraqi dictator, as his son secretly guzzles oil-for-food funds
with the rest of old Europe? That's perfectly PC too these days it seems.
But this years winner tops them all. Wangari Maathai wins the Nobel PC Prize
for her environmental work planting millions of trees in Africa and
resisting the efforts of deforestation. As well as her environmental work
she earns this PC prize because she is an African women with a PhD. She's
resisted sky-scrapers, and become the first women at a Nairobi college. All
of these things could be good, but are they really efforts for peace?
Maathai seems to be the final part of the morph from Nobel's wonderful Peace
Prize into the modern day Nobel PC Prize.
By Lucas at 12:18 PM
Friday, December 10
This article says that Kerry still hasn't paid for his time when he stayed
at a Wisconsin inn, The House on the Rock to prepare for his first debate.
Normally people pay in a month. When asked if they are going to get the
lawyers, the owner said it was getting to that point.
By Lucas at 10:02 PM
Check out how well you did...
Who ran Bush's website?= Patrick Ruffini (patrickruffini.com)
What is lgf?= littlegreenfootballs (littlegreenfootballs.com one of the top
blogs on the internet; military emphasis)
Where do you vote early and often to support your favorite blog?= Weblog
Awards (2004weblogawards.com awards should be coming out soon.)
What does "pajamaheedan" stand for?= (Correction, actually the word is
pajamahadin) A new word taken on by bloggers after the MSM accused them of
being commentators in pajamas.
What is a "blogroll?"= This is the list of links along side of your blog.
What does it mean when you get a "hit?"= A hit is when someone visits your
What is a permalink?= A permalink or permanent link enables others to link
to a post and not just your blog home page.
What does MSM stand for?= Main Stream Media
Which blog is credited with taking down Dan Rather?= Powerline
Is DalyKos liberal or conservative?= Liberal
By Lucas at 3:22 PM
'Work Wanted' is not just a good title. I am looking for work. Know of any?
But as I begin to look for work it also makes me evaluate the jobs around
me, and how other evaluate them. Many people criticize work. "Just flipping
hamburgers" they say about entry level jobs. Others like to poke around and
find what they would consider to be the worst job ( worldmagblog did this
not to long ago). When I told someone that I was looking at doing a job in
construction they told me "Don't do that! It's too cold a job!" Isn't there
something improperly degrading (hit read more) about
this type of criticism?
Work today in our capitalistic society is our daily bread. It comes as a
blessing, a gift from the Lord and something that we are to pursue with all
of our might. Other than for wages earned in an immoral or criminal way,
legitimate work should never be slandered or degraded. We are commanded to
be thankful for it. I'm not saying that we should always stay a hamburger
flipper. Working diligently also means promotion, even moving, and the just
increased compensation for the increased work is valid. But this does not
give us the right to talk ill of jobs beneath us, or that are not of our
Immigrants to the US come (like the Mexican workers at dairy farms in here
in WI) and often start out with these less favorable jobs. By working hard
they drive the economy forward, and make a better life for themselves and
their children. These people have such a sense of dignity that they would
rather work a steady entry level job instead of getting gov't hand outs.
This what we want and will lose if we slander these workers and their jobs.
Part of my criteria, since pay is not so vitally important, is for a
learning experience to by apart of the work. But whatever I do, my goal is
to be thankful for the work and also thank the many people at entry level
jobs who help themselves and their neighbor by keeping up their good work.
Criticism receiver should never have to be apart of their job
By Lucas at 3:10 PM
The Canadian high court has just pronounced that the anti-marriage
legislation that was PROPOSED by Parliament is constitutional. Read this
again. This is not passing judgment on legislations that has been passed,
this is passing review on what WILL or could be passed. I don't know the
laws in Canada, but this would be blatantly unconstitutional in America. The
Ashwander rules require that the Courts can only rule (they can never give
advise) on laws that are already passed. Besides the reasoning for the
ruling, the method that was used brings us to the threshold of ultimate
judicial tyranny. Oh yeah, if it didn't sink in yet, this ruling clears the
way of legalized same sex 'marriages' in Canada. God save our gracious land!
By Lucas at 8:27 AM
Thursday, December 9
Tommy Thomson, Wisconsin's old governor, has sent in his resignation for his
cabinet post in the Bush Administration. When asked what he was going to do,
he hinted that he might run for Kohl's Senate seat. Go for it Tommy! I truly
believe that Tommy would make an excellent candidate and would do an
excellent job as a Senator. I know the next election is years ahead
(thankfully) but it is never too early to start looking for good candidates.
Doyle needs a good run for his seat too. It's time to be on the look out.
By Lucas at 8:22 AM
Tuesday, December 7
How well are you acquainted with the blogosphere? Take this test and see how
well you do.
Who ran Bush's website?
What is lgf?
Where do you vote early and often these days to support your favorite blog?
What does "pajamaheedan" stand for?
What is a "blogroll?"
What does it mean when you get a "hit?"
What is a permalink?
What does MSM stand for?
Which blog is credited with taking down Dan Rather?
Is DalyKos liberal or conservative?
8-10 Blog geek.
5-7 Frequent stopper.
3-4 You're starting to roll.
0-2 "What's a blog" status.
Place your score in the comment area. Answers will be coming.
By Lucas at 5:20 PM
Monday, December 6
I am totally frustrated with the government monopoly of education. I have
been doing some research on school choice education lately to find out what
is the best option for change. Just saying get the government out of it is
going to get you nowhere. Vouchers can't work I don't think because the
money still floats through the gov't and thus becomes an obvious
church-state issue. (I say obvious because all education is really a
Tax credits are a much better idea. Here is a good synopsis of the system:
"Under the UTTC(tax credit), parents would receive a dollar for dollar
reduction in their Virginia State Income Tax liability for every dollar
spent on tuition, up to a limit of one-half of the per pupil expenditure in
the public school system, or 80 percent of the private school tuition,
whichever is smaller. However, not just parents get this benefit.
Individuals who pay others' tuition would get the same tax credit.
Corporations would receive a 100 percent tax credit for money donated to
fund scholarships. Thus, students whose families are too poor to pay a
significant amount of state income tax and who therefore could not take
advantage of a tax credit, could nevertheless receive a scholarship funded
by the UTTC."
By Lucas at 7:20 PM
I find it extremely amusing to read how the Democrats think that they will
get out of their election woes. Even more amusing is to contrast it with the
advise they gave to Republicans to get out of their election victory slump.
When the Republicans lost in the 90s they were told to become more liberal
to attract votes. Now when the Democrats are on the losing side instead of
thinking that they need to become more conservative to win elections, they
think that they must become more liberal! (E.g., Hillary should run for
Do you get it? Becoming more liberal is good for what ails you! Come on
admit, it is not strategy; it is ideology. Here's a novel thought. Maybe
it's the opposite. Both Democrats and Republicans need to become more
conservative if they want to win elections in the American Heartland.
Become more conservative or liberal to win elections? Bahumbug! Elections
are won when we are shinning brightly enough with the truth to pierce
through the liberal smudge.
By Lucas at 2:12 PM
What do I want above all else for Christmas? I could list for you several
dozen things that could fit under the tree, but as I continued to ponder
what I really want my thoughts turned elsewhere. More than material things I
realized what would most benefit my life would be increased diligence,
patience and love--character qualities that I need to develop in my life.
How about you? What would you like for Christmas?
P.S. I am sorry if I led some to think that they could do their Christmas
shopping after reading this post. You should have known me better than to
believe I would do such a thing!
By Lucas at 1:05 PM
You may have noticed a few changes to the blog lately. I have been tweaking
my layout just a bit to get more information on my page in an easier format
to read. Also I have a new commenting system. Try it out. I think you will
find it much more enjoyable to use. The only down side is that I can't get
the comments emailed to myself so my responses may be slower.
Finally, I also have a new service located at the bottom of my left hand bar
that enables you to enter your email address and receive my blog post
directly to your email box. If you like using your email as much as I do to
keep a finger on how things are going on the web, use this function.
By Lucas at 11:30 AM
Saturday, December 4
Have you ever noticed that there is a new word game to describe the people
on both sides of the abortion debate? According to the media these days you
are either for abortion rights or against them. And they think that this
sort of word framing is unbiased? Yeah right! Who ever wanted to be against
a "right?" No folks this is just a blatant effort smear the pro-life side.
You can't fool me. I'm in favor of "rights." I'm in favor of the rights of
the pre-born, and that makes the other side against them.
By Lucas at 10:07 AM
"We're proudly pro-choice. It doesn't mean you're for or against abortion. It means that you believe people should have the choice,"
--Jenny Backus, a spokeswoman at the Democratic National Committee
By Lucas at 9:33 AM
Friday, December 3
Carter has a revealing post on how our life rejecting society now looks
upon having children. Kill your two triplets if you only want one, kill your
retarded child after birth, harvest organs off another, and make sure you
get it designed with those blue eyes you always wanted. This mall
conversation is packaged in biting satire.
By Lucas at 7:01 PM
Are you tired of spam? Do you wish for a little revenge? Kinda like wanting to know when the telemarketers are eating so that you can give them a call during there supper? Well now there is a way to fight the spam if you feel so inclined.
Lycos a for-profit company has developed a screen saver that you can install on your computer that floods the servers of spamers when you are not using the internet. The program does not kill the servers completely just suffocates them down to about 5% potential. This is the Wild West of Cyberspace. Are you going to join the posse?
By Lucas at 6:43 PM
Hah! so Microsoft wants to invade blogging now too. Well Google will give them some steep competition. I don't plan on switching myself soon. I don't even have ads on my blog anymore and Microsoft will.
By Lucas at 6:30 PM
A major agreement just came out. Looks like a new vote for who is to be
their Prez. Both sides is stopping violence, and the protesters are going
home. Almost too good to be true.
updates on the event right from Ukraine.
By Lucas at 6:30 PM
YOU'RE A CITIZEN!: I just got back from a swearing in ceremony for my Mom. A
hearty welcome to her on her American citizenship. I was very pleased with
the event. They made if formal and emphasized the great responsibility that
a citizen has. Best of all the judge gave a small speech in which he said
that as an American you are not pledging yourself to a king, or queen,
prince, or even a land or president. You are pledging yourself to the
Constitution of the United States and the rights that it contains. Right on!
Also of note... I was talking with a man who had recently immigrated from
Canada. Why did he come? Well, being a doctor socialized medicine didn't
work out too well for him. Needless to say he didn't have anything good to
say about our moves toward socialized medicine either.
By Lucas at 2:20 PM
NO LOSE RACE:Louisiana has two more Congressional races to decide before the
for this year are over. Listen to what the candidates have to say about
Candidate 1: "I believe that life begins at conception and that it should
be protected just as any other human life."
Candidate 2: Strongly pro-life, Has a pro-life voting record in the
Candidate 1: "As an avid hunter, I believe in the Second Amendment Right to
bear arms, and will strongly safeguard this constitutional right."
Candidate 2: Opposes gun control, Opposes the assault weapons ban, "A"
ratings with the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.
Now here is surprise. Both of these candidates are the Democrats in the
race. That's right, there are also Republicans in this race who are trying
to sell themselves as more pro-life, pro-marriage etc. See what I mean this
is a race that can't be lost?
The MSM is framing this election as a final pitting against the Democrats
and Republicans. Even more important in these races is that which ever
candidate wins a value voter will be going to Washington. I would probably
vote Republican in this election because of social issues, but I secretly
wish that the Democrats will win and show the rest of their party what
values it takes to be a winning candidate.
By Lucas at 8:46 AM
REVOLUTIONARY QUESTION: My cousin asked me if I thought that the Industrial
Revolution made this world a better place here is my answer.
A very good question that you asked about the Industrial Revolution. Looking
back on the era we see many negatives. Families were often pulled from their
home labors and stuck in factories were they were criticized at just
becoming a cog in the huge industrial machine. There were environmental
problems too....Smog choked to death the inhabitants
of the cities the were on the forefront of the movement. (It would be an
interesting investigation for you to look an incident in London when an
atmospheric abnormality called an air inversion kept the smoke and smog from
going up and suffocated many people in London.) But all of these things must
be taken in perspective.
Before the Industrial Revolution the lives of the common people was not what
you would call desirable. Most people lived on small farms where they barely
had enough food to eat in the good years. In the bad years thousands would
starve as famines swept the land. It is true that most people still lived in
cohesive family units. But what good is a family if half of you are dead? In
most countries the Industrial Revolution was not forced upon people (Russia
is an exception). The people voluntarily left their farms that were unable
to sustain them and moved to the cities that promised bread on the table for
the work they put in at their factory jobs. So it is unfair to say that the
Industrial Revolution made people work harder or made them sicker. They were
actually probably healthier than before since they were able to have food on
the table and even if they worked 12 hours a day this was no different then
what they had been working before.
The family separation and child labor that accompanied the Industrial
Revolution I continue to believe was a poor thing. But many of the poor
things that initially were hard in the Industrial Revolution were worked out
over time. Today there is an increasing trend toward people working in the
service sector who can again work from their homes as a result of the
I unabashedly think that most things that came from the Industrial
Revolution was good. God's command to fill the earth and subdue it is better
fulfilled when we are able to more efficiently provide for our needs and
wants. Should material wealth and well being be our central focus? Of course
not. But to wage a campaign to destroy it is just as wrong.
I see that I might have missed the thrust of your question. Is this world a
better place because of the Industrial Revolution? The debate often revolves
around what is "better." I don't believe this world is better or worse off
spiritually because of the Industrial Revolution. That aside, just looking
at our physical lives, I would affirm that, yes we are better off. Anyone
can go back to living like they did before the Industrial Revolution. Just
pick a lone plot of ground and start just growing enough to feed yourself
and you family. Obviously most people do not choose to do this. They find
that the convinces that the Industrial Revolution has given us are "better"
than what hand to mouth living has to offer.
By Lucas at 8:40 AM
Wednesday, December 1
So much for the Edwards claims that embryonic stem cells will make people to
get up and walk. Most scientist believe that to be far fetched and even if
possible a long ways off. The better option is adult stem cells that today
got a report that they helped a lady walk again. Read below for full
KWANGJU, South Korea, November 30, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A 37-year-old
South Korean woman, paralysed 20 years ago as a result of a spinal injury,
is walking again. Hers is the first recorded recovery of a spinal injury
from the use of stem cells - her doctors used umbilical cord-blood stem
The AFP reported that Hwang Mi-Soon shed tears as she took her first steps
before a group of reporters Thursday, using the help of a walker. "This is
already a miracle for me," Hwang said. "I never dreamed of getting to my
feet again." She stood up out of her wheelchair and shuffled a few paces
back and forth.
"We have glimpsed at a silver lining over the horizon," Chosun University
medical school professor and researcher Song Chang-Hoon said. The new
treatment has yet to be confirmed and duplicated, but may mark a new era in
spinal cord injury treatment, he said. "We were all surprised at the fast
improvements in the patient."
The AFP also reported that there is rarely any host immune rejection of
umbilical cord-derived stem cells, unlike embryonic cells, which may
actually form into tumors after being injected.
"It is just one case and we need more experiments, more data," another
researcher, Oh Il-Hoon, said. "I believe experts in other countries have
been conducting similar experiments and accumulating data before making the
By Lucas at 12:00 PM
My brain feels fried and I haven't even started to study for finals yet.
Well, my final papers might have something to do with it. I just finished a
30 page moot court brief that was a real mind user. Was that search
reasonable under the Fourth Amendment? Should the state official be granted
qualified immunity under because the law was not clearly established at the
time? You get the idea.
I got out today to do some firewood to clear the brain. There is nothing
like a ol' manual labor. I never imagined before I got stuck on the keys and
mouse how good it would feel to get out and feel the wind on your face.
I beginning to think about Christmas. I think I will be posting my Christmas
wish list up here on my blog in a few days. Just in case someone
wondered.... Just kidding. I think you will be surprised what is on my list.
By Lucas at 3:39 AM
Monday, November 29
Here you can find how and who of the blogs influenced the presidential campaigns. Several things I noticed. Liberal blogs are still the most common. Powerline made a big hit over memogate.
By Lucas at 9:18 AM
Saturday, November 27
The recent boycotts of movies have been comical flops. When some say that
The Passion is anti-Semitic and should not be watched everyone flocks to see
it just to see why it gets everyone up in arms. The same goes for Fahrenheit
9/11 except it was the opposite type of people doing the protest.
A movie will be coming out soon about the research of a man named Kinsey who
lied through his teeth, and broke down people's resistance to perverted
sexual acts. Pro-Family organizations are rightly concerned.
Instead of a frontal attack like a boycott that might provoke a backlash,
pro-family groups are attempting to hit the movie up high. They are using
professionals to question professionals about the work and perversion that
entails all of Kinsey's life and works. Also the pro-family groups are
reaching out to their base to educate them about the danger. 'Tis a good
plan. I sure hope it works.
By Lucas at 11:08 PM
The rumors abound in Washington as Rehnquist continues to show signs that he
may soon resign.
Thomas is supposedly the favorite of the Whitehouse for the Chief spot.
Harry Reid, the new head of the Democrats has already said he would
filibuster Thomas if he was given the post.
One more piece of buzz: If Rehnquist does not administer the oath for the
Presidential inauguration, that means, some say, that he is planning on
stepping down from his post soon.
Why all the hype? With all the power the Courts now have both sides see the
Supreme Court as vitally important for issues from the environment to
abortion. Rehnquist's departure would not change the courts flavor on the
abortion issue so long as Bush selects a pro-constitution, pro-life judge.
But pro-Roe Stevens, O'Conner and Ginsberg are said to be the next in line
to step down. If one was replaced by a good Bush appointment the court would
be split 5-4 in favor of Roe; one more replacement would tip it 5-4 AGAINST
Roe. Now do you see the battle lining up? Prediction: Supreme Court nominees
will be as big a fight as the Presidential elections. May God save the
By Lucas at 11:01 PM
By Lucas at 10:48 PM
In the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday spirit of giving both Democrats and
Republicans urged that the poor and the needy be taken care of. The only
difference was that they thought it should be done in different ways.
The Democrats thought that the nation should do the job as a whole:
"Growing numbers of Americans were hungry this Thanksgiving, and the nation
should do more to help them enjoy its bounty..."
I think I am fair to interpret this to mean that we are suppose to care for
the poor around the block by voting for the government to tax me and then
pass back to the poor through a religiously neutral hand out. President Bush
subtly presents the other way to give:
"We also recognize our duty to share our blessings with the least among us,"
the president said. "Throughout the holiday season, schools, churches,
synagogues and other generous organizations gather food and clothing for
their neighbors in need. Many young people give part of their holiday to
volunteer at homeless shelters or food pantries.
"On Thanksgiving, and on every day of the year, America is a more hopeful
nation because of the volunteers who serve the weak and the vulnerable."
I like the President's way. Recognize that most of the assistance to the
poor comes and should come through private and personal care. Requesting
the government to feed the poor I consider to be passing on the other side
of the road and letting the someone else do the help--secular, remember,
help that is.
By Lucas at 12:46 PM
Thursday, November 25
The noblest thing the US ever did was to make titles of nobility
unconstitutional. Yes, that's right no person can be called a "Lord" or
"Duke" in this land. Not true for England, and the worst noble of all in
England is the Queen.
I don't have anything against the Queen personally, she is a fine lady, It's
just I don't like her office. Thankfully she does not have any power (why
would you ever use heredity to determine the qualifications for
leadership?), but she still has tax supported celebrity status. Those
English spend millions each year to support useless pomp and ceremony. They
spend millions to preserve an institution that excelled in tyranny and
oppression. For most sovereign Kings and Queens their word was your law,
your money was at their disposal, and your life was at their mercy. Are such
remnants of dictatorship meant to be lauded and extolled?
I have a fair amount of exposure to royalty when I visit Canada as well.
Since I am a Canadian I guess you could say she is my Queen too. I'm not
impressed. For me George III was my last King and it was good riddance.
So you still like the royalty? I think they called that type of person a
monarchist during the Revolutionary war.
Note: I am not trying to bash Canada or England by this post either. I am
very proud of my English ancestry and my Canadian citizenship. All that I
don't like is the Queen. Short live Monarchy!!
By Lucas at 10:02 PM
Did you feel sorry for your turkey as you tastily chomped him down? Well the president must have felt sorry for his turkey--biscuits--that was going to be his dinner too and he gave him a presidential pardon.
There was even a vote this year hosted at the white house website that decided who would be pardoned. The president reported on how the race went:
It was a close race. You might say it was neck-and-neck. (Laughter.) When all the voters were in -- all the votes were in, Biscuits and his running mate, Gravy, prevailed over the ticket of Patience and Fortitude. (Laughter.) The Vice President and I are here to congratulate Biscuits for a race well run.
It came down to a few battleground states. (Laughter.) It was a tough contest, and it turned out some 527 organizations got involved -- (laughter) -- including Barnyard Animals for Truth. (Laughter.) There was a scurrilous film that came out, "Fahrenheit 375 Degrees at 10 Minutes Per Pound." (Laughter.) Now, it's a time for healing.
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By Lucas at 7:09 PM
Thanksgiving Day, 2004
By the President of the United States of America
All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give
thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. We are grateful for our
freedom, grateful for our families and friends, and grateful for the many
gifts of America..... On Thanksgiving Day, we
acknowledge that all of these things, and life itself, come from the
Almost four centuries ago, the Pilgrims celebrated a harvest feast to thank
God after suffering through a brutal winter. President George Washington
proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, and President
Lincoln revived the tradition during the Civil War, asking Americans to give
thanks with "one heart and one voice." Since then, in times of war and in
times of peace, Americans have gathered with family and friends and given
thanks to God for our blessings.
Thanksgiving is also a time to share our blessings with those who are less
fortunate. Americans this week will gather food and clothing for neighbors
in need. Many young people will give part of their holiday to volunteer at
homeless shelters and food pantries. On Thanksgiving, we remember that the
true strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of the American
people. By seeking out those who are hurting and by lending a hand,
Americans touch the lives of their fellow citizens and help make our Nation
and the world a better place.
This Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude to our dedicated firefighters
and police officers who help keep our homeland safe. We are grateful to the
homeland security and intelligence personnel who spend long hours on
faithful watch. And we give thanks for the Americans in our Armed Forces who
are serving around the world to secure our country and advance the cause of
freedom. These brave men and women make our entire Nation proud, and we
thank them and their families for their sacrifice.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for His blessings and ask Him to
continue to guide and watch over our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 2004,
as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather
together in their homes and places of worship to reinforce the ties of
family and community and to express gratitude for the many blessings we
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
By Lucas at 11:30 AM
....for this is the will of God.
Being able to Reason
Distant means of Communication
The Mysteries of Science
The Wonders of Space
"Thanks be to God!"
By Lucas at 8:58 AM
Tuesday, November 23
So the Left are so ashamed of the way America voted it appears they think they must apologize to the rest of the world for who we elected this last time around. Apologize to the world for who WE elect for an AMERICAN president??? sorryeverybody.com is dedicated to apologizing to the world for electing Bush. They even have a companion site that accepts the apologies from around the world: apologiesaccepted.com
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By Lucas at 10:57 PM
This picture is the best. I got so many laughs out of it. Not only do these Amish people never vote, but they also never serve in the military. And then they hold up a "Veterans for Bush" sign? Worldmag had a good article on how many Amish people are coming around and starting to vote--at least in this election. The stakes were just too high for them to stay home in critical states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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By Lucas at 12:59 PM
So Dan Rather is stepping down from his post as nightly news anchor man. I would rather not have him in there anyways. Speculation, that Rather is trying to suppress, about a fallout from the Rathergate might have to wait until the full report comes out....sometime.
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By Lucas at 12:55 PM
I've been getting really tired of people telling me how much I've grown
recently. Take it as a fact: I've been 6'3/4" for the last four years, and
the people who are commenting on my height should have witnessed the fact! I
don't know if this means that everyone else has just been shrinking or more
likely, they lack something of real substance to comment about. "My how
much you've grown!" comes across to me as both childish, belittling, and
If you feel inclined the next time you see me to inform me that I have
grown, please give me warning so that I can cover my ears. I haven't.
By Lucas at 10:06 AM
National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has just got a new president,
Nancy Keenan. In comments about her new poistion it appears Ms. Keenan
attempted to connect with the 'value voters' of the last election by saying
"I really believe that pro-choice is an American value and that it is shared
by women and men across the country."
Think she will make a sale of this value?
By Lucas at 8:17 AM
Monday, November 22
Some people whine about companies that are successful. A successful and rich
company doesn't bother me. What does bother me is when government props up
a company. Like the air travel industry. Why did they need my taxes to get
themselves out of their scrape? Just like I don't think government should be
meddling with getting the poor out of straights (it's the churches problem)
I don't think the government should be worrying about propping up companies.
Come on, they aren't helpless. Either jack the price up or die and let
someone else take your place.
OK, one other thing that does bother me. I hate it when the government gives
companies preferential treatment through regulations. This should also be
OK, this is the last. One more thing that irks me. Government SHOULD be
involved when there is lawlessness in business. If people are stealing or
lying put them in jail and lock them up tight. But otherwise, so long as
justice rules from shore to shore, LET BUSINESS BE, LET IT GO!!!
By Lucas at 10:36 PM
...you should read powerline's critique of the article. I dealt with the conclusion; Powerline debunks the poor reasoning. Power Line
By Lucas at 10:49 AM
If conservatives were smart they would help out this trend in the liberal circles. Smarting from their resounding defeat in the national elections this year, the liberals are looking to revive states rights in an effort not to loose their coveted perverted ways.
I say let's help them.
In the long run taking the control of things out of the federal hands and into more local hands will be closer to the way the founders thought things should work and will also help preserve our liberties.
For example, let's start out our decentralization program with knocking out the federal education system. This was always suppose to be a state issue anyways so getting it down to a local level will benefit everyone. What the liberals don't realize is that in the long run this will hurt their cause. Alabama doesn't want to teach evolution? Nothing can stop them from taking that position. Now the liberals have lost their hold on the teaching of the young and the next generation... Can you see the trend?
This movement does have limits. The federal gov't does have some delegated responsibilities. Letting states decide if they want to outlaw abortion might be a good stepping stone but ultimately the federal gov't must protect life.
It is the general laws that the states should have leeway in. Everything that was not delegated to the federal gov't. Different ways of crime control, environmental policy, and education would all benefit form sole state control.
By Lucas at 10:00 AM
Saturday, November 20
There is a variation of an old search engine that seems to have some good
potential. You might want to.........wait!! I am given blog service by this
companies competition. I don't think I had better suggest or give you the
name of this search engine on my blog. If you are still interested in this
new search engine send me an email. The new search on this engine was clean,
had a new "local" function, and worked better than google half of the time.
(The other half of the time google worked better. How conclusive, eh?) I'll
keep my eye on it but I don't plan on changing yet.
By Lucas at 10:36 PM
It seems that things can become more than complicated when too many presidents attend the same function. Apparently security guards weren't previously introduced when Chilean security guards refused to allow President Bush's Secret Service agents to follow him in to a dinner Saturday eve. A scuffle ensued only to be solved when President Bush, noticing the disturbance behind him, turned around reached back into the crowd and pulled his agent into the building. Though apparently irritated President Bush managed to straighten his cuffs and proceed with the dinner engagement.
Submitted by guest columnist Jessica Pillman
By Lucas at 8:32 PM
Friday, November 19
Mike Farris gave his student the first look at his new idea for passing a
Constitutional amendment. The amendment would still follow the customary
route through the Congress, Senate, and then to the states for ratification.
Uniquely, the amendment would also have a provision that said the amendment
would have to be passed by the people as well. The reason? Many Democratic
senators may be shy to outrightly pass an Amendment to protect the
constitution, but if they could frame it as only giving the people a chance
to vote on it they might be courageous enough to do it.
I have an objection to this plan, or at least a caution. It is too
democratic. Our country was set up as a Republic and even though this
provision does not destroy the republican aspect upfront it may make people
think that whatever the people want is the best and is what we should get
which is just not true. Overall tho, I like the idea.
By Lucas at 8:56 PM
Specter got his wish. Specter got his coveted post as the head of the
judicial committee. Like I said, I don't really have anything against all
the contacts, nor do I now believe that they were in vain. Everyone got what
they call a shot across the bow. They got a warning that everyone better not
plug up the judicial nominees. Specter had to give some concessions as well.
As best I could understand, he said that he would pass all the nominees that
Bush sent. Sounds good enough to me.
By Lucas at 8:51 PM
A hunting we shall go... No that's not me, its David. David and Peter are both taking up hunting. I must say that I'm getting hooked on it as well the more contact I get with it. I might take hunter's safety DL this next semester.
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By Lucas at 8:50 PM
Thursday, November 18
The French have once again proven that they always fight on the loosing side. They also like to fight for falling dictatorships.
By Lucas at 4:48 PM
I was mentioning to my family that I was hoping to hit 1000 hits on my blog
by Christmas. Well, we're over a month before that date and we hit the golden mark. I did some checking on more
specifics on the hits on my blog via the site meter link provided on my
blog. About a fourth or so of the hits that I get are either my own or from
my own family. Another 1/4 or so of the hits appear to be regular readers as
they arrive without a link from another site. Some random traffic is also
coming thru Blogger as well. I was pleased to see that some people were
finding me via google. They searched and found me.
This blog is not up and running as a business; I have no tip jar or ads nor
have any serious plans of adding them. I contribute to this blog as a diary,
as an avenue to perfect my communication skills, and as a place to formulate
ideas. I wouldn't mind tho, if you dropped me a note and told me you
stopped by. I know of about a half-dozen people who visit my blog but there
are still some mysteries out there as well as many others that I don't know
about. So my tip jar is my contact button. Also, I want to be critiqued. Did
I spell smoothening wrong? Did I miss out a word. I know that I often have
troubles. As I said, this blog is a place for me to learn. Be my friend and
correct me or challenge me on what I say.
By Lucas at 4:44 PM
Tuesday, November 16
By Lucas at 4:19 PM
By Lucas at 4:16 PM
Monday, November 15
Look at this quote by Justice Clarence Thomas that I came across in my
reading iin school today. Realize that this man IS a minority. Realize also
that he may be our next Chief Justice.
"Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and
protect us as equal before the law.....
That these programs [racial quota programs] may have been motivated, in part
by good intentions cannot provide refuge from the principle that under our
Constitution, the government may not make distinctions on the basis of
race.... These programs not only raise grave constitutional question, they
also undermine the moral basis of the equal protection principle. Purchase
at the price of immeasurable human suffering, the equal protection principle
reflects our Nation's understanding that such classifications ultimately
have a destructive impact on the individual and our society... So-called
benign discrimination teaches many that because of chronic and apparently
immutable handicaps, minorities cannot compete with them without their
patronizing indulgence. Inevitably, such programs engender attitudes among
those who believe that they have been wronged by the government's use of
race. These programs stamp minorities with a badge of inferiority and may
cause them to develop dependencies or to adopt an attitude that they are
entitled to preferences.
In my mind, government-sponsored racial discrimination based on benign
prejudice is just as noxious as discrimination inspired by malicious
prejudice. In each instance, it is racial discrimination, plain and simple."
And I would say "Amen."
By Lucas at 10:39 AM
Friday, November 12
I strongly oppose the UN Human Cloning Ban, a ban being pushed right now by
the US and other countries that would make it illegal to clone humans world
wide. It has much more far reaching effect than most people realize. It is
a wolf in sheep's clothing that must be killed before it becomes full grown.
The problem is not about human cloning; every country should have a ban on
cloning. The problem is that it is an affront to national
The UN or any other international organization has no right to impose itself
on domestic issues.
The UN has already said the some countries must accept abortion or else.
Skidding down the slippery slope to a one world government is only enhanced
by votes like this on human cloning even if they are for a good purpose.
It is again a division of powers question. The UN has the right to keep
peace and to work with diplomacy, but no right to tell a country what do to.
Every nation must stand up for it on sovereignty. It is imperative, I don't
want Kofi Annan as President.
HT (BTW "HT" means "Hat tip"): Lifesitenews.com (Note: I disagree with them
on this issue)
By Lucas at 8:05 PM
I don't mind a REAL filibuster. Our country's politics enables the minority
to make sure that it is not trampled on by the majority. I'm OK with that.
But I also think that when a minority does so, it must expend almost
unlimited political capital to do so. The filibusters that go on in our
Senate today are faux ones and...do not demand the
political capital to sustain them that they should.
Right now there is a movement to squash all filibusters of Judicial
nominees. Although I think this rule would be great for the present, what I
think would be the best solution would be to revert some of the filibuster
rules back to the old system. Under the present system, the minority just
has to say they are instituting a filibuster; the Senate proceeds as normal.
Under the old system, when a Senator or group of Senators wanted to
filibuster a vote they had to stand in the Senate, talk, and suffer the
wrath of being accused of hold up the whole business of the Senate. Senators
could and did do this but it was a last ditch effort that often lost popular
support. A talk until you drop filibuster is the real type of filibuster.
This type of filibuster is the type we need to amend the rules of the Senate
toward. It allows for blocks in the Senate but they must be brave enough,
and willing to be held accountable for their actions.
Keeping the rule that enables 60 votes to break a filibuster would also be
I have not heard anyone else look at the filibuster in this way. My
suggestion looks unlikely to happen, but is what I believe would be the best
not just today but as a standard rule for a democratic body like the Senate.
Voters and the public will only stand filibusters under this system that are
for defensible reasons. I am confident that indefensible reasons like
judicial nominee blocks would not stand under a REAL filibusters rule. We
need a REAL filibuster rule.
By Lucas at 1:45 PM
Thursday, November 11
Almost predictably every time that you gain marked success in one direction
things go past the prefect and on to error on the other side of things. For
example, with slavery and many racial prejudices dealt with, we got racial
quotas and affirmative action--another problem.
Christians have just won a major success with getting involved in the
elections this time around but there are problems on political involvement
too if things are taken to an extreme. Some dear friends of mine always
remind me that you can't solve all problems through politics. They are
right. If Christians think that they could preach salvation and save the
lost through government then we are off on the wrong track, and the pendulum
has swung to problems in the other direction. Thankfully I think that the
church has so far stayed on track, but it is always good to be aware of the
problems that can come when we correct another problem.
By Lucas at 6:36 PM
Tuesday, November 9
Dean wants to become head of the Democratic National Committee. That would be the best thing for the Republicans after the recent election. Just what they need, a screamin' Dean at their head. I can't believe that they haven't learned. Even in our area where it is closely divided Democrat and Republican, Dean is looked at so poorly that he was used in a commercial by our Republican candidate. Yeeehaaaa Dean!
By Lucas at 12:19 PM
Monday, November 8
From cnsnews.com: "We are waiting for a Democrat -- ANY Democrat -- to say
something like: Look, Bush won. He won big. He won in a lot of places by a
lot of votes. The Kerry campaign was based solely blaming and complaining.
We Democrats offered nothing positive and the American people saw through
us. We should reach out to the President and tell him we would like to work
with him on the important issues facing our nation."
So am I.
By Lucas at 1:37 PM
The battle to dethrone Senator Specter from his judicial committee head
demonstrates to me, as much as the election itself that we may be in for a
much needed heartland America groundswell. Praise the Lord!
I agree, Specter should not be head of the judiciary committee because of
his stand against preborn life and judicial appointments that think the
same, but in picking your battles I would not have thought this one would
have been able to accomplish as much as it has. Appears I have even
underestimated the groundswell. Go to Correction: notspecter.com for all the scoop.
By Lucas at 1:13 PM
By Lucas at 12:34 PM
Saturday, November 6
This is a group I could almost support. They make some pretty harsh comments
about their parties stand. Like the following:
"Democrats who took a pro-life position won a governor's race in West
Virginia, made runoffs in two Congressional seats in Louisiana and won a
host of legislative seats in places such as Iowa, Missouri and Michigan."
If we are going to win the pro-life issue, this is a group that must be kept
an eye on. Pro-life becomes unstoppable if the opposition start seriously
taking it up as their own.
By Lucas at 4:33 PM
I don't hope they die either, I like the two party system and see no third
party ready to take their place. They will rise from the ashes, and I can
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I hope to see a shake up in the party. A movement toward heart land American
values that were so crucial to this election. Let the die-hard liberals
float off to the Greens those screamin' Deans that wreak havoc, and I hope
to see the Democrats come around again as a pro-family party. Let
them be the party of new fiscal conservatism. Let them be the party
dedicated to a balanced budget. If they turn around 170 degrees I would even
By Lucas at 3:40 PM
I want to correct my earlier post about the senate being divided 53 in the
Republicans favor. The real number, one that reflects on the confirmation of
Mel Martinez win in Florida, is 55-44 in the Republicans favor with one
independent that votes Democratic.
This is a resounding success. The only close seat that the Democrats won was
the out in Colorado. All of the rest of up to seven close races were won by
the Republicans, Republicans like Coburn, Thune, and Martinez that will add
wonderful active conservatives to the Senate mix.
The Senate is particularly important in the judicial nominees. It can be
hoped that with this increased majority the President will not have the same
problems that he normally has in getting his appointments through.
BTW, several seats were also picked up as expected by the Republicans in
By Lucas at 11:32 AM
Most people like to talk about the gender gap--how many more women voted for
Kerry than for Bush. An underlying misconception underlies this assumption.
Well it is true that more women voted for Kerry than for Bush, the
difference was not that big. What is big though is the difference between
Bush's lead in the number of married women who voted for Bush (54%) versus
the number of single women who voted for Kerry (63%). Lasses and boys, Mr.
and Mrs., it is a marriage gap not a gender gap.
By Lucas at 10:18 AM
Friday, November 5
"I found it quite insulting," said Terry Brown, a retiree in Springfield who
received a Guardian letter. "I was under the impression we settled the
matter of how we vote and who we vote for in 1776." Right on! This was in
response to an effort by a English paper, the Guardian,class="fullpost">to influence the election in the US by having it readers
write to 14,000 undecided voters in Clark County Ohio in favor of Kerry. The
backlash was terrible. Clark county, which went for Gore in 2000 swung in
Bush's favor this time. The Republicans not only in Clark County but all
over the state reacted with new energy for the Bush campaign. Delay, even
threatened to take away their press status in Congress.
The indignation was merited. Other nations, have no a right to meddle in our
elections. America's President should be decided by Americans. HT:
By Lucas at 10:37 PM
Rather than being abnormal in many ways, this election was quite typical of
American presidential elections in many ways, and does not show an unusual
division. The election was hotly contested, the differences were stark,
and the election was somewhat close. Was our nation
subjet to an unusually partisan election? Is our nation unusually divided?
Quite decidedly not! The results actually show, historically, that our
nation is in a united time. The President took a majority of the votes, and
the House and Senate are handily in his parties column. Notice I look at
this historically. Many times the nation has had a President who was not
selected by a majority of the people. In both of President Clinton's terms
this was the case. The cries of "Nation Divided" are just cries by editors
and witers that feel they are divided from the rest of the country. I
couldn't agree more.
By Lucas at 8:18 PM
I was going to divide up and comment on different ways that different skin
tones voted, like many wags are doing. I decided to refuse. Personally, I am
sick and tired of people being concerned about the color of their skin. I
know that I have not lived through the deep animosity of different colored
people, but I am ready to give up all polling in political races on race
color, all consideration of hiring on the basis of race, and most of the
talk of race differences. The fault on considering skin color happens Left
and Right, but I more and more on the Left. I don't care who or how positive
or negatively you cater toward one color of skin. Don't. Let's just give it
up. Talking about the difference only keeps it around. The civil war was
moons ago. We can all get along, if the differences are not pointed out to
us at every turn.
By Lucas at 6:26 PM
Not only was I given four more years in the Whitehouse, they tell me a realitive of mine will soon be moving in. Miss Meazley was given to Mrs. Bush for her birthday. She will arive in December
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By Lucas at 12:15 PM
So who did the best job forecasting who and how would win? Of the pollsters
I was watching, Dales Electoral College, and Real Clear Politics did some of
the best. Dale accurately projected all but a few states.
Zogby was a failure. I am totallydisillusioned with
his exocentric and inaccurate polling. Dump him.
Rasmussen has always been one of my favorites and they seemed to be quite
close to the final target.
Gallup? Tossed out with Zogby for the same reason.
Wild Wisconsin? Well, we had our mistakes here too, but can be proud of a
better record than the average polling place. I failed in my predications of
Wisconsin (said it would go Bush) and of Ohio (said it would go Kerry).
Living here in Wisconsin might explain some of those biased projections, but
again, I did as well as anyone else.
And what about those famous exit polls? Consider them in the future useless.
Pennsylvania was going for Kerry 60-40. It ended up going 51-49 to Kerry.
Now that's a big difference!! They weren't worth the time that it took to
read them and I don't plan on putting much stock in them in the future. The
blogosphere got caught on this one. Exit polls that were just suppose to be
available to the big wig media players of course got leaked and ended up
everywhere on the blogs forecasting a huge win for Kerry. The busted parties
at the liberal blogs as the real results came in are a pleasure to
By Lucas at 11:04 AM
I got fed up with how the networks dealt with Ohio. If Kerry wanted to make
sure that he would lose the state even if the provisional ballots went in
his favor, fine. But when the networks readily gave state like Michigan,
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to Kerry but refused to give Bush Ohio until
Kerry conceded, that was unjustified. (Note: I must exclude Fox from this
scrutiny. They called Ohio in a consistent manner. Furthermore they were
also more realistic in calling Florida early for Bush as well) The networks
were beholden to the candidates, or more specifically the Kerry campaign.
The only reason that they called the state is that Kerry conceded not
because more numbers came in.
I can read the fear that many networks had: the Kerry campaign is going to
contest the election in Ohio so we don't want to get caught calling it for
Bush and then retract our call like we did in the Florida debate.
What the networks should have done was just acknowledged the fact why they
didn't call Ohio; Kerry might contest it. Or the networks could have just
not called all of the states that were as close as Ohio. Either way they
should have been consistent.
Here, you look at the outcome and see what I mean. All of these numbers were
in as of EARLY this morning yet notice which ones got called when. All the
Kerry ones early this morning, Ohio, not until this afternoon.
Ohio Elect Total: 20 Precincts Reporting: 100%
Pennsylvania ElectTotal: 21 Precincts Reporting: 99%
Wisconsin ElectTotal: 10 Precincts Reporting: 100%
Michigan ElectTotal: 17 Precincts Reporting: 99%
My suggestion for next election? Don't look when the networks call a state.
Go to a site like this one
ml?SITE=WICHPELN&SECTION=POLITICS) were I got this data and look at it
yourself. I saw easily enough long before the networks (as did many others)
that Bush had the election sewn up.
By Lucas at 11:04 AM
Thursday, November 4
BUSH WINS! The result might not be official as of yet, but the outcome is
not in doubt. It is surprising how long the Democrats are holding out, not
only in the Presidential race but in other close Senate races.
Ah yes, and those Senate races. Republicans again fared very well. At this
time it looks like they will pick up two seats to control the Senate with 53
of the seats.
Things also look bright locally. Sheila Harsdorf easily received another
term. Even more exciting, was Andy Lamb's defeat of the five term incumbent,
Joe Plouff. Go Andy! It has been a lot of fun to help out Andy Lamb in his
race and now actually see him win!
I was interested to see that the evangelical Christians did better this
election. Most are reporting that the evangelical vote is up 25%. This could
have been decisive in the key state of Ohio were evangelicals voted 3-1 in
favor of Bush.
It is interesting to look at what issues were concerning the voters. Those
that disapproved the war in Iraq and were concerned about the economy broke
heavily in Kerry's direction, while those that were concerned about
terrorism and MORAL VALUES heavily supported Bush.
Iraq and economy could easily swing in favor of a Republican in the future,
as I guess terrorism (tho not as likely) could swing toward a steadfast
Democrat. But unless the Democrats change their tune about moral issues,
Republicans have a major base that can be counted on to vote their
direction. I hope this challenges the Republicans to stay firmly rooted in
core moral beliefs and listen to what those who hold these beliefs think is
best for this country.
By Lucas at 11:26 PM
My email blogs have not been coming through in a timely fashion. It's been taking days for them to come thru. I AM back and I have done extensive election analysis. Please be patient as I work out this technical problem.
By Lucas at 6:33 PM
Tuesday, November 2
The Presidential election has come down to several battleground states. Here
is the way I think the chips will fall for the candidates in the most
important states. Pennsylvania-Kerry; Michigan-Kerry; Ohio-Kerry;
Florida-Bush; Wisconsin-Bush; Iowa-Bush; Minnesota-Kerry; New Mexico-Bush;
New Hampshire-Kerry; Hawaii-Kerry.
With these battleground states going as I have them, Bush would win the
election with 276 electoral votes. Come back after you have voted and
everyone's vote has been counted to see how many states I got right.
By Lucas at 8:50 PM
If you hadn't gathered this already, I will be voting for President Bush and encourage you to do the same. Precisely the reasons are: he is pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-second amendment, small business friendly, and the only one who is able to protect our nation in this time of war. Read more for a full analysis, and vote Bush!
1. Bush is Pro-Life
We didn't know how pro-life when we first elected him, but it has become quite evident he takes the guarantee of our Constitution that life is valuable seriously. His first act in office was to reinstate the Mexico city policy that forbids funding to any U.N. organization that supports abortion. He has consistently supported pro-life judges and administration officials. In his actual voting, he has voted for and supported the partial birth abortion ban, and the fetal homicide bill. Bush is and will continue to be the voice we need to protect the most vulnerable lives.
2. Bush is for Marriage
Nothing is being attacked so hard these days as the traditional marriage. It took courage and that courage deserves my vote when President Bush supported the Constitutional amendment to the Constitution that would protect marriage.
3. Pro-Second Amendment
Bush has stood up against the gun control group and actively supports the rights of law abiding citizens to own a gun.
4. Small Business, Low Taxes
In the midst of the war and economic downturn, President Bush has done an excellent job keeping the business field friendly, and the taxes low. We NEVER have nor ever will really get out of a recession by government intervention into our own lives and our businesses. In many ways the old, "let it be, let it go" phrase about the economy still rings true today.
Hardly any issue has dominated the news more than this one and rightly so. After 9/11 our nation has been plunged into a war against those that would like to see America brought to its knees. We cannot let them. President Bush has shown that he is the one who will, and can make this happen. We cannot subject the needs of our national security to a "global test" before we decide about our future. The war in Afghanistan was the first step in America's protection. We need the resolve of President Bush to see this war thru.
I will admit I have some reservation about certain aspects of Bush's policy. I still struggle with the war in Iraq. I don't really believe that we were justified in going in to free Iraq from a dictator. What I do believe tho, is that the connections to terror that Sadaam Hussain had as well as the U.N. and American regulations that he disobeyed were compelling reasons to go in there. I dismiss the critics as well who think that the job was going to be easy. It takes many years after a war to rebuild a country, and to say we will be out of the country in six months is just suicide.
I will never say that Bush's domestic policy has been goldenly perfect either. There should have been program cuts along side of the tax cuts to keep this nation out of the hole that our budget is in. The new breed of Republican super spenders are traitors to their fiscal conservative roots.
In putting in this disclaimer I want to acknowledge that I am not voting for the faultless candidate. Those who look for a faultless candidate error in understanding how to evaluate a person for certain responsibilities. No one, not even your closest friend or family member would ever be a faultless candidate. The important thing is to measure the importance of the responsibilities given to a candidate and vote accordingly. I value the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-security stands above my fiscal concerns. That is why I will be voting for Bush.
Please notice that I have refrained from mentioning the other candidate. That was on purpose. It is easy to criticize the opposing candidate; hard to say why you support a candidate. Nonetheless, it is evident that if John Kerry gets into the office of the presidency, we slide be in for pro-death judges, pro-death votes, anti-gun votes, and a subjection of the interests of the US to a global test. If your wondering about voting for Bush, Kerry should make that vote definite. Open up your eyes and see!
By Lucas at 7:19 PM
By Lucas at 6:33 AM
Yesterday I sent up a hot air balloon that was approaching the size of
admitting an occupant--well almost. It was about 8ft tall and 3ft across in
diameter. (Sorry no pics!) There was little wind so it went way up before
the flame tipped off the balloon, and came crashing to the ground several
hundred yards from our house. We have never found the bag yet. If I ever get
one big enough to admit a person I will need a volunteer, since ground
activities will limit me from going up. Applications for the adrenalin sport
can be emailed to me.
By Lucas at 6:00 AM
Saturday, October 30
Although I am approaching the age that it is considered OK to drink coffee,
I still am often told that children should not drink coffee. Why is that?
Why can't kids drink it "black or with cream and sugar?"
I have asked several people to no avail. The best argument I have heard is
that they don't think kids should be addicted to the caffeine. But if that
were the case we should also keep kids off of hot chocolate and pop which
have as much or more caffeine than coffee.
Most kids don't push the coffee issue. I'll agree with their reason too: its
not all that great a stuff until you get accustomed to eating thinks like
cake with it. I also think it is a pure silly custom that we think we will
harm kids if we let them sip it and give them the coco instead. No campaign
will be started from my direction to remedy this inconsistency but until I
find a good reason (other than saving more of the latte for 'grownups') I
find no reason to frown upon a minor going for the coffee instead of the
By Lucas at 3:11 AM
Friday, October 29
Thursday, October 28
First, notice the "if". I will not accept any speculation. I am only using this form to lay out the ideas of this year's election and how I think they should be dealt with in a practical, real life political race. In other words, I'm trying keep the ideal before me as I seek to present workable solution for today.
1. Health care
Ideally government should not be involved in health care at all. Period. It should really be the families, churches and private individuals who take care of this responsibility. But remember we are working with realities, government is expected to solve much of the health care problem. If I ran a campaign and said that I was killing health care tomorrow I would be misunderstood. I would be labeled uncompassionate, and uncaring if my opposing candidate was nice. That is not true, but in order to not be looked upon liked that I need to show that keeping government out of health care really IS more compassionate.
If I ran for office I would do this: I would boldly proclaim that I would not add to government health care and EVEN work to eliminate it. At the same time I would set up a private organization that linked members in need of help with health care to churches and other groups that help out the needy. Then I would put the phone number of my private linking organization on all of my campaign communication with an invitation for all those who have health care problems to call for help. Are you calling me uncaring now? No. Maybe you say it's unworkable though. True, it's ambitious, but I would limit the help to only my constituents. Furthermore, I am not funding all the health care problems myself, I am asking those who should be taking up the responsibility to do so. My job is to prod them to do it. There already is a free clinic in Menomonie for those who need help with health care. My idea is just to connect those people who need help to organizations like this free clinic.
Oh yeah, I shouldn't forget, I would cramp down on those frivolous lawsuits ASAP too. Along with decreased regulations, knocking out many of the lawsuit leech will drop the price of health care significantly. Health care would be a significant part of my campaign.
By Lucas at 8:32 PM