Praise God from whom all blessings flow ...

The singing of the Doxology, at the 37th Rocky Mountain Mennonite Relief Sale, 10.20.2012:

and a gallery of images from the sale:

37th RMMS 10.20.2012


Leece got this one in last evening's 8th grade basketball game, Swink Lions v. Fowler Grizzlies, at Swink:

She was shooting the players, who went down just as she shot. The young ladies in the background stole the focus - almost; it's little soft - making for a pretty good shot. The game Shutterfly gallery is linked from the WritingPlaces.com school sports galleries page, under "Basketball."



Of course, the publicity wouldn't be good for scouting, either

That, according to retired Army officer George Heib, is why he and the rest of his fellow scouting officials did not report the molestation of at least 10 Boy Scouts to the cops. He also said, "Putting the boys through all the trauma of having to go to court and trial and all the stuff like that, I didn't think it was worth it."

So they quietly got rid of Chester the Molester, and covered it up.

Here's the story:

Former scoutmaster admits molesting boys

Another retired Army officer served as the district executive:

"As the district executive, I followed the procedure I was supposed to follow," said Hardwick, a retired U.S. Army officer. "I handled it according to my instructions. Today, there's no question the guy would be put in handcuffs. But that wasn't the way it was done in those days. Nobody even wanted to talk about it."

Two Army officers. What I find interesting about that, is that back when these guys were serving on active duty, the Army could be downright savage in seeking out homosexuals, figuratively if not literally cutting off their buttons, breaking their sabers, and tossing them out the gate with the worst possible discharges. We can only wonder how Heib and Hardwick managed to reconcile in their minds the differences between the Army's attitude and that of the Boy Scouts. More of that '... for the good of the unit ...' nonsense? Keep the organization looking good, even though it is rotting from within? Swear to uphold the Constitution, or some high minded moral and/or patriotic (they are not necessarily the same) values, but cover up the worst kinds of immorality and criminality to protect the image of the organization? With 14,500 pages of 'perversion files' pertaining to their scoutmasters, the BSA could give lessons to the Vatican on keeping things lookin' good.

From the BSA website:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.


A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

The lads got some good lessons in all that from the BSA leadership back then, don't you think? How's that workin' today?


Soldiers and Marines

When is a soldier not a soldier?

When he is a Marine.

There is a difference.

A 'soldier' is in the army. Or the Army.

A 'Marine' is in the Marine Corps. The Marines are part of the naval service. They are not part of the army. Or the Army.

It isn't a difficult concept. They even have different uniforms, to help us tell the difference. They also have very different traditions of service to the nation, of which each branch of service is justifiably proud.

Yet any number of articles about the return of PFC James J. Jacques refer to him as a 'soldier.'

PFC Jacques was a Marine. He worked really, really hard to earn that; to become one of '... the few ... the proud ... the Marines.'

It would be nice if 'journalists' could respect that, and refer to him in proper manner.


Obama gets the Big Bird

With all the 'issues' we have facing us as a nation, why is the best the Obamanians can do is come up with Big Bird attack ads?

Romney was talking about ending and reducing taxpayer-sourced subsidies. PBS is included in those subsidies, which is why Romney made his now immortal comment, "... I like Big Bird ...".

The Obamanians jumped on it. Big Bird has become the chief spokescritter for the Democratic Party.


Here is a quote from the Romneyans:

"Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don't have a record to run on, 'you make a big election about small things.' With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president," spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said.

 Yes, we do.

I like PBS, and I like Big Bird. What I really like about Big Bird, is that he/she/it isn't willing to be used as Obama's political pawn.

But neither of them are of enough importance at the moment - not with the fiscal and economic problems we have, not the least of which is those 23 million of our friends and neighbors - for me to get all worked up over.

The Obmanians have been spending too much time Twittering (I prefer that to 'tweeting') and texting, causing their thought processes to vaporlock if they string more than 140 characters together. Beyond that, they apparently are incapable of coherent thought. The problem with that is, they apparently think all of us are in the same tiny little box.

We are not.

And sadly, this is not limited to the far left. We see plenty of it on the right as well.

PFC James Jacques

PFC James Jacques, USMC, was born in La Junta in 1956 and grew up here. He moved to Denver with his family in 1971, and graduated from South High School.

In October, 1974, he enlisted in the Marines.

On 12 May 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized the USS Mayaguez, a cargo ship enroute to the  Royal Thai naval base at Sattahip, Thailand. Sattahip was a major supply point for US forces in Thailand. Though combat operations involving US forces had ceased on 15 August 1973, we still had a lot of support people  in the area. Ban Sattahip Airbase - more famously known as U-Tapao - served as a B52 base during the war.

PFC Jacques was killed, along with 17 of his fellows, in the ensuing attempt to rescue the crew.

They were the last Americans killed in the Vietnam war.  PFC Jacques is listed on the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial on Panel 01W line 131.

You can read about it here:

Mayaguez Incident

And there is a photo of PFC Jacques with this article:

Body of MIA Marine in Cambodia returns home to Colorado

and here is a short obituary:

PFC James J. Jacques

Welcome home.


"Security concerns"

"After a delay of more than a week owing to security concerns, a team of several FBI investigators earlier this week visited the burned-down U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi ...".

FBI investigators visit Benghazi compound

"Security concerns?"

CNN had reporters in the compound picking up the ambassador's personal notes back on September 12. Elements of a USMC security detachment are on-site.

If it is safe enough for CNN reporters to be wandering around the area picking up classified documents off the floor for the last couple of weeks ... and the Marines have landed ...

what are the security concerns?

Or is this just more obfuscatory nonsense to cloud the collective HUA of the Obmanian State Department?

Generalissimo Dempsey

What's the deal with our current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Has the title 'Chairman' gone to his head?

First, we have him making thinly veiled threats against retired and former military members for exercising their right to free speech:

General Dempsey misses the boat

Dempsey disappointed ...

Dempsey is "disappointed" by political activity that he deems "not useful." In Dempsey's world, if he doesn't deem something useful, then it is not.

That may work to some extent for active duty members of the armed forces, but it doesn't hold much water for the rest of us.

Now, Dempsey is using his position to crush the career of a relatively junior officer, as power goes in the military:

Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor

Attorneys for Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where by most accounts he won praise from students and faculty alike. But when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey excoriated Dooley during a Pentagon press conference in May, characterizing his course, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” as objectionable, unprofessional, and “against our values,” Dooley's once-bright career effectively hit a dead end, say his backers.

Dooley is a lieutenant colonel. That is an exalted rank for your typical young enlisted swine, or young company-grade officers, but at Dempsey's nosebleed heights, a lieutenant colonel is way off the radar.  They are a dime-a-dozen.

For the highest-ranking officer in the entire military establishment of the United States to take a shot like that at a light colonel is pretty much unheard of. Even if Dooley is in fact a rabid Islamophobe. Dempsey's public excoriation of Dooley is poor leadership, and a poor exercise of the awesome power with which Dempsey has been entrusted.

But ... here is why Dempsey is grinding Dooley to mincement:

"... attorneys believe Dooley was doomed by a letter sent to the White House, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies a year ago and signed by more than 50 Muslim-American groups, including the Council of American-Islamic Relations."

That "Council of American-Islamic Relations" is an interesting outfit. CAIR has been criticized for ties with Hamas. Is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs really flushing Dooley's career down the toilet over complaints from CAIR?

Perhaps we need a new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. One who is less interested in political correctness.


Gutfeld the Pathetic

Over on FoxNews.com you can find a transcript of Greg Gutfeld's Twitter feed during last night's so-called 'debate':

Obama looks like a tourist reading a map

Some excerpts:

*Watching MSNBC discuss the debate is like watching the Titanic discuss the iceberg.
*Obama is rolling down a mountain like Homer Simpson hitting every rock along the way.
*I guess prepping with Joy Behar was a mistake.
*Obama is now like a Best Buy employee trying to sell you something he cannot fully explain.

Now, is that the sort of incisive political commentary one would expect from the co-host of what is considered one of FoxNew's best political shows?

I don't think so.

It sounds like the commentary one might expect from a fairly bright high school girl - in her sophomore year. "Bright" only in the sense that she can spell reasonably well.

In other words, it sounds like the kind of garbage one might hear on any MSNBC 'political' show. Think Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews 'twittering' away at each other, each trying to out-snark the other, but only revealing a certain loutishness, a variation on the  Butthead and Beavis theme.

That's Gutfeld's Twitter feed.

Is this really the best Gutfeld can do?

Meanwhile, the far left are all going on like a bunch of teenaged girls gushing over the breakup of the high school jock-in-chief and the homecoming queen:

Liberals 'freak out' after Obama's poor performance 

But Gore came up with the best one:

Gore blames Denver's altitude for Obama's poor performance

Well, at least he didn't blame it on a bad Arugula Salad in the Second Home Kitchen and Bar.