Sunday Verse 7: Christmas Rambles

While the world has turned its thoughts to Christmas, other matters intrude: In the US, many are preoccupied by the much-hyped “fiscal cliff” and the planned increase in taxes as well as the aftermath of the the horrific shooting at the elementary school — the one in which no one had a weapon to defend themselves with. The US government’s plans to exact more taxes, and to reduce Constitutional freedoms, are much discussed. I have obligations, voluntarily undertaken, remaining from the “Food for Thought Award” — and they include this seventh in a series on Sunday verses that have inspired my thought. In this instance, Luke 2 comes to mind, as it is both an account of the birth of of Jesus, and it begins with an announcement of government taxation: […]

Sunday Verse 4: Presidential Musings

Matthew 12 is telling part of the story of Jesus, and two aspects of this chapter struck me. First, it has been the source of a number of statements that are commonly associated with US presidents, and second that it also contains a reference applicable to our current one. […]

High Voice

I was asked yesterday about the “surly bonds of Earth” reference in the post about Neil Armstrong’s death. There is indeed a story behind that and a very unusual young man.

John Gillespie McGee Jr. was born in Shanghai to a US ambassador, thus was American. His initial school was in Shanghai, “The American School” […]

Happy Independence Day, friends. And Google, too.

I hope all of you in the States have a meaningful American Independence Day, and that those from other lands have a safe and warm day even if it’s just a Wednesday where you are. […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day we gather and pay homage to our fallen… […]

Music of the Fears: I Wonder What the Team is Doing Tonight

I know what you skeptics are thinking tonight / As home in pajamas you ponder / All of you smiling in secret delight / You stare at our emails and wonder / The media’s leaning our way / But we still hear the blogosphere say… […]

A Joyful Yuletide (with High Technology)

May the Christmas cheer at this time of year / Lift you high and ease your loads / Of all faiths and creeds, each of us still needs / To find joy along our roads […]

Music of the Fears: Sympathy for the Climate

Please allow me to introduce myself / I’m a climate Ph.D. / I’ve been around for a thousand grants / Made the data dance for me […]

The Music of the Fears: “The Wreck of Al Gore’s Copenhagen”

The legend is stored on the ClimateAudit board / Of the source code and CRU emails / A hacker they said sent the zip file that led / To reveal, that November, the details […]

Veterans Day and a bit of rhyme

We in the United States are here, and we are able to continue to live in the lifestyle that we enjoy, thanks to veterans. Of course, there are others involved as well, but only a small percentage of the population places themselves in harms’ way in support of ideals and principles that we worked so hard to establish more than two centuries ago. From time to time, these are threatened. […]

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