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On my latest trip to Washington DC I deliberately decided that while it was a business trip I would endeavor to make a visit to a number of place you might call hallowed grounds or sacred places. On my list of places to see was the Museum of the Marine Corps, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps memorial and Arlington cemetery. It is like a pilgrimage for me and a chosen as a priority over the sites to see in Washington DC. You see I have placed a great deal of gratitude for those who gave the last full measure.   We all benefit from their sacrifices. I feel they deserve something back from me. Therefore, I go; my act of appreciation, honor and deep gratitude.   First on my list was The Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. As I walked up to the building I could not help but noticed the grandeur while it...
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Posted by on in Leadership
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I like to use historical people or characters as a means of inspiration for myself and others. However, I have a hard time labeling anyone as a hero or saint. Mostly from fear that some aspect of their life unknown to me, may reflect negatively on me for having bestowed such an honor on the individual.   "It is to be lamented however that great characters are seldom without blot." - George Washington   However, many man and women, by virtue, exemplify a value or attribute I find worthy of emulation and pursuit. These individuals serve as a reminder, an icon or inspiration of a worthy value or attribute. Icons serve a useful purpose they reminders and inspire us to hold to those values or characteristics we wish to pursue. It is important to remember that these people are not perfect. I guess if we find they have too many faults with them or faults that...
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Posted by on in Christianity
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I have had a number of experiences lately on this topic. I figure it is time to start writing down what I am learning about.    The question has come up a number of times and I have heard a number of responses. The question is, why are people avoiding church. (Little 'c' church on Sunday mornings.) In Hebrews we are reminded not to neglect or forget to gather or meet. So why are so many people put off by what we call church today?   My first question is, are these objections to church meetings on Sunday morning, really material to a Christian life? I have an easy answer. No. To be a Christian we don't have to attend meetings every Sunday morning, or ever on Sunday for that matter.   I think for many people they feel that the Christian life is simply going to church on Sunday, listen to a message, sing some songs and...

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On my first visit to Washington DC, in March, I did not have much time. I wanted to see something while I was out there. I hate having a strictly business trip, especially to some place I have not been, without stopping in and seeing some of the local sites. Since I was flying out of Dulles airport I was looking on a map to see what was close. I decided since my flight wasn't until 14:00 I would get up early and drive down to a local Civil War battlefield and on my way back I would stop by the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum near Dulles airport.   The Civil War battlefield was Bull Run / Manassas. The north and south would have different names for the battles. One would base the name on a local town or train stop and the other based the name on a local river or geographical feature.   That...
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Posted by on in Philosophy
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Parenting is such a hard job. I have to admit that being a parent sounds like a good idea until the weight of the responsibility kicks in. I was thinking the other day about how the apple does not fall far from the tree and that reminded me of far too many examples in my life. I could not help but pray that God would protect my children from my mistakes and shortcomings. I want the best for them and often feel I don't do enough. Of course, some parents do too much and that ends up bad for the children too. I just hope that my kids can see past my mistakes and not repeat them. Don't get me wrong I love being a Dad and I love my kids dearly. It is for that reason I am concerned about doing the right thing by my kids.   For example my son has an issue with doing...
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I recently finished reading, "The Devil's Delusion, Atheism and it Scientific Pretentions" by David Berlinski. His book covers a number of topics and issues with current research posing as scientific. Science will never be able to prove the existence of God or the non-existence. Yet Atheists will tell you that science disproves God. It does not. It also does not 'prove' evolution. A common misconception. He also covers the biased nature of some institutes and universities. Where critical think and questioning is discourage and even called dangerous. Science is about asking questions and seeking answers. Current research in cosmology and evolution indicates significant problems with the positions used to support an Atheistic world view.   It is a good book to read, if you are willing to entertain a critical questions against evolution. If evolution is true you have nothing to worry about. Right? I think it is always a...

Posted by on in Christianity
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I was in the car driving near Washington DC when on heard a statement on the radio that got me thinking. The statement was, 'You won't be at Peace if you are in rebellion against God.' That statement is one thing but it got me thinking does it also mean that if you don't have peace you are in rebellion against God and if you have peace you are not in rebellion against God?   The next question is what kind of peace? If I am at peace at this moment but not tomorrow and then at peace again the day after tomorrow, am I in and out of rebellion against God?   I think the peace he was talking about is something deeper and more permanent. I also think we have to see things in a different way in order to be at peace. Bad things happen and you can change...
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Posted by on in Political Science
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Taxes the most despised and shady business there is. I gathered a few quotes on taxes for your pleasure. There are always crooks involved with taxes whether it be congress taking more than is needed or the individual who cooks his/her books so that he can pay as little as possible. Enjoy these gems as you send your money away to Uncle Sam. By the way, do you know what they spend that money on? Here a sample of what they spend the money on: http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reports_pigbook2009     Quotes:   “The only difference between a taxman and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” - Mark Twain “It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for.” - Will Rogers “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be...

Posted by on in Science
I was watching Digging for the Truth: Neanderthal! Episode 48.  Here are a few notes I took during the program.  The program was about the end of Neanderthal.   Neanderthal (1% of the genome mapped) Used tools Larger brain (not smarter) Humans did not descend from them Used fire   Cro-Magnon Used tools Cave painting Jewelry and beads Smaller brain (smarter) Humans descended from them Used fire   Common words used in the program, 'Probably', 'Might have', 'Possibly' or they would use absolute terms with pure speculation. Let's be honest there is no proof that the last Neanderthal died in a cave near Gibraltar. Yet a scientist on the show made that claim. I would accept a statement more along the lines of the following, ' Based upon available evidence it is possible or higher probability that the last Neanderthals may have died off near Gibraltar.'   One statement is intellectually honest the other is...

Posted by on in Movie Reviews
Great product placement; Cisco phones, Transformers the movie, 300 the movie, Big 5, Sports Chalet, One of the Saw movies, Journey and Ducati. The theme reminds me of 'Liar Liar', which I think it is a great movie. The main character played by Jim Carrey who can't say yes to anything. He always says no, until one fateful day, when who learned to say yes. He goes a bit overboard with saying yes to everything. At the end he learns moderation. A happy ending for all. I give this movie 4 out of 5 Yeses. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1068680/...

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