Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Fear not, loyal readers! I will return shortly after the election. Don't delete me from your daily rounds just yet. I may also check in via an Internet Cafe, if I can find one.Comments
To assuage your need for your daily dose of Cat snark, rants, and musings, please check out the fine folks on my left sidebar, particularly those in my "Daily Territory".
Meanwhile, whatever happens, you can always:
Slap John Kerry
and donate to the Bush-Cheney election defense effort here: GeorgeWBush.com
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Sunday, October 24, 2004
I don't know how he does it, but the "Funniest Man In The Blogosphere" blows away his previous record with the latest audio clip he has recorded, linked at this post:Comments
IMAO: As a Service to the Public
This is the second presidential debate as it should have been...
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
I beg your pardon Momma, what did you say?
My mind was drifting off on Martinique Bay...
One week from today, I will be somewhere south of the Tropic of Cancer, sipping a drink and watching the sun go down.
Yes indeed! I am fleeing the country just ahead of the Election Day havoc. And if it's too chaotic here, I might just have to extend my stay.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
This will be of interest only to Arizona readers:Comments
I have been undecided on this issue up until recently. In fact two weekends ago I spoke with some "No on Prop 200" campaign workers who were going door-to-door and I told them I was leaning against the proposition.
But some recent campaign advertising by the No on Prop 200 people has pushed me back into the Yes on Prop 200 camp. The advertising has been alleging that police, fire and emergency personnel will be required to check for citizenship status before administering emergency aid. This is nothing more than a scare tactic, and a patently absurd one. In short, this tactic ticks me off! Federal law already requires that the state provide public benefits for the protection of life and safety. This amendment makes no attempt to alter that requirement for basic emergency services.
The second major objection is the potential cost. However this argument seems to assume that large numbers of people who are ineligible for benefits will still attempt to obtain them. I believe that the intended effect will result instead--under the threat of being turned over to immigration officials, illegal aliens will stay away from the public welfare system. And is it really so expensive to ask for someone's driver's license or state ID? I mean you need to show ID to rent a movie at Blockbuster or buy beer. Why would showing ID to obtain welfare benefits create such a tremendous hardship for either the welfare applicant or the caseworker? I can't see enforcement of this Proposition to be that expensive.
The third big push against Prop 200 is the argument that it does virtually nothing to stop illegal immigration. But it's not really designed to. It's main purpose is to reduce voter fraud by requiring proof of citizenship before voting or registering to vote. Wow. How draconian!
Citizenship means something. The rights of citizenship are not open to everyone who happens to be in this country. My grandmother came to this country from Germany after the war. Though she learned to speak English, and held down a job for nearly forty years, she never went through the process of becoming a citizen. That was her choice. My mother on the other hand, went through the citizenship process and proudly became a citizen, giving her all the rights and responsibilities that entails.
I can understand and even empathize with the people who cross our southern border looking for work. If you've ever been to Mexico and spent any time at all away from the tourist areas, it is not hard to understand. I supported and still support the President's guest worker concept--legal status for those who want to come here temporarily to fill jobs that would remain vacant without them.
However what galls me is that some people, most especially those on the left, would like to cheapen that most sacred right of citizenship, the right to vote, and extend it to all comers regardless of status--for nothing more than their OWN TAWDRY POLITICAL BENEFIT!
Toward curing that evil, Proposition 200 is a modest proposal that deserves your vote.
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IMAO: I've Sold Out; So What Else Is New?Comments
FrankJ has an absolutely MUST LISTEN radio spot for anti-Bush organizations HERE.
Put down your soda, swallow your coffee and clicka-clicka!
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Christ-mas is com-ingComments
The geese are get-ting fat.
Won't you please put a pen-ny
In the old man's hat?
Too early you say?
Probably. But what is this that I feel then?
Maybe it's just the changing of the guard in Faerie...
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Friday, October 15, 2004
I know this safety placard isn't supposed to be funny, but I couldn't help but LOL.Comments
baldilocks: Safety First
The translation of the Arabic text is something like "Don't forget to wear work clothes at all times"
Someone else at Baldilocks' site suggested the placard could be subtitled, "I don't care if your keffiyeh is stuck... look at me, I'm running with scissors and my right shoe is on fire!"
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
What do you mean, you wish you could find it?Comments
It is all around you. And it is nowhere.
How do you capture and hold a butterfly without harming it or denying its freedom? The answer holds the clue.
We can't get there from here, and yet "The Kingdom is in your midst..."
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men..." Eccl 3:11a
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Sunday, October 10, 2004Comments
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Saturday, October 09, 2004
"Need some wood?"Comments
This was hilarious: The Daily Recycler: Timber!
'Sam Hill' is that fool saying now?!"
Nominated best "WTF" look 2004 by Desert Cat's Paradise
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JibJab.com (of This Land fame) has a new funny video up. Maybe not quite as funny as This Land, but worth a view nonetheless.Comments
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic MonumentComments
For future reference, in case she blows.
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Monday, October 04, 2004Comments
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Sunday, October 03, 2004
baldilocks: Wake Me When It's Over
Oh that is rich! That is good! I literally LOL'ed.
I had an odd dream snippet last night. Probably not near as rich in meaning as Baldilocks'.
I was in some third-world place and I was doing some reconstruction work on what appeared to be a crudely built fountain or "water feature" with trickling water providing a soothing respite in the midst of the squalor. I took down part of a brick fascia only to find that some of the bricks behind it were translucent, and a pale warm light was glowing through them from some unseen source. I thought that was cool, so I fitted some of the loose translucent bricks where there were gaps in the wall, then went in search of a suitable mortar for setting them. I immediately came upon someone in a business suit who was selling crystal bricks and other crystal items. He had a standard size brick that was polished smooth, transparent and clear as glass, which had 1/16" wide beveled edges top and bottom. He also had a 4-sided, pyramidal shaped crystal that was giving off a faint glow. I was most interested in the brick and picked it up to examine it. I noted that it appeared to be marked 79 cents. I asked him about it and commented that it was a very affordable building material at that price.
He said, "Oh yes, and let me tell you something else about it..."
And then the dream ended or shifted to something else.
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Saturday, October 02, 2004
In a discussion about politics and God, Vox makes the following observation in response to a reader comment (comment first, Vox's response next).Comments
" As a matter of fact He was against even having men ruling men polticially as He refused to give Israel a king until He finally relented and gave them good old Saul.
Yes! This is EXACTLY the biblical source I drew upon to come to the same conclusion! Furthermore, it is the central argument in the rebuttal to Watchman Nee's "Spiritual Authority" that I have been mulling in my head for some months now.
It is not to any human authority, but to His Authority that He truly wants for us to submit. Authority vested in humanity (whether spiritual or temporal) is at best a bitter compromise, a temporary "solution" if you will. Authority vested in humanity is necessarily corrupted by our corrupt nature.
On that day when "every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess" and we are transformed, made perfect, then and only then will His perfect will be expressed through those whom He has chosen to rule and reign with Him.
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