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Proud American

Last week I had the distinct honor of witnessing the graduation of my nephew from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was quite a experience to see all the grads dressed in their formal attire on that hot summer-like day. It made me proud to see him and his classmates accepting the charge to "protect and defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic". They were all quite honored by the fact that their commencement speaker was Vice President Dick Cheney. He had quite a speech and considering the crowd it was well received. I heard of only a couple of protestors who had the audacity of putting up signs saying "Weapons of Mass Destruction" with arrows pointing towards where the graduation was being held. Oh well a couple of wackos did nothing to destroy the great feelings of patriotism and pride for all of the young men and women who made the choice to serve bravely for all of us........ even the wackos.

He's up there somewhere?!?! (notice the small dots in the clouds) (yup they're really that small)  Posted by Hello

My nephew parachuting in the day before the graduation Posted by Hello

My Nephew shaking the hand of Veep Posted by Hello

The hats flying as the Thunderbids fly over (notice the shadows)scared the crap out of the entire crowd. They were flying a about a hundred feet over the stadium. Posted by Hello

Part of the Air show by the Thunderbirds Posted by Hello

More of the air show Posted by Hello

Written by: Dan on Monday, June 06, 2005 |

Totally Offensive commercial

I couldn't believe it when I saw this ad on TV. Click the watch the commercial link.

To imply that other churches would turn away gays, old people, minorities and handicapped people is just ridiculous. The United Church of Christ has gone over the top by airing this commercial, and they need to be called on the carpet for it. They are doing nothing but weakening the message of Christ by implying that other denominations are bigoted and would turn anyone away.

As my friend Brian said to me after he saw the commercial, "I'm quite offended at the implication that all Christian churches outside of the UCC faith reject people... we reject sin... not the person..."

The United Church of Christ at a quick glance looks to be a church that follows the teachings of Christ and truly wants to include everyone in their worship. I will need to do more research into this at a later time to see if there is anything in their teachings that do not comply with the teachings of Christ.

The United Church of Christ is falling into the same trap that modern Liberals have seemed to fall into. They are preaching tolerance but not showing it towards their fellow believers. They are painting all other denominations as bigoted homophobes that require a litmus test in order to share in the Grace of Jesus Christ. The UCC has chosen to scare the general populous into the idea that if you join any other church you simply aren't a follower of the true teaching of Christ. It is true that Jesus taught us to be tolerant, of people, not sin. Jesus repeatedly warned against accepting sin and urged His followers to reject it. Jesus preached that people need to be forgiven, but urged them to go and sin no more. He was tolerant of the people not the choices that people had made.

The UCC has chosen fear to try and increase their patronage, but in the end they are damaging the true message of Christ.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
John 14:6&7

Written by: Dan on Monday, March 07, 2005 |

Social Security

A couple of links to help the cause.

Social Security petition at Progress for America

A handy little calculator brought to you from Dave Ramsey, to show exactly what you are missing if this doesn't pass.

Written by: Dan on Saturday, February 19, 2005 |

Baby has arrived!!!!!

Nathaniel Jacob was born on February 10 at 5:20 PM. He weighed 8lbs. 4oz. and was 20" long. We're really tired yet, he hasn't quite figured the differance between night and day yet, but it'll get better.

wide eyed and bushy tailed Posted by Hello

Hey!! Who turned out the lights?!?!? Posted by Hello

More to come.

Written by: Dan on Monday, February 14, 2005 |

No Baby Yet.

Still waiting. Our due date isn't until the 15th, but my wife is really ready to have the little dude out of her. I told she had to wait until after Superbowl Sunday now (only half kidding). We'll see what happens. Go Patriots!!!!!

Written by: Dan on Sunday, February 06, 2005 |

Yes I'm still here

Yes it's true I am still alive. I have been working fast a furiously trying to get the room upstairs for our two older boys ready so we can make room on the main floor for the new bundle of joy that we are expecting soon. So be patient I'll be back.

Written by: Dan on Thursday, January 06, 2005 |

The Real Thanksgiving

I heard this on Rush's show yesterday and found it very interesting. The pilgrims originally were supposed to run the new country as a sort of Socialized commune where everyone would work together and each would get a share of the results of their labor.

The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well.

Already back then the Pilgrims realized that Socialism would not work and they rejected the orders given them by the merchant-sponsors.

[William] Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace.

I find it interesting that the idea of Socialism was rejected so early in the history of this great country. Unfortunately this is not taught in our schools anywhere.

Go here to read the rest of the transcript, or listen to it if you wish.

Written by: Dan on Thursday, November 25, 2004 |

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