Friday, January 16, 2009

Secular Propagandists in My Son's School

Okay it's time to get ready for a rant. For all of you liberal types reading this - you'd better strap your seatbelt on because it's going to get rough. The other day I came home from work and my ten year old son asked me if I knew about Orcas. Living in the Pacific Northwest I have learned a thing or two about these creatures (other than what Shamu taught us all when we were young). I told him I know of them but encouraged him to tell me what he'd learned at school that day. He said they'd had a 'guest' speaker come in and tell his class all about the evil's perpetrated on these poor defenseless creatures by humans (who are generally evil, malevolent polluters but we'll get to that in a second). This guest speaker told the class that Orca's are an endangered species and the reason for this is that evil, lazy, greedy people are illegally dumping bleach from paper mills into the ocean. This is killing the salmon (which the Orcas feed on) which then starves the Orca. I know that public schools have for a long time been propaganda mills and indoctrination stations for our nation's youth but when will we wake up and say enough is enough? Should I complain to the school? Should I send an email to the teacher and express my outrage? Would it do any good? What I did do is encourage my son to verify what his teachers tell him. One should not blindly accept the tenets of another and we should each be diligent in our pursuit of truth and knowledge. For my part I intend to be there for both my boys as long as the good Lord allows me to be to guide them as best I can.

The Road Less Traveled

Two years ago my father passed away one day before my mother’s birthday. Dad was 73 years old and had for a number of years remained very sedentary. I remember as the years went by talking to him about his aches and pains and telling him that if he didn’t get up and get moving one day he wouldn’t be able to. As I watched him grow old before my eyes in the last years of his life I couldn’t help reflect on my own habits.
In my 20’s I was extremely active and in great physical health even though I ate like the cookie monster on crack. As I entered my third decade of life my activity slowed way down; I began driving my couch and computer a lot and stopped working out so much. Throughout my 30’s my pace slowed to a crawl until I became the king of the couch potatoes. During this time my weight sky-rocketed as did my blood pressure and my BMI. I tried several times to “stop the madness” and get back into the gym. I discovered that when I worked out I felt really good which then made me want to work out more, but when I sat on the couch I found 190 different reasons why I shouldn’t go to the gym or even walk around the block. The couch was easier and so, in the end, won me over.
It is very easy to remain sedentary and the larger one becomes the harder it is to break the cycle of lethargy. The good news is that through personal discipline (That’s right! I said it! Discipline) one can break this cycle and begin down a different road. Now don’t get me wrong – This may (and often does) take help from others (whether in the form of a support group or a physician/surgeon) but ultimately it takes the will to change.
The more I exercise the easier it gets and the better I feel. The better I feel the more I want to exercise and so on and so on. The key for me was to begin and then NOT stop. Keep going. Stay the course. When I fall off the proverbial wagon I run after it and jump back on.
As is referenced by the title I have personally found that if I sacrifice today I might realize a greater reward later in life. Additionally, I accept my unhealthy condition is no one’s fault by my own. I must be honest with myself and others regarding my health and wellness and only then will I be able to truly change my behaviors and strive for better health. Finally, I must focus on balancing life so that I have the personal fortitude to choose the difficult path (movement and exercise) so I may reap the rewards of health (being able to know my grand children).

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Israel's Only Option for Peace

For those of you who know me, or at least for those who have read my writing, let me state firstly welcome to my blog. For those of you who haven't read my writing before I hope you'll find what you read here engaging and at least thought provoking.

Today I would like to address the situation in Israel. Firstly, let me shout out my support to Israel. My only question or perhaps critique that I might throw their way would be why they waited so long to address this issue. Israel has bent over backwards holding out an olive branch to those Arabs who surround Israel and have been spat on for their efforts. These are people who DO NOT want to coexist with Israel and have openly, for years, advocated for the eradication of the nation of Israel and the elimination of Jews all together.

Any other country in the world would have long ago addressed this situation in a far more draconian way than what Israel has thus far. The Palestinian terrorists/cowards regularly use their own women and children as human shields in an effort to create civilian casualties in an effort to get the world sentiment bent against Israel. What I find interesting is that the world media is playing into that agenda and all we here over and over again is "Israel is attacking civilians" or "Israel is killing women and children". If these terrorists/cowards really wanted to protect their own people they would NOT hide behind these women and children when shooting at Israeli soldiers.

It is time for Israel to remove the Palestinians from GAZA and nationalize this land. The Iranian backed terrorists will never live in harmony with Israel and will forever spend internationally provided "aid" on munitions they will use to kill Jews wherever they can. Israel MUST protect itself and can only accomplish this by removing those terrorist elements that wish to kill Israelis.

Enough said on this point.