"So much time, so little to
~ Willie Wonka
Several tid-bits have come my way of
late. For one, this news item from the West Coast about how their
local electric utility has APPROVED a 'Smart
Meter opt-out program'... and we say GOOD FOR THEM...!!!
Have another look at
Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas? and tell me what you think.
In the 'too true' department, this
one has been making the rounds and, especially on Valentine's Day, I
applaud the sentiment...
Quote of the day:
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her
sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give
you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If
you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and
enlarges whatever is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be
ready to receive a ton of sh*t."
And last for now but far, far from
least, the following communicates profound truth...
Of prisons, elephants and fathers,
By Craig Bosley
Several years ago, our pastor told a story about a men’s prison that
provided free Mother’s Day cards to inmates who wanted to send cards
to their moms. Nearly all the inmates asked for a card and sent it
to someone they identified as “mom.” It may have been their mom,
someone else’s mom, their grandmother, etc. Even so, they sent it to
a woman they saw as the woman who cared for them, raised them,
stayed with them, and was there for them.
Mother’s Day was so successful, the prison administration decided to
build on that success, offering free Father’s Day cards. They were
shocked when hardly any inmates showed up to get a free card to send
to their father. Sadly, this confirmed what statistics had shown —
90 percent of incarcerated men lacked a loving relationship with
their father or someone they could identify as their father figure.
As our pastor pointed out, you need look no further than this story
to understand the cause of many, if not most, of the ills in our
society. This story suggests how critically important fathers are in
the family, how critically important they are to the health and
growth of their children. Are we dads doing our job? No, we run
away, we disappear, we leave single moms scattered all over the
country. The reality—mom does the best she can, alone. Moms are
paying our dues as well as their own. Isn’t it time we pay our own
dues and do our job?
Now, how do elephants fit into a column about Father’s Day? It
starts with the murdering of rhinoceroses in Africa.
Interestingly, whoever was killing
the rhinos was not killing them for their ivory because the ivory
was still present when the carcasses were discovered. Equally
confusing, there were no bullet holes in the rhinos.
Instead, the rangers found several
large wounds they could not identify. If ivory poachers were not
killing the rhinos, then who was? The loss of rhinos was becoming
critical, with an average of one white rhino murdered each month in
the Pilanesberg National Park in northern South Africa. The rangers
learned the exact same thing was occurring in another African park,
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. The rangers at both parks were baffled,
unable to determine who was killing the rhinos and how they were
killing them. In all, nearly 10 percent of their prized rhinoceros
population was dead, a population they had brought back from near
It took some time to solve the murders. To everyone’s astonishment,
the rangers discovered it was a gang of local juvenile delinquents
murdering the rhinos. Moreover, they were doing it for sport,
killing just for the fun of killing. These juvenile delinquents
hunted the rhinos and indiscriminately murdered them. But these
juvenile delinquents were not humans. They were teenage bull
This problem had its origins in another South African park, Kruger
National Park, which was dealing with the overpopulation of its
elephant herd. Rather than culling the herd, killing the excess
elephants, they decided to relocate young, orphaned elephants to
other parks wanting to establish elephant herds. This seemed like a
reasonable, even progressive idea. Moreover, it was rather
uncomplicated to do because young elephants were reasonably easy to
transport and relocate because of their smaller size.
These orphaned elephants suffered two major traumas, the first from
the loss of their parents and the second with relocation to
unfamiliar territory. These young bulls and cows grew up without
“adult” supervision and, as they grew into their “teenage” years,
the murdering of rhinos started.
What do you do? You have out of control teenagers with out of
control hormones, murdering for sport. How do you rehabilitate an
How do you place a teenage bull
elephant in a juvenile detention center? How do we teach an animal
values when we cannot even teach values to fellow human beings.
Following lengthy debates and
deliberations, an older ranger proposed a unique, unproven, never
tried idea. He suggested getting a truck large enough to haul a
full-grown old bull elephant, something that up to that time had
neverbeen done. Not wanting to kill these young bull elephants, the
parks reluctantly agreed to the experiment.
What happened when they transplanted an old bull in with the young
bulls? The old bull immediately established a new hierarchy and from
the day the old bull arrived, all rhino murdering stopped. Dad was
home. Dad was in charge. Dad would teach you how to behave. Dad
would make sure you grew into a good adult.
We have a profound responsibility as fathers. We have a profound
impact on the adults our children become. We have a solemn
responsibility to our wives, the mothers of our children, and to our
children. They deserve our best.
Remember the prison inmates and the
elephants — both are in need of dads.
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May we all together celebrate 2012
in joy and abundance...
A HEART FOR ADVOCACY'
Meet & Greet with state legislators and 20+
advocacy groups in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda, 10am to 2pm,
Thursday, February 16, 2012. No admission charge. All are welcome.
See you there!!!
Click here for detailed News Release
Organized to help parolees and their
families connect with the support services that will enable them to
have successful lives! March 12, 2012 ~ 9am / 3pm
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Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas?
helpful devices that make energy cheaper, keep the gird safe and
make all the systems we rely on more secure? Or is this 'smart'
transfor-mation simply highly sophisticated 'social engineering'
being promulgated as 'for our own good' by a league of
multi-national energy and technology brokers who are up-playing
'consumer benefits' while plotting on taking us all to the
cleaners for billions in (their) profit?
Cashing in on Predators?
Are laws on sex offenders supposed to
protect kids -or- meant to enrich high-tech tracking companies? Read
Mother Jones report by Kate Sheppard and see what you think
about what is happening. Then decide for yourself if it's right, or
if it's wrong.
Justice Stephen Breyer
Sitting jurist of the United States Supreme Court,
Justice Breyer makes it redundantly clear in this still topical 2006
interview that for the democratic principles codified by the U.S.
Constitution to ‘work’ citizens must be ‘involved.’
Arkansas River Blues Society David
Kimbrough Jr. performs, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 9:00pm at
The White Water Tavern in Little Rock
As several among you already know, my youngest son is
in the Navy. Here is the latest news from him:
"I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The
Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my
E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of
ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time
I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the
insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms
after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's
hard to believe how long I’ve been in, the time has really flown
He enlisted nearly two years ago on the delayed
entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from
which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard
the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.
Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Cruiser Photo Archive
My son is one heck of a great kid and
I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children,
be they near or be they far...
The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)