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Valentine's Day...

CURRENT EVENTS

BRAGGING RIGHTS

"So much time, so little to do..."
~ 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 extinction.

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 elephants.

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 elephant?

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... (((hugs))) ~Christine

'HAVE 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

RE-ENTRY
RESOURCE FAIR
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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RECENT FEATURES

Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas?

Are these 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 this special 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 by."

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)
Deployment Log
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)


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)