Archive for February, 2006

Iowa Rock

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Iowa Rock painted by Ray Bubba SorensenI received a story in an email a few days ago with this picture and several others attached. I found a DOD – American Forces Press Service story validating the email. This picture shows a rock in Iowa that Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II has painted every year for Memorial Day to honor our Veterans.

The email I received had the following text in it:

“For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. It’s quite an impressive sight.”

Visit Bubba’s web site at bubbazartwork.com.

Hat tip: E. Fisher

March Bible Reading

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

March

  1. Num. 28, 29; Mark 8
  2. Num. 30, 31; Mark 9
  3. Num. 32, 33; Mark 10
  4. Num. 34, 35, 36; Mark 11
  5. Deut. 1, 2; Mark 12
  6. Deut. 3, 4; Ps. 36; Mark 13
  7. Deut. 5, 6; Ps. 43; Mark 14
  8. Deut. 7, 8, 9; Mark 15
  9. Deut. 10, 11, 12; Mark 16
  10. Deut. 13, 14, 15; Gal 1
  11. Deut. 16, 17, 18; Ps. 38; Gal 2
  12. Deut. 19, 20, 21; Gal 3
  13. Deut. 22, 23, 24; Gal 4
  14. Deut. 25, 26, 27; Gal 5
  15. Deut. 28, 29; Gal 6
  16. Deut. 30, 31; Ps. 40; 1 Cor 1
  1. Deut. 32, 33, 34; 1 Cor 2
  2. Josh. 1, 2; Ps. 37; 1 Cor 3
  3. Josh. 3, 4, 5, 6; 1 Cor 4
  4. Josh. 7, 8; Ps. 69; 1 Cor 5
  5. Josh. 9, 10, 11; 1 Cor 6
  6. Josh. 12, 13, 14; 1 Cor 7
  7. Josh. 15, 16, 17; 1 Cor 8
  8. Josh. 18, 19, 20; 1 Cor 9
  9. Josh. 21, 22; Ps. 47; 1 Cor 10
  10. Josh. 23, 24; Ps. 48; 1 Cor 11
  11. Judg. 1, 2, 3; 1 Cor 12
  12. Judg. 4, 5; Ps. 39, 41; 1 Cor 13
  13. Judg. 6, 7; Ps. 52; 1 Cor 14
  14. Judg. 8; Ps. 42; 1 Cor 15
  15. Judg. 9, 10; Ps. 49; 1 Cor 16

A good friend recommended this schedule published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided you with the reading for the month of March. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

Tony Stewart Fan

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I found an interesting article on Tony Stewart. I am a big fan of Stewart and have been for a while. His handling of the media today gives me even more reason to like him. Thanks to Jerry Bonkowski for a great article on Stewart.

Tech Land on WordPress 2.0.1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

The Tech Land of Ozz is being migrated from Blogger to WordPress 2.0.1. The problems with Blogger trying to publish using ftp to personal domains continue to hinder blogging. Here is a copy of the error that I have been getting when trying to publish my Blogger posts using ftp:

001 java.net.ConnectException: Connection timed out/index.html

The Tech Land of Ozz will be where I post pure technical stuff in the future. I may cross post some things over here, but I plan to build that blog as a separate technical blog.

Prayer Needed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Caden

Today my wife and I learned that our youngest son will need open-heart surgery within the next three to five weeks. Please pray for our son and our family.

I have some very encouraging stuff to share regarding today’s news as well as recent developments in my life, but I want to work on it a bit before I post.

Open Post Monday – WayBackMachine

Monday, February 13th, 2006

The WayBackMachine Internet Archive is way cool. It is great for a laugh or too drudge up some views of the days of old. I even laughed at my own sites in this archive. Below are a few notables that you might find interesting. I think that Drudge Report has got to be the least changed web site format that I pulled up. Below shows the Drudge Report site back on December 6, 1998 as a sample of what you will see over at WayBackMachine.com.

Drudge Report Archive

Other notables that you can click to see their archive listings led me to find that La Shawn Barber and Glenn Reynolds were once Blogger users. The Instapundit seems to have held his own for the longest. The Michelle Malkin archive of 3/1/00 led me to a story at the Jewish World Review. Below is the first paragraph from that story.

“WHERE HAVE ALL the churches gone? From Oregon to Florida, houses of worship are getting zoned out of their neighborhoods by government regulators who put high-priced sod above G-d.”

I wonder why she could not spell out God?


Welcome to the open trackback Monday. Here are the the links to track this post.

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Check out these other blogs: Mark My Words, Freedom Folks, RightWinged, Don Surber, Blue Star Chronicles, Quietly Making Noise, and Conservative Cat.

Malkin Wonders Why on Google Story

Friday, February 10th, 2006

An entry on her blog says that “Somebody at Google doesn’t like me”. Maybe Malkin should take a minute to consider the mainstream media style of writing that she has been feeding her readers into. Many of the recent Google stories in the blogsphere are a spin of partial truths much like the stories that she so often criticizes in the MSM.

You and Michelle can read HERE, HERE, and HERE for more on this story.

UPDATE: Most bloggers and MSM covering the Chinese censorship subject focused on the images.google.cn site when wrting stories concerning filtered searches on things like “Jesus Christ” or Christian”. Why not report on the hits on these searches on the main Google.cn site as compared to the Google.com site? The results were remarkably different, but no one including Michele Malkin is acknowledging that fact.

No Grade Lower Than 50

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

The title is referring to the minimum grade an elementary school teacher is required to give to a student at the school where my wife taught. There were no exceptions. She was not allowed to give a grade lower than 50 on anything even if the student didn’t turn the assignment in. I hit on this subject when ranting about a local talk radio host. I want to revisit this because I don’t believe that many people even realize this is going on. Here is a taste of what I wrote back in July 2005:

Most people in the general public never hear about these policies because it would not look good for one of our prize winning school districts to be exposed for padding the numbers. The underlying motivation is probably more likely geared towards the feelings of the children. Yes, one more example of how our society tries to keep our children happy at all cost. (More)

My wife did teach third grade in public school, but no more. Things like these freebie grades were just icing on the cake when making a decision for my wife to stay home. She will now exercise her teaching skills while homeschooling our children. That is not a decision we took lightly. I have heard all of the arguments. What about the social interaction? What about the sports? What about the yada yada yada? Well, what about all those things? Have you thought about the moral influences you are having to combat in public school? Oh, I have heard that the response to that one too where they say, “well they are going to learn it eventually anyway.” Yes they will learn some of the immoral stuff that Johnny third grader is teaching in the back of the class or out on the playground at some point, but it does not have to be at age eight. If you just drop your kids of at school, you have no idea what they are going to get from the other kids whose parents could give a flip about what their kids do or say.

The biggest question in every parent’s mind should be to ask how do academics, sports, and social skills rank into God’s plan for your children?

I think that your primary focus in raising your children should be to teach them the ways of God. I think that God’s priority is on moral character. Public school academics, sports, and social interactions don’t formally teach God’s moral principles. If you teach a child to have respect and self control, then the academic teaching will be a cake walk. I believe that would hold true for public school classrooms as well. If every child in a classroom was striving to act in a way that was pleasing to God, then you would get muh more done because you would not have as many behavior problems and every child would be prepared. But instead, many parents use school as a daycare and don’t force their kids take homework seriously. The schools answer to this is to bring the standard to the child rather than to bring the child to the standard.

We as parents then have a choice. One choice is that we can ALL get our children to behave in class and send them to school prepared. Or, we can remove them from the system and homeschool them. And don’t think that the word private in the school name is a cure all. It is not. Many private schools have the same if not worse problems with bad moral influences and teaching standards. And don’t even get me started on the teaching standards. La Shawn Barber addresses curriculum very well and she agrees with our decision to homeschool.

I feel sorry for kids stuck in failing government schools because the parents don’t have the decency and motivation to get them out and/or get them help. HOMESCHOOL YOUR KIDS, for goodness sake. (Source)

I think that the public school system is in a death spiral. That is a pilot term that basically says that you feel like you are headed in the right direction, but the other indicators are telling you that you are going to crash if you don’t make some major corrections. If you disregard those indicators then the problem will only get worse and you will crash. Unless we can get our public schools systems, and more importantly, get the majority of the parents to take action, then the best way to deal with these dumb teaching methods and rules like the “no grade lower than a 50″ is to get off the public school plane using our homeschool parachute before it crashes with our kids on board.

Intelligence and Success

Monday, February 6th, 2006

This is a pretty touchy subject in my opinion, but one worth some attention. La Shawn Barber has opened this subject and she seems to be doing a pretty thorough job of addressing it. Her post titled Intelligence: Some Research is quite interesting.

I am one of those high scoring folks when it comes to qualification tests. I scored at the top on my military AFQT with a 99. I was also told that I scored higher than any applicant had ever scored when applying for a job in an oil refinery after discharging from the US Air Force. There were approximately 2000 people applying for five positions. I got hired. That test was a combined test of math, mechanics, and chemical knowledge. Most of it was the general IQ type of questions. I don’t know that I have ever taken a real IQ test, but I scored in the top 1% on the first Internet IQ test I ever took. I think that is pretty good from what their statistics said.

Now from the perspective of someone who has scored reasonably high on intelligence measuring tests, I will guarantee you that your score on these tests in itself has little impact on your overall success in life. I believe that success in life is mostly a choice and is definitely relative. By relative I mean that each person has a different scale for measuring success. By choice I mean that you have a choice in how you respond to the results of an situation where you “fail” to measure up. Yes, you needed to score good to even get an interview with that refinery mentioned earlier. If you measure success as getting a job in a refinery then I guess you are not very successful if you did not score high enough to get an interview. With that said I will acknowledge that a person’s ability to gather and retain information will help in becoming and remaining successful, but I do not believe it is the determining factor in most circumstances. What do I think is most important? I think that attitude, personality, education, motivation, social skills, and current social environment are all very important factors in just about career related success measurement.

I said that these tests within themselves have little to do with your level of success. I do believe that the way people let their view of themselves become degraded based on how they perform on these tests does affect success in life in general. How can it not? When you fail to get an interview for a job or you fail to get accepted into a college or you fail to get your first choice of jobs in the military, you can easily get depressed and loose motivation to do something different that you can be successful at.

I have been on the other end of this subject. I scored well when tested and tended to perform well against my peers technically, but I still did not blast out into great success. Where I had a problem for the longest time had nothing to do with my test scores. My problem had to do with my heart. I treated people badly. I had a bad attitude and I pretty much didn’t care what people thought or at least that was the attitude that I intentionally displayed. I have learned the hard way how attitude can affect success. The reasons for my attitude are a story for another day. Now I try to measure everything against God’s standard rather than my own. I am much more successful than ever as a result. I think that everyone has an opportunity for success in this country today no matter what their race is or how they scored on some test. You just have to get your head screwed on straight and put the failures behind you no matter what the failures or how they were dealt into your life.