I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

- de Tocqueville 1831

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pardon Me, But May I Brag On My Daughter?

 If you have read my blog for any length of time, you would know that I am very proud of my daughter.  Below is a poem I just found on her website.

Butterfly Depths- story-intro 

A rose.  He is closed, the petals tight.  But as days pass, slowly he widens.  He is a wheel now, blood-red and beautiful.  Simple form, but it is elegant.

A butterfly.  She flutters her wings and lands on the rose, still.  Her wings are partially opened, and partially closed, a midway between the two.

A noise.  It rocks the rose, and the butterfly flies away.  The rose is alone again, but he knows that a butterfly will come soon.

For though butterfly depths are small, they make a great impact.

She's thirteen.  I can only imagine how well she will write when she has gained some of life's experiences.

Here's another poem:

Texas Update: Homesick Poem

The world passing,

Just a blur.

Tears I cry,

Never have cried before.

There may be beauty,

But I'd never know,

Because the ones I love

Left now for more.

But a blue sea white with foam,

Past the forest, under the gold,

Through the desert, beyond my know,

That's not close to how far I'll go.

Cold skies gray with rain,

Golden sunshine just cries pain,

Though a heartbreak I do hold,

The way is clear; I must go.

Tomorrow, maybe, will be the day

I make my way home.

No more tears, no more fears,

Tomorrow, maybe, I'll be home.

I'm a tad biased, so if you agree that she is talented, you could go to her blog and encourage her.  I'm sure she would appreciate it and it might keep her off  the streets as she grows older.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Media Bias at its worst

I am always amazed at how people can sense the bias that is shoveled out to us from the dominant  mainstream media but will still use the evening news or the paper that is delivered to their door as their source without skepticism or without checking other sources.  Critical thinking is in short supply  in this country and is one of the reasons why I write my blog.  I do not want my readers to take anything I write at face value.  I try to supply sources that support my viewpoint so that you, dear reader, can study for yourself and form your own opinion whether it is simular to mine or of a divergent nature.  That stated, I give you the following link as an example of how inundated we are by half truths and blatant lies by those media outlets that hide their agenda:  The Dennis Prager Show

If you take note that while Dennis Prager is an excellent talk show host and commentator, there are several points in this article that can be questioned.  Though Dennis makes an excellent point as to the type of biased sources that are used,  there is nothing in his article that refutes the claim the mainstream media is making about our healthcare, except for one ad hominem statement that we are ranked as tied with Cuba.  Don't misunderstand me; I believe that our healthcare is the finest in the world and anyone who studies this issue fairly will come to the same conclusion.  My main point is that one source is not enough to draw a fair conclusion and that you need to be critical of all sources.