"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 4, 2013

Excerpts from As a Man Thinketh

The following is an excerpt taken from the classic work by James Allen "As a man thinketh." If you have never read this little book, it is well worth your time. Here's a small sampling:

"Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household." When he begins to reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self-analysis, and experience."

This book has been a constant companion of mine for over 20 years. It's very small and fits easily in your back pocket. I encourage you to add this volume to your personal library. It will feed your soul and mind for years to come.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

I am at your command

I am your constant companion;
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.
Half of the tasks that you do you might just as well
Turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done.
After a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people
and the regret of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine but I will work with all its precision
Plus the intelligence of a person.
Now you may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
I am called Habit!
--Author Unknown

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12 Seconds

For 12 seconds on this day in 1903 two brothers achieved
something marvelous. They made a man fly. American ingenuity had prevailed. The Wright brothers persisted and as a
result, changed history forever. This is
just one more reason to be proud to be an American.
GOD Bless America

Thursday, July 21, 2011

True Grit

True Grit is one of my all time favorite movies. I love the show and can watch it over and over again. Here's a scene I really enjoy....

Rooster Cogburn: [cocks his gun] Mr. Rat... I have a writ here says you're to stop eating Chen Lee's cornmeal forthwith. Now it's a rat writ, writ for a rat, and this is lawful service of the same. See? Doesn't pay any attention to me.
[shoots the rat]
Chen Lee: [runs into the room] Outside is place for shooting!
Rooster Cogburn: I'm serving some papers.

I reluctantly watched the remake with Jeff Bridges as a much darker Rooster. Without going into a long explanation, I just did not enjoy the new version as well. I will probably never watch it again, so that's saying something. Whereas I try to watch the original a couple times a year. Bridges is a good actor, he's just not John Wayne. The boots were too big to fill. Long live the American Hero.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Eagle has landed

On this day, July 20th, in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended towards the moon in a landing vehicle called the "Eagle." After a computer malfunction caused them to miss their mark by 4 miles and running low on fuel, Armstrong heroically took control and landed the vehicle manually in an unknown environment amidst ridges, craters, and jagged boulders. He uttered the often repeated phrase, "The Eagle has landed." Together, they planted a U.S flag and left behind a plaque which read....

"Here Men From the Planet Earth
First Set Foot Upon the Moon
July 1969, A.D.
We Came in Peace for All Mankind"

I am so very proud to be an American

GOD Bless America

source: The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2nd Amendment

This one really guarantees that we do not lose the others:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

1st Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.