Monday, April 30, 2007

I Have Been Tagged!

Three Meme

1. Things that scare you:

-small airplanes!

-rats

-Chavez



2. People that make me laugh:

-my husband

-my son

-Tim Conway


-3. Things I hate the most:

-whiners!

-loud mouth women! YUCK!

-sissy guys!


4. Things I don't understand:

-democrats

-God

-math


5. Things I'm doing right now:

-blogging

-drinking coffee

eating pineapple with banana


6. Things I want to do before I die:

-visit Chajudaña

-visit Israel

-finish my scrapbooks!


7. Things I can do:

-live without running water

-put in GI feeding tubes

-stitch wounds



8. Ways to describe my personality:

-sarcastic

-witty

-sassy as can be!


9. Things I cannot do:

-kill a mouse

-run a marathon

-vote for a democrat


10. Things I think you should listen to:

-the still small voice of God

-my husband

-my children


11. Things you should not listen to:

- Whining!

-CNN (The same as above! Whining!)

-Chavista propaganda


12. Things I'd like to learn:

-to be more organized

-to sew

-to be a better friend


13. Favorite foods:
-pabellon

-Torta Tres Leches

-Pot roast


14. Beverages I drink regularly:
-coffee

-diet coke

-water


15. Shows I watched as a kid:

-The Brady bunch

-Gilligan's Island

-The big Valley


16. Three persons to tag:

-Pat
-Yekwnanman
_ groovyoldlady
-


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Live Long and Prosper!

I request your opinion as to the possibility that I am perhaps a Vulcan.



Spock

Spock


A focused advisor whose actions are dictated by almost pure logic, you believe in exploring the fascinating possibilities around you.

Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Spock is a character in the Star Trek universe. His biography is available at Startrek.com.

My Preacher Boy


If you have the time to listen, this is a 20 minute sermon my son preached at his church in Tampa a few weeks ago. He is developing his preaching skills as he studies Pastoral Ministries at Florida Baptist College. He is a sophomore.

http://www.westgateministries.org/sermons/2%20-%2004-19-07%20TH%20%20J%20Vernoy%20%20.mp3

Look Who's in Town!


Two blocks from my house is a meeting of ALBA which is the Venezuelan alternative to ALCA. We are surrounded by the military as the speeches in the stadium here are being given by three South American leftist leaders who remind me of the photo above!

Evo Morales of Bolivia, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and of course, His Highness Hugo. The only good thing out of all this is that our street was swept and all the curbs painted! However, once the buses leave, there will be trash and liquor bottles left behind by the Red Brigade!

Lots of people were bused in and we saw them being handed flags of different countries as well as putting on T-shirts with logos and emblems as if they were from other countries.

From El Universal

Wednesday 25th

RCTV is certain that IACHR sued the Venezuelan state
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Organization of American States (OAS), filed a complaint against the Venezuelan state for violation of human rights of the staff at TV channel RCTV.

The case will be heard by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, said RCTV Deputy Legal Counsel Oswaldo Quintana.

The lawyer explained that they received a letter from IACHR informing on their decision "because they proved that the human rights of RCTV workers and journalists were violated."


Friday 27th

Chávez raids on IACHR for legal action against Venezuela
President Hugo Chávez Friday rejected the decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to file a legal suit with the Inter-American Court on Human Rights against the Venezuelan State for "violations of freedom of expression, personal integrity, judicial guarantees and judicial protection of workers and reporters with (private television station RCTV)."

"The Inter-American Commission (on Human Rights) is accusing the Venezuelan State of violating freedom of expression and, even worse, this is the same Inter-American Commission that endorsed a coup d'etat against Venezuela in 2002," the Venezuelan ruler declared.

"The least I can tell this Commission is "go to hell". They cannot claim the moral high ground, and I do not mean all of its members, but some. I mean the members that belong to the powerful class that wants to destabilize the country."



Friday, April 27, 2007

The Importance of Life


I have recently been reading Peter's blog. He works in the NICU and lives in Scotland. He writes amazing poetry, something I enjoy reading but have never been able to write. He has allowed me to share this poem with you all, but make sure and check out his blog for even more!


~MY POEM I DEDICATE - TO MY LOVE - NICU ~

ONLY WHEN I DREAM - NICU

Only when I dream
Can I see your pain
Of the darkness from within
The hurt of your tears
Drip slowly from your face
As eye contact prevails.

Only when I dream
Do I feel the cold needle
Gently protrude your skin
And the blood flows
From within.

Only when I dream
Are there shadows of
black and white
in this your tiny room
alone, oh so alone.

Only when I dream
Do I see your smile
The touch of your hand
As I watch over you
And pray yet again
For a new life
Created so beautifully
From such a dream.

By Peter © (2007)

*** Dedicated to “Life so Beautiful – NICU” ***


http://portraitofpeter.blogspot.com/

My Parents Are Aliens!

I am packing for our upcoming move and I have been going through all of the old school records and mementos of my four children. Yesterday, I ran across this short story that Jackie wrote for a creative writing assignment when she was in 7th grade! If you have raised children outside of the US, and especially in Latin America, you will get a chuckle or two out of this! The title is a "play" on the term "alien" used for foreign residents. ( as in illegal alien)

My Parents Are Aliens!

I had often wondered why my parents were so different. Not "different" exactly. I mean, I am different. I have always been different. I don't look like any of the members at my church, or even my friends. I am white, they are dark. I have blond hair, they don't. I have blue eyes, their's are brown.They all knew they are Venezuelan, I wasn't sure what I was!

Was I an American like my parents? Or Venezuelan like everyone else was around me? I can speak both languages, look American, but feel Venezuelan. Or do I feel American? Who knows? I finally settled with being an MK. (missionary kid)

Even though I am different, I am not like my parents. They are REALLY different! For example...holidays! Everyone knows that Independence Day is JULY 5th!! Everyone in Venezuela celebrates Independence Day on July 5th. Not my parents! They wear red, white, and blue, striped hats on July 4th!!!!

"What are you doing?", I would ask.
"It is Independence Day !!" they would shout gleefully!

I gently would remind them Independence day was the day AFTER the fourth. They laughed , and said,
"You are so Venezuelan!" and then they would have a BBQ?!?!?! During rainy season! A BBQ?

Then, as if having my parents running around in Red, White, and Blue, the day BEFORE Independence Day wasn't enough...They would have fireworks! Fireworks are for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!! Not Independence Day! I just don't understand.

Then there is Thanksgiving. I have lost count of how many times I have tried to explain that to my Venezuelan friends! They had never heard of it. Plus, we ate Pumpkin Pie. The thought of eating pumpkin as something sweet makes me shudder. Pumpkin is a vegetable! For soup! It is NOT a desert!

And then there is Christmas! I have no idea where they get these traditions from. They always say to leave cookies and milk out, which the ants always eat! Then they want to go to bed early on Christmas Eve and get up to open gifts at 5:00 am! They really do! They open gifts at 5:00 am! Don't they know we are supposed to stay up all night on Christmas Eve and open the gifts at mid-night?!?! Why anyone would want to open gifts at 5:00 am is beyond me!

Instead of eating hallacas for supper on Christmas Eve, they have turkey for lunch the next day! Only they call it dinner, Christmas Dinner. If they have to go out and buy the turkey live, it is always turkey!

They talk about, "White Christmases". I have yet to figure out what that means and"caroling".
I made a great mistake one year! I asked what "caroling" was. They insisted they would show me. Then we went around my neighborhood and sang songs! By the time we got back, I was dripping with sweat and wanted an ice cold coke! I sat and listened to the Christmas Eve fireworks going off all around us in the hot December air. My parents sat and talked about how nice it would be to sit by a fire and drink Hot Cocoa!!! HUH??? Why would you sit by a hot fire and drink Hot Cocoa during one of the hottest months of the year?!?! I decided not to ask.

Yes, my parents certainly are one of a kind. And they still are. But now I know why! While looking at their passports one day, I found out that they are ...

ALIENS!!!!

It is shocking...but true!
At least now I have an explanation for the turkey, the striped hats, and caroling!

I wonder...what does my passport say inside it?

AARRGGHH!!!!!!

I am an ALIEN, too!!!

Now We are Talking!


Drink coffee to lose weight!

According to a study done by Vanderbilt University, a cup of coffee 30 minutes before a meal may cause you to have less of an appetite and eat less.






Also ,due to an enzyme, Xanthine, given off by HOT coffee, you may burn up to 5% more fat.

(It is also a natural beauty enhancer!)



Thursday, April 26, 2007

Facts and Statistics

Some of my friends had a really bad week end. Three of my friends had family members shot here in Barquisimeto last week end. Although it is happening more and more, it is hard to see so many people hurt by violence so often.

One young lady in our church was shot in the hip during a robbery. Her cousin was also shot in the arm.

Another friend had a young cousin who was working as a Motorcycle taxi in a small town nearby, Quibor. A car drove up along side the motorcycle and, according to witnesses, shot his passenger. When he felt his passenger fall, the driver slowed the motor cycle to see what happened and was shot in the head. He leaves a young wife with a 2 year old child and she is 8 months along in the pregnancy with her second.


I began to look for some information, because I don't know of a lot of other places where one person would have 3 such incidents involving personal friends in the same week end. This is what I found out...



It seems Venezuela finally tops the list and comes in first place in the world!

Unfortunately, it is for the world's highest gun death rate according to the UN.


BRASILIA, Brazil - Venezuela and Brazil have the highest gun death rates in the world, according to a U.N. study released on Thursday in Brazil as the country's legislators considered a referendum to ban firearm sales. Gun murders are the leading cause of death in Brazil, which ranked second only to Venezuela in gun murders out of 57 countries studied by the United Nations report.



Amnesty International

According to Cesar Marin, the AI representative, speaking today in Caracas, there are 1000 gun shot deaths a day, world wide. Venezuelans make up only 0.3% of the world's population but claim 4.4% of these deaths. Gun registrations show only 1.5 million hand guns are registered but estimates are that there are more than 7 million hand guns, most unregistered, in circulation.



Caracas -- Asked which country in South America has the worst track record for murder, most observers would probably respond Colombia. However, Venezuela now appears to have snatched the grisly title of homicide record-breaker. The country has been gripped by an outpouring of public anger in the past week over a spate of execution-style murders that have underscored a view among locals that President Hugo Chávez has lost control.

Similar crimes committed with the apparent complicity of police officers have become increasingly common in recent months, while the frequency of murders is rising. Police figures show that there were 11,900 homicides during 2003, equal to 46.5 per 100,000, the last figures available since the government ordered the police to stop releasing weekly crime statistics.


The scary thing is these statistics are from 2003, that would be back in the good old days before things got BAD!



Seems mandatory guns in every home in Switzerland has not caused a great SURGE in crime or murder!

In Switzerland where every man of military age is required to keep a gun at home as part of the country's civil defense policy, the number of deaths per 10,000 population was 0.05.

There are no recent statistics available but UN figures from 2000 showed for every 10,000 Americans, 0.3 were killed by firearms, compared with 0.01 in the UK where handgun ownership was banned in 1997.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Missionary Moment


As I have mentioned before, my husband is doing a lot of traveling around the country presenting marriage conferences. He has been doing a lot of 2 day conferences on the weekends. The conferences have been very well attended and last weekend he was in nearby Quibor. The conference is called, "Amor Y Respeto" and based on the material of the book. "Love and Respect" If you can get the book, do so! He went to the Christian book store in our city today to pick up more of the books to take to his next conference and the sales girl said,
"OH , you are the guy who is promoting this book! We cant keep it on the shelves. Baptist keep coming in here to buy it because some gringo named CLINTON is teaching about it."

Next weekend we will be in Acarigua.






I am posting some pictures of last weekend's conference at one of our newer churches. Iglesia Bautista "La Roca". It is a few years old now and in the process of building. The pastor is a young man I have known since he was a child. He was one of my first Sunday School students.

He was a TERROR! He actually kicked me in the shins once during class! He used to make fun of my gringo accent. Now he is doing an excellent job in church planting and has a small Bible Institute at the church where my husband has been teaching on Saturdays. He is Pastor Luis Enrique Carriles... but to me he will always be KIKE (key-kay) the KICKER!!!

Would You Survive in the Jungle?

Surprise, Surprise!!


Your result

You scored 25 out of 30

Adventure could be your middle name. You definitely have a real-life Indiana Jones/Lara Croft type of personality. Delving into the secrets of the undergrowth, and getting close to the four, six and even eight legged inhabitants would not bother you in the slightest. You're certainly the type to have around when the going gets tough. But be careful, your courage could lead you into foolhardiness. People rely on you; so make sure you are worthy of their trust.

(Jungle Mom adds; I am more like Lara Croft as a grandmother with a bad back!! LOL!!)



Take the test here!

Can I Blame it on the Internet???

You Are a Little Messy

You aren't the cleanest person in the world, but you're definitely not a slob.
You clean up when you have the time, but you're realistic about what you can get done.
Generally, you're pretty organized and tidy - though you may have a few hidden messes.
You eventually get around to making things spotless, but you do it on your own schedule!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Jungle Mom gets Serious!!!!


It is time, I can no longer put it off!!!



So no more of this...






And a lot more of this...






And thank goodness for this...






Any helpful diet tips would be appreciated! (Well, maybe not appreciated but...useful!!)

In Case You Are Wondering


Dear God:


Why didn't you save the school children at ?. ..


Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98

Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/ 5/01
El Cajon, California 3/22/01
and

Blacksburg , VA 4/16/07 ?

Sincerely,

Concerned Student


-----------------------------------------------------

Reply:


Dear Concerned Student:

Sorry,

I am not allowed in schools
.

Sincerely,

God

Monday, April 23, 2007

Anger Management, Yanomami Style!

The Yanomami, as I have mentioned before, are a very violent people. They are often referred to as "The Fierce People". They have interesting ways of dealing with problems among their tribe.We lived beside a village of Sanema which is a sub group of the Yanomami tribe.

They are known for raiding each others villages to steal women. Well, actually girls. For this reason, the governments of the past tried to limit their access to rifles. Although this limited the amount of rifles somewhat, they always managed to find a few. They also can kill quite well without rifles as they are experts with their longbows, and blow guns. Recently there is more access to rifles.








They have different manners in which they deal with conflicts, depending on the amount of offense they have take from an action. If they are angry and words alone are not enough, they will have "chestpounds". The angry people will stand in the cleared center of the round house, or these days, on the soccer field, and began to throw themselves at one another in such a way as to THUMP chests. After several rounds of this, they may feel better, and that will be that!

If that is not enough, they may have a machete hacking session. The two, or more, angry people begin to beat one another with the sides of the machete. Inevitably, they will then begin to "hack" at one another's backs. We have had to stitch up backs that had been cut in this manner. Even women and children will sometimes do this.







The old ladies will yell and cheer on their clan and make such terrible noises! This is your first warning that a fight is coming! I never knew how the old ladies always found out first!

If the machete hack job doesn't quite take care of the issues, there will be a pole fight. This consists of two people at about 20 paces from one another, politely taking turns as they lift heavy poles and hit one another over the head with them!

WHACK! What an awful sound that makes! Believe it or not, they usually survive several rounds of this brutal treatment.







And of course, if things are still bad, there is always witchcraft and spells. Or even outright murder.

There is also a way to settle a dispute over who owns the girls. If there is a discussion and no one can agree as to whom the girl should belong to, they will have a girl pull. Each man will invite his family to be on his side. Then they each grab onto an arm or a leg of the girl in question and pull! Like tug of war, but the girl is the rope. The family members grab on to help the men pull with more force. This , obviously, causes pain to the girl, dislocations of shoulder, knees and hips. I have even heard of girls being pulled to their deaths.

Next time you wonder about the "pristine" indian cultures that some say should not be taught to change...just imagine you are a Yanomami girl!







What Would Jesus Do?

INFORME!!!!!





Yo he estado agauntando los dolores de la masagista malvada, y tambien haciendo la dieta fatal! Trancando el pico! Como dice Liz. Hoy fuí a pesarme y......rebajé 1 kilo 300 gramos in 5 días!!



Cheverísimo!!! Anímo!!!Bravo!!!


y ahora a comer un chocolate...no, no...mi ensaladita!

A ver, alguien me tiene una sugerencia para mí dieta?



Aquí está la mía...






Friday, April 20, 2007

More Wedding Photos

Los Padrinos

Steven y Patricia Arce



Jayde,
the Wedding Singer






The Happy Couple
And the Cake






This would be my beautiful Jewel
going after the bouquet!
And she got it!


A Must See!


First Church Wedding in Chajudaña




This is my husband marrying a young couple in the village.

Traditionally, the Ye'kwana marry very young. Once a girl has her first menses and undergoes the horrific rite involved in that, ( I will post that on another day) she is available for marriage. The young man interested in having her as a wife, will begin to hunt and bring meat or fish to her father's home.

If his gifts are repeatedly accepted, he will have the courage to take it to the next level. One day he will come into the girl's home and tie up his hammock. When he returns, if the hammock is still hanging, he will move in to the girl's home. If he finds his hammock strings were cut by a machete and his hammock on the ground, he will know he is not an acceptable suitor.

This decision will be the father's ultimately, not the girl's!

After this co-habitation in the father's home, the village elders will sit and discuss the pairing of the two. There is much to consider! Are either from a line of strong witch doctors? If both are, the mating will be forbidden as it would produce a VERY strong witch doctor and that much power is too scary to contemplate!

Family lines must be reviewed. First cousins may marry but only if they are cross-cousins.
Cross-cousins are; The female cousins of the groom who are daughters of his mother's brothers,or daughters of his father's sisters! And the exact opposite for the bride.

This wedding was of Jeremias and his 13 year old bride who wanted to marry before God and the church. We had a reception of rice and sardines. Everyone brought gifts, such as, toilet paper, matches, candles, cans of tuna, fruit. Whatever anyone could spare.

A little different than our weddings, but a blessing to see them choose to honor God and making a vow before the church. The kiss was usually awkward or eliminated altogether, as indians do not kiss! For real! They do not consider it loving in any way and actually think it is GROSS!

So...all you married folks who are reading this... go gross out your spouse!!!:)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Wedding...

Richard and Maria Teresa



I promised pictures of the wedding last week. The groom, Richard, is an Assistant Pastor at our church in charge of the youth group, ages 15-18. He is Jewel's teacher and they have about 80 teens in their class.

I knew him as a small child when we first arrived in Venezuela 20 years ago. It thrills my heart to see him active and serving in the church.


So here are the BEFORE pictures.
The girls are going to kill me if they see these!






And the AFTER pictures!


Jewel


Jewel with escort, Oswaldo.





See the Similarities...

I am copying this from Citizen Feathers blog. She is a Venezuelan who lives in the USA. Here we see a man showing all the same symptoms as CHO ! These are her words, not mine. I do find them very interesting.



You know, crazy people are always the same. And even though they might have responsibility in their acts or not, they still are very dangerous to an open society like the one we have. It's our responsibility to watch over them the best way we can and not let them get to this point.

This little chart is about the two very famous sociopath who are in the media these days.... one is loved by many, the other I don't know.

Cho Seung-Hui:
Hated the rich, social resented



Hugo Chavez: HateS the rich, social resented


Loves to talk badly about the rich and the powerful, but oh God how much he loves his expensive watch!

Cho Seung-Hui: Took antidepressants

Hugo Chavez: TakeS antidepressants

Cho Seung-Hui: Compared himself with Jesus Christ

Hugo Chavez: sigh... compareS himself with Jesus Christ... all the time

Cho Seung-Hui: Loaded with two guns

Hugo Chavez: Loaded with an army, Russian guns, and one of these days, a nuclear reactor.

Cho Seung-Hui: Wasn't able to spread his hatred with public speeches. Private citizen.

Hugo Chavez: Spread hatred toward their own people on a daily basis. Public persona, president of a country.



Cho Seung-Hui: Poor check book. Couldn't buy influences.

Hugo Chavez: Extreme rich $$$$ check book... buy everything he wants, including people.

Cho Seung-Hui: Crazy

Hugo Chavez: Crazy

Who is more dangerous? Tic, tic, tic...

Did I miss something? You want to add your own similarities? Let me know...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Getting To Know Me!



For all the new readers!

Everything you ever wanted to know
about Jungle Mom...
or not!




Why the name "Jungle Mom"?

Meet my husband , Yekwanaman!

Get to know my children!

A short summary of my blog!

Now you know me...Leave a comment so I can get to know you!



Which Famous American Said This?

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."

Un Relato Para Mis Amigas Latinas


Yo estoy en la lucha para poder rebajarme unos kilitos, quien no? Bueno, ví un aviso el otro día de una oferta. Un paquete de 10 masages reductivos. Suena bien. Me gusta masages y me gusta rebajarme! Debe ser doble de grato, no? No hay nada que perder!

Entré, y una muchachita, chiquitica, me mandó subir la mesa y acostarme. Hasta ahora ,todo marcha bien. Esa malvada mujer empezó de dar me DURO!!!! De la cabeza hasta los pies. Me dió, me estiró, me golpió de arriba para abajo! Yo estaba aguantando ese dolor, porque me dió pena que alguien tan pequeña podría causar tanto dolor!

Por 45 minutos me abusó! Me dejó maltratada. Con moretones en la bariga de todo colores. Morado, azul,verde, amarillo! Na'guara!

Pero lo peor de todo fue despues. Me bajé de la mesa, nerviosa, y la chica me miró con una sonrisa de inocente! Y dijo," Bs. 28,000"! Despues de todo el maltrato, yo tenía que pagarle por el abuso! Y aún peor de eso, es que cuando ella recibió la plata de mi mano, me dijo,
"Nos vemos mañana."
Y,yo dije...
que SI !!!


(Y ahora, ji ji ji,a ver cuantas gringas me regañan por escribir en castellano!)

The Good Ol' Days!


THE OLD PATHS

I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave..

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drinking was evil;
and divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

Sex was a personal word.
Homosexual was an unheard of word,
And abortion was an illegal word.

Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!

A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

Laws were based on the Bible;
Homes read the Bible;
And churches taught the Bible.

Preachers were more interested in new converts,
Than new clothes and new cars.
God was worshiped;
Christ was exalted;
and the Holy Spirit was respected.

Church was where you found Christians
on the Lord's day, rather than in the garden,
on the creek bank, on the golf course,
or being entertained somewhere else.

I still like the old paths the best !

( I have no clue as to who wrote this, but I love it!)

For Glen! See? It is Amazing that Anyone can Survive in NYC!

You Are 8% NYC

At best, you're a tourist. At worst, you're a poseur.



The 8% are because I do know what a bodega is and I do check my wallet if bumped into, but it is because I live in Venezuela that I know those things, nothing to do with NYC at all!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

For Harry! Wouldn't You Know!



I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I'm balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I'm right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I'm still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I'm calm and rational and stable -
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Inspiring Sacrifice


American Crusader has shared the information about the professor who sacrificed his life for his students yesterday. The professor was a Holocaust Survivor,and gave his life on the day set aside to remember the holocaust. Read this for more background information.

I am sorry for his loss and for the pain his family must feel today, but, it renews a hope in me to know men like this still exist in this day and age. What a hero!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Enough Already!!!

Virginia Tech Shootings



I am so sad for those killed in this terrible incident! It is such a confirmation of the fact that we have lost our moral compass. We are raising a generation of people who know no limits, they are bound by no morals, absolutes no longer exist,they respect no life! Whether it is politically correct or not, we must speak out!

Although I do not know the age of the shooter, this kind of violence is becoming all too frequent in our society. I look at what we are producing and I fear for our nation. I fear that we will not survive this attack we have brought upon ourselves. We have raised a generation who has grown up accepting abortion of the unborn as a woman's right when in reality it is the most unwomanly act of humanity to kill you own defenseless offspring. Even the animal kingdom knows to care for their young. My poor dog once delivered prematurely. I knew something was wrong by the soulful moans she kept up all night. She, an animal, was sad to have lost her pups! What have we taught our young! God forgive us!

When you lower the value of life for the weakest and most defenseless, you de-humanize yourself. We see people protesting the unfortunate deaths of our soldiers in Iraq, I morn their loss as well! But where is the outrage for the MILLIONS of innocent lives we have taken through the evil selfishness of abortion?





Then we have the effects of the rap music and the violence of Hollywood. I don't mind a little violence when it is justice being served upon evil, but many movies today are only violent for the sake of ..violence. We see movies promoting thievery, rape, child abuse and we call it entertainment. As in I Timothy 4:2 we have become a nation with no conscience.. "having their conscience seared with a hot iron..."


So how do we stop this kind of violence?




We stop it like this!




Guns in the right hands deter violence. This campus was a supposed gun-free campus. The fact of the matter is, EVIL ones don't follow the rules! If guns are illegal, they will still have them but law abiding citizens will not.

I know that the first thing to come out of this will be that someone will call for MORE gun control. I have witnessed the reality that gun availability does not mean more shootings. Let me explain.

In the village of Chajudaña, every indian home kept a rifle leaned up against the wall. This is necessary for protection from snakes and jaguars. Every home was full of children and even toddlers, but in ten years we had no murder nor accidental shootings. We had one suicide, because of alcoholism.

The indian children were taught NOT to touch the rifle, and if thy did, they were punished. They also were shown the effects of the rifle when hunting. This is an uncivilized society.

What are we?