Friday, September 30, 2005

Season Over!

Well, I can no longer say I've never broken a bone. Last night playing softball, I broke my fibula (small bone of lower leg) right above my ankle. I'm in a splint until Tuesday when they will put me in a cast for 6 weeks.

I broke it sliding into homeplate. They have this astroturf like surface in the batter's box, and when I slid, my cleat got caught on the edge of this surface. My foot stopped but my body kept going...and then POP!

I actually didn't know it was broken and only thought I had pulled a tendon or something because it didn't really hurt that bad. I even played the rest of the game and didn't go to the urgent care center until after...probably not too smart looking back. After x-rays the doc said it was broken.

But least I was safe at homeplate =)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Freestyling Banned

I spoke this morning for a promotional video for Close Up. There were about 30 or so high school students and the format was similar to the Domestic Issues debate I normally do, minus the liberal counterpart. They asked questions and I gave the conservative position on the issue. As always they asked great questions and had me on my toes the whole time.

One of the students, asking about free speech, shared this ridiculous story. Apparently two students at her school were freestyling (for those of you who don't spend much time with high school students, that is when two people take turns raping off the top of their head back and forth to see who is 8 Mile and you will see exactly what it is).

Well one of the freestyling sessions went to far and the two guys ended up getting in a fight. So what does the school officials do in response. Well if you guessed the school made an example of the two guys by giving them the full punishment for fighting and making it clear that anyone who fights regardless of what starts it will get the same punishment, you would be wrong. No, what the all-knowing officials did was ban freestyling on campus.

This is another great example of government officials missing a chance to teach personal responsibility. This is the exact same error as trying to ban all guns because someone used a gun to kill someone. The gun didn't kill a person, another person did. In the same vein, freestyling was not the cause of the fight, two students were.

I can't think of a more creative exercise than trying to rap off the cuff. I would think this is an activity schools would promote and encourage. However leave it to these idiots to stifle creativity and reinforce that you aren't responsible for you own actions.

Can Someone Remind Dems That They LOST!!!

I must not be able to read very well. For the life of me I can't find in the Constitution where it says, "The President shall fill a Supreme Court vacancy with a person of the the same ideological position as the person retiring."

You would think it is in there based on how many Dems keep saying that the President should replace the OC with someone just like her. They know it won't happen but they are just trying to make it sound like they are being reasonable. The truth is that no matter who the President chooses they will rake over the coals and do everything in their declining power to destroy. The process has become a complete joke.

I truly hope the President keeps to his campaign promise and nominates someone in the mold of Scalia. The heads exploding in the Senate will be fun to watch.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Interesting Proposal

Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) has introduced a very practical solution to some of the damage caused by Katrina. He is proposing that those who did not have flood insurance be allowed to buy-in to the National Flood Insurance Program.

There would be a 5% penalty plus a requirement to maintain the insurance on the house once rebuilt for as long as the person owns the house.

I haven't read the bill in its entirety, but on first brush I like the idea. It doesn't just give away free insurance due to the slight penalty. However it also helps to alleviate some of the burden of the rebuilding away from the taxpayers across the country from government loans or grants.

This may be already in the bill, but if not it would make it even more acceptable. It should be clearly stated that it will only be a one time offer. That if in the future you decide to build in hurricane zones and don't have adequate flood insurance regardless of being in a floodplain or not then this bill should not be a crutch that they think they can fall back on in the future.

You Mean This Isn't Already the Law!!!

Few people realize that in many states in the country, you are not required to show an ID in order to prove you are who you say you are before voting. While most people don't know this little fact, others do and they use this knowledge to steal elections.

Hopefully this new bill will pass, but I'm not holding my breath. The biggest argument those against the bill use is that it is racist and hurts minorities. Would someone please explain to me how asking EVERYONE for an ID before voting is racist. It wouldn't happen to have anything to do with the fact that the most fraud is in the inner cities of America and this bill would stop that in an instance...nah...that can't be the real reason.

And How Much Money Are We Sending To LA?

Before sending $250 billion to Louisiana (whether or not this is an appropriate amount is for another post), as proposed by Senators Landrieu and Vitter, a slight history lesson is in order: In just the past generation, the Pelican State has had a governor, an attorney general, three successive insurance commissioners, a congressman, a federal judge, a state Senate president and a swarm of local officials convicted.

Everyone knows that LA is one of the most corrupt states in the nation and New Orleans puts the rest of the state to shame. If there aren't major controls and oversight on this influx of federal funds, I have little hope for anything being better than before Katrina and Rita.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Media Exaggerated...No Way

If the media was wrong about this, what else could they have exaggerated over the years??? Thankfully we don't have to only rely on the mainstream media anymore for news!

Katrina vs Rita Evacuation

New Orleans evacuation for Katrina
Houston evacuation for Rita

I think AustinWarriorPrincess makes a very valid point. The above pics from her site speak for themselves.

Tough OT Loss...LSU 27 v. Tenn 30

A very difficult loss for the Tigers. It really could have been a lot worse had Tennessee not dropped so many wide open catches or had so many overthrown passes. If they don't fix the pass defense, it will be a very long season!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Trackback Party

I just sent my first trackback to StopTheACLU's trackback party. If you would like to learn more about what a trackback is and how to send them click here. I used the Wizbang link and it was very easy. Basically this is a great way for bloggers to link other blogs and everyone benefits from the extra exposure.

Truth About A.N.S.W.E.R

The big finale of Cindy Sheehan's march is tomorrow on the National Mall. Here is a little insight on the group that is her biggest supporter, A.N.S.W.E.R. It is a little dated but still shows that they have little interest in bringing home the troops and more in doing whatever it takes to defeat everything that makes America great.

I'll be on the Mall tomorrow from 10-4 for an evangelistic outreach, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of interesting stories and pictures to share.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Grassroots Expert

I've posted a new link for a blog by a good friend of mine, Matt Lewis. He is hands down one of the best grassroots trainers in the country. I highly recommend his site for anyone who is interested in political campaigns.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Are You Ready For Some Football!!!

The NFL's Monday Night Football motto will have a whole new meaning to LSU fans this Monday. Due to Hurricane Rita, the SEC has decided to move the LSU v. Tenn game to Monday night.

Move over come the Tigers!!!

If Only Kerry Had Won!!!

If only Kerry would have won, he would have already stopped global warming and all these hurricanes would not be even forming much less causing so much destruction.

Wait, are you trying to say that human activity causing global warming is a farce??? Are you trying to say that we are just going through natural earth cycles??? Nah that can't be right! It has to be President Bush's fault, doesn't it?

Random Web Posts on Katrina

Here are a few posts from Chuck Muth's "News & Views" daily email newsletter:

1. New Orleans was devastated and no other city or town was affected by the hurricane.
2. The hurricane only hit black families' property.
3. Mississippi is reported to have a tree blown down.
4. New Orleans has no white people.
5. The hurricane blew a limb off a tree in the yard of an Alabama resident.
6. When you are hungry after a hurricane, steal a big screen TV.
7. The hurricane did 23 billion dollars in improvements to New Orleans. Now the city is welfare-, looter-, gang-, and prisoner-free... and they are all now in your city...and you are paying them.
8. White folks don't make good news stories.
9. Don't give thanks to the thousands that came to help rescue you, instead bitch because the government hasn't given you a debit card yet
10. Only black family members got separated in the hurricane rescue efforts.
11. Ignore warnings to evacuate and the white folks will come get you and give you money for being friggin' stupid.
12. Your governor wouldn't let the feds in for four days, but somehow, it's all George Bush's fault.
- Author Unknown

"Among the pictures from New Orleans were lots of heart-rending shots of displaced mothers and children, but few of fathers and husbands. Liberal critics say Hurricane Katrina ripped aside the veil on America's extreme poverty. What it really ripped aside was the veil over the collapse of family, particularly among inner-city blacks, that lies at the heart of poverty."
- Columnist Thomas Bray

"As we hear calls for a 'compassionate' response to the victims of this (Hurricane Katrina) tragedy, it is important to remember that you can't be compassionate with other people's money. This difference is as simple as the difference between my reaching into my pocket for money to help someone in need and my reaching into your pocket for the same purpose. The former is charity -- the latter is not."
- Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute

"...Americans shouldn't filter so much money through Washington. Louisianans don't need Iowa rain forests, and Iowans don't need levees in Louisiana. Maybe the people who want to live in New Orleans should have to pay (through private enterprise or local taxes) the special costs of its exposed location -- or live elsewhere. If all local projects, essential and whimsical, were paid for with local taxes, competition among states and cities would force them to become more efficient."
- ABC's John Stossel in

If (House Majority Leader Tom) DeLay is being honest when he says he will consider offsets in order to pay for hurricane damage, he should start by asking each member to give up just one earmark apiece from the 6,371 'pork' projects in the recent highway bill. Such action may be unprecedented, but so was the bill itself..."There are dozens of other programs and agencies that could be scaled back or eliminated in their entirety with some leadership from Republicans. The billions we spend annually on foreign aid that does little more than enrich corrupt foreign leaders, agriculture subsidies that give wealthy American commodity farmers an unfair advantage over impoverished farmers in the Third World and education spending that has grown faster than the military budget since September 11 are all prime targets.
- John Berthoud of the National Taxpayer's Union

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Scientist Warn of Climate Changes --- On Mars!

How long before Al Gore comes out and blames President Bush for the climate changes on Mars? It only took him two weeks to blame Katrina on him and global warming.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Voice of Reason

At least one leading Democrat realizes that this is not the time to point fingers but instead work together to ensure such a disaster never happens again.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Blanco's Inadvertent Confession

Even though she didn't mean to do it on the record, Blanco admits she is to blame for not calling in the military soon enough. Not that this comes as a surprise to those who regularly read my blog.

Not only did she not call them in soon enough, but even after she did, they were all forced to be sworn in as Louisiana National Guard members before they were allowed to help in the relief efforts. This was an extreme waste of time and a very stupid use of state powers during such an major catastrophe.

When all the smoke settles, state of Louisiana and city of New Orleans officials will be left holding a very large bag of blame and rightfully so.

Katrina Offsets

I linking this post directly to a petition for suggestions to offset pork spending in order to fund the Katrina relief effort. I really hope the Republican leadership (is Tom Delay having a mid-life crisis..."no fat left in the budget"!!!) takes this opportunity to return to the limited government ideals that gave them the House in '94. However, I'm not holding my breath.

President Bush made a comment today about cutting spending. I hope he puts real pressure on this and they were not just words for the camera.

There are so many places to cut. A great first place would be all the bike paths funded by the pork in the Transportation bill that just passed (see July 30 post, "CAFTA Arm Twisting").

One Nation Under Judicial Activists

Once again a completely unaccountable judge has ruled the having kids recite "under God" in the pledge is unconstitutional. You would think that one requirement for being a judge is to actually read the founding documents and other writings of our founding fathers.

For example, who is "our creator" that has endowed us with rights if it is not God? The list of references to a "higher power" (for those who say "Nature's God" is not necessarily the Christian God, not that I agree but just for arguments sake) is so long that it would take hundreds of pages to list. To say that we are not a nation founded under Christian principles is to be completely ignorant of even the slightest notion American history.

The Supreme Court can't hide from making a decision this time. I hope that once and for all we start moving back to sanity and a true representation of the original intent of the founding fathers.

Humbling Experience

Sports always have a way of teaching great lessons in humility.

After losing our first two softball games last week, we were hoping to do better this week. Well, in a very hard fought game, we won our first game 20-17. However, if just to make sure we didn't get to cocky in our new found winning ways, we were spanked 31-6 by the same team in the second game of the night. Very humbling to say the least!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

More Incompetence on State Level

I'm pasting an email from a friend of mine to highlight once again the complete incompetence of the Louisiana state officials. I'm sure you can completely understand his utter frustration. If you know anyone in the media that would be interested in this story, please pass it along and have them contact Gary Brown through the website listed below. Here is the email:

I and a few friends have founded an organization Share Your Home, a 501 c 3 non profit, and we are placing hurricane victims who have lost their homes in homes across the country. The people opening their homes have been very generous. In some cases, houses have been donated, cell phones, cars etc. There are lots of opportunities for these victims.

We have partnered with the LSU Architectural school and they have agreed to give some course credit to students willing to help us with our effort. We have trained these 200+ students to go out into shelters and collect the information needed to place these victims into homes. There is only one problem, any shelter run by the Red Cross or the State of Louisiana will not allow us to enter to gather this information.

We currently have 25,000 homes offered. If you figure only 4 person per family, that’s 100,000 people we could potentially place around the country in loving homes and communities that will assist with medical needs, finding jobs and place the children in schools. Why are we being blocked?

Is the Red Cross raising too much money? And your guess is as good as mine as why the state wouldn’t want us to help even though the Governor’s office and Red Cross refer people and resources to us that they didn’t know what to do with, including 18 wheelers of supplies, airplanes (as big as dc-9’s, and an entire retired air force wing). We even had the Red Cross (Missouri) call us and want to send an 18 wheeler full of goods to us because they couldn’t get their OWN organization to call them back.

I don’t know what is going on down here, but we need to remember people are suffering and if ANYONE can help who is the Red Cross or the State Government to refuse it on behalf of the victims.

I really do hope that this is just simply incompetence and not something being purposefully done for any number of reasons, none of which are appropriate.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

First Pics of Baby Owen

First pic of Owen Paul Folse

Chloe helping grandpa hold her new baby brother.

Cute story: Laine and Corey didn't let the doctors tell them if it was a boy or girl before, so they had two names they talked about, Owen if it was a boy and Olivia if it was a girl. When they first took Chloe to see Owen, she looked at him for a little while then started looking around. Then she asked, "Where is Olivia?" The wonderful innocence of kids!!!


I'm an Uncle...again =)

My sister had a baby boy at 11:57pm (Sat. Sept. 10). His name is Owen Paul, 7lbs 7 oz, 19in. Baby and mom are both doing fine. The hospital will put up a picture on their website in a couple of days, so I'll link that when they do =)

I can't wait to see him when I go home October 21.

LSU 35 - ASU 31...What A Game!!!

That has to have been one of the most exciting games ever in college football history! LSU just would not quit, but neither would ASU. I will definitely have no voice in the morning when I wake With #3 Michigan and #4 Ohio St. both losing today, we will be #3 in the nation...whooohooo...GEAUX TIGERS!!!

After the blocked field goal and punt both returned for touchdowns we just had to win. However ASU didn't go down easily. They fought hard.

Hopefully, all the dropped passes and the total lack of protection on a lot of plays were just first game jitters that would have been worked out last week had we played. The next game will be a huge test. If Tennessee beats Florida next week, then it will be #3 vs #4 when we play Tennessee on the 24th. At least that will be a real home game this time.


Saturday, September 10, 2005

Game Day!!! #5 LSU v. #15 ASU

LSU's season is finally starting!!! It's Game Day!!!

It will be a very nice distraction from all the other stuff going on in LA. I'm meeting a bunch of other LSU fans at Bailey's to all watch it together up here in DC.

I'm a little nervous for a couple of reasons. First we didn't have our warm up game last week. North Texas was supposed to serve as a "scrimmage" to get all the kinks out. ASU had their warm up game and it will show. Not to mention two very emotionally draining weeks.

Second this was supposed to be a home game for us, but due to LSU's campus being still in the middle of the recovery effort that would have caused major problems to bring over 100K people into BR. So, because of all that, they moved the game to Arizona, which gives the home field advantage to them instead of us.

ASU is supposed to be one of the surprise teams of the season. They have a very good passing game. If we can put all the emotions aside from the previous two weeks and play Tiger defense then we should be ok.

However, regardless of what happens in the game, it is nice to see some normalcy returning.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

PRC Compassion

I added a new link to my Hurricane Relief links: PRC Compassion. They are a charitable organization started several years ago that is coalition of churches and pastors around the country to address community needs and distribute relief.

Since Hurricane Katrina they have transformed the purpose to focus all resources to the relief effort.

Their mission is to coordinate national, state and local faith and community-based organizations to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those impacted by the storm.

My pastor in BR is one of the leaders of PRC, so I know they will do an awesome job. Tony Perkins, Joyce Meyer and John Maxwell are all also involved, so that lends even more credibility that they are not just some ragtag show. Trust me if you know my pastor, you would know he is never involved in anything that is not of the highest degree of excellence.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Wait...You Mean It Isn't Bush's Fault After All?

As more and more facts come out concerning the response to Katrina, the more we see who really deserves blame. The liberal media and national Dems are of course trying to pin everything on Bush. However more and more evidence is pointing directly to Blanco and Nagin, the Democratic governor and the Democratic mayor of New Orleans.

Federal agencies started asking Blanco to require mandatory evacuation on Friday. President Bush even called on Saturday, yet the evacuation wasn't ordered until Sunday afternoon which is no where near enough time to get everyone out even if they wanted to.

A major part of the city's evacuation plan was to use city buses, yet the mayor only started using them Sunday evening and that was only to transfer people to the Superdome.

The Superdome and the Convention Center had no water, food or security...all state requirements.

Then after the hurricane passed, the Red Cross was immediately ready to go the Superdome, but Louisiana officials didn't allow them to, not because it wasn't safe, but because they didn't want more people going to there instead of leaving.

The levee broke Tuesday and President Bush immediately requested the authority to control the situation with Federal troops. However Blanco said she needed 24 hours to consider it. How crazy is that!!! She didn't give the go ahead until late Wednesday. What the liberal media is "forgetting" to report is that President Bush couldn't send a single trooper into the state without Blanco's permission.

So food, water and troops were ready to respond immediately, yet Blanco continually blocked them for who knows why other than pure incompetence.

Even today she is trying to block Nagin from issuing a mandatory evacuation of the city.

Isn't it supposed to be the Democrats who are the ones who look out for the minorities. If that is so, how come over and over we see the worst examples of neglect in Democrat controlled regions. New Orleans has been under Democrat control for decades and yet it is one of the poorest cities in the country.

Compared to Gov. Barber of Mississippi and Gov. Bush of Florida, Blanco is extremely lacking even nearing the level of grounds for impeachment.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Welfare Mentality

I might seem like I'm just jumping on Rush's bandwagon being he talked about this exact thing today in his first hour, but I first talked about this on Friday. I was going to write about it then, but felt it was too early with so many still in harm's way.

A lot of people have been saying that if a "white" city had been hit with such a disaster the help would have been there right away. Some have gone as far as to say that the relief effort was delayed in hopes that more blacks would die. That is so ludicrous it makes me angry.

In my opinion the reason this same level of tragedy would not have happened in a different place has nothing whatsoever to do with race. It instead has everything to do with the mentality of the people.

When for generation after generation all a community has ever known is government handouts, it has no basis for self reliance. So, when a tragedy such as this happens and the government for any number of reasons isn't able to respond quick enough, the community has no idea how to take care of itself.

Just look a little east of New Orleans at Slidell. It was actually hit even harder than NO, but you don't see the same things happening there from the people who stayed behind. Why? Because they banded together and did whatever it took to survive on their own until help arrived.

This has to be the biggest indictment against welfare since its start. It completely handicaps an entire community to the point that they have no basis whatsoever on how to be self reliant, even when their life depends on it.

This post is long enough, so I'll stop here. I'll write later about where the majority of the blame for this lies and tie that in to who is responsible for the tragedy being worse than it should have been.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

No Holds Barred

With Rehnquist dying, expect the circus we saw so far concerning Roberts to go staight to sheer lunacy. Bush will now appoint two justices and name a new Chief Justice. To the left, this will be World War III. Let the games begin!

Mere Christianity

I’m reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I absolutely love his writing style. He makes things so simple yet very deep.

The chapter I just read makes so much sense, yet the ideas cause so much controversy. It is Chapter 1 in Book 3 titled, “The Three Parts of Morality.”

In this chapter, he explains that in order for us to live in a truly moral world three relationships have to be in proper working order:

1. Relationships between man and man
2. Relationship between a man and his internal motivations
3. Relationship between man and the power that made him.

Lewis uses the analogy of ships sailing successfully. In order for ships to make it to their destination, they must first not continually run into each other and cause damage. Second, they must be in good working order internally. Third, they must travel to the right destination.

All three have to work or none does. That flies in the face of someone who says that as long as what I do doesn’t harm anyone else it shouldn’t matter. If a ship’s rudders are broken and can’t steer properly, eventually it will run into other ships.

Another person might say that she doesn’t harm anyone and also that she doesn’t do anything personally wrong, but she just doesn’t want to follow a path that Christians follow. That would be the same as a ship captain saying he won’t run into other ships and his ship is working correctly and won’t hit other ships. However if he doesn’t follow the directions provided by the of the owner of the ship, he won’t be rewarded with the pay he is expecting to receive.

So that brings us to the question of who really owns or has the rights to our lives, but I’ll leave question to another day.

Lewis obviously does a much better job than I just did, so if I piqued your interest in any way and you haven’t read Mere Christianity yet, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Blessed to be a Blessing

That is a saying I've always tried to live by as much as possible. In the wake of Katrina, it really hits home. All who are able, to whatever extent they are able, have a responsibility to help our fellow citizens who have been effected by this horrendous disaster.

I really hope that the stories of looting and violence are soon absolutely overwhelmed by the stories of compassion and generosity.