Friday, December 30, 2005

What a Difference a Day Makes...

Well...what a difference a day makes. In my last post I said, "Obviously as most of you know there is really no telling where I'll end up, but that is the plan as of now." Those words have turned out to be very true.

Yesterday I was called and my security clearance, which could have taken "a day or a year," took only 2 days to get re-authorized. So they re-offered the Iraq position and wanted me to go in the next 2-3 weeks. I'm not exactly sure when the contract ends yet, but I should be back sometime in either June or July. I'll be able to come home 2-3 times over the next 6 months, but obviously they will be spent visiting my family.

After several phone calls to people I trust and talk to before big decisions, everyone agreed that this was the move I needed to make at this time.

So as of now (you know the drill) I'm still leaving DC on Sunday night. I'll go to Louisiana for a day then head to TX for two weeks before leaving around the 14th (I actually have a week of training in El Paso and will not get to Iraq until the 21st.)

I'm really looking forward to what an amazing opportunity this will be.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to do much blogging while there, but I'll post as often as I can, so
tune in to find out what is happening there.

Please keep me in your prayers for safety and also for opportunities to do as much good in as many ways possible while there.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Adventure Continues...

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and is looking forward to a very Happy 2006!!!

As I'm sure those who know me have been anticipating, I'm moving again =)

Friday will be my last day working in DC for at least the next three months.

On Sunday I'm moving to TX to manage a State Rep race.

Some of you are now wondering what happened with the Iraq job. Well, that is still not out of the mix completely yet. My security clearance expired a year ago, so they are re-submitting me for a new clearance. That could take a day or a year. You never know, so obviously I couldn't wait around (hence the TX job) and they are continuing to look for someone to fill the spot. Ideally, if my clearance comes through in March and they haven't filled the spot yet, I may still go then. The contract ends in July and then if I really like the job I'll move to the DC office.

For those of you who that last paragraph caught completely in left field, I was offered a position in Iraq. It is a really great opportunity to go there and participate in seeing democracy born in the Middle East. I'm not sure what I can or can't say about the job yet, so stay tuned.

If for some reason the TX job ends after the election in March (either we lose or there is no Democratic opponent) and the Iraq job is not available, then as of now, I'm planning on heading back to DC to look for a new job. Obviously as most of you know there is really no telling where I'll end up, but that is the plan as of now.

I never cease to be amazed at all the incredible opportunities God continues to allow me to join Him in. I pray that I continue to completely seek His will in all that I do and everywhere He sends me.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Break

I finally made it home to Louisiana after a crazy flight day. I'm taking a few days off from posting and replying to comments, so if you are awaiting a comment response check back next Wednesday =)

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Tornado in a Junkyard

I've just recently finished a book that is very relevant to the nonsense ruling in PA on Intelligent Design.

The book is entitled, "Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism." It is written by a former atheist and is an amazing read. He breaks down every piece of evolution very scientifically yet easy enough for anyone to read.

The premise of the title of the book is that statistically it is more likely that a tornado can pass through a junk yard and leave a fully functional 747 aircraft behind than it is for Darwin's theory of evolution to be the way the earth and all life was formed.

With my chemisty and zoology background, I even learned tons of new stuff. I challenge anyone to read the book and dispute his claims scientifically.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Turning Points

My pastor in Baton Rouge, Dino Rizzo, has just finished his first book, "Turning Points."

I ordered it the minute it came out. I haven't read it yet, but I have no doubt, based on the author, that it is an awesome book. Dino is one person who I know that does absolutely nothing that isn't of the highest excellence, so I know he would not have written a book that didn't meet that standard.

We have all faced and will face again major challenges in our life. I have no doubt there will tons of nuggets in this book that will show us how, through Christ, to look at these challenges as turning points in our life for what God will do for us next.

I'll write more about it after I read it, but why wait!!! Click the link about and get your copy now!!!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Dems Offer No Plan on Iraq and Brag About It!!!

Liberals never cease to amaze me by how completely spineless they are and also just a complete joke.

For months they have been bashing the President saying he had no plan for Iraq. Now their leader in the House is saying the Dems will offer no position on Iraq in their 2006 agenda. Not only will they not have a plan, but she is even trying to say by not having a plan shows a sign of strength.

I'm sure it has nothing to do with they see things turning around, so they don't want to put out a negative plan and look like idiots again. Also they can't put out a plan that supports what is now happening because then that would show support for the President...definitely can't have that. It must be so hard having to hope for defeat in order to advance your party.

Welcome to Bizarro world also known as Liberals in America.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

A Class-Action Lawsuit I Support

I am usually very adverse to class action lawsuits, but here is one I support 100%!!! It burns me up that states just completely ignore Federal laws and give special benefits to people who should be put on a bus or plane and sent out of the country immediately.

There is no way someone who is here ILLEGALLY should be allowed to attend school here, much less pay a cheaper tuition than citizens!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Very Good Question!

Matt Lewis, nationally renowned campaign expert, has a very good question on his blog today. Which ticket are you buying?

If you read down a few posts (and up, depending on when you read this post), you will have no doubt what my answer to his question is. You couldn't pay me a million bucks to buy the other!!!

How about you? Which ticket are you buying? Will you bow to the Hollywood hype machine and go see a movie that is against everything you stand for just to be part of the "in" crowd?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Horse and His Boy

I just finished the third book in the Narnia series, "The Horse and His Boy." I know. I 'm slacking. It took me two days to read this one =)

I'm curious what others took from the book as far as a Christian message. I took away from it that God has a plan for everyone and that regardless of your upbringing, you can do mighty things for God when you realize you are the son of a King.

Any other thoughts?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Nearly Word for Word

Wow...I don't think a movie has ever been so true to a book. I finished reading "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and the movie almost follows the book word for word. The few changes only added a little more movie drama, but didn't change a thing about the original story.

This really shows how amazing of an author C. S. Lewis really was being it was so easy to turn him book and words into a movie by following it exactly as written and not losing one bit of the imagery or story.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

One Down Six to Go

I finished the first Narnia book, "The Magician's Nephew," last night. If you haven't read the books, this first book explains some stuff in the movie. You learn about the lantern in the middle of the forest (I wondered why they didn't say anything about it in the movie), the professor, where the witch came from among, and how the wardrobe came to be to name just a few.

It is also has a very beautiful description of how Aslan creates the world of Narnia. Makes you really wonder how beautiful it must have been when God created the earth from nothing.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Narnia is a Must See!!!

Just watched "The Chronicles of Narnia" Anyone who says it is not an allegory for the story of Christ and salvation is just in complete denial.

The humans are repeatedly referred to as "sons of Adam" and "daughters of Eve."

Aslan sacrifices his life for the fallen human whose blood is required due to betrayal for food and power.

There was an earthquake before Aslan rose.

Aslan rose from the dead to defeat the witch.

Aslan even says something along the lines (forgot the exact line) that the witch misread the prophecy and that it took the blood sacrifice of the blameless (not the word used but can't remember the exact word) for the payment of the betrayal of human blood.

Those are the biggest, but there were many more references.

I can't wait to read the books soon!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Democrat's Plan: Retreat and Defeat

The latest RNC video nails the Dems with their own words.

Dean and Boxer and Kerry...oh my! Dean and Boxer and Kerry...oh my! Dean and Boxer and Kerry...AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

I know it is pretty scary to see all three of them, but I think ya'll can handle it.

Enjoy the video!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Reagan Screened at Reagan

On my way home to LA last week, I saw the epitome of political correctness gone wrong.

When I got in the security line at the airport, Michael Reagan was only two people in front of me. Now the fact that I was at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and there two people in front of was President Reagan's son hit me immediately (I know to all you non-DC folks that sounds weird but it is true).

I said hi while waiting in line and that I really liked his book. Unlike the other son, Michael actually is a very talented media personality doing great work keeping his father's legacy alive and not just using his dad's name to make it.

If that were the end of the story, it would have been neat but no real big deal. You frequently run into "famous" people in DC.

Not so fast my friend. When he went through the metal detector he goes off due to a artificial hip. So of course in the post 9-11 world of "we can't offend anyone so everyone has to be treated equal" (well except the people who are actually blowing up planes) he has to go to the hand pat down screening area.

I mean come on!!! The airport is named after HIS DAD!!! If anyone should be able to just walk through without any hassles at any airport, much less Reagan airport, you would think a former president's son could.

This is just yet another example of how we are letting political correctness waste our time and money just to have a false sense of security. The minute former presidents' children start hijacking planes then screen him away. However, until then, we should at least give him the respect of his dad and let him through security without being treated like a common criminal.

Screwed Again

I know if we had beat Georgia in the Championship game, then this wouldn't be an issue...but this is where we are now.

How can LSU, who has a better record and beat Auburn, Alabama, and Florida, be going to a worst bowl than all three.

We get the last laugh though being we actually have the third best matchup of all the bowl games. Of course the big one is #1 USC v. #2 Texas. The #4 Ohio St. v. #5 Notre Dame game should also be a good one.

Our game matches #9 Miami v. #10 LSU. Every other top 10 team plays a team well below their ranking.

Hey Dup, at least you got the matchup right in your prediction...just the wrong game...GEAUX TIGERS!!!