The Definition of a Scoundrel

Last Thursday I received an e-mail asking my position on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statements about Iraq. Since I haven’t said anything about it yet, either in person or in writing, I thought I ought to post my response here, with the name and e-mail address of the other party removed, of course. Here it is:

Dear *****,

Sorry to keep you waiting, I’m still trying to get my thoughts together on this subject, so I can write them down. Also, I’m in the process of changing e-mail addresses; the old one isn’t working very well since my computer had a major system crash on April 20.

No, you did not miss anything, because I haven’t written about Reid’s statements yet, but I probably will soon, if he isn’t forced to resign because of them. It sounds like you read the my essay called “The Real Enemy“. There I declared that our own liberals are a greater enemy than the terrorists. Because I haven’t updated that essay in more than a year, Reid isn’t in it; nor is our new self-proclaimed “secretary of state,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. If I rewrite it in the near future, I’ll probably add those two jokers.

As far as I’m concerned, Senator Reid crossed the line when he declared that “the war is lost.” There he stopped being part of the “loyal opposition” and became a traitor, undermining the war effort by denying or delaying funding for the troops. I heard treason defined as “aiding and giving comfort to the enemy,” and Reid’s words are certainly doing that; look how quickly they appeared in Al Jazeera, and other agents of the enemy’s press.

For that Reid deserves to be forced out of office before his term is up, and we ought to bring back tarring and feathering just for him! Altogether, I think the only reason why the Democrats picked him to replace Tom Daschle is because he wouldn’t be up for re-election again until 2010, giving him as much as six years to make mischief before he had to answer to the voters of Nevada. As a result, we’ve seen him stumble from one scandal to another, with “the war is lost” statement being the latest. If anyone ever needs a definition of what a “scoundrel” is, Reid fits it perfectly. And then there’s his choice of tactics, which I wrote about in another essay. Quote:

“The Democrats also seem to be like the Bourbons of eighteenth-century France, forgetting what they should remember, and remembering what they should forget. They did not learn, for example, that Americans don’t like politicians who refuse to work, which prompted South Dakota voters to get rid of Tom Daschle, after he became the Senate’s ‘weapon of crass obstruction.’ Instead, they picked Harry Reid as the new Senate Minority Leader, who promised (and delivered) all the obstructionism of Daschle, twice the hatred, and half the intelligence. Reid’s favorite tactic is name calling; so far he has called President Bush a ‘loser,’ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an ’embarrassment,’ and said that UN Ambassador John Bolton is ‘abominable, mean, unreasonable and bizarre.’ It won’t surprise me if he calls the next person he doesn’t like a ‘poo-poo head.'”

Unquote: Yesterday I was informed that it was the 63rd anniversary of the battle of Slapton Sands, in which the German navy attacked Americans on a beach of England, while they were training for the D-Day invasion. 749 Americans were killed, and the ambush was so embarrassing that nobody talked much about it for more than a generation afterwards (I didn’t hear about it until the mid-1990s!). Imagine if we had today’s leaders in charge in 1944; after Slapton Sands, would they have allowed D-Day to take place?

Thank you for reading, and come back to visit my website again. Next I plan to upload a timeline, to go with Chapters 1-4 of my Middle Eastern history series.

Pleased to meet you,

Charles Kimball

By the way, I didn’t send this picture in my letter, but it’s appropriate here. It shows how our current commander in chief isn’t the first president with the initials “G.W.”, who had somebody of extremely questionable character on his side; George Washington had Benedict Arnold. Click on the picture to see the whole thing.


No News Is Good News

Not much has happened in the past couple of days, hence the title. On my way home from work yesterday I discovered a road called Lindy Lane, that runs parallel to Liberty Rd. What I found amusing was that near the west end, where I got on, was a sign that said, “Lindy Lane does not stop.” Lindy would like that, but unfortunately it’s not true; a mile east of there I encountered a stop sign.

Speaking of Lindy, we got two phone calls from her and Adam this week. It looks like Lindy will be able to go back to school as early as June, and they wanted to know if we’ll help with the tuition. We probably will, but I told them to check on available scholarships first.

It rained fairly often from Monday to Friday. It also got down into the 40s last night, so it sure doesn’t feel like April to Leive & I. I hear they’re going through a drought in Florida, and wildfires around Waycross, GA have burned at least 95 square miles. I don’t think Lindy and Adam are in danger from that, but it’s too bad we can’t send our southern neighbors some of the rain we’re getting.

Mowed the lawn for the third time today. This time I had to empty the bag three times; the grass seems to be growing faster than ever. No wonder central Kentucky is such good horse (and cattle) country!

One Year After Elmo’s Passing

Today marks one year since the death of Leive’s second brother, Elmo Bendoy. I remember him well; when I visited the Philippines and reached Mindanao, after I claimed my bags I sat down on the floor in the corner of the airport terminal, wondering what to do next, and then Elmo found me. The amazing part is that nobody told him what day I would be in the airport!

This has much to do with why Leive and I are in Kentucky now. To read all about it, check out the new page in the left-hand column of this blog, named “A Mission From God.”

A New Neighbor, the Creation Museum

Believe it or not, I didn’t hear about AIG’s “Creation Museum” until last week, though creationism is one of my two hot-button issues (the Middle East is the other one). I guess I’ve been too busy getting established in my new home. At first, I thought it was something like the traveling exhibit and seminar about creationism put on by a pastor from Christmas, FL. Now I’m hearing it is a $30 million, 60,000-square-foot structure, and it will be opening on May 28. What’s more, it is next to Cincinnati’s airport, so it will be just 70 miles north of here, on our side of the Kentucky-Ohio border. You can read more about it here, on the Answers In Genesis website.

Apparently Ken Ham picked Cincinnati for the museum site because that puts two-thirds of the United States population within 650 miles of it. Let’s see, that will include most (if not all) of the Midwest, the east coast from New York to Georgia, Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. They’re also offering memberships, which should be a good deal after we get the kids from the Philippines.

Of course I’m tickled pink, because some of the material I used when I wrote “The Genesis Chronicles,” ten years ago, came from videotapes Ken Ham made. Also, there isn’t much in the way of places around Lexington to take the kids to; the main entertainment we have is horses and college basketball! If we’re going to spend the day at anything resembling the theme parks of Orlando, we’ll probably have to do it at a Cincinnati attraction. Leive’s not thrilled, though; she just told me that she thinks dinosaurs are myths, no more real than the monsters in a science fiction or fantasy movie. I see I’ve got my work cut out for me in this matter. Perhaps when I visit the museum I’ll have to drop her off at the Newport Aquarium, like the time in 1996 when I left her to spend the day at the aquarium in Tampa, while my brother and I went on to an ancient Egyptian exhibition in St. Petersburg.

Today I also heard that while the museum is not open yet, it already had a famous visitor: comedian Bill Maher. I don’t have a good feeling about this, because from what I’ve seen, Maher is not a nice fellow. His former program “Politically Incorrect” was anything but that, he has said that he thinks Christianity is a mental disorder, and while he may not be as obnoxious as Rosie O’Donnell, he seems to be in competition with her for the title of TV’s most annoying liberal. No word yet on the real reason why he came, or if the exhibits changed his mind on anything. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they did, turning him into a modern-day version of Sir William Ramsay?

Al Qaeda Says, “Don’t Promote Veggie Lust!”

You’ve probably heard by now that contrary to what professors and politicians would have you believe, fundamentalist Islam is NOT a religion of peace, nor does the name “Islam” mean “peace” (it means “submission”). I have also noted that fundamentalist Islam not only promotes violence, but stupidity as well. Here from Iraq is the latest example, courtesy of MSNBC and blogs like Atlas Shrugs. Quote:

“American commanders cite al-Qaida’s severe brand of Islam, which is so extreme that in Baqouba, al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders, Col. David Sutherland said.”

Unquote: I was of the impression that both tomatoes and cucumbers were female, because both have seeds in them. You heard it here first — if our enemies win in the War on Terror, you won’t be able to put summer veggies together, and I don’t even want to think about what might happen to the melons! It also looks like the delightful cartoon “Veggie Tales” has a problem. The two most prominent Veggie Tales characters are a cucumber named Larry and a tomato named Bob; which one of them is really a “she”?


3 More Reasons to Dislike Microsoft

I don’t think I slept at all last night, and I’m not sure why. It could be the warm evening indoors; as I write this, temperatures are 80 upstairs, 78 on the main floor, and 62 in the basement. Or maybe it’s the tea I had around 8 PM. I’ll have to ask Leive what she put in it.

Last Thursday, I wrote that I didn’t like Microsoft as much as I used to, after a Microsoft download forced me to reinstall Windows XP. I forgot to mention it wasn’t the first time this happened to me. In 2002 the updates Microsoft insisted I needed caused Windows ME to become unstable on my computer, to the point that I ended up buying a new computer; eventually I also reformatted the hard drive of the old one.

Anyway, since I got my current PC back in order, three more Microsoft utilities have failed. Sync Toy, which keeps files organized in two sets of matching folders, has been giving me error messages from the start. The launch bar which allowed me to run my favorite programs from a line of icons (on the right-hand side of the screen) stopped working right, when I removed one of the icons. Finally, on Saturday I noticed an extreme reluctance to shut down; when I clicked on the button to turn the computer off, it was more likely to lock up.

I ended up making three visits to, my favorite download site, and installed three non-Microsoft programs to do the jobs of the utilities that failed. TreeComp takes care of synchronizing folders, though I have a feeling I won’t be doing that as often now. ProgramLaunch replaces the Microsoft launch bar I used to have, and Super Fast Shutdown fixes the problem I had turning the PC off.

Oh well, it’s not like I have a vested interest in promoting Bill Gates and his company anymore. I guess I did when I was a teacher, because I taught my students how to use PowerPoint and FrontPage (I still like those programs, by the way). But I can tell they’ve fallen on hard times since the high-tech industry busted in 2000; whereas in the past they introduced major software upgrades every other year, when they launched Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 (both in 2001), they were left “as is” until this year.  Also, they haven’t invited me to any more seminars since October 2001.

Happy Anniversary, Tina & Paul!

I didn’t have any big news to report for the last two days. It’s warm enough now to go outside without a jacket, and this time it looks like it will stay that way.

Yesterday I mowed the lawn for the second time. The grass must be growing faster, because I had to empty the bag of grass clippings twice. Leive thought it was a bad joke when I suggested that she cook it and pretend it’s spinach! (LOL)

I told you about the bird feeder in previous entries; how I put it out for cardinals and ended up getting greedy blackbirds most of the time. From Wal-Mart I bought a sock full of thistle seeds, which is supposed to attract goldfinches. I hung it next to the feeder, and it attracted them all right. Leive thinks the goldfinches are a pretty new attraction in the backyard.


The computer is nearly back to normal, after Thursday’s crash. I guess you could say it’s working even better, now that I have the older versions of Internet Explorer & Windows Media Player back. The main issue right now is e-mail, so bear with me if I take some time in responding to letters. Since arriving in Kentucky, I have surfed the Web with Insight Broadband, a cable company based in Ohio, but kept Earthlink, the dial-up service I had in Florida. E-mail has been the easiest way to remain in touch with family and friends, and this arrangement meant I didn’t have to change my e-mail address. It made sense while I was moving from one place to another, but now the Florida place is finally sold, and I have a feeling I’ll be in this house for the rest of my life, unless Lindy has her way about us retiring near her home. Therefore I figured now was the time to see if I can handle e-mail through Insight as easily as I did with Earthlink before Thursday; if so, I’ll just use Insight from now on. At this point, I can receive e-mails through my Insight address, but I don’t know if I can send letters; no test messages have come back yet.

Last night after church I started putting the third bookcase together. So far, so good, but I hope the missing parts will arrive in the mail soon.

Finally, I believe today is Tina and Paul’s 25th anniversary, so I hope everything went well in Longwood. So much has happened since I was last at Christ Episcopal Church (even the buildings have been switched around), that I’d probably have trouble recognizing the place now. Sorry Leive and I couldn’t make it, we’re still getting established here in Lexington, though the toughest part is apparently over. We’ll probably travel later in the year, but this wasn’t a good time to leave town, alas. Does Tina still wish she was here instead of me? (LOL)


System Crash, Ouch!

My, how technology-dependent we have become! I can remember when a problem like this wouldn’t have affected us very much (before 1990, anyway).

In a nutshell, I didn’t write anything yesterday because my computer suffered the worst software problem I have had since buying it, five months ago. Early in the morning I downloaded a new program from Microsoft, a desktop search program. It didn’t work as planned (ever heard that before?), and I was noticing some graphics problems when I got home from work, so I tried to remove the program. That didn’t work either, so I did something more drastic-system restore. When the computer rebooted my desktop never came back up; all I saw was the wallpaper.

Luckily the PC came with a software rescue package that restores Windows XP and the other programs it had when the computer was purchased. By using that I got the computer to work again with some semblance of normalcy, and it doesn’t look like I lost anything permanently: my pictures, videos, MP3s and projects like my webpages are still here. However, my e-mail program isn’t working as well as it used to (I spent a good part of the evening on the phone with Earthlink about that), and it looks like I’ll have to reinstall most of the programs I put on during the last five months. I don’t know where I put the WordPerfect 2000 disks, for a start, so at this point it’s questionable whether I’ll get that program back. In all it’s going to take days to get this computer configured the way I like it.

The good news is that I got back Internet Explorer 6 and Windows Media Player 10. I hated the upgrades that Microsoft forced me to download for both IE and WMP. Windows Media Player 11 is ugly with no advantages over 10, and IE7 can’t handle MHT files; in fact, IE7 is so confusing that I never use it unless I’m on a page Firefox can’t handle. I don’t think I’m going to like Microsoft much at all after this. And I completed assembling the second bookcase in the basement, while waiting on hold with Earthlink.

Oh, Lindy, here’s the YouTube video I promised you; it’s called Bunny Cam. I found it in a forum called . Enjoy!

The Chariot Age, 1777 to 950 B.C.

The rewrite of Chapter 2 in my Middle Eastern history series is now complete, and boy, I made more than a few changes to the paper I originally wrote 16 years ago! For a start, I changed the title from “New Nations, New Peoples” to “The Chariot Age.” I introduced some new nations and new peoples when I rewrote Chapter 1 last year, so it didn’t make sense to keep that name on another chapter.

Second, I moved the beginning and end dates closer to the present. Originally the time period covered by Chapter 2 was 2000 to 911 B.C., or from the end of Sumerian civilization until the rise of the New Assyrian Empire. However, in the new edition of Chapter 1, I went up all the way to 1777 B.C. (the year when I believe Abraham died), so Chapter 2 had to start later. The end date was a bit of a problem, because by that point I was talking about several civilizations, and wanted to break off at a different date for each: 990 B.C. for the Hittites, 953 for the Egyptians, 950 for the Elamites, 945 for the Babylonians, 930 for the Israelites, and 911 for the Assyrians. In the end, I chose 950 as a compromise end date of sorts.

I added quite a bit of new material, especially in the sections on the Hittites, Hurrians and Elamites, so even if you have read Chapter 2 before, I think it would be worth the effort to read it again. Due to the paper’s size, I split it into two parts (the search engine on The Xenophile Historian finds it easier when the pages are 120 KB or less in size). Here are the links and the subheadings:

Part I (88.6 KB)

The Amorite Period
The Assyrian Debut
The “Hittites”
The Hurrians
The Kassites
Israel Becomes a Nation

Part II (93.1 KB)

The Warrior Pharaohs
The First Arabs
The Middle Assyrian Empire
The Middle Elamite Period
The Other Nebuchadnezzar
Suppiluliumas the Great
Tiglath-Pileser I
Israel: The United Kingdom

Read and enjoy!


The Parthenon Code Up Close

Last spring the main talk was about “The Da Vinci Code,” both the book and the movie. I’ll admit I didn’t think too much of it myself, for the following reasons:

1. I was getting ready for my move to Kentucky.

2. The story’s a work of fiction, for crying out loud! Anyone who thinks it is more than that has a loose grip on reality. You might as well believe the movie “Independence Day” is a true story; the Rev. Louis Farrakhan does.

3. I probably come from the only church in Florida that wasn’t interested in the controversy. At the time, my pastor was instead speculating on whether Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Antichrist.

4. I discovered The Parthenon Code around then, and found that theory more intriguing.

In a nutshell, the Parthenon Code looks at the meaning behind the relief sculptures the Greeks carved on the Parthenon, beneath the roof. They are scenes from Greek myths, but why did they pick those myths? The author, Robert Bowie Johnson, thinks those are the same stories told in Genesis 1-11. In fact, those myths are a twisted version of Genesis, because the stories are told from Cain’s point of view.

Anyway, I bought the book last fall, and while I disagree with Mr. Johnson on some minor points (e.g., he equates Eve with Hera in one myth, and Eve with Athena in another), I believe his basic premise is correct. Not long after that, he produced an additional CD, to go with the one I got with the book. Last Saturday I decided to order the CD, but I did not receive a confirmation e-mail, so yesterday I called to see if my credit card went through. It turned out it did, but he sends the e-mails manually, and never got around to responding to mine. When I called I must have gotten their house, because his wife answered, and quickly passed the phone; Mr. Johnson and I then had a pleasant conversation. Since I already have two links to his website from The Xenophile Historian, he asked for the URL of my site so he can return the favor.

You never know who you’re going to meet in cyberspace!