BDS Strikes Again

In the essays I have written concerning the War on Terror, I have noted that the enemies of our way of life belong to two deranged loser death cults, Islamism and liberalism. The former has members willing to kill themselves if they can take you with them, while the latter is determined to abort, sterilize and sodomize itself out of existence.

In the past few years, especially since 2000, I have seen liberalism go from being an ideology to become a mental disorder. You can see it in the left’s unreasoning wrath against conservatives and Republicans in general, and George W. Bush in particular. I know, there was no shortage of Clinton-haters on the right side of the aisle (e.g., Hillary’s comment about June being the month of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination seems to confirm the right’s latest suspicions about her), but long ago that was exceeded by the left’s Bush hatred, starting with names like “Shrub,” “Chimp,” and “Bushitler.” Most of us on the right tried to get on with our lives as best we could, when not pointing out the Clintons’ failings, but I see some folks on the left positively consumed by their hatred. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start the day by saying something like, “Breakfast sure smells good, but Bush still sucks!” Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist who now writes a conservative column every Friday, gave this behavior a medical term — BDS, or Bush Derangement Syndrome.

It’s not so bad now, since the message seems to be getting out that Bush isn’t planning some sort of coup to stay in the White House after the end of his second term. It was worst in the 2004 election. Honestly, with the bile spewed forth that year, I positively expected to hear about suicide bombers disrupting the Republican convention, and when it didn’t happen, my first thought was, “What a bunch of wimps!” The 2003-2004 campaign was the longest of my lifetime before the current one, and from the start of it to the end, I never met a real John Kerry supporter. All the people I met who had a political opinion were either Bush supporters or Bush haters; I didn’t consider “Bush haters” to be Kerry supporters because if the Democrats had nominated a baboon to run against Bush, most of them would have voted for the monkey anyway. Therefore the election was simply a referendum on Bush; all I ever learned about Kerry’s stand on the issues was that he opposed whatever Bush was for.

Now Bush is a lame duck on the way out, but cases of BDS still pop up. The latest comes from my former home state; a woman tried to take hostages in a south Orlando bank, and blamed it on Bush trying to get her. Quote:

A woman claiming George W. Bush was threatening to kill her stormed a bank armed with a shotgun and held people hostage, police said.

Investigators said Donna Sue Bynum, 40, burst into a Bank of America located on Central Florida Parkway Friday night and threatened to kill everyone.

“She said George W. Bush was trying to kill her,” hostage Terry Homer said. “I honestly don’t think she was in the right state of mind.”

“She said she wanted to talk to George W. Bush and things like that and if everybody doesn’t shut up, I’m going to kill everyone,” Hostage John Del Vecchio said. “I was scared but I didn’t want her to know I was scared.”

Witnesses said Bynum walked around the bank, made a few phone calls and forced about 15 people into a bank vault during the incident.

People inside the vault used cell phones to call 911 for help, Local 6 reported.

When deputies arrived, Bynum surrendered to police after a brief struggle.

Sky 6 showed SWAT team members with rifles rushing the bank and then taking Bynum into custody.

Three of the hostages were treated by Orange County emergency workers for respiratory problems.

Bynum was transported to the Orange County Jail late Friday and was expected to undergo a psychological exam.

Unquote: The link below goes to the original story, with a surveillance video of the incident.

‘This Is A Stickup’ Say Gun-Toting Woman In Bank

The other story has to do with liberal bias in the media. If anyone thinks most of today’s newspapers don’t lean to the left politically, check this example out. By now it should be clear that most Americans don’t see marriage as meaning anything but a commitment between one man and one woman. Whenever the gay marriage issue is voted on, it is struck down with a large majority of the votes cast. The only reason gay marriage is still seriously considered is because certain judges, like those in Massachusetts and California, keep bringing it back. Since they aren’t getting the message, I can say with confidence that those supporting gay marriage are out of touch with most of the American people. Like the authors of this headline from the L.A. Times:

But if you read the article, you will learn that the poll they are talking about has Californians favoring a law to ban gay marriage by 54 to 35 percent. That’s right, a 19-percent margin! Most politicians would dream of having that kind of lead. I don’t believe any president since Reagan got elected by that much.

Here is the blogger who pointed this out:

Patterico’s Pontifications

However, the networks may be even worse. Yesterday I heard an ABC radio reporter declare that California voters were ready to accept gay marriage.

Leive is Back in the USA

Leive arrived on schedule in Las Vegas last night. Her ride from the airport was late in picking her up, and she sounded congested, but otherwise made it all right. I just hope she has enough time to recover from that cold she picked up; I don’t think I’m going to take her to Florida when she’s all stuffed up.  At any rate, she’ll be resting there today and continuing on tomorrow, with arrival here scheduled for 7:55 PM.

Shabbat Shalom.

Kentucky Takes a Walk on the Weird Side

Leive called shortly after 6 PM to let me know she was leaving Vancouver.  She should be reaching Las Vegas around 9:40 PM Eastern time.

Last time I told about a news story about Lexington being environmentally unfriendly.  Today I learned that Delta Airlines has written a more positive story about the city, which will appear in their travel magazine next week.  Well, if any airline wants to promote travel to the city of horses, I would expect it to be Delta; they’re the only airline with non-stop flights between Orlando and Lexington.

On a stranger note, last summer I wrote about a book called “Mysterious Kentucky,” which tells of the strange things about the state.  Now a book called “Weird Kentucky” follows up on the strange legends and secrets known to the locals.  Included here are:

1.  Strange architecture and tacky attractions like Dinosaur World, a collection of Dino statues near Mammoth Cave, which reminds me of the defunct Rainforest I remember from the 1960s in Bushnell, FL.  (In fact, a lot of the material in the book could have come from  Check out that website’s nomination for an interesting building near Gene & Rezia’s house.)

2.  A cemetery near Berea, where the graves are decorated with baby dolls in jars.

3.  Stories about several buildings at Eastern Kentucky University being haunted.

4.  Reports of blue-skinned people, and I’m not talking about the Blue Man Group, which did a show in Lexington last month.  Unfortunately, all the photographs we have of these folks are black and white, so you can’t tell from the pictures if there is anything odd about them.

5.  A story from a book written in 1806 that talked about an underground chamber discovered under Lexington in 1783, that contained a stone altar, skulls, and mummified red-haired people.  The local Indians claimed this stuff came from a long-dead civilization.  The Adena mound-builders, perhaps?

Anyway, if you want to read more about offbeat things in the Bluegrass State, check out these links:

Weird Kentucky

We Could Fill a Book (a review from the Lexington newspaper)

Lexington’s Big Carbon Foot

The last time I wrote about the weather, I wrote that May has been on the cool side. Well, not anymore. On Monday it got up to 81 outside, and inside the air conditioning kicked on briefly. It hasn’t been as warm since, but still I no longer have to wear a jacket to work in the morning. Tomorrow we’re expecting an upsurge to 87; should I or shouldn’t I mow the lawn then?

Speaking of work, the network was down again today.  For the whole day I could only log into my workstation and the test computer in my cubicle. Yesterday it was the opposite situation; I could log into the network but not the test computer. Gosh, in a business as important and as dependent on high technology as this, you’d think the company would have come up with a permanent fix by now!

Two weeks ago I bought the DVD “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” I did that for several reasons. First, I didn’t see it when it was in the theaters, though Lindy saw it more than once (both as a date and in a group with her friends). Second, I read all seven of the Narnia books when I was Lindy’s age, so I figured it would be good for the kids we’re planning to adopt. Third, Leive hadn’t seen it either, and I had been recommending it, telling her that if she only likes one fantasy story, it will be this one. She may not remember the time at church, when the pastor showed the final scene of that movie in the middle of his Christmas sermon. Fourth, now that “Prince Caspian” is out, I’ve probably waited long enough.

Because it’s a long movie, I watched it in 20 to 30-minute segments each day, running it on Leive’s laptop while eating lunch or dinner next to Brin-Brin’s cage. He wasn’t cooperative the first time; he must have wanted to see a parrot video instead, because he made so much noise that if I hadn’t read the book, I wouldn’t have been able to follow the plot at all. For the other sessions, though, he didn’t make a sound. Maybe he realized that after I was done, he would get a turn at the laptop.

As a matter of fact, Brin-Brin hasn’t been too lively for the past two or three days. No doubt he’s bored; the only time he shows much activity is when I play the videos of other parrots, or come near the cage with something he likes to bite, like the black whisk broom. I hate leaving him alone for most of the day while I’m at work, so it will be good for both of us when Leive returns.

If I interpret Leive’s flight plan correctly, she will leave Mindanao in about four hours, and reach Las Vegas at 9:30 PM tomorrow (our time). On Tuesday night I got an e-mail from her niece Jo-Hannah, saying that while everybody has had a good time, she also came down with a sore throat and cough. Probably a cold from the stress of travel, I remember catching a cold in Los Angeles on my trip back in 1985. I hope she found some medicine over there; finding something here that works can be a challenge. Come home safely, honey!

Today I heard a strange news story; in a survey of 100 American cities, Lexington has the biggest carbon footprint! In other words, we are the highest per capita consumers of fossil fuel. A related article in the newspaper said there were several factors causing it, such as long commutes between home and work (most of Kentucky doesn’t have suburbs, remember), buildings that aren’t energy efficient, hot summers and cold winters, using coal to generate our electricity, and having two interstate highways servicing the city. Who’d have thought it? Don’t Lexington’s horses count in our favor?

Lexington tops list of enemies to environment


Lexington’s Historic Churches

Before I begin this message, take a moment to remember the troops who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Memorial Day was created in honor of them, not just so we can observe the unofficial beginning of summer by going to picnics and the mall.

Today I went out to see the churches that I heard about in the history lecture last Saturday. Back in 2006, I did some exploring out of town almost every weekend. In 2007 I didn’t explore as much, mainly taking Leive along to see what I had seen, when the weather was convenient (she still hasn’t seen Louisville or West Virginia yet). Today is the first bit of exploring I can recall for 2008. I probably won’t do much this year because gas has gotten so darn expensive, but I hope to visit historical sites like Blue Licks, Perryville and Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

Anyway, I first went to the one whose location I already knew, because it is in Athens, about halfway between my house and Boonesborough. Boone’s Creek Baptist Church was founded in 1785, ten years after Lexington and Boonesborough, and Daniel Boone himself attended here for a while. Here is how it looks now, but I doubt if the original buildings are standing at any of the places I visited today. Most likely they started out as log cabins.

And next to this entrance was the usual historic marker I’ve come to expect at places like this.

From Athens I returned to Lexington and went to the southwest side, where right on the edge of town, you can see the oldest church in the city, South Elkhorn Christian Church. It used to be South Elkhorn Baptist Church, but the congregation split after the Cane Ridge revival created the Disciples of Christ/Churches of Christ.

Behind the main sanctuary, this building has a banner reminding everybody that the church is now 225 years old (founded in 1783).

After the split came, the Baptists moved to the west side of Lexington. Here’s South Elkhorn Baptist Church, one mile west of the airport and the Keeneland racetrack, and right across the street from where Comair Flight 5191 crashed in 2006.

The first pastor of South Elkhorn was an ex-slave, nicknamed “Uncle Peter” and “Old Captain.” No doubt that was considered radical in the 18th century. In 1822 he went on to found Pleasant Green Baptist Church, a church with an all-black congregation. Here it is in downtown Lexington, just west of the UK and Transylvania University campuses.

Between visiting the South Elkhorn churches, I went down the road to see Wilmore; it’s eleven miles southwest of the Lexington city limits. I knew Asbury Theological Seminary was there; I have mentioned it a couple of times in previous messages, and my pastor’s daughter currently goes there. It turns out that Nicholasville isn’t the only town in Jessamine County; WIlmore itself is a charming little community. For Memorial Day they had American flags and a big basket of petunias hanging off nearly every telephone pole.

And here’s the college itself. I only had time to drive around the campus before starting homeward again. Maybe another time I’ll post the other pictures I took.

Finally, I heard that the first Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal churches in Lexington were also founded before 1800, but I haven’t located them yet, so maybe I’ll post pictures of them in a future message as well.

After I got back, it was time to clean Brin-Brin’s cage and give him some attention. Have you ever seen a reverent parrot? Here he is, enraptured by an MP3 file of Mahalia Jackson singing “The Holy City” (one of Leive’s favorites, see last Saturday’s message). Note how he turned his head almost upside down, to hear the music better! Don’t mind the grey patches; he molted over the winter months and it’s taking a long time for the new green feathers to grow in.

p.s., While I was writing this, one of the neighbors came by and brought me a meal. He said a lady left it at his house, after hearing my wife was out of town. Probably someone in the church, but I have no idea who; it’s a plate of turkey slices, broccoli and mashed potatoes with a brownie, not something I would expect Rezia to make. Well, that will be lunch tomorrow, I guess. Brin-Brin let me know someone was at the door by growling and saying “Hello.”  Thanks, Brin-Brin, we may get along yet.

Soviet Break Dancing

I thought break dancing was just something that happened to pop up in the United States in the 1980s, but this old video shows the Russians had a head start on us there. From the bad old days of the Soviet Union, here are some soldiers doing their own version of traditional Cossack dance moves, and what they end up with looks very much like break dancing. These guys are good — the only one I saw even lose his hat was the guy with the rug.

This video could have been a minor propaganda coup for the Soviets, if it had gotten out to the West in those days. I remember that the Red Army didn’t seem fully human back then; it wasn’t until after the Soviet Union broke up that a saw a picture of a Russian soldier smiling. The video soundtrack is the Run DMC song “It’s Like That,” also from the 1980s, but I’m wondering if the Beatles’ “Back in the USSR” would have been more appropriate.

Out of My Comfort Zone

Well, not my climatic comfort zone. I hope I can handle the heat when we go to Florida next month. If the afternoon thunderstorm cycle has kicked in by then, early summer will be over and high summer will have begun. Here in Kentucky, it has been on the cool side for May. In 2006 and 2007, I remember it being in the 60s in the morning, the 70s in the afternoon, and the 50s at night. This year, until last Thursday we had some nights in the 40s, and it wasn’t until then that the daytime high got above 70-72.

Yesterday morning, I went to a church in Nicholasville to hear a lecture on the history of Kentucky’s churches. I knew there were a couple in my neighborhood that were over two hundred years old, but I found out that Daniel Boone used to go to one of them (Boone’s Creek Baptist Church), and the lecturer told where more were located. Tomorrow I’ll probably go out and get some pictures of them for this blog.

At church the pastor and his family were on vacation, and so was Dan Sturdivant (see the message from last July 9). Dan handles the sound system, and last week he taught me how to run it, so this week I filled in for him. When the service ended our music director, Jim Latimer, said that we really got out of our comfort zones tonight, not only because of what I did, but also because we had a new guitar player and a new keyboard player up front. I’ll admit that only half the time I knew what I was doing, with all those dials and gauges on the sound board, but there wasn’t any feedback, so as far as everybody is concerned, it was a success.

Rezia was there and she told me she called Leive recently. According to her, Leive is staying with both the kids and their mother, and they’re having a great time. I think I’ll give her a call tonight. I didn’t do it today because I figured Sunday would be a busy day for them. Lindy called me at lunchtime, though; good to hear from her again.

Anyway, it looks like it’s going to be Brin-Brin and I together for most of today and tomorrow. He isn’t warming up to me yet, though; still tries to bite every time I come near the cage. According to Leive, he makes a clicking sound when he hears something he likes, and while he occasionally clicks when I whistle, I can only keep that up for so long. So far I’ve heard him click at three other things since Leive left town:

  1. The video of Einstein, the genius African grey parrot (see my message from May 21).
  2. A Mahalia Jackson song playing on Leive’s laptop. For some reason, he thinks that Gospel singer is Leive!
  3. Jim Latimer’s voice on the phone, when he called me last Thursday. How did Brin-Brin know that Jim has an Amazon parrot, too?

I did go out once today, to fill the gas tank (ouch) and do a bit of shopping. A few groceries from Kroger, some nutriberries for Brin-Brin (he ran out this morning), and a Zune MP3 player from Best Buy. This is the first time I’ve owned an MP3 player, not counting programs like Windows Media Player on my computers, and I’m installing the software as I write this. Yes, you could call it an early Father’s Day present for myself, but I got it mainly because it will help me stay awake on next month’s trip to Georgia & Florida, if we have to do as much driving each day as we did last year, especially on that long, boring trip down Interstate 16. Last year staying awake on the road was a challenge, because we got to Lindy’s house so late. The only model the store had came in red, so I’m going to have to share it with Leive, if she asks (LOL).

Has the Falcon Hatched?

I think I may have finally found a political party I can call my own. In the past, almost since I launched this blog, I remarked that the Republicans have become “Democrats Lite,” and all I saw among the third parties were losers. Well, last week I found a group forming called the Falcon Party. Falcon stands for “Fealty to America, Liberty, Conservatism, Optimism and Nobility,”and while they share the emphasis on the rule of law I’ve seen from the Libertarians and the Constitution Party, unlike them, they’re serious about winning the current war as well. Best of all, the Falcons know it would be a real long shot for them to win at this stage, so they’re going to endorse conservative candidates from other parties, too. Consequently you don’t have to leave the party you’re in to join them. They’ve probably seen what the odds are for minor parties. Only once did a minor party rise to become a major party, and that was because one of the major parties (the Whigs) went to pieces.  Even then, it took six years (1854-1860) for the Republicans to replace the Whigs.

Check the Falcon Party out; it looks like I’m going to be their first member from Kentucky.

Lag B’Omer, What’s It Really About?

Today is Lag B’Omer, my candidate for the least understood Jewish holiday. The church I attended for twenty-five years in Florida followed a command from God to “identify with Israel,” by keeping as many Jewish holidays as possible. For example, we regularly had the kids stage plays for Shavuot, Hanukkah and Purim (Lindy played Naomi from the story of Ruth, on two occasions). I count twelve holidays that we observed, or at least mentioned when they fell during the current week:

  • Pesach/Passover
  • First Fruits
  • Yom Hashoah (Holocaust remembrance day)
  • Israel’s Independence Day (5th of Iyar)
  • Jerusalem Day (25th of Iyar, commemorating the Six Day War)
  • Shavuot
  • 9th of Av
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
  • Sukkot
  • Hanukkah
  • Purim

Lag B’Omer, on the other hand, completely slipped under the radar. I don’t remember my pastor even mentioning it, nor did our Israeli guests explain it. I gather it has to do with counting the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, though I don’t recall what makes the 33rd day (today) special. I’ve also heard it has something to do with the Bar Kochba Rebellion, and with the rabbi who founded the mystical Zohar movement. If one of the readers can clue me in, I’d appreciate it. In the meantime, here’s the cartoon the Israeli comic strip “Dry Bones” ran this week, that compared the holiday with modern politics: