Friday, February 10, 2006

The Fiero is HOT

So... I said this wasn't going to become a car blog, but just consider this as something from the "it would be funny if it wasn't me" department:

(An email to my wife)

So there we are, driving back to the base from lunch. The car is not coasting real well, and we both notice it, so we decide to check the wheels to see if the brakes were super hot cause maybe they were stuck on or something. Henry checked the front passenger side and it was cold, which was odd, it should have been warm or something. The front driver side was really hot, hotter than it should have been probably. And the back drivers side was on FIRE! Hah!!!! It was a FIRE-O! We tried to blow it out, but no good, so we tried to smother it with the floor mats, but it was behind the wheel down in the bushing we think, we couldn't get in there to smother it, so Henry ran inside and non-chalantly got a fire extinguisher, and we put it out. Then we non-chalantly put the fire extinguisher back. Nobody seemed to notice. At this point you are laughing right?! Hehehehe, I only regret that I was so focused on the fire I forgot to take pictures with my phone!, or better yet, video!

So, to make a long story short, I got a trailer rented for tomorrow, they will call me, and I expect I should be able to pick it up in the morning or even tonight. Then I will come out here and get it, and put it nicely back in the garage. The total cost is about $50 for the trailer. Of course, I will have to do some brake work and stuff before I drive it again. Henry made a great point, its a good thing we drove it to lunch and it happened then, rather than happening on 81 on the way home!

Ah... good times. So, the other great news, not to be obscured by any of this is, they want me back next week. So, the money I make driving will way more than cover the trailer rental. 5 days of driving makes me $155+. That would probably pay for the brake stuff I will want to buy as well.

Anyway, as you can see, this story is way too long for me to leave in your voicemail. And way too funny as well! Anyway, I love you and can't wait to see you tonight!



The saga isn't over. You see, the trailer I rented is broken and I need to get the car off of the base before the military impounds it, or worse, detonates it!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pre-born babies and pain

I got this email to a list I am on, some time ago. I asked and received permission to post it here. I have not edited the email, other than to link to the news story this email is a response to, rather than including the full text of that article, at the bottom.


Hi everyone,

I just read this article and am very concerned when they say babies do not feel pain during an abortion, especially during abortions after the 5th month.

My daughter was born extremely premature at just 26 weeks gestation. One of the meds they give all preemies, even those born at 22.4 weeks and up, is the drug phentinal, which is much stronger and more potent than morphine. I was very upset they had to give Katelyn such a strong narcotic, but the NICU docs said it is absolutely necessary because babies that young are extremely sensitive to the slightest touch; it causes them tremendous pain. Sadly, even a mother's loving touch can be very painful to them at that point. The docs said the nerve endings are wide open in babies in utero, they do not begin to round and close off until later. Unfortunately, we had to watch Katelyn's reaction to pain all to many times while she was still very small. Even a diaper change caused her tremendous anxiety. We observed on the monitor that her heart rate increased and she had trouble breathing when she was handled. You can just imagine how she reacted when they had to stick
her for a blood sample or put in an IV. Even with sedation, she was obviously in pain. It was terrible to watch.

I have always been an advocate for pro-life and now that I have a perfectly healthy, happy 14 month old miracle, my beliefs about life have been solidified, even though I never asked for proof! I wish those moms could see what they are destroying and hurting when they choose to end their child's life. I wish too that the government would learn from the millions of premature babies that they have an increased sense of pain and suffer when they are ripped from the mother's womb. When I was delivering Katelyn the OB kept telling me we had to get her out quickly because the birth process, especially for a fragile preemie, is very traumatic and painful for

It was an amazing process to see my daughter grow in the palm of God's hand while Jesus gave her the breath of life. She is absolutely perfect now, as are about 95% of all the other preemies who are born at the same gestational age!


Wisconsin governor vetoes abortion bill

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Those European Cartoons

I wanted to jump in on this flaming issue, but without my usual verbosity. Rather, I will keep this somewhat concise. The current turmoil, violence, and insanity over the offensive anti-Muslim cartoons teaches us a couple things.

1. The "Christian Right" is not what the God-less left needs to fear or worry about, they should now, especially in Europe, be able to see that group of people that is the greatest threat to them. You see, we Christians, while angered when our religion is mocked or treated in such a way, have come to "tolerate" it, maybe too much. (no, not guns, but we could certainly use more unity on things like boycotts).

2. The Muslims in the Middle East can now see, that while they may not agree with Christians on theology, it is the God-less socialists and communists that so unthinkingly mock us, the people of faith, whether we be Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. It is that atheist left that is a much greater threat to all of us, who are believers, than we are to each other.

Now, if only we, who believe in so many common moral absolutes, we conservative Christians, Muslims, and Jews, (and any other religions that share a common belief in morality and share our common values) would work together, to make the world a better place, rather than burning down each other's churches, mosques, and synagogues. We have a very long way to go, and we of faith are the people that need to assert our vision of what the world should be. We were left as stewards of God's creations, and it is up to us to live up to that responsibility.

Iranian protests

Protests spread

Denmark warns its citizens

The UN's Annan speaks