quidni pro quo

Random musings at random intervals. Erudition not guaranteed.

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Location: El Paso area, Texas, United States

I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Monday, June 28, 2010

TS Alex

On alert.  TS Alex is expected to become Hurricane Alex sometime tomorrow.  Depending on its direction, may be deploying.  Prayers coveted for those in the storm's path.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Be a Volunteer Weather Spotter

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Click the link above for more information, including how to contact the coordinator in your region.

The training class is free; I took it this past Friday at the K5WPH clubhouse in El Paso, and signed on.


Honor From Our Fathers

by Doctor Zero

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

Honor is essential to the maintenance of a free society.  We learn about honor from our fathers.

When the duties of fatherhood are widely dismissed, or rendered poorly, our understanding of honor is diluted… and freedom soon begins to wither.

This is not to belittle the importance of mothers.  Many single mothers do a spectacular job of providing their children with an understanding of personal honor.  We can respect and celebrate the achievements of extraordinary individuals, without blinding ourselves to the effect of broad trends upon vast populations.  Both fathers and mothers are uniquely important.  Our society is suffering from a pronounced deficit of fatherhood.

There are many ways to define honor.  I suggest viewing it as an expression of faith, in both yourself and others.  An honorable man or woman displays honesty and integrity because they believe others deserve such treatment.  It is a sign of faith in other people that we deal honorably with them, and presume they will do the same, unless they prove otherwise.  Honor is also a gesture of respect we offer to ourselves, because we have faith that we can succeed without deceit and savagery.  If you truly respect yourself, you believe you can win without cheating.

Go to the link above and read the entire post.  This'n is a keeper.  My favorite quote:
  "Honorable people carry their freedom with dignity.  They understand the difference between charity and dependence."


Sunday, June 06, 2010

That time of year again....

Got the oil changed, the tires rotated and balanced... the little truck is ready for AT next week.  Now I just need to finish getting myself ready, & make sure I don't forget to pick up the SSG who's going to be riding with me.

Poor husband & dog will have to figure out how to get along without me for a few days.

Word is, the experts are predicting an "active hurricane season" so we may be busy later on this year.  Last year was negligible, storm wise, which is good as it gives those who live in the affected areas a bit of a breather.  We should find out more at AT.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Shock - Arrested Gaza Flotilla “Peace Activists” Are Al-Qaeda Members

Hat tip to Infidels Are Cool for the link:

What a shock. A majority of the arrested “peace activists” who brutally attacked with pipes, metal rods. chairs and knives are linked to terror groups including Al-Qaeda. Several are members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The activists include Turks, Yemenites and Indonesians. And, many of the arrested “peace” fanatics have no identification papers.

Click here to read the entire article.

Is anyone surprised?

And is anyone surprised that BHO, contrary to the USA's historical support of Israel, is supporting the flotilla, or that the LSM is only reporting one side of the conflict?

Remember November.  And may God help us all. 

Medical registry ignores benefits of responsible gun ownership

Snippet of article by David Codrea:

Most victims of gun violence, it turns out, are uninsured, and so academic medical centers...end up spending far more to treat victims than they can ever expect to be repaid.

...Gun violence is...an ailment related quite specifically to such factors as gang violence, domestic and substance abuse, mental illness and accidents that occur just about every day...
"An ailment."  Yeah, I got a bad case of the drive-bys flaring up again and the crack's not helping...
The editorial conclusion?
Gun owners can and must do better.
You know, by accepting more "gun control." And note the imperative "must."

Read the rest of the article at the link.