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March 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007
How Much Time Do We Have??
> Very interesting stuff....
> How long do we have?
> About the time our original thirteen states adopted
> their new
> constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish
> history professor at
> the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about
> the fall of the
> Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
> "A democracy is always temporary in
> nature; it simply
> cannot exist as a permanent form of government."
> "A democracy will continue to exist up
> until
> the time that voters discover they can vote
> themselves generous gifts
> from the public treasury."
> "From that moment on, the majority
> always vote
> for the candidates who promise the most benefits
> from the public
> treasury, with the result that every democracy will
> finally collapse due
> to loose fiscal policy, which is alwa ys followed by
> a dictatorship."
> "The average age of the world's greatest
> civilizations from the beginning of history, has
> been about 200 years."
> "During those 200 years, those nations
> always
> progressed through the following sequence:
> 1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
> 2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
> 3. from courage to liberty;
> 4. from liberty to abundance;
> 5. from abundance to complacency;
> 6. from complacency to apathy;
> 7. from apathy to dependence;
> 8. from dependence back into bondage"
> Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School
> of Law, St.
> Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts
> concerning the 2000
> Presidential election:
> Number of States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29
> Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000 Bush:
> 2,427,000
> Population of counties won by: Gore: 127
> million Bush:143 million
> Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won
> by:
> Gore:13.2 Bush: 2.1
> Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of
> the
> territory
> Bush won was mostly the land owned by the
> taxpaying
> citizens of this great
> country. Gore's &nb sp; territory mostly
> encompassed
> those citizens living in
> government-owned tenements and living off various
> forms
> of government welfare..."
> Olson believes the United States is now somewhere
> between the "complacency and apathy" phase of
> Professor Tyler's
> definition of democracy, with some forty percent of
> the nation's
> population already having reached the "governmental
> dependency" phase.
> If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to
> twenty
> million criminal invaders called illegal's and they
> vote, then we can
> say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
> Pass this along to help everyone realize just how
> much
> is at
> stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger
> to our
> freedom.
> Thanks for reading.
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Friday, March 23, 2007
Silly Goose
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Answers to Prayers
Today I am trying to get in tune with listening and recognizing answers to Prayers.

It seems to always work better when I am tuned in.

I know Gods has a plan- I trust that.
It's difficult sometimes to recognize the difference between God's will and forcing my own solutions and dwelling on wishful thinking.

Just because I wish it, doesn't make it so. It's the trusting God and getting out of the way
that seems to work best for all people in my life -

Recently, I have been re-introduced to friends in my distant past that I really cared about. I am grateful to be able to reunite with them- share lifes stories and remember times past.
I accept this opportunity as a gift and as an answer to a prayer- God knows my needs, my desires and my heart.

What is God preparing me for?

Counting the blessings, taking nothing for granted.
Doing the next right thing. Asking for forgiveness for ALL my screwups and selfishness.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi ( look it up) I'll get it and post it here in a few days.

Posted by Michael at Wednesday, March 21, 2007 0 comments Links to this post
Monday, March 12, 2007
Thought for the Day
After visiting my father this past Saturday he told me something that I am certain he had previously told me. An example of when the heart is ready the ears and mind will listen.

" Wake up each day with the notion and act as if no one wishes you any harm, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary." ba
Posted by Michael at Monday, March 12, 2007 0 comments Links to this post
Great Guy - Great Speech - Jimmy Valvano
Jimmy Valvano - 1993 ESPY Awards -

Laugh. Think and Cry - (Express your emotions)

"To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two--spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think, and cry, that's a heck of a day." ~ Jim Valvano

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