Sunday, April 20, 2008


What used to be known as a "PUBLIC SERVANT" is now a "PUBLIC I'M TAKING ALL I CAN GET!"


The one thing which money undoubtedly can't buy is what it used to.

Friday, April 18, 2008

"Expelled" Comments

HOT AIR has a lively comments section going on about Ben Steins movie "Expelled". 700 or so comments so far and growing. Interesting comments. To read them go to:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ben Stein's Movie "Expelled"

Darwin's Kool-Aid
By Matt Barber
Monday, April 14, 2008

There's a shakeup in the cult of neo-Darwinist pseudo-science, and that endearing, monotone high school teacher of “Ferris Bueller” fame is doing the shaking.

With his new feature documentary, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” (opening in theaters April 18), Ben Stein — actor, economist, presidential speechwriter and all around really smart guy — squares off with some of the world's most prominent anti-theist elites as he gets to the heart of the question, “Who are we, and how did we get here?”

“Expelled” is intellectually honest, cerebrally stimulating and delectably provocative.

Nonetheless, there are those who won't like it, not one little bit.

Enter Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, a prominent evolutionist, outspoken atheist and the best-selling author of “The God Delusion,” is featured throughout the film. In one segment, he sits down with Stein for a heart-to-heart. After dancing around several pointed questions about how life began, Dawkins finds himself at a logical impasse with no surplus of sci-fi rhetoric. He's finally forced to concede that, indeed, an intelligent being may have created life on earth. However, that being could not have been “God,” but rather, it must have been some organic, alien life form. Of course, that alien life form has to have been a product of “Darwinian evolution.”

Through tears of wild laughter, audience members watch as Dawkins — apparently grasping the dizzying nature of his own circular argument — turns three shades of red and becomes purply tight-lipped.

“Expelled” has Darwin's disciples scurrying for the shadows. Those secular humanist one-trick-ponies in the media, throughout academia, on the blogosphere and elsewhere are in full damage control. They're doing everything possible to discredit the film before it even opens. It's even been reported that two major networks are refusing to cover the movie. (Gotta love that journalistic objectivity.)

“Expelled” is a must-see. If you're already a person of faith, prepare to have your faith strengthened. And even if you're not, you can't possibly walk away without at least admitting that the debate over who we are and how we got here is far from over.

So hold on to your hat. “Expelled” is nothing short of earthshaking. And, as the scientific community clearly recognizes, its tremors may be felt for some years to come.

Read Matt's entire article at:

Note: I'm starting to see some funny ads for this movie on some of the TV stations.

Also see my other blog entry at:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Number 3,431

I worked with Joe Montgomery in the Army at Camp Drake (Tokyo, Japan) when he and his wife Gail were there from Oct 1961 to Jan 1964. I was stationed there from Jan 1961 to Jul 1965. We worked on the same shift during his time there.

Joe died from injuries received from an automobile accident during 1976-77. At the time of Joe's death, Gail was not aware that she was pregnant with Joe's son, Robert Joe Montgomery Jr., until after her husband was buried.

Last year on May 22, 2007, her son SGT Robert Joe Montgomery Jr was killed while serving our country when he stepped on a land mine in Iraq.

In the May 2008 edition of Esquire magazine there will be a special article on Robert Joe Montgomery Jr. titled "The Things That Carried Him".

The Esquire magazine article is on the Esquire web site. It is a long article, 11 web pages with the story of this man, his family and the people who know them. The first page of the article is at:

At the bottom of each page just click the [next] box to go to the next page.

What does the number mean? Out of about 4,021 US Soldier casulties in Iraq, number 3,431 was Joe's son Robert Joe Montgomery Jr.

May GOD watch over and keep his family safe.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Do We Care

Do We Care What They Think of America?
By Mona Charen
Friday, April 4, 2008

Why is it so important to win an international popularity contest? If America is not popular in the world, what are the other nations going to do to us? Stop buying our products? Kick us out of the U.N.? Vote us off the island?

Actually, some of those consequences, particularly the U.N. bit, don't sound so awful.

A new poll commissioned by the BBC World Service will doubtless give Democrats more fits. Questioning respondents in 34 countries, the BBC asked for opinions about 13 countries.

The United States did not fare very well. On average, 47 percent of those questioned had a "mainly negative" view of America's influence in the world, versus only 35 percent with a "mainly positive" view.

Actually, these international polls may not mean much. If the U.S. were truly unpopular, would we be building fences to keep immigrants out? Would the U.S. be the world's third most popular tourist destination? And would the world's people be glad to not have the U.S. available when another catastrophe like the Asian tsunami or the Bosnian crisis looms?

Read the complete article at:

Movies About American Heroes

I'd Pay to See Movies About American Heroes
By Lorie Byrd
Friday, April 4, 2008

“If you make it good, they will come.” That’s what my friend Sarah said about war movies after reading a recent Washington Post article about how poorly the current crop of Iraq war movies are doing at the box office. Sarah is an Army wife and she is not surprised that recent movies about the war in Iraq have not been successful.

“Are audiences turned off by the war, or are they simply voting against the way filmmakers have depicted it?” Sarah’s answer is, “Make a movie like 300, and people will flock to the theater. Make the soldiers the freaking good guys, and you've got yourself a hit; make them rapists or dupes or Tools of the Bushitler Oil Junta, and no one wants to see your damn movie.” It’s just about that simple, isn’t it?

There is no shortage of amazing stories of heroics coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I would love to see a movie about some of those.

I am generalizing when I say this, but it is largely true that in recent movies the American military is the bad guy and the Middle East Muslim terrorist is either misunderstood or non-existent. Americans are smart enough to understand that and they are smart enough not to buy it.

If and when someone decides to make a big budget movie about the heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in which the United States is portrayed as the “good guy,” I predict it will do huge business. American movie fans like stories about war heroes, but so far there has been no Saving Private Ryan set in Iraq or Afghanistan. The stories are out there. They are being told everyday by those in the field. They are being recorded by military bloggers and others attempting to tell the story of the modern American hero. Most of those in the Hollywood community are (to put it mildly) not fans of George W. Bush and many are very strongly opposed to the Iraq War. Evidently hatred of Bush and the war is stronger than even the profit motive in Hollywood.