Saturday, November 08, 2008

Warming to Obama

I plan to scream like all Hades when Barack Obama proposes or does something I disagree with. Just because I will submit him as my President, pray for him and honor him, I will also voice my opinion.

So far he has done some right things. He lined up his supporters yesterday. Several were people I approve of.

They send messages. They signal smart governance.

Here's who was there at the table (Comments MINE):

-David Bonior, former Democratic congressman from Michigan Loser Nutcase
-Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Smart Guy
-Roel Campos, former SEC commissioner Pretty Good Hire
-William Daley, former commerce secretary Homage to Chicago Machine but OK
-William Donaldson, former SEC chairman Good Hire
-Roger Ferguson, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve's board of governors OK
-Jennifer Granholm, Michigan governor Token Woman, without competence
-Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Has signed a Paycheck
-Richard Parsons, chairman of the board for Time Warner Inc. Liberal Press Flunky
-Penny Pritzker, chairman and founder of Classic Residence by Hyatt Crackpot Muslim Sycophant
-Robert Reich, former labor secretary Smart guy, a bit liberal but OK
-Robert Rubin, former treasury secretary Good man, I approve
-Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google The Technical Computer Side of the Aisle
-Lawrence Summers, former treasury secretary A poke in the eye to the Feminists
-Laura Tyson, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers under Clinton Smart Woman
-Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles mayor NOT CRAZY ABOUT HIM, but ok
-Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve chairman Gray Hair counts

And Rahm Emmanuel. Israeli Army Member enlistee. Defense Hawk. Iraq War Supporter. Tough guy to keep the idiot Liberals from congress at bay. He is a mean spirited foul mouthed SOB. But he is the right man for Obama who lacks a real spine.

So, all in all, except for the token women like Granholm and Pritzker and the token Liberal Bonior we have the start of smart people to do this thing. Note, only Republicans actually engage real African Americans and Real Women. But that's another day.

I'm warming to Obama's kind of thinking. So far so good.

'Aliens Cause Global Warming'

This is one of those things that just makes so darn much sense I couldn't resist passing it on.


From a lecture delivered by the late Michael Crichton at the California Institute of Technology on Jan. 17, 2003:

Cast your minds back to 1960. John F. Kennedy is president, commercial jet airplanes are just appearing, the biggest university mainframes have 12K of memory. And in Green Bank, West Virginia at the new National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a young astrophysicist named Frank Drake runs a two-week project called Ozma, to search for extraterrestrial signals. A signal is received, to great excitement. It turns out to be false, but the excitement remains. In 1960, Drake organizes the first SETI conference, and came up with the now-famous Drake equation:

N=N*fp ne fl fi fc fL

Where N is the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy; fp is the fraction with planets; ne is the number of planets per star capable of supporting life; fl is the fraction of planets where life evolves; fi is the fraction where intelligent life evolves; and fc is the fraction that communicates; and fL is the fraction of the planet's life during which the communicating civilizations live.

This serious-looking equation gave SETI a serious footing as a legitimate intellectual inquiry. The problem, of course, is that none of the terms can be known, and most cannot even be estimated. The only way to work the equation is to fill in with guesses. And guesses -- just so we're clear -- are merely expressions of prejudice. Nor can there be "informed guesses." If you need to state how many planets with life choose to communicate, there is simply no way to make an informed guess. It's simply prejudice.

The Drake equation can have any value from "billions and billions" to zero. An expression that can mean anything means nothing. Speaking precisely, the Drake equation is literally meaningless, and has nothing to do with science. I take the hard view that science involves the creation of testable hypotheses. The Drake equation cannot be tested and therefore SETI is not science. SETI is unquestionably a religion. . . .

The fact that the Drake equation was not greeted with screams of outrage -- similar to the screams of outrage that greet each Creationist new claim, for example -- meant that now there was a crack in the door, a loosening of the definition of what constituted legitimate scientific procedure. And soon enough, pernicious garbage began to squeeze through the cracks. . . .

I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.

Let's be clear: The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period. . . .

I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way. . . .

To an outsider, the most significant innovation in the global warming controversy is the overt reliance that is being placed on models. Back in the days of nuclear winter, computer models were invoked to add weight to a conclusion: "These results are derived with the help of a computer model." But now large-scale computer models are seen as generating data in themselves. No longer are models judged by how well they reproduce data from the real world -- increasingly, models provide the data. As if they were themselves a reality. And indeed they are, when we are projecting forward. There can be no observational data about the year 2100. There are only model runs.

This fascination with computer models is something I understand very well. Richard Feynman called it a disease. I fear he is right. Because only if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen can you arrive at the complex point where the global warming debate now stands.

Nobody believes a weather prediction twelve hours ahead. Now we're asked to believe a prediction that goes out 100 years into the future? And make financial investments based on that prediction? Has everybody lost their minds?

I was suggesting Sarah Palin before it was Fashionable

Back at the end of April on Say Anything I suggested to the World that it would be a good thing if McCain (who had it won) would do good by picking a VEEP candidate like Sarah Palin. I don't know if he read it, I don't know if I was Prescient. I do know I believed it then, Believe it now.

Here's what I wrote then:

McCain wouldn’t go wrong with Sarah as a VP.

She and her husband just had a new baby boy. He’s a downs baby. Sarah sent this email to friends who were offering condolences.

“Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.” She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

You can read more about Sarah Palin and her faith here.

I was right, McCain was just the wrong man at the TOP. She'll be back.

The Conservative Coalition, Palin and the Religious Right

Now the hand wringing begins. Why McCain Lost. People blaming this or that.

Even the left wing has to chime in with all kinds of analysis. They are full of crap, but that never stopped them before. It's like someone in the peanut gallery telling a surgeon what he is doing wrong during a brain operation.

No, wait, that would be a lawyer.

I digress. This bunch of Drivel from this loser Liberal

I couldn't care less about the future of the Republican Party, but I do care about the quality of political thinking and judgment in the country as a whole. There was a time when conservative intellectuals raised the level of American public debate and helped to keep it sober. Those days are gone. As for political judgment, the promotion of Sarah Palin as a possible world leader speaks for itself. The Republican Party and the political right will survive, but the conservative intellectual tradition is already dead. And all of us, even liberals like myself, are poorer for it.

He reminds me of all the people who say I would have voted for McCain until he nominated Palin. No they wouldn't have. They lie to themselves. It makes them feel self righteous and victimized. I run into them all the time. This bozo bemoaning the lack of intellectuals in the Conservative realm never respected them one bit except when they supported quasi liberal agendas.

I'm sick of these guys. This in the Wall Street Journal to boot.

On the other hand, a pretty good article about the reality of the coalition being forged into solidity by true conservatives in this country. If we can stop eating our young we will win these elections.
That is made up of a coalition of small-government proponents, foreign-policy hawks and religious conservatives. Members of the first two groups may suggest that the social issues are simply too divisive, that the party should focus on the free market at home or strength abroad. Leave aside for a minute that most evangelicals support those ideas as well.

What this writer says best in his article also in the Wall Street Journal is this about Christians and Tuesday's election:

For the past two years, hundreds of articles have appeared in newspapers across America making the claim that the old religious right was moving left and that Barack Obama, with his religiously infused rhetoric and various "outreach efforts," was leading the charge. A year ago, David Kirkpatrick predicted the "evangelical crackup" on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. "Jesus Rode a Donkey: Why Republicans Don't Have the Corner on Christ," "Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America" and "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" are just three of the dozens of books released since 2004 that suggested that evangelicals were rethinking their loyalty to the Republican Party and conservatism in general. The new evangelicals, just in case anyone missed the storyline, were not so backward as to vote on issues like abortion and gay marriage. They were enlightened about the environment and favored government aid to the poor.

Well, whoever these new evangelicals were, they didn't show up at the polls on Tuesday.

John McCain won 74% of white born-again Protestants' votes.

I know this, every born again evangelical, true catholic (as opposed to cafeteria catholics), Pentecostal and fundamental believer has set their face like flint. We will suffer this thing. We will come and vote another day. The myth that true Christians will vote liberal after this little escapade is just that, a myth.

I am inspired and happy that among these new leaders are Palin, Huckabee and hopefully other strong Fiscal, Defense and Evangelical leaders will emerge.

As one of the latter group, we need the Fiscal and Defense conservatives. And Vice Versa.

McCain wasn't an evangelical in expression. Perhaps in practice. We never knew. And Fiscal? Not so much. And Defense. Yes. So one out of three I guess is about as good as he got.

About Sarah Palin there was never a doubt.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Finding a Trading Range

I think the stock market is finding a trading range. I'm more concerned with Crude Oil. It's still way out of the money.

Sprucing up the Ol Resume

The people that worked for McCain blame Sarah Palin for the lost POTUS fete.

Conservatives asking howcome they do this?

This is easy to understand. It’s Office Politics.

You work in the McCain Campaign. You hope to be elected in some other campaign. It’s a good gig. You like Politics.

Your candidate gets waxed. Not good for the ol Resume.

SO, you find the most visible scapegoat possible. Blame it all on her. She screwed it up. She was dumb. She lost the election WE had won (even though it was lost profoundly without her).

She is an honest person. She doesn’t defend herself.


The MSM and Liberals hope they can nail her coffin shut so she never returns. They fear she might. And this time, with a roar. So discrediting goes on.

And, the old boy GOP fears her. She represents the change that is coming to the GOP which I posted on the Say Anything reader blogs.

I’m not surprised.

Ladies and Gents. Let’s not be discouraged. We must take the conservative movement back. It was stolen from us.

  • Romney isn’t the answer.
  • Huck is a bit of the answer.
  • Palin is a part of the answer.

It’s a western libertarian conservative value that this country responds to.

Like the Terminator, Sarah Palin can look in the camera, give us that wink and say, I’ll be Baack.

That will strike terror in the hearts of the Northeastern Republicans and liberals everywhere. You see, we will be back. In Two years and Four. And the Message will be far less muddled than McCained.

This whole discrediting ploy will fail. Palin ain't goin anywhere.

Sparks of Sanity

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I am not and have not been a fan of our upcoming President.

I'm not happy he is President. BUT....

I see some flashes of Sanity in his selection process of those who will surround him. One of the things I admired and hoped in Hillary Clinton was that she had a deep cadre of pretty smart people around her, many from Bill Clinton's time.

Now it appears the President Elect is using many of the same people. My fear was that he would tap the most radical, racist and ultra-leftist people to populate his governance. So far so good. Names that give me comfort. Summers, Rubin, Talk of Reich, Volcker.

Not bad.

Even Rahm Emmanuel, a Jew, is OK. He represents sanity at least. And it sends a message to the Islamic World that Obama isn't going to be their lap dog. Something I think they hoped he would be.

It is said of Henry Ford that in an interview he said, "I'm not very smart myself, but I know how to surround myself with very smart people. I can pick up that phone and in a minute or less be talking to the best expert on virtually any subject in the world to advise me on what to do next".

I think that Obama may be wise as Henry Ford. He's not very smart himself (streetwise). He needs good counsel. I hope he gets it. I hope the pattern continues. IF he will listen to them and not to the nutcase left.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Presidential Candidates Treat you like a DOG

When you talk to a dog, you don’t have to worry a lot about using syllogisms, complete sentences, good analogies, or crisply-argued chains of logic. What he’s looking for is keywords…particular words and short phrases…like “nice doggie” or “here” or, especially, “dinner.”

It strikes me that, increasingly, the way in which politicians address the American people is very similar. It’s enough to say the words that are supposed to elicit the conditioned responses…”jobs” or “health care” or “education.” There is increasingly litle effort to specify exactly what cause-and-effect relationship will cause these good things to come to pass, and why one approach might be better than alternative approaches. This behavior is most noticeable among Democrats, but is by no means totally absent among Republicans.

Both Obama and McCain used political dog language in this campaign. Because of his superior oratorical skills, Obama could pull it off better. I think McCain would have been better served by cutting down on the dog language a bit and making more actual arguments on behalf of his policies. With regard to energy, for example, he spoke about the need for nuclear and wind and solar and all kinds of other sources, maybe including gerbil-powered treadmill generators. Which comes across as a grab-bag of ideas and probably also makes people think, “Well, with all those options, nuclear can’t be all that important.”

It would certainly have been possible for McCain to come up with a three or four sentence explanation of why wind and solar are not a complete answer…like, “When you want to wash your dishes at 9 PM, the sun may not be shining. When you want to run your heat pump on a snowy, icy day, the wind may not be blowing.” He would still have had an uphill battle, because wind and solar have been invested with a quasi-religious significance (as long as they stay theoretical), but would have done better than with the grab-bag approach. The same in other policy areas.

"Nice Little Doggy for Voting for Me and Making me President"

Sound Thinking

I can never say anything as well as Julie does.

Her post on the results of the Election is excellent.

I commend it to you.

Now They Get It!

All at once the MSM is starting to say and see what conservatives have seen for a long time.

Who is the REAL Obama?

Why is he so Creepy?

What about this hero worship that is so over the top? Messiah

OK, I Agree, but You MSM Liberals have sown the wind, prepare to meet the whirlwind.

Chucky has shown up. Creepy. Really Creepy.

Why I did NOT vote for Obama

It wasn't his race. It wasn't his name. It was his inexperience, left wing ideas, poor judgement, weak spine, radical Marxist political philosophy and the support or should I say control by a large group of moneyed internationalists like Soros and the corrupt Chicago political machine that unnerves me.

And now he's our President.

The reason that 95% of black people in the state of Maryland voted for Obama was, well, let's see, ideas, nope didn't have many, experience? Nope, Judgement? UMMM.
Democrat Barack Obama rolled to victory in Maryland yesterday by getting an overwhelming percentage of the African-American vote and running about even among whites, winning handily in the Baltimore area and suburban Washington, according to exit polling.

Obama, the first African-American nominee of a major American party, took almost
95 percent of the black vote in Maryland, exit polling showed. The Illinois Democrat won among voters of all levels of education in one of the most one-sided contests in the country.
As the Howard Stern on the street interviews of the black voters of Harlem Demonstrated, there was zero idea of what Obama stood for. He was Black and that was all that counted. Racism. He was, his single qualification, his one identifier was that OBAMA IS PART BLACK.

The vote of Black Americans was a racist vote. Pure and simple. Not Judgement. Not the vote of a well informed electorate as Jefferson mandated. We now have media clones brainwashing mindless dopes instead. White, pink, black, yellow and brown. Now to be fair, not EVERYONE who voted for Obama was a dope. Some are just misled and blind. Some are driven by white guilt as Tom
Brokaw said. What is certain is this. We are about to suffer from the abandonment of the Jeffersonian ideals.

But, Obama wasn't put into office by Black Folks. Oh, hey helped. It was others. Others who voted against their own best interests. Others who have a wish to appear to themselves wise and good. I will write about that later. Who votes for an Obama when it can only do them harm?

They were had. Truth is going to hit pretty hard when it does. I am preparing to say I told you so. The sharks in the world smell blood in the water, are
circling and are ready to crush him. Chavez, Putin, Muslims, and many others. They want to see how far they can push him and the USA back. TOO FAR is the answer. Spinelessness is a bad leadership quality.

But Obama is Our President. For Four Years. That much is certain.

I Honor his office. He holds it. I am
Biblically admonished to stay in submission. As the Christians of the first Centuries did staying in Submission to the Roman Empire. Submitted but not destroyed. Submitted but not conformed.

This is going to be a tough next few years. Under promise Over deliver has always been my hope to achieve. Obama is stuck with the opposite.

This won't come out well.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The sun and Son still Shines

I'm not happy with last night's results. That much is clear.

I don't think this is a good thing. I wasn't thrilled or blown away by the crowds full of adulation and tears. I think it's very unhealthy, raw hero worship. Happened 90 years ago in Europe.

I didn't cry. He, Obama, is going to be President. He, Obama, deserves honor and respect for his position. I will give it. I will holler like mad when he proposes or does something stupid which I expect very soon.

The anal examination GWB received for every one of his actions is now going to be focused on him. I hope he does well. I fear he will not. I fear he will rival the worst President this country ever had, James Earl Carter. His lack of experience bodes badly for him.

And there's that pesky congress. They don't want change. They want power. Even if Obama had the kohones to try to implement change, they will try to stop him. I remember Newt Gingrich telling Bill Clinton in 1995 after the Republican Majority in both houses took over, "You are Irrelevant". He wasn't. It was terribly arrogant of Newt.

We still have 3 branches of Government.

But, I expect the same treatment of Obama. Bullies from the left.

There is much more to say about all this. I will defer.

Obama won,

Lots of others lost: The Unborn, Justice in the courts, the integrity of our voting system, any semblance of a fair news media, taxpayers, laws regarding illegal contributions, Free Speech.

Obama Won and so did Racisim.

Martin Luther King said that he hoped for the day when a man can be judged by the quality of his character and not the color of his skin.

Black Voters across America voted the color of Obamas skin.

Votes based on race = Racism.

Jerry and the Pacemakers sang a song a very long time ago. It applies here to me.

Don't let the sun catch you crying
The night's the time for all your tears
Your heart may be broken tonight
But tomorrow in the morning light
Don't let the sun catch you crying

The nighttime shadows disappear
And with that go all your tears, baby
For the morning will bring joy
For every girl and boy
Don't don't don't don't let the sun catch you crying
Oooo baby

You know that crying's not a bad thing
But stop your crying when the birds sing
Oh no no no

Oh yeah
Oooo oooo

Just don't forget that love's just a game
And it can always come again
So don't let the sun catch you crying
Don't let the sun catch you crying, baby

Tomorrow in the morning light
Everything gonna be all right
Tomorrow in the morning light
Everything gonna be all right
Tomorrow in the morning light
Everything gonna be all right

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Rumble of the Right

I looked around the right wing blogs I read. This little poem says it best:
Here’s to Governor Palin:
May she come quickly sailin’
Back to take the helm
Of this American realm
And tack our ship of state
Steadily starboard.
Palin Jindal 2012.

I've got the bumper sticker on my gun and bible totin pickup truck already.
No matter how today comes out.

I'm ready.

Redeeming the Time

We are sort of in Limbo until the Funeral.

But, I have lots of customers and contacts in the Eastern Nebraska western Iowa area. So. I'm redeeming the time. Making the best use I can.

It's not easy being cooped up. Peggy does badly at it.

If it was just me, well I could find something to do.

But today I have lunch with a client from Omaha. And we'll go see my sister Susan tonite.

Tomorrow the wake, then Thursday the Funeral. And home again.

Peggy is really having a hard time with this. She want's to go home now. I understand that.

Our life, disrupted, small tremor; Russ and Linda's life, Hurricane Cat 5 and Richter 9 earthquake at the same time.

We have no complaint.

Schumann wrote a great Dichterliebe (Song Poem of Love) Ich grolle nicht

It's about lost love. But the sense of the poem is, I'll not complain, I'll hold no grudge.

It has been comfort to me in this time. John Redlin used to sing it at home. I listened to him and knew that it had levels of meaning. He certainly could have complained. He never did.

Nor will I.

Monday, November 03, 2008

A Lesson About What Might Happen to the Church from Germany

Sometimes past is portent. Sometimes what was will be again.

I won't say much more, but a pastor's daughter in Hitlers day has written of what it was like for her and her family.

You will want to read it and heed it.

If you ever doubted the reality of Christian Persecution, you must be made aware.

In addition, This Open Letter to Christians has been Published. It's worth reading.

Not just another day, but yet....

I woke up this morning. People are calling me. My life goes on.

I have to do what I do. They (clients) don't know and frankly, I'm in a place where it doesn't matter.

So, I'm taking care of tree orders. Talking to suppliers and customers.

My brain and emotion traveled with me. I'm still concerned about election. I did receive a comment from someone who chastised me for "at a time like this to be concerned about the election". After reading it carefully I chose not to publish the comment. The tone was not in line with my posting policy.

I'm concerned, I'm not politicking when I say to those who name the name of Jesus as Savior and they without regard to consequence vote without what, in my appraisal, is spiritual wisdom.

Now, in fairness, I believe that Christian can vote for Obama. I believe to do so requires rebellion, open or otherwise. I am confident that God will deal with them as he does will all error. He's a good God. Merciful and Just.

If I am picked up for a DUI this afternoon I will pay a fine, perhaps go to jail, insurance will go up and my life will change for the worse.

God will forgive me for being drunk and driving. He's a good God. I will still have to suffer the consequence of my rebellion. Justice will prevail, worldly justice, but justice none the less.

Deliverance is real; But, it's His mercy. It's not a demand we have the right to make . It's mercy.

So, if you name the name of Jesus as Savior and you believe that you must vote for Obama, God will deal with you later, but you may well suffer the consequence of your rebellion. Justice.

He may not deliver you from that consequence. In my life he allows consequence of my rebellion to train and correct me. It's only mercy when he doesn't make me go thru it.

Hebrews 12:5-13
“My child,[e] don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”[f]

7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?[g]

10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Lord have Mercy.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Clarity for Christians or Kool Aide Kure

Barry Kolb's favorite Pastor Speaker is Ed Young Jr. He's pretty good. His telecast sermon for today was one I wish every single Christian in America would take the time to watch.

He doesn't endorse a candidate. He doesn't say, you must vote for this one or that one. Or this or that party. He does say that there are some ways as a Christian you must evaluate the quality of a candidate before you cast your vote on Tuesday. He takes all of this biblical basis from the Book of Proverbs. It's really worth watching. Now, sadly I know there are Christians who have seared their consonances and cannot get past voting against the last eight years.

I have a news flash, No matter who is elected, George W Bush will not be president any more.

So, then we must decide if we are going to vote FOR someone who we may not be crazy about, or vote against someone we cannot support under any circumstances.

I am grieved to see Christians openly supporting a candidate without considering the biblical basis of evaluation. I am going to ask, if you are a Christian, or believe you are a Christian and support a candidate who may not agree with you on issues of Life and Marriage between the same sexes, then I beg you to watch this video. IF after that, you are still convinced that you should vote for that candidate, then go ahead. I'll let God deal with you later. He loves you too much not to discipline you if you willfully go against his word.

Politicked - Rock the Vote from Ed Young on Vimeo.

Sadness and Bravery

Referring to the post below. It's brutal. It takes bravery.

Not me. I'm a bystander. I just drive the car and listen.

Luke is gone. About that there is no doubt. That's the difficulty. The
questions. There is no why. The slam of the door means nothing. It's a visitor, it's a friend, but it's not Luke saying, Hi Mom.

The difficulty of making the decisions:
  • Pallbearers
  • What kind of a Vault
  • How about a Casket.
  • Funeral Plots, this one or that one
  • Planning the Wake
  • Planning the Service
  • Planning the Lunch after

Contacting all the people needing to be.

Getting the Obit done. And preparing the preacher.

It's more than a person should have to do less than 24 hours after hearing of the death of your youngest son.

I don't know how they do it. It's more difficult than anyone can imagine.

I know this, there is not blame. Sometimes things just happen. Why is an unanswerable.

God didn't take him out. He just went.

The World Suddenly Changes

Peggy and I were out buying a few groceries a little after noon today.

The cell phone rang.

It was her brother.

Our Nephew, Luke, 18, was killed in an rollover crash last night.

That's Russel and Linda's Son.

We are in Lincoln. I wasn't planning this. Neither were they. Neither was Luke.

This is going to be hard.