When Good Intentions Fail

When it comes to politics, I choose to believe that those running our country truly do have good intentions, but……

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.      Albert Camus

 

Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. Aldous Huxley

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Happy Father’s Day Dad(s) – You Deserve It!

These days men and Fathers are criticized and ridiculed at every turn. Yet where would we be without fathers? They represent the thing we all want our sons to grow up to be: caring, sharing, self-sacrificing and the rock when it’s needed. The title of this classic book named real men & fathers best: Man Of Steel And Velvet.

It doesn’t take much to be a male parent, but it takes character to be a good father. Thank God for the fathers that raise us whether they be fathers by blood or by choice.

I am truly thankful for the father figures I have had in my life, I hope you are too. And if your father is still walking the Earth – let him know how much he means to you, even if he is less than perfect. I wish I had that option.

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Why the American Military Matters

Many people both within and outside of our government want desperately to cut back, hold back and castigate the US Military. But do they know what the overall effect on the world would be? Perhaps not.

A weak US military means a more troubled world not a less troubled one.

Video care of Prager University: http://www.prageruniversity.com/

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What Is a Boy Scout?

SCOUT OATH

new eagleOn my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Today my Grandson Sam was recognized and congratulated by the Town Council of the city where he lives for achieving Eagle Scout. In the last 100 years less than 2.5 million young men (about 5%) have worked through all the leadership & service steps necessary to reach the honor.

The Boy Scouts have gotten a lot of controversy in the last few years – but one thing has never changed, they have one goal turning normal boys into good men. Below is a letter I found online written by Mike Rowe to an “almost” Eagle Scout:

From the Discovery website Mud Room ~
Mike,
I’m not sure where I heard that you are an Eagle Scout, which brings me to my question. Could you PLEASE take a moment & post to my 13 year old son Kelby & encourage him to finish scouting (& anything else that will help with this?) Reason I’m asking is that he only lacks 1 1/2 – 2 years in reaching Eagle, but some of his buddies have got him to thinking scouting isn’t cool at his age.
Thanks much, Gary

Kelby,
Your Dad asked me to drop you a line and say something inspirational that might persuade you to dig down deep and find the determination to make the rank of Eagle Scout. It’s a reasonable request, from a father who obviously wants to see his son succeed. But here’s the thing – The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s meant for a select few, and I have no idea if you have the guts to see it through.

Statistically, I suspect you do not. Only one out of a hundred Scouts make Eagle, so if you fail, there will be lots of other people with whom you can share excuses. Quitting now might disappoint your Dad, but I doubt that he or anyone else will be overly surprised. Anytime 99 out of 100 people do the same thing, it’s not exactly a shock.

I’m not trying to be cute with a bunch of reverse psychology. When I was 15, there was nothing that anyone could have said to me that would have inspired me to do something I didn’t want to do, especially a stranger with a TV show. So I’m not going to assume you’re any different, or pretend that I have some influence or insight that you haven’t already heard from a dozen other people who actually know and care about you. I’ll just tell you straight up, that doing something extraordinary can be very lonely, and most people simply aren’t cut out for it. Being an Eagle Scout requires you to be different than most everyone around you, and being different is really, really hard. That’s why the award is called “an accomplishment.”

Personally, and for whatever it’s worth, the best decisions I’ve made in my own life, are those decisions that put me on the outside of being cool. Singing in the Opera, working in home shopping, starring in the school play when the entire football team laughed at me, and especially earning my Eagle, were all choices that required sacrifice, hard work, and delayed gratification. I have no idea if you possess those qualities, or even envy them.

But I can tell you for certain, that NOT getting your Eagle, will be one of the easiest things you’ve ever done.

Anyway, I have no idea if you would prefer an easy life of predictability and mediocrity, or if have the passion to follow the road less traveled. Only you get to decide that.

Good Luck,
Mike

For more ideas about what Mike thinks is important in young men read his S.W.E.A.T. (Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) Pledge on his website here:  http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/

 

Personally, I believe in the Scout methods and goals. And one thing is for sure, they truly understand the importance of boys being boys. Yes having direction and discipline and training – but boys NEED to be boys. And here is an excellent delineation of the why:

Thanks for the video goes to Prager University.

Sam, we are all TRULY PROUD of your willingness to stay with it through it all. And we love that you are all boy, (Oh boy – are you ever!) rapidly maturing into a good & kind man. The future belongs to you, and it will be exactly what you make it become.

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The Number One Greenhouse Gas

No it’s not what is spouted by the rabid environmentalists (although that runs a close second) it is CO2.

Where does CO2 come from?

Date: May 2, 2014

 Ian Rutherford Plimer

is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books, and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.

Born 12 February 1946 (age 67)
Residence  Australia   — Nationality  Australian
Fields: Earth Science, Geology, Mining Engineering
Institutions
University of New England,
University of Newcastle,
University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide
Alma mater
University of New South Wales,
Macquarie University
Notable awards
Eureka Prize (1995, 2002),
Centenary Medal (2003),
Clarke Medal (2004)
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Question: Where Does Carbon Dioxide Really Come From? 

PLIMER >>>  Response:

“The volcanic eruption in Iceland since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life. I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes, FOUR DAYS – by that volcano in Iceland totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.

I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.

Yes, Mt. Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it. Of course, I shouldn’t spoil this ‘touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus ‘human-caused’ climate-change scenario. Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just ‘Climate Change’ – know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century, and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down. And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer. It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.

But, hey, relax……give the world a hug and have a nice day!”

 

Thanks to my good friend Warner S. for this article.

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