Monday, April 01, 2013

To text or not to text…that is the question

Is it ever ethical for a teacher to text his or her students about academic issues? Or, Is it ever permissible for a teacher and student to text each other about issues that do not involve academics? Those two questions passed into my consciousness as I was facilitating a high school online class this morning. Even though many people have internet access at home and perhaps even via their ‘Droid or Smartphone, which allows them to text someone, the question still remains should teachers and students text each other? In the past when I taught in a classroom I had occasions to send email to my students or students emailed me if they had questions about a research paper, upcoming quiz/test, and so on. In return I would send them a reply by email. I felt that using email to communicate with my students was morally and ethically appropriate for the following reasons: 1. There was a record of the communication. 2. Any email communication between student and teacher should be open to public scrutiny. 3. Email between my students and I never appeared to be unhealthy. My number one priority when communicating with my students by email was to always keep the communication short, ethical and academically-centered. 4. I would often cc mom or dad the email message between their student and me. However, with the ubiquity of cell phones and the ability to communicate through texting new considerations arose regarding teacher/student communication. Texting seems more personal than sending an email. Students send texts to their friends or relatives who may live far away, and to Mom and Dad. Therefore, if the student feels comfortable sending texts to people mentioned above, then why not text a teacher? Therein lies part of the problem. A teacher is and should be a role model for the students under her care. The teacher is an authority figure, entrusted with the responsibility to protect their students. Teachers should never display behavior that would cause either physical or emotional distress for their students. I can hear folks out “there” saying, “But what about…” and “How about situation Z?” Or “I heard about this one time that a friend of a friend of a friend texted a teacher because...” Fill in the blank. I’ve made up my mind about the issue of teachers and students texting one another. Now I’d like to hear from you.

Friday, March 18, 2011

End E-Z $, Time for Big Squeeze

Let the catastrophe begin!

In less civilized eras than ours the charlatans of Pennsylvania Avenue would have been fed to the flames or ripped apart in the Coliseum for their fiscal malfeasance and to assuage the outrage of the masses; calling for their heads on a silver platter would have been a logical response to politicians who wantonly wasted and invaded the public treasury. In Rome citizens were appeased by rulers who orchestrated spectacles of mass destruction; they were subdued with bread and circuses. While the populace today may not want the politicians fed to beasts, they nevertheless want an end to their schizophrenic behavior.

Stop spending like drunken sailors! Lawmakers are playing Russian roulette with the future of our Republic.

While defaulting on our obligations may have no precedent and may indeed prove to be catastrophic, the witless spenders of Pennsylvania Avenue need to come to their senses and realize that sooner or later the days of wanton disregard for fiscal responsibility is at an end.

We, the people, cannot let this crisis proliferate; it needs to be addressed with harsh and radical solutions. Delaying the crisis will only make matters worse.

“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens... Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered” (Wilfred A. Peterson).
According to financial adviser, Jeremy Vohwinkle, people who spend money unwisely and then eventually end up in financial trouble suggest a way forward to end debt. His recommendation is to start or attend a Debtors Anonymous meeting. Vohwinkle states that the program is modeled after 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous. Urge your representatives to faithfully attend these meetings. Our government officials are addicted to spending; there is a cure for this addiction.
The 12 Steps toward becoming debt-free
1. They need to admit that they are powerless over debt.
2. They need to come to the point where they believe that a Power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity.
3. They need to make a decision to turn their will and their lives over to the care of God as we understand him.
4. They need to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of their being.
5. They need to admit to God, to themselves, and to other human beings the exact nature of their wrongs.
6. They need to be ready to entirely have God remove all these defects of character.
7. They need to humbly ask God to remove their shortcomings.
8. They need to make a list of all persons they have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.
9. They need to make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. They need to continually take personal inventory and when they are wrong to promptly admit it.
11. They need to seek through prayer and meditation to improve their conscious contact with God as they understand him, praying only for knowledge of his will for them and the power to carry out that will.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening and as the result of these steps, they need to promise to carry this message to compulsive debtors, and to practice these principles in all their affairs (12 Steps adapted from

Illegal Searches and Seizures

Hopefully all who read this post will be familiar with the Bill of Rights, which were indelibly recorded by our forefathers for posterity. If not, please read the following.

The Bill of Rights
Article VI
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Americans are guaranteed to be free from governmental interference and harassment, unless there is probable cause.
Driving on the streets, byways, highways and boulevards of our nation is not enough cause to be stopped by the police. If stopped by the police they have no legal right to search and/or seize you or your property (such as your vehicle)or anything in your vehicle or any items you are carrying on your person.
The assumption by the police is that you are “guilty” until proven innocent. Random and unregulated stops and seizures by the police violate our rights as free and liberated citizens of our once great nation. The 'No Refusal' Weekend Program is simply another way the government is using to enslave American citizens.
Furthermore, as citizens of the United States we are guaranteed the right to not incriminate ourselves under article VII of the Bill of Rights.
Article VII
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Americans do have the right to refuse breathalyzer tests or any other test that may determine that we are guilty of DUI. While I abhor drunk drivers and the mayhem and carnage they can and do cause to innocent and guilty alike, there are issues here that surpass the state’s supposed right to harass citizens.
If the police truly are concerned about securing the safety of our streets from inebriated drivers they should set up road blocks at the neighborhood taverns and restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages. However, the real purpose of the 'No Refusal' Weekend Program is more nefarious, I fear. Whether intended our not, the real outcome will be to further enslave citizens in an ever-growing police state.

More on Internet De-Freedomization

We are seeing the fulfillment of an insidious plan to regulate what the American people can see, hear, and read. Our country, once a giant among giants, politically, morally, economically has sold their birthright, inheritance and freedom for a bowl of bread and some bean stew.

Does it surprise you, fellow citizens, that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, with whom all freedom-loving people should have no affinity for, recently declared that he was going to regulate the Internet, saying that his government will take steps to protect citizens against online “crimes.” Similarly, the UK government wants to regulate the Internet to protect children from “early sexualization… by by blocking internet pornography.” Our government is hurtling toward a comparable plan of action to “protect” consumers from free market vicissitudes of supply and demand.

The NWO orchestrators will use any excuse to take away our cherished freedoms…freedoms bought with the priceless blood of patriots. But no matter, the juggernaut of One World Government is moving toward an inexorable conclusion. We are living in interesting times. Prophets of old predicted such scenarios when the whole world would be enslaved by a One World Government, a One World Religion, and a One World Economy. Be advised, if you refuse to go along with the One World Government’s agenda you will not be able to work, buy food, or have a place to live. In fact, if any citizen of our once-great land refuses to endorse the policies of the rulers, the penalty will be death.

Since 911 world governments have conspired to wrench from the people of the earth the freedom given to us by our Creator. Their system is a hellish system, spawned and planned by the father of lies and the demons of hell.

Effective actions to thwart the plans of the NWO are clear: Believers: pray, resist, and spread the word of the gospel. For those people who are not believers listen…listen to your friends, relatives and neighbors who are believers. Momentous events are on the cusp of human history with earth being the central battleground. Many people will be frightened to death by the events that will occur. Brothers, sisters, and fellow citizens prepare for battle in the strength, might, and name of our most holy Sovereign—the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not fight with earthly weapons but with spiritual ones.

It is only right for God to punish everyone who is causing you trouble, but he will give you relief from your troubles. He will do the same for us, when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with his powerful angels and with a flaming fire.
Our Lord Jesus will punish anyone who doesn't know God and won't obey his message. Their punishment will be eternal destruction, and they will be kept far from the presence of our Lord and his glorious strength. This will happen on that day when the Lord returns to be praised and honored by all who have faith in him and belong to him. This includes you, because you believed what we said (I Thessalonians 1:6-10).

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759)

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, NY, 1953, p167
How to trim the fat and cut the budget to save Americans plenty of cash
How much money do senators and representatives receive from their “service”? Senators and representatives receive $174,000 per year. There are 100 senators and 435 representatives in Congress—for an enormous outlay of $93,090,000 per year in salaries. After 10 years of presence in Washington, DC they can garner a whopping $930,900,000.

From long-term observation I can make the following statement: senators and representatives or civil servants, are neither civil or servants. They rob the populations’ coffers of valuable income with little or nothing to show for their “service.”

A Modest Proposal

If senators and representatives met for only one month per year or if there was an emergency, such as total loss of all infrastructure, all utilities, every bridge in the United States collapsed, every water plant was bombed and or poisoned, or if we faced an invasion by a hostile force, then meeting once a month per year would give them plenty of time to pass any critical legislation.

For the month that senators and representatives are in session they could be paid $18 per diem plus a monthly stipend of $3,041 less 25% taxes against said income for a total net income of $2,281.25. Therefore, if the stipend of $18 per day figured at 30 days of service ($540) and the net salary of $2,281.25 the total amount they could earn $2,821for 30 days of service. Of course, the senators and representatives would have to pay for their own health, optical, dental, and if they choose, long-term care insurance. I understand that the cost of insurance is steep and almost unaffordable on such a small salary, nevertheless they could live within a budget like the rest of their fellow citizens. For a single person, with no medical issues, health insurance can cost as much as $328 per month. Dental insurance for a family ranges from a low of $71 per month to a high of $171 per month. Since the earnings suggested under my plan would not be enough to pay for insurance, senators and representatives would have to find gainful employment outside the government sector. Term of service would be for one month per year; after their term of service was over they cannot seek public office again for the rest of their lives. This would therefore reduce life-long politicians living off the public teat.

Senators and representatives would not have time to wrangle, argue, or filibuster and so on; without such distractions they might actually have time to get the business of the country accomplished. However, if senators and representatives may decide to wrangle, argue, or filibuster (old habits die hard) there could be an incentive put in place for the senators and representatives to complete the country’s business in a timely fashion. For instance, if the senators and representatives want to wrangle, argue, or filibuster they could be fined 10% of their daily per diem and salary for every day they do not come to an agreement on legislation. Let’s say the senators and representatives can’t seem to make up their minds whether to pass important legislation or to stonewall on passage of said legislation, and then a penalty would ensue. The penalty would work something like the following scenario: Let’s say the senators and representatives take 10 extra days to finally reach agreement on legislation, and then they finally come to an agreement, vote, and pass the legislation. The penalty incurred would be $76 deducted per day from their salary and a mere $5.40 would be deducted from their per diem, for a total loss of income to the senators and representatives of $814.

I arrived at the above figures for the senators’ and representatives’ salaries based on the salary and per diem of the average public school teacher’s salary. Most teachers earn $36,500 per year with a bachelor’s degree and $1,000 per year salary hike if they have a master’s degree. In fact, most schools cap teacher’s salaries after 20 years of teaching to $45,000 per year. Many teachers do receive medical and health benefits with co-pays from $25 per doctor’s office visit to $15 prescription co-pay. However, most have to contribute for the insurance—typically 20% of their gross salary. If the teacher adds dependents to the school’s insurance carrier the cost can soar as high as 40% of the teacher’s gross salary.

Additionally, senators and representatives could earn a bonus of $100 for each outdated bill they remove from the books. The bonus would also apply to bills that are money wasters and which have no public benefit.

Finally, senators and representatives would lose one of the most coveted privileges of any lawmaker—the inflated retirement package. Under my proposal lawmakers would not receive a pension or any amount for serving their fellow citizens. In fact, they would be subject to the same social security withholding that other citizens are paying. This would mean the end of the golden parachute and add more revenue to the nation’s treasury.

Do I hear strains of “Happy Days are Here Again”?
Obama offers an inadequate “solution” to the nation’s 14 trillion dollar “budget” by suggesting to halt expenditures for the next five years. However, in the same breath he suggests that he needs for monies to run the country…and whom does he offer on the altar of Moloch? U.S. business and taxpayers.

(Alexandria, VA) – President Obama's statement in yesterday evening's State of the Union speech that "the rules have changed" will likely surprise many taxpayers hoping for more specifics on how much they'll save–or pay–due to his fiscal policy proposals. According to a line-by-line analysis of his State of the Union speech by the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), all the quantifiable items in President Obama's speech taken together would increase federal spending by more than $20 billion, but the large number of items whose impact is unclear could dramatically affect this total.
"President Obama's speech last night hinted at tax reform, and spending restraint, but also opened the door to tax increases [emphasis mine] and major spending initiatives," said NTUF Senior Policy Analyst Demian Brady. "Americans heard encouraging words about more efficient government, but little in the way of specifics about spending priorities. This leaves taxpayers wondering not only whether the federal budget deficit is headed upward or downward, but also by how much."

President Obama is a combination of the Artful Dodger and Mr. Limbkins, who was, according to the tale spun by Charles Dickens, “a fat, healthy man.”
Lest this post be misunderstood, let me be clear, I am not targeting, (yes, I used the word “targetting”), President Obama as the lone culprit responsible for the financial crisis we are in; let me make another statement: Many of our Congressmen are more akin to the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist, than the orphan children who are kept alive on very meager rations. You may recall that the Artful Dodger kept a cadre of pick pockets—typically street waifs who could not care for their own needs without the intervention of an authority figure. The President legalizes the crime of picking pockets while he and his cronies (legislators) feed off the public teat.
Poor Oliver Twist (AKA—the American taxpayer) has the temerity to ask for relief from the burden of accumulating debt. Instead of mercy and aid, he receives scorn and ridicule. Moreover, for his transgression Oliver Twist gets—utter incredulity from Mr. Limbkins (AKA President Obama and his wastelings—the legislators). Instead of satisfaction and relief from the yoke of servitude, Oliver Twist (AKA—the American taxpayer), is threatened with an even more severe punishment than that of the orphanage; he is threatened to be sold to anyone with five pounds to spare, i.e. $12.20 in today’s currency.
The smoke and mirrors and switch and bait tactics used by politicians should be no surprise to observers of the American political establishment. Even the most upright and conscientious lawmaker has to make a deal with the Devil every now and then—that is the nature of the Beast in Washington. Nevertheless, fellow citizens, do not let this crisis go to waste. Write your lawmakers. Talk to your friends. Tweet, Digg, in other words, let everyone know that as voters and citizens we demand a change in how our government is operated.

Wave Goodbye to Internet Freedom

Washington bureaucrats are not interested in a free and open Internet. The purpose of the new bill ("FCC crosses the Rubicon into online regulation") is to limit the public’s access to vital information almost exclusively available to the public via the WWW.
Washington Dominionists (this category includes both Democrats and Republicans) have a plan to destroy any and all rights we have enjoyed as American citizens since the founding of our nation. Their goal is complete control of all aspects of our society. The only “openness” the oligarchs want is openness to everything Americans do, including what we buy, eat, drink, where we travel, what we say in private and in public, watch, listen to, and so forth. Washington Dominionists are systematically eroding and erasing our precious Constitutional rights and liberties.
“It’s not clear why the FCC thinks it needs to intervene in a situation with obvious market solutions.” Thinking people understand that the FCC wants to and will intervene in “market solutions” to regulate the public’s use and access to the Internet. The FCC’s move is not difficult to divine: control, control, control, control.
Since there is no explicit law presently on the books that allow the FCC to impose restrictions on the Internet, Mr. Genachowski and his cronies will manufacture one.
“[Bipartisan] majorities in Congress have insisted on maintaining a hands-off policy.” It’s hard to resist the lobbyists and their unlimited offers of perks and deep pockets. The members of Congress may say they rue regulation of the Internet, but their actions speak louder than words.
“Freedom and openness should continue to be the governing principles of the Internet. That’s why Mr. Genachowski’s proposal should be rejected and Congress should make it even clearer that the FCC should stop trying to expand its regulatory empire.” Mr. Genachowski’s proposal should be rejected—it won’t be. Congress should make it even clearer that the FCC should stop trying to expand its regulatory empire—Congress should but they won’t because they are politicians and cannibals living off the flesh and labor of the American people. They are blood-sucking ghouls who have never met a regulation they haven’t liked.

A recent Rasmussen poll concerning FCC regulation and control of the Internet found that a majority of Americans are opposed to any and all regulation of the Internet. A majority of those polled indicated that the FCC should let the free market determine the future of the Internet.

21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet

Nevertheless, the voice of the people will go unheard and unheeded. Why? Because the ideals of “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people, shall not perish from the earth” so well explicated by Lincoln in his Gettysburg address has become a byword and a hissing to the arrogant plutocracy ruling in our halls of government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ("Declaration of Independence, adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776").

Please note the phrase “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”In neglecting the will and voice of the people the FCC and our duly elected representatives have proven that they are not interested in our opinion. These men and women who comprise our government are hell-bent on depriving us of our freedoms and liberties with overt and covert actions on their part.
In article VI of The Bill of Rights Americans are guaranteed freedom to “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

If the FCC is allowed to meddle in Internet business we will no doubt see more diminution of our rights as Americans. My charge, friends, is to not let this atrocity stand. There is still time to act.

What is our duty as denizens of the United States? First, all of us who oppose the erosion of our liberties should write, email, text, or otherwise contact our representatives and let them know how we feel about this and other issues. Second, tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances that they too should be involved in opposing the course on which our nation has set sail. While Plato’s ship of state envisioned a country ruled by philosopher/kings with total control, our forefathers envisioned a more democratic form of government aptly and beautifully framed in the following poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

“O Ship of State”
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!

Sail on, O Union, strong and great!

Humanity with all its fears,

With all the hopes of future years,

Is hanging breathless on thy fate!

We know what Master laid thy keel,

What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,

Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,

What anvils rang, what hammers beat,

In what a forge and what a heat

Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!

Fear not each sudden sound and shock,

’Tis of the wave and not the rock;

’Tis but the flapping of the sail,

And not a rent made by the gale!

In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,

In spite of false lights on the shore,

Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!

Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee.

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,

Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,

Are all with thee,—are all with thee!

This Administration

This Administration March 17, 2011
I’m old enough to remember Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Clinton, Reagan, the Bushes (father and son), and now Obama. Of all the corrupt, inept and worthless regimes of the past none is more gutless, contemptible and spineless than the present one.
What has this administration brought us? An attempt to pawn off on the public a grand scheme for socialized medicine; an insurmountable debt of $14.8 trillion; unemployment levels stretching toward Great Depression levels; a housing market crash; an anemic economy.
This administration is arrogant. This administration acts entitled to live off the largesse of our nation while once proud America is plummeting into an abyss of arrears that are irrecoverable. This administration is arrogant. This administration hobnobs with celebrities—movie stars, rock band members, the elite-of-the-elite; while millions of Americans cannot afford the mortgage on their homes. This administration’s words of service are vain and self-serving. This administration doesn’t know the meaning of sacrifice. The First Lady gorges on gourmet meals while millions of our citizens are struggling to feed their families a store brand mac ‘n cheese dinner. Furthermore, this administration is levying more taxes on an already over-taxed working class. This administration has the unmitigated temerity to ask us to accede to more expenditures for entitlement programs.
This administration gives its people platitudes, nodding of the head, and says all the right words but offers no real solutions to multiplying challenges. This administration does absolutely nothing to alleviate crises at home and abroad.
This administration cannot be trusted to keep its word to allies and proffers empty threats to foes. This administration lacks courage.
Case in point: While Libyans responded to years of suppression and oppression under Moammar Gadhafi protested peacefully for the tyrant’s removal, the U.S. remained mostly silent in the early days of the uprising. Later, even as 100s, perhaps 1,000s were being massacred by Gadhafi forces this administration sat back and waited for countries like France and Spain to advocate for the beleaguered Libyans. Clearly, this administration has lost the right to rule a free people when Libyans “yearning to breathe free” asked for a particle of help and hope, they were ignored by this administration. Now, with the strongman almost assuredly gaining the upper hand in Libya and further atrocities on the horizon for the Libyan freedom fighters seems inevitable, this administration jaunts off to Rio de Janeiro, undoubtedly a city that needs the wisdom of our Dear Leader.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sing a Dirge for America

Sing a dirge for America.
Her shining shores are sullied.
Her towers, once bright, have crumbled.
Strange murmurings and moans are heard in her streets.
Men like women, love each other;
They look with leering eyes
Gloating of their degradation—not repenting.
Their looks and lies lure
Unsuspecting youth to revel in their gaiety.

Likewise, women bold and crass,
Have cast their lot with Lesbos (i)
Swearing worship to Eros (ii) and Aphrodite (iii)
They are totally depraved.
They strut with little shame.
Unnatural and illusory—there is no warmth, only pornea.(iv)
They worship a cold and deadly idol full of deceit.(v)

Speaking blasphemies and exalting themselves,
Our leaders appoint demons and devils
To bless unholy practices,
While worldwide, cities burn and millions die.
They turn their ears from cries for help
And dance, naked—drunk with power and perversity
Declaring evil as good,
And good as evil. (vi)

The House, once pristine, will suffer shame.
Its raised cupola will collapse—there will be none to save.
Rulers in the land will cry,
“Spare us!” but there will be none to rescue.

Your fall is near.
Foreigners are at your gates.
They will devour your wealth.
They will eat your children
Before they cut you down.
You will have no time to bemoan or bury the dead,
For none will be left to carry out the ritual.

Famine will sweep your land.
Do not cry or wail.
Do not seek comfort.
Do not seek aid--
All your associates have forsaken you.

They turn against the wall in ignorance.
They dance to the profane songs of disrepute
While your flesh is being consumed
They will awake from their stupor
And will look on in amazement.

Allies will be too weak to defend you
You who have abandoned the needy,
You who have wasted the orphan,
You who have devoured widow’s houses. (vii)

All of you will be abandoned
In the valleys
In the streets
In the cities
In the fields
Your bodies will be discarded in rivers, lakes, and seas.

No one will commiserate or lament.
You will not escape—judgment is passed.
Can you not perceive or hear it?
Your ears are deaf from venery. (viii)
Your eyes are blind from surfeiting.

All your monuments to self and greatness
Will be shattered and scattered.
Any trace will be difficult to find.
The world will mourn
Without respite or relief.

You have fallen under the judgment of God
You have exalted yourself, but he
Will bring you low to the sides of sheol. (ix)

The hour is late.
The day is gone
The night is spent and
We are not saved. (x)
Time cedes to eternity.

What can his people do? (xi)
While it is called Today:(xii)
Hear his voice;
Follow his ways;
Obey your King. (xiii)

Repent and pray.
Fast and seek his face. (xiv)
Warn the wicked to turn from their sinful ways, (xv)
Perhaps then God will have compassion and mercy.

Weep for yourselves and for your countrymen. (xvi)
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God. (xvii)
Arise from your sleep and Christ will give you light. (xviii)

(i); Lesbos is the largest island after Crete and the birth place of Sappho, Greek poetess, whose verses allude to love between women, thus the word lesbian derives from this association. Sappho is the most famous of the ancient Greek women poets. [Sappho is known for the island on which she lived and taught young women, Lesbos, and the assumption that she and some of her students were lesbians].
(ii) Koine Greek—eros—sensual love
(iii)Aphrodite—Greek goddess of sensual love
(iv) Koine Greek—pornea—the root word from which the English word, pornography, is derived
(v) Romans 1:26-28
(vi)Isaiah 5
(vii) Matthew 23:13
(viii) Venery: the pursuit of or indulgence in sexual pleasure
(ix)Isaiah 14:15
(x) Jeremiah 8:18-22
(xi)II Chronicles 7:14
(xii)Hebrews 3:7-19
(xiii)Psalm 2:9-12
(xiv)Psalm 105:4
(xv) Ezekiel 33
(xvi)James 4:6-10
(xvii)I Peter 5:6
(xvii)Ephesians 5:8,13-21

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Dilemma of Death PPT


Friday, April 30, 2010

Angora Buzz--the official newspaper for Rocksprings

Take a look at this new web site and let me know what you think--Thanks LL

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Life Can Be Lost in a Moment

Life can be lost in a moment
Fire raining down from the sky
One minute you’re longing for loved ones
The next you know you will die.
Life is short and we don’t know
When our lives will suddenly end
Some die with clean slates and clean plates
Others have piles of debris to erase.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
To tell others you love and cherish them
Life can be lost in a moment
Fire raining down from the sky
One minute you’re longing for loved ones
The next you know you will die.
Now’s not the time to fret
Or regret all the things you have done
Or you haven’t…
Live for today and not for tomorrow
Give what you’ve got to your friends
And to your loved ones.
Life can be lost in a moment
Fire raining down from the sky
One minute you’re longing for loved ones
The next you know you will die
Don’t fall for the lie
That you’ll live forever
Then it’ll be too late
To give what you ought
Or say the right thing
To your friends and those cherished
Because we all will perish
No one can put it off
Give of yourself and give of your love…
Life can be lost in a moment
Fire raining down from the sky
One minute you’re longing for loved ones
The next you know you will die
There will be grief (our lives are so fragile)
Dropped from the circle of life
Cracked and demolished
Life is so fragile
Don’t wait until it’s too late
To give what you ought
Or say the right thing
To your friends and those cherished
Because we all perish
No one can put it off
Give of yourself and give of your love…
Don’t wait until it’s too late
Don’t let it all go to waste.
Larry Langley

Toodle Dee, Toodle Dum, Toodle Toodle Dee Dum

Dreamer with no skills that anyone would want
I’ve been up that mountain;
Fallen down that valley
Who’s mind do you think you’re foolin’?
There’s nothin’ you can do to dig your way up there
You’ve tried to be what you are not
Now what?
Now what ya gonna do
Up on the mountain with that stone?
Gonna write like there’s no tomorrow
Gonna write a tune or two
That everyone will want to hear
And everyone will hum
A toodle dee, a toodle dum, a toodle toodle dee dum
The tune is old and worn a bit
And no one cares about it
There’s nothing you can do to change it
The waves that were nostalgia
Are no more
But are washed away by tides
You’d never ‘fore imagined

The Forest Zoo

What would you do if I said to you
Come with me to the Forest Zoo?
There’s so many things to see and to do
So many things that are brand new—
The cru and zubru the guraffu and the plew
The last is an animal that’s pleasant to view
Not many left don’t you know
Some think that the plew has stripes like a tiger
But really the plew looks a lot like a flyger
Without wings, though it can dance on a pin
Then run and fall down and go for a spin
So hop on my cycle and away we will go
We’ll go to the Forest Zoo today and tomorrow
For there’s plenty to see
(A zippadeedee)
At the Forest Zoo for me and for you!

The Plitz Platz Zoo

What would you do if I said to you
Come with me to the Plitz Platz Zoo?
There’s so many things to see and to do
So many things that are obviously new—
The crue and zubru, the gurfu and of course the pleu
The last is a creature that’s pleasant to view
Not many left of their species today
Some think that the pleu has stripes like a tiger
But really the pleu looks a lot like a phlyger
Without wings, though.
It can dance on a pin
Then run and fall down
And go for a spin—around and around.
So hop on my cycle and away we will go
We’ll go to the Plitz Platz Zoo, hooray
For there’s plenty to see
(A zippity-dee)
At the Plitz Platz Zoo for you and for me!


Over the next ridge is a new challenge…

Over the next ridge is a new challenge…
A new adventure…
Down the next valley, perhaps a peaceful respite
From toil, from stress, from the worldly cares
And busy-ness that wrings the life out of my soul.
There never was a time that this feeling did not exist…
A sort of shadow, lurking, smothering,
Clouding my life and judgment
About the questions of life
What to do? Where to go? Who to be?
It all seems so restless, pointless, grueling
When I get right down to it.
Perhaps I am being morbid or morose.
Some may say it is due to getting older
But no, I don’t think these thoughts have anything to do with
Trundling toward an end
Whatever that end may be…
And how can we be certain?
As in the certainty of opening a sealed can of Folger’s coffee
And knowing, without a hint of doubt,
That what you’re opening is indeed
Folger’s Classic Roast…
(An amen goes there)
But amens are for the faithful crowd
Who never ask a question with a ? behind it.
The only ?s that are allowed are ones followed by rambunctious !s

Fullness of Deity

Entering human flesh
Born of a humble and holy woman
In far off back-water Bethlehem
Surrounded by creatures
That you formed
Through the spoken word
Yet you spoke not that day
But cried with discomfort.
Hunger and cold, your companions,
Hovered over you
Like smothering clouds.
You, who once accompanied,
Jacob’s holy children
In Pillar of Fire
And Pillar of Cloud,
Then huddled in a lightless cave
(In preparation for another cave)
You, who made all ex nihilo
Lay in a stone feeding-trough


My Heart Sings a Song

I have come to the place
Where my heart sings a song
Not of wealth, not of health
But of love

For the Father above
Beckons all who will come
To receive from his hands
Won’drous grace

Long ago, you may know
Jesus came to the earth
As a man in the flesh
Yet was God

Walking long dusty roads
With his followers close
He revealed ageless Truth
To them all

Then one day in his prime
He surrendered his will
To the purpose of God
Thus to die

Though he hung on a tree
Forsaken and alone
By his closest of friends
He was glad

From the earth’s foundations
It was Abba’s purpose
That Jesus’ life would end
On a cross

Now brothers and sisters
May your heart sing a song
Not of wealth, not of health
But of love

You are bought with a price
Precious blood of the Lamb
God’s one and only Son
So rejoice!

Written June 3, 2009 by Larry P. Langley





LPL June 16, 2007


Response: Consider the Lilies

Rain falls unbidden
From the gray skies,
Washing away the film
That often keeps us from seeing.
Rain falls unbidden
From the gray skies
And in its wake
The lilies of the field bloom.
June 12, 2007



Winds blow memories of yesterday
They seem to come from nowhere
And the memories are alerted
By a leaf that trembles on a limb
The memories are not ordered but random
They rush into my mind and hit me like a boulder
Or a rock
They make me tired but proud
To have known you
In a time of turmoil
But they act as a bridge to the past
And gently draw me back to that time long ago.


A Little Lower than the Angels

A Little Lower than the Angels


We come into this world a bawlin’
Then a few months later we are crawlin’
Afterwards we take our feeble steps
And learn that fallin’ down is part of the package

Then years later we are sittin’ in a classroom
And we’re listen’ to the teacher talkin’
‘Bout the sailors and the stars
About Jupiter and Mars

So you say we are made a little lower than the angels
Almost god-like in our stature
So you say you have crowned us with glory and with honor
But we fall oh so often and there’s pain in the falling

And we ask what’s it for, what’s it for?
When really we are crawlin’
Toward an end that’ll see us bawlin’
Cryin’ out to a savior that ain’t there

Time goes on, the world keeps spinnin’
And there’s more bawlin’, pain, and crawlin’
Humiliated people clothed in pride
And the pain just can’t be stopped

So you say So you say we are made a little lower than the angels
Almost god-like in our stature
So you say you have crowned us with glory and with honor
But we fall oh so often and there’s pain in the falling.


We are creatures born for trouble
Our bodies ache all day
Our work becomes our torture
Then at night our thoughts are troubled.

Everywhere there’s violence and no justice
We are tested, but for what?
We are like the animals that die
We’re no better off than they.

So you say we are made a little lower than the angels
Almost god-like in our stature
So you say you have crowned us with glory and with honor
But we fall oh so often and there’s pain in the falling

Someday the sun, moon and stars
Will grow dim when time chases us down.
Our bodies will grow feeble, our teeth decay,
And our eyesight fail before our end comes.

Our ears will cease to hear the mourning dove
Sleep will be a stranger and longed for like the air.
We will be afraid to wander far from home
Or climb a hill or walk a road.

So you say we are made a little lower than the angels
Almost god-like in our stature
So you say you have crowned us with glory and with honor
But we fall, oh so often, and there’s pain in the falling

We will feel lifeless, listless, and lethargic
We’ll drag along like an old grasshopper with a broken leg.
The silver cord that binds us to this life will snap
The golden dreams of youth will break

Then without our leave or permission
The breath of life will flee as if a dam is broken
The thin thread that holds us earth-bound
Will unravel and scatter in the mists of time

So you say we are made a little lower than the angels
Almost god-like in our stature
So you say you have crowned us with glory and with honor
But we fall oh so often and there’s pain in the falling

Monday, June 15, 2009

Life Changes

Over the past year there have been many changes in my life. After teaching at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, Colorado for 5 years (2003-2008) a new chapter began.
Laura and I decided to sell the house in Colorado and move to Michigan where several of my children live. Below is some of the correspondence between my children, grand children and me before we moved to Michigan in July 2008.
April 24, 2008
I just returned from Michigan last week where I had a wonderful time with David, James, and Brent. Thursday I spent the evening at Brent and Melissa’s house and played with Asha and Matthew. After they went to bed Melissa, Brent, and I stayed up until 1:00 am talking. The next evening I went to James and Carrie’s house in Kalamazoo. Carrie prepared a nutritious and delicious dinner for everyone.
After Jacob left us to go to his friend Alex’s birthday party, James, Abby, Anna Grace, and Bekka (sp?) went for a walk to the woods near the house. The weather could not have been more perfect, especially when we’re talking about Michigan weather in the middle of April. Abby and Anna Grace found several toads and brought them home. The fate of the toads as of this writing is unknown. I don’t think that Carrie cooked them in a pie, however. Jacob got home late Friday night. He looked exhausted and went to sleep soon after arriving home.
Carrie, James, and I stayed up until around 2:00 am talking about family—maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and on and on and…you get the picture, I’m sure! Saturday morning everyone got up early to eat breakfast so that we could all go see Abby and Jacob play soccer. The games were fantastic. Of course, the stars of both games had to be Jacob and Abby. Way to go, guys! Grandpa Langley is proud of your accomplishments. Abby congratulations, too, for being honored by your teammates as their captain!
Speaking of accomplishments, Abby created a picture album for me. There must be at least 100 pictures in the album. Unfortunately I only had enough time to take a quick look at the album. I hope you forgive me Abby for not spending more time perusing your creation. I plan to devote quite few moments in the future looking at your handiwork.
Saturday afternoon I went to see David. He seems to be hanging in there. I then went back to Mel and Brent’s house. Toward dusk we all took a walk and ended up at the ice cream store. I had a delicious butterscotch sundae sans whipped cream and nuts.
That’s all for now. Plans are progressing here for the big move to Michigan. We’re getting new wood flooring in the living room and kitchen this coming week. We’re also replacing the doors to the kitchen, bedrooms, closets, and family room. Saturday I will be trying to get some of the outside work done to make the homestead more presentable.
Keep in touch!
Grandpa Langley

Hi James, Carrie, Jacob, (who will soon be 13!), Abby, Anna Grace, and Bekka,
School’s out! School’s out! Yeah!!
Today was my last day at Elizabeth High School. Tomorrow there will be graduation ceremonies, which I will attend; that will be my last official duty as a teacher at Elizabeth High School.
How soon will school be out for Jacob and Anna? Thanks for sending your agenda. It sounds like a full and busy summer.
Today when I got home from school I had a message from the Sturgis High school principal telling me that he received my application and is interested in interviewing me for a teaching job there for this coming year. Hoorah! However, when I called him back he had already left for the day. I left a message for him to call me. If I don’t hear from him by Tuesday I’ll call him back. The principal’s name is Wayne “Rusty” Stitt. Sturgis is about 20-minutes from Kalamazoo.
James, have you received the CD I sent you? If you haven’t I’ll follow up on ETA of the disk.
Hope you all are doing OK. Keep in touch.
Dad and Grandpa Langley
After moving to Michigan in July I assiduously searched for a job, finally finding one in benton Harbor. However, after teaching there for five months I resigned. The students' idea of their furture and education was diametrically opposed to my idea of how education would helpm them achieve their dreams in the future. Unfortunately I spent 85-minutes every day our of a 90-minute class period trying to maintain some semblance of order. the students' behavior was beyond anything I had ever encountered when I taught in Elizabeth, CO.
For instance, the students would turn off the lights in the room and begin fighting or throwing things at each other. Or they would all begin to rap simultaneously beating out the rhythm on their desks. Toward the end of my job at the charter school the students began throwing things at me. Therefore, I quit rather than be subject to such idiocy.
Then in May 2009 Laura and I decided to move to the ranch in Rocskprings, TX where she grew up. By Texas standards our ranch is small (800-acres) nevertheless the ranch is a working ranch with cattle and a lease to hunters. In the near future we intend to purchase the beginnings of a herd of meat goats for profit. Our intention is to get around twenty kids (young goats) and raise them. We will sell the meat goats to others in the area and eat some of the meat ourselves.
Oh, some new news is in order: We bought a bulldozer. We will use the dozer to improve the land (getting rid of the cedar) so that we can produce more grazing land, thus enabling us to have more cattle on the land and that means more money.
If you're ever down thios way, stop in and see us. You'll be glad you did.