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InspectorBucket said...

Dear Clay:

I am glad to see that you have not lost your spirited following here.

But our neck of the woods has just lost Charlie Louvin. Charlie and Ira Louvin's time here was temporary. Their mark was indelible.

I suggest that a recognition should be made.

With thanks --

High & Lonesome --

Insp. B

X {his mark}


Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin dies at 83

January 28, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

These songs abide.

Rest easy, Charlie. And let Ira know that we still play the Louvin Brothers' records up here on the ridge.

January 28, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

From a Christian point of view, what worldly act of any eternal value can be done for those injured?

Revenge and compensation are secular things, things of this world and its limits. Truer Christian counsel would gently guide the victims to setting aside selfishness, setting aside thoughts of revenge or compensation.

Taken in this view, accepting revenge through public execution and expecting compensation in exchange for a murdered loved one certainly makes a travesty of the Life and the Soul lost in the crime. That would be falsehood, setting up things of this world, Blood and Money, as somehow equal to the Soul that ultimately belongs to Another.

The Soul of the Criminal and the Soul of the Victim are of equal value. Both should be availed the full opportunity to receive God's Grace and Repent. Mortals, working within their worldly limits, choose to believe otherwise.

The Murderer's truest crime is to cut off the life of another mortal with all of its sins on its head, preventing the Victim from making a full account to God. In execution, the State makes the same presumption, assuming it has some wisdom to act in place of God, pretending that it is acting in the place of God. What mortal can really presume to say to another, I have granted you the necessary time to repent, now die and accept the results?

If a Soul is a Soul, then that should be the only measure.

The Gospels do not agree on this point, but the lesson is sound. Humility is the key virtue. Pride and Vanity are the traps luring murderer, judge, and executioner.

September 25, 2010 at 9:14 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

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The lightning bolts are a snazzy old-school detail.

Sounds to me like a team of outward-bound Chinese astronauts looking down from space, laughing while they blaze trails to new territories and new resources on the Moon, Mars, and Venus.

-- Napoleon (1803)

Wow, America, that really was a brief moment in the spotlight.

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China could make moon landing in 2025

Country also plans space station within a decade and Mars and Venus probes to be launched in next five years http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/20/china-could-make-moon-landing-by-2025

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Obama's devastating Nasa cuts

Open letter: Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan urge Obama not to forfeit US progress in space exploration http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/apr/15/obama-nasa-space-neil-armstrong

September 20, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Okay. Now I see.

I have to read what Christine O'Donnell stands for in "cached" form.

Not a very bold stance, this bit of hide-and-seek, I must say.

The missing O'Donnell CV:

  • English Major
  • "marketing and media consultant"
  • "a social advocate in Washington, D.C."
  • "part of a delegation of journalists"
  • "a member of the Delaware Press Association"
  • "a frequent radio talk show guest-host" and guest
  • "a political commentator"
  • RNC Strategist
  • "Board of Directors for Birthright of Delaware until May 2008"

Oh, dear. Our public offices have been overtaken by Favorite Sons and Community Organizers and Beauty Pageant Contestants and Marketing Consultants.

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About Christine http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9o85rGdLuRwJ:christine2010.com/meet-christine/+http://christine2010.com/meet-christine/&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

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Christine Counters http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:UBQVOkOmWT8J:christine2010.com/blog/472-christine-counters/+http://christine2010.com/blog/472-christine-counters/&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

September 16, 2010 at 1:20 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Visit My Campaign Website: www.christine2010.com>

Christine O'Donnell for US Senate http://www.facebook.com/supportchristine#!/supportchristine?v=wall

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What in the world?

Is this a gimmick?

Give you money? For what?

What are Christine O'Donnell's positions?

Ms. O'Donnell, this will not pass muster. Completing your homework is required before you can receive a grade or take a degree or aspire to high office.

Or is it? I am afraid the past presidents in living memory and host of legislators have made a specialty of fudging their homework and cribbing exams.

I am afraid I cannot judge Ms. O'Donnell's politics and ideas if she will not commit to publishing her ideas and politics.

Passion is necessary. But what sense is their behind the sound and the fury?

At this point Ms. O'Donnell is an example of celebrity politics. Much wind, little matter.

That is not to slight the enormity of her win. But her lack of solid credentials and a stated platform of coherent ideas would make me concerned, especially if I had just voted for her. Where does she stand?

Ms. O'Donnell needs to make a quick study and publish her positions if she wishes thoughtful people to take her seriously. If she does not make a commitment, she will be made a permanent laughingstock.

Not that thoughtfulness is required to enter the voting booth -- cf. the last ever-so-many election cycles.

Bring on the revolutionary candidates. But make certain that the candidates actually have more mettle, less bluff and bluster.

September 16, 2010 at 11:40 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

The necessary link:

Fla. pastor, imam at odds over Quran-burning deal Sep 10, 7:15 AM (ET) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100910/D9I515880.html

September 10, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Fla. pastor, imam at odds over Quran-burning deal http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/09/burn-koran-day/?opinioncartoons

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This is not so much Lex talionis as "crazy action" for "crazy action."

A timely reminder of contrasting values.

Unlike the theocratic world envisioned by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, we Americans choose to live in a country in which the Constitution of the United States of America supersedes the strident vagaries of Creeds and Holy Books.

Of course, the Constitution also allows for Pastor Jones to speak and behave irrationally.

As Franklin and Jefferson knew, Liberty is a precious and difficult ideal. Most will lose faith in it at some point, preferring the demagoguery of Priest, Pastor, or Dictator.

Call in the kids, Ma. The crazies are about to start inflicting "God's lesson" upon each other. And there are no passing grades in this school system.

September 10, 2010 at 4:50 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Quoted from the following picture in the Guardian series:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/sep/08/quran-burning-protests#/?picture=366522397&index=4

My appreciation to Terry Jones of Florida and the Islamicists of Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, &c.

Keep up the good work reaching out at each other with Doves of Peace, Dreams of Kingdoms and Caliphates, Fire, Light, and Truth.

Banquo: It will be Rayne to Night.
1st. Murd.: Let it come downe.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/sep/08/quran-burning-protests#/?picture=366522405&index=7

September 10, 2010 at 9:50 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

We might revise the headlines below to read:

"Man in Florida Behaves Irrationally and Irresponsibly; People in Afghanistan respond by Behaving Irrationally and Irresponsibly"

Is good citizenship and rational behavior too much to expect?

I will follow Jefferson. If a Creator did give a gift to Humankind, he gave nothing greater than Free Will and Free Thought.

To abdicate either of those gifts in the name of Religious Creed or Political Party is, to use the language of religionists, an Abomination and a Blasphemy.

The world is, much as it has been. . . .

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Muslims protest against US church plans to burn the Qur'an

Muslims around the world called for Barack Obama's death at protests to denounce a US church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on the anniversary of 9/11

guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 September 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/sep/08/quran-burning-protests

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Qur'an burning: Protester 'shot dead' as Nato troops open fire on demonstrators

Man reported to have been killed in Faizabad, northern Afghanistan, after crowds attack Nato base in protest at Florida pastor's plans

Owen Bowcott, Ewen MacAskill and Richard Adams in Washington guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 September 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/10/quran-burning-nato-troops-shoot

September 10, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.
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