Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Today in History - Part Two

Exciting things happen in September! Appeasement gives courage to the Nazis to start World War Two; I was born to Henry and Kathryn in Klamath Falls Oregon; my Porsche was released for sale by the factory. More important and most wonderful of all is of course, the birth of my first-born, Christopher Alan. What a birthday present Jeanie presented me with!
My parents had come to visit for the grand occasion. My mom was determined that Chris would be born on this day. She and Jeanie walked all over Victorville California that morning. I spent some time instructing in the Phantom and pulling a shift in mobile control. Chris came right in the middle of "happy hour" - 5:38 PM (1738 for you military folks). I recall the bill for several days' billeting at the hospital (including rations allowance) was about eight dollars. Here are pictures of my dad holding me and my dad holding Chris. Happy Birthday Chris, and many more!

Today in History - Part One

Some interesting things happened on this day. First of all, it was clearly demonstrated that appeasers are naive at best and just plain stupid or despicably treacherous. This is a picture of one famous appeaser. And this is the story that goes with it.
Neville Chamberlain is holding the paper containing the resolution to commit to peaceful methods signed by both Hitler and himself on his return from Munich. He is showing the piece of paper to a crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938. He said:
"...the settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine (waves paper to the crowd - receiving loud cheers and "Hear Hears"). Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you ...".

Later that day he stood outside Number 10 Downing Street and again read from the document and concluded:
'"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time."

I can picture Senator Obama saying those same words as he returns from negotiating with the leaders of the Islamic horde. They will promise him anything, but they will deliver only death to those who do not believe in their false god.

So this day is an important one to burn into your memory. I have. Remember what appeasers achieve. But of course, it's easy for me to remember. I was born on 30 September 1938.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Extreme Porsche History

The Porsche that sits in the garage at my house was finally checked over and prepared for release to the motoring public on this 29th of September, back in 1963. It was assigned to delivery on the next day. I bought it on 14 May 1964, in Greenwich Connecticut and drove it to Victorville California. On that long solo trip across these United States, I was stopped three times. Not for speeding (although I probably was) but for the simple pleasure of showing the car to the various Highway Patrolmen who had never seen such a thing before.

I don't drive the car enough and it is unhappy. It always starts though. You just have to pump the gas pedal thirty times or so to prime the carbs. There's a little rust here and there, but it is generally sound. It's strange to compare it to the cars of today. This Porsche is made of metal. There's some bakelite, but no plastic. There's a wooden floor, but no exotic metals. There's a wonderful smell about it - gas and age - and the memories related to every assembled piece are priceless.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Breaking News! A New Rooster in the Coop!

Texas ten term Congressman and former Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, has announced his support for the Constitution Party's candidate, Chuck Baldwin. As reported in "World Net Daily" (see URL at right of this column), he was swayed to make the endorsement by former Republican Bob Barr, who is now running for president on the Libertarian Party's ticket, the same party which nominated Paul for president in 1988.

Paul's announcement also contained some scathing words for Republicans, Democrats and an election system that he perceives as "a gross deception."

"(The election process) is controlled by the powerful elite to make sure that neither candidate of the two major parties will challenge the status quo," Paul wrote. "There is no real choice between the two major parties and their nominees, only the rhetoric varies. The amazingly long campaign is designed to make sure the real issues are ignored."

Paul's endorsement, which comes at the end of his announcement is foreshadowed by his earlier words, trumpeting the call to unity among various groups seeking to overcome the two-party status quo.

"Principled people are not shy in participating with others and will defend their beliefs on their merits," he wrote.

This is Dave again. In my opinion, Dr. Paul's endorsement will give added importance to the Constitution Party's call for a return to the things which have made this country great - Rule of Law, not just lip service but real enforcement, and the recognition of our Country's Christian heritage. No, I have not said that we must become a Christian Nation! We must understand, however, that our strength has always come from our understanding and implementation of the Judeo-Christian World View. Biblical values, including the sanctity of life and swift and sure justice for all need to be restored.

It is my prayer that this important endorsement will allow Chuck Baldwin to demand equal exposure in the national and international media. This is a great start to what may become a realization of the fact of a third party's viability in this land where socialist party "D" and socialist party "R" have ruled the roost for so long.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Upon an Heptad of Decades, Part One

This is the first post that will bring to all the notification of my celebration of an heptad of decades. Sorry, you can't be the first to say, "You made it this far?"
The DMV of the good state of California greeted me earlier and announced my soon failure to be able to function (not unlike the FAA did ten years ago, when suddenly I couldn't fly safely anymore). But I fooled 'em all by passing the test and getting a new California drivers license (is there an apostrophe in driver's ?). After simply ignoring the illegals about the DMV office crying for my receipt, I drove home with impunity, demonstrating my newly certificated on-road expertise.
The only bad thing about this approaching natal day is God's strong warning,

Ps 90:10 The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Oh dear, but do you know the song, "We'll Fly Away"? Check it out here. My favorite. You'll have to cut and paste.


Thanks for being here, check in again soon.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Days After "Constitution Day"

The past few days have been a disappointment to me. Oh sure, the economy tanked, but that's not it.

Obama's fervent support doesn't care about what he says or does as long as he's called "Democrat". He has said this about the Constitution in his popular 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope", he writes, “I have to side with Justice Breyer’s view of the Constitution, that it is not a static, but rather a living document and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.” In other words, the United States Constitution is a “living document” that Obama would like to twist and change.

And, John McCain's folks have set at naught his wartime abrogating his sworn responsibility to the Constitution. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt here, but it needs to be discussed. Furthermore, had John McCain and his fellow Republicans truly wanted to end legal abortion, they could have passed Congressman Ron Paul's Sanctity of Life Act. Year after year, Dr. Paul introduced this bill, and year after year, it sat and collected dust in the document room on Capitol Hill.

My friend Alan Caruba (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/) says, (I've posted this before)

"The nation’s capital is all about politics. It’s a company town and everyone who lives or works there knows that “issues” may energize those who follow events from afar, but it is taxation and the redistribution of money that is the real business of Congress. Who gets to do that is the reason the two parties square off against one another."

This is what we see today. The media won't hear of a third party candidate. And thus, we won't either. You can find out something about a true patriot at http://www.baldwin08.com/ .

Thanks for your time.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Time to Register!

If you are not registered to vote, you need to get busy! I have added a site (to the right of this post, under my picture) which will direct your efforts in this matter and there is no more excuse for not being ready to take action this coming November.

I am writing this because of an email I received from Gary Bauer (www.ouramericanvalues.org).

There, he quoted President James Garfield (President Garfield's picture is above left, little resemblance to Gary Bauer). Our twentieth president put the importance of voting plainly when he wrote in 1877:
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forums.”

There are no better words to express the responsibility of our citizenry as we face the upcoming election. My friends, while we are 53 days away from the November 4th election, we are just 24 days away from the deadline to register to vote, which is October 6th in most states. Please take a few moments to make sure you and all your like-minded friends and family members are registered to vote

Monday, September 8, 2008

Another Candidate…

Earlier today, I was talking with my son who lives up North. He seemed to think that I was making a hard case against Senator McCain's and Governor Palin's candidacy for the executive offices of these United States. Well maybe I am. I am one of those "issues" guys and think we ought to judge our elected folks by what they do, not what they say.

Anyway, in the interest of fairness, here's some stuff about another candidate. Oh, but first some facts about Planned Parenthood.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the largest abortion provider in the United States, with some 850 clinics across the country. PPFA purports to offer “a wide range of medical and counseling services and health care education,” but its primary business is providing abortion services. In the 2003-2004 fiscal year, the organization increased the number of abortions performed at its facilities by 6.1 percent (over the previous year’s total) to 244,628. At an average cost of $400 per abortion, it is estimated that PPFA took in $104 million from surgical abortions in 2003-2004 -- accounting for 34 percent of its $302.6 million clinic income that year.

In 2004 Planned Parenthood completed 138 abortions for every adoption referral it made to an outside agency. During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, PPFA reported 1,414 adoption referrals (one adoption for every 180 abortions). During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the organization performed a record 264,943 abortions; garnered $345.1 million in clinic income; took in $212.2 million in donations; and received record taxpayer funding of $305.3 million. Total income reached a record $902.8 million.

Here's what Senator Barack Obama says about the organization.

“Now the good news is that there has been a decline in the teen birth rate, in part due to the outstanding work of Planned Parenthood"

Oh, did I mention, my son, you know, the one who lives in Washington State? He's adopted.

Barack would rather see him dead.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


I love the picture of President Eisenhower and his VEEP of choice, Dick Nixon. It's a few blogs down. It's almost as if they're laughing from their graves. Two insiders, deeply entrenched, in "the know" and ready to perform.
What fun politics is. We have been given the greatest show on earth. We laugh, we cry, we throw things at the TV (carefully). When we lose, we weep and sob, throw dust into the air. When we win, we weep for joy and send emails of condolance.
Then we all get a new six pack and refresh the batteries in the remote and get back to the late fall line-up.
What happened with the 1994 Republican Contract With America? Not much. What happened to unwanted babies with a Bush presidency and a Republican house and Senate? They died.

The Bible says,
Ec 1:9 That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.

My friend Alan Caruba (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/) says,

"The nation’s capital is all about politics. It’s a company town and everyone who lives or works there knows that “issues” may energize those who follow events from afar, but it is taxation and the redistribution of money that is the real business of Congress. Who gets to do that is the reason the two parties square off against one another."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Senator McCain

Last night, Senator John McCain accepted his party's nomination for President of these United States. His speech was well written (by himself and others, I understand). It was delivered in McCain's style (no Sarah Palin there). He made the promises so correctly missing from his running mate's speech the night before.

I have tried to understand what he wants to do. This brief excerpt helps me understand that he is thinking correctly, albeit, unconstitutionally. He said,

"Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice, remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.

When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them. Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have that choice, and their children will have that opportunity.

Sen. Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies. I want schools to answer to parents and students. And when I'm president, they will."

He neglects to mention home schooling. He wants the "teacher's union" (an oxymoron) to support him (unlikely) so he fails to encourage the one method that has saved education in this country for several years now.

There are many other great promises to be kept. The entire recitation can be found at


I hope that you will go to that site and copy the entire speech to your word processor. Email it to yourself and file it in your "to do" box. If he gets elected, let's all make it a point to check off the items he has promised us as they are accomplished. I hope that we are very busy checking and checking.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

August Memories…

Okay, I KNOW it's September already, but give me some editorial freedom here.
I couldn't help but have the same feelings last night as I watched Gov. Palin deliver her acceptance speech as I did back in late August of 1956 when I watched President Eisenhower deliver his speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
I was a recent high school graduate, ready to tackle the world. A delegate, a "Young Republican" from San Mateo, to the Republican National Convention in San Francisco. What could be better? The sense of awe, the giddy wonder at the going's on. For three or four days my friend Jerry and I drove the twenty miles or so to South San Francisco and did what most anybody older than us told us to. We handed out signs, we got coffee, we generally made ourselves useful.
Then the time came for the appearance of President Eisenhower. The whole place was alive with the chant of "We like Ike!" Thousands of balloons were dropped, he came in with Mamie at his side, and delivered his address. Afterwards Dick and Pat Nixon joined them on the dais. Everyone was yelling, clapping and cheering for these heros of the hour.
Last night in Minnesota, the same thing occurred. I suspect that it will repeat itself tonight when John McCain makes his acceptance speech. Americans love a good convention. The party is buoyed up at these things and great energy is infused in all who watch or attend.
If you are an astute political observer, you expect great promises to be made. Usually the moon is mentioned as easily obtainable. World peace and justice for all is assumed. Last night's speech - nothing, no promises! Great. What we saw was a strong, confident "soccer mom" defend her lifestyle. She demonstrated that she is a real person. A woman who knows how to handle herself in stressful situations and she's not afraid to attack the PTB. I hope this is correct. It seems so. I am very happy about her candidacy and I wish her and Senator John McCain well.
It will be interesting in the next several weeks to see how "organizing a community" will become more important somehow, than being the governor of the great state of Alaska.