September 22nd, 2005


and the Wichita Lineman is still on the line


song by Jimmy Webb; sung by Glen Campbell

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

AQ 175 = GALVESTON = FEBRUARY 20, 2003


Bianca, Katherina, Katrina, Cindy & Carte Blanche

yup. i crunched the numbers.


Taming of the Shrew

The "Shrew" is Katherina Minola, the eldest daughter of Baptista Minola, a merchant in Padua. Her temper is extremely volatile and no man can control her. She ties her sister to a chair in one scene, and in another attacks a music tutor with his own instrument. Her younger sister, Bianca Minola, is docile, beautiful, and much sought after by the noble men of the town. Baptista has sworn not to allow his younger daughter to marry before Katherina is wed. Bianca has several suitors, and two of them agree that they will work together to marry off Katherina so that they will be free to compete for Bianca. One suitor, Gremio, is old and grey, and the other, Hortensio, is feisty and young.

The plot becomes considerably more complex when two strangers, Petruchio and Lucentio, arrive in town. Lucentio, the son of the wealthy merchant Vincentio of Pisa, falls in love with Bianca, while Petruchio seems interested only in money.

When Baptista mentions that Bianca needs a tutor, both suitors compete to find one for her in order to curry Baptista's favour. Gremio comes across Lucentio, who pretends to be a man of letters in order to woo Bianca. Hortensio disguises himself as a musician and convinces Petruchio to present him to Baptista as a music tutor. Thus, Lucentio and Hortensio, pretending to be teachers, woo Bianca behind her father's back.

Meanwhile, Petruchio is told by the suitors about the large dowry that would come with marrying Katherina. He attempts to woo the violent Katherina, calling her "Kate", quickly settles on the dowry, marries her and takes her home against her will. Once there, he begins his "taming" of his new wife - he keeps her from sleeping, invents reasons why she cannot eat, and buys her beautiful clothes only to rip them up. When Kate, profoundly shaken by her experiences, is told that they are to return to Padua for Bianca's wedding, she is only too happy to comply. By the time they arrive, Kate's taming is complete and she no longer resists Petruchio. She demonstrates her complete subordination to his will by agreeing that she will regard the moon as the sun, or the sun as the moon, if he demands her to do so.






Freia can refer to: An alternative name for the Norse goddess Freya (the most direct mythological descendant from Nerthus); An alternative name for the Norse god Freyr; The Norwegian chocolate brand Freia; & Asteroid 76 Freia.


Bianca :: Italian form of BLANCHE. Shakespeare uses characters named Bianca in 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Othello'.

Blanche :: Means "white, fair" in French. Blanche is mentioned in the following topics: blank check, carte blanche.

carte blanche :: Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority; [French : carte, ticket + blanche, blank].

blank check :: 1. A signed check with no amount to be paid filled in; 2. Total freedom of action; carte blanche. Unrestricted authority, a free hand ... Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. The metaphor of the "blank check" is thus often used in politics to describe legislation that is open-ended or vague, and could be easily subjected to abuse. For example, in the US the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution has been called a "blank check," for it gave the President the power to "to take all necessary measures" to prevent "aggression" in Southeast Asia. These powers were then used to escalate the Vietnam War. Many in the Congress protested, but were helpless to do so, for the Tonkin resolution's terms were too subjective to enforce.






Jane Austen wrote Northanger Abbey.

Northanger Abbey exposes the difference between reality and fantasy and questions who can be trusted as a true companion and who might actually be a shallow, false friend. It is considered to be the most light-hearted of her novels.


out of here by monday

actually, i think they ought to give me until the end of the month. oh well.

so official TTFN while i still have internet connection. but i'll still be bumping around online until the lights go off.


White Rainbow

i was reading Howard Campbell's new book "Direct Response" & noticed the title page says Makers of White Rain searching that i found this...

Imagine that a singular event over which you have no control would change your life in ways more devastating than any you can imagine a life that was once a myriad of colors now devoid of all ... a white rainbow.

India has always been a land of vast natural beauty, ancient tradition and beguiling intrigue. Modern India is a nation where a highly-skilled and highly-technical minority coexists with a larger provincial population that is steeped in tradition, superstition and religious dogma. This backdrop provides the basis for recognizing the plight of India’s most marginalized citizens – the more than 40 million widows that face a future that offers virtually no hope. They have been ostracized by society, detached from their families, economically deprived and reduced to non-entities by tradition.

Ancient custom dictates that widows are unlucky or “inauspicious” and as such, there are a number of taboos that serve to demoralize these unfortunate victims of circumstance. A widow is not allowed to appear at auspicious occasions, such as weddings or births. She is stripped of her jewelry and forbidden to wear colored clothes or flowers. She is denied every form of dignity that she knew as a wife and mother. In every aspect of her life, her “negative” status is reinforced.

In the city of Vrindavan, widows face a life that is so abysmal and cruel that it is difficult to imagine in the modern world. Vrindavan has thousands of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. For generations, widows have made a pilgrimage to Vrindavan. They are either admonished by the families of their former husbands or are literally dropped off by relatives that no longer want them. Once there, most of these women are forced to beg for scraps of food and to scratch out a subsistence on the street. Many are robbed of their pensions, sexually exploited and physically brutalized.


god's fiat

been thinking of two passages from the bible the last few weeks: isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things & exodus 33:19 I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

{1} Heavenly Father. We have been awakened to danger & called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger & we seek to bring our enemies to justice. The enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country & we have suffered casualties of war in the midst of one of our peaceful cities. Freedom is under attack. Who attacked our country? O Lord answer us in our time of grief.

Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them. They hate democratically elected governments; they hate our freedoms & they stand against us, because we stand in their way. How will we fight and win this war?

O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth ... shew thyself. For Vengeance is yours Lord & you will repay. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Remove sorrow from our hearts. And from every city, from every nation & from our beloved planet ... lift this great veil of evil from thy creation.

{2} Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Blessed be the Lord God, and may His holy name be blessed for ever and ever ... place in my mouth the blessing of righteousness, that I may bless the Nation of Iraq.

Blessed art thou, Lord of Righteousness and God of the Ages. To the Nation of Iraq, my mouth and my tongue praise thee greatly. May He bless thee beyond all the generations of men.

May He give thee the path of righteousness and reveal righteousness to thy seed. And may He make thy sons & daughters many during thy life, and may they arise according to the number of the months of the year. And may their sons & daughters become many and great beyond the stars of heaven, and their numbers be more than the sand of the sea. May thy name and thy seed endure to all the ages, may the God of righteousness dwell with you always; Blessed be he that blesseth thee, and all flesh that curseth thee falsely may it be cursed. May the Lord of the world love thee as the heart of thy mother and her affection rejoice in thee and bless thee.

And may He protect the goodly land of Iraq that they hold it as a possession for ever. On the great day of peace may they have peace.

Together may we follow peace with all men, and with holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. May we be blessed with the peace of God, which passeth all understanding.

{3} The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Dear Heavenly Father, I serve at the pleasure of the Governor of the sovereign state of Louisiana. Lord, hear our prayers. May the LORD hear thee in the day of trouble and the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob defend thee.

Jehovah-chanan show mercy; Jehovah-racham show compassion. Pass by New Orleans My Lord and hold the levees.

El Shaddai, may they walk before you and be perfect. Jehovah-jireh provide sustenance; Jehovah-nissi be their banner; Jehovah-shalom send them peace; Jehovah-tsidkenu be their righteousness & Jehovah-shammah ... be there.

after every presidential election, i have prayed the same prayer for the president. i felt it was my duty as an american. it didn't matter if they were democrats or republicans, or if i loved them or hated them. because i recognized the difference between politics & governing. it went something like this...

i pray for the president's happiness, health & well-being. please protect & guide him.


Audacious Hero's Causing Life...

...Futures Unimagined, Expressed, Leaders Causing Leaders Causing Leaders, The Community Unleashed.

Heros are ordinary men and women who dare to see and meet the call of a possibility bigger than themselves. Breakthroughs are created by heros, by men and women who will stand for the result while it's still only a possibility—people willing to create the path to the result while others are still squabbling about the right path and arguing about the right answers—people who will act to make possibility real. —Werner Erhard