Articles from December 2007

Thoughts for a New Year

While not considered politically correct these days, one of Rudyard Kipkling’s poems can give us instruction for how to conduct ourselves in this our any other year.

by: Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings — nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run —
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man my son!


Another Eagle Scout Badge


Shinnecock Lodge #360 Penataquit Chapter eX1981

Discovery A previously unlisted Penatquit Chapter event patch was offered on eBay recently. Penataquit Chapter is part of Shinnecock Lodge #360. The event patch is a dome shaped patch and was issued in 1981. A number of other event patches from that era (1978-1982) are known from Penataquit.

Shinnecock Lodge #360 Penataquit Chapter eX1981

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“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.” Marquis de la Grange


Global Warming Will Save America from the Right…Eventually

While one of my New Years Resolutions is to make sure a majority of the posts on the blog are patch related I couldn’t let this one slip by (and it’s not 2008 yet :-).

Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining.

Look at a map of the US.

…..The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean—and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats—are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

…The important thing is that we, on the higher ground both actually and figuratively, need to remember that, when they begin their historic migration from their doomed regions, we not give them the keys to the city. They certainly should be offered assistance in their time of need, but we need to keep a firm grip on our political systems, making sure that these guilty throngs who allowed the world to go to hell are gerrymandered into political impotence in their new homes.

There will be much work to be done to help the earth and its residents—human and non-human—survive this man-made catastrophe, and we can’t have these future refugee troglodytes, should their personal disasters still fail to make them recognize reality, mucking things up again.

It should be considered acceptable, in this stifling new world, to say, “Shut up. We told you this would happen.”

Now this is an editorial and only one mans opinion, but I can only imagine the furor this would have created it it was the right talking about the left rather than the reverse.

Hat Tip: Instapundit



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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours



Silent Night in Lenape

I can’t vouch for the translation but here is some thing different. Silent Night, Holy Night in Lenape. Translation after the jump.

Kwishkwei Piskèke

(Lenape or Delaware Indian Language)
Translation by Lucy Parks Blalock with Jim Rementer (1992)

Wèmi pilët, ahi chitkwe
Kwishkwei piskèke
Sapëlee òkai nèk nisha
Pilsit mimëns ahi tànktitit
Nalai kawiyok
Nalai kawiyok.

Wèmi pilët, ahi chitkwe
Wëlësëwakàn òs’hakaming
Enjëlàk asuhatuwàk
Christ ènda mitahpit
Christ ènda mitahpit

Wèmi pilët, ahi chitkwe
Kètantuwit kwisa
Osëlee wënji wëshkingung
Pilët ènda pètapànge
Jesus Këmitahpi!
Jesus Këmitahpi!