Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quote of the Day

In general, the art of government consists in
taking as much money as possible from one
party of the citizens to give to the other.

François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quote of the Day

All we know of freedom, all we need to know,
This our fathers won for us, long and long ago.

Rudyard Kipling

Monday, October 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

We have given away far too many freedoms in
order to be free. Now it's time to take some back.

David John Moore Cornwell (a.k.a. John le Carré)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quote of the Day

People are more violently opposed to fur than
leather because it's safer to harass rich
women than motorcycle gangs.

Alexei David Sayle

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes
you never committed and when you're older
you begin to get credit for virtues you
never possessed. It evens itself out.

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quote of the Day

I feel safer on a racetrack than
I do on Houston's freeways.

Anthony Joseph "A.J." Foyt, Jr.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you
have to be very bold. You sometimes have
to be aggressive and gamble.

Bill Rodgers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quote of the Day

All charming people have something to
conceal, usually their total dependence
on the appreciation of others.

Cyril Connolly

Monday, October 20, 2008

Quote of the Day

If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once
in a while, it wouldn't be exciting.

Darrell "DW" Waltrip

Sunday, October 19, 2008

We'd like to thank Holly...

...for helping Junior get a whopping 7 mpg...

Take a minute...

...and read through these.

You Say/God Says Bible Verses

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

Thanks to TC for sending this to me.

As you know, another swim coach has taken his own life.

Don't leave your family, friends, and swimmers wondering what they could have done to prevent this.

Reach out and talk to someone.

Swimming is a great sport with great people.

We'll help.

Just let us know you're in need.

Quote of the Day

Egotism is the anesthetic
that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Frank Leahy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved
forward. They may be beaten, but
they may start a winning game.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, October 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

In the final analysis, there is no solution to man's
progress but the day's honest work, the day's
honest decisions, the day's generous
utterances and the day's good deed.

Clare Boothe Luce

Thursday, October 16, 2008

AP Duped by WSF?

It looks like the Associated Press is finding out what we've known all along:

The Women's Sports Foundation cranks out bogus stats and expects John Q. Public to accept them without question.

This is what Eric McErlain had to say:

Here's the bottom line: the WSF study is unreliable and their public release is intellectual dishonesty of the worst sort, especially since the consequences of their advocacy means the continued elimination of so many athletic opportunities because of their whitewashing of Title IX's proportionality requirement.

Visit Saving Sports for the details here. This info would be damaging to the folks at the WSF, if Public ever gets a chance to see it.
Save the Males!!

Quote of the Day

Exaggerated sensitiveness is an
expression of the feeling of inferiority.

Alfred Adler

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quote of the Day

Don't measure yourself by what you've
accomplished, but by what you should
accomplish with your ability.

John Wooden
(thanks MS)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to
power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately
on attaining power each dictator has suppressed
all free speech except his own.

Herbert Clark Hoover

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Quote of the Day

Restriction of free thought and speech is the most
dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-
American act that could most easily defeat us.

Associate Justice William Orville Douglas

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Quote of the Day

I can only assume that your editorial writer
tripped over the First Amendment and
thought it was the office cat.

Elwyn Brooks "E.B." White

Friday, October 10, 2008

Matagorda Mudskipper

They didn't catch a prize-winner, but this one wasn't too bad. Must have been half asleep when this pic was taken - the ruler's upside down!

Quote of the Day

Whoever said money can't buy happiness
simply didn't know where to go shopping.

Mary Cathleen Collins (a.k.a. Bo Derek)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Quote of the Day

The greatest blessing of our democracy is
freedom. But in the last analysis, our only
freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

Bernard Mannes Baruch

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

First Kennedale Runs

Tonight we took the Duster to the track for a few test runs. We didn't nearly go all-out, but I thought the times/speeds weren't bad for us first-timers.

I got a very slow start on my one (and only) run, but got up to 73 in the 1/8 mile. Junior made three runs and got the Iron Beast up to 74.

It was a lot of fun and now it's time to learn what it takes to improve.

Quote of the Day

Great things are not done by impulse, but by
a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, October 06, 2008

Quote of the Day

The only fool bigger than the person who knows
it all is the person who argues with him.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Time for Clarity on Title IX

Title IX reformers aren't opposed to the notion that men and women should have equal opportunities in all areas of education. I've never heard someone from our "side" of this issue make such a ridiculous statement.

Rather, we're driven to change the way the law is interpreted and enforced.

Radical feminists, on the other hand, have worked hand-in-hand with organizations like the WSF to turn Title IX into something it was never intended to be - a way to exact revenge for past inequities by increasing women athletes' opportunities at the expense of their male counterparts.

I still can't help but wonder what twisted logic can possibly lead them to believe they're doing the right thing!

How can they defend the fact that universities throughout country have swimming pools that are home to women-only swim teams?

Read a recent position paper by Allison Kasic and Kimberly Schuld called Title IX and Athletics: A Primer here.

Read an article by Cristina Hoff Sommers called The Case against Title Nining the Sciences here.

Take a minute to check out the Title IX petition:

Read the petition here.

Sign the petition here.

See who signed here.

Quote of the Day

One thing life has taught me: if you are interested,
you never have to look for new interests. They
come to you. When you are genuinely interested
in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, October 04, 2008

It's (Finally) On!

Leon's busy trying to win $10,000 this weekend in Sharkathon 2008. All he has to do is drag in a 10+ foot shark at Padre Island National Seashore. The tournament had been scheduled for September, but was postponed due to Hurricane Ike.

The debris washed up on the beaches is incredible. Read an article about it here.

If he should win the ten grand, that money will come in handy for the doctor bills...

Quote of the Day

Taking a new step, uttering a new word,
is what people fear most.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Friday, October 03, 2008

Quote of the Day

New knowledge is the most valuable commodity
on earth. The more truth we have to
work with, the richer we become.

Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Quote of the Day

A free America...means just this: individual
freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system
of government we call democracy is only an
expedient to enslave man to the machine
and make him like it.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Quote of the Day

To argue with a man who has renounced the use
and authority of reason, and whose philosophy
consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like
administering medicine to the dead, or
endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

Thomas Paine