Armed Citizen #10…

Ruger GP100

Police say a 17-year-old was home with his cousin when four armed men kicked in the door and started shooting. The teen rushed to grab his shotgun and fired at his assailants, killing two of them. The other binomo online trading platform suspects fled, but were later apprehended. “Truthfully, it was either them or me,” said the teen. “I’m thankful to be standing here today. I thank God.”
KHOU 11 News Houston, Texas, 12/28/06

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Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Churchill…

Cigar Review

Maker: Altadis U.S.A.
Price: ~$5.00
Size: Churchill (7 x 50)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

I have tried a couple different sticks from the Romeo y Julieta line and wasn’t overly impressed with them, but this cigar makes the grade in my book.

Appearance/Construction–14: Beautifully constructed. Silky wrapper. No large messy veins sticking out. Very nice.

Smoking Characteristics–19: Plenty of smoke with a medium, but not hard draw. The ash binomo rating was inconsistent with gray and white runs alternatively throughout the smoke. This stick also required two relights, one after I knocked of the initial ash, and another after I wrote a check for pizza.

Flavor–20: The cigar started out nutty, but changed to creamy about an inch down and stayed that way throughout. Nothing complex, but a very nice mild smoke.
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Overall Impression–29: Very nice looking cigar. A little messy on the burn, but very tasty and easy on the pallet. Smoke this cigar when you have plenty of time–well over an hour.

Final Score–82: Very Good To Excellent

Note: Cigar ratings are largely subjective. In addition, an otherwise good line will occasionally slip a bad stick. Finally a cigar that is not properly stored before and after sale can create problems with an otherwise good cigar.

The Cigar Aficionado Rating System:
Appearance/Construction: Up To 15 points
Smoking Characteristics: Up To 25 points
Flavor: Up To 25 points
Overall impression: Up To 35 points

95-100 - Classic
90- 94 - Outstanding
80-89 - Very Good To Excellent
70-79 - Average To Good Commercial Quality
Below 70 - Don’t Waste Your Money

Kohler K-3496…

Kohler K-3496

Dear reader, I pray that you will never face a day on which the task of toilet installation befalls you, but if it should might I suggest a Kohler? When my wife and I bought our house we knew we would have problems with the age of the plumbing, electricity, and just about everything else. Our house was built around 1880. If you have any notions of classic lines, and beautiful antiquity you can dismiss them. The house is old, but not antique by any stretch of the imagination.

The downstairs toilet has required constant plunging from day one–by constant I mean daily–by daily I mean four times a day. Several months ago the toilet quit working altogether. Being the handyman that I am not, I decided to replace the guts. The job went as most of my jobs go–bad. For months now we have had a toilet that needs plunging and that must be manually stopped to prevent it from running on indefinitely. This week I decided to take care of the problem once and for all.

I bought a premium toilet kit to replace the cheap guts I put in it the first time. This kit required removal of the tank. I decided the best thing to do was to go ahead and break the toilet beyond repair during installation of this kit so that I could return the kit and buy a brand new toilet instead. In this way I was able to kill three birds with one stone. First, I received the inestimable pleasure of installing a new toilet. Second, I was on the receiving end of ridicule from my wife for the price of the toilet, and finally I was able to spend more of the money my wife and I have been hoping to use for our ten-years in the waiting honeymoon. All in all, it was just a great break for me.

So where is the porcelain lining in this great toilet saga? The wonderful truth of the matter is that I wouldn’t avoid the ordeal even it was in my power to travel back in time and do so. Why would I be so self-destructive and heartless toward my beloved wife you might ask? Simply put. Because the Kohler K-3496 toilet is a wonder to behold and a pleasure to use!

I paid $270 for the Kohler K-3496 at Lowe’s and it was worth every penny! Never have I beheld such a work of plumbing and waste management beauty. Yes, the toilet is finely designed and ascetically pleasing. Yes, Kohler has designed a comfortable toilet that is ergonomically satisfying. But what makes the Kohler K-3496 stand out is the flush. Oh, the glorious flush! Gone are the days of plunging. Gone are the days of waste-ridden water flooding the floor. Each satisfying flush washes away the most dire of circumstances in a quick powerful flood of clean clear water leaving a gleaming white receptacle ready for the next dangerous adventure.

The salesmen told me that the only problem customers had with this toilet was that were compelled to return and buy more units to replace the lesser quality seats in their homes with the true throne–the K-3496. All I can say is if my wife and I don’t start talking again soon, I’m going back to Lowe’s and to hell with the honeymoon.

Babel…

Totally worthless? This reviewer says, yes!

Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Ten…

Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Ten — “The Discipline of Confession”

Confession is a difficult Discipline for us because we all to often view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We cannot bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others. We imagine that we are the only ones who have not stepped onto the high road to heaven. Therefore, we hide ourselves from one another and live in veiled lies and hypocrisy.

But if we know that the people of God are first a fellowship of sinners, we are freed to hear the unconditional call of God’s love and to confess our needs openly before our brothers and sisters. We know we are not alone in our sin. the fear and pride that cling to us like barnacles cling to others also. We are sinners together. In acts of mutual confession we release the power that heals. Our humanity is no longer denied, but transformed.

Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Nine…

Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Nine — “The Discipline of Service”

Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will desire subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify our pride and arrogance.

In the realm of the spirit we soon discover that the real issues are found in the tiny, insignificant corners of life. Our infatuation with the “big deal” has blinded us to this fact. The service of small things will put us at odds with our sloth and idleness…

It is an act of submission and service to allow others to serve us. It recognizes their “kingdom authority” over us. We graciously receive the service rendered, never feeling we must repay it. Those who, out of pride, refuse to be served are failing to submit to the divinely appointed leadership in the kingdom of God.

“But acts of courtesy are so meaningless, so hypocritical,” we complain. That is a myth. They are extremely meaningful and not in the least hypocritical. Once we get over our egocentric arrogance about the fact that people don’t really want to know how we are when they say “How are you?” we can see that it is just an American way of acknowledging our presence. We can wave and acknowledge their presence too without feeling the need to give a prognosis of our latest headache. Words of “thank you” and “yes, please,” letters of appreciation and RSVP responses are all services of courtesy. The specific acts will vary from culture to culture, but the purpose is always the same; to acknowledge others and affirm their worth. The service of courtesy is sorely needed in our increasingly computerized and depersonalized society.

More Evidence Of Safety Due To Gun Control…

Yet another story of gun death in England, and just days after “armed police” were sent to deal with the situation. “Removing” guns from a society does NOT stop gun violence. Why is this hard?

Cigar Review: Java Toro…

Cigar Ratings

Drew Estate creates Java cigars, but they are distributed by Rocky Patel. Having enjoyed a few of Patel’s fine cigars I’m not sure why he would choose to be associated with this particular stick.

Appearance/Construction–10: To say this cigar is box pressed is an understatement. My stick was all but a perfect square with almost 90 angles on two sides. The wrapper was fairly smooth and consistent.

Smoking Characteristics–20: Lots of smoke and an easy draw were nice. Burn was uneven and the ash was a messy almost dark gray.

Flavor–15: I’m just not sure why you want to add flavor to a premium cigar. Perhaps those that are into flavored cigars would enjoy it. As to coffee or anything else, I was unable to detect it due to the sickeningly sweet flavor.

Overall Impression–20: Not a bad looking cigar at all, and plenty of easy drawing smoke, but the poor burn and overly sweet flavor prohibited me from even finishing the cigar.

Final Score–65: Don’t Waste Your Money

Note: Cigar ratings are largely subjective. In addition, an otherwise good line will occasionally slip a bad stick. Finally a cigar that is not properly stored before and after sale can create problems with an otherwise good cigar.

The Cigar Aficionado Rating System:
Appearance/Construction: Up To 15 points
Smoking Characteristics: Up To 25 points
Flavor: Up To 25 points
Overall impression: Up To 35 points

95-100 - Classic
90- 94 - Outstanding
80-89 - Very Good To Excellent
70-79 - Average To Good Commercial Quality
Below 70 - Don’t Waste Your Money

Chris Camp, The Whip Guy…

Chris Camp, The Whip Guy

I saw Chris Camp, The Whip Guy perform at my son’s Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet. Very entertaining show, especially for the kids. The guy holds world records in whip cracking, and has been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Who would have thought you could make a living cracking a whip…well, what man would have thought you could…

Lists: Torri Suedmeyer’s Top Five: Political Shows “For Those Who Aren’t Kool-Aid Drinking Liberals”…

Many Thanks To Torri Suedmeyer For This List

Cigar Smoke Bothering You? Call The Police…

An article found on Cigar Aficionado’s website tells of freshman Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) solution for his offense over senior congressman Tom Tancredo’s (R-CO) cigar smoke–call the police of course! I think I may have to come up with a Smoking Police image to help highlight these insane stories. As the story says, I suppose Representative Ellison should feel at ease with such an action after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Planet of Mars) banned smoking in the Speaker’s Lobby last month.

Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Eight…

Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Eight — “The Discipline of Submission”

…What freedom corresponds to submission? It is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way. The obsession to demand that things go the way we want them to go is one of the greatest bondages in human society today. People will spend weeks, months, even years in a perpetual stew because some little thing did not go as they wished. They will fuss and fume. They will get mad about it. They will act as if their very life hangs on the issue. They may even get an ulcer over it.

In submission we are at last free to value other people. Their dreams and plans become important to us. We have entered into a new, wonderful, glorious freedom–the freedom to give up our own rights for the good of others. For the first time we can love people unconditionally. We have given up the right to demand that they return our love. No longer do we feel that we have to be treated in a certain way. We rejoice in their successes. We feel genuine sorrow in their failures. It is of little consequence that our plans are frustrated if their plans succeed. We discover that it is far better to serve our neighbor than to have our own way.

Make me a captive, Lord.
And then I shall be free;
Force me to render up my sword,
And I shall conquerer be.
I sink in life’s alarms
When by myself I stand;
Imprison me within Thine arms,
And strong shall be my hand.
–George Matheson

Insane In The Membrane…

After reading about the smoking police at the Telegraph, I’m just not sure if the British really want to be a free people or not.

These officers do not have to identify themselves when they go into premises and they can even film and photograph people to gather evidence…

We want to make our presence felt from the start, and while we will probably just issue warnings on the first day, we won’t be afraid of making an example of people or businesses if they try to make a stand.–Ian Gray, Policy Officer, Chartered Institute Of Environmental Health

I believe Cypress Hill said it best–

Insane in the membrane
Plenty insane
Got no brain!
Insane in the membrane
Insane in the brain!

Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Seven…

Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Seven — “The Discipline of Solitude”

…Likewise, a person who is under the Discipline of silence is a person who can say what needs to be said when it needs to be said. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). If we are silent when we should speak, we are not living in the Discipline of silence. If we speak when we should be silent, we again miss the mark.

One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. We are so accustomed to relying upon words to manage and control others. If we are silent who will take control? God will take control, but we will never let him take control until we trust him. Silence is intimately related to trust.