Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fireman Gone But Promises Remain


One year ago today the tragic deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire made national news. It was worst firefighter loss of life in the United States since 1933.

One of firemen, Andrew Ashcraft, left a widow and four children behind. The month before he died, he also left his wife Juliann a list of promises that could be emulated with great results by any husband and father. Here is what Andrew promised Juliann:

I PROMISE to always take out the trash.
I PROMISE to always be honest with you.
I PROMISE to always be your best friend.
I PROMISE to always be your biggest fan.
I PROMISE to always take care of you.
I PROMISE to protect you with my life.
I PROMISE to hold you.
I PROMISE to show you my live for you.
I PROMISE to be someone you're proud of.
I PROMISE to show you how thankful I am for you.
I PROMISE to always put your needs first.
I PROMISE to take you away and be with you.
I PROMISE to love you for time and all eternity.
I PROMISE to be the father our family deserves.
I PROMISE my decisions will make our family strong again.
I PROMISE to never ease up and coast.
I PROMISE to be mean if it means helping you and our family.
I PROMISE I will rise above my environment.
I PROMISE to love you.

EXECUTED
Signed Agreed to on 2nd day of May, 2013 by the undersigned

Andrew Sterling Ashcraft
Husband and Father

The Deseret News had a great article about Mrs. Ashcraft and what has transpired in the past difficult year.

Prior to making this list, Andrew Ashcraft gave everyone in his young family silicone bracelets with the words "Be Better." He was wearing his when he was trapped by a fire that reached 2,000 degrees. His bracelet survived unharmed.

Juliann Ashcraft told the Deseret News, "I'm not a single parent. My children have a dad. They have a wonderful, amazing dad."


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Little Red Hen for Liberals


If you grew up in a home with children books, you are most likely familiar with the story of the Little Red Hen. This industrious bird started off with some grains of wheat and ended up with a loaf a bread. She invited the other farm animals to help out with the work, but they all declined until it came to the part where the bread was ready to eat. They were all willing to join at this point, but the Little Red Hen did not share because the other animals did not help with the work.

Alas, it is a message for another age.

Is this how things are now? Of course not.

Here is the story of the Little Red Hen, updated for liberals

Once upon a time there was a Little Red Hen who found some cast-off wheat. She decided she would plant it, so in turn she asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would help her plant the wheat.

"Not I!" replied each in turn.

"Then I will plant it by myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government.

"Why not? I found this cast-off seed that no one wanted." said the Little Red Hen.

"You are in violation of the Plant Variety Protection Act. You don't have permission to use that seed. You have to buy it from a company that owns the intellectual property rights. This seed is confiscated." The Government took the seed away.

So the second year Little Red Hen bought some government approved wheat and planted it. When the wheat was ready to harvest, the Little Red Hen asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would help her reap the wheat.

"Not I!" replied each in turn.

"Then I will reap it by myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government.

"Why not?"

"Was your farm inspected for FDA compliance?" asked the Government.

"No," said the Little Red Hen.

"Then this wheat is confiscated," said the Government.

The third year she bought the government approved wheat and paid for the FDA inspection. She planted and harvested the wheat. It was time to take it to the mill to turn it to flour. The Little Red Hen asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would help her transport the wheat to the mill.

"Not I!" replied each in turn.

"Then I will carry it by myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government.

"Why not?"

"Did you comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act rule on transportation of human and animal food?" asked the Government.

"No, I don't even know what that is," said the Little Red Hen.

"Then this wheat is confiscated," said the Government.

The fourth year the Little Red Hen bought the government approved wheat and paid for the FDA inspection and complied with the Food Safety Modernization Act rule on transportation of human and animal food. She planted, harvested, and transported the wheat to the mill. She brought it home to make the flour into dough. The Little Red Hen asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would help her make flour into dough.

"Not I!" replied each in turn.

"Then I will make the dough myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government.

"Why not?" asked the Little Red Hen.

"Is your kitchen licensed for preparing food?" asked the Government.

"No," said the Little Red Hen.

"Then this flour is confiscated," said the Government.

The fifth year the Little Red Hen bought the government approved wheat and paid for the FDA inspection and complied with the Food Safety Modernization Act rule on transportation of human and animal food and obtained a license to prepare food in her kitchen. She did everything following the governmental regulations. It was time to bake the dough into bread. The Little Red Hen asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would help her bake the dough.

"Not I!" replied each in turn.

"Then I will bake it myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government.

"Why not?" asked the Little Red Hen.

"Do you have approved labeling with required nutrition disclosures?" asked the Government.

"No," said the Little Red Hen.

"Then this dough is confiscated," said the Government.

The sixth year the Little Red Hen bought the government approved wheat and paid for the FDA inspection and complied with the Food Safety Modernization Act rule on transportation of human and animal food and obtained a license to prepare food in her kitchen and obtained approved labeling with required nutrition disclosures. Finally she had done everything in the government approved way. She baked the bread and it smelled delicious. It was time to eat the bread. The Little Red Hen asked Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig if any of them would like to eat the bread.

"I will!" replied each in turn.

"No, I will eat it all myself," said the Little Red Hen.

"No you won't," said the Government, who proceeded to take half of the Little Red Hen's loaf to cover her taxes. The Government then gave bread to Duck, Goose, Cat, and Pig.

The seventh year the Little Red Hen did not go to all the trouble to make bread. Instead, she signed up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and got her bread from the Government.

The End.


Interested in other Fiddling Ant fables and related posts?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Where Creationists are Right: An Evolutionist Concedes


The debate between creationism and evolution has been going on since at least 1859 when Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. It gained 'trial of the century' attention during the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. Now in the 21st century the culture in general, especially the schools, promote Darwinian evolution exclusively. Anyone that promotes young earth creationism is labeled an idiot, ignoramus, or as delusional. The pro-evolution crowd snickers at the creationist's beliefs and often resorts to name calling and even disparaging the Bible as the equivalent of toilet paper.

As a non-Darwinian evolutionist, I think the young earth creationists with their views of ancient man co-existing with dinosaurs a mere 6,000 years ago are wrong. However, I have to admit that the kind of people that are creationists get a lot of things right.

For example:

1. A Creationist is likely to be pro-life. As a result, if you are an unborn baby, you have a better chance of survival with a creationist.

2. A Creationist is likely to believe that a child would do best being raised by a married father and mother. Children raised by married parents have much more success in school, careers, and health than children raised in other households. If the goal is to survive and thrive, the Creationists have something going for them here.

3. A Creationist is likely to 'multiply and replenish' the earth. The negative population growth in many developed countries will create unmanageable economic problems in the future. Programs such as social security cannot be maintained without a growing population. Creationists help support the economy and retirement income of non-believers with fewer children. The evolutionary decision not to have children is the end of evolution for that person.

4. A Creationist is likely to give to charity. While self-centered survival of the fittest is supposedly the key to success, societies function much better when there is a high degree of personal charity. Many churches have programs to reach out to prisons to help the incarcerated to make better choices. Religious people even donate blood at higher rates than non-believers.

5. A Creationist is likely to be healthier and live longer. Numerous studies have noticed that religious people as a group have fewer diseases and live up to seven years or more longer than non-religious people. They are less likely to commit suicide. If someone believes that this life is all there is, it would make sense to embrace a creationist lifestyle that keeps you the healthiest for the longest time.

6. A Creationist is less likely to drop out of school and therefore get better jobs. Religious people finish school at higher rates, so they are less likely to need unemployment or welfare support.

7. A Creationist is likely to embrace strong family values with less divorce, less violence, more satisfying love live, and superior mental health.

8. A Creationist is likely to make a great neighbor, one you would like living next to you.

As I see it, the pluses of being a Creationist far outweigh the minuses. If this means they also have a literal interpretation of the Bible and believe that the world was created a few thousands years ago, that is small price to pay to enjoy inclusion of this valuable segment of society.

For those unfamiliar with these attributes, I recommend you read America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists by Rodney Stark and Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatives by Arthur C. Brooks

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fiddlin' - Lost Emails


The IRS scandal is getting deeper as the IRS has recently made the incredible claim that requested emails for Lois Lerner, former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division have all "disappeared" due to data crashes.

This unbelievable claim deserves a parody song.

Lost Emails
(sing to the tune of Lost in Love by Air Supply)

As sung by IRS official Lois Lerner

I realized the tea party cause to the IRS
Well it don't count for much
So I'm not letting through
Their tax exempt claim they applied for


So hide the truth if you feel you can
Bury the facts and I'll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to help me


You know we can fool them
We've been fooling them so long
It started so easy
We need to carry on


[Chorus:]
Lost Emails and I don't know how
Was I acting alone, did Obama obstruct?
But I'm pleading the fifth and eager to hide what you wanted


So hide the truth if you feel you can
Bury the facts and I'll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to help me


You know we can fool them
We've been fooling them so long
It started so easy
We need to carry on


[Chorus:]
Lost Emails and I don't know how
Was I acting alone, did Obama obstruct?
But I'm pleading the fifth and eager to hide what you wanted


You know we can fool them
We've been fooling them so long
It started so easy
We need to carry on

[Chorus:]
Lost Emails and I don't know how
Was I acting alone, did Obama obstruct?
But I'm pleading the fifth and eager to hide what you wanted


Now I've lost, lost emails, lost emails, lost emails
Now I've lost, lost emails, lost emails, lost emails
Lost emails, lost emails, lost emails
Lost emails, lost emails, lost emails


For an index of all Fiddling Ant parody songs, click here.

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The Reparations Solution



The reparations movement got a media boost this month when The Atlantic ran a cover story long essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates with the title The Case For Reparations. The essay was given a more somber tone with a prominent black boarder surrounding each page.

The Harvard educated Mr. Coates details a long history of economic and societal abuses inflicted on the black population. No doubt there are many times more examples of this terrible treatment of people who did nothing wrong and were discriminated against because they were black. There should be no argument that such mistreatment was horrible and wrong.

What Mr. Coates fails to do (on purpose) is provide context to his list of abuses. Read without an expanded understanding of history, a reader is bound to think that the oppressive American white population is uniquely evil in its treatment of blacks. The sad fact is that the mistreatment of blacks reflects the general human trait of dominant groups oppressing minority groups. Yes, the black minority in America was treated horribly, but minority populations have been mistreated throughout the world and throughout history.

Black slavery of other blacks, which still goes on in parts of Africa, shows that this behavior is not a uniquely white problem.

Mr. Coates spends the majority of his essay reviewing the many examples of injustice that blacks endured, even up to our lifetimes. He spends far less time discussing what reparation would look like, probably because there is no fair way to address a problem that was not addressed in a timely manner when slaves were still alive after 1865.

My main objections to modern reparations to the great grandchildren and great great grandchildren of slaves are these:

1. Giving people money is rarely a solution. Just look what happens to people that win big lotteries. A large percentage of them go broke. Given human nature, the same thing would happen here. Too many people would squander a reparation settlement and be no better off than before.

2. There is no fair way to determine who gets paid and who would pay for it. If half my ancestors were slaves and half of them were slave owners, would I have to pay the reparation to myself and get nothing? If all my ancestors got to America after 1865, why should my taxes pay for this? African slaves were often sold to slave traders by other Africans. Should African nations be responsible to pay part of the reparations since they were responsible for sending slaves here?

3. Government does a terrible job managing complex programs. Does anyone seriously think government could competently manage a reparations program?

It's a grave misfortune that many black citizens in America live in poverty and are poorly educated. Fifteen trillion dollars and fifty plus years fighting the War on Poverty should tell us that throwing more money at this will not work.

There is a plan that can help black people succeed.

1. Don't have children when you are single.
2. Finish high school.
3. Get a job.
4. Get married.

The overwhelming reason why blacks (or others) end up in poverty is because they drop out of high school, have kids without being married and not finding a job (because of the first two mistakes).

This cultural shift would do far more to improve the economic position of blacks than demanding money from a broke Uncle Sam.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

Why We Get Fat - You've Got It Wrong


Too many people think science is always right.

More often than we think the prevailing accepted science gets it wrong.

German meteorologist Alfred Wegener developed the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift in 1912. The established scientists of the time thought he was nuts. It took the better part of five decades for Wegener's theory to achieve acceptance.

We are in the midst of the science community trying to cram down the theory of man-made climate change on society. Too many want to close debate on this subject, always a dangerous thing where science is involved.

Another group of scientist would like us to believe that people are born with same gender attraction. The argument that people have a choice in this matter is answered with cries of bigotry and intolerance instead of a desire to use scientific studies to determine the truth.

The more new scientific discoveries punch holes in the theory of evolution, the more establishment Darwin defenders circle the wagons and put their heads in the sand. They prefer this to acknowledging the legitimate questions raised by intelligent design advocates such as Stephen Meyer.

In his book Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It, science writer Gary Taubes outlines an extremely compelling argument that the currently accepted science on obesity has got it all wrong. The latest cover story in Time magazine supports his claim.

Taubes says that the calories in / calories out explanation for how people gain and lose weight is wrong. His books is full of studies explaining why.

Here is the short version of how Taubes says we get fat: The hormone insulin is used to manage the storage of fatty acids in our fat cells. When insulin levels are high, the body signals fat cells to stay closed, eliminating a source of energy and locking up fat. When insulin levels are low, the body signals fat cells to release fatty acids to use up as energy and eliminates this stored weight. Insulin levels are raised and remain elevated for many people if they consume too many carbohydrates. Taubes says this consumption of sodas, juices, white rice, pasta, potatoes and corn is the source of this hijacking of our endocrine system.

Taubes says fat is not bad because the body burns it off. The fat that is accumulated in fat cells comes from carbohydrates. He says we could replace carbohydrates with straight lard, calorie for calorie and it would be healthier for our bodies.

If you've tried to successfully lose weight using the traditional calories in / calories out model, you have been doing it all wrong because the continued digestion of excess carbohydrates is sabotaging your efforts.

My guess is that Taubes's explanation will get more and more acceptance and people will be able to address obesity correctly.

One more sacred cow hits the dust.

If you are someone that scoffs at the views of those who do not accept the current generally accepted views on climate change, same sex attraction, or evolution, stop fighting the quest for truth and demand that the scientific debate continue.

You can't find the truth if you stop looking.


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sharia Law and Gay-ria Law


In many Muslim countries everyone is forced to follow Islamic Sharia laws, even if you are not Muslim. This has been horrifically highlighted in Sudan where Mariam Yahya Ibrahim is in prison for having converted from Islam to Christianity. She is supposed to be executed for this crime after she has weaned her new infant.

Nigerian Muhammed Momen, who was raised to be an Islamic cleric, spent more than 10 years in an Egyptian prison after converting to Christianity. (See How Muhammad Became a Christian).

Sharia Law is clear. To convert from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death. You're lucky to get away with a major prison sentence. The situation is also bad for groups that have always been Christians for generations. Under Sharia Law they are treated as second class citizens. Their churches are frequently destroyed and they are often only allowed to work in the most menial of jobs.

Here in America we have the protection of the First Amendment which should give everyone freedom of religion. However, we are in the early stages of Gay-ria Law which somehow supersedes anyone's First Amendment rights.

In Colorado, Masterpiece Bake Shop owner Jack Phillips declined to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He claimed it was not compatible with his Christian beliefs. He has been sentenced by the courts to undergo sensitivity training. Phillips appealed the ruling but he lost the appeal and has been ordered to honor any requests for wedding cakes from same-sex couples (same-sex marriage is illegal in Colorado by the way). He will have to report if he turns any gay customers away. Mr. Phillips is being denied his right to express his religious beliefs. Note that Mr. Phillips has not been charged with not selling his baked goods to customers with same gender attraction. His objections was being publicly seen as supporting a type of marriage he does not believe in.

In New Mexico, photographers Elaine and Jonathan Huguegin declined to take pictures for a lesbian couple's wedding ceremony based on their religious beliefs. They were taken to court and lost the case before the New Mexico Supreme Court. Justice Richard Bosson wrote:

"The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the Hugenins in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in civic life. 

"In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Hugenins have to channel their conduct . . . it is the price of citizenship."

In Salt Lake City last week a police officer with strong Christian beliefs was assign to ride his motorcycle out front of the Gay Pride Parade to clear the road. He felt this high profile assignment would make it appear that he was riding in support of the parade. He asked to work a lower-profile assignment like he did in previous years, but was refused with the Police Department stating it would not put up with bigotry. (Despite Utah's reputation as a conservative state, Salt Lake City government has been run by liberal Democrats for years.) Perhaps sensing he has been left with a target on his career, the policy officer has since resigned.

In other words, a Christian baker, or Christian photographer, or Christian policeman can't practice their beliefs in their work life. Gay-ria Law trumps the First Amendment.

To see how wrongheaded this trend is consider the following example: What if the Westboro Baptist Church (a hateful anti-gay organization) asked a gay baker or photographer to provide services at a wedding at their church? The baker/photographer should have a right to decline such a business request because it goes against their values.

Gay activists tell us that all they are seeking is greater tolerance and diversity. These legal actions and others show that they are really looking for acceptance and adoption of their values which others do not agree with. 

This is hardly tolerance.

This is hardly diversity.

Welcome to the age of Gay-ria Law, American's version of Sharia Law.


Related posts here and here.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Why Science Does Not Disprove God


Distinguished mathematician pulls the science rug out from under New Atheists.

Professor gives New Atheists a failing grade in science.

Science historian sends New Atheists back to the drawing board.

I can't decide which sentence would make the best lead for this article. I recently finished reading Amir D. Aczel's Why Science Does Not Disprove God. In this 2014 book, Aczel, the math PH.D. and prolific science author, takes on New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Lawrence Krauss to task for misusing science to advance their ¨God is not real¨ message.

Aczel's position is basically, ¨I know science. Science is a friend of mine. You're no scientist.¨ He writes chapters on archaeology, the Big Bang, quantum physics, the pre-Big Bang ¨nothingness,¨ the multiverse, probability, chaos, the anthropic principle (he's not a fan), evolution, consciousness, and infinity. In every case Aczel finds that the New Atheists misunderstand or misapply science to push their anti-God agenda. Aczel's position on God's existence is agnostic. He does not take a position that science proves the absolute reality of God. But following the rules of science he must admit that science does show that there could be a God.

Some of my favorite passages from the book include the following . . .

¨So while it is ignorant and unscientific to fail to recognize that evolution is a powerful principle that often explains what we see in the biological sphere, it is equally unjustified to assume that evolution is a perfect theory that explains everything. A theory that cannot produce excellent predictions of future outcomes and phenomena is not a complete theory.¨

¨Science is dispassionate, rational, a logical search for facts and truths abut nature and the universe around us. It is the pursuit of the laws of nature, with no agendas to push for any philosophy about who created these laws. But the New Atheists, who claim to speak for science, are more like religious evangelists bent on converting us to their narrow point of view that God does not exist.¨

¨This notion of emergence is one that has been addressed in philosophy, but never explained well by science. We don't know how a universe emerged. We don't know how from chaos and fuzziness and unworldly behavior of the quantum, the structured universe of macro objects we see around us came about, with its causality, locality, and definiteness -- none of which are characteristics of the quantum realm. We don't know how self-replicating life emerged from inanimate objects. And we don't know how and why and at exactly what point in evolution human consciousness became a reality. The inexplicability of such emergent phenomena is the reason why we cannot disprove the idea of some creative power behind everything we experience around us -- at least not at our present state of knowledge.¨

¨We think of the universe as governed by strict logical laws, but in fact quantum theory, and ideas in pure mathematics, are not based only on logic. (German genius mathematician Georg) Cantor's work was governed by psychology almost as much as logic. It is here that we see the human mind transcending the rational and the straightforward. Our minds  are based on essentials that go beyond the mechanistic and the evolutionary: they have something extra that allows them to do amazing things that computers, and dogs, and monkeys, cannot. I believe that this mysterious extra element inside our brains -- such as the ability Cantor possessed for dealing with the immense concept of infinity -- is related to the divine.¨

¨We don't fully understand what space is made of, and what the elements of physical space are and how they are stacked together. We don't know the level of infinity of the real line and whether the mathematical line has the properties pf physical space. We don't know how space and time were created. We don't know what time really is. We don't know what caused the Big Bang. And we don't know who or what created God. What we do know is that the universe did not come out of the void all by itself: something preceded the Big Bang, and that ¨something¨ is unreachable to our science and may well remain so forever. We know that by strange and mysterious mechanism all the constants of nature turned out to be exactly as they need to be for life to emerge, and the alternatives to a divine control that effected these incredibly unlikely conditions are no more likely than is the existence of God.¨


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The German D-Day Hero


June 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the successful D-Day landing that doomed Nazi Germany to defeat. We rightly honor the thousands of veterans who contributed to the success, but many people are unaware that D-Day could have resulted in much higher casualties or perhaps defeat if not for the actions of one German, Johnny Jebsen.

Johnny Jebsen was an German Abwehr agent who secretly helped the allies. He was responsible for recruiting and running Dusko Popov who was set up as a German spy in England but was immediately turned into a double agent. The English used Popov (code name ¨Tricycle¨) to feed the Germans with believable but false reports with the goal of tricking the Nazis into believing that the invasion would come at Calais instead of Normandy. Jebsen knew that Popov had been turned, but he did not tell his superiors.

Two months before the Normandy invasion, Jebsen was arrested by the Gestapo. The English were concerned that he would blow Tricycle's cover and ruin the Calais invasion deception. Despite being tortured, Jebsen did not give up his secrets and the Germans remained fooled. As a results, veteran German divisions that could have been committed to driving the allies back into the sea remained uncommitted until it was too late.

No one knows what happened to Jebsen. He was never released by the Nazis from prison and was likely executed during the final months of the war.

For a great book on efforts to trick the Germans into not taking the D-Day landing seriously, I recommend Double Cross - The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben MacIntyre.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fiddlin' - Bergdahl on Broadway


Hello Bergdahl -ie
Sung to the tune of Hello Dolly.

Hello Bergdahl -ie,......
Well, hello, Bergdahl -ie
We're upset to have you back where you came from
You look like hell, Bergdahl -ie.......
I can tell, Bergdahl -ie
You're AWOLin'...you're appallin'...you're still goin' wrong
I see the troops swayin'......
While you're off betrayin'
Switched to your old favorite side the Taliban
So..... he's a fail, fellas.......
Find him an empty jail, fellas
Bergdahl -ie'll never go away again


Hello Bergdahl -ie,.....
Well, hello, Bergdahl -ie
We're upset to have you back where you came from
You look like hell, Bergdahl -ie.....
I can tell, Bergdahl -ie
You're AWOLin'...you're appallin'...you're still goin' wrong
I see the troops swayin'…
While you're off betrayin'
Switched to your old favorite side the Taliban
So...golly, gee, fellas....
Find him a cell that's free, fellas
Bergdahl -ie'll never go away....
I said he'll never go away
Bergdahl -ie'll never go away again



For an index of all Fiddling Ant parody songs, click here.





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A Read Like Ben Carson Summer


The world renowned children's brain surgeon Ben Carson has become more well known since his 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech where an uncomfortable President Obama had to listen to Carson's views on social and fiscal responsibility. Many listeners are left with the impression that the wrong man was elected to be the first black president.

Carson's American success story is all the more amazing when you learn that he was raised by an illiterate single mom in poverty. From such humble beginnings he became the first doctor able to separate twin babies joined at the head.  He also made news when he successfully removed half the brain of a young patient who was debilitated by epilepsy.

Carson credits the beginning of the road to his success with an plan his mother put into place while he was attending elementary school in Detroit. Carson noticed that he always did worse than any of the other students in his classes. He was the class dummy. One day his mom told her two boys that they were no longer going to watch TV all day after school. Apart from one or two shows per week, the TV was going to be turned off. Instead, the Carson boys were required to read two books per week and submit a written book report to their mother.

The reading plan worked. Ben Carson went from being the dumbest kid in school to one of the best. He was able to attend Yale University and become one of the most accomplished surgeons in the world.

This summer I have challenged my kids to read like Ben Carson.  They will each be reading two books a week and giving me book reports. They may not become world famous brain surgeons, but by September they will have completed a journey of adventure, growth, learning, and accomplishment.

I encourage all parents and grandparents to challenge their own children and grandchildren to read like Ben Carson this summer. The results should be amazing.



For any home schoolers out there I have lowered the price of the home school novel I wrote with my wife from $4.99 to $0.99 on Kindle for the duration of the summer. Home School Adventurers: The Lost Da Vincis tells the humorous adventure of four home school siblings who lose their parents in a science experiment gone wrong. They work together to get them back before anyone finds out they are missing. The book is also available on Nook and ITunes. Reader reviews are always welcome.



FYI
During June 2014, enter to win a free copy of Inherit the Wind Overturned by Design. This is an update of the Scopes Monkey Trial for the 21st century. This time, instead of basing the over-the-hill politician turned prosecutor on William Jennings Bryant, he looks a lot like Al Gore.  Instead of Clarence Darrow, the feisty defense attorney is based on Ann Coulter.  It's conservatives debating liberals, intelligent design vs evolution. It shares the message that intelligent design should be taken seriously, and not dismissed without any debate.

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