July 18th, 2015

elchkopf

Chapel project update

Just a quick update on our camp chapel project. We had $1100 promised within 48 hours of my asking. That being the case, I spoke to some of our Venturers, and they’re up for doing the labor August 2-3. I spoke to Ranger Ed and he’s all excited about getting the project done. I measured the chapel instead of just eyeballing it. And then I went back to Menard’s.

Cedar is on sale right now (last day). So I whipped out my plastic and special ordered the lot. The actual price for lumber is $1,239. Might spend a few more pennies on some wood glue; nails we got. So another $150 will finish out the project handsomely.

Some have already sent checks for the project. I've told everyone else to get those checks to me before the end of the month. I will generate thank you letters for tax records in due course.

--Art
distress signal

Eighteen months, two days to go

Last I heard, we were still at war with the jihadis. Or somebody. At least, we were still operating under an Auythorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) -- that bizarre bit of legalese that has succeeded the straightforward Declaration of War. So let me ask you this.

What would the country's reaction have been, seventy years ago, if somebody had shot up a recruiting center -- or anyplace else -- as an action in solidarity with the Third Reich or the Empire of Japan? What would the reaction be if an actual soldier in one of those armies had done so on our soil?

It would at least have been seen as an act of war or treason or something. The country would be stirred with anger, and the President would be voicing his resolve to fight back, to punish those responsible. Instead, we get a ho-hum, nothing to see here response from our leaders and the media and a lot of RIP memes on Facebook.

I'd also bet that the military, seventy years ago, even here in the US, would be armed and ready, at least with MPs standing guard at every target of opportunity and officers toting sidearms while on duty.