Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fighting Back, Armed and Dangerous, -and- Caught with His Pants Down

Fighting Back - 108-pound woman tackles would-be purse snatcher
Armed and Dangerous - 39 bullet holes found in man killed by cops
Caught with His Pants Down - man arrested for violating baggy trouser ordinance

On this day in history: September 4, 1991 - 25 workers are killed when a fire breaks out at the Imperial Foods food processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina. Most of the victims—predominantly single mothers—die of smoke inhalation. The facility's rear exit had been padlocked by management to deter employee pilferage. The Imperial plant had never once in its 11-year history been inspected by the state. The owner, Emmet Roe, later receives 19 years in prison for the 25 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Born on this day in history: September 4, 1981 - Beyonce Knowles (1981-) Born in Houston, Texas, Beyonc" Knowles is the lead singer of R&B group Destiny"s Child. After appearing on Star Search, the group was signed to Columbia Records, and their first release, "Destiny"s Child" (1997), was a huge success. In 2004, as a solo artist, Knowles won five Grammy Awards, and has also moved into acting. She married long-time boyfriend Jay-Z in April 2008.

Scripture of the Day: He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. - Acts 9:4-5

Video of the Day: The Gentle Attack

The next President and Vice President of the United States! Click to enlarge.

Laura was unduly fatigued last evening, so I attended Bible class alone. I set the DVR to record Sarah Palin's speech and departed for Harvest Christian Center. When I returned home, Laura excitedly urged me to play the recording.

Assuming the role of Republican Rottweiler, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani—in his keynote address—dismissed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as a "celebrity senator" without leadership experience or significant accomplishment, ridiculing his years as a community organizer in Chicago. Giuliani's speech was powerful and invoked considerable cheering and applause—along with a goodly amount of laughter. His speech was an outstanding lead-in to Sarah Palin's speech.

When Sarah Palin stood before the audience, the ovation was thundering, and it seemed that it would be endless—prompting Brit Hume to humorously question whether the audience would allow Palin to speak. It was reportedly the longest and most enthusiastic ovation ever given a political figure.

Sarah Palin's sensational performance at the Republican Party Convention may turn out to be the turning point of the election. Barak Obama enthusiasts hoping she would fall flat on her big night were in for a nasty shock. Her speech turned the election upside down. It was simply stunning. Democrats and their left-wing media backers had been sneering that she was a small town nobody—a hick from the Alaskan sticks put into a job well beyond her capabilities. Believe me, you will not hear that inanity repeated! Sarah Palin emerged as an electrifying mix of intelligence, passion, energy, optimism and plain speaking.

When Sarah Palin concluded her speech, the audience approval was thundering. It continued as her son, daughters, baby, husband, parents, and her oldest daughter's fiancé joined her.

When the roar from the crowd began to subside, an unexpected appearance by John McCain brought the audience to a frenzied state of roaring approval of what will most likely be the next President and Vice President of the United States!