Meet Bradie James – I Am Second

The Texans lost Inside Linebacker DeMeco Ryans during Free Agency and replaced him with Bradie James from the Dallas Cowboys. James, a nine year veteran, is familiar with Wade Phillips defense and is described as a natural leader. Bradie James will start next to Brian Cushing as his role as Inside Linebacker. In this video, “I Am Second”, Bradie James talks about his relationship with God.

Houston Texans and the NFL 2012 Season Starting Soon

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This morning I was able to get free tickets to the Houston Texans training camp. We went last year and I’m really excited about it this year.

If you remember, last year the training season was shorted by the “lockout” or labor dispute between the players and owners. Also, last year was the first year of our new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, along with a couple of high profile defensive backs we obtained through free agency. Our defense, nicknamed Bulls-on-Parade went from the bottom of the NFL to second in rankings.

You get a different view of things on the practice field. For one thing you are a lot closer to the players than even being in the cheap seats at Reliant Stadium.  From that vantage point you see a lot of things about the players you don’t see on television.

After winning the division championship last year there are a lot of new Texans fans this year. Getting the training camp tickets were easy last year. This year the website was clogged with a digital waiting line.

But wait I did, and the NFL excitement for this year is almost upon us. Come on Houston Texans.

 

 

Ameritopia – by Mark Levin – a Review

Ameritopia by Mark Levin

Sometimes when you take a bite from a meal you get more wonderful flavors than you expected. As I mentioned I started the year trying to catch up on reading, and with “Ameritopia” I knocked out several pieces I may not have gotten around to. I found it to be an excellent primer on basic political philosophy.

Author Mark Levin spends the first half of the book covering the history of political thought, through an examination of Plato’s “Republic”, Thomas More’s “Utopia”, Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan”, and Karl Marx “Communist Manefesto”. He covers the basic tenets of each of these and contrasts the between them the political and social structure they envision. He focuses on how each approach the rights of the individual based on the political and governmental structure they recommend.

After a treatment of this history, Levin turns to the writings of John Locke and his formidable influence on our Founding Fathers. He illustrates how Locke’s writings were quoted and referenced in the documents that formed the basis for our country and our government. He also examines the writings of Charles de Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville for how they described and magnified the reasons for America’s success. He related those writings again to the basis from John Locke for a structure in the rights of an individual for this country and it’s departure from the suppositions of the earlier writings by Plato et. all.

After a exhausting journey through political and social philosophy Levin starts to cover where we are in our own history and the forces at work as well as the choices we have to make for our country. After slogging through the difficult and sometimes tedious subject matter of abstract philosophy you are rewarded with a climax at the end of the book rivaling any page turner of a novel. He draws no conclusions about what future choices we will make. He only describes the forces at work in shaping our decisions to come.

No doubt the coverage of the early philosophers are presented in such a way as to make the political points Mark Levin sets out to make in “Ameritopia”. However, it’s a wonderful journey through several classic writings I had wanted to make time for and a rewarding read. While it is not a light read and requires some dedication and patience to work your way through the more involved concepts, I highly recommend this book, whether you are an American, or not.

A Time to Betray – Review


“A Time to Betray” chronicles the early life of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard member who became a spy for the United States. Writing under a factious name for obvious reasons, Reza Kahili talks of his childhood in Iran with his family, his studies at the University of California, and his induction into the Revolutionary Guard as well as his activities as a spy for the CIA.

The tale is full of the suspense of a spy novel, heightened by the realization that the basis of his stories is actual true events, He was there at the taking of U.S. Embassy hostages at the end of the Shaw’s reign and the beginning of conflict with the United States. He tells of the war with Iraq and the brutal treatment of innocent people of Iran, torturing and killing people suspected of not supporting the Islamic regime. Several of these incidents involved Reza’s childhood friend and led him to oppose the regime in the clandestine and dangerous manner of becoming a spy.

While the account was thrilling, what I found most interesting was the cultural aspects of the story as well as the politics. His view on world events as an Iranian are fascinating. Even more so, his stories of his childhood in Iran filled the first third of the book and for me were the most rewarding. Politics and religion were the subject of many discussions and disagreements among his grandparents and friends. His grandfather was proud to have descended from the empire of Cyrus the Great. His grandmother taught him that Islam was a religion of peace and respect for your fellow man. The book presented the people of the ancient Persian Empire as a rich and proud culture of many different views.

While he was disappointed in the lack of support from the United States for those resisting the Islamic regime of Iran, he made it clear the mullahs in charge there are the real evil ones. I feel sorry for the people of Iran. I hope someday they are free to return to a life befitting the descendants of the rich culture of the Persians.

All in all “A Time to Betray” was a wonderful read, full of poignant history and offering an inside the conflict viewpoint from a soldier deeply involved in the fight for freedom in the Middle East.

Madman

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.”
~ Salvador Dali

Party Planners

Whitney Houston’s death is a sorrowful event acheter cialis andorre. Much will be said about her in the next few days.

I don’t want to take anything away from her or the many who will miss her, but something in the news report of her death in the Houston Chronicle caught my eye.

According to Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen, “police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party were not able to resuscitate her, he said.”

Really? Paramedics were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party. Okay.

Let’s hold a party and invite a bunch of musicians. What will we need? Let’s see: Booze, food, music, security, paramedics….

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With God’s help I’ve been able to check that one off of my to-do list. If you’ve been following along around here I believe when God created us in his image, as the ultimate creator he made us to be creative. Producing things, especially beautiful things, pleases God. At least that’s my way of thinking. Deep down when you create something you feel a sense of accomplishment that comes from God.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

I’m so excited about this. Now that it’s finally in print I’ve been able to start another one. Of course I suffered through some growing pains with the first one, but writing a novel is an exciting ride and I’m eager to push down on the accelerator to capture another tale.

If you like to purchase a copy off of Amazon.com, here is the link. If you’d like a signed copy just send me an email.   Check out www.DowntownAndDirty.com and help me spread the word. Now excuse we while I get back to celebrating!