Thursday, May 31, 2012

Three To Go

A Cowgirl's Poem

The music is blaring and the announcer is shouting

“that's your new leader, what a run”.

As I warm up my horse, he knows the deal

my adreneline is climbing as his motor's switched on.

There's 3 to go.............

I make no eye contact and I speak to nobody,

It's time to focus and barrel race in my mind

The perfect pattern I see over and over

Past mistakes I have made are all left behind

There's 2 to go..................

I try not to watch the runs just before me,

they only distract from my purpose and plan

As I check my girth and shorten my reins

Someone says, “run hard girl” and I know that I can

There's 1 to go.................

My name is now called and I'm standing by

My horse sees the alley and he begins to dance

the rider before me smiles as she exits

the gate is held open...........this is our chance

and then we GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pegasus - The Divine Symbol of Texas Oil

Sir Alfred Bossom of England designed this early Dallas Skyscraper that was the headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, predecessor to Mobil Oil. In 1934, Magnolia Petroleum Company erected a large "oil derrick" on the roof that supported two 30 by 50 foot red neon signs that were in the image of Pegasus, the flying red horse, that was the corporate logo for Magnolia. Mobil, as a part of Exxon Mobil Corp. still uses the logo today.

Pegasus (Ancient Greek: Πήγασος, Pégasos, Latin Pegasus) is one of the best known fantastical as well as mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine horse, usually depicted as white in colour. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa.

A proposed etymology of the name is Luwian pihassas, meaning "lightning", and Pihassassi, a local Luwian-Hittite name in southern Cilicia of a weather god represented with thunder and lightning. The proponents of this etymology adduce Pegasus' role, reported as early as Hesiod, as bringer of thunderbolts to Zeus.

According to legend, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth.

(The above credits to Exxon Mobil and Wikipedia)

With the shutting down of deep water drilling in the Gulf, the prevention of the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas and EPA dogging of existing oil industry activities, Americans have had to pay much more for energy for their vehicles. The assault on coal enery will add another price shock and potentially major rolling blackouts over the summer.

As seen above in the scene from the Clash of the Titans, the symbol of Texas oil is far too powerful be tied down for long. That is a promise, America.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Austin Anderson US Marine

An Oklahoma Marine made the ultimate sacrifice when he pulled a friend out of a fiery plane wreck, saving her life but suffering fatal burns over 90 percent of his body.

Friends of Hannah Luce, the lone survivor of Friday's crash of a twin-engine Cessna 401 just northwest of Chanute, Kan., hailed Austin Anderson as a hero who gave his life without a second thought. The pair was among five young adults bound from Tulsa for a Christian youth group conference in Iowa.

“He is a very tough guy, but once you got to know him, he was ... a teddy bear,” Lauren Rockett said of the man she got to know at Oral Roberts University. “It would be totally like Austin's character.”

Three companions aboard the flight, Stephen Luth, Luke Sheets and Garrett Coble, died instantly, but Anderson, 27, and Luce, 22, survived the crash. Luce was trapped inside the burning fuselage, but Anderson managed to pull her out and guide her to a nearby road. Luce had a passerby call her father while they waited for an ambulance, which then took them to a Wichita hospital. Anderson died there early Saturday morning.

Hannah is being treated for severe burns over 28 percent of her body. She was scheduled to undergo skin graft surgery on Monday.

"The way I discovered about my daughter and the plane accident was probably the most unscripted way you could imagine," Ron Luce said Sunday during a news conference at University of Kansas Hospital. "I asked [the woman], where's the plane? She said it's off in the distance, and there are flames, there's smoke."

Luce said he asked his daughter about reports that Anderson had pulled her from the wreckage, but "she just began to tear up" and didn't respond.

"I know Austin, he's that kind of guy," Ron Luce said. "He served two tours in Iraq, and he was willing to give his life for his country. He was willing to give his life for a friend. He was always willing to go that extra mile."

Anderson had just being hired for a Christian group called Teen Mania. Rockett said she wasn't surprised when she heard Anderson had saved a life with little regard for his own. Rockett’s classmate, Brooke Ninowski, created a documentary more than a year ago about Anderson’s life for a class assignment. In the film, Anderson spoke of feeling "fearless" because he has God’s help.

“That's one of the only comforting thoughts that he knew before he died, that he had a relationship with God," said Rockett.

Anderson served in Iraq before attending Oral Roberts University, where Luce also attended and graduated from last year with a degree in theology.

The five were flying to an "Acquire the Fire" Christian rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was the last of 33 such events this year held across the U.S. by Teen Mania Ministries, which was founded 25 years ago by Ron Luce, with the goal of reaching out to troubled youths. The ministry is based in Garden Valley, Texas, where the Luce family lives.

As a young East Texas oil well fire fighter, after the plane crash that killed Kieth Green of Garden Valley (link) as their plane back then was lifting off from Garden Valley, I set up a fire truck and trained people from various religious ranches on how to fight fires. The ranches in that area at that time were too far away from fire departments. This Marine is a real hero. God decided these four young men, Stephen Luth, Luke Sheets, Garrett Coble and Austin Anderson were ready for their eternal home with Him.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lakota Ranch Loses Sacred Family

Lakota Rancher Little Soldier, a Texas native American ranch had a white buffalo calf born to it a year ago. White buffalos are sacrid to native Americans and are extremely rare, 1 in 10 million chance of being born. The Lakota Ranch lost the Father to a lightning strike a month ago. This week the 1 year old sacrid white buffalo was killed and skinned. His mother was also killed. Statement from Little Soldier: "My people – my brothers, my sisters – are hurt for what has happened here at this ranch," Little Soldier said. "You don't think things like this are going to happen to such a sacred animal, a sacred family." "He was the hope of all nations," he said. "You have taken the inner spirituality. You tried to stop what we're bringing back to ya'll, but you just opened the doors to release the message to all people."
He hopes to bury Lightning Medicine Cloud with his mother and father along a tree line.