Friday, September 28, 2012


Don’t just “let freedom ring”, take a hand in it.  Get a grip, bear down, and ring freedom for the world to hear. Clearly America’s collective conscience, as reflected by our chosen leaders, requires constant scrutiny and surveillance.  Even in a democracy of, by, and for the people, justice and equality are only as perfect as the conscience of that people.  Even America’s grand and glorious democracy reflects not only our goodness, but our greed.  Freedom is not a privilege to be taken lightly.  Freedom is a right and a responsibility, a perishable torch to be diligently tended and faithfully passed along.  Freedom burns within our hearts, ignited by the founding fathers, and it falls to us to keep that flame alive. America’s most trusted and time-honored institutions are only as righteous as the hearts of our citizens, our most godly leaders, only as just as the collective conscience of their constituents, and the most telling measure of a nation’s heart is the compassion of its people. VOTE!  SC

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Over the last few months, many have become passionately caught up in partisan politics.  I’m as guilty as the rest. That’s probably as it should be; it’s an important election. In a matter of weeks the election will be behind us.  Some will be very happy, others will not.  Regardless of who wins, the business of government will no doubt continue, and we’ll be left to redirect our passion. As important to our country’s future as the results of those hard fought elections, is how we choose to reinvest that passion.  There is much that is good about this remarkable country.  There is much that is great. My plan following the election is to reexamine what I like best about our great nation, and then support it, celebrate it, and invest my time, energy, and passion in it, until it’s the very best that my contribution can make it. If we all do that, then America’s best days are indeed ahead, and our government of by and for the people will shine a light for the whole world to see.  SC

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


{In a nutshell}
Our arrival was initially inauspicious and our very survival dubious, but those species which had preceded us were, for the most part, innocuous, and it was soon apparent that, through cunning and cautious persistence, we might prevail. Although seasonal extremes occasionally proved challenging, careful planning and frugality were generally adequate to guarantee day by day survival and thus success. By the artful gathering and eventual domestication and propagation of both flora and fauna, our basic needs were soon sufficiently satisfied to afford a degree of security and increasingly plentiful periods of leisure time, allowing for the pursuit of what we will charitably call our more base desires.  Our numbers soon swelled accordingly and exponentially, as did the threat we now posed to one another and the very environment which sustained us. Despite our initial admiration and appreciation for the bounty with which we were blessed, over time we became increasingly unappreciative, to the point of wanton destruction and deliberate and premeditated waste. As we achieved numbers which eventually outstripped our now fragile environments abilities to provide, those who were able enjoyed lavish excesses and profited without constraint as their abilities afforded. The less fortunate eventually succumbed to want, deprivation, and despair. This condition persisted and degenerated, ending as degenerations inevitably do.  In the end, it was our very numbers that proved unsustainable.  Our appetites and desires now insatiable, we eventually devoured the host that gave us suckle. We leave behind our sincere best wishes for any who follow, the little, leather-bound witness that provided our hope, and this fervent admonition: That any who follow consider well our easily anticipated plight, avoiding at all cost the poor judgment, callas unconcern, and total and blatant disregard for justice and propriety which, for the attentive ear, were the unmistakable harbingers of our doom. May God richly bless you, your desire be to serve, and your calling, that of benefactor to God’s creatures great and small.
May God in His mercy forgive us, & Farewell
September 18, in the year of our Lord, 2012
Shannon Thomas Casebeer


The Sea

I’d love to get to know the sea,
And watch her waves rush up the beach,
And chase the gulls among the rocks,
As far as her frothy fingers reach.

I’d love to stretch out in the sun,
And be a part of the hot white sands,
And feel the oceans currents run through me,
And hold their awesome power in my hands.

I’d love to have the ocean take me in,
And recall that she was mother to all men;
That she might know the doubts that I feel now,
And she and God might take me back again.


Sunday, September 16, 2012



One nation under Rove, entirely divisible, with liberty and justice for none.  Support  Mr. Rove’s candidates at your own peril, "and may the odds be ever in your favor".