Roll Out The Drums of War

by jackson browne

Roll out the drums of war
Roll up the cover of the killing floor
Roll out the drums of war
And let’s speak of things worth fighting for
Roll out the drums of war

Time Comes when everything you ever thought you knew
Comes crashing down and flames rise up in front of you

Roll out the drums of war
Roll back the freedoms that we struggled for
What were those freedoms for?
Let’s not talk about it any more
Roll out the drums of war

Whatever you believe the necessary course to be
Depends on who you trust to identify the enemy
Who beats the drums for war?
Even before peace is lost
Who are the profits for?
And who are they who bear the cost
When a country takes the low road to war

Who gives the orders, orders to torture?
Who gets to no bid contract the future?
Who lies, then bombs, then calls it an error?
Who makes a fortune from fighting terror?
Who is the enemy trying to crush us?
Who is the enemy of truth and justice?
Who is the enemy of peace and freedom?
Where are the courts, now when we need them?
Why is impeachment not on the table?
We better stop them while we are able
Roll out the drums of war

Whatever you believe the necessary course to be
Depends on who you trust to identify the enemy
Who took this country to war?
Long before the peace was lost
Who are the profits for?
And who are they who bear the cost
And who lay down their lives?
And who will live with the sacrifice
Of our best and brightest hopes,
The flower of our youth,
Of freedom, and the truth?


Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things—

Your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—

And if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

  • Spend time with your children.
  • Spend time with your parents.
  • Visit with grandparents.
  • Take your spouse out to dinner.
  • Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

What a great thing to teach our kids!  These are, after all, the musings of a mind that wanders.


Another Thought…

Apparently, the by-product of loyalty is belligerence!!

This is, after all, the musings of a mind that wanders.

A Thought……

I have come to the conclusion that sanity among the human race is an anomaly.


This is, after all, the musings of a mind that wanders.

10 Proven Ways to Negotiate

                                 A Societal Observation

                                                 (Positive outcomes are not guaranteed)

Division I: Nothingness

Step 1:  Know nothing;

                              Caller:    Hi, I’d like to speak to my child? 

                              Answerer:  He’s not here.

                              Caller:  What do you mean he’s not there?

                             Answerer: You never dropped him off.

Step 2: Admit nothing;

                              Caller:  I did drop him off.

                               Answerer:  I’m looking at the log.  You never signed him in.

                               Caller:  Yes I did.

                               Answerer:  No sir.  I’m looking at the log.  You’re names not on it.

                               Caller:  Well I wanted to sign him in.  No one was at the desk.

Step 3:  Receive Nothing;

                                 Answerer:  Sir we sent you a notice in the mail regarding our new sign-in procedure.

                                  Caller:  I never got it.  We have a lot of trouble with the mail where I live.

                                  Answerer: Yes sir.  I’m sorry you didn’t get it.  Here’s what I can do.  Did you receive the coupon for the free Ice Cream for your child we sent in the mail?

                                   Caller:  I did.

                                   Answerer:  We can double it.  Would that be okay?

                                    Caller:  Well yes.  But I’m more concerned about your failure to notify me that the sign in procedure has changed.

                                    Answerer:  I am sorry you did not receive our letter….

                                    Caller:  I doubt you even sent it.

                                    Answerer:  Yes sir.  We also sent you an email with the same information.

                                     Caller: I never got no email.

                                     Answerer: Is your email

                                     Caller:  Yes, but I didn’t see no email.  How can you expect me to know the new @#$%#$@ sign-in procedure if I don’t @#%#$@ see them?

                                      Answerer:  So you’re saying sir, you didn’t see them?

                                      Caller:  That’s right!

                                      Answerer:  Sir we called you on 05/05/2008 and spoke with you regarding the new procedures that were going to be put in place.  After we reviewed the changes we asked if you understood the process and you said yes.

Step 4: Hear Nothing;

                                        Caller:  I never heard you tell me about the new sign in procedure.  Don’t you think, if I had heard about it I would have done it.  You must be stupid.  Don’t you think I would have asked some questions? 

                                         Answerer:  Yes sir.  In that phone call we also mentioned that we would be having an In-service, for all customers to attend, to better explain and provide a comfort level with the new sign-procedure.

                                        Caller:  I didn’t know anything about any service thing you’re talking about.

                                        Answerer:  Yes sir.  At the in-service you stood up and asked a question regarding the sign-in procedure.  Specifically you asked, ” would there be anyone at the desk during the sign-in procedure?” to which you were specifically told, “No” 

                                         Caller:  I couldn’t have possibly been at that meeting.  I was deathly ill and in the emergency room.

                                         Answerer:   Sir, we have you on video tape.

Division II: Transference

Step 5:  Obvious Observations;

                                        Caller:  If you have me on tape then you can easily see I am in no condition to receive any training in sign-in procedures.  I was on deaths door for goodness sake.

                                        Answerer:  Yes sir.  After the in-service we had an ice-breaker to get to know the staff and other customers.  We served punch and cake.

                                       Caller:  I’m allergic to cake.

                                      Answerer:  Yes sir.  You and your wife stood up and did the hula for everyone.

Step 6: Assigning Blame;

                                      Caller:  My wife doesn’t dance.  If she was dancing she must have been delirious.  What was in the punch that made her delirious?  This is just great.  First you accuse me of asking a question during an in-service I couldn’t possibly attended and now you’ve poisoned my wife with your wicked “punch” causing her her to dance the hula.

                                        Answerer: yes sir I…….

 Division III: Plausible Deniability

Step 7: Becoming a Lawyer;  

                                      Caller:  Listen F******D .. This call is being recorded. I want you to answer me.  Did you or did you not  have my wife dancing the hula at your service thingy.

                                       Answerer:  Yes sir.  She did agree to did you.

Step 8: Communicating Clearly;

                                       Caller:  I don’t ******* care what you ******* say about some ******* tape you have or any ******* question I supposedly ******* asked.   I bet you don’t even have a ******* tape.  How am I supposed to know that you have a ******* tape.  You’re Probably ****** lying.  All I wanted to do was talk to my ******* kid and you ******* denied me.

Step 9: Ask for Assistance;

                                       Caller:  I want your ******* name and badge number. 

                                       Answerer:  My name Illya Kuryakin and my badge # is 12345.

                                       Caller: You have been incredably rude.  Who is your supervisor.

                                       Answerer:   Napoleon Solo

                                       Caller:  Get him on the ******* phone right ******* now.  I can’t believe you won’t let me talk to my son.

                                       Answerer:  Sir never said I wouldn’t let you talk to your son. 

                                       Caller:  Yes you did.

                                       Answerer:  No, I said you’re son wasn’t here.

Step 10: Accept Victory;

                                        Caller:  So you’re saying,  if I bring my son down right now,  you would let me talk to him.

                                         Answerer:  Yes sir,  if he were here.

                                         Caller:  Well it’s a bout ******* time! (CLICK)


(But not very unexpected)

These are after all the musings of a mind that wanders.




Another One

I have often wondered what a conversation with my dad, whom I have never known, would be like.  When I meet him, what would I want to do first, what would be the important things I’d want him to know?  This song captures all that for me.

finally home

I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck
And tell him that i’ve missed him
And tell him all about the man that i became
And hope that it pleased him
There’s so much i want to say
There’s so much I want you to know

When I finally make it home
When I finally make it home

Then i’ll gaze upon the throne of the king
Frozen in my steps
And all the questions that i swore i would ask
Words just won’t come yet
So amazed at what i’ve seen
So much more than this old mind can hold


And the sweetest sound my ears have yet to hear
Voices of the angels


Written by MercyMe
© 2007 Simpleville Music / Wet As A Fish Music / ASCAP
Administered by Simpleville Music, Inc.
All rights reserved.

This Resonates With Me Today

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s OK
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness

Word of God speak

I’m finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

Chorus (repeat)

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s OK

Written by MercyMe and Peter Kipley
© 2002 Simpleville Music (ASCAP)/Songs from the Indigo Room (SESAC)