Friday, April 18, 2008

Tracks of a friend in the snow

Tracks of a friend in the snow

I have lain on the path of bone chilling fear

watched as the death angel hovered near

Midnight I rode the trail where black lion stalked

my steed snorting his course stayed.. balked

I lost my seat and the moon swirled around

my head was the first to kiss frozen ground

My body bounced down the Arbuckles crag

the earth drank my blood and there I laid

and dreamed the dream of death’s opening door

of life unlived and path’s untracked with joy untasted

my future my claim on living gone as I lay wasted

but awareness came as light chased away the night

My companion grazed close by had kept the cat away

snow tracks around my death bed testified to his stay

my shirt red soaked with life’s precious fluid staining the ground

I drug my pain racked body to the saddle and started down

past the still waiting mountain lion eyes peering from thick weeds

the smell of my blood kept him waiting to quench his savage needs

I looked back as he smelled my blood spilled in the snow where I lay

then followed us for awhile before turning to find unguarded prey

Danpatch went to equine heaven during the next season’s winter strife

But in my dreams I still count the tracks of my friend who saved my life.

jdm10/23/2006 based on a true occurrence with some literary license applied...My dad was a cowboy and Danpatch had been his favorite horse until he was retired to be my horse. At the time of the poem he was over twenty years old and I was 12.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd

My father, William Lavern Martin (1900-1955)worked as a cowboy on a ranch in Johnston county that was funded by Pretty Boy Floyd. The ranch raised Herford cattle and had several moonshine stills. I reprint below "the ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd written by Pretty Boy and Woody Guthrie. The outlaws are gone but the bankers and lawyers are still robbing with the fountain pen.

If you'll gather 'round me, children,
A story I will tell
'Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw,
Oklahoma knew him well.
It was in the town of Shawnee,
A Saturday afternoon,
His wife beside him in his wagon
As into town they rode.

There a deputy sheriff approached him
In a manner rather rude,
Vulgar words of anger,
An' his wife she overheard.

Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain,
And the deputy grabbed his gun;
In the fight that followed
He laid that deputy down.

Then he took to the trees and timber
To live a life of shame;
Every crime in Oklahoma
Was added to his name.

But a many a starving farmer
The same old story told
How the outlaw paid their mortgage
And saved their little homes.

Others tell you 'bout a stranger
That come to beg a meal,
Underneath his napkin
Left a thousand dollar bill.

It was in Oklahoma City,
It was on a Christmas Day,
There was a whole car load of groceries
Come with a note to say:

Well, you say that I'm an outlaw,
You say that I'm a thief.
Here's a Christmas dinner
For the families on relief.

Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Alfalfa Bill Murray, Governor of Oklahoma

In the fall of 1955 when I was 18 my father had business with former Governor William Murray who lived in an upstairs one room apartment on a side street in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. I remember several plates of half eaten food setting on various tables around the room, an unmade bed, ashtrays full of cigar stubs and an overwhelming cigar smell filled the room. Dad introduced me to him...they had been friends all their lives in Johnston county. Dad told me that "Cuckle Burr Bill" as he was fondly called locally had almost won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1932 but was beat out by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Within a year both my dad and Governor Murray passed on. Dad and the Governor were both born in Montague, Texas in the past century. Ships passing in the night.
Alfalfa Bill Murray more than any other deserves the title "Father of Oklahoma"

Friday, October 20, 2006

As humans who are we and where do we come from?

the journey is our breathing life
the starting point is in our past
the end point is debated by thinkers below
It is our choice whom we believe!

Everything we observe has a ...starting point... and an ...end point..!
We are now engaged in the journey but When was our beginning and where do we end?


Dr. Gary Chiang
Redeemer University College Ancaster, ON
November, 2000

The following 5 main groups represent the basic categories into which origin models can be divided over a broad spectrum from atheistic evolutionism to young earth, recent creationism.

1: Atheistic evolutionism (naturalistic evolutionism):
The universe and all the physical laws of nature were created by chance during the Big Bang about 15 to 20 billion years ago. We exist through a combination of random processes known as "evolution". There is no purpose or intelligent force which has directed our evolution. We are here only by chance, religion is a natural development in our evolutionary 'progress", and when we die, we no longer exist.

Examples: Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, John Gribbin, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins,
Arthur N. Strahler.

2: Deistic evolutionism:
A supernatural force created the Big Bang, and set down all the physical laws. This force is no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of the universe. We exist via "evolution", and although a supernatural force may have initiated the process, we are here by chance.

Examples: Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Fred Hoyle, Robert Jastrow.*

3: Theistic evolutionism:
God is the supenatural force who created the Big Bang and set down all the physical laws in order for evolution to occur. He used evolution to "create" the right environment and the right vehicle in which to place a living soul. When the time was right for Adam to appear, God took an evolved pre-man, and gave him a spirit and/or soul to create man in the image of God. This theory gives evolution a purpose, and in
this way, it differs from Deistic evolutionism.

Examples: B.B. Warfield, James Orr, C.I. Scofield, Derick Kidner, Howard Van Till.

4. Old Earth Creationism:
This category describes theories that accomrnodate the belief in an ancient earth with the belief that God created more-or-less as described in Genesis 1. In all these theories, Genesis is interpreted to provide the millions of years needed for fossil formulations. There are two subcategories under Old Earth Creationism which vary depending on how literal Genesis 1 is interpreted. They are: 4a. The Gap Theory and 4b. The Day/Age Theory.

4a: The Gap Theory:
The belief that there is a considerable amount of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis1:2. and that the cosmos, which was originally created long before the creation week in Genesis, became without form and void. In the creation week in Genesis, God "re-created" the earth and told mankind to replenish it. Some proponents of the Gap Theory believe that geological strata were created during the time before the re-creation of the world, and do not believe that Noah's flood was world wide. This theory has its origin with the founders of modern geology (e.g. T. Chalmers, H. Miller), and is referred to by some as
the "ruin-reconstruction" view. This view is found in the Scofield Reference Bible, Dake's Annotated
Reference Bible, and the Newberry Reference Bible.

Examples: Thomas Chalmers; Hugh Miller; G.H. Pember (Earth's Earliest Ages, 1884); Arthur Custance
(Without Form and Void, 1970).

4b: The Day/Age Theory:
The creation days in Genesis describe creative periods of time, not six literal days. During each creative period, God increased the complexity of life by creating new life forms while also changing the earth to accommodate these new forms. There are variations on the Day/Age theory, and they differ according to how much the appearance of new organisms in the fossil record is attributed to God's direct intervention, or due to the process of God-directed evolution. Some proponents of the Day/Age Theory believe that we are currently in the seventh day (D.A. Young, G. Schroeder). Progressive creationism (H. Ross) is based on the Day/Age Theory.

Examples: Bernard Ramm, Kenneth Taylor, Millard J. Erickson, James Montgomery Boice, Gleason Archer,
Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe), Christianity Today, Davis A. Young, Robert C. Newman, Pattle T. Pun.

5: Young Earth, Recent creationism (Scientific creationism):
God created all matter in 6, 24 hour days, sometime about 10,000 years ago. God created everything with the appearance of age. It is in total disagreement with modern scientific dating methods for ages beyond 10,000 years, but is in total harmony with the literal translation of the creation week.

Examples: Henry H. Morris, Duane T. Gish and those associated with the Institute for Creation Research and the Creation Research Society; Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis); John Mackay (Creation Research, Australia), Gary Chiang (if anyone cares).

*The following is a famous quotation attributed to Robert Jastrow (1978):

"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."
.The Blogmaster subscribes to the Gap theory listed above. For further information on the Gap see or ,
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The William White 1950 customized purple Olds

My buddy William White was ahead of his time! He customized a 1950 Oldsmobile similar to the purple one in the picture below and we won Drag Races in Ardmore, Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, Wichita Falls and several other towns. William lives in Lone Grove Oklahoma now and I don't know what became of this beautiful creation.
This is the color and model 1953 Olds that I owned in the fiftys
This picture shows an almost identical customized 1950 Olds that William White owned in the fiftys at Madill, Oklahoma
Introduced in 1949, the full-size Oldsmobile 88 was produced until 1999 and became the top-selling line for twenty-four years. Produced in Wentzville, Missouri, and both Flint and Lake Orion, Michigan, the Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was a representation of an image. Especially during the beginning three years, the Oldsmobile 88 was one of the best performing automobiles. This was most likely due to its small size, along with the lightweight and advanced over-head valve high-compression V8 engines. This engine was originally intended for the larger, more luxurious 98 series.

Named to complement the already existing 76 and 98 series, the 88 which was considered to be the grandaddy of musclecars of the 1960s was first introduced in 1949, and utilized the 76's platform with a newly added large and powerful Rocket V8 engine. Popular duriing its time, the Eighty Eight inspired a popular song 'Rocket 88' and a popular 1950's slogan, 'Make a Date with a Rocket 88'. The rocket was eventually adoped as the Oldmsobile logo during the 1960's, though the 88 name continued to remain in the lineup until the late 1990's.

During the 1950's several updates to the Eighty Eight included a one-piece windshield unit as the replacement of the two-piece windshield with the addition of the Holiday Hardtop to the Oldsmobile line. At the same time, a three-speed manual transmission with column shift also became available as a ‘delete for credit' option to the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. After the 1950 model year, the six-cylinder 76 lineup was dropped entirely as the Eighty Eight now outsold the previoius line.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Washita River Fish harvest ...flood of 1950

"We lived at Bromide during the Washita flood of fifty and when the waters were receding my Uncle Carl Schultz of Connerville, cousins Kenneth and Tommy Dale and I went to the banks of the river and hand caught Buffalo and catfish by the ton. We threw them in the pickup bed and gave them to people all over the Connerville and Bromide area on the way home. The fish were stranded in shallows outside the banks and would have ran out of water soon ... so they became dinner to a lot of folks.Some of these fish were as long as I was tall then. I was thirteen at the time. The website I built for Bromide." -Jimmie Martin in Newcastle, Oklahoma
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gap theory page - what is the gap theory?

Gap theory page - what is the gap theory?: "What is the gap theory ?
The main idea behind the gap theory is, that lucifer rebelled against God and persuaded 1/3 of all the angels to rebell with him, and in attacking the throne of God, he was thrown out from Gods presence, and stripped of his authority he had with God.
Genesis gives some clues as to the situation in saying that the earth was tohu wa bohu, in Isaiah God says that He did not create the earth like that, but created it to be inhabited, in other words, the earth was not tohu wa bohu in the beginning, but it became like that, which the septuaginta also states."

Sunday, August 13, 2006 News News: "Higher level of theft
By Staff Reports

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A few years ago higher educators in the United States copyrighted their school emblems, logos and mascot art. Professors started writing and copyrighting materials developed while on the public payroll using public facilities and equipment. The legislators went along. The prosecutors did not prosecute the theft. The media did not report the stealing. The business community was bullied into submission by the educators' lawyers and paid the inflated fees for the logos and art their taxes had financed. The public was stuck with their favorite teams sportswear and other logoed wear at five times the normal price.
The rights to art, logos, literary creations and inventions developed at taxpayer expense belong to the taxpayer and not the paid employees of our public institutions. The legislatures should take back ownership of these works and they should be returned to the public domain for any individual or business to use and enjoy fee free.
Jim Martin, Newcastle "

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Oklahoman of old ...letter to editor

I worked for Mr. EK Gaylord and his son Edward Gaylord and they were good and honorable tho pragmatic newspapermen. They stood for morality and truth and were responsible stewards of news, reporting all sides of most issues. The Gaylords have done great and admirable things for our state with little abuse of the power they hold until now.
During the primary election I watched as the Daily Oklahoman failed in its duty to inform the public that one of the candidates for our House of Representatives was a homosexual activist under the tutelage of out of state radical sexuality organizations . Several times I emailed copies of the story of his support and training by these gay political alliances easily obtainable on the web. The candidate won by 1% and an informed readership of our "state newspaper" would have undoubtedly affected his candidacy in the negative. The story of his victory then became front page news. The city editorship at the Daily Oklahoman obviously refused to publish the truth and we are shackled in our state house with a change agent for obscene sexuality.
Mr. readers we have choices and your believability rises or falls on our support. You must fire the editors responsible for this travesty and apologize to the good and moral citizenship to reclaim that believability.

Jimmie Martin
Newcastle, Oklahoma