27 November 2006

A great competitor

A friend and I were musing a few weeks ago about when we started to get old. Referring to a store we used to hang out at and play D&D - that has since been torn down - Pete's answer was, "When we started to outlive our buildings."

I am a Bears fan, and while there are teams I instinctively dislike, there are also other organizations and players in the NFL that I respect. Brett Favre is one of those.

Tonight he is starting his 232 consecutive game as Green Bay's QB. He has played in 36 different NFL stadiums, 13 of which no longer exist.

To put it in a different perspective, in the time Favre has been starting for Green Bay, my Bears have started 20 different QB's!

Congrats Brett.

BTW: Finally, a booth guest on ESPN's Monday Night Football who does not distract from the game. Charles Barkley was a complete distraction, as was Jeff Gordon (?) (or some NASCAR driver), as have been all the other celebs I have endured this season. Jimmy Kimmel though, was pretty funny and did not distract from (at that point) a pretty good game.

26 November 2006

The most irritating rock song ever ...

I heard it on the radio yesterday, so I decided to blog this thought that I have had for a very long time. I think that the most irritating rock song ever is "Some Guys Have All the Luck" by Rod Stewart. Now I admit, there are worse songs, musically and even lyrically. But what makes this song so terribly irritating is the combination of lyrics and the realities of Rod Stewart's life. Wikipedia, has this to say about Rod's relationships:
Throughout his career Stewart has been known for his liaisons with attractive women (fathering seven children with five of them; the oldest being born in 1964 and his latest child being born in November 2005):

* Art student Susannah Boffey; one daughter Sarah Thubron (born 1964)
* Actress Britt Ekland [first woman pictured]
* First marriage, to Alana Hamilton (ex-wife of actor George Hamilton); one daughter Kimberly (born 1979) and one son Sean (born 1981) [Second woman pictured at right]
* Model Kelly Emberg; one daughter Ruby (born 1987)
* Second marriage, to model Rachel Hunter; one daughter Renee (born 1992) and one son Liam (born 1994). Rod was quoted as saying that he'd rather have his penis cut off than cheat on her. He was later sued for divorce. [Third woman on right]
* With his new fiancée, model Penny Lancaster, he had his seventh child, a boy, Alastair Wallace Stewart, on 27 November 2005. The couple plan to marry in 2006. [Fourth woman on right.]
Now I know, he did not write the song. (Robert Palmer did.) And I know it was released in 1984. But for a guy who has been married to some of the most beautiful women in the world, but cannot say faithful to them to sing that
Some guys have all the luck
Some guys have all the pain

Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain
really irritates me.

25 November 2006

well, duh!

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Vice President Dick Cheney arrived Saturday in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Abdullah, apparently seeking the Sunni royal family's influence and tribal connections to calm Iraq after an especially violent week.

Please tell me that this is not the first time this has been tried!

21 November 2006

Michael Richards acted like an idiot

The first I heard of Michael Richard's wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap moment was in this story, though I do not remember exactly which site I found it on.

Daryl Pitts, a Laugh Factory audience member interviewed by CNN, compared the incident to another recent celebrity controversy.

"You think about Mel Gibson and what he said, and put that in the context of this, it's very upsetting," Pitts said, referring to Gibson's anti-Semitic outburst during his arrest for drunken driving.

Scrutiny of Richards' remarks likely will continue but won't match the level prompted by Gibson's behavior because Richards is far less famous, Levine said.

And I was wondering how it is that one of the four stars of the most popular television comedy of the last decade was not famous enough!?!

I think that that is just an excuse to allow Richards to skate after a couple weeks while Gibson will continue to be pilloried. Why? Newsbusters explains it well:

My guess would be that "Kramer" will not get near the amount of venom spewed at him. Of course, "Kramer" didn't make a movie about Jesus that made millions despite Hollywood's best efforts to laugh it out of theaters, either!

After all, did Mel Gibson get 7 some minutes of David Letterman's show to apologize?

This may be the nastiest thing ever said about anybody.

Ok, maybe not the nastiest, but pretty close:

[Newlywed actor Tom] Cruise is clueless. In a way, he’s become the new Michael Jackson.

A bad idea whose time has not come

Once upon a time, another pastor told me about a new fundraising scheme being used at the church she served: the "Lord's Lottery." Everyone was encouraged to use envelopes for their offering and put their name on it. At the end of the service, they would draw an envelope and the person would get back twice as much as they had put in. "Offerings are up!" the pastor declared proudly.

Well, yes, offerings may well have been up, but Christian stewardship was certainly down. Other things that were up: self-centered-ness, greed, the list goes on and on. Christian stewardship is about selflessness and putting God at the center of your life and relying on him, first, last and always. (Among other things.)

For exactly these same reasons, the Arizona voting lottery is a bad idea. We should all be participating in the electoral process, but if you do not feel obliged, you should not be bribed or otherwise taking part out of some sort of selfish motive. Enlightened self interest is one thing; an appeal to greed is another.

And yes, I know that some politicians make promises that are more or less than exactly that. But that is different than the government doing it.

I used to worry about low voter turnouts. I do not any more. I want an educated, interested electorate showing up to vote. If you will not take the time and interest to educate yourself, it is ok. Just stay home.

10 November 2006

You've got to admire the efficiency

Mike Straka manages to slam - and deservedly so - three "celebrities" simultaneously:

Now, I'm the Grrr! guy, and trust me, I have no love for Britney Spears. I think she had little talent even at the top of her game, and is a despicable influence on our nation's youth. I shudder to think that she's a mother.

But compared to her soon-to-be-ex-husband, she's Mother Teresa.

Upon hearing the news that Britney has filed for divorce from her free-loading "Papozao" rapping loser of a husband (aka, the white Corey Clark), I find myself in her corner. At least until the next time she French kisses an over-aged, worn-out, pop star who goes by the name of Jesus Christ's mother.

That sums it up nicely.

But they should like us now ...

... that the Democrats won! How can this be:

CAIRO, Egypt — Al Qaeda in Iraq's purported leader vowed on Friday that his fighters would never rest until they have reached Jerusalem and destroy the White House.

In the audio tape made available on a militant web site, a man introduced as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir said Al Qaeda has 12,000 fighters at the ready in Iraq.

"We will not rest from our Jihad until we are under the olive trees of Rumieh and we have destroyed the dirty black house -- which is called the White House," al-Muhajir said.

They don't hate us, they only hate Bush, we have been told by Donkey after Donkey. And now that we voted for the Democrats, they ought to leave us alone!!!

A comment on the recent election

Our local MSM weekly - a small town paper so liberal they only print on the left side of the page - ran a letter to the editor saying that he was sure that Bush was going to cheat and Diebold is evil so there would still be Republican rule blah blah blah...

Blogger JimTreacher asks the following questions of such moonbats:

Questions from a political dilettante

  • Does this mean Bush is still Hitler? I'm pretty sure Hitler never let his opponents win an election, did he? Unless... this is all part of Rove's plan.
  • A major concern of the last few elections has been that Republicans need to cheat to win, and the problem was going to be even worse with the new Diebold machines. What happened? Did Cheney forget his password again? That darn Cheney, always forgetting his password.
  • What happened to Ned? I thought Lieberman was Public Enemy #1. Now Kos must feel like the kid on Christmas morning who's surrounded by toys... except for the one he really wanted.
  • Does Nancy Pelosi ever wear a fake flower on her lapel that shoots acid? Because that would really be a surprise for Batman when he's hauling her to Commissioner Gordon's office.
  • So the world likes us again, right? No more terrorism? YAY!!!

Via Best of the Web Today

07 November 2006

On Senator Kerry's remarks

I was flat on my back last week with a low back muscle strain, so I did not blog on Sen Kerry's remarks at the time. The best comment I read came from Ronald Griffin, who wrote of the death of his son in Iraq in the WSJ.

As Sen. Kerry began his soon-to-be-reversed "I apologize to no one" rebuttal to a call for an apology, I was driving by the memorial built in honor of Kyle, my son, and the other fallen heroes from my town. As I listened, I tried unsuccessfully to make sense of the meteor shower of thoughts that were streaking through my mind. Then came one remembrance that brought all those other thoughts to an instantaneous halt. Last year I had written an editorial and I received a number of written replies. Among those was one postmarked from San Diego addressed simply to "the father of a hero" and my town of Emerson, N.J.

It started off friendly enough then quickly became argumentative and before the first paragraph was completed this individual had written, "I am glad that your son got killed for he probably was an idiot just like you". My first reaction, and really the only reaction I have ever had, was sadness for an individual who is so consumed with anger that he felt it necessary to lash out at me for my beliefs.

That is exactly how I feel about John Kerry. His anger was in full bloom as he tried desperately to control the damage that his words had caused. He knew full well that he could not defend his remarks, so he attacked President Bush. In doing so he reinforced his now fully revealed condescending attitude towards our troops. He talked over them, as he always does, never even beginning to understand that there might be individuals who were truly and deeply offended by his remarks. The explanation for that is quite simple: He firmly and deeply believes that anyone who would be so stupid as to join the military is beneath the high moral perch on which he thinks he sits.

Even in his so-called apology the next day, Mr. Kerry could not bring himself to admit that he had made a mistake. It was not his fault that I might be offended; it is my fault because I "misinterpreted" what he said.

Over these past 3 1/2 years, whenever I have been asked to be interviewed or speak at a function, I purposely do not write anything down. I do not want my emotions to be confined by the words that I have practiced; rather, I want to share with the people I am speaking with the full range of emotions that I live with each day in order that they might understand me in human terms. On the day that he aggrieved so many individuals by his words, that is what Sen. Kerry was doing. He dropped the pretense and revealed to the world what was in is heart, to his never-ending detriment.

But I commend the whole article to you, so that you, too might know of Kyle Griffin, and not just
that sour faced, retired Navy vet who serves as the junior senator from Mass.

06 November 2006

Great Pictures make better politics

I would guess that by now everyone has seen this picture.

But a friend of mine sent me this one seen at the Army-Air Force Football game.

Which leads me to my political comment this morning. The tele-pundits are all over the news shows this morning with the news that the number of conservatives and Repubs reporting themselves as likely voters are surging in the last few days. I thank John Kerry for that. Not only for his bone-headed comment, but for his subsequent staunch refusal to issue an apology, and then, the next day, issuing a non-apology apology.

That provided a piece that the MSM could not ignore, and it has reminded the right / center what is at stake in this election.

Don't get me wrong. The Dems are going to have gains. I predict they will take the House, and be very close to taking the Senate. (Clear your schedule, Mr V P. You may have some tie-breaking votes to cast.) But the gains will not be as significant as they would have been sans Messr Kerry's comments.

03 November 2006

What's she smoking?

"The President has the worst jobs record since the Great Depression, and the economy is slowing due to the housing slump. The budget and trade deficits as well as public debt levels have all climbed to record levels," Pelosi said.
1. The new jobs report is really excellent news. Note that this is nearly as good as the pre-9/11 jobs numbers.

2. When a market bubble, the the housing bubble, begins to deflate, that is not a slump. It is the market returning to normal.

3. I do not think that the budget and trade numbers or the public debt are at record levels in constant dollars, though I, too, am concerned about them.

But Speaker-in-waiting Pelosi blows any credibility she might have with:

4. "The President has the worst jobs record since the Great Depression..." Right. Except for Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Bush 41.

Too small a box for God?

I have a long history with opposing the Concordat /CCM between the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our failure to derail it is part of the reason I am no longer in the ELCA. Why? you ask.

Here is the opinion of the new Presiding Bishop of the ECUSA (now called The Episcopal Church as they prepare to break with Canterbury - or get kicked out.)

Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori -- who is to be installed on Saturday as the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA -- stated that Christians should not say that Jesus is the only way to God. "If we insist we know the one way to God," she said, "we've put God in a very small box."

In John 14:6, Jesus -- in responding to a question posed by the disciple Thomas -- said: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." But Jefferts-Schori says she disagrees with the idea that salvation comes only through trusting in Jesus Christ. "It's this sense that one person can have the fullness of truth in him or herself, rather than understanding that truth is -- like God -- more than any one person can encompass," stated the soon-to-be ECUSA leader.

Jefferts-Schori says she views salvation as the healing of all Creation through holy living.

In otherwords, it is all about works righteousness.

We are not putting God in a small box when we believe his word; our sin has put us in one, and there is only one way out.

The ECUSA / TEC is not a Christian organization anymore. God help those many fine Chrstians who are stuck in it.