Thursday, August 31, 2006

Barkley for Governor

Charles Barkley might run on the democratic ticket in Alabama. He says so in this interview with Chris Meyers.

Paying for Democracy

Should the U.S. provide the resources to promote democracy in the Middle East? Victor Davis Hanson says yes and explains the importance in this article.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Picasso's Other Muse

It's a dachshund -- and there are never enough stories about inspirational dachshunds.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sue, Jackie!

Jews for Jesus used Jackie Mason's likeness for a pamphlet outlining the differences between Jews and Christians. Anyone who has seen his act knows a good part of his schtick is the difference between Jew and Gentile -- and he's completely hilarious.

"While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith, the fact is, as everyone knows, I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," the 75-year-old comedian said in documents filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

I'm neither an attorney nor a judge, but I am a Christian: something tells me that using a comedian's likeness and schtick without credit or permission is wrong.

He's looking for $2million and the destruction of the pamphlets. Here's the article.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Big Splash in Munich

You'd think they could do something about 300-pound women bathing in public fountains. Go ahead and read the article - Whew! No pictures.

Where's Bert #2

This CNN Article doesn't tell you. It speculates that OBL is in (gasp!) Pakistan. I got all excited because the teaser line "trees and tapes may hint at Bin Laden location" sucked me right in.

But the information didn't really go anywhere: OBL might be in Chitral (based on the trees in a video), and al-Zawahiri is in Waziristan. Pakistan, of course, allows no foreign troops. Plus, OBL and al-Z far surpass any Pakistani politician in popularity.

They love him lots and lots. So there he stays.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Serving a Higher Purpose

In rural China families will do just about anything to attract funeral-goers -- like, hiring strippers, for instance. According to this article, they say that the honor of the deceased increases with the number of attendees...

Let's just say that officials "issued notices concerning funeral management," Xinhua said.

Economically Active Children...

This NYT article talks about the child work force in Africa: "more than 49 million sub-Saharan children age 14 and younger worked in 2004, 1.3 million more than at the turn of the century just four years earlier. "

Read the article to understand the kind of labor they provide. It's not McDonald's.

"The Marines Got Here First"

I needed a story like this today. A guy walks in to a 7-11, asks the clerk for cigarettes and walks out the door without paying. Another clerk goes outside to stop him, and the thief punches her right in the face. But there was someone behind him in line...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rage -- Goddess,

This article caught my attention by mentioning that Americans could better identify the Seven Dwarves than their Supreme Court justices.

Imagine my horror when I found out that "Just over 60 percent of respondents were able to name Bart as Homer's son on the television show "The Simpsons," while only 20.5 percent were able to name one of the ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."

Rage -- Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.


-from the Robert Fagles translation of Homer's Iliad

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Dear Anonymous: About God's Wrath...

An anonymous reader commented on the "Surprise, surprise" post that "Though I agree that the comment by the local worship center is off, I think to state "they arrive for the experience dead, and leave that way" is unsubstantiated at best. I agree with you that worship is for believers, but don't agree that God can't work in diverse places, even ones I would not like to attempt to worship in. "

The gospel is salvation from the wrath of God. God's wrath is a fundamental doctrine of scripture (Romans 1:18 and hundreds of other places). If God's wrath is not real, then a messiah is not necessary. The quotation, as posted, is a repudiation of a truth that stands at the very heart of what the Bible teaches about God. It is, therefore, irreconcilable to biblical Christianity.

Yes, of course I believe that God works in diverse places - I'm an example of that - but it's the truth He blesses, not error.

Creation: A Clown Show!

Review of the off-Broadway show in the NYT.