Monday, December 31, 2007

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

Read the Most Popular Myths in Science.
"1. It takes seven years to digest gum
While it may prove a bit more difficult to break down than organic foodstuffs, chewing gum gets no special treatment from the digestive system. Doctors figure this old wives' tale was invented to prevent kids from swallowing the rubbery substance."

Watch the video of Evel Knievel sharing his testimony at his baptism.
"I said I've had a life better than any king, any president, or any prince. Hogwash! I didn't have Jesus Christ in my life."

Read as one Roman Catholic challenges the idea that the church started celebrating Christmas on December 25 in order to peacefully and syncretismtically celebrate when the pagans did.
"Everybody knows that Christmas is really just a warmed-over Celebration of the Feast of the Sol Invictus ... Guess what? Everybody's wrong!"

Read MSNBC's 10 Most Memorable Quotes of 2007.

Read this gem from Don Whitney: Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or On Your Birthday. (HT Rev) Some GREAT self-evaluation slooge for your sanctification pleasure.
2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

Read about (or watch) the Garland, Texas, girl who won Hannah Montana tickets and a trip with a false essay. Heart strings were pulled thanks to an essay that started with "My daddy died this year in Iraq ..." Well, okay, he didn't. There was no such soldier in Iraq, let alone one who died there. But the store is still going to honor the prize anyway. I guess I'm okay with that ... as long as her mom doesn't get to go.
"We told a 6-year-old today that she was going to see Hannah Montana, and we're not going to renege on that."

Sweet! They did renege after all. Read the story and particularly note the attitude of the mom. Think she's gonna have some issues later with her daughter and telling the truth? (Or watch the Channel 11 new piece.)
"We wrote whatever we could to win," she said. "It said to write an essay. It never said it had to be true. I never said it was true. ... It was just an essay. We wrote whatever we could to win."

Read 7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe (HT Timothy)

I haven't heard what happened Christmas morning, but read as one shares the "Top Things I Hope NOT to Find Under My Tree in the Morning."

Read about how the people and Congress prevailed. The new $1 "presidential" coins will move the "In God we trust" from the edge of the coin to the front or back.
"This legislation directs the Secretary of the Treasury to move the inscription as soon as 'practicable' after enactment of the bill. The United States Mint plans to make this change beginning with the 2009 Presidential $1 Coins, which will coincide with the introduction of the first new Native American $1 Coins."

Read as Anthony Bradley shares his daily experience at Starbucks as an occasion to challenge "racial stereotypes."
"Since 1994, I've been trying to convince white evangelicals that most black people are not 'urban,' 'poor,' 'on welfare' or even need to be around white people. No one believes me."

Scope out these pictures of kids scared by Santa. My favorite is #11.

Cremation has become more popular, so this should come as no surprise. Check out EternaHUGS, a cuddly alternative to the urn. (Tempting, but it's still a pine box for me, painted maroon, of course.)
"With the loss of her beloved husband of 26 years, a grieving wife was overcome by the desire to maintain a closeness to her soul mate. The urn that she had chosen, although beautiful, was cold and hard and failed to reflect the warm, loving man with whom she had shared her life. It occurred to her that his spirit would be better embodied in something soft and huggable; it was then that the original EternaBearTM was born."

The voters have spoken. The most admired man & woman of 2007 was George W. Bush and Hillary R. Clinton, respectively. They both have quite a streak going, though the margin of victory has narrowed for both. (HT Ray Fowler)
"For the sixth year in a row, President George W. Bush is the most admired man and Sen. Hillary Clinton the most admired woman in Gallup’s annual survey. But neither winner had a very decisive win this year, with former President Bill Clinton nearly tying Bush and Hillary Clinton barely topping talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. This is the seventh time Bush has been most admired man and the 12th time Clinton has been most admired woman."

See Reuter's Top Pictures of 2007.

Read the new information that is forcing me to rethink my stance on Mike Huckabee.
"Growing up, Mr. Huckabee said, he was a St. Louis Cardinals fan because St. Louis was geographically closest to his hometown of Hope, Ark. He often listened on the radio when Bob Gibson was pitching, he said."

Check out Denny Burk's Top 10 YouTube videos of 2007.

Browse the American Society of Magazine Editors' Magazine Covers of 2007.

View Fred Thompson's newest commercial featuring endorsements. Read as to why another blogger is "still leaning towards Fred" as well. Go, Fred, Go!

Read about Fred Thompson's campaign apologies to Mike Huckabee.
"We apologize for pointing out that as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee offered in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. That’s something he’d probably just as soon no one talk about."

See the Astronomy Pictures of the Year for 2007.

Read this wild story about how an adopted son finds his birth mother after giving up the search years earlier. They work together at Wal-Mart.
"When Christine Tallady was hired last April, she had no idea the young delivery driver to whom she was introduced was her son."

Pastors, read Thus Saith the Radio: Does Christian radio have more influence over your flock than you do?

Some Romney perspectives:
Pro - Romney Is the Real Deal (HT NCGuy)
Con - Could you vote for a man who abides by Moronish wisdom?

Read about those selling "reservations" for heaven. (HT Phil D) This is presumably for those "worried their good deeds might not be good enough" to get them in. Of course, it's not a matter of reservations. It's not even a question of what you know, but WHO you know. (Matthew 7:21-23)

Read about Romney having to "backpedal ... again." It seems he's not been a hunter all his life nor did he march with Martin Luther King nor did he "see" his father march with Martin Luther King nor did he get the endorsement of the NRA when he ran for governor ...

Read about Huckabee's statements that a candidate's faith is not relevant to the presidency. Well, if it's not relevant, should candidates (Huck included) cater to the evangelicals as the best "Chrsitian candidate" for president?
“I don't think it's relevant to the presidency. I really don't. ... We ought to be talking about education and health care and energy independence and all these other things.”

Read about the BYU prof who asserts that Mormons aren't ashamed of pre-1978 segregation.
Passages in the Book of Mormon say dark skin is a sign of divine disfavor and a punishment from God. The church’s sacred writings describe mixed-race offspring as accursed and portray dark-skinned American Indians, for example, as “loathsome” and “an idle people full of mischief.”

Mormons believe that these passages are the word of God, as sacred as the Bible itself. Good Mormons do not believe the ban on blacks was immoral, Brigham Young University religion professor Robert Millet said, adding, “It isn’t something we’re ashamed of. It isn’t something we feel was inappropriate.”

Watch comedian Steve Harvey exhort the crowd to give it up for Jesus. Indeed, you'd never see this from a white comedian, where it's hip to knock Jesus & Christianity. (HT Anthony Bradley)

Read about an area where the Lone Star State REALLY excels. While capital punishment is dwindling in popularity nationwide, the same is not true in Texas, where over 60% of executions took place this year.
"For the first time in the modern history of the death penalty, more than 60 percent of all American executions took place in Texas."

Scope out Christianity Today's list of The Best Christian Albums of 2007.

Scope out The Times' list of 100 Best Films of 2007.

Read Joshua Harris' thoughts on Affluenza
Part 1: The Real Money Problem
Part 2: The Deception of Greed
Part 3: Greed Destroys Us
Part 4: Our Unique Vulnerability
Part 5 - Guarding Against All Kinds of Greed
Part 6 - Spending and Materialism

This is the coolest automotive feature I've seen in a long time: The Disappearing Cardoor. It's no space age polymer, but I want that.

Read about the woman who was "escorted" off the Fort Worth bus for reading her Bible out loud to her children. (Or watch the Channel 11 new bit from Sunday night.)

Comment of the Week:
"Does Piper's publisher hate him? That brother is always selling something for dirt cheap." (from Lionel Woods)

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
-Benjamin Franklin



At 31 December, 2007 18:30, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

How many of those "best Christian albums of 2007" do you own? Heard of? Listen to? Wish that your sister would sing and dance? Tell me Mr. please check out Christian albums? Oops... Did I say that outloud. I guess I sound a little tender don't I? Your sister went to the album tour of one of those albums.

At 31 December, 2007 18:47, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Boy I thought Babel was lousy and extremely inappropriate. I wonder if they'll publish my comment.

At 31 December, 2007 23:41, Blogger randal said...

Seems like there is no love here for Huckabee. My thought is if the '04 election was about the safty of this country then this election is about the very soul of this nation. Huckabee is the only one who understands this notion. the others just don't cut it. Mccain is to old, Rudy is holding on to 9-1-1, thats great but not enough. I can't vote Romney because the Morman thing scares me and Fred just seems to be asleep at the wheel. With this in view Huckabee is the man.


At 01 January, 2008 00:16, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

My response to - BYU prof: Mormons aren't ashamed of pre-1978 segregation

Is as follows:

Saved by Grace - not works ß(that’s me)

The mormon church is not a Christian denomination. They are not Biblical. They are a cult. I pray to God that the truth be exposed and peoples eyes will be opened to the false teachings of the mormon church. They will not stand in the day of the righteous. They're names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

It’s on the website.

My response to - Could you vote for a man who abides by Moronish wisdom?

I love this statement…

“Adherents of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can, by their own strenuous efforts and good works, themselves aspire to become gods. Failing that, they can aspire to become the next best thing - president of the United States.”

Oh and I love this

“To fend off this threat, Romney delivered a speech this month that drew the line in another place, not between Mormons and true Christians but between everyone of faith and the godless rest.”

Thank you for separating the mormons and the “true” Christians.

I rather like this too

“My residual problem with Romney being a Mormon is not that Mormonism is a faith (the atheist's problem), or that Mormonism is not unambiguously Christian (the Christian's problem), but that it seems such a wacky collection of man-made Moronical codswallop. And I do find myself wondering - even if he is a natural conservative, even if Mormonism is, as he puts it, "the faith of my fathers", including the most recent father whom he hero-worshipped - how on earth a well-educated man who aspires to lead the most powerful and modern nation in the world can seriously believe this stuff.”

No, I could NEVER vote for such a man. I feel pretty strong about that.

At 01 January, 2008 01:05, Blogger GUNNY said...

Jesus girl,

You go, girl. Which tour did you go to? Hmm. I own pretty close to zero (0) of those albums.


P.S. You finish that book I bought you yet? It's been a week!


I don't know that I'd say, "there's no love here" for the Huckster. In fact, he's probably my second option, behind Fred, of course.

Honestly, I'd prefer Ron Paul to Mike Huckabee, but I don't think he's got a fighting chance in 2008.

I actually have even greater concerns with some of those candidates than the ones you mentioned (particularly McCain & Rudy).

I have some significant concerns with Huckabee, however, of a political nature. I don't think he has the experience or gravitas to pull off being the president of these United States.

I like that he's also a professing Christian (like some of the others), but Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore were all Southern Baptists, so that doesn't do much to convince me.

I think a lot of people are rallying around him for the issue he makes of faith, though he seems indicate that a candidate's faith should be a non-issue.

I think the experience and stature of Fred Thompson make him a better candidate than Huckabee, especially since one of my personal chief concerns is beating the Democratic nominee.

Putting Huckabee against Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama, I think he loses big.

Obviously, more could be said, but it's not so much being anti-Huckabee as being pro-Fred.

Jesus girl,

Yeah, the whole "Jesus & Satan are brothers" bit and the "you can become a god" slooge are pretty whacked out.

I think if the common (wo)man really understood all the tomfoolery inherent in being a "good Mormon" they would be either be scared of Romney or at least think he's a kook a few bricks shy of a load to believe such deviltry.

At 01 January, 2008 09:23, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

David Crowder Band's Remedy tour. They are my favorite Christian band. I have three of their t-shirts and 7or 9 of their albums. I'm a big fan. I won 3 of the top albums. I don't know why you keep calling it "a book." It is in fact the ultimate "Reformation Study Bible. Are they his notes or a conglomeration of others and he was the general editor?

Let me know, maybe I'll let you listen to some of my music sometime. I would really enjoy introducing you to the music I meditate on daily. I have found much strength in the lyrics of the songs.

Let me know if you want to be friends with it.

At 01 January, 2008 09:29, Blogger Chris Ross said...

Thanks for the great round-up of stuff here, Eric.

I am glad to see someone else who's not jumping on the Huckabee bandwagon.

Having the support of Chuck Norris – even being a true-blue evangelical – doesn't make you a capable, competent President of the U.S.

I've got lots more research to do before deciding, myself.

And one more thing to make myself unpopular: my wife and I told our kids the Santa lie this year, and they loved it! In fact, we'll probably continue this charade for another 5 years or so. I'm betting they'll be able to differentiate the Claus myth from the Bible truth when they're older.

Aggies all the way in 08!

At 01 January, 2008 14:17, Blogger Lance said...

Nice duds in the profile pic.

They would seem appropriate for admission to White Castle in February.

At 01 January, 2008 16:15, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Did somebody say White Castle? Who's making a run?

White Castles at your funeral... priceless.

At 01 January, 2008 19:31, Blogger Jade said...

if Mike Huckabee is also a fan of White Castles, would that also swing your vote? :ob

At 02 January, 2008 13:43, Blogger GUNNY said...

Jesus Girl,

Lance is referencing our yearly trek through the cold to White Castle.

2006 - Brian & Gunny Go to White Castle

2007 - Lance & Gunny Go to White Castle

Hopefully, I'll be able to share:

2008 - The Pipe et al & Gunny go to White Castle


If Huckabee comes along, then I'm in for Huckabee 2008!


At 02 January, 2008 22:20, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

You ate 2 quad stackers? Wow. Impressive. I ate two ultimates one night.

At 02 January, 2008 22:31, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

What's your all time high for White Castle consumption in one sitting?

At 02 January, 2008 22:51, Blogger GUNNY said...

2 Ultimates is nothing to sneeze at. You must have really brought your "A Game" for that culinary delight.

I'm pretty sure my record is 12 double cheese burgers (without the pickle).

I had got 8 doubles for breakfast in Fenton, MO, on the way back from St. Louis. I was almost done when we were entering Eureka, MO, the closest White Castle to Dallas.

I thought, hey, this may be it for the food today, so let's get some more.

Really, I was already at capacity with the 8, but knew it was going to be a LONG time before I got to hit the White Castle again.

So, 4 more doubles, hot & fresh, finished me off.

I was pretty well miserable in the car until we hit Oklahoma.

At 02 January, 2008 22:51, Blogger Jade said...

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At 02 January, 2008 23:00, Blogger Jade said...

Gunny wrote:
I had got 8 doubles for breakfast in Fenton, MO, on the way back from St. Louis. I was almost done when we were entering Eureka, MO, the closest White Castle to Dallas.

Uh?! Did you mean 8 DOUBLE CHEESE BURGERS for breakfast?! Hmmm, that's just not right, dude .... we've got to put you on some vege diet.

At 03 January, 2008 21:54, Blogger Jade said...

I think you need to just say goodbye to Fred, Gunny. Huckabee finished a strong first in Iowa. Gave a nice victory speech too. Now all you need to find out is if Huckabee is a White Castle fan ... although less likely because he lost so much weight... :o)


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