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."