Monday, May 30, 2011

You not expendable.

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
~G.K. Chesterton
This Memorial Day, we remember our love for those who laid down their lives for a country and its people. We also remember today how we need to show that love to our present soldiers, loving them in life, not merely in death.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Any man don't wanna get killed better clear on out the back.

Much has been said about the negative impact of immigration, particularly illegal immigration, in this country. However, it's a problem in Europe as well.

In Oslo, Norway, there's a particular problem their having with foreigners being rapists. In fact, ALL rapes in Oslo last year were committed by "men of non-Western background."
"From 2005-2010 a total of 86 sexual assaults involving rape was reported. In 83 cases the man was described as having 'non-western appearance'; these are all the cases in which the perpetrator could be identified by the victim."

It would appear the religion (e.g., Islam) plays a part in such treatment of women, as the following news clip shows.

"I think when a person has been found guilty of rape he should be castrated. That would stop him pretty quick."
~Billy Graham

Thursday, May 26, 2011

You're breaking up with me, because I'm too ... blonde?

During a recent password audit, it was found that a blonde was using the following password:
  • MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofy
When asked why such a big password, she said that it had to be at least 8 characters long.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

My hypocrisy only goes so far.

Thursday, President Obama called for a return to the 1967 boundary lines with regard to a solution to the friction between Israel & the Palestinians.

Friday, KISS's Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz in Israel) responded to the man he voted for, criticizing his suggestion. Check out this video clip where Simmons also addresses the moon, the UN, insects, and the death penalty [questionable language has been bleeped].

Let me just say, in general, I think it's hypocritical for the US to champion the idea of independence given our own history of denying that type of endeavor (e.g., the Civil War).

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

What a country?! We'll let any weirdo post any kind of doggerel online it seems, present company included.

In pondering Dirk's recent respectability and the question of whether or not he's a "Top 10" player of all time, James Day loses all credibility in a Top 10 all time list that doesn't include Magic Johnson.

To be fair, there are some greats on his list:
  • Centers: Kareem, Shaq, Wilt and Russell
  • Forwards: Bird and Erving
  • Guards: West, Robertson, Jordan and Kobe.
Perhaps he felt it was already too Laker heavy with 5 of his 10, I don't know. But who would honestly prefer to have Kobe over Magic?

All time starting five is another discussion, but to me a top 10 list is like the draft, these are the first ones you pick.

My top 10 of all time:
  1. Magic Johnson
  2. Wilt Chamberlain
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. Bill Russell
  6. Larry Bird
  7. Julius Erving
  8. Shaquille O’Neal
  9. Jerry West
  10. Oscar Robertson
Honorable Mentions: Hakeem Olajuwon, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, and James Worthy.

Perhaps I'm too hard on those without championships or presently playing, but it's hard to be top top if your team wasn't the best ... EVER.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don't give that man a statue. Give him heart.

Apparently, Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (aka Lew Alcindor) is upset that he doesn't have a statue of himself outside the Staples Center.

To be fair, Kareem is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a 6-time champ, and the reason I became a Lakers fan in 1979. I certainly think he's "statue-worthy" and a would also be my choice for statue #3, behind Jerry West & Magic Johnson, whom I've argued is the best of all time.

Kareem's tender he doesn't get the love Magic Johnson does?
"When you look at what (owner Jerry Buss) did for Earvin and what he did for me, big disparity there," Abdul-Jabbar said.
The Lakers have already said the next statue will be of Kareem, but I wouldn't be surprised if it takes longer now. I'd be in favor of adding an extra year just out of principle.

C'mon, man. You can't demand a statue of yourself. That's not the way honor should work.

I know Kareem's not a Christian, but Proverbs 27:2 comes to mind:
"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips."

As a player, I have nothing but the utmost respect for "The Captain," but I lost some respect for him as a human with this, "Where's my statue? Where's the love, man?" bit.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

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

Check out what educated non-Muslims don't like about Islam in a nutshell.

Check out these answers to objections when you talk about Islam.

Check out Charles Spurgeon against Legalistic "Holiness" and Morbid Self-Examination.

Read about 5 things that will happen to you when America goes bankrupt.

Read about UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter convicted of child sex crimes.

Check out a list of the best last lines in literature. (HT Brent Thomas)

Check out President Obama's vision for America: "A vision where we live within our means ..."

Read about the suspicion that Moammar Gadhafi is planning to unleash mustard gas on Libyan rebels.

Reflect on the death of David Wilkerson.

Read an article about the significance of Anselm by RC Sproul.

Check out, a website chronicling the high cost of our legal system.

Read about the mother of 11 who was killed after complying with every one of the armed robber's demands.

Check out some downloadable Sunday school curriculum from ARBCA (Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America).

Read about the Rabbi convicted of groping an Israeli Army officer on the plane.

Read 5 specific reasons why church membership matters.

Check out these FREE online language courses.

Read about Pakistanis "celebrating" the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden by Muslim prayers for him and burning American flags.

Read about the Arab-American response in Dearborn, Michigan, to the news of Osama's death, proof that "American Muslims are in the United States to escape Sharia law — not to import it."

Check out the flak Chancellor Merkel of Germany got when she said she was "glad" Osama was dead.

Check out the recently clean-shaven teacher who vowed nearly 10 years ago not to shave until Osama was confirmed.

Read about sightseers flocking to Osama's compound as it becomes a "ghoulish tourist attraction."

Read about how the White House, CIA, and Pentagon botched the death of Osama storyline.

Read about Osama's unrealized plans to attack American trains on the anniversary of 9/11.

Check out Graeme Goldsworthy's Main Chapters in the Biblical Storyline in chart form, with elaboration.

Read about Pittsburgh Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall creating quite a stir with his Osama tweets.

Read about Pittsburgh Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall losing his Champion endorsement over his comments regarding Osama.

Read this rebuttal to the absurd argument against showing Americans pictures of dead Osama along the lines of "Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet."

Read "Is God glad Osama Bin Laden's dead?" by John Piper. (HT Chaplain Galyon)

Read speculation as to the American Idol judges' beef with Haley.

Read about the words mistakenly attributed to Martin Luther the King: "Anatomy of a Fake Quotation."

Check out these fast facts on Freemasonry.

Learn about Social Darwinism from Gene Edward Veith.

Check out Stuff White People Like: Black Music that Black People Don’t Listen to Anymore.

Check out these poll numbers the media ignores.

Watch Jim Gaffigan address the Bible, Catholicism, and Easter traditions.

Check out Adrian Warnock's thoughts on CS Lewis, John Stott, Hell, and Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins.

Read about the intellectual dishonesty of Nancy Pelosi.

Check out these resources recapping the GOP Presidential debate in SC. I urge you to check out Herman Cain's video clips.

Check out Herman Cain's presidential exploratory website.

Read Puritan Thomas Watson's All Things for Good.

Read about plans for a Godfather prequel. (HT Jason Kearney)

Read about Pacifism, "A naive and dangerous approach to life." (Say what you will about the tenants of national socialism ...)

Check out Foxnews' poll: Should the American flag be banned--in America?

Read President Al Mohler's thoughts on why conservative churches are growing.

Read about FEMA's lack of assistance with the wildfires in Texas.

Read about how 70% of illegal aliens in Texas receive welfare.

Check out Stuff Christians Like: Ranking the 7 Deadly Sins.

Read about nearly half of Detroiters being functionally illiterate.

Read 21 things NOT to say to a hurting friend. (N.B. These things were actually said.)

Read about the thoughts of the children reading with President Bush on 9/11 nearly a decade later on his initial response.

Read about church steeples being put on the endangered list.

Check out 2003 Miss USA's traumatic account of being sexually assaulted (i.e., "groped") by the TSA.

Check out the uproar over a 6 year old girl getting the "enhanced" TSA pat-down, including the YouTube clip of the event.

Read about Mexico et al buying up huge amounts of gold, in an attempt to diversify in the face of the "faltering dollar."

Read about the Muslim & Christians clashes in Egypt that killed 12 and injured hundreds.

Check out Texas, creating more new jobs in the last 5 years than all other states combined.

Read "Only One Way" by Bruce Ware, learning about pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism.

Read about the Australian man who stabbed to death his 2 year old daughter, after announcing his plan to the world via Facebook.

Read about the teaching of Muslim (Sharia) Law at the University of Montana.

Check out Chaplain Galyon's All-Time Favorite Quotable Movies.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

It's rare I do so, but I joined with another congregation for worship not too long ago. I wasn't wearing my customary "church clothes."

In conversation with a presumably well-meaning lady, she said, "God doesn't care what you wear." She was speaking in the context of what one wears when assembling to worship the true & living God.

I give her the benefit of the doubt as to her intentions, but I differ. While you'd be hard pressed to argue the Bible requires a suit or a fancy dress or even long pants on men folk, to say He's apathetic regarding attire in the assembly to to overstate the matter.

Modesty inclines us to not dress in such a way that draws attention to ourselves, especially when attention should be focused on God and our adoration & appreciation of Him.

Conventional wisdom inclines us to afford God at least the same respect we'd afford others we deem important by dressing in such a way that doesn't communicate our apathy. Again, that may not mean your "Sunday best" as other generations have put it, but I think it necessitates being "presentable."

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