The best gift I could give you..
watch this one and rejoice in the New Year!
..and remember what Clarence said..
No man is a failure who has friends!
Benazir Bhutto's 19-year-old son, Bilawal, has been appointed co-chairman, with his father, of the former Prime Minister's Pakistan People's Party (PPP). The first year history student at Christ Church, Oxford, will return to his studies with his father and Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, effectively running the party.Give me a break!! Is this England? Is his name William or Harry? Will he be "co-chairing" with a crown on his head? Why do we humans feel a need to appoint untested and unqualified children of leaders to leadership positions? What is this.. church?
I always thought the problem with Hillary was, her notion of government was, "I am Evita, I am the one who gives gifts to the little people and then they come and bring me flowers and they worship at me because I am the great Evita. And I give things to people. I give them universal health care; I give them an energy program. I give gifts to the little people. The little people come to me and I give them gifts, like universal pre-K. I am the gift-giver to the little people. Oh, I am the grand, grand woman, the grand Evita. And I give gifts to the little people and they're going to come to me in multitudes and worship at me!"You can catch the episode on YouTube where Chris also rants about the Huckabee Christmas ad. Might not be hard news but it is pretty funny. Hattip to Mark for the transcript and picture.
Give me a break! That's not the transaction. It's our country, it's our government. Public officials get to serve us! They serve us, they are our servants. They are not Evitas; they are not goddesses. We don't look up to them that way. We don't get gifts from them. By the way: we pay for every damn program we get. In fact we pay more for it than we're going to get. What are you kidding: you're going to give us stuff? From where? From your treasury? Where are you going to go? The palace? The palace? We're going to give them to you?
It's the Hillary, it's the Clinton notion of the political transaction: we are the well-educated, sophisticated, smarter-than-you, better-than-you people and we're going to give you little things for your little needs. We've got little things for you; here's a gift for you. Universal pre-K. It's an absurdity. And some ad writer around her, Mandy [Grunwald] or Mark [Penn] should say "Mrs. Clinton, this is the problem you have. You think you're better and bigger than the little people, and you're giving them these things.
The public image of the leaders of the religious right I met with so many times also contrasted with who they really were. In public, they maintained an image that was usually quite smooth. In private, they ranged from unreconstructed bigot reactionaries like Jerry Falwell, to Dr. Dobson, the most power-hungry and ambitious person I have ever met, to Billy Graham, a very weird man indeed who lived an oddly sheltered life in a celebrity/ministry cocoon, to Pat Robertson, who would have had a hard time finding work in any job where hearing voices is not a requirement. —Frank Schaeffer, Crazy for GodNeedless to say this intro got my attention big time. Not sure that I will read the book because it seemed, from the interview anyway, that Frank provides a somewhat biased view against the religious right. Here are a few Frank excerpts from the interview:
About his famous family: Dad had a very strong temper. He and mother had a good marriage, in the sense that it lasted. They had a lot of affection for one another, and they were very dynamic. But there was also, as there are in a lot of human relationships, a very dark side. One of those dark sides came out when they were fighting. My father would yell and scream and throw things. Sometimes, it went beyond that.Well, I warned you that it would be anti-religious right. The interview also has interesting perspectives on the politics of the Iraqi War, abortion and homosexuality but I am already negative enough on the right and don't need more fuel for the fire. Take a look at the interview and let me know what you think of it.
About Christain Celebrities: My father never would have pictured a day when his work would help lay a foundation for the anti-gay, anti-homosexual campaign being carried out by people like James Dobson and others. ... The idea of watching himself on The 700 Club or a replay of him preaching from Jerry Falwell’s pulpit would not please Dad, given the direction all this has gone. ... Yes. He saw it as a crazy world. He would say things like he thought Pat Robertson was out of his mind or that Jerry Falwell was harsh and inhuman.
On President Bush: He is arguably the worst president in the history of the United States. He is unfit for the office of president of the United States. He has trouble speaking the English language and articulating a point of view. Second, he has led us into a war—in which my son, by the way, fought—on false pretenses. That is a terrible thing. Bush is personally responsible for the displacement of the Christian minority in Iraq. It was the last large Christian minority anywhere in the Middle East, and it has been destroyed. It is ironic that someone who proclaims he is a Christian president has single-handedly started a war that has undone the last Christian minority in the Middle East. Now it is wall-to-wall Islam from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean with the exception of Israel. There is not one place outside of Syria that still has that intact Christian minority now.
Do you consider people of the Mormon faith to be Christian?My blog friend Janna has a lively discussion over at her place around this question. Here is how I answered:
If the question was..I have watched Mitt Romney respond to some pretty hateful questioning about Mormonism.. it has made me sad that so many "orthodox" Christians have been so unloving. To be clear, I don't have a problem with asking a candidate to answer religious questions.. no more than I do asking him other "personal" questions. What I object to is the slamming of a man.. who is faithful to his wife, his family, his church and his country.. because he embraces the faith that he was raised in."Do you consider Mormonism to be Christian?"..my answer would be no.. but asking us to make a judgment on people.. and (really) a person (Romney) in particular.. is a place that I will not go.. I will not say that say that Romney.. who appears to love Jesus.. is not a Christian because he was raised in Mormonism.
Really.. an Evangelical can embrace all of the "correct" beliefs at a head level but be utterly lost because they have never bowed their heart to Jesus.. alternately.. a Mormon may not have it all together in their head but may have bowed their hearts to Jesus with everything they know to bow.
In a report Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said 47 percent of U.S. adult Internet users have looked for information about themselves through Google or another search engine.So, on that note, I decided to google me and got these results:
That is more than twice the 22 percent of users who did in 2002, but Pew senior research specialist Mary Madden was surprised the growth wasn't higher.
Let me know if you google you and what you find.
"Kansas Bob" yielded about 11,500
kanasbob returned about 4,700
BobLastname about 6470 and
"Bob Lastname" about 278,000
Vote Different ..great Obama commercialLet me know which ones you would put at the top of your list.
Iran So Far ..funny SNL digital short with Andy, Adam and Fred
The Landlord ..with Will Ferrel
Thriller ..odd dance sequence with Philippine prison dancers
Can't Tase This ..MC Hammer remix with tasered UF student
Dan Rather ..on the roof.. no scarf.. not coat
Clark and Michael ..the series preview
Miss Teen USA 2007 ..South Carolina contestant answers a question
Daft Hands ..lame video
Leave Brittany Alone! ..bad language warning.. Time's #1 ..she's a he!
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.He is to date the only president from Indiana.
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.
Great lives never go out; they go on.
The bud of victory is always in the truth.
After the heavy blow of the death of my wife, I do not think that I could have stood re-election.
How about you? Do you embrace globalism? Have you ever thought that globalism might be just another word for Babylon the Great.. right out of the book of Revelation?
:little changes when Democrats or Republicans are in power
:much power lobbyists have.. especially foreign ones
:many foreign companies own once American owned corporations
:much we have given away in trade agreements
:many of our high tech jobs have, and are being, outsourced
:much money we are spending in Iraq
:our borders seem to stay open to illegal aliens
Missional, Liquid/Aqua, Ancient-Future, Post ____, Jesus, Community, Derrida, Liturgy, Global, Creed, Experience, Social Justice, Conversation, Spiritual, Ritual, Beauty, Art, Blog, Ooze, Journey, Discussion, Open, Random, Culture, TechnologyYou use these words in a negative way:
Foundationalism, Absolute Truth, Church Growth, D.A. Carson, Calvinism, Modernism, Fundamentalist, Bush, Seeker Sensitive, Preaching, Pulpit, Doctrine, Innerancy, Power, Enlightenment, Rationalism, Meta-narratives, Universal, JudgementalDepending on your sense of humor, you're a tad irritated with this post.
"I could care less what religion Romney is, AND I will not sacrifice principle just to beat Hillary."I am not.. and I know that many of you are not.. part of the vast right wing Evangelical masses that the media like to talk about.. the one that won't vote for a Mormon or Hillary. I absolutely hate.. I know.. strong words.. how the media/press have figured us out and dismissed so many of us sincere followers of Jesus. They do not know us as well as they think they do.. hope we surprise them next year.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experienced by those "who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified" (CCC 1030). It notes that "this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1031).From Wikipedia:
The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.
Mortal sin, according to the beliefs of Roman Catholicism, is a sin that, unless confessed and absolved (or at least sacramental confession is willed if not available), condemns a person's soul to Hell after death. The phrase is used in I John 5.16 -17:I am not an expert in this but thought that it would be helpful to understand this theological difference when discussing the afterlife with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters.. and please do not use this post as an opportunity to bash Catholicism.. though Luther objected to the selling of indulgences.. we Protestants have our own issues around the raising of money.
"If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one - to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal." (NRSV)In all Catholic moral theology, a mortal sin, as distinct from a venial sin, must meet all of the following conditions:
Its subject must be a grave (or serious) matter;
It must be committed with full knowledge, both of the sin and of the gravity of the offense;
It must be committed with deliberate and complete consent.
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."
-- Oren Arnold
There are 4,780,744 people in the U.S. with the first name Robert. Statistically the 3rd most popular first name. There are 415,717 people in the U.S. with my last name. Statistically the 49th most popular last name.
There are 83,447 people in the U.S. with the first name Bob. Statistically the 585th most popular first name.
There are 0 people in the U.S. with the first name Kansas. There are 1,821 people in the U.S. with the last name Bob. Statistically the 16271st most popular last name.Okay.. KB came up with a zero.. but you all know that there is only one KB!
Apparently, once they opened up my back, they discovered that my condition had worsened since my MRIs. Dr. Borkowski said the rupture was "huge", and that the whole mess was within days of another "explosion".Kelli is back on her feet these days will small residuals left from her back injury. An amazing climax to this great story. Thanks for praying.
This explosion would have sent additional shards of bone and jagged disc material cutting through my spinal cord, and could have caused paralysis, as well as complete loss of control of the bowel and bladder.
In other words, I was just days away from a colossal medical emergency.
Couric: If it's not you, how disappointed will you be?
Clinton: Well, it will be me. But of course, I'm ready to support the democratic nominee, whoever it is.
Couric: I know that you're confident it's going to be you but there is the possibility it won't be and clearly you have considered that possibility.
Clinton: No I haven't.
Brian: I love our conversations Brian and the sweetness of integrity that you write with.I could probably add many more (so many of you inspire me) but these are the ones come to mind right now. It is interesting to note that some of these folks are people who I have sometimes had disagreements and have debated a few issues ad nauseum.. of course I was usually right.. it is what I love about blogging.. I feel that you all help me so much.
Julie: It is hard to read anything that you write without being confronted with your honesty.
Karen: Your compassion comes out in every post that you write Karen.. I love the person that you are.
Milly: You write with such simple honesty Milly.. you are an inspiring writer and a great encourager.
Missy: I so admire your passion for life and how you communicate with an open mind Missy.
Therese: I appreciate your openness TZ and think that you are one of the great jewels of Blogdom.
"We know the surge in Iraq is working because it is no longer front page news."Crazy Ann got me to wondering.. so I found this Bill Kristol article titled The Democrats' Surge Problem. Here are a few excerpts from it:
But now the surge is succeeding. Any serious person has to be rethinking his position going forward in that light. No Democrat is doing any such rethinking, however. What Democrats are doing now is, in effect, denying evident success. And, by continuing to push for a withdrawal timetable, they are trying to prevent further success...My son says that things have settled down over in his section of Iraq.. I have been rethinking my anti-surge position.. I just hate to agree with Crazy Ann L
And the Democratic party, and its presidential candidates, are in the ridiculous position of being more anti-war now that we're winning than they were when we were losing...
The Democratic candidates have, as Joe Lieberman said last week, "emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq."
"Image is everything!"I thought of that sound bite when I read this Julie Bogart comment about Ron Paul over at Dave's post on Electile Dysfunction:
"Not a shred of presidential-ity in his demeanor either."I think Julie has surfaced the most important quality.. that one we all are looking for in our next president.. presidential-ity.. that persona that makes us want someone to be our leader.. causes us to think that they would be a good president. Ever since JFK we have been running after the person that has presidential-ity. Televised debates are all about a candidates ability to demonstrate their presidential-ity.. to look good in real time and in front of the camera.. to make us believe that they are presidential.