Saturday, July 28, 2007
So that will probably never happen again, and I'll be doing good just to win another game this year, but it sure was fun tonight!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
See the picture of the nifty carpet cleaner on the box? This looks EXACTLY like the one I borrowed from my friend Stan. When I borrowed it last time, I had "issues" and thought I blew it up. I finally figured out I had just broken a belt, so I took the thing apart to replace the belt. Oops, half way through the reassembly, I saw the little hatch that I could have lifted to replace the belts without disassembling the thing. No worries, at least the belts were replaced. BIG OOPS! Got the thing together and discovered that the little vacuum bar turned again (thanks to the new belts), but now water no longer ran through the machine!. Three hours later I gave up and ended up buying him a brand new one. So here I am putting it together before using it to finish my carpet cleaning and giving Stan his brand-spanking-new carpet cleaner. I'm still gonna get one of my own some day...they work great!
Amanda really seems to have "gotten into" reading this summer. We fine she REALLY likes reading when she has a choice between going to bed or reading for a while at night! Here she is reading with Sully.
You are sitting on an airplane when six Middle Eastern men (whom you heard doing their Islamic prayers and making anti-US statements before boarding the plane) move two to the front of the plane, two to the middle and two to the rear of the plane in a fashion very similar to the 9-11 hijackers. And you observe other suspicious behavior so you report this behavior to the stewardess. You don't say "these men are terrorists", you simply report what you observe. The behavior of these men eventually gets them kicked off of the airplane. Instead of apologizing for frightening people on the plane, they file a lawsuit against the airline and then demand to be told who YOU are so that they can sue you as well.
To keep this from happening, an amendment was put forth in Congress to provide limited immunity for reports of suspicious behavior and response. As near as I can tell after 30 minutes of research, the House voted in such a way as to NOT protect American citizens reporting suspicious behavior and the Senate voted in such a way as to protect American citizens reporting suspicious behavior. How in the world can any congressional representative vote not to protect our country in this way? The link above will show you how your Senators voted on this amendment. A "yea" vote was a vote in favor of offering protection.
It is frustrating to me that there are people who claim to represent the people of this country and pretend to be trying to keep us safe who would vote against these protections. It is also frustrating that this amendment would be tacked onto a bill that has to do with the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. What in the world does this issue have to do with the cost of college? The answer is none. The problem is congressional representatives having the power to insert amendments into bills that have noting to do with the bill in order to try and sneak something through. Yet another picture of the inefficiencies of overgrown government.
I LOVE our country and believe it is the best on the planet, but I believe we need to reform our process of offering bills so that "pork" and amendments such as these cannot be added in such an "off topic" manner. I have no idea where to begin, but this has inspired me to write to my representatives this week to see what can be done.
OK, I get it. Big oil companies (and their execs) make a LOT of money...so much that it seems "too much". But at least they are providing a product we need. Government, on the other hand, taxes us out the wazoo for our oil, does nothing to help us get the oil and now steps in to shut down drilling.
Next time you complain about the price of gasoline, why not write your Congressional representatives and ask why they are not doing more to make it possible for oil companies to be able to drill more reserves instead of interfering every time they try to drill?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hummer Gets Eco-Vandalized in Washington Neighborhood
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We were near Little Rock I think when I looked in the rear view mirror and saw this kid riding a wheelie down the highway going about 60 miles per hour. I saw him gaining on us, so I got the camera out. He got beside us and I saw he was going to do it again so I got ready and got this shot of him before he was gone. Pretty awesome power...pretty stupid kid! (Click on picture to see larger image)
We've been going pretty much non-stop since coming home. We were home 10 minutes when a friend showed up with our new furniture. The same family that gave us a washing machine when ours died (because they were moving and buying new stuff) gave us a new couch, recliner (Brooke has declared that is "hers alone"), a coffee table and two end tables. So 10 minutes after we got home, my friend helped me move our old furniture out to the garage and put the new furniture in the house. Here is a view coming into the living room from our kitchen. It gives us a whole new look..and we love it!
So we finished up moving the furniture around and unpacking around 9pm I guess. I went next door to church and got ready for my iGrow class today (I got to teach).
Got up this morning, got the computer set up for worship, got iGrow classroom ready, opened the service (my friend Brad preached a great message about Jesus going through life's storms with us), taught iGrow, went to second service, grabbed a bite for lunch, mowed a big field at church (sunburning my neck again in the process), cleaned up from working outside, put away all the junk I "unpacked" last night, unloaded 2 bookshelves, dusted and put everything back on them, cleaned desk, cleaned out big closet and did two loads of laundry this evening. Finished all of this around 9pm. Boy, I'm tired!
So tomorrow "real life" begins at work. Lots to catch up on and lots to do, but that's what you do so you can take a vacation. This time, it was worth it. I don't think I could put my finger on any one thing that made this vacation so great for me, but I had such a great time just being with my family. I love being a husband and a Daddy...and I loved the last 10 days we got to spend together getting away from our regular routine. It was a great time away, but it's good to be back (and see the puppies!). We're home.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Here is a quote from a CBNnews.com article entitled: Key Evangelical Leader Tells Brody File: "It's Fred Thompson's Race to Lose"
Fred Thompson just got some encouraging news. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission tells The Brody File the following:
"My assessment is that at this moment in time it is Fred Thompson's race to lose. It may be a convergence of the right man, in the right place and at the right time. I have never seen anything like this grassroots swell for Thompson. I'm not speaking for Southern Baptists but I do believe I have my hand on the pulse of Southern Baptists and I think I know where the consensus is."
Evan Almighty, on the other hand, will one day be in my video library. I'm not much a movie critic, but here's my review:
Thumbs down for:
- "God" (Morgan Freeman) spouts New Age theology and "waters down" the message of the Genesis flood (no pun intended)
- References to a certain species of duck and it's male anatomy
- A number of good messages
- Good triumphs over evil
- Value of family
- Obeying God even when it is (MAJOR) difficult
- One scene where God laughs when Evan talks about being "too busy" and having too much to do to build the ark
- Having faith in God even when circumstances don't line up with what you heard God say
- No cussing
- I know I have NEVER laughed so hard during a movie
- Even a scene to make you cry if you are prone to that sort of thing as I am
I give it an 8 out of 10, losing a point for "God's" erroneous "theology" and the unnecessary (2) animal anatomy references. Great movie to see on a family vacation. When the movie comes out on DVD, you can borrow it from me.
I am one of those who called my congressional representatives and ask them to intervene, so I'm happy to see this reprieve. I hope something longer-term can be worked out soon.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Democrats are so fired up, you could call them the new Moral Majority. This time, however, the emphasis is as much on the majority as on the morality as they try to frame a message in terms of broadly shared values that don't alarm members of minority religions or secular voters.
I'm not claiming that every Republican who uses God's name is sincere, but this blatant attempt to make God politically correct so as not to "alarm members of minority religions or secular voters" is nothing like the Jesus I read about in the New Testament who said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)
If these kind of people (Democrats or Republicans) want to call themselves "religious", that's fine with me...just so long as they don't try to pass themselves off as Christians (i.e. a followers of Christ).
If your faith does not dictate your actions and if you are more worried about alarming others than you are in doing what is right, you have not right wearing the name of Christ.
So I wonder how we find out what happened to these three? Do you think they will get the same treatment a Hindu would if he/she interrupted in this way, or do you think the press would talk about how our "repression of the Hindu faith in this country has caused this problem"? If you have any information on how these three are charged, please post in the comments.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Each year at the conference, Tuesday is family day. We have done "stuff" in the past, but this year, I decided we were actually going to do something fun as a family so I did some Internet research before we left. We drove this year and so we planned a trip to Gatlinburg. We went to Gatlinburg last year, but we went with a bunch of other people and did not get to stay long. We left at 8:15am and got back around 5pm this time. Below are a few pictures from our stop along the river on the way there, black light putt putt, Play Land, more Putt Putt, Amanda's new favorite activity ("gem" mining) , bumper cars and just a sampling of the scenery. For me, this was the highlight of our trip so far and one of the most fun days I have had with my family in a long time. This is vacation! (press the PLAY button to see photos from the beginning)
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Al has told us that the earth's temperature is rising and that the polar ice caps are melting. We've got to cool the planet. So here's my idea, when you flush, add some ice. That's right, ice. That way you not only help cool the planet by lowering the temperature of the water, but you are are adding zero pollution since the water from the ice will be recycled.
It sounds so simple, but think about it. You say to yourself, "I'm just one person. What difference can I make flushing my ice?" But you're not thinking globally. What is several billion people did this? First of all, the average temperature of our sewers would drop, and where are sewers located? Under ground (i.e. "in" the earth). This alone should help lower the earth's temperature, right? Haven't you ever gotten cold from eating a large amount of ice? And with this cooler water coming in, all we need is for the government to pass legislation requiring filtering plants to output cooler water into our natural lakes and reserves. This would have a secondary cooling effect for our planet. Now, picture this happening not just in the US, but around the world and you can see what a difference this would make.
I'm in the process of registering www.FlushMyIce.com Please check the domain often. Once it is registered, you will be able to sign the pledge to "flush plus" and help cool/save our planet. Anybody got Al's email address? I'm thinking if we could put his name at the top of our pledge list it could help out a lot!
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Thanks to Al and my heightened awareness of the dangers of global warming, I realize I have to do something. But can I afford it? I can't afford a Toyota Pruis, I can't afford the $2,000 it would cost to clean up the mess if I broke a compact florescent light bulb trying to replace what I already have, and I can't afford carbon offsets.
But I have to do something.
I'm not sure I can reduce my carbon footprint, but after much concern, effort and thought, I have come up with a way I can personally help counter global warming. I ask all of my friends to return to this blog on 07/07/07. To coincide with Al Gore's climate crisis awareness event, Live Earth, I will be unveiling my personal plan to reduce global warming. It's a plan you can share with your friends, and if we all do it, maybe we can save our planet! I sure hope someone can get my new-found friend, Al Gore, to check back here on Live Earth Day. Join with me, friends. Let's cool the earth and save the planet. Are you with me? If so, I hope to see you back here 07/07/07 for an idea we can all use.
I just want to know when the lunacy will end. I recently wrote about the article showing that it caused more harm to the environment to produce the Toyota Pruis than a Hummer. The waco factor here? We are 'encouraged' to buy this "green car" to save the environment despite the fact that it costs more than a "regular" car and despite the fact that by the time you saved enough money through the car's better gas mileage to begin paying off the extra you paid for the car in the first place, the car will not still be running! And then, as it turns out, the car's production does more harm to the environment than that of the Hummer.
And then I had heard the story about the lady who was going to have to spend $2,000 to clean up an "environmentally friendly" compact fluorescent light bulb. I thought it might be an Internet hoax, so I let it go. But then, as I was checking a friend's Twitter status tonight, I saw Twitter was giving special attention to the Live Earth Twitter page. I went there and saw all of their "great ideas" for saving the environment. I didn't see Sheryl Crow's "two squares of toilet paper per visit" suggestion there, but I did see the thing about compact fluorescent light bulbs, so I had to look it up. Here is a link with the real-life information about the lady who broke a CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) and had to pay $2,000 to clean it up. This is environmentally friendly? Once again, it costs more, is a poor idea and we are supposed to support it to "save the environment by reducing global warming". WACOS!
The latest suggestion on the Twitter Live Earth page...download music rather than pay for CD's that have been shipped burning fossil fuels to the various stores. Does that mean I have to stop buying my music online to make a statement "I am not an environmentalist waco!!"?
I think the best way I heard this described was by Rush Limbaugh when he called "global warming" a "religion". That's what it is to these crazy people. It doesn't have to make sense because they have "faith" that they are right. And we're supposed to along with them simply because "it's the right thing to do" even if it really isn't right and it really doesn't make sense.
When will the lunacy stop!!!?