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Showing posts from February, 2010

Snooze and Lose

It's late and I should be snoozing right now, but I'm not. Think I'm sitting up waiting for the snow to start or something equally as important. Weird. Do this every so often.

So what is there to talk about. Toyota? Nah. Too much ink and air on that one already. The Summit? Possibilities there but it hasn't happened yet. Sort of a non story at this point in time except that it's still supposed to happen. No one has back out yet. I'm with the pundits in thinking it's a show. One that isn't going to flatter anyone by the time it's over.

One good thing coming from this gridlock in Washington is that the electorate is more attentive to the proceedings. Or it seems so to me. That is a change in attitude. The question is will that translate to anything in November. Or, will all this have blown over by then? It's been my observation that the public generally forgets within about sixty days or less. Some other shiny object grabs our at…

Review: A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears

A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears
William J. Bennett
Thomas Nelson

I don’t know where to begin with this book review. To be fair I have not read any of Dr. Bennett’s other books, so I don’t know if this one is typical of his work or not. His style here is so low key that I just cruised through the last twenty years or so without having any emotions evoked at all. I lived those years and remember plenty of emotion and angst. That’s not to say the text is dry or boring, but its matter of fact-ness flattened the whole era. Sort of like looking at old newspaper headlines. Not sure what he hoped to accomplish with this endeavor.

The book did have an extra I haven’t seen in quite a while though. Color plates. How long has that been? Maybe I’ve been conditioned by all the visual media available now, but they did a better job of recreating the history than the text. Maybe a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Overall, I’d recommend this book for the people that were too you…

Just Wondering

Anybody notice it snowed a little here and there? Tonight it's the DFW area with the big white cloud over it on the radar. Might get a foot or so. That's really big news in that part of the country. Yankees, on the other hand, shouldn't be amazed that it snows in February. You'd think it was something unusual they way the reports have come in. Almost a hysterical. How'd they get along years ago?

That 24-7 news cycle has not been the best idea since they must have something to cover during all those minutes of broadcast time. So magnify whatever is out there. Or talk about what could've been out there as if it really was or might be soon. The end of the world probably won't get as much coverage as whether another snowflake fell on DC. Yeah, I know if the world ended no one would be there to report it, but assuming they were broadcasting from Mars or somewhere. Give me a break.

Did you hear the big, giant announcement? Yeah, that one. Iran has nuk…

Free Book* Brian Tome

Free Book*
Brian Tome
Thomas Nelson

I liked this book and I am free to say so, too. First of all it’s just a good read. Tome’s style is easygoing, conversational, and makes you feel as though you and he are engaged in a conversation. Like some other reviewers, I think the first couple of chapters could use some help, but keep going. It gets better the farther in you get. He finds his stride in the latter half of the book, but the front half is worth you time as well.

It is so refreshing to read about our freedom in Christ in a non academic tone and by someone who seems to live it. Make no mistakes, this isn’t about setting aside God’s authority and making up our own. Not by a long shot. What this author has accomplished is explaining a lot of that in ways that remove the harsh legalistic tendencies and replacing them with the joy and abundant life promised by Jesus. Of course, along the way he ruffles feathers and rattles cages. That’s the point.

His work on strongholds is …

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Looks like it's been a while since I've been around these parts. Well, I'm here now. Last time around it was some political stuff and looks like it's that way again. The latent activist awoke long enough to send a note to one of the congressmen that had a bunch of face time during the state of the union. And I even got a response. Automated, impersonal, but a response nonetheless. Not going to get all overheated describing the message or cause for it. That's old news by now anyway. Tried to send a similar message to the senate side but the amount of personal info that had to be filled out before the message could be sent was amazing. Fully expected that if I had given them all that I'd be on a no fly list or some other list. Isn't that a fine bit of cynicism?! Or is it?

Getting all excited about whether the groundhog will see his shadow or not. I can at least begin to think that the time of cold and gray and dark might have an end. On the up sid…