Archive for ◊ November, 2007 ◊

Sticks and Stones… and Cultural Values
Friday, November 30th, 2007 | Author:

If this were not so intimidating it would almost be humorous… According to a recent article in the Associated Press, Thousands of Sudanese Moslems demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad.”  Are you getting this?  For allowing a student to name a teddy bear, these freaks want to behead this woman.

Let’s see, you have Saudi Moslems that don’t allow Christians into many Saudi Arabian cities… you have French Moslems killing people for showing a cartoon image of Muhammad… you have Iranian Moslems denying the Holocaust… you have British Moslems wanting to kill a fellow Moslem author… you have Palestinian Moslems sending their children to commit terrorism…

Yea, I guess you’re right.  There is no difference between people raised in Moslem cultures versus those raised with Judeo-Christian values…

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Buckeyes Lose to North Carolina
Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | Author:

I made it to the big basketball game at Value City Arena last night to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the #1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.  My buddy, Steve Weiss, had great tickets for the game amongst a sold-out crowd.    While the Bucks were up by 3 points at the half, they had an extended scoring dry-spell in the second half of the game and ended up losing 66-55.

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Adelweiss and I hooked up with Bear and his roommate Dave for dinner at Champs before the game.   Since the basketball game didn’t start until 9:00pm, we had plenty of time to describe our experiences attending Ohio State.

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Death Penalty: Practical & Theological
Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | Author:

I happened to be reading the Torah (also known to many as the “Old Testament” of the Bible) and came across the prescribed punishments for crimes such as murder.   I don’t subscribe to the principle that the Bible is divine guidance, Nevertheless, Deuteronomy defines the death penalty as an essential punishment for various crimes. 

Interestingly, I came across a Washington Times article that discusses the results from twelve different studies about the deterrence value of the death penalty. The studies, conducted over the last ten years, conclude that executions can save the lives of innocent people.

This appears to be a case where the practical and theological foundations are in agreement.

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Sensitivity
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 | Author:

Three Rednecks were working high up on a cell phone tower – Fred, Greg, and Cooter. As they started their descent, Cooter slips, falls off the tower and is killed instantly. As the ambulance takes the body away, Greg says, “Well, damn, someone should go and tell his wife.”

Fred says, “OK, I’m pretty good at that sensitive stuff, I’ll do it.” Two hours later, he comes back carrying a case of Budweiser.

Greg says, “Where did you get that beer, Fred?”

“Cooter’s wife gave it to me,” Fred replies.

“That’s unbelievable, you told the lady her husband was dead and she gave you beer?”

Fred says, “Well, not exactly… When she answered the door, I said to her ‘You must be Cooter’s widow’.”

She said, “You must be mistaken, I’m not a widow.”….then I said, “I’ll bet you a case of Budweiser you are.”

Hat tip to Joe Knecht

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Is It Possible to Make Peace with the Devil?
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | Author:

There are numerous commentaries about the lack of logic associated with Israel trying to make peace with Moslem countries, such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc.  However, I think that the headline in a recent Reuters story sums it up best: “Saudi official rules out handshake with Israelis“…  Nothing more needs to be said.

Do you think it’s possible to make peace with a partner that refuses to shake hands?

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Nuclear War in the Middle East?
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 | Author:

An interesting article from United Press International on the likely outcome of nuclear war in the Middle East…

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Bengals Win with Great Performance
Monday, November 26th, 2007 | Author:

On Sunday, I attended my first Cincinnati Bengals football game in almost five years… you’ve probably read some of my previous postings and the futility of the Bengals over the last 20 years; and given their performance last week, I wasn’t very optimistic.   However, Walt Wood invited me to join him for the game (see photo below taken with my Treo from our great seats).

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The Bengals trounced Tennessee 35-6 and performed like champions on both offense and defense.  Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer had a memorable game completing 32 of 38 passes, while Chad John had 3 touchdown receptions.

My sons have me convinced that I’m the Bengals good-luck charm, however, I will continue to maintain low expectations for the Cincy football club.

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National Museum of the Air Force
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | Author:

Leonard and I went over to visit the Air Force Museum yesterday morning.   When Len was younger and infatuated with airplanes, we used to visit the museum at least three times a year.     This is our first time back in two years, and we continue to enjoy the exhibits.  This is still one of the best deals anywhere for a major museum.  There is no entry fee and there are thousands of significant historical exhibits.   Since we only had a couple of hours available, we spent most of our time in hangar 3, which houses the newer aircraft (B-1, B-2, F-16, F-22, etc.).

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Sampras, Still the Best Tennis Player… in 2007?
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 | Author:

I’ve been watching the three exhibition matches between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer on the Tennis Channel; and since I’m now officially an “old guy”, I was naturally rooting for Sampras.  During the first match, Pete looked halfway decent but eventually went down to defeat 6-4, 6-2.  In the second match, Pete improved and took Roger to tie breakers in both sets, losing 7-6, 7-6.  In the third match, Sampras showed Roger that old time tennis players are still the best, winning 7-6, 6-4. 

Sampras is ten years older than Federer and he hasn’t played competitive tennis in five years, but he still has skills that current players don’t even consider.  In fact, Missy was watching one of the matches with me and she marveled how nicely Sampras volleyed at the net.  She asked why more players don’t serve and volley like Sampras…

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Jesus was a Buckeye
Saturday, November 24th, 2007 | Author:

If you follow the Ohio State Buckeyes, you know that the staunch fans like to spell out “Ohio” with their arms…   There is a church on I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati that has the famous “touchdown Jesus” on display.  Evidently, some OSU students wanted the world to know that he was actually helping to spell out O-H-I-O

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Hap tip to Walt Wood.

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