Friday, January 30, 2009

Rot from within

Found in the directory of CAPITA, at the School of Engineering, Washington University, via Google


Now, everyone go here. Read this.

Blackwater: Guns for Hire or Trojan Horsemen?

Could not to a better job than Cynthia did. Could not. Thank you for this.

More on Blackwater

The New York Times

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Not exactly

Everyone says we should help these home owners...livers, I guess. In this one she admits she...

a) Didn't consult a lawyer before signing her loan paperwork
b) Didn't read her loan paperwork
c) Stopped making her mortgage payments

So, we should reward you for being stupid? Sorry, I'm not down with that. I'm not down with giving homes to stupid people. The one thing I would allow is that they be allowed to rent their first apartment with no credit check. Then re-sell the house at the price from, oh, about ten years ago. Or whatever year right before the bubble started.

That way those of us who weren't stupid enough to sign paperwork we didn't read could have a shot.


Yes, I'm back.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes, we can.

November 4, 2008 by Patrick Moberg

Friday, January 16, 2009

A brillant quote

From Sarah Robinson, who says the important things much better than I ever could

Schools get paid by the day for every student sitting in their seats. This kind
of stupidity will come to a quick halt when the district realizes that it's
going to bounce back and hit them squarely on their own bottom line.

Just add your definition of stupidity and apply as needed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Something to chew on

An article in the New York Times on Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll and “this new, aggressive, mission-minded Calvinism that really believes Calvinism is a transcript of the Gospel,” that has become so popular. And which, I believe, is the underpinnings of the Patriocentric movement.

Who would Jesus smack down?

Enjoy. I'm out for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Another round of Christian Tolerance

From the Denver Post:

Eldora gunman targeted non-Christians

By Howard Pankratz

BOULDER — Derik Bonestroo's confrontation with fellow workers at Eldora Mountain Resort appeared to be a well-planned scheme to kill co-workers who were not Christian, according to investigators from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Bonestroo's "demeanor and tactical style clothing" had all the indications that the 24-year-old Bonestroo carefully planned the face-to-face showdown, according to documents filed Wednesday in Boulder District Court.

That morning, the 6-foot- 2-inch, 200-pound-plus lift operator drove to Eldora Mountain Resort, where a number of lift operators had gathered for an assignment meeting in the pump house.

One of the employees at the meeting, April Wilson, told investigators that Bonestroo walked in dressed in black, carrying a gun, and fired into the ceiling, according to the documents.

He then declared: "If you're not Christian, you're going to die," Wilson said.

At that point, Wilson said, everybody started running out the back door to get away. As she ran into the woods, the 24-year-old Wilson heard an additional four or five shots.

According to an earlier news report, the victim had a wife and two pre-teen daughters, and was an active member of both the community and the local Catholic church.

What do you see?

I see a couple clearly in love and committed. Enough that they would start a business together as well as a family.

I see a family that has chosen to have children, meaning they believe that they are in a good situation and that wanted a child.

I see a boy who was not an accident, who did not force his parents to marry, who will never be resented for his presence.

In short, I see a loving, wholesome, happy family. Far more so than every Christian, hetero couple I've ever met.

And yes, I called Swanson and told them so. I hope they show couples like this in their ad, and other companies follow suit. This is what a healthy family looks like, regardless of the genders of the adults.

Monday, January 05, 2009

It's still the crazy season

In my house the crazy season starts the week before Thanksgiving, when I get the Holiday Binder down and make my list for the big dinner. Two weeks later is the big hospital fundraiser, then three weeks after that is Krismas, with all the gifts and decorating in between. A week to New Years, and then two weeks after that we board the California Zephyr (seen above) to go spend two weeks in Colorado with my in-laws.

This year I added several doctors appointments to that mix, a tentative diagnosis of diabetes for me, with more testing to come, and a dear friend who has been/is both moving and changing jobs over the holiday.

Yes, it has been insane around here. And it's not over yet.

I'll be back to regular updating as soon as I can.