Happy New Year everyone. Don’t Get Stuck On Stupid will be back in 2006. I am intending to develop a regular publishing schedule that will most likely be twice a week.
Here are some stories that speak for themselves:
White House Counts Visitors To It’s Web Site The nerve of them.
Good Behavior Get Hinkley More Privledges Imagine if it had been Clinton he shoot. Probably the only thing that would Justify torture to Democrats.
iPod earbuds could damage hearing Imagine that, listening to loud noises for extended periods damages hearing. Somebody actually paid for that research.
As I write this in the early afternoon of New Year’s Eve, I wanted to take the time to reflect back on 2005 and look forward to 2006.
2005 was a very interesting year.Â It is the first year that I have started blogging on a regular basis.Â I published what would now be called a blog in the months leading up to and the months after the birth of my daughter.Â That was great fun but life got in the way and I stopped publishing.Â Now I am back with two blogs, this one and one I like to call “Don’t Get Stuck On Stupid“.Â The amazing thing to me is that people actually read what I write.
This is the year that my daughter started first grade and has really taken off in her skills especially reading.Â In fact, I think she would have no problem reading this entry.
This year was also the first full season of mountain bike racing I competed in.Â I hope that 2005 will be the year I raced with extra weight in order to train better.Â My goal is to drop 20 or 30 pounds by the the first race I will compete in in 2006.Â I did manage to win one race this year although it was the first race I competed in for 2005.Â I also competed in 5 Cyclocross races this year.Â I am much farther from being competitive in cyclocross because there are no classificationsÂ like there is in mountain bike racing.Â I race in the Beginner Clydesdale class for mountain bike racing which is for inexperienced racers over 200 pounds.
I have a few hope/goals/prayers for 2006
- My daughter continues loving school and performing well
- My wife and I continue to grow our relationship with the Lord and eachother
- To lose 30 pounds.
- To make the middle of the Sport Clydesdale Class.
- To make top 10 in a Cyclocross race.
I hope that all of you have a safe and healthy New Year and a blessed 2006.
As I write this early on Christmas Eve, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and remind those who are travelling today to be safe. My family’s prayers are with you.
Today is the great day of suspense for the Children. My 6 year old is quite excited and can barely contain it. I suspect there will be a short night of sleep tonight. If you need some help entertaining the children and maybe even get the to bed tonight at a reasonable hour, check out NORAD Tracks Santa.
My family will be celebrating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago. I truly wish that whatever you choose to do tomorrow brings you Joy.
I am on holiday from my day job and so my “Honey do” list will keep me busy until 2006. I am sneaking this last entry of the year in while the rest of the family is busy. So in case I don’t get a chance to write again, have a happy and safe New Year as well.
In order to discuss/debate torture we must first agree on a definition of torture. I think it is a good idea to start with the dictionary.
- Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion.
- An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain.
- Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense.
- Something causing severe pain or anguish.
This definition really brings up some interesting questions if the “Anti-Torture” bill gets passed. Will Democrats have grounds to charge people who vote for Republicans under this bill? Certainly they are suffering excruciating mental pain because George W. Bush is President of the United States.
Seriously, does anyone think that anything we have been accused of doing by our own press fits the definition of torture given above? Not some the liberal definition of torture where if someone’s feelings are hurt they are being tortured, but actual excruciating physical or mental pain? It is laughable to call what happened at Abu Ghraib torture. Do I approve of what happened there? No. Is what they did there torture? No. Were criminal charges against the people who carried out what happened there appropriate? Absolutely.
I refuse to accept the terms of debate that the authors of the anti-torture legislation have set up to ensure their success. If you oppose their bill, you then have to be pro-torture. However, I do not support torture and I do not support their bill. One has to accept a couple of assumptions that I do not accept to believe that this bill is necessary. The first assumption is that we are torturing people now and it has to stop. I have not seen evidence of torture as defined above. I have seen people with hurt feelings, but that is not torture. The other assumption is that our enemies (who will not hesitate using torture, by the way) are not watch us and be more that willing to use this against us. Since one prisoner of war holds more credibility with the Main Stream Media that the entire U. S. Military false accusations will make are soldiers have to worry about being prosecuted for doing their job.
Think of the unintended consequences of the anti-torture bill. It seems to me it would be a lot more convenient to kill enemy combatants that to take the risk of having to defend oneself against false accusations of prisoners of war.
It is quite clear that the politics of defeating George W. Bush is far more important to Democrats and RINO’s than the security of our country and that is why the debate is “Stuck on Stupid.”
Think Christian recently posted this: Think Christian Â» Blog Archive Â» Hidden messages sent by the American church Which is a link to a series of articles posted by Cerulean Sanctum. It is a very interesting read.
While I may not totally agree with what Dan Edelen has to stay, it does bring up the important point of how we must look at ourselves through a biblical filter. Does what we are doing in church fit the biblical model or does it just make us happy as humans?
The most interesting piece of the series was Kneeling at the Altar of Excellence. This is something I see in my church. I started attending my church about 9 months after it was planted 8 years ago. For me the appeal of the church was how real it was. It had a band that played contemporary music, and a pastor who is close to my age. The first time my wife and I attended, the entire staff (Pastor, Associate Pastor and Music Director) had introduced themselves. The next time we attended, all three of them remembered us by name. This was not the only thing that made me comfortable there. My church was and still is meeting in a temporary facility. This means the church has to be set up and torn down every week. It also means there is more room for odd things to happen. I find that the occasional screech of a feedback loop in the sound system or the words to the songs being projected were not always right on had more of an endearing affect on me. When the pastor tells corny jokes or can’t remember the names of popular people or even says “Um” every once in a while, I know I am in the right place. These people are not perfect, and I have a chance to fit in.
Recently there has been a big push for the “excellence” thing. I can’t think of anything that makes me want to run away from the church faster. I see nothing wrong with “doing our best”, but I have a huge problem with pushing away willing volunteers because they “lack talent.” I do my best to shield the other volunteers in my ministry from this. My ministry is the Video Technologies, we put the words of the songs on the screen, run PowerPoint for the pastors message notes and play video clips. And guess what, sometimes thing go wrong. I used to worry about it until I attended a Promise Keepers event and saw them be off on the words to a song. That is were I learned that perfection isn’t all it was cracked up to be.
I think this was a key point:
The inroads that business practices made into our churches through the Church Growth Movement have enshrined success as the be all and end all. The only problem is that now there is no room for true grace for the fallen. Just as a company can’t go to shareholders and confess they had a bad quarter without paying the penalty, so our churches are becoming places where failure isn’t tolerated for very long.
Now this story is seriously “Stuck on Stupid”: CNN.com – Probe backsï¿½ CIAï¿½ prison allegations – Dec 13, 2005. Apparently terrorists deserve rights. We should provide due process for someone who would strap explosives to themselves and set them off in areas crowded with innocent people. I just don’t get it. I have a suggestion for the noodle spine that think that terrorists should be given rights. Please read this. The key point is this:
Because to say we are responsible for the terrorists in the world is a way to say we can control this wolf. If we believe we made him, then that means we control him. We can unmake him. Such a worldview appeals to the left, because it gives them Godlike Mental Powers. All we have to do is act differently and he will go away. Itâ€™s complete moral cowardice, of course â€“ but itâ€™s understandable cowardice. Itâ€™s denial, because if all the sins are ours then all we must do is repent and the wolf will go away.
But thatâ€™s not what the wolf says. The wolf is not interested in what we do. He does not spare little lambs because they rub up against his leg and make cooing sounds. The wolf wants to swallow us whole. He wants the fight. He wants the war and the conflict. And he will keep on huffing and puffing until one of three things happen: We show him our throat, for him to rip out; or we convert to Islam and become part of his Caliphate; or we head out into the forest with a shotgun and blow his %$#^%$ head off.
The CIA and our military are the sheepdogs that protect us from the terrorist wolves. We should not muzzle and short leash our sheepdogs.
In a prior post, I discussed my view on Evolution vs. Creation. I have a new take on this in light of the ideas I brought up in my post Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet. In “Don’t Believe”, I talked about how media bias works, and I think that applies to the evolution vs. creation debate. If the debate is about determining the truth, then it seems to me that evolutionists should seek out creationists to check their results. And creationists should seek out evolutionists as well. Not for the purpose of arguing, but for the purpose of having a sceptic review the information. If both people are interested in the debate and the discovery of truth, this system will work well.
However, like many things, this debate is more a political issue than about the truth. And this is why there is such a deep divide between the two sides. Global Warming is another example of a debate that is about politics. This is my flame throwing statement, Global Warming is a anti-capitolist, anti-american movement, not a real problem. Don’t believe me. Think about this. Regardless of whether you believe in evolution or creation, the earth has supported human life for a minimum of 5000 years. How long do you think we have had adequate instrumentation to measure global temperature? Let’s be generous and say that we have had this instrumentation for 100 years. Do you seriously think that you can determine trends over 5000 by the last 100? No, that is not good math. That requires extrapolation on an sample that is not representative. To believe that Global Warming is real requires giant leaps in logic that defy common sense. The arrogance required to think that we can as human beings affect the environment on a global scale is simply stunning. And to blame the USA is even more laughable.
Take the politics out of it and there can be a reasonable debate. As long as politics are in the debate there will never be a reasonable debate.
My new favorite song is “While You Were Sleeping” as performed by Casting Crowns. This song talks about the big 3 christian events after creation from an interesting perspective. First, Bethlehem, where Jesus was born had no room for him, so he slept in a manger. The song says “For the King has left his throne and he’s sleeping in a manger tonight.” So “Bethlehem will go down in history as a city with no room for it’s King.” Next Jerusalem, the city where Jesus died had no room for him because they killed him. As the song says, “The way, the truth the life had come but there was no room for him in the world he came to save.” Jerusalem was another city with no room for it’s King. Finally the song talks about the USA “sung to sleep by philosiphies that save the trees and kill the children.” The song then asks the the question “Will Jesus come again and leave you slumbering where you lay?” Then the plea to America, “will you go down in history as a nation with no room for it’s King, will we be sleeping?” Just the power of the imagery of the things that happen while we sleep and how we could miss the biggest event to come because of our choices in the same way.
It is very hard not to leave that song on repeat play in my car. It is a great reminder with all of the imagery of Bethlehem this season of what can happen if we just sleep through life.
Yet another reason to not believe everything you read on the Internet: CNN.com – Wikipedia author: false entry was joke – Dec 11, 2005
As a geek, I have been on-line in some form or another since 1993. I have seen a lot of information true and not online. I have developed over the years a sceptical filter for all information I come across. I have also learned to separate facts from opinion. I have learned which sites I treat as reputable and which are suspect. Even reliable sites have to be verified with few exceptions.
I am always amazed by people who can be convinced something is true just by sending it to them in email. If it is on a website, then the credibility rises with them. I don’t think that this is an issue of intelligence but one of world views. People of a trusting nature are the most susceptible to bad internet information. I forget that I have a sceptical filter already.
This is where the Conservatives and the Main Stream Media (MSM) hit an impasse over MSM Liberal Bias. The reason the MSM can honestly claim they do not have a bias is because the bias is so innately human that we are not aware of it. The basic of the bias is this. First, everyone has a world view. Whether it is conservative or liberal is irrelevant. Second, when something is presented as fact that does not fit that world view, the fact is at best viewed sceptically or as not true at all. The converse is also true, a fact that fits the world view is immediately accepted as true. This is why so many people believe things from MoveOn.org and absolutely disbelieve anything on GOP.com. For example, there is this ad from MoveOn.org that says President Bush lied to get us into Iraq. The ad is really funny because it still uses the pictures that have already been demonstrated to be British Soldiers, not Americans. However, this fits a Liberals world view so very little examination is done. Here and Here. Yet the RNC produces the “Retreat and Defeat” video available here and there is all kind of stink raised. Here and Here.
The sad thing is no one is going to come out and admit that MoveOn.org is joke.