AIDS Activists “Pine” For Dubya?

Remember this sign that appeared in Minnesota a few months ago?


(Photo Credit: Bob Collins/Minnesota Public Radio)

The “culprits” behind it were a group of small business owners who “feel Washington is against them”.

But is it possible that some AIDS activists share the sentiment espoused in the billboard?

Speaking of 43, his fellow Republicans are worried about the potential negative impact of his soon-to-be-published memoirs.

One prominent conservative compared the Bushies’ public-relations savvy to LeBron James.

Ouch…

Imagine There’s No A/C…

It’s easy if you try. This fellow is even more idealistic than John Lennon, and based solely on “Imagine” that’s saying a lot.


♫ Some say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one ♫

Elsewhere around the Internets:

Forget false imprisonment, this momo should be locked up for uttering “Ironing is woman’s work”. Then in prison he can find out that gender roles get a tad blurry…

When an news item contains the phrase “Mexican Clown” it’s not going to be good and it isn’t.

Awesome article on Yankee Mariano Rivera, perhaps the best closer of all time and a seemingly model human being. I know he’s a Yankee but I just can’t bring myself to heap on him the same loathing I have for the rest of his teammates.

More World Cup fall out… Spain welcomes her heroes with style… Paul the Octopus wins something México will never win, a World Cup… Tell us how you really feel Johnny.

A study by the CDC? With collaboration from what, the state of Arizona? The goal of this study is laid bare for anyone willing to connect the dots, someone call Oliver Stone.

Next time you see a “metal detectorist” at the beach, give the man a wide berth.

[Photo Credit: Pixar]

Sammy Sosa to the Rescue in Arizona

As previously blogged about here, a law in Arizona will give police officers the power to ask people for proof that they are in this country legally.

The officers will not ask everyone for this proof but only those individuals whom they “reasonably suspect” are here illegally. No doubt this will have to do mainly with the swarthy complexion of some of my paisanos.

So if you don’t have “papers”, live in Arizona and spend most of your time mowing lawns (even those of anti-immigrant people) what are you to do to avoid being profiled put in a difficult spot?

In comes former MLBer Sammy Sosa. Slammin’ Sammy, whose “inability” to speak English before Congress and dark complexion would raise all sorts of suspicion where he to reside in Arizona, could lend a helping hand to those ‘suspicious’ folk there.

How? Well by endorsing and selling whichever of Prof. Snape’s potion he used to “cleanse” his mug:

With Sammy’s Salve, some of my hard-working paisanos can continue to do the jobs no one else will without having to worry about la chota getting all up in their business.

H.R. 4872

Based on some reactions to the passage of the bill whose name crowns this post, the world is coming to an end or the bill is the beginning of the end. To others, it is a vindication of the hope placed on Barack Obama.

It pains me to admit it, but some of my fellow Christians reacted with threats (hypothetical ones) of violence towards some members of the Democratic congressional leadership. How this reflects what we profess to believe, accept and live by or the God who died for us, I haven’t the faintest idea.

Personally, I don’t know what’s in the bill (does anyone?) or whether or not it will help the people of this country or not. Since I don’t take my talking points from Fox News or MSNBC, I haven’t formed an opinion on it, or rather haven’t let others form my opinion of it.

Here’s one opinion on it, and since it comes from the “How Stuff Works” people, it must be credible, right?

What I do know or what is somewhat clear, is that this legislation is more about politics than anything else. Politics has been called the art of compromise but I rather think of it as one of the best illustrations of human depravity.

Why?

Because politicians aren’t motivated by the true, the good and the beautiful, though they pay plenty of lip service in that direction. Rather their motivation seems to be re-election, which ultimately only serves their ego. Most offensive of all, what they do is referred to as “public service”.

Having said all this, what dog does Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood (right) have in this fight?

The New Kryptonite

Kryptonite

That’s right, Vicks VapoRub will do to toenail fungus what kryptonite does to the Man of Steel. What Will Muschamp does to offenses throughout the land, but I digress…

According to this piece in the New York Times, rubbing your infected toenail(s) once or twice a day with Vicks VapoRub will em, rub Digger(below) out of your life.

Digger

That screen shot is one of the greatest moments in the history of television advertising.

Pedialyte

Pedialyte

The Elixir of Champions

Well I don’t know about “champions” but it is the libation that one Colt McCoy drank at halftime of the Texas-Texas Tech game last Saturday as he was recovering from the flu. Read about it here.

This from the story,

NCAA rules prohibit McCoy from endorsements, but come January we might see a new face promoting Pedialyte that replaces the bear currently on the label.

I’d take it further and exploit the uncanny resemblance of our beloved quarterback to former “must-have” holiday toy, the Furby. Check it out:

Furby
Seriously, no relation

On a serious note, let’s hope that Colt regains his form from last season before the Mighty Miners from UTEP come to the ATX this Saturday.

Our Dogs are Children, Our Children are Evidence

Please don’t misconstrue this post as another tired attempt at bemoaning how this country has gone into the toilet (to quote Chris Rock, “we’re losing everything”).

As if this nation was Utopia before certain ‘progressive’ elements imposed their worldview on the culture. It never was, it never will be, after all the literal meaning of Utopia is ‘no place’.

Let us also keep in mind what the Rob Bell (below) said.rob-bell1

His words are as follows,

Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be

All that being said, check out the following story:

Miami abortion clinic owner threw live baby away, prosecutors say

If we can get past the contradictions in the headline and actually go into the story, it is acknowledged that the accused is alleged to

…delivering a live baby during a botched procedure and then throwing the infant away.

The child of course is dead, so what kind of charges is this woman facing? Involuntary manslaughter? Criminal neglect? Homicide?

No, rather “practicing medicine without a license and tampering with evidence.”

Where is Andy Rooney when you need him?

Abstinence is Not “Realistic”

Or so says Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Governon Sarah Palin, insofar as teenagers are concerned. As we all know, thanks to an inordinate amount of salacious and even sneering reporting, Bristol (below with her little one) is a teen mom.

bristol-palin

I’m not here to criticize Ms. Palin’s views. In large part because she’s half-right.

Given the pressures today’s teenagers face (though let’s not pretend that teenagers of yesteryear didn’t face similar pressures), Ms. Palin has a point.

Of course, peer pressure doesn’t justify behavior one way or the other but that’s a side note.

She’s right in regards to the unregenerate, those who lead their lives without God, or merely pay Him lip service. Speaking as one who’s lived most of his life without God’s special grace, I can attest to this.

To those outside of God’s special grace, what incentive is there to abstain from, as CS Lewis put it, “the monstrosity of sex outside of marriage”?

Though I would argue that peer pressure is not quite the motivator that our own fallen, natural urges are.

As for those who are regenerate, that is awakened from spiritual death by the Holy Spirit, not only is abstinence realistic, it is expected.

You can ask former Laker great, A.C. Green who had a 16-year NBA career and remained a virgin throughout. Given the cadre of attractive young women who seek to jump in the sack with NBA players, I can’t say it was easy for Green (insert joke here).

However, because he relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead him through temptations that most of us will never know, A.C. obeyed Our Lord and showed that for God’s children, abstinence is realistic.

His teammates even sent women to Green’s hotel room to try to “break” him. So even under the most trying of circumstances, it is realistic to abstain from sex outside of its intended place, marriage.

Here is a piece that Sports Illustrated did on A.C. Green.

For the record, I think Green’s (below, left) abstinence throughout his average NBA career is more impressive than all of Michael Jordan’s (right) well-documented on-court achievements.

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This almost looks fark’d

Powerful Video from Catholic Vote

I’ve had conversations with people who wholeheartedly support a mother’s right to hire a doctor to kill her child, and in these conversations I like to get a feel for the “reasoning” behind such a view.

One of the reasons that keeps popping up is economics. A typical scenario is laid out: Single mother who can’t take care of child, so why burden society? What kind of life will this child have?

So abort it, off with its head! Save us all the trouble of supporting this foolish woman’s “mistake”.  It was even deemed a good deed to do this.

Even when it is pointed out (and agreed upon) that the unborn child is a human being, that is viewed as an irrelevancy.  The woman’s right to choose and our pocketbook are inviolable and sacrosanct.

So with that, the following video asks us to imagine the case of an unborn child who will enter this world into a broken home (father leaves mother and child to fend for themselves), and to realize the possibility of what could be if abortion isn’t viewed as an option.

Also, check out this John Piper article,  Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion.

H/t: Justin Taylor

Texas Ex Pat Hingle Passes Away

I broke my thumb during my 7th grade year. My mom took me to the closest hospital and while waiting for the doctor, I was tended to by a nurse.

The nurse was wearing chili pepper scrubs (don’t know why I remember that) and was asking me what grade I was in, and other questions of that sort.

Since Tim Burton’s Batman had just come out, she asked me if I had watched it yet. Told her that I not only had watched it but had loved it. She then proceeded to inform me that the guy who played commissioner Gordon, Pat Hingle, (below) commissioner-gordonwas in the next room being treated for something that the sands of time have erased from my memory.

She said Mr. Hingle was filming something in Sealy, and that if I was that big of a fan I could go over and say hello while I waited.

So I did and Mr. Hingle was about as accommodating as he could be. An actor with such a lengthy resume as his was probably mildly amused that this kid only knew him from playing Commissioner Gordon, but he was cool with it.

So yes, I requested an autograph from a man in a hospital gown, and the good commish didn’t disappoint. Sadly, I do not know where said autograph is.

Mr. Hingle, who graduated from my alma mater, THE University of Texas  recently passed away.

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