Not a Monarchy?
The current state of affairs makes one wonder if some don't believe the U.S. is in fact a monarchy. Joe Galloway, of We Were Soldiers fame, makes a good point. What will it take for people to become truly upset about these abuses? I suppose so far it doesn't seem so bad, no one has come out that doesn't look suspicious (i.e. middle eastern) claiming they were spied on without reason. So maybe they are just using these tools for our own good. I'm not convinced. I am far from a paranoid pot-head who doesn't want the government knowing that I bought a dimebag because they listened to my phone. It's the fact that they openly admit to spying on American's for whatever reason that bothers me, because even if they are just using it for the WAR ON TERROR right now who's to say they won't one day say, "Hey, you know what, this could be a wonderful political tool." Far off? I think not especially not if as far as anyone is concerned its legal.


Church and State, Intellegent Design and Such Matters...
13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they might catch him in talk.
14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and carest not for any one; for thou regardest not the person of men, but of a truth teachest the way of God: Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why make ye trial of me? bring me a denarius, that I may see it.
16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's. And they marvelled greatly at him.
-Mark 12:13-17
I don't mind if others don't believe, Christianity won't fall off the face of the planet if children aren't allowed to take white, red or green paper plates to school or if they aren't allowed to learn some form of explanation for the scientific facts that have been discovered.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah. -Joshua 24:15
I don't want corrupt politicians deciding who will give sermons or masses at my church any more than some don't want my religion taught in state sponsored schools.
10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people:
11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
-Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas


Numbers, football, bitching...
This is from an article by John Walters of Sports Illustrated. I just thought it was funny:
If Leinart "never makes a bad decision", and is "uncannily accurate" and makes the correct read "every time", why has he thrown more than double the interceptions that his crosstown rival Drew Olson has? It's a crime that Olson lost the Unitas Award (to Leinart) considering he's leading the nation in passing efficiency and TD:INT ratio ...
-- Ian, Durham, N.C.
Ah, the Book of Numbers (sandwiched between Leviticus and Deuteronomy). Before Saturday, Olson did lead the nation in passing efficiency and his 30 TD passes-to-three interceptions was by far the best in the nation. But, if numbers were the sole yardstick with which to measure a quarterback, the Unitas Award would be mounted on a cement base in Lubbock, Texas.