Random Weekend Thoughts

We had a fast and furious trip to Duluth to see our son in the musical “Pippin.” As I drive I have a lot of thoughts tumble through, none of which I can remember for very long. To develop them is a lot of fun… but maybe for another time… and privately. Some thoughts alongContinue reading “Random Weekend Thoughts”

Did You Hear the One About the Awful Waiter?

If we’re going to beat up on how awful Christians are for bad tipping, which is why half of America is not Christian, by the way, is there not a case to be for awful service? Let me tell you about a couple of THOSE incidents…. Just kidding. You know why? Because I’ve never hadContinue reading “Did You Hear the One About the Awful Waiter?”

Things That Make Me Go… “HUH?”

UBS, a Swiss bank, reports they lost $2 BILLION in a rogue trade incident. The Swiss. Precision-minded people. Keeper of international secrets. People who have a reputation for knowing what in the world they are doing… and one of their banks loses $2 billion in a rogue trade. Excuses like, “That person may have accidentallyContinue reading “Things That Make Me Go… “HUH?””

Study War No More

I love reading biographies of American Presidents. Eisenhower is a personal favorite since he is from Kansas. This article in The Atlantic Monthly reminds us of this general’s view of war and the industry that grows with it. Even in his day the numbers are astounding as to how much money was spent on “defense.”Continue reading “Study War No More”

Is the Age of Entitlement Over?

A column by Thomas Friedman thinks so. Friedman is a great observer of American culture. In his view, we truly have reached lean times when residents of a county have to think about paying for a 911 call. They can pay a flat fee per year, or a huge fee per call. So many thingsContinue reading “Is the Age of Entitlement Over?”

Does Capitalism Do Better With an Enemy?

There is a new book, among many to come, discussing the current financial collapse. This paragraph of the review stuck out to me: Once upon a time in America and Britain, he observes, โ€œthe jet engine of capitalism was harnessed to the ox cart of social justice, to much bleating from the advocates of pureContinue reading “Does Capitalism Do Better With an Enemy?”

Belief as Dementia, Evangelicals as Wimps, and HOW ABOUT THOSE TWINS

Leave it to The New York Times to equate religious belief with mild dementia. Check that. What they are really offended at is the thought of an intellectual having a Christian worldview. This must drive them nuts. We live in a day when David Letterman can confess on air to having multiple affairs with staffContinue reading “Belief as Dementia, Evangelicals as Wimps, and HOW ABOUT THOSE TWINS”

The Terrorism Without… and Within

It is rare that I interact politically on this blog. I’ve done it, I’m sure, but most of the time when I make a political comment, it’s on my Facebook page or somewhere else. However, I cannot leave a couple of news items alone. The first is the terrorism without. Thomas Friedman wrote a columnContinue reading “The Terrorism Without… and Within”