Friday, February 27, 2009

Worst food ever

Take a look at THIS article and make sure to check out the percentage of your daily cholesterol value. Yuck... I mean mmm, brains!

Monday, February 23, 2009

'NASCAR made me do it!'...

That’s Racing: Inmate sues: ‘NASCAR made me do it!’
By: Larry Woody, Sports Correspondent
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 12:16 am

Just when you think you’ve heard it all:An inmate in federal prison has filed a $23 million lawsuit claiming NASCAR is responsible for his laundry list of criminal activity, from speeding to credit card fraud.

Jonathan Lee Riches filed suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., stating that watching races “influenced him to speed … doing 135 mph and getting tickets.”

And that’s not all. He said his NASCAR addiction caused him to use “illegally obtained credit cards to attend races,” and once there, he used more stolen credit cards to purchase products hawked by race drivers.“I used (Kyle) Petty’s Discover Card to buy Mark Martin Viagra,” states the tardy complaint. (Viagra no longer sponsors Martin’s car.)Riches said he bought race tickets using credit cards that he admitted were fraudulent, “but the defendants insisted they did not care and encouraged me to buy Budweiser beer and funnel cake with more stolen funds.”He concludes by claiming that Jeff Gordon’s Dupont-sponsored car “poisoned me with Dupont chemicals. I pray this court will grant my motions for relief. I don’t want to die in prison.”

Shakespeare said it best: “A noble mind is here or’thrown.”
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...Why didn't I think of this! ;)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Keeley

After much thought and deep meditation, I've come to the conclusion I should find a new home for Keeley. This has been a hard decision for me as I've had over a year to get to love her more. She's been a wonderful dog and I want to be fair to her.

The problem is I spend 8 hours at work while she is cooped up in my bathroom. After work, I let her out just long enough for her to relieve herself before I jet off again. Although she doesn't know any different, its not fair for her to have to spend so much time in the bathroom.

If any of my five or so readers knows anyone who wants a dog and will provide a good home for her, I would be willing to give her to them. By a good home, she would need a yard to run around in or at least have young kids who would give her lots of play time.

She is a full bread Cocker Spaniel and has been fixed. She has a very kind personality and gets along with anyone. I've trained her to pee and poop on command and knows she is to ignore other dogs. She likes to lay at your feet, play catch, and be loved.

For tricks, I'm now trying to teach her to balance a treat on her nose until I say release. She knows lay down, bang (lay on her side like she's been shot), sit, stand (back legs), stay, and hopefully this new balance trick.

See my blog for random pictures or shoot me a message if you know some one who would like to meet her.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

No Freedom of Speech

Reading this, you can see that the Constitution has been change to freedom of speech to freedom of government approved speech. You can say whatever you want as long as those in authority agree with you. Sound like China to anyone else?

Jonathan Lopez says a public speaking professor berated him in class for making a speech opposing same-sex marriage. He says the professor wouldn't allow him to finish and called him a "fascist."

Lopez is represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal organization. In a letter to the group, the dean says she considers the complaint "extremely serious in nature" and has begun a disciplinary investigation.

But the dean also wrote that two students were "deeply offended" by the speech. She quoted one as saying "this student should have to pay some price for preaching hate in the classroom."

Lopez made the speech at Los Angeles City College in November, days after the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

Roomate Pranks

By popular demand:

60.Steal something valuable of your roommate's. If he/she asks about it, tell him/her that you traded it for some magic beans. Give some beans to your roommate.

61.Instead of turning off the light switch, smash the light bulb with a hammer. Put a new bulb in the next day. Complain often about the cost of light bulbs.

62.Videotape yourself hammering a nail into a wall for a while, and then stopping. Play the tape in your room. Right before the hammering stops on the videotape, look at the screen and say, "Don't do that."

63.Buy a lamp. Tell your roommate it's a magic lamp, with a genie inside it. Spend a week thinking about what to wish for. At the end of the week, report that someone has released the genie from the lamp. Blame your roommate.

64.Whenever your roommate brushes his/her teeth, watch him/her do so. Take notes. Write a paper on it, and circulate it around campus. If your roommate protests, say, "The people have a right to know!"

65.Collect potato chips that you think look like famous people. Find one that looks like your roommate. Burn it, and explain, "It had to be done."

66.Read the phone book out loud and excitedly. ("Frank Johnson! Oh, wow! 837-9494! Holy cow!")

67.Shadow box several times a day. One day, walk in looking depressed. If your roommate asks what's wrong, explain that your shadow can't box with you anymore due to an injury. Ask your roommate if you can box with his/her shadow.

68.When you walk into the room, look at your roommate in disgust and yell, "Oh, you're here!" Walk away yelling and cursing.

69.Put up flyers around the building, reporting that your roommate is missing. Offer a reward for his/her safe return.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A man with no arms and no legs

I was reminded of these jokes a yesterday. Oh, the things we came up with as a kid.

What do you call a man with no arms and no legs burried 6 feet under?
Doug
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs burried 3 feet under?
Douglas
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a pool?
Bob
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs on a grill?
Frank
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs on a wall?
Art
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs on a podium?
Mike
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs under a car?
Jack
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs at your door?
Matt
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a mailbox?
Bill
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs water skiing?
Skip

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fairness Doctrine aka Hush Doctorine

Before you read the article, remember if this passes, not only would this apply to talk radio but it would also apply to Christian radio stations.

Forcing stations to play something that their target audience doesn't want to hear or is unpopular has several problems.
1) In radio, income comes from commercials and only popular shows generate any substantial income. This bill would be anti capitalism
2) People who listen to Christian radio stations don't want to hear opposing religions or beliefs. You listen to be edified and not have to worry about what comes on the air. Likewise, a republican talk radio station doesn't want to hear democratic agenda. That's what NPR is for.

Now, on to the article. You can click HERE to read it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A great night!

Both NCSU & UNC won their games tonight and against top teams in the nation. Just as I was hoping.

NCSU fans still the meanest

CHAPEL HILL — Describing what it's like to play at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium is next to impossible for UNC's Tyler Hansbrough, who will try to win at the hostile arena for the fourth straight season on Wednesday night.

“I don’t think you can really describe it; it’s something you really need to see for yourself,'' he said. "People ask me, ‘What’s it like to play at Duke?’ Well I can’t really describe the feelings that I have whenever we go over there because its undescribeable. I know it sounds silly to say there, but it’s a different type of place and rivalry and all the tradition that goes into it.

"Before the week starts, you’re starting to hear everyone talk about Duke and you hear these things and I think it’s one game that the whole community watches more than anything else."

Here's a smattering of other questions the senior forward answered Tuesday in anticipation of the game:

Q: You've said the 3-pointer against Duke your freshman year is your favorite bucket; why?

A: Because it pretty much sealed the game for us; it was a pretty big three. Not many people were expecting me to make that shot. That's what made it so important.

Q: To win that game your freshman year [against the No. 1 Devils], was that an 'arrival' for this team?

A: Yeah, it was. No one really expected us to do much that year, and Duke was the top-ranked team, and we went over there and won, and no one expected that.

Q: Is beating Duke at their place more fun than beating them at the Smith Center?

A: I'll take it either way, it doesn't really matter to me. ... They're a tough team here or there, and a win's a win.

Q: Are the fans tougher on you at Duke than anywhere else?

A: I think it's tougher at Duke because it seems like the whole student section surrounds the court, and it seems like everybody's really close. I think that adds to it ... and I think their whole student section is more organized. But I've been over there three times, so I know what to expect.

Q: Are they meaner than N.C. State fans?

A: No. They're probably more organized and say some funnier things, but they're not as mean as N.C. State.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Office Hours: Praying for the King

I was reading on Boundless a conversation between a student Mark and a professor who is known to stand up for Christ. Its a good article and worth reading if you have the time. If you've never read any of professor Theophilus' articles, they are based off of actual conversations but have the wording changed slightly for entertainment purposes.

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"I thought," Mark was saying, "that once the election was over, the mania and the pressure would die down too. That my friends would calm down. Was I ever wrong."

I sipped my espresso and looked around. It seemed pretty calm at the Edge of Night. "How so?"

"My friends seem to think they elected a messiah, not a President."

"That sort of thing has happened in several countries during the last century."

"Yeah," he answered broodingly, "that's what worries me."

"Mania I get, but you also mentioned pressure. What kind?"

"Pressure to believe."

"You've often faced pressure before," I said.

"Sure, Prof. But that was pressure not to believe. Pressure to give up my faith. Pressure not to follow Christ. But this is pressure to believe. The creepy thing is that all the New Testament language has been taken over for purposes of politics."

"You said that," I answered, "didn't you?"

"Did I?"

"I thought that's what you meant when you said your friends thought that they'd elected a messiah."

"Not just that. Other things too. Take hope. You know, as in the three spiritual virtues — 'faith, hope, and love.' In the New Testament, hope means hope for salvation, hope for heaven, hope for Christ's return and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Right? But for my friends —"

"Go on."

"For my friends it means salvation by human means. They actually use the term. Salvation. Maybe I'm only a college student, but I've studied enough history to know what happened the last few times people schemed for paradise on earth."

"It isn't the Chinese cultural revolution yet, Mark," I said. "While it's true that little by little the culture of life has been eroded, and that little by little a culture of death has been built up, hope includes trusting in God's help against the evils of this life too. At least no one is building reeducation camps. Yet. And no one is trying to revive the Red Guards."

"You don't know some of the other students I know. I wouldn't put it past some of them. I hear how they shout and scream people down."

"You forget where I work," I said. "I'm part of a university faculty. And speaking of faculty, where do you think that those students got those ideas? I'll bet I know people much more dangerous than anyone you have in mind."

"You probably do at that," Mark conceded.

I took another sip of espresso. "What I don't understand," I said, "is why you're so rattled now. It isn't as though you don't know how to stand your ground. You've had plenty of practice. You came through the last few months pretty well."

"I can answer that. It's the last few weeks that got to me."

"Are you thinking of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade?"

"No. That didn't change anything. It was just an anniversary. I prayed at the state capitol and all. But Prof, I mean. Here the man has barely been in office long enough to warm his seat. Already he's signed an executive order reversing the policy that said federal money couldn't be used to promote abortions in foreign countries. Next week he's planning to sign another one, eliminating all restrictions on killing human embryos in the name of research. And already he's pushing for passage of the — I always forget the initials —"

"FOCA?"

"Yeah, the so-called Freedom of Choice Act. The one that would eliminate all restrictions on abortion at any stage."

"But you knew that he'd do all those terrible things, Mark. He promised that he would, over and over, during the campaign."

"Yeah, I knew."

"Then is it the shock of seeing him do what he said that has you rattled?"

"No. I mean, yes, sure. Partly. You wouldn't expect me to be unfazed by the acceleration of the killing, would you? If you take the number of abortions there have already been in this country since they were legalized, it's like five or six Holocausts all lined up in a row. More people are aborted every few days than have died during the whole Iraq war. For the man we elected, that's not enough. He wants to grease the slides."

"You say yes, that's why you're rattled, but you also say no. I get the yes. Tell me the no."

"Well — like you said — I did expect all those things. I was prepared. But it's the pressure. That's what's killing me, Prof. Pressure."

"And that's what I still don't get. You've never had difficulty before, standing up to your non-believing friends."

"And I'm not having difficulty now. Did I say it was my non-believing friends who were pressuring me?"

"I thought —" I reconsidered. "Well, no, I guess you didn't say that. You just said 'friends.'"

"My non-believing friends do pressure me, but that doesn't bother me too much. From them I expect it. What bothers me is the pressure I get among my Christian friends."

"Where? In your campus fellowship group?"

"No. In my church. Even from some of the teachers."

I was silent for a little while. Then I asked, "Are they actually pro-abortion?"

"They claim to be pro-life."

"How could they be pro-life and —?"

"Easy, Prof. They find it so easy that it shakes me."

"What do they say?"

"They say, 'There are many life issues, and opposing abortion is just one of them. We should feed the hungry and heal the sick.' They say, 'The nation lacks consensus that abortion is wrong, and we shouldn't push our Christian rules onto other people.' They say, 'Destroying embryos for research may be wrong, but it's done for the greater good.'"

"But those lines aren't any different than the ones we hear from non-believing people. Surely you've heard them before. You know how to answer them."

"Sure I do. Try me."

I smiled. "All right. First tell me what you say about the 'many life issues.'

"I say I'm all for the hungry, the naked, and the sick, but you can't feed or heal someone after you've killed him. Unless there's a right to life, there can't be any other rights either."

"Tell me what you say about 'pushing our Christian rules onto other people.'"

"That 'Thou shalt not murder' isn't just a Christian rule. It's part of the natural law. Every sane person knows that it's wrong to take innocent human life."

"What about 'lack of a national consensus'?"

"I point out that there isn't a consensus about any law or policy. If there had to be consensus, we couldn't have laws at all. Besides, there isn't a consensus that abortion should be legal, either. And I don't think the Supreme Court worried about consensus back in the 'seventies, when it overturned the laws of the states."

"How about 'killing for the greater good'?"

"My church friends say they believe in the Bible, so I just quote what Paul wrote in Romans 3:8. According to him, it's damnable to say 'Let us do evil that good may come.'"

"I said you could hold your own, and I was right. So what's the problem?"

Mark squirmed. "All this came up last week during a Scripture study. I thought I was going pretty well. But then the leader said, 'Mark, I'm pro-life too. But you aren't giving the whole counsel of God. You're only giving part of it."

"What part did he say you left out?"

"The parts that teach submission to government. First he quoted Titus 3:1, 'be submissive to rulers and authorities,' and Romans 13:2, 'He who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.'"

"Mark, God did ordain human authority. But it isn't unlimited. In Acts 5:29, when the authorities issued an unjust command to stop preaching the gospel, Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than men.'

"That's what I said," he replied.

"I know you're tired of hearing me say this — but then what's the problem?"

"The problem is what he said next. It threw me."

"And he said —?

"He quoted the first few lines of 1 Timothy 2. Paul said 'I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions.'"

"Of course. So?"

"That doesn't sound like civil disobedience, Prof. It doesn't even sound like 'loyal opposition.' My leader said, 'Mark, face it. You must ask God humbly and earnestly to give help to the new administration — that's prayer and supplication. You must pray for its success — that's intercession. And you must be grateful to Him for it — that's thanksgiving.'"

Mark gave a little shiver. "I don't want to pray those things, Professor T. But there it was in black and white. I couldn't answer."

"And that's why you're so rattled."

"Yes. That's why I'm so rattled."

"Calm down and think. I thought I taught you to make distinctions."

"This isn't a time to split —"

"To make appropriate distinctions, Mark. Question one. Does the passage tell you to pray?"

"Yes. It mentions supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings. But that's just my problem —"

"Correct. Question two. Does the passage tell you for whom you should offer these supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings?"

"Yes. It says to offer them for everyone, and it singles out kings and those in high positions. As I was trying to say —"

"Just answer the questions. Here's the last one. Does the passage tell you what supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings you should offer for all those people?"

Mark opened his mouth and began to say "Yes." Then he stopped.

I asked, "It doesn't, does it?"

"No," he said. "The study leader read into it something that wasn't there. What he called the whole counsel of God wasn't God's. It was his. But Prof —"

"What?"

"Then what should I pray for rulers and those in high positions?"

"I don't think your study leader was completely wrong. Surely we should pray that our rulers will succeed at the merciful and just."

"But what should our prayer for them be when they seek the unmerciful and unjust — like today?"

"What do you think?"

"I guess that in those things they won't be successful."

"Well, yes, but is that all that unjust rulers need, Mark? To be stopped?"

He thought for a few minutes. Then he said, "No. They need to be forgiven. Like Stephen prayed that God would forgive the people stoning him. Prof —"

"I'm still here."

"I don't mean to change the subject, but that story has always puzzled me. How could they be forgiven if they didn't repent?"

"They did need to repent," I said.

"But in that case —" He pondered awhile. "Do you think that to pray for their forgiveness was to pray for their conversion?"

"That's exactly what I think."

"But that's not a hopeful prospect," he said. "Stephen's prayer wasn't answered. They killed him."

"Have you forgotten what happened to the most famous of his murderers?"

His eyes filled with light. "Saul."

I nodded. "Who was later converted and became Paul."

Mark and I spoke for just a few minutes longer. My espresso was cold, but I didn't want it anyway. A few days later, he sent me an e-mail message.

Dear Professor Theophilus: I'm not rattled any more, but I thought you might be interested in this prayer that a friend of mine dug up somewhere.

"Father of Lights, the time is dark and our eyes are dim. Our kings, ordained for the protection of the weak, expose them to death, yet cry 'hope.' Our people have lost their way and are deceived. Light in the Darkness, we call upon you that we may be undeceived and follow you once more. We humbly and earnestly implore you, not only that the evils in the land be turned back, but that we have the courage to stand against them. Holy Spirit, hear our intercession for the repentance and conversion of those highly placed who do wrong. Renew a right spirit within them. We beg the same mercy for ourselves, who have stood by and called evil good. Assist our prayers, and enable us in all times and places to give you thanks. In the Name of the Trinity, Amen."

Do you think this might be the kind of thing Paul meant in his letter to Timothy?

I told him I thought that it was.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

wow Yow!

This is just too bad. Sometimes you wish people would just find some respect and move on. Oh well, I hope they heard her message of salvation! :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

NCSU UNC foul

What happened: Copeland comes off the bench and has an opportunity to get easy points in a rivalry game. He decides to take it. McCauley is frustrated and commits an intentional foul since that was all he could do at that point. It was all he could do because he was behind Copeland and did not have access to the ball. McCauley swung his elbow over Copeland's back and got his face in the process. He then pulled Copeland backwards stopping Copeland's momentum instantly. Copeland goes down and gets pissed so wants to fight. McCauley wants Copeland to swing so Copeland gets thrown out. They both get T'd up and Roy Williams throws Copeland out. Here are quotes from the players involved in an altercation Saturday with 1.9 seconds remaining in North Carolina’s 93-76 win at N.C. State.

There was no flagrant foul and no ejection, so neither player should face disciplinary action for the next game.

Here’s what the players had to say about it:

MICHAEL COPELAND

"He hit me in my head. It was a hard foul, Bobby gave me a pass and I wanted to score – just like anybody, I hadn’t played and I wanted to score. And I went up; I guess he was frustrated, too, and he fouled me hard.”

"I was just trying to score, and he took me out.”

Q: Do you regret doing it?

A: Definitely, I regret doing it. It was a bad mistake on my part, and I should have just let it go and shot my free throws.

Q: What did Roy say as he came across the court?

A: I can’t tell you that (laughing).

Q: Did McCauley say anything to you?

A: I heard McCauley, and he was saying “Come on!’ He wanted to fight, but nobody was going to fight; the referees weren’t going to let us fight. . . .It was frustration on my part, I wanted to score. … Bobby, he probably shouldn’t have made the pass; he probably should have just taken the ball out and let time run out. But he wanted me to score. I shouldn’t have did that; it wasn’t a big foul. But I was frustrated.

BEN MCCAULEY

Q: Can you take us through what happened at the end?

A: I was a little disappointed that he was even going up for it. I thought that was a little disrespectful at that point. The game was over. I wish it didn’t happen the way it did, but I didn’t want him to get an easy dunk. To me, I thought it just was a little unnecessary. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone about it as physical as I did, but like I said, I didn’t want him to do that in front of our crowd and go off the floor with a dunk like that?

Q: Did he make any kind of threat to you?

A: He came up in my face, and went chest to chest with me. I didn’t really hear what he said, but as soon as he got off the ground, he came right at me. Somebody came in between us, and nothing was going to happen at that point. You’d be an idiot to take a swing.

Q: Did you make a peace offering when the dust settled?

A: I did. And I told Coach Williams afterward, I’m sorry. He said he was sorry, too, he didn’t mean for that to happen. No one really wants stuff like that to happen. It’s unfortunate, but it happened and we have to move on from there.

Q: You did look like you were saying, “Not in my house.” Were you defending your turf?

A: Absolutely. He can do that on his own floor or whatever, but don’t come into our home building with the game over pretty much and try to dunk like that. It’s kind of disrespectful.

Q: (Copeland) said that you said, “Come on,” and he felt like you wanted to fight.

A: No. What I did say, to be completely honest with you, when he came up to my face is, “What are you going to do? What are you going to do?” Don’t take a shot at me, because that’s going to get you ejected. You’re not going to be able to play in the next game, and that’s not smart on your part. I had no intention to entice him to do anything.

BOBBY FRASOR

Q: In retrospect, would you have thrown the pass to Copeland there at the end?

A: Probably not. I probably should have taken the high road and just dribbled the ball out, but I came in with him, I wanted him to score, I wanted him to get some memories. But if I had known that was going to happen, I probably would have thought twice about it.

Q: How much was it a symptom of rivalry?

A: It’s unfortunate that that happened, but we don’t really like State, and State doesn’t really like us. It’s known. Fans, they know it to. My guess is that if we had been playing some small school, he wouldn’t have done that, but since it’s State …