Feb 03

Obama’s Life Story in Selfies.

No surprises.  The media only shows us what they want us to see.  As I said, no surprises.  I guess it’s incumbent on us to ask what is missing from this story.  Whatever the story might be.

You may recall the hubbub surrounding Obama with his way too friendly picture taking deal with Denmark’s head of state.  She just happens to be a blonde, leggy dame, I mean Dane – and, no I’m not talking about Ann Coulter.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, these gems fill a library.

Obama1Obama3Obama2Obama4Obama5Obama6Obama7H/T to D.Akridge


Feb 01

Finally. An appropriate use for a Harley Davidson.

Personally, I think Harley guys are a little off kilter to begin with.  I mean, really.  Overpriced.  Underpowered. Noisy. Vibrating.  And those are just the good points.  So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  But this is strange at so many different levels.  But here’s the headline:

Ohio man buried riding his 1967 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in extra-large grave.

Standley is seen propped up on the back of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser while surrounded by some of his trophies.The Ohio motorhead was spectacularly laid to rest in a Mechanicsburg cemetery on Friday while seated on the back of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser thanks to the handiwork of five embalmers and a metal brace.

May God have mercy on his soul and spare him from the torment of riding a Harley for all eternity.


Jan 29

Peyton Manning sets record . . .


Peyton Manning Peyton Manning, the quarterback of the playoff-bound Denver Broncos, completed the greatest statistical regular season at the quarterback position in the 94-year history of the National Football League (NFL). This regular season saw Manning set records in yards passed in a season (5,477) and touchdowns thrown in a season (55), and he led his team to accumulate more points (606) in a regular season than had ever been done before. Manning also tied the record for touchdowns thrown in a game (7) in the Broncos Week 1 win over the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens.

Any fan of Peyton Manning or the NFL generally knows that Manning is the consummate professional. He treats the fans, media personnel, teammates, and opponents with respect. He works as hard—and probably harder—at his craft than any other player in the league. And he produces one fun, family-friendly commercial after another, showing his sense of humor and a humble assessment of his own importance. But what many fans of Manning and the NFL may not be aware of is Manning’s Christian faith. In the excerpt below from Peyton’s book Manning (available on Amazon in paperback here and Kindle here), which he co-wrote with his father Archie Manning in 2001, the record-setting quarterback gives a rare description of his faith and its importance to him. The description is a rare one, not because Peyton’s faith is an insignificant part of his life, but because, as Peyton explains in the excerpt, he has intentionally chosen to speak more by his actions than by his words.

Here is the excerpt:

Like my dad, I make it a point when I speak to groups to talk about priorities, and when it’s schoolkids, I rank those priorities as: faith, family, and education, then football. For me generally it had always been the big four: faith, family, friends, and football. And I tell all of them that as important as football is to me, it can never be higher than fourth. My faith has been number one since I was thirteen years old and heard from the pulpit on a Sunday morning in New Orleans a simple question: “If you died today, are you one hundred percent sure you’d go to heaven?” Cooper was there and Eli [Peyton's two brothers] but it didn’t hit them at the time the way it did me. It was a big church, and I felt very small, but my heart was pounding. The minister invited those who would like that assurance through Jesus Christ to raise their hands, and I did. Then he invited us to come forward, to take a stand, and my heart really started pounding. And from where we sat, it looked like a mile to the front.

But I got up and did it. And I committed my life to Christ, and that faith has been most important to me ever since. Some players get more vocal about it—the Reggie Whites, for example—and some point to Heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise God after games. I have no problem with that. But I don’t do it, and don’t think it makes me any less a Christian. I just want my actions to speak louder, and I don’t want to be more of a target for criticism than I already am. Somebody sees you drinking a beer, which I do, and they think, “Hmmmm, Peyton says he’s this, that, or the other, and there he is drinking alcohol. What’s that all about?”

Christians drink beer. So do non-Christians. Christians also make mistakes, just as non-Christians do. My faith doesn’t make me perfect, it makes me forgiven, and provides me the assurance I looked for half my life ago. I think God answered our prayers with Cooper, and that was a test of our faith. But I also think I’ve been blessed—having so little go wrong in my life, and being given so much. I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I don’t talk about it or brag about it because that’s between God and me, and I’m no better than anybody else in God’s sight.

But I consider myself fortunate to be able to go to Him for guidance, and I hope (and pray) I don’t do too many things that displease Him before I get to Heaven myself. I believe, too, that life is much better and freer when you’re committed to God in that way. I find being with others whose faith is the same has made me stronger. J.C. Watts and Steve Largent, for example. They’re both in Congress now. We had voluntary pregame chapel at Tennessee, and I attend chapel every Sunday with players on the team in Indianapolis. I have spoken to church youth groups, and at Christian high schools. And then simply as a Christian, and not as good a one as I’d like to be.

How do I justify football in the context of “love your enemy?” I say to kids, well, football is most definitely a “collision sport,” and I can’t deny it jars your teeth and at the extreme can break your bones. But I’ve never seen it as a “violent game,” there are rules to prevent that, and I know I don’t have to hate anybody on the other side to play as hard as I can within the rules. I think you’d have to get inside my head to appreciate it, but I do love football. And, yes, I’d play it for nothing if that was the only way, even now when I’m no longer a child. I find no contradiction in football and my faith.

Ah, but do I “pray for victory?” No, except as a generic thing. I pray to keep both teams injury free, and personally, that I use whatever talent I have to the best of my ability. But I don’t think God really cares about who wins football games, except as winning might influence the character of some person or group. Besides. If the Colts were playing the Cowboys and I prayed for the Colts and Troy Aikman prayed for the Cowboys, wouldn’t that make it a standoff?

I do feel this way about it. Dad says it can take twenty years to make a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it. I want my reputation to be able to make it through whatever five-minute crises I run into. And I’m a lot more comfortable knowing where my help is.

H/T to D. Bachert

Jan 27

All the news that fits.

Face the Nation cuts, splices, bobs, weaves.

Is it just me but is Bob Schieffer a dead ringer for Ebenezer Scrooge or what?

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday morning and was met with a barrage of questions from host Bob Schieffer about his involvement in the government shutdown. Apart from being the victim of Schieffer’s accusations that the Tea Party senator was to blame for the shutdown, it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS.

Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on today’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama. [See the aired and unaired videos below.]

  What they said he said:

And what he really said:

H/T to Newsbusters

Jan 27

Something for your fridge.

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Jan 25

Seal of Approval

Feel good video of the day.


Seal of Approval from Jason Neilus on Vimeo.

Jan 24

My kind of candidate.

AR-15.  Hmm.  PaulBrounHope he wins.  Hope I win.



Jan 23

Playing God when you’re not . . .

Well, let’s just say, things can go wrong.

Imagine the following scenario.

A woman and her husband underwent infertility treatment in the early 1990s. Now they learn their daughter, contrary to what they thought, is not the man’s biological child.  Instead, her biological father is a former medical technician responsible for preparing sperm samples.

Read the rest of the story here.

Sad.  At several levels.


Jan 23

Do you know anyone this well?

Picture of twin toilets in Sochi goes viral

Pass the paper, would ya’?

At least one Olympic bathroom seems to be flush with toilets.

When BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg went to use the bathroom at the cross-country skiing and biathlon center for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, he found two toilets but only one stall.

His tweeted picture instantly became a national joke.

Although toilets like that are not common in Russia, social media users posted photos of other side-by-side toilets, including ones in a courthouse and a cafe.

The editor of the state R-Sport news agency said such communal toilets are standard at Russian soccer stadiums.

“Why are the BBC folks scaring us?” Vasily Konov wrote in this personal Twitter account. “This is what the gents look like at football stadiums in Russia.”

Jan 22

Dude, did you see that?

Me either.  But I sure have the munchies.

A nation gone to pot . . . or is that too pot?

It may be awhile before national corporations blatantly target the stoner market with mainstream advertising campaigns, but many companies have found a way to infiltrate the late-night psyche of the cannabis cult insurgence by producing commercials with subliminal messages aimed at turning the marijuana munchies into big business.

Fast food chains are the usual suspects: junk food slingers like Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Denny’s and Carl’s Jr. are all vying for the attention of the American high life with clever advertisements produced to keep late-night smokers lining up at the local drive-thru.

Yet, it’s not just the fast food nation attempting to creep into the minds and wallets of weed enthusiasts. Spirit Airlines recently introduced a series of ads informing eager marijuana tourists that, “The no smoking sign is off” in Colorado and to, “Get mile high” by taking advantage of discounted fares.

Read the rest of the article here, attention span permitting.

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