Monday, March 31, 2008

The Sky Isn't Falling, The Kids Are Alright, -and- Don't Call

The Sky Isn't Falling - world doesn't end, doomsday cult gives up
The Kids Are Alright - 3-year-old girl can swim over 400 meters
Don't Call - cell phones more dangerous than smoking

On this day in history: March 31, 1889 - Eiffel Tower completed.

Born on this day in history: March 31, 1943 - Christopher Walken (1943– ) Born in New York City, actor Christopher Walken made his Broadway debut at 16. His first big film role was in "The Anderson Tapes" (1971), and he won an Oscar for "The Deer Hunter" (1978). With an ability to play both sinister and comic roles, Walken has appeared in an enormous range of roles.

Scripture of the Day: Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. - Proverbs 3:31-32

Video of the Day: US Navy SEALS Combat Swim

The storm that was forecast for Friday did not materialize. It was a sunny, warm weekend—although the wind was fierce. Had it not been for the wind, the weather would have been ideal.

Saturday afternoon, we snacked upon garlic Triscuits and artichoke-Parmesan dip and played a rousing game of Scrabble. We then watched "Transformers" on our new HD video system. The special effects were staggering, and we thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

Saturday evening, we enjoyed a grilled London broil, grilled Jalapeños, and grilled red potatoes. Laura grilled Johnsonville hot Italian sausage, also. This will be used to produce a pasta dish later in the week. Grilling the sausage significantly enhances the flavor.

Sunday—following service at Harvest Christian Center, we had a delightful brunch: I dry-rubbed tri-tip steaks with Tony Chachere's More Spice and ground black pepper, sprayed with olive oil Pam, and grilled on the indoor grill. Laura made potatoes O'Brien and sunny-side-up fried eggs. At the table, we added Tony Chachere's Louisiana hot sauce and crushed red peppers.

Sunday evening, we enjoyed BLTs, made with toasted garlic-cheddar sourdough bread.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Fighting Back, Brave New Schools, -and- Somebody's Watching You

Fighting Back - 84-year-old ex-Marine thwarts robbery
Brave New Schools - teachers say principal threatened to kill them over poor test scores
Somebody's Watching You - spy drones in demand by U.S. police

On this day in history: March 28, 1979 - Three Mile Island nuclear accident, Harrisburg PA.

Born on this day in history: March 28, 1970 - Vince Vaughn (1970-) Born in Minneapolis, MN, actor Vince Vaughn landed the role of smooth-operating Trent in 1996's surprise hit "Swingers," which led to stardom in Steven Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."

Scripture of the Day: Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see. - Deuteronomy 3:27b-28

Video of the Day: Duplex Cookie Board Games - submitted by Cindy

I spotted this bumper sticker on the way to my office this morning. Click to enlarge.

Rain? It is relatively cool this morning, but there is no sight of rain (yet). The weatherpeople predicted rain in great quantity today. It is dry now, and there is little wind. The sky appears clear, but this could easily change quickly.

Yesterday was a fast day on our food calendar. The fast ended at 7 PM. I made grilled chicken and black bean enchiladas. They were delicious. I sautéed sliced white onion, minced garlic, sliced Jalapeño peppers, and shredded grilled chicken breast in extra-virgin olive oil, seasoned with Tony Chachere's More Spice and Gebhardt's chili powder. I added a can of black beans. I spooned this mixture into flour tortillas, rolled, and placed in a large Pyrex baking dish that had been sprayed with olive oil Pam. I drizzled Tony Chachere's Cajun Garlic Sauce over the enchiladas and covered with sliced cheddar cheese. When it was time to dine, Laura baked the enchiladas in the microwave on reheat until the cheese melted. At the table, we added fresh salsa and crushed red peppers.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fighting Back, Taxman, -and- Never Too Young

Fighting Back - homeowner rams intruders' getaway car
Taxman - same-sex couple blocked by H and R Block software
Never Too Young - ultimate fights expand to include kids

On this day in history: March 27, 1977 - The worst airline disaster in history occurs when the confused pilot of a KLM Boeing 747 taking off collides with a Pan Am Boeing 747 which was on the runway. A total of 583 people die.

Born on this day in history: March 28, 1963 - Quentin (Jerome) Tarantino (1963– ) Born in Knoxville, TN, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino sold scripts to fund production of "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), in which he was director, screenwriter and actor. Its success, and successor "Pulp Fiction" (1994), which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, brought him celebrity status.

Scripture of the Day: Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. - Romans 3:27-28

Video of the Day: HALO Parachute Jump - submitted by Cap'n Jack

Recommended Site: Laura submitted this: Crime Puzzle
QUIZ: This is a quiz for people who know everything!
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters 'dw,' and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'
Answers To Quiz:
1. Boxing
2. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)
3. Asparagus and rhubarb.
4. Strawberry.
5. It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.)
6. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.
7. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
8. Lettuce.
9. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Brave New Schools, Armed and Dangerous, -and- Mommy Dearest

Brave New Schools - student assignment: plan a bank robbery
Armed and Dangerous - woman pulls gun on deliverymen for not removing shoes
Mommy Dearest - baby for sale on Craigslist

On this day in history: March 26, 1830 - Joseph Smith publishes The Book of Mormon, after translating it from golden plates turned over by the angel Moroni. Smith maintained that the text contained in the tablets were written in "Reformed Egyptian" which he read by means of two magic stones from the Old Testament, the Urim and Thummim.

Born on this day in history: March 26, 1948 - Steven Tyler (1948- ) Born Steven Tallarico in Yonkers, NY, musician Steve Tyler and Joe Perry founded rock band Aerosmith in the 1970s, which is still popular today.

Scripture of the Day: You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. - Galatians 3:26-27

Video of the Day: Budweiser Commercial - submitted by Darin

"I remember landing under sniper fire," Clinton recounted. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." Click to enlarge.

Rain? It is too early to be certain, but it appears today will not see the rain that was forecast. It is noticeably cooler this morning than it has been recently, but all is dry, and the sky appears clear. This could quickly change, of course, yet it is a pleasant notion that the weatherpeople have failed to accurately predict today's weather. Wait...what is this I see in my Web cam? SUNLIGHT! The sun is beginning to shine brightly. All may be well!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

To Serve and Protect, You Are Getting Very Sleepy, -and- Never Too Old

To Serve and Protect - cop admits to drinking 18 beers, going on duty
You Are Getting Very Sleepy - bandit hypnotizing cashiers, bank tellers
Never Too Old - 93-year-old charged in sex sting

On this day in history: March 25, 1967 - As part of Operation Green Mist, the U.S. Army detonates explosive warheads containing the deadly sarin nerve agent at Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve on the big island of Hawaii. The open-air tests are kept secret for more than thirty years.

Born on this day in history: March 25, 1934 - Gloria Steinem (1934– ) Born in Toledo, OH, feminist and writer Gloria Steinem began as a journalist, attracting attention with an article, "I Was a Playboy Bunny," based on undercover work. In 1971, she joined other feminists in forming the National Women's Political Caucus, and took the lead in launching Ms magazine (1972). Steinem has been working for social reform ever since.

Scripture of the Day: He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." - Daniel 3:25

Video of the Day: Kung Fu - submitted by Cindy

Can you hear me now? Click to enlarge.

I intended to sauté Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts with mushrooms, red bell pepper, and onion last evening. Laura decried this notion, crying out for the chicken breasts to be grilled. I sprayed the chicken breasts with olive oil Pam and seasoned liberally with Tony Chachere's More Spice. I grilled them on the indoor grill for 10 minutes per side. I made a casserole of sliced white onion, sliced yellow squash, sliced red potatoes, and a head of whole, peeled garlic cloves. I seasoned with Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, and ground black pepper and baked in the microwave. It was a delightful meal. The grilled chicken was delicious. I was pleased that Laura requested that it be grilled. It was charred nicely on the exterior and moist and tender throughout.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Firepower, Shameless, -and- Heat of the Moment

Firepower - police in rising arms race with crooks
Shameless - no one in family has worked in 3 generations
Heat of the Moment - scientist says global warming ended 10 years ago

On this day in history: March 24, 1989 - Exxon tanker Valdez, piloted by a drunk captain, strikes a well-charted reef at Prince William sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil.

Born on this day in history: March 24, 1930 - Steve McQueen (1930–80) Born in Slater, MO, actor Steve McQueen became famous in TV Western Wanted Dead or Alive (1958), which led to a co-starring role in The Magnificent Seven (1960). He became the archetypal 1960s cinema hero/rebel.

Scripture of the Day: So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. - Galatians 3:24

Video of the Day: Crossword Puzzle Champion Completes Puzzle in Record Time - submitted by Amber

I spotted this bumper sticker on the way to my office this morning. Click to enlarge.

The weather has been beautiful for the last several days. Afternoon temperatures have been in the upper 70s, the sun has been bright, the sky has been blue and clear, and the birds have been singing. Today promises to offer more of this same wonderful weather.

I installed theatre blackout drapes in our living room Saturday morning. Later that day, an installer from DirecTV replaced our dish with a new dual-feed HDTV dish and installed a HD receiver/DVR. The image quality on the Vizio 47" LCD HDTV is stellar. We enjoyed watching HD programming Saturday evening and Sunday. I realize that most of you have probably been enjoying HD programming for some time, but this is new and exciting for us. We have been living in the dark ages of television technology. Later this week, we shall add a Sony Blu-Ray DVD player to our system.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Frozen in Time, Don't Say a Word, -and- Name Game

Frozen in Time - watch from Titanic for auction on eBay
Don't Say a Word - librarian fired for reporting child pornography
Name Game - mental hospital renamed "lunatic asylum"

On this day in history: March 21, 1963 - Alcatraz Prison closed.

Born on this day in history: March 21, 1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) composer, organist. He was a master of church music and Composer of the Baroque era; works include "Brandenburg Concertos," 1721 and "Well-Tempered Clavier," 1722-44.

Scripture of the Day: But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. - Romans 3:21-22

Video of the Day: Real Transformer - submitted by Danica

The Three Stooges, 2008! Click to enlarge.

The DirecTV fiasco: When I ordered the HD DVR/receiver online from DirecTV, I scheduled an installation for Thursday, March 20th, between noon and 5 PM. Yesterday morning, I sensed somehow that all was not well. I looked at the installation order online and determined that my billing address and telephone number were listed as the installation address and telephone number! The representative assured me that she had effectuated the requisite changes in order to assure the installation would be completed properly.

I closed my office and went to our house and awaited the installer. He did not appear. At 5 PM, I telephoned DirecTV and learned that the installer had gone to my office, found no one there, and departed—without calling me! The DirecTV representative said the address mistake was excusable, but the lack of a telephone call was inexcusable. He said he would see that my account was credited $100 for the inconvenience. He rescheduled the installation for Saturday, March 22, between noon and 4 PM. My fingers (and toes, and eyes!) are crossed.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fighting Back, Crime and Punishment, -and- From Mexico with Love

Fighting Back - 81-year-old kills home intruder
Crime and Punishment - Texas man gets 60 years for 10th DUI
From Mexico with Love - gang had James Bond Car

On this day in history: February 20, 1968 - The U.S. goes off the gold standard.

Born on this day in history: February 20, 1928 - Fred (McFeeley) Rogers (1928–2003) Born in Latrobe, PA, TV personality Fred Rogers became famous as host of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," a show for preschoolers that debuted in 1965. Rogers’ distinctive manner made him a national institution.

Scripture of the Day: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21

Video of the Day: Big Dog Quadruped Robot - submitted by Frank

Happy Spring! Today is the first day of spring!

Spring is finally here! It appears that today will be a beautiful, sunny day. This is the forecast. While the weatherpeople are wrong more often then not, it appears—looking at the morning sky—that their forecast for today is correct. The rain that was forecast for yesterday arrived as a very brief sprinkling.

An installer from DirecTV is coming today to install an dual-feed HD dish and a DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR. With the latest DVR and HD technology rolled into one easy-to-use unit, the DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR will change the way you enjoy home theater. Images are sharper. Colors are brighter. Sound is crisper. And now they can be recorded. The DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR also features Media Share, allowing you to enjoy photos and music stored on your Intel® Viiv™ processor technology-based PC — on your TV.


  • High definition (mpeg-2, mpeg-4) and standard definition (mpeg-2) enabled. View the best in both HD and SD programming.

  • Record up to 200 hours of SD programming, up to 50 hours of HD programming. Watch your favorite shows on your own schedule.

  • Record two shows at once while watching another recording.

  • Series Link feature: Automatically record an entire season of your favorite shows, even if they change day or time.

  • One-touch record, auto record, manual record and bookmarks.

  • Pause and rewind live HD TV for up to 90 minutes. Control what you watch—back up, slow down or use instant replay.

  • Media Share capable: Listen to music and view photos stored on your Intel® Viiv™ processor technology-based PC.

  • 2 satellite tuners for access to SD and HD DIRECTV programming.

  • Take advantage of DIRECTV interactive features like DIRECTV Active™. Get weather information, lottery results and horoscopes onscreen.

  • 14-day Advanced Program Guide®. Search the channel guide for shows up to 14 days in advance.

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound capable. Listen to superb theater-quality sound with additional hardware.

  • View and log Caller ID info provided by your local phone company.

  • Parental controls/locks: Enjoy peace of mind over what your children are watching by locking out objectionable programming.

  • This will be a fine companion to the Vizio GV47LF 47" LCD HDTV we installed Tuesday.

    Soon, a Sony BDPS300 Blu-Ray DVD player will arrive. This unit will play Blu-Ray DVDs, of course, but it offers another exciting feature: It offers complete backward compatibility. We can still enjoy our current favorite CDs and DVDs, no matter the format. In fact, they look and sound better than ever before, because the BDPS300 can take our current DVD library and upconvert it to a near high-definition experience (1080p) via HDMI connection or 1080i via component video.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    Smell that Smell, Pump up the Volume, -and- To Serve and Protect

    Smell that Smell - Lloyds insures winemaker's nose for $8 million
    Pump up the Volume - cops aim to seize cars for loud music
    To Serve and Protect - cop accused of stealing hot dogs, fired

    On this day in history: February 19, 1982 - The guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, dies during the Diary of a Madman tour after the plane he is flying in buzzes the band's tour bus and clips the wing of the plane, crashing into a nearby farmhouse.

    Born on this day in history: February 19, 1955 - Bruce Willis (1955– ) Born in West Germany, and raised in New Jersey, actor Bruce Willis became known for his role in TV show "Moonlighting" (1985-?). He made a film debut in "Blind Date" (1987), and achieved star status in the "Die Hard" series, starting in 1988.

    Scripture of the Day: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you -- even Jesus. - Acts 3:19-20

    Video of the Day: Vizio GV47LF 47" LCT HDTV

    Mmmmm-waaah! Yikes!

    Our Vizio GV47LF 47" LCD HDTV arrived yesterday. My business neighbor, Corey (of Corning Auto Parts, two doors from my office), indicated a need for our 27" Hitachi CRT TV. He helped me unpack and set up the Vizio LCD unit and scampered away with the Hitachi TV and the box and packing materials for the Vizio TV. Thank you, Corey!

    The Vizio unit is superb. Laura indicated a great desire for this unit. She rarely asks for anything, so it was a pleasure and a delight to be able to please her.

    We watched "Night at the Museum" to initiate the new TV.

    Laura declared we must now purchase an HD DVR/Satellite Receiver, add HD programming to our DirecTV service, and purchase a Blu-Ray DVD player. So it shall be!

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    Tax Dollars at Work, What Am I Bid?, -and- Sleeping with the Enemy

    Tax Dollars at Work - sex offenders receive financial aid
    What Am I Bid? - man auctions entire life on eBay
    Sleeping with the Enemy - Switzerland to sign huge gas deal with Iran

    On this day in history: February 18, 1980 - A significant percentage of the Soviet space program's scientists are killed when a Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad. Fifty people die at the Plesetsk Space Center.

    Born on this day in history: February 18, 1970 - Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) (1970-) Born Dana Owens in Newark, N.J., rapper, record producer and actress Queen Latifah issued her first album in 1989, "All Hail to the Queen," which sold over one million copies. In 1991, she became CEO of her own record company, and went on to star in films like "The Bone Collector" (1999), with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and in "Chicago" (2002).

    Scripture of the Day: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

    Video of the Day: Nolia 888 Concept Phone - submitted by Amber

    The "Hero of Chappaquiddick" speaks on why he supports amnesty for those sneaking across the Rio Grande. This just may be the quote of the century!! Click to enlarge.

    We had intended to grill steaks for dinner last evening. Yesterday was a "normal day" on our food calendar, and Laura said she hungered for a steak. I stopped at Sav-Mor Foods on the way home and bought two huge, thick top sirloin steaks.

    When Laura arrived at home, prior to attending worship practice at Harvest Christian Center, she said that she had an upset stomach. I suggested we wait until the following evening to grill the steaks—switching the two days on the food calendar. She agreed.

    I produced a marinade from extra-virgin olive oil, Cabernet Sauvignon, minced garlic, ground black pepper, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. I placed the steaks in a large zip-lock bag, added the marinade, and placed the bag in the refrigerator. The steaks shall be tossed upon the grill this evening—along with Jalapeños, large white mushrooms, a quartered red bell pepper, and halved red potatoes. It shall be a tasty meal!

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    Phone Home, To Serve and Protect, -and- Brave New Schools

    Phone Home - cell-phone excuse: "I was warming my ear."
    To Serve and Protect - Arkansas bailiff forgets inmate, suspended but keeps job
    Brave New Schools - girl saves students, gets detention

    On this day in history: February 17, 1948 - The Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club is founded in San Bernardino, California by veterans of World War II. Hell's Angels has 100 chapters globally, with more than 1600 members.

    Born on this day in history: February 17, 1972 - Mia Hamm (1972-) Soccer player. Born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama. Largely considered the best female soccer player in history, Hamm played with the United States women's national soccer team for 17 years, building one of the biggest fan bases of any American ahtlete.

    Scripture of the Day: Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. - Philippians 3:17

    Video of the Day: Redneck Art from BBQ Ribs - submitted by Jay

    Are you talkin' to me?

    The weather was relatively good over the weekend, in that the rain that was forecast did not appear. Temperatures were lower than they were earlier in the week: Temperatures were in the high 60s Friday and Saturday and reached just over 70 degrees on Sunday. Unfortunately, Sunday also hosted fierce winds—ruining what would otherwise have been a perfect day for washing Mr. Nitro. I had planned to wash him on Sunday, but the wind kept me from doing so. Perhaps this weekend will provide nice vehicle-washing weather.

    Harvest Christian Center held a fundraising event for a young member who is attending a Christian college in Texas. I made Pasta a Modena. Saturday morning, I handed a stainless-steel bowl of ingredients to Laura (minced garlic, diced white onion, diced red bell pepper, sliced white mushrooms, diced Roma tomatoes, and sliced Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage). Laura put extra-virgin olive oil and Cabernet Sauvignon in a large sauté pan, added the ingredients from the stainless-steel bowl, and seasoned with Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, and Tony Chachere's More Spice. She tended to the simmering vegetables and sausage—stirring gently every 20 minutes—for two hours. She then added a jar of Classico marinara sauce and stirred thoroughly. She turned off the heat, allowed the pan to cool, and placed it in the refrigerator.

    After the early service Sunday, I returned home to complete the Pasta a Modena. Laura is singing on the worship team this month. She stayed to sing during the late service—following which she taught in the nursery. I placed the pan of sauce on the stove and set the burner to low. After two hours, I cooked a package of Barilla Thick Spaghetti until al dente, drained, and incorporated into the sauce. When Laura arrived, she moved the pasta to a large aluminum-foil pan, covered with the supplied plastic lid, and transported it to the church. She returned home after delivering the pasta—with a caution that the sauce was a bit spicy.

    We were both tired. We watched a marathon of "Cops: Under Fire." For dinner, we had a deli pizza from Safeway. It was delicious and very large. We managed to eat only half of it. Today is a "normal day" on our food calendar. I brought a piece of leftover pizza and a Pepsi Max to the office with me and enjoyed it while producing this blog entry.

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Rush Order, Jaws of Death, -and- Road Rage

    Rush Order - Limbaugh gets special treatment from Apple for computer problems
    Jaws of Death - woman saves daughter from 18-foot crocodile
    Road Rage - gun battle between moving cars shocks motorists

    On this day in history: February 14, 1968 - Nerve gas leaks from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, near Skull Valley Utah. The gas killed 1600 sheep on the Goshute indian reservation and made hundreds more sick. Dugway is a test center for chemical and biological agents.

    Born on this day in history: February 14, 1947 - Billy Crystal (1947– ) Born in Long Beach, NY, actor and comedian Billy Crystal played TV's first openly gay character in comedy series Soap, before moving to such films as "Throw Momma From The Train" (1987) and "City Slicker" (1991).

    Scripture of the Day: He appointed twelve -- designating them apostles -- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. - Mark 3:14

    Video of the Day: Cast Away - FedEx Spoof

    This kitty has watched "The Matrix" too many times! Click to enlarge.

    The rain that was forecast for yesterday did not appear! By early afternoon, the day had become sunny and warm. This morning, the sky appears clear, and it is warm for this time of day (6:30 AM). Perhaps the storm that was predicted has gone elsewhere!

    Thursday, March 13, 2008

    Brave New Schools, Is there a Doctor in the House?, -and- Don't Squeeze the Charmin

    Brave New Schools - 4-year-olds handcuffed for refusing naps
    Is there a Doctor in the House? - Kevorkian plans congressional run
    Don't Squeeze the Charmin - Florida wants to limit amount of toilet paper in bathrooms

    On this day in history: February 13, 1964 - At 3:15am, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese is raped and stabbed to death outside her apartment building in Queens, NY. None of her 38 neighbors who witness the 32-minute ordeal even bothers to call the cops. Later in court, several testify hearing her scream: "Oh my God! He stabbed me! Please help me! I'm dying!"

    Born on this day in history: February 13, 1733 - Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804) chemist, political theorist, clergyman. He discovered oxygen and wrote studies of gases in "Observations on Different Kinds of Air," 1786.

    Scripture of the Day: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." - Galatians 3:13

    Video of the Day: Gomi Style - Furniture from Cardboard - submitted by Cindy

    I happened across this photograph of a Democratic Convention while researching demonic possession. Click to enlarge.

    Rain! It is forecast to rain today, tomorrow, and through the weekend! It seems unlikely—since it is clear and warm currently—but that is the forecast. Also, the forecast calls for considerably cooler temperatures—sub-60-degree temperatures. It has been in the upper 60s and low 70s, and we have been spoiled by this spring-like weather. If the weatherpeople are correct (the hope, of course, is that—as is often the case—they are not), we have some unpleasant—albeit not particularly stormy—weather in store.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Burn Baby Burn!, Mary Ann Does Mary Jane, -and- Crime and Punishment

    Burn Baby Burn! - Apple iPod fire probe after Nano shoots sparks while recharging
    Mary Ann Does Mary Jane - Dawn Wells busted for marijuana possession
    Crime and Punishment - child rapists could face execution in Colorado

    On this day in history: March 12, 1980 - A Chicago jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, he is sentenced to death; after years on death row, Gacy is finally executed in May 10, 1994.

    Born on this day in history: March 12, 1922 - Jack Kerouac (1922–69) Born in Lowell, MA, writer Jack Kerouac is best known for "On the Road" (1957), a semi-autobiographical tale that spoke for the Beat Generation. Trying to escape notoriety, he drank heavily and lived out his final years back in Lowell with his mother.

    Scripture of the Day: Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. - Colossians 3:12

    Video of the Day: Ginger Versus Mary Ann: The Eternal Question

    Wherefore art thou, voters???? Click to enlarge.

    I purchased fuel for Mr. Nitro this morning on the way to my office. It was an experience I shall not soon forget. Click to enlarge.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Who Are You?, To Serve and Protect, -and- Can You Hear Me Now?

    Who Are You? - KY lawmaker wants to make anonymous Internet posting illegal
    To Serve and Protect - Amtrak cop shoots self in foot
    Can You Hear Me Now? - man sets world's record for ear hair

    On this day in history: March 11, 1669 - After a series of premonitional earthquakes near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe spectacularly erupts, destroying the Sicilian town of Nicolosi and killing 20,000 people.

    Born on this day in history: March 11, 1931 - (Keith) Rupert Murdoch (1931– ) Born in Melbourne, Australia, media mogul Rupert Murdoch inherited The News in Adelaide and went on to build a publishing empire in Australia, the U.S., Hong Kong and the UK. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985, and then bought Twentieth Century Fox film studio and the Fox television network.

    Scripture of the Day: For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 3:11

    Video of the Day: Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance - submitted by

    Politician Gone Wild! Click to enlarge.

    Following the early service at Harvest Christian Center Sunday, I stopped at Sav-Mor Foods to do a bit of shopping.

    I was loading my purchases into my Nitro R/T, when I was approached by a young lady of approximately 25 years of age. She was very lovely. She was tall and slender, with long blond hair an engaging smile.

    "I like your car," she said.

    "Thank you," I replied.

    "That's a lot of toilet paper," she said--pointing at the 128-roll package of toilet paper I was loading into the cargo area of my Nitro R/T.

    "I shall not use it all at once," I replied.

    She smiled.

    "I recognized your car by the license plate," she said.

    (The license plate is NITRORT.)

    "I've seen your car on your blog. I read your blog every day. It gives me great pleasure and makes me smile throughout the day," she said, smiling.

    "Thank you," I replied. "It gives me great pleasure knowing that you enjoy my blog so."

    "You recently displayed a photograph of my home on your blog," she said.

    "Really?" I asked. "What photograph was that?"

    "The Redneck Mansion," she answered. "I live there with my mother, sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins."

    "That is interesting," I said.

    "You'll have to visit me in the spring. It is beautiful at the Mansion in the spring."

    "So I shall," I said.

    She smiled.

    "What is your name?" I asked.

    "My name is fathom," she replied.

    "Fathom. That is an odd name. Is your father a seafaring man?"

    "I never knew my father," she replied.

    "I am sorry," I said. "How, then, did you come to be named 'Fathom'"?

    "My great-grandmother's name was Judith," she replied.

    "Ah," I said. "Have a lovely day, Fathom."

    Monday, March 10, 2008

    Somebody's Watching You, This Land Was Your Land, -and- The Kids Are Alright

    Somebody's Watching You - new surveillance camera sees through clothing
    This Land Was Your Land - city taking brothers' land for private developer
    The Kids Are Alright - teens rescue boy from avalanche

    On this day in history: March 10, 1977 - Roman Polanski gives a thirteen-year old girl Quaaludes and molests her during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's home. He later flees the country to avoid statutory rape charges.

    Born on this day in history: March 10, 1958 - Sharon Stone (1958-) Born in Meadville, PA, actor and producer Sharon Stone began as a model in the late 1970s. Her first notable film part came in "Total Recall" (1990), opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stardom arrived when she landed the role of bisexual murder suspect in blockbuster "Basic Instinct," with Michael Douglas.

    Scripture of the Day: All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." - Galatians 3:10-11

    Video of the Day: Al Gore Explains Global Warming - submitted by Frank

    What is wrong with this picture? Look closely, and you will see that the magazine is in backwards! Yikes! Click to enlarge.

    Dear Abby,

    I am a 60-year-old woman who is married to a man who acts like he hates me.

    In public, he pretends he loves me and talks about how wonderful I am. But in private, he shakes his finger in my face and calls me the "B" word.

    He constantly tells me how ugly I am without make-up. I've tried everything, including a face-lift, botox treatments, and a chin tuck. I even went on a diet and lost 20 pounds.

    He quit his job a few years ago after having an affair with a woman in his office. He hasn't even looked for another job. We haven't slept together since, I confronted him about the affair. He denied it, of course, but everybody knew it. It was humiliating. I believe he is still messing around.

    While we both want to sell this house, we argue constantly about when to put it on the market. The house we want will be available in a few months.

    My husband wants to put our house on the market now. I think we should wait a while. He has already started collecting boxes and packing up his stuff.

    Do you think he is planning to leave me?


    Worried in NY

    Dear Worried in NY:

    I doubt it. He wants to move back into the White House as much as you do.

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Fore!, Weapons of Choice, -and- Never Too Young

    Fore! - pro golfer kills hawk with golf ball, faces charges
    Weapons of Choice - Oklahoma bill would lower concealed-gun age to 18
    Never Too Young - Brazilian boy, 8, passes law school entrance exam

    On this day in history: March 7, 1990 - The CIA stages a fake satellite explosion of a KH-11 spy satellite code named Misty which was in low earth orbit. Both American and Russian sources reported Misty's destruction, but amateur astronomers have shown that this was a deception to allow it to achieve a higher, less detectable orbit.

    Born on this day in history: March 7, 1942 - Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner (1942-2007) Born in International Falls, MN, televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker met and married Jim Bakker at college in Minneapolis. In the mid-1970s, the couple launched a Christian television network, which reached 13 million viewers, funding an opulent lifestyle for the Bakkers. Evidence of Jim Bakker's sexual escapades unraveled the empire, and, in 1992, the two divorced. In 1996, Bakker published her autobiography, T"ammy: Telling It My Way."

    Scripture of the Day: But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, ... - Philippians 3:7-8

    Video of the Day: How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight saving time (DST; also summer time in British English) is the convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1907 by William Willett. Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally.

    The practice is controversial. Adding daylight to afternoons benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but causes problems for farming, entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Extra afternoon daylight reduces traffic fatalities; its effect on health and crime is less clear. An early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity; modern heating and cooling usage patterns can cause DST to increase electricity consumption.

    DST's clock shifts can serve as fire safety reminders, but they complicate timekeeping and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, and heavy equipment. Many computer-based systems can adjust their clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when DST rules change.

    Thursday, March 06, 2008

    Weapons of Choice, Brave New Schools, -and- Call Me!

    Weapons of Choice - Florida official wants ex-cops to carry guns
    Brave New Schools - proposed California law would promote teaching communism
    Call Me! - Americans love mobile phones more than Internet

    On this day in history: March 6, 1836 - The Alamo seized by Santa Ana.

    Born on this day in history: March 6, 1947 - Rob Reiner (1947– ) Born in New York City, actor, director and producer Rob Reiner became famous on TV show "All in the Family" (1971 - ?8), which won two Emmys. He made his directorial debut in 1984 with "This Is Spinal Tap," and went on to produce and direct other films, notably "When Harry Met Sally" (1989).

    Scripture of the Day: When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. - Genesis 3:6

    Video of the Day: Fat Man with a Tiny Gun

    The world's smallest gun! Click to enlarge.

    Introducing the world's smallest gun that fires deadly 300mph bullets - but is just TWO inches long


    Meet the pistol that fits in your pocket - and packs a hell of a punch.

    The SwissMiniGun is the size of a key fob but fires tiny 270mph bullets powerful enough to kill at close range.

    Officially the world's smallest working revolver, the gun is being marketed as a collector's item and measures just 2.16 inches long (5.5cm). It can fire real 4.53 bullets up to a range of 367ft (112m).

    The stainless steel gun costs £3,000 although the manufacturers also produce extravagant, made-to-order versions made out of 18-carat gold with customised diamond studs which sell for up to £30,000.

    At just over two inches long it is the world's smallest gun - but the 300mph bullets it fires mean it is still deadly.

    It cannot be imported into the UK, and buyers in Switzerland and Europe must produce an import permit from police to obtain one.

    The gun is banned from being imported into the US - because it's barrel is less than three inches, meaning it is deemed too small to qualify for sporting purposes.

    Jonathan Spencer, consultant forensic scientist and firearms expert, said that although the gun, which fires bullets at a speed of 399 feet a second, was tiny, it could still prove fatal and in the eyes of the law was as dangerous as a machine gun.

    He said: "The general threshold for perforating the skin is about 330 feet a second.

    "Apart from bone, skin offers the greatest resistance to penetration. If it can pass through the skin it is potentially lethal, even if the bullets are small.

    "If you shoved something 3mm across into someone's chest you could kill them. It's the same with these bullets, they could penetrate the heart.

    "It is capable of killing someone. Under section 5 of the Firearms Act it would be a prohibited weapon. It would be on the same scale as a machine gun."

    The gun shoots 2.34 mm calibre rim fire ammunition especially developed for it as the smallest rim fire ammunition in the world.

    The Swiss Minigun, which is being marketed as a collector's item, is just 5.5cm long, and fires 4.53mm bullets up to 112 metres.

    It weighs in at just 0.7oz (19.8grams) and fires live and blank ammunition.

    The gun is the first product of the SwissMiniGun company, a gunsmiths based at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

    Owner Paul Erard said that since the product's launch three years ago, the firm had sold around 300 of the guns, mainly to collectors in the Middle and Far East.

    He said: "We are producing in very small quantities - perhaps 25 gold guns and 100 steel guns a year, and there is a six month waiting list to get one.

    "We will make whatever the customer wishes for. The most expensive version we have sold cost £30,000 and was covered in diamonds and came with a gold chain."

    Other bespoke finishes available include ebony grips, hand engraved grips, gold grips with diamonds or collared precious stones.

    Mr Erard said that although the double action revolver is similar in appearance to a Colt Python full-size weapon, it was actually based on a Swiss-made revolver.

    In September 2006 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF) in New York issued a warning about the gun after being alerted by a police officer who spotted it on a website.

    Special Agent William McMahon said the gun was so small it could pass for a key fob, and warned it made the perfect stealth weapon for serious criminals.

    But Mr Erard denied the gun was deadly and said it was only a tenth as powerful as some air guns.

    "Since September 11 there has been a lot of paranoia in America", he said.

    "It is ridiculous. Why would criminals want my gun when you can go out and buy a Kalashnikov there already?"

    A Guinness World Records spokesman confirmed the gun held the record as the word's smallest working revolver.

    Wednesday, March 05, 2008

    Heat of the Moment, Quiet Please!, -and- Swoop!

    Heat of the Moment - scientists meet in NYC to challenge Gore, UN
    Quiet Please! - six days in county jail for overdue books
    Swoop! - vultures ripping apart roofs, chewing cars, in Florida

    On this day in history: March 5, 1982 - John Belushi found dead at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood from a cocaine and heroin overdose. A sketchy woman, Cathy Smith, is later charged with administering the fatal injections.

    Born on this day in history: March 5, 1958 - Andy Gibb (1958-1988) Born in Manchester, England, youngest of the Gibb Brothers, singer Andy Gibb belongs to the world-famous Bee Gees group. The group personifies 1970s disco music, and has sold more than 100 million records.

    Scripture of the Day: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

    Video of the Day: Leopard Looks After a Baby Baboon - submitted by Cindy

    It was a beautiful morning, so I decided to take a drive before going to my
    office. I encountered this scene in the foothills near Corning. Click to

    Laura was feeling much better and went to work yesterday morning. As the day progressed, however, she became increasingly ill and left early. She is staying home today. I pray for her speedy recovery.

    The sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue and clear, and the birds are singing. Great Scott, could this be an early spring? While the concept is a pleasant one, certainly, it is highly unlikely that we have seen the last of the cold, wet weather. We shall, however, enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts!

    I have been watching a series on The Science Channel entitled "Download: The True Story of the Internet." It is an interesting series. I find it particularly interesting, since I clearly recall the events from my personal experience.

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008

    Heat of the Moment, Moms Gone Wild, -and- Be Afraid

    Heat of the Moment - Weather Channel founder advocates suing Al Gore over "the fraud of global warming"
    Moms Gone Wild - women brawl at Chuck E. Cheese over video game
    Be Afraid - town to vote on Silly String ban

    On this day in history: March 4, 1861 - The "Stars and Bars" is formally adopted as the flag of the Confederate States of America.

    Born on this day in history: March 4, 1958 - Patricia Heaton (1958-) Born in Bay Village, Oh., actress Patricia Heaton made her Broadway debut in gospel musical "Don't Get God Started." In 1996, she landed the role of Debra Barone on hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which won her an Emmy. Heaton has now branched out into film.

    Scripture of the Day: When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. - Colossians 3:4

    Video of the Day: Cute Baby Tiger - submitted by Cindy

    CHOMP! Click to enlarge.

    This promises to be yet another beautiful day! The sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue and clear, and the birds are singing loudly.

    I have suffered with a cold for the last several days. I am nearly recovered now, but it was an unpleasant bout. This morning, Laura exhibited symptoms of this affliction and is currently evaluating whether to go to work or stay home and rest. I pray that she is quickly fully recovered.

    Update - 7:30 AM: Laura just called and said she is feeling better and is going to work. She prayed for healing (as did I, of course), and she said that the Holy Spirit prompted her to walk out in faith that she would be healed!

    Monday, March 03, 2008

    Animal Kingdom, Unusual Punishment, -and- Homeland Insecurity

    Animal Kingdom - Spokane monkey goes wild, bites three
    Unusual Punishment - prisoners get LCD TVs, mountain views
    Homeland Insecurity - deal soon on eavesdropping law

    On this day in history: March 3, 1934 - John Dillinger escapes from an escape-proof jail in Crown Point Indiana, using a wooden pistol he carved himself. It's his second escape.

    Born on this day in history: March 3, 1962 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962– ) Born in East St Louis, Mo., track and field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest female athletes in history. She has won numerous Olympic medals from 1984 to 1992.

    Scripture of the Day: You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? - 1 Corinthians 3:3

    Video of the Day: Need a new flashlight? - submitted by Frank

    "I put a spell on you!" BEWARE! Do not fall under his thrall! Click to enlarge.

    Hillary is fighting the spell! Click to enlarge.

    The weather was beautiful over the weekend—sunny and warm. Yesterday morning, there was an unwelcome wind, but it did not last long. This morning, the sun continues to shine, the sky is blue, there is no wind, and birds are singing loudly.

    One of my brothers came to dinner last evening. I made a marinade (extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, lime juice, Tony Chachere's More Spice, and ground black pepper) Saturday. Laura placed 7 large Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a zip-lock bag, covered with the marinade, and placed in the refrigerator. She turned the chicken over several times throughout Saturday and Sunday.

    Laura sings with the worship group at Harvest Christian Center every other month, and this is one of the months she sings. We went to church separately yesterday, and I departed following the early service. I produced a pasta salad with Barilla large shells (cooked al denté, of course), garbanzo beans, kidney beans, sweet peas, sliced red onion, sliced celery, grape tomatoes, sliced red bell pepper, Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, lime juice, mayonnaise, and wasabi paste.

    Laura grilled the chicken perfectly (nice char marks on the outside and moist throughout). I made a quantity of toasted garlic bread. The meal was delightful. Laura had Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, my brother had Almaden Chardonnay, and I had Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

    Following dinner, we watched "Next." [Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future, an ability he uses to enhance his shows -- and to win at blackjack. But when FBI counterterror agent (Julianne Moore) wants his help in thwarting a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Cris finds his psychic skills put to the ultimate test. Based on Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man," this sci-fi thriller co-stars Jessica Biel and Peter Falk.] The movie had excellent special effects, was well-produced, well-acted, and entertaining. I highly recommend it.