Monday, January 05, 2009

Somebody's Watching You, Matters of Life and Death, -and- Drive

Somebody's Watching You - Police look to hack citizens' home PCs
Matters of Life and Death - schools give morning-after pills secretly
Drive - San Francisco considers fee on vehicles entering city

On this day in history: January 5, 1998 - Congressman Sonny Bono dead from blunt force trauma to his head after a direct collision with a pine tree at Heavenly Valley Ski Area.

Born on this day in history: January 5, 1946 - Diane Keaton (1946-) Born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, actress Diane Keaton starred in several of Woody Allen's best-known films, including, "Annie Hall" (1977), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar. She also appeared in the 1972 hit, "The Godfather" and its sequels. Keaton now splits her time between acting and directing.

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Video of the Day: Here is my friend, Frank, at the dragstrip with his 1993 Mustang Cobra!

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Recommended Site:
David Louis Harter Photography - a showcase for the photography of David Louis Harter

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We did a good deal of relaxing and reading over the weekend. I read "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis ["Mere Christianity" is a theological book by C. S. Lewis, adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1941 and 1944, while Lewis was at Oxford during World War II. Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the transcripts of the broadcasts, expanded into the book, originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (1942), Christian Behaviour (1942), and Beyond Personality (1944.] and "The Believer's Authority" by Kenneth Hagin [Do we have authority that we don't know about - that we haven't discovered - that we're not using? Kenneth Hagin points out that "as a result of my studies, I concluded that we as a Church have authority on the earth that we've never yet realized."].

C. S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" is certainly dated, but the moral positions he takes and the points he makes are easily as true and viable today as they were in the 1940s. The book is a very straight-forward approach to life, in general, and moral behavior, in particular. I highly recommend this book.

"The Believer's Authority" presents an incredible explanation of how one can take control of one's life by declaration of the authority given one by God. Hagin's own faith and his declaration of authority over his physical condition endowed him with the power to rise from the bed—which he had been doomed never to vacate by doctors—and walk!

Saturday evening, we watched "Noëlle" [In this heartfelt Christmas tale, aloof Father Jonathan Keene (David Wall) comes to Cape Cod to close a failing parish run by caring yet troubled Father Simeon Joyce (Sean Patrick Brennan). But both men harbor secrets fueled by guilt and shame, and soon, Keene questions his faith. As his heart opens to the townsfolk, especially the lovely Marjorie Worthington (Kerry Wall), Keene discovers the magic of forgiveness and the gift of a second chance.] This was one of the most boring, poorly-acted, disjointed and superficial movies I have seen in a great while. I cannot, with clear conscience, recommend this movie.