Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Fighting Back, Smile for the Camera, -and- Stop Thief!

Fighting Back - 80-year-old man fends off would-be carjacker
Smile for the Camera - suspect poses following arrest for aggravated battery
Stop Thief! - Walmart employees beat woman to death for shoplifting

On this day in history: September 8, 1935 - Dr. Carl Austin Weiss confronts Senator Huey Long in a narrow corridor of the State House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Weiss draws a .32 caliber pistol and fires one slug into Long's abdomen. The Senator's bodyguards immediately make Swiss cheese out of Weiss, riddling him with 61 bullets. Long is rushed to the hospital, where he dies two days later.

Born on this day in history: September 8, 1932 - Patsy Cline (1932 - 1963) Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, country singer Patsy Cline won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts contest in 1957, and went on to record such hits as "I Fall to Pieces" (1960) and "Crazy" (1961). She died in a plane crash.

Scripture of the Day: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12

Video of the Day: Big Snake in the Toilet - submitted by Cap'n Jack

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene at Walmart while on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Labor Day Weekend It truly seems as if Labor Day Weekend passed incredibly quickly. While many dedicated their time to grilling, swimming, cavorting, scampering, tubing, fishing, traveling, etc., wefor the most part—lounged indoors, read, snacked, and expended very little energy. The cover remained on the new grill, and meals consisted mostly of nibbling upon snack items, corn dogs, and frozen pizza. The only exceptions were our attendance at the Harvest Christian Center Work Day on Saturday and the Fellowship Barbecue and Softball Game on Sunday. I photographed Sunday's event, and selected images will be available soon.

We read books by Randy Alcorn:

Laura read "Dominion." [Clarence Abernathy, an Oregon columnist and suburban middle-class black, is dragged into a world of inner-city gangs, drugs, violence and racial conflict. Clarence's anger at injustices he cannot control pulls him onto turf that becomes more dangerous by the moment. Encouraged by fellow columnist Jake Woods, Clarence forges an unlikely partnership with Ollie Chandler, a white homicide detective. As the case unfolds questions of racial prejudice and misunderstanding rise to the surface. As unseen eyes watch from above, the urban terror that has robbed Clarence of loved ones and uprooted his faith in God now threatens to unleash its deadly violence on him. In the footsteps of his best-selling novel "Deadline," author Randy Alcorn tells an exciting story filled with drama. The characters are so real you'll never forget them. In America's racially charged atmosphere, this story offers profound insight concerning our perceptions and conflicts, and points clearly toward the only true hope for racial reconciliation. As you become immersed in its riveting story, Dominion will make you laugh, cry and think.]

I read "Deception." [Ollie Chandler is a brilliant and quick-witted homicide detective with exceptional deductive skills and street smarts. He's a police department legend for his off-beat methods that solve crimes and coax confessions. But he's a risk taker and a rule-bender who drives his procedure-conscious superiors crazy. If not for his success rate, he'd have been squeezed out of the detective division years ago. When a Portland State University professor is found murdered in his home, Ollie is called in. Some strange indications on the professor's body suggest a peculiar means of death. Tests confirm something even more bizarre than Ollie suspected. A motive of revenge seems likely. But revenge for what? The murder mystery gets more complex the deeper Ollie probes.]

It was a very enjoyable weekend. I eagerly await another!

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