Friday, September 30, 2005

The booklet of hymns you've been looking for

A friend of mine of Kathy Pluth has just published a booklet of hymns for the liturgical cycle. Here's a sample of some of her compositions. You can order the booklet here and here's an essay she wrote on the theology behind the project.

It is good stuff, check it out. A definite plus in Kathy's approach is the Trinitarian focus. A topic of some fascination recently due to dissertation. You should read her essay and note the words "cycle" and "trinitarian," at the core of existence, that's really what it is all about. The important thing to always remember is that the source and point of all theology is worship.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Boring Sundays . . . Classified ad: new carrier needed for Bills

The Bills need to change the carrier. They mailed in a performance on Sunday and it did not even get there. If you are going to mail in a performance at least make sure it gets there.

Anyway, I'm done for the season. Sundays are now back to being boring with no 4400 on USA. I'll just have to find something to do with myself. Hopefully Scifi will continue some its stellar movie making with classics such Dino Croc, Snake Head Terror, Pterodactyl (sp?), Attack of the Sabre Tooth and Path of Destruction (which actually was half-way decent by scifi standards).

Monday, September 19, 2005

The J P Losman Era is Over!

My celebration last week was premature. The Bills are doomed. I hate the Bills. I will never watch another Bills game in my life. We need a new quarterback. The end of the world is finally upon us. How do you score only 3 points in a game?


the Intelligent Design Con works so well

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Bush Needs a Bathroom Break

From Yahoo

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Monday, September 12, 2005

The J. P. Losman Era Begins

with a 22-7 spanking of Houston.

The Bills are definitely going to be the surprise team of the year. I'm laying it all down on the line now: can you say Superbowl?

The defense is outstanding, football's best kept secret. Special teams is solid with bursts of excellence. The offense has Eric Moulds, one of footballs best wide receivers, Lee Evans an explosive talent that can conjure images of James Lofton, Willis McGahee, Thurman Thomas re-visited. The only question mark is J. P. Losman, second year rookie QB. By all indications, this guy is no Todd Collins, he is going to be a success. However, this year, all he has to do is play smart and not loose games. But not only that, Coach Mularkey has no intention of playing him conservatively, he could have done that with Bledsoe. He is going to push offensively.

Having said all that, I did not get to listen or watch the game because of work. Upon arriving home in the evening I decided to wait for ESPN's prime Time live. But first, I had to sit through 1.5 hours of crap on Sports Center. To compound things, Spike TV was showing the original Stargate movie. I couldn't resist. So I missed huge chunks of Sports Center watching Stargate. Fortunately the movie was over by the time Prime Time live came on at 1:30 am. Unfortunately, I dozed off for 10 minutes and I had no idea if they had shown Bills' highlights, so I hung in there for another 40 minutes until I realized I had missed the Bills' highlights. It was 2:30 am. That's not happiness, waiting hours to catch highlights, dozing off and missing a stupid 10 minutes. I felt like the 5 foolish virgins. Next time, I'll pour oil in my TV.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Rescue Ticket

Via Unfogged

CNN's Drew Griffin reports:

I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

NY Times: Shift Blame from Fed to Local

So now that Bush has been exposed as an ineffective leader, we see that he is now rising to the challenging and excelling what he and his team are naturally good at, disimulation.

Via Dkos, the Bush political team is moving forward on an effort to shift blame from the Fed failures to local officials. I suppose next up on the blame list would be all those poor and mid class New Orleaneans who did not have cars or any means of evacaution even though the desire was there.

It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up to an extraordinary return visit by Mr. Bush planned for Monday, directed administration officials not to respond to attacks from Democrats on the relief efforts, and sought to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials, according to Republicans familiar with the White House plan.

The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and his communications director, Dan Bartlett. It began late last week after Congressional Republicans called White House officials to register alarm about what they saw as a feeble response by Mr. Bush to the hurricane, according to Republican Congressional aides.

At the least, anyone will see that the whole leadership in terror thing from the current president is a joke. As I heard a talking head on TV say, if we were so unable and unprepared for a disaster with a whole three days notice, we have no hope if there were another terrorist attack.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

The Horror of Katrina

First off, who came up that name. It evokes the sense that we've been hit by a soviet missile.

My primary reaction for days has been extreme anger and frustration. George Bush is _______ (insert word here: if you have nothing nasty to say then say nothing). I hope he had nice vacation and got all rested up for his next brush-clearing vacation. The man is an embarassment to civilization as are all the people who put such an incompetent man in charge. Simply put, George Bush is the worst U.S. President in history.

The whole thing is incomprehensible. There simply is no excuse for what all has happened. We went to New Orleans for our honeymoon and on the swamp tour and in general, we heard a lot about how NO was below sea level and was a disaster waiting to happen. That no one was prepared for this is nuts. I don't understand why the Gov of LA or the Mayor didn't pick up the phone on Friday and Saturday and make a public plea to TX to provide buses to assist with the evacuation or for TX to send police and assistance. People were stuck in NO, not because people didn't want to leave, but because they did not have the means to leave.

In the past few days, I've watched with my jaw dropped at the news from NO. It is sickening. Also, we're all waiting to hear of the extent of devastation in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. I'm sure who communities were wiped out there. So much for the great leader, George Bush, this is clear proof that his policies have done nothing to help communities prepare and deal with tragic events of a significant magnitude.

I feel guilty doing anything else, like watch TV, etc, but I can't watch the news all day. It is to depressing and I feel helpless. I suppose we can keep praying and sending money.