Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Commercials

It is refreshing to watch the Olympics on TV. I so enjoy watching them and I also enjoy the humor that comes along with the games. I posted a few of the humor jokes below- We all need to take some stress off. Just think of the hundreds who trained but fell short of this years teams. Some may not have another chance.

•At the Olympic Games, Rhoda meets a man carrying an eight-foot-long metal stick.
‘Excuse me,’ says Rhoda to the man. ‘Are you a pole vaulter?’
‘No,”‘ says the man, ‘I’m German, but how did you know my name is Walter?’

Paul Hamm, Gymnast: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.”
Boxing Analyst: “Sure there have been injuries,and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.”
Softball announcer: “If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.”
Basketball analyst: “He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.”

It’s the 2012 Olympics. The final of the Hammer Throw event is shaping up for an exciting finish. It’s all come down to a Russian military officer, an American farmer and an unemployed Scouser.
The Russian throws first: 85 metres, just short of the world record.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was in the military, my father was in the military and I am in the military. This gives me strength and discipline.”
Then the American throws: 88 metres, breaking the world record.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was a farmer, my father was a farmer and I am a farmer. This gives me strength and discipline.”
The Scouser saunters up to the nets, gobs at the TV cameras and slings the hammer 95 metres, breaking the world record and winning gold for Great Britain.
Interviewed after the event he said, “My grandfather was unemployed, my father was unemployed and both said to me, ‘If anyone ever puts a hammer in your hand, throw it as far as you friggin can’.”

Q: Why does the Olympic torch always start in Olympia?
A: Because it's hard to put out a Greece fire.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Emilee

Today is Emilees 10th Birthday- Happy Birthday Emilee! she has reminded me of what is really important in this life.  This video was taken in 2010 at her birthday party.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
"I've learned that children's eyes observe more than there ears ever hear and the example we set for them determines their actions."
Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it's the only thing

Friday, July 27, 2012

God Bless Chick Fil A

Tim Hawkins wrote this song in 2010, actually he wrote another song as well that is pretty good as well. (it is under values/marriage label)  This was before the big ruckus over their support of traditional marriage? Funny thing- I support Traditional Marriage as well, but have I made the news? Actually I appreciate Billy Grahams and Mike Huckabees support of Chik Fil A- it is about time Christians support Christians when they take a stand. I think of the Pope, Jerry Falwell and others who took a stand in the past and no one stood with them? I respect your right not to boycott Starbucks, Target, or  JC Penney- that is your right, as is Rosanne Barr's choice to "wish cancer on anyone who supports traditional marriage" or the Muppet's who will not do business with a business who follows Bible principals. I  should remind you I also respect your boycott of porn sites, strip clubs, casinos. alcohol, tobacco- sure you don't like to call it a boycott,  I was raised in a church that also boycotted bowling alleys and theatres so I understand. (I was even taught to boycott certain church's??) I am appalled that any government official would deny a building permit based one's religious beliefs? That is wrong, a violation of our free speech and a violation of separation of church/state.  It is good to see business's follow a Biblical standard and I salute you Cathy Family- thank You and May God Bless you for that.
Media Invents Story That Chick-fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage
11:42 AM, Jul 24, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY

 CNN, Time and many other news organizations owe Cathy and Chick-fil-A some serious corrections and/or clarifications. It should further cause news organizations -- particularly in the wake of ABC's absurd speculation that the Aurora killings were done by a Tea Partier and many news organizations falling for Greenpeace's intentionally deceptive campaign against Shell Oil -- to reflect on why these kinds of egregrious media errors habitually reflect left-wing political narratives.

UPDATE: A reader informs me Cathy also gave a radio interview on the topic last week where he said, among other things, "I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'" Again, if you listen to the the interview he doesn't utter the words "gay marriage," and it's clear that in the broader context Cathy is speaking about many different issues leading to the general breakdown of the family.
When I wrote, "The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay marriage," I was referring specifically to the Baptist Press interview that formed the basis of the attack by CNN and many other news outlets. It's also been known for decades that Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians that support traditional famly values, yet only now has there been a national furor over Cathy and his company's position on this. That controversy came only by taking his quotes out of context to suggest he was attacking supporters of gay marriage rather than defending his own beliefs. And it certainly doesn't justify supposedly mainstream news organizations calling him "homophobic" -- an astonishingly biased and juvenile way of framing what he said.

Last week, reports emerged that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy had condemned gay marriage. It's no secret that the company is run by devout Christians, but this still caused an uproar. Boston's mayor threatened to deny the company business permits, celebrities condemned the company, and the Muppets announced fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals.

One small problem: The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay marriage. Here's how CNN reported the story:

(CNN)–The fact that Chick-fil-A is a company that espouses Christian values is no secret. The fact that its 1,600 fast-food chicken restaurants across the country are closed on Sundays has long been testament to that.

But the comments of company President Dan Cathy about gay marriage to Baptist Press on Monday have ignited a social media wildfire.

"Guilty as charged,", Cathy said when asked about his company's support of the traditional family unit as opposed to gay marriage.

"We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy is quoted as saying.
But Terry Mattingly at the website GetReligion (where I am an occasional contributor) notes that if you look at the original context of the interview, Cathy wasn't asked specifically asked about gay marriage nor did he say anything about it. Here's the actual interview CNN and others cited from the Biblical Recorder and that was carried by the Baptist Press:

“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, “There is no such thing as a Christian business.”

“That got my attention,” Cathy said. Roach went on to say, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.”

In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are,” Cathy added. “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”

And here's what Cathy says about marriage:

The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation ( The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

“That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries,” Cathy added.

Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. …

“We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

To say that Cathy condemned gay marriage is stunningly dishonest. And yet, Cathy's had to endure headlines such as, "Boston Mayor Blocks Chick-fil-A Franchise from City over Homophobic Attitude" -- and that headline comes from Time, which is allegedly one of the more responsible media outlets.

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Sound-Through The Decades

I love music. Music Changes. On this date 58 years ago a man called Elvis Presley changed the style of music in 1954. There are many styles of music for the same song. Someone said Amazing Grace has been recorded by over 3,000 people, each one singing it differently I would guess. I heard the group "The Sound' in our church years ago, I do not know  if they are singing together still or not- but I so enjoyed this song on their CD called "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms- Through the Decades". So next time you think your style of music is the only style there is, think of this song and how music seems to change every 10 years or so. It could also remind you of the one thing that does not change- His Everlasting Arms....
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman. Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms".