Archive for October, 2006

Football Picks

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Last week I went 12-4, and my overall record is now 87-25. This week I hope to do even better.

Virginia over North Carolina
Texas over Nebraska
Maryland over NC State
Penn State over Illinois
Arkansas over Mississippi
Georgia over Mississippi State
Miami over Duke
Notre Dame over UCLA
South Carolina over Vanderbilt
Michigan over Iowa
Tennessee over Alabama
California over Washington
Boston College over Florida State
Oregon over Washington State
Pittsburg over Rutgers
Oklahoma over Colorado
Texas A&M over Oklahoma State
Clemson over Georgia Tech

World Trade Center

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

I finally saw the movie “World Trade Center.” It’s a very, very good film – extremely powerful and moving. If Oliver Stone has any conspiracy theories concerning 9/11, he left them out of the film. I highly recommend it.

Misuse of Resources?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

I also received this e-mail as well as one from State Sen. David Fowler concerning the upcoming vote on the marriage amendment. Both were, of course, requesting money so as to save Tennessee from the horrible homo onslaught. I stopped and thought for a moment… Couldn’t the money donated to these causes be better spent on something else?

If you’re considering donating money to the campaign to ban gay marriage, I do not question your conviction. I disagree with the amendment, but I understand that you are fighting for a cause you believe to be right, and I admire that. But, having said this, would you not agree that your money could do much more good if given to another cause? Literally, your money could make the difference between life and death.

Some organizations that save lives everyday are Samaritan’s Purse, Catholic Charities, The American Red Cross, and probably even your local church through missions and community outreach. I would never pretend to speak for Jesus, but ask yourself, would He prefer your money be spent saving peoples lives (and their souls) or going to support an ad campaign to ban something that doesn’t even exist? I know what I think His answer would be (though, as always, I could be wrong).

Another Bogus Addiction

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Addictions are real, but they can be overcome. Sometimes they require professional help. But they can be beaten, usually with great effort and dedication. However, today’s culture doesn’t seem to value these traits very much, and has concluded that an addict is helpless. It has also changes the definition of addiction to mean simply anything one enjoys. Thus people are addicted to chocolates, television, sex, magazines, whatever you can imagine. These addictions are completely over-diagnosed.

Case in point: A study by Stanford University School of Medicine claims the United States is full of internet addicts:

The United States could be rife with Internet addicts as clinically ill as alcoholics, an unprecedented study released suggested.

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Silicon Valley said their telephone survey indicated more than one of every eight US residents showed at least one sign of “problematic Internet use.”

Diagnosing someone via telephone strikes me as problematic, although I don’t doubt that many Americans do indeed spent lots of time, probably too much, on the internet. But addiction? I think not. Still, look for some form of medication to treat this “disease” to appear on the market soon.

Lend a Helping Hand

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

I’d like to share two worthwhile causes that deserve our support:

First, if you wish to help the Native Alaskans who refused cheap oil from Hugo Chavez, information is available here. (Thanks to commenter Justin for passing this along.)

Also, Sunshine, an Iraqi blogger, passes along information about an Iraqi boy who badly needs medical assistance. If you can help, please contact Sunshine (contact info available at her blog).

300,000,000 Americans

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The population of the United States is set to hit 300 million. Look for population-control advocates, liberal interests, and anti-immigration groups to tout this as proof of overpopulation, but in reality, the United States is underpopulated. In fact, if the population of America were to increase to eleven times what it is now – to 3.3 billion – the U.S. would still be less densely populated than England, and even the state of New Jersey. And this does not even take into account the states of Alaska (which has about 1/3 as much territory as the rest of the country) and Hawaii.

So if you’re concerned about overpopulation, relax. There’s really nothing to be worried about.

Why I Oppose the Gay Marriage Amendment

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

As you probably know, Tennesseans will vote next month on whether to amend the constitution to specifically outlaw gay marriage. I’ve been thinking about blogging on this topic, but wasn’t quite sure where to start. Then I saw this post by Glen Dean that says everything I wanted to say much better than I ever could have. Head over there and read the whole thing. Glen really nails it.

Never Again, Again

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Football Picks

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Last week I went 11-5, and my overall record is now 75-21. This week, I hope to do even better…

West Virginia over Syracuse
Wisconsin over Minnesota
NC State over Wake Forest
South Florida over North Carolina
Navy over Rutgers
Kansas over Oklahoma State
Ohio State over Michigan State
Oregon over UCLA
Missouri over Texas A&M
Texas Tech over Colorado
Maryland over Virginia
Alabama over Mississippi
Auburn over Florida
USC over Arizona State
Michigan over Penn State
LSU over Kentucky

Rule of Law for Thee, But Not For Me

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Tom Tancredo is engaged in a bit of hypocrisy, says Harold Hutchison:

It seems that Tom Tancredo and 28 other Congressmen have signed a letter asking Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to not extradite Duane “Dog” Chapman to face charges of conspiracy and illegal detention in Mexico.

I say extradite him. We signed the treaty, and treaties are part of the law of the land. It’s about the rule of law, Congressman, the very same reason you claim to be opposing the President’s approach to immigration – you claim his approach rewards people who have broken the law.

Well, Duane Chapman entered Mexico, where bounty hunting is illegal. He and two of his employees detained a person, and took him to the USA. He broke the law.

So, shouldn’t he be extradited to face justice, like any other lawbreaker? Or are you only interested in the rule of law for some and not for others?

If it’s the latter, then there’s a word to describe Tom Tancredo: Hypocrite.

I don’t know if Chapman should be extradited or not, but Tancredo’s double standard here certainly is illuminating.