Bag of Randomness

  • Back in the day, basketball jersey’s use to resemble a tank top, but I think today they look more like sleeveles t-shirts and fit a bit tighter.
  • Yesterday’s sermon the pastor started off by contemplating what parents say to their children before they leave to go on spring break.  He then talked about Natasha Richardson’s death and examined George Washington’s farewell address and some of Paul’s letters.  In short, it was a sermon about last words, or parting words, or farewells.
  • I remember being a hot-headed senior in high school, and three days before graduation I got into a fight with my father before I left for a party, when I came back home there was an ambulance in the front yard – he had a heart attack and a pace-maker was put in later that night.  I was lucky to get four years worth of borrowed time and second chances at farewells.
  • One thing I’ll always remember about that night.  It was decided at the party that a group of us would come over to my house.  I was one of the last to leave, so I was the last to get home, so all my friends beat me there.  As I rushed into the house, a group of my friends in the front yard were holding hands in a circle praying.
  • “If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.”
  • “There’s only one king…and that’s Jesus Christ.”  Elvis
  • I love peanut M&M’s.
  • It’s funny how people will beat up the president for taking time to fill out a tourney bracket, but generally we think it’s cute to take time to pardon a turkey and watch an Easter egg roll.
  • A hedgehog with no spines is sad to look at.
  • Teenage birthrates has increased again for the second year in a row.  Time to combine both abstinence and sex education.  It doesn’t help when you have celebrity kids having babies – Jamie Lynn Spears, Bristol Palin, etc . . .
  • WifeGeeding forced me to watch a girly movie on Saturday night, it was Waitress with Kari Russell.  Andy Griffith was in the movie, we don’t hear too much about him nowadays.
  • Speaking of Andy Griffith, I’ve never watched a single episode of his old show.
  • Speaking of Kari Russell, one of my pastoral friends and a reader of this blog performed a wedding in which she was a bridesmaid, and actually danced with her.
  • I have a silly theory about the grass.  It always seems like after the first mow of the year, the grass starts to turn green and grow faster.  As a kid, I thought the vibrations of the lawnmower woke the grass up, but it’s all probably due to the timing of spring.
  • The smallest church I’ve attened in the past 15 years was probably about 5000 members.  I’m not sure how large the current church I’m attending is, but I would guess around 1500-2000.  And it’s kind of weird to be able to interact with the lead pastor again.  I haven’t really done that since my high school days.  I’m not saying the other pastors never made themselves assessable, but I just didn’t cross their paths as much.  Oddly enough, I always felt kind of bad talking to them because in my mind, I always thought I was taking up their time and should let them go to attend to other matters.  They never said or did anything to make me think that, but that’s what went through my head.  Besides, I often think of myself as an inconvience to others.
  • I can only recall two episodes of Leave it to Beaver.  There was one in which Beaver was interested in penny stocks, and the other had something to do with him keeping a small alligator in his toilet tank.
  • I have a lot of double standards in life.
  • Sequoia contains every vowel.
  • Lying for Jesus
  • The AIG bonuses have got me to thinking about trickle down economics, something I have never really been much of a supporter of, but I do understand the overall premise.  Off hand, it’s a good idea, but the one thing you can’t include in the equation is greed.  The big wigs on top, in the majority of cases, will keep what they can for themselves rather than let it trickle down to allow the business to grow and help the lower paid employees.  We’ve seen this for a while now with how much top executives are getting paid (for example), and now we are seeing it in the form of extravagant bonuses for the people that are responsible for the financial stress AIG is experiencing.   I’m not trying to change any minds out there, but just trying to let you know how a liberal might view trickle down econmics.
  • But then again, this liberal earned a C in both micro and macro economics at the Harvard of the south.
  • I might share my thoughts about tax cuts later, but it’s closely related.
  • Remember, I teach finance, not economics.  In the academia realm, there’s a major difference.
  • I don’t think this ought to be a law, but I think as a rule of thumb the CEO of any company shouldn’t make more than 100 times (or some other number) more than the lowest paid full time employee.  So if the lowest paid full time employee makes $20,000 a year, the most the CEO would be able to make is $2 million a year.  If the company wants to pay the CEO more, then they would have to increase the salary of the lowest paid employee, so everyone benefits, kinda.  Of course there are some kinds in this thought, but I think you get the gist of it.
  • I’m not very good at changing the transmission and brake fluid in my car.
  • I have felt very out of it this weekend.
  • I’m learning as I discuss opposing views with someone I don’t always have to make it personal or try to change their mind.
  • My favorite 7 Habit: Seek first to understand, then be understood.
  • If you are interested in a narcissistic personality test, check this  out.  The downside is you have to print stuff out and add it up yourself, it all isn’t done for you online.
  • You may have noticed a few minor changes to BoN.  The FAQ and Geedingology pages no longer exist and has been combined into the updated About page.  There is also a new Support page, and an search feature on top of the sidebar.
  • Grace
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Rev. Hart says:

    Trickle Down Economics DOES factor in greed. The old mantra "greed is good" is the heart of this economic model. The more greedy people are, the more money will trickle down to the rest of society. For example, if a person is so greedy that he starts a factory to sell some product, then he has just employed 100 people at that factory and the economy stays healthy while he gets rich. That's the main point. What the model underestimates is the scope of human greed–I'd call it Total Depravity of the heart, or sin–and how greed will ultimately cheat those factory workers out of fair pay so that the owner can get richer and richer and richer. Over the past 8 years, we watched that happen on a massive scale, as the Bush administration removed almost ALL government regulations against such greed-fueled growth.

    Just like sin in one's life, unchecked greed eventually led to the destruction of the whole system.

    The new model, under the Obama administration, assumes that more government oversight and regulation will keep the greed in balance and protect those to whom the money is supposed to trickle down. Perhaps its mistake is to assume that elected government officials are any less Depraved than the greedsters of the Free Market. Time will tell.

  2. Rev. Hart says:

    PS. I'm no Economist either, just a theologian. 🙂

  3. moldylovessomebag says:

    Never danced with her…should have, just interacted and showed off my fake pocket square as a bit of brilliance!

  4. Kelly says:

    That quote "if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans" is the first line in the movie "Bella." Awesome movie. Not sure where you got the quote, but that is where I have heard it before.

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