Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 26, 2022

  • Neither my son nor I were high, I promise. But we had an insightful conversation on the way to church examining the words “there” and “their”. He put together that “there” is nothing more than “here” but with a “t” placed in front of it, and both related to location. Then, I did the same thing with “their”, but stated how “heir” and “their” both deal with possession. I’ve always had fun with etymology. Perhaps that’s one reason I enjoy the podcast A Way With Words so much. It makes me giggle anytime they greet a caller with, “You have a way with words. What’s your question, caller?”
  • I saw several news outlets and even LiberallyLean point out how the California Governor ran ads in Texas newspapers calling out Gov. Abbott on guns and abortion law. But all have failed to mention how Texas’ last two governors, Perry and Abbott, started the squabble running and starring in radio ads in California trying to get businesses to move to Texas and mocking California to the point his campaign uses phrases like “Don’t California My Texas” (while collecting big donor checks from the state). The media are making it look like Abbott is getting picked on when he and Perry actually started the fight. Heck, we had it coming. I see nothing wrong with Newsome fighting back and fighting fire with fire.
  • New York pastor and his wife robbed in $400K jewelry heist during livestreamed service – “I didn’t know if they wanted to shoot the church up or if they were just coming for a robbery.” Later in the video he defended his taste for expensive things: “A lot of people are going to say, ‘Why are you so flashy?’ It’s my prerogative to purchase what I want to purchase if I work hard for it.”
  • Pat Benatar won’t sing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ after spate of mass shootingsThe rock singer, who is touring through September, said she’s unable to sing the words with a smile on her face anymore.
  • NASA scientist explains why astronauts should not masturbate in zero gravityA NASA scientist has explained why there are strict guidelines over “alone-time” onboard in zero gravity.
    • Scientists have warned even the slightest rogue droplet could cause chaos on board. Astronauts have been warned against masturbating in space over fears female astronauts could get impregnated by stray fluids.
    • Sex and masturbation in space is a logistical nightmare, with problems ranging from floating fluids to shrinking manhoods, according to US astronomer Dr John Millis.
  • Post-Covid, Elvis Presley’s Graceland bonds defaultCovid-19 hurt Graceland so much that Tennessee state-issued bonds tied to tourist revenue have gone into default. The city of Memphis, the state and Elvis Presley Enterprises are squabbling over how this happened and how to fix a slide that brought some $20 million of Graceland Project bonds down to “junk” status.
  • More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist ChurchThe lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members.
    • “Florida is the first of what I would anticipate might be a number of similar lawsuits occurring” as the United Methodist Church slowly schisms, said Keith Boyette, head of the conservative Global Methodist Church.
  • There Is No Remaining Christian Case for TrumpTrump discipled the church more than the church discipled Trump.
    • One of the most amusing recurring conversations of the last six years is the omnipresent effort to explain to me “why Christians support Donald Trump”—as if I need tweet threads or pointed essays to explain to me my own friends, many members of my family, and my own church and neighborhood. I understood perfectly well then. I understand perfectly well now.But there is a key difference between then and now. Now we’ve seen who he is, we know his impact on our nation, and we’ve seen his influence on the church. This isn’t the 2016 primary, it’s not the 2016 or 2020 general elections. There is no more “binary choice,” and what was once a hypothetical presidency was all too real.
  • This rabbit pulled a Maverick move from Top Gun.
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