Wednesday, August 26, 2009

another Kennedy gone

Ted Kennedy died last night?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

News

The CIA is under investigation for using "harsh interrogation methods." They are accused of simulating drowning, approaching a prisoner with a power drill, and firing a gunshot in the next room; but apparently threatening a prisoner with death violates US laws.
This seems to have been desperate measures taken in regards to Al Qaeda and the the man responsible for the attack on US destroyer Cole. Aside from dunking these men in water, intimidation methods were used, and in this report nothing else touched them. I get my info from the Los Angeles Times.
A federal judge has ordered the report containing the mentioned above to be made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Sounds like the teacher saw you passing notes, Mr. President, and will now take it and read it before the class. Makes it kinda hard to have any secrets 'round here, and even harder to try to get one out of a terrorist.
A criminal investigation could present political problems for Pres. Obama. (aw, sad:)
The article displayed right above this states that the Taliban are going around cutting people's fingers off for having the gall to vote for their country.
Apparently caning is a common form of punishment in Malaysia, especially if you are an illegal alien. Beware the Islamic laws such as being in proximity to someone who is not your spouse, snacking during Ramadan, or drinking alcohol. One woman was sentenced to caning for drinking some beer. This all sounds a bit ridiculous to me, but what's new? They just call is news to try to catch your attention. Ok...and now we go to Jane with the traffic report.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Money

It is only when money is transferred to others in the exercise of liberality and ceases to be possessed that it becomes valuable.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the prowl, so they say...

I woke up this morning determined to dress up, put that make-up on, and apply for four or five jobs before noon. First was a vet, looked laid-back and hairy enough. The second was United Recovery Systems. Sounded medical to me, so I went to apply for receptionist.
Since reception was filled with a young gal and a sweet voice, she asked if I wanted to apply for the collections position instead.
Sure, I can call a few insurance companies and people about their medical bills. So I filled out the paperwork, then she handed me a test to do that was timed for 12 minutes with questions such as: "If all doctors are licensed. Laura is a doctor. Laura is licensed. Is this statement true?" It also had number sequences, math problems, and other unmentionable randomness. So with the twelve minutes up and only half of the test done, the sweet-voiced chick sits me in front of a computer that asks 150 MORE questions. I guess this computer supposed to evaluate my morality, competitiveness, and personality.
I felt like I was asking to be a cop or something, or maybe I'll just start handing it out to people before allowing them to be my friends. Apparently I'm not competitive, with a 0.3%. So I had a nice Inquisition with a fellow who looked like Jeff Baiza with curly hair and a beard. With application and test results at his finger tips he asked me questions like: "Do you think dishonesty is a part of human nature."
"Yes."
"A part of your nature."
"No."
"Just everybody else's." He said with a smile.
"As a Christian, I am of the belief that human nature must be overcome, I have worked to do this, therefore dishonesty is not a part of my nature."
He asked me what I would say to people on the phone, he seemed to like my response, but still hesitant about hiring someone who's goal was customer service instead of swimming in a shark tank. So after having an interview for collector and a rather jolly chat. We went our separate ways. I guess we all know where ass-u-ming gets you ;) And that was my morning.

Friday, August 14, 2009

another from Boethius

It is the accepted opinion that the nature of the mind is such that for every true belief it rejects, it assumes a false one from which the fog of distraction rises to blot out its true insight.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August readings

All Hollow's Eve ~Charles Williams
Everything That Rises Must Converge ~Flannery O'Connor
1/2 of Radical Reformission ~Mark Driscoll

I read some of James Joyce's Dubliners as well as Jack London's Tales of the North, but I guess you could say it did not grasp me. So then on to...

The Gambler ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Warden ~Anthony Trollope
Father Brown Mysteries ~G.K. Chesterton
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ~ translated by J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, August 3, 2009

Victories

But there are victories far worse than defeats; and to overcome an angel too gentle to put out all his strength, and ride away in triumph on the back of a devil, is one of the poorest.

Joshua

His demeanor never changed. You thought it would have by now, but no, he still smiles when you don't want to smile back, and his seriousness comes across as false and makes you want to laugh. His congregants did laugh. He lacked respect. I don't think he ever saw it, so it never bothered him. His children saw it, or more properly they initiated it by saying, "We don't have respect for you." This followed him, and therefore he lost the respect of others.
The preacher stood there in his tie and suit jacket, sweating in the summer heat, with a pulpit at his stomach and his hands slapping the air as he excited himself with his own speech. The text was on Joshua, from which he had named his second son. Son number two was bald and gangly, and acted as though both were a constant reminder. This young man sat in the isle pew twisting the hairs on his chin as he watched his father.
The preacher said, "Turn to Joshua 5" and then there was a long pause, lasting almost as long as the second son's patronizing smile. The preacher read his own thoughts as they coincided with Joshua 5. At Joshua's memorial for future generations, Joshua leans to his bald brother, and they share a snigger.
Does success merit respect, or respect lead to success? Respect is the success.
"God does not exist for us, we exist for God." The preacher was done. The lesson was over.