Monthly Archives: September 2012

Songs of Battle and War: My Music Memories.

Falstaff; I don’t think he would have found his words of wisdom worth dying for.

Many songs espouse the virtue of bravery. Seldom do we ever hear a song that melodically captures the wisdom found in the phrase, ’discretion is the better part of valor.’

“To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of

a man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying,

when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true

and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valor is

discretion, in the which better part I have sav’d my life.”

Henry The Fourth, Part 1 Act 5, scene 4, 115–121

War is often times the backdrop for acts of bravery. When one really thinks about it what is war good for?

For a moment let’s think about freedom of speech; is that worth war? This blog may be considered a freedom, but is it worth war? Some may say, ‘absolutely!’ For what it’s worth I’ll give up my blog to avert a war.

Here are two songs; the first song charted when I was in my early teens. I recall in basic training a cleaver soldier updated the words. The second one came out a little later. It is brutally honest.

(Revelation 6: 15-17) “And the kings of the earth and the top-ranking ones and the military commanders and the rich and the strong ones and every slave and [every] free person hid themselves in the caves and in the rock-masses of the mountains.  And they keep saying to the mountains and to the rock-masses: “’Fall over us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’”

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Boise State Broncos & Joe Southwick Will Find Their Groove

Joe Southwick; I don’t think he’ll make us say Kellen who? But before his career is over many will say he is Boise State’s second greatest quarterback.

As a fan I think Boise State is doing just fine. Sure I didn’t like that loss to Michigan State, but it was away and it’s a whole new team this year. There is only one thing you can expect from a nearly new cadre of college players and that is they play hard and do not give up. They have exceeded that expectation with two wins.

Joe Southwick has been on the sidelines for three years. In previous years he only got to play in the mop-up role; no pressure. That’s a tough position to be in. It takes time to find yourself and a rhythm. He’s made a couple of bad choices, but I recall saying a few times, “Kellen! Who were you throwing to?”

The offense is struggling, dah! That being said Southwick and Boise are a step away from 3 and 0. A couple of deep throws at Michigan were off by a step at the most.

I’m just a fan, but there may be such a thing as calling a Joe Southwick game. His deep passes are strong and crisp and there are guys that can get behind the defenders. I think that is key; allow Southwick to throw and let the receivers find the ball.

The goal line stand against BYU was a disappointment, but Boise sent a one-dimensional team to the line of scrimmage. If you send a team to a first and goal situation on the one who will, pass, run, or sprint to the corners it’s hard to stop. It’s a beautiful thing to see a tight end slip off his block and wide open in the end zone.

Frankly, the coaches at BSU know more about the game and personnel than me, but I just see what I see and I see some good days coming. Which comes to the new offensive coordinator, Robert Prince. Prince no doubt sees things and knows things beyond the grasp of what the fan sees. For four years BSU had one of the best quarterbacks in college football history and one of the most talented running backs in the nation. You don’t replace Moore and Martin in three games. Everybody has to find their groove – even Prince. Even the Beatles took a couple of nights to get used to Ringo at drums.

In a year and a half Boise State fans will be saying how can we ever replace Southwick?


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NFL Replacements Are Doing Just Fine

If it was such a bad call why wasn’t it overturned? Incidentally Seattle ain’t complaining.

I’m going to stand with the minority on the issue of replacement referees in the NFL. They are doing just fine.

If the call at the end of the Seattle/Green Bay game was so bad, why wasn’t it overturned? The replay official was a regular reviewer and not a replacement.

Some have decried the referees should have called a push-off for pass interference on the receiver and thus nullifying the touchdown. If the replacement referees would have done that then everybody from the broadcaster’s booth, to the sideline tootsie, to barstool Bob would have been saying, “What! Pass interference! You don’t call that the last play of a close game! You let ‘em play!” Yeah, that’s what I say. (sarcasm) Ya let Jordan push-off and score the winning bucket.

The point is these guys (replacement referees) made a call in real time (fractions of seconds) that a slow-motion replay could not overturn. That is pretty incredible. Everybody is complaining except Seattle.

There is a lot of complaining about the flow of the game; the replacement referees aren’t keeping the game going at its natural pace; It has slowed down; games are too long. Nobody says anything about a player who fakes an injury to slow down the opposing team’s momentum. That is done every game. What about the TV timeouts?

The players are getting in on it now. What do they care? Good call, bad call, cash my check and smile.

If players care so much, where were they two months ago? If they care so much, in show of true solidarity, just refuse to play next week. If they care so much contribute one percent of their salary to rectify the wrong. The outcome that will ultimately cost the league more will be paid for by the consumer along with a hefty administration fee.

The media has gone so far as the investigate the past of the replacement referees. Talk about sleaze journalism! They’ve come up with all sorts of stuff; couldn’t make the grade at division three college or the Lingerie Football League and on and on. All I know is that Marv Albert was given a second chance and so was Danyelle Sargent. I wonder whose side they are on?

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Wonder Bread And A Trip To The Bakery

Looking at this today, it seems bizarre and freaky. It is as if they were conditioning kids for far greater mind control, like a clown selling hamburgers.

Well, the other day I drove down the Great Harvest Bakery. Like a junkie; I know where a fix can be had. My mission was to purchase a raspberry scone and a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin.

I forgot they don’t bake the muffins on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but they do bake the pumpkin chocolate chip bread; all the same. They must have baked a lead weight in it. If I dropped that thing on my foot I’d be crippled for life.

At the register I thought of spreading a bit of humor. (I know, when I walk away the kid at the register is thinking ’how pathetic.’) No matter, so I said, “I’m going to eat a slice and use the rest as a boat anchor.”

The guy at the register chuckled. (A mercy laugh.)  He said buoyantly, “They are heavy; all natural ingredients.”

That prompted a customer to say like a used car salesman, “When you use whole wheat that’s what happens. You get the real deal.” (The “real deal”! I’m pathetic?) I really suspected he and the kid were teaming-up to sell more natural stuff or recruit me for a cult.

I really don’t know anything about the all-natural and unnatural debate, but not wanting to sound uninformed, “You got that right. Nothing but all-natural for me. Along with communal living that‘s the way I‘ve lived my 112 years.”

Driving away I thought about Wonder Bread, the antithesis of all-natural bread; “Helps build strong bodies twelve ways,” they used to say.

I thought about the old Howdy Doody Show, sponsored by Wonder Bread. Why didn’t Howdy and Buffalo Bob ever mention the twelve ways? It’s kind of like the Paul Simon song, Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, he only mentions five. Are the other forty-five more painful? “Don’t be a jerk, Dirk.” “Change the lock, Doc.” Find another girl, Earl.” “Grease the brakes, Jake.” Join the Navy, Davy.” “Return to your monastic order, Winston.” Do they all have to rhyme?

Back to bread; I then started thinking about the Wonder Bread wrapper. It has those red, blue, and yellow balloons. Are they trying to create a false sense of happiness, because bread by itself is like beer with no fizz? Bread is really boring.

It has taken nearly six thousand years to come up with the light and fluffy stuff called Wonder Bread and it has to be packaged to appeal to kids, clowns, and monkeys. It’s ancient counter part was flat, brown, and harder to chew than a fielder’s glove and had less taste. It was used for padding on camel’s feet on treks across the Sahara. If not  for the invention of butter, bread would be one of those ancient foods that passed from our palates like Cherry Nehi.

Wonder Bread today is nothing but a delivery system for peanut butter and jelly.

Anyway, that was my trip to the bakery.


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Jesus Had a Wife? Harvard School of Divinity Goes Tabloid

I think the least important thing in this photo is the papyrus.

A fragment of papyrus smaller than the size of a piece of toilet paper has been discovered. Several partial sentences have been translated. Most interesting is the one that reads, “Jesus said to them, my wife…” Harvard Professor of Divinity Karen King is treating this as if a legitimate find; something to be taken serious.

I’m skeptical. And so should the professor. Isn’t that what is taught at Harvard; critical thinking? It should be viewed the same way as a headline from a tabloid in a check-out; “Obama Kids Doing Coke.”

First, what must be exposed is the complete lack of understanding of what the Bible says about Jesus’ life. Four life accounts of Jesus portray him as unmarried (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). To find something that says otherwise should be received with skepticism if not downright rejection.

It is said to be a writing from the fourth century. That said, the only reliable source reference available would be Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Yet, this seems to deviate from that source. It’s like Stephen King writing a book in old English and claiming it to be written by Shakespeare.

If possible that this scrap of a manuscript is quoting a conversation believed to have come down through three hundred years from a source other than the Bible it must have recognized references from some place in the Scriptures. Indeed, Jesus referred allegorically to himself as a bridegroom and to the congregation of his disciples as his wife or bride, but never in a civil or physical sense. (Matthew 9::15; Mark 2: 18-20; Luke 5: 33, 34; John 3: 25-30; Revelation 21: 1-9) The Apostle Paul makes the same inference. (2 Corinthians 11.2; Ephesians 5:23)

Revelation 22: 18, 19 seems to indicate all that is written to that point is final and what is written after is to be disregarded. The fragment came along at least three hundred years after the edict in Revelation.

What is Harvard Professor of Divinity Karen King’s reason for raising the issue? I suspect it is the same reason that every year a prehistoric bone or bone fragment is found and declared the ’missing link.’ From that bone an entire human or subhuman is constructed. The bone found and fragment of parchment are analogous. From the fragment a new Gospel is formed?

Departments of Paleontology and their professors are under tremendous pressure to produce – something, anything! ‘My goodness there is all that endowment money allocated to your departments you better do something with it besides educate. Go find something that shows you are discovering new things.’

Yes, for a Department of Divinity not to come up with something new can make an endower wonder ’maybe I should  hand my musty old money over to Paleontology.’

King and AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, will present their ’bone fragment’ in the January 2013 issue of Harvard Theological Review journal. Let’s see, in 1966 Time Magazine had an issue “God is Dead.” It was an old idea, but dug up like an old bone and given credence by seven theological scholars two of which from Harvard and Princeton. Strange how those universities could produce critical thinking on God’s existence, but not on the validity or canonicity of a fragment of papyrus.

There is something deeper going on here. For the past one hundred and fifty years, give or take, the academic world has mounted an assault against religion, the Bible, and God. It seems as if logic would tell us that these things are either not needed, unreliable, or does not exist than why all the effort by the academic world to discredit and marginalize them? Could it be that the entire Department of Theology is a ruse?

Then again, who pays attention to the Schools of Theology at these academic egg factories anyway? Nobody. Maybe they just want attention. It must be tough teaching God at a university that does all it can to dismiss God. Can you imagine going to one of those academic social gatherings and trying to explain or defend God to them? But, if you could attend passing out a copy of the Harvard Theological Review to everybody with your work featured you just may be able to sip imported coffee or wine with the real academics.

Maybe it’s just all about attention.

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Night Flight; Musical Memories from Detroit’s WJR 760 AM

There was and is something magical about radio. When I was a boy it took me by plane at night to far away cities thanks to WJR 760 AM in Detroit.

Before entering my teens it was a big deal to sleep on the porch all night. It was the fifties in Lima, Ohio. Few people stayed up past 11:00 PM. We lived on a corner house and a street light was the only illumination to the neighborhood. I don’t remember anyone walking the streets after sundown. No one had any business being out that time at night!

There is something magical and mysterious about being awake when everyone else is asleep. The pace and rhythm to life is different. It’s like seeing a town from a ride on a train; it is an entirely different perspective of the familiar.

I liked to lay and listen to the radio. Night radio and the music was different also. It was a voice meant to keep one company, not to entertain or sell something.

In the fifties WJR 760 out of Detroit had an all-night broadcast called Night Flight. When I think about it, it was really corny. It started out with an announcer saying that we were about to go to a city and we were cleared for take-off. All we had to do was relax and listen. For example the announcer might say we were on an all-night flight to Austin, Texas, a city of … and so on through out the night. So and so is from Austin… As he spoke you heard the sound of a prop airplane engine in the background as if just outside the passengers’ seating in a DC 3. The announcer kept you informed of weather conditions back in Detroit, the cities flown over, and what to expect when you ‘arrived’ in Austin.

Music was the main feature of the programming and your radio simulated flight. I wanted to hear rock n’ roll, but the music of Night Flight was meant to relax. They played a lot of Sinatra, Crosby, Cole, Cloney, The Ames Brothers, and Garland.

One night I got a little crazy. That happens during sleep deprivation. I stood and did close-order drills in the street in front of our home to the tune of The Ballad of the Battle of New Orleans.


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Who Really Is To Blame for the Unrest in the Middle East?

Rioting students in the Middle East; I’m wonder if he’s carrying a text book for his class in conflict resolution. If he was one of my students I’d give him one of those social promotions just so he wouldn’t be in my class next semester.

When a terrible international crime is committed it reminds me of the scene in Casablanca when the crooked Chief of Police says, “round up all the usual suspects.” There is a certain logic to that; criminals are normally repeat offenders.

Then again there is this old Saturday Night Live skit. Passengers are checked and searched disembarking an airline. The sweet old lady is suspected of having drugs and stripped searched while the guy with cocaine powder under his nose and puffing from his luggage is allowed to pass.

There has been a rash of attacks on embassies by Muslim Arabs. It is said to be in response to an anti Islāmic movie and cartoons.

The media has rounded up the usual suspects; religion. The reason is logical; they have indeed been the source of much crime, hatred, and war throughout history. So, if you will, the ‘usual suspects’ are brought in for questioning and appear in the lineup.

Maybe it’s just me (and it often is), but if I were to rob a bank I’d dress in drag (Okay, I wouldn‘t go that far, but it did cross my mind. I hope that doesn‘t mean anything.) I would commit a crime and cover it up in such a way that I would be the least likely person. For example I’d hijack an ice cream truck before a money truck. So I’d go for the money, but a clever crook would hijack the ice cream truck and they’d come looking for me. Have I lost you?

Let’s get back to the Arabs; I’m craving ice cream.

Every time and I mean every time there is a bombing, a riot, civil unrest, a protest, or marching it is done by students. Am I right? These students go to universities and are taught that religion is not logical and manmade. It is for the ignorant and uniformed, but it is the enlightened students who riot and religion is blamed. I think it’s time we wake-up and start closing down the universities.

If you’re looking for someone to blame in the Middle east for all the conflicts; I’d start with good ole Professor Abdul.

Hmm, The Schwan delivery guy just drove by and nobody is riding shot gun. Where’s my wife’s cloths?

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