Archive for July, 2009

Be Free Call

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I had a language parsing error at Citi Market yesterday.  After I paid for my groceries, the clerk tried to sell me something, as they are wont to do.  He asked me if I had heard of the “Be Free Call.”.

“The what?” I asked?

“The Be Free Call.” he repeated.

“I guess not. [sigh]  Why don’t you tell me about it?” I reluctantly admitted.

He proceeded to tell me how I could return any meat I was uncomfortable with.

Due to the BeeF reCall.  Sheesh.

The fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the members of our Congress

Friday, July 31st, 2009


I’ve come across this a couple of times now.  This version comes from the “Good, Clean Funnies” mailing list.

 

 

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop.

 

When the barber came to open his shop the next morning, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

 

Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop.

 

The next morning when the barber arrived at the shop, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

 

Later that day, a college professor came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The professor was very happy and left the shop.

 

The next morning when the barber opened his shop, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen different books, such as “How to Improve Your Business” and “Becoming More Successful.”

 

Then, a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

 

The next morning when the barber came to the shop to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

 

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the members of our Congress.

 

Received from Michael B. Wright, Tampa, FL.

 

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Obama’s health plan explained

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

House Democrats Health Care Plan Chart

Unclear on the concept (of Religion)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This article at philly.com (Voodoo became a fatal obsession) caught my eye.  Lucille Hamilton

Lucille Hamilton traveled from Arkansas to Pennsylvania and paid $621 to have her “spiritual grime” removed by a voodoo high priest.  The story also notes that Lucille is a man living as a woman, and a “devout Catholic”.  Wow — I was rather under the impression that “devout Catholic” men did not live as women and visit voodoo priests.

In a related story (because I am relating them), Ann Holmes Redding, a longtime Episcopal priest, declares that “I am both Christian and Muslim“.  While the Christian and Muslim faiths do have some basic commonality, they also have irreconcilable differences, notably with Jesus.

“There are tenets of the faiths that are very, very different,” said Kurt Fredrickson, director of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. “The most basic would be: What do you do with Jesus?”

Christianity has historically regarded Jesus as the son of God and God incarnate, both fully human and fully divine. Muslims, though they regard Jesus as a great prophet, do not see him as divine and do not consider him the son of God.

To think that you can believe both that Jesus is God incarnate, and that he is a great prophet (but just a man) displays either ignorance, or apathy toward both faiths.

Redding says, “I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both.”  This is muddy thinking, as the sentence mixes two dimensions.  Certainly, you can categorize yourself separately along different dimensions (“I am a vegetarian and a nudist”), but you cannot separate statements along the same dimensions (“I am a vegetarian and a carnivore”).  To be fair though, I’ve heard a number of people tell me “I don’t eat meat.  Only Chicken.”

“It wasn’t about intellect…” Redding says.  That pretty much sums it up.