Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Musings

I am now a Radiohead fan on Facebook. Maybe now Thom Yorke will finally kiss me. You owe me, Thom!


This, on the Lockerbie dealio, from CNN:

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill last week ordered the release of Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi on "compassionate" grounds, saying that he was dying of prostate cancer and had just three months to live.

The compassionate thing to do would have been to let one of Lockerbie widows take him into the woods and shoot him in the back of the head. What MacAskill did was let a murderer receive a heroes welcome.

Of course, most of the victims were Americans, and we don't merit compassion or justice, right? Jackass.

Wanna boycott Scotland? Here's a website for you!


Here's a fun party trick. Whenever someone goes on about health insurance reform, ask them what they think the average health insurance profit margin is. I have yet to find any reform advocate who doesn't think it is at least 30%.

This is wrong, of course. The real margin sits at about 3%, depending on the markets. But isn't it depressing that the people who understand economics the least are the ones who are always agitating for radical change and governmental intervention?

I wonder what Obama thinks the margin is. I bet he has no idea. Too bad his lap-dog media won't ask him the question.


On Friday, uber-Calvinist John Piper decided to put his prophetic skills to the test viz. amateur meteorology. In a piece entitled "The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality", Piper declared:

The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture.

For the record, the top three states for tornadic activity: Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. The bottom five? Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Washington*. According to Piper's "logic", then, God is cool with gambling, getting high, marrying your gay partner, and doing whatever it is they do in Rhode Island (which is probably pretty sinful).

Piper's hysterics obscure the fact that the ELCA has committed a great injustice to its tradition. But this is simply another step in the march to spiritual irrelevance for our country's mainline denominations. This decision IS God's judgment on the Lutheran church. No Falwell-isms needed.


The fair is coming! Nothing beats the smell of corn fritters and cow vaginas. I'm all in!


Cash For Clunkers, or, as I call it, "Stupid on Wheels", is coming to a halt after four incompetent weeks. The program, which (mark my words) will cost about $5 billion when all is said and done, rewarded those who drive inefficient vehicles with vouchers paid for by those who drive efficient vehicles.

In a telling gesture, many car dealership ceased to offer C4C trade-ins, fearing the government would not be able to process payment. Again, who here is excited for this same government to take over health care. Anyone?


If you like buffets, and Greek/Mediterranean food, and lot's of options, Big Marina Grill & Deli isn't a bad choice. Some of the more exotic options were under-spiced, but the basics (stuffed grape leaves, falafel, gyros) were well done. And the ambiance is about as nice as it gets in Columbia Heights.


A strong recommendation for Sea Salt, the outdoor pavilion cum seafood joint near Minnehaha falls. Po' Boys as big as your head, and some of the best clam strips I've had. They have a reputation for long lines, so try to go off-peak (we went at 11:30a and had little wait).


A middling rec for Liberty Custard. The place is fun, with old school pinball games and such, and my sundae was generously and deliciously adorned with turtle miscellany. The custard itself had no impact. It melted on contact, and couldn't hold up to the heavy-duty toppings.



Blogger Ted said...

I am not defending the comment but the argument that Piper was referring to all tornadoes as warnings from God doesn't stand up. He was simply implying this one was. The vote was close. I wonder if his statement swayed people to vote for the change?

9:34 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

I'm inclined to agree with you, though he later posted that his cancer was a tornado in his life, which would seem to attach universality to the event.

The brain tends to connect events in ways they are not connected. There is a way that seems right to man, but only God knows the meaning of a tornado. I don't think it was Piper's place to opine, because he cannot do so from a standpoint of knowledge.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

That being said he does have a right to say what he wants on his blog. If it ends up equating him to Pat Robertson than he can deal with it.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Anyone can say whatever they want on any blog to which they have been granted access. The question is whether he should have said it, and whether what he said was correct.

10:39 AM  

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