The Olympics

The thrill of victory … Phelps and Bolt. The agony of defeat … the face on that poor Hungarian weight lifter who horrifically dislocated his elbow. The idiocy of incompetence … Kayaker Jeff Smoke (and many other athletes) didn’t get to the Olympics because the folks at the USA Canoe/Kayak Federation misunderstood the rules. Jeff…

The Assumption

Today, August 15, is celebrated by Catholics as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. On the calendar for many centuries, it was only defined as a dogma in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The key section of his Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, reads: 44. … by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of…

Religion in the Olympic Village

China is only letting state-sponsored chaplains with a poor command of the English language into the Olympic Village. The athletes, therefore, are getting a firsthand look at what communist-oppressed religion looks like–and they aren’t happy.

The Creationists

I just finished Ronald Numbers’ The Creationists. This is an enlarged edition (2006) of the book he first published in 1992. Numbers has long been professor of history of science at University of Wisconsin. He had taught at Loma Linda University before that, but that ended on publication of his 1976 book about Ellen White,…

You’re Invited …

You’re invited to a prophecy series by Pr. Randy Stafford, starting tomorrow at 11 a.m. and continuing nightly at 7 (except Tuesday) at Houston International Seventh-day Adventist Church, 13885 Beechnut St., Houston, TX. For all my friends who’ve been curious about the church I’m at, and haven’t stopped by to see for themselves, here’s your…

Todd Huston

Wednesday night at our pastors’ meeting at Camp Allen, the speaker was Todd Huston. At 14 he was in a boating accident that resulted in the loss of a leg. He went on to set a world record in an able-bodied event–climbing the highest point in each of the 50 states in 66 days, beating…

School Lawsuit in Kansas

Parents of children at a Catholic school are suing: their children, whose native language is Spanish, have been forbidden by the school from speaking Spanish to one another during the school day. School says this is its right; that it does no harm. Catholic schools clearly haven’t learned. They did this in Louisiana to French-speaking…

The Olympic (Potemkin) Village

Image is everything to the Chinese communists. The opening ceremony of the Olympics, which wowed so many, is a good case in point. Just propaganda. Phony fireworks. Lip synching child (because real singer wasn’t considered photogenic).

As a Son Goes to College …

Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d for. There; my blessing with thee! And these few precepts in thy memory See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.…

Maryland State Police Spied on Citizens

It has been revealed that Maryland State Police illegally spied on peace groups and those opposed to the death penalty. Baltimore Sun. Democracy Now. According to documents discovered by the ACLU, “police monitored and entered the names of activists in a law enforcement database of people suspected of being terrorists or drug traffickers.” This was…

Police Terrorism in Maryland

Police using brutal, terroristic means, and wearing civilian clothes and masks, stormed a house in Maryland without announcing themselves, without showing a warrant (which required them to knock), threw a man and his mother-in-law on the ground, tied them up, and shot their dogs when they were running away. It was a drug bust gone…

Famous Doctors

In a conversation today, I was reminded by my mom that Dr. Bernie Siegel had operated on me when I was young — and, a few years before, on my grandfather. I can say he left his mark on me.