Monday, December 29, 2008

More Crap

Yet another memoir has been proven to be a heaping pile of crap. This time it is about a couple meeting in a Nazi concentration camp. This is just one more in a long line of people making up stories, becoming famous for the lives they didn't live, then (suprise! suprise!) turn out to have made the whole thing up. About a year ago another such book was about to come out about a woman who grew up on the streets selling drugs of mixed spanish/indian heritage. There was one problem, she was a white girl from a rich suburb. And few people remember the story of JT Leroy who wrote a novel about being a young male prostitute at a truck stop. The problem, it was written by a woman who never lived such a life. And would it be any real shock that Oprah supported this book? Nope, she does have a habit of shouting hooray for someone without knowing where they come from. Seriously, how does she have any credibility left?


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Friday, December 26, 2008

R.I.P. Cat Woman

I didn't even know Eartha Kitt was a singer until I was an adult. I just remember as one of the people who played Cat Woman on the old Batman series. She had a grace that is lost on most female performers these days. She was one of a kind.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas Part 2

I love The Pogues Song "Fairytale Of New York" though I prefer the mis-title people place with it a lot better as "Christmas In The Drunk Tank". Recently I heard a wonderful version by KT Tunstall. Very respectful of The Pogues.

And a Merry Saturnalia from Big Bang Theory!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas Part 1

I love to spend my time finding interesting little tid bits about Christmas. Over the next week I'll post some of my favorites.

Jeff Dunham has to be one of my favorite comedians. He recently produced a Christmas DVD which is some funny stuff. Here he is with his good friend Walter. And here is Walter Santa.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mug Shots

I love The Smoking Gun's mug shots of celebrities. They just compiled a list of some of their favorites.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Adolf

With all the pretentious a-hole names out there like Apple, Coco & Bronx I have to say that the one that takes the cake (pun intended) is Adolph Hitler Campbell. And he has a sister whose middle name is, I kid you not, Aryan Nation! I swear parents are just hoping their kids get the beat down on a regular basis. What is even worse is the father doesn't see what the big fuss is about over his children's names. Would it surprise anyone that there are Nazi memorabilia all over the house?


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Monday, December 15, 2008

The New Rock, Paper, Scissors

I am sure in our lives we have all played Rock, Paper, Scissors...

....have any of you played Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock?


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Who's Line...

This has to be one of the funniest clips from the great show Who's Line Is It Anyway. Part of what makes so funny is watching the reaction of the performers.


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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Three Things

Over the past year or so I have noticed that certain areas of my life were lacking. After my bankruptcy ended and the majority of my financial and work problems were behind me I started to get this itch. I couldn't quite explain it at first, but I knew that I was feeling too complacent like I had kind of come to a sudden stop for no reason. Dealing with my mother's illness and death, going through financial ruin, losing my job, and having the church I loved pretty much implode made for a time of harsh reformation. That is why the book of Hosea is so important to me. As odd as it sounds that book gave me a lot of comfort during those difficult times. Since then things have been on the up swing. I am active in a new church serving in the youth and young adult ministries. After temping for three years I finally have a stable job at a medical supply company which I enjoy. Things are good. So the last thing I would have wanted was change. That was the problem. Just because things are now good I kind of allowed myself to become complacent. Being in the game, but only on the side lines happy to ride the bench while others got to play. That is when I came up with the first focus of my prayer: (1) To knock on all doors God puts before me. Over the years I have let a lot of great opportunities pass through my fingers because I was brilliant at talking myself out of whatever the opportunity happened to be. Whether it was professionally, religiously, artistically, or relationally I know I managed to miss many great chances to either further the kingdom or share in great opportunities with people. Then the second point came along: (2) Radical Inclusivity. I totally ripped this one off from Mike Yaconelli. At the risk at sounding like I am feeling sorry for myself it has been my experience with people I knew and considered friends to get to hear about the fun they had together after the fact. I usually ask myself, "Uhhh, why didn't you guys call me? I was around." It is never fun the be the last one picked or the one never considered. Working in youth ministry as long as I have that is a sad fact of life. There are always the few who do not quite belong and get ignored. Jesus always associated himself with many people who would be considered the unwanted ones. And finally the third point: (3) Don't keep me on the sidelines! While listening to the radio a few months ago a wizened older man kept talking about how he never wanted God to have him sit on the sidelines. This guy was 79 years old! He saw such a need for the kingdom's work to be done that he could never properly retire. Man, to be that vital and alive into old age like this incredible man of God! I never want to be taken out of the game. For as long as God has me on this earth I pray that I will always be useful for God's glory. So there you have it. Pretty risky things to pray for since God has the habit of following through with such prayers. I shake in fear and anticipation!

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

More Odetta

I heard this NPR rememberance of Odetta last night. It's only 5 minutes long so it's well worth it.


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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

R.I.P. Odetta

She has the type of voice that makes you fall in love with her. Beautiful mix of soul and wisdom that uplifts our spirit while reminding us of both the beauty and ugliness of this world. It is unfortunate that she was not more famous in her later years. As great as her folk music was it wasn't until she started to develop a more bluesy style that brought out the true nature of her heart.

Singing "House Of The Rising Sun (Live)".

A wonderful blues standard "Careless Love (Live)".

A heartbreaking rendition of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live)." With Tennessee Ernie Ford.

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