Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
It didn't tell me what question(s) I got wrong, but I think I got the Columbus one wrong because I thought it was a trick question. It was a true false that said his ships landed in North America in 1492 and I was thinking that they were wanting me to know that he never physically landed on the continent so I said false. So, don't over-analyze.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
And one very bad one.
Here's the bad one. (The team in this case is all pastors.)
"At the risk of being even more widely despised than I currently am, I will lean over the plate and take one for the team on this. It is not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go; they sometimes feel that because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness."
Then, last Sunday, while at the Mall of America, Mr. D and I passed this. It was literally made of gingerbread.
Draw your own conclusions.
Some of you may know I was on a "socialized health care is a bad deal" kick a few months ago and, lo and behold, I found that Milton in answering this question made my point much better!
Let me preface this with our health insurance story. TD has been self-employeed for 23 years so TD provides health care for his family. We have a BCBS plan with a $5,250 yearly deductible. We pay almost $8,000 per year for that crappy (by most US standards) policy. This is not an HMO, so in addition, we pay all medical costs until we reach the deductible (which we never do). Also, our last three children were "cash" babies since the medical portion only covered complicated pregnancies.
Remember that Office episode where Dwight was cutting the health insurance? Well, the policy at TD Design has worse coverage. : )
Here is my point. When you are paying for something yourself, you watch the costs. When you are personally buying your own health care, you decide that it is "insurance". Just like when you buy life insurance, you are not planning on dying...it's a worse case senario plan. In other words, when you buy health care insurance, you are banking on staying well, so want coverage that will take care of you in case you get REALLY sick.
But, now, everyone thinks having all their health care paid for is a right that the government should provide. Of course, "the government" is me and you. Tell me why I should be required to buy something for someone else that I do not even buy for myself?
Of course there are situations where people are "caught". That should be the role for the caring Christians, but they have less money to spend helping others because of the out of control spending by Uncle Sam.
End of rant. Here's Milton's answer (LA is the interviewer):
LA: Is there an area here in the United States in which we have not been as aggressive as we should in promoting property rights and free markets?
MF: Yes, in the field of medical care. We have a socialist-communist system of distributing medical care. Instead of letting people hire their own physicians and pay them, no one pays his or her own medical bills. Instead, there's a third party payment system. It is a communist system and it has a communist result. Despite this, we've had numerous miracles in medical science. From the discovery of penicillin, to new surgical techniques, to MRIs and CAT scans, the last 30 or 40 years have been a period of miraculous change in medical science. On the other hand, we've seen costs skyrocket. Nobody is happy: physicians don't like it, patients don't like it. Why? Because none of them are responsible for themselves. You no longer have a situation in which a patient chooses a physician, receives a service, gets charged, and pays for it. There is no direct relation between the patient and the physician. The physician is an employee of an insurance company or an employee of the government. Today, a third party pays the bills. As a result, no one who visits the doctor asks what the charge is going to be—somebody else is going to take care of that. The end result is third party payment and, worst of all, third party treatment.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
When I first saw Mr. Obama, I thought, what a nice guy. What a family guy. What a great communicator. What a great smile. Then, I learned about what he believed. Mr. Obama scares me.
But, you know what is even more frightening? He is speaking at Saddleback Church on December 1st. Go read about it here. But, don't look at the photo. I made the mistake of doing that.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
It wasn't a Will Farrell comedy (no Elf!), but nevertheless it held our attention, had a clever plot, and gave us a couple laughs. It also made me hungry for milk and cookies.
I thought I would give you my review of the trailers.
First of all, the new Diane Keaton movie. Forget it.
Dreamgirls...Eddie Murphy, Beyonce, and Jamie Foxx...you can skip that one, too.
Apocolypto...the new Mel Gibson....too bloody for MamaD.
The Will Smith movie about the homeless dad and kid...too sad for MamaD.
So, what was just right for MamaD...this. Can't wait to see it at Christmas.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I thought it was a nasty fish that could only live by itself because it ate all the other fish.
But, it turns out, that blogger is wanting me to be a beta blogger. Should I sign up? Will I lose all my other brilliant posts if I do? Anyone gone beta? It says I need a google account. What is that?
I do love to google, though!
I have also been thinking that I need to change my blog color. Pink is just not me these days. Maybe green, or beige, or "something more tonal"..."oh, I know, Audrey, I know"...so now I've lapsed into Fawlty Towers dialogue.
Okay, back to the blog.
I have learned how to link, add photos, add you tube videos, and added a counter. Progress for this old dog.
I really should get rid of the clunky penguin counter that Tim helped me add the other day. We were in a hurry so I picked something quick and cute, but not so subtle as it turns out. Also, every time I refresh the number goes up, so I look really popular.
Well, enough random thoughts for today.
An excerpt from the John Piper sermon I linked to a few posts ago:
"I recall talking to a wise leader of a large missions organization about doctrinal faithfulness. He said something to this effect, “It’s crucial. And so is unity. Some people emphasize one, and some the other. Our organization is made of two kinds of people: purity boys and unity boys.” The unity boys naturally emphasize the preciousness of personal relationships and tend to neglect an emphasis on truth. The purity boys naturally emphasize the preciousness of truth and tend to neglect the nurture of personal relationships.
In fact, you could probably categorize people and churches and denominations and institutions and movements in the evangelical church today (or even in society in general) along these lines: There are those who emphasize doctrinal purity, and there are those that emphasize relational unity.
Loving People and Loving Truth
I hope you are feeling uncomfortable with that description. A good impulse inside of you would be saying right now: “Do we have to choose? Can’t it be both? Can’t you love truth and love people?” In fact, it would be an even more biblical impulse if you found yourself thinking, “I don’t even think you can love people if you don’t love truth. How can you do what is ultimately good for people if you don’t have any strong convictions about what is ultimately good?”
And yet there is no escaping the reality that people and churches and denominations and schools and even whole periods in history lean one way or the other. I think the period of history we live in is not an easy time to be a lover of truth. The most common criticism, if you stand for an important truth and imply by that stand that others should believe it, is that you are arrogant, which is the opposite of being loving (1 Corinthians 13:4), and therefore you are undermining relationships.
For many thoughtful people today the only path to peaceful relationships in a pluralistic world is the path of no truth that deserves assent from everyone. It seems on the face of it to make sense. If no one claims that what he believes deserves assent from anyone else, then we can live together in peace. Right? So peaceful pluralism and diminished truth claims go hand in hand.
But it doesn’t work like that. When there is no truth that deserves assent from everybody, the only arbiter in our competing desires is power. Where truth doesn’t define what’s right, might makes right. And where might makes right, weak people pay with their lives. When the universal claim of truth disappears, what you get is not peaceful pluralism or loving relationships; what you get is concentration camps and gulags."
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Abortions for all.
College education for everyone.
Guaranteed minimum wage.
Negotiate with people who want to destroy America.
Way to go America.
Now some questions:
Who is going to pay for the health care?
Who says there are some people that shouldn't be allowed to be born?
Who is going to pay for the college education for everyone?
Shouldn't the employer determine the wages and the employee decide if they want to accept them?
Why do you think someone who wants to destroy America would possibly honor negotiations?
One more thing, why did Amy K. get away with hiding the theft of Kennedy's campaign ad? Anyone remember Watergate?
I seem to remember having this same sinking feeling when Wellstone won, so life goes on!
Monday, November 06, 2006
Read Ted and Gayle Haggard's statements to their church.
As was mentioned at Grace yesterday, all the safeguards in the world (traveling companions, open doors, plurality of leaders) can be gotten around by a heart that has gone wrong.
I think the letters from the Haggard's are impressive.
May God help them and their family.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Best wishes to the newlyweds, Aaron and Lexi. Lovely wedding. Beautiful bride, handsome groom.
Congratulations to the new parents, Ryan and Amy. Can't wait to see little John Ryan. I was looking over at Mike and Diana occasionally during the ceremony to see if they were receiving a text message.