Monday, January 30, 2006


Eight days later...

You'd think that with all the crap I find in my inbox that something would have jumped out at me over the last eight days or so.

While there have been wars and rumors of wars, politics and religious controversies aplenty and my - fast improving, thank-you God! - health, I have felt the urge to pontificate about not much in particular.

Probably the best news you're not likely to read today is that I still don't.

So - and I know my non-readers will all be heartbroken - this post about nothing is about it!

So until next time, always remember:

An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. - C.S. Lewis

Monday, January 23, 2006


Pneumonia, asthma and other fun stuff...

Went to the hospital Thursday. Chest pains, difficulty w/breathing and just generally feeling crappy. Danged if they didn't keep me for three days. Apparently, some nasty little strep bug got into my lungs. Coincidentally, I seem to have triggered an asthma attack - I condition I was blissfully unaware that I had until Thursday - and the resultant low oxygen saturation kicked up angina.

Already a 1 time loser in the heart attack game, and after a couple of hours of not breathing and being in pain, I took off for the emergency room.

Drove myself, of course.

Saved money on the ambulance ride, at least. They give you funny looks when you walk into ER and announce that you think you might be having a heart attack.

For future reference: If you have a nasty little cough for a couple of months, you might want to see a doctor. Pneumonia ain't much fun.

And all those little angina attacks that the nitro didn't help just might've been asthma attacks. God knows whats triggering them - but working in a truck shop there's no end to the opportunity to suck in bad particles.

Nasty things, trucks.

More advice: If you think you're having a heart attack, it might not be a bad idea to hitch a ride to the ER. Passing out while driving yourself could make a bad day for somebody besides you, and make your day worse.

Not that I'm much good at taking my own advice...


Now that the Steelers have beaten the Bronchos, I suppose I don't feel so bad as I did after the Colts' loss to Pittsburgh last week. Pittsburgh look like they're more than capable of winning it all this year. I suppose I'll root for the Steelers. They are in the AFC, after all.

The Year of the Horse, my butt.

OTOH, my Hoosiers are doing well in NCAA basketball, having just beat Purdue this weekend - for the 9th time of the last 11 games - it has not been a total loss this winter.

IU 62 - Purdue 49

4 - 1 and atop the Big Ten!

Friday, January 13, 2006


Today is my birthday.

Woo Hoo.


Thursday, January 05, 2006


Uncommon Sense

Leaving aside the question of moral obligations, if one group wants their children taught sex education with cucumbers and condoms in the fifth grade, that is their prerogative as parents. But that shouldn’t be forced on other people. Another contentious example is school prayer. Some parents want a prayer to Jesus Christ. Many parents want a prayer to the lukewarm deity of civil religion. Others want no prayer at all or prayer to other gods. By providing options, school choice deals with such issues in a far more effective manner than a government entity with significant monopoly power.

Who doesn’t want this freedom for others? Elitists and theocrats don’t. They wage battle within the monopoly, hoping to capture the process and force their view of truth down the throats of others. (Ironically, these two groups despise each other, but they’re more alike than they realize.) More important, the special-interest group that enjoys its monopoly power is not interested in such freedom. All producers prefer as little competition as possible; the market for education is no different. - D. Eric Schansberg, Acton Institute

If you've never checked out the Acton Institute, and you would like to see what Christian Libertarian thought is like, check out the link to your left. The full text of this article is here.

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