Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Count Your Blessings

I watched "White Christmas" the other night with offspring #2 and #4. We enjoyed it (again). Oh, yeah, there's some sap and a side of corny. But it's a Christmas classic on many levels.  I mean, the "Sisters" act by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye makes the movie worth watching by itself.  

Plus, the hero of the film really is a good guy, even though he is repeatedly doubted by his flame. You know the movie was made a long time ago if the leading man was actually right and the woman in his life was wrong ... and more than once.  What were they thinking?!  Kids could be corrupted watching that stuff. 

The girls in the movie also seemed to want to be girls, and they acted like ladies.  What gives? Boys, well, they went into "the service" and served their country. I mean pretty much all of them. Then they took care of their Army pals and generals when they got out, no questions asked.  That's just what you did. 

Post-WWII America was acquainted with sacrifice and hard times. Virtually every one knew the effects of war and a real depression. The hearty and generous spirit, and perseverance of that generation are an encouragement, even today.

And in the film, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) encouraged the sleepless Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) with the words of this simple but profound little song:
When I am worried and I can't sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep.
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

When my bankroll is getting small,
I think of when I had none at all.
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

I think about a nursery,
And I picture curly heads,
And one by one I count them
As they slumber in their beds.

If you're worried and you can't sleep,
Just count your blessings instead of sheep.
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.
Blessings are more than gifts, of course.  They are gifts from God, as the "White Christmas" generation understood well.  We had blessings then.  We have them now.  

Christmas is about the ultimate blessing landing on earth to announce that God would go to any and all lengths to make a way for relationship with fallen mankind.  

Count your blessings.  

Merry Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chin up, Conservatives: God Still Controls the Weather and Hell is, in Fact, Freezing Over

Let's get this straight.

Snow in my home town of Houston. Snow in New Orleans. Snow in Vegas.

Snow in Malibu? Wow, can you imagine what a cold snap it takes for it to be so cold everywhere while the earth is burning up? Global warming could be saving us from another Ice Age. It's truly remarkable.

All of this makes me smile and recall again Who is sovereign and who is not. Man is going to burn up the planet? I sneer at this blind faith/ideology masquerading as science.

All we need at this point is for the insufferable, pedantic Al Gore to be found buried in a snowdrift in Memphis, whilst clutching a copy of "Earth in the Balance" in his frostbitten fingers.

The foregoing is merely a humorous reminder from on high that man cannot control the universe.

Speaking of the role of the Deity, it is apparently not the Rev. Wright, but rather Rick Warren -- the pro-life, pro-Prop. 8 pastor from California -- that will be giving the invocation at Obama's Inauguration. Left ... meet apoplexy.

Of course, Obama is still who he is (which is way left). I do continue to realize that.

Still, though, Hell is freezing over. And the libs are without coats in these conditions, per usual. It's ironic that Hell has to freeze over for the post-modern left to note that it may exist.

Monday, December 08, 2008

BCS DECLARES GERMANY WINNER OF WWII -- U.S. Ranked 4th

(Via CNN -- Cutter Network News) ... Borrowing from reports from random spammer with some original reporting interspersed ...

After successfully determining the Big-12 Championship Game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests, and today the BCS belatedly declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

"Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands," said BCS Commissioner Pi. "Their only losses came against the US and Russia, and weather played a large factor in the Russian campaign. Furthermore, the D-Day Campaign utilized a high degree of deception to land Allied Forces where the Germans were not expecting them to be."

The BCS tries to looks at the overall picture, and who would be a more "feared opponent", if the war were to continue even though it had already been fought to a conclusion. As Commissioner Pi explained, "Considering the Germans' entire body of work –– including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule and brutal routs –– our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking."

When questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States, Mr. Pi stated, "The US only had two major victories –– Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced or even killed by head-to-head contests. Rationality lives on, and our computers, along with the many German military officers who vote in our "human-element" polls consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event."

German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, through a spokesman in Iran, said "Yes, we lost to the U.S., infidels, rather invaders; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only six weeks." Hitler had been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn "style points" to enhance Germany's rankings. However, Hitler protested: "Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces. In France, we marched in straight lines under the trees along streets so pretty."

The French ranking has also come under intense scrutiny. Commissioner Pi, though, commented that "France had a single loss against Germany, and following a pre-season #1 ranking, they only fell to #2. Plus, although the battle was over relatively quickly in France, the French managed to keep casualties extremely light."

Japan finished ahead of the U.S. in WWII with a #3 ranking, based largely upon its victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines. Additionally, as of WWII, BCS computers did not account for the effects of a nuclear attack, Pi said.