Archive for February, 2006

China and Taiwan split in 1949 after the Nationalists lost a civil war to the communists and fled to the island. China has ever since viewed the island as part of its territory.

It has vowed to reunify with Taiwan, by force if necessary, and has sited at least 700 ballistic missiles targeting the island.

Chen announced the decision to scrap the council and guidelines, both with a history of 15 years, on Monday and formally signed the papers to endorse it on Tuesday, despite repeated warnings from Beijing not to do so.

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 IDIOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: I live in a semi-rural area.  We recently had
 a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request
 the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road.  The reason: “too many
 deer were being hit by cars” and he didn’t want them to cross there


 IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE: My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered
 a taco.  She asked the person behind the counter for “minimal lettuce.”
 He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.


 IDIOT SIGHTING: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an
 airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without
 your knowledge?”  To which I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how
 would I know?”  He smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.”


 IDIOT SIGHTING: The stop light on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to
 cross the street.  I was crossing with an intellectually challenged
 coworker of mine when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.  I
 explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.  Appalled,
 she responded, “What on earth are blind people doing driving?”


 IDIOT SIGHTING: At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who
 was leaving the company due to “downsizing,” our manager commented
 cheerfully, “This is fun.  We should do this more often.”  Not a word was
 spoken.  We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights


 IDIOT SIGHTING: I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back
 into itself and for the life of her couldn’t understand why her system
 would not turn on.


 IDIOT SIGHTING: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership
 to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.  We went
 to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to
 unlock the driver’s side door.  As I watched from the passenger side, I
 instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.
 “Hey,” I announced to the technician, “it’s open!”  To which he replied,
 “I know!  I already got that side.”



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nightstalker.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Darren McGavin at approximately 7:10 A.M. Pacific time today, Saturday 25, 2006.  Darren was just three months short of his 84th birthday.  While we suspect none of us can imagine a world without the beloved, feisty little red-head, it is time to reflect, give thanks for his life and hold in reverence his memory.  Darren is gone, but in many respects he will always be with us: as Carl Kolchak, fighting authority and battling monsters; the grumpy Old Man sending curses over Lake Michigan; as David Ross, the outsider, Grey Holden, captain of the Enterprise, the irascible detective Mike Hammer or any number of memorable guest star appearances, most notably as Joe Bascome on GUNSMOKE and as the washed-up old actor from “Distant Signals.” 

Please take a moment in your sadness to reflect upon all the ways Darren touched your lives, say a prayer and raise a glass to toast a career which spanned over fifty years and affected us all in ways too numerous to count. 

S. L. Kotar and J. E. Gessler      

I was a kid when I saw him in THE NIGHT STALKER, but it was a show I loved, not simply because it was scary, but because his character was always fearless against evil.  Years later I came to appreciate him again in THE CHRISTMAS STORY and laughed at his unintellible cursing and the leg-shaped lamp.  His wife, Kathie Browne passed away from cancer in 2003.  I remember her fondly on shows like STAR TREK and THE WILD WILD WEST.  As a boy I had an incredible crush on her.  It is nice to know that two of my favorite actors made a life together.  They will both be missed. 

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1237347038.jpgDON KNOTTS died of lung cancer on February 24 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81 years old. 

He will long be remembered for his portrayal of Andy’s deputy, Barney in that idyllic town of Mayberry. 

He also did some great movies, including a favorite of mine, The Reluctant Astronaut.  Every kid could relate to his ambition and yet also know the fearfulness that he felt.

Andy Griffith said that “Don meant everything, Don made the show. I’ve lost a lifetime friend.”  Griffith visited his old friend in the hospital to say their goodbyes just before Knotts’ passing away.  

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The morale of this story:  Be sure not to antagonize someone with more
brain power and man power than you have.

 I was getting ready for work when I looked out the window and saw the
utility company starting to erect a pole in front of my house.  They were
going to position it directly in front of my picture window.  No way,
absolutely no way was I going to permit this.  I gulped down my last bit of
coffee and went directly to the crew supervisor and told him in no
uncertain terms that I was not going to permit his crew to put that stupid
electric pole directly in front of my picture window.  He took out a plat
map, a map for pole locations and a right of way document and explained
that it is the best location for it.  I told him it is not the best
location for me and when I came home from work that day I did not want to
find that pole in front of my window.  I told him I didn’t give a hoot
where he put it but not in front of my window.  I felt pretty smug as I
drove off to work because I felt I got my point across.  I know darn well
they are afraid to put it there now…. Ah….. the feeling of
power…………at least until I got home.


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Kingsville Dispatch – “Sheriff Fines Cheney $100 For Only Wounding Lawyer”

National Review Online – “Red States Poll Shows Cheney Shooting Was Justifiable”

Dallas Morning News – “Shot Came From Grassy Knoll”

Austin Statesman – “Cheney Says Victim’s Quail Call Was Best He Ever Heard”

Washington Post – “Cheney Prevents Hunting Party From Field Dressing Shooting Victim”

The Nation – “Cheney Drove Shooting Victim to Hospital Tied to The Hood of His Car”

San Antonio Express/News – “Sneaky Lawyer Tactics Don’t Work On Cheney”

Houston Chronicle – “Personal Injury Lawyers Hold Candlelight Vigil Outside Cheney Victim’s Hospital”

Wyoming Tribune Eagle – “Cheney Friends Decline Fall Duck Hunting Invitation”

La Raza – “Cheney Shooting Victim Gets Emergency Room Priority Over Illegal Aliens”

Vegan News – “Cheney Shooting Victim Converts To Vegetarian In Hospital”

NRA American Rifleman – “Witnesses Claim Cheney Only Feathered Lawyer”

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Satan’s Turtle

4303003.jpgMICHIGANTOWN, Ind. — The shell of Lucky, a turtle, is shown. Dora's pet shop owners Marsha and Bryan Dora say the likeness of Satan emerged on Lucky's shell following an Oct. 13, 2004 fire in downtown Frankfort, Ind. The fire destroyed the pet store as well as an entire city block. Lucky was the only animal that survived the pet shop fire. The Doras plan to market a DVD about their pet shop and Lucky on eBay. (03/17/05 AP photo)

There you have it folks!  The devil is partial to turtles!  It is no wonder, though.  The serious sinner is a like a turtle, tarrying when the kingdom cries for urgency.  He lives in a shell fashioned from selfishness and deceit that alienates him from God and from others.  He buries himself in the dirt, prefering the grave to eternal life. This poor devil has the likeness of Satan on his shell.  Worse yet are people who have the stamp of the beast upon their souls.

Accept Christ and his redemptive work on our behalf!

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