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  1. AA says:

    Enjoy the Labor Day holiday all.
    Glad Miss Kitty is on the mend.

  2. Em says:

    1- tribalism may not be good …?… for certain, parking one’s brain in order to belong somewhere isn’t
    2- we do seem to have an enemy… now if we could just figure out who it is 🙂
    3- hairdos ?
    4- i hope i live to see the day when we really do come to understand that all races are a mixture of the good and the bad… we only see the good in “us” and the bad in “them” … ?
    6- amen
    7- amen
    8- would make better neighbor than Chief Executive IMHO
    9- just give me a good salesman who will tell me what to think, so i don’t have to?
    10- Miss Kitty, you behave yourself now 🙂

    the day here is incredibly beautiful and i’m alone, still sitting around recovering from the month of August, so poor PhxP is my victim and my diversion…. considering that the fires that burned all that month came within 300 feet of the house, we are blessed, but i am tired, thankful, but too old for this much excitement … wish i could share some of the photos my daughter took… she should have been a photo journalist instead of a nurse
    praying – God keep

  3. Michael says:


    Thank you!

  4. Michael says:


    Feel free to divert here as much as you like…and rest.
    It’s been a long summer…

  5. Reuben says:

    Thought 8, did you see them passing mints? Hilarious!

  6. John Donne says:

    I agree, that the church needs to rise up and be a beacon to all, but I would also disagree that there is “nil difference” between the political parties. Last time I checked one party is for abortion on demand at any time during the pregnancy, and the other one is not. Also one party is for all liberal anti-biblical causes the other is not, so even though your statement sounds very nice and progressive, it is not the reality.

  7. Michael says:

    John Donne,

    One party does support abortion, the other pays lip service to stopping it.
    I’m not sure what “liberal anti-biblical causes” you speak of, but my guess is that I probably support them too…we all think God and the Bible are on our side…

  8. Michael says:


    I did…there just seems to be a basic decency there…I have always wished that Laura Bush had been in charge of immigration reform…

  9. Jean says:

    I have never seen the rule of law more under attack by a sitting chief executive than is currently the case. He acts like the despot of a third world nation.

  10. Paige says:

    So very relieved to read that Miss Kitty is recovering. If I ever doubted the effectiveness of my prayers, this sort of thing gives me hope.

    I don’t have the brain space to think about the political scene and/or the issues of the church. My Hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus Name.
    That’s my Story and I’m sticking with it, by the Grace of God’s Strength.
    BTW…we’re reading through the Book of Acts…and it’s FABULOUS. (again)

  11. Linnea says:

    Glad Miss Kitty is feeling better…

  12. bob1 says:

    Yeah, one party purports to be for protection in the womb.

    But after birth, their help is a huge zilch. IOW, you’re on your own, buddy. Survival of the richest. Ayn Rand, not Jesus, has captured the hearts of this “Party.”

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    Christ and culture… we are neither with, against or above culture…we’re supposed to be something entirely different.

    “To make our decisions in faith is to make them in view of the fact that no single man or group or historical time is the church; but that there is a church of faith in which we do our partial, relative work and on which we count. It is to make them [our decisions] in view of the fact that Christ is risen from the dead, and is not only the head of the church but the redeemer of the world. It is to make them in view of the fact that the world of culture – man’s achievement – exists within the world of grace -God’s Kingdom”
    Richard Niebuhr

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    #7, and maybe Aaron Rodger and other QBs in the North division should be trembling right now.

    (Not sure if Mack is a sack machine, but I just wanted to say what I said above!!)

  15. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good to know that Miss Kitty is on the mend!

  16. Judy says:

    I’m glad Miss Kitty is better. Our little fur babies are so important to us!

  17. Eric says:

    1. The boycotters and partisans make noise, and more these days than ever before. In this instance you are part of the silent majority.

    3. We have a committed Christian as our Prime Minister in Australia and I’m not expecting him to do anything better than his predecessor, though I am confident that he will be more honest than Trump.

  18. Erunner says:

    #8…. It seems the funeral for Aretha Franklin also became a time to take shots at the President. He confounds me but it seems to me a funeral is not the time or place to say such things. Obviously many seem to disagree.

  19. Dan from Georgia says:

    Erunner, this wasn’t unique. Way back in the early 2000s the public wake for the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) became a political platform and was widely condemned, even in liberal MN.

  20. EricL says:

    I’m on a lifelong boycott against liver. Join me in the fight! No more eating liver!

  21. Dan from Georgia says:



  22. Reuben says:

    E, it’s been a long time! How are you?

    Franklin was a very politically minded woman. She supported activists, and a vast number of them were at her funeral, including one that I am listening to on XM this morning. I am surprised there was not more Trump bashing, as she was very opposed to Trump as well. She graciously sang for him, only for Trump to say she worked for him as if she were a hired porter. All that to say it certainly did not surprise anyone who knew her well.

  23. Erunner says:

    Dan from Georgia, My comment was confined to Aretha Franklin and also to John McCain as #8 addressed his funeral.

    Reuben, I’m doing okay as I hope you are.

    I read that Aretha’s family is upset with one pastor who spoke who they felt was out of line. From the brief article it appears to be non Trump related. To be honest I’m not sure how much Trump bashing there was.

    I feel strongly that funerals are to honor and remember the deceased. I would be uncomfortable if I were to attend a funeral and anyone who spoke made it political. At the same time people are free to do funerals as they please.

  24. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hi Erunner, I understand. Wasn’t trying to start something, but just adding on that, from my memory, its happened before (I’m originally from Minnesota). Agree wth your last comment too!

  25. Michael says:

    I’m guessing that if I expire during his term,my feelings about Trump will be mentioned…but only in passing.
    I think McCain believed that his funeral was his last stand and those who knew him honored his wishes.

  26. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    “3. Just what exactly do the court evangelicals advise the President on? ”

    I believe the proper word is FLATTER. They want to be the one the Prez takes into the bunker with him when the nukes fly.

    “6. Every era has cultural blind spots that historians will wonder how the hell we missed…and the deeper into the culture the church plunges, the blinder it gets…”

    And if we noticed them, they wouldn’t be blind spots.

    My type example is a favorite SF novel of mine, “Guns of the South” by Harry Turtledove, a combination SF time-travel, military history, and historical novel where South African neo-Nazis come back in time to ensure the Confederacy wins the American Civil War, then discovers that in the words of George Orwell, “The 19th Century imperialist mentality and the 20th Century gangster mentality are two different things.”

    The type example scene is a description of a slave auction in a North Carolina town, played completely straight and pulling no punches. Especially the female “breeder — every little n—-r pure profit to her owner”. The main character (a mustered-out CSA sergeant) talks to his former captain while watching this — said captain was a fine officer, very concerned about and loved by his men. But he’s thinking of “selling off a few of my n—-rs and wanted to see what the prices were like.” All perfectly casual and normal. ZANG! Blind Spot!

    And poses the corollary “What blind spots would someone 150 years from now see in us that would be just as jarring and barbaric?”

    “9. Most of the people on social media who use political terms like “fascist” and “leftist” etc.. .couldn’t define the terms if asked and cheated to pass their high school history classes…”

    Paraphrasing something I remember from Mad Magazine some 40+ years ago:

  27. It would take a lot to make me boycott something. Just because someone says, “Don’t shop there,” my needle is rarely moved. I can make up my own mind, thank you. I just don’t have the activist gene that some have. I’m way more about building bridges than throwing bombs. That said, my enthusiasm for the NFL has definitely dwindled. A source of escape has been tainted not only by a bunch of political rancor, but the rules/refereeing is downright ridiculous. It was better without instant replay. I used to have fun buying my son Seahawk’s gear. But I didn’t buy any NFL branded items last year.

    As to the protests, I have nothing against players seeking ways to communicate their causes. But I do believe they chose a dumb way to do it. They can say that it’s not about the flag or the anthem, but they used the flag and anthem to get attention. Simply put, poking someone in the eye to get their attention about something else isn’t a great strategy. All the person can think about is their sore eye.

  28. Michael says:

    I love football. Rabid Vikings fan. In multiple fantasy leagues. Don’t give a hoot in hell about the protests or those protesting the protests. I do boycott avocados because they taste like green snot. I would root against a team called The Avocados. I don’t like caramel either. I am not the least bit offended if you like avocados and caramel and don’t like football.

  29. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    My wife and I have been watching Nashville on Hulu every night for the past couple of months. It is like a nighttime soap opera where everyone sleeps with everyone else and they have good country music.
    I bring this up to point out that I have no discernment left to think of what to boycott or what to buy. I just go off my immediate feelings.

  30. Jerod says:

    The difference between the parties is nil, since all will tend toward the path of least resistance which is fascism (if I can’t change your mind then I’ll kick your *** or worse).

    Leftists are what I heard termed neo-jacobeans. But this can apply to neo-cons and antifa activists alike. Both supplant themselves in the place of Christ.

    At any rate

    I read some good stuff from Laura Ingalls Wilder today:

    “At the long last, I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
    “We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles. We gabble words like parrots until we lose the the sense of their meaning; we chase after this new idea and that; we take an old thought and dress it out in so many words that the thought itself is lost in its clothing, like a slim woman in a barrel skirt, and then we exclaim “Lo, the wonderful new thought I have found!
    ” ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ ” says the proverb. I think the meaning is that there are just so many truths or laws of life, and no matter how far we think we have advanced, we cannot get beyond those laws. However complex a structure we build of living, we must come back to those truths, and so we find we have traveled in a circle… It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest…”
    Editors Preface from “The Little House In
    the Ozarks”

    I was just praying about this very thing this morning. I subbed in a Deaf and Hard of Hearing class today and was honestly very nervous. I am a Moderate-Severe Special Ed teacher and so typical education in this mildly modified and heavily accomodated manner seemed daunting. But he reminded me that it is these very simple things like work and new challenges, low lying clouds in the dry river bed shimmering in the sunrise on my drive to work that make life worth the living.

    I compare this to the churchgoer’s experience and nothing is simple anymore. There is an element of marketing to everything from slogans on the message board pulling in to when and how we play certain hymns or choruses, whether we play Jesus Culture or not and risk offending some old or stuffy people (like myself – a bit of both). How do we put a new spin on Wiersbe, McGee, and (now) Guzik? Which canned new years message can I pull off of Sermon Audio and get away with it? Young Greeters or old? Both? Married or single or widowed? Should I plug this author’s book and how heavily? When does outreach become a naked ploy to sit butts in seats? Etc, etc. To play a Ronald Reagan video on a national holiday or not play it? Aye, there’s the rub…

    Sorry to ramble…

    The church is so encumbered by the sins of frivolity that so easily weigh her down. I guess that’s because we are all encumbered. We are the soil choking the seedling out, the church of Laodicea in some sense, so rich and so well dressed we cannot see our need of His simplicity.

  31. Jerod says:


    There is a way to roast caramel and avocado that is simply to die for 😉

    I could hate ducks. Any team with a duck in its logo may just begging to have its name rhymed with colorful metaphors.

    But I don’t hate ducks. They are cuddly and have an awesome stadium in Anaheim.

  32. Dan from Georgia says:

    The only boycot I could get behind is an all-out assault on the “Christmas Shoes” song by Newsong. Not only should the song never be played or heard from again, but the groups Newsong should be ashamed of themselves for bringing such drivel into existence.


    I said it.

  33. Jerod says:

    Machen is just another statue that will be torn down, like Whitfield. We are removing the markers of our history because everyone hates history. It makes us look at ourselves in relation to others who are much like us and, pound for pound, carried like sins around in our hearts despite our insistence on haughty hindsight.

  34. filbertz says:

    hard to find a good cause worth boycotting something about. We could boycott tribalism, but no one would notice.

    I’m convinced one cannot ‘drain the swamp’ as it would destroy the habitat needed to be a politician.

    on a happier note, school started today, I’ve been riding my bike a lot, and the smoke is clearing from the valley. Much for which to be grateful.

  35. Muff Potter says:

    Greatness is earned.
    John McCain was the real deal.
    Greatness cannot be seized by venal men whose only virtue is cupidity.

  36. filbertz says:

    statues are over-rated. pull ’em all down. let the pigeons find a new place to decorate. name some stars after them or something dull like that.

    not everyone hates history, but all must understand the “winner” gets to write the narrative. The so-called historical record has numerous scratches on it. “History” is a tricky river to navigate.

  37. Em says:

    Filbertz’ 8:02… I’ve actually lived long enough now to verify that observation…. ?

  38. Babylon's Dread says:

    The McCain funeral had its own drama but the Aretha funeral was unimaginable. The forensics on the ceremony were Fantasy Island for the gotcha police. SNL could revive the brand with an entire show devoted to the OMG moments.

  39. CM says:

    Random thoughts here:

    In line with Dan, perhaps “Last Christmas” by Wham! is more deserving of a boycott:

    Ducks should not be boycotted, as they are rather good if properly cooked in a chinese restaurant.

    I agree with Michael regarding avocado, it is a texture thing. Though I will make an exception to avocado boycotts if it is in the form of guacamole or a green Thai curry.

    Okra should be boycotted unless it is either battered and fried or steamed, again the texture (slime) thing.

    Iced tea made without real sugar and lemon should be boycotted.

    Milwaukee’s Beast and other similar products should be boycotted as they are inaccurately labelled beer.

  40. Dan from Georgia says:


    I forgot about that song. Agreed that it should be boycotted as well. My ears bleed and I want to spew every mickey-fricken time that song is played on the PA at every store after Thanksgiving.

  41. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    1. Find an unrelated tribe with little or no overlap with the blood-feuding ones.

    3. “Advise” or Flatter for a scrap from the tiger’s kill?

    6. I’ve thought much the same thing. Have you ever read Harry Turtledove’s time-travel novel “Guns of the South”, set in the Confederate States circa 1864-66? He pulls no punches about the Confederates being a mixed bag of mostly-decent people with a big cultural blind spot about their “peculiar institution”. And the reason we can see their blind spots is we’re not them. If we could see our own, they wouldn’t be blind spots.

    9. I believe a definition patterned after a sixties-vintage Mad Magazine applies here:
    “Anybody who tells me “No” is a FASCIST!!!!!”

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