Home on the Strange

I wrote this as a one-off parody in about 10 secs in 2006, and just found it now.  I tweaked the second line because it didn’t vary enough from what it was parodying.

An ode to dysfunction/bi-polar/BPD

Home on the Strange

Home, home on the strange
Where the dear and innocent are prey;
Where seldom is heard, an encouraging word,
And the skies are falling all day.

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Last Baptist Church

Recently, I went on a 55 mile bike ride and had lots of time to think.  Passing through these small towns, I could see signs for First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Methodist Church, etc.  As I saw these signs, I thought of the saying from Jesus,

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

So, I was thinking it certainly would be refreshing if one day a church named itself Last Baptist Church, or Last Methodist Church.

I do know that in the liturgy of my church we sometimes all confess that we are the chief of sinners (the last), but I know for me, sometimes I don’t believe it.  Sometimes I think of worse people–Hitler, Assad, the ex-wife.  I know I shouldn’t do that, but the fact is that I do it.

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Elizabeth Warren, Native American

The chief of the Cherokee Nation has chimed in with his denunciation of U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his comments about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry.  I live in Oklahoma (where Ms. Warren was born) and I can tell you that Ms. Warren looks like a lot of people I know in Oklahoma who are of Native American ancestry.  I know of a Cherokee woman at work who looks like Ms. Warren and I know of a Cherokee woman at my parish who also could qualify as Ms. Warren’s cousin–at least in the looks department.  There are lots of folks floating around in Oklahoma of Native American descent that don’t look like Hollywood “Redskins”.  Since Ms. Warren is from Oklahoma, I don’t doubt that she does have some grandmother or grandfather in her lineage who was Native American.  The actor Tommy Lee Jones claims to be part Cherokee, and I definitely can see more of it in him than in Ms. Warren, but I think many people would don’t know what real Native Americans look like would say Mr. Jones is caucasian.

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Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks–documented

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/08/29/mitt-romney-tells-533-lies-in-30-weeks-steve-benen-documents-them/

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Neil Armstrong Tribute

I remember getting an astronaut’s helmet for Christmas when I was 5, drinking Tang, and eating that weird astronaut food out of a tube.  Neil was a true hero.

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Top 5 Ryan Fibs

http://factcheck.org/2012/08/ryans-vp-spin/

  • Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
  • Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
  • Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
  • Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
  • Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.
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The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-federal-bailout-that-saved-mitt-romney-20120829

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Has Dr. Drew ever saved anybody?

Well, Rodney King’s autopsy results came out and alcohol, marijuana, PCP, and cocaine were found in his bloodstream. Mr. King was a former Celebrity Rehab client.

Mike Starr former Celebrity Rehab client and Alice in Chains bassist died of prescription drug overdose.

Jeff Conaway former Celebrity Rehab client died of complications from opiate abuse.

Joey Kovar former Celebrity Rehab client died at the age of 29–believed to be drug related.

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Where the wind comes whipping down the plain…

A girl from the town of Prague has made the national news because she’s the valedictorian and the school refused to give her a copy of her diploma because she used the word “hell” during her commencement speech.  I guess the principal and all the thumpers are upset that she used a word in the KJV.

 A 5 year old kid from OKC was told to turn his Michigan t-shirt inside out.  Evidently school dress code rules only allow Oklahoma schools.

The University of Oklahoma is No. 1 among all public universities in the number of freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled and among the top ten of all public and private universities. OU is home to over 700 currently enrolled National Merit Scholars.

I swear they all must be from out of state.
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I hate Adobe

…not the sauce or the building material, but the software company.  It seems as if I spend more time updating their software than actually using it.

What really stunk about Adobe’s upgrade system is the multiple nags I would get. I would get some nag about whether it was ok to run the updated updater, then another nag to run the updated installer that the updater ran. It should have been just a one click process.

I finally got smart with my latest box and refused to install it at all. I’m using Chrome, so Chrome handles Flash and PDF content.  For all I know they may be using Adobe under the hood, but I don’t get the annoying nags anymore to upgrade.  Once in a while I use IE and navigate to some Flash content, and then I’m SOL, but that’s the price I’m willing to pay. If I need to display PDF off the hard drive, I installed SumatraPDF. If you don’t want to do that, you can always start Chrome and use the URL: “file:///c:/” as a starting point to navigate to where you want.

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