Origen on Future Calvinists

“Certain ones of those [Gnostic's] who hold different opinions misuse these passages.They essentially destroy free will by introducing ruined natures incapable of salvation and by introducing others as being saved in such a way that they cannot be lost.” – Origen (Adamantius) 185 – 253 AD, from Ante Nicene Fathers, Volume 3, pg. 308

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What’s So Hard About Being Mick Jagger?

And he’s not happy being Mick Jagger. He’s not living a happy life. To me, that’s unacceptable. I’ve got to make him happy! [Laughs.] To me, I’ve failed if I can’t eventually get my mate to feel good about himself. Even though he’s very autocratic and he can be a real asshole. But who can’t be an asshole at times?

The siege mentality kind of worries me about Mick. Nobody can get in there, even me, who’s known him longer than anybody. What bothers me sometimes about him is not being able to get through to him. He’s got his own vision about himself, which is not actually who he is. So he has to play a game; he has to act. He’s not about to give you anything. He’s not about to give anything away. He’ll be flip.

And I don’t mind him reading this shit, because this is part of, as far as I’m concerned, my attempt to help him along. It’s a very sad thing to me to have a friend that . . . especially when he’s in such a privileged position and should be able to live one of the best lives ever. Everybody, as I say, would give limbs to be Mick Jagger, to be able to live like that. And not to be happy? What’s so hard about being Mick Jagger? What’s so tough? It’s like Bob Dylan’s phrase once: “What’s so hard about being one of the Beatles?” Although, you could say that about Bob, too, you know. Now I’m really gonna get shit, man! [Laughs.] I mean, this exaggerated sense of who you are and what you should do and worrying about it so much. Why don’t you just get on with it and stop trying to figure all the angles? That to me is a waste of time. — Keith Richards in 1988

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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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