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Sympathy When the Wheels Come Off

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‘The men did the work faithfully…’  ~ II Chronicles 24:12a

As the disappointing Aggie football season slowly and painstakingly crawls to a close the inevitable cries for Coach Fran’s head have risen to cacophonous levels, matched only by the (apparently) unfounded—yet over-reported—rumours of his demise.  I must confess to my part in the hue and cry for Bill Byrne to fire Fran expeditiously; he has had five years to take the programme to a higher level and has failed somewhat spectacularly to do so. 

However, as I watched a video clip of yesterday’s press conference, I felt a pang of pity for Coach Fran.  One must admit that he ‘bought into’ Aggie Nation from the beginning; he enthusiastically embraced the traditions that make our university and football experience unique from the moment he stepped off the plane from Tuscaloosa.  In addition, he has given a great deal to our community through his Coach Fran Charities, more than most coaches at his level from what I have observed. 

And now he stands at the end, for all intents and purposes, of what he has in the past described as his Dream Job.  He is, after all, a man—with feelings.  And a family.  I can only imagine how devastated I would feel if I had given my all to a job that I love to then be told that my best was not good enough—and to start packing.  I do feel for the guy. 

Does Coach Fran have his faults?  Certainly—we all do.  (The folks in Alabama would bend your ear for hours in this regard.)  Still, we must keep things in perspective. It is only football. A healthy ‘fanaticism’ for your school team is perfectly acceptable.  But we must keep in mind that people and their families are involved.  They have feelings—and bills to pay.  I have been told that this situation is weighing fairly heavily on Coach Fran, so heavily as to place him in a sort of spiritual brokenness.  I can’t help but feel ashamed at the manner I have joined in on the Pile-on. 

I am not arguing that his job failings should be glossed over.  Men should be held accountable for their job performances. 

Still—it’s only football.


 Here is a story about one tough hombre: The Baby Who Wouldn’t Die  


After having shattered the previous Republican record for the amount of money raised in a 24-hour period, Dr Paul continues his drive to win the nomination.  This is why he will win the New Hampshire Primary.  


The god ‘Equality’ strikes again.   


One Dictator quotes another:  “I would at this time venture to read out an excerpt of President Abraham Lincoln, specially to all my listeners in the United States. As an idealist, Abraham Lincoln had one consuming passion during that time of crisis, and this was to preserve the Union… towards that end, he broke laws, he violated the Constitution, he usurped arbitrary power, he trampled individual liberties. His justification was necessity and explaining his sweeping violation of Constitutional limits he wrote in a letter in 1864, and I quote, ‘My oath to preserve the Constitution imposed on me the duty of preserving by every indispensable means that government, that Nation of which the Constitution was the organic law. Was it possible to lose the Nation and yet preserve the Constitution?’”   ~ Dictator of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf    


Should he be elected President (Lord willing), Ron Paul’s brother, a Lutheran pastor in Michigan, would give the invocation at the inauguration.    


When Christians began to hedge on the soundness of God’s revelation of the Creation, the world saw it’s chance and has continually chipped away to the reliability and credibility of the Bible.  That’s why you get ridiculous statements such as this in a story about the wildly successful Creation Museum in Kentucky: ‘All of that [the Creation account] runs counter to accepted and established scientific theory.’

We MUST stand on the authority and accuracy of the Bible.  If we don’t, should we be surprised when the world scoffs?  After all, if we don’t really believe it, why should they? 
‘Still, [the producer of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”] says, many scientists and educators who question evolution have lost their jobs and have been rejected by their peers. Mathis says that while filming Expelled they were actually kicked out of the Smithsonian Institute while investigating a scientist who was fired for questioning evolution.’    


Here is an interesting story about the Archives at the George Bush Presidential Library.  




Written by ninepoundhammer

November 6, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Posted in General

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  1. the museum was a cool idea, still don’t believe in young earth creationism though. Nor am I a literal six dayer like some of my brethren. Keep up the posting, always a good read. I have a bottle of Scotch set aside to ease your whoas when Ron doesn’t get elected.


    November 13, 2007 at 10:31 am

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