Metallic Pea

Frustrating People Since 1971.

Careful! (It Could Lead to Dancing)

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‘Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.’  ~ I Corinthians 7:5   


A maxim I try to live my life by (in addition to ‘Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line’) is simple, yet solid: It’s the little things in life that make it worthwhile. One such ‘little thing’ (depending upon how you look at it) came to pass in Grimes County last weekend when I sent off the last payment for my truck—surpassed only by receiving the title to same the other day. Weight on shoulders … lifted.  Ahhhh.


A Texas businessman (just one?) claims to be JFK’s illegitimate son.


Lena Foster: ‘What did you finally invest in, Mr. Miller, do you remember?’
Daniel Miller: [under his breath] ‘Um, uh… cattle.’
Lena Foster: ‘And what happened to the cattle?’
Daniel Miller: ‘I don’t know; I never got a straight answer. All I know is that their teeth fell out.’ 

~ From the movie, ‘Defending Your Life’ (here’s the very funny trailer)


Methinks it may be time to pack up the plantation and move to Scotland! 


A pastor in Tampa Bay, Florida has issued a ‘Thirty-Day Sex Challenge’ to his flock.  The name of his congregation, The Relevant Church, pretty much says it all. 


Have you seen Paris Hilton’s new movie?  (Neither has anyone else.)


[Daniel Ellsberg discusses the] ‘U.S. support for a 1963 coup involving the Ba’athist party, for which Saddam was already a prominent enforcer – and then another coup in 1968 when the Ba’athists consolidated control, after which Saddam became the power behind the nominal president. According to one of the 1963 plotters, “We came to power on a CIA train.” (Beyond providing lists of communists and leftists to be murdered, the U.S. also gave the new regime napalm to help them put down a Kurdish uprising we’d previously encouraged.) James Crichtfield, then head of the CIA in the Middle East, said, “We really had the t’s crossed on what was happening” This turned out not to be quite right, since factional infighting among top Iraqis required the second plot five years later for which, explained key participant Abd al-Razzaq al-Nayyif, “you must [also] look to Washington.” 


David Garrett, a former model who has been called the David Beckham of the classical scene, said he tripped while carrying his [$1 million] 18th century violin as he was leaving London‘s Barbican Hall after a performance, smashing it to bits.’ 


We can expect to see more incidents such as this as the biblical and cultural worldviews continue to clash in our society. 


‘The purchase of expensive consumers’ goods, such as homes, automobiles, major appliances, vacations, indeed, anything whose price exceeds more than a significant fraction of the income earned in one pay period, can be purchased only on a foundation of saving. Virtually no one buys a home out of current income, not even the income of an entire year. Likewise, very few people can buy a new automobile out of a year’s income, let alone out of the proceeds of just one pay check. And the same is true of many other goods. Saving is essential to the purchase of all such goods – if not the saving of the purchaser himself, then the saving of those from whom the purchaser borrows.’ 


I could not disagree more with this gentleman who insists that it is our civil obligation to vote.  I hold the franchise too dear to waste it on an undesirable candidate simply because he is not as bad as the other guy.


This has got to be fake!  


Reveille VII is heading into retirement. 


While I agree with those who stand opposed to anti-smoking bans on the basis of private property rights, I am afraid their wailing and gnashing of teeth falls on deaf ears as far as I am concerned.  That ship sailed years ago with the 1964 Civil Right Act.  That piece of legislation, for all intents and purposes, abolished private property rights.  As Dr Williams says, ‘They’re coming after you—again.’ 


Having retired from the Symbionese Liberation Army, Patty Hearst has taken up dog breeding—and quite successfully. 



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  1. where does WW say this all stemmed from the civil rights law? I have been opposed to smoking bans for that reason, and that it interferes with free markets.

    people can pay cash fro cars, they just need to buy used. I bought one new car in my life, had it 3 months and then had it bought back by the manufacturers under the Lemon Law. Used cars are the way to go, cheaper also 😉 Also this time I thought you were free and clear on all cars … there is now a crack in my untarnished view of your Mattness.


    February 16, 2008 at 3:50 am

  2. Dr Williams does not refer to the 1964 Civil Rights Act–that is my editorialisation. I was commenting on the fact that folks decry the loss of property rights and the ham-fisted intrusion of guvment in our lives, yet they genuflect at the altar of that legislation.

    What they don’t realise is that that act destroyed private property rights in this country. The guvment uses it–and their tortured interpretation of the ‘general welfare clause’ and the 14th amendment–to enact all kinds of nonsense.


    February 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

  3. […] by slackerman under Christianity, Culture   . . . .try not to sin.  I have to give credit to Mr. Lee for linking this story on his blog.  Take a minute to read the article. . . […]

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