Metallic Pea

Frustrating People Since 1971.


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‘So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”‘ ~ II Samuel 10:4, 5


Last evening witnessed the inaugural meeting of what I have christened Luther’s League of Gentlemen, which consists primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) of WPC men spending time over a beer or two at a local pub discussing (or is it arguing?) life, football, politics, and religion–not necessarily in that order. I can’t decide which topic elicits greater passion–whether women should participate in political leadership or just how good the Dallas Cowboys are or aren’t this year.

As it was, we had a great time and look forward to reconvening the League on a monthly basis. Stand by.


‘I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26-29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it.’ ~ Martin Luther




  • As my daddy always said, ‘Free advice is worth what it costs.’ Still, we at Metallic Pea offer some of our own, which you may take or leave as is your wont: During these tumultuous economic times, it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case of a run on the banks or an Executive Order from the President temporarily halting withdrawal of funds from your bank (both scenarios have happened in the past). To be sure, we urge our friends not to panic–but we do urge you to be wise. Ask the folks at Indy Mac Bank who stood in line for days to get their money when that institution failed if they wished they had some ‘walking around’ money when it went down. We’re just saying.

  • A silver lining to the depreciation of the dollar—the drug pandemic declines in the U.S.: ‘The European cocaine market is even more attractive than the American one because of robust demand and a strong euro, said Russell Benson, the regional director of the DEA in Europe and Africa. The euro has gained 16 percent against the dollar in the past three years and one euro today buys more than $1.40.’

  • In the They Are Coming for Us Report: ‘A scientist who suggested creationism be discussed in school science classes as a “worldview” if students raise questions has been banished from his UK Royal Society job for advocating the open exchange of information.’

  • Unlike our political ‘leaders’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has offered to publicly debate the issues facing our respective countries before the media and the world at the next meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Our leaders refuse to talk with him but we have to ask—what is the harm in talking?

  • Two unknown fragments of music by Mozart are believed to have turned up in a library in Nantes in western France. If authenticated by musical scholars, at least one of the pieces may be performed in a festival in the city next year.’

  • An Oklahoma City mother was charged Monday with child neglect after neighbors found her 3-year-old son wandering around the parking lot of their apartment complex with beer in his bottle.’

  • So Chasin, along with six Muslims and Nazarene Christians, filed suit, charging that they should be [allowed to keep their beards] on grounds of religious freedom.’ [ed. – Ooh, snap!]


‘But He has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest – a sign of strength and rule.’ ~ Clement of Alex., 2.275



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  1. hmmm, guess that was a baptist free event. when is the next one?


    September 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

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