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A Nod’s as Good as a Wink to a Blind Bat!
May 30th, 2006 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 2 ]

winkI’m busy waiting for a phone call today. I want to have a real full-time job waiting for me when I finish this grant thing. I’ve had a couple of interviews. They went well, but you never know. The wierd thing is that I ran into one of the persons that interviewed me last week and she winked at me and said I’d be hearing from her soon. I took that as a positive. Similarly, I met with another person last week that I’d interviewed with earlier and she also winked at me several times.

I bet you will find this hard to believe, but attractive women don’t often wink at me. So I wake up ready to go to work and receive an important phone call and it hasn’t happened yet. 9:56am and no call. Hmmm. What could this possibly mean?

Has this extra weight I’ve put on since Katrina made me look more studly? Is this some cosmic joke? I know that God will provide for me and my family. I don’t even doubt that anymore. But it’s just so wierd. I haven’t been in the business world in a while. Is this some secret code?

While I’m waiting on the call…I’ll testify. Why I don’t worry about finances:

Soon after Shirley, Howie Jr, and Howie Jr, and I went to seminary we were broke. We went shopping for shoes for the boys. Believe it or not, we couldn’t find any that we could afford. Later that night, I walked to the chapel on campus and explained to God that because I had sold my business, gave away my dog, and moved my kids 450 miles from their grandparents that I thought that not having enough money to by shoes for my kids really sucked. I waited for about ten minutes for an answer (because I know God is pretty busy).

None. Nadda. No answer. I went to bed pretty pissed.

The next morning, there was a knock at the door. It was a package from Fed Ex. My friend Betty Brown from Memphis, who knew someone who worked for Nike, had sent shoes to my kids. New Nikes. Sorry God.

From that point on I’ve not lost too many night’s sleep worrying about finances. Lost sleep for other reasons, but not that one.

BTW as I write this, I hear a voice outside of my office of someone else that has asked for my resume. He’s a really nice guy. Hope he doesn’t stop in and wink at me!

Baby Got Book!
May 30th, 2006 under Christianity, Humor. [ Comments: none ]

“Thompson chain with the big red letters.”
“Looks like one of those large ones with lots of space in the margins.”
“I’m not talkin’ about a paraphrase cause Paul wouldn’t use those anyways.”
Funny video about Christian girl with Bible by Dan “Southpaw” Smith. Some pretty good lines.

Bill Targets Protests at Military Funerals
May 27th, 2006 under Christian Crap, Church and State, Hypocrisy, Politics. [ Comments: 5 ]


Demonstrators would be barred from disrupting military funerals at national cemeteries under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the White House.

The measure, passed by voice vote in the House hours after the Senate acted, specifically targets a Kansas church group that has staged protests at military funerals around the country, claiming that the deaths were a sign of God’s anger at U.S. tolerance of homosexuals.

The act “will protect the sanctity of all 122 of our national cemeteries as shrines to their gallant dead,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

Fred Phelps doesn’t really deserve this attention, but I think it’s the right thing to do. I know, as a strong proponent of the separation of church and state and free speech I seem like a hypocrite. But in my old age, I’m getting a lot more mellow.

One of my heroes, Will Campbell was a participant in a debate on the death penalty. After listening to his opponent explain why putting persons to death was Biblical and reasonable, Campbell was asked to present his case. He simply said, “I think it’s tacky.”

Amen Will. I think the death penalty is tacky too. Unless maybe it’s for Fred Phelps! (Just kidding!) But surprisingly, I think that flag burning and protesting at military funerals is tacky too. I don’t get offended if you burn a flag. However, a lot of folks who sacrificed a lot do get upset. Because of this, I think it’s best to display your dissatisfaction with the country in another way. Bitch and complain all you want. I’ll probably join in. But a lot of nice folks hate to see the flag being burned. There, I said it. Guess I’m not such a tree huggin’ liberal after all.

Protesting at any funeral is also tacky. Leave poor grieving families alone! If it takes an act of Congress to get Phelps to shut up then so be it. I know the slippery slope argument. Forget about it. We’ve already given up way too much of our personal freedoms to start complaining now.

Thank You for Your Support!
May 26th, 2006 under Katrina, New Orleans, Shirley. [ Comments: none ]

Thanks I am continually amazed at the fact that about 100 folks per day stop in to see my blog! I realize that I haven’t been very funny or insightful lately. I’m just really busy. I’m busy writing that grant that I mentioned earlier. I had an interview the day before yesterday. It went well, but you never know. Glass Top Birdhouse

The stress of it all makes me tired all the time. Shirley and I bought a treadmill and I’m going to try to lose some weight. I haven’t even felt like building any more birdhouses lately. I preached Sunday and it went well. I’ve reworked the web-site for the church but haven’t even felt like uploading it.

I’ve got to get out of this funk.

New Orleans’ Finest!
May 26th, 2006 under Katrina, New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

New Orleans' Finest!

Sometimes all you can do is laugh! Here’s the story behind the billboard.

Katrina Insurance Victim Fights Back!
May 19th, 2006 under Katrina, New Orleans, Politics, Rant. [ Comments: 3 ]

Mike War
My good friend Michael Homan is fighting back! He’s a really determined guy so I think he’s going to make a real difference in how insurance companies are treating folks in Louisiana. Read his unbelievably frustrating story here.

Good luck Mike. Godspeed.

I bet Michael doesn’t appreciate the doctored pic.

Bush: The Unsettler
May 19th, 2006 under Politics. [ Comments: none ]


David Gregory interviewed President Bush this morning on the Today Show and asked him why so many people disapprove of the job he’s doing. Bush explained that people don’t dissaprove of lis leadership, they’re just “unsettled.”

Watch the video here.

Reminder—It’s not just about the war. Bush had a higher approval rating when the war began.

BTW: I figured out why Bush is so concerned about illegal immigrants lately.

From the New York Times: Bush Turns to Big Military Contractors for Border Control

The quick fix (for illegal immigration) may involve sending in the National Guard. But to really patch up the broken border, President Bush is preparing to turn to a familiar administration partner: the nation’s giant military contractors.

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, three of the largest, are among the companies that said they would submit bids within two weeks for a multibillion-dollar federal contract to build what the administration calls a “virtual fence” along the nation’s land borders.

More money for big business! Great Idea! Seems the “Unsettler” continues to line the pockets of big business while pandoring to conservatives.

Trouble Brewing Among Southern Baptists
May 17th, 2006 under Baptists, Hypocrisy, Politics. [ Comments: 7 ]

babyBig Daddy Weave is blogging about Southern Baptists again! It’s great to see his perspective again.

Marty Duren has been doing his usual fine job and I’ve been keeping up with the goings on through him.

Bruce Prescott also provides good insight.

Unfortunately, the issues being addressed now (Churches of leaders not giving enough to the SBC Cooperative Program, the narrowing of “acceptable” SBC doctrines) are not new.

Young Baptist Dudes….I know how you feel.
Are you my brothers and sisters in Christ? Yes.
Do I feel sorry for you? No.
Why not? You ask.
Southern Baptists haven’t been allowing dissent for some time. You only complain when it matters to you.

Am I bitter?
Not any more. I’m in a much better place. I don’t have to worry if someone will hate me (Yes, I do mean hate.) if they find out what I really believe.

I do pray that you will also find such a place. Grace is amazing!

Why I Love Ray Nagin!
May 16th, 2006 under New Orleans, Politics. [ Comments: 3 ]


Chris Rose inteviews Nagin and Landrieu in today’s paper:

Rose: My wife thinks bald guys are sexy. Does that give the edge to you or your opponent?

Landrieu: It depends on whether she likes tall guys or short guys.

Nagin: It depends on whether she likes Chia Pets or not.

Rose: I am so fed up with looting and predators that my inclination at this point, should I encounter anyone on my property who doesn’t belong there, is just to shoot him. Would you care to dissuade me of that notion?

Landrieu: Not necessarily. You should ask first why they’re there.

Nagin: If you shoot them in the butt, that will be OK. And then we’ll take them to Charity Hospital and get ’em fixed up.

What’s your preference in an MRE?

Landrieu: Beans.

Nagin: Macaroni and cheese. And the cookie is pretty special. It’s like a Frisbee.

Rose: After all the scrutiny and all the debates, what is the one thing that nobody has figured out about you? What do we not get?

Landrieu: That I can actually bring people together and get the job done.

Nagin: That I’m going to be OK regardless of what happens with the vote.

Rose: Last question: There’s another flood. You are in a rescue boat. You arrive at a rooftop to find Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. There’s only room for one in the boat. Who do you take?

Landrieu: They both get left.

Nagin: I give them the boat and get on the roof and wait for the helicopter.

Yep, you’ll be OK Ray!

New Orleans is Depressing, but…
May 15th, 2006 under Katrina, New Orleans. [ Comments: 2 ]

ChloeWow. I forget how bad it is in New Orleans sometimes. My big brother and his wife visited the Luvzus family last week and we took them on an evening tour of New Orleans. At night you really can’t see how bad it is.

Yesterday my brother called and expressed his concern about us living in New Orleans and offered to let us stay in housing he would provide for us at no charge in Jacksonville, FL where they live. My mother told me that my big brother and his wife were shocked at the condition of the city and how depressed Shirley and I are.

First, I’d like to say how blessed I am to have such a caring big brother and sister-in-law! They are truly amazing! However, I really don’t believe that uprooting the kids and searching for jobs (Shirley’s job is really a good one!) would be less stressful. My prospects for a job in New Orleans are pretty good. I won’t be teaching, but I think I’ll land something that makes a difference in my community.

The fact is, we’re all a bit depressed in New Orleans.

A survey released this week in New Orleans indicates that alcohol and drug use has increased and many more people suffer from mental health problems as a result of devastation and displacement caused by Hurricane Katrina last year.

But, we’ll hang in here. Because as Cowboy Mouth’s song The Avenue reminds us:

Take Our Picture with the Band!
Because the marching bands will roll (and have!)
I’ll find the city in my soul
Because I plan on growing old on the avenue
And the parades will roll again
I’ll see my family and friends
Because this cannot be the end of the avenue

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