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Friday, October 18, 2002  

Passionate Service Department: A co-worker sent me this link to the story of Fred, a postal worker who was passionate about service. It's interesting to me as I think about how we should approach service as Christians. We shouldn't approach servanthood as something to be done grudgingly, but with passion. I'm not sure where he got it, but Fred was passionate about serving the people he delivered mail to.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 10:11 AM

You May Be Right, But We're Going To Flay You Before We Admit It Department: During the Bush I administration, Vice-President Dan Quayle became the butt of many jokes when he critised the TV character, Murphy Brown, for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice." Years later, more and more people have come forward to say, "You know, Dan Quayle was right."

Now, Jerry Falwell has become the target for fierce--even violent--critisism for saying that Mohammed was a violent man, and that Islam is a violent religion. How long will it be before people admit that Falwell was right?

Actually, I thought this episode would be something you'd read about in The Onion. Falwell says Islam is a violent religion, and Muslims riot and issue calls for his death.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:24 AM

Wednesday, October 16, 2002  

Don't Know Much About Math Department: From The Salt Lake Tribune, the story of a bureaucrat with an interesting grasp of statistics:

The menu at the Coffee Garden at 900 East and 900 South in Salt Lake City has included a scrumptious selection of quiche for about 10 years.

The recipe calls for four fresh eggs for each quiche.

A Salt Lake County Health Department inspector paid a visit recently and pointed out that research by the Food and Drug Administration indicates that one in four eggs carries salmonella bacterium, so restaurants should never use more than three eggs when preparing quiche.

The manager on duty wondered aloud if simply throwing out three eggs from each dozen and using the remaining nine in four-egg-quiches would serve the same purpose.

The inspector wasn't sure, but she said she would research it.

Hmmm. I would have set four eggs on the counter and asked which one had the salmonella. (Link via Best of the Web Today.)

A friend of mine is a home builder. He recently told of a building inspector who insisted that there were four eighths in an inch.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 2:13 PM

I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means Department: Inigo Montoya's statement could as easily be applied to the word "choice" as used by those who call themselves "pro-choice." See Who's Making the Choice?

There is no disputing the fact that many, perhaps most, women who have abortions feel pressured into choosing abortion against their conscience. In many cases it is clear that coercion by others is deliberate and blatant.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:26 PM

Monday, October 14, 2002  

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, I'm Schizophrenic, And So Am I Department: Jeffrey Collins observes something curious about the "peace at any cost" bunch:

Is it just me, or is the peace at any cost crowd telling us simultaneously that al-Qaeda has absolutely no ties with Iraq (Because there's no way religious zealot bin Laden would work with the secular government of Hussein which he despises), but at the same time arguing that al-Qaeda attacks will increase because of the outrage of our invasion of Iraq? Doesn't this seem a little odd? Isn't there something a little odd about holding both views simultaneously?

That's a hallmark of postmodernism, Jeffrey: The ability to hold two or more incompatible thoughts in your head and not see the conflict. That's why "tolerance" doesn't extend to Christians. That's why "freedom of choice" only applies to killing unborn babies, and not choosing schools, or whether you can forbid gay scoutmasters. That's why teaching kids how to use condoms is good, but teaching kids how to use handguns is bad.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:25 AM
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