“Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”
John Jay the first Supreme Court Justice
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
I will continue with this topic more when I discuss the misinterpretation of “separation of church and state”. For further information on statements by Senator Obama or information on the church he attends here is the article.
This is extremely rare that I post something about entertainers, however Bob Barker is an exception. Barker recently endorsed Rosie O'Donnell to be his successor for 'The Price is Right' (article). I think Rosie would be a horrible host. For one, she is too controversal. Everybody liked Bob Barker. I had an interesting discussion at work about who would be a good replacement. Some names that were tossed around were Wayne Brady, Regis Philbin and Ellen DeGeneres. Who do you think would be the best replacement?
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there. Most everyone knows the fifth commandment "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12). Well what if someone grew up in a home that the father was not a good example. Today most psychologists would blame someone's problems on their parents. The Bible gives a different answer. Ezekiel 18: 2-4 says "What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge'? "As I live," says the Lord God, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. " This statement about eating sour grapes is saying their forefathers sinned and they inherited it. God explains that He rejects this blame shifting and emphasizes individual accountability. The death mentioned is physical death, we know this from Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." People are not stuck in a bad cycle, they can overcome and break it. I would encourage everyone to read the rest of Ezekiel chapter 18 for further information on overcoming such a problem.
The Detroit Pistons have traded Carlos Delfino to the Raptors (article) for two second round draft picks. One in 2009 and the other in 2010. This is another waisted draft. Just like Darko Milicic. Who I may remind you was drafted before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. I like Joe Dumars for what he has done as a player and what he has done as president of basketball operations, but drafting is not going well. Are the Detroit Pistons turning into the New York Jets of draft picks?
This is a holiday that I think people don't give as much attention to as they should. Most people don't know proper flag etiquette. One person specifically is Governor Granholm. In 2003 Granholm issued a proclamation to lower the American flag statewide to half-staff when a Michigan soldier dies. The flag code does grant governors to order the lowering of flags for government officials, but not soldiers. This practice is an oxymoron. Isn't the reason people die for their country is so the flag can be raised? I personally think that this is a political anti war protest. As someone who has served in the military I strongly oppose this practice. There is an article by the wall street journal addressing this very issue. I am aware that I found it on a military families against the war website, however it does list both viewpoints. I don't think everyone who supports this practice is anti war, but they may be ignorant on flag etiquette. Regardless of your viewpoint on the war, what is your opinion on this matter?
Do you think government should cap oil prices or profits? I personally do not support that idea. I hold a laissez faire type of view. The question then moves on to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. I am all for that. Another alternative was mentioned by Congressman Walberg. A co-worker of mine forwarded me this article about Congressman Walberg's suggestion of drilling in the Great Lakes. I personally think there is no way drilling in Alaska or the Great Lakes will happen while there is a democrat controlled U.S. House of Representatives. However, everyone is complaining about gas prices and I don't see many people giving up their cars for bikes and public transportation. What plans do you support in regards to our oil dependency?
There are many proposals that people are trying to get onto the 2008 ballot. Some have a chance and others are a long shot. Here are a few with my opinion.
- Part-Time Legislature (Has momentum since people are frustrated. I like the idea if they tie in a pay decrease and extend term limits.)
- Fair Tax (Long shot, but I like the idea)
- Right to Work (Longer shot in this union state, but I really like the idea)
- Graduated Income Tax (Long shot, people voting to support giving their money to government... I don't think so.)
- Medical Marijuana (No way. These stupid hippies try the medical angle every year so they can smoke pot legally.)
What are your thoughts? Or is there one I did not mention.
Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers (article). What was even more amazing is that he was still throwing over 100 mph in the ninth inning. He also added 12 strike outs. This makes it harder for me to answer that question "Who's your Tiger?". Since I like them all I would have to atleast give my top three. (1.) Curtis Granderson (2.) Justin Verlander (3.) Carlos Guillen. So who is your Tiger(s)?
As you have probably heard (article) guard Maurice Josesph transferred to Vermont. Joseph averaged 5.9 points and 16.8 minutes a game last season. Obviously with three high caliber recruits coming in, Joseph knew his playing time would be reduced even more. I don't think this hurts MSU at all. Joseph's offense was hit or miss and his defense was below average. Vermont is excited about his arrival. This just goes to show the quality of MSU basketball when another school is excited about getting one of your bench players. What are your thoughts about MOJO's departure? Happy, sad or care less?