From the Tumblelog October 23-29, 2011

Oct 29

facebookLisa: Going to see Annie with the boys tonight. Break a leg Luca!

newsHerman Cain warns against "big potato moths"

Oct 28

twittericonMidland 42 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 12

foursquareI checked in at Boulevard Lounge (316 S Saginaw Rd)

newsSometimes stereotypes are true: David Frum

Oct 27

newsThe Ideological Fantasies of Inequality Deniers

Oct 26

newsOWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning It's Cheating

newsPaul, Powers, and Principalities

Oct 25

twittericonElliot tweets: Huge thunderstorm outside. So annoying and loud/flashy

twittericonElliot tweets: Lost a tooth today #finally

twittericonElliot tweets: #WeAllHaveTried the thing that your mom made you close your eyes and try :( :(

newsTony Campolo - WWII Story: Christians vs. Christians? - YouTube

newsOn Christian Communion: Why is Killing Okay But Not Sexuality?

Oct 24

facebookLisa: Rocket Day is here!

newsPetition to Google: don't kill Google Reader

newsCain's preoccupation with numerology

newsEcumenical jihad against hook-up culture

Oct 23

newsSteve Jobs, ‘conservative.’ No, really.

foursquareI checked in at Wheeler Road Church of Christ (1123 E Wheeler St)

Football Photos 2011

Here are Elliot’s and Finn’s football photos from 2011.  My previous collection of mine is here: link.




Finn’s Favorite Tridge Memory Reprise

Tonight Finn reprised his favorite Tridge memory story at a Midland Area Community Foundation event (the original performance is here).  Below is a photo and video from today:


From the Tumblelog October 16-22, 2011

Oct 22

facebookLisa: Last football games of season this morning. Trying to contain my happiness.

newsThe speech Cantor chose not to give

newsAn Old Old Story: Witch Hunt

Oct 21

twittericonNouvel 37 Freeland 0

twittericonOn the plane this pm there was a Dow guy I recognized but don't know reading several issues of "Creation Matters" newsletter. seemed odd.

twittericon#Delta app was convenient 4 paperless check-in but lied about the gate, sending me walking 2 the farthest corner...glad I had time to spare

foursquareI checked in at Minneapolis - St Paul International Airport (4300 Glumack Dr)

newsRepublicans 1, Teachers and First Responders 0

Oct 20 

newsGoogle Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends

newsMy Experience with Occupy Dallas

newsThe killing of Awlaki’s 16-year-old son

Oct 17

twittericonElliot tweets: Just finished football practice

facebookLisa: A ball and a glove together cost $10. If the glove costs $9 more than the ball, how much is the ball? Elliot got this right immediately while I got it wrong and couldn't figure out why for like 5 minutes!

newsDow Invests In Education

twittericonRT @daveweigel: Herman Cain's love of the Beatles explains where he got his tax plan from. Number 9... number 9... number 9...

newsShorter John McCain

twittericonOccupy Minneapolis


twittericonOccupy Minneapolis and kids everywhere share a love for sidewalk chalk

newsUS Debt Accumulation by President

foursquareI checked in at Minneapolis - St Paul International Airport (4300 Glumack Dr)

foursquareI checked in at M B S International Airport (8400 Garfield Rd)

Oct 16

twittericonElliot tweets: #Lions i can't believe you guys let that win slip #FAIL !!!!!!!

twittericonRT @PaulKampe: Don't think Jim Schwartz should be complaining about anyone else's postgame celebration. #Lions #49ers

twittericonRT @Busli: Not surprised Harbaugh is classless, just like his brother and the Ravens.


I’m sure I’m very naïve in many ways of my own, but this letter to editor (link) struck me as a profound misapprehension of how our political system functions:

To the editor:

In an earlier letter to the editor I suggested that the voters needed to use their votes to overthrow the American government much like the military coups are doing in third world nations. The question is, "What would that look like?"

We need to find someone who would be willing to give 4 to 8 years of their life to go to Washington either as a senator or representative. If we could get 25 to 30 such people throughout the United States we would be able to initiate reform by forcing the Republican and Democratic parties to sit down and negotiate real reform instead of bickering. Four to six senators and 8 to 15 representatives are enough to insist on reform.

How do we elect these people? We get their friends and relatives to support them by signing petitions so they are eligible to run for office. If I get 10 people to support a candidate and they each get 10 people it would not take much work to get this done. These people would belong to a truly "independent" party whose platform would be to force compromises to lower our national debt, get senatorial benefits in line with those of the working class and create a climate that would produce new jobs for the unemployed.

What if the professional congresspeople try to "hold up" this progress? Our independent party senators and representatives send out e-mails to the media and constituents describing the "pork barrel" or other special interest garbage that is causing our current problems. At the next election we, the voters, can get rid of the non-performing politicians.


Protestors Arrested in Minneapolis

Last week I was at a conference in Minneapolis, and on Thursday I happened to be walking by when some folks camped out in the middle of an intersection and were arrested to raise awareness about the foreclosure crisis.  I stopped and filmed a bit of the action.  The police acknowledged the protestors rights to assemble and speak but emphasized that this assembly was unlawful because it was blocking an intersection.  The two chants that were being employed by the crowd were “WE-ARE-THE 99%!” and “STOP FORECLOSURES NOW!”

Indeed, it is shameful that we took such extraordinary measures to protect the wealth on Wall St. (admittedly also sparing everyone the pain from a collapse of the global economy) but have done relatively little to direct benefit of Main St.

Here is an article from The Minnesota Independent (link), and here is the video I took in Mpls:

From the Tumblelog October 9-15, 2011

Oct 15

runkeeper Just posted a 1.00 mi run - core atrength and run.

newsRush Limbaugh on Lord's Resistance Army: "Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians…

newsA Very Simple Venn Diagram of Where the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Agree…

newsGet Free 50 GB of Storage for Life on Box.Net—IF You're an iPhone, iPad, or iPod…

Oct 14

newsGreetings, good sir. Just curious, when can we expect to see the new Slint…

twittericonRT @gerrydulac: Latest rumor in Jacksonville: Bill Cowher bought a house in Marsh Landing and will replace Jack Del Rio.

newsDavid Bazan - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) - YouTube

newsComic for October 14, 2011

Oct 13

newsSome thoughts about conservative Christianity and Occupy Wall Street

newsiOS 5: Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features


twittericonRT @marcoarment: iOS 5's problematic "Cleaning..." behavior

runkeeper Just posted a 1.00 mi run - core strength and run.

newsWis. Business Hopes To Help Break The CD Habit

newsWhy Liberals Should Embrace Occupy Wall Street

newsLiberal Democrats who love Wall Street

Oct 12

twittericonElliot tweets: Go #Tigers beat the #rangers

newsSex, money, and ‘class warfare’

newsMitt Romney’s defense cult

Oct 11

runkeeper Just posted a 1.00 mi run - core strength and a short run.

newsWhy the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Should Cooperate

newsHow To Share Google Reader Stories to Google Plus

newsMeritocracy and the guilty lie

newsMy Take: Occupy Wall Street looks like church to me

newsOp-Ed Columnist: The Milquetoast Radicals

newsCatholic Capitalist vs. Catholic Distributists

newsFour Reasons Why I'm Church of Christ

Oct 10

twittericonElliot tweets: Just got home from school

runkeeper Just posted a 1.00 mi run - core strength and a short run.

newsNetflix Gets “The Walking Dead” and More From AMC

Oct 9

twittericonElliot tweets: Great win for the #SteelerNation

twittericonElliot tweets: Go #Steelers

newsSteve Jobs did not Change the World, but Bill Gates Might

newsTeach Your Child a ‘Password’: It Could Save Their Life

newsMitt Romney's alarmist foreign policy: Bush redux?

newsConfronting the Malefactors

newsDebit Card Fees Are Robbery

Youth Football 2011 Week 5

For the second game in a row, the Knights faced a team with whom they were evenly matched.  Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well as the first time.  After giving up several turnovers and losing their starting QB to injury near the end of the first half, they lost 22 to 2 (dropping their record to 1 win and 4 losses).  Early in the game, Elliot had a nice end-around run that went for a first down.  After the Knight's QB was injured, Elliot played the rest of the game at QB and linebacker (instead of the usual receiver and linebacker).  He completed two passes (one of which came agonizingly close to a TD on the last play of the first half), but he had a rough time overall (since the Knights had a hard time getting a running game going or stopping the pass rush).  Considering he hadn't played any QB since pre-season practice and none in the shotgun formation that they're running now, I thought he did a good job.  On one play when they were backed up to their goal line, he called a hard count and drew an off-sides penalty on the defense to get five extra yards of cushion.  I was impressed that he thought to call that play in that situation.

Finn's team lost too…28 to 21.  His TD streak ended at six games.  He only carried the ball twice, so his opportunities were limited.

Steelers 23 Colts 20

A couple weeks back we drove down to Indianapolis to go to a football game with the Somasi family.  This is the fourth year we've gone to a game (Browns in 2008, Vikings in 2009, and Panthers in 2010).

We started the day at the Children's Museum and then went to the Sunday night game at Lucas Oil stadium.  When we bought the tickets, we were looking forward to seeing both the Steelers and Peyton Manning.  Unfortunately, only one of those two worked out.  It was lucky for the Steelers because I think they would have had their butts whooped if the Colts had a decent QB behind center.  I was quite glad we were inside for the game because it was cold and rainy outside. 

Here are a few photos:










Staying Hydrated

Elliot has a new method of staying hydrated while mowing the grass…