Archive - 2007
We had a busy day last Saturday. It started with Elliot's basketball class at 9 AM. Then we skipped Finn's basketball class to go to the Santa Parade.
We left that early, without seeing Santa, to drive to Lansing to watch Midland play in the high school football semifinals. It was a great game, probably best football game that I've ever seen in person. He are some video highlights, but they end before it really got good.
Here is a link to a story and some photos.
Midland came back from a 28-7 deficit to take a 31-28 lead with about 5 minutes left. Midland held Lowell to a 3 and out and took over on the Lowell side of the field after a short punt. They drove down to about the 10 but turned the ball over on downs with a minute and a half or two minutes left. Lowell then drove the length of the field before being stopped inside the one with no timeouts and about 20 seconds left. Instead of rushing a quarterback sneak or hand-off, Lowell's quarter back spiked the ball to stop the clock. Fortunately for Midland, he had lost track of downs. It was fourth down and the spike turned the ball over to Midland. A quarterback sneak ran off the final 6 seconds, and Midland is headed for the division 2 finals on Friday.
After the game, we drove back to Midland for a meeting at church to talk about ways that the church can better minister to its families. We finished off the evening with some pizza from Papa Johns.
Sat Nov 10
Fri Nov 9
Jonathan is sitting on the runway in Salt Lake City...computer problems...Northwest stinks!
Thu Nov 8
A mailbox I saw this week in Salt Lake City…
Sun Nov 4
Jonathan is noticing that professors fly first class.
What great allies we have in our quest nurture flourishing democracy in the Middle East!
From an article in the NY Times by Jane Perlez and David Rohde titled "Pakistan Rounds Up Musharraf’s Political Foes":
The government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, making no concessions a day after seizing emergency powers, rounded up leading opposition figures and said Sunday that parliamentary elections could be delayed for as long as a year.
Police officers in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, stood outside a press club Sunday. Journalists vowed to resist the crackdown.
Security forces were reported to have detained about 500 opposition party figures, lawyers and human rights advocates on Sunday, and about a dozen privately owned television news stations remained off the air. International broadcasters, including the BBC and CNN, were also cut off.
The crackdown, announced late Saturday night after General Musharraf suspended the Constitution, was clearly aimed at preventing public demonstrations that political parties and lawyers were organizing for Monday.
“They are showing zero tolerance for protest,” said Athar Minallah, a lawyer and a former minister in the Musharraf government.
Another NY Times article by David Sanger and David Rohde is titled "U.S. Is Likely to Continue Aid to Pakistan."
From an article in The Sunday Times by Nick Fielding and Sarah Baxter titled "Saudi Arabia is hub of world terror":
[In Saudi Arabia King Abdullah] is regarded as a modest reformer who has cracked down on home-grown terrorism and loosened a few relatively minor restrictions on his subjects’ personal freedom.
With oil prices surging, Saudi Arabia is growing in prosperity and embracing some modern trappings. Bibles and crucifixes are still banned, but internet access is spreading...
Yet wealthy Saudis remain the chief financiers of worldwide terror networks...
Extremist clerics provide a stream of recruits to some of the world’s nastiest trouble spots.
An analysis by NBC News suggested that the Saudis make up 55% of foreign fighters in Iraq. They are also among the most uncompromising and militant.
Half the foreign fighters held by the US at Camp Cropper near Baghdad are Saudis. They are kept in yellow jumpsuits in a separate, windowless compound after they attempted to impose sharia on the other detainees and preached an extreme form of Wahhabist Islam.
In recent months, Saudi religious scholars have caused consternation in Iraq and Iran by issuing fatwas calling for the destruction of the great Shi’ite shrines in Najaf and Karbala in Iraq, some of which have already been bombed. And while prominent members of the ruling al-Saud dynasty regularly express their abhorrence of terrorism, leading figures within the kingdom who advocate extremism are tolerated.
With friends like these...
From the Central church of Christ (Nashville, TN) bulletin, 5 Feb 2006:
There is a story of three doctors who all died suddenly. They met all met Saint Peter at the gates of heaven. He made them an unusual promise: he would make sure that whatever they wanted said about them at their funerals would be said.
The first doctor said that he wanted it said that he was the best doctor in the world. In fact, were it not for his untimely death, he certainly would have found the cure for cancer. And it was said.
The second doctor wanted it said that he was the best husband and father in the world. That's exactly what was said.
The third doctor said he wanted those standing near the casket to say, "Hey, I think I just saw him moving!"