Thursday, August 14, 2008
I highly appreciate response from all mine friend--and in a way, consider everyone a friend--so please respond whether I tagged you or not. As with Nat, I am just feeling too lazy to tag everyone.
1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. When and how did we meet?
4. Do you or have you ever had a crush on me?
5. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
6. Describe me in one word. (NB: Multiple words without spaces between them are still multiple words.)
7. What were your first impressions of me?
8. Do you still think that way about me now?
9. What reminds you of me?
10. If you could give me anything what would it be?
11. How well do you know me?
12. When was the last time you saw me?
13. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
14. Are you going to post this in your notes and see what I say about you?
15. Contribute a memory regarding me.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
The two people you talked to last:
1. Danielle the Thoughful
2. Jacob the SMUGling
Two things you are wearing right now:
1. White with black basketball shorts
2. A black Harley Davidson T-shirt
Two of your favorite things to do:
1. Give my Heidi Mae attention
Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. To be with my Heidi.
2. A good night's sleep
Two pets that you have or have had:
1. Snickers the chocolate lab
Two people who will fill this out:
1. Your face.
2. My face.
Two things you did last night:
1. IMed my newest sister
2. Made more plans for the cloak I am sewing.
Last two things you ate:
1. Pepperidge Farm wheat bread with blackberry pie filling
2. Turkey mozzerella wraps.
Two things you are doing tomorrow:
1. Working 11-8.
Two longest trips taken:
1. Driving to DC --> plane to Atlanta --> plane to Seattle --> plane to Atlanta --> plane to DC --> drive to Ohio --> drive home to PA
2. Our best Western loop vacation around the 2005 Higher Things conference in St. Louis.
Your two favourite holidays:
Two of your favourite beverages:
Two lists of people you're tagging:
1. Ethan, Zeke, Jacob, Danielle
2. Maria, Zach, Emily, Emma
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Aaron David Nemoyer
2. YOUR GANGSTA' NAME, [the first 4 letters of your real name plus "-izzle"]:
3. YOUR SPY NAME, [favourite color and favourite animal]:
(or Crimson Capybara)
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME, [your middle name and the street you live on]:
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME, [the first 3 letters of your last name and first 2 letters of your first name]:
6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME, [your 2nd favourite color and favourite drink]:
7. YOUR IRAQI NAME, [the 2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, 1st letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your mom's maiden name, 3rd letter of you dad's middle name, 1st letter of a siblings first name, and last letter of your mom's first name]:
8. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME, [parents middle names]:
9. YOUR GOTH NAME, ["bloody" and the name of one of your pets]:
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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Chavez to US: Stop your Iran threats
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez advises Washington to stop making threats against Iran and Venezuela in hopes of seeing lower oil prices.
Chavez suggested that wealthy nations, including the United States, can end the surge in oil prices by refraining from blaming crude exporting nations and by pulling their troops out of Iraq.
"They want to blame us: the Arabs and Venezuela. We are not to blame. Withdraw the troops from Iraq and you'll see how oil prices will drop," he said Thursday.
"Stop the threats against Iran and Venezuela, oil-producing countries, and you'll see prices will tend to decline," Chavez said in an address to visiting delegates from Non-Aligned Movement countries.
Oil prices surged to an all-time high of over $146 a barrel on Thursday. Brent peaked at $146.69 before falling back to $146.08; US crude jumped $1.72 to $145.29 after having hit $145.85.
Crude skyrocketed to nearly $144 on Monday over speculation that Israel plans to launch a military strike on Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter.
The New York Times recently quoted Pentagon officials as saying that over 100 Israeli F-16s and F-15s staged a maneuver over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in early June.
As part of the maneuver, Israeli aircraft flew over 900 miles, roughly the distance from their airfields to a nuclear enrichment facility in the central Iranian city of Natanz.
Asked whether Iran would close the Strait of Hormuz if Israel launches a military strike on the country, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari suggested June 28 that Tehran would consider all options.
"When a country comes under attack, it naturally uses all its capacities to confront the enemy," said the Iranian commander.
The strategic 21-mile Strait of Hormuz waterway between Iran and Oman is a vital conduit for energy supplies. As much as 40 percent of the world's sea-transited crude oil passes through the narrow Persian Gulf chokepoint.
Chavez warned last month that crude prices would hit $200 a barrel if the US continued to threaten Iran.
Friday, June 27, 2008
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"It is true, brethren, as you well know, that in our day it is common for people to say, 'Emphasizing doctrine so much only harms and hinders the kingdom of God, yes, even destroys it.' Many say, 'Instead of disputing over doctrine so much, we should much rather be concerned with souls and with leading them to Christ.' But all who speak in this way do not really know what they are saying or what they are doing. As foolish as it would be to scold a farmer for being concerned about sowing good seed and to demand of him simply to be concerned about a good harvest, so foolish it is to scold those who are concerned first and foremost with the doctrine, and to demand of them that they should rather seek to rescue souls. For just as the farmer who wants a good crop must first of all be concerned about good seed, so the church must above all be concerned about right doctrine if it would save souls."
(C. F. W. Walther, “Our Common Task: The Saving of Souls” , Essays for the Church [Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1992], Vol. I)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer.
The father's lawyer Kim Beaudoin said the disciplinary measures were for the girl's "own protection" and is appealing the ruling.
"She's a child," Beaudoin told AFP. "At her age, children test their limits and it's up to their parents to set boundaries."
"I started an appeal of the decision today to reestablish parental authority, and to ensure that this case doesn't set a precedent," she said. Otherwise, said Beaudoin, "parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on."
"I think most children respect their parents and would never go so far as to take them to court, but it's clear that some would and we have to ask ourselves how far this will go."
According to court documents, the girl's Internet transgression was just the latest in a string of broken house rules. Even so, Justice Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe.
Beaudoin noted the girl used a court-appointed lawyer in her parents' 10-year custody dispute to launch her landmark case against dear old dad.
Monday, June 23, 2008
1. Put your music player (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.) on SHUFFLE.
2. For each question, press the NEXT button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Post it.
6. Tag people as many people as you wish. It's a rule; you have to.
1. If someone says, "Is this okay?", you say?
Quando, Quando, Quando -- Michael Buble
["When, When, When"? Curses, Sarah! I don't even know how this song got in my library, but I blame you since it's Michael Buble! I've never seen or heard it before as far as I'm aware!]
2. How would you describe yourself?
A Beautiful Life -- Chuck Wagon Gang
[Haha. That works. I try to be that optimistic about it. :D But given my own choice, I probably would have picked something like Gary Allen's "Life Ain't Always Beautiful".]
3. What do you like in a member of the opposite sex?
Wishmaster -- Nightwish
[O_o Okay, that is really dark and creepy and not at all what I would have picked..]
4. How do you feel today?
A Foggy Day (In London Town) -- Michael Buble
[I don't think I've ever had Michael Buble show up when I did shuffle before. Usually my complete Johnny Cash collection dominates. This is a song I know and like, though, and it is oddly fitting for how I've been. How have I been feeling? A bit foggy and down, but Heidi keeps things brightened up for me. :D]
5. What is your life's purpose?
You Can't Beat Jesus Christ -- Johnny Cash
[And here's Johnny! You Can't Beat This Answer.]
6. What is your motto?
Old Time Feeling -- Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
7. What do your friends think of you?
Another One Rides The Bus -- Weird Al Yankovic
[Weird Al's parody of "Another On Bites The Dust"... That probably fits my a lot of friends' impression of me fantastically.]
8. What do you think of your parents?
Busted -- Johnny Cash
[Haha. "Busted". Sure, that works.]
9. What do you think about very often?
Solitary Man -- Johnny Cash
[Heh. This could apply. I do worry some about doing something stupid and Heidi breaking up with me.]
10. What is 2 + 2?
One And One Makes Two -- Johnny Cash
[I swear I didn't rig that! I'm pretty close, but it looks like I didn't quite get the question. ;-) 2+2=5, btw.]
11. What do you think of your best friend?
Me And You -- Kenny Chesney
[It's perfect. :-) My Heidi Mae is definitely my best friend too... "Ordinary? No, I really don't think so, / Not a love this true. / Common destiny, we were meant to be, me and you. / Like a perfect scene from a movie screen, / We're a dream come true. / Suited perfectly, for eternity, me and you. / Everyday, well, I need you even more, / And the nighttime too. / There's no way, I could ever let you go, / Even if I wanted to. / Everyday I live, / I try my best to give / All I have to you. / Thank the stars above, that we share this love, me and you."]
12. What do you think of the person you like?
[Umm.. What does this mean? :P]
13. What is your life story?
The Night Santa Went Crazy -- Weird Al Yankovic
[Definitely. So maybe I would have picked something more serious, but I love this.
14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Processional And Maria (THe Wedding) -- The Sound of Music Soundtrack
[I want to grow up to be, among other things, a husband and father. It's true. :D]
15. What will you dance at your wedding?
Beautiful Again -- Martina McBride
[The lyrics aren't great, but the song title would work.]
16. What will they play at your funeral?
You're Gonna Miss This -- Trace Adkins
[I won't be the one missing this, but I have some great friends that would miss me, I know. :-)]
17. What is your hobby/interest?
Make 'Em Laugh -- Singing' In The Rain
[Making my friends smile and laugh. My favourite pastime. Perfect.]
18. What is your biggest fear?
How Far -- Martina McBride
["I wanna make this work so much it hurts, but I just can't keep on giving, go on living, with the way things are. So, I'm gonna walk away, and it's up to you how far." My greatest fear.]
19. What is your biggest secret?
The Wall -- Johnny Cash
[Apparently my biggest secret is that I've already died trying to escape from prison.]
20. What do you think of your friends?
The Walking Dead -- Dropkick Murphys
["The greats come alive. The water's on fire. Have I been to this place before? Yeah, we danced through the night as the flames burned bright, and the patrons passed out on the floor. ... Yeah, the story you're telling is from the book I wrote. I've forgotten more then you'll ever know! 'Cause at the end of the day when the hope fades away, it was an outlook you could never afford. You're on one last stand, with the boys and the band, before the demon strikes the final chord. ... You've got tons of fans in hell. Boy, that much I know. ... What's so new about what you're saying? It's a new generation with the same sad song." Yep, this song is Ethan's fault, so you'll have to ask him to explain what any of it means. It'll have to do, though.
21. What will you post this as?
Time Changes Everything -- Johnny Cash
22. What's your favorite song?
The Crane Wife 1 & 2 -- The Decemberists
[No, not my favourite song, but it is pretty cool.]
I tag... Heidi, Ethan, Nat, Zach, Rachels, and Jacob.
Friday, June 20, 2008
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"I feel . . . as if . . . somebody . . . had handed me . . . the moon . . . and I didn't know . . . exactly . . . what to do . . . with it," Anne said dazedly...
Anne had a long meditation at her window that night. Joy and regret struggled together in her heart. She had come at last . . . suddenly and unexpectedly . . . to the bend in the road, and college was around it, with a hundred rainbow hopes and visions. But Anne realized as well that when she rounded that curve she must leave many sweet things behind . . . all the little simple duties and interests, which had grown so dear to her in the last two years and which she had glorified into beauty and delight by the enthusiam she had put into them. ... The mere thought...made her wonder if Redmond were such a name to conjure with after all.
"I've put out a lot of little roots there two years," Anne told the moon, "and when I'm pulled up they're going to hurt a great deal. But it's best to go, I think, and, as Marilla says, there's no good reason why I shouldn't. I must get out all my ambitions and dust them."
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This song moved me particularly, for a few reasons. First thing and primarily, I loved it because I know a fair number of people serving in the armed forces and families of servicemen. Second, I have been missing Heidi and felt it there. And finally, I have always been fond of the air and of flight. I used to have dreams of being a jet pilot and might have followed that if I were physically more up to it.
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THE FLYER SONG -- Leslie Ellis
I don't like it when my baby flies at night.
And in the day, I close my eyes.
I count the seconds 'til he's safe home from that flight,
But I won't ask my baby not to fly.
He loves to shoot that airplane straight up in the air,
Circle 'round and 'round the sky.
Isn't like he's even going anywhere,
But I won't ask my baby not to fly.
I could make demands and try to clip his wings.
I could forbid him from his sky.
And he might let me,
'Cause he loves me and he'd give me anything,
But I know he'd surely die.
I could make demands and try to clip his wings.
I could forbid him from his sky.
And he might let me,
'Cause he loves me and he'd give me anything,
But I know he'd surely die.
So, every weekend, for about a half a day,
I get low, and he gets high.
I pray to God that He won't take my man away,
But that's not up to me, no matter what or how many tear I cry.
I'll never ask him not to fly.
I won't ask my baby,
I won't ask my baby,
No, I won't ask my baby not to fly,
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My first year of college is over. The start of my college career has certainly been interesting--an experience. I made some mistakes at Lake Forest College, and I got myself out of some very long-standing ruts at Bethany Lutheran.
Beginning of this past week, I finished up finals and got a rough idea of what my finishing grades were. Wednesday through Friday, I watched friends leave. And Friday evening, I went to MSP airport myself and flew home. Everyone spent the end of the semester counting down days, and now I will spend my summer counting days again ..this time until I return to college and can see my friends again. (I miss you all.)
That is about all I have to say. I am happy to be home, and I look forward to a great summer.
God bless, y'all.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Friends and fellow Issues, Etc. fan; dear anyone who stumbles across my humble excuse for a blog and might find this useful:
I submit my blog (and this post specifically) to you as a place to try and keep up with concerns surrounding the cancellation of Issues, Etc. Check back frequently, because I am updating this page almost hourly.
Issues, Etc. was a marvelous radio program, a leader in defending the Christian faith, and a great resource to thousands literally around the world. However, the morning of March 18, AD 2008, the show's host (Rev. Todd Wilken) and producer (Mr. Jeff Shwarz) were informed by synodical officers that they no longer had a job and were physically escorted out of the building. The LCMS Board of Communiations pulled the show from the air and pulled down the Issues, Etc. website without a word of explanation to anyone. For all appearances after that morning, Issues, Etc. might never have existed.
This is an atrocity. It makes no sense from business standpoint (Issues, Etc. was the most popular show broadcast by KFUO.) And it makes no sense either if the well being of Lutheranism and the Christian faith is what was in mind. After all, I have not heard anyone deny that Issues, Etc. helped them in there faith. To the contrary, I know many many people who say were brought to faith or became Lutherans primarily because of that radio show. It is not even just Lutherans who appreciated what the show had to offer. There are Evangelicals, Reformed, Presbyterian, Baptist, Calvary Chapel, Greek Orthodox, and more beside us in protesting what has happened.
Even this is not the extent of hurt done. Rev. Todd Wilken has a family, a wife and two children, that he need to support. The need for Mr. Jeff Schwarz is even greater. He is also married and has four children, the youngest of whom is just a baby, and his wife has medical needs. She was recently diagonesed with small fiber neuropathy and needs to go to Mayo Clinic to figure out what can be done to treat her.
Two selfless men have lost their jobs. Many Christians around the world want the radio program back. We see more than ever some problems in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
So, what can we do?
First, we can pray. Pray for Rev. Wilken, Mr. Schwarz, their families, our Synod, and Christians around the world who are feeling this as a loss. We are after all, in all things, in God's hands.
Then, we can act. And it is to help this acting that I am again posting on my blog. I want to help us organize our efforts to make things better and to again be spreading God's Word preched true. Spread the news of what has happened. Discuss with friends. Call and mail people at LC-MS headquarters. Call KFUO. Sign petitions. Contribute to help support the Help recover old webcasts of Issues, Etc. Plan how in the future we might do evangelizing on our own. Maybe plan to make Issues, Etc. separate from LCMS and more synod-proof.
[3/20 6:50am CST]
It looks like a formal protest is in the making on Pr. Weedon's blog!
Details are currentrly very vague, but everyone is in agreement that a huge (Yeah, I'm talking HUGE! here.) physical presence of protesters in St. Louis with local or even national media attention would be very effective. So: a rally in front of the "Purple Palace", a huge fundraising event, special weekend worship services, housing for out-of-towners (which it look like there would be plenty of), and more may be formally arranged ASAP! We know there's not much Kieschnick and Strand would dislike more than protesters and national media attention ...so let's give it to him! Discuss details at Weedon's blog.
[3/20, 3:46pm CST]
Someone has gotten an online petition going at this link, and signatures are showing up on it awfully fast. As a first easy action in helping get Issues, Etc. back, I would recommend that you go sign it. At the rate it is accumulating signatures, it ought to get the attention of Missouri Synod bureaucracy. It is a good first step towards getting action. At 11:38am CST on this morning of March 20th, the online petition passed 1,000 signatures. And that number seems to still be growing exponentially. To help you keep track, the number of signatures affixed to it is now:
[3/19 11:00pm CST]
There are two ways right now you can help financially support the Wilken and Schwarz families. If you have a PayPal account, go to http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/ and find their PayPal "Donate" link. The Wittenberg Trail has set up a PayPal fund of money that will be going to these two families. If you would prefer to just send a check somewhere, then put "Schwartz/Wilken Fund" in the check's memo line and send it to:
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 247
Hamel, IL 62046
[3/20 2:00am CST]
The [mostly complete] Issues, Etc. archives have been returned to the KFUO website for now, but we still want to get them compiled somewhere else where we have the control of making sure they stay. There are several people on Facebook group called "Bring back Issues ETC!!!" who are working on this. If you have a Facebook, you can find the group at:
Also, a "carbon copy" of the no longer existant Issues, Etc. has been put up at:
And the projects for re-compiling Issues, Etc. archives is located at:
[3/21, 3:02pm CST]
For purposes of contacting people to ask why Issues, Etc. was removed from the air, letting them know how important the show was, complaining (civily), etc... Below is list of all the people and places you might try and reach.
(As with everything on this page, tell me if anything listed is wrong. And tell me if there other people I could put on the list.)
Rev. David L. Strand
Board for Communication
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
FAX: (314) 996-1016
KFUO Radio Station
Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick
LC-MS Board of Directors
[3/20, 4:38pm CST]
Finally, here is a list of blogs that have been discussing the cancellation of Issues, Etc. and the firing of Pastor Todd Wilken and Mr. Jeff Schwarz. I will be trying to keep it updated. With the way this news is spreading, though, I doubt my list will ever be a truly current list of blogs discussing the matter. Please help me to keep it as useful as possible though. Tell me if any links don't work or if blogs on the list are no longer mention the Issue. Also (especially) tell me of any other blogs you know that are posting on the issue.
There are also innumerable Lutheran, Christian, and other web forums that have taken up this matter, but trying to list those threads as well would be truly impossible.
God bless, y'all. Keep spreading the word on what's up with Issues, Etc. If it is the Lord's will, we can get the show back (whether as a synod thing or somehow separate), and hopefully we will not forget to quickly what problems this has highlighted in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Inform me if anything changes that I haven't seemed to hear about. Tell me if there is anything else I should post to this page.
I know that:
1.) The KFUO (http://kfuoam.org/) radio program Issues, Etc. was a great asset to Lutherans and other Christians all around the world thanks to web streaming.
2.) There is no longer an Issues, Etc. radio program.
3.) The Issues, Etc. website (http://issuesetc.org/) no longer exists. (When you go to that site now, all you see is a plain text "Issues, Etc. is no longer available.")
4.) Yesterday, the producer of Issues, Etc. (Mr. Jeff Schwarz) and the show's host (Rev. Todd Wilken) were both informed yesterday morning that they no longer had KFUO jobs and were escorted out of the building.
5.) Neither they nor anyone else seems to have been given a clear answer about why this happened when they asked.
...There. I avoided all my potential conspiracy theories and stated only the facts I know. You're proud of me, right? ..I'll come back and post more later today.