Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oh The Shame!

I have spent the better part of my married life slowly but surely breaking all my youthful promises.  You know the ones you make as a child:  When I am a parent I will never say or do (insert childhood gripe here).  One in particular that I broke very early on was telling my kids, "Because I told you so!"

As a child getting that answer was not satisfactory because I felt like every decision should have a real reason behind it.  Little did I know (a) that IS a real reason and (b) me and kids everywhere will ask the infinite WHY question until or unless a declaration of this sort is finally offered.  And its not that kids stop inquiring because this answer makes the most sense and we've somehow satiated their thirst for knowledge.  No...they just realize they've pushed us too far and its only wise to cease and desist.

But of all the promises and childhood vows I ever made to myself, I had ONE biggie that I really, really had NO intentions of ever breaking.  I would NEVER. NEVER EVER, EVER.  NEVER, NEVER, NEVER own a MINI VAN!!!!

As such when the twins were en utero we went car shopping and bought the only good family alternative...the SUV.   We investigated and found just a few different models that offered a third row seat, knowing that if we ever had more children...we'd need it.  The Dodge Durango was really the only affordable option for us and so we've owned one for the last five years. 

Enter our newborn and the reason for discovering the practical need for me to swallow all pride and become a hypocrite yet again!  The Durango is big.  Its has eight seats and belts to, "in theory", hold and haul that many bodies should the need ever arise.  We have a family of five.  By my math, that leaves three extra spots for our stuff as well as some elbow/leg room.  Theories are good but this one got put to the test and failed miserably.  Part of the problem is the seat belt laws we have to follow with the twins.  Yes, even years out of the baby seat, they still have to sit in something called a booster until the age of ten.  These things take up room!  And if a car exists where you can strap two boosters and one baby seat base all into the same row and still be able to easily fasten all the belts, the Durango wasn't one of them.

That's OK though!  We were prepared and have a third row just for such a circumstance.  So we put baby and one child in the back seat and the lucky twin whose turn it is for the way back...in the way back.  But with said third row up we literally have no trunk space.  So guess what?  That lucky way back traveller gets to have a big stroller as a seat mate.  And heaven forbid at this point if we need to go buy groceries or take a road trip.  We'd have to put luggage and/or food on the floor boards and just cross our fingers.

I don't know what kind of auto fairies manufacture minivans but they are magical!  You see, the model we purchased doesn't look any bigger than the Durango. In fact, it looks a bit smaller.  But somehow these fairies have made it so we can carry a family of five, easily buckling everyone in, stowing a stroller, and still having tons of room for elbows, legs, groceries, and luggage!  It's AMAZING. I mean...shameful!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo Friday Frenzy - 19

Category: You Might Be A Redneck If...

Instructions: Vote on your favorite photo of these eight in the right margin of this page. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote Closed. Winner: Redneck Mansion

...you consider this a limo.

...you live in this kind of mansion.

...this was your wedding & cake.

...you think this is a porch swing.

...this is your bomb/tornado shelter.

...your ceiling fan looks like this.

...this is your wind chime.

you play horseshoes with these.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Biggest Dork

They say if you have to explain a joke, its just not funny.  Well "they" are probably right but I am undeterred and will risk it.  At best, the explanation may actually allow you to enjoy this spoof offering.  As worst, I will just prove to have earned the Biggest Dork label by committing this social  faux pas.

About a month ago I made a Dos Equis Spoof Video and posted it to Facebook and YouTube.  NO ONE seemed to get it.  NO ONE.  Even my wife admitted that she thought the video was a bit silly but was not sure what was going on.  And since she is my litmus tester for all of my posts I figured this might be a universal issue and I took the post down...at least on Facebook.

So let me introduce you to the Dos Equis spokesman:
According to the commercials he is the MOST interesting man in the world.  Each spot is hilarious in its own right but all of them follow a simple formula:

Three facts supporting WHY he is so interesting are presented and then he concludes by sharing his thoughts on beer all while an adventurous tune plays in the background.

Seems simple enough.  Here is an example of one such commercial:



Well my spoof follows the same formula but my title is different from his.  After all there can only be one MOST interesting man.  So I had to think about what, if anything, I might be able to convincingly claim being a world wide BEST at doing.  This was the result:



And if the spoof commercial isn't proof enough that this title belongs to me perhaps the fact that I had to explain this joke will.  It's a win/win they way I see it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Is Morality Relative or Absolute?

In my recent discussions with atheist skeptics, this topic has come up.  Their argument sounds legitimate on its surface and it is one I used to hold to myself.  So I am not without compassion or understanding when it comes to this point of view...however flawed it may actually be.  And this viewpoint does not seem to be dominated or relegated by the atheist community alone.  Many theists and even some misled Christian's have adopted this modern, politically correct fallacy.

So both in effort to expand this discussion to larger groups of people as well as to go outside of the 500 character text boxes where this is being hashed out...I have decided to put together a video series.  Each part will consist of one element of the argument.  My hope is that this will provide a way in which we can systematically tackle this onion-like issue.  As it stands each side is taking one other down multiple rabbit holes before coming to an agreement or at least an understanding of each point.

The series parts as they are currently mapped out and planned for are as follows:

Part 1 - Analysing the relativity stance in general
Part 2 - Do different cultures hold to different morals standards?
Part 3 - The Nazi Challenge...Answering a common atheist hypothetical.
Part 4 - Sociopaths and Psychopaths

More parts can and will be added as needed.  I hope that you enjoy AND participate in this discussion!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Today's Mailbag 4.0


After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics corrects the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way,UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Somthing tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windsheilf.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
S: Cannot reporduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbeieveably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from the midget.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo Friday Frenzy - 18

Category: Sculptures

Instructions: Vote on your favorite photo of these eight in the right margin of this page. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote Closed. Winner: Cherubs don't mess around

For three...

Eavesdropping

Hey batter, batter!

Cherub's don't mess around

When statues attack

"Gee, it's offly hot out here"

Another reason not to eat there!

Homer Sandson

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Conforming To Christ

The problems with me are the ways in which I fail to conform to Christ.  Those characteristics would be evident even if I were not a believer.  So in this video I am questioning the atheist motivation to deconvert the Christian.  It seems to me that the more I conform to Christ, the better a person I become.  If that is true then it only benefits the atheist for me to be more like my savior, right?  Yet that is hardly the sentiment being shared with me on YouTube.  If anything, I am often approached with the goal of deconversion in mind.  The question is...why?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Strawman

Wikipedia states:

A straw man is a component of an argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position.[1] To "attack a straw man" is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by substituting it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the "straw man"), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.

Most times in my interactions with skeptics of the Christian faith there is a decent understanding on my part and theirs of the actual facts being discussed. They understand my position and claims and I understand theirs. However, now and again I run across a particular kind of atheist that employs the method defined above by using fringe groups claiming the heading of Christianity whether they actually are or not. At best this is done naively and the perpetrator should be dismissed for failing to understand his opponent. At worst, this is done with malicious intent in order to capitalize on actual lunatics in order to create the appearance that I was cut from the same cloth.

In both scenarios, we have good reasons to dismiss the rhetoric all together. What do you think?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Photo Friday Frenzy - 17

Category: Police

Instructions: Vote on your favorite photo of these eight in the right margin of this page. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote Closed.  Winner(s): Bike Budget Cuts & "Need to look in back"

Taking down the Dark-side
Bicycle Cop Budget Cuts
License & Registration Please!
Police vs. Indian Gangs
"I'm going to need to take a look in the back."
So THAT'S what those computers are for!
Doh!
On A Stakeout

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The New EdgeHead

This post and video are long overdue. My sleep deprived mind has just now started getting back into its former groove. As such I am finally confident that I can give a project such as this, proper justice. Many of you already know, my wife and I welcomed our third child into this world about 6 weeks ago. He has been such a joy and a blessed addition to our little tribe! My apologies for just now editing and releasing the footage. We hope you enjoy and we'd like to thank everyone for all of the support, love, meals, advice, baby gifts, and prayers!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate...

I'm guilty.  I have a conspiracy theorist tendancy.  When rumors that the sky is falling circulate I may not fully believe what's being said but I'll stand under cover just in case.  And that is how I've always dealt with information that MAY or MAY NOT actually affect me or even be accurate.

But when my twins were born in 2005 suddenly this crazy world with all its dangers (both fake and real) became an even scarier place.  Suddenly I also had to make decisions as to what was good for two other people. So when reports of vaccines potentially being more harmful than helpful first came out...my wife and I had a LONG, heart-felt discussion.  She ultimately won and we've vaccinated all three kids to some degree.  But she did make some compromises that were somewhat in line with standing under cover in case reports of falling sky activity turn out to be true.  We ended up delaying several of the shots and avoiding others (like flu shots) completely.

Now it might be inspite of us not because of us that our children thus far appear to be fine.  But thus far, we are blessed with healthy children.  Now vaccines are back in the news again.  The experts, like our politicians, keep flip-flopping back and forth about whether or not there is a bonafide link between various childhood medical problems (namely but not limited to autism) and the number of vaccinations now required before a child enters school.  That combined with a detailed analysis of what is actually in these syringes and its enough to convince the toughest of skeptics to take cover.

So what does your family do?  What are your thoughts on the reports and how do you make heads or tails of the information?

Speaking of consipacry theorists, here is perhaps the worlds biggest one...Alex Jones.  I really don't listen to much of what this guy has to say.  But I also don't dismiss everything either when I do come across one of his videos.  Take a look at this part three of four and add your two cents.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Diving Deeper

I don't listen to the radio much anymore.  My commute to and from work are about the only quiet, meditative time I have in any given day.  So for years now I have used it as my time to pray, meditate on Scripture, or just be still and let God speak to me.  But today I turned on a talk station that was covering the passages found in Matthew 22:15-22. 

You know the story.  The Pharasee's attempt to catch Jesus speaking out against paying taxes to Caesar as the law requires.  So they approach and ask Him in a very creative way what His thoughts are on the subject.

As the pastor read the verses and expounded on them I had a bit of a revelation.  Yes, Jesus understood this was a pre-planned trap.  Yes, he gave an awesome answer that not only bypassed the intended snares but allowed Him to stay true to His teachings.  But there is more to it if you dive a bit deeper and incorporate one of the first concepts taught to us in Genesis.

Click PLAY on the video below to see what I am talking about and be sure to leave your comments:

Friday, May 06, 2011

Photo Friday Frenzy - 16

Category: Advertising

Instructions: Vote on your favorite photo of these eight in the right margin of this page. You have from Friday (today) until Monday morning to make your selection.

Vote Closed.  Winner: Ahh...The Irony

Ahh...the irony.
Nice to know...
Spectacular savings
Truth in advertising
How's THAT for motivation?
Just say NO
MORE truth in advertising
I would have NEVER known

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Today's Mailbag 3.0


A woman is sitting at home on the veranda with her husband and she says, "I love you."


             He asks, "Is that you or the wine talking?"

She replies, "It's me...

                               ...talking to the wine." 


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Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama Bin Who?

Despite my penchant for ranting on my blog I tend to be a glass is half full kind of guy.  I try to think the best of people and be a very trusting soul.  However, when it comes to the subject of 911, the consequential "War on Terror", and our involvement in the Middle East, my trust-level for the information being relayed quickly plummets.  And who could blame me?

We're told a handful of men with box cutters caused the largest scale attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor and their leader is a man named Osama, living in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan.  Ok...let's say I buy all of that with zero questions as to the accuracy.  Why then does it take the worlds greatest military with all its might and  technological advantages...TEN YEARS...to find said caveman?

One only has to watch Hollywood Film, Enemy of the State to get my confusion.  I realize that basing my understanding of our tactical capabilities on a fictional film is somewhat silly.  But I don't think the disparity between fact and fiction is all that far apart anymore with today's technological toys and secret ops equipment.

I am not buying for a second that it took us this long because Osama was just good at hide and seek.  If you do then perhaps you can continue helping us to search for those weapons of mass destruction.  I am sure they are out there...somewhere.

Perhaps what bothers me the MOST about Bin Laden and even Saddam Hussein is who it was that helped put them in power to begin with.  You guessed it.  It was America.

Doh!