June 30, 2009

In The Backyard

Category: Technology,Travel — jerry @ 5:54 am

[Note: Jerry is out of the country in Brazil for a couple of weeks. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves…]

June 29, 2009

Favorite Scene From “THE WEST WING”

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:54 am

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June 28, 2009

Shin Kicking

Category: Sports,Travel — jerry @ 5:53 am

Apparently popular in England:

[Note: Jerry is out of the country in Brazil for a couple of weeks. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves…]

June 27, 2009

1994: The Internet

Category: Technology — jerry @ 5:53 am

June 26, 2009

ANOTHER Scary Movie!!

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:53 am

[Note: Jerry is out of the country in Brazil for a couple of weeks. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves…]

June 25, 2009

One Scary Movie!

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:52 am

June 24, 2009

OUR DAM BAND–The Lost Tapes (Episodes 6 & 7)

Category: Music — jerry @ 5:49 am

While I’m vacationing in sunny (or rainy, depending) Brazil, here’s the latest installment of tunes from my old 70s band OUR DAM BAND.

Both songs feature the lead vocals of our drummer Ted Kisgen.

On the first one–the Del Shannon hit “Runaway”–I think I’m just chattering away on the old electric piano and Al Smith, our sometime rhythm guitarist, is actually playing the organ solo in the middle of the song.  I think we actually always played through the entire song twice, because we always played it so damn fast it would have only lasted about a minute otherwise…

On the second song–“Sweet City Woman”, by the Stampeders–Al moves over to his guitar and kicks up the treble to give it a faux banjo sound.  Jim Hutson does a nice job with the lead solo with Ted jumping up into his falsetto to sing in unison with Jim’s guitar.

Nicely done, I think.

Enjoy:

Runaway:

Sweet City Woman:

[Note: Jerry is out of the country in Brazil for a couple of weeks. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves…]

June 23, 2009

This Blog Goes On Record As Supporting “The Year Of The Bible”.

Category: Books,Opinion — jerry @ 2:51 pm

Surprise! Surprise!

And here’s why:

So a little-known congressman, Paul Broun, is making a big ruckus by introducing a resolution calling on President Obama to designate a “National Year of the Bible” for America. Broun is a Republican (natch) from Georgia (of course) so none of this should be a surprise, right? Just another Christian fundamentalist, cynics might say, trying to turn us into a nation of Bible thumpers. The reaction has been equally predictable: Those irreligious Democrats have shunned Broun’s proposal like swine flu. Jewish pols, in particular, see a distinctly Christian slant to the resolution, and secularists see yet another plot to turn the United States into a theocracy.

The reality is that proclaiming a Year of the Bible wouldn’t change America as much as one side hopes and the other side fears: That’s because Americans read into the Bible exactly what they want to read into the Bible — they quote it when it supports their position, and they ignore it when it doesn’t.

Polls show that the Bible remains the most popular book of all time, and almost all U.S. homes (93 percent) have at least one. Yet only half of U.S. adults can name a single Gospel, and most don’t know that the first book of the Bible is Genesis. A 2000 survey showed that even 60 percent of those chapter-and-verse-quoting Evangelicals thought Jesus was born in Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem. Similarly, a 2004 survey of high school students found that 17 percent thought “the road to Damascus” was where Jesus was crucified and 22 percent thought Moses was either one of Jesus’ 12 apostles or an Egyptian pharaoh or an angel. Half of high school seniors also thought Sodom and Gomorrah were married. (Can gay marriage really be far off?)

But before you pile on the slacker generation, consider that one in 10 of all Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, and 60 percent can’t name five of the Ten Commandments….[Rest of article]

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I do have to say that I have seen a correlation between the most “religious” Christians I know personally and their own Bible illiteracy.  In general, I myself have read a lot more of the Bible and books about the Bible–it’s a hobby of mine.  I read another article last week stating that there was a correlation between the droves of young people leaving the church and their Sunday School attendance.  The more regularly they attended Sunday school (and I went every Sunday from toddlerhood to leaving home for college–when I promptly stopped), the more likely they are to leave the church in adulthood.

Time to “shine the light” on the Bible.  I’m all for it!  Read and learn.  (And then read the Koran–you won’t find a nickel’s difference between the two.  Have fun!)

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Off To Brazil

Category: Travel — jerry @ 5:34 am

Hey, I’m off to Brazil for a couple of weeks. I’ve got my Blog Bots posting in my absence, and, as always, you can enjoy the occasional dip into the Archives.

Got all my yellow fever, hepatitis, and malaria shots taken (ouch), since I’ll be in the rain forest for some of this trip.

Studied a little Brazilian Portuguese, but only enough to make me realize how little I know. We’ll see how that all works out.

Should be fun.

See ya!

June 22, 2009

Tough Job

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 11:03 am