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the new movie ‘300‘ is raking in the money….

the film covers the legend of 300 spartans fending off the 100s of thousands of persians at thermopylae in the 400 bc timeframe.

the thing is… at nhcc.. we have been covering the book of judges.. and the story of gideon.. another story of 300 soldiers against huge opposition

there are some stories where people are saying the gideon story was copied from the thermoplyae story… but that is cause people are bad at math and don’t  understand the bc and ad year convention.

the book of judges took place around 1200 – 1000 bc .. which means it was 600 years prior to thermoplyae… not after…  bc runs backwards.

in general.. the numbers on the bible and ancient writings have to be taken with an understanding that even the concept of the number 0 was not there for a long time… and a few thousand was all that people could really comprehend… actually.. if you think about it.. that is what people now can truly understand without a calculator.. and even with that.. it is just routine and not understanding…

the 300 number makes sense as a normal spartan military branch called a morae was 600… and as there were 2 kings… they would have split the troops.

a lot of people are going to the movie just because it has some blood and guts and the visual styling is unique.. but they miss the point that it is a dramatization of  rea events that may or may not have been to the scaleof the legend.. but the 300 did give time for the naval fleet to prepare and eventually prevail.

it is amazing what a few can do.. when they have a true cause that they are fighting for…

isn’t it weird that bmw ran a commercial for their new x5 … a speed trial, a road trial … in nuremberg, germany… or is it just me


no.. that is not my engrish …. as there are some that are royally opposed to this administration.. and specifically to president bush

as i am watching/listening to the state of the union … with the clap fest that begins with all of those in both parties waiting in the aisle that the president is going to walk through.. even if they hate him.. they want some face time on national tv…

there are a lot of us that are loyal to the united states.. but growing opposed to how the administration has executed the fight over in iraq.

the words. the lack of getting insight and ideas from outside… all are frustrating.

this was probably the best line in the whole speech… again a few years too late.

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. ( read the whole thing here )

although the speech as decent.. delivery was spotty at times which is paar for course for president bush…. kind of that.. dog with tail between the legs attitude. he was sheepish.. looked tired. but he should be heartened that the speech was good… and most of what was said was fair

policy wise… hate the immigration amnesty plan.. the insurance tax savings seems interesting… i loved the call out of the earmarks and fiscal irresponsibility that the congress has shown over the past few years…

i love the shout out to all the north koreans on the peninsula (love his struggle with the pronunciation) but i want nukes… so we can blow kim jong il away..

a lot of the speech should have been passed along before the elections…

i hate that people consider reintroducing 21,500 troops back into baghdad is some major undertaking… if they needed to.. they could mobilize the entire armed forces and have over 500,000 troops in play if they wanted. the troop level is the same as it was a few months ago… but this time.. there are new rules… we have gotten better at the door to door.. house to house search and destroy missions that this battle has turned into…

i just really hate the clap fest. and the akward introductions of people like mutumbo ? that was just weird. and the ny subway hero guy…

it is nice that the democrats held to some semblance of decorum and applauded the president.. but they panned to the presidential hopefuls a bit too much.. joe biden looked like he was sleeping. hillary with her smirk.. during the insurance policy statement… priceless. hillarycare is gonna be so sweet.

i will have to read the democratic response…

lets see if the presidents gets a it more time to let the plan work… or show signs of improving the situation in iraq

so with over 650 days left… hilliary clinton .. sorry… hillary rodham clinton is in the presidential race..

i am so glad… ecstatic… overjoyed…. ppffffttt

this is one of the few things that makes me want to become a citizen.. so i can vote.  wait… if i vote democrat.. i can vote anyway.. since i don’t need to show proof of me.  no id or proving citizenship.. i should lean left.

the whole process sucks… there is nobody worth voting for… it seems that we are voting against the other guy… voting against the other party… i appreciate party affiliation as much as the next guy… but as this point.. is there much difference?  washingtonitis or congrulenza and the hallowed halls and quorums seems to make a super hot melting pot…  all about the soundbite and prepping to take the presidential plunge…

look at the actual votes for people like judge roberts.. or on the war.. or anything… the news clips are full of stinging rebuttals and zingers.. but then they end up voting for the person or legislation… they just want their allotted 5-15 minutes up on the podium.  to reflect this.. there is a new democratic push to make hidden the votes that are held in committees.. why?  what happened to nancy pelosi talking about having a more ethical and open congress…

not all of these people are in it to win…  some of these politicians are in it just to get their agenda out.  they are out to get their books sold.  they are out to steal votes from one party and basically give the election to the other party .. even if they do not have a majority (read perot and nader.. giving wins to clinton and bush)

actually.. if hillary wins.. look at the politicians that will have been the commander and chief  .. george h.w. bush, bill clinton, bill clinton, george w bush, george w bush, and then hillary clinton?  24 years of clintons and bush kin?   and then if jeb bush wants to get into the mix..

the only good thing about the early early announcements of exploratory commitees will be that we have nearly 2 years to dissect and dig into the histories and personal lives of ever one of the contenders and likely candidates..

what do you think of when you hear the word ddt.

a wresling move that jake the snake used to use? a presticide that got banned in the 70s? the best defense against mosquitos? how about 4,4\’-(2,2,2-trichloroethane-1,1-diyl)bis(chlorobenzene)

i have posted about ‘my disease kills better’ and if you really think about it.. malaria is the number 1 killer around the world.

it is estimated that since 1972 when ddt was banned… more than 93 million.. wait.. 93,000,000 people have died of malaria. almost 14 billion… wait.. 14,000,000,000 people have been infected. and ~10 new cases are diagnosed about every second… mostly in third world, poverty stricken countries

the ban was put into place after a book in 1962 claimed that ddt caused cancer and caused birds to have thinner egg shells. even though the science for this was in dispute back then… they went ahead and banned the use of ddt.

it is time to bring ddt back.

the threat of malaria… the rising incidents of west nile virus.. other blood borne diseases that are transmitted my the stupid skeeters…

wouldn’t it be awesome to have a mosquito free summer? no more spraying off all over your body or using those citronella tiki torches…

there has been much more science done to show that the initial claims are innacurrate.. there is still some controversy.. but i think it is time for more real study.. instead of using and relying on data from 1962

agent orange == bad
ddt == not so bad

if we really cared about people. instead of focusing all our energy into trying to fix diseases that are totally preventable.. like aids.. not that it is not a prob.. but malaria is something that people don’t have any choice over… aids in africa is rising.. but malaria has been killing for decades… aids in africa is preventable by human action and telling them that their tribal belief that having sex with a virgin will heal them not only does not heal them.. they potentially spread that disease to that young woman and any conceived child… but malaria still kills more. how about addressing a disease that you can actually get by just ‘sleeping’ and not by ‘sleeping with somebody’ …

as we mark the birthday of martin luther king jr… and seeing that wat used to be a holiday for a lot of places is no longer… it kind of saddened me. i also see the state of this great union… the replublic … and comparing it to the vision that mlk jr.

here is a middle section of the speech that most have heard at least parts of… maybe they just remember the ‘free at last.. free at last… thank god i’m free at last…” but don’t really know what the rest of the speech covers. it is also sad that a recent survey found that more than 30% of college freshmen associate martin luther kings name with abolishing slavery and not with the civil rights movement… i guess that is why we see why the last few elections have been so weird.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

 do you think that this dream can come true? do you live your life like you want this dream to come true?

after a lunch with my old boss at a place called pete’s gyro palace … i had found _the_ place in denver to go for greek… i took the kids so often fter hitting the museum and such.. that they came to dread days with me while my wife was working…. i like to blame the greek food instead of my tough parenting  .. we shall see

well.. today.. the kids come up .. and ask for the greek… i had thought them well.

after they had gone out to shovel the driveway some more … and creating a sheet of ice in front of the car parked by my next door neighbors…. i called them up and we headed toward greek town.

gyros… souvlaki… greek salad with a huge chunk of feta… mmmm

i first got hooks on gyrons up in boulder from a place called ‘late knight’ that had some of the hottest wings that i have had in my life.  but they had a gyro special.. so that was the alternative to the almost daily pizza call in the dorms.

i used to go to greek festivals and the food was better.. but not as readily available (note that there are only 2 greek fests in denver/boulder area annually that i know of)  so.. i had to kind of settle for some chain paces…. rubios and fallafal king .. oh wait.. and a place in the food court at cu – denver/metro state auraria campus.  but they were all kind of gross..  and the wife and kids did not like it so much… they always kind of cringedwhen i would order it… i think the shaving of the meat off the rotating machine intrigued but put fear in their minds

but i got them hooked.  my daughter is adding tzitziki sauce to her gyros now… my son is going back and forth from souvlaki and gyros.. and my wife… for the first time.. said that she thought that i had converted her to the gyro

the nice thing about petes is.. the kids menu has the greek alphabet… and words in greek.  it is a way for me to show them some stuff … explain certain things from helenistic writings and certain verses in the bible like the alpha and omega …. and visually show them that it is the beginning and the end.  where we get certain words from.. scientific and  mathmatical symbols… etc..

my work is done.  and remember… it is yee-roh .. not gey-roh … it is a food not a top like perpetual motion device

i depresses me to think that our generation, our kids generation are growing up in the internet world…. where books are not read.  where knowledge of history, simple understanding of research and spending hours in a library soaking in the books is no longer… learning about the classics and not learning about things like charlottes web as only a movie —

books and enlightenment they have are harry potter, captain under pants, and sponge bob

i think how things in the world woud be if some of the great and decisive leaders and thinkers were stil around… like winston churchill, martin luther king, george patton, ronald reagan, mohandas gandhi, douglas macarthur, yitzhak rabin, dwight eisenhower, harry truman…

i wonder about how the war on terror would have been handled.  how the current state of foreign relations, how things would have looked after the initial victories in iraq…., how we would deal with whackos in iran and venezuela

what happened to writer and thinkers from both sides of the aisle, believers and non-believers, poets, philosophers, scientists… true scientists…  the innovators…. people you agreed with or those you reviled in even the past century or two…  like c.s. lewis, samuel longhorn clements (look it up), e.E cummINGS (hehee — look it up again.. to see why that is funny), robert frost. walt whitman (loved mommy a little too much), winston churchill, friedrich nietzsche, albert einstein, john keats, alexander pope, george bernard shaw, oscar wilde, t. s. eliot, thomas edison, enrico fermi, fyodor dostoevsky, nikola tesla,  linus pauling, leo tolstoy, edwin hubble, john dewey, albert schweitzer, mother teresa,  machael faraday, pearl buck, kurt godel, francis crick, james watson, jean piaget…

there are so many that don’t exactly fit into the 2 century mark.. like jonathan edwards, benjamin franklin, abraham lincoln, george washington, rene decartes, blaise pascal… but that is for another day…

there is so much history and thought that has been written down… that people don’t know about.. that are content in their ignorance.

read online if you have to… but the act of picking up a book… and not faking page flips in something like zinio reader is so good…  don’t let all the trees that had to die for those books to be printed go to waste.

this is not to say that there are not innovators that are still alive… but i just think that technology innovation has taken away from general knowledge.. or information and education that even my generation had.. and the degredation is scary.. cause we are just gonna have people sucked into just youtue and movies and visual effects that can wipe away things like the holocaust, darfur.. and creating a society where momentary fame is the greatest dream … and not seeing the struggles and sacrifices that these and other people had to endure to get to where they were… not just cause they were in some pr0n video spead across the internet or cause they are in the band of the week

oh man… you will never hear me say this again… but i need to go back to the mall

while waiting for the eragon party to get out… we were walking around the mall and saw that the crane paper store was closing…  i have always used crane for stationary, heavy bond for resumes, shopping for pens .. i love me my pens like my rotring core, etc…

i think it mas to do with more and more people not writing down anything to paper anymore.. they blog, they email, they text message… but the art of putting pen to paper is slowly going away…

actually..i am as guilty of that as anyone… i blog, i email, and i send icards instead of real paper stock and dropping into the mail bin.

i hope that they re-open in another location or something… cause it is hard to find good paper.. and crane is the best… go buy some paper, pens, and write a real letter.. or into a journal or something.

i am tired of this year already.

korean tradition means that you spend time with family on new years… you have a specific type of soup called ‘thuuk gook’ — mmm .. and you show respect for your elders by doing a traditional bow… whilst saying.. ‘be very blessed this new year’ — ‘sae hae bok mani ba du sae oh’

the fun part of this.. for the younger people… the elders bless the youngsters by giving them cold hard cash…. the best new years i had was like $350… cause as a pk.. we drive around to church members houses and did the bow for cash game… and some people we know owned one of the 2 korean markets in denver at the time… much cash

now a days… we are giving cash out to my nephew. who raked in like $100 today… not bad for a 2 yr old

usually… on new years eve.. you get together and play a korean game called ‘yun kno ree’ .. a game with 5 movable pieces and 5 wooden sticks that are tossed in the are to give you the number of spaces you move…. another is korean hacky sack… that looks like the birdie from badminton but more frilly.. so you can make it out of washers and plastic bags that you wrap and but into strips… then you have a church service… we passed this year… some cold/strep going around…

so.. we hit my inlaws house… saw them and my wifes grandmother.. then hit my parents house.. where my brother, sister in law and nephew were.. and we all wrnt over to my aunts house… my cousin and his family will be heading back to the  homeland soooo we had to go see them.

after that… we took everyone to a movie… 10 asians walking in a pack… asian invasion time yet again…  into cherry creek mall.. 6 going into eragon and 4 going into charlottes web…

then we all invaded a restuarant before heading home… i r the tired.

to do or to be … evil

that is another bonhoefferism…

‘it is better to do evil than to be evil’

this was his conflict when he became a double agent.. and to a certain degree a co-conspirator in the assassination attempts on hitler. he would be involved in a murder.. but killing of a murderer…

this simple statement carries with it so many implication in life and how you live your life as a persone of faith. capital punishment, war, self defense, justifiable homicide… and so on.

and maybe some understanding of the other side of this war as well… as they see us as evil.. and they will do some evil to protect themselves and what they believe

as we come up on a new year… resolve to do some evil .. cause you know you will.. but to not be evil.

just suck it in… hold it in… let it burn… have been mulling this over for the past 3 days..

his point is that we often think of grace as cheap… but there was a great cost for the grace that we have… someone, people had to suffer for the grace that we enjoy a bit too much…

dietrich bonhoeffer on cheap grace

let the christian rest content with his worldliness and with this renunciation of any higher standard than the world. he is living for the sake of the world rather than for the sake of grace. let him be comforted and rest assured in his possession of this grace – for grace alone does everything. instead of following christ, let the christian enjoy the consolations of his grace!

that is what we mean by cheap grace, the grace which amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sins departs.

cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.

cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without jesus christ, living and incarnate.

costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. it is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. it is the kingly rule of christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of jesus christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must the asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow jesus christ. it is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. it is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. above all, it is costly because it cost god the life of his son: .ye were bought at a price, and what has cost god much cannot be cheap for us. above all, it is grace because god did not reckon his son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us.

costly grace is the incarnation of god.

from: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

back in the day…. churches used to go out to their parishioners homes or a set block and engage in carolling .. both to the delight and dread of people being sung at… especially since we would start at like 8pm.. and end close to 11pm ish…

as a pk.. i had no choice.

as a member of a church that is fairly large… i am not sure how the logistics would work.. and maybe why we don’t see carolling anymore.

the megachurches have killed the ‘community’ aspect of church for a lot of people.. and have to resort to small groups to have people get involved… i am not sure if i prefer churches that are under 200 members.. maybe under 150…

it has been over a decade since i have gone carolling… and had the pleasure of throwing snowballs, hiding from, and yelling at carollers to get off my lawn… but give me the option.

like gift cards… i know some churches handed out cds with christmas themed music.. so they would not have to do the work or actually singing a song over and over and did i mention over again… in the cold, snow, icy, lawns and steps of people that you may or may not have known

why are we robbing these memories from our kids…. that don’t know general knowledge things… and have no idea of what happened or history beyond evn 5 years back… to the kids.. carollers are just in a christmas story… and in broken engrish in a christmas story .. while serving chinese turkey

in light of some more whining i am hearing from people about how long we have been in iraq… are you ready to do what it takes to win? really.. what are you willing to do?

will you drop the bomb? 2 for that matter? cause that is how world war 2 ended…

how about relaxing what our troop can do… before they can shoot back.. they have to go through some ridiculous rules or wait to be shot at directly…. it should be like gladiator.. on my word… unleash hell.

the us troops are fighting this war using the rules of war and trying their hardest not to offend anybody there… avoid certain buildings, not able to track terrorists in plain clothes… remember the viet cong and how they would wear plain civilian clothes and then attack?

if you want out so bad… are you ready to drop bombs? not even just the a-bomb but the more devistating h-bomb.. ready to blow up a mosque if you know that only terrorists are in there. shoot plain clothed civilian looking terrorists … oh yeah.. quit calling them insurgents. t. e. r. r. o. r. i. s. t. got it?

if they are not fighting by the rules.. by hiding behind civilians and using ieds … then nuke them… that way we can bring our guys home.. and that is that.

you think iran or syria will continue to be punk asses if we unleashed hell on them. you think they would act the way they are if we did…

we don’t need more troops.. we just need to let the troops there fight… it is like immigration law.. we don’t need more.. just enforce what is already in the books.

i think the rules of engagement have been met… fire away.

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