Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Wednesday, January 8.

Happy January 8, and happy birthday to Elvis, David Bowie and R. Kelly.  Anybody up for creating a mashup song featuring all three?  Consider this your challenge.

Also today… the Battle of New Orleans, after the war of 1812 was officially over.  Which inspired this song, a favorite of mine as a kid.  I'm not sure if I understood how much death was involved :)

A couple of area crooks got busted stealing items from a storage facility..

Kaufman County Relay For Life events for 2014 are about to get organized...
January 11th – Terrell  @ Java Junkies Coffee Bar & Bakery 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
January 25th – Kaufman @ TVEC Community Room 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You can sign up a relay team, purchase & decorate luminarias, pick up sponsorship packets, sign up to volunteer and sign up as a survivor.

Heritage Foundation offers 10 programs to cut in the Federal budget to save some $10 billion.  Easier said than done of course.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book (Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War ) should be an interesting look into the internal workings of Washington over the last several decades.  But I do wish these high ranking officials would be vocal about what is going on while they serve rather than waiting until it doesn't matter and writing a memoir.   For my Democrat friends, would Gates' "Harsh Criticism" and revelations about the political gamesmanship in the administration have changed anything in the last election anyway?

DMN's Religion Blog gives some religious leaders a crack at what faith issues will be big in 2014.  Nothing surprising in there, but I see an interesting correlation between the Buddhist leader Ric Dexter says and how a lot of evangelical churches are behaving.  He says, "People do not exist to serve religion, religion is here to serve people …"  Of course that can go a lot of ways.  "Religion" has certainly been turned into something "here to serve people."  It's a self-help kind of church.  And not Christian.

Ummm… if you want to "expose the rich and intelligent community that lies beneath the lingering smoke," then you may not want to talk about your desire to ... " find this mythical mom who openly offers to smoke a bowl on her back porch while our children explore the backyard."

OK, that's enough craziness for one day.  Ya'll have a great Wednesday.

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