NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Work (thoughts on the job or employer)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.

NEWS - The big news in politics the past week is that tele-evangelist Pat Robertson has endorsed "pro-gay, baby killer" Rudolph Giuliani for the Republican nomination for president. Now before some of you get your bowels in an uproar over my description in quotes above, I am saying that from a Robertson point of view, not mine - at least the Robertson we all knew and loved. ;) I would never describe Guiliani like that. I would rather describe him the same way Senator Joseph Biden referred to him when describing Giuliani's lack of experience. Check out this clip; it is only 27 seconds:

I have mixed emotions about Robertson's endorsement. On one hand, if he is representing evangelical Christians as he has tried to do throughout his ministry, this is a slap in the face to those who gave him credibility. Abortion IS the only issue that these folks have expressed that matters to them. Everything else (with the exceptions of the gay rights and prayer in school) are not relevant in this arena.

On the other hand, I have ALWAYS argued with my one-issue (abortion) Christian friends that to vote for president with that one issue as the only one that matters is foolish. The US had a Republican president for 20 of the last 28 years and 12 straight with Reagen and Bush Sr. Despite this flood of conservatism, Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land.

I guess, though, if abortion has been your chief concern, despite the lack of logic (as Robertson claimed lo these many years), I have to throw the flag of hypocracy on the reverend. My suspicion is that he is so scared of Hilary, that he is willing to sacrifice his own convictions to keep her out of office (polls show Giuliani has the best chance of beating her in the general election).

ENTERTAINMENT - I recently viewed the DVD, "The Good German". It could have been a very good movie, but for me, something wasn't quite right. George Clooney did a fine job as the lead in this WWII era film; all the acting was fine.. One thing that I thought was a nice touch was that the movie was made in black and white and guised itself as a classic Hollywood film from the era right down to the graphics in the credits and musical score. It looked like a classic . . . except for one thing. The dialogue was R-rated. It was so out of place with the rest of the film's aura that it distracted from the art of the film. It was akin to getting dressed up for prom with the tux's, gowns, and limo's, just to go to McDonalds for dinner.

WORK - Work is okay and calm the way I like it. The intern seems to be working out well. That's a switch!

SPIRIT - Recently, a blog friend did my star chart. It was very interesting how things seemed to apply to me. It was quite educational, actually. I know that many Christians will be eager to condemn me for "delving into the mystical", but I don't see it that way. There was nothing bewitching about it. It is presented as a science and I have not placed my faith in it. I like to observe something before I condemn it (see: Moore, Michael). ;)

FAMILY - Not much change. My sister is sick and that puts extra responsibility on me concerning her and my mother (since my sister can't help out as much). That's okay, though.

LOVE - At the risk of sounding callous, my wife just finds new ways to exercise her disfunction onto our relationship. Without getting into detail, she did a 180 degree turn on a particular issue without warning. This, again, hurt my feelings. I know, I am such a baby! This time, however, I was ready to express my feelings and let it go. She, in her "there is no way I am going to apologize" way, apologized. If you didn't know how to decipher her code, you wouldn't have known it was an apology - or maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part.

ANGUISH - The two halfway working cars are looking like they are heading in the wrong direction when it comes to operation. I simply have no money for repairs so I am praying they will hold out until I do.

SPORTS - Indiana University (my alma mater) started their season. Their new freshman guard, Eric Gordon, is a star. It is a good thing we stole him from the University of Illinois or I might lose the bet I am working on with Brian from the Office Blog (a.k.a. Sitcom Roots, Real Life Drama).

HOME - Well, my renter isn't in yet, but he has the key and has been working like a maniac on my house to suit his liking. That is cool, except he is ruining some of my stuff before I can get it moved from one of my storage sheds (throwing it out in the rain in junk piles to be hauled away, etc.). I must exercise restraint, though, because it is a small price to pay for all the improvements and the small return of my monthly investment. But, Dang! Down boy!

Coming Soon: The Great Healthcare Debate


Sayre said...

I would love to have my star chart done. I do not believe things like that replace a faith in God (or whatever deity you happen to worship), but things like tarot, horoscopes, i Ching - they are like a window into your mind. You take what you need and discard the rest, and think about things you probably need to think about but haven't had the right prompt to do so.

Your renter is a real go-getter! Better go get your stuff as soon as you can though... before more of it winds up on the trash pile!

Bummer about the cars. I pretty much ignore mine until I can't ignore it anymore. Then I have to go drop a wad of money to get everything done at once. Not smart, but it's the way I operate.

goddessdivine said...

Hmmm, Biden was pretty harsh, and that was uncalled for. Granted all candidates from any party are guilty of mud-slinging, but that doesn't make it right. However I found it somewhat humorous for him to stand there and claim that Guliani is one of the worst picks for president while there in the background are John Edwards and Hillary Clinton, two of the scariest candidates running.

I think you're right about that endorsement. Some think Guliani is the only one that can beat Hillary, thus they are endorsing him. I have mixed feelings about him myself.

The Real Mother Hen said...

I was hoping that Colbert could enter the race and win :)
Well that's call "wishful thinking"

Jeff said...

Sayre: You are more open-minded about star charts, etc., than I am. lol I did find the chart very interesting, though, and I was grateful that my friend would spend so much time on me!

Kristen: Yep, kind of harsh. I guess it is the nature of the game. The pundits are even worse when it comes to harshness and cheap shots.

Edwards or Clinton don't scare me. If we can get through eight years of "W", anybody else will be a walk in the park. Of course, we aren't through those eight years yet.

Mother Hen: That would be an interesting term, right there. I wonder what conservatives think of Colbert (not for office, just in general). Kristen?

Stepping Over the Junk said...

Hi, it has been a while, I have been slacking on blog visiting. sorry to not be in touch for a while. glad you got a renter! sorry about the wife. glad about the intern. sorry about the stuff in the rain.

Jod{i} said...

ahhhhhhhhh I see I see!

Jodi said...

Been missing you.

Hang in there.


Balqiz said...

Go fishing. It helps me to clear my mind (-_-)"


Chris said...

I agree that it is irresponsible for a person to select a candidate based on one single issue on their platform. I'm a Christian but my top three criteria are fiscal policy, foreign affairs policy, and military policy.

But taking it a thought further, what is really scary is how many people vote but really can't say why they vote for a person other than "they're a democrat" or republican. So many buy into the marketing of a candidate and don't really think for themselves.

Unknown said...

Sorry for being MIA. The idea of a star chart is quite fun. There is a cousin of mine who does them brilliantly but I don't want to know because sometimes the things we find out, we obsess over and in a way they become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Anonymous said...

Stepping Over: Hey, everyone slacks now and then. There is a lot of it going on now - including me.

Jodi: It is just my opinion. Take it with a grain of salt.

Hoosiergirl: Thanks

Anonymous said...

Balquiz: I would LOVE to.

Chris: I couldn't agree more. It is very frustrating to see people become political lemmings.

Random: Yeah, it is fun. It doesn't really predict anything, just analyzes your personality. It amazed me how close it was.

Jod{i} said...

all feedback is important. very much grain of salt...I will keep in my head..and its duelly(dully?) noted...And please never be afraid to leave feedback as such or even email me! Its all good!