Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fundie Mormons, Blog Debates, and Cardell McFarland

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.)
Writing (thoughts on the blog(s) or other writing projects)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Love
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.
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It is time again for another version of what is going on in Jeff's head. I guess the first thing that is going on is that he is referring to himself in the third person - just kidding. I did make another revision in the whole NEWS FLASH format. "W" no longer designates "work." Now it stands for "writing." Work is just too boring to refer to every time. If something exciting happens, I can work it into some other category or just make a post devoted to it.

NEWS - I didn't really want to comment on the FLDS (Fundemental Latter Day Saints) church, but it just won't go away in the news, will it? Now it comes to the attention of the public through the media that a majority of the teenage girls that were taken from the compound were either pregnant or already mothers. I don't feel the need to comment on that particular aspect. I am sure that everyone has their own feelings about it. Instead, I will just state that not only do I feel sorry for the girls whose childhood was robbed from them, but I also feel sorry for the mainstream Mormon church and really, all religions in general. We all have taken a beating from the events surrounding Eldorado, Texas.
Unfortunately for him and his supporters, but it is my guess that Mitt Romney can forget about any vice-presidential ambitions now. Society loves the concept of "guilty by association", even if that association is nonexistant for any practical purpose.

ENTERTAINMENT - CBS's Big Brother is now over for this cycle. It was more satisfying this year than last. The last two standing this time were two likeable guys. Where last year, the last two were the the two one would LEAST want to win (with apologies to Evel Dick), it resulted that there was apathy over the final show of the cycle. This year, most people were satisfied with whoever won in the last episode. I guess the only thing more satisfying is if a desirable is up against an undesirable and the desirable wins. Maybe next time.
WRITING - Apparently, I am still blogging. I am torn between being overly nice in debating situations, or just let 'em rip. I have a lot of experience debating on some board sites where people are just brutal to one another. I am not for that at all. However, I do not mind a little edgy bantering as long as there are no PERSONAL attacks. Right now, I am stuck in limbo when it applies to this blog. Doggone it, I love a good debate!
SPIRIT - A lot of people who claim to be Christians do not act like it. I touched on this a bit with my last post - at least in the comment section. People should be recognized as Christian by the fruit they bear.
"The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable" -- Brennan Manning
FAMILY - We are having the big rummage sale this weekend. I am dreading it. It is quite an undertaking. It will help if we can move a bunch of stuff, though. I am having it at my house that I have been trying to sell. Wish me luck!
LOVE - Since the near divorce a few short weeks ago, things have been quite nice with my wife. It is really odd how life and marriage is in my world. I hope we turned the corner, but I have had that hope many times before. Hopefully, I can learn to trust her again. Hopefully, I will find good reason to.
ANXIETY - I don't want to mention driving again, but it is the first thing I always think of - you know the people that believe that traffic laws do not apply to them. Trying to keep five dogs quiet while feeding and letting them out at 5 am is right up there, too, for causing anxiety. The misbehaving kindergartners I tutor do their fair share of being grey hair causing agents. I guess right now, it is the upcoming rummage sale that has got my anxiety-filled attention this week.
SPORTS - A kid who went to my high school signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Missouri State. Cardell McFarland has worked hard in a Maine prep school to make sure he was ready, both physically, and scholastically to play college basketball. Most didn't think he would ever play in college. So far, so good. I'm pulling for him. He could be a GREAT college basketball player. Remember his name!
HOME - As far as buying the "dream house" as mentioned in the last NEWS FLASH, wiser heads prevailed and we are passing on it. Fortunately for me, my wife caught a little wisdom herself so I avoided being the bad guy. We are definitely going to move, barring the marriage takes another hit, but we need more time and money. Doesn't everyone?

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Good luck with the rummage sale. Wer'e thinking of doing something similar once we've totally recuperated from moving. Got three box loads in the garage of unwanted stuff sorted out so far!

Michelle said...

PS... same dilemma here with the writing thing - I've been on forums like you describe and although I never enjoyed petty bickering I sometimes miss the more inspired and fiery debates/discussions.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Michelle. I am glad you like a good debate, too. Maybe we will get into it a little bit. However, I do think we see things similarly so . . .

Chris said...

I thought this year's BB was a bit of a bore at times, but watched it with Alexis just the same.

Glad things in the relationship department are currently looking up!

Charles said...

Jeff's still writing (yes) :)

When I was a teen, my step mom would have at least one Garage Sale every summer. It was funny, because every year she'd seem to have a knack for getting stuff out of nowhere to sell. Man... those were the days. It was fun. Not only that but my cousins and I got paid for helping her bring the stuff out.

kristen said...

That would be sad if Obama is still accepted in spite of his associations with Rev Wright, yet Romney would be rejected because of this (which of course has NOTHING to do with his own religion).

HollyGL said...

Good luck with the rummage sale, Jeff. Those things are always nerve-wracking.

I'm so happy that things seem to be improving on the home front. It is what you deserve, you know. To be loved as you love.

Jeff said...

Chris: I didn't like BB much at first, but as time passed, I started getting into it a little more. I guess I just liked that for once, the good side systematically eliminated the "bad" guys.

Thanks for the marriage comment. So far, so good.

Charles: Thanks for that! If I never do anything more with my writing than pounding out little posts in this blog, I will always remember that Charles exclaimed, Jeff's still writing (yes) :)" Thanks, buddy!

Jeff said...

Kristen: You are exactly right. People will judge others for ANYTHING. This was at least Obama's pastor for 20 years - if that means anything. I think the issues should be front and center instead of all this garbage.

Mitt Romney will just be unfairly lumped into anything that even slightly rings of LDS. It is too bad and unfair, but what are you going to do? People love to be bigoted and love to feel justified for such bigotry. Sickening.

Steph: Thanks for the kind words. Ah, the rummage sale. Stay tuned.

Michelle said...

I have a new challenge/tag for you. Simple and interesting. I must confess that my first two book choices turned out to be so boring I went with number 3.

http://crows-feet.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post_07.html

The Real Mother Hen said...

Hey I quite like to join FLDS though, for the sake of the hairdo!

Oh yeah I'm that vain! :)

I feel so out of touch with Christianity now. Churches in America, I find, are too political. They all want to take a stand on things, like illegal immigration, abortion, gay, etc, instead of not reacting, not taking any side. I'm so tired of that.