Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Three Little Pigs by William Shakespeare

Very funny rendition of the fairy tale as it might have read if Shakespeare had written it.

But, apart from the humor, one of the interesting and unfortunate facts about our language, as John points out, is that Shakespeare had a working vocabulary of 54,000 words.  Today, in the United States, we have a working vocabulary of 3,000 words.  It's no wonder we have such a hard time reading and understanding classic literature.





HT:  to Jon D. Shimeall for sharing this.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Filling The World He Lies In A Manger" Augustine

"The claim that Christianity makes for Christmas is that at a particular time and place God came to be with us Himself. When Quirinius was governor of Syria, in a town called Bethlehem, a child was born who, beyond the power of anyone to account for, was the high and lofty One made low and helpless. The One who inhabits eternity comes to dwell in time. The One whom none can look upon and live is delivered in a stable under the soft, indifferent gaze of cattle. The Father of all mercies puts Himself at our mercy."
Frederick Buechner


Filling the world he lies in a manger.



In this poem written some 15 centuries ago, Augustine tried to capture the mystery of the Incarnation:


Maker of the sun,
He is made under the sun.
In the Father he remains,
From his mother he goes forth.
Creator of heaven and earth,
He was born on earth under heaven.
Unspeakably wise,
He is wisely speechless.
Filling the world,
He lies in a manger.
Ruler of the stars,
He nurses at his mother's bosom.
He is both great in the nature of God,
and small in the form of a servant.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Favorite Cell Phone Ringtone


I have used this ringtone for about a year.  I thought I was the only one using it.  I haven't heard it anywhere else.  My wife HATES it and she is embarrassed every time I get a call in a public place.   But I think it's fun and very patriotic in a sarcastic kind of way.

Today I received an email from a friend who forwarded it to me.   Apparently it has attained "Most Popular  RING TONE" status and is a hit in New York City.  



Give it a try and see what you think.

Christmastime Food Court Flash Mob

A spectacular flash mob interruption in a busy mall at Christmastime last year. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Michelle Obama Wants To Meet ME?


TO:                  The Campaign To Reelect Barack Obama


Okay, so in my past correspondence, I admit, I have been overly sarcastic.  But this time I am serious and I really hope that someone there will take the time to READ THIS LETTER.

I'm guessing that is probably hard for most of you because, since you continue to keep me on your email list, and constantly thank me for my support (which has been zero), and persistently ask me for more money, it is obvious THAT YOU HAVE NEVER READ MY LETTERS BEFORE.  If you had, you would have known that I NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL EVER SUPPORT OBAMA. 

Furthermore, I AM NOT INTERESTED IN RECEIVING A PERSONAL INVITATION TO HAVE DINNER WITH HIM.

And what’s up with Michelle?  Is my picture listed in some singles connection site or something?  Why does she tell me that she would like to meet me?  Does her husband know about that?  Please tell her that I AM NOT INTERESTED IN MEETING HER!  And, besides, I certainly don’t want to sit down to dinner with someone who wants to deprive me of all the tasty junk food I like so that I can be AS SKINNY AS SHE IS.

I do not want my name entered into a phony drawing to have dinner with the King and Queen of Amerika even if it only costs me $3.00.  In fact, I WOULDN’T WALK ACROSS THE STREET TO SEE THEM IF IT WAS FREE.

Why would I want to socialize with enemies of my country?  Why would I support someone who has declared war on our constitution and our rights?

I am not your friend.  I don’t want to golf, or have a beer, or even a friendly chat with the One who has vilified patriotic and God-fearing Americans and whose policies have destroyed our jobs, property values, freedoms, and our economy, our industries, and our hopes.

I am NOT SENDING YOU $3.00.  We, the taxpayers have been ROBBED OF FAR TOO MUCH ALREADY and the Campaigner-In-Chief has WASTED FAR TOO MUCH OF IT.

SO PLEASE, IF THERE IS NO ONE THERE WHO CAN READ BIG WORDS, I WILL TRY TO MAKE THIS REAL SIMPLE ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE YOU KEEP MISSING IT (or you are all dumber than rocks):

·      QUIT ASKING ME FOR MONEY!

·      TAKE MY NAME OFF YOUR EMAIL LIST!

·      LEAVE ME (AND MY GUNS and pitchforks) ALONE!

·      GO POUND SAND!


Please pass this on to Barack, Michelle, Joe, and anyone else who has been sending me contribution requests.  

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas.

Respectfully yours,






Ralph M. Petersen


Delivered by return email on 12-15-11

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Fun For My Twin Grandsons

I am posting this one again this year especially for my youngest grandsons.  Parker and Cooper, who will be four years old in January, both learned to belch this year.  Their mother is going to hate me for this.


Friday, December 9, 2011

The Great Liberal Challenge--Go Ahead, I Dare You!



Politically speaking, I am a conservative because I am a Christian.  Not that Christianity is political, but when it comes to how I vote and what I believe about my national citizenship, my Christian faith absolutely requires a consistent conservative political, economic, and social position because it is compatible with biblical truth.
 
I cannot think of one single liberal position, objective, concept, belief, persuasion, tenet, ideology, principle, solution, theory, viewpoint, or conviction of the left in any matters of governance, economics, environmentalism, social issues, or even religion that are not diametrically opposed to the teachings of biblical Christianity.  In fact, I think the term "liberal Christian" is an oxymoron.

So there's the challenge.  If you can think of any position of the left that is complimentary to a biblical Christian worldview, please let me know.   And, if you are successful, I will publicly repent here on my blog.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Is Stupidity A Prerequisite For Public Employment?

Hard to believe?  Hard to believe?  

NO!  It's NOT hard to believe.




Why would we expect TSA security agents to be any smarter than public school teachers and administrators?

OH!  They probly lernt this stuff in publik skools.

It's just a good thing that she didn't point her loaded finger at someone.