"Don't Argue With An Idiot" and Other Truisms

I received this from my sister today and thought a few of these were classic:

Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants.

Marriage changes passion. Suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.

How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

Why is it that our children can’t read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in a federal building?

I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with “Guess” on it. So I said “Implants?” She hit me.

Sportsman of the Year

I noticed on Uncle Jack’s blog that Sports Illustrated is taking a fan poll for Sportsman of the Year. On the ballot is Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger that walked away from a $3.6 million contract to join the Army with his brother. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22. He’s currently running third behind Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong. While I’m a huge fan of Armstrong, can there really be a better selection for this award that Pat Tillman?

Make your voice heard. Head over to SI and vote today.

Questions of a Two-Year-Old

They were predicting one to two inches of snow last night, but we ended up with just a light dusting. After she got dressed, Lily went outside to touch the snow. Jack, still in his pajamas, was feeling left out. So I went out, made a miniature snowball and brought it into the house for him.

He stood there with this tiny snowball slowly melting in his hands and then asked, “Dad, is this magic?”

This whole scene was reminiscent of a previous snow incident.

Support The Troops: Help Them Call Home

Here’s a great opportunity to say “Thanks” to the men and women fighting for our country. The Glenn Beck radio program is selling AT&T calling cards at a reduced rate to help the servicemen & women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan call home. The cards cost $15 each, provide 33 minutes of talk time, and half of the money will go to the USO. Call 877-522-7000 to order a card and it will be shipped directly to a soldier in the Middle East.

He said something on the show this morning that was directly to the point. “Can you imagine,” he asked, “if you were stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan for a year… can you imagine how fast 33 minutes on the phone with your wife and kids would go?”

It normally costs the troops almost two dollars a minute to call home. With this special reduced rate, they get 33 minutes, AT&T gets about seven bucks, and the rest goes to the USO.

[Ed. note: The phone system is a little odd and you might experience long delays between your entries. Just wait it out, it’ll work. ]

It's All About Perspective

A US Marine fighting in Fallujah has killed another insurgent who was pretending to be dead. You probably haven’t heard about this episode, however, because this insurgent turned out to be armed and opened fire on the Marines. You can read a brief snippet about the incident on this Australian ABC News Online site. Does it seem odd to anyone else that you can’t seem to find this story anywhere else? Oh, for instance, like CBS, NBC, ABC… The first was a major story, yet this gets no attention at all. Seems odd to me.

Now, about the incident in the mosque a week ago… In case you haven’t seen it, the journalist who shot the video has posted a detailed accounting of the event on his blog. He’s careful not to pass judgment on the Marine, but he does paint a decidedly odd scene. Be sure to read it. By the way, did you know that this Marine had been injured earlier in the day by shrapnel from a grenade? Or had you heard that another Marine had been killed a few days earlier by a booby-trapped body of another insurgent playing dead? This incident, as described by the man filming it, certainly leads you to question either the motives or the thought processes of the Marine, but I think we must take into account his perspective. And his perspective, I shouldn’t need to remind you, is vastly different than yours or mine.

But that’s just my perspective.