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I was on LinkedIn this morning and saw this from a random company:

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!

I don’t think it’s right to discriminate by hiding Christmas behind “holiday” and then blithely assume everyone uses the same calendar.

And yes, appealing to an external, shared sense of “right” assumes that such a thing exists. Which it does. And that’s why I’m celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus the Christ, instead of an amorphous “holiday”.

Sunday night. Watching the taped last race of the season. I have noticed a couple words that I very rarely hear outside the F1 broadcasts.

Monegasque – a native of Monaco.

Penultimate – next-to-last.

ESPN is carrying the Sky Sports feed from England, which may influence the novelty of the verbiage. Very much enjoy the reporting team, and greatly appreciate Mothers sponsoring the commercial-free shows.

And yes, I know that tape isn’t involved in the delay of a show via YouTube TV. Similarly, ESPN isn’t broadcast – it’s a cable channel. And it isn’t even cable-only, since we get it streamed. *sigh*

The mess of a debate has been sticking with me. Again, both Trump and Biden showed less respect for the office they attain to (or hold) than is proper.

But Biden calling Trump a “clown” is bothersome. I think he would have been better to follow the example of Job, from the Old Testament. Job had been afflicted greatly by the time this interaction takes place.

Job had already been through a rough day. His livestock, servants, and all his children had been killed – one day. Later on, Satan has given him boils – skin infections – from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. Ouch!

Then his helpful wife offers him some advice. “Are you still holding on to your principles? Curse God and die!”. Wow – with friends like that, who needs enemies?

But Job doesn’t take his frustration out on her. He gently says “You are talking like a foolish woman”. Not “You are a foolish woman”. He notes the similarity and leaves it there.

Biden would do well to spend more time in the Bible. Just sayin’ . . .

Chris Wallace, who managed to keep two unruly children – well, not under control, but headed in the right direction.

Trump had trouble controlling his impulses – no major surprise. He was more steamroller than tank – kept rolling, but (to me) not a lot of offensive blows.

Biden goofed major when he called Trump a clown. Regardless of the truth of the statement, that’s childish, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see that showing up in an attack ad. Biden generally seemed to be reactive. His talking to the camera and lowering his voice worked (again, to me) about as well as Obama’s beer sit-down. Theoretically wonderful, practically awkward.

Surprised me that both sides used the term “Obamacare”.

I predict more civility next time. I hope handlers on both sides will sit their guy down and rub their noses in video of tonight. If this is how the next leader of the USA acts, when they know they are being televised and analyzed…

That would be the fall of man, in the Garden of Eden. Not the seasonal change a few days away.

Mosquitoes are meat eaters – well, blood-suckers. Leviticus 17:11 says “For the life of the flesh is in the blood”. In Genesis 1:29-30, God is speaking to Adam and Eve. “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.”

We are left with two choices, from my perspective. Either the mosquitoes were sap-suckers, or they didn’t exist then.

Not an argument in favor of evolution. Things change over time, yes. Things die out – the dodo for one, and I don’t know of any current creature that fits the description of Leviathan. And as cute as a Shiba Inu doge is, I really doubt that there was one (or two) in the Garden.

I don’t find mosquitoes specifically mentioned in the curse when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden. I also don’t see mention of the Blue Screen Of Death that can plague computer work, nor do I see those little yapping ankle-biting dogs that are surely a physical part of the curse, if not part of the spiritual side.

If I were to venture a guess, I’d say that hummingbirds were part of the sinless, pre-Fall garden, and mosquitoes came after the banishment. Pure speculation, and I can be convinced otherwise. I also don’t consider it a test of fellowship (if anyone has thought about it and has an opinion).

One lizard is interesting.

A thousand lizards are a massive bother.

We don’t have lizards. I was just thinking of how a thing could be both good and bad. And that’s about how deep my thinking goes when I’m on-call.

Steel is steel, until it isn’t.

Because the steel-making process uses atmospheric oxygen, all the steel made since the first atom bomb exploded actually contains minor amounts of radiation. Not enough to hurt you, not enough to make your car glow at night, but still enough to throw off Geiger counters and sensitive medical equipment. If you need low-radiation steel, the best place to find it is the dumping ground of the German Navy after World War I.

Interesting, but so what?

Those sunken ships are the remnant of an earlier time, a historical artifact that can be imitated but not recreated. With the quarantine starting to lift after the Covid-19 shutdown, what will we have as memories – or useful things – from before? How will the “New Normal” work?

Some people are gone – Bettie lost a cousin Saturday morning. Some people are changed, whether physically, emotionally, spiritually, or financially. We don’t know how culture is changing. We don’t know how work will start or continue as we go forward. Will churches continue to stream their services? Will that encourage some to be members without ever having stepped foot in the building? What does fellowship mean without being physically present?

So as things change, remember what was before. Don’t recoil from group pictures taken before social distancing. As you rebuild your future, take what was good. Discard the bad. Consider new technology, and embrace humanity. Be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.

None of this surprised God, and He still knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper and not harm us.

With the coronavirus shutdowns going around, different localities are responding differently.  Open, closed, permissive, forced.  It’s confusing to know what to do.

I think the only thing to do is quarantine the whole planet.  I’m serious.  Nobody on or off until this is over.  No exceptions.

Sometimes, stories just seem to write themselves.  This one was a juxtaposition (probably from Computerworld) from a few years ago.

inadvertent

I don’t believe that the two stories are connected – but the suggestion is there, as well as the humor.

I was surprised tonight to see something in a similar vein from the New York Times.  I subscribe, and I read with a grain of salt.  But this seemed blatant.

doomsayers

Three links to the same anti-Christian article?  And another one higher on the page.  C’mon, NYT.  I understand there’s a liberal bias.  But put away the sledgehammer.

We went to the mall today. Heading back to car, we were gobsmacked.

Apparently somebody thinks that a blind person driving a car should be able to get close enough to this sign in order to touch it.

The mind boggles.

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