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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UFC 116 and Some crazy auto-tune piano jam

Lesnar vs. Carwin are going to be insane this Saturday night. Cancel all and roll.

Also, this random vid:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Westminster Apologetics Course (Free and Great food for thought)

A few of my heroes teach this 13 lecture series. Find the link here:

http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2010/06/westminsters-apologetics-course-on.html

Find some good books below:

   

Hip-Hop, the church, and theology (Lampmode & 9marks)

As a famous Gangstar intro loop once declared: "The real...hip-hop...for your own mind ya know...I guess right now we star the show."

There is a budding new gen of believing MCs expressing themselves through lyric and beat. In my mind, this good news; he we have both creative style and intellectual depth. As it should be!


The Church // Promo 1 from The Lamp Lounge on Vimeo.

HT: Taylor

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lesnar vs. Carwin Preview: UFC 116 (I am one stoked guy)

I will miss ALL other things to watch this fight, barring the end of the eschaton. Find a friend, grab a cold one, and cheer for Jackson's own Shane Carwin.

Libertarian glory, War, and the Tabloids (Obama, lead or leave?)

Below is a link to one of my favorite blogs: Legal Insurrection.

http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2010/06/time-for-obama-to-lead-or-leave.html


Do I agree with everything Dr. J says? Yes, blindly and against my will! Not, but he is often quite insightful. The glory of being a Libertarian is that, to some degree, I can remove my self from the two headed money spending war machine that is our current bipartisan system. To oppose certain Obamic covenants, I need not align myself with the Baals. There IS a third way (lewrockwell.com).

I WISH that the O(ne) had delivered on his promises. I can't tell you how many friends I had who chastised me for my cautions and queries; 'he is going to bring the boys home 16 months' they chanted. Well, not quite. Oooops, not even close. All the while money and lives are being spent like water. I'm upset. I was just as upset with Bush, however, his promises were of a different sort, and his messianic reign of a different fervor. On this one, I agree with Jacobson, lead or leave.

Ron Paul on CNN (Generals, Oil, and Rand)

RP comes off legit as ever. The man has answers ready to be served up on a plate of honesty with humility garnish. Watch and enjoy!




Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Greg and Drew get huge (Dog Crap)

Well, Drew already is huge. I'm a fat married guy with muffin tops and a single ab. Today we went to the gym and did a little of this: DC training. Yes, that's right, Dog Crap training. Neat.

Watch this VID and See? (A neat little mind game)

I know. You've seen this before. Yes, I stole it minutes ago from JT, but first saw it a few months back courtesy of Bill Anderson. For those who have yet to partake, enjoy.

Freedom of Speech (regardless of belief, this is incredible)

Yes, I am a Christian. However, this piece has more to do with the American political milieu than my current convictions. How IRONIC that in a land of 'tolerance' ad nauseam the passing out of 'certain,' and 'specific' materials is increasingly prohibited. But, but, but...you can't push your beliefs on others. Well, captain Schtaubbing, the proposition in the sentence prior to this one DOES exactly what it claims to prohibit. How long O Lord? How long will we revel in inconsistency for the sake of guarding political correctness, that same safeguarded value which undermines its own ends by letting 'specific' dogmatists have an open door to pushing their views on ME.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Scotsman (a sweet song sent by my witty wife)

This will make you smile, even on Monday afternoon.



What's next UFC fans, Jean Claude VD? (Segal goes Brazillian ;))

Gotta love this. Just seeing pot-belly Steve on that mat brings me back to a slew of horribly entertaining mid-90s action flicks. Mmmmmmm.



Friday, June 18, 2010

Greg and Drew play ping pong (or, sick ping pong shots in short shorts)

I gotta show some love for my fellow ballz of fury. These guys are legit, but if they step on to my table, its over. Just ask Richter.



Ron Paul defends OBAMA? (Yep, I'm in my right mind)

See the short 7 minute vid below. Good stuff, as per usual.



Ps, here's a good idea for father's day ;).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stunning Pics for the Gulf (://www.boston.com/bigpicture)

Crazy and humbling scenes from the Gulf: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/scenes_from_the_gulf_of_mexico.html

MMA fans getting geared up for 115 (Chuck vs. Rich)

This Sat. night marks a clash of two former (presently?) titans. Check out this website for great video and a non-overwhelming amount of updates: http://mmahits.com/

Here's a decent HD trailer on the upcoming bout:

RP on a FULL Audit (www.lewrockwell.com)

When RP rises to speak, agree or not, I listen. Watch this short vid for some great insight into where the liberty movement is going.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

As my southern oof buddy said, "Let your soul be cleansed." (Heart music on the dobro)

This is indeed soothing to the soul. Enjoy and pass it along to someone needing a bit of added relaxation on this lovely Thursday.



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mohler with more on abortion (post-IVF and publically funded...in the UK)

This quote is staggering: Some observers responded to the report with no outrage at all. Ann Furedi, a prominent defender of abortion rights, told The Times, “Sometimes, it is only when women get pregnant that they can allow themselves to ask the question about whether it is really what they want.”

Read the rest here: http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/06/09/after-ivf-abortion-what-does-this-say/

A new Nietzsche biography? Yep. (and a good one at that)


Info here, from NDP reviews on line.

http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=19891

Update: Just read this great quote from Bill Vallicella: His was the throbbing heart of the homo religiosus wedded to be bladed intellect of the skeptic. His blog is good for the soul. 

A college grad's motto: Don't ask. Can't say. (Start a Business mijo)

Not sure what to do in life? Take some risk and start something up. Get crazy, creative, and put your skills out in to the market. At least that's what Chris Elliott and the NYTimes think you should do. I concur.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/opinion/09friedman.html?emc=eta1

Hows about a little advice from entrepreneur David Silverman, eh?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Two world wars and one world cup...England...England (2010 WC on the way)

This is hilarious...especially if you're English AND German. HT: Memito Pepito

Jesus & Evolution...some (analogical) thoughts

This is a hard issue, so read Dr. J carefully, taking the meat and leaving the bones. On another note, subscribe to his blog and buy his books. You will not be sorry: Paradox in Christian Theology (Paternoster Theological Monographs)

A few of his thoughts on science and scripture, here: http://proginosko.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/i-love-jesus-i-accept-evolution/

Take your cell phone behind the wood shed (Power in your hand)

Technology is getting insane. Yes, I know, this sort of thing has been around for 'a while' now, but to have it on our phones...can you imagine how spaz the next gen is going to look as they video chat whilst walking down the street, phone in one hand, the other flailing out device commands. Many youtube videos are sure to transpire.

Don't Stop Believeing (An presuppositional response from the existential perspective)

Vitamin Z sent this my way. I think its a solid example of biblical of apologetical reasoning.

http://mikewittmer.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/presuppositional-apologetics/

You can get the book here: 

This may also be of help if you're new to these type of arguments:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gotta love econ driven conspiracy videos (Meltup is fun...and neat)

Got an extra hour this week? Watch "Melt-up" here:



You won't agree with every word, but you'll get some interesting info none the less. Plenty of dinner party one liners contained within ;).

Awkward Family Photos for the win (Pox and socks)

Please go check out this website asap. It will bless you: http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/2010/06/07/white-out/

Buy the book here:

For all my MMA peeps (GSP in HD, amazing as ever)

Fan of MMA, UFC, etc? Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary on GSP. Here's a link to one of GSP's great matches, a brawl with BJ Penn: UFC 94: St-Pierre v. Penn

The Striking Truth Trailer from Bobby Razak on Vimeo.

Cell Phone Kick (new iphone today? iphone HD?)



My two year sentence with the current carrier is almost up. And thus, I'm on the prowl, looking into new cell phone options. I LOVE my crackle-berry, but this new cohort of smartphones has really caught my eye.

First I was excited about the NexusOne. Then the Incredible. However, after some digging I uncovered non-top-secret information: a new iphone is about to drop. I commandeered a guy at the mac store a few days ago who whispered: "its coming out June 21, and perhaps on more providers (rumor)."

Anyway, if you're interested in the latest news, visit this website (and rss this blog) for live updates on the WWDC (Apple's big yearly conference where Jobs does a keynote and they intro new toys):


http://theappleblog.com/2010/06/04/wwdc-2010-keynote-live-coverage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OmMalik+%28GigaOM%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Saturday, June 5, 2010

OG Craig on the presuppositions of science (stolen from JT just minutes ago)

Gotta love this vid. Anyone looking for tons of good follow up along these lings needs to check out Poythress here: Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach. I am sure you won't agree with every word, but its helpful to step back and consider what we assume in matters like these before the get go.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Great news: ALL our troops are already home. (You can take that to the bank...)

That is, if we have any banks left...but of course we will, bail outs and all. Naturally Obamanos isn't the only cat on the block eating the fat off of broken promises. I know that, but please remember how his loyal followers were in a frenzy over this very issue. Hope and change we were told; 16 months to the day and nearly 100k of our men and women remain, many with multiple tours. I am shocked and awed.

RP in 2012? I'm not sure. This one accurate prediction doesn't build a complete case for his integrity. Thankfully there are thousands of other cases to help.



Two chaps yelling at each other over important issues (Or, a lively debate about Israel & boats)

I'm not quite sure how to come down on this issue yet. Yes, I realize that makes me vulnerable to folks with strong opinions on both sides. This is a deeply complex quagmire, incorporating historical & racial issues, religious tensions, and state sovereignty. Add to that folks on both sides who have lost loved ones and you have a recipe for difficult foreign policy. I'm interested to hear your thoughts if you have em. Keep it civil in the comment box if you speak up, por favor.



This might be of some help: The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict, 7th Edition

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Why use big words? (Short and sweet answers from a philosophical favorite of mine)

How could I resist this post? The Maverick Philosopher certainly has a way with words. ;)

http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2010/06/why-do-i-use-big-words.html

Forgotten Foundation welcomes 3 new families to Forgotten Land (Thailand)

The Forgotten crew is at it again. This time they added 3 new Karen refugee families to their farm land on the Thai/Burma border. This is something for us to rejoice about! We may be young but we sure can make a difference. Check these photos out and if you have a sec, stop and pray/think/meditate for these folks. There is a long road ahead, but holistic sustainability is a huge step in the right direction.

Books & Reviews (Free philosophical reviews from Notre Dame) + a little Monty Python

This book looks mighty interesting, per this review: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=19768 Notre Dame does us a great service by offering these book reviews for free. If you're a philosophical nerd like myself, yet struggle to dish out 65 bones for a new book (although, at times, I succumb), this is a great resource.




Of equal philosophical importance is Monty Python's take on historical-philosophy applied to the World's game, soccer.

Call on the Artists who populate the 505 (Veil Arms presents Eminence)

Earlier today I met with the chaps (Shawn & Rob) who own Veil Arms Clothing. We had a wonderful chat about some of the ways they are seeking to promote art and serve the city in ABQ. Below is a YT vid of an up and coming conference they are putting on to grow/bless/help local artists. Eminence, the conference, will feature multiple art forms and media, as well as be a chance for young artists to show their stuff. Check it out.



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ron Paul on our self-created circle of Terror (Hamas, Israel, and US)

I make no claim to agreeing with all of Dr. P's statements. They are thought provoking none the less. Sadly, I can't provide any footnotes either, so take what you hear with a grain of salt.



If you're looking for some further reading: The Revolution: A Manifesto

Train your minis up to be little Entrepreneurs (Another great vid from TED)

I love this vid. Imagine if we helped our kids by promoting creativity and ingenuity while teaching them the value of incentives and consequence. Imagine my friends, imagine.



HT goes to one Mr. Gary North

Prayers and thoughts for the people of Guatemala (Pics)

I have had the blessing of visiting Guatemala a handful of times. I love my chapin brothers and sisters. What great folks! Our church has partnered with the Achi of northern Guata to build wells, found schools, and help finish the New Testament. My heart goes out to them as I scroll through these pics:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/a_rough_week_for_guatemala.html

Here's a taste of this last week's disasters (Volcano + Storm + Landslides):

Forgotten Foundation (Abq kids doing work in global sustainability for the whole person)

I have some crazy buddies. A few years back they decided to start an organization called the Forgotten Foundation. Their goal was to serve the 'least of these,' the world's forgotten, by bringing them life and hope for heart, mind, soul and strength. If you get a sec, check out their website.

Their style of hands-on Christlike love is a reminder to us all: people don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care. Mad love for AJ, James, Miles, and Mike 'the tie' Opp. 

Here's a video about one of the people groups they work with, the Karen.

Skating the IPAD (for all my sk8 crazy peeps)

Hat tip to Bryan Lopez. This is straight sick.




We used to try this kind of crazy insanity back in the day. I remember tying rip cord under our 'trucks' and skating with the board attached. Lots of people got hurt, but it was a great day.

For more on OG skating misadventures go here:  Skateboarding

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Return from Redeemer (Reason for God)

This last week in NYC we visited Tim Keller's church, Redeemer Presbyterian. It is located in the heart of Manhattan and they are doing great kingdom work, preaching Christ and loving the city. I was amazed by two things: 1, how layed back they were, and 2, how many young people were there.

If you haven't read Keller's book, The Reason For God, now is a great time to do so.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

A wise word to the hungry (MPh on Soul Food)

The Maverick Philosopher always has good insight on ironic dichotomies. This post brings it home. It is important to remember that we are whole people: heart, mind, soul, and strength.

http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2010/06/soul-food.html

Manata on the grandure of certain delusions

Paul Manata always has a good thought to chime in. Read this short and sweet critique of Loftus' weak attempt at an anti-apologetic and philosophy of science.

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2010/06/anti-christian-delusion.html