Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?"
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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
26Sep
2005
Mon
13:01
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Weight Loss

Or Evidence of It

My morning bike rides seem to be working, though looking at me you probably couldn't tell. Still, I feel better and "lighter" (if I could feel lighter).

I haven't been tracking my weight, because I do not have a quantifiable weight goal, nor is any quantifiable weight important to me. What I care about is looking smaller...looking healthier. That's not to say looks are that important to me, but I don't want to look overweight as I do.

And, I can tell the bike riding is working. It's not as difficult for me to go that short a distance. It doesn't take too long to do it. My 17½" neck clerical shirts aren't as tight around either my neck or my midsection. And today, my wife hugged me and said I felt thinner to her.

HOORAY FOR WEIGHT LOSS!

24Sep
2005
Sat
10:39
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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A Wedding Sermon

Mark 10:6-9

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Listen to those words again, because they have a very important meaning for you. And I don't mean just for this day. For these are words important to you, John, since February 15, 1975, and you, Jane, since December 12, 1983. In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Yes, these words were first spoken over you when you were drowned—as was heard-hearted Pharaoh; as was the world, spare Noah and his family—and as you were brought back to life; when you were brought back to newness of life. They were spoken over you in the waters of Holy Baptism, when you were converted from enemy of God to His precious and most beloved child. They marked your entrance into and beginning in His Kingdom.

22Sep
2005
Thu
19:51
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Come Again?

Reid and Leahy also suggested other Hispanic candidates, including Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Ed Prado of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa, officials said. These officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the meeting.

Am I missing something here? This is a paragraph from foxnews.com's recent report on the confirmation hearings of John Roberts for chief justice of the Supreme Court. Take a look at that last sentence: "These officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the meeting."

In other words, "I'm going to breach confidence here, betray trust, maybe even break the law, but don't tell anyone who I am because of this." This all seems very ludicrous to me. Being in a position where things are told me in confidence, I cannot imagine ever breaching that confidence...for any reason.

I guess as long as it rakes in the dollars and ratings, it's all okay. Nobody really gets hurt anyway, right? Okay, end sarcasm...

21Sep
2005
Wed
17:00
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Board Up, Batten Down, Get Out

Okay, Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, this is your warning. You have about 3 and a half days to make your preparations and get out. So, DO IT! Don't be like New Orleans, learn from their horrible mistake. Board up your houses and businesses, tie things down and secure them, then get the hell out of Dodge while you still can!

15:44
author: Stingray
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Awww

Okay, after all the controversy surrounding him and doping, was this tagline really necessary?

» Lance makes sudden trip to hospital ... for pup

09:46
author: Stingray
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Free Exercise

Baseball and the 1st Amendment

It's a good thing the Washington Nationals, despite the team name and location, is not a federal organization. On Tuesday (yeterday), the Nationals suspended the team chaplain because he responded with a nod when asked if Jews are "doomed" because they do not believe in Jesus Christ. So, because he responded in a way that they didn't like—they didn't like the answer or didn't get the answer they wanted—the basically fired him (as they are looking for a replacement, and no word was given whether they want this to be permanent or not, but the word "replacement" seems to indicate so). Basically, he didn't say what they wanted him to say, they didn't like his free exercise of religion, protected by the First Amendment.

20Sep
2005
Tue
17:52
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Body is a Temple

...setting a goal, getting to it...

I've been meaning to "blog" about this for a while, but I've taken the first exercising steps toward getting into shape. Now, by no means am I looking to be magazine cover in shape, but I am looking to shed quite a few pounds.

7Sep
2005
Wed
18:19
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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A Final Word

...or maybe a few more...

Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
And sin as if with a cart rope;
That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work,
That we may see it;
And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
That we may know it."
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
—Isaiah 5:18-21
2Sep
2005
Fri
10:43
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Where the Hell are They?

I can understand the frustration of those in New Orleans waiting for rescue and removal from the Big Cesspool. They, most assuredly, have no idea what is going on nor do they know the entire scope of the problem.

What I can't stand are the critics of the federal government (in this case) who blame it for the slow response in getting to the folks who need help. Their criticism only shows their lack of understanding of the scope of the problem. Getting people out is a logistical nightmare, there aren't that many safe ways into or out of town. People are stranded in small bunches throughout the city and rescuers don't know every location, nor how to get there safely. What's more, those people keep moving around. What's worse, because of their frustration and anxiety, those people are making it difficult to be rescued—shooting at the rescuers, looting and other chaos, rioting—it makes things harder on everyone.