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When it rains, it pours

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As I type these words, it is raining. Again.

It has been raining all week. In fact it has been raining all summer.

We have a pool and, during the summers, I regularly have to add water due to loss by evaporation and frequent cannon balls. This summer I have regularly drained water off.

A couple of weeks ago, I took a few days vacation. On the first day, when I was headed to my destination — on my motorcycle — it did not rain. When I returned six days later, it rained around me but not on me. On the days in between, it rained every day. Mostly, I saw the inside of a hotel room. Read More»

A winning ticket

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“Well, it’s a winner!” the clerk at the store said.

While in Tennessee recently, I bought a few lottery tickets. I don’t usually buy lottery tickets but, hey, the jackpot was some $450 million!

I figured that, if the government took half, that would still leave me with $225 million bucks. The tithe would be either $45 million or $22 million and some change, depending on how one figures it, which would still leave me with enough to be annoyed by people for the rest of my life. Read More»

English law and hurt feelings

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As I referenced in a previous article, Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in London, England and charged with “using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.”

Now, I am unfamiliar with the laws in the Mother Country so I am uncertain if the law pertains only to speech that can cause homosexuals “anxiety, distress, alarm or insult” or if it is a general law that prohibits one from causing anyone “anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.” Read More»

Minister arrested for calling homosexuality a sin

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According to a report by Todd Starnes, who is the host of FOX News & Commentary, is a regular contributor to FOX & Friends and FoxNews.com., and who writes a weekly column for Human Events and TownHall.com., an American preacher went to jail for calling homosexuality a sin.

Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in London, England and charged with “using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.” Read More»

Chickens in the ’hood

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The other morning, as I was sitting on my front porch in a rocking chair enjoying a cup of coffee before I left for work, I thought I heard a “clucking” sound. I stopped rocking and listened a bit more intensely. Yep, there it was. I was hearing the sound of chickens from a house near mine. Read More»

Cop bashing

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From time to time people will write into the local newspapers and express their disapproval of the local law enforcement personnel. Usually, almost without fail, these complainers have been issued a ticket, most often for speeding. Most of the time they even admit that they did the crime but are howling mightily because they don’t want to do the fine. Read More»


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The “bluegill” (or, if you prefer, the Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, brim, or copper nose.

It is a member of the sunfish family Centrarchidae of the order Perciformes. Lepomis, in Greek, means “scaled gill cover” and macrochirus means large hand, which may be a reference to its body shape. A defining characteristic of the bluegill is the bright blue edging visible on its gill rakers. Read More»

Protected rights

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It is the July 4th weekend and, all across America, people are celebrating the nation’s birthday.

They do so at a time when many are deeply concerned that a number of the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights (which admittedly has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence but everything to do with the freedoms we enjoy) are under attack. Read More»

A die-in and obscene gestures

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My denomination, the Charismatic Episcopal Church, is pro-life. We are unashamedly and unapologetically a denomination that believes in the sacredness of life. To us, the pro-life issue is not a political issue but a biblical and moral issue. That strongly held belief permeates all of our churches throughout the world. If that position is unpopular and counter-cultural, then so be it. With over 60,000,000 abortions worldwide each and every year, we believe we cannot stand idly by and keep silent. Read More»

30 years a Georgian

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During June 1983, my family moved to Georgia. We came here from Grand Junction, Colo., where we spent two and a half years while I served as an assistant minister at a large church.

Prior to that, with the exception of service in the Marine Corps, we were in Tennessee. I was born a Tennessean. My wife was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., but only spent nine days there before her family moved to Tennessee. My two older sons were born in Tennessee while the youngest was born in Colorado. Read More»

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