Nov 232006

Gee, that title sounds like a fourth-grade filmstrip, doesn’t it?

I first explored nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in earnest when I got my first digital camera several years ago. Today, between my gadgets and toys, the boys’ gadgets and toys, and stuff around the house and garage, I estimate I have 400 NiMH batteries deployed at all times, with 52 on continuous trickle charge.

How did that happen? Well, they just make a lot of sense. They save money, and they make thinking about batteries much easier. If you’ve not yet moved to these little wonders, take some time to read this piece I wrote on NiMH batteries. You might be persuaded.

 Posted by at 4:10 pm
Nov 232006

Seems an appropriate time of year to mention one of my favorite small businesses in the world (no connection other than being a satisfied customer). My dad first took me to the Bates House of Turkey when I was seven or so, and I’ve been a fan ever since. It’s an all-turkey restaurant in Greenville, Alabama (south of Montgomery at exit 130 on I-65). We try to time our Gulf Shores drives going, coming, or both to eat lunch there. If you’ve never had the pleasure, give it a shot. You won’t believe how delicious a turkey sandwich can be. You can also get a full roast turkey dinner (dressing, veggies, cranberry sauce, and so forth) if you like.

All of the turkey served comes from the Bates farm a piece north of the restaurant, and it’s all natural, with no hormones, feed additives, or the like. Outstanding food!

 Posted by at 4:30 am
Nov 232006

So given my immediately preceding two posts, what do you think this one’s going to be about? Would you believe a bunch of hateful homophobic assholes planning to picket at one of the bus victim’s funerals?

“Gee Bo, what does homosexuality have to do with the tragic loss of life in a school bus accident?” I’m glad you asked. See, the bus accident is part of God’s ongoing punishment of America for being a sinful nation. So was 9/11. So was the West Virginia mining accident. So are any fatalities in Iraq. It’s a rather portable argument, see?

I’m told by my ubiquitous clandestine informants that:

  • The permit is for ten people, two blocks from the church at which the funeral will be
  • One local television station has stated it will not cover the “protest”; the others are likely to follow suit
  • The Huntsville Police Department has an excellent handle on the situation

That all sounds right, methinks.

The blackness of some hearts is deeply depressing.

 Posted by at 2:40 am
Nov 222006

Oliver Thomas, a Baptist minister (obviously with enormous cojones, God bless him), has written an important USA Today editorial on the Bible and homosexuality called When Religion Loses Its Credibility. Teaser as follows:

Galileo was persecuted for revealing what we now know to be the truth regarding Earth’s place in our solar system. Today, the issue is homosexuality, and the persecution is not of one man but of millions. Will Christian leaders once again be on the wrong side of history?

Boortz was talking about it yesterday, saying all the right things. I was going to mention it last night, but I didn’t even think about it again after the school bus accident. I believe it must have been the sustained exposure on his show that helped generate the huge list of comments (which are often humorous, though not intentionally so) at the end of the editorial.

Take some time with the whole piece. Think about what you read. And before you throw a tortured piece of Leviticus or Romans at me from which you, your Sunday school teacher, or your clergyman has teased “homosexuality is a sin,” consider this. Jesus had a lot to say about how He would have us treat others. He taught not to judge, and He taught to love our neighbors as ourselves.

And He had not a single word to say about homosexuality.

My God is heartbroken at how gay people are too often treated in early 21st-century America, and frequently in His name, no less. Is yours?

 Posted by at 4:07 am