Well, since in posted my top 10 chick flicks of all time, I thought it only just and right to attempt to post my top 10 guy movies of all time. Please note that this is a real challenge since there are so many great guy movies out, compared to chick flicks. After all, once you have seen one chick flick, you get the idea. It’s only a variation between actors and supposed outcomes. Basic plot line: boy meets girl, conflict arise, conflict subsides, happily ever after.
Time for our year-end reviews of what has been hot over the past year as far as posts I’ve written. I already know the number post for the year without even looking at the stats. As I told Heath on his blog, it is Blue Bell Ice Cream: Top 10 Flavors. When I wrote it on July 5, 2011, I never imagined it would become my top post. Apparently, Blue Bell Ice Cream is extremely popular.
While I wasn’t surprised at that post, there were a few that did catch me off guard and had no idea they are slowly creeping up the charts. So starting with number 2, since I’ve given you number 1 already, here are the rest of the Top 10 Posts of 2013.
Yes, you could say that I’ve been burned by the spirit of the Christmas party spirit. Please note the non-capitalization of the word “spirit.” That is intentional because as I review my recent Christmas party adventures, and ones even farther back than this, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas parties, and more broadly the celebration of Christmas itself, is not good for my spiritual well being and rarely involves the Holy Spirit.
I’m not saying it is bad for your spiritual well being. Just that I don’t think it’s good for mine. So given that stipulation and the fact that this is my blog, I’m completely and totally right on this subject… for the moment. I could change my mind with new evidence, but given the case before us, this is my position right now. (Nothing like taking a strong stand in the shifting sands of such a deep and important subject).
This Top-10 List is from Thom S. Rainer, who is the CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. He conducted an informal survey of pastors about what they didn’t like about the ministry and came up with the following ten items. I agree with some of them, and disagree with others of them. Out of a selfish sense of preservation, I will not comment on any of them or let you know which ones I agree with. However, if you come across one of the 10 that angers you, I don’t agree with that one.
10. Dealing with budgets and finance. “I have a pastor friend who has a finance major. He was in business before he went to seminary and he loves working with numbers. Not me. I get nauseas at the thought of working on the church budget.”
9. Weddings. “Emotions are usually high at weddings. Some people are difficult to handle. Plus the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception take away my whole weekend. I wish we could pass a law that no weddings can take place during college football season.”
8. Announcements in the worship service. “This past Sunday I was asked to announce that one of the older Sunday school classes was having a garage sale to raise money to repair the pipe organ. Their hearts were right, but I had to talk about a garage sale and a pipe organ right before I preached.”
7. Persistent critics. “You have to deal with critics if you are a pastor. I just struggle with those who are always on me about something. They never let up. It can be demoralizing.”
6. Anonymous critics. “I shouldn’t even let anonymous critics bother me. If they don’t have the courage to use their name, I have no reason to dwell on it. But, I’ve got to admit, it really bugs me. I find myself wondering throughout the day who it might be.”
5. Counseling. “I really envy those pastors who are counselors. They get energized by listening to people at their points of need and hurt. I have to admit that my mind wanders and I watch the clock. I don’t think I really help anybody when I counsel.”
4. Treating spouses like they are paid staff members. “I really hurt for my wife because we have one church member that expects her to put in the same amount of hours at church as I do. My wife is taking care of our three preschool children at home, but she feels guilty every time the church member talks to her.”
3. Supporters who don’t support pastors publicly. “One guy was ripping into me at our last business meeting. But he didn’t bother me as much as my so-called supporters who remained silent the whole time. They’ve told me that they are behind me, but they weren’t there for me when I needed them the most.”
2. Funerals of non-Christians. “I’ve been a pastor for nearly thirty years, and I still struggle when I’m asked to do the funeral of someone who never professed Christ. Most of the time my funeral message is directed at the family, and how God will comfort them. It’s still not easy.”
1. Business meetings. “Let me know if you come across a pastor that actually likes church business meetings. I want to find the secret to his moments of delusion.”
Yes, I know. We are not supposed to hate. But alas, it’s college football we are discussing and being rational is not rational. So with that, and the fact that I like to do Top 10 lists, here are the Top 10 College Football teams in the country that I cannot stand. I only pull for them when I think I will jinx them (my wife is convinced that whoever I pull for, loses). I don’t want them to win, ever. Their fans drive me nuts. And I don’t like them very much.
- t.u. Of course, being an Aggie would facilitate my hatred for the Evil Burnt Orange Empire. But I didn’t like these guys before I was an Aggie. Becoming an Aggie just fostered the hatred for them. Although, I must confess. A perfect season for the Aggies is giving the t-sips one loss in the entire season, and depriving them of a chance to play for the National Championship. That one loss always must come on Thanksgiving Day at the hands of my beloved Aggies. To top it off, if that one loss led to the Aggies playing for the National Championship and winning it. That would be my dream season!
- Oklahoma Sooners. Yup. Can’t stand ’em. Not because of their success, but because their talent absent band only knows one song, Boomer Sooner. Oklahoma scores a touchdown, you hear Boomer Sooner. They get a first down, you hear Boomer Sooner. The running back successfully ties his shoes, you hear Boomer Sooner. Does the band know any other songs?
- LSU — Sorry Wade. But I cannot stand LSU. The fans are known for being the rowdiest and meanest in the SEC. When they were playing A&M back in the 1980’s, they were mean as well. My very first game at A&M was against LSU, and they won the game. Did their fans act with any measure of respectability? Absolutely not. In fact, one of their drunk fans (alcohol is banned at Kyle Field), was yelling at one of our band members who just happened to be wearing a tuba at the time. The Aggie took it for a while and finally said something because the LSU fan hit the Aggie in the face. Remember, he can hardly defend himself since he was wearing a tuba. We immediately jumped the guy and had a cop not been there, I’m sure we would have sent him to the ER. I can still remember the cop’s advice to the idiot LSU fan: “If you don’t get out of here now, I’m not going to be resposible for what happens to you.” Aggies can take a loss and some good hearted ribbing, but attack the defenseless, and that gets our Maroon blood boiling.
- USC — I think the Pac 10 is only one step above the Mountain West Conference. So don’t talk to me about the “storied” program. Had USC had to battle all those in the Big 12 or SEC, National Championships would have never come their way, Reggie Bush or not.
- Notre Dame — do I need to explain this? They are lousy, but have their own football contract with NBC. Their last National Championship season came back in the 1980s. You’re Notre Dame for goodness sake and that is the best you can do? I also get tired of hearing about them being the last “independent” school. Join a conference. Actually have to compete with the same teams every year.
- Texas Tech — always overrated, always under our skin.
- Miami — what a bunch of thugs.
- The rest of the Pac 10. The west coast and college football just doesn’t inspire me duuuude!
- BYU — They’re Mormons! They play in a pansy conference, and they get all kinds of attention that would be better spent on the bottom half of the teams in the SEC or Big 12.
- And finally, t.u. I know, I already listed these guys. But having grown up surrounded by the Evil Burnt Orange Empire will do that for you. I hope the Aggies do bolt the Big 12 in 2 years for the SEC, and t-sips go and join the lame Pac 10. Let their fans stay up until 2 a.m. to finish watching a game against the likes of Washington State. O boy, there is a match up worth losing sleep over. Fans from both sides will be yawning, and not just because it is late. Good luck with that t-sips.
Speaking of lists, Bleacher Report has a list on 12 Things the SEC is not very good at. Number one on the list: keeping their players out of jail. You just have to laugh. Check out the rest of the list here.
Atheist De-baptize Themselves.
Good luck with that. These bozos are going through the process of un-doing their baptisms they received as children. I guess they feel a need to let everyone know that they are not Christians. Don’t worry atheists, we were on the up and up already. No one was mistaking you for believers.
Ten Vices That Are Good For You
From CNN.com comes a list of 10 vices that are good for you. I’m not sure some of the would be considered vices, such as eating dark chocolate, but it’s their list. This list includes sleeping, morning coffee, healthy sex (which only comes between a man and women who are lawfully married), drinking a glass of wine, etc. Like I said, in the proper context, none of these things are truly vices… except maybe the massage. But I’m open to debate on that one.
Houston Astros Will Return to the World Series by 2015
This, of course, is from the department of “we hope you don’t remember this prediction when 2015 rolls around.” But Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle is saying with the recent draft picks and signees the Astros have made, that we should expect the team to return to the World Series by 2015. For those of us who are Astros fans, this is as about as hopeful as it gets. We’re not chanting, “wait till next year!” We’re chanting, “Wait for 5 years!” How is that for you?
As we wait, more and more of us are slowly becoming Rangers fans. By the time 2015 rolls around, the Rangers will have won a series or two.
Here is some of what Justice writes:
If you’re keeping count, the Astros have spent close to $20 million to bring 95 new players into their system the last two years.
This year, they’ve spent $10.7 million on 43 new guys, and who’s to say some of them aren’t as good as Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, etc.?
These aren’t your 2007 Astros. That was the year the club failed to sign three of its top six draft picks, leading, in part, to the front office overhaul in which Drayton McLane hired GM Ed Wade, who hired scouting director Bobby Heck, who doesn’t mess around.
Wade has succeeded in doing something his predecessors had a tough time with. That is, he has convinced McLane that the one and only way to build a successful big league franchise is by doing the right things in player development.
Once more, the Astros have done that. There are no guarantees with these young guys. If one of them turns out to be an All-Star and two more become contributors on playoff teams, it will have been a terrific draft.
But the first step is writing the big checks, and the Astros again did they. They shelled out $7.2 million to sign their 35 2010 draft picks. That’s a big jump from the $5.5 million they paid for 36 draft picks in 2009, most of that increase coming from picking higher.
They signed 35 of 52 picks in all, including 16 of the top 18. Let’s hope there are a half-dozen future All-Stars in that group.
Texas Ranks Best State to Recruit Running Backs for 2011
Bleacher Report does a great job putting together lists that compare various aspects of college sports. One such list gives us the top states for potential 2011 recruits at the running back position with the state at number 1. The State of Texas will offer up four running backs ranked as 5-star players, five running backs at 4-star players, and 15 running back with 3-star ratings. That is a bevy of backs and if they all stay in Texas schools, the collective offensive output should increase over the next few years. Given that offenses at schools like A&M, t.u., Texas Tech, etc., have all improved over the years, the years, the Texas schools would be unstoppable.
Thomas Sowell ON Bean Counters and the Baloney Put Forth as Racism
The bean-counters have struck again– this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.
This may seem to be just another passing piece of silliness. But it is part of a more general bean-counting mentality that turns statistical differences into grievances. The time is long overdue to throw this race card out of the deck and start seeing it for the gross fallacy that it is.
At the heart of such statistics is the implicit assumption that different races, sexes and other subdivisions of the human species would be proportionately represented in institutions, occupations and income brackets if there was not something strange or sinister going on.
I love it when Sowell addresses the issue of racism, because he puts it into perspective. He continues:
In countries around the world, all sorts of groups differ from each other in all sorts of ways, from rates of alcoholism to infant mortality, education and virtually everything that can be measured, as well as in some things that cannot be quantified. If black and white Americans were the same, they would be the only two groups on this planet who are the same.
One of the things that got us started on heavy-handed government regulation of the housing market were statistics showing that blacks were turned down for mortgage loans more often than whites. The bean-counters in the media went ballistic. It had to be racism, to hear them tell it.
What they didn’t tell you was that whites were turned down more often than Asians. What they also didn’t tell you was that black-owned banks also turned down blacks more often than whites. Nor did they tell you that credit scores differed from group to group. Instead, the media, the politicians and the regulators grabbed some statistics and ran with them.
The bean-counters are everywhere, pushing the idea that differences show injustices committed by society. As long as we keep buying it, they will keep selling it– and the polarization they create will sell this country down the river.
Read the entire article here.
Only 14 more days until the Texas Aggies start their football season and their march to the return to supremacy!!!
WorldNetDaily has a story that shows their web site ranks in the top 500 web sites in the U.S., and one of the top sites for conservatives. That got me to thinking. What are MY top websites for news and information and why. Blessed readers, I’m about to give you my secrets! Here are my top websites and the reason I go there!
- Facebook. OK, Elisa has that one set as our homepage. Any time that I spend there, is merely for entertainment value.
- Foxnews — I know the Libs/Left/Dems all use this as a shibolleth, meaning, that “Foxnews” is their code word for determining if you are or are NOT one of them. In other words, they claim to be open minded and by not being influenced by Foxnews, which is fair and balanced. The sad truth is, they are so narrow minded that they remain true to the networks that are NOT fair and balanced.
- The Drudge Report — let’s face it, for finding weird stories, this is the place to go. Like the one I was going to blog about this morning, another Doom & Gloom report from the left saying that another volcano in Iceland is going to be worse than the one that closed down the airline industry last month. Let’s face it, disasters sell newspapers and get us watching the news stations, and reports of worse disasters to come are soon to follow. I’m sure there will be one about how there is a worse oil spill looming in the Gulf right now, waiting to happen, according to… scientists! Therefore, it’s worth fretting over.
- Eternity Matters — let’s face it. Neil has some of the best “roundups” for what is going on in the world in the blogosphere. A day without a post from Neil… well, is close to life without coffee… which we are currently out of in my home.
- Townhall.com — the best place for conservative thought on what is going on in the world and the best place to find political cartoons that really make a point, like the one above.
- WorldNetDaily — the best site for those things going on in the world for the Christian.
- Wintery Knight — another well-done blog from a Christian’s perspective. He works really hard and keeping it up to date with news and info that is important to conservative Christians.
- The 12th Man — a blog about Texas Aggie Sports and related issues to A&M. This blog is really well done and the main writer, Beergut, does an excellent job of analysis. He really has a sport’s writers mind and and eye to help us regulars see those things which are not obvious. Plus, with a name like Beergut, you know he really is into sports.
- IBDeditorials — the best place for conservative economic news and analysis. This site will give you how many of the policies in America will effect the economy.
- Hotair.com — when it comes to political news, you can find it here. Like the story about Chris Matthews, of all people, admitting that Rush Limbaugh got it right concerning Bill Clinton’s involvement with the Sustek deal.
OK, what are some of your favorite sites and why?