Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Diagnostic Test

There is much talk these days regarding the Swine Flu. How do I know if I have it? What are the symptoms?

If you experience any of the following conditions, you may have the Swine Flu:

1. Your ears become elongated.

2. You have a protruberance from your tailbone that resembles a curly tail.

3. Your flatuence smells like bacon.

My friend seek medical help. You have the Swine Flu.

Monday, April 27, 2009

If God Is My Father and You Are My Brother...

...Then why can't we bother to really reach out and love one another?

Answers in Genesis vs Creation Ministries was sent into arbitration today in the U.S. 6Th District Federal Court.

It seems that both groups were founded to promote the fact that God created everything just as it says in the Bible and if you don't like that you can take your ball and your monkey and go home.

Ken Ham founded Answers in Genesis a few years ago. Through a lot of determination he created a Christian museum of sorts for those of the Anti-Darwinian persuasion. The $27 million facility blossomed and is been attracting tourists to Northern Kentucky.

However on the other side of the world where crocodiles, dingoes and very large spiders run amok, Carl Wieland feels put upon, poorly and has a bad case of the goo-goo. He believes that Ken Ham mislead donors into sending money his way to promote Creationism, instead of sending it to Australia to promote Creationism.

Both men are Darwin-averse and pro-Creationist and are hoping for a piece of that green salad of salvation preferably the kind with the pictures of Ben Franklin.

So these Christian brothers set off to Federal Court to Duke it out.

Let me tell you what! As one who has been involved in a lawsuit in Federal Court, the only folks that win have the letters ESQ after their name.

I think both groups are fools. What difference if God created the world in 6 day or 6,000,000,000 days. I don't care. It doesn't matter. End of story.

The important thing that we need to concentrate on is how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. Hooray for the Earth of which I am certainly a big fan.

To celebrate I am reminiscing about Earth things.

Eartha Kitt

Earth Shoes

Earth, Wind & Fire

Google Earth

Invasion of Earth

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Diversity Lane - A Liberal Family Saga

I discovered this wonderfully refreshing cartoon blog today called Diversity Lane. It's excellently written and superbly drawn by a sensible fellow named Zack Rawsthorne.

Ol' Zack seems to have developed 20/20 vision and a keen ability to listen to reality and avoid the pablum spoonfed to us by the media. I will definitely be back again and again to check out his webpage, cartoons and blog. God bless him!

Here is a panel of his that I ran across in the Kentucky Politics blog. Enjoy and check out Zack's webpage.

Diversity Lane

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mormon Underwear

Not only did I have a great Easter holiday this year, but I learned something new. Mormons have to wear special holy underware. I did not know that. This fact was brought to my attention by my friend Otto, who is a former pastor. I figure he should know.

I am not familiar with other Christian groups that have denominational skivvies. I may have to look into their underware to get to the bottom of this. 

Mormons actually have specially designed underoos built to legal specifications set in place by those who are in charge of the Temple. Seriously!


So this brings into question why don't Baptist have special Baptist underwear or Presbyterian have special Presbyterian underwear.

I honestly think the Lutherans Do have special underwear. They call them boxer shorts and white cotton grandma panties.

Mormon underwear, who knew?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009


This is a song that is an old favorite of mine. It was done by a group called The String-A-Longs in 1961.

The group was made up of some teens from Plainview Texas. They became involved with a fellow named Norman Petty, who had a recording studio in Clovis, Texas.

If you look back at early rock & roll, the name Norman Petty was well known in the West. He was the producer of Buddy Holly's first songs and he had a hit record for a guy named Jimmy Gilmour with the song Sugar Shack.

The String-A-Longs went to Petty's studio to cut a song with a vocal part on it. However Keith McCormick, who sang and played guitar, just could not sing that day.

The group wound up recording two instrumental songs that day.

The authorship of the songs is somewhat in question. Norm Petty claims on his website that he had these two songs that he gave the boys. The more believable story, in my humble opinion, comes from Jimmy Torres, the guitar player that played the lead part on the recording.

In his own words Jimmy says, "I had come up with many tunes during my childhood. The one that became "Wheels" came to me, inspired by the march king, John Phillip Souza. As a small child, my father gave me a little flute made of the first composite plastic. It was white and had a red mouth piece.

My father showed me how to play it and I used to play this flute constantly. When I got proficient at playing, I started making up tunes on it. I used to march down the corn rows playing my flute. Tunes had always come to me as I played or worked. I had these tunes which I wanted to hear played. But I was afraid that if I brought the tunes forward myself, no one would be interested because I was not "white." So I played my tunes for Petty. When he brought them forward as "his" tunes, I accepted that since my passion was to hear my tunes played on the radio--whether I got credit or not."

He goes on to say, "Petty put his name on my tunes and the titles got changed. My tune inspired by John Phillip Souza wound up being called "Wheels." "Wheels" had started out being called "Tell the World," and "Tell the World" was "Wheels," a total faux pas. "Wheels" was claimed by Petty has his own. It was very confusing to everyone involved, but Petty, in 1964, wound up giving me the rights to "Wheels" and all the rest of my tunes and acknowledged my authorship so the royalties came to me. "

It was a standard practice for the record producer to put his name on a song as co-writer or even writer. It still is a practice for major record companies to retain rights to a song from the artist they manage. It's all about sales, royalties and money.

If you listen to the tune of Wheels, the lyrics, "Tell the world how much I love you" fit right in. So I agree with Mr. Torres. He wrote the song and the company that pressed and labeled the record put the labels on the wrong sides.

As with most music groups, issues within the membership or money problems set in and eventually someone quits or is asked to leave. The String-A-Longs succumbed. Jimmy Torres and Richard Stephens continued to play music together. Despite the squabble over the songs ownership, Torres seems to hold no animosity to Norm Petty. Quite the contrary, he speaks highly of Petty's drive in moving their career along.

The unique guitar sound heard on Wheels was derived through the use of Magnatone Amplifiers. These guitar amplifiers had a true vibrato effect that varied the pitch of a note. Most other guitar amplifiers were equipped with a tremolo effect that rapidly turned the sound off and back on giving a shimmering sound. Lonnie Mack also made use of this Magnatone sound back in the day.

The String-A-Longs reunited for a final concert in 2006 at a concert in Clovis Texas