Well, my wife Maggie is mad at me again and I don't think I deserve it. All I said when she was complaining that I wasn't listening to her, is that I'd do a better job listening if her stories were better and shorter. :)
How things would've been different should Jesus have shown up now versus 2,000 years ago. 1) All the loaves and fishes would have had to have been individually wrapped and labeled for safety reasons. 2) Jesus couldn't use the word "sinner," because it would be called hate speech. 3) Jesus would've been hit with a lawsuit after turning water into wine for unfair trade practices. 4) The disciples would've missed the miracles because they would've been glued to their smart phones. 5) Judas would've been given a participatory trophy even though he quit the team. :)
Most television shows have a viewing audience of around four million. When the episode on Dallas regarding "Who Shot J.R." was broadcast, around 350 million people around the world tuned in.
Being cooped up definitely adds to the stress. After a really big argument the other day, I'm finally talking to myself again. :)
The invention of matches from a historical perspective is all over the place as far as where credit is do. An item that sounded like a match was written about in some correspondence from a Chinese citizen in 1366 which does make sense because that's where fireworks got their start and explosives in general for the military.
But in 1826, a scientist from England discovered a technique that produced matches. He made several of the matches to amuse friends but somehow missed their practical value. A man named Samuel Jones saw this demonstration and realized the commercial worth and went into a booming match business. Jones called his matches “Lucifers.”
Early matches had a number of problems. The flame was unsteady, and the initial reaction was quite violent. Also, the odor produced by the burning match was unpleasant. Lucifers reportedly could ignite explosively, sometimes throwing sparks a considerable distance. The other problem with early matches was the use of white phosphorus, which would stick to the skin. It was toxic and, therefore, banned from use in many countries.
Whether invented in the 1300's, which I believe, or in the 1800's, it's amazing to me that the product has still survived. The fact is that although the U.S. is filled with lighters, a majority of consumers around the world don't have them so matches are still highly popular.
I recently saw something I hadn't seen before and I thought it was awesome. A family was sitting down for dinner and they weren't allowed to eat until mom lifted her fork first.
I know it happens to dad's too, but the fact is, moms often eat meals which are cold because they're busy making sure everyone else is taken care of. Knowing they have to wait until mom starts eating causes the kids to want to help because they're hungry.
Here's to all those who cook and set the table. This is the real heartland.
Fifteen years ago Taliban leader Ahmad Shah led an attack which killed over 20 Marines in Afghanistan. Once Naval intelligence and the CIA found out where he was, a four-member Seal Team was sent to a rough, mountainous region, to kill Ahmad.
Once they arrived everything seemed to go wrong especially communications which went down and they couldn't call in support or an evacuation so they had to hope that a rescue crew would stumble upon their location. Some goat herders saw the team and got word to the Taliban that they were in the mountains. The area was swarming with Taliban fighters which the intel hadn't discovered. For every Seal there was around 60 Taliban.
They aborted the mission and one of the helicopters which came to save them was shot by an RPG and all eight soldiers lost their lives. One was a Navy Seal who was on his first mission. They put up an unbelievable fight but only one Seal got away, Marcus Luttrell, only to be found by a group of Afghans. They couldn't speak English so Marcus didn't know what was going on. They took him to their village where Marcus thought they were going to execute him but instead they took care of him and his extensive amount of injuries.
Not only this but when the Taliban came to their village looking for Marcus the villagers got into a gun battle with them. It was looking like they were going to lose when just then military helicopters showed up and began mowing the Taliban down. One of the villagers had risked his life to contact the U.S. military base to let them know they had Marcus in their village.
I write this post as a reminder that the Taliban is a scourge to many Afghans. This group of villagers followed a code of honor that has lasted more than 2,000 years where they provide refuge and protection to someone under attack. There's no doubt that there's good and bad no matter where you are in the world. By the way, Marcus received the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart for that mission. The book and movie called: "Lone Survivor," is a must see in my opinion especially the part about the goat herders which I didn't cover in case you did want to check it out for yourself.
This post is for any Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fans. Some people are born marketers/promoters/salespeople, and Charles Lewis Jr. was one of those. Although he wasn't a fighter he and a friend came up with a clothing line with the awesome name: "Tapout," and he was selling it out of the trunk of his car. They had very cool looking merchandise. Before he passed away the company's sales reached $22.5 million and has skyrocketed since then.
He was killed during a street race as he didn't realize the other driver was very much impaired and ended up knocking Charles' vehicle into a light pole. The driver survived and was charged with a variety of felonies including vehicular homicide. The woman with Charles was thrown from the car and somehow survived.
Charles was so extraordinary that he's the only non-fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He wasn't married and had no children. Something Charles liked to say was: "It may not be me that touches a million people but maybe I'll touch the one who will." I love that.
The French sometimes get a bad wrap when it comes to their military but the fact is, they were feared for centuries and they definitely had an amazing navy. And although I almost hate to say it, they played a huge role in us having a Republic. Not only did they help finance the war, they also sent ships which trapped the British in Yorktown. The thing is, Britain had a regular army because they had been collecting taxes to finance it plus they were involved in a lot of battles and wars as they sought out new territory. They had a seasoned army. Add to this their sea power and they had a huge upper hand in limiting supplies for our army.
Even though they had such a tremendous advantage especially since we had a militia not a real army, we were able to obtain our independence. I don't think a lot of people realize what a miracle it was. A bunch of blacksmiths, farmers, and fishermen, beating the greatest military in the world. This is why most of our founding fathers gave credit to God and built our Constitution around their beliefs. It was freedom of religion not freedom from religion. Their only intent was to not have a national religion like the Church of England at the time. Our first colleges were sponsored by the federal government and they were religious institutions. If the House and Senate then thought we shouldn't support religious organizations, why did they do it time and time again? The United States of America is a miracle and I thank God I was born here.
Sometime down the road people will be bragging about how tough they were when they were growing up, by saying they actually ate birthday cake that someone had blown on.
Author: John Mann