April 30, 2010

Your Gateway to Organic Food

...is organic food. I was recently introduced to Cascadian Farms organic brand of cereals and granola bars. Simply unreal. So much better for you, and they seriously taste great! Yes, I have to get the version of their cereal marked "kids" in order to get my Cinnamon Toast Crunch knock-offs. But, it's worth it. It's way more filling per calorie ('cause it's REAL food), and it tastes great. Make the leap. It's not a big one.

April 29, 2010

Church Critic vs. Church Contributor

"Here's what I don't like about our church."
I see this in the church community all too often. People with their litany of things "the church" is doing wrong, and their laundry list of things that it should be doing instead. I wonder if government has screwed up our sense of personal responsibility. We think "our vote" is the full extent of our duty. If I give you my idea/show up/tithe, that's good enough.
But we forget the church is simply us. Hillary Clinton said it well a couple of years ago, "I have a lot of good ideas. We simply can't afford them all." Commentators jumped on her for that, but it's absolutely true. Especially in a church scenario where you can't mandate money from people through taxation. The church doesn't need more good ideas. They need more people passionate about seeing a few of them through.
If you're passionate enough about an idea to personally commit to it, then stay passionate about it, persuade others to help you, and start doing it. If you're not passionate enough to work toward it yourself, drop it. There's enough critics out there. Either start contributing or shut up.

April 28, 2010

Why Do Celebrities Start Their Own Charities?

Their kid gets a disease, so they immediately develop a passion for finding a cure. I completely understand that. But why do they have to start their own "Celebrity First Name Last Name" "Disease Name" Charity? Aren't there already charities out there with the same goal who are able to spend money on research much more efficiently because of their size or previous knowledge? It's almost as if they're trying to get credit for it...

April 27, 2010

“It Just Came To Me.”

Out of the blue, this idea pops out of you. It doesn't feel as if you consciously conceived it. It almost feels like it was gifted to you. What is your mind doing on a day-to-day basis that you're completely unaware of? And doesn't that imply that you're not running the shots as much as you may think you are.

April 26, 2010

What is Givv.org?

Givv.org is a revolutionary new automated charity provider - bringing the benefits of automated banking to your charitable donations, while also helping you publicize your favorite non-for-profits. Select your favorite organizations or add them to Givv.org's growing database, divide your organizations by dollar amount or percentage of your total giving, and fund your favorite charities automatically each month. Plus, change these at any time as you come across more efficient charities or ones that hit close to home for you. I am currently working on creating a prioritized list of organizations based on the Copenhagen Consensus' analysis of "most" good per dollar spent. Then, you'll be able to match this list and truly know that you are being the best possible steward of your finances. I am very excited about this evolution of non-profit giving, and can't wait to see what comes of it. Go check out givv.org and report your findings.

April 23, 2010

Why Would You Have a Joint E-Mail Account?

Now, this isn't a judgment. It's a legitimate query. I've noticed a few of my friends share a single e-mail or Facebook account with their wives. And I simply don't understand it. Because it just so happens to be the same couples you wouldn't think would have trust issues, or have concern that one party is going to be e-mailing salacious letters to their secretary. So, someone help me understand this mystery. Because I'm pretty sure e-mail's free nowadays.

April 22, 2010

Germ Theory 2.0

So, I realize how important germ theory was to the evolution of our society. Doctors stopped starting surgeries without wearing gloves directly after completing autopsies, and finally realized why all of their patients were dying. But, this weekend, I was working outside in our yard and got visibly dirty hands. So, I went inside and washed them twice, because I could SEE that they weren't yet clean after my traditional 10-second washing. Isn't this the same bad logic? Aren't I probably just wrongly assuming that when I can't visibly see the evidence, that the germs are probably gone?

April 21, 2010

Why Richard Nixon Sucked: The Song

#37. Richard Nixon

Em, G, D/F#

You sent five guys to spy then lie
About the DNC
In the Watergate hotel
O tell, o my, hotel, deny, that you’re that kind of guy

Water gate
You must really hate
Your enemies
The democreeps

You tried to slaughter them
But people liked you then?
What were you so afraid of?

Oh, irony
How can it be?
These same devices would be
The same ones that caught you planning it

So scared of the opposition
Such big risks at the Watergate hotel
O tell, o my, hotel, deny, that you’re that kind of guy

I am not a crook you say
Then you just might be insane

April 21, 2010

Why Lyndon B. Johnson Sucked – The Song

#36. Lyndon B. Johnson

Fmaj7, C

I can do it
I can contain
The communists
In vietnam

Why won’t you trust you
Why won’t you believe
Why won’t you trust me
We’re going anyway

Sure, we’re dying
Sure, we’re going broke
But I assure you I’m a man
We can win
Yes I can

Maybe I miscalculated
The people, the passion, the war
The 58,000 flags draped over
Coffins coming home

Why won’t you trust you
Why won’t you believe
Why won’t you trust me
We’re going anyway

April 20, 2010

What Obama Should Say to the Tea Party People

"You and I have an intrinsically different view of the role of federal government in our society. I admire your passion, and I urge you to continue to fight for the change you seek in peaceful ways. But you must understand that I believe as strongly as you do in your own beliefs, that what I am doing is not only necessary, but morally correct. And I must fight for it, just as you fight against it." - The Barack Obama I Want