ornament 29 November 2003 ornament

Icing the Bluegrass

Vols 20, Cats 7

The view from our seats

I did take a break from my studies to go see the Tennessee-Kentucky football game in Lexington with my wife today. My wife graduated from Kentucky; I graduated from Tennessee. We were one of the many “intermarried” couples at a game where the temperature hovered around the freezing mark.

I couldn’t feel my feet at the end of the game, but I could feel the angst and frustration that KY fans have toward their football program. Nevertheless, one man’s tragedy is another man’s victory, and so the Vols took the now mythical beer-barrel for the 19th consecutive time. I’ll have to say that I’m impressed with the Vols’ November play this year, although I still think that some coaching changes need to be affected. Bravo, though, to the Vols for a strong finish.

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ornament 28 November 2003 ornament

I’ll Be Sleeping…

TruePravda will blog-dozing for a while. Is it because I ate too much turkey at Thanksgiving? Not likely. The more likely story is that I am finishing up my papers so I can graduate (and even for which I will indeed wake up!). Blogging will be sporadic for the next few days, but check in once in a while, because I do believe in study breaks!

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ornament 26 November 2003 ornament

Gratitude

Some may think this “cheesy,” but Thanksgiving is a time for cheese and plethora of other wonderful foods, so I will go ahead and list a few things for which I am thankful. I am thankful:

  • …that I have a wonderful, beautiful wife who forces me to have fun once
    in a while
  • …that I have food to eat everyday
  • …for pumpkin pie
  • …that I have a roof over my head (even though the ceiling could use some
    work…)
  • …for all my family
  • …for the privilege of studying at an incredible seminary
  • …that I have a job which is actually pretty fun sometimes
  • …for pumpkin pie
  • …that I have been cleansed from all my sins because Christ bore
    the punishment that I deserved
  • …that I can read
  • …that the Vols no longer have to play against Steve Spurrier
  • …that I have known all my grandparents
  • …for a President who makes decisions upon principle rather than polls
  • …that you are still reading this list
  • …that I have a car that works (most of the time)
  • …for my church, who, though they are not a perfect people, they are God’s
    people being perfected, and they love in the same manner
  • …and finally, of course, pumpkin pie!

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

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ornament 25 November 2003 ornament

Cleaning Up Kentucky

During the state’s governor’s race this year, candidates vowed to “clean up the mess in Frankfort” (for you outsiders, Frankfort is Kentucky’s capital—not prounounced “Leweyville”). It turns out that the gubenatorial candidates were unaware that Kentucky already had laws in place to keep Kentucky clean. It seems that Kentuckians are required by law to bathe at least once per year.

I say big government shouldn’t be telling us what to do behind closed shower curtains. Besides, I have 36 days left in the year to come clean…

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Mad Scholarship

Russell Moore returns from a blog slumber to give us an update on the current state of scholarship at the American Academy of Religion, which is beginning to look more and more like a creative writing contest than true scholarship. Read it.

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ornament 24 November 2003 ornament

Talking to Animals

Albert Mohler is particularly funny today as he assesses Animal Planet’s The Pet Psychic. Read it here.

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The Quiet American & Quiet Anti-Americanism

My wife and I saw The Quiet American, with Michael Caine, last night on DVD. As far as plot and acting go, the movie was excellent–Michael Caine was nominated for an Academy Award. As far as anti-Americanism goes, the film was brimming with it. The film is based on Graham Greene’s novel by the same name, which was why I originally picked up the DVD. I had read Greene’s The Power and the Glory, and I thought this film might also grapple with some difficult themes.

Grapple with difficult themes the film does, but it ends up portraying as historical some rather imaginative events. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that the movie takes the position that the United States was instrumental in “engineering” the need for a war in Vietnam.

The anti-Americanism throughout the film is subtle, however—focusing on an American character rather America itself. The DVD’s extras are another story. The disc contains a “Vietnam Timeline,” which purports to give a history of the Vietnam War—apparently for the benefit of those who want to understand the historical situation of the film.

The timeline is chock full of anti-American sentiments. In one frame, the timeline says, “Despite the fact that Ho Chi Minh is not anti-American, nor evidence found that his working for the Soviet Union, he is condemned for being a communist.”

How sad that someone’s communism is denounced! How many times have you heard this same satement with Sadaam Hussein in place of Ho Chi Minh, and al-Qaeda in place of the Soviet Union? Surely this timeline was written by some of the same “intellectual elite” who condemn everything that America does today. In the film this disgust of the United States is veiled. In the DVD extras, the true viewpoint of the producers is unveiled.

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ornament 22 November 2003 ornament

Goose-Egging Intramurals

Vols 48, Commodores 0

In the last three years, Tennessee has outscored Vanderbilt 110-0. In the Phil Fulmer era (1993-Present), the Vols have had 12 shutouts, 5 of which have been against Vanderbilt. Isn’t it great to have a perennial whipping-boy?

I didn’t get to see this game because it was on pay-per-view, but hopefully next week I’ll get to see the Vols take on the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington in person.

I will wear the colors, I will sing Rocky Top—for my blood runneth orange.

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ornament 20 November 2003 ornament

The Sexiest/Scariest Man Alive

People magazine, the tabloid that tries not to look like a tabloid, has chosen its Sexiest Man Alive 2003:

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp, Sexiest Man Alive

Scary
Michael Jackson, Scariest Man Alive

Apparently Depp didn’t make People’s Scariest Man Alive 2003, so he was awarded the consolation prize.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

Did you ever imagine strange creatures in your bedroom? Check out what happened to this girl. Oh deer!

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