Book Review: Maybe Another Afternoon

Rex Forrest Johnson. An Afternoon with Cody. Sioux Falls, SD: Pine Hills Press, 2006. Rating: 2 out of 5 "I am sandwiched between a seventy something woman and an even older looking man with a headset on listening to some very loud music. I can feel the vibrations of the tune as I stood next to the old geezer. Imagine what it is doing to his brain! Can we say, 'mush brain?' He is just bobbing his head up and down, back and forth, having a good old time.... He is oblivious to what is gong on until I tap him on the shoulder and point to my seat between them. I sat down between them and thought to myself that if this trip is 1400 miles, it is going to feel like 2800. The old man started tapping on both of his knees with open hands … [Read more...]

NYT Memo to Romanoff: An Education Reform to Consider

Recently, Colorado Speaker Andrew Romanoff announced his intention to convene a task force to look at the recommendations for transforming the education system made by The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce and propose a plan for Colorado. One other eminent source for ideas may be the New York Times editorial board, which today has advocated for the abolition of union-protected teacher seniority rights that often keep the most effective instructors from the neediest schools and students (H/T Edspresso): Talented novices, with no seniority rights to protect them, often quit the field after being shunted from one place to another. Others give up on the urban school systems where the bumping process is most prevalent … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

John 1:14 (NASB) And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. Wrote Charles Wesley: Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold Him come, offspring of the Virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail th'Incarnate Deity - Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. Hark the herald, angels sing Glory to the newborn King! Merry Christmas to all! … [Read more...]

Enough with the political “messiahs”

As usual, Cal Thomas puts things into perspective: For a messiah figure to succeed, he must be matched to the real, not perceived, needs of his disciples. Are those needs economic and political, or are they moral and spiritual? If the former, by all means, vote for the best "deliverer." If the latter, I can only give you what the angel Gabriel told Joseph about that Messiah: "He will save his people from their sins." That's a real need no political messiah can meet. But the authentic Messiah can. … [Read more...]

Second and Final Blizzard Blog

The Mighty Blizzard of '06 came and went, wreaking havoc on the eastern half of Colorado. Official tallies say Arvada got 22 inches, but the Virtus ranch netted 24.5 inches. And it stopped just in time for winter to officially arrive. All right, then. For those of us who have yet to invest in a gas-powered snow blower, there was plenty of opportunity for regrets today. But the arms are a bit stronger for doing this sort of work: Before After My friends, this storm didn't kill us (no reported fatalities that I've heard of), but many Coloradans have been made stronger from it.Tomorrow it's an attempted return to "normalcy" - or the best semblance of it that can be made with a rear-wheel drive vehicle. El Presidente has more … [Read more...]

Blizzard Blogging

Update, 5:45 PM: Well, the 18 inch estimate I made a little less than 7 hours ago was definitely a lowball. We're at 15 inches and counting here in Arvada. It looks like some other parts of the Denver metro area are getting hit even worse. With the snow set to continue until noon tomorrow, there's no telling what the final total will be. But worse than the raw snowfall totals are the high winds, the white-outs and blizzard-like conditions. Pray for safety for those still on the roads. To get an idea of the effect of the winds in creating heavy snow drifts around here today, I've posted this picture I took about an hour ago. Stay warm! Jared has posted more pics from his location on the other side of Denver. For the official … [Read more...]

Dick Wadhams Returns

A Denver Post story today has fueled the fires of speculation: could Dick Wadhams, the political genius who felled Tom Daschle, be coming home to Colorado to take the chairmanship of the state's Republican Party? Well, Wadhams is indeed returning to Colorado, but he is not ready to show his hand quite yet. Jason Bane thinks the job would be beneath Wadhams - but he can't be happy about this news. His colleague Cara Degette is more open about the terror being struck in her fellow Democrats' hearts. Right now, I'd have to admit that giving Wadhams the reins of the state party sounds like wishful thinking - even with Republican legislative leaders like Andy McElhany and Mike May making a lot of noise about the possibility. And unless … [Read more...]

RMA Interviews Soldier in Iraq

Over at Thinking Right, Jim had the privilege of interviewing an American military man on duty in Iraq. Even though the situation over there is tense and difficult right now, we can't take our eyes off the big picture. We need to encourage our leaders to follow the path to victory, and we need to encourage our troops. Besides the ideas shared in the interview, you should also make your voice heard at Let's Say Thanks (H/T Jared). … [Read more...]