Stupid names

From the “I don’t think it means what you think it means” file:

CNN says that Israelis are puzzled over the name Tom Cruise has given his newborn daughter, Suri. He says it is an ancient Hebrew variation of Sarah. Israelis say it sounds more like a blunt term that means “get out of here” (like scram).

And why is a scientologist using old Jewish names anyway? Let this be a lesson in naming children from languages you don’t understand.

(hat tip: Betsy’s Page)

After surgery

Honeybun had surgery yesterday to repair her broken arm. The break was where the radius (one of the forearm bones) joins the elbow. They weren’t able to repair it, so they had to remove the bones fragments that were floating around. Someday she may have to have a prostetic put in. For now the doctor hopes it will heal and that rehab will get her back to normal (or near it anyway).

Ever get the feeling you need a break and it just won’t come?

Scott Savage: “threat to society”

OSU-Mansfield is investigating referrence librarian Scott Savage for sexual harrassment. The reason? He suggesting the book “The Marketing of Evil” for the freshman reading list. His accusers call the book homophobic and claim they now feel “threatened” on the campus because he suggested the book.

This is a case of the thought police on the loose. They don’t like the way Mr. Savage thinks so they have falsely accused him of sexual harrassment.

I did a quick search and discovered the book is not even available through the university library.

But is available through OSU-M’s online bookstore.

So wouldn’t that indicate that the bookstore employees are more “threatening” than Mr. Savage?

Anyway, once again it is liberals who show they are the ones who stifle freedom of speach. There are none so intolerant as the “tolerant”.

Easter Sunday

Yesterday Honeybun broke her arm when she was playing tennis. Ouch.

It hurts too much to go out so our Easter dinner was takeout from Outback Steakhouse. Her sirloin was tasty, but the ribs I had were the best.

Honeybun isn’t doing much besides laying down and popping Vicodin like they are Tic Tacs. I did get to go to mass today when she was in a drugged stupor. Now I’m just helping her around the house and messing around with my blog theme (as you may have noticed).

At least she can eat chocolate again since lent is over. There’s always a silver lining, right?

Ejector Pews

Amy Welborn has linked to an article about the United Church of Christ’s new TV commercials. The UCC press release describes the commercials:

The 30-second commercial begins with a shot of an African-American mother trying to calm a crying baby. Sitting in a church pew, the mother fidgets anxiously, as she endures disapproving looks from fellow worshippers. Eventually, someone in the wings pushes an “ejector� button to rid the church of her — and her noisy baby. Into the air they go flying.

In similar fashion, a gay couple, an Arab-American, a person using a walker, among others, get “ejected.� Finally, when a homeless person wanders in and takes a seat, nervous parishioners — expecting she’ll get the boot for sure — scoot away from her.

The commercial ends with a mood shift, where shots of diverse, friendly people set the stage for the announcer’s invitation: “The United Church of Christ — no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.�

Now I’m not commenting on other churchs, but if you’ve ever been in a catholic church, you know people don’t get thrown out for having a crying baby. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a mass that didn’t have a crying baby in it.

In my experience, churches (evangelical or catholic) are not biggotted like the UCC would want you to think. So why does the UCC want you to think all other churches are like that? Because they are loosing member’s and affiliated churches at an incredible rate. According to Biblical Witness Fellowship, a group within the UCC that is trying to reform the church, the UCC currently loses 27,500 members every year because of their liberal beliefs.

When churches start teaching that abortion is acceptable and homosexuality is morally equivalent to traditional marriage, people stop going. Conservative believers want to be encouraged to have higher standards. They go to church so they can improve themselves; they don’t get that message at a liberal church. People with liberal beliefs don’t need to go to those churches because they have no need to improve; they are already living up to (or down to) the ideals being preached.

So the UCC is in the awkward position of being approving all choices but dying because of it.