Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
An article in which we should see a finger pointing at all of us and is well worth a read. See examples in piece running the whole cultural continuum from the refusal to look at the Planned Parenthood videos to Immigration to the school boy's homemade clock. The decline and fall of the American debate. Just watch the less than thoughtful, and mostly politically partisan, talk which will come from discussion of the Pope's address to Congress.
"For years it’s been remarked that we no longer have one American culture but many, that we’ve become Balkanized into a dizzying array of interests and identity groups separated by race, ethnicity, religion, and much else.
But we’re also separated, increasingly, by the news and commentary we read and watch. To the extent that it informs us of what’s going on, and why, and what to expect, our fragmentation and insularity has reached a dangerous tipping point: we no longer agree on what’s real."
The past couple of days breaking news hit from all directions, enough varied and unrelated events and issues to make the head swim. It's really hard to keep up when one story gets going only to be overtaken by another.
What's pretty obvious and something no one really seems to want to think about too hard is the OPM (Office of Personel Management) security break which has the potential to affect the personal information including social security numbers of almost all of us. They're calling it "data exfiltration". This resurfaced yesterday but then just as you might want to hear more and learn if you could be affected we're bombarded with....
An armed robbery took place at the Creve Coeur Schnucks during the night. No one was hurt and the store was closed. Not one of the 24 hour stores in the chain obviously. But this is another in the list of surprisingly bold robberies going on around the St. Louis area this winter. So many times the banks inside Schnucks stores are the place of robberies. It's to the point that the Richmond Center store which is two blocks from us, the highest grossing store in the chain, and constantly busy, has a Richmond Heights police officer inside every day. I've come to recognize the officers who stand in the check out area.
Add to the car break-ins which go on around here and its pretty crazy. And infuriating.
This afternoon we're heading over to the local theater to see American Sniper. We've read so much about it it's made us want to see it. This may seem normal to most people, going to the movies, but for us it is a rarity.
This will be the first movie we will see in an actual theater since we saw Seabiscuit while on vacation in Michigan in 2003.
This is the problem with gas prices. You'd think everyone would be happy with the steep drop in cost per gallon. I mean, seriously, all we've done is agonize over the price the past few years as it practically touched 5 bucks per gallon. We'd read all about the reasons for this steady rise and it was mostly political, both national and international. The cost was hurting our economy because so many people found it hard to buy gas as well as extra things so the extra stuff got put off.
Now that the price has dropped almost to the point where it's heading under 2 dollars, the handwringers are out again, this time telling us the lower price is bad for our economy and us. SMH. These are the same folks who have a different story every time gas prices fluctuate and I'm a bit weary of it. I say, rejoice and be glad in it and just tune out these economic experts.
Next thing you know we'll be hearing how the fact that California is finally getting rain is really bad for the farmers out there.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding what might happen after the Ferguson grand jury decision is handed down, every agency is in "cover all bases" mode. This is what the United States Postal Service has done to our campus mailbox.
This is to prevent a bomb being dropped into the collection box. I mean, seriously? Who really believes someone is going to find this campus of all places and drop a bomb in our mailbox?
This Secret Service story has everyone's head spinning in disbelief this week. Democrat or Republican, everyone is pretty darn shocked at the lax-ness of our secret service personnel allowing not only a man to jump the White House fence and get half way up the stairs to the private residence, but also they let a man with mental disorders and a gun in his pocket on the same elevator with the president.
How can this happen? This is just one more group in an every lengthing line of incompetence in various Washington DC departments. Now that the Ebola various has hit our own country, all this lax-ness makes me wonder if we can now trust the Center for Disease Control when they say things are well under control.