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.
On the anniversary of Roe v Wade, I came across a poignant post written by a 27 year old woman on just what this Supreme Court ruling really set in motion.
"...I thought of the more than 55 million lives that have been taken in the U.S. since 1973, and I became overwhelmed at the tragedy. Tragedy for the babies, their mothers, their fathers, families, and us.
Who is our nation missing? What price is our society paying for the ultimate deceit of abortion?
40 years ago today, seven men on the Supreme Court decided in favor of a case presented to them from a 27 year-old, unknown, post-abortive lawyer, Sarah Weddington.Today, this 27 year-old is writing to you as a survivor of that decision. The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives."
Oh Lord have mercy upon us. What have we done?
I admire all those thousands of people who will be part of the March for life in DC today, standing and walking in bitter cold and snow.
The Menards home improvement company has slowly but surely moved into the St. Louis area big time as new stores open all around the metro. Now Richmond Heights will be getting one to be built in Hadley Township, a neighborhood just east of Hanley Road and the site of much fighting over development and home buy outs over the years.
Menards is from up north and kind of cool in ways home improvement stores are, but the question that nags at me is how will the Richmond Heights store affect the nearby Lowes and Home Depot. Menards will make 3 of this type of store within a stones throw of each other. If I'd be asked to bet, I'd bet that at least one of the current stores will close, most likely Lowes because that store does much less business than the always crowded Home Depot.
Too bad, really. It would have been much more fun to hear that an IKEA was coming to that Menard's spot, but rumor after rumor has been false on that score. For some reason IKEA doesn't look favorably on St. Louis, but again, I'd bet they'd do boffo business in Richmond Heights.
Buzzfeed put up one of the best jabs at Hollywood I've ever seen.
"Our government is yet again marching us towards a war of choice in the Middle East and our non-partisan, peace-loving celebrities have gone missing since late 2008. We fear the worst." They then put up a photo of 14 famous stars and a quote of theirs from before 2008 about "no war". They then ask where these people are now that the country is discussing war once again.
Great job Buzzfeed.
One of the 14 got himself off the couch and belatedly offered his opinion late yesterday which of course includes...Bush....but also
Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to
speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being
"A lot of people don't want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama," he said.
St Louis has certainly had its share of smash and grab robberies this summer. Forest Park is not the place you want to park your car, odds are the windows will be smashed as thieves working in tandem look for things to steal. The question is why can't these guys be caught, robbing right by the Muni and the Art Museum and the zoo thefts which have happened so many times you'd think these areas would be a priority for either the police or the park security people. I think back a couple of years to the same thing happening in public parking lots outside Busch Stadium which was solved by having constant on duty security during games. Maybe it's time for the park to do the same.
In any event, there are new thieves out there now named 'sliders' who steal purses at gas stations by creeping low by the passenger door while the car owner pump gas. They frog step low and unseen, open the door and grab the purse or phone or whatever is on the seat.
Best advice since this will probably become more widespread security cameras at gas stations or not, is to not have things in full view on a seat when getting gas.
And one runs for mayor and the other for comptroller. The two guys are Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, both of whom have very public personal sexual scandals in their past. Weiner tweeted weird photos of himself to a woman and Spitzer, who was governor, was spending lots of money on prostitutes. Both are favored to win their respective elections.
As you might imagine the webs have been full of jokes about all this, but more seriously, one man asked what a person in NYC would have to do to be unelectable. The answer, truthfully, is "be a republican."