Skippy R

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The Olympics, and achievement just out of reach

08.20.2008 | Comments(8)

Before our morning Bible study some of us walk up to the local coffee shop, bypassing Starbucks. We're friends with the owners and the staff and we've been walking up there almost every day for a decade. READ MORE...

Maybe I made a mistake

08.03.2008 | Comments(27)

Maybe I made a mistake.

Summer finally caught up to us a few weeks ago, just as my bike commuting was becoming routine. We've had 17 straight days of triple-digit heat. It's taking me longer to recover, and it affects my judgment. READ MORE...

Beastie: Tip of apocalyptic iceberg

07.22.2008 | Comments(6)

There's am alarming development that I see eventually causing the breakdown of civilization as we know it.

Consider the story of Dr. Arnold Kim, physician-turned-blogger. READ MORE...

Help us cease from striving

07.14.2008 | Comments(29)

If you're burned out on televangelist appeals for money, megachurch ministry-bloat and evangelical politics, it might be refreshing to take a look at an organization that's trying to give a life-long, no-strings-attached hug to a few million of the poorest, dirtiest, most despised people on earth. READ MORE...

I lost my shorts downtown

07.09.2008 | Comments(8)

I've been riding my bike to work lately. My eight-mile route goes right through downtown Dallas, and it allows me to take the pulse of the city, not to mention its temperature and humidity levels, estimate its ozone pollution and gauge the mental state of its citizenry. READ MORE...

Prepare to be tweeted like dirt

06.27.2008 | Comments(7)

I’ve never tweeted. I confess, I’m a tweet virgin. Never even gotten a tweet, let alone sent one. Yes, I’ve thus far avoided joining the Twitter community. READ MORE...

Monkey business

06.25.2008 | Comments(1)

It's easy to overlook the obvious.

The biggest mistake many businesses and project planners make is to forget to place a deity on the payroll. READ MORE...

Beastie: Bonfire of the Anglicans

06.04.2008 | Comments(10)

An alarming report from across the pond--a motion calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England has been listed in the House of Commons as No. 666, the Number of the Beast. READ MORE...

Turkmen Tales

05.05.2008 | Comments(9)

Let's hope this marks the final chapter in the story of Saparmurat Niyazov, the "Father of All Turkmen," who was absolute dictator of Turkmenistan for 20 years until his death in 2006. READ MORE...

Suffer the little children...

05.01.2008 | Comments(0)

With all the discussion of child abuse at the polygamist ranch in West Texas recently, you might be thinking, "Surely they're not the only folks to mistreat their kids." And you'd be right. READ MORE...

Shatner does Moses

04.21.2008 | Comments(9)

We knew someone would step in to fill the shoes of Charleton Heston. But .... Captain Kirk? READ MORE...

Can any good come out of Idaho?

04.15.2008 | Comments(1)

Forget about political gaffes, missteps and the fickleness of the polls. We can all relax. The election's already decided. READ MORE...

Gird up your loins with the 'Carb-Load Seder'

04.11.2008 | Comments(7)

Jewish marathon runners are in a quandary. This year, Passover begins just two days before the Boston Marathon April 21. READ MORE...

The use and misuse of numerology

04.07.2008 | Comments(3)

The BBC ran a story today examining how entrepreneurs are using numerology to launch new businesses and further their careers: READ MORE...

Sticky-tab Spirituality

04.01.2008 | Comments(4)

Followers of a spiritual group called Summum want to add their "Seven Aphorisms" to a Ten Commandments display in a park in Pleasant Grove, Utah. READ MORE...

Fly me to the Moon

03.31.2008 | Comments(10)

I just can't wait to die.

Celestis, Inc., a company that pioneered the sending of cremated remains into suborbital space on rockets, said it would start a service to the surface of the moon that could begin as early as next year. READ MORE...

Holy War, The Game

03.27.2008 | Comments(1)

Sometimes you find something that so succinctly encapsulates a concept that no further information is required. READ MORE...

Trust the Force this Easter

03.15.2008 | Comments(14)

Sorry for the delay in posting. I just got out of the hospital after a kidney stone attack. (!) It got me to thinking about the impermanence of life, the sensitivity of the human waste removal system and the sad state of our nation's health care establishment.

So, to get my mind off THAT, I searched for the perfect antidote and found it: READ MORE...

Any candidates claiming to be funniest?

03.04.2008 | Comments(4)

This is primary voting day in Texas, where I live. I went to the local library where I've always voted, but noticed it said "Democratic Polling Place." I wanted to vote in the Republican primary. READ MORE...

McCain, nip this rumor in the bud!

02.23.2008 | Comments(4)

As I was driving home from work the other day, dodging falling satellite debris and listening to NPR, I heard a rumor that I hope was a mistake.

Since Condoleeza Rice has said she definitely won't serve as John McCain's black/woman running mate, some fool suggested the name of charismatic and successful televangelist Creflo Dollar. READ MORE...

How rood! Crucifixion nails for sale?

02.22.2008 | Comments(3)

Three of the nails used to crucify Christ are for sale on the French eBay site for 10,000 euros.

If genuine, these suckers have done a lot of traveling. READ MORE...

Beastie: In the year 2012...

02.20.2008 | Comments(5)

Liz Smith, the creaking gossip columnist for the New York Post, writes in her Feb. 19 column that (shock!) many people on the Internet are predicting the end of the world.

Apparently, she's missed most of our Weekly Beastie columns. But we can only applaud her tardy alert. READ MORE...

Crowns of Thorns and Jewels, Part II

02.16.2008 | Comments(13)

In an earlier post, a bishop's stolen headgear got me thinking about the definition of art, the place of the artist in the body of Christ and the meaning of creativity.

So as I walked around the Kimbell Art Museum's excellent exhibit Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art, I wondered --is this really the earliest Christian art? READ MORE...

Assud the cowardly lion

02.15.2008 | Comments(8)

Hamas' new children's TV show host is a Jew-eating bunny! This would normally be funny, in a Borat kind of way, but it's not satire. Its, um, real. READ MORE...

The stump speech we'll never hear

02.14.2008 | Comments(10)

[As music of the rock anthem Cum On Feel
The Noize
by Slade slowly fades]

Thank you all for your energy and support! I look out on this crowd of supporters tonight and see, not just a dazzling diversity of races, ages, genders and classes, but a whole stadium full of people who think just like I do, in lockstep with my agenda. I love that. READ MORE...

Forget St. Valentine. What about Adar?

02.13.2008 | Comments(0)

Sure, Valentine's Day is coming up--despite opposition in Saudi Arabia, India and elsewhere.

But did you know we slipped into Adar without even knowing it? READ MORE...

'Looking Good for Jesus' no more

02.12.2008 | Comments(5)

The folks who brought us the "Wash Away Your Sins" line of bath products have finally stepped over the line, at least in Singapore. READ MORE...

The Year of the Rat Fink

02.07.2008 | Comments(0)

Is it not fitting that the presidential race has really started rolling just as the Year of the Pig ends and the Year of the Rat begins? READ MORE...

Pancake flap upstages Super Tuesday

02.05.2008 | Comments(0)

Well, IHOP would like to make you think so, anyway.

The pancake house chain was alarmed to discover that the 2008 Super Tuesday primaries were set for Feb. 5, a date that coincides with Shrove Tuesday — arguably the most important date in the pancake calendar! READ MORE...