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January 02, 2008


I know this has nothing to do with your point, but I'd like to just point out that Illinois played much better than the score indicated. It helped USC to get one huge terrible pass interference call that gave them 1st and goal at the 2 when it should have been an interception for Illinois. The score was 21-10 at the time and Illinois showed the ability to move the ball. Then turnovers on their previous possession and their next possession (I think) totally demoralized them. I'm not saying Illinois is better than USC, but the wide margin of victory was about bad officiating and bad breaks. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

I wonder if Mike Huckabee has made a similar error with the comment about Pakistani immigrants and then showing the ad he didn't want to show. The later, I find it difficult to fathom , gained the approval of his strategists. Its perhaps suitable for a high school election. But a presidential race?

"I know this has nothing to do with your point, but I'd like to just point out that Illinois played much better than the score indicated."

The Black Knight lives! :-) (Monty Python's Holy Grail, if you don't get the reference).


Yeah, well...I stand by it. End zone fumble, interception stolen, lucky lateral, lucky almost a fumble not reviewed. 1 bad call and many bad breaks.

It's just a flesh wound I tells ya!!

I had to watch the video to get the reference-it was a priceless analogy to Jon's post-thanks for the laugh Francis.

As for the meat of the topic, I'd have to admit that for quite a while I stayed a secret agent Christian so that I wouldn't have to live up to the name. The truth is we are imperfect and even buying in to the standard puts forth a false front which is really more damaging because the fall will eventually come. A Christian piety which is from an introspective context has an honesty to it that allows for mistakes because it is humble from the start. There is no motivation to "knock the high and mighty off their perch".

For me, protecting the name "Christian" is a more powerful motivation than trying to protect my own as the primary motivation, because in doing the former, the latter is done more surely.

Brad B

Interesting story to reflect upon. Clayton, the republican candidate, narrowly lost to Democrat Ann Richards. Had he won, he presumably would have run for a second term in 1994 and we, and the world, would have been spared. Perhaps a Job-like discussion was involved.

Steve, thanks so much for the reminder. I think you are absolutely correct about the potential effectiveness of us as ambassadors depending on it.

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