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Best Worship Song Ever…or Not

This is described on Youtube as the Best Worship Band Ever. A bit of facetiousness there. I can’t imagine trying this as Anchor, my church. We would get laughed right off the stage.

I’m sure this probably appealed greatly to that particular audience, wherever they are. But most places…not so much.

The comments on Youtube are hysterical. I hereby give you a selection of them:

  • Is this just the whitest thing on youtube, or is it possibly the whitest thing in the world?
  • My mind needs renewing after watching this video…that is all.
  • Somehow even the synth is out of key.
  • Who are these people? and why are they not famous! Like seriously!!!
  • Why do I feel like the guy in the middle would talk to me about 80’s pop bands before violently murdering me with an axe?
  • Anyone else thinking American Psycho?
  • Why does this remind me of that old SNL skit with the music teacher couple?
  • what a sweet young man and his wives.
  • This is….words fail me.
  • That’s like watching a train wreck.
  • Eat your heart out Usher, you’ll never have these kind of moves.
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Guitarists have the Advantage (with Women, Anyway)

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Now I know why I remained single until age 33: because my parents had me take piano lessons instead of guitar lessons.

Two studies show that a guy is more attractive to women if he’s carrying a guitar. In a French study, a handsome guy approached 300 women (age 18-22), said “I think you’re pretty,” and asked for her phone number. In one-third of the encounters, he carried a guitar case; in another third, he carried a sports bag; and in the other third, he carried nothing. He got the phone number 31% of the time when carrying the guitar case, but only 9% with the sports bag and 14% when empty-handed.

That study was in France. In the other, from Israel, 100 single female college students received a Facebook friend request from a guy, along with the guy’s photo. In half of the requests, the photo showed him strumming a guitar. In the other half, it was just his mugshot. The guitar-photo request had 14 positive responses, while the guitar-less request had just 5 responses.

The Israeli study was duplicated, but this time the friend requests came from a woman to men. The presence of a guitar made no difference.

I really think they should try it with a guy sitting at a piano. I mean, THAT is sexy, isn’t it? Please tell me it is.

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A Plea for New NRA Leadership

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The NRA is holding its annual convention in Houston this weekend. Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, wrote an excellent–I mean, EXCELLENT–letter to NRA members, suggesting that they need new leaders.

“What most members of the NRA want from the organization and what the leadership is actually doing are not the same. The NRA used to be a great organization, and you can still get practical value out of it as a member–everything from insurance to gun safety courses. But those services are small potatoes compared to where the NRA’s leadership makes the really big money. The NRA leadership’s top priority is to make sure the corporations that make guns and ammunition continue to turn huge profits. Their top priority isn’t you, the NRA member….

“And that’s why LaPierre and the rest of the leadership of the NRA and other gun organizations are spending so much of their time wild-eyed, preaching possible government confiscations. It’s because they don’t want the membership to notice they’ve turned their backs on the very safety measures, like background checks, that the organization used to stand for–in exchange for cold hard cash….

“When LaPierre and his crew of highly paid Beltway insider staff reversed their earlier support of common-sense measures like expanded background checks, they sent a strong message that instead of standing with the 3 million of your members who supported background checks, they were working on behalf of the manufacturers’ profit margins instead. It seems to me that the time is right for a new generation of leaders within the NRA.”

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Becoming a Distant Memory

The oldest known (but not the last) Nazi concentration camp survivor died April 21 at age 107. After refusing to renounce his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness, Leopold Engleitner survived three concentration camps and forced labor between 1939 and 1945. He was released from Ravensbruck in 1943 after agreeing to work as a farm slave laborer. Later, after being ordcered to report for duty in the German army, he hid in the countryside until the war ended.

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Problems Left Behind in the 1990s

Pulp-Fiction-MiaInteresting list of “Problems you haven’t had since the 1990s.” Here are a few of them.

  • Someone’s on the phone. I can’t use the internet.
  • I bought the CD because I liked the single. The rest of the album is crap.
  • Blockbuster already rented their copy of Groundhog Day and there’s no other way to see it.
  • I dropped my cellphone. Now I have to buy a new floor.
  • I want to listen to music while running, but my Discman keeps skipping.
  • I want some privacy, but the phone cord doesn’t stretch far enough.
  • I have to do a school report, but I hate going to the library.
  • With so many job opportunities, I can’t decide which job to take after college.
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So Who’s Counting?

numbersI am so confused. But numbers always do that to me.

We Americans use Arabic numerals–1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. Clearly, we’re condoning Islamic systems and opening the door to the full implementation of Sharia law.

But these numbers actually began in India. Arabs themselves refer them as “Hindu” numerals.

Meanwhile, Arabs don’t use Arabic numbers. Instead, they adopted a completely different numbering system, which they call “Hindi” numerals (not to be confused with “Hindu” numerals).

Meanwhile, in India, where the whole Arab thing began, native languages use a whole other numbering system.

I think India should be getting some kind of royalty payments.

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