I Hate Titling My Blogs

I do, I really do hate titling my blogs. It’s far too much pressure to be creative and quirky…and some days, much like today, I just can’t handle it.

In the mean time, I’m watching the Memphis v. Kansas game and it’s driving me insane.  45 seconds on the clock and Memphis is (now) 4 points behind….and I’m basically gonna need them to get their lead back…and now they’re 5 points behind…thank you foul shots.

My Dad invited me to participate in his yearly pool that he and his buddies have and so I took him up on the offer.  I’m currently in 2nd place and in order to beat Mr. Larry, Memphis is gonna have to win this game.  And Memphis just missed a 3 pointer with about 12 seconds on the clock, this is not looking good for me.  And Kansas just made a shot from the foul line…I’m gonna go ahead and call this one over.  Time of death: 10:49 PM.

Yeah, it’s over.  The Memphis boys, however, don’t look nearly as upset about it as I thought they would.  My boys looked absolutely devastated when we lost our Sweet 16 game….I’m still sad about that loss.  We should have won that game, alas, sometimes the cards don’t always fall in your favor.  I still love my boys.

Just checked my standings in the bracket as they are now updated and my Dad beat me…I’m in 3rd place, how does that even happen?  He’s my Dad, I suppose I’ll let him beat me…just this once though.

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Bekah [& Omaha] v. The Westboro Baptist Crazies

Dear Westboro Baptist Crazies (Especially you, Mrs. Shirley Phelps-Roper),

It came to no surprise to me today when I learned that you would be visiting my beloved hometown of Omaha, Nebraska this evening. Seeing as how you take every possible opportunity to express your extreme hatred for the country in which you reside as well as the people who reside in it with you, I kind of half-expected it.

Unfortunately for me, I was unable to greet you at the Westroads Mall this evening because I’m currently about 720 miles away as my classes have not yet ended for the semester. But it’s probably best, because I cannot honestly say that I would have had the kindest of words to express to you. Oh come on, let’s be honest, the words I would have expressed would have been about as far away from kind as words can possibly be. Because, basically, when you get right down to it, I disagree with everything you stand for and basically have an extreme distaste for the fact that you breathe the same air that I do — no worries though, I won’t be the one to decide when the breathing of that same air will cease because I believe that’s God’s decision.

However, I did think that I’d take the opportunity to remind you of some things that are found in the same Bible that you people-haters claim to read and believe in. I’m using the Amplified Bible in the event that you’re following along at home (doubtful).

“Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light — which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

“You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mind, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.” Romans 12:16-21

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44

I suppose it’s possible that there was a horrible mistake in the printing of all of the Bibles in Topeka, Kansas and those verses were left out. I doubt it, but I suppose it’s possible. In which event, I hope to see a mass letter sent to the families of soldiers, homosexuals and now the Omaha mall shooting victims apologizing for the severe emotional distress and damage you have caused. However, I suspect that those verses are indeed in your Bibles and since they don’t ring true for your message of hate that you’ve simply looked over them and left out their principle of love in your lives as well as your actions.

So, Westboro Baptist, I think it’s safe to say that if it were my place I’d have you successfully wiped off the face of the planet. But it’s not my place, because my God says that Vengeance is His (Deuteronomy 32:35, which by the way is from the same book that you quoted your reasoning behind picketing at the Westroads Mall this evening). God will have his vengeance, my Bible tells me that — he doesn’t need you to do it for him.

In closing, Westboro Baptist, especially Mrs. Shirley Phelps-Roper, leave my soldiers, their families and their unfortunate funerals alone and the stay the Hell out of my town.

Sincerely,

Bekah

Bekah v. The Westboro Baptist Crazies

I’ll admit I have my share of things that annoy me: failure to yield right of way, tardiness and general/unnecessary rudeness just to name a few things. But the Westboro Baptist Church — they have worn out my patience and understanding and have skipped right past annoyance and straight to lividity.  The members of Westboro Baptist Church have made reputations for themselves by making un-welcomed appearances at funerals of fallen soldiers clad with picket signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags.”

Albert Snyder, of York, PA, filed a lawsuit and sued the aforementioned Westboro Baptist “crazies” from Kansas — and won. Today Mr. Snyder was awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages, $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress to the family.

Do I think that award in the millions is a little outrageous? Absolutely.

Do I hope that Mr. Snyder will do something productive with that money, i.e. fund support groups for those in similar situations? Absolutely.

But do I think Westboro Baptist Church owes at least that for all the families who they have so wrecklessly kicked when they were already down? Absolutely.

It’s one thing to be against the war. It’s an entirely different thing to be tactless and asinine with zero respect for those who have given everything they had.

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Dear Baltimore Jury Members,

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Bekah

Bekah v. Sonic Booms

FAA Investigates Possible Sonic Boom

Officials Investigate Boom

POSTED: 2:38 pm CDT June 20, 2007

UPDATED: 2:56 pm CDT June 20, 200


OMAHA, Neb. — A loud boom was heard before noon, and Sarpy County officials said they are checking on what may have caused it.At about 12:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the sound may have been a sonic boom created by a couple of F-16s that were in Omaha’s air space at about the time of the boom.


KETV NewsWatch 7 received several calls from people who said they heard or felt a boom in Douglas, Madison, Sarpy and Cass counties in Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Shirley Jefferson, in Irvington, said the boom shook her house. Treasure Baker, who lives at 1917 Military Ave., said her house shook and the dog went crazy.People as far away as Tabor, Iowa, and Fremont, Neb., also reported the boom.The Sarpy County sheriff said he had investigators on their way to investigate a gas regulator that was found on its side on Sheridian Road and 36th Street between Bellevue and Papillion.Several firetrucks were also on the way.

(From KETV)

Someone’s gonna be in trroooubbbble.

Yessir, big trouble. Because breaking the sound barrier in a plane like that is illegal.

I knew I wasn’t going crazy when I was sitting in my room and I heard a loud BOOM and then my entire house shook like it was on a fault line in California.

Bekah v. Parents These Days

When did exploiting a child’s innocence and teaching them to say things like this become OK? When did this come to be a form of entertainment to expose our children to that type of behavior and attitude instead of protecting them from it?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not at all in favor of sheltering children to the point of naivety, but I am absolutely all for not advocating vulgar and profane actions or words to them. We wonder why the youth in this country are running amok and more violent, deviant, and entitled than ever but yet this type of behavior is completely encouraged when they are young and don’t know any better. However, when they turn 9 or 10 they are just automatically expected to know that that was wrong. No, it doesn’t work like that.

Bekah v. Week of April 15th

There was nothing unusual about the start of this week, I woke up, laid around in my bed for a while wondering whether or not I actually wanted to get out of bed–I did. I showered, I put on some khakis and a green polo shirt some sandals, grabbed my purse and my bible and I headed to my car for church.

By the end of the service I realized that I am no where near where I should be with my faith, or with my God and I began to pray that he would take my world apart as he saw fit. Little did I know how quickly or how effective that dismantling of my shell of comfort that would be.

By 930 that evening I had lost my boyfriend, due to my own decision, and while it was for the best, it still stung. A little more than 12 hours after that I nearly lost several friends in the Virginia Tech shootings. Thank God they’re all safe, sound, and alive. Tuesday my projects began to pile up, and after the last two days that I had had I was ready to break down. (It didn’t help that my little sister’s senior prom was the day before all this happened and I missed it because I live to far away.) Tuesday night was the VT vigil on campus, 2500 people came. It was probably one of most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. It’s incredible how something that far away can have such an effect on people who (most of them) had had no connection with the incident other than CNN.

Wednesday and Thursday got a little better, things began to look like they were calming down. Friday was splendid until about 2 o’clock that afternoon, I had been going over my degree program and I found a few somethings that didn’t seem right, so I called around, talked with my advisor, did some number crunching only to find that I have 5 credit hours short of being able to graduate on time. I. was. devastated. Mad was not the word. I worked so hard on getting that thing put together and now because some advisor didn’t count right, didn’t fill out the paperwork right, didn’t double check their work right, now in addition to my job and my internship I somehow have to squeeze in 5 hours worth (which will really be 6 because so few classes are worth 2 credit hours) of classes. So much for a social life. I’d been so looking forward to having a mental break this summer and after this semester I really really needed it. Back to Metro I suppose.

The world isn’t over, but for a while this week I really thought my emotional and mental sanity was.

Sad.

Now this just makes me sad. Johnny and June are gone and now so is their house, that’s devastating.

Fire destroys Johnny Cash home

POSTED: 10:16 p.m. EDT, April 10, 2007

var clickExpire = “05/10/2007”;HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Johnny Cash’s longtime lakeside home, a showcase where he wrote much of his famous music and entertained U.S. presidents, music royalty and visiting fans, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the 13,880-square-foot (1,289-square-meter) home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003.

“So many prominent things and prominent people in American history took place in that house — everyone from Billy Graham to Bob Dylan went into that house,” said singer Marty Stuart, who lives next door and was married to Cash’s daughter, Cindy, in the 1980s.

Stuart said the man who designed the house, Nashville builder Braxton Dixon, was “the closest thing this part of the country had to Frank Lloyd Wright.”

When Cash moved there, the road was a quiet country lane that skirts Old Hickory Lake. Kris Kristofferson, then an aspiring songwriter, once landed a helicopter on Cash’s lawn to pitch him a song. Roy Orbison was his next-door neighbor for a while.

The landmark video for Cash’s song “Hurt” was shot inside the house.

“It was a sanctuary and a fortress for him,” Stuart said. “There was a lot of writing that took place there.”

Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys lives on the same road as Cash. “Maybe it’s the good Lord’s way to make sure that it was only Johnny’s house,” Sterban said.

The property was purchased by Barry Gibb, a former member of the Bee Gees, in January 2006. Gibb and his wife, Linda, had said they planned to restore the home on Old Hickory Lake and hoped to write songs there. They had not yet moved in to the home, which they bought for a reported $2.3 million (euro1.71 million).

Dixon built the three-story house in 1967 for his own family, but Cash fell in love with it. Dixon was reluctant to sell, but Cash kept after him.

“It was a very, very unusual contemporary structure,” said Cash’s brother, Tommy Cash. “It was built with stone and wood and all kinds of unusual materials, from marble to old barn wood. I don’t think there was a major blueprint. I think the builder was building it the way he wanted it to look.”

The younger Cash said many holidays and family get-togethers were spent at the house. And while Johnny and June also owned a house in Jamaica and a second house in Tennessee, they considered this one to be their home.

“Johnny and June lived there the entire time they were married,” Tommy Cash said. “It was the only house they lived in together until they both passed on.”

The fire, in this suburb about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of downtown Nashville, started around 1:40 p.m. Fire trucks arrived within five minutes, but the house was already engulfed in flames, Hendersonville Fire Chief Jamie Steele said.

Just a few hours later, there was almost nothing left except stone chimneys.

The cause is unknown, but Steele said the flames spread quickly because construction workers had recently applied a flammable wood preservative to the exterior of the house. The preservative was also being applied inside the house.

No workers were injured, but one firefighter was slightly hurt while fighting the fire, Steele said.

Cash’s long career, which began in the 1950s, spanned rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country. His hits included “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.”

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