Joshua Griffin over at the excellent blog More than Dodgeball
and have finally had time this weekend in Colorado
to try it out thanks to the urging of my wonderful sister, Jenny.
You simply type in what kind of music you want to hear on the site
and Pandora makes an entire playlist for you on the spot.
All for free!
It is kinda of like i-tunes on steriods.
Try it out! Click Here...
(I am not getting paid for this, although if someone from Pandora Radio comes across this post, a free t-shirt would be appreciated)
"God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
So that all men he has made may know his work,
he stops every man from his labor. "
The harp is mentioned over 58 times in the Bible.
In Psalm 43 it states,
"Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God..."
Here is a grassroots urban use of the Harp, followed by a more traditional hymn usage.
We talked about Mark 3:31-34 which details Jesus' teaching
on just who belongs in his family (those who do God's Will).
I was really pumped about the outcome of the night.
Anyways, around 10:30pm, I was the last one in the rooom
putting away my computer and a few cords.
When All of the Sudden...
One of my homeless friends who comes around our church all the time
appears in the room out of no where.
It scared me for a moment, but then when I recovered and I was authentically glad to see him.
We talked about life (mostly his) and then he asked me for some money so
he could get a motel room for the night.
I have given this particular friend at least a hundred dollars in the last 2 months
and I have decided that I just can't afford much more.
I explained this to him and he seemed to understand.
I felt bad saying no to his money request, it was raining outside, this guy has tons of health problems that contribute to his situation and his family doesn't seem to be available at all for him. He literally has no where to turn.
But one thing I know is that I can't keep helping him each week. I simply can't afford it.
30 Minutes Later...
My friend came back all excited. Someone else around the church had given him just enough for a night at a motel. He asked me if he could get a ride since it was raining and I agreed. As we were heading to the motel he asked if I could drop him by the local 24 pharmacy at the Hospital to pick up his blood pressure medication. I agreed and we swung by the hospital. I droppped him off and waited in the car. And waited. And waited. 20 minutes and no sign of him. So I parked and went into the hospital pharmacy. There he was checked into the ER! I asked him what had happened and he told me he had to be seen by a doctor in the ER in order to get his presciption. This was going to be a 2-3 hour process!
Now I was Mad...
I felt taken advantage of. It was almost midnight, I had been at church since 8am and now this guy was getting me to drive him to doctor's appointments in the middle of the night! I think he had known all along that it would take 2 hours or more, but he didn't want to tell me this for fear I wouldn't drive him.
I told him I was sorry, but I couldn't wait any longer and so I left.
Now I feel bad...
The Bible tells us we are to forgive others any time they repent and ask for forgiveness.
But what about compassion? Our we as Christians called to show compassion any time compassion is asked for?
In the Old Testament in Zechariah 7 it says,
"8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other."
This is a powerful scripture.
What do you Think?
Should we show compassion anytime the poor ask for it?
If not, when do you think would be an appropriate time to refuse the needs of the poor?
Just wondering what others think as I sort out my theology on compassion and the poor.
If you would indulge me, here is a brief recap:
Thursday - November 20th
Had some early morning 7am and 8am meetings before heading over to the Harris home
for the Elevation "Brainstorm" meeting for our church.
In this monthly meeting I am part of a very highly creative team of thinkers from our church (who are way more creative than I will ever be!) who pray, dream, dialogue and ultimately plan our Elevation service at Calvary Church. I spent the morning with these folks and then
UCI Hospital in Orange.
No, I wasn't there to check in.
I was invited by UCI Chaplain, Jon Wetterholm
to be part of the "Spiritual Diversity" Fair for hospital employees.
The hospital set up tables for groups representing Muslims, Mormons, a Jewish group, Jehovah Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Catholics and for me representing Christianity.
It was an incredible afternoon, the type of experience that most people imagine Pastors having each day. I was able to talk with random folks about Jesus, Christianity and the Bible.
I was able to dialogue with the people representing the other faiths and share with them what I believe as a Christian. It was awesome!
After the diversity fair, I had the honor of shadowing Chaplain Jon Wetterholm as he made his rounds through the hospital. Jon is such a passionate, authentic Christian. He represents Jesus so incredibly to the doctors, nurses, staff and patients of UCI Hospital. I learned so much just watching him pray with patients and hospital staff Thursday afternoon. I want to be like Jon.
Friday - November 21st
Spent the day reordering our home, doing chores, mowing the lawn, cleaning our backyard and putting up Christmas Lights (I am going big this year!). It was a great sabbath um....work day.
Saturday - November 22nd
This morning was one of the most emotional, difficult mornings I have experienced in a long time. I had the honor of going to Chelsea Worcester's memorial service at Taft Community Church in Orange. Chelsea was one of my high school students in my youth group and had battled cancer for the past 2 years before passing away a few weeks ago. The church was packed and I was so proud of the body of Christ in how they came around the Worcester family during and after the service. There is nothing more difficult than watching parents bury a child. I pray the Lord just overwhelms the Worcester's with his love and peace during this time.
At Night, Marie and I packed up the kids and headed down to San Diego to experience a life long friend of ours, Moriah, get married. This is where she and her husband Seth had their ceremony:
It was a very nice wedding with a harp player, photo booth, tons of food and friends I have known my entire life. They even had paid "nannies" to watch our kids. One thing that is kind of difficult about being in ministry is that most weddings, celebrations, birthday parties etc. take place on Saturday nights. This is a great fit for 99% of the people at any party, but as a Pastor whose biggest day of the week is Sunday morning, there is always tension in being out on a Saturday night. This Saturday was no different as we left the wedding at 7pm to make sure we would get home at a decent time to be ready for the next day. I am not complaining, just stating the reality of life as a Pastor.
Sunday, November 23rd
Was at church at 7am and ready to go for our monthly homeless outreach. Once a month, Brent Dedmon, Laura Copeland, Doug Brown and myself take college students from Calvary down to the Civic Center in Santa Ana and pass out brown bag lunches to the homeless men and women who hang there during the weekend. This Sunday was particulary cold by OC standards and it was so cool to have had one of our college students Tiffany make over 100 wool beanies for the folks we passed out lunches for. People seemed really open to talking with us. It was a great morning. Particulary I am praying this week for a lady named Ricki who has a college degree yet due to several circumstances finds herself living on the streets of Santa Ana. "Lord protect her today and give her hope that you care for her."
Returned to Church and helped with our church wide Angel Tree Project. This is a Christmas outreach to families of prisoners who live here in Orange County. Our church has adopted 125 kids to give presents to this Christmas. In 2 Sundays, the gracious people of Calvary "adopted" all 125 kids. I was blown away by this!
Finished the day of ministry leading a lunch for new people at our Church called, "New to Calvary." It was a particularly precious time this Sunday as several people openly shared stories of struggle and how God had in his providence brought them to Calvary. I left church Sunday just feeling thankful that God is using this little church for His great purposes.
Monday, November 24th
I had the joy today of meeting for pre-marital counseling with a couple whom I just love and will have the joy to marry on New Year's night next month. Caught up on some adminstrative stuff at church and then Marie and I packed up the kids at night and headed over to Birth Choice Crisis Pregnancy Clinic at night to lead a prayer time for the clinic. It was sweet time of going room to room in the clinic and praying for God's protection and power to move within the clinic and the clients that walk through the doors.
Over the last 5 days I have felt so many emotions.
Joy, Humility, Sadness, Excitement, Compassion, Laughter and Stress.
I love that the Lord has been with me through every emotion and experience.
"Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. "
One of my friends from church recently began working for the ministry and is involved in running one of two overnight "Cold Weather" programs in Orange County, which serves the homeless population of the area by opening up overnight facilities when the weather gets too cold by SoCal standards.
I am praying that we as a Church can get involved with Mercy House in 2009.
I could see Jesus hanging out there when He was in town.
I found this website this week, catalystwestcoast.com
Catalyst is a Pastors conference held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.
In April of 2009, it is hosting its first west coast conference
with speakers such as Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Erwin McManus,
Dan Kimball, Perry Noble AND Hillsong United!!!
The conference will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine.
Eric Wakeling, I demand our church staff at Calvary attend!
The idea is to sell your new or nice car and buy an older car so that you will have more money to spend on helping others. Check out the Junky Car Club blog here.
History of the Club
Here is a history of the club from the official web-site...
"The Junky Car Club was established in the spring of 2006 when Mike Foster decided to sell his fully loaded Infiniti G35 sports car to drive a junky 1993 Toyota Camry. As an act of rebellion against consumerism and with the desire to give more to worthy causes, Mike began to enlist his friends and associates to join him in this experiment of driving with less and giving more.
The Junky Car Club has signed up members in the US, Australia, Russia, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Singapore. So if you're passionate about social justice causes and are committed to living a generous life, the Junky Car Club wants you. "
Car Rally on December 6th
The Junky Car Club has an event coming up here in Orange County on Saturday, December 6th
in Costa Mesa. Here are the details for those who live in our area:
Join us Saturday, December 6, 2008, in Costa Mesa, CA for the First Annual Junky Car Club Rally. This event will help support and bring awareness to families who are facing mobile homelessness. Enjoy a weenie roast, beater car competitions, prizes, a festival of the clunkers, Junky makeovers, and free Junk Pride tees for everyone.
DATE AND TIME: Saturday December 6th 2008 9am-11am
LOCATION: The Camp2937 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
2-1-1 Orange County
Volunteers are needed to answer phones and assist with data entry in Costa Mesa. The age requirement is 18 and over. They need volunteers today through the end of the week from 9am to 5pm.
Contact: Jeremy Scharrer 949-764-1309
Orange County Rescue Mission
Volunteers are needed to help pass out gift cards to fire victims at a site in Anaheim. The age requirement is 17 and over. The volunteers are needed tomorrow through the end of the week from 8am to 7pm, two hour shifts are available.
Contact: Faye Couvillion 714-247-4328
Orange County Rescue Mission is collecting clothing for the fire victims. It can be dropped off at the Village of Hope Warehouse, One Hope Drive in Tustin. The Village of Hope is located on the old Tustin Marine Helicopter Base and it sits right next to Red Hill Road between Barranca and Edinger.
The American Red Cross:
Yorba Linda Friends Church
(From their website)
"As we seek to come around the victims of this weekend's fires, we as a church, are banding together to provide support to those in need. If you are able to assist in any of the following ways, please contact Tanya Modica at email@example.com immediately:
Provide housing for displaced families
Providing supplies such as clothing, food or financial assistance
Provide Legal, Insurance, Counseling assistance
Volunteer your time
Provide us with information on families who have lost their homes
IMMEDIATE NEED: We are assembling Care Packages with the following stuff to be taken to homes:
1) Humility: Daddy Bill has always been keenly aware that God is God, and he is not. He has always been conscious of his smallness and God’s bigness, his imperfection and God’s perfection.
2) A love for the Gospel: Daddy Bill has always had a deep sense of his own sin, which has led him to a deep love for his Savior. He has always exemplified the sweet reality that you can never know Christ as a Great Savior until you first know yourself to be a great sinner. God’s amazing grace still amazes him — and that amazes me!
3) Faithfulness: Although he has had the opportunity to do many things, he has never wavered concerning God’s call on his life to be an evangelist. He knows he’s not a scholar or a theologian; he’s never tried to be. He has always remained true to God’s calling.
4) Never show favoritism: I have been with Daddy Bill in numerous places with numerous people, and I have never, ever seen him show favoritism. He treats all people the same, whether they are rich or poor, weak or powerful, socially significant or socially insignificant.
5) Be real: Daddy Bill is normal! He gets mad; he gets sad; he’s fun to be around. His favorite restaurant is Morrison’s Cafeteria. His favorite movie is “Crocodile Dundee.” His favorite drink is orange juice, and he loves catfish. He’s just another man with all of the limitations and idiosyncrasies that the rest of us have — and I love him for it!
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Section. 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
What This Could Lead to:
Let me hear from you...
If it does, in a respectful and civil way,
Here is a copy of a brief note I plan to send to Mr. Shaiman:
Dear Mr. Shaiman,
yesterday, we listened to an amazing lecture by Tim Keller.
You can find the one we listened to here.
In this message, Keller teaches from 1 Peter 1.
Here is an excerpt of this powerful chapter in the Bible:
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
To read all of 1 Peter, Chapter 1 click here.
I have to be back at Calvary by 4pm to set-up and prepare for out Young Adults Gathering at 7pm. So, we are on the clock as we drive through our great state today.
5 minute bathroom breaks, packed lunch, cruise control set for....something over 55 mph.
Hopefully we will make it in time!
One of the high school students I had the honor of pastoring
at Calvary Church, passed away from cancer at the age of 17.
Her name is Chelsea.
Today she is with Jesus, experiencing the glory of God and the joy
So my mourning is not for her,
but for her parents, brothers, family and friends.
We spent the weekend here celebrating an early Thanksgiving with her side of our family.
I love this house in the middle of the apple orchards in Sonora. It is one of the most quiet, peaceful places I have ever spent any amount of time. Our family cherishes the times we get to spend there.
After a morning in Sonora
We drove west to the beach in Santa Cruz, California to stay for a few days with my parents.
This is a picture of their house from last Christmas. We love being in their home, it is a place of refuge and renewal for us.
Two of my favorite places on earth in 1 Day!
My coffee intake has been slightly over the top
in the last few months, so I felt I needed to take a step back
and do something dramatic for a few days.
So Far I Have Experienced:
no headaches or moodiness (that I can tell)
but from 3:00pm to 5:00pm each afternoon, my motivation to do anything
grinds to a halt, so the last few days I have resorted to sucking back some nice hot Green Tea.
Anyways, here is an interesting article I read on the benefits of Coffee...
I will return to you one day my friend, but just not so much.
Benefits of Drinking Coffee (found at HealthAssistBlog.net)
1 Antioxidant content
Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and melanoidins. Melanoidins from roasted coffee show strong antioxidative effects depending on the way the coffee is treated
Researchers found that a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries and oranges.
Coffee consumption is potentially protective against the development of type 2 diabetes. A prospective cohort study as part of the US Nurses Health Study found that moderate consumption of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in younger and middle aged women. The finding that higher consumption of decaffeinated coffee was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes suggests that the protective effect could not be attributed exclusively to caffeine, but rather that it should be explained by other components, most probably chlorogenic acid and various antioxidants.
Prospective study based on an oral glucose test confirmed striking protective effect of caffeinated coffee against incident type 2 diabetes (in both with impaired glucose and those with normal).
3 Parkinson’s disease
There is strong evidence that regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease. A number of studies have demonstrated that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are significantly less likely to develop Parkinson’s.
4 Liver cirrhosis
Coffee drinking may protect against liver cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis
There is some evidence that coffee drinking may be protective against gallstone formation in men and women
6 Kidney stones
Coffee consumption lowers the risk of kidney stones formation
Hyperuricemia (high level of uric acid in the blood) can contribute to both gout and kidney stone formation. Coffee drinking may decrease the serum uric acid level and lower the risk of gout in men
8 Work performance
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant. Many studies demonstrate the beneficial effects of caffeine in coffee on alertness, attentiveness, and wakefulness. The cup of coffee can increase information processing.
There is some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable. Caffeine in coffee is related to theophylline, an old asthma medication. Caffeine can open airways and improve asthma symptoms.
10 Alzheimer’s disease
Several studies comparing moderate coffee drinkers (about 2 cups a day) with light coffee drinkers (less than one cup a day) found that those who drank more coffee were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Coffee, particularly in large doses, can cause several problems for susceptible individuals:
just thought it was interesting.
The first map shows Ronald Reagan's (red) landslide victory over Walter Mondale (blue) in 1984.
The second map shows Richard Nixon's (red) landslide victory over George McGovern (blue) in 1972.
The third map shows Barack Obama's (blue) victory over John McCain (red) yesterday.
here in Orange County on Election Day.
The roads seemed more crowded, people seemed in a hurry,
there was a buzz in the air,
you could sense that today was a special day for our country.
As the day comes to a close here are a few of my thoughts:
(feel free to add your comments)
Obama's Victory Has Negative Implications For:
The rights of the unborn.
The abortion issue is THE most important issue to me
and it hurts my heart to think that our next commander in chief
seems to have such a clear track record of not protecting the rights of the unborn.
I am so saddened by this. I ask you to join me in praying that Obama's track record will not follow him to the White House and that he will have a radical shift towards compassion and protection of the unborn.
Obama's Victory Has Positive Implications For:
Missions around the world.
Ask any foreign based Christian missionary what being an American through the Bush presidency has done to their effectiveness on the missions field and they will tell you it has hurt their case. The world for some justified and some unjustified reasons has created the Bush adminstration into being this evil monster. The missionary efforts of Americans has been impacted by this prejudice. Obama on the other hand is largely liked around the globe and I believe the effect of this will seep into Missionaries and their ability to attain Visa's, set-up businesses and hold church services. The next 4 years of Missions may be the most impactful season we have ever seen in global missions!
The likely passing of California's Proposition 8 (protection of traditional marriage between a man and a woman) will most likely result in:
A lot of angry people, who feel the church and Christians are the enemy.
How We Must Respond as Authentic Followers of Jesus To this Anger:
We must engage this anger with compassion.
(Warning: Rant about to occur)
We must be compassionate by offering a listening ear to those that are angry.
We must be compassionate by continuing to show our pro-gay culture that Biblical Marriage works like no other commitment.
This means that we as Christians NEED TO STOP QUITTING ON STRUGGLING MARRIAGES!!!
The millions of voters who voted against prop 8 will never respect those who voted For prop 8 if we continue to treat marriage so lightly. I pray that those of us that were so passionate about passing prop 8 will now turn this passion towards strengthening traditional marriages.
Authentic Love From Christians
We must also be compassionate to the homosexual community by meeting the true need behind same sex attraction, which is love. We must show love to the homosexual community as authentic Christians.
We must show this community that Jesus' love is transformational in our own lives before we ever tell them Jesus' love can be transformational in their's.
We need to demonstrate that Jesus' love cares for those with AIDS and Jesus' love is okay with hanging out and befriending those who consider themselves our"enemies."
These are a few of my scattered thoughts on Election Night.
What are you thinking?
"Jesus' Family Reunion: Life Lessons from Jesus' Family"
Tonight, I will speak on the Genealogy of Jesus
as found in Matthew 1 and Luke 3...
On the surface, these genealogies seem so boring and very "skippable"
passages in the Bible.
But as we examine these verses closer, the incredible faithfulness and grace of God is so
2 points I hope to make tonight:
#1 - The Genealogies of Jesus show God's faithfulness to Abraham and David...This is the same faithfulness we experience in our relationship with God.
#2 - The Genealogies of Jesus show God's amazing grace, that he would allow Jesus' family line to be filled with outcasts and screw-ups....This is the same grace we experience in our relationship with God.
In my studies I found this You Tube Video...So innocent, so pure, so...weird.
#1 - Share my personal thoughts about God, Church Ministry and everyday life
#2 - Inform others about free stuff!
Here are some free and discounted things you can get from restaurants here in Orange County just for voting tomorrow! (found on http://www.orangecountyregister.com)
Starbucks said it would give voters a free Tall coffee on Nov. 4. The freebie was announced during a national TV ad on Saturday Night Live. All you have to do is say you voted, the commercial said. Limit one per customer. To view the ad go to, http://www.youtube.com/starbucks.
Anaheim White House:
Diners ages 21 and over will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne for voting. The restaurant will offer a $44, four-course dinner that night.
In an unusual twist, the award-winning fine dining establishment will also have plasma TVs in the restaurant so diners can watch live election coverage. More info: Address: 887 South Anaheim Blvd. Phone: (714) 772-1381. The free bottle of bubbly is valid, per couple.
The doughnut chain, which has two locations in Orange County, is giving a free “star-shaped” doughnut to voters. To find locations, go here.
The chain expects orders to surge on Election Day. To encourage diners to plan ahead, Pizza Hut is will give a 20 percent discount to all online orders scheduled for delivery or pick-up on Nov. 4. (One catch: The deal is valid for new online customers only.) To order, go to PizzaHut.com.
Ben & Jerry’s:
All ice cream stores will give one free scoop of ice cream to customers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. This deal is good for “everyone” not just voters, says spokesman Sean Greenwood. I can only imagine the lines. Click here for all locations, including O.C.
Pat & Oscar’s:
Voters get 20% off on Nov. 4. Dine in only. Pat & Oscar’s locations.
Zov’s (Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach):
Voters can get a free slice of Apple Pie with purchase. Locations of Zov’s.
Daily Grill (all locations):
From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Daily Grill will give a free appetizer to voters. More info: Daily Grill locations, including Irvine and Newport Beach.
Salt Creek Grille (Dana Point):
A few cool things going on at this Dana Point restaurant. First up: free money. In the bar, the customer who comes closest to guessing the correct “percentage of total votes” for the winning presidential candidate will win a $200 restaurant gift card. Servers will also pass out free Brandt beef sliders and house-made chips twice during happy hour. That night, the chef is offering an “All-American” Prime Rib dinner — three courses for $27.95. For more information and location info, go here.
Scott’s Seafood (Costa Mesa near South Coast Plaza):
Show your “vote” sticker, and you get $10 off your lunch or dinner check. http://www.scottsseafood.com/southcoast/private.html
prepare, write and give their sermons.
to guide and jog his memory.
It is absolutely amazing to watch him do this!
Another guy who goes practically "noteless" is one of my favorite pastors from Seattle, Washington, Mark Driscoll.
Thanks to my good friend and fellow pastor, Ryan Whieldon pointing me to the
Josh Harris' website I was able to see what Driscoll uses as sermon notes for
a 1 HOUR sermon....
What Does Driscoll use as Notes for a 1 Hour Sermon?
2 Sticky Notes attached to his Bible!
( Drawing by Josh Harris)
See Mark Driscoll's notes here.
Some guys like another one of my Pastoral Heroes, Tim Keller takes a much different approach.
(Drawing by Josh Harris)
Keller writes his sermon notes as a practical word for word manuscript using shorthand, bullet points, and tiny font. It is amazing to hear him be so articulate and passionate from such technical notes. See Tim Keller's sermon notes here.
What is the best or most preferred style for Pastors to use?
but one thing is for sure,
We will all be measured as Pastors on not how large our churches are
or how many books we have written,
but whether we have been faithful to the calling the Lord Jesus has called each of us to.
I Am Not Making This Up:
"Taichi Takashita (of Japan) launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the Japenese government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.
Within a week he has gathered more than 1,000 signatures through the Internet.
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.
“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorize marriage with a two-dimensional character?”
(taken from neotorama.com)
5. Constitution: and Bill of Rights interpreted according to the actual intent of the Founding Fathers;
In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers..."