October 16th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 15 October 2009

I Love Lucy premiered on television (1951)


A 2006 Baylor University survey polled Americans about their beliefs in God, including God's characteristics and behavior. Researchers analyzed the results to determine how engaged in the world Americans believed God to be and whether or not they thought God was angry at humanity's sins. They concluded that Americans tended to believe in 1 of the 4 following types of God:

Authoritarian--God is very involved in people's "daily lives and world affairs"; God will punish those who are unfaithful; God is responsible for economic depressions and natural disasters.

Benevolent--God is involved in daily life but is not angry or wrathful and is mostly a positive force.

Critical--God observes the world and is unhappy with it but does not get involved in daily affairs; "divine justice may not be of this world."

Distant--God is not involved in the world and is not angry but is, rather, a "cosmic force which sets the law of nature in motion."

The fog comes in on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
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quote of the day

"Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none."
---Jules Renard

Thanks to girasole for the quote....
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one down....

The Yankees won Game 1 of the ALCS over the Los Angeles de Los Angeles de Anaheim, 4-1. It was thanks to a stellar pitching performance by CC Sabathia and some really awful defense by the halos.

I am well pleased. My concern tomorrow night is whether Jekyll A.J. Burnett or Hyde A.J. shows up for Game 2. I'm also pissed that Joe Girardi has bought into the "personal catcher" myth -- since he made his living as one as a player, this isn't surprising -- and is sacrificing a ton of offense for a marginal defensive improvement by having Jose Molina catch over Jorge Posada.

I just hope the Yanks don't miss Jorgie-Porgie's bat......
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