ERROL CASTENS: Mixture, miscellany and the occasional mess

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.”
Ecclesiastes 1:5
And meanwhile …
• The Apostle Paul warned, “[D]o not let the sun go down on your anger … .” But not being Joshua, I can’t make the sun stand still.
• Dear iPhone calendar app: The fact that the Windy City happens to share the Central Time Zone with Mississippi does not mean folks around here live on Chicago time. Come on down and see.
• The definition of irony: A slightly domesticated cat – fed, watered and sheltered now for two months – still distrusts hands that have been unfailingly generous and affectionate and yet continually walks within inches of size 11 shoes that might accidentally break his bones.
• Pastor Curt expresses this way the danger of Christians becoming too acculturated: “Ships don’t sink because they get into the water. Ships sink because the water gets into them.”
• The best telling-the-truth-in-love message I’ve seen in a long time is a minimalist outline of a woman and the baby in her womb. Its one-word caption arrests attention: “COEXIST.”
• In Oxford, signs supporting Mayor Pat Patterson seem to have a decided edge in established neighborhoods, and those supporting challenger Todd Wade are more prevalent in student-dominated areas. Wade’s challenge will be turning visible support into votes on June 4, when most traditional students have gone home.
• J.D. Mullane, who writes for several Philadelphia-area papers, said attorney Jack McMahon invoked John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” in closing arguments of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial. McMahon implored jurors to “defy public opinion” and find his client not guilty of murdering born-alive infants whose deaths witnesses – including former Gosnell employees – described in gruesome terms.
If acquitting a man who wouldn’t speak in his own defense and couldn’t produce a single witness to refute literally hundreds accusations of debauchery and malpractice – let alone murder – is his definition of courage, Jack McMahon is no Jack Kennedy.
• “Never pass a law you wouldn’t send your mother to prison for breaking.” – Dan McLaughlin
• Finishing back on the anger issue: “I don’t have enough time or energy to be outraged about it all. There are things to be outraged by, but not everything.” – Erick Erickson
“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.” (Ecclesiastes 1:5)
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