Mission Trip to Brooklyn: A New Look at New York

A few weeks ago, I went to New York City for a family vacation, and we primarily stayed in Manhattan.  Two weeks after that, I was back in New York City, but this time in a predominantly Chinese area in Brooklyn.  It was a more down to earth setting than the glitz and glamour of Times Square and Broadway, which was just fine with me since I am not a big fan of the hustle and bustle of the city.  It also seemed to be a more fitting setting for the reason I was there, which was to help out at a children’s Bible program for the local kids.  Truth be told, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to go on this trip, having schoolwork to do as well as another mission trip right after in Tulsa, OK (which I am at right now).  Also, while I have some experience teaching English to young kids, I have very little teaching Bible stuff to them because my primary audience is normally college students and older.  Speaking in a way that kids understand was a daunting task.  However, God was working during the trip and I was very blessed by the experience.  I have no regrets about going and wished we had more time with both the kids and the youth workers.

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On the Inheritable Nature of Homosexual Relationships: Bad Arguments from Science and Unjustified Presumptions

As many know, Brendan Eich, former CEO of Mozilla Firefox, “voluntarily” resigned recently from his position due to the backlash over his contribution to the campaign for California’s Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.  Eich had been a committed employee since the founding of the company, never did anything at work that would constitute as being discriminatory, and even promised that he would not change any of Mozilla’s policies.  That was not enough; this created a firestorm, spearheaded by dating site OKcupid, that basically pressured Mozilla to push him out.  Mozilla’s statement after the incident was just slightly ironic, and here is just one part:

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

Indeed, what a culture of openness and diversity.  Perhaps even more ironic was OKCupid’s Rudder’s contention: “Our goal was to raise awareness. We don’t want [Mozilla CEO Eich] to lose his job or anything.” Really?  Here’s the quote that was on their website during this time:

Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.

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Horns finally defeat Kansas State, still have a ways to go

I didn’t write about Ole Miss, so here it is in one sentence:  We had a decent gameplan in the first half, but Ole Miss adjusted to Case McCoy, killed our offense, and then coolly hung 27 points in the second half.  Not much surprise there.

2003.  That’s the last year we defeated Kansas State.  Vince Young was a redshirt freshman and we also had Chance Mock at QB.  I was in high school.  For some reason, we’ve always had problems with K-State.  That’s partially because they avoided playing us in 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009, due to the divisions in the Big 12, and therefore they ducked all of our BCS teams.  However, we also never seem to get a break against them.  Colt got injured in the opening drive in 2006, and that injury and that loss knocked us out of national title contention and contributed to us losing the Big 12.  In 2007, we didn’t have a great team and they ran us over at home.  This is when freaking Ron Prince was their head coach.

Then we played them in 2010 and 2011, with Bill Snyder back as their coach.  Predictably, they smashed our horrid 2010 team and whipped our bad defense in 2012, but in 2011, that game should have been ours.  An absolutely horrible kick-catch interference call against us negated a muffed punt that we recovered and allowed KSU to score and stake a lead.  We killed their offense but our offense couldn’t get much going, and so we lost a close one.  That game was quite exasperating.

With that history in mind, it was nice finally getting a win over Kansas State.  However, make no mistake, this was not a good Wildcat football team.

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