Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 20, 2009

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



I inhaled; and when WJC said he didn't/tried/couldn't, I knew integrity would not be a part of his legacy.

I stopped because I was spending too much $ at Burger King, decided to finish seminary, and realized I act stoned, uh, naturally.

With the Feds joining California in making medicinal marijuana almost legal in a don't-ask-don't-tell kinda way and heads winning more seats in Congress than ever before, it won't be too long before recreational weed is being sold next to your favorite brew at Sam's.

Legalizing and taxing all drugs will erase the national debt overnight, deal a KO to organized crime, force 81ers to sell more T-shirts, and send the heads in Congress along with their enabling lawyers and law enforcement agencies back to Saudi Arabia for graft.

Or something like that.

As for me, I was asked if I'd toke up again if it were legal; and I said, "Absolutely not...unless, I, uh, had to review the minutes of an ecclesiastical meeting or watch re-runs of anything involving Joy Behar."



Staying with that theme, KD conducted a nationwide survey: "Who is the most embarrassing politician in America?"

While presenting residents of California, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania with an endless possibility of candidates, respondents were limited to one nomination with a one sentence rationale.

There were 258 replies.

There was a second question: "Who is the most admirable politician in America?"

There were no replies with these comments being representative of those who even acknowledged the question: "I have no candidate for most admirable. I am just this side of 're-elect nobody'...A tie between the four guys on Mt. Rushmore...They all died with Miss American Pie!"


Getting back to embarrassments like the Tennessee Titans, here's a sampling of the selected winning losers in no special order with memorable quotes:

PBHO - "Because nobody in his right mind would be a White Sox fan...Can you spell c-u-l-t?...Makes Jesse Jackson look like
a hermit...Says so little about so much..."

WJC - "He's why PBHO was elected!"

GWB - "He's why PBHO was elected!"

JM - "He's why PBHO was elected!"

Kay Bailey Hutchison - "She responds to inquiries from vets with form letters."

Burris and Durbin - "They prove Massachusetts isn't the only brain dead state."

Barney Frank - "He gives gays like me a bad name."

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer - "One was hot and one's still not."

Tammy Baldwin - "What a waste...and I'm not talking politics!"

Robert Byrd - "A racist dressed up in the clothes of a jackass."

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe - "They're the evolution of the GOP."

VPJB - "Did you notice what he was drinking at the beer summit?"

Arlen Specter - "The word chameleon comes to mind."

Christopher Dodd - "...as in fraud..."

Alcee Hastings - "The poster boy for everything wrong in Congress!'

Many nominations were discarded because of unprintable rationale.


Getting back to being stoned, members of the church that I pray and labor to serve with some integrity while failing so miserably so regularly as if anybody needs to remind me have confused many of my comments about PAM which I am no longer mentioning because my wife said enough is enough as being about them which is not true and hardly in context though perception is reality for people who like perception as their reality.

Or something like that.

Anyway, please scroll down and re-read the first section of KD's 10/8/09 edition as a necessary preface for what follows.

First, I write KDs for, uh, anybody/everybody who reads 'em.

Again, go back to the first section of the 10/8/09 edition.

When I talk about churches, that may or may not include the one being kinda served by moi.


Maybe not.

Or as Harold said to the woman who said he had preached a sermon about her, "If the shoe fits..."

Let's put that in an Eleanor Rooseveltian context: "No one can make you feel anything without your consent."

My translation: "You only feel guilty if you are."

Second, I love First's family of faith more than anyone in it can gauge or entertain; and while I feel affirmed and appreciated, that's not what my beruf is about. It's about trying to love Jesus by loving like Jesus without regard to who, what, where, or when and without the need for response, regard, or reward.

Or something like that.

If I were after $ - which, uh, I could use to pay off a little plastic - I would have taken the advice of Hans Luther to Martin.

If I were after kudos - which, uh, I prefer to, uh, its counterpart - I would have followed the example of vocational anti-paradigms who agree with the last person that they've talked to and fulfill their ministries like clauses and sentences ending in prepositions.

Or something like that.

Having said that, I do feel appreciated and affirmed even as I appreciate and affirm the family of faith entrusted to my charismata.

My call is to stay for the duration or until I die or until the minority that hates me and left return and try to...

I will pray and labor to be pastoral at all times; extending unconditional love and regarding no one as any better or any worse than anyone else because treating people that way means some don't need Jesus as much as everybody else.

I will pray and labor to be prophetic as necessary; or completing the thought of Mr. Rodgers, "God loves you just the way you are and too much to leave you just the way you are."

Or something like that.



Does anyone have an extra plane ticket to California?


Blessings and Love!

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