Why You Should Pay Less Attention to the News

Gleanings from the wonderful world of news media that are absolutely worth your time. For what it’s worth, MSNBC seems to consistently have the highest concentration of inane headlines.

Animal-masked speeder in Phoenix ignores tickets (MSNBC)
Coffee Spill Costs Community College $200,000 (Fox)
Cops: Robber returned, asked victim for date (MSNBC)
Man falls from bridge…into convertible? (ABC)
Protected birds killed in Malta (BBC)
Whoopi slams Kate Gosselin over custody (CNN)
Zombies march for charity (CBS)


Why You Should Pay Less Attention to the News

In case you needed some more convincing to lessen your news/information intake, here are some actual “news” headlines (as opposed to entertainment, sports, or other headlines) from some of the world’s top media outlets over the last couple weeks. Talk about inane. Why do we need to know this stuff? How are people actually getting paid to “report” this garbage?

Pool drain rescue shows danger remains (ABC)
Why the wrinkle-faced bat has such a strong bite (BBC)
Self-proclaimed ex: Jon on “Bachelor Romp” (CBS)
$250k Lamborghini a lemon, judge says (CNN)
100 year old beaten, robbed of $30 (Drudge)
Bags of dead pets found near Fla. runway (Fox)
10 safest vehicles for pet travel (MSNBC)
New clue found to disappearing honey bees (MSNBC)

Become a Better…Yankee Stadium?

It could be a sign of the economic times, a sign of the Yankees’ demise, or something else altogether.

Joel Osteen, author of best selling books Become a Better You and Your Best Life Now and “pastor” of the largest church in America, has done something that the most popular sports franchise in the world has failed to do….

…sell out new Yankee Stadium.

Osteen brought his “Night of Hope” to Yankee Stadium on April 25, while the Yankees were busy losing to the team from the north. Maybe the Yankees need to read Osteen’s Become a Better You to try to stop their terrible start to the season. Or maybe their current slide is because of the curse of the Osteens? You’ve heard of the curse of the Bambino…

Only three days after Osteen’s Yankee Stadium visit (and almost a year after the Pope came to old Yankee Stadium), the Yankees announced lower ticket pricing for their most expensive seats.

[picture courtesy flickr’s NYCIrishDude2180]

Less Than 1 Percent

Some surprising findings were recently released:

Less than one percent of young adults hold a biblical worldview.

The study, conducted by The Barna Group, found that less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.However, these numbers aren’t all that surprising given that only nine percent of all adult Americans have this biblical worldview. Even among self-identified “born again Christians,” only 19 percent have a biblical worldview. What’s more, these numbers have been about the same for over a decade.

RC Protests

Roman Catholics have been making headlines lately, with two different public outcries in one week!

First, thousands of Roman Catholics have signed a petition(s) protesting pro-abortion President Obama’s May 17 commencement engagement at Notre Dame University. A Fox News story from Monday says that 65,000 have signed an online petition, but I also read that it is over 100,000 now. No matter how large the outcry is from pro-life Catholics, we all know that the president will speak at commencement. No one, not even Notre Dame, has the guts to cancel on the President of the United States of America, no matter how many cyber-signatures you have.

Second Roman Catholics are up in arms because of the Detroit Tigers. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers play their home opener on Friday, April 10, which is Good Friday. But unlike the rest of the major league games being played on Good Friday, the Tigers’ home opener (1:05 p.m. start time), is the only one being played during the holy hours from 12-3 p.m. Catholic Tigers fans are not the least bit happy. I found an interesting piece at the Archdioces of Detroit page responding to this, highlighting a Catholic fan who will be missing his first home opener in 20 years. The story is also making its rounds on ESPN, etc. As if Detroit people didn’t have enough to complain about, the MLB has the nerve to up and do this.

As the adage goes, any press is good press, right?

Breaking News: String Cheese Incident to Reunite

Sources close to the band have confirmed that String Cheese Incident will reunite, have a reunion, get back together this summer at the Rothbury Festival in Michigan, held July 2-5, 2009. This news has not gone public yet, but an announcement should be forthcoming. It is not known how many sets the band will play at the festival.

String Cheese Incident last played together on August 12, 2007 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Consider this your first public announcement. Hopefully it is announced soon, so it doesn’t look like I hosed everyone (I didn’t).

Linking to "Thinking Biblically About the Mortgage Crisis"

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about economics (sorry, Momper, Dr. Ritenour, and Ludvig von Mises), the stock market, or the current housing/mortgage/banking situation, but I found this interview very helpful on understanding the basics of the problem and and on how to think about it from a Christian worldview. Good stuff as always from Justin Taylor’s blog.

Click here to read the interview.