Stingray's Old Pivotlog Journals

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Double Talking Dems

For anyone bored enough to be watching the Demoncratic (intentionally mispelled) National Convention may have noticed some of this. The dems are double talkers, generally misinformed, or blantantly naive. Case in point are some of the things I found.

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| 28 July 2004 21:05
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Peace Protests are Funny

"What do we want?!?!"


"When do we want it?!?!"


How do you plan to get it? That's the real question, isn't it?

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| 25 July 2004 18:05
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Tour de Lance

Is any one else laughing at all the headlines?

Seriously, with each passing day, each stage win (or stage performance), Lance Armstrong seals his 6th straight Tour de France win. It's hilarious. Well, his 6th win wouldn't be, but the reporting is.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am cheering for the man. I certainly hope he wins.

What gets me is...the reporting. Was it a week ago when Lance won his first stage of this Tour? Ever since then, the headlines over at ESPN have been the same: "Lance Armstrong Seals 6th Tour de France Victory" (or something like it). With each successive stage completed, they state the same thing. It's almost as if the seal from the previous stage completion wasn't good enough, so Lance had to reseal it. Even more funny is that Lance is quoted to say the same thing in just about every article (or the author him/herself articulates it for us): barring an incident or a miracle, Lance Armstrong will win his 6th straight Tour de France.

I'm willing to bet people are stupid enough not to catch it, either. Seriously, ESPN, we get the picture!

What it does for us is end the Tour before its time. If anything, I've lost all interest in following it. If it weren't for the "Lance Seals Win" glaring at me in the headlines section, I wouldn't care anymore.

Anyway, am I the only one who thinks this is funny?

| 24 July 2004 19:43
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Planned Changes

Let's just say that in the coming days, should I find the time and desire to go through it all, the site layout will be improved again. I've found a way to make things look cleaner. The neat thing is, this change works in BOTH Mozilla and Internet Explorer, so I may be able to do away with the "IE Friendly" version of my journal.

Right now, things are in the testing phase, so it may take about a month for the changes to be realized...

| 23 July 2004 00:17
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Fight Spam!

You may find this little image on the bottom of my pages now (or shortly for some of the other ones). If you have a web page, it's a great idea. Why? Well, robots (that send spam to email addresses they find) like to search all of the links on your pages and follow them. They will follow this link and be in for a surprise.

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| 19 July 2004 19:44
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Noticeable Silence

I'm writing this to let everyone know that I'll be somewhat absent from the site for a while. My copy of NCAA Football 2005 came today. So, I'll be busy tearing up the college gridiron, trouncing my rivals, and, all-in-all, having a good time. Go Gators!!

| 14 July 2004 23:36
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AFN Email Problems

It seems that Alachua Free-Net is having mail server problems again. So, until further notice, please email me at one of my alternate email addresses. For those who do not know what other ones I have, you can email me at stingray at Thank you.

| 13 July 2004 23:59
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New Photo Album

We went to a place and took pictures recently. We took pictures of a bunch of bugs...but they're bugs that people actually like. They're liked for their wings (among a few other things). Go ahead and take a look of the pictures of butterflies from the Sertoma Butterfly House.

| 16:54
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Site Shuffle

Those of you NOT using the IE Friendly version of this site may have noticed that sections have been moved between the right and left columns. I have been wanting to do something to that effect for a while to make things more, um, intuitive (at least to me). Everything is still here, it's just in a different column.

IE Friendly users only have two columns, so no shuffling was done. However, I did put a reminder to check out the Link Dump Journal in the About section there. The rest of us will see it right under the calendar in the right column.

The Mobile version has undergone a similar change to the IE Friendly version.

| 16:14
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Email Down

Anyone who sends me email to my address (which forwards to my address) will get a bounce. The Alachua Free-Net is down. If you must send me email, send it to one of my other addresses:

stingray at
arcadium at
stingray at

I'll leave a comment here when the situation is resolved.

| 10 July 2004 10:45
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An Observation

Have you noticed that the pictures of Kerry and Edwards that are circulating look like they're about to head to a Massachusettes courthouse for a wedding license?

| 07 July 2004 16:52
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Never Saw this Coming

We spent a good part of the day today watching A&E. We're not big A&E fans by any stretch of the imagination, but they have this one show on. The show is called Airline. Today they had a marathon of the show.

It's a behind-the-scenes look of the airport workers of Southwest Airlines. It's very interesting watching them deal with all sorts and conditions of passengers, or want-to-be-passengers. It has spurned a new saying around here: "Drunk people are funny."

| 05 July 2004 20:41
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Christians are Morons
Continue to Read Before Passing Judgment

Include the name "Jesus" in what you're saying and what you said is the truth. Talk about God, and you talk about the truth. Seriously, put on the right clothes and talk about God and Jesus and you can just about fool any person.

Case in point was last night. My wife had the laptop on her lap and the TV remote was across the couch from her. Some program we had been watching had ended and a "Christian" program started (I had gone to another room). Perhaps you've seen him. My wife calls him Slater (after the character on Saved by the Bell, to whom he bears a slight resemblance). His name is really Joel Osteen. He likes to preach uplifting, empowering messages (I refrain from calling them sermons). In fact, last night, he was preaching a message that repeated the idea that God will do good stuff for you because of who you are. This flies in the face of what Scripture actually says.

That's the sad thing about the state of Christianity today...well, American Christianity. It was once said that the problem with American Christianity is that it is more American than it is Christian. Anyway, many preachers these days are stuck in the rut of telling the people what they want to hear. They end up justifying the sin that they are in. Think about it...take Osteen's message as an example, because with that thinking, it doesn't matter how bad you've got it or how bad you are, God will still do good stuff to you.

Now, I called Christians morons because they fall for this stuff without checking against the Scriptures. Most likely it's because they don't know how. And they don't know how because they haven't been properly catechized.

If you check out the Scriptures, you would read of the centurion who asked to have his servant healed. You would read of Simon the Pharisee who expected to hear good things about himself from Jesus as his dinner guest. You would read of Naaman the Syrian general who expected to be healed by Elisha because of his status and the wonderful gifts he was bringing for God. Needless to say, the didn't hear what they wanted to hear or otherwise confessed that they did not deserve to have what they wanted.

That brings us to who the people said Jesus was. Some believed he was John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the other prophets brought back to life. They read and heard only what they wanted to hear; they didn't hear the full message. That is exactly what I preached in my sermon yesterday. A sermon, my wife says, which Joel Osteen preached completely against. You can decide by reading it right here.

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Independence Day

Today, the United States celebrates another year of independence. For 228 years, America has seen no other ruler than her own, the American people. Though there have been attempts to seat a foreign government on these shores--the British as we declared independence, the Germans and Japanese, Muslim extremists and theocratists--through it all, we have elected a man to execute our government, a group of men to write our government, and a group of men to judge our goverment. These people have been elected from among our own.

For 228 years, we have been the United States of America. Even that was threatened when some of those states felt their own independence and sovereignty threatened. Through it all, however, we have always been one nation "...under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all..."

Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Grant that we, who came from many nations with many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending our liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times do not let our trust in You fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Collect for the Nation
| 04 July 2004 12:15
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Countdown of a Different Sort

Yes, I'm counting down to February (I want to hold my baby), but there is another countdown on the way.

I'm am really looking forward to starting a Dynasty on NCAA Football 2005 for the PS2. I can't wait to take my Gators to the National Championship year after year after year. I can't wait to put myself in the backfield. I look forward to putting my brother in the slot. And, as I do every year, I'm make the biggest, meanest, nastiest OLB to bolster my defense. Then, I'll have spots for 66 other players (up from 51) on my roster...who knows, I may create a couple more. I'm gonna rock!

July 13th (or so) it is supposed to hit store shelves. I ordered mine direct from EASports (I get $15 off a month from them, saves money). It should hit my PS2 on the same day.

I can't wait.

| 02 July 2004 19:36
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Freeshell Problems

I know about the problems with the web page loading. Something's going on with Freeshell that is beyond my control. They have some new computers and are in the process of moving things to those machines. As with changes of this nature, they say and would like the transition to be seamless, but even they admit that it most likely would not be. Well, here we have the evidence that it's not as seamless as anyone would have hoped.

Bear with it...try a few times, the page(s) you're looking for may eventually load. When all is said and done, things should be back to normal. With the upgrade, things should be better than normal. Just give it some time.

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New Journal

We've begun announcing to our congregations that we're pregnant. So, a new journal has gone live. We call it Wags the Journal. Why? Well, we've taken to referring to our unborn child as Wags (sometimes, Wags the Baby). Anyway, there's a link to it under the Site Links section, or you can click here.

| 01 July 2004 17:25
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