7 Quick Takes Friday (set #18)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: Advent is a time to slow down, think, reflect. Stretching beyond your limits, even if you are only 16. The UN throws a big party to announce rationing. Leaked cables disclose US dirty tricks to support climategate. An Austrian MP and devout Catholic, responds to the Turkish ambassador on Islam. A quote of the week and more.

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Advent. Slow down. (Thanks to Deacon Greg)

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You are a 16 year old star runner from a small private high school and have made it to the state championship. You recently learned that your coach, who gave you so much, has been stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Heartbroken, you dedicate the race to him and are doing well, in 3rd place at the 2.5-mile mark only 6/10 of a mile from the finish. Everything is going great, you have a shot, your coach will be proud.

Suddenly your legs begin weakening, then pain slows you. You fall behind but force yourself to push on. Only yards from the finish line you collapse reaching for the line as you fall, the race is over for you as an officials rush help. This is Holland Reynolds:

The news report is online here. Thanks to Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report for finding this story.

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The communists err, the green party, actually the global warming crowd, make that the climate change forecasters…   let’s just say, the people smarter than us, got together for a big, expensive, environmentally damaging party conference the end of November. They powerfully made the point that we must begin rationing:

¡Aye Carumba! Thanks to Mark Shea for finding this.

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Continuing on the topic of the climate, the current US administration can not trust that other sovereign nations are as enlightened as they. To make them “do the right thing,” we resort to blackmail, giving and/or removing financial aid, spying and various other dirty tricks. The recent WikiLeaks cables give details on this part of the ever-unfolding climategate. It’s a great time to be an elite in America.

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A good catch from Father Z. Austrian MP Ewald Stadler, a devout Catholic, has had it with two-faced Islamists and isn’t going to take it anymore.

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The quote of the week:

You should pray for half an hour a day, unless you are very busy. If you are busy, you should pray for an hour.

St. Francis de Sales

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Saturday Evening Blog Post

Elizabeth Esther kindly hosts a feature she calls The Saturday Evening Blog Post. Published monthly every first Saturday, it features the best post in the preceding month on each of a few dozen Christian blogs. The “best” entries are chosen by the authors themselves (so they should know!).

It is a great way to discover new blogs. Be sure to check-it out. My entry for last month was the Excellent shepherds.

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!


  1. Your first climategate point made me laugh out loud. And I love that quote! Now that I've said that… I need to take the advice…

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