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Culture: Tom Cruise Night with the Lake Elsinore Storm

Further solidifying Southern California's reputation as the land of fruits and nuts (Hey, at least we have fun with it!) I saw this item. Excerpt:The Lake Elsinore Storm has planned a salute to Tom Cruise tonight during its California League baseball game.

Besides giving away a Cruise bobblehead -- make that a "bobble-couch," depicting the star in full Oprah couch-jumping mode -- the San Diego Padres' Class - A affiliate will celebrate the "silent birth" of Tom and Katie Holmes' baby, Suri, with a "silent inning," during which no batters will be announced and no music played. "Silent birth," a Church of Scientology teaching, specifies no music and no talking during the birth.

Other planned activities include a couch-jumping contest, a Scientology information and sign-up booth and a retrospective of Cruise's movie career.

The Storm's opponent? The High Desert Mavericks, of course. No doubt in honor of Cruise's character in …

Devotional Thoughts: Making lemonaid out of lemons

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Rembrandt
"St. Paul in Prison"
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Image source: http://www.rembrandtpainting.net/complete_catalogue/storia_b/paul_prison.htm

Am looking at Philippians 1:12-18 this morning.

St. Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter to the church of Philippi.

But despite this he was able to see the bright side!

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Paul, the captive, had a captive audience in the form of the palace guards!

He also noticed that other people became more bold to speak about Jesus.

Unfortunately, some of the attitudes of the others who were speaking for Jesus was not ideal. Despite this, Paul wasn't going to lose his joy in the life of faith.

Some inde…

News: What to do about Guantanamo?

I don't know.

However, I've been reading some news items to get some understanding of what the situation is.

Today, SCOTUS ruled 5-3 that the current mechanism of military tribunals was not within the boundaries of the executive branch. The ruling does open the door for the Congress to write legislation establishing them however.

According to the article there are about 450 prisoners still there. Excerpt:The ruling raises major questions about the legal status of about 450 men still being held at Guantanamo and exactly how, when and where the administration might pursue the charges against them.The prisoners at Gitmo are a mixture of individuals. It isn't as easy as it looks to figure out who should be kept in prison and who should be let go. This item from National Journal shows some of the challenges the military faces as they investigate the backgrounds of the prisoners. Excerpt:Like many of the men who came handcuffed to Cuba, Detainee 032 has never been accused of …

Devotional Thoughts: Love lessons from Paul's Prayer

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image source: http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/CPn11Philippians.htm

Philippians 1:3-11

There are passages written by St. Paul that are deeply theological. The Book of Romans comes to mind.

There are passages where St. Paul has to play the tough guy and call people out. Parts of 1 and 2 Corinthians are examples of tough love.

Here we have a beautiful example of how St. Paul loved the people in his life deeply.

Affirming by ThanksgivingI thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Paul's life was about telling people about the Good News of what Jesus did to restore us to God. The Philippians were supporters of his work.

Paul arrived in Philippi in Acts 16:12. They didn't get to stay long as the Roman authorities booted them out of town in Acts 16:35-40. Apparently, even though Paul was no longer with them, they somehow managed to keep i…

Devotional Thoughts: Grace and peace to you

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I started to write the "Devotional Thoughts" as a way to help me more fully form my reactions to reading small portions of Scripture. Part of the Christian life is the practice of examining life in light of the Bible.

Why does it matter?

In everyday life there are instruction manuals. It could be for some software, for a DVD player, for a cell phone, whatever.

Is there an instruction manual for life?

Christians believe that the Scriptures serve that role.

After Jesus resurrected and gave His followers instructions to go tell everybody about Him, the church was founded. See the book of Acts to find some of the history of the early days of the church.

Eventually, the life and teachings of Jesus were written down and Matthew, Mark, Luke-Acts and John became the most highly regarded records of what Jesus did and what He said.

Additionally, the leaders of the early church wrote letters to churches and specific believers to encourage them and teach them about the faith. Again, …

Devotional Thoughts: Go tell everybody!

Matthew 28:16-20.

Anyway, you translate it, the bottom line is go tell everybody.

Check out this cool resource for online Bible reading. In that resource, you can display various translations side-by-side.

But as I say, no matter which translation you use, the message is clear: go tell everybody.

So let me cut and paste it here:

New Living Translation:

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

New American Standard Bible:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Young's Literal Translation:

having gone, then, disciple all the nations, (baptizing them -- to the name of the Fathe…

LA Scene: Take a hike

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Haven't gotten around until now to post some photos from a couple of hiking ventures.

There were two books recommended to me by one of my outdoorsy buddies to find some of the good hikes around.

Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles by Jerry Schad.

California Hiking : The Complete Guide to More Than 1,000 Hikes by Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown.

Can you tell where in Southern California I am?



I don't know the name of the mountain in I'm looking at from the mountain I'm on!

See the snow? There were a few patches where I was as well.



Gasp, cross that line and I'm in the Wilderness!



I did see one bighorn sheep in the distance but it was gone before I could get the camera out.

If you are curious where the above three pictures were taken, go here.

Can you tell where in Southern California this picture was taken?



The hike is on this page and it is hike number one.

Sports: World Cup Sweet 16

And now for more "expert" commentary on the World Cup...

Germany over Sweden - Germany has been en fuego

Argentina over Mexico - Argentina has been muy caliente

Australia over Italy - the USA should have beaten those Italians so I'm counting on the Socceroos to make the Italians say, "No mas."

Switzerland over Ukrane - ... queso, I love queso!

Ecuador over england - montana alta, they train at 9000' above the sea ...

Portugal over Netherlands - okay, so Portugal doesn't speak Spanish but their bandera has the right colours (note British spelling)

Ghana over Brazil - have to go for at least one upset special.... want to hear that guy on channel 34 say, "Goooooooooooooooooooollllllllllll!!!!!!!" in what would be the biggest upset in World Cup history!

Spain over France - they speak Espanol in Spain and they speak Frances in France... 'nuff said.

Sports: World Cup Fever Fills Koreatown in Los Angeles

Noon (PDT).

Today.

Korea vs. Switzerland.

Businesses in Koreatown are capitalizing on the Soccer fever gripping fans of the Korean soccer team. Excerpts:If South Korea beats Switzerland today, several Koreatown businesses plan to offer free or discounted services and merchandise.

Up for grabs are free bowls of noodles, cut-rate hair cuts, rounds of drinks, higher interest rates on savings accounts and even a chance to win a wig.

What they will lose in sales, these entrepreneurs hope to make up in goodwill and promotion for their businesses.
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For Lee, it's more than just a sports event. Lee, an immigrant from South Korea, has three children, who were all born in the United States. She said they felt little connection to the country that she still considered home -- although soccer is starting to change that.

"In 2002, the children were too young," Lee said. "They didn't understand why I was being so crazy about the games. But now, they're starting to …

Devotional Thoughts: Trying to prevent the resurection

Matthew 27:62-66 tells us that the religious leaders of the day knew of Jesus' claims of resurrection. They figure, we will stop that by asking the political leader, Pilate, to post guards at the tomb.

I was taking a look at a nice reference book, Bible Background Commentary by Craig S. Keener, to see if there was some additional information about this text.

He speculates whether the guards posted were Temple guards or actual Roman soldiers. We would guess is that the average Roman soldier is better equipped and more trained than the Temple guards of an oppressed society. It is an interesting discussion but I don't know if it materially affects the security of the seal on the tomb. Imagine, if you will, the disciples, a rather rag tag group, attempting a Delta Force type raid to steal Jesus body!

Temple guards/Roman soldiers versus disciples? Who would you put your money on in a knife fight?

Matthew 28:1-15 tells us what happened ...

The male disciples were no where to be fo…

Sports: World Cup Coverage in LA

Don't have cable?

Ghana vs. USA is on channel 34.

As of 7:40 AM, Ghana leads 1-0.

Czech vs. Italy is on channel 46.

Italy leads 1-0.

The play-by-play is in Spanish.

UPDATE: Ghana 2 USA 1. USA goes home. Italy eliminated the Czechs 2-0.

Devotional Thoughts: Crucifixion

Matthew 27:45-61.

The heart of Christianity is Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.


That would be from noon to 3 PM.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"


Jesus recites Psalm 22. Be sure to read beyond verse 1 which Jesus directly quotes. The Psalm was written by David and describes considerable despair yet retains hope. It is very interesting that there are some parallels to the life of Jesus in that Psalm.

And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, "This man is calling Elijah." And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And …

Politics: What to do about illegal immigration?

It is a tough issue.

I suppose I'm just being a dabbler with my comments here.

The usual answers are build a fence and sanction the employers who hire illegals.

A fence is going to cost some money. We will have to decide how much we are willing to spend on that and where to put it. We simply share too many miles of border to be building that much fence!

How about getting after the employers who hire illegals?

Sounds easy?

Turns out it isn't so easy as described in this WaPo article. Excerpts:The Bush administration, which is vowing to crack down on U.S. companies that hire illegal workers, virtually abandoned such employer sanctions before it began pushing to overhaul U.S. immigration laws last year, government statistics show.

Between 1999 and 2003, work-site enforcement operations were scaled back 95 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Homeland Security Department. The number of employers prosecuted for unlawfully empl…

Sports: Dodgers Down in the Dumps

It hasn't been too good for Dodger fans of late.

They have lost 4 straight and 8 of the last 10. They are falling in the standings after rising to the top oh so briefly.

They lost a heartbreaker in 17 innings on a walk off walk last Saturday wasting a reasonable pitching performance by Lowe, one of their top 2 pitchers.

Tonight, the other pitching in the Dodger 1-2 punch, Brad Penny, got roughed up giving up 10 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings.

It is going to be up to 21-year old Chad Billingsley to try to stop the bleeding tomorrow night.

In one bit of hopefully good news, Izzy will be back and will play third base.

Mueller was the original plan for third base but GM Colletti knew those old knees might be trouble so it was good he held onto Izturis.

Devotional Thoughts: Simon of Cyrene

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Looking at Matthew 27:27-44.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

As I have been sharing these devotional thoughts, there are times I feel compelled to share some of my personal feelings and ideas about the passage. However, there are parts of Scripture where I simply just copy and paste it for you to read. This is one of those passages where you read it and picture it in your head. I feel breathless knowing, he suffered for our sin, for my sin.

Now as they came out, they found a man of …

Devotional Thoughts: Jesus before Pilate

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Am looking at Matthew 27:1-26 this morning.

Judas realizes what he has done and returned the money and overwhelmed with guilt and grief, he hanged himself.

A Google search for Judas images yieled ~ 48,000 hits. Below is one image found on the Vatican home page.



The image is part of the Second Station of the Cross. There are a number of variations on the Stations of the Cross liturgy. A Google search yields many different ones. But they all have in common a mediation on some aspect of the final hours of Jesus.

In the web page with the photo above, part of the mediation speculates on the motivations of Judas. Excerpts:How could he arrive at this point, one whom Jesus had chosen
to follow him so closely?
Did Judas let himself get carried away by an exasperated love for Jesus,
which became suspicion and resentment?
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Or perhaps he was overcome by his disappointment with a Messiah
who rejected the political role of liberating Israel from foreign domination?
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A mystery of iniqui…

Culture: Themed birthday parties - PBS Newshour?!

Kids often have birthday parties with a theme. Usually it is some television character or movie or musical group. Well, this youngster had a PBS Newshour with Jim Leherer theme!

Be sure to check out the tab with the video clip.

Delightful!

Hat-tip to Drudge.

Devotional Thoughts: The trial and the denial

Matthew 26:57-68 described the trial of Jesus before the religious leaders.

Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and other leaders had gathered.... Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death.

One wonders how large a group of people this was?

They are meeting at the home of the high priest. I'm sure he has a big house. In any case, this council was known as the Sanhedrin and they were the Supreme Court for the Jewish people and the traditional size of this group was believed to be 71.

But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, there was no testimony they could use. Finally, two men were found who declared, "This man said, `I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "

The trial was a show trial since the verdict was already determined …

Culture: Mark Bowden's latest - Guests of the Ayatollah

Mark Bowden is making the rounds on interview shows for his new book Guests of the Ayatollah which chronicles in exhaustive detail the holding of Americans by the Iranians from 1979-1981.

Check here for a riveting account of the attempted special forces raid to free the hostages.

In the radio interviews I've heard, he was asked if today's special forces could have pulled off the rescue. He replied that special forces capabilities have been greatly strengthened since then and they would have have a much better chance of success.

As it was the ill-fated rescue attempted in 1980 floundered at the first refueling point known as Desert One.

Culture: Can you hear it?

The buzz that teens use for their cell phones that they can hear but adults have difficulty. I can just barely hear it.

How about you?

Sports: Of local interest

It looks like Gagne will return to the DL when Jeff Kent comes off the DL.

It is the smart and safe move. If Gagne is ever to return to anything near the form he had before, he has to heal more fully. He does have a bull-headed hockey mindset so wiser minds will have to tell him otherwise.

Anyway, between Saito and Baez, the Dodgers can manage to close games out. However, some of the set-up has been shaky. Hamulak and Beimel have occasionally been the arson squad igniting rallies. Broxton has improved over last year it might be too much to expect the youngster to be the main bridge to Saito and Baez.

Meanwhile, Dodger starting pitching is solid with Lowe, Penny and Sele. However, Tomko has been terrible and Seo and Perez are having a contest on who can do worse given the opportunity to be the fifth starter.

Dodgers started off poorly, got on a hot streak and are now settling into .500 ball which is about what people expected. The Dodgers seized the NL West lead because the D'b…

Devotional Thoughts: Judas betrayal and Gospel of Judas

Am looking at Matthew 26:47-56 this morning.

I hope readers are not offended by my paraphrases of the passages in my blogging! I include the link above to the text so readers can check it out to see if my summary is a fair one.

The religious leaders of the day set their plan in motion and sent their rent-a-mob to capture Jesus. Since the mob doesn't know what Jesus looks like, Judas signals them by greeting Jesus with a kiss. They seize Jesus. Peter tries to fight back but Jesus tells him to put the sword away. Jesus says, he could call upon the angels to rescue him but this is all happening to fulfill the prophecies.

After this incident, eventually, we find out that Judas overwhelmed with guilt hangs himself.

The recently translated Gospel of Judas has a different and somewhat murky tale of Jesus telling Judas various things between the Last Supper and the Betrayal.

The Gospel of Judas belongs to a collection of writings from the Gnostic religion. This belief system says one need…

Culture: Soccer World Cup Bracketology

I have to say I know next to nothing about soccer so I post this more as an observer of culture than as a sports fan.

Since the whole world is about to go World Cup manic, this blog must at least try to comment!

If you have a pool going and have brackets to fill out today, here is some "expert" opinion for you to consider. The usual disclaimers apply: for entertainment purposes only, past performance is not an indicator of future results ...

Round of 16
A1 - Germany - got to believe the home team will do well!
B2 - Paraguay - somewhere in South America right? South Americans are good at soccer.

C1 - Argentina - they are a traditional powerhouse
D2 - Angola - I visited Botswana which is a neighbor!

E1 - Czech - an ESPN analyst really likes them
F2 - Australia - got to root for the team from the land of kangaroos and koalas

G1 - Korea - my upset special!
H2 - Ukraine - nice looking color scheme on the flag

B1 - England - fanatic fans = good team
A2 - Costa Rica - want to visit there …

News: is the Al-Zarqawi death a tipping point?

Been listening to news analysis of the operation that killed Al-Zarqawi.

There seems to be two broad categories of reactions: (1) this is a positive step for the future of Iraq and (2) it means almost nothing.

The commentators who say it means nothing speculate that Al-Zarqawi doesn't really command that many terrorists in Iraq. One believed that just 10% of the insurgency was under the direct control of Al-Zarqawi and that he is easily replaced. Another proposed the idea that rival factions may have provided the information to get Al-Zarqawi killed to improve their own standing within the rebellion. Another thought that the USA made Al-Zarqawi into a straw man to put a public face onto the enemy and so killing a straw man means nothing.

The analysts who are more sanguine about this latest turn of events suggest that leadership within the Sunni population decided the prospect of never ending civil war with the Shiites was unpalatable. Thus, to hasten the end of the civil war it…

Devotional Thoughts: Not my will but thine

Taking a look Matthew 26:36-46 this morning.

Jesus took Peter, James and John and prayed at Gethsemane.

The first time, he went and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

He came back and found them asleep!

He went a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."

He came back and found them asleep again!

And in verse 44, so he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

He returns to the disciples and says, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"

Three times he prayer. Each time very intently. After the time in prayer, he was ready to meet his destiny.

It reminded me of the temptation of Jesus described in Matthew 4:1-11.

There are three temptations:
(1…

Non-profit of the month: June 2006 - Faith in Christ Ministries

This Saturday morning, I plan to help out at Faith in Christ Ministries.

On Saturday mornings, FICM volunteers prepare breakfast which is available to anyone in the community who wants to come to the Community Center for it.

Faith in Christ offers the following services to the community:

Saturday Kids Club
Saturday morning, community breakfast for the homeless
Sunday, Skid row Ministry
Wednesday evening dinner and Bible Study
Supplemental, emergency food for single parent families and senior adults
S.A.Y. Yes! Youth Development After - School Program (Sept.-June)
Hosting ministry groups weekends, spring and summer breaks
I've written previously about this organization on this blog. To read about my other experiences with the work at FICM, go here and here.

I encourage anyone within a click of this blog to find a community group like FICM in your city and help out however you can.

4501 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90062
ficm@aol.com
323-291-2585

Sports: Gagne "a little sore and stiff"

With an 8-5 lead going into the top of the ninth, it was a save situation and so the doors opened and the speakers blared Welcome to the Jungle and Gagne trotted out to the mound.

14 pitches later, Gagne got his first save of the season and his first save in nearly a year.

Unfortunately, Gagne was "a little sore and stiff" after last night's game.

I heard on the pre-game show that an MRI was done and showed no problem. Grady Little also said he will not utilize Gagne in the next 2 to 3 games to let him recover.

Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts is concerned. He had previously written his concerns in Si.com. Excerpt:Between the lines, baseball's biggest sinner is the malingerer: the guy who doesn't run out a ground ball, the guy who asks for a day off to nurse the sniffles. But when you think about it, perhaps some cross words should be directed at the chronic gamer, the player who can't see that he needs to rest until it's too late.
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It's time t…

Devotional Thoughts: How do we bounce back after letting down Jesus?

Matthew 26:31-35 has this caption in my Bible, Jesus Predicts Peters Denial.

Verse 31 ... "Tonight all of you will desert me," Jesus told them.

You can imagine how stunned the disciples were when they heard this. They were still trying to get their minds around all of Jesus talking about his dying and now this too?

Verse 33 ... Peter declared, "Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will."

Peter, the bold one, the confident one, was he an ENFP? Anyway, he probably said what the other disciples were thinking but didn't have the guts to say. I suppose perhaps doubting Thomas would have been thinking, uh-oh, I got a bad feeling about this. I suppose he was an ISTJ?

Verse 34 ... "Peter," Jesus replied, "the truth is, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

Peter can't believe it. His response: verse 35 ... "No!" Peter insisted. "Not even if I have to die with you! I will never deny you!

Devotional Thoughts: The Last Supper, the Communion, the Eucarist ... by any other name would still be as moving

Matthew 26:17-30 is the story of the Last Supper.

Jesus utilizes the traditional Passover Seder to institute the Lord's Supper.

In brief, in Jewish tradition, the Passover Seder ritual is held annually to remember the Israelite trials of life in Egypt, the delieverance by God from Egypt and the anticipation of the Messiah.

It is believed that Jesus was celebrating the Passover with his followers in the traditional way but made alterations to the ceremony to explain how HE HIMSELF is ultimate Passover Lamb.

Excerpt from another Passover Seder site:Scene 3: Tzafun (Dessert): We find or redeem that which is tzafun--hidden, the afikomen. It is our dessert, the last morsel of food eaten at the seder, a symbol of redemption.How appropriate that Jesus would say, "Take it and eat it, for this is my body."

Jesus is the redeemer!

Here is an excerpt regarding the wine cup after the Afikomen.Curtain: Kos Shli'shee (The third cup of wine): The meal concludes with the third cup of wi…

Devotional Thoughts: Judas in the Gospels

There has been a lot in the news about the Gospel of Judas. Perhaps in a future blog entry, I'll jot some thoughts after reading the translation which made quite a splash a few months ago.

But what about Judas in the Gospels? What do we know about him from there?

Am looking at Matthew 26:14-16. In that passage, Judas is given 30 silver coins in exchange for betraying Jesus.

Where else do we read about Judas in the Gospels?

Running a search for "Judas" and limited it to the Gospels, one finds 32 references in the New International translation of the Bible.

It should be noted not all 32 references are about Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Some are about Judas, the brother of Jesus. Jesus' brothers are James, Joseph, Simon and Judas in Matthew 13:55. We also find out there are unnamed sisters in Mark 6:3.

It is possible that Joseph was a widow prior to marrying Mary and so these could be older brothers and sisters. Another possibility is that Mary had additiona…

Culture: Everyday Italian Recipes I've Tried

Don't have cable TV where I live but when I visit my parent's I'll channel surf a little.

I found out that Giada De Laurentiis, the star of Everyday Italian has a new show called Behind the Bash where she follows catering teams as they put on high end events. Think of it as Extreme Makeover Food and Party Edition!

It is natural for her to host such a show as she runs here own catering company GDL Foods in addition to doing television and going on book tours.

No question a big part of her appeal on television is her good looks. As an owner of her first book, Everyday Italian, I can see that there are almost as many pictures of her as there are of the food!

However, her aesthetic appeal aside which is beyond dispute, how is the food?

I'm happy to report, I've tried a number of her recipes and have foisted them on family and friends. So far the reviews have been good!

Recipes I've tried:
White bean dip, p. 19
Caprese salad, p. 30
Roasted bell pepper salad, p. 52
Farfal…

Culture: What if there was an Islamic Da Vinci Code?

Was listening to the Dennis Prager radio show with guest host Mark Taylor. He cited this article from American Enterprise Magazine. Excerpt:Imagine, if you can, a major studio releasing a thriller in which the stars investigate the origins of Islam. Pursued by a murderous Muslim cleric, they uncover a series of shocking discoveries: Mohammed was no prophet! The Koran is a hoax, the work of self-serving hypocrites! Modern-day Muslims are dupes, if not deranged psychopaths!

Now imagine, in the unlikely event such a film were ever made, what sort of reception it would get in the establishment media. Given the categorical refusal of the American press to publish the Danish Mohammed cartoons, it's a safe bet that the talking heads and big newspapers would only mention the movie to denounce it.
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But then The Passion of the Christ, which brought in $370 million domestically, was one of the highest-grossing films of all time. And while it got plenty of media attention, the cov…

LA Dining: Where to find specialty sausages

My latest is up over at LAFB.

I briefly discuss my two favorite places to get specialty sausages:

Jeff’s Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory
8930 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
TEL: 310 858 8590
FAX: 310 858 8138

Huntington Meats at the Farmer’s Market
6333 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
TEL: (323) 938-5383
FAX: (323) 933-8577