Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Opus 2011-4, IQ: “I can see Russia...”

I don’t know that this is an immortal quote but it has gotten a lot of publicity.  The full line is,’
“I can see Russia from my house.”
I did a Google search on this and the top hits were all listed as quotes of Sarah Palin.  They were wrong.  Sarah Palin never said those words.  They were part of a comedy skit on Saturday Night Live and uttered by Tina Fay as she mocked Palin.  I saw the skit.  It was incredibly funny.  Tina Fay did a great job.  I say that as someone who thinks highly of Sarah Palin.  I have a sense of humor.  Unfortunately our news media don’t know the difference between comedy and news. 

The actual quote was in an interview where Palin was being asked questions about world issues.  Here actual words were,
“They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”
It isn’t as funny but it is accurate.

One reason I like this quote is because it reminds me of how easily I can be fooled if I don’t think and verify.  For a long time I thought Palin actually made the statement.  I would guess you have been caught in the same trap.  I am disappointed in myself.  I read the news and believed it.  Live and learn.

Some of you have been trapped because you heard what you wanted to hear:  You hate Sarah Palin.  You smile every time you hear someone say she it stupid.  As I asked in an earlier post, “Based on what?”   Some were trapped because it is a truly funny line.  Others just weren’t listening.

Let’s all learn to try to turn our brains on.  Enjoy the humor but make or decisions on the facts.

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