Most meaningless court order of the week: Former trader Jerome Kerviel, convicted in a trading scandal that lost billions and almost sunk his employer, a French bank was sentenced to three years in jail by a Paris court and ordered to pay the French bank 4.9 billion euros ($6.8 billion). At a eruo a minute, he would have it done in about a thousand years, once he gets out of jail.
Things Americans worry about that make the rest of the world shake their heads: SunChips, a pretty tasty salty snack made by Frito-Lay, got too many complaints about how loud the bag was and will go back to a traditional bag. Too noisy. We trust that the universe will be restored to order once the quieter bags are in use.
My wonderful alma mater, the University of Georgia, introduces a new bulldog mascot this month, perhaps in time to turn a dismal season around. The cute English bulldogs are known for being unhealthy tubs of lard and the last mascot lived to be all of four years old…but cute counts in pets and the dogs are so cute laying on a ten pound bag of ice at the football games.
Eye roll-of-the-week: The chairman of the International Mission Board presidential search committee, Jimmy Pritchard says of the not-yet-found new IMB president, “This is the most crucial position that a man can hold on the face of the planet…” Uh, Jimmy, thanks for taking the search seriously, and, please, you guys take all the time need to get it right, but God decides who and what is important and who and what is not, not Southern Baptists.
You can find my local YMCA’s mission statement, “To put Christian principles into practice…” right underneath their literature promoting a gambling fundraiser. A clause about pragmatism and Christian principles might clarify what some might see as a conflict. The raffle, for a house no less, will undoubtedly raise a lot of money to put some Christian principles into practice. No ticket for me.
No joke: before my plane took off last Monday a Renaissance man two seats over had recounted to a cute girl next to him how much he had done in his life, a stream of incredible accomplishments. Made Al Gore look like a piker. Thankfully, it wore him out and he slept most of the flight.
God is good. Jesus is wonderful. Bless His holy name.