If your passion and mission in life requires a voice, what do you do when you lose it?
Pastor Lyle Kath, 59. was diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cancer shortly after becomingsenior pastor at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Winona in 2003, according to the Winona Daily News.
Surgery left him without a voice, so he had to quit.
But he didn't quit.
My memory bank for aircraft accidents is pretty good, but I'm not ready to say there's never been a crash of a 737 jetliner with the death of only one person. It happened on Colombia's an Andres Island early this morning. Apparently, the plane was hit by lightning as it landed.
"It was a miracle and we have to give thanks to God," that only one person died, said Gov. Pedro Gallardo.
What are the odds of surviving such a crash? Not as good as the odds you'd be in a commercial jetliner crash in the first place (the odds are 1 in about two million). But the odds are better than you might think. According to the site, planecrashinfo.com, the survival rate for passengers in crashes where 10 or more people die is 24% in this decade, a number skewed a bit by 9/11.(1 Comments)
James J. Kilpatrick has died. He was one of the South's most prominent newspaper editors, although many Baby Boomers might better remember him as one half of the point/counterpoint team on 60 Minutes (with liberal commentator Shana Alexander).
In many ways, the two (along with Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.) ushered in the era of theatrical political debate on TV.
Even more people might remember Kilpatrick by the classic line -- "Jane, you ignorant slut" -- spawned by a spoof of Kilpatrick's segment on Saturday Night Live.
Many years after 60 Minutes ditched the segment, it tried to revive it with Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. It didn't work. Bob Dole was no James J. Kilpatrick.(1 Comments)
The Web site, History Eraser, is being passed around today, purporting to show that the "sacred ground" around the World Trade Center where a mosque/community center is planned is already littered with the likes of chain stores and strip joints. Of course, it is New York.
It's a compelling series of images. It's also a little misleading.
Many of the photographs don't appear to be in the immediate neighborhood where the mosque/community center is planned.
Let's use the incredible power of Google. Here's Park Place, ground zero for the controversy. 51 Park Place is down near the closed Burlington Coat Factory.
If we were to walk a street over to the next block, there are some closed stores an an OTB (off-track betting) parlor.
But turning right onto Church Street instead, we head toward the World Trade Center.
Church Street is so named, apparently, because of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. This is the intersection of Church and Barclay.
You may remember the significance of the church on 9/11 when firefighters carried the body of a firefighter-chaplain to its altar. A landing gear from one of the jets ended up on its roof.
The building on the right is a federal building.
Continue walking down Church Street to the corner of Vesey Street. There are a few typical New York shops and the Stage Door Deli, across from St. Paul's Chapel.
But turn around and there it is, or -- sadly -- isn't.
We've walked two blocks. Now let's cross the street and walk up Vesey. This street parallels Park Place, where the mosque/community center is planned. We can't, of course, because it's closed. But if we could, we'd walk a block, turn right on W. Broadway, and glance back over our shoulder.
And again as we reach the intersection of W. Broadway and Barclay.
A look to our right as we cross Barclay (the road that runs parallel between the mosque's street and the WTC) shows nothing that screams irreverent.
And we continue walking up W. Broadway.
And here we are back at the Amish Market at the corner of W. Broadway and Park Place. Take a right to get back to the mosque/community center site.
Where's the strip joint? It's a block over, away from the World Trade Center site. To be clear, many of the photos on the History Eraser site are within a few blocks of the WTC site.
Opponents of the mosque claim it doesn't belong on 'sacred ground.' History Eraser attempts to rebut the argument by showing that it's not.(8 Comments)
The National Transportation Safety Board this afternoon released images from the site of the plane crash last week that claimed the life of Sen. Ted Stevens and four others.
The NTSB is planning to release more information about the crash investigation this evening.
This video has surfaced on YouTube in the last 24 hours in the continuing controversy over Target Corporation's donation to MN Forward, the conservative political action committee which donated to the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer:
Curiously, the video wasn't filmed at a Target in Minnesota. It was shot in Seattle, according to a MoveOn spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Target has decided not to donate money to "gay-friendly causes to quiet the uproar" over the donation to Emmer, who opposes same-sex marriage.(10 Comments)