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David Kowalski
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The politically correct term is "white people" and it is a racist stereotype to say we all love cheese. 
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I recently entered the Publishers Clearing sweepstake to win $7000 a week for life and I must say, that in order to be sure they get my money to me correctly, this caring organization pays more attention to detail than any I have seen. Nearly every day I get a concerned email from them. Just a sampling:

"David Kowalski, we need to check the spelling of your name so we get it right on the checks we send." -- Now that is so thoughtful of them. After going through several pages of items they think would help me in some way if I only sent them three easy payments, I am able to confirm that David Kowalski, is indeed, the correct spelling. I'm so glad they clarified this since I would not want trouble at the bank with my checks!

"David Kowalski, can you verify that this is your correct address for the prize patrol?" -- After going through several pages of helpful gadgets, I then verify that they have the right address. I sure wouldn't want them going next door with my prize!

"David Kowalski, can you verify that you do not want to forfeit?" -- I did not know there were people who vacillated about receiving $7000 a week for life but I'm relieved that they want to know I'm not one of those. Say, that flashlight on page two does look interesting.

"David Kowalski, though we ordinarily don't notify our winners in advance, here's a hint at what you could be winning if you just submit your entry now." -- Wow! they must be getting ready to award the prize to me! Better get a haircut. I did not know "submitting my entry" was something new that I had to do. I'm so glad they told me....and now that I think of it, that do-dad on page four looks like something I can't live without.

"David Kowalski, the prize patrol is coming to your area, so claim your eligibility now, before the time expires!" -- Without their caring notification, I would not have known there was a separate step to "claiming eligibility" -- something I definitely want to know since the prize patrol is coming to my area!

Etc. Etc. Etc.... -- Man, these guys really care about me!


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Such a touching sentiment.

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One wonders what Bustamante pretended to be when on the internet. 

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This is my granddaughter Maggie at 6:30 a.m. I don't know from where she inherited such a bright and cheery disposition that early in the morning but it certainly was not from me. 
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"Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." -- 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 NASB

It is easy to miss the impact the above words would have had with first-century, Greek hearers. For them, wisdom was considered a gift from the gods that enabled the possessors to not only understand the important issues of life but also to live virtuously. Paul did not overstate his case when he succinctly characterized the Greeks as people searching for wisdom.

"Searching" is also a significant word Paul uses in this context since, as intelligent as the Greek philosophers were, they were unable to find a sufficient foundation for the kind of absolutes that would undergird a proper understanding of life or provide the ability to live properly.

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophers have by degrees lost confidence in any human ability to find this foundation for understanding and living. Paul says this is because they seek this wisdom in the wrong place and reject it because they consider it foolishness. The foundation for such things as Plato's "justified true belief" is not a gift from the gods but God Himself -- the second person of the Trinity -- and the enablement for virtuous living is Christ in us.

Many centuries have passed and the gentiles who reject Christ are still searching in vain while they mock the very wisdom that would open their eyes, cleanse their guilt, and change their lives. 
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Perhaps this is not big news for many people but I think it is a momentous occasion for the home audio world -- high-quality, 24"-25" tall, speaker stands available for under $75 per pair! The first are made by Parts Express as part of their Dayton line of products and I believe the main factor that keeps their price down is that they are only available factory-direct (total price with shipping is $72 for the pair). These have a similar appearance and weight to stands I have seen sell for two to three times the price. The stands seem hard to find on the Parts Express website just now but the link at the bottom of the post will take you to them.

Another, legitimate choice for those on a budget would be the Vivo Premium Universal stands available on http://Amazon.com -- https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Universal-Surround-Speakers-STAND-SP03B/dp/B01MCS2ZLO/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8. While these stands are not quite as substantial as the Daytons, nor as attractive, they are $31 less (total of $41 per pair with shipping). Several buyers have complained of minor issues such as missing screws or the wrong size hex wrench -- but these are only inconveniences.

There are other choices available now that seem reasonably priced but the Dayton and Vivo speaker stands impress me as especially good, economical choices.

For many years the best speaker stands one could buy for under $100 would be flimsy ones made largely of particle board, but both of the above-mentioned stands are made of steel. Neither seems to have cable management systems (the ability to hide wire in the tubes) but I have found that in such cases one can use either electrical tape or strips of Gorilla tape (which is black) to adhere the wire to the back of one of the tubes (horizontally, across the tube in three spots -- with the tape blending in and not being noticeable from a distance). More ambitious types could fashion their own channels using the right tools. 
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