Voting no on All-Star balloting

I can remember my first baseball All-Star ballot. I came across it in a drug store in the early 1970s while visiting with my grandparents. I believe it was part of a Gillette or Mennen’s display.

I was in awe. I handled the punch-hole computer card with care: I was actually going to vote for the starting All-Star teams. After getting back to my grandparents, I carefully punched out the chads next to the names of the players whom I thought deserved to go to the All-Star game and then we mailed it.

It was as if I had cast the most important vote of my life.

Of course, that awe evaporated once I started attending games and saw the same ballots handed out by the handful. My earlier care to vote for the most deserving players was nowhere to be found; I voted for every Cardinals player I could, just like fans in Chicago were voting for every  Cubs or White Sox player they could, and fans in Boston were voting for every Red Sox player they could …

The charade of voting for the best players is over everywhere. Teams encourage fans to vote for their players. It’s easy enough to get online and vote as many times as you have e-mail addresses. And how is being able to vote every time you go to a game fair?

Yet, there must still be some fans out there truly voting for the best players, because for the most part it seems like the All-Star teams are fairly representative of the leagues’ respective talent.

Or maybe true fans just go to a lot of games.

With all that said, I think the All-Star voting needs to go back to the players and managers. I think they’re truly able to judge who the best are.

Warren’s true purpose exposed

Rick Warren’s true purpose-driven colors are being flown.

Not only has he been caught in an out-and-out lie about whether he ever supported California’s Prop 8 defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, he also now is saying he’s against restrictions on homosexual marriage and trying to make it seem like that’s the honorable, biblical stand to take.

This is the man whose “Purpose Driven” books are in practically every evangelical church and ministry in the U.S., whose church has been raking it in. The man who speaks to Jewish and Islamic groups about being purpose driven without offering them the Gospel. The man who offers a prayer at the inauguration of a man dedicated to the continued butchering of innocent babies up to and after the point of birth.

No one should be surprised. And no one probably will care. The self-deceiving churches and Christians eager to have their ears itched will go on supporting Rick Warren, buying his garbage and going to his conferences.

A friend of mine last year bemoaned the criticism Warren’s family has had to endure. He deserves every bit of it.

Dr. Voddie Baucham has an excellent take on the matter.

The great IHS cover-up

Does the cover-up of the IHS symbol for the name of Jesus during an address by Barack Obama at Georgetown University mean that:

  • Obama wanted to obliterate reference to the Savior?
  • Obama wanted to avoid unnecessary church-state entanglements (even though speaking at a Catholic university kind of assumes there will be such)?
  • Obama modestly wanted to make sure there was no equation between himself and the Messiah?

Pro-life blog

Central Illinois Right to Life now has a blog to go along with its Web site. Contributors include the Revs. James McDonald and Mark Henninger as well as Bradley University student Alexandria Reynolds, who is coordinating the June 7 Life-Line event at Peoria Stadium; Dennis Dillard, who oversees CIRTL’s online presence; and Dan Smith, member of the CIRTL board.