Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 :: 9:26 PM
Hershey's Ad Campaign

HERSHEY, Pa., March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Hershey Foods Corporation (NYSE: HSY) today announced the launching of a new ad campaign targeted at the growing number of Christian youths abstaining from sexual activity until marriage. The campaign, entitled "Chocolate: It's not sex, but it'll do", will include television spots, radio ads and a special website: www.AlmostAsGoodAsSex.com. Judy Hogarth in Hershey's Public Relations Department said that although HFC is the number one manufacturer of chocolate-related items in America, it is eagerly seeking new markets for its products.

The corporation is hoping it can capitalize on the growing success of choose to wait programs among young evangelicals. "It is our sincere hope that we can help these courageous young men and women in their struggle for purity by alleviating the frustration caused by not getting any," Hogarth commented. To avoid any misleading messages, the ubiquitous Kiss has been renamed the Hug. One youth pastor, who asked to remain anonymous, was skeptical about the campaign's effectiveness, but remarked, "What the hell? We've tried everything else, why not chocolate?"

Saturday, March 26th, 2005 :: 4:01 PM

"I’d say about a hundred thoughts rushed into my head in that instant. But the thing that pushed its way to the surface was a warning thought. 'Be very careful with her. Listen to her. Don’t speak.' " (>>)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 :: 12:59 AM

"All the great characters in stories are the ones who give their lives to something bigger than themselves. And in all of the stories I don't find anyone more noble than Jesus. […] I think the difference in my life came when I realized, after reading [the] Gospels, that Jesus didn't just love me out of principle; He didn't just love me because it was the right thing to do. Rather, there was something inside me that caused Him to love me. I think I realized that if I walked up to His campfire, He would ask me to sit down, and He would ask me my story. He would take the time to listen to my ramblings or my anger until I could calm down, and then He would look me directly in the eye, and He would speak to me; He would tell me the truth, and I would sense in his voice and in the lines on His face that he liked me. He would rebuke me, too, and he would tell me that I have prejudices against very religious people and that I need to deal with that; He would tell me that there are poor people in the world and I need to feed them and that somehow this will make me more happy. I think He would tell me what my gifts are and how to use them. I think He would explain to me why my father left, and He would point out very clearly all the ways God has taken care of me through the years, all the stuff God protected me from." (>>)

Sunday, March 20th, 2005 :: 10:39 PM
Will We Be in Ashes Before We Are One?

"I want to be known and loved anyway. Can you do this? I trust by your easy breathing that you are human like me, that you are fallen like me, that you are lonely, like me. My love, do I know you? What is this great gravity that pulls us so painfully toward each other? Why do we not connect? Will we be forever in fleshing this out? And how will we with words, narrow words, come into the knowing of each other? Is this God's way of meriting grace, of teaching us of the labyrinth of His love for us, teaching us, in degrees, that which He is sacrificing to join ourselves to Him? Or better yet, has He formed our being fractional so that we might conclude one great hope, plodding and sighing and breathing into one another in such a great push that we might break through into the known and being loved, only to cave into a greater perdition and fall down at His throne still begging for our acceptance? Begging for our completion?" (>>)

Sunday, March 20th, 2005 :: 10:04 PM

"Rick says that I will love God because he first loved me. I will obey God because I love God. But if I cannot accept God's love, I cannot love Him in return, and I cannot obey Him. Self-discipline will never make us feel righteous or clean; accepting God's love will. The ability to accept God's unconditional grace and ferocious love is all the fuel we need to obey Him in return. Accepting God's kindness and free love is something the devil does not want us to do. If we hear, in our inner ear, a voice saying we are failures, we are losers, we will never amount to anything, this is the voice of Satan trying to convince the bride that the groom does not love her. This is not the voice of God. God woos us with kindness, He changes our character with the passion of His love. […] In exchange for our humility and willingness to accept the charity of God, we are given a kingdom. And a beggar's kingdom is better than a proud man's delusion." (>>)

Friday, March 18th, 2005 :: 9:05 AM

"They call this the 'Financial District' but people here never have money to spare." (>>)

Thursday, March 17th, 2005 :: 8:17 PM

"This blog is created for the sole purpose of exposing the true nature of advertising and its evil ways. Please be advised that I am extremely jaded and bitter. I intend to take out my anger on the poor, innocent pages that follow regardless of how much they cry for mercy. And that I will crush those who try and stop me." (>>)

Sunday, March 13th, 2005 :: 10:12 AM
"No one standing at your door"

St. Jude

Friday, March 11th, 2005 :: 10:17 PM

"Still, I cannot help but wonder sometimes if my vision of the Supreme Reality was any more real than the demons visited upon schizophrenics and madmen. Has it all been just a stupid neurochemical event? Is there no God at all? The human heart rebels against this." (>>)

Thursday, March 10th, 2005 :: 9:26 PM

"Is, then, the Kingdom of God of such slight value that it is not worth some sacrifice, that we place every little thing of this world ahead of eternal treasures? …happy are they who live and die in God's love." (>>)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 :: 9:46 PM

"The brighter side of breaking up: You get to experience what it's like to be a depressed, tormented artist… just without the motivation or talent." (>>)

Sunday, March 6th, 2005 :: 4:02 PM
Anniversary

"COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 Miami (20-12-4, 17-8-3 CCHA) hockey team fell one point short of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association title on Saturday night as the Ohio State Buckeyes sent the RedHawks home from Value City Arena with a 5-4 loss." (>>)

Saturday, March 5th, 2005 :: 10:46 AM

"If you read the saints, they're pretty ordinary people. There are moments of rapture and ecstasy, but once every 10 years. And even then it's a surprise to them. They didn't do anything. We've got to disabuse people of these illusions of what the Christian life is. It's a wonderful life, but it's not wonderful in the way a lot of people want it to be. … I don't want to suggest that those of us who are following Jesus don't have any fun, that there's no joy, no exuberance, no ecstasy. They're just not what the consumer thinks they are. When we advertise the gospel in terms of the world's values, we lie to people. We lie to them, because this is a new life. It involves following Jesus. It involves the Cross. It involves death, an acceptable sacrifice. We give up our lives." (>>) (via)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 :: 5:45 PM
Air Force Museum visit

Yesterday's venture to the Air Force base was much more successful than the last one (not in terms of fun per se, but in terms of not getting pulled over by a van full of trigger-happy 18 year olds…) and resulted in the following dialogue:

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 :: 8:20 PM

"Profanity is culturally and contextually defined. There's nothing inherently bad about any word. In our changing culture previously profane words are losing their original unwholesome associations. 'Suck' no longer references a sexual act in today's context. Instead, it means something disagreeable or offensive (some might say our defense of the word suck sucks). Likewise you could be just as profane and unwholesome using clinical language. It's the context that makes the difference." (>>)

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