What’s in a Chicken Nugget?

Doctors at the University of Mississippi dissected two chicken nuggets, looked at them under a microscope and were “astounded,” as James Hamblen notes in The Atlantic.

They say “We’ve taken a very healthy product—lean, white meat—and processed it, goo-ed it up with fat, sugar, and salt [in the breading].”

Their conclusion: “Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer. That is, “because the predominant components aren’t chicken.” At least, not in the sense that chicken implies meat (not fat and skin).

How about a taco instead?

Big Weekend of Football

All week long I’ve been looking forward to joining Caleb Svendsen and Austin Taylor on WOGO-AM 680 and WOGO.com in the call of tonight’s high school football game at Carson Park between Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire North. The Cards must win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Meanwhile, tomorrow at 2:30pm at Camp Randall and on ABC-TV, the Badgers host Northwestern in a HUGE Big Ten tilt. And Sunday in Baltimore, the Packers, without Clay Matthews, need to knock off the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens to go to 3 and 2 and keep pace with Chicago and Detroit.

I like Vic Ketchman’s list of “10 Things the Packers have to do to Beat the Ravens,” better than Tony Holm’s prediction the Pack will lose 30-24.

Ryan’s Solution

Leaders offer solutions. Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Chair, Paul Ryan, in today’s Wall St. Journal is offering a way out of this current budget stalemate. Read what he proposes and see if you don’t find it much more reasonable than anything you’ve heard come from the President or Democrats.

Getting Started in Homeschooling

In the Halvorsen house we’re seriously exploring homeschooling one of our kids this fall. We’ve always said we’ll evaluate the kids individually and make the best education choice for each child year by year. For one of our daughters homeschooling seems to be the way to go. As we look to go in this direction, I’m finding the advice offered by Mary Pride, author of “Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling,” to be very helpful. If you’re thinking of getting started in homeschooling, see if you don’t find her top ten list for beginners helpful.

LGBT Leader Comes Out—As Dan Cathy’s Friend

Today on my talk shows on WWIB and WOGO I said “it’s time for a new conversation to be initiated by the church toward the LGBT community.” On WOGO, we heard at length from Andrew Marin, author of “Love in an Orientation.” Having lived for ten and a half years in Chicago’s gay Boystown community, Marin is the leading the way on modeling what it looks like for the church to reach out with agape love to the LGBT community.

Similarly, you may be surprised–as I was–to read about the friendship that has developed between Chick-fil-a President and COO, Dan Cathy, and a LGBT leader. People like Cathy are getting it, and in the process showing the rest of us what it means to build bridges of acceptance and friendship even with those with whom you may have strong differences of opinion.

IRS Debacle Goes from Bad to Worse

As recently as last Friday, when this explosive IRS story first broke, we were told by  the IRS official in charge of tax exemptions for organizations that the improper methods employed within her division were executed by “low level workers” in Cincinnati who weren’t motivated by “political bias,” and impacted roughly 75 organizations?  Now we already know that is “wrong, wrong and wrong.” 

This is a DISASTER that we can only hope and pray they will completely get to the bottom of.

LGBT and Christianity

The NBA’s Jason Collins created quite a stir this week by becoming the first active player in one of the four major American team sports to admit he’s a homosexual. He also says he’s a Christian, which ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard got into some hot water for questioning.

On the subject of LGBT and Christianity, Mark Hull of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes spoke highly of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s article, “My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist, lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then somehow I became one.” It is excellent, and put me in tears as I read it on-air Wednesday on WOGO.