find out what is going on inside my head. i know it is a little scary, but you will be safe. i promise.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Review: Cafe Frontera

One of my favorite things in life is to enjoy a nice meal out with She Who Must Be Obeyed. Yesterday, I was able to experience such a meal at lunchtime. We had a few errands to run, so we included lunch in the list. There is a fairly new restaurant on Tyler's southeast side called Cafe Frontera
. I had not seen any advertisements or even heard anything about the place, but I am always up for trying something new. It was interesting to walk into a restaurant with absolutely no preconceived notions. I suspected by the name that it would at least be Mexican influenced, but that was my only guess. I was wrong. The food is full-on Mexican food. The menu had a great variety of items that I have not seen on other menus in town. Many of the items reminded me of the food you would find on the menu of a small diner in South Texas. The building was pretty non-descript. It is part of a small strip that is of recent construction. The inside is clean and fresh. It is sparsely decorated, but I was there for the food.

To order, you approach the counter and place your order and pay. The menu is pretty extensive, so you may want to take one to your table to decide what you want before you go to the counter. They will give you a number and bring the food to your table.

My lunch partner was not very hungry and tends to be a little bit of a picky eater. She opted for a simple lunch of two beef fajita tacos with cilantro and crema Mexicana (a light sour cream). They were very good. I had been wanting seafood, so I chose the grilled Tilapia. It was served in a sizzling skillet on a bed of onions and green peppers with rice, beans, and flour tortillas on the side.
The fish was grilled perfectly and served with a roasted pablano and tomato sauce.

There were a couple of things about Cafe Frontera that appealed to me. One of those is the breakfast menu. I really enjoy eating breakfast out. This is a basic breakfast menu that sounds very appetizing to me. The other is the free wi-fi that is offered. I did not have my computer with me, but I will likely return with it. I enjoy going to breakfast, taking my time and reading or doing some homework. I am confident that I will be back again.

The menu at Cafe Frontera includes options for children. The staff was friendly and helpful. The prices were affordable. I will close by saying that I enjoyed my meal and will definitely be visiting Cafe Frontera again.

Have you been to Cafe Frontera? What did you think about your visit there? Feel free to share in the comments.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Gotta Love the Shoe-Phone

I love Get Smart. I love the old show with Don Adams. I love the new movie with Steve Carrell. I love Get Smart. One of the things I enjoy most is the gadgets. Those are some of the coolest things ever created. Of all those gadgets, one of my favorites is the Maxwell Smart's shoe-phone. Now you can make your own operational shoe-phone. Go here for the how-to.

My Inbox Is Full

Sometimes I think I get a lot of email. I try to deal with personal stuff quickly. I often let the junk just sit there to be dealt with later. sometimes it just piles up until there is a ridiculous amount. Not too long ago, a friend looked over my shoulder and there were over 300 new messages. They were all from merchants or newsletters or some other form of impersonal mail. Do you think you get a lot of mail? Check out this post from Paul Bedard about Dana Perino.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Moral Battle For Stem Cells

This Sunday evening, the LIFE Group in which I participate will begin a new study series. It is a six-session series on Bioethics. Roughly three fourths of the group either works in or is formally trained in some area of the medical profession. Couple that with the increasingly important role medical technology plays in our personal lives and public policy, it seemed like an incredibly relevant topic for study. This session concerns the moral battle for stem cells. I will not take the time or space to share the bulk of the study, but I do want to share a few thoughts (and hopefully generate some discussion).

Let's start with a couple of short passages from the Bible:
"You must not murder." Exodus 20:13 (from the Ten Commandments)

"You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.' But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell." Matthew 5:21-22 (from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount)

The following is from "Moral Battle for Stem Cells" from Christianity Today International, (c) 2007.

The biblical admonition against murder is clear. But is embryonic stem-cell research the same as murder? The embryos, under President Bush’s guidelines, have already been destroyed. Still, some say that the federal funding of the existing stem-cell lines from these embryos would support a culture of death. What do you think?

In Exodus, as God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, we see that one of the chief concerns of God is preservation of human life. In the New Testament, Jesus expands our understanding of this respect for life by broadening the concept of murder. Not only is it the taking of life from another human being, but we are also placed in danger of judgment when we treat others as valueless. In Matthew 5:21-22, the word raca means “empty-headed one.” In current terms, the term would translate as “an airhead,” “a dimwit,” or “an idiot.” To declare someone as raca means to say there is nothing of value in them and they have nothing to contribute to society.

[Q] Does the understanding of raca used in this passage inform the embryonic stem-cell debate?

The bible is clear. Murder is a violation of God's moral law. But is embryonic stem-cell research murder? In my understanding, if an embryo is properly implanted, it will grow until a child is born. That makes that embryo an early stage of a child. If the research on the embryo would prevent it from maturing into a child (obviously by destroying it), this is clearly murder. Under former President Bush's guidelines, the embryos used for research have already been destroyed. I do not think this necessarily supports a culture of death. If this embryo is simply a young human and it is already dead, is using it for research really any different than if my body were used for scientific research after I am dead? I don't think so.

Anytime Jesus taught on the law, He did not abolish or negate it. He enhanced it. He took it from the letter of the law and showed us the spirit of the law. These verses from Matthew are an example of this. We are people; every one of us is created in the image of God Himself. Each of us has value. From the youngest unborn to the oldest on his or her deathbed, these are not just people, but souls created with value to the Savior. If they matter to God they should matter to us.

What do you think? How do these and other passages of Scripture inform the embryonic stem-cell debate. Please comment below.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Motorcycle Helmet

Several years ago, I learned how to ride a motorcycle. Not long after, I had to sell my bike. I really have missed it and would love to have another, one day. Even though it is legal to ride without a helmet in my state, I generally prefer to wear one. If I get another bike and helmet one day, I think this LEGO helmet is the one I want.

Stimulus, Recovery, Bailout, & Taxes

Well, it is official. We apparently no longer live in a capitalist ecomomy. Our government is appropriating almost a trillion dollars of your taxes and mine to pay for things individuals and private businesses should be paying for. The thing that frustrates me the most, and you may have noticed it as well, is who is writing the checks. It seems to me that the liberals (primarily in the Democrat Party, but not all) who want to tax and spend us into oblivion, both individually and societally, are perfectly happy to send out a tax bill, but they do not want to pay their own taxes. Just look at the appointments from the new Presidential administration.