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300!

Another milestone for TMM! Today, we celebrate 300 broadcasts. And we WILL stop counting at some point, I am sure of that. But, for now, every show counts. It's like when you're a little kid and someone asks you how old you are, and you say Four and a HALF, and that half really means something to you. Not like when you're, say, 49. You're not going for any additional percentages there, are you?

Not that I'd know.

Thanks to Cheryl Corley for filling in while I took some needed R&R with family and took care of some stuff around the house. Not enough stuff, but some stuff — painting the kids' room, that kind of thing.

Some day, hopefully, I'll come back from being away and I'll report that I had tea with Oprah and Nelson Mandela or something like that, but right now — I won't lie — I can just say it was great taking the kids to the pool, and going out to dinner without looking at my watch because I have to get up at dawn ... and arguing with the electrician over whether I really need a new light over the table (asking him why can't he just fix the old one?). Those things actually float my boat (which might be pathetic, I don't know).

... Although I wouldn't mind that tea with Madiba either.

I hope you enjoyed today's program as much as I did. Sometimes you feel like you're doing the news and sometimes you feel like you're calling up a bunch of people you know and just checking in on them. That's how today's show felt to me — just checking on people ... like Armstrong Williams on his Obama dilemma as a black conservative, what will he do?; like the Rev. Ed Young on how he's doing out in Cedar Rapids after the floods; like the Barbershop guys on what else?

We did one newsy interview with Sarah Posner on her new book God's Profits and her examination of (some say she exposes) the Word of Faith movement, also known by some as the so-called Prosperity gospel. Here's my question:

If you are of another faith, or no faith, do you have a right to critique another group's worship style and political involvements? What if they they want to give their pastor a private plane? Is it your/our business? And why, or why not?

Some say these congregations are abusing their tax exempt status. Others say these are cultural disputes. Where should the line be drawn and how should it be drawn?

Have a good weekend. We're considering a number of leads for Monday — politics, more on the floods, and new fiction from Africa. All under consideration. We hope you'll join us.

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