Saturday, February 28, 2009
to be free for religion--except for the sect that can win political power."
Supreme Court Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson, dissenting
opinion in Zorach v. Clauson (343 US 306 -- 1952)
Freedom of religion means freedom FROM religion, at least it does to me.
to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no church property
anywhere, in any state, or in any nation, should be exempt from taxation,
for if you exempt the church property of any church organization, to that
extent you impose tax upon the whole community."
US Pres. James A. Garfield,
speech to Congress, June 22, 1874
I'm all for taxing the sons of bitches.
Friday, February 27, 2009
One of my latest crushes is Cate Blanchett. I liked her in the Elizabeth movies and she was sexy in Benjamin Button.
I bought this album of the Queen singing classic American standards. I don't quite know what it is about the Queen but if I wasn't married and she liked guys more than she likes girls, well, you get the idea.
I've always thought that my Mariah was one of the most beautiful gals in all the world. She's second best compared to Sandra.
Its pretty obvious why I like Jewel. Can't say I've ever heard one of her songs, but she's a nice looking gal with a big rack. And, she scored herself a championship rodeo cowboy so he's got the same taste I do.
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders remains one of my biggest crushes. When the Pretenders first US album came out I was hooked. Like with the Queen, there's just something about Chrissie that does it for me.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Praise for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium.
She said, "I have a Praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a
terrible Bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The
pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help
You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as
they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced.
"Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move
caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate
operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed
remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."
Again, the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed
uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.
"Now," she announced in a quavering voice, "thank the Lord, Tom is out
of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."
All the men sighed with relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone
else had something to say.
A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.
He said, "I'm Tom."
The entire congregation held its breath.
"I just want to tell my wife that the word is sternum."<<
I read the Chronicle most every day and have recently started a home delivered subscription. I noticed in yesterday's edition that nowhere in the front page article was it mentioned that the paper may close. The article went on about the cost containment issues, but not closing.
I read this in the paper this morning. Here's an Australian link. The porn film company Vivid has offered the Octomom a million dollars to do a hard core porn film. I must have been dropped on my head as a child because I find this funny as hell. She must have a vagina you could drive a bus through. Y'know, its usually Larry Flynt who is on top of topical porn like this, recall the Sarah Palin takeoff. Ol' Larry must be slipping.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I don't think any religous monuments should be on any public property. Period. Judge Alito said "It is hard to imagine how a public park could be opened up for the installation of permanent monuments by every person or group wishing to engage in that form of expression,"
Actually, if its so hard, get rid of them all. I want the FSM put up wherever the 10 Commandments are.
>>Thanks for the ongoing back-and-forth!
Your choice of "favorite" quotes from the article was interesting. You said, "Sorry Todd, but it's the truth", regarding the God of the Bible being a myth just as Zeus was. In the very next sentence you say, "Y'know, I don't know how we got here...I do know that I don't need to know." To me that negates the very idea of your atheism? You say you know there is no God yet at the same time you are saying you don't know. Then you say you "know you don't need to know". This seems to me to be a way of saying you "hope" there is no God. Saying with such certainty that "The God of the Bible is just as much a myth as Zeus" and "it's the truth" just because you are saying it is a bit befuddling. I must admit that I regularly wonder why those of us that believe in God have to provide all the proof while the atheist merely has to disagree without providing any proof.
This couple of paragraph's I poached from here.
If I were to make an absolute statement such as, "There is no gold in China," what is needed for that statement to be proven true? I need absolute or total knowledge. I need to have information that there is no gold in any rock, in any river, in the ground, in any store, in any ring, or in any mouth (gold filling) in China. If there is one speck of gold in China, then my statement is false and I have no basis for it. I need absolute knowledge before I can make an absolute statement of that nature. Conversely, for me to say, "There is gold in China," I don't need to have all knowledge. I just need to have seen a speck of gold in the country, and the statement is then true.
To say categorically, "There is no God," is to make an absolute statement. For the statement to be true, I must know for certain that there is no God in the entire universe. No human being has all knowledge. Therefore, none of us is able to truthfully make this assertion.
If you insist upon disbelief in God, what you must say is, "Having the limited knowledge I have at present, I believe that there is no God." Owing to a lack of knowledge on your part, you don't know if God exists. So, in the strict sense of the word, you cannot be an atheist. The only true qualifier for the title is the One who has absolute knowledge, and why on earth would God want to deny His own existence?
The professing atheist is what is commonly known as an “agnostic” - one who claims he “doesn't know” if God exists. It is interesting to note that the Latin equivalent for the Greek word is “ignoramus.” The Bible tells us that this ignorance is “willful” (Psalm 10:4). It's not that a person can't find God, but that he won't. It has been rightly said that the “atheist” can't find God for the same reason a thief can't find a policeman. He knows that if he admits that there is a God, he is admitting that he is ultimately responsible to Him. This is not a pleasant thought for some.
Along those same lines, you say you believe in the theory of evolution. This is merely a theory without any proof of it's existance, yet you believe in it. I encourage you to read this excellent presentation. It's long but worth the time it takes to read it.
The "proof" that I can provide of God's existance is what He has done in my life. He made me an entirely new person because of what His Son did for me. The change that occurred literally transformed me and gave me a new life. That is not something that can be learned or taught. Only God can do that for you through His Son Jesus.
Sorry to have made this "comment" so long but as you can see it's something I'm passionate about! See you on the dock!!<<
And I'll reply:
1) Your truth and my truth aren't the same thing. I can say "there is no God" and you can say "there is a God" and to ourselves we're both right.
2) I see your point about the absoluteness of saying "there is no god" as Atheists tend to do. This is why I waver on Atheism and Angosticism. Of course I cannot say with 100% certainty that there is no god(s). Nor can you say with the same 100% certainty that there are god(s). You take it on faith that God exists and I'm faithless on this matter. Whether that makes me an Atheist or an Agonstic is I think a matter for definition.
3) Out of all the religions invented by man to explain what science hasn't yet explained, to say that yours is the truth while the other thousands of belief sets are not true is something I cannot agree with. I have a regular reader who is a Krishna. I'm sure she's as firm in her faith as you are in yours. So, her "truth" is different from your "truth" and my "truth."
4) There's an awful lot of evidence to support the "theory" of evolution. There's so much less to support "goddidit." We all see the "theory" of gravity each and every day. So, some "theories" can be pretty much spot on.
5) I need the proof of a face to face with God, or god(s). Until I get that, I'll disavow religion and remain faithless. It sounds silly, but I want God, (for example) to appear to me in human form and do some kind of supernatural thing to convince me he's real. Then, we'll have some direct discussion on why God does what he does. Once this is done, then I'll get in line with most everyone else, admit the error of my way and beg for forgiveness. But, I just don't see that happening.
“. . . the vast mass of existing gods or divine persons, when we come to analyze them, do actually turn out to be dead and deified human beings. . . . I believe that corpse worship is the protoplasm of religion.”
-- Grant Allen, cited in Who's Who in Hell edited by
Hell, look at the Catholics. They eat the body and blood of Christ. Talk about corpse worship.
Here's my favorite quote from the post: "(which is one reason I believe in a the God of the Bible and not a god of mythology like Zeus)."
Now you know that I just can't let that pass without comment. The God of the Bible is just as much a myth as Zeus. Sorry Todd, but its the truth.
Y'know, I don't know how we got here. I'm not smart enough to read up on the Big Bang and be able to argue it with people of other ideas. I do know that I don't need to know. Does this make me shallow? Yeah, maybe. It makes for interesting reading, but I think we'll never know how we got here. I don't mean evolution, which I believe in. I mean the Big Bang and the answer to the question of how the universe was created and what powers created the universe. As Damian F told me one day at dinner, he can accept a little mystery in life and I think I can too.
There's been talk of Media News (my corporate masters) buying the Chron. I wonder if we can buy the rights to the name "San Francisco Chronicle" and the subscriber list. That's what Media News did with the Oakland Tribune. They didn't buy anything else, so the remaining company went under. I'm not sure who owns the Tribune Tower in downtown Oakland. It was damaged in the 1989 quake and would have been quite costly to fix.
One problem is that I don't think we have the press capacity to print 400k copies with all the other stuff we print. It was easy for Media News to take the Trib on with 40k copies. But printing 10 times that amount with a circulation area from Eureka to Visalia will be a challenge to take on.
Interesting times in my industry.