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I’ve been on hiatus for a while now.  Not motivated to write a single word, publicly anyway. 

I have been enraged enough to start typing though.  September 11 is coming upon us again.  But this year, some haters, publicity seekers or whatever you wish to call them are turning this day of mourning into a revengeful, spiteful, hate fest against them (whomever them may be).

The burning of the Koran because Al Qaeda has chosen to hide behind their religion to spread hate and fear is about as useful as burning the Bible because the KKK hides behind their religion to do the same thing.

And the sheer fact that people can not or will not decipher the difference is exactly what’s wrong with the world today.

There are some bad eggs in everything.  I personally know Muslims, and they are as loving and peace oriented as some Christians that I know.

If you want to make a statement about who we as Americans are, spend September 11 volunteering, having coffee with a Muslim, or praying for those who are lost in hate and fear.  And by all means, light a candle or two in the memory of the lives that were physically, mentally, and spiritually lost on that day.

Most importantly, get over yourselves people!!!!!!!

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Bill Maher on The View September 30, 2008 talking religion and his new movie Religulous,  talking politics and Sarah Palin in part 1.  I love this!!!  Stay tuned on part 2 past the 5 minute mark to see Bill Maher talk about the story of Jesus.

Can religion bring about peace or does it discourage it?

I usually do very well at holding my tongue…but sometimes it’s just so damn hard. Today at the grocery store a woman was stalking people trying to save their souls by telling them about Jesus. I tried to avoid her, but…well, she was just unavoidable.

She walked up to me and asked if I have accepted Jesus as my personal savior. Usually I just say –“yes, thank you” and go on my merry way. But today I must have been in the mood for a fight because I said — “I used to, but now I’m not sure. I believe he lived and was a great man. But I just don’t know if he’s responsible for saving my soul.” As soon as those words fell from my lips I knew I was going to regret it. But what was done was done….and it needed to be said damn it!

She had that kid in an amusement park expression all over face. She was excited and was ready to jump all into saving this poor lost soul. –ME. Giving me her version of the facts, she stated why I should believe. This is when she said the thing that sent my head into a spin….the reason why I’m here typing furiously…..She actually said to me– “If everyone in this world believed that Jesus is the savior, we would not have wars, crime, hate, rape….everything in the world would be perfect!”

OMG!!! I can’t believe she just said that. I wish someone had been with me to slap me out of my trance and drag me the hell away from there…but I was left with my own stewing thoughts on the verge of boiling over! I managed a deep breath, while collecting my thoughts to try and defuse the roguish behavior this woman was selling. Instead, I decided to throw her mousetrap right back in her face and said– “If everyone in the world would shatter their own damn glass houses and agree to disagree, the world would be beyond perfect!” Amusing myself as I watched her jaw drop, I left it at this — “It’s people like you that make this world the imperfect place that it is. The whole, no Jesus, no peace….know Jesus, know peace thing is not helping the world be at peace at all. We need a little more– no me, no you…know us, know peace” and walked away with a stride in my step I haven’t felt in awhile.

I don’t know where she went, but when I came out of the store, she was gone.

I know I don’t have the answers to peace, I wish I did….I wish somebody, anybody did. But I do know that this world is crumbling right before our eyes because most people lack any ability or desire to listen to anyone’s point of view without taking it personally. I’m guilty of it too, obviously.

This world will go unchanged….possibly worsen as long as people refuse to spend less time talking and more time listening. Each person has as much right to believe what they believe as I do…I have no more right to tell them they’re wrong than they do to tell me. Once everyone gets that concept, we can move on from there!

Thanks for staying with my rant… PHEW! I feel better now!

The following has been passed around through email for several years, so it seems.  However, I just got a hold of it, and loved it.  It is so funny!  If you haven’t seen it, you’ve got to read this.  Enjoy!

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.  The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues,  via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now  have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:

Bonus question:  Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:   First, we need to know  how the mass of  Hell is changing in time.  So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving.  I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.  Therefore, no souls are leaving.  As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of  these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.  Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.  With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.  Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and  pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all  Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So, which is it?  If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.  The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…….leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, “Oh my God.”

This student received an A+ 

 

 

The public school system is a complicated and wondrous thing, yet…full of conflict and responsible for raising children who are unable to challenge what they are taught as truth. 

In the public school system we have the separation of church and state. Within the compound of the public school system, there can be no God because there is no scientific proof that there is a God, or if there is a God, whose God is the real God. 

Reading, writing, and math are pretty simple subjects.  There are procedures and rules that are indisputable.  But when we think about history and science, there is a lot to ponder.  Lesson plans are laid out with extreme caution as to not lead the students to think too much for themselves.  All science and history are laid out as fact.  Science is taught without consideration of religion.  History is taught that the U.S. government is perfect as a result of checks and balances, and makes few mistakes.  But on the rare occasion when the bad and the dishonest shows its’ ugly face, it is always handled and taken care of. 

It’s amazing how little I came out of school knowing, how little I was able to reason, compare and question.  These qualities I now possess are self taught.  Why is the public school system so invested in raising generation after generation of people who are incapable of free thinking, with little exception?  Why are teacher’s not allowed to discuss all sides of any one particular view, teaching students how to think for themselves based on the information they are given?  What is the benefit to the U.S. government to have a society full of people who question the government very little?  The dumber we are, the better they like it, so it seems.

These are just a few things that I find myself thinking about often.  I am terrified about what the children in my life are learning in school, besides how to be good test takers, thanks to G.W.’s “no child left behind act.”  I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to not live in a village of idiots…or worse yet, being governed by a villiage of idiots.  It’s an unending cycle, that only seems to be getting worse.  What do you think? 

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Posted: April 12, 2007 in All, Blogroll, Health, Life, Religion, Thoughts

What do you do when most of your life  you’ve wanted to die because you’ve felt so miserable? Then suddenly, you’re faced with the possibility of it coming true?

I’ve mentioned a few times in other post that I’ve been having health problems.  My coping mechinism when  overwhelmed is to avoid whatever the problem might be.  I’ve been avoiding going to the doctor because I’ve known that something is wrong.  You know how sometimes you just feel it.  Well, today I finally went to the doctor.  And they found something abnormal.  Now I’m faced with more  test.  It could be I just need a hysterectomy, or a kidney removed and then I’ll be fine.  Or just a cyst or two.  Or, oh God….the big “C”.   But my test is not until Monday afternoon, so I’m left with nothing but my mind to wonder.  Is it a blessing of what I wanted in the past?  Is there still a part of me that just wants to be out of my misery?  Or, do I really just want to live, but be happy and healthy?  You don’t know me, but if you’re reading this, if you can find a way to say a quick, quiet prayer for me…if for nothing else, to live happily and with good health.  Any encouraging words?  Thank you.

I’m watching CNN’s Paula Zahn, and they’re starting out their show with Biden saying that Obama is articulate.  They’re discussing about whether or not that was a racist thing to say.  I don’t know that the race card is necessarily the appropriate card to throw on this one.  I grew up poor, no name brands, small house, single parent, abused, low self-esteem.  I encountered “wealthy folks” on many occasions. I was told by 4 or 5 of those “wealthy folks”, in a surprised tone of voice, “Oh, you’re so articulate.”  The way I perceived that, even as a child was, “Oh, you’re a poor person who knows how to speak well, how surprising.”  I’m white, they were white.  Often times, people who come from money, power, or prestige are very surprised when people different than themselves are “well spoken” , or possess any other quality they can relate to.  It’s not necessarily a race thing, it’s a social class thing as well.  Sometimes people are so involved in their own little worlds, with their own “type” of people, they are surprised when they find something so familiar in someone so completely different.  The same thing with poor or blue collar workers.  It is just surprising when they come across a “wealthy” person who has a little redneck in them.  Social Class discrimination is just as real as racial discrimination.  It’s not always about the color of your skin, who you crawl into bed with, man or woman, or what religion you practice or don’t practice.  People can be very naive, close minded, and elitist.  People are people, and unless we take a moment to step outside of ourselves, if only for a moment, we will continue to be surprised by differences we perceive to be so extraordinary. I’ve said it before, I’ll keep on saying it until people get it….Come on people, peace can prevail if we open our minds to a new way of thinking!!!!