Some Thoughts on Religion

Well, another supposed day  of the rapture – which, it seems to me, is becoming a more frequently repeating  occurrence, not as common as, say, school  shootings, but every couple  of years, anyway – has come and gone.  I’m still here and I believe I can safely assume, since you are reading this, that you are two.
World doesn’t seem too different, does it?  Have there been massive missing persons reports?  So, I reckon if there was a rapture, it must have been such a pathetic bunch of losers raptured away that nobody even misses them.

Or, it was just another false alarm.
I’ve got a Facebook friend, an Indian (as in from India) man, whose posts have been of a religious nature lately.  Sort of an obnoxious religious nature.  Since he’s seemed to be a reasonable poster up until now, I’m inclined to let it be, but the problem with print social media is that when you see a comment, and it’s just begging for an  answer, you may scroll on past, you may be stronger willed than I, but I suspect I am one with the majority of human beings on Facebook for whom that is constitutionally not possible.

It was about whether or not atheists can express proper humility, without the ability to  reference God.  Fortunately, it remained a civil discussion, despite our 180 degree difference of opinion.  I swear I do not understand the way religious people think.  Do they assume that humility was the invention of Christianity?  Humility isn’t even the invention of humanity.  It’s like the Christian view that morality is guided by religion.

These are the kind of people who say we need prayer in schools, after their son has just murdered four people in a Waffle House.

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I Blame the Father

It has happened again.  This time the shooter walked into a Waffle House in Tennessee and killed 4 people.  Yup, you guessed it. An AR 15.
It is worth noting that it was a black  Waffle House and three out  of four of the victims were black, and one Hispanic.  There’s probably a race angle here.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we hear, over the next couple of days, of membership in some White Supremacist groups.
Another interesting angle is that this guy was not at all  unknown to  the  authorities.  He’d been arrested numerous times, like the time at the White House when he said he was a sovereign citizen and entitled to inspect the grounds, or the time that he went to a public pool, jumped in in his underwear, and repeatedly exposed himself to the lifeguards while threatening to fight them.  The police knew all about his Taylor Swift obsession, but he wasn’t stalking her… he was  convinced she was  stalking him.
In fact, authorities had revoked his gun license, at least in one state, and seized his guns.  They did, however, release the guns to the shooter’s father, who  said he’d keep them safe and wouldn’t give them back to his son, but he did.  Whether he was just straight up lying, or  if he  intended  to keep them safe but his son just wore him down, I don’t know.  Anyway, one of those guns was the AR 15 used in the attack.  In my opinion, the father deserves some of  the blame.   One, for the boneheaded  move of  giving the kids his guns back (for which he should  go to  jail) and also for whatever he did wrong  to raise such a  piece of  shit.

I sometimes question my children’s life decisions, but I’m pretty confident neither one of them is going to grow  up to be a mass murderer.

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A Few Good Ideas Which are not Likely to Ever Happen

Every U.S. Senator and Congressperson makes $174,000 a year which, I’m sure the vast majority of Americans would agree, is at least twice as much as what they’re worth.  They’re seldom in  session, often absent even then, and when they rise to give a speech it’s just to get a sound bite on the evening news and not because the actually believe what is coming out of  their own  mouths.   Most Americans, truly, feel a bit  under-represented.  Some may have, at some point, written to their representatives in  congress, and got a form letter in return, but it’s clear they don’t actually give a rat’s ass what we think.
So, here’s a suggestion.  We should double their number.  It wouldn’t cost the public a thing if we simultaneously halved their salaries.  It would be the instant creation of 535 jobs, and maybe you’d get somebody who would answer your phone call.  It might, with a bit of luck, lead to people with a few more viewpoints than the Tweedle-Dee v. Tweedle-Dum group we’ve got it now.
But, of course congress would never pass anything like that because it would  mean cutting  their salaries, and diluting their power.  So, it goes into  the pile of ‘Good Ideas That Will Never Happen,’ like  having districts drawn by computer algorithm rather than by the party in power, to avoid gerrymandering, ranked voting, automatic audits for all members of congress, eliminating campaign contributions, and campaign advertising, and have the elections done as a series of 20 or 30 debates or so, and maybe tests, like “Aliens have arrived at Earth.  How do you respond?”, with some people eliminated after each round.
Maybe we need a law that congress doesn’t get to pass laws about how congress works.  Oh, wait.  Add that to the pile.

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Bring It On

The DNC (which, I strongly suspect still means Hillary Clinton, although I have no idea why) has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, Wikileaks, and Russia, saying they conspired together to make her lose the election in 2016.

She’s swinging right, left and center, so to speak.

A lawsuit against Donald Trump makes sense.  Charge him with tax evasion, maybe even obstruction of justice.  Make him show his tax  returns.  Maybe get him on  the sex charges, I don’t care.  If you find something to send Donald Trump  to jail, I’ll be happy.  If the whole thing blows up in  her face and she winds up going to  jail her own self, I’ll be happy.  I’ll be happy either way, so knock yourselves out, “DNC.”

In the case of Wikileaks, there are questions with both the charge and the jurisdiction.  First of all, there’s nothing at all illegal (yet) about publishing information which is true, and you don’t even have to divulge where you got it, at least it’s that way in the movies, in real life I’m sure it works a lot different.  Anyway, you shouldn’t have to.

Then, there’s the jurisdiction.  Assange is under virtual house arrest anyway, has been for years over taking perhaps a bit much of a sexual liberty, but that’s not what it’s really about, of course, but unless the U.S. wants to go to  war with Ecuador it should probably leave Assange alone.
But, Russia?  How do you even go about that?  You, DNC, the leaders of a nearly extinct political party which itself is massively guilty of election fraud, are bringing a lawsuit against a sovereign nation, the land of the Bolshoi Ballet, and Dostoyevsky.  The land that put the first man into outer space and a land with enough nuclear weapons to end all life on Earth.  The land of bears and Vodka and hilarious dash cam videos.

But, you know what?  Go for it.  Let’s see how this plays out.

 

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Stuffed

We just got back from  a dinner party and I’m stuffed, stuffed  to the point that I’m falling asleep while typing and watching a TV show I’ve never seen before, Detective Murdoch (?) ,something like that, it’s a bit interesting because it’s set in Canada in about, I’d guess late 18 or early 1900s, and it’s just not the most common time and place to set a TV series.

That’s one thing that kind of bothers me.  With all the times and places involved in human history over the 70,000 years or so in which we’ve been clearly human, why are there only a handful we focus on in our films and books.  The present, of course.  The near future and the far future.  WWII.  WWI.  The American Civil War.  (Seriously, I do not feel I’ve seen near enough films about the English Civil War.  Or all of the South American Wars.  We see lots of films set in Ancient Rome, and in Ancient Egypt, but there aren’t so many  about Mesopotamia, or Sumeria, or Phoenicia, or Carthage, not to mention the Khmer Empire that built Angkor Wat.
Anyway, I sort of intended to write about the dinner and how it was actually painful  how much food we ate, but it was all very good, but especially the mushroom  salad, and the  very garlicky egg salad  sandwiches.  The cake at the very  end, when I really didn’t want to eat any more but it was a birthday  cake, so  couldn’t say no, was quite awesome as well.  Layers of cream and chocolate,  graced with strawberries.

Good night.  I’ll  write more tomorrow.

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The Role of Time in Art

Last year, just after we got back from our vacation to America, one of my first blogs was a commentary on an  art project in our neighborhood.  Mostly, I did not approve.  Most of the exhibits  seemed to me strikingly inartistic, cobbled together, ugly, and pointless.  Like a lot of modern art, like a lot of installation art.  I couldn’t wait for it to all  be gone.

And then,eventually,  most of it  was.  I don’t recall the point  at which  it  all  disappeared.  Like a cold or a minor ailment,  like a sore  foot for instance, you  don’t really perceive the moment when it’s gone.  Just, one day it’s not  there and your mind is  taken  up with other things.
But, there are still two pieces  left over and, being as it’s almost  a year later, I guess they’re sort of permanent.  And,  it’s O.K.

One looks like a black leather sofa that’s been  folded over so it sort of looks like a kneeling man, in between our local pizzeria and our local  supermarket, and it’s not leather it’s like  fiberglass or something.  I  think of it as a monument to Colin Kaepernick, although I have no idea if that was the artist’s intent.

The other is in the park, and I thought of it as perhaps the ugliest piece of all.  A bunch of metal containers, cylindrical  in shape and with holes in different lattice patterns.  They looked like some kind of military  surplus item, khaki green with peeling paint to reveal the rust below.  Thing is, though, they are very popular with kids.  It’s like  an instant fort, or a place to play house, I guess, all depending on  the age, gender and inclination of the child.  Empty spaces just waiting to be filled, worlds just itching to be colonized.

So, I guess they had some artistic merit after all.

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Rot in Hell, Babs

Barbara Bush is dead, which is something that happens eventually  to  everybody, and she dragged it out longer than most.  I hadn’t really  thought about  her for years.  I still feel  great bitterness toward her son, and will  seriously celebrate the day of his death, and her husband, who  was also a war criminal and the nicest thing that anybody can say about him is that he wasn’t as stupid as his retarded progeny.
Babs, herself, was fair monstrous in her own right, although it didn’t get noticed as much because she didn’t actually hold any office.
But, she said things like “why should I worry my beautiful  mind about  it,” referring to the inevitable dead  Iraqi children who would come to be as a direct result of her family’s insatiable lust for oil, money and power.
She said, disdainfully, of evacuees from New Orleans after Katrina, that they’d never had it so good, while they were sleeping on cots in a stadium with thousands of other desperate souls.
She was, in short, an arrogant piece of shit.
I know it used to be said that one should not speak ill of the dead, but I’m not observing that old nicety any more.  If you spend your life committed to making the world a miserable place, you have to expect that people will curse your name at the moment of your death and far, far into the future.
Still, it was getting awkward.  I didn’t want to argue with everybody on Facebook.  So, I just started unfriending anybody who was speaking nice about her today, except of course  for people who I actually communicate with regularly.

I got rid of 5 or 6 people.  Won’t make  much  of a  difference, but I feel lighter.

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