Currently generating a new wish list, since all my wishes were granted over the Holidays.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Founding Fathers and Religion

I love the argument that most republicans who support Dubya love him because of his moral principles, namely the fact that he "listens to a higher father", Jesus.

It amazes me that these people also believe that religion should be an integral part of our government, and to support this argument they use our founding fathers religious background to support this conclusion.

I agree that our founding fathers were religious people, however they clearly believed that religion as a whole when combined with government did a lot more harm than good. This is obvious from the First amendment, providing for the separation of church and state. It amazes me that people somehow ignore this, based upon the fact that the founding fathers were religious and they take the First amendment to mean something else.

For these people, I recommend actually looking at what our Founding Fathers had to say in regards to religion.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Thomas Jefferson-"I have examined all the known superstitions of the World, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature."

George Washington-"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause."

Thomas Paine- "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of... Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."- Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.)

Friday, January 28, 2005

What about Michelle Malkin?

With the current controversy over the White House paying "journalists" and "pundits" to publicize and market various parts of their agenda, it got me thinking, What about Michelle Malkin?

Now I know what you are thinking, who actually cares about Michelle Malkin? I don't either, but I bet she gets paid by the White House.

Although then again she might not, because who really gives a damn what that psycho $#%^#@ writes about anyways?

Here are some links to various posts about the controversy:

Atrios post about an MSNBC panel discussing the matter

Daily Kos adds a third hypocrite to the controversy
MYDD has another great write up on the third finding

My question is how many more are out there, and we probably won't find out.

Update: I checked Michelle Malkin's blog and would lik to extend an apology for accusing her of being a possible candidate of taking money from the White House. It seems she has been very critical of them.
However, she is still a psycho @#$^%&.

Update 2:She is probably just pissed off because no one would pay her, because she has no readers(other than myself) anyways!

Karma is a weird thing!

Totally off topic post, but I really don't understand how certain things work.

Yesterday, I got a Comcast bill for $155, because they were ending our six month promotion, for Digital Modem and Cable Modem.

Also my investments have been way down until yesterday.

Anyways, to make a long story short I switched to Verizon for DSL and DirectTV for Cable.(I figure they are all republican bastards so I might as well pay them the least amount of money possible, while still maintaining my ability to watch TV and surf the internet) I got a total rate of $65 dollars a month.

Then this morning Prudential upgrading its rating of Dreamworks Animations SKG and it has begun its climb back to where I bought in.

It is weird how these things happen.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

How about those Bulls!

Being a displaced Chicagoan, the one thing that has been keeping my attention away from all the inaugural bullshit, are the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have not been a real team since Michael, Scottie, and Phil left in 1998. However, after six years of suffering they are back as a real team. This year they started out 0-9, and have gone 21-10 since then.

The best thing is that they are playing team ball, not focusing on individual gains as much as overall gains for the whole unit. To draw a political analogy hopefully the Democratic party as a whole will come together, meaning state and national leaders and be a strong and scrappy opposition party.

One of my favorite new Bulls is Andres Nocioni, an argentinian rookie, who has a knack for tough defense and doing whatever it takes to win. He is amazing at getting under the other teams skin, which is hopefully what Harry Reid, with help from Barbara Boxer, might be able to do with some of our favorite Republican leaders.

Anyways, two sites that I will be following are The Bulls site and The Democratic Senate Site

Sorry for the corny analogies, but I do think sports analogies are valid in politics.

Thursday, January 20, 2005, who writes this stuff

One of the dumbest headlines ever on Found this story courtesy of myDD blog

The headline read "Poll: Nation split on Bush as uniter or divider". Here is the article

I know this is obvious to everyone but I need to shout:


Just Wondering.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

They are ruining my favorite show!

Well not entirely, but I just found a story on CBS news about the City Journal who is writing a book about "South Park", and how at it's core it is a culturally conservative show. Here is the article.

This is what pisses me off about delusional people on the right. I admit there are delusional people on the left. These delusional people on the right are making an argument that South Park is mainly against liberals. Yes, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, have their beefs with liberals but they also have their beefs with conservatives. To highligh only one side of the story is typical of delusional people on the right.

My favorite part about South Park is that it makes fun of everybody, that way everyone is on an equal playing field. Everyone and everything is fair game, from WMD to Anti-cigarette campaigns.

Stone and Parker most likely fall somewhere in the middle if anywhere. Kyle and Stan are the characters that are supposed to represent Stone and Parker, and you will notice that they are equally critical of everyone. They all hate Cartman, who truly represents the conservatives on the show. I could even make an argument that they are anti-conservative in the way that they ridicule Cartman in every episode, but I won't because they are equally critical of liberal and conservatives and how hypocritical both sides can be.

Bible Update

So I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up my copy of the Bible. I didn't realize how many different types of bibles and different interpretative versions of the Bible. I could not decide on which copy to get. So I decided to get "The Bible for Dummies", this one, it looked like the professors who wrote it had good qualifications, and definitely more knowledge than I have. I figured it would be a good way to start, and then I could decide which bible to buy. Suggestions are still welcome.

Funny Story

It seems that President Bush has actually done something positive for our nation's children. The No Child Left Behind legislation has actually prevented his daugther from becoming a public school teacher. Here's the link

Monday, January 17, 2005

My Quest Begins

A recent Wall Street Journal article has finally put me over the edge. It spoke of the great divide in our country over cultural issues, focusing on the children. They highlighted two children, one a son of "activist liberals" and the other a daugther of moral church goers. The daugther spoke of her preaching to her fellow public school classmates about how the bible explicitly condemns homosexuality, abortion, and evolution. This is where my quest will begin.

I have long wanted to read the bible to actually see if these people know what they are talking about, and this article finally motivated me to do so. So I will be picking up my copy today at Barnes and Noble, and reading it cover to cover(gulp). I will provide updates on what I find and where I find it. This is going to be interesting.

Friday, January 14, 2005

A funny story in the news

Very funny story about some future career opportunities in the growing economy.

here is the link