Monthly Archives: November 2009

My Own Effort at Self-Expression

Broken dreams
Twisted lies
Tears of pain I can’t deny

A clouded mind
A faded soul
An emptiness I can’t control

A tattered heart
Painted blue
I’m helpless Lord what can I do?

A darkened core
Filled with strife
Your shadow overtook my life

Shattered hopes
Misspent years
I wish I could hold back the tears

Wasted time
Thrown askew
I’ll never get that back from you


Candy is evil!!!!!

I once ‘dated’ a guy who was a witch. I wonder if he’d let me have some of those white-chocolate KitKats before he infuses them all with demons…

Halloween Candy is Evil!!!

🙂


Liberty and justice for all? He doesn’t think so…

I saw this on tv this morning and just wanted to share it:

10-Year-old won’t pledge allegiance to a country that discriminates against gays

I found it encouraging to see that an elementary-school student cares enough about the way this country is run and how people are treated to take a stand like this…or, more accurately, a seat. When I was ten, I was more concerned about my crush-du-jour and collecting all of the My Little Pony dolls. Now here’s a kid picking through the lines of a pledge a lot of us said by rote and actually *thinking* about what it says. If you remember your childhood, ten is an age where a lot of us are very concerned with what others think of us and would be too mortified to do something that attracted that much unpopular attention, especially in a conservative state. He is taking the time to be concerned with how other people are treated in a fight he doesn’t have a dog in, something I could certainly learn from.

Hats off, kid. Hats off.


A Bunch Of Random Links

Spending obscene amounts of time on the internet and having no life isn’t as easy as it looks. 🙂 It’s pretty hard work, sorting through all of the insanely funny, random videos to find those worth sharing with your friends. Here are the fruits of this past weekend’s search…

Oh, and, for those who have…what’s the word…jobs, these are not safe for work.

These are from a hidden-camera show from Australia called The Chaser’s War On Everything. If I had my own show, this is what it would be like.

Now, come on, you can’t tell me you’ve never wished you had one of these things!
Pedestrian Rage

I *so* want to write a ticket to my ex-boyfriend for being such a jerk…how much should I fine him? The cost of the therapy sessions? 🙂
Wanker Number Plates

Actually, maybe I should just have him join this gang, God knows he needs to:
The Bra Boys

And now for something completely different:

For all of us Mac people:

Make an app to scoop the catbox and I’m sold:
There’s an App for anything, literally

There’s an app for what???

There’s a Hack for that

Now you’ll have this stuff in your head all day. You’re welcome. 🙂


Some of my favorite quotes

I’m a bit bored today and can’t think of anything else to write, so I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes.

“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”  – Tony Campolo…author, speaker, activist and Baptist pastor

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Ann Lamott

“I once shot a man just to watch him die. Then I got distracted and missed it.” – Kids in the Hall

“There’s probably no One True Church.  Now stop worrying and enjoy serving God.”- My friend Veronica Zundel, in response to an advertisement for atheism

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“Dear enemy-may the Lord hate you and all your kind, may you be turned orange in hue, and may your head fall off at an awkward moment.” – Edmund, BlackAdder

“Preach the gospel, always. If necessary, use words.” – St. Francis

“They could build monuments to your self-centeredness.”  -‘Wilson’, House

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Manning

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You are the son of a clerk, I am the son of a count. I’m not supposed to want to be you.” – The Count of Monte Christo

“What the world needs now is another folk singer, like I need a hole in my head.” – Cracker

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.   On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:17-21

“Go sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.” –  As Good As It Gets

“And we know that God causes everything to come together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”  – Romans 8:28

“In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” – St. Augustine

“Every time I come to this city, some guy picks me up at the bus station, takes me to a Leafs game, gets me pissed, and then tries to blow me. Why can’t people like me for me?” – Kids in the Hall

“People who speak in metaphor should shampoo my crotch.” –  As Good As It Gets

“Get busy living, or get busy dying’. – The Shawshank Redemption

 


5 Things I Just Don’t ‘Get’

I’m sure we’ve seen or heard a lot of things we simply don’t understand, no matter how hard we try. Here are some of mine, I want to hear yours:

1. New World Order, government conspiracies or all the other theories. Sorry, but I’ve never been able to understand what is meant by ‘government is bad, bad, bad’, ‘the EU is a sign that communism is coming back’, ‘don’t use electricity or anything else that is public because then The Man will be able to spy on you’ or some of the other ‘slippery slope’ arguments I’ve heard. No, I’m not making this up. I understand the fear to a point since no one wants to lose their freedoms or private lives, but some take it a bit far. When I was getting married, I was told over and over again how I shouldn’t register my marriage with the state because then the government would have access to us and do all kinds of stuff to take away our freedoms and generally screw with our lives…what could they really do that would cancel out the benefits of marriage (joint taxes, hospital visitation, power-of-attorney, inheritance, etc)? I appreciate their concern but they need to hang up their foil hats. I got married in the state of North Carolina and it’s on record. No brain-wave hijacking yet. I’ll let you know how it goes.

2. The fascination some Christians have with the Rapture or the End Times. No, I don’t think Obama is the Antichrist. I don’t really want to look forward to the destruction of 2/3 of humanity, despite the gleam in some preachers’ eyes when they talk about it. That part actually makes me sad…I don’t really care about the ‘signs’, and I was under the impression that Jesus didn’t really want us to anticipate it. I could be wrong on that, though. ‘Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again’ is really all I need to know.

3. Why people like the Kardashians or Paris Hilton are even celebrities. They don’t seem to really *do* anything, and yet I still see headlines about them on magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store. Somewhere a family of trees is mourning the senseless loss of their ‘son’ or ‘daughter’, because the paper to print them had to come from somewhere. My condolences.

4. Why some people enjoy being mean just for the sake of being mean. I guess they do that so they can tap into their own misery and spread it around, or maybe pour it out and serve it at parties like a cheap keg. Thanks, but I’ll pass.

5. Why people can do so many awful things to each other in the name of a religion. Truth is, none of us really knows for certain what’s on ‘the other side’. We have beliefs, but still all see through a glass, and darkly. The day is coming for each of us when we will have a clear view, but not yet. Until then, I’d like to live my life doing what Jesus said when He asked us to love our neighbor as ourselves…or ‘try’, I should say, since I will never be as good at this as I should or would like to be.

[eta 11/16/09] Okay, I’m going to cheat and add a sixth item that has been bothering me lately-

6. Why some people are more concerned with being ‘right’ than with being loving and caring toward other people. I don’t give a toss what Scripture or anything else says about…well, a lot of things. Actually, that’s not true; I’m a Christian, so by definition I find a lot of value in Scripture.  It’s a way (among others) we learn about Jesus, for one. It’s more the negative twisting of Scripture to make it say what one wants it to (esegesis, sp?) and make God in one’s own image I have a problem with. Sorry, but the Bible isn’t a weapon against people you (generic “you”) happen not to like. That’s what I see some people using it as-a weapon to beat people down rather than lift them up the way it should. I think that’s wrong and is much more likely to push people *away* from Christianity than bring them in, which is supposedly their goal. It is much more important to me to be compassionate toward other people and to treat them as I would like them to treat me.  That’s what He said to do, after all. To me, that is a lot more worthy of my attention than what some text said about things that are constantly taken out of context and are referring to something entirely different from what we think it did.  I’m no scholar, but I can’t for the life of me find the section where Jesus tells people what movies they should watch or who they should date. I *do* remember where He talks about loving our neighbor as ourselves, not being judgmental, taking the log out of our own eyes before trying to get the speck out of someone else’s, and feeding/visiting/caring for ‘the least of these’…a category I believe most of us will fit into at some point in our lives.  Some of us already have.

I welcome any enlightenment you might be able to offer. What are some of your things you just don’t ‘get’?


A bit of a rant, however annoying…

I don’t normally go off like this (despite the tag called ‘rants’ :P), but I just saw this:

Bachman’s Capitol Tea Party

The most disturbing part was this*:

Sign comparing health care reform to the Holocaust

*Warning: disturbing and frightening image.

OMFG, I can’t believe this. I saw it on The Daily Show and hoped it was a joke, as you’d expect from Comedy Central. Bad taste, maybe, but but still a leg-pull. I looked it up online, but found that it was real. Meaning, someone actually had the audacity to carry this sign in a crowd where people affected by the monstrous deeds depicted and other-well, humans-would see it. What is worse is that it was only one of many dehumanizing and disgustingly offensive signs handed out by right-wing organizations Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks in protest to the health care reform bill passed this past weekend. What’s even worse than that was that this ‘tea party’ was organized by a member of Congress and endorsed by Fox News. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the latter, but I would hope that even they wouldn’t stoop that low. Guess I was wrong.

Other articles about the larger issue:
Is the Tea Party Gang Turning GOP Into a Party of Hate?

Igor Panarin’s Doomsday Tea Party

The Tea Party’s Takeover of the GOP

I admit that I don’t know a whole lot about politics, and I’m aware most of my sources aren’t completely unbiased. I don’t think a person has to know a lot about politics to be disgusted by having a bill passed that might help people compared to one of the worst events in human history. There were other offensive statements and signs shown, but this one hit a sore spot for me. The Holocaust and related things can be very triggering for me. I can’t think of many things that can even compare to that level of cruelty, and so likening it to things such as an unpopular bill or a politician who hasn’t shown any signs of being even close to that level of evil upsets me. I hate to think how it must have looked to someone who had relatives in the camps or who had been in them themselves.

This ‘tea party’ was organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and attended by several other representatives…from the Chattahbox article:

“Shortly after noon, Bachmann led a contingent of GOP right-wingers, including Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), to greet the teabaggers waving their health care reform is like the Holocaust signs.”

On behalf of myself and others in my home state of North Carolina, I would like to apologize for our representative’s involvement.

I know this seems like small potatoes, but I saw it as yet another example of how shrill the right-wing scream machine has gotten. I’m not going to pretend that my fellow moderates and liberals are perfect, certainly not. However, the less I hear about the childish behavior of Republicans, the less I like them. I know this is wrong because these are only the louder ones and there are many reasonable and compassionate Republicans out there. I am married to one, and related to several others. Many of my friends lean to the right, and I’m not really all that partisan…usually. I agree with some things and am relatively live-and-let-live on others. However, sensationalism and hyperbole bother me. That’s why I don’t watch Jerry Springer; well, that, and I have no desire to see women get their tops ripped off in a fight. 🙂

Say what you want about health care reform or Obama, but whatever happened to intelligent, reasonable debate and courtesy? I guess we don’t see that much because it is the sensationalism we are interested in and/or remember. Maybe I’m just imagining things, maybe nice guys really do finish last. I’ll admit to paying more attention to the shouters, so maybe that says something about me too…people don’t perform unless there is an audience. I don’t know a lot about the systems of politics and lawmaking, but I do know one thing: if I see a person or group go to ridiculous and offensive lengths to make their point, I’m not likely to listen to anything they have to say. I’m not alone in this. It’s essentially the same thing our parents used to do when we threw fits in the grocery store; ignored us so that we would stop bawling to get their attention.

Now that I got that out, back to your regularly scheduled program. Feel free to flame me, I’m used to it. 🙂


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