So, today is that day in my lifetime's history that garners specific attention to the catastrophic events of September 11th, 2001. The common descriptive phrase I hear being used is "another day that will live in infamy." Myself, it doesn't have any catchy phrases or memorable quotes attached to it. I never fell into the hype that surrounded that day, and I think my own personal misgivings about the events that transpired was set ablaze by the absolute selfish hysteria I saw the rest of our belo
Happy 4th of July, America!
Today we are reminded of how wonderful it is to be citizens of a land of liberties and guaranteed basic rights. We enjoy a voice in public elections for legislators by casting our ballots. We have the right to be represented in government decisions by these elected officials and make sure they hear our voice on the issues and make decisions accordingly.
But as of late, it is startlingly apparent how undemocratic we really are in our legislating process. The bl
Tired of the ridiculous legislation that is being forced through by those in congress with conservative ideals and religious motivation that might not match your own?
Want to make a clear message that as women, we are not to be anymore legislated than our fellow men are?
Ohio has recently decided that women must undergo a MANDATORY ultrasound in order to get an abortion, and plans to cut funding for contraception, and has decided we are pregnant before we really are, let's help our men a
I know I cannot be the only person in this world that sees the last year of politics and governmental scandals as a circus sideshow. Everywhere I look there is over sensationalized headlines, vitriolic throw down a la congressional members, and blatant lying about facts and context.
It's been an extremely frustrating year of slugging through statements and their veracity in regards to "data". I'm at a point, I see an issue, I don't bother to listen to ANYONE speaking on it. I look up the bil
The family saga of drama continues. Right when I think things are comfortable and good things start to happen, the gooey strings of life's historical bubble gum sticking to my shoe seems to reappear. I am seriously starting to wish I would be working on weekends so that I wouldn't come in contact with such aggravation. My Mondays are always so shitty because I am processing the bullshit from the previous Saturday and Sunday in a calmer state.
As those of you who follow my blog already know,
"Mom, what happened?"
My eleven year old son's curiosity was peaked when seeing my emotional and very teary eyed face yesterday afternoon as I watched the Boston Marathon bombing coverage on my lap top. Looking up at him, I realized I had to tell him something simply because I didn't want him to have it explained by someone else at his school the next day. Up until this point, he really had not a single clue as to what had happened other than my obviously distraught demeanor.
See, I was
Right now, I am pounding these keys.
Pounding them hard.
Pounding them like my heart would pound in the wee hours of morning as a child.
Pounding these lettered plastic keys like they are bones being turned to dust.
And this pounding will not yield much relief or vengeful satisfaction because, as Chaucer put it so simply,"Forbid us something, and that thing we desire." Still, I am slamming away at my Logitech K260 Model keyboard with heated thought. Each slam of the space bar is
So, overall, my week has been rather blasè.
Crappy weather. Crappy workload. Crappy attitude.
Seriously, my Friday could not get here fast enough this past week, and once here, I actually managed to wind down a bit and relax. Fast forward to this evening, on my way home from the store and I get a phonecall from my oldest son's father that my daughter Rachel gave a call to Sean on his cell phone. Turns out my youngest daughter, a whole 16 years old youngest, was over visiting my parents a
Like many of us on Ex-C, being confronted by relatives, friends, trolls on discussion boards, and co-workers that have faith in one deity or another is a part of everyday life. Some folks, you just know not to even waste your breath on. Others you might converse with, merely like the debate. Of course, a confrontation isn't a good one unless it involves someone on a mission to "save your soul from eternal damnation". Ultimately though, pent up frustration with confrontation, the exchange of view
Sat down at my desk Friday afternoon, and I thought, "Wow, I really fucking hate this." And, at that moment, as I am gazing through the poorly installed blinds of the front windowed side of the building, admiring the graveyard just across the road with its towering granite angels, and Jesus memorials weeping green streaks of algae -- I realized that what I hated was the lack of work while at work. There was no productivity in my day due to slowing business, and despite all my ask
The progressives are out in force.......
He has done nothing but apologize to his Muslim brethern
Looks like Obumbo duz his kid in bad placeses
Those liberals won't listen to facts
Liberals just want free hand outs for all, and it doesn't work that way
Democrats think that suppressing religion makes things fair
Democrats and liberals want a Socialist nation. (My personal favorite)
I listen to this diatribe everyday at work. Usually, I'm stuck in between the two cubic
So, my kids like reading about Zeus, Osiris, and even the Japanese Kotoamatsukami. With this, I thought, well, why not rewrite the biblical stories a tad? My kids ended up LOVING this one better than the previous. Especially because I discount the importance of the mystical creator in the end, and show the creator put trust in the creatures to handle themselves without him.
Once upon a time, in a faraway real
"Everyone, no discussion of politics and religion, please!"
The chatter of the Mayan apocalypse and Christ's most certain return this year, which were both initially induced by a Christmas countdown clock email for our desktops, abruptly quieted to a hush of incredulous faces and gasps at the outright authority in my supervisor's Irish flavored scolding to our office.
His short, and rather stout frame, disappeared back in to his office, and within a few moments, our Venezuelan saleswoman
JUAN OF THE DEAD (Juan de los Muertos)
First of all, I have to say, this zombie movie was impressive. I think it deserved way more than the 3 lousy stars it was given (which I think is just outright discrimination against Cuba being shown personally). When you watch the protagonist Juan in this film, you get a real true feeling of his love for Cuba, not many films can really portray that so deeply…at least, not in this genre of the industry. Also, this film is upbeat, and I like that, along wit
Impossible to alleviate
Ambivalent nature of human flesh
Making the straight line hard to toe
And I try to curb all these
All these things I embody
Lingering in my senses
Lounging on the far edge of my view
Dallying the tips of my thoughts
Along the luscious fronds of what was once inhibited pleasure.
Yearning for the carnality of their gratifying essence.
Longingly, I play in these leaves of temptation
Traffic light ahead of me, oozing red through it's curved lense, and I am stuck listening to NPR focusing on all the horrible ignorance that has been spouting out of every orifice while atop a soap box that mankind can possibly find. Besides the news radio on my morning commute, at lunch I was bombarded with further sensational headlines and bylines.
Yemen: Some protestors admit they haven't see the movie they cite as instigating the demonstrations.
Libya: Burning down buildings and ki
So here I sit this fine September 12, 2012, evening. I am reflecting on all the horrible news that has hit our airwaves over the last eleven years.
The civil wars.
The oppressive nature of clashing societal beliefs and standards.
Hostages having their heads sawn off with field knives.
Bombings of embassies.
The outright thievery of corporations from their workers.
The millions of dead from the outcomes of our wars.
Even the dastardly speculating o
I realize many have the whole "suppression by depression" syndrome going on when it comes to presidential elections, but I ask you to consider this.
Even if you vote for an independent, you are sending a message to all the political parties. After elections, they analyze the voter base that turned out AND turned away. They want to know why 3rd parties got your vote because they want to find a way to get YOUR vote next time! So make your voice heard!
I noticed lately that on various sites that I visit, there have been multitudes of posts about individual struggles dealing with proselytizing fanatics and businesses pushing particular religious beliefs. Within these conversations, it never fails that replies involve the phrase "we are guaranteed freedom FROM religion" and the word "illegal". As if to imply it is illegal for someone to walk up to you on the street and start screaming about God in your face.
I hate to break it to you, but ev
Okay, so here we are on Sunday, and after a lot of reading, researching and follow up on the whole slavery debacle I think I have an understanding of sorts (all depends on which VERSION of the Bible you read apparently).
We are going to look at 3 different scriptures (and their chapters in entirety), in the books of 1Timothy, Titus, and Colossians. I might throw some of Paul in for good measure, but he really was a mobster like zealot that I'd rather not lend any credit too whatsoever.
First of all, welcome new readers! Was terrific hearing from several of you this week and sharing your thoughts! A quick introduction might be in order since there are so many new faces around here. I'm an Atheist who used to be a fundamentalist Christian. I enjoy discussing matters of science, religion, quackery and sometimes philosophy so that's what you'll find here on this blog.
With that said, let's get on with today's discussion: Atheism, is it really a moral cop out?
No, by far, i
**This is a reblog since I have some nosey relatives following me around on the net. Might as well just give it all out there, right?**
I have been on a journey of disbelief in religion for my entire life. Over the last six or seven years, I finally reached that final destination of atheism and am confident in who I am and what this means in my life. Getting to that point, has been one hell of a fight of control over my life.
Only child, born in the late 70s to a Pentecostal family, I wa
I have been often troubled by the many mortal human attitudes and behaviors many different deities have taken on in various holy texts. Petty emotions like jealously, bigotry, hate, anger, and lust, to name a few. All of these characteristics are thought to be beneath the prestige of a being with omnipotent abilites, yet these very traits seem to be what hobbles religion in my mind.
Because I was born in the states, I am more familiar with that of the Christian idols. Particularly disturbing
7 Below (2012)
Starring: Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, Matt Barr, and Rebecca Da Costa
Running Time: 90 minutes
A dejected, adopted, boy slaughters his family in...guess what..a house, back in the early 1900's. Fast forward 100 years to the day, a tour bus crash leaves a group of people stranded at this house.
Hmmnn...Think this story has been played over and over and over and over and over? You're right.
To be honest, my opinion of this movie was already l
So, over the last few weeks, there have been some hot button topics on the forums lately. I had started one in regards to how/what/why does/doesn't one see human life as sacred.
The debate came back around to a lot of "personhood" arguments, as the debates did in another forum as far as good reason for abortion.
Here' my thing. I am very much a pro-choicer. I don't think life begins until birth, but that is just my belief system. Still, it brings about an even bigger question for me. I t