Having lived and worked in Orlando for over 40 years I've thought I've seen it all. Yet last night was a new one for me, surprise, surprise, surprise.
The shooting of at the gay night club called Pulse was not just a religious or gay hate crime. Many of the people who were killed were a mix of bi, homo, trans and heterosexual. I know. I've been to these clubs. I was often out late at night bar hopping with friends and one of the best clubs in Orlando was always the gay clubs. They had great music, lots of straight women and if you had a date, it was an awesome place to go with out having to deal with drunk egotistical rednecks.
So as if Orlando wasn't already on the map, we now have two senseless nights of murder. Two nights previously a young singer from The Voice, Christina Grimmie, dies because some deflated obsessive fan decided that killing her was a better idea than moving on with their life with confidence and control over their ego.
I know some where that some one is going to bring up gun control or gun reform but that isn't the answer to this problem. It isn't about the guns. It is about the mind and health of others. Learning to control your emotions is a key to all humans bettering their personal life and the lives of others. Improving our communities by learning to control those impulses of violence and hatred. It is necessary for the entire community to teach their young that harming others is not the answer.
I went to see The Force Awakens today and while visually stimulating the script is a complete fuck job. I'm really disappointed in the overall story and characters. Also the script lacks any originality. It's a complete rip off from the original story in Ep4 through Ep7. WTF? Did they just want to ensure that they took in a fucking boat load of money and through quality right out the door?
I'll refrain from post more as I don't want to post spoilers for those who haven't seen it.
I was at my daughter's school waiting to see one of the teachers when I picked up a flyer in a make shift dispenser. It had cotton stuffing glued around it and the original use for it was covered up by paper marked as "After School Beach Party".
I picked up a flyer and the cover spoke about fun and games after school. It was tri folded. Printed on a home printer. It was cheap looking.
When I opened the flyer there was a application for the parents to fill out but on the opposite side I found a section saying "every day a staff member will read a bible chapter... will discuss Jesus... sharing god's will... etc etc etc." I showed it to my wife and we both looked and said we thought it was misleading. Why not call it "Jesus After School Party" or "Bible Study Beach Party"
I found the entire thing stinking of deceitful practices. I was at first going to object but then found dozens of other after school activities from cheer-leading to martial arts. If you block one you'd have to block all of them.
I took one and thought of emailing the owner of it but I knew my child would never attend.
I did not put my hand over my heart during the pledge of allegiance this past celebration. I did not put my hand over my heart during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. For this I was given glaring stares and reprimanded by others.
My reply was, "I've already taken the pledge several thousand times before and during my life in the military. I do not need to continue to randomly take the pledge over and over and over again. I've already proved that I'm an American and I'm a patriot (even though often cynical to the politics involved)."
"I do not and I am not required to put my hand over my heart while singing the Star Spangled Banner. It is optional and it is suggested that you do so and also face the flag or the music if no flag is present. If I were in the military you bet I would do so, especially if I were in uniform. But since I am neither in the military nor am I in uniform I choose not to do so."
Now I know I'm being picky here. It is purely an issue with the words used in the 36 US Code 301 which states specifically the word 'should' ranther than say 'required' or 'must'.
I present the following article as support for my view.
I was wondering if the words 'holy crap' came from Jesus. Maybe that is the proof we need to prove Jesus was real? I mean where else would a term like that come from? Holy shit!
Also, if Jesus was so amazing, would like one bowel movement fertilize hundreds of acres of crops? For that matter, was his pee holy too? Imagine all the clothes you could clean with just one drop of his pee.
Does a business have the right to refuse you service if they know you are gay? Can they refuse your business if they know your are a murderer? Adulterer? What if you are Muslim? Long hair? Six toes? Haven't taken a bath in six weeks? What if you are from a different church or if you are from a rival college?
Why are you in business for anyway?
I heard on the radio this morning about a baseball announcer who had previously been against Jackie Robinson playing baseball. He was very vocal about it, however he changed his mind when he realized that he was there to call the games. He couldn't be bothered with the fact that Jackie Robinson was black.
Besides where in the bible does it say you don't need to provide services to others? Doesn't the bible preach kindness and love? Forgiveness? And a host of other wanna-be empathy towards others including your enemies? The ten commandments are pretty specific aren't they?
I find this stance on refusing service to others ignorant and hypocritical.
Recently the following article was posted on Yahoo sports.
While I wait to see if the math is correct, I find it interesting that if their fumbles decreased after 2006 so dramatically, why is it that the players who left other teams then came to the Patriots had their fumbles drop so dramatically. I'd like to see how players who left the team ended up? Did their fumbles increase after leaving?
All in all, I find the coach and the QB to blame. I also find that so many scandals related to the coach have been in the form of cheating or "pushing the limits of the rules". The claim that the equipment staff is to blame is a scapegoat reply and only the QB and the coach are to blame.
I just spent the last few minutes speaking to a middled aged vendor who tried to witness me over the phone. I recenltly had an accident and broke my wrist and he knew about it. After asking me about my recovery he said, "Do you attend church"?
I found the use of "attend" very interesting because it signifies a specific mindset, or to me it does, of the type of religious person I'm speaking to about religion.
He was nice about it. Telling me stories about being saved and so forth, but i had heard it all before. I had so much I wanted to say but avoided speaking and let him tell me his stuff, then try to get me to visit his church.
I found the conversation comforting and that caught my attention. It wasn't in your face with the religion. He was this coaxing talk which you might find with a used care salesman or a real estate agent, trying to get you to buy in to their story about how reliable the car was or how perfect the house would be for you and the family.
It almost was a mental attack but through a diversion. A slight of hand. I was left thinking, is this how the church of scientology works? ISIS? other cults?
I had heard of this project before through Sam Harris but this guy has really put it all together in a nice package.
Wonderful reference for those who need to pull up information before going to a debate, during a debate or just discussing stuff with your crazy sister or other relative.
Every thing is cross referenced and it shows you absurdities and contradictions in the bible.
This deserves a sticky some where on this website.
I wanted to do a Jack Skellington setup outside our house last year, this year I didn't even bother to ask, but I thought it would be cool to do a Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas setup. Instead of doing the bright colors I'd do black, orange and red for the lights along with skeletons, zombies and witches.
Apparently it isn't any thing new to want to do this, because on eBay there was a kit being sold that was original put out in the 1960's.
I think it is awesome. The entire angels and santa crap has me all bugged out. I'd even put up one of the radio transmitters to send out the soundtrack for A Nightmare before Christmas.