December 29, 2006
So, even if Darth Vader's motives seem righteous to him (which they tried explaining in Episode 2), it is apparent to the audience who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. So, in world conflicts today, even though the sides aren't decked out in white and black uniforms to make it easy, why is it so difficult for people to agree on who the good guys are. And I'm not saying 1 side's perfect and 1 side's morally inferior. I'm saying, when you see a conflict going on in the world, and you learn why it's going on, it should be fairly easy to see who has the best case. Why is this so difficult?
December 28, 2006
December 27, 2006
The first Muslim elected to Congress, Congressman Keith Ellison, a man who converted to Islam in college, plans on swearing in to office on the Koran, the holy book of Islam. This to the outrage of many people who claim that confirming the divinity of the Bible is necessary for governmental appointment. The problem is that there is no law saying that an oath needs to be made on anything other than the man's word. So, instead of just saying "Any book will do," how about saying "Your word is all we ask for". After all, swearing on the Bible sure hasn't made for any less corrupt of a government, now has it? An often contributor to this site, Jeff Philips, brings up an interesting viewpoint that I wanted to mention. "If the scientologists manage to elect 1 Congressman, so be it. Let him swear in on that Dianetics book. If a Nazi fascist somehow wins election and wants to swear in on Mein Kampf, let 'em! Watch as the outrage pours in, watch him become absolutely isolated by his fellow memeber, and watch, most importantly, as the level-minded Americans in his/her distrcit oust them the next time around." That is indeed an interesting point. And for the Bible bangers that think this is the worst thing to happen since they banned the word Christmas from Target's greeting cards, read this. Matthew 5:36-37 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
December 26, 2006
"There are those who can not help themselves. There are those who can. Yet, our laws can not distinguish the heart."
December 22, 2006
Does everyone remember the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho from Sunday school? I was reading this the other day, and a particular verse of the passage struck me as very interesting from the book of Joshua, Chapter 5. 13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" 14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Neither. An angel of the Lord was a Switzerland to this whole conquest. Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2006
December 20, 2006
So, let's say scientists started coming out and saying that the damage we've done to the Earth is irreversible and that our sea levels are definitely going to be one meter higher in 40 years, putting several coastal U.S. cities underwater. Wouldn't that dramatically alter the real estate market? And since, we're not really on our way to changing our production/consumption/emission habits, would it be a smart investment to start selling off beach front resorts now (just in case)?
December 19, 2006
As I raced to Target at 8 AM yesterday, because I forgot to pack my dress shoes in my gym bag, and had to buy new shoes, because I didn't feel comfortable wearing beaten up sneakers with my dress pants and white sweater, I had an epiphany. Well, epiphany's are probably more important than this...but an idea nonetheless. What if we invent a shoe color that can be worn with both brown and black pants? It would have to be a black shoe with a maroon/brown shine or something like that. But, if you could find that ideal color that would go with dark dress pants as well as khakis, that would be nice. And they would have athletic soles of course.
December 18, 2006
At Dunkin Donuts the other day, I witnessed an obvious language barrier between a customer and the cashier. The person was trying to point at the donuts she wanted, and I thought it was strange that no one behind the counter could speak Spanish. Turns out, the customer was actually deaf. And while holding up 2 fingers when you want to order the number 2, two cheeseburger value meal at McDonalds is probably easy, having to point at the particular donut you want when they're all lined up right next to each other a few meters away is rather difficult. I started thinking that there's got to be some sort of device where a deaf person could type into it what they wanted to say, and the device could say it for them. After sharing this idea, a co-worker of mine suggested that a pen and paper would do just as well. Touche. 2nd story. I was at a Long John Silvers (my body is my temple), and there's a cashier who works there that has some sort of mental disability, but is fully-functional. Standing in front of me in line was a huge, Harley-looking guy with long hair looking up at the menu board. The cashier, in a lisped, broken voice, then called out, "Whenever you're ready Maam." I think that the long hair must have confused him, but I was really waiting for the customer to go nuts on him. He took it very well, what a Teddy Bear. In conclusion, eat poorly. You'll get some stories.
December 15, 2006
"Faith in an invisible God requires some foolishness. But, ignoring the possibility altogether is far too risky."