Coastal Stuff, Innovation

Father’s Day Fun

06.22.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Father’s Day Fun

At the request of my Spouse, I took this entry down. Nothing more to be said.


Meet the New Boss…

06.21.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Meet the New Boss…

Same as the old boss. It’s coming up on two years since “Change” swept across the United States and there has been much water under the bridge at this point. In fact, this was about the time in the Bush Administration I started to get a bit more shrill in my criticism of actions, inactions, and decisions. Well Mr. Obama, you’ve now had sufficient time to be able to make this administration your own and your decisions speak more clearly and articulately than your words.

This whole palaver about socialism, and birthers, and truthers is simply noise. The really disturbing bit is how the policies that were criticized by Mr. Obama during the campaign have been carried on and in some cases expanded in the new administration. To wit:

  • Guantanamo Bay Prison – To be closed within a year. Still open. New secret illegal prison opened. Fail.
  • Iraq – Wind the war down and exit. War still on, people still dying, outcome uncertain. Fail.
  • Afghanistan – Take the war to the terrorists. Expanded man power. More death and destruction. Terrorists no more or less effective. Fail.
  • Illegal Surveillance – FISA, wiretapping, spying seem to continue and perhaps have expanded. Fail.
  • Rule of Law – Death warrant issued for US citizen by the Administration. Due process denied to detained persons. Fail.
  • Equal Rights – It’s still legal to discriminate against homosexuals in the US. Fail.
  • Ubiquitous Healthcare – Didn’t make it, the flock of irresponsible private companies (who were threatened by competition from the Feds!) live to harvest another crop. Some progress made here, still overall, Fail.
  • Economy – It’s great we can bail out the big guys, but the small guys are still hurting. No end in sight. Over 10% unemployment? Fail.

Who the hell cares about calling Obama a socialist when these things carry on? Where are the patriots? Well, there is one reliable patriot, comedian Jon Stewart and he calls it like he sees it below. In January 2009 the labels changed, the “war” between so-called conservatives and so-called liberals continues unabated. We have Tea Party’s being thrown by so-called conservatives complaining about non-issues like socialism and birth certificates. It’s a sad day when comedy has become the only way to actually focus on the issues at hand. Sad.

Humor, Religion

Struck down by an angry deity

06.15.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Struck down by an angry deity
Touchdown Jesus prior to being struck down by an angry deityTouchdown Jesus after being struck down by an angry diety

Last night, god sent a sign to the faithful in Southern Ohio by striking down the graven image that was built alongside the interstate using the traditional means of supernatural communication, lightning. See the before and after images to the right.

If you’ve ever driven by the horrendous representation, you’ll know why the deity felt the need for this correction and hopefully the church goers there listen to their god…..Of course, that would be if you believe those sorts of things. Read all about it here.

Generally speaking, 62 foot tall steel structures do have a certain affinity for lightning and one presumes no investment was made in the lightning rod to stave off this foreseeable disaster. But that would be rational thought. Could it be that it’s simple coincidence that this particular structure was lit aflame by nature, rather than an all seeing, all knowing being? Nah, that’s impossible, everything happens for a reason. Ha! We’ll see what the faithful believe. Coincidence? Rebuild. Sign from god? Do not rebuild.

The upside in this is the humor. The downside in this is that these folks will build something even more grotesque to replace it…..let’s hope they forget the lightning rod this time too. For now, goodbye and good riddance touchdown jesus.

HT: Ray, Bruce, and Dan

Humor, Religion

Sunday School: “Atheist’s Don’t Have No Songs”

06.13.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Sunday School: “Atheist’s Don’t Have No Songs”

Great little ditty from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. But I don’t think it’s quite true (and they even reference it in the song) as there is the whole little rock-n-roll genre to consider as potentially part of the atheist hymn book so to speak. Enjoy!