Comment of the Day

David says,

I’ll pit my 2000 years of Biblical scholarship over your 20-30-40 years.

It’s on this thread.

I’ll be damned if I haven’t been called out for taking the bible out of context yet again.

David understands 2000 years of biblical scholarship better than me when reading the verse: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19.

I read that to mean, Jesus commanded his followers to sell all their possessions and give all their money to the poor, and it would mean that you would have treasure in heaven. You might ask, “Why’s that, Jeremy? How could you ever think that Jesus commanded that to get treasure in heaven, you must sell all your possessions and give all your money to the poor.”

And I would respond, “Well, young amateur reader, I’m glad you asked. Because it’s very difficult and I want you to pay close attention. When a sentence starts with a verb like “Sell” there is an understood “you”. It’s linguistically and grammatically called a “command.” I think Jesus commanded his followers to sell off their possessions and give to the poor … because that’s what the bible fucking says!”

I’ll warn you, it’s not a short read if you want to browse our discussion. Glock is in on this one and it always thrills me to read what he comes up with.

But damn, David is funny. I’m willing to bet zdenny would have been marginally more effective in this argument.

The short of it: I quoted Jesus’ commandments … straight forward commandments from Jesus that start with a verb and end with a radical statement. I said that Jesus commanded David that when someone asks him for something, he must give them double what they asked for.

So I asked David for his best coat.

He doesn’t want to give it to me.

David hates Jesus.

Honk.

What do you expect from a liberal rag of an internet “news” blog?

Well, you’d expect the above graphic. I can’t stand HuffPo most days, but that’s pretty funny.

Isn’t that the percentage of popular votes that GW Bush got in his first presidential election?

From the article:

new Gallup poll, released Dec. 17, reveals that 40 percent of Americans still believe that humans were created by God within the last 10,000 years. This number is slightly down from a previous high of 47 percent in 1993 and 1999.

Another 38 percent of respondents believe that humans have evolved from more basic organisms but with God playing a role in the process.

A mere 16 percent of respondents subscribed to the belief of “secular evolution”: that humans have evolved with no divine guidance. However, this number has nearly doubled from nine percent of respondents in a poll from 1982.

The poll also revealed that beliefs in creationism and evolution are strongly related to levels of education attained. When results are narrowed to those with college degrees, only 37 percent of respondents maintain beliefs in creationism. Meanwhile, the belief in evolution without the aid of God rises to 21 percent.

Read on

Tina’s Birthday wrap up

Tina’s birthday weekend was one for the books blogs.

Friday night I made a dinner I made before with pork chops, poblanos and onions and those lime flavored mashed sweet potatoes. The picture above is from Friday.

Saturday morning, we dropped our neighbor off at O’Hare, and stopped by a suburban mall to shop a little.

Tina’s wish for her birthday and Christmas was an outfit and a purse. I took the easy way out and let her pick out her swag.

After a successful couple purchases, we scooted back home and got ready for dinner. As you already know, we ate at a place called Hot Chocolate. We kept it intimate. It was Tina, her friend Kim and her husband Jerry. We had a nice dinner. I had duck, which was very tasty, but a little too salty in some bites.

At dinner there was a point that we talked about holiday plans. Tina told everyone we’d be in North Carolina at my family’s home. We talked a little bit about the religiosity of North Carolina. Jerry brought up that he’s personally responsible for winning many minds over to non-theism, which I never knew about him. He said that once you talk logically with someone for a decent amount of time, it’s not hard. He’s obviously not from the south.

Don’t worry, we mainly talked about life, love and happiness. People around these parts don’t get all worked up about theistic or atheistic topics. That’s why I love it here.

After dinner, the four of us went to our friends’ Miles’ and Jay’s house for a holiday party. Miles and Jay are a great couple with lots of attractive friends (both inside and out). We had a drink or two and headed back to let Talulah out … who apparently had to pee worse than I thought.

Sunday morning, we took a spin class together. It was my first time, and it was okay. I swam for 20 minutes after that and we headed home.

Sunday afternoon we usually spend with Tina’s brother and his partner Jason. Michael wanted to see Tina for her birthday, but he’s broke. So we went to a place Tina and I love to eat called the Chicago Diner. It’s a vegetarian/vegan joint with surprisingly good food and the best peanut butter “milk” shakes you’ve ever eaten. The fact that the shakes are vegan is amazing.

When we got there, there was a wait. We didn’t know it, because the restaurant stores all the people waiting in a heated tent area behind the restaurant. It was freezing cold in the waiting area. We finally were seated, and we ordered right away.

About midway through dinner, we heard a commotion a few tables away. Apparently a guy had fallen down. This guy was late to mid 20s. Tall. He had a long way to fall. When I saw him, I could audibly hear him say, “I’m okay. I just got up too fast.”

He was helped to his feet, and everyone went back to eating. As soon as he got to our table, he fell down again.

Something big was wrong with the guy. But he insisted on leaving. His girlfriend or wife joined him after a group of us sat him up in a chair. They brought him some orange juice, and I told a waitress to call 911. They sat there for a few moments, and he insisted on leaving. He told his partner he had tripped, that he was fine, and that he was ready to go.

He got to the doorway, and fell down the steps.

We speculated about his issues. Everyone around us got all House on his ass. It’s as if everyone wanted to diagnose him. Michael guessed a drug called “G”. It causes you to pass out intermittently. I said, “Narcolepsy or heart attack.” Tina said, “Stroke.”

Regardless of what it was, we all agreed that he should go to the hospital. And by “we all” we were talking to everyone around us at that point. Surely this was something bigger than what the fellow and his girlfriend were ready to admit. No one wants to think that a 20 something could have a major issue. But I know people, healthy people, who have died from unknown reasons. And it’s likely that maybe something larger is on the horizon, and he could get some help if he’d go to the hospital that night.

As it turned out, the guy turned down the ambulance and emergency vehicles. I hope he’s okay, but I highly doubt that I’ll ever know what happened.

And that, dear reader, was our weekend.

The People who Mattered in 2010

Glenn Beck – The Lone Voice Of Reason In An Age Of Hysteria

From a very reliable source:

In what has increasingly become an era defined by pandemonium, rancor, and blind ignorance, one stabilizing voice emerged from the din this year to soothe the souls of Americans everywhere, make us recognize the common decency that binds us all, and supplant the poisonous aura of fear and chaos with a simple, well-thought-out message of peace, prosperity, and reconciliation.

That man is television and syndicated radio host Glenn Beck.

Every single day of 2010, Beck’s quiet words of humility and reason have touched the hearts of all Americans, healing countless wounds and elevating the level of our national discourse. Indeed, just as Martin Luther King, Jr.—to whom Beck has so aptly and correctly compared himself—once showed the nation the way forward to compassion and civility, so have Beck’s stunningly eloquent broadcasts, inspiring political rallies, and bestselling books reassured every living citizen that we are all joined by the same ever-beating heart of kindness, and that gentler roads lie ahead if we could all just settle down, lower our voices, and focus on solving the actual, meaningful problems of our world together.

For in these troubled times of rising unemployment, political infighting, anger, and persecution, America needs a man who can put the issues in perspective and bring us comfort; a man who cares not about race, creed, sexual orientation, or party affiliation; a man who sees beyond petty political maneuverings, emotional exploitation, greed, and opportunism; a man who encourages all of us to disregard the ceaseless clamor of ideologues and think for ourselves; a man who sees beyond his own ego and cares only for what is good and right and just. In short, it needs a man like Glenn Lee Beck.

Thank God for Glenn Beck and all he has done. After all, what would our country be like if not for him?

Who else made the list? Read here.