The Treaty of Tripoli says the darndest things

Parenthetical notes mine.

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (or Muslim); and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan (Muslim) nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.[3]

Via Wikipedia

Power Lines

When I was growing up, there were power lines behind our house. My parents bought the land and built the home I grew up in because they knew that they would never have neighbors directly behind them.

Behind the power lines, there was a thick wooded area that ended up at a lake. My childhood consisted of many hours playing in those woods. We played war. We built forts. We camped. Built fires. It was an amazing place, and wandering back there over Christmas holiday brought back a lot of memories.

I shot the power lines while there a couple weeks ago, and here are a couple of my favorite shots:

Cameron takes on the dead birds

Over at facebook, Neuenschwander posted a CNN link about Anderson Cooper interviewing Kirk Cameron regarding the dead birds falling from the sky event that happened on New Year’s Day.

I saw it on my phone, and I thought I would look at the article. I did. It’s neither here nor there. Cameron seemed to stay away from saying anything too stupid. But then I started reading the comments. What a freaking train wreck.

I ended up reading the comments (on this link) for over 30 minutes.

The conversation is an incessant bickering back and forth between some believers and non. The believers all say to believe. The non-believers nitpick at the bible verses and theological nonsense from the believers.

The believers hide behind their thin veil of hateful rhetoric, and they say things like, “These non-believers will believe when it’s too late and they are standing in front of god on judgement day.”

Or they say, “I’m not the one who will harm you. It will be the wrath of god.”

I know my next point is a redundant response from atheists, but I have to say it again. Why do these outspoken believers write with an incredibly disproportionate amount of grammatical and spelling errors? Once in a while, a commenter starts with a very smart statement that I agree with, and then the rest of the response digresses into a religious rant loaded with grammar/spelling issues.

When I read that stuff, I write the person off. I can’t stand it. I’m not saying I’m perfect. My writing is far from error free.

But come on. People say things like, “I belief that your wrong.” And those are just little errors.

I’m not saying “belief = stupidity.” But I can’t help but point out that the bad writing, in regards to this thread, comes from an association with belief.



Followup on the Gabrielle Giffords post

Yesterday I posted: How to win at politics … Alaskan redneck style. In the post, I said, “If I’m wrong about the shooter’s intentions, I’ll be more than happy to retract this statement.”

Regular-reader Kilre has sent me a couple links that should be considered. He sent this link and this one.

There are indications that the shooter Jared Lee Loughner was in need of mental health experts, and that he was not associated with Tea Party nuttiness.

Here’s to hoping I was wrong.