Gotta repost this one: Perry vs. Obama at age 22

From Joe My God:

The above image is being gleefully posted on wingnut forums such as Free Republic and Rush Limbaugh’s equally fascist brother is tweeting it to all his followers. Nobody is mentioning that Obama’s photo was taken while he was a senior majoring in political science at Columbia University. That’s the Ivy League, teabaggers. And despite what the photo suggests, at age 22 Rick Perry was not some glory-drenched fighter pilot strafing Vietnamese civilians with napalm. He was a male cheerleader at Texas A&M. Ahem.

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For Luis the Fifth: Hurricane Check List … the World vs. New Yorkers

I just called regular-reader Luis V. to check in and make sure he was prepared for Irene. He reassured me that, yes, he’s lived through quite a few hurricanes having grown up on another island in the northeastern Caribbean. And no, he wasn’t worried about this puny little Irene ruining his weekend.

He’s actually buying a few bars of soap, going out to the Empire State Building Observation Deck wearing nothing but Skele-toes and a Puerto Rican flag as a cape and getting in a good, wind-beaten, hurricane soaked bath.

Ahh, just like the good ol’ days in Puerto Rico.

He informed me that last night his neighborhood seemed like ghost town. Typically a Thursday dinner out is like fighting for your life in the wild west. He also said that his local grocery was super low on beer and potato chips. Nothing like hunkering down, getting blitzed and jamming through a few bags of Lays.

If necessary, Luis V. will head to a shelter a few blocks from his apartment, and show that bitch Irene who’s the boss.

Let’s all say a(n) atheist prayer for Luis as the weather might get nasty … but probably won’t.

 

 

 

Space is making a lot of noise, I mean news

If a supernova explodes in space, does it make a noise?

Lately I’ve seen a few really cool stories about space.

Astronomers reported seeing a black hole swallowing a star 3.8 billion (that’s billion with a B) light years away.

There’s another story of a supernova, an exploding star, somewhere out in the galaxy 25 million (that’s million with an M) away.

And this morning I saw a cool story about a planet that is thought to be one HUGE diamond. That planet is only 4,000 light years away, so feasibly Veruca Salt could have her daddy buy it for her when technology improves ever so slightly.

Perhaps learning about the universe has affected my view of religion the most. Growing up in a Christian home, I thought the universe reflected the awesomeness of god.

That’s what we were taught.

If god created a universe so gigantic and mysterious, I thought, just think how awesome and mysterious he is for creating it!

Even from the outside looking in, I can see how great that argument seems to be. I certainly don’t blame believers for reaching for it in conversation.

Within the framework of religiosity, it makes a lot of sense.

As I learned more and more about the universe, it required that I change my mind. If the universe is a reflection of god’s greatness, grandeur and mystery, then that which represents him should be undeniably awesome.

Right?

If the universe is BILLIONS (with a B) of light years wide, and the one pin-prick, minuscule, blue planet  that god decided to put people on is Earth, than the even smaller, physical representation that survived the ages as a book should be undeniably brilliant.

There’d be no room for advocating slavery, baby killings, genocide, hell, the devil, or any other idea that weakens the idea of an all-powerful savior of humanity. You’ve heard this argument ad nausuem from the atheist camp.

On top of that, science and education would continue to point to him, instead of deconstruct him.

If you were god, wouldn’t you want that physical manifestation to surpass perfection?

I was taught that who you are in public reflects your family, your school, your church, so be on your top behavior at all times.

God has manmade immunity from exemplary behavior. Look at all the believers who point at Irene and earthquakes as god displaying his greatness to oppose “sin”. So godly murder is okay?

Somehow, god gets manmade praise for reprehensible action.

And yet, I’m the small-minded guy for not believing in him.

The other thing that gets my goat is that god would put all these mysterious intergalactic explosions and phenomenon millions light years away, and wait until late in the last century to make technology great enough to finally observe it.

Even if the earth is 10,000 years old, god — in all his mega-awesomeness — said to him (selves), “Let’s wait 9,500 years before giving those morons the technology or knowhow to start to understand this stuff. Let’s give ’em another 400 to 450 years of floundering around in ignorance. I’m going to wait even longer to introduce Hubble and other major telescopes …

“For I am GOD!!! … wait thousands of years to hear me roar!”

It’s sad.

 

 

 

 

Awesome reblog:

Fantastic Mr Fox of the Day

From the article at The Daily What:

Fantastic Mr Fox of the Day: A four-month-old fox slides down a conveyor belt at an abandoned gravel quarry near the rural German hamlet of Bursfelde.

Brit Duncan Usher, who snapped the photo, says he saw two kits using the conveyor belt as a makeshift slide. “One ran back to the top of the conveyor belt and then started to walk back down it, stopped and sat down,” Usher is quoted as saying. “After a few seconds it started to slide down the conveyor belt using its front paws to drag it forwards…

I have not seen this type of behaviour amongst free living wild animals and I was really surprised and pleased to witness and capture this unusual event.”

[dailymail / arbroath.]

Russia Today: Gays Cause Earthquakes!

Yeah they do! And now they cause hurricanes! The Internets are bleeding insanity!

New York Rabbi Yehuda Levin actually blames gay marriage for causing the East Cost earthquake. What’s important to note about Rabbi Levin is his connection to the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage. NOM is a driving force in GOP politics these days. On their website today, they have details about a family values bus tour in Iowa that includes a picture of the top GOP presidential candidates. This group is trying to pressure all the GOP candidates to sign a pledge to defend traditional marriage. And so far, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney agreed.

Hipstamatic Dominoes

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Last weekend, Tina and I played dominoes for the first time at a BBQ we went to with new regular-reader Bill. It was a lot of fun.

In the middle of the week, we got a package in the mail from Bill’s girlfriend. It was a set of dominoes with a note inside that basically said, “Practice up for … bum bum bum … NEXT TIME, BITCHES!!!

It’s a really great game. Anybody else play/love/hate the game?