Santorum: “I don’t want the government telling me what to believe, but I want to be elected to the highest Government position in the US and tell people what to do based on my ‘beliefs’ and ‘religion’

March 1, 2012

How’s this for a load of bullshit.

It’s an interview in which Slicky Rick Dick Santorum  loses it during an interview with Scott Sloan of 700WLW, Cincinnati.

Satorum doesn’t want government that sticks its nose in your business, but he wants to express his religious views all over your mouth and neck.

Ass to the hole.


Vlogging the waterslide

March 1, 2012

After reviewing this footage of me talking to the camera about the waterslide at one of our hotels, I have determined that on this day in Bali, I was Mr. Sassy Pants.

Regardless, you might, or might not, get a kick out of this one. We certainly did.

I’m particularly fond of the cheap hat that reads “Bali” to cover my face from the Equator-level UV rays.

And yes, that’s the T-shirt I bought en lieu of the one that read, “Two in the Pink, One in the Stink.”

Enjoy the ride!


Oh noes! What the kids are posting

March 1, 2012

I’ve been ignoring those kids over at reddit’s atheist section, because I haven’t felt strongly about their posts either way. Plus, I’ve been on vacation, dammit.

But we can’t ignore them any longer. Take a look at some of these evil, evil posts.

Hell, they claim not to have a god, but they sure do worship that Neil deGrasse Tyson fellow quite a bit.

Picture of random guy with a quote reads, “God created evil to test our faith? If your girlfriend logged into one of her (smoking hot) girlfriend’s facebook acounts and started messaging you provocative and alluring requests for sexual favors, you’d probably tell your girlfriend to go fuck herself if you found out. Why is God any different? If he created evil to test faith, then he can go fuck himself for being an immature little girl.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” 

James Raskin says, “Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the bible.” 

Graphic depicts why satan is more powerful than god. 

Pic of doctor ED Consultant reads, “Virgin births? Not as rare as first thought! I myself have been present at no fewer than 5. It seems God has a thing for impressionable, young daughters of gullible, strict parents.” 

Graphic and pic of Neil deGrasse Tyson reads, If this man is going to hell, it will be an honor to join him. 


FOX, Goldberg remember Breitbart

March 1, 2012

Jonah Goldberg seems to think Andrew Breitbart was a good fella.

This is what Andrew Breitbart tweeted the day of Ted Kennedy’s death:

In the comments at The Daily Wh.at on this post, Brad Rhoads writes:

“In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.”

I feel bad for Breitbart’s family, but the guy was a horrible, lying, disgusting human being.

The tables have turned. Let’s see how many liberals lash out at Breitbart like he did toward Teddy K.


March 1, 2012


Outsider observations on Hinduism

March 1, 2012

Hinduism is the predominant religion of Bali, but not of Indonesia. Indonesia is mainly Muslim.

Bali is a little diamond in the rough.

Hinduism is a religion that I don’t begin to understand. I knew it was polytheistic. And my dad told me before I left to watch out for the offerings that are everywhere on sidewalks.

But none of it makes sense until you get there.

There are statues of gods everywhere. They guard bridges. They stand in shrines with yellow umbrellas and draped in little sarongs.

In front of every business and in front of things you don’t realize are sacred, there are these little woven baskets full of rice, flowers, trinkets, incense and various gifts to the gods. They are for good luck and good fortune.

One time I saw bottles of beer near the offerings. Thirsty little buggers.

I’ve read stories that during Jesus’ quiet years, he was off traveling through India, and he picked up Hindu traditions, and brought them back to Israel and integrated those ideas with Judaism.

After visiting a Hindu culture, it felt more plausible.

Hinduism is what Christianity wants to be, but in full practice, and not just in metaphor.

One of my biggest criticisms of Christianity when I was growing up was that everything was metaphor. You bathed in the blood of Christ. You drank and ate Jesus’ blood and body. Your sins were cleansed. Hymns are chockfull of actions and ideas that you don’t really do. They are “spiritual”, and not actual physical acts.

You offer yourself as sacrifice, but not really. Not literally. It’s a figurative act.

Can you sing, “Bor-ing.”

Because of that, Christianity always felt like empty gesture. It still feels like that as an outsider when I visit church with friends or family.

But not the Hindus in Bali. When they say they are bathing for forgiveness, they are literally bathing. When they offer sacrifices, they are literally offering sacrifices (not just money) to their shrines, to their lives. They offer sacrifices every day.

It almost feels and looks genuine.

A culture of compounds

During a day trip in Ubud, our last destination during our trip, I asked our driver as many questions about his religion as I could.

He told me that families bind together, from babies, to brothers, sisters, moms, dads and grandparents. Many Balinese live in compounds, which are areas with wall boundaries. Your families wealth is indicated to others by the size of your compound and most importantly, the size of your shrine area to the gods.

In the “Grapes of Wrath” sense of the word, families go through life together, helping each other from birth to death. This is a commonality found in South Asia.

This is what the Amish attempt to do. They shun technology, electricity and phones so that they’re forced to visit rather than call. I admire this about the culture.

While Americans go out of their way to isolate. Unless you live in a large city, you live with your close family, you commute alone. And you sleep in a large-ish house.

Knowledge, fertility, farming, there’s a god for that

Unlike the current culture of evangelical Christian, the Balinese value knowledge.

There was a spot in the temple for every element of your life. Knowledge. Cleansing. Fertility. A god for having a baby boy. And a god for having a baby girl.

There is applicable dress to showing your religiosity. Much like here in the states, religion is a familial and social point of binding and growth. Only in Bali, and much like Islam and some Catholic sects, they do it every day multiple times a day in a very public way.

Honoring tradition

Unlike Christianity, Hinduism doesn’t seem to evolve with the times. At one time, people literally bathed in blood, but that wouldn’t fly today. So people stopped. People still get baptized, but when a Christian says, “I was cleansed at church in the holy spirit,” it’s figurative.

Christianity has secularized itself, and yet screams at everyone that it wants to stay traditional.

Christianity should take notes from the Hindu culture. Hell, it looks to me like Hinduism is what Christianity wants to be, but is just too afraid to realize.

So while the rest of us secularists are worshiping progress … get your traditions back, Christians. It looks and feels less fake.


Another BAMF video from the cool kids

March 1, 2012

These videos from Devin Graham and his band of dauntless thrill seekers are always an amazing find.

The videos are the perfect length for keeping you wanting more, but not getting bored.

The editing pace is right on, too.

More about this video below the fold:  Read the rest of this entry »


Wrigley Field looks ominous

March 1, 2012

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Yesterday was beautiful, so I made sure to get a jog in. Regular-reader Xina turned me on to the camera function in Runkeeper, a GPS app for tracking exercise.

If you take a photo en route, Runkeeper will show you a map later of your route and put the photo on the map where you took it.

As I ran past Wrigley, I decided to get a picture. I ran until I was in a shadow cast by the sun. I took about a second to frame something, snapped a shot and kept running.

Last night I opened the shot in an app called Snapseed. The above shot was the result.

Wrigley looks like some kind of church. If you look close, you can see a plane flying over.

It looked so cool, I had to share it with you.

Enjoy.


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