Peeper Dee #131


by sunny lee

Today is day number 131 for the daily photo submission doohickie here at Le Café called, Peeper Dee.

Submit yours whenever. We all want to see what you’ve got.

Papillion by Tina Louise

And the winning number is by Jeremy Dub
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Franklin Graham says Obama fist bumped God … big difference


In response to Obama’s declaration that homosexuals deserve the right to marry, all the major media outlets reported that Obama shook his fist at God.

This can’t be further from the truth.

God told me what happened.

Franklin explained that God was thrilled with the news, and it was the equivalent of a fist bump to the almighty. Franklin’s support of gay marriage has been wishy-washy up until this point, but now that the leader of the free world has stepped up his accepting rhetoric, Graham is jumping on the bandwagon of what’s just and right in the eyes of Jesus Christ.

Don’t forget. You heard it here first.

 

Blog Maintenance, death, loss and fanboy obsession


There are a couple of items that I need to address, at least for myself.

A few of you let me know about troll John A Davison’s passing. He went quiet a while ago when he and some other guy jumped in on this conversation. And I wrote a post after receiving email from him here.

George said he got in a last word with him, and I’m wondering which response that was exactly.

Davison never returned after I blasted him on the Skatje post, in which I had reached the end of my rope and dug deep to verbally bitch slap him like an MMA superstar.

Whatever the case, John A. Davison is dead now. And since George got in the last word, it’s all his fault.

Honk.

I’m not sure what that means to me. I didn’t ask him to stop by and I didn’t care that he was here. I didn’t care when he left.

I have, however, read back over my bitch slap a few times wondering how it was I came up with some of that stuff.

Rest assured, we’ll miss you MCA

Speaking of death, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch aka MCA passed away recently, too. And if you know me well, Beastie Boys are one of my favorite bands of all time. My glory days concert boasting rights seem to always go back to seeing the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza back in the 90s with regular-reading Aaron, my brother Jon and my then girlfriend Wendy.

It was the best concert I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t stop moving the entire time they were on stage. We had great seats.

In fact, Aaron, Wendy and I were standing on the arms of our chairs which were probably 30 feet from the stage. My brother on the other hand decided to go into the pit as close as he could get. I remember watching him head for the crowd and never seeing him again until after they finished.

MCA was my favorite Beastie Boy, and when the announcement came that he died, I backburned it. I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t know how to memorialize him. We weren’t friends. And his life was never more than songs and photos, which I still have.

So in a way, I haven’t lost the guy. I wasn’t a huge fan of their recent work. It is a loss, though, so I have to figure out how I’m going to deal with that.

If you’re wondering what my favorite Beastie Boy track is, it’s “Get it together” from Ill Communication.

I think one of the reasons why MCA was my favorite Beastie was because he was the one that played bass on their instrumental tracks.

Flea-bitten flea bag

That brings me to my next fanboy obsession that will be coming to a major head at the end of the month.

One of my other all-time favorite bands is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Back in high school, I played bass in a band called Creamy Velour with my brother and two other guys. When I was learning to play, I would listen to RHCP bass playing maniac Flea over and over wanting to slap and pop like him. I wanted to run around the fret board like him.

I wanted to whip my head around like him.

I loved watching Point Break because of Flea and Anthony Kiedis’ cameos.

That’s all to say that my photography partner Bill had an unfortunate turn of events that is preventing him from shooting RHCP at the end of the month. So when he learned that he had conflict a few weeks ago, he mentioned he might have to give up the show, and asked if I might want it.

You should have seen the superman strength it took to hold back utter excitement.

Long story short, I got the gig. I’ll be shooting one of my favorite bands of all time. And I just can’t fucking wait.

The other great thing about it is that I told Bill that I was going to pray to Allah that I would get the gig.

So the cosmic battle is finally come to a truce. Allah is the living god who answers prayers.

Remember the parable of the ultimatum … I love that one


I have a “friend” named Brian on Facebook who posted this graphic that reads, “I support helping the needy. I oppose funding the lazy.”

You can see the resulting flame war declaration from me and our conversation.

In Brian’s defense, he posts just about anything from hardly reputable sources that supports his hate and disgust for the Obama-lead presidency. So this post isn’t a stretch.

There’s an unwritten ultimatum there, though. There is a cast of judgement. There is an understanding of Jesus’ message, but with a huge caveat that basically excuses Brian, and those who think like him, from actually sticking their necks out for the needy.

Just like you gotta believe in Christ or else you’re hellbound. It’s right up the Christian alley. You gotta do something before I do something for you.

Before I decided on atheism, this was not the way I read the Bible or understood the theology. It was not what I was taught. And for all the weird stuff, the things that made the most sense were living in a way that promoted human decency, compassion and benevolence.

The message of Christ was one of incredible, undeserving grace. The idea that I was so rotten and awful, but Christ loved me anyway, without question. And that is how we are to love others.

That is, of course, in theory.

In reality, Christianity places a shitload of requisites on recipients of grace. You have to fit a mold. You can only be filthy to a point for Christians (Christ’s literal followers) before you can receive support.

So if you’re lazy, drugged up, and an alcoholic, that’s too filthy for me to help so keep searching asshole!

This is part of many reasons that I don’t believe anymore. I was tired of standing up for values that didn’t reflect the ideologies that we were taught.

Teach one thing, behave another way.

Not cool. Not cool at all.

 

 


In the light of recent events, I wanted to reblog this screen cap of a Facebook conversation that sums up easily how many of us feel on the gay marriage issue.

Click the image to read. It appears that it’s getting cut off, and this reblog function doesn’t work exactly right.

Below the fold, I’ve typed the text out.

Homosexuality is a sin, Lacey and it in black and white in the bible.

Lacey responds: “So is not treating your body like a temple. And ladies should have their head covered. And in Deuteronomy, a marriage is only valid if the woman is a virgin, and she should be executed if she is not… and that anyone who commits adultery should be stoned to death. In Mark, divorce is prohibited. I assume for homosexuality, you’re referring to Leviticus 18:6: “you shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination. A similar verse occurs two chapters later, in Leviticus 20:13: “A man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed.” Leviticus is a holiness code written 3,000 years ago. It also includes prohibitions against round haircuts, tattoos, working on the sabbath, wearing garments of mixed fabrics, eating pork or shellfish getting your future told, and even playing with the skin of a pig. (There goes football and astrology). I believe in morality, which is doing right regardless of what I am told…. not in religion, which is doing what I’m told regardless what is right. . You’re welcome to your own interpretation of the Bible and of politics, of  course, but for me, I need more than “the Bible says so” to justify certain things in this world and certainly to judge them.”

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I found this one day and thought it would be great to post some distant day down the road when I couldn’t remember where I found it.

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