••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Showing posts with label myth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label myth. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

really behind here. on may 17 i read 3 poems in the bombay room at the chestnut hill hotel. in order they were FILL 'N TH BLANKSOUR/NATION ALL & THEM/OFF-KEY, and TRADITIONL FAMLY VALUES. since i've posted them before this, you can read them here and here, along with a free bonus.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

breitbart v #ows

wow! i don't think breitbart could have given the movement better publicity if he'd been trying!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


...Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) had quite an odd reaction to this effort to keep Enron’s friend off the federal courts, which he expressed in a speech given back when Republicans falsely claiming that no one had ever filibustered a judge for the first two centuries of the Republic:

I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is how we confirm judges — broken by the other side two year ago. And the audacity of some members to stand up and say “how dare you break this rule!” It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying “I’m in Paris, how dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city?” This is no more the rule of the Senate than it was the rule of the Senate before not to filibuster.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

two weeks ago i became aware of a right-wing response to the state of the union speech on the human events website. the column by john hayward claimed obama misquoted lincoln and strongly suggested that he did so in order to usurp our freedom. i looked at the comments, saw that nearly all supported hayward, and jumped in to defend the one commenter who pled for reality. naturally i got sucked into responding to counterattacks and wound up posting about 75 comments over the next few days.

along the way i looked at the original transcript of the SOTU and saw that obama did not represent lincoln's idea as a quote. then i did a google search on a few words from hayward's excerpt of what he 3 times called lincoln's speech and found out it wasn't even a speech but some notes lincoln made in 1854. obama had paraphrased a short passage.

if you're interested in the combat, check it out here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

believe it or not
birthers still exist!

on facebook last week i came across a wall post citing 3 supposed discrepancies in barack obama's birth certificate. i was able to debunk them all fairly easily, thanks to the internet.

here are the claims:

1. he is called "african-american", a term that did not yet exist in 1961.
2. his father's birthplace is given as "kenya", a country that did not exist till 1963.
3. the hospital's name was different from what is stated on the certificate.

here are the facts:

1. "african-american" does not appear anywhere on the certificate.
2. kenya was called "kenya colony" from 1920 until it became the republic of kenya.
3. the hospital's 1961 name was used from 1931 to 1971, then changed.

i'm not going to give the URLs for the sites. if you really want to look for the info, you'll see it's very easy to find.

i went back to facebook to post a comment with those facts and found that i had to be the guy's friend to comment. i had no interest in that, so i forgot about it till today, when it occurred to me that i might be able to send him a message. trouble is, when i went back i found the post was gone. somebody else must have already showed him the errors.

oh, well.

Monday, July 18, 2011


i am not comforted when i read
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.
— rev 13
the old fox from down under does indeed appear to have a fatal wound. if he recovers, many will wonder how. it remains to be seen how many will keep following him.

July 17, 2011

Many Christians believe that the words of the New Testament are set in stone. But scholars at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are chronicling just how much those words have evolved over time.

For 11 years, they've combed through the earliest Greek manuscripts of each book in the New Testament and found more than 17,000 pages of variations. Their ultimate goal: the world's first comprehensive, searchable online database showing how the New Testament has changed.

The database is already up. The first explanations go live this fall with two books of the New Testament — Philippians and First Peter.

Now, scholars have known about many of these variations for years, but some of the changes might surprise many Christians.

How Mark's and John's Stories Changed

Take the story of Christ's resurrection. As the gospel of Mark tells it, on the third day after the crucifixion, Jesus rose from the tomb and appeared to various people, including his disciples.

But Bill Warren, the professor leading the project, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that in the original manuscripts for Mark, the story of Jesus visiting the disciples is nowhere to be found.

"We actually have more than one ending in the manuscripts, and then we have some with no ending," Warren explains, "So what we think probably happened there is that as soon as you see the other Gospels with the resurrection stories, early in the 2nd century at least, someone says, 'You know, we need to put some of this material into Mark to round it off better.'"

Warren points to another significant change in the gospel of John: In the earliest manuscripts, he says, John did not include Jesus challenging a mob that's about to stone a woman accused of adultery with the now-famous line: "Let any among you who is without sin cast the first stone."

The professor says that the story was probably inserted into the book of John somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd centuries.

"The early church canonized books and not stories," he says, "and so when they had authentic stories from Jesus in the oral tradition that was circulating, they had to find a way to put it in the text. And so the church is trying to save this story even though its not part of John."

Change In The Name Of Clarification

Variations in the early Greek manuscripts may seem like a cause for alarm for many Bible literalists, but the majority of the discrepancies the project documents, Warren says, were caused by early transcribers doing their best to clarify the text.

"We actually have different qualities of copies among the manuscripts. Some are very careful not to change anything of what they're copying, and some, probably more or less at the service of the church, are trying to clarify the text," he explains. "And then, very early on, some of these scribes are just Christians who during the daytime have other jobs and they're trying to make copies of the text. And so they don't have the same sense of how to make a professional copy."

Warren's goal is that the project will allow everyday Christians to see for themselves how and why the New Testament has evolved over the years.

"A faith ought to be an examined faith, even to the point of saying, we'll look at all the evidence, and then we'll figure out what is the best wording for the text and that's what we go with," he says.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

"a decent respect to the opinions of mankind..."

a wha-a-at? tha's some kind o' joke, right? we're americans! we don' owe nobody nothin', an' we don' listen t' nobody's opinions but our own! so tell them damn furriners t' go f**k themselves!

an' you c'n go sit on a roman candle an' have a happy 4th o' july!

an' another thing: what th' hell does "self-evident" mean?

Monday, June 13, 2011

The profane and hysterical "The Book of Mormon" took home nine Tony Awards on Sunday including the prize for best musical, a considerable achievement for a pair of first-time Broadway playwrights known more for their raunchy cartoons featuring potty-mouthed kids.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the Emmy Award-winning "South Park," found a kindred soul in Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the Tony-winning "Avenue Q," and all three found themselves with plenty of awards when they collaborated to gently mock Mormons and send-up Broadway itself.

Collecting the best musical prize, a subdued Parker, who tied Josh Logan of "South Pacific" with four Tonys in one evening — said he'd be remiss if he didn't thank his late book co-writer — Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion.

"You did it, Joseph! You got the Tony!" Parker said looking skyward and holding up his award.

The show, which netted honors for best musical, best book, best direction of a musical, best score, best featured actress and four technical awards, came in with a leading 14 nominations and was the heavy favorite for the top musical prize.

"We know what the best musical is — it's like taking a hooker to dinner," comedian Chris Rock said before reading the nominees and announcing the winner.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

paranoia strikes deep
(you can't make this stuff up)
seriously damaged

hoo boy! off come the gloves! radical right's real agenda revealed at last!

just got the following eml from townhall.com

and this guy calls himself the public advocate of the US?!

oh, man! what GRANDEUR! what PERSECUTION!

where are the guys in the white coats when you need them?!

[showing text only]:
Dear Pro-family American,

The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan:

Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.

Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten.

I hate to admit it, but if they pass the deceptively named “Student Non-Discrimination Act,” that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Better named the “Homosexual Classrooms Act,” its chief advocate in Congress is Rep. Jared Polis, himself an open homosexual and radical activist.

That’s why I need you to act quickly -- right away -- to protect our nation’s youth.

I have prepared the official “Protect Our Children’s Innocence” Petition to Congress for you to sign.

Please click here to sign it right away so I can rush it to the Capitol with thousands more.

You and I must defeat this disastrous legislation.

You see, the Homosexual Classrooms Act contains a laundry list of anti-family provisions that will:

*** Require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts so “homosexual students” don’t feel “singled out” during already explicit sex-ed classes;

*** Spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation, even peer pressure to “experiment” with the homosexual “lifestyle;”

*** Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to “freedom of self-expression;”

*** Force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum and purge any reference to religion if a student claims it creates a “hostile learning environment” for homosexual students.

And that’s just the beginning of the Homosexual Lobby’s radical agenda.

In fact, it will set them up to ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America.

My friend, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this is not a fight we can afford to lose.

That’s why Public Advocate is leading the fight against this immoral legislation.

This is a battle for the survival of American values and the fact is, there’s no time to waste.

The Homosexual Classrooms Act will turn America’s schools into indoctrination centers and its classrooms into social laboratories -- and they’re pulling out all the stops to pass it.

You see, they’ve disguised the bill’s wicked purpose behind an innocent name: “The Student Non-Discrimination Act.” Not only that, but they’re waiting to introduce this legislation in order to keep it under the radar.

The Homosexual Lobby knows that if pro-family Americans like you and me have time to alert the public of their radical agenda, they’ll have no hope of success.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Yesterday, Fox Business host and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano revealed himself as a believer in the conspiracy theory that the government is lying about the attacks on September 11. Speaking on a leading conspiracy show, Napolitano said that it's "hard for me to believe that" World Trade Center Building 7 "came down by itself" -- a central tenet of 9-11 conspiracy theories -- and claimed that "twenty years from now, people will look at 9-11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

“Climate change is real, and man is causing it,” Mr. Hill said, echoing most climate scientists. “That is indisputable. And we have to do something about it.”

A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. For some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites. And for others still, efforts to address climate change are seen as a conspiracy to impose world government and a sweeping redistribution of wealth. But all are wary of the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide, a ubiquitous gas, which will require the expansion of government authority into nearly every corner of the economy.

“This so-called climate science is just ridiculous,” said Kelly Khuri, founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots. “I think it’s all cyclical.”

“Carbon regulation, cap and trade, it’s all just a money-control avenue,” Ms. Khuri added. “Some people say I’m extreme, but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

And Blaine dismisses speculation about Kennedy's relationship with Marilyn Monroe. He says that he was on duty the night of May 19, 1962, the famous birthday fundraiser at which Monroe sang for the president. Blaine says that Monroe was present later in Kennedy's suite at the Carlyle Hotel, but that she "left before the other guests."

And he says that the only other time Monroe was in the president's company was in Santa Monica in 1961, at the home of Peter and Pat Lawford, where Kennedy took a brief swim before departing.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

avoiding risk is the biggest risk of all—whatever that means

i don't even know where the super bowl got played this year, but midfield time-warped into mid-'80s first avenue & 7th street, minneapolis as the artist still and forever known as prince—looking exactly the same except maybe a bit taller—staged what may have been the most expensive halftime show in football history.

lighting effects, fireworks, on-stage female dancers, surrounded on-field not only by a choreographed "marching band" doing the kind of dancing the nation saw in purple rain but also by a frenzied gang of arm-waving female "spectators" all bearing little lights that a distant shot made a swarm of fireflies, and no malfunctions anywhere, wardrobe or otherwise—prince left nothing to chance.

if only our policymakers and strategists were so committed to perfection.

in a near-forgotten age, the best and brightest young members of society aspired to careers in the military and civil service. then came what we call "progress," which led to relatively widespread prosperity and increased leisure, which allowed younger generations to follow their bliss, as myth scholar joseph campbell put it. in the 1950s rhythm'n'blues and rock'n'roll inspired a lot of kids to pick up guitars and learn to sing. after the '50s, the trend grew and continued. more seekers of excellence risked the unknown and went into the arts and sciences rather than public service, leaving more room in government and the military for folk who cleave to faith and leave much to chance.

so we get a prince and a bush.

maybe 8 or 10 years ago a guy who might not have been born before 1970 came up to me during an intermission in a poetry read and said "i think i know why the '60s failed." unfortunately i'm very opinionated—as you may have noticed. i came right back with "i don't think the '60s did fail." i must've gotten distracted, because much to my regret i never did hear what he had to say. for all i know he was right.

but whether or not a time period could be said to succeed or fail, it's clear some folk who could've learned the lessons of the '60s just weren't paying attention. many of them still inhabit a comic-book reality where good eternally battles evil, where a supernatural hero will surely save us from devastating natural forces unleashed by human folly, where those who have no such faith or a different worldview are godless liberals or secular humanists or moral relativists in league with the devil.

in my reality civilization is populated not by good and evil beings but by human beings. they experience belief and ignorance, desire and frustration, hope and fear, joy and sadness, love and hate, rage and tenderness, pleasure and pain, strength and weakness, fullness and emptiness. they desire the greatest good for the greatest number, but they make mistakes.

i couldn't possibly name all the sources of human error. they can be physical, mental, or emotional. some would add "spiritual" to the list, tho i think i've already accounted for it with "mental" and "emotional."

but all take risks, whether they know it or not, and errors get made, for they are human, or unintended consequences occur.

among knowing risk-takers, those who seek excellence—including some of the faithful—try to reduce risk of harm to themselves and others by leaving as little as possible to chance. others unknowingly give chance free reign as they await their messiah and/or seek riches and power, so the poor get poorer and the ecosystem deteriorates and international tensions rise and antagonism within nations grows and people suffer and die.

i won't say everything would get better if all leaders played musical instruments—after all, harry truman and richard nixon were amateur musicians who left us the cold war and the energy crisis—but i do think it would help if they and we remembered that the various countries and groups that seem to threaten our existence are not monoliths entirely made up of "commies" or "evildoers" or "extremists" but human beings.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

drugstore tract rack

as i passed thru a supermarket yesterday, a small rack of "inspirational" books caught my eye in front of the pharmacy counter.

god pursues me even here, i thought, glancing guiltily over my shoulder and up at the ceiling as if i might spot an angel hiding or hovering just outside my field of view.

then i recalled where i was. the angel, of course, stood behind the counter, beatifically filling a prescription as she contemplated enlarging her investment portfolio with a chunk of her 6-figure salary.

how fitting to find god-books at a drug store, i thought. religion is still the people's opiate, and church their HMO.

my gaze next went to the base of the rack. i'm tall, so naturally what i seek at the library always rests on the bottom shelf. i'm used to bowing down for information. way down. maybe that's why i saw the 3 books nearest the floor first.

2 were about the da vinci code. the other title was, i think, hitchhikers' guide to everything. i picked it up. for the price of the 96-page trade paperback i could buy 6 24-oz jars of salsa or 12 dozen eggs or 4# of cheese or 2 dozen cups of yogurt, so i knew i could only afford a fast skim.

"42" stood out on page 2. douglas adams' apocalyptic sci-fi send-up gave it as the answer to the ultimate question no one remembers. what's 6 times 7? no, too prosaic. how many gallons in a barrel of crude? an end-of-world jeopardy answer if ever there was, but hardly the meaning of life. how many blowjobs can a teenage hooker do in a 16-hour workday? no, only exceptional ones would attract that much business. how many days did desert storm take? or was that 43? i give up.

further in, the tract-in-disguise demolished darwin. it claimed evolution theory says different groups of humans could have different origins, so people with black skin and white skin might be different species. (i don't think it actually used that word, but something like "kinds of humans" instead.) then it pointed out DNA proves that's false and we all have a common ancestor.

did you get that? DNA contradicts evolution! and darwin's a racist, to boot!

totally shameless. these proselyting jerks will even tell a bald-faced lie to get control of the minds of science-ignorant americans. what hypocrisy!

i moved to da vinci. turned out both books were pro-christian anti-da vinci code. i must be one of very few folk who haven't seen the pic or read the original or seen cable shows about it, but you'd have to be brain-dead to avoid absorbing a sizable smattering [is that an oxymoron?] from the info environment.

short on time, i zeroed in on the last supper. sure looks like a woman to me, but who knows? and i'm pretty sure the gospel doesn't specifically say john's the "beloved." so, again, who knows? and what's the big deal, anyway? and so what if the priory of sion—did i get the name right?—is only a few decades old rather than centuries?

i mean, it's a novel, isn't it? doesn't that still mean it's fiction? or if it's not fiction, at least it's speculative, right?

leonardo was an artist, folks. he expressed ideas thru his work, but no matter how smart he was, he wasn't around to check out mary magdalene personally, so the actual topic of controversy is his interpretation, not facts about jesus. whether the da vinci code is right or wrong, it doesn't change a word of the sermon on the mount.

so why are so many religionists so anxious to rebut it? does the foundation of their faith rest on such shaky ground that it may crumble under the onslaught of such minor criticism?

and speaking of trivia, why don't they attack the left behind series while they're at it? if anything makes christianity seem stupid, it does.