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Here's a little tip for you: don't get involved in a theological discussion with a person who lists, "Conservative Homeschooler - Raising a Generation for Christ," as one of their Facebook interests. It all started when a friend of mine posted a comment regarding an essay assignment for Philosophy class: 'What is the relationship between ethics and religion? Do you think moral principles are based on religious truth or can ethics exist without religion?' -- or in short, can people who are not religious still be good people. Now while it's true I'm not religious in the fucking slightest, I don't look down upon anyone who is, just so long as they leave me out of it. So if you take comfort in your beliefs, then hey all the power to you. Want to read the Bible? Read the Bible. Want to read the Koran? Then by all means, read the Koran. Want to follow the Torah? Get down with your bad Jew self. But like I said before folks, religion is like a penis. It's fine to have one. It's fine to be proud of it. But please don't whip it out and start waving it around, and please don't try to force it down my throat. I am not a militant atheist, I take great pains to respect other people's religious views and get very offended when they don't extend the same courtesy to me. Unfortunately, some Bat Shit Crazy Lady (BSCL) made a comment that I just couldn't let slide...
BSCL: In truth, nothing exsists without religion. People tend to think of religion as mere Chrisitianity, when, infact, it's meaning is not defined as such. However, without a Christian "religious" foundation, there is no reason for ethics at all. Funny how many who claim to be non religious live by many Christian based values/principals/timelines without any knowledge of doing so.
Ernie: That's crazy. I'm an atheist, so are you suggesting that because I haven't killed anyone, slept with my neighbor's wife, stolen, but honor my parents... then my actions are somehow rooted in Christianity?
BSCL: Ernie, I am not suggesting that your life is rooted in Christianity at all. However, based on what you have said would be rooted in humanism, also a religion. One that uses false morals to fulfill selfish motives. True morals benefit others, a distinctly Christian principal, for we can do no good thing in our flesh. The principal of ethics or morals cannot exsist without a Christian foundation, at all. It is not possible for them to stand alone, because we would have no standard by which to judge what is acceptable behavior. Without a Creator there is no understanding of right and wrong, no reason for order, no purpose, and no original standard of behavior.
Normally, this is where I'd completely unhinged. But it's not my Facebook page, my friend has a lot of friends and family on there, so it would have been very rude of me to hijack her threat with 'WHAT THE FUCK LADY, ARE YOU CRAZIER THAN A SHITHOUSE RAT?" response, so I just kind of let it die. But I did marvel at how fucking brainwashed this BSCL is: "without a Christian "religious" foundation, there is no reason for ethics at all," and, "...humanism...One that uses false morals to fulfill selfish motives," and, "True morals benefit others, a distinctly Christian principal...". As if all the good in the world is done in the name of her religion and her religion alone. That it's impossible for me to do something nice -- not because of any belief in a higher power -- but because I'm simply not an asshole. And this crazy broad wasn't trying to make a parody, she seriously believes the crazy shit that was coming out of her mouth. I got news for you lady, I don't think there is any golden reward waiting for you at the end of the road; you just have accept that sometimes shit happens and even worse, some shit just can't be explained. I find people who are so closed minded and so blind to the possibility that there are other views besides their own, to be downright frightening. It's like a fucking cult.
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Speaking of, here's the weirdest graph you'll see all week. It's graphing the popularity of zombie movies versus vampire movies, split out by whether the President at the time was a Republican or a Democrat. There are exceptions, but in general when a Republican is in office, it's all about zombies. When it's a Democrat, it's all about vampires. No shit, see for yourself.
I'm pretty sure "Bi Quyet Khac Biet Cua Ca Phe Tuoi" is Vietnamese -- can anyone translate?
This October, we will be treated to ESPN The Magazine's third annual Body Issue -- It's kind of like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, only with no swimsuits and more nudity. Gina Carano led the inaugural issue in 2009, followed up by *gulp* Serena Williams in 2010. ESPN is known for being kind of an uptight institution on the surface, and that's probably the reason they are able to convince athletes who (normally) wouldn't take it all off to... take it all off. Here are the top bodies I'd like to see in ESPN's upcoming The Body issue.
[regarding the dancing SEAT girls from yesterday...]
Hey Ernie, FYI, the SEAT is a car model from Spain. Saw them alot when I was stationed there. Rudy
It is an Italian acronym, which means "squirrel driven turd with wheels". It is a car manufacturer, not unlike Yugo. Alan
Do you like cute fuzzy animals? Then move along, there's nothing for you to see here except: a cat showing another cat in a box, and a puppy trying to beat the heat, and a puppy howling like a wolf, and a bulldog on a swing, and a cat kicking a dog's ass, and a kitten riding a tortoise, and a duck eating a pizza. So just move along please.
We're now entering the best time of year. The sweltering summer is departing, and pleasant fall has arrived, bringing with it NFL and college football. To celebrate these guys put together a gallery of one of the best things in the world – hot women wearing football jerseys and not much else. Click on through and see if they've got any hotties wearing your team's NFL jersey. Hint: nobody likes the Raiders.
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us debt visualized: stacked in 100 dollar bills
take a little more care, people. this is how zombie apocalypses start.
russian woman relieves herself in polar bear enclosure. with predictable results.