Saturday, December 01, 2007

How I feel about certain things

--No, this blog hasn't become audition central for "High School Musical 3"; that's Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle. He will be inactive for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to what was described as a "deep, deep bruise" in his lower back. Well, yeah, that's what happens when you put a 15-year-old on the field with NFL players. It would also explain the Chiefs' four straight losses, though not the rumor that Croyle beat the entire Miami Dolphins by himself in a recent pickup game.

--Sometimes I ponder going to teach in Sudan. With all that's going on in that country, I really want to do my part to educate the embattled population. After all, education is the way out of ignorance and poverty, and -- wait, what? Protesters are calling for a teacher's head because she let her students name a teddy bear after a classmate named Mohammed? Ha ha! That's funny! But I think Hollywood will find it too unbelievable a premise to make it into the next Jerry Bruckheimer movie, strike or no strike.

Oh, wait. This is actually happening. Fanatics are actually brandishing swords over a damn teddy bear. Wow. That's pretty sick! Almost Darfur sick. Between the anger in the fundamentalist Muslim world and the aggressive imperialism brought forth by Western Christian fundamentalists, I have to ask: How did atheists get so despised?

--The latest word in terrorism is that the Bush administration is going to slash the Homeland Security budget outlay in half for 2009. Actually, $3.2 billion to $1.4 billion is more than half. That's right - before Bush leaves office, he is going to leave his successor with a severely curtailed anti-terrorism budget. That means port security, transit security and local emergency programs will be slashed or cut altogether, and the new president won't be able to do anything about it until September 2009. Asked to comment, Niccolo Machiavelli called the move "political treachery of the worst kind." George Carlin called it "cynical."

--A recent study shows that night workers are more prone to prostate and breast cancers. Apparently, working at night and sleeping during the day disrupts the body's circadian rhythm, thus preventing it from creating enough cancer-blocking melatonin. I had a good laugh as I edited this article on my night shift. Then I went to the bathroom. Five times.


Anonymous said...

Funniest part of the Sudan thing? The guy holding the sword is Yassin Mohamed Al Mubark. Should his parents be killed for naming him after the prophet?

Huck said...

Then I went to the bathroom. Five times.

Heh! That's classic!

Cajun Tiger said...

Yep..athiest have a great record of human rights...Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba...

Ian McGibboney said...

Well, those were Communist nations where religion and freedom were oppressed, and Russia and China currently enjoy buddy-buddy status with us under the Bush administration.

Between the imperialistic Christian neocons and the Islamic fundamentalists, athiests look good by comparison. They aren't deluded into thinking that they have some right to everything in the world and can kill everyone who gets in their way.

Perverted religion, combined with power and corruption, is threatening to destroy the world. And those of us not into the superstition would rather not die over it.

Cajun Tiger said...

Ian...please tell me you aren't being serious? If you honestly think that the communist countries like the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, etc didn't kill anyone and everyone that got in their way to the tunes of millions upon millions of innocent people mind you not enemy combatants you are seriously deluded.

Ian McGibboney said...

Where do you get any idea that I'm defending these regimes? Communist regimes fail because their leaders are power-hungry and very insecure about their hold on said power. You seem to think that, by rejecting extreme right-wing messianic fundamentalism, I'm advocating godless Communism. Typical.

My original point was that maybe athiests shouldn't be the most despised and mistrusted group in the U.S. I've known lots of athiests and agnostics, and almost to a person they are friendly, smart, educated and compassionate. None of them advocate Communism or anarchy in any form. Apparently, it IS possible to support a moral government without subscribing to a specific denomination.

Indeed, the athiests/agnostics I know would prefer not to make their beliefs part of their platform, because they see faith as a personal thing and not something the government should mandate. And, with all the crap thats going on in the world, maybe that wouldn't be so bad.