Category Archives: Religion

the price of liberty

The First Amendment guarantees Philip R. Greaves absolute freedom to publish “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” whether the government likes it or not. Constitutionally, there’s not a damn thing they can do about it. And if someone representing Amazon.com was stupid enough to contractually agree to sell it, they’re stuck, too.

Am I happy knowing this book is out there, available to perverts everywhere? Hell, no. What can I do about it? Well, not buying anything from Amazon.com seems like a pretty good place to start. I can also put pressure on those in Washington to make sure sales of Greaves’ work are monitored by law enforcement. In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, that’s just about it.

Oh, and I can also rant about it on my silly little blog…

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psychology

“We can choose to live in the prison of our past, or the freedom of our future.” – Kurt Poleet

In the end, we’re all pro-choice…

digital politics

After all the recent violence directed at democrats who passed health-care reform, after the FBI broke up a terrorist plot by a Christian militia group, after President Obama offered an olive-branch to the Tea Party movement, guess what we’re hearing from the Right?

More of the same.

Praise for Sarah Palin, and her “reload” rhetoric. Anger at the FBI for targeting Conservative Christians. And a big fat “No thanks.” to the President’s call for peace.

Now, Palin can say whatever the hell she wants to. But calling out the news media for reporting acts of violence? If she had any balls, she’d tell her rabid followers to ratchet it back a little. That’s what McCain did in 2008, and he deserves credit for that.

The FBI wasn’t “targeting Christian Conservatives”. They stopped a plot to kill cops. Isn’t that their job? No one is lumping these lunatics together with the larger, somewhat normal group. Well, except many on the right, claiming the FBI is guilty of political profiling.

The moment the President finished speaking on the Today Show, incensed Tea-Partiers started banging away on their keyboards. Obama’s a commie. Obama’s a Kenyan. A Muslim. The anti-Christ. We want our America Back. Et cetera, et cetera, ad-nauseum.

As to the title of this post. For better or worse, we live in the Digital Age. The foundation of which is that all reality can be broken down into ones and zeros. Everything is either black or white. Good or evil. The switch is either on or off. Period. In politics, that means you’re either on the Left or the Right. You side with Palin or Obama. There is no middle ground.

We can’t sustain this self-destructive mentality. The world isn’t black or white. In the real world, there are a million shades of gray.

to be fair

Not all Republicans are racist Tea-Partiers, neither are all Muslims hate-filled terrorists.

fiddler

Tevye: As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
Mendel: Where does the book say that?
Tevye: Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.

Tevye: [to God] As the Good Book says, ev…
[chuckles]
Tevye: Why should I tell You what the Good Book says?

the fall

ostentatious vivaciousness notwithstanding

commanding demands

counting the sands in an endless hourglass

like a single drop of rain

trickling

down

a

leaf

I curse you

he shouted in a jealous rage

head hung low

he walked away

not today

not today