5.20.2015

Quote of the Day - Strange Brew Edition

With Bud Light Lime, I never find myself slumping over the bar, turning every 30 seconds to watch the door in the hope that some imagined friend will walk inside and pick me up and fix all my problems. With Bud Light Lime, that kind of attitude isn’t even possible. Because it’s hard to be morose while drinking a sweetened, lime-flavored beer, yes, but also because being morose requires a self-seriousness that Bud Light Lime completely forbids.

Tom Dibblee, reviewing Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings in the Los Angeles Review of Books

5.15.2015

My Dilemma(s) with Organized Religion

In no particular order:

Why would an omniscient, omnipresent God create humans to be as diverse as snowflakes but in turn demand they worship and believe in rote lockstep?  

If no two people experience life, the world, reality, and so on in exactly the same way, how logical, practical, or realistic is it to expect--let alone insist--they all experience God in exactly the same way?  

If God created man in His own image, is it a disservice to Him to try molding the unique individuals He created into carbon copies who associate only with those who think alike, believe alike, and behave alike?  

If Jesus, as both God and the Son of God, spent his time on earth reaching out to all in need, and reminding everyone to love thy neighbor as thyself, and teaching us to love our enemies, how Christ-like is it to:
  • Circumscribe ourselves according to common beliefs – in churches, schools, universities, or in social and professional interaction?
  • Cast aspersions on others whose beliefs, lifestyles, and outlooks differ from (or run counter to) our own?
  • Support the subjugation and killing of other human beings – especially those who do not share one's faith – in the name of "God and country"?
  • Characterize the poor and downtrodden among us as dishonest, unmotivated, and unworthy of assistance?
If only God may find us to be fit or unfit for His love and salvation, why does it so often seem that the most pious are also the most judgmental of – and least compassionate toward – their fellow humans?  


"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the se brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

– Matthew 25:40 

5.07.2015

Just pause for a moment...

... and wrap your mind around the idea that you exist in a time when you are able to see an actual photograph of what the setting sun looks like from the surface of Mars.


So. Freaking. Cool.

5.04.2015

Quote of the Day – The More Things Change Edition

The Republican platform stresses two themes that are not as harmonious as Republican suppose.

One is cultural conservatism. The other is capitalist dynamism. The latter dissolves the former.

Capitalism undermines traditional social structures and values; it is a relentless engine of change, a revolutionary inflamer of appetites, enlarger of expectations, diminisher of patience.

Republicans see no connection between the cultural phenomena they deplore and the capitalist culture they promise to intensify.


George Will, regarding the GOP platform of 1980.

4.02.2015

Quote of the Day – Only a Fool Would Say That Edition

Anyone who claims to be excited for April Fools' Day is probably a sociopath. Because what they are really saying is, "I cannot wait to hurt the people close to me."

John Oliver

3.22.2015

Quote of the Day – Ornamentalist Doctrine Edition

It really is true that for conservatives of a certain stripe, like King, Huckabee and others, Jews are little more than a kind of yahwistic lawnjockeys, mascots for a certain type of militant defense policy and museum pieces in the historical imagination of right-wing Christianity.

Josh Marshall, regarding Rep. Steve King (R-IA) denouncing "Jews in America" who are "Democrats first and Jewish second" when it comes to supporting Benjamin Netanyahu.

3.12.2015

Quote of the Day – Following the Thread Edition

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

– Isaac Asimov