Jul. 2nd, 2012

My brother sent along an email. Usually it is my sister that forwards stuff. She rarely checks Snopes.
This time my brother did not but it is a "true" email.


From Snopes
School Prayer

Claim:   Principal Jody McLoud of Roane County High School in Kingston, Tennessee, delivered a controversial speech before a school football game.

Status:   True.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, October 2000]
Principal McLoud's speech was also read into the Congressional Record on 20 September 2000 by Representative Zach Wamp of Tennessee.

McLoud took this to mean that the US was failing.

But you see I take this as the constitution working.
If I was one of the non-religious people in the stands, why should I be forced to listen to a religious speech?

Besides the whole speech that the principal gave is very slanted.

sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle
sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex.
killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control.
involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth
depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant

Very loaded words for someone that “do not need to add an intentional transgression”

I have worked with gays and lesbians. Most, I agree, had a choice in their “lifestyle”.
Live as a gay or lesbian, or don’t have sex for the rest of their lives.
I have also met and worked with girls who were so… degraded by the ‘guys’ in their lives that they “switched”.

I have to say that you are not going to stop kids from having sex once they try it.
Dispensing condoms is a cheap way to slow down and somewhat deal with the un-wed mothers and the financial problems the states have with supporting them. Condoms will stop the ‘oops’ and if we make sure the kids have all the condoms they might use then we might have fewer 'welfare' families.

I absolutely despise this, “killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control.”
But until the people that want to stop it line up to support the child or we plant birth control in the BOYS and girls, it is not going to stop. It was illegal before Roe vs. Wade and it still happened.

“involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth”
I had to laugh at this one. Any teacher that tried this would be brought up on charges just like a teacher trying to hold a prayer in class. Ain’t going to happen.

“depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant”
I know my sister is religious. From the email it seems that my brother is too, at least somewhat.
I am more like my Dad. I believe but I am not sure how to explain it. It does not match the Methodist theology I grew up with. It is not the 'Christian' teachings I got baptized under. So far I have found no one else that believes MY way. 
Most of the “ignorant, simple minded, people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions” that I have met try to force their version of beliefs on me.

No I do not believe that the Bible is the “word of God”. There are too many inconsistencies and contradictions. Yes, I believe that the bible is a ‘good’ book. It has many ways of getting a population to live together in harmony and treating each other well.  But so do the Torah and the Koran.

In the end, all of the principal’s speech was about choice.
Choice of lifestyle, choice to have sex (protection or not), and Choice of religion (or none, which is still a choice).

As for the "one nation, under GOD." statement at the end, that was not in the founding fathers documents.
It was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 at the height of anti-Communist fervor.
It was an attempt to link patriotism with religious piety.
"In God we trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956.

Basically ancient history trying to influence current affairs.

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.

Jun. 6th, 2012

Goodbye Ray

'Martian Chronicles' author Ray Bradbury dies at age 91

Not his best by my way of though but lots of people loved it.

We are slowly loosing our greatest and due to the systems in place we will not see their like again.

"Ah, your an author. We will keep your biggest selling series on the shelf. Sorry, no room for any more. Back catalog of books? Can't afford to keep them printed. So Sorry, out of print."

"Music catalog? Older songs? Nah, all we got is what they play on the radio."

The same goes for movies, if it came out be fore video tape you probably will not see it ever again. Unless it was a "timeless classic".

Ah well. /rant

Goodbye Ray one of my early favorite authors.
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Apr. 16th, 2012

SOPA 2 Hollywood and its sequels

Hollywood Loves a Sequel -- But Really, SOPA 2?


If we stop going to the damn things then Hollywood might just get the message.

If we boycott movies for a while they might understand.

Feb. 3rd, 2012

Scarborough Research 210-736-3080

I have been receiving calls for more than a week from 210-736-3080 I called back and was advised it was
Scarborough Research doing a survey on television, Radio and newspapers in my area.

Checking this number on Google


Seems like they are a VERY annoying company.

Scarborough Research 1-800-753-6043

I called the number found there.They advised that they are a "research" company and not a 'telemarketer' therefore they are exempt from the "Do Not Call" per Congress. They don't sell anything directly on the phone.

They just waste your time and if you have a cell phone as a contact then they waste your cell time. They use your time and money to make it for themselves.

Time to make a change in that don't you guys think?

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Apr. 21st, 2011

Steve Miller with Greg Allman at the Cary Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Well last night was the second and probably last concert I will be able to make this year.

Steve Miller with Gregg Allman opening.
Cut to save space, avoid rantyness )

Yes even though I rant about the venues I usually enjoy the Music.
As Steve Miller is in my top 10 (if I have a top 10, can't remember) I enjoyed the concert very much.
May have to go see him next time he is in the area.

Apr. 20th, 2011

Jimmy Buffett at the Time Warner Music Pavilion

I am not a full-fledged Parrothead but I do like Jimmy Buffett.
I have been trying to go to at least one concert of every group that I like to listen to.
So last night I went to the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion.

It was the "Welcome to Fin Land tour" which if you know Buffett is a play on one of his songs.
got a bit Verbose. Hiding to save space. )

As noted at the beginning I enjoyed the music. Disliked the Venue

Was it worth the money? As I stated at the beginning I have been trying to go to a concert of every band I like. If Jimmy plays in North Carolina again I will make an attempt at seeing him again. Just not at the TWC Pavilion. I will NOT go back to the pavilion unless it is the ONLY site for a band.

edit: added Group Ilo Ferreira

Sep. 15th, 2008

Ford Flex

They are really pushing the Ford Flex advertisements here in NC.

but the proud fact that it gets 24 MPG and is a large almost van. called a "cross-over" makes me go 'hmmm'

If they can fit an engine that does 24 mpg in a big vehicle like that and have it be upscale everything why have they not put it in a smaller car and gotten the 35-40 that cutting the weight should give?

Sorry Ford. the Flex is just another SUV. nothing evolutionary or revolutionary. Just another big vehicle sucking down gas.