October 2008


pop culture27 Oct 2008 05:23 pm

Well, we’re almost down to a week before election day and i have a few things to talk about regarding why i’m voting for Mccain… (that’s right, i’m forgoing my apparent right to be ashamed of my political selection and declaring my allegiance)…

before i totally dig in though, i feel like i should mention how odd i feel this year talking about politics all the time… i’ve never been much of a politics guy, never joined the Young Republicans or anything like that… i’ve voted for as long as i’ve been eligible to, but it’s always been a minor part of my life… i’m not entirely certain why this year has been so different, but i’ve watched this race with much more interest than ever before and i think it may actually be taking a toll on me…

anyway, let’s get to the chase… off we go…

POLITICS: BUYING THE OFFICE

is it possible to buy your way into the Oval Office?… if Obama wins this election, that may be exactly what happened… Sure, he seems capable of inspiring and igniting his base (and, apparently Colin Powell), but anyone who’s dealt at all with advertising strategies knows that the key to any success is exposure… just like the mantra for successful real estate sales is “location, location, location,” you might say that the ad-mantra is “omnipresence, omnipresence, omnipresence”…

and Obama has managed to do just that… almost every time i’m watching TV, i fast-forward through at least four times as many Obama commercials as McCain commercials… Obama is all over the television, all over the web, even in your video games – if ever there were a reason not to upgrade to the latest video game consoles, here’s one… and he’s done this all by spending almost three times the amount that McCain has spent… quickly approaching $700 million… in fact, this is the first time in history that the two candidates have raised a combined total of a billion dollars…

To me, this offers a quick glimpse into the way the respective presidencies would go… but maybe that’s just me… i understand that McCain has limited his ability to raise funds by abiding to the campaign finance reform bill that he sponsored and that Obama pulled something of a rope-a-dope move, agreeing to do the same before backing out of that agreement at the last minute… but still, the mentality is there… spend, spend, spend…omnipresence, omnipresence, omnipresence…

So why does that work? simply put, more exposure means more familiarity… more familiarity means a higher likliehood of choosing that “product”… this is why McDonald’s does better than Burger King, why Coke sells better than Pepsi, but greater exposure doesn’t mean that the product is better… (obviously, since Pepsi is way better than Coke)… it just means that you’ve been influenced by this advertising principle…

in this ad-rich society, we may very well be prime for having a presidency purchased…

POLITICS: NEGATIVE ADS

and what of these ads? what do they say? is it actually true that McCain’s ads are more negative than Obama’s?

i don’t really understand where the line is drawn between “negative” and “positive” ads… it seems to me that if the ad is truthful, then it should be “positive,” but if it strays into lies or namecalling, then perhaps it would be a “negative” ad… however, it appears that the line is set differently… and it’s hard to really truthfully gauge the ratio of negative to positive ads since no one really sees all the ads that run, air, or are sent out…

if i were to cry media bias, this would be one case that i’d make… the constant coverage about McCain’s ads being “100% Negative” seems to be a negative campaign in and of itself… wonder who funds that?… and it also seems to me that the bulk of Obama ads start out with what i call “a Barack-handed compliment” in which Obama states something to the effect of, “John McCain should be better than this, but since he’s not, i’ll pretend to be”… it’s really the best of both worlds, because he takes a negative stab at his opponent while making himself seem like he’s above the mud-slinging that always exists on the campain trail…

in my own opinion, it just furthers my own distaste and distrust for Obama… he’s made up of everything a stereotypical politician is expected to be made up of…

POLITICS: TAXES

Now, some brass tax… i’m not claiming to be an economic expert, but there are a few things i just have to mention…

First, how on earth does 95% of the population make up the middle class? Obama claims that his tax cuts will benefit 95% of the country, implying that this group comprises the middle class… what is the middle class and how can they all benefit when 40% of the population doesn’t pay taxes as it is? and what of that top 5%? apparently they already pay almost 60% of all the tax dollars that are generated… should they really pay more?

Second, a question: if Obama really plans to significantly increase taxes for those who make more than $200k/year individually and $250k/year as a couple, then why on earth are they supporting him? some of Obama’s biggest supporters seem to be some rather wealthy folks – the same folks who will be hammered by Obama’s plan as advertised…

you may not disagree with the need for paying taxes, but would you voluntarily vote to increase your own tax burden? even if you could “handle paying a little more?”… i know and have known some folks who make that kind of money and believe me, they want to keep every cent that they can… and why not? hey, if you increase the bell on the tax curve much more, you can expect some favors to be called in at some point… that’s just how the world works..

Of course, skeptics might say that McCain’s already granting favors by cutting business taxes… but the simple math shows that his plan will allow more businesses to open up and operate in the US which causes more jobs, more revenue, and more happy people… i know i’m being a bit simplistic on this, but i’m running out of time here and it seems like it’s pretty obvious… the problem here is perception… it’s way easier to get behind a one-step plan that has immediate rewards than it is to get excited about a three or four step program that will take some time to generate rewards… it’s unfortunate, though, because generally, the quick rewards disappear more quickly than they originally arrived…

POLITICS: HEALTH CARE

Along the same lines of taxes, you have to very different plans regarding health care… Obama is trying to give away everything and the kitchen sink, choosing to let government and big businesses foot the bill for citizens and small businesses… so, let’s see… government funded health care and big business funded health care and you expect health care prices to go down? hardly…

this is the same government that let’s Obama buy a three million dollar overhead projector, albeit not the average sized overhead projector, but this is a government that’s notorious for overspending and any contractor or company that’s been fortunate to get work with the government knows this and takes advantage of this…

the same goes for big businesses… they get severely overcharged for things simply because there is the perception that they have enough money to absorb the cost… that type of thinking is the foundation of Obama’s plans… and it’s become typical of Americans at large… we all seem to believe that the world owes us a living… and anytime someone else is successful, we look at them and feel like it should have been us that made it big… we feel like we deserve the same benefits as others even if we don’t put in the same level of effort that it takes to achieve those rewards…

further, on top of a heavy tax increase for big businesses, forcing them to pay even more to provide health care for not only their employees, but also for small businesses, which Obama says will recieve a… what did he call it… some sort of a credit for health care since they may not be able to provide it on their own… It really creates an imbalanced society, one that is structured and poised for collapse…

GOTTA GO

okay, there’s plenty more that i’d like to get into and perhaps i will later… these topics include energy/Global Warming, ethics/character, and more… but hopefully this is a little bit to chew on for now and get the last week discussion rolling… please know that just because i disagree with the majority of Obama’s policies and plans, that it is not my intention of vilifying him in any respect… i’m just stating my own thoughts and opinions based on the logic that is at my disposal… i may even be wrong, but this is where i stand right now…

peace… love… bdg…

general27 Oct 2008 05:21 pm

Well, we’re almost down to a week before election day and i have a few things to talk about regarding why i’m voting for Mccain… (that’s right, i’m forgoing my apparent right to be ashamed of my political selection and declaring my allegiance)…

before i totally dig in though, i feel like i should mention how odd i feel this year talking about politics all the time… i’ve never been much of a politics guy, never joined the Young Republicans or anything like that… i’ve voted for as long as i’ve been eligible to, but it’s always been a minor part of my life… i’m not entirely certain why this year has been so different, but i’ve watched this race with much more interest than ever before and i think it may actually be taking a toll on me…

anyway, let’s get to the chase… off we go…

POLITICS: BUYING THE OFFICE

is it possible to buy your way into the Oval Office?… if Obama wins this election, that may be exactly what happened… Sure, he seems capable of inspiring and igniting his base (and, apparently Colin Powell), but anyone who’s dealt at all with advertising strategies knows that the key to any success is exposure… just like the mantra for successful real estate sales is “location, location, location,” you might say that the ad-mantra is “omnipresence, omnipresence, omnipresence”…

and Obama has managed to do just that… almost every time i’m watching TV, i fast-forward through at least four times as many Obama commercials as McCain commercials… Obama is all over the television, all over the web, even in your video games – if ever there were a reason not to upgrade to the latest video game consoles, here’s one… and he’s done this all by spending almost three times the amount that McCain has spent… quickly approaching $700 million… in fact, this is the first time in history that the two candidates have raised a combined total of a billion dollars…

To me, this offers a quick glimpse into the way the respective presidencies would go… but maybe that’s just me… i understand that McCain has limited his ability to raise funds by abiding to the campaign finance reform bill that he sponsored and that Obama pulled something of a rope-a-dope move, agreeing to do the same before backing out of that agreement at the last minute… but still, the mentality is there… spend, spend, spend…omnipresence, omnipresence, omnipresence…

So why does that work? simply put, more exposure means more familiarity… more familiarity means a higher likliehood of choosing that “product”… this is why McDonald’s does better than Burger King, why Coke sells better than Pepsi, but greater exposure doesn’t mean that the product is better… (obviously, since Pepsi is way better than Coke)… it just means that you’ve been influenced by this advertising principle…

in this ad-rich society, we may very well be prime for having a presidency purchased…

POLITICS: NEGATIVE ADS

and what of these ads? what do they say? is it actually true that McCain’s ads are more negative than Obama’s?

i don’t really understand where the line is drawn between “negative” and “positive” ads… it seems to me that if the ad is truthful, then it should be “positive,” but if it strays into lies or namecalling, then perhaps it would be a “negative” ad… however, it appears that the line is set differently… and it’s hard to really truthfully gauge the ratio of negative to positive ads since no one really sees all the ads that run, air, or are sent out…

if i were to cry media bias, this would be one case that i’d make… the constant coverage about McCain’s ads being “100% Negative” seems to be a negative campaign in and of itself… wonder who funds that?… and it also seems to me that the bulk of Obama ads start out with what i call “a Barack-handed compliment” in which Obama states something to the effect of, “John McCain should be better than this, but since he’s not, i’ll pretend to be”… it’s really the best of both worlds, because he takes a negative stab at his opponent while making himself seem like he’s above the mud-slinging that always exists on the campain trail…

in my own opinion, it just furthers my own distaste and distrust for Obama… he’s made up of everything a stereotypical politician is expected to be made up of…

POLITICS: TAXES

Now, some brass tax… i’m not claiming to be an economic expert, but there are a few things i just have to mention…

First, how on earth does 95% of the population make up the middle class? Obama claims that his tax cuts will benefit 95% of the country, implying that this group comprises the middle class… what is the middle class and how can they all benefit when 40% of the population doesn’t pay taxes as it is? and what of that top 5%? apparently they already pay almost 60% of all the tax dollars that are generated… should they really pay more?

Second, a question: if Obama really plans to significantly increase taxes for those who make more than $200k/year individually and $250k/year as a couple, then why on earth are they supporting him? some of Obama’s biggest supporters seem to be some rather wealthy folks – the same folks who will be hammered by Obama’s plan as advertised…

you may not disagree with the need for paying taxes, but would you voluntarily vote to increase your own tax burden? even if you could “handle paying a little more?”… i know and have known some folks who make that kind of money and believe me, they want to keep every cent that they can… and why not? hey, if you increase the bell on the tax curve much more, you can expect some favors to be called in at some point… that’s just how the world works..

Of course, skeptics might say that McCain’s already granting favors by cutting business taxes… but the simple math shows that his plan will allow more businesses to open up and operate in the US which causes more jobs, more revenue, and more happy people… i know i’m being a bit simplistic on this, but i’m running out of time here and it seems like it’s pretty obvious… the problem here is perception… it’s way easier to get behind a one-step plan that has immediate rewards than it is to get excited about a three or four step program that will take some time to generate rewards… it’s unfortunate, though, because generally, the quick rewards disappear more quickly than they originally arrived…

POLITICS: HEALTH CARE

Along the same lines of taxes, you have to very different plans regarding health care… Obama is trying to give away everything and the kitchen sink, choosing to let government and big businesses foot the bill for citizens and small businesses… so, let’s see… government funded health care and big business funded health care and you expect health care prices to go down? hardly…

this is the same government that let’s Obama buy a three million dollar overhead projector, albeit not the average sized overhead projector, but this is a government that’s notorious for overspending and any contractor or company that’s been fortunate to get work with the government knows this and takes advantage of this…

the same goes for big businesses… they get severely overcharged for things simply because there is the perception that they have enough money to absorb the cost… that type of thinking is the foundation of Obama’s plans… and it’s become typical of Americans at large… we all seem to believe that the world owes us a living… and anytime someone else is successful, we look at them and feel like it should have been us that made it big… we feel like we deserve the same benefits as others even if we don’t put in the same level of effort that it takes to achieve those rewards…

further, on top of a heavy tax increase for big businesses, forcing them to pay even more to provide health care for not only their employees, but also for small businesses, which Obama says will recieve a… what did he call it… some sort of a credit for health care since they may not be able to provide it on their own… It really creates an imbalanced society, one that is structured and poised for collapse…

GOTTA GO

okay, there’s plenty more that i’d like to get into and perhaps i will later… these topics include energy/Global Warming, ethics/character, and more… but hopefully this is a little bit to chew on for now and get the last week discussion rolling… please know that just because i disagree with the majority of Obama’s policies and plans, that it is not my intention of vilifying him in any respect… i’m just stating my own thoughts and opinions based on the logic that is at my disposal… i may even be wrong, but this is where i stand right now…

peace… love… bdg…

general&news&SPORTS25 Oct 2008 03:56 pm

well, that was quite a week… i was off work on vacation, my wife was off on a cruise with some friends and i still managed to watch the clock hands spin around at lightning speed… not much to say for myself as far as writing goes this past week, but i did get a number of things accomplished and i got some long needed downtime… anyway, it’s already Saturday and i need to get my football stuff squared away… so, no delay, off we go…

SPORTS: WEEK EIGHT

to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

i just realized now that i haven’t set my rosters in place for this week’s fantasy matchups so i need to remember to do that before i am too late… now, in the matter of my picks… i went 9-5 again… after a number of teams let me down, (I’m looking at you Jets and Cowboys), and that makes me 60-42 on the year…

now, some bragging rights… The BILLS! (baby) are tearing up the league with a record of 5-1 already which is the first time since the 90s that they’ve started off so strong… this can only mean one thing folks… They’re going to lose the Superbowl!… (hey, i’m a long time Bills fan, so the humor eases my pain)… this week they get to play a Dolphins team that’s re-emerging from the dark shadows of last year’s season-long nightmare… classic rivalry and it should actually be a really good matchup… one that i’ll unfortunately miss because the Redskins are playing at one as well… ho hum…

Another good storyline this week is that the Rams are looking for a third straight win since the Jim Haslett takeover… Can a head coach change really make that much of a difference in the middle of the season? Well, the 49ers sure think and hope so as they pulled the plug on their coach, Mike Nolan in lieu of Mike Singletary… we’ll see what kind of difference he can make … of course, it helps that they’re playing the Seahwks this week…

Anyway, it’s about time for me to check out, so here are my picks for this week…
Raiders, Panthers, Bucs, Redskins
Bills, Rams, Saints, Jets
Eagles, Jags, Texans
Steelers, 49ers, Colts

peace… love… bdg…

general25 Oct 2008 03:54 pm

well, that was quite a week… i was off work on vacation, my wife was off on a cruise with some friends and i still managed to watch the clock hands spin around at lightning speed… not much to say for myself as far as writing goes this past week, but i did get a number of things accomplished and i got some long needed downtime… anyway, it’s already Saturday and i need to get my football stuff squared away… so, no delay, off we go…

SPORTS: WEEK EIGHT
to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

i just realized now that i haven’t set my rosters in place for this week’s fantasy matchups so i need to remember to do that before i am too late… now, in the matter of my picks… i went 9-5 again… after a number of teams let me down, (I’m looking at you Jets and Cowboys), and that makes me 60-42 on the year…

now, some bragging rights… The BILLS! (baby) are tearing up the league with a record of 5-1 already which is the first time since the 90s that they’ve started off so strong… this can only mean one thing folks… They’re going to lose the Superbowl!… (hey, i’m a long time Bills fan, so the humor eases my pain)… this week they get to play a Dolphins team that’s re-emerging from the dark shadows of last year’s season-long nightmare… classic rivalry and it should actually be a really good matchup… one that i’ll unfortunately miss because the Redskins are playing at one as well… ho hum…

Another good storyline this week is that the Rams are looking for a third straight win since the Jim Haslett takeover… Can a head coach change really make that much of a difference in the middle of the season? Well, the 49ers sure think and hope so as they pulled the plug on their coach, Mike Nolan in lieu of Mike Singletary… we’ll see what kind of difference he can make … of course, it helps that they’re playing the Seahwks this week…

Anyway, it’s about time for me to check out, so here are my picks for this week…
Raiders, Panthers, Bucs, Redskins
Bills, Rams, Saints, Jets
Eagles, Jags, Texans
Steelers, 49ers, Colts

peace… love… bdg…

SPORTS18 Oct 2008 06:28 pm

it’s Saturday and i’m feeling alright… check that, i’m feeling fine… how about yourself? i’ve certainly got plenty to talk about, but this entry should mostly be about sports and primarily about football, because that’s really where the action is these days… in upcoming posts, you can expect some chatter about Ted Dekker’s latest book, Sinner, since i just finished reading it this morning, more on politics, since that’s the season that we’re in right now, some music stuff and plenty more… i’m looking at a nice little vacation next week, so here’s hoping that i can get a lot done… off we go…

SPORTS: WHO? RAYS! WHO? RAYS!! HOORAY!!!!
– to the tune of Leaves – Ours

that’s just a little chant that i worked up on my own because i’m so brilliant or something like that… anyway, i’m rooting for the Rays at the moment because, as a Yankees fan and thereby a Red Sox anti-fan, i’m obligated to… i’m a pretty big fan of underdogs these days, anyway… here’s looking at you, Sen. McCain… and even though the Rays are leading the series, they’re still the underdogs because the Red Sox are notorious for winning when facing elimination and, i don’t know, something about being the defending champions… blah blah blah… anyway… GO RAYS!

SPORTS: WEEK SEVEN
– to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

what a crazy, wild, riveting week of football last week, am i right?… upsets galore and several of them on the last play of the game… it was spectacularly dramatic… and, despite three of my picks flip-flopping from correct to wrong with mere seconds to go in the game, i still managed to come out with a 9-5 record for the week, bringing my season totals up to 51-37… and, it seems that my fantasy teams are staying the course as i pulled out wins in both leagues again this week… which reminds me that i need to go look at this week’s rosters… hmmm…

Winners for this week are as follows:
Bills, Saints, Bears, Steelers,
Titans, Ravens, Giants,
Cowboys, Texans, Colts, Jets,
Redskins, Bucs, Broncos

i haven’t forgotten about my heirarchy of teams, but i’m kind of out of time right now…

peace… love… bdg…

general18 Oct 2008 06:11 pm

it’s Saturday and i’m feeling alright… check that, i’m feeling fine… how about yourself? i’ve certainly got plenty to talk about, but this entry should mostly be about sports and primarily about football, because that’s really where the action is these days… in upcoming posts, you can expect some chatter about Ted Dekker’s latest book, Sinner, since i just finished reading it this morning, more on politics, since that’s the season that we’re in right now, some music stuff and plenty more… i’m looking at a nice little vacation next week, so here’s hoping that i can get a lot done… off we go…

SPORTS: WHO? RAYS! WHO? RAYS!! HOORAY!!!!
to the tune of Leaves – Ours

that’s just a little chant that i worked up on my own because i’m so brilliant or something like that… anyway, i’m rooting for the Rays at the moment because, as a Yankees fan and thereby a Red Sox anti-fan, i’m obligated to… i’m a pretty big fan of underdogs these days, anyway… here’s looking at you, Sen. McCain… and even though the Rays are leading the series, they’re still the underdogs because the Red Sox are notorious for winning when facing elimination and, i don’t know, something about being the defending champions… blah blah blah… anyway… GO RAYS!

SPORTS: WEEK SEVEN
to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

what a crazy, wild, riveting week of football last week, am i right?… upsets galore and several of them on the last play of the game… it was spectacularly dramatic… and, despite three of my picks flip-flopping from correct to wrong with mere seconds to go in the game, i still managed to come out with a 9-5 record for the week, bringing my season totals up to 51-37… and, it seems that my fantasy teams are staying the course as i pulled out wins in both leagues again this week… which reminds me that i need to go look at this week’s rosters… hmmm…

Winners for this week are as follows:
Bills, Saints, Bears, Steelers,
Titans, Ravens, Giants,
Cowboys, Texans, Colts, Jets,
Redskins, Bucs, Broncos

i haven’t forgotten about my heirarchy of teams, but i’m kind of out of time right now…

peace… love… bdg…

general&pop culture15 Oct 2008 05:01 pm

So, i’m trying something new again… trying to organize my thoughts a bit more and perhaps make things flow a little smoother from grey matter to fingers, from keys to screen… hopefully it’ll make things a bit easier to read as well… today, and perhaps going forward, i’ll be taking the idea of blog sections even further and breaking everything up into major categories such as TV, Movies, Music, Sports, Politics, etc… hopefully, it will allow me to focus on one thing per topic and one topic per post (for the most part) in an effort to move things along a little easier… anyway, let’s get started…

TV/RELIGION/POLITICS: BILL MAHER IS AN IDIOT (BY HIS OWN LOGIC)
– to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Well, i tend to enjoy The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from time to time, probably more than i should, but that’s another topic… and from time to time, it tweaks my conscience or the dark side of my funny bone or something that causes that tingle to feel a bit icky… this particular episode with Bill Maher is one i’ve watched a number of times because it just makes me think heavily and sadly to be honest…

A little background: Bill Maher is an atheist of some sort (he says that he’s not an atheist, but that he just doesn’t know who or what or [fill in the blank] God is), a left-wing liberal fanatic by many counts, and he’s also a comedian with his own late night politically charged talk show on HBO… Oh, yeah, and he just recently released Religulous, a documentary that finds him travelling the globe in efforts to prove that anyone who believes in any organized religion is an idiot… (i’ll ignore the obvious argument that everyone – even atheists – believe in some form of religion, whether they admit it or not and focus on this particular interview)…

Maher sticks around for two segments of the show, giving him a full twelve minutes of airtime to promote his movie and share his philosophies… he begins discussing politics and the debates and how Sen. Obama has been too “professorial” in addressing Sen. McCain and suggesting a more irreverent approach… and then they dive into the topic of a split between the “progressive, European nation” and the “Sarah Palins of the world,” a “stupid, red-neck nation”…

He continues to note that 60% of Americans believe that the Noah’s Ark account happened literally as it is detailed in the Bible… and that Scientology is no weirder or crazier than Christianity… it’s just that we’ve grown accustomed to it… he jokingly retold the Christ story, picking up especially on how difficult it is to understand the concept of the Trinity…

Jon Stewart steps in as interviewer and asks if a belief in “such myths” is innate to our human condition because it provides comfort and fills our needs… “at a great price” replies Maher, launching into an explanation of how “these books” like the Bible were written at a time when no one understood much about the universe and that “it was forgiveable to make up such myths and stories”… of course, now that we’re much more progressive and sophisticated in our knowlege of science and such, it’s not forgivable and Maher mentions how scary it is that we may have a Vice President who “believes in the Bible literally”…

and that’s how the first segment was ended and that’s where it got even more intriguing… this seems to be a long walk for the payoff (my overall point) but it’s coming…

Segment Two: Maher mentions that he’s just asking questions and not passing judgement, but that “religious people know so little about religion”… apparently, his claim is that he just doesn’t think anyone should have certainty about anything… he complains that God doesn’t ever reveal himself directly to people to clear the air of misconceptions that surround religion (which reveals a lot about his own skepticism) and then comes the part that really stood out to me…

Jon Stewart, steering the conversation asks if it’s possible to compartmentalize these religious beliefs so as not to, i guess, ruin your ability to be effective leaders or whatever… and he mentions that Sarah Palin is very religious and that Barack Obama is a very religious person

You can almost see the hackles rise as Maher responds that he’s not certain the Sen. Obama is actually a really religious person… “He of course has to say he is, because he’s running for President of the United Stupid of America. . . but I hope he’s lying…” there’s a lot to unpack there but i’ll finish the segment first… Maher mentions that he doesn’t have a problem with people who lie about religious beliefs, just those who actually believe it…

Now here’s the rub… and where i came up with the headline up there… Maher has a problem with people of faith because, in his opinioin, they’re disillusioned… he doesn’t have a problem with people who lie about their faith, however, because they’re just deceitful… so, in Bill Maher’s world, it’s better to have a leader who is deceitful than one who is disillusioned… okay, but if you follow and believe in a leader who is deceitful (and, therefore cannot be trusted), does that not make you disillusioned?… and if you’re disillusioned, then you are, of course, an idiot… gotta hate it when logic runs its course and comes back to bite you…

Anyway, in all honesty, i feel sorry for Bill Maher and the ever-growing number of others who are like him… it hurts to hear statements like the ones that were shared here and it hurts even more knowing that they are sentiments that are held quite closely…

PENCIL’S DOWN

time’s up and i’m moving on… i don’t think i’ve posted anything new at theTRu since last time, but there are a lot of irons in the fire right now, so stay tuned…

peace… love… bdg…

general15 Oct 2008 04:58 pm

So, i’m trying something new again… trying to organize my thoughts a bit more and perhaps make things flow a little smoother from grey matter to fingers, from keys to screen… hopefully it’ll make things a bit easier to read as well… today, and perhaps going forward, i’ll be taking the idea of blog sections even further and breaking everything up into major categories such as TV, Movies, Music, Sports, Politics, etc… hopefully, it will allow me to focus on one thing per topic and one topic per post (for the most part) in an effort to move things along a little easier… anyway, let’s get started…

TV/RELIGION/POLITICS: BILL MAHER IS AN IDIOT (BY HIS OWN LOGIC)
to the tune of Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Well, i tend to enjoy The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from time to time, probably more than i should, but that’s another topic… and from time to time, it tweaks my conscience or the dark side of my funny bone or something that causes that tingle to feel a bit icky… this particular episode with Bill Maher is one i’ve watched a number of times because it just makes me think heavily and sadly to be honest…

A little background: Bill Maher is an atheist of some sort (he says that he’s not an atheist, but that he just doesn’t know who or what or [fill in the blank] God is), a left-wing liberal fanatic by many counts, and he’s also a comedian with his own late night politically charged talk show on HBO… Oh, yeah, and he just recently released Religulous, a documentary that finds him travelling the globe in efforts to prove that anyone who believes in any organized religion is an idiot… (i’ll ignore the obvious argument that everyone – even atheists – believe in some form of religion, whether they admit it or not and focus on this particular interview)…

Maher sticks around for two segments of the show, giving him a full twelve minutes of airtime to promote his movie and share his philosophies… he begins discussing politics and the debates and how Sen. Obama has been too “professorial” in addressing Sen. McCain and suggesting a more irreverent approach… and then they dive into the topic of a split between the “progressive, European nation” and the “Sarah Palins of the world,” a “stupd, red-neck nation”…

He continues to note that 60% of Americans believe that the Noah’s Ark account happened literally as it is detailed in the Bible… and that Scientology is no weirder or crazier than Christianity… it’s just that we’ve grown accustomed to it… he jokingly retold the Christ story, picking up especially on how difficult it is to understand the concept of the Trinity…

Jon Stewart steps in as interviewer and asks if a belief in “such myths” is innate to our human condition because it provides comfort and fills our needs… “at a great price” replies Maher, launching into an explanation of how “these books” like the Bible were written at a time when no one understood much about the universe and that “it was forgiveable to make up such myths and stories”… of course, now that we’re much more progressive and sophisticated in our knowlege of science and such, it’s not forgivable and Maher mentions how scary it is that we may have a Vice President who “believes in the Bible literally”…

and that’s how the first segment was ended and that’s where it got even more intriguing… this seems to be a long walk for the payoff (my overall point) but it’s coming…

Segment Two: Maher mentions that he’s just asking questions and not passing judgement, but that “religious people know so little about religion”… apparently, his claim is that he just doesn’t think anyone should have certainty about anything… he complains that God doesn’t ever reveal himself directly to people to clear the air of misconceptions that surround religion (which reveals a lot about his own skepticism) and then comes the part that really stood out to me…

Jon Stewart, steering the conversation asks if it’s possible to compartmentalize these religious beliefs so as not to, i guess, ruin your ability to be effective leaders or whatever… and he mentions that Sarah Palin is very religious and that Barack Obama is a very religious person

You can almost see the hackles rise as Maher responds that he’s not certain the Sen. Obama is actually a really religious person… “He of course has to say he is, because he’s running for President of the United Stupid of America. . . but I hope he’s lying…” there’s a lot to unpack there but i’ll finish the segment first… Maherr mentions that he doesn’t have a problem with people who lie about religious beliefs, just those who actually believe it…

Now here’s the rub… and where i came up with the headline up there… Maher has a problem with people of faith because, in his opinioin, they’re disillusioned… he doesn’t have a problem with people who lie about their faith, however, because they’re just deceitful… so, in Bill Maher’s world, it’s better to have a leader who is deceitful than one who is disillusioned… okay, but if you follow and believe in a leader who is deceitful (and, therefore cannot be trusted), does that not make you disillusioned?… and if you’re disillusioned, then you are, of course, an idiot… gotta hate it when logic runs its course and comes back to bite you…

Anyway, in all honesty, i feel sorry for Bill Maher and the ever-growing number of others who are like him… it hurts to hear statements like the ones that were shared here and it hurts even more knowing that they are sentiments that are held quite closely…

PENCIL’S DOWN

time’s up and i’m moving on… i don’t think i’ve posted anything new at theTRu since last time, but there are a lot of irons in the fire right now, so stay tuned…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&front page&inTRuviews&SPORTS11 Oct 2008 11:02 pm

Well, this is a last minute, mad dash entry because i was working on something and it took a lot longer than i expected it to and it’s Saturday and i don’t like to work on Saturday, but i’m checking in with my weekly football picks and whatnot… i’ll try again to get on some sort of schedule next week… anyway, off we go…

GRIDIRON MADNESS

to the tune of All Star – Smash Mouth

So, i was a fair 8-6 last week bringing my totals up to 42-32… not too bad… and, i managed to win out in both fantasy leagues… and, i expect to do the same this week as well… i’ve definitely hit a number of snags along the way, but it’s been a steady course… now on to the picks for this week…

Bears, Dolphins, Colts, Vikings

Saints, Jets, Panthers, Redskins

Jags, Cards, Eagles, Packers

Chargers and Giants

I’m actually glad that the Bills have the week off as it will give Trent Edwards some time to keep the cobwebs from reforming in his head… i’m looking forward to watching both the Skins game and the Colts game, but i think that the dramatic early games will be the Panthers/Bucs and the Bears/Falcons games and the late afternoon games go to Cowboys/Cards and Packers/Seahawks… once again, Sunday Night trumps Monday Night and to be honest, i haven’t watched a single Monday Night game this year, mainly because the schedule doesn’t work out, but also because the matchups have been so very poor…

hopefully next week, i’ll get a chance to share my updated hierarchy of teams for which i will root…

ON OUR WAY

oh yeah, so what i was working on is a splendid little inTRuview with Matt Bronleewe… check it out, yo…

peace… love… bdg…

general11 Oct 2008 11:00 pm

Well, this is a last minute, mad dash entry because i was working on something and it took a lot longer than i expected it to and it’s Saturday and i don’t like to work on Saturday, but i’m checking in with my weekly football picks and whatnot… i’ll try again to get on some sort of schedule next week… anyway, off we go…

GRIDIRON MADNESS
to the tune of All Star – Smash Mouth

So, i was a fair 8-6 last week bringing my totals up to 42-32… not too bad… and, i managed to win out in both fantasy leagues… and, i expect to do the same this week as well… i’ve definitely hit a number of snags along the way, but it’s been a steady course… now on to the picks for this week…

Bears, Dolphins, Colts, Vikings
Saints, Jets, Panthers, Redskins
Jags, Cards, Eagles, Packers
Chargers and Giants

I’m actually glad that the Bills have the week off as it will give Trent Edwards some time to keep the cobwebs from reforming in his head… i’m looking forward to watching both the Skins game and the Colts game, but i think that the dramatic early games will be the Panthers/Bucs and the Bears/Falcons games and the late afternoon games go to Cowboys/Cards and Packers/Seahawks… once again, Sunday Night trumps Monday Night and to be honest, i haven’t watched a single Monday Night game this year, mainly because the schedule doesn’t work out, but also because the matchups have been so very poor…

hopefully next week, i’ll get a chance to share my updated hierarchy of teams for which i will root…

ON OUR WAY

oh yeah, so what i was working on is a splendid little inTRuview with Matt Bronleewe… check it out, yo…

peace… love… bdg…

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