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How to read the News

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After reading not one, but two poorly written and researched articles about someone I know, I thought I’d write an article giving some advice to news readers everywhere. (Especially the ones that read and comment on articles in the poorly written Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.) I should put in a disclaimer: I’ve been known to do the same things I’m writing about. I’m not perfect. No one is.

1) Don’t believe everything you read. If the article quotes only one set of people and they are of the same opinion, the article is biased. The exceptions are completely fact based articles. Example, if everyone says it rained yesterday, you’re probably safe in believing that it rained.

2) Don’t believe everything you watch. Unless it says, this is the complete and unedited video, you’re probably watching a heavily edited video. If it’s edited, you’re not getting the full story. Try to find an unedited copy before taking sides.

3) Refrain from making ignorant comments when it is clear you haven’t received the whole story. And, if you must comment, try not to sound like an ignorant jackass. Have you heard of spell check? Do you understand the usage of periods and other punctuation? If not, then keep it to yourself. And, for goodness sake, read your comments out loud before submitting them.

4) Think. If something isn’t adding up, it probably isn’t true.

I think these should hold you for a while.

Something Quick

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On page 68 of Wired magazine’s December issue is a list of “Retail items most frequently targeted by crime gangs. ”
While I get the cellphones and cigarettes, I’m perplexed by the weight lost pills. Are gang members suddenly deciding they need to drop a few pounds?
“Hey, man, you getting fat, let me steal you some diet pills. We’ll fix you right up.”

That Which Leads to Hell

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This morning, I read a post on Pastor Tim Burt’s blog regarding standing firm against accepting homosexuality. First, he misquoted the Bible (I’ll be quite frank, the NLT Bible is one of the worse translations) and he included a sign about bullying. I commented on the blog and he responded, which I thought was nice. I had considered replying back, but then I thought what would God want me to do?

The answer came to me in a verse:

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Matthew 10:14 (KJV)

It occurred to me that I should let it go and instead write something positive.

There’s a lot of people out there who feel as Pastor Burt does, that homosexuals are sinners and they have to give up their evil ways to find a place at God’s table. But, that isn’t true.

Sure homosexuals commit sins, but being a homosexual isn’t a sin in and of itself. Everyone sins. In that sense, we are all sinners. And, sin is sin. Somewhere along the way to Heaven, the self-righteous have decided that homosexuality is the worse sin and the sin of all sins.

The worse thing about this whole thing is how much they believe it. Then, they indoctrinate their children into believing it and the myth grows until some poor child of God takes his own life out of despair because he’s gay.

That stops today.

Let’s do as Jesus taught and refuse to listen to the self-righteous. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to engage them, but once you realize there is no hope for them – walk away and shake the dust off your feet.

Further, spread the word. I admit sometimes I feel a little corny telling someone God Bless, but we have to show our faith. I may give my alms in private, as Jesus taught, but stand up – no, sign up to be one of His disciples and proclaim the good news to your gay brothers and sisters. Reach out to them and remind them that God loves all His children. No more of this political correctness crap – be the Christian God wants you to be.

God Bless

Show if Hands Poll – Money giving

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The Show of Hands question was: Have you ever given cash to a person on the street with a cardboard sign?

Here’s what didn’t surprise me; more Democrats and Independents said yes than Republicans. Most Republicans do their charitable giving inside church walls or at church run/sponsored events.

Here’s something that did surprise me: More men answered yes than women. 52% if the men vs 50% of the women.

And, here’s something else surprising; the higher the respondent’s income, the more likely they answered yes. Only half of the under $50,000 earners said yes, while 54% of the over $100,000 earners said yes.

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The Country has gone Crazy!

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I just saw a headline that Mississippi (or was it Missouri? In either case – a place where dumb people live) is voting on an amendment declaring a fertilized egg as a person. A PERSON! Does anyone else realize how STUPID that is? It is insane.

And, it doesn’t stop there…

The morons in the Wisconsin State Legislature have voted that you can carry a concealed weapon into the chamber. Well, that’ll never com back to bite them in the ass! ūüėõ

And, finally, if you purchased Groupon stock today in their IPO, then you’re a moron. $28.00 per share for a company that had over a $200 million loss? Based on this stock price the company is “worth” $12.8 BILLION. Heads up, jackasses, it ain’t worth shit until it turns a profit.

Whew! I feel much better now.

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American Family Association is Against Freedom of Religion

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Brian Fischer from the American Family Association has posted on his blog a call to deny building permits for Mosques anywhere in the United States.  He has posted some nearly twenty year old document claiming that this proves that Muslims want us all dead.

Well, I’m sure you know how I feel about that.

WARNING: This video has adult language in it and SHOULD NOT be viewed by the kiddies!

Turtle Mating Video

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UPDATE: The video was down, but is now back up.  Funny stuff!

Yes, another post based on someone else’s blog. ¬†I’m working on videos for next week, so stay tuned.

Anyway, I was over at Cadaver and Treacle and they have a video of a two turtles mating and one of them keeps saying WOW. ¬†I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t heard it with my own ears.

Actually, I think those are tortoises.  I had wondered how tortoises mated when I was a kid and now I know.

Think they might be a little upset when they hear what we call that position?

Yes – I ran for the gutter and jumped right in!

See you Monday!