Romney-Ryan 2012.Do I really I need to say anything? Do I really need to say what I think about Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan as his VP pick. You guys have known me long enough of what i think about that con man. Look Paul Ryan is a slimy piece of shit and I don't need to go into further detail to tell you what I think of him. I mean his budget plan is a contradiction since it makes massive cuts on welfare programs but also cuts taxes for the richest people. I mean to be fair I would be okay with cuts if it means cutting deficits, but it adds to the deficit when you cut revenue. Anyway my thoughts, well to be quite honest... I think Romney improved his chances of winning. Yeah yeah go boo me. But listen, the reason I say this is because the GOP base doesn't really like Romney that much since he is not considered "Conservative" enough. So what Ryan does is excite the GOP base because they feel that Ryan will be that voice and if something bad happens to Romney, they feel confident that a "True conservat
Canaan Part 1Canaan Part 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
In the beginning the gods and I decided to create other beings. We debated on how they should act, how their mortality is handled, and in what conditions can they live. Each god was given an assignment on what to handle. Of course I gave everyone their duties and led the order of creation. The creation began with the formation of the Earth but was formless and empty.
El: Let there be light!!! It looks good. Now I will form darkness and it will be separate from the light. The light shall be called day and the Dark will be called night. We will create more as the days pass since it will set a precedent of time for our creation. Each day will repeat to create order.
Baal: Father, we must create land and water so there will be livable space for these beings. If you expect order then we must do this.
El: You are right my son. This will be done in the second day. Gather the other gods so we may create all of these living beings.
And so the first day passed. A very short day to be honest. Loo
Note to Fundamentalist ChristiansI do respect the individual right you have to believe in whatever you want and the individual right to exercise that belief.Note to Fundamentalist Christians4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
But it doesn't mean:
- I'm obligated to share your beliefs and to live accordingly to the outdated medieval dogmas of your religion;
- I'm obligated to respect your religion unconditionally (which I don't)
We have to respect people (only when they deserve our respect; in my opinion respect is a both way street and it's not supposed to be given unconditionally on a silver platter); ideas on the other hand exist to be questioned, criticized, refuted, etc. If you feel personally offended because we dare to question and criticize your religion well...tough.
Canaan: PrologueCanaan: Prologue3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
My name is El. I am the god of the Canaanites, or at least I was. Many of you have forgotten about me because my son betrayed me. Of course all of you know my son as he is worshiped my many. You may know him as I am, I am Who I am, Yahweh, Jehovah, The Lord, The God of Israel, or simply God. So how did I end up here. I had wife named Asherah who was the most beautiful being in existence and had a total of 70 children. We lived peacefully but I felt at the time that we should create other beings since we thought that since we had the power, why not use it to make something good. Of course you all know the story and how it went bad. I can't say that I'm completely blameless since I didn't stop these things from happening. Unlike my son, I don't claim to be all powerful or all knowing. Well this is my story...
The Way of the CrossThe Way of the Cross: ReflectionThe Way of the Cross4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"If anyone wishes to follow me, let him take up his own cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9:23).
It is not a matter of attaining perfection and following Christ. We all have our burdens and crossesand we may choose to bear them or succumb to them.
Rather than a prideful march after Him it is a slow procession. The addict, the liar, the angry, and the weak follow after Him. It is a royal procession of poor souls. Christ fell under the weight of sin and we do alsowe both are made painfully aware of the crippling effect of sin. Yet He rose, so we also must rise if we are to follow Him.
Some fall a few times, others fall often. As we journey, the vice itself (or vices) is the cross. The weight of that cross, that weight which, as time progresses, grinds us into the earth, is shame and fear. Christ conquered by carrying His cross and reaching his final destination. He did so despite the taunts and ridicule he endured"let him save himself" they
Error in Reading the BibleWhere do errors arise in biblical interpretation?Error in Reading the Bible4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The first is misreading the text, the second is misunderstanding the context, and the third is not reading that section in light of the whole of that section.
The fourth is forgetting who it addresses--that is to say (allegorically) people of a certain heart or disposition.
The fifth is seeing these words distinct from a life that has been lived.
The sixth is to see the Old Testament without considering and making it separate from Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and to see the New as separate from Christ's example.
The seventh is to see the Old Testament radically distinct from the New--what does Christ cast aside, what does He fulfill, and what does He do in His life?
We, first of all, are so easily lead into error. Furthermore, the impious, atheistic, agnostic, lukewarm, and indifferent will never read the Scriptures accurately. This does not mean the words are inaccessible; it is q
Common abrahamic excuses that hold little waterCommon abrahamic excuses that hold little water4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"God gaves us free will, ergo it's pur own fault": Except that the Bible nor the Qu'ran put emphasis on free will. Hell, this excuse is so very recent, that, until a few centuries ago, the idea that God had absolute control over our lives was very popular.
"Its our fault; Adam and Eve's sin created evil, not God!": If you have read Genesis, you'll know this is bullshit (Hell, even Yahweh admits he created evil!). Likewise, at no point is the first sin ever considered a "Pandora's Box" situation.
"God is goodness incarnate! Evil is against his nature!":...have you even read the Bible? Yahweh is also considered to not be goodness incarnate until the NT and Qu'ran; in the OT, he is treated as a Lawful Neutral agent.
"Your're putting everything out of context!": Considering I actually bother to read the Bible/Qu'ran, while you only cherry pick passages your pastor dictates...
"He died for your sins! You should be grateful!":
1- His sacrifice was pointless, He only rescued saints from Sheol
Statement of an unbelieverReligion: The poison in your ear?Statement of an unbeliever4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
On May 1st 2007, the late Christopher Hitchens released the book "God is not great: How religion poisons everything". Judging by his writings, the title was not just a sensationalist attempt at increasing sales, but the genuine sentiment of its author. Having immersed myself in the subject of religion contra reality, the influence it has, I lean towards Hitchens' side- religion appears harmful to me, doing more ill than good to society at large.
Religion is, in the world at large, probably the greatest yoke any country, civilization or ethnicity faces when trying to progress, to move forwards. It creates division, isolation between groups, inspires hate where there would be none before. Religion narrows the mind. It creates division, clouds judgment and endorses intolerance. To quote Richard Dawkins: "I oppose religion... because it teaches people to be satisfied with an incomplete explanation of how the world works."
In March 2009, Pope Benedic
Problem of EvilOne of the most well-known arguments against the existence of the monotheistic god is the Problem of Evil. For those who don't know, I'll explain it to you:Problem of Evil4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Premise 1: God is omnipotent, and is therefore able to prevent evil from existing without any effort.
Premise 2: God is omniscient, and therefor knows that evil exists and how to prevent it.
Premise 3: God is omnibenevolent, so he wouldn't allow his creations to suffer pointlessly, more than others, or at all.
Premise 4: God exists.
Conclusion: Evil does not exist.
Let's assume that all 4 premises are correct. You'll notice that while the conclusion logically follows from the premises, it does not fit with reality. Every day, millions of people are suffering from diseases, injuries, starvation, acts of violence and so on. Since the conclusion follows logically from the premises, but does not fit with the reality, one of the premises must be false. We can draw 4 possible conclusions from this:
1. God can't prevent evil, and is there
EchoesBy some amazing cosmic chain of events, humans are priveleged with thoughtEchoes4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
but we make sure to kill as much of that as we can early on,
so all that's left is an aimless concentration of emotion and confusion,
and we're completely ignorant of what caused it.
our inability to face up to our own meaninglessness-
it's beautiful, actually, if people would just give it credit-
and our subsequent coping devices
and tradition (fuck you)
anything that will pat a person on the head
and say "don't worry, we have the answers"
These things, they mutilate everything beautiful and sacred about the mind and soul.
We condone all of this; resign ourselves to it; forget about it;
not realizing that we're
any chance we had for true thought and feeling, we're
our time, we're
and we just smile and say "six o'clock again ALREADY?"
It makes me
to think that in a couple of minutes, I,
just like everyone else,
am going to, fumi
Bigs and LittlesBigs and LittlesBigs and Littles5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The foggy skies thinned and the smallest, most remote island of the Faroe chain materialized into visibility.
"This looks good, buddy."
Hiccup focused on commanding the muscles of his thigh and knee to bank left in a wide, downward spirala task that once fell to his ankle.
The dragon-human pair landed atop the mossy earth with a fluidity Hiccup feared they would never regain after the Nest-Incident. It helped that they practiced daily, both trying to adapt to the new, less-controlled pulley system of the tailfin.
The boy hopped from the saddle, concentrating the majority of his weight on his right leg to minimize the impact to his left, and looked around. Perhaps the obscurity of the brume had misdirected him to a new island, because he didn't recall Mykines ever having this much forest available.
Hiccup didn't rightly care if this was Mykines or not. He didn't care if he ended up in Vinland. He just needed to ge
A Viking in New RomeWhen a man is cursed with the impossible combination of immortality and humanity, sooner or later he's going to run into a few demigods.A Viking in New Rome3 years ago in Humor More Like This
A PJO/HTTYD drabble.
Percy cringed. He froze mid-step with his foot hovering inches over the Pomerian Line circling New Rome’s city.
Terminus had literally just materialized in front of him in a sudden, sulfurous pop of yellow smoke that left the demigod's lungs burning. The statue looked much like he always did: armless, stone curls wound tight against his head, and a disapproving scowl on his face.
Percy gingerly put his weight back outside the city safe zone.
“Sorry,” he muttered and immediately reached into his pocket for Riptide. He could hear Frank and Hazel rustle behind him for their own weapons. Percy cast an apologetic look back to the man they were supposed to be escorting into the city and gestured with a no
AttentionMisha found America agreeable, for the most part there was the Boston traffic, but it wasn't as bad as Moscow's, and the food was overly rich and too abundant. But the people of the city were positively warm compared to the Spartan attitudes he knew, he hadn't had a single dollar stolen from him, and the university kids couldn't keep their eyes off of him. Not even the boys. He'd heard catcalls walking by a gathering of young men, the kind he'd learned to call "bros." It was his hair, maybe, or the way stubble refused to show on his face: in America, you could be anything other people wanted you to be, it seemed.Attention4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He told Sasha about it on the phone, who laughed at him. "You're getting a big head. The Americans are gawking at you because you don't look like them."
"I don't think that's it." Misha took a handful of almonds and threw them in his mouth. He knew Sasha would doubt him he always did, dwelling in what he called his "nativist cynicism." It didn't seem to involve m
Response to arrogant stupidity part 1Response to arrogant stupidity part 14 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"-One of the teachings of Wicca is reincarnation. But there is no evidence in support of reincarnation. There is no way to prove it exists."
There is no way to prove Heaven either, dumbass. Also, at least reincarnation makes sense for two reasons:
- It is a common belief in even christian derived traditions, so it's prevalence is indicative that it is more likely to be real than Heaven.
- On a scientific point of view, the body is scattered after death, so why not the soul? Only some abrahamic cults believe in a soul that is immortal; all other religions believe the soul can be fragmented, can be wounded. Seeing as how the soul is consistently depicted as not being a distinct entity from the body, it makes more sense.
"-How do you know the gods and goddesses of Wicca exist? Can you prove it?
-The Christian God has evidence to prove Him (see artist description). "
First, Wicca believes in two essencial deities; everything else is an aspect of them. The Bible its
Atheism: the truthRecently I have gotten into a number of arguments with atheists about whether atheism is or is not a religion. Whereas I claim that it exhibits a number of characteristics that also define religions, they vehemently and vociferously oppose me, claiming ardently that atheism is the absence of religion, belief or faith. After fuming and pacing for a while, I decided to prove my case once and for all.Atheism: the truth5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
We'll start with what atheism is not. I commented on a video on YouTube in reply to a user who said they had subscribed to this particular channel, but then unsubscribed upon hearing the host say, "Atheism is [ ] a religion". My response to this comment was that "atheism is a set of beliefs that fundamentally affect the lives of its subscribers." Another user replied with a "correction" as follows: "[It's] actually the lack of belief. An atheist would believe in something only when there is proof and when there is proof [it's] no longer a belief. [The] reason [it's] not a religion is be
Who ever said . . .Who said an angel is beautiful?Who ever said . . .5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I'm not one to be left breathless at the sight of a pair of feathered white wings. If I was, I would never manage to look at the sky, for fear of suffocating while catching the glimpse of a seagull.
I am not one to be awed at yellow hair. If I was, I would have dyed mine years ago. No, blond hair is nothing special, just a particular reflection of white light. Nothing special. Even the faulty humans are able to claim what angels have.
A large white dress with lots of frills and bows sounds overdone to me. If you can go to a wedding and comment on the brides dress as being hideous, how can you then look at an angels dress with longing? And think, for a moment, of practicality. Surely the weight of so much material would have an effect on those "magnificent" wings and thats putting aside the affects of the weather and seasons.
Who said an angel was pure?
They seem to have conveniently forgotten those that fell. A prime example? Well, that would have to be
Five Words That Always LieThis is the absolute truth.Five Words That Always Lie7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Why is There a God?Why is there a God?Why is There a God?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
What makes Him there?
Why is he powerful?
Why does he care?
What if God is evil,
Everything bad you see?
With all the evil here,
It's not far-fetched to me.
What if God is weak,
And just trying his best?
Every bit of evil,
Is him failing his test.
What if God is lonely,
And wishes he could talk?
Envies the humans,
That on Earth walk.
What if God is uncaring,
More important things to do?
He isn't at all worried,
What happens to you.
What if God is overwhelmed,
With everything he knows?
He tries to block it out,
Ignoring where it goes.
What if God is sleeping,
And will wake up late?
Soon he'll realize,
This effect on fate.
What if God is focused,
And can't see the world?
Too busy helping,
The praying little girl.
What if God isn't real,
And your religion is fake?
I have to wonder,
What difference it would make.
Cretaceous Roulette, part 1Cretaceous Roulette, part 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was true, the van was nowhere near as flashy as a DeLorean, and Stephanie was sure that someone was going to point it out. New employees were always disappointed when they learned this, and there were two new employees today.
Stephanie was standing in the cavernous garage, listening to the approaching sound of two sets of footsteps in the corridor outside. Clay and Cerie Jackson had been hired in a hurry, because for the past month her group had only contained four people, and it needed six before they could set out on their next expedition. She had not yet met either of them, but there were certain things about them that she already knew, the most obvious being that they were somehow related because they had the same last name. The footsteps paused for a moment, as Clay and Cerie rounded a corner and entered the garage. Stephanie sized them up.
Clay and Cerie wore matching Hawaiian T-shirts, cargo shorts, brand-new white sneakers, and a pair of those hats which used to be worn
Our Universe - Tony Stark/Iron ManOur Universe - Tony Stark/Iron Man3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"What did you saw up there?
- I said : What did you saw up there? When you send the missile in space.
Tony Stark turns to his colleague, Bruce Banner, Aka The Hulk, aka the Awesome Big Green Thing. The Man of Iron doesn't know how to respond and, he wasn't really sure of what he had experiment with.
"I've saw eternity and the unlimited universe before my eyes. It's just like I was nothing and everything at the same time, full and empty. I've sensed the limit of my own existence and my death near me. It was weird and magic, dark and full of color. I don't know how to describe it. In fact, I think we can't describe it. You have to see, to feel it for comprehend."
The man has said his tirade with a voice shaking by the emotion.
"M'sorry. I didn't mean to be so...But if only you see it. The beauty of our universe."
ScalesSo this stranger decided he knewScales5 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
What my beliefs were based on my t-shirt
And they were this; it was obvious
I believe that a fetus is not a human
Like I believe a seed is not a tree
And I told him that, regardless,
Of my emotional response towards potential trees
It doesn't actually matter, about the stages of brain development,
About fingernails and when they start to form
About lungs and their ability to perform
their functions without assistance from their host
because I am not a host
I am more than potential
I am viable and fully formed
My organs are fully functioning
With no assistance from umbilical cords
Because I am not an incubator
And maybe you need your scales fixed
If they can weigh something the size of my fist
as heavier than my existence
when I have two
raised in the air
and screaming into megaphones
or silent prayers in women's homes
that my body does not belong
to this law or that god
I am dodging the draft of
reproduction of your workforce