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Things that piss me off

Posted in rants, religion with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2014 by hendu

When a small thing gets blown up into something bigger because someone in power feels the need to interject themselves.

I saw two things like that this morning.  The 1st involved UCONN’s new running back coach and the comments he made in the Hartford Courant.  Here is a link to the article.

Now, I’m not a religious person.  I do believe that Jesus Christ existed but I don’t believe he’s the son of god.  Again, I’d rather not get started on a religious tirade.  I see nothing wrong with what the football coach said.  That’s his beliefs and I don’t think he’s pushing any religion on anyone.  In his terms, I think he’s talking about a higher power that kids need to believe and trust in.  Lets not forget that he came from Notre Dame, a fairly big catholic school.  UCONN is a public school and the President doesn’t want any university employee to push religion on kids.  Well, I looked through their course catalog this morning and they have classes that teach about Hindu and Jewish faiths and cultures.  So, the school can offer classes in other religions and cultures, but your football coach can’t bring up his?  Seems strange to me.  One counterpoint to that was brought up this morning that a football or athletic field isn’t an educational  setting and he’s not a teacher.  I couldn’t disagree with that sentiment more.  I think one of the best places for any person to learn is on the sports field and from really good coaches.  There is so much that they can offer in real life teachings that you can’t get from a book.  UCONN hired these men to lead their football team and it’s football players.  I say let them do what you hired them to do and if one of the way he gets through to his players is the teachings of the bible, then so be it.  Kids are smart enough to filter out what they don’t need and to take the meaning of teachings as it applies to them.

Wanna hear something even more ridiculous?  A bunch of US Senators are bashing the Golden Globes for “glamorizing” the use of cigarettes.  Yep, this is exactly why we elected these guys, to bash a hollywood award show over a skit where grown-ups are smoking a fake cigarette.  boy, there must be nothing else for these guys to do.  That whole immigration thing is solved, the budget is balanced, gun control is figured out and the debt is erased.  I mean all the big stuff must be settled for them to focus on this.  C’mon guys, I am as anti-smoking as the next guy but lets use some common sense here.  These are adults on a movie award show having fun and making fun of the movie industry.  Lets not get all high ‘n’ mighty now Senators.  Learn to pick your battles a little better.  Is this really about the message it’s sending?  One, how many kids are up watching  and two do you think these kids are now running out today because Julia Louis Dreyfuss took a drag of a fake, water vapor cigarette.  I don’t think you give kids these days enough credit.  How bout you guys in Washington try to focus on the bigger issues like trying not to run our country into the ground, thanks.

OK, I’m done.

Humpday Convo: Creation or Evolution

Posted in Wednesday Questions with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by hendu

This has been a the cause of a lively debate on my Facebook page the past couple days.  Which belief is more believable?  Did Man evolve from other creatures over a span of millions of years or was he created in God’s vision a few thousand years ago?

Each side has its passionate followers.  I think this will become an interesting topic at some point during this election cycle.  Rick Perry wants both taught in public schools.  One theory based on ancient writings on based on scientific research.  Myself, I believe in evolution.  I find it tough to wrap my head around man just appearing on Earth and women being formed from a rib.  We are still evolving creatures and I think that stems from us forming from little cells through monkey’s and into man.

I’d love to hear what side my readers fell on. 

 

Brace Yourself

Posted in 2012 election with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by hendu

Or not.  Yesterday I wrote about how scary a candidate Rick Perry can be.  Well, my old college roommate and a good friend of mine was kind enough to read and respond in kind.  Just to give you a back story, he is a staunch Republican and a proud officer in the Army and no, this is not the first time we’ve gotten into a disagreement about religion and politics.  Here is our back and forth on Facebook the past couple hours:

 Justin: Jay, your absolutely right. What we need is more of the left “kind of crazy.”. We can all live off the government. Wait, I know your worried about funding that so let’s vote more Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosi in and finally get the tax code right. You know, only the top 10% earners should really pay taxes because they are evil for making money and because it’s a God given right to have the US Government take care of you (wait, I can’t say God).
This way every kid can get his PHD paid for by the people and not work a day in his life. It will be great, Social Security for all at the age of 21(except the top 10% because we need “someone” to pay taxes).
You, and the others who think your way, have got to realize you give the President and Congress to much power. Do you really think our government creates jobs? Businesses create jobs. If Americans would quite waiting for the government to fix their lives they might be able to find a job and if government would just leave the private sector alone jobs may be created.
Back to your original point, the scary Gov Perry. Your facts are wrong on Gov Perry’s role in Texas. Texas has the fastest growing state economy for the last two years. As for praying, what is wrong with that? I mean really. Since when does freedom of religion not apply to a gov? Just because he is elected does he give up his right to practice his religion? Every time I go into combat I say a prayer. Does that bother you? Actually, every day I say a prayer for you, each American and my government. Does that somehow equal a inability to make sound decisions on my part?
Do you not realize that without Christianity the idea of the USA would be impossible? If you cant grasp that we’ll save that for another day.
Wake up brother. Rather than restating what you heard from Keith Olberman last night turn off the TV, spend time with you family and give your boss 100% tomorrow and quite blaming Washington for everything. 
    • Justin: Realized I left a few more things out. Let’s get back to education. It amazes me that we hold the governor responsible for the SAT scores of our kids. In the 12 years of education I had before taking the SAT I never once sat through a class taught by the Governor of Pa. Now, I did sleep through a few Chemistry classes (probably why i got poor grades in that class) that he could have made a surprise visit to. Between you and me I think ill teach my kids that i didn’t do well in Chemistry because the governor wasn’t to good. This way I don’t have to take responsibility for my actions back then. Let’s not forget the teachers. I am sure all the good governors are holding meeting and teacher conference calls with them every day, otherwise he just wouldn’t be doing a good job. So, I guess now the teachers are off the hook for any responsibility to teach. Thank god because the unions are worried we are going to hold them accountable. With your logic whenever a student fails to learn or a teacher fails to teach the only person to blame is the Governor. Let’s get to firing these governors!I am glad you brought up abortion. Using your stance I am unfit to serve in a public office because I am against abortion. But with the same argument I say you are unfit to serve because you are for it. During the civil rights movement it took a lot of protest and courage by a lot of people to change the laws of this nation to grant the same right to minorities as the majority enjoyed. Those that felt African Americans didn’t deserve the same rights thought anyone who disagreed was wrong and didn’t want them to serve. Those on Dr King’s side said they needed to keep pushing the issue until a change happened. I am sure glad he did. Even without religion I can say that life begins at conception. I saw my little boy at 16 weeks old and that was clearly a human. I truly believe that a nation who chooses to not protect it’s children will not survive. It is wrong that we allow people to kill a fetus but yet we send a person to jail for fighting dogs. Don’t misunderstand me, I do not believe in fighting dogs but how cam we say we are more civilized than our ancestors when we slaughter our children in the name of women’s rights?

      Lastly, gay marriage. I think you and I agree here. I say let them all marry. But I don’t want to stop there. Cause if two guys or two girls can marry then surly two guys and a girl can marry. Or better two girls, and a guy can marry. That’s still not far enough. I want first cousins to marry and have a lot of kids so that they can likely have to live off the state due to the medical issues.

      You see, in my world there are boundaries and responsibilities. Just because I can do something doesn’t mean it’s right. I challenge you to read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. If your not afraid to challenge yourself and your beliefs.

      As always Jay, wish you the best and appreciate the chat. Love ya like a brother.

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    • Jason HendryWell, that’s a lot to process at 3:45 but let me come back at ya: I never said it was the Governor’s fault for awful sat #’s but, the numbers fell under his watch. As the governor of the state, in theory he is in charge of hiring the right people for the education system. Obviously, something ain’t working and there was nothing done to change that. Of course this could go back to no child left behind, but that’s a whole other issue. We’ll never agree on abortion. I saw my daughter at the same time period and while it was cool, I wasn’t attached to her yet. What I saw was a fetus and thats that. Now I would do anything to protect her, but at 16 weeks or whenever I didn’t feel that way. I fully believe if two people love each other, than let them marry. Let them adopt kids and raise them in a loving family. I’ve seen and done too many stories about kids left for dead, abused, malnourished by “traditional” families. You were slightly over the top on the three-some and cousins point btw….
    • Jason HendryHey, if Warren Buffet, perhaps one of the smartest men in the world, believes that eraners like him need to pay more in taxes, why argue with him. I pay a higher percentage of tax than millionaires and billionaires do. How is that fair? I have no problem paying taxes, it is part of my duty and responsibility as an american citizen. If I was lucky enough to be that rich, then I would expect to pay more taxes. This is an issue that goes back ten years to Bush II. His tax cuts are still in effect and that’s flat out wrong. I understand where job creation comes from and it is never right to have the government as the biggest employer(same thing happening in CT). Corporations though don’t want to create jobs, they want to move jobs overseas and reap the benefits. They pay little to no taxes and take jobs away form americans, now how is that right? Yo ureally can’t lump me in and frankly I am insulted about your last statement. I despise Olbermann, he shoulda stuck to sports. I make up my own mind and views. I don’t let some talking head do it for me. I bust my ass for my boss and work two jobs most of the year to provide good things for my family. Please think more of me than that. While I may not be sacrificing myself for my country, I take my job no less serious than you. I love what I do and throw myself headfirst into it every day. I have never asked for a handout. I love working. I am still paying for my college, I pay for my house and car. I have never got a government hand out. Back to Perry, his job numbers are inflated because of the oil industry booming and part-time jobs(from Time Magazine). I have no issues with how people pray, just don’t bring it into my life. His answer to a drought was a weekend of pray. Not trying to figure out ways to control water uses or subsadies for farmers stricken by a record drought, but prayer and making a public declaration for it. (seperation of church and state is a suggestion i guess). Hell pray to a chicken for all i care. It doesn’t matter to me but I don’t want to hear it. He voted in favor of teaching creationism. It concerns me that people still believe this when every scientific fact proves otherwise. I can’t look at someone who wants to lead this country in the eye if they still belive that “god” created man and a women came from his rib, that’s fairy tale stuff.
    • Jason HendryThanks for reading though. We’ll never see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues but I am glad that we can discuss these things. You know how much love and respect I have for ya! Hope the fam’s doin good!
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      Justin: I got news for you, any person filing their income tax can ask to pay more. Yep, at the end of the year you can write a bigger check to Uncle Sam and he will cash it. Hmmm, I wonder why Warren doesn’t do that? The progressive tax is flawed. Why do 46% of people here not have to pay anything? The Flat Tax or a National Sales tax would be better, fairer and we could get rid of a whole section of government. Actually, I think these should replace all the personal
      Income tax and leave business taxes to a system based on profits. As for companies leaving the country, heck, I don’t blame them. When all you hear from your government is how terrible you are and you should pay more why wouldn’t you go to other countries with arms wide open to you?
      Lastly cause I got to get going to work, there is more “scientific” proof to the existence of God than against it. But, I don’t believe because some scientist told me he found a bone. I believe because I know. That may not be enough for you, but I can’t explain it any differently. I just know.
      As for evolution, that is the biggest prank ever taught to the people. Com’on man, it’s theory.
      Since Evolution is just theory, then why can’t a challengig theory be taught? Let’s teach both until either Jesus comes back or the chimps take over the world.
      You know, I took Isaac to the zoo a couple weeks ago and we saw some chimps in a cage. Right in from of us they stood up on two feet, lost their hair, and walked right out. We had lunch together and talked about life.
      Take care bro.

       
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      Scott BeaulieuAnd people sometimes ask me why I don’t like to talk about politics with friends and family…  
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    • Brian DelachThat’s a lot of stuff to read so let me just quickly dispel a couple of these points:A flat tax rate would be the most UNfair tax system imaginable. Let’s say that the flat tax rate is 10%. Let’s say I make a million dollars a year, and you make $100 a year. I have to pay $100,000 and you have to pay $10. That leaves me with $900,000 to live off of, while you get a measly $90. How do you feel about that? Wealthy people pay a higher percentage tax because they benefit the most from our capitalist system. Simple logic dictates that those who reap the most benefit from the system should also pay the most to sustain that system.

      Poor people are not profiting from capitalism, and therefore shouldn’t have to pay anything to sustain a system that doesn’t benefit them. And if you think that “entitlements” are so great, try being poor.

      As for evidence of god’s existence, there is none. Faith, by definition is “belief despite lack of evidence.”

      Whether Evolution is 100% correct as we currently understand it is irrelevant. Science (unlike religion) doesn’t have a particular agenda, apart from trying to improve man’s understanding of the universe. Evolution is real. We know this beyond any reasonable doubt, and no less than the Pope, himself, has endorsed Evolution.

      But don’t take my word for it. I defer to the greatest mind of our time: Stephen Hawking: http://www.guardian.co.uk/​science/2010/sep/02/stephe​n-hawking-big-bang-creator

      P.S. People do get paid to get their PhDs. It’s called a stipend.

      www.guardian.co.uk

      Professor argues in The Grand Design that law of gravity, rather than creator, led to Big Bang
       
    • Brian DelachAlso, Rick Perry is a nutcase. But that’s hardly surprising. Anti-intellectualism from the right is about as uncommon as a Mark Reynolds strikeout.

Out of Good Conscience

Posted in books, religion with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by hendu

My daughter loves to read.  She has us read dozens of books a day.  Sometimes we end up reading the same book over and over again.  As much as we love the fact she is so into the written word, once in a while Mom and Dad need a change.  So whenever Avery brings over a new book to read, it is always an exciting moment.  Oh Boy, a book we haven’t read 217 times.  ( I haven’t decided yet if those last two sentences are sad or a good thing, maybe it falls somewhat in between. Ahhhh, parenthood) Anyway, this was the case last night.

Avery brought over this book for me to read:  .  What seemed to be an innocent touch and feel book had quite a surprise in store for me.  As i read the first page this line completely caught me off guard:

Let’s take a walk with Tilly Bee and see what we can see. Come into the world of the Land of Milk and Honey and give God thanks for all the things that He has made that are soft and fluffy as can be.

Yep, right there plain as day, GOD.  In a children’s book.  Without any indication that this was a religious book.  Needless to say I was pissed.  Every single page had a reference to god, he is great, praise him, etc.  First off if I believed in a singular god, what’s to say it is a he.  Don’t you think it would be some asexual being?   

It may seem like an insignificant thing but to someone who doesn’t fall into the trapfalls of religion and doesn’t believe in a or any god this is a big deal.  I can’t read her something that I don’t agree with.  She will make up her own mind but I swore I wouldn’t influence her in any way, pro or con.

It just pisses me off the gaul of the author to be so in-your-face with promoting their religious beliefs without ever indicating it anywhere on the book.  I have no issue with religious children books but lets come out front with it.  What if I was to write a kids book that promoted a godless universe and sold it as a regular kids book?  I would be lambasted. 

I have come up with a solution though.  I though about giving the book away or tossing it in the garbage.  No, that seems to extreme.  Instead anytime god is mentioned, I will replace it with Larry Bird.  Then its win-win for everyone.