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Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Saturday, February 05, 2005  

Coming soon to a school near you

I have to blog this even though you might have gotten it from another source because some readers may not have seen it yet.

Dutch schools are banning the display of the national flag:

Daily news paper Telegraaf now says that their are more schools who ban the Dutch flag. They write that Groene Hart Lyceum in Alphen aan den Rijn already ban the Dutch flag for nearly a year. They deny access to students who have flags on their bags or cloth. The school says they need to do this because of the new social climate. But they say prohibition is a big word, they do it in consent with the pupils...

Remember after 9/11 they tried to prevent the use of the flag in memorial services in Berkeley? This is an agenda we see throughout the Southwest by teachers and administrators to ban the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.

(This was via Peacetalk and Michelle Malkin.)

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:16 AM |

Friday, February 04, 2005  

Gigilo fights back

(Via The Corner)

Rob Schneider of Deuce Bigalow fame has done what thousands if not millions of folks would like to have done. He used some money and took down a snide, smart ass reporter of the L.A. Times in a one page ad in two show business papers. He eviscerates the reporter by turning the tables and making a complete joke of him.

I'd quote it but it's a PDF and won't let me cut and paste.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:48 AM |

Thursday, February 03, 2005  

Never met a job I didn't like

According to George Bush last night, there are simply to many jobs which I simply will not do. No sir, not for me, won't do it, not enough money in the world to pay me, I'm so far above that.

Yes, Bush insisted and I mean insisted as if he knew it was a fact of undeniable truth that there are jobs Americans will not do.

I felt like I was slapped across the face. My daughter started her working life at minimum wage as the counter clerk in a nice restaurant. She did that for quite awhile before she was advanced to the position of waitress.

I started my work life as a crew cleaning up streets and alleys in Milwaukee, then bussing dishes, washing dishes. I had a lot of jobs when I was young and few were classy. Mostly I did whatever I could to earn some money quickly. I would have picked gotten and planted beans. I wasn't too proud for anything when I needed to make a few dollars.

When I lived in Mt. Shasta there wasn't a lot of work available so you took whatever came no matter how menial.

And I suppose when I am vacuuming the floors and cleaning the toilet in my house, I am crying great gouts of tears for the humiliation of not paying some illegal alien to do it for me.

Bush's attitude is simply incredible. It is clearly a determined belief of his that Americans hate dirty work and won't do it. He has repeated this slur numerous times. I've mucked out a barn that was six inches to a foot deep in cow sh*t. For that, my friend and I got ten dollars each.

I cannot begin to describe the stench, the pockets of gas we'd open up, and the filth of cows trotting by and splashing the manure on us.

Bush also seems to think that in places where illegal aliens aren't living, the work isn't getting done since what American would clean the motel rooms, mow the lawns, build a house, or pick the fruit?

When it comes to this issue, Bush is worse than tone deaf, he is dangerous. He seems to think that American citizenship is a commodity worth selling to the sneakiest foreigner.

If there is any consolation, I suppose it is the fact that the Congress is unlikely to pass any of his initiatives regarding immigration. The Democrats would be wise to make it an issue because most Americans hate what's happening and find Bush's notion absurd and hateful.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:41 AM |

Wednesday, February 02, 2005  

Human depravity

Iraq the Model reports on the story of the terrorists kidnapping of a Down's Syndrome young man whom they used as a suicide bomber, blowing him up remotely as he was failing to complete his orders.

Omar mentions a tale of a young relative who is mentally handicapped who claimed that some men tried to kidnap him but he ran away. Omar disbelieved him until last Sunday.

There are depths of depravity which tax even the most insightful or experienced person's ability to recognize the evil doer as resembling a human being in anything except appearance.

We are dealing with a kind of pseudo-consciousness that seems nothing more than a cover for demonic animality.

Here’s an example. Last week I caught the local TV news. Something I rarely do, but there was a story of violence at a local flea market in southeastern Sacramento.

Apparently, some rival gang members were there and one stabbed another. The youths (male, Hispanic) involved were shown having been arrested and placed in the back seats of squad cars.

On the three different faces I studied, they all maintained a blank, stare ahead, grimly set jaw expression. It is the face we often see of criminals.
You could hear the wheels grinding and hear the tape running.

“Okay, I’m going to jail. But we had to do it. Enemies. Had to knife him. Would do it again. Law of the jungle. Gotta do what we gotta do. Okay. Jail. I can handle it. If I’m with my homies, no big deal. Piece of cake. I can do jail. They can’t do nothing’ to me. I don’t feel a thing. See? Not a thing. I can do time standin’ on my head. Oh yeah, jail ain’t nothing’. Get some more tattoos is all. No big deal. I can do this. Get me a good lawyer, maybe I don‘t do any time. Oh sh*t! No money. I get a PD lawyer. That means jail, for sure. I can do that. No big deal. Do what I have to. I‘ll get by. If my mom sells her car, maybe I can get a lawyer with that. But she ain‘t gonna do it. B*tch! But I can do jail if I have to. Just don‘t wanna have to. Think, man! Somebody can get me some money for a lawyer. Don‘t I know somebody?”

That’s maybe what a gang banger thinks while in handcuffs.

But a craven Islamofascist thug? What goes through his mind? Well, laughter for one thing. He thinks it’s funny as hell to send a retarded kid to blow up in a crowd of innocents. Later on they sit around laughing at how stupid that kid was, how he couldn’t even follow simple orders so they had to blow him up prematurely. Ha ha ha. And those vermin that died or were injured, good! Ha ha ha! That’ll teach ‘em. Pass that hash pipe, Mohammed.”

It’s a weird thing when men who hate God with all their might, pretend to be acting on his behalf. The depravity seems infinite and merely limited by physics and lack of opportunity.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:33 AM |

Tuesday, February 01, 2005  

Today's Homily:

(It's longer than a quote, and it quotes others in reference.)

The great fantasy storytellers C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien had a theory—that fairy tales, unlike other kinds of stories, point to things that we know, but have not yet experienced. They give us a sort of elementary language for exploring the mysteries that God has not yet revealed to us—for example, life beyond death.

Mark Moring and Jeffrey Overstreet
at Christianity Today

This is well said and explains what I've always been trying to do in my own fiction which uses fantasy to try and illustrate spiritual states and conditions such as in Brightness Springs and The White Wall.

It's what makes so much of the Bible attractive to children, or what makes the Sermon on the Mount resonate with a teenager. The experience of God and Jesus is not yet graved but the knowing template for it is already there, and the soul responds; much like Wordsworth's "my heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:59 PM |

My point exactly

Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the journal's publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Drivers talking on cell phones were 18 percent slower to react to brake lights, the new study found. In a minor bright note, they also kept a 12 percent greater following distance. But they also took 17 percent longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked. That frustrates everyone.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:30 PM |

Murders of Copts Watch

Michelle Malkin has more news from Jihadwatch here.

I don't really watch TV news anymore. Not even much Fox, although that is the channel I do watch when I need to see the news. But I'm not hearing from the blogosphere that this story is getting any coverage in national media.

Hmm, Christians declared "halal" by local imam, bound and gagged. Throats slit in Islamofascist terror mode. Perpetrators absconded to Egypt most likely. An entire network of criminals to help in the crime, and this is not news.

Oh, that's right, Michael Jackson is ever so more important.

Jihadwatch has more news here about the FBI investigating that web site which encourages murder of Christians and publishes their photos and where to find them.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:40 AM |