Archive for February, 2010

My assessment of Winter Olympic sports

February 28, 2010

I’m not really that into who wins or loses the medal count in the Winter Olympics (although I find it interesting that the BBC puts Canada at the top of the leader board because of number of golds, while ESPN puts USA at the top because of total medals. I wonder if ESPN would put USA at the top if the medal totals were switched. It seems more American to praise winners rather than top 3 finishers, doesn’t it? Americans are, after all, the ones who denigrate soccer because of the ties, right? We also don’t like soccer because the MLS doesn’t feature the best in the world, while the NBA and MLB do. So why do we even count silver and bronze medals?). But I do know what makes for good sports… (more…)

I’m sure that Ann Coulter isn’t an anorexic drag queen, but…

February 21, 2010

… once the idea crosses your mind, it’s hard not to think about it.


A note to any readers

February 21, 2010

I’ve taken a lenten break from any non-business internet. I have allowed myself to do research for my academic pursuits and read stories linked to from my Yahoo! account, but I can’t read blogs or news sources or go on facebook or work on my blog. So if it seems like I haven’t added anything in 6 weeks around the commencement of Holy Week, that is because I probably haven’t.

Still trying to understand Pat Robertson

February 15, 2010

Man, this guy is something else. I mentioned in an earlier post that Robertson has a kind of retributive theology, which is akin to a prosperity gospel. He seems to believe that the ends justify the means in a way. That is, if something bad happens, then you probably did something to deserve it. Likewise, if something good happens, then you probably did something to deserve it. Forget the various passages in the Bible, (esp. Job and Ecclesiastes, several of the prophets, and also several passages in the Gospels) that challenge that position.

Well, here he is giving aid to Charles Taylor, of all people. (more…)

Remember when Tom Tancredo suggested a civics literacy test?

February 12, 2010

Well, I think it might be a good idea for “GOP Leaders” as well, since 78% of them believe that Barack Obama is a socialist. What policies that Obama has enacted or tried to enact can be considered socialist, I wonder? It can’t be TARP, since that wasn’t his plan. Perhaps it’s health care reform, a plan that will increase numbers of people on private insurance and contains no public option. That would be ironic also since these same leaders would prefer Mitt Romney (of Romneycare) to be the Republican nominee in 2012 over any other candidate. Is it the stimulus? Well, that is a straight up Keynesian policy and Keynes wasn’t a socialist. Is it that he bailed out banks that employ millionaires but not banks that are run by people in the middle class? Are there policies I’m missing?

Or is it really that GOP leaders don’t actually understand what socialism is? (more…)

If I changed my name to Jesus, would more people listen to me?

February 10, 2010

Maybe if I moved to Nazereth, I would get even more attention. This is an absurd notion, obviously, but it seems akin to Michelle Bachmann supporting the current nation of Israel because of Genesis 12:3, which states, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

I take this verse seriously, too. I take it so seriously that I refuse to apply it to a secular nation that happens to have the same name as the theocratic nation described in the Bible. If the current state of Israel were the same state as the biblical one, wouldn’t they have a monarchy instead of a parliament with a prime minister? (more…)

One of the weirder things about “Birthers”

February 8, 2010

is their claim that Barack Obama is not an American citizen. Actually, it seems like their main claim at times. But Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American citizen. He can’t be President because he isn’t a natural born citizen. The Birthers seem to confuse the two.

But even here, I wonder if they’ve thought this through (obviously they haven’t, but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt). Let’s say that Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, just for argument’s sake. Don’t they still say that his mom is Stanley Ann Dunham? If that’s the case, then he’s an American citizen.

I know this because my daughter’s an American citizen. She actually has a little in common with Obama. One of her parents is American and her other parent is not. Despite having a foreign parent, she was born an American citizen. Also note this–to test the Birthers’ argument–she was not born in the United States. Her birth certificate shows that she was born in Scotland. And yet she is still an American citizen by birth. (more…)

The problem with politically correct language…

February 6, 2010

…is that insensitive people will just find something else to say that will mock the politically correct language. The whole Palin-Emmanuel-Limbaugh controversy highlights that Emmanuel was just using a word that used to refer to people with Down Syndrome, to which Palin took offence.

The problem is that the word does not really refer to people with Down Syndrome anymore but only used to. This means that there are other words that have emerged that are more politically correct, like “people with intellectual disabilities.” I read recently that now insensitive kids will chide each other with the term “PID”, which is an acronym for the above term. Once that becomes politically incorrect, another term will emerge that all will take advantage of. (more…)