Friday, October 09, 2015

Quote of the Day

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” ― William F. Buckley Jr.

One of my favorites.


Dear Fuckwad Øbama,

“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.” -- Thomas Paine

Read something, you idiot.

Learn someting, you idiot.

And get the fuck out of our house.


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Quote of the Day

"The left is in a perpetually state of evil insanity. Their ultimate aim appears to bring darkness, death, and destruction, where there is life, liberty, and love."

--Carol Brown

Not Scientific; Not American

This morning I heard a paid spot by "Scientific American" on the radio, explaining that the pollution created by manufacturing in China, is, in fact, the fault of...

...wait for it...

...can you guess...?

...think hard...have you got it...?

...of  course you have...


Yes. We selfish, greedy American consumers who want all that cool stuff, but don't want to pay a lot for it are the cause of WORLD POLLUTION.

Yes. That was actually their thesis. That American consumers want it ALL. And they want it all CHEAP. And have purposefully given American jobs to the Chinese to make that happen."

Yes, that's exactly what they implied: That America's consumers had made the conscious decision to destroy the manufacturing base in our country, so we could have poorly made, cheap jeans and tee-shirts made in China.

They explained that because of greedy, selfish, grasping Americans, China's manufacturing—and the pollution that attends it—is up by 5%.

And lest any complacent greedy, selfish, grasping American imagine that 5% isn't that much, they hasten to make clear that because of the HUGE amount of polluting Chinese manufacturing, 5% is, indeed a HUGE amount.

"5% of HUGE is HUGE" is the math*, you see.

Therefore a HUGE amount of the pollution that China produces is directly the fault of American consumers.

So, they conclude (without actually verbalizing it) that if the greedy, spoiled, selfish, grasping, needy, bratty American Consumer would stop buying all those Chinese goods (because they've handed all the American manufacturing jobs to China, and can't get them made by Americans), the world would be a better, cleaner, less polluted paradise.

The clear, articulated message to Americans is:   DO WITHOUT!

There is no mention of who's responsible for all the rest of the HUGENESS of the pollution, of which 5% is the "fault" of America.

I'm guessing that according to these people, pollution created by anyone other than America, is, by some unacknowledged standard, ACCEPTABLE pollution.

After all, people gotta eat.

More White Guilt anyone? Extra large servings at "Scientific" "American".


*What the math is NOT, is that China is polluting the world like crazy will all their careless non-environmentally-friendly, pollution-belching factories...and that a tiny part of that is products sold in America, DIRECTLY BECAUSE of the draconian regulations and high taxation which have chased manufacturing out of America by effectively making it impossible to operate a business without any hope of profit in their own, home country.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Trump 2016

I have no idea whether this was intended as mockery. But if it was, it failed miserably. It's adorable, clever and funny.

And the artist that came up with the face/logo is a genius. It is just SO the man, himself, from the red hair swoop to the pursed lips, while incorporating his declared and obvious love of America with the red, white and blue stars and stripes. Brilliant.

Even if inadvertently so.


10 Best Practices for a Happy Life, Part 2

Part 1 is two posts down.
See Tony Rubolotta's comment there that prompted me to develop my theme here.
Thanks, Tony, you always make me think.

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My former pastor is the one who told me the Ten Commandments were a recipe for good living.  He said they were like a map of the solid ground through a swamp. Follow them and you’ll have a good trip.

If you love your family, for example (5th commandment), you’ll have a loving family life. And that’s way better than the alternative.

If you don’t envy and covet (10th commandment), but are satisfied and happy with what you’ve got, you’ll be a lot happier, and undoubtedly bring happiness to others.

If you don’t murder or steal, (6th & 8th) you won’t end up in prison…or at the least have to live with an intensely guilty conscience, which will taint your entire life…even if you pretend or declare otherwise (barring mental illness like psychopathy, of course, but that’s a whole ’nother kettle of fish.)

If you remember what’s important (2nd), and don’t get caught up in the shallow and unfulfilling, you’ll more likely be happy and fulfilled.

If you treat other people kindly (4th) chances are they’ll return the favor.

If you don’t commit adultery (7th), you don’t destroy marriages, families, homes and children, which are, despite the modern take on self-indulgence, way better than a good lay.

God gave us freedom. And like civil liberty, it comes with risks. Suffering, mistakes, pain, loss etc. are all part of the deal. He could have made use perfect little obedient robots, I suppose. We’d never sin. But we wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. And couldn't voluntarily honor or love Him, which He seems to appreciate.

I think God laughs, I think God cries. But he does not rage, or howl in anger. I don’t think God gets cross, or offended, or affronted, or jealous. He’s GOD for Christ's sake. He’s above all those petty human emotions. God ain’t Allah.

He doesn’t rain fire and brimstone, he doesn’t flood the world to kill all living things. These are, however, certainly useful, vivid stories.

All God really says is, “When you do what you did, you get what you got.”

Consequences. You hit someone, they hit you back. Ouch. Consequences.

Think Karma, or "What goes around, comes around".

God made us, and the universe with certain characteristics. We behave in certain ways, we respond in certain ways and react in certain ways. And so does everything else.

When we do bad things, one way or another, we end up feeling bad. Because we feel guilty, because we have to hide them from the ones we love, so we can't be completely ourselves, because people find out and we're humiliated, because the law finds out and we get busted.

Bad people are profoundly unhappy. Consequences.

But it IS easier to demonstrate the dire and dreadful consequences of sin if you shout "God rained down fire and brimstone because the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were sinners!"

It’s rather less evocative to say that the people of Sodom & Gomorrah had really crappy lives because they did really crappy things. When you’re preaching, you’ve only got so much time to really get your point across. I vote for Fire and Brimstone!

I think my pastor proved that interpretation is the key to realizing that God is not a furious judge but a loving father.

Best advice: Follow the map through the swamp, you’ll mostly avoid getting eaten by ‘gators, or at the very least, ruining a good pair of shoes.


Letter Requesting Criminalizing "Climate Deniers"

Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren

September 1, 2015

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity.We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change–indeed, the world’s response to climate change–is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity–and potential strategies for addressing them–are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool–recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse–is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peer reviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015).We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call
for a RICO investigation.

The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006)played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking.If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journalarticles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate,before even more lasting damage is done.

Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
EdwardSarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
T.N.Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY
Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New
York, NY
Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

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So. These people want to criminalize anyone who disagrees with them. Wow. It's the Inquisition! History really does reapeat itself.

I'm sure they're very proud of themselves.

Oh wait. After sending this letter to Øbama, et al, someone posted it online. The minute there was the slightest whiff of negative reaction, the letter disappeared. So, maybe they're not actually so proud of themselves, after all. No doubt the signers were happy to petition Øbama, but didn't want the actual SANE world to know what they'd done.

Well Cletus, guess you shoulda thought that one through. Can I just say, INTERNET!!

As it happened, some tech guys burrowed down and found a copy of the letter, and made it available. I've reprinted it here, because everyone should know who these scumbags are and what they'd like to do to the rest of us.

Happily, we are not the only ones pissed off. A few are in positions to make a difference.  See the next installment of this story, and the Congressional reaction, and another page with more info:  WUWT (What's Up With That).


Friday, September 25, 2015

10 Best Practices for a Happy Life

01  Be grateful.
02  Remember what's important in life.
03  Be Just.
04  Be generous and kind.
05  Don't hurt the ones you love.
06  Don't murder.
07  Don't break your promises.
08  Don't steal.
09  Don't lie.
10  Don't be jealous or envious.

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01  I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt.
02  Don't worship false idols.
03  Don't use my name to justify evil.
04  Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. Give everybody time off, even your animals, to rest and enjoy a respite from labor.
05  Honor your Mother and Father.
06  Don't murder.
07  Don't commit adultery.
08  Don't steal.
09  Don't bear false witness against others.
10  Don't covet your neighbor's wife or his stuff.

An occasional reminder is a good thing.


Going All the Way

I just got Donald Trump's book, Time to Get Tough. I've only read a couple of chapters, but I'm in love with the guy.

You can tell he wrote ever word, it sounds just like him...albeit after a little finessing by a good editor that doesn't mask the personality or tone of the man at all.

It's turning out to be a great read, by a man who quite obviously loves America, and is sick to death of the Washington way of (not) doing business.

He sees clearly through the bullshit to the core problem, and presents common sense, and perfectly obvious (to anyone outside the beltway) solutions.

He's a MAN in the best sense of the word.

He's not interested in talking prettily; he's interested in winning for America. He's not interested in pandering to muslim criminals, or Chinese hackers & currency manipulators, or Russian bare chested horse-riders, but besting them all to the advantage of America.

He's clear, he's logical, he's sensible. He's down to earth. He's one of spite of his fortune. Or maybe because of it. After all...he actually WORKED for it.

I haven't finished the book. I suppose it's possible that in chapter 5 he recommends eating small children. But so's a winner. And I'm more excited about him than I was before.

He could be a game changer. For the better. He could instill pride, optimism, a winning and pioneer spirit in a land that has been beaten down for so long that we almost forgot our heritage, and our inherent greatness.

I think I'm actually ready to say:  "TRUMP 2016!!"


Postscript:  For all those Trump bashers who insist he's just mouthing "conservative" values this week because he's running for president, READ THE BOOK. He wrote it in 2011. He's clearly been thinking this way for years.

The book contains a very clear picture of his principles and policies. As do his policy papers published here, click on "Positions".

I Am NOT an Immigrant

I can't credit the quote, but someone said recently, that America is supposed to be a model for the world, not a refugee camp.

If it's so great here that y'all wanna come, create the same thing where you live.

That's the whole idea behind America being a beacon of freedom for the whole world.

It's not a WELCOME sign. It's a BLUEPRINT.

Use it. Build it.

And stay the hell home.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Fidel

Can Pope Commie just SHUT THE FUCK UP?

I used to be a Catholic, and have subsequently, more or less always respected the pope, whoever he was. But this guy is really getting on my last nerve.

He's a flaming commie, and doesn't understand the first thing about economics, climate, liberty, personal responsibility, borders, national security, private property, or any other principle that makes for a decent, free, prosperous civilization.

He's not for God, because he's for everything that makes God's children suffer endlessly and unnecessarily in poverty, want, despair, hunger, disease...not to mention tyranny.

He needs to retire, go away, shut up.

I have always defended Christianity, because it was responsible for the most advanced civilization in the history of the world. If this guy is it's new face, I'm gonna have to reconsider.

He's Post-Christianity-Christianity in the flesh.


"Just Following Orders"

From My Firearms Instructor:

Where did we lose our way?

DOD, including BHO-era Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff are  currently trying their best to summarily discharge a heroic SF NCO for the  “crime” of trying to protect a young Afghan boy from blatant sexual abuse from a  pedophile Afghan police official.

We are told that widespread pedophilia is common to that “culture” (and most others where Islamics dominate), and that US troops are thus supposed to “look the other way” when it occurs, even when it takes place openly, and on our  own military bases!

So, America’s finest young men and women are fighting and dying to defend a government and “culture” that are worse than Iran’s?  And, anyone who dares  to object, or is even personally offended, is thrown out of the Army? Now that this story, despite their best efforts to suppress it, has come out, mealy-mouthed Pentagon spokesmen are pathetically back-peddling, with customary false denials and despicable, pseudo-sanctimonious professions of innocense.

If something like this had happened during WWII, US soldiers would have righteously beaten that deviant to within an inch of his life, and would have received medals for it!

Under BHO, is America now officially as amoral as ISIS?  Are we no better than our sworn enemies?  Are there no stand-up good guys left, or  just a wretched gallery of driveling, boot-licking atta-boys?

“Only two things no one can take from you are you honor and your  word. Those you can only give voluntarily.  Those two combine to form  your bond, and the strength of your bond then becomes the measure of your personal integrity.”

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Going along with these sorts of orders comes perilously close to the "We were just following orders!" defense at your trial for crimes against humanity before the world and before God.

Good luck with that.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


"Sanders is a Commie Symp. Hillary is a gangster"

--Randy Dandy

Belongs on a bumper sticker.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Post Christianity Christianity (reprint)

As I've mentioned a few times here, I am not a believing Christian. However, I am a cultural Christian, and a "defender of the faith", in that I see that the tenets and followers of Christianity have built the most free, most prosperous, most decent civilization in the history of mankind.

Whatever its any adversary's measure (including mine)...that is simply the bald truth.

The American Constitution is the direct result of the influence of the Christian concept of "Equality before God".

And seriously, short of heaven, it just doesn't get better than that.

That being said...

I have some problems with the whole Christian story. I don't understand what appear to me to be unnecessary complexities and contradictions and what appear to be logic fallacies.

Except as they reinforce the divinity of the Christ and his mission, without which there wouldn't be much holding Traditional Christianity together, I don't see their point.

Of course, the problem with asking Christians, Christian clergy, Christian apologists and Christian historians and Christian Biblical scholars about the veracity or logic or likelihood of the correctness of the story, is that they, naturally, have a vested interest in it being true as the world currently understands it.

But if you approach it from (what I hope is) a disinterested point of view, it just doesn't hang together.

I don't want to insult any Christians....which is why I opened this post with my honest admiration of all the good wrought by their beliefs...but I just can't quite buy those beliefs as they are presented and seemingly understood by the Christian community of the World.

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Here are a few of my observations.

Fundamental to Christianity is the need for ATONEMENT for the grave sin of Adam (and Eve?)

Without Adam's (and Eve's?) monstrous, horrifying, shocking, appalling, heinous, vile, hateful, abominable disobedience of God, Jesus doesn't have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".

But...what is this foul SIN of Adam (and Eve)?

From where I stand, it looks like evolution.

I know that some people believe that the entire Bible is literal truth. But many others understand it to be figurative in part, historical in part, and metaphoric in part.

I submit that Genesis is figurative.

Genesis seems to be telling us that Adam and Eve were living in an innocent time of pre-humanity. They lived like animals (in a good way) and ate like animals, and ran around naked, like animals. And just enjoyed being alive, generally hung out eating and sleeping and never worrying about much of anything, especially the animals.

It was, kind of like, you know, Paradise!

But then, one day, they "ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Which I think is a figurative way of saying they reached the stage of evolution (or the moment God touched them on the forehead and "poof!") when they developed the ability to REASON, think abstractly, think creatively, developed free-will and self-agency.

Now, Christians says that through Adam (and Eve?), Sin entered the world.

Well, yeah.

Give man free-will, the ability to scheme - I mean "reason" - and some of things he thinks up are going to be bad, selfish, greedy, mean, cruel, thoughtless...

I don't think Adam (and Eve?) sinned. I think they just grew up. And growing up into Self-Awareness Self-Motivation, Self-Agency and Creative/Abstract thought...leads to a lot of possibilities for bad ideas and bad behavior - as well as Good ones.

And don't we just know it.

The Bible also says that God told them that if they ate of the Tree, they would surely die*. But it's obvious that they did not die, at least not right then. So, more figurative language. I think it means that when they became able to REASON, they became aware of their own mortality.

This would make you sad. This would be a major drag. So it sort of ruined the perfect happiness they had before.

Paradise Lost...

So. (Still according to the Traditional Christian Dogma) We are mortal because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple.

So. We are destined to suffer eternal torture in hell because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple after God said "Don't Eat It!) the story goes, God loves us so much....(?)...that he sent his only begotten (on whom? just wondering) Son to die for our sins, and redeem our souls from this sickening, gruesome, sadistic, punishment unearned by every single human being who has ever existed on planet earth...except Adam (and Eve?)

Just a reminder, for centuries, Catholic Dogma had it that un-baptized babies who died, and all the people in lands where the Word of God was never heard—so they couldn't be 'saved'—went straight to Hell. Forever. Eternal punishment. Amen. Praise the Lord.

Now that just pisses me off. I find it hard to stay "nice" about it. When I think of all the horrors, terror, dread, distress, and nightmares this so-called Truth has given true believers, (Think of the terrified children! And mothers of still-born children, And parents whose children fall away from the Church, and husbands and wives and friends who are not believers that Christians must believe will be consigned to eternal fires of Hell.

Think of the kind of person you become if you believe that most of the people you will ever meet, like, befriend, even love, will spend eternity suffering in the eternal fires of hell being tortured by the Devil and his demons.

Crazy? Paranoid? Brokenhearted? Hardhearted? Cold? Distant? Suicidal? Fallen-Away Christian?

Personally, I'd rather have my beating heart cut out by an Aztec priest...and be done with it.

It's a shorter and kinder end.

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So, in my Post-Christianity Christianity all of this is bunkum.

There was no Original Sin by Adam (and Eve?) that brought Death and Sin into the world. There is no Original Sin to taint every new soul born into the world.

There was just Adam and Eve gaining Reason. The Genesis story is sort of: "Evolution in a Bite"

So...there is no need for The Atonement.

Jesus of Nazareth does not have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".

Doesn't mean he wasn't born on Earth.
Doesn't mean he wasn't crucified
Doesn't mean he wasn't resurrected.
Doesn't mean he isn't God's Son.
Doesn't mean his life and death and resurrection are not the most amazing things in the history of mankind.

It's just a different story.

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What if we consider all creatures God's children?

Is it plausible to imagine that there were some creatures created before Man?

Is it plausible to imagine that they were spiritual beings rather than corporeal beings?

Might we, just for convenience, call them "angels" ?

Might we assume, because they are spiritual, therefore have no material bodies, that they are what we would call "immortal" ?

Might we call them the older siblings of Mankind...who are also God's children?

Might we assume that there is a "birth" order among the angels. That some were created before others?

Might we assume, say, that there was a First Born and a Second Born....the highest...and maybe "mightiest" Children of God?

What if they were Lucifer and Jesus respectively? (of course those are not their real names...but just for identification purposes...I'll call them that)

What if after all the Old Testament relationship with the Chosen People, God decided it was time to send a representative to His People to lead them to the next stage in their relationship; to send them not just a human prophet, but a real, actual messenger from Heaven?

Now, what if God said to Jesus..."Listen, Son, I need you to be born on Earth as human and teach the Good News about Me to my people. It might be dangerous, because your body will be mortal, and people can be dangerous. But I really feel like a direct emissary from Heaven is what they need to grow in their relationship with Me and each other."

And Jesus, being a good son, said, "Sure, Dad. I'll do it."


...What if Lucifer, the actual Firstborn. Beautiful, strong, righteous, mighty, shining Lucifer, the Light Bearer of God, and older brother of Jesus...

...went, "What the...? He's choosing the Kid to go on this important mission?  What am I, chopped liver?"

And let jealousy and anger overtake him?

(Oh...did I mention that the first creatures of God - those angels - had free-will too?)


What if Jesus was born as a natural child to Mary and Joseph Carpenter and grew up in beauty and grace - being the Son of God and well as being a human, and when he was about 30, knew it was time for him to begin his ministry to God's people.

And what if Lucifer, who was watching and waiting and biding his time, began his campaign at the same time.

What if, in his jealousy, envy and anger, he got the idea that if Jesus failed...if he got more followers than Jesus, his Father would see that He should have picked him for this historic mission, instead of his little brother, and all would be right with the world again. So he went to work.

He whispered, he slandered, he tempted, he promised...he poured his poison into the ears of anyone who would listen, and it was often those who were also disposed to feel threatened by and jealous of Jesus because of the multitudes who were hungry for his Good News that God was a loving Father who wanted nothing but the best for his children, that He was not a distant King of Rules and Punishment and Law...but a Loving Father God of Mercy and Forgiveness.

All those who lived and prospered under the old ideas which gave them power and made them feared and important...hated the new guy and his blasphemous "Everyone is Equal in the Eyes of God" crap that was threatening to knock the pedestal of special status and privilege right from under their feet.

Well, you know what happened next.

And when Jesus died, and went to heaven sorrowful that he had failed his Father because he didn't live long enough to reach everyone with the Good News, and Lucifer delighted by his success, joined him to gloat over his victory and get the appreciation of his Father for his success in the rather the surprise of his life when God told him to, "Get the Hell out of Heaven!"

Which He meant quite literally...

And he had to find new digs...and it ended up being known as Hell.

(God knew what he was talking about.)

With Lucifer banished, God sat Jesus down and told him that he was a good Son, and not to feel bad about not being able to finish the job. He had a great idea that was going to blow everybody's mind and they'd NEVER forget either Jesus or his message of Good News about a loving Father God.

God was gonna resurrect Jesus' human body, and Jesus could go back and inhabit it just long enough to prove to his grief-stricken loyal followers...and thence to the rest of the world... that Jesus really was God's true messenger, and that what he told them was the undisputed Truth.

So, Jesus returns to Earth, showing up in what should be his dead body, but is alive and well...and scares the shit out of his friends (wouldn't it just!) until they are convinced it's really him, and he tells them that THIS...this immortality...this rising from the what God has in store for everyone. That death isn't the end. That hope is alive. That God wants to hang out with his kids, and for the family to be happy.

Everyone will be saved. (There is no eternal punishment of any kind). Amen. Praise the Lord.


Talk about happiness, and hope, and love, and peace and joy!

And that's what they were supposed to say. And most of them did. But it got a little mixed up in the translations and the cultural references, and we got a story that's a little heavy on guilt and punishment, death and torture and eternity...instead of hope and life.

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Okay. I know some will say, "Wow, Gun, nice story. But what about all the criminals and killers and evil people. What happens to them? Are they gonna just waltz right into heaven. If so, why be good? What's the point, if what you do doesn't matter to salvation?

Well, of course what you do matters. In a lot of respects. First, you'll feel good. Being good has that effect. You'll be in touch with God right here and now. That's a plus. And you can really call Jesus, "Brother"...with all the respect and love and benefits thereof.

But I didn't say there wouldn't be a price to pay for being evil. I just said there was no eternal Hell. Big difference.

Remember the description of Hell is eternal fire?

Here's what that really is.

The pure light and truth of God shining into your soul.

If you've lived in the light your whole life, it'll be a sort of strong, warm hug from the Lord.

But if you'd lived in the darkness of sin, it will be a searing, blinding, blowtorch of a light, that will show every corner of your nasty little soul in a way that you will not be able to deny what's there.

And THAT will feel just like Hell. The heat will not be physical, of course, but psychic. And because, first and foremost, you are a Child of God, you will not be able to stand what you see there, the knowledge and awareness of it will burn you with shame and sorrow and you will want it gone. That is called "repentance"...and when the process is'll be ready to enter the pearly gates.

I'd say the duration of the process will depend on just how wide and deep and labyrinthine the darkness is, and how stubbornly the individual remains in denial.

But hey, do you think you, no matter how cool and evil you think you are, can stand up to the cleansing light of God?  Yeah, good luck with that.

 So, yeah....everyone will be "saved."

Remember, God's pure light and truth is eternal. An eternal fire. And it will shine eternally on His children. But it won't burn and hurt forever. Just until the process of cleaning up that nasty, dark little soul of yours is complete.

The Fire is eternal. The pain and suffering is not.

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Oh, one last thought. Lucifer will be saved too.

Yep. In the end he will repent too. He will miss his Father, and his Brother and all of the goodness they represent more than he loves his anger, and his pride.

And he may be the very last. I like that scene: We'll all be in heaven, looking over the wall, watching him approach the gate, horns in hand.

Witnesses to the Last Act of Deliverance.

He's standing there. Wanting to come home, but knowing how evil he has been, and what horrors he has instigated, worried that he might be even beyond the forgiveness of God.

The Gate opens, the light shines out, and Jesus walks out and says, "Hello, brother."

Lucifer falls to his knees in the silence of despair, until Jesus speaks the next words, "Welcome home."

He remains kneeling, head down in submission...and the Father comes out to join them. He puts out his hand and touches Lucifer's forehead...and there plays the eons of evil, like a movie in fast motion that Lucifer has done - for all and himself to see.

And he burns like a star in the righteous light of Truth.

And when it's over. Lucifer, too, cleansed by repentance, is delivered.

So, that's my story.  It's a Christianity that makes sense.‡

And I like a happy ending.



*"The Wages of Sin is Death" is a familiar warning. And, of course, the reference is to Adam's (and Eve's?) sin, through which all succeeding generations suffer the consequences of whatever it was they supposedly did that was worse than Hitler's murder of millions of Jews, or Stalin's murder of millions upon millions of people...or Mao's murder of hundreds of millions of people...

...because, after all, their sins were NOT visited upon any subsequent generations. Just sayin'.

‡ "Making sense" can have, for me, elements of the supernatural. The story just has to hang together.

You can't have a loving God that damns people to eternal torment for anything. At all. Ever. Creatures who live in "time" can only commit "temporal" sins. So "eternal" punishment would be the product of a vicious sadist—neither just nor loving. You can have that God. I don't want him.

And one more important logical fail: In the story of Genesis, God supposedly tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the Tree in the center of the garden. We find out later that this is the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil".

If they ate the apple, before they ate the apple how would they know it was wrong? If you see what I mean...

If they ate the apple, before they knew the difference between Good and Evil... could they be accused of doing Evil?

How could they have known that's what they were doing, if they hadn't yet eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

See what I mean? It's circular reasoning. According to the Catholic Church (at least when I was in it), you can't commit a sin before you are 7 years old. (That's when you can receive First Holy Communion) It is considered the "age of reason". Until then, you are unable to distinguish good from evil. You're still just living within your appetites.

Wouldn't that be the same for Adam and Eve, before they reached the age of Reason, i.e., ate the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

So how can what they did be a "sin"?

Doesn't hang together.

And without the "Fall"...there is no requirement for "Atonement".

And everything unravels.

Take it or leave it. It's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

Praise the Lord.


Quote of the Day ,er, Decade

'In the meantime, former Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. James Lyons is telling us,

“The Obama administration has a strategy. It is very simple. Any thinking American should be able to grasp it. It’s anti-American, anti-Western, it’s pro-Islamic, pro-Iranian, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood.”
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The detestable piece of shit.