Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

I am going on hiatus once again, this time for a far shorter time than last.

Just in case some of you have actually bought into the whole "War on Christmas" nonsense, I will remind you that MERRY CHRISTMAS is still the greeting during this time of year and if it offends anyone, get over it. I remind all of you that are two versions of this holiday (well, all right, three) and if you are religious then enjoy it your way but kindly leave the rest of us alone to celebrate it the secular way or even the pagan way

so please enjoy the holidays in your own way and pay no attention to the loonies on either side who want to make our lives annoying. These poor people have nothing else better to do than go around telling others how to live their lives and how they should be behaving. These party poopers get their panties all in a wad if anybody dares to have a good time.

Pay them no mind. Have fun with your family members, tussle with the kids as much as you can, and enjoy as much or as little of your favourite adult beverage.
Just make sure you get them to sign this waiver first becuse you never know when some nutcase might wait until dinner is being served to tell you he/she is a vegan.

For more background about Saturnalia:

Saturnalia at Wikipedia

A longer article by James Grout

For more information about food and other scams:

Consumer Freedom


Wednesday, November 23, 2005


It has been awhile since my last post. I am offering no excuses but I was in an accident adn have had to curtail some activities.

Nevertheless I am back and more sarcastic than ever. during my recovery I have had time to really think about what it means to be human and to be a part of the community of people who don't fly full loaded passenger planes into buildings nor fly over beaches filled with tourists trailing a banner showing aborted fetuses.

That is missing the entire point of faith. When we first came up with the idea of belief it was supposed to comfort us and give us strength to face whatever challenge was staring at us. I suppose that sitting in a dank cave not knowing why the environment around you was loco then it was somehow understandable that our ancestors would see divine intervention everywhere.

Faith now has become an excuse for the less honest amongst us to commit all manner of crime against their fellow humans and all the while claim that they were doing the work of God or Allah or whatever. It is as if the mainstream churches and mosques have lost their willingness to curtail the activities of their rambunctious offspring because secretly they approve of the madness for it attains their political ambitions.

For if there is one thing both religious and political fanatics cannot abide it is the annoying concept of freedom and the ability to choose. They cannot hide in a free and open society where anybody can say "Hang on a moment, what heck are you saying here?" so they have to try and make somebody be "in charge" because without that we humans can go and do anything we want and not be held accountable.

Wrong Sparky. We humans are held accountable in the end by a legal system that owes it's origins from English Common Law than the Ten Commandements. What most Western religions can't seem to get through their thick skulls despite secular attempts is the notion that we are all individuals and therefore all have clear ideas of right, wrong, and the area in between. The Christians and the Muslims fundamentalists are like two spoiled children who have reached adulthood and now their parents have come to realise that maybe letting them get away with murder was not such a hot idea after all. I am not saying that all muslims and Christians and jews are bad because I have know many individuals of great morality and integrity who are as insensed by the madness as I am but one must remember that these individuals are overwhelmed by the vast numbers of sheep who just blindingly follow along.

Unfortunately those individuals are fighting a losing battle. In trying times people search for ways to make themselves feel better, to calm their fears and make them feel safe. Or am I being far too harsh in my words? Is there nothing even worth holding onto in religion? The answer has become: No. Sprituality and religion are two very differant and very opposite things. Religion is all about control and keeping the masses distracted. In this time of year I ell both sides to shut the hell up and let us enjoy the season without all the nonsense. I am aware of the Christian reasons for the holiday but the original festivals were to honor pagan gods such as Saturn and Mithras. New evidenc is suggesting that Christ himself was born in September or October. But these days the holidays are a time to try to have peace and spend time with relatives that you may not get to see on a regular basis, not spending time in church. Life is far too short to be wasting it.

With all the things going on right now we need some peace with relatives, some down time where our only concern is do we have enough egg nog or are there enough cookies to go around. We should tke the approach to Christmas that my nieces and nephews take: Flit from table to table, vainly trying to taste everything, ripping into the presents under the tree and just generally enjoying this time of year.

Enjoy this time of year. Spare a thought for our service members in harm's way, be they Army, Marines, Air Force, or Navy. They are fighting a war for the rest of us to live free from tyranny and fear. Spare a thought too for the less fortunate of our human family. But always remember to have fun, eat too much, chase the kids around the tree, hug your mom and Dad, and generally cut up while you can. Never pass up an oppourtunity to spend time with loved ones.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Have a Great Saturnalia!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

First Entry

Seeing that this is my first entry I must say what a weekend it was for a fledling democracy in the Middle East! I wathced as many hindreds of people risked their necks t vote in a country that had not had elections for some 50 years. Incredible as it may seem, we take such things for granted here in this country.

The media was not surprisingly largely silent on the issue, having made so much about the violence that might or might not happen. I am never surprise by their silence on good news and their obvious delight in reportung BAD news, like the tsunami. Here we have had two countries that have had elections, one for the first time EVER and the other is having them for the first time in 50 years. The media is largely silent on both issues mainly because they cannot believe tht both peoples have already already understood that nothing beats self-rule.

Democracy has taken it's maiden flight and landed safely in both countries despite the violence and lives squandered by attacks from these bullies. They are not insurgents they are terrorists. Insurgents at least would follow some of the rules of war. These punks are nothing more than schoolyard bullies who hide underneath the mantle of religion and use bombs to get what they want. And what they want is the vile fundamentalist theocracy. Throughout history we ave seen what theocracies bring us. Whether it is the Salem witch trials or the ayatollahs in Iran we have seen the results: no personal freedoms, all matters of "decency", "morality" subject to the whim of the prophets (or Allah or Christ or whatever deity that is in vogue) and no freedom of choice, no impulse or thought or work of art can escape scrutiny.

My whole point is that we should be pleased as punch that the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform have borne such incredible fruit. We have sacrificed so many of our finest people to this cause and to have them dish0nored by a media largely bent on undermining our current president. To put it bluntly, Bush won get over it.

The great tragedy of the Asian tsunami will forever change things. It was a classic demonstration of the price that we must pay fo living on a geolically active planet. But once again the goofballs come out of the wood works, running the gamut from Christian Fundamentalist apocalypse types to New Age nitwits. These people will sit there and tell you that these are all signs of the End Times, never minding te fact that they have been consistently WRONG every single time. But once again I would rather prefer to actually hear these nuts and expose their fuzzy thinking and debunk them than have their views supressed.

That is all for now. Leave me a note and tell me what you think.