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Middle aged heterosexual, WASP male. Semi retired, semi-sane and semi-serious. And endangered species and I'm not going quietly!!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Funny, you don't look Jewish!

I was watching a documentary on Jerusalem today and they were discussing how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were all prevalent in the city and what sort of effect this has on the three belief systems.

An Israeli being interviewed made a comment that I have heard a thousand times before, but for some reason I suddenly looked at it in an entirely new way.

Before I tell you what the comment was, let me set the stage for what I am about to suggest.

There is a term in psychology (which I can't remember) that says that no matter how beautiful the logic of an argument is, if it is based on a false premise to begin with then it negates the whole argument.

In other words, if I start out with 1. A lie or 2. A misinformed or distorted viewpoint then it doesn't matter how precise and accurate any argument is from then on - it doesn't matter! (I am sure someone will write and tell me what the term is!)

Now, let's get back to what the comment was! The Jew said, "Since we are the chosen people................" and that's when I had an epiphany and said to myself”; Wait a minute! We have gone under the assumption for thousands of years that the Jews are the "Chosen People" but who told us that? Why, the Jews of course!"

I know it say so in the Bible, but who wrote the Old Testament? The Jews!

Now I am not saying that this was a deliberate deception on the part of the Israelis those many thousands of years ago, but rather that they came to believe it over a period of time since they were amongst the first tribes with the cohesiveness of a religious doctrine.

It could have slowly developed from a bit of wistful thinking into something more concrete and finally into a full-blown conviction that was eventually written down as "Gospel!"

This concept of being special or "Chosen" was both a blessing and a curse to the Jews. It is the glue that has held them together for all these thousands of years where many other cultures have disappeared into the mists of time, but it also set them apart from the societies in which they lived and caused them untold grief over being "different" and "outcasts."

A grief that went so deep as to even end in the Holocaust.

The very thing that made these people overcome untold hardships over the millennia is also the very thing that set them apart and ostracized them.

Let me quote from my book "The Plain Truth About God-101" (what the church doesn't want you to know!)

** "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
- - Voltaire (1694-1778)
Or this;
** "The more you complain the longer God lets you live.”

Your Pondering Pal - Al

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Then why don't you jump off. Asshole!

Friend of mine has a blog that I enjoy daily. (stupidevilbastard.com)
Although I normaly keep other sites and mine seperate I came across a piece that just absolutely needs to be shared.
There are two possibilities here -

1. It's a put-on and the guy is a genius. or:

2. The guy is -- never mind! I'll let you read it and decide for yourself.

Dear Les
After reading your website, i found myself wanting to comment on your twisted worldview.
I have the greatest respect for you as a person, and i understand you been indoctrinated from childhood to believe in Evolution, Big Bang and we are alla Bananas, not to mention the world being “a sphere”, so i thought i would correct your understanding on one of the most important points in your physical life:
Our Holy Bible, which shows us the way of Christ, gives us a moral code to prevent us killing eachother (look at Communism), but it also explains the world. It explains in several passages that our world is flat, so how come people seriously, TODAY, believe its a sphere? Lets look a some fact about this:
If the world was round: We would fall off !
This is no Starwars, there is no magical “force” that keep us here, as told in Evolution. Our God made it right the first time, and made the world flat, so we would not fall off. Its terrible to hear this ignorant statements from Evolutionists/Communists/Humanists, and even from some Christians, that the “world is round”.
Dont you hear how silly that sounds?

Now after reading that I have to tell you that I am going through arguments with fundamentalists all the time, (only on a much higher level, with much smarter people,) that aren't all that different!
In other words, that's what they believe and they're sticking with it!
And I keep saying: "O.K. Asshole -JUMP!"
(P.S. The moon landings were fake too, don't cha know!)

For your further entertainment I have included a website for you to have a look at!


P.S. A friend of mine - who I worked with in radio and T.V. - did a talk show, and when he got flat-earthers on the line he just put them in touch with the "world is hollow" crew and let them fight it out amongst themselves.!

Your humble servant;
Allan W Janssen

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

So shut up already!

I ran into an article about the creation/evolution debate in Kansas and elsewhere in the States. This about says it all so shut up about it!!!

But when we win minor skirmishes, as we did in Kansas, we must remember that the issue is far deeper than this. We must hold our elected school officials to certain standards of knowledge about the world. The battle is not against faith, but against ignorance.
Lawrence M. Krauss is a professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University.

Which brings me to a favorite little saying of my own.
"We will teach creationism in our schools, as soon as you start teaching evolution in your church!"

Your Humble Servant;
Allan W Janssen

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Mr. Smith, I assume?

If you believe Big Brother was just a figment of George Orwell's imagination in a book read on.

I went in to the bank today to send my Mother five hundred bucks. ($500.00)

I had her account number and wanted to deposit "cash" into her account. No cheques, money orders, bank drafts, I.O.U.'s - nothin - just cash.

The woman at the Bank asked me if I had an account there and I truthfully told her no, at which point she informed me that I would have to give her my drivers license number, address and phone number!

I said to her, "Lady you don't understand, I'm not taking money OUT, I'm putting money INTO my Mother's account -cash -by the way.

Didn't matter - a new law says any money transfers of any kind have to be fully documented.

Big Brother is not only here. He's got our number!

Winston Smith would feel right at home.

Your Scribe
Allan W Janssen

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"I'm a little tea pot, short and stout!"

Dr. Richard Dawkins (whose thoughts are also responsible for one whole chapter in my book) is an avowed athiest.

He has come up with a story that has been widely circulated and I feel needs repeating here. (Even though I am just an Agnostic, or maybe Gnostic/Existentialist, or even Unitarian/Universalist! Remember, my book God-101 is about what God is NOT!)

He theory? If there were a "teapot" in orbit around the sun we would have no way of proving it, since it is much too small to see!

None the less that would not stop anyone from "believing" there really is a teapot out there. The fact that we can't see it doesn't automatically mean it doesn't exist!

So, when we get down to a matter of faith, or belief, - facts don't have much to do with anything.

Just because we can't see the teapot doesn't mean there is not one out there. Conversly our "belief" that one is out there has about as much to do with anything - as the price of tea in China!

(Thus the "teapot!" HA HA)

We also at one time or another chosen to beleive in Thor-God of Thunder, Odin, Zeus, (not Dr.Suess) astrology etc. etc.

Dr. Dawkins conclusion was this: "Since what we believe about things is so fluid and subjective we should only go with what we do know."
(Objective Science)

Since I was para-phrasing the good Doctor Dawkins I hope I got his meaning right. But there is one aurgument he has not taken into account and which I talked about in my book - and that was this: "We cannot prove nor disprove the existence of God because the one common denominator in all religions in the World is the NEED to have those beleifs in the first place."

So the end result is that we can in no way prove the existence (or not) of God, it is the common need for God that makes me suspect there is something to it!!!

Your scribe
Allan W Janssen

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