Atheism is for fools

by iGanja 31. December 2012 06:28

I’d love to be an atheist. I could say anything, do anything, my promises would mean nothing, and I’d never be held accountable for anything. Unfortunately, I live in a society of free people, and having no moral compass is a bad thing for such a society. Allowing everyone to choose their own – however idealistic even seemingly benevolent – leads to multiple definitions of right and wrong. A society must have at least the basic precepts of justice and equality, and without a supreme force of guidance, where does that to come from? Are we to rely only on human nature – since most atheists subscribe to the theory of evolution – when human nature is so contrary to the idea of civilized society? Are we to rely only on laws, when laws are simply made by other men, and when those laws at some point violate our rights as free people? Quite the puzzle, isn’t it?

Take for example the concept of fidelity in a relationship – a cornerstone of trust between two people in our society. Human nature finds no need for such silliness; survival of the fittest requires promiscuity. Although laws have been created by religious zealots in the past to dictate fidelity and even prudence, we as a society have since demanded that our individual moral compasses dictate what is right and wrong with regard to fidelity, not our government. So, where do we stand? How are we to know right from wrong when we each have our own compass and each point in its own direction? Well the fact is, as a society of people, we can’t.

When we are all floating around in this huge universe with no god, who the fuck cares? Although I do not belong to any established religion, I choose to believe in god (little g,) or at least that there is some reason for our existence beyond our pathetically meager understanding, or short-sighted belief that we just are. Many physicists theorize that over 83% (some say as high as 99%) of the matter in the universe is unknowable to us – it is simply invisible. If this is true, how could anyone be so arrogant as to say there is no god, when we know so very little? Would it not be better to simply accept that we know no god, but that knowledge does not preclude the existence of one?

All academic arguments aside – and in the end that is all they are - it’s fun to be an atheist, but it’s hardly worthwhile. 

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The Star Spangled Banner

by iGanja 16. April 2011 06:47

If ever asked to choose between hearing it sung well, or on key, or loud, or long, or by a 12-year old prodigy, or by a famous actor or singer or Cuban or Canadian, straight forward, or with artistic license, and getting the words right; I choose the later.

Our National Anthem is the horrid adaptation to song, of the poem “Defense of Fort McHenry” by Francis Scott Key. I say horrid because, it is actually set to the tune of “The Anacreontic Song” – a popular British drinking song of the time. There is practically no measure – which makes sense for drunk people singing it, no harmonies, no rhythm, the tempo changes drastically – especially when [insert name of pop diva here] sings it, the melody is challenging – at best – for the average person to sing, and you can’t dance to it.

Still, even to this day, after attending thousands of baseball games and other sporting events, and hearing it butchered on television by many more over the years, whenever I hear it, I get goose bumps. Not because it’s a great song – no – because of the words, and what those words mean and represent. It is not just a song, but a call to patriotism. A call to every American to remember why we are, and what it truly means to be an American. Every time I hear it, it is a one and a half minute history lesson.

The poem is four stanzas, and though very rarely all four sung completely, our National Anthem is officially only the first.

Our National Anthem is – literally – a question; actually the same question asked twice in slightly different context. The first; can you see it? And the second; can you still see it? The flag, that is.

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
[In the first light of day, when the sun is just rising, can you see [it]?]

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
[We could see [it] yesterday, just as the sun was going down, in the last light of the day.]

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? [We saw a beautiful striped flag adorned with stars, flying above the walls of the fort. This is the end of the first question. Can you see it?]

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
[Through the dark night, the light of the fight gave us glimpses of it. Think of it like CNN today giving us minute by minute accounts of the fight. Imagine this is your only way of knowing if your side had fallen or not; every few minutes a bright blast of a bomb would illuminate the top of the fort and we could see what flag was flying. Imagine your excitement every time you could see it was still stripes and stars!]

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
[The true start of the second question; a question for all time. Replace the word “yet” with “still” if you need a more modern day version]

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
[Seems the only part of the song we think we understand. Interesting how someone belting-out and sustaining the first part of this line while singing it can produce such a passionate response from the crowd – boy how we love that. Interesting to also note how quickly and willingly we give up our freedoms to the government or suppress the freedoms of others when it suits our needs or beliefs, but I digress. The point to be taken here is that Key himself considered America – even though an infant as a sovereign nation – “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, and he was quite right. The question is, does the flag still fly, and are we still? That is the question you are being asked, every time you hear the song; so ask yourself. Can you still see it?]

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All I have to say on Illegal Immigration

by iGanja 24. April 2010 06:45

Love the picture provided by our beloved AP... No one is saying you aren't human dirtbag, of course if YOUR country had provided you an education, you might see that your status as a human is not the issue. What is at issue is the unbelievable pride those fleeing an oppressive, corrupt and lawless country have for where they came from...

Edgar Rios, Marcos Gonzalez.jpg"Immigrants have built this country," we all have heard this shouted at the tops of lungs by those denouncing our struggle to continue to provide for our own when it has become nearly impossible as is evident by California et al going broke trying to support the endless social welfare necessary for an ever increasing entitlement mentality by an ever increasing population of people who have nothing to offer but want. YES! Immigrants BUILT this country, the operative word being BUILD!

Polish, German, Italian, Irish, Russian, Japanese, and many many others, all came here for the promise of opportunity and to produce and build America, NOT simply consume and be a drain! Notice, not a single classroom in America where we teach our kids in German or any other previous immigrant language = drain; not a single standard government document printed in Italian = drain; no pressing #3 for Polish = drain; All these past immigrants came to America to become Americans not to be Russians living in America, or Irish living in America, but AMERICANS.

So, as you who are sympathetic to the current Hispanic immigration might say, America is prejudice toward Hispanics - total an complete utter bull! America has done nothing but welcome immigrants from the south, but at some point, even America cannot provide for a constant flow of want and demand (and blind patriotism for the country they fled) across our border.

The MOMENT Mexican - and all other - refugees from Hispanic countries embrace the country they now call home; learn the language of their benefactors like ALL other immigrants before them, adopt the culture, and truly become Americans in their hearts, only then will they understand our anger over the current invasion.

Yes, America is a melting pot! It is NOT a place for foreigners to call home and demand we accept them as side dishes with separate and accomodating rights.

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Shut The Fuck Up!

North Korea threatens to defend itself?

by iGanja 29. May 2009 06:40

north-korea-is-dark.jpgNorth Korea today launched yet another missile test in a clear attempt to, um, well, um, provoke a response from the rest of the world that would otherwise forget they even existed, and then had the gall to say 'it would take "self-defense measures" if the U.N. Security Council punished it for this week's nuclear test.'

Self-defense measures huh, wha, against further U.N. Security Council sanctions? OH! I get it now; you will start to feed your own people then? Because seriously, the only thing we can do now to further push your fucking piece of shit country, ruled by the most moronic gadfly in human history - seriously, not even Fidel Castro is as much of a lunatic as this imbecile - back to the Stone Age, is to STOP GIVING YOU FOOD!

Of course, that will never fly in the U.N. with China having veto power, and it ain't because they are even close to allies mind you, it's that China just doesn't want a mass of starving fucking refugees flooding into their country from the Stone Age.

I'm wondering if anyone - save maybe South Korea - would have even the remotest problem with China just moving in and taking over. Yeah, the US would squawk a little, and demand they retreat, and China would basically tell us to go fly a kite or shoot off some fireworks or worse, threaten to stop making shit for us, and in a few months we would all go back to our more important items of business, and eventually nobody would even remember there ever was a North Korea.

Or better yet, fire up the ol' Enola Gay boys, we got on last encore performance!

oh, i ganja!

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On Props 1A thru 1F

by iGanja 19. May 2009 06:38

Okay, just a quick note here on, um, special election day - a day where nobody is running for office, yet we are asked to go to the polls and basically stab ourselves in the neck. 

Propositions 1A thru 1F are Sacramento's answer to our state's financial shortfalls. Cleverly worded initiatives designed solely to get us to vote yes without really disclosing what a yes vote will mean, as tons of legislation has already passed in the state legislature that will go into effect if these propositions pass. None of this is spelled out in the text of the propositions. Of course, this is my advice to everyone:

noon1a.pngForce the politicians to FIX the system; don’t let them RAPE the tax-payers yet again. I am so angered by the fact that our government has tied it's hands for so many years that the ONLY discretionary funds left are those for essential services like public safety and education, but that is what you get when you continue to vote for earmarked bond initiatives. Eventually you have NO MONEY for anything else.

It is time to tell Sacramento we will not bail you out any longer. I empathize with the teachers and other public sector employees that may be destined to lose their jobs, but thousands of private sector people have lost their jobs already. We all need to share in the pain and stand in solidarity AGAINST this spend, spend, spend and tax, tax, tax mentality. All these bail-outs do is encourage politicians to continue with business as usual. We have the power to make it STOP!

The only viable fix to this is to FORCE government to hold education and public safety funds sacred over all other earmarked non-essential programs. That way they can NEVER again use these scare tactics to manipulate the voters into agreeing to more taxes. The fact is, there ARE alternatives to cutting public safety, healthcare and education, but the politicians will have you believe there is no other way, and will put teachers and nurses and firefighters, et al. on the chopping blocks to further their agendas.

Send a harsh word to Sacramento that they cannot hold teachers and public safety hostage!

VOTE NO on ALL bail-out propositions! Tell the politicians, NO MAS!!!

 

We ganja!

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Amazon product review

by iGanja 10. December 2008 06:31

So, I found myself on Amazon.com recently and persuaded by something there to write a review on a D-Link DIR-655 Wireless Router I had purchased a few months back. I happened to be very pleased with the product and planned on giving it 5 stars, but I noticed – although 4 and 5 stars heavily outweighed the others – quite a few 1 star reviews so I wanted to see what the others were saying. After reading review after review by unsatisfied customers complaining about technical support offered by the company, and a few legitimate beefs with the product, I wrote my review:

dlink 655.jpgI can't help but laugh every time I read a review of a tech product by someone who has no business trying to do what they are trying to do. This is, for all intents and purposes, a router! with all of the big boy features that a router should have, BUT yes, in a consumer product, and Amazon will and does sell it to anyone with the cashe to purchase it. Unfortunately there is no aptitude test to keep most of you from buying it. So, "caveat emptor" but NOT because this is a bad - or even potentially bad - product, but because it does a lot of stuff that the average joe blow computer user hasn't a clue how to use or why.

I cannot comment on the DLink customer support, but can only imagine it is probably as bad as all the complainers have said, maybe worse. Again, you are talking about a piece of technology that companies offer full blown college courses and credentials to learn how to configure properly, and trying to explain these concepts over the phone to an obliviate can be somewhat taxing if not impossible. And yes, I can see where a support person would just eventually get fed up with you.

In DLink's defense, they have tried - best they can - to develop a "plug and play" solution to get this configured for you. But here is the bottom line for those who have written something like "it works with Vista!" or some other such moronic thing. A router doth not care what operating system you have, and you doth not need to install ANYTHING on your computer to make this thing work! It's a router! It simply routes packets from point a to point b. If your computer isn't configured properly, you may have problems, but don't blame the router. It's more than likely doing EXACTLY what you told it to do!

That said - [stepping down off the milk crate] - I bought this router because I was thoroughly pissed off at Linksys/Cisco for making a competing product that truly does NOT work, but that is a different story. Once I got this router, I have NEVER had a bad thing to say about it. I run anywhere from 4 to 7 computers through it, both wired and wireless, running Vista 32 and 64, XP, Windows 2003 server, Linux, open BSD and yes, even a flippin' Mac on rare occasions when I really need a hair-cut and simply don't have the time, so I figure I’ll just pull my hair out one strand at a time for a few hours while struggling to find the right mouse button.

Anyway, this thing is rock solid, has great wireless range, and is easy to configure (when you know what you are doing, or at least have some technical aptitude.) I won’t say you must be a tech geek, but SOME aptitude will greatly help you during your travels through wireless security options, port forwarding, and firewall settings. This or any other product like it, simply isn’t made to be “plug and play” those that have given this anything less that 4 stars either got a bad one – not out of the realm of possibility – or simply have no business trying to do this themselves. This is a prefect opportunity to hire the geek squad if you don’t know what you are doing, but don’t blame the product if you have trouble. In the immortal words from the movie, Mr. Mom, “You’re doing it wrong.”

 

Oh, I Ganja!

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Kudos to Bolivia!

by iGanja 26. September 2008 06:29

I don’t pretend to understand all the “legal” issues involved with the “agreements” between the U.S. and the South American countries where drug production is a major industry. Still, after reading a recent story reporting that our self-righteous, right-wing, pin-head of a President is “moving to suspend longtime U.S. trade benefits for Bolivia…,” I can’t help but say “Way to go, Bolivia!”

What I infered from the article is that the U.S. pressures, to the point of coercion, most South American counties to extend its “War on Drugs” within their borders. What the article doesn’t mention is how much it actually costs these countries to live up to this “agreement.”

The article does state that Bolivia has a whopping $362.6 million in duty free exports to the U.S. ($66 million of that is oil which should be duty free anyway.) My god, if Bolivia spends less than that living up to its agreement to “cooperate in drug-fighting efforts” I would be surprised.

So kudos to Bolivia for telling the U.S. – "Spending more money, fighting a hopeless war, than we save in export taxes to your pompous country just isn’t worth it."

Seriously, it's time the U.S. mind its own business. The only way to stop the flow of drugs into this country is to stop the demand, not the supply. As long as there is demand, [someone] will be there to supply that demand – A very simple concept the DEA and our federal government can't seem to grasp. So we [U.S.] will continue this war on drugs to keep all these DEA people employed rather than reassign them to programs with goals that might actually be attainable.

No, you’re not hearing things; that is the sound of a toilet flushing…

Oh, I ganja!

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"The sky is falling!"

by iGanja 17. September 2008 06:22

Oh how I love talk of “global warming,” the hot, politically correct, topic of the year. Hell, possibly even the decade – akin to the recycling craze of the 80’s. The greatest thing about these types of “issues” is that they really aren’t “political” at all. EVERY politician is “for stopping global warming” I mean what politician in their right mind would be against it? Which is exactly why, so many seemingly intelligent, logic driven politicians have jumped on the “global warming” band wagon.  Proposing that, against at least equally compelling scientific evidence to the contrary, “we” - meaning all of us who are not politicians - have to “do” something - meaning, jump through a bunch of worthless hoops and busy-tasks in an effort to “do our part” against “global warming,” all without a single shred of evidence that any of it will do one bit of good. So we – again, the non-politicians – are led by the nose to the “global warming” trough and pistol whipped into drinking the kool-aid.  Since our government encroaches into every aspect of our lives, there is almost nothing we can do about it. So the circle of idiocy is forged, and our leaders who have jumped aboard and those who believe anything the government tells them now perpetuate the idiocy. The “whacko” environmentalists have finally won! We now have a rallying cry! Stop global warming now!

It wasn’t enough for the environmentalists to simply use facts, valid logic, and cogent argument to make their points and push their views on everything from saving trees to whales to “the environment.” Most of us, who weren’t more worried about where our next rent payment was coming from, or how we were going to feed our children, were okay with the idea that cleaner air, soil and water were in our best interest; that recycling things could actually be more economical that starting from scratch; and developing alternative energy sources could reduce or eliminate our dependence on foreign countries controlled by religious zealots.

No, they aren’t going to stop until we were all vegans, who ride our bikes to work, and wear clothing we can later smoke, and what better way to control the people than to “invent” a global scale threat to humanity? One that can’t be proven one way or the other, and therefore the remedies could be almost anything. And by almost anything, I mean becoming vegans who ride our bikes to work and smoke our clothing.

I for one don’t buy it! Yes, I fully admit I may turn out to be absolutely wrong. This “global warming” thing may actually turn out to be humanity’s fault and totally preventable, but the evidence presented thus far leads me to believe it's all hogwash.

Case-in-point: we are told by the “global warming” pundits that our oceans are also warming as a result, and warmer oceans will lead to longer more devastating weather seasons; that we will see an exponential rise in the number and severity of hurricanes and tropical storms world-wide. We are led to believe that a constant stream of storms will come hurtling at us every summer and the only way to stop it is to cool the bitch down! Oh my god, the sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Okay Chicken Little, explain this. Why is it that in the middle of the historically heaviest hurricane month, and after a prediction of a heavier than normal hurricane season, and after stretching to get to nine named storms through mid September, we haven't even a single area of instability in the tropical Atlantic ocean for going on two days now?

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Now, I have been an avid hurricane watcher for years. I mostly love reading the discussions citing numerous conflicting prediction models and wildly exaggerated forecasts of gloom and doom, but in the end admitting they have no fucking idea where the bitch is going to hit land, so hey, everyone from Mexico to Haiti to North Carolina get ready! In all my years of watching the NOAA website during the season, I have NEVER seen two straight days where there are “No tropical cyclones at this time” not even a small zone of disturbed weather or even ominous cloud formations! wtfo? You mean, with all this warm water, mother earth can’t conjure a rain shower worth noting to appease our “global warming” demands for massive weather extremes, dogs and cats living together and mass hysteria?

Oh, I ganja!

 

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Congrats to the Angels!

by iGanja 11. September 2008 06:20

laa.gifThe Angles have clinched the otherwise - second* - worst division in baseball probably weeks, not days, before any other team!

Congratuations to the Angels, Arte Moreno and everyone involved with turning the Angels into a legitimate playoff threat for the past few years and hopefully for many years to come.

oh, i ganja

* Seriously, the National League West can't even compete with the Pacific Coast League.

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Well, DO SOMETHING already!

by iGanja 30. May 2008 06:18

I’ve seen a couple stories about the "maple bat problem" in recent days (both from my favorite Yahoo sports reporter extraordinaire, Jeff Passan,) stemming from the two latest incidents at Dodger stadiumDanger Will Robinson!To be honest, I don't know much about wood bats other than they break, a lot, or the issues that ball players have with each variety.  I do know that players absolutely develop preferences and with the level of superstition already in the game, I doubt it will be an easy task eliminating the maple variety without a huge fight with the players union.  However, one thing that MLB can do RIGHT NOW, as in IMMEDIATELY, is require that bat handles be taped.  In looking at the picture of the bat used by Todd Helton, a tape job would have severely reduced the distance the resulting projectile traveled if not kept the entire bat whole after breaking.  Even standard stick tape used by hockey players would suffice as an interim fix until a policy is formulated, or an engineered tape solution is developed. (e.g. A Kevlar string with a tape binder?)  I doubt that tape will completely eliminate the danger, but in this case I truly feel the injury to Susan Rhodes would have been avoided.  MLB owes its fans (the people without whom you wouldn’t have a business,) better than “too bad, so sad, you need to be alert” as a response to this.  Is it really going to take a death of a fan (ala Brittanie Cecil) to get Bud Selig to do something?  Just another perfect example of why he is the worst commissioner of any sports league anywhere.  I wouldn't even trust him to clean my toilet!

 

oh, i Ganja!

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Oh, I Ganja

When something becomes clear, when a wrong is righted, when vengeance is yours. It doth not matter when, where or why. It is an epiphany, the clairvoyance to conjure up the stolen data tapes, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go do, that voodoo, that you do, so well. When we finally see past the layers of muck and grim our society has cloaked itself in, we exclaim "Oh, I Ganja!"

Let us not hide our heads in the proverbial sand. Let us question everything and seek enlightenment in answers. But wait, there's more! If you act now, we may even sprinkle in some truth with those answers...

Oh, I Ganja!

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