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February 13, 2011

Truisms aren't Truth and Truth is constant

Time Saving Truth from Falsehood
 and Envy
Fran├žois Lemoyne, 1737
 
The fashionable trend of hating religion (specifically, Christianity) is almost as annoying as the Hollywood elite hating America. Atheists: Either get some new material or outsource your issue with religion to someone who can. Case in point, the atheist who used the truism "God helps those who helps themselves" to convince me religion is false since there are the poor, the unfortunate and the downtrodden in the world. God didn't help these people.

First of all, truisms aren't always true either by their nature or by the misinterpretation they are based on, like the atheist above. I especially like the definition:
truism is a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning, except as a reminder or as a rhetorical or literary device.
- Money can't buy happiness.
- Getting there is half the fun.
- It is what it is. (this one is really a tautology, but still.)

All moronic and provably untrue, just like the atheists truism about his misinterpretation of the benevolent nature of God who helps those who can't help themselves.

The United States has many laws - Federal, State and Local - consisting of rules, guidelines and regulations that help shape society. The US military uses 57 punitive articles in the UCMJ to keep military members in line (try as they might). Rules of business include the familiar truisms of customer service, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit. There are also core values and standards for a more personal approach to what is right or wrong. Jesus gave us the Golden Rule, translated into common English, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This has also been referred to as ethic reciprocity and almost every major religion has a similar "rule". Murder is a good example of how most societies hold to the common value of human life.

But none of these statements are at the same level of consistency as Truth. What was true 1000 years ago is still true today and will still be true 1000 years from now- despite the (de)evolution of popular opinion, social  values or how many times E! tries to convince us the Kardashians are cool. My belief in God and my values are often at odds with mainstream culture- and I am more than ok with that. There is value in having "good" values. Mainstream culture teaches that if you can't get something in life then it is acceptable to justify our bad actions and to excuse our bad behavior as "no big deal' or, even worse, blame someone else.

Our founding fathers touched on the absoluteness of truths in our beautifully crafted Declaration to England:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Ironically, most of the men who wrote this document kept slaves. It was wrong then, it is wrong now and it will be wrong. Contextually, the Truth of the Bible has, is and will always be there- just because it is not revealed to you doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

February 5, 2011

The "My Bad" of the Year Award

We are just barely into February and already some local news has started to make way for a very long year. On top of a  year old boy who was kidnapped by his mother's ex-boyfriend last week (and later found dead in a canal), a Placerville, CA principal was shot to death last week by the school janitor. That last statement sounds like the beginning of a bad joke.

Besides the tragedy of someone being shot to death, especially since the victim is a school principal who has the thankless job of trying to run a learning institution full of the next generation's irreverent and entitled youth, there are several issues I have with this story- not the journalism itself but rather with the content. Ok, I have one issue with the headline, "Janitor says not guilty in Calif. principal murder" should be changed to "F-ing idiot janitor, John Leubbers, who shot a principal 2 days ago is taking the advice of his sleazy lawyer and pleading 'not guilty'. Bwahahahaha!"

The one constant in this story that is brought up in almost every Internet news article is that shooter Leubbers and principal LaCara were friends and that they had been golfing together only a few days prior to the shooting.

Some friend.

The janitor was told by the principle on Wednesday that he had been fired and that he needed to go home. Leubbers drove home to get his gun and then returned to the school to shoot LaCara with a .357 Magnum- twice. A student witnessed the shooting.

Poor kid. I see a lot of counseling in his future. What makes this shooting tip the scales of reason in favor of the ludicrous is the fact that the shooting was based on a misunderstanding- a misunderstanding that the media is failing to report. AP news says this,
"Luebbers had only been sent home for the day after the two had an argument about the district's selection of a new nighttime custodian."
The word 'new' in this story doesn't mean Luebbers was replaced, but that another janitor was hired. Luebbers was the day time janitor and was not in jeopardy of losing his job. At least not until he Dirty Harryed the school's principal. Leubbers, which doesn't look too bright to begin with, probably had the "Oh shit" look of the century when he found out what LaCara really said. It probably looked similar to Jessica Simpson's dumb look when she can't remember song lyrics or when Obama's teleprompter is on the fritz.

What really turns this crap soup into a goulash is the shooter's sleazy lawyer, David Weiner, and his statements to the press after visiting Luebber in jail. He is definitely living up to his last name when he told the press that Luebber is suffering from "some extreme diabetic problems and associated high blood pressure." And there sets the tone for the trial. Let's look at some lame excuses for murder that have happend over the last year:

  • Alexandra Tobias - Killed 3-month old son because he was crying while she was trying to play the Facebook game Farmville.
  • Mauricio Lopez - Illegal immigrant who killed his friend because he thought he was having an affair with his wife. Drank his blood during an old Mexico ritual.
  • Stanley Neace - Killed his wife, daughter and 3 neighbors because his wife served him cold eggs.
Are we going to add Luebber to this lame list after his lawyer makes a case that diabetes and eating too much fast food leads to murder? God, I hope not.

February 1, 2011

Better late than never

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that I had a comment to moderate on a post that I made back in 2004. It was about a trip to Hawaii my parents made and how I pointed out the baggies of sand you could buy at the airports and gift shops around the islands. A Hawaiian superstition states that it is bad luck to take sand off the islands for fear of angering Pele. Anyone remember the tiki doll curse from the Brady Bunch?

A local woman was not pleased with my post. Here is the link to the original post and the comments.

Hawaiian Superstitions