Category Archives: Crazies

People No Longer Know What Jokes Are

I simply do not understand idiots who, particularly on social media, post all manner of offensive things, then when they get called on it, say “it was a joke!”  Then they get upset when people start holding them accountable for their “joke” as though actions do not have consequences.

Sorry buttercup, but they do.

Now I have no problem with actual jokes, things that are intended to be funny, but people don’t seem to know that jokes are intended to amuse, not offend, their audience.  But I think more and more today, people have forgotten that jokes themselves are supposed to be funny and are now just laughing at the reactions of people to the jokes.  But what can you expect from people who think they’re being “edgy” by throwing around profanity and racial epithets for effect?

And you know something?  These “edgelords” are just pathetic.  The whole concept of being edgy is idiotic in the extreme. I mean, not too long ago, there was a couple that used to torture their kids on video so they could post the videos of them doing terrible things to their children, causing unending mental anguish, so people could laugh at their antics.  And eventually, there was so much uproar, the police got involved and hopefully people went to jail and child protective services took their kids away. I’m sure they have no clue what they were doing wrong.  It was all just a joke, right?  Or any of the many videos on YouTube where people pull “pranks” on people and the pranks aren’t funny, they’re downright cruel.  These are evil people doing evil things to others and lacking the moral code to recognize that what they’re doing isn’t funny, it’s awful.

And you wonder why I think the country is falling apart?  Why I think that the young are destroying what the rest of us have built?  Because apparently, tearing down all of the things that have made their lives worthwhile is somehow funny.

Screw them all.

More Abject Liberal Stupidity

I can’t possibly make this stuff up.  So anyhow, there’s a discussion going on about Trump supporting women and of course, the liberals are all up in arms because Trump is literally Hitler or some crazy crap like that.  So one of these special little snowflakes pops up and says “If he really did he would support equal pay for equal work for women.”

So, facepalming all the way, I posted “It already exists and has for more than 50 years. Have you honestly never heard of the 1963 Equal Pay Act?”  And she comes back with:

I just about fell out of my chair.  Here’s this special feminist snowflake who has never even heard of the 1963 Equal Pay Act.  Well of course not, she’s completely ignorant of history and reality, she only pays attention to the feminist echo chamber, where other ignorant snowflakes know no more about anything than she does.

But this is really typical of the childish regressive left.  They have no clue what’s actually going on in the world, they refuse to venture outside of their Tumblr and Twitter safe spaces and picking up a history book to find out what’s actually happened in the past?  Heresy!  Why bother when they can just rail on about all of the crazy things their side has to say! And you wonder why I rarely manage to have productive conversations with these people, because they’re incapable of understanding anything that doesn’t come from women’s studies courses or feminist authors.

And they don’t care either!  This conversation continued for a couple of exchanges and she refused to admit she was wrong. Because all of those feminist “scholars” couldn’t have been lying to her all this time, no!  That’s impossible!  Therefore, history has to be wrong!  The data has to be wrong!  Reality has to be wrong!  There’s no other explanation.  And then she just stopped responding because things weren’t going her way.

But you know, what else is new?

Memes are Stupid

I know I’ve said this before, but memes are stupid.  And yes, I know that the stupid pictures with text like the one to the left aren’t theoretically memes in the Dawkins sense, but that’s how they’re treated and labeled most often.  So that’s what I’m going with.

Memes are what happens when you’re too damn stupid to be able to talk about the subject intelligently.  They’re what happen when you’re too lazy to express your own ideas.  They’re what happen when you’re too pathetic to form your own beliefs, instead relying on what other people have made to toss around social media.

In other words, memes are for idiots and there are far too many idiots out there.  I am ever so sick of idiots.

And this is one reason why I hate social media so much, because all people do there is throw around supposedly pithy pictures with text pasted over the top of them, as though they’re doing something worthwhile.  That’s why Twitter is so pointless, nobody is talking, everyone is just throwing memes at each other.  Are you people stupid?  It’s no wonder why the young are so laughably idiotic.

The idea of having an intellectual discussion on any of these forums is absurd.  I know, I’ve tried.  But most people are simply incapable of just typing, they constantly send images back and forth because forming independent, individual thoughts is hard.  Defending your positions is a challenge.  The world revolves around memes.  It’s lazy thinking, if you can even describe it as thinking.

And it shocks me how few people seem to recognize this.

I’m honestly expecting people to start showing up at real life political events, not carrying signs, but carrying images.  It’s how people communicate anymore.  It’s pathetic.  This is content for the short attention span theater.  It’s ideas for the short bus crowd.  Can someone please explain it to me?  Because I really don’t get how dumb the modern social media crowd is.

When Theists are Crazy

Stop quoting yourself!

Sometimes, you know you’re talking to a crazy person but you can’t actually identify why they’re crazy.  And then it becomes painfully obvious that this person is a lunatic when the proof gets dropped in your lap.

Such is the case when I was debating with a theist over on Minds.  He followed the typical theist tactic of arguing by posting links from apologetics websites and when I pointed out that said links had already been debunked, he would declare that anyone who disagreed with him absolutely didn’t know what they were talking about, because they disagreed.

Yeah.  This is going to end well.

And then I noticed that he kept posting memes.  Of himself.  Of his own quotes.  Because, according to him, he was the only one worth quoting.  I mean seriously, he created a ton of memes of his own sayings that he posts with just about every comment.  Talk about being delusional.

So I pointed out how crazy that is and he says that fine, this is what someone, who isn’t him, said about him.  And I quote:

Ancient Clown was a hippy pothead I met who cultivated a circle of acolytes who believed him to be the second coming, a notion he did nothing to disabuse them of. He was quite charismatic, granted. And he made little trees out of twisted wire. Oh, and he predicted the tsunami several days in advance. Go figure. He managed to wear sandals with no socks for the duration of a Toronto winter, which makes him a fairly impressive individual. Also taught me how to breathe properly.

It all makes sense now why he believes such utterly insane religious nonsense, because he’s fried what little brain he ever had and thinks he’s something special.

Seriously, where do these idiots come from and how do we get rid of them?  That was a couple of hours of my life I can never get back.  It accomplished nothing, which is what most of these so-called debates do.  Taking with crazy people never does a thing and after a while, it becomes painfully clear that you need to slowly back away and call the guys with the nice white coat that ties in the back.  The Internet is full of them.  These people need help.

The Stupidity of Reporting Comments

This doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but there are still people who will report my own comments on my own blog to IntenseDebate, as if they are totally unaware that the report comes right back to me.  I am the only one who can delete a comment.  IntenseDebate cannot.  So you’re asking me to censor myself, which is really a pretty stupid thing to do.

But then again, these are stupid people.

Now I have had, over the years, people who just showed up on my blog to complain.  No matter what I had to say, they found something to whine about and they hated everything I had to say, no matter what it was about.  I could say I liked mint chocolate chip ice cream and they’d complain about it, just because I said it.  There have been rare occasions where I’ve banned them from commenting, after I’ve issued warning after warning after warning and it’s been ignored.  Most of the time, I just ignore them and hope they go away because they’re just annoying, not offensive and talking to them at all somehow validates their actions, at least as far as they’re concerned.  They want attention and giving it to them just encourages them to continue.

There are people who hate the fact that I have a blog and they can’t shut me up so they try everything in their power to get me shut down.  I had one person complain to my web host, which just sent me the complaint and I circular filed it.  I’ve had people try to report me to IntenseDebate and more than a couple who just send e-mail directly to me complaining about my comments and demanding that I remove it, as though they don’t realize that they’re sending the e-mail to the person who wrote the comments.  Sure, that’s bright.

But they’re not bright, are they?  They have no clue that I’m paying to post whatever I want to post. They don’t have to like it, they don’t have to read it, but they can’t stop it.  I think that pisses them off so they do everything in their power, which isn’t a lot, to get it removed.  It hasn’t worked in the last 12 years, I don’t think it’s going to work any time soon.  I don’t think they understand how this technology thing actually works.  That says a lot about these people, doesn’t it?

What is Wrong With These Crazy People?

Now as everyone knows, I’ve been checking out Minds as a new social media platform, not because I have any love for social media, but because a lot of people have been abandoning places like Twitter and Facebook and moving over there and these are, what I thought, were “my people”.

But wow, was I wrong, at least for a sizeable chunk of them.

Now these people are seemingly intelligent, at least they can string together a couple of sentences of decently chosen words, but on more than one occasion, and it’s more than you might even think, these people will be speaking semi-intellectually about things like politics or philosophy and suddenly go into a diatribe about the Illuminati.  Or the flat earth.  Or some other crazy conspiracy theory that leaves me shaking my head, once my jaw stops bouncing off the floor.  Because it makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with these people?

I mean seriously, I was watching one video where this woman was having what seemed to be a serious discussion about the rise of communism in America, when she just broke off into “well, I could talk about the Illuminati or the Bilderbergs, who really run things…” and I just shut off her video.  Sorry, you’ve just lost yourself a viewer.  And I have also noticed that there are a ton, and I mean a metric ton of anti-Semites running around too, blaming the Jews for everything.  I mean, holy crap, what is wrong with these idiots?

There honestly doesn’t seem to be anywhere I can go where people are just rational.  It’s always varying degrees of irrationality.  There’s always some kind of crazy running around out there, even in so-called “skeptic” communities, where people will be pretty decent most of the time until you find that one thing that they are just out of their bloody minds about.

What the fuck is wrong with humanity?

Can’t Change The Crazy

I don’t know why I bother sometimes.  I was having a recent discussion about religion and someone popped in and said that it was a complete waste of time to complain about the failures of religion because the religious will just be more motivated to cling to their beliefs anyhow. What’s the point, other than catharsis, of bothering to tell the religious how wrong their religious beliefs are.

I pointed out that you can’t change the crazies, but you can make it plain how crazy the crazies are.  I think that’s a perfectly valid strategy, whether you’re talking about religion or politics or anything else.  There are nutty things that nutty people believe and nothing anyone says will stop them from believing it.  But establishing that these things are nutty is going to lessen the impact these insane people can have on the world at large.

In fact, I think Hitchens had it exactly right. We do no one any favors by coddling them. We do so by having high expectations and holding people accountable. This doesn’t just go for religion, it goes for any woo belief. It goes for anti-vaccers. It goes for homeopathy. It goes for “The Secret” wishful thinking garbage. Any of this stuff that is completely unjustifiable and irrational and in violation of the available evidence needs to be stomped on hard. Because in reality, it is dangerous. Maybe not every person who believes it is dangerous, but for every person listening to Jenny McCarthy’s previous anti-vaccer nonsense, you have people actively trying to harm herd immunity. For every person who vaguely questions evolution because of what the Bible says, you have real lunatics trying to harm science education in America. And for everyone who thinks that God is taking them away to a better place, you have people actively working to undermine conservation and ecological efforts because who cares, nuke the planet, it doesn’t matter anyhow. And the existence of these moderate and liberal woo-mongers just gives the real crazies a place to hide. You’ve got to nuke the site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

And this is why I’m so disgusted by the accommodationists, the atheists who want to pat the religious on their precious little heads because they’re too stupid to know better and we don’t want to hurt their feelings now, do we?  Yes.  Yes I do.  I want these people to know that I hate their beliefs.  I don’t hate them, but I hate their beliefs.  They should be embarrassed to believe what they do.  They should know that people think they are morons.  They should be afraid to open their mouths for fear that someone is going to point out the flaws in their beliefs.  Maybe they’ll stop opening their mouths.  Maybe they’ll stop believing it.  Anything is an improvement and an improvement is what we need.  That’s the whole point: to make people smarter and more rational and better able to avoid the kind of ridiculous, overly-emotional woo-beliefs that have been far too prevalent today.  I don’t care if my approach makes people happy.  I don’t care if it makes them hate me.  I care that they change, whatever it takes.  We can’t change the crazy, but we can make the crazy less able to harm the world.  I’ll take what I can get.

Everyone Isn’t Like Me

I can’t tell you how sick I am of hearing this, but when I end up in a discussion about personal responsibility and I bring up the fact that I can and do live within my means, that I do make responsible decisions and that I do all of the things that my personal philosophy calls for, I invariably get people saying “yeah, but everyone isn’t like me!”

So the hell what?

I don’t make that argument to be “holier than though”, I make it to show that my philosophy actually does work in practice and can be successfully used.  I am living proof.  I’m nothing special, I’m just a responsible person living a responsible life, who has dramatically bettered my own life and that of my family by living responsibly.  This isn’t magic, it’s just following a particular philosophical system that works as advertised.  Yet you have people, particularly on the left, disparaging the philosophy, saying “not everyone can do that”.

Yes, they can, they just won’t.  There is a difference.

When people refuse to act responsibly, that isn’t an example of the failure of responsible living, it’s an example of the failure of the individual.  The fact remains, responsible living works just fine, there are plenty of examples of it out there, myself included.  Saying “it doesn’t work because I choose not to even try it” is ludicrous, but this is the tack that a lot of liberal debaters take.  And it doesn’t matter if it isn’t easy, if it doesn’t make you happy or if it gets in the way of your liberal philosophy either, it works, as demonstrated by the many people who live that way.  That you don’t want to put in the hard work is irrelevant to reality.  It’s a ludicrous argument to say “I don’t even feel like trying, therefore you are wrong”.

So why does this come up so often?  Because people on the left don’t want to acknowledge human agency.  Responsibility is a bad word to those on the left who think that everyone deserves to be given things on a silver platter and the idea of having to earn anything for themselves is anathema. Therefore, just because it can be done doesn’t mean that it ought to be done.  It’s too hard and it might make people unhappy, therefore they simply ignore the fact that people who put in the effort are actually successful.  Success doesn’t matter, feelings do.

The more I think about it, the more I realized that this applies to the religious right too.  If I say that I don’t “need God”, I invariably get the response that not everyone is like me.  They certainly could be if they chose to be, they simply prefer the emotionally comforting path over the rational one.  Making an emotional choice doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it means you choose not to.  That’s not much of an excuse in my book but it’s the only excuse they have.  Wanting something to be true doesn’t make it any more likely to be true.  Being emotionally uncomfortable with the state of reality doesn’t make reality change one bit.  What is wrong with these people who think that it does?

The Libertarian Lunacy Returns

While there’s a lot of drama going on with the Trump victory and the whiny, crying Clinton supporters, there’s one more thing that nobody should be surprised at, the complete and utter failure of the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Anyone with half a clue knew that he’d lose and by a ridiculous margin, but you still had those crazed libertarians thinking that this time… this time, he might win.

Except they’ve been saying that about libertarian candidates for nearly 50 years and it hasn’t happened yet.  It hasn’t even been close.  Their candidates are barely a speedbump in the political road and they’re not getting better.  I could see it if they were consistently getting more votes in election after election, but they’re not.  They’re stagnant.  If anything, they’re getting worse.  And if they couldn’t make any traction in this election, an election between two major candidates that everyone hated, it’s time to pack it in and give it up.

Except they won’t.  They won’t admit the reality that their political platform doesn’t resonate with any significant portion of the American public.  That’s why they lose, because nobody likes them, but you won’t see any of them admitting it, will you?  Instead, they make excuses.  It’s all rigged.  There’s a conspiracy theory keeping them out of power.  Everything but accepting the ridiculously obvious, that they lose because nobody in their right mind wants them to win.

And I called it.  It wasn’t hard to do.  It was painfully obvious that Johnson was not only going to lose, but was going to lose by an absurd margin.  He didn’t pick up any significant steam in this election than the party had in any other, and if you can’t make tremendous strides here, give the hell up.  But libertarians won’t do it.  They’ll continue to make excuses for why their boy screwed the pooch when they were so sure that he’d have a good showing.  They can’t admit that their failure comes from their platform, not from some vast conspiracy to keep them out of office.  The Libertarians are a laughing stock.  They always have been and they always will be.  You know what they call people who continue to do the same thing over and over and over expecting different results, right?  And that’s exactly what libertarianism is in the west.  Completely, totally and utterly insane.

Reality Has to Mean More than Fantasy

I came across a debate today, one that I wasn’t involved in, but you had a crazy libertarian on one side proclaiming that natural rights were real, so there, and on the other, you had a skeptic who kept asking him a lot of the same questions that I ask regularly.  Questions like “how do you know what natural rights are?” and “how do you objectively define what is a natural right and what is not?”  Well, our libertarian friend couldn’t, or more properly wouldn’t, answer any of the questions, he just kept repeating his unsupported claims over and over and over again.  He apparently doesn’t care about reality.

Two things occurred to me.  First, they have no idea how their core principles came about and second, that they have no clue how to get there rationally.  This reinforces my idea that libertarianism operates largely like a religion because the religious have the same two problems.  Neither of them are capable of getting back to core principles and explaining how they came about to anyone who doesn’t already swig the same Kool-Aid.  How do you objectively define a natural right?  They don’t know. How many natural rights are there?  They have no clue.  They lack a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of their own political philosophy.  And when they fail, all they can do, like the religious, is run back to their holy books.  “This is what Thomas Paine said” or “this is what John Locke said”.  I don’t care what they said, I’m not debating them, I’m debating you.  Show me that you know that you understand your philosophy in your own words.  They can’t do it.

The same is true of the religious.  Their core belief is that some god exists.  How do they know this?  They have no answers.  I want to know how you personally determined, on your own, that your god actually exists in objective reality.  I don’t care what your silly religious book says.  I don’t care what  your pastor says.  I’m not going to look at the trees.  I care what evidence you can present that supports your contention that this thing that you worship is actually real.  But they can’t do it.  They have no argument, they have no evidence, they just have blind faith, just like the libertarians.  If you can’t explain why you believe what you believe in your own words, demonstrating your own understanding of the belief, then you have no intellectual reason to believe it, period.

Both of these groups live in their own little fantasy world, where what they want to be true is more important than what is actually true.  When I point this simple fact out, I have been told, I shit you not, that it is unfair to require people to think rationally about their beliefs because being rational isn’t important.  Yeah, let me say that again: being rational isn’t important.

And you wonder why I think these two groups have problems.

Sometimes You Just Know It’s Crazy

Sometimes, it’s so blatant that it’s obvious, that someone is talking out of their crazy ass and nothing they have to say has any validity, but sometimes, you just get this feeling in the back of your skull that this person has some serious issues, even though they start out sounding somewhat sane.

So anyhow, I was having this discussion over on Google+ on Obamacare and this one guy pops up and says that no matter what the law says, he can’t afford healthcare and he can’t get it for free because he doesn’t qualify, he’s self-employed and doesn’t make enough money to buy insurance.  Sure, I tried to be somewhat sympathetic, but I also said that, under the current system, you either paid for a policy or you paid a fine with your taxes every year.  It might not be fair, but that’s the law.

And this is where I should have gotten an inkling that something was wrong, when he started saying he wasn’t going to pay the fine.  Okay pal, whatever you say, that’s between you and the IRS and he’d have to take it up with them when they audited him for non-payment of taxes.  So he says:

I’m aware of that. It’s called standing up for your basic human rights in the face of tyrrany. I’ll it. And I have plenty of ammo. So basically that nigger in the white house cam kiss my ass.

Yeah.  Sure.  So not only is this guy an idiot, he’s a racist idiot.  And I tell him so.

I already know that. Your a white guilt nigger loving cunt, you probably fuck Muslims… Now I’m a real asshole lol… I can do this all day

Yes, you can be an idiot all day.  But what he also did, as I pointed out, was entirely eliminate any credibility he had for any of his arguments.  He lost any sympathy that he had from anyone participating in the discussion with his racist outburst. Good job, asshole.

And to cap it all off, I had to go look at his profile and it left me rolling my eyes.  It was bad enough when it started off with “Marijuana Man”, but his whole description follows:

I am a descendent of Adamu the Genetically modified  Slave of the Anunaki. My religion is Baptist, I call on Jesus for salvation in ho0pes and faith that he is the son of the  omnipotent creator of the Universes, Anon-Ra. I seek the keys to the universe. Aliens from Nibiru are not gods, no matter what they think of themselves. They are here with us you know. The New World Order in the end is the Anunaki seeking all the gold, as usual. They are not gods they are addicts. Monotonic gold and telemere booster the chakra and the wings of Hermes. This is my quest, the search for god. I can’t stop.

Excuse me while I back away slowly.  Okay, check that, excuse me while I run as fast as I can.  In retrospect, I knew something was off and I’m glad it became obvious before I went down that particular rabbit hole.  Sometimes… wow.  Just wow.

Crazy Celebrity Death Cults

Hey, guess what, Harper Lee died.  So what?  Yeah, that’s what I said, but apparently there are a lot of people who are just totally broken up about it because someone who once did something might have finally died of old age.  Unfortunately, these people act like it’s a national tragedy.

Why?  I will never understand why people get so broken up about people they never met, who never had the slightest impact on their lives, but whose name they’ve heard so all of a sudden, we have to dress in sack cloth and ashes and cry about it.  I mean, in the discussion I was watching, half the people literally didn’t know that Harper Lee was a woman.  Seriously.  They had no real clue who she was, but it’s a horrible catastrophe that “he’s” dead.

Honestly, more than 56 million people drop dead on this planet every single year.  Nobody laments the overwhelming majority of them.  It isn’t like people are watching the obituaries and crying because Fred Johnson of Tallahassee dropped dead at age 96.  Nobody, outside of Fred’s friends and family, give a crap, nor should they.  People die.  It’s a natural part of the life cycle.  People are born, people live and people die.  The whole crying and gnashing of teeth thing gets old really, really quick.

Besides, as I said, most of these people really had no clue who Harper Lee was.  She wrote a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1960.  She didn’t publish another book until 2015 and it wasn’t particularly well received.  It isn’t like she was a literary legend.  She didn’t change the face of literature through her lifelong contributions.  Most people have probably never even read her book, or if they did, they were probably required to do so in high school and forgot about it immediately thereafter.  She was no J.R.R. Tolkien and even if she was, I wouldn’t be crying about it.  People die.  Get over it.

I always find this phenomenon bizarre.  Whenever someone who ever did anything remotely noteworthy kicks the bucket, they come out in droves, whining that the world is a worse place without them.  It’s usually someone who drops dead of old age or after fighting some disease.  I might be able to see it if they met a violent end, but for natural causes?  Why?  And it’s usually someone who did something once upon a time but has not done anything worthwhile since.  Oh no, they were in a band 50 years ago but haven’t played a note in decades!  Horrors, someone who was in a movie I once saw, but who hasn’t acted for years is gone!  Seriously, I think that when Tommy Wiseau, who did the execrable The Room or James Nyugen, who created the craptastic Birdemic, die, we’re going to get calls for a national day of mourning.  It really is that ridiculous.

Here’s a news flash for you.  People die.  Every day.  It happens.  It isn’t a big deal.  Oh sure, if you are a close personal friend, it’s probably meaningful, if it’s a family member, you ought to mourn, but otherwise, shut the hell up and get on with your life. Grow the hell up and deal with reality.  Here’s a way to know if you ought to care if someone dies.  Ask yourself if you’ve even thought about that person in the past 10 years.  If not, knock off the crocodile tears.  They don’t impress anyone.

It’s Only Terrorism if it’s Not My Religion!

Got into a shit storm recently with predictable results.  Someone posed the question that if we have Muslim terrorism, that is terrorism that is performed specifically in the name of and motivated by Islamic beliefs, are similar acts performed by Christians, in the name of Christianity and motivated by Christian belief, likewise terrorist.  Now clearly, the answer is yes, there is no logical or rational way around this, but of course, the Christian fanatics came out in force, demanding that Christians can never be terrorists and even if they could, there’s a lot more Islamic terrorism out there today so anything Christians do is entirely irrelevant.

Sure, tell that to the victims of The Army Of God (USA), Eastern Lightning (China) or The Lord’s Resistance Army (Kony’s little group of nutters in Africa), all of whom have been guilty of terroristic acts, if they’re irrelevant.  I would say no.  But because we were “attacking” Christianity and I guess being a bunch of meanies that are making them feel bad, we just have to be wrong.

So there!

But as I pointed out, while lots of acts can be considered terrorist, assigning meaning comes from motivation, not from membership.  Just because someone happens to be a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew and performs a terrorist act doesn’t make them a fill-in-the-blank terrorist.  We have to look at why they do the things that they do.  To do so, I used two common examples.  See, Adolph Hitler was very open and honest that the reason he was doing what he was doing to the Jews was his Christian religious beliefs.  In Mein Kampf, he stated “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”  This is certainly not the only passage where he says so, but he lays it out very clearly, he is doing the will of God in wiping out the Jews.  While what he did wasn’t terrorism because it was state-sponsored, it certainly was Christian in nature.  Then you can look at Stalin, who was just as much of a murderous madman as Hitler, but he was also quite clear why he was doing what he did and it had nothing whatsoever to do with his atheism.  It was for political power.  Yet there are a lot of Christians out there who are supremely convinced that he and Pol Pot and other communist dictators acted out of atheism, not out of political expediency.  For Hitler, you have his direct words explaining his motivations.  Christians just don’t like those words so they try to distance themselves from them.  For Stalin, you do as well, but those words don’t support the claims of the religious.  In both cases, the beliefs of the religious are not supported by the reality and honestly, none of them care.

So for some terrorist violence, we know why it’s being done and we can properly assign blame.  When a bunch of guys with machine guns come on shooting people yelling “Allahu Akbar”, it’s pretty obvious what their motivation is.  For things that are not as clear cut, we can only speculate but we can never know for sure.  But to deny that those crazies screaming “Allahu Akbar” are doing things for religious reasons, that’s to deny reality and far too many people are far too willing to do exactly that.

The Stupidity of Gun Control

This kind of stuff is rampant among the left, and I know that I’m saying a lot about the left recently, but a lot of this garbage has come floating to the surface recently.  This is probably no more true when it comes to the gun banning arguments that the liberals make, particularly following well-publicized shootings.  Whether or not these shootings are all that common of not seems irrelevant to them, the fact that the media is following the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality and these gullible idiots are so programmed to look for it in the media, it’s no surprise that this comes up a lot.

And along with the stories come the idiots, like this one who thinks that for gun control, the only way anyone should be given a license for a firearm is to voluntarily take a bullet.  Yes, it is as stupid as it sounds. Salon writer D. Watkins thinks that the only way anyone ought to be able to get a permit for a gun is to stand up against a wall and get a bullet through a hopefully-non-lethal body part.

But that’s about as stupid as saying that the only way to get a license to drive a car is to get your ass run over.  Or if you want to buy rat poison, you have to be willing to swallow a hopefully-non-lethal amount?  After all, there are a lot more vehicular deaths in America than gun deaths and lots more people get poisoned than get shot.  But no, they have an irrational fear of guns, therefore, they demand people shoot themselves to get access to a gun.

The problem is, that’s just stupid.  The last people you want to give a gun to is a crazy person who is willing to take a bullet, those are people who are abnormal and insane.  But of course, liberals don’t think this stuff out very well.  Okay, more properly, liberals don’t think very well.  They feel.  They react.  They do not reason.  That’s the biggest problem with the liberal mindset, it’s the one that I generally complain about most often because it is absurdly true.

So, D. Watkins, if you want to be allowed to own a pen, please plunge it into your eye first.  Or if you want to use a laptop, smash it into your face repeatedly.  Prove you really want it.  Maybe you’ll just beat yourself into unconsciousness and we won’t have to read any more stupidity from you.  Wouldn’t that be nice?


That Old Time Libertarian Religion

Social ContractIf there’s anything that doing a YouTube channel has taught me, it’s that libertarians are crazy.  In every comment I get from them, it becomes harder and harder to tell the difference between them and fundamentalist Christians.  There is nothing but blind faith and empty assertions in their ideas and when you point that out, they just double down on the stupidity.

In that, there’s really no difference between the ideas of the libertarian and the ideas of the religious, or, let’s be honest, the ideas of the conspiracy theorist.  You only have to look at the comments on videos like this one or this one to see how clear that is. There really is no fundamental difference between libertarianism and creationism, you have people who are denying demonstrable reality in favor of their daft desires to live in a world that doesn’t happen to be the one they actually live in.  No amount of evidence matters.  If it goes against their religious beliefs or political ideologies, it has to be wrong.

So much of this comes down to dealing with the reality of the social contract.  I recently had someone state that the social contract doesn’t exist, which demonstrably does, but he just doesn’t like the idea, so it magically poofs away in a cloud of irrationality.  He suggests that it’s like saying that because a woman chooses to go eat dinner with a man, she agrees to be raped by him.  Okay, let’s ignore the fact that nobody can, by definition, agree to be raped.  If you agree, it isn’t rape.  How he didn’t realize that one is beyond me.  But still, the use of rape is just an emotional tool, pretty much nobody but rapists actually like rape, therefore you’ve got an automatic negative emotional reaction to the proposition which then gets transferred to the idea that you’re comparing it to.  This is old, dishonest and very common, but anyone with half a clue sees right through it.

Therefore, let’s not talk about rape.  Say you go out to eat at a restaurant.  You are obligated to pay for the food that you consume.  If you don’t, if you try to walk out without paying, you are stopped, the police are called, you are handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, taken to jail, etc.  You don’t get to say “but I didn’t agree to pay!”  Sure you did.  It’s inherent in the transaction.  You have agreed, by your participation in the transaction, to carry your end of the bargain, whether you like it or not.  If you don’t like it, by all means, don’t take part in the transaction.  Don’t go to the restaurant.  Don’t eat the food. Whining that you’re hungry but don’t want to pay for it has no impact on this reality.

The same is true of the social contract.  It has existed in every single society in the history of mankind and always will.  If there are laws, if there are rules and regulations, there is a social contract because people are expected and in fact obligated to follow the laws of the land or face penalties for failing to do so.  That’s what the social contract is.  It is the inherent expectation that people within a society are going to follow the rules set up by that society or face the consequences for not doing so.  There is no way to opt out and you never have to opt in.  You agree to it as a consequence of being part of that society.  The only way out of it is to physically get up and bodily leave the society and find another that you find more acceptable, assuming they’re willing to take you in.  Or you can go find an unclaimed island somewhere and set up your own society, define your own rules and laws and then, you’ll be holding everyone who lives there accountable to your own social contract.  I’m sure the crazy libertarian’s brains will implode at the thought.  Even if there was a libertarian society where the concept of “no force” was in place, that “no force” would be part of the social contract!  Too bad these political wingnuts have no rational thought processes or they’d know that.

It really is no wonder that nobody takes libertarians seriously, except for other libertarians, just like nobody takes the religious seriously, except for other members of their cult.  No one should, these people are completely irrational in their ideas and completely unable to step back and see just how irrational they really are.  As such, ignoring them and/or pointing and laughing seems to be the only worthwhile responses to their insanity.  Since I spend so much time pointing out the idiocy of religion, I have no problem expanding that to crazed political ideologies as well.

Mohammad on Busses?

muhammad_cartoon_big_fat_bookPamela Geller, the same one who put on the art show in Garland Texas that was shot up by ISIS-backed Muslim terrorists wants to see the artwork from the show gracing public busses and subway stations.  She wants to see depictions of Mohammad shown far and wide as a way of proving to the extremists that they cannot impose their religion on others.  As expected, bus and subway operators are hesitant to do so, it would open their operations to substantial risk and potential lawsuits and the left are out screaming racism and hurling insults at Geller, but I think it isn’t a terrible idea, done carefully.

The whole point of terrorism is to either force behavior or restrict behavior based on a threat of violence.  If we change our behavior specifically because of that threat of violence then in essence, the terrorists have won and I don’t think that’s acceptable.  Also, there is no such thing as sacred in a secular society, so giving the Muslims a pass to harm others because their religious beliefs are insulted while restricting other groups from doing the same is a violation of the most basic tenets of American freedom.  You cannot restrict free speech and you cannot respect violence done in response to free speech.  If you do, you’re no longer living in the United States of America.  The idea that we ought to stop drawing Mohammed because it pisses off the Muslims is as abhorrent as closing all of the abortion clinics because they offend the Christians.  Both the Muslims and the Christians need to grow the hell up and get over themselves.

Yet I think both groups, indeed any group, needs to be shown that it cannot threaten people with violence to get its way either. There is no right whatsoever not to be offended.  If something offends you, either don’t look at it or get over it.  Those are your choices.  Pulling a gun and shooting someone isn’t.  That might fly in the Middle East, it doesn’t fly in an advanced western society.  I think the more we offend these people, the more they have to see what they most despise, the less it will affect them if it’s everywhere.  They’re going to have to be pushed to deal with reality as it is, not as they wish it was.  The same goes for the idiot creationists who hate evolution.  Don’t give in, just keep teaching it.  Show these people they have no control over the real world.

It probably isn’t a good idea to put these pictures in public places where the possibility of widespread bloodshed exists.   I support the right of individuals or privately-held companies doing it though.  Someone has to stand up to these radical Muslim animals.  Apparently, the increasingly liberal citizens of America don’t have the balls.


Liberals Don’t Understand Mythology

Sarcophagus_with_the_Abduction_of_Persephone_by_Hades_(detail)Every time I think that the craziness of radical liberals has gone as far as it can go, I find an even more bizarre story of lefty loons gone out of their minds.  Strap in, here we go again.

The Washington Post reports that students at Columbia University are demanding that classes on Greek mythology need to have trigger warnings because some of the things found in these ancient myths could just be triggering to modern students. According to one unnamed “woman of color” quoted in the article, she was unable to handle reading Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” because it included depictions of rape and sexual assault against Daphne and Persephone.  She was unable to engage with the class, even though she admits that the teacher never brought up those ideas in the classroom.  How horrible!

But I thought these were supposed to be adults who ought to be able to handle such things.  If they can’t these idiots have no business voting or drinking or doing any of the other things that we expect people to be adults to do.  They are just emotionally stunted children in the bodies of young adults and this is the future of this nation?  No wonder we’re so screwed.

It’s becoming clear as time goes on that radical liberals are idiots.  According to Elizabeth Nolan Brown in Reason. “Apparently this discussion of Ovid was so threatening it was a matter of self-preservation to ignore it. If that’s really true — if the mere discussion of rape causes this student to feel panicked and physically unsafe — than she needs help treating severe post-traumatic stress disorder, not a f—— trigger warning.”

Harvey Silverglate wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “What should be the object of derision, a focus for satire, is instead the subject of serious faux academic discussion and precautionary warnings. For this disorder there is no effective quarantine. A whole generation of students soon will have imbibed the warped notions of justice and entitlement now handed down as dogma in the universities.”

Even sex blogger Susannah Breslin says that feminists and other far left idiots are overdoing it, that they are using the term “like a Southern cook applies Pam cooking spray to an overused nonstick frying pan.”  Yet it continues to happen, crazy leftists are demanding that some schools force professors to put trigger warnings on their curriculum and allow people to opt out of classes that may contain “content that may trigger the onset of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

I’m sorry, if you legitimately have PTSD, seek professional psychiatric help.  You don’t need a trigger warning, you need a psychiatrist.  Yet these stories come in from across the country, with more and more demands that no one ever be personally offended by anything for any reason.  They’re even claiming that a classroom filled with white students is a racial microaggression and has to be stopped.  Are these people out of their minds?  The answer is yes and that’s what liberalism does to people.


What’s Wrong With Being Stupid?

Can't Fix StupidThis is really why I’m increasingly convinced that having religious debates is pointless. I recently had a discussion with someone who self-described as a moderate theist, they refused to even say what kind of theist they were, although I’m relatively certain they are some kind of new-agey Christian type.  So we start talking about evidence and what criteria people ought to have in order to accept religious claims as reasonably true and he says there is no criteria.  Evidence doesn’t matter.  So long as you feel good about the things that you believe, you should be able to believe anything you want.

Vishnu?  Zeus?  Sure, go ahead!  Faith healing and creationism?  Knock yourself out!  Leprechauns?  Unicorns?  Absolutely! There is nothing so absurd that we should tell believers that they are wrong, even if it kills the believer, their children or random members of the public.  Faith is supreme and nothing else matters!

Besides, it isn’t like what some crazy person believes ever affects me, right?  That was when I launched into the Religious Horror Show, with hundreds of examples of people killing innocent children, murdering heretics and molesting minors. I pointed out that beliefs inform actions and that people who believe in particularly odious things tend to vote for those things if they are able.  I pointed out the current battle over gay rights and historically, that the same people who are against equality today voted against things like civil rights and interracial marriage in the not too distant past.  But again, he was nonplussed, he figured people could vote for whatever they wanted and it would all magically work out in the end.  Faith is key, nothing else matters.

Finally, I threw the example we’ve been using on the podcast for the past couple of weeks, what if someone decided that they wanted to go all Aztec on your ass and rip your still-beating heart out of your chest.  Would that be okay?  Sure, he says! Come and get me!  It was then that I figured he was either a troll or a loon, maybe both because it’s often difficult to tell the difference between the two.  Anyone who is up for an involuntary heart extraction has to have something wrong with them.  It was about then that I started wondering if I should find an old Aztec ceremonial knife or just shake my head and leave because both options started looking equally appealing.  I decided to do the latter though because even though he seemed fine with me gouging his ticker out of his chest, I was pretty sure that the authorities would disagree.

I’d just assume this was a troll, had I not seen a number of people recently advocating the exact same thing.  Any act, so long as it is religious, ought to be okay, regardless of the act and regardless of the consequences.  Religion is all.  Nothing else matters. These people are either stupid or crazy and they don’t seem to understand what’s wrong with that.

Shallow Consumers: The Car Edition

Animaniacs SurveyA couple of months ago, I agreed to join a year-long study of American consumers on automobiles, answering questions about what is important to me about modern cars and the direction that the automotive industry is going.  It takes me a couple of minutes a week, usually answering one or two short questionnaires about various subjects and, what the heck, I get a couple of Amazon gift cards for my time.

However, it didn’t take long to realize that the overwhelming majority of people involved in the survey are shallow idiots and worse yet, the study itself is geared to over-emotional morons.  Most questionnaires, like  the one I just completed, about car seats. spent every second wondering how one’s car seats made them feel.  Were they sexy?  Were they fashionable?  The one thing they never bothered asking about at all was were they functional?  Did they do the job which they were designed to do? The whole thing is form over function, actually, form to the complete exclusion of function.  It’s designed for ultra-shallow people who consume products based on emotion, not intellect.

I am not one of those people.  I buy products because they perform a function that I need performed, not because I care what other people think of me or how it makes me feel superior.  That’s idiotic, but apparently, that describes the majority of the American consumers.  So many of these studies and surveys count on the fact that their respondents are utter morons.

This goes back to the point I unfortunately have to make repeatedly, that people are stupid and act with their “hearts” and not their heads.  Companies rely on that gullibility to sell people crappy products that hit those emotional triggers instead of having to produce a better product.  This thing sucks, but now it’s available in fashion colors!

I don’t care about fashion colors.  Give me a regular colored car.  I don’t care about flashy gadgets that I will never use. Give me a car that gets me from point A to point B in comfort and efficiently.  I don’t need my car to massage me, I don’t need my car to talk to me, I don’t need my car to entertain me, I just need it to transport me.  That’s the purpose of a car.  What’s more, I don’t give a damn how my car makes anyone think about me.  People who are trying to live vicariously through their belongings have serious psychological problems.  ’nuff said.

Wanting the Mutually Exclusive

idiotsI’ve been debating online on various forums for a very, very, very long time.  Mostly, I stick to general purpose forums, not dedicated to politics or religion, because it gives me a one-size-fits-all solution, with members from all walks of life and subjects across the board. You have the far right neo-cons and the far-left-liberals, you have the hardline atheists and the hardline fundamentalists and everything in between.  However, one problem with these general purpose forums is that you don’t get any really good topical debates with people really passionate about their subject matter, there is so much to see and do that you don’t get many single-topic debaters.  If you want to talk about religion, you either get the crazies or you get people who just wander by for a bit until they are distracted by something else.

Therefore, I tend to keep one or two strictly religious forums around, just so that I can go and debate religion in a place where everyone is there for the same thing.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that the moderation on religion-specific forums is very hard to keep balanced and what one group of people look for in moderation is antithetical to another group and this tends to drive away those whose desires aren’t catered to.

Case in point, I’ve been on Debating Christianity & Religion since 2005, although I often take extended vacations from it. I actually started there after another general purpose forum I had been a member of dropped their religious forums and suggested people go there.  It’s a great forum, lots of fantastic people and it has had it’s fair share of religious crazies. It also had a rule that I’ve pointed out a couple of times, it’s rule #5 which reads:  “Support your assertions/arguments with evidence. Do not persist in making a claim without supporting it. All unsupported claims can be challenged for supporting evidence. Opinions require no support, but they should not be considered as valid to any argument, nor will they be considered as legitimate support for any claim.”  This is fantastic because it does away with theists who think proclaiming faith automatically wins arguments.  I wish every debate forum would do this and hold people accountable to it.  Unfortunately, it also drove away most of the theists who knew they could never follow that rule, thus the majority of people on the forum now are atheists and a couple of theists who simply refrain from arguing for their religion at all.  I wander back over there from time to time, make some posts and quickly remember why I left because it just isn’t much fun with nobody to debate.

The other is Religious Forums, which is more geared toward theists, although there is a very healthy atheist community there, but they have the exact opposite problem.  The majority of their theists only deal in emotional pleas and blind faith and nobody stops them.  In fact, when anyone tries to point out how absurd emotional claims are, they get in trouble.  A lot of the more reasonable, rational theists have left because of the crazies and I’ve found that it really isn’t that much fun when the majority of people you talk to just make faith-based pronouncements and have zero interest whatsoever in talking intellectually.  I just opted to take another extended vacation there because I got sick of crazy theists just being crazy.

My question is, what other choices are there?  I want to talk to people who are reasonable, rational, engage in critical thinking and are able to examine their own beliefs intellectually.  That’s damn hard to find when it comes to religion.  You either get the idiots condemning you to hell because you’re not a fanatic like they are or the ones who go opposite extremes and say that everything is their opinion, they have no evidence and have no reason to try to justify anything to anyone.  The middle ground really doesn’t exist on either forum, unfortunately.  Is hoping to have a good debate with a theist ultimately impossible today? That’s certainly how it feels.  Apparently, I want something mutually exclusive, an intelligent theist who will actually try to defend their beliefs credibly, yet doesn’t just blow off any and all challenges.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Public Opinion Polling Stupidity

Stupidity is not a HandicapI know I’ve mentioned in the past that I, from time to time, engage in some public opinion polling.  It lets me make my opinions known to companies and I score a couple of Amazon gift certificates now and then.  It’s really win-win.  Unfortunately, recently, I got a “warning” from one of the polling places, warning me that if I didn’t straighten up and fly right, they might delete my account?  Why?  Let’s see…

First off, I’m moving too quickly.  Sorry, I’m a speed-reader, I can get through your content faster than most, there’s nothing I can or will do about that.  I’m not going to just sit around and pretend that I’m a slow reader, just because you think I ought to be.  Get over it.  They often have “choose X to make sure you’re paying attention” options in the surveys, I’ve never missed one of them, stop bitching because know how to read.

Secondly though, they said something about my responses not being “well thought out”.  No, the problem is that your questions are not well thought out.  For instance, on car-related surveys, they will almost always have a section where you can vote whether your car makes you feel more sexy or more successful on a sliding scale.  There is no option for “neither”.  I don’t get emotionally invested in my cars, they are for transportation, not a status symbol.  Therefore, for all of these emotional responses, I always pick right in the middle of the two.  Neither of the options apply at all.  I think they’re assuming that anyone taking these surveys is a shallow loser whose only concern is getting wolf whistles at the stop light so they pick the most absurdly overpriced and underperforming vehicle they can so it might make them look good.  They have no interest in someone like me, who really only cares about the performance, efficiency and comfort of the vehicle I’m driving.  They want morons.

This could be very easily fixed by simply asking specific questions to rule out particular respondents.  Ask at the very beginning, “do you have a brain” and if anyone says yes, they don’t qualify.  If they only want to hear from the stupid and shallow, just say so.  Save me time.

That is, of course, another issue that has been a constant frustration.  They spend a lot of time “pre-qualifying” you for surveys, often by entirely ignoring the pre-qualifying questions.  I mean seriously, I’ve seen them ask how much alcohol you drink in a given month.  I answer none.  I don’t drink at all.  Then they try to stuff you into a survey on all the alcohol you drink!  It’s really just absurd.  They aren’t paying the slightest bit of attention to them anyhow, they aren’t using them to build up a database about you.  They’ll ask if you have children and then, not 2 minutes later, ask the exact same question again.  Sorry, it hasn’t changed in the past 120 seconds!

In all honesty, if they want good ideas, they ought to stop using the “click here” model and make people actually type in responses.  Give me a way to actually give you a clear and concise response.  Of course, that’s not easily quantifiable and made into nice graphs to show to the board of directors.  It requires thought.  That’s not something that American business does well with today.

I wish these people would actually care about the responses they get, other than catering to the lowest conceivable denominator.  Unfortunately, that’s their business model, they want as many morons through the gate who they can charge companies for essentially worthless opinions over and over again.  Apparently, companies complain that they aren’t getting the typical low-quality responses they’re used to, how dare anyone with half a clue actually complete one of their surveys!  Bring back the brain-damaged!  Well… no.  I’m going to just go on as I’ve always done and if they don’t like it, they can tell me to leave. It won’t hurt my feelings, I really won’t care, it will just make me shake my head at the pathetic nature of the American consumer even more than I do today.

History Isn’t Sexist

intolerant-liberal-hypocriteI recently had a kerfluffle with an Internet liberal feminist, although even though she self-identified as a feminist first and foremost, it could have been with any number of social justice warriors on the far left.  I responded to her demand that we as a society do more to recognize and celebrate the contributions that women have made to history and science.  I questioned her further and she also agreed that “people of color” and “homosexuals” ought to be equally lauded for what they’ve done for the world.  Hey, great, I have no problem with that, we ought to celebrate everyone who makes their mark in the world and helps the planet be a better place to live.

That was, until I asked her what skin color, gender and sexual orientation actually had to do with some of these discoveries. Take Alan Turing for example.  He was a brilliant mathematician who became the father of modern computer science. I probably couldn’t be writing this article if it weren’t for Turing.  There is no doubt that he was a genius and set the stage for significant improvements and innovations for mankind, but… what did his sexual orientation have to do with his work?  What is it about the work he did that couldn’t have been done had he been straight.  His homosexuality had absolutely no bearing on his historically significant work.  So why do these liberals spend so much time focusing on things that had no impact whatsoever on the ideas, inventions and innovations that we remember them for?

The same can be said of famous black scientists whose scientific accomplishments had fuck all to do with their being black.  Or female historical figures whose gender meant nothing to their feats.  These people are remembered fondly for their actions, not their genetic attributes.  The idea that we have a “Black History Month” or a “Woman’s History Month” or whatever to pay special attention to the skin color or gender of people whose actions had nothing whatsoever to do with their skin color or gender is really quite absurd.  When do we get to have a “Mustache History Month” to pay homage to those who were historically notable and just so happened to have a mustache?

Of course, this was right about when she started calling me a racist and a sexist and ran away to be comforted in some feminist “safe space” where she didn’t have to actually think about the absurdity of her belief system.  That doesn’t make my questions invalid though.  We don’t give special attention to people with blue eyes or big feet, why should we give special attention to people with dark skin or who are attracted to the same gender?  You know, for people who proclaim that they want equality for all (even though they clearly don’t), they sure want people on their side to feel special and get extra recognition.

The fact is, history is made by people.  Not black people, not white people, not males and not females.  It isn’t made by gays or straights.  It’s made by people who went out and did something worthwhile.  Marie Curie didn’t discover radium because she had a vagina.  George Washington Carver didn’t discover amazing things to do with peanuts because he was black.  His brilliance came from inside, not from his skin color.

I honestly have no idea why the liberal SJW crowd can’t get this through their tiny little heads.  To them, everything is race. Everything is gender.  Everything is sexuality.  They cannot imagine a world where people are not seen first and foremost for their physical characteristics instead of being acknowledged for their skill and intelligence and ingenuity.  That doesn’t matter to them, no matter how many times they pretend that it does.  They spend all of their time looking for excuses to blame racism and sexism, to proclaim that there must be discrimination against those who do not perform well instead of just acknowledging that when it comes to merit, you actually have to earn it.  These people don’t want to earn anything, they just want to be granted special rights and abilities and recognition because of how they look.

If you want to know the real racists and sexists and bigots, you have to look no further than the social justice warriors in the liberal camp.  History isn’t sexist or racist, you liberal morons, you are!

Acceptance vs. Approval

approveI know I’ve said this before, probably because I’ve said just about everything there is to say about religion and politics before, but once again, I came across something on YouTube that made me want to present the simple reality to the incredulous once again.  In fact, I came across this on a couple of videos about feminism, where the lunatic left fringe apparently still has this really bizarre idea that just because they have a right to do a thing, that it somehow behooves absolutely everyone, everywhere, to encourage and approve of them doing that thing.  I wrote about this a while back regarding tattoos, that just because someone has the right to draw all over themselves with permanent markers doesn’t obligate me to support their idiotic actions. Just because someone has a right to be a moron, that doesn’t mean I’m not perfectly justified to point out just how stupid they are.  I can’t stop them, I don’t have to approve of their actions.  The way you act and the way you dress and the things you do to yourself, it’s entirely up to you if you want to do it but people are free to think your actions are foolish.  Like it or not, actions have consequences.  Just because someone accepts your right to do a thing doesn’t mean you automatically get their approval.

Of course, it’s not just the left, you get plenty of people on the far right who seem to have the same idea, just more evidence that the ultra-right have more in common with the ultra-left than they do with normal people.  When it comes to religion, these people not only want to be allowed to practice as they see fit, they want to be commended for filing into the churches and rewarded with widespread social acceptance.  Anyone who dares disagree with their choices is suddenly discriminating against their religious freedom.

See, I do care what some people think about me, people who are actually part of my inner circle peer group.  Their opinions matter.  I may act or not act because of what I think they will find acceptable.  For those outside of that group?  Fuck you all. It doesn’t matter to me one whit.  My question is, if these people within your in-group matter so much to you, why didn’t you seek out their opinions before you took the action, instead of expecting them to all blindly accept whatever you do?  If you don’t care enough to consult them ahead of time, why do you care at all after the fact?  More importantly though, why do you care at all about what some random person on the Internet has to say? The whining and moaning and gnashing of teeth among liberals trying to defend their actions is legendary.  Why?  Are they so emotionally weak that they can’t stand it that someone out there doesn’t like them?

Freedom of choice is not freedom from criticism.  Yes, you can get a tattoo that says “Fuck You” on your forehead, nobody is going to stop you but nobody has to respect your action either.  You can color your hair whatever color you want, but as much as you have a right to do it, others have a right to tell you that you look like an idiot.  You can wear any clothes that you want, you can drive any car that you want, you can express any opinion that you want, but there is a difference between allowing you to act and validating your actions.  This seems to be something very difficult for some people to comprehend.  Whether you like it or not, there is no right to be liked or respected or agreed with.  That kind of respect is earned and far too many people simply don’t care to do it, they think it’s just magically theirs to command.

They are wrong and they need to stop whining when they don’t get what was never theirs to begin with.

Religious Admissions of Failure

religious-facepalmI really get sick and tired of this kind of thing, but it is the final wheezes of a failed position.  How many theists have said to you, after going through a long debate where they have never been able to back up a single thing except through professions of faith, that they’re going to ignore everything you’ve said to them and just take their particular religious position anyhow. Why are so many theists entirely unable to admit failure?

I just had that happen again, a theist went into a debate full of proclamations that they could prove their religion correct and after I’d gotten done shaking it around like a rag doll, spilling it’s contents all over the forum for everyone to see, he simply declared that he was going to believe what he believed and there wasn’t anything I could do about it, then he threw in that little “fuck you” at the end, that he was going to heaven and I was going somewhere else.

This is really why I don’t get into heavy debates much anymore, I know it’s ultimately a waste of time and even when shown to be completely wrong, the theists aren’t honest enough to admit defeat, they just go back to bobbing on the Jesus knob as though nobody had ever said anything to challenge their faith in the first place.  You might think that this is only a problem with fundamentalists, but you’d be wrong.  In fact, I’ve found it to be even a bigger problem with some of the ultra-liberal Christians because they won’t even stand still long enough to get a bead on.

I had a recent discussion with a “progressive” Christian (I guess even he is ashamed of the liberal label) who assured me that there was no discovery that could possibly be made that would change his faith because he didn’t actually care about anything in the Bible, he didn’t care if Jesus existed and he didn’t care if God was real.  He was a follower of the teachings of Jesus, not the person of Jesus.  If Jesus turned out to be a complete myth, so what?  The writings in the Bible attributed to Jesus were still there and nothing else mattered.  Thus, so long as the Bible existed, his faith was secure.  He even argued in favor of picking and choosing what parts of the scriptures he wanted to believe because he wasn’t after salvation, he wasn’t after eternal life, he just wanted to feel good.  When I pointed out that virtually no Christian on the planet would consider him a Christian, he shrugged, said they were all wrong and didn’t care what they thought.

I don’t have a particular problem with that, after all, I know of a couple of secular Buddhists who ignore any of the supernatural crap in Buddhism, they just read the writings of Gautama Buddha and get something out of it.  However, this guy, even though he says he doesn’t care about God or Jesus, still believes in God and Jesus.  He says he’s not doing it for eternal salvation, but he still believes it exists.  If I didn’t know better, I’d say this guy was a troll, but he’s a really consistent troll if so.  He’s also hardly the only one I’ve ever had that told me that.

So what’s the point in having these debates if theists are so utterly dishonest that they cannot acknowledge that they’ve lost, or that any of their blind faith claims are wrong?  Don’t give me that “you’re doing it for the audience” crap.  It seems that on the forum I’m on, either everyone is already an atheist or they are the “I’m never changing my mind” crowd.  This is becoming the norm in discussions and debates everywhere.  What’s the point?

Creepy Chaplains are Creepy

Honestly, the chaplain looked very similar to this…

I just had to throw this quick post up because yesterday, I met a friend for lunch and while we were out, we passed by a local hospital that had a weekly farmer’s market in their parking lot.  I’m assuming that it’s weekly because the signs said “Wednesday Farmer’s Market”.  So we stopped and bought some things and everything was fine.  Before we were going to leave, my friend had to go use the restroom inside the hospital so I sat down on a bench with our bags of produce to wait.  It wasn’t more than a minute before the hospital chaplain, wearing his chaplain ID, comes up to me and sits down uncomfortably close and puts his hand on my knee and says he’s the chaplain.  He starts asking me why I’m there today, am I visiting someone, am I depressed, etc.  Of course not, I’m not in the stupid hospital, I’m sitting in the middle of a farmer’s market with a bunch of bags of fruits and vegetables and breads.  This guy doesn’t move, he still has his hand on my knee and I push it off.  He starts asking if there’s anything he can do for me.  I was about to say he could carry my groceries if he’s really that bored but instead I said I was fine, thanks for asking and I don’t need his help.  He gets up, puts his hand on my shoulder and, no shit, rubs my back with his fingertips.

Seriously, do these idiots have nothing better to do with their time than accost people in the parking lot?  And even if wandering around trying to help is his job, can’t he keep his hands to himself?  I was about to punch this asshole when he finally walked away and tried the same thing on another person at the farmer’s market.  Another guy, I might add.  My friend finally came back and we left but it still gives me the heebie-jeebies.  Maybe that’s why the Catholic Church has so many problems, nobody taught them what “bad touch” means.

On an unrelated note, are all hospitals like this now?  We saw the x-ray machine at the entrance, that’s why I stayed outside in the hot sun instead of going inside, it would have been a royal pain in the ass to get bags of produce through their security measures, but when my friend came out, he told me that past the x-ray scanner, there’s another little table with some guy behind it who demands to know where you’re going and how long you’ll be there and you have to wear this stupid little wristband with your “permission” to go to the bathroom on it.  We’re talking a bathroom that is literally 10 feet from the door and he has to explain how long it’s going to take him to crap.  It isn’t like they checked his wristband on the way out to see if he took too long or anything, what’s the point of this nonsense?

Between the creepy chaplains and the invasive questions, it’s no wonder people don’t want to go to hospitals anymore.

The Crazies Are Everywhere!

High_Elven_Sword_-_Last_Alliance_of_Men_and_ElvesJust so people don’t say that I only attack the religious crazies, something that’s patently untrue if they’ve ever read the blog, here’s a story about a crazy man who attacked a woman’s car, dressed in medieval armor and carrying a sword, because he truly believed himself to be a high elf battling the evil Morgoth.  Yes, he really thought he was in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

A woman in Northeast Portland, Oregon, called the police and announced that a “pirate” was attacking her car.  When authorities arrived, they found Konrad Bass, dressed in chain mail and carrying a sword, wading into traffic and attacking her car, which was left with numerous stab “wounds”.  Bass writes fantasy novels and LARPs (live-action role playing) with friends, as well as being part of a musical group that performs songs based on his fantasy adventures.  He’s also a self-admitted user of mind-altering substances, in this case, a potent cocktail of MDMA, Dimethyltryptamine and acid. According to Bass, “I was here to save America, in 10 days, Obama was going to be assassinated. Morgoth was chasing after me. I was chasing shadow dragons. It was crazy.”

Yet I doubt anyone would think that this high elf was in complete control of his mental faculties, he very quickly found himself checked into Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Beaverton, Oregon for a 48 hour mental evaluation.  Granted, this guy happened to be on LSD at the time, but he’s clearly out of his Sauron-loving gourd.

LSD-loving-SuperheroSo why don’t we see people treating the crazy religious the same way?  There are plenty of think they are really hearing God and angels talk to them.  Most of them probably don’t attack innocent cars with swords but clearly, there’s something wrong with them and society tends to give them a pass than to admit that religion, especially extremist religion, is not exactly a sane thing to practice.

I don’t know, maybe if crazy Christians were out in robes, breaking up some banks or something, they’d get the same treatment, I just don’t see where one crazy belief is any better than another crazy belief, just  because one is socially sanctioned and the other is not.  Maybe if Bass claimed his assault on motor vehicles was part of his religious beliefs, he could stay out of the padded cells too.