Thursday, November 30, 2006

THIS is what i'm talking about

the only thing worse than ignoring the facts is investing your ideological blindness with religious certainty. religion is meant to provide deep reflection, not easy certainty. - jim wallis

whaaaat jim wallis. i like him more and more. and ha! religion is supposed to be hard! beware of anyone who refuses to question any beliefs! exclamation!

so what i'm saying is, i don't completely like jim wallis because i am a QUESTIONER.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

that's madam speaker-elect to you, mr. president.

i remember when the republicans took both houses. i remember watching newt gingrich on tv and asking my mom why everyone had brought their little kids to see him speak. she said it was because only republicans care about children. oops, i mean she said that it was a historical event. but wouldn't it have been funny if she had said the other thing?

lauren has offered me $3.95 a month for periodic west wing quotes. here, i would like to include bartlet's "something can't be extremely historic" lecture from the first scene of galileo, in season 2, but apprently no one else found it funny enough to post online. i'd do it, see, but i'm on the couch right now. welp, there goes my $3.95.

here's some food for thought. i've heard a theory that bush's mispronunciation of "democrat party" is intentionally insulting. i've heard the same theory about his dad's "soddom hussein." is this a family political trick, or a family weakness in pronunciation skills? i guess it's been working decently well for them either way.

do you think madam speaker-elect will have the opportunity to correct him? hmm...

other things to think about.

1. should christians find ayn rand offensive? because apparently some do. and i say - come on, guys, her books are EDUCATIONAL. people read them in school! [realize that this is not an actual argument.]

2. do people think about the practical reasons for being christian? i ask because, in judaism [as i understand it] there's no necessary reward in heaven for all of this. moses says, in deuteronomy 6, "fear the lord, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments which i enjoin on you, and thus have long life... that you may grow and prosper the more, in keeping with the promise of the lord, the God of your fathers, to give you a land flowing with milk and honey." not "so that you'll go to heaven." not "so that you won't go to hell." i think that people can follow God because it makes them happy, but i got a lot of disagreements on this from people who say that the Christian life is hard and heaven is the only reward. and to that i say, rejoice in the lord always! ha.

also, here's something for all you third-party voters.

on a related [?] note, studio 60 this week - um, not really sure what the deal is. i see what aaron's doing with the myserious beginning and flashback thingy. but nothing really happened. and i see very little irony or self-deprecation. kind of sad?

i wish people would just walk through hallways and make fun of themselves. like this.

sam: where are you going?
josh: where are you going?
sam: i was following you.
josh: i was following you. all right, don't tell anyone this happened, okay?