Monday, March 26, 2007

Oooookay . . .

From this article about legislators in Missouri being concerned that National IDs will lead to the mark of the beast:

Most religious scholars agree that this beast in Revelation is a metaphor for the Roman emperor Nero who persecuted Christians and Jews in horrific ways that were likely to be remembered only a couple of generations later when Revelation was written.
Okay, two problems: First off, if "most religious scholars" believe that, how come this article is the first I've heard of it? Second, if the prophecies in Revelations (which is the correct spelling - the article got it wrong) are about future events, how can they be metaphors for past events? I don't get it. If you're going to debunk my religion, at least put some effort into it!

Friday, March 09, 2007

It's another column! YAYYYYYYYY! Only this one's about a serious subject.

Then again, when are they not?

I've got another one up at The Scenic Route, and I doubt this one will garner any hate mail. I consider this column to be part one of at least two, probably more. I don't know how long it will take to process through all of my New Orleans emotions, because this is the first time I've had a consistent outlet for them.

Speaking of New Orleans, there won't be a column or any bloggage next week because next week is Spring Break and I'm going back there to mud out some more houses. I'll be back on Sunday the 18th (probably late Sunday the 18th), and I'll have a new column up the Friday after that.

Anyway, I gotta go. We leave tomorrow at 8 a.m. and I still have to pack and run a bunch of errands and get some internship applications in the mail and stuff like that 'cause I won't have teh Interblargs in New Orleans.

Just think - no Internet for a whole week.


Monday, March 05, 2007

A rant

This was a better post, but something went wrong when I tried to publish and I had to do the whole thing from scratch again. Sorry.

People seem to forget that if the bad guys take over, the good guys won't be in charge anymore. We watch bad guys do bad things all the time, but then we come out of the movie theatre and everything's the same as it was when we went in. The lessons of war -- that fighting is both costly and necessary -- are rarely enforced by the average summer blockbuster. We -- and by "we" I mean my generation -- have basked so long in ease and comfort that we forgot how we got there. I know I've said this time and again, but it really can't be said enough.

I recently observed to a relative (Lt. Col. USAF-ret) that I don't think mandatory military service (a la Israel) would be very effective in this country. The media would spend all their time focusing on the "sensitive" guys, the ones who stay in their bunks all day writing poetry about the tragedy of their tender souls being taught to kill, etc., etc. and no one would get any actual training done. Sure, they might learn to scale a wall in full gear, but I doubt they would learn the mental discipline to take a nasty job and see it through.

A nation of nothing but poets is doomed to extinction. The pen is mightier than the sword, but the sword gave it that strength -- and the sword can take it away. We need to remember that. In any era, there's going to be some bright boy who gets what he wants by violence, and when he shows up there had better be someone willing to face him in combat. Be as innocent as doves but as wise as serpents, says the Master. In other words, as much as it lies with you, live in peace with your neighbors.

But don't kid yourself, either.

Friday, March 02, 2007

The weekly hornet's nest returns . . .

. . . and I gave it a whack over at The Scenic Route. This week's column refers to the article in this post and expands (in a slightly different vein) on my comments there. Anyway, enjoy.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thought for Today

A question for you:

Would you rather live on borrowed time or borrowed money?