Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 5, 2009

Stupid question-dodging Republicans and conservatives

First up, we have Mike Pence spending 5 minutes weaving left and right to avoid answering the question.

Then we have Kevin James yell at the top of his voice for another 5 mintues refusing to answer the question before finally slipping up and saying he didn’t know.

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May 1, 2009

WWJD about waterboarding?

Depressing really.

December 16, 2008

Evangelicals force leader to step down

Top evangelical resigns after backing gay unions

Well, looks like there’s still some hope for the evangelicals after all.

December 14, 2008

The Dark Jesus

Because I’m feeling lazy. :P

December 4, 2008

Prop 8 The Musical

Prop 8 The Musical.  It’s about 3 min long.  Contains quite a few big names in the cast.

While we’re at it, let’s ban divorce.

November 12, 2008

On Proposition 8

The biological argument fails because we don’t ban marriages for infertile couples nor do we require that couples must have children.

The traditional argument fails because marriage has been changing through history, from when women were essentially livestock to the fact that same-sex marriages existed since Roman times.

The protecting marriage argument fails because these same people don’t spend nearly the same amount of time and effort on divorce.

The slippery slope fallacy fails because it’s a fallacy.

The religious argument fails because we are not a theocracy.

The “it’s only a word” argument fails because if you truly believed that, you’d know it works both ways and you wouldn’t have any problem with them having that “only a word”.

The will of the voters argument fails because of tyranny of the majority and something called checks and balances along with the possibility that Proposition 8 itself was actually illegal because it did not go through the proper process as required for constitutional revisions and instead passed itself on as a constitutional amendment.  Also, the “will” of the voters is drastically changing.  8 years ago, the margin was 23%.  It is now 4%.  The reason they don’t want a third vote is because they know that time is against them and that the next time, full equality will win out, especially when a lot of the Obama effort can shift their energy back on this.  Also, they are friggin’ hypocrites because they keep putting the abortion notification thing in the ballots even though it’s been defeated THREE times now.

The “we should abolish all marriages and let marriage be defined by the individual religion but I voted Yes on H8” fails because voting your definition of marriage into the constitution is exactly the opposite of not letting the state have anything to do with marriages.

Also, what’s with people complaining about being boycotted?  Yeah, you have the right to donate money for your political beliefs.  And we have the right not to patronize your business as a result.  But people really need to be more careful and not target a business because an employee made the donation.  Employers cannot legally do anything about that.  But if the employer made the donation, then their business is fair game for a boycott.

There’s a nationwide protest this Saturday as well.  http://jointheimpact.com/

November 5, 2008

Proposition H8

Yes it passed.  It doesn’t affect me but the fact that such bigotry still exists so heavily pretty much dashed all joy I had of the Obama victory.  I’m ashamed to be living in CA.  On the other hand, I’m proud of the fact that SF had the highest percentage voting No on it, which isn’t actually surprising given the role the mayor Gavin Newsom played in all this.

I’m also upset that I went to a church once (Promised Land Fellowship) for some seminar with Joyce and that church supported Yes on H8.

The silver lining is that Prop H8 may actually be illegal.  The reason?  It conflicts with the Equal Protection clause so it’s not an amendment, it’s a revision.  So it needed to be passed as a constitutional revision instead of a constitutional amendment.

Also, if at any point, it affects previously married homosexuals, it becomes an ex post facto law, and would thus be illegal as well.  The attorney general has stated that it wouldn’t affect their marriages, but I don’t see how that’s possible given this part of the amendment: “Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

But IANAL.

Also, the Mormon church should lose their tax-exempt status for meddling in our political affairs (to the tune of $25 million).

May 28, 2008

Left Behind Insurance

Wow.  Just Wow.

The sad thing is that there are people who would probably fall for this.  There are three sites.

The first is You’ve Been Left Behind.  They state:

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel.
The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You will also be able to give them some help in living out their remaining time. In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys’ (you won’t be needing them any more, and the gift will drive home the message of love). There won’t be any bodies, so probate court will take 7 years to clear your assets to your next of Kin. 7 years of course is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the AntiChrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

“WHY” is one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames!

All for the low low cost of $40/year for the rest of your life.  And all you get is 150MB of encrypted storage and 100MB of unencrypted storage, and only 62 email recipients?  Why such arbitrary limitations?  I feel tempted to call out Poe’s Law on these people.  The PayPal link is very real though, so I’m tempted to call scam instead.  Especially since they don’t go into any details of how their system will even work.  I mean, seriously, if these people are “Christians” who really believe in the Rapture, they won’t be around when the Rapture arrives.  It’s also extra fishy that they decided to register their domain via domainbyproxy.

Now, the Post-Rapture Post at least is honest.

Just write your letter and it will be hand-delivered immediately following the exodus of the pure from the Earth. But you must be thinking to yourself, “How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture?” The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That’s right, we don’t believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?

The emphasis is in the original text.  See?  At least that would work.  Costs range from $5 for a handwritten letter to $10 for a typed letter on resume quality paper to $800 for a medieval parchment.

The best one though is probably Rapture Letters.  Unlike all the others, this one is completely free.  And it operates off a dead man’s switch so it’s guaranteed (theoretically) to send the letters out should the owner disappear (whether via the Rapture or through physical death).  Now that’s the correct way to do things on the Internet.

Still, Pre-Tribulation Rapture beliefs are pretty hokey to begin with and these websites are a glimpse to the kind of life such beliefs entail.

May 24, 2008

The Holy Land Experience and other religious theme parks

Yeah, that’s as weird as it sounds.  It’s in Florida.  Why am I not surprised?  :P

I first read about it in the article The Crucifixion and Ice Cream.  Some interesting stuff there, like how The Holy Land Experience was originally meant to be a tool to convert Jews.  But it’s part of the Trinity Broadcasting Network now.

Amid cell phones ringing, video cams rolling and ice cream melting under the Florida sun, a blood-spattered Jesus stumbles through the crowd on his way to Golgotha, where nasty Roman soldiers strip him, nail him to the cross and crucify him—while perspiring tourists look on in Bermuda shorts. After the resurrection sequence, visitors applaud and line up for a photo op, not with Mickey or Minnie, but a disciple or bloody-handed yet friendly centurion. Welcome to Orlando’s most unusual theme park, the Holy Land Experience.

At first, I was thinking, only in America.  But that seemed unlikely, so I decided to check out some other major world religions.  Sure enough, they all have their own theme parks.

In Vietnam, for Buddhism, there’s the Suoi Tien Theme Park.  There’s also a Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens) in Singapore.

In India, of course there is a Hindu Theme Park.

Finally, you can’t leave out the Muslims, and there’s an Islamic Theme Park in Malaysia.

May 22, 2008

Injunction against Expelled continues

Wikinews and AP

Key points:

EMI filed its own separate lawsuit against Premise in a New York state court alleging that Premise’s usage of the song is harming EMI’s ability to license “Imagine,” which has only been licensed in one film (The Killing Fields).

In court, Judge Richard Lowe, according to the Wall Street Journal, “seemed skeptical” about Falzone’s arguments. Lowe asked Falzone why the film’s producers did not read the lyrics to the song or flash the lyrics on the screen. Lawyers also pointed out that Premise Media licensed all other music in the film except for Lennon’s song.

So, they’ll probably just make them remove that segment of the movie and/or make them pay a bunch of money.  I don’t think they’ll really prevent the film from being shown in Canada or distributed on DVD.

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