Monthly Archives: January 2008

What Charlie Brown would look like if he procrastinated marking papers for the three classes he’s teaching this term:

Oh, wait, this is what I look like when I’ve procrastinated marking papers for my three classes this term. Only, I have more hair. (and even more assignments to look forward to, as the term progresses)

Sigh, indeed!

How to irritate an atheist

A list of 281 ways to irritate people of non-belief.

Here are a few of my favorites (many of which I’ve personally experienced):

2) Tell them that if there’s no God, they might as well go out and kill people.

7) Tell them that the universe is too complex to “just exist,” and must have been created by a God who “just exists.”

29) When given a Bible verse that looks bad, tell him that’s what the verse says, but that’s not what it means.

43) Tell him that he acknowledges Christ every time he uses “A.D.” — which, of course, stands for “After Death.”

51) If a plane crashes killing 300 passengers and crew, but one little girl survives with only third-degree burns, tell him that this miracle proves the existence of God.

59) No matter what he quotes from the Bible, say that it’s out of context.

60) …and when he points out that the quotes are in correct context, tell him you need to be a Christian to understand the true meaning of the Bible.

83) Quote Psalm 14:1 to him.

84) …and then tell him that you think highly of him, and want to be his friend.

135) When something awful happens, tell him not to blame God — he doesn’t interfere.

136) When something wonderful happens, tell him to credit God — he made it happen.

171) When he points out an apparent inconsistency of God’s attributes, just say that God is infinite. The atheist, with his finite, human brain cannot begin to understand God.

179) Say that you know in your heart that belief in God is perfectly logical and rational.

Whole list here.

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like January

Tuesday..Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 32. Extreme wind chill minus 48.

Damn it.

Edited (after walking to school): Dear University of Saskatchewan, no student (or instructor!) should have to go out in this. And to think, tomorrow it’ll feel even COLDER. Cancel classes. Please?

Five terrible fake Sylvester Stallone franchise revivals

1. Rambo V: Could You Repeat the Specials, Please?
2. Increasingly Less Over the Top
3. Tango & Cash II: Which One Am I Again?
4. F.I.S.T.U.L.A.
5. Rocky VII: Who Keeps Moving My Medicine?

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(more 5ives here)

A flibberty-gibbet?

While watching The Sound of Music this weekend, at one point Jerry leaned over to me during the “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” and noted that the name “Rebekah” fits perfectly in the place of Maria.

What she said:

Hope is the thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I ’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

and a Happy Belated Roe Day to you!

I’m a little late in blogging this, but yesterday was one of those kind of days where I didn’t have the time or energy to devote to blogging — hence my “Happy 35th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade Day” greetings, a day late.

I’m sure it comes to no surprise to anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time that I’m firmly in the pro-choice camp when it comes to issues of reproduction. I’ve done several posts in the past about why I’m pro-choice, and have had several discussions/debates with people when it comes to the particulars of why I’m on the choice side of things.

What’s particularly interesting about my views is that they’ve changed over the years. For most of the first part of my life, I was on the pro-”life” side of the issue — even going so far as to take part in various “Life Chain” demonstrations on the streets of Savannah. (and I’m pretty sure my sister has a scanned picture of me holding up a sign, which I’m sure will work great for blackmail purposes some day)

I didn’t remain pro-life as I grew older and started to leave the church culture I was such a part of. When I started becoming more involved in the “world,” and heard the real-life stories of women who were faced with hard, personal choices, my mind slowly started to change. I saw that it was harder to see this issue in such black and white terms, and that being “pro-choice” meant more than simply advocating for abortions. The pro-choice side of things meant giving women the options of whether or not to get pregnant in the FIRST place — allowing for reproductive options in contraception, and if it became necessary, a safe medical procedure to end pregnancy.

That’s where I am today. I think that some people thought I’d lean more toward the other side of things after I had a child of my own — but if anything, I’m even more for allowing women the choices they need when it comes to reproduction. I shudder to think of the days before the Pill and other options, when women were victim to their cycles without means of controlling when they became pregnant. While there are some out there who long for those dark days, here’s hoping that they’ll stay in the minority.

So, in honor of this special anniversary, here are some links I’ve come across in the last few days that may help further enlighten the issue:

Phew, that’s a start. If you’re aching for more blogging-goodness on the topic, head over the Blogs for Choice homepage.