Friday, February 23, 2018

Album of the weekend

Black Veil Brides-Set the World on Fire

Okay, my sixteen year old goth self would have loved this band and I admit that for a grown man it's strange, but this album is in my collection and it is a huge guilty pleasure. A large part of the album has a retro 1980's feeling-like the hair band combined with a more harder sounding metal for a few of their songs. That's actually one of the issues I have with this album-it can't decide if it wants to be Poison from the 1980s' or a speed metal band from a decade and a half later.

You don't have to download the entire album, in fact you should only download "Fallen Angels", "The Legacy' and "Die for You". The rest of the album you should Youtube first and then decide if you want to spend money on it. Don't worry-I won't tell anyone that you like those songs if you keep my secret safe as well.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wearing saggy pants to become illegal?

And in the "are you kidding me?" section of the newspaper, South Carolina is thinking of banning "saggy pants". First off yes, I know this will never pass and it's all a publicity stunt, but it still bothers me. Apparently the people in South Carolina have no problem with their representatives waisting time and tax money debating idiotic bills like this.

No, I'm not a fan of the style, but you and I don't make the rules. If you want to make this illegal, what is next? Wearing metal t shirts? Bikinis? Showing your shoulders? The slippery slope argument applies to many things and it's valid. If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll ask for a drink of milk. If you the government an inch, they'll take a mile.

The unpleasant truth about living in a free country is that people will do things that you don't personally agree with or like. You don't have to like it. You don't even have to accept it. You can speak out against it, jump up and down, and elect people who agree with you-but what you can not try to use is government force to stop people from doing things that, while unfashionable and stupid looking, are harmless.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Reverend Billy Graham

Tragically and heroically, a great solider of Christ has been called home. 

Reverend Billy Graham was one of the greatest Christians American has ever had. The gates of heaven open up for many of us, but Reverend Graham has one of the very few express passes. Virtually no one has brought more souls to Christ than Reverend Graham. He is no televangelist who sought out fame and money while screwing hookers in cheap motels. Reverend Graham was purely authentic-he practiced what he preached. 

Reverend Graham walked with Martin Luther King Junior and spoke out against discrimination. He was very active in the civil rights movement. Yet he was not political. He was good friends with Lyndon Johnson (a democrat) and George HW Bush (A republican). 

When someone dies we often say "there will never be another one like him." In this case, it is true. America lost greatly today, but Heaven gained an angel. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gay teacher fired by Catholic school...

Shockingly, people are surprised by this but a gay teacher was fired from a Catholic school after she got married to her girlfriend. Just to make it clear-I'm in favor of gay marriage, so her marriage doesn't bother me in the slightest. I hope it lasts 50 years. But the church has every right to fire her for not living up to their standards. The school is a private institution and should be allowed to do what they damn well please. The other thing is that if you agree to teach at a private school instead of a public one-you should be smart enough to know you have to play by their rules.

Some good questions to ask though-would the school fire her if she divorced and remarried in a heterosexual union? What if she was a member of the Masons or a group whose teachings is in contradiction to what the church teaches? If she would have, then great-the church is consistent. But she wouldn't have, probably. I went to Catholic school and I can think of two teachers who were divorced and remarried, and one who was a Mason. I can also think of teachers who we thought were doing other immoral activities as well. 

The real moral is a tragic one. If you are going to break the rules, don't get caught.  And some sins are more taboo than others, clearly.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Shut up and dribble

I've never been overly impressed with Laura Ingraham, the right wing pundit who has her own radio show and Fox news show. She got herself attention in the early 2000's by telling left leaning celebrities to "shut up and sing". It cost the Dixie Chicks severely in their fanbase and to some degree, their career need really got back on track. No, I don't listen to them but it seems like they've never regained the popularity they had after that controversy. Laura Ingraham is up to it again, this time telling Lebron James to "Shut up and dribble."

The only person who needs to rethink what they are saying is Ms. Ingraham. Maybe she's trying to score points for her side (she is) maybe she's trying to solidify her position on the right as a slightly more polite Ann Coulter (she is) or maybe she just wants attention (she does) but she should have grown out of telling people to "shut up" in 5th grade. Telling someone to "shut up" instead of debating what they say is only done when you don't have a comeback to what the argument and want to throw a temper tantrum. Yes, the left does it too.

Agree with what he says or not, LeBron James has every right to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants. In fact, telling him to "shut up and dribble" just shows that Ms. Ingraham has nothing interesting to say in response to whatever LeBron said.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scripture Sunday Moses 7:28-41

With the latest news in the world about another school shooting,we often wonder why God allows this to happen. Logically it is, of course, easy to say that He allows evil to happen for perhaps the short term, but there is no peace and tranquility in that belief. I often wonder what He feels like when such a horror is committed, and I think this scripture really shows how he feels.

In the beginning after seeing God weep Enoch asks, "How is it that the Heavens weep,and shed forth tears as rain upon the Mountains?"God eventually answers, "And unto they brethren have I said, and also given commandment that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father, but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood."

Like us, hatred of our fellow man makes Him weep as well. My prayers are with all victims of mass shootings at this time.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The latest mass shooting

Words fail when trying to talk about school shootings. You can talk about the innocent lives that were  taken, but nothing you say will come close to describing the agony that these people went though. You could talk about the motives of the shooter, but nothing you say can properly describe the piece of human garbage that he is. You can talk about both sides jumping into the gun control debate, but let's be honest-no one will change their minds and yes, it's in bad taste to start preaching about gun restrictions and the second amendment the day after a mass shooting. I've been guilty of it too, so mea culpa. 

"Thoughts and prayers" may not help the victims, but neither does caustically sneering at the people offering them. At a time where everyone feels powerless, offering thoughts and prayers might be the best thing we can do.