Friday, November 30, 2007

I Need A Smart Person

I want to know what you all think about the case of the girl who killed herself after being stalked by a prankster.

If you haven't heard the story here's the gist of it. Megan began chatting on myspace with a boy named Josh Evans. After a few weeks of flirting, Josh "suddenly turned mean," says her mother. He called Megan names and they began trading insults.

His last message said, "The world would be a better place without you.”

Sobbing, Megan ran into her bedroom closet. Her mother found her there, hanging from a belt. She was 13.

Six weeks after Megan’s death, her parents learned that Josh Evans never existed. He was an online character created by Lori Drew, then 47, who lived four houses down the street.

The prosecutors and police say they can't charge the lady with anything. A spokesman said that what Ms. Drew did “might’ve been rude, it might’ve been immature, but it wasn’t illegal.”

I think I have a defense for the parents of the girl, but I want to know what you think?


Thursday, November 29, 2007

And The Winner Is...

I'm filling out an application for a job at the courthouse. It asked if I have any experience operating heavy equipment? I was about to write, "No, but my girlfriend has." :O

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thank God! No Wait...

"I began to think about the Hurricane Katrina victims... and uh you who are here who were not involved. I gotta song for you..."

Kim Burrell made this proclamation then sang "Thank You Lord." The lyrics go like this:

Tragedies are commonplace.
All kinds of diseases, people are slippin away.
Economy's down, people can't get enough pay.
But as for me, all I can say is
Thank you Lord for all you've done for me.

What has he done for you? Not involved you in the disaster? I guess she didn't find it odd to be thanking God that he didn't destroy her and her family in the hurricane. He didn't allow a natural disaster to obliterate every thing she owned. Thank him that he didn't collapse the infrastructure of her entire city, setting the area back hundreds of years. And he was gracious enough to not cause billions of dollars worth of damage that will take generations to fix. But he went ahead and did it to another family. He went ahead and destroyed ANOTHER town. Oh Hallelujah, thank the Lord!

Why can't God just be left alone. I bet he's in heaven saying who told you that I'm responsible for natural disasters?

We're sitting here saying that it's for a greater good that our simple minds couldn't understand. Our inferior human intellects couldn't understand why a loving God would sacrifice innocent children for teaching purposes. We are too ape-like to see that God can't "love" those children because his actions void out the exact definition of love.

What if you had to die for someone else to learn a lesson about the importance of the simple things in life. Would you sign up? Would it seem so reasonable then? Would you mind sacrificing your entire family so a couple in California can be more thankful for their dinner? Only someone who had no love would nominate themselves for that.

Only a crazy dictator would kill people than tell the rest of the country it was for their own good. That even though we don't understand the reason, we should just shut up and accept it.

And yet we stand up and say lets send our prayers out to New Orleans or to Bangladesh or Africa. Please, no let's not. I think God has done enough work over there. We don't need any more lesson giving God. And if God has a divine purpose over there why would we pray for him to stop it?

Why don't we all pray, "Hey God we get it! We don't want to see any more people die needlessly. We understand that life is precious and that material things don't really matter. Cut it out already!"

Maybe God is a better creator than teacher. Or perhaps God doesn't send natural disasters, and we are anthropomorphizing a natural, unfortunate event.

Why can't we just look at the facts and realize that disasters are random events caused by natural movements of the earth.

We don't accept nature because we're scared. To know that a calamity could hit us at any moment is just too much of a burden for us. We'd rather think a 24 hour ADT surveillance God is watching over our house. We'll believe this even in the face of contrary evidence.

We'll believe it until our house gets washed away in a flash-flood and we have nothing else. Then we'll surely realize that he went back on his promise and is a liar. Oh wait that won't happen... we'll still keep believing! We'll go on to say God had a divine purpose for destroying our lives. That somehow in his endless love for us, he thought it better that our child would die in our arms. And if you don't understand how he is a great God for doing that than well... well it's your loss buddy.

No I don't thank God that I wasn't in a disaster. If he is able to keep me from disaster than he would have been able to keep the others from it too. Now if I thought that disasters were random events I would be glad the event didn't happen to me and feel bad for those afflicted. Hmm... maybe our simple minds are starting to figure out the truth???

Pray for me :-o

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

When Atlas Couldn't Bear The World Anymore...

He shrugged.

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged has been my latest conquest. I never thought I could get through it (1000 pages). But about half-way through I was glad it wasn't going to end yet. People who are disillusioned about life could save a lot of therapy money and just read this book. No other piece of media has made me feel like I have so much potential.

I swear by my life--and my love of it, that I will not live for the sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine.

After getting this message pounded in your head for a 1,000 pages you start to get the picture.

The story is pretty simple. A group of industrialists battle with bureaucracy to keep producing their products. Especially a woman that tries to run a railroad company. And a guy that runs a foundry that makes a new metal alloy. If I tell you anymore it'll take too much away from the story. There's a mysteriousness that starts with the first sentence that would be diluted if you heard more details or read any book reviews.

And don't worry you won't be the only one reading it. Millions of copies have been sold since being published in 1957. In a Library of Congress poll, readers were asked what book most influenced their lives. First was the Bible, second was Atlas Shrugged. It has been named one of the ten-best novels of all time by nearly every reader poll.

Of all the books I've read, this is easily my strongest recommendation. A+