The past few years, I have had this nagging feeling in the back of my head, lurking around under my thoughts. Hearing more and more about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and injustices in Gaza lately have brought it back with a raging fury. For the longest time, I have wanted to go oversees and volunteer. To do SOMETHING, with my own hands, to improve the lives of people over there. To help show that not all Americans are rich/rude/uncaring/whatever misconceptions those people may… Continue
Added by Andrea on January 20, 2009 at 8:15pm —
How hot is the Virgin Mary? Yowza. This is the work of Ricardo Oyarzun, a fashion designer in Chile who wants to dress models in Virgin Mary inspired garb, but sexier. That's not the best part. The response of the roman catholic church is what made me laugh out loud. I quote them and reply over at… Continue
Added by Neece on January 20, 2009 at 7:20pm —
I was born the year George Bush Sr. was elected. Yes, the man who said we are neither citizens nor patriots. So, just to hear our new president acknowledge us felt pretty nice :) a quiet inch in the right direction.
Added by Hana on January 20, 2009 at 7:07pm —
It is only a few hours after Obama took the oath of office to become the President of the United States. And part of that was that he placed his hand on a Bible used by Lincoln, something which as been pointed out quite a bit in the news with the historic nature of the book has been talked about. Now perhaps it should be that no Bible at all should be used at all, but I was also thinking about it and wondering if instead of just saying drop the Bible something that might be attempted is to come… Continue
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on January 20, 2009 at 2:35pm —
Barack Obama was just sworn in, and he mentioned science within his first few hundred words as 44th President of the United States. To be specific:
Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.
Here, here! At last we have a national figure who realizes how important it is… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 20, 2009 at 2:09pm —
I am by no means a perfect speller,
Or even great at grammar,
But reading a post written in text-speak
Is like bashing my eyes with a hammer!
Seriously, I cannot be the only one
Who sees are language die
Every time u use u for "you"
and refuse to capitalize an i.
when numbers stand 4 words
and punctuations thrown 2 the wind
i dont no where 1 line ends
n where the next begins...
the overuse of ellipses
can bring… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on January 20, 2009 at 1:19pm —
george w. bush is no longer president of the united states.
president obama, i wish all the best for you and your country.
Added by jc morrison on January 20, 2009 at 11:52am —
He said "and non-believers". He said "restore science". And he listed "curiosity" among the core values. A good start.
Added by Shoe on January 20, 2009 at 11:44am —
A pivotal change in history was made in the USA today. A man of mixed race and skin color has been elected as President.
In his inaugural speech the new President acknowledged not only the racial mix of the nation, but the religious mix as well. This included reference to the presence of citizens with no religious beliefs.
In this inauguration the racial mix of the US Nation was acknowledged and peoples of various racial lines and mixtures were given pride of place and… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 20, 2009 at 11:30am —
it has been more than a month since i slept soundly. . .
Added by jc morrison on January 20, 2009 at 9:32am —
Evidently, some Christian and conservative politicians are offended by women's breasts and want to ban topless sunbathing on Australia's beaches.
My full take on it here
Added by Dan Gilbert on January 20, 2009 at 7:42am —
Growing up Catholic, I questioned the inconcistencies of the Gospels, I questioned the rituals, I questioned the statury and pagan nature of worshipping Mary and saints. I never questioned whether Jesus was actually a real person, I just accepted it. Even later at 18, after seeing how completely ridiculous Christianity is, I still didn't question the historical Jesus. Was there ever a Yeshua Ha Notzri, or Yeshua Ben Pantera?
In my mid-20's I read a book about heroes and the hero myth,… Continue
Added by Mark Ellison on January 20, 2009 at 3:37am —
A bus load of Christian gay people ... yes I said Christian gay people ... tour the country protesting at Christian colleges that discriminate against their gay students.
I just watched this movie and some parts of it were heartrendingly moving. It's really hard for me to watch things about cruelty to gay people. (To any people really but with… Continue
Added by Krista on January 20, 2009 at 12:46am —
I've been a little confused lately. Well not just lately for probably about a year or so. A little over a year ago I was walking to and from work. I'd go on my own in the afternoon and my husband usually took the dog to come meet me when I got off work at night. We live in the down town area so just about every night we'd come across groups of people sleeping on the sidewalk.
During a majority of the time I've lived in the city I've tried to ignore homelessness. Usually it was… Continue
Added by Creature on January 20, 2009 at 12:19am —
When my dog was a puppy we had a nice little tablet for the computer. I didn't quite understand why, we didn't have any sort of drawing program worth mentioning. One day when I wasn't paying enough attention to the dog she got a hold of the pen for the tablet. I knew my better half would be quite upset. He hadn't really wanted the puppy to begin with, and I didn't want him to be upset with the dog(well more so me for bringing home the dog) so I tossed the ruined pen into the garbage vowing to… Continue
Added by Creature on January 19, 2009 at 11:37pm —
For some reasons I enjoy writing aphorisms. You know, those short, pithy statements that are too confrontational for a greeting card, but too banal to constitute genuine philosophy. Often you'll find them on bumper stickers. So apropos of nothing, here is… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on January 19, 2009 at 7:00pm —
With respect to my use of terms like morality and ethics I obviously don't believe I must stop using words that confuse other people when I have things worked out cogently in my own head with the terms at hand.
I'm not going to give over whole blocks of words to people who use them ineptly as in the Christian and Kantian use/ misuse of the word morality or the most arbitrary and Machiavellian use of the word ethics. The word abandonment strategy has been tried before. It is better to… Continue
Added by Clarence Dember on January 19, 2009 at 7:00pm —
on the legacy of George W. Bush are coming in from around the world, and the general assessment is, not surprisingly, poor.
Some might argue that bad times are best forgotten, and the era of Bush should be allowed to move past us quietly and politely. No "I told you so" from those who opposed Bush from day one. I don't agree. The tenure of George W. Bush as US President was a categorical… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 19, 2009 at 6:39pm —
Atheism: a disbelief in the existence of deity
Anarchy: absence of government
How could anyone confuse these two? I suspect many people probably do.
A coworker of mine, in his mid 40s, is very open-minded. He sees worth in everyone and everything, even if it goes against his core beliefs. He's also intelligent - though he's only willing to go so far. He believes in both god and evolution. (Catholic, non-church-goer.) He has said he wouldn't want… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on January 19, 2009 at 6:15pm —
I'm going to try and make this quick. This may be a little scatterbrained, but any helpful suggestions/information would be really appreciated.
Okay, so I'm a licensed massage therapist. I like doing massage, but in an attempt to not get burnt out, I only do it a few times a week and try to have some unrelated job that can help me pay the bills. Right now, I'm working at a chiropractor's office one day a week and I just lost my other job. So basically, I'm very reliant on this place… Continue
Added by Jurbank on January 19, 2009 at 4:44pm —