Religion: On Jealous Gods

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.”
-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (18 May 1872-1970)

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Humor: A “Corrected” Joke…

Begin forwarded message:

From: Brian

Apparently it’s no longer politically-correct to direct a joke at any racial or ethnic minority, so:

An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Welshman, a Gurkha, A Latvian, a Turk, an Aussie, Two Kiwis, a German, an American, a South African, a Cypriot, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Russian, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a Swede, a Finn, an Israeli, a Dane, a Romanian, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Swiss, a Greek, a Singaporean, an Italian, a Norwegian, a Libyan, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist and an Ethiopian all go out to a nightclub.

The bouncer said, “Sorry, I can’t let you in without a Thai.”

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Movie: “The Take” (2016)

Grade: B+

We like Idris Elba.

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The Take (2016)
A young con artist and an unruly CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2368619/

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Politics: That Thin Veneer…50 Years On

When I was young and not yet ossified as a libertarian-conservative, I was not unsympathetic to the libertarian aims of socialist liberals. There is often some overlap, and we can all sometime agree on certain means and ends.

However. I was brought up very short one night by the brother of William F. Buckley, Jr. I don’t know how best to describe WFB, but I can leave that to Google. In any case, at his passing, I remember never having heard more kind, respectful, and admiring words about anyone, coming from Bill’s friends and from his lifelong opponents as well.

I know less about his brother except that, in the late Sixties, he was running for the US Senate in New York when I heard him interviewed on the radio. Now, his running as a conservative at that time, in that place, struck me as particularly quixotic. But he ran, and finished respectably, considering the odds.

Many people seem to not remember that at that time, practically every major city worth talking about was in flames from race riots. National figures were being assassinated or shot at at a record pace. I’m sure the liberals figured to shake things up, and to a certain extent that might be healthy. But Senate candidate Buckley said this: There is a very thin veneer of civilization laid over society. And once that veneer is cracked, and the crack starts to spread, the whole society can come apart and devolve into chaos.

Something like that. And I was stunned, because I thought the institutions that the left was protesting against were indestructible. Buckley planted the seed in my mind that this could all go away, that it shouldn’t be taken for granted, That horrible things could happen. Irreversible things.

Last week General Hayden used that same word again. A ” veneer.”

Plus ça change,….

::::::::: Ex-CIA Chief Michael Hayden: ‘America as Nicaragua’

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/CIA-Michael-Hayden-FBI-James-Comey/2017/05/10/id/789421/

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Life: Race Bait

From AWordADay:

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Email of the Week — Brought to you by Old’s Cool — It’s not too late to show your mother you love her.
From: Ivan Tomek (ivan.tomek acadiau.ca)
Subject: This week’s intro
Your introduction today struck a special chord with me. I am originally Czech and came to Canada almost 50 years ago. I taught computing at a small university, retired, and live in a small town enjoying retirement. Like you, I want my “new” country to be strong, compassionate, and forward-looking.
Like you (but for different reasons) I decided to run marathons; I was 74 years old when I ran my first one, shortly after a surgery. Now I have done about 15 around the world, two Boston marathons among them, one just a few weeks ago — and I improved by 26 minutes compared to last year. My secret plan (only two people know about it; now three) is to do an ultramarathon in the Fall.
Ivan Tomek, Wolfville, Canada

Only 15? Real men (and women) run 40 marathons in 40 days. Just kidding. I hope to be half as active as you are when I’m your age. Best wishes with the ultramarathon! (now only 8391203493749334 people know the secret! We all will be cheering for you. Keep us posted.)
-Anu Garg
From: Scott Kuhle (scottkuhle roadrunner.com)
Subject: Mind tricks
I am a bicycle rider and my mind trick is this: when I have ridden one mile on a 50-mile ride, I dauntingly realize that I’ve only gone 1/50 of the distance – thinking about the 49 miles yet to ride, I wonder if I will be able to complete 50 miles. At the end of the next mile, I calculate that I’ve completed 2/50 or 1/25 of the ride. Psychologically, I’ve cut the distance magically in half. At mile 4 I’ve ridden 4/50 or 1/15 of my ride – in only four miles I’ve gone from 1/50 to 1/15. I continue this for the duration of the ride, and at mile 45, I’m 9/10 of the way done – wow, nearly home. This mind trick at each mile keeps my 80-year-old math synapses firing as my odometer ticks off each mile and my spirits high. Some people who prefer percentages may find their mind trick is: 2%, and then 4% (4% is double so that feels good), then 4 miles = 8% which is double that, and then pretty soon I’m 50% done. At 45 miles you are 90% done which is an “A” so just like in college you can coast the last 5 miles.
Scott Kuhle, Pullman, Washington

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Life: Crime

TFT:

Every crime is some form of theft.

The taking of a possession (larceny), of autonomy (rape), of life (murder), of reputation (slander), etc., etc.

Tinka-bowdit.

 

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Humor: Outage

Old Golfer Speaks out:

We had a power cut at our house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad & my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my mobile phone battery was dead, and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn’t play golf.

I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a couple of hours.

She seems like a nice person.


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