Presidential Debate Sept 26

September 27, 2016 on 10:15 am | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics | No Comments

I listened to about a hour of The Donald and The Hillary on the way home from work. It was like listening to Abbot and Costello,  only not funny.

When Would You Like to be Born?

May 21, 2016 on 6:46 am | In Oh Yeah, Relationships, Religion, The World | No Comments

From, Randal Rauser:

“As a seminary professor for the last fifteen years, I regularly encounter this pessimistic perspective in my students. I continue to be dismayed at how many Christians blithely assume things are getting worse. But I’ve found one simple way to shake up their perspective: I borrow a famous thought experiment from philosopher John Rawls in which Rawls proposes a way to envision the just society.

Here’s how my version goes: imagine that you are about to be born, but you do not know what gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status you will have when born. Nor do you know whether you will have a physical or mental disability. With that in mind, would you rather be born into North America in 1800, 1900, or 2000?”

Sometimes the point just can’t get put any better!


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The Christian, Christian Outrage and Being Christian

November 12, 2015 on 1:49 pm | In Oh Yeah, Relationships, Religion | No Comments

As we enter the season of Christmas, it is a good time to ask what does being Christian look like? Here is one pastor’s thoughts:

Two things to keep in mind:

1. Christianity is at it’s very best when it is NOT state or corporate sponsored. Let us remember that Christianity began as a subversive and dangerous movement that put followers of The Way in direct conflict with the powers that be. Early Christians promoted radical ideals such as hospitality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. The first followers of Jesus did not rely on the local coffee shop to proclaim their beliefs because they were too busy putting skin on the things they so strongly believed. Church, have we really devolved to the point where we require the corporate world to do our evangelism for us? If so, then God help us.

2. We can feel a certain level of dismay and perhaps feel a little rage during the Christmas season, but, for the love of all that is holy, let’s get worked up about the same things that Jesus did.

For example:

16 million children live in poverty in the United States. This is a cause for outrage

There are over 600,000 Americans who are classified as homeless. This is a cause for outrage.

During the Christmas season, the average American will spend $804 on gifts and entertainment. The average American family brings home somewhere between $3000 and $4000 a month. If these averages hold, this means that we have succumbed to the advertising fallacy that we need to buy expensive things to show people how much we care about them. This is a cause for outrage.

Rev. Aaron Todd serves as the Minister for Education at First Christian Church-Midwest City, OK His complete post is here:

Have a good Thanksgiving and Holiday season.


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Real Marriage?

March 13, 2015 on 12:46 pm | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Relationships, Religion | No Comments

I received an email this morning titled A Nail In The Coffin?

Which was about… oh heck, I will just leave you read some of it:

“Is time running out on Real Marriage in America?

Will the Supreme Court drive another nail in the coffin of Real Marriage after it hears arguments on homosexual “marriage” next month?

Or will pro-Family Americans rally to demand our nation’s highest court mark a historic turning point by siding with the Sixth Circuit’s ruling on behalf of Real Marriage?”

From a letter from Public Advocate. I have really no idea how I really got on their list, I do get a few conservative emails mainly because I was kinda interested in what they had to say and it has snow balled from there. The original mailing lists were almost center of the road. But over time the ones that have been added (I assume by sale of my email address) have gotten very right wing conservative and people hating.

But I digress, this is not about email addresses being sold. It is about, what is real marriage?

That depends on where and in what time you have lived in:

Perhaps if you lived 4000 years ago and you were female, your father would make a deal with the rich man and you were just forced to go with them in what was called marriage. Or maybe you lived somewhere else and your family could not afford to pay a bride price for you to get a better off man somewhere.

Or perhaps if you were a male you had 2 or maybe even a dozen and more wives. Or like Solomon you were mega wealthy and had something like  300 wives and what was it, 900 concubines.


One man and many wives as he could afford has been pretty much a standard throughout history. If you could not afford more then one wife there had to be be something wrong with you.


Or perhaps if you were female and grew up as late as the 1960’s in the US of A, in the south you were likely to be married to a man by the time you were 14?


Poor though out the centuries have not had recognized marriages as far a the state was concerned. Most of them were marriages because of the simple fact the couple chose to live together.


Some communities used handfasting ceremonies to declare a commitment to each other some times for life but often times for a year and a day.


What is real marriage? I would suggest to you that a real marriage exists when two (some will say even more then two, I will not argue for either interpretation here) consenting age persons consent to wanting to make a public acknowledge of what they hope will be a life long commitment to each other. And that it is, valid, be it a man and a woman.  Or a woman and a woman. Or a man and a man. Or even other more complicated arrangements due to the biological make up of individuals.


Real marriage is what happens when two people love each other so much that they want to publicly commit to that person. The Public Advocate and many others have it wrong when they talk about real marriage because what defines marriage changes from culture to culture and from one time to an other time.

Regardless of what you believe your real mate should be, someone else likely sees what their real mate as something else. But come on, isn’t that as it should be? Or all the men in the world would want, Halle Berry. And all the women in the world would want, Harrison Ford. Wouldn’t that be a messed up world?

Okay, I can just hear the shouts by religious conservative Christians that I should be stoned for such blasphemy.   But what does the Bible really say? That answer is not so easy to answer. I would urge you to start here: and then study farther as you see fit.

As a Christian, I feel that it is a Christians duty to know why they believe what they believe. And it is just as important for Christians to look at opposing viewpoints and see if they may be valid. And if there is any possible question to what they believe they need to always error on the side of mercy.

Just as importantly religious conservatives need to understand that marriage today is not a church contract but a civil contract.

If you have religious problems with same sex marriage then perhaps you need to look at barring your pastor, priest, etc from performing marriages as an agent of the state.


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English Tavern

September 26, 2014 on 11:00 pm | In Oh Yeah, Pigin'g Out! | No Comments

Stopped at an Authentic English Tavern. They had burritos, pizza, and pasta (Italian) maybe the onion soup was English.

Rising Wages and Walmart and Welfare

April 3, 2014 on 12:20 am | In Economics, Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Working Stiff | No Comments

Does a higher minimum wage mean we might get the Waltons off of walfare?


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Some Days Your a Dog

July 25, 2013 on 11:01 am | In Oh Yeah, Working Stiff | No Comments

Some days you’re the dog – some days you’re the hydrant.


What more can one say?


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Christians, Conservatives and Truth Alarms!

July 20, 2013 on 11:50 am | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Religion | No Comments
One can not help but notice that when ever someone comes close to a truth,
Christians and Conservatives just shut down and refuse to talk or to even
listen anymore. It is as if alarms go off, the whistles blow long and hard,
the sirens wail at 200 plus decibels. The steel and concrete gates start
slamming shut at a hundred or so miles an hour. The shut their eyes and
scream: "That is not so! Why are you telling me this?!"
"I don't want to hear it!" It is like they if they can not have their truth
and their reality then nothing else matters. In short the good ole boys
idea of don't confuse me of the truth my mind is already make up!
Which I suppose is fine except they go around masquerading
as the keepers of all good and honest and true. 

For these that don't recognize satire for what it is.
This is a satirical piece on how fundamentalist of all types behave. 

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Memorial Day 2013

May 26, 2013 on 2:14 pm | In Oh Yeah, Poly Tics, Relationships, The World | No Comments

As we celebrate Memorial Day this year. Perhaps the best way to remember the soldiers fallen, would be to commit to finding a way not to fight wars for oil, money and power.


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