I almost forgot


Note: this is one way in which our society is superior to the theocracies. In a theocracy, such a post could get you jailed, or worse.

April 18, 2014 Posted by | humor, politics/social, religion | | Leave a comment

Memes and lewd tweets

US Airways: embarrassed about a lewd photo that appeared in their Twitter feed (this was a racy photo sent to them via a “complaint”).

The (very Not Safe For Work) photo.

I admit that it made me chuckle.

Running humor (yes, I slightly altered this meme)

Jon Stewart
Yes, I get his point: Christians are not persecuted in the United States. Not having others as a captive audience for your religion is NOT persecution.



Well, it isn’t quite that simple.

For example: Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t be considered to be a Christian by modern fundamentalists. In fact, he made his own version of the New Testament that mostly did away with the miracles (including the resurrection)

Abraham Lincoln was hardly a traditional Christian either:

Lincoln was not religious for most of his life, but his faith seems to have evolved and progressed during his presidency.

- The letter went up for sale this week for $35,000.

Abraham Lincoln is known for many things. He led the nation through the Civil War, emancipated the slaves and delivered eloquent speeches about democracy and liberty. But Lincoln’s religious views have long been a matter of debate.

Now, a newly resurfaced letter from the 19th century is raising questions once again about the 16th president’s relationship with God. The three-page letter, which was written by Lincoln’s old law partner, William Herndon, and just went up for sale for a price of $35,000, claims that Honest Abe was driven not by faith, but by politics.

Lincoln’s attitude toward religion was clearly complex, and the discussion is far from over, as some evidence suggests that Lincoln’s sense of faith evolved and deepened throughout the war and his presidency. Still, the letter offers a rare view of Lincoln’s inner life from someone who knew him before he went to Washington.

“Mr. Lincoln’s religion is too well known to me to allow of even a shadow of a doubt; he is or was a Theist & a Rationalist, denying all extraordinary — supernatural inspiration or revelation,” Herndon wrote in the letter, signed Feb. 4, 1866, a year after Lincoln’s assassination.

“At one time in his life, to say the least, he was an elevated Pantheist, doubting the immortality of the soul as the Christian world understands that term,” continued the letter, addressed to Edward McPherson, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. “I love Mr. Lincoln dearly, almost worship him, but that can’t blind me. He’s the purest politician I ever saw, and the justest man.”

John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore and William Howard Taft were Unitarians (denied the divinity of Jesus).

Of course, these were people who served long ago. And no, none of these were Richard Dawkins style atheists (as I am). But it is incorrect to label them as Christian, at least as the word is used in this day and age.

April 15, 2014 Posted by | humor, running, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Goat Awesomeness


April 12, 2014 Posted by | humor | | Leave a comment

Do you want to read a heartwarming story…..


(via Chive Illinois on Facebook)

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.

As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away.

Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn’t the same fucking elephant. This is for everyone who sends me those heart-warming bullshit stories.

February 22, 2014 Posted by | humor | | Leave a comment

In (sort of) mourning….

Flickering candle

Live football (2013 season): August 31, 2013-December 30, 2013.

Now it is over. :-(

Ok…7 Illinois home games, (3 wins), 4 Rams games (3 wins), 1 Bowl game (1 win by Navy); “team I was cheering for” went 7-5.

January 1, 2014 Posted by | football, humor | , , , | Leave a comment

“Hot” women selfies: narcissism or courage?


This is from the Facebook Group: Yeah, she squats. It is clear why I like this.

However people have differing opinions about selfies of this type:

Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 9.05.19 PM

(from here)

You might read the Facebook comments; some were upset that she isn’t showing the baby!

But this comment is amusing:

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Here is the rule of thumb: if it is a selfie that others would actually want to see, then the person posting it is a narcissist. If it is a selfie that no one else wants to see, then she is “brave”, “loves herself just as she is”, and of course, sexy. :-)

December 4, 2013 Posted by | big butts, butt, human sexuality, humor, spandex | , | Leave a comment

Realities: acceptable and otherwise….

First some humor: this is from a science journal (abstract)


Now some unintentional humor A right wing religious group really says this:

As Christians, we have read the end-times prophecies, and we know the warnings Jesus gave us about how awful things will become in the last days. Satan is working feverishly to fully cement his terrible, earthly rule and bring those hellish days to fruition.

The Godless communists (or fascists, if you prefer) are using the homosexual agenda to work toward eradicating Christian opposition to their plans, which are Satan’s plans. If you know your Bible, then you know that Christianity is destined to be outlawed. We are moving steadily toward a time when Christians here in America will be in danger of state-sanctioned murder for their beliefs. If you think I exaggerate, then you don’t know what God has already told us, or perhaps you mistakenly believe that the United States is the exception, that it can’t happen here. Christians throughout the world have always been persecuted, but here in the United States, we have enjoyed unparalleled protection and freedom during the existence of our nation. That protection is quickly being eroded, and the homosexuals are used as pawns in this process.

Yep, that is pretty kooky stuff.

SNAP: some facts
Here is something about food stamps:

And here is something about “unacceptable realities”: the right wing wackos have it as an axiom that “government run X will always fail”, no matter how successful such programs have been elsewhere:

The hysteria over Obamacare is being well documented, of course; Sahil Kapur’s piece on “Obamacare McCarthyism” — the instant purging of any Republican who offers any hint of accommodation to the law of the land — is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. One thing Kapur doesn’t emphasize, however, is what I see a lot in my inbox (and in my reading): the furious insistence that nothing resembling a government guarantee of health insurance can possibly work.

That’s a curious belief to hold, given the fact that every other advanced country has such a guarantee, and that we ourselves have a 45-year-old single-payer system for seniors that has worked pretty well all this time. But nothing makes these people as angry as the suggestion that Obamacare might actually prove workable.

And it’s going to get worse. For two months, thanks to the botched rollout, their delusions seemed confirmed by reality. Now that things are getting better, however, you can already see the rage building. It’s not supposed to be this way — therefore it can’t be this way. If, as now seems highly likely, Obamacare has more or less achieved its enrollment goals by 2015, and costs remain reasonable, that won’t be accepted — there will be furious claims that it’s all a lie.

As I said, the other issue where I see this kind of enraged denial is monetary policy. There are a lot of people on the right who know, just know, that the Fed is debasing the dollar and creating runaway inflation. This belief doesn’t seem to have been dented at all by five years of failed predictions of inflation just around the corner.

On both the healthcare and inflation fronts, what you have to conclude is that there are a large number of people who find reality — the reality that governments are actually pretty good at providing health insurance, that fiat money can be a useful tool of economic management rather than the road to socialist disaster — just unacceptable. I think that in both cases it has to do with the underlying desire to see market outcomes as moral imperatives.

And I suppose there have always been such people out there. What’s new is that these days they control one of our two major political parties.

The kooks are running the asylum in the GOP.

December 4, 2013 Posted by | economy, health care, humor, religion, social/political | Leave a comment

Why would anyone ever tag me with this post?


Someone tagged me in this photo. Why? :-)

November 25, 2013 Posted by | human sexuality, humor | Leave a comment

Memes and recurring themes

Yes, our students aren’t learning in school:

The New York Times surveyed 7000 college freshman on their knowledge of history and geography. They did not know that much:

The students have but a faint idea of the geographical formation of this country. They place Portland, Ore on the Mississippi River, and St. Louis on the Atlantic Ocean.

Their history knowledge was no better, as educators lamented in the article: “Why are names such as Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Jackson, [and] Hamilton almost unknown?”

Clearly, the Times intoned, the educational system was in crisis and Things Needed To Be Done. Congressional hearings!

This was written…in…1943.

Bottom line: we’ve ALWAYS had idiots. We had them when I was growing up. We have them now.

My guess: some of it might be the fact that we are getting older, and the big events of our lives really are ancient history to the college students of today.

I was having a conversation with another professor (who I like) and she was incredulous that students didn’t know the date of the John F. Kennedy assassination. So I asked her: when was President McKinley assassinated? Deer in the headlights look…then she nodded her head and “got it.”

So, things like WWII were way more pertinent to me than they would be for today’s kids; after all I grew up watching movies about WWII, seeing stories about it in magazines; during my youth (mid 60′s) it was only 20 years old. It would be like the Iran Hostage crisis to my college age daughter.



If you can’t make out what it says, either squint…or view from the side of the monitor or take off your glasses or….view a small copy:


Isn’t that weird?

Speaking of sex: does this have anything to do with internet trolling? I’ve made this figure small to make the text hard to read; click on it (one NSFW word) to see the joke. :-)


Seriously, a young woman getting pregnant prior to marriage isn’t…a miracle.


November 20, 2013 Posted by | education, human sexuality, humor, religion, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Social and political commentary in Get Fuzzy


For Bucky’s Taiwan remark:

November 10, 2013 Posted by | humor, political humor, political/social | Leave a comment


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