Friday, August 22, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge: An Inconvenient Truth

Ice Bucket Challenge: An Inconvenient Truth

First, this is just another way in which obnoxious Americans flaunt their wealth to the third world.  What of the hundreds of millions of lives that could be bettered, if only they had access to fresh clean ice and water?  And here we are just throwing it on ourselves, wasting it.

Furthermore, has anyone considered the Carbon Footprint left behind from each needlessly created ice cube?  How many three- horned toads, trees or blades of grass will die as a result of each ice bucket challenge?  How much higher will the oceans rise, and how much more will coming disasters, brought on by Global Warming and/or Climate Change, be compounded?

Not to mention the fact that each ice bucket challenge taker will then have to prematurely wash and dry their clothing, no doubt using electric washers and dryers, further impacting our environment negatively. 

How much Fossil Fuel is being burnt, how much ash is being puked into the atmosphere, burning holes in our precious ozone layer, due to the generation of the extra electricity needed to power the ice makers for this challenge? 

What will AlGore do about this abuse of American liberty, and where is the outrage?


sar•casm \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\ noun
[French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarǝs- to cut] 1550
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 〈tired of continual sarcasms〉
2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
b : the use or language of sarcasm 〈this is no time to indulge in sarcasm〉 synonym see wit

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On Suicide

On Suicide

Whatever your thoughts and emotions are on the subject, and whomever it touches, the causes and effects are pretty simple.
Suicide is basically due to the combination of hopelessness and selfishness. Suicide is one of the most brutally selfish and cowardly acts a person can inflict on himself and others. Why is that? Well, because it's murder.
Suicide is the murder of a person believed to be standing in the way of one's peace, contentment, and happiness, and for whatever reason, Self will not tolerate this.
Whether it's the murder of someone else, or the murder of self, the effects are the same. There is a person that is dead, that should not be dead, and there's everyone else that are left to deal with the suffering and pain of the loss, not to mention the horror of the murderer's chosen method of death.
Furthermore, I'm tired of our society continually glorifying "Stars" for their self-serving and destructive behaviors. I find it interesting though, that when a rich and famous person takes their life, the world is full of mourning and self-reflection. It somehow becomes society's fault, i.e., my fault, that the person found life to be so unbearable. But why is it, that when the contractor, or the secretarial worker does the same, society does not seem care so much?
I was working in a building one day, only seven stories high. I looked out the window to see a bunch of police officers, the road closed, and a large red blotch on the ground, with some meaty substance to one side. A young grad student jumped off the roof an hour or so earlier. No societal reflection, no public mourning, no Facebook rants of how sad people were. In fact, this murder of self didn't even make the news. It wasn't worth mentioning. Why do we care so much about the actor, and so little about the grad student? I'll let you answer that.
The world has never been a very happy place, nor will it ever be (until Jesus returns). So if we want to understand suicide, we must begin with two important questions.
1. Why are people feeling so hopeless?
2. Why are people so selfish?
I'll let you answer these as well.
If we refuse to have this conversation as a society, and we furthermore, refuse to blame the murderers themselves, and if we continue to give them memorializing sympathy, while insisting on removing them from all cause and responsibility, we only encourage more selfish-pity-seeking individuals to do the same.
Response to critizism
First of all, I am selfish. Not all the time, and not to an extreme, but I am, nonetheless, selfish. And it is my educated guess, that all who read this are also selfish. So I'm not too sure why people have such an aversion to the connection between selfishness and suicide. The problem is when selfishness meets hopelessness.
I certainly do not discount peoples personal experiences and emotions, but I do however, believe that these personal realities cannot be the basis for what we believe to be right and wrong.
It's like the woman who protests abortion clinics, until her unmarried daughter gets pregnant. Or the preacher who believes homosexuality is sin, until his son comes out of the closet.
We must conform to truth, and if we do not know what truth is, we should learn. Then we should talk about it openly, honestly, and without fear.
Now notice I am not talking about "Depression." However, arguments and objections would suggest otherwise. I used the word, "Hopelessness." They are not the same thing.
Is it honest to suggest that the depressed person is in no way selfish, or self-centered? Is it true that, absent of some loving intervention, suicide is the inevitable and uncontrollable end for the depressed person. No.   I'm certain that if every depressed person jumped off the nearest tall building, we would soon see the end of human existence on this planet.
Fortunately, depression does not lead to suicide. There are multiple millions of people suffering from depression in the world. Yet, they do not all commit suicide. Why not?
If I'm ever found splattered on the sidewalk of a tall building, assuming I wasn't pushed, or just slipped, it will have been due to one reason. I would have allowed myself to become absorbed in my own self-pity, pain, disappointments, poverty, fears, etc. To put it all into one simple word, I would have allowed myself to become absorbed in my own Suffering. This absorption can go under the "Selfish" category.
There's one thing though, that must be understood. Suffering is not hopelessness, and not all depressed and suffering people succumb to hopelessness.
Now, suffering can be a doorway to hopelessness, but then, so can non-suffering. Those who walk through this doorway, do so by using their own two feet.
Of course there are exceptions to why a person may commit suicide, such as the insane person, thinking he can fly out the window, or the cult follower, drinking the Kool-aid, or the junkie who just shoots a little too much. But generally speaking, Suicide is basically due to the combination of hopelessness and selfishness.
But what about unbearable pain, isn't that justification for suicide?
A co-worker once found it to be unbearable pain, when he was disappointed with his mother for canceling a lunch date.  He went into the basement and hung himself.  A close friend took his life because he couldn't find a job.  
Pain is relative, and it's severity is defined differently by everybody.  One person can find out he has terminal cancer, and face it with strength and determination to reach the end with faithfulness to God and family, while another stands on the  track waiting for the express train.  Pain is suffering, and suffering, because of sin in the world, is part of the human experience.  
Christ died on the cross and rose again, in order that by faith, He would deliver us from sin.
Suffering, however, will remain until the very end.

To answer the question directly, no, it is never justified.

All Things Work Together For Good

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28
1. First, do I love God? I cannot honestly say I love God if I do not obey Him, cherish Him, or trust Him. If I do love God, it's because I have been invited by God, I have been summoned or called by God. God has reached out His hand toward me, communicated His love for me, and invited me to a relationship with Him.
2. God has a purpose for the world, and I, since I love God, have been called to be a part of that purpose. Since God's purpose has as it's end, the salvation of Man, and the glory of God, I can know that my part in God's purpose/plan, will work together for good.
3. That is not to say that all individual experiences or parts will be good. Often, experiences are just plain bad. But never have I grown spiritually or in faith, absent of painful experiences.
The greatest recipes contain ingredients that, by themselves, are not very good, or even edible. However, the chef works them all together, in just the right manor, in the precise amount, in the right order, and in the perfect time. As a result, the finished product, the plan/purpose, is wonderful.
4. Application? Life.

No Longer A Republican

I can not again vote for phony conservatives, as I did for George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Nor can I vote for a Jeb Bush, a Chris Christie, or any other RINO (republican in name only).
The Republican Party no longer stands for anything, and has abandoned our founding principles, our Constitution, and the millions of citizens who love this country for what it constitutionally is, not what a disgruntled man as president thinks it should be. The RNC has devolved into the democrat party of the Clinton years, while today's democrat party has been fundamentally transformed into a chapter of the communist party.
The party of Lincoln no longer exists, and it's time for a third party, the Tea Party.
As for me, I will no longer vote for traitors. A candidate will have to prove what he or she has done, before they can earn my vote. I do not care what they say they will do, or what they say they believe. I love America, and I will never again vote for someone conspiring to destroy it.
They say three million conservative voters stayed home in 2012, and my only regret is I did not join them. The Republican Party will likely die of irrelevance, but if they wanted to survive, they would only have to start putting the money into the candidates that represent a constitutional America.
I've always been a loyal republican. But I've learned that loyalty in politics is to be a Dupe, a stooge. Instead, I will continue to be a loyal American, and am therefore, no longer a republican.
- JW

My Favorite New Orleans Eateries


The Gumbo Shop 
630 Saint Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-1486 -  if you will only eat at one restaurant t in NOLA , eat here.  If you will be in NOLA for awhile, eat here first.  Best Gumbo in the City.  

Deanie's Seafood
841 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504)-581-1316 - Giant Seafood Platter to share

French Market Restaurant
1001 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
(Sidewalk tables & jazz band playing).

Central Grocery New Orleans
923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-1620 - The greatest Muffuletta (can be shared, 2-4, depending how hungry). They have counters , but you can go find a place to sit and eat.

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville Street, New Orleans Louisiana 70130
(must get oysters on half shell)

Cafe Du'Monde, of course
800 Decatur Street, New Orleans 70116

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
(not in the Quarter, but worth it)

Elizabeth's Restaurant
601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA 70117
(outside the Quarter, breakfast and lunch, call before you go) 

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Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(not been here, but highly recommended

Freedom of Choice, for Who?

Abortion is the murder of unborn infants, and it's legality is evidence of a sick, twisted, and depraved society. To justify this horror for ANY reason is to prove the point.

Political Parties In America

I realize that after 30 years of voting, there is no substantive difference between the Republican and Democrat parties. We have been moving in this self destructive marxist direction since Andrew Johnson.

Impeachment?

Obama should be impeached, and tried for treason.  He has intentionally done more to harm this country than any other traitor of American history.
His list of crimes against our highest law, the constitution. grows daily.  

God's Foreign Policy


God's Foreign Policy regarding Israel: 'I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'
"Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Genesis 12:1-3