2/25/2005 10:08:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Nothing says desperate rationalizing like a warping your belief system to fit the world.
When the whole concept of God creating the earth in 6 days and the whole Genesis story turning out not to be scientifically inclusive or realistic, two camps emerged.
The "I don't buy it" camp - who favor big bang and evolutionary theory and ask all those pesky questions about dinosaurs and geology and logic.
The "No thanks I'll live in ignorance and denial" camp - who continue to preach creationism regardless of reality or science and who use every opportunity to legislate stupidity by trying to eliminate teaching evolution or trying to teach creationism or "intelligent design."
And never the twain shall meet...until now!
Welcome the new third wheel to the argument:
The new "Can't we all just get along" camp - blends inflexible literal interpretation of the bible with science to create such wonderful gems as "Old Earth Progressive Creationism" and "Theistic Evolution"
So I guess you CAN have your cake and eat it too.
I encourage all of you to visit this site - it's not quite as funny as Landover Baptists, but it's pretty darn good - want a sample?
"You should take a moment right now, and use Jesus Christ as the bridge to get to God. Do not delay this decision, for you do not know what tomorrow may bring. You could die in an accident, and once you are dead, you will not have another chance to accept eternal life.
How do you receive Christ? Follow these simple steps:
1. Admit you are a sinner.
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (Receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life).
How do you pray? You may do so like this.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as the Lord and Savior of my life.
In Your name. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer and trusted Christ, then the Bible says that you can be sure you have eternal life. "
DAMN THAT WAS EASY! And all you have to do is say the password and give up control of your life to a 2000 year old zombie guy from Judea. (people who die and come back to life are called zombies folks) Where do I sign up?!
Well I hope you all enjoyed that - see you on the other side.|W|P|110934522346063842|W|P|The Religious Spin Machine Keeps on Rolling.|W|P|2/25/2005 4:53 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Ummmmm Jesus wasnt a zombie. Technically zombies come back to life, eat brains (literally not figuratively) and have lost like 40% motor skills.2/25/2005 5:54 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Well, let me remind you, that after he came back frm the dead - he was quickly called back to heaven OR if you beleive the Mormons, went on a North American Tour, so we can't really speak to his motor skills or brain eating at that point.
"He's the Messiah, Running Bears"
"I Know Two Horse, but he's eating brains."
"Yes, but they are Pawnee brains..."
"Good Point Two Horse, let's smoke on this."
"I suggest we don't tell any Europeans about this in a few hundred years when they come to take our land and kill us."
"Good idea, maybe he'll eat their brains too."
Or something to that effect.2/26/2005 2:44 PM|W|P|Linds|W|P|LOL. Oh, now, that was just funny.2/24/2005 05:22:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|As keepers of the morals and virtues of the planet, you would think the Republicans could avoid indecorous behavior - obviously not.
First we have the Vice President of The American Empire telling a fellow "go fuck yourself."
Now we have this choice epithet from Colorado home of clean air, big guns and Columbine High school.
"If you try that again, I'll ram my fist up your ass," Republican Bill Cadman told his Democratic colleague, Val Vigil, at Vigil's desk during the morning session.
Extra points for creativity, but if you look closer some interesting interpretations could be made. Now in the heat of the moment we have all slung out some doozies, "I'll knock your teeth out" is a good one, "I'll punch your fucking lights out" is another; even the military favorite "I'll rip off your head and shit down your neck," comes to mind. But in all my years of schoolyard fights, and interactions with military friends, cops, sailors, firemen and bikers I can't recall ever hearing anyone use this one. I think I do recall one use of this in the bible. I believe it was Mark 96:69 "Our Lord Jesus hung upon the cross, a Roman Soldier piercing his side with a spear. Jesus spake to the man 'My son, I forgive you, but if you jab me with that thing again, I'm going to ram my fist up your ass!'"
And while apart from the bible I don't remember hearing this curse, I have heard of this procedure being done before, it's called FISTING and it IS fairly popular in the gay community. So one could conclude that Representative Cadman is queer and this interaction was a lovers quarrel.
Fortunately we have the Moral Majority looking out for us - I'm sure we'll get another lesson soon.
|W|P|110928490244462249|W|P|First Cheney and Now This.|W|P|2/24/2005 9:39 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Wrong!!
Oscar Wilde once told a publishing house "If you don't pay me what you owe me I'm going to ram my fist up your ass".
And it is used QUITE frequently by Republicans. I use it myself when I get coffee "I'll take a carmel macchiato and don't skip on the carmel or I'll ram my fist up your ass".2/26/2005 1:01 AM|W|P|Joey|W|P|A most excellent post, Rudicus.2/24/2005 10:31:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Apparently the new version of political "cooties" is homosexuals and gay marriage. Just like the Red Scare in the last century, "gayness" seems to be taking on the new combination political kiss of death and universal trump card. Up until the end of the cold war, the mere mention of someone being associated with or even worse being a "commie" sent people frothing into a self-righteous furor. But even back then, the same division occurred. Hardline political hawks came out strong against the "commie" wanting to fight them and do everything they could to protect America from the godless Red Menace. At the same time, liberal minded folks, peaceniks, the media and Hollywood were all accused of being "commie" sympathizers or soft on communism.
Well fast forward to today. The "commies" are gone (except for our big pals the Chinese, but let's not go there). The Iraq and Osama keeps everyone's war hard-on going, but we didn't have a cultural/ideological enemy until the conservatives decided to pick on gays.
Think about it, the scare is in full effect - you have the conservatives accusing the liberals of being pro-gay and pushing a homosexual agenda with the political backlash involved there and on the other end you have the liberals accusing the conservatives of being secretly gay themselves.
Look at the power of this issue. Gay politics pretty much won the election for Bush - not security, certainly not the economy - it was anti-liberal/anti-gay backlash.
Not only that, but being pro-gay rights, pro-gay marriage or even just not vehemently opposed to it can signal the end of your political career and a whole host of other consequences.
The latest gay barrage is coming fro the Pope as we saw yesterday, which basically serves to legitemize hatemongering by the anti-gay movement, and now we have a new player USA Next. The same folks that brought you the Swift Boat Veterans, are now out to discredit the AARP because they don't support Bush's social security reform plan. So are they attacking them on that issue? Hell no! They are going after them on gay marriage. What does gay marriage have to do with Bush's social security program? Absolutely nothing. What does the AARP have to say about gay marriage? Absolutely Nothing.
Why would these guys do something so obviously false and irrelevant?
David M. Smith , vice president of policy for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, said, "These groups think that the debate on any issue can be dismissed by bringing up gay marriage. We're probably going to see the cancellation of the N.H.L. hockey season blamed on gay marriage next." - taken from New York Times Article (2/23/05)
But you know what, I bet it works.
I leave you to ponder our future. Meanwhile I guess I better dust off my "Is Your Bathroom Breeding Bolsheviks" Poster and get some white-out and a Sharpie.|W|P|110926150373018734|W|P|Gays are the new "Commies"|W|P|2/24/2005 4:55 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Sad, but true. You have made a very valid point, there has to be a "bad guy" so the we (America) can perceive ourselves as the "good guy". Currently, the "bad guy" is the entire homosexual culture, which is indeed sad.2/25/2005 7:26 AM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Does this make black the new red?3/01/2005 3:25 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|fear of homosexuals. this is sad. i hope and pray for change and soon. the soon part may not come as fast as id like but i do believe this will pass. i have to think what can i do. waiting for change and sitting here with a frown on my face wont do anything.2/23/2005 11:14:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Well we have another doozie today. Our pal, Pope John Paul George Ringo, aka Pope Daddy, aka Pop Ditty, has apparently decided he was falling behind in the insanely paranoid hatemongering Christian conservative fuckhead race and has come out with a couple of real winners.
According to the Pope's new book, he's decided that abortion is "legal extermination" on par with The holocaust. That alone would be worth the price of admission, but oh no, if you order now, you'll also get this one:
"Gay Marriage is part of a 'new ideology of evil' that is insidiously threatening society."
So not only is anyone who has or supports an abortion or abortion rights the equivalent of Heinrich Himler, but the damn gays and their militant homosexual agenda (I warned you about this before) are unraveling the very fabric of the world.
Yes well, clearly the idea of two people who love each other getting married simply breeds dissention if they both have dicks, so clearly gays are the new Al Qaida. I'll be sure to check out the next State of The Onion address, where W, aka El Presidente outlines the new Axis of Evil:
Old Axis of Evil:
Iraq - Got 'em! (we kinda sorta)
North Korea - We tried, but they said no
Iran - We tried and they said no too, but we still might take them over because Arabs are easier to overthrow than Koreans
New Axis of Evil
People Who Don't Like America (i.e. Everybody not from America or Tony Blair)
I'm glad to see the Pope supports the President on his mission to polarize the entire planet into two opposing camps. Then we can choose captains and have a fight to the death on Easter Island (because it's uninhabited silly), just like that movie Battle Royalle.
I guess compassionate conservative means compassionate toward conservatives and not anyone else.
I guess "love thy neighbor as thyself" only applies if your neighbor is a straight Christian.
Hmmm maybe the Apes WILL take over the planet eventually.|W|P|110917959493933299|W|P|The Pope Is A Dope.|W|P|2/23/2005 1:43 PM|W|P|2/23/2005 4:31 PM|W|P|Mr. Pants|W|P|Well, the gist of the thinking of humanity is that there must always be a "them" to foil the "us"--the "them" is the scapegoat for anything that we are not willing to take responsibility for, the blame can be unquestionably placed there, without reproach. The thinking that seems to carry forth from generation to generation is that the world is balanced by two opposing forces (whether race, religion, sex, or football). I don't know why it is so hard to understand that the world is more like a mesh net or the spokes on the wheel on a bicycle.2/23/2005 4:35 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Rudicus - great post
Mr. Pants - I agree with your point of view. I view the world as a web, with each strand (person, culture, etc) connecting and holding the whole thing together. If you cut enough strands the web gets weak and collapses.2/23/2005 5:50 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|I think you also missed Gay People (not American) who don't like America.
Great post!!2/23/2005 11:53 PM|W|P|Joey|W|P|"I guess compassionate conservative means compassionate toward conservatives and not anyone else."
Excellent post.2/24/2005 8:53 AM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Interesting timing on this don't you think? America has truned ultra-conservative and the pope is dying and barely cognitive. Great time to put out a book that can be blamed in the future on the dead pope if it is backlashed too much. very interesting timing.2/24/2005 10:04 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Hold on. Are you trying to imply that these folks are somehow involved with each other? That's a bit of a stretch isn't it? I'm sure you'd also like us to believe that the non-competive bids companies got for Iraq was somehow orchestrated by the government. Or that the Bush administration paid different reporters to write pro-bush propaganda and pass it off as news. C'mon - you conspiracy nuts always see a connection between completely unrelated things.2/24/2005 11:54 AM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|;)2/24/2005 3:07 PM|W|P|Sheryl|W|P|It's one thing when the Pope tells Catholics what to do when, but It infuriates me when he thinks he should command the rest of us as well. It's bad enough we have to endure the Shrub who thinks God whispers in his ear and tells him to make gays second class citizens, invade and occupy various countries, and create the hugest budget defici.2/22/2005 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|From the annals of parental abdication comes another whopper (literally).
A program that has been working in Pennsylvania(marginally) is now being suggested for other school districts. As part of the student report card, students will not only get their grades, but their weight as well. This would also go home to mommy and daddy who would then, I assume, chastise and shame their child into losing weight if they came back too fat according to their score.
While I'm all for helping people get in shape - especially children, there are so many things wrong with this I don't know where to begin. First off what's the measure? Is it straight weight/height ratio? If so, that works for everyone who is average. Or maybe they'll do the whole BMI chart, which would be better, but I'm sure parents wouldn't know what to make of that.
But let's forget all that and look at the real issue here. Does a parent need a report card and a weight chart to know their kid is fat? That should be pretty clear. Also is that the kids fault? No it's the parents. The parents who are probably fat themselves or worse too lazy or busy to take care of their kids health and teach them how to cook, eat and make healthy choices. If anything the parent should get the F and have to be dragged in to take a helath and lifestyle class. Kids learn to eat from their parents so if the parents eat cake and drink beer all day, guess what? And in the absence of parents, the kids learn from TV. Think about it, when was the last time you saw broccoli advertised on TV? If it was there, I'm guessing it was smothered in cheese. Watch some TV. If you took your food cues from TV and had no foundation in health and nutrition, you'd be looking at candy, sugar cereal, beer, soft drinks, pie, cookies, biscuits, potato chips, doritos, ribs, steak, cheesburgers, fast food, fried shrimp and buttery lobster. MMMMM a mountain of health there!
This is the same thing with violence. If your kid has no foundation in real life, values or right and wrong, of course they will be influenced by violence on TV and video games.
Meanwhile back at the cafeteria. Let's throw a little responsibility at the school - how's that nutrition education going? Didn't they just remove the candy/soda machines a couple weeks ago? How's that meal plan coming? You know, the one where ketchup is a vegetable. I remember my school days and they were filled with hot dogs, hamburgers, shaved steak sanwiches covered in cheeze whiz, french fries, tater tots, pizza, sloppy joes and fish sticks. I'm guessing things havent changed all that much. And how are those physical education cuts coming along? How's that elimination of recess so kids can spend more time studying to live up to Prez Bush's educational standards going(there's a bitter pill to swallow if you ask me)?
It's pretty hard to be self-righteous if you are just as guilty as the parents.
So where does that leave us - oh yeah with a bunch of hypocritcal, no responsibility taking parents and school official and a bunch of kids who didn't know any better getting shamed and derided into losing a couple pounds without teaching them anything.
So I'm going to do some grading of my own:
Parents: F (take some damn responsibility for your kids and yourself - you'll be surprised how far that goes)
School: F (try educating the kids and then backing it up with action like healthy choices at lunch - that doesn't mean offering salad or overcooked green beans along with the cheesburgers, it means healthy food INSTEAD of the grade D beef but edible for human consumption)
Media: F- (If TV/movies/internet is the new babysitter/educator, then they better start acting like it instead of the drunk uncle who lives in a van down by the river)
Food Companies: F-- (Come back when you can bake a loaf of bread without High Fructose Corn Syrup, Make anything without Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil [i.e. plastic] or make a can of soup with less that a months supply of sodium)
All of the above should be apologizing to these kids instead of pointing the finger at them - take that weight report card and stick it up your ass!|W|P|110909494441089907|W|P|An "F" means "FAT"|W|P|2/22/2005 2:12 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|I agree with you when you said "there are so many things wrong with this I don't know where to begin". I agree with your opinions and grades for all parties involved. I just wanted to add a side note, my best friend in grade school (we are still friends) has suffered from Thyroid disease since she was 10 years old and as a result has always struggled with her weight. While you would not classify her as "obese" necessarily, she would definitely be considered overweight by the school's standards. So apparently the school system is not taking medical conditions that cause obesity in consideration either.2/22/2005 3:15 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Exactly, and what about people who are built differently - someone 6 foot tall who is a bean pole is not going to have the same body as a person of the same height who's build like Vin Diesel. But according to height/weight proportion the muscular person would be overweight.2/22/2005 6:00 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|height/weight scales arnt for everyone. I gave up on them because I am still listed as overweight.2/22/2005 8:34 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|that whole thing is F'd up. parents and schools need to take care of the food issue.2/23/2005 7:35 PM|W|P|2/21/2005 10:22:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|We're back after a short sabbatical for illness and business - sorry about that.
So while I was convalescing, I was thinking about something. God created Adam and then Eve and they had a couple kids Cain and Abel. One day Cain kills Abel and then gets a mark and goes out into the world where no one can kill him. Then he went out and built a city and got married and had a kid named Enoch who then went on to have many other kids.
Sounds like the typical story we may have heard in Sunday school. But in thinking about it, I had a few questions.
Who was going to kill Cain that he had to be marked? Since it was only Adam and Eve and maybe their other kid Seth - couldn't they have had a small staff meeting or sent a memo?
Be that as it may, my biggest question involved Cain's wife. Where did these other people come from? We are told that God created the heaven's and earth and then man - specifically Adam and Eve who then populated the world. If so, who was it that Cain married? And why would he build a city - who was going to live in it, couldn't have built a ranch or even a chalet? And who would build this city? Cain? He's a fratricidal farmer, not a carpenter or stonemason. Oh those pesky questions.
So what can we conclude?
Cain must have married his own sister, who in this case must be significantly younger than he is, since she wouldn't have been born until much later - perhaps she was even underage, which in the U.S. would make him a fratricidal, incestuous, statutory raping farmer. In addition, since Adam and Eve went on to have more kids and so did their kids, the whole Antideluvian race must have all interbred with each other. Thus we can conclude from this that the entire human race was begat through incest.
If this wasn't bad enough, God apparently wiped them all out during the flood, but then set up another incestuous family to make the new race of humans. You remember that guy don't you? Noah. He was the only one pious enough to survive the flood so him and his wife and their kids Shem, Ham, Japeth and D'Artagnen and their wives went on to repopulate the world using the previously successful method known as incest. (plus, I hate to delude everyone here, but using a standard exponential growth model, maybe some kind statistician could postulate how many years it would take for these four couples to repopulate the earth). While you are at it, perhaps someone could also suggest how the children of these four couples were able to migrate over to The Americas, China and The South Pacific creating incredibly diverse genetic peoples in the process, who then forgot where they came from for long enough that they had to be "discovered."
It's a combination of creation stories and parables that was never meant to be taken literally(at least not after the invention of ships, books or the internet) and are not representative of actual people or events.
Call me crazy, but Option B sounds more plausible to me, but then I don't think Lee Harvey Oswald and the magic bullets he got from Jack and the Beanstalk killed Kennedy either. I must be a natural born skeptic.|W|P|110899569663390772|W|P|That Explains Alabama|W|P|2/21/2005 11:07 AM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|LOL, LOL, I have to go with Option B, for now.2/21/2005 12:08 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Ya, option B. By the way, what of Adam's first wife Lilith? Interesting, I did some research and found that there are some stories that say the both Cain and Able were born as twins. Not to each other, but to sibling sisters. And that God commanded them to marry each other's twin. So, Cain married Able's twin sister. Interesting huh?2/21/2005 4:00 PM|W|P|Ack|W|P|you do understand that its all a bunch of made up stories, right?
and that the inconsistencies are there to "prove your faith".
Basically - dont question the WORD OF GOD!!! BLASPHEMER!2/21/2005 7:11 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Adam was married to Frasiers ex wife???2/22/2005 11:40 AM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|lol. I always thought that cold bee-otch was pretty hot.2/08/2005 10:54:00 AM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|A 13 year-old kid was shot and killed by police after he stole a car and rammed a police vehicle. The first reaction is, how terrible the poor unarmed kid was mowed down by the overzealous LAPD. By now, the LAPD is notorious for their strong arm tactics and is not really due any particular sympathy - they do harass black people and they do profile people and they are probably too violent in their arrests. However, let's take a closer look at this new incident and see how it plays out.
Two boys 13 and 14 (with alleged gang affiliation) steal a car. The vehicle which is driving erratically attracts the attention of police who believe the driver may be drunk. A chase ensues and ends when the vehicle runs up on a curb. The passenger jumps out and runs away on foot, while the driver ignores police instructions and rams a squad car with the stolen vehicle. The police open fire on the vehicle, killing the driver.
First let's take a look at the most obvious issue - age. Re-read the above paragraph again and substitute "two boys 13 and 14" with "two men 29 and 32" and see if you feel any differently about it. Next let's take a look at the term "unarmed." Neither boy had a gun, but they did have a nice big car. Think about that. You have a fender-bender and then get out to go see how the other driver is doing. The driver then throws the car in reverse and rams your car and then starts driving again to potentially do who knows what - think that car isn't a weapon? Let's a say you're walking along and a car is driving toward you on a collision course - are you less concerned because the driver doesn't have a gun or a knife?
And now let's look at the most important aspect of this - these supposedly poor innocent kids stole this car, ran from police and intentionally crashed into a police car. Now it's possible that the cops used excessive force. It's also probably not a good idea to go around shooting people in cars, but if it turns out that the driver tried to hit them, then I think it's justified. Now it's a horrible shame that this kid is dead, but remember, none of this would have happened if he hadn't stolen someone else's car and then ran from police to begin with.
Now let's take the accomplice - not the kid who ran away - the other accomplice, the media. All the facts are not even in yet and already the media is out there stirring up trouble. They immediately hit the streets and start interviewing for reactions.
Here's one of the headlines: "Some South Los Angeles residents reacted angrily to the news that police shot and killed an unarmed 13-year-old boy who was allegedly joyriding in a stolen car." How does that sound to you? It sounds to me like a kid who was minding his own business was out cruising around in a car when the nasty old police popped up an killed him for no reason. Of course people are going to react to that - when I first heard it I reacted to it, probably the same way everyone else did, BUT I then went and read all the reports and realized that my initial reaction was probably in error. And as we have already discussed - very few other people do that. Now you have a bunch of pissed off people running around angry because they were only given a snipet and not the whole story. But it makes damn good TV.
And what about this "joyriding" thing? It sounds like grand theft auto is a fun thing and not a big deal - something on par with stealing a pack of gum. What if these kids who don't know how to drive crashed into some old lady waiting for the bus or ran over a couple kids playing in the street - that doesn't sound particularly joyful to me. What about the kid who murdered the gay guy to see if he could get away with it - was that just playful homicide?
The media is probably going to end up doing more damage than anyone. But the plain simple truth still remains: if the kids hadn't committed a felony by stealing a car, NONE of this would ever have happened.
|W|P|110788030951806016|W|P|Controversial Police Tactics?|W|P|2/08/2005 9:08 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|I heard about this on NPR and was wondering if you would comment on it and I'd have to rebute you. Glad I didnt have to. A crime IS a crime no matter what age or race the offender is. I do agree, however, that the LAPD needs to have a committe (with power to make changes) look into it.2/09/2005 9:43 AM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Rudicus, I applaud your take on this. We are media pawns and often those very carefully worded headlines sink right in without much more contemplation of what it means. Yes I am sad a young child lost his life. But I wasn't there. I wasn't concerned for my own life as the polic officers were. Besides, how the hell do they know if it is a child or a short adult? Can't take chances. You have to protect your self.
I am dissapointed though that they didn't shoot at the tires or something else. But then again, once again, I did not read the article and don't have the whole story. One of the fictional races from a cancelled TV series called Babylon 5 has a great saying (paraphrasing): "Every story has 3 sides: your side, their side, and the truth"2/09/2005 1:29 PM|W|P|Mr. Pants|W|P|I think that the catalyst of the auto theft created a necessary consequence. Like you said, the kids shouldn't have stole the car, none of it would have happened. The police will always be criticised for their use of force, which should be measured and situation-appropriate. In this situation, shooting the kids may not have been measured, since I have a hard time believing that they didn't, at some point, notice that these weren't adults. The PIT maneuver or spike strips (I admit I watch Cops and Police Chases on the TV when I'm around one) will stop a car without injuring the driver/passenger--the police can also pin the drivers door shut rather easily...why were these not an option?
PS I uploaded a ream of new poetry on my blog.2/21/2005 7:19 AM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|LAPD get ya?2/21/2005 9:40 AM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Where oh where has our Rudicus gone?2/04/2005 03:58:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|If you are looking for a nice Pinot Noir, you might have a hard time finding one, thanks to a new movie called Sideways. A scene in the film talks about that particular type of wine and because of the film's popularity, Pinot Noir's are flying of the shelves in record numbers. Some of us enjoy wine and prefer one style over another. Personally I like Merlots and Sangioveses' as well as a few Cabs and Shiraz's. I have even been known to have a petite syrah (although I have no idea what it is). However given all that, if 5 glasses of wine were placed in front of me, I couldn't pick out the pinot noir and neither can you.
So what's all the fuss? Marketing. Marketers are smarter than you. Plus they are master manipulators - they couch this pinot noir in with this really romantic scene and next thing you know people are tripping over themselves buying them to the point that Pinot Noir sales are up 247% in some places.
This shouldn't be too surprising since this has happened many times before. Sales of the Mini Cooper skyrocketed after The Italian Job came out. And The Terminator, Risky Business and The Blues Brothers had Gargoyles and Ray-Bans selling like wildfire.
So what does this say about us? Are we so easily manipulated that we just robotically march off to the store whenever something gets high profile product placement in the movies or TV? In a word, yes.
It's not really our fault per se - we've all been programmed since childhood to watch and respond, just like pavlov's dog. Thanks to bad parenting, political correctness, loss of community and a complete distortion of reality we no longer get our socialization, morals, ethics or even outlook on life from anywhere but TV and movies. And since most parents are now using the TV/VCR/DVD as the babysitter without any parental influence or guidance - we're churning out robot after robot after robot.
So remember Neo, the matrix has you. Next time you are out and about - see what draws your attention and then take a look at what you are seeing in the movies and TV - I bet you'll be surprised.
Read a book - you'll learn more.
|W|P|110755309995395360|W|P|The Matrix Has You.|W|P|2/04/2005 6:29 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Well said!2/04/2005 11:53 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Pinot Noir or as my people refer to it...the Dark Pinot. Is made exclusively from grapes grown on the western side of hill regions, hence the "dark". It is what we in the know refer to as an oaky wine because the staves used to support the grape plants are ....you guessed it oak. It's subtle with a bit of bite that gets you in the back of the mouth with cherry after tones. The cherry after tones are derived from the fact that the vinyards used to grow the "dark" grapes used to be cherry orchards.
Now let's talk about corn, what my people call maize.......2/07/2005 2:36 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Hmmm. Definately true. I have definately caught myself thinking something is "right" "cool" or the "truth" because of that great tool we clal advertising. Of course, nothing is going to make me wear my cap over just on ear like Will Smith does in I-Robot. WTF?2/08/2005 12:10 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Who is Eckheart Tolle? Sorry to say I have never heard of him (her) until you mentioned them on my post.2/08/2005 12:19 PM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Never mind, just looked E.T. up on the net, I have never even heard of the books...maybe I need to get out more...lol.2/09/2005 1:21 PM|W|P|Mr. Pants|W|P|At a local stuck-up wine shoppe I was talking to the owner about some wine options. I tried a pinot gris for the first time. It was excellent, it's only made in a few places in the world. I'm a fan of Riesling.
I went and saw Sideways on one of the first days it was out, mostly by accident, and left after an hour feeling like I was 15 years older. This movie was not geared at all towards my demographic, and was saddened by this. I didn't think a single joke was funny, my parents loved it, say-no-more.
PS I just put up a ream of new poetry on my site.2/09/2005 4:09 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|I've never been a fan of german wines personally, but that's why there are so many to choose from. Thanks for letting everyone know about the poetry - I can't wait to read it.2/12/2005 1:29 PM|W|P|Mr. Pants|W|P|Are you all still meeting @ Java Money on Sundays?!10/03/2005 5:43 PM|W|P|Livenwealthy|W|P|Join the only TV advertised affilated program and cash in on the masses that will be joining TVCOOP.netdownline2/03/2005 12:08:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|[Editor's Note] In an effort to give folks an easier time, The Rudicus Report will attempt to tone down the length of the posts to allow readers more opportunity to enjoy them. Long-winded, but poignant diatribes may still occur from time to time.]
We've all heard about the new hip approach to sex: abstinence. This is the approach touted by W: The President and his religious cronies. "These Abstinence-only programs, which have sprouted up in schools across the nation, cannot offer information about birth control and must promote the social and health benefits of abstaining from sex."
Well it comes as no surprise that this approach is not working, even in the Prez's home state of Texas. In fact the number of students having sex increased (sometimes dramatically) after receiving abstinence-only education compared to the students who received traditional sex education before.
"The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work."
But Dr. Hewitt who conducted the study had the most telling comment:
"These programs seem to be much more concerned about politics than kids."
That's the crux of it, and also the most frightening. The so-called champions of morals and values are apparently willing to sacrifice their children in the name of politics and religion (I guess this isn't all that different from Abraham and Isaac, so we shouldn't be surprised). So when a good portion of these kids end up pregnant or with STD's, no one should be alarmed and the kids can always say "hey we had no idea any of this would happen - nobody told us!"
I love that these were the same people who were so quick to go off to war that they forgot to armor up the vehicles. So I guess it makes sense that they would be willing to send their kids off into the world without the right tools an equipment either.
So we are making a future generation thant knows nothing about sex, science or people or cultures different from them and will fight to the death not to find out. This should be fun.
|W|P|110745064949951748|W|P|Sex? No thanks, I'm fasting.|W|P|2/03/2005 1:25 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Amazing that they think that ignorance or being told not to will stop it. Give me a break. Like kids/teenagers are going to listen to something that goes against their hormones? No. Teach how to protect. And keep condoms in bathrooms. Sheeeeet. Next thing you know, there will be a law that females 12-18 have a 6pm curfew. Hmmmm. actually, being a father of two girls, I kind-a like that one.2/03/2005 2:18 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Well this was a survey of 9th graders from texas - so get ready, you only have a few years left.2/03/2005 4:34 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|I went to a Catholic HS so I ONLY recieved abstinance "training". Sex was something for married folk only.
Well at least I never went blind!!
Love the editors note BTW. LMAO!!2/03/2005 9:35 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Rudicus, ouch - that hurt.2/04/2005 9:12 AM|W|P|hilary|W|P|my daughters are still very little, but this issue will come up in a few years for me.
personally, i don't really want them to learn about safe sex in school. why? because i went to school, i know how messages can get screwed up. what is being taught to avoid, becomes the cool thing to do. i'd prefer to teach my OWN kids about the dangers of unprotected sex, and to strongly suggest that abstinence is the better option.
i know not every parent feels as i do. i know there are some parents out there who will never talk to their kids about sex, and those kids need to learn somewhere. where better than school, in that case?
i'd very much like the OPTION of having my kids learn from me instead of the school though.2/04/2005 9:48 AM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|Personally, I will be teaching my son about sex. We started at age 2, with age appropriate information about the body and we discuss things about the body and sex as it comes up, usually from something he has heard from peers or seen on tv. Additionally, I think its foolish to teach kids to abstain, because you know they won't. Thats just heartache waiting to happen. When my son is older, I am going to have a basket of condoms in the bathroom available for him to use at his discretion.
Unfortunately, there are not enough parents out there who care enough to teach their children the facts of life, or perhaps its because they are blinded by religious ferver that they are afraid to teach their children about REAL life, which brings me to the point that sex ed should be taught in schools. That may be the only place alot of kids can get the truth, otherwise they will learn from their peers or porn or whatever else they can find.2/04/2005 3:58 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Hialry and Lotus you guys hit the nail on the head - if parents took responsibility for teaching their children, then that would be ideal. The unfortunate thing is that without it being taught in school - the vast majority of these kids wouldn't it learn it at all or worse from their peers who don't know anything either. And if you add the TV as babysitter situation and then abstinenc-only non reality - you get a whole group of ignorant teenagers which we all know is never a good thing.2/01/2005 06:03:00 PM|W|P|Rudicus|W|P|Readership of the Blog seems to have dropped off to practically nothing - are the posts too long? Are you tired of the subject matter? Feedback Please!
|W|P|110729911915838736|W|P|Are the posts too long?|W|P|2/01/2005 6:16 PM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Sorry buddy. I've just been so engrossed in my own SHTuff lately. I have been looking and perusing. But i have not been reading in depth too much lately. I'll get back into it soon. Just calming down.2/01/2005 11:23 PM|W|P|The Lone Rangers|W|P|Length is fine, a little long but ok. Diversify the material a little, widen the beam. What else do you hate besides organized religion? What do you like??2/02/2005 9:05 AM|W|P|Lotus|W|P|I have been reading - daily, just not commenting. I haven't had much to say lately (I haven't been posting much on my blog lately either).2/02/2005 9:50 PM|W|P|Big Dog|W|P|Actually yes. I used to have you in my "link-worthy" section but had to drop the link because of sheer length of posts. Sorry Rudi -- us bottom-line types only have so much patience. But you do write good stuff.2/03/2005 11:27 AM|W|P|Ailyn|W|P|Hey Rudicus, I would love to see more movie reviews. I know how much of a movie buff you are.2/04/2005 9:13 AM|W|P|hilary|W|P|i have no idea, i just discovered you! :) |W|P|This whole scenario is really disturbing. In the first place what about the overacheiving anorexic kids. kids who will starve themselves if they know it is going to be on a report card. Secondly I completely agree with the comment about tv. tv advertises for unhealthy food, everything in our culture treats crap food as a reward. The media, and parents have to teach the children- not some report card. Thirdly the comment about recreation- So here we are cutting recreation out of school, not teaching our kids to exercise, not allowing them to have physical fitness and physical activity- then we feed them crap and then we get upset at obesity. how about changing the whole scenario: having physical activity and eating better and changing the media. I guess that would be too much work |W|P|One can only hope!