The 2013 Darwin Awards Are Out!

I love the Darwin awards….makes us think how dangerous it is (and getting worse) to be Ignorant in today’s world

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The Darwins Are Out!!!!
2013
Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.
Here Is The Glorious Winner:
1. When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
And Now, The Honorable Mentions:
2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef’s claim was approved.
3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to…

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A war on Christmas… don’t we have this backwards?

MY MESSAGE TO DAY TO ALL FRIENDS:

LET ME STATE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR… THERE IS NO REASON FOR CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS OR JEWS TO EXPECT THOSE WHO ARE NOT OF THE ‘MAJOR’ FAITHS TO FORCE THEIR RELIGIOUS GREETINGS OR FEELINGS UPON OTHERS. HAVING SAID THIS, I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANYONE PRACTICING, BELIEVING, AND PROMOTING THEIR OWN BELIEFS, PERSONALLY. BUT THERE IS NO ‘WAR’ ON CHRISTMAS AND THERE IS NO REASON TO ASK PEOPLE TO TRY TO FORCE PEOPLE TO SAY ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ IF THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, OR DON’T WANT TO .. THIS IS THE NATURE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND ,BY THE WAY, OUR COUNTRY’S CONSTITUTION… I HOPE THOSE WHO PROMOTE THIS POINT OF VIEW WILL UNDERSTAND MY FEELINGS AND STATEMENTS HERE. I AM A CELEBRANT OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE, OR WHAT MY FRIENDS CALL , ‘YULE’….. WE BELIEVE , WITH THE ANCIENTS , OF THE TURN OF THE SEASONS AND CELEBRATING THEM THE WAY THE ANCIENTS (CALL THEM ‘PAGANS’ OR WHAT YOU WILL)…. DID…. IT’S THAT SIMPLE… LIVE AND LET LIVE… THEN WE CAN ALL LIVE IN PEACE. 🙂 LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU ALL, THIS TIME OF YEAR.

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN IN ANY WAY….. I AM NOT ANTI CHRISTIAN, THOUGH MANY OF THEM ARE ANTI ‘ME’….(GAY, PAGAN ETC.)…BUT THE ‘PEOPLE’S POPE’ BRINGS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, AND A LITTLE OF THE ACTUAL WORDS OF JESUS, ABOUT THE POOR ETC.. TO OUR MINDS

Person of the Year

To read about TIME’s choice in Spanish and Portuguese, click below.
EL ELEGIDO: El Papa Francisco es la Persona del Año 2013 de TIME
A Escolha: O Papa Francisco é a Personalidade do Ano eleita pela Time em 2013

On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the garbage-strewn Mariano Acosta. There is a church, the Immaculate Virgin, toward the end of the ­pasaje—Spanish for passage—where, on one occasion, the local priest and a number of frightened residents took refuge deep in the sanctuary when rival drug gangs opened fire. Beyond the church, Pasaje C branches into the rest of the parish: more rutted mud and cracked concrete form Pasajes A to K. Brick chips from the hasty construction of squatter housing coagulate along what ought to be…

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AMERICA WAS FOUNDED AS A ‘CHRISTIAN’ NATION….. NOT!

 

For those ‘Dominionist*’ or just misinformed citizens who thinks America was founded as a ‘christian’ nation…. I am sorry, no, the founders, though possible believers in a creator of sorts, were, far and wide NOT christians by any standards of today.. the most famous, Jefferson, wrote his OWN Bible…. see link below which disavowed any miracles or divinity of Jesus… only the ‘moral’ teachings (which the current pope seems to be following somewhat) they, the founders, were ‘Enlightenment’ taught…
see below:

A little history for those who might not be familiar with Jefferson’s Bible: it is a leatherbound notebook which Jefferson filled with carefully cut-out excerpts from other source Bibles. He titled the volume the “Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” What makes it extraordinary is that Jefferson eliminated from his text any mention of miracles, divinity and the supernatural. The resulting volume reflects only Jesus’ moral philosophy, which Jefferson felt was the standard to which all men should aspire. Jefferson’s apparent preference for reason, logic and morality over superstition and magic is indicative of the Enlightenment’s influence on him.

Any discussion of Jefferson’s Bible has the potential for contentious argument about America as a Christian nation, but the exhibit managed to sidestep that quagmire while placing adequate emphasis on the influence of the Enlightenment in Jefferson’s thought. Iam posting a few of my own photographs here. I apologize for the poor quality of the images; I had only my cell phone camera with me that day.

The video which played in the exhibit hall is available on the Smithsonian channel website and can be viewed here:

http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=140747
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/dominionism-a-dangerous-christian-movement-with-an-influence-on-michelle-bachmann-and-rick-perry/2011/08/15/gIQAydn5GJ_blog.html]