Monday, September 27, 2010

What a concert!

I saw Michael Franti and Spearhead last night in concert. OMG! The show was brilliant! Franti has so much energy and really works with the audience. He even comes off stage and sings right with the fans! I have to say I admire the man. he does a lot of work with people in 3rd world countries. He is the type of activist that I only wish I could be. Fantastic.

His new album is a real treat to listen too. the title track, the sound of sunshine is very uplifting. Franti has talent that is for sure. If you ever have him come thru your town, take the time to see the group perform.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Want out of the LDS Religion?

Fill in the blanks and send the following email to:

My name is ____________. My birth date is __________. I was baptized and confirmed on __________________. I hereby resign my membership from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I hereby terminate my consent to be treated as a member of said church and I withdraw my consent to submit to the church's beliefs and ecclesiastical disciplinary procedures. You must now treat me as a nonmember in all your dealings with me. From this day forward, I expect that my name will be removed from all church records, and that I will not be contacted by any church representatives for any reason, except via email verification of the receipt of this resignation.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Saw this post today on a discussion board

It was in relation to a Muslim center being built near ground zero in NYC.

"I, like many others, are repulsed by the mindless tea party crowd! As we've witnessed so many times in the past/present, politics/religion are an unhealthy alliance that breeds extremists who are volatile, dangerous people! Reason is thrown to the wind, rights are selectively marginalized, freedoms are denied/ Government is villainized! In our world, conservative republican, right-wing fringe paranoia is reinforced by mindless, vindictive, hateful rhetoric/bigotry! Their message is loud/clear! These divisive purveyors of hate care about themselves/ their agenda exclusively... the rest be damned! Rebuttal to this disgusting mindset is required, must be convincing, to the point/capable of clearly exposing a low-life agenda so all can plainly see who they are/what they are about! These fanatics cannot be allowed to spew hate without consequence! Rational people, muslim community, State/Local Governments are trying to undo the damage that has been done! We'll have to see how it all works out! "

One video I saw was a person I know talking to Fundie Christians at the site. They wanted to have mosques banned all over the US. What about our rights and freedoms in America? That goes against the constitution and bill of rights. The fundies are their own flavor of the Taliban. Just a Christian one.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saw a neat quote that really says it all about apologists.


Evidence only counts if it confirms your beliefs.

Apologists have everything to lose when it comes to belief about their beliefs. They will count evidence only if it confirms their beliefs but will deny it is it does not.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Great quote that I read today...

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped int the flag and carrying a cross." -- Sinclair Lewis 1835

I believe it. When we look at the Christian Right and what they want to do, it is nothing short of fascism.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gonna get a broken heart fixed

My cardiologist agreed to do bypass surgery on me in December. We're waiting to the end of the semester so I can teach my class with hopefully no interruption. Having daily angina but can manage it at this point. Trying to exercise more and lose some weight to get ready for the procedure. It is a minimally invasive arterial bypass. My circumflex is completely blocked. So hopefully by Christmas I get a new lease on life.