Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Week Of Bogo Nonsense

Now the flurry of activity to line up for casinos. First up is the wonderful pairing of Robert Kraft and Steve Wynn. Kraft - he of Hartford Patriot fame - wants to lease his land for a casino. Does this mean the illustrious Mr. Kraft will finally fork over the 8M needed for the bridge from his parking lot to Patriot Place? Nothing like a billionaire doing it on the taxpayer dime. Then the usual suspects will surface from MGM to some characters from Macau. Good luck, Massachusetts!

The Robin Hood tax has surfaced and it would take international proportions. What it amounts to is a small tax (small is undefined) on financial institution transactions and this bounty would be past on to poor countries to improve their lot in life. It would generate an estimated 48B and I’m am sure it would be as successful as our war on poverty.

VW is planning a Middleboro move but not much of a move since they are already ensconced in the Metro complex about a mile up the road. It will be a welcomed addition to finally see the building - the former RV center - put to use.

When I first moved to Middleboro they had at least three major brands of cars sold in town with a Ford, Chevrolet and Buick dealerships around. That has been down to zero since McGee moved to Raynham. But we do have a number of nail salons and I can hop on a tanning bed if necessary to give me that George Hamilton look. That, I guess, is the important stuff.

Trucchi’s finally has their sign up.

Flat Iron has discontinued music so I’ll have to go on the road for my BB music fix.

Nice weather means lower gas/electric/oil bills. I encourage mother nature - one hot babe - to keep it up.

The Patriots defense gives it up quicker than a drunk cheerleader on prom night. So much for being PC.

But I’m a Giants fan and they have been down right dismal but are now in first place. Go figger.

Bobby Valentine seems like a good fit for Boston.

Squirrels, rats and seagulls - just a higher form of cockroach and mosquito to me.

Cathedral lost a Super Bowl football game because a player raised his fist for two seconds while scoring a touchdown. This is in violation of a newly emplaced celebratory rule and under the very strict interpretation was warranted, but it is also a judgment call, and it this case the ref who tossed the flag had some serious issues with circumstance and how to apply it.

Alec Baldwin once again had his bizarre behaviors surface. Money and fame doesn’t necessarily translate to class.

Spokesmen for the current failed administration - not be confused with the failed administration they replaced - claimed in 2009 they were unaware of the extent of the financial crisis. After Lehman Brothers folder in 2008 all the forensic MBA’s in the world could connect the dots and the government could not? Laughable.

The financial crisis was handled like a Big Market baseball team handles problems - throw money at it.

Too bad the basic message of OWS was lost in their loony nonsense and scruffy appearance they presented. If they had stuck to the specific message they may have been taken as a serious force.

What is major league baseball thinking of? They instituted a dress code for reporters - and you know it was directed at female reporters - attempting to limit the Victoria Secret’s clothing some wear. First Heidi leaves and now this.

13 comments:

Hal Brown said...

Hey

from That Atheist Bitch

A Very Atheist Christmas - 666 Words on How Atheists Can Enjoy the Winter Holidays

Just as Christians have adopted many pagan traditions of the winter festivals such as decorating trees, giving gifts, feasting, and singing door-to-door some atheists also choose to adopt those pagan traditions and celebrate Christmas, much like many Christians do.

Since many Christians are upset when Atheists celebrate Christmas (or use American currency with "In God We Trust" on it) I propose that Atheists create their own version of the Christmas celebration. Christian Christmas uses such icons as reindeer, mistletoe, Santa Claus, snowmen and pine trees. The traditional Christian Christmas also lays specific claim to December 25th as the day Santa comes down the chimney. Since these are all respected religious tenets of Christianity I propose that we, as atheists, should avoid co-opting them for our own Christmas celebrations.

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bogofree said...

Maybe I can sent the article to the Republican candidates who are seeing who can out God each other.

In my cloistered little world I have very few atheist friends and most - like me - are trapped by circumstance. Like trying to smile knowing what the proctologist is about to do.

Hal Brown said...

"Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammal. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated."


Christopher Hitchens who died yesterday at 62.

bogofree said...

As an atheist the only thing I have to support my position is faith.

There is a certain envy that goes out to those with faith as it provides comfort in trying situations. Religion and faith can be an incredible support network.

Hal Brown said...

As the recently diseased Christopher Hitchens wrote:

Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.

...........

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

bogofree said...

'The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."

And this is where it comes forward with life is too complicated to just be an accident. That God just started the whole process (Big Bang) and moved on. The infinite contractor or artist that rarely view his work.

Hal Brown said...

Humans are defined by and are constrained by their languages. You and I can discern many kinds of snowflakes but arguably have to stretch to define each type. Eskimos have names for each kind so they can describe them easily.

Math and physics have their own language. If you are adept in them you can describe far more that you can with words.

If we attempt to describe all that is, was, and will ever be, we are contained by languages developed when people only understood linear time. Language developed when those who thought about such things assume that the east was flat, the the earth was the center of everything.

Terms like forever and infinite were based on the observations people made of the world around them. Birth, life and death were familiar to them as they saw it occurring with plants, animals and people.

Now those who can think mathematically and come up with proofs for their theories are trying to come up with an explanation for everything, or if you will, God.

Put this way, God is the explanation for all that always was and always will be, the infinite everything and everywhere which had no beginning and will have no end.

God is the power or force or energy (and I use these words cautiously) that has always made everything and the absence of anything and always will, even after our sun burns out. As such, God makes for time and timelessness.

There's more, but my time, unlike God's, in finite.

anonymous said...

Now I understand why I fell asleep in Philosophy 101.

Hal Brown said...

....and what did you say your college GPA was?

Family Guy said...

I think he already posted the IQ...101.

Mick said...

We're all in trouble now that Hal is back!

Hal Brown said...

I'll take that as both a complement and as empathic support that I am finally at a place in working through my grief that I can do the boogie woogie with the intellectual denizens of bogofree who often seem to believe that Sydenham chorea is really a dance.

bogofree said...

Is Hal slumming? Naw....he's just raised his own personal bar.