Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stuff

Had a really good radio show Saturday.
Good calls and discussion on Kavenaugh, Republicans and whether we should bother to vote for them and other news.
You can listen here.

It's listen to this or the voices in your head.
I recommend this.



Other than that, I'm too busy working at work, working at home, working on the newspaper or being out on my boat or going to the range to publish a post that contains information you can't get at a blog on my sidebar.
I know I woke up this morning with a great idea for a post, but I lost it getting ready for church. I think it was related to the radio show content.

Scherie and I got laser grips for our pistols.
It almost takes the fun out of shooting!
Put the laser on the target and squeeze.
Her snubnose .357 is more accurate than I thought!
It's the short sight radius that caused the bullets to spread out on the target.
But that laser seems to guide the bullets in the way a ground observer leads a Spooky or a Spectre air crew.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pick A Side. Just Do It.

I see this face in this ad and I'm reminded of someone.
Advertising is never an accident.
I mean when professionals do it, not me.


So are we, or better yet, is the target audience supposed to think of and relate to this other "revolutionary"?
I think so..
You?

BTW, see a swoosh on someone? Let them know they took a side.
Because they did.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How it Happens

I was 15 and it was a Saturday afternoon and as a good Catholic boy, an altar boy, I went to confession.
I'm pretty sure the priest knew who I was despite the screen that separated us.
I started out the confession as normal and got to the point where I had to get the heavy burden of my horrible sin off my chest.
I told the priest that I masturbated.
He let me know what a serious deal this was and offered to discuss it with me in the rectory after confession was over.
Probably the only thing that saved me from any abuse was that I was too embarrassed to meet him face-to-face over the issue.
It's interesting to note, that he quit the priesthood a few weeks later to be a shoe salesman.
I wonder how many of my classmates fell for it.
As an addendum, I remember that as an altar boy who served Mass before classes began, we often wondered whether the priest was going to show up for the morning Mass on time. I would often have to go to the rectory door where the housekeeper would inform me that the pastor would be there shortly.
Of course, he had been drinking. We all knew that. Adults did that.
The next priest was interim, and interestingly enough was a friend of the family, Marv Josaitis.
Marv's brother Norm was a priest, also, who went to Rome to work. I don't know what happened to him after that, but a few years later, Marv quit the priesthood and married.
Took up teaching religious studies at college.
Never told us what went down that the former priest quit over.

Update:
Wow. And he passed in 2015.
https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Grand-Silence-Former-Catholic/dp/1613466781


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Science is Real!

Science is Real!
(Except for the science that is fake.)

I walked past a few churches in downtown Ypsilanti, a liberal enclave, where among the lists of means of "inclusiveness" on their marquees (illegal immigrants welcome, LGBT welcome, see addendum) was :
"Science is Real!" 
My first thought was "as opposed to what?".

On the same walk (to the Independence Day Parade, actually) I saw political literature that included the same motto.
I had not been exposed to it before.

It appeared to me to be a religious statement.
"We are not fooled by pie-in-the-sky doctrines"
which seems odd to be placed on a church marquee.

I read a web comic "Girl Genius" about mad scientists, for fun.
This is a panel:

Notice the religious overtones.

I was reminded of this when I read Rev Paul's post today about atheism being the law of the land in China. Atheism is a religion. a leap of faith. It often claims science to be it's underpinning.
Ya gotta believe something.

I don't find Faith and Science to be mutually exclusive and neither have some of our foremost scientists. But when Science becomes a religion to trump Faith, someone has the wrong estimation of what Science is.

"Faith is the substance (underpinning) of things hoped for, the evidence (conviction) of things not seen."  Hebrews 11:1

As for things that are seen? Observe, quantify, measure, test,... science.

Addendum:
Anyone is welcome in my church if they are not disruptive.
That is not to say that they will be approved of.

Any thoughts?