Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cartoon Jihad redux and South Park and AA...

This is so ironic. Catholics are upset at an episode of South Park. I wonder if they will burn buildings and riot and kill people and stuff....?

Now, the episode in question has a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding from what appears to be her ass. Eventually, the Pope appears (yup, SP is so topical, it's the latest Pope) and announces that the statue is mensturating and that there's no miracle for a women to be doing that... Now, this wasn't the main story. Stan's dad gets arrested for drunk driving and while attending an AA meeting is told he has a "disease". He is a hypochondriac, and begins to act like he's dying. Stan has had enough and confronts the AA members:

Stan: Uh look, my dad was here yesterday and you all kinda messed him up by telling him he had a disease.
AA Member: Alcoholism is a disease.
Stan: No it, it's not... and you can't just go around saying stuff like that to people like my dad. He's kinda like a hypochondriac.

Stan goes on to reiterate that alcoholism isn't a disease...that "Cancer is a disease. My Dad just has to drink less."

Now, that's funny.

The 12 Steps program of AA is..um...odd:

1. We admitted we were powerless over
alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater
than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our
lives over to the care of God as we understood
Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral
inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to
another human being the exact nature of our
wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove
all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed,
and became willing to make amends to them
all.
9. Made direct amends to such people
wherever possible, except when to do so
would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory
and when we were wrong promptly admitted
it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation
to improve our conscious contact with God, as
we understood Him, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and the power to carry
that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to alcoholics, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.

So, essentially, if you are an alcoholic atheist, you're shit out of luck.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Olympic games

Okay...on Saturday Feb 11th, 2006, at about 9:00 am EST, I was already sick of the Olympics. Hey...that's a new record...and a personal best!

Never liked the Olympics (especially the European bias...they drop Baseball but bring in some sport only played by a handful of European countries and Somalia...asswipes), and hate the coverage even more. Though at least watching it on the CBC as opposed to whichever US media outlet is covering it this year, you get to see that there are other countries in the Olympics.

But CBC's coverage is annoying...here's my text-based imitation of CBC Olympic coverage...

"Wow...Jennifer Heil has won a Gold Medal for Canada in the women's moguls. Let's watch the replay and analyse ever nuance of her performance!"

....several minutes later.....

"Oh, Canada was favoured in this speed skating event, but Cyndi Klassen won a bronze. Good for her...she did a personal best....! Hey, let's watch Jennifer Heil's Gold medal performance!"

...several minutes later...

"Canadians came in [insert some number way after 6th place] in the [insert some inane "event" like the biathalon]. Wow, that was [some no-name]'s personal best! Let's see Jennifer Heil's Gold medal performance once again!"

ahhhhhhhh.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Islam has got to go...

If there is any evidence that Islam is too archaic for the 21st Century, one need not look any further than the absurd reactions to a few stupid caricatures that were originally published in a Danish newspaper. Here there are:




Now, if someone posted images, similar in nature, with Christ as the central figure, there MIGHT be protests, but certainly not this bullshit that is going on.

Regardless of the people who excuse Islam and claim it is a religion of peace, Islam in its current form is the most immediate threat to world stability since communistic dictatorships (and George Bush). It either has to go through some fundamental shift in ideology (unlikely) or it has to be decimated to the point of near extinction.

As a Canadian, we are told, time after time, to be tolerant. Fuck that. I don't like this religion (I really don't like ANY religion, but this one is absurd...um...Adam and Eve were 600 feet tall? Really? Uhuh. Islam makes Scientology sound plausible). I don't want my children exposed to its 15th Century beliefs. Go away.

Let's face it, if you have a pack of rabid dogs, you don't coddle them and make excuses, you exterminate them. Islam needs to be dismantled. Period.

Friday, February 03, 2006

American Idol and a form of child abuse

Would it be considered a form of child abuse to knowingly expose your child to ridicule and humiliation?

I caught, totally by accident I assure you, the tail end of this week's American Idol auditions. They were in Austin, Texas (warning flags should have been ringing there!).

One of the last people to audition was this...um...overweight girl (though, given the American propensity for obesity, she might actually be considered thin) about 17 who was wearing a pair of godawfully bright pink pants so tight I'm not sure she could breathe. As she was going into the audition room, she said something to the effect that Simon would "love" her.

Problem was, she couldn't sing. Not a note. Terrible. I could do better and I suck. She left the room almost in tears saying that the judges had "...made a mistake, a terrible mistake...". Um...no...they didn't, sweetheart.

When she left the room she tried to slam the door (I think it hit her butt or thighs) and she started to cry. Now...her MOTHER was there to console her.

Unless her mother and everyone of legal guardian-status age in her life is tone deaf and/or so freakin' inbred that they are incapable of identifying "suckitude" when they hear it (and, in the case of her clothing, SEE it), then they let her go audition on an international stage knowing she would be humiliated. That's some mighty good parenting there, isn't it?

I her think parents should be charged, fined, or both.