Thursday, November 13, 2008

La La La La La

That is what I am saying as someone tries to tell me to sand the drywall.

Yep, this was worth it now wasn't it?

Look who is playing the Grinch this year, From the Associated Press:

You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

To that end, the ads and posters will include a link to a Web site that will seek to connect and organize like-minded thinkers in the D.C. area, Edwords said.

Edwords said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."

The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity..."

Follow the link for more, if you must.

Now for the lighter side of things, just when you thought that Google was a good thing...

Google is such a powerful tool.

Gosh, we can find out almost anything almost as quickly as you can type. Watch a commercial and you know that you know that actor from somewhere. No problem. One minute of googling tells you he had a small recurring role on Little House on The Prairie, married a girl he met on the set and had 4 kids. He now does commercials and writes children's books. Aw, isn't that nice?

That is the upside of google. The tool has the potential for good, but alas information giveth and information taketh away. Sometimes you are just better off not knowing things. Like the singer of a song you really like donated a million dollars to Planned Parenthood. You can never listen to that song again. You wish you never googled it.

This is what happened to me today. One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is "What Child is This?" That song, more than just about any other has always put me in the Christmas mood. When Burle Ives or the Chipmunks couldn't get it done, "What Child Is This?" never failed me. Never. Well, that is until this Christmas...

And finally...

Will the Next Ice Age Be a Very Long One?

If you thought Global Warming was bad... watch out!

That's it for me, Mr. Not-feeling-so-creative-because-his-shoulder-is-still-sore!