Theological Thoughts

“You know, a lot of Christians talk about how bad-ass Jesus was driving moneychangers from the Temple?”

“Yeah! But–I mean, we’re talking about a bunch of Jewish bankers! I could do that with my legs broke and a bad case of mono.”
“No, you’re thinking about it wrong.”
“How so?”
“You’re thinking pin-striped suit financial eggheads.”
“Think loan sharks. Lots and lots of loan sharks with enforcers to boot.”
“That’s what they say.”

Conversations From The Living Room, Part 28: I’m a Genius!

[The Barb is wearing her shirt backwards and her grandpa stops her.]

“You’re wearing your shirt backwards!”
“I know! I like it!”
[He tugs her pocket]
“And I guess people behind you could slip stuff into your pocket!”
“No, they can’t!”
“Why not?”
“‘cause I’m a genius!”
“What does genius mean?”
“That’s when you sneak and hide and jump out at people!”
“You mean, you’re a ninja?

I Like The Cut Of This Buckley’s Jib.

I’ve not really been up on William F. Buckley (referred to as Mr. Fbuckley on “Laugh In”, if tales my parents have told me are true…) but I came across this at The Other McCain:

They are men and women who tend to believe that the human being is perfectible and social progress predictable, and that the instrument for effecting the two is reason; that truths are transitory and empirically determined; that equality is desirable and attainable through the action of state power; that social and individual differences, if they are not rational, are objectionable, and should be scientifically eliminated; that all peoples and societies should strive to organize themselves upon a rationalist and scientific paradigm.

I think this is exactly right, if better thought out than “liberals” actually do any more. Except for being based on a mountain of fallacies, it even sounds reasonable.

I wonder if there’s a mirror-image on the left, where “liberals” describes “conservatives” as accurately? Oh, wait, that’s right there is!


Touché, statists.

I Join The Illuminati

“Wow, it’s so great you guys finally let me in.”

“Your qualifications were…adequate.”
“Yeah. Well. You know what the unwashed masses call a guy who just barely gets in to the Illuminati?”
“Nothing, because those poor bastards have no idea who we are! HA!”
“OK. so, this is your desk over here.”
“A desk? I get a desk? I figured there’d be, like a banquet table or maybe a grotto…”
“There are, but you have to start somewhere.”
“And that somewhere is a desk?”
“That somewhere is Help Desk.”
[some time later]
“Hello, Illuminati Help Desk. How may I help you control the world today?”
“You want to devalue a currency?”
“Oh, the yen! The Chinese yen, even? Very advanced. Are you upgraded to the current ver–”
“Very good. OK, go to Actions menu, Economic sub-menu, Currency sub-sub-menu, and click Fluctuation. That should bring up the Monetary Shenanigans dialog.”
“Now, from there, you –”
“What do you mean you don’t have that menu?”
“You’re using the latest version of Illuminati Pro World Conquest Special Edition?”
“You think so? OK, do me a favor: Click on Windows+O. That should take you right to the Overthrow window.”
“You what?”
“You don’t have a Windows key? What kind of keybo-”
“It’s an Apple key? Lady, you’ve got the wrong number. You need to call the Tri-Lateral Commission Help Desk!”
“OK, yeah, I can give you the number.”

Well, That Was Fast!

Man. April! If April showers bring May flowers, I’m gonna be up to my ass in flowers pretty soon here.

I’m so far behind on movie reviews it’s ridiculous. In April we saw Gasland, The Secret of the Kells, Kick Ass, Cop-Out, The Secret In Their Eyes, City Island and…I think one more….
I’ve also been meaning to write on two topics for some time: One is that free marketers often accuse (rightly) statists of operating on the basis of how the world (specifically people) should be versus how they actually are, and how I thnk free marketers have a similar blind spot.
Also, I wanted to write about how racism isn’t, in fact, the worst thing ever. (Let’s see if I can worm my way out of THAT statement! Heh.)
Anyway, I’ll get back on the stick here in a bit and thanks for dropping by.