Jo Jerome's Blog (10)

Conversation with a Theist: God vs Zeus

Just now, sitting in a grocery store deli, woman reads my Magellan t-shirt ("The Church says the Earth is flat but I know it is round for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church"). The woman strikes me as submissive, mousey, dependent.



Woman: "Well, I have faith in god."



Me: "And some…
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Added by Jo Jerome on May 31, 2010 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

Teabagger threatens to kidnap me. Or maybe word-salad me to death?

As most are aware, Arizona recently passed a demand-to-see-your-papers law: Anyone who 'looks' like they could be an illegal immigrant can be stopped on that suspicion alone and must provide proof of citizenship or legal residency. If you don't have such proof on you, even if you are a legal resident, you can be jailed up to 6 months just for not having the proper paperwork on your person.


One would think that the freedom-loving, privacy-loving, constitution-is-sacred,…
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Added by Jo Jerome on May 19, 2010 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

Teabagging 2M4M in Gaylord.





First you have the whole concept of modern-day Tea Parties, whose only vague resemblance to the original is when someone gets the period costume right. If you know nothing else about the Boston Tea Party, every American from age 7 onwards can chant the phrase: "Taxation without representation."


Today's Tea Partiers A) Are protesting the whole concept of paying taxes period. Because taking from the community without contributing back is…
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Added by Jo Jerome on February 7, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Earthquake politics: Where is the Christian/Republican outrage?

Posting this to my Facebook Page, where I actually do have a Conservative Christian friend or three:





"If moderate Muslims are so against what the extremists are doing, feel the extremists don't represent 'real Islam,' then where is their outrage? Why don't we hear from them? Why aren't they marching in the streets to protest the extremists and proclaim, 'They do not speak for us?'"



To which I ask: Where is the moderate… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on January 15, 2010 at 10:22pm — 4 Comments

Hey! New use for Atheism! Drive away the Jesus-bums!

Ok, so "bum" is a rather un-PC term.



Especially since I myself am currently quasi-homeless. Although, living out of a tiny RV where ever I'm parked today, without electricity, I somehow still manage to keep reasonably clean (I've got hobo-bath down to a science) and not drunk 24/7.



Unlike the guy who has spent the last several minutes trying to sit next to me and bum money off of me. And I think pick me up.



My initial response to him? "Sorry man. I'm homeless… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on December 22, 2009 at 8:15pm — 7 Comments

Even Atheists get the Holiday Blues.

Even when I was growing up Christian I always thought, "It's just a day." Sure, it's a convenient time to schedule vacations since most people get the day off and the airlines are running specials. But otherwise, I could have a family get together any other random time of the year and enjoy it just as much.



Now that Christmas really has no meaning for this Atheist, why get the holiday blues?



Partly because this is also when so many other people are going on and on about… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on December 19, 2009 at 7:48pm — 5 Comments

Pascal's Wager: Why our 'Faith' is far stronger than any Christian's.

If you aren't familiar with Pascal's Wager, it essentially argues that you should believe/honor/flatter God if only to hedge your bets. If you're wrong and there's no afterlife, nothing lost. But if you don't believe/honor/flatter and God's punitive afterlife turns out to have been real, boy won't you be sorry! It's like the Lotto: You can't win if you don't play.



On the face of it that actually makes a lot of sense. I for one would rather not spend eternity burning in hell, so… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on December 6, 2009 at 1:47pm — 5 Comments

Thanksgiving; the Real American(tm) way!

So I got invited to a neighbors' place for Thanksgiving - just the three of us.



Ok, not so much 'invited' as I sneakily arranged the whole thing. Quasi-homeless, no cooking facilities of my own, no transportation to go anywhere else, facing a Thanksgiving of cheap burrito fixings and Oreos while I watch DVDs in continual avoidance of housework. Oh, and recovering from a recent distressing phone call from a neurotic family member, right before this holiday where everyone's going on… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on November 26, 2009 at 3:32pm — 5 Comments

Sugar-coating religion: You're either Christian, or you aren't.

Inspired by this article posted in the Atheist News group, and its opening excerpt:



IN 1910, A COHORT of ultra-conservative American Protestants drew up a list of non-negotiable beliefs they insisted any genuine Christian must subscribe to. They published these “fundamentals” in a series of widely distributed pamphlets over the next five years. Their… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on November 12, 2009 at 9:32pm — 4 Comments

Open letter to the White House

Park Ranger in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, recently injured in an MVA and without health insurance, requests audience with a top dog.



Ok, me and 300 million other Americans. But with President Obama and friends being so much more people-friendly than those of the past, with him doing a tour of national parks and with health care being such the hot topic right now, I suppose I had to try, right?



Long story short: I am horribly poor, quasi-homeless and have been in… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on August 15, 2009 at 2:29pm — 4 Comments

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