Tuesday, 29 January 2008

4 things Meme

I read mom's blog and got pranged with a meme - enjoy XD

4 jobs I have had:

1. Cleaner
2. Receptionist for a building site
3. Telephone operator for BT Wholesale Department
4. Receptionist for Performing Arts College

4 movies I would watch over and over again:

1. The Dark Crystal
2. The Labyrinth
3. The Little Mermaid
4. Grosse Point Blank

4 places I’ve lived:

1. Wildenrath, Germany
2. Colerne, Wiltshire
3. Richmond, North Yorkshire
4. Wolverhampton, West Midlands

4 people I email daily regularly:

1. Rynn
2. Becca
3. Mom - semi regular c.c
4. Myself - I know - I send myself links and stuff XD

4 favorite things to eat:

1. Chocolate
2. Crispy Jacket'Tater
3. Apples
4. Bread

4 places I would rather be:

1. Texas - with Rynn c.c Giggling about our fandom
2. Southern France
3. Somewhere high and windy
4. Middle of nowhere, surrounded by lots of country-side

4 things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Moving out of Wolverhampton
2. Getting my Freelance Art business properly set up
3. Summer
4. Bristol Comic-Con

I tag anyone who reads this.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Heath Ledger's Funeral - Westboro Picketing

I've just heard on the radio that the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket Heath Ledger's funeral, as well as the Oscars.

See, I'm sickened by this 'Church' at the best of times. This entire family is disgusting to me, in every way, shape and form. I don't normally 'hate' religious people - each to their own - but this lot don't just passively follow their religion, they go out and destroy peoples lives! I've seen and read numerous reports of them picketing the funerals of soldiers who fought in Iraq.

One of the worst things to see at the funeral of your own child, is a bunch of idiots waving banners telling you your child is going to 'Hell' for being a 'Fag Enabler'. Whether religious or not, this is not something anyone should have to go through.

Here are their actual words on the matter:

Los Angeles Shrine & Exposition Center 700 W 32nd St. This is for the Screen Actors Guild Awards where they will be "honoring" dead pervert Heath Ledger. He's in Hell! He portrayed a fag in a movie, touting himself as a fag-enabler! This is a good time to crack Romans 1:32! He knows that God hates fags! We've told him since he was at least 14 years of age, warning you perverted Americans to FLEE THE SWORD! He didn't obey, but used his megaphone as an actor to say, "It's OKAY to be Gay!" In addition, he is also a fornicater and an adulterer, which make the fires of Hell burn even hotter for his stinking carcass. If you live the way this presumptous fool did, you will join him in like manner very shortly now! Fear God! See also www.youtube.com and type in "Heath in Hell" for a video done by our pastor on this subject.

It's already sad enough that this talented young man has died and left behind a two year old daughter - do these people have to go and make it worse for his family, friends and fans?

It sickens me.

And to Xtians who say 'they aren't real Christians' - I'm afraid they really are. They use the same damn book as you, they quote the same damn quotes. They just happen to abide by the book in it's entirety, rather than picking and choosing which bits they like.

I await the day other Xtians get off their arses and shut this lot up permanently - but in a world where Freedom of Speech is sacrosanct, there's not really much we can do about them.


Saturday, 26 January 2008

Answers to a kids 'Morality' science project

I was just enjoying myself, trawling the usual blogs, when I stoped at PMomma's and read this post in particular:


Some of the people who read it have either laughed, responded to the questions, or both. Personally, I found myself frowning in disbelief. I don't care if the kid is in sixth-grade (that's what, ten years old, eleven? I'm British, I'm not entirely sure how the American grade system works.) that was still not a scientific project, not even in the loosest terms. It boggles my mind, trying to figure out how he got away with it.

As I said in my response to her post, when I was that age, at least I knew the difference between scientific and non-scientific questions. My heart bleeds for the generations growing up with no idea what true science is.

Anyway, I decided to fill out the questionair to see how I scored. There is no real indication given of how the point-system works, so I'll arbitrarily decide that a point is given for good answers and a point taken away for bad (the kid arbitrarily decided that anything less than 15 is 'immoral' and anything above 15 'moral' - so I'm sure I can get away with arbitrarily deciding on how to arrange the giving/taking-away of points.)

Project Title: Better Living Through God
Question: Do unchristians make less moral choices than Christians?

Hypothesis: The Bible is the perfect guide to life that shows us how to be moral people. Without believing in the Bible you can't know God and he can't guide you and give you rewards for being a good person. I think people who aren't Christian will be less successful.

Experiment: I will interview thirty people and ask them if they are Christian. I will give them the same questions so I have a control sample. I think they are immoral if they score lower than 15.

Questions I will ask. There are 20 points available.

1. Have you ever spoke the name of our Lord in vain? - Yes
It's 'spoken' (or even 'spake' if you want to go old-school) - and all the time. I have a habit of deliberately taking the lords name.

2. Have you ever killed another human being? - No
Not so far as I remember.

3. Have you every lied? - Yes
Yes, frequently.

4. Have you ever had relations before marriage? - Yes
That would be 'sexual relations' - and yes.

5. Do you go to church every Sunday or once a week? - No
There are more than two Sunday's in a week? And I haven't attended church since I was ten or so. I'm now 25... so that's fifteen years worth of 'no'.

6. Do you wish you had more stuff? - Yes
Depends what type of 'stuff' you mean. I could definately do with more art materials, and I do wish I had more money, to pay off debts and bills and buy food. Or do you mean that in the materialistic sense? Certainly, I wouldn't mind having some more books to add to my collection, I've read everything I own at least twice.

7. Do you gossip? - Yes
Of course I do, I'm Human. I hold to the belief that Humans are a gossiping race, that it's our way of afirming that yes, we are still alive and that people care about us and what we think.

8. Do you give to charity? - No
Very rarely, unfortunately. I can barely afford to feed myself and my cats, so I really don't think I can afford to give any money to other people.

9. Do you listen to rap or heavy metal music? - No
Nope. I'm sick of the lyrics in rap and don't consider most heavy metal to even be music.

10. Have you ever had an abortion or been pro-choice? - No and Yes
This is two seperate questions. No to the first and yes to the second. But, do morning after pills count? Because really - exactly where do you draw the line with pregnancies? The very instant the egg is fertilised, or when it's started dividing, or when it starts looking humanoid?

11. Have you ever read Harry Potter or Spiderwick Chronicles or the Golden Compass? - Yes
I have read all of the above and found them all to be thoroughly enjoyable, though the end of Harry Potter was disapointing.

12. Do you see movies with unwholesome content? - Yes
Frequently - but what exactly do you consider 'unwholesome'?

13. Do you pray every day? - No

14. Do you believe that God is the creator of heaven and earth? - No

15. Are you overweight because you eat too much? - No
That's very presumptuous of you. I am overwieght, but I don't overeat. So I'll take that as a 'no'.

16. Do you take pride in accomplishments other than service to God? - Yes
I don't give any services to 'God' - so, yes.

17. Do you put God and Jesus first? - No
Certainly not.

18. Do you view pornography? - Yes
All the time. I even draw it and write it.

19. Do you practice temperance in every thing you do? - No
Hrm. No, not in everything I do.

20. Are you quick to anger? - Yes
Unfortunately, yes I am. And slow to cool down, too.

Hrm, I scored a wonderful '3' points. Or '-17', however you want to look at it. But I have to point out that basically, none of these questions had anything to do with morality - except perhaps the 'muder' one. Also, none of the questions use the same style - some are 'yes-no' while others invite extensive answers.

I hope this kid got an 'F' - but I doubt it. This was his conclusion:

Conclusion: We are all sinners and need to ask God's forgiveness and repent. Since Christianity shows us how to do that, it would make people more moral if they became Christians.

Mostly because he recieved almost unanimously negative results. Which should probably clue him in to a few things, but obviously wont.


Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Three Little Pigs

Apparently, writing a modernised version of 'The Three Little Pigs' is liable to cause offense!

'Three Little Pigs "too offensive"'

Apparently, this story offends not only Eastern Religions, but also Builders!

Oh me, oh my! I fear I may have to hide behind something, lest someone try to read me this most heinous of children's stories!




Thursday, 10 January 2008

Terry Pratchett says it well

I'm re-reading a lot of my Terry Pratchett books at the moment, and I came across this little quote last night. Thought you may like it:

'Once we were blob in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we're frightened the hair on our skins stands up, just like it did when we had fur! We are history! Everything we've ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are.
...I'm made up of the memories of my parents and grandparents, all my ancestors. They're in the way I look, in the colour of my hair. And I'm made up of everyone I've ever met who's changed the way I think.'

Tiffany Aching - A Hat Full Of Sky - Terry Pratchett

Just think that is a beautiful quote. Enjoy.


Sunday, 6 January 2008

Gluten Free Wafers

The church is bringing in gluten-free wafers for their coeliac parishioners.

I thought Transubstantiation took place as the wafer is placed in the mouth? Or is it the throat? Or perhaps the stomach? Maybe it only takes place when the wafer has been digested?

Are these coeliacs allergic to the body of christ? Does taking away the gluten make the wafers less able to transubstantiate? Does the gluten-less wafer still represent the body in the same way as the gluten-containing wafer?

These are questions that should be asked before Catholic and CofE coeliacs partake of the wafers - don't you think? Maybe it will bother the CofEs less, as the wafers only represent the body of christ, but it should seriously bother the Catholics.

An interesting conundrum.


A Christian Registrar has brought her employers to court, in an attempt to sue them because she refuses to wed gay couples, on the grounds that to do so goes against her beliefs.

If she dislikes the idea that much, she should resign and find a new job, one that does not 'force her' to do anything that goes against her personal belief system. When you get right to the crux of the issue, it basically boils down to homophobia.

As a Christian, if she wants to refuse to wed a gay couple, then she should also carefully question any and all heterosexual couples about their sexual histories - if any of them have had sexual relations outside of wedlock, she should refuse to marry them.

This is a two-way street, she cannot refuse to marry gay couples because of her beliefs on the one hand, but happily marry promiscuos heterosexual couples on the other. And if she thinks that gay marriages undermines the sanctity of Church marriages - what exactly is she doing working at a Registry in the first place?

Every single marriage she has ever performed as a Registrar has undermined that sanctity.

I should have thought that a gay couple getting married would be a good thing - just like heterosexual couples, they are putting aside their sex-out-of-wedlock days and settling down to perhaps have children, but certainly to continue life-long monogomous relationships.

Hopefully, this woman will be fired - because if she wins this case, it will open the door for people such as doctors and paramedics, to lawfully refuse to treat people because of personal beliefs. and then what will we have?

Christian doctors refusing to give out contraception or treat sexually transmitted diseases. Racist Paramedics who refuse to treat mixed race patients. Charities refusing to help certain people because they are the wrong creed/colour.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Low Slung Trousers.

I don't know about you lot, but this, this right here, pisses me off to no end.

I mean - do I really need to see his bloody boxers? Yes, I'm sure you have a lovely arse, but really, pull your damn trousers up - you have a belt! Learn how to use it!

And I see this all over the place - little emo-boys who think their being so individualistic by all wearing skinny-jeans with four inches of boxers showing over the top, wannabe gangsta-rappers with their crotches hanging around their knees and the general fashion victimswho think they look cool with their stupid hats-on-sideways, chains hanging all over and butt-cracks visible.

It annoys me. Half of them probably don't even know where the fashion started.


On another line entirely, something else that pisses me off:

People who, when they read/hear of a very tragic loss - such as the four year old girl who accidentally hung herself the other day - give condoleces thus:

God was running out of angels and Little Paige was summoned. RIP.
- John Giovo, Carthage, USA

Pardon? Excuse me? Are we talking about the same 'God' here? You know, the all powerfull, can make living creatures out of dirt, loving being you're so fond of? Wouldn't he just MAKE MORE ANGLES rather than KILL A FOUR YEAR OLD?

Or are we talking about the Old Testament God here? The one who liked to rain fire down on whole cities, turn curious women into pillars of salt and generally advocate mass slaughter? HE sounds a little more like he'd KILL A FOUR YEAR OLD.

Ugh. /rant.