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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

So the Catholic Church Says “Spend More” ?

Filed under: Media, Politics, Principles, Reading — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:28 PM (18:28)

Today’s Albuquerque Journal ran an article on page C1 (“Metro & New NM”) — PullTogether kicks off, faces funding skepticism

From the article —

In a separate and somewhat dueling news conference, Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester said he wants state leaders to do more than “sing a jingle,” and to find new revenue sources to pay for programs such as state-assisted child care and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or food stamps.

Now if the IRS were to yank the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status so that donations are no longer deductible on the donors’ 1040 (and PIT-1 ?) and the Church were subject to the same sorts of taxation as, say, the rest of us, how much could the State of New Mexico rake in from Wester and his buddies?

If Bishop Wester really cares about “the children” as much as he professes, why doesn’t he cut the check to the State for whatever amount he deems necessary right now?

Or he could directly help those he claims to care about so much — which is preferable from my viewpoint, as that doesn’t further increase the expenses and intrusiveness of Santa Fe, Washington DC, and One Civic Plaza.

Add to that the point that if those who profess to care about poor people so much would simply directly provide the help they say they is necessary instead of lobbying and agitating for a larger, more intrusive, more expensive welfare state, there wouldn’t be as much of an underclass in America needing that help.

Finally, to paraphrase a friend from years ago:

Poverty in the Third World is when there are flies crawling on your kids as they go through a trash heap, looking for whatever.

Poverty in America is when you get that letter from Comcast or DirecTV with “FINAL NOTICE” printed across the top in big letters.


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Sunday, 2 March 2014

U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz Results

Filed under: Philosophy, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 6:54 PM (18:54)


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Saturday, 24 August 2013

I Am “The Antichrist” ?

Filed under: Humor, Life, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 5:27 PM (17:27)

Here I thought I was a nice guy. Now apparently I’m the “Anti-Christ.” See for yourself.

This particular “test” might be a bit on the faulty side – isn’t the Anti-Christ supposed to be irresistibly charismatic, thus accruing piles and piles of cash, having plenty of women seeking his attentions, those sorts of things?

I’m waiting.

Your result for The Which Biblical Villain Are You Test . . .

The Antichrist

You scored 60% Pride, 63% Envy, 55% Ambition, and 40% Deceitfulness!

You are the Antichrist, a member of the unholy trinity along with The False Prophet and Satan. In the Bible you are described as the beast with seven heads and ten horns. You have the appearance of a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion (you figure out the symbolism). You are an ambitious individual who is bent on world domination and it is prophesied that you will achieve this goal. You will eventually set up a mighty empire, the greatest empire that the world has ever seen. This empire will be in opposition to God and God’s chosen people (the Jews). Essentially, you will be like a Hitler who actually succeeds, for a time at least. Indeed, you have a lot of other Hitler-like qualities. You are a very prideful person and this probably stems from the fact that you possess real advantages over most other people. You have what it takes to get to the top and the drive to get there. You also possess Hitler’s potential for cruelty. You enjoy watching others suffer, especially your enemies. This is because you view life as a competition. May the strong survive and may they stand proudly on top of the bones of their vanquished foes! Finally, you are very direct with your enemies and friends alike. You feel that it’s good to make your intents known to other people. Some may argue that Hitler was deceptive, but he really wasn’t. If people just read his book, they would have known his ultimate goals and how he felt about the people who stood in opposition to these goals.

Your Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

Pride Distribution

You scored 60% on Pride, higher than 69% of your peers.

Envy Distribution

You scored 63% on Envy, higher than 80% of your peers.

Ambition Distribution

You scored 55% on Ambition, higher than 53% of your peers.

Deceitfulness Distribution

You scored 40% on Deceitfulness, higher than 25% of your peers.


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Sunday, 30 June 2013

One Reason Why I Will NEVER Convert to Bahá’ísm

Here are the gory details, straight from the Bahais themselves.


Whether Baha’is may practice self-defense in times of danger, and whether American Baha’is should purchase firearms.

From the texts you already have available it is clear that Bahá’u’lláh has stated that it is preferable to be killed in the path of God’s service than to kill, and that organized religious attack against Bahá’ís should never turn into any kind of warfare, as this is strictly prohibited in our Writings.

So a Bahá’í is expected to “take one for the team” in the name of the faith? If a group of whacko Islamofascists were to set upon a Bahá’í temple with physical violence in mind, the Bahá’ís are supposed to simply stand by and let it happen?

A hitherto untranslated Tablet from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, however, points out that in the case of attack by robbers and highwaymen, a Bahá’í should not surrender himself, but should try, as far as circumstances permit, to defend himself, and later on lodge a complaint with the government authorities. In a letter written on behalf of the Guardian, he also indicates that in an emergency when there is no legal force at hand to appeal to, a Bahá’í is justified in defending his life. In another letter the Guardian has further point out that the assault of an irresponsible assailant upon a Bahá’í should be resisted by the Bahá’í, who would be justified, under such circumstances, in protecting his life.

How exactly is a Bahá’í (or anyone else, for that matter) to tell if the assailant is a responsible one versus an irresponsible one?

If the assailant is a responsible attacker, is then the Bahá’í adherent supposed to refrain from resisting?

What if the Bahá’í deems the attacker to be irresponsible, and later it’s determined that the thug was indeed a responsible thug?

The House of Justice does not wish at the present time to go beyond the guidelines given in the above-mentioned statements. The question is basically a matter of conscience, and in each case the Bahá’í involved must use his judgment in determining when to stop in self-defense lest his action deteriorate into retaliation.

Oh no, the horrors of retaliation!

Of course the above principles apply also in cases when a Bahá’í finds himself involved in situations of civil disorder. We have, however, advised the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States that under the present circumstances in that country it is preferable that Bahá’ís do not buy nor own arms for their protection or the protection of their families.

Here we have it – an explicit proclamation from Bahá’í officialdom that firearms ownership is discouraged.

With that, I can safely say that I am not joining and will not join the Bahá’í faith.


  1. Self-Defense, Guidance on by Universal House of Justice, first written or published 1969-05-26


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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Comic-Con vs. Fred Phelps

Filed under: Life, Philosophy — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:59 AM (00:59)

Current mood: amused, annoyed cranky

I found this on Facebook —

Nerds vs. the Westboro Baptist Church, Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

Doesn’t Fred Phelps have anything better to do with his time than this inanity? Really.


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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Random Commentary for 19 May 2010

Filed under: Random Shots — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 5:26 PM (17:26)

  1. Re: America Is Not So Christian

    American classifies us as democrat, republican, libertarian, or independent; Christ says respect authority, because there is no authority except that which God established. Pray for your leaders and obey them.

    America was founded upon the idea that political authority is derived from the consent of the governed individuals — it says so right there in the Declaration of Independence:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Is Atheism a Religion or Not?

Filed under: Philosophy, Principles — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:21 PM (14:21)

Current mood: thoughtful

Recently, I found that Wendi had recommended a blog posting at the Revelife subsite here titled Atheism is not a religion

My comment was as follows —

Ah . . . but the author hasn’t run into some of the atheists that I have over the years. They have a certain . . . evangelical slant to their “atheism,” in that they have a burning need to convert others to their way of thinking. That, and they seem to substitute faith in and worship of a particular traditional deity (Jehovah / Yahweh / Allah, etc.) with faith in and worship of The State, i.e. government.

I cite as evidence to back up that comment my experiences with various atheists over the years.

First, I’ve noticed that atheists, regardless of political inclinations, do have that tendency to preach to the “unconverted” a bit. Especially when the person in question has expressed any sort of religious belief. Also, I’ve noticed that some atheists will get rather upset when someone says “bless you” after they sneeze, such as I’m doing right now, due to my seasonal hayfever.

Second, and more importantly, there are what I call the false atheists, who substitute worship of a particular deity with that of  Leviathan government, and/or the persons in political office. An example would be my recent (July 2008) interactions with the local “atheist” group

Here’s where I get at the core of the faux “atheist” Leviathan Cult scam —

Freethinkers For Real?
Re: [Atheist-Freethinkers_NM] Freethinkers for Real?

More recently —

Re: [Atheist-Freethinkers_NM] FW: [democrat-141] Counter Demonstration (Against Radical Right) April 15

These Tea Party’s are also about opposition to the fascist corporate bailouts.  I suspect there will be far more atheists participating in the tea parties than protesting against them.  In fact, given that the libertarians are participating, I know that atheists will be well represented.   The text below reads like a personality cult, let’s have faith in Obama, he wants to do good, he is really trying, lets give him a chance.     Hopefully, none of us here will fall for that crap, we are  not Russia, Cuba or N. Korea.   Come join us at the party.  — regards, Martin

—– Original Message —–
From: “Ted Cloak”
To: “Ward 11A Democrats (Bernalillo County, NM)”,Kucinich Program Resonance in New Mexico,
     Humanist Society of New Mexico, Atheist-Freethinkers NM
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:03:25 PM GMT
Subject: [Atheist-Freethinkers_NM] FW: [democrat-141] Counter Demonstration (Against Radical Right) April 15

From: Curtis Mark
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 5:32 PM
To: Joan Saks Berman
Subject: Fw: [democrat-141] Counter Demonstration

—– Original Message —–
From: Terry Riley

Sent: Friday, April 10, 2009 10:52 AM
Subject: [democrat-141] Counter Demonstration

I just read an article on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal promoting a demonstration against taxes. The lady who was interviewed would not list a party affiliation but did say that she is conservative. Their demonstration is called, “The Albuquerque Tea Party”. They are objecting to Obama’s rescue spending and to the taxes that they are paying.

I am going to hold a demonstration in support of President Obama and what he is trying to do to save our economy. I doubt that everything that he will try is perfect but he is working hard to fix a really big mess and he needs support. I also believe that it is time to bring attention to the tax cuts for the rich both on the federal level as well as the state level. We must rescind those tax cuts.

Their demonstration is going to be one block west of the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery and will run from 4 pm on Wednesday April 15th through 7 pm. I propose a counter demonstration at the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery that will run from 4 pm through 6 pm on Wednesday April 15th. They have bought radio ads supporting this demonstration and got a front page story in the Journal. Please, we must push back.

The demonstration that I am planning is about 150 yards east of the “Tea Party” demonstration and I would like to ask anybody who attends to concentrate on getting out a message of support and not to get into yelling matches with the other demonstrators or people who drive by. Civil demonstration is what gets attention. Certainly with the Journal having covered the lead up to this demonstration we should be able to get media attention to our presence. I will contact all TV and the Journal.

There is plenty of parking southeast of the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery.

My suggestions for signs are:

Bush spent it…

Rich people took us to war!
Rich people need to pay taxes!

No taxes –
no police
no fire department
no paramedics
no county hospitals
no highways
no airports
no air traffic controllers
no social security
no medicare
no country

Obama just started
give him a chance!

These are some suggestions, I am sure you all will come up with other good ones. Please come and help me show our support to Obama and the need to fix the problems without any more tax cuts.

Terry Riley

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Teen Sex These Days

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Principles, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:55 PM (21:55)

Current mood: annoyed

Re: “Why do you think teenagers are becoming sexually active at such a young age today?”

Are teenagers really having sex more so than in the past? In classical times (the Roman Empire and before), kids would get married around age 14, and males were joining the Roman army at that age, as well. Back then, you were an adult at that age. Same goes for the Jewish culture — back then, after your bar mitzvah, you were an adult, with all of the rights, responsibilities and duties adulthood entailed.

Or is this question just a symptom of the mentality pushed by the Falwell Followers — that “society” (meaning them) has the final say on what other people do where mutually consenting behavior is concerned . . . ?

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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

“Christians” and Politics

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:42 PM (15:42)

On the Revelife blog entry QOTD: If You Could Choose the Sermon Topic….., I left the following comment

My proposed sermons —

The Commandment of “Thou Shall Not Steal” doesn’t go away when you go into the voting booth on Election Day.


Let Jesus help you out in voting, i.e.,

“Let who is without sin cast the first stone,”
“Judge not lest ye be judged,”
“Treat others as you would have them treat you.”

What exactly did I mean by those?

On the first one, I meant that “Christians” who support tax-funded programs like public schools and Comrade President George XLIII’s “faith-based initiatives” aren’t true Christians at all, in that they have disavowed the Commandment of “Thou Shall Not Steal” when it comes to the public sector funding programs that they support.

Perhaps if they wanted to be honest, they should scratch out “Thou Shall Not Steal” and make it the Nine Commandments.

Then again, such “Christians” seem to have no problems supporting the killings of civilians involved with Trotskyist ultra-“left” adventurism such as Comrade George’s Iraq Occupation, so I guess we can scratch “Thou Shall Not Murder” as well. Make it the Eight Commandments.

When I say “Let Jesus help you out in voting,” I’m referring to the nitwits who form groups like the “Sodomy Police” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, harassing consenting adults for private behavior. Don’t you have anything better to do with your time?

Of course, these people will say that they’re trying to save the souls of the people they’re hassling from eternal damnation. Eternal damnation is, well, eternal. If the prospect of Eternity in Hell doesn’t dissuade them, why would sixty to ninety days in the county jail?

And of course, there’s the “left”-wingers who use Christianity as an excuse for maintaining and expanding the welfare state, citing the examples of Jesus caring for the poor as their precedent. What they’re forgetting is that Jesus did that on his own initiative, and wasn’t forced to do so by either the Jewish authorities or the Roman overseers of the time. Again, “Thou Shall Not Steal” goes down the drain.

And the “left”-wingers are just as guilty of supporting exceptions to “Thou Shall Not Murder,” as there are plenty of foreign interventions that they support.

What sort of Christians do I admire? Those that think along the lines of Doug Newman at The Fountain of Truth.


Friday, 5 December 2008

Yes, I’m an Agnostic

Filed under: Life, Philosophy, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 12:13 AM (00:13)

                                    Your result for The Very Offensive Religion Test…                                   



-85 to -50

On the plus side: You dont believe all the religious dogma stuff. But you are open to the idea that there is much in the universe that cant be explained conventionally. You’re open minded and easy going.

On the negative side: you may just be too cowardly or ill-informed or dispassionate to make a decision and stick with it about anything.

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