Sound the alarm

February 28, 2006 at 6:58 am (Politics, Portland, Uncategorized)

The Cascade Policy Institute says something I agree with. Basically, the point is that biodiesel will never become a competetive fuel because regulatory barriers prevent small manufacturers and dealers from entering the market. It seems to be very true. My interpretation of this site leads me to believe that most people with the desire to produce the stuff could do it easily. But how many people will really make their own fuel? Not many. But if someone on every block made it you would have thousands of renewable fuel refineries scattered throughout the city. Too bad it’s so damn expensive to get a permit to sell it legally.

This is just another reason that I need to buy a house. I’d have a moonshine biodiesel factory in the basement and the garage. Does anyone out there have a diesel car and do you want to try my first batch?

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Another religion post

February 28, 2006 at 6:25 am (Religion, Uncategorized)

One of the five channels I get is TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network or The Bible Network as I call it). I just watched my favorite Commentator, who devotes a half hour to explaining why the Rapture is imminent by quoting Scripture. He was taking us all through the process of accepting Jesus, when I began to wonder if it was really necessary. I remember being a kid and going to Bible School across the street, from a woman who if I’m not mistaken believes that unbaptized 5-day-old Pakistani babies who die of dysentery go to hell (Southern Baptists?) We accepted Jesus all the time. Probably on a daily basis. In fact, I remember being so scared I was going to Hell that I would sneak under the covers at night and quietly beg Him to “come into my heart.” Now when I do that it has an entirely different meaning.

What I want to know is, did He leave? When I officially gave up on religion about 10 years ago, did He decide to spend His spiritual capital on a more deserving soul, or is He still kicking it down there? I was baptized, confirmed, I carried candles and played saints and lambs in Christmas plays. Does that still count? What if old Jack is right, and one day pretty soon the great white light will shine, will I be among those Left Behind? Or will I be Saved, thanks in full to my past indoctrinations? I think technically I meet the criteria for infidel. But did Jesus just give up on me and leave my heart? What kind of Savior would do that? I would honestly like to know the Pope’s official position.

Among the reasons I bring this up is because I am thinking about attending a Unitarian service. Any thoughts?

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Us and Them

February 19, 2006 at 6:10 am (Benjamin Franklin, Religion)

Behead those who insult Islam

-Muslim street, 2006

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“…if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

Benjamin Franklin, 1771

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See the difference?

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More Islamic idiocy

February 18, 2006 at 11:54 pm (Religion)

I’d like to hear one of the apologists out there try and justify this. Please try. Setting people ablaze and beating children to death over a fucking catroon printed 5 months ago 10,000 miles away. Great religion you got there, just great. I respect it more and more every day.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

It was the first major protest to erupt over the issue in Africa’s most populous nation. An Associated Press reporter saw mobs of Muslim protesters swarm through the city center with machetes, sticks and iron rods. One group threw a tire around a man, poured gas on him and setting him ablaze. …

Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. Security forces arrested dozens of people, Iwendi said.

Chima Ezeoke, a Christian Maiduguri resident, said protesters attacked and looted shops owned by minority Christians, most of them with origins in the country’s south.

“Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters,” Ezeoke said. Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed.

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Nice PIC

February 18, 2006 at 4:40 pm (Porn, Random)

The official Prostitution Information Center.
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State of the Union Remix

February 17, 2006 at 5:42 am (Politics, Random)

This is definitely worth a listen.
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The answer is no

February 12, 2006 at 7:42 am (Politics)

The Enron stockholder FAQ.

Did you know that Arthur Andersen’s conviction was overturned? Because of faulty jury instructions. Thank gawd we got rid of that Rehnquist guy. Oh wait… Well at least I know where I’m going to get my taxes done this year.

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Quote of the day

February 12, 2006 at 4:17 am (Politics, Quote of the day, Religion)

“If we resort to violence, it’s very, very difficult to have any sort of dialogue.”

–Laura Bush, on this week’s reason for Muslim rioting

Wonder where she got a crazy idea like that?

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I’m not evil

February 7, 2006 at 5:56 am (Random)

At least by China’s standards. I just had my first ever Chinese reader.

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Circular logic

February 4, 2006 at 10:11 pm (Religion)

Pious Muslims in the Middle East are protesting the depiction of their prophet, Muhammed, as a bomb-yielding terrorist by attacking innocent civilians. Actually, any depiction of their prophet is blasphemous, and CNN has decided not to show the cartoons (did I mention it was a cartoon?) “out of respect for Islam.” I, meanwhile, have no respect for Islam,* so here’s one that I found particularly apt:doug_marlette_2002.jpg

You can find a whole boatload of them here. Thanks to TSS for the link.

UPDATE: Now they are killing each other.

*I have no respect for any dogmatic religious institution, but Islam is particularly vile.

UPDATE (best of addition): I don’t know what happened to the picture.  It was of Muhammed with a bomb for a turban.

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