Weird Scenes Behind The Gold Dome
The innocent comment on social media started it all. For producing f***ed-up thinking, religion is right up there with a brick to the head. And really, religion and the brick are both at worst harmless on their own. It’s the people throwing them at you who mean you no good.
This was followed by a few more thoughts. A brick seldom encourages the thrower, while religion routinely does. // I think there are just certain people who look at a brick or a belief, and see only a chance to be an asshole. Either thing can be used to build something good, either can be used to do damage. I don’t think religion encourages bad behavior any more than a brick does. It’s all the people who’ve already made the decision to be assholes, and somehow convince others that it’s great. // As Ian Anderson might say, this is getting thick as a brick. // The bible can both inspire, or inflict hate; it’s the context the reader views it in that creates the outcome. Then again a brick isn’t fiction, though it WAS put together by a group of men! *ducks* // Bricks don’t kill people. People kill people.
In America, religion is usually Christianity, and a brick is a dark red rectangle of dried mud. Discussions of Xtianity (spell check suggestion: Inanity)usually devolve into reading the bible, which is considered to be “the word of G-d”. Discussions of bricks usually involve price, time of delivery, and making sure to order enough mortar.
Maybe the bible should not be compared to a brick, but to sausage and congressional districts. All three were produced by devious people, seeking the maximum profits from the raw materials at hand. If you were to see any of them being made, you would become atheist/vegetarian/republican. Efficient use of materials takes priority over a healthy diet.
This Chatauqua on religion and bricks is going nowhere fast. Maybe it is time for a repost. This post went up exactly four years ago. In that time, we have pulled the troops out of Babylon, and sent more of them to Afghanistan. The war is Afghanistan was not discussed, it was announced. After nine eleven we needed revenge, and the heroin producers were being harassed by the Taliban. This would not do.
Before the War in Babylon started, I thought it was important to go on record in opposition. Once the fighting started, it would be a matter of supporting the troops, and I am going to do this. I will support the fighting men and women no matter how ill conceived and executed the battle plan is.
As an aside, I am happy to see these braves folks referred to as men and women. During the Vietnam disaster, there was a lot of “Back our Boys” talk, and that always annoyed me. If you go overseas and face death, you are a man (or woman).
Getting back to the story, I sent a letter to my representatives in Washington, to the effect that the impending invasion of Iraq was not a very good idea. Saxby Chambliss sent a reply a few months later. He talked about how important the war was, and what wonderful progress was being made by the troops. I wonder if his staffer even read my letter.
Zell Miller never sent a reply. Of course, my letter said, ” you were elected to represent me”, and Zig Zag Zell was appointed to fill the term of a Senator who died in office. The Senator…I believe his name was Tysinger…was a Republican, and yet the Democratic Governor of Georgia appointed the Democratic Zell Miller to finish his term. Mr. Miller showed his gratitude by giving the keynote address at the Republican Convention.
Denise Majette was my representative in the House. She defeated the notorious Cynthia McKinney in November of 2002. I got a three page letter from Ms. Majette. She said that she essentially agreed with me about the war, but that there was little that could be done about it at that time. She also said that it was important to support the troops once the fighting started.
For some reason, Ms. Majette ran for the Senate, and got badly beaten. Ms. McKinney regained her seat in Congress, to the embarrassment of many. Cynthia McKinney is another person who does not answer my letters. The fact that I have never written her is not important.
In the 2008 election, Hank Johnson defeated Cynthia McKinney, and now represents the 4th district. He makes the occasional goofy comment, offset by the fact that he is not Cynthia McKinney.
The districts in Georgia were reworked after the last census, and some changes were made. As you can see in the attached image, some curious lines were drawn. Whatever drugs the lesterslature was doing, when they created these districts, should be shared with the voters.
Black and white pictures are from The Library of Congress.