There was an atheist couple who had a daughter. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord. One night, when the little girl was five years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the mom, right in front of the child. Then, the dad shot himself.
The little girl watched it all. She was sent to a foster home. The foster mother was a Christian and took the child to church. On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mother told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her.
The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, "Does anyone know who this is?" The little girl said, "I do. That's the man who was holding me the night my parents died."
Pat Condell is an English writer, political commentator, comedian and atheist internet personality. He performed alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in the United Kingdom, and won a Time Out Comedy Award in 1991. He was also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 1's "Loose Talk".
From early 2007, he began posting short monologues denouncing religion to a number of video sharing websites, consequently receiving numerous death threats. His videos have been featured on many websites, including YouTube and LiveLeak. They have also been published to DVD, and also as a book of video transcripts. As of October 2012, Pat Condell's YouTube channel has over 175,000 subscribers and 44 million views.
For fifty years I shaved with hot water and a multi-blade cartridge razor from Gillete or Schick. Easy and quick. Extending the cartridge's blade life by resharping it with your thoughts is worth a try.
Old time straight razors with honing and stropping, require a tad bit more focus or a tad bit more aluminum, or sutures.
A German Merkur or an English Edwin Jagger safety razor will last a lifetime. Each cost less than $45 delivered. Double edge, environmentally friendly, disposable, high quality razor blades cost about 50¢ a piece.
Safety razors were invented in the early 1900's and were probably the shaving method your grandfather used. Shaving with one takes three times longer than with regular multi-blade cartridges. Requires precision and care. No hand pressure on the razor is needed. Simply light contact. Decent motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination. There will be blood at first. Requires maintaining a 30° angle.
Prep face with cold water and apply pre-shave oil. Next, lather up with shave cream in a bowl with a brush. Shaving is three passes (wtg, xtg and atg), rinsing and re-lathering after each pass. End with a cold water rinse, alum block rub, witch hazel, and Nivea ASB. The result is a closer, more comfortable shave and a ritual you will enjoy.
Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him.
Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives.
"He was staring at us," said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths' sister-in-law, who was also outside. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, 'You're really not going to give him to me?'"
Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away.
The man who chased after the boy that night, Woodburn police say, was the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn. Early Monday, the boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez's home, leading to Perez's arrest later Monday.
Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday, appearing via video from Marion County Jail, wearing a black V-neck top with his hands secured in front of his waist. He faced allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor's house, a grayish-green home less than 200 paces from the church's front door.
The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress, the affidavit said.
Later, the boy said, he was "woken up by a couple of flashes."
He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the boy's genitals and one hand holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt, the boy told police.
The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs. "Father Angel called to him saying, 'Come back to bed,'" the police affidavit says.
Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off.
Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught. "He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears," Curths said.
When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths' house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths.
"He was scared to death," Curths said. "It was like someone running from a ghost."
Curths said the boy told him that the man had "touched his privates."
James Curths, 35, said the boy looked "like someone running from a ghost." Curths drove the boy to his sister's house, where the boy told his sister what had happened, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, the boy told her, "Father Angel touched me in my privates."
He was shaking and appeared scared, the sister told authorities. The boy's sister alerted her mother, and his father drove to pick up the boy.
"I made a mistake"
Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, Perez had driven to the boy's home in Salem to talk to the boy's mother and brother about 2 a.m. Monday.
Perez had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, the brother of the alleged victim told police.
The brother told police that Perez's first statement was, "I am very sorry; I made a mistake."
Perez continued to ask forgiveness, and added, "I didn't mean to hurt" the child, the boy's brother told police.
"I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don't stop believing in the church," Perez reportedly told the victim's brother, according to the affidavit.
"This is the last time you will see me," Perez said before leaving, the brother told police.
On Monday, Woodburn detectives interviewed Perez at the Woodburn Police Department.
Perez told them he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie, the affidavit said.
He told police "at some point he blacked out and doesn't remember what happened," the affidavit said.
Perez told Woodburn Detective Sgt. Nick Wilson that he remembered going upstairs and brushing his teeth, and when he came downstairs, he recalled a look of "disappointment and anger" on the boy's face, the affidavit said.
Perez, the affidavit said, admitted he drove intoxicated to the boy's home to apologize and find out what happened. He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness.
Uploaded by TEDtalksDirector on Apr 15, 2008. Biologist Richard Dawkins launches into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education. Dawkins' scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world's best-known atheist.
Richard Dawkins - The Enemies Of Reason - Slaves to Superstition
Uploaded by TEDtalksDirector on Apr 15, 2008. Dawkins points to some of science's achievements and describes it as freeing "most of us" from superstition and dogma. Picking up from his superstition-reason distinction in The Root of All Evil? (while recycling some footage from it), he then says reason is facing an "epidemic of superstition" that "impoverishes our culture" and introduces gurus that persuade us "to run away from reality". He calls the present day "dangerous times".
Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things
Uploaded by TEDtalksDirector. Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information can combine with the power of suggestion (helping us hear those Satanic lyrics in Led Zeppelin). In fact, he says, humans tend to convince ourselves to believe: We overvalue the "hits" that support our beliefs, and discount the more numerous "misses."
a little stroll in the forest
A priest and a small boy go walking in the woods. The day goes by and it begins to get dark. The boy looks up and says, "Father... I'm getting scared. It is nearly dark, and I miss my mommy."
The priest admits he also is a little frightened. The boy asks "Do you miss your mommy, too?" The Priest responds, "No. However, it is getting dark and I have to walk out of here alone."
Lucas fuel treatment is a great tune-up in a bottle. Cleans and lubricates the fuel system. Neutralizes low sulfur fuel problems. Increases power and miles per gallon by burning excess exhaust emissions. Increases the life of pumps and injectors
I use Gumout All-In-One Fuel System Cleaner with every fill-up. Every time you step on the gas, you may be subjecting your engine to power-robbing deposits and friction. Unlike most fuel additives, Gumout All-In-One can provide complete fuel system cleaning and lubrication protection.
North Korean dictator dies
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il (b. Feb. 16, 1941 d. Dec. 17, 2011)
was born in a log cabin inside a secret base on Korea's most sacred mountain, Mt. Paekdu. At the moment of his birth, a bright star lit up the sky. Winter spontaneously became spring. Rainbows appeared. Has over fifty titles.
Routinely got 3-4 holes-in-one per round of golf.Invented the hamburger.
Even produced movies.
But he had disabled and short people deported from his capital.
He maintains a completely deserted propaganda city built just to be looked at.
He is a fashion trendsetter.
The most prominent statesman in the world. People in countries the whole planet over celebrated his birthday with films and festivals.
This is a Microsoft-free web site. Not a single line of code was written here using any Microsoft product. Instead various flavors of Linux were used, mostly Debian and its derivatives. All but Komodo Edit are open source or GPL. You can have them for free and use them however you choose.
One method to amuse yourself is to repeat the same word over and over until it loses its meaning. Pick a random word out of a magazine and say it aloud to yourself until it becomes a meaningless set of noises.
If you have a college roommate, hang up pictures of chickens all over the room. If your roommate eats eggs, yell at him and call him a cannibal.
Why write valid HTML code?
At the bottom of this page are links to W3C validation tests for W3C HTML5 compliance. The higher the level of conformity, the more uniformly the pages will render among the various browsers. It also helps by catching errors, which I correct. There are other reasons to validate html, including the fact that search engine spiders often can't effectively parse or categorize sites with bad html. Most webmasters write sloppy code and hope that the browser will automatically correct the errors. This is only partially true. This page has cross-browser uniformity, having been tested in
It adheres to standard code and validates. The pages generally load quicker without the proprietary browser specific code. But varying degrees of W3C browser compliance affects minor cosmetics such as rounded corners and drop shadows.
is probably a good choice.
Do you have a philosophy?
I worship the power of another deity; the power of another dimension. Now, you're not going to read about this dimension in a book, magazine, or newspaper because it doesn't exist anywhere except in my own mind. Through ceremonies and rituals I have witnesssed firsthand the awesome and vibratory power of color. I experience it as "alive" and constantly shaping our experience. I believe that this saturated energy is the basis of all creation.
This is not an occult science. This is not one of those "crazy" systems of divination and astrology. That's stuff's hooey and you've got have a screw loose to go in for that sort of thing. My beliefs are fairly commonplace and simple to understand.
Humankind is simply materialized color operating on the forty-ninth vibration. Heck, you would make that conclusion walking down the street or going to the store.
Is global warming real?
Global warming may have caused the violent tornados in the late spring of 2011. Some suspect it's the work of Superman flying at great speed in concentric circles. But (like me) Superman is good; he stands for Truth, Justice and the American Way. He wouldn't do anything evil.
In the mid-1990's, I procrastinated for months in learning HTML, a mark-up language originally designed for non-technical acedemics to create web pages. I have no formal training.
While playing chess on FICS, I met JohnnyRio, who said he had worked in an illegal auto chop shop, stripping down stolen cars for parts. While serving thirty-seven months in an Oregon State Prison for Grand Theft Auto (GTA), or soon thereafter, he created a Bobby Fischer fan web site. It was a simple web page and had a little table with an "x" marked for months that he had Chess Life magazine issues. Thrilling, isn't it?
A convicted felon had a web page. I had none and had recently been cleared of all charges. Something about they never found the head. Whatever. After this lucky break, I resolved to learn HTML. Maintaining this web site has necessitated updating those rusty HTML coding skills, first to XHTML and then to HTML5. That taught me to be more thoughtful and careful in producing good code.
What's it like being webmaster?
It's difficult because I don't actually own a computer. I plan to buy a nice one in late 2013, finances permitting. For now this means a slog of some five miles, twice a week. I walk through snow and cold in winter, the rains of April, and the searing heat of summer. Arriving at the Henrietta Public Library, I use a free computer. Bus service is sporatic.
The hardest thing is supervising, training and selecting staff. Sometimes you've got to be cruel to be kind.