Friday, June 30, 2006

What If A Law Opposes Your Beliefs?

This one's for Dwayne: Amish Farmer Says Milk Law Opposes Beliefs

An Amish Ohio farmer was busted for giving away unpasturized milk (unheated to kill bacteria) to an undercover agent from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He lost his license to sell milk.

In his words: "While I can and I have food, I'll share it. Do unto others what you would have others do unto you." According to the AP story:

Now, Stutzman is fighting the law that forbids the sale of raw milk, saying he believes it violates his religious beliefs because it prohibits him from sharing the milk he produces with others.
In our country, we aren't persecuted to the extent that the early Christians were persecuted. We aren't threatened with torture and death for simply saying the name of Jesus or assembling on Sunday morning.

Are there laws that truly go against what you believe? I'm not talking about laws that you think are unjust, that you don't like, or even that are dealing with what is culturally right and wrong. I think it has more to do with even what you believe. Does it go against what Jesus taught? I'm talking about kingdom values here. If there were a law that said you can't give food to someone who is hungry, would you do it anyway? If the law said that only the church has exclusive rights to interacting with God, would you share it with those outside the church?

Are you defined by what the law says? Do your beliefs tell you to live according to the laws?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Spider-Man 3

You may not be as excited as I am about this movie. Then again, you're probably not as big a Spider-Man fan as I am either. You may have seen the first two movies, but how many Spider-Man comics do you own? Do you have Spider-Man action figures? What about a stuffed Spider-Man doll? I didn't think so. (By the way, I have a Green Goblin action figure/doll too, complete with flying sled)

If you're any kind of Spider-Man fan, you will watch this trailer and want to see it now. The Green Goblin is back (as per the comic book), the Sandman is here (played by Thomas Hayden Church), and a certain symbiotic alien turns Spider-Man black. Will we see Eddie Brock, and will his hatred of Spider-man be noticed by this symbiotic alien? Unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Old Computer/New Computer

It finally happened. My old PC (which used to be James' PC) is finally toast.

I haven't installed the new Microsoft security updates, because I have several programs which require CDs that I don't have, for one reason or another, which would stop working. I was installing some new antivirus software that came free with my internet provider, because my old antivirus had expired many months ago. In order to do this, part of the installation process was uninstalling the old software. Either something attacked during this process, or was already on my computer and infected my computer. I have been able to get rid of most of it, but I'm pretty sure there are a couple still on it that I can't get rid of, so I have decided to finally make "the switch".

Luckily I had a dual 1.8 Ghz G5 PowerMac sitting right here only being used for recording and storing music. It's a hundred times better than the old computer, besides the lack of software I own for it. I've got Photoshop already on it, installed OpenOffice for creating documents, and I'm looking into web authoring software.

This post was created on a Mac.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Problem With Popular Music

I could rant on and on about why popular music is ridiculous; unfortunately most people either don't realize it and keep buying the prepackaged garbage that the record companies keep releasing, or they don't care and like being told what "music" to listen to. Here is just one more reason why the music industry, as it stands, is broken. The only way to fix it is to STOP BUYING CRAPPY MUSIC. This includes downloading ringtones because, as this article points out, they make a lot of money off those too. (there's no reason to buy ringtones anyway, since most new phones can transfer music to them from your computer)

Ringtones Go Gold And Platinum

I have to admit my weakness of watching American Idol. It doesn't mean I buy every person's album in the top twelve from the past five years. In fact, I haven't purchased any of them. It doesn't mean they're all bad, but the only inclination to buy any of theirs has been for Taylor Hicks this year, because he seems more than just a person trying to make it, but a person who really loves making music, and it shows through each song he sings. I have never voted, because it's just another way to perpetuate the problem. I will let my vote resound when I buy or don't buy every artist that gets popular because they have the record label machine promoting their album. I will stick to buying music from people I know are good, regardless of if they are signed with a record label. In fact, I would be more inclined to buy music from people who don't have a label.

Like I said, I could keep going, but I'll let you continue or reject the rant. If you reject it, just remember: you're wrong.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Ironic Justice

Rock, Paper, Scissors To Decide Dispute

From the AP:

TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge, miffed at the inability of opposing attorneys to agree on even the slightest details of a lawsuit, ordered them to settle their latest dispute with a game of “rock, paper, scissors.”

The argument was over a location to take the sworn statement of a witness in an insurance lawsuit.
Lawyers playing their games of stalling and redirecting to get their way got a taste of their own medicine when this judge told them to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, basically rendering their arguments null and void. While I don't like judges giving out verdicts against the law and Constitution, this in an instance where I think ridiculous bickering gets in the way of real justice.

Now if they could only do this to Teddy Kennedy when he's filibustering.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Voting and Politics

I keep hearing how more people voted on American Idol than in the presidential election. Plenty of people have their opinions on government, justice, which politician to demonize, recommended level of involvement and reasons for siding with which political party, etc. I'm also sure I'll get plenty of comments on this one, so don't attack anyone, cause I'm not afraid to delete anything. I'll do it. *finger hovering over the "delete" button*

Back on the American Idol comparison. It is a bogus comparison, and here's why:

  • 14 year olds can't vote. The age range is much greater for those voting for Taylor Hicks and Clay Aiken than for the president.
  • You only get one vote (theoretically). Fanatic 14 year old girls voting 1000 times each week isn't the same as each person choosing their candidate and voting. ONCE.
  • Voting for president takes a little more effort (not much more in Oregon). If all it took was dialing your phone and sending text messages, I bet 90% of people would vote for the president, even if they could only vote once.
  • You can only vote for president ONCE. Did I say that already? A hundred thousand teens voting 500 times each is (do the math...quickly...faster) 50,000,000 votes. It's easy to get to 65 million or whatever number American Idol says when you look at it this way.
  • You don't get to see the candidates in action until after they are elected. You can look at voting or political history, but until they are in office, it's like voting for an AI contestant without hearing them sing.
  • Can you trust any politician?
Are you getting what I'm saying? There's no comparison. It's a shame more people don't vote. I considered not voting simply for the fact that though my one vote may count, it may also count in not voting (I did vote by the way). As a follower of Christ I must put my efforts to showing love faithfully and providing healing to hurting people. Vote, but give to Caesar what is Caesar's. God's Kingdom is much more important.