24 February 2010

Quotable Atheist/Religion and Children

Ever since I got this awesome book "The Quotable Atheist" edited by Jack Huberman, I regularly post a quote from it on twitter. Pretty much every day (except the weekends), unless I'm off or home sick (since I leave it at my desk).

Today's quote was pretty long, but very important to me, so I posted it along 4 tweets. (If you didn't know that's what a twitter post was called, you need to get out from under your rock. ;-P) I also wanted to post the little biography of the speaker that the book offers, but that too, is long, so I decided to post the whole thing on the blog instead and just link to it.

Quotable Atheist quote of the day:
"We are told that religion is natural; the belief in God universal. ...It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists, and were religion not inculcated into their minds they would remain so. Even as it is, they are great skeptics, until made sensible of the potent weapon by which religion has ever been propagated, namely, fear." -Ernestine Rose

Ernestine Rose (1810-1892), was a Polish-born feminist/abolutionist/atheist. Her father, a rabbi, broke with tradition and taught her to study the Torah in Hebrew. Created a monster. She rejected the Bible by age 14, left home at 17 and by 24 was giving speeches against slavery and for women's rights and religious freedom. A minister in Charleston South Carolina, forbade his congregation to listen to "this female devil." A Maine newspaper said she was "a thousand times below a prostitute."
Now that's MY kinda gal! I WISH I was HALF as cool as this chick! What she says here is also very important. One of the worst things about religion is the child abuse (and I'm not even TALKING about the rape of children by priests everywhere that's covered up by the Catholic church, this is a whole 'nother brand of horror...). Children are taught to fear god and hell in a way that is just disgusting. I know it's not the same everywhere. I wasn't THAT scared of it (though I didn't understand why my pets wouldn't meet me in heaven and I thought that kinda sucked), but I have heard horror stories of kids that are told people of other religions would not go to heaven only to realise their friends were of these religions. Can you imagine that? "If you're good, you'll get to go to heaven when you die, but your little friend Mary is doomed to burn in hell no matter what. Sorry."

What the fuck!? And just that idea alone is horrific! You will BURN IN HELL for ETERNITY just for the simple act of not believing (or merely believing in the wrong way)! Something is messed up right there. Argh. Speaking of which, there are places in this country where the religious actually create simulations of hell! To scare them! Are you kidding me?! And people are OK with this!!

I shouldn't be surprised. I read about THIS today, which makes me sick. Adoptive parents beating a child TO DEATH because of their religion that tells them to beat the silliness out of children to put them on the right path to god! It specifically tells them HOW to "disciple" (read: BEAT) their children.

I'm getting really pissed off. I have to end this now. But seriously. Religion sucks.

The End.

22 February 2010


Kick-Ass kicks ASS! If you haven't heard of Kick-Ass, that sucks for you. But luckily, I've just fixed that. Kick-Ass is Mark Millar's creator-owned series published by the Marvel Icon imprint. Mark Miller kicks ass, if you didn't already know, and this is just another in a string of excellent comics by the wee Scotsman. (I'm his friend, I'm allowed to call him wee. ;-P) He's the fella that brought us Wanted which was eventually made into a major motion picture starring the (in my opinion) ultra-hot James McAvoy, as well as Morgan Freeman and the beautiful Angelina Jolie. He also wrote very many fantastic books for Marvel, including The Ultimates & The Ultimates 2, Ultimate X-Men & Fantastic Four (all great).

Kick-Ass (drawn by the VERY talented, long-time comic artist, John Romita Jr.) is about a young fella who wants what most young fellas who read comics wants...to be a super hero. Frak. I want that! Though I don't think I'd like to get the taste of really that awaits this young fella as he tries to make his dream come true. Anyway, rather than have me explain any more of this, you can just check out the trailer for the movie! That's right! Another of Mark Millar's creations is about to be released as a major motion picture! (I just really like saying "major motion picture.") Here, for your viewing pleasure, the age-restricted trailer (put in your birthday to view):

And either before or after you see this, you should go pick up the hardcover collection of the series (this collection edited by yours truly, look for my name on the credits page :-P), available in one of two covers, shown below:

The mass-market, everywhere cover (my personal favourite)...

OR the Direct Market Only cover (which means you can only get it at a comic book shop):

(As you can see from the covers, it's NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE! hahaha)

As a special bonus for you, my loyal blog readers, here's one of Johnny's penciled page from the series. I won't tell you when/where/why this happens:

Sooooo...nothing left to say except GO READ AND/OR SEE THIS BOOK AND/OR MOVIE! ;-) heh

The End.

PS Here's a picture of me and the wee one the last time he was in town. Love that guy! <3 onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://i400.photobucket.com/albums/pp90/igotkittypryde/-1-1.jpg">

17 February 2010

Cash Cab

So not too long ago I found out that Cash Cab doesn't just randomly pick people off the street for it's "surprise" cab trivia game. A co-worker and some friends regularly go to trivia nights at different places around the city and one night they were approached by some people that asked them a bunch of questions and asked them if they wanted to be on a show. They said to meet them at something like 11AM on a particular block. Most of the crew couldn't make it as they had day jobs. One of 'em COULD make it and it turned out it was Cash Cab! Technically, it is sort of a surprise, but still not like they would have us believe.

Basically, what I'm saying is, don't go taking a bunch of cabs in hopes you'll get Cash Cab. ;-)

I LOVE Cash Cab though. Last winter while on a trip to Buffalo with some friends, we were exhausted after the 8-hour drive and while waiting to get dinner we watched like 4 episodes in a row. I swear there is NO GAME I like more than trivia-related games! I LOVE answering questions, even if I don't know the answers! :-P Which is probably why I used to answer all those ridiculous surveys on myspace all the time which would annoy all my friends. hehehe

Anyway, this all came up because I came across this today. INCREDIBLY frustrating! WHO DOESN'T KNOW THIS!?!?! And when do I get picked for Cash Cab?!? ::sigh::

ARRRRGH! ::sigh again::

The End.

16 February 2010


Twitter has ruined my blog! Now whenever I see/read/find something cool, I post it on Twitter and it then becomes redundant if I post it here!


The End.

05 February 2010



A friend at work pointed me in the direction of Die Antwoord today.

I don't know if these guys are serious or not, but I don't give a shit! Awesome and hilarious! Watch and learn suckas!

The End.

02 February 2010