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Monday, June 12, 2006

Our First Dance

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Sound Money Tips » Tip For Buying a Fuel Efficient Car

Sound Money Tips » Tip For Buying a Fuel Efficient Car

Yet another example of misleading stats

But if you are in the market for a car, here is a list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient cars for 2006, as compiled by An interesting note: Only 3 of the cars on this list are hybrid automobiles!

Well duh. There are only 3 hybrid car models in the US. What should have been noted is "Hybrid cars top the list and are more fuel efficient than all conventional cars." People are so irritating

Thursday, June 08, 2006

'Christian' Love

This afternoon I was greeted with this (sickening) 'Christian' sentiment as I was reading my feeds (from a blog whose ideas I rarely agree with but is usually well written and a good devil's advocate):

Bookworm Room: I'm only sorry it was a 'clean' airstrike that took these evil men down. I can't imagine that one of the bloodiest killers of the 21st Century suffered quite as much as his many victims did. If you go here (although the lines are jammed, so to speak), you can see footage of the airstrike. The President has already issued a statement, which is very polite. I'd have preferred something along the lines of 'we killed that Gosh-danged murderous bastard, and Bin Laden is next on our hit list.'

I can understand feeling glad that a known terrorist can no longer harm innocent people. But this is the part of Christianity that I cannot understand no matter how hard I try. (Note: I am in no way implying that all, or even most Christians would express these kind of sentiments. However I find that those who are most vehement about proclaiming their religion and its supposed superiority at every corner almost invariably express exactly these kinds of thoughts. Case in point: Pat Robertson.) It says very clearly and many times in the Bible, and from the mouth of Jesus (whom all Christians are supposed to emulate - hence calling it Christianity) that love and mercy should be expressed at all times and to all people, including and especially those whom have caused you injury.

  • Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • 1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
  • James 2:12-13 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
  • Matthew 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
  • Matthew 5:38-40 You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
  • All quotes courtesy of

I, myself, am not a Christian and am not big on the Bible quotes, nor do I normally consider them to make an effective argument. However, one would assume that most Christians know the Bible at least as well as, and hopefully better than, I do. And all Christians profess to follow the teachings and examples of Jesus and to respect the contents of the Bible. My question is this:

Why do so many professed Christians NOT follow, or even consider, the teachings & examples of their own god, and at the same time, try to force everyone else to respect and abide by the very book they so blatantly ignore?

And in response to the comment itself - following through on the suggestion to brutally torture someone whose ideas you don't agree with, in a country where you have no legal jurisdiction, makes you a terrorist as near as I can tell. It is unfortunate that he died. He should have been arrested, fairly tried, and found guilty of his crimes, and given a fitting punishment, within the law. Nothing can ever bring those whose deaths he caused back from the dead - at least a trial would be less likely to turn him into a martyr and incite more violence.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Interesting Food Books

I'm a big fan of Dim Sum and you can't beat Boston!

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Veggies here I come!!

Charlestown Cooperative Farm

WhooHoo - we can go pick up our first veggies this week! Beets, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, lettuce, peas, radishes, salad greens, scallions, spinach, and turnips - yummy!

If you can't tell, I'm super excited. EVERYBODY should be excited about veggies. Just try it - smile big and announce "I love [insert veggie of choice]". It feels good :)

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Thoughts from Walden


I've been (attempting) to read Walden in the past two weeks. It's a good read so far, but the house, wedding, grad school, and work has got me too busy. Not to mention that our DSL is still a little shakey. Oh well.

There are a lot of good quotes in the part I've read so far. So in the absence of having any time to think about a post, I'll add them here. All are by H.D. Thoreau and are from Walden.

  • no way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof
  • all chagne is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which si taking place every instant
  • there are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers,
  • in any weather, at any hour of the day or night, i have been anxious ... to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment
  • i am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound concience
  • the cart before the horse is neither beautiful or useful
  • spending the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable libery during the least valuable part of it

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