WARNING! I'm an atheist, and some of what I write here might, well most likely will, offend a religious person, a person of faith, if you will. It's not done with intent, that's just the way it is.

For some reason, religion is generally treated in a special way. Yes, for some reason, folks think that no one should make fun of religion or say anything negative about religion. I see no logic to this. We can say what we want about your favorite football team, the person who you voted for, and so on, but we're supposed to hold our tongue about your faith. Folks, that just doesn't make any sense. Anyway, I felt I would at least warn you. If you are a religious person I would encourage you to read my posts; with an open mind, please. If I say things that aren't true about your religion, please let me know. Leave a comment or send me an email. Would most likely be willing to discuss it with you. Hey, I'm up for learning something new.

Also, keep in mind, that if you are a Christian, my understanding is that you're saying that your god is the only god. Now, if that's true, which I understand it to be, then that of course is a direct insult to every other religion out there. You've said their god isn't the real deal; I'd call that an insult...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yes, Whitney Houston Died

February 15, 2012
Yes, Whitney Houston Died
When I learned that Whitney Houston died I thought about writing an essay. Anyway, I put it off; however, after the governor of New Jersey decided to fly the flags at half-staff, I decided I needed to have my say.
First off, as anyone reading this will know, I know absolutely nothing about Ms. Houston other than what I've read recently; and, frankly, I haven't read that much.
Is her death sad? Sure. Most deaths are sad. Well, you know what I mean. Unless the person is truly evil, I think we all feel a little...sadness, maybe? And, even when an evil person dies we may well think, Gosh, too bad that person was evil and ended up like this. Well, maybe a few of us think that way.
And, I'm surely not suggesting that Houston's fans shouldn't mourn her death. Hey, do whatever you want. This is America and we still have some liberties, though some folks seem to being trying to erode them....
So, what has Houston given to us? Cure for cancer? A new life saving medication? Established a home for wayward children?
OK, OK, yes, I know that she had a bunch of albums. Yep, she had a nice voice. Do I own any of those albums? No. However, I'm sure I've heard some of her songs and enjoyed listening to her. Well, pretty sure.
As I best understand it, the governor of New Jersey has never lowered the flags when one of his citizens has been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Though the autopsy results have not yet been released; however, from some of the stuff the press has been writing about, it would seem that there is the possibility that Houston had a problem with alcohol and drugs. Would that make it OK for her to die? No, of course not.
So, where does this bring the essay? I guess I could say that Houston had a ton of money, had the ability to have a great successful career singing. And, what did she do? It would seem she made some really poor choices in her relationships and made poor choices in using alcohol and drugs. Of course, I don't know this to be true, but from the press it would seem that this is the case. Yes, poor choices. And, the governor of New Jersey lowers the flags because of her death, but doesn't lower the flags for his citizens who are killed in a war started by a liar. If you are going to lower the flags governor, wouldn't it seem that you should do it for the young men and women, many of whom, were decent people, who went to war for our country and tried to do the right thing.
Governor Christie, you are a shithead! You pander to the lowest common denominator. Like Houston, you made a really poor decision. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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