Monthly Archives: September 2013

Like, How’s It Goin’, Eh?

Sunday, 25 Falltring 2013

Life goes on – I am starting to get a few things, work-wise, to keep me focused on trying to get into a position of increased usefulness to the company store for which I have now sold my soul, and I have survived another work week.

But these days I am able to enjoy the infotainment wasteland that is generally found on Friday afternoons with an oddly familiar distraction that I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying since the days of my youth in the Great White North. ESPN2 is broadcasting the CFL on Friday nights this year.

So, during those suddenly empty Friday evenings over the summer, I have been able to catch Friday Night Hoserball here and there. It reminds me that there is a couple of places up in the Big Smoke where some of my friends are tweaking their televisions and huddling under awnings and porches while they enjoy a smoke and an adult beverage. Maybe one of these days I might actually make it back to see them – but for now I can certainly have an adult beverage in remembrance of days gone by. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend and looking forward to lots of exciting adventures (or lots of peace and quiet while others go on exciting adventures) over the next couple of days.

Three Strikes And I’m Out

Humpday, 20 Falltring 2013

So, I have been told, twice more, by the person who has been claiming she is in love with me, that she would really rather be with the arsehole she has been married to, and could I please just be her friend and forget about that whole “I’m going to leave him for you” noise that was emanating from her direction?

This has been yet another relationship where I have thought that things were going fantastic, and I was ready to take things to the next level – only to find out that I was completely wrong about where the relationship was at altogether. I can’t trust my feelings any more and I’m not sure if I should even try and consider this whole being someone’s significant other thing in the future. I bared my soul and committed to bringing someone in to my life in a way that I have rarely come close to during the course of my adventures with anyone else. And have been told, once more, sorry – you’re just not good enough. At least I was told something this time. Then again, this time she didn’t have the keys and couldn’t just drop a note on my keyboard…

She has a problem with telling the truth – one that we were talking about together – one that I thought I was going to try and help her overcome in our life together. Now I don’t know what to believe and what to do. Although I must confess that this is most definitely not would I would have been saying after the last serious relationship in my life ended – and not least because I would have been concerned about how that young lady and/or her new boy toy would have abused that knowledge for their own nefarious purposes. This time, I truly wish my now ex-girlfriend well, and hope that she can overcome her tendencies to prevaricate and to stubbornly stick to the wrong decision to the detriment of her personal well being before they tear her apart.

So to the dozens (cough) of readers here, my apologies if you have not been hearing from me during the last week or so – I’ve been a bit verklempt of late. I have no idea where things are going to be for me from now until the end of next week, much less the beginning of the year. But it will be a year since I started my new position in the corporate world on the first of October of last year, and early October also marks the eleventh year since I started spewing out bloggy goodness all over the internets. Who knows what the morrow will hold?

Another Blast From The Past

Saturday, 10 Falltring 2103

Here’s another bit of nostalgia courtesy of the Funny Farm Archival Retrospective Tracking System:

Originally published on Humpday, 17 Premise 2008. Most of the links are bloggered

If you’ve been visiting the Funny Farm on at least a semi-regular basis, you probably might have guessed by now that the abuse of individuals’ spirituality and faith by the various religious organizations out there is somewhat of a hot button issue ’round these parts. Being a (very) orthodox Catholic during my formative years might have something to do with that, as it enabled me to get a first hand perspective on the situation. Many have taken that to mean that I’m down on religion per se. That is not the case – if you want to believe that robots are stealing your luggage or that alien souls have been implanting themselves in human hosts for the past 75 million years, feel free to do so. Go ahead and have faith in whatever you think you should.

Having said that, the part that frosts my cookies is where those who are ostensibly leading their religious flocks start abusing that power in order to enrich themselves, persecute others, and/or justify their actions. Those that do this sort of thing, as well as those who (seemingly) are blindly following the dictates of their religious leader (when that religious leader starts engaging in this sort of behavior), are the ones that I refer to as the religiously insane. I have gotten a lot of grief from many who seem to be taking these kinds of statements personally. To them I say: if you are allowing your religious beliefs to influence your business activities, your willingness to obey the laws of the land when they do not agree with your religious beliefs, or your personal interactions with those who do not believe the same way you do (or engage in activities that your religious beliefs say require you to kill/ruin/persecute them), then, in my opinion, you are engaging in religiously insane behavior.

Quite frankly, one of the problems I have with those who I do not consider to have gone into teh gawd madness is that they don’t seem to be too concerned with those who have been abusing their faith. This tends to make me think that they are somewhat in agreement with the more radical elements of their faith, and by and large wish that they would tone the rhetoric down (as opposed to wishing that they would discontinue it altogether). This, in my opinion, gives the more radical elements tacit support for their actions. A good example of this is the anti-choice position held by most religions. We’ll be getting to some extreme examples of their current activities, but for now let’s just say that, because the majority of christians do not condemn these people for their militant (and borderline illegal) activities, those radical elements are not being pressured to stop pushing the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior. And so they continue to harrass those who activities they don’t agree with because they think their Invisible Sky Fairy told them to.

Here’s an example to show you when I consider this type of activity has crossed the line:

One of my siblings has told me, and I suspect the majority of the rest of my family would agree with him, that he thinks that Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ is just as factually accurate (if not more) than Michael Moore’s Sicko. This is not religious insanity in my books. I do not think he is correct in his beliefs, but I don’t think he’s religiously insane because he believes what he believes in this instance. Now, if he were to be a member of the US House of Representatives, and he were to sponsor a bill that would legally define these two movies to be equally factually accurate, or he were to force others to watch either or both of those movies (for edumacational purposes), then he would have crossed that line and gone off the deep end.

Now, here’s what has appeared on my radar this week which I would place in the category of religious insanity:

Apparently someone murdered her children because she thought they were possessed by demons;

A man cut off his hand and them put it in the microwave because he thought it had the mark of the beast on it;

A man killed and cooked his girlfriend because he thought God told him to do it * -;

A number of counties in Florida are trying to put religious dogma into science classes because they believe a “theory” with no scientific proof should be considered the same as a scientific theory with over 150 years of scientific data that supports it;

and, finally, in Orlando, Florida, anti-choicers put a billboard up displaying a dismembered foetus a few blocks away from the local abortion clinic. Just to drive the guilt meter up a few notches for those loose strumpets who dare to exercise their legal rights. A few anti-choicers have defended this practice by saying that, even if it’s just one person that they can harass enough so that they’ll be forced to bring a child into the world, it’s worth all the nightmares that innocent children who have to look at their crap suffer from for the rest of their lives. If you don’t want to have an abortion, then don’t have one. But please don’t foist your definition of life (based on what you think the Big Book of Christian Fairy Tales says it is) on anyone else. Thanks in advance…

Please note that this is only a sampling of the relatively well-published stories of one flavor of religious insanity over the last week. I’m relatively sure that I could include items from most of the major religions, and probably quite a few of the minor sects, too…

* – funny – I had to search through multiple articles about this horrific incident before the little tidbit about God telling him to do it could be found. And after seeing it in the majority of articles I read earlier in the week – almost as though the mainstream media is trying to get us to forget that this nutbar was Jeebus inspired…