Monday, April 30, 2007

I Still Have Questions

Marching Christian soldiers
Making war for God
War on God
Brutal Crusade


He is on our side
After all…

Leave me alone. Why must people who call themselves Christian feel like they’re forced to take sides? I’m not a crusader, and I won’t give the church credit for my actions: good or bad.
I find myself struggling to find faith without falling into the blind following that I scorn so often. If violence is wrong than why is this war excusable among the “good Christian folk” in the GOP? Pro-life and Pro-death penalty, contradictory?

I’m lost…

I’m apparently supposed to demean Muslims, Homosexuals, Atheists, Occult, and those who question it. WELL, I QUESTION IT!!! If the path to eternal bliss consists of this, than I don’t want it.

I want nothing from this.

I have to be a good person for Christianity. I’d rather be a good person for myself, and not out of fear of divine retribution.

The Ten Commandments are urged to be posted everywhere, yet these people ignore the Beatitudes; you know:

The meek shall "inherit the earth".
The merciful shall "obtain mercy".
The pure of heart shall "see God".
The peacemakers shall be "the children of God".
Very few “good Christian folk” that I know can claim these titles. Why? Because the message has been lost, and forever shall be.
OK, I’m done.

Please do your best to help me out here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bittersweet Equality

“A lot of people on wrecked planet were Communists. They had a theory that what was left of the planet should be shared more or less equally among all the people, who hadn’t asked to come to this wrecked planet in the first place…

Dwayne Hoover’s and Kilgore Trout’s country, where there was still plenty of everything, was opposed to Communism. It didn’t believe that earthlings who had a lot should share it with others unless they really wanted to, most of them didn’t want to.

So they didn’t have to.”

‘Breakfast of Champions’, 1973 By Kurt Vonnegut

Communists don’t like pie.

When I attended the High School I was often hushed by people like my guidance counselor because my views on Communism were ‘unpopular’. I saw the use of this system differently, not pictures of Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, and even Hugo Chavez standing above huge military rallies while preaching a message of “Love the cause, fight for the cause, or else”. No, I saw a solution away from corruption, away from oppression, away from all that I despised about our spoiled-brat lifestyle. A theory where you work for the system to benefit from said system, nothing is given to you. The western perception of this system is flawed and that because now China essentially owns us, we hold a temper to those that have invaded us through an open wallet.

When someone argues that Communism is, in fact, ‘evil’ I don’t mind. Just do so with facts, when someone goes about it without facts then I lose my patience. Our perception of Communism is rarely without genocide.

But one must remember, Hitler was democratically elected. So that system is also not without error.

Something was, and still is, fundamentally wrong with Communism: Greed. Too much power in the hands of too few people and we see the same thing happening in the United States, not with Communism, but with a super-capitalist, corporate imperialist oligarchy. That was a mouthful.

Please share your views on this form of economic bliss.

(P.S. Though this is only a myth, Communists may in-fact like pie, contrary to the previous statement.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

In Regards To...

Good morning everyone, or good afternoon if it just so happens you’re reading this in the afternoon. Well I figure I’d better post about something.

I suppose you may be wondering why I didn’t post on the VT tragedy, one reason: this blog is either about politics or social irreverence, to associate the tragedy with such would be degrading the value of those poor lives lost. This is not a political issue nor should it ever be and I condemn anyone who uses it as such. So any debate about the 2nd amendment or “zero tolerance policies”, I think should be done without reference to this.

Comments on Universal Satire have been unfortunately scarce, please don’t be hesitant to share your opinion, just be respectful and play nice for Christ’s sake. And if any one has a topic that they would like to discuss, please E-mail me or post it yourself.

If anyone is also offended by “Conservative Jake” or any of my posts, please let me know.

Thank you.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut.

My favorite author died last night. Mr. Kurt Vonnegut jr. died as a result of a brain injury sustained during a fall several weeks ago. He was 84.

A WWII veteran, a former POW of a Dresden slaughterhouse, and an anti-war activist.

He wrote many great novels such as “The Slaughterhouse Five” (based on his own experiences), “Breakfast of Champions”, “The Cat’s Cradle”, and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater”. He was possibly the funniest writer I’ve ever read and made me think of things in a way that I never had before. He had the most amazing to take both complicated and provocative philosophies and break them down so simply that it made you reexamine the way humanity works and he did so with quirky, entertaining stories and colorful characters.

I think that everyone who reads this should look into his works because no matter what your background, you’ll relate to something he has to say and he’ll really make you think.

Wiki him or something.

Here's a better article about him.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Divine Patience

Now here's something that's really cool, it's called Buddhist Sand Art, and what they do is make an entire mural out of individual grains of sand.

This is a small one.

This is constructed grain by dyed grain.

Then when they're done the simply sweep it up.

And ceremoniously dump it in a river.
I think that the amount of patience that this requires is amazing, and watching things like this only cause me to have more respect for other cultures. I had the privilege of watching an extremely large one be constructed in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Land of the Free

Gitmo makes me frustrated. This administration makes me frustrated. The American people, whom are allowing this to happen, make me frustrated. How can we be considered a free country and be seen as which by the rest of the world if places like this exist. There are 385 detainees being held in Guantanimo bay, only 10 of whom have been accused of an actual crime, and they have no chance of asking for an appeal or questioning their imprisonment as the Supreme Court has just ruled. That means 375 people have been kidnapped and imprisoned and tortured for no reason known to them or to us for that matter, for five years. Now I honestly want to know what someone on the other side of the debate feels about this, how can the apparent “Land of the Free” do this to other human beings, is it simply out of paranoia?

Really. Honestly. Tell me, do you really want to be safe if these are the methods used to make you so? Is this justified?