Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Music Man

I copped this from UV, cause that's just what I do...


Song(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
- Achy-Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus (gaaaak!)
- People by Barbra Streisand
- Any Crap... I mean Rap (Freudian slip...)

Musical artist(s) That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
- Barry Manilow
- Barbra Streisand
- Any Rap

Rolling Stones Song(s) I Love
- Satisfaction
- Ruby Tuesday
- You Can't Always Get What You Want

Beatles Song(s) I Love
- Let it Be
- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
- Hey Jude

Who Song(s) I Love
- Baba O'Reilly!!!!!!!! (Whoever didn't say this first is an ambisexual walnut)
- Happy Jack
- I Can See for Miles

Dylan Song(s) I Love
- Blowin' in the Wind
- Like a Rollin' Stone
- Mr. Tambourine Man

Reggae Songs I Love
- Red, Red Wine (I know, it was really Neil Diamond, but UB40 version is much better!)
- Pass the Dutchie
- Many Rivers to Cross (yes, stuck on UB40 - shaddap)

Country Song(s) I Love
- I Walk the Line, by Johnny Cash
- Man of Constant Sorrows, by Union Station
- Devil Went Down to Georgia, by Charlie Daniels Band

Movie Soundtrack(s) I Love
- Searching for Bobby Fischer, by James Horner
- The Village, by James Newton Howard
- Fargo, by Carter Burwell
- The Truman Show, by Burkhard Dallwith (plus pieces by Phillip Glass)

Cover Song(s) I Love
- You Really Got Me, by Van Halen
- Then She Kissed Me, by KISS
- Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40 (I already said Red Red Wine above!)

Contemporary Top-40 Artist(s) I Secretly Love
- Christina Aguilera
- Shakira
- Dashboard Confessional

Song(s) That Bring Me To Tears
- The Parting Glass, trad. Irish
- Danny Boy, trad. Irish
- I Can Only Imagine, by Mercy Me
- Cat's in the Cradle, by Harry Chapin
- Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle

Rap/Hip Hop Song(s) I Love (I'm impressed I could think of three!)
- The Whole World, by Outkast
- Hey Mama, by Black Eyed Peas
- I'm Really Hot, by Missy Elliot

70s Disco Song(s) I Love (anyone see what connects these three?)
- A Fifth of Beethoven, by Walter Murphy
- Disco Inferno, by The Trammps
- Night on Disco Mountain, by David Shire

Novelty Song(s) I Love
- Amish Paradise, by Weird Al Yankovic
- I Bought it on Ebay, by Weird Al Yankovic
- Pretty Fly For A Rabbi by Weird Al Yankovic

Soul/R&B Songs I Love
- Sir Duke, by Stevie Wonder
- The Dock of the Bay, by Otis Redding
- River Deep, Mountain High, by Tina Turner

Power Ballad(s) I Love
- Sweet Child o' Mine, by Guns N' Roses
- Don't Want to Miss a Thing, by Aerosmith
- Beth, by KISS

Pre 1950s Song(s) I Love (It didn't say how PRE 50's it had to be!)
- Nessun Dorma, by Giuseppe Verdi
- Che Gelida Manina, by Giuseppe Verdi
- How Firm a Foundation, trad. Sacred

Singer/Songwriter Songs I Love
- Scarborough Fair, by Simon & Garfunkel
- Adrian, by Jewel
- Bitter, by Jill Sobule

Song(s) to Have Sex To
- Ambient New Age Music :)

Classical Albums I Love (added because... well, just because)
- A Cappella 1990-2000, by Eric Whitacre
- Harmonium, by John Adams
- Symphony #2, by Aaron Jay Kernis

None of the Above Song(s) I Love
- Silver & Cold, by AFI
- This Time Imperfect, by AFI
- Death of Season, by AFI

Have fun...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Equal Time

Just what have the Christians accomplished here?

Now on the one hand, we're not talking about mere words, but executions of three men. The media focuses on the three men being Christians, which has Indonesian Christians torching cars and government building and targeting Muslims, though I haven't yet seen deaths reported. Like that matters.

So what did these good Christians do that was so abhorrent to those crazy Muslims?

Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 48, and Dominggus da Silva, 42, were convicted of leading a Christian militia that launched a series of attacks in May 2000 — including a machete and gun assault on an Islamic school that left at least 70 people dead. Muslim groups put the death toll at 191.


I thought maybe they gave a speech at a university or somesuch. Seeing the above crimes might seem to be the end of the story. But there is a little more. The incident above was one of the worst in a wave of sectarian violence that killed around a thousand people of both faiths before peace was restored.

The rub is that Muslims who have been tried for their killings have never been given a sentence harsher than 15 years, and most of them were never even tried.

This execution is widely thought to be a trade off with the Muslim community for the upcoming execution of the Bali Bombing terrorists. In other words, they decided that with the way the Muslims react to things, they can't just execute Muslims unless they throw some Christians into the furnace first.

Well, for one, I can't patently condone the death penalty anyway, though I'm not radically opposed to it. I can see why a government would kill three guys who massacred as many as two hundred people.

But I understand the anger of Indonesian Christians. Why aren't Muslim perpetrators of the same violence facing the same penalties as these three? Is the Indonesian government truly that corrupt and afraid of doing right? Silly me, of course they are.

The problem is, that sort of anger, the one that leads you to kill civilians without discrimination, torch cars, bomb mosques, and so on, is not Christian.

One of the executed Christian's sons said the following:

"My father begged us not to be angry, not to seek revenge," Tibo's son, Robert, told Christian followers after the morning prayers. "He asked us to forgive those who did this to him. 'God blesses all of us,' he said."

While one might question whether a person who massacred between seventy and two hundred people had any right to ask for such forgiveness for those meting out justice upon him, the sentiment is biblically correct. Christianity is to be a religion of peace and forgiveness. Christians in Indonesia need to search for their faith, and reach out to their neighbors with the love of Christ. So their government is unfair and corrupt. That doesn't absolve anyone of the responsibility to be who they claim to be, "Christ Ones."

More violence is not the answer in this case either.

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Blame Game

In growing up and becoming a responsible adult, one of the lessons a person must learn if they're to thrive is how to take responsibility for their own actions.

It is a very simple thing, really, yet is quite difficult for most people to grasp. It is a lynchpin in the process for people in recovery, and is an absolute necessity for adversaries who wish to make real peace.

In the process of learning how to take responsibility, you learn first that you are responsible for your actions. Any consequences that result from that action are your responsibility as well. If you initiate an action that creates a problem for you or for another person, you own that problem. It is your responsibility to make reparations, which may be as simple as an apology, or as severe as serving time in prison and paying back millions of dollars. Regardless of the severity, it's your responsibility.

This makes sense to most people, and is practiced a fair amount, though not nearly enough.

There is more difficulty for people when they are learning the more subtle concept of being responsible for your re-actions. Yet, in a way, this is more critical to the process of becoming a mature, responsible adult.

Again this is sometimes easier to illustrate in the context of recovery, because the distinctions are often more blatant and easier to identify.

Most recovering people trace their sickness back to events or relationships earlier in their life that deflected them onto a path of addiction. They were abused, betrayed, raped, molested, lied to, or seriously wronged in some other way, usually in an ongoing fashion, and often in more way than just one.

An important part of the recovery process is for the recovering person to separate the actions of the person who wronged them with their own reactions to those wrongs.

There's a prayer you often hear at 12-Step meetings:

God, grant me the Serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.

Let's say a child, we'll call him Tony, is abandoned by his father, leaving Tony and his mom and brother flat. Tony grows up insecure. He has low self-esteem, is undisciplined, afraid of success, sabotages most of his opportunities to prove his unworthiness, and runs away from all of his problems.

When he gets older, and these problems start causing chaos in his life, he realizes hs needs to get a handle on his issues. He examines his life and sees that while his father did wrong him, he is responsible for responding to these wrongs by becoming the fulfillment of his own fears. He takes responsibililty for his reactions to the circumstances in his life and begins building a new, positive pattern of living based on what he has learned about himself.

Now admittedly my story (yeah, duh, right?) is certainly a mild case of this sort of pattern, but the truth remains the same regardless. The worse the wrong, the harder the work to gain new perspective, yet the same realization lies at the end of that process.

There is also a phenomenon known as codependency that many victims and other people close to the abuser/addict often exhibit. The codependent enables the abuser to perpetuate his negative behavior by making excuses for their behavior to others, accepting the blame for the abuser's wrongs, or blaming others, all the while allowing the abuser to escape accountability for those wrongs.

Thus we come to the problem with Islam today. Modern Islam is one screwed up junkie. It is spreading violence and chaos all over the Middle East. Yet the world community and Muslim leaders are the ultimate codependents. Rather than holding the violent Muslims accountable for their actions, and especially their reactions, they make excuses for their violent, murderous behavior and blame others, like, say, the Pope, for the abhorrent reactions and violently disproportionate responses to real or perceived wrongs.

The only way this cycle of deadly childish temper tantrums is going to stop is for Islam to wake up and realize that it is the one with the problem. Not just militant groups, but Islam in general. It wouldn't be so if Muslim leaders in the middle east weren't so conspicuously quiet in the wake of atrocities committed by militant Muslims in the name of the same Allah they purport to worship. Notice I said "quiet" and not "silent." We get perfunctory, pro forma statements from a few quarters. But where is the outrage? They can be outraged at a few stupid cartoons, why not when one of their own blows up innocent children? Could it be they actually condone the killing of infidels but lack the honesty to just say so? Could it be they're afraid of their own followers? What could it be?

If Islam is ever to truly become the "Religion of Peace" it purports to be, then Islam is going to have to unify and make some radical changes.

One - They must admit that the problem of violence is Islam's problem and stop blaming other people for their own followers' abhorrent and violent actions.

Two - They must renounce violence as a tool for dialogue without exception.

Three - They must recognize the basic, individual dignity of all human beings regardless of creed.

Four - They must unequivocably reject and ostracize violent militant groups and individuals, isolate them from any fellowship with mainstream Islam, whether Sunni, Sikh, or any other faction, and respond to their attacks with the same outrage with which they responded to these cartoons and the Pope's speech.

Five - Moreso they must stop making excuses for militants' inexcusable behavior, and place the blame where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of militants and those leaders who incite them.

Islam must learn to take responsibility for its problem and cease this idiotic demand on the civilized portion of the world community to cater to their immature, intemperate, plain uncivilized patterns of behavior.

I'm not holding my breath, but here is how this whole brouhaha should have gone down.

Pope: Blah-blah-blah-Mohammed

Group of Peaceful Muslim Leaders: Hi there, Benny. Nice speech.

Pope: Why thank you.

GoPML: We have to take exception with one thing though.

Pope: Certainly, do tell.

GoPML: We do understand the intent of your speech, but your quote about Mohammed was a bit offensive to some of our followers, and really we're not sure it was necessary to make your point in that way.

Pope: Well, it doesn't reflect my personal opinion, you know. I was trying to provide context for the next part of my quote.

GoPML: No, we understand that, but we're just not sure it was necessary and, well, you're a powerful guy in the world, and to some people it may have seemed a bit inflammatory, using that sort of quote.

Pope: Well, I certainly didn't mean to offend, and if I have, I apologize. I will try to be a little more circumspect in the future.

GoPML: Why thank you. Turkish Delight?

Pope: Thanks, don't mind if I do.

That's how civilized people handle a disagreement... with a little embellishment for entertainment's sake, and I'm nothing if not entertaining.

The madness of the Islamic world and the codependency of their leaders and the world community is simply out of control. It has to stop. I mean, how ironic is it that these Muslims are up in arms because they think the Pope called Mohammed evil and violent and called their religion violent? How dare you call us a violent religion. Now we're going to make war on you and kill you! You are doomed!

Please. The next person I hear blame the Pope for this mess is going to be bundled up in burlap and driven to the next Al-Anon meeting.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Eye Rolling

Okay, who's just tired of hypersensitive, semi-literate Muslim Leaders?

I know I am. Puh-leeze. These are the same people who pronounce fatwahs, cut off limbs, condone honor murders, and dream of exterminating the Jews.

I know I've said it before, but I have no respect for the complaints of Muslims who cheer the killing of innocents and yet decry verbal or visual criticism of their "faith."

And this inane hypersensitivity just grates on the nerves. It's like a horrid, whiny three-year-old who just won't accept that you're not going to buy them a goody.

And it's quite lovely the way these Muslim leaders claim Benny's comments are false representations of Islam. They don't believe the faith is being spread by the sword? Uh, hullo? Take a look around. Start in Indonesia and work your way west, my lads.

Pope Bennifer does not need to examine his remarks. The Muslim culture needs to examine itself and try to figure out why they breed such intolerant violence.

Not that I'm holding my breath.


Oh, deeee-lightful. "Benny! How dare you say mean things about our prophet and characterize our religion as violent! We'll show you!!"

The stunning, disgusting, downright freakin' moronic hypocrisy is just oozing out of the middle east like a rancid abscess.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Five Years On

I suppose we're all blogging on this today. I'm not watching much of the media coverage today. I really can't. You're watching people die all over again and it's a little too much for me.

But I'm doing a little reflecting. This will come across as rambling, fair warning.

I know...

Eh, screw it. I just erased a dozen paragraphs of stuff. As these things often do, it became about politics and such.

For today, better to remember that 2,996 innocent people met their end in a tragic, brutal manner, in an unprovoked attack perpetrated by cowards, that many of these dead are dead because they were heroes and put the welfare of others above their own, and that they left behind families that will never wholly heal.

Remember them and pray for them, or whatever it is you do, because even if you never meet a one, it will help them in ways none of us will ever fully understand.

Come tomorrow we can talk about everything else, but today is about the families.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Angie Baby

Brad Pitt says he won't marry Angelina until there's marriage for all.


This is what we call the arrogance of celebrity. And it doesn't matter where you stand on gay marriage or cross-species marriage or whatever.

Bradley, my son? Nobody gives a Freakin Rat's Shaved Butt-cheek whether you and your stupid side-show ho EVER get married! Who cares about you? Do you think even one person is sitting there saying, "You know, it's killing me that Brangelina aren't (isn't?) getting married. Really killin' me. That's it. We've got to have change right NOW!"

No, no, no, my boy. Most folks were actually wishing you had gotten lost in the Nigerian wilderness, leaving your three children in the care of a Nanny who would do a much better job of ensuring the brats didn't end up self-absorbed-psychotic-egomaniacs who actually believe the public is taking their cues from their unstable, melodramatic, tragic lives.

In fact, this might just be a setback for gay marriage, if you think about it. I mean, who wants to encourage those nutjobs any further, eh?


It's about me, dummy!!!


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