We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re: the crucifix. I have mixed feelings about this. As a child worshiping in a very Gothic old Catholic church, I was terribly creeped out by the humongous, lifelike, painted bloody Jesus on the cross beside the altar. Add, the Latin murmuring, the burning incense and the dark, gloomy funereal atmosphere of it all and, frankly, I found that the eerie, tortured figure of a dying Christ squelched any budding sense of the good news.
What if Jesus were executed by electric chair? Would we have life-sized statues of him in the chair, rigid as electricity coursed through his body? I'm not asking facetiously. Seriously, I wonder about this.
I tend to agree. What I find interesting is, isn't that the point? Not having been Catholic it's a bit different to me but even still, hasn't this image (with the more graphic exceptions in some churches such as Dr. X's) become so commonplace to most people in western society that it has lost its intended impact? Wasn't it to some extent meant to (literally) scare the hell out of you?
Re: snows in Spokane. This is the second hard winter in a row. It's actually more like the winters used to normally be, however. When's the global warming coming? Well, it's here, today, and if this 'chinook' or 'pineapple express' keeps up, we're gonna have some hellacious flooding. I'm about 90 miles southeast of Spokane.
The crucified, twisted, beaten, bloody body of Jesus hanging on the cross wasn't always the main icon of Christianity. That came in big time around the time of Charlemagne. Earlier on, the icons revolved more around Christ, often youthful, as the Good Shepard, or images depicting the idea of Christ leading mankind back to Eden/Paradise, or into a new Eden/Paradise. Christianity became more militant and intolerant with the coming of the Crucifix icon big time.
"Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire "
As far as snow in Spokane and Seattle goes [and for the second year!] I'd say the Upper Left Coasters are "clinging to their dreams of manmade global warming" the way they accuse us conservatives of clinging to our guns and religion. Oh wait ... global warming is their religion.
The only problem is that there has been some very warm, dry years in the Rockies, and the northern Plains during the last 15 years. This snow fall--this winter's event--provides us with hope that maybe, just maybe we are returning to the norm. However, that still does not make me a liberal, or a democrat!
Hey Skook: The Snohomish was over the top at 0900 this morning: out in the fields just outside of town. Don't know what is real out there tonight.
"Rebuilding the GOP, one internet user at a time. But we aren't Repubs - we're Conservatives." So I guess everyone with these sentiments wants to remain in "holier-than-thou" mode. Acting, not just ranting, like this will guarantee Democrat majorities and consolidation of the kind of social and economic policies they stand for. Here is a quote from the lead in at the rebuldtheparty.com site: "We must be conservative in philosophy -- but bold in our approach. We don't need a slight tweak here or there. We need transformation. " They seem to seek an open and transparent approach. As a self-identified conservative who, presumably, wants to implement policies that reflect that philosophy, where do you go, if not the GOP? The Constitution or Libertarian parties - bwaaa-ha-ha-ha. Or perhaps you would all rather stand on the sidewalk and wave at the Democrat victory parades as they roll by - being, of course, proud of your privately held conservative credentials. Sheesh.