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Planning out our Speed Force costumes.

We’ll cover the burgundy overspray with yellow heat transfer vinyl. I think. Fingers crossed…

Paint’s a little spotty but looks great when she puts the costume on.

(thanks for suggestions to thefastestgirlalive)

Working late, but at least tonight’s view was nice after the rain.

paxamericana:

bjdipshit:

my goal in life is to start a line of men’s jeans with fake pockets like they won’t even check to see if there are pockets because there always are pockets, and they’ll buy them and get home later, put them in the closet, pull them out when they have no other…

You may not realize this, but there is already a conspiracy regarding menswear as well. Most jeans are fine, but most dress pants have rigged pockets so that we lose everything when we sit down. 

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As you can see in figure A, money and other items will stay in the pockets of most jeans. For more formal wear, however, as shown in figure B, there is a deliberate attempt to make us lose everything.

It’s evil trickery, I tell you. Evil.

(Source: fightme-pgoon)

I really hope there’s no emergency because I don’t think this is gonna work.

Axe Body Spray

Bear with me. Just for a bit.

Wombatman prepares for the fight to begin.

What are we really expected to learn from this?

(cross-posted at my blog)

I’ve been re-learning some history lately, and picking up some new things as well, from my son’s 4th grade homework and studies. Most of it is general information about the Indian tribes that once lived in Georgia, but I’m also taking another look at what he is (and I was) taught.

On around Columbus Day, when he was learning about the explorer, I taught him about the ruthless and murderous villain that Columbus was as well. The villain story is much more interesting and violent, so he shared it with his class. The only surprise for me about this was that no one seemed to believe him, and even his teacher said she wasn’t familiar with that story.

In retrospect, it shouldn’t have surprised me at all, because history lessons aren’t designed for two important things that I’ve come to expect. They aren’t intended to be interesting, or to be accurate.

I don’t mean that many teachers don’t work very hard at making history interesting and accurate. They do, but they do it on their own. As taught, that is not the point of the classes.

History classes are intended to give you the same basic information that a moderately educated person is expected to have. The point is to give a reference, or starting point, for a general discussion. By its nature, that approach is shallow and boring, because it never takes you into the motivations of historical figures.

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I’ve been trying for a week to get my daughter to tell her kindergarten class to leave Santa a stick of butter if they’ve been bad, or he will eat their toes.

She keeps forgetting, and she told me that none of her friends are bad anyway, so it probably didn’t matter.

"What about the rest of the class, maybe they should leave him a stick of butter just in case they might have been bad and weren’t really sure?" I asked her, to see if I could raise a concern.

"Well, there’s Trent. He’s kind of bad. Maybe Santa might his take his toes. I should tell Trent," she decided.

After a few minutes of thought she changed her mind.

"You know, Dad," she said, "it would be kind of funny if Santa came and ate Trent’s toes."

I’m a little bit disappointed and a little bit proud.

Lets’ spend the night together, 2013

Black 900’s.

Oga’s

The joys of air travel.

These verses have been debated for thousands of years, but I can’t help sharing my opinion on the issue. The Bible is a fascinating book, but many people try to hard to find interpretations within minor parts of a story- in essence missing the forest for the trees.

I think that happens with this passage in a fairly major way:

Genesis 38:8-10 (KJV)

And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.

That’s it. That is the entire passage upon which denial of birth control is based. (and masturbation as well)

So what is happening in this scene? Honestly, it’s a pretty wild story, especially by today’s standards. Onan is Judah’s son. Er, the eldest, was struck down by God for being horribly wicked. That’s why it says “slew him also.” The Lord didn’t have a lot of patience with Judah’s boys; He had important business and they weren’t right for it.

Onan, as Judah’s second son, was to take Er’s wife Tamar as his own to provide Er with heirs, and he does, but it seems that Onan doesn’t want his kids to be considered Er’s. As Er’s rival he wouldn’t have children of his own, and perhaps he wanted his own tribe to propagate. At any rate, there are, in my view, two ways of reading this: Onan was denying the Jewish people their next leader by disobeying God, or Onan was using Levirate law to manipulate a woman into having sex with him.

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Ultimately, Judah himself sleeps with Tamar because he mistakes her for a prostitute—she disguises herself and tricks him because she wasn’t given the third son Shelah to marry as was her due—and she has twin boys. Tamar is actually a very strong figure here, as she demands what she believes is her right: to be the mother of the tribe. She demands Onan after Er dies, and when she does not receive the third son she risks her life by taking matters into her own hands. (It’s also worth noting that God was fine with Judah sleeping with a prostitute, or at least with Judah thinking that he was. This is mentioned casually enough that it’s hard to think it’s the only time.)

So what does all this have to do with birth control?

Nothing.

There is literally nothing in these verses that says Tamar couldn’t have told Onan she wanted to have sex but didn’t want kids. There is also nothing that implies “spilling seed” would be a problem if he wasn’t supposed to be providing a leader for the Jewish people. We see from Tamar’s later actions that she did want to have children and to be the mother of the future king, but that Onan just wasn’t cooperating and was essentially using her. In fact, Onan is a bit of a scumbag (and possibly a rapist) here; instead of providing her with children as Levirite law demanded, he’s having sex with her, then basically saying, “Sorry, not pregnant yet? Guess we’ve gotta do it again.”

So there is simply no reason that I can see why this passage should be about God requiring women to have children every time they have sex.

The issue discussed in these verses is clear: God wanted an heir for Judah’s line, and not only did Onan not want to provide one, he used the law to take advantage of his brother’s widow. So God took him out. These verses are about men doing what God commands, NOT about women having sex. Perhaps there is a story here about the need for women to forge their own destinies, but this is not about birth control or abortion at all.

Why am I not surprised that an all-male hierarchy would shift it around to justify their ideas for female behavior? I’m not surprised because the all-male hierarchy is in fact the root of the entire problem. Men get stuck on the minor issue of sex and their own desires, instead of on the incredibly huge deal of the creation of the Kingdom of Judah, and the bringing together of the tribes.

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Why are Onan and Er even important then? There’s a lot of disagreement on that, but some scholars say the two men are an etiological representation, intended to establish the relation of two other extinct tribes to Judah. That makes some sense, especially in regard to Onan not wanting to provide Er with heirs, and the fact that they are both bypassed, and killed by God.

It’s an interesting theory at least, and it could also support the idea that God killed Onan for his treatment of Tamar, for taking advantage of his brother’s widow. In fact, if there’s any moral lesson at all here, that is the strongest one that comes from reading this story. Perhaps the author was making a reference to the behavior of this entire discredited tribe and their brutality.

There is a bit more in the Bible that gets called out on occasion to oppose both birth control and abortion, namely that children are referred to as a “gift from God” — which they truly are — and that to deny God’s gift is to oppose Him. But it’s worth noting that the Bible also calls a wife a “gift from God” — which mine is, others may not be so lucky — yet there is no church requirement against resisting marriage. In fact we have just the opposite in some denominations, with celibate priests.

Birth control, masturbation, abortion. They just aren’t in this story, unless you make mental contortions to put them there. Manipulating women into having sex with you? Now that, God apparently would kill you over, but those same mental contortions can convince you otherwise if you really need for them to.