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View Room Comments for Thursday, Jan. 16 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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steelworker 1/16/2014 2:51:21 AM Report

Nice and quiet before the a-holes show up. Anyway; off to work to support all you pensioners.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 6:12:19 AM Report

Steelworker, we pensioners are grateful for your contribution. I guess you're pleased that we left in order to provide a job for you.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 6:32:40 AM Report

I look forward in joyful anticipatation of another thirty years of your beneficent largesse.
Mark Brown 1/16/2014 6:33:37 AM Report

Dear steelworker,

That's a crappy shift (graveyard), or do you prefer it?

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark Brown
Mark Brown 1/16/2014 6:38:52 AM Report

Good morning Spelly,

I thought pensioners get their pension payments whether or not other workers continue to contribute to the plan, or am I wrong about that too?

Spellchecker 1/16/2014 6:39:20 AM Report

Only problem is by that time the fiat that you provide, if the currency hasn't died by then, won't be worth anything except for fire starter.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 6:41:05 AM Report

You're right Mark, but I'm just having a little sport with steelworker.
Grump 1/16/2014 6:44:16 AM Report

Good morning everyone. Wisen your comment about no texting going on in theatres now, says it all. I suspect if you had the boys for it, you would be right there with that sheriff. You Sir are a moron and no class act but I do think you fit in much better there. Have a great day all.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 6:48:22 AM Report

If it is the same as it was when I left, the workers don't contribute directly to the pension plan anyway. Hourly wages are less than they would be if it were not for pension considerations. When we begin to get OAS that amount is deducted from the steel plant pension. Regardless of common perception we're not getting something for nothing.
Bobby Nerves 1/16/2014 7:13:32 AM Report

Flyhawk, in your way to breakfast, could you please pick up a box of pinky sunglasses from the Dolarama?

There is an study about people posting early in the net... It's because they watch porno.

Bobby Nerves 1/16/2014 7:32:42 AM Report

Statusquo, this is an interesting investigation about how the cook boils:
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 7:35:35 AM Report

Good morning especially to Wicket.
I just read your post last might about being left off the 'party list'.
This time I am innocent Your Honor.
It was Grump's call and I was just a pawn at the table.
Take the matter up with him.I'm sure it was an innocent oversight in your case.
Incidentally, finding a central location with decent food at a good price is getting more difficult.And it does not take much to make me happy.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 7:56:41 AM Report

Before shakes or redranger arrive, I prefer to correct my own typo.

Wild Turkey 1/16/2014 8:04:51 AM Report

Grump---that theater incident is a classic case of American "rights " clashing, with a horrible end result.
The shooter had a right to carry "arms"--The victim had a right to freedom of speech.
The conversation escalated and the guy threw popcorn at the now enraged shooter.
The shooter had no popcorn,so instead, He popped the guy.
This kind of stuff happens all the time, in restaurants, check-out lines,even in church.
It's a wonder to me there are not more reported incidents such as this.
Hopefully we can all file this incident away,and exercise some restraint when engaging in heated conversation.
At least here in the blue room, the antagonists are out of shooting range.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:07:26 AM Report

Good thing for that at times, eh Wild Turkey?
theprotector 1/16/2014 8:12:27 AM Report

yep I steal bibles from motel rooms take em to the range and blast away!
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:16:40 AM Report

No doubt.
redranger 1/16/2014 8:42:34 AM Report

Spell making you wate?
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 8:42:38 AM Report

The reason the north leg of the Keystone XL will be built is .. "Americans use more oil daily than they can produce, and Canadians produce more than they consume."
This fact will remain no matter what drug addled rock stars have to say.

Grunt .. Rather than potty talk, please try to come up with something pithy to say.

Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 8:47:59 AM Report

Just saying .. "not a whole lotta showtime texting goin on".
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 8:50:19 AM Report

Reminds me of Grunt's offerings on here.
"Like bringing popcorn to a gun fight."
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 9:02:40 AM Report

"Filled with rage, then Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw.
But the stranger drew his gun and fired before he even saw.
As Billy Joe fell to the floor.
The crowd all gathered 'round.
And wondered at his final words.
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home boy
Don't take your guns to town."
theprotector 1/16/2014 9:28:42 AM Report

ran outta meds again huh?
right wing 1/16/2014 9:30:25 AM Report

Tim Moen is the owner of a Fort McMurray video production company.
Tim Moen was recently asked to do some filming in Fort McMurray for a project Neil Young is working on.

This is from a blog that Moen posted on.

"In a blog entry posted Tuesday, Moen – who has described himself as “pro-oil and pro-environment” on his Twitter account – acknowledges the efforts Young is making. But he also points out what he feels was lacking from the musician’s filming agenda in the area.

“We did not film any reclaimed land. We didn’t film any new extraction operations using greener technology. We didn’t film any industry experts. We didn’t film Neil’s diesel burning bus that his crew rode in. We didn’t film the environmentally conscious community active in Fort McMurray. That stuff wasn’t on the agenda.”

As for Young’s comparison of Fort McMurray and Hiroshima, Moen has the following to say:

“I wonder if he meant Nuked Hiroshima or beautiful reclaimed Hiroshima today…These are serious claims that paint a pretty bleak picture and seem to lack any evidence.”

He ends with this message to the Canadian singer and song-writer:

“If you would’ve looked a bit closer at the people in this community developing this resource you’d have found people of kindred spirit, we are concerned about the environment and about the health of those that live around the oil sands…this is where our children live. We want to leave this world a better place like you do and we have the energy to do just that. I challenge you to find a community of oil producers anywhere else in this world that more closely aligns with your values of stewardship and respect for this Earth and it’s [sic] people. Not only do we not stone people to death, we don’t even use plastic grocery bags.”
Jimssm 1/16/2014 10:16:55 AM Report

Should anyone want to actually read Tim Moen's blog instead of RW's creatively edited version...

it is here...

It is odd how rw uses a lefties blog when it suits him.
soowat 1/16/2014 10:22:47 AM Report


I am assuming from your comments that you are a retired steelworker. While I am not a retired steelworker, I too, receive a pension. Despite the difference about the payer of our pension,we,like most other pensioners, paid towards our pensions through reduced pay for all of our working lives. If our employers (in many cases) had lived up to their obligations, there would be no concern for any pensioner that his/her pension fund would not be able to meet its obligations.
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 10:37:34 AM Report

Jimssm...I just read the blog in its entirety. Hmm...seems rw did a nice cut and paste job of what suited his needs and what did not.
Fair enough.
But your added info shed a different and more complete light on what happened.
I am not surprised that our resident neo-con would play with selective facts. That is generally followed by his moving on to another topic when challenged by the truth.
Just consider his agenda.
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 10:40:05 AM Report

Steelworkers also declare that their pensions are funded by monies that otherwise would have been included in salary. While this may be true, pension money must be invested and create returns commensurate with the obligation to pay. When this doesn't pan out your pension fund turns into Greece or Detroit.

TP (aka eversons) you like Grunt, continue to bring a pea shooter to a knife fight.
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 10:45:05 AM Report

As local St. Joes' weather blog reports .. "why isn't Peter Mansbridge breathlessly reporting on the rather dramatic increase in the size of the polar ice caps"?
Btw, New York City was to be under water by now.
right wing 1/16/2014 10:46:50 AM Report

You two make me laugh.
Nice try.
What I posted made the point.
The entire article further makes the point.
There is two sides to the story and whether the agenda is pro oil or against oil both sides can paint the picture they want.
I value articles such as this one by Moen as more informative and closer to the truth than the envirowackos or the blind to the environment oil executive.
Greenpeace has been caught doctoring its "evidence" several times.
It was simply pointed out the Young was doing the same.
right wing 1/16/2014 10:54:11 AM Report

Here ya go another carefully selected and creatively cut and pasted truth from the same story.

"Neil seemed genuinely surprised and impressed with some of the green initiatives happening in the community. He seemed to know little about the oil sands industry, he'd never heard of SAGD for example. His understanding seemed to be that bitumen is mined by digging giant open pits, using tonnes of water, and creating giant tailings ponds. He was unaware of the advances that have been made."
66cherokee 1/16/2014 10:55:10 AM Report

As I watched Neil Young last night, I wondered about what he has said lately. That stars don't need oil. I wonder what the tires on his vehicle was made of, the highway he was driving on. Sometimes these stars only come out when their popularity is on the downside. He is pushing his new album of course. Neil Young is like a lot of Canadians who have that cumbiya(spelling like it sounds) effect. A lot of people don't realize that the money received from those "tar sands" pay for education, health and a lot of social programs that otherwise wouldn't be offered. Yes, it would be nice to live in a perfect world, but that doesn't exist. Billions of money come into the government coffers, and if that went out the door, this country would be in dire straight.
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 11:15:21 AM Report

Seems to me that Young did learn from the experience.
Do I care what he thinks? No more than the average 'outsider'. He just happens to have a bigger stage and a temporary spotlight.
I try to look at both sides and don't trust any radical portrayal of the issue.
If they can extract oil there and preserve the environment - go for it.
I am no Pollyanna.I use oil products too and need them. But I'd like to ensure that our lands are protected.
I'm still looking for a objective scientific analysis.
And less name calling.
mallet 1/16/2014 11:44:16 AM Report


I want world peace, will it ever happen, hasn't in my lifetime. Will we ever be able to do without fossil fuels, I have grave doubts about that too. As long as I can remember there has always been resistance to new ideas regarding power, and until we can come up with an alternative to electricity there will always be. Coal fired station are efficient but produce CO gases as do gas and oil fired ones, Nuclear has a problems with used fuel rod disposal and of course a few accidents, solar and wind has the fuel supply problem, and of course water has that problem too at times... So what is the answer, I sure as heck don't know, but one thing for sure I do know is that the answer will not please everyone....
irishfey 1/16/2014 12:20:42 PM Report

Morning Folks.. Is nasty out there and i think it will get the same in here when i"m done ,lol.. I popped in yesterday at the tail end of some comments about the Bible, so i really don"t know what it was all about, but there is something i"d like to share with you all,, yep,, here we go ,lol During my studies of years ago i found something that was quite interesting and would like to share it. I always loved the book of Job, i think it was even written before the book of Genesis, so that would make it a few thousand years old. If you read Job 38v16, God says to Job.. "have you entered into the springs of the sea? "...The point is that the " Springs of the sea" were not discovered [ by Man ]fully ,till between 1977 and 1979. In 1930, the deep sea dives of William Beeb"s bathysphere provided a look at the ocean floor but no springs were discovered. In 1940 they tried again using the echo sounder, failed again. In 1960 they did find evedience of water coming up from the ocean floor... The first direct observations of the deep sea springs were made by Project Fomous in 1977, and on till 1979... Don"t get these mixed up with Volcanic Vents.. they are different... The point i"m just trying to make is for the folk that don"t believe in the Bible to take a closer look at it as The Springs of the Sea were mentioned years back before they were discovered. I meself find so many other things of interest that just prove the Bible to be true, but of course thats just MY opinion and of course Gods also. The one other thing i love about the book of Job, is how God addresses Job at the start of chapter 38. I know that some won"t read it so i"m going to go the exra mile and tell you it ,lol.. It starts as this... ""WHO is this that darkens my councel,by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a MAN,, i will question You and You will answer ME!!"" These words should make you shudder in your boots!! Soooo You can believe this or not, up to you... I know that i will be slam dunked by some of you that will go the extra mile to discredit what i have said,, so hop to it ,lol I won"t be back on to make this a Holy War... What you up against is GOD, so i really suggest you take heed of how and what God said to Job!... Have a great day folks ,lol.. And of course.. God bless...
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:21:55 PM Report

Wisenheimer, please believe me when I tell you that theprotector and everson are not one and the same. The only similarity between the two, and it is a big one, is that they are both hard core lefties.
irishfey 1/16/2014 12:23:45 PM Report

Flyhawk.. I read your post of who wrote the Bible,, sorry chum, you got a lot wrong... will tell you at a later date, i think i said enough for one day ,lol
Zing 1/16/2014 12:25:34 PM Report


Please explain your last post.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:26:32 PM Report

Don't encourage him, Zing. Send him back to the shooting range.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:35:56 PM Report

Now that he's run out of Bibles at the range he might like to take a potshot at irishfey.
theprotector 1/16/2014 12:41:50 PM Report

yeah good book - spoiler alert - he dies! The cult leader gets strung up!
theprotector 1/16/2014 12:43:29 PM Report

spellchecker I am offended at your post, how dare you insinuate that I would attempt to cause someone bodily harm, let alone a very serious assult or death.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:46:06 PM Report

theprotector 1/16/2014 12:47:36 PM Report

jesus walks into a bar - throws a handful of nails on the counter and says "can you put me up for the night"
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:47:38 PM Report

Alas, I have offended theprotector. Now I must do penance. How could I?
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 12:50:09 PM Report

Now that the blasphemy has begun I think I will take my leave for the day. Lots of snow coming down to start moving anyway. See you folks later.
theprotector 1/16/2014 12:52:36 PM Report

mallet 1/16/2014 1:02:41 PM Report

Right Wing, Et Al..

I just read the CBC piece on who and what that Young fellow is singing about, makes for very interesting reading and perhaps some who support his ideas would like to comment on that CBC piece.. Seems you can fool some of the people etc etc etc....
theprotector 1/16/2014 1:14:45 PM Report

so I tried to get a passport the other day and went down to the federal building, piss off that I have to pay for parking at a building my taxes paid for and then told that its a 2 to 3 hour wait?? Just to hand in and pay for my passport? What is going on down there?
mallet 1/16/2014 1:22:00 PM Report

Condom... Sorry.. Protector...

why not go to Hayes office, they can do that for you... Part of the service they offer...
irishfey 1/16/2014 1:25:10 PM Report

Pro.. You just hung yourself with that comment of Jesus and the bar. NO ONE of ANY faith, even those who don"t believe would NEVER make such a crude and ignornant comment such as you have done!! I guess you really showed your true childish colours this time... btw.. i never really knew anyone that was really going to hell.. not because of your unbelief [ God decides that ] but because of your foul and disguisting attitude and mouth!!! Have a good trip!! If you think you impressed anyone on here, you are sadley mistaken!!!.. Notice YOU were the only one that made a snide remark?? The rest of us are mature enough to .. agree to disagree an adult manner....I will pray for you though,, its my job..........
theprotector 1/16/2014 1:25:30 PM Report

thanks hammer head
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 1:56:46 PM Report

Spelly .. Eversons and TP remind me of the SNL skit .. "The girl you wish you hadn't struck up a conversation with at the cocktail party."
Wicket 1/16/2014 2:19:47 PM Report

thanks Flyhawk for acknowledging my late evening post last night. I worked in the same dept as Skipper Dave for a few years and would have enjoyed meeting his wife. I believe her to be quite the lady - serene, confident, humourous....
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 2:27:51 PM Report're welcome. And you're right about the Skipper's bride as much as I could tell. But it was in his comments about her in his posts that connected with me.
I too had a wife of great strength and wisdom whom I buried 12 years ago today.
When a man has a woman like that all he can do is thank God for the gift of her.
We both did.
She was treated with the great respect she deserves.
Wicket 1/16/2014 2:55:45 PM Report

Aww,, I know, is a difficult one for you....cyber (((hugs))) and good memories.
irishfey 1/16/2014 3:04:52 PM Report

Flyhawk... sorry to hear of your Wife.. yes.. must be a sad day for you... keep in mind dear.. God only takes the best!!... Hugs to you too.
Just Curious 1/16/2014 3:14:28 PM Report

Irish, not being particularly religious most of this stuff one way or another doesn't faze me. If I believe, I believe and I do it my way , not in any specific religion, most of which disgust me with their piousness. That being said, I could go on for hours with those kind of jokes but at the right time and place, not on here.. Don't get too pissed with pro, he knows not what he does sometimes(well, OK, most of the time)...LOL.:) PS; bear in mind, you did post this knowing full well it would stir up shit, and it has, so don't take it so hard...:)
shakespeare 1/16/2014 3:33:51 PM Report

You must admit that God really did a job on Job, irish! Poor guy!

Would have loved for you to have joined us, wicket. Can only think it was an organizational malfunction. I had no idea that Skipper's wife (whom I do know) would be there. I had thought it was to be an arm-wrestling match between redranger and me, moderated by Grump and fly, with a meatball or two thrown in. We did get into a little Catholic/Protestant fornication issue which had Status clearing his throat, blushing and claiming he had to leave to flush someone's rad.

Not sure about the fear/faith thing, red.

Thinking of you fly; keep busy!

Bobby Nerves 1/16/2014 3:42:09 PM Report


Eclesiaste 3:7

You are not a Christian.

You show up here only to upset others, to offend few, to reprimand the most. And the sad side of it is, You enjoy it!

shakespeare 1/16/2014 3:44:29 PM Report

I enjoyed the article that rw quoted and that jimssm referenced. It seemed level headed.
I understand that the President of CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers)has shot back at Neil Young, saying that rock stars may not need oil, but Canadians do.
I wonder if they'll parody Neil's song with "Keep on fracking in the free world"
shakespeare 1/16/2014 3:58:42 PM Report

One of my favourite parts of the Bible, Bobby...
that and the Beatitudes which were read aloud by a fellow tourist at the request of our Jewish retired military tour guide on the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee a couple of months ago. Despite being an agnostic, I found it immensely moving.
Grump 1/16/2014 4:01:17 PM Report

Wisen Are we hitting the sauce a little heavy these days? Or maybe we are trying to sound 10' tall and pretend we really have a pair? Too late as I expect most on here have your number by now.
shakespeare 1/16/2014 4:13:40 PM Report

Justin might just have blown it!
Wicket 1/16/2014 4:15:17 PM Report

Thanks Shakespeare, missed seeing all of you...and, of course, the great conversations that a smaller group is conducive to hearing them all.
steelworker 1/16/2014 4:21:27 PM Report

Breaking news: the Professor from Gilligans Island has passed away. We have lost another great actor.
Just Curious 1/16/2014 4:38:11 PM Report

Sorry, Steely, but never saw him anywhere but Gilligans Island... Then again, might have saw him in other stuff and never placed him...
right wing 1/16/2014 4:39:00 PM Report


Sauce...pasta sauce perhaps is about it.
If there has ever been anybody on this site that loves to portray themselves as ten feet tall it is you ya hypocrite.
Need I visit the archives and retrieve your many posts on how large a man you are (ego included) and calling folks out to fight etc.,....
Guess that's why you can laugh so much of your ass off you ass.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 4:46:38 PM Report

Bobby, sorry you feel that way. There was a time when we got on quite well but that happpy time seems to have deteriorated for some reason. What do you say we let God decide who is Christian and who is not? I have never claimed to be one although that has been assumed because of my occasional Biblical references. Let he who has no sin cast the first stone. It surely won't be me.

For as many are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:14
mamma 1/16/2014 4:47:12 PM Report

Fly, I am thinking of you today. Thank you for the sweet comments. Lunch was a wonderful event for me yesterday. It was great finally meeting you and Bobby, and reconnecting with the others. Listening to the chat was a little bittersweet as it made me think how much Skipper would have loved being in the midst of it but I loved being surrounded by the folks he considered to be friends. Wicket, I look forward to meeting you as well. I sort of crashed the guys lunch yesterday, but I am hoping that I will be able to make the summit. Skipper had talked a lot about us going to that together so I will have to hunt down my big girl panties and go on my own! Another bittersweet adventure, just one of many I'm sure.
Grump 1/16/2014 4:52:31 PM Report

rw the main difference between us is that I don't BS. The rest of it isn't BS either so pull up whatever you like. I was new to the site and had (unknown) a potty mouth little girl challenging to take me on. Now speaking of little girls when it gets too hot or you get caught fudging the truth you run away and hide just like a little girl. No one knows it all so don't try so hard.
Wicket 1/16/2014 4:53:46 PM Report

Mamma, just keep reading on here, I post a bit in advance of the social/summit lunch that is usually held at the Canadian. We go into the back part and can stay as long as we like, order from the menu and try to have a diversified conversation among us. It is fun, looking forward to having you join us.
Grump 1/16/2014 5:03:29 PM Report

Wicket I sent you an e-mail. Mea culpa.
irishfey 1/16/2014 5:03:40 PM Report

Just Curious.. well said. Did i not ever mention that i used to be a Bartender? , So, yes , i have heard all the jokes before also. But your right, there is a time and place for everything and this is not one of them. Pro has just proven over and over again that he is a vile vulger person. Does this site not ever stir up shit? ,lol.... And BOBBY.. it is not your call to say who is a Chrstian or not. Everyday folks on here are offended, upset, reprimanded and others enjoy doing it. I started this today so leave Spellchecker out of it please. You do seem to know some verses from the Bible so you must remember the one that tells Christians to speak of God at all times, while sitting down, standing up, while eating etc. so why should we hold our tongue when others don"t.... just saying.... have a great day....
irishfey 1/16/2014 5:11:52 PM Report

Spellchecker.. well put! I will say that i am a Christian because of my belief in Christ, thats really all what being a Christian is, but i"m a long way from walking on water ,lol....
right wing 1/16/2014 5:44:16 PM Report


Coming from Nerves it means diddly.
This is a guy that talks about porn all the time and comes off as somewhat of a screw ball.
A while back he wanted to give a medal to the Norway guy that killed children on the island.
right wing 1/16/2014 5:45:41 PM Report


Thanks for that last post.
I really admire when you go to such great lengths to help prove my point.

right wing 1/16/2014 5:51:04 PM Report


Folks that bash the bible, religion or a belief in God are disturbed in the mind and spirit.
They claim they don't believe in God, fine.
So why do they so desire to rip apart those that's because they don't have what a Christian
They don't understand it, have never tried.
They have undeveloped spirits.
They don't even understand that it matters not what they believe to be true or not for when death comes to each and every one of us do the journey on your own.
It is then that the truth will be revealed.
Wicket 1/16/2014 5:56:27 PM Report

Grump - thank you, have responded...
Wicket 1/16/2014 6:01:16 PM Report

Most of the posters on here have really strong opinions and are not afraid to say what they are thinking and feeling; but it is getting quite tiring to constantly see the pot calling the kettle black.
Verbal in writing, personal attacks are shocking to say the least. Makes one wonder what social skills are lacking and if an individual would be crude and rude enough to say these words to someone's face.
Just my two cents worth, not worth much as we no longer have pennies - lol.
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 6:06:56 PM Report

I think what breathes life into this site for me is meeting people whom I had only known on here.
Had we not had this forum I would never have had an opportunity to meet so many people who are so interesting.
I am still sorting out the impact of social media in this era.The whole experience fascinates me.
Countries and governments are being changed by its effects which makes up for all the lack of social interaction I worry about in today's kids.
From it all I see a great humanity and kindness and desire to communicate with others.
And as time goes on I reflect on the impact of someone like Skipper Dave on so many people.That alone gives me hope in a world that often seems chaotic.
It is the stuff of great drama and change.
BIG BROTHER 1/16/2014 6:07:10 PM Report

Conversely, those who come on here and start making biblical quotes, prophesying doomsday scenarios, are more than just a little off kilter. I'll get my dose of preaching at my local church and chase the JW's away from my door on Saturday morning.

BIG BROTHER 1/16/2014 6:10:03 PM Report

Baird's quote of the day: 'It's time for Keystone. Even if it's the wrong decision, the time is now.'

What a joke.
shakespeare 1/16/2014 6:27:03 PM Report

I think the key here is Deut. 19 4-6.
Pink Floyd understood this as I think Spelly and Bobby do, too.
Jimssm 1/16/2014 6:31:40 PM Report

I'm a Christian...

Do I have faith ?... I highly doubt it.

If I had to make a choice between dying right at this instant for my faith, or tucking my tail between my legs for a few more years in this life... I would probably choose the latter.....And I am not a coward.

...and I believe the vast majority of my fellow Christians would do the same.

Claiming to have faith and actually having REAL faith are worlds apart.
statusquo 1/16/2014 6:36:19 PM Report

re. Rock Stars meddling in politics.....

This just in,

From the Daily Mail

Keith Richards outraged at Justin Trudeau for contemplating legalizing marijuana .

From the same source.....

60 pound Bacardi kegs on sale at Harrods.
Mr. Poster 1/16/2014 6:43:41 PM Report

Who needs organized direct to your god...sprit...whatever you want to call him/her...AVOID THE MIDDLEMAN(religious clerics) at all cost. I know something created me and I respect that. I find great solace in talking direct.
statusquo 1/16/2014 6:50:12 PM Report

Why not bring a pipe bomb on your flight?
It's ok, even if you're found out, all you are asked to do is leave it and continue on your way.
It really is not such a big deal.
Now, lighters, nail clippers or butter knifes are an entirely different story. Can you imagine the trauma those things can cause?
Canada is increasingly looking better and better in the eyes of the world.

irishfey 1/16/2014 6:55:57 PM Report

Rightwing... Thank you for your post, it meant a lot to see it. I seen a few more posts on here but i will bypass them.. One in particular did catch my eye though.. was the one about someone being a Christian but not having any faith.. Isn"t that what it"s all about?? Having faith in God,, without that we could not call ourselves a Christian. Anyway.. i thank you and at least you had the guts to speak up with the truth no matter what is said..... See you someday on the "upside"" ,lol... Makes me wonder how folks will feel at the last Trumpet call and find out that they just didn"t make the grade when Christ made it so easy for them to just believe and have faith.. like how hard is that??... saying a "good night" now, won"t be on later... God bless....
statusquo 1/16/2014 7:08:06 PM Report

"speak up with the truth no matter what is said"

Now that's a keeper !

flyhawk25 1/16/2014 7:25:08 PM Report nice to see that you survived the polluted water scare at lunch.
I suspect that you could probably start a class action suit against the PUC or failing that just bill them for the soup.
I drink the water all the time but yesterday after consuming two glasses and hearing your opinion I noticed that there was a red sore on my lip.Now it has spread to my nose.
So - should I join your potential legal action or:
a)flush it with a dose of Chateau Welland Canal;
b)gargle with the economy WD-30 from Walmart;
c)ask rw to put a filter on my tap?
Please advise.
statusquo 1/16/2014 7:32:29 PM Report

Religion, any religion, stems from the period of human history where nobody had the smallest idea what was going on. Science was at it's infancy, the earth was flat, the sun circled around the earth, illnesses were punishments etc. It comes from the fearful and dark infancy of humankind, and is a puerile attempt to meet our thirst for knowledge and comfort.
It stems from our fear of the dark. It is comforting for some but for me it is a lie.
Religion does have it's place as a collective myth. It can be useful in unlocking our psyche and the scriptures, all of them, not just Christianity hold the key to what it is we are here to fulfill.
But taking any religious doctrine as fact and dressing up accordingly, both in garb or ritual is an infantile expression and a longing for mommies teet, and daddy's protection. Religion taken in the "literal" sense diminishes us as fully functioning human beings.
It is a fatalistic mindset and herein lies the danger.
statusquo 1/16/2014 7:35:57 PM Report


rw would be your best bet. If he cannot help you, nobody can.
I heard he now installs a holy water dispenser right after the main valve in your house. So when you take a shower your "junk", as it were, glows with the Holy Spirit. Now, who wouldn't want that I says!
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 7:43:00 PM Report

Be sure to take the all-knowing statusquo's word for it. His word is definitive.

Actually the Creator God knew the earth was round long before science ever found out.

It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth...
Isaiah 40:22
Jimssm 1/16/2014 7:47:55 PM Report

Dealing with charities in developing countries I have met some very giving people. People who were never baptised, don't go to church, they don't pray or call themselves religious.


They love and work every day for their fellow man.

They give most of the tiny amount of money they make away to those less fortunate.

Their homes are full all the time with people who need a place to stay and their meager dinner table has room for all.

Am I to believe that (if God exists) such people will be turned away by God (whoever he is) because they didn't believe in an image of Him created by men ?

Spellchecker 1/16/2014 7:51:19 PM Report

Spellchecker 1/16/2014 7:53:45 PM Report

In fact, the real Jesus looked nothing like the artists' depictions of Him and the people you described are living exactly the way He would like.
statusquo 1/16/2014 7:57:51 PM Report


You are missing the point...or maybe not...I don't know.

It is not and never has been about you and me, it is about how we treat our fellow human being that counts. It is about our capacity for compassion.
If you really think about it, Christianity, the core essence is actually quite immoral. It is "scapegoatism"...I just made that word's dumping our "sins" onto another human being so he can be sacrificed at the cross and we can be saved. the whole concept reeks of passing the buck and not taking responsibility, hence my earlier mention of being puerile and not owning up to becoming an adult.
shakespeare 1/16/2014 8:00:41 PM Report

Spelly: I'm really not looking for an argument, but I'm intrigued with how you know what Jesus looked like.
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:04:51 PM Report

He rolls is eyes in a trance like dance ...or he "google imaged" Him.

My picture of Jesus is not unlike Arlo Guthrie.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:07:47 PM Report

Look at the way any Jew of His day looked, and I hate to refer to another Biblical passage at the risk of attracting hostility but here goes anyway. This will be my last posting of the evening because those who don't go to the archives will miss anything further.

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1 Corinthians 11:14
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:13:30 PM Report

Any Jew of His day?...His day meaning 2000 years ago?....
I think they look the same today as they looked back how about He looked like Woody Allen?

I cannot believe I am even responding to this non sense!

And by the way....why on earth would it matter what he looked like!

This just goes to show you how small minded fundamentalist Christians are.....there is more to gain by having a conversation with a bag of Portland.
...or a 60 pound keg of Bacardi for that matter.

soowat 1/16/2014 8:15:33 PM Report

One of the best ways to lose a friend is discuss religion.

If you live by the golden rule,perform random acts of kindness, don't break the law, respect and accept the fact that it is our differences that contribute to an interesting world, then what you call yourself is pretty much irrelevant to me. I will accept and respect your choice and only ask that you accept and respect mine.
shakespeare 1/16/2014 8:16:34 PM Report

"Look at the way any Jew of His day looked"

I've googled every site that deals with 0 BCE Jewish lookalikes and am coming up with nothing. I was in Israel and saw many likenesses of Jesus and, darn it, they all have him with long hair and looking like a younger version of Neil (maybe not so angry)
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:18:29 PM Report

"One of the best ways to lose a friend is discuss religion."

It's number three in my New Years resolution list.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:20:28 PM Report

Can't resist. If you prefer the artists' depictions to the inspired Word that is your choice. Are you sure you didn't want to provoke argument, shakes?
Just Curious 1/16/2014 8:20:40 PM Report

Irish.....You are worried about walking on water??? Hell, I can't even drink it...LOL.:).
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:23:32 PM Report

" I will accept and respect your choice and only ask that you accept and respect mine."

If you insist treating women like second class citizens, criminalize sexual orientation, mutilate young girls' genitals then I will neither accept much less respect your way of thinking.

Not pertaining to you soowat, but I thought to clarify things.
Jimssm 1/16/2014 8:24:39 PM Report


I get your point.

I agree with you for the most part.
shakespeare 1/16/2014 8:34:32 PM Report

"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?"

Actually, no, Spelly. Nature has taught me many things, but not that. Experience has not verified that, either. I find it sufficient to treat people kindly, whether or not their hair is long and try to suffer fools without getting unduly upset!
soowat 1/16/2014 8:37:00 PM Report


I would not accept or respect those that "insist on treating women like second class citizens, criminalize sexual orientation, mutilate young girls' genitals " You will note that I had the caveat that you practice the Golden Rule (ie Do unto Others...)as a condition of my accepting and respecting your choice
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:38:05 PM Report

Good to know Jim,

Since you agree with me on "most" parts, will you also concur with me any guy that owns a Hummer or brags about 60 lbs Bacardi keks is inadequate in the nether regions?
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:38:05 PM Report

And so do I. One of my favourite people, my dear grandson, sports a hearty head of hair.
statusquo 1/16/2014 8:39:01 PM Report


I knew you would.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:39:10 PM Report

That was a response to shakes' 8:34 post.
Spellchecker 1/16/2014 8:43:58 PM Report

Before being misunderstood any further I've got to get out of here. Have fun. See you again sometime.
BIG BROTHER 1/16/2014 8:44:46 PM Report

"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?"

But it's Corinthians! Isn't that a Cuban cigar?

This is getting laughable. I'd prefer to wait till Saturday morning to hear it from the JW's.
redranger 1/16/2014 8:46:57 PM Report

If you check back , you might not have reservations about my claim that fear is the absence of faith. I did not say Faith,I said faith. I mean the faith in your own strong right arm or faith in your friends or even your way of life.
" Ain't no power on earth can harm you
With mommy and daddy staaaaaandin' by".
Nope, my new good friend, I believe you and I think alike on many issues.
BIG BROTHER 1/16/2014 8:52:05 PM Report

Jim said...

'They love and work every day for their fellow man.

They give most of the tiny amount of money they make away to those less fortunate.

Their homes are full all the time with people who need a place to stay and their meager dinner table has room for all.

Am I to believe that (if God exists) such people will be turned away by God (whoever he is) because they didn't believe in an image of Him created by men ?'

To me that is the basis of Christianity. The bible thumpers should do more of that and less thumping (of thy fellow man). Too many claiming Christianity, while they pound the crap out of their fellow humans. I recall asking that question, sort of, in religion class. You know, not baptised. Those people are guaranteed a spot in limbo. But, since god blesses America, they're all going to heaven.
flyhawk25 1/16/2014 9:02:16 PM Report

Play ball!
nanag 1/16/2014 9:08:15 PM Report

For whatever my two cents might be worth.. this is my own opinion. God is not a "person". God is sunshine on a beautiful day . a fresh breeze rustling thru the trees, the sound of water trickling in a meandering brook, the stars at night, the glistening beauty of snow, the first cry of a newborn baby, the smile you share with someone you love, a good honest heartfelt hug, a forever friend, a mountain trail, our ability to be compassionate, the sounds that musical instruments can make .... you get my drift.. its not some guys idea of God in long hair robe and sandals .. too many "Christians" are two faced hypocrites .. they "talk the talk but don't walk the walk" .
irishfey 1/16/2014 10:21:23 PM Report

Last comment ,lol... Spelly, that was another good point to help prove the Bible is true [ He that sitteth on the circle of the earth ].... Gee , some of you just don"t get it!!! You cannot get to heaven by buying your way there , by doing good deeds, by helping others , by being good folk,etc. ! Yes , we dump our sins on Jesus as that"s why He came so He could carry the load for us , Is that really so hard to understand?? The only thing that God asks in return is for us to BELIEVE in the One He has sent. the only way to God is through His Son,, not through these big Religious orders and not even Billy Graham. So many Religious ... whatever... have screwed up the true meaning of God and His love and mercy for us... most of them are in it for the $$ bill and teach everything but the real truth! I"m tired and done!.... J.C.maby you should try the walking on water, it might be easier than drinking that crap,lol.... Jimssm.. that comment that you made about you would rather live a few extra years than die for your Faith?? You might want to rethink that, as a time will be coming that will make you make that choice.... Read the Bible.. GOD wins!!!!... Awww,, bless you all....
Wisenheimer 1/16/2014 11:23:25 PM Report

Glad to see you guys got religion all figured out today.
Played a round at St. Lucie West ... tad cool but fairways are gorgeous.
Wish you were here!
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