Friday, February 16, 2018

A Great Idea (or-three) for #JustinTimberlake to Have! @JTimberlake @TheLonelyIsland @nbcsnl



One 'idea' I get ... more like a 'cluster' of ideas ... is:
  • Why doesn't Justin Timberlake have one of those 'cycle of life'-songs (you know, like "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, or The Beatles "Obladi Oblada," or ... lots of 'life started out, went on in such a way, and will continue in such a way forever (but for future generations, not for me)'-type songs, all the way back to The Ecclesiastes of Solomon (follow-up to his Song of Songs))?
    • Mostly because (and this is important to remember): His life wasn't normal! Oh, I don't know if he had been 'an average kid' before he started "wow-ing the masses" (as "Justin Randall" on Star Search and then on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, before 'breaking into the big-time' as a member of N*Sync, a solo artist, awesome collaborator, occasional guest-star on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and ... who knows?...)
  • Maybe he'll be 'Bringin` Randall Back'; kinda the way Garth Brooks 'brought' Chris Gaines to us ...
    • He wouldn't even have to do the whole 'metamorphosis' (the way he said he "starts talkin` c`untry ever` time he goes back ta Tennessee"), since he has been featured in SNL's parody group The Lonely Island ... he could just play "Bringin` Randall Back" off as 'another parody':

  • I'm bringin` Randall back (whuh?)
  • A country-boy knows how he ought to act (whuh?)
  • to get his name up on the casting rack (whuh?)
  • They know I'll play the role, so they'll call-back (whuh?)

  • Trusty dude.
  • You'll see this guitar, play an
  • Interlude.
  • And they won't stop me, babe; unless they're rude
  • and thinkin` they can barge in and intrude.

  • Come on, y`all (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Call it "Promenade" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Say "Yee-haw!" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Chew a Straw (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You see what the trunka-chunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Let's go funka-hunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You fill my heart! (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Some'm bout to start.

  • So let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done

  • I'm bringin` Randall back (whuh?)
  • A country-boy knows how he ought to act (whuh?)
  • to get his name up on the casting rack (whuh?)
  • They know I'll play the role, so they'll call-back (whuh?)

  • Trusty dude.
  • You'll see this guitar, play an
  • Interlude.
  • And they won't stop me, babe; unless they're rude
  • and thinkin` they can barge in and intrude.

  • Come on, y`all (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Call it "Promenade" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Say "Yee-haw!" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Chew a Straw (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You see what the trunka-chunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Let's go funka-hunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You fill my heart! (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Some'm bout to start.

  • So let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done

  • I'm bringin` Randall back (whuh?)
  • A country-boy knows how he ought to act (whuh?)
  • to get his name up on the casting rack (whuh?)
  • They know I'll play the role, so they'll call-back (whuh?)

  • Trusty dude.
  • You'll see this guitar, play an
  • Interlude.
  • And they won't stop me, babe; unless they're rude
  • and thinkin` they can barge in and intrude.

  • Come on, y`all (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Call it "Promenade" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Say "Yee-haw!" (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Chew a Straw (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You see what the trunka-chunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Let's go funka-hunka (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • You fill my heart! (C`mon, talk like a hick)
  • Some'm bout to start.

  • So let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done (C`mon, talk like a hick)
    • let's just get it done  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Can You Believe @JaclynGlenn Got Through This Song WITHOUT CRACKING-UP SNARKYOUSLY? (#Praying, by @KeshaRose


I 'have faith' that Jaclyn Glenn trusts all her 'followers' to understand that she knows "hoping you're somewhere praying" is really just 'hoping you're thinking about what the right thing is for you to do' (not 'talking to God,' except if you have to believe someone other than yourself can see what you're thinking).

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Reactions to the #8Things that #TaciaElise Says We Need to Quit! (@taciaelisepeace @myLot)

Whereas I (like my fellow Disciples) have it down to one-or-two guiding principles that have always led us through life's stormy waters, Tacia suggests we look to a different set of guidelines (which I'll list below with my reactions to them):
that we Quit these 8 things. 
  • Trying to please everyone - I don't think she's saying 'sow discord' or 'start a revolution' etc.; but rather 'don't try to fulfill anyone else's need except-out of the overflow of your own abundance or -on the way to fulfilling your own need.
  • fearing change 
  • Living in the past - acknowledge that the past helped bring-about the present, but it has no other affect on the future!
  • Over thinking - there are times for "thinking," but–in-between those times– ... the archer doesn't care whether the arrow is 'happy' until it hits the target.
  • Being afraid to be different 
  • Sacrificing your happiness for others - as long as your ultimate aim is peace
  • Thinking you're not good enough 
  • Thinking you have no purpose
I didn't react to any of the 8 things before writing this section of the post—it seems Tacia has a 'purpose' in mind that doesn't fit with the 'purpose' I have in mind ... she's aiming for "happiness" (she's got 'the circumstances life has given her,' and I suppose she wants to maintain those & possibly bring about better ones ... I dunno).

My main response is that 'aiming for happiness' is ... maybe "wrong" is too strong a word, but more like "inaccurate" (reminding me that the true meaning of "sin" is not 'to do dirty deeds' or 'to harm your neighbor,' but rather "to miss the mark").

So I guess I understand her '8 things to quit doing' as a sort of guideline of 'behaviors to notice your mind doing while you wait for "the world" to catch-up.'

My purpose is ... I'm not exactly sure; but it probably stems from the power that is Committed to me.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.... lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Thursday, January 18, 2018

This Post is #Proof that #Anger Fuels the #Rage-Machine @MatPatGT @YouTube #LoganPaul #LoganLoophole

Years ago, I did something stupid. I uploaded some sick-sick-sick videos (I had downloaded from elsewhere on the Internet) to YouTube. They quickly banned me from the site (at least from "official membership") forever!

And I'm usually 'okay with that'—oh, I know I probably won't find-&-upload sick-sick-sick stuff ever again; but there's no way to prove it, so ... better-safe-than-sorry ... (Similar to the "reason" I'll never have a driver's license, or the "reason" a friend of mine got fired from her job—health-complaints that probably wouldn't be "too much of a problem," but ... better safe than sorry ...)

But then I see, 


... and–just like with the Fake News virus of the 2016 Presidential Election–'the fire of anger' motivated me to share this!

And maybe Youtube gave me another chance-or-two-or-five-or-whatever, and I kept on re-uploading the sick-sick-sick videos, while Logan Paul only uploaded 'that one video,' -has since taken it down (tho not before it could get featured on 'all those "trusted" websites'), and -put up a video apologizing for it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

#PotForPets (#CBD (#Cannabidiol) Treats taken from #Cannabis, like #THC): What You Should Know @GoodHealth @OKgazette

Looking through the ads in a recent Oklahoma Gazette, I saw one from "Herban Mother Cannabis Dispensary" offering "CBD products for your pets!"

There's been news about upcoming State Question 788, but marijuana's not legal yet in Oklahoma (as of January 14, 2018 ... not even medical-, let alone recreational-). HMCD addresses this, informing us that they use the verified & approved processes of removing all THC from the cannabis-products they sell.

But the first question on my mind was, 'Is marijuana legal if you buy it for your pets?'

Before asking the above question, some searching the `net led me to Health, which tells us some of the specifics about cannabidiol-products (CBD)–a substance found in cannabis-plants (marijuana, which also produce THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which Health says might be useful in fighting lung-cancer). They say it's not "lighting doobies with your pet"—the products are more like pet-treats that don't get the animals "high," but can help with pain-management ("and anxiety issues"? whatever).

But the products haven't been thoroughly tested (as they don't have to pass FDA regulations), the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn't taken a stance on it yet, and a lot of the 'effects' people have seen might just be 'the animals getting into the hash-laced brownies or -inhaling some second-hand smoke.'

Bottom-line: Health says (and I agree) that you should only give your pet the CBD treats if your veterinarian prescribes it.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Atheist @MCSteveShives Tosses Away Popular #Apologetics 'Salvation'-Idea - #AnAtheistReads #WilliamLaneCraig #OnGuard @Steve_Shives


It's been 'grindin` my gears' recently that people who call themselves "Apologists" think a good 'formal defense' of Christianity (against any logical, reasonable proposal that conflicts with 'faithful belief') is something-like, "Noooope-nope-nope, Because the Baible sez diffrunt!"

They seem to build their 'faith' on the alleged quote of their alleged Savior: "If two-or-more of you agree on anything on Earth, it will be held true by Our Father who art in Heaven." Of course they reinterpret that to mean 'whatever people have agreed-to (in- or about the re-arrangements & re-translations & re-editions of the ancient scrolls) is the official True Witness we will bear to any who will listen.'

My re-definition of Apologetics starts with the idea that the opposing arguments of "a formal defense" need to share the same dimensions—as we all are 'in the natural,' you can't make an argument with unnatural proof.

If you need "Biblical support" of that, the scripture that sticks out in my memory is "Faith without works is dead." That tells me that 'If you believe in some super-natural power, that's great; but your belief is meaningless until you can display it in your actions.'

But 'flocks-and-flocks' of Christians have been 'KGB Propaganda'-style duped into believing that The Christian Bible is some forge-purified, atomically-purifying truth-fountain. (In the communists' old Eurasian USSR, media (back then, mostly radio & newspaper) would flood the Soviet audience with falsehoods of Soviet Republic Goodness & Justice & Righteousness etc.... or not, but the Intro. to Advertising class at OCU mentioned this "at least seven times :-P ").

One of the 'propaganda publishers' (to the Christian flocks) is William Lane Craig. One of my favorite atheist philosophers reads Craig's latest book and uses it to help 'shine a light' on what Popular Apologetics really is ... "motivational counseling" for the flocks.

I watch the above video (which I might move from the
 middle to the top of this post, since it looks like the
 vlog-masters want it on auto-play), and comment on any
 points that really stick out.

(6:50 to 10:25) Shives seems to be approaching this as if 'Popular Apologetics' is an established "church" with a set of set-in-stone tenets as its foundation (I guess Craig does such a good job and/or is only one name in 'sands of the sea, stars of the sky'-pantheon of 'Popular Apologetics'-writers).

This is where I want to make 'my re-definition of Apologetics' clear—starting with the definition of 'what I am defending': Christianity ... from "Christian," meaning "of The Anointed One and -of His Anointing" (making 'Christianity' mean 'progeny of "The Anointed One's discipline and His Anointing,"' just like "Humanity" means 'progeny the quickened clay-forms.')

I guess that would start to 'steer the conversation away-from' Shives' point—that Craig's 'Apologetics' is not so-much 'defending believed truth against conflicting evidence' as it is 'defending believers' minds against logical reasoning'—

I know it sounds like I'm 'snark-ing along-with Shives' (26:05 ... although, that would be a good title for a Barney-esque Atheism-for-Children program!), but ... I'm reminded of another Scripture-passage, featuring the infamous Doubting Thomas:*

Anyway ... (10:30 to 11:00) Right ... we're all human, and 'believing you'll be something different later' doesn't change "what we are right now."

(11:13 to 11:29) True; because–whether your evidence be true or false, right or wrong–it stands or falls on its own merit (with no help or hurt from you yourself).

I do get a little 'flustered' though—when people take 'the evidence I present them' and toss it aside like Luke Skywalker throwing 'the light-saber' (which Rey just spent an entire movie delivering to him) over his shoulder as if it were nothing.

(12:28) 'Why is Apologetics necessary (if all the "salvation" is done by the Holy Spirit)?' Without going directly against each argument point-by-point (which I'm sure I could if a particular 'point' stood in conflict with this main 'point'), I'll answer that question:

It's necessary because believer's bodies–no matter 'how strongly they believe' or 'how devout they are in their eating- & cleaning- & thinking- & living-processes–are still 'human' (clay-based, electrically-charged, biological, natural) and will remain so until their charge goes out.

(15:05) 'A lot of other people with viewpoints similar to mine have exactly the same experience (studying Apologetics in-depth, and still not being convinced).' Hmmm ... sounds like Shives-&-Friends (Barney-esque?) doesn't 'seek salvation' when he's reading. ("Salvation from 'what'?" I imagine he'd say. That ... is another tangent ...)

My point is ... he (and his friends) probably read the Pop. Apologetics through the lens of 'logical reason' (rather than 'hopeful seeking' or the lens that makes your brain read the sum-total to mean "Everything's Alright").

They don't aim to "find out" that everything's alright; they're perfectly fine already, and are only reading the Pop. Apologetics to find out 'if they shouldn't be alright' ... and since they're not "desperate for freedom from a debt they don't owe," they're not looking to shackle themselves to such an unpayable debt!

(25:17) 'Apologetics doesn't work on most people, but the people it does work on are important; so ... nevermind; Apologetics works!' ... sounds a lot like the old adage "Practice makes perfect." You know how many 'bajillions' of musicians practice-&-practice-&-practice-&-(etc. ad inf.) and still suck? But the fraction-of-a-fraction who become "accomplished musicians" all had to practice, so ... nevermind; Practice works!

(26:14) The meat-of-the-sandwich: Logical Arguments are—the presentation of two or more valid, connected premises (each hopefully-backed by evidence), leading to logical conclusions ... logic being "an expression of the mind-of-God."

(28:13) Shives says this paragraph reads like Craig is 'trying to convince the Christian to BUY THIS BOOK!' but it looks to me more like one of those paragraphs you see in long sales-letters—those paragraphs that writers use to 'convince you to read the rest of the letter' ... because Christians don't need to know the logical arguments in order to "save themselves," and thus are liable to quit reading the book! unless they're made aware of 'reasons-why they need to know these things Craig's about to tell them!'


*"Because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (a passage that Christians (and Atheists) take wildly out-of-context—from the meaning 'trust your friends to tell the truth even if they can't prove it,' to 'believe ever` word o` this book because ... Jebuss sez!')

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Human Nature: the Reason You 'Feel Wrong' when You 'Get Something Good' without 'Giving in Return' (or -'Paying it Forward')

You know 'the greatest "something good" given to mankind' (I mean; Christians claim that's what 'the holiday a few days after Winter Solstice' is all about, right?), so I'll skip to 'my personal illustration of "the principle of gift-debt"' (I guess ... we'll see).

See; in central Oklahoma (and maybe other areas and states do something similar), many businesses subscribe to many newspapers that the businesses then leave in their entry-ways for paying-customers to take.

I've never taken one of these papers without 'being a paying-customer'; so I should be "guilt"-free, right? Well, I would be; if I hadn't 'wondered' (like a certain woman in a certain garden who wondered why she shouldn't have eaten a certain fruit).

Wondering, I found out (and/or supposed etc.) that a) the writers-&-editors-&-photographers-&-publishers don't put the newspapers together FOR FREE and b) the business-owners don't GET the newspapers FOR FREE either (even if the publishers gave them FOR FREE, somebody's gotta pay for delivery!

With all that PAYING going on (and with my traditional- or adopted-nature of 'trying to find the best deal' & 'paying the lowest amount possible'), I feel that–even if the writers-&-editors-&-photographers-&-publishers-and-owners wanted to give away their wealth's-of-wisdom-&-work–I wouldn't feel "right" about taking it without doing something to pay it forward!

Most people can assuage that 'guilt' by spending money at "the places that the newspapers advertise"; and–while I might take advantage of some of those offers–I can't drive! and that fact (combined with my minimal income) means that I can only very-rarely 'properly pay-forward the wealth given by the newspapers.'

So What Do I Do?

I spend about-an-hour-a-day listing 'most of those ads*' in the Events-section of "Oklahoma Fun (You Might Have Missed)."




What does that have to do with 'human nature'? Well, it's human nature to 'feel like you get what you pay-for'** (the logic behind the famous "with great power comes great responsibility")—if a person 'gets' paid more for working at their employer's place-of-business, then things seem "wrong" if their efforts there are sub-par.

I 'get' the newspaper-journalists' research, the photographers' works, the editors' careful review, the publishers' faithful production; I can't carry 'the great responsibility' given to most of the readers, but I can 'spread the word!' (plus it gives me something to do!)

*Mostly 'performances and parties,' but also 'normal business-hours'
if the ad specifies times and dates/days-of-the-week.

**This is one of the place where 'I seem un-Christian' (i.e. I'm actually
 more Christian than most, trying to find true redemption of mankind ...
 humanity's true balance); I mean, people worship Jesus mostly-because "He
paid the price!" I guess I'm 'being a little like Thomas'; I believe all
 Christians are 'paid-for'; and it's fine if you want to say "it was Jesus'
 death that balanced the scales," but I still haven't seen 'the receipt' or 'the shift
 in the accounts!' (debit in Jesus' account, credit in יהוה's)