Got this this spam yesterday (see below). I was infuriated beyond words. This is EVERYTHING wrong with religion. This is predatory, exploitative and despicable. A con job at its finest. Disgusting.

Bring Life to the Devastation...Japan Earthquake
Hello John,

Come check it out...My heart goes out in sorrow and prayer for the suffering people of Japan.

Emergency Opportunity: In the midst of the devastation, you can help bring hope and life to Japan...in Christ.

Teams of Japanese Campus Crusade for Christ staff, volunteers and students are already at work delivering aid, food, comfort and hope. They also see this tragedy as an unprecedented opportunity to bring eternal hope to many suffering people through "JESUS."

They are asking immediately for 50,000 DVDs of the "JESUS" film (in Japanese), and other media tools. God is using this tragedy to draw many people to seek Him. They plan to distribute aid and "JESUS" DVDs in the hard-hit areas where there is power, and in fact, around the country.

All the people of Japan have been shaken to their core. Aid is already flowing in. But with the aid they also want to give these people hope with DVDs of "JESUS" as well as other media tools to share the good news. Would you help seize this opportunity and help meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs and love these dear ones into God's Kingdom?

Thanks so much for helping,

Jim Green
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Funny Toddler Moments

Seth: "I'm going to make Mama soup!"

Me: "How do you make Mama soup?"

Seth: "Salt, pepper, celery, two carrots and one Mama."

Me: "Sounds yummy! How do we make Seth Soup?"

Seth: "One Seth and one Mama. Just two ingredients!"

Me: (laughing) "And how do we make Daddy Soup?"

Seth: "Bricks, golf clubs and one Daddy."

Let it be known that Daddy does not golf, nor has any particular love of bricks. I have a weird, but funny kid. :-)
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I thought of something that would break the minds of both the believers and non-believers alike. :-)

What if the Buddhists are right in that you're reincarnated as many times as it takes to achieve enlightenment, but that enlightenment is realizing that there is no God and no afterlife - there is simply your time on this Earth and that's all?

Makes sense if you equate having an imaginary friend or believing in Santa as the equivalent to believing in a magical sky fairy (a.k.a. God). Believing in things without proof is something children are good at. If you compare children to 'young and impressionable' souls (ones that are freshly minted and haven't been around the reincarnation block a few times), then it's easy to illustrate the point I'm trying to make. After a few lifetimes, you 'grow up' and realize that it's all bullcrap. ;-)

"Oh dear", says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic. - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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Proud moments in a geek mom's life

So Seth found my Gug plushie and my Nightgaunt plushie (..which I had hidden and stored away in his closet. What? Can I help it if that's where monsters live?).

He immediately askes "What do they do?". So I told them that the Gug is bad and he likes to grab and eat people, but the Nightgaunt is good (for given value of "good") and he likes to grab and tickle people.

He then immediately starts playing "Gug" and "Nightgaunt" where the only thing that can defeat a Gug is a Nightgaunt's tickle. It makes the Gug laugh so hard, he can't chomp anymore.

And you know what? That's actually not a terrible idea! Next Call of Cthulhu game I play, I'm so going to try that tactic.
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Love is in the air.. as are the Fungi from Yuggoth

I didn't think that H.P. Lovecraft could be any MORE my idol than he is now, but apparently I was wrong...

Lovecraft's 1936 letter to C. L. Moore, concerning Republicans: "As for the Republicans, how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles... Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead."

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