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>Tipping Point

October 22, 2008

>OK. Here is the crap I have to put up with. People who are ashamed of themselves and post anonymous comments say things like this:

Joe is extremely prejudiced! More so than the people he struggles to slander on a daily basis through his blog! If you don’t agree with Joe, you my friend are a racist hate monger and public enemy number 1! So what does that make Joe? That’s right, he is just as prejudiced as the person who puts on a white robe and burns a cross or openly speaks out against gay rights or maybe uses the “N” word. Look in the mirror Joe! Oh wait, that would be the christian thing to do.

I did not publish this comment, not because I am embarrassed at the accusation or refuse to publish opposing views, but because it is useless chatter.

First of all, why am I “extremely prejudiced?” I truly don’t understand this accusation. Prejudice is “making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case or event.” Unless something I post is copied (with reference) or meant to be funny, I research or confirm what I write.

Prejudice used to mean “making a judgment about a person based on their race, religion, class, etc.”, but more recently has been used to describe”any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence,” including “race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and religion…”

I understand the people I speak out against. I understand their beliefs, their philosophies. That is why I speak out against them. If I make a broad statement about right wing Christians, for instance, it is because of their beliefs and actions that I consider wrong, but it is not because of their Christianity, per se. The problem is, they have warped Christianity into a divisive element so far removed from what Jesus must have had in mind that it is barely recognizable. But I digress.

Now this anonymous commenter may be reacting to the post he tried to comment on, or he may have read my column in today’s Western Tribune and reached a tipping point, I don’t know. I will post that column tomorrow, for those who do not subscribe to the paper.

It’s almost laughable that I am compared to KKK members by a right winger just days after “they” tried to discredit a civil rights hero (John Lewis) for making the same comparison about certain elements of the McCain campaign. Because I am for human equality, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and age (innate characteristics) and even religion and creed (chosen characteristics), I am considered prejudiced?

I’ve reached a tipping point myself. I am sick of anonymous commenters. Especially when I have a good idea who they are. And where they work. (I do wonder what they were doing in handcuffs in downtown Bessemer the other day, but my research hasn’t turned up the reason).

I will find a way that is best to avoid anonymous postings, and my first attempt is using openID. When you comment, you will be required to use your google blogger name or one of several other ID’s. I don’t want to exclude commenters, I just want to exclude people who will not identify themselves. If you don’t have any of the ID’s offered, create one, I guess is my recommendation. We will see how this works. My other option is to require membership to the blog to post, but that is limited to 100 people. Well over 100 read each day, but I don’t know how many would want to post comments, and only they would have to be members. Others could read, I guess. Help me out here fellow bloggers if you have suggestions.

If you find you cannot post a comment, and want to, email me…I will try to work around it either by posting your comment myself, with you name (or pseudonym) and the explanation that I am posting it for you, or change the way comments are handled.

In the meantime, continue to enjoy Bessemer Opinions where you can be entertained and educated on an almost daily basis.

>Dan, So Long

August 5, 2008

>Wow I hate this. One of the first blogs I began reading was Daily Dixie. Dan is one of the most balanced writers out there. He’s calling it quits, for now at least.

But I understand what he says about neglecting other areas of your life. Blogging can become your life.

But for now, it is worth it. Fun, educational, informing.

We will miss you Dan. Take care

Baptists and Blogging and Unhealthy Christmas Parties

December 4, 2007

Wheeler from The Norla Blog first brought this to my attention but here is the link he is writing about.

Sounds like Dale Jones’ rhetoric as Baptists in Georgia have passed a resolution stating that blogs have been used by “certain people … for divisive and destructive rhetoric at the expense of peace among the brethren.” (For those who don’t know: Jones has been critical of this blog, calling it “illegitimate”, “pitiful”,”pathetic”, “a joke” and “crap.”)

So what effect will this resolution have on blogging? The same as the Baptist’s boycott of Disney had on that company’s bottom line…none.

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This is something that should concern us all during the holiday season. Seems that December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease and over-indulging at those smart holiday parties can do you in right there on the spot.

“Right away, a particularly heavy meal, especially a high-fat one, stresses the heart as it is disgested. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. There’s even evidence that the lining of arteries becomes temporarily more clot-prone.”

Great, one more thing to worry about when hosting a party. As if making sure that food-borne pathogens don’t flourish in the items on the menu (especially those with mayo and dairy) is not a big enough worry.

“Too much salt has an even more immediate effect, causing fluid retention that in turn makes the heart have to pump harder.”

Uh-oh, Cajun food for example can be loaded with salt. Especially things like Cajun Deviled Eggs and the Creole seasonings used in many of the casseroles and other dishes.

“Alcohol in moderation is considered heart healthy. But if a round of holiday parties leaves you tipsy, that, too makes your heart pump harder to get blood to peripheral arteries.”

So an early party, both early in the season to avoid that cumulative effect, and early in the evening in hopes that those going to multiple events in one evening don’t tip the scales at the first party they attend, is your best bet to avoid that problem.

“People say the’re too busy to exercise…”

Now there is no way to shift the blame for this on to the host of a holiday party.

“Busy revelers tend to skip their medications…”

Please, take your medicine…all of it..(but no extra) before heading out to the parties.

At any rate, to my knowledge there has never been a falling out or an ambulance pick up at one of our parties and I hope it stays that way.

Besides, a Christmas party of celery and carrot sticks and granola bars just wouldn’t be the same. That’s reindeer food, I was brought up to believe, and we left those vegetable treats for the hooved animals and chocolate chip cookies and eggnog for the fat man in the red suit when I was a kid. And I am pretty sure he had a little alcohol when he stopped at our house on Christmas Eve as well. Now Santa still visits this house each year, so years of holiday goodies has not affected his health, I guess. Rock on, Santa.

>Baptists and Blogging and Unhealthy Christmas Parties

December 4, 2007

>Wheeler from The Norla Blog first brought this to my attention but here is the link he is writing about.

Sounds like Dale Jones’ rhetoric as Baptists in Georgia have passed a resolution stating that blogs have been used by “certain people … for divisive and destructive rhetoric at the expense of peace among the brethren.” (For those who don’t know: Jones has been critical of this blog, calling it “illegitimate”, “pitiful”,”pathetic”, “a joke” and “crap.”)

So what effect will this resolution have on blogging? The same as the Baptist’s boycott of Disney had on that company’s bottom line…none.

****************************************

This is something that should concern us all during the holiday season. Seems that December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease and over-indulging at those smart holiday parties can do you in right there on the spot.

“Right away, a particularly heavy meal, especially a high-fat one, stresses the heart as it is disgested. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. There’s even evidence that the lining of arteries becomes temporarily more clot-prone.”

Great, one more thing to worry about when hosting a party. As if making sure that food-borne pathogens don’t flourish in the items on the menu (especially those with mayo and dairy) is not a big enough worry.

“Too much salt has an even more immediate effect, causing fluid retention that in turn makes the heart have to pump harder.”

Uh-oh, Cajun food for example can be loaded with salt. Especially things like Cajun Deviled Eggs and the Creole seasonings used in many of the casseroles and other dishes.

“Alcohol in moderation is considered heart healthy. But if a round of holiday parties leaves you tipsy, that, too makes your heart pump harder to get blood to peripheral arteries.”

So an early party, both early in the season to avoid that cumulative effect, and early in the evening in hopes that those going to multiple events in one evening don’t tip the scales at the first party they attend, is your best bet to avoid that problem.

“People say the’re too busy to exercise…”

Now there is no way to shift the blame for this on to the host of a holiday party.

“Busy revelers tend to skip their medications…”

Please, take your medicine…all of it..(but no extra) before heading out to the parties.

At any rate, to my knowledge there has never been a falling out or an ambulance pick up at one of our parties and I hope it stays that way.

Besides, a Christmas party of celery and carrot sticks and granola bars just wouldn’t be the same. That’s reindeer food, I was brought up to believe, and we left those vegetable treats for the hooved animals and chocolate chip cookies and eggnog for the fat man in the red suit when I was a kid. And I am pretty sure he had a little alcohol when he stopped at our house on Christmas Eve as well. Now Santa still visits this house each year, so years of holiday goodies has not affected his health, I guess. Rock on, Santa.