Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Family”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. This is the return from being Sickies the last two weeks.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is.. Family.

No, this is not my family

Who we grow up with

Those who grow up with us too

Part of who we are.

-mike

We are all a mix of the best and worst characteristics of our parents and family members we grew up with.

Our jobs as adults is to do the best we can at weeding out the worst and accentuating the best… for the rest of our lives… knowing that our lives are also the “templates” for our own kids and families.

All we can do is our best and trust that it’s good enough.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Ten Word Tuesday: What the Fawkes?

Welcome to his week’s Ten Word Tuesday.
It’s the Fifth of November. And I can think of no reason that it should “ever be forgot”. But the Gunpowder Plot was less about a Democratic over throw of a Totalitarian/Hitlarian government as was the story in one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta. It was actually a religiously motivated attempt to assasinate a Protestant Christian King James by a Catholic Christian group of men so they could install James’ own Nine year old Catholic daughter in his stead.
Yes, it was an attempted Christian coup that was actually discovered and stopped. Guy Fawkes was far from the “Hero” portrayed by the character in the movie inspired by him. He was the Fall “Guy” who got caught guarding the 36 barrels of explosives that was supposed to blow up the Parliament building.
So, again…Not a heroic event to be remembered positively.  It was a Christian religiously motivated bombing intended to topple the Protestant government with a People’s Parliament and impose a Catholic State. The UK marked it as an event never to be forgot because of the attempted assasination of both King James and their government… that thankfully failed.
Neither party saw the other as “True Christians”.
The Plotters were basically a Christian ISIS Terrorist group.

“The fifth of November should never be forgot or misunderstood.”

Now it’s your turn. -mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “sickies”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge.

Good news though, we had our first participant check out Nan’s haiku for last week’s Repose.

Good books and coffee
Best way to start the morning
Body and mind boost


The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Sickies.

Body aches and chills

Ten hours of sleep, still same

Crap, I have the flu

-mike

No story this week. No energy for it. 😦

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Repose”


Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. Sadly, we had no other participants from last week.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Repose.

Grounds in the basket

Sucking sounds brewing Black Gold

Words require good coffee

-mike

My anniversary coffee cup, Starbucks medium roast, and Dylan Thomas from last year. This was an early morning pic, but it could easily have been a glass of Cab Sav in the evening with Melville or one of the others on our burgeoning shelves.

The point is not what you read, or even if you read. The point is not what you drink, or if you drink. The point is after a long week at work… Repose.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

When StrawMen are All you have

Why go to all this trouble NOT to support what YOU are claiming and to attack the opposite, hoping that it helps your case?

This meme was on the post but has been subsequently removed when I called him on his assertion that he got it from an “atheist website”.

((Correction: it wasn’t removed. I just didn’t see it. Mea culpa))

I searched the wording and didn’t find the meme or the wording anywhere, not even on the no gods no masters site listed on the bottom right of the pic.

There actually was an ad campaign by American Atheists awhile ago with similar wording “There’s probably no God…” And the rest was exactly the same.

(The “probably” matters because they weren’t claiming to know or believe, just that the question is irrelevant to their lives).

None of the memes found on the NGNM website match the wording that shows on this pic. So the meme with this wording on the post didn’t come from that website or any other website I could find.

And I got silence in response when I asked the blogger where he found it.

My guess is that it’s a doctored version of the ad or a meme avail from that website. Either way, this blogger or someone he got it from fabricated the meme here to match what they wanted to convey as the Atheist position.

Either way, it’s dishonest to missrepresent someone else’s position purely for Apologetics/Polemical purposes. If you want to be honest, you can do better.

A comment I left this morning on a Post that isn’t even trying to be fair or respectful of the other side of the conversation. Please read the post yourself for your own review. Sadly, it’s not a unique problem on wordpress with amateur internet apologists.

So many straw men in this post. Doesn’t even look like you’re trying to be objective here. I’m not atheist, but you should at least be fair with their actual positions.

His answer?

Kiabooks,

Thank you again for commenting.

Could you please show me a straw man in my post?

Could you please tell me what the atheist position is on cursing someone out?

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  • To start with, the meme pic you chose for a header. Atheist don’t claim “There is no God”, not do they “believe” there is no God.
    The rest of your post is an assertion that without belief in God, one cannot have a basis for moral behaviour or personal conduct.

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  • As for the atheist position on cursing people out? Not sure there is a general one. I’m not Atheist but I would suspect it’s individual and situational. For more than that you’d have to ask an atheist, rather than just make bold assertions. You clearly had no intention of doing anything but insulting them.

The point is, atheists don’t claim to know or even believe That God or Gods don’t exist. They just don’t believe.

The job of the evangelist or apologist is to demonstrate their claim that God exists and give evidence and reasons for others believing too. Not attack people for not believing.

If you want people to believe you… Do better and stop with the StrawMen.

-mike