Saturday, November 29, 2008

Whatever happened to tolerance?

According to most teens, anything they aren't interested in is "lame."

That's the consensus at least among the ones that feel they absolutely must post on every topic under the sun.

How can we ever expect to have true tolerance of other races, religions and cultures if our youth have no tolerance of another person's interests? Why do they feel the need to "put down" and mock other people who have different hobbies, interests, etc?

While I don't believe we need to go all the way back to the times when children were meant to be seen and not heard, I do think a happy medium is long overdue.

Actually, I know a few adults who have the same problem. Their hobbies are outright ridiculous to me, but I never say anything like "grow up already," which is what I'm thinking.

Yet they have no problem expressing the "lameness" of other people's hobbies, even being so rude as to laugh at people who are interested in things they don't understand.

Yep, we are certainly lacking tolerance - and wisdom - among all age groups.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Steve Foss on Obama

Steve Foss, prophet of God?

Never heard of Steve Foss until this week, when I stumbled upon a few blogs who have posted his prophecy regarding Obama, which was apparently "known" to him in the year 2000, but just recently sent via email to a select few who have wasted no time spreading the news.

The problem with prophets is that they can sometimes get their own "feelings" woven into the prophecy. Also, just as in the days of Jonah, a prophet's vision will NOT come true if certain actions are taken. Today, too many people judge a prophet based on the actual outcome when actually, that should not be the case. But that's another topic altogether.

I do NOT take the prophecy of Steve Foss literally.

One of the things he stated is that Obama would win the election, and that Obama would be an ungodly president. Hogwash.

I have NEVER heard a prophet (of God) condemn anyone by name. The whole idea is very disturbing to me.

My feeling is that Foss possibly "wanted" to believe that Obama would be ungodly when possibly the vision indicated ungodliness in Washington, DC. None of us would be wrong to say that there is at least some ungodliness among our representatives in Washington.

It is also possible that the "ungodliness" had to do with us as a nation, or with future events that may come upon us on our own soil.

As you can see, there are many possible outcomes to a prophetic vision. Unfortunately, the one prophesying doesn't always understand the complexity of the possibilities.

I do not believe that God told Foss that Obama is ungodly. Period.

Meanwhile, fear mongering is still affecting the religious right, which keeps us from moving forward.

Bible 101: The opposite of fear is love. Love dispels all darkness and all fear. Now this love that can dispel fear and darkness is a deep love, a true love, and a righteous love.

What our nation needs now is just that - a righteous love for all of our American brothers and sisters, especially those in office.

Lesson learned?

Don't believe someone totally and whole-heartedly based solely on their claim to be a Christian. Take it with a grain of salt and wait for the outcome.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight Movie Review

I feel a little sad for the teenaged girls who have read the book Twilight into the wee hours of the morning and anxiously anticipated the movie - which they loved for the most part - and are now hearing the negative reviews the movie has received from so-called experts.

I feel sorry for them because many of the movie reviewers have dismissed the movie as successful only for young girls.

What's wrong with that?

The movie nor the book was ever targeted to adults. It was written specifically for teenagers, so let's allow the girls to enjoy their flick without all the sarcasm.

All movies are not for all people, nor should they be.

I'm glad to see a well written book turned into a movie for teens.

The love of reading and the anticipation of watching the movie afterwards are excellent motivations to encourage more reading among our youth.

I remember that wonderful excited feeling of watching Jane Eyre and Little Women after reading the books when I was young. Sadly, those movies are too corny for most young girls today. Let's just be thankful that Stephenie Meyer has addressed this market with some of the old-fashioned class and dignity of high schoolers left in tact.

I read the book because my daughter wanted to read it and since it was about vampires, in spite of her assurances that it was okay to read, I read it first to make sure. I highly recommend the book as a unique love story with a touch of vampirism. Some Moms might like it too, I did.

I found it to be delightfully good reading without sex and with very little violence. There is always a fight of good over evil in any good story, so a touch of violence is sometimes unavoidable. It deals with high school romance that can take all of us back to high school - before everyone had sex with everybody.


The lead female character has divorced parents and is off to live with her Father in another state. The new high school has people she has never seen or heard of before, vampires. Of course, she doesn't know this when she falls head over heels for the lead male character who is "half" human and half vampire. However, he doesn't attack humans. There are good vampires in conflict with bad vampires who threaten the female lead character. Naturally, he protects her and so we have a thrilling tale of survival and forbidden love.

Here is the best (brief) review I have found for the movie:

TIME: Verdict: Positive

“So Twilight isn't a masterpiece — no matter. It rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances, where foreplay was the climax and a kiss was never just a kiss.” —Richard Corliss

* Hollywood Insider Reviews

Amy Wilkinson of the Hollywood Insider says...

... But for the uninitiated, consensus so far seems to be that it's an ineffectual love story combined with cheesy special effects that will leave moviegoers craving more.

Au contrare, not if the movie goers are the people the book was written for.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Burned out on blogging, or politics?

Burned out on blogging, or just burned out on politics?

You probably haven't noticed but I didn't post for over a month.

Matter of fact, I didn't even spend much time reading other blogs.

Why? That is the question I've been pondering.

I would think about logging in, but when I went over to the computer I ended up logging into facebook and checking out my family and friends. I love facebook. It's light hearted banter between family and friends for the most part, with the occasional somewhat "urgent" message written on the wall.

Then there are the games. Sometimes I just sat for a couple of hours playing online games by myself. It became my "therapy" for NOT dealing with issues I have no control over.

I think I just got burned out on the hoopla of the Republicans over Obama's win. Honestly, I am quite proud to live in this nation which elected an extremely intelligent man to the presidency. I am also quite proud that the color of his skin did not deter the voters of different colors.

During such troubling times, I believe that most Americans have placed their hope in a man who is certainly determined to deliver. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the air seems to be a little lighter since the election (unless you are amidst a Republican dominated group).

People have hope again. It's been a long time coming.

I, for one, will pray for Obama. I will regard him with the dignity, respect and admiration that ANY person in the Presidency deserves.

Palin may focus on Alaska for now

CNN reports that Palin's spokesman, Bill McAllister, has received multiple (to say the least) offers and requests for appearances and interviews with Sarah Palin.

However, the people of Alaska seem to want her to focus on them right now.

Actually, it's probably in "good taste" that she wait until after Obama officially takes office before she is seen nationally.

I, for one, can't wait to see how she will handle the media blitz. Wonder how the Oprah interview will go? We'll have to wait and see.

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