Bag of Randomness

  • If I ever had to take a mug shot, I would seriously have to contemplate to smile or not.  I guess it would depend what I’m in for.
  • Cute picture of a child in a rope line being held up by his father and saluting the President.
  • I’m a supporter of gay rights, and I don’t support Chick-fil-A’s stance on the issue, but I certainly don’t think they are promoting hate.  They may not be accepting of a particular lifestyle, but I don’t think it’s hate.
  • Some Burger King employee decided to take a faceless picture of him standing on/in lettuce, but since he didn’t take the GPS tag off of the picture before uploading it to the web, he was busted by users of  4chan.
  • I think Jeremy Lin is not going to be all that great in Houston.
  • The CW had the best tweet about the Emmys yesterday.
  • An interesting question I found on Reddit: Did the baby-boomers take advantage of the social programs their parents created and cemented, then voted to dismantle those same benefits for their children in the name of freedom, individual responsibility, and more benefits for themselves? Can a generation be that selfish?
  • Just a kangaroo jumping around in a diaper
  • A Fort Worth woman with an implanted feeding tube was at Love Field and was asked by TSA agents to see the tube.  Their response, “Ugh.”   WFAA
  • For my fellow U2 fans, here’s the Pittsburgh concert in HD.
  • Perhaps the most detailed movie map of NYC ever
  • The leptocephalus might just be the most perfectly transparent animal.
  • New York Jets coach Rex Ryan weighs less than backup quarterback Tim Tebow.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is not only a U2 fan, but a huge Batman fan.  He’s lent voiced in a Batman cartoon and has appeared in three of the movies.
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Stefanie says:

    I'm so glad you mentioned Chick-Fil-A. This is so heavy on my mind these days. So glad I have a place to vent!

    A friend posted a pic on FB that basically was saying that if you eat there, you are against gay rights. And, it really got me mad. Although I disagree with the remarks made by their CEO, I will continue to eat there because they do give to Christian organizations – many of which have no anti-gay agendas (I did my own research on where they donated. It was enough for me not to worry). Not to mention, I'm probably contributing maybe a $1 from the profits of me eating there. I'm sorry but I think I have a very open dialog with my kids about love and equality. We don't practice any hate speech in our home. Those campaigns wouldn't have any effect here anyway.

    BUT, on this same week, I'm *so* upset about the Boy Scouts of America. Here is an organization dedicated to creating some of our leaders of tomorrow. They influence boys so much more than a Kids Meal at Chick-Fil-A. My daughter is a devout Girl Scout. My son is looking forward to being a Boy Scout. I'm more conflicted, saddened and confused about their re-affirmation of NO gay leaders or members than some $1 that could end up at the wrong foundation with the wrong campaign. How am I, as a parent that *will not* raise her children to ever think it's okay to hate someone just because of who they are – HOW do I allow them to participate in an organization that tells it's members you are worthy *except* if you are … gay. Wow.

    My son is suppose to be a cub scout in two years. He asks all the time when he gets to do fun things like his sister. I'm so sad that we may not be participating. And, even though it is the *last* thing I want to do, I think making a stance on this is so much more important than avoiding a fast food restaurant that gives to Christian organizations that might also have an anti-gay campaign. When I go to Chick-Fil-A, no one is telling anyone at the door not to eat their because of who they are. But, at Boy Scouts, it's not about rights…it's about just not even being of any worth. And, THAT is one thing they are clearly telling you as you enter their doors.

    • larry says:

      I think the Boy Scouts may be coming from a liability standpoint. They don't want to take the chance that a "Sandusky" may appear. You should, as a parent be more thankfulof this precaution than be upset with "gay rights". I also don't know what rights I have that a "gay" does not have. Please explain that.

      • Stefanie says:

        Sandusky was married. He was a heterosexual. He would have qualified to be a Boy Scout Leader (heck, that sick man just about had that kind of position in the organization he created).
        There are many people that are on the Board of the Boy Scouts that have spoken up about this mandate. And, just like most everything else, it is about money. There are two major sources of funding for the Boy Scouts – Catholic and Mormon churches. Both will pull out funding if this rule were to be repealed. With dropping membership rates, that could severely cripple the organization. There is zero link between pedophilia and homosexuality. So, no – as a parent, I see no connection there. As a parent, I don't allow my children alone with any adult (heterosexual or homosexual).

        As for the gay rights, I'm not sure if I fully understand the question as it pertains to my post. The Chick-Fil-A President said he was expressly against gay marriage. So, marriage is a right – the right to a civil union under the government's eyes. What I don't understand about his remarks were that a civil union has nothing to do with a Christian marriage. Just because you are married under the governmental law (a right), it doesn't mean you must have that marriage in the church. But, that's a whole other topic…

        With Boy Scouts, it's not about legal rights. An organization can legally limit any membership into their organization. For example, the KKK is completely within their right to expressly accept one specific race. Along those same lines, a gay person does not have a legal right to be in the Boy Scouts. This is something the Supreme Court even ruled on in a case specifically about the Boy Scouts. I'm not arguing that. I'm arguing about the principle of the issue. So, it's more of a moral issue for me – not about the legal rights. On that point, no – I don't think it is right. The Boy Scouts stance that no homosexual can participate is about saying they are not of worth. They are lesser people because of this life decision – they are not worthy. I do not believe that a homosexual person is a lesser person or of less worth than me.

        I'm not sure if that answers your question about rights. I didn't mean to imply that the Boy Scouts are legally not allowed to limit homosexuals – they completely are within bounds. I meant it more on my own personal moral grounds. I personally do not agree with the message it sends to our youth. The only thing I can do is decide if I want to participate or not based on their rules.

  2. Gracie says:

    I am a chic-fil-a lovin' Christian. I have long admired the restaurant chain's business model; closing on Sundays, etc. In fact, I've gone out of my way to choose Chic-fil-a. Giving their gift cards, etc. However, I will no longer give them my business.

    Owner, Cathy, may not hate gays. I do not know what is in his heart. But he has given money to groups that ARE anti-gay; groups that publicly condemn gays, refer to them as perverted, etc.
    Gay members of society are discriminated against, beaten, and sometimes murdered. A high rate of suicides among adolescent as a result of extreme harassment recently brought forth a campaign called 'It gets Better'.

    Words matter.

    Anti-gay messages not only influence discriminatory actions, it is, in my opinion, a poor reflection on Christians. Cathy could have better demonstrated Christian leadership by donating profits to feed the poor.

    • Stefanie says:

      Great points, Gracie! I never thought of it in that light – you are so right on Christian leadership.

  3. Bryan says:

    I'm not sure that map you linked to is a map of NYC. It looks more like a map with movie titles as names for the streets and points of interest. Or maybe I'm just completely misunderstanding what it is?

    I've never seen Batman and Robin, but it was hard to miss Leahy's cameo with a line in Dark Knight. You have to be paying close attention to see him as a member of the board of directors of Wayne Enterprises in Rising.

  4. dan says:

    "Did the baby-boomers take advantage of the social programs their parents created and cemented, then voted to dismantle those same benefits for their children in the name of freedom, individual responsibility, and more benefits for themselves? Can a generation be that selfish?"
    I totally agree with the sentiment expressed in this question. The Paul Ryan plan calls for current recipients of Social Security and Medicare to receive full benefits while those younger workers who contribute to it and support it to will receive only limited payments from a stripped down plan. The reason this will happen is because older voters vote in much greater numbers. Another thing I don't understand is why the tea party poses the question about what kind of country will they leave their grandchildren with respect to debt, but they never ask a similar question with respect to the climate

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