Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Lord God Made Them All


All things dull and ugly
All creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons
Each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet
Each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous
All pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous
The Lord God made them all.

—Composed by Eric Idle


God and Science

“If all that you see, do, measure and discover is the will of a deity, then ideas can never be proven wrong, you have no predictive power, and you are at a loss to understand the principles behind most of the fundamental interconnections of nature.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, in “Universe Down to Earth”

Standing Up for the Weak

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

Gun Insurance

Gun insurance. Why? What for? For the same reason I need to carry homeowner’s insurance on my property should someone injure themselves.

Gun insurance is needed for those who carry since injury to another person is always possible once a weapon is present. Why should a person carrying a gun be any less liable for its use than a homeowner who happens to have a swimming pool in their backyard?

Additionally, one must not carry a gun without gun insurance. If you are stopped by law enforcement and do not have proof of insurance your weapon is confiscated. Can’t think of a better way to manage guns given that 2nd amendment supporters aren’t going to relinquish their right to carry. If I had my way I’d vote for mandatory compliance in all states.

There is no God?

“Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.”

—Penn Jillette, “There Is No God,” NPR’s “This I Believe” series, Nov. 21, 2005

Expressing an Opinion

“… The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”

– Brian Cox, musician, physicist, and freethinker