Ninja Turtles, Napalm, and Silly Putty

Ninja Turtles comic spoiler alert

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Somehow I stumbled upon this yesterday and it made me laugh.  It’s such a ridiculous picture if you step back from it.  (No offense meant to comic fans.  Whatever floats your boat I say.)  The imagination of man! 

George Carlin’s book Napalm & Silly Putty, the title anyway, was based on the absurdity of the human imagination.  The same group of beings that could make something to copy the Sunday comics could also create something to melt someone’s skin off from a distance. 

Image from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

God and Don Rickles

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So let’s, for the sake of argument, agree right now that there is definitely a God.  Now let’s also agree that he created everything that ever was and ever will be.  He created all life and all mater.  He created everything from the stars in the sky to the lowliest microscopic life form on earth.  Are you going to tell me that an all powerful and all knowing supreme being, the kind of which we have just described, didn’t also create humor?

As an agnostic who doesn’t claim to have any secret information about what happens when we die, I don’t pretend to know if there is a God or an afterlife of any kind.  If I make a joke about religion, I don’t see how it can cause any harm except to the people that are too tight assed to laugh at themselves.  If there is a humorless spiteful Old Testament God, well then trust me, a few jokes aren’t going to save me from eternal hellfire.  If there is no God, then there is no hell and therefor nothing to worry about.

But again, if there is a God, can you tell me that He/She invented everything in the universe except humor?  Almost everyone loves Don Rickles.  People actually ask to be made fun of by him, as it is seen as an honor.  Do people have thicker skin or a better sense of humor than an all knowing and all powerful being?  Is God really such an egoist that he can’t take a couple jokes by a temporary being of mere flesh and blood?   Could God not handle the Don Rickles treatment?

The more you think about the God that seems to dictate the lives of fundamentalists, who really worship a God much closer to the vengeful humorless God of the Old Testament than the more loving one of the New, the more ridiculous and absurd it becomes.  And the absurd and the ridiculous are a great jumping off point for jokes.

New York City Tips and Etiquette

New York City Tips and Etiquette

The above link is a set of cartoons giving tips and explaining etiquette in NYC.  Some of them are pretty good.  A few of them apply to any crowded city.  The slow walkers that walk side by side are my personal pet peeve.

I remember going to a conference with my family in NYC when I was younger and someone teaching me how to walk in the city so that no one would bother you.  Basically you walk like you have somewhere to be staring directly ahead.  I’ve used it in tourist spots throughout the world where panhandlers and street artists try to get your attention every step and they rarely bother me.

I love living in the South.  However, when I have somewhere I need to be on time, I sometimes miss the no bullshit of the North East.

John Oliver On Ayn Rand

John Oliver Demands to Know How Ayn Rand Is ‘Stil…: http://youtu.be/oSk-C7W0L28

John Oliver and the the staff of Last Week Tonight are truly brilliant.  In a little over three minutes they completely and hilariously take apart conservatives strange worship of Ayn Rand.  It is a thing of beauty!