Einstein, God, Travel, Father's Day

I've been on travel allover the globe (LA, NYC, Paris, New Delhi, Phoenix, London..) for last month or so. Actually my biological clock is so messed up that I've lost count of the dates.

At one connecting flight from Nashville to LAX, I was seated beside a young gentleman (19 years old) who was returning to his home in an LA suburb for summer vacation after finishing his freshman year at a Christian Evangelical school in Michigan. Jerry was very conservational and was eager to evangelize. Jerry knowing my occupation (what a mistake! next time if you're working during a flight, know who's seated next) tried to convince me that theory of evolution was wrong, Man was made in the image of God, Earth was made by God 6000 years ago..all of the stereotypes I thought were figments of my nightmare.. Toward the end of the flight, he wanted to save my soul, asked me whether he can pray for me (my soul). I had to politely decline.

On the other hand Einstein's latest letter just broke into international news where he was unsparingly scathing on religion. This letter definitely disappointed the religious faithful including "some wishful thinkers to try to put him in the camp of some kind of believer or even, not long ago, to paint him as an advocate of intelligent design."

In the letter, according to the AP account, he wrote that "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."

As for his fellow Jews, he said that Judaism, like all other religions, was "an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."

For more reading use these links...
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/17/scienc e/17einsteinw.html?partner=rssnyt&em c=rss
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/m ay/13/peopleinscience.religion

What would Einstein say about Jerry's thesis or should I talk to Jerry about his latest letter...Anyway I picked up my luggage and picked my rental car for a May midnight drive to Long Beach...

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Hillary Will Drop Out by June 15 (HRC Staffer)

From Lawrence O'Donnell:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-o donnell/hillary-will-drop-out-by_b_10062 5.html

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Double Standards (or learning to love being outraged)

I'm an Obama supporter. I said that in my first diary and I'll say it again. If you look at my comments, you'll see I'm not a rabid supporter, but I generally prefer him to the other candidates.

So I'm observing a strange phenomenom here in MyDD land amongst HRC supporters. That is, many are applying a double standard to judge the candidates and their words.

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the blithering talking heads

Many people eager to defend Obama have been posting a short clip from CNN where Jeffery Toobin, Jack Cafferty and unknown lady stands up for senator Obama. I ask you do you really need this type of defense?

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My grandfather clings to his guns

My father's father raised eight children in rural Montana on a carpenters' wage- which is not much in a state that really hasn't had a housing boom since before WWII. As a result of this rather modest upbringing, everyone in my family, including my father, has always lived off of the land. We cling to our guns. I have inherited two.

We have never been particularly political, we have never been particularly educated in the common sense, but we are smart people and we have a love for life. I can tell you that my gun loving family has never been bitter or disillusioned enough to be run into a political idea by the republican right. We cling to our guns because we need to eat.

I grew up middle class or so I assume. When I was very young, my father worked the night shift at a lumber mill at the other end of the county and my mother worked for the administrative side of things at the county hospital. They were very young too. Despite what you might think about these occupations, I never had to want, but a great many around me did. Almost all my uncles and aunts had large Montana families. None of us were ever particularly money-rich when I was a child, but we had another sort of wealth- we had ourselves, our family and our community. That community included our local churches. My grandfather the carpenter helped build several of those local churches. My family, my poor destitute family that has had to rely on wild game for sustenance in the past, clings to its church. Not because we are bitter about our economic lot in life, but because we value community, we value the things that make life worth while.

There was a time, when Canadian lumber put the mill my father worked for out of business. HE DID NOT become bitter and begin to hate immigrants/trade nor did he begin to cling to his guns. You see, my father had always clung to his guns- he knew he might need them one day. Suffice it to say, I ate a lot of elk that winter!

So, no Mr. Obama. My family does not cling to our guns and religion because we are bitter about economic circumstances. We do not vilify others for their lot in life- my grandfather the carpenter and deacon taught us better. We have never been bitter. We have been money-poor, but we have always found a way and I take offense that you would suggest otherwise.

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