Stop making inappropriate comparisons

Between Glenn Beck/FOX Noise comparing everyone to Nazis and the media saying Madison, Wisconsin is like Cairo, Egypt, I can’t take it. These comparisons are just offensive. And I don’t mean they’re offensive because they might undermine how horrible WW2 Germany was, or because they do a disservice to the struggles of people under a 30 year dictatorship. I mean they’re offensive because they’re so fucking stupid. Just fucking stupid. And on that note, I welcome Providence, RI into the fray:

Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras is sending layoff warnings to all 1,926 of the city’s teachers…

“This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith told The Providence Journal’s Linda Borg. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7, 1941.”

Yes, this is exactly like when the U.S. was attacked and entered a massive world war. I can’t see where there are any differences. Steve Smith really hit the nail on the head this time.

God damn it.

Pearl Harbor and chance

It’s impossible to live in America and not be aware of being a non-Christian. The culture is one where belief in God is assumed and even expected. When athletes thank God for whatever success they just had, no one bats an eye (except insofar as it’s a cliche). Just the same, when some major travesty occurs, people will always be quoted as saying they had God with them or that their prayers had some impact. It even happened in an article about friend and me. So with all this overwhelming Christianity and god-belief, I found it rather refreshing to read this article about two Pearl Harbor survivors who ended up living next door to each other by chance.

“It was just luck — where you happened to be and how the Japanese planned to bomb,” Perrault said. “People say, ‘God was with you,’ but I think, ‘How about the 3,000 that died?’ How come God wasn’t with them?”

There’s no mention if Perrault is an atheist or not. He may just recognize that the Problem of Evil has no solution in Christianity, so he has turned to another god or just the broad idea of a deity.

At any rate, I am very happy to see someone in a media report recognizing one of the facts of life: it isn’t God – it’s chance.