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Monday, December 01, 2008

"It's the End of the World...

...As We Know It - and I Feel Fine." Remember that one?

I listened to it long ago when I was in college and employed part-time.

Now I'm in grad school, and - heh - well, listening to this song again.

It feels fine.

So did drinking all that wine while bopping to this song.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last great REM song!

Sorry, they lost me at Automatic For The People.

December 02, 2008 9:58 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Aww, I loved Automatic for the People. I love all their CDs really, but I miss their old sound.

Budget cuts are falling hard, but I'm in a good place.

I miss my bohemian days; I miss writing and attending artsy-fartsy stuff, hanging out with artists and all that. Now I have a chance for more me-time.

Remember the unnamed advisor to Bush who said this to Ron Suskind:
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernable reality.” I nodded and murmured something about Enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create reality. And while you are studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Now these unenlightened actors are studying themselves, trying to figure out how they did it, how they wrecked the economy because, gee! they deliberately put anti-government people into government positions. Guess what happens when we have "less government"!

Wel, I don't need a bailout.

December 02, 2008 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Obamanable Snowman won. He snowed a majority of the American electorate. It is the end of the world as we know it.

December 06, 2008 12:34 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, the end of the world for some people is the beginning of the world for others.

It's always the end and the beginning of the world. That's the secret.

December 06, 2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger Crandaddy said...

You synthesize the beginning with the end, and what you get is....BEAUTIFUL BECOMMING!!!--G. W. F. Hegel from beyond the grave

REM's good, but they're a little moody, depressing...sorta, almost emo in a way but not. But they're still good. Automatic rules! Losing my Religion might be their best song, tho. I'm not sure what it's about.

December 07, 2008 3:42 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

“Beautiful becoming.” Yes, I like that very much. “Losing my religion” is an expression much like “going south” – it means to have a conniption.

Not that I would know anything about that! Moi?

December 08, 2008 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen these two bumper stickers on the Internet:
A picture of Bush, Cheney, and McCain in a garbage can, the logo reading "The End of an Error."

A picture of Obummer, with the date 1-20-2009 and the logo "A Socialist Error Begins.'

I prefer the latter, tho' I won't clutter my bumper with it.

December 08, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, I'm tired of the "socialism"! What have the oil companies been operating under lately? Gee, did they refuse that big tax break given to them while their profits were headed sky-high because it was socialism?

Our economy is a dance of capitalism and socialism. Both redistribute the wealth.

December 08, 2008 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obummer spoke of hope and change. There is some hope, however miniscule, that I may change my mind.

December 08, 2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Crandaddy said...

Speaking of hope and change...

I understand that liberals aren't as happy with President-elect Obama as they were with Senator Obama.

Seems that post-election tweaks to his policies have LEFT (get it?) pre-election supporters a little miffed.

Not that I'm especially conservative, but it might cheer someone up...or piss someone off. *sigh* Such is the nature of politics.

December 08, 2008 10:39 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...


"Liberals," huh? Tim Carpenter of the Progressive Democrats of America, OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers, Roger Hickey, John Aravosis of I haven't heard of any of these people.

Animal Liberation Front is probably unhappy, too. Boo hoo. People need to learn that there are no "saviors." There is no one who can make all the bad things go away. I don't live like that.

December 09, 2008 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armageddon Thru To You

If you've been wondering why it seems like the world around us is unraveling, it's because the last days as foretold in the bible are now upon us. Just as it was 2000 years ago, many were unable to discern the signs of Jesus Christ's first coming (Mat 16:3), as will many concerning his second coming, which will occur very soon. Yes many have proclaimed a similar sentiment many times in the past, but their errors have no bearing on today other than to lull you into spiritual apathy, and that too was prophesied to occur in the last days.

If you're not a believer in Jesus Christ because you're an atheist, consider that the underlying impetus for your disbelief is most likely borne of pride and here's why:

When we die, if you as an atheist were right, then there is no upside or downside for anyone regarding the afterlife. We will all simply cease to exist

However if we Christians were right about our belief in the afterlife, then we will be given eternal life and you as an atheist will receive eternal damnation

Given the choices, the position held by an atheist is a fools bet any way you look at it because the atheist has everything to lose and nothing to gain. It is tantamount to accepting a “heads I win, tails you lose” coin toss proposition from someone. And that someone by the way is Satan (see Ephesians 6:12).

The only way to explain the attitude held by an atheist is pride, pure and simple. The intellectually dishonest and/or tortured reasoning used by atheists to try and disprove the existence of God is nothing more than attempts to posture themselves as superior (a symptom of pride). And as anyone who has read their bible knows, this is precisely the character flaw that befell Lucifer, God's formerly most high angel. (Isaiah 14:12-15). Is it any wonder then why the bible is so replete with references to pride as the cause of mankind's downfall?

Pride permeates our lives and burdens us in ways that most of us seldom recognize. Ironically, pride is the one thing that can blind someone to things even the unsighted can see. And sadly pride will blind many with an otherwise good heart, to accepting the offer of eternal salvation that Christ bought and paid for with his life.

In any event, if you're an atheist, I wish you only the best for every day of the rest of your life because for you, this life is as close to heaven as you'll ever get, but for believers in Christ, this life is as close to hell as we'll ever get.

If you're not a believer and follower of Jesus Christ because you are of another faith, please take the time to very carefully compare your faith to Christianity and ask yourself, why is the bible the only religious book with both hundreds of proven prophecies already fulfilled as well as those being fulfilled today? No other religion can claim anything remotely close to this fact. Many Christians who are serious students of bible prophecy are already aware of the role and significance of bible prophecy in foretelling end time events. God gave us prophecy as evidence of his divine holiness to know the begining from the end (Isa 46:10). God also believed prophecy to be so important that to those willing to read the most prophetic book in the bible, the Book of Revelation, he promised a special blessing (see Rev 1:3), and this is the only book in the bible that God gives its reader a special blessing for reading. Something to think about.

Don't risk losing Christ's offer of eternal life by not accepting him as your savior and by thinking that the bible is nothing more than a compilation of unrelated and scattered stories about people who lived 2,000 plus years ago. If you take the time to study (not just read) the bible, you will literally be shocked to learn things you would have never imagined would be revealed in it. Did you know that like parables, God also uses particular months and days in the Jewish calendar, Jewish Feasts and customs, solar and lunar phases, celestial alignments, gematria (Hebrew numerology) early bible events and more as patterns and models to foretell future events?

Consider the following interesting facts about the bible that testify to its God-inspired authorship:

Did you know that in Gen 12:2, God said he would bless Israel?. How else can you explain the grossly disproportionate level of success achieved by Jewish people as a tiny minority in the world, especially after all they have gone through? And how can you explain the success achieved by the tiny nation of Israel, surrounded by enemies outnumbering them 100 to 1 and yet still they remain victorious in all their wars?

Did you know that as evidence to indicate that Israel is the epicenter of the world from God's point of view is the fact that languages to the west of Israel are written and read from left to right as if pointing to Israel, and languages from countries to the east of Israel are written and read from right to left, again as though pointing to Israel. Just a coincidence, you say? I think not.

Did you know that the six days of creation and seventh day of rest in Genesis is a model for the six thousand years of this age (ending very soon), that is to be followed by a 1,000 year millennial reign by Christ (see 2 Peter 3:8)? Adam was born sometime prior to 4000 B.C., therefore our 6000 years are almost up.

Did you kow that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is hidden in the meaning of the Hebrew names listed in the genealogy of the book of Genesis (Research it online)? To deny this was God-inspired, one has to instead believe that a group of Jewish rabbis conspired to hide the Christian Gospel right inside a genealogy of their venerated Torah, which is not a very plausible explanation.

Did you know that solar eclipses, which the bible describes as the sun being black as sackcloth, and lunar eclipses, which the bible refers to as blood red moons, have prophetic meaning? Research it online. God showed Adam (and us) his plan for man's redemption through the use of celestial alignments. (research Mazzaroth online)

Did you know that much of the symbolism in the book of revelation refers to planetary alignments that will occur when certain events occur as prophesied? These planetary alignments also explained the birth of Christ, just search out The Bethlehem Star movie on the Internet.

Did you know that the references in Eze 39:4-17 and Rev 19:17-21 in the battle of Gog/Magog and Armageddon respectively, in which birds of prey will eat the flesh of the dead in battle from two enormous wars is based on fact? The largest bird migration in the world consisting of bilions of birds (34 species of raptors and various carrion birds) from several continents converge and fly over Israel every spring and fall. Coincidence? I think not.

Did you know that Hebrew numerology, also known as Gematria, and the numbers with biblical and prophetic significance are hidden in the Star of David? Google the video called "Seal of Jesus Christ"

Did you know that the seven Churches mentioned at the beginning of the Book of Revelation describe the seven stages the Church will go through?

There are literally hundreds of hidden messages in the bible like these that testify to the fact that the bible was God inspired, and statistically speaking, are all exponentially beyond the likelihood of any coincidence. You can find them yourselves if you only take the time to look into it. Remember Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings".

And finally, if you are Catholic, or one who subscribes to the emergent Church or seeker-friendly Church movement, please compare the doctrine taught, advocated or accepted by your Church, with the actual bible, notwithstanding some new-age version of the bible. And remember that although the bible is often referred to as the living bible, the word "living" was never intended to imply in any way that the bible "evolves" over time to meet, or be consistent with, the standards of man. It's just the opposite.

Well, am I getting through to you? If not, the answer might be explained in the response given by Jesus Christ in his Olivet discourse when he was asked by his disciples why he spoke the way he did (in parables, etc.) in the book of Matthew 13:10-16. What Jesus said could have easily been paraphrased more clearly as "so that the damned won't get it". Why did Christ respond the way he did when asked why he spoke this way? Is there something about pride (the bible says there is) that closes one's heart to seeing or hearing the messages supernaturally hidden in bible parables, models, typologies, and similes, etc.? That should give you something to think about, but don't take too long. Time is now very short.

If it sometimes seems like there are powers at work behind the powers we know, remember what it says in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." If you study the bible, it will become clearer.

And by the way, if you are a scoffer, this too was prophesied to occur in the last days. See 2 Peter 3:3.

Thank you and God Bless you! (at)

February 08, 2009 1:49 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

And what if the Buddhists are right? You're such a bug, you'll probably be reincarnated as yourself. Thank you, I'd take eternal damnation instead.

February 09, 2009 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: "I'd take eternal damnation instead."

Oh, don't worry, you'll get it for sure with your beliefs.

BTW, check out this site and more importantly read what's on it, if you have the courage...

March 21, 2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Ah! Ye old "hell" scare. That takes me back to all of those Hal Linsey books and "Left Behind" movies (the ones in the 1970s). been there, seen it all. Wow, God must sure be a bully, huh?

Honestly, you don't have to live in this abusive environment with these destructive beliefs, whoever-you-are. You don't have to live in constant fear of a hell that's not there, and lash out at your fellow humans because you're competing against us to curry favor for some Alien God who doesn't exist.

You can give this all up. It's such a little change. Like realizing you've been balling your hand into a fist all your life, and then finally opening it. You'll find it opens by itself.

There is no hell, there is no God, you are scaring nobody but yourself, and you don't have to do this anymore!

Let me know if you really want to talk. Otherwise, take your canned "hell" crap elsewhere. I have seen it all. You don't have a warning that I have not heard or an idea in your head that someone else hasn't already tried to get me to think. I'm sorry to say this, but people like you are cookie-cutter alike. Anytime you get sick of that and want to learn how to be yourself, you can come back here.

March 23, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

But it is awfully sweet of you to condemn me to hell for my birthday! *Kiss*

March 23, 2009 1:39 PM  

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