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Communicate to your constituents the right way.

A few weeks ago there was concern that the new NASA budget would cut the James Webb Telescope from the budget. Like any concerned citizen I sent an email to my representatives and tell them to support the James Webb Space Telescope. My representatives where Congressman Rick Larson, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell. I told them that the billion dollar telescope is needed for America because we don’t have a vision anymore without the shuttles now. It created American jobs and shows America can be a leader for science, so that we will not be 2nd place to the Europeans or the Russians.

The first Email I got back is from Senator Patty Murray.

Dear Mr. Evans:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter.

The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

It’s a ok reply. I would love to see a better response than the typical copy paste letter. At least she mentions my subject.

Now lets look at Maria Cantwell’s:

Dear Mr. Evans,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on federal spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to maintain our infrastructure, defend our borders, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order.

It is critical that we carefully evaluate all spending proposals that come before the U.S. Congress; we have to focus on investing taxpayer dollars wisely.  In this time of economic crisis, I believe it is especially important that Congress prioritize those measures that will foster long-term economic growth. We must reinvest in our education system, in our workers, in our nation’s infrastructure and in the development of clean energy technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. By making these important investments today and helping revitalize our economy, we can leave our children with prosperity not debt.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee I will continue to work with President Obama and with my colleagues to draft legislation that strikes the right balance in how we collect and spend federal tax dollars so we can leave more than debt to the next generation. I understand that this issue is especially important to you; be assured that I will keep your views in mind as we craft legislation.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter.  You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents.  If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

What the hell? Did they even read my letter? I never talked about federal spending. I was talking about NASA’s future with the James Webb Telescope and why as Americans that we need to save it.

If Maria is like this what is Rick is like?

Dear Adam:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the proposed cut in funding to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the termination of funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate hearing from you and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, H.R. 2596, the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2012, passed the House Appropriations Committee on July 13 of this year. Under the proposed funding bill, NASA would receive $16.8 billion in FY2012 funding, a $1.6 billion cut from FY2011 levels. In addition, the James Webb Space Telescope program would be terminated.

I share your commitment to space exploration and enhanced research and development programs, and am disappointed that our federal budget does not sustain continued support for this program. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind when this bill comes to the House floor for a vote, as well as in the future if further legislation regarding space exploration and research is proposed.

Again, thank you for sharing you concerns with me. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any other issue of importance to you.
Sincerely,

Rick Larsen
United States Representative
Washington State, 2nd District

…..

I am speechless.

Rick and his team has shown me that they have the skills to communicate with their constituents. This is how every representative we elect should communicate. A good representative needs to be close to their constituents almost personal matter. They truly understand what I meant and feel about the James Webb Telescope and my vision of a better NASA.

Rick you have my respect.

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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Cosmos, Current Events, Government, Politics

 

Jesus and the Fig Tree

Jesus and the Fig Tree

Mark 11:12-14

King James Version (KJV)

12And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Here is one of the many miracles claimed by Christians. (I don’t know if I want to call it a “miracle.”) Jesus was walking from Bethany and he was getting hungry.   Him and his disciples came across a fig tree and hoping to find some figs to eat. He noticed that the fig tree has yet to produce figs because it was out of season. What was Jesus response to this? He curses it and basically kills the tree.

What is the message of this story? From some scholars this metaphor was written to show that Israel was to be punished for not accepting Jesus as the messiah.   The Fig tree is Judaism. By cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit. Jesus is telling his disciples that the old ways did not bear any fruit and is cursed by god to not to grow. This means that Jesus is the new fig tree that is replacing the old.

Also note when the book of Mark was written. It was written around the time of the 1st  Jewish-Roman War. In 70 AC, Romans conquered Jerusalem. The Romans sacked the city and destroyed the second temple and took all it’s treasures back to Rome. In my own opinion,  that the author wrote this passage in Mark to as a response to the sacking of the city. The writer of Mark wanted the followers of Jesus and to tell the gentiles that it was the curse that lead to the destruction of Jerusalem. The destruction of the temple is a sign that the old ways are gone and there is a new beginning under Christ. This has a better explanation of why it was in Mark if you read the bible was literature and not as a literal story from facts.

This story also created the horrible antisemitism of the Jewish people.  This is why we should not take the Bible literally.

Sources:
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
Wikipedia Entry of the Gospel of Mark
Bible Gateway of Mark: 11
Heartlight
Got Questions

Note: I did not use Matthew due to it was written decades later. I tend to use sources that are earlier in date. This tends to lessen the telephone game.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Religion

 

It’s been 10 years since 9/11

I know some of you may not like my thoughts on this situation, but they are mine and it needs to be explained.

As America morns the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attacks. Has really anything good have come out of this? The war started when I just beginning my senior year in high school and now I am 27 years old graduated from college and married for 2.5 years. What did we get out of this? Two wars bleeding the US economy and her people. With the death of Osama Bin Laden a few months back. I don’t see any slowing down on the war on terrorism nor any goals in sight.

9/11 lead me into fear and to hatred. This was the reason why I became an Republican. I wanted revenge and if launching invasions to prevent another US attack is needed. What did we create? We created more suffering and more enemies. Yep, Yoda was right.

There is an estimated 73,530 – 1,173,600 casualties since 9/11 (Civilian, military, and insurgents). Was those numbers worth it to avenge the 3,000 who died on 9/11?

Serj Tankian sums it up in this video of these glorious ten years.

What was the other result on 9/11? Without 9/11 we won’t have Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and many more “New Atheists” being much open about the dangers of faith.  I can surely see the dangers of faith on 9/11. 19 hijackers believer they are following Allah’s will to kill the infidels.  Their faith is as strong as the Christians who believe their god saved the survivors of 9/11 and help lead to the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and the like.

“Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let’s now stop being so damned respectful!” — Richard Dawkins

Another great video about this:

Also remember the victims of this horrible event. 3,000 people died on one day due to faith and ideology.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Current Events, Ethics & Morality, Religion

 

Open Letter to His Place Church

Since His Place will not respond to my message through their facebook. I will make this open on my blog critizing one of their sermons. You can find their sermon here under “2 Kings: Divied We Fall.” I would love to know His Place reason for using crazy apologitics to explain the Elisha and the Bears.

I was looking through some of your old PDFs of Route 66. There is an error on your statements on Elisha and the Bears. You claim these were not “young boys” but young men. Yet, none of the translations “qatan na’ar” does not mean “insignificant male.” In the majority of the Old Testament it means small kids and majority of Hebrew translators say “Small Boys.”

1 Kings 11:17: That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

What happens you replaced “little child” with “insignificant male?” It makes the 1 Kings 11:17 illogical. Since we all know Hadad was an prince, that could not make him a insignificant male.

Also the Bible NEVER mentions why Elisha was bald. Also being bald in the ancient world means nothing. There is no evidence being bald is bad. We had bald Egyptians, Bald Babylonians, and bald Greeks.

Leviticus 13:41
And if a man’s hair falls out from his forehead, he has baldness of the forehead; he is clean.

Being bald is clean, so it is ok.

I may have to read most of your PDF to find some errors in the future.

– Adam

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Religion

 

Well this is the biggest thing I am getting into.

 

As a Boy Scout for more than ten years I enjoyed and loved the experiences I had with them. I want to share to the same experiences as well to my future son(s) when I ever have kids. Yet, I can not because that organization bans homosexuals and non-believers in scouting. Until the BSA changes their policy on gays and non-believers. My family will not support the BSA.

There are thousands of atheist scouts now in the closet because they love scouting. Why do they have to do that? They need to be open. This policy hurts boys than what the organization thinks.

I set up a Facebook community page to promote the ideal of Atheist Scouting. Also ex-scouts can show their experiences of scouting. I have some ideas in mind on how to expand it. Like letter campaigns and the like.

I really hope you all support me in this endeavor.

Atheist Scouting

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Ethics & Morality, Religion

 

Quotes from the Bible. Luke 8:27-37 9/3/11

Luke 8:27-37
 

Jesus orders the death of an flock of pigs. The pigs were forced off the cliff into the sea and drowned. Why? Just because he was healing a guy who was possessed by the devil. The residents of the town force Jesus to flee.

Passage Luke 8:27-37:

27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “[a](A)What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of (B)the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. 30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “(C)Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into (D)the abyss.

32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demonsimplored Him to permit them to enter [b]the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into (E)the lake and was drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down (F)at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was (G)demon-possessed had been [c]made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.

What a nice messiah. He ordered the death of someone else’s property. Killing pigs seems like a waste just to do an exorcism. I feel bad of the owner of the pigs. I think the owners of the pigs should try to get money from Jesus or have Jesus arrested for destruction of property.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Religion

 

I’m not dead.

My next topic will be: “Does God Suffer?: Looking at god through the four noble truths.”

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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