My thoughts are bouncing all over the place today, so I will put them all here rather than a bunch of posts in O/T.
World War I was the first war that involved the two fledgling nations, both of which had been semi-independent for only about 10 years. The Brits still called the shots during war, however, and sent wave after wave of Aussie and Kiwi soldiers into the Turkish guns. Thousands were slaughtered. The assault failed. It was a pointless battle in a pointless war, but out it came a lot of pride in two counties, who decided “never again.” Never again would they allow themselves to be machine gun fodder for the British.
This is a very young Mel Gibson (before he got *too* weird) starring in a very good Australian film about Gallipoli:
This is the New Zealand National Anthem. Notice how the first stanza is often sung in Maori
Secondly, there was a long discussion on PPOV yesterday about intolerence toward faith. I saw a shocking exchange yesterday on another Web site (no, not HP, an actual liberal Web site). The names of the posters aren’t important, so I won’t post that. I didn’t want to post this on Easter Sunday because I thought it might be too upsetting:
“Fuck you fundamentalist, go peddle your Christian delusional bullshit somewhere else!”
If i offended you then i apologize, I was just being nice.
No, your delusional ass wasn’t trying to be “nice” to me or anyone else, just look at the fucking history of just about anywhere missionaries have went in order to “save” primitives from there “ungodly “lifestyle, in reality, you are trying to promote, and being a spokesman for, the greatest bullshit story ever created, religion, Woods you -for just once in your miserable fucking life- stop perpetuating antiquated bullshit? The reality world of the 21st century, is sick of it, would you please begin to appraise the concept, that we can all get along without God, and actually love care and love one another, without the completely artificially created concept of “God”?”
Now, I have NO idea if there was history between these two posters, but I looked at the one poster’s history, and he seemed benign enough to me. It appeared that it was no more than one poster taking a ridiculous amount of offense to what seemed like a harmless sentiment of “Happy Easter.”
It really upset me, for a couple of reasons. For one, if you’re a non-believer, what is so hard to simply ignore the post. It’s not like the guy was being preachy. He simply posted, “Happy Easter.” Why is that so offensive? I looked at his response, and I couldn’t help but feel he’s every bit as close-minded as someone like Fred Phelps or Terry Jones.
The second thing is it’s this kind of ginned up nonsense on the Internet where right-wing Fundamentalists get their talking points that “all liberals hate Christians” “All liberals are anti-God.” You see that crap posted A LOT over on “that site.” When so-called liberals react like this to a simple, “Happy Easter” it accomplishes nothing but to give fodder to that talking point.
Thirdly, you have probably seen me post about all the snow here.
In case any of you were thinking I was exaggerating, this is the hotel we are going to in September. This photo was taken three or four days ago:
- All Aussie and Kiwi music thread — for ANZAC Day (current.com)
- Rosemary Sprig for Anzac Day (godsmustardseed.com)
- Lest We Forget – Easter & ANZAC Day combined. (screaminggoose.wordpress.com)