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An Open Letter to Bill Barnes on his Birthday

Dear Bill;

Today is your Birthday and you asked your readers for a present…You just want us to tell more people about the strip.

Well, Bill, I’d like to give you what you want, but I all ready reviewed Not Invented Here way back in July.  (See Review Here)  I just don’t know how I can mention Not Invented Here on my blog when I’ve all ready completed the review. It’s just not done and I wouldn’t want to bore my readers by mentioning Not Invented Here a second time. I mean, I have to look out for my readers and not mention the same strip – in this case Not Invented Here – more than once.

So, Bill, I’d like to help you out and encourage my readers, yet again, to read Not Invented Here, but I just don’t think I can.

I hope you understand.

Have a wonderful Birthday!

Julie

Hate Church Targets Comic-Con

I saw this post over at kotaku.com. Apparently, the Westboro Baptist Church has nothing to do. They are planning on protesting Comic-Con in San Diego. Don’t these people have lives?  Don’t they have to work for a living?  Apparently not.  I wonder how many of them are living on the government dole – hey, if people can think it about me, I should be able to think it about them, right?  But, seriously, just how do the members of the Westboro Baptist Church support themselves?

These people give Christianity a bad name.  They’re the kind of Christians that make me cringe every time someone proclaims their Christian status in front of me.  I know it isn’t very nice of me, but my first thought is always, “When is the crazy going to start?”

If you’ve checked out the blog over at kotaku.com, then you had to see the sign that says, “God Hates Nerds” Romans 9:13. But, I seriously doubt that the maker of the sign has ever read Roman 9:13. The passage states, for those of you who are not familiar, states: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” What in the world does that have to do with Nerds?

Absolutely nothing.

The chapter deals with whether or not all Israelites “are truly members of God’s people” (Romans 9:6). Apparently, according to Saint Paul, they are not, for “being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children” (Romans 9:7). Only those born to descendants of Issac, who was the chosen one. The whole point of the passage is that God can choose to send some of us away to, I’m assuming, burn in the fires of Hell and take the rest of us into Heaven to be with Him. Now, I understand that, but I still have no idea what that has to do with nerds. Further, why would any people put much stock into the crap Saint Paul wrote? He isn’t God. God didn’t write through him. The only words in the Bible that should be held with any weight in our lives are the ones that Jesus spoke.

The front page on their website states that, “God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton.”  The really big question, if it is true that “God doesn’t love everyone”, what is their proof that God loves them? The complete line is: “…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Rom. 9:13. God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton. How long will you love simplicity? Prov. 1:22.” So, they have take two completely unrelated verses in the Bible and tied them together to make their own, well, simple point.  God doesn’t love everyone.  So, is that why Rev Phelps is dying of cancer?  That’s what I heard.  That he’s in real pain and suffering, which seems pretty fair, since according to Exodus 33:19, God said: “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

But, what does that have to do with nerds and why waste a trip to San Diego to protest Comic-Con?

Apparently, they think that because you like comic books, you’ve turned your back on God and you’re into worshiping idols. I’m serious, that’s what their website says (yes, I went to god hates fags and looked around.): “They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

Does the Westboro Baptist Church realize that they couldn’t spread it’s message of hate (god hates fags) without a nerdy webmaster. (If this man or woman has one brain in their head, they should be ashamed of themselves to help such an anti-Christian group spread such hate.)

You know, here’s something I don’t understand – and I’m serious here – as a Christian, I’m looking forward to the end of my life. I really am. I really can’t wait to place my gaze on my Lord and Savior. I don’t fear death and I don’t fear the destruction of the world as we know it. Truly. I’d like to make the world a better place before I reach that death. I don’t believe that “the destruction of this nation is imminent”, so I believe we need to work together to make America a better nation. But, this is what I don’t understand. If you believe that the world is coming to an end, shouldn’t you be rejoicing? If the world ends, then Jesus will rule upon the earth, as discussed in Revelations. Isn’t that something a Christian should be thrilled about? Shouldn’t the Westboro Baptist Church be happy that Jesus is coming to rule? Shouldn’t they put down their signs of protest and start bowing their heads in prayer? If Jesus is going to be here any minute, shouldn’t they be absolutely sure that their hearts and lives are pure and stop pestering the rest of us?

I pray for these people all the time. I hope that God shows them the mercy they refused to show others. (And, if I’m honest, I hope He doesn’t listen to me too much. I’d like to see them suffer, a little. Okay, a lot. I’m not a perfect Christian.)

One final thought – for today – With all their disgusting and offensive material on their site, I found the icon on the top – in the address bar – with the upside down American flag to be the most disturbing. An upside down flag means that you are in distressed and while I support everyone’s First Amendment right, it doesn’t mean that I can’t find this kind of disrespect for the symbol of our nation anything but absolutely unpatriotic and denigrating.

Strange Gods

I’m not sure how to describe Strange Gods.  It’s not really a laugh out loud script.  It doesn’t have huge storyline arcs.  But, it does have a cuddly groundhog named Dogu.  Strange Gods follows two main characters, Nolan and Gonaldo.  Nolan is a total cynic and completely self-absorbed.  Gonaldo is mature and level headed.

The artwork is amazing.  I love the way the characters are drawn.  The comic, also, in its own way comments on society.  Make sure you check it out.

Strange Gods Webcomic

Not Invented Here

Not Invented Here ComicI just finished reading the entire archive for the webcomic, Not Invented Here.  The comic is the standard at work comic, but with very unstandard humor and inventiveness.  The two main characters are Owen and Desmond.  Owen is your typical clueless project manager and Desmond is a developer.  They are supported by a cast of characters including a robot (Marketroid) as the head of marketing.  If you ever wondered about software development, this comic is a much funnier way of describing the process.  If you’re in software development, you will see your co-workers in every frame.

Furthia High

I just wanted to say thanks to Furthia High – our new sponsor.  There’s one spot left.

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God Bless

Imaginary Friends

I love reading web comics. I think they are probably the best part of the Internet. Anyway, I have some favorites and I thought that I would pass on yet another one:

This one updates on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. It’s about a young widower raising his two little boys. I don’t know anything about the person who draws and writes the comic, but this guy sure does know kids!

Make sure that you start at the very beginning and read forward.

Good stuff there.

God Bless.

Hey Harry!

I found this cute webcomic and since the cartoonist, Thomas Ebert, allows postings on other websites, I thought I’d post it here for your enjoyment. If you click on it,the Hey Harry website will open in a new window:

Hey Harry's weekly cartoon

Nick Anderson Comic

I signed up to receive comics in my email. I like to start the day with a good laugh.

Anyway, Nick Anderson drew an editorial comic showing a storm cloud in the shape of a question mark with the words ‘Questions about run-up to war’ chasing President Bush, who is riding a bicycle away from the cloud and looking”scared”.

I think Mr. Anderson missed the mark.

President Bush isn’t scared of questions regarding the Iraq War. He isn’t afraid to face them. He may not answer them — He may choose to ignore them, but he isn’t scared of them.

President Bush does not feel that he was wrong about invading Iraq. He believes that 2,000 dead Americans is worth the democracy we have begun over there. If allowed to run free, President Bush would probably invade Iran and begin a democracy there, too.

Dubya, as he is disrespectfully called, truly and honestly believes that God told him to start the war in Iraq. He even said as much in response to Pat Robertson (who believes God told him that the war should not be started). President Bush honestly and to the core believes that he is on the side of justice and righteousness.

So, while I enjoy your editorial comics, Mr. Anderson, in this case, you missed the mark by a long shot.

God Bless.

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