Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Bye

Since tomorrow is supposed to be Doomsday, this might be my last post, depending on how long this takes to play out. I'll bid you all adieu now in case the internet isn't available tomorrow morning. Not sure if I look forward to not hassling with this blog anymore but it's been a fun few years.

In [likely] my last post here, I'll leave you with a neat quote I found in this article on Obama's latest speech on the Middle East:

"Before we congratulate people on their freedom, we should see what use they make of it."- Edmund Burke

Damn! I wish I'd written that.

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At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, what if you're wrong?

At 10:18 AM, Blogger "Bob" said...

I thought it was the Rapture, not Doomsday. The truly holy will disappear into heaven leaving the rest of us behind. Since it's far from holy, the Internet should go on as always

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet. The fact that he taught the end was coming within the lifetimes of the people hearing his words, well, that tiny point has been conveniently overlooked. Generation after generation has predicted (either vaguely, or with precision) the end of the world, even in the first few hundred years of Jesus' alleged death. I say alleged because there's no historical evidence he existed outside of religious texts. Historians of the period make no mention of him. There's more evidence for the historical Hercules than there is for Jesus, not that it means Hercules was real either. But by all means, launch wars and persecute people for not believing in your particular fairy tale.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How appropriate. Jehovah's Witnesses just came to my door. They only failed in their end-of-the-world predictions twice so far (1925 and 1975). No worries. Their particular end-time scenario calls for only 144,000 people to be saved.

Religion, and Christianity in particular, makes people think the worst of themselves and their fellow man. It starts from birth, making us apologize for being born.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Eric Kirk said...

Just a correction. Only 200 million true believers will be raptured tomorrow. The rest of us will have to remain on Earth to be punished for another 5 months. On October 21 we will then be killed or sent to Hell depending on which theology you believe - there are two schools of thought being circulated.

But maybe you will join us in a post-rapture looting party?

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Fred, what if you're wrong?

I'm not the one that came up with this and, if it's in the news, then it must be true!

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Jesus must not be aware of how time zones work because he's long overdue... by about 2,000 years. He heavily implied he'd be coming back in the lifetimes of his original disciples.

Would Jesus returning make atheists into believers? YES.

Would Jesus not returning make believers into atheists? NO. They'll rationalize another excuse to sustain the fairy tale.

We see this in 5:46's ominous goodbye, as if he's so revolted by not having his beliefs glad-handed. He must leave in order to avoid skeptical voices... anything to sustain the fairy tale. It's called a self-reinforcing delusion, the ultimate Santa Claus who requires no proof and defiantly shuns critical inquiry.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Eel River Ernie said...

Fred, You were right! I write this as I float gently on a never-ending river in my drift boat surrounded by 72 virgins (this was a surprise) catching a virtual steelhead or salmon on every cast. Oh wait a minute, the alarm clock just went off and it looks like any other day in Humboldt... darn! ERE


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