JIM’S BISTRO PEORIA: WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER! Sea Scallops in a bed of Cow Shit!

JIM'S BISTRO PEORIA: WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER! Sea Scallops in a bed of Cow Shit!

Mmmmmm. So unspeakably horrid — even when I complained the owner threatened to beat me up when I left. Hard to prepare yourself for something this regressively awful. Look, it’s Peoria so we weren’t expecting El Celler de Can Roca, but when Ray LaHood the former Transpo Secretary commands center room one might think you’re in for a decent culinary event. (Washington D.C. types take their expense accounts very seriously.) Unfortunately, the only thing I should have taken from the disgusted moue on the transportation tsar’s face was a conveyance far away from what turned out to be the dining equivalent to Danté’s Seventh Ring of Hell.

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Ryan Reynolds Has Two Huge Movie Flops Folks are asking for my take:

 http://www.businessinsider.com/ryan-reynolds-turbo-and-ripd-flop-2013-7

imgresAs far as Reynolds? Bad Agenting/Management. It’s their job to protect him not just make him rich. Somebody’s reading the pay stubs, but not the material. As for R.I.P.D. Somebody should have pulled the trigger ( and him) when it was morphing into M.I.B. 4 (Core Fans can smell that out) As for Turbo? If any of us pitched a story about Snails racing we’d be laughed out of town. (Parents are desperate, but not this desperate ). Behind the scene scuttlbutt is Katzenberg is passing the reins to Bill Damaschke and this is strike three ( Shrek, The Musical, Rise of the Guardians and Turbo) (The Quiet Force Behind DreamWorks http://nyti.ms/12E3rKz )

As far as Reynolds? Bad Agenting/Management. It’s their job to protect him not just make him rich. Somebody’s reading the pay stubs, but not the material. As for R.I.P.D. Somebody should have pulled the trigger ( and him) when it was morphing into M.I.B. 4 (Core Fans can smell that out) As for Turbo? If any of us pitched a story about Snails racing we’d be laughed out of town. (Parents are desperate, but not this desperate ). Behind the scene scuttlbutt is Katzenberg is passing the reins to Bill Damaschke and this is strike three ( Shrek, The Musical, Rise of the Guardians and Turbo) (The Quiet Force Behind DreamWorks http://nyti.ms/12E3rKz )

Easier to Explain Aviation to South American Pygmies

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To argue on behalf of Christianity in today’s information age is such a startling and embarrassing ‘admission of omission’ one’s credibility can only be instantly dismissed The aggregate sciences of history, anthropology, psychology, archaeology, world mythology, and what we know of ancient civilizations easily proves Christianity to be an ancient multicultural multi-civilizational myth that became an outright “lie” in the hands of deeply flawed, fanatical revisionists. Unfortunately, to argue this with even so-called educated Christians is futile, as they draw their “facts” from 1,500 years of sciolism, fan fiction, allegory, parable, manipulated manuscripts, and blatant, fraudulent and purposeful pseudo-historic metamorphoses. They are so immune and inoculated from the facts about their “religion” it is impossible to have an open debate. The science is in, the truth is there for everyone to read, know, investigate, and conclude it is 100% fiction derived from the Sumerian/Semitic/Egyptian myths and contrived to service the ultimate snakeoil idea of eternal life. Rationalists are wasting their time in discussing it with theists. We do not need to “intelligently” or responsibly debate or dialogue about the existence of Zeus, Dionysus, Bacchus, Priapus, Horus, Isis, Osiris, or Jesus. As all the ten thousands gods of man’s tens of thousands of year “spiritual history” have gone but one way — to the happy hunting ground of legend and lore. All we can do is speak out, speak up and deliver the facts to new generations of information respectful minds. To argue with believers is to discuss aviation with Amazonian pygmies whose only and most relevant reference will be to an “iron bird”.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/spiritual-atheism-confused-not-even-neopagan-christian-apologist-says-100426/#ocYv1r4fHtvvEODq.99 

Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior and defraud others

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The tragically naive cult-perpetuated fraud here is that anyone can presto-chango be “saved”.  Not just by the mythical messiah, or some supernatural autocrat, but through some miraculous, extemporaneous  process of cosmic “love-at-first-sight. Enlightenment, Diamond Clarity, even,” agape” itself,  traditionally and spiritually requires intelligence, study, scholarship, knowledge, sacrifice, and discipline. Throughout man’s tens of thousands-years-old spiritual history divine grace required years of selfless devotion without any promise of success, as C.S.Lewis describes in his excellent parable of spiritual longing and vision quest, “Til We Have Faces”.  The argument has been made and scientifically verifiable that christianity is a wonderful but eon-aged multicultural myth that in the hands of very flawed men became an outright lie in service of the most outlandish snakeoil pipedream of all, i.e. -eternal life. Ms Powers, and today’s other willfully misinformed neo-christians prolong and promote their “McJesus” religion as though it were a prize in a game show. They make a mockery of themselves and all legitimate paths in general while in the end duping a lot of extremely gullible individuals along the way.

Ray Donovan is the Best New Show on Showtime

Finally, an epic tour de force for stone-faced taciturn Liev Schreiber. We knew he had the acting chops, but could never quite find the right fit. It’s Michael Clayton in Hollywood with all the sleaze, grifters, mountebanks, lawyers, and hustlers all operating under the flimsy façade of fame, money and respectability. Jon Voight is both powerful and menacing enough to forgive his Fox brand of politics, but, perhaps, the most surprising revelation of all is 80’s Scarface Steven Bauer who comes exploding back to the small screen in the most textured and incendiary character in the Ray Donovan galaxy of Hollywood Babylon. It’s all the sleaze of Entourage, but for real life thinking adults.

The Myth that Became a Lie…

ImageIt’s interesting to see Christians deconstruct their mythology and traditions while rarely ever questioning the greatest mythological construct at its core i.e. the pseudo-historical personage of Jesus himself. Certainly, it is a slippery slope, but it is kind of quaint to watch as they cleave to the central idea of Jesus’ existence when there is no physical evidence whatsoever to confirm it, and mountains of hard science to show he not only never walked on water, but never walked the face of the earth. Perhaps, the greatest indictment of modern christianity is that it once was an ancient and wondrous collection of thousand-year-old myths that became a terrible lie in service of the most terrible lie of all– eternal life.

Independence Day 2013

ImageSurely, as we see the great civilizations that spawned the world religions dissolve and crumble around us, we look to our own nation founded on the principle of religious freedom, and conclude; its fulfillment, our fulfillment, the realization of our own unique American destiny lies in the casting off of those antiquated belief systems, presently, and for all time. We will hold a beacon to the world and proclaim for all, we are, for once, truly, truly free!