Paul Walker has died, and the internet is awash in sympathies. Walker appears to have been a half decent sample of the mammalian human race, no better than any, but also no worse. I note that Walker was a Christian, who derided Atheists at least once. I also note that many of the condolences I have seen from his fans have had a decidedly religious colour. For that I supply this as addendum to both my usual pith regarding celebrity death, and to the excellent video above: Continue reading
This is a repost from my old blog. First published in Sep 09.
I woke to an email from my beloved mother today, a long forward, about the greatness and successes of generations past, with a final quote allegedly by Jay Leno about taking god out of the pledge of allegiance. I think it is a good idea. God was only added to the pledge in 1954, so most of the successes enumerated, happened before god was added, therefore pledging “under god” appears to have had no benefit. Further I (and any thinking person should) have great reservations about giving blank cheque approval and allegiance to anything, let alone a symbol of something that changes frequently (like a country). Continue reading
As someone who has spent a significant amount of time on-board flights over the past three months, I am absolutely awestruck and enamored of the outstanding and professional performance of Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, the much noted pilot of US Airways 1549 which made a controlled ditch into the Hudson River. Continue reading