Inhuman Swill : Page 151
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

Inmates running

| No Comments
            
If LiveJournal Were An Insane Asylum by Duvessa
Username
Afraid of Watersteelbrassnwood
Talks to Invisible Peoplemckitterick
Plays With Raisinssansfoy
Shouts at the Wallsbad_bad_zoot
Attempted to Escapeksp24
Escaped--and Killed Everyone1nkling
The Security Guardcurmudgeon
Quiz created with MemeGen!

Kifed from [info]supergee.

Full entry

Tokens and signs 'o' the times

| No Comments
            

In the Mormon temple ceremony, participants are taught the tokens and signs—i.e., secret handshakes and gestures—that will let them pass the sentries that guard the gates of heaven. The ceremony is embedded in a mystery play, in which Adam by example teaches the proper care and feeding of one's tokens and signs:

PETER: Have you any tokens or signs?

(Lucifer steps up to the side of Peter and interjects his query.)

LUCIFER: Have you any money?

Full entry

Department of Expired Equines

| No Comments
            

More fun 'n' games brought to you courtesy of SaysGod.com:

Romans 3:23 says that " ALL have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." I just fear for a fellow human who clearly has read the bible, and knows about God, but is confused about His existence.

I just want you to ask yourself one question. Do you think you are a good person? I assume you would say yes, ( I mean who doesn't think they are good). Now answer these 2 simple questions to see how good we are, ( I will answer as well). #1. Have you ever told a lie? I have, and that makes me a liar. #2. Have you ever stolen something? I have, and that makes me a thief. Now just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean He doesn't exist. (Example; someone has a knife to your throat and says, " give me your money". You say " HA! I don't believe in knives." Does your disbelief in knives negate reality? NO!) So in reality, God does exist, and at the day of our judgment we will go before Him as thieves and liars. Why should he not cast us into hell? (which is another reality). You see, you NEED Christ. I'm not saying try it out. I'm saying you NEED Him. It's a matter us spending an eternity in heaven or hell. Like I said before, I am only concern with a fellow human's eternal soul.


The difference is, having had ample opportunity in my life to study both knives and God, the knife still scares me while God does not.  Or rather, I should say that God does scare me -- as a guiding principle based in superstition.  I'm quite frankly terrified of what good God-loving people are doing to this world because of blind belief in something I see no evidence for.
Full entry

Threat rating

| No Comments
            

morally deficient
Via [info]couscous1021, what sort of threat to the Bush Administration am I?

Threat rating: Medium. Your total lack of decent family values makes you dangerous, but we can count on some right wing nutter blowing you up if you become too high profile.

What threat to the Bush administration are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Full entry
            

After debating with myself all day about whether or not to go to last night's SFWA cocktail party, I gave in and went. Why not? I was all dressed up.

After waiting outside the Society of Illustrators building for Laura for about 15 minutes, I called her cell phone and left her a message saying I was cold and going inside, so look for me there. That was about 7:40. After half an hour inside (and realizing I was getting NO SERVICE on my cell phone), I slipped outside to call Laura. And found her outside, waiting in the cold. Where she'd been for half an hour. She'd gone inside, but been told by one of the three or so people keeping the guestlists that I hadn't checked in yet.

Cretin. I'd been checked in by someone different, with her own copy of the guestlist.

Laura and I had a great time anyway, but I've learned my lesson about not drinking water on the side. I sprang wide awake and shrieking at six this morning with a horrendous cramp in my right calf. Laura massaged it well, but my calf is still sore and I'm favoring the damn leg just a bit.

Full entry

Without consent

| No Comments
            

Is there any phrase in more desperate need of banishment from business correspondence than "Please advise"?

Full entry
            

Via King of Zembla, here's a bit from Jane Smiley's entry in a series of essays at Slate.com called "Why Americans Hate Democrats—A Dialogue":

Here is how ignorance works: First, they put the fear of God into you—if you don't believe in the literal word of the Bible, you will burn in hell. Of course, the literal word of the Bible is tremendously contradictory, and so you must abdicate all critical thinking, and accept a simple but logical system of belief that is dangerous to question. A corollary to this point is that they make sure you understand that Satan resides in the toils and snares of complex thought and so it is best not try it.  [full essay]
I've been dwelling a lot lately on the issues of thought, ignorance, and religious belief, as have many other folks here. I've seen the thought expressed many times recently by liberals and free-thinkers that they just can't understand how someone can look at what Bush & Co. are doing and not see the idiocy, criminality, and perilousness of it. I think we need to start understanding the reason for it very thoroughly, which is why Jane Smiley's essay has finally prodded me into posting an exchange I had a couple of weeks ago with an evangelical-style Christian. I do this not to make myself look clever, which I certainly won't; not to mock my correspondent, who after all seems sincere in his belief; not to settle any argument in anyone's mind, because neither one of us is likely to change any minds here. I do it just to illustrate the dead end that is this whole debate as it currently stands.

The genesis for the exchange is my Says God site, which attempts to make billboard-worthy slogans out of iconoclastic sentiments that place common sense above received Biblical wisdom. In the interest of portraying the exchange fairly, I have not removed any of my early replies (written in the persona of "I Am, the Almighty and Merciful"), despite the fact that they frankly bait the young fellow on the other end and don't show me in a very flattering light. In fact, I'm not sure much of the exchange shows me in a very flattering light, but what I want to get at here is the stultifying insistence among this "new" Republican constituency that the irrational and counter-factual are not just rational and factual, but in fact self-evident and the only possible rational responses. War is peace. Hate is love. Shallowness is depth. Satan is God. My rights trump your rights.

My correspondent's emails are in Times Roman, my responses in Courier.

Full entry
            

Via Derryl Murphy:

If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favourite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else. This is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

The Accidental Terrorist [memoir]
I could imagine the flesh parting like paper under my thumbtip, the slow sting and shock as bright blood cascaded from that lipless grin to stain my white clothes crimson.

"Any World Where They Welcome Me" [science fiction]
I work hard to keep my emotions in check when I'm not on a hunt, because hardwired reflexes like mine mean someone can sneeze in my general direction and be dead before the last germ leaves his mouth.

Full entry

Meme meme meme meme

| No Comments
            

I've memed this before, but what the hell. Via far more folks than I can list:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...along with these instructions.

"In the 1930s, Ralph Nelson Elliott discovered that aggregate stock market prices trend and reverse in recognizable patterns."

Full entry

It's a proposal, eh?

| No Comments
            

Concerned Canadians selflessly offer to marry an American seeking political asylum.

Full entry
The Accidental Terrorist 30th Anniversary Sale

Signed editions
that even a
missionary
could afford.

Order yours now!

William Shunn

Archives