Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Stealing

1. If America is one nation under god then are atheists citizens?

A. America is not one nation "under god" so yes, atheists are citizens. The phrase "under god" was not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954 and was a reactionary part of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Additionally, the judicial system has codified the separation of church and state as outlined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and further explained by one of the country's founders, Thomas Jefferson. The concept was part of the Enlightenment movement. There is not a state religion in the United States of America and the First Amendment ensures that there will not be one. A majority religion does not make up a state religion.

2. Is there anything that you believe should be banned for any reason?

A. Yes. Stupidity, because it decays growth and discourages education. I don't know how one would go about that, however.

3. How often do you eat too much?

A. Apparently more than I think, given that I am overweight.

4. If you died tomorrow, what mark would you have left on the world?

A. My articles and the magazine I wrote for the 250th anniversary of my county would have to suffice, since I have no issue.

5. Are you a city person or a country person?

A. A country person who likes museums, theater, and other city stuff.

6. What annoys you the most about yourself?

A. My ability to procrastinate beyond all reason.

7. Who was your childhood hero?

A. Batgirl on the old Batman TV show is the first to come to mind.

8. With nearly 100 channels why is NOTHING ever on?

A. There is always something on. Nothing is determined by each individual and what he or she wishes to watch.

9. Would you adopt a stray kitty wandering through your neighborhood?

A. We have had barn cats before. They were feral cats, usually dumped here by lousy former owners. However, I am allergic to all animals and kitties need good laps to purr in, so I would not adopt the kitty. I would take it to the no-kill animal shelter.

10. Which Lord of the Rings movie has the best ending?

A. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. It has three cut scenes that fade to black, which is unusual. The first is when Gandolf and the Eagles fetch Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins from Mount Doom as it erupts. The second is after the viewer sees that Frodo and Sam are alive and back in Gondor, and the Fellowship members are all together again. The third is shortly after Aragorn is sworn in as king. There is another scene, when Frodo leaves with the elves, where there is a fade to white, and then the final end, which shows Samwise returning home to his wife and children, entering their hobbit hole, and closing the door.

11. What are you missing in your life?

A. Structure and accountability.

12. What could you make a sculpture out of that's in the room with you right now?

A. My desk, maybe. Or carve up a book to look like something.

13. Do you believe in the lost city of Atlantis?

A. I don't "believe in" it. I think it is a possibility that a city existed and was swallowed up by the sea or an earthquake. But Atlantis is considered to be an allegorical fictionalized city created by Plato to show that Athens was the superior city state. But it is nice to think it's the home of Aquaman.

14. Have you ever read The Little Prince?

A. I have. I think I may still have it here somewhere.

15. What fantasy book would you like to see made into a movie?

A. Most of the good ones have already been done in some fashion or another. Animal Farm or 1984, perhaps? Or another adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. Any of those would be very appropriate for today. Incidentally, the movie adaptation of Dune is coming out in October.


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  1. LOVED your answer to number 1. And thanks for the history lesson. I'm widely read, and love history, but American History was my least favorite subject in school. I'm sure it was the way it was taught (by rote, memorizing dates and places, etc) than the content. My History teacher had these huge blackboards that her notes were written on....we came in, she sat at her desk and said begin. We'd have to COPY her notes into our notebooks, and at the end of the week turn the notebooks in. And take a test every couple of weeks. Her notes were dryyyyyyyy. Not even a book. The stuff they got away with in "teaching" back in the day. That's what I get for growing up in tinyassplace, Mississippi.

  2. I didn't know the
    'under God" was only added in 1954! Your answers are great, I learn more about you and learn more about the world here!

  3. I should have mentioned about "under god" not being in the pledge originally. From L.A. Paylor's statement, younger people apparently don't know that. It still feels awkward to me to say it.

  4. I loved the 1984 Dune--mostly because I love Sting. :) I'll be interested to see a modern make of it with all the CGI effects.

  5. I forgot about the Aquaman connection to Atlantis. You could sign me right up as a believer if I thought there was any hope of a city full of Jason Mamoas hidden somewhere under the sea. LOL

    #3 truly made me LOL I love a dry sense of humor.

    Our philosophies aren't always in sync, but we still think the same about a lot of things. Have a great week, Anita!

  6. #1 - Thanks for the info - it makes perfect sense.

    #6 - Me too. Just discovered the Pomodoro technique as somthing that might work. I'll let you know.

    #15 - Never read Dune. I will watch the movie though.





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