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I’m Fearful for the State of our Country

I’m so disgusted right now at the thought that either Romney or Santorum could be our next president.

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9/11 – 10 long years, but we’re healing, kind of

Has it really been ten years?  I’ll bet you can recall where you were when you heard the news about the attack.  Many do.  Some feel it deeper than others, however.  There are those who have lost loved ones by not Read the rest of this entry

The art of Philanthropy

I have always been a huge critic of the millionaires and billionaires who give money to the needy.  Not that I don’t want the needy to receive help, but must the rich publicize their “good deeds?”  Must they stand Read the rest of this entry

Because of Science, Christianity Survives

Science, the constant study of everything.  Keyword being study.  I didn’t say, “Science, the knowledge of everything.”  I could have, but that would do science, and all of the scientists, a disservice in that it is the exact opposite of arrogance.  Enter Christianity.

Science makes strides in our knowledge base daily.

Each and every day we are eons above where we were the day before.  We’re learning at an incredible rate.  Meanwhile, our Christian friends are regurgitating the same old information for hundreds of years.  No change.

Christians are getting scared.

Hundreds of years ago, when religion was our only source of knowledge, science was just a hobby.  Crazy old fools in a shed doubling as a chemistry set from RadioShack.  Today, however, Science is starting to challenge religion and actually answer many of the questions long thought to be reserved for god.  Not all, mind you.  Remember, science?

Today, they’ve adopted an “if we can’t beat’em, join’em” mentality.

Most certainly due to some greedy churches spearheading the marketing of their church due to empty pews.  It’s sink or swim time.

I recently had a debate in my hometown with some Christians.

It blew my mind at how fast they adapt.  We were drinking coffee at Panera and one of them opened the discussion about the evolution of creationism.

They all professed that evolution is real, Darwinian Natural Selection is real, and that the Big Bang had some merit.

They didn’t subscribe to everything about all those topics of course, but it startled me that the “church” is starting to turn around.

The group was a young college group (21-29), and most were not conservatives, politically.  They were all die-hard Christians, however.  I really didn’t even know how to respond, because these are usually topics that we fight about, not agree upon.

I’m paraphrasing here, but they are kind of saying, “Yes, we’ve known that all along, we just didn’t give it a name.”  Adopting scientific principals for their own as if to say, “We know that.  Tell us something we don’t know.”

But, being the cynic I am (not really, just sounds good for this piece), I have to wonder if Christianity is morphing into a machine that’s capable of survival in a time when people are starting to wise up and look elsewhere for their answers.

Is Christianity evolving?  If so, I think it should be applauded.  It’s just sticking wallpaper over a dirty wall in the end, but they’re trying to bridge that gap.  I think.  What do you all make of this “movement.”

For reference, I have not taken a poll or researched this at all.  This group, for all I know, could be just another radical group with strong opinions who speak for all Christianity.  That’s why THIS discussion needs to happen.  Here.

Made in America!

As a design engineer, I often times help with quoting and provide technical feedback.  Being a part of a small-medium company affords me the priviledge of knowing the reasons why a quote went south.  You probably aren’t surprised by the most common reason, “Our bid went to a company in China.”

We are a manufacturing company.  Our products range from small store fixtures up to military/government projects.  We’re versatile.  But it saddens me that we were THE greatest manufacturing nation in the world at one time.  Now, we’re but a consumer to the world’s businesses.

While driving to work this morning, I was listening to a radio station about a local Chevrolet dealership.  They were using the same old slogan, “Buy American.”  As if that meant anything to those who know the truth.  So I did some research.

Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge; all resonate with a time where the muscle cars like Camaro and Mustang were made right here in the good ol’ USofA.  We were proud.  And so we should be.  Then corporations got greedy.  “How do we save a buck?”

China!

Honda and Toyota, Japanese car makers, are surprisingly the “most American.”  The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry both tout 80%.  80% of these vehicles are made right here in our back yard by American labor.  Each Toyota Camry puts 6,000 American laborers to work.  Chevrolet… only 35%.  That number is rising, however.  Apparently they’ve seen that backlash from their fanbase.

I will say this.  Although Honda and Toyota are more American than our own American companies, Ford has made great strides with the 2011 Ford Escape; with 85% made in America.  That’s good news.  This is one trend I’d like to see continue.

Made in America.  I like the sound of that.  We used to be a proud nation.  And we still can be.  “Buying American” is not that simple; but you can do your part by being aware of what you consume.  And you’ll be glad to know that your government is helping you with that decision.  On the window of all new cars is a new sticker showing what percentage that vehicle was made here in America.  Additionally, you can see which other countries contributed as well.

So be aware.  Make smart decisions.  And for god’s sake, stop taking granddad’s word for it that Chevrolet is the most American vehicle.  I would love to someday be able to say that again, but that day is not yet here.  Let’s hope others follow in the footsteps of Honda, Toyota and now Ford.