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  1. Al S.

    Al S. said, 6 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    Yes and libs love when other people speak for them, telling everybody what they think.

  2. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago

    Libs will always be unhappy with the world God created for all of us because it is imperfect. We have been provided these imperfections as challenges , libs hate being challenged , it requires thought – not just emotion. Libs rely on emotion as a basis to demand perfection , God asks us to think and work our way through these imperfections , God gives us emotion as part of this challenge. Finding a balance between our needs as people and the world we live in was never meant to be easy!

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, 6 months ago

    This is odd, all the folks I have met that claim god is asking and telling them stuff are really speaking to themselves.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that….

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    In biology there’s a principle called “carrying capacity”. Technology has TEMPORARILY expanded the production side of the food chain for certain crops, but the SOIL has been wiped out, and populations keep increasing, and each new mouth also is demanding more “goodies”, like cars, TVs,, and technologies that further degrade the capability of a closed system to cope. Those agricultural “gains” btw were largely driven by petrochemicals, as in “fossil fuels”, that are finite. Now we’re having another little problem as well, called drought, in many of the formerly most productive lands, like the Imperial Valley, and Central Valley of California, dependent upon IMPORTED water, that’s drying up at the source, many miles away.

    The planet IS starting to say, “He IS heavy, he’s my BOTHER!”

  5. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 6 months ago


    What would God think of your inane generalities and intolerance?

  6. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 6 months ago

    There are ocean liners and lions in the Midwestern plains?

  7. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    What’s the Lion King standing on? My mistake, I thought it was the bow of a ship, but I now think it’s a rock outcrop. So…rock outcrops in the Midwestern plains?

  8. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    Read the bible little sister . Adam & Eve proved unworthy of Gods trust by disobeying the rules of the Garden so God gave set them out into a world of imperfection so they could learn from their own mistakes. For decades famine and population growth have been a problem in Africa , finally through education and outreach agriculture on that continent is beginning to show the promise needed by its population. You must have heard , its been a liberal rallying cry for quite some time. Now that libs wake up and smell the fertilizer we begin to see that increasing the agricultural output is being done at a cost. Lion habitat is being infringed upon to feed hungry people. Tough choices have to be made every day to advance mankind – do libs have to whine even when they get their way! I think you have the last line of your post inverted BTW , a perfect being can create what they want , an imperfect being however could not create perfection . You are nowhere close to being as challenging as you alter ego – don’t be shy , say what you think , hoser! snerc snerc :<) I’m a redneck fan of Dr. C , and Martens , bring em back!

  9. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    ^A few acorns fell from the tree!

  10. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    The last line of your post along with comments from others about the Midwestern plains flashed in my mind a few sites after reading your reply. It occurs to me that it is possible that you and some others may not have read about the situation at the heart of the toon. The African continent is currently seeing an increase in agriculture and modern farming methods which is great for its people. The problem is that to produce enough crops requires opening up more fertile and tillable land . The WWF is now reporting that this is encroaching on lion habitat in some areas , causing several problems for humans and putting pressure on already threatened lion populations . Outcries are being heard from predominately liberal groups and thus my twisted assessment , the solution to one problem has now become a problem in itself. God gives us challenges and not all the solutions are simple , finding that balance between an answer and a correct and viable solution to our challenges was my point. All too often when we react on emotion alone we don’t take time to think things through , lets think this one through before we call for reaction too swiftly!

  11. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago


    Thanks for jumping in on this one HPP. I was floundering a bit on my explanation as to my point on this. You did an artful job of pointing out how difficult C’s sibling was making this. The whole thing put together gave me a wonderful mental image of father Damian trying to spoon feed Reagan in The Exorcist ( head spinning ) . BTW I.m pulling for both the lions and the African people.

  12. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    HPP and myself have typed till we have blister on this one. You are acting like a three year old in your persistent refusing to accept any opinion that you do not agree with as an attack. If you truly believe that having studied at a seminary gives you a better understanding of fairness , piety , human nature , or faith you are wrong. We have both tried to answer some of your questions yet you still only want to argue and accuse us of not being reasonable. MY original point personified – will not learn because too arrogant! Open yourself up to the fact that yours is not the only knowledge.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, 6 months ago

    I don’t mean to intrude, but I find the question interesting, and I have to say that from a secular humanist position (more or less my position) I’m not at all sure why learning is valuable. (I have some ideas, but they are very tentative.) But let me try from a different angle, as I try to imagine what a religious person might think. Let’s say that salvation is not the only thing that’s important. In addition, it’s important (for some reason) to worship God. Each person should then worship God as he or she can. One way to worship God is to perform various rituals (which presumably God likes to witness), and in addition, one can worship God by being a moral person. But in addition to these forms of worship, one can worship God by trying to understand God more fully. If, perhaps, Nature is in some sense God (if one is a pantheist) or if Nature is a manifestation of the mind of God, then gaining a better understanding of Nature is a way of getting a better understanding of God. Those who can only do rituals and be moral, well, that’s okay, they are doing what they can. But those who can try to understand God better by understanding Nature better should do that, too. Now since I’m not a religious person, these ponderings of mine may not be worth much, but I’d be interested to hear a reaction, from the religious as well as from the non-religious.

  14. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 months ago


    I do find it interesting that you are questioning why you question. Man as far as we know is the only being that questions its own reason for being. I do wish we could ask the beasts what they think , perhaps one of them has these answers we seek. Or perhaps as in the case of the “Buddha” knowledge is the key to spiritual enlightenment. Perhaps “Zen” has a point in an all is nothing approach. What I do know from living is this , gaining knowledge is fulfilling for me , if it is not for someone else that’s fine – just please don’t try to force me to stagnate. My original point in this long discussion was that after finally seeing crops being produced under modern methods in Africa ( which many people cried for , especially liberal groups) now they cry because their solution has caused problems for the lions. Well I say learn from this that generally it is better to think through an answer thoroughly and weigh its merits than to leap into action and deal with the fallout from a poorly conceived solution. I did enjoy your post , it was thought provoking!

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, 6 months ago

    @DrCanuck's Little Sister

    Well, as I said, I’m not religious, I’m just trying to imagine what a religious person might say. Personally, if I were a believer in God, I would want to understand why God made such a mess of things. The human body, for instance, is an engineering nightmare. Any first year design student could do better. Why, for example, are the trachea and the esophagus so closely connected? That’s a design decision that’s just bound to cause problems. If that design is part of God’s plan, I’d like to know how. My wife these days is really wondering about the point of hot flashes. One can go on and on.

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