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 Tired, But Amused

Perhaps it's because I'm exhausted, but I felt I had to post again to apprise the world of two things: I really still enjoy A&W Teenburgers and root beer, food items I only seem to eat when I'm in Canada; and the reality show "Nineteen Kids and Counting" is a truly horrific, repugnant show. I had heard about it but had never aeen it, so I decided to watch when I ran across it last night whilst channel surfing.

 Jesus wept, people. No, seriously - given the nature of the show,and the apparent philosophical assumptions of the family in question, I'm fairly certain he's weeping.
 
This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/255763.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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maruad
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
A Teen burger and root beer would be lonely without onion rings. Just saying.
kaffyr
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
I suppose you'd be disappointed to know that I seriously considered getting the onion rings, which I really like, but decided to go for ... the sweet potato fries.

Yeah, I know.

*heh*
masakochan
Apr. 26th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Oh man- sweet potato fries are awesomesauce. Even though onion rings are good too, and I haven't had those in years.
kaffyr
Apr. 26th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Another sweet potato fry lover - yay! They're relatively new to me, but since I love sweet potatoes ... yeah, they definitely were a highlight, especially since they were fresh out of the deep fryer, all wonderful and crispy.
amberfocus
Apr. 25th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
I could never bring myself to watch that show. I find it the height of irresponsibility to continue to have babies when they are coming out premature and with disabilites because of the stress you put on your body and the age of it and then there is the fact that you may end up killing yourself with that many pregnancies and then who is going to raise all those children? Plus the older children are basically raising the younger ones, not the parents, anyway. Or so my sister tells me.

I'm not against big families, but there comes a time when common sense should kick in. The uterus starts breaking down, the eggs are old and less viable, genetic mutations become more likely, you need to stop. Six to eight kids max and only if you can afford to support them.

Erm...I may have feelings on this issue.
kaffyr
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, aye: I share your specific concerns about the physical foolishness. And your comments about being able to afford them is very important. And the cultural assumptions that this family holds (see the links that I gave to a_phoenixdragon, below) afre extremely problematic to me.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 25th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Mmmmm...burger...

Is it the type of show you scream all throughout - or one you just throw popcorn at?

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Is it the type of show you scream all throughout - or one you just throw popcorn at?

Well, let me just give you a couple of links to the term "Quiverful movement."


And here and here. And here. And here.

For me, it's mouth-hanging-open-in-disbelief, followed by nausea and topped with a heaping dollop of RAEG.

*hugs*

Edited at 2013-04-25 07:15 pm (UTC)
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, this explains a lot. And these people frighten me. And there seems to be a lot of them...everywhere. Guess they're behind the big 'Christianity' push the last few years.

*Shudders*

Even if I was a Christian, I would not want to know their God. OR have anything to do with Him. This is frightening on a whole new level. Patriarchy grasping at straws whilst dying out - and there is nothing more dangerous that a wounded animal (so to speak).
amberfocus
Apr. 25th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is that this cult of belief has so badly misinterpreted the Bible that they are painting the entirety of Christianity with the nutjub brush. If they took the time to go back to what the original Hebrew and Greek words mean, they'd realize there was nothing fundamental about what they believe, or even accurate.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's what is so frightening about it. This type of twisted belief system requires hardcore brainwashing and terror to 'get the idea across'. When any faith is twisted like this, it creates an ugliness that spreads across an entire community, whether that community upholds that way of thinking or not. This is so terrible and tragic, because good people get caught up in this type of horror and are left wondering what happened when it all goes to shit around them.

And don't bother to show them the truth - they will label you a heretic and evil, turning those that follow this ideal against anyone who pipes up with something sensible and sane. Christianity isn't the first to fall prey to this - and I'm sure it won't be the last. Every faith seems to have had its fair share of crazies leading a 'revolution' of 'getting back to our true roots/understanding' when things don't go the way they always have. They are there at the first sign of change in the way the world works/thinks and there when all is quiet. But it's when things are quiet that they are at their worst.

Honestly, this is why human beings scare me sometimes. I love people, but one insane personality can breed a whole ton of others - and it does nothing but hurt everyone, even those not involved.

Sorry...I have Feelings on this, lol!!

*SQUISHES*

Edited at 2013-04-25 09:04 pm (UTC)
amberfocus
Apr. 26th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
It is scary. That is why it is so important to study for oneself and to never take any one person's word on anything. True in religion as in any aspect of life. The more we educate ourselves, the more we will know. But these people don't want us educated. Especially the women.
kaffyr
Apr. 26th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
This little mini-essay is so thoughtful, and it so accurately observes a terrible socio-religious and psycho-social pattern in humanity, and so incisively analyzes the inherent faults in the pattern (Every faith seems to have had its fair share of crazies leading a 'revolution' of 'getting back to our true roots/understanding' when things don't go the way they always have.") that I think I want to save it to show to other people.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 26th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
I also like to think it points out the problem of history and not learning from it. A lot of religions and societies are so afraid of OTHER religions and societies that they ban any knowledge of them - and fall into the trap of the past they never bothered to learn about.

Save! Share! This one gives me Feelings, so unless you ever want me to unload on you, this is one subject most people avoid with me, lol! There are a few others...the money religion and politics adage holds true for me *grins* I'm willing to debate always, but there are a few people I know that get touchy about these things (as they have every right to). I'm open for discussion on damned near anything - as I'm sure you've seen *grins*

Man, I blither a lot!! Anyhoo, yes - feel free to share and discuss! I love getting lines of thought rolling. Watching/listening to other POVs is always enlightening!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Apr. 26th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Brava! You have put it succinctly, accurately, and elegantly. Thank you.
mack_the_spoon
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Oh, man, A&W! I'm pretty sure I've only seen them in B.C. (I'm guessing WA state has very few branches, if any), and their burgers and root beer are amazing.
kaffyr
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
I know, right? *grin* (Especially their Teenburger!)
amberfocus
Apr. 26th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
There is at least one in WA state. We have a KFC/A&W in my home county. There used to be a lot of A&W's when I was a kid.
kaffyr
Apr. 26th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
There used to be a lot of A&W's when I was a kid.

Yeah, it's definitely something that is deeply connected with my childhood, which is why I love it. My first A&W root beer was when I was eight or so, which means I had it when the company was probably only a few years old as well.
ljgeoff
Apr. 25th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
When I was very little, my Aunt used to take my sisters and me to A & W for a rootbeer float when it was just too hot and we were all bored and she was stuck with us.

I will always love A & W.
kaffyr
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
I wish there were more A&W outlets in the states, you betcha.
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