The Soapbox Archives:
But that's not why I mentioned the LED bulbs. At the store, I saw the lights I wanted, but I just barely noticed the disclaimer saying that the outer coating of the power cord contained material that was known in California to cause cancer (I believe it's lead). It also suggested washing your hands after handling them to get around the problem. What about kids? Will parents always be around to tell the kids not to touch the lights and that they needed to wash their hands? Why are such products even put on the shelf? Why couldn't the manufacturer use different materials? Yes, it's only lead. It's not like we eat acidic foods (e.g., tomatoes) on pewter plates anymore, but still, why do we even have to be worried about it.
I was really disappointed because I wanted to replace my last set of incandescent Christmas lights. I didn't need them so much that I was willing to deal with the hassle. I'll have to look elsewhere, but I'll definitely be reading labels more often, even for products that are considered "safe".
Sometimes it's really hard to refrain from pointing out the obvious flaws in some of these diatribes.
On the other hand, it's gratifying when I see a comment that puts it all in perspective and makes me have a lightbulb moment.
A lot of Christian churches exercise their right put out a Nativity scene at their local church....which is about a Middle Eastern couple desperate for shelter.
According to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 53% of Americans wanted Jews to be restricted and between 1933 and 1945, the US "took in only 132,000 Jewish refugess, only 10% of the quota allowed by law". How many (potential American) Jews died during World War II because this country didn't want to let them in?
Those who call themselves Christians and Americans and don't want to take in the new Syrian refugees who are "tired and poor huddled masses yearning to be free" need to ask themselves if Jesus Christ would consider them "Christians".
And the the question is, am I talking about:
Here's a clue: This person counted on his people being angry (and stupid) and looking for someone to blame for their problems, even if their targets were innocent. Still don't know the answer?
Over my life, I've heard talk of the Antichrist, a being who will come to power and have great charisma and attract great numbers to him. However, he will be the cause of great strife and pain. Hmm...something to think about.