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Dexter

I love Dexter. Or rather, I love Debra but that’s besides the point.

The people in this show have to be as stupid as the day is long not to notice the obvious tailing and tracking that goes on. This is especially prevalent in Season 2 with the introduction of Lundy and the FBI. How Dexter is able to tail FBI without raising any┬ásuspicions is beyond me, do they not check their mirrors or have any situational awareness? The show is pretty fast & loose with facts occasionally, the creators of Dexter have correctly put character in front of virtually everything else and it’s such a strong series as a result.

Anyway… I┬áhave it on good authority that when the FBI wants to tail you, they will and you will not spot it.

Ritual and Tradition

I live a life without ritual and with few traditions. I’m starting to believe this is unhealthy from my parental viewpoint as children obviously respond to ritual as evidenced in protestant confirmations and Catholic catechisms. What I want to instill in them is a sense that ritual is virtually meaningless and traditions are semi-sacred. I don’t want them to hit 15 and start thinking they missed out on all the religious rituals and fall hard in one of those directions.

Aside

“Faith is the …

“Faith is the acceptance of the truth of a statement in spite of insufficient or contradictory evidence. …Faith is a cop out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits”. – Dan Barker, former evangelical Christian minister

Christopher Hitchens on burkas.

“And that’s why I believe those women who deliberately try to legitimize this sinister garment in the free world, to make some sort of cock-eyed statement, I think those women are actively condoning and encouraging the oppression of other women on this planet for which I think they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I think what they are doing is deeply immoral. I think they are traitors to their gender and as a symbol of their religion or cultural identity they may as well be wearing a yellow star.”