Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two Different Tales of the Same Sierra Madre Rainbow

We all have choices to make in life, and what they are and why we made them can determine how things will likely end up for you.

It can be that way with rainbows as well. Recently a very pronounced and visible rainbow appeared over the skies of Sierra Madre, and it too made a choice. Or, rather, two choices. And though these were apparently made at the exact same moment, they were decidedly different.

In this first photo we can see that our rainbow has fortunately decided to end its journey at St. Rita's Catholic Church on N. Baldwin. This picture showed up on the front page of the Mountain Views News this weekend.


Very inspiring, and hopefully this typifies the better choices in life that you have made for yourself. Or, at the very least, hoped to make.

However, and as this next photo shows us, that exact same rainbow also chose an entirely different place to make its landfall. And apparently at the very same moment. This photo appeared somewhere in that vast mulch of information known as Facebook.


Isn't this a bit like all of our choices? Hoping for one thing, while also doing the other? That is assuming, of course, you have the self-awareness and courage to admit to it.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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62 comments:

  1. Moderator you really have put your finger on the mystery of life with those two pictures. A picture does say a thousand words. For those who have a religious bent or are agnostic or even atheists but still with an open mind please read a book titled "The Case for Jesus" by Brant Pitre. A nice short book on the historical evidence proving the truth of the gospels and that Jesus was divine. It's a remarkable book that answers the questions: "Was this true?" and "Who was that man?" Once you read it you can then have a beer at the Buccaneer.

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  2. You could say something like: "A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun."

    But what possible good would that do you?

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    1. To believe that human beings evolved to their level of complexity from some initial cell floating in a pool of mud is on the order of believing that a tornado could pass through a junkyard and a Boeing 747 just randomly gets assembled from the contents therein.

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    2. That's sounds so, well scientific. You might want to crawl out of your rational mind and smell the roses or watch a sunset as you ponder the mysteries of life.

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    3. Can you explain your high opinion of mankind? I personally think that considering the terrible mess we have made of things God holds His mighty nose when contemplating humanity.

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    4. I take it 5:38 does not believe in creationism and that the theory of evolutions explains everything. I don't know why I think that but it's just a guess.

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    5. Who has the high opinion of humanity? We are all fallen angels. The only answer is the cross.

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    6. The millions of years it took for mankind to evolve were but a blink of the eye for the Creator. The time in question is only from our perspective.

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    7. Who says rational thinkers can't appreciate flowers and sunsets?

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    8. "The only answer is the cross." I agree. But it is a default option.

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    9. The rainbow, a natural phenomenon noted for its beauty and mystical appearance, has been a favorite component of mythology throughout history. Rainbows are part of the myths of many cultures around the world. The Norse saw it as Bifrost; Judeo-Christian traditions see it as a covenant with God not to destroy the world by means of floodwater. Whether as a bridge to the heavens, messenger, archer’s bow, or serpent, the rainbow has been pressed into symbolic service for millennia. There is a myriad of beliefs concerning the rainbow. The complex diversity of rainbow myths are far-reaching, as are their inherent similarities.

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    10. That sounds more like it 6:59. I like your definition better than 5:38.

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    11. Why? 5:38 is also correct.

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    12. They're both belief systems.

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    13. Two paths to the same place.

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    14. Science based on fact and skepticism. It's not a 'belief system' comparable to religious faith. See ya at the Buc!

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    15. You're easily impressed.

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    16. 6:30, sorry to have to say your analogy doesn't make sense.

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    17. I'm a 626 evolved from a 909

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  3. As streets poet Mike Skinner said, these are the two great narcotics: alcohol and Christianity.

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    1. Sometimes you have to mix them to get the full impact.

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  4. The only reason that rainbow landed on the Buccaneer is our medical marijuana shops haven't opened yet.

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  5. Love to read your blogs. Awesome article, great content.

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  6. Heaven and Hell. All within three square miles.

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    1. At least the Buc pays taxes

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  7. I noticed the rainbow wasn't shining over the only place in town

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    1. Excellent point. Hopefully someday it will return to Mira Monte.

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    2. Only Place got struck in the lightning storm.

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    3. God's wrath. Suitably placed.

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    4. Nu-uh 7:30. The rainbow is not a sign of wrath - it's a sign of love and forgiveness.

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    5. 8:47 - It was a reply to 7:27's observation about the lighting storm.

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  8. Neanderthal DNA Still Affects Health and Looks of Modern Humans
    https://cdanews.com/2017/02/neanderthal-dna-still-affects-health-and-looks-of-modern-humans/

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    1. You mean evolution still works? That's not going to make the person who posted the intelligent-design comment happy.

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  9. Love this, Mod! Never thought about the rainbow that way 6:59 - maybe we are making a covenant with God to not allow the Orange One to destroy America. Representative Schiff said Friday night at his Town Hall meeting - he met Bono, who said Ireland is a county - America is not (only) a country. It is an idea. 1200 people at the meeting!

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  10. Evolutionary theory is the Scientific Explanation of Change Over Time. The "done in 6 days" cannnot account for any of it. It is futile to spend any time in this discussion.

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    1. Or so you believe.

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    2. Right on 8:23.
      No going back to the dark ages.

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    3. Oh, 8:40 AM, we are solidly on the road back to the dark ages. What do you think Bannon's "deconstruction of the administrative state" means? Trumpublicans and hard left Sanderlings are arguing for the continuation of the status quo with minor modifications; B&T and theirs are looking for mass graves (from any source), low to no wages, and strife as it's never been seen before. Women in the kitchen (over open fire pits) barefoot and preggers. A slave state, no public education for the masses and Betsy Devos shouting "let them eat cake", and Jeff Sessions turning a blind eye to the Constitution. Indeed, the dark ages are upon us.

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    4. Oh, I think the "Let them eat cake" line is being reserved for Melania.

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  11. God created man in his image, and man, being a gentleman, repaid the compliment.

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  12. "Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
    Black Phillip in 2020

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  13. I saw it over the boulevard, and it was breath-taking.

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  14. I have no opinion on rainbows.

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    1. Purgatory for you!

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    2. Purgatory is a rainbowless place where the bad unicorns who lost their sparkles go.

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    3. Sounds like city hall

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    4. The upkeep for bad unicorns costs plenty.

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    5. They consume a lot of water

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    6. Each one is a four legged aquifer. They should be sheltered at the spreading grounds.

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  15. It's simple. After drinking at the Buc follow the rainbow to church and all will be forgiven. Just don't try to explain the street had been painted all the colors of the rainbow.

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    1. I only walk on the yellow brick road.

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  16. A lot of magical thinkers out there who, the next time they get a bad infection or need surgery, should demand the original version of penicillin because, after all, evolution is a myth and pathogens were created and cannot have possibly evolved over the last 70 years.

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    1. I have a Christian Scientist friend. She's had a planters wart on the bottom of her foot for a couple years and has been praying it to go away rather than see a doctor. Has a strange gait now.

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  17. 6:30: The 747/junkyard reference was from an offhand comment attributed to Fred Hoyle, and was not based on any notion that it was possible, even in an infinite number of storms. The following is a wiki entry about Richard Dawkins' used of the 747/junk yard:

    The argument is a play on the notion of a "tornado sweeping through a junkyard to assemble a Boeing 747" employed to decry abiogenesis and evolution as vastly unlikely and better explained by the existence of a creator god. According to Dawkins, this logic is self-defeating as the theist must now account for the god's existence and explain whether or how the god was created. In his view, if the existence of highly complex life on Earth is the equivalent of the implausible junkyard Boeing 747, the existence of a highly complex god is the "ultimate Boeing 747" that truly does require the seemingly impossible to explain its existence.

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  18. Trying to understand biology without reference to evolution is akin to trying to understand chemistry without reference to the electron.

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  19. I had a curious exchange with a born-again (should I have capitalized that?) former city council man, who saw my Darwin pre-adaption sticker on my car and asked if I had seen the Christian Fish eating the Darwin fish? I said yes, it explained one of the 4 parts of evoluntionary explanation (drop the word "theory") very well. He shut up.

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    1. Not all but many 'born agains' have a strange cult-like superiority aspect to their personality. The whole lame joke of a Christian fish devouring a Darwin fish is unchristian.

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    2. So sorry I voted for that former Council member. I would almost vote for Nancy Walsh instear of him...maybe neither!

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  20. Another corrupt trump swamp nominee gets sunk

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration on Sunday, the second time a Trump nominee to lead one of the armed services bowed out because of government conflict-of-interest rules.

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  21. Science "Theory" : two negatives make a positive or mankind.

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