Burger Joint: Seattle Restaurant Advertises Easter Promotion Showing Jesus Smoking Marijuana

Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

LunchBox Laboratory AdRestaurant chain Lunchbox Laboratory caused a bit of a stir when it presented its annual 4/20 sale offering a thirteen dollar Burger of the Gods in a “Buy one get one free” special. 4/20 is celebrated in the cannabis subculture as a national holiday of sorts and the numbers refer to California Senate Bill 420 which authorized medical marijuana in that state. Events during this day are celebrated in many areas of the United States.

For the year 2014, April 20th coincides with Easter. In a melding of the two holidays Lunchbox Laboratory sought a new way to generate business.

The restaurant e-Mailed the advertisement to 13,000 subscribers with the add featuring a burger toting, joint toking Jesus who laments: “When I Get Back, All I Want is the Burger of the Gods.”

“I wanted you to look at Jesus smoking a blunt, eating a hamburger and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to tell my friend,’” restaurant owner John Schmidt told Q13FOX.com in Seattle. “The chatter is much more than I anticipated. I’m simply trying to sell burgers.”

Schmidt argues he is a “family man” and practicing Christian who was just looking for a way to help his small business pay its bills.

“I’m not your moral compass,” he told Q13FOX.com. “We’re just trying to sell sandwiches. If you’re looking to me for moral direction, you’re probably misguided.”

The resulting free advertising was bolstered by Seattle’s KIRO Radio talk show host Dori Monson who declared “He will never go back to Lunchbox Laboratory after the pot smoking Jesus ad.” He added the following additional insight to the debate:

What this shows is not just a contempt for Christians and Christianity – and they’re free to do that, they’re a private business in a free society. They can have contempt for Christians and Christianity if they want. But to me what this shows more than anything is something that I talk about all the time, and that is this phony, hipster culture in Seattle, because there is nothing particularly edgy about attacking the center point and the center day of Christianity, there’s nothing edgy about that.

I don’t think it’s funny to show Jesus smoking a joint. I don’t think it’s cool. I don’t think it’s hip. It certainly isn’t edgy.

Some people are going to say hey you’re giving them exactly what they’re hoping for, you’re giving them free publicity. But I’ll tell you this is a place I’ve patronized in the past and I will never ever go back to Lunchbox Laboratory.

Again, free speech, I’m all for it, I’m not saying they shouldn’t be allowed to do this. If they don’t care about alienating whatever percentage of their customer base who are Christians, if they don’t care about that, go ahead and do it. But I will tell you it’s a place I’ve gone to that I will never ever go back to again.

It seems certain that Lunchbox Laboratory has lost a very important and valuable customer in Dori Monson. But, thanks to him his entire audience knows of a burger joint they might not have considered before. As for the flight of Christian customers Dori prophesized, one could wonder how many of the 13,000 fans will be deterred. Or, will they in thanks offer Bong Hits For Jesus?

By Darren Smith

Sources:

WSPA
Dori Monson
Lunchbox Laboratory

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110 thoughts on “Burger Joint: Seattle Restaurant Advertises Easter Promotion Showing Jesus Smoking Marijuana

  1. At first I thought that if you bought a burger you got a free joint with it. It would certainly spur even more sales of burgers.

  2. randyjet – I am sure if they were offering a free joint with each hamburger it would up their sales, but I think, depending on their target demographic, this is going to work against them. Most of the students from Udub are home with their folks and will not be able to participate, this leaves just the locals. Even in Seattle they have people celebrating Easter and Passover. This ad offends everyone who has a religion, not just Christians.
    BTW, this is a local chain around Seattle, so they are not infecting the rest of the USA. :)

  3. Anonymous w/ a great point! I am a person of faith but I believe God and his son have a sense of humor. That’s why they allow dogs to chase their tails and Joe Biden to become VP.

  4. The Progressives will not care. Its Jesus. Now if it was Muhammad or Buddha, it would be ‘offensive’.

    See the Progressives identify Jesus/Christianity with the Republicans. So its ok to them to denigrate and insult anything they like. It is called hypocrisy.

    After years of the Religious Right trying to force their beliefs upon everyone, the Progressives now have the upper hand and they have become hypocrites. In fact I would dare say they are far worse than even the Religious Right was in some regards.

    It would be nice if people would just respect each others religious beliefs instead of mocking them.

    “all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion,”- James Madison

  5. @Paul Schulte “This ad offends everyone who has a religion, not just Christians.”

    You speak for everyone?

    I thought this ad was hilarious and not offensive at all. And I cancelled my subscription to The New Yorker after they crucified the Easter Bunny.

  6. But truth, the other component is PC. There are protected classes in the PC textbook. Christians and fat people have no protection. It’s ALWAYS open season on them and you may fire @ will.

  7. jimnjoy

    They’re going to be sorry about that one day.
    =================
    Here is how the right-wing nuts do Jesus PC (Jesus Smokes An AR-15). Jesus has more spokespersons than the Mad Hatter trying to be politically incorrect just to be cool.

  8. I believe they are testing the “no such thing as bad publicity” hypothesis. I surmise they will be correct.

  9. The idea of a “war” on Christians is ridiculous. What other religion has the federal government closed on its Holy Days? It is open for instance on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
    I don’t find the ad insulting, I think Jesus would be on the side of a natural medication that can help many people who are ill. I think he would also be in the side of not throwing people in jail for the use of this drug, even when it is done recreationally.
    (I am going to put link here to my video on why medical marijuana should be legalized, This is something that can help all not just patients: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1117290 )

  10. I agree that there is no war on Christians and that the ad is very funny. But I also think this type of ad would not be tolerated if you substituted Muhammad for Jesus.

  11. leej, Secular progressives have declared a war on Christianity. True atheists detest all religion so I can abide it. Secular progressives just hate Christianity. You know there are some folks who still believe we are culpable on Benghazi for allowing an idiot to make an anti Muslim movie. They love and protect Islam and hate Christians, it’s is very clear.

    We agree totally on cannabis. Ending on a positive note.

  12. What leejcaroll said. I think it is an example of free enterprise finding a way to sell more product.. Wouldn’t Hobby Lobby approve of this ad?

  13. I agree leejcaroll. There is no war on Christians and those who want us to believe such nonsense can go whistle Dixie, if they aren’t already doing so.

  14. If I threw in a blunt would you buy it? And please read my comments. I don’t have a problem w/ this ad and I abide medical cannabis, I’m a patient! But there are some folks here and elsewhere who hate Christianity, just like there are cop haters here. Deal w/ it!!

  15. Nick, I have not read where even those who believe the movie was behind the terrorism at Benghazi have said it was Christians who made the movie. I personally have no idea what religion they were.
    http://www.christianpost.com/news/anti-islam-filmmaker-blamed-for-benghazi-attacks-vows-to-finish-controversial-movie-97769/

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/10/16/contrary-to-right-wing-media-claims-report-conf/190649, quotes NYT)

    ((*_*)) happy ending with a smile here too.

    Anonymous. I think it would not be tolerated by Muslims if it showed Muhammed, and people who are afraid, which is the terrorists goal, of what reaction it might cause.

    Rafflaw. ((*_*)) And it shows Jesus so wonderful question re Hobby Lobby.

  16. If there was a real Jesus and he was living in our country he would probably be a pot head. Now, I think it would be offensive to say that Jesus was a Junkie.

  17. And if Jesus was alive today I think he would imitate John Wayne who induced millions of children to smoke when he said in the Green Beret movie: Smoke em if ya gottem.

  18. “Most of the students from Udub are home with their folks and will not be able to participate, this leaves just the locals. ”

    The “locals” are the ones who voted to legalize mj.

    As a resident of WA, I continue to celebrate not only that freedom, but also the one that puts a splif in the mouth of the savior, displayed for the world to enjoy. High jesus appeals to me much more than fake lily-white blue-eyed jesus with a grudge lasting 2000 years so awful that his present-day worshipers are always on the knife edge of “being offended,” itself a freedom of choice.

  19. Nick 1 Christian made the movie and he did not say he made it because he was a Christian that does not mean all Christians are responsible for the movie.
    You make gigantic leaps. ” Secular progressives have declared a war on Christianity. True atheists detest all religion so I can abide it. Secular progressives just hate Christianity”
    I know many secular progressives. They have not declared ‘war’ on Christianity. I know atheists. They do not detest religions, To not have a Faith in a G-d does not translate into hating religion.
    (Not sure what a “blunt” is but am assuming you use it to smoke marijuana? Not sure if you mean you use med. marijuana but if so I hope it is helping)

  20. leej, I have offered to you in the past a tutorial on cannabis as pain management. Blunt is the inner city slang for joint.

    There has been no formal declaration of war, leej. But for many seculars they see Christianity as the root of all evil in our culture. Hell, there are commenters here who rail all the time about Christianity every chance they get. Some are former Christians. Just like former addicts, drunks and cig smokers, they can be the biggest haters of their former life.

  21. leej, I read about that yesterday. I think it is a great way to convey empathy for the homeless. The opposite of Nancy Pelosi washing the feet of immigrants. I could feel a little puke in my throat seeing that phony image.

  22. Thanks Nick. Since it is illegal here (and I don’t know how to get it and even from a bad guy I don’t want to get someone else in trouble (or more trouble ((*_*)) ) I can’t access it.
    Lots of studies showing benefit for so many conditions.
    Whoopi Goldberg just posted on a site about the benefit to her for her glaucoma and concomitant headaches. (she is doing column for think its called The Cannabist) She has done all of us a service because that was covered by many major stations and shows. (and sadly too often it takes a celebrity before people pay attention.)
    I don’t think, and only my opinion, those whom you call “seculars” see Christianity as the root of all evil in our culture. What they see is an effort to make Christianity the national religion (while they often rail about people, and this president, strangely only this president, not acting in what they consider a constitutional manner) despite the 1st amendment.

  23. I am not aware of Pelosi doing that. (I had a minister though who always talked about washing the feet of congregants and yet he was proven to be a liar and a gossiper and more.)
    I agree with you. I think the statue is exactly what Jesus tried to teach the world, Christians and non Christians alike (as someone of jewish lineage but Christian faith, Jesus the wise man had lessons to teach all.)

  24. leej, I have as much derision for the Far right who want to make this a theocracy, and I have said that here and elsewhere. In some respects I see the secular, let’s call it skirmish, not war, as a counterbalance. So, if you see my comments, I often do not call out secularists. They serve a useful purpose, the Ying/Yang. But, I will not abide folks saying they don’t exist either. They most definitely do and many look upon Christianity as pure evil.

    Regarding the legality. You live in a bad part of the country. I could give you a good tutorial here and then you could drive to Colorado. DON’T COME BACK THE SOUTHERN ROUTE! As I’ve said previously, my heart goes out to fellow pain sufferers. Now realize, cannabis does not work on pain for all. For glaucoma it is almost 100% effective. Cannaboid receptors are virtually identical to opiod receptors. However, opiods have a much higher % of effectiveness than cannabis. So, what I would suggest is this. Somehow get your hands on some indica cannabis. There is sativa, indica, and now many hybrids. The sativa is superb for AIDS and chemo patients. Indica for pain and sleep. Try smoking or even better an edible cannabis. You’re not going to get anyone in trouble. Look for pain support groups, I guarantee you there are cannabis users and they would be happy to let you try some. If it doesn’t work[try 2-3 times] then c’est la vie. If it does, well then!! But, I’ve gone over this preciously w/ you. I understand your reticence and I abide your obeying the law. But, it’s a law that is dying a thousand deaths and I know pain is horrible. This is my last pitch. I don’t want anyone singin’ “God Damn the Pusher Man.”

  25. leej, There’s a photo of Pope Pelosi looking all pious in the SF Gate. Have a spew bag handy!! This is a Holy Week tradition for clergy. Interesting she does it w/ an Episcopal priest. The Catholic bishop in SF probably wouldn’t let her do it in a Catholic Church.

  26. I am sorry but there is ABSOLUTELY a war on Christianity. It is freakin asinine to deny that fact.

    Every day there are young Progressives who openly speak of it with scorn, contempt. How the hell can you miss it?!? Are you kidding me?

    The problem is, they only reserve that level of disdain for Christianity. Why? because of they view it as a political cause. To them it is Left vs Right. This all boils down to Democrats vs Republicans.

    I am in no way saying that the Religious Right did not try to force their beliefs on people because they did. The Religious Right are often zealots.

    So why is it we talk about how the Religious Right try to force their beliefs on people but some of you REFUSE to believe that the Progressive Atheist Left are not trying to force THEIR beliefs on everyone.

    Not only are the Progressives trying to force their beliefs on people but imo they are doing it in a far ruder and insulting manner than the Religious Right did.

    Let me tell ya something also. I dont even LIKE the Religious Right btw. In fact if anything Im an ACLU kinda guy on the issue. Separation of Church and State and all that jazz…. But the Progressives are like Nazis on a Witch hunt. They are out of control in a way I never saw the Religious Right as a whole, act. They lack all manners and any form of decency. They go out of their way to try and insult and anger Christians. Its like a cult of fanatics. Its not just a few either, it is ALOT of them.

    Whats sad is, if a Democrat professes to be a Christian, they cease attacking them. If a Christian appears that they think is a Republican it is open season however. Even worse, the Christian Democrats SIT IN SILENCE. Thats right I am going there. YOU (christian democrats) sit there and choose POLITICS over your supposed God. You would rather allow a persons faith to be attacked even if it is the same as yours if they are a Republican.

    I am sorry but thats the damn truth of the matter too. Btw, how do you think God is going to view that when your time comes? Thats pretty damn pathetic and shallow. To choose your political party over your God.

    But hey keep your head in your ass if you want to view this in a partisan manner and not objectively. because if you DID look at it objectively and BOTH eyes open instead of only one, you would clearly see it.

    Heres a couple quotes that I think explain what the crux of the problem is too

    “Religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”- James Madison

    “However political parties may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” George Washington

  27. Nick, no question it helps. many studies show that and yet my legislator state senator Mensch (Pa.) wrote me that the pharma similar drugs are more then adequate. Of course he never replied to my follow up to him that it did not work for me at all.(Some time back another pain patient who lives where it is legal offered to get me some but it would be horrid if he got caught (I am worried and paranoid about that): he could lose his access. (Although the more desperate I get the more I start thinking of how could I do this.)

  28. (PS Nick, it is medical we are talking about. If anyone thinks of you as the pusher man, shame on them) I will google the Pelosi picture. (My former minister talked about it a lot not just at Easter, He apparently thought telling the story made him appear humble and allowed us to forget who he really was.)

  29. Saw the article. Nothing wrong with it as far as I am concerned. Sure she used it as a photo op, anyone who is a ‘celebrity’ will have the pics taken but her platform was immigration reform and she did it in concert with the church.

  30. No lee, I didnt say you were going to go to hell. I said if you are a Christian Democrat and you stand by and watch your fellow Democrats tear down a Republican by way if his Christianity that your God will likely be upset because you chose a political party over him. Its no different than me saying God will be angry if you go murder someone. Again, far different than saying whether you are going to hell or not.

    But the fact is, what I said is true, which is probably why you dont like it because its hitting too close to home.

  31. ROFL LEE
    i dont think you realize that video you posted was with the comment of this LMFAO

    Published on Apr 24, 2013
    “Why are Christianity and Islam so nuts? Because it runs in the family.”

    On his about page he writes this LOL

    “Atheism, commentary, smartassery of a generally respectable quality.”

    HES ONE OF YOU !!!

  32. No Truth. do you? I just googled what you were saying, it is only against Christians and posted the first 2 I found. It is not worth my time to do more search then that and by the way there are civility rules here which we are asked to follow. As a “Christian” you are a rather nasty fellow (or woman)

  33. nick
    Secular progressives have declared a war on Christianity. True atheists detest all religion so I can abide it. Secular progressives just hate Christianity.
    ======================================

    and narcissistic italians pull “facts” and broad sweeping (and insulting) statements about other people, and their believe systems, out of their a$$es.
    ====================================

    Anonymous
    I agree that there is no war on Christians and that the ad is very funny. But I also think this type of ad would not be tolerated if you substituted Muhammad for Jesus.

    ======================================

    and why would anyone have an easter ad about muhammed?

    that would be almost as goofy as celebrating the death and resurrection of the son of your god by hiding brightly colored chicken eggs and giving away chocolate rabbits.

  34. Pete-Congratulations. You made Nick’s point (which I disagree with) for him. Of course it would be ridiculous to have Muhammad in an Easter ad. But if you put Muhammad in any ad and depicted him smoking weed some on the far-left would go crazy and we’d be treated to endless babble about tolerance and respect for our Muslim brothers and sisters.
    Let me be clear: I have no problem with this type of advertisement, but stop pretending like the playing field is equal on this subject. Just pick one of the many threads where Professor Turley posts a story about something stupid/illegal/scandalous that Christians or the Catholic Church did. In the comments you will see a barrage of rather hateful comments towards Christianity. Now compare it to a thread where Professor Turley posts a story about something/illegal/scandalous Muslims did. In the comments you will see the same people who just finished condemning Christians, pointing out that “all religious fundamentalism is bad and we have to be careful not to disparage Islam.” It’s pure hypocrisy.

  35. Lee I think you fail to see the point.
    I do admit that the feeling dumb comment was not needed.

    FYI I am not a Republican and the only 3 or 4 times Ive been inside a church in my life were for Weddings.

  36. QFT !

    [QUOTE]Pete-Congratulations. You made Nick’s point (which I disagree with) for him. Of course it would be ridiculous to have Muhammad in an Easter ad. But if you put Muhammad in any ad and depicted him smoking weed some on the far-left would go crazy and we’d be treated to endless babble about tolerance and respect for our Muslim brothers and sisters.
    Let me be clear: I have no problem with this type of advertisement, but stop pretending like the playing field is equal on this subject. Just pick one of the many threads where Professor Turley posts a story about something stupid/illegal/scandalous that Christians or the Catholic Church did. In the comments you will see a barrage of rather hateful comments towards Christianity. Now compare it to a thread where Professor Turley posts a story about something/illegal/scandalous Muslims did. In the comments you will see the same people who just finished condemning Christians, pointing out that “all religious fundamentalism is bad and we have to be careful not to disparage Islam.” It’s pure hypocrisy[QUOTE]

  37. pete, You’re not being intellectually hones. How about a Ramadan ad w/ the Prophet blowing weed. Anonymous is correct. There is a long history of fatwa’s declared on ANY image of the Prophet. You shoot yourself in the foot by not conceding that obvious point. Take your shots @ me, I’m guessing you’re a secularist and don’t like what I said. But, you diminished yourself w/ your silly retort to Anonymous. And, unlike some here, you’re sharp enough to know that. Now, let’s just let it go.

  38. truth, It is fascinating. While I have a faith in God I do not like organized religion, as neither do you. I go to church for funerals, weddings, baptisms, and confirmations. No one here has said they have a problem w/ this ad. I said I saw the humor and believe God does also. But merely point out the fvact that many hate Christianity and bend over frontwards for Islam, for which their are millions of examples, and we’re Far Right Theocrats. Pretty tolerant folk. C’est la vie

  39. Help. I’m mired in an 0 for 15 slump in having comments retrieved. I feel like a freakin’ Cub. I’ll pay $10 for a retrieval.

  40. And, let me say, the dynamic and chemistry has been pretty good today. Some heated discussion on hot button issues but pretty civil.

  41. Once again, the worst offenders of the civility rules ignore their own incivilty. Is it civil to call other commenters untintelligentas have Spinelli and Truth? Do these offenders not realize that it may be seen as unintelligent to proclaim a conversation ‘civil’, directly after being uncivil? Is that intelligent? The obvious attempts to continuously direct the flow of the conversation is also not missed by other commenters. It’s become almost comical.

  42. Aas salaam alaikum brothers. You have been fasting all day during this holiest of time. The Prophet Muhammad wants you to replenish your strength to carry out our mission. Light up a most pleasant blunt before the evening feast. The Prophet abides. Oh, and DEATH TO ALL INFIDELS!

  43. LEEJ, Thanks, but I can think of a person or two who would be more than happy to dime me out for giving pain advice w/ cannabis. They may have already! But, I have had a long relationship w/ you here regarding pain and I risk that to try and help you. It’s funny, I have lived w/ pain for decades, as have you. I would be in a lotta pain doing surveillance on people who claimed to be in pain and were playing softball, pulling engines out of cars, chain sawing trees, you name it I have tape of people doing it. Hell, there is a disability, work comp, etc. epidemic out there. I know many households where both people are “disabled” and they rock climb, ski, play sports, etc. They are the takers. And, they are unhappy people.

  44. I am an atheist. I am not threatened, angered, or concerned about others beliefs guiding the way they chose to live THEIR lives I am not at all upset if I hear someone say Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, or Blessed Yom Kippur. Live and let live.

    So far as I know, there is no effort being made by atheists or those who describe themselves as being secular that attempts to pass laws that infringe on the way believers wish to live THEIR lives. So far as I know, there is no attempt by atheists or those who are secular to force women to have abortions, force women to take contraceptives, or force a religious institution to marry same sex couples. Conversely, I believe there are most vigorous efforts to deny women abortions, deny them contraceptives or certain contraceptives, deny women any reproductive healthcare by closing Planned Parenthood, deny loving couples to marry, and deny science. Those efforts could tend to make some people “rude”. Forgive us.

    Just as I suppose you have forgiven those who kill doctors who provide abortions, those who bomb women’s healthcare clinics and those who rudely scream at women entering clinics that provide reproductive healthcare.

    If you insist there is a war, the fighting, the violence, the deaths all seem to be coming from one side.

  45. Leejcaroll, as someone who gets Disability, do you think that there are many people who fake their disability? I think it’s not nearly as pervasive as some may try to make others think.

  46. Feynman, I offer Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, all the North Korean leaders, and on a micro level, Ted Kaczynski. There are more, but maybe 100 million or so deaths should suffice to make my point. However, as I have said previously, I do not abide organized religion. More people have been killed in the name of The Lord, Allah, Yahweh, than have been saved.

  47. Feynman, I offer Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, all the North Korean leaders, and on a micro level, Ted Kaczynski. There are more, but maybe 100 million or so deaths should suffice to make my point. However, as I have said previously, I do not abide organized religion. More people have been killed in the name of The Lord, Allah, Yahweh, than have been saved. And “the death to all infidels” was a parody.

  48. fenyman, That was a parody! And atheists who kill in the name of Atheism I offer Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, all the North Korean leaders. 100 million deaths should do. Now, organized religion also has much blood on it’s hands also, I’ve said that.

  49. fenyman, That was a parody! And atheists who kill in the name of Atheism I offer Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, all the North Korean leaders. 100 million deaths should do. Now, organized religion also has much blood on it’s hands also, I’ve said that. I’m just not letting either side off free.

  50. @leejcaroll “…my legislator state senator Mensch (Pa.) wrote me that the pharma similar drugs are more then adequate.”

    You need to direct Mensch to the statistics on deaths and side affects from prescription drugs. Deaths now exceed motor vehicle accident deaths in most states. Deaths from medical marijuana use are, well, ZERO.

  51. Fenyman, That was a parody. And, atheists have killed hundreds of millions in the name of atheism. I give you Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, to name a few.

  52. I don’t have short term memory. I made several attempts to respond and they were all eaten. But Elaine came through in the clutch and retrieved them, for which I am very grateful.

  53. Annie

    Dredd,
    That Jesus with the AR 15 offends me.
    ===================
    I hope you are not offended at the messenger (moi).

    I merely point out that there is no “christianity” in the sense that there are at a minimum of 450 denominations claiming to be the one true christianity.

    Add to that those who actually are practicing Mithraism, the ancient clone that adds another 450 denominations, and all I can say is “Got Confusion?”.

    Current “christianity” is utter and complete myth based upon amygdala induced interpretations of ancient writings.

    We cannot agree on what our recent constitution says, so how do these Cheezus freaks get off claiming they understand writings 2,000 years older than the constitution?

    Circus performers all.

    Love ya Annie (and my true Jesus of course). ;)

  54. nick

    i’m not a secular-ist, an islam-ist, a christian-ist, i’m a don’t give a shite-ist. why would i mention muslims are pissy about pics of muhammed? i also didn’t mention that several protestants sects don’t show jesus on a cross, or that many christians are uncomfortable with catholic icons. why, because abrahamic religious beliefs wasn’t my point. my point was you being the self appointed arbiter of what others believe.

    and truth (i love it when people call them self truth as if they alone posses it) go back and look at some of the hatred in the comments in postings on this blog about islam or any mid-east country.

    my guess is you’re blind to that because it goes against what you want to believe

  55. Nick Spinelli, Sorry. I thought we all understood that the conversation concerned the United States. I guess I must be more careful in the future.

    So to be clear to those who read my comment and thought it was ignoring the laws and policies of China, the USSR (which no longer exists), Cambodia, or North Korea, my comment applied only to the United States. Further, I do not know enough about the Unabomber to understand how he applies in this post. I thought his deal was technology.

    But, I must concede my defeat at the hands of Mr. Spinelli. He is obviously a brilliant thinker. Kudos, Mr. Spinelli.

  56. This burger joint has the wrong business model.
    Want to increase revenue? Do it Benny Hinn’s way.
    $200 Million/year isn’t chump change. It’s something you can bank on.

  57. pete, I think any reasonable person can believe there are many people who hate Christianity and believe it to be the root of all evil. Many feel that about Muslims, Jews, Atheists, etc. I contend only an unreasonable person would not believe that hate exists. Hell, we see it on a daily basis. You just personalized it and certainly you know I was not speaking of you! I’m not certain what our difference is here?

  58. Rick, When my sister was dying of leukemia that b@stard, Benny Hinn, took a lotta money from my dear mother, and she didn’t have much.

  59. The Unabomber was an atheist who thought greed and technology, fueled by government, religion, capitalism, etc. was destroying our earth. You are correct. technology was his main obsession.

  60. Nick Spinelli

    pete, I think any reasonable person can believe there are many people who hate Christianity and believe it to be the root of all evil. Many feel that about Muslims, Jews, Atheists, etc. I contend only an unreasonable person would not believe that hate exists. Hell, we see it on a daily basis. You just personalized it and certainly you know I was not speaking of you! I’m not certain what our difference is here?
    =====================
    Nick, just so you can save some bucks when the christianoids come to hire you to find the root of all evil, here is a clue: evil is the root of all evil.

    Send me a stipend.

  61. Nick Spinelli

    The Unabomber was an atheist who thought greed and technology, fueled by government, religion, capitalism, etc. was destroying our earth. You are correct. technology was his main obsession.
    ================
    The devil was once a christian, but still is not an atheist (the worst).

    But only once:

    And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    (Rev. 12:7). War in heaven Nick.

    Have you figured out how that could happen Once upon A time In the west?

    C’ mon Nick … show us some leather spirituality my bro.

  62. “Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.”
    — Grantland Rice

  63. GD gospel song. We Bid You Goodnight.
    Do you smell pot burning? Don’t call security.
    The Hell’s Angels are security.

  64. . I would be in a lotta pain doing surveillance on people who claimed to be in pain and were playing softball, pulling engines out of cars, chain sawing trees, you name it I have tape of people doing it. Hell, there is a disability, work comp, etc. epidemic out there. I know many households where both people are “disabled” and they rock climb, ski, play sports, etc. They are the takers. And, they are unhappy people.

    Last night a TV show, 20/20 did a segment on disabled who were found to be, by private investigators/their own stupidity, to not be disabled at all (one was a woman on the Price is right, jumping and using her shoulder to spin a big wheel, the same shoulder from which she suffered such bad pain and disability she was receiving something like 3,000/mth from her workman’s comp (I believe it was that and not SD) I had a friend who was “disabled” by arthritis in her hand, she had worked for decades but now said she couldn’t, as did her docs, yet somehow she used the same hand to cut tiles from plates to sell as mosaic tiles on ebay making enough money to buy her husband a nice car. (Supposedly her husband made her a special tool to do this but nevertheless she was able to do all the work everyday of using her hands to check ebay and all her auctions and type the receipts and envelopes. And yet she would complain about those who took advantage of the system. Go figure.

  65. Annie asked: “Leejcaroll, as someone who gets Disability, do you think that there are many people who fake their disability? I think it’s not nearly as pervasive as some may try to make others think.”
    For social security 65% of all first time applications are denied supposedly to weed out the scammers.
    I do think there are folks who get it and then work under the table.
    I recall years ago, many years ago, Senator Danforth was complaining about how ss was going to run out of money
    I wrote him and said that those on disability should be having review of their disability every 3 years or so (I have not gotten a review in years and the few I did were letters asking me if I was still disabled, (He never bothered to reply)
    My disability is not on the list so I might have a heck of a time with a reevaluation but I think it should be done to help clear the rolls of at least some who are now able to work and gaming the system.

  66. You need to direct Mensch to the statistics on deaths and side affects from prescription drugs. Deaths now exceed motor vehicle accident deaths in most states. Deaths from medical marijuana use are, well, ZERO.
    I will message that to him. Thanks.

  67. leej, What my 30 years plus of seeing people lie and cheat over disability claims did was make me MORE sympathetic for folks like you. I have followed your website and as I’ve told you, I pray for you. When you see the fraud I have seen it disgusts people. It disgusts work comp judges and juries. I knew you would be honest in saying it is a real problem. The black hole of fraud is California. I don’t work out there but I hear horror stories when I’m out there in the winter. I saw a doctor out there in Feb. In casual conversation he learned what I did. He ranted about being sued and he had seen the plaintiff surfing. The plaintiff testified in a deposition that his life was ruined by this malpractice, that surfing was his life, and he could no longer surf. His attorney and insurance company would not hire a PI. The veins in this docs neck bulged as told me about it. The case settled, as most do.

  68. It is a problem for those legitimately disabled (just like the war on opoids hurts good docs and legit patients).
    Thank you. I know you do and I know you have your own pain to deal with as well. And you are in my thoughts for that.
    It’s a shame the doc didn’t take a picture when he saw the guy surfing,
    It’s ironic, So many who cannot work long for the ability and day when they can get back into being productive yet others think being disabled is a walk in the park – but only so for the fakers. ):

  69. Those vicious Democrats are at it again!

    Did you see the Pelosi/Miley nude bikini with tongue ad they forced on Breitbart?

  70. leej, And I read the war on legit opiate patients just intensified. You have to see the doc every 2 or 3 months. You know leej it’s like so many things. Docs used to hand out pills like candy on Halloween. Now, there is an overreaction by them and now the government making medical decisions. The abusers of pain medication hurt the ones who need it, and the fakers and frauds cast aspersions on those really disabled. Our medical profession is so screwed up. I just read the HHS website is vulnerable to that Heartbleed computer virus. Everyone needs to change their passwords. However, it is important to wait until HHS has made the required fixes first. Non government websites have mostly all done that. HHS apparently released their screwup on Friday evening. That’s when the government always dumps bad news. Can’t anyone do anything right anymore,

  71. Washington (CNN) – A cybersecurity scare is forcing Obamacare enrollees who used the HealthCare.gov site to sign up for an insurance plan to now change their passwords.

    The Obama administration says that although there is no immediate threat to users, all enrollees have had their password reset and now must create a new password.

    …The site has already reset users’ accounts. Now, when they sign in, they will be prompted to create a new, unique password. The site includes a step-by-step process on how to do so and provides a hotline for any users who experience difficulty.

  72. That advert is weird. Maybe a little funny. It’s not an illustration of the “war on Christianity though”. At worse, it’s just bad manners. It’s free speech and it’s really none of my business. It’s pretty clear that progressives dislike Christianity. This article is proof enough really. It goes right along with the notion of “opium of he masses” and it competes with their doctrine of BIG government.

    Carefully placed vocabulary: Free speech from Christianity=meddling. Free speech from a business making fun of Christianity=entertaining.

    This article is dull and worthless. The.ad doesn’t illustrate the war on is Christianity, it’s become a tool to write an unnecessary article and to create a little whining. All it does is illustrate an underlying disdain for any competing forces of the socialist agenda. So it has it’s uses COMRADE!

  73. “…It’s pretty clear that progressives dislike Christianity…”

    The paranoia and self-righteous victimhood of many posts here is hilarious. According some here, atheists hate Christians and only Christians, progressives hate (or dislike) Christians, whine, whine, whine.

    First of all, many progressives ARE Christians. They’re the Christians who follow Christ’s messages of helping the poor, the sick, the elderly; who abhor capital punishment; who believe in responsible stewardship of our physical world and environment and who believe wealth is not the ultimate pursuit in life. Atheists, by definition, reject the concept of deity regardless whether it’s promulgated by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu or Scientologists. Christians simply aren’t that special or different from any others in the atheists’ view. In short, get over yourselves

  74. “…It’s pretty clear that progressives dislike Christianity…” Well, I think Pope Francis considers himself to be a progressive.

  75. Darren,

    420 has been around since the early 1970s, way before the medical marijuana bill was introduced. So the bill honored the subculture, not the other way around.

    Q: OK, isn’t 420 the number of a bill in the U.S. Congress to legalize weed?

    A: Hah! Interesting but wrong. In 2003, California Senate Bill 420 (SB 420), also known as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, established guidelines for Proposition 215, such as how many plants and how much processed cannabis a medical marijuana patient is allowed to have. Oddly, the specific legislator, clerk or aide who apparently numbered the bill in a nod to the 420 tradition has never been identified.

    http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2013/04/19/mythbusting-420-its-one-true-origin-and-a-whole-lot-of-false-ones

  76. The problem with ignorance….. Most don’t know they suffer from it and apparently it’s hereditary …….

  77. Havent heard about any recent changes but for some time now it changed so that some patients even have to go once a month so what is the result? Ups health care costs and makes those in pain whose pain is worse wih movement/travel have to endure more ain and need more meds., because of the bums. And the fact that the ‘war on drugs’ is an abysmal failure so instead we lament over this media hyped ‘epidemic’ of pain medication abuse and then take it out on patients rather then on how to prevent it by making safer meds
    (Read article health.gov not vulnerable, so it seems but the suggestion to change passwords is a just to be sure suggestion.

  78. I love this new Pope, leej and swm. But, I must have missed the memo where it said you can be a “progressive” and still be against gay marriage and abortion. Was Francis given a special dispensation?? When John Paul died it was amusing watching conservatives and liberals praise him for the aspects of his faith they liked, ignoring those beliefs they abhorred. I see the same bifurcation w/ Francis. I just chuckle.

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