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Everything posted by TrueTomHarley

  1. Angel on the right shoulder: “Don’t say it, TrueTom. Just don’t. Everyone has heard it a million times. Haven’t you embarrassed yourself enough?” Devil on the left shoulder: “Go for it, TrueTom. They’ll fall over themselves laughing and they’ll think you SO witty. Think of the great NAME you’ll be making for yourself!” Yes, but so far no one has answered the question: “What is H2O 4?”
  2. I’ve never posted one of these here, but I do on other media: My cheating brother took this game right into the toilet and even made the disgusting word. What is wrong with him? There ought to be a law against only scoring 50 on an X played triple letter tile both ways—ex and ax. Fortunately, there is not and I took it. Sanding is mine, too, for 73. For the longest time, my brother clobbered me each game, but now the momentum has shifted and justice again prevails. 408 to 327.
  3. I told my brother about this game that is unfolding and he is finishing up digital equivalents of loaded die and marked cards right now. (and I lowered the price, solely on JWI’s reaction)
  4. I think most have some sense that not everything dovetails, and they dismiss it with: “Is not the judge of the entire earth going to do what is right?’ If the circuit of Israel will not be covered before the end comes, plainly some will not be covered as thoroughly as we would like. Maybe there is a thought that God will prove a “soft touch” at the very end, observing, like he did to Jonah, that “ought I not feel sorry for these dumb animals, who don’t know their right from their left?” Maybe persons like you speak of will go down in the End crossfire and promptly rise in the resurrection
  5. I had my own experience of 30 years ago recounted to me by the one who was my companion at the time: During one of the early pioneer schools, testing out what we had learned, we had been paired together. Upon my ringing the bell, the householder asked: “Are you Jehovah?” ”Oh, no,” I modestly replied. “I would never presume to call myself by the name of the Most High God. I am but a lowly servant of his, trying in my own imperfect way to serve him.” Thirty years later I ran across that companion again and she recounted how every time she reviewed it in her head, she was so impressed a
  6. Come, come—I didn’t insult you. Why do you carry on as though I did? You are not exactly Mr. Rogers, you know. Moreover, that advice from you has worked for the most part—I have stayed out of your way, and you have stayed out of mine. What is wrong with that? We’re not enemies. You’re abrasive, but that doesn’t make us enemies. I had no particular person in mind when I posted that jw.org link about not responding to all accusations. But now that you bring it up— Since you excoriate anyone who deviates a single iota from what has been published, why do you not heed this one? Everyone
  7. Yes, but it would be partly offset by the fact that anyone coming close could be described as a Near Miss.
  8. In a previous incarnation, Cesar told me: “You keep out of my way and I’ll keep out of yours.” That works well enough. Look—it’s the internet, not the congregation. There’s only so much one can do in coming together. You can’t even be sure that people are who they say they are. It is enough that he settles on the side that is right, even if he does take a flamethrower to not just enemies, but even ones who would call themselves allies, though less rigid. And as long as I’m at it, how about this one on Why Jehovah’s Witnesses do not respond to accusations:
  • My favorite is one of those Hollywood blockbusters of decades past—I think ‘The Ten Commandments.’ Early on the distressed Israelites complain that they don’t even know their God’s name. Later on they are as happy as pigs in mud. They have learned it. It is ‘The LORD.’
  • Ha. I’ll get there in knowing what she is doing? Or I’ll get there in knowing what I am doing? Either one works.
  • I am not sure that the principles you cite are the truly relevant ones here. On the other hand, it certainly is true that they are not behaving perfectly. And it is certainly true that I am not exactly saying “Let Jehovah rebuke you” to them. Are you really saying that you think these characters are yet part of the congregation?
  • Rats! Caught in the act once more! Very well. My bluster got the better of me. To clarify, only Srecko is going after God’s people with a machete. 4Jah is using a knife. And Witness, appropriately enough, is using a battle axe
  • Ah—a breath of fresh air, who handles herself well and is doubtless a loyal Christian. But I hope the breath reflects no naïveté. They are doing considerably more than chafing. They are going after Jehovah’s organization with a machete. They are not to be talked out of it. I have not seen one of them budge one iota In all the time I’ve been around. Just so that you should know that. I can think of a way of cutting down on the minions. Not that you should, of course. That’s for you to decide, and I like your expressions. But know what you’re getting into.
  • All are dings, dents, scratches, and pothole damage acquired by driving the cramped and narrow road over the decades. All could have been avoided by leaving the car parked and doing nothing. None are the core teachings of JWs, the combination of such teachings that are found nowhere else. The Name, the ransom, no trinity, no hell, earthly paradise, God’s kingdom as government, the preaching work, earthly resurrection, the reason God allows suffering explained—all core teachings that have been firmly in place for over a century. Do you hold all of these core teachings? Do you hold any
  • Did you really send this silly letter to him? Perhaps not, but in that case it testifies to an entire movement of ones with the unique qualifications of copy and paste ability, ax-grinding, and a peculiar manner of citing vast swaths of verse while making no specific application of them—sort of like a surgeon tossing all his instruments at the patient and thereby imagining his job is done. Anyone reading this ridiculous letter would imagine Morris launching into a wide-eyed, wild-eyed, maniacal Howard Bealesque rant, veritably frothing at the mouth as works himself up. Why didn’t
  • As far as I am concerned, that Wiki article (I assume this is the source—if not, it is exactly what they do these days) is a prime example of what co-founder Larry Sanger complained about —that it is no longer unbiased. It is also the first example I have seen of that unbias going beyond politics. (Granted, I don’t pay overly much attention). Here the bias is to reinforce the anti-cultists. The goal is to discredit Introvigne. Nothing stated is incorrect (probably) but if Sanger’s complaint hold true in scenarios other that pure political, one side is developed in minute detail, and whoev
  • One does get the sense that things are coming together quickly. Let me throw just one more bit of speculation into the pot, so that, in case it happens, I will be able to bill myself as a true prophet. The entire network evening news yesterday consisted of Trump leaving the hospital, flying to the White House via helicopter, and then, just when the news would be signing off—there is was standing framed by the White House door, saluting, and (gasp) removing his mask with defiance. All the whlle the media, who hate him, and who hate the idea of being upstaged by him, must cover him thorough
  • Of course! Actually, I have gone there off and on and I tell them to be sure to read all my comments. They tell me to....well, they decline my offer.
  • So you’re the one keeping it afloat. I’m not even sure that have it in these parts, and I forget just what it tastes like. I’ve pretty much weaned myself off all soft drinks.
  • Yes. This is in the nature of packaging things. It does take time. You think it takes no time if the packaging is done in a parking lot and people have to drive there to fetch it? You think they eat it there in the parking lot because it will take time to transport it home? Forgive me for this. If you like, you can send a letter to God, supplemented by Bible chapters about feeding and caring, and point out that if he really cared, he would make food that didn’t go bad. Come, now. You are just flailing away, revealing nothing more than mean jealousy. Why are you like this?
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