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Yoga Korunta

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Location: United States

One learns, as nothing endures but change.

06 June 2006

Tuesday's Word: Hell

Main Entry: hell
Pronunciation: 'hel
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English helan to conceal, Old High German helan, Latin celare, Greek kalyptein
1 a (1) : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : HADES (2) : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which the damned suffer everlasting punishment -- often used in curses or as a generalized term of abuse b Christian Science : ERROR 2b, SIN
2 a : a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness b : a place or state of turmoil or destruction c : a severe scolding d : unrestrained fun or sportiveness -- often used in the phrase for the hell of it especially to suggest action on impulse or without a serious motive
3 archaic : a tailor's receptacle
4 -- used as an interjection or as an intensive -- often used in the phrase hell of a or hell out of or with the or in - from hell : being the worst or most dreadful of its kind- hell on : very hard on or destructive to - hell or high water : difficulties of whatever kind or size - hell to pay : dire consequences

Today, readers, is the sixth day of the sixth month in the sixth year! Weren't we supposed to have been vaporized by lightning bolts!?! Ha!

For some added fun go to Hell, Michigan. There is an annual race sponsored by the Pinckney Road Runners, which I've attended. See http://www.hell2u.com/. Your blog author has purchased land in Hell, so he has a place to which to retire!

Happy 666!


Blogger barbie2be said...

wasn't there some big news story not too long ago that all the numbers were calculated wrong and the evil number is actually something like 613.

of course, i'd have to actually believe in hell to go there. :)

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

The Christians have been adjusting their figures since the second century. "Trust us. We'll get it right this time!"

Blogger barbie2be said...

and what makes them ( the X-tians) think that we aren't all in hell already?

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

The very point made by one of my professors. Consider man's inhumanity to the innocent.

Religion, as politics, is another tool to control the masses. Both are means to shape economic forces to place the enlightened above the unwashed.

Blogger barbie2be said...

i like to consider myself one of the enlightened unwashed. :)

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

I'm with you, Barbie. Cheers to those who've attained this level without self serving clergy or politicians!

Blogger DivaJood said...

Well, that is one hell of a website, Yoga. I see that they do sell deeds to land in hell.

There is also Hell, Grand Cayman, which is a group of odd ironshore limestone formations on the northwest Grand Cayman that got its name because some local said "this is what hell must look like."

There is a post office, which I've been to, where you can send postcards from hell -- which is much further really than sending postcards from the edge. But that's splitting hairs.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

I ran through Hell several years ago when my cousin was married in Dearborn. It was fun, but not nearly as much fun as picking on the christians!

Blogger barbie2be said...

heh heh heh... i do love how you think.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Thank you, Barbie!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David,

Maybe Ohio should change its name to Hell-666! Since you will not read attachment - here is an article about Ohio from the NY Times:
Block the Vote, Ohio Remix
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Published: June 7, 2006
If there was ever a sign of a ruling party in trouble, it is a game plan that calls for trying to win by discouraging voting.

The latest sign that Republicans have an election-year strategy to shut down voter registration drives comes from Ohio. As the state gears up for a very competitive election season this fall, its secretary of state, J. Kenneth Blackwell, has put in place "emergency" regulations that could hit voter registration workers with criminal penalties for perfectly legitimate registration practices. The rules are so draconian they could shut down registration drives in Ohio.

Mr. Blackwell, who also happens to be the Republican candidate for governor this year, has a history of this sort of behavior. In 2004, he instructed county boards of elections to reject any registrations on paper of less than 80-pound stock — about the thickness of a postcard. His order was almost certainly illegal, and he retracted it after he came under intense criticism. It was, however, in place long enough to get some registrations tossed out.

This year, Mr. Blackwell's office has issued rules and materials that appear to require that paid registration workers, and perhaps even volunteers, personally take the forms they collect to an election office. Organizations that run registration drives generally have the people who register voters bring the forms back to supervisors, who can then review them for errors. Under Mr. Blackwell's edict, everyone involved could be committing a crime. Mr. Blackwell's rules also appear to prohibit people who register voters from sending the forms in by mail. That rule itself may violate federal elections law.

Mr. Blackwell's rules are interpretations of a law the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature passed recently. Another of the nation's most famous swing states, Florida, has been the scene of similar consternation and confusion since it recently enacted a law that is so harsh that the Florida League of Women Voters announced that it was stopping all voter registration efforts for the first time in 67 years.

Florida's Legislature, like Ohio's, is controlled by Republicans. Throughout American history both parties have shown a willingness to try to use election law to get results they might otherwise not win at the polls. But right now it is clearly the Republicans who believe they have an interest in keeping the voter base small. Mr. Blackwell and other politicians who insist on making it harder to vote never say, of course, that they are worried that get-out-the-vote drives will bring too many poor and minority voters into the system. They say that they want to reduce fraud. However, there is virtually no evidence that registration drives are leading to fraud at the polls.

But there is one clear way that Ohio's election system is corrupt. Decisions about who can vote are being made by a candidate for governor. Mr. Blackwell should hand over responsibility for elections to a decision maker whose only loyalty is to the voters and the law.


Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

I agree, John. The Ohio GOP is as corrupt as they come. Thank you for this article. Is the body politic this bad in Republica Dominicana?

Blogger Helen Wheels said...

Love your post. I can't go to Hell either since I don't buy the Christian (or any other) religious beliefs. But I would like to go to Hell.... Michigan sometime!

I'm from Illinois. Can't believe I didn't know about Hell, MI. Rats.

Anonymous Doug Hoffman said...

You mean you have to buy real estate in Hell? I always thought my place there was guaranteed, given that I don't accept JC as my Lord and Savior!

Damn. Now where will I go when I die?

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

There's always Crawford!

Blogger barbie2be said...

or Cabo! i like Cabo, they have good margaritas there! ;)

Blogger soapbox.SUPERSTAR said...

Do you still run David?

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Barbie, let's go for Margaritas!

Misty, I run less often now. Anything in mind?

Blogger barbie2be said...

let's go david, i'm always ready for a margarita!


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