Posts made in December, 2012

Pro-life Pro-gun, any sane person can see that can’t possibly work

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Local Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I have some friends, well one that I am thinking of as I write this, who is all butthurt because people are starting to talk, just talk mind you, about regulating the sales of assault weapons in the United States.  People are just starting to talk, talk mind you, about closing the gunshow loopholes and actually enforcing the laws already on the books and maybe, just maybe reinstating the assault weapon ban.  This friend is more than willing to sacrifice any number of other people’s children to defend his “right” to bear arms.  If you call him out on that truism though he gets his feelings hurt.  He doesn’t like feeling like a monster.  Maybe he should value children as much as he values his guns.  Of course he only knows half of the 2nd amendment to the constitution but that is the only part that’s important to him.

This same friend likes to think that allowing religious fanatics to legislate what potentially life saving medical procedures women can access makes him somehow “pro-life.”  I guess that’s how he looks at himself in the mirror in the morning.  Take away a woman’s rights to her own body, make sure if she gets raped she carries that rape baby and ;condemn her to a hell he doesn’t even believe in if she so much as asks for financial help raising that child.  He doesn’t think women should be able to make decisions about what happens to their own bodies but he want’s me to feel sorry for him because someone is talking about maybe regulating his murderous toys.  Boo fucking hoo.

 

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Michigan GOP passes so called “Right To Work” bills at behest of Koch Brothers

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics | 0 comments

I wonder, I really do, if the short sighted fools who comprise today’s GOP have the capacity to look beyond today and see how much damage they are doing not just to the country but to their political party and their political hopes for the future.  People will not forget this trampling of the American way, they will not forget this end run around democracy and they will not forgive plunging the state into poverty any more than the nation will for attempting to do the same to it.

The GOP and their propagandists at Fox News have proven to be anti-American liars at every turn and people, even many of the “true believers” are starting to wake up to that.  The -problem the GOP is facing is that reality doesn’t cease to exist just because you convince a bunch of self-righteous fools that what they want to hear is the truth.  Facts don’t stop being true just because someone with weak faith doesn’t want to face them.  And the truth has a way of revealing itself regardless of how deeply the willfully ignorant bury their heads in the sand.

The Presidential Election of 2012 opened the eyes of a lot of people who thought Fox news was actually telling them the truth.  Oh sure, they could have known long before but they hid their friends news feeds on Facebook so they wouldn’t have to read any of the “liberal media” that reported on actual facts.  They unfriended their friends who cared enough to try to tell them the truth because they didn’t want to hear it.  Now, though, they’ve been shown for the fools they are.

The people they elected, the policies they supported through their votes are still causing damage to America.  They don’t care about the future.  They don’t care about the American people.  They march to the tune of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Alderson, or to the NRA because they honestly believe that what makes them American is their hatred of other people, especially women, the poor and blacks.  They think owning a gun makes them American.  Well it doesn’t.  All these kinds of thinking do is move our country closer to being like Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine or Iraq.

Think about the nations around the world where there is little to no gun regulation and where the government is overrun by the religious conservatives.  This is where these “Americans” want to take our country.  Oh if it’s put to them clearly and honestly they’ll deny it.  They’ll deny it sincerely because they are too short sighted to see where their beliefs and votes lead. They’re too foolish to understand the system they are setting up and when the consequences come to fruition they will be shocked, utterly shocked because they’re also too delusional and too certain of their own infallibility to think for one minute that they were wrong.

The GOP may never recover from the kinds of legislation those who are acting in their name are ram-rodding through and it’s their own fault.  They actively courted these kinds of social issues.  As far back as Reagan they made it a part of their platform to value the fetus more than a woman and to demonize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  At any time someone could have stated the obvious, “This is wrong!”  But they chose not to because evil men grasping for power promised them millions of evangelical voters if they would embrace such hateful and evil policies.

Don’t think Christianity is getting away unscathed either.  Even though real Christianity has nothing to do with the hate and fear mongering that has been attributed to it, because the Evangelicals, Fundamentalists and Southern Baptists have embraced the oppression of women for their own political power and gain, as well as the demonizing of GLBT people and because they have attempted to legislate their own brand of unBiblical morality, they have tarnished the very name of Christianity.   Moderate Christians are also to blame for ignoring this and not speaking out against it.  Even now people who go to church every Sunday don’t want to hear what the majority of the country is starting to say about Christianity.  They don’t want to hear it because they don’t really care about God or Christanity.  They just care about their comfortable faith that doesn’t ask anything of them and lets them sit in a pew for an hour a week then go on out into the world and spread their self-righteous hatred of anyone different than they are.

It’s time and past time to look to the future.  It’s time and past time to count the cost of silence in the face of evil and lies.  The people who deliberately choose them have no one to blame but themselves.  Shame on them and shame on the legislators who think they can do as they please, subverting the will and the very foundation of what America was founded upon.

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Dawn phones home before leaving Vesta

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Science | 0 comments

The spacecraft Dawn just spent a year in orbit around an asteroid named Vesta.  What Dawn discovered is that Vesta is no ordinary asteroid but a protoplanet left over from the formation of our solar system.  Vesta has a core, mantle and crust much like Earth does, although significantly smaller since Vesta is approximately the size of Arizona.  Still this is a remarkable discovery.  Scientists have thought for a long time that the asteroid belt was debris, left over from the chaotic formation of the solar system.  Vesta is not debris but the seed of a planet.

Dawn is now on a two year journey to visit Ceres, designated a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt.  Who knows what amazing new things we will learn from there.

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Fiscal Cliff and Republican’s pathological* hatred of the government of the USA

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics | 0 comments

That’s right, they hate our government with a passion so intense it’s almost holy.  That’s why they threatened to default on our debts and tarnished our once spotless credit rating.  How is that fiscally responsible or conservative?  It’s not.  It’s the actions of a bunch of tantrum throwing rich white men who think that they should be able to lie, cheat and steal all they want and not ever be made to face anything remotely resembling consequences.  They don’t care if they destroy America.  They believe that they have enough money that when they do manage to bring this once great country to its knees, they won’t feel the pain of it.  They don’t care that they are destroying what our founding fathers fought, bled and in some cases died for.  All they care about is their own wealth and power.

They are also pathological* liars and they have lied so shrilly and so adamantly for so long that they now believe their own lies.  That’s why they were shocked when Obama won.  Not only did their attempts to cheat citizens of the USA out of their right to vote fail, but their attempts to buy the election outright via Fox News and Tagg Ryan buying voting machines that were sent to swing states like Ohio and Florida failed.  They thought they could pull another coup like GWBush did in 2000.  Anton Scalia was more than ready, I’m sure,  to defy the will of the voters in an election to put a republican on the throne, I mean in the oval office.

And that is why they are in a tizzy over the fiscal cliff.  They are incapable of facing reality.  They are unwilling to see reason for any reason and constitutionally incapable of thinking about anyone but themselves and what they want.  The people who blindly follow them and vote for them do so because the religious right has allied with them, promising millions of voters in exchange for their souls, I mean a proximity to power that the leaders of the religious right find too heady to willingly forego.

These people are anti-American, un-Christian and the ones who signed the pledge to Grover Norquist are arguably traitors.   America stands for democracy, for freedom (that means for women too) and at one time it stood for science, innovation and a bold future.  Now we have science deniers in the chambers of congress marching to the tune of corporations whose only concern is how much money they can get for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil we have to grow our food in.  They don’t care if they leave a toxic wasteland for our children.  Their children will have the money to have their own hydroponics farms in greenhouses far away from the poor and working class.

It’s shameful that people have closed their eyes to the facts and turned their backs on the truth.  Because in so doing they have sold their birthright as American citizens to the plutocracy.

 

*I am not a psychologist and so cannot, nor do I intend to use the term in a clinical sense.

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The Christmas Season

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Theo-Philosophical Treaties on The Issues of The Day | 0 comments

So we enter the Christmas Season in all of it’s illuminated and decorated glory.  I’ve been spoiled for choice for things to write about for this blog and because of it I didn’t chose any of it.  I had hoped with the election that congress, specifically the Teapublicans in the House of Representatives would have had some kind of survival instinct kick in and start working for the people of the United States of America like they were elected to do.  Sadly this has not been the case.  I had hoped that after the election when the rape brigade from the Teapublican party were soundly thrashed by defeat they would stop trying to legislate woman’s bodies like pieces of prime rib.  Sadly that has not happened.

So I’m going to write about Christmas.  Christmas is a glorious time of the year.  It is a time when, allegedly, we stop for a moment and think about all of the other people in our lives.  The gifts we give are to honor them and demonstrate in a tangible way all of the emotions of love, friendship and kindness we have within ourselves for those around us.  Christians celebrate the birth of Christ and the gifts also represent the gift of the baby Jesus from God to humanity.  Others celebrate for their own reasons, be they Hanukkah the festival of lights or Kwanzaa both of which are longer than the single day that Christians celebrate but they  celebrate around the same time and become part of a larger celebration, a celebration of humanity and kindness and love that transcends our individual reasons.

That’s why the stampedes on Black Friday are such an abomination.  They tarnish everything that the entire season and the entire reason for looking for deals is about.  What I love, is not saving a few dollars on an item but finding that thing that makes someone’s face light up with joy when they see it and sometimes that’s not a purchased item.  Sometimes what makes someone really happy is giving them a gift of time.  Giving someone a day off from housework or baby sitting or even just doing the laundry for a week so someone else doesn’t have to.  Running an errand  weeding that spot in the garden that got away from them.  So many little things that might mean more than yet another toy or cheaply made electronic device that’ll be forgotten before the wrapping paper hits the floor.

It’s not about the gifts you get, although those can be nice, it’s about the gifts you give and the love that they are given with.  A gift doesn’t have to be bought, it can be made.  The best gift you can give someone though, is to get to know who they truly are, to listen to them, to find out what they really need and then do what you can for them.  Do something that gives someone 5 minutes of time for themselves.  Do something that’s been nagging someone for a while that they just haven’t gotten around to doing, fixing that outlet, that drippy faucet, duct taping that vent that leaks, patching that crack in their driveway.  Give of yourself, don’t just throw money at people.  Not that I don’t enjoy a gift card now and again.  I think everyone does but that’s not the only way to give to someone.  Offer to help clean out and organize that garage that is slowly filling up with stuff.  Do something that lightens someone’s load and buys them a bit of breathing room.

Just some thoughts for what they’re worth.

 

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