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America! America! God mend thine every flaw

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

I am fearful that our beloved United States of America is going to follow a path (despite the rules laid down by our founders) that defies to protect us from the fate of Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.  All of those places have no tolerance for intellectual freedom much less freedom of religion or freedom to love. 

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I love America with all my heart…   her amber waves of grain are being destroyed by pipelinesHer purple mountain majesty is being blown to bits by coal magnates.

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Her beautiful spacious skies will again be choked with soot and fear.  Her brotherhood of good From sea to shining sea will have to hide and whisper in corners and alleys.

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Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.  Self-control is likened to weakness and liberty to peril. 

I weep, and seek the comfort of the like minded.  I cling to to the lovers of clean air and thought, pristine water and mind, clear air and soul.  Greed is the enemy of all those things. 

America please see what is happening.  Please embrace what our founders saw and tried to keep for everyone after them.  O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years   I repeat –> O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years.  Take that in.

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Till selfish gain no longer stain, the banner of the free!

 

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2013

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

What comes first to your mind when you think of 2013?

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Mario Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis.  He is the first Jesuit pope.  Why is that meaningful you might ask?   To sum it up as briefly as possible –>Jesuits were developed to rally Catholics during the reformation around the middle 1500’s.   They were quite successful and subsequently went in to China and introduced science and astronomy.  The Jesuit doctrine is “to conquer oneself and to regulate one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.”   (inordinate attachment = extortionate connection=corrupt association)  Ah,  words and their subtleties.   There are probably some corrupt associations that aren’t so crazy about the power this guy wields from his message of love and acceptance.

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USA gay marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good thing for the United States is –>The rapid progression of our society.  Boggled as some may be, the Supreme Court reckoned same sex marriage as a “basic matter of equality”. Us inhabitants of the new world have family members,  friends, co-workers, dance partners, cable gals and hairdressers who are gay.  It is on the far side of compassion for any value system that doesn’t accept love and commitment.  We need to notice these tipping points where the good guys win

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It snowed in Cairo, and who can forget Miles Scott? the kid with leukemia.  The make a wish foundation and the city of San Francisco joined to make his dream come true of being bat kid and saving Gotham City.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Batkid-Thousands-cheer-on-pint-size-superhero-4985651.php

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Bad happenings of hate –> bombs at the Boston Marathon, Kenyan shopping Mall attack,  Syrian civil war,

Bad happenings of nature –>Philippine typhoon, A meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk,  Flash floods and land slides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, tornado hit Moore Oklahoma,

Bad happenings as a result of bad policies –> Africa’s Western Back Rhino became officially extinct in 2013

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senseless mass shootings –> Washington Navy Yard, Hialeah, Albuquerque, Santa Monica and more.

more than 30 school shootings in the US in 2013

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Nelson Mandela died after a very long and eventful life

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Limited Government

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

 

What is the role of government in a “Limited Government”?

– It is NOT government’s job to route taxpayer money back to taxpayers to help educate them so they can improve the economy, increase their incomes and pay more taxes.

– It IS government’s job to take taxpayer money and redistribute it to subsidize global corporations that operate in an extremely profitable industry.

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Why is this?

– College students holding down two jobs DO NOT make large campaign contributions to congressmen.

– Lobbyists for big oil DO make large campaign contributions to congressmen.

 

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What advice do our congressmen have for us?

– If you’re a college student with two jobs, get a third.

– If you’re an oil company, plan to spend about half of your government subsidy on campaign contributions in order to keep the pump primed.

– The rest of us should remember that, as with any job in the service industry, the more money you give your congressman the better service you will receive.

 

Non Sequitur

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Thank you for reading. Your lesson in “Limited Government” now concludes.

 

You picked them

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
The new members of our 112th congress is an interesting revolt.  I understand you wanted to get rid of the current congress and oust the old white men who have consistently sat on their laurels and performed business as usual.  In my mind shaking things up would have involved voting for young, black, women.  You chose…

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) opposes gay rights, does not want to honor visitation rights in hospitals for gay couples, does not want gays in the military and wants women to be convicted of murder if they have an abortion and has pushed for other Christian right causes.  She is a Missouri farm wife and schoolteacher who will be appointed to the house armed services committee.

Go to — http://vickyhartzler.com/issues/10/.  She states “the extreme agenda items of the gay movement is a sad chapter that must not be repeated” A few paragraphs later she states “I’ll stand up for an America that allows each of us, regardless of the circumstances of our birth, to achieve the full measure of life.” Maybe she doesn’t know about kids killing themselves due to hateful intolerance and doesn’t realize that being gay is a circumstance of birth.
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Marco Rubio (R-FL), wants to extend the Bush tax cuts.  The Bush tax cuts were temporary because there isn’t enough money to keep them going.  He plans to repeal the health care reform bill.  Why would you want to stop all the wonderful things healthcare reform will do for Americans?  Things like…

1.  Health insurance plans will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to children younger than 19 because they have a pre-existing health problem.

2.  Free preventive care covering cancer screenings, cholesterol tests, mammograms and other preventive services without charging you a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible.

3.  An end to rescissions. This change is designed to prevent insurers from denying coverage to policyholders after they get sick.

4.  individual insurance plans can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-09-22-healthlaw22_ST_N.htm#chart

Why doesn’t Marco Rubio want us to have the advantages of healthcare reform?  Well, If he continues tax cuts for the rich than we can’t afford healthcare reform.

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Renee Elmers (R-NC) created the “conservative freakout” over the ground zero mosque that wasn’t a mosque and wasn’t being built on ground zero.

All of us are descendants of immigrants or actual immigrants who came here to get away from religious intolerance.  We’re here to enjoy the freedom of thought, speech, religious faith, and property ownership.   Now, Renee and the gang have turned against religious freedom out of fear.  She fans the fear of Muslims, and is rallied on by a corrupt biased cable news station.


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Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to endorse some parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because big government has no right to make private lunch counters take down those “Whites Only” signs. “If private lunch counter owners want to prevent blacks from eating there, that’s their right.”

This guy is a bigot, a blatant proud bigot.  If you voted for him, I guess you’re OK with that.  What scares me is so much of the country is OK with that.

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Daniel Webster (R-FL) “has aligned himself with organizations and individuals who advocate the application of biblical law to contemporary society, including wives submitting to their husbands.   In his 2009 talk to a male audience he was telling them to focus on their own obligations rather than those of their wives. When Webster says women should pray if they want to, he’s saying they must do so in order to be obedient to God’s word. “

That is just pure scariness.  You’re afraid of Muslims?  You need to be afraid of this dude.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/julieingersoll/3449/the_real_context_of_the_%22taliban_dan%22_ad/

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Ron Johnson (R-WI)  made his fortune through his company making plastic packaging materials.  He is another of the uber rich who poured his own personal millions into his campaign pretending to be a political insurgent who is going to shake up congress.  He stood on a platform of job creation.  Many voters don’t have time for details they are too busy looking for a job.  People like Ron Johnson don’t give two flying figs about you or your job.  He just wants power and he plans to get his millions back and then some.

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Ben Quayle (R-AZ) the son of former vice president Dan Quayle and columnist for TheDirty.com, hates Obama.  Enough said.

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Joe Manchin (D-WV)  loves coal.  West Virginia loves coal because they don’t know how to make money any other way.  Coal companies blow up mountains and dump coal sludge in valleys and build crappy dams that break and kill mine workers families.  Nice eh?

So anyway, Cap and trade’s carbon taxes would destroy the coal industry.  Coal extraction and energy production is so detrimental to this planet that it would be taxed in to bankruptcy.  The coal industry is convincing you that no other source of energy is feasible.  Your personal income taxes have subsidized coal $500 compared to $7 toward alternative energy research.   Joe Manchin has aimed his sites at destroying the cap and trade bill.  He doesn’t want alternative energy even though it will be for the good of the people of West Virginia as well as the rest of the nation.

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I’m not too excited about your choices.

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By the way, not too long ago there was an industry called “pluming”.  Plumers went down to the everglades, South America and Africa and shot every bird in site and sent the feathers to factories in New York and various other cities.  When environmentalists exposed the appalling slaughter, people yelled out “we need the jobs”  Well, the obvious idiocy made ladies realize that hats with feathers were not a necessity and the industry died and plumers learned a different trade and factories made other stuff.  We’ll survive life without coal.


 

 


“High Hopes”

Sunday, May 16th, 2010
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We deserve to escape stress and acting dumb sometimes works.  I remember one particularly stressful afternoon in an ICU a nurse started singing “High Hopes”.  You know the song ->- “Just what makes that little ole ant think he’ll move that rubber tree plant?” A brilliant nurse stopped and became silly; it made us all chuckle and carry on with a smile and lifted our moods.

Some young man is losing his life in a war, and some dolphin is gasping in a sea full of oil, and some evilness is being plotted for financial advantage.   Other evils are plotted and I don’t understand the advantage, maybe just some kind of revenge, like the stolen Nigerian girls.  What is the advantage of stealing the dreams of young women to make their lives horrifying?

Soldiers going off to wars to die for some cause.  What a strange world we have created.  We get feelings of pride and gratification or at least a feeling of safety from their sacrifices.  I wish we had a world where, no one ever has to endure the impending doom soldiers in war face everyday. I hate the idea of someone dying for my safety.  I wish extremists of every form would just bring it down a notch.  Go hug a baby or something.  Back off the medication or take more — or something.

Being good is insurance for when you’re dumb — Alexis Ohanian

“Don’t be Evil” — Google

Life's simple joys

Life’s simple joys

I have a friend

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I have a friend (I’ll call him Jack) who  came back from Vietnam full of hate.  He hated  “gooks” and he was pretty mad at the rest of us for not understanding what he had just been through.  He explained that his job fixing the lights along the freeway seemed mundane and all the people in the cars just don’t understand the chaos and death and hate going on in the world.

We’re putting on our make-up, changing our radio stations, worrying about our mortgage payments while soldiers are dying for them.  “No one seems to care”.   He went home every night to his wife and kids and they didn’t seem to care or understand either.  He loved her and she him, but,  his wife asked him to leave because he was too angry all the time.  He found a motel room that he rented by the week.

There was also a Vietnamese refugee who was working as a cook and trying to Americanize himself living in that same motel. He was friendly and sat outside his room after work, seemingly enjoying his good fortune while Jack bemoaned his sad fate. I don’t know the details of just how it happened, but,  Jack and the Vietnamese fellow became friends and had beers together and talked and laughed.

Jack brought him to my house and introduced him to my kids.  He was hard to understand, but he was amazingly grateful and that was clear.  Jack  made fun of how he messed up the English language.  Then would teach him how to speak words correctly.  They didn’t become lifelong friends or anything like that, but, both of them had enhanced lives because they allowed each other in.

God is a much better teacher than hate.

By the way, Jack and his wife got back together and are growing old together.  He is still grumpy and unaccepting, but, not so full of hate.

knats says:

hating haters still makes you a hater.

offended by Aquafilia.


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Hello world

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The news makes me want to jab my eyes out.  “Why do you let things bother you?” is the response I often get when I share my disconcert.

Sometimes, you just want to write your thoughts down, get them on paper, or blog, or comment. So here I am, stumbling around and falling over some information that needs to be shared. The authors aren’t always available to me while stumbling; I’ll try to give credit to the sites and authors of information retrieved and commented on. Quotes are in black and my comments are blue.

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