May 2, 2015
April 29, 2015
This is well said, written with intelligence and compassion. I read it twice to take it all in. We have to understand the reasons why the violence is happening and why the people are angry. People with no hope have no reason for restraint and no where to turn other than the crowd and the mob. Hugs
April 28, 2015
April 20, 2015
It is the fight. The good fight; a fight to realize our own truths, to grow into who we truly are. Without our fight, without our dreams, our soul becomes stagnant, suffocated, struggling to breathe. It is in the dying of our selves that we become what some call “wiser” or “grown-up.” We look back to what we now consider foolish pursuits and say, that was a waste of time. But, was it? Or does the time we waste belong in the action of non-pursuit? Was the time that we spent dreaming, conjuring, planning and setting course to achieve wholeness truly wasteful? My answer is no.
via The Good Fight.
I found this an interesting and insightful read. Ron and I have always followed our dreams as much as we possibly could. While we are not wealthy from them and in fact lose money we have priceless memories we still talk of and share together. It is amazing how the human spirit will soar when you are doing something you dream of doing and enjoy so much. Please give the article a read over, it is very interesting. Hugs
April 15, 2015
As I said before, When Randy writes he really writes. He is good, smart, fair minded, and kind. He also can put stuff together I can’t. Please go and see how well he dealt with all the issues of this subject. Hugs
an excerpt below :
We have somehow become this “Christian Country”, if you believe the hype, but despite judging and prosecuting someone for their mistakes and crimes, despite placing them in a prison as punishment, we have decided to remove their humanity as well. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that a criminal is a horrible person from the moment of incarceration until death and no longer worth consideration as a human being who has lost his way and needs to be brought back onto the path.
What is the result: These people are so likely to be back in prison because they are unable to cope with the mounting and debilitating costs of being in a society that places harsher expectations upon those least able to meet them. But, it’s acceptable because these are dirty criminals who deserve any smack in the head that comes their way. The continuing financial ruin visited upon them, their family, it’s somehow justified.
Is it any wonder we allow some corporations to profit in the most obscene manner upon their misfortune? We Americans who decided slavery was ok because those were not really people. We Americans who decided that wholesale butchery of the Native Peoples and stealing their lands was acceptable because they were not really people? Yep, we same Americans who visit back breaking conditions on normal life issues for the men, women, and children who have broken our rules as well as their families who have the misfortune in life to actually love those dirty law breakers.
April 7, 2015
This is a great web site I go to daily for political news. I really enjoy it as it is so full of interesting items. However three times a week this site posts the many many hateful or unscientific things people have said about gay people. He lists the many posts and videos, audio posts from the religious haters. It is something I am grateful the author does as it makes it easy for me to find. However Ron worries about me spending hours wading through the many posts of hateful things. He says he can see my personality change and my depression starting if I do it too long. I use to try to post a rebuttal on many of them , either through post or through a video. So I have started just posting the most outrageous or craziest of them. I still go and read them, I just let them wash off me as really stupid shit I don’t need to keep thinking on. That is the reason I am posting the link. I want you all to know what to find this information should you need it. Thanks and hugs, I am about to dive into the swill of hate from the frantic right.
April 5, 2015
First before you read this wonderful post I borrowed from this blog https://myatheistlife.wordpress.com/ a blog I read, enjoy and like, I have to add a few thoughts of my own. I am not a monotheist as most of you know. However I am also not against faith nor the powers of the natural. I dislike the term super natural as I think it is used to describe things not true for a business sake. All powers and energies not scientifically understood in my view are still natural. We just have not figured them out yet.
It may surprise you to know I have several blogs I go to that are run by and have a christian theme and I do not insult or make fun of them. The reason is these people understand the difference between their personal faith and the big business of organised religions. I would never insult or demean people with that understanding and to tell the truth my own life at 17 was saved by a man and his family who understood that ideal. Faith is internal and between you and what ever you worship, religions are businesses for the purpose of making money and showing off.
I do believe in powers, I think people can tap into them, I feel and see energy bands, I have an idea of a life after my mortal one as I believe my essence to be energy. I love parts of some other faiths, the Native Indians have a faith system I respect and find soothing. I often listen to the native chants and songs even thought I can’t speak the words the music says something to me and helps me. I like the message of the Buddhist and find wisdom in the ideas of enlightenment, wanting what you have instead of having what you want. I am pagan and I love and wear symbolic amulets, I am trying to find more inside my self and relate it to my world outside my self. I believe I can channel energy, I am some what gifted physically and I see things others don’t see, or sometimes I see them more. If I am still I believe I can get feelings of the right things to do or be warned of danger. I believe in Karma. I love the dragon that comes to my home to play with my cats and enjoy being with us. Maybe I could say I have faith in the force of Star War’s fame.
Having said all that and there is more, it is a faith of mine, personal to me. While Ron and I are both pagans and we both believe in magic we have different ways of understanding our faith, practicing it, and we differ in which parts we excel in. That is what I mean by faith. It is very very personal. We get together with others who think like we do and all of us are somewhat different in ideas and gifts of energy. This is why I often say I wouldn’t want my faith taught in schools, nor would I want laws made based on it. My faith can not be pushed on anyone, it is not their faith. Now many have asked and I have shown and taught them as best I could and then they develop their own faith. I hope you can see the difference. I hope you can understand why I dislike religion greatly and I have issues with most of them, the holy books they use. It is not an attack on personal faith, it is an attack on a behavioral control system which takes money from the lowest rung and give it to the people at the top. Religion is a business to make money. Faith is a way to live. Religion can be forced on others and legislated, my faith can not. I think the same is true for the many people who come to my blog and I know who have a personal faith in one god. That is OK and good with me. They don’t make a religion out of it, it is their faith and with it they do great things. Another way to say it is faith guides your actions, religion forces actions on others. If you have questions of comments on my views of this , please just write me or comment and I will talk with you, but I need to move to the next point here.
One thing the author of the post I hope you will read ( and watch the video as I thought it funny )is how often we just take things for granted and don’t think about them, the reasons why they are, or the real object of them. We just go with the flow, it is has been that way so long, or our emotions have been played so well we did not notice the real truth behind the veneer of what we are shown. This post brings out a truth that I failed to connect to even with all my forced bible readings and chapel times. Thanks and I hope to hear from you all soon, enjoy the post, I did. Hugs
I am not so stupid to know that some form of jail or prison is necessary for some crimes. In my mind it would be a place that would hold the prisoners in societal settings of dignity and respect. The reason for hold a person here would be to insure treatment, schooling, teaching of things the person needs to be able to rejoin society, to get abuse treatment, and any thing necessary to make the person able to be a viable member of society. Would my way cost more, yes in the short term, but tell me which prisoner you want to move next to you, the one with all the help and services or the one use to a brutal life where might equals right and that strength entitles them to anything they wish who have no skills to use in society? I don’t need another thug, but I welcome a healed human to join my community. I know my knowledge is limited, so if there are people out there with some ideas, I am open to them. Hugs
Since opening in 1994, the ADX has remained not just the only federal supermax but also the apogee of a particular strain of the American penal system, wherein abstract dreams of rehabilitation have been entirely superseded by the architecture of control.
also read :
One day in 2009, Jones was in the rec yard and spotted Michael Bacote, a friend from back home. The familiar face was welcome but also troubling. Bacote was illiterate, with an I.Q. of only 61, and suffered from acute paranoia. He had been sent to the ADX for his role as a lookout in a murder at a Texas prison, and he was not coping well. His multiple requests for transfers or psychological treatment had been denied. He was convinced that the Bureau of Prisons was trying to poison him, so he was refusing meals and medication. “You would have to be blind and crazy yourself not to see that this guy had issues,” Jones said, shaking his head. “He can barely function in a normal setting. His comprehension level was pretty much at zero.”
March 26, 2015
I can’t believe in the year 2015 I have to go over this again. I remember serving two tours in the US military back in my young days and this was clear to us then. How did ego and stupidity move in so completely. I posted two excerpts below and I underlined what I thought was the important parts, such as you can not legislate on the basis of religion. It totally ruins the entire idea our government was founded on. It is not constitutional and it denies freedom and pursuit of happiness to everyone except that religious leader that suddenly has become the law. That is a theocracy and we are not one of those. Isis is, the Taliban is, we are not. So can the people pushing your GOD as all the law please stop. You are not even honoring all the laws of your holy book. On the second point, the courts power and authority do not come from GOD, nor any religion, despite how powerful old Pat thinks he is. The court gets its authority from the Constitution. Now the people who came here in the beginning wanted away from others telling them how to worship, they wanted freedom of their religion but also freedom FROM other peoples religion. There were many different religious groups and we even quickly grew a few home grown ones. States were founded because groups moved apart to be able to practice what they saw as their one true religion separate from the others. Pennsylvania mean anything to anyone, or how about Utah. Speaking of Utah that alone should show that marriage has changed over time and often just for political reasons. Old man smith wanted more than one woman to be having sex with and he liked them young, they don’t talk back so much that way, so multiple wives came in to being, just that quick and easy. Oh but after a while they wanted to join the union of the states, and even though it was a holy edict to have them as many young girls in their bed as possible, they just up and said, “hey not anymore, we changed the meaning and definition of marriage AGAIN”! So unless you are willing to research and admit the truth of history, please stop demanding your personal dream ideas are the truth and way of life. Hugs
The AFA’s president, Tim Wildmon — who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as continuing “the group’s long tradition of anti-gay propagandizing and activism” — elaborated on the ad on the AFA’s website: “Our message is one of truth, yet very simple: God, in His great wisdom, profoundly established the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman.”
Not so, claims Hrafnkell Haraldsson on Politics USA.“The only problem with all this is that it is not true. And if the Religious Right is free to believe that their god invented marriage, they are not free to legislate it on the basis of that belief. The First Amendment, not the Bible, is the law of the land, and it prohibits such lawmaking, regardless of how many Christians there might be who think this way (and there are fewer every day).”
Haraldsson, whose bio says he has degrees in history and philosophy and considers himself a “modern-day heathen,” is a columnist for Jason Easley’s website, which brags its mission is “real liberal politics.” He goes on to write, “Factually, marriage was in existence as a social contract for many centuries before anyone heard of little Israel.”
Haraldsson also takes issue with the AFA’s claim that marriage “was God’s plan and purpose for civilization from the beginning. He created man and woman as distinctly separate but inherently compatible; each unique yet sexually complementary — providing both the means for and the ideal relationship within which to raise children from that union.”
His counterargument is that “people had been getting married for many centuries and without regard for the god of the Bible. Ancient cultures, like the Romans, viewed child-bearing as a means of combating death by leaving a copy of yourself after you were gone.”
You would be saying that God has no place in our public square and, in a nation founded to secure freedom for those being persecuted for their faith, such a decision would be a tragic irony. In so doing you would not only risk another Roe v. Wade tear in our cultural fabric, but also effectively delegitimize the very power of the court itself to rule justly.”
This guy is so sick and so stupid. I can not imagine how the republican party can find wisdom in anything he says. Yes he is one of their big speakers , running around the country giving talks for the GOP. But do you find anything intelligent in his remarks. The other day he gave a story about breaking into an atheist home, raping his minor daughters, killing his wife and cutting off the guys penis, all the while saying that it must be OK because the guy was an atheist and therefor had no concept of right or wrong. Look I have nothing against anyone worshiping a deity, but use your brain people. I can tell you for sure that atheists have a moral code, that they know right from wrong. We all do. You do not need god to tell you that breaking into stuff not yours with out legal due process is not right, raping kids is not right, and if you need a god to tell you killing someone is not right, you are not right! Really. If you say that well my god says it is wrong to kill but if he had not said it then it would be OK and a right thing to do, you don’t know wrong from right despite any deity you worship. Now this moron is saying just grab a girl and marry her, and dang, no more gay. He has not a clue and any one who follows him has no clue. First people are born gay, and it wont change if your molested, raped, or given all the other sex you can stomach. I had sex with females , and it did not make me straight. I have read so many stories of straight guys who were raped and molested as alter boys, they did not turn gay. I can tell you that sex against your will wont change your orientation but it sure will make you pissed off. Second will some one tell him the right to marry is not just the right to grab a opposite sex person and marry them, it is the right to marry the person you LOVE. Now maybe old Phil just has sex with anyone, cousins, other close relatives, but it not the reason we all get married, we get married because of love and wanting to spend a life with someone, and that right is what we are fighting for and protecting for everyone. I pity being a woman in his home or family. Hugs