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September 14, 2018

Scaring kids with hell can be deadly

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:27

There’s a strong argument to be made that threatening children with the fictional idea of Hellfire is a form of emotional abuse, as many former believers will attest to, but it gets even worse when people who don’t realize that Hell is imaginary take actions to prevent other people from going there.

It’s the threat of Hell that allegedly prompted 14-year-old Nickalas Kedrowitz of Ripley County, Indiana to kill his two younger siblings, 23-month-old Desiree McCartney and 11-month-old Nathaniel Ritz.


Here is a good reason why we need to enforce the separation of church and state in this country

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 11:24

… every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need… People go to God because of a physical need and they walk away with a spiritual need met. That’s the story of the Gospels. And so government has stepped in, at least in this country, and done all the work for the church. And so the person who’s in need — they look to the government for the answer. Not God. And I think, in that way, government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the entitlement — creation of an entitlement welfare state. I think it’s even bigger. And in this setting, I’ll share the story… I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.

August 19, 2018

I have been in countries with universal health care, they don’t want our system

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 21:14

““Socialized medicine” ”

Police car hits teen while trying to stop him for minor bicycle violation

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Twitter — Scottie @ 11:32


August 14, 2018

Bigotry on display as adults threat harm and castration towards a 12 year old trans girl.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Gender, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Religion, Youth — Scottie @ 13:17

Please notice the call was for churches to enforce an action in a public school.   There was not any problem problem for years.  I don’t believe the girl was “peeking”, I think that was made up to cause trouble for the trans girl.  First kids do not have to peek today to see genitals, they have the internet on just about every device in their lives.   That whole “peeking” thing sounds so old school I am confident a parent made it up.

One parent found out, and took to a private Achille Facebook group to complain. That’s where the threats started. Adults called Maddie by “it” and “thing.” Some said she should be stabbed or beat up. One even suggested it was open hunting season for transgender people. “That’s a threat against her life–that’s scary,” Rose said. “These are adults making threats– I don’t understand it.”


“Why are parents letting their kids be transgender?” said one post. “Parents and Churches need to shut this down, the Bible says God created man, and woman . . . not any transgender bs,” said another. “Hell with new laws and new rules, this is what our future is if WE don’t stop it.”

Others made disturbing threats of violence: “If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.” “Just tell the kids to kick a– in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!!”

August 9, 2018

What have we become. No one can sanction or forgive this. Z

July 31, 2018

Conversion Therapy

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Homosexual, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:57

(cartoon by Clay Bennett)

July 29, 2018

An update on my health

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 09:40

I have waited a while to write this post to see if I could get some improvement, but it seems I have to accept what is.  As most who come here know I have a problem with my bones, and have all my life.   I had to have my right hip replaced in 2004, and my left hip just last year.   I have damage to the spine, both the bone vertebra and the disc material in different spots.  The muscles of the back are thickened and not responding correctly due to years of trying to protect the spine.   The bone problem has also been part of and caused other health issues.

After my left hip operation it was hoped I would be able to walk normally unsupported and I hoped I could do things like bike ride or go back to work in the medical field.   This seemed possible even though I was struggling with pain and lack of strength.    So even though I did not notice the getting worse, others did.   

About a month ago something happened.   I suddenly was having trouble walking again.  My left leg was not responding and there was horrible pain in the muscle in the front of the leg and the knee felt as if it was destroyed.   Same with the right leg , but the left was much worse.  It came on suddenly it seemed, and was intermittent.  I could bend the knee with no problem when there was no weight on it.   I was better sometimes than others.   Some times I simply couldn’t walk even with a cane.

As it happened I was already scheduled to see the pain doctor.  When I told her what was going on she knew what was wrong right away.   I had a MRI last year this time and it showed damage to my  L4-L5 and L5-S1 along with other spots.   Seems the nerves through the L4 and L5 come right around to the muscles in the front of the leg and the knee.    Seems that I have more damage in that area of my back and it is effecting my left leg much more than my right. 

The doctor looked again at the old MRI, figured that the damage got worse.  I have to wait a year for another MRI to be covered under the insurance.  We talked about what to do going forward.  Seems things will not go as I had hoped.   Surgery is not recommended and in fact discouraged as it offers little gain and the results are normally to worsen the problem.   The goal now is to keep me walking with support, and to manage the pain as best we can.   That day they gave me a spinal block, a shot into the spine at those locations.   I will have to have these at least every two months.  I also will be starting the trigger point injections again.   I am using a cane most of the time, except a bit in the house.   

The situation looks like I will be needing a scooter  again soon.  I had to have one when I was in a wheelchair.  My first surgeon told me I would be needing a wheelchair as I aged and it seems he was correct.  I also may have to go back on the stronger medications.  

The good news is this is not life threatening and can be managed.   Yesterday Ron and I went out for breakfast and had planned to go shopping at several stores.  I was able to walk into the restaurant but at the first store I started to have trouble with walking and increased pain.  After the second store which was just a few minutes to get one item , I asked Ron to bring me home.  He did the rest himself.   

I did get really upset over this but that has passed now.  It is part of my life I knew about and have faced before.   I will enjoy everything the best I can.   I have a great support system, great doctors, a home, and a wonderful grand husband.  I just had to wrap my mind around this set back and what it would mean for the future.  

I just wanted to let you all know my plans for the future have changed and why.   Again I want to stress I knew this was possible and even likely.  I do feel I have it a lot better than many in my situation.  I do not feel like a victim in all this.  It is simply living life with health issues, each of us does this every day.   Thanks everyone.  Many hugs

July 19, 2018

I refuse to prend it is not personal anymore. If you still support tRump you are my enemy. I will fight you, I will not be civil. This is my life and the lives of many others you are playing with.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Education, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:03

“The Department of Health and Human Services has sent a clear signal that it doesn’t intend to protect the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals. The Trump-Pence administration’s decision to hide these resources — and the likely forthcoming action from HHS to roll back enforcement of discrimination protections — is shameful and part of a continued effort to rip away access to medical care for women and LGBTQ people.

July 11, 2018

These are the people demanding we be civil. Hugs

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:18

A Planned Parenthood (That Didn’t Perform Abortions) Closes Due to Intimidation

“I’m pretty angry about this,” said Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. “This is not how decent and compassionate people behave. These are actions of harassment and intimidation that are done in the name of faith, religion and Jesus.

PPINK provided copies of a mailer sent to Fort Wayne neighborhoods where a Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner worked. It included her name and picture and said “there are killers among us.” It said the woman enabled “child killing by coordinating abortions off site.” It also gave her home address.

The group responsible for the mailers is Created Equal of Ohio, which also sent a letter to that employee saying it had “launched a campaign to expose the role you” play in enabling abortions. It specifically said the woman counsels women to get an abortion at larger Planned Parenthood facilities and said the campaign against her would stop if she quit her job.

“We’ve had providers that have been told that their life would be unlivable in Fort Wayne if they worked for us,” Gillespie said.

July 10, 2018

Our race to the bottom is won

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:28

July 2, 2018

Marijuana prohibition is racist and criminal, harms kids, and ruins lives | Johann Hari

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Health, History, News, Political, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 14:47

June 1, 2018

As they are trying to do in the US on gay rights, women’s rights, science, sexual rights, gender rights, labor rights, unions, and anything not accepted by illiterate desert dwellers 2000 years ago. Hugs

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:19

(story here) .. (cartoon by Joel Pett)

May 10, 2018

A request from my brother Randy

Filed under: Health, Ideas, My Life and Rants, People I like — Scottie @ 20:06

Randy and I were talking about how much riding my bike has started to help me recover.  He is interested in riding also.  He asked me to see if any of the readers here have some ideas about bikes for him.   He wrote his size below.  He says he is having trouble finding a bike where he lives.    Thanks a lot everyone.  Hugs

6’4″ 300+ lbs. 34″ inseam. Prefer something I could take up north and ride on those dirt roads as well as the paved roads here.


April 28, 2018

We are guilty of harming our own

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Education, Greed, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:59


Filed under: Children, Criminal, Greed, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Tags: , , , — Scottie @ 12:56

April 24, 2018

My view. Religion is like…

Filed under: Atheism, Health, Ideas, Memes, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 16:16


April 7, 2018

NRA wants more gun buyers.

Filed under: Cartoons, Gun Control, Harm, Health, Memes, News, NRA, Political — Tags: , , — Scottie @ 10:22

(cartoon by Keith Tucker)


March 28, 2018

A short update: Oral surgery.

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:00

Hello everyone.  Draw up a piece of the internet and have a sit down.  I just want to update everyone.  I have not been out to as many bogs as I normally get to.  It is not that I have stopped liking all of your blogs, I simply have not felt well.  Plus I have been having appointments that took my time.   I just got back from oral surgery.  I had to have a lot of work on the gums and teeth lately.  So this morning they took out a bad tooth, cut the gums or pulled them from the teeth, cleaned everything, smoothed some places.   They gave me a bone graft to fill the hole the bad tooth came from.  Then they put the gums back and stitch then back up.   I had the lower left done.   I have to have the upper left done and the upper right.   Then the dental work starts.   

So I have a lot of numbing stuff in my mouth now.   Plus I got a whole sheet of instructions for the next two weeks.   No eating for several hours.  Soft foods only, nothing hard or crunching.  No straws.   No hot liquids for a few days.   Plus no brushing that area, but soak it in peridex twice a day.   A bunch of antibiotics.  I turned down the painkillers as I am already on them.   

I hope to be back to the 100 plus blogs and the 300 and up emails I get daily very soon.   Thank you for understanding and again I love all of you.   Hugs

March 21, 2018

So it happened again! A child dies when parents decided to pray away sickness.

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, Health, News, Prayers, Religion, Twitter — Scottie @ 14:20

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