Category Archives: Christianity

Paul Ryan Has A Plan

Congressman Paul Ryan has a plan. Yes, he has a plan to end poverty in America. “I want to talk about how we can expand opportunities in America. I don’t have all the answers; nobody does. But, by working together, we can build a healthy economy.” So, how will this blessed event occur? Simple. Consolidate all federal anti-poverty programs into one block, turn over this sum to the States, allow them to decide how best to distribute the money, and, voila! Poverty is ended. Ryan emphasized his plan is “budget neutral” which means not an extra cent for those who are poor. Of course, he wants to reduce taxes which means millions of dollars extra for those who have millions. For some reason, Mr. Ryan wants budget neutrality for the poor, but when it comes to the wealthy, the sky is the limit. The Congressman of the wealthy does not offer any ideas as to what would happen if some States decided to use this money for other purposes? Oh, I forgot, all they have to do is take their rationale to the Supreme Court which will agree the wealthy are an oppressed class in America!

In fairness to Paul, let me note he believes if only poor people could get solid advice from someone that would somehow end their poverty. In other words, the Ryan Program is based on poor folk going to an office, getting advice from some bureaucrat– one who works for a State government– and this ends being poor. Gee, I wonder why I never thought of this brilliant idea to end poverty in America??

Rick Perry To The Border

If you are an American citizen, the good news is your night will not be disturb by hordes of criminals wandering the streets of your neighborhood. I can now promise each and every American the days of fear are over! Governor Rick Perry of the great state of Texas has mounted his horse, and dashed toward the border with Mexico in order to stand, armed with assault rifles in order to blast away at the hordes of Mexicans headed for the border. Rick has ordered over a thousand National Guardsmen to take up arms and march toward the Rio Grande in order to prevent an invasion of ‘those people.’ Governor Perry believes the recent arrival of Mexicans has become a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. He believes we need the National Guard, more Border Patrols, jet planes, and the assistance of our Navy in order to repel terrorists headed for America.

Of course, the new “horde” consists of children fleeing from beatings, rape and murder in their native lands. They seek refuge with relatives in America which certainly classifies as a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. Naturally, Governor Perry blames you-know-who for this “disaster.” Just check with whoever is discussing illegal immigrants on Fox News and they will make clear the you-know-who is none other than the you-know-who inhabiting the White House.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce made a weekend visit to Honduras and returned to inform Americans that children were fleeing due to economic interests, not due to fear of violence. During his weekend, Congressman Pearce never left the hotel due to his fears of violence. Oh well, a weekend makes anyone an expert, particularly if he never left the hotel!

I Do Not Understand Sudan Muslims

I have been fortunate in life meeting many outstanding people who adhere to the Muslim religion. The doctor who saved my life is Muslim as well as very close friends so it baffles me when encountering those of the Muslim faith who violate its basic principles in the name of Allah. The vast majority of Muslims in this world are just like Christians or Jews or Buddhists. Basically, most humans are decent and not into violence– sorry, Fox News, you folk are the exception to the rule of decency. A few months ago in the nation of Sudan a woman named Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for the heinous crime of converting from the Muslim religion to that of Christianity. In the nation of Sudan, it is perfectly OK for a Muslim man to marry a woman of another faith, but it is death for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian. Actually, Meriam was raised as a Christian and married a Sudan Christian who also had an American citizenship.

Anyway, after being sentenced to death, the Sudan High Court reversed the decision and she was able to leave the country. The Muslim religion guarantees the right of people to practice their religion. It is only in nations such as the Sudan that this basic principle is violated. Meriam is now in Italy and will soon be in the arms of Pope Francis!

I Got A Right To Blast Away!

I, along with millions of men and women served in the United States armed forces where we learned how to use weapons of war. Actually, I was an above average rifleman and was urged to become a sniper. My sergeant persuaded me not to pursue that line of fighting since snipers are in dangerous places on the battlefield. Thus, my confusion reading about men and women who so love their rifle or handgun or whatever. A weapon only makes sense if you are in combat, but why would anyone in his right mind desire to carry around a gun? Ronald William Prestage, current President of National Pork Producers decided to carry a gun into the Rayburn Office building in Washington D.C. Perhaps, he was disturbed about the pork bills sifting through Congress as our representatives attempt to get goodies for people in their district–or people who donate money for the pork. Oh, he does have a permit for a concealed weapon in the state of South Carolina. Sorry, as of this moment, that is not recognized in the District of Columbia. I am certain Justice Scalia will rule that people have a right to enter Congressional buildings with guns!

A few days ago, the press secretary for Republican Congressman Tom Marino, Ryan Shucart, was halted as he attempted to enter the Rayburn Building with a loaded gun. What goes on with these nut cases? Why a gun in the Rayburn Building? Of course, perhaps, Mr. Shucart is getting bored with the inaction of Congress and seeks a bit of excitement?

Say, Whatever Happened To Iraq??

During the past two weeks the world has been focused upon events in Ukraine and in Gaza. World leaders are issuing statements, making claims, offering advice and threatening action if the other side does or does not do something. As our gaze shifts to the Ukraine or to Gaza, our gaze does not shift to Iraq. Hey, remember, there is a war still going on in Iraq. We complain about leaders of Hamas, but what about leaders of the Iraq government? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to refuse any compromise with Sunni leaders, and has lost confidence of Kurd leaders in Iraq, and ISIS continues to hold large areas of northern Iraq. It amazes me how short is our attention span on any issue in the Middle East. From day one when President George Bush refused UN requests for more time to check out the presence of alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction, the American response to anything connected with Iraq is to blunder along without any logical policy.

Iraq is a greater mess than the situation in Gaza. It is a nation tottering on the brink of collapse. Is ISIS gains control of Iraq this means it possesses the money and power to engage in biological warfare as well as pursue a nuclear component. Is it possible for our State Department to focus on two issues -simultaneously??

Activist Judges Rule The Land

As the reader recalls, for the past twenty years, Republicans have been decrying and complaining about “activist judges” who sit in Washington making decisions that impact the lives of Americans. Brown vs Bd of Education in 1954 ended the constitutional right of those who believed in segregation and FORCED those American citizens to bend to the authority of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. For decades the Republican chant of “activists judges” has sounded the cry for action. Republicans have been demanding that ‘THE PEOPLE’ should rule, not nine unelected Judges! However, for some strange reason, Republican leaders apparently do NOT object to ACTIVIST JUDGES WHEN their decisions agree with Republican beliefs. For example:

1. Corporations are people with the right of free speech.

2. Guns are OK for everyone at any time and no state has the right to prevent Americans for possessing guns. Of course, for TWO HUNDRED YEARS, the Supreme Court said it was constitutional to have gun laws.

3. Corporations have the right to practice their religion and force others who work for them to obey their version of religious freedom.

A Federal Appeals Court just ruled that subsidies to people under the Affordable Care Act is not legal since the law says subsidies can only be “given through an exchange established by the State.” In other words, Federally established health care programs can not give subsidies to those lacking money for health care!

Sorry, Death Is Death

There is a difference when young men and women go off to fight in wars from those who witness death in their own homes. Members of the military understand that dying is a possibility if one is involved in a war. But, for those of us who are at home watching TV or playing with iPads, the concept of dying is beyond our comprehension. My home, my bedroom, my kitchen are safe places in the world so how could I die. Cassidy Stay,age15, was at home with dad and mom and two brothers and sisters when there was a knock on the door. A voice said he was a delivery man with a package. The door was opened. It turned out to be Ronald Lee Haskell, former husband of mom’s sister and he insisted that his former wife was some place in the house. Finally, he lined up the entire family, and proceeded to fire two bullets into the body of each person. Two parents are dead, two little boys are dead and two little girls are dead. He did not kill Cassidy Stay. She lives on. They held a funeral for her family and Cassidy said they were in a “better place.” It is a statement of sorrow, it is a plea of hope, it is the only way this young girl can make some sort of understanding of what happens in gun crazy America.

I am 83 going on 84. Death is the end. Sure,I tell people that I am going to heaven. But, reality,there is no better place elsewhere but here on planet Earth. Oh, Cassidy, I so wish your comment was accurate. The most important thing that Cassidy can do for the rest of her life is fight to end possession of guns in the hands of people in this gun-crazy nation!

No Fly, No War?

The killings continue in Gaza as the Israel army continues its campaign to wipe out launching facilities that send rockets into Israel. A new twist on this story concerns decisions by most major airlines to cease any flights in or out of Israel. After all, if rockets are in the air, the last thing desired is to have planes up in the sky. One suspects this ban was never anticipated by those planing the invasion of Gaza. Then again, has the Israel government a plan to end death for its citizens that goes beyond the present moment in time? UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reflects the feelings of many nations in demanding that Israel halt its current attacks in Gaza. Each minute, each hour, each day, the number of deaths grows higher and higher.

Let me make clear, that every nation in the world has a right to respond to military attacks upon its soil. No nation has to sit idly by while rockets descend upon its people. The right to employ force against violence is NOT the issue. The issue, and it will continue to be the issue is: what is the future of Israel as a society? Is the goal seizure of the entire West Bank and removal of Palestinians from the area? Is so, then the current invasion of Gaza makes some sort of sense. BUT, if the issue is: how does the Israel government develop a policy which enables Palestinians to have their own government, then the invasion makes scant sense. Why? Because after the guns grow silent in Gaza, thousands of young Palestinians have only one dream– to revenge the deaths of family and friends. Perhaps, it takes a year, perhaps two years, but in the future there will be other rockets.

What then? Another invasion?

A Ukrainian Dialogue

We offer a dialogue that readily could have taken place in eastern regions of Ukraine. This is an alleged dialogue between the author of this blog and a Ukrainian separatist.

M: I gather your group had nothing to do with that missile?

S: We simply want to separate from the Fascists in Kiev.

3: Why do you call them “fascists?”

S: Let me point out: these Fascist leaders are in Kiev, they do not like to speak Russian, and everyone knows that Ukrainians are Fascists.

M: What do you mean by, “Fascist?”

S: I mean anyone who lives in Fascist Ukraine is a Fascist and they want to kill loyal Russians as they did in WWII!

M: But, Ukraine fascists in WWII were found in just about every region of the Ukraine.

S: But, it was the Russian army which drove out the Fascists. And, today, it is the Russian government which opposes the Fascists in Kiev, so that should make clear who are the Fascists.

M: But, what about those photos showing BUK missile launchers going through a village in eastern Ukraine?

S: In reality, the photo was changed from going through the streets of Kiev,which is controlled by the Fascists, and shifted to a site in eastern Ukraine.

M Are you saying that no missile was fired?

S: All I am saying is that IF a missile was launched, it could only have come from the Fascists!

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.