Category Archives: Religion

What A Wonderful Day

I awoke today, checked my newspapers, checked the Internet, and to my great surprise there was not a single example of some member of the National Football League or any member of a baseball team who slugged his girl friend, his fiancee, his wife or his mother. Wow! In fact, not an example of one of these tough guys who disciplined his child with a stick in order to teach the right way to behave. Something must be wrong today. After all, these guys are tough, they can endure pain, and they so enjoy inflicting pain. Of course, they are paid to inflict pain on other tough guys, not on women and children. I was raised in the slums of south Bronx in New York City at a time when poverty reigned the country. As a child, I was taught by older boys that, under no condition, should I strike a female or someone smaller than me.

That was the code of conduct of gangsters in my neighborhood. But, times have changed, and apparently so have tough guys. The old code of honor which prevented criminals from murdering women and children no longer exists. The evidence is clear, times have not gotten better-when it comes to abuse of women and children!

Another Death By American Society

I confess my confusion an ambiguity concerning the death penalty. It has never been clear in my mind as to whether or not society should kill a person. Lisa Coleman was put to death, naturally in the great state of Texas which, not only leads America in killing people, but leads the world. She was a horrible person who tortured and starved a nine year old boy. There simply are no redeeming aspects of her life. She was a brutal person who murdered an innocent child. My guts make me hate this creature. I seek revenge on her for the brutality, the murderous rage within her soul. I want to punish this creature. These are my feelings, these are my emotions. Kill the bitch!

On the other hand, my mind understands that killing a killer will not halt killing. My mind knows that violence begets violence. My mind knows there have been all too many examples of people being sent to their deaths based upon mistaken evidence. My mind knows that most civilized societies have ended the death sentence. Heck, our Supreme Court in the seventies declared the death sentence to be unconstitutional. I fear the use of a death sentence simply plays into the hands of NRA adherents who seek death to those who are “evil.” We kill, and NRA followers feel joy.

I have two opposing feelings. But, in the end, it is time to end killing.

Weapons Of Destruction For Schools

The Pentagon has become an important source of materials to assist in the education of children. It is now providing school districts with MRAP armored vehicles, grenade launchers and M16 rifles. The ostensible reason is providing schools with necessary weapons to use in case there is a shooting in the school. Throughout the history of school violence in the 20th century there is only ONE example of a school bombing. It happened in the 1920s when an adult became angry and blew up an elementary school. All other examples are of one or two boys securing guns, entering a school and shooting either children or teachers. This is a FACT, not an opinion.

So, how exactly does an armored vehicle fit into school bombings? Actually, we know the profile of school bombers.

1. They are white male teens living in a suburban or small town.

2. There is a history of bullying connected with the boys.

3. They are lonely and feel isolated.

There is not a single example of mass bombing in an urban school.

So, why the need for this useless equipment?

FLASH: US Senate Will Solve A Problem!

US Senator Maria Cantwell from the great state of Washington is demanding action in order to address a major issue confronting Americans society. She is prepared to introduce legislation that would remove tax privileges currently enjoyed by the National Football League because it refuses to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Apparently the Senator is that much concerned about medical issues to football players such as brain concussions, but she is worried about the name of a team. I wonder is she is also concerned about:

Minnesota Vikings. This name insults those who come from Norway!

Arizona Cardinals– a blatant insult to all Catholics!

New Orleans Saints–another insult to Catholics

How about the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Don’t we care about those who came to California in the 1840s?

Chicago Bears– I checked with some bears and they are furious their name is being used by a football team.

My ram friends are still upset their name is being used by a football team.

The Boston Patriots are a blatant insult to our Founding Fathers!

How about actually passing some laws that will reduce injury to players??

RUN FOR COVER, THE Bad PEOPLE ARE COMING!!

ISIS did it again. It released some footage that depicts the White House along with scenes of American tanks being blasted to pieces. Another ISIS triumph in getting Americans to fear this terrorist group. Over half of the American population actually believes they are personally threatened by a group of black dressed men waving guns back in Iraq. One in three Americans believes they might be killed by ISIS nut cases. IN other words, 30,000 black dressed men lacking missiles, planes,ships, are somehow going to get to America and storm the White House while American troops stand by in fear of their lives. This attitude is hysteria gone wild. THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY ISIS CAN THREATEN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS! On the other hand:

1. Over 25,000 American die in car accidents each year.

2. Over 25,000 Americans die in gun shootings each year.

3. America has among the worst figures in death of babies in the world.

4. America now ranks 22nd in the world in terms of life expectancy.

The above figures are threats to the live of Americans, not ISIS!

Why Are People Sent To Jail?

It would be difficult for modern Americans to realize that during the 18th and 19th centuries American ideas on handling criminals impacted the thinking of Europeans. Once upon a time we Americans were regarded as leaders in the handling of criminal system. The original idea propagated in America was that jail served as an opportunity to rehabilitate those who engaged in crime. Of course, this concept is now the purpose of prisons in many nations such as Sweden or Norway. The American idea that criminals can be rehabilitated has long fell out of favor. Instead, people are sent to jail as punishment and the purpose of prison time is to make them experience the horror of being under control of guards whose only thought is keeping prisoners under control.

Rine lima-Marin at age 20 was criminal. Together with friends he robbed video stores, engaged in kidnapping of people and was caught. He was sentenced to life in prison. By mistake, he was released on parole in 2008. He returned home, married his girl friend, got a job and had two children. There are no reports that he did anything wrong during this time period. In other words, he was rehabilitated. But, the error was discovered and back in prison he went. His family and church supporters are asking that he be allowed to return home and continue his successful process of rehabilitation.

Just remember it cost society about $30,000 year to keep someone in jail. Multiply that figure by 70 and you will learn the cost of returning a rehabilitated man to jail!

Republicans Support Equal Pay For Wealthy Folk

There are few certainties in life, but when it comes to anything to do with equal pay for women, one can bet the Republican party will take a strong stand in favor of fairness. Of course, when Republicans mention the word, “fairness,” they mean we should be fair to those who run corporations. Democrats in the US Senate introduced a bill that called for fairness in pay and “lost”because they were only to persuade 52 to vote for it while 40 opposed. The proposed law would prevent corporations from paying women less than men when both were doing the same job. Rushing to the rescue of women from this horrible idea was Senator Mitch McConnell. He is terribly concerned for women, and once they can earn as much as men, there is only one outcome–they will lose their jobs!

Let the wise man speak: “At the time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on the problem while lining the pockets of trial lawyers.” If women have the right to sue to obtain equal pay this means the law only benefits trial lawyers. If there is one group Republicans hate it is trial lawyers. Of course, they love trial lawyers who ensure that businessmen never pay high taxes.

Beheading OK For Our Side

Among the ironic aspects of America’s anger against ISIS for beheading people is that one of our main allies makes a habit of not only beheading, but also engaging in the act of crucification. Saudi Arabia is among the leading nations of the world which engage in the act of beheading folk. Only they behead men who steal or rape a woman or happen to say the wrong thing. Sheik Nimir is a Shiite living in a nation that is governed by strict Sunni Muslim laws. He allegedly inspired fellow Shiites to speak out against the King of Saudi Arabia, and there might be evidence that he inspired some to take up arms against the government. Of course, in Saudi Arabia being “against the King” is a high crime and it could result in losing one’s head.

A Saudi court is now urging the Sheik be crucified because of his heretical views and anti-monarchy attitudes. Over a dozen, not two, men have been beheaded this year in the country of Saudi Arabia which has joined the coalition to end ISIS beheading of people. So glad the right beheading folk are on OUR side!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a twenty four year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Rare to see someone eating lunch and reading a book.

We fiddle with fingers rather than with minds.

Green is Earth, so what are the colors of distant planets?

Tomorrow is always yesterday.

Children love playing with opening a bottle.

I enjoy sight of mom engaged in serious discussion with son.

A word can convey more power than an action.

Work through failure it is merely the road to success.

Story of America, from Lincoln To Mitt Romney.

Story of America, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

Turkey Supplies ISIS Forces

A new report from the New York Times reveals that Turkey has become a major source of recruits for ISIS. A twenty seven year old Turk, who only will refer to himself as, Can, told the world why a poor male from the slums of Turkey is how a happy contented warrior in Iraq. It is thrilling to be with a group of men dressed in black who go around shouting, “God is Great which gives you he divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or scattered guts.” His initiation ceremony consisted of killing two unarmed men, then burying a man who was still alive. This story is informative.

Turkey has among the highest income levels of nations in the Middle East. It has an educated population and includes people of differing religions. But, for some reason this nation has not ensured that poor boys and girls participate in the modern world. They continue living in a world in which religion dominates their thinking. Perhaps, it is time for President Erdogan to reduce his drive for religion in the country, and emphasize modernity?