THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!
Fools were at work in our government long before April Fool's Day. Today idiots and incompetants are hard at work there along with the fools.
Posted Nov. 11, 2014 Why You Should Care (about secular Humanism) Life is short. Nevertheless, billions of people invest incalculable hours making fruitless pleas to nonexistent gods, participating in lavish rituals with no tangible effects, and whittling away tight budgets to support extravagant religious institutions or "spiritual advisors." Worse still, antiquated religious ideas lead people to impose needless hardships on themselves and others, to rationalize discrimination and other forms of mistreatment, and to hasten environmental destruction because they believe that "the end of the world" is imminent anyway. And for every outward manifestation of wasteful, counterproductive, and even downright harmful activity motivated only by religious belief, there are countless instances that are not nearly so obvious. Religious belief has exacted a toll on people's emotional well-being as well. Just how much energy has been drained searching for meaning where none is to be found, or been squandered on false hopes and unwarranted fears? How many believers have agonized over the uncertain destination of their loved ones after death? How many have struggled to discern exactly what they did to displease God after falling victim to a natural disaster? How many have been tormented trying to make sense of why God allows terrible things to happen to good people? In the absence of any clear revelation about what God wants us to do, how many have fretted about whether their own actions or beliefs, or those of the people dearest to them, are enough to avoid hellfire? How many of those who have lost their faith in old age have looked back at all the missed opportunities, the roads not taken, the life that could have been, had they not been born in a religious household, or had they abandoned religion in their younger days! Imagine how deep the regrets must be for the former missionary, seminary student, or long-time minister after realizing that this life is probably the only life that one will ever have Posted March 7, 2013 ANSWER--spread a little sunshine.
I don't mind idiots. What I do mind is that so many of them have internet access.
And.......So many of them are obnoxious Evangelical Christians trying to drag us back into the ancient society when it was OK to burn heretics at the stake, hang witches and stone adulterers. Homosexuals were also anathema to the Bible believers..God said so! It is time in our secular society for God to have a different message for his followers.
Where have I been, neglecting my web page? Mostly trying to find the mental and physical energy necessary to deal with life in my nineties.
Also trying to deal with all the politcal ads and the crap and lies they contain. As usual the religious Republican right keeps insisting this is a Christian nation and should be subjected to their God's laws.
Don't these yahoos realize we are now in the 21st Century and that old, rusty material does nott fit in our society today.
The evangelical's freedom of religion belongs only in their homes and churches. Beyond that their freedom intrudes on the religious freedom of the rest of society. Get out of our face with your proselytizing!
Posted September 27, 2007 The housing market is heading to a big slump, sub-prime mortgages have the credit market in a frenzy, Congress has been asked to raise the debt ceiling beyond $9 Trillion and to fund the Iraq war with another $50 Billion. Medicare and Social Security needs fixing, health care has deep problems and the dollar is down against other currencies.
Our exports are cheaper but our imports are more costly and the consumer will soon feel the pinch.
Natural disasters and problems with our infrastructure all require fixing and that takes big bucks. Where will the money come from? With income from taxes down, the only place to get money is by borrowing. Since Americans are saving practically zilch, the money has to come from overseas.
Woe is US, the taxpayer and consumer who hopefully still has a job are in deep trouble.
ANSWER: About TWO FEET!
POSTED Sept 7, 2007 One thing is certain, the Iraq and MidEast problem will not be solved on Bush's watch. I pity the next president who has the job of finding a solution for Bush's mess.
Rove has bailed out, Rumsfeld is gone, Bush and Chaney will be leaving soon. That leaves the new administration and Gen. Petraeus holding the bag.
My personal feeling is that there is no easy way out and when we leave there will be a free-for-all unless the Arab states get together and peacefully find a solution for the entire area. Lotsa luck on that!
Posted August 19, 2007 Our infrastructure is collapsing in neglect and disrepair.
The cause is our idiotic Federal government with the cooperation of elected officials in city and state governments.
No money is available for inspection and repair--only when a bridge collapses does the Federal government provide money for replacement, usually for a "hurry-up job" costing far more than repair would have cost.
The problem--smart city and state officials wait until federal replacement money becomes available. Why increase the local taxes for repairs and incur the ire of taxpayers?
The bridge collapse in Minnesota is but the tip of the iceberg. Aging bridges, sewer and water lines, computers and computer systems abound in the ongoing mess and cost of replacement.
Our health system awaits collapse while the politicians in Washington dawdle.
Posted July 30, 2007 What a bunch of sleaze balls inhabiting our Federal offices.
I will let Mark Morford spell it out without mincing words. Read it
ANSWER: It's no fun without you
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Posted June 4, 2007 Free speech is wonderful, but it causes an uproar when the listener does not want to hear it.
Case in point: Those who keep pointing out the failure of the war in Iraq and call for the return of our troops are subject to abuse.
Those who believe that abortion is a right of a women in controlling her body are subjected to the abuse of the religious right.
Those who insist that money wasted on a failing war and congressional pork should be used to provide health insurance for all children are pushed aside and no action is taken.
Those who insist on using public property, the public and governmental venue to promote their Biblical belief continue to flaunt the Constitutional directive for freedom of religion by claiming their right to free speech.
Give me a break. My privacy and freedom of choice is violated by these obnoxious proselytizers and deserve no consideration or respect. NONE!
Religion, faith and belief is private and personal. Try and keep it that way--SHUT UP in public and government.
Posted May 15, 2007 I know that my membership in the ACLU and PFAW (People for the American Way) are worthwhile when I hear the complaints of neocons and the Religious Right.
Someone has to protect our Constitutional rights, our freedoms and see that justice is for ALL.
We are a religious nation, with a diverse group of believers in a variety of sects. Then too, we also have a growing membership in those secular-oriented individuals who have no god belief.
The latter group are also citizens and deserving of the same freedoms and rights as evangelical Christian. This noisy, obnoxious bunch are attempting to insert their Biblical beliefs into public education, our society and our government. This deprives the rest of our citizens of their freedom of religion, liberty and justice.
APRIL 22, 2007 The surge is putting more pressure on the military. Those in Iraq are having their stay extended by three months.
Morale is dwindling as the troops see little to be gained by their presence and a return home is nowhere in sight.
Time to call it quits? Money, manpower and equipment are disappearing down the rat hole in Iraq.
ANSWER: DOUBLED UP IN PAIN
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MARCH 20, 2007 The situation continues to deteriorate in the Middle East as Iran escalates its defiance of the West and our Saudi allies take a more opposing stance. The Taliban and Al Quaida show their muscle in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Meanwhile at home our government debt escalates and we have a financial death spiral while Congress continues to twiddle its thumbs and continues the political infighting.
There is no solution to our problems at the end of our gun barrels, we must involve the Arabs and the rest of the world in the solution of the problem--IF THERE IS ONE.
February 18, 2007 Iraq is looking more like Vietnam every day.
Just as the surge begins and Baghdad is being pacified, the violence has erupted in the Kurdish area where Kurds, Shiits and Sunnis are living in relative peace.
This trend could be expected as we are mired in a no win situation, no matter how many troops and what campaign is tried.
This was all predictable and Bush was warned by wiser heads, even some members of the military. The military who objected were replaced with those who would and could follow the Commander in Chief in his blunder.
Eventually we will leave a country which has been destabilized into a civil war.
January 27, 2007 It appears that Bush needs the Democrats to solve his mess, both budgetary and militarily. Anyway, the voters have dumped the burden on them.
Woe be it to those who step forward to solve the fiasco. Solutions seem limited and hard to come by.
And........the God of Bush and the Religious Right will not solve the problems, no matter how often prayers are lifted upward into the void of the spirit world.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I post this just in time to wish 2006 "Goodbye." "Hello, 2007 whether we are ready of not."
Time is something misunderstood by most. Time can be a measurement, but think of it as the distance between events. We are fortunate to have time as otherwise everything would happen at once.
Time for us humans is the distance between birth and death. Each happening in that span is separated by time. Life's unanswered question, "Does time exist before birth and after death?" Time can appear to be slow or fast, depending upon our frame of mind. For me, at 85, time seems to have speeded up, although events and birthdays are still separated by a time clock that ticks at the almost the same rate every year.
Time for a day is measured by the revolution of the earth, time for the year is measured by the revolution around the sun. Therefore, time changes as the earth slows down. This is not noted as a day is a day and a year is a year.
One thing for certain, the fools and idiots in government have much too much time to screw up things for our country!
And......I am tired after that brain exercise, time for a nap.
November 24, 2006 The silliness of the Christmas season is once more upon us. The nuts are again at their whining and complaining about those "taking Christ out of Christmas," having a "holiday tree," wishing "Happy Holiday" and objecting to the display of creches and the performance of religious rites on public and governmental land.
Live with it! Not everyone is a Christian and those individuals are not interested in Christmas and celebrate the secular "Santa Claus" holiday.
Too bad some Christians feel persecuted when people object to their use of public and governmental places for their rites and worship.
Freedom of religion belongs to everyone, not just this elite majority who wish to take over our country and government.
November 11, 2006 "The greatest generation,' our citizen soldiers of WWII, are rapidly disappearing as death takes its toll. There are approximately 3.5 million remaining out of the 16 million in uniform in WWII.
As a member of the American Legion POST 16 Honor Guard, I have attended approximately 68 funerals since July 1. A volunteer job has almost turned into full time work as we honor our departing veterans.
The family members are so appreciative, that our efforts are not in vain as we honor our departed comrades.
The honor guard has 3 veterans from WWII, all in their late 70s or 80s. The rest are younger from the Korean War, Vietnam, and other retired military who have served 20 years or more.
Farewell departed comrades who have joined the company of heroic men and women in the great beyond who have defended our country under arms. Taps have sounded, lights extinguished, warfare ended!
September 23, 2006 Our president's achievements:
A stressed and tired military lacking enough financial support>
An underfunded veteran's program.
A desperate recruiting effort now taking those without HS diplomas, to age 47, certain felons and legal immigrants who have lived in this country.
A financially strapped country with too much personal and government debt. The national debt now approaches $8 trillion.
Military deaths that equal those killed in 9/11 and injuries to servicemen that are overloading the VA hospitals, many of which must be staffed with foreign doctors.
Losing the war on terrorism, Bin laden still at large and terrorism on the upswing.
A foreign policy and threats which come from weakness instead of strength.
August 28, 2006 A long Collection Of Short, But True, Witticisms:
1) Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself Mark Twain
2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift up by the handle. Winston Churchill
3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw
4) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
5) Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
6) Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
7) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Ronald Reagan (1986)
9) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers
10) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. P.J. O'Rourke
11) In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. Voltaire (1764)
12) Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you Pericles (430 B.C)
13) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. Mark Twain (1866)
14) Talk is cheap ... Except when Congress does it. Unknown
15) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill
16) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)
17) A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. Thomas Jefferson
August 13, 2006 How to get out of the mess in the MidEast?
Wait until President Bush's term expires and elect a competant statesman as president and give that person a congress with brains instead of the desire to get reelected and ride the gravy train.
Is this a pipe dream? Probably. In order for a democratic republic to work, there must be the desire on the part of our government to see that there is liberty, justice and freedom for all citizens.
There is also the need for an educated electorate. OUr educational system needs help as we are turning out illiterates who can read and write.
Perhaps it is time for a third or fourth political party which will serve the people instead of the party.
ANSWER: Too soon to tell.
July 26, 2006 The MidEast has erupted into all out war. As usual Israel and its neighboring Arab states are at their reoccurring difficulties over territory and the right for Israel to exist.
In the background is Syria and Iran attempting to take advantage by promoting and funding the insurgents to renew the age old feud.
Our country is in a bind, having wasted funds, resources and manpower on the "so-called" war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our enemies continue to test a weakened world power, the UN and a hesitant European Alliance. What now, President Bush? The ball is still in your court for a few more years.
jULY 4, 2006 Celebrate the 4th of July and never forget what it stands for.
It is the celebration of the greatest experiment in freedom and democracy ever designed by mankind.
It has lasted over 200 years and there is need to keep the freedoms and the government "of the people, by the people and for the people" alive and well.
There currently is an effort by the Religious Right to scrap our constitution and make this secular country of religious people into a Christian theocracy.
Freedom is still not free!
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