Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

May 2012 be wonderful for us all!

Dear Mr. Politician

  Dear Mr. Politician;

  It is my hope that you will listen to Clint.  Because, you see, while you stand upon your soap box, decrying the horrible concept of two adults who cherish each other coming together in an American Civil Right of Marriage for no other reason than both are of the same sex, you ignore the very important things.  As you line your pockets, you starve our children, our grandparents, and our neighbors.  You allow waste and pollution to run rampant while you dither the philosophies of men of 4000 years ago, ignoring what they were saying and cherry picking your tennants from the minor limbs of the tree of life. 
  Do you believe yourself to be so far above it all?  Ask Dick Cheney about his daughter.  Ask Nancy Reagan about her husband.  Ask John Edwards about his wife... if you can find him.  Don't you see? 
  If you put half your energy used keeping homosexuals from marrying and put it into feeding our kids, you wouldn't have starving kids in your district.  If you spent a quarter of the money in American Schools as you have in Iraq, Johnny would know how to read.  If you spent half your time on insider politics and spent more on the streets, bridges, and woods, you would see our land being destroyed.  And, if you cared just a bit more about your country and a bit less about your party, you wouldn't need to be told any of this. 
    -a voter!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Our boys come home from Iraq....

But not all made it home for Christmas.  Let us not forget the cost

Ok, time to follow the law...

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s amusing as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination … End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleepwith their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

As the year draws to an end...

Hello My wonderful friends;

  You have no idea the great growth you've helped me make this year.  I was at work last night, thinking how my life has changed, how I've become more confident of myself and more aware of the world about me, how much my emotions no longer run my life and how I am able to deal with the emotions of others without reacting emotionally.  It is surely and so very obviously - in my mind, at least - due to the repeated positive feedback you all have given me.  I'd really like to thank you for that - for listening to my concerns, my rants, my naive hopes and small dreams, giving me understanding and insight in return. 

  I hope you can forgive me, but I'm off on another rant.  But, perhaps it is one that you can share...

I saw this video today.  It struck a cord in me.  It was so beautiful, so peaceful, yet so alive and vibrant - even mysterious and dangerous in its way.  I heard a line from some time ago where someone said in regard to the sea:  'if we spent a tenth on the oceans that we've spent in space, we'd feed the world'.  I don't know if that is true, but as America's "Space Age" drastically changes, perhaps we now can actually investigate the world in which we live rather than the space in which it roams.  Perhaps we can begin to look more closely at the world in which we must live rather than seek to escape it to the stars.  I don't know what we've gained from our forays into space, but it's come at a cost.  Please scroll down to see the vid.  It's worth the time....  turn on your sound.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to All

Good Morning, all.

   It's about 0800, Saturday Christmas Eve...  I have no idea when this posts.  I'm still blogger illiterate.  But, I think it will be today.  I hope....

  Anyway.  It's about 0800.  I got up about 3 hours ago, wrapping gifts I'd yet to wrap and placing them under my Charlie Brown Christmas isn't really, but it nearly looks like one.  For those of you unfamiliar, look it up (HERE(
  I like my tree, even if others don't.

  Yesterday my uncle and cousin came to visit.  They will be coming again today.  These two are sort of alone for Christmas as that aunt who died last year about this time was my cousin's mother and my uncle's ex.  (I got her in the divorce...she moved to just a mile or so down the road from me while he kept the old homestead in another state.)  So even though my cousin and I didn't get along for years, I won't turn anyone out of my home on Christmas
....well, I guess I still have some issues with two people who just would need to find another inn.  I would let them use my phone to do so, does that count?
  Yesterday started out a bit rough, and that's ok.  It was uncomfortable, I bet, for my cousin.  And, if someone comes into my house, I expect them to respect me and my home...he did in every way.  So, as things worked through the day and conversations developed, stuff improved.
  It's difficult to forgive someone.  Christmas is a wonderful time to do it.  If you have anyone in your life that has angered you, hurt you or others.... if you can find a way, forgive.  Harder done than said, I know, but worth it.   I will keep tring with my unforgiven one.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Merry Christmas photo...

And a Merry Christmas was had by all...

Friday, December 16, 2011

What a great pic...

Where the mind takes me.... a scary ride.

Ok, put on your way-back goggles, hold on tight.  It's a bumpy ride into the mind.......  to a time long ago in my mind to !!! eeeeek! puberty~

  Ok, somewhere around there.  I think I was 11 or 12.  So, a bit early.  What brings this memory crashing down, you ask?  Well, like most of my memories, stashed and pushed into their own little corners, this one was dragged out kicking and screaming by this little fantastic, exceptional and heartwarming story found on Milkboys of acceptance, making things right, and making a way for things to be right:  I would love for you to read this story, if you haven't already.  Go ahead.......  I'll wait.  

  Back now?  Cool story, huh.  Well, my story is not nearly so cool, so I guess I would completely understand if you wanted to quit now while you were ahead.....  Well, don't complain later if you don't.
  Way back when, the skies were brighter, the air cleaner, there was a wonder in the world that new eyes could see and appreciate....and little randy was getting ready for holloween.  You in other countries may not have such a holiday, but it's second only to Christmas in kids' eyes here.  To dress up and traipse through the neighborhood begging for candy from neighbors and total strangers with equal underlying half considered threats of vengence upon those so stingy as to rebuke the beggars...  For a kid, it's magic.
  Most years I went as a ghost, a hobo, a pirate or a vampire.... whatever we could create here at the house.  It was a time when there wasn't a great deal of money in the household for more elaborate costumes.   Well, this particular year, I'd realized that my main friends had grown distant.  It was a period of time in which I'd been taken aside by the local bully, who was either gay or ???  and, like all kids do, they somehow knew and stayed away from me.  They were still there, just distant....and this is actually the holloween either just after or a year after I'd realized I was way over my head - the only way kids ever learn, when it went from fun to scary.   I was healing by this time, more or less ok.... but still had issues, I guess.  For holloween that year, I went out alone... I designed my costume, my disguise, in haste and with little help, utilizing two small cups from the bathroom - you know, those little paper/plastic ones of about 2oz? - and a funny blond wig, finishing it all off with long winter underwear and one of my sister's nighties......  you have to imagine the shock on my father's face, because I totally missed it.  Perhaps that was the first time the folks realized that little randy had issues.  Perhaps not.
  So, I guess the whole odd point to this story....yes, there is a point:  perhaps it is only kids who can be honest enough with themselves, unencumbered by the full weight of societal expectations and concepts of normality, to even come close to knowing who they really are.  And, yet, there are others who insist upon placing time and distance upon these fresh growing minds and souls to reportedly allow them to "grow up and determine who they really are" rather than listen and support them as they are.  I wonder, sometimes, what life would have dealt had I been more honest with myself.

Well, this sort of fit an earlier post....

  Do you have people at work who insist upon telling really poor taste jokes?  They aren't funny, everyone tells them, more or less, that they aren't all that funny, and yet these people insist going forth with jokes best left at the bar or locker-room. 
   Well, maybe this vid's for him....

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shop Kitty

Hi Friends;
  I just wanted to bring you up to date on my decision regarding the rumor of abuse to the stray cat showing up at work....  I wrote a small sign and posted it on the front board near the time cards, it said:  "Be Kind to Small Animals.   The small kindnesses you do for them has big effects upon their lives, and the small meanness you do to them shows just how very very small you can be".   I did it in a poster format, boxed and with stylized printing.  Then, I made numerous copies.... It's been ripped down by said maintenance man 4 times now...and reposted each time by me and others. 
  Conversation has started and some who were not favorable towards the cat ...which is fine, not everyone is a cat lover ....  have seen how very small, in fact, such an act of mean-ness it is to kick or otherwise hurt a small animal.  So, success - even if a bit limited.

  12/16/11 -- a quick edit update:  Kitty showed up last night.  Seems no worse for the reported wear, and even allowed me to pick it up and put it back outside.  I did put up a box bed for it.... :)

Oh good, the translater is working. Now we can understand what he is saying...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Hi Friends;

  I always like to add a picture to my rants and wonderings.  Why?  I don't know, because I can, I guess.  Well, I've had a series of experiences lately that has me really thinking about the world in which we live and our values.  The kicker was reading Scottie's blog today, which should be titled "Congratulations.  It's a boy!"  but, he doesn't let me title is posts, which is quite wise.  I do encourage you to read it if you have not already:    Well, to make a long story short.... Scottie and Ron, and James, are all the final inspiration for this post.  So, this picture, though not quite in line with the post idea, still seems perfect to me.
  Let me begin by giving you some history of this thought process....and that is going to be kinda easy as you just need to scroll back in the blog a bit.  You will see postings on unfairly prosecuting people for a physical disease, making war on women and children in the name of one's god because the fit the rough description on a label, sacrificing one's ethics and integrity to lie and deceive, and last in the last few is for discrimination and alienation from a basis of fear....     
  Having noticed in passing those posts there, I'd like to tell you about a small cat, likely pregnant, that has been hanging around our shop as the weather has gotten colder and colder....  A little brown calico type, with the most expressive eyes and a purr to marvel General Motors, this little lady has been our daily visitor over the last couple of weeks, especially on cold nights.  I've kept the door open a bit, watching for her to slide near and absorb the warmth coming through.   We give her scraps of our lunch, finding that she really isn't into french fries but will turn somersaults, well almost, for a slice of turkey or ham.  She loves to be scratched behind the ears....      Well, rumor has it that the reason I've not seen her for a day or two is that the maintenance man kicked her.  A small, cold, pregnant little cat just trying to find a bit of warmth and humanity....sought it from one who evidently had none.
  Now, did you read Scotties post?

here is my question, the reason and title for this post....
    What does it mean to be a man?

   When some talk about men, real men, they think on John Wayne.  The rough, can handle it, ride off into the sunset type as those who need him run behind calling out "Shane...".   And, even, they see gay men as the very absence, the very antithesis of manhood....  but I wonder why?
  So, in my little demonstrations from these past posts, my experiences today, and Scottie's wonderful post, I truly begin to realize that our world has lost the understanding of what it means to be a man, as we are populated and led by selfish little boys...
  Let me begin with this issue today:  What could I do?  I didn't see the jerk kick the cat, but am going on rumor and story... which truly is unfair.   And yet, he's done similar before - which leads me to believe it to be true.  So, I ask myself; What sort of man is it who would hurt such a small creature so trusting of him?  I realize, that is no man at all; that is just a very old little boy still burning ants with his magnifier glass and pulling the wings off flies. 
  How about the story just prior where prosecutors are persecuting hiv+ men and labeling them "domestic terrorists"?  Are they at all fair, compassionate, reasonable?  How about wise, ethical, or decent? 
  Then we have the wars in the Middle East.  Clan upon clan, faith upon faith, and in the end their divisions are so very small.  For sake of being right, being the ones first in line, they would kill countrymen, and worse, women and children.  Is that honorable?  Is this what a warrior for a god is now? 
    Or, how about discriminating against others? 
           - how about selling out one's career code?

We could go on and on, but in the end we come to two men.  Gay men.  Some on the far right, like one of these recent posts - Michelle Bachman - would say are not entitled to the very rights of others.  Some would say they are gay, and therefore not really the "man's man", ironically.  But, in all the things I've experienced these past few days have brought me crashing down to see Scottie and Ron as the very definition of manhood.  They exemplify things that declare a mature man:
  First:  Stepping forward to help.  (read the story)...but going on to remember, that the definition of Dad is far different from that of father.  It takes a man to be a Dad!
  Compassion.   Caring for others.  Seeking fairness and decency in all things.  Holding to one's morals and convictions.  Looking past labels and seeing the person.  Humility, humor, and humanity...which makes one a triple hummer, right?  What have I missed?..........

Friends, I don't know where things are going in our world.  I don't understand a great deal of the things that I see.  For instance, I don't understand the ability to lie and deceive necessary to be a politician, the need for it even.  I don't understand the drive to use people, to wound, all for temporary gain of a few voters who somehow find that sort of thing enticing and worthy of a leader.  I know Scottie isn't perfect, and I know Ron doesn't have a big S on his chest.....does he?..... But, in this world of braggarts and liars, 15-minutes-of-famers, users, abusers, and thieves, all begging for our attention every week, isn't so very nice to hear this wonderful little story of two men who care?   It really made my day to say "Now there are a pair of MEN!".

 I am so proud to know them.  In their willingness to be Dads, they have given this rainy day a bit of sunshine for me.  They give me hope.  But perhaps most, they offer, quite humbly, a model for me to strive towards to be a good man one day.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing."   -Ronald Reagan

  Hi Friends;
      I saw this today on Milkboys' political roundup.   It was an interesting article....on an issue of which I was completely in the dark.   Did you know this was happening?    Give your thoughts below.

While making his documentary about the media hysteria and unjust penalties behind HIV criminalization, Sean Strub, the founder of Poz Magazine, spoke with Nick Rhoades. Rhoades had an detectable viral load, used a condom and did not transmit HIV to his partner. But even still, a court sentenced him to 25 years for assault just because he had sex while HIV+.

He had to register as a sex offender every three months (child molesters have to register every six months). He couldn’t be around minors without their parents and had to wear a GPS ankle bracelet for 24 hour monitoring every day. He could not have any alcohol in the house, had to be home by midnight and couldn’t watch pornography. The police could search his computer whenever they liked and made him take psychological and phallometric tests where they gauged his reactions to different types of porn by putting a girth-measuring band around his penis.

Right now, 34 states and two U.S. territories currently have varying statutes that can penalize HIV+ people for potentially exposing others to the disease. In Rhoades’ home state of Iowa, an HIV+ person can get charged with assault and attempted murder for having consensual sex. In Michigan, an HIV+ man who bit someone in self-defense got charged with bioterrorism. And in Texas, an HIV+ man got 35 years in prison for spitting at a police officer.

In September U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act, a bill that could end HIV criminalization nationwide. Until then the justice system at large and the American media consider the millions of Americans with HIV as criminals just waiting to attack.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A shocking pic from my perspective not pretty, be warned.

Hello everyone;
  I looked into msn and saw the horrible nature of man.  I am going to post the picture, because it needs to be posted, but I'll do so far below so that it doesn't come up right away.  People need to see it, and msn believed that also....though it took them a day to come to that conclusion.
  We wonder about a person's delicacy here in America so we don't show pics that are graphic and horrible.  But, those things are loose in the world.  Pain, hurt, anger and death, war and wounds and starvation of body, mind and soul.   It's not what I see in my little corner, and maybe that's a good thing.  I don't know how I'd respond.  Would I be callous?  Would I look upon such a thing with a gladness in my heart that I'd accomplished something profound against my enemy?  I sure hope not.  I sure hope that if I am ever so unfortunate to be placed in such an environment that I could somehow not glory in this type of stuff.
  What I'm going to talk about below is LABELS.  I made a comment on Milkboys that I was concerned about the reference of LGBT issues being labeled as such in reference to civil rights violations.  In my mind, a man or woman, of any age - ie baby to grandmama/grandpapa - who has their rights violated makes for a violation of rights, not a violation of women's rights, man's rights, gays rights, etc....  It seems to me that when we put labels on someone, we open the door for prejudice based solely on that label.  I was told it was not quite so simple, and I defer to more experienced minds on this, but I still have a hard time not seeing it that way.
  Well, same here.  And here is the pic....  It may not make the rest of your day so special...

 An Afghan Shia Muslim's cries near dead and injured after explosions during a religious ceremony in the center of Kabul on Dec. 6. At least 60 people were killed in an explosion at a Kabul shrine where Shia Muslims were marking the Day of Ashura Tuesday.

  Now, when I look at this pic, I don't see an "Afgan Shia Muslim"...  I see a mother, a sister, an aunt or what have you...looking down upon the death and hurt of so many of her neighbors, family, friends.  I see babies, mommies, little boys and grandmas.  I don't see the label so easy to hate, evidently by some.  I see people.   What is going on that babies and mommies and grandmas, little boys and girls, PEOPLE! are a military objective?  How does this do anything?  What is being proven?  How in the world does someone sleep at night after doing this?  and more so, how ever could they think that a loving and real deity could ever sanction such.
   My heart aches.  It just aches. 

hello friends, welcome to the nuthouse...

You know it's a political year, that elections are coming, when the most ridiculous gains place above the very real and scary aspects of life. 

  I've grown so very disillusioned with the manner in which news is presented in this country.  Fox is getting downright shameless in their promotion of an agenda.  Is that the role of the news-broadcasters in our world now?  Not to tell you what is going on, but to find news to fit a political agenda?
  I guess what scares me is that Fox is so blatant about it, but do all do this?
  Some of the recent "you are kidding, right?" for Fox news is decrying the new Muppets movie as part of a communist agenda.  Why?  Because the antagonist for the movie is an oil driller, seeking to bulldoze the Muppets' stage because he found oil there.'s a movie.  You do know that Muppets aren't real, right?  But, up in arms they go, marching off as to war against the enemy....
  So what got me on this rant....  well, I won't even dignify it with words, just this link (WTF!!!) .  I'll let you see the vid and you will understand my incredulity.
  What has become of our country?  Why do people just accept any bs as real and true.  Why don't they use their eyes, observe the world about them?  I know that I am in a small bubble of the world, a small bubble to my state even.  I see things from my perspective, I understand that.  And, I know that I sometimes come off as having the answers....I just want to have a conversation in which we talk about the reality, not the preset bull.  I want to believe that my presence on this planet is not to acquire wealth and step on people smaller than me.  I want to believe that we can be more than we are....I don't want to work towards being selfish and small.
  I've considered repeatedly dropping this blogging exercise.  And, to be honest, there are days when I really just don't like it at all.  When I see things so blatantly under my dignity to even acknowledge but find them to be so prevalent.  What is going on??  How can people be so dumb??  But, small moments come and I hear from people all over the world who tell me about their thoughts, their beliefs, and it is so cool.  Maybe my life is not so small, so closed in this little corner of my world.  Maybe I can go out of this world knowing that I did one thing worth while and cried out to the world ......  THINK!     Well,  you know the old saw...those that can't do, teach.  :)
hugs everyone.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

out of the mouths of babes...

What Elijah says is:  "My Mommy is gay.  But, she doesn't need any fixing."
What the rest of say is Put that in your pretensious little pipe and smoke that, Bachman!'

Monday, December 5, 2011

Found through Milkboys...

  Unless I have lost my memory, the only realistic way to transmit the HIV virus is through blood or semen, right?  This site says that my memory hasn't gone completely around the least on this.  So, my only question:  What goes on at this school to make this child a risk to others?

A private high school in Pennsylvania refuses to admit a 13-year-old honor student who is HIV positive. The student's lawyer has filed a lawsuit alleging the school "violated multiple anti-discrimination laws." WCAU-TV's Tim Furlong reports.

By Art Caplan, Ph.D.

Today is World AIDS day – and there’s a lot of rhetoric flying around about progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS, especially in overcoming fear and bigotry.
Except for at one school in Pennsylvania.
The administrators at the Milton Hershey School have single-handedly set back years of hard work tamping down the fear of those with HIV by denying admission to a boy who is HIV-positive, based on what can only be explained as fear, ignorance and bigotry.
The pre-K to 12th grade boarding school, located in Hershey, Penn., was financed and founded in 1909 by the Hershey’s chocolate company tycoon. It gives a free education to poor children and kids with behavioral problems. It has beautiful grounds, first-rate facilities and a dedicated staff. Its website is full of lofty language with talk of being "a caring community” and a school “that opens new doors for children whose families could not otherwise afford it”.
Unless apparently, the child has HIV.
The 13-year-old boy, described as an honors student, whose name isn’t being made public, and his family filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the school for discriminating against him.
The Hershey School said today in a statement that they can't admit him because “in order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.”

Say what? You have got to be kidding me.

The notion that you cannot place a kid who is HIV-positive in a residential school setting because he puts the community at risk is out of step with science, public health, and worst of all, real-world experience.
Ryan White fought -- and won -- that battle in the mid-1980s, after the teen was expelled from his Indiana school for being HIV-positive. But all these years later, here we are again somehow.
We have known for a long time that you can work or live with someone with HIV with next to no risk. Sexual contact is the primary risk factor, but that is hardly a reason not to allow a boy to go to school.
Shame on the Milton Hershey School for denying this kid the chance the school has given to so many others with special needs for reasons that have no basis in fact. Shame on the Milton Hershey School for discriminating against a young man who could bring much to their community. Shame on the Milton Hershey School for invoking a rationale for discrimination that only resurrects the bigotry and fear that it has taken decades to get rid of.
The school should do the right thing and do it today — admit this kid, hold a seminar soon on HIV and risk for their trustees, teachers and administrators and then renew their public commitment to “open their doors” to ALL who can both benefit and contribute to the school community by their presence.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

a Merry Christmas cartoon

Found on the internet...I forget where.  My thanks to Scott Metzger.  You are hillarious!  I encourage all to go to
the above site. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Either completely clueless or subtely ironic

Paul Blair Warns That "The Devil" Is Behind Gay Rights, Culture
Submitted by Brian Tashman on December 2, 2011 - 2:16pm

Oklahoma pastor Paul Blair joined Family Research Council president Tony Perkins today on Washington Watch Weekly to discuss his plans to run for office after speaking out against a proposal to add protections for sexual orientation in Oklahoma City’s anti-discrimination policy. Blair has tried to frame himself as a pastor who just happened to become involved in politics after he allegedly received threats after he denounced the measure, but as Kyle notes, he has a long history of working with anti-gay zealots like Sally Kern, Janet Porter and Perkins.
While speaking with Perkins, Blair claimed that American “culture is under attack” as “we’ve gone from True Grit to Brokeback Mountain.” In his discussion of the anti-discrimination proposal, Blair asserted that “the Devil” is leading the attack on the “realms of the home and the church” through the government.

Listen:   There is no picture, just sound

Our culture is under an attack. Just think in our lifetimes we have gone from an Ozzie and Harriet generation to a Desperate Housewives generation, we’ve gone from True Grit to Brokeback Mountain. Who’s supposed to stand for morality in our culture?
As Christians have abandoned the God-established realm of government, the Devil has been more than happy to fill that vacuum and now he is using government to attack the other realms of the home and the church. And we certainly are under attack.

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Ok, now, I've yet to hve the chance to see Broke Back Mountain.  Sorry, just haven't had that chance yet.  It's one of those that's slipped by.  But, what I recall of the movie, it's about two men in a small mountain town who are basically law abiding upstanding individuals.
 let's contrast that with "True Grit".

True Grit starts out as a man is murdered.  His murderer rides off free.  The local law enforcement individual is a drunk, slob, and foul mouthed.  He demands payment to do his job, a bribe really, then tries to welch. 

The heroine of the movie is a 14 year old who is forced to deal with the business community, intent upon cheating her, as her mother is 'constitutionally unable' to do so. 

For her attempts to find the murder of her father, she is spanked, abandoned, kidnapped, a rape is attempted, she is nearly killed far too often, and in the end dies a bitter spinster.

I'm sorry, we are supposed to go back to this "wholesome, Godly time"?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Stories that raise questions...

Hi Friends;

  I stumbled upon this story via that same little app I put on my wallpaper.  I've adapted the story a bit as I am not allowed to post it in its entirety.  So, for those interested, search "Denver, Sheriff, Methamphetemines, Patrick Sullivan" and the AP story will likely be easy to find.  Ok?

A U.S. national sheriff of the year is now an inmate in the jail that was named for him, accused of offering methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance.
     Colorado retired Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, 68, now in handcuffs, dressed in jail oranges and walking with a cane observed quietly as a judge raised his bail amount to a half-million dollars and sent him to the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.
    The current sheriff, Grayson Robinson, who worked as undersheriff for Sullivan from 1997 until he took over the job in 2002, said "the department was shocked and saddened at his arrest" and has many in suburban Denver's Arapahoe County where he held sway for nearly two decades wondering what happened to the tough-as-nails lawman they once knew.
    Sullivan came to the attention of law enforcement Oct. 4 when two confidential informants said that Sullivan was dealing meth but would sell it only if they had sex with him. He was arrested after police set up a sting at a home.
    While those who know Sullivan were puzzled by the news, some said they weren't surprised that a person of his stature could get involved. They said meth users will do almost anything to feed their habit and often hurt others in the process.  "This drug knows no economic, social, professional or occupational boundaries," said state Rep. Ken Summers, who served on a legislative meth task force.

  Now, I am no expert on drugs, retired sheriffs, or even trading drugs for sex.  Being one who is completely absent of any expertise, I am, of course, qualified to offer opinion....   
  I find myself with a couple of real questions:
  1.  Was this former sheriff a drug user before retiring?
  2.  Was this former sheriff seeking sex with other men before retiring?
  3.  Will this former sheriff be treated differently from others who come to that very jail for similar offense?
  4.  If this drug knows no economic, social, professional or occupational boundaries, is the drug the fault or the person?  If the drug is the culprit, will this person be helped or tossed in jail and forgotten as many are who find themselves in like clothing and accommodation?  And, if the "drug is the culprit", then why are others given such harsh sentences?

  Americans will often look at this situation and shake our head wondering how far the mighty have fallen.  Some will advocate the jail named after him be known now as the one that he is buried beneath.  Some will seek to excuse his actions in light of his past good deeds, believing that a person's worst moments shouldn't occlude his best. 

  I ask those above questions because people often forget that there are social and personal issues that come into play upon any violation of the laws.  The man could seemingly get sex only by the dangle of illicit drugs.  Is he a user is unknown, though he doesn't appear to be too terribly ravaged by the loss of the drug in his system.  So, I am going to presume that this was more about the sex, and perhaps the money, than the drug.  If the sex, then perhaps it shows that a person, in good standing with the community, must hide his desires in the underground and back alleys of a drug world when the desire for gay sex should not be such a cause of hiding and shame.  You see my point?  Perhaps the very reason this man "fell so far" is that he used the drugs to get the sex that he couldn't socially.  He now becomes a very strange poster-child in a world so overcome with judgement and spite.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'd like some thoughts on the Salvation Army prejudiced?

Hello Friends;

  I recently added an, well I guess AP is the right word?, to my computer's wallpaper that gives me the days headlines.  I just put it up and already have something to talk about.  Good thing too....I was short on things to ramble on and bore you to death.

  So, according to a blog written by one who is living the life, the Salvation Army is prejudiced and discriminatory to homosexuals.

  I'm wondering is this true?  Is this the experience of a man who found a very misguided and "human" worker, or is this a case where the policy and the practice are not in accord?

  Please let me know what you have found in your experiences. 

hugs all;