WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS COOPERATION, INSTEAD OF COMPETITION

July 22nd, 2014

If our World doesn’t come to realize that the world is really and actually unraveling, and finally do something about it, then this world is going to end up an unpopulated nuclear waste planet.

There is just no resolution for greed and corruption; this world of ours needs to discover the simple and inherent value of cooperation and the vicious threat to mankind of unrelenting competition.

Unfortunately and sadly, none of the world’s religions are contributing positively and effectively, to the health, happiness, and well-being of humanity; instead, the world’s religions have become corporate entities and are competing.

There appears to be paucity of love, compassion, and cooperation on the planet Earth.

Where have all the flowers gone?

AMERICA, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY!

July 19th, 2014

There is nothing wrong with an American economy, where a person has a Right to benefit from his own creativeness and ingenuity, and the US Bill of Rights pretty much provides for that; but the problem with America Predatory Capitalism is that it is based on competition to the death of the opposition and, it is based on a free market that does not exist, there are only monopolies in America.

Socialized institutions on the other hand, are based on cooperation and trust and it creates a free market price, based on need.

In America for instance, the fossil fuel ‘Oil Industry is subsidized by the US Government (socialism) and has a monopoly on the market (capitalism) and, Americans are gouged at the gas pumps because they will pay whatever that have to pay to fill the tank of their SUV; there is no capitalistic economic basis for the price of oil or gasoline. Only an idiot would believe a shortage of oil is the reason gas costs so much, when no gas station has ever refused to “fill up” your gas tank.

As a result of American predatory capitalistic economy, the American people are fiercely competitive and have no clue about how to cooperate.

Kids in school are taught to compete for grades instead of cooperating with each other to learn; kids should be taught that the Constitution does not mention or specifically approve of capitalism but it does provide for establishing a socialized Post Office, Art. I, Sect. 8.

American predatory capitalism is a pile of poop! Americans don’t know how to cooperate, they only start PNAC wars of aggression for the benefit of Corporate America. World Peace is bad for business!

Will Americans ever again cooperate with each other, instead of trying to eliminate each other. America leads all nations in killing each other with guns; Americans carry guns to political rallies. And, hatred appears to be politicians’ only strategy. The ‘American Dream’ has become, being as wealthy and powerful as our politicians.

Democracy is based on cooperation; democracy is about fraternity, equality, and liberty. Competition is the basis for authoritarianism. America, wherefore go thou?

Where have all the flowers gone?

MAKE A BETTER WORLD, TODAY! IT’S YOUR JOB, MAN! EVEN IF YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN!

July 18th, 2014

Today, I received a message through a friend, from the Dalai Lama, on facebook (not a form of the US news media); the message from the Dalai Lama was, “You have the opportunity to create better world.”

And, I agree and take that very seriously.

The Dalai Lama is my personal hero. To me, the Dalai Lama is the most Christian Person that I know, today; the Dalai Lama is more like what I perceive a Christian to be, than all or any of the Christian leadership in the United States of America associated with one of any of the many forms of a “Christian Church”.

American Christian leadership, apparently only speaks out negatively to condemn those of other faiths; either that, or they remain cowardly silent. That is what I get in the American media and this is my perception of American Christian Leadership; what is yours?

Also, I sincerely believe that ‘every being on earth’ has the opportunity to create a better world, no matter how insignificant the contribution; unfortunately, not every being makes the effort and, the American news media, never seems to mention any who do make that effort to create a better world.

When today’s American politicians speak of what would make a better world, it defies my concept of “better”; for example, politicians have assured me that the “American Dream “ is to be as wealthy and powerful as the politicians are!

Creating a better world evidently is obviously not news Americans want to hear, which is even more tragic than the news that does appear in American media.

Today I am thinking, do any Americans ever end their day by contemplating what they have done that day, to ‘create a better world’; do Christian Americans ever include this in their evening prayers to their God?

Personally, tonight in my end of the day meditation, I am going to include writing this post as my own effort to create a better world, even if no one reads it! Writing it became my obligation.

Bless the Dalai Lama. God is good!

GOD HAS EITHER BEEN WRONG OR MISQUOTED!

July 15th, 2014

Today in the news, I read, “Women Bishops Approved By Church Of England… Finally” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/women-bishops-church-of-england-_n_5584266.html

“The General Synod of the Church of England voted Monday that women can be consecrated as bishops, 18 months after a similar measure was controversially rejected. The vote required passage by a two-thirds majority in the synod’s three houses of bishops, clergy and laity. The House of Bishops approved of women bishops 37 to 2 with one abstention, the House of Clergy approved 162 to 25 with four abstentions, and the House of Laity approved 152 to 45 with five abstentions.”

Even as a child, I wondered why women didn’t hold any office in my church; I always thought that my mom explained things better than our male preacher.

First my mother and then my minister told me that’s the way God wanted it. Even as a child, I wondered ‘what in the name of God’, was God thinking when She banned women from any leadership in Her church?

All of my life, I was taught that the Bible was written by God, and that it was God’s word through the pen and paper of ‘men’ inspired by God. And, God required inspired writers (and translators since God did not speak English) to write her Bible, and I was to revere the Bible (but only the King James version, because that’s the only one that God actually, really wrote).

One important thing that I was to remember, was that God ordered, women should never be allowed to preach in God’s Church; She would not allow it. So, now the Church Of England has voted that God changed Her mind and will allow females to even be Bishops.

I’m confused and want to know why God changed Her mind.

Oh yes, as a child, I was taught that God was of the male gender, and of course I pictured God having male genitals, like Michael Angelo’s paintings of God flying overhead in the Sistine Chapel; but more recently I heard God was female.

It seems that once upon a time, astronauts in space actually saw God and unfortunately right then their radio broke and NASA lost contact. So when the space craft landed, people gathered around the space craft to hear what God was really like. And when the astronauts emerged their space craft, the people shouted, “What is God really like?”

“First of all,” one of the astronauts responded, “She is Black!”

From that time on, I have been convinced that God is feminine; this made me feel better because if God is love, then God has to be very much like my mother.

Not that my father didn’t love me; he did. Actually, my father loved both me and my mother and my dad loved my mother for the same reason I did: my mother was naturally a very loving person and she was very lovable, too.

The big question in my mind now, is why God first said in Her Bible that Women should not be a leader or minister or Bishop in her church and has she now changed her mind; or, was Her Bible originally, somehow wrong?

So now, I have a question for God, was She betrayed by an uninspired writer/translator of the King James Bible? And secondly, why didn’t God learn to write in English in the first place? I’m going to ask Her tonight.

God is good!

DISCLAIMER: The author means no offense to God or man by taking certain liberties with scriptures to make a point; there was no intent to change anyone’s religious beliefs nor is this piece intended to represent the author’s absolute religious thought; the author genuinely believes that his God has a sense of humor.

OLD KING SOL WAS A ‘MERRY OLD SOUL’ WHO KNEW HOW TO APPECIATE WOMEN!

July 14th, 2014

Today, I was feeling rather pious and I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Bible passages; these words always inspire me to greater things. Here is our text for today:

“How graceful are your feet is sandals, O Queenly maiden. Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a round bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are pools in Hesh’bon, by the gate of Bath-rab’bim. Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon, overlooking Damascus. Your head crowns you like Car’mel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses. How fair and pleasant you are, O loved one, delectable maiden! You are stately as a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine and the scent of your breath like apples, and your kisses are like the best wine that goes down smoothly gliding over lips and teeth.” Songs of Solomon 7:1-9

Further, “I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me. Come my beloved, let us go into the fields, and lodge in the villages; let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.” Songs of Solomon 7:10-12

And, I think that is great and, I wish that I had written it!

When I discovered these passages, I was fascinated, got quite excited, and developed a real desire to get more religion; but my preacher told me that, “Solomon was referring to the church, as the ‘Queenly Maiden’.

Maybe, the Preacher is dyslexic, I was thinking.

But, I told my Preacher that I had never known a church like that except in some of the ‘R’ movies that I had seen; and, I would like to know where I could find a church just like that one?

The Preacher responded with something unintelligible and excused himself; he must have misunderstood what I said.

Actually, I appreciate these passages even more since I am quite old and alone. At my age, this is about as close as I can get to really appreciating a beautiful woman and understanding a woman’s appreciation of a good man.

God is good!

BESTIALITY AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS (AND ANIMALS)!

July 13th, 2014

In the news today, Fox’s Ablow Claims Gay Marriage Will Lead To Polygamy and Bestiality http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/07/09/foxs-ablow-claims-gay-marriage-will-lead-to-pol/200038

As for me, I seldom agree with Faux News about anything; Faux News is biased, they lie, and they have a xenophobic tendency!

About bestiality in America, actually I have never quite understood America’s legal restrictions in bestiality law; is the law for the protection of animals or humans and where does ‘mutual consent’ become an issue?

Personally, I find it difficult to understand any laws that provide no Rights for People (or animals), but instead deny rights to certain classes of People (or animals).

In terms of marriage, if a cowboy loves his horse and wants to marry him (or mare), I don’t really, personally care’

If a shepherd loves his sheep and wants to marry a ewe (or ram), I don’t really, personally care.

If my ex-wife loves her dog and no longer loves me and has the desire to marry her stud (or bitch), I don’t really, personally care and I wish her great happiness.

In our American democracy and according to our Bill of Rights, we Americans have Rights that are limited only if those Rights infringe upon the Rights of others. In matrimony in America, the issue is never who or what the bride and groom are, but rather the only issue should be, mutual consent!

DISCLAIMER: The author has no intent to be offensive of prejudice in this post; the intent is only to have an intellectual discussion on American liberty, American democracy, and the sorry state of American News Media.

AMERICA’S IMMIGRATION CRISIS: CHILD REFUGEES AND AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAW AND ENFORCEMENT. HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

July 11th, 2014

Today, I’m feeling America’s Immigration Crisis, children traveling alone are inundating the U.S. and Mexican border of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico from Central America, including Guatemala and Honduras (Honduras, you remember, was the site of America’s Iran/Contra scandal).

Some children are traveling alone, some with smugglers, and some with an older children, to the American border and then they surrender their self to immigration authorities as refugees, believing they will be allowed to stay in the U.S.A. as a refugee. Unfortunately, that is not true; most will be eventually deported.

However meanwhile, the Central American children are by law entitled to a court hearing before being deported, in order to determine whether or not they are illegal immigrants or legitimate refugees like the Batista Cuban refugees, Vietnamese Ho Chi Min refugees, Iraqi refugees, and Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

The crisis is the fact that our immigration authorities and border control are being overwhelmed by the numbers of Latino Central America Refugee children to care for; the children are escaping from the violence of Central America and the depressive economic conditions in ancient Central America in a 21st Century Economy, seeking refuge in America. America must care for them until they can be deported or resettled as refugees.

Coincidently, a few months ago I embarked on a cruise to these very Central American nations, including the Panama Canal; we took tours in all of these countries. Now with this immigration crisis in the news, I vividly remember a conversation after our tour of Honduras, with a well traveled tourist who described his impression of Honduras as the most poverty stricken people he had ever seen. I agreed, though I am not as well traveled as my companion. While on the cruise, I took a lot of pictures but no pictures of poverty.

The poor could not afford to live in the city; they were in the city only to sell their cottage industry wares and farm goods. And, I did see evidence of poverty in the jungle, but nothing to photograph that represented poverty; the peasants had nothing to photograph, except their self, hauling their wares on their backs to the city to sell at market.

The picture below was actually an affluent urban neighborhood in the city that I mistook for the slums; that’s how bad it is. There are no poor living in the city; they can’t afford it. In the city, the poor children are evident only selling trinkets for pennies. Rich children, of course, were seen playing in the parks.

What I saw in these places like Guatemala and Honduras was astute poverty, 21st Century Feudal class distinction, consisting of exceeding wealthy and peasants living is desolate poverty; then in contrast is the advertised tourist attractions like the beautiful (and costly) Cathedrals, fountains, statues, and parks filled with rich children playing, their nannies, and poor children selling cheap hand made trinkets.

Religious wealth midst astute poverty

Wealthy children playing in the park; a beautiful scene amidst astute poverty/

In Guatemala while on the tourist bus, we met two different military convoys; admittedly it was chilling to meet these convoys with men in trucks seemingly aiming loaded machine guns between your eyes, coming down the road right at you.

Our guide admitted, the Guatemala Civil War technically over, but realistically it still exists there, as evidenced by political posters illegally pasted on rocks along the highway throughout the trip.

Since I do not read Spanish, I was unaware of the poster’s political context; in America, I am used to highway signs advertising toilet paper and beer obliterating the natural beauty roadside’

My interest when traveling is always observing the culture of the people; this trip it was sad for me to observe the natives of Central America with such a limited, lowly standard of living and no working Middle Class. There was sadness in the eyes of the poor children and, they were just adorable children.

Central American churches are beautiful; but how does God rationalize the churches wealth and the peoples poverty

Of course I have difficulty seeing the wealthy churches rising in the midst of the Peoples poverty; Just what does God have in mind when the creates a costly Cathedral looking down upon the suffering humanity below?

Then, I’m reminded of the Amish community in my native Illinois; they have no Godly edifice, hold services in a different home each Sunday, and lead the painful ‘plain life’. But they lead an intentional harsh life, with money in their pocket. I just do not understand religious cults and the part they play in the economy.

When visiting the Vatican and Rome, I stood in St. Peters Square and I could not reconcile all the wealth and grandeur of the Vatican with the humble existence of the poor and homeless, Jesus Christ. Never have I been able to picture Jesus in a coat and tie. Of course, I have personally been poor like Jesus all my life, however, I’ve been comfortable and happy. I believe that God is really good; it’s his human representatives that I question!

In conclusion, I have no solution for the poverty stricken of the world, those of the United States, or Central America’s children; but I most often wonder, is poverty really necessary? Did American Indian tribes have poverty; or did the White Man introduce poverty to America? I don’t remember Indian lore mentioning poverty!

So, I am a father; I cannot help but have compassion for Central American children seeking refuge in America. I think some of those children will be exceptionally gifted and make a great contribution to society; the child refugees are worthy of being saved.

THE 21ST CENTURY REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THEIR RADICAL SUPREME COURT MAJORITY, MUST GO, FOR THE AMERICAN ‘COMMAN WORKING MAN/WOMAN’ TO LIVE A DECENT LIFE AND PROVIDE FOR HIS/HER FAMILY!

July 8th, 2014

In the news today, “Joe Lieberman and Republicans have a new talking point: the Supreme Court has issued 13 unanimous rulings saying the ‘Obama administration exceeded its constitutional authority’.

“There’s just one problem: the talking point isn’t close to being true”: http://on.msnbc.com/VSyk2O

Typical current day Republican lies, lies, and more lies; feed the wealthy and starve the poor.

Republican trade agreements to take jobs from Americans, provide cheap labor for Corporate America, and Republicans shut off food stamps for hungry American working Middle Class and Poor.

That’s the American caste system; a 21st Century Feudal system, lords and peasants!

U.S. SUPREME COURT’S HOBBY LOBBY CASE HAS EXTENSIVE EFFECT ON AMERICANS OF ALTERNATE FAITH THAN THEIR EMPLOYER; AMERICAN EMPLOYEES MUST NOW ADHERE TO ‘ROMAN CATHOLIC CANON LAW’ OF THE COURT AND THEIR EMPLOYERS

July 6th, 2014

In the news today, “8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/religious-companies-opt-out-of-laws_n_5544582.html

“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. Their deeply held religious belief that some particular form of contraception is immoral carries more weight than the force of law, five conservative Christian justices ruled. . . . As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wondered aloud in her dissent, ‘Would the exemption … extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus)?”

And, Republicans are gloating and bragging about the Court’s radical religious and political decision in the ‘Hobby Lobby’ case.

The fact is that no one was required by the law to practice birth control; the Supreme Court, by deciding the law is unconstitutional because of the employer’s fanatic religious beliefs, means that the employees of different religious beliefs will be denied ‘their equal Rights under the law’.

Actually, the five fanatic Catholic and extremist Republican majority on the US Supreme court have established their own Roman Catholic Canon Law on all Americans, regardless of faith.

The Supreme Court of the radical Republican minority has taken over American government and law, in the previously ‘democratic’, United States of America.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE’S RELIGION (X marks majority in ‘Hobby Lobby Decision’)
X John Roberts (Chief Justice) Roman Catholic G.W. Bush 2005
X Antonin Scalia Roman Catholic Reagan 1986
X Anthony Kennedy Roman Catholic Reagan 1988
X Clarence Thomas Roman Catholic G.H.W. Bush 1991
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jewish Clinton 1993
Stephen Breyer Jewish Clinton 1994
X Samuel Alito Roman Catholic G.W. Bush 2006
Sonia Sotomayor Roman Catholic Obama 2009
Elena Kagan Jewish Obama 2010

My personal opinion is that the 5 Justices of the ‘Hobby Lobby’ majority have violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment separation of church and State and the Fourteenth Amendment’s “equal protection under the law” clause and, all five extremist majority Justices could and should be impeached; something must be done quickly to eliminate the radical majority on the Court’s violations of the U.S. Constitution or democracy will be completely eliminated from the United States of America.

God bless American and God bless the U.S. Constitution!

CANADA, NIPPLES, AND DEFENDERS OF MOTHERHOOD

July 4th, 2014

For me, a woman’s breasts are no more erotic that her lips which are ordinarily continuously exposed unless she is wearing a burka, which I believe to be “ungodly”, though no disrespect for a devout Muslim woman who feels obligated to wear a burka; my God, it is a woman’s choice.

In today’s news, Canada, “Starbucks Praises Barista Who Defended Breastfeeding Mom”: https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/julia-wykes-starbucks-ottawa-breastfeeding-213759891.html

“After a mother in Ottawa, Canada, was scolded by a customer for nursing her baby inside a Starbucks and a male barista came to her aid, the coffee giant expressed support for its employee, saying he did the right thing.”

The story made me feel good about our neighbor to the north.

Admittedly, I have a thing about babies being fed and breast feeding; also, I have a thing about our America’s neighbors: Mexican and Cuban neighbors to our south, Russia, who Sarah Palin sees in her kitchen window, to the west, and Canada to our north, whose inhabitants always seem to come to my California in the winter (1.00 American dollar = 1.06 Canadian dollar?). (Actually, I’m not much good at higher math.)

But bravo Canadian, Starbucks! I salute you for your preservation of feminine nipples, especially those which are totally obscured by their babies’ hunger mouths as they should be and God intended.

“O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,”
. . . protecting women’s breasts to babies satisfy.