Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Don Manzullo should not be an elected Representative. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and here he is calling Islam a "savage religion." Has he never heard of the Freedom of Religion? I have lived and traveled in the Middle East among Muslims and found that most of them are no different than you or I. Like me, they want just to live in peace, work, support their families and find killing another human being repugnant.
Even though I, personally, am a Christian, this hateful Representative has done nothing here but reinforce many Muslim's distrust of us.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Not much has changed. The poor in this country and the more affluent (who overpay to their insurance companies to compensate) get treated. It is what we call the "working poor" and lower Middle Class that can't afford medical care or qualify for some sort of affordable insurance and end up treating themselves, as long as possible, at home.
Not much, it seems, has changed.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Don't get me wrong, Obama may be better than Bush, but there are a lot of things I don't like about him either. As a Christian, I know that no human government will ever be perfect, we, rather, await the Kingdom of God, but, in the meantime, we ask the best of our government that it can do for its citizens.
It is proper to rely on government to help with things that individuals cannot do themselves - roads, bridges, libraries, a military, snow removal in the North, hurricane cleanup in the South, etc. Having government run health insurance would replace government overhead with the current usurious corporate overhead but, at least, citizens, through their elected Representatives would have a voice.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Health, is not a privilege - well, it is now - a privilege reserved only for those who can afford it, but shouldn't be (and stands contrary to Jesus' teaching in scripture).
With thousands of people dying each year due to their inability to obtain medical insurance or pay for treatment, it is hypocritical of so-called "pro-life" people to hold these people's lives hostage over abortion. It underlines the point often, legitimately, made that "pro-lifers" only care about fetuses' lives, but their concern for life ends with a baby's birth.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The entire raison d'exister of the Republican Party, and by extension, the Christian Right (since the Christian Right is the GOP), is to block any and all progress and return America to the pre Civil Rights era.
When Republicans, which is now a regional party representing mainly the South say, "We want our country back," one suspects that the country they are referring to is the Confederate States of America.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Buzzard's don't do that," said a second.
"I read it in Wikipedia."
Friday, October 23, 2009
The lady asked, "What does the chaplain do? Does he pray for the House and Senate?"
The guide answered, "No, he gets up, takes one look at the Congress, then prays for the country!"
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
The real benefit of hate crimes legislation is it allows Federal prosecutors to step in if local juries are biased - like in the South where, in the past, it was a rare for a white man to be punished for killing a black person, or in cases where the jury's verdict is tainted by anti-gay prejudice.
The Right's objection to hate crimes legislation should be obvious - most hate crimes are committed by people on the Right, i.e. white supremacists, etc.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
"Buddy, if I could work on cars like that, I don't reckon I'd be here.
The Christian Ideal is the opposite of the Secular Ideal (and, obviously, the Christian Right)- Christianity calls for elevating the poor and oppressed and lowering the rich and famous.
Jesus stated that it's practically impossible (easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle) for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Paul forbade giving special treatment to wealthy members of the church - and yet, that's exactly what many churches do.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Eventually, the Christian Right threw in their lot with the Republican Party and pretty much took it over. The problem is, by doing so they turned their back on God and began to trust in politics. Instead of "go ye therefore," they went to the polls. Instead of bringing a heart-changing message, they brought lobbyists to change laws.
As to Socialism, Communism, etc., God could care less (except we are to obey the government of wherever we find ourselves) - He didn't want a king in Israel either. Christianity is a Kingdom. Biblically, Christians are only nominally citizens of the countries they were born to and, rather, citizens of a higher Government.
The concept of a "Christian Nation" as a physical nation is an oxymoron. Regardless of what the Founders of America may or may not have intended. America is not a Christian Nation. It can't be. Jesus said, "My Kingdom is not of this world." A Christian must "turn the other cheek," forgive his enemies, not return anger for anger, etc., and an earthly nation cannot do that and survive.
As to Left or Right, if you read the Bible and pay attention to what Jesus said, He was very Liberal: Heal the sick, feed the poor, render to Caesar what is Caesar's (pay your taxes). The Bible requires fair wages, and business regulation (honest weights & measures). The early Church itself was Socialist: they sold all they had and everyone was given what they needed because they believed that what they had wasn't theirs, but God's and they, themselves, were not free but God's "personal property" (translated "peculiar people" in the King James.
The Christian Right, is, essentially, a reinterpretation of Christianity to accommodate American materialism - just as the Southern Baptist Church was founded to accommodate slavery. And, in that sense, it is heretical. The Left is not innocent - all too often we trust in government instead of God in different areas than does the Right, but God gets second place either way.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
"That's a good idea. If you had two thousand dollars, would you give me one half?"
"And if you had two automobiles, would you give me one?"
"And if you had two shirts, would you give me one?"
"Because I've got two shirts."
Refusing to accept such criticism, the maid answered back. 'Your husband considers me a better cook and housekeeper than you, madam. He has told me himself. And furthermore, I am better in bed than you!'
'And I suppose my husband told you that, too?' said the rich woman angrily.
'No, madam. The mailman.'
Sunday, February 15, 2009
He started the letter: 'To whom it may concern, I need two mongeese.' But that didn't sound right, so he tried again. 'To whom it may concern, I need two mongooses.' But that didn't sound right either. Then he had an idea. 'To whom it may concern, I need a mongoose, and while you're at it, send me another one.'
"Mom," Sonny replied slowly, "I'm so glad I'm back, I'm glad I went."
Friday, February 13, 2009
The foreman was not pleased. 'How come you're doing less each day?' he demanded.
'Because,' said the worker indignantly, 'each day I keep getting further away from the can of paint!'
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Russian experts set to work with a vengeance, rounding up the biggest, nastiest Dobermans and Rottweillers and breeding them with Siberian wolves. They took only the strongest puppy from each litter and made sure that it received all the milk, even at the expense of the rest of the puppies. After five years they came up with a truly fearsome beast - a dog that no human dared approach and which had to be kept in a cage behind five-inch thick steel bars. The Russian dog was a killing machine.
Come the day of the fight, the Russians paraded their awesome animal and waited to see what kind of dog the Americans would offer as a challenger. To the Russians' amazement and amusement, the American handler was walking a nine foot long dachshund. The Russians couldn't believe that after five years, the most brutal hound the Americans could come up with was an elongated sausage dog.
The two animals were left alone in the ring. The Russian dog snarled and growled at its opponent but the American dog simply waddled forward and swallowed it whole.
The Russians were distraught. They said to the Americans: 'Our best scientists have spent five years developing this brutal dog, crossbreeding with wolves. We thought it was unbeatable.'
'Well,' said the Americans, 'we had our best plastic surgeons working for five years to make an alligator look like a dachshund.'
"You certainly knew how to get it out of him," she said. "Are you a doctor?"
"No, madam," the man replied, "I'm from the IRS."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"My opponent has called me a liar. Rest assured, I have never lied to you. The only problem I have is that the facts don't always match up with what I believe."
'More berries in the sauce?' he suggested.
'No, no,' they said. 'I think you have just the right amount of berries.'
'More salt, then?'
'No, the amount of salt is perfect,' they insisted.
'Herbs, that's it,' he said triumphantly. 'I should have put in more herbs. What do you think?'
'Hmm,' they pondered, tasting the sauce. 'Perhaps only thyme, Will Tell.'
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"Why—uh—yeah. Sure!" he gulped.
"Well, all right," said the girl. "We're just two blocks from the hospital now."
"Certainly, my dear," he told her.
"And did he make me, too?" taking another look in the mirror.
"Certainly, dear. What makes you ask?"
"Seems to me He's doing better work lately."
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
"Wear your scruffiest clothes," said the accountant. "Let them think you"re a pauper."
The man then asked his lawyer the same question, only to receive conflicting advice.
"Don"t let them intimidate you," said the lawyer. "Wear your best suit."
Confused, the man decided to consult his minister. "Let me tell you a story," said the minister. "A girl who was about to be married asked her mother what to wear on her wedding night. The mother suggested: "Wear a heavy, long, flannel nightgown that goes right up to your neck." But the girl"s best friend advised: "Wear your sexiest negligee.""
The man said: "Yes, but what"s all this got to do with my problem with the tax office?"
The minister replied: "No matter what you wear, you are going to get screwed!"
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
"What is it?" asked the boy.
The father, never having seen an elevator, said: "I don"t know, son."
They watched enthralled as an elderly lady went over to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls then opened and she shuffled into a small room. The walls closed behind her, and the boy and his father gazed in awe as the small numbers above the walls lit up in sequence. They continued to watch until the last number was reached and then the numbers began to light up in reverse order. Finally the walls opened again and out stepped a beautiful young woman.
Without taking his eyes off her, the father quietly said to the boy: "Go get your mother."
"I know," said the man, "but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, I'd like to meet him."
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The next week at church Barney falls asleep while the priest is talking and when the priest asks who is our savior? Wilma pokes him with the needle and he yells out JESUS!!
Soon after that he goes back to sleep. The next question the priest asks is: Who is Jesus's Father? Wilma pokes him with the needle and Barney yells out GOD!!and goes back to sleep.
The last question the priest asks is what did Eve say to Adam after he impregnated her for the 99th time? Wilma pricks him with the needle again and he yells: IF YOU POKE THAT DAMN THING IN ME ONE MORE TIME I'LL SNAP IT IN HALF AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ARSE!!
"What is that white stuff on those hills?"
"That is snow, madam," replied the captain.
"Well," said the lady, "I thought so myself. But a gentleman just told me it was Greece."
The man on the ground said: "You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately twenty-five feet above this field. You are between latitude thirty-six and thirty-eight degrees north and between longitude forty and forty-five degrees east."
"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.
"Yes. How did you know?"
"Well," said the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of you information, and the fact is I am still lost."
The man on the ground said: "And you must be a Republican,"
"That"s right," said the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Because you don"t know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise that you cannot keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is that you are in the same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."