Like that GOP goon, Sanatorum, recently said about hearing John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and state – that it made him want to “throw up…” well, I say, anyone who believes or takes these GOP operatives seriously make me want to puke! Actually, they make me want to cry.
Any politician who also feels the need to stress their Christianity and tell everyone they are a good Christian, makes me want to puke. Why in hell should you or I care about a politician’s religion? Does it make a person a better person because they profess to believe in God and religion? Never. Never ever.
The Pope makes me want to puke because he is clearly a women hater. The fact that the POPE can profess his hate for women on his world-stage is very frightening.
I’m angry that men – in the 21st century – who are in the public eye – are actually making strides to destroy some of the basic rights that women hold dear such as the control over their own bodies. And I’m angry that this country seems to have lost its way in the values department.
I’m so angry.
I’m amazed that we are even having a public discourse about, of all things, contraception! I seem to recall that this is a war women already fought, and won!
Why are men again declaring war on women? What is that about?
Why the hell can’t women in this country turn the tables on the contraceptive issue and DEMAND that ALL men who want to have sex become castrated? What’s the difference between a man being castrated and men demanding women give up their right to control their own reproductive system? What’s the difference?
My body is my body no one has a right to tell me what to do with it – just like I have no right to demand a man be castrated. If government and the church wish to control my female body, why won’t it then control the male body and require castration?
What’s the difference?
How can someone as morally corrupt as Rush Limbaugh, drug addict that his is, feel as if he can call women who use contraception sluts and whores, etc.?
If a woman has sexual relationships with men who are castrated she’d not need contraceptives and thus, using Limbaugh’s logic, they’d not be considered sluts or whores, correct Rush?
How dare any man or any church or any religion tell a woman how to respond sexually while a man can pop out his willy nilly willy nilly?
I need to talk about this but it’s late and I need sleep.
Here is a listing of my rants – for another day…..
I need to talk about immigration and the hate that goes along with that issue. I need to talk about the killing of homosexuals in Uganda, and elsewhere. I need to talk about the war on women in this country. I want to tell women in this country TO WAKE UP! I want to tell idiots – total IDIOTS like those running against each other in the GOP race to SHUT UP and leave women, religion, marriage, and all social issues alone because you have no right to push a social agenda that is clearly meant to inflame those in our country who are uneducated because of the school system GEORGE CRIMINAL BUSH AND HIS ILK HAVE DESTROYED.
I need to yell and let loose with my anger about the dumb-ing down of America by the “Haves” who want it ALL and MORE. I need to talk about what greed has done to this country. Greed and Power, Power and Greed make this country tick and to hell with those living below the poverty level.
Money and power. That’s it folks.
That’s why we cannot have a decent healthcare system in this country…. what would happen to the insurance and drug companies if healthcare were free?
If Americans would stop thinking about their next meal and get off the couch long enough to figure out what’s going on in this country, maybe they’d do SOMETHING to promote positive change?
Below is how I feel as a result thinking deeply about America and its politics, its religion, its values or lack thereof, and its MEN who want nothing more than to see women BAREFOOT and WITH CHILD.
The photo challenge this week is to define what “distorted” might look like.
The first thing that came to my mind? Politicians and supposed “entertainers” like the horrible Rush Limbaugh. A picture of Rush Limbaugh does embody the word distorted, distort, distortion, like non other I can think of. But, I have never photographed him, nor would I ever want to.
Limbaugh’s recent on-air comments about a Georgetown law student’s appeal to Congress on the contraception issue, were so twisted, so hateful, and so misogynistic that it baffles the mind. We are in the 21st century, correct?
Limbaugh called Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke “a prostitute and a slut” for arguing that birth control should be covered by insurance at religious workplaces or institutions. But, more troubling than his sick, sick words? Some GOP politicians see nothing wrong with what Limbaugh said. I kid you not.
That’s not only distorted, it’s incredibly troubling…..
Anyway, about my entry, I captured this beautiful fellow (the zoo docent said though he’s mighty pretty, he’s a real pest!) at Zoo Miami while he was shaking his lovely plume. I am sorry I cannot recall the name of this bird…. I also don’t recall if he is a pigeon or a dove… I will attempt to find the answer though.
This particular card, Let Your Mind Wander, is a very good mind-tussle for me today. It’s timely since there are many startling and mind-bending things happening in the news lately and I have so much to say! I have more to say than I can write here… I’m going to try to get most of it, out.
One of the things I’ve wanted to write about is the mind-bending topic of the crazy, bordering on obscene, GOP primaries. This whole GOP primary is a fiasco bordering on madness. Does anyone expect Newt or Romney or Santorum to be taken seriously? If it weren’t for the fact that it’s really happening, it would be a huge joke, and a great movie. It would be like one of those “Focker” movies. The Fockers are a focked up family who…..
Anyway…..How anyone over the age of 40 could actually vote for Newt Gingrich, after his despicable history in congress and as Speaker, is mind-numbing.
If Newt was president, wouldn’t you be afraid that he’d treat the U.S. and its allies like he treated his former wives? Wouldn’t you be afraid that he’d bring back his proposal to send the children of people on welfare to orphanages? Don’t laugh. That was a Newt proposal during his dismal “Contract ‘against’ America” days. Maybe he’d try to make school-children janitors, after all.
If the inane ideas of some (not all) of the people in the GOP weren’t bad enough, their religiosity drives me crazy! And yet, the GOP, with their heavy reliance on family values, are not even holding their collective noses when it comes to Newt. Now that surprises me. Unless it’s a matter of the GOP realizing that Newt can’t possibly win anyway. Maybe the GOP just doesn’t want to play with Newt. I don’t really think they like Mitt too much either.
But, really, to the GOP who would back Newt, I’d ask, “What about your marriage and family values? How does fig the Newt stack up with those principles?”
And now there’s Rick Santorum who, in the last three primaries, has trampled over both Newt and Mitt (Romney). Last week Newt and Mitt were the players to beat in Florida. Now Rick thinks that because he won Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, he’s joined the big boys….
Um, does anyone actually believe that Rick has a chance to be the GOP candidate?
Back to Newt and Mitt.… (There’s something about the iteration of those two names together….. When I think of Newt and Mitt I think of the Little Rascal in Spanky and the Gang.)
Newt and Mitt, they recall (for me) the days of Ozzie and Harriet, Denice the Menace cartoons, coming out of the 1960’s and segregation to be bowled over by the surprises of the seventies…. another story, the 70’s.
The Newt and Mitt Show. The Mitt and Newt Show… No matter how you say it, it’s a lousy sounding title. It doesn’t sell. Neither does The Newt Show. Or The Mitt Show. Can’t take either seriously. One sounds like it could be another Sid the Science Kid show with cookie commercials, and the other sounds like a story about a kitten who looses his mittens…..
I was reading a book about the history of America yesterday. From the Civil War, to WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, and all through the struggle for Civil Rights in this country.
And, I am reminded anew of the hard-fought battles for Civil Rights and equality for all. And, not only did I realize that the lead-up into the Great Depression mirrors where we are today in our Great Rescission, but I realized that the GLBT is fighting just as hard for equality today as blacks (and women and other minorities), mostly blacks, fought for their rights. It’s the same type of battle. And the economy issues are the same issues today as the Great Depression. There are many, many similarities! Hoover’s failed state until FDRs New Deal… the rich v. poor, the banks, and on and on the similarities between today and the Great Depression continue!
The Hitler / Stalin Pact. Japan. How this country treated Japanese American’s after Pearl Harbor is such a terrible blight, such a huge sore that festered until the US finally apologized, in 1988, I believe. Can you imagine that happening now? No? I can. You know why? The people – not the government so much – the people of this country who are filled with hate and rage against “Muslim” or “Islam” that such isolation could happen all over again, like it did to the Japanese in this country. I hate to think that… but, if we don’t remember our history, we’re bound to repeat it.
I pray we never forget the horrors that we put the innocent American Japanese through. I pray we continue to teach the bitter and ugly history of slavery. I hope we continue to teach about what led to the murder of 6 millions, mostly Jewish, people. I hope we teach our children what hate does to people, to countries, and to us all.
Remember FDR? He was a Democrat. He followed Hoover who ran this country into the Great Depression. FDR and the New Deal (and the lead up to WWII) got this country going again. Anyway, FDR promised us that we need to hold sacred four freedoms:
The freedom of speech and expression.
The freedom of worship.
The freedom from want, and
The freedom from fear.
FDR, of course, and his congress were not perfect. Far from it. But, FDR understood oppression. He understood the need for equality. FDR knew about fear when he consoled the American people by saying: “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”
Whereas the Bush administration badly wanted an America who stood afraid so he could better control it, FDR wanted to warn AGAINST fear when he said, on January 6, 1941, in his speech that is now known as “The Four Freedoms” speech, the following:
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want — which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear — which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor– anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
To that new order we oppose the greater conception — the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.
So, yes. We must remember history. We must believe in the bottom of our hearts that all men and women are created equal. We MUST put religion back into the living rooms of our homes and in our churches or temples, where it rightfully belongs. We MUST not care if a man loves another man, or a woman another woman, or if a man born a man but meant to be a woman, becomes a woman not by choice, but by necessity. It is not our business. Be happy for the men and women who marry each other. There is no greater thing than the ability to be happy for someone else’s happiness.
There are mean and unhappy people in this world who wear their hate like a duck wears its feathers. These people let happiness and thoughts of equality drop off of them like water on a ducks back. The trick is to deny them an audience – let them swim in a pond of their own making. Ignore those who would wish ill on another person.
Our sanity depends on it.
February is Black History month, which reminds me of the enormous struggle, years in the making, that raged and raged, and to a large degree, still must rage.
However….. can it be there is light in the distance?
A wonderful and amazing and beautiful thing happened just the other day with regards to Civil Rights: California’s Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage was declared unconstitutional! Which of course it is.
Other states, we hope, will follow suit and realize that equal treatment for all, means equal treatment for all.
Equal means just that. Equality doesn’t measure sexual persuasion or gender into its equation.
The US Constitution never mentions the bedroom or the bed, now does it? Does the Constitution mention sex at all? Nope.
So, I would tell Mr. or Mrs. Jane and John Doe in Idaho who rails against abortion, same-sex marriage, and all GLTB issues —> Keep your nose out of other people’s bedrooms, keep your hands off my female body, let me chose the contraception I alone want to use, and for Gods sake stay out of the marriage argument!
The only marriage argument any one person should have needs to pertain to their own marriage. How dare anyone try to relegate my marriage? I don’t think Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Doe would like to be told who they can or cannot marry. Equal means equal. It doesn’t mean equal for everyone but GLBT and women!
Oh, and while we’re at it, can we please remember to treat Muslims with the same respect we give our Christian brothers and sisters? That would be wonderful.
And so, as I think about this 15th Creative Whack: Let Your Mind Wander, I think, well, this is a good exercise for opening the mind to the acceptance of other ideals or values that are different from our own.
For instance, I just read that Bill O’Reilly, the loud and wild man on Fox News who I am loath to listen to, recently stood up for Ellen DeGeneres . Yes, he is on record, saying that to fire Ellen or to treat her differently because of her sexuality is akin to McCarthyism. My, my, my! Who would have thunk that O’Reilly would have such a heart?
I heart Bill O’Reilly!!! Well, today anyway.
I think, therefore, we all can have new thoughts, just like Bill O’Reilly did! If we use creative associations that trigger thoughts and beliefs that are potentially loving and kinder towards groups that have historically been targets of hate, it’s a great start! After all, no one wants to continue to see children bullied to death or to suicide due to their sexual identity, right?
So, think of the children. Think of poor Robert Champion who was “hazed” to death by FAMU students. Think of humanity…… Think of the Ugandan government who believes so strongly in Western religion they tried to pass a law to give homosexuals who are “caught” either a life sentence in jail, or the death sentence. (Their legislation is “dead” but is still being “reviewed” by the government as of today.)
To start with, this creative whack uses the example of Work and goes on to compare it to play. You’d think that work and play would be opposite, right? Not true. To be creative and make work meaningful, there are strong elements of “play” (though some would disagree).
Anyway, the trick here is to keep our thoughts positive and kind….
So, when we say:
Marriage, let’s associate it with Anyone.
When we say: Equal, let’s say Same Sex.
When we say: Homosexual, say Love;
Reproduction: Women’s rights;
Religion: To each their own.
Respect: Women’s bodies; laws; rights of others; differences…….
And on and on we go!
So, last night Iowa reminded us all that it’s an election year.
I believe that 2012, if history repeats itself, will bode well for the economy and for jobs. Optimism has flourished during Presidential election cycles over the years. Optimism is my cry for 2012.
Hope in 2012 is on the collective minds of the American people who are, at this moment, suffering. We have to hope, the opposite of hope is not an option.
To the homeless and the thousands of people who are hungry, jobless and without unemployment benefits (while fat-cat politicians wine and dine heavy-hitting money-makers to pay for another opponent-smearing TV ad), I’d soberly say, we need to hope, but we can’t hang our hats on that alone.
We can’t trust only in God without taking action ourselves. God is good, yes, but He can’t pay the rent – unless someone pays us to preach.
When I hear people in desperate situations say, “It’s in God’s hands,” while the kids are hungry, it drives me nuts. When in the world did that become a tactic for survival?
Massive homelessness and hunger was something I never believed could occur in the United States – that was when I was younger and more naive.
Still, I would never depend on God to fix the problems we face as a nation. But, that’s a real problem today in Presidential elections – many people in this country want to elect a God, not a smart, honest and fair person to run the country.
God has nothing to do with the work of a politician or US President.
Should it matter that a President goes to church or temple? NO!
Should we care how often they pray? NO, no, a thousand times NO!!!
I don’t much like Presidential politics. I especially don’t like politics when religion is in the mix.
But, I really don’t like the nasty attacks and the lamb-to-slaughter advertising we see these days.
You’d think politicians would want to advertise the good work they’ve done in office, not just trash the opponent. But, constant trash-talk? Well, that’s the name of the game now. The candidates must now suck-up to royal Got-Rock-Backers to pay for ads that slime the opponent.
The issue of campaign finance and slimy ads is a non partisan beef of mine, by the way. Democrats play this game, too, although generally to a lesser degree.
I tend to get cynical around Presidential election years. I despise the television ads and don’t trust most politicians.
I don’t want to believe that the Make-the-Other-Guy-A-Slime-Ball game even exists. But it does – the game has been years in the making, too.
Yeap. The game must be played. When a candidate today doesn’t play the game and get backed by a Mr. or Mrs. Got-Rocks with a slimy agenda, say bye-bye to that candidate.
The winner of an election, it seems to me, goes to whomever can out-spend and out-slime the other guy.
Game-winners are those able to pay clever writers who craft wild stories out of whole-cloth.
Remember a time when “Swift-Boating” ads and tactics didnt‘t win elections? I can’t.
“Swift-boating,” though not in Webster’s dictionary – is defined, depending on how you look at it, as either whistle-blowing on a bad-guy, or re-writing the history of a good guy.
Regardless, it is now an election-year strategy that is bought and paid for by the American people, in more ways than one. Blood sport, really. Power is at stake.
Anyway, getting back to what I intended to write about: Looking to the past. Here is my short look-back at the words of John F. Kennedy (JFK):
The voters selected us, in short, because they had confidence in our judgement and our ability to exercise that judgement from a position where we could determine what were their own best interest, as a part of the nation’s interest. From JFK’s Profiles in Courage, 1956.
The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis”. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger — but recognize the opportunity. 1959 Speech
The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises — it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. Acceptance Speech as the Democratic presidential nominee
If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” 1960 speech in New York.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
And finally, this….
For of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us—recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state—our success or failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions:
- First, were we truly men of courage—with the courage to stand up to one’s enemies—and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one’s associates—the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed?
- Secondly, were we truly men of judgment—with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past—of our mistakes as well as the mistakes of others—with enough wisdom to know what we did not know and enough candor to admit it?
- Third, were we truly men of integrity—men who never ran out on either the principles in which we believed or the men who believed in us—men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust?
- Finally, were we truly men of dedication—with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and comprised of no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest?
Courage—judgment—integrity—dedication—these are the historic qualities … which, with God’s help … will characterize our Government’s conduct in the 4 stormy years that lie ahead. 1961 speech.
“Courage—judgment—integrity—dedication,” said JFK, are the qualities that should define us. I believe our current President is the embodiment of these qualities.
I believe Obama is both the hope and the keeper of faith that the American People need now.
And that’s my look to the past and to the future.
I think this Creative Whack, by Roger von Oech, works well as today’s post, and here’s why: I’d been thinking about changing the look and feel of my bl;og (yes, again!), but I had to pay for this blog theme, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that. But I really liked it. So, after going back and forth for about two weeks, and because life is good to me, I changed my mind!
So, here it is, my new blog site! Tah Daaaaah!
I’m also working on a website, too, but that won’t be finished for a while. I’m developing the site it in Joomla! which is the free, open-source software for building websites. It’s not too difficult, but it’s very time intensive. And, time and patience are exactly what it’s going to take me to build it.
Art and life are always changing. So should ideas and viewpoints. I don’t think it’s wise to be stuck in a rut – immoveable to change. Whether it’s views or beliefs, when the mind is open to new possibilities, it’s possible to change old belief systems.
For instance, the people who talk about “Obama Care” like it was a threat, usually have no idea what it even means!
When people say they don’t want Obama Care they are mouthing what Republican politicians want them to say – blindly and with distaste.
The truth, I believe, is that Republican politicians came up with the phrase “Obama Care” because they are on the side of insurance and drug companies who could lose some money as a result of the plan.
But, honestly…. The percentage of Americans who snarl about Obama Care are those who haven’t got a clue what it’s about!
It’s so easy to do a few minutes of homework on a topic before speaking about it. Think of all the millions of American children and mothers and fathers without any healthcare. That’s what I care about, and that’s one reason why I believe in helping people, not insurance companies. And, it’s not “socialized” medicine.
Many people I know are like me, we have health insurance through work which means any changes will not impact us. However, I wish people would do a bit of research on the topic before stepping on the idea.
The lesser than two evils
This Creative Whack is bizarre! Imagine coming up with those two solutions? One solution is certainly better than the other (putting food in the coffin versus a stake through the heart), but food in a coffin is obviously a wacko idea, too.
I know it happens when there is a critical decision to make about something important, we are sometimes faced with the lessor of two evils. I think this Creative Whack is warning us that it’s easy to settle for a bad idea, especially if it’s easy. It’s important to look at the outcome and the impact of decisions large and small because life is much too short.
It seems like every day I hear ignorant comments about Islam. It’s not a triangle: Muslim/Islam/Terrorism. They do not go hand in hand. It’s simply not true.
It’s terrible to put people into a box based upon faith. To think that Terrorism has anything at all to do with Islam, has no basis in truth. Heck, there are Christian serial murderers, though we don’t call them Terrorists, that’s what they are. It should go without saying that all the religions have their share of murderers and rapists – bad American people acting like terrorists. There is no reason in the world to fear Muslim people in this country. None!
It’s really about fear and fear closes so many doors; stops many opportunities for further research; kills creativity, too.
FDR’s words, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” should continue to ring a bell between all our collective ears.
Change is good.
Yes, change is good, but I think I’ll keep this blog design for a while!
There’s a great deal more I would like to learn about this movement called Occupy Wall Street.
It’s gaining momentum and gaining protestors in other parts of the country, especially at universities.
It is making the uber wealthy of America nervous even if they are loath to admit it.
People are talking about it, some are laughing about it, as if it’s just a passing fancy. Others are taking it seriously.
It’s a movement, and it has a lot of people excited. Others, nervous. Very nervous.
Occupy Wall Street, to hit the banks where it hurts, are calling for a Buy Nothing Day in November, usually reserved as Black Friday. In December, Occupy Wall-street is calling for a Buy Nothing Christmas. If it works, there could be no better way to kick consumerism in the groin.
Could this movement be the beginning of something important?
The GOP refuses to accept what’s happening. In my opinion, the wealthy and the GOP simply prefer that people stay complacent somnambulists, as if drugged to never wake up.
The Academics are supporting Occupy Wall Street. According to Will Oremus, writing for Slate, Princeton Professor Cornel West is applauding the protestors because they are raging against “the greed of Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats who squeeze the democratic juices out of this country.”
And, the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University, writes Will Oremus, surprised protestors by appearing with them in support of what they are trying to do. Stiglitz told the protestors:
You are right to be indignant. The fact is the system is not working right. It is not right that we have so many people without jobs when we have so many needs that we have to fulfill. It’s not right that we are throwing people out of their houses when we have so many homeless people.
Our financial markets have an important role to play. They’re supposed to allocate capital, manage risks. But they misallocated capital, and they created risk. We are bearing the cost of their misdeeds. There’s a system where we’ve socialized losses and privatized gains. That’s not capitalism; that’s not a market economy. That’s a distorted economy, and if we continue with that, we won’t succeed in growing, and we won’t succeed in creating a just society.
The arrest of hundreds of tired and unwashed kids, denied the freedom of a bullhorn, and the right to protest on public streets, may well be the first real green-shoots of this, the American spring. And if nurtured right, it could well begin real change.
With the help of unions and social networking, the movement has at least some chance of re-energizing Democrats in 2012 and pushing back against the phenomenal progress Republicans have made in suppressing voter turnout in several states.
Why? Because the tectonic plates of U.S. politics are shifting in ways we don’t yet fully understand. We don’t know whether Occupy Wall Street is a carnival party — a piece of left-wing street theater that gets old fast — or a nascent political party that revives a long-dormant tradition of class- based politics.
It’s possible that these demonstrations, which have now spread to about 150 cities and campuses, will be hijacked by extremists or dissipated by obnoxiousness; the American left has practice in committing suicide. The whole thing could fade as young people find a better way of hanging out offline.
Will this movement be the magic potion for real change in America? What do you think?
- Occupy Wall Street Stages Big NYC Rally (newser.com)
- What Occupy Wall Street Wants: Parsing the Unofficial Demands List (curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com)
- Protestors for Occupy Wall Street use the venue to hand out resumes (mycoignofvantage.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain is no friend of Occupy Wall Street “I… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)